Sample records for europium arsenides

  1. Electron tunneling transport across heterojunctions between europium sulfide and indium arsenide (United States)

    Kallaher, Raymond L.

    This dissertation presents research done on utilizing the ferromagnetic semiconductor europium sulfide (EuS) to inject spin polarized electrons into the non-magnetic semiconductor indium arsenide (InAs). There is great interest in expanding the functionality of modern day electronic circuits by creating devices that depend not only on the flow of charge in the device, but also on the transport of spin through the device. Within this mindset, there is a concerted effort to establish an efficient means of injecting and detecting spin polarized electrons in a two dimensional electron system (2DES) as the first step in developing a spin based field effect transistor. Thus, the research presented in this thesis has focused on the feasibility of using EuS, in direct electrical contact with InAs, as a spin injecting electrode into an InAs 2DES. Doped EuS is a concentrated ferromagnetic semiconductor, whose conduction band undergoes a giant Zeeman splitting when the material becomes ferromagnetic. The concomitant difference in energy between the spin-up and spin-down energy bands makes the itinerant electrons in EuS highly spin polarized. Thus, in principle, EuS is a good candidate to be used as an injector of spin polarized electrons into non-magnetic materials. In addition, the ability to adjust the conductivity of EuS by varying the doping level in the material makes EuS particularly suited for injecting spins into non-magnetic semiconductors and 2DES. For this research, thin films of EuS have been grown via e-beam evaporation of EuS powder. This growth technique produces EuS films that are sulfur deficient; these sulfur vacancies act as intrinsic electron donors and the resulting EuS films behave like heavily doped ferromagnetic semiconductors. The growth parameters and deposition procedures were varied and optimized in order to fabricate films that have minimal crystalline defects. Various properties and characteristics of these EuS films were measured and compared to

  2. Fluorescent Europium Chelate Stain (United States)

    Scaff, W. L.; Dyer, D. L.; Mori, K.


    The europium chelate of 4,4,4-trifluoro-1-(2-thienyl)-1,3-butanedione (thenoyl-trifluoroacetone; TTA) is firmly bound to microorganisms. It fluoresces brightly at 613 nm with activation at 340 nm. Cells may be stained with 10−3m chelate in 50% ethyl alcohol, followed by washing with 50% ethyl alcohol. Equal or better stains are produced with 10−3m aqueous europium salt, water wash, and 10−2m aqueous TTA. A noncomplexing buffer should be used to maintain the pH at 6.5 to 6.8. Images PMID:4181107

  3. Europium-155 in Debris from Nuclear Weapons

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    Aarkrog, Asker; Lippert, Jørgen Emil


    The lithium-drifted germanium detector enables determination of europium-155 on a routine basis in environmental samples contaminated with debris from nuclear weapons. From measurements of europium-155, cesium-144, and strontium-90 in air filters collected between 1961 and 1966, the yield...... of europium-155 from weapons was estimated at 1400 atoms per 10$^{6}$ fissions, which is close to the yield of europium-155 from fast fission of uranium-238....

  4. The electrochemical synthesis of europium boride

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    Bukatova G.A.


    Full Text Available The electroreduction of boron, europium and the electrochemical synthesis of europium boride have been investigated in NaCl-KCl-NaF(10 wt. % melt on silver and molybdenum electrodes. The parameters of boron reduction in the chloride-fluoride melt have been obtained and the character of its joint deposition with europium has been studied.

  5. The electrochemical synthesis of europium boride


    Bukatova G.A.; Kuznetsov S.A.; Gaune-Escard M.


    The electroreduction of boron, europium and the electrochemical synthesis of europium boride have been investigated in NaCl-KCl-NaF(10 wt. %) melt on silver and molybdenum electrodes. The parameters of boron reduction in the chloride-fluoride melt have been obtained and the character of its joint deposition with europium has been studied.

  6. A FETISH for gallium arsenide

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    Barron, A.R. [Rice Univ., Houston, TX (United States)


    An overview of the development of a new dielectric material, cubic-GaS, from the synthesis of new organometallic compounds to the fabrication of a new class of gallium arsenide based transistor is presented as a representative example of the possibility that inorganic chemistry can directly effect the development of new semiconductor devices. The gallium sulfido compound [({sup t}Bu)GaS]{sub 4}, readily prepared from tri-tert-butyl gallium, may be used as a precursor for the growth of GaS thin films by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). Photoluminescence and electronic measurements indicate that this material provides a passivation coating for GaAs. Furthermore, the insulating properties of cubic-GaS make it suitable as the insulating gate layer in a new class of GaAs transistor: a field effect transistor with a sulfide heterojunction (FETISH).

  7. Window structure for passivating solar cells based on gallium arsenide (United States)

    Barnett, Allen M. (Inventor)


    Passivated gallium arsenide solar photovoltaic cells with high resistance to moisture and oxygen are provided by means of a gallium arsenide phosphide window graded through its thickness from arsenic rich to phosphorus rich.

  8. Development of a Multi-layer Anti-reflective Coating for Gallium Arsenide/Aluminum Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells (United States)


    Aluminum Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells by Kimberley A Olver Approved for public release; distribution unlimited...Development of a Multi-layer Anti-reflective Coating for Gallium Arsenide/Aluminum Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells by Kimberley A Olver...Aluminum Gallium Arsenide (AlGaAs) Solar Cells 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Kimberley A Olver

  9. Spin Injection in Indium Arsenide

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    Mark eJohnson


    Full Text Available In a two dimensional electron system (2DES, coherent spin precession of a ballistic spin polarized current, controlled by the Rashba spin orbit interaction, is a remarkable phenomenon that’s been observed only recently. Datta and Das predicted this precession would manifest as an oscillation in the source-drain conductance of the channel in a spin-injected field effect transistor (Spin FET. The indium arsenide single quantum well materials system has proven to be ideal for experimental confirmation. The 2DES carriers have high mobility, low sheet resistance, and high spin orbit interaction. Techniques for electrical injection and detection of spin polarized carriers were developed over the last two decades. Adapting the proposed Spin FET to the Johnson-Silsbee nonlocal geometry was a key to the first experimental demonstration of gate voltage controlled coherent spin precession. More recently, a new technique measured the oscillation as a function of channel length. This article gives an overview of the experimental phenomenology of the spin injection technique. We then review details of the application of the technique to InAs single quantum well (SQW devices. The effective magnetic field associated with Rashba spin-orbit coupling is described, and a heuristic model of coherent spin precession is presented. The two successful empirical demonstrations of the Datta Das conductance oscillation are then described and discussed.

  10. Liposome Biodistribution via Europium Complexes. (United States)

    Mignet, Nathalie; Scherman, Daniel


    The drug delivery field needs tools to follow vector biodistribution. Radioactive tracers and conventional fluorophores are widely used. We propose here to use europium complexes. Use of pulsed light source time-resolved fluorimetry takes into account the fluorescence decay time of the lanthanide chelates to gain sensitivity in biological media. The method was developed to follow liposome biodistribution. Octadecyl-DTPA.Eu compound has been prepared and incorporated into liposomes without alteration of its fluorescence signal. The method has been validated by comparison with fluorophore-labeled liposomes. The way to proceed to use this method for liposomes or other vectors is detailed.

  11. Surface magnetism of gallium arsenide nanofilms


    Lu, Huan; Yu, Jin; Guo, Wanlin


    Gallium arsenide (GaAs) is the widest used second generation semiconductor with a direct band gap and increasingly used as nanofilms. However, the magnetic properties of GaAs nanofilms have never been studied. Here we find by comprehensive density functional theory calculations that GaAs nanofilms cleaved along the and directions become intrinsically metallic films with strong surface magnetism and magnetoelectric (ME) effect. The surface magnetism and electrical conductivity are realized v...

  12. Resonance ionization scheme development for europium

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    Chrysalidis, K; Fedosseev, V N; Marsh, B A; Naubereit, P; Rothe, S; Seiffert, C; Kron, T; Wendt, K


    Odd-parity autoionizing states of europium have been investigated by resonance ionization spectroscopy via two-step, two-resonance excitations. The aim of this work was to establish ionization schemes specifically suited for europium ion beam production using the ISOLDE Resonance Ionization Laser Ion Source (RILIS). 13 new RILIS-compatible ionization schemes are proposed. The scheme development was the first application of the Photo Ionization Spectroscopy Apparatus (PISA) which has recently been integrated into the RILIS setup.

  13. Resonance ionization scheme development for europium

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    Chrysalidis, K., E-mail:; Goodacre, T. Day; Fedosseev, V. N.; Marsh, B. A. [CERN (Switzerland); Naubereit, P. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Institiut für Physik (Germany); Rothe, S.; Seiffert, C. [CERN (Switzerland); Kron, T.; Wendt, K. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Institiut für Physik (Germany)


    Odd-parity autoionizing states of europium have been investigated by resonance ionization spectroscopy via two-step, two-resonance excitations. The aim of this work was to establish ionization schemes specifically suited for europium ion beam production using the ISOLDE Resonance Ionization Laser Ion Source (RILIS). 13 new RILIS-compatible ionization schemes are proposed. The scheme development was the first application of the Photo Ionization Spectroscopy Apparatus (PISA) which has recently been integrated into the RILIS setup.

  14. Superlattice Intermediate Band Solar Cell on Gallium Arsenide (United States)


    AFRL-RV-PS- AFRL-RV-PS- TR-2015-0048 TR-2015-0048 SUPERLATTICE INTERMEDIATE BAND SOLAR CELL ON GALLIUM ARSENIDE Alexandre Freundlich...SUBTITLE 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA9453-13-1-0232 Superlattice Intermediate Band Solar Cell on Gallium Arsenide 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER

  15. Electronic state of europium atoms on surface of oxidized tungsten

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    Davydov, S Y


    The energy scheme of the europium atoms adsorption system on the tungsten surface, coated with the oxygen monolayer, is considered. The evaluations of the europium adatoms charged state on the oxidized tungsten surface are performed. It is established, that europium, adsorbed at the oxidized tungsten surface, is a positive ion with the charge close to the unit. The zonal scheme of the Eu-O/W adsorption system for the europium low and high concentrations is proposed

  16. Europium anomaly in plagioclase feldspar - Experimental results and semiquantitative model. (United States)

    Weill, D. F.; Drake, M. J.


    The partition of europium between plagioclase feldspar and magmatic liquid is considered in terms of the distribution coefficients for divalent and trivalent europium. A model equation is derived giving the europium anomaly in plagioclase as a function of temperature and oxygen fugacity. The model explains europium anomalies in plagioclase synthesized under controlled laboratory conditions as well as the variations of the anomaly observed in natural terrestrial and extraterrestrial igneous rocks.

  17. Heat blocking gallium arsenide solar cells (United States)

    Rahman, F.; Farmer, C. D.; Schmidt, C.; Pfaff, G.; Stanley, C. R.


    The solar cell industry is witnessing an era of unprecedented growth and this trend is set to continue for the foreseeable future. Here we describe a heat reflection pigment-coated single-junction gallium arsenide solar cell that is capable of reflecting heat-inducing near-infrared radiation. The cell maintains its performance better than non-coated cells when exposed to infrared-rich radiant flux. In situations where solar cells get heated mainly from incident infrared radiation, these cells exhibit superior performance. The heat reflecting pigment, cell structure, coating process and cell performance have been described.

  18. Modelling of the modulation properties of arsenide and nitride VCSELs (United States)

    Wasiak, Michał; Śpiewak, Patrycja; Moser, Philip; Gebski, Marcin; Schmeckebier, Holger; Sarzała, Robert P.; Lott, James A.


    In this paper, using our model of capacitance in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), we analyze certain differences between an oxide-confined arsenide VCSEL emitting in the NIR region, and a nitride VCSEL emitting violet radiation. In the nitride laser its high differential resistance, caused partially by the low conductivity of p-type GaN material and the bottom contact configuration, is one of the main reasons why the nitride VCSEL has much worse modulation properties than the arsenide VCSEL. Using the complicated arsenide structure, we also analyze different possible ways of constructing the laser's equivalent circuit.

  19. Fermi Surface and Antiferromagnetism in Europium Metal

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    Andersen, O. Krogh; Loucks, T. L.


    We have calculated the Fermi surface of europium in order to find those features which determine the wave vector of the helical moment arrangement below the Néel point. We find that there are two pieces of Fermi surface: an electron surface at the symmetry point H, which has the shape of rounded...... of the nearly cubical part of the hole surface at P, and we also discuss the effects of the electron surface at H. Since it is likely that barium and europium have similar Fermi surfaces, we have presented several extremal areas and the corresponding de Haas-van Alphen frequencies in the hope that experimental...

  20. Organophosphate Nerve Agent Detection with Europium Complexes

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    Jake R. Schwierking


    Full Text Available We explore the detection of paraoxon, a model compound for nonvolatile organophosphate nerve agents such as VX. The detection utilizes europium complexes with 1,10 phenanthroline and thenoyltrifluoroacetone as sensitizing ligands. Both europium luminescence quenching and luminescence enhancement modalities are involved in the detection, which is simple, rapid, and sensitive. It is adaptable as well to the more volatile fluorophosphate nerve agents. It involves nothing more than visual luminescence observation under sample illumination by an ordinary hand-held ultraviolet lamp.

  1. Ellipsometric study of silicon nitride on gallium arsenide (United States)

    Alterovitz, S. A.; Bu-Abbud, G. H.; Woollam, J. A.; Liu, D.; Chung, Y.; Langer, D.


    A method for optimizing the sensitivity of ellipsometric measurements for thin dielectric films on semiconductors is described in simple physical terms. The technique is demonstrated for the case of sputtered silicon nitride films on gallium arsenide.

  2. Gallium Arsenide solar cell radiation damage experiment (United States)

    Maurer, R. H.; Kinnison, J. D.; Herbert, G. A.; Meulenberg, A.


    Gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar cells for space applications from three different manufactures were irradiated with 10 MeV protons or 1 MeV electrons. The electrical performance of the cells was measured at several fluence levels and compared. Silicon cells were included for reference and comparison. All the GaAs cell types performed similarly throughout the testing and showed a 36 to 56 percent power areal density advantage over the silicon cells. Thinner (8-mil versus 12-mil) GaAs cells provide a significant weight reduction. The use of germanium (Ge) substrates to improve mechanical integrity can be implemented with little impact on end of life performance in a radiation environment.

  3. Surface magnetism of gallium arsenide nanofilms (United States)

    Lu, Huan; Yu, Jin; Guo, Wanlin


    Gallium arsenide (GaAs) is the most widely used second-generation semiconductor with a direct band gap, and it is being increasingly used as nanofilms. However, the magnetic properties of GaAs nanofilms have never been studied. Here we find by comprehensive density-functional-theory calculations that GaAs nanofilms cleaved along the 〈111 〉 and 〈100 〉 directions become intrinsically metallic films with strong surface magnetism and the magnetoelectric effect. Surface magnetism and electrical conductivity are realized via a combined effect of charge transfer induced by spontaneous electric polarization through the film thickness and spin-polarized surface states. The surface magnetism of 〈111 〉 nanofilms can be significantly and linearly tuned by a vertically applied electric field, endowing the nanofilms with unexpectedly high magnetoelectric coefficients, which are tens of times higher than those of ferromagnetic metals and transition-metal oxides.

  4. Inhalation developmental toxicology studies: Gallium arsenide in mice and rats

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    Mast, T.J.; Greenspan, B.J.; Dill, J.A.; Stoney, K.H.; Evanoff, J.J.; Rommereim, R.L.


    Gallium arsenide is a crystalline compound used extensively in the semiconductor industry. Workers preparing solar cells and gallium arsenide ingots and wafers are potentially at risk from the inhalation of gallium arsenide dust. The potential for gallium arsenide to cause developmental toxicity was assessed in Sprague- Dawley rats and CD-1 (Swiss) mice exposed to 0, 10, 37, or 75 mg/m{sup 3} gallium arsenide, 6 h/day, 7 days/week. Each of the four treatment groups consisted of 10 virgin females (for comparison), and {approx}30 positively mated rats or {approx}24 positively mated mice. Mice were exposed on 4--17 days of gestation (dg), and rats on 4--19 dg. The day of plug or sperm detection was designated as 0 dg. Body weights were obtained throughout the study period, and uterine and fetal body weights were obtained at sacrifice (rats, 20 dg; mice, 18 dg). Implants were enumerated and their status recorded. Live fetuses were sexed and examined for gross, visceral, skeletal, and soft-tissue craniofacial defects. Gallium and arsenic concentrations were determined in the maternal blood and uterine contents of the rats (3/group) at 7, 14, and 20 dg. 37 refs., 11 figs., 30 tabs.

  5. Maskless proton beam writing in gallium arsenide

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    Mistry, P. [Ion Beam Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom) and Nano-Electronics Centre, Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom)]. E-mail:; Gomez-Morilla, I. [Ion Beam Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Smith, R.C. [Nano-Electronics Centre, Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Thomson, D. [Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Grime, G.W. [Ion Beam Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Webb, R.P. [Ion Beam Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Gwilliam, R. [Ion Beam Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Jeynes, C. [Ion Beam Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Cansell, A. [Ion Beam Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Merchant, M. [Ion Beam Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Kirkby, K.J. [Ion Beam Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom)


    Proton beam writing (PBW) is a direct write technique that employs a focused MeV proton beam which is scanned in a pre-determined pattern over a target material which is subsequently electrochemically etched or chemically developed. By changing the energy of the protons the range of the protons can be changed. The ultimate depth of the structure is determined by the range of the protons in the material and this allows structures to be formed to different depths. PBW has been successfully employed on etchable glasses, polymers and semiconductor materials such as silicon (Si) and gallium arsenide (GaAs). This study reports on PBW in p-type GaAs and compares experimental results with computer simulations using the Atlas (copy right) semiconductor device package from SILVACO. It has already been proven that hole transport is required for the electrochemical etching of GaAs using Tiron (4,5-dihydroxy-m-benzenedisulfonic acid, di-sodium salt). PBW in GaAs results in carrier removal in the irradiated regions and consequently minimal hole transport (in these regions) during electrochemical etching. As a result the irradiated regions are significantly more etch resistant than the non-irradiated regions. This allows high aspect ratio structures to be formed.

  6. Evaluation of the carcinogenicity of gallium arsenide. (United States)

    Bomhard, Ernst M; Gelbke, Heinz-Peter; Schenk, Hermann; Williams, Gary M; Cohen, Samuel M


    Gallium arsenide (GaAs) is an important semiconductor material. In 2-year inhalation studies, GaAs increased the incidence of lung tumors in female rats, but not in male rats or male and female mice. Alveolar proteinosis followed by chronic active inflammation was the predominant non-neoplastic pulmonary findings. IARC classified GaAs as carcinogenic to humans (group 1) based on the assumption that As and Ga ions are bioavailable. The European Chemical Agency Risk Assessment Committee concluded that GaAs should be classified into Carcinogenicity Category 1B (presumed to have carcinogenic potential for humans; ECHA). We evaluate whether these classifications are justified. Physico-chemical properties of GaAs particles and the degree of mechanical treatment are critical in this evaluation. The available data on mode of action (MOA), genotoxicity and bioavailability do not support the contribution of As or Ga ions to the lung tumors in female rats. Most toxicological studies utilized small particles produced by strong mechanical treatment, destroying the crystalline structure. The resulting amorphous GaAs is not relevant to crystalline GaAs at production and processing sites. The likely tumorigenic MOA is lung toxicity related to particulate-induced inflammation and increased proliferation. It is concluded that there is no evidence for a primary carcinogenic effect of GaAs.

  7. Gallium arsenide processing for gate array logic (United States)

    Cole, Eric D.


    The development of a reliable and reproducible GaAs process was initiated for applications in gate array logic. Gallium Arsenide is an extremely important material for high speed electronic applications in both digital and analog circuits since its electron mobility is 3 to 5 times that of silicon, this allows for faster switching times for devices fabricated with it. Unfortunately GaAs is an extremely difficult material to process with respect to silicon and since it includes the arsenic component GaAs can be quite dangerous (toxic) especially during some heating steps. The first stage of the research was directed at developing a simple process to produce GaAs MESFETs. The MESFET (MEtal Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor) is the most useful, practical and simple active device which can be fabricated in GaAs. It utilizes an ohmic source and drain contact separated by a Schottky gate. The gate width is typically a few microns. Several process steps were required to produce a good working device including ion implantation, photolithography, thermal annealing, and metal deposition. A process was designed to reduce the total number of steps to a minimum so as to reduce possible errors. The first run produced no good devices. The problem occurred during an aluminum etch step while defining the gate contacts. It was found that the chemical etchant attacked the GaAs causing trenching and subsequent severing of the active gate region from the rest of the device. Thus all devices appeared as open circuits. This problem is being corrected and since it was the last step in the process correction should be successful. The second planned stage involves the circuit assembly of the discrete MESFETs into logic gates for test and analysis. Finally the third stage is to incorporate the designed process with the tested circuit in a layout that would produce the gate array as a GaAs integrated circuit.

  8. Electrooptic Waveguide Directional Coupler Modulator in Aluminum Gallium Arsenide-Gallium Arsenide. (United States)

    Khan, Mujibun Nisa

    A novel optical waveguide intensity modulator in aluminum gallium arsenide and gallium arsenide material system is modeled, designed, and experimentally demonstrated at 0.83 μm wavelength. The modulator utilizes the linear electrooptic effect in a coupled waveguide structure to achieve high extinction ratio at low drive voltage. The device structure consists of a differentially -etched ridge directional coupler, where the ridge height in the gap is smaller that that of the outer sides. The effective index and semivectorial finite difference modeling techniques are developed to analyze the single ridge guides and directional coupler structures. The mode structure results from the two models are compared and the limitations of the effective index method are determined. The differential -etch design is employed to reduce the length as well as the drive voltage of the modulator. A modulation voltage of 2 volts for a 3.5-mm-long device is achieved, which is the lowest reported in literature. These results are compared with those obtained from the simplified analytical expressions for conventional couplers, and higher performance expected from the differential-etch design is verified. The modulator extinction ratio is measured to be 13 dB at 2 volts. The measured optical propagation loss of approximately 3.4 dB/cm for the modulator is speculated to be primarily due to the surface morphology of the epitaxially-grown material, and the light scattering from rough ridge walls produced during the anisotropic dry etching process. The high microwave loss of 15 dB/cm calculated for the modulator electrode design suggests a trade-off between the modulation voltage and the bandwidth, which is expected to be limited to 500 MHz. The measurement of the modulator frequency response up to 100 KHz is presented, because of the test limitations at higher frequencies due to the weak modulated intensity signals.

  9. Europium enabled luminescent nanoparticles for biomedical applications

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    Syamchand, S.S., E-mail:; Sony, G., E-mail:


    Lanthanide based nanoparticles are receiving great attention ought to their excellent luminescent and magnetic properties and find challenging biomedical applications. Among the luminescent lanthanide NPs, europium based NPs (Eu-NPs) are better candidates for immunoassay and imaging applications. The Eu-NPs have an edge over quantum dots (QDs) by means of their stable luminescence, long fluorescence lifetime, sharp emission peaks with narrow band width, lack of blinking and biocompatibility. This review surveys the synthesis and properties of a variety of Eu-NPs consolidated from different research articles, for their applications in medicine and biology. The exquisite luminescent properties of Eu-NPs are explored for developing biomedical applications such as immunoassay and bioimaging including multimodal imaging. The biomedical applications of Eu-NPs are mostly diagnostic in nature and mainly focus on various key analytes present in biological systems. The luminescent properties of europium enabled NPs are influenced by a number of factors such as the site symmetry, the metal nanoparticles, metal ions, quantum dots, surfactants, morphology of Eu-NPs, crystal defect, phenomena like antenna effect and physical parameters like temperature. Through this review we explore and assimilate all the factors which affect the luminescence in Eu-NPs and coil a new thread of parameters that control the luminescence in Eu-NPs, which would provide further insight in developing Eu-based nanoprobes for future biomedical prospects. - Highlights: • The review describes 14 major factors that influence the luminescence properties of europium enabled luminescent nanoparticles (Eu-NPs). • Surveys different types of europium containing nanoparticles that have been reported for their biomedical applications. • Eu-NPs are conveniently divided into four different categories, based on the type of the substrates involved. The four categories are (1) virgin Eu-substrate based NPs; (2

  10. The Europium Oxybarometer: Power and Pitfalls (United States)

    McKay, G.


    One of the most important characteristics of a planet is the oxidation state of its mantle, as reflected in primitive basalts. Petrologists have devised several methods to estimate the oxygen fugacity under which basalts crystallized. One method that has been the subject of recent interest involves the depth of the Eu anomaly in first-crystallizing minerals. A discussion detailing the experimental calibration of the Europium oxybarometer and the application of this device to Angrites and Martian basaltic meteorites are presented. The strengths and weaknesses of the instrument are also included.

  11. Europium Effect on the Electron Transport in Graphene Ribbons

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    Bobadilla, Alfredo D.; Ocola, Leonidas E.; Sumant, Anirudha V.; Kaminski, Michael; Kumar, Narendra; Seminario, Jorge M.


    We report in this complementary theoretical-experimental work the effect of gating on the election transport of grapheme ribbons when exposed to very low concentration of europium in an aqueous solution. We find a direct correlation between the level of concentration of europium ions in the solvent and the change in electron transport in graphene, observing a change of up to 3 orders of magnitude at the lowest level of concentration tested (0.1 mM), suggesting a possibility that graphene ribbons can be used for detecting very low concentrations of europium in liquid solutions.

  12. Paramagnetic Europium Salen Complex and Sickle-Cell Anemia (United States)

    Wynter, Clive I.; Ryan, D. H.; May, Leopold; Oliver, F. W.; Brown, Eugene; Hoffman, Eugene J.; Bernstein, David


    A new europium salen complex, Eu(salen)2NH4, was synthesized, and its composition was confirmed by chemical analysis and infrared spectroscopy. Further characterization was carried out by 151 Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetic susceptibility measurements. Mössbauer spectroscopic measurements were made at varying temperatures between 9 K and room temperature and a value of Debye temperature of 133 ±5 K was computed. Both Mössbauer and magnetic susceptibility measurements confirmed the paramagnetic behavior of this complex and the trivalent state of the europium ion. In view of the fact that the "odd" paramagnetic molecule NO has been shown to reverse sickling of red blood cells in sickle cell anemia, the interaction between the paramagnetic europium salen complex and sickle cells was examined after incubation with this europium complex and shown to have similar effects.

  13. Europium polyoxometalates encapsulated in silica nanoparticles - characterization and photoluminescence studies

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    Neves, Cristina S.; Granadeiro, Carlos M.; Cunha-Silva, Luis; Eaton, Peter; Balula, Salete S.; Pereira, Eulalia [REQUIMTE/Departamento de Quimica e Bioquimica, Faculdade de Ciencias, Universidade do Porto (Portugal); Ananias, Duarte [CICECO, Departamento de Quimica, Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal); Gago, Sandra [REQUIMTE, Departamento de Quimica, Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Monte de Caparica (Portugal); Feio, Gabriel [CENIMAT/I3N, Departamento de Ciencia dos Materiais, Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Monte de Caparica (Portugal); Carvalho, Patricia A. [ICEMS/Departamento de Bioengenharia, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa (Portugal)


    The incorporation of europium polyoxometalates into silica nanoparticles can lead to a biocompatible nanomaterial with luminescent properties suitable for applications in biosensors, biological probes, and imaging. Keggin-type europium polyoxometalates Eu(PW{sub 11}){sub x} (x = 1 and 2) with different europium coordination environments were prepared by using simple methodologies and no expensive reactants. These luminescent compounds were then encapsulated into silica nanoparticles for the first time through the water-in-oil microemulsion methodology with a nonionic surfactant. The europium polyoxometalates and the nanoparticles were characterized by using several techniques [FTIR, FT-Raman, {sup 31}P magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR, and TEM/energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (TEM-EDS), AFM, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and inductively coupled plasma MS (ICP-MS) analysis]. The stability of the material and the integrity of the europium compounds incorporated were also examined. Furthermore, the photoluminescence properties of the Eu(PW{sub 11}){sub x} rate at SiO{sub 2} nanomaterials were evaluated and compared with those of the free europium polyoxometalates. The silica surface of the most stable nanoparticles was successfully functionalized with appropriate organosilanes to enable the covalent binding of oligonucleotides. (Copyright copyright 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  14. Spectral Properties of a bis-Azospiropyran Complexed with Europium (United States)

    Nourmohammadian, F.; Ghahari, M.; Gholami, M. Davoudzadeh


    The complexation of recently synthesized symmetrical bifunctional bis-azospiropyran photochromic dye with europium nitrate and its effect on UV-vis absorption and fluorescent emission was studied. Upon addition of Eu 3+ to colorless spiropyran, a yellow merocyanine europium complex was obtained with an absorption band at 410 nm. Negatively charged phenolic oxygenin zwitterionic ring-open form provides an effective metal binding site for Eu 3+ . Meanwhile, the inherent fluorescence emission of the photochromic dye at 380 nm is switched off due to the Eu 3+ - induced drive of spiro-mero equilibrium to form mero form. The stoichiometry of dye-europium complexation was evaluated by fluorescence emission and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and a 8:1 ratio was obtained in both cases. The binding constant (K) value of the dye-europium complex was 3 × 106 M -1 . In conclusion, the current molecular switch is a useful sensitive dual measuring tool for solutions containing europium or europium-like elements by evaluation of visible absorption or fluorescent emission spectroscopy.

  15. Metal plasmon enhanced europium complex luminescence

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    Liu Feng [Department of Chemistry, Queen' s University, 90 Bader Lane, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 (Canada); Aldea, Gabriela [Department of Chemistry, Queen' s University, 90 Bader Lane, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 (Canada); Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry Iasi, Aleea Grigore Ghica Voda 41A, 700487 Iasi (Romania); Nunzi, Jean-Michel, E-mail: nunzijm@queensu.c [Department of Chemistry, Queen' s University, 90 Bader Lane, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 (Canada)


    The plasmon enhanced luminescence of a rare-earth complex Tris(6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8-heptafluoro-2, 2-dimethyl-3, 5-octanedionato) europium (Eu(fod){sub 3}) was investigated. A polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) thin film was successfully adopted as a spacer to separate the Eu complex from the silver island film (SIF), and five-fold enhancement of the radiative decay rate of the Eu complex on SIF was demonstrated based on the luminescence intensity and lifetime measurement. Investigation of the distance dependent luminescence indicates that 7 nm is an optimal distance for SIF enhanced Eu luminescence. Plasmon enhanced rare-earth luminescence based on an organic film spacer would find potential applications in plasmon enhanced organic light emitting diode (OLED) devices.

  16. Trap influence on the performance of gallium arsenide radiation detectors

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    Castaldini, A.; Cavallini, A.; Polenta, L. [Univ. of Bologna (Italy); Canali, C.; Nava, F. [Univ. of Modena (Italy); Papa, C. del [Univ. of Udine (Italy). Dept. of Physics


    Ohmic contacts play an important role in the performance of LEC gallium arsenide particle detectors since they possibly control the injection of charge carriers. Contact characteristics have been compared and related to electrically active defects induced during contact preparation and to the detector efficiency. The electric field distribution has also been analyzed. Spectroscopic investigations have put into evidence that the contact fabrication process significantly influences the trap density whilst it does not change their signatures.

  17. Novel fluorescent probe for low density lipoprotein, based on the enhancement of Europium emission band


    Courrol, Lilia Coronato; Monteiro, A.M.; SILVA, F.R.O.; L. Gomes; VIEIRA, N.D.; Gidlund, Magnus; Figueiredo Neto, A.M.


    We report here the observation of the enhancement of Europium-tetracycline complex emission in Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) solutions. Europium emission band of tetracycline solution containing Europium (III) chloride hexahydrate was tested to obtain effective enhancement in the presence of native LDL and oxidized LDL. Europium emission lifetime in the presence of lipoproteins was measured, resulting in a simple method to measure the lipoproteins quantity in an aqueous solution at physiologi...

  18. Europium ion as a probe for binding sites to carrageenans

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    Ramos, Ana P.; Goncalves, Rogeria R.; Serra, Osvaldo A. [Departamento de Quimica, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras de Ribeirao Preto, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo 14040-901 (Brazil); Zaniquelli, Maria Elisabete D. [Departamento de Quimica, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras de Ribeirao Preto, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo 14040-901 (Brazil)], E-mail:; Wong, Kenneth [Laboratorio de Fisico-Quimica, Centro de Pesquisas de Paulinia, Rhodia Brasil, Paulinia, Sao Paulo (Brazil)


    Carrageenans, sulfated polysaccharides extracted from red algae, present a coil-helix transition and helix aggregation dependence on the type and concentration of counterions. In this study, we focus attention on a mixed valence counterion system: Eu{sup 3+}/Na{sup +} or K{sup +} with different gel-forming carrageenans: kappa, iota, and kappa-2. Results of stationary and time-dependent luminescence showed to be a suitable tool to probe ion binding to both the negatively charged sulfate group and the hydroxyl groups present in the biopolymer. For lower europium ion concentrations, a single longer decay emission lifetime was detected, which was attributed to the binding of europium ion to the carrageenan sulfate groups. An additional decay ascribed to europium binding to hydroxyl groups was observed above a threshold concentration, and this decay was dependent on the carrageenan charge density. Symmetry of the europium ion microenvironment was estimated by the ratio between the intensities of its emission bands, which has been shown to depend on the concentration of europium ions and on the specificity of the monovalent counterion bound to the carrageenan.

  19. First-Principles Investigations on Europium Monoxide

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    Wang, Hao


    Europium monoxide is both an insulator and a Heisenberg ferromagnet (Tc=69 K). In the present thesis, the author has investigated the electronic structure of different types of EuO by density functional theory. The on-site Coulomb interaction of the localized Eu 4f and 5d electrons, which is wrongly treated in the standard generalized gradient approximation method, is found to be crucial to obtain the correct insulating ground state as observed in experiments. Our results show that the ferromagnetism is stable under pressure, both hydrostatic and uniaxial. For both types of pressure an insulator-metal transition is demonstrated. Moreover, the experimentally observed insulator-metal transition in oxygen deficient and gadolinium-doped EuO is reproduced in our calculations for impurity concentrations of 6.25% and 25%. Furthermore, a 10- layer EuO thin film is theoretically predicted to be an insulator with a narrow band gap of around 0.08 eV, while the Si/EuO interface shows metallic properties with the Si and O 2p as well as Eu 5d bands crossing the Fermi level.

  20. Chloride, bromide and iodide scintillators with europium (United States)

    Zhuravleva, Mariya; Yang, Kan


    A halide scintillator material is disclosed where the halide may comprise chloride, bromide or iodide. The material is single-crystalline and has a composition of the general formula ABX.sub.3 where A is an alkali, B is an alkali earth and X is a halide which general composition was investigated. In particular, crystals of the formula ACa.sub.1-yEu.sub.yI.sub.3 where A=K, Rb and Cs were formed as well as crystals of the formula CsA.sub.1-yEu.sub.yX.sub.3 (where A=Ca, Sr, Ba, or a combination thereof and X=Cl, Br or I or a combination thereof) with divalent Europium doping where 0.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.1, and more particularly Eu doping has been studied at one to ten mol %. The disclosed scintillator materials are suitable for making scintillation detectors used in applications such as medical imaging and homeland security.

  1. Electrochemical extraction of europium from molten fluoride media

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    Gibilaro, M. [Universite de Toulouse, INPT, UPS, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, Departement Procedes Electrochimiques, F-31062 Toulouse cedex 09 (France); CNRS, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, F-31062 Toulouse cedex 09 (France); Massot, L., E-mail: [Universite de Toulouse, INPT, UPS, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, Departement Procedes Electrochimiques, F-31062 Toulouse cedex 09 (France); CNRS, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, F-31062 Toulouse cedex 09 (France); Chamelot, P.; Cassayre, L.; Taxil, P. [Universite de Toulouse, INPT, UPS, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, Departement Procedes Electrochimiques, F-31062 Toulouse cedex 09 (France); CNRS, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, F-31062 Toulouse cedex 09 (France)


    This work concerns the extraction of europium from molten fluoride media. Two electrochemical ways have been examined: (i) the use of a reactive cathode made of copper and (ii) the co-deposition with aluminium on inert electrode, leading to the formation of europium-copper and europium-aluminium alloys, respectively, as identified by SEM-EDS analysis. Cyclic voltammetry and square wave voltammetry were used to identify the reduction pathway and to characterise the step of Cu-Eu and Al-Eu alloys formation. Then, electrochemical extractions using the two methodologies have been performed with extraction efficiency around 92% for copper electrode and 99.7% for co-reduction with aluminium ions.

  2. Solubilization of europium fulvate in aqueous solutions containing complexing agents

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    Legin, E.K.; Trifonov, Yu.I.; Khokhlov, M.L. [Khlopin Radium Inst., St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)] [and others


    The europium fulvate complex is synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic and chemical methods. By an example of this complex, it is demonstrated that metal complexes of humic substances are solubilized in the presence of complexing anions such as OAc{sup {minus}}, C{sub 2}O{sup 2{minus}}{sub 4}, and EDTA{sup 2{minus}}. The solubilization is studied by the optical and radioactive tracer methods. The solubilization of europium fulvate increases parallel to the complexing power of anions. In the solid fulvate europium is bonded stronger than in the ethylenediaminetetraacetate complex. The solubilization is considered as a potential source for decomposition of the {open_quotes}absorbing soil complex,{close_quotes} resulting in mobile forms of a metal and humic component in soils and soil waters.

  3. Laser and electron beam processing of silicon and gallium arsenide

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    Narayan, J.


    Laser (photon) and electron beams provide a controlled source of heat by which surface layers of silicon and gallium arsenide can be rapidly melted and cooled with rates exceeding 10/sup 80/C/sec. The melting process has been used to remove displacement damage in ion implanted Si and GaAs, to remove dislocations, loops and precipitates in silicon and to study impurity segregation and solubility limits. The mechanisms associated with various phenomena will be examined. The possible impact of laser and electron beam processing on device technology, particularly with respect to solar cells is discussed.

  4. Anomalous tensoelectric effects in gallium arsenide tunnel diodes

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    Alekseeva, Z.M.; Vyatkin, A.P.; Krivorotov, N.P.; Shchegol' , A.A.


    Anomalous tensoelectric phenomena induced in a tunnel p-n junction by a concentrated load and by hydrostatic compression were studied. The anomalous tensoelectric effects are caused by the action of concentrators of mechanical stresses in the vicinity of the p-n junction, giving rise to local microplastic strain. Under the conditions of hydrostatic compression prolate inclusions approx.100-200 A long play the role of concentrators. Analysis of irreversible changes in the current-voltage characteristics of tunnel p-n junctions made it possible to separate the energy levels of the defects produced with plastic strain of gallium arsenide.

  5. Anomalous tensoelectric effects in gallium arsenide tunnel diodes (United States)

    Alekseeva, Z. M.; Vyatkin, A. P.; Krivorotov, N. P.; Shchegol', A. A.


    Anomalous tensoelectric phenomena induced in a tunnel p-n junction by a concentrated load and by hydrostatic compression were studied. The anomalous tensoelectric effects are caused by the action of concentrators of mechanical stresses in the vicinity of the p-n junction, giving rise to local microplastic strain. Under the conditions of hydrostatic compression prolate inclusions ∿100 200 å long play the role of concentrators. Analysis of irreversible changes in the current-voltage characteristics of tunnel p-n junctions made it possible to separate the energy levels of the defects produced with plastic strain of gallium arsenide.

  6. Testing of gallium arsenide solar cells on the CRRES vehicle (United States)

    Trumble, T. M.

    A flight experiment was designed to determine the optimum design for gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar cell panels in a radiation environment. Elements of the experiment design include, different coverglass material and thicknesses, welded and soldered interconnects, different solar cell efficiencies, different solar cell types, and measurement of annealing properties. This experiment is scheduled to fly on the Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES). This satellite will simultaneously measure the radiation environment and provide engineering data on solar cell degradation that can be directly related to radiation damage.

  7. Excess europium content in Precambrian sedimentary rocks and continental evolution (United States)

    Jakes, P.; Taylor, S. R.


    It is proposed that the europium excess in Precambrian sedimentary rocks, relative to those of younger age, is derived from volcanic rocks of ancient island arcs, which were the source materials for the sediments. Precambrian sedimentary rocks and present-day volcanic rocks of island arcs have similar REE patterns, total REE abundances, and excess Eu, relative to the North American shale composite. The present upper crustal REE pattern, as exemplified by that of sediments, is depleted in Eu, relative to chondrites. This depletion is considered to be a consequence of development of a granodioritic upper crust by partial melting in the lower crust, which selectively retains europium.

  8. Lattice parameters guide superconductivity in iron-arsenides (United States)

    Konzen, Lance M. N.; Sefat, Athena S.


    The discovery of superconducting materials has led to their use in technological marvels such as magnetic-field sensors in MRI machines, powerful research magnets, short transmission cables, and high-speed trains. Despite such applications, the uses of superconductors are not widespread because they function much below room-temperature, hence the costly cooling. Since the discovery of Cu- and Fe-based high-temperature superconductors (HTS), much intense effort has tried to explain and understand the superconducting phenomenon. While no exact explanations are given, several trends are reported in relation to the materials basis in magnetism and spin excitations. In fact, most HTS have antiferromagnetic undoped ‘parent’ materials that undergo a superconducting transition upon small chemical substitutions in them. As it is currently unclear which ‘dopants’ can favor superconductivity, this manuscript investigates crystal structure changes upon chemical substitutions, to find clues in lattice parameters for the superconducting occurrence. We review the chemical substitution effects on the crystal lattice of iron-arsenide-based crystals (2008 to present). We note that (a) HTS compounds have nearly tetragonal structures with a-lattice parameter close to 4 Å, and (b) superconductivity can depend strongly on the c-lattice parameter changes with chemical substitution. For example, a decrease in c-lattice parameter is required to induce ‘in-plane’ superconductivity. The review of lattice parameter trends in iron-arsenides presented here should guide synthesis of new materials and provoke theoretical input, giving clues for HTS.

  9. Evaluation of the male reproductive toxicity of gallium arsenide. (United States)

    Bomhard, Ernst M; Cohen, Samuel M; Gelbke, Heinz-Peter; Williams, Gary M


    Gallium arsenide is an important semiconductor material marketed in the shape of wafers and thus is not hazardous to the end user. Exposure to GaAs particles may, however, occur during manufacture and processing. Potential hazards require evaluation. In 14-week inhalation studies with small GaAs particles, testicular effects have been reported in rats and mice. These effects occurred only in animals whose lungs showed marked inflammation and also had hematologic changes indicating anemia and hemolysis. The time- and concentration-dependent progressive nature of the lung and blood effects together with bioavailability data on gallium and arsenic lead us to conclude that the testicular/sperm effects are secondary to hypoxemia resulting from lung damage rather than due to a direct chemical effect of gallium or arsenide. Conditions leading to such primary effects are not expected to occur in humans at production and processing sites. This has to be taken into consideration for any classification decision for reproductive toxicity; especially a category 1 according to the EU CLP system is not warranted. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Macroscopic diffusion models for precipitation in crystalline gallium arsenide

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    Kimmerle, Sven-Joachim Wolfgang


    Based on a thermodynamically consistent model for precipitation in gallium arsenide crystals including surface tension and bulk stresses by Dreyer and Duderstadt, we propose two different mathematical models to describe the size evolution of liquid droplets in a crystalline solid. The first model treats the diffusion-controlled regime of interface motion, while the second model is concerned with the interface-controlled regime of interface motion. Our models take care of conservation of mass and substance. These models generalise the well-known Mullins- Sekerka model for Ostwald ripening. We concentrate on arsenic-rich liquid spherical droplets in a gallium arsenide crystal. Droplets can shrink or grow with time but the centres of droplets remain fixed. The liquid is assumed to be homogeneous in space. Due to different scales for typical distances between droplets and typical radii of liquid droplets we can derive formally so-called mean field models. For a model in the diffusion-controlled regime we prove this limit by homogenisation techniques under plausible assumptions. These mean field models generalise the Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner model, which can be derived from the Mullins-Sekerka model rigorously, and is well understood. Mean field models capture the main properties of our system and are well adapted for numerics and further analysis. We determine possible equilibria and discuss their stability. Numerical evidence suggests in which case which one of the two regimes might be appropriate to the experimental situation. (orig.)

  11. Murine High Specificity/Sensitivity Competitive Europium Insulin Autoantibody Assay (United States)

    Babaya, Naru; Liu, Edwin; Miao, DongMei; Li, Marcella; Yu, Liping


    Abstract Background Most insulin autoantibody assays for both human and animal models are in a radioassay format utilizing 125I-insulin, but despite the radioassay format international workshops have documented difficulty in standardization between laboratories. There is thus a need for simpler assay formats that do not utilize radioactivity, yet retain the high specificity and sensitivity of radioassays. Methods To establish an easier enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for insulin autoantibodies of non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice, we used an ELISA format, competition with unlabeled insulin, europium-avidin, and time-resolved fluorescence detection (competitive europium insulin autoantibody assay). Results The competitive europium assay of insulin autoantibodies when applied to sera from NOD mice had high sensitivity and specificity (92% sensitivity, 100% specificity) compared to our standard insulin autoantibody radioassay (72% sensitivity, 100% specificity) in analyzing blind workshop sera. It is noteworthy that though the assay has extremely high sensitivity for murine insulin autoantibodies and utilizes human insulin as target autoantigen, human sera with high levels of insulin autoantibodies are not detected. Conclusions Our results clearly indicate that low levels of insulin autoantibodies can be detected in an ELISA-like format. Combining a europium-based ELISA with competition with fluid-phase autoantigen can be applicable to many autoantigens to achieve high specificity and sensitivity in an ELISA format. PMID:19344197

  12. Tridentate benzimidazole-pyridine-tetrazolates as sensitizers of europium luminescence. (United States)

    Shavaleev, Nail M; Eliseeva, Svetlana V; Scopelliti, Rosario; Bünzli, Jean-Claude G


    We report on new anionic tridentate benzimidazole-pyridine-tetrazolate ligands that form neutral 3:1 complexes with trivalent lanthanides. The ligands are UV-absorbing chromophores that sensitize the red luminescence of europium with energy-transfer efficiency of 74-100%. The lifetime and quantum yield of the sensitized europium luminescence increase from 0.5 ms and 12-13% for the as-prepared solids to 2.8 ms and 41% for dichloromethane solution. From analysis of the data, the as-prepared solids can be described as aqua-complexes [Ln(κ(3)-ligand)2(κ(1)-ligand)(H2O)x] where the coordinated water molecules are responsible for the strong quenching of the europium luminescence. In solution, the coordinated water molecules are replaced by the nitrogen atoms of the κ(1)-ligand to give anhydrous complexes [Ln(κ(3)-ligand)3] that exhibit efficient europium luminescence. X-ray structures of the anhydrous complexes confirm that the lanthanide ion (La(III), Eu(III)) is nine-coordinate in a distorted tricapped trigonal prismatic environment and that coordination of the lanthanide ion by tetrazolate is weaker than by carboxylate.

  13. Europium 2-benzofuranoate: Synthesis and use for bioimaging (United States)

    Utochnikova, V. V.; Koshelev, D. S.; Medvedko, A. V.; Kalyakina, A. S.; Bushmarinov, I. S.; Grishko, A. Yu; Schepers, U.; Bräse, S.; Vatsadze, S. Z.


    Europium 2-benzofuranoate Eu(BFC)3(H2O)3 was successfully used for bioimaging in cellulo due to the combination of high solubility and high luminescence intensity in solution. It was possible due to the purposeful variation of the aromatic core of carboxylate anion.

  14. First principles predictions of intrinsic defects in aluminum arsenide, AlAs : numerical supplement.

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    Schultz, Peter Andrew


    This Report presents numerical tables summarizing properties of intrinsic defects in aluminum arsenide, AlAs, as computed by density functional theory. This Report serves as a numerical supplement to the results published in: P.A. Schultz, 'First principles predictions of intrinsic defects in Aluminum Arsenide, AlAs', Materials Research Society Symposia Proceedings 1370 (2011; SAND2011-2436C), and intended for use as reference tables for a defect physics package in device models.


    Peppard, D.F.; Horwitz, E.P.; Mason, G.W.


    This patent deals with a process of separating europium from other lanthanides present in aqueous hydrochloric or sulfuric acid solutions. The europium is selectively reduced to the divalent state with a divalent chromium salt formed in situ from chromium(III) salt plus zinc amalgam. The other trivalent lanthanides are then extracted away from the divalent europium with a nitrogen-flushed phosphoric acid ester or a phosphonic acid ester. (AEC)

  16. Distribution, elimination, and renal effects of single oral doses of europium in rats. (United States)

    Ohnishi, Keiko; Usuda, Kan; Nakayama, Shin; Sugiura, Yumiko; Kitamura, Yasuhiro; Kurita, Akihiro; Tsuda, Yuko; Kimura, Motoshi; Kono, Koichi


    Single doses of europium (III) chloride hexahydrate were orally administered to several groups of rats. Cumulative urine samples were taken at 0-24 h, and blood samples were drawn after 24-h administration. The europium concentration was determined in these samples by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. The volume, creatinine, ß-2-microglobulin, and N-acetyl-ß-D-glucosaminidase were measured in the urine samples to evaluate possible europium-induced renal effects. The blood samples showed low europium distribution, with an average of 77.5 μg/L for all groups. Although the urinary concentration and excretion showed dose-dependent increases, the percentage of europium excreted showed a dose-dependent decrease, with an average of 0.31% in all groups. The administration of europium resulted in a significant decrease of creatinine and a significant increase of urinary volume, N-acetyl-ß-D-glucosaminidase, and ß-2-microglobulin. Rare earth elements, including europium, are believed to form colloidal conjugates that deposit in the reticuloendothelial system and glomeruli. This specific reaction may contribute to low europium bioavailability and renal function disturbances. Despite low bioavailability, the high performance of the analytical method for determination of europium makes the blood and urine sampling suitable tools for monitoring of exposure to this element. The results presented in this study will be of great importance in future studies on the health impacts of rare earth elements.

  17. [Synthesis and luminescence properties of reactive ternary europium complexes]. (United States)

    Guo, Dong-cai; Shu, Wan-gen; Zhang, Wei; Liu, You-nian; Zhou, Yue


    In this paper, five new reactive ternary europium complexes were synthesized with the first ligand of 1,10-phenanthroline and the reactive second ligands of maleic anhydride, acrylonitrile, undecenoic acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid, and also characterized by means of elemental analysis, EDTA titrimetric method, FTIR spectra and UV spectra. The fluorescence spectra show that the five new ternary complexes have much higher luminescence intensity than their corresponding binary complexes, and the synergy ability sequence of the five reactive ligands is as follows: linoleic acid > oleic acid > acrylonitrile > maleic anhydride > undecenoic acid. At the same time, the reactive ternary europium complexes coordinated with the reactive ligands, which can be copolymerized with other monomers, will provide a new way for the synthesis of bonding-type rare earth polymer functional materials with excellent luminescence properties.

  18. Solvent extraction of europium(III) to a fluorine-free ionic liquid phase with a diglycolamic acid extractant


    Rout, Alok; Souza, Ernesto Rezende; Binnemans, Koen


    Europium(III) was extracted by bis(2-ethylhexyl)diglycolamic acid (DEHDGA) dissolved in the non-fluorinated ionic liquid tetraoctylammonium dodecyl sulphate, [N8888][DS]. The extraction behaviour of europium(III) was investigated as a function of various parameters: pH, extractant concentration, concentration of the europium(III) ion in the aqueous feed and concentration of the salting-out agent. A comparison was made with extraction of europium(III) by the acidic extractants bis(2-ethylhexyl...

  19. Silver lead borate glasses doped with europium ions for phosphors ...

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    Jul 25, 2017 ... Abstract. Europium (Eu3+) doped silver lead borate glasses with the composition of xEu2O3−(1 − x)Ag2. O−29PbO−70B2O3 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 mol%) have been successfully prepared by conventional melt quenching method. Thermal, structural and luminescence properties have been studied ...

  20. Silver lead borate glasses doped with europium ions for phosphors ...

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    Europium (Eu 3 + ) doped silver lead borate glasses with the composition of x Eu 2 O 3 −( 1 − x )Ag 2 O−29PbO−70B 2 O 3 ( x = 0 , 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 mol%) have been successfully prepared by conventional meltquenching method. Thermal, structural and luminescence properties have been studied using ...

  1. Synthesis and luminescence properties for europium oxide nanotubes

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    Mo Zunli, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education of China, Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China) and State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710072 (China); Deng Zhepeng; Guo Ruibin [Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education of China, Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Fu Qiangang [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710072 (China); Feng Chao; Liu Pengwei; Sun Yu [Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education of China, Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A novel high temperature sensitive fluorescent CNTs/Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite was fabricated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nanocomposite showed strong fluorescent emission peaks at around 540 and 580 nm after calcined beyond 620 Degree-Sign C for 4 h. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ultrahigh fluorescence intensity of the nanocomposites resulted from a synergetic effect of CNTs and europium oxide. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We also discovered that CNTs had an effect of fluorescence quenching. - Abstract: A novel high temperature sensitive fluorescent nanocomposite has been successfully synthesized by an economic hydrothermal method using carbon nanotubes (CNTs), europium oxide, and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS). To our great interest, the nanocomposites show high temperature sensitivity after calcinations at various temperatures, suggesting a synergetic effect of CNTs and europium oxide which leads to ultrahigh fluorescence intensity of europium oxide nanotubes. When the novel high temperature sensitive fluorescent nanocomposites were calcined beyond 620 Degree-Sign C for 4 h, the obtained nanocomposites have a strong emission peak at around 540 and 580 nm, due to the {sup 5}D{sub 0} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub j} (j = 0, 1) forced electric dipole transition of Eu{sup 3+} ions. In turn, the emission spectra showed a slight blue shift. The intensity of this photoluminescence (PL) band is remarkably temperature-dependent and promotes strongly beyond 620 Degree-Sign C. This novel feature is attributed to the thermally activated carrier transfer process from nanocrystals and charged intrinsic defects states to Eu{sup 3+} energy levels. The novel high temperature sensitive fluorescent nanocomposite has potential applications in high temperature warning materials, sensors and field emission displays. It is also interesting to discover that CNTs have the effect of fluorescence quenching.

  2. Optical and magnetization studies on europium based iron pnictides

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    Zapf, Sina Maria Ute


    The investigations carried out in the framework of this thesis mainly concentrate on europium based iron pnictides. These are a peculiar member of the 122 family as they develop at low temperatures (∝20K) an additional magnetic order of the local rare earth moments. Therefore, europium based iron pnictides provide a unique platform to study the interplay of structural, magnetic and electronic effects in high-temperature superconductors. For this challenging purpose, we have employed SQUID magnetometry and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy on EuFe{sub 2}(As{sub 1-x}P{sub x}){sub 2} single crystals. By systematic studies of the in- and out-of-plane magnetic properties of a series of single crystals, we derived the complex magnetic phase diagram of europium based iron pnictides, which contains an A-type antiferromagnetic and a re-entrant spin glass phase. Furthermore, we have investigated the magneto-optical properties of EuFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, revealing a much more complex magnetic detwinning process than expected. These studies demonstrate a remarkable interdependence between magnetic, electronic and structural effects that might be very important to understand the unconventional superconductivity in these fascinating materials.

  3. Use of europium ions for SAD phasing of lysozyme at the Cu Kα wavelength


    Vijayakumar, Balakrishnan; Velmurugan, Devadasan


    Europium(III) ions bound to the surface of hen egg-white lysozyme were found to exhibit good anomalous signal facilitating SAD phasing using laboratory-source data and automated model building. The europium ion-binding sites were observed up to the 15σ level.

  4. Speed gallium arsenide photoconductors; Photoconducteurs rapides en arseniure de gallium

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    Foulon, F.; Pochet, T. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France). Dept. d`Electronique et d`Instrumentation Nucleaire; Brullot, B. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Bruyeres-le-Chatel, 91 (France)


    Gallium arsenide detectors are one of the most efficient gamma and X ray detectors at room temperature. Due to the high carrier mobility and short carrier lifetime, GaAs can be used for the detection of ultrafast gamma, X or laser pulses. GaAs photoconductors allow both pulse shape and intensity measurements. In this paper, we review the results of studies carried out jointly by the CEA/LETI/DEIN and CEA/DAM/CEM in France to improve the response of such detectors. The geometry of the photodetectors and their electrical contacts have been optimized for specific radiation measurements: low energy X rays (< 1 KeV), gamma rays or protons. It has been shown that a pre-irradiation treatment with fission neutrons at doses above 10{sup 14} n/cm{sup 2} induces a significant improvement of the response speed. This result from defect generation in the material and the subsequent carrier life time decrease. Detectors with sensitivities of about 10{sup -8} A/R.s for gamma rays and 10{sup -16} coulomb/proton, response times below 100 ps and good linearity over more than five decades are currently fabricated in our laboratory. (authors). 18 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  5. Enhancement in red emission at room temperature from europium doped ZnO nanowires by 1,10 phenanthroline-europium interface induced resonant excitations

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    Soumen Dhara


    Full Text Available We show that europium doped ZnO nanowires after surface modification with organic ligand, 1,10 phenanthroline (phen leads to strong red emission at 613 nm which is a characteristic emission from the atomic levels of Eu3+. Surface modification with phen leads to formation of phenanthroline-europium interface on the surface of the nanowires due to attachment of Eu3+ ions. After an optimized surface modification with phen, intensity of both the UV emission (band edge and red emission improved by two orders of magnitude at room temperature. We observed multiple energy transfer pathways to the energy levels of Eu3+ ions through the phenanthroline-europium interface, which found to be very effective to the significant enhancement of emission from the dopant Eu3+. This study shows a new insight in to the energy transfer process from phen to the europium doped ZnO system.

  6. Magnetoelectric effect in layered structures of amorphous ferromagnetic alloy and gallium arsenide

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    Bichurin, M.I., E-mail:; Petrov, V.M.; Leontiev, V.S.; Ivanov, S.N.; Sokolov, O.V.


    A paper devotes to theoretical and experimental studying the magnetoelectric interaction in layered structures of amorphous ferromagnetic alloy and single- crystal gallium arsenide. The authors investigated the magnetoelectric effect in the (100) plane of gallium arsenide in the electromechanical resonance range of 200–240 kHz and obtained maximal ME voltage coefficient of 120 V/A at bias field equaled 3.6 kA/m for the direction parallel to the [011] axis. Also the magnetoelectric effect in the (110) and (111) planes is discussed. The results can be used for design of new electronic devices based on the magnetostrictive-semiconductor materials. - Highlights: • Theoretical modeling of ME interaction was conducted. • Experimental dependencies in the resonance range were done. • Maximal ME effect of gallium arsenide was observed.

  7. Surface-enhanced gallium arsenide photonic resonator with a quality factor of six million

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    Guha, Biswarup; Cadiz, Fabian; Morgenroth, Laurence; Ulin, Vladimir; Berkovitz, Vladimir; Lemaître, Aristide; Gomez, Carmen; Amo, Alberto; Combrié, Sylvian; Gérard, Bruno; Leo, Giuseppe; Favero, Ivan


    Gallium Arsenide and related compound semiconductors lie at the heart of optoelectronics and integrated laser technologies. Shaped at the micro and nano-scale, they allow strong interaction with quantum dots and quantum wells, and promise to result in stunning devices. However gallium arsenide optical structures presently exhibit lower performances than their silicon-based counterparts, notably in nanophotonics where the surface plays a chief role. Here we report on advanced surface control of miniature gallium arsenide optical resonators, using two distinct techniques that produce permanent results. One leads to extend the lifetime of free-carriers and enhance luminescence, while the other strongly reduces surface absorption originating from mid-gap states and enables ultra-low optical dissipation devices. With such surface control, the quality factor of wavelength-sized optical disk resonators is observed to rise up to six million at telecom wavelength, greatly surpassing previous realizations and opening n...

  8. The comparison between gallium arsenide and indium gallium arsenide as materials for solar cell performance using Silvaco application

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    Zahari, Suhaila Mohd; Norizan, Mohd Natashah; Mohamad, Ili Salwani; Osman, Rozana Aina Maulat; Taking, Sanna [School of Microelectronic Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Kampus Pauh Putra, 02600 Arau, Perlis (Malaysia)


    The work presented in this paper is about the development of single and multilayer solar cells using GaAs and InGaAs in AM1.5 condition. The study includes the modeling structure and simulation of the device using Silvaco applications. The performance in term of efficiency of Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) and GaAs material was studied by modification of the doping concentration and thickness of material in solar cells. The efficiency of the GaAs solar cell was higher than InGaAs solar cell for single layer solar cell. Single layer GaAs achieved an efficiency about 25% compared to InGaAs which is only 2.65% of efficiency. For multilayer which includes both GaAs and InGaAs, the output power, P{sub max} was 8.91nW/cm² with the efficiency only 8.51%. GaAs is one of the best materials to be used in solar cell as a based compared to InGaAs.

  9. The comparison between gallium arsenide and indium gallium arsenide as materials for solar cell performance using Silvaco application (United States)

    Zahari, Suhaila Mohd; Norizan, Mohd Natashah; Mohamad, Ili Salwani; Osman, Rozana Aina Maulat; Taking, Sanna


    The work presented in this paper is about the development of single and multilayer solar cells using GaAs and InGaAs in AM1.5 condition. The study includes the modeling structure and simulation of the device using Silvaco applications. The performance in term of efficiency of Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) and GaAs material was studied by modification of the doping concentration and thickness of material in solar cells. The efficiency of the GaAs solar cell was higher than InGaAs solar cell for single layer solar cell. Single layer GaAs achieved an efficiency about 25% compared to InGaAs which is only 2.65% of efficiency. For multilayer which includes both GaAs and InGaAs, the output power, Pmax was 8.91nW/cm² with the efficiency only 8.51%. GaAs is one of the best materials to be used in solar cell as a based compared to InGaAs.

  10. Dual doped graphene oxide for electrochemical sensing of europium ion (United States)

    Kumar, Sunil; Patra, Santanu; Madhuri, Rashmi; Sharma, Prashant K.


    This present work represents a single step hydrothermal method for the preparation of N, and N, S dual doped graphene oxide (GO). First time, a comparative electrochemical study between single dope and dual doped GO was carried out using potassium ferrocyanide as an electro-active probe molecule and found that the dual doped GO has the highest electrocatalytic activity than single doped, due to the presence of two heteroatoms as a doping material. Afterwards, the dual doped GO was successfully applied for the electrochemical detection of a rare earth element i.e. europium, with LOD value of 5.92 μg L-1.

  11. Crystal growth of nanoscaled europium selenide having characteristic crystal shapes

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    Tanaka, Atsushi; Adachi, Taka-aki [Graduate School of Materials Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5 Takayama, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192 (Japan); Hasegawa, Yasuchika, E-mail: hasegawa@ms.naist.j [Graduate School of Materials Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5 Takayama, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192 (Japan); Kawai, Tsuyoshi [Graduate School of Materials Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5 Takayama, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192 (Japan)


    Tetrapod-shaped EuSe nanocrystals were prepared through the thermal reduction of europium chloride an organic selenide complex, n-hexadecylamine, and two additives oleic acid and oleylamine. The obtained EuSe nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The crystal grain size from the XRD spectrum was estimated to be 50 nm. In contrast, observation of the transmission electron microscope (TEM) gave larger sized EuSe (average size: 200 nm). Anisotropic crystal-growth of EuSe nanocrystals was achieved by addition of a small amount of oleic acid in the crystal growth process.

  12. Progress to a Gallium-Arsenide Deep-Center Laser

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    Janet L. Pan


    Full Text Available Although photoluminescence from gallium-arsenide (GaAs deep-centers was first observed in the 1960s, semiconductor lasers have always utilized conduction-to-valence-band transitions. Here we review recent materials studies leading to the first GaAs deep-center laser. First, we summarize well-known properties: nature of deep-center complexes, Franck-Condon effect, hotoluminescence. Second, we describe our recent work: insensitivity of photoluminescence with heating, striking differences between electroluminescence and photoluminescence, correlation between transitions to deep-states and absence of bandgap-emission. Room-temperature stimulated-emission from GaAs deep-centers was observed at low electrical injection, and could be tuned from the bandgap to half-the-bandgap (900–1,600 nm by changing the electrical injection. The first GaAs deep-center laser was demonstrated with electrical injection, and exhibited a threshold of less than 27 mA/cm2 in continuous-wave mode at room temperature at the important 1.54 μm fiber-optic wavelength. This small injection for laser action was explained by fast depopulation of the lower state of the optical transition (fast capture of free holes onto deep-centers, which maintains the population inversion. The evidence for laser action included: superlinear L-I curve, quasi-Fermi level separations satisfying Bernard-Duraffourg’s criterion, optical gains larger than known significant losses, clamping of the optical-emission from lossy modes unable to reach laser action, pinning of the population distribution during laser action.

  13. High-field phase-diagram of Fe arsenide superconductors

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    Jo, Y.J.; Jaroszynski, J.; Yamamoto, A.; Gurevich, A.; Riggs, S.C.; Boebinger, G.S.; Larbalestier, D. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee-FL 32310 (United States); Wen, H.H. [Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Zhigadlo, N.D.; Katrych, S.; Bukowski, Z.; Karpinski, J. [Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zuerich, CH-8093 Zuerich (Switzerland); Liu, R.H.; Chen, H.; Chen, X.H. [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Science a Microscale and Department of Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Balicas, L., E-mail: balicas@magnet.fsu.ed [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee-FL 32310 (United States)


    Here, we report an overview of the phase-diagram of single-layered and double-layered Fe arsenide superconductors at high magnetic fields. Our systematic magneto-transport measurements of polycrystalline SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} at different doping levels confirm the upward curvature of the upper critical magnetic field H{sub c2}(T) as a function of temperature T defining the phase boundary between the superconducting and metallic states for crystallites with the ab planes oriented nearly perpendicular to the magnetic field. We further show from measurements on single-crystals that this feature, which was interpreted in terms of the existence of two superconducting gaps, is ubiquitous among both series of single- and double-layered compounds. In all compounds explored by us the zero temperature upper critical field H{sub c2}(0), estimated either through the Ginzburg-Landau or the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg single gap theories, strongly surpasses the weak-coupling Pauli paramagnetic limiting field. This clearly indicates the strong-coupling nature of the superconducting state and the importance of magnetic correlations for these materials. Our measurements indicate that the superconducting anisotropy, as estimated through the ratio of the effective masses gamma = (m{sub c}/m{sub ab}){sup 1/2} for carriers moving along the c-axis and the ab-planes, respectively, is relatively modest as compared to the high-T{sub c} cuprates, but it is temperature, field and even doping dependent. Finally, our preliminary estimations of the irreversibility field H{sub m}(T), separating the vortex-solid from the vortex-liquid phase in the single-layered compounds, indicates that it is well described by the melting of a vortex lattice in a moderately anisotropic uniaxial superconductor.

  14. Noble Metal Arsenides and Gold Inclusions in Northwest Africa 8186 (United States)

    Srinivasan, P.; McCubbin, F. M.; Rahman, Z.; Keller, L. P.; Agee, C. B.


    CK carbonaceous chondrites are a highly thermally altered group of carbonaceous chondrites, experiencing temperatures ranging between approximately 576-867 degrees Centigrade. Additionally, the mineralogy of the CK chondrites record the highest overall oxygen fugacity of all chondrites, above the fayalite-magnetite-quartz (FMQ) buffer. Me-tallic Fe-Ni is extremely rare in CK chondrites, but magnetite and Fe,Ni sulfides are commonly observed. Noble metal-rich inclusions have previously been found in some magnetite and sulfide grains. These arsenides, tellurides, and sulfides, which contain varying amounts of Pt, Ru, Os, Te, As, Ir, and S, are thought to form either by condensation from a solar gas, or by exsolution during metamorphism on the chondritic parent body. Northwest Africa (NWA) 8186 is a highly metamorphosed CK chondrite. This meteorite is predominately composed of NiO-rich forsteritic olivine (Fo65), with lesser amounts of plagioclase (An52), augite (Fs11Wo49), magnetite (with exsolved titanomagnetite, hercynite, and titanohematite), monosulfide solid solution (with exsolved pentlandite), and the phosphate minerals Cl-apatite and merrillite. This meteorite contains coarse-grained, homogeneous silicates, and has 120-degree triple junctions between mineral phases, which indicates a high degree of thermal metamorphism. The presence of NiO-rich olivine, oxides phases all bearing Fe3 plus, and the absence of metal, are consistent with an oxygen fugacity above the FMQ buffer. We also observed noble metal-rich phases within sulfide grains in NWA 8186, which are the primary focus of the present study.

  15. Indium Phosphide Window Layers for Indium Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells (United States)

    Jain, Raj K.


    Window layers help in reducing the surface recombination at the emitter surface of the solar cells resulting in significant improvement in energy conversion efficiency. Indium gallium arsenide (In(x)Ga(1-x)As) and related materials based solar cells are quite promising for photovoltaic and thermophotovoltaic applications. The flexibility of the change in the bandgap energy and the growth of InGaAs on different substrates make this material very attractive for multi-bandgap energy, multi-junction solar cell approaches. The high efficiency and better radiation performance of the solar cell structures based on InGaAs make them suitable for space power applications. This work investigates the suitability of indium phosphide (InP) window layers for lattice-matched In(0.53)Ga(0.47)As (bandgap energy 0.74 eV) solar cells. We present the first data on the effects of the p-type InP window layer on p-on-n lattice-matched InGaAs solar cells. The modeled quantum efficiency results show a significant improvement in the blue region with the InP window. The bare InGaAs solar cell performance suffers due to high surface recombination velocity (10(exp 7) cm/s). The large band discontinuity at the InP/InGaAs heterojunction offers a great potential barrier to minority carriers. The calculated results demonstrate that the InP window layer effectively passivates the solar cell front surface, hence resulting in reduced surface recombination and therefore, significantly improving the performance of the InGaAs solar cell.

  16. Photoprotective properties of the fluorescent europium complex in UV-irradiated skin. (United States)

    Vogt, O; Lademann, J; Rancan, F; Meinke, M C; Schanzer, S; Stockfleth, E; Sterry, W; Lange-Asschenfeldt, B


    In this study, we compared the UV-protective abilities of the europium complex compared to titanium dioxide, which represents the most common physical filter for ultraviolet light in the broad-band spectral range. The UV absorption and light transformative capacities of the europium complex were evaluated using a spectrometer with a double-integrating sphere showing that the europium complex does not only absorb and reflect UV light, but transforms it into red and infrared light. It was found that the europium complex binds to the surface of Jurkat cells in vitro. Cells incubated with the europium complex showed a significantly higher viability after UVA and UVB irradiation as compared to untreated cells and cells incubated with titanium dioxide pointing out its photoprotective properties. The europium complex and titanium dioxide show similar penetration capacities into the stratum corneum as tested in human and porcine skin using tape stripping analysis. The europium complex has proved to be an efficient UV filter with a low cyto- and phototoxic profile and therefore represents a potential candidate for use in sunscreen formulations. Copyright © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  17. Low-voltage cathodoluminescence of europium-activated yttrium orthovanadate

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    Phillips, M.L.F.


    Emissive flat panel display systems operating in full color demand higher performance at low voltages (ca. 501000 V) from cathodoluminescent (CL) phosphors than cathode ray tubes require. Hydrothermal synthesis has been suggested as a route to phosphors with improved efficiencies, lower voltage thresholds, and increased saturation power. This hypothesis was tested in europium-doped yttrium orthovanadate (YVO{sub 4}:Eu), an efficient, red emitting CL phosphor. The CL efficiency of YVO{sub 4}:Eu crystallized from aqueous solution at 200{degrees}C is relatively low until it is annealed. The distribution of particle sizes in the low-temperature phosphor is similar to that in material made via a solid-state route, but crystallites remain much smaller (ca. 400 {Angstrom}) until they are annealed. These observations, along with the anomalously strong dependence of CL intensity on europium concentration, support a model in which efficiency principally depends on crystallite size. CL efficiency of both solid state and hydrothermal YVO{sub 4}:Eu increases with voltage at constant power. Surface-bound electrons are likely the dominant influence on efficiency at voltages near threshold. Saturation power is independent of synthetic route. It is apparent that the CL properties of hydrothermally synthesized YVO{sub 4}:Eu are essentially the same as those of YVO{sub 4}:Eu produced via conventional, high-temperature routes.

  18. In Vivo Toxicity Studies of Europium Hydroxide Nanorods in Mice (United States)

    Patra, Chitta Ranjan; Abdel Moneim, Soha S.; Wang, Enfeng; Dutta, Shamit; Patra, Sujata; Eshed, Michal; Mukherjee, Priyabrata; Gedanken, Aharon; Shah, Vijay H; Mukhopadhyay, Debabrata


    Lanthanide nanoparticles and nanorods have been widely used for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in biomedical nanotechnology due to their fluorescence properties and pro-angiogenic to endothelial cells, respectively. Recently, we have demonstrated that europium (III) hydroxide [EuIII(OH)3] nanorods, synthesized by the microwave technique and characterized by several physico-chemical techniques, can be used as pro-angiogenic agents which introduce future therapeutic treatment strategies for severe ischemic heart/limb disease, and peripheral ischemic disease. The toxicity of these inorganic nanorods to endothelial cells was supported by several in vitro assays. To determine the in vivo toxicity, these nanorods were administered to mice through intraperitoneal injection (IP) everyday over a period of seven days in a dose dependent (1.25 to 125 mgKg−1day−1) and time dependent manner (8–60 days). Bio-distribution of europium elements in different organs was analyzed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS). Short-term (S-T) and long-term (L-T) toxicity studies (mice sacrificed on day 8 and 60 for S-T and L-T, respectively) show normal blood hematology and serum clinical chemistry with the exception of a slight elevation of liver enzymes. Histological examination of nanorod treated vital organs (liver, kidney, spleen and lungs) showed no or only mild histological changes that indicate mild toxicity at the higher dose of nanorods. PMID:19616569

  19. Temperature dependences in electron-stimulated desorption of neutral europium

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    Ageev, V N; Madey, T E


    The electron-stimulated desorption (ESD) yield for neutral europium (Eu) atoms from Eu layers adsorbed on oxygen-covered tungsten surfaces has been measured as a function of electron energy, europium coverage and degree of oxidation of tungsten, with an emphasis on effects of substrate temperature. The measurements have been carried out using a time-of-flight method and surface ionization detector. We expand on an earlier report, and compare ESD of multivalent Eu with ESD of monovalent alkali atoms, studied previously. The Eu atom ESD is a complicated function of Eu coverage, electron energy and substrate temperature. In the coverage range 0.05-0.35 monolayer (ML), overlapping resonant-like Eu atom yield peaks are observed at electron energies E sub e of 36 and 41 eV that might be associated with Eu or W shallow core level excitations. Additional resonant-like peaks are seen at E sub e of 54 and 84 eV that are associated with W 5p and 5s level excitations. The Eu atom yield peaks at 36 and 41 eV are seen only...

  20. The Oxidation State of Europium in Halide Glasses (United States)

    Weber, J.K.R.; Vu, M.; Paßlick, C.; Schweizer, S.; Brown, D.E.; Johnson, C.E.; Johnson, J.A.


    The luminescent properties of divalent europium ions can be exploited to produce storage phosphors for x-ray imaging applications. The relatively high cost and limited availability of divalent europium halides makes it desirable to synthesize them from the readily available trivalent salts. In this work, samples of pure EuCl3 and fluoride glass melts doped with EuCl3 were processed at 700-800 °C in an inert atmosphere furnace. The Eu oxidation state in the resulting materials was determined using fluorescence and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Heat treatment of pure EuCl3 for 10 minutes at 710 °C resulted in a material comprising approximately equal amounts of Eu2+ and Eu3+. Glasses made using mixtures of EuCl2 and EuCl3 in the starting material contained both oxidation states. This paper describes the sample preparation and analysis and discusses the results in the context of chemical equilibria in the melts. PMID:22101252

  1. Innovative triboluminescence study of multivitamin doped europium tetrakis

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    Fontenot, R.S. [Alabama A and M University, Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, P.O. Box 1268, Normal, Alabama 35762 (United States); University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Physics, P.O. Box 44210, Lafayette, LA 70504 (United States); Bhat, K.N.; Aggarwal, M.D. [Alabama A and M University, Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, P.O. Box 1268, Normal, Alabama 35762 (United States); Hollerman, W.A. [University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Physics, P.O. Box 44210, Lafayette, LA 70504 (United States)


    As the Space Shuttle program ends, NASA is developing the next generation of space vehicles. These new concept designs will require new and innovative structural health monitoring capabilities. One way to solve this problem is with smart impact sensors that use triboluminescent materials. In 2011, the authors reported an 82% increase in the triboluminescence yield of europium dibenzoylmethide triethylammonium (EuD{sub 4}TEA) by changing the starting material. It has been shown that introduction of dopants tends to enhance the triboluminescent light yield. Here we report the successful synthesis of a multivitamin doped europium tetrakis which appears to be spherical in shape. Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectroscopy analysis showed the presence of 3.6% calcium, 0.62% magnesium, 0.1% iron, 0.01% copper and manganese. This new product has no shift in the triboluminescent or photoluminescent emission peaks, but only a change in the intensity. In addition, the doped EuD{sub 4}TEA powder statistically emits more triboluminescence while having the same decay time. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Gallium arsenide integrated optical devices for high-speed diagnostic systems

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    McWright, G.; Lowry, M.; Takeuchi, E.; Murphy, G.; Tindall, W.; Koo, J.; Roeske, F.


    The design, fabrication, and evaluation of waveguide electro-optic modulators in gallium arsenide for application to high-speed diagnostic systems are discussed specifically. This paper is focused on high bandwidth, single event analog modulation, and radiation susceptibility of these devices.

  3. Photoactive thin films of polycaprolactam doped with europium (III) complex using phenylalanine as ligand

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    Santos Garcia, Irene Teresinha, E-mail: [Departamento de Fisico-Quimica, Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Goncalves 9500, Bairro Agronomia, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Velleda Ribeiro, Patricia; Silva Correa, Diogo; Neto da Cunha, Igor Michel; Lenin Villarreal Carreno, Neftali [Instituto de Quimica e Geociencias, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Campus Capao do Leao, s/n. CEP 96010-900, Pelotas, RS (Brazil); Ceretta Moreira, Eduardo [PPGEE, Universidade Federal do Pampa, Campus Bage, Bage- RS (Brazil); Severo Rodembusch, Fabiano [Departamento de Quimica Organica, Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Goncalves 9500, Bairro Agronomia, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)


    A photoactive complex based on europium(III) using the amino acid phenylalanine as ligand was prepared and characterized. The obtained europium(III)/phenylalanine complex presents an effective energy transfer from ligands to the rare earth center. The observed photoluminescent behavior for europium(III)/phenylalanine complex was similar to the well known europium(III)/ acetyl-{beta}-acetonate hydrate. New photoactive polyamide thin films were prepared using polycaprolactam as host of these complexes. The structural characterizations of the films were studied through Rutherford backscattering (RBS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopies. The polyamide films doped with the amino acid and acetyl-{beta}-acetonate rare earth complexes maintain the original photoluminescent behavior, narrow emission bands corresponding to transitions {sup 5}D{sub 0} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 0-4}, which indicates that this polymer is an excellent host to these complexes.

  4. Synthesis and luminescence properties of salicylaldehyde isonicotinoyl hydrazone derivatives and their europium complexes. (United States)

    Shan, Wenfei; Liu, Fen; Liu, Jiang; Chen, Yanwen; Yang, Zehui; Guo, Dongcai


    Four novel salicylaldehyde isonicotinoyl hydrazone derivatives and their corresponding europium ion complexes were synthesized and characterized, while the luminescence properties and the fluorescence quantum yields of the target complexes were investigated. The results indicated that the ligands favored energy transfers to the emitting energy level of europium ion, and four target europium complexes showed the characteristic luminescence of central europium ion. Besides the luminescence intensity of the complex with methoxy group, which possessed the highest fluorescence quantum yield (0.522), was stronger than that of other complexes. Furthermore, the electrochemical properties of the target complexes were further investigated by cyclic voltammetry, the results indicated that the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO), lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy levels and the oxidation potential of the complexes with electron donating group increased, however, that of the complexes with accepting electron group decreased. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. [Synthesis and luminescence properties of ternary complexes of europium with aromatic carboxylic acid and acrylonitrile]. (United States)

    Guo, Dong-cai; Yi, Li-ming; Shu, Wan-gen; Zhang, Zhen-zhen; Zeng, Zhao-rong; Zhang, Xi-qian


    Five ternary complexes were synthesized from europium with aromatic carboxylic acid (p-methylbenzoic acid, methoxybenzoic acid, m-chlorobenzoic acid and benzoic acid, p-hydroxylbenzoic acid) and acrylonitrile, and characterized by means of elemental analysis, thermal analysis, FTIR spectra and UV spectra. The fluorescence spectra show that five ternary complexes have good luminescence properties, and the sequence of the ability of the aromatic carboxylic acids to transfer light energy to europium ion is as follows: p-methylbenzoic acid>benzoic acid>m-chlorobenzoic acid>p-hydroxylbenzoic acid>methoxybenzoic acid. Meanwhile, the ternary europium complexes containing a reactive ligand acrylonitrile will possibly have a potential application to the fabrication of bonding-type europium polymer luminescent materials.

  6. Optical characterization of europium-doped indium hydroxide nanocubes obtained by Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal method


    Motta, Fabiana Villela da; Marques,Ana Paula de Azevedo; Araújo,Vinícius Dantas de; Tavares, Mara Tatiane De Souza; Delmonte,Mauricio Roberto Bomio; Paskocimas, Carlos Alberto; Li, Máximo Siu; Nascimento, Rubens Maribondo do; Longo, Elson [UNESP


    Crystalline europium-doped indium hydroxide (In(OH)3:Eu) nanostructures were prepared by rapid and efficient Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal (MAH) method. Nanostructures were obtained at low temperature. FE-SEM images confirm that these samples are composed of 3D nanostructures. XRD, optical diffuse reflectance and photoluminescence (PL) measurements were used to characterize the products. Emission spectra of europium-doped indium hydroxide (IH:xEu) samples under excitation (350.7 nm) present...

  7. Structural and optical properties of europium doped zirconia single crystals fibers grown by laser floating zone


    Soares, M.R.N.; Nico, C.; Peres, M.; Ferreira, N.; Fernandes, A.J.S.; Monteiro, T.; COSTA, F.M.


    Yttria stabilized zirconia single crystal fibers doped with europium ions were developed envisaging optical applications. The laser floating zone technique was used in order to grow millimetric high quality single crystal fibers. The as-grown fibers are completely transparent and inclusion free, exhibiting a cubic structure. Under ultraviolet (UV) excitation, a broad emission band appears at 551 nm. The europium doped fibers are translucent with a tetragonal structure and exhibit an intense r...

  8. A non-aqueous reduction process for purifying ¹⁵³Gd produced in natural europium targets. (United States)

    Johnsen, Amanda M; Soderquist, Chuck Z; McNamara, Bruce K; Fisher, Darrell R


    Gadolinium-153 is a low-energy gamma-emitter used in nuclear medicine imaging quality assurance. Produced in nuclear reactors using natural Eu₂O₃ targets, ¹⁵³Gd is radiochemically separated from europium isotopes by europium reduction. However, conventional aqueous europium reduction produces hydrogen gas, a flammability hazard in radiological hot cells. We altered the traditional reduction method, using methanol as the process solvent to nearly eliminate hydrogen gas production. This new, non-aqueous reduction process demonstrates greater than 98% europium removal and gadolinium yields of 90%. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Intercalated europium metal in epitaxial graphene on SiC (United States)

    Anderson, Nathaniel A.; Hupalo, Myron; Keavney, David; Tringides, Michael C.; Vaknin, David


    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) reveals the magnetic properties of intercalated europium metal under graphene on SiC(0001). The intercalation of Eu nanoclusters (average size 2.5 nm) between graphene and SiC substate are formed by deposition of Eu on epitaxially grown graphene that is subsequently annealed at various temperatures while keeping the integrity of the graphene layer. Using sum-rules analysis of the XMCD of Eu M4 ,5 edges at T =15 K, our samples show paramagnetic-like behavior with distinct anomaly at T ≈90 K, which may be related to the Nèel transition, TN=91 K, of bulk metal Eu. We find no evidence of ferromagnetism due to EuO or antiferromagnetism due to Eu2O3 , indicating that the graphene layer protects the intercalated metallic Eu against oxidation over months of exposure to atmospheric environment.

  10. A Study of Hydrogen Anion Substitution in 1111-type Iron Arsenides (United States)

    Hosono, Hideo


    Hydrogen is the simplest bipolar element and its valence state can be controlled from +1 to -1. We have synthesized the 1111-type iron arsenides CaFeAsH and LnFeAsO1 -xHx (Ln = lanthanide; 0 3d bands (dxy, dyz and dzx), which is caused not only by regularization of the tetrahedral shape of FeAs4 due to chemical pressure effects but also by selective band occupation with doped electrons. Very recently, a new AFM phase was found around x =0.5, suggesting that the double dome Tc structure reflects the presence of two AFM phases at x =0 and 0,5. In this talk, I review the recent progress in superconductivity in 1111-type iron (oxy)arsenides and related compounds induced by hydrogen anion substitution.

  11. 40 CFR 721.9511 - Silicic acid (H6SiO2O7), magnesium, strontium salt(1:1:2), dysprosium and europium-doped. (United States)


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  12. An advanced space photovoltaic concentrator array using Fresnel lenses, gallium arsenide cells, and prismatic cell covers (United States)

    O'Neill, Mark J.; Piszczor, Michael F.


    The current status of a space concentrator array which uses refractive optics, gallium arsenide cells, and prismatic cell covers to achieve excellent performance at a very low array mass is documented. The prismatically covered cells have established records for space cell performance (24.2 percent efficient at 100 AM0 suns and 25 C) and terrestrial single-junction cell performance (29.3 percent efficient at 200 AM1.5 suns and 25 C).

  13. Performance of a Medipix3RX spectroscopic pixel detector with a high resistivity gallium arsenide sensor. (United States)

    Hamann, Elias; Koenig, Thomas; Zuber, Marcus; Cecilia, Angelica; Tyazhev, Anton; Tolbanov, Oleg; Procz, Simon; Fauler, Alex; Baumbach, Tilo; Fiederle, Michael


    High resistivity gallium arsenide is considered a suitable sensor material for spectroscopic X-ray imaging detectors. These sensors typically have thicknesses between a few hundred μm and 1 mm to ensure a high photon detection efficiency. However, for small pixel sizes down to several tens of μm, an effect called charge sharing reduces a detector's spectroscopic performance. The recently developed Medipix3RX readout chip overcomes this limitation by implementing a charge summing circuit, which allows the reconstruction of the full energy information of a photon interaction in a single pixel. In this work, we present the characterization of the first Medipix3RX detector assembly with a 500 μm thick high resistivity, chromium compensated gallium arsenide sensor. We analyze its properties and demonstrate the functionality of the charge summing mode by means of energy response functions recorded at a synchrotron. Furthermore, the imaging properties of the detector, in terms of its modulation transfer functions and signal-to-noise ratios, are investigated. After more than one decade of attempts to establish gallium arsenide as a sensor material for photon counting detectors, our results represent a breakthrough in obtaining detector-grade material. The sensor we introduce is therefore suitable for high resolution X-ray imaging applications.

  14. Two years of on-orbit gallium arsenide performance from the LIPS solar cell panel experiment (United States)

    Francis, R. W.; Betz, F. E.


    The LIPS on-orbit performance of the gallium arsenide panel experiment was analyzed from flight operation telemetry data. Algorithms were developed to calculate the daily maximum power and associated solar array parameters by two independent methods. The first technique utilizes a least mean square polynomial fit to the power curve obtained with intensity and temperature corrected currents and voltages; whereas, the second incorporates an empirical expression for fill factor based on an open circuit voltage and the calculated series resistance. Maximum power, fill factor, open circuit voltage, short circuit current and series resistance of the solar cell array are examined as a function of flight time. Trends are analyzed with respect to possible mechanisms which may affect successive periods of output power during 2 years of flight operation. Degradation factors responsible for the on-orbit performance characteristics of gallium arsenide are discussed in relation to the calculated solar cell parameters. Performance trends and the potential degradation mechanisms are correlated with existing laboratory and flight data on both gallium arsenide and silicon solar cells for similar environments.

  15. Fluorescent lifetime imaging microscopy using Europium complexes improves atherosclerotic plaques discrimination. (United States)

    Sicchieri, Letícia Bonfante; de Andrade Natal, Rodrigo; Courrol, Lilia Coronato


    The objective of this study is to characterize arterial tissue with and without atherosclerosis by fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) using Europium Chlortetracycline complex (EuCTc) as fluorescent marker. For this study, twelve rabbits were randomly divided into a control group (CG) and an experimental group (EG), where they were fed a normal and hypercholesterolemic diet, respectively, and were treated for 60 days. Cryosections of the aortic arch specimens were cut in a vertical plane, mounted on glass slides, and stained with Europium (Eu), Chlortetracycline (CTc), Europium Chlortetracycline (EuCTc), and Europium Chlortetracycline Magnesium (EuCTcMg) solutions. FLIM images were obtained with excitation at 405 nm. The average autofluorescence lifetime within plaque depositions was ~1.36 ns. Reduced plaque autofluorescence lifetimes of 0.23 and 0.31 ns were observed on incubation with EuCTc and EuCTcMg respectively. It was observed a quenching of collagen, cholesterol and TG emission spectra increasing EuCTc concentration. The drastic reduction in fluorescence lifetimes is due to a resonant energy transfer between collagen, triglycerides, cholesterol and europium complexes, quenching fluorescence.

  16. Visible-light sensitized luminescent europium(III)-β-diketonate complexes: bioprobes for cellular imaging. (United States)

    Reddy, M L P; Divya, V; Pavithran, Rani


    Visible-light sensitized luminescent europium(III) molecular materials are of considerable importance because their outstanding photophysical properties make them well suited as labels in fluorescence-based bioassays and low-voltage driven pure red-emitters in optoelectronic technology. One challenge in this field is development of visible-light sensitizing ligands that can form highly emissive europium(III) complexes with sufficient stability and aqueous solubility for practical applications. Indeed, some of the recent reports have demonstrated that the excitation-window can be shifted to longer-wavelengths in europium(III)-β-diketonate complexes by appropriate molecular engineering and suitably expanded π-conjugation in the complex molecules. In this review, attention is focused on the latest innovations in the syntheses and photophysical properties of visible-light sensitized europium(III)-β-diketonate complexes and their application as bioprobes for cellular imaging. Furthermore, luminescent nanomaterials derived from long-wavelength sensitized europium(III)-β-diketonate complexes and their application in life sciences are also highlighted.

  17. The electronic properties of mixed valence hydrated europium chloride thin film. (United States)

    Silly, M G; Charra, F; Lux, F; Lemercier, G; Sirotti, F


    We investigate the electronic properties of a model mixed-valence hydrated chloride europium salt by means of high resolution photoemission spectroscopy (HRPES) and resonant photoemission spectroscopy (RESPES) at the Eu 3d → 4f and 4d → 4f transitions. From the HRPES spectra, we have determined that the two europium oxidation states are homogeneously distributed in the bulk and that the hydrated salt film is exempt from surface mixed valence transition. From the RESPES spectra, the well separated resonant contributions characteristic of divalent and trivalent europium species (4f(6) and 4f(7) final states, respectively) are accurately extracted and quantitatively determined from the resonant features measured at the two edges. The partial absorption yield spectra, obtained by integrating the photoemission intensity in the valence-band region, can be well reproduced by atomic multiplet calculation at the M(4,5) (3d-4f) absorption edge and by an asymmetric Fano-like shape profile at the N(4,5) (4d-4f) absorption edge. The ratio of Eu(2+) and Eu(3+) species measured at the two absorption edges matches with the composition of the mixed valence europium salt as determined chemically. We have demonstrated that the observed spectroscopic features of the mixed valence salt are attributed to the mixed-valence ground state rather than surface valence transition. HRPES and RESPES spectra provide reference spectra for the study of europium salts and their derivatives.

  18. Europium-doped calcium titanate: Optical and structural evaluations

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    Mazzo, Tatiana Martelli; Pinatti, Ivo Mateus [INCTMN, LIEC, Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Macario, Leilane Roberta [INCTMN, LIEC, Instituto de Química, Universidade Estadual Paulista, P.O. Box 355, 14800-900 Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Avansi, Waldir [Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia, Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Jardim Guanabara, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Moreira, Mario Lucio [Instituto de Física e Matemática, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, P.O. Box 354, Campus do Capão do Leão, 96001-970 Pelotas, RS (Brazil); Rosa, Ieda Lucia Viana, E-mail: [INCTMN, LIEC, Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Mastelaro, Valmor Roberto [Instituto de Física de São Carlos, Departamento de Física e Ciência dos Materiais, Universidade de São Paulo, P.O. Box 369, Av Trabalhador São Carlense 400, 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Varela, José Arana; Longo, Elson [INCTMN, LIEC, Instituto de Química, Universidade Estadual Paulista, P.O. Box 355, 14800-900 Araraquara, SP (Brazil)


    Highlights: • CaTiO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} were obtained using low temperatures and very short reactional times. • The Eu{sup 3+} changes the local order–disorder of the [TiO{sub 6}] and [CaO{sub 12}] clusters. • Lifetime decay curves reveal two sites of symmetry of the Eu{sup 3+} in the CT matrix. • CaTiO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} exhibit the strongest luminescent intensity and pure red color. -- Abstract: Pure Calcium Titanate (CT-pure) and Europium doped Calcium Titanate Ca{sub 1−x}Eu{sub x}TiO{sub 3} (x = 0.5%, 1.0% and 2.0% molar ratio of Eu{sup 3+} ions) powders were synthesized by hydrothermal microwave method (HTMW) at 140 °C for 8 min. The HTMW method appears to be an efficient method to prepare the luminescence materials using low temperatures and very short reactional times. In addition it is possible to determine specific correlations imposed by TiCl{sub 4} replacement by titanium isopropoxide [Ti(OC{sub 3}H{sub 7}){sub 4}] changing the reaction character and resulting in two different options of europium doping CT syntesis. To evaluate the influence of the structural order–disorder among the reactions and different properties of these materials, the following techniques were used for characterization. XANES spectroscopy that revealed that the introduction of Eu{sup 3+} ions into the CT lattice induces to significant changes in the local order–disorder around both, [TiO{sub 6}] and [CaO{sub 12}], complex clusters. PL spectra show Eu{sup 3+} emission lines ascribed to the Eu{sup 3+} transitions from {sup 5}D{sub 0} excited states to {sup 7}F{sub J} (J = 0, 1–4) fundamental states in CT:Eu{sup 3+} powders excited at 350 and 394 nm.

  19. RBS and RNRA studies on sorption of europium by apatite

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    Ohnuki, Toshihiko; Kozai, Naofumi; Isobe, Hiroshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Murakami, Takashi; Yamamoto, Shunya; Aoki, Yasushi; Naramoto, Hiroshi


    The sorption mechanism of europium, alternative of trivalent TRU has been studied based on the depth profiles of elements obtained by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS) and Resonant Nuclear Reaction Analysis (RNRA). The positive peak for Eu and the negative peak for Ca were observed in the subtracted RBS spectra of the apatites on which Eu was sorbed from that of the fresh apatite. This indicates that Eu was sorbed on apatite, while a fraction of Ca was released from apatite. The peak height for Eu in the RBS spectrum of the apatite obtained at 75degC was higher than that of the apatite at 40degC. The depth profile of hydrogen of the apatite on which Eu was sorbed was similar to that of the fresh apatite. The concentration of Eu in the solution decreased with increasing temperature. On the contrary, the concentration of Ca increased with increasing temperature. Thus, it is concluded that a fraction of Eu is exchanged for Ca in the structure of apatite. (author)

  20. Spectrofluorimetric determination of heparin using doxycycline-europium probe

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    Li Jing [Department of Chemistry, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014 (China); Liu Jinkai [Department of Chemistry, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014 (China); Zhu Xiaojing [Department of Chemistry, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014 (China); Peng Qian [Department of Chemistry, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014 (China); Jiang Chongqiu [Department of Chemistry, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014 (China)]. E-mail:


    A new spectrofluorimetric method was developed for the determination of the trace amount of heparin (Hep). Using doxycycline (DC)-europium ion (Eu{sup 3+}) as a fluorescent probe, in the buffer solution of pH=8.9, Hep can remarkably enhance the fluorescence intensity of the DC-Eu{sup 3+} complex at {lambda}=612 nm and the enhanced fluorescence intensity of Eu{sup 3+} ion is in proportion to the concentration of Hep. Optimum conditions for the determination of Hep were also investigated. The linear range and detection limit for the determination of Hep are 0.04-0.8 {mu}g/mL and 19.7 ng/mL, respectively. This method is simple, practical, and relatively free of interference from coexisting substances and can be successfully applied to assess Hep in biological samples. By the Rosenthal graphic method, the association constant and binding numbers of Hep with the probe are 6.60x10{sup 4} L/mol and 33.9. Moreover, the enhancement mechanism of the fluorescence intensity in the DC-Eu{sup 3+} system and the DC-Eu{sup 3+}-Hep-CTMAB system have been also discussed.

  1. Extraction of americium and europium by CMPO-substituted adamantylcalixarenes

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    Babain, V.A.; Alyapyshev, M.Yu.; Karavan, M.D. [V.G. Khlopin Radium Inst., St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Boehmer, V.; Wang, L. [Johannes Guttenberg Univ., Mainz (Germany); Shokova, E.A.; Motornaya, A.E.; Vatsouro, I.M.; Kovalev, V.V. [M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State Univ., Moscow (Russian Federation)


    Eight p-adamantylcalix[4]arene derivatives, bearing four CMPO-like functions [-(CH{sub 2}){sub n}-NH-C(O)-CH{sub 2-}P(O)Ph{sub 2}] at the wide (4a,b, n = 0, 1) or narrow (5a-c and 6a-c, n = 2-4) rims were synthesized for the first time. Studies of the extraction of americium(III) and europium(III) from 3 M HNO{sub 3} solutions to organic phases (dichloromethane, m-nitro-trifluoromethylbenzene) showed: (i) The extraction ability for all the adamantylcalixarene ligands is much better than for their monomeric analogues -N-(1-adamantyl)-, N-(1-adamantylmethyl)- and N,N-(dibutyl)carbamoylmethyldiphenylphosphine oxides 7a, 7b, 8; (ii) The extraction percentage increases strongly with increasing length of the spacer for all types of ligands 4-6, and best extraction results were found for 4b (n = 1) and 5c (n = 4); (iii) The separation coefficient D{sub Am}/D{sub Eu} for the investigated compounds did not exceed 2, which is close to the narrow rim CMPO calixarenes, studied earlier; (iv) Variation of the spacer length between CMPO groups attached to the 1,3- and 2,4-positions of the calixarene platform in 6 did not lead to appreciably improved extractants, neither with respect to the extraction abilities (D) nor to the selectivities (D{sub Am}/D{sub Eu}). (orig.)

  2. Preparation of europium-labelled DNA probes and their properties. (United States)

    Hurskainen, P; Dahlén, P; Ylikoski, J; Kwiatkowski, M; Siitari, H; Lövgren, T


    A chemical method for labelling DNA with a europium chelate is presented. First, primary aliphatic amino groups are introduced onto DNA in a transamination reaction. The transamination reaction is altered by adjusting temperature and duration of the reaction. Subsequently, the modified DNA is reacted with an isothiocyanate derivative of a Eu chelate. The optimum amount of Eu chelates on a DNA probe is 4-8% of total nucleotides. There is a decrease of 0.7 degrees C in the melting temperature of DNA for each incorporated Eu chelate on 100 bases. Hybridization efficiency is lowered by the introduction of Eu chelates but this effect can be partly overcome by using high DNA probe concentrations. The detection limit of the Eu-labelled probe is 0.15 attomoles of target DNA in a mixed-phase hybridization assay on microtitration wells. In addition to high sensitivity the Eu-labelled probes offer convenience in use and results which are quantitative and easy to interpret. PMID:1826948

  3. Chloride, bromide and iodide scintillators with europium doping (United States)

    Zhuravleva, Mariya; Yang, Kan


    A halide scintillator material is disclosed where the halide may comprise chloride, bromide or iodide. The material is single-crystalline and has a composition of the general formula ABX.sub.3 where A is an alkali, B is an alkali earth and X is a halide which general composition was investigated. In particular, crystals of the formula ACa.sub.1-yEu.sub.yI.sub.3 where A=K, Rb and Cs were formed as well as crystals of the formula CsA.sub.1-yEu.sub.yX.sub.3 (where A=Ca, Sr, Ba, or a combination thereof and X=Cl, Br or I or a combination thereof) with divalent Europium doping where 0.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.1, and more particularly Eu doping has been studied at one to ten mol %. The disclosed scintillator materials are suitable for making scintillation detectors used in applications such as medical imaging and homeland security.

  4. Spectrofluorimetric determination of lecithin using a tetracycline-europium probe

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    Wang Ting [Department of Chemistry, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, Shandong 250014 (China); Jiang Chongqiu [Department of Chemistry, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, Shandong 250014 (China)]. E-mail:


    Trace amount of lecithin (PC) was determined in the buffer solution of pH 5.7, using tetracycline (TC)-europium ion (Eu{sup 3+}) as a fluorescent probe. PC can remarkably enhance the fluorescence intensity of the TC-Eu{sup 3+} complex at {lambda} = 612 nm and the enhanced fluorescence intensity of Eu{sup 3+} is in proportion to the concentration of PC. Optimum conditions for the determination of PC were also investigated. The linear range and detection limit for the determination of PC are 4.0 x 10{sup -7} to 1.4 x 10{sup -5} mol/L and 3.9 x 10{sup -8} mol/L. This method is simple, practical and relatively free of interference from coexisting substances and can be successfully applied to assess PC in serum samples. Moreover, the enhancement mechanism of the fluorescence intensity in the TC-Eu{sup 3+} system, the TC-Eu{sup 3+}-PC system, and the TC-Eu{sup 3+}-PC-sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDS) system is also discussed.

  5. Artifacts in the determination of the binding of americium and europium to an aquatic fulvic acid

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    Lead, J.R.; Hamilton-Taylor, J.; Kelly, M. [Institute of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Lancaster University, Lancaster (United Kingdom)


    The binding of europium and americium by an aquatic fulvic acid was investigated using an equilibrium ion exchange technique (Schubert`s method). The results for europium were consistent with literature data. Americium gave anomalous results for both the D{sub o} values (partition coefficient of the metal between the resin and solution phases in the absence of the fulvic acid) and D values (partition coefficient of the metal between the resin and solution phases in the presence of the fulvic acid). The values for americium were unexpectedly low and, in the case of D values, only slightly pH dependent. The cause of the discrepancy was found to be the partial dissolution of the resin or the loss of small colloidal material from the resin. The effects on the europium results were minimal due to the use of lower resin weights and higher metal concentrations

  6. Synthesis and luminescence properties of 2-(benzylcarbamoyl)phenyl derivatives and their europium complexes. (United States)

    Guo, Dongcai; He, Wei; Liu, Bang; Gou, Lining; Li, Ruixia


    Six novel 2-(benzylcarbamoyl)phenyl derivatives were synthesized and characterized by (1) H-NMR, mass spectrometry, infrared spectra and elemental analysis. Their europium complexes were prepared and characterized by elemental analysis, EDTA titrimetric analysis, IR and UV spectra as well as molar conductivity measurements. The luminescence properties of these complexes were investigated and results show that 2-(benzylcarbamoyl)phenyl derivatives possess high selectivity and good coordination with the europium ion. Complex Eu-2-(benzylcarbamoyl)phenyl-2-phenylacetate showed green luminescence that was emitted by the ligand of 2-(benzylcarbamoyl)phenyl-2-phenylacetate, while other complexes showed the characteristic red luminescence of europium ion and also possessed high luminescence intensity. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  7. Induction of Circularly Polarized Luminescence from Europium by Amino Acid Based Ionic Liquids. (United States)

    Zercher, Ben; Hopkins, Todd A


    Materials that emit circularly polarized light have application in several important industries. Because they show large optical activity and emit sharp visible light transitions, europium complexes are often exploited in applications that require circularly polarized luminescence (CPL). Chiral and coordinating ionic liquids based on prolinate, valinate, and aspartate anions are used to induce CPL from a simple achiral europium triflate salt. The sign of the induced CPL is dependent on the handedness (l vs d) of the amino acid anion. Comparison of the CPL spectra in ionic liquid with proline and valine vs aspartate shows that the number of carboxylate groups in the amino acid anion influences the europium coordination environment. DFT calculations predict a chiral eight-coordinate Eu(Pro)4- structure in the prolinate ionic liquid and a chiral seven- or eight-coordinate Eu(Asp)33- structure in the aspartate ionic liquid.

  8. Comparative analysis of conjugated alkynyl chromophore-triazacyclononane ligands for sensitized emission of europium and terbium. (United States)

    Soulié, Marine; Latzko, Frédéric; Bourrier, Emmanuel; Placide, Virginie; Butler, Stephen J; Pal, Robert; Walton, James W; Baldeck, Patrice L; Le Guennic, Boris; Andraud, Chantal; Zwier, Jurriaan M; Lamarque, Laurent; Parker, David; Maury, Olivier


    A series of europium and terbium complexes based on a functionalized triazacyclononane carboxylate or phosphinate macrocyclic ligand is described. The influence of the anionic group, that is, carboxylate, methylphosphinate, or phenylphosphinate, on the photophysical properties was studied and rationalized on the basis of DFT calculated structures. The nature, number, and position of electron-donating or electron-withdrawing aryl substituents were varied systematically within the same phenylethynyl scaffold in order to optimize the brightness of the corresponding europium complexes and investigate their two-photon absorption properties. Finally, the europium complexes were examined in cell-imaging applications, and selected terbium complexes were studied as potential oxygen sensors. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Magnetic and structural properties of yellow europium oxide compound and Eu(OH){sub 3}

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    Lee, Dongwook, E-mail: [Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, J. J Thomson Av., Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Seo, Jiwon, E-mail: [Department of Physics and IPAP, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Valladares, Luis de los Santos [Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, J. J Thomson Av., Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Avalos Quispe, O. [Laboratorio de Cerámicos y Nanomateriales, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Ap. Postal 14-0149, Lima, Perú (Peru); Barnes, Crispin H.W. [Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, J. J Thomson Av., Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom)


    A new material based on a yellow europium oxide compound was prepared from europium oxide in a high vacuum environment. The structural and magnetic properties of the material were investigated. Owing to the absence of a crystal structure, the material exhibited a disordered magnetic behavior. In a reaction with deionized (DI) water without applied heat, the compound assumed a white color as soon as the DI water reached the powder, and the structure became polycrystalline Eu(OH){sub 3}. The magnetic properties, such as the thermal hysteresis, disappeared after the reaction with DI water, and the magnetic susceptibility of the yellow oxide compound weakened. The magnetic properties of Eu(OH){sub 3} were also examined. Although Eu{sup 3+} is present in Eu(OH){sub 3}, a high magnetic moment due to the crystal field effect was observed. - Graphical abstract: (top left) Optical image of the yellow europium oxide compound. (top right) Optical image of the product of DI water and yellow europium oxide. (bottom) Magnetization curves as a function of temperature measured in various magnetic field. - Highlights: • We prepared a new material based on a yellow europium oxide compound from europium oxide. • We characterized the magnetic properties of the material which exhibits a disordered magnetic behavior such as thermal hysteresis. • The compound turned white (Eu(OH){sub 3}) as soon as the DI water reached the powder. • The thermal hysteresis disappeared after the reaction with DI water and the magnetic susceptibility of the yellow oxide compound weakened.

  10. Europium stearate additives delay oxidation of UHMWPE for orthopaedic applications: a pilot study. (United States)

    Gallardo, Luis A; Carpentieri, Ilenia; Laurent, Michel P; Costa, Luigi; Wimmer, Markus A


    Ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is used as an articulating surface in prosthetic devices. Its failure under various mechanisms after oxidation is of utmost concern. Free radicals formed during the sterilization process using high-energy irradiation result in oxidation. Europium, an element of the lanthanide family, has a unique electron configuration with an unusual lack of preference for directional bonding and notable bonding to oxygen. Because of this, it currently is used in studies for stabilization of polymers such as polyvinyl chloride. We asked whether europium stearate could enhance the oxidation resistance after irradiation in nitrogen of UHMWPE. Conventional nonirradiated and gamma-irradiated in nitrogen UHMWPE were compared with polyethylene doped with 375 ppm and 3750 ppm europium(III) stearate under the same treatment conditions. Chemical characterization was performed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microspectroscopy using 200-μm thin films. The oxidation of doped samples with time was compared with that of conventional samples using accelerated oven aging. The types of oxidation products were identified by FTIR and quantified per material and treatment condition as indications of the oxidation level and mechanism. The generation rate of hydroperoxides and ketones was decelerated proportionally with concentration of europium stearates. The oxidative mechanism appeared similar to that of conventional polyethylene with the same types of measurable end products as ketones and hydroperoxides. Yet, the rate of generation of the latter appeared to be slowed down by the action of europium stearate. Europium stearate mixed in UHMWPE decelerated the oxidation reactions triggered by gamma irradiation in nitrogen, seemingly without major alteration of the oxidation mechanism.

  11. Temperature dependent luminescence of a europium complex incorporated in poly(methyl methacrylate). (United States)

    Liang, Hao; Xie, Fang; Ren, Xiaojun; Chen, Yifa; Chen, Biao; Guo, Fuquan


    An europium β-diketonate complex with a dipyrazolyltriazine derivative ligand, Eu(TTA)3DPBT, has been incorporated into poly(methyl methacryate) (PMMA). The influence of temperature on its luminescence properties has been investigated. The fluorescence emission spectra and luminescence lifetimes showed temperature sensitivity. The analysis of the relative intensity ratio (R) of (5)D0 → (7)F2 to (5)D0 → (7)F1 transition and Judd-Ofelt experimental intensity parameters Ω2 indicated that the local structure and asymmetry in the vicinity of europium ions show no obvious change when the temperature is increased. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Effect of gallium-arsenide laser, gallium-aluminum-arsenide laser and healing ointment on cutaneous wound healing in Wistar rats

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    R.V. Gonçalves


    Full Text Available This study determined the effects of gallium-aluminum-arsenide laser (GaAlAs, gallium-arsenide laser (GaAs and Dersani® healing ointment on skin wounds in Wistar rats. The parameters analyzed were: type I and III collagen fiber concentrations as well as the rate of wound closure. Five wounds, 12 mm in diameter, were made on the animals’ backs. The depth of the surgical incision was controlled by removing the epithelial tissue until the dorsal muscular fascia was exposed. The animals were anesthetized with ketamine and xylazine via intraperitoneal injection. The rats were randomly divided into five groups of 6 animals each, according to the treatment received. Group 1 (L4: GaAs laser (4 J/cm²; group 2 (L30: GaAlAs laser (30 J/cm²; group 3 (L60: GaAlAs laser (60 J/cm²; group 4 (D: Dersani® ointment; group 5 (control: 0.9% saline. The applications were made daily over a period of 20 days. Tissue fragments were stained with picrosirius to distinguish type I collagen from type III collagen. The collagen fibers were photo-documented and analyzed using the Quantum software based on the primary color spectrum (red, yellow and blue. Significant results for wound closing rate were obtained for group 1 (L4, 7.37 mm/day. The highest concentration of type III collagen fibers was observed in group 2 (L30; 37.80 ± 7.10%, which differed from control (29.86 ± 5.15% on the 20th day of treatment. The type I collagen fibers of group 1 (L4; 2.67 ± 2.23% and group 2 (L30; 2.87 ± 2.40% differed significantly from control (1.77 ± 2.97% on the 20th day of the experiment.

  13. The role of the ohmic contact on the efficiency of gallium arsenide radiation detectors

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    Castaldini, A. [Bologna Univ. (Italy). Dept. of Phys.; Cavallini, A. [Bologna Univ. (Italy). Dept. of Phys.; Polenta, L. [Bologna Univ. (Italy). Dept. of Phys.; Canali, C. [Department of Engineering Sciences, University of Modena, Via Campi 213/B, Modena (Italy); Del Papa, C. [Department of Physics, University of Udine, Via delle Scienze, Udine (Italy); Nava, F. [Department of Physics, University of Modena, Via Campi 213/A, Modena (Italy)


    It has recently been found that in gallium arsenide radiation detectors injecting ohmic contacts impede charge collection efficiency to get 100%, since breakdown occurs as soon as the electric field reaches the contact itself. In the present contribution, this phenomenon is investigated by comparing two sets of ohmic contacts realized by different technological procedures. While the overall defective state results to be nearly the same for both contacts, their performance significantly differs. Deep level junction spectroscopy shows that the defects are the same in both sets whilst there is much difference in density between a few of them. (orig.).

  14. Efficiency Enhancement of Gallium Arsenide Photovoltaics Using Solution-Processed Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Light Scattering Layers

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    Yangsen Kang


    Full Text Available We demonstrate a high-throughput, solution-based process for subwavelength surface texturing of a III-V compound solar cell. A zinc oxide (ZnO nanoparticle ink is spray-coated directly on top of a gallium arsenide (GaAs solar cell. The nanostructured ZnO films have demonstrated antireflection and light scattering properties over the visible/near-infrared (NIR spectrum. The results show a broadband spectral enhancement of the solar cell external quantum efficiency (EQE, a 16% enhancement of short circuit current, and a 10% increase in photovoltaic efficiency.

  15. Development of a Free Carrier Absorption Measurement Instrument for Indium Phosphide and Gallium Arsenide. (United States)


    AD-A174 ř DEVELOPMENT OF R FREE CARRIER ABSORPTION MEASUREMENT 1/2 INSTRUMENT FOR INDTU (U) EAGLE-PICHER RESEARCH LAB MIAMI OK SPECIALTY MATERIALS...SOBI S D Final Report Development of a Free Carrier Absorption Measurement Instrument For Indium Phosphide and Gallium Arsenide EAGLE PICHER R ES EA R CH...i P r OTic S D L C T DEC 0 3 ang Final Report Development of a Free Carrier Absorption Measurement Instrument For Indium Phosphide and Gallium

  16. High Pressure X-ray Diffraction Study on Icosahedral Boron Arsenide (B12As2)

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    J Wu; H Zhu; D Hou; C Ji; C Whiteley; J Edgar; Y Ma


    The high pressure properties of icosahedral boron arsenide (B12As2) were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction measurements at pressures up to 25.5 GPa at room temperature. B12As2 retains its rhombohedral structure; no phase transition was observed in the pressure range. The bulk modulus was determined to be 216 GPa with the pressure derivative 2.2. Anisotropy was observed in the compressibility of B12As2-c-axis was 16.2% more compressible than a-axis. The boron icosahedron plays a dominant role in the compressibility of boron-rich compounds.

  17. Surface plasma-enhanced internal photoemission in gallium arsenide Schottky diodes. (United States)

    Torosian, K M; Karakashian, A S; Teng, Y Y


    An aluminum on n-type gallium arsenide Schottky diode with a prism coupler on the front face was illuminated by a p-polarized Nd:YAG laser to excite the surface plasma resonance in the aluminum barrier contact. The internal photoemission current and reflectance were measured simultaneously as a function of the angle of incidence. The excitation of the surface plasma resonance was observed by a dip in the reflectance which occurred at the same angle as a peak in the photoemission current. These effects disappeared in the case of s-polarization. Enhancement in the photoemission current by as much as a factor of 3 was obtained.

  18. Study of the europium behavior in aqueous media; Estudio sobre el comportamiento del europio en medios acuosos

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    Fernandez R, E.; Jimenez R, M.; Solache R, M.; Martinez M, V. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de Quimica, A.P. 18-1027, C.P. 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    Europium as waste can produce a pollution problem in water that is in contact with it, what would has a heavy environmental impacts, because of the possibilities of diffusion of these wastes from their place of confinement or storage until the geo and biosphere. The solution of such problem requires of a lot of knowledge over the behavior of several chemical elements such as europium in aqueous solutions. In this work it was used a low ion force (0.02 M). The data set will allow extrapolate the hydrolytic behavior of europium in too much minors ion force media, such as the ground waters, including in ion force zero.

  19. Thermodynamic and structural description of europium complexation in 1-octanol - H{sub 2}O solutions

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    Vu, T.H.; Charbonnel, M.C.; Boubals, N.; Couston, L. [CEA Marcoule, DEN/DRCP/SCPS/LCAM, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Ceze (France); Arnaud, F. [Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, IPHC, 25 rue Becquerel, 67087 Strasbourg (France)


    Polydentate N-bearing ligands such as bis-triazinyl-pyridines (BTPs) are interesting extractants for actinide(III)/lanthanide(III) separation. A description of europium complexation in 1-octanol solutions was undertaken to enhance the knowledge of the extraction mechanisms. The first solvation shell for europium(III) nitrate, chloride, and perchlorate with different amounts of water was determined by Time-Resolved Laser-Induced Fluorescence (TRLIF) spectroscopy. Europium nitrate complexation by iPr-BTP was then studied by TRLIF and micro-calorimetry; similar stability constants related to the formation of Eu(BTP){sub 2}{sup 3+} and Eu(BTP){sub 3}{sup 3+} were obtained by both techniques (log({beta}{sub 2}) = 9.0 {+-} 0.3 and log({beta}{sub 3}) = 13.8 {+-} 0.2). The presence of water in the octanol diluent has an influence on solvation of europium and also on the [Eu(BTP){sub 2}{sup 3+}] / [Eu(BTP){sub 3}{sup 3+}] ratio. (authors)

  20. A novel biocompatible europium ligand for sensitive time-gated immunodetection. (United States)

    Sayyadi, Nima; Connally, Russell E; Try, Andrew


    We describe the synthesis of a novel hydrophilic derivative of a tetradentate β-diketone europium ligand that was used to prepare an immunoconjugate probe against Giardia lamblia cysts. We used a Gated Autosynchronous Luminescence Detector (GALD) to obtain high quality delayed luminescence images of cells 30-fold faster than ever previously reported.

  1. Europium-doped barium halide scintillators for x-ray and ?-ray detections

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    Selling, J.; Birowosuto, M.D.; Dorenbos, P.; Schweizer, S.


    Single crystals of undoped or europium-doped barium chloride, bromide, and iodide were investigated under x-ray and ?-ray excitations. The Eu2+-related x-ray excited luminescence found in the Eu-doped barium halides occurs at 402, 404, and 425?nm for the chloride, bromide, and iodide, respectively.

  2. A europium luminescence assay of lactate and citrate in biological fluids† (United States)

    Pal, Robert; Costello, Leslie C.


    Ratiometric methods of analysis have been developed for the selective determination of lactate or citrate in microlitre samples of human serum, urine or prostate fluids following comparison of anion binding affinities for a family of nine luminescent europium(III) complexes. PMID:19343236

  3. Molecular interactions of Leucoagaricus naucinus with uranium(VI) and europium(III)

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    Wollenberg, Anne; Raff, Johannes [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany). Biogeochemistry; Guenther, A. [Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, Freiberg (Germany)


    With regard to a molecular understanding of the interaction of fungal mycelium with radionuclides and its possible application for precautionary radiation protection and bio-remediation, the binding mechanism of the radionuclide uranium and the metal europium, as surrogate for trivalent actinides, where investigated with different starting conditions by the living fungal cells of Leucoagaricus naucinus.

  4. Europium doped In(Zn)P/ZnS colloidal quantum dots

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    Thuy, Ung Thi Dieu; Maurice, Axel; Liem, Nguyen Quang; Reiss, Peter


    Chemically synthesised In(Zn)P alloy nanocrystals are doped with Eu(3+) ions using europium oleate as a molecular precursor and are subsequently covered with a ZnS shell. The presence of zinc in the synthesis of the InP core nanocrystals leads to the formation of an In(Zn)P alloy structure, making

  5. NO fluorescence sensing by europium tetracyclines complexes in the presence of H2O2. (United States)

    Simões, Eliana F C; Leitão, João M M; Esteves da Silva, Joaquim C G


    The effect on the fluorescence of the europium:tetracycline (Eu:Tc), europium:oxytetracycline (Eu:OxyTc) and europium:chlortetracycline (Eu:ClTc) complexes in approximately 2:1 ratio of nitric oxide (NO), peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and superoxide (O2 (·-)) was assessed at three ROS/RNS concentrations levels, 30 °C and pH 6.00, 7.00 and 8.00. Except for the NO, an enhancement of fluorescence intensity was observed at pH 7.00 for all the europium tetracyclines complexes-the high enhancement was observed for H2O2. The quenching of the fluorescence of the Tc complexes, without and with the presence of other ROS/RNS species, provoked by NO constituted the bases for an analytical strategy for NO detection. The quantification capability was evaluated in a NO donor and in a standard solution. Good quantification results were obtained with the Eu:Tc (3:1) and Eu:OxyTc (4:1) complexes in the presence of H2O2 200 μM with a detection limit of about 3 μM (Eu:OxyTc).

  6. Long-term tagging of elvers, Anguilla anguilla, with radioactive europium

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    Hansen, Heinz Johs. Max; Fattah, A. T. A.


    -life of added europium of 1.6 .+-. 0.5 years. Thirteen hundred 155Eu-labelled elvers (50 Bq per eel), each weighing on average 0.21 g, were set out near Oskarshamn on the east coast of Sweden in June 1982. Three of these were caught nearby in May 1985 and one was caught in August 1985. They weighed...


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    Eliel, E.R.; Hogervorst, W.; van Leeuwen, K.A.H.; Post, B.H.


    High resolution laser spectroscopy has been applied to the study of three ultraviolet transitions in Europium at λ = 294.8, 295.1 and 295.8 nm. The tunable narrowband UV has been generated by intracavity frequency doubling in a cw ring dye laser using a temperate tuned, Brewster angled ADA crystal.

  8. Optical and Morphological Characterization of Sonochemically Assisted Europium Doped Copper (I) Oxide Nanostructures (United States)

    Cosico, J. A. M.; Ruales, P. K.; Marquez, M. C.


    In the age where application of nanotechnology in our society has proven to be eminent, different routes of synthesizing nanoparticles have emerged. In this study nanoparticles of cuprous oxide (Cu2O) doped with different amounts of europium was prepared by using solution precursor route approach with the aid of ultrasonic sound. Copper sulphate and europium (III) nitrate pentahydrate was used as source for copper ions and europium ions respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were used to elucidate the cubic crystal structure and organic impurities present on Cu2Onanoparticles. UV-Vis spectroscopy was used to determine the absorption spectrum of the nanoparticles in the wavelength range of 400nm to 700nm. The bandgap of the undoped and doped Cu2O were found to fall between 2.1eV - 2.3eV. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive x-ray was used to observe the dendritic and rodlike morphology and the presence of europium in the synthesized Cu2O nanoparticles. The observed effect on the absorbance of Cu2O upon adding Eu and a facile way of synthesizing Cu2O nanoparticles could bring a positive impact on the production of functional devices for optoelectronic and energy applications.


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    Mustafa TEMİZ


    Full Text Available Multiple quantum-well (MQW electroabsorptive self electro optic-effect devices (SEEDs are being extensively studied for use in optical switching and computing. The self electro-optic-effect devices which has quantum-well structures is a new optoelectronic technology with capability to obtain both optical inputs and outputs for Gallium-Arsenide/Aluminum Gallium-Arsenide (GaAs/AlGaAs electronic circuits. The optical inputs and outputs are based on quantum-well absorptive properties. These quantum-well structures consist of many thin layers of semiconductors materials of GaAs/AlGaAs which have emerged some important directions recently. The most important advance in the physics of these materials since the early days has been invention of the heterojunction structures which is based at present on GaAs technology. GaAs/AlGaAs structures present some important advantages to relevant band gap and index of refraction which allow to form the quantum-well structures and also to make semiconductor lasers, dedectors and waveguide optical switches.

  10. Liquid immiscibility between arsenide and sulfide melts: evidence from a LA-ICP-MS study in magmatic deposits at Serranía de Ronda (Spain) (United States)

    Piña, R.; Gervilla, F.; Barnes, S.-J.; Ortega, L.; Lunar, R.


    The chromite-Ni arsenide (Cr-Ni-As) and sulfide-graphite (S-G) deposits from the Serranía de Ronda (Málaga, South Spain) contain an arsenide assemblage (nickeline, maucherite and nickeliferous löllingite) that has been interpreted to represent an arsenide melt and a sulfide-graphite assemblage (pyrrhotite, pentlandite, chalcopyrite and graphite) that has been interpreted to represent a sulfide melt, both of which have been interpreted to have segregated as immiscible liquids from an arsenic-rich sulfide melt. We have determined the platinum-group element (PGE), Au, Ag, Se, Sb, Bi and Te contents of the arsenide and sulfide assemblages using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) to establish their partitioning behaviour during the immiscibility of an arsenide melt from a sulfide melt. Previous experimental work has shown that PGE partition more strongly into arsenide melts than into sulfide melts and our results fit with this observation. Arsenide minerals are enriched in all PGE, but especially in elements with the strongest affinity for the arsenide melt, including Ir, Rh and Pt. In contrast and also in agreement with previous studies, Se and Ag partition preferentially into the sulfide assemblage. The PGE-depleted nature of sulfides in the S-G deposits along with the discordant morphologies of the bodies suggest that these sulfides are not mantle sulfides, but that they represent the crystallization product of a PGE-depleted sulfide melt due to the sequestering of PGE by an arsenide melt.

  11. A novel three-jet microreactor for localized metal-organic chemical vapour deposition of gallium arsenide : Design and simulation

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    Konakov, S.A.; Krzhizhanovskaya, V.V.


    We present a novel three-jet microreactor design for localized deposition of gallium arsenide (GaAs) by low-pressure Metal-Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition (MOCVD) for semiconductor devices, microelectronics and solar cells. Our approach is advantageous compared to the standard lithography and

  12. Occurrence of photoluminescence and onion like structures decorating graphene oxide with europium using sodium dodecyl sulfate surfactant (United States)

    Cedeño, V. J.; Rangel, R.; Cervantes, J. L.; Lara, J.; Alvarado, J. J.; Galván, D. H.


    Graphene oxide decoration with europium was carried out using SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) as the surfactant. The reaction was performed in a microwave oven and subsequently underwent thermal treatment under hydrogen flow. The results found in the present work demonstrate that through the use of SDS surfactant aggregates of hemi-cylindrical and onion-like structures could be obtained; which propitiate an enhanced synergistic photoluminescence located at the red wavelength. On the other hand, after thermal treatment the aggregates disappear providing a good dispersion of europium, however a decrease in the photoluminescence signal is observed. The graphene oxide decorated with europium was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier infrared transform spectroscopy (FTIR), RAMAN spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques, showing the characteristic features of graphene oxide and europium.

  13. Synthesis, characterization, and properties of reduced europium molybdates and tungstates

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    Abeysinghe, Dileka [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States); Gerke, Birgit [Institut für Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Universität Münster , Corrensstrasse 30, Münster D-48149 (Germany); Morrison, Gregory; Hsieh, Chun H.; Smith, Mark D. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States); Pöttgen, Rainer [Institut für Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Universität Münster , Corrensstrasse 30, Münster D-48149 (Germany); Makris, Thomas M. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States); Loye, Hans-Conrad zur, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States)


    Single crystals of K{sub 0.094}Eu{sub 0.906}MoO{sub 4}, K{sub 0.097}Eu{sub 0.903}WO{sub 4}, EuWO{sub 4}, and EuMoO{sub 4} were grown from molten chloride fluxes contained in vacuum-sealed fused silica and structurally characterized via single crystal X-ray diffraction. The in situ reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} was carried out using Mo, W, and Zn as metal reducing agents. All four compounds crystallize in the tetragonal space group of I4{sub 1}/a and adopt the scheelite (CaWO{sub 4}) structure type. The magnetic susceptibility of the reported compounds shows paramagnetic behavior down to 2 K. {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy was used to analyze the relative Eu{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} content of the samples. All the compounds were further characterized by EPR, and UV-vis spectroscopy. - Graphical abstract: TOC Caption Two new reduced europium containing quaternary oxides, K{sub 0.094}Eu{sub 0.906}MoO{sub 4} and K{sub 0.097}Eu{sub 0.903}WO{sub 4}, and two previously reported ternary reduced oxides, EuWO{sub 4} and EuMoO{sub 4}, were synthesized via an in situ reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} under flux method using Mo, W, and Zn as metal reducing agents. {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy was used to analyze the relative Eu{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} content of the samples. - Highlights: • K{sub 0.094}Eu{sub 0.906}MoO{sub 4}, K{sub 0.097}Eu{sub 0.903}WO{sub 4}, EuWO{sub 4}, and EuMoO{sub 4} have been synthesized and characterized. • The in situ reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} was carried out using Mo, W, and Zn as metal reducing agents. • Magnetic susceptibility data were collected. • {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy was used to analyze Eu{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} content.

  14. A highly sensitive and selective fluorescent sensor for detection of Al(3+) using a europium(III) quinolinecarboxylate. (United States)

    Xu, Wentao; Zhou, Youfu; Huang, Decai; Su, Mingyi; Wang, Kun; Hong, Maochun


    Eu2PQC6 has been developed to detect Al(3+) by monitoring the quenching of the europium-based emission, with the lowest detection limit of ∼32 pM and the quantitative detection range to 150 μM. Eu2PQC6 is the first ever example that the europium(III) complex serves as an Al(3+) fluorescent sensor based on "competition-displacement" mode.

  15. The effect of two additional Eu3+ lumophors in two novel trinuclear europium complexes on their photoluminescent properties. (United States)

    Yang, Chaolong; Xu, Jing; Ma, Jianying; Zhu, Dongyu; Zhang, Yunfei; Liang, Liyan; Lu, Mangeng


    Two novel trinuclear europium complexes based on trisphen(1,3,5-tris{4-((1,10-phenanthroline-[5,6-d]imidazol-2yl)phenoxy)methyl}-2,4,6-trimethyl-benzene) as a second ligand were designed, synthesized, and characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, UV-visible, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, elemental analysis (EA) and ESI-MS. The geometries of these two trinuclear europium complexes were predicted using the Sparkle/PM3 model and suggested a chemical environment of very low symmetry around the lanthanide ions (C(1)), which is in agreement with the luminescent spectra. CV analysis demonstrated that the trinuclear complexes possessed excellent electro-injection abilities. The effects of two additional Eu(3+) lumophors in these trinuclear europium complexes on their photoluminescent properties were investigated in detail. The results indicated that these trinuclear europium complexes exhibited highly luminescent quantum efficiencies and experimental intensity parameters in the solid state. Especially, due to the contribution of the two additional Eu(3+) lumophors in the trinuclear europium complexes, the quantum efficiency of the trinuclear complex Eu(3)(TTA)(9)trisphen was higher (ca. 34%) than the mononuclear europium complex Eu(TTA)(3)imidazophen.

  16. Influence of biofilms on migration of uranium, americium and europium in the environment; Einfluss von Biofilmen auf das Migrationsverhalten von Uran, Americium und Europium in der Umwelt

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    Baumann, Nils; Zirnstein, Isabel; Arnold, Thuro


    The report on the influence of biofilms on migration of uranium, americium and europium in the environment deals with the contamination problems of uranium mines such as SDAG WISMUT in Saxonia and Thuringia. In mine waters microorganisms form a complex microbiological biocoenosis in spite of low pH values and high heavy metal concentrations including high uranium concentrations. The analyses used microbiological methods like confocal laser scanning microscopy and molecular-biological techniques. The interactions of microorganism with fluorescent radioactive heavy metal ions were performed with TRLFS (time resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy).

  17. Electronic structure, magnetic and superconducting properties of co-doped iron-arsenide superconductors

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    Rosner, Helge; Schnelle, Walter; Nicklas, Michael; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas [MPI CPfS Dresden (Germany); Weikert, Franziska [Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico (United States); HLD Dresden Rossendorf (Germany); Wosnitza, Joachim [HLD Dresden Rossendorf (Germany)


    We present a joint experimental and theoretical study of co-doped iron-arsenide superconductors of the 122 family A{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2-y}T{sub y}As{sub 2} (A = Ba,Sr,Eu; T = Co,Ru,Rh). In these systems, the co-doping enables the separation of different parameters - like electron count, disorder or the specific geometry of the FeAs layer - with respect to the position of the respective compounds in the general 122 phase diagram. For a series of compounds, we investigate the relevance of the different parameters for the magnetic, thermodynamic and superconducting properties. Our experimental investigations are supported by density functional electronic structure calculations applying different approximations for doping and disorder.

  18. NMR studies on the new iron arsenide superconductors including the superconducting state

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    Grafe, Hans-Joachim; Lang, Guillaume; Hammerath, Franziska; Manthey, Katarina; Behr, Guenther; Werner, Jochen; Buechner, Bernd [IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Paar, Dalibor [IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Dept. of Physics, Faculty of Science, Univ. of Zagreb (Croatia); Curro, Nicholas [Dept. of Physics, Univ. of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States)


    We summarize our Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) results on the new iron arsenide superconductor LaO{sub 1-x}F{sub x}FeAs in the normal state, and show new NMR data in the superconducting state. Beyond early evidence of nodes and spin-singlet pairing[2], we find evidence of a deviation of the T{sup 3} behaviour of the spin lattice relaxation rate, 1/T{sub 1}, at temperatures significantly below T{sub c}, which would agree with the suggested extended s-wave symmetry. The deviation of the T{sup 3} behaviour is induced by the pair breaking effect of impurities. Different amounts of impurities would lead to different temperature dependences of 1/T{sub 1}, which would allow to differentiate between d-wave and extended s-wave symmetries.

  19. Systems engineering and technical assistance in support of digital gallium arsenide insertion projects (United States)

    Butler, Daniel H.


    Booz-Allen provided a high level of support, including systems engineering analyses and technical assistance for systems insertion efforts using digital Gallium Arsenide (GaAs). Once insertion candidates were chosen, Booz-Allen supported the insertion efforts by acting as a liaison between the government and GaAs contractors, attending and arranging contractor reviews, providing meeting facilities, and producing presentation materials. A major accomplishment under this contract was the development of a methodology for appraising the likelihood of a successful technology insertion. This methodology is described in detail. Systems analyses and other work performed according to the terms of the statement of work is described as well. The conclusion discusses accomplishments under this project and of the DARPA digital GaAs insertion program generally.

  20. Ultrafast photocurrents and terahertz radiation in gallium arsenide and carbon based nanostructures

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    Prechtel, Hans Leonhard


    In this thesis we developed a measurement technique based on a common pump-probe scheme and coplanar stripline circuits that enables time-resolved photocurrent measurements of contacted nanosystems with a micrometer spatial and a picosecond time resolution. The measurement technique was applied to lowtemperature grown gallium arsenide (LT-GaAs), carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene, and p-doped gallium arsenide (GaAs) nanowires. The various mechanisms responsible for the generation of current pulses by pulsed laser excitation were reviewed. Furthermore the propagation of the resulting electromagnetic radiation along a coplanar stripline circuit was theoretically and numerically treated. The ultrafast photocurrent response of low-temperature grown GaAs was investigated. We found two photocurrent pulses in the time-resolved response. We showed that the first pulse is consistent with a displacement current pulse. We interpreted the second pulse to result from a transport current process. We further determined the velocity of the photo-generated charge carriers to exceed the drift, thermal and quantum velocities of single charge carriers. Hereby, we interpreted the transport current pulse to stem from an electron-hole plasma excitation. We demonstrated that the photocurrent response of CNTs comprises an ultrafast displacement current and a transport current. The data suggested that the photocurrent is finally terminated by the recombination lifetime of the charge carriers. To the best of our knowledge, we presented in this thesis the first recombination lifetime measurements of contacted, suspended, CVD grown CNT networks. In addition, we studied the ultrafast photocurrent dynamics of freely suspended graphene contacted by metal electrodes. At the graphene-metal interface, we demonstrated that built-in electric fields give rise to a photocurrent with a full-width-half-maximum of a few picoseconds and that a photo-thermoelectric effect generates a current with a decay time

  1. Gallium arsenide quantum well-based far infrared array radiometric imager (United States)

    Forrest, Kathrine A.; Jhabvala, Murzy D.


    We have built an array-based camera (FIRARI) for thermal imaging (lambda = 8 to 12 microns). FIRARI uses a square format 128 by 128 element array of aluminum gallium arsenide quantum well detectors that are indium bump bonded to a high capacity silicon multiplexer. The quantum well detectors offer good responsivity along with high response and noise uniformity, resulting in excellent thermal images without compensation for variation in pixel response. A noise equivalent temperature difference of 0.02 K at a scene temperature of 290 K was achieved with the array operating at 60 K. FIRARI demonstrated that AlGaAS quantum well detector technology can provide large format arrays with performance superior to mercury cadmium telluride at far less cost.

  2. Incorporation of europium III complex into nanoparticles and films obtained by the Sol-Gel methodology

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    Faley Jean de Sousa


    Full Text Available The sol-gel process is very effective for the preparation of new materials with potential applications in optics, sensors, catalyst supports, coatings, and specialty inorganic polymers that can be used as hosts for the accommodation of organic molecules. The low temperature employed in the process is the main advantage of this methodology. In this work, the europium (III complex with 1,10-phenantroline was prepared, and this luminescent complex was incorporated into silica nanoparticles and films by the sol-gel process. The nanoparticles were obtained by the modified Stöber methodology. The films were obtained by the dip-coating technique, at different deposition rates and numbers of layers. The nanoparticles and films were characterized by photoluminescence, thermal analysis, and Raman and infrared spectroscopies. Characterization revealed that the europium (III complex was not affected upon incorporation into the nanoparticles and films, opening a new field for the application of these materials.

  3. A Simple and Sensitive Method to Quantify Biodegradable Nanoparticle Biodistribution using Europium Chelates. (United States)

    Crawford, Lindsey; Higgins, Jaclyn; Putnam, David


    The biodistribution of biodegradable nanoparticles can be difficult to quantify. We report a method using time resolved fluorescence (TRF) from a lanthanide chelate to minimize background autofluorescence and maximize the signal to noise ratio to detect biodegradable nanoparticle distribution in mice. Specifically, antenna chelates containing europium were entrapped within nanoparticles composed of polylactic acid-polyethylene glycol diblock copolymers. Tissue accumulation of nanoparticles following intravenous injection was quantified in mice. The TRF of the nanoparticles was found to diminish as a second order function in the presence of serum and tissue compositions interfered with the europium signal. Both phenomena were corrected by linearization of the signal function and calculation of tissue-specific interference, respectively. Overall, the method is simple and robust with a detection limit five times greater than standard fluorescent probes.

  4. A Comprehensive Strategy to Boost the Quantum Yield of Luminescence of Europium Complexes (United States)

    Lima, Nathalia B. D.; Gonçalves, Simone M. C.; Júnior, Severino A.; Simas, Alfredo M.


    Lanthanide luminescence has many important applications in anion sensing, protein recognition, nanosized phosphorescent devices, optoelectronic devices, immunoassays, etc. Luminescent europium complexes, in particular, act as light conversion molecular devices by absorbing ultraviolet (UV) light and by emitting light in the red visible spectral region. The quantum yield of luminescence is defined as the ratio of the number of photons emitted over the number of UV photons absorbed. The higher the quantum yield of luminescence, the higher the sensitivity of the application. Here we advance a conjecture that allows the design of europium complexes with higher values of quantum yields by simply increasing the diversity of good ligands coordinated to the lanthanide ion. Indeed, for the studied cases, the percent boost obtained on the quantum yield proved to be strong: of up to 81%, accompanied by faster radiative rate constants, since the emission becomes less forbidden. PMID:23928866

  5. Assembly of europium organic framework–gold nanoparticle composite thin films on silicon substrate

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    Deep, Akash, E-mail: [Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, CSIR-CSIO, Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Kaur, Rajnish [Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, CSIR-CSIO, Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Kumar, Parveen [Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Kumar, Pawan; Paul, A.K. [Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, CSIR-CSIO, Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India)


    Metal organic frameworks are a sub-class of coordination polymers and rapidly generating huge research interests in several technological areas. One of the emerging areas of their potential applications is the photovoltaics. The present study proposes the assembly of europium organic framework–gold nanoparticle nanocomposite thin film on silicon substrate. Microscopic, X-ray diffraction, surface area measurement and thermal studies have indicated the formation of the desired thin film. Spectral studies have been used to highlight their solid state optical property. Current–voltage studies have established semiconducting property of the above thin films. - Highlights: • Thin film of europium organic framework/gold nanoparticles is prepared on silicon. • Fairly homogeneous films with a roughness factor of 5–10 nm are obtained. • Above thin films offer solid-state photoluminescence and semiconducting properties.

  6. Synthesis and optical features of an europium organic-inorganic silicate hybrid

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    Franville, A.C.; Zambon, D.; Mahiou, R.; Chou, S.; Cousseins, J.C. [Universite Blaise Pascal, Aubiere (France). Lab. des Materiaux Inorganiques; Troin, Y. [Laboratoire de Chimie des Heterocycles et des Glucides, EA 987, Universite Blaise-Pascal and ENSCCF, F-63177 Aubiere Cedex (France)


    A europium organic-inorganic silicate hybrid was synthesized by grafting a coordinative group (dipicolinic acid) to a silicate network precursor (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane) via a covalent bonding. Sol-gel process and complexation were performed using different experimental conditions. The hybrid materials, in particular the Eu{sup 3+} coordination mode, were characterized by infrared and luminescence spectroscopies. Morphology of the materials and TG analysis showed that grafted silica enhanced thermal and mechanical resistances of the organic part. (orig.) 7 refs.

  7. Development of a microchip Europium nanoparticle immunoassay for sensitive point-of-care HIV detection. (United States)

    Liu, Jikun; Du, Bingchen; Zhang, Panhe; Haleyurgirisetty, Mohan; Zhao, Jiangqin; Ragupathy, Viswanath; Lee, Sherwin; DeVoe, Don L; Hewlett, Indira K


    Rapid, sensitive and specific diagnostic assays play an indispensable role in determination of HIV infection stages and evaluation of efficacy of antiretroviral therapy. Recently, our laboratory developed a sensitive Europium nanoparticle-based microtiter-plate immunoassay capable of detecting target analytes at subpicogram per milliliter levels without the use of catalytic enzymes and signal amplification processes. Encouraged by its sensitivity and simplicity, we continued to miniaturize this assay to a microchip platform for the purpose of converting the benchtop assay technique to a point-of-care test. It was found that detection capability of the microchip platform could be readily improved using Europium nanoparticle probes. We were able to routinely detect 5 pg/mL (4.6 attomoles) of HIV-1 p24 antigen at a signal-to-blank ratio of 1.5, a sensitivity level reasonably close to that of microtiter-plate Europium nanoparticle assay. Meanwhile, use of the microchip platform effectively reduced sample/reagent consumption 4.5 fold and shortened total assay time 2 fold in comparison with microtiter plate assays. Complex matrix substance in plasma negatively affected the microchip assays and the effects could be minimized by diluting the samples before loading. With further improvements in sensitivity, reproducibility, usability, assay process simplification, and incorporation of portable time-resolved fluorescence reader, Europium nanoparticle immunoassay technology could be adapted to meet the challenges of point-of-care diagnosis of HIV or other health-threatening pathogens at bedside or in resource-limited settings. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Green Luminescence of Divalent Europium in the Hydride Chloride EuHCl

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    Kunkel, Nathalie; Rudolph, Daniel; Meijerink, A; Rommel, Stefan; Weihrich, Richard; Kohlmann, Holger; Schleid, Thomas

    Luminescence properties of divalent europium in the mixed-anion hydride chloride EuHCl were studied for the first time. Olive-green single crystals of EuHCl (PbFCl-type structure: tetragonal, P4/nmm, a = 406.58(3) pm, c = 693.12(5) pm, c/a = 1.705, Z = 2) resulted from the reaction of elemental

  9. Ferromagnetic semiconductor-metal transition in heterostructures of electron doped europium monoxide

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    Stollenwerk, Tobias


    In the present work, we develop and solve a self-consistent theory for the description of the simultaneous ferromagnetic semiconductor-metal transition in electron doped Europium monoxide. We investigate two different types of electron doping, Gadolinium impurities and Oxygen vacancies. Besides the conduction band occupation, we can identify low lying spin fluctuations on magnetic impurities as the driving force behind the doping induced enhancement of the Curie temperature. Moreover, we predict the signatures of these magnetic impurities in the spectra of scanning tunneling microscope experiments. By extending the theory to allow for inhomogeneities in one spatial direction, we are able to investigate thin films and heterostructures of Gadolinium doped Europium monoxide. Here, we are able to reproduce the experimentally observed decrease of the Curie temperature with the film thickness. This behavior is attributed to missing coupling partners of the localized 4f moments as well as to an electron depletion at the surface which leads to a reduction of the number of itinerant electrons. By investigating the influence of a metallic substrate onto the phase transition in Gadolinium doped Europium monoxide, we find that the Curie temperature can be increased up to 20%. However, as we show, the underlying mechanism of metal-interface induced charge carrier accumulation is inextricably connected to a suppression of the semiconductor-metal transition.

  10. Redox electrochemistry of europium fluoride complexes in an equimolar NaCl-KCl melt

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    Kuznetsov, S.A., E-mail: [Institute of Chemistry, Kola Science Centre RAS, 26 Akademgorodok., 184209 Apatity, Murmansk region (Russian Federation); Gaune-Escard, M. [Ecole Polytechnique, Mecanique Energetique, Technopole de Chateau Gombert, 5 rue Enrico Fermi, 13453 Marseille Cedex 13 (France)


    The electrochemical behavior of europium fluoride complexes was studied by different electrochemical methods at a glassy carbon electrode in the temperature range 973-1100 K in the NaCl-KCl melt. The diffusion coefficients of Eu(III) and Eu(II) were determined by linear sweep voltammetry. The standard rate constants of charge transfer for the Eu(III)/Eu(II) redox couple were found on the base cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy and chronoamperometry data. The formal standard redox potentials E{sub Eu(III)/Eu(II)}{sup *} were obtained by linear sweep and cyclic voltammetry. The electrochemical behavior of europium fluoride and europium chloride complexes in NaCl-KCl melt was compared and discussed in connection with the strength and stability of these complexes. It was shown that the formation of stronger fluoride complexes reduced values of diffusion coefficients, standard rate constants for charge transfer of the Eu(III)/Eu(II) redox couple and shifted the formal standard redox potentials to the more electronegative values.

  11. Lateral flow immunoassay using europium chelate-loaded silica nanoparticles as labels. (United States)

    Xia, Xiaohu; Xu, Ye; Zhao, Xilin; Li, Qingge


    Despite their ease of use, lateral flow immunoassays (LFIAs) often suffer from poor quantitative discrimination and low analytical sensitivity. We explored the use of a novel class of europium chelate-loaded silica nanoparticles as labels to overcome these limitations. Antibodies were covalently conjugated onto europium chelate-loaded silica nanoparticles with dextran as a linker. The resulting conjugates were used as labels in LFIA for detection of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). We performed quantification with a digital camera and Adobe Photoshop software. We also used 286 clinical samples to compare the proposed method with a quantitative ELISA. A detection limit of 0.03 microg/L was achieved, which was 100 times lower than the colloidal gold-based LFIAs and lower than ELISA. A precise quantitative dose-response curve was obtained, and the linear measurement range was 0.05-3.13 microg/L, within which the CVs were 2.3%-10.4%. Regression analysis of LFIA on ELISA results gave: log (LFIA) = -0.14 log (ELISA) + 1.03 microg/L with r = 0.99 for the quantification of HBsAg in 35 positive serum samples. Complete agreement was observed for the qualitative comparison of 286 clinical samples assayed with LFIA and ELISA. Europium chelate-loaded silica nanoparticle labels have great potential to improve LFIAs, making them useful not only for simple screening applications but also for more sensitive and quantitative immunoassays.

  12. Luminescent solutions and films of new europium complexes with chelating ligands (United States)

    Kharcheva, Anastasia V.; Ivanov, Alexey V.; Borisova, Nataliya E.; Kaminskaya, Tatiana P.; Patsaeva, Svetlana V.; Popov, Vladimir V.; Yuzhakov, Viktor I.


    The development of new complexes of rare earth elements (REE) with chelating organic ligands opens up the possibility of purposeful alteration in the composition and structure of the complexes, and therefore tuning their optical properties. New ligands possessing two pyridine rings in their structure were synthesized to improve coordination properties and photophysical characteristics of REE compounds. Complexes of trivalent europium with novel chelating ligands were investigated using luminescence and absorption spectroscopy, as well as atomic force microscopy. Luminescence properties of new compounds were studied both for solutions and films deposited on the solid support. All complexes exhibit the characteristic red luminescence of Eu (III) ion with the absolute lumenescence quantum yield in polar acetonitrile solution varying from 0.21 to 1.45 % and emission lifetime ranged from 0.1 to 1 ms. Excitation spectra of Eu coordination complexes correspond with absorption bands of chelating ligand. The energy levels of the triplet state of the new ligands were determined from the phosphorescence at 77 K of the corresponding Gd (III) complexes. The morphology of films of europium complexes with different substituents in the organic ligands was investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). It strongly depends both on the type of substituent in the organic ligand, and the rotation speed of the spin-coater. New europium complexes with chelating ligands containing additional pyridine fragments represent outstanding candidates for phosphors with improved luminescence properties.

  13. Use of europium ions for SAD phasing of lysozyme at the Cu Kα wavelength. (United States)

    Vijayakumar, Balakrishnan; Velmurugan, Devadasan


    Europium is shown to be a good anomalous scatterer in SAD phasing for solving the structure of biological macromolecules. The large value of the anomalous contribution of europium, f'' = 11.17 e(-), at the Cu Kα wavelength is an advantage in de novo phasing and automated model building. Tetragonal crystals of hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL) incorporating europium(III) chloride (50 mM) were obtained which diffracted to a resolution of 2.3 Å at a wavelength of 1.54 Å (Cu Kα). The master data set (360° frames) was split and analyzed for anomalous signal-to-noise ratio, multiplicity, completeness, SAD phasing and automated building. The structure solution and model building of the split data sets were carried out using phenix.autosol and phenix.autobuild. The contributions of the Eu ions to SAD phasing using in-house data collection are discussed. This study revealed successful lysozyme phasing by SAD using laboratory-source data involving Eu ions, which are mainly coordinated by the side chains of Asn46, Asp52 and Asp101 together with some water molecules.

  14. Hydrothermal treatment for preparation of europium-lanthanum phosphates and exploration of their fluorescence properties

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    Full Text Available Europium-substituted lanthanum phosphates (Eu; 5 mol% were prepared from lanthanum nitrate, europium nitrate, and sodium polyphosphate solutions by a hydrothermal process at 120 and 160 °C up to 8 h. The obtained phosphates were studied using XRD, IR spectroscopy, TG–DTA, and SEM. UV–vis absorbance and reflectance, as well as fluorescence, were estimated as functional properties of these phosphate materials. We found that samples prepared without hydrothermal treatment were amorphous (as indicated by their XRD patterns, whereas those prepared by a hydrothermal treatment contained peaks corresponding to lanthanum orthophosphate, indicating that the hydrothermal process caused the polyphosphate(s to decompose into orthophosphate(s. The TG–DTA curves of the samples prepared by a hydrothermal treatment were different from those of the samples prepared without hydrothermal treatment. All samples reported herein had no specified shape despite using prolonged hydrothermal treatment times. Although the samples prepared without hydrothermal treatment showed only weak fluorescence peaks, those prepared by a hydrothermal treatment showed strong peaks at 556, 590, 615, and 690 nm. These peaks corresponded to transitions from 5D0 to 7F0, 7F1, 7F2, and 7F4, respectively. Collectively, these results indicate that the hydrothermal treatment is a useful method of obtaining europium-substituted lanthanum phosphates with fluorescence properties.

  15. Fabrication of coated graphite electrode for the selective determination of europium (III) ions. (United States)

    Upadhyay, Anjali; Singh, Ashok Kumar; Bandi, Koteswara Rao; Jain, A K


    Preliminary complexation study showed that two ligands (ionophores) (2-((2-phenyl-2-(pyridin-2-yl)hydazono)methyl)pyridine) [L1], (2-((2-phenyl-2-(pyridin-2-yl)hydazono) methyl)phenol) [L2] can act as europium selective electrode. Europium selective coated graphite electrodes (CGE) were prepared by using ligands [L1] and [L2] and their potentiometric characteristics were determined. Membranes having different compositions of poly(vinylchloride) (PVC), the different plasticizers, anionic additives and ionophores were coated onto the graphite surface. The potential response measurements showed that the best performance was exhibited by the proposed CGE. This electrode had the widest working concentration range, Nernstian slope and fast response times of 10s. The selectivity studies showed that this electrode have higher selectivity towards Eu(3+) over a large number of cations. Furthermore, the electrode generated constant potentials in the pH range 2.7-9.0. This electrode can be used to quantify europium in soil, binary mixtures and also used as an indicator electrode in the potentiometric titration of Eu(3+) with EDTA. The proposed electrode was also successfully applied to the determination of fluoride ions in real samples. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Fluorescent Sulfur-Tagged Europium(III) Coordination Polymers for Monitoring Reactive Oxygen Species. (United States)

    Wang, Huai-Song; Bao, Wen-Jing; Ren, Shi-Bin; Chen, Ming; Wang, Kang; Xia, Xing-Hua


    Oxidative stress caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) is harmful to biological systems and implicated in various diseases. A variety of selective fluorescent probes have been developed for detecting ROS to uncover their biological functions. Generally, the preparation of the fluorescent probes usually undergoes multiple synthetic steps, and the successful fluorescent sensing usually relies on trial-and-error tests. Herein we present a simple way to prepare fluorescent ROS probes that can be used both in biological and environmental systems. The fluorescent europium(III) coordination polymers (CPs) are prepared by simply mixing the precursors [2,2'-thiodiacetic acid and Eu(NO3)3·6H2O] in ethanol. Interestingly, with the increase of reaction temperature, the product undergoes a morphological transformation from microcrystal to nanoparticle while the structure and fluorescent properties retain. The fluorescence of the sulfur-tagged europium(III) CPs can be selectively quenched by ROS, and thus, sensitive and selective monitoring of ROS in aerosols by the microcrystals and in live cells by the nanoparticles has been achieved. The results reveal that the sulfur-tagged europium(III) CPs provide a novel sensor for imaging ROS in biological and environmental systems.

  17. Facile Synthesis, Characterization, and Cytotoxic Activity of Europium-Doped Nanohydroxyapatite (United States)

    Niño-Martínez, Nereyda; Patiño-Marín, Nuria


    The objective of this study was to synthetize europium-doped nanohydroxyapatite using a simple aqueous precipitation method and, thereafter, characterize and impregnate selected samples with 5-fluorouracil in order to explore the properties and the releasing capacity of this material. The nanohydroxyapatite was doped with 3, 5, 10, and 20 wt% of europium. The obtained samples were characterized after they were dried at 80°C and hydrothermal treated at 120°C by 2 hours. The samples were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and photoluminescence. Also, impregnation and release of 5-fluorouracil were assessed in PBS. The toxicity effects of all samples were studied using viability assays on human fibroblasts cells (HGF-1) in vitro. The sizes of the crystallites were about 10–70 nm with irregular morphology and present the phase corresponding to the JCPDS card 9–0432 for hydroxyapatite. The results of the toxicity experiments indicated that doped and undoped powders are biocompatible with fibroblasts cells. Hydroxyapatite samples doped with 5% of europium and loaded with 5-fluorouracil release almost 7 mg/L of the drug after 60 minutes in PBS and decrease the viability of HeLa cells after 24 hours. PMID:27965525

  18. In-Plane Electronic Anisotropy of Underdoped ___122___ Fe-Arsenide Superconductors Revealed by Measurements of Detwinned Single Crystals

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    Fisher, Ian Randal


    The parent phases of the Fe-arsenide superconductors harbor an antiferromagnetic ground state. Significantly, the Neel transition is either preceded or accompanied by a structural transition that breaks the four fold symmetry of the high-temperature lattice. Borrowing language from the field of soft condensed matter physics, this broken discrete rotational symmetry is widely referred to as an Ising nematic phase transition. Understanding the origin of this effect is a key component of a complete theoretical description of the occurrence of superconductivity in this family of compounds, motivating both theoretical and experimental investigation of the nematic transition and the associated in-plane anisotropy. Here we review recent experimental progress in determining the intrinsic in-plane electronic anisotropy as revealed by resistivity, reflectivity and ARPES measurements of detwinned single crystals of underdoped Fe arsenide superconductors in the '122' family of compounds.

  19. Real-time in situ monitoring via europium emission of the photo-release of antitumor cisplatin from a Eu-Pt complex. (United States)

    Li, Hongguang; Lan, Rongfeng; Chan, Chi-Fai; Jiang, Lijun; Dai, Lixiong; Kwong, Daniel W J; Lam, Michael Hon-Wah; Wong, Ka-Leung


    A water-soluble light-responsive antitumor agent, PtEuL, based on a cisplatin-linked europium-cyclen complex has been synthesized and evaluated for controlled cisplatin release by linear/two-photon excitation in vitro with concomitant turn-on and long-lived europium emission as a responsive traceable signal.

  20. Europium doping induced symmetry deviation and its impact on the second harmonic generation of doped ZnO nanowires (United States)

    Dhara, Soumen; Imakita, Kenji; Mizuhata, Minoru; Fujii, Minoru


    In this work, we investigated the effects of europium doping on the second harmonic generation (SHG) of ZnO nanowires (NWs). A non-monotonic enhancement in the SHG is observed with the increase of the europium concentration. Maximum SHG is observed from the 1 at.% europium doped ZnO NWs with an enhancement factor of 4.5. To understand the underlying mechanism, the effective second order non-linear coefficient (deff) is calculated from the theoretical fitting with consideration of the absorption effect. Microstructural characterization reveals the structural deformation of the ZnO NWs caused by europium doping. We estimated the deviation in the crystal site symmetry around the Eu3+ ions (defined as the asymmetric factor) from photoluminescence measurement and it is found to be strongly correlated with the calculated deff value. A strong linear dependence between the magnitudes of deff and the asymmetric factor suggests that deviation in the local site symmetry of the ZnO crystal by europium doping could be the most probable origin of the observed large second order non-linearity.

  1. Charge growth, dispersion in europium manganite (EuMnO{sub 3-{delta}}) ceramics revealed using opto-impedance probe

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    Radhakrishnan, S. [Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi-630006, T.N. (India); Jagannathan, R., E-mail: [Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi-630006, T.N. (India)


    Highlights: > In this study, using opto-, magneto-opto impedance techniques, experimental proof for charge growth in europium manganite (EuMnO{sub 3}) near the region of its Neel temperature is presented. > This study gives data related to dielectric properties of europium manganite. > This study may open-up new avenues for investigating the dielectric characteristics of many electronic-ceramics. - Abstract: In this preliminary report, we present the impedance characteristics of poly-crystalline europium manganite, a promising colossal magneto resistance (CMR) system investigated under optical ({approx}5 eV) and magnetic (0.1 T) perturbations yielding some clues on the charge build-up and dispersion processes. This may possibly be resulting from switching between ferromagnetic and anti-ferromagnetic phases through a charge transfer transition mediated process centering Mn{sup 3+/4+} 3d spins thereby meriting a more detailed study correlating with magnetic measurements.

  2. Rapid and accurate tumor-target bio-imaging through specific in vivo biosynthesis of a fluorescent europium complex. (United States)

    Ye, Jing; Wang, Jianling; Li, Qiwei; Dong, Xiawei; Ge, Wei; Chen, Yun; Jiang, Xuerui; Liu, Hongde; Jiang, Hui; Wang, Xuemei


    A new and facile method for rapidly and accurately achieving tumor targeting fluorescent images has been explored using a specifically biosynthesized europium (Eu) complex in vivo and in vitro. It demonstrated that a fluorescent Eu complex could be bio-synthesized through a spontaneous molecular process in cancerous cells and tumors, but not prepared in normal cells and tissues. In addition, the proteomics analyses show that some biological pathways of metabolism, especially for NADPH production and glutamine metabolism, are remarkably affected during the relevant biosynthesis process, where molecular precursors of europium ions are reduced to fluorescent europium complexes inside cancerous cells or tumor tissues. These results proved that the specific self-biosynthesis of a fluorescent Eu complex by cancer cells or tumor tissues can provide a new strategy for accurate diagnosis and treatment strategies in the early stages of cancers and thus is beneficial for realizing precise surgical intervention based on the relevant cheap and readily available agents.

  3. Polystyrene latex particles containing europium complexes prepared by miniemulsion polymerization using bovine serum albumin as a surfactant for biochemical diagnosis. (United States)

    Aikawa, Tatsuo; Mizuno, Akihiro; Kohri, Michinari; Taniguchi, Tatsuo; Kishikawa, Keiki; Nakahira, Takayuki


    Luminescent particles have been attracting significant attention because they can be used in biochemical applications, such as detecting and imaging biomolecules. In this study, luminescent polystyrene latex particles were prepared through miniemulsion polymerization of styrene with dissolved europium complexes in the presence of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and poly(ethylene glycol) monomethoxy methacrylate as surfactants. The solubility of the europium complex in styrene has a strong effect on the yield of the particle. Europium tris(2-thenoyl trifluoroacetonate) di(tri-n-octyl phosphine oxide), which has a high solubility in styrene, was sufficiently incorporated into the polystyrene particles compared to europium tris(2-thenoyl trifluoroacetonate), which has a low solubility in styrene. The luminescence property of the europium complex could remain intact even after its incorporation through the miniemulsion polymerization. In the aqueous dispersion, the resulting particles could emit strong luminescence, which is a characteristic of the europium complex. The antibody fragments were covalently attached to BSA-covered particles after a reaction with a bifunctional linker, N-(6-maleimidocaproyloxy)succinimide. The time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay technique showed that 3.3pg/mL of human α-fetoproteins (AFP) can be detected by using the resulting luminescent particles. An immunochromatographic assay using the resulting particles was also performed as a convenient method to qualitatively detect biomolecules. The detection limit of AFP measured by the immunochromatographic assay was determined to be 2000pg/mL. These results revealed that the luminescent particles obtained in this study can be utilized for the highly sensitive detection of biomolecules and in vitro biochemical diagnosis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Highly specific ''sensing'' of tryptophan by a luminescent europium(III) complex

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    Stubenrauch, Jan A.; Mevissen, Christian; Schulte, Marie F.; Bochenek, Steffen; Albrecht, Markus [RWTH Univ. Aachen (Germany). Inst. fuer Organische Chemie; Subramanian, Palani S. [Central Salt and Marine Chemicals, Research Institute (CSRI), Gujarat (India)


    The europium(III) complex 1-Cl{sub 3} (S,S-2,2{sup '}-(((1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-diyl)bis(methanylylidene))bis (azanylyliden e))bis(3-methylbutanamide)europiumtrichloride) undergoes, only in the presence of the amino acid tryptophan, a change of emission at 615 nm. In the presence of few equivalents of tryptophan, emission of the europium complex is enhanced while it disappears upon addition of large amounts. This behavior can be assigned to displacement of the sensitizing phenanthroline ligand of 1-Cl{sub 2} x Trp in the latter case.

  5. Electron-induced desorption of europium atoms from oxidized tungsten surface: concentration dependence of low-energy peak

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    Davydov, S Y


    One discusses nature of electron induced desorption of Eu sup 0 europium atoms under E sub e irradiating electron low-energies (approx 30 eV) and peculiarities of yield dependence of Eu sup 0 atoms on their concentration at oxidized tungsten surface. Primary act of vacancy origination in europium adatom inner 5p-shell turned to be the determining stage. Evaluations have shown that just the first of two possible scenarios of ionization (electron intra-atomic to Eu adatom external quasi-level or realise of knocked out electron into vacuum) leads to Eu sup 0 desorption. One determined concentration threshold for yield of Eu sup 0 atoms

  6. Optical properties of europium(III) {beta}-diketonate/polymer-doped systems using supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Gerasimova, V.I., E-mail: [Skobel' tsyn Research Institute of Nuclear Physics, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory 1-2, GSP-1, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Antoshkov, A.A.; Zavorotny, Yu.S.; Rybaltovskii, A.O. [Skobel' tsyn Research Institute of Nuclear Physics, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory 1-2, GSP-1, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Lemenovskii, D.A., E-mail: [Chemistry Department, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory 1-3, GSP-1, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation)


    The optical properties of fluoropolymers and polypropylene doped with europium(III) {beta}-diketonates Eu(L){sub 3}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O and Eu(L){sub 3}phen (L: fod=6,6,7,7,8,8,8-heptafluoro-2,2-dimethyl-3,5-octanedionato, bta=4,4,4-trifluoro-1-phenyl-1,3-butanedione, tta=4,4,4-trifluoro-1-(2-thienyl)-1,3-butanedione, and phen=1,10-phenanthroline) using supercritical carbon dioxide were investigated by absorption and emission spectra. A comparative analysis of the PL decay times of Eu{sup 3+} ions in the initial europium (III) {beta}-diketonates and impregnated fluoropolymers was carried out. The supercritical fluid (SCF) impregnation of polymer samples with europium(III) {beta}-diketonates containing 1,10-phenanthroline was found to be obstructed differently depending on the type of ligand in the entire investigated impregnation temperature range (T{sub SCF}=50-90 Degree-Sign S). It is shown that from the variety of Eu(L){sub 3}phen only Eu(fod){sub 3}phen can be introduced into the polymer matrix by this method. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optical properties of polymers doped with Eu{sup 3+} {beta}-diketonates using SC CO{sub 2} were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A comparative analysis of the PL decay times in the initial Eu{sup 3+} {beta}-diketonates and doped polymers was carried out. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The SC CO{sub 2} impregnation of polymers with Eu{sup 3+} {beta}-diketonates containing 1,10-phenanthroline was found to be obstructed.

  7. Reverse lyotropic liquid crystals from europium nitrate and P123 with enhanced luminescence efficiency. (United States)

    Yi, Sijing; Li, Qintang; Liu, Hongguo; Chen, Xiao


    Fabrication of lyotropic aggregates containing the lanthanide ions is becoming a preferable way to prepare novel functional materials. Here, the lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) of reverse hexagonal, reverse bicontinuous cubic, and lamellar phases have been constructed in sequence directly from the mixtures of Eu(NO3)3·6H2O and Pluronic P123 amphiphilc block copolymer with increasing the salt proportion. Their phase types and structural characteristics were analyzed using polarized optical microscopy (POM) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements. The driving forces of reverse LLC phase formation were investigated using Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and rheological measurements. The hydrated europium salt was found to act not only as a solvent here, but also as the bridge to form hydrogen bonding between coordinated water molecules and PEO blocks, which played a key role in the reverse LLCs formation. Compared to those in aqueous solutions and solid state, the enhanced luminescence quantum yields and prolonged excited state lifetimes were observed in two europium containing reverse mesophases. The luminescence quenching effect of lanthanide ions was efficiently suppressed, probably due to the substitution of coordinated water molecules by oxyethyl groups of P123 and ordered phase structures of LLCs, where the coordinated europium ions were confined and isolated by PEO blocks. The optimum luminescence performance was then found to exist in the reverse hexagonal phase. The obtained results on such lanthanide-induced reverse LLCs should be referable for designing new luminescent soft materials construction to expand their application fields.

  8. How Do Radionuclides Accumulate in Marine Organisms? A Case Study of Europium with Aplysina cavernicola. (United States)

    Maloubier, Melody; Shuh, David K; Minasian, Stefan G; Pacold, Joseph I; Solari, Pier-Lorenzo; Michel, Hervé; Oberhaensli, François R; Bottein, Yasmine; Monfort, Marguerite; Moulin, Christophe; Den Auwer, Christophe


    In the ocean, complex interactions between natural and anthropogenic radionuclides, seawater, and diverse marine biota provide a unique window through which to examine ecosystem and trophic transfer mechanisms in cases of accidental dissemination. The nature of interaction between radionuclides, the marine environment, and marine species is therefore essential for better understanding transfer mechanisms from the hydrosphere to the biosphere. Although data pertaining to the rate of global transfer are often available, little is known regarding the mechanism of environmental transport and uptake of heavy radionuclides by marine species. Among marine species, sponges are immobile active filter feeders and have been identified as hyperaccumulators of several heavy metals. We have selected the Mediterranean sponge Aplysina cavernicola as a model species for this study. Actinide elements are not the only source of radioactive release in cases of civilian nuclear events; however, their physicochemical transfer mechanisms to marine species remain largely unknown. We have targeted europium(III) as a representative of the trivalent actinides such as americium or curium. To unravel biological uptake mechanisms of europium in A. cavernicola, we have combined radiometric (γ) measurements with spectroscopic (time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy, TRLIFS, and X-ray absorption near-edge structure, XANES) and imaging (transmission electron microscopy, TEM, and scanning transmission X-ray microscopy, STXM) techniques. We have observed that the colloids of NaEu(CO3)2·nH2O formed in seawater are taken up by A. cavernicola with no evidence that lethal dose has been reached in our working conditions. Spectroscopic results suggest that there is no change of speciation during uptake. Finally, TEM and STXM images recorded at different locations across a sponge cross section, together with differential cell separation, indicate the presence of europium particles (around

  9. Modelling of the small pixel effect in gallium arsenide X-ray imaging detectors

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    Sellin, P J


    A Monte Carlo simulation has been carried out to investigate the small pixel effect in highly pixellated X-ray imaging detectors fabricated from semi-insulating gallium arsenide. The presence of highly non-uniform weighting fields in detectors with a small pixel geometry causes the majority of the induced signal to be generated when the moving charges are close to the pixellated contacts. The response of GaAs X-ray imaging detectors is further complicated by the presence of charge trapping, particularly of electrons. In this work detectors are modelled with a pixel pitch of 40 and 150 mu m, and with thicknesses of 300 and 500 mu m. Pulses induced in devices with 40 mu m pixels are due almost totally to the movement of the lightly-trapped holes and can exhibit significantly higher charge collection efficiencies than detectors with large electrodes, in which electron trapping is significant. Details of the charge collection efficiencies as a function of interaction depth in the detector and of the incident phot...

  10. Transport-reaction model for defect and carrier behavior within displacement cascades in gallium arsenide

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    Wampler, William R.; Myers, Samuel Maxwell,


    A model is presented for recombination of charge carriers at displacement damage in gallium arsenide, which includes clustering of the defects in atomic displacement cascades produced by neutron or ion irradiation. The carrier recombination model is based on an atomistic description of capture and emission of carriers by the defects with time evolution resulting from the migration and reaction of the defects. The physics and equations on which the model is based are presented, along with details of the numerical methods used for their solution. The model uses a continuum description of diffusion, field-drift and reaction of carriers and defects within a representative spherically symmetric cluster. The initial radial defect profiles within the cluster were chosen through pair-correlation-function analysis of the spatial distribution of defects obtained from the binary-collision code MARLOWE, using recoil energies for fission neutrons. Charging of the defects can produce high electric fields within the cluster which may influence transport and reaction of carriers and defects, and which may enhance carrier recombination through band-to-trap tunneling. Properties of the defects are discussed and values for their parameters are given, many of which were obtained from density functional theory. The model provides a basis for predicting the transient response of III-V heterojunction bipolar transistors to pulsed neutron irradiation.

  11. Fabrication and applications of orientation-patterned gallium arsenide for mid-infrared generation

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    Grisard, A.; Gutty, F.; Lallier, E. [Thales Research and Technology France, 1 av. Augustin Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau Cedex (France); Gerard, B. [III-V Lab, 1 av. Augustin Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau Cedex (France); Jimenez, J. [GdS Optronlab, Fisica Materia Condensada, Universidad de Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid (Spain)


    Nonlinear optical materials play a key role in the development of coherent sources of radiation, by frequency conversion of light from other light sources, e.g. diode, solid-state, and fiber lasers, into spectral ranges where few lasers exist or perform poorly. Based on the principle of the quasi-phase matching, the design and fabrication of orientation-patterned Gallium Arsenide crystals (OP-GaAs) has recently led to demonstrations of second harmonic generation, optical parametric generation, amplification and oscillation from 1 to 12 {mu}m. The most efficient fabrication route for these crystals relies on the use of the near-equilibrium growth process HVPE (Hydride Vapour Phase Epitaxy), by orientation-selective regrowth on OP-GaAs template wafers with a thickness suited to bulk nonlinear optics. This work deals with recent characterizations based on optical experiments and cathodoluminescence measurements, targeting the identification of the main defects, their spatial distribution, and their relation to the optical propagation losses. Latest improvements of the HVPE growth step have enabled to reach an unprecedented level of losses, below 0.016 cm{sup -1}, and a large range of available QPM periods and thickness of structures (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  12. Light transport through disordered layers of dense gallium arsenide submicron particles (United States)

    van der Beek, T.; Barthelemy, P.; Johnson, P. M.; Wiersma, D. S.; Lagendijk, A.


    We present a study of optical transport properties of powder layers with submicrometer, strongly scattering gallium arsenide (GaAs) particles. Uniform, thin samples with well controlled thicknesses were created through the use of varying grinding times, sedimentation fractionation, annealing, and a new sedimentation technique. These fabrication parameters were optimized to produce maximum scattering and minimum absorption. The physical properties were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray diffraction. The optical transport mean-free path, absorption length, and the diffusion constant were determined for each sample using both continuous wave and time-resolved methods. The samples scatter strongly in the near infrared region. Total reflection and transmission measurements show that all of these samples have high absorption. X-ray diffraction results suggest that the source of this absorption is grinding induced strain and/or defects in the crystal structure. For all the different grinded GaAs powder samples that we investigated, the absorption length was less than ten micrometers.

  13. X-Ray diffraction observation of surface damage in chemical-mechanical polished gallium arsenide (United States)

    Wang, V. S.; Matyi, R. J.


    Two novel x-ray diffraction techniques with enhanced surface sensitivity, grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXD) and inclined Bragg plane x-ray diffraction (IBXD), have been used to study surface damage in gallium arsenide (GaAs) due to bromine/methanol (Br2/MeOH) chemical mechanical (CM) polishing. A factorial design was implemented to determine the effects of four polishing variables on the surface structure of GaAs. Precise lattice parameter measurements were made in both the surface regions using GIXD and deeper into subsurface regions using IBXD after the various CM polishing treatments. Bromine concentration was found to primarily affect the surface lattice parameter, while the total polish time influenced both the surface and subsurface lattice parameters in GaAs samples that were heavily damaged prior to CM polishing. The combined effect of polishing pad rotation speed and the force exerted on the sample was found to have a much greater effect on the surface lattice parameter than either variable had alone.

  14. Dynamics and control of gold-encapped gallium arsenide nanowires imaged by 4D electron microscopy. (United States)

    Chen, Bin; Fu, Xuewen; Tang, Jau; Lysevych, Mykhaylo; Tan, Hark Hoe; Jagadish, Chennupati; Zewail, Ahmed H


    Eutectic-related reaction is a special chemical/physical reaction involving multiple phases, solid and liquid. Visualization of a phase reaction of composite nanomaterials with high spatial and temporal resolution provides a key understanding of alloy growth with important industrial applications. However, it has been a rather challenging task. Here, we report the direct imaging and control of the phase reaction dynamics of a single, as-grown free-standing gallium arsenide nanowire encapped with a gold nanoparticle, free from environmental confinement or disturbance, using four-dimensional (4D) electron microscopy. The nondestructive preparation of as-grown free-standing nanowires without supporting films allows us to study their anisotropic properties in their native environment with better statistical character. A laser heating pulse initiates the eutectic-related reaction at a temperature much lower than the melting points of the composite materials, followed by a precisely time-delayed electron pulse to visualize the irreversible transient states of nucleation, growth, and solidification of the complex. Combined with theoretical modeling, useful thermodynamic parameters of the newly formed alloy phases and their crystal structures could be determined. This technique of dynamical control aided by 4D imaging of phase reaction processes on the nanometer-ultrafast time scale opens new venues for engineering various reactions in a wide variety of other systems. Copyright © 2017 the Author(s). Published by PNAS.

  15. Trace electrochemical analysis of Europium, Ytterbium, and Cerium at their joint presence in solution

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    Rema Matakova


    Full Text Available In the course of several decades at the department of analytical chemistry and chemistry of rare elements there were studied the electrode processes with participation of rare-earth metals (REM in accordance with the long awaiting problem of the development of rare-metal and rare-earth branch of non-ferrous metallurgy of Kazakhstan. With the aim of express and highly sensitive analytical control of raw materials and final product of rare-earth industry there were developed the methods of inversion-voltamperometric determination of low concentrations of europium, ytterbium and cerium under the conditions of their individual and combined presence in the solution.

  16. Synergistic extraction of europium and americium into nitrobenzene by using hydrogen dicarbollylcobaltate and dodecaethylene glycol. (United States)

    Makrlík, Emanuel; Vaňura, Petr; Selucký, Pavel


    Extraction of microamounts of europium and americium by a nitrobenzene solution of hydrogen dicarbollylcobaltate (H+B-) in the presence of dodecaethylene glycol (DDEG, L) has been investigated. The equilibrium data have been explained assuming that the species HL+, H2L2+, ML3+ and MH-1L2+ (M3+ = Eu3+, Am3+; L = DDEG) are extracted into the organic phase. The values of extraction and stability constants of the complex species in nitrobenzene saturated with water have been determined. It was found that in this nitrobenzene medium, the stability constant of the EuL3+ complex is comparable with that of AmL3+.

  17. Red/blue electroluminescence from europium-doped organic light emitting diodes (United States)

    Hagen, Joshua A.; Li, Wayne X.; Grote, James G.; Steckl, Andrew J.


    Red/Blue emitting organic light emitting diodes (OLED) devices have been obtained using a Europium-doped organic emitting layer (NPB:Eu). The Eu-doped OLEDs emit in 2 color ranges: a broad blue (~420-500nm) band due to NPB emission and a narrow red peak at 620nm due to Eu emission. The red/blue devices achieve a brightness ~13x more intense than a similarly structured green (Alq 3) emitting OLED. These NPB:Eu emitting structures also reach a maximum efficiency of 0.2 cd/A at brightnesses above 100 cd/m2.

  18. Test of zircon materials for sorption of europium; Pruebas de materiales circoniferos para sorcion de europio

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    Ordonez R, E.; Fernandez V, S.M.; Garcia R, G. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)


    In previous works it has already been made notice that some phosphates have the property of sipping radioactive metals in solution, what takes advantage to fabricate reactive barriers that are placed in the repositories of nuclear wastes. In our laboratory it has been obtained to the zirconium silicate (ZrSiO{sub 4}) and the alpha zirconium hydrogen phosphate (Zr(HPO{sub 4}) 2H{sub 2}0) starting from sea sand in an easy and economic way. With the interest of knowing if these compounds can be used in contention barriers the evaluation of their surface properties it is made and of europium sorption. (Author)

  19. Sol-Gel Synthesis, X-Ray Diffraction Studies, and Electric Conductivity of Sodium Europium Silicate

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    Ekaterina V. Borisova


    Full Text Available Sodium europium silicate, NaEu9(SiO46O2, with apatite structure has been obtained and studied using X-ray diffraction and SEM. It has been shown that sodium sublimation does not take place upon synthesis by the sol-gel method. Rietveld refinement has revealed that sodium atoms are ordered and occupy the 4f position. O(4 atoms not related to silicate ions are placed at the centers of Eu(2 triangles. DC and AC electric conductivity and activation energy have been determined for the compound studied.

  20. New Class of Bright and Highly Stable Chiral Cyclen Europium Complexes for Circularly Polarized Luminescence Applications. (United States)

    Dai, Lixiong; Lo, Wai-Sum; Coates, Ian D; Pal, Robert; Law, Ga-Lai


    High glum values of +0.30 (ΔJ = 1, 591 nm, in DMSO) and -0.23 (ΔJ = 1, 589 nm, in H2O) were recorded in our series of newly designed macrocyclic europium(III) complexes. A sterically locking approach involving a bidentate chromophore is adopted to control the formation of one stereoisomer, giving rise to extreme rigidity, high stability, and high emission intensity. The combination of a chiral substituent on a macrocyclic chelate for lanthanide ions opens up new perspectives for the further development of circulary polarized luminescent chiral tags in optical and bioapplications.

  1. A microemulsion preparation of nanoparticles of europium in silica with luminescence enhancement using silver (United States)

    Ma, Zhi Ya; Dosev, Dosi; Kennedy, Ian M


    A facile one-pot microemulsion method has been developed for the synthesis of spherical silver core–silica shell (Ag@SiO2) nanoparticles with europium chelates doped in the shell through a silane agent. The method is significantly more straightforward than other extant methods. Measurements of the luminescent emissions from the Ag@SiO2 nanoparticles, in comparison with control silica nanoparticles without silver cores, showed that the presence of the silver cores can increase the fluorescence intensity approximately 24-fold and decrease the luminescence lifetime. This enhancement offers a potential increase in overall particle detectability with increased fluorophore photostability. PMID:19417456

  2. Metal Controlled Diastereoselective Self-assembly and Circularly Polarized Luminescence of a Chiral Heptanuclear Europium Wheel (United States)

    Bozoklu, Gülay; Gateau, Christelle; Imbert, Daniel; Pécaut, Jacques; Robeyns, Koen; Filinchuk, Yaroslav; Memon, Farah; Muller, Gilles


    The chiral dissymmetric tetradentate ligand SPhbipox (6’-(4-phenyloxazolin-2-yl)-2,2’-bipyridine-6-carboxylic acid) leads to the diastereoselective assembly of a homochiral Eu(III) triangle and of a highly emissive (QY=27%) heptanuclear wheel which is the largest example of chiral luminescent complex of Eu(III) reported to date. We show that the nuclearity of the assembly is controlled by the solvent and the europium cation. All the compounds show large circularly polarized luminescence with an activity which varies with the nature of the assembly (highest for the homochiral trimer). PMID:22548280

  3. A europium(III)-based PARACEST agent for sensing singlet oxygen by MRI (United States)

    Song, Bo; Wu, Yunkou; Yu, Mengxiao; Zhao, Piyu; Zhou, Cheng; Kiefer, Garry E.


    A europium (III) DOTA-tetraamide complex was designed as a MRI sensor of singlet oxygen (1O2). The water soluble, thermodynamically stable complex reacts rapidly with 1O2 to form an endoperoxide derivative that results in an ∼3 ppm shift in the position of the Eu(III)-bound water chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) peak. The potential of using this probe to detect accumulation of the endoperoxide derivative in biological media by ratiometric CEST imaging was demonstrated. PMID:23575743

  4. Neutron and Charged-Particle Induced Cross Sections for Radiochemistry in the Region of Samarium, Europium, and Gadolinium

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    Hoffman, R D; Kelley, K; Dietrich, F S; Bauer, R; Mustafa, M


    We have developed a set of modeled nuclear reaction cross sections for use in radiochemical diagnostics. Systematics for the input parameters required by the Hauser-Feshbach statistical model were developed and used to calculate neutron and proton induced nuclear reaction cross sections in the mass region of samarium, europium and gadolinium (62 {le} Z {le} 64, 82 {le} N {le} 96).

  5. Colloidal europium nanoparticles via a solvated metal atom dispersion approach and their surface enhanced Raman scattering studies. (United States)

    Urumese, Ancila; Jenjeti, Ramesh Naidu; Sampath, S; Jagirdar, Balaji R


    Chemistry of lanthanide metals in their zerovalent state at the nanoscale remains unexplored due to the high chemical reactivity and difficulty in synthesizing nanoparticles by conventional reduction methods. In the present study, europium(0) nanoparticles, the most reactive of all the rare earth metals have been synthesized by solvated metal atom dispersion (SMAD) method using hexadecyl amine as the capping agent. The as-prepared europium nanoparticles show surface Plasmon resonance (SPR) band in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum. This lead to the investigation of its surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) using visible light excitation source. The SERS activity of europium nanoparticles has been followed using 4-aminothiophenol and biologically important molecules such as hemoglobin and Cyt-c as the analytes. This is the first example of lanthanide metal nanoparticles as SERS substrate which can possibly be extended to other rare-earth metals. Since hemoglobin absorbs in the visible region, the use of visible light excitation source leads to surface enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy (SERRS). The interaction of biomolecules with Eu(0) has been followed using FT-IR and UV-visible spectroscopy techniques. The results indicate that there is no major irreversible change in the structure of biomolecules upon interaction with europium nanoparticles. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Rapid screening of oxytetracycline residue in catfish muscle by dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction and europium-sensitized luminescence (United States)

    Oxytetracycline (OTC) residue in catfish muscle was screened by dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) and europium-sensitized luminescence (ESL). After extraction in EDTA, HCl, and acetonitrile, cleanup was carried out by DLLME, and ESL was measured at microgram = 385 nm and wavelength = ...

  7. Luminescence variations in europium-doped silicon-substituted hydroxyapatite nanobiophosphor via three different methods

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    Highlights: • Europium doped silicon-substituted hydroxyapatite was synthesized by wet chemical synthesis method. • Morphology of nanoparticles depended on the synthesized method. • Photoluminescence intensity of the sample increases with the increasing of Si substitutions, Eu dopants and thermal annealing. - Abstract: This paper reports the first attempt for the synthesis of europium-doped Si-substituted hydroxyapatite (HA) nanostructure to achieve strong and stable luminescence of nanobiophosphor, particularly, by addition of different Eu dopants, Si substitutions, and application of optimum annealing temperatures of up to 1000 °C. The nanobiophosphor was synthesized by the coprecipitation, microwave, and hydrothermal methods. The nanoparticles demonstrated a nanowire to a spindle-like morphology, which was dependent on the method of synthesis. The photoluminescence (PL) intensity of the sample increases with the increase in Si substitutions and Eu dopants. The luminescent nanoparticles also showed the typical luminescence of Eu{sup 3+} centered at 610 nm, which was more efficient for the annealed Eu-doped Si-HA nanoparticles than for the as-synthesized nanoparticles. Among the different synthesis methods, the hydrothermal method reveals the best light emission represented by high PL intensity and narrow PL spectra. These results suggest the potential application of Eu-doped Si-HA in stable and biocompatible nanophosphors for light emission and nanomedicine.

  8. Resonance ionization spectroscopy of Europium The first application of the PISA at ISOLDE-RILIS

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    The following work has been carried out at the radioactive ion beam facility ISOLDE at CERN. A compact atomic beam unit named PISA (Photo Ionization Spectroscopy Apparatus) has been implemented as a recent addition to the laboratory of the Resonance Ionization Laser Ion Source (RILIS). The scope of this thesis work was to demonstrate different applications of the PISA, using the existing and highly developed laser setup of the RILIS installation. In a demonstration of the suitability of PISA for ionization scheme development, a new ionization scheme for Europium has been developed. This resulted in the observation of several new autoionizing states and Rydberg series. Through the analysis of the observed Rydberg resonances a refined value of $45734.33(3)(3)$ cm$^{-1}$ for the ionization potential of the europium atom has been determined. In addition this thesis reports on the feasibility of the use of the PISA as a RILIS performance monitoring device during laser ion source operations. Finally the present wor...

  9. Structural and electrical properties of the europium-doped indium zinc oxide thin film transistors

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    Ting, Chu-Chi, E-mail: [Graduate Institute of Opto-Mechatronics Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, 168 University Rd., Min-Hsiung, Chia-Yi, Taiwan, ROC (China); Advanced Institute for Manufacturing with High-Tech Innovations, National Chung Cheng University, 168 University Rd., Min-Hsiung, Chia-Yi, Taiwan, ROC (China); Li, Wei-Yang; Wang, Ching-Hua; Yong, Hua-En [Graduate Institute of Opto-Mechatronics Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, 168 University Rd., Min-Hsiung, Chia-Yi, Taiwan, ROC (China)


    The EuInZnO (EIZO) thin film transistor (TFT) devices were fabricated by the sol–gel spin-coating technique. The EIZO TFT operates in the n-channel depletion mode and exhibits a well-defined pinch-off and saturation region. Because europium ion possesses lower electronegativity (1.2) and standard electrode potential (− 1.991 V), it can act as the carrier suppressor to reduce the carrier concentrations of the IZO (In:Zn = 1:1) thin film. Eu{sup 3+} (13 mol%)-doped IZO TFT possesses the optimum performance, and its field-effect mobility in the saturated regime, threshold voltage, on–off ratio, and S-factor are 1.23 cm{sup 2}/Vs, 3.28 V, 1.07 × 10{sup 6}, and 2.28 V/decade, respectively. - Highlights: • Europium ions can act as the carrier suppressor in the InZnO system. • The EuInZnO forms an n-channel material for the thin film transistor (TFT) device. • The optimum performance of the EuInZnO TFT is the sample with 13 mol% Eu{sup 3+} doping.

  10. Europium phosphomolybdate and osmium metallopolymer multi-functional LbL films: redox and electrocatalytic properties. (United States)

    Fernandes, Diana M; Vos, Johannes G; Freire, Cristina


    Hybrid multilayer films composed by osmium metallopolymer [Os(bpy)2(PVP)10Cl]Cl (Os-poly) and europium phosphomolybdate, K₁₁[Eu(III)(PMo₁₁O₃₉)₂] (Eu(PMo11)2), were prepared using the electrostatic layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly method. The film build-up, monitored by electronic spectroscopy, showed a regular stepwise growth indicating a strong interaction between layers. The XPS measurements corroborated the successful fabrication of the hybrid films with the Os-poly/Eu(PMo11)2 composition. SEM images revealed a completely covered surface with a highly roughened texture. Electrochemical characterisation of films by cyclic voltammetry revealed three Mo-based reduction processes (Mo(VI)→Mo(V)) in the potential range between -0.4 and 0.1 V and one Os reduction process (Os(III)→Os(II)) at ≈0.270 V. The cyclic voltammograms of two electroactive probes, [Fe(CN)₆](3-/4-) and [Ru(NH₃)₆](3+/2+) on {Os-poly/Eu(PMo11)2}n modified electrodes revealed redox mediation between film and the probes. Furthermore, the {Os-poly/Eu(PMo11)2}n multilayer films also showed excellent Mo-based electrocatalytic activity towards reduction of nitrite and iodate, confirming the multi-functional properties of the hybrid europium phosphomolybdate - osmium metallopolymer LbL films. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Theoretical spectroscopic study of the conjugate microcystin-LR-europium cryptate

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    Santos, Julio G.; Dutra, Jose Diogo L.; Costa Junior, Nivan B. da; Freire, Ricardo O., E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), Sao Cristovao, SE (Brazil). Departamento de Quimica; Alves Junior, Severino; Sa, Gilberto F. de [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil). Departamento de Quimica Fundamental


    In this work, theoretical tools were used to study spectroscopic properties of the conjugate microcystin-LR-europium cryptate. The Sparkle/AM1 model was applied to predict the geometry of the system and the INDO/S-CIS model was used to calculate the excited state energies. Based on the Judd-Ofelt theory, the intensity parameters were predicted and a theoretical model based on the theory of the 4f-4f transitions was applied to calculate energy transfer and backtransfer rates, radiative and non-radiative decay rates, quantum efficiency and quantum yield. A detailed study of the luminescent properties of the conjugate Microcystin-LR-europium cryptate was carried out. The results show that the theoretical quantum yield of luminescence of 23% is in good agreement with the experimental value published. This fact suggests that this theoretical protocol can be used to design new systems in order to improve their luminescence properties. The results suggest that this luminescent system may be a good conjugate for using in assay ELISA for detection by luminescence of the Microcystin-LR in water. (author)

  12. pH-controlled delivery of luminescent europium coated nanoparticles into platelets (United States)

    Davies, Amy; Lewis, David J.; Watson, Stephen P.; Thomas, Steven G.; Pikramenou, Zoe


    Water soluble, luminescent gold nanoparticles are delivered into human platelets via a rapid, pH-controlled mechanism using a pH low insertion peptide, pHLIP. The approach introduces cocoating of gold nanoparticles with a europium luminescent complex, EuL and the pHLIP peptide to give pHLIP•EuL•Au. The 13-nm diameter gold nanoparticles act as a scaffold for the attachment of both the luminescent probe and the peptide to target delivery. Their size allows delivery of approximately 640 lanthanide probes per nanoparticle to be internalized in human platelets, which are not susceptible to transfection or microinjection. The internalization of pHLIP•EuL•Au in platelets, which takes just minutes, was studied with a variety of imaging modalities including luminescence, confocal reflection, and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that pHLIP•EuL•Au only enters the platelets in low pH conditions, pH 6.5, mediated by the pHLIP translocation across the membrane, and not at pH 7.4. Luminescence microscopy images of the treated platelets show clearly the red luminescence signal from the europium probe and confocal reflection microscopy confirms the presence of the gold particles. Furthermore, transmission electron microscopy gives a detailed insight of the internalization and spatial localization of the gold nanoparticles in the platelets. Thus, we demonstrate the potential of the design to translocate multimodal nanoparticle probes into cells in a pH dependent manner. PMID:22308346

  13. Analysis of metal surfaces coated with europium-doped titanium dioxide by laser induced breakdown spectroscopy. (United States)

    Głogocka, Daria; Noculak, Agnieszka; Pucińska, Joanna; Jopek, Wojciech; Podbielska, Halina; Langner, Marek; Przybyło, Magdalena


    The surface passivation with titanium sol-gel coatings is a frequently used technique to control the adsorption of selected biological macromolecules and to reduce the exposure of the bulk material to biological matter. Due to the increasing number of new coating-preparation methods and new gel compositions with various types of additives, the quality and homogeneity determination of the surface covering is a critical factor affecting performance of any implanted material. While coating thickness is easy to determine, the homogeneity of the surface distribution of coating materials requires more elaborate methodologies. In the paper, the laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) based method, capable to quantitate the homogeneity and uniformity of the europium in titanium dioxide sol-gel coatings on stainless steel surfaces prepared with two different procedures: spin-coating and dip-coating, is presented. The emission intensity of titanium has been used to determine the coating thickness whereas the relative values of europium and titanium emission intensities provide data on the coating homogeneity. The obtained results show that the spin-coating technique provides better surface coverage with titanium dioxide. However, when the surface coating compositions were compared the dip-coating technique was more reliable.

  14. Europium(III) Macrocyclic Complexes with Alcohol Pendant Groups as Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer Agents (United States)

    Woods, Mark; Woessner, Donald E.; Zhao, Piyu; Pasha, Azhar; Yang, Meng-Yin; Huang, Ching-Hui; Vasalitiy, Olga; Morrow, Janet R.; Sherry, A. Dean


    Paramagnetic lanthanide(III) complexes that contain hyperfine-shifted exchangeable protons offer considerable advantages over diamagnetic molecules as chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) agents for MRI. As part of a program to investigate avenues to improve the sensitivity of such agents, the CEST characteristics of europium(III) macrocyclic complexes having appended hydroxyethyl groups were investigated. The CEST spectrum of the asymmetrical complex, EuCNPHC3+, shows five distinct peaks for each magnetically nonequivalent exchangeable proton in the molecule. The CEST spectra of this complex were fitted to NMR Bloch theory to yield exchange rates between each of six exchanging proton pools (five on the agent plus bulk water). Exchange between the Eu3+-bound hydroxyl protons and bulk water protons was slow in dry acetonitrile but accelerated incrementally upon stepwise addition of water. In pure water, exchange was too fast to observe a CEST effect. The utility of this class of europium(III) complex for CEST imaging applications is ultimately limited by the small chemical shifts induced by the hydroxyl-appended ligands of this type and the resulting small Δω values for the exchangeable hydroxyl protons. PMID:16881645

  15. Red light emission from europium doped zinc sodium bismuth borate glasses (United States)

    Hegde, Vinod; Viswanath, C. S. Dwaraka; Upadhyaya, Vyasa; Mahato, K. K.; Kamath, Sudha D.


    Zinc sodium bismuth borate (ZNBB) glasses doped with different concentrations of europium were prepared by conventional melt quenching method and characterized through the measurements of density, refractive index, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectra, optical absorption, luminescence and radiative lifetimes. FTIR spectra showed seven characteristic peaks of bismuth and borate functional groups in the range of 400-1600 cm-1. The optical band gap and bonding parameters have been calculated from absorption spectra. Photoluminescence spectra recorded in the visible region with 394 nm excitation are used to calculate the Judd-Ofelt (JO) intensity parameters (Ω2 and Ω4). The JO intensity parameters have been used to calculate the radiative parameters such as branching ratio (β), stimulated emission cross-section (σse), transition probability (A) for the fluorescent level of 5D0→7F2. Decay rates through single exponential are used to calculate the lifetime (τm) of the meta-stable state 5D0 of (Eu3+ ion) these glasses. The radiative parameters measured for all these glasses show 0.7 mol% europium doped zinc sodium bismuth borate glass 5D0→7F2 transition has the potential for red laser applications. The quality of the colour emitted by the present glasses are estimated quantitatively by CIE chromaticity coordinates, which confirms the suitability of these glasses as a red emitting material for field emission technologies and LEDs.

  16. Samarium-153 EDTMP for metastatic bone pain palliation: the impact of europium impurities. (United States)

    Kalef-Ezra, J A; Valakis, S T; Pallada, S


    To evaluate the impact on the radiation protection policies of the radiocontaminants in Samarium-153 ethylenediamine tetramethylene phosphonate ((153)Sm-EDTMP). The internal contamination of patients treated with (153)Sm-EDMTP for palliation of painful disseminated multiple bone metastases due to long-lived impurities was assessed by direct measurements. These measurements were coupled with dose-rate measurements close to their bodies and spectroscopic analysis of the residual activity in post-treatment radiopharmaceutical vials. Whole-body counting carried out in six patients showed a 30-81-kBq europium -152 plus europium-154 contamination. The 0.85 mean (152)Eu- to -(154)Eu activity ratio obtained by direct counting was similar to that assessed by analysis of post-treatment residual activities in twelve radiopharmaceutical vials following radiopharmaceutical injection. The long-lived radiocontaminants in the patient's bodies and the treatment wastes require modifications of the applicable radiation protection policies. Copyright © 2014 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Induced Europium Circularly Polarized Luminescence Monitors Reversible Drug Binding to Native α1 -Acid Glycoprotein. (United States)

    Jennings, Laura; Waters, Ryan S; Pal, Robert; Parker, David


    Alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (α1 -AGP) is an important blood plasma glycoprotein. Following an acute-phase reaction such as stress, inflammation, burn, or infection, the bloodstream concentration of α1 -AGP can increase up to 400 % of its normal concentration. A wide range of drugs is known to bind α1 -AGP. Increased binding of pharmacologically active compounds to α1 -AGP moderates their clinical effect by decreasing the amount of unbound drug in the bloodstream. This has important clinical ramifications for such applications as the duration of anesthesia and in determining dosage for drug therapy. In this study, the competitive binding to α1 -AGP of a dynamically racemic europium(III) complex with seven pharmacologically active drugs absorbing in the range λ 250-290 nm was monitored by following changes in europium total emission and in induced circularly polarized luminescence (CPL). Binding affinities corresponding to Kd values in the range 0.5-100 μm were measured, in good agreement with published data. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Europium-doped amorphous calcium phosphate porous nanospheres: preparation and application as luminescent drug carriers

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    Zhang Kui-Hua


    Full Text Available Abstract Calcium phosphate is the most important inorganic constituent of biological tissues, and synthetic calcium phosphate has been widely used as biomaterials. In this study, a facile method has been developed for the fabrication of amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP/polylactide-block-monomethoxy(polyethyleneglycol hybrid nanoparticles and ACP porous nanospheres. Europium-doping is performed to enable photoluminescence (PL function of ACP porous nanospheres. A high specific surface area of the europium-doped ACP (Eu3+:ACP porous nanospheres is achieved (126.7 m2/g. PL properties of Eu3+:ACP porous nanospheres are investigated, and the most intense peak at 612 nm is observed at 5 mol% Eu3+ doping. In vitro cytotoxicity experiments indicate that the as-prepared Eu3+:ACP porous nanospheres are biocompatible. In vitro drug release experiments indicate that the ibuprofen-loaded Eu3+:ACP porous nanospheres show a slow and sustained drug release in simulated body fluid. We have found that the cumulative amount of released drug has a linear relationship with the natural logarithm of release time (ln(t. The Eu3+:ACP porous nanospheres are bioactive, and can transform to hydroxyapatite during drug release. The PL properties of drug-loaded nanocarriers before and after drug release are also investigated.

  19. An Indium Gallium Arsenide Visible/SWIR Focal Plane Array for Low Light Level Imaging (United States)

    Cohen, Marshall J.; Ettenberg, Martin H.; Lange, Michael J.; Olsen, Gregory H.


    PIN photodiodes fabricated from indium gallium arsenide lattice-matched to indium phosphide substrates (In(.53)Ga(.47)As/InP) exhibit low reverse saturation current densities (JD 10(exp 6) omega-sq cm) at T=290K. Backside-illuminated, hybrid-integrated InGaAs FPAs are sensitive from 0.9 micrometers to 1.7 micrometers. 290K detectivities, D(*), greater than 10(exp 14) cm-(square root of Hz/W) are demonstrated. This represents the highest room temperature detectivity of any infrared material. The long wavelength cutoff (1.7 micrometers) makes In(.53)Ga(.47)As an idea match to the available airglow that has major peaks at 1.3 micrometers and 1.6 micrometers. The short wavelength 'cut-on' at 0.9 micrometers is due to absorption in the InP substrate. We will report on new InGaAs FPA epitaxial structures and processing techniques. These have resulted in improved performance in the form of a 10 x increase in detectivity and visible response via removal of the InP substrate. The resulting device features visible and SWIR response with greater than 15% quantum efficiency at 0.5 micrometers while maintaining the long wavelength cutoff. Imaging has been demonstrated under overcast starlight/urban glow conditions with cooling provided by a single stage thermoelectric cooler. Details on the material structure and device fabrication, quantitative characterization of spectral response and detectivity, as well as examples of night vision imagery are presented.

  20. "Rigid" Luminescent Soft Materials: Europium-Containing Lyotropic Liquid Crystals Based on Polyoxyethylene Phytosterols and Ionic Liquids. (United States)

    Yi, Sijing; Wang, Jiao; Feng, Zhenyu; Chen, Xiao


    Soft materials of europium β-diketonate complexes constructed in lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) mediated by ionic liquids (ILs) are impressive for their excellent luminescence performance and stability. For the aim to further improve their mechanical processability and luminescent tunablility, the polyoxyethylene phytosterols (BPS-n) were introduced here as structure directing agents to prepare relatively "rigid" lamellar luminescent LLCs in 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium hexafluorophosphate by doping europium β-diketonate complexes with different imidazolium counterions. As a result of the solvophobic sterol ring structure of BPS-n, the more effective isolation and confinement effects of europium complexes could be achieved. The longest fluorescence lifetime and the highest quantum efficiency reported so far for europium containing lyotropic organized soft materials were thus obtained. Changing the molecular structures of BPS-n with different oxyethylene chains or doped complexes with imidazolium counterions of different alkyl chain lengths, the spacings of lamellar LLC matrixes and position of dispersed complexes became tunable. The measured luminescent and rheological properties for such composite LLCs showed a dependence on the rigidity and isolation capability afforded by sterol molecules. It was also found that the increase of counterion alkyl chain length would weaken the LLC matrix's confinement and isolation effects and therefore exhibit the deteriorated luminescence performance. The enhanced luminescence efficiency and stability of doped BPS-n LLCs reflected the excellent segregation of europium complexes from each other and therefore the reduced self-quenching process. The obtained results here present the designability of LLC matrixes and their great potential to promote achieving the luminescence tunability of soft materials.

  1. Preparation and photoluminescence of some europium (III) ternary complexes with β-diketone and nitrogen heterocyclic ligands

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    Wang, Dunjia, E-mail:; Pi, Yan; Zheng, Chunyang; Fan, Ling; Hu, Yanjun; Wei, Xianhong


    Highlights: •Preparation of europium (III) ternary complexes with β-diketone and nitrogen heterocyclic ligands. •Photoluminescence behavior of europium (III) ternary complexes. •Analysis of the Judd–Ofelt intensity parameters (Ω{sub t}), the lifetime (τ) and the luminescent quantum yield (η). -- Abstract: Preparation and photoluminescence behavior of four new europium (III) ternary complexes with β-diketones (1-(6-methoxy-naphthalen-2-yl)-3-phenyl-propane-1,3-dione (MNPPD) and 1-(4-tert-butyl-phenyl)-3-(6-methoxy-naphthalen-2-yl)-propane-1,3-dione (BPMPD)) and 2,2-dipyridine (Bipy) or 1,10-phenanthroline (Phen) were reported, in the solid state. Complexes Eu(MPPD){sub 3}·Bipy, Eu(BMPD){sub 3}·Bipy, Eu(MPPD){sub 3}·Phen and Eu(BMPD){sub 3}·Phen were characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR, {sup 1}H NMR, UV–vis absorption. The emission spectra show narrow emission bands that arise from the {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub J} (J = 0–4) transitions of the europium ion. Based on the emission spectra and luminescence decay curves in solid state, the intensity parameters (Ω{sub t}), lifetime (τ) and emission quantum efficiency (η) were determined. The Ω{sub 2} values indicate that the Eu(III) ion in these complexes is in a highly polarizable chemical environment. Complexes Eu(MPPD){sub 3}·Bipy and Eu(MPPD){sub 3}·Phen showed a longer lifetime (τ) and a higher luminescence quantum efficiency (η), which indicated that the energy transfer to the europium ion from MNPPD ligand is more efficient than that from BPMPD ligand.

  2. Luminescent method of determination of composition of europium and terbium complexes in solution by change of intensity ratio of luminescence bands

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    Bel' tyukova, S.V.; Nazarenko, N.A.; Poluehktov, N.S.


    The complexes of europium and terbium with phenanthroline, ethylenediaminetetraacetate, nitrilotriacetate, some acids-phenol derivatives and ..beta..-diketones series have been used as an example to demonstrate that the value of the ratio of intensities on the two bands of europium(terbium) luminescence spectra - the one corresponding to the hypersensitive'' transition and the other, to the magnetic dipole one - can be used for determination of the complexes composition in solutions.

  3. Syntheses and electroluminescent properties of two europium ternary complexes Eu(DBM){sub 3}(PBO) and Eu(DBM){sub 3}(PBT)

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    Guan Min [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Gao Lihua [Department of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Wang Shanshan [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Huang Chunhui [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)], E-mail:; Wang Kezhi [Department of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China)


    Two europium complexes, Eu(DBM){sub 3}(PBO) and Eu(DBM){sub 3}(PBT) (DBM=dibenzoylmethanato, PBO=2-(2-pyridyl)benzoxazole, PBT=2-(2-pyridyl)benzothiazole), were prepared and used as emitting materials in organic electroluminescent (EL) devices. The devices with the structures ITO/TPD/Eu(DBM){sub 3}(PBO) (or Eu(DBM){sub 3}(PBT)/BCP/Alq{sub 3}/Mg:Ag/Ag emit red light originating from the europium complexes.

  4. Monte Carlo simulation to calculate the rate of 137Cs gamma rays dispersion in gallium arsenide compound (United States)

    Haider, F. A.; Chee, F. P.; Abu Hassan, H.; Saafie, S.


    Radiation effects on Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) have been tested by exposing samples to Cesium-137 (137Cs) gamma rays. Gallium Arsenide is a basic photonic material for most of the space technology communication, and, therefore, lends itself for applications where this is of concern. Monte Carlo simulations of interaction between direct ionizing radiation and GaAs structure have been performed in TRIM software, being part of SRIM 2011 programming package. An adverse results shows that energy dose does not govern the displacement of atoms and is dependent on the changes of incident angles and thickness of the GaAs target element. At certain thickness of GaAs and incident angle of 137Cs ion, the displacement damage is at its highest value. From the simulation result, it is found that if the thickness of the GaAs semiconductor material is small compared to the projected range at that particular incident energy, the energy loss in the target GaAs will be small. Hence, when the depth of semiconductor material is reduced, the range of damage in the target also decreased. However, the other factors such as quantum size effect, the energy gap between the conduction and valence band must also be taken into consideration when the dimension of the device is diminished.

  5. Stability constants of europium complexes with a nitrogen heterocycle substituted methane-1,1-diphosphonic acid

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    Jensen, M.P.; Rickert, P.G.; Schmidt, M.A.; Nash, K.L.


    Even in moderately acidic solutions ([H{sup +}] > 0.01 M), N-piperidinomethane-1,1-diphosphonic acid (H{sub 4}PMDPA) is a strong complexant of trivalent lanthanide ions that shows enhanced complex solubility over previously studied 1,1-diphosphonic acids. The protonation constants of PMDPA in 2.0 M H/NaClO{sub 4} were determined by potentiometric and NMR titrations, and the stability constants for formation of complexes with Eu{sup 3+} were determined by solvent extraction. Difference in protonation equilibria induced by addition of the nitrogen heterocycle results in an increase in the complexation strength of PMDPA. In solutions containing 0.1 M H{sup +} and ligand concentrations greater than 0.02 M, PMDPA is the most effective 1,1-diphosphonic acid for europium complexation studied thus far.

  6. Sorption of Europium in zirconium silicate; Sorcion de Europio en silicato de circonio

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    Garcia R, G. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca Km. 36.5, 52045 Estado de Mexico (Mexico)


    Some minerals have the property of sipping radioactive metals in solution, that it takes advantage to manufacture contention barriers that are placed in the repositories of nuclear wastes. The more recent investigations are focused in the development of new technologies guided to the sorption of alpha emissors on minerals which avoid their dispersion in the environment. In an effort to contribute to the understanding of this type of properties, some studies of sorption of Europium III are presented like homologous of the americium, on the surface of zirconium silicate (ZrSiO{sub 4}). In this work the results of sorption experiences are presented as well as the interpretation of the phenomena of the formation of species in the surface of the zirconium silicate. (Author)

  7. First principles description of the insulator-metal transition in europium monoxide

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    Wang, Hao


    Europium monoxide, EuO, is a ferromagnetic insulator. Its electronic structure under pressure and doping is investigated by means of density functional theory. We employ spin polarized electronic structure calculations including onsite electron-electron interaction for the localized Eu 4f and 5d electrons. Our results show that under pressure the ferromagnetism is stable, both for hydrostatic and uniaxial pressure, while the compound undergoes an insulator-metal transition. The insulator-metal transition in O deficient and Gd doped EuO is reproduced for an impurity concentration of 6.25%. A 10 monolayer thick EuO(1 0 0) thin film is predicted to be an insulator with a narrow band gap of 0.08 eV. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Development of europium doped BaSO4 TL OSL dual phosphor for radiation dosimetry applications (United States)

    Patle, Anita; Patil, R. R.; Kulkarni, M. S.; Bhatt, B. C.; Moharil, S. V.


    This paper presents the results on the preparation and characterization of Europium-doped Barium sulfate (BaSO4: Eu) TL /OSL dual phosphor. The OSL sensitivity was found to be 11% of the commercially available Al2O3: C, using area integration method. The sample also shows good TL sensitivity and the dosimetric peak appears around 190°C with a shoulder at 282°C. After OSL readout, No change in the TL glow curve is observed. Since the observed TL peaks are not responsible for the observed OSL, good OSL as well as TL sensitivity and low fading will make this phosphor suitable for applications in radiation dosimetry using OSL as well as TL.

  9. Chemiluminescence determination of tetracyclines using Fenton system in the presence europium(III) ions

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    Kaczmarek, Malgorzata [Department of Rare Earths, Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Grunwaldzka 6, 60 - 780 Poznan (Poland); Lis, Stefan, E-mail: [Department of Rare Earths, Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Grunwaldzka 6, 60 - 780 Poznan (Poland)


    A new simple chemiluminescent method for the determination of chlortetracycline (Chlor-TC), oxytetracycline (Oxy-TC) and doxycycline (Doxy-TC) is described. This method is based on the europium(III) emission as a result of the energy transfer process from the excited product of the tetracyclines oxidation to the uncomplexed Eu(III). Under the optimum conditions, calibration graphs were obtained for 4 x 10{sup -7} to 2 x 10{sup -5} mol L{sup -1} of Chlor-TC; 2 x 10{sup -7} to 2 x 10{sup -5} mol L{sup -1} of Oxy-TC and 1 x 10{sup -7} to 3 x 10{sup -5} mol L{sup -1} of Doxy-TC. The method was successfully applied to the determination of these drugs in pharmaceutical and veterinary formulation and honey.

  10. Europium-doped aluminum oxide phosphors as indicators for frontal polymerization dynamics

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    Carranza, Arturo; Gewin, Mariah; Pojman, John A., E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-1804 (United States)


    In this study, we present an inexpensive and practical method that allows the monitoring and visualization of front polymerization, propagation, and dynamics. Commercially available europium-doped aluminum oxide powders were combined with video imaging to visualize free-radical propagating polymer fronts. In order to demonstrate the applicability of this method, frontal copolymerization reactions of propoxylated glycerin triacrylate (EB53), pentaerythritol triacrylate (PETA), and pentaerythritol tetra-acrylate (PETEA) with 1,1-Bis(tert-butylperoxy)-3,3,5-trimethylcyclohexane (Luperox 231®) as an initiator were studied and compared to the results obtained by IR imaging. Systems exhibiting higher filler loading, higher EB53 content, and less acrylated monomers showed a marked decrease in front velocity, while those with more acrylated monomers and higher crosslinking density showed a marked increase in front velocity. Finally, in order to show the potential of the imaging technique, we studied fronts propagating in planar and spherical geometries.

  11. Europium-doped aluminum oxide phosphors as indicators for frontal polymerization dynamics. (United States)

    Carranza, Arturo; Gewin, Mariah; Pojman, John A


    In this study, we present an inexpensive and practical method that allows the monitoring and visualization of front polymerization, propagation, and dynamics. Commercially available europium-doped aluminum oxide powders were combined with video imaging to visualize free-radical propagating polymer fronts. In order to demonstrate the applicability of this method, frontal copolymerization reactions of propoxylated glycerin triacrylate (EB53), pentaerythritol triacrylate (PETA), and pentaerythritol tetra-acrylate (PETEA) with 1,1-Bis(tert-butylperoxy)-3,3,5-trimethylcyclohexane (Luperox 231®) as an initiator were studied and compared to the results obtained by IR imaging. Systems exhibiting higher filler loading, higher EB53 content, and less acrylated monomers showed a marked decrease in front velocity, while those with more acrylated monomers and higher crosslinking density showed a marked increase in front velocity. Finally, in order to show the potential of the imaging technique, we studied fronts propagating in planar and spherical geometries.

  12. Electrochemiluminescence Study of Europium (III Complex with Coumarin3-Carboxylic Acid

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    Stefan Lis


    Full Text Available The europium (III complex of coumarin-3-carboxylic acid (C3CA has been prepared and characterized on the basis of elemental analysis, IR, and emission (photoluminescence and electrochemiluminescence spectroscopy. The synthesised complex having a formula Eu(C3CA2(NO3(H2O2 was photophysically characterized in solution and in the solid state. Electrochemiluminescence, ECL, of the system containing the Eu(III/C3CA complex was studied using an oxide-covered aluminium electrode. The goal of these studies was to show the possibility of the use of electrochemical excitation of the Eu(III ion in aqueous solution for emission generation. The generated ECL emission was very weak, and therefore its measurements and spectral analysis were carried out with the use of cut-off filters method. The studies proved a predominate role of the ligand-to-metal energy transfer (LMET in the generated ECL.

  13. Europium incorporated in silica matrix obtained by sol-gel: luminescent materials

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    Nassar Eduardo José


    Full Text Available In this work we report some aspects of the chemistry involved in the preparation of modified silicon oxide by the sol-gel process. Europium III compounds were used as luminescent probe. An organic-inorganic hybrid was obtained by hydrolysis of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS. The Eu III compounds were added in different ways. In the first, silica was prepared in the presence of Eu III, and in the second, Eu III was added on the silica surface. These materials were studied by luminescence, infrared spectroscopy and termogravimetric analysis. The results obtained for the hybrid material show different behavior for Eu III emission, which could be excited by the antenna effect and the influence of the surrounding in the luminescence quenching. The thermogravimetric data present different mass loss in samples to range temperature 50 - 150 °C. Thermogravimetric and infrared spectra showed that inorganic polymers incorporated the organic part.

  14. Europium as an inhibitor of Amyloid-β(1-42) induced membrane permeation. (United States)

    Williams, Thomas L; Urbanc, Brigita; Marshall, Karen E; Vadukul, Devkee M; Jenkins, A Toby A; Serpell, Louise C


    Soluble Amyloid-beta (Aβ) oligomers are a source of cytotoxicity in Alzheimer's disease (AD). The toxicity of Aβ oligomers may arise from their ability to interact with and disrupt cellular membranes mediated by GM1 ganglioside receptors within these membranes. Therefore, inhibition of Aβ-membrane interactions could provide a means of preventing the toxicity associated with Aβ. Here, using Surface Plasmon field-enhanced Fluorescence Spectroscopy, we determine that the lanthanide, Europium III chloride (Eu(3+)), strongly binds to GM1 ganglioside-containing membranes and prevents the interaction with Aβ42 leading to a loss of the peptides ability to cause membrane permeation. Here we discuss the molecular mechanism by which Eu(3+) inhibits Aβ42-membrane interactions and this may lead to protection of membrane integrity against Aβ42 induced toxicity. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Radiation effects on beta /10.6/ of pure and europium doped KCl (United States)

    Grimes, H. H.; Maisel, J. E.; Hartford, R. H.


    Changes in the optical absorption coefficient as the result of X-ray and electron bombardment of pure monocrystalline and polycrystalline KCl and of divalent europium doped polycrystalline KCl were determined. A constant heat flow calorimetric method was used to measure the optical absorption coefficients. Both 300 kV X-ray irradiation and 2 MeV electron irradiation produced increases in the optical absorption coefficient at room temperature. X-ray irradiation produced more significant changes in pure monocrystalline KCl than equivalent amounts of electron irradiation. Electron irradiation of pure and Eu-doped polycrystalline KCl produced increases in the absorption by as much as a factor of 20 over untreated material. Bleaching of the electron-irradiated doped KCl with 649 millimicron light produced a further increase.

  16. Excitation functions for the formation of longer lived isotopes by deuteron irradiation of Europium

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    Takács, S., E-mail: [Institute for Nuclear Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 4026 Debrecen (Hungary); Tárkányi, F. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 4026 Debrecen (Hungary); Hermanne, A.; Adam-Rebeles, R. [Cyclotron Laboratory, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels 1090 (Belgium); Takács, M.P. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 4026 Debrecen (Hungary); Institute of Physics, University of Debrecen, 4026 Debrecen (Hungary)


    Excitation functions for nuclear reactions induced on natural europium targets by energetic deuterons were studied up to 50 MeV. A standard stacked foil technique was used for irradiation and high resolution gamma spectrometry was applied for activity assessment. Direct or cumulative cross sections for reaction products with half-life longer than 2 h were determined. Reactions leading to the formation of the radionuclides {sup 147,149,151,153}Gd, {sup 147,148,149,150m,150g,152m,152g,154g}Eu, {sup 153}Sm and {sup 150}Pm were studied. In most cases no earlier data were available in the literature. The new experimental results were compared with values tabulated in the on-line TENDL2011 library.

  17. Quadrupole splitting and Eu partial lattice dynamics in europium orthophosphate EuPO {sub 4}

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    Klobes, B., E-mail: [JARA-FIT - Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science JCNS and Peter Grünberg Institute PGI (Germany); Arinicheva, Y., E-mail:; Neumeier, S., E-mail: [Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-6) Nuclear Waste Management and Reactor Safety (Germany); Simon, R. E., E-mail:; Jafari, A., E-mail: [JARA-FIT - Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science JCNS and Peter Grünberg Institute PGI (Germany); Bosbach, D., E-mail: [Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-6) Nuclear Waste Management and Reactor Safety (Germany); Hermann, R. P., E-mail: [JARA-FIT - Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science JCNS and Peter Grünberg Institute PGI (Germany)


    Hyperfine interactions in europium orthophosphate EuPO{sub 4} were investigated using {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy from 6 to 300 K. The value of the quadrupole splitting and the asymmetry parameter were refined and further substantiated by nuclear forward scattering data obtained at room temperature. The temperature dependence of the relative absorption was modeled with an Eu specific Debye temperature of 221(1) K. Eu partial lattice dynamics were probed by means of nuclear inelastic scattering and the mean force constant, the Lamb-Mössbauer factor, the internal energy, the vibrational entropy, the average phonon group velocity were calculated using the extracted density of phonon states. In general, Eu specific vibrations are characterized by rather small phonon energies and contribute strongly to the total entropy of the system. Although there is no classical Debye like behavior at low vibrational energies, the average phonon group velocity can be reasonably approximated using a linear fit.

  18. Recovery of gallium and arsenic from gallium arsenide waste in the electronics industry

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    Chen, Wei-Ting [Doctoral Program, Graduate School of Engineering Science and Technology, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (NYUST), Douliou, Yunlin (China); Tsai, Lung-Chang; Shu, Chi-Min [Department of Safety, Health, and Environmental Engineering, NYUST, Douliou, Yunlin (China); Tsai, Fang-Chang [Key Laboratory for the Green Preparation and Application of Functional Materials, Ministry of Education, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Hubei University, Wuhan (China)


    Gallium arsenide (GaAs) has both high saturated electron velocity and high electron mobility, making it useful as a semiconductor material in a variety of applications, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs), integrated circuits (ICs), and microwave appliances. A side effect of the use of gallium (Ga) is the production of a relatively large amount of hazardous waste. This study aimed at the recovery of Ga and arsenic (As) from GaAs waste using hydrometallurgical methods involving leaching and coagulation and a dry annealing process that involves annealing, vacuum separation, and sublimation by heating. Our research has shown that GaAs can be leached using nitric acid (HNO{sub 3}) to obtain 100% Ga and As with a leaching solution at pH 0.1, with subsequent adjustment of the leaching solution to pH 3 with sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Another method used a leaching solution at pH 2, then adjusting to pH 11 using NaOH. Ferric hydroxide (FeO(OH)) was added at 90 C after NaOH was added to the leaching solution. At pH 2 and 11, 55.5 and 21.9% of the As could be removed from the hazardous waste, respectively. The Ga could also be precipitated. When GaAs powder was heated to 1000 C over 3 h, 100% As removal was achieved, and 92.6% of the Ga was removed by formation of 99.9% gallium trioxide (Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3}). Arsenic was vaporized when the temperature was elevated to 1000 C, allowing arsenic trioxide (As{sub 2}O{sub 3}) to condense with 99.2% purity. The Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder produced was then dissolved and electrolyzed, allowing for 95.9% recovery of Ga with a purity of 99.9%. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  19. Photoluminescent polymer electrolyte based on agar and containing europium picrate for electrochemical devices

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    Lima, E. [Centro de Quimica, Universidade do Minho, Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Raphael, E.; Sentanin, F. [IQSC, Universidade de Sao Paulo, 13566-590 Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Rodrigues, L.C. [Centro de Quimica, Universidade do Minho, Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Ferreira, R.A.S.; Carlos, L.D. [Departamento de Fisica, CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Silva, M.M., E-mail: [Centro de Quimica, Universidade do Minho, Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Pawlicka, A. [IQSC, Universidade de Sao Paulo, 13566-590 Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We prepared ionic conducting membranes for the specific requirements of the device. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Luminescent reporter groups, with many applications in biotechnology. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal and electrochemical stability of electrolytes is adequate for application. - Abstract: Dispersion of photoluminescent rare earth metal complexes in polymer matrices is of great interest due to the possibility of avoiding the saturation of the photoluminescent signal. The possibility of using a natural ionic conducting polymer matrix was investigated in this study. Samples of agar-based electrolytes containing europium picrate were prepared and characterized by physical and chemical analyses. The FTIR spectra indicated strong interaction of agar O-H and 3,6-anhydro-galactose C-O groups with glycerol and europium picrate. The DSC analyses revealed no glass transition temperature of the samples in the -60 to 250 Degree-Sign C range. From the thermogravimetry (TG), a thermal stability of the samples of up to 180 Degree-Sign C was stated. The membranes were subjected to ionic conductivity measurement, which provided the values of 2.6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} S/cm for the samples with acetic acid and 1.6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} S/cm for the samples without acetic acid. Moreover, the temperature-dependent ionic conductivity measurements revealed both Arrhenius and VTF models of the conductivity depending on the sample. Surface visualization through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) demonstrated good uniformity. The samples were also applied in small electrochromic devices and showed good electrochemical stability. The present work confirmed that these materials may perform as satisfactory multifunctional component layers in the field of electrochemical devices.

  20. Spectroscopic investigation on europium doped heavy metal borate glasses for red luminescent application

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    Hegde, Vinod; Wagh, Akshatha; Kamath, Sudha D. [Manipal University, Department of Physics, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal (India); Hegde, Hemanth [Manipal University, Department of Chemistry, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal (India); Vishwanath, C.S.D. [Sri Venkateswara University, Department of Physics, Tirupati (India)


    The present study explores a new borate family glasses based on 10ZnO-5Na{sub 2}O-10Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-(75 - x) B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-xEu{sub 2}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 3 mol%) composition, synthesized by rapid melt quench technique. Prepared glasses were subjected to the density and refractive index measurements and their values were used to calculate other physical properties of the glass matrix as a function of Eu{sup 3+} concentration. XRD confirmed amorphous nature of the glasses. FTIR spectra in the absorption mode were recorded in the 400-4000 cm{sup -1} region to identify different functional groups in the glass matrix. Deconvoluted FTIR spectra showed increase in BO{sub 4} units with rise in europium content which confirmed the 'network strengthener' role of europium ions by creating bridging oxygens (BOs). Optical properties were investigated for their luminescence behavior through various spectroscopic techniques such as UV-Vis-NIR absorption, excitation, emission, decay profiles, and color measurements at room temperature. Lasing properties of the glasses like total radiative life time, branching ratio, emission cross section, and optical gain were obtained from the calculated Judd-Ofelt (Ω{sub 2},Ω{sub 4}) intensity parameters. From the measured values of emission, cross sections, branching ratios, life times, strong photoluminescence features, and CIE chromaticity coordinates, 0.5 mol% of Eu{sup 3+} ions doped ZnNaBiB glasses showed optimum performance and are potential candidate for red light generation at 613 nm. (orig.)

  1. Europium nanoparticle-based high performing immunoassay for the screening of treponemal antibodies.

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    Sheikh M Talha

    Full Text Available Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum (Tp is the causative agent of syphilis which mainly spreads through sexual contact, blood transfusion and perinatal route. In order to curtail the spread of the infection and to clinically manage the disease, timely, accurate and reliable diagnosis is very important. We have developed an immunoassay for the detection of treponemal antibodies in human serum or plasma samples. In vivo biotinylated and non-biotinylated versions of the recombinant antigen were designed by the fusion of three Tp-specific antigens namely Tp15, Tp17 and Tp47. These fusion antigens were expressed in E. coli and purified using single-step metal affinity chromatography. Biotinylated fusion antigen immobilized on streptavidin coated plate was used to capture the treponemal antibodies and the non-biotinylated antigen coated on europium nanoparticles was used as tracer. Assays with two different incubation times of 10 min and 1 h were developed, and following the incubation the europium fluorescence was measured using time-resolved fluorometry. The developed time-resolved fluorometric (TRF immunoassays were evaluated with in-house and commercial serum/plasma sample panels. For well-established treponemal antibodies positive or negative samples, the sensitivity of TRF immunoassay with 10 min incubation time was 97.4%, and of TRF immunoassay with 1 h incubation time was 98.7%, and the specificities of both the TRF immunoassays were 99.2%. For the samples with discordant results with the reference assays, both the TRF immunoassays showed better specificity than the Enzygnost syphilis enzyme immunoassay as a screening test. The two different incubation times did not have any significant effect on the signal to cutoff (S/Co ratios obtained with the two immunoassays (p=0.06. Our results indicate that the developed immunoassay with a short incubation time of 10 min has the potential to be used in clinical laboratories and in blood

  2. Visible-light-excited and europium-emissive nanoparticles for highly-luminescent bioimaging in vivo. (United States)

    Wu, Yongquan; Shi, Mei; Zhao, Lingzhi; Feng, Wei; Li, Fuyou; Huang, Chunhui


    Europium(III)-based material showing special milliseconds photoluminescence lifetime has been considered as an ideal time-gated luminescence probe for bioimaging, but is still limited in application in luminescent small-animal bioimaging in vivo. Here, a water-soluble, stable, highly-luminescent nanosystem, Ir-Eu-MSN (MSN = mesoporous silica nanoparticles, Ir-Eu = [Ir(dfppy)2(pic-OH)]3Eu·2H2O, dfppy = 2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)pyridine, pic-OH = 3-hydroxy-2-carboxypyridine), was developed by an in situ coordination reaction to form an insoluble dinuclear iridium(III) complex-sensitized-europium(III) emissive complex within mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) which had high loading efficiency. Compared with the usual approach of physical adsorption, this in-situ reaction strategy provided 20-fold the loading efficiency (43.2%) of the insoluble Ir-Eu complex in MSNs. These nanoparticles in solid state showed bright red luminescence with high quantum yield of 55.2%, and the excitation window extended up to 470 nm. These Ir-Eu-MSN nanoparticles were used for luminescence imaging in living cells under excitation at 458 nm with confocal microscopy, which was confirmed by flow cytometry. Furthermore, the Ir-Eu-MSN nanoparticles were successfully applied into high-contrast luminescent lymphatic imaging in vivo under low power density excitation of 5 mW cm(-2). This synthetic method provides a universal strategy of combining hydrophobic complexes with hydrophilic MSNs for in vivo bioimaging. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Europium Nanoparticle-Based High Performing Immunoassay for the Screening of Treponemal Antibodies (United States)

    Talha, Sheikh M.; Hytönen, Jukka; Westhorpe, Adam; Kumar, Sushil; Khanna, Navin; Pettersson, Kim


    Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum (Tp) is the causative agent of syphilis which mainly spreads through sexual contact, blood transfusion and perinatal route. In order to curtail the spread of the infection and to clinically manage the disease, timely, accurate and reliable diagnosis is very important. We have developed an immunoassay for the detection of treponemal antibodies in human serum or plasma samples. In vivo biotinylated and non-biotinylated versions of the recombinant antigen were designed by the fusion of three Tp-specific antigens namely Tp15, Tp17 and Tp47. These fusion antigens were expressed in E. coli and purified using single-step metal affinity chromatography. Biotinylated fusion antigen immobilized on streptavidin coated plate was used to capture the treponemal antibodies and the non-biotinylated antigen coated on europium nanoparticles was used as tracer. Assays with two different incubation times of 10 min and 1 h were developed, and following the incubation the europium fluorescence was measured using time-resolved fluorometry. The developed time-resolved fluorometric (TRF) immunoassays were evaluated with in-house and commercial serum/plasma sample panels. For well-established treponemal antibodies positive or negative samples, the sensitivity of TRF immunoassay with 10 min incubation time was 97.4%, and of TRF immunoassay with 1 h incubation time was 98.7%, and the specificities of both the TRF immunoassays were 99.2%. For the samples with discordant results with the reference assays, both the TRF immunoassays showed better specificity than the Enzygnost syphilis enzyme immunoassay as a screening test. The two different incubation times did not have any significant effect on the signal to cutoff (S/Co) ratios obtained with the two immunoassays (p = 0.06). Our results indicate that the developed immunoassay with a short incubation time of 10 min has the potential to be used in clinical laboratories and in blood-bank settings as a

  4. Semiconducting polymer encapsulated mesoporous silica particles with conjugated Europium complexes: toward enhanced luminescence under aqueous conditions. (United States)

    Zhang, Jixi; Prabhakar, Neeraj; Näreoja, Tuomas; Rosenholm, Jessica M


    Immobilization of lanthanide organic complexes in meso-organized hybrid materials for luminescence applications have attracted immense interest due to the possibility of controlled segregation at the nanoscopic level for novel optical properties. Aimed at enhancing the luminescence intensity and stability of the hybrid materials in aqueous media, we developed polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) stabilized, semiconducting polymer (poly(9-vinylcarbazole), PVK) encapsulated mesoporous silica hybrid particles grafted with Europium(III) complexes. Monosilylated β-diketonate ligands (1-(2-naphthoyl)-3,3,3-trifluoroacetonate, NTA) were first co-condensed in the mesoporous silica particles as pendent groups for bridging and anchoring the lanthanide complexes, resulting in particles with an mean diameter of ∼ 450 nm and a bimodal pore size distribution centered at 3.5 and 5.3 nm. PVK was encapsulated on the resulted particles by a solvent-induced surface precipitation process, in order to seal the mesopores and protect Europium ions from luminescence quenching by producing a hydrophobic environment. The obtained polymer encapsulated MSN-EuLC@PVK-PVP particles exhibit significantly higher intrinsic quantum yield (Φ(Ln) = 39%) and longer lifetime (τ(obs) = 0.51 ms), as compared with those without polymer encapsulation. Most importantly, a high luminescence stability was realized when MSN-EuLC@PVK-PVP particles were dispersed in various aqueous media, showing no noticeable quenching effect. The beneficial features and positive attributes of both mesoporous silica and semiconducting polymers as lanthanide-complex host were merged in a single hybrid carrier, opening up the possibility of using these hybrid luminescent materials under complex aqueous conditions such as biological/physiological environments.

  5. Surface-imprinted nanofilaments for europium-amplified luminescent detection of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. (United States)

    Zdunek, Jolanta; Benito-Peña, Elena; Linares, Ana; Falcimaigne-Cordin, Aude; Orellana, Guillermo; Haupt, Karsten; Moreno-Bondi, María C


    The development and characterization of novel, molecularly imprinted polymer nanofilament-based optical sensors for the analysis of enrofloxacin, an antibiotic widely used for human and veterinary applications, is reported. The polymers were prepared by nanomolding in porous alumina by using enrofloxacin as the template. The antibiotic was covalently immobilized on to the pore walls of the alumina by using different spacers, and the prepolymerization mixture was cast in the pores and the polymer synthesized anchored onto a glass support through UV polymerization. Various parameters affecting polymer selectivity were evaluated to achieve optimal recognition, namely, the spacer arm length and the binding solvent. The results of morphological characterization, binding kinetics, and selectivity of the optimized polymer material for ENR and its derivatives are reported. For sensing purposes, the nanofilaments were incubated in solutions of the target molecule in acetonitrile/HEPES buffer (100 mM, pH 7.5, 50:50, v/v) for 20 min followed by incubation in a 10 mM solution of europium(III) ions to generate a europium(III)-enrofloxacin complex on the polymer surface. The detection event was based on the luminescence of the rare-earth ion (λexc=340 nm; λem=612 nm) that results from energy transfer from the antibiotic excited state to the metal-ion emitting excited state. The limit of detection of the enrofloxacin antibiotic was found to be 0.58 μM. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Faster Synthesis of Beta-Diketonate Ternary Europium Complexes: Elapsed Times & Reaction Yields. (United States)

    Lima, Nathalia B D; Silva, Anderson I S; Gerson, P C; Gonçalves, Simone M C; Simas, Alfredo M


    β-diketonates are customary bidentate ligands in highly luminescent ternary europium complexes, such as Eu(β-diketonate)3(L)2, where L stands for a nonionic ligand. Usually, the syntheses of these complexes start by adding, to an europium salt such as EuCl3(H2O)6, three equivalents of β-diketonate ligands to form the complexes Eu(β-diketonate)3(H2O)2. The nonionic ligands are subsequently added to form the target complexes Eu(β-diketonate)3(L)2. However, the Eu(β-diketonate)3(H2O)2 intermediates are frequently both difficult and slow to purify by recrystallization, a step which usually takes a long time, varying from days to several weeks, depending on the chosen β-diketonate. In this article, we advance a novel synthetic technique which does not use Eu(β-diketonate)3(H2O)2 as an intermediate. Instead, we start by adding 4 equivalents of a monodentate nonionic ligand L straight to EuCl3(H2O)6 to form a new intermediate: EuCl3(L)4(H2O)n, with n being either 3 or 4. The advantage is that these intermediates can now be easily, quickly, and efficiently purified. The β-diketonates are then carefully added to this intermediate to form the target complexes Eu(β-diketonate)3(L)2. For the cases studied, the 20-day average elapsed time reduced to 10 days for the faster synthesis, together with an improvement in the overall yield from 42% to 69%.

  7. Modified magnetic and optical properties of manganese nanoparticles incorporated europium doped magnesium borotellurite glass

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    Aziz, Siti Maisarah; Sahar, M.R., E-mail:; Ghoshal, S.K.


    This paper reports the modified optical and magnetic properties of europium (Eu{sup 3+}) ions doped and Manganese nanoparticles (NPs) embedded Magnesium Borotellurite glass synthesized via melt quenching method. The influence of varying Mn NPs concentrations on the magnetic, absorption and emission properties of such glass samples are determined. Stables, transparent and amorphous glasses are obtained. The observed modification of the electronic polarizability is interpreted in terms of the generation of non-bridging oxygen (NBO) and bridging oxygen (BO) in the amorphous network. TEM images manifested the growth of Mn NPs with average diameter 11±1 nm. High-resolution TEM reveals that the lattice spacing of manganese nanoparticles is 0.308 nm at (112) plane. The emission spectra revealed four prominent peaks centered at 587 nm, 610 nm, 651 nm and 700 nm assigned to the transition from {sup 5}D{sub 0} →{sup 7}F{sub J} (J=1, 2, 3, 4) states of Eu{sup 3+} ion. A significant drop in the luminescence intensity due to the incorporation of Mn NPs is ascribed to the enhanced energy transfer from the Eu{sup 3+} ion to NPs. Prepared glass systems exhibited paramagnetic behavior. - Highlights: • The europium doped magnesium borotellurite glasses embedded Mn NPs prepared using the conventional melt-quenching method. • The TEM result reveals the size of Mn NPs while its planar spacing has been determined by HRTEM. • The luminescence properties of TeO{sub 2}–B{sub 2}O{sub 3}–MgO–Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} glasses have been investigated as effect of Mn NPs content. • The magnetization measurement of glass sample is carried out using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM)

  8. Red polymer light-emitting devices based on an oxadiazole-functionalized europium(III) complex

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    Liu, Yu, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Key Lab of Environment-Friendly Chemistry and Application in the Ministry of Education, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Wang, Yafei [Department of Chemistry, Key Lab of Environment-Friendly Chemistry and Application in the Ministry of Education, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Li, Chun [Institute of Polymer Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Huang, Ying; Dang, Dongfeng; Zhu, Meixiang [Department of Chemistry, Key Lab of Environment-Friendly Chemistry and Application in the Ministry of Education, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Zhu, Weiguo, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Key Lab of Environment-Friendly Chemistry and Application in the Ministry of Education, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Cao, Yong, E-mail: [Institute of Polymer Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China)


    A novel tris(dibenzoylmethanato)[5-(2-(4-tert-butylbenzenyl)-5-benzenyl-1,3, 4-oxadiazole-4′)-1,10-phenanthroline]europium(III) [Eu(DBM){sub 3}(BuOXD-Phen)] containing an electron-transporting oxadiazole-functionalized phenanthroline ligand was synthesized and characterized. Its UV–vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL), as well as the electroluminescence (EL) in polymer light-emitting devices (PLEDs) were investigated. The double-layer PLEDs with a configuration of ITO/PEDOT:PSS (50 nm)/PVK (40 nm)/PFO:PBD (30%):Eu(DBM){sub 3}(BuOXD-Phen) (1–8 wt %) (80 nm)/Ba (4 nm)/Al (150 nm) were fabricated. Saturated red Eu{sup 3+} ion emission, based on the {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 2} transition, is centered at a wavelength of 614 nm with a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 10 nm. The highest external quantum efficiency (QE{sub ext}) of 1.26% at current density of 1.65 mA cm{sup −2}, with a maximum brightness of 568 cd m{sup −2} at 137.8 mA cm{sup −2} was achieved from the device at 1 wt % dopant concentration. - Highlights: • An oxadiazole-functionalized europium(III) complex of Eu(DBM){sub 3}(BuOXD-Phen) was presented. • The optophysical properties of Eu(DBM){sub 3}(BuOXD-Phen) were investigated. • Saturated red emission was observed in the PLEDs. • An external quantum efficiency of 1.26% was obtained in these devices.

  9. Electron paramagnetic resonance and photoluminescence investigation of europium local structure in oxyfluoride glass ceramics containing SrF2 nanocrystals (United States)

    Antuzevics, A.; Kemere, M.; Krieke, G.; Ignatans, R.


    Different compositions of europium doped aluminosilicate oxyfluoride glass ceramics prepared in air atmosphere have been studied by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and optical spectroscopy methods. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements show presence of homogenously distributed SrF2 nanocrystals after the heat treatment of the precursor glass. Efficient Eu3+ incorporation in the high symmetry environment of glass ceramics is observed from the photoluminescence spectra. EPR spectra indicate Eu3+ → Eu2+ reduction upon precipitation of crystalline phases in the glass matrix. For composition abundant with Eu2+ in the glassy state such behaviour is not detected. Local structure around europium ions is discussed based on differences in chemical compositions.

  10. Bright, highly water-soluble triazacyclononane europium complexes to detect ligand binding with time-resolved FRET microscopy. (United States)

    Delbianco, Martina; Sadovnikova, Victoria; Bourrier, Emmanuel; Mathis, Gérard; Lamarque, Laurent; Zwier, Jurriaan M; Parker, David


    Luminescent europium complexes are used in a broad range of applications as a result of their particular emissive properties. The synthesis and application of bright, highly water-soluble, and negatively charged sulfonic- or carboxylic acid derivatives of para-substituted aryl-alkynyl triazacyclononane complexes are described. Introduction of the charged solubilizing moieties suppresses cellular uptake or adsorption to living cells making them applicable for labeling and performing assays on membrane receptors. These europium complexes are applied to monitor fluorescent ligand binding on cell-surface proteins with time-resolved Förster resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) assays in plate-based format and using TR-FRET microscopy. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Optical and spectral studies on pure and europium doped olgite type Na(Sr,Ba)PO4 ceramics. (United States)

    Jawaher, K Rackesh; Jagannathan, R; Das, S Jerome; Krishnan, S


    Europium ion doped olgite type Na(Sr,Ba)PO4 ceramics, a new generation of light emitting bulb, was prepared by a high temperature solid-state reaction method. The synthesized materials were subjected to various characterizations such as X-ray powder diffraction, Scanning electron microscopy and FT-IR spectra measurements. The EPR spectrum of the sample exhibits a well-resolved hyperfine structure of 151Eu2+ and 153Eu2+ isotopes and the g value has been calculated. Fluorescence spectra revealed that europium ions were present in divalent as well as in the trivalent oxidation states. The critical distance for energy transfer between Eu2+ and Eu2+ ion is calculated as 20Å, which is in good agreement with that of experimental data. The FTIR analysis reveals all the vibrations of PO4(3-) ions. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. A highly sensitive europium nanoparticle-based immunoassay for detection of influenza A/B virus antigen in clinical specimens. (United States)

    Zhang, Panhe; Vemula, Sai Vikram; Zhao, Jiangqin; Du, Bingchen; Mohan, Haleyurgirisetty; Liu, Jikun; El Mubarak, Haja Sittana; Landry, Marie L; Hewlett, Indira


    We report the development of a novel europium nanoparticle-based immunoassay (ENIA) for rapid detection of influenza A and influenza B viruses. The ENIA demonstrated sensitivities of 90.7% (147/162) for influenza A viruses and 81.80% (9/11) for influenza B viruses compared to those for an in-house reverse transcription (RT)-PCR assay in testing of influenza-positive clinical samples. Copyright © 2014, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  13. Semiconducting polymer dots doped with europium complexes showing ultranarrow emission and long luminescence lifetime for time-gated cellular imaging. (United States)

    Sun, Wei; Yu, Jiangbo; Deng, Ruiping; Rong, Yu; Fujimoto, Bryant; Wu, Changfeng; Zhang, Hongjie; Chiu, Daniel T


    Bright dots: Semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) doped with europium complexes possess line-like fluorescence emission, high quantum yield, and long fluorescence lifetime. The Pdots successfully labeled receptors on cells. The long fluorescence lifetime of the Pdots was used to distinguish them from other red fluorescence emitting nanoparticles, and improve the signal-to-noise ratio for time-gated cellular imaging. PVK=poly(9-vinylcarbazole). Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Translocation and biokinetic behavior of nanoscaled europium oxide particles within 5 days following an acute inhalation in rats. (United States)

    Creutzenberg, Otto; Kock, Heiko; Schaudien, Dirk


    Nanoscaled europium oxide (Eu2O3) particles were inhaled by rats after acute exposure and the potential translocation of particles followed by chemical analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was investigated. An aqueous dispersion (phosphate buffer/bovine serum albumin) of a commercially available Eu2O3 particle fraction consisting partially of nanoscaled particles was aerosolized with pressurized air. After rapid evaporation, rats inhaled the dry aerosol for 6 h in a single exposure resulting in an alveolar calculated dose of approximately 39.5 μg Eu2O3. Using chemical analysis, 36.8 μg Eu2O3 was detected 1 h after lung inhalation. The amount declined slightly to 34.5 μg after 1 day and 35.0 μg after 5 days. The liver showed an increase of Eu2O3 from 32.3 ng 1 h up to 294 ng 5 days after inhalation. Additionally, lung-associated lymph nodes, thymus, kidneys, heart and testis exhibited an increase of europium over the period investigated. In the blood, the highest amount of europium was found 1 h after treatment whereas feces, urine and mesenteric lymph nodes revealed the highest amount 1 day after treatment. Using TEM analysis, particles could be detected only in lungs, and in the liver, no particles were detectable. In conclusion, the translocation of Eu2O3 within 5 days following inhalation could be determined very precisely by chemical analysis. A translocation of Eu2O3 particulate matter to liver was not detectable by TEM analysis; thus, the overproportional level of 0.8% of the lung load observed in the liver after 5 days suggests a filtering effect of dissolved europium with accumulation. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  15. A Highly Sensitive Europium Nanoparticle-Based Immunoassay for Detection of Influenza A/B Virus Antigen in Clinical Specimens (United States)

    Zhang, Panhe; Zhao, Jiangqin; Du, Bingchen; Mohan, Haleyurgirisetty; Liu, Jikun; El Mubarak, Haja Sittana; Landry, Marie L.


    We report the development of a novel europium nanoparticle-based immunoassay (ENIA) for rapid detection of influenza A and influenza B viruses. The ENIA demonstrated sensitivities of 90.7% (147/162) for influenza A viruses and 81.80% (9/11) for influenza B viruses compared to those for an in-house reverse transcription (RT)-PCR assay in testing of influenza-positive clinical samples. PMID:25297327

  16. Nature of the concentration thresholds of europium atom yield from the oxidized tungsten surface under electron stimulated desorption

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    Davydov, S Y


    The nature of the electron-stimulated desorption (ESD) of the europium atoms by the E sub e irradiating electrons energies, equal to 50 and 80 eV, as well as peculiarities of the Eu atoms yield dependence on their concentration on the oxidized tungsten surface are discussed. It is shown, that the ESD originates by the electron transition from the interval 5p- or 5s shell of the tungsten surface atom onto the oxygen external unfilled 2p-level

  17. Ultrasmall Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles with Europium(III) DO3A as a Bimodal Imaging Probe. (United States)

    Carron, Sophie; Bloemen, Maarten; Vander Elst, Luce; Laurent, Sophie; Verbiest, Thierry; Parac-Vogt, Tatjana N


    A new prototype consisting of ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticles decorated with europium(III) ions encapsulated in a DO3A organic scaffold was designed as a platform for further development of bimodal contrast agents for MRI and optical imaging. The USPIO nanoparticles act as negative MRI contrast agents, whereas the europium(III) ion is a luminophore that is suitable for use in optical imaging detection. The functionalized USPIO nanoparticles were characterized by TEM, DLS, XRD, FTIR, and TXRF analysis, and a full investigation of the relaxometric and optical properties was conducted. The typical luminescence emission of europium(III) was observed and the main red emission wavelength was found at 614 nm. The relaxometric study of these ultrasmall nanoparticles showed r2 values of 114.8 mM(-1) Fes(-1) at 60 MHz, which is nearly double the r2 relaxivity of Sinerem(®). © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. A lysosome targetable luminescent bioprobe based on a europium β-diketonate complex for cellular imaging applications. (United States)

    George, T M; Krishna, Mahesh S; Reddy, M L P


    Herein, we report a novel lysosome targetable luminescent bioprobe derived from a europium coordination compound, namely Eu(pfphOCH3IN)3(DDXPO) 4 [where HpfphOCH3IN = 4,4,5,5,5-pentafluoro-3-hydroxy-1-(1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-1H-indol-3-yl)pent-2-en-1-one and DDXPO = 4,5-bis(diphenylphosphino)-9,9-dimethylxanthene oxide]. Notably, the newly designed europium complex exhibits significant quantum yield (Φoverall = 25 ± 3%) and 5D0 excited state lifetime (τ = 398 ± 3 μs) values under physiological pH (7.2) conditions when excited at 405 nm. Hence the developed europium complex has been evaluated for live cell imaging applications using mouse pre-adipocyte cell lines (3T3L1). Colocalization studies of the designed bio-probe with commercial Lysosome-GFP in 3T3L1 cells demonstrated the specific localization of the probe in the lysosome with a high colocalization coefficient (A = 0.83). Most importantly, the developed bioprobe exhibits good cell permeability, photostability and non-cytotoxicity.

  19. Mössbauer spectroscopy of europium-doped fluorochlorozirconate glasses and glass ceramics: optimization of storage phosphors in computed radiography. (United States)

    Pfau, C; Paßlick, C; Gray, S K; Johnson, J A; Johnson, C E; Schweizer, S


    Eu(2+)-doped fluorochlorozirconate (FCZ) glasses and glass ceramics, which are being developed for medical and photovoltaic applications, have been analysed by Mössbauer spectroscopy. The oxidation state and chemical environment of the europium ions, which are important for the performance of these materials, were investigated. Routes for maximizing the divalent europium content were also investigated. By using EuCl2 instead of EuF2 in the starting material a fraction of about 90% of the europium was maintained in the Eu(2+) state as opposed to about 70% when using EuF2. The glass ceramics produced by subsequent thermal processing contain BaCl2 nanocrystals in which Eu(2+) is incorporated, as shown by the narrower linewidth in the Mössbauer spectrum. Debye temperatures of 147 K and 186 K for Eu(2+) and Eu(3+), respectively, were determined from temperature dependent Mössbauer measurements. The f-factors were used to obtain the Eu(2+)/Eu(3+) ratio from the area ratio of the corresponding absorption lines.

  20. Structural and electrooptical characteristics of quantum dots emitting at 1.3 μm on gallium arsenide

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    Fiore, A.; Oesterle, U.; Stanley, R.P.


    of approximate to1.8 ns is measured at room temperature, which confirms the excellent structural quality. A fast PL rise (tau (rise) = 10 +/-2 ps) is observed at all temperatures, indicating the potential for high-speed modulation. High-efficiency light-emitting diodes (LEDs) based on these dots are demonstrated......We present a comprehensive study of the structural and emission properties of self-assembled InAs quantum dots emitting at 1.3 mum. The dots are grown by molecular beam epitaxy on gallium arsenide substrates. Room-temperature emission at 1.3 mum is obtained by embedding the dots in an InGaAs layer...

  1. Photodetectors based on carbon nanotubes deposited by using a spray technique on semi-insulating gallium arsenide

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    Domenico Melisi


    Full Text Available In this paper, a spray technique is used to perform low temperature deposition of multi-wall carbon nanotubes on semi-insulating gallium arsenide in order to obtain photodectors. A dispersion of nanotube powder in non-polar 1,2-dichloroethane is used as starting material. The morphological properties of the deposited films has been analysed by means of electron microscopy, in scanning and transmission mode. Detectors with different layouts have been prepared and current–voltage characteristics have been recorded in the dark and under irradiation with light in the range from ultraviolet to near infrared. The device spectral efficiency obtained from the electrical characterization is finally reported and an improvement of the photodetector behavior due to the nanotubes is presented and discussed.

  2. Characteristics of trap-filled gallium arsenide photoconductive switches used in high gain pulsed power applications

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    The electrical properties of semi-insulating (SI) Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) have been investigated for some time, particularly for its application as a substrate in microelectronics. Of late this material has found a variety of applications other than as an isolation region between devices, or the substrate of an active device. High resistivity SI GaAs is increasingly being used in charged particle detectors and photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSS). PCSS made from these materials operating in both the linear and non-linear modes have applications such as firing sets, as drivers for lasers, and in high impedance, low current Q-switches or Pockels cells. In the non-linear mode, it has also been used in a system to generate Ultra-Wideband (UWB) High Power Microwaves (HPM). The choice of GaAs over silicon offers the advantage that its material properties allow for fast, repetitive switching action. Furthermore photoconductive switches have advantages over conventional switches such as improved jitter, better impedance matching, compact size, and in some cases, lower laser energy requirement for switching action. The rise time of the PCSS is an important parameter that affects the maximum energy transferred to the load and it depends, in addition to other parameters, on the bias or the average field across the switch. High field operation has been an important goal in PCSS research. Due to surface flashover or premature material breakdown at higher voltages, most PCSS, especially those used in high power operation, need to operate well below the inherent breakdown voltage of the material. The lifetime or the total number of switching operations before breakdown, is another important switch parameter that needs to be considered for operation at high bias conditions. A lifetime of {approximately} 10{sup 4} shots has been reported for PCSS's used in UWB-HPM generation [5], while it has exceeded 10{sup 8} shots for electro-optic drivers. Much effort is currently

  3. Cascaded Orientation-Patterned Gallium Arsenide Optical Parametric Oscillator for Improved Longwave Infrared Conversion Efficiency (United States)

    Feaver, Ryan K.

    Optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) utilizing quasi-phase matched materials offer an appealing alternative to direct laser sources. Quasi-phase matched materials provide a useful alternative to traditional birefringent nonlinear optical materials and through material engineering, higher nonlinear coefficients can now be accessed. Orientation patterned gallium arsenide (OPGaAs) is an ideal material because of its broad IR transmission and large nonlinear coefficient. In contrast to ferroelectric materials, such as lithium niobate, where the pattern is fabricated through electric poling, zincblende materials, like OPGaAs, are grown epitaxially with the designed pattern. Generating longwave output from a much shorter pump wavelength, however, is relatively inefficiency due to the large quantum defect when compared to similar devices operating in the 3 - 5 mum regime. One method to increase pump to idler conversion efficiency is to recycle the undesired and higher energy signal photons into additional idler photons via a second nonlinear stage. An external amplifier stage can be utilized, where the signal and idler from the OPO are sent to a second nonlinear crystal in which the idler is amplified at the expense of the signal. Alternatively, the second crystal can be placed within the original OPO cavity where the signal from the first-stage acts as the pump for the second crystal and the resonant intensity of the signal is higher. Pumping the second crystal within the OPO should lead to higher conversion efficiency into the longwave idler. The grating period needed for the second crystal to use the signal from the first crystal to produce additional idler has the fortuitous advantage that it will not phase match to the original pump wavelength, avoiding unwanted nonlinear interactions. Therefore, a simple linear cavity can be utilized where the pump from the first-stage will simply propagate through the second crystal without undesired results. Without this feature

  4. Fast and Selective Preconcentration of Europium from Wastewater and Coal Soil by Graphene Oxide/Silane@Fe3O4 Dendritic Nanostructure. (United States)

    Patra, Santanu; Roy, Ekta; Madhuri, Rashmi; Sharma, Prashant K


    In this study, nanocomposite of graphene oxide and silane modified magnetic nanoparticles (silane@Fe3O4) were synthesized in a form of dendritic structure. For this, silane@Fe3O4 nanoparticle gets sandwiched between two layers of graphene oxide by chemical synthesis route. The synthesized dendritic structure was used as a monomer for synthesis of europium ion imprinted polymer. The synthesis of imprinted polymer was contemplated onto the surface of the vinyl group modified silica fiber by activated generated free radical atom-transfer radical polymerization, that is, AGET-ATRP technique. The synthesized dendritic monomer was characterized by XRD, FT-IR, VSM, FE-SEM, and TEM analyses. The imprinted polymer modified silica fiber was first validated in the aqueous and blood samples for successful extraction and detection of europium ion with limit of detection = 0.050 pg mL(-1) (signal/noise = 3). The imprinted polymer modified silica fiber was also used for preconcentration and separation of europium metal ion from various soil samples of coal mine areas. However, the same silica fiber was also used for wastewater treatment and shows 100% performance for europium removal. The findings herein suggested that dendritic nanocomposite could be potentially used as a highly effective material for the enrichment and preconcentration of europium or other trivalent lanthanides/actinides in nuclear waste management.

  5. Development of europium doped core-shell silica cobalt ferrite functionalized nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging. (United States)

    Kevadiya, Bhavesh D; Bade, Aditya N; Woldstad, Christopher; Edagwa, Benson J; McMillan, JoEllyn M; Sajja, Balasrinivasa R; Boska, Michael D; Gendelman, Howard E


    The size, shape and chemical composition of europium (Eu3+) cobalt ferrite (CFEu) nanoparticles were optimized for use as a "multimodal imaging nanoprobe" for combined fluorescence and magnetic resonance bioimaging. Doping Eu3+ ions into a CF structure imparts unique bioimaging and magnetic properties to the nanostructure that can be used for real-time screening of targeted nanoformulations for tissue biodistribution assessment. The CFEu nanoparticles (size ∼7.2nm) were prepared by solvothermal techniques and encapsulated into poloxamer 407-coated mesoporous silica (Si-P407) to form superparamagnetic monodisperse Si-CFEu nanoparticles with a size of ∼140nm. Folic acid (FA) nanoparticle decoration (FA-Si-CFEu, size ∼140nm) facilitated monocyte-derived macrophage (MDM) targeting. FA-Si-CFEu MDM uptake and retention was higher than seen with Si-CFEu nanoparticles. The transverse relaxivity of both Si-CFEu and FA-Si-CFEu particles were r2=433.42mM-1s-1 and r2=419.52mM-1s-1 (in saline) and r2=736.57mM-1s-1 and r2=814.41mM-1s-1 (in MDM), respectively. The results were greater than a log order-of-magnitude than what was observed at replicate iron concentrations for ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) particles (r2=31.15mM-1s-1 in saline) and paralleled data sets obtained for T2 magnetic resonance imaging. We now provide a developmental opportunity to employ these novel particles for theranostic drug distribution and efficacy evaluations. A novel europium (Eu3+) doped cobalt ferrite (Si-CFEu) nanoparticle was produced for use as a bioimaging probe. Its notable multifunctional, fluorescence and imaging properties, allows rapid screening of future drug biodistribution. Decoration of the Si-CFEu particles with folic acid increased its sensitivity and specificity for magnetic resonance imaging over a more conventional ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide particles. The future use of these particles in theranostic tests will serve as a platform for

  6. Tuning Eu{sup 3+} emission in europium sesquioxide films by changing the crystalline phase

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    Mariscal, A., E-mail: [Laser Processing Group, Instituto de Óptica, CSIC, C/ Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Quesada, A. [Ceramics for Smart Systems Group, Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, C/ Kelsen 5, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Camps, I. [Laser Processing Group, Instituto de Óptica, CSIC, C/ Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Palomares, F.J. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, C/ Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 3, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Fernández, J.F. [Ceramics for Smart Systems Group, Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, C/ Kelsen 5, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Serna, R. [Laser Processing Group, Instituto de Óptica, CSIC, C/ Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid (Spain)


    Highlights: • PLD production of high quality europium sesquioxide (Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}) films. • The deposition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} capping and/or buffer layers modifies the crystallization for Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} films upon annealing. • The formation of cubic or monoclinic phases can be favored. • Eu{sup 3+} emission tuning is achieved as a consequence of crystal field effects. - Abstract: We report the growth of europium sesquioxide (Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}) thin films by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) in vacuum at room temperature from a pure Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramic bulk target. The films were deposited in different configurations formed by adding capping and/or buffer layers of amorphous aluminum oxide (a-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}). The optical properties, refractive index and extinction coefficient of the as deposited Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers were obtained. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements were done to assess its chemical composition. Post-deposition annealing was performed at 500 °C and 850 °C in air in order to achieve the formation of crystalline films and to accomplish photoluminescence emission. According to the analysis of X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra, cubic and monoclinic phases were formed. It is found that the relative amount of the phases is related to the different film configurations, showing that the control over the crystallization phase can be realized by adequately designing the structures. All the films showed photoluminescence emission peaks (under excitation at 355 nm) that are attributed to the intra 4f-transitions of Eu{sup 3+} ions. The emission spectral shape depends on the crystalline phase of the Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer. Specifically, changes in the hypersensitive {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 2} emission confirm the strong influence of the crystal field effect on the Eu{sup 3+} energy levels.

  7. Highly efficient precipitation of phosphoproteins using trivalent europium, terbium, and erbium ions

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    Guezel, Yueksel; Rainer, Matthias; Mirza, Munazza Raza; Bonn, Guenther K. [Leopold-Franzens University, Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Innsbruck (Austria)


    This study describes a highly efficient method for the selective precipitation of phosphoproteins by trivalent europium, terbium, and erbium metal ions. These metal cations belong to the group of lanthanides and are known to be hard acceptors with an overwhelming preference for oxygen-containing anions such as phosphates to which they form very tight ionic bonds. The method could be successfully applied to specifically precipitate phosphoproteins from complex samples including milk and egg white by forming solid metal-protein complexes. Owing to the low solubility product of the investigated lanthanide salts, the produced metal-protein complexes showed high stability. The protein pellets were extensively washed to remove nonphosphorylated proteins and contaminants. For the analysis of proteins the pellets were first dissolved in 30 % formic acid and subjected to matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) MS. For peptide mass-fingerprint analysis the precipitated phosphoproteins were enzymatically digested using microwave-assisted digestion. The method was found to be highly specific for the isolation and purification of phosphoproteins. Protein quantification was performed by colorimetric detection of total precipitated phosphoproteins and revealed more than 95 % protein recovery for each lanthanide salt. (orig.)

  8. Effects of europium polyoxometalate encapsulated in silica nanoparticles (nanocarriers) in soil invertebrates (United States)

    Bicho, Rita C.; Soares, Amadeu M. V. M.; Nogueira, Helena I. S.; Amorim, Mónica J. B.


    Polyoxometalates (POMs) are metal oxo clusters that have been investigated for several applications in material sciences, catalysis, and biomedicine; these gained increasing interest in the field of nanotechnology as nanocarriers for drug delivery. Associated to the increasing applications, there is the need for information regarding the effects on the environment of these compounds, which is completely absent in the literature. In the present study, the effects of europium polyoxometalates encapsulated into silica nanoparticles (Eu-POM/SiO2 NPs) were assessed on the soil representative Enchytraeus crypticus. The individual materials were also assessed (Eu-POMs and SiO2 NPs). Toxicity was evaluated in various test media with increasing complexity: water, soil/water extracts, and soil. Toxicity was only observed for Eu-POM/SiO2 NPs and in the presence of soil components. Despite the fact that effects were observed for concentrations higher than current predicted environmental concentration (PEC), attention should be given to the growing use of these compounds. The present study shows the importance of assessing the effects in soil media, also compared to water. Moreover, results of "no effect" are critically needed and often unpublished. The present study can contribute to the improvement of the OECD guidelines for safety of manufactured nanomaterials on environmental toxicity in the soil compartment providing an improved test alternative.

  9. Spectral Interferences Manganese (Mn) - Europium (Eu) Lines in X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Spectrum (United States)

    Tanc, Beril; Kaya, Mustafa; Gumus, Lokman; Kumral, Mustafa


    X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry is widely used for quantitative and semi quantitative analysis of many major, minor and trace elements in geological samples. Some advantages of the XRF method are; non-destructive sample preparation, applicability for powder, solid, paste and liquid samples and simple spectrum that are independent from chemical state. On the other hand, there are some disadvantages of the XRF methods such as poor sensitivity for low atomic number elements, matrix effect (physical matrix effects, such as fine versus course grain materials, may impact XRF performance) and interference effect (the spectral lines of elements may overlap distorting results for one or more elements). Especially, spectral interferences are very significant factors for accurate results. In this study, semi-quantitative analyzed manganese (II) oxide (MnO, 99.99%) was examined. Samples were pelleted and analyzed with XRF spectrometry (Bruker S8 Tiger). Unexpected peaks were obtained at the side of the major Mn peaks. Although sample does not contain Eu element, in results 0,3% Eu2O3 was observed. These result can occur high concentration of MnO and proximity of Mn and Eu lines. It can be eliminated by using correction equation or Mn concentration can confirm with other methods (such as Atomic absorption spectroscopy). Keywords: Spectral Interferences; Manganese (Mn); Europium (Eu); X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Spectrum.

  10. Performance of fluorescent europium(III) nanoparticles and colloidal gold reporters in lateral flow bioaffinity assay. (United States)

    Juntunen, Etvi; Myyryläinen, Tiina; Salminen, Teppo; Soukka, Tero; Pettersson, Kim


    Lateral flow (LF) immunoassays (i.e., immunochromatographic assays) have traditionally been applied to analytes that do not require very high analytical sensitivity or quantitative results. The selection of potential analytes is often limited by the performance characteristics of the assay technology. Analytes with more demanding sensitivity requirements call for reporter systems enabling high analytical sensitivity. In this study, we systematically compared the performance of fluorescent europium(III) [Eu(III)] chelate dyed polystyrene nanoparticles and colloidal gold particles in lateral flow assays. The effect of time-resolved measurement mode was also studied. Because binder molecules used in immunoassays might not behave similarly when conjugated to different reporter particles, two model assays were constructed to provide reliable technical comparison of the two reporter systems. The comparative experiment demonstrated that the fluorescent nanoparticles yielded 7- and 300-fold better sensitivity compared with colloidal gold in the two test systems, respectively. Although the two reporter particles may induce variable effects using individual binders, overall the high specific activity of Eu(III) nanoparticles has superior potential over colloidal gold particles for the development of robust high-sensitivity bioaffinity assays. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Carbon nanotube-loaded Nafion film electrochemical sensor for metal ions: europium. (United States)

    Wang, Tingting; Zhao, Daoli; Guo, Xuefei; Correa, Jaime; Riehl, Bill L; Heineman, William R


    A Nafion film loaded with novel catalyst-free multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was used to modify a glassy carbon (GC) electrode to detect trace concentrations of metal ions, with europium ion (Eu(3+)) as a model. The interaction between the sidewalls of MWCNTs and the hydrophobic backbone of Nafion allows the MWCNTs to be dispersed in Nafion, which was then coated as a thin film on the GC electrode surface. The electrochemical response to Eu(3+) was found to be ∼10 times improved by MWCNT concentrations between 0.5 and 2 mg/mL, which effectively expanded the electrode surface into the Nafion film and thereby reduced the diffusion distance of Eu(3+) to the electrode surface. At low MWCNT concentrations of 0.25 and 0.5 mg/mL, no significant improvement in signal was obtained compared with Nafion alone. Scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were used to characterize the structure of the MWCNT-Nafion film, followed by electrochemical characterization with Eu(3+) via cyclic voltammetry and preconcentration voltammetry. Under the optimized conditions, a linear range of 1-100 nM with a calculated detection limit of 0.37 nM (signal/noise = 3) was obtained for determination of Eu(3+) by Osteryoung square-wave voltammetry after a preconcentration time of 480 s.

  12. Effects of europium polyoxometalate encapsulated in silica nanoparticles (nanocarriers) in soil invertebrates

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    Bicho, Rita C., E-mail:; Soares, Amadeu M.V.M. [Universidade de Aveiro, Departamento de Biologia & CESAM (Portugal); Nogueira, Helena I.S. [Universidade de Aveiro, Departamento de Química & CICECO (Portugal); Amorim, Mónica J.B. [Universidade de Aveiro, Departamento de Biologia & CESAM (Portugal)


    Polyoxometalates (POMs) are metal oxo clusters that have been investigated for several applications in material sciences, catalysis, and biomedicine; these gained increasing interest in the field of nanotechnology as nanocarriers for drug delivery. Associated to the increasing applications, there is the need for information regarding the effects on the environment of these compounds, which is completely absent in the literature. In the present study, the effects of europium polyoxometalates encapsulated into silica nanoparticles (Eu-POM/SiO{sub 2} NPs) were assessed on the soil representative Enchytraeus crypticus. The individual materials were also assessed (Eu-POMs and SiO{sub 2} NPs). Toxicity was evaluated in various test media with increasing complexity: water, soil/water extracts, and soil. Toxicity was only observed for Eu-POM/SiO{sub 2} NPs and in the presence of soil components. Despite the fact that effects were observed for concentrations higher than current predicted environmental concentration (PEC), attention should be given to the growing use of these compounds. The present study shows the importance of assessing the effects in soil media, also compared to water. Moreover, results of “no effect” are critically needed and often unpublished. The present study can contribute to the improvement of the OECD guidelines for safety of manufactured nanomaterials on environmental toxicity in the soil compartment providing an improved test alternative.


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    R. O. Pysh'ev


    Full Text Available The paper deals with research of formation characteristics of silver nanoparticles in fluorophosphate glasses 0.25 Na2O - 0.5 P2O5 - 0.10 Ga2O3 - 0.075 AlF3 - 0.025 NaF - 0.05 ZnF2 doped with EuF3 (0.8 and 4 wt.% and without them. The synthesis was carried out in closed glassy carbon crucibles in argon atmosphere. Nanoparticles were formed after a low temperature process of Ag+ → Na+ ion-exchange (320 °C and subsequent heat treatment. It was shown that in the initial glasses doped with EuF3, rare earth ions exist in two valence forms (Eu2+ and Eu3+ in dynamic equilibrium and the concentration of Eu2+ increases proportionally to the total concentration of fluoride. It was shown that sizes of molecular clusters or metal nanoparticles depend on the concentration of europium fluoride and duration of ion exchange. The metallic Ag-nanoparticles sizes were defined for different times of heat treatment and ion exchange. The possibility of the stimulating growth of nanoparticles through the introduction of additional EuF3 in the glass was proved. The possibility of obtaining nanoparticles without the heat treatment in glasses with a high concentration of EuF3 was shown. Chemical mechanism for the formation of Ag-nanoparticles during the ion exchange was suggested.

  14. Nanoparticles in the zirconia-europium niobate system via hydrothermal route. (United States)

    Hirano, Masanori; Dozono, Hayato


    The effect of the composition on the hydrothermal formation, structure, and properties of nanocrystalline luminescent materials in the zirconia (ZrO2)-europium niobate 1/4(Eu3NbO7) system was investigated. In the composition range 40 particles with crystallite size 6.0-7.6 nm that were hydrothermally formed from the precursor solutions of NbCl5, ZrOCI2, and EuCl3 under weakly basic conditions at 240 degrees C showed cubic structure. The lattice parameter when estimated as a single cubic phase linearly decreased as the concentration of ZrO2 increased. The presence of zirconia component effectively promoted the formation of nanocrystals containing the niobate, Eu3NbO7 under hydrothermal condition. The nanocrystalline particles could be excited by ultraviolet light 395 nm (f-f transition) and emitted orange (590 nm) and red light (610 nm) corresponding to 5D0 --> 7F1 and 5D0 --> 7F2 transitions of Eu3+, respectively. The intensity of the electric dipole transition (5D0 --> 7F2) that was expressed in values relative to the magnetic dipole transition (5D0 --> 7F1) increased with increased heat-treatment temperature in the range from 950 to 1200 degrees C.

  15. Photoluminescence of monocrystalline and stain-etched porous silicon doped with high temperature annealed europium

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    Guerrero-Lemus, R; Montesdeoca-Santana, A; Gonzalez-Diaz, B; Diaz-Herrera, B; Hernandez-Rodriguez, C; Jimenez-Rodriguez, E [Departamento de Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna (ULL), Avenida AstrofIsico Francisco Sanchez, 2. 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Velazquez, J J, E-mail: [Departamento de Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna (ULL), Avenida Astrofisico Francisco Sanchez, 2. 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)


    In this work, for the first time, the photoluminescent emission and excitation spectra of non-textured layers and stain-etched porous silicon layers (PSLs) doped with high temperature annealed europium (Eu) are evaluated. The PSLs are evaluated as a host for rare earth ions and as an antireflection coating. The applied doping process, which consists in a simple impregnation method followed by a high-temperature annealing step, is compatible with the standard processes in the fabrication of solar cells. The results show down-shifting processes with a maximum photoluminescent intensity at 615 nm, related to the transition {sup 5}D{sub 0} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 2}. Different initial concentrations of Eu(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} are evaluated to study the influence of the rare earth concentration on the photoluminescent intensity. The chemical composition and the morphology of Eu-doped PSLs are examined by means of x-ray dispersion spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. These Eu-doped layers are considered to be applied as energy converters in silicon-based third generation solar cells.

  16. Europium (III) and Uranium (VI) complexation by natural organic matter (NOM): Effect of source. (United States)

    Kautenburger, Ralf; Sander, Jonas M; Hein, Christina


    For the safe long-term storage of high-level radioactive waste (HLW), detailed information about geo-chemical behavior of radioactive and toxic metal ions under environmental conditions is important. Natural organic matter (NOM) can play a crucial role in the immobilization or mobilization of these metal ions due to its complexation and colloid formation tendency. In this study, the complexation of europium (as chemical homologue of trivalent actinides such as americium) and uranium (as main component of HLW) by ten humic acids (HA) from different sources and Suwannee NOM river extract has been analyzed. Capillary electrophoresis in combination with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry has been used for the evaluation of complex stability constants log β. In order to determine the complex stability constants a conservative single site model was used in this study. In dependence of their source and thus of NOM structure the log β values for the analyzed humic acids are in the range of 6.1-7.0 for Eu(III) and 5.2-6.4 for U(VI) (UO 2 2+ ), respectively. In contrast to the results for HA the used Suwannee river NOM reveals log β values in the range of nearly two orders of magnitude lower (4.6 for Eu 3+ and 4.5 for UO 2 2+ ) under the geochemical conditions applied in this study. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Europium incorporated into titanium oxide by the sol-gel method

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    Lucas Alonso Rocha


    Full Text Available In this work titanium sol was prepared from tetraethylorthotitanate (TEOT in ethanol, stabilized with beta-diketonate 2,4 pentanedione in molar ratio 1:1 homogenized by magnetic stirring, europium ion was add as structural probe. The xerogels were heat treated at 500, 750 and 1000 °C and the characterization was realized by x-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA/DSC and photoluminescence (PL. The excitation spectra of Eu (III ion present maximum in 394 nm correspondent to 5L6 level and emission spectra present bands characteristic transitions arising from the 5 D0 -> 7F J (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 manifolds to samples treat at 500 and 750 °C. The Eu (III emission disappear, when heated at 1000 °C, probably due to phase transition anatase to rutile and migrations of ions to the external surface that was proved by x-ray diffraction, transmission electronic microscopy and the thermogravimetric analyses of xerogels.

  18. Luminescence studies on the europium doped strontium metasilicate phosphor prepared by solid state reaction method

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    Ishwar Prasad Sahu


    Full Text Available Europium doped strontium meta-silicate (namely SrSiO3:Eu3+ phosphor was prepared by a high temperature solid state reaction method. The sintered SrSiO3:Eu3+ phosphor possesses a monoclinic structure by the XRD. Energy dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDS confirms the presence of elements in the desired sample. Thermoluminescence (TL kinetic parameters such as activation energy (E, order of kinetics (b, and frequency factor (s were calculated by the peak shape method. The orange–red emission was shown to originate from the 5D0–7FJ (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 transitions of Eu3+ ions as the sample was excited at 396 nm. The SrSiO3:Eu3+ phosphor with almost pure orange-red color purity (99.62% shows the quantum efficiency of 10.2% (excited by 396 nm, which is higher than those of commercial red phosphors Y2O3:Eu3+ and Y2O2S:Eu3+ with quantum efficiencies of 9.6% (excited by 394 nm and 4.2% (excited by 395 nm, respectively. Mechanoluminescence (ML intensity of the SrSiO3:Eu3+ phosphor was also found to increase linearly with increasing the impact velocity of the moving piston, suggesting that the discussed phosphor can be used as a stress sensor.

  19. Europium Luminescence Used for Logic Gate and Ions Sensing with Enoxacin As the Antenna. (United States)

    Lu, Lixia; Chen, Chuanxia; Zhao, Dan; Sun, Jian; Yang, Xiurong


    Luminescent lanthanide ion complexes have received increasing attention because of their unique optical properties. Herein, we discovered that the luminescence of europium(III) (Eu(3+)) could be regulated by Ag(+) and SCN(-) in seconds with enoxacin (ENX) as the antenna. Under given conditions, only the simultaneous introduction of Ag(+) and SCN(-) could remarkably enhance the luminescence intensity of Eu(3+)-ENX complexes. This phenomenon has been exploited to design an "AND" logic gate and specific luminescence turn-on assays for sensitively sensing Ag(+) and SCN(-) for the first time. Furthermore, the addition of S(2-) resulted in efficient luminescence quenching of the Eu(3+)/ENX/Ag(+)/SCN(-) system due to the strong affinity between Ag(+) and S(2-). Thus, a new luminescent sensing platform for S(2-) was established, which exhibited excellent selectivity and high sensitivity. S(2-) could be detected within the concentration range of 100 nM to 12.5 μM with a detection limit of 60 nM. Such sensing system features simplicity, rapidity, and flexibility. Moreover, this proposed Eu(3+)-based luminescent assay could be successfully applied in the real environmental water sample analysis.

  20. Radiation effects on beta 10.6 of pure and europium doped KCl (United States)

    Grimes, H. H.; Maisel, J. E.; Hartford, R. H.


    Changes in the optical absorption coefficient as a result of X-ray and electron bombardment of pure KCl (monocrystalline and polycrystalline), and divalent europium doped polycrystalline KCl were determined. The optical absorption coefficients were measured by a constant heat flow calorimetric method. Both 300 KV X-irradiation and 2 MeV electron irradiation produced significant increases in beta 10.6, measured at room temperature. The X-irradiation of pure moncrystalline KCl increased beta 10.6 by 0.005/cm for a 113 MR dose. For an equivalent dose, 2 MeV electrons were found less efficient in changing beta 10.6. However, electron irradiation of pure and Eu-doped polycrystalline KCl produced marked increases in adsorption. Beta increased to over 0.25/cm in Eu-doped material for a 30 x 10 to the 14th power electrons/sq cm dose, a factor of 20 increase over unirradiated material. Moreover, bleaching the electron irradiated doped KCl with 649 m light produced and additional factor of 1.5 increase. These findings will be discussed in light of known defect-center properties in KCl.

  1. Accelerating the clearance of mutant huntingtin protein aggregates through autophagy induction by europium hydroxide nanorods. (United States)

    Wei, Peng-Fei; Zhang, Li; Nethi, Susheel Kumar; Barui, Ayan Kumar; Lin, Jun; Zhou, Wei; Shen, Yi; Man, Na; Zhang, Yun-Jiao; Xu, Jing; Patra, Chitta Ranjan; Wen, Long-Ping


    Autophagy is one of the well-known pathways to accelerate the clearance of protein aggregates, which contributes to the therapy of neurodegenerative diseases. Although there are numerous reports that demonstrate the induction of autophagy with small molecules including rapamycin, trehalose and lithium, however, there are few reports mentioning the clearance of aggregate-prone proteins through autophagy induction by nanoparticles. In the present article, we have demonstrated that europium hydroxide [Eu(III)(OH)3] nanorods can reduce huntingtin protein aggregation (EGFP-tagged huntingtin protein with 74 polyQ repeats), responsible for neurodegenerative diseases. Again, we have found that these nanorods induce authentic autophagy flux in different cell lines (Neuro 2a, PC12 and HeLa cells) through the expression of higher levels of characteristic autophagy marker protein LC3-II and degradation of selective autophagy substrate/cargo receptor p62/SQSTM1. Furthermore, depression of protein aggregation clearance through the autophagy blockade has also been observed by using specific inhibitors (wortmannin and chloroquine), indicating that autophagy is involved in the degradation of huntingtin protein aggregation. Since [Eu(III)(OH)3] nanorods can enhance the degradation of huntingtin protein aggregation via autophagy induction, we strongly believe that these nanorods would be useful for the development of therapeutic treatment strategies for various neurodegenerative diseases in near future using nanomedicine approach. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. High-resolution Thermal Micro-imaging Using Europium Chelate Luminescent Coatings. (United States)

    Benseman, Timothy M; Hao, Yang; Vlasko-Vlasov, Vitalii K; Welp, Ulrich; Koshelev, Alexei E; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Divan, Ralu; Keiser, Courtney; Watanabe, Chiharu; Kadowaki, Kazuo


    Micro-electronic devices often undergo significant self-heating when biased to their typical operating conditions. This paper describes a convenient optical micro-imaging technique which can be used to map and quantify such behavior. Europium thenoyltrifluoroacetonate (EuTFC) has a 612 nm luminescence line whose activation efficiency drops strongly with increasing temperature, due to T-dependent interactions between the Eu3+ ion and the organic chelating compound. This material may be readily coated on to a sample surface by thermal sublimation in vacuum. When the coating is excited with ultraviolet light (337 nm) an optical micro-image of the 612 nm luminescent response can be converted directly into a map of the sample surface temperature. This technique offers spatial resolution limited only by the microscope optics (about 1 micron) and time resolution limited by the speed of the camera employed. It offers the additional advantages of only requiring comparatively simple and non-specialized equipment, and giving a quantitative probe of sample temperature.

  3. In vivo synthesis of europium selenide nanoparticles and related cytotoxicity evaluation of human cells. (United States)

    Kim, Eun Bee; Seo, Ji Min; Kim, Gi Wook; Lee, Sang Yup; Park, Tae Jung


    Nanotechnology strives to combine new materials for development of noble nanoparticles. As the nanoparticles exhibit unique optical, electronic, and magnetic properties depending on their composition, developing safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly technologies for the synthesis have become an important issue. In this study, in vivo synthesis of europium selenide (EuSe) nanoparticles was performed using recombinant Escherichia coli cells expressing heavy-metal binding proteins, phytochelatin synthase and metallothionein. The formation of EuSe nanoparticles was confirmed by using UV-vis spectroscopy, spectrofluorometry, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray and transmission electron microscopy. The synthesized EuSe nanoparticles exhibited high fluorescence intensities as well as strong magnetic properties. Furthermore, anti-cancer effect of EuSe nanoparticles against cancer cell lines was investigated. This strategy for the biogenic synthesis of nanoparticles has a great potential as bioimaging tools and drug carrying agents in biomedical fields due to its simplicity and nontoxicity. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Circularly Polarized Luminescence in Enantiopure Europium and Terbium Complexes with Modular, All-Oxygen Donor Ligands (United States)

    Seitz, Michael; Do, King; Ingram, Andrew J.; Moore, Evan G.; Muller, Gilles; Raymond, Kenneth N.


    Abstract: Circulaly polarized luminescence from terbium(III) complexed and excited by chiral antenna ligands gives strong emission The modular synthesis of three new octadentate, enantiopure ligands are reported - one with the bidentate chelating unit 2-hydroxyisophthalamide (IAM) and two with 1-hydroxy-2-pyridinone (1,2-HOPO) units. A new design principle is introduced for the chiral, non-racemic hexamines which constitute the central backbones for the presented class of ligands. The terbium(III) complex of the IAM ligand, as well as the europium(III) complexes of the 1,2-HOPO ligands are synthesized and characterized by various techniques (NMR, UV, CD, luminescence spectroscopy). All species exhibit excellent stability and moderate to high luminescence efficiency (quantum yields ΦEu = 0.05–0.08 and ΦTb = 0.30–0.57) in aqueous solution at physiological pH. Special focus is put onto the properties of the complexes in regard to circularly polarized luminescence (CPL). The maximum luminescence dissymmetry factors (glum) in aqueous solution are high with |glum|max = 0.08 – 0.40. Together with the very favorable general properties (good stability, high quantum yields, long lifetimes), the presented lanthanide complexes can be considered as good candidates for analytical probes based on CPL in biologically relevant environments. PMID:19639983

  5. Complexation and molecular modeling studies of europium(III)-gallic acid-amino acid complexes. (United States)

    Taha, Mohamed; Khan, Imran; Coutinho, João A P


    With many metal-based drugs extensively used today in the treatment of cancer, attention has focused on the development of new coordination compounds with antitumor activity with europium(III) complexes recently introduced as novel anticancer drugs. The aim of this work is to design new Eu(III) complexes with gallic acid, an antioxida'nt phenolic compound. Gallic acid was chosen because it shows anticancer activity without harming health cells. As antioxidant, it helps to protect human cells against oxidative damage that implicated in DNA damage, cancer, and accelerated cell aging. In this work, the formation of binary and ternary complexes of Eu(III) with gallic acid, primary ligand, and amino acids alanine, leucine, isoleucine, and tryptophan was studied by glass electrode potentiometry in aqueous solution containing 0.1M NaNO3 at (298.2 ± 0.1) K. Their overall stability constants were evaluated and the concentration distributions of the complex species in solution were calculated. The protonation constants of gallic acid and amino acids were also determined at our experimental conditions and compared with those predicted by using conductor-like screening model for realistic solvation (COSMO-RS) model. The geometries of Eu(III)-gallic acid complexes were characterized by the density functional theory (DFT). The spectroscopic UV-visible and photoluminescence measurements are carried out to confirm the formation of Eu(III)-gallic acid complexes in aqueous solutions. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Luminescent single-walled carbon nanotube-sensitized europium nanoprobes for cellular imaging (United States)

    Avti, Pramod K; Sitharaman, Balaji


    Lanthanoid-based optical probes with excitation wavelengths in the ultra-violet (UV) range (300–325 nm) have been widely developed as imaging probes. Efficient cellular imaging requires that lanthanoid optical probes be excited at visible wavelengths, to avoid UV damage to cells. The efficacy of europium-catalyzed single-walled carbon nanotubes (Eu-SWCNTs), as visible nanoprobes for cellular imaging, is reported in this study. Confocal fluorescence microscopy images of breast cancer cells (SK-BR-3 and MCF-7) and normal cells (NIH 3T3), treated with Eu-SWCNT at 0.2 μg/mL concentration, showed bright red luminescence after excitation at 365 nm and 458 nm wavelengths. Cell viability analysis showed no cytotoxic effects after the incubation of cells with Eu-SWCNTs at this concentration. Eu-SWCNT uptake is via the endocytosis mechanism. Labeling efficiency, defined as the percentage of incubated cells that uptake Eu-SWCNT, was 95%–100% for all cell types. The average cellular uptake concentration was 6.68 ng Eu per cell. Intracellular localization was further corroborated by transmission electron microscopy and Raman microscopy. The results indicate that Eu-SWCNT shows potential as a novel cellular imaging probe, wherein SWCNT sensitizes Eu3+ ions to allow excitation at visible wavelengths, and stable time-resolved red emission. The ability to functionalize biomolecules on the exterior surface of Eu-SWCNT makes it an excellent candidate for targeted cellular imaging. PMID:22619533

  7. Europium(III) DOTA-derivatives having ketone donor pendant arms display dramatically slower water exchange (United States)

    Green, Kayla N.; Viswanathan, Subha; Rojas-Quijano, Federico A.; Kovacs, Zoltan; Sherry, A. Dean


    A series of new 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-derivatives having a combination of amide and ketone donor groups as side-arms were prepared and their complexes with europium(III) studied in detail by high resolution NMR spectroscopy. The chemical shift of the Eu3+-bound water resonance, the chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) characteristics of the complexes, and the bound water residence lifetimes (τm) were found to vary dramatically with the chemical structure of the side-arms. Substitution of ketone oxygen donor atoms for amide oxygen donor atoms resulted in an increase in residence water lifetimes (τm) and a decrease in chemical shift of the Eu3+-bound water molecule (Δω). These experimental results along with density functional theory (DFT) calculations demonstrate that introduction of weakly donating oxygen atoms in these complexes results in a much weaker ligand field, more positive charge on the Eu3+ ion and an increased water residence lifetime as expected for a dissociative mechanism. These results provide new insights into the design of paramagnetic CEST agents with even slower water exchange kinetics that will make them more efficient for in vivo imaging applications. PMID:21306137

  8. Urinary monitoring of exposure to yttrium, scandium, and europium in male Wistar rats. (United States)

    Kitamura, Yasuhiro; Usuda, Kan; Shimizu, Hiroyasu; Fujimoto, Keiichi; Kono, Rei; Fujita, Aiko; Kono, Koichi


    On the assumption that rare earth elements (REEs) are nontoxic, they are being utilized as replacements of toxic heavy metals in novel technological applications. However, REEs are not entirely innocuous, and their impact on health is still uncertain. In the past decade, our laboratory has studied the urinary excretion of REEs in male Wistar rats given chlorides of europium, scandium, and yttrium solutions by one-shot intraperitoneal injection or oral dose. The present paper describes three experiments for the suitability and appropriateness of a method to use urine for biological monitoring of exposure to these REEs. The concentrations of REEs were determined in cumulative urine samples taken at 0-24 h by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy, showing that the urinary excretion of REEs is <2 %. Rare earth elements form colloidal conjugates in the bloodstream, which make high REEs accumulation in the reticuloendothelial system and glomeruli and low urinary excretion. The high sensitivity of inductively coupled plasma-argon emission spectrometry analytical methods, with detection limits of <2 μg/L, makes urine a comprehensive assessment tool that reflects REE exposure. The analytical method and animal experimental model described in this study will be of great importance and encourage further discussion for future studies.

  9. Europium Luminescence: Electronic Densities and Superdelocalizabilities for a Unique Adjustment of Theoretical Intensity Parameters (United States)

    Dutra, José Diogo L.; Lima, Nathalia B. D.; Freire, Ricardo O.; Simas, Alfredo M.


    We advance the concept that the charge factors of the simple overlap model and the polarizabilities of Judd-Ofelt theory for the luminescence of europium complexes can be effectively and uniquely modeled by perturbation theory on the semiempirical electronic wave function of the complex. With only three adjustable constants, we introduce expressions that relate: (i) the charge factors to electronic densities, and (ii) the polarizabilities to superdelocalizabilities that we derived specifically for this purpose. The three constants are then adjusted iteratively until the calculated intensity parameters, corresponding to the 5D0→7F2 and 5D0→7F4 transitions, converge to the experimentally determined ones. This adjustment yields a single unique set of only three constants per complex and semiempirical model used. From these constants, we then define a binary outcome acceptance attribute for the adjustment, and show that when the adjustment is acceptable, the predicted geometry is, in average, closer to the experimental one. An important consequence is that the terms of the intensity parameters related to dynamic coupling and electric dipole mechanisms will be unique. Hence, the important energy transfer rates will also be unique, leading to a single predicted intensity parameter for the 5D0→7F6 transition.

  10. Structural and spectroscopic analyses of europium doped yttrium oxyfluoride powders prepared by combustion synthesis

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    Rakov, Nikifor [PG-Ciência dos Materiais, Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco, 48902-300 Juazeiro, BA (Brazil); Guimarães, R. B.; Maciel, Glauco S. [Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal Fluminense, 24210-346 Niterói, RJ (Brazil); Lozano B, W. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil)


    A facile widely spread technique employed to produce low-cost high-yield oxide powders, combustion synthesis, was used to prepare yttrium oxyfluoride crystalline ceramic powders. The structure of the powders was analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction and Rietveld refinement. Samples heat treated at 700 °C had a predominance of vernier orthorhombic Y{sub 6}O{sub 5}F{sub 8} phase, while samples heat treated at 800 °C crystallized in stoichiometric rhombohedral YOF phase. The samples were doped with luminescent europium trivalent ions (Eu{sup 3+}) in different concentrations (1–15 wt.%) and Judd-Ofelt theory was used to probe the distortion from the inversion symmetry of the local crystal field and the degree of covalency between the rare-earth ion and the surrounding ligands. The luminescence lifetime was measured and the luminescence quantum efficiency (LQE) was estimated. We observed that Eu{sup 3+}:Y{sub 6}O{sub 5}F{sub 8} samples presented higher LQE in spite of the larger local crystal field anisotropy found for Eu{sup 3+}:YOF samples.

  11. Synthesis, photophysics, electrochemistry, thermal stability and electroluminescent performances of a new europium complex with bis(β-diketone) ligand containing carbazole group. (United States)

    Liu, Jian; Liang, Quan-Bin; Wu, Hong-Bin


    We synthesized a new europium complex [Eu(ecbpd)3 (Phen)] with bis(β-diketone) ligand containing a carbazole group, in which ecbpd and Phen are dehydro-3,3'-(9-ethyl-9H-carbazole-3,6-diyl)bis(1-phenylpropane-1,3-dione) and 1,10-phenanthroline, respectively. Its UV/vis and photoluminescent spectra, quantum yield, luminescence lifetime, electrochemistry, thermal stability and electroluminescent performances were studied. This europium complex showed low efficiency luminescence, which is probably due to the mismatching energy levels of its ligand and Eu3+ , as well as the double Eu3+ core resonance. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  12. Europium (III) PVC membrane sensor based on N-pyridine-2-carboxamido-8-aminoquinoline as a sensing material

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    Zamani, Hassan Ali, E-mail: [Department of Applied Chemistry, Quchan branch, Islamic Azad University, Quchan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kamjoo, Rahman [Department of Applied Chemistry, Quchan branch, Islamic Azad University, Quchan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mohammadhosseini, Majid [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Shahrood Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrood (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zaferoni, Mojdeh; Rafati, Zynab [Department of Applied Chemistry, Quchan branch, Islamic Azad University, Quchan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ganjali, Mohammad Reza [Center of Excellence in Electrochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Faridbod, Farnoush [Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Meghdadi, Soraia [Department of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Conductometric study in acetonitrile solution shows the selectivity of PCQ toward europium ion. Therefore, a new europium PVC membrane electrode was prepared based on N-pyridine-2-carboxamido-8-aminoquinoline (PCQ) as an ion carrier. The electrode has a wide concentration range from 1.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -2} and 1.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} mol L{sup -1}, Nernstian slope of 19.8 {+-} 0.3 mV per decade and a detection limit of 6.4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7} mol L{sup -1}. The potentiometric response is pH independent in the range of 2.4-7.4. The proposed sensor has a relatively fast response time less than 10 s and it can be used for at least 2 months without any considerable divergence in its potentials. The proposed electrode revealed good selectivity toward europium ion in comparison with variety of other metal ions. The practical utility of the electrodes has been demonstrated by their use as indicator electrodes in the potentiometric titration of Eu{sup 3+} ions with EDTA and for determination of Eu{sup 3+} ion concentration in mixtures of two and three different ions. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new ion carrier is introduced to preparation of a selective sensor for Eu{sup 3+} ions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This technique is very simple and it's not necessary to use sophisticated equipment. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The novelty of this work is the high affinity of the ionophore toward the Eu{sup 3+} ions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sensor is superior to the formerly reported Eu{sup 3+} sensors in terms of selectivity.

  13. A novel tridentate bis(phosphinic acid)phosphine oxide based europium(III)-selective Nafion membrane luminescent sensor. (United States)

    Sainz-Gonzalo, F J; Popovici, C; Casimiro, M; Raya-Barón, A; López-Ortiz, F; Fernández, I; Fernández-Sánchez, J F; Fernández-Gutiérrez, A


    A new europium(III) membrane luminescent sensor based on a new tridentate bis(phosphinic acid)phosphine oxide (3) system has been developed. The synthesis of this new ligand is described and its full characterization by NMR, IR and elemental analyses is provided. The luminescent complex formed between europium(III) chloride and ligand 3 was evaluated in solution, observing that its spectroscopic and chemical characteristics are excellent for measuring in polymer inclusion membranes. Included in a Nafion membrane, all the parameters (ligand and ionic additives) that can affect the sensitivity and selectivity of the sensing membrane as well as the instrumental conditions were carefully optimized. The best luminescence signal (λexc = 229.06 nm and λem = 616.02 nm) was exhibited by the sensing film having a Nafion : ligand composition of 262.3 : 0.6 mg mL(-1). The membrane sensor showed a short response time (t95 = 5.0 ± 0.2 min) and an optimum working pH of 5.0 (25 mM acetate buffer solution). The membrane sensor manifested a good selectivity toward europium(III) ions with respect to other trivalent metals (iron, chromium and aluminium) and lanthanide(III) ions (lanthanum, samarium, terbium and ytterbium), although a small positive interference of terbium(III) ions was observed. It provided a linear range from 1.9 × 10(-8) to 5.0 × 10(-6) M with a very low detection limit (5.8 × 10(-9) M) and sensitivity (8.57 × 10(-7) a.u. per M). The applicability of this sensing film has been demonstrated by analyzing different kinds of spiked water samples obtaining recovery percentages of 95-97%.

  14. Point defects and electric compensation in gallium arsenide single crystals; Punktdefekte und elektrische Kompensation in Galliumarsenid-Einkristallen

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    Kretzer, Ulrich


    In the present thesis the point-defect budget of gallium arsenide single crystals with different dopings is studied. It is shown, in which way the concentration of the single point defects depende on the concentration of the dopants, the stoichiometry deviation, and the position of the Fermi level. For this serve the results of the measurement-technical characterization of a large number of samples, in the fabrication of which these parameters were directedly varied. The main topic of this thesis lies in the development of models, which allow a quantitative description of the experimentally studied electrical and optical properties of gallium arsenide single crystals starting from the point-defect concentrations. Because from point defects charge carriers can be set free, their concentration determines essentially the charge-carrier concentration in the bands. In the ionized state point defects act as scattering centers for free charge carriers and influence by this the drift mobility of the charge carriers. A thermodynamic modeling of the point-defect formation yields statements on the equilibrium concentrations of the point defects in dependence on dopant concentration and stoichiometry deviation. It is show that the electrical properties of the crystals observed at room temperature result from the kinetic suppression of processes, via which the adjustment of a thermodynamic equilibrium between the point defects is mediated. [German] In der vorliegenden Arbeit wird der Punktdefekthaushalt von Galliumarsenid-Einkristallen mit unterschiedlichen Dotierungen untersucht. Es wird gezeigt, in welcher Weise die Konzentration der einzelnen Punktdefekte von der Konzentration der Dotierstoffe, der Stoechiometrieabweichung und der Lage des Ferminiveaus abhaengen. Dazu dienen die Ergebnisse der messtechnischen Charakterisierung einer grossen Anzahl von Proben, bei deren Herstellung diese Parameter gezielt variiert wurden. Der Schwerpunkt der Arbeit liegt in der Entwicklung

  15. A Responsive Europium(III) Chelate that Provides a Direct Readout of pH by MRI (United States)

    Wu, Yunkou; Soesbe, Todd C.; Kiefer, Garry E.; Zhao, Piyu; Sherry, A. Dean


    A europium(III) DO3A-tris(amide) complex is reported for imaging pH by MRI using ratiometric CEST principles. Deprotonation of a single phenolic proton between pH 6 and 7.6 results in an ~5 ppm shift in the water exchange CEST peak that is easily detected by MRI. Collection of two CEST images at two slightly different activation frequencies provides a direct readout of solution pH without the need of a concentration marker. PMID:20853833

  16. Spectroscopic properties and luminescence behaviour of europium doped lithium borate glasses

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    Anjaiah, J., E-mail: [Department of Physics, The University of Dodoma, Tanzania, East Africa (Tanzania, United Republic of); Department of Physics, Geethanjali College of Engineering and Technology, Keesara, RR Dist., Hyderabad 501 301 (India); Laxmikanth, C. [Department of Physics, The University of Dodoma, Tanzania, East Africa (Tanzania, United Republic of); Veeraiah, N. [Department of Physics, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, Guntur 522 510, AP. (India)


    Li{sub 2}O–MO–B{sub 2}O{sub 3} (MO=ZnO, CaO and CdO) glasses doped with europium are prepared by using the melt quenching technique to study their absorption and luminescence properties to understand their lasing potentialities. The XRD pattern of the glasses confirmed the amorphous nature and the IR spectra reveal the presence of BO{sub 3} and BO{sub 4} units in the glass network. Judd–Ofelt intensity parameters Ω{sub λ} (λ=2, 4, 6) are evaluated from the intensities of various absorption bands of optical absorption spectra. The J–O parameters have been used to calculate transition probabilities (A), lifetime (τ{sub R}), branching ratios (β{sub R}) and stimulated emission cross-section (σ{sub P}) for the {sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub J} (J=1–4) transitions of the Eu{sup 3+} ions. The decay from the {sup 5}D{sub 0} level of Eu{sup 3+} ions in these glasses has been measured and analysed. Branching ratios and stimulated emission cross-sections measured for all these glasses show that the {sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub 1} transition under investigation has the potential for laser applications. The high stimulated emission cross-section and branching ratios from the present glasses suggests their potential for infra red lasers. The study of the thermoluminescence is also carried out and the data suggests that the CdBEu glass is suitable for thermoluminescence emission output among the three Eu{sup 3+} doped glasses.

  17. Size-dependent cytotoxicity of europium doped NaYF{sub 4} nanoparticles in endothelial cells

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    Chen, Shizhu; Zhang, Cuimiao; Jia, Guang; Duan, Jianlei; Wang, Shuxiang, E-mail:; Zhang, Jinchao, E-mail:


    Lanthanide-doped sodium yttrium fluoride (NaYF{sub 4}) nanoparticles exhibit novel optical properties which make them be widely used in various fields. The extensive applications increase the chance of human exposure to these nanoparticles and thus raise deep concerns regarding their riskiness. In the present study, we have synthesized europium doped NaYF{sub 4} (NaYF{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+}) nanoparticles with three diameters and used endothelial cells (ECs) as a cell model to explore the potential toxic effect. The cell viability, cytomembrane integrity, cellular uptake, intracellular localization, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), apoptosis detection, caspase-3 activity and expression of inflammatory gene were studied. The results indicated that these nanoparticles could be uptaken into ECs and decrease the cell viability, induce the intracellular lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release, increase the ROS level, and decrease the cell MMP in a size-dependent manner. Besides that, the cells were suffered to apoptosis with the caspase-3 activation, and the inflammation specific gene expressions (ICAM1 and VCAM1) were also increased. Our results suggest that the damage pathway may be related to the ROS generation and mitochondrial damage. The results provide novel evidence to elucidate their toxicity mechanisms and may be helpful for more rational applications of these compounds in the future. - Highlights: • NaYF{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} nanoparticles with three diameters have been synthesized. • NaYF{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} nanoparticles could be uptaken by endothelial cells (ECs). • NaYF{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} nanoparticles show a significant cytotoxicity on ECs. • The size of NaYF{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} nanoparticles may be important to their toxicology effect.

  18. Two-dimensional high spatial-resolution dosimeter using europium doped potassium chloride: a feasibility study (United States)

    Li, H. Harold; Driewer, Joseph P.; Han, Zhaohui; Low, Daniel A.; Yang, Deshan; Xiao, Zhiyan


    Recent research has shown that KCl:Eu2+ has great potential for use in megavoltage radiation therapy dosimetry because this material exhibits excellent storage performance and is reusable due to strong radiation hardness. This work reports the authors’ attempts to fabricate 2D KCl:Eu2+ storage phosphor films (SPFs) using both a physical vapor deposition (PVD) method and a tape casting method. X ray diffraction analysis showed that a 10 µm thick PVD sample was composed of highly crystalline KCl. No additional phases were observed, suggesting that the europium activator had completed been incorporated into the KCl matrix. Photostimulated luminescence and photoluminescence spectra suggested that F (Cl-) centers were the electron storage centers post×ray irradiation and that Eu2+ cations acted as luminescence centers in the photostimulation process. The 150-µm thick casted KCl:Eu2+ SPF showed sub-millimeter spatial resolution. Monte Carlo simulations further demonstrated that the admixture of 20% KCl:Eu2+ and 80% low Z polymer binder exhibited almost no energy dependence in a 6 MV beam. KCl:Eu2+ pellet samples showed a large dynamic range from 0.01 cGy to 60 Gy dose-to-water, and saturated at approximately 500 Gy as a result of KCl’s intrinsic high radiation hardness. Taken together, this work provides strong evidence that KCl:Eu2+ based SPF with associated readout apparatus could result in a novel electronic film system that has all the desirable features associated with classic radiographic film and, importantly, water equivalence and the capability of permanent identification of each detector. PMID:24651448

  19. A Novel Europium Chelate Coated Nanosphere for Time-Resolved Fluorescence Immunoassay (United States)

    Shen, Yifeng; Xu, Shaohan; He, Donghua


    A novel europium ligand 2, 2’, 2’’, 2’’’-(4, 7-diphenyl-1, 10-phenanthroline-2, 9-diyl) bis (methylene) bis (azanetriyl) tetra acetic acid (BC-EDTA) was synthesized and characterized. It shows an emission spectrum peak at 610 nm when it is excited at 360 nm, with a large Stock shift (250 nm). It is covalently coated on the surface of a bare silica nanosphere containi free amino groups, using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride and N-Hydroxysuccinimide. We also observed an interesting phenomenon that when BC-EDTA is labeled with a silica nanosphere, the chelate shows different excitation spectrum peaks of about 295 nm. We speculate that the carboxyl has a significant influence on its excitation spectrum. The BC-EDTA/Eu3+coated nanosphere could be used as a fluorescent probe for time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay. We labeled the antibody with the fluorescent nanosphere to develop a nanosphere based hepatitis B surface antigen as a time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay reagent, which is very easy to operate and eliminates potential contamination of Eu3+ contained in the environment. The analytical and functional sensitivities are 0.0037 μg/L and 0.08 μg/L (S/N≥2.0) respectively. The detection range is 0.08-166.67 μg/L, which is much wider than that of ELISA (0.2-5μg/L). It is comparable to the commercial dissociation-enhanced lanthanide fluoro-immunoassay system (DELFIA) reagents (0.2-145μg/L). We propose that it can fulfill clinical applications. PMID:26056826

  20. A Novel Europium Chelate Coated Nanosphere for Time-Resolved Fluorescence Immunoassay.

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    Yifeng Shen

    Full Text Available A novel europium ligand 2,2',2'',2'''-(4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-diyl bis (methylene bis (azanetriyl tetra acetic acid (BC-EDTA was synthesized and characterized. It shows an emission spectrum peak at 610 nm when it is excited at 360 nm, with a large Stock shift (250 nm. It is covalently coated on the surface of a bare silica nanosphere containi free amino groups, using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl carbodiimide hydrochloride and N-Hydroxysuccinimide. We also observed an interesting phenomenon that when BC-EDTA is labeled with a silica nanosphere, the chelate shows different excitation spectrum peaks of about 295 nm. We speculate that the carboxyl has a significant influence on its excitation spectrum. The BC-EDTA/Eu3+coated nanosphere could be used as a fluorescent probe for time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay. We labeled the antibody with the fluorescent nanosphere to develop a nanosphere based hepatitis B surface antigen as a time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay reagent, which is very easy to operate and eliminates potential contamination of Eu3+ contained in the environment. The analytical and functional sensitivities are 0.0037 μg/L and 0.08 μg/L (S/N≥2.0 respectively. The detection range is 0.08-166.67 μg/L, which is much wider than that of ELISA (0.2-5 μg/L. It is comparable to the commercial dissociation-enhanced lanthanide fluoro-immunoassay system (DELFIA reagents (0.2-145 μg/L. We propose that it can fulfill clinical applications.

  1. TOF SIMS analysis and generation of white photoluminescence from strontium silicate codoped with europium and terbium

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    Tshabalala, Modiehi A.; Swart, Hendrik C.; Ntwaeaborwa, Odireleng M., E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P.O Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300 South Africa (South Africa)


    White light emitting terbium (Tb{sup 3+}) and europium (Eu{sup 3+}) codoped strontium silicate (Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}) phosphors were prepared by a solid state reaction process. The structure, particle morphology, chemical composition, ion distribution, photoluminescence (PL), and decay characteristics of the phosphors were analyzed by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), and PL spectroscopy, respectively. The XRD data showed that our Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} composed of two phases, namely, β-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} and α′-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}, and the α′-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} phase was more prominent than the β-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} phase. The SEM micrographs showed that the particles were agglomerated together and they did not have definite shapes. All ions (i.e., negative and positive) present in our materials were identified by TOF-SIMS. In addition, the chemical imaging performed with the TOF-SIMS demonstrated how the individual ions including the dopants (Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}) were distributed in the host lattice. White photoluminescence was observed when the Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} phosphor was excited at 239 nm using a monochromatized xenon lamp as the excitation source. The phosphor exhibited fast decay lifetimes implying that it is not a good candidate for long afterglow applications.

  2. Thermoluminescence of europium-doped zinc oxide exposed to beta particle irradiation

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    Iriqui R, J. L.; Cruz V, C. [Universidad de Sonora, Departamento de Investigacion en Polimeros y Materiales, Apdo. Postal 130, 83000 Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico); Bernal, R. [Universidad de Sonora, Departamento de Investigacion en Fisica, Apdo. Postal 5-088, 83000 Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico); Castano, V. M., E-mail: [UNAM, Instituto de Fisica, Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Apdo. Postal 1-1010, 76000 Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico)


    Full text: Zn O is a promising material for a range of optoelectronics applications, due to its direct wide band gap (E{sub g} ∼3.3 eV at 300 K) and large exciton binding energy (60 MeV). Its applications include UV light emitters, varistors, surface acoustic wave devices, piezoelectric transducers, and chemical and gas sensing. Rare-earth activation of phosphors has long been seen as an effective process since coupling energy into the rare-earth-ion site, either by ionization, charge exchange or a resonance energy process, results in light production. It is reported that Europium modifies the response thermoluminescence (Tl) for pure zinc oxide, when is irradiated with X-ray, created a peak at 365 degrees C. In this work, Zn O:Eu phosphors were synthesized by a chemical method. Some samples were exposed to beta particle irradiation for doses ranging from 1 up to 100 Gy. Tl response as a function of dose is linear throughout the studied dose range. The glow curve exhibits three maxima, centered at 176, 279 and 340 degrees C. The reusability studies obtained after ten repeated cycles of annealing irradiation readout for the Zn O:Eu shows that the variation in the Tl response is ten percent and tends to stabilization. The results indicate that these new Zn O:Eu phosphors are promising detectors and dosimeters for beta radiation. The structural and morphological characterization was carried out by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. (Author)

  3. A novel three-jet microreactor for localized metal-organic chemical vapour deposition of gallium arsenide: design and simulation (United States)

    Konakov, S. A.; Krzhizhanovskaya, V. V.


    We present a novel three-jet microreactor design for localized deposition of gallium arsenide (GaAs) by low-pressure Metal-Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition (MOCVD) for semiconductor devices, microelectronics and solar cells. Our approach is advantageous compared to the standard lithography and etching technology, since it preserves the nanostructure of the deposited material, it is less time-consuming and less expensive. We designed two versions of reactor geometry with a 10-micron central microchannel for precursor supply and with two side jets of a dilutant to control the deposition area. To aid future experiments, we performed computational modeling of a simplified-geometry (twodimensional axisymmetric) microreactor, based on Navier-Stokes equations for a laminar flow of chemically reacting gas mixture of Ga(CH3)3-AsH3-H2. Simulation results show that we can achieve a high-rate deposition (over 0.3 μm/min) on a small area (less than 30 μm diameter). This technology can be used in material production for microelectronics, optoelectronics, photovoltaics, solar cells, etc.

  4. A final report for Gallium arsenide P-I-N detectors for high-sensitivity imaging of thermal neutrons

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    Vernon, S M


    This SBIR Phase I developed neutron detectors made FR-om gallium arsenide (GaAs) p-type/ intrinsic/n-type (P-I-N) diodes grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) onto semi-insulating (S1) bulk GaAs wafers. A layer of isotonically enriched boron-10 evaporated onto the FR-ont surface serves to convert incoming neutrons into lithium ions and a 1.47 MeV alpha particle which creates electron-hole pairs that are detected by the GaAs diode. Various thicknesses of ''intrinsic'' (I) undoped GaAs were tested, as was use of a back-surface field (BSF) formed FR-om a layer of Al sub x Ga sub 1 sub - sub x As. Schottky-barrier diodes formed FR-om the same structures without the p+ GaAs top layer were tested as a comparison. After mesa etching and application of contacts, devices were tested in visible light before application of the boron coating. Internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of the best diode near the GaAs bandedge is over 90%. The lowest dark current measured is 1 x 10 sup - sup 1 sup 2 amps at -1 V o...

  5. Non-local exchange correlation functionals impact on the structural, electronic and optical properties of III-V arsenides

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    Anua, N. Najwa


    Exchange correlation (XC) energy functionals play a vital role in the efficiency of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, more soundly in the calculation of fundamental electronic energy bandgap. In the present DFT study of III-arsenides, we investigate the implications of XC-energy functional and corresponding potential on the structural, electronic and optical properties of XAs (X = B, Al, Ga, In). Firstly we report and discuss the optimized structural lattice parameters and the band gap calculations performed within different non-local XC functionals as implemented in the DFT-packages: WIEN2k, CASTEP and SIESTA. These packages are representative of the available code in ab initio studies. We employed the LDA, GGA-PBE, GGA-WC and mBJ-LDA using WIEN2k. In CASTEP, we employed the hybrid functional, sX-LDA. Furthermore LDA, GGA-PBE and meta-GGA were employed using SIESTA code. Our results point to GGA-WC as a more appropriate approximation for the calculations of structural parameters. However our electronic bandstructure calculations at the level of mBJ-LDA potential show considerable improvements over the other XC functionals, even the sX-LDA hybrid functional. We report also the optical properties within mBJ potential, which show a nice agreement with the experimental measurements in addition to other theoretical results. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of barium titanate, doped with europium and neodymium; Sintese e caracterizacao de titanato de bario, dopados com europio e neodimio

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    Sousa, Fernanda L.C.; Cabral, Alciney M.; Silva, Ademir O.; Oliveiro, Joao B.L., E-mail: [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal (Brazil). Instituto de Quimica


    This work aims at synthesize and characterize mixed oxides in Barium Titanium matrix in doping with Neodymium and Europium analyzing thermogravimetric curves, characteristic bands at infrared region of the polymer complex, which are intermediates to mixed oxides, and identify the formation thereof, and the crystallinity using XRD analysis.

  7. Stability constants of the Europium complexes with the chloride ions; Constantes de estabilidad de los complejos del europio con los iones cloruro

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    Jimenez R, M.; Solache R, M.; Rojas H, A. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de Quimica, A.P. 18-1027, C.P. 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    The stability constants of lanthanides complexes with chloride ions which were determined at the same ionic force but in different media, are significantly different. It does not exist a systematic study over these stability constants. The purpose of this work is to determine the stability constants of the europium complexes with chloride ions at 303 K, by the solvents extraction method. (Author)

  8. LA-ICP-MS Allows Quantitative Microscopy of Europium-Doped Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and is a Possible Alternative to Ambiguous Prussian Blue Iron Staining. (United States)

    Scharlach, Constantin; Müller, Larissa; Wagner, Susanne; Kobayashi, Yuske; Kratz, Harald; Ebert, Monika; Jakubowski, Norbert; Schellenberger, Eyk


    The development of iron oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications requires accurate histological evaluation. Prussian blue iron staining is widely used but may be unspecific when tissues contain substantial endogenous iron. Here we tested whether microscopy by laser ablation coupled to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) is sensitive enough to analyze accumulation of very small iron oxide particles (VSOP) doped with europium in tissue sections. For synthesis of VSOP, a fraction of Fe3+ (5 wt%) was replaced by Eu3+, resulting in particles with 0.66 mol% europium relative to iron (Eu-VSOP) but with otherwise similar properties as VSOP. Eu-VSOP or VSOP was intravenously injected into ApoE-/- mice on Western cholesterol diet and accumulated in atherosclerotic plaques of these animals. Prussian blue staining was positive for ApoE-/- mice with particle injection but also for controls. LA-ICP-MS microscopy resulted in sensitive and specific detection of the europium of Eu-VSOP in liver and atherosclerotic plaques. Furthermore, calibration with Eu-VSOP allowed calculation of iron and particle concentrations in tissue sections. The combination of europium-doped iron oxide particles and LA-ICP-MS microscopy provides a new tool for specific and quantitative analysis of particle distribution at the tissue level and allows correlation with other elements such as endogenous iron.

  9. Novel Time-Resolved Fluorescence Europium Nanoparticle Immunoassay for Detection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 Group O Viruses Using Microplate and Microchip Platforms. (United States)

    Haleyur Giri Setty, Mohan Kumar; Liu, Jikun; Mahtani, Prerna; Zhang, Panhe; Du, Bingchen; Ragupathy, Viswanath; Devadas, Krishnakumar; Hewlett, Indira K


    Accurate detection and quantification of HIV-1 group O viruses have been challenging for currently available HIV assays. We have developed a novel time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) europium nanoparticle immunoassay for HIV-1 group O detection using a conventional microplate enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and a microchip platform. We screened several antibodies for optimal reactivity with several HIV-1 group O strains and identified antibodies that can detect all the strains of HIV-1 group O that were available for testing. The antibodies were used to develop a conventional ELISA format assay and an in-house developed europium nanoparticle-based assay for sensitivity. The method was evaluated on both microwell plate and microchip platforms. We identified two specific and sensitive antibodies among the six we screened. The antibodies, C65691 and ANT-152, were able to quantify 15 and detect all 17 group O viruses, respectively, as they were broadly cross-reactive with all HIV-1 group O strains and yielded better signals compared with other antibodies. We have developed a sensitive assay that reflects the actual viral load in group O samples by using an appropriate combination of p24 antibodies that enhance group O detection and a highly sensitive TRF-based europium nanoparticle for detection. The combination of ANT-152 and C65690M in the ratio 3:1 was able to give significantly higher signals in our europium-based assay compared with using any single antibody.

  10. Lanthanide-to-lanthanide energy-transfer processes operating in discrete polynuclear complexes: can trivalent europium be used as a local structural probe? (United States)

    Zaïm, Amir; Eliseeva, Svetlana V; Guénée, Laure; Nozary, Homayoun; Petoud, Stéphane; Piguet, Claude


    This work, based on the synthesis and analysis of chemical compounds, describes a kinetic approach for identifying intramolecular intermetallic energy-transfer processes operating in discrete polynuclear lanthanide complexes, with a special emphasis on europium-containing entities. When all coordination sites are identical in a (supra)molecular complex, only heterometallic communications are experimentally accessible and a Tb → Eu energy transfer could be evidenced in [TbEu(L5)(hfac)6] (hfac = hexafluoroacetylacetonate), in which the intermetallic separation amounts to 12.6 Å. In the presence of different coordination sites, as found in the trinuclear complex [Eu3(L2)(hfac)9], homometallic communication can be induced by selective laser excitation and monitored with the help of high-resolution emission spectroscopy. The narrow and non-degenerated character of the Eu((5)D0 ↔ (7)F0) transition excludes significant spectral overlap between donor and acceptor europium cations. Intramolecular energy-transfer processes in discrete polynuclear europium complexes are therefore limited to short distances, in agreement with the Fermi golden rule and with the kinetic data collected for [Eu3(L2)(hfac)9] in the solid state and in solution. Consequently, trivalent europium can be considered as a valuable local structural probe in discrete polynuclear complexes displaying intermetallic separation in the sub-nanometric domain, a useful property for probing lanthanido-polymers. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Optical isomers of N,N′-bis(1-phenylethyl)-2,6-pyridinedicarboxamide coordinated to europium(III) ions as reliable circularly polarized luminescence calibration standards† (United States)

    Bonsall, Steven D.; Houcheime, Mona; Straus, Daniel A.; Muller, Gilles


    The synthesis of two optical isomers of N,N′-bis(1-phenylethyl)-2,6-pyridinedicarboxamide and the constant circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) activity of their acetonitrile trivalent europium complex solutions over a long period of time open new perspectives for performing accurate routine CPL calibration tests at low cost. PMID:17728891

  12. Photoluminescence behavior of europium (III) complexes containing 1-(4-tert-butylphenyl)-3-(2-naphthyl)-propane-1,3-dione ligand. (United States)

    Wang, Dunjia; Zheng, Chunyang; Fan, Ling; Hu, Yanjun; Zheng, Jing


    Three novel europium complexes with 1-(4-tert-butylphenyl)-3-(2-naphthyl)-propane-1,3-dione (TNPD) and 2,2-dipyridine (Bipy) or 1,10-phenan-throline (Phen) were synthesized and confirmed by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, UV-vis absorption and elemental analysis. Photoluminescence behavior of complexes Eu(TNPD)3, Eu(TNPD)3·Bipy and Eu(TNPD)3·Phen were investigated in detail. Their emission spectra exhibited the characteristic emission bands that arise from the (5)D0→(7)FJ (J=0-4) transitions of the europium ion in solid state. Meanwhile, the results of their lifetime decay curves indicated that only one chemical environment existed around the europium ion. The intrinsic luminescence quantum efficiency (η) and the experimental intensity parameters (Ωt) of europium complexes were determined according to the emission spectra and luminescence decay curves in solid state. The complex Eu(TNPD)3·Phen showed much longer lifetime (τ) and higher luminescence quantum efficiency (η) than complexes Eu(TNPD)3 and Eu(TNPD)3·Bipy. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Synthesis, crystal structure and photophysical properties of europium(III) and terbium(III) complexes with pyridine-2,6-dicarboxamide

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    Tanase, S.; Gallego, P.M.; Gelder, R. de; Fu, W.T.


    The reactions of pyridine-2,6-dicarboxamide with europium(III) and terbium(III) triflates led to the formation of mononuclear complexes of formula [Ln(pcam)(3)](CF3SO3)(3) (Ln = Eu 1, Tb 2; pcam stands for pyridine-2,6-dicarboxamide). From single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, the complexes

  14. Structural investigation and photoluminescent properties of gadolinium(III), europium(III) and terbium(III) 3-mercaptopropionate complexes. (United States)

    Souza, E R; Mazali, I O; Sigoli, F A


    This work reports on the synthesis, crystallographic determination and spectroscopic characterization of gadolinium(III), terbium(III) and europium(III) 3-mercaptopropionate complexes, aqua-tris(3-mercaptopropionate)lanthanide(III)--[Ln(mpa)3(H2O)]. The Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters were experimentally determined from emission spectrum of the [Eu(mpa)3(H2O)]complex and they were also calculated from crystallographic data. The complexes are coordination polymers, where the units of each complex are linked together by carboxylate groups leading to an unidimensional and parallel chains that by chemical interactions form a tridimensional framework. The emission spectrum profile of the [Eu(mpa)3(H2O)] complex is discussed based on point symmetry of the europium(III) ion, that explains the bands splitting observed in its emission spectrum. Photoluminescent analysis of the [Gd(mpa)3(H2O)] complex show no efficient ligand excitation but an intense charge transfer band. The excitation spectra of the [Eu(mpa)3(H2O)] and [Tb(mpa)3(H2O)] complexes do not show evidence of energy transfer from the ligand to the excited levels of these trivalent ions. Therefore the emission bands are originated only by direct f-f intraconfigurational excitation of the lantanide(III) ions.

  15. Simple preparation of fluorescent composite films based on cerium and europium doped LaF3 nanoparticles (United States)

    Secco, Henrique de L.; Ferreira, Fabio F.; Péres, Laura O.


    The combination of materials to form hybrids with unique properties, different from those of the isolated components, is a strategy used to prepare functional materials with improved properties aiming to allow their application in specific fields. The doping of lanthanum fluoride with other rare earth elements is used to obtain luminescent particles, which may be useful to the manufacturing of electronic devices' displays and biological markers, for instance. The application of the powder of nanoparticles has limitations in some fields; to overcome this, the powder may be incorporated in a suitable polymeric matrix. In this work, lanthanum fluoride nanoparticles, undoped and doped with cerium and europium, were synthesized through the co-precipitation method in aqueous solution. Aiming the formation of solid state films, composites of nanoparticles in an elastomeric matrix, the nitrile rubber (NBR), were prepared. The flexibility and the transparency of the matrix in the regions of interest are advantages for the application of the luminescent composites. The composites were applied as films using the casting and the spin coating techniques and luminescent materials were obtained in the samples doped with europium and cerium. Scanning electron microscopy images showed an adequate dispersion of the particles in the matrix in both film formation techniques. Aggregates of the particles were detected in the samples which may affect the uniformity of the emission of the composites.

  16. A microwave-assisted solution combustion synthesis to produce europium-doped calcium phosphate nanowhiskers for bioimaging applications. (United States)

    Wagner, Darcy E; Eisenmann, Kathryn M; Nestor-Kalinoski, Andrea L; Bhaduri, Sarit B


    Biocompatible nanoparticles possessing fluorescent properties offer attractive possibilities for multifunctional bioimaging and/or drug and gene delivery applications. Many of the limitations with current imaging systems center on the properties of the optical probes in relation to equipment technical capabilities. Here we introduce a novel high aspect ratio and highly crystalline europium-doped calcium phosphate nanowhisker produced using a simple microwave-assisted solution combustion synthesis method for use as a multifunctional bioimaging probe. X-ray diffraction confirmed the material phase as europium-doped hydroxyapatite. Fluorescence emission and excitation spectra and their corresponding peaks were identified using spectrofluorimetry and validated with fluorescence, confocal and multiphoton microscopy. The nanowhiskers were found to exhibit red and far red wavelength fluorescence under ultraviolet excitation with an optimal peak emission of 696 nm achieved with a 350 nm excitation. Relatively narrow emission bands were observed, which may permit their use in multicolor imaging applications. Confocal and multiphoton microscopy confirmed that the nanoparticles provide sufficient intensity to be utilized in imaging applications. Copyright © 2013 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Europium nanoparticle-based simple to perform dry-reagent immunoassay for the detection of hepatitis B surface antigen. (United States)

    Talha, Sheikh M; Salminen, Teppo; Juntunen, Etvi; Spangar, Anni; Gurramkonda, Chandrasekhar; Vuorinen, Tytti; Khanna, Navin; Pettersson, Kim


    Hepatitis B infection, caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV), presents a huge global health burden. Serological diagnosis of HBV mainly relies on the detection of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). Although there are high sensitivity commercial HBsAg enzyme immunoassays (EIAs) available, many low-resource laboratories lacking trained technicians continue to use rapid point-of-care assays with low sensitivities for HBsAg detection, due to their simplicity to operate. We developed a time-resolved fluorometric dry-reagent HBsAg immunoassay which meets the detection limit of high sensitivity EIAs but is simple to operate. To develop the assay, anti-HBsAg monoclonal antibody coated on europium nanoparticles was dried atop of biotinylated anti-HBsAg polyclonal antibody immobilized on streptavidin-coated microtiter wells. To test a sample in dry-reagent assay, serum sample and assay buffer were added to the wells, incubated, washed and europium signals were measured. The assay showed a detection limit of 0.25 ng/ml using HBsAg spiked in serum sample. When evaluated with 24 HBV positive and 37 negative serum samples, assay showed 100% sensitivity and specificity. Assay wells are stable for at least 26 weeks when stored at 4°C, and can tolerate elevated temperatures of up to 35°C for two weeks. The developed assay has high potential to be used in low-resource laboratories. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Bright mono-aqua europium complexes based on triazacyclononane that bind anions reversibly and permeate cells efficiently. (United States)

    Butler, Stephen J; McMahon, Brian K; Pal, Robert; Parker, David; Walton, James W


    A series of five europium(III) complexes has been prepared from heptadentate N5O2 ligands that possess a brightness of more than 10 mM(-1) cm(-1) in water, following excitation over the range λ=330-355 nm. Binding of several oxy anions has been assessed by emission spectral titrimetric analysis, with the binding of simple carboxylates, lactate and citrate involving a common ligation mode following displacement of the coordinated water. Selectivity for bicarbonate allows the rapid determination of this anion in human serum, with K(d)=37 mM (295 K). The complexes are internalised quickly into mammalian cells and exhibit a mitochondrial localisation at early time points, migrating after a few hours to reveal a predominant lysosomal distribution. Herein, we report the synthesis and complexation behaviour of strongly emissive europium (III) complexes that bind oxy-anions in aqueous media with an affinity and selectivity profile that is distinctively different from previously studied systems. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Highly luminescent charge-neutral europium(iii) and terbium(iii) complexes with tridentate nitrogen ligands. (United States)

    Senthil Kumar, Kuppusamy; Schäfer, Bernhard; Lebedkin, Sergei; Karmazin, Lydia; Kappes, Manfred M; Ruben, Mario


    We report on the synthesis of tridentate-nitrogen pyrazole-pyridine-tetrazole (L(1)H) and pyrazole-pyridine-triazole (L(2)H) ligands and their complexation with lanthanides (Ln = Gd(iii), Eu(iii) and Tb(iii)) resulting in stable, charge-neutral complexes Ln(L(1))3 and Ln(L(2))3, respectively. X-ray crystallographic analysis of the complexes with L(1) ligands revealed tricapped trigonal coordination geometry around the lanthanide ions. All complexes show bright photoluminescence (PL) in the solid state, indicating efficient sensitization of the lanthanide emission via the triplet states of the ligands. In particular, the terbium complexes show high PL quantum yields of 65 and 59% for L(1) and L(2), respectively. Lower PL efficiencies of the europium complexes (7.5 and 9%, respectively) are attributed to large energy gaps between the triplet states of the ligands and accepting levels of Eu(iii). The triplet state energy can be reduced by introducing an electron withdrawing (EW) group at the 4 position of the pyridine ring. Such substitution of L(1)H with a carboxylic ester (COOMe) EW group leads to a europium complex with increased PL quantum yield of 31%. A comparatively efficient PL of the complexes dissolved in ethanol indicates that the lanthanide ions are shielded against nonradiative deactivation via solvent molecules.

  20. Highly Sensitive Luminescence Assessment of Bile Acid Using a Balofloxacin-Europium(III) Probe in Micellar Medium

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    Cai, Huan; Zhao, Fang; Si, Hailin; Zhang, Shuaishuai; Wang, Chunchun; Qi, Peirong [Shihezi Univ., Shihezi (China)


    A novel and simple method of luminescence enhancement effect for the determination of trace amounts of bile acid was proposed. The procedure was based on the luminescence intensity of the balofloxacin-europium(III) complex that could be strongly enhanced by bile acid in the presence of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS). Under the optimum conditions, the enhanced luminescence intensity of the system exhibited a good linear relationship with the bile acid concentration in the range 5.0 Χ 10{sup -9} - 7.0 Χ 10{sup -7} mol L{sup -1} with a detection limit of 1.3 Χ 10{sup -9} mol L.1 (3σ). The relative standard deviation (RSD) was 1.7% (n = 11) for 5.0 Χ 10{sup -8} mol L{sup -1} bile acid. The applicability of the method to the determination of bile acid was demonstrated by investigating the effect of potential interferences and by analyzing human serum and urine samples. The possible enhancement mechanism of luminescence intensity in balofloxacin-europium(III)-bile acid-SDBS system was also discussed briefly.

  1. Investigation of the influence of silver and tin on the luminescence of trivalent europium ions in glass

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    Jimenez, J.A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez, PR 00681 (United States); Lysenko, S. [Department of Physics, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez, PR 00681 (Puerto Rico); Liu, H., E-mail: hliu@uprm.ed [Department of Physics, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez, PR 00681 (Puerto Rico); Fachini, E.; Cabrera, C.R. [Center for Nanoscale Materials, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR 00931 (Puerto Rico)


    Europium-doped aluminophosphate glasses prepared by the melt-quenching technique have been studied by photoluminescence (PL) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The effects of silver and tin doping, and of further thermal processing on Eu{sup 3+} ions luminescence have been assessed. For the glass system containing only europium, Eu{sup 3+} PL observed under UV excitation is suggested to occur through energy transfer from the excited glass host. After silver and tin doping, an enhanced UV excited Eu{sup 3+} PL has been indicated to occur essentially due to radiative energy transfer from isolated Ag{sup +} ions and/or two fold-coordinated Sn centers. Since thermal processing of the material leads to a quenching effect on Eu{sup 3+} PL and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) formation due to reduction of silver ions by tin, XPS was employed in order to investigate the possibility for Eu{sup 3+}->Eu{sup 2+} reduction during HT as a potential source of the PL decrease. The data points towards Ag NPs as main responsible for the observed weakening of Eu{sup 3+} PL.

  2. Behaviour of europium (III) and its hydroxo and carbonate complexes in a solvent extraction system with HDBM in 2 M NaCl at 303 K

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    Jimenez-Reyes, M. [Inst. Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Dept. de Quimica, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Univ. Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Area de Electroquimica, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Solache-Rios, M. [Inst. Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Dept. de Quimica, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Rojas-Hernandez, A. [Univ. Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Area de Electroquimica, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)


    The behaviour of europium in the solvent extraction system Eu{sup 3+}-water-2 M NaCl-HDBM-benzene was studied, taking into account the pC{sub H} and the carbonate ion concentration in the solutions. The stability constants for the hydrolysis and carbonate complexes of europium were determined at 303 K in the same medium by pH titration followed by a computational refinement. The obtained data were: log {beta}{sub Eu,H} = -8.29 {+-} 0.02, log {beta}{sub Eu,2H} = -16.37 {+-} 0.02, log {beta}{sub Eu,3H} = -24.54 {+-} 0.11, log {beta}{sub Eu,4H} = -34.91 {+-} 0.26, log {beta}{sub CO{sub 2}{sup 2-},H} = 9.30 {+-} 0.05, log {beta}{sub Eu,CO{sub 3}{sup 2-}} = 5.96 {+-} 0.03, log {beta}{sub Eu,CO{sub 3}{sup 2-},H} = -1.24 {+-} 0.05 and log {beta}{sub Eu,CO{sub 3}{sup 2-},2H} = -11.39 {+-} 0.11. Log K{sub W} was -13.78 {+-} 0.06. The behaviour of europium in this solvent extraction system was simulated, taking into account the hydrolysis and carbonate complexes plus the formation of Eu(DBM){sub 3}(OH){sup 1-} and Eu(DBM){sub 3}(CO{sub 3}){sup 2-} in the aqueous phase. The only europium species considered in the organic phase was Eu(DBM){sub 3}. The first hydrolysis constant of europium was also determined by using this solvent extraction system under the same conditions. A good conformity was found with the results obtained by both techniques. (orig.)

  3. Bis(acridine-9-carboxylate)-nitro-europium(III) dihydrate complex a new apoptotic agent through Flk-1 down regulation, caspase-3 activation and oligonucleosomes DNA fragmentation. (United States)

    Azab, Hassan A; Hussein, Belal H M; El-Azab, Mona F; Gomaa, Mohamed; El-Falouji, Abdullah I


    New bis(acridine-9-carboxylate)-nitro-europium(III) dihydrate complex was synthesized and characterized. In vivo anti-angiogenic activities of bis(acridine-9-carboxylate)-nitro-europium(III) dihydrate complex against Ehrlich ascites carcinoma (EAC) cells are described. The newly synthesized complex resulted in inhibition of proliferation of EAC cells and ascites formation. The anti-tumor effect was found to be through anti-angiogenic activity as evident by the reduction of microvessel density in EAC solid tumors. The anti-angiogenic effect is mediated through down-regulation of VEGF receptor type-2 (Flk-1). The complex was also found to significantly increase the level of caspase-3 in laboratory animals compared to the acridine ligand and to the control group. This was also consistent with the DNA fragmentation detected by capillary electrophoresis that proved the apoptotic effect of the new complex. Our complex exhibited anti-angiogenic and apoptotic activity in vivo, a thing that makes it a potential effective chemotherapeutic agent. The interaction of calf thymus DNA (ct-DNA) with bis(acridine-9-carboxylate)-nitro-europium(III) dihydrate complex has been investigated using fluorescence technique. A competitive experiment of the europium(III)-acridine complex with ethidium bromide (EB) to bind DNA revealed that interaction between the europium(III)-acridine and DNA was via intercalation. The interaction of the synthesized complex with tyrosine kinases was also studied using molecular docking simulation to further substantiate its mode of action. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Europium(III) reduction and speciation within a Wells-Dawson heteropolytungstate. (United States)

    Jing, Jing; Burton-Pye, Benjamin P; Francesconi, Lynn C; Antonio, Mark R


    The redox speciation of Eu(III) in the 1:1 stoichiometric complex with the alpha-1 isomer of the Wells-Dawson anion, [alpha-1-P 2W 17O 61] (10-), was studied by electrochemical techniques (cyclic voltammetry and bulk electrolysis), in situ XAFS (X-ray absorption fine structure) spectroelectrochemistry, NMR spectroscopy ( (31)P), and optical luminescence. Solutions of K 7[(H 2O) 4Eu(alpha-1-P 2W 17O 61)] in a 0.2 M Li 2SO 4 aqueous electrolyte (pH 3.0) show a pronounced concentration dependence to the voltammetric response. The fully oxidized anion and its reduced forms were probed by Eu L 3-edge XANES (X-ray absorption near edge structure) measurements in simultaneous combination with controlled potential electrolysis, demonstrating that Eu(III) in the original complex is reduced to Eu(II) in conjunction with the reduction of polyoxometalate (POM) ligand. After exhaustive reduction, the heteropoly blue species with Eu(II) is unstable with respect to cluster isomerization, fragmentation, and recombination to form three other Eu-POMs as well as the parent Wells-Dawson anion, alpha-[P 2W 18O 62] (6-). EXAFS data obtained for the reduced, metastable Eu(II)-POM before the onset of Eu(II) autoxidation provides an average Eu-O bond length of 2.55(4) A, which is 0.17 A longer than that for the oxidized anion, and consistent with the 0.184 A difference between the Eu(II) and Eu(III) ionic radii. The reduction of Eu(III) is unusual among POM complexes with Lindqvist and alpha-2 isomers of Wells-Dawson anions, that is, [Eu(W 5O 18) 2] (9-) and [Eu(alpha-2-As 2W 17O 61) 2] (17-), but not to the Preyssler complex anion, [EuP 5W 30O 110] (12-), and fundamental studies of materials based on coupling Eu and POM redox properties are still needed to address new avenues of research in europium hydrometallurgy, separations, and catalysis sciences.

  5. Structural, optical and electrical properties of europium picrate tetraethylene glycol complex as emissive material for OLED

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    Kusrini, Eny, E-mail: [Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, 16424 Depok (Indonesia); Saleh, Muhammad I.; Adnan, Rohana [School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang (Malaysia); Yulizar, Yoki [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Indonesia, 16424 Depok (Indonesia); Sha Shiong, Ng; Fun, H.K. [School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang (Malaysia); Adhha Abdullah, M.A.; Mamat, Mazidah [Department of Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu Darul Iman (Malaysia); Za' aba, N.K.; Abd. Majid, W.H. [Solid State Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Universiti Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)


    A new europium complex [Eu(Pic){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)(EO4)](Pic).0.75H{sub 2}O was synthesized and used as the emission material for the single layer device structure of ITO/EO4-Eu-Pic/Al, using a spin-coating technique. Study on the optical properties of the [Eu(Pic){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)(EO4)](Pic).0.75H{sub 2}O complex where EO4=tetraethylene glycol and Pic=picrate anion, had to be undertaken before being applicable to the study of an organic light emitting diode (OLED). The electrical property of an OLED using current-voltage (I-V) measurement was also studied. In complex, the Eu(III) ion was coordinated with the EO4 ligand as a pentadentate mode, one water molecule, and with two Pic anions as bidentate and monodentate modes, forming a nine-coordination number. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the crystalline complex in the solid state and its thin film showed a hypersensitive peak at 613.5-614.9 nm that assigned to the {sup 5}D{sub 0}{yields}{sup 7}F{sub 2} transition. A narrow band emission from the thin film EO4-Eu-Pic was obtained. The typical semiconductor I-V curve of device ITO/EO4-Eu-Pic/Al showed the threshold and turn on voltages at 1.08 and 4.6 V, respectively. The energy transfer process from the ligand to the Eu(III) ion was discussed by investigating the excitation and PL characteristics. Effect of the picrate anion on the device performance was also studied. - Highlights: > The [Eu(Pic){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)(EO4)](Pic).0.75(H{sub 2}O) is crystallized in triclinic with space group P-1. > The complex is applied as a emissive center in single layer device structure of ITO/EO4-Eu-Pic/Al. > The complex displays a red luminescence in both the crystalline complex and its thin film state. > The low turn on voltage of the device (4.6 V), indicating that this material is suitable for OLED. > The roughness and morphology of the thin film affects luminance and electrical properties of OLED.

  6. Synthesis of Luminescent Ink from Europium-Doped Y2O3 Dispersed in Polyvinyl Alcohol Solution

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    Full Text Available Luminescent ink from europium-doped Y2O3 ( Y2O3:Eu has been synthesized by two steps method: first, synthesis of luminescent powder of Y2O3:Eu by simple heating of metallic nitrates in a polymer solution and second, dispersing the powder in a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA solution. The stability of the ink (luminescent colloid was strongly affected by mixing process of the powder and the solution. Mixing process must be performed for a long time (about 8 hours at above room temperature to product stable colloids. We observed that mixing at 30–40∘C resulted in a stable and highly dispersed colloid. The writing test was performed on a white paper to show the potential use of the colloid for making security codes.

  7. Induced europium CPL for the selective signalling of phosphorylated amino-acids and O-phosphorylated hexapeptides. (United States)

    Neil, Emily R; Fox, Mark A; Pal, Robert; Parker, David


    Two bright, europium(iii) complexes based on an achiral heptadentate triazacyclononane ligand bearing two strongly absorbing chromophores have been evaluated for the selective emission and CPL signalling of various chiral O-phosphono-anions. Binding of O-phosphono-Ser and Thr gives rise to a strong induced CPL signature and a favoured Δ complex configuration is adopted. A similarly large induced CPL signal arises when [Eu·](2+) binds to lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), where the strong binding (log K 5.25 (295 K)) in methanol allowed its detection over the range 5 to 40 μM. Strong and chemoselective binding to the phosphorylated amino-acid residues was also observed with a set of four structurally related hexapeptides: in one case, the sign of the gem value in the ΔJ = 1 transition allowed differentiation between the binding to O-P-Ser and O-P-Tyr residues.

  8. A new europium(III)-β-diketonate complex based on diphenylethyne as red phosphors applied in LED

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    Shao, Guang, E-mail: [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Zhang, Na; Lin, Duan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Feng, Kenjun [Department of Chemical Engineering, Hui-Zhou University, Huizhou 516007 (China); Cao, Rihui, E-mail: [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Gong, Menglian [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China)


    A new europium(III) ternary complex based on a fluorinated β-diketonate ligand and 1,10-phenanthroline as an ancillary ligand has been prepared and evaluated as a candidate for light-emitting diode (LED). The complex exhibits a high decomposition temperature (316 °C). Photophysical properties such as FT-IR spectra, UV–vis absorption spectra, excitation and emission spectra, luminescence decay curve and quantum yield were investigated. The excitation band is well matched with the characteristic emission of 395 nm-emitting InGaN chips. The complex exhibits an efficient energy transfer pathway from the ligands to the central Eu{sup 3+} ion via a ligand-sensitized luminescence process. An intense red-emitting LED was fabricated by coating the complex onto a 395 nm-emitting InGaN chip, and its Commission International de I'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity coordinate (x=0.6389, y=0.3255) is close to the National Television Standard Committee (NTSC) standard value for red color. Meanwhile, the energy transfer from the InGaN chip to the complex is very efficient. All the findings demonstrate the potential application of the Eu(III) complex as red-emitting phosphors for UV-based white LEDs. -- Highlights: ► A new europium(III)-β-diketonate complex was synthesized and characterized. ► Thermal stability and photophysical properties were investigated in detail. ► PL mechanism was proposed to involve a ligand-sensitized luminescence process. ► An intense red-emitting LED was fabricated by using the complex. ► CIE chromaticity coordinate is close to NTSC standard value for red color.

  9. Mitochondria Targetable Time-Gated Luminescence Probe for Singlet Oxygen Based on a β-Diketonate-Europium Complex. (United States)

    Sun, Jingyan; Song, Bo; Ye, Zhiqiang; Yuan, Jingli


    Singlet oxygen ((1)O2) plays a key role in the photodynamic therapy (PDT) technique of neoplastic diseases. In this work, by using a 9,10-dimethyl-2-anthryl-containing β-diketone, 1,1,1,2,2-pentafluoro-5-(9',10'-dimethyl-2'-anthryl)-3,5-pentanedione (Hpfdap), as a (1)O2-recognition ligand, a novel β-diketonate-europium(III) complex that can act as a luminescence probe for (1)O2, [Eu(pfdap)3(tpy)] (tpy = 2,2',2″-terpyridine), has been designed and synthesized for the time-gated luminescence detection of (1)O2 in living cells. The complex is weakly luminescent due to the quenching effect of 9,10-dimethyl-2-anthryl groups. After reaction with (1)O2, accompanied by the formation of endoperoxides of 9,10-dimethyl-2-anthryl groups, the luminescence quenching disappears, so that the long-lived luminescence of the europium(III) complex is switched on. The complex showed highly selective luminescence response to (1)O2 with a remarkable luminescence enhancement. Combined with the time-gated luminescence imaging technique, the complex was successfully used as a luminescent probe for the monitoring of the time-dependent generation of (1)O2 in 5-aminolevulinic acid (a PDT drug) loaded HepG2 cells during the photodynamic process. In addition, by coloading the complex and a mitochondrial indicator, Mito-Tracker Green, into HepG2 cells, the specific localization of [Eu(pfdap)3(tpy)] molecules in mitochondria of HepG2 cells was demonstrated by confocal fluorescence imaging measurements.

  10. Excitation energy transfer in europium chelate with doxycycline in the presence of a second ligand in micellar solutions of nonionic surfactants (United States)

    Smirnova, T. D.; Shtykov, S. N.; Kochubei, V. I.; Khryachkova, E. S.


    The complexation of Eu3+ with doxycycline (DC) antibiotic in the presence of several second ligands and surfactant micelles of different types is studied by the spectrophotometric and luminescence methods. It is found that the efficiency of excitation energy transfer in Eu3+-DC chelate depends on the nature of the second ligand and surfactant micelles. Using thenoyltrifluoroacetone (TTA) as an example, it is shown that the second ligand additionally sensitizes the europium fluorescence, and the possibility of intermediate sensitization of DC and then of europium is shown by the example of 1,10-phenanthroline. In all cases, the excitation energy transfer efficiency was increased due to the so-called antenna effect. The decay kinetics of the sensitized fluorescence of the binary and mixed-ligand chelates in aqueous and micellar solutions of nonionic surfactants is studied and the relative quantum yields and lifetimes of fluorescence are determined.

  11. A Smart Europium-Ruthenium Complex as Anticancer Prodrug: Controllable Drug Release and Real-Time Monitoring under Different Light Excitations. (United States)

    Li, Hongguang; Xie, Chen; Lan, Rongfeng; Zha, Shuai; Chan, Chi-Fai; Wong, Wing-Yan; Ho, Ka-Lok; Chan, Brandon Dow; Luo, Yuxia; Zhang, Jing-Xiang; Law, Ga-Lai; Tai, William C S; Bünzli, Jean-Claude G; Wong, Ka-Leung


    A unique, dual-function, photoactivatable anticancer prodrug, RuEuL, has been tailored that features a ruthenium(II) complex linked to a cyclen-europium chelate via a π-conjugated bridge. Under irradiation at 488 nm, the dark-inactive prodrug undergoes photodissociation, releasing the DNA-damaging ruthenium species. Under evaluation-window irradiation (λirr = one-photon 350 nm or two-photon 700 nm), the drug delivery process can be quantitatively monitored in real-time because of the long-lived red europium emission. Linear relationships between released drug concentration and ESI-MS or luminescence responses are established. Finally, the efficiency of the new prodrug is demonstrated both in vitro RuEuL anticancer prodrug over some existing ones and open the way for decisive improvements in multipurpose prodrugs.

  12. Structural and optical analysis on europium doped AZrO{sub 3} (A=Ba, Ca, Sr) phosphor for display devices application

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    Dubey, Vikas, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Bhilai Institute of Technology Raipur, 493661 (India); Tiwari, Neha [Department of Physics, Govt. Model Science College, Jabalpur (India)


    Behavior displayed by europium doped AZrO{sub 3} phosphor which was synthesized by solid state reaction method. For synthesis of BaZrO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and CaZrO{sub 3} phosphor with fixed concentration of europium ion was calcination at 1000°C and sintered at 1300°C following intermediate grinding. Synthesized sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis and crystallite sized was calculated by Scherer’s formula. From PL spectra of prepared phosphors shows intense emission centred at 612nm (red emission) with high intensity for SrZrO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}. For europium doped BaZrO{sub 3} and CaZrO{sub 3} (613nm) phosphor shows less intense PL spectra as compared to SrZrO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}. The strong emission peak of AZrO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor is due to forced electric dipole transition of {sup 5}D{sub 0} to {sup 7}F{sub 2} centered at 612 and 613nm. It is characteristic red emission for europium ion. The excitation spectra of AZrO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor mainly consists of the charge transfer and (CTB) of Eu{sup 3+} located in 200–350 nm centred at 254nm. The present phosphors can act as single host for red light emission in display devices. The CIE coordinates were calculated by Spectrophotometric method using the spectral energy distribution of the AZrO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} sample.

  13. Metal-organic framework luminescence in the yellow gap by codoping of the homoleptic imidazolate ∞(3)[Ba(Im)2] with divalent europium. (United States)

    Rybak, Jens-Christoph; Hailmann, Michael; Matthes, Philipp R; Zurawski, Alexander; Nitsch, Jörn; Steffen, Andreas; Heck, Joachim G; Feldmann, Claus; Götzendörfer, Stefan; Meinhardt, Jürgen; Sextl, Gerhard; Kohlmann, Holger; Sedlmaier, Stefan J; Schnick, Wolfgang; Müller-Buschbaum, Klaus


    The rare case of a metal-triggered broad-band yellow emitter among inorganic-organic hybrid materials was achieved by in situ codoping of the novel imidazolate metal-organic framework ∞(3)[Ba(Im)2] with divalent europium. The emission maximum of this dense framework is in the center of the yellow gap of primary light-emitting diode phosphors. Up to 20% Eu2+ can be added to replace Ba2+ as connectivity centers without causing observable phase segregation. High-resolution energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy showed that incorporation of even 30% Eu2+ is possible on an atomic level, with 2-10% Eu2+ giving the peak quantum efficiency (QE = 0.32). The yellow emission can be triggered by two processes: direct excitation of Eu2+ and an antenna effect of the imidazolate linkers. The emission is fully europium-centered, involving 5d → 4f transitions, and depends on the imidazolate surroundings of the metal ions. The framework can be obtained by a solvent-free in situ approach starting from barium metal, europium metal, and a melt of imidazole in a redox reaction. Better homogeneity for the distribution of the luminescence centers was achieved by utilizing the hydrides BaH2 and EuH2 instead of the metals.

  14. α-Titanium phosphate intercalated with propylamine: An alternative pathway for efficient europium(III uptake into layered tetravalent metal phosphates

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    Jorge García-Glez


    Full Text Available α-Ti(HPO42·H2O (α-TiP and its propylamine intercalation product, Ti(HPO42·2C3H7NH2·H2O (α-TiPPr, have been synthesized and characterized. Later, their sorption capacity for europium(III was investigated, and this purpose was accomplished by treating α-TiP and α-TiPPr with europium(III nitrate solutions at different concentrations until the equilibrium is reached. All samples were characterized, among others, by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD, scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM, TEM, STEM-EDX, SAED, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, and photoluminescence (PL measurements. The results show that the Eu3+ uptake is limited to surface when α-TiP is used as sorbent. Nevertheless, the Eu-retention is considerably enhanced with α-TiPPr as a consequence of an ion-exchange process into the interlayer space of the layered titanium phosphate (involving propylammonium cations, C3H7NH3+, and hexahydrate europium(III species, [Eu(H2O6]3+, and the crystal structure of a hypothetical final product, α-[Eu(H2O6]2/3Ti(PO42·[(H2O6]1/3, has been proposed by using DFT calculations.

  15. One watt gallium arsenide class-E power amplifier with a thin-film bulk acoustic resonator filter embedded in the output network

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    Kyle Holzer


    Full Text Available Integration of a class-E power amplifier (PA and a thin-film bulk acoustic wave resonator (FBAR filter is shown to provide high power added efficiency in addition to superior out-of-band spectrum suppression. A discrete gallium arsenide pseudomorphic high-electron-mobility transistor is implemented to operate as a class-E amplifier from 2496 to 2690 MHz. The ACPF7041 compact bandpass FBAR filter is incorporated to replace the resonant LC tank in a traditional class-E PA. To reduce drain voltage stress, the supply choke is replaced by a finite inductance. The fabricated PA provides up to 1 W of output power with a peak power added efficiency (PAE of 58%. The improved out-of-band spectrum filtering is compared to a traditional class-E with discrete LC resonant filtering. Such PAs can be combined with linearisation techniques to reduce out-of-band emissions.

  16. Two new arsenides, Eu7Cu44As23 and Sr7Cu44As23, with a new filled variety of the BaHg11 structure. (United States)

    Charkin, Dmitri O; Demchyna, Roman; Prots, Yurii; Borrmann, Horst; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Schwarz, Ulrich; Schnelle, Walter; Plokhikh, Igor V; Kazakov, Sergey M; Abakumov, Artem M; Batuk, Dmitry; Verchenko, Valery Yu; Tsirlin, Alexander A; Curfs, Caroline; Grin, Yuri; Shevelkov, Andrei V


    Two new ternary arsenides, namely, Eu7Cu44As23 and Sr7Cu44As23, were synthesized from elements at 800 °C. Their crystal structure represents a new filled version of the BaHg11 motif with cubic voids alternately occupied by Eu(Sr) and As atoms, resulting in a 2 × 2 × 2 superstructure of the aristotype: space group Fm3̅m, a = 16.6707(2) Å and 16.7467(2) Å, respectively. The Eu derivative exhibits ferromagnetic ordering below 17.5 K. In agreement with band structure calculations both compounds are metals, exhibiting relatively low thermopower, but high electrical and low thermal conductivity.

  17. Synthesis, Optical Investigation and Biological Properties of Europium(III) Complexes with 2-(4-Chlorophenyl)-1-(2-Hydroxy-4-Methoxyphenyl)Ethan-1-one and Ancillary Ligands. (United States)

    Nandal, Poonam; Khatkar, S P; Kumar, Rajesh; Khatkar, Avni; Taxak, V B


    Synthesis and photoluminescence behaviour of six novel europium complexes with novel β-hydroxyketone ligand, 2-(4-chlorophenyl)-1-(2-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)ethan-1-one (CHME) and 2,2'-bipyridine (bipy) or neocuproine (neo) or 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) or 5,6-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline (dmphen) or bathophenanthroline (bathophen) were reported in solid state. The free ligand CHME and europium complexes, Eu(CHME)3.2H2O [1] Eu(CHME)3.bipy [2], Eu(CHME)3.neo [3], Eu(CHME)3.phen [4], Eu(CHME)3.dmphen [5] and Eu(CHME)3.bathophen [6]were characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR and 1H-NMR. The photoluminescence emission spectra exhibited four characteristic peaks arising from the 5D0 → 7FJ (J = 1-4) transitions of the europium ion in the solid state on monitoring excitation at λex = 395 nm. The luminescence decay curves of these europium complexes possess single exponential behaviour indicating the presence of a single luminescent species and having only one site symmetry in the complexes. The luminescence quantum efficiency (η) and the experimental intensity parameters, Ω 2 and Ω 4 of europium complexes have also been calculated on the basis of emission spectra and luminescence decay curves. In addition, the antimicrobial and antioxidant activities were also studied of the investigated complexes.

  18. Highly luminescent pure-red-emitting fluorinated β-diketonate europium(III) complex for full solution-processed OLEDs

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    Martins, Joao P. [CEMDRX, Physics Department, Universidade de Coimbra, Rua Larga, Coimbra P-3004-516 (Portugal); Serviço de Medicina Nuclear, SESARAM E.P.E., Avenida Luís de Camões 57, Funchal 9004-514, Madeira (Portugal); Martín-Ramos, Pablo [CEMDRX, Physics Department, Universidade de Coimbra, Rua Larga, Coimbra P-3004-516 (Portugal); Higher Technical School of Telecommunications Engineering, Universidad de Valladolid, Campus Miguel Delibes, Paseo Belén 15, Valladolid 47011 (Spain); Coya, Carmen, E-mail: [Escuela Superior de Ciencias Experimentales y Tecnología (ESCET), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid 28933 (Spain); Silva, Manuela Ramos [CEMDRX, Physics Department, Universidade de Coimbra, Rua Larga, Coimbra P-3004-516 (Portugal); Eusebio, M. Ermelinda S. [Chemistry Department, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra P-3004-535 (Portugal); Andrés, Alicia de [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Cantoblanco, Madrid 28049 (Spain); Álvarez, Ángel L. [Escuela Superior de Ciencias Experimentales y Tecnología (ESCET), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid 28933 (Spain); Martín-Gil, Jesús [Advanced Materials Laboratory, ETSIIAA, Universidad de Valladolid, Avenida de Madrid 44, Palencia 34004 (Spain)


    Current manufacturing technologies for OLEDs involve the use of expensive high vacuum techniques and call for thermal stability requirements which are not fulfilled by many materials. These problems disappear when the OLED films are deposited directly from solution. In this study, we have designed, synthesized and characterized a novel octacoordinated complex, Tris(1-(4-chlorophenyl)-4,4,4-trifluoro-1, 3-butanedionate)mono(bathophenanthroline) europium(III), to be used as a “complex-only” emissive layer in wet-processed OLEDs. Upon excitation in the UV region, very efficient energy transfer from the ligands to Eu{sup 3+} takes place, giving rise to intense red emission with very high monochromaticity (R=19), both in powder and as a thin film. The decay times of 754 µs (powder) and 620 µs (thin film) are comparable to those of the most efficient Eu{sup 3+} β-diketonate complexes reported to date. The same energy transfer leading to saturated red and narrow emission is also observed in the OLED device (glass/ITO/PEDOT:PSS/[Eu(cbtfa){sub 3}(bath)]/Ca/Al) when biased at >5.2 V. Its high quantum efficiency (∼60%), good thermal stability up to 200 °C and adequate thin film forming properties make this material a promising chromophore for cost-effective OLEDs. - Highlights: • A highly fluorinated europium(III) octacoordinated complex, [Eu(cbtfa)3(bath)], has been synthesized and its structure elucidated by single crystal X-ray diffraction. • The chosen coordination environment is well-suited for sensitizing the luminescence of the Eu{sup 3+} ion, achieving very efficient energy transfer from the organic ligands (excited in the UV region) to the rare earth ion, leading to highly efficient (Q∼60% in crystalline powder and Q∼50% in thin film) and saturated red photoluminescence. • The material has also been integrated into a single active layer, full solution-processed OLED, with ITO/PEDOT:PSS/[Eu(cbtfa)3(bath)]/ Ca/Al structure.

  19. Simultaneous analysis of free and humic acid complexed europium and gadolinium species by CE-ICP-MS

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    Kautenburger, R.; Nowotka, K.; Beck, H.P. [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie und Radiochemie, Universitaet des Saarlandes, P.O. Box 151150, 66041 Saarbruecken (Germany)


    Full text of publication follows: For the long-term safety assessment of waste repositories, detailed information about geo-chemical behaviour of radioactive and toxic metal ions under environmental conditions (geological matrix and aquifer systems) is necessary. It includes knowledge about the mechanism of relevant geochemical reactions, as well as thermodynamic and kinetic data. Several previous studies have shown that humic acid can play an important role in the immobilisation or mobilization of metal ions due to complexation and colloid formation. In this project we investigate the complexation behaviour of humic acid (purified Aldrich humic acid) and its influence on the migration of the lanthanides europium and gadolinium (homologues of the actinides americium and curium) in the the ternary system consisting of these heavy metals, humic acid and kaolinite (KGa-1b) as geological model system under conditions close to nature. Capillary electrophoresis (CE, Beckman Coulter P/ACE MDQ), with its excellent separation performance, was coupled to Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS, VG Elemental Plasma Quad 3) to obtain a high sensitivity for the determination of the rare earth elements europium (Eu{sup 3+}) and gadolinium (Gd{sup 3+}) and their complexes with humic acid. Additionally, the used humic acid was halogenated with iodine as ICP-MS marker. A fused-silica capillary was flexibly fitted into a MicroMist 50 {mu}l nebulizer with a Cinnabar cyclonic spray chamber. The chamber was chilled to a temperature of 4 deg. C for best sensitivity. 200 ppb of caesium were added to the CE separation buffer to observe the capillary flow. A make-up fluid including 4 ppb Ho as an internal standard was combined with the flow from the capillary within the interface to obtain a fluid throughput high enough to maintain a continuous nebulization. Very low detection limits were achieved, 100 ppt for {sup 153}Eu and 125 ppt for {sup 158}Gd. With this optimized CE

  20. Temperature effects on the interaction mechanisms between the europium (III) and uranyl ions and zirconium diphosphate; Effets de la temperature sur les mecanismes d'interaction entre les ions europium (3) et uranyle et le diphosphate de zirconium

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    Finck, N


    Temperature should remain higher than 25 C in the near field environment of a nuclear waste repository for thousands years. In this context, the aim of this work is to study the temperature influence on the interaction mechanisms between europium (III) and uranyl ions and zirconium diphosphate, as well as the influence of a complexing medium (nitrate) on the sorption of the lanthanide. The experimental definition of the equilibria was achieved by combining a structural investigation with the macroscopic sorption data. Surface complexes were characterized at all temperatures (25 C to 90 C) by TRLFS experiments carried out on dry and in situ samples using an oven. This characterization was completed by XPS experiments carried out at 25 C on samples prepared at 25 C and 90 C. The reaction constants (surface hydration and cations sorption) were obtained by simulating the experimental data with the constant capacitance surface complexation model. The reaction constants temperature dependency allowed one to characterize thermodynamically the different reactions by application of the van't Hoff relation. The validity of this law was tested by performing microcalorimetric measurements of the sorption heat for both cations. (author)

  1. Indium Arsenide Nanowires

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    Madsen, Morten Hannibal

    -ray diffraction. InAs NWs can be used in a broad range of applications, including detectors, high speed electronics and low temperature transport measurements, but in this thesis focus will be put on biological experiments on living cells. Good control of Au-assisted InAs NW growth has been achieved...... by a systematic study to optimize the growth conditions; first the Au deposition, then the growth temperature and finally the beam fluxes. For further control of the growth, Au droplets have been positioned with electron beam lithography and large scale arrays with a > 99 % yield have been made on 2 inch...... and its dependence on growth parameters. By fabricating the NWs on silicon-on-insulator substrates we demonstrate electrically addressable NWs that are still standing vertically on the substrate and can potentially be used for intra-cellular recordings. Devices for biological experiments using vertically...

  2. 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


    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)

  3. 340nm UV LED excitation in time-resolved fluorescence system for europium-based immunoassays detection (United States)

    Rodenko, Olga; Fodgaard, Henrik; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Pedersen, Christian


    In immunoassay analyzers for in-vitro diagnostics, Xenon flash lamps have been widely used as excitation light sources. Recent advancements in UV LED technology and its advantages over the flash lamps such as smaller footprint, better wall-plug efficiency, narrow emission spectrum, and no significant afterglow, have made them attractive light sources for gated detection systems. In this paper, we report on the implementation of a 340 nm UV LED based time-resolved fluorescence system based on europium chelate as a fluorescent marker. The system performance was tested with the immunoassay based on the cardiac marker, TnI. The same signal-to-noise ratio as for the flash lamp based system was obtained, operating the LED below specified maximum current. The background counts of the system and its main contributors were measured and analyzed. The background of the system of the LED based unit was improved by 39% compared to that of the Xenon flash lamp based unit, due to the LEDs narrower emission spectrum and longer pulse width. Key parameters of the LED system are discussed to further optimize the signal-to-noise ratio and signal-to-background, and hence the sensitivity of the instrument.

  4. Interaction of europium and nickel with calcite studied by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry and Time-Resolved Laser Fluorescence Spectroscopy

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    Sabau, A. [Agence Nationale pour la gestion des Déchets RAdioactifs, 1-7 rue J. Monnet, Parc de la Croix Blanche, 92298 Châtenay-Malabry Cedex (France); Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Ecosystèmes Côtiers Marins et Réponses aux Stress (ECOMERS), 28 avenue Valrose, 06108 Nice Cedex 2 (France); Pipon, Y., E-mail: [Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon (IPNL), Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, 4 rue Enrico Fermi, 69 622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) Lyon-1, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 69 622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Toulhoat, N. [Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon (IPNL), Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, 4 rue Enrico Fermi, 69 622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); CEA/DEN, Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Lomenech, C. [Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Ecosystèmes Côtiers Marins et Réponses aux Stress (ECOMERS), 28 avenue Valrose, 06108 Nice Cedex 2 (France); Jordan, N. [Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf (HZDR), Institute of Resource Ecology (IRE) (Germany); Moncoffre, N. [Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon (IPNL), Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, 4 rue Enrico Fermi, 69 622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Barkleit, A. [Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf (HZDR), Institute of Resource Ecology (IRE) (Germany); and others


    This study aims at elucidating the mechanisms regulating the interaction of Eu and Ni with calcite (CaCO{sub 3}). Calcite powders or single crystals (some mm sized) were put into contact with Eu or Ni solutions at concentrations ranging from 10{sup −3} to 10{sup −5} mol L{sup −1} for Eu and 10{sup −3} mol L{sup −1} for Ni. The sorption durations ranged from 1 week to 1 month. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) well adapted to discriminate incorporation processes such as: (i) adsorption or co precipitation at the mineral surfaces or, (ii) incorporation into the mineral structure (through diffusion for instance), has been carried out. Moreover, using the fluorescence properties of europium, the results have been compared to those obtained by Time-Resolved Laser Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TRLFS) on calcite powders. For the single crystals, complementary SEM observations of the mineral surfaces at low voltage were also performed. Results showed that Ni accumulates at the calcite surface whereas Eu is also incorporated at a greater depth. Eu seems therefore to be incorporated into two different states in calcite: (i) heterogeneous surface accumulation and (ii) incorporation at depth greater than 160 nm after 1 month of sorption. Ni was found to accumulate at the surface of calcite without incorporation.

  5. Orange-red emitting europium doped strontium ortho-silicate phosphor prepared by a solid state reaction method. (United States)

    Sahu, Ishwar Prasad


    In the present article we report europium-doped strontium ortho-silicates, namely Sr 2 SiO 4 :xEu 3+ (x = 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 or 3.0 mol%) phosphors, prepared by solid state reaction method. The crystal structures of the sintered phosphors were consistent with orthorhombic crystallography with a Pmna space group. The chemical compositions of the sintered phosphors were confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Thermoluminescence (TL) kinetic parameters such as activation energy, order of kinetics and frequency factors were calculated by the peak shape method. Orange-red emission originating from the 5 D 0 - 7 F J (J = 0, 1, 2, 3) transitions of Eu 3+ ions could clearly be observed after samples were excited at 395 nm. The combination of these emissions constituted orange-red light as indicated on the Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE) chromaticity diagram. Mechanoluminescence (ML) intensity of the prepared phosphor increased linearly with increasing impact velocity of the moving piston that suggests that these phosphors can also be used as sensors to detect the stress of an object. Thus, the present investigation indicates that the piezo-electricity was responsible for producing ML in the prepared phosphor. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  6. Application of Europium Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes as Novel Luminophores in an Electrochemiluminescent Aptasensor for Thrombin Using Multiple Amplification Strategies. (United States)

    Wu, Dan; Xin, Xia; Pang, Xuehui; Pietraszkiewicz, Marek; Hozyst, Robert; Sun, Xian'ge; Wei, Qin


    A novel electrochemiluminescent (ECL) aptasensor was proposed for the determination of thrombin (TB) using exonuclease-catalyzed target recycling and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) to amplify the signal. The capture probe was immobilized on an Au-GS-modified electrode through a Au-S bond. Subsequently, the hybrid between the capture probe and the complementary thrombin binding aptamer (TBA) was aimed at obtaining double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). The interaction between TB and its aptamer led to the dissociation of dsDNA because TB has a higher affinity to TBA than the complementary strands. In the presence of exonuclease, aptamer was selectively digested and TB could be released for target recycling. Extended dsDNA was formed through HCR of the capture probe and two hairpin DNA strands (NH2-DNA1 and NH2-DNA1). Then, numerous europium multiwalled carbon nanotubes (Eu-MWCNTs) could be introduced through amidation reaction between NH2-terminated DNA strands and carboxyl groups on the Eu-MWCNTs, resulting in an increased ECL signal. The multiple amplification strategies, including the amplification of analyte recycling and HCR, and high ECL efficiency of Eu-MWCNTs lead to a wide linear range (1.0×10(-12)-5.0×10(-9) mol/L) and a low detection limit (0.23 pmol/L). The method was applied to serum sample analysis with satisfactory results.

  7. Spectrophotometric Determination and Removal of Unchelated Europium Ions from Solutions Containing Eu-Diethylenetriaminepentaacetic Acid Chelate-Peptide Conjugates1 (United States)

    Dayan Elshan, N. G. R.; Patek, Renata; Vagner, Josef; Mash, Eugene A.


    Europium chelates conjugated with peptide ligands are routinely used as probes for conducting in vitro binding experiments. The presence of unchelated Eu ions in these formulations gives high background luminescence and can lead to poor results in binding assays. In our experience, the reported methods for purification of these probes do not achieve adequate removal of unchelated metal ions in a reliable manner. In this work, a xylenol orange-based assay for the quantification of unchelated metal ions was streamlined and used to determine levels of metal ion contamination, as well as the success of metal ion removal upon attempted purification. We compared the use of Empore™ chelating disks and Chelex® 100 resin for the selective removal of unchelated Eu ions from several Eu-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid chelate-peptide conjugates. Both purification methods gave complete and selective removal of the contaminant metal ions. However, Empore™ chelating disks were found to give much higher recoveries of the probes under the conditions utilized. Related to the issue of probe recovery, we also describe a significantly more efficient method for the synthesis of one such probe using Rink amide AM resin in place of Tentagel S resin. PMID:25058927

  8. Reusable temperature-sensitive luminescent material based on vitrified film of europium(III) β-diketonate complex (United States)

    Lapaev, Dmitry V.; Nikiforov, Victor G.; Lobkov, Vladimir S.; Knyazev, Andrey A.; Galyametdinov, Yury G.


    We have proposed a novel temperature-sensitive luminescent material which is a 20 μm thick vitrified film (sandwiched between two quartz plates) fabricated from an amorphous powder of a mesogenic europium(III) β-diketonate complex through a melt-processing technique. The film photoexcited by a 337 nm pulsed nitrogen laser displays a typical Eu3+ ion luminescence bands with the strongest peak at 612 nm and with the decay time of 537 μs at 298 K. It is obtained that both the mean luminescence intensity and the luminescence decay time at 612 nm decrease significantly with temperature increasing from 298 to 348 K; the average values of the relative and absolute temperature sensitivities of the luminescence decay time in the range of 298-348 K are -1.2%·K-1 and -6.5 μs·K-1, respectively. The thermal quenching mechanism of the luminescent properties was analyzed and discussed. The experiments showed that, the luminescent properties of the film is insensitive to oxygen, the film is photostable under UV light, there is full reversibility of the temperature-dependent luminescence intensity and the decay time, and the high luminescence brightness of the film can be observed with violet light excitation. These factors indicated that the film is promising material for reusable luminescent thermometers, suitable for long-term monitoring in the range of 298-348 K.

  9. Differential ERK activation during autophagy induced by europium hydroxide nanorods and trehalose: Maximum clearance of huntingtin aggregates through combined treatment. (United States)

    Wei, Peng-Fei; Jin, Pei-Pei; Barui, Ayan Kumar; Hu, Yi; Zhang, Li; Zhang, Ji-Qian; Shi, Shan-Shan; Zhang, Hou-Rui; Lin, Jun; Zhou, Wei; Zhang, Yun-Jiao; Ruan, Ren-Quan; Patra, Chitta Ranjan; Wen, Long-Ping


    Accelerating the clearance of intracellular protein aggregates through elevation of autophagy represents a viable approach for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. In our earlier report, we have demonstrated the enhanced degradation of mutant huntingtin protein aggregates through autophagy process induced by europium hydroxide nanorods [EHNs: Eu(III)(OH)3], but the underlying molecular mechanism of EHNs mediated autophagy was unclear. The present report reveals that EHNs induced autophagy does not follow the classical AKT-mTOR and AMPK signaling pathways. The inhibition of ERK1/2 phosphorylation using the specific MEK inhibitor U0126 partially abrogates the autophagy as well as the clearance of mutant huntingtin protein aggregates mediated by EHNs suggesting that nanorods stimulate the activation of MEK/ERK1/2 signaling pathway during autophagy process. In contrast, another mTOR-independent autophagy inducer trehalose has been found to induce autophagy without activating ERK1/2 signaling pathway. Interestingly, the combined treatment of EHNs and trehalose leads to more degradation of mutant huntingtin protein aggregates than that obtained with single treatment of either nanorods or trehalose. Our results demonstrate the rational that further enhanced clearance of intracellular protein aggregates, needed for diverse neurodegenerative diseases, may be achieved through the combined treatment of two or more autophagy inducers, which stimulate autophagy through different signaling pathways. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Synthesis of europium-doped VSOP, customized enhancer solution and improved microscopy fluorescence methodology for unambiguous histological detection. (United States)

    de Schellenberger, Angela Ariza; Hauptmann, Ralf; Millward, Jason M; Schellenberger, Eyk; Kobayashi, Yuske; Taupitz, Matthias; Infante-Duarte, Carmen; Schnorr, Jörg; Wagner, Susanne


    Intrinsic iron in biological tissues frequently precludes unambiguous the identification of iron oxide nanoparticles when iron-based detection methods are used. Here we report the full methodology for synthesizing very small iron oxide nanoparticles (VSOP) doped with europium (Eu) in their iron oxide core (Eu-VSOP) and their unambiguous qualitative and quantitative detection by fluorescence. The resulting Eu-VSOP contained 0.7 to 2.7% Eu relative to iron, which was sufficient for fluorescent detection while not altering other important particle parameters such as size, surface charge, or relaxivity. A customized enhancer solution with high buffer capacity and nearly neutral pH was developed to provide an antenna system that allowed fluorescent detection of Eu-VSOP in cells and histologic tissue slices as well as in solutions even under acidic conditions as frequently obtained from dissolved organic material. This enhancer solution allowed detection of Eu-VSOP using a standard fluorescence spectrophotometer and a fluorescence microscope equipped with a custom filter set with an excitation wavelength (λex) of 338 nm and an emission wavelength (λem) of 616 nm. The fluorescent detection of Eu-doped very small iron oxide nanoparticles (Eu-VSOP) provides a straightforward tool to unambiguously characterize VSOP biodistribution and toxicology at tissue, and cellular levels, providing a sensitive analytical tool to detect Eu-doped IONP in dissolved organ tissue and biological fluids with fluorescence instruments.

  11. Efficient solution-processed double-layer red OLEDs based on a new europium complex with a carbazole group. (United States)

    Liu, Jian; Miao, Jing-Sheng; Wu, Hong-Bin


    A new europium complex EuL3 (Phen) was used as guest dopant, and a blend of Polyvinylcarbazole and 2-(biphenyl-4-yl)-5-(4-tert-butylphenyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole (PVK and PBD) as host matrix. Efficient red organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) with double-layer structures were manufactured via a solution-processed technique. The guest-doped levels were 1, 3 and 5 wt% relative to the blend mass, respectively. For the 1 wt% doping-level device, the luminous efficiency and luminance were up to 2.96 cd/A and 635.78 cd/m(2) with emissions from both EuL3 (Phen) and from the host; for the 3 wt% doping-level device, the maximum luminous efficiency and luminance were 1.01 cd/A and 370.91 cd/m(2) for the single emission from EuL3 (Phen) only. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  12. Europium Nanospheres-Based Time-Resolved Fluorescence for Rapid and Ultrasensitive Determination of Total Aflatoxin in Feed. (United States)

    Wang, Du; Zhang, Zhaowei; Li, Peiwu; Zhang, Qi; Ding, Xiaoxia; Zhang, Wen


    Immunochromatographic (IC) assays are considered suitable diagnostic tools for the determination of mycotoxins. A europium nanospheres-based time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay (Eu-Nano-TRFIA), based on a monoclonal antibody and a portable TRFIA reader, was developed to determine total aflatoxin (including aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, and G2) levels in feed samples. Under optimized conditions, the Eu-Nano-TRFIA method detected total aflatoxin within 12 min. It showed good linearity (R(2) > 0.985), LOD of 0.16 μg/kg, a wide dynamic range of 0.48-30.0 μg/kg, recovery rates of 83.9-113.9%, and coefficients of variation (CVs) of 3.5-8.8%. In the 397 samples from company and livestock farms throughout China, the detection rate was 78.3%, concentrations were 0.50-145.30 μg/kg, the highest total aflatoxin content was found in cottonseed meal, and corn was found to be the most commonly contaminated feed. This method could be a powerful alternative for the rapid and ultrasensitive determination of total aflatoxin in quality control and meet the required Chinese maximum residue limits.

  13. Spectrophotometric determination and removal of unchelated europium ions from solutions containing Eu-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid chelate-peptide conjugates. (United States)

    Elshan, N G R Dayan; Patek, Renata; Vagner, Josef; Mash, Eugene A


    Europium chelates conjugated with peptide ligands are routinely used as probes for conducting in vitro binding experiments. The presence of unchelated Eu ions in these formulations gives high background luminescence and can lead to poor results in binding assays. In our experience, the reported methods for purification of these probes do not achieve adequate removal of unchelated metal ions in a reliable manner. In this work, a xylenol orange-based assay for the quantification of unchelated metal ions was streamlined and used to determine levels of metal ion contamination as well as the success of metal ion removal on attempted purification. We compared the use of Empore chelating disks and Chelex 100 resin for the selective removal of unchelated Eu ions from several Eu-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid chelate-peptide conjugates. Both purification methods gave complete and selective removal of the contaminant metal ions. However, Empore chelating disks were found to give much higher recoveries of the probes under the conditions used. Related to the issue of probe recovery, we also describe a significantly more efficient method for the synthesis of one such probe using Rink amide AM resin in place of Tentagel S resin. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Formation and structural characterization of a europium(II mono(scorpionate complex and a sterically crowded pyrazabole

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    Phil Liebing


    Full Text Available The reaction of EuI2(THF2 with potassium hydrotris(3,5-diisopropylpyrazolylborate (K[HB(3,5-iPr2pz3] (= KTpiPr2, pz = pyrazolyl in a molar ratio of 1:1.5 resulted in extensive ligand fragmentation and formation of the europium(II mono(scorpionate complex bis(3,5-diisopropyl-1H-pyrazole[hydrotris(3,5-diisopropylpyrazolylborato]iodidoeuropium(II, [Eu(C27H46BN6I(C9H16N22] or (TpiPr2(3,5-iPr2pzH2EuIII, 1, in high yield (78%. As a typical by-product, small amounts of the sterically crowded pyrazabole derivative trans-4,8-bis(3,5-diisopropylpyrazol-1-yl-1,3,5,7-tetraisopropylpyrazabole, C36H62B2H8 or trans-{(3,5-iPr2pzHB(μ-3,5-iPr2pz}2, 2, were formed. Both title compounds have been structurally characterized through single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In 1, two isopropyl groups are each disordered over two orientations with occupancy ratios of 0.574 (10:0.426 (10 and 0.719 (16:0.281 (16. In 2, one isopropyl group is similarly disordered, occupancy ratio 0.649 (9:0.351 (9.

  15. Spectrofluorimetric study of the interaction between europium(III) and moxifloxacin in micellar solution and its analytical application (United States)

    Kamruzzaman, Mohammad; Alam, Al-Mahmnur; Lee, Sang Hak; Ragupathy, Dhanusuraman; Kim, Young Ho; Park, Sang-Ryoul; Kim, Sung Hong


    A sensitive spectrofluorimetric method has been developed for the determination of moxifloxacin (MOX) using europium(III)-MOX complex as a fluorescence probe in the presence of an anionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS). The fluorescence (FL) intensity of Eu 3+ was enhanced by complexation with MOX at 614 nm after excitation at 373 nm. The FL intensity of the Eu 3+-MOX complex was significantly intensified in the presence of SDBS. Under the optimum conditions, it was found that the enhanced FL intensity of the system showed a good linear relationship with the concentration of MOX over the range of 1.8 × 10 -11-7.3 × 10 -9 g mL -1 with a correlation coefficient of 0.9998. The limit of detection of MOX was found to be 2.8 × 10 -12 g mL -1 with relative standard deviation (RSD) of 1.25% for 5 replicate determination of 1.5 × 10 -8 g mL -1 MOX. The proposed method is simple, offers higher sensitivity with wide linear range and can be successfully applied to determine MOX in pharmaceutical and biological samples with good reproducibility. The luminescence mechanism is also discussed in detail with ultraviolet absorption spectra.

  16. Photoluminescence properties of europium doped di-strontium magnesium di-silicate phosphor by solid state reaction method

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    Ishwar Prasad Sahu


    Full Text Available Europium doped di-strontium magnesium di-silicate phosphor namely (Sr2MgSi2O7:Eu3+ was prepared by the traditional high temperature solid state reaction method. The phase structure of sintered phosphor was akermanite type structure which belongs to the tetragonal crystallography with space group P42¯1m, this structure is a member of the melilite group and forms a layered compound. The EDX and FTIR spectra confirm the present elements in Sr2MgSi2O7:Eu3+ phosphor. Photoluminescence measurements showed that the phosphor exhibited strong emission peak with good intensity, corresponding to 5D0 → 7F2 (613 nm red emission and weak 5D0 → 7F1 (590 nm orange emission. The excitation spectra monitored at 613 nm show broad band from 220 to 300 nm ascribed to O–Eu charge-transfer band (CTB centered at about 269 nm, and the other peaks in the range of 300–400 nm originated from f–f transitions of Eu3+ ions. The strongest band at 395 nm can be assigned to 7F0 / 5L6 transition of Eu3+ ions due to the typical f–f transitions within Eu3+ of 4f6 configuration.

  17. Highly selective luminescent sensing of picric acid based on a water-stable europium metal-organic framework

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    Xia, Tifeng; Zhu, Fengliang; Cui, Yuanjing, E-mail:; Yang, Yu; Wang, Zhiyu; Qian, Guodong, E-mail:


    A water-stable metal-organic framework (MOF) EuNDC has been synthesized for selective detection of the well-known contaminant and toxicant picric acid (PA) in aqueous solution. Due to the photo-induced electron transfer and self-absorption mechanism, EuNDC displayed rapid, selective and sensitive detection of PA with a detection limit of 37.6 ppb. Recyclability experiments revealed that EuNDC retains its initial luminescent intensity and same quenching efficiency in each cycle, suggesting high photostability and reusability for long-term sensing applications. The excellent detection performance of EuNDC makes it a promising PA sensing material for practical applications. - Graphical abstract: A water-stable europium-based metal-organic framework has been reported for highly selective sensing of picric acid (PA) with a detection limit of 37.6 ppb in aqueous solution. - Highlights: • A water-stable metal-organic framework (MOF) EuNDC was synthesized. • The highly selective detection of picric acid with a detection limit of 37.6 ppb was realized. • The detection mechanism were also presented and discussed.

  18. One-pot carbonization synthesis of europium-doped carbon quantum dots for highly selective detection of tetracycline (United States)

    Li Liu, Meng; Chen, Bin Bin; Yang, Tong; Wang, Jian; Liu, Xi Dong; Zhi Huang, Cheng


    The detection of tetracycline is of great significance because of its damaging effects on human health, such as renal toxicity and hemolytic anemia. Any release of tetracycline into the surrounding environment can produce bacterial drug resistance. We develop a new sensitive and selective detection approach for tetracycline in complex water samples by preparing europium-doped carbon quantum dots (Eu-CQDs) through a simple and rapid carbonization method operating at 200 °C for 5 min. The Eu-CQDs are characterized by blue photoluminescence, excitation-wavelength-dependent emission and excellent stability. Importantly, the fluorescence of the Eu-CQDs can be quenched efficiently by tetracycline, based on the strong inner filter effect mechanism between Eu-CQDs and tetracycline, making the fluorescence intensity ratio (I 0/I) of the Eu-CQDs at 465 nm correlate linearly with the concentration of tetracycline in the range of 0.5-200 μM, with a limit of detection of 0.3 μM. This shows the broad applicability of the Eu-CQDs in pursuing the concepts of simplicity and specificity for analytical purposes.

  19. Mesoporous Europium-Doped Titania Nanoparticles (Eu-MTNs) for Luminescence-Based Intracellular Bio-Imaging. (United States)

    Chen, Kuan-Chou; Dutta, Saikat; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Alshehri, Saad M; Nguyen, Mai Thanh; Yonezawa, Tetsu; Shen, Kun-Hung; Wu, Kevin C W


    Monodisperse and mesoporous europium (Eu)-doped titania nanoparticles (denoted as Eu-MTNs) were prepared by a co-synthesis method with the presence of a cationic surfactant (i.e., CTAB). A maximum loading amount of 8 mol% of Eu could be successfully incorporated into the framework of MTNs. The synthesized Eu-MTNs samples were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), with their luminescent property examined by photoluminescence (PL). Under ultraviolet irradiation, the Eu-MTNs samples exhibit several characteristic luminescence corresponding to 5D0-7F(j) for Eu+3 ions, which can be attributed to the energy transfer from titania nanocrystallite to Eu3+ ions dispersed in amorphous mesoporous titania region. The potential intracellular bio-imaging application of the synthesized Eu-MTN nanoparticles was demonstrated with a breast cancer cell line (i.e., BT-20). High biocompatibility and strong luminescence of the Eu-MTNs show great potential in biomedical applications.

  20. The europium and praseodymium hydrolysis in a 2M NaCl environment; La hidrolisis del europio y del praseodimio en un medio 2M de NaCl

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    Jimenez R, M.; Lopez G, H.; Solache R, M.; Rojas H, A. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de quimica, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    It was studied the europium and praseodymium hydrolysis in a 2M NaCl ion force environment at 303 K, through two methods: this one extraction with dissolvents (lanthanide-water-NaCl-dibenzoylmethane) in presence of a competitive ligand (diglycolic acid) and that one direct potentiometric titration, of soluble species, followed by a computer refining. The values of one or another techniques of the first hydrolysis constants obtained were similar, which demonstrates that the results are reliable. The set of data obtained on the stability constants of hydrolysis products allowed to draw up the distribution diagrams of chemical species, as europium as praseodymium in aqueous environment. (Author)

  1. Specific chiral sensing of amino acids using induced circularly polarized luminescence of bis(diimine)dicarboxylic acid europium(III) complexes. (United States)

    Okutani, Kazuhiro; Nozaki, Koichi; Iwamura, Munetaka


    The circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) from [Eu(pda)2](-) (pda = 1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-dicarboxylic acid) and [Eu(bda)2](-) (bda = 2,2'-bipyridine-6,6'-dicarboxylic acid) in aqueous solutions containing various amino acids was investigated. The europium(III) complexes exhibited bright-red luminescence assignable to the f-f transition of the Eu(III) ion when irradiated with UV light. Although the luminescence was not circularly polarized in the solid state or in aqueous solutions, in accordance with the achiral crystal structure, the complexes exhibited detectable induced CPL (iCPL) in aqueous solutions containing chiral amino acids. In the presence of L-pyrrolidonecarboxylic acid, both [Eu(pda)2](-) and [Eu(bda)2](-) showed similar iCPL intensity (glum ∼ 0.03 for the (5)D0 → (7)F1 transition at 1 mol·dm(-3) of the amino acid). On the other hand, in the presence of L-histidine or L-arginine, [Eu(pda)2](-) exhibited intense CPL (glum ∼ 0.08 for the (5)D0 → (7)F1 transition at 0.10 mol·dm(-3) of the amino acid), whereas quite weak CPL was observed for [Eu(bda)2](-) under the same conditions (glum europium(III) complexes possess coordination structures similar to that in the crystal with slight distortion to form a chiral structure due to specific interaction with two zwitterionic amino acids. This mechanism was in stark contrast to that of the europium(III) complex-pyrrolidonecarboxylic acid system in which one amino acid coordinates to the Eu(III) ion to yield an achiral coordination structure.

  2. A convenient method for europium-labeling of a recombinant chimeric relaxin family peptide R3/I5 for receptor-binding assays. (United States)

    Zhang, Wei-Jie; Jiang, Qian; Wang, Xin-Yi; Song, Ge; Shao, Xiao-Xia; Guo, Zhan-Yun


    Relaxin family peptides have important biological functions, and so far, four G-protein-coupled receptors have been identified as their receptors (RXFP1-4). A chimeric relaxin family peptide R3/I5, containing the B-chain of relaxin-3 and the A-chain of INSL5, is a selective agonist for both RXFP3 and RXFP4. In a previous study, europium-labeled R3/I5, as a nonradioactive and low-background receptor-binding tracer, was prepared through a chemical synthesis approach. In the present study, we established a convenient alternative approach for preparing the europium-labeled R3/I5 tracer based on a recombinant R3/I5 designed to carry a solubilizing tag at the A-chain N-terminus and a pyroglutamate residue at the B-chain N-terminus. Because of the presence of a single primary amine moiety, the recombinant R3/I5 peptide was site-specifically mono-labeled at the A-chain N-terminus by a diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid/europium moiety through a convenient one-step procedure. The diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid/Eu3+-labeled R3/I5 bound both receptors RXFP3 and RXFP4 with high binding affinities and low nonspecific binding. Thus, we have presented a valuable nonradioactive tracer for future interaction studies on RXFP3 and RXFP4 with various natural or designed ligands. The present approach could also be adapted for preparing and labeling of other chimeric relaxin family peptides. Copyright © 2013 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  3. Europium-activated phosphors containing oxides of rare-earth and group-IIIB metals and method of making the same (United States)

    Comanzo, Holly Ann; Setlur, Anant Achyut; Srivastava, Alok Mani; Manivannan, Venkatesan


    Europium-activated phosphors comprise oxides of at least a rare-earth metal selected from the group consisting of gadolinium, yttrium, lanthanum, and combinations thereof and at least a Group-IIIB metal selected from the group consisting of aluminum, gallium, indium, and combinations thereof. A method for making such phosphors comprises adding at least a halide of at least one of the selected Group-IIIB metals in a starting mixture. The method further comprises firing the starting mixture in an oxygen-containing atmosphere. The phosphors produced by such a method exhibit improved absorption in the UV wavelength range and improved quantum efficiency.

  4. Synthesis and pharmacological characterization of a europium-labelled single-chain antagonist for binding studies of the relaxin-3 receptor RXFP3. (United States)

    Haugaard-Kedström, Linda M; Wong, Lilian L L; Bathgate, Ross A D; Rosengren, K Johan


    Relaxin-3 and its endogenous receptor RXFP3 are involved in fundamental neurological signalling pathways, such as learning and memory, stress, feeding and addictive behaviour. Consequently, this signalling system has emerged as an attractive drug target. Development of leads targeting RXFP3 relies on assays for screening and ligand optimization. Here, we present the synthesis and in vitro characterization of a fluorescent europium-labelled antagonist of RXFP3. This ligand represents a cheap and safe but powerful tool for future mechanistic and cell-based receptor-ligand interaction studies of the RXFP3 receptor.

  5. Bis{[6-methoxy-2-(4-methylphenyliminiomethyl]phenolate-κ2O,O′}tris(nitrato-κ2O,O′europium(III

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    Hang-Ming Guo


    Full Text Available The crystal structure of title compound, [Eu(NO33(C15H15NO22], contains two Schiff base 6-methoxy-2-[(4-methylphenyliminomethyl]phenolate (L ligands and three independent nitrate ions that chelate to the europium(III ion via the O atoms. The coordination number of the EuIII ion is ten. The L ligands chelate with a strong Eu—O(deprotonated phenolate bond and a weak Eu—O(methoxy contact, the latter can be interpreted as the apices of the bicapped square-antiprismatic EuIII polyhedron. Intramolecular N—H...O hydrogen bonds occur.

  6. Carbon footprint assessment of recycling technologies for rare earth elements: A case study of recycling yttrium and europium from phosphor. (United States)

    Hu, Allen H; Kuo, Chien-Hung; Huang, Lance H; Su, Chao-Chin


    Rare earth elements are key raw materials in high-technology industries. Mining activities and manufacturing processes of such industries have caused considerable environmental impacts, such as soil erosion, vegetation destruction, and various forms of pollution. Sustaining the long-term supply of rare earth elements is difficult because of the global shortage of rare earth resources. The diminishing supply of rare earth elements has attracted considerable concern because many industrialized countries regarded such elements as important strategic resources for economic growth. This study aims to explore the carbon footprints of yttrium and europium recovery techniques from phosphor. Two extraction recovery methods, namely, acid extraction and solvent extraction, were selected for the analysis and comparison of carbon footprints. The two following functional units were used: (1) the same phosphor amounts for specific Y and Eu recovery concentrations, and (2) the same phosphor amounts for extraction. For acid extraction method, two acidic solutions (H2SO4 and HCl) were used at two different temperatures (60 and 90°C). For solvent extraction method, acid leaching was performed followed by ionic liquid extraction. Carbon footprints from acid and solvent extraction methods were estimated to be 10.1 and 10.6kgCO2eq, respectively. Comparison of the carbon emissions of the two extraction methods shows that the solvent extraction method has significantly higher extraction efficiency, even though acid extraction method has a lower carbon footprint. These results may be used to develop strategies for life cycle management of rare earth resources to realize sustainable usage. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Europium doped di-calcium magnesium di-silicate orange–red emitting phosphor by solid state reaction method

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    Ishwar Prasad Sahu


    Full Text Available A new orange–red europium doped di-calcium magnesium di-silicate (Ca2MgSi2O7:Eu3+ phosphor was prepared by the traditional high temperature solid state reaction method. The prepared Ca2MgSi2O7:Eu3+ phosphor was characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX, fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR, photoluminescence (PL and decay characteristics. The phase structure of sintered phosphor was akermanite type structure which belongs to the tetragonal crystallography with space group P4¯21m, this structure is a member of the melilite group and forms a layered compound. The chemical composition of the sintered Ca2MgSi2O7:Eu3+ phosphor was confirmed by EDX spectra. The PL spectra indicate that Ca2MgSi2O7:Eu3+ can be excited effectively by near ultraviolet (NUV light and exhibit bright orange–red emission with excellent color stability. The fluorescence lifetime of Ca2MgSi2O7:Eu3+ phosphor was found to be 28.47 ms. CIE color coordinates of Ca2MgSi2O7:Eu3+ phosphor is suitable as orange-red light emitting phosphor with a CIE value of (X = 0.5554, Y = 0.4397. Therefore, it is considered to be a new promising orange–red emitting phosphor for white light emitting diode (LED application.

  8. Evaluation of in vivo cytogenetic toxicity of europium hydroxide nanorods (EHNs) in male and female Swiss albino mice. (United States)

    Bollu, Vishnu Sravan; Nethi, Susheel Kumar; Dasari, Rama Krishna; Rao, Soma Shiva Nageshwara; Misra, Sunil; Patra, Chitta Ranjan


    Our group already demonstrated that europium hydroxide nanorods (EHNs) show none or mild toxicity in C57BL/6 mice even at high dose and exhibited excellent pro-angiogenic activity towards in vitro and in vivo models. In the present study, we evaluated the in vivo cytogenetic toxicity of intraperitoneally administered EHNs (12.5-250 mg/kg/b.w.) in male and female Swiss albino mice by analyzing chromosomal aberrations (CAs), mitotic index (MI), micronucleus (MN) from bone marrow and peripheral blood. Furthermore, we performed the cytogenetic toxicity study of EHNs towards Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, in order to compare with the in vivo results. The results of CA assay of mice treated with EHNs (12.5-125 mg/kg/b.w.) showed no significant change in the formation of aberrant metaphases compared to the control group. Also, there was no significant difference in the number of dividing cells between the control group and EHNs-treated groups observed by MI study, suggesting the non-cytotoxicity of EHNs. Additionally, FACS study revealed that EHNs do not arrest cells at any phase of cell cycle in the mouse model. Furthermore, MN test of both bone marrow and peripheral blood showed no significant differences in the induction of MNs when compared with the control group. In vitro results from CHO cells also support our in vivo observations. Considering the role of angiogenesis by EHNs and the absence of its genotoxicity in mouse model, we strongly believe the future application of EHNs in treating various diseases, where angiogenesis plays an important role such as cardiovascular diseases, ischemic diseases and wound healing.

  9. Synthesis, characterization, crystal structure, DNA/BSA binding ability and antibacterial activity of asymmetric europium complex based on 1,10- phenanthroline (United States)

    Alfi, Nafiseh; Khorasani-Motlagh, Mozhgan; Rezvani, Ali Reza; Noroozifar, Meissam; Molčanov, Krešimir


    A heteroleptic europium coordination compound formulated as [Eu(phen)2(OH2)2(Cl)2](Cl)(H2O) (phen = 1,10-phenanthroline), has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR spectroscopy, and single-crystal X-ray diffractometer. Crystal structure analysis reveals the complex is crystallized in orthorhombic system with Pca21 space group. Electronic absorption and various emission methods for investigation of the binding system of europium(III) complex to Fish Salmon deoxyribonucleic acid (FS-DNA) and Bovamin Serum Albumin (BSA) have been explored. Furthermore, the binding constants, binding sites and the corresponding thermodynamic parameters of the interaction system based on the van't Hoff equation for FS-DNA and BSA were calculated. The thermodynamic parameters reflect the exothermic nature of emission process (ΔH°DNA by non-intercalative mode which the groove binding is preferable mode. Also, the complex exhibits a brilliant antimicrobial activity in vitro against standard bacterial strains.

  10. Investigation on the co-luminescence effect of europium (III)-lanthanum(III)-dopamine-sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate system and its application. (United States)

    Si, Hailin; Zhao, Fang; Cai, Huan


    A novel luminescence, enhancement phenomenon in the europium(III)-dopamine-sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate system was observed when lanthanum(III) was added. Based on this, a sensitive co-luminescence method was established for the determination of dopamine. The luminescence signal for the europium (III)-lanthanum(III)-dopamine-sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate system was monitored at λ(ex) = 300 nm, λ(em) = 618 nm and pH 8.3. Under optimized conditions, the enhanced luminescence signal responded linearly to the concentration of dopamine in the range 1.0 × 10(-10)-5.0 × 10(-7) mol/L with a correlation coefficient of 0.9993 (n = 11). The detection limit (3σ) was 2.7 × 10(-11) mol/L and the relative standard deviation for 11 parallel measurements of 3.0 × 10(-8) mol/L dopamine was 1.9%. The presented method was successfully applied for the estimation of dopamine in samples of pharmaceutical preparations, human serum and urine. The possible luminescence enhancement mechanism of the system is discussed briefly. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  11. Europium-phenolic network coated BaGdF5 nanocomposites for tri-modal computed tomography/magnetic resonance/luminescence imaging. (United States)

    Zhu, Wei; Liang, Shuang; Wang, Jing; Yang, Zhe; Zhang, Li; Yuan, Tianmeng; Xu, Zushun; Xu, Haibo; Li, Penghui


    Multifunctional nanocomposites based on BaGdF5 nanoparticles (NPs) and metal phenolic network (MPN) have been engineered as novel contrast agents for potential applications in X-ray computed tomography, magnetic resonance and luminescence imaging. The BaGdF5@MPN nanocomposites were synthesized at room temperature by coating BaGdF5 NPs with europium-phenolic network, which was obtained by the coordination of europium (III) with tannic acid (TA). The in vitro cytotoxicity assays against HepG2 cells revealed that the BaGdF5@MPN nanocomposites presented better cytocompatibility and lower cytotoxity than pure BaGdF5 NPs. In addition, vivid red and green luminescence can be observed by confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) from the BaGdF5@MPN nanocomposites laden HepG2 cells under the excitation of UV (390 nm) and visible light (440 nm), respectively. The longitudinal relaxivity value (r1) of the nanocomposites was 2.457 mM-1s-1. Moreover, the nanocomoposites exhibited X-ray computed tomography (CT) and T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging capacities, and the intensities of the enhanced signals of in vitro CT and MR images were proportional to the concentrations of the nanocomposites. These results indicated that the as-prepared BaGdF5@MPN nanocomposites are promising contrast agents for CT/MR/luminescence imaging.

  12. Effective visible light-active boron and europium co-doped BiVO4 synthesized by sol-gel method for photodegradion of methyl orange. (United States)

    Wang, Min; Che, Yinsheng; Niu, Chao; Dang, Mingyan; Dong, Duo


    Eu-B co-doped BiVO4 visible-light-driven photocatalysts have been synthesized using the sol-gel method. The resulting materials were characterized by a series of joint techniques, including XPS, XRD, SEM, BET, and UV-vis DRS analyses. Compared with BiVO4 and B-BiVO4 photocatalysts, the Eu-B-BiVO4 photocatalysts exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity for methyl orange (MO) degradation under visible light irradiation. The optimal Eu doping content is 0.8 mol%. It was revealed that boron and europium were doped into the lattice of BiVO4 and this led to more surface oxygen vacancies, high specific surface areas, small crystallite size, a narrower band gap and intense light absorbance in the visible region. The doped Eu(III) cations can help in the separation of photogenerated electrons. The synergistic effects of boron and europium in doped BiVO4 were the main reason for improving visible light photocatalytic activity. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Emission tunability and local environment in europium-doped OH{sup −}-free calcium aluminosilicate glasses for artificial lighting applications

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    Farias, Aline M.; Sandrini, Marcelo; Viana, José Renato M.; Baesso, Mauro L.; Bento, Antônio C.; Rohling, Jurandir H. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Av Colombo, 5790, 87020-900, Maringá, PR (Brazil); Guyot, Yannick [Laboratoire de Physico–Chimie des Matériaux Luminescents, Université de Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Villeurbanne, UMR 5620 CNRS 69622 (France); De Ligny, Dominique [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Erlangen Nürnberg, Martens str. 5, 91058, Erlangen (Germany); Nunes, Luiz Antônio O. [Instituto de Física de São Carlos, Universidade de São Paulo, Av. Trabalhador São-Carlense400, 13566-590, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Gandra, Flávio G. [Instituto de Física Gleb Wataghin, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, 13083-859, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Sampaio, Juraci A. [Lab Ciências Físicas, Universidade Estadual Norte Fluminense, 28013-602, Campos Dos Goytacazes, RJ (Brazil); Lima, Sandro M.; Andrade, Luis Humberto C. [Grupo de Espectroscopia Óptica e Fototérmica, Universidade Estadual de Mato Grosso do Sul-UEMS, Dourados, MS, C. P. 351, CEP 79804-970 (Brazil); and others


    The relationship between emission tunability and the local environment of europium ions in OH{sup −}-free calcium aluminosilicate glasses was investigated, focusing on the development of devices for artificial lighting. Significant conversion of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} was obtained by means of melting the glasses under a vacuum atmosphere and controlling the silica content, resulting in broad, intense, and tunable luminescence ranging from blue to red. Electron spin resonance and X-ray absorption near edge structure measurements enabled correlation of the luminescence behavior of the material with the Eu{sup 2+}/Eu{sup 3+} concentration ratio and changes in the surrounding ions' crystal field. The coordinates of the CIE 1931 chromaticity diagram were calculated from the spectra, and the contour maps showed that the light emitted from Eu{sup 2+} presented broad bands and enhanced color tuning, ranging from reddish-orange to blue. The results showed that these Eu doped glasses can be used for tunable white lighting by combining matrix composition and the adjustment of the pumping wavelength. - Highlights: • Eu{sup 2+}-doped OH{sup −} free calcium aluminosilicate glass as a new source for white lighting. • Correlation between emission tunability and local environment of europium ions. • Significant reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} by melting the glasses under vacuum atmosphere. • Broad, intense and tunable luminescence ranging from blue to red.

  14. The effect of gallium arsenide aluminum laser therapy in the management of cervical myofascial pain syndrome: a double blind, placebo-controlled study. (United States)

    Dundar, U; Evcik, D; Samli, F; Pusak, H; Kavuncu, V


    The efficacy of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) seems controversial. A prospective, double-blind, randomized controlled trial was conducted in patients with chronic MPS in the neck to evaluate the effects of low-level 830-nm gallium arsenide aluminum (Ga-As-Al) laser therapy. The study group consisted of 64 MPS patients. The patients were randomly assigned into two groups. In group 1 (n = 32), Ga-As-Al laser treatment was applied over three trigger points bilaterally for 2 min over each point once a day for 15 days during a period of 3 weeks. In group 2 (n = 32), the same treatment protocol was given, but the laser instrument was switched off during applications. All patients in both groups performed daily isometric exercise and stretching exercises for cervical region. Parameters were measured at baseline and after 4 weeks. All patients were evaluated with respect to pain (at rest, movement, and night) and assessed by visual analog scale, measurement of active range of motion using an inclinometer and a goniometer, and the neck disability index. In both groups, statistically significant improvements were detected in all outcome measures compared with baseline (p 0.05). In conclusion, although the laser therapy has no superiority over placebo groups in this study, we cannot exclude the possibility of effectivity with another treatment regimen including different laser wavelengths and dosages (different intensity and density and/or treatment interval).

  15. A novel wide range, real-time neutron fluence monitor based on commercial off the shelf gallium arsenide light emitting diodes (United States)

    Mukherjee, B.; Hentschel, R.; Lambert, J.; Deya, W.; Farr, J.


    Displacement damage produced by high-energy neutrons in gallium arsenide (GaAs) light emitting diodes (LED) results in the reduction of light output. Based on this principle we have developed a simple, cost effective, neutron detector using commercial off the shelf (COTS) GaAs-LED for the assessment of neutron fluence and KERMA at critical locations in the vicinity of the 230 MeV proton therapy cyclotron operated by Westdeutsches Protonentherapiezentrum Essen (WPE). The LED detector response (mV) was found to be linear within the neutron fluence range of 3.0×10 8-1.0×10 11 neutron cm -2. The response of the LED detector was proportional to neutron induced displacement damage in LED; hence, by using the differential KERMA coefficient of neutrons in GaAs, we have rescaled the calibration curve for two mono-energetic sources, i.e. 1 MeV neutrons and 14 MeV neutrons generated by D+T fusion reaction. In this paper we present the principle of the real-time GaAs-LED based neutron fluence monitor as mentioned above. The device was calibrated using fast neutrons produced by bombarding a thick beryllium target with 14 MeV deuterons from a TCC CV 28 medical cyclotron of the Strahlenklinik University Hospital Essen.

  16. Correlation between non-Fermi-liquid behavior and superconductivity in (Ca, La)(Fe,Co)As2 iron arsenides: A high-pressure study (United States)

    Zhou, W.; Ke, F.; Xu, Xiaofeng; Sankar, R.; Xing, X.; Xu, C. Q.; Jiang, X. F.; Qian, B.; Zhou, N.; Zhang, Y.; Xu, M.; Li, B.; Chen, B.; Shi, Z. X.


    Non-Fermi-liquid (NFL) phenomena associated with correlation effects have been widely observed in the phase diagrams of unconventional superconducting families. Exploration of the correlation between the normal state NFL, regardless of its microscopic origins, and the superconductivity has been argued as a key to unveiling the mystery of the high-Tc pairing mechanism. Here we systematically investigate the pressure-dependent in-plane resistivity (ρ ) and Hall coefficient (RH) of a high-quality 112-type Fe-based superconductor Ca1 -xLaxFe1 -yCoyAs2 (x =0.2 ,y =0.02 ). With increasing pressure, the normal-state resistivity of the studied sample exhibits a pronounced crossover from non-Fermi-liquid to Fermi-liquid behaviors. Accompanied with this crossover, Tc is gradually suppressed. In parallel, the extremum in the Hall coefficient RH(T ) curve, possibly due to anisotropic scattering induced by spin fluctuations, is also gradually suppressed. The symbiosis of NFL and superconductivity implies that these two phenomena are intimately related. Further study on the pressure-dependent upper critical field reveals that the two-band effects are also gradually weakened with increasing pressure and reduced to the one-band Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg limit in the low-Tc regime. Overall, our paper supports the picture that NFL, multigap, and extreme RH(T ) are all of the same magnetic origin, i.e., the spin fluctuations in the 112 iron arsenide superconductors.

  17. Platinum-group elements fractionation by selective complexing, the Os, Ir, Ru, Rh-arsenide-sulfide systems above 1020 °C (United States)

    Helmy, Hassan M.; Bragagni, Alessandro


    The platinum-group element (PGE) contents in magmatic ores and rocks are normally in the low μg/g (even in the ng/g) level, yet they form discrete platinum-group mineral (PGM) phases. IPGE (Os, Ir, Ru) + Rh form alloys, sulfides, and sulfarsenides while Pt and Pd form arsenides, tellurides, bismuthoids and antimonides. We experimentally investigate the behavior of Os, Ru, Ir and Rh in As-bearing sulfide system between 1300 and 1020 °C and show that the prominent mineralogical difference between IPGE (+Rh) and Pt and Pd reflects different chemical preference in the sulfide melt. At temperatures above 1200 °C, Os shows a tendency to form alloys. Ruthenium forms a sulfide (laurite RuS2) while Ir and Rh form sulfarsenides (irarsite IrAsS and hollingworthite RhAsS, respectively). The chemical preference of PGE is selective: IPGE + Rh form metal-metal, metal-S and metal-AsS complexes while Pt and Pd form semimetal complexes. Selective complexing followed by mechanical separation of IPGE (and Rh)-ligand from Pt- and Pd-ligand associations lead to PGE fractionation.

  18. Determination of the hydrolysis constants of Europium (III), in ion strength media 4, 5 and 6 M NaClO{sub 4} at 303 K; Determinacion de las constantes de hidrolisis del Europio (III), en medios de fuerza ionica 4, 5 y 6 M de NaClO{sub 4} a 303 K

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    Alvarado B, A.; Jimenez R, M.; Solache R, M. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    This work was made with the purpose to complete information about the hydrolysis constants of Europium (III) in high ion strength media. So it was determined at a ion forces media 4, 5 and 6 M of sodium perchlorate at 303 K. The method used was the potentiometric with the aid of the Super quad computer program. In high ion strength media, the measurements of p H do not correspond directly to negative logarithm of the concentration of hydrogen ions, by this it is necessary to calibrate the electrode in these conditions. The Europium was hydrolized at pC{sub H} values greater 6 in all cases. The potentiometric method used under the described experimental conditions is adequate to determine the hydrolysis constants of Europium (III). According to the results and diagrams of chemical species of Europium obtained we can conclude that the hydrolysis constants, differ by its distribution but not in its identity. (Author)

  19. The Level of Europium-154 Contaminating Samarium-153-EDTMP Activates the Radiation Alarm System at the US Homeland Security Checkpoints

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    Mohammed Najeeb Al Hallak


    Full Text Available 153Sm-EDTMP is a radiopharmaceutical composed of EDTMP (ethylenediamine-tetramethylenephosphonate and Samarium-153 [1]. 153Sm-EDTMP has an affinity for skeletal tissue and concentrates in areas with increased bone turnover; thus, it is successfully used in relieving pain related to diffuse bone metastases [1]. The manufacturing process of 153Sm-EDTMP leads to contamination with 154Eu (Europium-154 [2]. A previous study only alluded to the retention of 154Eu in the bones after receiving treatment with 153Sm-EDTMP [2]. Activation of the alarm at security checkpoints after 153Sm-EDTMP therapy has not been previously reported. Two out of 15 patients who received 153Sm-EDTMP at Roger Maris Cancer Center (Fargo, N. Dak., USA activated the radiation activity sensors while passing through checkpoints; one at a US airport and the other while crossing theAmerican-Canadian border. We assume that the 154Eu which remained in the patients’ bones activated the sensors. Methods: In order to investigate this hypothesis, we obtained the consent from 3 of our 15 patients who received 153Sm-EDTMP within the previous 4 months to 2 years, including the patient who had activated the radiation alarm at the airport. The patients were scanned with a handheld detector and a gamma camera for energies from 511 keV to 1.3 MeV. Results: All three patients exhibited identical spectral images, and further analysis showed that the observed spectra are the result of 154Eu emissions. Conclusion: Depending on the detection thresholds and windows used by local and federal authorities, the remaining activity of 154Eu retained in patients who received 153Sm-EDTMP could be sufficient enough to increase the count rates above background levels and activate the sensors. At Roger Maris Cancer Center, patients are now informed of the potential consequences of 153Sm-EDTMP therapy prior to initiating treatment. In addition, patients treated with 153Sm-EDTMP at Roger Maris Cancer Center

  20. Europium-Labeled Synthetic C3a Protein as a Novel Fluorescent Probe for Human Complement C3a Receptor. (United States)

    Dantas de Araujo, Aline; Wu, Chongyang; Wu, Kai-Chen; Reid, Robert C; Durek, Thomas; Lim, Junxian; Fairlie, David P


    Measuring ligand affinity for a G protein-coupled receptor is often a crucial step in drug discovery. It has been traditionally determined by binding putative new ligands in competition with native ligand labeled with a radioisotope of finite lifetime. Competing instead with a lanthanide-based fluorescent ligand is more attractive due to greater longevity, stability, and safety. Here, we have chemically synthesized the 77 residue human C3a protein and conjugated its N-terminus to europium diethylenetriaminepentaacetate to produce a novel fluorescent protein (Eu-DTPA-hC3a). Time-resolved fluorescence analysis has demonstrated that Eu-DTPA-hC3a binds selectively to its cognate G protein-coupled receptor C3aR with full agonist activity and similar potency and selectivity as native C3a in inducing calcium mobilization and phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases in HEK293 cells that stably expressed C3aR. Time-resolved fluorescence analysis for saturation and competitive binding gave a dissociation constant (Kd) of 8.7 ± 1.4 nM for Eu-DTPA-hC3a and binding affinities for hC3a (pKi of 8.6 ± 0.2 and Ki of 2.5 nM) and C3aR ligands TR16 (pKi of 6.8 ± 0.1 and Ki of 138 nM), BR103 (pKi of 6.7 ± 0.1 and Ki of 185 nM), BR111 (pKi of 6.3 ± 0.2 and Ki of 544 nM) and SB290157 (pKi of 6.3 ± 0.1 and Ki of 517 nM) via displacement of Eu-DTPA-hC3a from hC3aR. The macromolecular conjugate Eu-DTPA-hC3a is a novel nonradioactive probe suitable for studying ligand-C3aR interactions with potential value in accelerating drug development for human C3aR in physiology and disease.

  1. The Level of Europium-154 Contaminating Samarium-153-EDTMP Activates the Radiation Alarm System at the US Homeland Security Checkpoints. (United States)

    Najeeb Al Hallak, Mohammed; McCurdy, Matt; Zouain, Nicolas; Hayes, Justin


    (153)Sm-EDTMP is a radiopharmaceutical composed of EDTMP (ethylenediamine-tetramethylenephosphonate) and Samarium-153 [1]. (153)Sm-EDTMP has an affinity for skeletal tissue and concentrates in areas with increased bone turnover; thus, it is successfully used in relieving pain related to diffuse bone metastases [1]. The manufacturing process of (153)Sm-EDTMP leads to contamination with (154)Eu (Europium-154) [2]. A previous study only alluded to the retention of (154)Eu in the bones after receiving treatment with (153)Sm-EDTMP [2]. Activation of the alarm at security checkpoints after (153)Sm-EDTMP therapy has not been previously reported. Two out of 15 patients who received (153)Sm-EDTMP at Roger Maris Cancer Center (Fargo, N. Dak., USA) activated the radiation activity sensors while passing through checkpoints; one at a US airport and the other while crossing the American-Canadian border. We assume that the (154)Eu which remained in the patients' bones activated the sensors. METHODS: In order to investigate this hypothesis, we obtained the consent from 3 of our 15 patients who received (153)Sm-EDTMP within the previous 4 months to 2 years, including the patient who had activated the radiation alarm at the airport. The patients were scanned with a handheld detector and a gamma camera for energies from 511 keV to 1.3 MeV. RESULTS: All three patients exhibited identical spectral images, and further analysis showed that the observed spectra are the result of (154)Eu emissions. CONCLUSION: Depending on the detection thresholds and windows used by local and federal authorities, the remaining activity of (154)Eu retained in patients who received (153)Sm-EDTMP could be sufficient enough to increase the count rates above background levels and activate the sensors. At Roger Maris Cancer Center, patients are now informed of the potential consequences of (153)Sm-EDTMP therapy prior to initiating treatment. In addition, patients treated with (153)Sm-EDTMP at Roger Maris Cancer

  2. Solubility of platinum-arsenide melt and sperrylite in synthetic basalt at 0.1 MPa and 1200 °C with implications for arsenic speciation and platinum sequestration in mafic igneous systems (United States)

    Canali, A. C.; Brenan, J. M.; Sullivan, N. A.


    To better understand the Pt-As association in natural magmas, experiments were done at 1200 °C and 0.1 MPa to measure the solubility of Pt and Pt-arsenide phases (melt and sperrylite, PtAs2), as well as to determine the oxidation state, and identify evidence for Pt-As complexing, in molten silicate. Samples consisting of synthetic basalt contained in chromite crucibles were subject to three experimental procedures. In the first, platinum solubility in the synthetic basalt was determined without added arsenic by equilibrating the sample with a platinum source (embedded wire or bead) in a gas-mixing furnace. In the second, the sample plus a Pt-arsenide source was equilibrated in a vacuum-sealed fused quartz tube containing a solid-oxide oxygen buffer. The third approach involved two steps: first equilibrating the sample in a gas-mixing furnace, then with added arsenide melt in a sealed quartz tube. Oxygen fugacity was estimated in the latter step using chromite/melt partitioning of vanadium. Method two experiments done at high initial arsenic activity (PtAs melt + PtAs2), showed significant loss of arsenic from the sample, the result of vapour transfer to newly-formed arsenide phases in the buffer. Method three experiments showed no loss of arsenic, yielding a uniform final distribution in the sample. Analyses of run-product glasses from experiments which did not show arsenic loss reveal significant increase in arsenic concentrations with fO2, varying from ∼10 ppm (FMQ-3.25) to >10,000 ppm (FMQ + 5.5). Despite very high arsenic loadings (>1000 ppm), the solubility of Pt is similar in arsenic-bearing and arsenic-free glasses. The variation in arsenic solubility with fO2 shows a linear relationship, that when corrected for the change in the activity of dissolved arsenic with the melt ferric/ferrous ratio, yields a solubility-fO2 relationship consistent with As3+ as the dissolved species. This result is confirmed by X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES

  3. Neutron cross section evaluations of europium isotopes in 1 keV - 30 MeV energy range. Format - validation - comparison; Evaluation de sections efficaces pour des neutrons incidents sur des isotopes d'europium aux energies 1 keV - 30 MeV. Format - validation - comparaison

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    Dossantos-Uzarralde, P.; Le Luel, C.; Bauge, E. [CEA Bruyeres le Chatel, 91 (France). Dept. de Physique Theorique et Appliquee


    This paper presents neutron cross section evaluations of Europium isotopes. The cross sections are evaluated in 1 keV - 30 MeV energy range for the isotopes {sup 146}Eu, {sup 147}Eu, {sup 148}Eu, {sup 149}Eu, {sup 150}Eu, {sup 151}Eu, {sup 152}Eu, {sup 153}Eu, {sup 154}Eu in their ground state. This evaluation includes cross section productions of the long life isomeric states. Special attention is put on the options used for the description of the files written in ENDF-6 format. The final issue is a proposal of a new breed of ENDF-6 formatted neutron activation file. (authors)

  4. High Final Energy of Low-Level Gallium Arsenide Laser Therapy Enhances Skeletal Muscle Recovery without a Positive Effect on Collagen Remodeling. (United States)

    de Freitas, Carlos Eduardo Assumpção; Bertaglia, Raquel Santilone; Vechetti Júnior, Ivan José; Mareco, Edson Assunção; Salomão, Rondinelle Artur Simões; de Paula, Tassiana Gutierrez; Nai, Gisele Alborghetti; Carvalho, Robson Francisco; Pacagnelli, Francis Lopes; Dal-Pai-Silva, Maeli


    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) laser, using a high final energy of 4.8 J, during muscle regeneration after cryoinjury. Thirty Wistar rats were divided into three groups: Control (C, n = 10); Injured (I, n = 10) and Injured and laser treated (Injured/LLLT, n = 10). The cryoinjury was induced in the central region of the tibialis anterior muscle (TA). The applications of the laser (904 nm, 50 mW average power) were initiated 24 h after injury, at energy density of 69 J cm(-1) for 48 s, for 5 days, to two points of the lesion. Twenty-four hours after the final application, the TA muscle was removed and frozen in liquid nitrogen to assess the general muscle morphology and the gene expression of TNF-α, TGF-β, MyoD, and Myogenin. The Injured/LLLT group presented a higher number of regenerating fibers and fewer degenerating fibers (P < 0.05) without changes in the collagen remodeling. In addition, the Injured/LLLT group presented a significant decrease in the expression of TNF-α and myogenin compared to the injured group (P < 0.05). The results suggest that the GaAs laser, using a high final energy after cryoinjury, promotes muscle recovery without changing the collagen remodeling in the muscle extracellular matrix. © 2015 The American Society of Photobiology.

  5. Complexation of lactate with neodymium(III) and europium(III) at variable temperatures: studies by potentiometry, microcalorimetry, optical absorption, and luminescence spectroscopy. (United States)

    Tian, Guoxin; Martin, Leigh R; Rao, Linfeng


    The complexation of neodymium(III) and europium(III) with lactate was studied at variable temperatures by potentiometry, absorption spectrophotometry, luminescence spectroscopy, and microcalorimetry. The stability constants of three successive lactate complexes (ML(2+), ML(2)(+), and ML(3)(aq), where M stands for Nd and Eu and L stands for lactate) at 10, 25, 40, 55, and 70 °C were determined. The enthalpies of complexation at 25 °C were determined by microcalorimetry. Thermodynamic data show that the complexation of trivalent lanthanides (Nd(3+) and Eu(3+)) with lactate is exothermic and the complexation becomes weaker at higher temperatures. Results from optical absorption and luminescence spectroscopy suggest that the complexes are inner-sphere chelate complexes in which the protonated α-hydroxyl group of lactate participates in the complexation.

  6. Selective separation of americium from europium using 2,9-bis(triazine)-1,10-phenanthrolines in ionic liquids: a new twist on an old story. (United States)

    Williams, Neil J; Dehaudt, Jérémy; Bryantsev, Vyacheslav S; Luo, Huimin; Abney, Carter W; Dai, Sheng


    Bis-triazine phenanthrolines have shown great promise for f-block metal separations, attributable to their highly preorganized structure, nitrogen donors, and more enhanced covalent bonding with actinides over lanthanides. However, their limited solubility in traditional solvents remains a technological bottleneck. Herein we report our recent work using a simple 2,9-bis(triazine)-1,10-phenanthroline (Me-BTPhen) dissolved in an ionic liquid (IL), demonstrating the efficacy of IL extraction systems for the selective separation of americium from europium, achieving separation factors in excess of 7500 and selectively removing up to 99% of the americium. Characterization of the coordination environment was performed using a combination of X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (XAFS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations.

  7. Experimental and Theoretical Studies on the Structure and Photoluminescent Properties of New Mononuclear and Homodinuclear Europium(III β-Diketonate Complexes

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    Full Text Available Two novel europium(III complexes, a monomer and a homodimer, with 1-(4-chlorophenyl-4,4,4-trifluoro-1,3-butanedione (Hcbtfa and 5-chloro-1,10-phenanthroline (cphen ligands, formulated as [Eu(cbtfa3(cphen] and [Eu2(cbtfa4(cphen2(CH3O2], have been synthesized. Their structures have been elucidated by X-ray diffraction and their absorption and emission properties have been studied in the solid state. The experimental data has then been used to test the recently released LUMPAC software, a promising tool which can facilitate the design of more efficient lanthanide light-conversion molecular devices by combining ground state geometry, excited state energy, and luminescent properties calculations.

  8. Optical Temperature Probe Based on the Fluorescence Decay Time of Tris-(dibenzoylmethane mono (5-amino-1,10-phenanthroline-europium(III

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    Full Text Available The measurement of temperature is essential in defining the physical and chemical properties of any system. This is particularly true in dynamic systems where the temperature may fluctuate during the process. In this paper we investigated the potential of tris-(dibenzoylmethane mono (5-amino-1, 10-phenanthroline-europium(III ( Eu[tdap] as an optical temperature probe. The principle of the measurement is based on the temperature dependence of the fluorescence decay time of Eu(tdap embedded in polystyrene. Within the investigated temperature range between 3 and 70°C a linear correlation between temperature and decay time was found. The probe is accurate and repeatable and there is no cross-sensitivity to pH changes. Continuous measurement for more than 2.5 hours at which the temperature is switched between two different temperatures shows no signal drift. The relative standard deviation is less than 0.65 percent.

  9. Crystal structure and luminescence of a europium coordination polymer {[Eu( m-MOBA) 3·2H 2O]1/2(4,4'-bpy)} ∞ (United States)

    Li, X.; Zheng, X.; Jin, L.; Lu, S.; Qin, W.


    The structure of the complex [Eu( m-MOBA) 3·2H 2O]1/2(4,4'-bpy) ( m-MOBA: m-methoxybenzoate, 4,4'-bpy: 4,4'-bipyridine) was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The bonding around each europium consists of two oxygen atoms of the chelated carboxyl group, two oxygen atoms of two water molecules and four oxygen atoms of the bidentate bridging carboxylate groups, forming an infinite polymeric chain structure. The luminescence behaviour of Eu 3+ in {[Eu( m-MOBA) 3·2H 2O]1/2(4,4'-bpy)} ∞ was observed at 77 K. The emission spectra of 5D 1→ 7F J ( J=1-3) and 5D 0→ 7F J ( J=0-4) transitions were recorded. The complex displays intense luminescence which may be related to the m-MOBA ligand and the polymeric coordination.

  10. Synthesis and luminescence properties of two novel europium (III) perchlorate complexes with bis(benzylsulfinyl)methane and 1,10-phenanthroline

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    Li, Wen-Xian, E-mail: [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot 010021 (China); Guo, Feng [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot 010021 (China); Zheng, Yu-Shan [Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Product Quality Inspection Institute, Hohhot 010010 (China); Cao, Xiao-Fang; Feng, Shu-Yan; Bai, Juan; Xin, Xiao-Dong [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot 010021 (China)


    Two novel binary and ternary Europium (III) perchlorate complexes were synthesized. The binary complex was prepared with bis(benzylsulfinyl)methane as ligand, and the ternary complex was with bis(benzylsulfinyl)methane as first ligand and 1,10-Phenanthroline as second ligand. They were characterized by element analysis, molar conductivity, coordination titration analysis, IR, TG-DSC, {sup 1}HNMR and UV spectra. The results indicated that the composition of binary and ternary complexes was EuL{sub 2.5}·(ClO{sub 4}){sub 3}·3H{sub 2}O and Eu{sub 2}L{sub 4}·phen·(ClO{sub 4}){sub 6}·12H{sub 2}O (L=C{sub 6}H{sub 5}CH{sub 2}SOCH{sub 2}SOCH{sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 5}), respectively. The fluorescent spectra illustrated that the complexes displayed characteristic Europium (III) ion fluorescence in solid state, indicating the ligands favored energy transfer to the excitation state energy level of it. The strongest characteristic fluorescence emission intensity of the ternary system was 1.87 times as strong as that of the binary system. The fluorescent quantum yields of the Eu (III) ternary and binary complexes were also calculated. Additionally, the phosphorescence spectra and the luminescence mechanisms of the complexes were studied and explained. - Highlights: • Two rare earth complexes are new. And they are stabilized. • The intensities of the two rare earth complexes were all stronger and the lifetimes were longer. • The introduction of the second organic ligand1,10-Phenanthroline enhanced the fluorescence intensity. • The fluorescent quantum yields of two complexes being calculated are both very high.

  11. Luminescent europium and terbium complexes of dipyridoquinoxaline and dipyridophenazine ligands as photosensitizing antennae: structures and biological perspectives. (United States)

    Dasari, Srikanth; Patra, Ashis K


    The europium(III) and terbium(III) complexes, namely [Eu(dpq)(DMF)2(NO3)3] (1), [Eu(dppz)2(NO3)3] (2), [Tb(dpq)(DMF)2Cl3] (3), and [Tb(dppz)(DMF)2Cl3] (4), where dipyrido[3,2-d:2',3'-f]quinoxaline (dpq in 1 and 3), dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine (dppz in 2 and 4) and N,N'-dimethylformamide (DMF) have been isolated, characterized from their physicochemical data, luminescence studies and their interaction with DNA, serum albumin protein and photo-induced DNA cleavage activity are studied. The X-ray crystal structures of complexes 1-4 show discrete mononuclear Ln(3+)-based structures. The Eu(3+) in [Eu(dpq)(DMF)2(NO3)3] (1) and [Eu(dppz)2(NO3)3] (2) as [Eu(dppz)2(NO3)3]·dppz (2a) adopts a ten-coordinated bicapped dodecahedron structure with a bidentate N,N-donor dpq ligand, two DMF and three NO3(-) anions in 1 and two bidentate N,N-donor dppz ligands and three NO3(-) anions in 2. Complexes 3 and 4 show a seven-coordinated mono-capped octahedron structure where Tb(3+) contains bidentate dpq/dppz ligands, two DMF and three Cl(-) anions. The complexes are highly luminescent in nature indicating efficient photo-excited energy transfer from the dpq/dppz antenna to Ln(3+) to generate long-lived emissive excited states for characteristic f → f transitions. The time-resolved luminescence spectra of complexes 1-4 show typical narrow emission bands attributed to the (5)D0 → (7)F(J) and (5)D4 → (7)F(J) f-f transitions of Eu(3+) and Tb(3+) ions respectively. The number of inner-sphere water molecules (q) was determined from luminescence lifetime measurements in H2O and D2O confirming ligand-exchange reactions with water in solution. The complexes display significant binding propensity to the CT-DNA giving binding constant values in the range of 1.0 × 10(4)-6.1 × 10(4) M(-1) in the order 2, 4 (dppz) > 1, 3 (dpq). DNA binding data suggest DNA groove binding with the partial intercalation nature of the complexes. All the complexes also show binding propensity (K(BSA)

  12. Application of a room temperature ionic liquid for nuclear spent fuel reprocessing: speciation of trivalent europium and solvatation effects; Application d'un liquide ionique basse temperature pour les procedes de separation: speciation de l'europium trivalent et effets solvatation

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    Moutiers, G.; Mekki, S. [CEA Saclay, Dept. de Physico-Chimie, Service de Chimie Physique, 91 - Gif sur Yvette (France); Billard, I. [IN2P3/CNRS, 69 - Villeurbanne (France)


    One of the solutions proposed for the optimization of the long term storage and conditioning of spent nuclear fuel is to separate actinide and lanthanide both from each other and from other less radioactive metallic species. The industrial proposed processes, based on liquid liquid extraction steps, involve solvents with non negligible vapour pressure and may generate contaminated liquid wastes that will have to be reprocessed. During the last decade, some room-temperature ionic liquids have been studied and integrated into industrial processes. The interest on this class of solvent came out from their 'green' properties (non volatile, non flammable, recyclable, etc...), but also from the variability of their physico-chemical properties (stability, hydrophobicity, viscosity) as a function of the RTIL chemical composition. Indeed, it has been shown that classical chemical industrial processes could be transferred into those media, even more improved, while a certain number of difficulties arising from using traditional solvent can be avoided. In this respect, it could be promising to investigate the ability to use room temperature ionic liquid into the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing field. The aim of this this study is to test the ability of the specific ionic liquid bumimTf{sub 2}N to allow trivalent europium extraction. The choice of this metal is based on the chemical analogy with trivalent minor actinides Curium and Americium which are contributing the greatest part of the long-lived high level radioactive wastes. Handling these elements needs to be very cautious for the safety and radioprotection aspect. Moreover, europium is a very sensitive luminescent probe to its environment even at the microscopic scale. The report is structured with four parts. In a first chapter, we present the main physico-chemical properties of an imidazolium-based ionic liquid family, and then we choose the ionic liquid bumimTf{sub 2}N for the whole thesis and start with

  13. Quantificaion of ion diffusion in gallium arsenide-based spintronic Light-Emitting Diode devices using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (United States)

    Cogswell, Jeffrey Ryan

    Depth profiling using Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) is a direct method to measure diffusion of atomic or molecular species that have migrated distances of nanometers/micrometers in a specific material. For this research, the diffusion of Mn, sequentially Ga ions, in Gallium Arsenide (GaAs)-based spin Light Emitting Diode (LED) devices is studied by quantitative Time-of-Flight (ToF) SIMS. The goal is to prove conclusively the driving force and mechanism behind Mn diffusion in GaAs by quantifying the diffusion of these ions in each device. Previous work has identified two competing processes for the movement of Mn in GaAs: diffusion and phase separation. The process is dependent on the temperature the sample is exposed to, either by post-annealing, or during the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth process. The hypothesis is that Manganese Arsenide (MnAs) is thermodynamically more stable than randomly distributed Mn ions in GaAs, and that by annealing at a certain temperature, a pure MnAs layer can be produced from a GaMnAs layer in a working spin LED device. Secondly, the spin efficiencies will be measured and the difference will be related to the formation of a pure MnAs layer. The first chapter of this dissertation discusses the history of spintronic devices, including details on the established methods for characterization, the importance for potential application to the semiconductor industry, and the requirements for the full implementation of spintronic devices in modern-day computers. MnAs and GaMnAs devices are studied, their preparation and properties are described, and the study's experimental design is covered in the latter part of Chapter 1. Chapter 2 includes a review of diffusion in semiconductors, including the types of diffusion, mechanisms they follow, and the different established experimental methods for studying diffusion. The later sections include summaries of Mn diffusion and previous studies investigating Mn diffusion in different

  14. Synthesis, characterization and luminescence of europium perchlorate with MABA-Si complex and coating structure SiO2@Eu(MABA-Si) luminescence nanoparticles. (United States)

    Fu, Zhi-Fang; Li, Wen-Xian; Bai, Juan; Bao, Jin-Rong; Cao, Xiao-Fang; Zheng, Yu-Shan


    This article reports a novel category of coating structure SiO 2 @Eu(MABA-Si) luminescence nanoparticles (NPs) consisting of a unique organic shell, composed of perchlorate europium(III) complex, and an inorganic core, composed of silica. The binary complex Eu(MABA-Si) 3 ·(ClO 4 ) 3 ·5H 2 O was synthesized using HOOCC 6 H 4 N(CONH(CH 2 ) 3 Si(OCH 2 CH 3 ) 3 ) 2 (MABA-Si) and was used as a ligand. Furthermore, the as-prepared silica NPs were successfully coated with the -Si(OCH 2 CH 3 ) 3 group of MABA-Si to form Si-O-Si chemical bonds by means of the hydrolyzation of MABA-Si. The binary complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductivity and coordination titration analysis. The results indicated that the composition of the binary complex was Eu(MABA-Si) 3 ·(ClO 4 ) 3 ·5H 2 O. Coating structure SiO 2 @Eu(MABA-Si) NPs were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and infrared (IR) spectra. Based on the SEM and TEM measurements, the diameter of core-SiO 2 particles was ~400 and 600 nm, and the thickness of the cladding layer Eu(MABA-Si) was ~20 nm. In the binary complex Eu(MABA-Si) 3 ·(ClO 4 ) 3 ·5H 2 O, the fluorescence spectra illustrated that the energy of the ligand MABA-Si transferred to the energy level for the excitation state of europium(III) ion. Coating structure SiO 2 @Eu(MABA-Si) NPs exhibited intense red luminescence compared with the binary complex. The fluorescence lifetime and fluorescence quantum efficiency of the binary complex and of the coating structure NPs were also calculated. The way in which the size of core-SiO 2 spheres influences the luminescence was also studied. Moreover, the luminescent mechanisms of the complex were studied and explained. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  15. The structures of CyMe4-BTBP complexes of americium(iii) and europium(iii) in solvents used in solvent extraction, explaining their separation properties. (United States)

    Ekberg, Christian; Löfström-Engdahl, Elin; Aneheim, Emma; Foreman, Mark R StJ; Geist, Andreas; Lundberg, Daniel; Denecke, Melissa; Persson, Ingmar


    Separation of trivalent actinoid (An(iii)) and lanthanoid (Ln(iii)) ions is extremely challenging due to their similar ionic radii and chemical properties. Poly-aromatic nitrogen compounds acting as tetradentate chelating ligands to the metal ions in the extraction, have the ability to sufficiently separate An(iii) from Ln(iii). One of these compounds, 6,6'-bis(5,5,8,8-tetramethyl-5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-benzol[1,2,4]triazin-3-yl)[2,2]bipyridine, CyMe4-BTBP, has proven to be resistant towards acidic environments and strong radiation from radioactive decomposition. EXAFS studies of the dicomplexes of CyMe4-BTBP with americium(iii) and europium(iii) in nitrobenzene, cyclohexanone, 1-hexanol, 1-octanol and malonamide (DMDOHEMA) in 1-octanol have been carried out to get a deeper understanding of the parameters responsible for the separation. The predominating complexes independent of solvent used are [Am(CyMe4-BTBP)2(NO3)](2+) and [Eu(CyMe4-BTBP)2](3+), respectively, which are present as outer-sphere ion-pairs with nitrate ions in the studied solvents with low relative permittivity. The presence of a nitrate ion in the first coordination sphere of the americium(iii) complex compensates the charge density of the complex considerably in comparison when only outer-sphere ion-pairs are formed as for the [Eu(CyMe4-BTBP)2](3+) complex. The stability and solubility of a complex in a solvent with low relative permittivity increase with decreasing charge density. The [Am(CyMe4-BTBP)2(NO3)](2+) complex will therefore be increasingly soluble and stabilized over the [Eu(CyMe4-BTBP)2](3+) complex in solvents with decreasing relative permittivity of the solvent. The separation of americium(iii) from europium(iii) with CyMe4-BTBP as extraction agent will increase with decreasing relative permittivity of the solvent, and thereby also with decreasing solubility of CyMe4-BTBP. The choice of solvent is therefore a balance of a high separation factor and sufficient solubility of the CyMe4-BTBP

  16. Europium-decorated graphene quantum dots as a fluorescent probe for label-free, rapid and sensitive detection of Cu{sup 2+} and L-cysteine

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    Lin, Liping [College of Life Sciences, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, 350002 (China); Song, Xinhong; Chen, Yiying; Rong, Mingcong; Wang, Yiru [Department of Chemistry and the MOE Key Laboratory of Spectrochemical Analysis & Instrumentation, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen, 361005 (China); Zhao, Li; Zhao, Tingting [Xiamen Huaxia College, Xiamen, 361024 (China); Chen, Xi, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry and the MOE Key Laboratory of Spectrochemical Analysis & Instrumentation, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen, 361005 (China); State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, Xiamen, 361005 (China)


    In this work, europium-decorated graphene quantum dots (Eu-GQDs) were prepared by treating three-dimensional Eu-decorated graphene (3D Eu-graphene) via a strong acid treatment. Various characterizations revealed that Eu atoms were successfully complexed with the oxygen functional groups on the surface of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with the atomic ratio of 2.54%. Compared with Eu free GQDs, the introduction of Eu atoms enhanced the electron density and improved the surface chemical activities of Eu-GQDs. Therefore, the obtained Eu-GQDs were used as a novel “off-on” fluorescent probe for the label-free determination of Cu{sup 2+} and L-cysteine (L-Cys) with high sensitivity and selectivity. The fluorescence intensity of Eu-GQDs was quenched in the presence of Cu{sup 2+} owing to the coordination reaction between Cu{sup 2+} and carboxyl groups on the surface of the Eu-GQDs. The fluorescence intensity of Eu-GQDs recovered with the subsequent addition of L-Cys because of the strong affinity of Cu{sup 2+} to L-Cys via the Cu–S bond. The experimental results showed that the fluorescence variation of the proposed approach had a good linear relationship in the range of 0.1–10 μM for Cu{sup 2+} and 0.5–50 μM for L-Cys with corresponding detection limits of 0.056 μM for Cu{sup 2+} and 0.31 μM for L-Cys. The current approach also displayed a special response to Cu{sup 2+} and L-Cys over the other co-existing metal ions and amino acids, and the results obtained from buffer-diluted serum samples suggested its applicability in biological samples. - Highlights: • The europium-decorated graphene quantum dots (Eu-GQDs) have been successfully prepared. • Various characterizations results proved that Eu atoms were successfully introduced into graphene quantum dots. • The introduced Eu atoms changed the electron density and surface chemical activities of Eu-GQDs. • Eu-GQDs were used as an “off-on” fluorescent probe for Cu{sup 2+} and L-cysteine detection

  17. Synthesis, structural characterization and luminescent properties of a novel europium ternary complex Eu(2-A-4-CBA){sub 3}phen

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    Chen, Yongjie, E-mail:; Wu, Shengnan; Xing, Zhenfang; Cao, Shuang; Geng, Xiujuan; Yang, Ying; Xiao, Linjiu


    The preparation of a novel europium ternary complex with the formula of Eu(2-A-4-CBA){sub 3}phen (where, 2-A-4-CBA = 2-amino-4-chlorobenzoic acid, phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) under solvothermal condition is described. The composition and structure of the resulting complex were investigated by elemental analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The complex is polycrystalline, and the morphology is clean and regular as revealed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The luminescent and thermal properties of the complex were researched by fluorescence spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis, respectively. Of importance here is that, the room-temperature luminescence spectra of the complex show strong characteristic emission of the corresponding Eu{sup 3+}, which is attributed to the energy transfer from ligands to Eu{sup 3+} via an Antenna effect. It is also found that the complex exhibits pure red light and high color purity. In addition, the complex does not decompose until 300 °C, so it exhibits good thermal stability. - Highlights: • A novel Eu(III) complex was synthesized by solvothermal synthesis method. • The structure and properties of complex were studied. • The complex can emits pure red light and has a high color purity. • The complex does not decompose until 300 °C and it has a good thermal stability.

  18. Size- and dimensionality-dependent optical, magnetic and magneto-optical properties of binary europium-based nanocrystals: EuX (X = O, S, Se, Te). (United States)

    Zhou, Xingzhi; Zhang, Kelvin H L; Xiong, Jie; Park, Ju-Hyun; Dickerson, James H; He, Weidong


    Europium chalcogenides (EuX, X = O, S, Se, Te), a class of prototypical Heisenberg magnetic semiconductors, exhibit intriguing properties in optics, magnetism, and magneto-optics at the nanoscale, and have broad application potential in optical/magnetic sensors, spintronics, optical isolators, etc. EuX nanocrystals (NCs) exhibit enhanced properties, such as high saturation magnetization, a strong magneto-optic effect (Faraday rotation), and high magneto resistance, which are all unanimously dependent on the NC's size, shape, and surface information. In this report, we give an overview of the fundamental properties of bulk EuX, and illustrate the quantum confinement effects on the optical, magnetic and magneto-optical properties of EuX nanostructures. We then focus on doping and self-assembly-two efficient methods that enhance magnetic properties by manipulating magnetic coupling in EuX nanostructures. In particular, we look towards future research on Eu(2+) NCs, which along with the overview provides an up-to-date platform for evaluating the fundamental properties and application potential of Eu-based semiconductors.

  19. Crystal structure and luminescence properties of the first hydride oxide chloride with divalent europium. LiEu{sub 2}HOCl{sub 2}

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    Rudolph, Daniel; Schleid, Thomas [Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stuttgart (Germany); Enseling, David; Juestel, Thomas [Department of Chemical Engineering, Muenster University of Applied Sciences, Steinfurt (Germany)


    The mixed-anionic hydride oxide chloride LiEu{sub 2}HOCl{sub 2} with divalent europium was synthesized by the reduction of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} with LiH in a LiCl flux at 750 C for 4 d in silica-jacketed niobium capsules. According to structure determination by single-crystal X-ray diffraction the yellow compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Cmcm (a = 1492.30(11) pm, b = 570.12(4) pm, c = 1143.71(8) pm, Z = 8) with a crystal structure closely related to that one of the quaternary hydride oxide LiLa{sub 2}HO{sub 3} and the hydride nitride LiSr{sub 2}H{sub 2}N. On the other hand it can also be derived from the PbFCl-type structure of EuHCl showing astonishingly short Eu{sup 2+}..Eu{sup 2+} contacts of 326 and 329 pm. Both crystallographically different Eu{sup 2+} cations have nine anionic neighbors, while all other ions (Li{sup +}, H{sup -}, O{sup 2-} and Cl{sup -}) reside in six-membered coordination spheres. LiEu{sub 2}OCl{sub 2}H exhibits a bright yellow luminescence with an emission maximum at 581 nm upon excitation at 440 nm. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Highly sensitive and novel point-of-care system, aQcare Chlamydia TRF kit for detecting Chlamydia trachomatis by using europium (Eu) (III) chelated nanoparticles. (United States)

    Ham, Ji Yeon; Jung, Jaean; Hwang, Byung-Gap; Kim, Won-Jung; Kim, Young-Seop; Kim, Eun-Ju; Cho, Mi-Yeon; Hwang, Mi-Sun; Won, Dong Il; Suh, Jang Soo


    The bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis is one of the leading causes of sexually transmitted diseases worldwide. Since no simple and effective tool exists to diagnose C. trachomatis infections, we evaluated a novel point-of-care (POC) test, aQcare Chlamydia TRF kit, which uses europium-chelated nanoparticles and a time-resolved fluorescence reader. The test performance was evaluated by comparing the results obtained using the novel POC testing kit with those obtained using a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), using 114 NAAT-positive and 327 NAAT-negative samples. The cut-off value of the novel test was 20.8 with a detection limit of 0.27 ng/mL. No interference or cross-reactivity was observed. Diagnostic accuracy showed an overall sensitivity of 93.0% (106/114), specificity of 96.3% (315/327), positive predictive value (PPV) of 89.8% (106/118), and negative predictive value (NPV) of 97.5% (315/323). The sensitivity of the novel test was much higher than that of currently available POC tests. Furthermore, the relative ease and short turnaround time (30 min) of this assay enables C. trachomatis-infected individuals to be treated without a diagnostic delay. This simple and novel test is a potential tool to screen a larger population, especially those in areas with limited resources.

  1. Fluorescence enhancement of europium (III) perchlorate by 1,10-phenanthroline on the 1-(naphthalen-2-yl)-2-(phenylsulthio)ethanone complex and luminescence mechanism. (United States)

    Li, Wen-Xian; Xin, Xiao-Dong; Feng, Shu-Yan; Liu, Yu; Zhang, Jing; Ao, Bo-Yang; Li, Ying-Jie


    A novel ligand, 1-(naphthalen-2-yl)-2-(phenylsulthio)ethanone was synthesized using a new method and its two europium (Eu) (III) complexes were synthesized. The compounds were characterized by elemental analysis, coordination titration analysis, molar conductivity, infrared, thermo gravimetric analyzer-differential scanning calorimetry (TGA-DSC), (1)H NMR and UV spectra. The composition was suggested as EuL5 · (ClO4)3 · 2H2O and EuL4 · phen(ClO4)3 · 2H2O (L = C(10)H(7)COCH(2)SOC(6)H(5)). The fluorescence spectra showed that the Eu(III) displayed strong characteristic metal-centered fluorescence in the solid state. The ternary rare earth complex showed stronger fluorescence intensity than the binary rare earth complex in such material. The strongest characteristic fluorescence emission intensity of the ternary system was 1.49 times as strong as that of the binary system. The phosphorescence spectra were also discussed. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  2. Matrix-Assisted Ionization-Ion Mobility Spectrometry-Mass Spectrometry: Selective Analysis of a Europium-PEG Complex in a Crude Mixture. (United States)

    Fischer, Joshua L; Lutomski, Corinne A; El-Baba, Tarick J; Siriwardena-Mahanama, Buddhima N; Weidner, Steffen M; Falkenhagen, Jana; Allen, Matthew J; Trimpin, Sarah


    The analytical utility of a new and simple to use ionization method, matrix-assisted ionization (MAI), coupled with ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) and mass spectrometry (MS) is used to characterize a 2-armed europium(III)-containing poly(ethylene glycol) (Eu-PEG) complex directly from a crude sample. MAI was used with the matrix 1,2-dicyanobenzene, which affords low chemical background relative to matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) and electrospray ionization (ESI). MAI provides high ion abundance of desired products in comparison to ESI and MALDI. Inductively coupled plasma-MS measurements were used to estimate a maximum of 10% of the crude sample by mass was the 2-arm Eu-PEG complex, supporting evidence of selective ionization of Eu-PEG complexes using the new MAI matrix, 1,2-dicyanobenzene. Multiply charged ions formed in MAI enhance the IMS gas-phase separation, especially relative to the singly charged ions observed with MALDI. Individual components are cleanly separated and readily identified, allowing characterization of the 2-arm Eu-PEG conjugate from a mixture of the 1-arm Eu-PEG complex and unreacted starting materials. Size-exclusion chromatography, liquid chromatography at critical conditions, MALDI-MS, ESI-MS, and ESI-IMS-MS had difficulties with this analysis, or failed. Graphical Abstract ᅟ.

  3. Synthesis, characterization and luminescent properties of europium complexes with 2,4,6-tris-(2-pyridyl)-s-triazine as highly efficient sensitizers. (United States)

    Kang, Jie; Chen, Ying-Nan; Wang, Ai-Ling; Li, Hai-Yan; Qu, Yan-Rong; Zhang, Hai-Xia; Chu, Hai-Bin; Zhao, Yong-Liang


    Using 2,4,6-tris-(2-pyridyl)-s-triazine (TPTZ) as a neutral ligand, and p-hydroxybenzoic acid, terephthalic acid and nitrate as anion ligands, five novel europium complexes have been synthesized. These complexes were characterized using elemental analysis, rare earth coordination titrations, UV/vis absorption spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy. Luminescence spectra, luminescence lifetime and quantum efficiency were investigated and the mechanism discussed in depth. The results show that the complexes have excellent emission intensities, long emission lifetimes and high quantum efficiencies. The superior luminescent properties of the complexes may be because the triplet energy level of the ligands matches well with the lowest excitation state energy level of Eu(3+). Moreover, changing the ratio of the ligands and metal ions leads to different luminescent properties. Among the complexes, Eu2(TPTZ)2(C8H4O4)(NO3)4(C2H5OH)·H2O shows the strongest luminescence intensity, longest emission lifetime and highest quantum efficiency. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  4. Photo-catalytic inactivation of an Enterococcus biofilm: the anti-microbial effect of sulphated and europium-doped titanium dioxide nanopowders. (United States)

    Dworniczek, Ewa; Plesch, Gustav; Seniuk, Alicja; Adamski, Ryszard; Michal, Róbert; Čaplovičová, Mária


    The control and prevention of biofilm-related infections is an important public healthcare issue. Given the increasing antibiotic resistance among bacteria and fungi that cause serious infections in humans, promotion of new strategies combating microorganisms has been essential. One attractive approach to inactivate microorganisms is the use of semiconductor photo-catalysis, which has become the subject of extensive research. In this study, the bactericidal properties of four photo-catalysts, TiO₂, TiO₂-S, TiO₂-Eu and TiO₂-Eu-S, were investigated against established 24, 48, 72 and 96 h biofilms of Enterococcus The exposure of biofilms to the catalysts induced the production of superoxide radical anions. The best photo-catalytic inactivation was achieved with the TiO₂-Eu-S and TiO₂-S nanopowders and 24 h biofilms. Transmission electron microscopy images showed significant changes in the structure of the biofilm cells following photo-inactivation. The results suggest that doping with europium and modifying the surface with sulphate groups enhanced the bactericidal activity of the TiO₂ nanoparticles against enterococcal biofilms. © FEMS 2016. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail:

  5. Reversible modulation in luminescence intensity of a single vesicle composed of diblock azo-copolymer and tris(dibenzoylmethanate)(phenanthroline)europium(III) (United States)

    Yan, Qing; Su, Wei; Chen, Yilong; Luo, Yanhua; Zhang, Qijin


    Tris(dibenzoylmethanate)(phenanthroline)europium(III)[Eu(DBM) 3Phen]-doped amphiphilic vesicles were obtained by self-assembling of poly( N-isopropylacrylamide)- b-poly{6-[4-(4-methylphenyl-azo) phenoxy] hexylacrylate} (PNIPAM 83- b-PAzoM 20) in presence of Eu(DBM) 3Phen in the mixed solvent of THF/H 2O (50/50 vol.%). Their optical properties were studied by UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies. The UV-vis spectrum showed that the electronic transition bands of azobenzene and Eu(DBM) 3Phen were overlapped at about 365 nm and the main peak of fluorescence emission band appeared at 612 nm. So the vesicles showed obvious red luminescence. It was found that the fluorescence intensity of a single Eu(DBM) 3Phen-doped vesicle could be modulated by irradiation with UV and visible light due to the reversible trans- cis- trans photoisomerization reaction of azobenzene moiety. Possible energy allocation process for this property was discussed in details.

  6. Size- and dimensionality-dependent optical, magnetic and magneto-optical properties of binary europium-based nanocrystals: EuX (X = O, S, Se, Te) (United States)

    Zhou, Xingzhi; Zhang, Kelvin HL; Xiong, Jie; Park, Ju-Hyun; Dickerson, James H.; He, Weidong


    Europium chalcogenides (EuX, X = O, S, Se, Te), a class of prototypical Heisenberg magnetic semiconductors, exhibit intriguing properties in optics, magnetism, and magneto-optics at the nanoscale, and have broad application potential in optical/magnetic sensors, spintronics, optical isolators, etc. EuX nanocrystals (NCs) exhibit enhanced properties, such as high saturation magnetization, a strong magneto-optic effect (Faraday rotation), and high magneto resistance, which are all unanimously dependent on the NC’s size, shape, and surface information. In this report, we give an overview of the fundamental properties of bulk EuX, and illustrate the quantum confinement effects on the optical, magnetic and magneto-optical properties of EuX nanostructures. We then focus on doping and self-assembly—two efficient methods that enhance magnetic properties by manipulating magnetic coupling in EuX nanostructures. In particular, we look towards future research on Eu2+ NCs, which along with the overview provides an up-to-date platform for evaluating the fundamental properties and application potential of Eu-based semiconductors.

  7. A novel near monochromatic red emissive europium(III) metal-organic framework based on 1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylate: From synthesis to photoluminescence studies (United States)

    Lahoud, Marcelo G.; Frem, Regina C. G.; Marques, Lippy F.; Arroyos, Guilherme; Brandão, Paula; Ferreira, Rute A. S.; Carlos, Luís D.


    This work presents the synthesis, solid state characterization (infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis (TGA/DTA), powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction) and photoluminescence studies of a new europium metal-organic framework (MOF), [Eu2(Btec)1,5(H2O)]n (Btec4-=1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylate anion). Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the material has a three-dimensional network, with two crystallographically independent Eu(III) ions adopting different coordination geometries. This structure presents one of the Btec4- anions acting as a μ8-bridging linker, with the carboxylate groups in distinct connection to Eu(III) ions, culminating into an unknown coordination mode for the linker. The results of thermogravimetric analyses indicate that the MOF has high thermal stability, with this characteristic being of great interest for the application of these compounds in several fields such as catalysis and photonics. The luminescent properties showed that the Eu(III) ions are a local-spectroscopic probe, with the compound presenting a red emission when excited in the UV spectral region with absolute emission quantum yield values of 0.48 ± 0.05. The thermal dependence on the intensity of the transitions originating from the 7F1 level, especially the 7F1 → 5D1 transition, was studied. These results opens the possibility to test this MOF [Eu2(Btec)1.5(H2O)]n in the field of molecular thermometry.

  8. Wet chemical functionalization of III-V semiconductor surfaces: alkylation of gallium arsenide and gallium nitride by a Grignard reaction sequence. (United States)

    Peczonczyk, Sabrina L; Mukherjee, Jhindan; Carim, Azhar I; Maldonado, Stephen


    Crystalline gallium arsenide (GaAs) (111)A and gallium nitride (GaN) (0001) surfaces have been functionalized with alkyl groups via a sequential wet chemical chlorine activation, Grignard reaction process. For GaAs(111)A, etching in HCl in diethyl ether effected both oxide removal and surface-bound Cl. X-ray photoelectron (XP) spectra demonstrated selective surface chlorination after exposure to 2 M HCl in diethyl ether for freshly etched GaAs(111)A but not GaAs(111)B surfaces. GaN(0001) surfaces exposed to PCl(5) in chlorobenzene showed reproducible XP spectroscopic evidence for Cl-termination. The Cl-activated GaAs(111)A and GaN(0001) surfaces were both reactive toward alkyl Grignard reagents, with pronounced decreases in detectable Cl signal as measured by XP spectroscopy. Sessile contact angle measurements between water and GaAs(111)A interfaces after various levels of treatment showed that GaAs(111)A surfaces became significantly more hydrophobic following reaction with C(n)H(2n-1)MgCl (n = 1, 2, 4, 8, 14, 18). High-resolution As 3d XP spectra taken at various times during prolonged direct exposure to ambient lab air indicated that the resistance of GaAs(111)A to surface oxidation was greatly enhanced after reaction with Grignard reagents. GaAs(111)A surfaces terminated with C(18)H(37) groups were also used in Schottky heterojunctions with Hg. These heterojunctions exhibited better stability over repeated cycling than heterojunctions based on GaAs(111)A modified with C(18)H(37)S groups. Raman spectra were separately collected that suggested electronic passivation by surficial Ga-C bonds at GaAs(111)A. Specifically, GaAs(111)A surfaces reacted with alkyl Grignard reagents exhibited Raman signatures comparable to those of samples treated with 10% Na(2)S in tert-butanol. For GaN(0001), high-resolution C 1s spectra exhibited the characteristic low binding energy shoulder demonstrative of surface Ga-C bonds following reaction with CH(3)MgCl. In addition, 4

  9. Study of sorption mechanisms of europium(3) and uranium(6) ions on clays : impact of silicates; Etude des mecanismes de retention des ions U(6) et Eu(3) sur les argiles: influence des silicates

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    Kowal-Fouchard, A


    Bentonite clay has been selected as a potential buffer or backfill material in a number of disposal programmes for high level waste. In order to enhance the thermodynamic database of sorption phenomena at the solid-water interface, we have investigated sorption mechanisms of europium(III) and uranium(VI) ions onto montmorillonite and bentonite. Thermodynamic data were obtained for different ions concentrations, different background electrolytes and different ionic strengths. The structural identification of the surface complexes and sorption sites was carried out using two spectroscopies, XPS and TRLIFS, while sorption edges were performed using batch experiments. However, clays are complex minerals and in order to understand these sorption mechanisms we have studied europium(III) and uranium(VI) retention on a silica and an alumina because these solids are often considered as basic components of clays. The comparison of structural results shows that europium ions are significantly sorbed on permanently charged sites of clay until pH 7. But this ion is also sorbed on {identical_to}SiOH and {identical_to}AlOH sites of montmorillonite at pH higher than 6. Uranyl ions sorption on montmorillonite is mainly explained by retention of three complexes on {identical_to}SiOH sites. Moreover, we have shown that nitrate ions and dissolved silicates affect on uranium(VI) sorption mechanisms onto alumina. Nevertheless, uranyl ions sorption on montmorillonite and bentonite only decreases with increasing carbonate concentration. Finally, all the sorption edges were then modeled using these results and a surface complexation model (2 pK and constant capacitance models). (author)

  10. Distribution of micro-amounts of europium in the two-phase water–HCl–nitrobenzene–N,N’-dimethyl-N,N’-diphenyl-2,6-di-picolinamide–hydrogen dicarbollylcobaltate extraction system

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    Full Text Available Extraction of micro-amounts of europium by a nitrobenzene solution of hydrogen dicarbollylcobaltate (H+B- in the presence of N,N’-dimethyl-N,N’-diphenyl-2,6-dipicolinamide (MePhDPA, L was investigated. The equilibrium data were explained assuming that the species HL+, HL+2, HL3+2 and HL3+3 are extracted into the organic phase. The values of the extraction and stability constants of the species in nitrobenzene saturated with water were determined.

  11. Europium-doped Gd2O3 nanotubes cause the necrosis of primary mouse bone marrow stromal cells through lysosome and mitochondrion damage. (United States)

    Jin, Yi; Chen, Shizhu; Duan, Jianlei; Jia, Guang; Zhang, Jinchao


    With the wide applications of europium-doped Gd2O3 nanoparticles (Gd2O3:Eu(3+) NPs) in biomedical fields, it will inevitably increase the chance of human exposure. It was reported that Gd2O3:Eu(3+) NPs could accumulate in bone. However, there have been few reports about the potential effect of Gd2O3:Eu(3+) NPs on bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs). In this study, the Gd2O3:Eu(3+) nanotubes were prepared and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) excitation and emission spectra, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The cytotoxicity of Gd2O3:Eu(3+) nanotubes on BMSCs and the associated mechanisms were further studied. The results indicated that they could be uptaken into BMSCs by an energy-dependent and macropinocytosis-mediated endocytosis process, and primarily localized in lysosome. Gd2O3:Eu(3+) nanotubes effectively inhibited the viability of BMSCs in concentration and time-dependent manners. A significant increase in the percentage of late apoptotic/necrotic cells, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) leakage and the number of PI-stained cells was found after BMSCs were treated by 10, 20, and 40μg/mL of Gd2O3:Eu(3+) nanotubes for 12h. No obvious DNA ladders were detected, but a dispersed band was observed. The above results revealed that Gd2O3:Eu(3+) nanotubes could trigger cell death by necrosis instead of apoptosis. Two mechanisms were involved in Gd2O3:Eu(3+) nanotube-induced BMSCs necrosis: lysosomal rupture and release of cathepsins B; and the overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) injury to the mitochondria and DNA. The study provides novel evidence to elucidate the toxicity mechanisms and may be beneficial to more rational applications of these nanomaterials in the future. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Europium-decorated graphene quantum dots as a fluorescent probe for label-free, rapid and sensitive detection of Cu(2+) and L-cysteine. (United States)

    Lin, Liping; Song, Xinhong; Chen, Yiying; Rong, Mingcong; Wang, Yiru; Zhao, Li; Zhao, Tingting; Chen, Xi


    In this work, europium-decorated graphene quantum dots (Eu-GQDs) were prepared by treating three-dimensional Eu-decorated graphene (3D Eu-graphene) via a strong acid treatment. Various characterizations revealed that Eu atoms were successfully complexed with the oxygen functional groups on the surface of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with the atomic ratio of 2.54%. Compared with Eu free GQDs, the introduction of Eu atoms enhanced the electron density and improved the surface chemical activities of Eu-GQDs. Therefore, the obtained Eu-GQDs were used as a novel "off-on" fluorescent probe for the label-free determination of Cu(2+) and l-cysteine (L-Cys) with high sensitivity and selectivity. The fluorescence intensity of Eu-GQDs was quenched in the presence of Cu(2+) owing to the coordination reaction between Cu(2+) and carboxyl groups on the surface of the Eu-GQDs. The fluorescence intensity of Eu-GQDs recovered with the subsequent addition of L-Cys because of the strong affinity of Cu(2+) to L-Cys via the Cu-S bond. The experimental results showed that the fluorescence variation of the proposed approach had a good linear relationship in the range of 0.1-10 μM for Cu(2+) and 0.5-50 μM for L-Cys with corresponding detection limits of 0.056 μM for Cu(2+) and 0.31 μM for L-Cys. The current approach also displayed a special response to Cu(2+) and L-Cys over the other co-existing metal ions and amino acids, and the results obtained from buffer-diluted serum samples suggested its applicability in biological samples. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Sensitive detection of influenza viruses with Europium nanoparticles on an epoxy silica sol-gel functionalized polycarbonate-polydimethylsiloxane hybrid microchip. (United States)

    Liu, Jikun; Zhao, Jiangqin; Petrochenko, Peter; Zheng, Jiwen; Hewlett, Indira


    In an effort to develop new tools for diagnosing influenza in resource-limited settings, we fabricated a polycarbonate (PC)-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) hybrid microchip using a simple epoxy silica sol-gel coating/bonding method and employed it in sensitive detection of influenza virus with Europium nanoparticles (EuNPs). The incorporation of sol-gel material in device fabrication provided functionalized channel surfaces ready for covalent immobilization of primary antibodies and a strong bonding between PDMS substrates and PC supports without increasing background fluorescence. In microchip EuNP immunoassay (µENIA) of inactivated influenza viruses, replacing native PDMS microchips with hybrid microchips allowed the achievement of a 6-fold increase in signal-to-background ratio, a 12-fold and a 6-fold decreases in limit-of-detection (LOD) in influenza A and B tests respectively. Using influenza A samples with known titers, the LOD of influenza µENIA on hybrid microchips was determined to be ~10(4) TCID50 titer/mL and 10(3)-10(4) EID50 titer/mL. A comparison test indicated that the sensitivity of influenza µENIA enhanced using the hybrid microchips even surpassed that of a commercial laboratory influenza ELISA test. In addition to the sensitivity improvement, assay variation was clearly reduced when hybrid microchips instead of native PDMS microchips were used in the µENIA tests. Finally, infectious reference viruses and nasopharyngeal swab patient specimens were successfully tested using μENIA on hybrid microchip platforms, demonstrating the potential of this unique microchip nanoparticle assay in clinical diagnosis of influenza. Meanwhile, the tests showed the necessity of using nucleic acid confirmatory tests to clarify ambiguous test results obtained from prototype or developed point-of-care testing devices for influenza diagnosis. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  14. A visible-light-excited europium(III) complex-based luminescent probe for visualizing copper ions and hydrogen sulfide in living cells (United States)

    Wang, Yiren; Wang, Huan; Yang, Mei; Yuan, Jingli; Wu, Jing


    Development of visible-light-excited lanthanide (III) complex-based luminescent probes is highly appealing due to their superiority of less damage to the living biosystems over the conventional UV-light-excited ones. In this work, a visible-light-excited europium (III) complex-based luminescent probe, BPED-BHHCT-Eu3+-BPT, has been designed and synthesized by conjugating the Cu2+-binding N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethanediamine (BPED) to a tetradentate β-diketone ligand 4,4‧-bis(1″,1″,1″,2″,2″,3″,3″-heptafluoro-4″,6″-hexanedione-6″-yl)chlorosulfo-o-terphenyl (BHHCT) and coordinating with a coligand 2-(N,N-diethylanilin-4-yl)-4,6-bis(pyrazol-1-yl)-1,3,5-triazine) (BPT) for the time-gated luminescence detection of Cu2+ ions and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in living cells. BPED-BHHCT-Eu3+-BPT exhibited a sharp excitation peak at 407 nm and a wide excitation window extending to beyond 460 nm. Upon its reaction with Cu2+ ions, the luminescence of BPED-BHHCT-Eu3+-BPT was efficiently quenched, which could be reversibly restored by the addition of H2S due to the strong affinity between Cu2+ ions and H2S. The "on-off-on" type luminescence behavior of BPED-BHHCT-Eu3+-BPT towards Cu2+ ions and H2S enabled the sensing of the two species with high sensitivity and selectivity. The performances of BPED-BHHCT-Eu3+-BPT for visualizing intracellular Cu2+ ions and H2S were investigated, and the results have demonstrated the practical applicability of the probe for molecular imaging of cells.

  15. Chemical species of europium (III) in ionic force media 0.02M, 0.1M, and 0.7M NaClO{sub 4} at 298 K; Especies quimicas del europio (III) en medios de fuerza ionica 0.02M, 0.1M y 0.7M NaClO{sub 4} a 298 K

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    Fernandez R, E.; Jimenez R, M.; Solache R, M. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de Quimica, A.P. 18-1027, C.P. 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    In order to know the effects of the controlled or accidental liberation of the europium in the environment, it is necessary to know its chemical behavior in found conditions in oceans, ground and surface water. The behavior of this element in these environments can be controlled mainly by the hydrolysis and its interaction with inorganic and organic ions. (Author)

  16. Synthesis, single-crystal structure determination, and vibrational spectroscopy of the europium borate Eu[B{sub 6}O{sub 8}(OH){sub 5}].H{sub 3}BO{sub 3}

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    Ortner, Teresa S.; Wurst, Klaus; Huppertz, Hubert [Institut fuer Allgemeine, Anorganische und Theoretische Chemie, Leopold-Franzens-Universitaet Innsbruck (Austria); Seibald, Markus [OSRAM GmbH, Corporate Innovation, Schwabmuenchen (Germany); Joachim, Bastian [Institut fuer Mineralogie und Petrographie, Leopold-Franzens-Universitaet Innsbruck (Austria)


    The new europium borate Eu[B{sub 6}O{sub 8}(OH){sub 5}].H{sub 3}BO{sub 3} was obtained by hydrothermal synthesis from europium nitrate hydrate and boric acid. The compound crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1 (no. 2) with the lattice parameters a = 681.59(3), b = 714.17(3), c = 1271.88(6) pm, α = 96.02(1), β = 98.60(1), γ = 101.73(1) (Z = 2). The structure of Eu[B{sub 6}O{sub 8}(OH){sub 5}].H{sub 3}BO{sub 3} is isotypic to that of the samarium borate Sm[B{sub 6}O{sub 8}(OH){sub 5}].H{sub 3}BO{sub 3} and is built up from tetrahedral BO{sub 4} and trigonal-planar BO{sub 3} units, both of which are protonated at terminal and bridging oxygen positions. Boric acid molecules reside between the borate layers. Through hydrogen bonding, the structure forms a three-dimensional network. In channels down [110], the Eu{sup 3+} cations are eightfold coordinated by oxygen ions. The compound was also characterized by IR and Raman spectroscopy, and it shows typical Eu{sup 3+} line emission. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  17. Quaternary rare-earth arsenides REAg{sub 1−x}Zn{sub y}As{sub 2} (RE=La–Nd, Sm, Gd–Dy) with tetragonal SrZnBi{sub 2}- and HfCuSi{sub 2}-type structures

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    Ramachandran, Krishna K.; Genet, Clément; Mar, Arthur, E-mail:


    Reactions of the elements at 800 °C with the nominal compositions REAg{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}As{sub 2} resulted in quaternary arsenides REAg{sub 1−x}Zn{sub y}As{sub 2} in which the combined Ag and Zn content deviates increasingly from unity in the Zn-richer phases, reflecting the transition from the fully stoichiometric ternary silver-containing arsenides REAgAs{sub 2} to the substoichiometric zinc-containing ones REZn{sub 0.67}As{sub 2}. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis indicated SrZnBi{sub 2}-type (space group I4/mmm, Z=4; RE=La, Ce) and HfCuSi{sub 2}-type structures (space group P4/nmm, Z=2; RE=Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy). Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis performed on LaAg{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}As{sub 2}, PrAg{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}As{sub 2}, and NdAg{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}As{sub 2} indicated that the Ag and Zn atoms are disordered within metal-centred tetrahedra and provided no evidence for distortion of the square As nets. The small electron excess tolerated in these quaternary arsenides and the absence of distortion in the square nets can be traced to the occurrence of As–As states that are only weakly antibonding near the Fermi level. PrAg{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}As{sub 2} and NdAg{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}As{sub 2} are paramagnetic with effective magnetic moments consistent with trivalent RE species. - Graphical abstract: On proceeding from fully stoichiometric REAgAs{sub 2} to substoichiometric REZn{sub 0.67}As{sub 2}, deficiencies in Zn content become increasingly prominent in quaternary arsenides REAg{sub 1−x}Zn{sub y}As{sub 2}. - Highlights: • Ag and Zn atoms are disordered within quaternary arsenides REAg{sub 1−x}Zn{sub y}As{sub 2}. • In Zn-richer phases, Zn deficiencies develop to counteract electron excess. • Distortions of square As net appear to be suppressed.

  18. Rapid and sensitive lateral flow immunoassay method for determining alpha fetoprotein in serum using europium (III) chelate microparticles-based lateral flow test strips

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    Liang, Rong-Liang; Xu, Xu-Ping; Liu, Tian-Cai; Zhou, Jian-Wei; Wang, Xian-Guo; Ren, Zhi-Qi [Institute of Antibody Engineering, School of Biotechnology, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, Guangdong (China); Hao, Fen [DaAn Gene Co. Ltd. of Sun Yat-sen University, 19 Xiangshan Road, Guangzhou 510515 (China); Wu, Ying-Song, E-mail: [Institute of Antibody Engineering, School of Biotechnology, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, Guangdong (China)


    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), a primary marker for many diseases including various cancers, is important in clinical tumor diagnosis and antenatal screening. Most immunoassays provide high sensitivity and accuracy for determining AFP, but they are expensive, often complex, time-consuming procedures. A simple and rapid point-of-care system that integrates Eu (III) chelate microparticles with lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) has been developed to determine AFP in serum with an assay time of 15 min. The approach is based on a sandwich immunoassay performed on lateral flow test strips. A fluorescence strip reader was used to measure the fluorescence peak heights of the test line (H{sub T}) and the control line (H{sub C}); the H{sub T}/H{sub C} ratio was used for quantitation. The Eu (III) chelate microparticles-based LFIA assay exhibited a wide linear range (1.0–1000 IU mL{sup −1}) for AFP with a low limit of detection (0.1 IU mL{sup −1}) based on 5ul of serum. Satisfactory specificity and accuracy were demonstrated and the intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation (CV) for AFP were both <10%. Furthermore, in the analysis of human serum samples, excellent correlation (n = 284, r = 0.9860, p < 0.0001) was obtained between the proposed method and a commercially available CLIA kit. Results indicated that the Eu (III) chelate microparticles-based LFIA system provided a rapid, sensitive and reliable method for determining AFP in serum, indicating that it would be suitable for development in point-of-care testing. - Highlights: • Europium (III) chelate microparticles was used as a label for LIFA. • Quantitative detection by using H{sub T}/H{sub C} ratio was achieved. • LIFA for simple and rapid AFP detection in human serum. • The sensitivity and linearity was more excellent compared with QD-based ICTS. • This method could be developed for rapid point-of-care screening.

  19. Crystal structure of monoclinic samarium and cubic europium sesquioxides and bound coherent neutron scattering lengths of the isotopes {sup 154}Sm and {sup 153}Eu

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    Kohlmann, Holger [Leipzig Univ. (Germany). Inst. of Inorganic Chemistry; Hein, Christina; Kautenburger, Ralf [Saarland Univ., Saarbruecken (Germany). Inorganic Solid State Chemistry; Hansen, Thomas C.; Ritter, Clemens [Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble (France); Doyle, Stephen [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany). Inst. for Synchrotron Radiation (ISS)


    The crystal structures of monoclinic samarium and cubic europium sesquioxide, Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3}, were reinvestigated by powder diffraction methods (laboratory X-ray, synchrotron, neutron). Rietveld analysis yields more precise structural parameters than previously known, especially for oxygen atoms. Interatomic distances d(Sm-O) in Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} range from 226.3(4) to 275.9(2) pm [average 241.6(3) pm] for the monoclinic B type Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} [space group C2/m, a = 1418.04(3) pm, b = 362.660(7) pm, c = 885.48(2) pm, β = 100.028(1) ], d(Eu-O) in Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} from 229.9(2) to 238.8(2) pm for the cubic bixbyite (C) type [space group Ia anti 3, a = 1086.87(1) pm]. Neutron diffraction at 50 K and 2 K did not show any sign for magnetic ordering in Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Isotopically enriched {sup 154}Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} and {sup 153}Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} were used for the neutron diffraction work because of the enormous absorption cross section of the natural isotopic mixtures for thermal neutrons. The isotopic purity was determined by inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry to be 98.9% for {sup 154}Sm and 99.8% for {sup 153}Eu. Advanced analysis of the neutron diffraction data suggest that the bound coherent scattering lengths of {sup 154}Sm and {sup 153}Eu need to be revised. We tentatively propose b{sub c}({sup 154}Sm) = 8.97(6) fm and b{sub c}({sup 153}Eu) = 8.85(3) fm for a neutron wavelength of 186.6 pm to be better values for these isotopes, showing up to 8% deviation from accepted literature values. It is shown that inaccurate scattering lengths may result in severe problems in crystal structure refinements causing erroneous structural details such as occupation parameters, which might be critically linked to physical properties like superconductivity in multinary oxides.

  20. The adsorption of europium to colloidal iron oxyhydroxides and quartz - the impact of pH and an aquatic fulvic acid

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    Ledin, A. [Dept. of Water and Environmental Studies, Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden); Karlsson, S. [Dept. of Water and Environmental Studies, Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden); Dueker, A. [Dept. of Water and Environmental Studies, Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden); Allard, B. [Dept. of Water and Environmental Studies, Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden)


    The adsorption of europium to colloidal Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, FeOOH, Fe(OH){sub 3} and SiO{sub 2} was investigated as a function of pH and the presence of an aquatic fulvic acid (FA). The colloids were present at concentrations repressentative of the upper levels of natural waters (50-500 mg/l). Measurements with Photon Correlation Spectroscopy showed size distribution typically within the ranges 200-700 nm, 40-400 nm and 50-300 nm for Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, FeOOH and SiO{sub 2}, respectively, while the amorphous Fe(OH){sub 3} formed relatively large particles (>1000 nm; outside the range of the method for measurements of size distribution). Total concentrations of Eu and the fulvic acid were 10{sup -8} mol l{sup -1} and 2 mg l{sup -1}, respectively. The adsorption was affected by pH, the composition of the colloidal phase as well as the presence of fulvic acid. The uptake was almost quantitative in the Fe-systems at pH>5.5-6, with 50% uptake at pH of 4.5-5.5 (4-5 units below pH{sub zpc}). For quartz, the maximum adsorption was around 90% (at pH 9), with 50% adsorption at pH 7 (4 pH units above pH{sub zpc}). The adsorption can not be related to coulombic attraction between the surfaces and the metal species alone, but rather to a specific chemical adsorption, where the pH-dependence would be related to the distribution of Eu between different species (on the surface and in solution). The presence of FA slightly increased the absorption in the lower pH range, corresponding to an adsorption of Eu-fulvate complexes. The adsorption was reaching 100% at higher pH values in the Fe(OH){sub 3} system, while it was decreased in the other three systems compared to the experiments without FA. The decrease could be attributed to competition between inorganic Eu species and the FA-molecules about sites on the surfaces, an effect not obvious in the Fe(OH){sub 3}-systems due to the much larger surface area available. (orig./MBS)

  1. Effect of the ion force on the hydrolysis constants and of the solubility product of Europium; Efecto de la fuerza ionica sobre las constantes de hidrolisis y del producto de solubilidad del europio

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    Jimenez R, M.; Ramirez G, J.J.; Solache R, M.; Rojas H, A. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)


    A study on the behavior of the first hydrolysis constant {beta}{sub Eu,H}{sup l-0} and the constant of the solubility product Kps of the europium in front of the changes of the ion force: 0. 02 M, 0.1 M, 0.7M, 2M, 3M and 4M of sodium perchlorate, at 303 K. Experimentally the potentiometry and also radioactivity measures its were used. The specific interaction of ions theory (SIT) of Bronsted-Guggenheim-Scatchard allows the extrapolation of the values to infinite dilution and the results were: log {beta}{sub Eu,H}{sup l-0} = -7 36 and log K{sub sp}{sup l-0} = -24. 68. A discussion of the group of results with the data of the literature is presented. (Author)

  2. Photoluminescent study of Polycarbonate (PC) and Poly(9-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) doped films with europium complex; Estudo fotoluminescente de filmes de Policarbonato (PC) e Poli(9-vinilcarbazol) (PVK) dopados com complexo de europio

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    Forster, Pedro Lima


    Polymers doped with rare earth complexes are advantaged in film production for many applications in the luminescent field. In this study luminescent polymer obtained from polycarbonate (PC) and poly(9-vinylcarbazole) films doped with diaquatris(thenoyltrifluoroacetonate)europium(III) complex [Eu(tta){sub 3}(H{sub 2}0){sub 2}] were prepared and their calorimetric and luminescent properties in the solid state are reported. The thermal behavior was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (OSC) and thermogravimetry analysis (TGA). Due of the addition of rare earth Eu(tta){sub 3}(H{sub 2}0){sub 2}] into PC and PVK matrices, changes were observed in the thermal behavior concerning the glass transition and thermal stability. Characteristic broadened narrow bands arising from the {sup 5}D{sub 0} -{yields} {sup 7}F{sub J} transitions (J = 0-4) of Eu{sup 3+} ion indicate the incorporation of the Eu{sup 3+} ions into those polymers. The luminescent films show enhancement emission intensity with an increase in the rare earth concentration in polymeric matrix accompanied by decrease in thermal stability. (author)

  3. Chemiluminescence Determination of Balofloxacin Based on Europium (III)-Sensitized KBrO{sub 3}-Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 4} Reaction in Micellar Medium

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    Zhao, Fang; Qi, Yu; Xiong, Wei [Shihezi University, Shihezi (China)


    A novel chemiluminescence (CL) flow injection method for the determination of balofloxacin is described. The method is based on the weak CL signal arising from the reaction of KBrO{sub 3} with Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 4} in acidic medium being significantly enhanced by balofloxacin in the presence of europium (III) ion and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS). The experimental conditions that affected CL intensity were carefully optimized and the CL reaction mechanism was briefly discussed. Under the optimum conditions, the relative CL intensity was proportional to the concentration of balofloxacin in the range of 7.0 c 10{sup -11} to 3.0 x 10{sup -7} g mL{sup -1}. The detection limit was 2.7 x 10{sup -11} g mL{sup -1} and the relative standard deviation was 2.1% for 7.0 x 10{sup -10} g mL{sup -1} balofloxacin (n = 13). The proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of balofloxacin in pharmaceutical formulations and biological fluids.

  4. Efficient injection of spin-polarized electrons from manganese arsenide contacts into aluminum gallium arsenide/gallium arsenide spin LEDs (United States)

    Schweidenback, Lars

    In this thesis we describe two spectroscopic projects project on semiconductor heterostructures, as well as putting together and testing a micro-photoluminescence/7 tesla magnet system for the study of micron size two-dimensional crystals. Below we discuss the three parts in more detail. i) MnAs-based spin light emitting diodes. We have studied the injection of spin-polarized electrons from a ferromagnetic MnAs contact into an AlGaAs(n)/GaAs(i)/AlGaAs(p) n-i-p light emitting diode. We have recorder the emitted electroluminescence as function of magnetic field applied at right angles to the device plane in the 7-300 K temperature range. It was found that at 7 Kelvin the emitted light is circularly polarized with a polarization that is proportional to the MnAs contact magnetization with a saturation value of 26% for B > 1.25 tesla. The polarization persists up to room temperature with a saturation value of 6%. ii) Optical Aharonov-Bohm effect in InGaAs quantum wells. The excitonic photoluminescence intensity from InGaAs quantum wells as function of magnetic field exhibits two local maxima superimposed on a decreasing background. The maxima are attributed to the optical Aharonov-Bohm effect of electrons orbiting around a hole localized at the center of an Indium rich InGaAs islands detected by cross sectional scanning tunneling microscopy. Analysis of the position of the maxima yields a value of the electron orbit radius. iii) Micro-Photoluminescence. We have put together a micro-photoluminescence /7 tesla system for the study of two dimensional crystals. The samples are placed inside a continuous flow cryostat whose tail is positioned in the bore of the 7 tesla magnet. A microscope objective is used to focus the exciting laser light and collect the emitted photoluminescence. The system was tested by recording the photoluminescence spectra of WS2 and WSe 2 monolayers at T = 77 K.

  5. Phonon heat transport in gallium arsenide

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    [7] P Erdos and S B Haley, Phys. Rev. 184, 951 (1969). [8] M G Holland, Phys. Rev. 132, 2461 (1963). [9] M G Holland, Phys. Rev. 134, A471 (1963). [10] P G Klemens, Proc. R. Soc. London A68, 1113 (1965). [11] P C Sharma, K S Dubey and G S Verma, Phys. Rev. B3, 1985 (1971). [12] M D Tiwari and Bal K Agrawal, Phys.

  6. Gallium Arsenide and Related Compounds, 1986. (United States)


    Neida, S JPearton, MStavola and R Caruso 63-68 The use of selective pair luminescence to characterize semi-insulating GaAs E S Koteles, J Kafalas, S...changing the charge state iy t he neutron irradiation. 4. Summary The main acceptor in urdoped LEC SI-GaAs has been considered to be carbon. However, the...1986 Correlation between melt stoichiometry and activation efficiency in Si-implanted GaAs A. R. Von Neida, S. J. Pearton, M. Stavola, and R. Caruso AT&T

  7. Thin Crystalline Gallium Arsenide Optoelectronic Devices (United States)

    Patkar, Mahesh Pandharinath


    The numerous existing and developing applications for two closely related devices, III-V light emitting diode (LEDs) and solar cells, demand improved device efficiencies. Removing the substrate should increase the efficiency of both LEDs and solar cells by eliminating the absorption losses in the substrate. We have used the phenomenon of photon recycling in thin-crystalline device geometries to enhance efficiencies of LEDs and solar cells. GaAs LEDs were fabricated and removed from the substrate by the epitaxial lift-off process. Devices with and without an underlying GaAs substrate were then characterized by optical and electrical measurements. Efficiency enhancements of up to a factor of six were achieved. By carefully analyzing the electrical and optical measurements, we demonstrate that the device operation can be explained in terms of accepted theories for radiative recombination and photon recycling which supports our hypothesis that the efficiency enhancement is due to photon recycling in the thin-crystalline device structure. Electrical and optical characterization of ELO LEDs is also shown to be a convenient diagnostic tool for examining recombination losses in thin-crystalline solar cells. Thin crystalline solar cells were fabricated and characterized by I-V and QE measurements. Alloyed ohmic contacts are used extensively for GaAs devices. However, alloyed contacts produce rough interfaces that do not make good reflectors needed for many optoelectronic devices. Non-alloyed ohmic contacts to optoelectronic devices could make good reflectors, if one uses highly reflective metal like Au to make an ohmic contact. Ex-situ non-alloyed contacts to n-GaAs were made by using low temperature molecular beam epitaxy. Ag and Ti/Au contacts to this structure exhibited specific contact resistivities of mid 10^{-7} Omega-cm^2. Low temperature molecular beam epitaxy of GaAs with high concentrations of Be followed by an anneal under As over pressure was used to minimize the fast diffusing interstitial Be concentration in p^{++}-GaAs. Non-alloyed Ti/Au ohmic contacts to such p-type GaAs exhibited specific contact resistivities of about 10^{ -7} Omega-cm^2. A new amalgamation technique was developed for mounting thin crystalline devices on a substrate different from a host substrate.

  8. Deep Impurity States in Gallium Arsenide. (United States)


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  9. Effect of dislocations on gallium arsenide FETs (United States)

    Barrett, D. L.; McGuigan, S.; Eldridge, G. W.; Swanson, B. W.; Thomas, R. N.


    Indium doping at 5 x 10 to the 19th power/cc was found to be optimum for the growth of low-dislocation GaAs crystals, and to avoid constitutional supercooling effects. Dislocation etch pit densities of near 200/cc were measured in the central region of In-doped crystals, increasing to above 1000/sq cm in the peripheral regions. Based on the concept that dislocations are generated to relieve excess thermoelastic stress, a preliminary thermal model was used to design a hot zone shield to reduce thermal gradients during growth. An optimum combination of indium-doping, reduced thermal gradient growth, and appropriate growth parameters are expected to yield completely dislocation-free GaAs crystals. A FET metrology mask has been fabricated and preliminary FET device Fabrication begun, for evaluation of the effects of dislocations on FET device parameters. Twenty state-of-the-art, low dislocation, indium-doped GaAs wafers were delivered to the contractor for DARPA-related program evaluation.

  10. Gold nanoparticle core-europium(iii) chelate fluorophore-doped silica shell hybrid nanocomposites for the lateral flow immunoassay of human thyroid stimulating hormone with a dual signal readout. (United States)

    Preechakasedkit, Pattarachaya; Osada, Kota; Katayama, Yuta; Ruecha, Nipapan; Suzuki, Koji; Chailapakul, Orawon; Citterio, Daniel


    Hybrid nanocomposite particles composed of a gold core coated with a europium(iii)-chelate fluorophore-doped silica shell (AuNPs@SiO 2 -Eu 3+ ) have been synthesized and applied as antibody labels in lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) devices for the determination of human thyroid stimulating hormone (hTSH). Labeling of monoclonal anti-hTSH antibodies with AuNPs@SiO 2 -Eu 3+ nanocomposites allows for both colorimetric and fluorometric observation of assay results on LFIA devices, relying on visible light absorption due to the localized surface plasmon resonance of the Au-core and the fluorescence emission of the Eu(iii)-chelate-modified shell under UV hand lamp irradiation (365 nm), respectively. The possibility for a dual signal readout provides an attractive alternative for LFIAs: instantaneous naked eye observation of the AuNP colorimetric signal as in conventional LFIAs for hypothyroidism detection, and more sensitive fluorescence detection to assess hyperthyroidism. The limits of detection (LOD) for naked eye observation of LFIA devices are 5 μIU mL -1 and 0.1 μIU mL -1 for the colorimetric and fluorimetric detection, respectively. Using the fluorescence detection scheme in combination with a smartphone and digital color analysis, a quantitative linear relationship between the red intensity and the logarithmic concentration of hTSH was observed (R 2 = 0.988) with an LOD of 0.02 μIU mL -1 . Finally, LFIA devices were effectively applied for detecting hTSH in spiked diluted human serum with recovery values between 100-116%.

  11. A europium- and terbium-coated magnetic nanocomposite as sorbent in dispersive solid phase extraction coupled with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography for antibiotic determination in meat samples. (United States)

    Castillo-García, M L; Aguilar-Caballos, M P; Gómez-Hens, A


    A new magnetic dispersive solid-phase extraction approach based on Eu- and Tb-coated magnetic nanocomposites, combined with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography with fluorometric detection, is reported for the extraction and simultaneous determination of veterinary antibiotics. The method is aimed at monitoring of potential residues of three tetracyclines, namely oxytetracycline, tetracycline, chlortetracycline and three acidic quinolones, such as oxolinic acid, nalidixic acid and flumequine, chosen as model analytes, in animal muscle samples. The nanocomposites were obtained by synthesizing magnetic nanoparticles by a co-precipitation method and their coating with terbium and europium ions. The limits of detection obtained using standard solutions were: 1.0, 1.5, 3.8, 0.25, 0.7 and 1.2ngmL(-1), which corresponds to 3.3, 5.0, 12.7, 0.8, 2.3 and 4.0μgkg(-1) for oxytetracycline, tetracycline, chlortetracycline, oxolinic acid, nalidixic acid and flumequine, respectively, in meat samples. The precision values, obtained in the presence of the sample matrix, were in the ranges 0.12-2.0% and 2.6-15.4% for retention times and areas, respectively. The selectivity of the method was checked by assaying different veterinary drugs, finding that most of them did not interfere at the same concentration levels as that of analytes. A recovery study was performed in the presence of chicken and pork muscle samples, which provided values in the range of 61.5-102.6%. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Influence of Europium Doping on Various Electrical Properties of Low-Temperature Sintered 0.5Ba0.90Ca0.10TiO3-0.5BaTi0.88Zr0.12O3-0.1%CuO- xEu Lead-Free Ceramics (United States)

    Tian, Yongshang; Li, Shuiyun; Sun, Shulin; Gong, Yansheng; Li, Tiantian; Yu, Yongshang; Jing, Qiangshan


    0.5Ba0.90Ca0.10TiO3-0.5BaTi0.88Zr0.12O3-0.1%CuO- xEu (BCT-BZT-Cu- xEu; x = 0-0.90%) lead-free ceramics were sintered at 1220°C with as-synthesized nanoparticles by a modified Pechini method. The structural characteristics and electrical properties of the ceramics that were influenced by varying europium-doping were investigated. All the ceramics featured high densification (relative density: ˜ 96%). X-ray powder diffraction results indicated the samples possessed pure orthorhombic phase. The maximum relative permittivity ( ɛ r, 10869) was found at x around 0.30%. Europium ions could dope on different substitution sites in the ABO3 lattice, which evidently influenced electrical properties with various volumes of oxygen vacancy. Moreover, the formation mechanisms of oxygen vacancy and defect electron complexes were stated. The piezoelectric properties were impacted by defect electron complexes, internal stress, ionic electronegativity, etc. The optimal electrical properties, i.e., d 33 = 384 pC/N, Q m = 92, and k p = 0.36, were detected at x = 0.45%.

  13. Uso do laser arseneto de gálio (904nm após excisão artroplástica da cabeça do fêmur em cães Use of low-power gallium arsenide laser (904nm after arthroplasty excision of the femoral head in dogs

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    Julia Maria Matera


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a ação do laser diodo Arseneto de Gálio na evolução pós-operatória de cães submetidos à excisão artroplástica da cabeça e colo do fêmur. MÉTODOS: Treze cães portadores de Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease ou Necrose Asséptica da Cabeça do Fêmur (NACF foram divididos em dois grupos: (I sete cães que não foram irradiados - grupo controle; (II seis cães irradiados uma vez ao dia durante cinco dias consecutivos com o laser Arseneto de Gálio (904nm, densidade de energia 4J/cm2 e tempo de exposição automaticamente ajustado pelo aparelho. Para a avaliação da evolução pós-operatória preencheu-se protocolo com graduação da dor de apoio do membro operado. Utilizou-se teste estatístico não paramétrico U de Mann-Whitney para análise dos resultados. RESULTADOS: O grupo I iniciou o apoio do membro com uma média de 12 dias de pós-operatório e o grupo II com uma média de quatro dias de pós-operatório, sendo estatisticamente significante (p=0.0012. CONCLUSÃO: A irradiação com o laser de baixa potência Arseneto de Gálio (904nm na dose 4J/cm2, periarticular, promoveu rápido retorno da função do membro em cães após a excisão artroplástica da cabeça do fêmur, otimizando a recuperação pós-operatória.PURPOSE: Evaluate the action of the Gallium Arsenide semiconductor laser in the post-operative evolution in dogs after the femoral head and neck artroplastic excision. METHODS: Thirteen dogs bearing Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease were divided into two groups: (I 7 non-radiated dogs - control group; (II 6 dogs irradiated once a day for 5 consecutive days with the Galium Arsenide laser (904nm, energy density 4J/cm² and exposition time automatically adjusted by the device. In order to evaluate the post-operative evolution it was needed to fill a report stating the degree of the pain as well as the weight bearing of the affected limb. A U non-parametric statistics test of Mann-Whitney was used to perform

  14. Determination of the stability constants of lanthanum, praseodymium, europium, erbium and lutetium complexes with chloride ions; Determinacion de las constantes de estabilidad de los complejos de lantano, praseodimio, europio, erbio y lutecio con iones cloruro

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    Fernandez R, E. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)


    The stability constants of La{sup 3+}, Pr{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+} and Lu{sup 3+} chloride complexes were determined in perchloric acid media using a liquid-liquid extraction method. The dinonyl napthalene sulfonic acid in n-heptane was used as extractant. The lanthanide (Ln) concentrations were measured by a radiochemical (Eu and Lu) and a spectrophotometric (La, Pr, and Er) methods. In the last method, xylenol orange was used for the determinations at ph 6. The stability constants of lanthanum, praseodymium, erbium and lutetium chloride complexes were determined in 2, 3 and 4 M ionic strength and europium in 1, 2 and 3 M, at 303 K. The fitting of experimental data to the equations for the calculation of the stability constants, was carry out considering both one chemical species (LnCl{sup 2+}) or two chemical species (LnCl{sup 2+} and LnCl{sub 2}{sup +}). The Specific Ion Interaction Theory was applied to the values of log {beta}{sup I}{sub Ln},{sub Cl} and the first stability constants at zero ionic strength were calculated by extrapolation. The same theory could not be applied to the log {beta}{sup I}{sub Ln},{sub 2Cl}, due to its low abundance and the values determined for the stability constants were similar. The distribution diagrams of the chemical species were obtained using the program MEDUSA and considering log {beta}{sup I}{sub Ln},{sub CI}, log {beta}{sup I}{sub Ln},{sub 2CI} values obtained in this work and the hydrolysis constants taken from the literature. The lanthanide chloride complexes are present in solution at specific conditions of ionic strength, concentration and in the absence of hydrolysis. The log {beta}{sup I}{sub Ln},{sub Cl} data were related to the charge density and the corresponding equations were obtained. These equations could be used to determine the stability constants along the lanthanide series. (Author)

  15. Studies of electron traps in gallium arsenide and gallium arsenide phosphide by deep level transient spectroscopy (United States)

    Day, D. Y. S.


    System effects and data analysis for deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) have been examined and applied to study the deel levels in the GaAs-GaP system. Studies of typical DLTS systems using either the lock-in amplifier or the dual-channel boxcar averager are presented. The effects of non-zero gate width for the boxcar averager, phase angle adjustment for the lock-in amplifier, and response time of a typical commercial capacitance meter are investigated. Errors introduced in the measurements by these effects are calculated for typical cases. Measurements of gold level in silicon are presented, along with calculated corrections. We find the correction to be minimal in the boxcar-averager method, but significant in the lock-in amplifier approach. A DLTS system is described for measuring deep levels in diodes exhibiting large leakage currents. A capacitance bridge is used employing the diode to be tested along with a dummy diode of similar characteristics. The DLTS spectrum of a leaky GaAs planar diode is measured and compared to experimental results obtained with two standard DLTS systems . It is shown that measurements with the standard systems are impossible in certain temperature ranges because of overloading problems. The approach described here, however, gives the DLTS spectrum between 77 K and 300 K.

  16. Characterizing and engineering tunable spin functionality inside indium arsenide/gallium arsenide quantum dot molecules (United States)

    Liu, Weiwen

    The continual downsizing of the basic functional units used in the electronics industry has motivated the study of the quantum computation and related topics. To overcome the limitations of classical physics and engineering, some unique quantum mechanical features, especially entanglement and superpositions have begun to be considered as important properties for future bits. Including these quantum mechanical features is attractive because the ability to utilize quantum mechanics can dramatically enhance computational power. Among the various ways of constructing the basic building blocks for quantum computation, we are particularly interested in using spins inside epitaxially grown InAs/GaAs quantum dot molecules as quantum bits (qubits). The ability to design and engineer nanostructures with tailored quantum properties is critical to engineering quantum computers and other novel electro-optical devices and is one of the key challenges for scaling up new ideas for device application. In this thesis, we will focus on how the structure and composition of quantum dot molecules can be used to control spin properties and charge interactions. Tunable spin and charge properties can enable new, more scalable, methods of initializing and manipulating quantum information. In this thesis, we demonstrate one method to enable electric-field tunability of Zeeman splitting for a single electron spin inside a quantum dot molecules by using heterostructure engineering techniques to modify the barrier that separates quantum dots. We describe how these structural changes to the quantum dot molecules also change charge interactions and propose ways to use this effect to enable accurate measurement of coulomb interactions and possibly charge occupancy inside these complicated quantum dot molecules.

  17. Experimental Studies of Lateral Electron Transport in Gallium Arsenide-Aluminum Gallium Arsenide Heterostructures. (United States)


    34A new field-effect transistor with selectively doped GaAs/n-Al xGa As teoucin. u. L. A2I. EhM ., vol. 19, pp. L225-L227, 190 h 12. D. Delagebeaudeuf, P...photoconductivity in thin epitaxial GaAs," 1. Anl. EhMs ., vol. 52, pp. 5718-5721, 1981. 129. K. Hess and N. Holonyak, Jr., "Hot electrons in layered

  18. Electroluminescence Studies on Longwavelength Indium Arsenide Quantum Dot Microcavities Grown on Gallium Arsenide (United States)


    committee members, Dr. Bill Siskaninetz, Dr. Ronald Coutu, and Dr. Michael Marciniak for their assistance and the extraordinary amount of patience...6 2.2. (a) Structure of a through DBR contacted VCSEL and ( b ) an...DBR mirror and a ( b ) bottom DBR mirror ......8 2.4. Calculated power reflectance, transmittance, and absorptance of a DBR

  19. Electrochemistry of Europium(III) Chloride in 3 LiCl – NaCl, 3 LiCl – 2 KCl, LiCl – RbCl, and 3 LiCl – 2 CsCl Eutectics at Various Temperatures

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    Schroll, Cynthia A.; Chatterjee, Sayandev; Levitskaia, Tatiana G.; Heineman, William R.; Bryan, Samuel A.


    Here we report the effect of changing the eutectic melt composition on the electrochemical properties of europium(III) chloride under pyroprocessing conditions. The number of electrons transferred, redox potentials and diffusion coefficients were determined using various electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical techniques in four different eutectic mixtures (3 LiCl - NaCl, 3 LiCl - 2 KCl, 3 LiCl - RbCl, and 3 LiCl - 2 CsCl) while varying the temperature of the melt. It was determined that Eu3+ undergoes a one electron reduction to Eu2+ in each melt at all temperatures evaluated. Within all the melts a positive shift in the redox potential as well as an increase in the diffusion coefficient for Eu3+ was observed as the temperature increased. Also observed was a positive shift in the redox potential and increase in the diffusion coefficient for Eu3+ as the weighted average of the cationic radii for the melt decreased.

  20. Clinical evaluation of dentin hypersensitivity treatment with the low intensity Gallium-Aluminum-Arsenide laser - AsGaAl Avaliação clínica do tratamento da hiperestesia dentinária com laser de baixa potência de Arseniato de Gálio-Alumínio - AsGaAl

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    Luciana Chucre Gentile


    Full Text Available The dentin hypersensitivity is a painful condition rather prevalent in the general population. There are several ways of treatment for such condition, including the low intensity lasers. The proposal of this study was to verify the effectiveness of the Gallium-Aluminum-Arsenide diode laser in the treatment of this painful condition, using a placebo as control. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-two patients were selected, 22 females and 10 males, with ages ranging from 20 to 52 years old. The 32 patients were randomly distributed into two groups, treated and control; the sample consisted of 68 teeth, 35 in the treated group and 33 in the control group. The treated group was exposed to six laser applications with intervals from 48 to 72 hours, and the control group received, as placebo, applications of a curing light. RESULTS: A significant reduction was observed in the pain condition between the initial phase and after six laser applications; however, such reduction could also be observed for the control group exposed to the placebo. CONCLUSION: Therapy with the low intensity Gallium-Aluminum-Arsenide laser - AsGaAl induces a statistically significant reduction in the painful condition after each application and between the beginning and end of treatment, although there was no statistically significant difference between the treated group (laser and the control group (placebo at the end of treatment and after the mediate evaluation results (after 6 weeks, this way impairing the real measurement of laser effectiveness and placebo effect.A hiperestesia dentinária trata-se de uma condição dolorosa bastante prevalente nas populações mundiais. Várias são as modalidades de tratamento para tal condição, entre elas, os lasers de baixa potência. A proposta deste estudo foi a de verificar a efetividade do laser de diodo de Arseniato de Gálio-Alumínio no tratamento desta condição dolorosa, utilizando-se um placebo como controle. MATERIAIS E M

  1. 10 CFR Appendix C to Part 20 - Quantities 1 of Licensed Material Requiring Labeling (United States)


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  2. Photoluminescence Study of Ion Implantation Damage in Gallium Arsenide. (United States)


    The completion of this thesis was a very gratifying and educational experience. It provided valuable exposure to topics which were heretofore...Engjineering, Air Force, Institute of Technology, December 1978. 21. Yu , P. W . and Y’. S. Park. "PhoLel uminlescence in M11- implmnted GaiAs --anm...1946 in Caracas, Venezuela, the son of Edward and Margaret Key. Ile received his high school education at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville

  3. Noise-margin limitations on gallium-arsenide VLSI (United States)

    Long, Stephen I.; Sundaram, Mani


    Two factors which limit the complexity of GaAs MESFET VLSI circuits are considered. Power dissipation sets an upper complexity limit for a given logic circuit implementation and thermal design. Uniformity of device characteristics and the circuit configuration determines the electrical functional yield. Projection of VLSI complexity based on these factors indicates that logic chips of 15,000 gates are feasible with the most promising static circuits if a maximum power dissipation of 5 W per chip is assumed. While lower power per gate and therefore more gates per chip can be obtained by using a popular E/D FET circuit, yields are shown to be small when practical device parameter tolerances are applied. Further improvements in materials, devices, and circuits wil be needed to extend circuit complexity to the range currently dominated by silicon.

  4. Measurement of the thermopower anisotropy in iron arsenide

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    Fujii, T., E-mail: [Cryogenic Research Center, the University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0032 (Japan); Shirachi, T. [Department of Applied Physics, the University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Asamitsu, A. [Cryogenic Research Center, the University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0032 (Japan); Department of Applied Physics, the University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Ashikaga Institute of Technology, 268-1 Omae, Ashikaga, Tochigi 326-8558 (Japan)


    Highlights: • In this study, in order to investigate the origin of the in-plane anisotropy, the in-plane anisotropy of the thermopower was measured for the detwined single crystals of BFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. And, we found no anisotropy in the thermopower above T{sub AFO}, although there is a large anisotropy in the resistivity. This result gives evidence that the anisotropy in the resistivity arise from the anisotropy of the scattering time, and the energy dependence of the scattering time can be considered negligible. In the case of iron pnictides, the proposed orbital ordering more likely results in an anisotropy of electronic structure below T{sub AFO}, whereas the spin-nematic ordering leads to an anisotropy of electron scattering above T{sub AFO}. Therefore, our results suggest that nematicity above T{sub AFO} results from anisotropic magnetic scattering. - Abstract: We investigated the in-plane anisotropy of the thermopower and electrical resistivity on detwinned single crystals of BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. The in-plane anisotropy of the resistivity was clearly observed far above the magnetostructural transition temperature T{sub AFO}. While, the thermopower showed the in-plane anisotropy only below T{sub AFO}. These results are associated with the different origin of the anisotropy above and below T{sub AFO}. Since the thermopower does not depend on the scattering time, the anisotropy of the resistivity above T{sub AFO} is considered to be due to the anisotropic scattering. On the other hand, the anisotropy in the thermopower below T{sub AFO} is ascribed to the reconstructed Fermi surface.

  5. Radiation annealing of gallium arsenide implanted with sulphur

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    Ardyshev, V M


    Sulfur ions were implanted in a semi-insulating GaAs. Photon annealing (805 deg C/(10-12) s) and the thermal one (800 deg C/30 min) were conducted under SiO sub 2 -films coating obtained by different ways. Contents of GaAs components in films were determined from Rutherford backscattering spectra; concentration profiles of electrons were measured by the voltage-capacitance method. Diffusion of sulfur was shown to go in two directions - to the surface and into bulk of GaAs. The first process was induced by vacancies that had been formed near the surface of semiconductors during the dielectric coating. The coefficient of the bulk-diffusion and diffusion-to-surface of sulfur ions under photon annealing was twice as much as that under thermal one. The doping efficiency was also larger

  6. Epitaxial metal-gallium arsenide contacts via electrodeposition (United States)

    Bao, Zhi Liang

    The fabrication of epitaxial metal-GaAs contacts via electrodeposition and the electrical properties of the Schottky diodes are reported in this dissertation. Epitaxial electrodeposition of copper, iron, cobalt, iron-nickel, and bismuth on GaAs was discovered to rely on three major factors: the preparation of the GaAs surface by (NH4)OH etching, the addition of (NH 4)2SO4 to the electrolytes, and the control of deposition current density. The surface preparation by (NH4)OH provides a hydrophilic surface likely due to passivation via a layer of hydroxide bonds. Ammonium sulphate inhibits oxidation of the metal cations and likely acts as a surfactant both on the metal and GaAs surfaces. Control of adatom flux, similar to vacuum deposition techniques such as molecular beam epitaxy, determined the crystallinity, varying from polycrystalline to epitaxial to dendritic for current densities from 0.01 to 1 mA/mm2. The effects of other electrodeposition conditions including pH and electrolyte temperature were also investigated. Neutral electrolytes are needed for copper, iron, nickel-iron alloy, and cobalt epitaxial deposition, while acidic solution works for bismuth deposition indicating that the control of hydrogen evolution may be important. Cobalt nanodisc formation was obtained for lower temperatures (2 - 22°C) while optimal copper, iron, and bismuth epitaxy required higher deposition temperatures, 53, 56, and 70°C, respectively. The growth is via island nucleation and coalescence. The iron films develop a small decrease in lattice constant with residual compressive stress, which is a function of temperature. This is likely due to an impurity such as oxygen. Copper and cobalt formed nanometer scale reacted interfaces with GaAs, while iron and bismuth/GaAs formed abrupt interfaces. The electrical properties of these Schottky diodes were, nevertheless, found to be close to ideal and comparable to vacuum deposited diodes. Fe and Co/GaAs diodes showed identical electrical properties for GaAs (100), (110) and (111)B substrate orientations, consistent with uniform and defect-free interfaces. Cu and Bi/GaAs showed a much greater orientational dependence perhaps due to the larger lattice mismatch. Iron and nickel-iron alloy films showed anisotropic magnetic properties consistent with single crystalline material. These metal/GaAs contacts are potentially interesting for spintronics applications. Keywords. electrodeposition; epitaxy; metal-GaAs; Spintronics; (NH4)2SO4

  7. The effects of radiation on gallium arsenide radiation detectors

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    Bates, R L; D'Auria, S D; O'Shea, V; Raine, C; Smith, K M


    Semi-insulating, undoped, Liquid Encapsulated Czochralski (SI-U LEC) GaAs detectors have been irradiated with 1MeV neutrons, 24GeV/c protons, and 300MeV/c pions. The maximum fluences used were 6, 3, and 1.8~10$^{14}$ particles/cm$^{2}$ respectively. For all three types of irradiation the charge collection efficiencies (cce) of the detector are reduced due to the reduction in the electron and hole mean free paths. Pion and proton irradiations produce a greater reduction in cce than neutron irradiation with the pions having the greatest effect. The effect of annealing the detectors at room temperature, at 200$^{o}$C and at 450$^{o}$C with a flash lamp have been shown to reduce the leakage current and increase the cce of the irradiated detectors. The flash-lamp anneal produced the greatest increase in the cce from 26% to 70% by increasing the mean free path of the electrons. Two indium-doped samples were irradiated with 24GeV/c protons and demonstrated no improvement over SI U GaAs with respect to post-irradiati...

  8. Gallium Arsenide Pilot Line for High Performance Components (United States)


    generally accepted values and/or the values in the center of the reported ranges.) Table 6 gives expected lifetimes for aluminum at 2.0 x 05 Acn - 2 (the...iew This sijxe g"v& an~~I ehbrodance W-lo (e* aw powd Oft" ad 41111ago She dwo bwmodswo u64nd Gmma s Linds U SP~aRAPTow 1~bm30 𔃻 BYA PI ol

  9. Gallium arsenide based surface plasmon resonance for glucose monitoring (United States)

    Patil, Harshada; Sane, Vani; Sriram, G.; Indumathi, T. S; Sharan, Preeta


    The recent trends in the semiconductor and microwave industries has enabled the development of scalable microfabrication technology which produces a superior set of performance as against its counterparts. Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) based biosensors are a special class of optical sensors that become affected by electromagnetic waves. It is found that bio-molecular recognition element immobilized on the SPR sensor surface layer reveals a characteristic interaction with various sample solutions during the passage of light. The present work revolves around developing painless glucose monitoring systems using fluids containing glucose like saliva, urine, sweat or tears instead of blood samples. Non-invasive glucose monitoring has long been simulated using label free detection mechanisms and the same concept is adapted. In label-free detection, target molecules are not labeled or altered, and are detected in their natural forms. Label-free detection mechanisms involves the measurement of refractive index (RI) change induced by molecular interactions. These interactions relates the sample concentration or surface density, instead of total sample mass. After simulation it has been observed that the result obtained is highly accurate and sensitive. The structure used here is SPR sensor based on channel waveguide. The tools used for simulation are RSOFT FULLWAVE, MEEP and MATLAB etc.

  10. Subthreshold Laser Radiation of Rhesus Monkey Retina. Gallium Arsenide Bioeffects. (United States)


    hrs but they could find no histologic or fluorescein leakage correlate. If comparable at all to this study, then t" the appearance of the pale PE cells... ANATOMY 9 BORWdEIN AUG 82 UNCLASSIFIEDi DAMDi7-81-6-9489 F/6 6/18 N U EUEEECEE .. . .... -.!-4 . -- - - 111 L4.0 L2 .m1208 JfJ .11111 .45 111.6...Development Command Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland 21701-5012 .Grant No. DAD17-81-G-9489D, o.°,,o.DTIC .’ Department of Anatomy IELECTEr’ The University

  11. Structural and optical properties of porous gallium arsenide

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    Belogorokhov, A.I. [Institute of Rare Metals, 119017 Moscow (Russian Federation); Gavrilov, S.A. [Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (Technical University), 103498 Moscow (Russian Federation); Belogorokhov, I.A. [Physics Department, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119899 Moscow (Russian Federation)


    The optical and structural properties of a porous GaAs have been studied. The samples a of porous GaAs were fabricated by an electrochemical method on n- and p-type GaAs(100). The GaAs wafer doping type considerably affects nanocrystal shape, nanocrystal average diameter and chemical surface states. Low-frequency Raman shift of the peaks, conditioned by the main optical phonons, in the Raman spectra of the porous GaAs was observed. The values of the frequencies of surface phonons obtained from the Raman spectra and Infrared reflectivity spectra well coincide. Comparing the reflectivity spectra of porous GaAs with the ones of the single crystal GaAs, the changes in the spectral dependencies of the reflectance within the phonon resonance region may be seen which coincide with appearance of additional oscillators caused by sized confinement of the lattice vibrations of GaAs nanocrystals. The surface morphology of porous GaAs prepared on the substrate of n-type GaAs has been studied using atomic-force microscopy. Nanosized contour of the porous GaAs surface was watched. Estimations of the size of nanocrystals in a porous GaAs by the Raman and Infrared spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) and atomic-force microscopy well agree with each other. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  12. High Efficiency Solar Panel. Phase II. Gallium Arsenide. (United States)


    distance apartare lowered onto an interconnect/cell assembly with a calibrated force. Activation of an electrical switch introduces a voltage and current...the working area of the parallel gap Aelder is shown in Figure 8. Here two electrodes, a set distance apartare lowered onto an interconnect/cell

  13. Gallium Arsenide Pilot Line for High Performance Components (United States)


    a self - consistent solution of the coupled, nonlinear Poisson - Schrodinger equations for the SARGIC HFET heterostructures.) These models were used in...will be functional at 200 MHz. This expectation is based on the consistency of the measured and simulated results obtained at AT&T-Reading, AT&T...CAD tools. The layout floorplan consists of 33 blocks. These blocks were carefully arranged to butt next to each other without using routing channels

  14. a 9-BIT, Pipelined Gallium Arsenide Analog-Digital Converter (United States)

    Breevoort, Cornelius Marius


    Excellent Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) performance is achieved by Upper Surface Blowing (USB) aircraft as a result of mounting high by-pass turbofan engines over the forward part of the wing. High lift levels are generated by directing the engine exhaust over the wing upper surface to entrain additional airflow and by using the Coanda effect to turn the exhaust flow downward over a large radius "Coanda" flap. Commercial application of USB technology could reduce airport congestion and community noise if future configurations can be designed with economically acceptable cruise drag levels. An experimental investigation of the high speed aerodynamics of USB aircraft configurations has been conducted to accurately define the magnitude and causes of the powered configuration cruise drag. A highly instrumented wind tunnel model of a realistic USB configuration has been used which permitted parametric variations in the number and spanwise location of the nacelles and accurately modeled the engine power effects with turbofan propulsion simulators. The measured force data provides an accurate definition of the cruise drag penalty associated with each configuration and the constructed pressure contour plots provide detailed insight into their causes. It was found that the high speed aerodynamics of USB configurations is a complex interaction of jet induced and wing transonic flowfields. The presence of the nacelles on the wing upper surface created a severe drag penalty which increased with freestream Mach number, power setting and angle of attack. The more widely spaced two nacelle configurations exhibited improved flowfields at moderate Mach numbers but suffered from drag levels comparable to the baseline configuration for high speed cruise conditions. At high Mach numbers and power settings, all of the tested configurations displayed strong shocks and separated zones in the wing/nacelle junction regions. Detailed discussions of the causes of the cruise drag penalty and recommended future design improvements are presented.

  15. Gallium Arsenide Field Effect Transistors with Semi-Insulated Gates. (United States)


    insulating substrate. Ohmic source and drain contacts of width Z are placed as shown. Between them is a Schottky barrier “gate” of l ength ~,. In norma this manner is given in Figure 22. FETs were fabricated from this material using two different procedures. Both are essential l y the norma l...Forward, and H. L. Hartnagel , App l . Phys. Lett. 26, 569 (1975). 3. a. R. Pr un iaux , J. C. North , and A. V. Payer, IEEE Trans. Electron Devices ED

  16. Spin dynamics of equilibrium electrons in gallium arsenide

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    Mueller, Georg Martin


    In this dissertation, spin noise spectroscopy is applied to study spin dynamics in GaAs based semiconductor structures close to thermal equilibrium. Semiconductor spin noise spectroscopy measures the stochastic spin polarization of the electron ensemble via off-resonant Faraday rotation. Correspondingly, no energy has to be deposited in the sample system contrary to other experimental techniques, in which the dephasing or the depolarization of an artificially injected spin polarization is measured. Since the spin fluctuations are measured in real-time, spin noise spectroscopy had been hitherto limited to frequencies below 1 GHz. This thesis introduces the experimental advancement of ultrafast spin noise spectroscopy, in which the fluctuations are probed by pulsed light, and detection of spin noise at frequencies up to 16 GHz is demonstrated. These frequencies exceed the bandwidth of the photoreceiver by a factor of around 200. To further explore the limitations of the finite bandwidth of the detection system, electrical frequency mixing is applied for down-conversion of the electrical spin noise signal. Furthermore, spin noise measurements are simulated revealing that also ultrafast digitizers with low resolution can be utilized for spectral analysis in spin noise spectroscopy without any significant loss of sensitivity. The spin dynamics in a symmetrically grown, modulation-doped, (110)-oriented GaAs/AlGaAs multiple quantum well structure are investigated in this work. This experiment represents the first spin noise measurements on a semiconductor system of reduced effective dimensionality. The Dyakonov-Perel mechanism that usually dominates spin dephasing of free electrons in GaAs is ineffective in (110)-oriented structures for spins along the growth direction. Nevertheless, the correspondingly anticipated long spin dephasing times in (110) GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells at low temperatures are not accessible with conventional experiments that rely on optical spin orientation since the photocreation of holes obviates the observed spin dephasing times due to the Bir-Aronov-Pikus mechanism. Spin noise spectroscopy however enables measurements in the absence of optically created holes and the measured spin dephasing times in this work represent the longest reported spin dephasing times for delocalized electrons in GaAs quantum wells. Additionally, the anisotropic spin dynamics, which result from the Dyakonov-Perel mechanism that is still effective for the spins in the quantum well plane, as well as the time-of-flight broadening of the spin noise spectra, which originates from the finite transit time of the electrons through the probe volume, are experimentally investigated. The experimental technique of ultrafast spin noise spectroscopy enables investigation of spin dynamics in n-type bulk GaAs at high magnetic fields. The examined samples have a doping concentration slightly below and above the metal-to-insulator transition. The temperature, doping and magnetic field dependence of the effective electron Lande factor is studied as well as the spin dephasing in a transverse magnetic field. Finally, semiconductor spin noise spectroscopy is carried out with a magnetic field oriented with an arbitrary angle to the direction of light propagation while usually the magnetic field is applied transverse to the light wavevector. This novel geometry for spin noise spectroscopy allows the investigation of spin dephasing and spin relaxation in a single measurement. (orig.)

  17. Threshold extension of gallium arsenide/aluminum(x) gallium(1-x) arsenide terahertz detectors and switching in heterostructures (United States)

    Rinzan, Mohamed B.

    In this work, homojunction interfacial workfunction internal photoemission (HIWIP) detectors based on GaAs, and heterojunction interfacial workfunction internal photoemission (HEIWIP) detectors based mainly on the GaAs/Al xGa1-xAs material system are presented. Design principles of HIWIP and HEIWIP detectors, such as free carrier absorption, photocarrier generation, photoemission, and responsivity, are discussed in detail. Results of p-type HIWIPs based on GaAs material are presented. Homojunction detectors based on p-type GaAs were found to limit their operating wavelength range. This is mainly due to band depletion arising through carrier transitions from the heavy/light hole bands to the split off band. Designing n-type GaAs HIWIP detectors is difficult as it is strenuous to control their workfunction. Heterojunction detectors based on GaAs/AlxGa 1-xAs material system will allow tuning their threshold wavelength by adjusting the alloy composition of the Al xGa1-xAs barrier, while keeping a fixed doping density in the emitter. The detectors covered in this work operate from 1 to 128 microm (300 to 2.3 THz). Enhancement of detector response using resonance cavity architecture is demonstrated. Threshold wavelength extension of HEIWIPs by varying the Al composition of the barrier was investigated. The threshold limit of ˜ 3.3 THz (92 microm), due to a practical Al fraction limit of ˜ 0.005, can be overcome by replacing GaAs emitters in GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs HEIWIPs with AlxGa1-xAs emitters. As the initial step, terahertz absorption for 1 microm-thick Be-doped AlxGa1-xAs epilayers (with different Al fraction and doping density) grown on GaAs substrates was measured. The absorption probability of the epilayers was derived from these absorption measurements. Based on the terahertz absorption results, an AlxGa1-xAs/GaAs HEIWIP detector was designed and the extension of threshold frequency ( f0) to 2.3 THz was successfully demonstrated. In a different study, switching in GaAs/AlxGa1- xAs heterostructures from a tunneling dominated low conductance branch to a thermal emission dominated high conductance branch was investigated. This bistability leads to neuron-like voltage pulses observed in some heterostructure devices. The bias field that initiates the switching was determined from an iterative method that uses feedback information, such as carrier drift velocity and electron temperature, from hot carrier transport. The bias voltage needed to switch the device was found to decrease with the increasing device temperature.

  18. Doped Aluminum Gallium Arsenide (AlGaAs)/Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) Photoconductive Semiconductor Switch (PCSS) Fabrication (United States)


    test devices without anti- reflection (AR) protection caps but now serve as duplicate devices to combat fabrication yield issues. The columns of...step. 2. Methods, Assumptions, and Procedures 2.1 Alignment Marks Due to the negligible effect the n-type dopant annealing has on the surface of the...A-1 of the Appendix, photoresist makes an adequate mask for this short plasma etch. The etch is a simple boron trichloride (BCl3) and argon (Ar

  19. Progress on the europium neutron capture study using DANCE

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    Agvaanluvsan, U. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, P.O. Box 808, L-414, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States)]. E-mail:; Becker, J.A. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, P.O. Box 808, L-414, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States); Macri, R.A. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, P.O. Box 808, L-414, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States); Parker, W. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, P.O. Box 808, L-414, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States); Wilk, P. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, P.O. Box 808, L-414, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States); Wu, C.Y. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, P.O. Box 808, L-414, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States); Bredeweg, T.A.; Esch, E.; Haight, R.C.; O' Donnell, J.M.; Reifarth, R.; Rundberg, R.S.; Schwantes, J.M.; Ullmann, J.L.; Vieira, D.J.; Wilhelmy, J.B.; Wouters, J.M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Mitchell, G.E.; Sheets, S. [North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695 (United States)]|[Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, Durham, NC 27708 (United States); Becvar, F.; Krticka, M. [Charles University in Prague, CZ 180 00 Prague 8 (Czech Republic)


    The accurate measurement of neutron capture cross sections of the Eu isotopes is important for many reasons including nuclear astrophysics and nuclear diagnostics. Neutron capture excitation functions of {sup 151,153}Eu targets were measured recently using a 4{pi} {gamma}-ray calorimeter array DANCE located at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center for E {sub n} = 0.1-100 keV. The progress on the data analysis efforts is given in the present paper. The {gamma}-ray multiplicity distributions for the Eu targets and Be backing are significantly different. The {gamma}-ray multiplicity distribution is found to be the same for different neutron energies for both {sup 151}Eu and {sup 153}Eu. The statistical simulation to model the {gamma}-ray decay cascade is summarized.

  20. Progress on the Europium Neutron-Capture Study using DANCE

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    Agvaanluvsan, U; Becker, J A; Macri, R A; Parker, W; Wilk, P; Wu, C Y; Bredeweg, T A; Esch, E; Haight, R C; O' Donnell, J M; Reifarth, R; Rundberg, R S; Schwantes, J M; Ullmann, J L; Vieira, D J; Wilhelmy, J B; Wouters, J M; Mitchell, G E; Sheets, S A; Becvar, F; Krticka, M


    The accurate measurement of neutron-capture cross sections of the Eu isotopes is important for many reasons including nuclear astrophysics and nuclear diagnostics. Neutron capture excitation functions of {sup 151,153}Eu targets were measured recently using a 4{pi} {gamma}-ray calorimeter array DANCE located at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center for E{sub n} = 0.1-100 keV. The progress on the data analysis efforts is given in the present paper. The {gamma}-ray multiplicity distributions for the Eu targets and Be backing are significantly different. The {gamma}-ray multiplicity distribution is found to be the same for different neutron energies for both {sup 151}Eu and {sup 153}Eu. The statistical simulation to model the {gamma}-ray decay cascade is summarized.

  1. Functionalization of sol-gel zirconia composites with europium complexes

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    Danchova, Nina; Gutzov, Stoyan [Sofia Univ. ' St Kliment Ohridski' (Bulgaria). Dept. of Physical Chemistry


    Different sol-gel strategies based on functionalization of ZrO{sub 2}:Eu microparticles with 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and incorporation of colloidal Eu(phen){sub 2}(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} into zirconia have been used to obtain hybrid sol-gel composites with controlled optical properties. The process leads to materials with quantum yields of about 48 % monitoring the 615 nm emission line at 350 nm excitation. Excitation/luminescence spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction have been used to characterize the hybrid zirconia composites. (orig.)

  2. Interaction of europium and curium with alpha-amylase

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    Barkleit, Astrid [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany). Div. Chemistry of the F-Elements; Heller, Anne [Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany). Inst. for Zoology, Molecular Cell Physiology and Endocrinology; Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany). Div. Biogeochemistry


    Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS) revealed that Eu(III) and Cm(III) form two dominant species with the protein α-amylase (Amy): one with the coordination of a single carboxylate group of the protein and the other with three coordinating carboxylate groups.

  3. Synthesis, characterization, and properties of reduced europium molybdates and tungstates (United States)

    Abeysinghe, Dileka; Gerke, Birgit; Morrison, Gregory; Hsieh, Chun H.; Smith, Mark D.; Pöttgen, Rainer; Makris, Thomas M.; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad


    Single crystals of K0.094Eu0.906MoO4, K0.097Eu0.903WO4, EuWO4, and EuMoO4 were grown from molten chloride fluxes contained in vacuum-sealed fused silica and structurally characterized via single crystal X-ray diffraction. The in situ reduction of Eu3+ to Eu2+ was carried out using Mo, W, and Zn as metal reducing agents. All four compounds crystallize in the tetragonal space group of I41/a and adopt the scheelite (CaWO4) structure type. The magnetic susceptibility of the reported compounds shows paramagnetic behavior down to 2 K. 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy was used to analyze the relative Eu2+ and Eu3+ content of the samples. All the compounds were further characterized by EPR, and UV-vis spectroscopy.

  4. Single crystal growth of europium and ytterbium based intermetallic ...

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    to dissolve the excess metal flux. Due to its low melting temperature of 156.6. ◦. C, indium is an ideal metal for use as a reactive flux (self- flux condition). It has widely been used for the synthe- sis and crystal growth of indium-rich binary and ternary indides. In many cases, a slight excess of indium sig- nificantly increases the ...

  5. Electrical and magnetic transport in Strontium doped Europium Ferrimanganites

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    Abdel-Latif, I.A. [Physics Department, College of Science & Arts, Najran University, P. O. 1988, Najran (Saudi Arabia); Reactor Physics Department, NRC, Atomic Energy Authority, Abou Zabaal P.O. 13759, Cairo (Egypt); Ahmed, Mahrous R. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, Sohag 82524 (Egypt); Physics Department, Aljamoum University College, Um-Elqura University, Makka (Saudi Arabia); Al-Omari, I.A.; Sellai, A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Soltan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 36, PC 123, Muscatt (Oman)


    Eu{sub 0.65}Sr{sub 0.35}Fe{sub x}Mn{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} (x=0.1, 0.3 and 0.5) has been prepared using a standard solid state reaction method. The under-investigation compounds is found to crystallize in a single-phase orthorhombic structure in the P{sub bnm} space group (62). The adiabatic polaron electronic transfer was obtained for all samples and the activation energy of x=0.1 sample is equal to 1.013 meV and slightly increase at x=0.3 (1.289 meV) while is doubled for x=0.5 to be 2.1065 meV. The magnetization–temperature dependence measurements of Eu{sub 0.65}Sr{sub 0.35}Fe{sub x}Mn{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} show the ferromagnetic ordering at low iron concentration x=0.1 and when iron concentration increase to x=0.5 the noncollinear magnetic ordering (the canted antiferromagnetic) is obtained. The magnetic phase transition (paramagnetic-ferromagnetic transition) in the Eu{sub 0.65}Sr{sub 0.35}Fe{sub 0.1}Mn{sub 0.9}O{sub 3} is observed at T{sub c} of 150 K. For Eu{sub 0.65}Sr{sub 0.35}Fe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} the multi-magnetic phase transition is observed at T{sub c} of 200K and T{sub N} of 430 K. The resistivity at low temperature is measured. Theoretical Calculations using Monte Carlo code have been done. The magnetization as function of temperature has been calculated using Monte Carlo simulations for Eu{sub 0.65}Sr{sub 0.35}Fe{sub x}Mn{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} (x=0.0, 0.1, 0,2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5). Ising model is a suitable model to study the magnetization for our compounds. The internal energy for x=0 is the highest value compared with the other x values which have nearly a ground state value equal to 2.7 J. - Highlights: • The distortion parameter in the crystal structure of Eu{sub 0.65}Sr{sub 0.35}Fe{sub x}Mn{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} increase with increasing concentration of iron and affected both electrical and magnetic transport. • The density of electrons over the unit cell decrease with increasing the iron concentration and thus give rise to the decrease in electrical conductivity and the change of the magnetic ordering. • The transition from thermal activation mechanism at temperature higher than room temperature into adiabatic polaron mechanism at temperature lower than room temperature in all samples. • The transition from the soft FM ordering at low iron concentration x=0.1 into the harder canted FM ordering with x>0.3. • The internal energy calculation showed the highest value of x=0, compared with the other x values, which have nearly a ground state value equal to 2.7 J.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of europium doped LiF phosphor

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    Villalobos, M. L.; Vallejo, M. A.; Sosa A, M. [Universidad de Guanajuato, Division de Ciencias e Ingenierias, Loma del Bosque No. 103, Lomas del Campestre, 37150 Leon, Guanajuato (Mexico); Diaz T, L. A., E-mail: [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, A. C., Loma del Bosque No. 115, Lomas del Campestre, 37150 Leon, Guanajuato (Mexico)


    LiF with different dopants has been one of the most investigated materials to use as thermoluminescent dosimeter. In this paper, we present the preparation method, the characterization and the thermoluminescent response of Eu doped LiF irradiated with X-rays. Pure and Eu doped LiF samples with different dopant concentration (0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1 % mol) were synthesized using the precipitation method. The samples were structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), the diffraction patterns showed a main cubic crystalline structure and a secondary hexagonal structure. The photoluminescence spectrum exhibited four well defined peaks characteristic of the Eu{sup 3+} ion. Thermoluminescent (Tl) glow curves of x-ray irradiated samples showed a well-defined single peak around 200 degrees C, except for the pure and 0.25% Eu doped samples. (Author)

  7. Effect of pressure on the phonon properties of europium ...

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    phonon density of states and compared them with the first order Raman scattering results. The calculation of ... raman et al 1974). The structural phase transition pre- ssures for EuO, EuS, EuSe and EuTe are 30–40 GPa,. 22 GPa, 15 GPa and 10 GPa, respectively. ... †Paper presented at the 5th IUMRS ICA98, October 1998,.

  8. High pressure annealing of Europium implanted GaN

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    Lorenz, K.


    GaN epilayers were implanted with Eu to fluences of 1×10^13 Eu/cm2 and 1×10^15 Eu/cm2. Post-implant thermal annealing was performed in ultra-high nitrogen pressures at temperatures up to 1450 ºC. For the lower fluence effective structural recovery of the crystal was observed for annealing at 1000 ºC while optical activation could be further improved at higher annealing temperatures. The higher fluence samples also reveal good optical activation; however, some residual implantation damage remains even for annealing at 1450 ºC which leads to a reduced incorporation of Eu on substitutional sites, a broadening of the Eu luminescence lines and to a strongly reduced fraction of optically active Eu ions. Possibilities for further optimization of implantation and annealing conditions are discussed.© (2012) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

  9. Hyperfine interactions at europium sites in oxide glasses (United States)

    Concas, G.; Congiu, F.; Muntoni, C.; Bettinelli, M.; Speghini, A.


    The shape of the γ resonance absorption peak of the Eu3+ ion in a disordered structure was investigated in some phosphate, borate, and silicate glasses by using 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy. The quality of the fits was tested by using the Durbin-Watson d statistics. The observed full width at half maximum of the peak was resolved in a contribution of the broadening and a contribution of the quadrupole splitting, due to the distortion of the Eu site compared to a cubic symmetry. The Eu-O bond was found to have a covalent admixture with 6s character. The axial component of the electric-field gradient at the Eu site was found to be correlated with the optical basicity of the glass.

  10. Interaction of europium and curium with alpha-amylase. (United States)

    Barkleit, Astrid; Heller, Anne; Ikeda-Ohno, Atsushi; Bernhard, Gert


    The complexation of Eu(iii) and Cm(iii) with the protein α-amylase (Amy), a major enzyme in saliva and pancreatic juice, was investigated over wide ranges of pH and concentration at both ambient and physiological temperatures. Macroscopic sorption experiments demonstrated a strong and fast binding of Eu(iii) to Amy between pH 5 and 8. The protein provides three independent, non-cooperative binding sites for Eu(iii). The overall association constant of these three binding sites on the protein was calculated to be log K = 6.4 ± 0.1 at ambient temperature. With potentiometric titration, the averaged deprotonation constant of the carboxyl groups (the aspartic and glutamic acid residues) of Amy was determined to be pKa = 5.23 ± 0.14 at 25 °C and 5.11 ± 0.24 at 37 °C. Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS) revealed two different species for both Eu(iii) and Cm(iii) with Amy. In the case of the Eu(iii) species, the stability constants were determined to be log β11 = 4.7 ± 0.2 and log β13 = 12.0 ± 0.4 for Eu : Amy = 1 : 1 and 1 : 3 complexes, respectively, whereas the values for the respective Cm(iii) species were log β11 = 4.8 ± 0.1 and log β13 = 12.1 ± 0.1. Furthermore, the obtained stability constants were extrapolated to infinite dilution to make our data compatible with the existing thermodynamic database.

  11. On the abundance of Europium. [in Ap and Am stars (United States)

    Hartoog, M. R.; Cowley, C. R.; Adelman, S. J.


    The inclusion of the effects of hyperfine splitting can significantly lower the abundance estimate of Eu from singly ionized lines which lie on the flat portion of the curve of growth. In the 21 cool Ap stars studied by Adelman and the five Am stars studied by Smith, the Eu abundance was reduced by 0.4 dex on the average. In individual cases, the reductions were as great as 0.9 dex. This makes the Eu abundance comparable to that of its neighboring rare earths Sm and Gd in the Ap stars and less than Sm and Gd in the Am stars, but still substantially overabundant with respect to solar values.

  12. Europium (III) and americium (III) stability constants with humic acid

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    Torres, R.A.; Choppin, G.R.


    The stability constants for tracer concentrations of Eu(III) and Am(III) complexes with a humic acid extracted from a lake-bottom sediment were measured using a solvent extraction system. The organic extractant was di(2-ethylhexyl)-phosphoric acid in toluene while the humate aqueous phase had a constant ionic strength of 0.1 M (NaClO/sub 4/). Aqueous humic acid concentrations were monitored by measuring uv-visible absorbances at approx.= 380 nm. The total carboxylate capacity of the humic acid was determined by direct potentiometric titration to be 3.86 +- 0.03 meq/g. The humic acid displayed typical characteristics of a polyelectrolyte - the apparent pKsub(a), as well as the calculated metal ion stability constants increased as the degree of ionization (..cap alpha..) increased. The binding data required a fit of two stability constants, ..beta../sub 1/ and ..beta../sub 2/, such that for Eu, log ..beta../sub 1/ = 8.86 ..cap alpha.. + 4.39, log ..beta../sub 2/ = 3.55 ..cap alpha.. + 11.06 while for Am, log ..beta../sub 1/ = 10.58 ..cap alpha.. + 3.84, log ..beta../sub 2/ = 5.32 ..cap alpha.. + 10.42. With hydroxide, carbonate, and humate as competing ligands, the humate complex associated with the ..beta../sub 1/ constant is calculated to be the dominant species for the trivalent actinides and lanthanides under conditions present in natural waters.

  13. Efeito da terapia com laser de arsenieto de gálio e alumínio (660Nm sobre a recuperação do nervo ciático de ratos após lesão por neurotmese seguida de anastomose epineural: análise funcional Effect of gallium-aluminum-arsenide laser therapy (660Nm on recovery of the sciatic nerve in rats following neurotmesis lesion and epineural anastomosis: functional analysis

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    Full Text Available CONTEXTUALIZAÇÃO: As lesões nervosas periféricas podem comprometer atividades diárias de um indivíduo e resultam em perda da sensibilidade e motricidade do território inervado. OBJETIVO: Com o intuito de acelerar os processos regenerativos, objetivou-se analisar a influência da aplicação do laser de arsenieto de gálio e alumínio (AsGaAl, 660Nm sobre a recuperação funcional do nervo ciático de ratos. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: O nervo ciático de 12 ratos Wistar foi submetido à lesão por neurotmese e anastomose epineural e divididos em dois grupos: controle e laserterapia. Após a lesão, utilizou-se o laser de GaAlAs, 660Nm, 4J/cm², 26,3mW, feixe de 0,63cm², em três pontos eqüidistantes sobre a lesão, por 20 dias. As impressões das pegadas dos animais foram obtidas antes e após (sete, 14 e 21 dias pós-operatórios o procedimento cirúrgico e calculou-se o índice funcional do ciático (IFC. RESULTADOS: A comparação do IFC não resultou em diferença significante (p>0,05 entre os grupos. CONCLUSÕES: Conclui-se que os parâmetros e métodos empregados na laserterapia demonstram resultados nulos sobre o IFC no período avaliado.CONTEXT: Peripheral nerve injuries result in sensory and motor losses in the innervated area and can hinder individuals’ daily activities. Objective: The objective was to analyze the influence of applying gallium-aluminum-arsenide (GaAlAs laser (660Nm on the functional recovery of the sciatic nerve in rats. METHODS: The sciatic nerve of 12 Wistar rats was subjected to injury consisting of neurotmesis and epineural anastomosis. The rats were divided into two groups: control and laser therapy. After the injury, a GaAlAs laser was used (660Nm, 4J/cm², 26.3mW and 0.63cm² beam at three equidistant points on the injury, for 20 days. Footprint impressions were obtained from the animals before and seven, 14 and 21 days after the surgical procedure and the sciatic functional index (SFI was calculated

  14. Multiband Gutzwiller theory of the band magnetism of LaO iron arsenide; Multiband Gutzwiller-Theorie des Bandmagnetismus von LaO-Eisen-Arsenid

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    Schickling, Tobias


    In this work we apply the Gutzwiller theory for various models for LaOFeAs. It was discovered in 2008 that doped LaOFeAs is superconducting below a temperature of T{sub c} = 28 K. Soon after that discovery, more iron based materials were found which have an atomic structure that is similar to the one of LaOFeAs and which are also superconducting. These materials form the class of iron-based superconductors. Many properties of this material class are in astonishing agreement with the properties of the cuprates. Therefore, studying this new material may promote our understanding of high-T{sub c} superconductivity. Despite great efforts, however, Density Functional Theory calculations cannot reproduce the small magnetic moment in the ground state of undoped LaOFeAs. Such calculations overestimate the magnetic moment by a factor 2-3. Within our Gutzwiller approach, we take additional local Coulomb correlations into account. We show that it is necessary to work with the iron 3d-orbitals and the arsenic 4p-orbitals to obtain a realistic description of LaOFeAs. For a broad parameter regime of the electronic interactions, we find a magnetic moment that is in the region of the experimentally observed values. We claim that the magnetic phase in LaOFeAs can be described as a spin-density wave of Landau-Gutzwiller quasi-particles.

  15. Bragg Reflector-Induced Increased Nonradiative Lifetime in Gallium Arsenide (GaAs)/Aluminum Gallium Arsenide (AlGaAs) Double Heterostructures (United States)


    ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) US Army Research Laboratory ATTN: RDRL-SED-E 2800 Powder Mill Road Adelphi, MD 20783-1138 8. cell uses a GaAs/AlGaAs DH with a roughly 1–2 µm GaAs active region on top of an internal distributed Bragg reflector (BR) to take advantage minimize the laser scattering signal, with a fast 300-µm diameter silicon (Si) photodiode. Data were acquired on a PCI averager card. The system

  16. Design of Indium Arsenide nanowire sensors for pH and biological sensing and low temperature transport through p-doped Indium Arsenide nanowires

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    Upadhyay, Shivendra

    the fabrication of nanowire transistors using UV and electron beam lithography as well as the steps to encapsulate the nanowire transistors into a sensor. Several iterations of experiments demonstrating pH sensitivity of the NW sensor are presented. Having established and tested a stable sensing platform via p......H sensing, we apply the same to a more complex system - proteins. The sensing protocol involves the functionalization of the sensor surface with a receptor protein followed by the addition of the protein of interest. Sensor response to oppositely charged proteins is used to confirm the sensitivity...... of the sensor to the protein charge....

  17. The Photoresponse of the Gallium Arsenide Metal Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (United States)

    Paolella, Arthur

    The combining of optical and microwave technology is imminent, especially the integration of optical and microwave circuit functions on the same circuit or chip. Exploring the properties of the metal semiconductor field effect transistor (MESFET) as an optical detector for the detection of microwave and control signals in fiber optic links make sense because the MESFET is the main active component of GaAs MMICs. In this thesis, photocurrents and photovoltages of three MESFETs were measured as a function of the optical input (wavelength, intensity and modulation frequency), electrical input (gate voltage and gate resistance), and device characteristics. A model of the photoresponse, based on the drift and diffusion equations for the current density was developed, which established the internal photovoltaic effect at the channel-substrate interface as the dominant mechanism for the generation of photocurrent in the MESFET. The gain, bandwidth and gain-bandwidth products for each of the major photoeffects were determined mathematically. A maximum photocurrent of 16 mA, and an internal photovoltage of -0.5 volts was measured at 3.5 mW of optical power. The addition of a resistance in the gate circuit enhanced the photoresponse. With a resistor of 1 MOmega, the maximum photocurrent produced was 84.0 mA, resulting from an external photovoltage of 3.07 volts. The dynamic photoresponse of the MESFET as measured, showed a strong dependence with the intensity of the optical signal as well as with bias. The low frequency response varied from -15 dB to -41 dB, and the bandwidth changed from 50 MHz to 5 MHz as the optical signal decreased 18 dB. The low frequency response and bandwidth also showed strong dependence of bias. The low frequency response varied over a 7 dB range and the bandwidth changed from 45 MHz to 100 MHz as the gate was reversed biased (0 to -3.0 volts). Used as an optical detector, the MESFET function successfully in controlling the gain (15 dB) and phase (360^circ) of a T/R module as well as in switching functions of microwave MMICs. The techniques used were compatible with present MMIC processing technology.

  18. Gallium arsenide single crystal solar cell structure and method of making (United States)

    Stirn, Richard J. (Inventor)


    A production method and structure for a thin-film GaAs crystal for a solar cell on a single-crystal silicon substrate (10) comprising the steps of growing a single-crystal interlayer (12) of material having a closer match in lattice and thermal expansion with single-crystal GaAs than the single-crystal silicon of the substrate, and epitaxially growing a single-crystal film (14) on the interlayer. The material of the interlayer may be germanium or graded germanium-silicon alloy, with low germanium content at the silicon substrate interface, and high germanium content at the upper surface. The surface of the interface layer (12) is annealed for recrystallization by a pulsed beam of energy (laser or electron) prior to growing the interlayer. The solar cell structure may be grown as a single-crystal n.sup.+ /p shallow homojunction film or as a p/n or n/p junction film. A Ga(Al)AS heteroface film may be grown over the GaAs film.

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

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    Peschke, Simon Friedrich


    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 oxyselenides were identifi ed and revealed unique structural building blocks that have not been observed in these systems before. The results of this thesis demonstrate not only the power of alternative preparation methods, but also the still increasing structural variety in the discussed quaternary systems. Strategic research in the field of transition-metal oxypnictides and oxychalcogenides, which still include a multiplicity of unknown materials, revealed numerous compounds with interesting physical properties and further investigations will probably uncover also new superconducting materials.

  20. Morphology- and orientation-controlled gallium arsenide nanowires on silicon substrates. (United States)

    Ihn, Soo-Ghang; Song, Jong-In; Kim, Tae-Wook; Leem, Dong-Seok; Lee, Takhee; Lee, Sang-Geul; Koh, Eui Kwan; Song, Kyung


    GaAs nanowires were epitaxially grown on Si(001) and Si(111) substrates by using Au-catalyzed vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth in a solid source molecular beam epitaxy system. Scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed that almost all the GaAs nanowires were grown along directions on both Si substrates for growth conditions investigated. The GaAs nanowires had a very uniform diameter along the growth direction. X-ray diffraction data and transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed that the GaAs nanowires had a mixed crystal structure of the hexagonal wurtzite and the cubic zinc-blende. Current-voltage characteristics of junctions formed by the epitaxially grown GaAs nanowires and the Si substrate were investigated by using a current-sensing atomic force microscopy.

  1. Direct Electrical Probing of Periodic Modulation of Zinc-Dopant Distributions in Planar Gallium Arsenide Nanowires. (United States)

    Choi, Wonsik; Seabron, Eric; Mohseni, Parsian K; Kim, Jeong Dong; Gokus, Tobias; Cernescu, Adrian; Pochet, Pascal; Johnson, Harley T; Wilson, William L; Li, Xiuling


    Selective lateral epitaxial (SLE) semiconductor nanowires (NWs), with their perfect in-plane epitaxial alignment, ability to form lateral complex p-n junctions in situ, and compatibility with planar processing, are a distinctive platform for next-generation device development. However, the incorporation and distribution of impurity dopants in these planar NWs via the vapor-liquid-solid growth mechanism remain relatively unexplored. Here, we present a detailed study of SLE planar GaAs NWs containing multiple alternating axial segments doped with Si and Zn impurities by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The dopant profile of the lateral multi-p-n junction GaAs NWs was imaged simultaneously with nanowire topography using scanning microwave impedance microscopy and correlated with infrared scattering-type near-field optical microscopy. Our results provide unambiguous evidence that Zn dopants in the periodically twinned and topologically corrugated p-type segments are preferentially segregated at twin plane boundaries, while Si impurity atoms are uniformly distributed within the n-type segments of the NWs. These results are further supported by microwave impedance modulation microscopy. The density functional theory based modeling shows that the presence of Zn dopant atoms reduces the formation energy of these twin planes, and the effect becomes significantly stronger with a slight increase of Zn concentration. This implies that the twin formation is expected to appear when a threshold planar concentration of Zn is achieved, making the onset and twin periodicity dependent on both Zn concentration and nanowire diameter, in perfect agreement with our experimental observations.

  2. System architecture of a gallium arsenide one-gigahertz digital IC tester (United States)

    Fouts, Douglas J.; Johnson, John M.; Butner, Steven E.; Long, Stephen I.


    The design for a 1-GHz digital integrated circuit tester for the evaluation of custom GaAs chips and subsystems is discussed. Technology-related problems affecting the design of a GaAs computer are discussed, with emphasis on the problems introduced by long printed-circuit-board interconnect. High-speed interface modules provide a link between the low-speed microprocessor and the chip under test. Memory-multiplexer and memory-shift register architectures for the storage of test vectors are described in addition to an architecture for local data storage consisting of a long chain of GaAs shift registers. The tester is constructed around a VME system card cage and backplane, and very little high-speed interconnect exists between boards. The tester has a three part self-test consisting of a CPU board confidence test, a main memory confidence test, and a high-speed interface module functional test.

  3. Improved defect analysis of Gallium Arsenide solar cells using image enhancement (United States)

    Kilmer, Louis C.; Honsberg, Christiana; Barnett, Allen M.; Phillips, James E.


    A new technique has been developed to capture, digitize, and enhance the image of light emission from a forward biased direct bandgap solar cell. Since the forward biased light emission from a direct bandgap solar cell has been shown to display both qualitative and quantitative information about the solar cell's performance and its defects, signal processing techniques can be applied to the light emission images to identify and analyze shunt diodes. Shunt diodes are of particular importance because they have been found to be the type of defect which is likely to cause failure in a GaAs solar cell. The presence of a shunt diode can be detected from the light emission by using a photodetector to measure the quantity of light emitted at various current densities. However, to analyze how the shunt diodes affect the quality of the solar cell the pattern of the light emission must be studied. With the use of image enhancement routines, the light emission can be studied at low light emission levels where shunt diode effects are dominant.

  4. Noise suppression and long-range exchange coupling for gallium arsenide spin qubits

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    Malinowski, Filip

    of the qubit splitting with respect to gate voltages. We show that for singlet-triplet and resonant exchange qubit this can be achieved by operating a quantum dot array in a highly symmetric configuration. The symmetrization approach results in a factor-of-six improvement of the double dot singlet......-triplet exchange oscillations quality factor while the dephasing times for the threeelectron resonant exchange qubit are marginally longer. Second, we present the study of the Overhauser field noise arising due to interaction with the nuclear spin bath. We show that the Overhauser field noise conforms to classical...... dot in nine different charge occupancies and identify ground state spin in all cases. For even-occupied spin-1/2 multielectron quantum dot a variation of the gate voltage by a few milivolts in the vicinity of the charge transition leads to sign change of the exchange interaction with a single...

  5. Development of Ultra-Low Resistance Ohmic Contacts for indium gallium arsenide/indium phosphide HBTs (United States)

    Baraskar, Ashish

    With the continued scaling of transistors to obtain increased transistor bandwidth and packing density, achieving very low resistance metal-semiconductor contacts becomes crucial. The base and emitter contact resistivities in heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) must decrease in proportion to the inverse square of the transistor cutoff frequency. Similarly for field-effect transistors (FETs), progressive reduction in contact resistivity is required for both increased speed of operation and increased device packing density. Contact resistivities less than 10-8 O-cm2 are required for III-V HBTs and FETs for having simultaneous 1.5 THz current-gain (ft) and power-gain (fmax) cut-off frequencies. Owing to higher electron velocity, higher transistor bandwidths are more readily obtained in InGaAs than in Si, hence there is strong motivation to develop low resistance ohmic contacts to InGaAs. This dissertation focuses on development of ultra-low resistance ohmic contacts to n-In0.53Ga0.47As, n-InAs and p-In0.53 Ga0.47As for their application in InP based HBTs. There were four main challenges in obtaining ultra-low contact resistivities: 1. High doping: Attainment of high active carrier concentration which is required for reducing the depletion region in the semiconductor. Reduced depletion region results in enhanced tunneling of carriers across the metal semiconductor junction. 2. Surface preparation: Contact resistivity strongly depends on surface preparation and obtaining resistivities less than 10-8 O-cm 2 requires a significant attention to removal of semiconductor surface oxides before the contacts are made. 3. Refractory metal contact: Owing to high current densities (≈ 50 mA/mum2) and high temperatures involved during fabrication of scaled HBTs and FETs, it becomes important to keep the metal semiconductor junctions thermally stable for their continued operation as desired. To achieve thermal stability, it is required to use refractory metals for making the contact. 4. Accurate extraction of contact resistivities. In this work, molecular beam epitaxy thin-film growth technique was used to grow the semiconductor thin films. After careful growth optimization and calibrations, the highest active carrier concentration obtained was 6 x 1019 cm-3, 1 x 1020 cm -3 (record highest) and 2.2 x 1020 cm -3 for n-In0.53Ga0.47As, n-InAs and p-In 0.53Ga0.47As, respectively. W, Mo and Ir refractory metals were chosen to form contacts to these semiconductors to achieve thermal stability. Transmission line model structures were designed to accurately determine the contact resistivities. The lowest contact resistivities obtained were (0.9 +/- 0.5) x 10-8 O-cm2, (0.6 +/- 0.4) x 10-8 O-cm2 and (0.6 +/- 0.5) x 10-8 O-cm2 for contacts to n- In0.53Ga0.47As, n-InAs and p-In0.53Ga 0.47As, respectively, which are the lowest contact resistivities reported to date for these semiconductors. Contacts to n-In0.53Ga0.47 As and n-InAs were found to remain thermally stable. However, slight degradation on annealing was observed for contacts made to p-In0.53Ga 0.47As. We have also developed theoretical models to validate our experimental data. The models are extended to calculate the lowest possible contact resistivities for GaAs, InP, InSb and GaSb. In summary, the ultra-low resistance, refractory metal contacts developed in this work make them a potential candidate to be applied in highly scaled HBTs and other devices of near-terahertz bandwidths.

  6. Radiation and temperature effects in gallium arsenide, indium phosphide, and silicon solar cells (United States)

    Weinberg, I.; Swartz, C. K.; Hart, R. E., Jr.; Statler, R. L.


    The effects of radiation on performance are determined for both n+p and p+n GaAs and InP cells and for silicon n+p cells. It is found that the radiation resistance of InP is greater than that of both GaAs and Si under 1-MeV electron irradiation. For silicon, the observed decreased radiation resistance with decreased resistivity is attributed to the presence of a radiation-induced boron-oxygen defect. Comparison of radiation damage in both p+n and n+p GaAs cells yields a decreased radiation resistance for the n+p cell attributable to increased series resistance, decreased shunt resistance, and relatively greater losses in the cell's p-region. For InP, the n+p configuration is found to have greater radiation resistance than the p+n cell. The increased loss in this latter cell is attributed to losses in the cell's emitter region. Temperature dependency results are interpreted using a theoretical relation for dVoc/dT, which predicts that increased Voc should result in decreased numerical values for dPm/dT. The predicted correlation is observed for GaAs but not for InP, a result which is attributed to variations in cell processing.

  7. Dose rate effects on damage formation in ion-implanted gallium arsenide

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    Haynes, T.E.; Holland, O.W.


    The residual damage in GaAs was measured by ion channeling following implantation of either 100 keV {sup 30}Si{sup +} at temperatures of 300K or 77K, or 360 keV {sup 120}Sn{sup +} at 300K. For room-temperature Si implants and fluences between 1 and 10 {times} 10{sup 14} Si/cm{sup 2}, the amount of damage created was strongly dependent upon the ion current density, which was varied between 0.05 and 12 {mu}A/cm{sup 2}. Two different stages of damage growth were identified by an abrupt increase in the damage growth rate as a function of fluence, and the threshold fluence for the onset of the second stage was found to be dependent on the dose rate. The dose rate effect on damage was substantially weaker for {sup 120}Sn{sup +} implants and was negligible for Si implants at 77K. The damage was found to be most sensitive to the average current density, demonstrating that the defects which are the precursors to the residual dose-rate dependent damage have active lifetimes of at least 3 {times} 10{sup {minus}4} s. The dose rate effect and its variation with ion mass and temperature are discussed in the context of homogeneous nucleation and growth of damage during ion irradiation.

  8. Microwave Semiconductor Research - Materials, Devices and Circuits and Gallium Arsenide Ballistic Electron Transistors. (United States)


    Semiconductors", L.F. Eastman, Third Inter. Conf. on Hot Carriers in Semiconductors, Montpellier , France (July 1981); J. de Physique, Col. C7, Sup. 010, Tome...ballistic electrons, the verage electron velocity is as high as 8 x 107cm/s across a short drift pace (< .5-.75 micron for ion density at or below

  9. Femtosecond Laser Machining of Gallium Arsenide Wafers for the Creation of Quasi-Phasematched Devices (United States)


    visible structural damage, creating a tightly fitting sample as shown in the optical micrographs in Figure 5.5 below. Figure 5.5 Interlaced ...power photonics group at Heriot Watt University. The CO2 laser, operating at a wavelength of 10.6µm was a pulsed laser with variable repetition rate...above that of GaAs. Their Tg would be ~160°C”. In this case we could heat up a “blob” of glass on top of the interlaced comb structure, and let it flow

  10. Advanced Composite High-k Gate Stack for Mixed Anion Arsenide-Antimonide Quantum Well Transistors (United States)


    and interface defect scattering5 dominate. Shubnikov-de Haas ( SdH ) oscillations (Fig. 8a) are observed at low temperature (2- 15K) and high magnetic...the amplitude of SdH oscillations, which is lower than 0.05m0 reported for InAs QW due to quantization and band non-parabolicity6. FFT of SdH ...ρ 0 1/B [T-1] 2K 4K 6K 10K 15K Δ(1/B) = 0.024 T -1 m*=.043m0 (b) Fig. 8 (a) Shubnikov-de Haas ( SdH ) oscillations in the sheet resistance

  11. Structural features of indium antimonide quantum dots on the indium arsenide substrate

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    Liliya A. Sokura


    Full Text Available The properties of InSb/InAs quantum dots (QDs have been investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM. Specific features of diffraction contrast were discovered in plan-view TEM images of big (9–10 nm in height and 38–50 nm in diameter InSb QDs. To understand the origin of such distortions, a model of an InSb QD on InAs substrate containing a partial Frank dislocation (FD was developed and used for calculations of the displacement field and the subsequent diffraction image simulation of an InSb QD for the first time. The shape of the QD was established to have an insignificant influence on the magnitude of radial displacements. The insertion of a misfit defect (a partial Frank dislocation into the QD reduces the strain at the edges of the QD almost by 30%. The comparison of experimental and simulated data allowed us to explain the observed features of the moiré pattern in the image of a big InSb QD by the presence of a misfit defect at the QD-substrate interface.

  12. Covalent Surface Modification of Gallium Arsenide Photocathodes for Water Splitting in Highly Acidic Electrolyte. (United States)

    Garner, Logan E; Steirer, K Xerxes; Young, James L; Anderson, Nicholas C; Miller, Elisa M; Tinkham, Jonathan S; Deutsch, Todd G; Sellinger, Alan; Turner, John A; Neale, Nathan R


    Efficient water splitting using light as the only energy input requires stable semiconductor electrodes with favorable energetics for the water-oxidation and proton-reduction reactions. Strategies to tune electrode potentials using molecular dipoles adsorbed to the semiconductor surface have been pursued for decades but are often based on weak interactions and quickly react to desorb the molecule under conditions relevant to sustained photoelectrolysis. Here, we show that covalent attachment of fluorinated, aromatic molecules to p-GaAs(1 0 0) surfaces can be employed to tune the photocurrent onset potentials of p-GaAs(1 0 0) photocathodes and reduce the external energy required for water splitting. Results indicate that initial photocurrent onset potentials can be shifted by nearly 150 mV in pH -0.5 electrolyte under 1 Sun (1000 W m-2 ) illumination resulting from the covalently bound surface dipole. Though X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis reveals that the covalent molecular dipole attachment is not robust under extended 50 h photoelectrolysis, the modified surface delays arsenic oxide formation that results in a p-GaAs(1 0 0) photoelectrode operating at a sustained photocurrent density of -20.5 mA cm-2 within -0.5 V of the reversible hydrogen electrode. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor planar junctions of aluminium on DELTA-doped gallium arsenide

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    Taboryski, Rafael Jozef; Clausen, Thomas; Kutchinsky, jonatan


    We have fabricated and characterized planar superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor (S-Sm-S) junctions with a high quality (i.e. low barrier) interface between an n++ modulation doped conduction layer in MBE grown GaAs and in situ deposited Al electrodes. The Schottky barrier at the S...

  14. Investigations into molecular beam epitaxial growth of Indium Arsenide/Gallium antimonide superlattices (United States)

    Murray, Lee Michael

    InAs/GaSb superlattices are a material system well suited to growth via molecular beam epitaxy. The ability to tune the band gap over the entire mid and long wave infrared spectrum gives a large number of applications for devices made from InAs/GaSb superlattice material. The growth of high quality InAs/GaSb superlattice material requires a careful study of the parameters used during epitaxial growth. This work investigates the growth of tunnel junctions for InAs/GaSb based superlattice light emitting diodes, the presence of defects in GaSb homoepitaxial layers, and variations in the growth rate of InAs/GaSb superlattice samples. Tunnel junctions in cascaded structures must provide adequate barriers to prevent carriers from leaking from one emission region to the next without first recombining radiatively, while at the same time remain low in tunneling resistance for current recycling. A variety of tunnel junction designs are compared in otherwise identical four stage InAs/GaSb superlattice light emitting diodes, which past studies have found hole confinement to be problematic. GaSb was used on the p-side of the junction, while various materials were used on the n-side. Al0.20In0.80As0.73Sb0.27 tunnel junctions function best due to the combination of favorable band alignment and ease of growth. Pyramidal defects have been observed in layers of GaSb grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaSb substrates. These defects are typically 3-8 nanometers high, 1-3 microns in diameter, and shaped like pyramids. Their occurrence in the growth of GaSb buffer layers can propagate into subsequent layers. Defects are nucleated during the early stages of growth after the thermal desorption of native oxide from the GaSb substrate. These defects grow into pyramids due to a repulsive Ehrlich-Schwoebel potential on atomic step edges leading to an upward adatom current. The defects reduce in density with growth of GaSb. The insertion of a thin AlAsSb layer into the early stages of the GaSb buffer increases the rate of elimination of the defects, resulting in a smooth surface within 500nm. The acceleration of defect reduction is due to the temporary interruption of step-flow growth induced by the AlAsSb layer. This leads to a reduced isolation of the pyramids from the GaSb epitaxial layer, and allows the pyramidal defects to smooth out. Investigations into varying the superlattice growth rate have not been reported widely in the literature. Due to the frequent use of soaks, growth interrupts, and other interface structuring steps the superlattice growth rate and the interface layer sequence are linked. In order to properly study the effects of growth rate variations and interface design changes it is necessary to account for the effect on growth rate due to the interfaces. To this end it is useful to think of the effective growth rate of the superlattice, which is the total layer thickness divided by the total time, per superlattice period. Varying the effective growth rate of superlattice photoluminescence samples shows a peak in output at ~0.5 monolayers per second. Investigations into the structural properties of the superlattices show no decrease in structural uniformity for effective growth rates up to ~1.4 monolayers per second.

  15. Gallium arsenide p+–n–p+-structures with impoverished base area

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    Karimov A. V.


    Full Text Available It is displayed experimentally, that the current transport’s mechanism through p+GaAs–nGaAs–p+GaAs-structure is formed by injection-tunnel and generation-recombination mechanisms. Injection-tunnel current prevails at modulation of base’s part which contains defects, and generation-recombination currents are determinative at modulation of base’s part with lesser defectiveness. p+GaAs–nGaAs–p+GaAs-structures are of interest for creating voltage suppressors and electronic switches on their base.

  16. Pilot Line 3: Gallium Arsenide Pilot Line for High Performance Components (United States)


    C&onVoJud Im"pedanco DESCRIPTON 4 t taw OpO ~’* On-Package The MLC44 package is 8 highspeed muiUa’,w ceamc package developed at c~m TrQuint...will be a cluster of early failures ( infant mortality), usually followed by failure mechanisms that take longer to occur. For integrated circuit...production, the infant mortality failures are removed before shipment by a bum-in procedure. For this program, a bum-in operation will not be performed on

  17. Indium arsenide as a material for biological applications: Assessment of surface modifications, toxicity, and biocompatibility (United States)

    Jewett, Scott A.

    III-V semiconductors such as InAs have recently been employed in a variety of applications where the electronic and optical characteristics of traditional, silicon-based materials are inadequate. InAs has a narrow band gap and very high electron mobility in the near-surface region, which makes it very attractive for high performance transistors, optical applications, and chemical sensing. However, InAs forms an unstable surface oxide layer in ambient conditions, which can corrode over time and leach toxic indium and arsenic components. Current research has gone into making InAs more attractive for biological applications through passivation of the surface by adlayer adsorption. In particular, wet-chemical methods are current routes of exploration due to their simplicity, low cost, and flexibility in the type of passivating molecule. This dissertation focuses on surface modifications of InAs using wet-chemical methods in order to further its use in biological applications. First, the adsorption of collagen binding peptides and mixed peptide/thiol adlayers onto InAs was assessed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) along with atomic force microscopy (AFM) data suggested that the peptides successfully adsorbed onto InAs, but were only able to block oxide regrowth to a relatively low extent. This low passivation ability is due to the lack of covalent bonds of the peptide to InAs, which are necessary to effectively block oxide regrowth. The addition of a thiol, in the form of mixed peptide/thiol adlayers greatly enhanced passivation of InAs while maintaining peptide presence on the surface. Thiols form tight, covalent bonds with InAs, which prevents oxide regrowth. The presence of the collagen-binding peptide on the surface opens the door to subsequent modification with collagen or polyelectrolyte-based adlayers. Next, the stability and toxicity of modified InAs substrates were determined using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and zebrafish studies. InAs substrates modified with a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) based adlayer showed the highest stability in physiological conditions by leaching the lowest amounts of indium and arsenic. Modified substrates also showed no toxicity to zebrafish after incubation for 120 hours. Overall, these findings suggest that a variety of adlayers can be functionalized onto InAs surfaces and successfully passivate the surface, along with decreasing InAs toxicity. Finally, we demonstrate how surface modifications can be applied to a different III-V semiconductor, GaN, in order to modulate cellular adhesion. Modification of GaN with a laminin-derived peptide increases the adhesion of PC12 neuronal cells and alters the physical morphology of the adhered cells. Additionally, no toxicity to cells is observed, further demonstrating the potential for employing III-V semiconductors in biological applications.

  18. Gallium Arsenide detectors for X-ray and electron (beta particle) spectroscopy

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    Lioliou, G.; Barnett, A.M.


    Results characterizing GaAs p{sup +}-i-n{sup +} mesa photodiodes with a 10 µm i layer for their spectral response under illumination of X-rays and beta particles are presented. A total of 22 devices, having diameters of 200 µm and 400 µm, were electrically characterized at room temperature. All devices showed comparable characteristics with a measured leakage current ranging from 4 nA/cm{sup 2} to 67 nA/cm{sup 2} at an internal electric field of 50 kV/cm. Their unintentionally doped i layers were found to be almost fully depleted at 0 V due to their low doping density. {sup 55}Fe X-ray spectra were obtained using one 200 µm diameter device and one 400 µm diameter device. The best energy resolution (FWHM at 5.9 keV) achieved was 625 eV using the 200 µm and 740 eV using the 400 µm diameter device, respectively. Noise analysis showed that the limiting factor for the energy resolution of the system was the dielectric noise; if this noise was eliminated by better design of the front end of the readout electronics, the achievable resolution would be 250 eV. {sup 63}Ni beta particle spectra obtained using the 200 µm diameter device showed the potential utility of these detectors for electron and beta particle detection. The development of semiconductor electron spectrometers is important particularly for space plasma physics; such devices may find use in future space missions to study the plasma environment of Jupiter and Europa and the predicted electron impact excitation of water vapor plumes from Europa hypothesized as a result of recent Hubble Space Telescope (HST) UV observations.

  19. Cathodoluminescence on the Effects of Te Implantation and Laser Annealing in Gallium Arsenide. (United States)


    to me by Jim Miskimen , George Gergal , and Ron Gabriel of the AFIT Physics Laboratory staff . Finally , I would like to thank my wife for her...wavelength counter) . The spectrometer could also be driven externally by signals from a step motor driver designed and constructed by G . Gergal (Ref 13

  20. FUNDAMENTAL AREAS OF PHENOMENOLOGY (INCLUDING APPLICATIONS): Mechanism of Current Oscillations in Gallium Arsenide Photoconductive Semiconductor Switches (United States)

    Tian, Li-Qiang; Shi, Wei


    Semi-insulating photoconductive semiconductor switch with an electrode gap of 4 mm, triggered by a laser pulse with energy of 0.5mJ, and applied bias of 2.5kV, the periodicity current oscillation with a cycle of 12ns is obtained. It is indicated that the current oscillation is one mode of transferred electron effect, namely quenched domain mode. This mode of trans-electron oscillator is obtained when the instantaneous bias electric field drops below the sustaining field (the minimum electric field required to support the domain) before the domain reaches the anode, which leads to the domain disappears somewhere in the bulk of the switch and away from the ohmic contacts. We mainly analyse the time-dependent characteristic of the mode, the theoretical analysis results are in excellent agreement with the experiment.

  1. Density functional study of optical properties of beryllium chalcogenides compounds in nickel arsenide B8 structure

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    Al-Douri, Y., E-mail: [Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis, 01000 Kangar, Perlis (Malaysia); Baaziz, H., E-mail: [Physics Department, Faculty of Science University of M' sila, 28000 M' sila (Algeria); Charifi, Z. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science University of M' sila, 28000 M' sila (Algeria); Reshak, Ali H. [School of complex systems, FFWP-South Bohemia University, Nove Hrady 37333 (Czech Republic); School of Material Engineering, Malaysia University of Perlis, P.O. Box 77, d/a Pejabat Pos Besar, 01007 Kangar, Perlis (Malaysia)


    The structural, electronic and optical properties of beryllium chalcogenides BeS, BeSe and BeTe using the full-potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method are investigated. The exchange-correlation energy within the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) are described. The Engel-Vosko (EVGGA) formalism is applied for electronic and optical properties. The structural parameters of our model and the transition pressure from zinc-blende (B3) to the NiAs (B8) phase are confirmed. It is found that these compounds have indirect band gaps except for BeTe in NiAs (B8) phase. The results of reflectivity, refractive index and optical dielectric functions of Be compounds are investigated. An agreement is found between our results and those of other theoretical calculations and the experimental data.

  2. Triple crystal x-ray diffraction analysis of chemical-mechanical polished gallium arsenide (United States)

    Wang, V. S.; Matyi, R. J.


    High-resolution triple crystal x-ray diffraction has been used to monitor the magnitude of diffuse scattering from chemical-mechanical (CM) polished GaAs. The diffuse scattering, which is attributed to kinematic scattering arising from polish-induced crystallographic defects, was found to be only slightly affected when each of four CM polish parameters (bromine concentration in Br2/methanol, total polish time, polish pad rotation speed, and force on sample) was varied individually. The combined effect of increases in both the pad rotation speed and the force on the sample increased the magnitude of the diffuse scattering, suggesting the generation of mechanical damage. When all four variables were increased to their maximum values, the diffuse scattering increased dramatically and became anisotropic. We have expressed the magnitude of the diffuse scattering in terms of an ``excess intensity'' in reciprocal space to provide a semi-quantitative relation between CM polish parameters and the generation of polish-induced damage.

  3. The attachment and characterization of DNA probes on gallium arsenide-based semiconductor surfaces (United States)

    Yang, Joonhyuk


    Immobilization of nucleic acid molecules on solid surfaces is the core of numerous important technologies in the genomics, disease diagnostics and biosensors applications. The architecture and density of immobilized probe molecules depend on the type of the solid surface on which they are anchored. Even though many different types of surfaces have been studied as substrates for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) attachment, the development of a new type of substrate, which is reproducible, stable, highly controlled and easily transferred to practical applications, is still needed. Recent studies have shown that As terminated GaAs-based semiconductors can be used as substrates for immobilized DNA layers. In this study, I aim to understand the attachment of nucleic acid onto the surfaces of As-terminated GaAs-based semiconductors and focus on improving the "brush-structure", which is essential for high quality of biochip based on a DNA layer. Attachment of 8-base and 100-base thiolated ssDNA layers on arsenic terminated GaAs(001) was achieved and characterized. The covalent bonds between the thiolated oligonucleotides with As atoms on the GaAs surface were investigated using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and the surface morphology was obtained using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). In addition, I studied the effect of DNA length and the presence of a good solvent, such as water, on the oligonucleotides on a GaAs surface. I also investigated the effects of the thiol-based spacer and electrolyte concentration to improve the brush-like structure of the DNA layer. Finally, irradiation effects and AlGaAs resonators have been studied for the applications of DNA brush layer on GaAs as biosensor during the change of attachment probe DNA and hybridization to target DNA. For the 8-base thiolated ssDNA case, AFM results showed that the layer thickness was about ˜2.2 nm in dry mode and increased in wet mode. Replacement reaction from N-, O-As bonds to S-As bonds was observed with addition of MCH as indicated by analysis of XPS spectra. The concentration of electrolyte affected the brush like layer structure. In the case of the longer, more flexible DNA with 100 bases, the DNA molecules strongly interacted with each other and formed big cluster, of 330˜440nm in diameter on the surface. Finally, for the applications, a high level of radiation destroyed the brush layer. An AlGaAs resonator used as proof of concept a change in mass by a change in resonance frequency under hybridization reaction with complementary target DNA. This result shows that the design is viable and has a defection of ˜25pg.

  4. Lower critical field and SNS-Andreev spectroscopy of 122-arsenides: Evidence of nodeless superconducting gap (United States)

    Abdel-Hafiez, M.; Pereira, P. J.; Kuzmichev, S. A.; Kuzmicheva, T. E.; Pudalov, V. M.; Harnagea, L.; Kordyuk, A. A.; Silhanek, A. V.; Moshchalkov, V. V.; Shen, B.; Wen, Hai-Hu; Vasiliev, A. N.; Chen, Xiao-Jia


    Using two experimental techniques, we studied single crystals of the 122-FeAs family with almost the same critical temperature, Tc. We investigated the temperature dependence of the lower critical field Hc1(T ) of a Ca0.32Na0.68Fe2As2 (Tc≈34K) single crystal under static magnetic fields H parallel to the c axis. The temperature dependence of the London penetration depth can be described equally well either by a single anisotropic s-wave-like gap or by a two-gap model, while a d-wave approach cannot be used to fit the London penetration depth data. Intrinsic multiple Andreev reflection effect spectroscopy was used to detect bulk gap values in single crystals of the intimate compound Ba0.65K0.35Fe2As2, with the same Tc. We estimated the range of the large gap value ΔL=6-8 meV (depending on small variation of Tc) and its a k space anisotropy of about 30%, and the small gap ΔS≈1.7±0.3 meV. This clearly indicates that the gap structure of our investigated systems more likely corresponds to a nodeless s-wave two gaps.

  5. Formation of defects at high temperature plastic deformation of gallium arsenide

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    Mikhnovich, V.V.


    The purpose of the present thesis consists in acquiring more concrete information concerning the mechanism of the movement of dislocations and types of defects that appear during the process of dislocation motion on the basis of systematic experimental studies of the GaAs deformation. Experimental studies concerning the dependence of the stress of the samples from their deformation at different values of the deformation parameters (like temperature and deformation speed) were conducted in this paper. To determine the concentration of defects introduced in samples during the deformation process the positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) method was used. The second chapter of this paper deals with models of movement of dislocations and origination of defects during deformation of the samples. In the third chapter channels and models of positron annihilation in the GaAs samples are investigated. In the forth chapter the used experimental methods, preparation procedure of test samples and technical data of conducted experiments are described. The fifth chapter shows the results of deformation experiments. The sixth chapter shows the results of positron lifetime measurements by the PAS method. In the seventh chapter one can find analyses of the values of defects concentration that were introduced in samples during deformation. (orig.)

  6. The scaling of the effective band gaps in indium-arsenide quantum dots and wires. (United States)

    Wang, Fudong; Yu, Heng; Jeong, Sohee; Pietryga, Jeffrey M; Hollingsworth, Jennifer A; Gibbons, Patrick C; Buhro, William E


    Colloidal InAs quantum wires having diameters in the range of 5-57 nm and narrow diameter distributions are grown from Bi nanoparticles by the solution-liquid-solid (SLS) mechanism. The diameter dependence of the effective band gaps (DeltaE(g)s) in the wires is determined from photoluminescence spectra and compared to the experimental results for InAs quantum dots and rods and to the predictions of various theoretical models. The DeltaE(g) values for InAs quantum dots and wires are found to scale linearly with inverse diameter (d(-1)), whereas the simplest confinement models predict that DeltaE(g) should scale with inverse-square diameter (d(-2)). The difference in the observed and predicted scaling dimension is attributed to conduction-band nonparabolicity induced by strong valence-band-conduction-band coupling in the narrow-gap InAs semiconductor.

  7. Computer modeling characterization, and applications of Gallium Arsenide Gunn diodes in radiation environments

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    El- Basit, Wafaa Abd; El-Ghanam, Safaa Mohamed; Kamh, Sanaa Abd El-Tawab [Electronics Research Laboratory, Physics Department, Faculty of Women for Arts, Science and Education, Ain-Shams University, Cairo (Egypt); Abdel-Maksood, Ashraf Mosleh; Soliman, Fouad Abd El-Moniem Saad [Nuclear Materials Authority, Cairo (Egypt)


    The present paper reports on a trial to shed further light on the characterization, applications, and operation of radar speed guns or Gunn diodes on different radiation environments of neutron or γ fields. To this end, theoretical and experimental investigations of microwave oscillating system for outer-space applications were carried out. Radiation effects on the transient parameters and electrical properties of the proposed devices have been studied in detail with the application of computer programming. Also, the oscillation parameters, power characteristics, and bias current were plotted under the influence of different γ and neutron irradiation levels. Finally, shelf or oven annealing processes were shown to be satisfactory techniques to recover the initial characteristics of the irradiated devices.

  8. Origin of optical losses in gallium arsenide disk whispering gallery resonators

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    Parrain, David; Wang, Guillaume; Guha, Biswarup; Santos, Eduardo Gil; Lemaitre, Aristide; Senellart, Pascale; Leo, Giuseppe; Ducci, Sara; Favero, Ivan


    Whispering gallery modes in GaAs disk resonators reach half a million of optical quality factor. These high Qs remain still well below the ultimate design limit set by bending losses. Here we investigate the origin of residual optical dissipation in these devices. A Transmission Electron Microscope analysis is combined with an improved Volume Current Method to precisely quantify optical scattering losses by roughness and waviness of the structures, and gauge their importance relative to intrinsic material and radiation losses. The analysis also provides a qualitative description of the surface reconstruction layer, whose optical absorption is then revealed by comparing spectroscopy experiments in air and in different liquids. Other linear and nonlinear optical loss channels in the disks are evaluated likewise. Routes are given to further improve the performances of these miniature GaAs cavities.

  9. Size-effects in indium gallium arsenide nanowire field-effect transistors

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    Zota, Cezar B., E-mail:; Lind, E. [Department of Electrical and Information Technology, Lund University, Lund 22101 (Sweden)


    We fabricate and analyze InGaAs nanowire MOSFETs with channel widths down to 18 nm. Low-temperature measurements reveal quantized conductance due to subband splitting, a characteristic of 1D systems. We relate these features to device performance at room-temperature. In particular, the threshold voltage versus nanowire width is explained by direct observation of quantization of the first sub-band, i.e., band gap widening. An analytical effective mass quantum well model is able to describe the observed band structure. The results reveal a compromise between reliability, i.e., V{sub T} variability, and on-current, through the mean free path, in the choice of the channel material.

  10. Gate Last Indium-Gallium-Arsenide MOSFETs with Regrown Source-Drain Regions and ALD Dielectrics (United States)

    Carter, Andrew Daniel

    III-V-based MOSFETs have the potential to exceed the performance of silicon-based MOSFETs due to the semiconductor's small electron effective mass. Modern silicon-based MOSFETs with 22 nm gate lengths utilize high-k gate insulators and non-planar device geometries to optimize device performance. III-V HEMT technology has achieved similar gate lengths, but large source-drain access resistances and the lack of high-quality gate insulators prevent further device performance scaling. Sub-22 nm gate length III-V MOSFETs require metal-semiconductor contact resistivity to be less than 1 ohm-micron squared, gate insulators with less than 1 nm effective oxide thickness, and semiconductor-insulator interface trap densities less than 2E12 per square centimeter per electron volt. This dissertation presents InGaAs-based III-V MOSFET process flows and device results to assess their use in VLSI circuits. Previous III-V MOSFET results focused on long (>100 nm) gate lengths and ion implantation for source-drain region formation. Scaling III-V MOSFETs to shorter gate lengths requires source-drain regions that have low sheet resistance, high mobile charge densities, and low metal-semiconductor contact resistance. MBE- and MOCVD-based raised epitaxial source-drain regrowth meet these requirements. MBE InAs source-drain regrowth samples have shown 0.5 to 2 ohm-micron squared metal semiconductor contact resistivities. MOCVD InGaAs source-drain regrowth samples have shown resistance to InGaAs MOSFETs. Gate insulators on III-V materials require large conduction band offsets to the channel, high dielectric permittivities, and low semiconductor-insulator interface trap densities. An in-situ hydrogen plasma / trimethylaluminum treatment has been developed to lower the gate semiconductor-insulator interface trap density. This treatment, done immediately before gate insulator deposition, has been shown to lower MOS capacitor interface trap densities by more than a factor of two. Devices using gate-first MBE regrowth, gate-last MBE regrowth, and gate-last MOCVD regrowth were fabricated and resulting devices characterized. 65 nm gate length gate-first MBE regrowth devices employing a 2.2 nm EOT Al 2O3 gate insulator show peak transconductances of 0.3 mS/micron at 1 V Vds. Gate-first FET performance scaling is limited by processed-induced damage and ungated access regions. 64 nm gate length gate-last MBE regrowth devices employing a 1.21 nm EOT Al2O 3 / HfO2 bi-layer gate insulator show peak transconductances of 1.4 mS/micron at 0.5 V Vds. Other gate-last MBE samples had long channel subthreshold swings as low as 117 mV/dec. 48 nm gate length gate-last MOCVD MOSFETs employing a 0.8 nm EOT HfO2 gate insulator and digital channel etching show peak transconductances of 2 mS/micron at 0.5 V Vds, with long channel devices having 97 mV/dec subthreshold swing.

  11. Atomistic simulation studies of iron sulphide, platinum antimonide and platinum arsenide

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    Ngoepe, PE


    Full Text Available The authors present the results of atomistic simulations using derived interatomic potentials for the pyrite-structured metal chalcogenides FeS2, PtSb2 and PtAs2. Structural and elastic constants were calculated and compared with experimental...

  12. Quasilinear quantum magnetoresistance in pressure-induced nonsymmorphic superconductor chromium arsenide. (United States)

    Niu, Q; Yu, W C; Yip, K Y; Lim, Z L; Kotegawa, H; Matsuoka, E; Sugawara, H; Tou, H; Yanase, Y; Goh, Swee K


    In conventional metals, modification of electron trajectories under magnetic field gives rise to a magnetoresistance that varies quadratically at low field, followed by a saturation at high field for closed orbits on the Fermi surface. Deviations from the conventional behaviour, for example, the observation of a linear magnetoresistance, or a non-saturating magnetoresistance, have been attributed to exotic electron scattering mechanisms. Recently, linear magnetoresistance has been observed in many Dirac materials, in which the electron-electron correlation is relatively weak. The strongly correlated helimagnet CrAs undergoes a quantum phase transition to a nonmagnetic superconductor under pressure. Here we observe, near the magnetic instability, a large and non-saturating quasilinear magnetoresistance from the upper critical field to 14 T at low temperatures. We show that the quasilinear magnetoresistance may arise from an intricate interplay between a nontrivial band crossing protected by nonsymmorphic crystal symmetry and strong magnetic fluctuations.

  13. Digital Logic and Reconfigurable Interconnects Using Aluminum Gallium Arsenide Electro-Optic Fredkin Gates (United States)


    growth and characte . Anthony Ticknor, of Lockheed, was responsbe for the beam propagation method computer program. I have also enjoyed valuable...134. R. J. Pressley , ed., Handbook of Lasers With Selected Data on Optical Technolgav, CRC Press, Cleveland, OH, 1971. 135. A. Kurnar and T. P

  14. Synthesis and characterization of titania-based monodisperse fluorescent europium nanoparticles for biolabeling

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    Tan Mingqian [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian 116023 (China); Wang Guilan [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian 116023 (China); Ye Zhiqiang [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian 116023 (China); Yuan Jingli [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian 116023 (China)]. E-mail:


    Inorganic-organic hybrid titania-based nanoparticles covalently bound to a fluorescent Eu{sup 3+} chelate of 4,4'-bis(1'',1'',1'',2'',2'',3'',3''-heptafluoro-4'',6''-hexanedion-6''-yl) chlorosulfo-o-terphenyl (BHHCT-Eu{sup 3+}) were synthesized by a sol-gel technique. A conjugate of BHHCT with 3-[2-(2-aminoethylamino) ethylamino]propyl-trimethoxysilane (APTS) was used as a precursor for the nanoparticle preparation and monodisperse nanoparticles consisting of titania network and silica sub-network covalently bound to the Eu{sup 3+} chelate were prepared by the copolymerization of APTS-BHHCT conjugate, titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and free APTS in EuCl{sub 3} water-alcohol solution. The effects of reaction conditions on size and fluorescence lifetime of the nanoparticles were investigated. The characterizations by transmission electron microscopy and fluorometric methods indicate that the nanoparticles are near spherical and strongly fluorescent having a fluorescence quantum yield of 11.6% and a long fluorescence lifetime of {approx}0.4 ms. The direct-introduced amino groups on the nanoparticle's surface by using free APTS in nanoparticle preparation facilitated the biolabeling process of the nanoparticles. The nanoparticle-labeled streptavidin (SA) was prepared and used in a sandwich-type time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay (TR-FIA) of human prostate-specific antigen (PSA) by using a 96-well microtiter plate as the solid phase carrier. The method gives a detection limit of 66 pg/ml for the PSA assay.

  15. Photoactive europium(III) centered mesoporous hybrids with 2-thenoyltrifluoroacetone functionalized SBA-16 and organic polymers. (United States)

    Li, Yajuan; Yan, Bing


    A series of novel ternary organic-inorganic mesoporous polymeric hybrids TTFA-S16-Eu-PMMA, TTFA-S16-Eu-PMAA, and TTFA-S16-Eu-PVP (TTFA = 2-Thenoyltrifluoroacetone; PMMA = polymethyl methacrylate; PMAA = polymethacrylic acid; PVP = polyvinylpyrrolidone) have been assembled by the Eu(3+) complex covalently attaching to the TTFA directly functionalized ordered mesoporous SBA-16 and organic polymer. FTIR, UV, XRD, TEM, N(2) adsorption measurements, photoluminescent spectra, and TG plots were characterized, and the results reveal that they all have high surface area, uniformity in the mesostructure, and good crystallinity. In addition, the ternary rare earth mesoporous polymeric hybrids show an overall increase in luminescent lifetime and quantum efficiency compared to binary rare earth mesoporous hybrid TTFA-S16-Eu, especially the mesoporous hybrid with PVP exhibits the highest luminescence quantum efficiency and longest lifetime.

  16. Electroluminescence of a device based on europium {beta}-diketonate with phosphine oxide complex

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    Quirino, W.G. [LOEM - Department of Physics - Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio - P.O.Box 38071, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, CEP 22453-970 (Brazil); Adati, R.D. [Institute of Chemistry, Sao Paulo State OYiversity - UNESP, P.O.Box. 355, Araraquara, SP, CEP 14801-970 (Brazil); Lima, S.A.M. [Institute of Chemistry, Sao Paulo State OYiversity - UNESP, P.O.Box. 355, Araraquara, SP, CEP 14801-970 (Brazil); Legnani, C. [LOEM - Department of Physics - Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio - P.O.Box 38071, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, CEP 22453-970 (Brazil); Jafelicci, M. [Institute of Chemistry, Sao Paulo State OYiversity - UNESP, P.O.Box. 355, Araraquara, SP, CEP 14801-970 (Brazil); Davolos, M.R. [Institute of Chemistry, Sao Paulo State OYiversity - UNESP, P.O.Box. 355, Araraquara, SP, CEP 14801-970 (Brazil); Cremona, M. [LOEM - Department of Physics - Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio - P.O.Box 38071, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, CEP 22453-970 (Brazil)]. E-mail:


    Rare earth (RE) ions have spectroscopic characteristics to emit light in narrow lines, which makes RE complexes with organic ligands candidates for full color OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) applications. In particular, {beta}-diketone rare earth (RE{sup 3+}) complexes show high fluorescence emission efficiency due to the high absorption coefficient of the {beta}-diketone and energy transfer to the central ion. In this work, the fabrication and the electroluminescent properties of devices containing a double and triple-layer OLED using a new {beta}-diketone complex, [Eu(bmdm){sub 3}(tppo){sub 2}], as transporting and emitting layers are compared and discussed. The double and triple-layer devices based on this complex present the following configurations respectively: device 1: ITO/TPD (40 nm)/[Eu(bmdm){sub 3}(tppo){sub 2}] (40 nm)/Al (150 nm); device 2: ITO/TPD (40 nm)/[Eu(bmdm){sub 3}(tppo){sub 2}] (40 nm)/Alq{sub 3} (20 nm)/Al (150 nm) and device 3: ITO/TPD (40 nm)/bmdm-ligand (40 nm)/Al (150 nm), were TPD is (N,N'-diphenyl-N,N'-bis(3-methylphenyl)-1,1-biphenil-4,4-diamine) and bmdm is butyl methoxy-dibenzoyl-methane. All the films were deposited by thermal evaporation carried out in a high vacuum system. These devices exhibit high intensity photo- (PL) and electro-luminescent (EL) emission. Electroluminescence spectra show emission from Eu{sup 3+} ions attributed to the {sup 5}D{sub 0} to {sup 7}F {sub J} (J = 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4) transitions with the hypersensitive {sup 5}D{sub 0} {sup {yields}} {sup 7}F{sub 2} transition (around 612 nm) as the most prominent one. Moreover, a transition from {sup 5}D{sub 1} to {sup 7}F{sub 1} is also observed around 538 nm. The OLED light emission was almost linear with the current density. The EL CIE chromaticity coordinates (X = 0.66 and Y = 0.33) show the dominant wavelength, {lambda} {sub d} = 609 nm, and the color gamut achieved by this device is 0.99 in the CIE color space.

  17. Self-assembly of a helical zinc-europium complex: speciation in aqueous solution and luminescence

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    Full Text Available Two new tridentate(NNO-bidentate(NN compartmental ligands, HL5 and HL6, are synthesized from pyridine and benzimidazole synthons. They react in aqueous solution under physiological conditions with ZnII, LnIII, or a mixture thereof, to yield complexes of different stoichiometries, 1:3, 2:2, 2:3, 1:1:3, the speciation of which is established by UV-visible titrations and ESI mass spectrometry. Photophysical studies of the EuIII-containing solutions in Tris-HCl 0.1 M (pH = 7.4 show that lanthanide luminescence arises from a unique N6O3 coordination site with pseudo D3 symmetry. Relevant parameters such as crystal field splitting, lifetime, radiative lifetime and intrinsic quantum yield perfectly match those reported for dinuclear 4f-4f helicates in which the EuIII ion has the same coordination environment.

  18. Stabilizing divalent europium in aqueous solution using size-discrimination and electrostatic effects. (United States)

    Regueiro-Figueroa, Martín; Barriada, José Luis; Pallier, Agnès; Esteban-Gómez, David; Blas, Andrés de; Rodríguez-Blas, Teresa; Tóth, Éva; Platas-Iglesias, Carlos


    We report two macrocyclic ligands containing a 1,10-diaza-18-crown-6 fragment functionalized with either two picolinamide pendant arms (bpa18c6) or one picolinamide and one picolinate arm (ppa18c6(-)). The X-ray structure of [La(ppa18c6)(H2O)](2+) shows that the ligand binds to the metal ion using the six donor atoms of the crown moiety and the four donor atoms of the pendant arms, 11-coordination being completed by the presence of a coordinated water molecule. The X-ray structure of the [Sr(bpa18c6)(H2O)](2+) was also investigated due to the very similar ionic radii of Sr(2+) and Eu(2+). The structure of this complex is very similar to that of [La(ppa18c6)(H2O)](2+), with the metal ion being 11-coordinated. Potentiometric measurements were used to determine the stability constants of the complexes formed with La(3+) and Eu(3+). Both ligands present a very high selectivity for the large La(3+) ion over the smaller Eu(3+), with a size-discrimination ability that exceeds that of the analogous ligand containing two picolinate pendant arms reported previously (bp18c6(2-)). DFT calculations using the TPSSh functional and the large-core pseudopotential approximation provided stability trends in good agreement with the experimental values, indicating that charge neutral ligands derived from 1,10-diaza-18-crown-6 enhance the selectivity of the ligand for the large Ln(3+) ions. Cyclic voltammetry measurements show that the stabilization of Eu(2+) by these ligands follows the sequence bp18c6(2-) stability against oxidation than the aquated ion, for which an E1/2 value of -585 mV has been measured.

  19. Some light-ion excitation-function measurements on titanium, yttrium, and europium, and associated results

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    West, H.I. Jr. [ed.; Lanier, R.G.; Mustafa, M.G.; Nuckolls, R.M.; Nagle, R.J.; O`Brien, H. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Frehaut, J.; Adam, A.; Philis, C. [Service de Physique et Techniques Nucleaires, Centre d`Etudes Bruyeres-le-Chatel, Boite Postale 12 (France)


    This report discusses: Fabrication of Plastic-Matrix-Encapsulated Accelerator Targets and Their Use in Measuring Nuclear Excitation Functions; Correcting Excitation Function Data in the Low Energy Region for Finite Thickness of the Target Foils, Including Effects of Straggling; Excitation Functions for the Nuclear Reactions on Titanium Leading to the Production {sup 48}V, {sup 44}Sc and {sup 47}Sc by Proton, Deuteron and Triton Irradiations at 0--35 MeV; Some Excitation Functions of Proton and Deuteron Induced Reactions on {sup 89}Y; Measurements of the Excitation Functions of the Isobaric Chain {sup 87}Y, {sup 87}Y{sup m}, {sup 87}Y{sup g} and {sup 87}Sr{sup m}; Levels in {sup 87}Y Observed in the Decay of {sup 87}Zr; and Nuclear Reaction Excitation Functions from the Irradiation of {sup 151,153}Eu with Protons And deuterons up to 35 MeV.

  20. Performance of Europium-Doped Strontium Iodide, Transparent Ceramics and Bismuth-loaded Polymer Scintillators

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    Cherepy, N J; Payne, S A; Sturm, B W; O' Neal, S P; Seeley, Z M; Drury, O B; Haselhorst, L K; Rupert, B L; Sanner, R D; Thelin, P A; Fisher, S E; Hawrami, R; Shah, K S; Burger, A; Ramey, J O; Boatner, L A


    Recently discovered scintillators for gamma ray spectroscopy, single crystal SrI{sub 2}(Eu), GYGAG(Ce) transparent ceramic and Bismuth-loaded plastics, offer resolution and fabrication advantages compared to commercial scintillators, such as NaI(Tl) and standard PVT plastic. Energy resolution at 662 keV of 2.7% is obtained with SrI{sub 2}(Eu), while 4.5% is obtained with GYGAG(Ce). A new transparent ceramic scintillator for radiographic imaging systems, GLO(Eu) offers high light yield of 70,000 Photons/MeV, high stopping, and low radiation damage. Implementation of single crystal SrI{sub 2}(Eu), Gd-based transparent ceramics, and Bi-loaded plastic scintillators can advance the state-of-the art in ionizing radiation detection systems.