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  1. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue with Fe doped ZnS nanoparticles.

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    Chauhan, Ruby; Kumar, Ashavani; Chaudhary, Ram Pal

    2013-09-01

    Fe doped ZnS nanoparticles (Zn1-xFexS; where x=0.00, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.10) were synthesized by a chemical precipitation method. The synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectrometer. The X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope studies show that the size of crystallites is in the range of 2-5 nm. Photocatalytic activities of ZnS and 3, 5 and 10 mol% Fe doped ZnS were evaluated by decolorization of methylene blue in aqueous solution under ultraviolet and visible light irradiation. It was found that the Fe doped ZnS bleaches methylene blue much faster than the undoped ZnS upon its exposure to the visible light as compared to ultraviolet light. The optimal Fe/Zn ratio was observed to be 3 mol% for photocatalytic applications.

  2. Influence of Fe, Ni, and Cu Doping on the Photocatalytic Efficiency of ZnS: Implications for Prebiotic Chemistry

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    Wang, Wei

    2016-01-01

    The mineral sphalerite (ZnS) is a typical constituent at the periphery of submarine hydrothermal deposits on Earth. It has been frequently suggested to have played an important role in the prebiotic chemistry due to its prominent photocatalytic activity. Nevertheless, the need for {\\lambda} 450 nm light irradiation, the photocatalyst Zn1-xCuxS can drive the reduction of fumaric acid to produce succinic acid. Given the existence of this doped semiconductor in the hydrothermal vents on early Earth and its capability to utilize both UV and visible light, ZnS might have participated more efficiently than ever estimated in the prebiotic chemical evolution.

  3. Photoluminescence of Eu2+ Doped ZnS Nanocrystals

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    LIU Shu-Man; GUO Hai-Qing; ZHANG Zhi-Hua; LIU Feng-Qi; WANG Zhan-Guo

    2000-01-01

    Eu2+ doped ZnS nanocrystals exhibit new luminescence properties because of the enlarged energy gap of nanocrys talline ZnS host due to quantum confinement effects. Photoluminescence emission at about 520nm from Eu2+ doped ZnS nanocrystals at room temperature is investigated by using photoluminescence emission and excitation spectroscopy. Such green emission with long lifetime (ms) is proposed to be a result of excitation, ionization, carriers recapture and recombination via Eu2+ centers in nanocrystalline ZnS host.

  4. High-performance pure and Fe{sup 3+}-ion doped ZnS quantum dots as green nanophotocatalysts for the removal of malachite green under UV-light irradiation

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    Rajabi, Hamid Reza, E-mail: h.rajabi@mail.yu.ac.ir [Chemistry Department, Yasouj University, Yasouj 75918-74831 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khani, Omid [Electroceramics Research Center, Malek-Ashtar University of Technology, Shahin Shahr (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shamsipur, Mojtaba [Department of Chemistry, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Vatanpour, Vahid [Faculty of Chemistry, Kharazmi (Tarbiat Moallem) University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-04-15

    Highlights: ► Synthesis of ultra-small ZnS and ZnS:Fe QDs in aqueous media. ► Characterization of QDs by TEM, XRD, FAAS and UV–vis absorption techniques. ► The new report on the photocatalytic behavior of QDs on removal of MG. ► Effective degrade of dye by novel modified QDs up to 98%. -- Abstract: The heterogeneous photocatalysis using UV-radiation and quantum dots (QDs) is an interesting method for the treatment of water polluted with the organic substances. In this study, ZnS QDs, as a pure and doped with Fe{sup 3+}, were prepared for photodecolorization of malachite green (MG) as a model dye. The synthesis of QDs was carried out using a chemical precipitation method in aqueous solution, in the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol as a capping agent. The XRD patterns indicated that the doped nanoparticles are crystalline, with cubic zinc blend structure. The effects of dopant content, pH, nanophotocatalyst amount, irradiation time, and initial dye concentration on the removal efficiency of MG were studied. Results showed that the QDs presented high MG decolorization efficiency, and doping with Fe{sup 3+} promoted the dye removal. The maximum removal of dyes was obtained at 80 mg/L of photocatalyst as an optimum value for the dosage of photocatalyst in pH of 8.0.

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

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

    2015-08-28

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

  6. Laser-induced down-conversion parameters of singly and doubly doped ZnS phosphors

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    H S Bhatti; Rajesh Sharma; N K Verma

    2005-09-01

    Singly and doubly doped ZnS phosphors have been synthesized using flux method. Laser-induced photoluminescence has been observed in ZnS-doped phosphors when these were excited by the pulsed UV N2 laser radiation. Due to down-conversion phenomenon, fast phosphorescence emission in the visible region is recorded in milliseconds time domain for ZnS:Mn while in the case of ZnS:Mn:killer (Fe, Co and Ni) the lifetime reduces to microseconds time domain. Experimentally observed luminescent emission parameters of excited states such as, lifetimes, trap-depth values and decay constants have been reported here at room temperature. The high efficiency and fast recombination times observed in doped ZnS phosphors make these materials very attractive for optoelectronic applications.

  7. Effect of Cr doping on structural and magnetic properties of ZnS nanoparticles

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    Virpal,; Singh, Jasvir; Sharma, Sandeep; Singh, Ravi Chand, E-mail: ravichand.singh@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India)

    2016-05-23

    The structural, optical and magnetic properties of pure and Cr doped ZnS nanoparticles were studied at room temperature. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the absence of any mixed phase and the cubic structure of ZnS in pure and Cr doped ZnS nanoparticles. Fourier transfer infrared spectra confirmed the Zn-S stretching bond at 664 cm{sup −1} of ZnS in all prepared nanoparticles. The UV-Visible absorption spectra showed blue shift which became even more pronounced in Cr doped ZnS nanoparticles. However, at relatively higher Cr concentrations a slower red shift was shown by the doped nanoparticles. This phenomenon is attributed to sp-d exchange interaction that becomes prevalent at higher doping concentrations. Further, magnetic hysteresis measurements showed that Cr doped ZnS nanoparticles exhibited ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature.

  8. Studies on Characterization, Optical Absorption, and Photoluminescence of Yttrium Doped ZnS Nanoparticles

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    Ranganaik Viswanath

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Pure ZnS and ZnS:Y nanoparticles were synthesized by a chemical coprecipitation route using EDTA-ethylenediamine as a stabilizing agent. X-ray diffraction (XRD, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR, thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC, and UV-visible and photoluminescence (PL spectroscopy were employed to characterize the as-synthesized ZnS and ZnS:Y nanoparticles, respectively. XRD and TEM studies show the formation of cubic ZnS:Y particles with an average size of ~4.5 nm. The doping did not alter the phase of the zinc sulphide, as a result the sample showed cubic zincblende structure. The UV-visible spectra of ZnS and ZnS:Y nanoparticles showed a band gap energy value, 3.85 eV and 3.73 eV, which corresponds to a semiconductor material. A luminescence characteristics such as strong and stable visible-light emissions in the orange region alone with the blue emission peaks were observed for doped ZnS nanoparticles at room temperature. The PL intensity of orange emission peak was found to be increased with an increase in yttrium ions concentration by suppressing blue emission peaks. These results strongly propose that yttrium doped zinc sulphide nanoparticles form a new class of luminescent material.

  9. Photoluminescence study of Mn doped ZnS nanoparticles prepared by co-precipitation method

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    Deshpande, M. P., E-mail: vishwadeshpande@yahoo.co.in; Patel, Kamakshi, E-mail: kamphysics@gmail.com; Gujarati, Vivek P.; Chaki, S. H. [Department of Physics, Sardar Patel University, VallabhVidyanagr-388120,Anand, Gujarat, India. (India)

    2016-05-06

    ZnS nanoparticles co-doped with different concentration (5,10,15%) of Mn were synthesized using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as a capping agent under microwave irradiation. We confirmed doping of Mn in the host ZnS by EDAX whereas powder X-ray diffractogram showed the cubic zinc blende structure of all these samples. TEM images did showed agglomeration of particles and SAED pattern obtained indicated polycrystalline nature. From SAED pattern we calculated lattice parameter of the samples which have close resemblance from that obtained from XRD pattern. The band gap values of pure and doped ZnS nanoparticles were calculated from UV-Visible absorption spectra. ZnS itself is a luminescence material but when we dope it with transition metal ion such as Mn, Co, and Cu they exhibits strong and intense luminescence in the particular region. The photoluminescence spectra of pure ZnS nanoparticles showed an emission at 421 and 485nm which is blue emission which was originated from the defect sites of ZnS itself and also sulfur deficiency and when doped with Mn{sup 2+} an extra peak with high intensity was observed at 530nm which is nearly yellow-orange emission which isrelated to the presence of Mn in the host lattice.

  10. Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped ZnS with Camellia Brushfield Yellow Nanostructures for Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity under Visible Light Irradiation

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    Gang-Juan Lee

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Nitrogen modified zinc sulfide photocatalysts were successfully prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, and surface area analysis. Thermal decomposition of the semisolid was carried out under nitrogen conditions at 500°C for 2 hours, and a series of nitrogen-doped ZnS photocatalysts were produced by controlling inflow flow rate of nitrogen at 15–140 mL/min. Optical characterizations of the synthesized N-doping ZnS substantially show the shifted photoabsorption properties from ultraviolet (UV region to visible light. The band gaps of nitrogen-doped ZnS composite catalysts were calculated to be in the range of 2.58~2.74 eV from the absorptions edge position. The 15N/ZnS catalyst shows the highest photocatalytic activity, which results in 75.7% degradation of Orange II dye in 5 hrs by visible light irradiation, compared with pristine ZnS and higher percentage N-doping ZnS photocatalysts.

  11. Room temperature ferromagnetism and half metallicity in nickel doped ZnS: Experimental and DFT studies

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    Akhtar, Muhammad Saeed [School of Materials, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Lahore 54590 (Pakistan); Malik, Mohammad Azad, E-mail: Azad.malik@manchester.ac.uk [School of Materials, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Riaz, Saira; Naseem, Shahzad [Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Lahore 54590 (Pakistan)

    2015-06-15

    The nickel doped nanocrystalline ZnS thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by chemical bath deposition (CBD). Also ZnS:Ni nanoparticles were synthesized by CBD/co-precipitation method. Powder X-ray diffraction (p-XRD) studies demonstrate that both thin films and nanoparticles correspond to sphalerite (cubic) phase of ZnS with slight shift towards higher 2θ values due to incorporation of nickel in the ZnS lattice. The crystallite sizes estimated by Scherrer equation were 4 and 2.6 nm for ZnNiS thin films and nanoparticles, respectively. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images reveal that the morphology of thin films is based on quasi-spherical particles with nano scale dimensions. Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy confirms that the as-deposited thin films have a stoichiometry consistent with the nickel doped ZnS. Full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-L/APW) method based on spin-polarized density functional theory (DFT) was employed to investigate the electronic and magnetic properties of ZnNiS for the doping concentration. Exchange-correlation functional was studied using generalized gradient approximation (GGA + U) method. Electronic band structures and density of states (DOS) demonstrate 100% spin polarization (half metallicity) with ferromagnetic exchange interactions. Superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) analysis confirms the theoretical observation of ferromagnetism in nickel doped ZnS. These ZnS based half metallic ferromagnets seem to have virtuous applications in future spintronic devices. - Highlights: • ZnS.Ni thin films and nanoparticles were deposited onto glass substrates by CBD. • p-XRD correspond to sphalerite (cubic) phase of ZnS with slight shift in peaks. • DFT was employed to investigate the properties of ZnS.Ni. • DOS demonstrate 100% spin polarization with ferromagnetic exchange interactions. • SQUID analysis confirms the theoretical observations of nickel doped ZnS.

  12. Optical Characteristics of La-Doped ZnS Thin Films Prepared by Chemical Bath Deposition

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    XIE Hai-Qing; CHEN Yuan; HUANG Wei-Qing; HUANG Gui-Fang; PENG Ping; PENG Li; WANG Tai-Hang; ZENG Yun

    2011-01-01

    Undoped and La-doped ZnS thin films are prepared by chemical bath deposition (CBD) process through the co-precipitation reaction of inorganic precursors zinc sulfate, thiosulfate ammonia and La2O3. Composition of the films is analyzed using an energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Absorption spectra and spectral transmittances of the films are measured using a double beam UV-VIS spectrophotometer (TU-1901). It is found that significant red shifts in absorption spectra and decrease in absorptivity are obtained with increasing lanthanum. Moreover, optical transmittance is increased as La is doped, with a transmittance of more than 80% for wavelength above 360 nm in La-doped ZnS thin films. Compared to pure ZnS, the band gap decreases and flat-band potential positively shifts to quasi-metal for the La-doped ZnS. These results indicate that La-doped ZnS thin films could be valuably adopted as transparent electrodes.%@@ Undoped and La-doped ZnS thin films are prepared by chemical bath deposition (CBD) process through the co-precipitation reaction of inorganic precursors zinc sulfate, thiosulfate ammonia and La2O2.Composition of the 61ms is analyzed using an energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS).Absorption spectra and spectral tra.nsmitta.nces of the 61ms are measured using a double beam UV-VIS spectrophotometer (TU-1901).It is found that significant red shifts in absorption spectra and decrease in absorptivity are obtained with increasing lanthanum.Moreover, optical transmittance is increased as La is doped, with a transmittance of more than 80% for wavelength above 360 nm in La-doped ZnS thin 61ms.Compared to pure ZnS, the band gap decreases and flat-band potential positively shifts to quasi-metal for the La-doped ZnS.These results indicate that La-doped ZnS thin 6hns could be valuably adopted as transparent electrodes.

  13. Effect of structure, size and copper doping on the luminescence properties of ZnS

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    Kamal, Ch. Satya [Crystal Growth and Nanoscience Research Centre, Government College (A), Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh 533 105 (India); Mishra, R.K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Patel, Dinesh K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Casali Center for Applied Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 9190401 (Israel); Rao, K. Ramachandra, E-mail: drkrcr@gmail.com [Crystal Growth and Nanoscience Research Centre, Government College (A), Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh 533 105 (India); Sudarsan, V., E-mail: vsudar@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Vatsa, R.K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2016-09-15

    Highlights: • Blue and green emission intensity form ZnS is sensitive to crystallographic form. • For ZnS nanoparticles, emission characteristics are not affected by copper doping. • Cu solubility poor in ZnS nanoparticles compared to corresponding bulk. - Abstract: Luminescence properties of wurtzite and cubic forms of bulk ZnS have been investigated in detail and compared with that of ZnS nanoparticles. Blue emission observed in both hexagonal and cubic forms of undoped bulk ZnS is explained based on electron–hole recombination involving electron in conduction band and hole trapped in Zn{sup 2+} vacancies where as green emission arises due to electron hole recombination from Zn{sup 2+} and S{sup 2−} vacancies. Conversion of wurtzite form to cubic form is associated with relative increase in intensity of green emission due to increased defect concentration brought about by high temperature heat treatment. Copper doping in ZnS, initially leads to formation of both Cu{sub Zn} and Cu{sub i} (interstitial copper) centers, and latter to mainly Cu{sub Zn} centers as revealed by variation in relative intensities of blue and green emission from the samples.

  14. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of Mn-doped ZnS nanobelts

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    CHEN Hai-yan; YANG Xiao-ling; HOU De-dong; LIU Ying-kai

    2009-01-01

    Mn-doped ZnS nanobelts have been prepared through a thermal evaporation method at 1100℃. The synthesized nanobelts are characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The results show that the nanobelts have an uniform single-crystal hexagonal wurtzite structure and grow along [0001] direction. Room-temperature photoluminescence reveals that the intrinsic PL of the nanobelts disappears and a new PL peak of the Mn-doped ZnS nanobelts emerges at 575 nm.

  15. Structural, morphological and optical properties of Mn doped ZnS nanocrystals

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    V. D. Mote

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Mn doped ZnS samples with composition formula Zn1-xMn xS where x = 0.00, 0.02, 0.05 and 0.10 were prepared by chemical method. Samples characterized for its structural, morphological and optical properties by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and UV-vis spectrometer. XRD patterns confirm cubic zinc blend structure with no secondary phases for pure and Mn doped ZnS. Lattice constant value increases slightly with Mn concentration due to the substitution of Mn in ZnS lattice. TEM images show that the particles have spherical in shape with an average particle size between 3-4 nm. The chemical species of the grown crystals are identified by FTIR spectra. Optical absorption spectra show decrement in band gap with increasing Mn concentration.

  16. Super Exchange-Induced Canted Ferromagnetism in Transition Metal-Doped ZnS Quantum Dots

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    Sharma, Lalit Kumar; Mukherjee, Samrat

    2017-02-01

    ZnS quantum dots doped with magnetic transition metal (Zn1- x TM x S; where x = 0.04, 0.08 and transition metal = Ni, Mn, Fe, Co and Cr) were synthesized using a chemical co-precipitation method. To prevent agglomeration, samples were capped with polyvinylpyrrolidone. X-ray diffraction peaks confirmed pure cubic phases of all samples. The crystallite dimensions of the samples are within the scale of 2.0-2.6 nm, which was calculated using Scherrer formula. A band gap varying from 4.1 eV to 4.24 eV was estimated from their ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy. The synthesized samples show a strong blue shift in their emission spectroscopy along with emissions from inherent Zn and S point defects (interstitial and vacancy). Superconducting quantum interference device studies at 300 K reveal that all samples show room temperature canted ferromagnetism at low magnetic fields which does not saturate even up to a fields of 5 T. We study the defects as seen through emission spectroscopy and correlate with the magnetic properties of the doped semiconducting quantum dots.

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

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    Prasad, Neena; Balasubramanian, Karthikeyan

    2017-02-01

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

  18. Synthesis of Mn-doped ZnS microspheres with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Lu; Wang, Peng; Huang, Baibiao; Ma, Xiaojuan; Wang, Gang; Dai, Ying; Zhang, Xiaoyang; Qin, Xiaoyan

    2017-01-01

    ZnS microspheres with a series of Mn-doping concentration were synthesized via a facile solvothermal route. The phase structures, morphologies, and chemical states were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The phase structure of the synthesized Mn-ZnS microspheres is hexagonal from the XRD patterns. UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra were employed to analyze the absorption properties of the samples. The Mn-doped ZnS exhibited stronger visible light absorption with the increasing of Mn content. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by H2 production from water and reducing Cr6+ under visible light irradiation. The as-prepared Mn-doped ZnS exhibited better photocatalytic performance than that of pure ZnS and the optimal doping concentration was 7%. The enhancement in photocatalytic activity can be attributed to the expansion of light absorption and the increase in life time of photogenerated carriers.

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

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

    2015-09-15

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

  20. Determination of atropine using Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots as novel luminescent sensitizers

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    Azizi, Seyed Naser [Analytical Division, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar 4741695447 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Chaichi, Mohammad Javad, E-mail: jchaichi@yahoo.com [Analytical Division, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar 4741695447 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shakeri, Parmis [Analytical Division, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar 4741695447 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bekhradnia, Ahmadreza [Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-12-15

    A novel chemiluminescence (CL) method using water-soluble Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) as sensitizers is proposed for the chemiluminometric determination of atropine in pharmaceutical formulation. Water-soluble Mn-doped ZnS QDs were synthesized by using L-cysteine as stabilizer in aqueous solutions. The nanoparticles were structurally and optically characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV–vis absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectroscopy. It was found that ZnS quantum dots acted as enhancers of the weak CL emission produced upon oxidation of sulfite by Ce(IV) in acidic medium. Trace amounts of atropine improved the sensitize effect of ZnS quantum dots yielding a significant chemiluminescence enhancement of the Ce(IV)–SO{sub 3}{sup 2−}–ZnS QD system. Therefore, a new CL analysis system was developed for the determination of atropine. Under the optimum conditions, there is a good linear relationship between the relative chemiluminescence intensity and the concentration of atropine in the range of 1×10{sup −9}–1×10{sup −6} M of atropine with a correlation coefficient (R{sup 2}) of 0.9992. The limit of detection of this system was found to be 2.54×10{sup −10} M. This method is not only simple, sensitive and low cost, but also reliable for practical applications. -- Highlights: • Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots could enhance the chemiluminescence (CL) of cerium(IV)–sodium sulfite system. • ZnS quantum dots were used as the nanocatalyst. • Trace amounts of atropine improved the sensitize effect of ZnS quantum dots. • This work is introduced as a new method for the determination of atropine commercial drugs. • Detection limit of atropine was obtained 2.54×10{sup −10} mol L{sup −1}.

  1. Chitosan-encapsulated ZnS : M (M: Fe$^{3+}$ or Mn$^{2+}$) quantum dots for fluorescent labelling of sulphate-reducing bacteria

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    H S RAGHURAM; SHRAVAN PRADEEP; SUBHRA DASH; RAJDEEP CHOWDHURY; SONAL MAZUMDER

    2016-04-01

    Chitosan-encapsulated Mn$^{2+} and Fe$^{3+}$-doped ZnS colloidal quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized using chemical precipitation method. Though there are many reports on bio-imaging applications of ZnS QDs, thepresent study focussed on the new type ofmicrobial-induced corrosive bacteria known as sulphate-reducing bacteria, Thiobacillus novellus. Sulphate-reducing bacteria can obtain energy by oxidizing organic compounds while reducingsulphates to hydrogen sulphide. This can create a problem in engineering industries. When metals are exposed to sulphate containing water, water and metal interacts and creates a layer of molecular hydrogen on the metal surface.Sulphate-reducing bacteria then oxidize the hydrogen while creating hydrogen sulphide, which contributes to corrosion for instance, in pipelines of oil and gas industries. In this study, detection and labelling of sulphate-reducing bacteria is demonstrated using fluorescent QDs. Chitosan capped ZnS QDs were synthesized using dopants at different doping concentrations. UV–Vis spectroscopy, XRD and FTIR characterizations were done to identify the opticalband gap energy, crystal planes and determine the presence of capping agent, respectively. The morphology and the average particle size of $3.5\\pm 0.2$ nm were analysed using TEM which substantiated UV–Vis and XRD results. Photoluminescence spectroscopy detected the bacteria attachment to the QDs by showing significant blue shift in bacteria conjugated ZnS QDs. Fluorescence microscopy confirmed the fluorescent labelling of QDs to Thiobacillus novellus bacteria cells making them ideal for bio-labelling applications.

  2. Two-Photon Absorption Properties of Mn-Doped ZnS Quantum Dots

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    ZHENG Jia-Jin; ZHANG Gui-Lan; GUO Yang-Xue; WANG Xiao-Yan; CHEN Wen-Ju; ZHANG Xiao-Song; HUA Yu-Lin

    2006-01-01

    @@ We investigate the two-photon absorption and nonlinear refractive index properties of a quantum dot material based on ZnS nanocrystals doped with Mn isoelectronic impurities, using the Z-scan technique with 532nm picosecond laser pulses. The Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots have an average two-photon absorption cross section as high as 13600 Goeppert-Mayer units, which turn it into a very promising material for fluorescent label and imaging in biological samples. In addition, we also found that the two-photon absorption coeflicient initially increases and then decreases with increasing pulse irradiance, which demonstrates the presence of the higherorder nonlinearity under the strong excitation.

  3. Structural, morphological and optical properties of Mn doped ZnS nanocrystals

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    V. D. Mote

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Mn doped ZnS samples with composition formula Zn1-xMn xS where x = 0, 0.02, 0.05 and 0.10 were prepared by chemical method. Samples characterized for its structural, morphological and optical properties by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscope (TEM, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and UV-vis spectrometry. XRD patterns confirm cubic zinc blend structure with no secondary phases for pure and Mn doped ZnS. Lattice constant value increases slightly with Mn concentration due to the substitution of Mn in ZnO lattice. TEM images show that the particles have spherical in shape with an average particle size 3-4 nm. The chemical species of the grown crystals are identified by FTIR spectra. Optical absorption spectra show decrement in band gap with increasing Mn concentration.

  4. Controlled synthesis of Eu2+ and Eu3+ doped ZnS quantum dots and their photovoltaic and magnetic properties

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    Horoz, Sabit; Yakami, Baichhabi; Poudyal, Uma; Pikal, Jon M.; Wang, Wenyong; Tang, Jinke

    2016-04-01

    Eu-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) have been synthesized by wet-chemical method and found to form in zinc blende (cubic) structure. Both Eu2+ and Eu3+ doped ZnS can be controllably synthesized. The Eu2+ doped ZnS QDs show broad photoluminescence emission peak around 512 nm, which is from the Eu2+ intra-ion transition of 4f6d1 - 4f7, while the Eu3+ doped samples exhibit narrow emission lines characteristic of transitions between the 4f levels. The investigation of the magnetic properties shows that the Eu3+ doped samples exhibit signs of ferromagnetism, on the other hand, Eu2+ doped samples are paramagnetic of Curie-Weiss type. The incident photon to electron conversion efficiency is increased with the Eu doping, which suggests the QD solar cell efficiency can be enhanced by Eu doping due to widened absorption windows. This is an attractive approach to utilize benign and environmentally friendly wide band gap ZnS QDs in solar cell technology.

  5. Hepatotoxicity assessment of Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots after repeated administration in mice

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    Yang YJ

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Yanjie Yang,1,2 Shuang-Yu Lv,2 Bianfei Yu,1 Shuang Xu,1 Jianmin Shen,3 Tong Zhao,1 Haixia Zhang1 1Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Metal Chemistry and Resources Utilization of Gansu Province, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu, 2School of Medicine, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan, 3Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs have a longer dopant emission lifetime and potentially lower cytotoxicity compared to other doped QDs. The liver is the key organ for clearance and detoxification of xenobiotics by phagocytosis and metabolism. The present study was designed to synthesize and evaluate the hepatotoxicity of Mn-doped ZnS QDs and their polyethylene glycol-coated counterparts (1 mg/kg and 5 mg/kg in mice. The results demonstrated that daily injection of Mn-doped ZnS QDs and polyethylene glycol-coated QDs via tail vein for 7 days did not influence body weight, relative liver weight, serum aminotransferases (alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase, the levels of antioxidant enzymes (catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase, or malondialdehyde in the liver. Analysis of hepatocyte ultrastructure showed that Mn-doped ZnS QDs and polyethylene glycol-coated QDs mainly accumulated in mitochondria at 24 hours after repeated intravenous injection. No damage to cell nuclei or mitochondria was observed with either of the QDs. Our results indicate that Mn-doped ZnS QDs did not cause obvious damage to the liver. This study will assist in the development of Mn-doped ZnS QDs-based bioimaging and biomedical applications in the future. Keywords: liver, serum aminotransferases, antioxidant enzymes, ultrastructure

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  7. Crystallographic and optical studies on Cr doped ZnS nanocrystals

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Chromium doped ZnS nanocrystals with pure and 10% compositions were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation route. Samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD technique, Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and UV-Visible spectrometer. Lattice parameter 'a' decreases and grain size increases with increasing Cr concentration. XRD study shows that both the samples have cubic structure. Grain size increases due to ionic radius. The functional groups and chemical species of Cr doped ZnO samples were determined using FTIR data. UV-Vis study revealed that red shift is clearly observed in absorption band. Surface morphology of pure and 10% Cr doped samples was investigated by SEM technique and it is confirmed that images exibit cubic form of the samples. Using EDS, percentage of chemical compositions of material recorded.

  8. Extinction of photoemission of Mn-Doped ZnS nanofluid in weak magnetic field

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    Vu, Anh-Tuan; Bui, Hong-Van; Pham, Van-Ben; Le, Van-Hong; Hoang, Nam-Nhat

    2016-08-01

    The observation of extinction of photoluminescence of Mn-doped ZnS nanofluid under applying of weak magnetic field is reported. At a constant field of 270 Gauss and above, the exponential decays of photoluminescent intensity was observed in disregard of field direction. About 50% extinction was achieved after 30 minute magnetization and a total extinction after 1 hour. The memory effect preserved for more than 2 hours at room temperature. This extinction was observed in a system with no clear ferromagnetic behavior.

  9. Study of photocatalytic activity of ZnS quantum dots as efficient nanoparticles for removal of methyl violet: Effect of ferric ion doping

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    Shamsipur, Mojtaba; Rajabi, Hamid Reza

    2014-03-01

    Zinc sulfide quantum dots (QDs), as pure and doped with Fe3+, were prepared for photodecolorization of methyl violet (MV), as a model dye, under UV light irradiation. The syntheses of QDs were carried out using a simple chemical co-precipitation method. The prepared samples were characterized by various techniques including X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, UV-Vis spectrophotometry and flame atomic absorption spectroscopy. The influences of operational parameters on the decolorization of MV such as dopant content, pH, dosage of nanophotocatalyst, UV irradiation time and initial dye concentration were studied. The results showed that the QDs presented high efficiency for MV decolorization, and doping of ZnS QDs with Fe3+ enhanced the efficiency and rate of dye removal. Finally, the reproducibility and kinetic model of the dye degradation were discussed.

  10. Nonlinear optical property and fluorescence quenching behavior of PVP capped ZnS nanoparticles co-doped with Mn{sup 2+} and Sm{sup 3+}

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    Prasanth, S.; Irshad, P.; Raj, D. Rithesh; Vineeshkumar, T.V. [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686562 (India); Philip, Reji [Optics group, Raman Research Institute, C.V. Raman Avenue, Bangalore 560080 (India); Sudarsanakumar, C., E-mail: c.sudarsan.mgu@gmail.com [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686562 (India)

    2015-10-15

    ZnS nanoparticles co-doped with different percentages of Mn{sup 2+} and Sm{sup 3+} were synthesized by the chemical co-precipitation method using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as capping agent. Cubic zinc blende phase of the samples was confirmed from X-ray diffraction. The strong interaction between PVP and ZnS nanoparticles was studied from Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrum. The band gap values of ZnS and co-doped ZnS nanoparticles were calculated from UV‐Visible spectra. The photoluminescence spectra of pure ZnS nanoparticles showed an emission at 436 nm and when doped with Mn{sup 2+} and Sm{sup 3+} an extra peak with high intensity was observed at 596 nm. On increasing the mole percentage of dopants the intensity of the extra peak showed an enhancement until a certain concentration and then a reduction with further increase in concentration. The binding parameters were determined by Stern‐Volmer relation. The nonlinear absorption coefficients of the doped and undoped samples were calculated using Z-scan technique. - Highlights: • PVP capped ZnS nanoparticles co-doped with Mn{sup 2+} and Sm{sup 3+} were synthesized. • The band gap of ZnS and co-doped ZnS nanoparticles were determined. • On increasing the percentage of dopants quenching of PL intensity was observed. • The nonlinear absorption coefficients of the samples were investigated.

  11. Study of size dependent photoluminescence properties of copper doped sodium hexametaphosphate capped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Tiwari, A., E-mail: ashish_chem@yahoo.in [Department of Chemistry, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur 495009 (India); Khan, S.A. [Government College Seepat, Bilaspur 495555 (India); Kher, R.S. [Department of Physics, Government E.R.R. PG Science College, Bilaspur 495006 (India)

    2012-06-15

    Copper doped ZnS nanoparticles stabilized by sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) have been prepared via the wet chemical method using thiourea and sodium sulphide as chalcogenide sources. The XRD pattern showed that ZnS nanoparticles had zinc blende structure and line broadening suggests the formation of an amorphous compound. Absorption measurements were done for three different concentrations of dopant concentrations. The PL spectrum for the sample synthesized using Na{sub 2}S{center_dot}9H{sub 2}O showed a sharp emission peak around 510 nm with full width at half maximum (FWHM)<10 nm. The role of the capping agent and sulphide source on optical properties of as synthesized nanoparticles by steady-state photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy has been studied. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SHMP capped ZnS:Cu nanoparticles were prepared by wet the chemical method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Particle size depended on the chalcogenide source. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PL spectrum shows variation with different chalcogenide sources. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Luminescence mechanism arises due to complex interaction between host-dopant and capping agent.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of Mn2+-doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    B S Rema Devi; R Raveendran; A V Vaidyan

    2007-04-01

    Mn2+-doped ZnS nanoparticles were prepared by chemical arrested precipitation method. The samples were heated at 300, 500, 700 and 900°C. The average particle size was determined from the X-ray line broadening. Samples were characterized by XRD, FTIR and UV. The composition was verified by EDAX spectrum. The hexagonal structure of the sample was identified. The size of the particles increased as the annealing temperature was increased. The crystallite size varied from 5 nm to 34 nm as the calcination temperature increased. At around 700°C, ZnS is converted into ZnO phase due to oxidation. The emission peak of the sample is observed at 300 nm resulting in blue emission. The solid state theory based on the delocalized electron and hole within the confined volume can explain the blue-shifted optical absorption spectra. UV-VIS spectro-photometric measurement shows an indirect allowed band gap of 3.65 eV.

  13. Structural, optical and magnetic properties of Sn doped ZnS nano powders prepared by solid state reaction

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    Kumar, K. Chaitanya; Rao, N. Madhusudhana; Kaleemulla, S.; Rao, G. Venugopal

    2017-10-01

    Tin doped ZnS powders (Zn1-xSnxS, x = 0.00, 0.02, 0.05&0.08) were synthesized by a simple Solid state reaction and were characterized by Powder X-ray diffractometer (XRD), UV-Vis-NIR diffuse reflectance spectrophotometer, fluorescence spectrophotometer, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The XRD studies revealed that no change in crystal structure was observed by the substitution of Sn into ZnS lattice. The crystallite size was calculated by Scherrer's formula and found that the crystallize size of Sn doped ZnS powders were in the range of 35-45 nm. From the diffused reflectance spectra, the band gap values of Zn1-xSnxS powders were estimated, and they were found to be in the range of 3.53-3.58 eV. The pure ZnS particles showed higher optical absorption in visible region than that of Sn doped ZnS nano particles. The Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of Zn1-xSnxS powders were recorded in the range of 400-700 nm with an excitation wavelength of 360 nm. The Zn1-xSnxS powders exhibited ferromagnetism at low temperature (100 K) and super paramagnetism at room temperature (300 K). The strength of magnetization increased with increase of Sn doping concentration from 0.015 emu/g to 0.18 emu/g, when x increased from 0.00-0.05.

  14. Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots for the determination of acetone by phosphorescence attenuation

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    Sotelo-Gonzalez, Emma; Fernandez-Argueelles, Maria T. [Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, University of Oviedo, Avda. Julian Claveria 8, E-33006 Oviedo (Spain); Costa-Fernandez, Jose M., E-mail: jcostafe@uniovi.es [Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, University of Oviedo, Avda. Julian Claveria 8, E-33006 Oviedo (Spain); Sanz-Medel, Alfredo, E-mail: asm@uniovi.es [Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, University of Oviedo, Avda. Julian Claveria 8, E-33006 Oviedo (Spain)

    2012-01-27

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Colloidal Mn:ZnS QDs exhibiting intense and long-lasting phosphorescence were synthesized and exhaustively characterized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Several experimental factors that influence classical phosphorescence do not modify the Mn:ZnS QDs phosphorescence emission. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mn:ZnS QDs have been applied for phosphorescence-based acetone determination. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A mechanism has been proposed to explain acetone quenching effect on QDs phosphorescence. - Abstract: Quantum dot (QD) nanoparticles (NPs) are increasingly used as highly valuable fluorescent biomarkers and as sensitive (bio)chemical probes. Interestingly, if certain metal impurities are incorporated during the NPs synthesis, phosphorescent QDs with analytical potential can be obtained. We report here the synthesis of colloidal manganese-doped ZnS nanoparticles which have been surface-modified with L-cysteine that exhibit an intense room temperature phosphorescence (RTP) emission in aqueous media even in the presence of dissolved oxygen (i.e. sample deoxygenation is not needed). An exhaustive RTP photoluminescent and morphological characterization of the synthesized QDs and their potential for development of phosphorescent analytical methodologies is described. Application to analytical control of acetone ('model analyte' from the ketones family) in water and urine samples is carried out by measuring the QDs phosphorescence quenching rate. The observed results showed a high selectivity of Mn{sup 2+}-doped ZnS QDs towards acetone. The linear range of the developed methodology turned out to be at least up to 600 mg L{sup -1} with a detection limit (DL) for acetone dissolved in aqueous medium of 0.2 mg L{sup -1}. The developed methodology was finally applied for acetone determination in different spiked water and urine samples, and the recoveries fall in the range of 93-107%.

  15. Urchinlike ZnS Microspheres Decorated with Nitrogen-Doped Carbon: A Superior Anode Material for Lithium and Sodium Storage.

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    Li, Junming; Fu, Yun; Shi, Xiaodong; Xu, Zhenming; Zhang, Zhian

    2017-01-01

    Urchinlike ZnS microspheres decorated with nitrogen-doped carbon (ZnS@NC) were fabricated by a facile two-step method in which urchinlike ZnS microspheres were coated with polydopamine and then calcined in an inert gas atmosphere. When employed as the anode material for lithium-ion batteries and sodium ion batteries, ZnS@NC exhibits a reversible lithium-storage capacity of 690 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles at 100 mA g(-1) and a reversible sodium-storage capacity of 460 mAh g(-1) after 80 cycles at 200 mA g(-1) .The ZnS@NC electrode shows a high reversible lithium-storage capacity of 520 mAh g(-1) after 200 cycles and a high reversible sodium-storage capacity of 380 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles even at a current density of 1 A g(-1) . The superior electrochemical performance could be ascribed to structural merits of the urchinlike ZnS microspheres and synergistic effects between ZnS and polydopamine-derived nitrogen-doped carbon. The lithium- and sodium-storage capacities of urchinlike ZnS@NC microspheres are in the top rank in comparison with those reported in other studies. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Detection of quercetin based on Al(3+)-amplified phosphorescence signals of manganese-doped ZnS quantum dots.

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    Zhang, Zhifeng; Miao, Yanming; Lian, Linwang; Yan, Guiqin

    2015-11-15

    A simple phosphorescence method is proposed for quercetin detection based on Al(3+)-amplified room-temperature phosphorescence (RTP) signals of 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA)-capped Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs). The sensor was established based on some properties as follows. Al(3+) can interact with carboxyl groups on the surface of MPA-capped Mn-doped ZnS QDs via chelation, which will lead to the aggregation of QDs and amplification of RTP signals, After the addition of quercetin, it can form more stable complex with Al(3+) in alkaline aqueous solution and dissociate Al(3+) from the surface of Mn-doped ZnS QDs, which will result in significant recovery of RTP intensity of the MPA-capped Mn-doped ZnS-Al(3+) system. Under the optimized conditions, the change of RTP intensity was proportional to the concentration of quercetin in the range from 0.1 to 6.0 mg L(-1), with a high correlation coefficient of 0.996 and a detection limit of 0.047 mg L(-1). The proposed method is potentially suitable for detection of quercetin in real samples without complicated pretreatment.

  17. Optical properties and toxicity of undoped and Mn-doped ZnS semiconductor nanoparticles synthesized through the aqueous route

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    Labiadh, Houcine; Sellami, Badreddine; Khazri, Abdelhafidh; Saidani, Wiem; Khemais, Said

    2017-02-01

    Undoped and Mn-doped ZnS nanoparticles were synthesized at 95 °C in basic aqueous solution using the nucleation-doping strategy. Various samples of the Mn:ZnS NPs with 5, 10 and 20% of Mn dopant have been prepared and characterized using X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, high resolution electron microscopy and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. When increasing the concentration of manganese Mn, the photoluminescence intensity gradually decreases. The PL spectra of the Mn-doped ZnS nanoparticles at room temperature exhibit both, the 450 nm blue defect-related emission and the 592 nm orange Mn2+ emission. It is vital to obtain NPs that meet the application requirements, however their environmental toxicity needs to be investigated. In this study, the induction of oxidative stress within the digestive gland of the Ruditapes decussatus organism (clam) is described. Antioxidant enzyme activities (superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT)) as well as malondialdehyde (MDA) levels have been determined in the digestive gland after exposure to 100 μg/L of ZnS, ZnS:Mn (5%), ZnS:Mn (10%) and ZnS:Mn (20%). The nanomaterials studied exhibit different responses in the digestive gland. Undoped Mn-ZnS has no effect on the markers considered, showing the limited interaction between this nanoparticle and the cells of the test organisms. In contrast, Mn-doped ZnS increases the activities of SOD and CAT and the level of MDA species, although this toxicity is highly dependent on the chemical properties of the material. These findings provide ideas for future considerations of ZnS nanoparticles, as well as information on the interaction between these materials and an aquatic environment. These data are the first evidence available of the formation of ZnS NPs using aqueous method and are an indication of the importance of knowing the biological target of the NPs when testing their potential impact on environmental model organisms.

  18. Structural, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Solution-Processed Co-Doped ZnS Thin Films

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    Goktas, A.; Mutlu, İ. H.

    2016-11-01

    Co-doped ZnS thin films have been grown on glass substrates using solution-processing and dip-coating techniques, and the impact of the Co doping level (0% to 5%) and film thickness on certain characteristics examined. X-ray diffraction study revealed that all the films possessed hexagonal crystal structure. Energy-dispersive x-ray analysis confirmed presence of Zn, Co, and S in the samples. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the film surface was homogeneous and dense with some cracks and spots. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed introduction and integration of Co2+ ions into the ZnS thin films. Compared with undoped ZnS, optical studies indicated a reduction in optical bandgap energy ( E g) while the refractive index ( n), extinction coefficient ( k), and dielectric constants ( ɛ 1, ɛ 2) increased with film thickness ( t) and Co doping level (except for 5%). Photoluminescence spectra showed enhanced luminescence intensity as the Co concentration was increased, while the dependence on t showed an initial increase followed by a decrease. The origin of the observed low-temperature (5 K and 100 K) ferromagnetic order may be related to point defects such as zinc vacancies, zinc interstitials, and sulfide vacancies or to the grain-boundary effect.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of Fe3O4@ZnS and Fe3O4@Au@ZnS core-shell nanoparticles

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    Stefan, M.; Leostean, C.; Pana, O.; Soran, M.-L.; Suciu, R. C.; Gautron, E.; Chauvet, O.

    2014-01-01

    In the present work we report new assets on the synthesis and characterization of magnetite based core-shell nanoparticles such as Fe3O4@ZnS and Fe3O4@Au@ZnS. The composites were prepared by seed mediated growth which consist in a sequential growth of a second or third component on a preformed magnetite seeds in the presence of sodium laurylsulphate additives with essential role in growth and aggregation of nanoparticles. Evolved gas analysis (EGA) coupled with FT-IR was used in order to evidence the stages of ZnS shell formation. XRD studies were used for the structural characterization while high resolution transmission electron microscopy gave information concerning morphology and size distributions of nanoparticles. Qualitative and quantitative compositional analysis of samples was made by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). All the samples showed magnetic response due to the superparamagnetic behavior of magnetite cores. Increased saturation magnetization was determined for Fe3O4@ZnS samples. A significant photoluminescence (PL) enhancement was also observed as a result of Fe3O4:Zn2+ molar ratio decrease. Additional PL increased response was realized by inserting a gold shell between the magnetite core and ZnS outer shell. Considerations regarding both PL and magnetization enhancements are also presented.

  20. Copper- or manganese-doped ZnS quantum dots as fluorescent probes for detecting folic acid in aqueous media

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    Geszke-Moritz, Malgorzata [Laboratoire Reactions et Genie des Procedes (LRGP), Nancy-University, CNRS, 1 rue Grandville, 54001 Nancy Cedex (France); Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Grunwaldzka 6, 60-780 Poznan (Poland); Clavier, Gilles [PPSM, ENS Cachan, CNRS, UniverSud, 61 avenue President Wilson, 94230 Cachan (France); Lulek, Janina [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Grunwaldzka 6, 60-780 Poznan (Poland); Schneider, Raphaeel, E-mail: raphael.schneider@ensic.inpl-nancy.fr [Laboratoire Reactions et Genie des Procedes (LRGP), Nancy-University, CNRS, 1 rue Grandville, 54001 Nancy Cedex (France)

    2012-04-15

    3-Mercaptopropionic acid-capped core/shell ZnS:Cu/ZnS and ZnS:Mn/ZnS doped quantum dots (QDs) prepared through hydrothermal methods exhibit high photoluminescence intensity as well as good photostability. These water-dispersible nanoparticles exhibit high fluorescence sensitivity to folic acid due to the high affinity of the carboxylate groups and nitrogen atoms of folic acid towards the Zn surface atoms of the doped dots. Quenching of the fluorescence intensity of the QDs allows the detection of folic acid concentrations as low as 11 {mu}M, thus affording a very sensitive system for the sensing of this biologically active molecule in aqueous solution. The possible quenching mechanism is discussed. - Graphical abstract: A sensitive method for the detection of folic acid based on the fluorescence quenching of Mn- or Cu-doped ZnS quantum dots was developed. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Quenching of the fluorescence intensity of doped ZnS QDs in the presence of folic acid. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New fluorescent sensors for folic acid. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Detection of folic acid concentrations as low as 11 {mu}M in aqueous solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Perrin model and fluorescence lifetimes of ZnS:Mn QDs demonstrate a static quenching mechanism. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Quenching efficiency of ZnS:Cu QDs correlates with the Stern-Volmer model.

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

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

    2011-05-15

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

  2. A hybrid photocatalytic system comprising ZnS as light harvester and an [Fe(2)S(2)] hydrogenase mimic as hydrogen evolution catalyst.

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    Wen, Fuyu; Wang, Xiuli; Huang, Lei; Ma, Guijun; Yang, Jinhui; Li, Can

    2012-05-01

    Photo opportunity: A highly efficient and stable hybrid artificial photosynthetic H(2) evolution system is assembled by using a semiconductor (ZnS) as light-harvester and an [Fe(2)S(2)] hydrogenase mimic ([(μ-SPh-4-NH(2) )(2) Fe(2) (CO)(6)]) as catalyst for H(2) evolution. Photocatalytic H(2) production is achieved with more than 2607 turnovers (based on [Fe(2)S(2)]) and an initial turnover frequency of 100 h(-1) through the efficient transfer of photogenerated electrons from ZnS to the [Fe(2)S(2)] complex.

  3. Carboxylic-containing copolymer as template to prepare CdS, ZnS and doped nanoparticles

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    2001-01-01

    CdS, CdS:Mn, ZnS, ZnS:Mn and ZnS:Tb nanoparticles were preparedby using carboxylic-containing copolymer, polystyrene-maleic anhydride (PSM), as template. Average particle size, 2.5 nm for CdS nanoparticles, is deduced from UV-vis absorption spectra and consistent with the observation of TEM. Characteristic emissions of the doping ions can be observed and the energy transfer from the host to the doping ions is verified. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra were studied to confirm the bonding effect of the copolymer and the metal ions. PSM hydrolyzed and chelated metal ions by its carboxylic group, and then performed as a protection layer after the formation of nanoparticles.

  4. Influence of the dopant concentration on structural, optical and photovoltaic properties of Cu-doped ZnS nanocrystals based bulk heterojunction hybrid solar cells

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    Jabeen, Uzma; Adhikari, Tham; Shah, Syed Mujtaba; Pathak, Dinesh; Wagner, Tomas; Nunzi, Jean-Michel

    2017-06-01

    Zinc sulphide (ZnS) and Cu-doped ZnS nanoparticles were synthesized by the wet chemical method. The nanoparticles were characterized by UV-visible, fluorescence, fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectrometry, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Scanning electron microscopy supplemented with EDAX was employed to observe the morphology and chemical composition of the un-doped and doped samples. A significant blue shift of the absorption band with respect to the un-doped zinc sulphide was sighted by increasing the Cu concentration in the doped sample with decreasing the size of nanoparticles. Consequently, the band gap was tuned from 3.13 to 3.49 eV due to quantum confinement. The green emission arises from the recombination between the shallow donor level (sulfur vacancy) and the t2 level of Cu2+. However, the fluorescence emission spectrum of the undoped ZnS nanoparticles was deconvoluted into two bands, which are centered at 419 and 468 nm. XRD analysis showed that the nanomaterials were in cubic crystalline state. XRD peaks show that there were no massive crystalline distortions in the crystal lattice when the Cu concentration (0.05-0.1 M) was increased in the ZnS lattice. However, in the case of Cu-doped samples (0.15-0.2 M), the XRD pattern showed an additional peak at 37° due to incomplete substitution occurring during the experimental reaction step. A comparative study of surfaces of undoped and Cu-doped ZnS nanoparticles were investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The synthesized nanomaterial in combination with poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) was used in the fabrication of solar cells. The devices with ZnS nanoparticles showed an efficiency of 0.31%. The overall power conversion efficiency of the solar cells at 0.1 M Cu content in doped ZnS nanoparticles was found to be 1.6 times higher than the

  5. Synthesis and characterization of ZnS doped with metallic impurities.

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    Gomez, Estela; Sanchez-Mora, Enrique; Silva, Rutilo; Perez-Hernandez, Leticia; Lopez-Garcia, Cesar; Lozada-Dircio, Victor

    2007-03-01

    Zinc sulfide (ZnS) is a wide band gap and direct transition semiconductor. It is an important material for detection emission and modulation of visible and ultraviolet light, and for electroluminescent devices among other applications. The object of this work was to deposit by the sol-gel method/deep coating, ZnS, ZnS:Mn and ZnS:Sm films (5 coatings) on glass substrate. The samples were characterized to study the surface morphology, composition and some optical properties. SEM micrographs show a porous surface morphology with agglomerate type defects. FTIR spectra show the presence of surface O-H and S-O groups. By AES it was determined the composition of the films, and UV-Vis spectra confirmed the ZnS compound formation. This work has been partially supported by VIEP-BUAP, Project No. 11/EXC/06/G.

  6. Protein-directed synthesis of Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots: a dual-channel biosensor for two proteins.

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    Wu, Peng; Zhao, Ting; Tian, Yunfei; Wu, Lan; Hou, Xiandeng

    2013-06-03

    Proteins typically have nanoscale dimensions and multiple binding sites with inorganic ions, which facilitates the templated synthesis of nanoparticles to yield nanoparticle-protein hybrids with tailored functionality, water solubility, and tunable frameworks with well-defined structure. In this work, we report a protein-templated synthesis of Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) by exploring bovine serum albumin (BSA) as the template. The obtained Mn-doped ZnS QDs give phosphorescence emission centered at 590 nm, with a decay time of about 1.9 ms. A dual-channel sensing system for two different proteins was developed through integration of the optical responses (phosphorescence emission and resonant light scattering (RLS)) of Mn-doped ZnS QDs and recognition of them by surface BSA phosphorescent sensing of trypsin and RLS sensing of lysozyme. Trypsin can digest BSA and remove BSA from the surface of Mn-doped ZnS QDs, thus quenching the phosphorescence of QDs, whereas lysozyme can assemble with BSA to lead to aggregation of QDs and enhanced RLS intensity. The detection limits for trypsin and lysozyme were 40 and 3 nM, respectively. The selectivity of the respective channel for trypsin and lysozyme was evaluated with a series of other proteins. Unlike other protein sensors based on nanobioconjugates, the proposed dual-channel sensor employs only one type of QDs but can detect two different proteins. Further, we found the RLS of QDs can also be useful for studying the BSA-lysozyme binding stoichiometry, which has not been reported in the literature. These successful biosensor applications clearly demonstrate that BSA not only serves as a template for growth of Mn-doped ZnS QDs, but also impacts the QDs for selective recognition of analyte proteins.

  7. Aqueous-phase synthesis and color-tuning of core/shell/shell inorganic nanocrystals consisting of ZnSe, (Cu, Mn)-doped ZnS, and ZnS

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    Choi, Jongwan; Yoon, Sujin [Department of Chemistry and Research Institute for Natural Science, Hanyang University, Seoul, 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Felix Sunjoo, E-mail: fskim@cau.ac.kr [School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, 156-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Nakjoong, E-mail: kimnj@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry and Research Institute for Natural Science, Hanyang University, Seoul, 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-06-25

    We report synthesis of colloidal nanocrystals based on ZnSe core, (Cu,Mn)-doped ZnS inner-shell, and ZnS outer-shell by using an eco-friendly method and their optical properties. Synthesis of core/shell/shell nanocrystals was performed by using a one-pot/three-step colloidal method with 3-mercaptopropionic acid as a stabilizer in aqueous phase at low temperature. A double-shell structure was employed with inner-shell as a host for doping and outer-shell as a passivation layer for covering surface defects. Copper and manganese were introduced as single- or co-dopants during inner-shell formation, providing an effective means to control the emission color of the nanocrystals. The synthesized nanocrystals showed fluorescent emission ranging from blue to green, to white, and to orange, adjusted by doping components, amounts, and ratios. The photoluminescence quantum yields of the core/doped-shell/shell nanocrystals approached 36%. - Highlights: • ZnSe/ZnS:(Cu,Ms)/ZnS core/(doped)shell/shell nanocrystals were synthesized in an aqueous phase. • Emission color of nanocrystals was controlled from blue to white to orange by adjusting the atomic ratio of Cu and Mn co-dopants. • Photoluminescence quantum yields of the colloidal nanocrystals approached 36%.

  8. Site spectroscopy of Eu3+ doped- ZnS nanocrystals embedded in sodium carboxymethyl cellulose matrix

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    Ahemen, I.; Meludu, O.; Dejene, F. B.; Viana, B.

    2016-11-01

    The work investigates the incorporation of Eu3+ ion in ZnS crystal through spectroscopic studies. ZnS: Eu3+ nanocrystals was synthesized via the precipitation technique. Elemental composition analysis indicates a non-stoichiometric distribution between Zn and S. X-ray diffraction studies show lattice expansion demonstrating that Eu3+ ions were incorporated in the host lattice. Annealing temperature gave rise to lattice contraction relative to the as-synthesized indicating a partial expulsion of the ion from the crystal due to heat treatment. Eu3+ ions site symmetry probing from optical features show that trivalent europium were situated both at the nanocrystals surface and at the Zn2+ ion site. Weak energy transfer from host to activator ion occurred probably mainly through exchange interaction and the transfer process was defect mediated.

  9. ZnS Semiconductive Powder Doped with Transition Metal Ions via Mechanochemical Synthesis Technique

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    R.F. Louh; C.K. Lin; Oscar Lin; G.S. Chen; C.C. Chan

    2004-01-01

    The solid state synthesis can be carried out by using the initial pure metal zinc and inorganic sulfur powder mixtures by means of the mechanochemical synthesis route. The completion of solid state reaction between pure zinc and sulfur powder to produce c-ZnS and h-ZnS phases via such a route was rather fast, as compared to other non-sulfide systems by the similar method. The study was aimed to investigate the microstructure development and phase formation through the solid state reaction by controlling the processing parameters involved in this process including grinding media to powder weight ratio, solid state reaction duration, reaction atmosphere, stoichiometric ratio of zinc and sulfur elements, grinding media and choice of minor additives such as teflon-based polymeric lubricants and transition metal dopants (Mn, Cu). Both as-synthesized powders and heat-treated ZnS materials with various stoichiometric ratios were characterized by XRD, EXAFS and XANES analysis. The interesting results from X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) would provide us some strong evidence whether stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric ZnS material can be successfully formed. The minor amount (0.5wt%)of Mn+2 or Cu+2 ion dopants added to the powder batch with the Zn/S stoichiometric ratio between1.00 to 1.05 was found to favor the reaction rate in the mechanochemical synthesis. Moreover, the obtained results of ZnS phase development under reaction conditions and different transition metal dopants in this study would imply that synthesis of other kind of sulfide compounds can be achieved using the demonstrated technique.

  10. Chemiluminescence of Mn-Doped ZnS Nanocrystals Induced by Direct Chemical Oxidation and Ionic Liquid-Sensitized Effect as an Efficient and Green Catalyst

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    Seyed Naser Azizi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel chemiluminescence (CL method was proposed for doping water-soluble Mn in ZnS quantum dots (QDs as CL emitter. Water-soluble Mn-doped ZnS QDs were synthesized by using L-cysteine as stabilizer in aqueous solution. These nanoparticles were structurally and optically characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD, dynamic light scattering (DLS, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, and photoluminescence (PL emission spectroscopy. The CL of ZnS QDs was induced directly by chemical oxidation and its ionic liquid-sensitized effect in aqueous solution was then investigated. It was found that oxidants, especially hydrogen peroxide, could directly oxidize ZnS QDs to produce weak CL emission in basic solutions. In the presence of 1,3-dipropylimidazolium bromide/copper, a drastic light emission enhancement was observed which is related to a strong interaction between Cu2+ and the imidazolium ring. In these conditions, an efficient CL light was produced at low pH which is suggested to be beneficial to the biological analysis. The CL properties of QDs not only will be helpful to study physical chemistry properties of semiconductor nanocrystals but also they are expected to find use in many fields such as luminescence devices, bioanalysis, and multicolor labeling probes.

  11. Composites of surface imprinting polymer capped Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots for room-temperature phosphorescence probing of 2,4,5-trichlorophenol

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    Wei, Xiao [School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); Zhou, Zhiping, E-mail: weixiaokeyan@163.com [School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); Dai, Jiangdong [School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); Hao, Tongfan [School of Computer Science, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000 (China); Li, Hongji; Xu, Yeqing; Gao, Lin; Pan, Jianming; Li, Chunxiang; Yan, Yongsheng [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China)

    2014-11-15

    In this paper, a simple procedure for the determination of 2,4,5-trichlorophenol (2,4,5-TCP) is reported. Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) capped by molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) were prepared. MIPs were characterized by spectrofluorometer, UV–vis spectrophotometer, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Meanwhile, spectrofluorometer was used to the evaluation of optical stability, the effect of pH, and the selective and sensitive determination of 2,4,5-TCP. Under optical conditions, MIPs-capped Mn-doped ZnS QDs were successfully applied to the detection of 2,4,5-TCP in water selectively and sensitively, and a linear relationship was obtained to cover the concentration range of 5.0–50 μmol L{sup −1} with a correlation coefficient of 0.9913. Moreover, 2,4,5-TCP could quench the room temperature phosphorescence of MIPs-capped Mn-doped ZnS QDs in a concentration-dependent manner, which was best described by a Stern–Volmer-type equation. - Highlights: • Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs)-capped Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) were prepared. • The composite materials integrated the advantages of the high selectivity of the molecular imprinting and strong RTP property of the QDs. • The composite materials was successfully applied to selectively and sensitively detect 2,4,5-TCP in water.

  12. Studies on photo- and thermal stability of PVA-encapsulated Mn-doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Venkataramana, Savadana; Ramanaiah, K.; Sarcar, M. M. M.

    2016-04-01

    In this study, an aqueous-based synthesis route has been developed to prepare highly luminescent polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-capped manganese-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs). The QDs showed markedly blue shift in their optical absorbance, indicating strong quantum size effect and the average diameter of the QDs calculated ~3 nm. The QDs showed high-intensity Mn2+-related orange luminescence at 585 nm with a very low-intensity peak at 430 nm for the surface defect states. X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy and spectrofluorometry have been used to characterize the doped QDs. Studies on the thermal and photochemical stability of the photoluminescence properties are carried out, which showed that after 5 h of photoexcitation and 30 min of 70 °C treatments, the nanoparticles retain almost 40 % of their initial quantum yield. Our systematic investigation shows that these PVA-capped Mn:ZnS QDs may be used as fluorescent labels in biological applications.

  13. Development of hybrid organic-inorganic surface imprinted Mn-doped ZnS QDs and their application as a sensing material for target proteins.

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    Tan, Lei; Huang, Cong; Peng, Rongfei; Tang, Youwen; Li, Weiming

    2014-11-15

    Applying molecular imprinting techniques to the surface of functionalized quantum dots (QDs) allows the preparation of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) with accessible, surface exposed binding sites and excellent optical properties. This paper demonstrates a new strategy for producing such hybrid organic-inorganic imprinted Mn-doped ZnS QDs for specific recognition of bovine hemoglobin. The technique provides surface grafting imprinting in aqueous solutions using amino modified Mn-doped ZnS QDs as supports, acrylamide and methacrylic acid as functional monomers, γ-methacryloxypropyl trimethoxy silane as the grafting agent, and bovine hemoglobin as a template. The amino propyl functional monomer layer directs the selective occurrence of imprinting polymerization at the QDs surface through copolymerization of grafting agents with functional monomers, but also acts as an assistive monomer to drive the template into the formed polymer shells to create effective recognition sites. Using MIP-QDs composites as a fluorescence sensing material, trace amounts of bovine hemoglobin are signaled with high selectivity by emission intensity changes of Mn-doped ZnS QDs, which is embedded into the imprinted polymers.

  14. Aqueous synthesis of Ag and Mn co-doped In2S3/ZnS quantum dots with tunable emission for dual-modal targeted imaging.

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    Lai, Pei-Yu; Huang, Chih-Ching; Chou, Tzung-Han; Ou, Keng-Liang; Chang, Jia-Yaw

    2017-03-01

    Here, we present the microwave-assisted synthesis of In2S3/ZnS core/shell quantum dots (QDs) co-doped with Ag(+) and Mn(2+) (referred to as AgMn:In2S3/ZnS). Ag(+) altered the optical properties of the host QDs, whereas the spin magnetic moment (S=5/2) of Mn(2+) efficiently induced the longitudinal relaxation of water protons. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the aqueous synthesis of color-tunable AgMn:In2S3/ZnS core/shell QDs with magnetic properties. The synthetic procedure is rapid, facile, reproducible, and scalable. The obtained QDs offered a satisfactory quantum yield (45%), high longitudinal relaxivity (6.84s(-1)mM(-1)), and robust photostability. In addition, they exhibited excellent stability over a wide pH range (5-12) and high ionic strength (0.15-2.0M NaCl). As seen by confocal microscopy and magnetic resonance imaging, AgMn:In2S3/ZnS conjugated to hyaluronic acid (referred to as AgMn:In2S3/ZnS@HA) efficiently and specifically targeted cluster determinant 44, a receptor overexpressed on cancer cells. Moreover, AgMn:In2S3/ZnS@HA showed negligible cytotoxicity in vitro and in vivo, rendering it a promising diagnostic probe for dual-modal imaging in clinical applications.

  15. Formation mechanism and yield of molecules ejected from ZnS, CdS, and FeS{sub 2} during ion bombardment

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    Nikzad, S.; Calaway, W.F.; Pellin, M.J.; Young, C.E.; Gruen, D.M. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Tombrello, T.A. [California Inst. of Technology, Pasadena, CA (United States). Div. of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy

    1994-03-01

    Neutral species ejected from single crystals of ZnS, CdS, and FeS{sub 2} during ion bombardment by 3 keV Ar{sup +} were detected by laser post-ionization followed by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. While metal atoms (Fe, Zn, Cd) and S{sub 2} were the dominant species observed, substantial amounts of S, FeS, Zn{sub 2}, ZnS, Cd{sub 2}, and CdS were also detected. The experimental results demonstrate that molecules represent a larger fraction of the sputtered yield than was previously believed from secondary ion mass spectrometry experiments. In addition, the data suggest that the molecules are not necessarily formed from adjacent atoms in the solid and that a modified form of the recombination model could provide a mechanism for their formation.

  16. Spin coating of ZnS nanostructures on filter paper and their characterization

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    Kumar, Nitin; Purohit, L. P.; Goswami, Y. C.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper we have reported spin coating of Cu doped Zinc sulphide nanostructures on filter paper flexible substrates. Zinc chloride and thiourea were used as precursors of zinc and sulphur. The samples were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM, EDAX and UV-visible spectrum studies. All the diffractogram peaks confirm the cubic structure of ZnS with small peak of Cu indicates incorporation of Cu into ZnS lattice. FE-SEM micrographs exhibit fibrous morphologies of ZnS structures on filter paper. Compound structures on flexible substrates show ohmic behavior with conductivity about 3.07×106 (Ωcm)-1 to 4.27×106 (Ωcm)-1. Excellent photoluminescence property doped with copper makes them suitable for flexible opto-electronic devices.

  17. Intrinsic Doping in Electrodeposited ZnS Thin Films for Application in Large-Area Optoelectronic Devices

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    Madugu, Mohammad Lamido; Olusola, Olajide Ibukun-Olu; Echendu, Obi Kingsley; Kadem, Burak; Dharmadasa, Imyhamy Mudiy

    2016-06-01

    Zinc sulphide (ZnS) thin films with both n- and p-type electrical conductivity were grown on glass/fluorine-doped tin oxide-conducting substrates from acidic and aqueous solution containing ZnSO4 and (NH4)2S2O3 by simply changing the deposition potential in a two-electrode cell configuration. After deposition, the films were characterised using various analytical techniques. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the materials are amorphous even after heat treatment. Optical properties (transmittance, absorbance and optical bandgap) of the films were studied. The bandgaps of the films were found to be in the range (3.68-3.86) eV depending on the growth voltage. Photoelectrochemical cell measurements show both n- and p-type electrical conductivity for the films depending on the growth voltage. Scanning electron microscopy shows material clusters on the surface with no significant change after heat treatment at different temperatures. Atomic force microscopy shows that the surface roughness of these materials remain fairly constant reducing only from 18 nm to 17 nm after heat treatment. Thickness estimation of the films was also carried out using theoretical and experimental methods. Direct current conductivity measurements on both as-deposited and annealed films show that resistivity increased after heat treatment.

  18. Preparation of nanocrystalline Ni doped ZnS thin films by ammonia-free chemical bath deposition method and optical properties

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    Sahraei, Reza, E-mail: r.sahraei@ilam.ac.ir; Darafarin, Soraya

    2014-05-01

    Nanocrystalline Ni doped ZnS thin films were deposited on quartz, silicon, and glass substrates using chemical bath deposition method in a weak acidic solution containing ethylenediamine tetra acetic acid disodium salt (Na{sub 2}EDTA) as a complexing agent for zinc ions and thioacetamide (TAA) as a sulfide source at 80 °C. The films were characterized by energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ultraviolet–visible spectrophotometry, and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. UV–vis transmission data showed that the films were transparent in the visible region. The X-ray diffraction analysis showed a cubic zinc blend structure. FE-SEM revealed a homogeneous morphology and dense nanostructures. The PL spectra of the ZnS:Ni films showed two characteristic bands, one broad band centered at 430 and another narrow band at 523 nm. Furthermore, concentration quenching effect on the photoluminescence intensity has been observed. - Highlights: • Nanocrystalline ZnS:Ni thin films were prepared by the chemical bath deposition method. • The size of ZnS:Ni nanocrystals was less than 10 nm showing quantum size effect. • SEM images demonstrated a dense and uniform surface that was free of pinholes. • The deposited films were highly transparent (>70%) in the visible region. • The PL spectra of ZnS:Ni thin films showed two emission peaks at 430 and 523 nm.

  19. The use of imidazolium ionic liquid/copper complex as novel and green catalyst for chemiluminescent detection of folic acid by Mn-doped ZnS nanocrystals

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    Azizi, Seyed Naser; Shakeri, Parmis; Chaichi, Mohammad Javad; Bekhradnia, Ahmadreza; Taghavi, Mehdi; Ghaemy, Mousa

    2014-03-01

    A novel chemiluminescence (CL) method using water-soluble Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) as CL emitter is proposed for the chemiluminometric determination of folic acid in pharmaceutical formulation. Water-soluble Mn-doped ZnS QDs were synthesized by using L-cysteine as stabilizer in aqueous solutions. The nanoparticles were structurally and optically characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectroscopy. The CL of ZnS QDs induced by directly chemical oxidation and its ionic liquid-sensitized effect in aqueous solution were then investigated. It was found that oxidants, especially hydrogen peroxide, could directly oxidize ZnS QDs to produce weak CL emission in basic conditions. In the presence of 1,3-dipropylimidazolium bromide/copper a drastic light emission enhancement is observed, related to a strong interaction between Cu2+ and the imidazolium ring. Therefore, a new CL analysis system was developed for the determination of folic acid. Under the optimum conditions, there is a good linear relationship between the relative CL intensity and the concentration of folic acid in the range of 1 × 10-9-1 × 10-6 M of folic acid with a correlation coefficient (R2) of 0.9991. The limit of detection of this system was found to be 1 × 10-10 M. This method is not only simple, sensitive and low cost, but also reliable for practical applications.

  20. Ge doping of FeGa3

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    Alvarez-Quiceno, J. C.; Cabrera-Baez, M.; Munévar, J.; Micklitz, H.; Bittar, E. M.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Ribeiro, R. A.; Avila, M. A.; Dalpian, G. M.; Osorio-Guillén, J. M.

    2015-03-01

    The intermetallic narrow-gap semiconductor FeGa3 is one of the few Fe-based diamagnetic materials. Experimentally, Ge doping induces a ferromagnetic (FM) state. The mechanism responsible for this FM response is still unestablished, but there are proposals of itinerant magnetism to explain this behavior. Our DFT simulations show that inserting holes induces a delocalized FM response, while inserting electrons induces a localized FM response around some Fe atoms. We also modeled different distributions of Ge substitution and observe that the FM response depends on the Ge concentration and also on the Ge distribution on the Ga sites. We observed that the extra electrons become localized in some specific Fe atoms, rather than delocalized over the entire crystal lattice, as expected from an itinerant model. For experimental probing of this scenario, we have performed 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy on flux-grown singlecrystalline samples. The resulting resonance peak shape supports a localized model for ferromagnetism, since it is possible to resolve the presence of two distinct Fe isomer shifts (despite a single crystallographic site), expected to correspond to Fe atoms with high and low magnetic moments. The authors thank Capes, CNPQ and FAPESP for financial support.

  1. A New Fluorescence Sensor for Cerium (III) Ion Using Glycine Dithiocarbamate Capped Manganese Doped ZnS Quantum Dots.

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    Rofouei, Mohammad Kazem; Tajarrod, Narjes; Masteri-Farahani, Majid; Zadmard, Reza

    2015-11-01

    A new fluorescence sensor for Ce(3+)ions is reported in this paper. This sensor is based on the fluorescence quenching of glycine dithiocarbamate (GDTC)-functionalized manganese doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) in the presence of Ce(3+)ions. The synthesis of ultra-small GDTC-Mn:ZnS quantum dots (QDs) is based on the co-precipitation of nanoparticles in aqueous Solution. The nanoparticles are characterized with fluorescence spectroscopy, UV-vis absorption spectra, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray power diffraction (XRD), and infrared spectroscopy. In the test carried out, it was found that the interaction between Ce(3+)ions and GDTC capped Mn:ZnS QDs quenches the original fluorescence of QDs according to the Stern-Volmer equation and the results show the existence of collisional quenching process. A linear relationship was observed between the extent of quenching and the concentration of Ce(3+)in the range of 2.0 × 10(-6) to 3.2 × 10(-5) mol.L(-1), with a detection limit of 2.29 × 10(-7) mol.L(-1). The relative standard deviation of 1.61% was obtained for five replicate measurements. The possible quenching mechanism was also examined by fluorescence and UV-vis absorption spectra. The interference of other cations was negligible on the quantitative determination of Ce(3+). This method proved to be simple, sensitive, low cost, and also reliable for practical applications.

  2. LiFePO_4/C via fluoride doping

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    2012-01-01

    Non-stoichiometric compound fluoride-doped LiFePO4/C cathode materials were synthesized via solid-state reaction using MgF2 and AlF3 as dopant. The fluoride-doped LiFePO4/C samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and electrochemical testing. The results show that the materials are well crystallized and fluoride doping cannot change the space structure of LiFePO4. Slight amounts of Fe2O3 with no fluoride impurity were ...

  3. Phosphorescence detection of manganese(VII) based on Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots

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    Deng, Pan; Lu, Li-Qiang; Cao, Wei-Cheng; Tian, Xi-Ke

    2017-02-01

    The phosphorescent L-cysteine modified manganese-doped zinc sulfide quantum dots (L-cys-MnZnS QDs) was developed for a highly sensitive detection of permanganate anions (MnO4-). L-cys-MnZnS QDs, which were easily synthesized in aqueous media using safe and low-cost materials, can emit intense phosphorescence even though the solution was not deoxygenated. However, the phosphorescence of L-cys-Mn-ZnS QDs was strongly quenched by MnO4- ascribed to the oxidation of L-cys and the increase of surface defects on L-cys-MnZnS QDs. Under the optimal conditions, L-cys-MnZnS QDs offer high selectivity over other anions for MnO4- determination, and good linear Stern-Volmer equation was obtained for MnO4- in the range of 0.5-100 μM with a detection limit down to 0.24 μM. The developed method was finally applied to the detection of MnO4- in water samples, and the spike-recoveries fell in the range of 95-106%.

  4. Microbe-Assisted Synthesis and Luminescence Properties of Monodispersed Tb3+-Doped ZnS Nanocrystals

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    Zhanguo Liang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Tb3+-doped zinc sulfide (ZnS:Tb3+ nanocrystals were synthesized by spray precipitation with sulfate-reducing bacterial (SRB culture at room temperature. The morphology of the SRB and ZnS:Tb3+ nanocrystals was examined by scanning electron microscopy, and the ZnS:Tb3+ nanocrystals were characterized by X-ray diffractometry and photoluminescence (PL spectroscopy. The PL mechanism of ZnS:Tb3+ nanocrystals was further analyzed, and the effects of Tb3+ ion concentration on the luminescence properties of ZnS:Tb3+ nanocrystals were studied. ZnS:Tb3+ nanocrystals showed a sphalerite phase, and the prepared ZnS:Tb3+ nanocrystals had high luminescence intensity under excitation at 369 nm. The main peak position of the absorption spectra positively blueshifted with increasing concentrations of Tb3+ dopant. Based on the strength of the peak of the excitation and emission spectra, we inferred that the optimum concentration of the Tb3+ dopant is 5 mol%. Four main emission peaks were obtained under excitation at 369 nm:489 nm (5D4→7F6, 545 nm (5D4→7F5, 594 nm (5D4→7F4, and 625 nm (5D4→7F3. Our findings suggest that nanocrystals have potential applications in photoelectronic devices and biomarkers.

  5. 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane-functionalized manganese doped ZnS quantum dots for room-temperature phosphorescence sensing ultratrace 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene in aqueous solution.

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    Wang, Ya-Qin; Zou, Wen-Sheng

    2011-07-15

    New strategies for silica coating of inorganic nanoparticles became a research hotspot for enhancing the mechanical stability of colloidal particles and protecting colloidal particles against oxidation and agglomeration, and so on. In this paper, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES)-functionalized Mn doped (AF MnD) ZnS QDs was prepared to be firsyly through the use of silane coupling agents to form an active layer of silica, then sol-gel reaction of TEOS co-deposited with APTES on the surface of resultant active layer of silica. The emitted long lifetime room-temperature phosphorescence (RTP) of the resultant nanomaterials allows an appropriate delay time so that any fluorescent emission and scattering light can be easily avoided. The APTES anchored on the layer of silica can bind 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) species to form TNT anion through acid-base pairing interaction, the TNT anion species may increase the charge-transfer pathways from the nanocrystals to nitroaromatic analytes, therefore further enhance the quenching efficiency of RTP. Moreover, APTES as capped reagents can enlarge the spectral sensitivity and enhance RTP response of nanocrystals to the electron-deficient nitroaromatic and nitrophenol species. Meanwhile, AF MnD ZnS QDs also exhibited a highly selective response toward TNT analyte through significant color change and quenching of (4)T(1) to (6)A(1) transition emission. This AF MnD ZnS QDs based sensor showed a very good linearity in the range of 0.05-1.8μM with detection limit down to 50 nM (quenching percentage of phosphorescence intensity of 8%) and RSD of 3.5% (n=5). The reported QDs-based chemosensors here open up a promising prospect for the sensitive and convenient sensing of TNT explosive.

  6. Effects of Fe fine powders doping on hot deformed NdFeB magnets

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    Lin, Min, E-mail: linm@nimte.ac.cn [Ningbo Institute of Material Technology & Engineering Chinese Academy of Science, Ningbo 315201 (China); Wang, Huijie [Ningbo Jinji Strong Magnetic Material Company, Ningbo 315041 (China); Zheng, Jingwu [Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310014 (China); Yan, Aru [Ningbo Institute of Material Technology & Engineering Chinese Academy of Science, Ningbo 315201 (China)

    2015-04-01

    The composite NdFeB magnets with blending melt-spun flakes and Fe fine powders were prepared by the hot-pressed and hot-deformed route. Characterizations of the hot-deformed NdFeB magnets affected by the doped Fe powders were tested. The doped Fe powders decrease the hot-deformed pressure when the strain is between 15 and 50%. XRD patterns show that the doped Fe powders have little influence on the c-axis alignment of hot-deformed NdFeB magnets in the press direction. The B{sub r} and the (BH){sub max} get improved when the doped Fe powders are less than 3 wt%. The doped Fe of hot-deformed NdFeB magnets exists in the elongated state and the spherical state surrounded by the Nd-rich phase. With the Fe fraction increasing, the potential of magnet moves to the positive direction and the diameter of the Nyquist arc becomes larger, which indicate that the corrosion resistance improved effectively. The bending strength was enhanced by the elongated α-Fe phase embedded in the matrix 2:14:1 phase. - Highlights: • The doped Fe powders have little influence on the c-axis alignment of magnets. • The elongated Fe powders are more than the spherical Fe powders in the magnets. • The corrosion resistance is improved effectively with the increasing Fe fraction. • The bending strength is enhanced by the elongated α-Fe phase embedded in the matrix.

  7. Glutathione-capped Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots as a room-temperature phosphorescence sensor for the detection of Pb2 + ions

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    Chen, Jialing; Zhu, Yaxian; Zhang, Yong

    2016-07-01

    The room-temperature phosphorescence (RTP) of glutathione-capped Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (GSH-Mn-ZnS QDs) was effectively quenched by the addition of Pb2 +. A simple and sensitive RTP sensor for Pb2 + detection based on the quenching effect was developed. Under the optimal conditions, good linear correlations were obtained for Pb2 + over a concentration range from 1.0 to 100 μg·L- 1, and the detection limit was 0.45 μg·L- 1. The established method has been successfully applied for the determination of Pb2 + in real water samples without complicated sample pretreatment with the recoveries in the range of 95.4%-104.0%.

  8. Superconductivity in Co-doped SmFeAsO

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    Qi Yanpeng; Gao Zhaoshun; Wang Lei; Wang Dongliang; Zhang Xianping; Ma Yanwei [Key Laboratory of Applied Superconductivity, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO Box 2703, Beijing 100190 (China)], E-mail: ywma@mail.iee.ac.cn

    2008-11-15

    Here we report the synthesis and characterizations of SmFe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}AsO (x = 0.10, 0.15) for the first time. The parent compound SmFeAsO itself is not superconducting but shows an antiferromagnetic order near 150 K, which must be suppressed by doping before superconductivity emerges. With Co doping in the FeAs planes, antiferromagnetic order is destroyed and superconductivity occurs at 15.2 K. Similar to LaFe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}AsO, the SmFe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}AsO system appears to tolerate considerable disorder in the FeAs planes. This result is important, suggesting a different mechanism for cuprate superconductors compared to the iron-based arsenide ones.

  9. First-principle calculation of the elastic, band structure, electronic states, and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnS nanolayers

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    Lahiji, Mohammadreza Askaripour; Ziabari, Ali Abdolahzadeh

    2016-11-01

    The structural, elastic, electronic, and optical properties of undoped and Cu-doped ZnS nanostructured layers have been studied in the zincblende (ZB) phase, by first-principle approach. Density functional theory (DFT) has been employed to calculate the fundamental properties of the layers using full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FPLAPW) method. Mechanical analysis revealed that the bulk modulus increases with the increase of Cu content. Cu doping was found to reduce the band gap value of the material. In addition, DOS effective mass of the electrons and heavy holes was evaluated. Adding Cu caused the decrement/increment of transmission/reflectance of nanolayers in the UV-vis region. The substitution by Cu increased the intensity of the peaks, and a slight red shift was observed in the absorption peak. Moreover, the static dielectric constant, and static refractive index increased with Cu content. The optical conductivity also followed a similar trend to that of the dielectric constants. Energy loss function of the modeled compounds was also evaluated. All calculated parameters were compared with the available experimental and other theoretical results.

  10. Optical nonlinearities of iron doped zinc sulphide quantum dots

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    Cinumon, K. V.; Prasanth, S.; Raj, D. Rithesh; Vineeshkumar, T. V.; Pillai, V. P. Mahadevan; Sudarsanakumar, C.

    2017-05-01

    Polyethylene glycol (PEG) capped pure and Fe doped ZnS nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by chemical precipitation method. Cubic zinc blende phase of the samples was confirmed from X-ray diffraction. The average grain size was found to be in the range of 2-3 nm and was confirmed with TEM. The undoped and doped ZnS samples show blue emission with emission wavelength at 360 nm. A rapid luminescence quenching with increasing dopant concentration was observed. The nonlinear absorption coefficients of the doped and undoped samples were calculated using Z-scan technique.

  11. Characterization of Fe$^{3+}$-doped silver phosphate glasses

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    B P CHOUDHARY; N B SINGH

    2016-12-01

    The relationship among the composition, structure and selected properties for five series of silver phosphate glasses containing 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20wt% Fe$_2$O$_3$ has been investigated. The synthesized glasses have been characterized using different experimental techniques. X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the glasses are amorphous in nature. IR spectral studies have shown the presence of characteristic P–O–P linkages of linear phosphate chains,presence of O–P–O units in the phosphate tetrahedral and the formation of P–O–Fe bonds in the doped glass. It is also confirmed that due to doping of Fe$_2$O$_3$, loosening of glassy structure occurred and the glass became more disordered. Differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) studies revealed that glass transition temperature increased with Fe$_2$O$_3$ concentration. Scanning electron microscopic studies have shown that Fe$_2$O$_3$ doping modifies the microstructures of the glass and at lower concentration of dopant, a nanostructure is obtained. Electrical conductivity measurements from 303 to 373 K in a frequency range from 100 Hz to 5 MHz have indicated that all glasses are ionic conductors with Ag$^+$ ions as the charge carrier. Fe$_2$O$_3$ doping in silver phosphate glass increased the electrical conductivities. Results have shown that dielectric constants increased with the increase of temperature at all the frequencies; a.c. and d.c. conductivities have been separated and a Cole–Cole plot is also drawn. Dielectric losses in all the glasses decreased with frequency at a particular temperature. It is found that Ag$_2$O–P$_2$O$_5$ glass doped with 5wt% Fe$_2$O$_3$ gives high OCV value and the doped glass can be used as an electrolyte for solid-state batteries.

  12. Improved thermoelectric properties in heavily doped FeGa3

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    Ponnambalam, V.; Morelli, Donald T.

    2015-12-01

    FeGa3, a hybridization gap semiconductor, has been substituted with an n-type dopant Ge to form a series of compositions FeGa3-xGex. Electrical and thermal transport properties of these compositions have been studied. Change in carrier density (n) is evident from the Hall measurements. The carrier density (n) can be as high as ˜1021 cm-3 in these compositions. In order to study the role of heavy doping on the thermoelectric properties of FeGa3, an alloy series Fe1-yCoyGa3-xGex has also been synthesized with higher concentrations of Ge (x = 0.1-0.35) and Co (y = 0.1-0.5). From resistivity and Seebeck coefficient measurements, it appears that heavy doping is accomplished by the simultaneous substitutions of Ge and Co. The systematic change in both resistivity (ρ) and Seebeck coefficient (α) is possibly due to change in the carrier density (n). The power factor (PF) α2/ρ improves steadily with increasing carrier density and the best PF ˜1.1 mW/m K2 is observed for the heavily doped compositions at 875 K. In the alloy series Fe1-yCoyGa3-xGex, thermal conductivity is also reduced substantially due to point defect scattering. Due to higher power factors, the figure of merit ZT improves to 0.25 at 875 K for the heavily doped compositions.

  13. Electronic Properties of LiFePO4 and Li doped LiFePO4

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    Allen, J.L.; Zhuang, G.V.; Ross, P.N.; Guo, J.-H.; Jow, T.R.

    2006-05-31

    LiFePO{sub 4} has several potential advantages in comparison to the transition metal oxide cathode materials used in commercial lithium-ion batteries. However, its low intrinsic electronic conductivity ({approx} 10{sup -9} S/cm) is problematic. We report here a study by soft x-ray absorption/emission spectroscopy of the electronic properties of undoped LiFePO{sub 4} and Li-doped LiFePO{sub 4} in which Li{sup +} ions are substituted for Fe{sup 2+} ions in an attempt to increase the intrinsic electronic conductivity. The conductivities of the Li{sub 1+x}Fe{sub 1-x}PO{sub 4} samples were, however, essentially unchanged from that of the undoped LiFePO{sub 4}. Nonetheless, evidence for changing the electronic properties of LiFePO{sub 4} by doping with excess Li+ was observed by the XAS/XES spectroscopy. New pre-edge features the O-1s XAS spectrum of Li{sub 1.05}Fe{sub 0.95}PO4 is a direct indication that the charge compensation for substitution of Fe{sup 2+} by Li{sup +} resides in the unoccupied O-2p orbitals. A charge transfer (CT) excitation was also observed in the doped material implying that the unoccupied O-2p orbitals created by doping are strongly hybridized with unoccupied Fe-3d orbitals of neighboring sites. However, the strong covalent bonding within the (PO{sub 4}){sup 3-} anions and the large separation of the Fe cations means that the charge created by doping is not delocalized in the manner of electrons or holes in a semiconductor.

  14. Doping concentration driven morphological evolution of Fe doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Sahai, A.; Goswami, N., E-mail: navendugoswami@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, A-10, Sector-62, Noida-201307 (India); Kumar, Y.; Agarwal, V. [CIICAp-UAEM, Av. Universidad 1001, Col Chamilpa, Cuernavaca 62209 (Mexico); Olive-Méndez, S. F. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, S. C., CIMAV, Av. Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Chihuahua 31109 (Mexico)

    2014-10-28

    In this paper, systematic study of structural, vibrational, and optical properties of undoped and 1-10 at.% Fe doped ZnO nanostructures, synthesized adopting chemical precipitation route, has been reported. Prepared nanostructures were characterized employing an assortment of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, namely Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), Micro-Raman Spectroscopy (μRS), and UV-visible and Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. With Fe incorporation, a gradual morphological transformation of nanostructures is demonstrated vividly through SEM/TEM characterizations. Interestingly, the morphology of nanostructures evolves with 1–10 at. % Fe doping concentration in ZnO. Nanoparticles obtained with 1 at. % Fe evolve to nanorods for 3 at. % Fe; nanorods transform to nanocones (for 5 at. % and 7 at. % Fe) and finally nanocones transform to nanoflakes at 10 at. % Fe. However, at all these stages, concurrence of primary hexagonal phase of Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O along with the secondary phases of cubic ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and rhombohedric Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, is revealed through XRD analysis. Based on collective XRD, SEM, TEM, and EDX interpretations, a model for morphological evolution of nanostructures was proposed and the pivotal role of Fe dopant was deciphered. Furthermore, vibrational properties analyzed through Raman and FTIR spectroscopies unravel the intricacies of formation and gradual enhancement of secondary phases with increased Fe concentration. UV-visible and PL spectroscopic analyses provided further insight of optical processes altering with Fe incorporation. The blue shift and gradual quenching of visible photoluminescence with Fe doping was found in accordance with structural and vibrational analyses and explicated accordingly.

  15. Doping concentration driven morphological evolution of Fe doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Sahai, A.; Kumar, Y.; Agarwal, V.; Olive-Méndez, S. F.; Goswami, N.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, systematic study of structural, vibrational, and optical properties of undoped and 1-10 at.% Fe doped ZnO nanostructures, synthesized adopting chemical precipitation route, has been reported. Prepared nanostructures were characterized employing an assortment of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, namely Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), Micro-Raman Spectroscopy (μRS), and UV-visible and Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. With Fe incorporation, a gradual morphological transformation of nanostructures is demonstrated vividly through SEM/TEM characterizations. Interestingly, the morphology of nanostructures evolves with 1-10 at. % Fe doping concentration in ZnO. Nanoparticles obtained with 1 at. % Fe evolve to nanorods for 3 at. % Fe; nanorods transform to nanocones (for 5 at. % and 7 at. % Fe) and finally nanocones transform to nanoflakes at 10 at. % Fe. However, at all these stages, concurrence of primary hexagonal phase of Zn1-xFexO along with the secondary phases of cubic ZnFe2O4 and rhombohedric Fe2O3, is revealed through XRD analysis. Based on collective XRD, SEM, TEM, and EDX interpretations, a model for morphological evolution of nanostructures was proposed and the pivotal role of Fe dopant was deciphered. Furthermore, vibrational properties analyzed through Raman and FTIR spectroscopies unravel the intricacies of formation and gradual enhancement of secondary phases with increased Fe concentration. UV-visible and PL spectroscopic analyses provided further insight of optical processes altering with Fe incorporation. The blue shift and gradual quenching of visible photoluminescence with Fe doping was found in accordance with structural and vibrational analyses and explicated accordingly.

  16. The development of a new optical sensor based on the Mn doped ZnS quantum dots modified with the molecularly imprinted polymers for sensitive recognition of florfenicol

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    Sadeghi, Susan; Jahani, Moslem; Belador, Foroogh

    2016-04-01

    The Mn doped ZnS quantum dots (Mn:ZnS QDs) capped with the florfenicol molecularly imprinted polymer (Mn:ZnS QDs@MIP) were prepared via the sol-gel surface imprinting approach using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) as the functional monomer and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as the cross-linker for the optosensing of the florfenicol. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffractometer, IR spectroscopy, UV-Vis absorption spectrophotometry, and spectrofluorometry were used to elucidate the formation, morphology, and identification of the products. To illustrate the usefulness of the new imprinted material, the non-imprinted coated Mn:ZnS QDs (Mn:ZnS QDs@NIP) were synthesized without the presence of the florfenicol. It was revealed that the fluorescence (FL) intensity of the Mn:ZnS QDs@MIP increased with increasing the FF concentration. Under the optimal conditions, changes in the FL intensity in the presence of the target molecule showed a linear response in the concentration range of 30-700 μmol L- 1 with a detection limit of 24 μmol L- 1. The developed method was finally applied successfully to the determination of FF in different meat samples with satisfactory recoveries.

  17. Compare of the electronic structures of F- and Ir-doped SmFeAsO

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    Zhang, Y.; Cheng, C. H.; Chen, Y. L.; Cui, Y. J.; You, W. G.; Zhang, H.; Zhao, Y.

    2010-11-01

    The electronic structures of Fe-based superconductor SmFeAsO1-xFx and SmFe1-yIryAsO are compared through X-ray photoemission spectroscopy in this study. With fluorine or iridium doping, the electronic structure and chemical environment of the SmFeAsO system were changed. The fluorine was doped at an oxygen site which introduced electrons to a reservoir Sm-O layer. The iridium was doped at an Fe site which introduced electrons to a conduction Fe-As layer directly. In a parent material SmFeAsO, the magnetic ordering corresponding to Fe3d in the low-spin state is suppressed by both fluorine and iridium doping through suppressing the magnetism of 3d itinerant electrons. Compared to fluorine doping, iridium doping affected superconductivity more significantly due to an iridium-induced disorder in FeAs layers.

  18. Electrochemical sensing behaviour of Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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    Suresh, R.; Giribabu, K.; Manigandan, R.; Vijayalakshmi, L.; Stephen, A.; Narayanan, V.

    2014-01-01

    Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by simple hydrothermal method. The prepared nanomaterials were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, DRS-UV-Visible spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The XRD confirms the phase purity of the synthesized Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The optical property of Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles were studied by DRS UV-Visible analysis. The electrochemical sensing property of pure and Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles were examined using uric acid as an analyte. The obtained results indicated that the Ni doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles exhibited higher electrocatalytic activity towards uric acid.

  19. Preparation of Photoluminescence Tunable Cu-doped AgInS2 and AgInS2/ZnS Nanocrystals and Their Application as Cellular Imaging Probes.

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    Chen, Siqi; Demillo, Violeta; Lu, Minggen; Zhu, Xiaoshan

    In this work, high-quality Cu doped AIS and AIS/ZnS NCs have been first synthesized via a surface doping approach. By varying Cu concentrations in doping, Cu doped AIS NCs exhibit a photoluminescence red-shift from around 600 nm to 660 nm with a decrease of quantum yield from around 30% to 20%. After ZnS coating or zinc etching on the Cu doped AIS NCs, Cu doped AIS/ZnS NCs present photoluminescence peaks from around 570 nm to 610 nm and high quantum yields in the range of 50 ~ 60%. Moreover, it is found that Cu doping can prolong the photoluminescence lifetime of NCs, and the average photoluminescence lifetime of Cu doped AIS and AIS/ZnS NCs is in the range of 300 ~ 500 ns. The resultant Cu doped AIS/ZnS NCs were further encapsulated with amphiphilic polymers and used as biocompatible photoluminescent probes in cellular imaging. The cellular imaging study shows that peptide-conjugated probes can specifically target U-87 brain tumor cells and thus they can be applied to the detection of endogenous targets expressed on brain tumor cells.

  20. Spin-valve magnetization reversal obtained by N-doping in Fe/insulator/Fe trilayers

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    Georgieva, M T [Joule Physics Laboratory, Institute for Materials Research, University of Salford, Salford (United Kingdom); Telling, N D [Joule Physics Laboratory, Institute for Materials Research, University of Salford, Salford (United Kingdom); Jones, G A [Joule Physics Laboratory, Institute for Materials Research, University of Salford, Salford (United Kingdom); Grundy, P J [Joule Physics Laboratory, Institute for Materials Research, University of Salford, Salford (United Kingdom); Hase, T P A [Department of Physics, University of Durham, South Road, Durham (United Kingdom); Tanner, B K [Department of Physics, University of Durham, South Road, Durham (United Kingdom)

    2003-02-05

    The effect of N-doping on the microstructure and coercivity of the 'free' Fe layer in Fe/insulator/Fe trilayers has been examined. It was found that N-doping leads to a magnetic softening of the Fe layer and a corresponding reduction in the grain size. Hard/soft spin-valve trilayers, showing good independent layer reversal, were obtained using N-doped and undoped Fe layers. Ferromagnetic interlayer coupling was found in these trilayers that could be well described by a Neel coupling mechanism. Nonuniform reversal of the harder Fe layer, once incorporated in the trilayer, was also observed and could be reproduced using a simple model in which local variations in the interlayer coupling energy are considered. Such variations are likely to be caused by structural inhomogeneity in the films. N-doping is potentially important as a method for tailoring the coercivity of the 'free' layer in spin-valves comprising high-polarization magnetic materials.

  1. Ferromagnetic Behaviors in Fe-Doped NiO Nanofibers Synthesized by Electrospinning Method

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    Yi-Dong Luo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Ni1−xFexO nanofibers with different Fe doping concentration have been synthesized by electrospinning method. An analysis of the phase composition and microstructure shows that Fe doping has no influence on the crystal structure and morphology of NiO nanofibers, which reveals that the doped Fe ions have been incorporated into the NiO host lattice. Pure NiO without Fe doping is antiferromagnetic, yet all the Fe-doped NiO nanofiber samples show obvious room-temperature ferromagnetic properties. The saturation magnetization of the nanofibers can be enhanced with increasing Fe doping concentration, which can be ascribed to the double exchange mechanism through the doped Fe ions and free charge carriers. In addition, it was found that the diameter of nanofibers has significant impact on the ferromagnetic properties, which was discussed in detail.

  2. Ir doping-induced superconductivity in the SmFeAsO system.

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    Chen, Yong Liang; Cheng, Cui Hua; Cui, Ya Jing; Zhang, Han; Zhang, Yong; Yang, Ye; Zhao, Yong

    2009-08-05

    The 5d transition metal Ir is successfully doped for Fe in SmFeAsO to induce superconductivity with T(c) = 16 K at a doping level of approximately 15 atom %. Ir doping decreases the As-Fe-As bond angle, beta; this behavior is different from the change in beta for the system with doping charges in the charge-reservoir layers.

  3. Magnetization dynamics in rare earth doped NiFe films

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    Kiessling, Matthias; Woltersdorf, Georg; Back, Christian [Institut fuer Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik, Universitaet Regensburg, D- 93040 Regensburg (Germany); Thiele, Jan-Ulrich; Schabes, Manfred [Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, 3403 Yerba Buena Road, San Jose, CA 95135 (United States)

    2007-07-01

    The influence of rare earth dopants on the damping parameter and the resulting possibility to control this parameter were investigated. In our experiments NiFe films were doped with Dysprosium, Holmium, Terbium, and Gadolinium. The magnetization dynamics of these rare earth doped films was mainly studied by means of ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) and network-analyzer ferromagnetic resonance. It is demonstrated that the doping of a NiFe film by a small amount of rare earth elements (Holmium, Terbium and Dysprosium) greatly effects its magnetic relaxation rate. This additional damping is proportional to the doping level. Compared to the pure NiFe film it is possible to increase the damping parameter of the magnetic film by two orders of magnitude. On the other hand Gadolinium as a dopant has no influence on the damping parameter. For small dopant concentrations the in and out-of-plane FMR measurements at various frequencies can be well described by the same damping parameter. This is expected for the Gilbert damping term in the equation of motion. Therefore the increased damping can be attributed to an increased rate of transfer of angular momentum from the spin system to the lattice.

  4. Electrochemical sensing property of Mn doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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    Suresh, R.; Giribabu, K.; Manigandan, R.; Vijayalakshmi, L.; Stephen, A.; Narayanan, V.

    2013-02-01

    The Mn doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, UV-Visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The electrochemical sensing property of pure and Mn doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles were examined using uric acid (UA) as an analyte. The obtained results indicated that the Mn doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles exhibited higher electrocatalytic activity towards UA.

  5. Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of the Fe-doped GaP nanotubes.

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    Hajiheidari, Farideh; Abbasian, Hamed; Mohammadi, Mahnaz

    2014-07-01

    In this work we aimed to study the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of the Fe-doped GaP nanotubes (GaPNTs). The method, utilized in this work is based on first-principle calculations that are applied to the case studies; (5,5) armchair, (8,0) zigzag GaPNTs, and Fe-doped GaPNTs. The results of simulation show that there is distortion around Fe impurity with respect to the pristine GaPNTs for Fe-doped (5,5) and (8,0) GaPNTs. The total density of states (DOS) indicates that Fe-doped GaPNTs show the metal behavior. Furthermore, it is perceived that both Fe-doped (5,5) and (8,0) GaPNTs are magnetic systems while pristine GaPNTs do not show magnetic behavior. The study suggests that such Fe-doped nanotubes may be useful in nanomagnets and spintronics.

  6. Fe-doped TiO 2 thin films

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    Mardare, Diana; Nica, Valentin; Teodorescu, Cristian-Mihail; Macovei, Dan

    2007-09-01

    The reactive sputtering technique was used to obtain undoped and Fe-doped TiO 2 thin films deposited on glass substrates. At 250 °C substrate temperature, undoped TiO 2 films crystallize in a mixed rutile/anatase phase, while Fe-doped films exhibit the rutile phase only. Presence of Fe 3+ ions into the TiO 2 lattice is suggested by the intensity variation of forbidden 1s → 3d transitions between the Ti and Fe K-edges. Ti K-edge EXAFS data are assessed to a mixture of the two kinds of surroundings, a rutile-like crystalline phase, identified also by X-ray diffraction, and a nanosized or amorphous anatase-like surrounding. The local atomic order about Fe atoms is quite different and could be related also to an amorphous phase. The Swanepoel method is used to obtain the dispersion of the refractive index below the interband absorption edge. The dispersion energy, the single-oscillator energy and the coordination number of the Ti atoms are evaluated using the single-oscillator model (Wemple-DiDomenico).

  7. Formation and stability of manganese-doped ZnS quantum dot monolayers determined by QCM-D and streaming potential measurements.

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    Oćwieja, Magdalena; Matras-Postołek, Katarzyna; Maciejewska-Prończuk, Julia; Morga, Maria; Adamczyk, Zbigniew; Sovinska, Svitlana; Żaba, Adam; Gajewska, Marta; Król, Tomasz; Cupiał, Klaudia; Bredol, Michael

    2017-10-01

    Manganese-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) stabilized by cysteamine hydrochloride were successfully synthesized. Their thorough physicochemical characteristics were acquired using UV-Vis absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The average particle size, derived from HR-TEM, was 3.1nm, which agrees with the hydrodynamic diameter acquired by DLS, that was equal to 3-4nm, depending on ionic strength. The quantum dots also exhibited a large positive zeta potential varying between 75 and 36mV for ionic strength of 10(-4) and 10(-2)M, respectively (at pH 6.2) and an intense luminescent emission at 590nm. The quantum yield was equal to 31% and the optical band gap energy was equal to 4.26eV. The kinetics of QD monolayer formation on silica substrates (silica sensors and oxidized silicon wafers) under convection-controlled transport was quantitatively evaluated by the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and the streaming potential measurements. A high stability of the monolayer for ionic strength 10(-4) and 10(-2)M was confirmed in these measurements. The experimental data were adequately reflected by the extended random sequential adsorption model (eRSA). Additionally, thorough electrokinetic characteristics of the QD monolayers and their stability for various ionic strengths and pH were acquired by streaming potential measurements carried out under in situ conditions. These results were quantitatively interpreted in terms of the three-dimensional (3D) electrokinetic model that furnished bulk zeta potential of particles for high ionic strengths that is impractical by other experimental techniques. It is concluded that these results can be used for designing of biosensors of controlled monolayer structure capable to bind various ligands via covalent as well as electrostatic interactions

  8. Capping of Mn-Doped ZnS Quantum Dots with DHLA for Their Stabilization in Aqueous Media: Determination of the Nanoparticle Number Concentration and Surface Ligand Density.

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    Garcia-Cortes, Marta; Sotelo González, Emma; Fernández-Argüelles, María T; Encinar, Jorge Ruiz; Costa-Fernández, José M; Sanz-Medel, Alfredo

    2017-06-27

    Colloidal Mn(2+)-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized, surface modified, and thoroughly characterized using a pool of complementary techniques. Cap exchange of the native l-cysteine coating of the QDs with dihydrolipoic acid (DHLA) ligands is proposed as a strategy to produce nanocrystals with a strong phosphorescent-type emission and improved aqueous stability. Moreover, such a stable DHLA coating can facilitate further bioconjugation of these QDs to biomolecules using established reagents such as cross-linker molecules. First, a structural and morphological characterization of the l-cysteine QD core was performed by resorting to complementary techniques, including X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and microscopy tools. XRD patterns provided information about the local structure of ions within the nanocrystal structure and the number of metal atoms constituting the core of a QD. The judicious combination of the data obtained from these complementary characterization tools with the analysis of the QDs using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) allowed us to assess the number concentration of nanoparticles in an aqueous sample, a key parameter when such materials are going to be used in bioanalytical or toxicological studies. Asymmetric flow field-flow fractionation (AF4) coupled online to ICP-MS detection proved to be an invaluable tool to compute the number of DHLA molecules attached to the surface of a single QD, a key feature that is difficult to estimate in nanoparticles and that critically affects the behavior of nanoparticles when entering the biological media (e.g., cellular uptake, biodistribution, or protein corona formation). This hybrid technique also allowed us to demonstrate that the elemental composition of the nanoparticle core remains unaffected after the ligand exchange process. Finally, the photostability and robustness of the DHLA-capped QDs, critical parameters for bioanalytical applications, were assessed by molecular

  9. Mn-doped ZnS quantum dot imbedded two-fragment imprinting silica for enhanced room temperature phosphorescence probing of domoic acid.

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    Dan, Li; Wang, He-Fang

    2013-05-21

    A novel strategy was presented to construct the enhanced molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP)-based room temperature phosphorescence (RTP) probe by combining the RTP of Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (Mn-ZnS QDs) and two-fragment imprinting. Two fragments or structurally similar parts of the target analytes were used as the dummy templates. Polyethyleneimine capped Mn-ZnS (PEI-Mn-ZnS) QDs, offering the binding sites to interact with the carboxyl groups of templates, were imbedded into MIPs by the hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane. The rebinding of the target analytes to their fragments' cavities (recognition sites) modulated the selective aggregation of Mn-ZnS QDs in QDs-MIPs and resulted in the RTP enhancement. This new method was suitable for the selective enhanced RTP detection of nonphosphorescent analytes without any derivatization and inducers. The proposed methodology was applied to construct the high selective enhanced MIP-based RTP probe for domoic acid (DA) detection. The RTP enhancement of two-fragment imprinting silica was about 2 times of one-fragment imprinting silica and 4 times of the nonimprinting silica. The two-fragment imprinting silica exhibited the linear RTP enhancement to DA in the range of 0.25-3.5 μM in buffer and 0.25-1.5 μM in shellfish sample. The precision for 11 replicate detections of 1.25 μM DA was 0.65% (RSD), and the limit of detection was 67 nM in buffer and 2.0 μg g(-1) wet weight (w/w) in shellfish sample.

  10. Chemical Precipitation Synthesis of Ferric Chloride Doped Zinc Sulphide Nanoparticles and Their Characterization Studies

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    Theivasanthi, T; Alagar, M; 10.7598/cst2013.207

    2013-01-01

    Nanoparticles of Ferric Chloride doped ZnS has been synthesized by simple chemical precipitation method and characterized by XRD, SEM, UV-Vis analysis, Differential Thermal Analysis, Thermo Gravimetric Analysis and Differential Scanning Calorimetry. XRD patterns of the samples reveal particle size, specific surface area and the formation of cubic structure. The SEM images show that the cauliflower likes structure. Optical band gap values have been obtained from UV-Vis absorption spectra. It has also been found that energy band gap (Eg) increases with the increase in molar concentration of reactant solution. Thermal analysis measurement of the prepared sample shows that the thermal stability of pure ZnS is decreased due to increase in Ferric Chloride concentration. Undoped ZnS is more thermal stable when compared to FeCl3 doped ZnS.

  11. Effect of ZnS nanoparticles on the photoluminescence of Sm3+ ions in methanol

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    Kakoti, D.; Rajkonwar, N.; Dehingia, N.; Boruah, A.; Gogoi, P.; Dutta, P.

    2016-10-01

    ZnS nanoparticles co-doped with Sm3+ ions were prepared in methanol medium for fixed Sm3+ and varying ZnS concentrations. Enhancements in absorption as well as photoluminescence efficiency of the co-doped samples were observed. This enhanced efficiency is attributed to the effective increase in oscillator strengths of the Sm3+ transitions because of the addition of ZnS nanoparticles.

  12. Hydrogenation Properties of TiFe Doped with Zirconium

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    Catherine Gosselin

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this study was to optimize the activation behaviour of hydrogen storage alloy TiFe. We found that the addition of a small amount of Zr in TiFe alloy greatly reduces the hydrogenation activation time. Two different procedural synthesis methods were applied: co-melt, where the TiFe was melted and afterward re-melted with the addition of Zr, and single-melt, where Ti, Fe and Zr were melted together in one single operation. The co-melted sample absorbed hydrogen at its maximum capacity in less than three hours without any pre-treatment. The single-melted alloy absorbed its maximum capacity in less than seven hours, also without pre-treatment. The reason for discrepancies between co-melt and single-melt alloys was found to be the different microstructure. The effect of air exposure was also investigated. We found that the air-exposed samples had the same maximum capacity as the argon protected samples but with a slightly longer incubation time, which is probably due to the presence of a dense surface oxide layer. Scanning electron microscopy revealed the presence of a rich Zr intergranular phase in the TiFe matrix, which is responsible for the enhanced hydrogenation properties of these Zr-doped TiFe alloys.

  13. Hydrogenation Properties of TiFe Doped with Zirconium.

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    Gosselin, Catherine; Huot, Jacques

    2015-11-20

    The goal of this study was to optimize the activation behaviour of hydrogen storage alloy TiFe. We found that the addition of a small amount of Zr in TiFe alloy greatly reduces the hydrogenation activation time. Two different procedural synthesis methods were applied: co-melt, where the TiFe was melted and afterward re-melted with the addition of Zr, and single-melt, where Ti, Fe and Zr were melted together in one single operation. The co-melted sample absorbed hydrogen at its maximum capacity in less than three hours without any pre-treatment. The single-melted alloy absorbed its maximum capacity in less than seven hours, also without pre-treatment. The reason for discrepancies between co-melt and single-melt alloys was found to be the different microstructure. The effect of air exposure was also investigated. We found that the air-exposed samples had the same maximum capacity as the argon protected samples but with a slightly longer incubation time, which is probably due to the presence of a dense surface oxide layer. Scanning electron microscopy revealed the presence of a rich Zr intergranular phase in the TiFe matrix, which is responsible for the enhanced hydrogenation properties of these Zr-doped TiFe alloys.

  14. Structural, optical and electronic properties of Fe doped ZnO thin films

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    Singh, Karmvir; Devi, Vanita; Dhar, Rakesh; Mohan, Devendra

    2015-09-01

    Fe doped ZnO thin films have been deposited by pulsed laser deposition technique on quartz substrate to study structural, optical and electronic structure using XRD, AFM, UV-visible and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. XRD study reveals that Fe doping has considerable effect on stress, strain, grain size and crystallinity of thin films. UV-visible study determines that band gap of pristine ZnO decreases with Fe doping, which can be directly correlated to transition tail width and grain size. Change in electronic structure with Fe doping has been examined by XAS study.

  15. Sulphur mustard degradation on zirconium doped Ti-Fe oxides.

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    Štengla, Václav; Grygar, Tomáš Matys; Opluštil, František; Němec, Tomáš

    2011-09-15

    Zirconium doped mixed nanodispersive oxides of Ti and Fe were prepared by homogeneous hydrolysis of sulphate salts with urea in aqueous solutions. Synthesized nanodispersive metal oxide hydroxides were characterised as the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and Barrett-Joiner-Halenda porosity (BJH), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) microanalysis, and acid-base titration. These oxides were taken for an experimental evaluation of their reactivity with sulphur mustard (chemical warfare agent HD or bis(2-chloroethyl)sulphide). The presence of Zr(4+) dopant tends to increase both the surface area and the surface hydroxylation of the resulting doped oxides in such a manner that it can contribute to enabling the substrate adsorption at the oxide surface and thus accelerate the rate of degradation of warfare agents. The addition of Zr(4+) to the hydrolysis of ferric sulphate with urea shifts the reaction route and promotes formation of goethite at the expense of ferrihydrite. We discovered that Zr(4+) doped oxo-hydroxides of Ti and Fe exhibit a higher degradation activity towards sulphur mustard than any other yet reported reactive sorbents. The reaction rate constant of the slower parallel reaction of the most efficient reactive sorbents is increased with the increasing amount of surface base sites.

  16. Anomalous Hall effect in Cr doped FeSi

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    Yadam, Sankararao, E-mail: sankararao.yadam@gmail.com; Lakhani, Archana; Singh, Durgesh; Prasad, Rudra; Ganesan, V. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore-452001 (India)

    2016-05-23

    Investigations of economically affordable bulk materials for the spin based electronics are in huge demand. In this direction, electrical and Hall transport properties of the polycrystalline Cr doped Kondo insulator FeSi, i.e Fe{sub 0.975}Cr{sub 0.025}Si is reported. Well agreement between temperature dependence of the Hall and linear resistivity are observed. The observed minimum at ~19 K in the resistivity is attributed to the ferromagnetic transition temperature (T{sub C}). Anomalous Hall resistivity is seen in the itinerant ferromagnet, Fe{sub 0.975}Cr{sub 0.025}Si well below the T{sub C}. The obtained Hall resistivity is comparable with that of the spintronic material Fe{sub 0.9}Co{sub 0.1}Si. The present study proves that the electrical transport properties of bulk materials made by low cost elements such as Fe, Cr and Si exhibits large magnetic field effects and are useful for the spintronics applications, unlike spintronics material (Ga, Mn)As that demand higher costs.

  17. High-temperature ferromagnetism in heavily Fe-doped ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga,Fe)Sb

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    Tu, Nguyen Thanh [Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Department of Physics, Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy, 280, An Duong Vuong Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City 748242 (Viet Nam); Hai, Pham Nam [Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro, Tokyo 152-0033 (Japan); Center for Spintronics Research Network (CSRN), The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Anh, Le Duc [Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Tanaka, Masaaki [Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Center for Spintronics Research Network (CSRN), The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)

    2016-05-09

    We show high-temperature ferromagnetism in heavily Fe-doped ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga{sub 1−x},Fe{sub x})Sb (x = 23% and 25%) thin films grown by low-temperature molecular beam epitaxy. Magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy and anomalous Hall effect measurements indicate intrinsic ferromagnetism of these samples. The Curie temperature reaches 300 K and 340 K for x = 23% and 25%, respectively, which are the highest values reported so far in intrinsic III-V ferromagnetic semiconductors.

  18. First principles study of magneto-optical properties of Fe-doped ZnO

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    Shaoqiang, Guo; Qingyu, Hou; Zhenchao, Xu; Chunwang, Zhao

    2016-12-01

    Studies on optical band gaps and absorption spectra of Fe-doped ZnO have conflicting conclusions, such as contradictory redshifted and blueshifted spectra. To solve this contradiction, we constructed models of un-doped and Fe-doped ZnO using first-principles theory and optimized the geometry of the three models. Electronic structures and absorption spectra were also calculated using the GGA+U method. Higher doping content of Fe resulted in larger volume of doped system, and higher total energy resulted in lower stability. Higher formation energy also led to more difficult doping. Meanwhile, the band gaps broadened and the absorption spectra exhibited an evident blue shift. The calculations were in good agreement with the experimental results. Given the unipolar structure of ZnO, four possible magnetic coupling configurations for Zn14Fe2O16 were calculated to investigate the magnetic properties. Results suggest that Fe doping can improve ferromagnetism in the ZnO system and that ferromagnetic stabilization was mediated by p-d exchange interaction between Fe-3d and O-2p orbitals. Therefore, the doped system is expected to obtain high stability and high Curie temperature of diluted magnetic semiconductor material, which are useful as theoretical bases for the design and preparation of the Fe-doped ZnO system's magneto-optical properties.

  19. Synthesis of Fe Doped ZnO Nanowire Arrays that Detect Formaldehyde Gas.

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    Jeon, Yoo Sang; Seo, Hyo Won; Kim, Su Hyo; Kim, Young Keun

    2016-05-01

    Owing to their chemical and thermal stability and doping effects on providing electrons to the conduction band, doped ZnO nanowires have generated interest for use in electronic devices. Here we report hydrothermally grown Fe-doped ZnO nanowires and their gas-sensing properties. The synthesized nanowires have a high crystallinity and are 60 nm in diameter and 1.7 μm in length. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) are employed to understand the doping effects on the microstructures and gas sensing properties. When the Fe-doped ZnO nanowire arrays were evaluated for gas sensing, responses were recorded through changes in temperature and gas concentration. Gas sensors consisting of ZnO nanowires doped with 3-5 at.% Fe showed optimum formaldehyde (HCHO) sensing performance at each working temperature.

  20. Electrochemical sensing behaviour of Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles

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    Suresh, R.; Giribabu, K.; Manigandan, R.; Narayanan, V., E-mail: vnnara@yahoo.co.in [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai 600 025 (India); Vijayalakshmi, L. [Annai Veilankanni' s College for Women (Arts and Science), Saidapet, Chennai 600015 (India); Stephen, A. [Department of Nuclear Physics, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai 600 025 (India)

    2014-01-28

    Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized by simple hydrothermal method. The prepared nanomaterials were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, DRS-UV-Visible spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The XRD confirms the phase purity of the synthesized Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The optical property of Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were studied by DRS UV-Visible analysis. The electrochemical sensing property of pure and Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were examined using uric acid as an analyte. The obtained results indicated that the Ni doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles exhibited higher electrocatalytic activity towards uric acid.

  1. Synthesis of Fe-doped NiO nanofibers using electrospinning method and their ferromagnetic properties

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    Liu, Shaohui; Jia, Jianfeng; Wang, Jiao; Liu, Shijiang; Wang, Xinchang; Song, Hongzhang; Hu, Xing

    2012-07-01

    To make p-type diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS), Ni1-xFexO nanofibers with different Fe doping concentrations have been successfully synthesized by electrospinning method using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and Ni(CH3COO)2·4H2O as starting materials. The nanofibers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, superconductivity quantum interference device (SQUID) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) test. The results show that Fe doping has no influence on the diameter and surface morphology of NiO nanofibers, and the nanofibers are polycrystalline with NaCl structure. All Fe-doped samples show obvious ferromagnetic properties and the saturation magnetization is enhanced with increase of the doping concentration of Fe, which indicates that the doped Fe has been incorporated into the NiO host and results in room-temperature ferromagnetism in the Ni1-xFexO nanofibers.

  2. Sulphur mustard degradation on zirconium doped Ti-Fe oxides

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    Stengl, Vaclav, E-mail: stengl@iic.cas.cz [Department of Solid State Chemistry, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry AS CR v.v.i 250 68 Husinec-Rez (Czech Republic); Grygar, Tomas Matys [Department of Solid State Chemistry, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry AS CR v.v.i 250 68 Husinec-Rez (Czech Republic); Oplustil, Frantisek; Nemec, Tomas [Military Technical Institute of Protection Brno Veslarska 230, 628 00 Brno (Czech Republic)

    2011-09-15

    Highlights: {yields} New stechiometric materials for sulphur mustard degradation. {yields} High degree of degradation, more then 95% h{sup -1}. {yields} One-pot synthesis procedure. - Abstract: Zirconium doped mixed nanodispersive oxides of Ti and Fe were prepared by homogeneous hydrolysis of sulphate salts with urea in aqueous solutions. Synthesized nanodispersive metal oxide hydroxides were characterised as the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and Barrett-Joiner-Halenda porosity (BJH), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) microanalysis, and acid-base titration. These oxides were taken for an experimental evaluation of their reactivity with sulphur mustard (chemical warfare agent HD or bis(2-chloroethyl)sulphide). The presence of Zr{sup 4+} dopant tends to increase both the surface area and the surface hydroxylation of the resulting doped oxides in such a manner that it can contribute to enabling the substrate adsorption at the oxide surface and thus accelerate the rate of degradation of warfare agents. The addition of Zr{sup 4+} to the hydrolysis of ferric sulphate with urea shifts the reaction route and promotes formation of goethite at the expense of ferrihydrite. We discovered that Zr{sup 4+} doped oxo-hydroxides of Ti and Fe exhibit a higher degradation activity towards sulphur mustard than any other yet reported reactive sorbents. The reaction rate constant of the slower parallel reaction of the most efficient reactive sorbents is increased with the increasing amount of surface base sites.

  3. Nuclear magnetic resonance study of pure and Ni/Co doped LiFeAs

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    Grafe, Hans-Joachim; Baek, Seung-Ho; Hammerath, Franziska; Graefe, Uwe; Utz, Yannic; Harnagea, L.; Nacke, Claudia; Aswartham, Saicharan; Wurmehl, Sabine; Buechner, Bernd [Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung, Dresden (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    We present Nuclear Magnetic and Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NMR/NQR) measurements on pure, Ni and Co doped LiFeAs single crystals. The parent compound LiFeAs exhibits unconventional superconductivity with a transition temperature of about 17 K. Unlike other Fe based superconductors, where superconductivity is induced or stabilized by Co or Ni doping, replacement of Fe by these elements leads to a suppression of the superconducting transition temperature in LiFeAs. In case of Ni doping, a bulk magnetic order is induced below about 160 K. In contrast, for Co doping, the superconducting transition temperature is only reduced, but no magnetic order is observed. We discuss the nature and the origin of this magnetic order and its relation to unconventional superconductivity in pure LiFeAs.

  4. Improved gas sensing and dielectric properties of Fe doped hydroxyapatite thick films: Effect of molar concentrations

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    Mene, Ravindra U. [PDEA' s, Annasaheb Waghire College of Science, Arts and Commerce, Otur 412409, M.S. (India); School of Physical Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded 431606, M.S. (India); Mahabole, Megha P. [School of Physical Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded 431606, M.S. (India); Mohite, K.C. [Haribhai. V. Desai College, Pune 411002, M.S. (India); Khairnar, Rajendra S., E-mail: rskhairnarsps@gmail.com [School of Physical Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded 431606, M.S. (India)

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • We report improved gas sensing and dielectric characteristics of Fe ion exchanged HAp films. • Fe doped HAp film shows maximum gas response at relatively lower temperature. • Response and gas uptake capacity of sensors is improved for appropriate amount of Fe ions in HAp matrix. • Fe-HAp films exhibit remarkable improvement in dielectric properties compared to pure HAp. • Fe doped HAp films show significant improvement in gas sensing as well as in dielectric properties. - Abstract: In the present work Fe doped hydroxyapatite (Fe-HAp) thick films has been successfully utilized to improve the gas sensing as well as its dielectric properties. Initially, HAp nano powder is synthesized by chemical precipitation process and later on Fe ions are doped in HAp by ion exchange process. Structural and morphological modifications are observed by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis. The sensing parameters such as operating temperature, response/recovery time and gas uptake capacity are experimentally determined. The Fe-HAp (0.05 M) film shows improved CO and CO{sub 2} gas sensing capacity at lower operating temperature compared to pure HAp. Moreover, variation of dielectric constant and dielectric loss for pure and Fe-HAp thick films are studied as a function of frequency in the range of 10 Hz–1 MHz. The study reveals that Fe doped HAp thick films improve the sensing and dielectric characteristics as compared to pure HAp.

  5. Tuning photoluminescence of ZnS nanoparticles by silver

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    A Murugadoss; Arun Chattopadhyay

    2008-06-01

    We report the results of investigation of the interaction of silver with presynthesized ZnS nanoparticles (NPs) that was stabilized by cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). The photoluminescence properties of ZnS NPs were followed in the presence of Ag+ ions, Ag NPs and by the synthesis of Ag@ZnS core-shell nanoparticles. We observed that CTAB stabilized ZnS NPs emitted broadly in the region from 350–450 nm, when excited by 309 nm light. In the presence of Ag+ ions the emission peak intensity up to 400 nm was reduced, while two new and stronger peaks at 430 nm and 550 nm appeared. Similar results were obtained when Ag NPs solution was added to ZnS solution. However, when Ag@ZnS NPs were synthesized, the emission in the 350–450 nm region was much weaker in comparison to that at 540 nm, which itself appeared at a wavelength shorter than that of Ag+ ion added ZnS NPs. The observations have been explained by the presence of interstitial sulfur and Zn2+, especially near the surface of the nanocrystals and their interaction with various forms of silver. In addition, our observations suggest that Ag+ ions diffuse into the lattice of the preformed ZnS NPs just like the formation of Ag+ doped ZnS NPs and thus changes the emission characteristics. We also have pursued similar experiments with addition of Mn2+ ions to ZnS and observed similar results of emission characteristics of Mn2+ doped ZnS NPs. We expect that results would stimulate further research interests in the development of fluoremetric metal ion sensors based on interaction with quantum dots.

  6. Control of the competition between a magnetic phase and a superconducting phase in cobalt-doped and nickel-doped NaFeAs using electron count.

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    Parker, Dinah R; Smith, Matthew J P; Lancaster, Tom; Steele, Andrew J; Franke, Isabel; Baker, Peter J; Pratt, Francis L; Pitcher, Michael J; Blundell, Stephen J; Clarke, Simon J

    2010-02-05

    Using a combination of neutron, muon, and synchrotron techniques we show how the magnetic state in NaFeAs can be tuned into superconductivity by replacing Fe by either Co or Ni. The electron count is the dominant factor, since Ni doping has double the effect of Co doping for the same doping level. We follow the structural, magnetic, and superconducting properties as a function of doping to show how the superconducting state evolves, concluding that the addition of 0.1 electrons per Fe atom is sufficient to traverse the superconducting domain, and that magnetic order coexists with superconductivity at doping levels less than 0.025 electrons per Fe atom.

  7. Hazardous Doping for Photo-Electrochemical Conversion: The Case of Nb-Doped Fe2O3 from First Principles

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    Natav Yatom

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The challenge of improving the efficiency of photo-electrochemical devices is often addressed through doping. However, this strategy could harm performance. Specifically, as demonstrated in a recent experiment, doping one of the most widely used materials for water splitting, iron (III oxide (Fe2O3, with niobium (Nb can still result in limited efficiency. In order to better understand the hazardous effect of doping, we use Density Functional Theory (DFT+U for the case of Nb-doped Fe2O3. We find a direct correlation between the charge of the dopant, the charge on surface of the Fe2O3 material, and the overpotential required for water oxidation reaction. We believe that this work contributes to advancing our understanding of how to select effective dopants for materials.

  8. Compare of the electronic structures of F- and Ir-doped SmFeAsO

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    Zhang, Y. [Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology of Materials (Ministry of Education), Superconductivity R and D Center, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Cheng, C.H. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, NSW (Australia); Chen, Y.L.; Cui, Y.J.; You, W.G. [Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology of Materials (Ministry of Education), Superconductivity R and D Center, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Zhang, H. [Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Zhao, Y., E-mail: yzhao@swjtu.edu.c [Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology of Materials (Ministry of Education), Superconductivity R and D Center, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, NSW (Australia)

    2010-11-01

    The electronic structures of Fe-based superconductor SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} and SmFe{sub 1-y}Ir{sub y}AsO are compared through X-ray photoemission spectroscopy in this study. With fluorine or iridium doping, the electronic structure and chemical environment of the SmFeAsO system were changed. The fluorine was doped at an oxygen site which introduced electrons to a reservoir Sm-O layer. The iridium was doped at an Fe site which introduced electrons to a conduction Fe-As layer directly. In a parent material SmFeAsO, the magnetic ordering corresponding to Fe3d in the low-spin state is suppressed by both fluorine and iridium doping through suppressing the magnetism of 3d itinerant electrons. Compared to fluorine doping, iridium doping affected superconductivity more significantly due to an iridium-induced disorder in FeAs layers.

  9. Photoluminescence quenching and enhanced spin relaxation in Fe doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Ovhal, Manoj M.; Santhosh Kumar, A. [Department of Materials Engineering, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Girinagar, Pune 411025 (India); Khullar, Prerna [School of Materials Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221005 (India); Kumar, Manjeet [Department of Materials Engineering, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Girinagar, Pune 411025 (India); Abhyankar, A.C., E-mail: ashutoshabhyankar@gmail.com [Department of Materials Engineering, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Girinagar, Pune 411025 (India)

    2017-07-01

    Cost-effective ultrasonically assisted precipitation method is utilized to synthesize Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) at room temperature and the effect of Iron (Fe) doping on structural, optical and spin relaxation properties also presented. As-synthesized pure and Fe doped ZnO NPs possess a perfect hexagonal growth habit of wurtzite zinc oxide, along the (101) direction of preference. With Fe doping, ‘c/a’ ratio and compressive lattice strain in ZnO NPs are found to reduce and increase, respectively. Raman studies demonstrate that the E{sub 1} longitudinal optical (LO) vibrational mode is very weak in pure which remarkably enhanced with Fe doping into ZnO NPs. The direct band gap energy (E{sub g}) of the ZnO NPs has been increased from 3.02 eV to 3.11 eV with Fe doping. A slight red-shift observed with strong green emission band, in photoluminescence spectra, is strongly quenched in 6 wt.% Fe doped ZnO NPs. The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) reveals spherical shape of ZnO NPs with 60–70 nm, which reduces substantially on Fe doping. The energy dispersive X-ray spectrum and elemental mapping confirms the homogeneous distribution of Fe in ZnO NPs. Moreover, the specific relaxation rate (R{sub 2sp} = 1/T{sub 2}) has been measured using Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill (CPMG) method and found to be maximum in 6 wt.% Fe doped ZnO NPs. Further, the correlation of structural, optical and dynamic properties is proposed. - Highlights: • Pure ZnO and Fe doped ZnO NPs were successfully prepared by cost effective ultrasonically assisted precipitation method. • The optical band gap of ZnO has been enhanced form 3.02–3.11 eV with Fe doping. • PL quenching behaviour has been observed with Fe{sup 3+} ions substitution in ZnO lattice. • Specific relaxation rate (R{sub 2sp} = 1/T{sub 2}) has been varied with Fe doping and found to be maximum in 6 wt.% Fe doped ZnO NPs.

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

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    Young Rang Uhm

    2013-01-01

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

  11. First-principle Calculations of V/Fe Doped Anatase TiO2

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    CAO Hong-hong; CHEN Qiang; WANG Tian-min

    2006-01-01

    The electronic structures of the titanium dioxide(TiO2) doped with V and Fe were analyzed by using first-principle calculations based on the density functional theory(DFT) with the full potential linearized augmented plane wave method (FP-LAPW). The fully optimized structure and the relaxation introduced by impurity were obtained by minimizing the total energy and atomic forces. The unit cell of the V-doped anatase TiO2 is smaller than that of the non-doped one, but for the Fe-doped one, the case is just the opposite. It is found that the apical Ti-O and impurity-O bond lengths of the V/Fe-doped anatase TiO2 are greater than those of the non-doped structure, but smaller for the equatorial bond length. Through the band structures and the density of states, the V-doped TiO2 is shown to be a kind of half-metal, while the Fe-doped TiO2 a kind of metal. The magnetic moments of the V/Fe-doped system are mainly generated by the dopants. The results may be helpful for us to understand the experimental outcome of this system.

  12. Effect of thermal treatment in vacuum on Fe-doped SnO{sub 2} powders

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    Bilovol, V. [Laboratorio de Solidos Amorfos, INTECIN, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Paseo Colon 850, C1063ACV Buenos Aires (Argentina); Mudarra Navarro, A.M.; Rodriguez Torres, C.E. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, IFLP-CCT La Plata, CONICET (Argentina); Cabrera, A.F., E-mail: cabrera@fisica.unlp.edu.ar [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, IFLP-CCT La Plata, CONICET (Argentina)

    2012-08-15

    A sample of 10 at% Fe-doped SnO{sub 2} powder was prepared by mechanical alloying and then thermally treated at 773 K in vacuum. The fit of the diffraction patterns and X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements revealed that the as milled sample was pure doped rutile. Fe dissolved into SnO{sub 2} was found in Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} ionic valence with mainly paramagnetic behavior. After the thermal treatment all techniques indicate the formation of the ternary Sn{sub 0.36}Fe{sub 2.64}O{sub 4} spinel phase, which is responsible for the observed ferromagnetism.

  13. Fe3+-Doped TiO2 Nanotube Arrays on Ti-Fe Alloys for Enhanced Photoelectrocatalytic Activity

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    Jiangdong Yu

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Highly ordered, vertically oriented Fe3+-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (Fe-TNTs were prepared on Ti-Fe alloy substrates with different Fe contents by the electrochemical anodization method. The as-prepared Fe-TNTs were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and related electrochemical techniques. XPS results demonstrated that Fe3+ ions were successfully doped into TiO2 nanotubes. The photoelectrochemical activity of Fe-TNTs was compared with that of pure TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTs. The results showed that Fe-TNTs grown on low concentration (0.5 wt %–1 wt % Fe Ti-Fe alloys possessed higher photocurrent density than TNTs. The Fe-TNTs grown on Ti-Fe alloy containing 0.8 wt % Fe exhibited the highest photoelectrochemical activity and the photoelectrocatalytic degradation rate of methylene blue (MB aqueous solution was significantly higher than that of TNTs.

  14. Room-temperature ferromagnetism in Fe-doped In2O3 nanoparticles

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    Wongsaprom, Kwanruthai; Sonsupap, Somchai; Maensiri, Santi; Kidkhunthod, Pinit

    2015-10-01

    Nanoparticles of Fe-doped In2O3 [(In1- x Fe x )2O3, 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.10] are prepared by a simple polymerized complex method using indium (III) nitrate hydrate, iron (III) nitrate nonahydrate and polyvinyl pyrrolidone as the starting materials. The XRD, Raman and electron diffraction analysis results indicated that the calcined samples have the cubic structure of In2O3. An X-ray absorption spectroscopy including X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy is used in order to address both qualitative and quantitative of doped Fe valence states. The undoped sample exhibits a diamagnetic behavior, whereas all the Fe-doped samples are ferromagnetic having the magnetizations of ~0.0019-0.2959 emu/g at 10 kOe. Our results indicate that room-temperature ferromagnetism of Fe-doped In2O3 system is intrinsic and is not a result of any ferromagnetic impurity phases.

  15. Induced modifications in the properties of Sr doped BiFeO3 multiferroics

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    Tanvir Hussain; Saadat A. Siddiqi; Shahid Atiq; M.S. Awan

    2013-01-01

    Multiferroics exhibit unique combination of ferroic properties, simultaneously. For instance, in BiFeO3, magnetic and electric properties co-exist. In this work, BiFeO3 and Sr-doped BiFeO3 samples with general formula, Bi1 ? xSrxFeO3 (x ¼ 0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, and 0.30) were synthesized by sol-gel auto-combustion technique, in order to investigate these ferroic properties. The samples were confirmed to have perovskite type rhombohedral structure, characteristic of BiFeO3. A dilute phase of Bi2Fe4O9 was also found in all the Sr-doped samples. The micrographs of the palletized samples revealed that minutely doped Sr might not have any effect on the morphology of the samples. Frequency dependent dielectric measurements were carried out at room temperature for all the samples from 100 Hz to 1 MHz. The dielectric constant of un-doped sample at low frequency was 52 which decreased with increasing Sr doping. An enhancement of magnetic properties was observed with increasing the Sr contents. Pure BiFeO3 material was observed to have the least value of remanent magnetization. As the Sr2þ ions were doped in BiFeO3, its magnetization and remanence were increased to 0.867 emu/g and 0.175 emu/g, respectively, at x ¼ 0.30.

  16. Tuning Superconductivity in FeSe Thin Films via Magnesium Doping.

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    Qiu, Wenbin; Ma, Zongqing; Liu, Yongchang; Shahriar Al Hossain, Mohammed; Wang, Xiaolin; Cai, Chuanbing; Dou, Shi Xue

    2016-03-01

    In contrast to its bulk crystal, the FeSe thin film or layer exhibits better superconductivity performance, which recently attracted much interest in its fundamental research as well as in potential applications around the world. In the present work, tuning superconductivity in FeSe thin films was achieved by magnesium-doping technique. Tc is significantly enhanced from 10.7 K in pure FeSe films to 13.4 K in optimized Mg-doped ones, which is approximately 1.5 times higher than that of bulk crystals. This is the first time achieving the enhancement of superconducting transition temperature in FeSe thin films with practical thickness (120 nm) via a simple Mg-doping process. Moreover, these Mg-doped FeSe films are quite stable in atmosphere with Hc2 up to 32.7 T and Tc(zero) up to 12 K, respectively, implying their outstanding potential for practical applications in high magnetic fields. It was found that Mg enters the matrix of FeSe lattice, and does not react with FeSe forming any other secondary phase. Actually, Mg first occupies Fe-vacancies, and then substitutes for some Fe in the FeSe crystal lattices when Fe-vacancies are fully filled. Simultaneously, external Mg-doping introduces sufficient electron doping and induces the variation of electron carrier concentration according to Hall coefficient measurements. This is responsible for the evolution of superconducting performance in FeSe thin films. Our results provide a new strategy to improve the superconductivity of 11 type Fe-based superconductors and will help us to understand the intrinsic mechanism of this unconventional superconducting system.

  17. Ferromagnetic interactions and martensitic transformation in Fe doped Ni-Mn-In shape memory alloys

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    Lobo, D. N.; Priolkar, K. R., E-mail: krp@unigoa.ac.in [Department of Physics, Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403 206 (India); Emura, S. [Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Nigam, A. K. [Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400 005 (India)

    2014-11-14

    The structure, magnetic, and martensitic properties of Fe doped Ni-Mn-In magnetic shape memory alloys have been studied by differential scanning calorimetry, magnetization, resistivity, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and EXAFS. While Ni{sub 2}MnIn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6) alloys are ferromagnetic and non martensitic, the martensitic transformation temperature in Ni{sub 2}Mn{sub 1.5}In{sub 1−y}Fe{sub y} and Ni{sub 2}Mn{sub 1.6}In{sub 1−y}Fe{sub y} increases for lower Fe concentrations (y ≤ 0.05) before decreasing sharply for higher Fe concentrations. XRD analysis reveals presence of cubic and tetragonal structural phases in Ni{sub 2}MnIn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x} at room temperature with tetragonal phase content increasing with Fe doping. Even though the local structure around Mn and Ni in these Fe doped alloys is similar to martensitic Mn rich Ni-Mn-In alloys, presence of ferromagnetic interactions and structural disorder induced by Fe affect Mn-Ni-Mn antiferromagnetic interactions resulting in suppression of martensitic transformation in these Fe doped alloys.

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

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    Layek, Samar; Verma, H C

    2013-03-01

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

  19. Fe-doped 8YSZ at different composition for solid electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cell

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    Johar B.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Pure 8 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ and Fe-doped (1 mol%, 2 mol% and 3 mol% YSZ electrolyte were prepared and sintered at 1550°C. Transition metal oxide is added into YSZ as sintering aided has a function to reduce the sintering temperature. The microstructure, crystal structure and ionic conductivity of pure YSZ and Fe-doped YSZ at different composition were investigated. The amount of cubic phase decreased as the amount of Fe increased. Fe-doped 8YSZ had higher conductivity than pure 8YSZ. The ionic conductivity of 3FeYSZ is 9.35×10−8 S/cm higher than 1FeYSZ which is 4.72×10−9 S/cm when operated at 300°C.

  20. Photoelectrochemical Performance Observed in Mn-Doped BiFeO3 Heterostructured Thin Films

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    Hao-Min Xu

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Pure BiFeO3 and heterostructured BiFeO3/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 (5% Mn-doped BiFeO3 thin films have been prepared by a chemical deposition method. The band structures and photosensitive properties of these films have been investigated elaborately. Pure BiFeO3 films showed stable and strong response to photo illumination (open circuit potential kept −0.18 V, short circuit photocurrent density was −0.023 mA·cm−2. By Mn doping, the energy band positions shifted, resulting in a smaller band gap of BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 layer and an internal field being built in the BiFeO3/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 interface. BiFeO3/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 and BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 thin films demonstrated poor photo activity compared with pure BiFeO3 films, which can be explained by the fact that Mn doping brought in a large amount of defects in the BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 layers, causing higher carrier combination and correspondingly suppressing the photo response, and this negative influence was more considerable than the positive effects provided by the band modulation.

  1. Multiferroic, magnetoelectric and optical properties of Mn doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Chauhan, Sunil; Kumar, Manoj; Chhoker, Sandeep; Katyal, S. C.; Singh, Hemant; Jewariya, Mukesh; Yadav, K. L.

    2012-03-01

    Mn doped BiFeO3 (5, 10 and 15 mol%) nanoparticles were synthesized using sol-gel technique. The influence of Mn doping on structural, dielectric, magnetic, magnetoelectric and optical properties of BiFeO3 was studied. Rietveld refinement of XRD patterns showed rhombohedral to orthorhombic phase transition for 15 mol% Mn doped BiFeO3 sample. Magnetic measurements revealed the enhancement of ferromagnetic property with increasing Mn doping in BiFeO3. The characteristic dielectric anomaly, expected in the vicinity of antiferromagnetic transition temperature TN (Neel temperature) was found in all Mn doped BiFeO3 samples. The magnetoelectric coupling was evidenced by the change in capacitance with the change in the applied magnetic field. On increasing Mn concentration from 5 to 15 mol% in BiFeO3, a change in magnetocapacitance from 1.46% to 2.6% showed the improvement of multiferroic properties. In order to explore the optical properties of Mn doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles, their photoluminescent properties were also investigated.

  2. Sensing performances to low concentration acetone for palladium doped LaFeO3 sensors

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    王小风; 秦宏伟; 裴金亮; 陈艳平; 李玲; 谢继浩; 胡季帆

    2016-01-01

    The PdCl2 was mixed with nanocrystalline powders LaFeO3 and subsequently followed by an annealing of 800 °C. PdO phase was formed and almost distributed uniformly on the surface of LaFeO3 nano-particles. With an increase of PdO amounts in composite powders, sensing sensitivityRg/Ra to low concentration acetone or ethanol for Pd doped LaFeO3 sensors increased at first, underwent the maximum with 2 wt.% PdCl2 dopant, and then doped again. Interestingly, appropriate Pd doping in LaFeO3 changed the selectivity behavior of gas sensing. LaFeO3 sensor showed good selectivity to ethanol, but 2 wt.% Pd doped LaFeO3 sensor showed good selectivity to acetone. The sensitivity for LaFeO3 at 200 °C was 1.32 to 1 ppm ethanol, and 1.19 to 1 ppm acetone. Whereas the sensitivity for 2 wt.% Pd doped LaFeO3 at 200 °C was 1.53 to 1 ppm ethanol, and 1.9 to 1 ppm acetone. The 2 wt.% Pd doped LaFeO3 sensor at 200 °C showed very short response time (4 s) and recovery time (2 s) to 1 ppm acetone gas, respectively. Such results showed that 2 wt.% Pd doped LaFeO3 sensor is a new promising sensing candidate for detecting low concentration acetone.

  3. Disturbing the dimers: Electron and hole doping in the intermetallic insulator FeGa3

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    Botana, Antia S.; Quan, Yundi; Pickett, Warren E.

    2015-10-01

    Insulating FeGa3 poses peculiar puzzles beyond the occurrence of an electronic gap in an intermetallic compound. This Fe-based material has a very distinctive structural characteristic with the Fe atoms occurring in dimers. The insulating gap can be described comparably well in either the weakly correlated limit or the strongly correlated limit within density functional theory viewpoints, where the latter corresponds to singlet formation on the Fe2 dimers. Though most of the calculated occupied Wannier functions are an admixture of Fe 3 d and Ga 4 s or 4 p states, there is a single bonding-type Wannier function per spin centered on each Fe2 dimer. Density functional theory methods have been applied to follow the evolution of the magnetic properties and electronic spectrum with doping, where unusual behavior is observed experimentally. Both electron and hole doping are considered, by Ge and Zn on the Ga site, and by Co and Mn on the Fe site, the latter introducing direct disturbance of the Fe2 dimer. Results from weakly and strongly correlated pictures are compared. Regardless of the method, magnetism including itinerant phases appears readily with doping. The correlated picture suggests that in the low doping limit Mn (for Fe) produces an in-gap hole state, while Co (for Fe) introduces a localized electronic gap state.

  4. Superconductivity in fluorine and yttrium co-doped SmFeAsO

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    Lai, K. T.; Kwong, F. L.; Ng, Dickon H. L.

    2012-05-01

    Polycrystalline fluorine and yttrium co-doped SmFeAsO samples are synthesized by solid state sintering and their physical properties are studied. The lattice parameters of the Sm1-yYyFeAsO0.8F0.2 samples decrease with the increasing y due to the smaller Y ions and the stiffness of the Y-O bond. The maximum critical temperature Tc of the samples is at y = 0.05. This may be due to the fact that the strong interaction between Sm and Fe of the Fe-As bond is being re-disturbed by the doped Y ions.

  5. Synthesis, Characterization, and Photocatalysis of Fe-Doped : A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study

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    Liping Wen

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe-doped TiO2 was prepared by hydrothermal treating Ti peroxide sol with different amount of iron nitrate. Fe ions can enter TiO2 lattice by substituting Ti4+ ions, which significantly affect the crystallinity and morphology of TiO2 nanoparticles. Fe doping also influences the UV-Vis absorption and photoluminescence of TiO2, due to the change of electronic structure. It is shown that Fe ions are more easily doped on TiO2 surface than in bulk. The theoretical computation based on the density functional theory (DFT shows that the Fe ions in TiO2 bulk are localized and mainly act as the recombination centers of photoinduced electrons and holes. Some results support that the Fe3+ ions on surface can form intermediate interfacial transfer pathway for electrons and holes, which is beneficial for increasing the photocatalytic activity of TiO2. The photocatalytic activity first increases and then decreases as the Fe concentration increases, which is coaffected by the bulk-doped and surface-doped Fe ions.

  6. First principles study of magneto-optical properties of Fe-doped ZnO

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    Shaoqiang, Guo [College of Science, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot 010051 (China); Qingyu, Hou, E-mail: by0501119@126.com [College of Science, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot 010051 (China); Zhenchao, Xu [College of Science, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot 010051 (China); Chunwang, Zhao [College of Science, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot 010051 (China); College of Arts and Sciences, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai 201306 (China)

    2016-12-15

    Studies on optical band gaps and absorption spectra of Fe-doped ZnO have conflicting conclusions, such as contradictory redshifted and blueshifted spectra. To solve this contradiction, we constructed models of un-doped and Fe-doped ZnO using first-principles theory and optimized the geometry of the three models. Electronic structures and absorption spectra were also calculated using the GGA+U method. Higher doping content of Fe resulted in larger volume of doped system, and higher total energy resulted in lower stability. Higher formation energy also led to more difficult doping. Meanwhile, the band gaps broadened and the absorption spectra exhibited an evident blue shift. The calculations were in good agreement with the experimental results. Given the unipolar structure of ZnO, four possible magnetic coupling configurations for Zn{sub 14}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 16} were calculated to investigate the magnetic properties. Results suggest that Fe doping can improve ferromagnetism in the ZnO system and that ferromagnetic stabilization was mediated by p–d exchange interaction between Fe-3d and O-2p orbitals. Therefore, the doped system is expected to obtain high stability and high Curie temperature of diluted magnetic semiconductor material, which are useful as theoretical bases for the design and preparation of the Fe-doped ZnO system’s magneto-optical properties. - Highlights: • A biomonitoring tool for the freshwater zone of template estuaries. • Water quality characterization related to nutrients and organic matter enrichment. • The percentage of a group of 24 tolerant species were capable of detecting the impairment of the water quality. • Characterization of morpho-functional traits of the selected tolerant species.

  7. Effects of phosphorous doping on the superconducting properties of SmFeAs(O,F)

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    Singh, Shiv Jee, E-mail: shivjees@gmail.com; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Ogino, Hiraku; Kishio, Kohji

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • Doping effects of P on the superconducting properties of Sm1111 is studied. • P doping induces chemical pressure and strongly deteriorate the superconductivity. • These isovalent doping effects are compared with Mn and Ni doping in FeAs layers. • Electron type charge carrier dominates in the transport properties. • Doping without disrupting FeAs layer is a best way for high T{sub c} superconductivity. - Abstract: The systematic doping effect induced by the isovalent substitution of P for As on the superconducting properties of F-doped SmFeAsO{sub 0.88}F{sub 0.12} (Sm1111) has been studied by physical and magnetic measurements. The cell volume (V) decreases with P doping and the anisotropic chemical pressure might be induced. However, the superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) and the upper critical field (H{sub c2}) are suppressed. Thermoelectric power (S) indicates the majority of electron type charge carriers in support of Hall measurements and its magnitude does not change very much for different P concentrations. The present investigation depicts that isovalent substitutions in the FeAs layer strongly deteriorate the superconducting properties of Sm1111 as a result of increase in chemical pressure. These isovalent substitution effects are comparatively discussed with hole (Mn) and electron (Ni) type substitutions in the superconducting layer of Sm1111.

  8. Fe-Doped Polycrystalline CeO2 as Terahertz Optical Material

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    WEN Qi-Ye; ZHANG Huai-Wu; YANG Qing-Hui; LI Sheng; XU De-Gang; YAO Jian-Quan

    2009-01-01

    @@ Fe-doped CeO2 is synthesized by ceramic method and the effects of Fe doping on the structure and properties are characterized by ordinary methods and terahertz-time domain spectrometer (THz-TDS) technique. Our results show that pure CeO2 only has a small dielectric constant ε of 4, while a small amount of Fe (0.9 at.%) doping into CeO2 promotes densification and induces a large ε of 23. From the THz spectroscopy, it is found that for undoped CeO2 both the power absorption and the index of re[faction increase with frequency, while for Fe-doped CeO2 we measure a remarkable transparency together with a flat index curve. The absorption coefficient of Fe-doped CeO2 at frequency ranging from 0.2 to 1.8 THz is less than 0.35 cm-1, implying that Fe-doped CeO2 is a potential THz optical material.

  9. Fe-doped epitaxial YBCO films prepared by chemical solution deposition

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    Hong Zhang; Yong Zhao; Wentao Wang; Min Pan; Ming Lei

    2014-01-01

    YBa2Cu3O7-d (YBCO)-coated conductors have wide-ranging potential in large-scale applications such as superconducting maglev trains and superconducting elec-tric cables, but low current carrying capability restrains the practical application of YBCO-coated conductors at high temperatures and high magnetic fields. It is crucial to develop YBCO-coated conductors with high critical cur-rent density. In this paper, epitaxial, dense, smooth, and crack-free Fe-doped YBCO films were prepared on a LaAlO3 single crystal substrate via a fluorine-free polymer-assisted metal organic deposition method. The effects of the dilute Fe doping on microstructure and superconduc-ting character of YBCO films were investigated. The crit-ical temperature for superconducting of the Fe-doped YBCO films decreases slightly. However, the in-field critical current density of YBCO films improves with dilute Fe doping of amounts less than x=0.005, compared to the pure YBCO film. Therefore, the current carrying capability of YBCO film can improve by doping with appropriate amounts of Fe. This means that dilute Fe doping in YBCO films may be a feasible way to prepare high-performance coated conductors.

  10. Structural, magnetic, and transport properties of Fe-doped CoTiSb epitaxial thin films

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    Sun, N. Y.; Zhang, Y. Q.; Che, W. R.; Shan, R. [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure and Pohl Institute of Solid State Physics and School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Qin, J., E-mail: juan-qin@staff.shu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China)

    2015-11-07

    Epitaxial intrinsic and Fe-doped CoTiSb thin films with C1{sub b} structure were grown on MgO(100) substrates by magnetron sputtering. The semiconducting-like behavior in both intrinsic and Fe-doped thin films was demonstrated by temperature dependence of longitudinal resistivity. The Fe-doped CoTiSb films with a wide range of doping concentrations can maintain semiconducting-like and magnetic properties simultaneously, while the semiconducting behavior is weakening with the increasing Fe concentration. For 21 at. % Fe-doped film, low lattice magnetic moment (around 0.65 μ{sub B}) and high resistivity (larger than 800 μΩ cm) are beneficial to its application as a magnetic electrode in spintronic devices. Anomalous Hall effect of 21 at. % Fe-doped film was also investigated and its behaviors can be treated well by recent-reported anomalous Hall scaling including the contribution of spin-phonon skew scattering.

  11. Structural study on nickel doped Li{sub 2}FeSiO{sub 4}

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    Jaén, Juan A., E-mail: juan.jaen@up.ac.pa [Universidad de Panamá, Departamento de Química Física, CITEN, Edificio de Laboratorios Científicos-VIP (Panama); Jiménez, Miguel [Universidad de Panamá, Departamento de Física (Panama); Flores, Eibar [Universidad de Panamá, Escuela de Física (Panama); Muñoz, Alcides [Universidad de Panamá, Departamento de Física (Panama); Tabares, Jesús A.; Pérez Alcázar, Germán A. [Universidad del Valle, Departamento de Física (Colombia)

    2015-06-15

    The effect of nickel doping on the structure of Li{sub 2}FeSiO{sub 4} is examined by X-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometer, and magnetization measurements. Both, the pristine and nickel doped Li{sub 2}FeSiO{sub 4}, crystallize in a monoclinic structure with (P2{sub 1}/n) symmetry. Their lattice parameters are similar, which suggests that Ni{sup 2+} doesn’t destroy the lattice structure. Some small amounts of Fe{sup 3+} impurity phases and unreacted Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} are detected. Samples doped with more than 10 mol% contain some magnetic impurity of Fe-Ni alloy. Magnetic measurements indicated that Li{sub 2}FeSiO{sub 4} is paramagnetic and becomes antiferromagnetic below 23 K. Nickel dopant does not modify the paramagnetic nature of this material.

  12. Fe-Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles Produced via MOCVD: Synthesis, Characterization, and Photocatalytic Activity

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    Siti Hajar Othman

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Iron (Fe-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2 nanoparticles were produced via the metallorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD method at 700∘C. Different amounts of ferrocene as the Fe dopant source (0.001–0.05 g were introduced inside the reactor together with the titanium precursor in order to synthesize different Fe dopant concentrations of TiO2 nanoparticles. Nitrogen (N2 adsorption results showed that increasing the Fe dopant concentration caused a slight increase in the surface area of the nanoparticles due to the decrease in nanoparticle size. The UV-diffuse reflectance spectra demonstrated an absorption shift in Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles to longer wavelengths, thus showing an enhancement of the absorption in the visible spectrum. Bandgap energy values determined from the UV-diffuse reflectance spectra data decreased with an increase in the Fe dopant concentrations. The photocatalytic activity of Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles was investigated via degradation of methylene blue under UV and fluorescent light. It was found that Fe doping reduced the photocatalytic activity of the samples. Based on X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS results, it is believed that this is due to the unfavourable location of Fe3+ inside the interior matrix of the TiO2 nanoparticles rather than on the exterior surface, which would affect photocatalytic behaviour.

  13. Optical Properties of Mg, Fe, Co-Doped Near-Stoichiometric LiTaO3 Single Crystals

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    Chung Wen Lan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Mg, Fe co-doped near-stoichiometric lithium tantalite (SLT single crystals were grown by employing the zone-leveling Czochralski (ZLCz technique. The optical properties, holographic parameters, as well as the composition of the grown crystals were measured. It was found that the Li/Ta ratio decreased with the doping of Mg and Fe ions. A red shift was observed in absorption spectrum for the Mg, Fe co-doped crystals compared to the undoped and Mg-doped ones. The effect of the iron ions (Fe2+ and Fe3+ was further discussed based on the specified absorption bands. Moreover, the occupation mechanism for the defects was discussed by using the IR absorption spectrum, which was attributed to the FeTa3− defects in the highly Fe-doped crystal. In addition, the holographic parameters were also found to be improved with a higher Fe/Ta ratio in the crystals.

  14. Fe-doped cryptomelane synthesized by refluxing at atmosphere: Structure, properties and photocatalytic degradation of phenol.

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    Yin, Hui; Dai, Xiaoxue; Zhu, Mengqiang; Li, Feihu; Feng, Xionghan; Liu, Fan

    2015-10-15

    Fe-doped cryptomelanes were synthesized by refluxing at ambient pressure, followed by characterization with multiple techniques and test in photocatalytic degradation of phenol. The introduction of Fe(III) into the structure of cryptomelane results in a decrease in particle size and the contents of Mn and K(+), and an increase in the Mn average oxidation state (AOS), specific surface area and UV-vis light absorption ability. Mn and Fe K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy analysis indicates that some Fe(III) is incorporated into the framework of cryptomelane by replacing Mn(III) while the remaining Fe(3+) is adsorbed in the tunnel cavity. These Fe-doped cryptomelanes have significantly improved the photocatalytic degradation rate of phenol, with the sample of ∼3.04 wt.% Fe doping being the most reactive and achieving a degradation rate of 36% higher than that of the un-doped one. The enhanced reactivity can be ascribed to the increase in the coherent scattering domain size of the crystals, Mn AOS and light absorption, as well as the presence of sufficient K(+) in the tunnel. The results imply that metal doping is an effective way to improve the performance of cryptomelane in pollutants removal and has the potential for modification of Mn oxide materials.

  15. Preparation and photocatalytic properties of Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles

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    陈晓青; 杨娟玉; 张俊山

    2004-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Fe-doped TiO2 with size of 60-70 nm was prepared by a sol-gel technique, followed by freeze-drying treatment for 2 h. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, laser diffraction particle size analyzer and UV-Vis spectrophotometer technologies were used to characterize the product. The photocatalytic activities of the samples were evaluated by the degradation of wastewater of paper-making. The effects of Fe ion implantation on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 were also discussed. The results show that the iron content plays an essential role in affecting the photocatalytic activity of the Fe-doped TiO2 and the optimum content of Fe-doped is 0.05% (mass fraction). The photocatalytic activity of samples with lower content of Fe-doped is higher than that of pure TiO2 in the treatment of paper-making wastewater. The photo-degradation effect of paper-making effluent is the best by means of Fe-doped TiO2 with 0.05% Fe.

  16. Enhanced magnetic and dielectric behavior in Co doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Chakrabarti, Kaushik; Sarkar, Babusona; Ashok, Vishal Dev [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata-700032 (India); Chaudhuri, Sheli Sinha [Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata-700032 (India); De, S.K., E-mail: msskd@iacs.res.in [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata-700032 (India)

    2015-05-01

    Magnetic and dielectric properties of Co doped BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) nanoparticles (13 nm) have been investigated. The dopant Co{sup 2+} converts spherical morphology to cubic nanostructures. The significant changes in temperature dependence of magnetization may be due to magnetic disorder phase induced by divalent Co. The substitution of Fe by Co disrupts cycloidal spin structure of BFO and improves the ferromagnetic property. Enhancement of the saturation magnetization and coercivity by about 10 times in doped BFO are due to changes in morphology. High dielectric constant of about 670 and low loss at room temperature show Co doped BFO as promising material for multifunctional devices.

  17. First principles investigation of Sr and P doping of CaFe2As2

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    Jeschke, Harald O.; Tomic, Milan; Valenti, Roser

    2013-03-01

    The doping-temperature-pressure phase diagrams of the 122 family of superconductors have been discussed intensively due to electronic nematicity above the structural and superconducting transition and the complex coupling between electronic and lattice degrees of freedom. We employ density functional theory to determine the structure of supercells of Ca1-xSrxFe2As2 and CaFe2(As1-xPx)2. We then predict structural transitions of the doped compounds under pressure and compare to the parent compound. We carefully analyze the changes in the electronic structure caused by doping and stress.

  18. Relationship Between Iron Whisker Growth and Doping Amount of Oxide During Fe2O3 Reduction

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    Gong, Xuzhong; Zhao, Zhilong; Wang, Zhi; Zhang, Ben; Guo, Lei; Guo, Zhancheng

    2016-04-01

    Iron whisker growth during Fe2O3 doped with oxide reduced by CO was investigated by using in situ observation and scanning electron microscopy. The results indicated that the minimum doping amount (MDA) of various oxides, hindering the iron whisker growth, was different. The MDA of Al2O3, Li2O, Na2O, and K2O was 0.5, 0.4, 4, and 12 pct, respectively. From the reduction rate, it was found that Li2O, MgO, and Al2O3 had some suppressive effects on the Fe2O3 reduction process, thus, confining the growth of iron whisker. However, other oxides had some catalytic effects on the Fe2O3 reduction process (Fe2O3-Fe3O4-FeO-Fe), such as CaO, SrO, BaO, Na2O, and K2O. As long as their doping amount was enough, these oxides could inhibit the diffusion of the Fe atom. When the metal ionic radius in doped oxide was bigger than that of Fe3+, such as Ca2+, Sr2+, Ba2+, Na+, and K+, there were lots of spaces left in Fe2O3 doped with oxide after reduction, improving Fe atom diffusion. Consequently, their MDA was more than that of small radius to restrain the growth of iron whisker. Finally, the relationship between corresponding metal ionic radius, electron layer number, valence electron number, and MDA of oxide was expressed by using data fitting as follows: N_{{{{A}}y {{O}}x }} = 1.3 × 10^{ - 5} × {r_{{{{A}}^{x + } }}2 × √{n_{{{{A}}^{x + } }} } }/{f_{q }}

  19. Nickel doping effect on resistance to movement of edge dislocations in. cap alpha. -Fe

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    Brovkov, V.A.; Dudarev, E.F. (Tomskij Gosudarstvennyj Univ. (USSR). Sibirskij Fiziko-Tekhnicheskij Inst.)

    1984-03-01

    Microplastic deformation of ..cap alpha..-Fe polycrystals and Fe-Ni solid solutions is studied. Data on the concentration and temperature dependences of resistance to movement of edge dislocation at the expense of elastic interaction with atoms of the doping element are obtained.

  20. Fe-Doped TiO2 Thin Films for CO Gas Sensing

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    Kumar, Mukesh; Kumar, Dinesh; Gupta, Anil Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Fe-doped TiO2 thin films were prepared by the sol-gel technique on silicon substrate. The thin films were evaluated for detection of carbon monoxide (CO) gas at room temperature. The TiO2 films were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, and ultraviolet-visible (UV) spectroscopy. The characterization revealed that, as the doping concentration was increased, the grain size decreased. XRD patterns revealed the phase transition from rutile to anatase with addition of different percentages (weight/volume) of Fe. The bandgap determined from UV spectroscopy was found to decrease with increasing Fe doping concentration. Fe doping was observed to have a significant effect on the resistivity of the doped TiO2 thin films. The gas sensing behavior of the films was studied by exposure to different concentrations of CO gas with measurement of the electrical resistance. It was observed that Fe-doped (7% weight/volume) TiO2 exhibited high sensitivity and good response/recovery on exposure to CO gas in the concentration range from 100 ppm to 900 ppm in Ar.

  1. Infrared Optical Absorption in Low-spin Fe2+-doped SrTiO3

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    Comes, Ryan B.; Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Heald, Steve M.; Bowden, Mark E.; Chambers, Scott A.

    2016-01-06

    Band gap engineering in SrTiO3 and related titanate perovskites has long been explored due to the intriguing properties of the materials for photocatalysis and photovoltaic applications. A popular approach in the materials chemistry community is to substitutionally dope aliovalent transition metal ions onto the B site in the lattice to alter the valence band. However, in such a scheme there is limited control over the dopant valence, and compensating defects often form. Here we demonstrate a novel technique to controllably synthesize Fe2+- and Fe3+-doped SrTiO3 thin films without formation of compensating defects by co-doping with La3+ ions on the A site. We stabilize Fe2+-doped films by doping with two La ions for every Fe dopant, and find that the Fe ions exhibit a low-spin electronic configuration, producing optical transitions in the near infrared regime and degenerate doping. The novel electronic states observed here offer a new avenue for band gap engineering in perovskites for photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications.

  2. Synthesis of Fe-doped NiO nanofibers using electrospinning method and their ferromagnetic properties

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    Liu Shaohui [School of Physical Engineering and Laboratory of Material Physics, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052 (China); Jia Jianfeng, E-mail: Jiajf@zzu.edu.cn [School of Physical Engineering and Laboratory of Material Physics, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052 (China); Wang Jiao [School of Physical Engineering and Laboratory of Material Physics, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052 (China); Liu Shijiang [College of Physics and Electric Information, Luoyang Normal University, Luoyang 471022 (China); Wang Xinchang; Song Hongzhang; Hu Xing [School of Physical Engineering and Laboratory of Material Physics, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052 (China)

    2012-07-15

    To make p-type diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS), Ni{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O nanofibers with different Fe doping concentrations have been successfully synthesized by electrospinning method using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and Ni(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}{center_dot}4H{sub 2}O as starting materials. The nanofibers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, superconductivity quantum interference device (SQUID) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) test. The results show that Fe doping has no influence on the diameter and surface morphology of NiO nanofibers, and the nanofibers are polycrystalline with NaCl structure. All Fe-doped samples show obvious ferromagnetic properties and the saturation magnetization is enhanced with increase of the doping concentration of Fe, which indicates that the doped Fe has been incorporated into the NiO host and results in room-temperature ferromagnetism in the Ni{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O nanofibers. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe-doped NiO nanofibers of diameter about 80 nm and length of several millimeters have been successfully synthesized by the electrospinning method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ferromagnetic properties of one-dimensional nanostructured materials were discussed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The tests of Raman spectroscopy, superconductivity quantum interference device (SQUID) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) clarify that the room temperature ferromagnetism of NixFe1-xO nanofibers is intrinsic.

  3. Coupling between ferromagnetic electrodes through ZnS barrier

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    Fix, T. [IPCMS-GMI (UMR 7504 du CNRS), ULP-ECPM, 23 rue du Loess, BP43 F-67034 Strasbourg (France)]. E-mail: thomas.fix@ipcms.u-strasbg.fr; Colis, S. [IPCMS-GMI (UMR 7504 du CNRS), ULP-ECPM, 23 rue du Loess, BP43 F-67034 Strasbourg (France); Schmerber, G. [IPCMS-GMI (UMR 7504 du CNRS), ULP-ECPM, 23 rue du Loess, BP43 F-67034 Strasbourg (France); Ulhaq, C. [IPCMS-GMI (UMR 7504 du CNRS), ULP-ECPM, 23 rue du Loess, BP43 F-67034 Strasbourg (France); Dinia, A. [IPCMS-GMI (UMR 7504 du CNRS), ULP-ECPM, 23 rue du Loess, BP43 F-67034 Strasbourg (France)

    2005-02-01

    Magnetization measurements are performed on CoFe{sub 2}/ZnS/CoFe{sub 2}/NiFe structures to investigate the interactions between ferromagnetic electrodes through the ZnS barrier. Negative shifts observed in magnetization minor loops indicate a ferromagnetic interaction. The influence of the hard-layer deposition temperature on this shift and on the hard-layer coercive field is considered. The amplitude of the shift decreases as the thickness of the ZnS layer increases. The decrease in this shift at low temperature confirms the presence of an indirect exchange coupling between the magnetic electrodes mediated by spin-polarized quantum tunneling through the ZnS layer.

  4. Reduced graphene oxide decorated with Fe doped SnO2 nanoparticles for humidity sensor

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    Toloman, D.; Popa, A.; Stan, M.; Socaci, C.; Biris, A. R.; Katona, G.; Tudorache, F.; Petrila, I.; Iacomi, F.

    2017-04-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (rGO) decorated with Fe doped SnO2 nanoparticles were fabricated via the electrostatic interaction between positively charged modified Fe-doped SnO2 oxide and negatively charged graphene oxide (GO) in the presence of poly(allylamine) hydrochloride (PAH). The decoration of rGO layers with SnO2:Fe nanoparticles was highlited by TEM microsopy. For composite sample the diffraction patterns coincide well with those of SnO2:Fe nanoparticles. The reduction of graphene oxide was evidenced using XRD and FT-IR spectroscopy. The formation of SnO2:Fe-PAH-graphene composites was confirmed by FT-IR, Raman and EPR spectroscopy. Sensitivity tests for relative humidity (RH) measurements were carried out at five different concentrations of humid air at room temperature. The prepared composite sensor exhibited a higher sensing response as compared with Fe:SnO2 nanoparticles.

  5. Influence of the doping on the lattice sites of Fe in Si

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    Silva, Daniel; Wahl, Ulrich; Martins Correia, Joao; Esteves De Araujo, Araujo Joao Pedro

    2014-01-01

    We report on the lattice location and thermal stability of Fe in n+- and p+-type silicon. By means of emission channeling we have observed Fe on ideal substitutional sites, sites located in between bond-centered (BC) and substitutional sites, and sites displaced from tetrahedral towards anti-bonding sites. Here, we focus our analysis on the identification of Fe displaced 0.4-0.6 Å from BC sites and the influence of the doping on the stability of these sites. Fe on near-BC sites is found to be more thermally stable in n+-type Si than in low doped or p+-type Si, and seems to be related to multiple vacancy defects. We suggest that the complexes which trap Fe near BC sites, as well as the formation of substitutional Fe, may play a crucial role in P-diffusion gettering.

  6. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Characterization of Cobalt Doped α-Fe2O3

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    Suresh, R.; Vijayalakshmi, L.; Stephen, A.; Narayanan, V.

    2010-10-01

    Nanocrystalline pure and Co-doped α-Fe2O3 were obtained via the hydrolysis of FeCl3 in the temperature range from 90 to 95 °C under reflux condition for 8 h and the precipitate (FeOOH) is annealed at 600 °C for 6 h. The samples are characterized by various techniques. FTIR spectrum of the samples confirmed the formation of Fe2O3. The XRD studies show that the formation of pure α-Fe2O3 without any impurity phases. Both XRD and SEM micrograph of the samples show that the increase in cobalt concentration can effectively increases the agglomeration of the particles. The EDS spectrum of the samples show that the increase in concentration of cobalt increases the doping amount of the cobalt in α-Fe2O3

  7. Influence of doping on the microstructure and kinetic parameters of GaSb-FeGa1.3 eutectics

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    Mamedov, I. Kh.; Ragimov, R. N.; Khalilova, A. A.; Arasly, D. G.; Aliev, M. I.

    2012-12-01

    Electron microscopy and X-ray spectroscopy analysis of GaSb-FeGa1.3 eutectic composite doped with tellurium atoms is performed. It is established that doping changes the GaSb-FeGa1.3 eutectics microstructure; sizes, shape, and density of FeGa1.3 metallic inclusions; and the interface regions between the matrix and inclusions. Influence of doping on the anisotropy of kinetic parameters is shown.

  8. Magnetic excitation in Co-doped NaFeAs studied by neutron scattering

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    Zhang, Chenglin; Song, Yu; Tan, Guotai; Car, Scott; Dai, Pengcheng; Univ of Tennessee Team

    2013-03-01

    Even though NaFeAs ``111'' shares many similarities with BaFe2As2 ``122'' such as magnetic structure and phase diagram with doping, actually they are quite different from many aspects. For one example, the spin resonance is very sharp like delta function and well below 2detal, in sharp contrast with the broaden resonance observed in doped-122 systems. Our result provide a strong piece of evidence to support S +_ and exclude S + + pairing symmetry in Fe-based superconductors.

  9. Fe doped TiO2-graphene nanostructures: synthesis, DFT modeling and photocatalysis

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    Farhangi, Nasrin; Ayissi, Serge; Charpentier, Paul A.

    2014-08-01

    In this work, Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles ranging from a 0.2 to 1 weight % were grown from the surface of graphene sheet templates containing -COOH functionalities using sol-gel chemistry in a green solvent, a mixture of water/ethanol. The assemblies were characterized by a variety of analytical techniques, with the coordination mechanism examined theoretically using the density functional theory (DFT). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images showed excellent decoration of the Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles on the surface of the graphene sheets >5 nm in diameter. The surface area and optical properties of the Fe-doped photocatalysts were measured by BET, UV and PL spectrometry and compared to non-graphene and pure TiO2 analogs, showing a plateau at 0.6% Fe. Interactions between graphene and Fe-doped anatase TiO2 were also studied theoretically using the Vienna ab initio Simulation Package based on DFT. Our first-principles theoretical investigations validated the experimental findings, showing the strength in the physical and chemical adsorption between the graphene and Fe-doped TiO2. The resulting assemblies were tested for photodegradation under visible light using 17β-estradiol (E2) as a model compound, with all investigated catalysts showing significant enhancements in photocatalytic activity in the degradation of E2.

  10. Influence of Fe Buffer Layer on Co-Doped BaFe2As2 Superconducting Thin Films

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    C. Bonavolontà

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A systematic characterization of Co-doped BaFe2As2 (Ba-122 thin films has been carried out. Two samples were available, one grown on CaF2 substrate and the other on MgO with an Fe buffer layer. The goal was to investigate films’ magnetic and superconducting properties, their reciprocal interplay, and the role played by the Fe buffer layer in modifying them. Morphological characterization and Energy Dispersive X-ray analyses on the Fe-buffered sample demonstrate the presence of diffused Fe close to the Co-doped Ba-122 outer surface as well as irregular holes in the overlying superconducting film. These results account for hysteresis loops obtained with magneto-optic Kerr effect measurements and observed at both room and low temperatures. The magnetic pattern was visualized by magneto-optical imaging with an indicator film. Moreover, we investigated the onset of superconductivity through a measure of the superconducting energy gap. The latter is strictly related to the decay time of the excitation produced by an ultrashort laser pulse and has been determined in a pump-probe transient reflectivity experiment. A comparison of results relative to Co-doped Ba-122 thin films with and without Fe buffer layer is finally reported.

  11. Tunable Magnetic Properties in CuCr2- x Fe x O4 Ceramics by Doping of Fe

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    Zhu, C. M.; Wang, L. G.; Bao, D. L. G. C.; Luo, H.; Tian, Z. M.; Yuan, S. L.

    2016-08-01

    CuCr2- x Fe x O4 ceramics have been successfully synthesized using the sol-gel method for the first time. With pure formation, material structure has been characterized by x-ray diffraction. The samples have been identified as having the spinel structure with formulae CuCr2- x Fe x O4. Micrographs obtained by scanning electron microscopy show the dense microstructure of the samples. The stoichiometric ratio of the ceramics has been measured through energy dispersive spectra. Magnetic properties of CuCr2- x Fe x O4 ceramics have been discussed. Temperature dependence of magnetization presents the gradually increasing irreversible temperature as the content of Fe element increases from x = 0 to 1. Coercive field ( H C), remanent magnetization ( M r), and saturation magnetization ( M S) respectively display the monotonous variation phenomena with increasing content of Fe. The increasing M r, M S and the decreasing H C can be attributed to the change of magnetic exchange interaction because of the doped Fe. It also proves that the magnetic properties of CuCr2- x Fe x O4 ceramics can be effectively tuned by the doping content of Fe.

  12. Simultaneous Presence Of Ferroelectricity And Magnetism In Mo-Doped CoFe2O4

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    Dwivedi, G. D.; Tseng, K. F.; Chan, C. L.; Shahi, P.; Chatterjee, B.; Ghosh, A. K.; Yang, H. D.; Chatterjee, Sandip

    2010-12-01

    Signature of ferroelectricity has been observed for the first time in magnetically ordered Co(Fe1-xMox)2O4. The structural property of Co(Fe1-xMox)2O4 (x ranges from 0 to 0.1) indicates that Mo goes into the tetrahedral site. The frequency dependent P-E loop indicates the existence of weak ferroelectricity in Mo-doped CoFe2O4.

  13. Observation of Double-Dome Superconductivity in Potassium-Doped FeSe Thin Films.

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    Song, Can-Li; Zhang, Hui-Min; Zhong, Yong; Hu, Xiao-Peng; Ji, Shuai-Hua; Wang, Lili; He, Ke; Ma, Xu-Cun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2016-04-15

    We report on the emergence of two disconnected superconducting domes in alkali-metal potassium- (K-)doped FeSe ultrathin films grown on graphitized SiC(0001). The superconductivity exhibits hypersensitivity to K dosage in the lower-T_{c} dome, whereas in the heavily electron-doped higher-T_{c} dome it becomes spatially homogeneous and robust against disorder, supportive of a conventional Cooper-pairing mechanism. Furthermore, the heavily K-doped multilayer FeSe films all reveal a large superconducting gap of ∼14  meV, irrespective of film thickness, verifying the higher-T_{c} superconductivity only in the topmost FeSe layer. The unusual finding of a double-dome superconducting phase is a step towards the mechanistic understanding of superconductivity in FeSe-derived superconductors.

  14. Ferromagnetic exchange interaction between hard and soft ferromagnetic layers through ZnS semiconductor

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    Dinia, A. E-mail: aziz.dinia@ipcms.u-strasbg.fr; Colis, S.; Schmerber, G.; Ayoub, J.P

    2004-05-01

    We experimentally evidenced the presence of an indirect exchange coupling between hard and soft ferromagnetic electrodes through a ZnS barrier in magnetic tunnel junctions. For a 2 nm thick ZnS barrier, a negative shift of about -25 Oe is observed in asymmetric magnetization minor loop. This is attributed to a ferromagnetic interaction between the CoFe/Fe soft bilayer and the thick CoFe layer. The amplitude of the observed shift decreased as the thickness of the ZnS barrier increased, which agrees with theoretical models that the exchange interaction is mediated by spin polarized tunneling.

  15. Ferromagnetic instability in a doped band gap semiconductor FeGa3

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    Umeo, K.; Hadano, Y.; Narazu, S.; Onimaru, T.; Avila, M. A.; Takabatake, T.

    2012-10-01

    We report the effects of electron doping on the ground state of a diamagnetic semiconductor FeGa3 with a band gap of 0.5 eV. By means of electrical resistivity, magnetization, and specific heat measurements we have found that gradual substitution of Ge for Ga in FeGa3-yGey yields metallic conduction at a very small level of y=0.006, then induces weak ferromagnetic (FM) order at y=0.13 with a spontaneous moment of 0.1 μB/Fe and a Curie temperature TC=3.3 K, which continues increasing to TC=75 K as doping reaches y=0.41. The emergence of the FM state is accompanied by quantum critical behavior as observed in the specific heat, C/T∝-ln T, and in the magnetic susceptibility, M/B∝T-4/3. At y=0.09, the specific heat divided by temperature C/T reaches a large value of 70 mJ K-2 (mol Fe)-1, twice as large as that reported for FeSi1-xGex with xc=0.37 and Fe1-xCoxSb2 with xc=0.3 at their respective FM quantum critical points. The critical concentration yc=0.13 in FeGa3-yGey is quite small, despite the fact that its band gap is one order of magnitude larger than those in FeSi and FeSb2. In contrast, no FM state emerges by substituting Co for Fe in Fe1-xCoxGa3 in the whole range 0≤x≤1, although both types of substitution should dope electrons into FeGa3. The FM instability found in FeGa3-yGey indicates that strong electron correlations are induced by the disturbance of the Fe-3d-Ga-4p hybridization.

  16. The effect of Ni and Fe doping on Hall anomaly in vortex state of doped YBCO samples

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    M Nazarzadeh

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated hall effect on YBa2Cu3-xMxO7-δ (M=Ni, Fe bulk samples, with dopant amount 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.045 for Ni and 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.03 for Fe, with magnetic field (H=2.52, 4.61, 6.27 kOe perpendicular to sample’s surface with constant current 100 mA. Our study shows that as both dopants increases, TC decreases and it decreases faster by Ni . In these ranges of dopant and magnetic field the Hall sign reversal has been observed in all samples once and also ∆max has occurred in lower temperatures, its magnitude increases by Ni, and in Fe doped samples except in sample with dopant amount x=0.03, which almost decreases, that it can show effect of magnetic doping on hall effect.

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  18. The extraordinary magnetoelectric response in silicene doped with Fe and Cr atoms

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    Zheng, Rui; Ni, Jun, E-mail: junni@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [Department of Physics and State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Collaborative Innovative Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing (China); Lin, Xianqing [Department of Physics and State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Department of Applied Physics, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310023 (China)

    2014-09-01

    We have investigated the magnetic properties of the silicene doped with Fe and Cr metal atoms under external electric field by the first-principles calculations. We find that the doped systems show a variety of interesting magnetoelectric (ME) behaviors: (1) The magnetic moment of Fe doped silicene show a sharp jump at a threshold electric field, which indicates a good switching effect; (2) For the low concentrations of Fe or Cr doped silicene, there are two structures in which the changes of magnetism are significantly different under external electric field; (3) The magnetic moment of the doped systems has a nearly linear region with the electric field. We find that the changes of magnetic moment strongly depend on the direction of the electric field. In particular, one structure of Fe doped silicene shows an interesting ME response which can be considered as a magnetoelectric diode. With the electric field, the good controllability and sharp switching of the magnetism may offer a potential applications in the ME devices.

  19. Superconducting Gap Symmetry of LaFeP(O,F Observed by Impurity Doping Effect

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    Shigeki Miyasaka

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated Mn, Co and Ni substitution effects on polycrystalline samples of LaFePO0.95F0.05 by resistivity and magnetoresistance measurements. In LaFe1-xMxPO0.95F0.05 (M = Mn, Co and Ni, the superconducting transition temperature (Tc monotonously decreases with increasing the impurity doping level of x. There is a clear difference of Tc suppression rates among Mn, Co and Ni doping cases, and the decreasing rate of Tc by Mn doping as a magnetic impurity is larger than those by the nonmagnetic doping impurities (Co/Ni. This result indicates that in LaFePO0.95F0.05, Tc is rapidly suppressed by the pair-breaking effect of magnetic impurities, and the pairing symmetry is a full-gapped s-wave. In the nonmagnetic impurity-doped systems, the residual resistivity in the normal state has nearly the same value when Tc becomes zero. The residual resistivity value is almost consistent with the universal value of sheet resistance for two-dimensional superconductors, suggesting that Tc is suppressed by electron localization in Co/Ni-doped LaFePO0.95F0.05.

  20. Temperature Dependence of Aliovalent-vanadium Doping in LiFePO4 Cathodes

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    Harrison, Katharine L [University of Texas at Austin; Bridges, Craig A [ORNL; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans [ORNL; Idrobo Tapia, Juan C [ORNL; Manthiram, Arumugam [University of Texas at Austin; Goodenough, J. B. [University of Texas at Austin; Segre, C [Illinois Institute of Technology; Katsoudas, John [Illinois Institute of Technology; Maroni, V. A. [Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)

    2013-01-01

    Vanadium-doped olivine LiFePO4 cathode materials have been synthesized by a novel low-temperature microwave-assisted solvothermal (MW-ST) method at 300 oC. Based on chemical and powder neutron/X-ray diffraction analysis, the compositions of the synthesized materials were found to be LiFe1-3x/2Vx x/2PO4 (0 x 0.2) with the presence of a small number of lithium vacancies charge-compensated by V4+, not Fe3+, leading to an average oxidation state of ~ 3.2+ for vanadium. Heating the pristine 15 % V-doped sample in inert or reducing atmospheres led to a loss of vanadium from the olivine lattice with the concomitant formation of a Li3V2(PO4)3 impurity phase; after phase segregation, a partially V-doped olivine phase remained. For comparison, V-doped samples were also synthesized by conventional ball milling and heating, but only ~ 10 % V could be accommodated in the olivine lattice in agreement with previous studies. The higher degree of doping realized with the MW-ST samples demonstrates the temperature dependence of the aliovalent-vanadium doping in LiFePO4.

  1. Structural and luminescent properties of Fe3+ doped PVA capped CdTe nanoparticles

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    Ravindranadh K.

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available During recent decades, magnetic and semiconductor nanoparticles have attracted significant attention of scientists in various fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology and medicine. Fe3+ doped PVA capped CdTe nanoparticles were prepared by co-precipitation method and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, SEM, TEM, FT-IR, optical, EPR and PL techniques to collect the information about the crystal structure, coordination/local site symmetry of doped Fe3+ ions in the host lattice and the luminescent properties of prepared sample. Powder XRD data revealed that the crystal structure belongs to a cubic system and its lattice cell parameters were evaluated. The average crystallite size was estimated to be 8 nm. The morphology of prepared samples was analyzed by using SEM and TEM investigations. Functional groups of the prepared sample were observed in FT-IR spectra. Optical absorption and EPR studies have shown that on doping, Fe3+ ions enter the host lattice in octahedral site symmetry. PL studies of Fe3+ doped PVA capped CdTe nanoparticles revealed UV and blue emission bands. CIE chromaticity coordinates were also calculated from the emission spectrum of Fe3+ doped PVA capped CdTe nanoparticles.

  2. Ferromagnetic behaviour of Fe-doped ZnO nanograined films

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    Boris B. Straumal

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the grain boundary (GB specific area sGB on the appearance of ferromagnetism in Fe-doped ZnO has been analysed. A review of numerous research contributions from the literature on the origin of the ferromagnetic behaviour of Fe-doped ZnO is given. An empirical correlation has been found that the value of the specific grain boundary area sGB is the main factor controlling such behaviour. The Fe-doped ZnO becomes ferromagnetic only if it contains enough GBs, i.e., if sGB is higher than a certain threshold value sth = 5 × 104 m2/m3. It corresponds to the effective grain size of about 40 μm assuming a full, dense material and equiaxial grains. Magnetic properties of ZnO dense nanograined thin films doped with iron (0 to 40 atom % have been investigated. The films were deposited by using the wet chemistry “liquid ceramics” method. The samples demonstrate ferromagnetic behaviour with Js up to 0.10 emu/g (0.025 μB/f.u.ZnO and coercivity Hc ≈ 0.03 T. Saturation magnetisation depends nonmonotonically on the Fe concentration. The dependence on Fe content can be explained by the changes in the structure and contiguity of a ferromagnetic “grain boundary foam” responsible for the magnetic properties of pure and doped ZnO.

  3. Ferromagnetic behaviour of Fe-doped ZnO nanograined films.

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    Straumal, Boris B; Protasova, Svetlana G; Mazilkin, Andrei A; Tietze, Thomas; Goering, Eberhard; Schütz, Gisela; Straumal, Petr B; Baretzky, Brigitte

    2013-01-01

    The influence of the grain boundary (GB) specific area s GB on the appearance of ferromagnetism in Fe-doped ZnO has been analysed. A review of numerous research contributions from the literature on the origin of the ferromagnetic behaviour of Fe-doped ZnO is given. An empirical correlation has been found that the value of the specific grain boundary area s GB is the main factor controlling such behaviour. The Fe-doped ZnO becomes ferromagnetic only if it contains enough GBs, i.e., if s GB is higher than a certain threshold value s th = 5 × 10(4) m(2)/m(3). It corresponds to the effective grain size of about 40 μm assuming a full, dense material and equiaxial grains. Magnetic properties of ZnO dense nanograined thin films doped with iron (0 to 40 atom %) have been investigated. The films were deposited by using the wet chemistry "liquid ceramics" method. The samples demonstrate ferromagnetic behaviour with J s up to 0.10 emu/g (0.025 μB/f.u.ZnO) and coercivity H c ≈ 0.03 T. Saturation magnetisation depends nonmonotonically on the Fe concentration. The dependence on Fe content can be explained by the changes in the structure and contiguity of a ferromagnetic "grain boundary foam" responsible for the magnetic properties of pure and doped ZnO.

  4. Photocatalytic activity of Fe-doped CaTiO₃ under UV-visible light.

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    Yang, He; Han, Chong; Xue, Xiangxin

    2014-07-01

    The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) over Fe-doped CaTiO₃ under UV-visible light was investigated. The as-prepared samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) system, Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The results show that the doping with Fe significantly promoted the light absorption ability of CaTiO₃ in the visible light region. The Fe-doped CaTiO₃ exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than CaTiO₃ for the degradation of MB. However, the photocatalytic activity of the Fe-doped CaTiO₃ was greatly influenced by the calcination temperature during the preparation process. The Fe-doped CaTiO₃ prepared at 500°C exhibited the best photocatalytic activity, with degradation of almost 100% MB (10ppm) under UV-visible light for 180 min. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  5. The influence of Fe doping on the surface topography of GaN epitaxial material

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    Lei, Cui; Haibo, Yin; Lijuan, Jiang; Quan, Wang; Chun, Feng; Hongling, Xiao; Cuimei, Wang; Jiamin, Gong; Bo, Zhang; Baiquan, Li; Xiaoliang, Wang; Zhanguo, Wang

    2015-10-01

    Fe doping is an effective method to obtain high resistivity GaN epitaxial material. But in some cases, Fe doping could result in serious deterioration of the GaN material surface topography, which will affect the electrical properties of two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in HEMT device. In this paper, the influence of Fe doping on the surface topography of GaN epitaxial material is studied. The results of experiments indicate that the surface topography of Fe-doped GaN epitaxial material can be effectively improved and the resistivity could be increased after increasing the growth rate of GaN materials. The GaN material with good surface topography can be manufactured when the Fe doping concentration is 9 × 1019 cm-3. High resistivity GaN epitaxial material which is 1 × 109 Ω·cm is achieved. Project supported by the Knowledge Innovation Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. YYY-0701-02), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61204017, 61334002), the State Key Development Program for Basic Research of China, and the National Science and Technology Major Project.

  6. Catalytic wet air oxidation of phenol over Co-doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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    Song, Xu Chun; Zheng, Yi Fan; Yin, Hao Yong

    2013-08-01

    The Fe3O4 nanoparticles doped with cobalt ions have been successfully synthesized by the co-precipitation process. The X-ray diffraction, inductively coupled plasma, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the as-prepared nanoparticles. The results show that the phase structure of the nanoparticles is spinel structure of pure Fe3O4 with the particle size ranging from 40 to 50 nm. The Co-doping concentration can be controlled by changing the atomic ratio of the stock materials. The catalytic activity of the Co-doped Fe3O4 was further investigated by decomposing the phenol in liquid phase. The results show that cobalt ions doping can improve the catalytic efficiency of Fe3O4 nanoparticles in phenol degradation with catalytic reaction fitting the first-order kinetics. According to the estimated reaction rate of Co-doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles at different temperatures, the activation energy was calculated to be 45.63 kJ/mol.

  7. The local structure and optical absorption characteristic investigation on Fe doped TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Zhao, Tianxing; Huang, Junheng; He, Jinfu; Liu, Qinghua; Pan, Zhiyun; Wu, Ziyu

    2014-01-01

    The local structures and optical absorption characteristic of Fe doped TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized by the sol-gel method were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (XAFS) and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy (UV-Vis). XRD patterns show that all Fe-doped TiO2 samples have the characteristic anatase structure. Accurate Fe and Ti K-edge EXAFS analysis further reveal that all Fe atoms replace Ti atoms in the anatase lattice. The analysis of UV-Vis data shows a red shift to the visible range. According to the above results, we claim that substitutional Fe atoms lead to the formation of structural defects and new intermediate energy levels appear, narrowing the band gap and extending the optical absorption edge towards the visible region.

  8. Preparation and Characterization of Fe3+-doped Nanometer TiO2 Photocatalysts

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    LIU Junwu; ZHENG Zhixiang; ZUO Kaihui; WU Yucheng

    2006-01-01

    Fe3+-doped nanometer TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by sol-gel technique. TiO2 powders with different Fe3+/Ti4+ molar ratios ranging from 0.05% to 25% were synthesized by calcinating the gels in the temperature range of 200-600 ℃. The effects of the content of iron ions and calcination temperature on the physical properties of the powders and their photocatalytic activities were examined by the photodecompositon of methyl orange in sunlight. The results show that Fe dopant can decrease the temperature of nanatase-rutile transformation. The ideal photocatalytic property was achieved when the sample with an Fe3+/Ti4+ ratio of 20 at% was calcined at about 300 ℃ for an hour, which is superior to that of commercial Degussa P-25. The optimum microstructure of the Fe-doped TiO2 for a high photocatalytic activity in sunlight is consisted of nanatase and rutile.

  9. Photocatalytic Degradation of Nox Under Visible Light Irradiation Using Fe-Doped Titanium Dioxide

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    2007-01-01

    In order to utilize visible light in photocatalytic conversion of NOx, Fe atoms were doped in commercially available photocatalytic TiO2 powders by impregnating method.The crystal phase of TiO2 was not changed after calcination process. Analysis by both X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) indicated that Fe atoms were incorporated in TiO2 as Ti-O-Fe linkages. One significant shift of the absorption edge to a Iower energy and a higher absorption in the visible light region were observed. The Fe-doped TiO2 powder exhibited photocatalytic activity for the degradation of NOx under visible light irradiation. The sample mixed with 0.2 at% Fe3+ and calcined at 600 ℃ showed the best photocatalytic activity.

  10. Raman scattering and photoluminescence of Fe-doped ZnO nanocantilever arrays

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    ZHANG Bin; ZHOU ShaoMin; WANG HaiWei; DU ZuLiang

    2008-01-01

    Single crystalline Fe-doped ZnO nanocantilever arrays have been synthesized by thermal evaporating amorphous Zn-Fe-C-O composite powder. The characterizations of composition, structure and phonon spectrum properties of the nanocantilevers have been performed. Arrays of uniform, perfectly aligned and single-crystal nanowires have been observed by electron microscopy. The results of the X-ray photo-electric spectra and the Raman spectrum provide the evidence that Fe is incorporated into the ZnO lattice at Zn site. Abnormally, the room temperature UV emission band of Fe-doped ZnO nanocantilevers disappears and the green one has a large red-shift, and the intensity of the green emission is strongly quenched because the Fe3+ enters the ZnO crystal lattice.

  11. Synergistic effects of F and Fe in co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Zhang, Yufei; Shen, Huiyuan; Liu, Yanhua

    2016-03-01

    TiO2 photocatalysts co-doped with F and Fe were synthesized by a sol-gel method. Synergistic effects of F and Fe in the co-doped TiO2 were verified by NH3 decomposition, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy, and was analyzed by the simulation based on the density functional theory (DFT). The results from NH3 decomposition confirmed that the cooperation of F and Fe broadened the optical response of TiO2 to visible light region and also enhanced the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 under ultraviolet light. XRD patterns, SEM and HRTEM images showed that the co-doped samples were nanometric anatase with an average particle size of 25 nm. Co-doping with F and Fe inhibited the grain growth of TiO2 from anatase to rutile and resulted in a larger lattice defect. XPS analysis exhibited that the doped F and Fe atoms were into the TiO2 lattice. UV-Vis absorption spectra showed that its optical absorption edge was moved up to approximately 617 nm and its ultraviolet absorption was also enhanced. The DFT results indicated that the cooperation of Fe 3d and O 2p orbits narrowed the band gap of TiO2 and F 2p orbit widened the upper valence bands. The synergistic electron density around F and Fe in co-doped TiO2 was capable to enhance the photo-chemical stability of TiO2.

  12. Electron doping evolution of the magnetic excitations in NaFe1 -xCoxAs

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    Carr, Scott V.; Zhang, Chenglin; Song, Yu; Tan, Guotai; Li, Yu; Abernathy, D. L.; Stone, M. B.; Granroth, G. E.; Perring, T. G.; Dai, Pengcheng

    2016-06-01

    We use time-of-flight (TOF) inelastic-neutron-scattering (INS) spectroscopy to investigate the doping dependence of magnetic excitations across the phase diagram of NaFe1 -xCoxAs with x =0 , 0.0175, 0.0215, 0.05, and 0.11 . The effect of electron doping by partially substituting Fe by Co is to form resonances that couple with superconductivity, broaden, and suppress low-energy (E ≤80 meV) spin excitations compared with spin waves in undoped NaFeAs. However, high-energy (E >80 meV) spin excitations are weakly Co-doping-dependent. Integration of the local spin dynamic susceptibility χ''(ω ) of NaFe1 -xCoxAs reveals a total fluctuating moment of 3.6 μB2/Fe and a small but systematic reduction with electron doping. The presence of a large spin gap in Co-overdoped nonsuperconducting NaFe0.89Co0.11As suggests that Fermi surface nesting is responsible for low-energy spin excitations. These results parallel the Ni-doping evolution of spin excitations in BaFe2 -xNixAs2 in spite of the differences in crystal structures and Fermi surface evolution in these two families of iron pnictides, thus confirming the notion that low-energy spin excitations coupling with itinerant electrons are important for superconductivity, while weakly doping-dependent high-energy spin excitations result from localized moments.

  13. Chemical Doping Effect on the Thermoelectric Properties of T Ga 3 (T = Fe, Ru, Os)

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    Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Karki, Amar; Phelan, Adam; Xiong, Yimin; Jin, Rongying; Chan, Julia; Stadler, Shane; Young, David

    2011-03-01

    Thermoelectric properties of chemically-doped intermetallic narrow-band semiconductors: T Ga 3 (T = Fe, Ru, Os) are reported. The parent compounds show semiconductor-like behavior (Eg ~ 0.2 eV, n290 K ~ 1018 cm3) with large n - type Seebeck coefficients at room temperature (S290 K ~ -300 μ V/K). The semiconductor-like FeGa 3 becomes metallic upon chemical doping (adding electron carriers), but RuGa 3 and OsGa 3 remain semiconducting. While the electrical resistivity and the Seebeck coefficients of all the compounds decrease with electron doping, the Seebeck coefficients remain fairly large and n - type, which leads to larger power factors than those of the pure samples. The thermal conductivity (κ 290K = 1.6 W/m K) of electron-doped FeGa 3 decreases, which increases the room temperature power factor by a large percentage (S2 / ρ 290K = 60 μ W/m K2) over that of pure FeGa 3 . This improvement in the power factor leads to a corresponding enhancement in the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) -- a factor of 5 increases above undoped polycrystalline FeGa 3 and two orders of magnitude improvement over that of pure single crystalline FeGa 3 .

  14. Comparative study of (N, Fe) doped TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts

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    Larumbe, S., E-mail: silvia.larumbe@unavarra.es [Departamento Física, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Campus de Arrosadia, 31006 Pamplona (Spain); Monge, M. [Departamento de Química, Universidad de la Rioja, Centro de Investigación en Síntesis Química (CISQ), Complejo Científico Tecnológico, 26006 Logroño (Spain); Gómez-Polo, C. [Departamento Física, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Campus de Arrosadia, 31006 Pamplona (Spain)

    2015-02-01

    Highlights: • Fe, N doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were synthesized by sol–gel. • The nitrogen content controlled the mean size of nanoparticles and afterwards the modification of cell parameters with respect the undoped sample. • Both doping elements induced the increase of the anatase-rutile transition temperature. • A red-shift is observed in the absorption spectra with the introduction of both elements. • An improvement of photocatalytic activity is observed with the introduction of nitrogen under UV and Visible light. However for higher concentrations a decrease in kinetic constants was observed as consequence of the oxygen vacancies acting as recombination centers. On the contrary, a deterioration of photocatalytic efficiency is found for the Fe doped samples. • A correlation between magnetic behavior and photocatalytic activity was found. - Abstract: The effect of N and Fe doping on the structural, optical, photocatalytic and magnetic properties of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles is analyzed. Undoped, N and Fe doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were synthesized by sol–gel method. Titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) was used as the alkoxyde precursor and iron (III) nitrate and urea were the employed precursors to obtain Fe and N doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles, respectively. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetrical Analysis (TGA) enabled the analysis of the thermal decomposition process and the final calcination temperature. X-Ray Diffraction patterns of the calcined nanoparticles displayed a monophasic anatase structure in all the samples with mean crystallite diameter around 4–6 nm. The introduction of Fe or N induced a red-shift in the absorption spectra. Such a red-shift is characterized by a decrease in the band-gap energy and the occurrence of an absorption (Urbach) tail in the visible region. Finally, the photocatalytic efficiency was evaluated under UV and Visible light, obtaining an improvement of the kinetic constants in

  15. Structural and spectroscopic study of the Fe doped TiO{sub 2} thin films for applications in photocatalysis

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    Mathews, N.R. [Programa de Ingenieria Molecular, IMP, Eje Central Lazaro CardenasSan Bartolo Atepehuacan (Mexico); Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Jacome, M.A.C.; Antonio, J.A.T. [Programa de Ingenieria Molecular, IMP, Eje Central Lazaro CardenasSan Bartolo Atepehuacan (Mexico); Morales, Erik R. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); CIMAV, Miguel de Cervantes, Chihuahua (Mexico)

    2009-05-15

    In this work we are presenting the results of structural and optical investigations of TiO{sub 2} and Fe doped TiO{sub 2} films using XRD, XPS, UV-VIS transmittance spectroscopy, and the application of these films in photocatalysis is demonstrated. Fe-doped TiO{sub 2} films were prepared by sol-gel method. The concentration of Fe utilized for doping ranged from 0.5 to 4% by atomic weight. For lower concentrations of Fe the transformation from amorphous-to-polycrystalline occurred at 400 C. However, as the Fe concentration was increased to 4% this transformation occurred only after annealing at 600 C. The average grain size for 4% Fe doped sample was in the range of 13 nm. In the case of pure TiO{sub 2} the XPS analysis showed only the presence of Ti {sup 4+}, where the 4% Fe doped film showed the presence of two species of Ti atoms; one of unperturbed Ti atoms and another of negatively charged surface of Ti atoms due to the interaction with Fe atoms in the anatase lattice of TiO{sub 2}. The optical band gap was found to decrease with Fe concentration. The resistivity was found to decrease by one order after doping. The 4% Fe doped TiO{sub 2} films showed an increased photocatalytic activity. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. Tailoring of magnetic properties of ultrathin epitaxial Fe films by Dy doping

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    Baker, A. A. [Department of Physics, Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3PU (United Kingdom); Magnetic Spectroscopy Group, Diamond Light Source, Didcot, OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Figueroa, A. I.; Laan, G. van der [Magnetic Spectroscopy Group, Diamond Light Source, Didcot, OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Hesjedal, T. [Department of Physics, Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3PU (United Kingdom)

    2015-07-15

    We report on the controlled modification of relaxation parameters and magnetic moments of epitaxial Fe thin films through Dy doping. Ferromagnetic resonance measurements show that an increase of Dy doping from 0.1% to 5% gives a tripling in Gilbert damping, and more importantly a strongly enhanced anisotropic damping that can be qualitatively understood through the slow-relaxing impurity model. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements show a pronounced suppression of the orbital moment of the Fe with Dy doping, leading to an almost threefold drop in the orbital to spin moment ratio, m{sub l}/m{sub s}. Doping with Dy can therefore be used to control both dynamic and static properties of thin ferromagnetic films for improved performance in spintronics device applications, mediated through the antiferromagnetic interaction of the 4f and 3d states.

  17. Tailoring of magnetic properties of ultrathin epitaxial Fe films by Dy doping

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    A. A. Baker

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available We report on the controlled modification of relaxation parameters and magnetic moments of epitaxial Fe thin films through Dy doping. Ferromagnetic resonance measurements show that an increase of Dy doping from 0.1% to 5% gives a tripling in Gilbert damping, and more importantly a strongly enhanced anisotropic damping that can be qualitatively understood through the slow-relaxing impurity model. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements show a pronounced suppression of the orbital moment of the Fe with Dy doping, leading to an almost threefold drop in the orbital to spin moment ratio, ml/ms. Doping with Dy can therefore be used to control both dynamic and static properties of thin ferromagnetic films for improved performance in spintronics device applications, mediated through the antiferromagnetic interaction of the 4f and 3d states.

  18. The Effect of Polyvinylpyrrolidone on the Optical Properties of the Ni-Doped ZnS Nanocrystalline Thin Films Synthesized by Chemical Method

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    Tran Minh Thi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the optical properties of polyvinyl-pyrrolidone (PVP and the influence of PVP concentration on the photoluminescence spectra of the PVP (PL coated ZnS : Ni nanocrystalline thin films synthesized by the wet chemical method and spin-coating. PL spectra of samples were clearly showed that the 520 nm luminescence peak position of samples remains unchanged, but their peak intensity changes with PVP concentration. The PVP polymer is emissive with peak maximum at 394 nm with the exciting wavelength of 325 nm. The photoluminescence exciting (PLE spectrum of PVP recorded at 394 nm emission shows peak maximum at 332 nm. This excitation band is attributed to the electronic transitions in PVP molecular orbitals. The absorption edges of the PVP-coated ZnS : Ni0.3% samples that were shifted towards shorter wavelength with increasing of PVP concentration can be explained by the absorption of PVP in range of 350 nm to 400 nm. While the PVP coating does not affect the microstructure of ZnS : Ni nanomaterial, the analyzed results of the PL, PLE, and time-resolved PL spectra and luminescence decay curves of the PVP and PVP-coated ZnS : Ni samples allow to explain the energy transition process from surface PVP molecules to the Ni2+ centers that occurs via hot ZnS.

  19. Magnetic Properties of Fe and Ni Doped SnO2 Nanoparticles

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    Ravi Kumar

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we report the room temperature ferromagnetism in Sn1‐xFexO2 and Sn1‐xNixO2 (x = 0.00, 0.03 and 0.05 nano‐crystalline powders. All the samples were prepared using co‐precipitation method. X‐Ray Diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, energy dispersive x‐ray analysis (EDAX, UV‐ visible absorption spectroscopy and room temperature magnetization measurements were performed to study the crystal structure, morphology, elemental analysis, optical band gap and magnetic properties of Fe and Ni doped SnO2. TEM results depict the formation of spherically shaped and small sized nanoparticles of the diameter of ~ 3 nm. The band gap energy of the Fe and Ni doped samples found to decrease with increasing their concentrations. The higher saturation magnetization was observed in low concentration Fe and Ni doped tin oxide.

  20. Magnetic phase transitions and magnetocaloric effect in the Fe-doped MnNiGe alloys

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    Zhang Cheng-Liang; Wang Dun-Hui; Chen Jian; Wang Ting-Zhi; Xie Guang-Xi; Zhu Chun

    2011-01-01

    The magnetic phase transition and magnetocaloric effects in Fe-doped MnNiGe alloys are investigated. The substitution of Fe for Ni decreases the structural transition temperature remarkably,resulting in the magnetostructural transition occurring between antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic states in MnNil-xFex Ge alloy. Owing to the enhanced ferromagnetic coupling induced by the substitution of Fe,metamagnetic behaviour is also observed in TiNiSi-type phase of MnNil_yFe.Ge alloys at temperature below the structural transition temperature.

  1. Influence of Zn Doping on Novel Cathode Material LiFePO4

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    H. Liu; C. Li; Q. Cao; H.P. Zhang; Y.P. Wu; H.Q. Wu

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction The novel cathode material LiFePO4 for lithium ion battery is considered as the substitute of LiCoO2 because of its high theoretical capacity, environmental benignancy and inexpensive cost[1,2]. But it is restricted by its low conductivity, the traditional ways to improve are carbon coating[3,4] and heteroatom doping[5-7].In this paper, we introduced the Zn as heteroatom and investigated the improvement by Zn doping.

  2. Diamagnetism of poly(3-dodecylthiophene) doped with FeCl{sub 3}

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    Cik, G. E-mail: cik@chelin.chtf.stuba.sk; Sersen, F.; Dlhan, L

    2000-01-01

    The EPR spectroscopy and the measurement of AC magnetic susceptibility have been used to study the magnetic properties of poly(3-dodecylthiophene) doped with FeCl{sub 3}. The homogeneous doping (at a low level of the dopant) leads to a high degree of diamagnetism, the extent of which depends on conformational temperature changes and the amount of the dopant in a polymer. In this work, the potential mechanism of diamagnetism generated in the system will be discussed.

  3. Conductive surface modification of LiFePO4 with nitrogen doped carbon layers for lithium-ion batteries

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    Yoon, Sukeun [ORNL; Liao, Chen [ORNL; Sun, Xiao-Guang [ORNL; Bridges, Craig A [ORNL; Unocic, Raymond R [ORNL; Nanda, Jagjit [ORNL; Dai, Sheng [ORNL; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans [ORNL

    2012-01-01

    The LiFePO4 rod surface modified with nitrogen doped carbon layer has been prepared using hydrothermal processing followed by post-annealing in the presence of an ionic liquid. The coated LiFePO4 rod exhibits good capacity retention and high rate capability as the nitrogen doped carbon improves conductivity and prevents aggregation of the rod during cycling.

  4. Growth and Holographic Storage Properties of Sc, Fe Co-Doped Lithium Niobate Crystals

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    2007-01-01

    The holographic storage properties of Fe (0.03% (mass fraction) Fe2O3):LiNbO3 doped with Sc at different levels (0, 1%, 2%, 3%) were investigated.The Sc threshold concentration in Fe:LiNbO3 was implied to be about 3%(mole fraction) because O-H vibration absorption peak of Sc (3%):Fe:LiNbO3 was at 3508 cm-1, compared with 3484 cm-1 of crystals with lower Sc doping level.Sc(3%):Fe:LiNbO3 exhibited higher optical damage resistance ability.The threshold intensity (wavelength 488 nm) of Sc (3%):Fe:LiNbO3 was 2.2×102 W·cm-2, two orders of magnitude higher than that of Fe:LiNbO3.Holographic storage properties of the crystals were determined in an extraordinary polarized laser of wavelength 632.8 nm by a two-wave coupling method.It was found that in terms of holographic storage properties, the optimal doping concentration of Sc was 2%(mole fraction) among this crystal series.

  5. Structural, Magnetic and Dielectric Properties of Fe-DOPED BaTiO3 Solids

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    Guo, Zhengang; Yang, Lihong; Qiu, Hongmei; Zhan, Xuedan; Yin, Jinhua; Cao, Lipeng

    The structural, ferroelectric and magnetic properties of bulk perovskite Fe-doped BaTiO3 (BFTO) prepared by standard solid-state reaction have been investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) identifies the tetragonal structure of BFTO samples. Rietveld refinements of XRD data indicates that the doping ions led to ab-plane expansion and out-of-ab-plane shrinkage of the BFTO phases. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements for the prepared samples reveals that Fe3+ and Fe4+ ions replaces Ti4+ ions in the crystal lattice to form single-phase BFTO solids. The results of the temperature-dependent dielectric properties and magnetic hysteresis loops for the BFTO solids show simultaneously the ferroelectric order and ferromagnetic order at room temperature. The doping of magnetic element Fe brings about ferromagnetic order for the samples, and the measured magnetic moment for each Fe atom increases from 0.70 μB to 1.55 μB in BFTO samples. The origin of ferromagnetism of the BFTO samples should be attributed to the double exchange interactions of Fe3+-O2-Fe4+ ions.

  6. Structural, optical, and magnetic properties of Mn and Fe-doped Co3O4 nanoparticles

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    C. Stella

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Mn and Fe-doped Co3O4 nanoparticles were prepared by a simple precipitation method. The synthesized particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscope (SEM, transmission electron microscope (TEM, UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM techniques. XRD analysis showed the cubic structure of Co3O4. SEM and TEM images confirmed the formation of interconnected nanoparticles. Mn and Fe-doped Co3O4 showed broad absorption in the visible region compared to undoped sample and the band gap values are red shifted. Five Raman active modes were observed from the Raman spectra. FTIR spectra confirmed the spinel structure of Co3O4 and the doping of Mn and Fe shifts the vibrational modes to lower wave number region. The magnetic measurements confirmed that Fe-doped Co3O4 shows a little ferromagnetic behavior compared to undoped and Mn-doped Co3O4, which could be related to the uncompensated surface spins and the finite size effects.

  7. Effect of Co doping on structural, optical, magnetic and dielectric properties of Bi2Fe4O9

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    Mohapatra, S. R.; Sahu, B.; Kaushik, S. D.; Singh, A. K.

    2015-06-01

    Polycrystalline Bi2Fe4O9 and 2% Co doped Bi2Fe4O9 were prepared by solid state reaction route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) result reveals that there is no change in the crystal structure due to Co doping and the compound has orthorhombic structure. UV-visible spectroscopy confirms the decrease in band gap due Co doping. Zero field cooled magnetization measurement at 100 Oe magnetic field shows substantial decrease in the magnetic transition temperature. Room temperature frequency dependent dielectric permittivity at 1V DC bias shows ˜10% increase in Co doped sample with respect to pure Bi2Fe4O9.

  8. Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of Co and Fe doped ZnO

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    Li Chunping

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available First-principle ultrasoft pseudo potential approach of the plane wave based on density functional theory has been used for studying the electronic characterization and optical properties of ZnO and Fe, Co doped ZnO. The results show that the doping impurities change the lattice parameters a little, but bring more changes in the electronic structures. The band gaps are broadened by doping. And the Fermi level accesses to the conduction band which will lead the system to show the character of metallic properties. The dielectric function and absorption peaks are identified and the changes compared to pure ZnO are analyzed in detail.

  9. Effect of Fe doping on the terahertz conductivity of GaN single crystals

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    Kadlec, Filip; Kadlec, Christelle; Paskova, Tanya; Evans, Keith

    2010-04-01

    Bulk single crystals of GaN with different degrees of Fe doping were studied using time-domain terahertz spectroscopy at high temperatures. Features due to free carriers were observed in the complex permittivity spectra with a pronounced dependence on both doping and temperature. Fitting the spectra using the Drude model made it possible to deduce a defect ionization energy of 16 meV in the undoped sample while the spectra of doped samples are consistent with an ionization energy of 60 meV. Also, the free carrier concentrations at temperatures from 300 to 900 K were estimated.

  10. Effect of Fe doping on the terahertz conductivity of GaN single crystals

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    Kadlec, Filip; Kadlec, Christelle [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Paskova, Tanya; Evans, Keith [Kyma Technologies, Inc., Raleigh, NC 27617 (United States)

    2010-04-14

    Bulk single crystals of GaN with different degrees of Fe doping were studied using time-domain terahertz spectroscopy at high temperatures. Features due to free carriers were observed in the complex permittivity spectra with a pronounced dependence on both doping and temperature. Fitting the spectra using the Drude model made it possible to deduce a defect ionization energy of 16 meV in the undoped sample while the spectra of doped samples are consistent with an ionization energy of 60 meV. Also, the free carrier concentrations at temperatures from 300 to 900 K were estimated.

  11. Interrelatedness of Fe composition on structural and magnetic properties in Fe-doped SrRuO{sub 3} thin films

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    Yoo, Y.Z.; Chmaissem, O.; Kolesnik, S.; Brown, D.E.; Dabrowski, B.; Kimball, C.W. [Northern Illinois University, Institute for NanoScience, Engineering and Technology (INSET), Physics Department, DeKalb, IL (United States); Kim, T.W. [Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Applied Optics and Energy Research Group, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Kim, M.S. [TongMyong University, Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Genis, A.P. [Northern Illinois University, Institute for NanoScience, Engineering and Technology (INSET), Electrical Engineering Department, DeKalb, IL (United States); Song, J.H. [PaiChai University, Department of Information and Electronic Materials Engineering, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    Fe-doping (up to 11 mole%) into SrRuO{sub 3} (SRO) thin films on SrTiO{sub 3} substrates decreased correlation lengths of both surface and interface. It turned out that Fe was doped in the valence state of 3+ without formation of the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase, which caused orthorhombic distortion. T{sub C} values decreased from 145 K to 97 K with increasing Fe concentration (C{sub Fe}). High magnetic switching fields were observed for all Fe-doped SRO thin films and their strengths showed a linear relationship with C{sub Fe}. Detail structural characterization using synchrotron X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy were used to understand its unique magnetic switching field properties. (orig.)

  12. Synthesis of Co2+-doped Fe2O3 photocatalyst for degradation of pararosaniline dye

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    Suresh, R.; Giribabu, K.; Manigandan, R.; Mangalaraja, R. V.; Solorza, Jorge Yanez; Stephen, A.; Narayanan, V.

    2017-06-01

    In this paper, x (=2, 5, 7 and 10mol%) Co2+-doped Fe2O3 (xCo:Fe2O3) nanoparticles with enhanced photocatalytic activity have been reported. xCo:Fe2O3 nanoparticles were successfully prepared by co-precipitation followed thermal decomposition method. The structural, optical and morphological properties of the prepared samples were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), diffuse reflectance (DR) UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The obtained results revealed that Co2+ ions were well doped within the lattices of Fe2O3. Also, Co2+ ions suppress the formation of the most stable α- Fe2O3 and stabilize less stable γ-Fe2O3 at 450 °C. The photocatalytic activity of xCo:Fe2O3 was examined by using pararosaniline (PR) dye. It was found that photocatalytic degradation of PR depends on dopant concentration (Co2+ ions). Relatively, the highest photocatalytic activity was observed for 5%Co:Fe2O3 nanoparticles. The plausible photocatalytic degradation pathway of PR at xCo:Fe2O3 surface has also been proposed.

  13. Effects of Mn and Ni doping on the superconductivity of SmFeAs(O,F)

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    Singh, S.J., E-mail: shivjees@gmail.com; Shimoyama, J.; Yamamoto, A.; Ogino, H.; Kishio, K.

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: •Doping effects of Mn and Ni on the superconducting properties of Sm 1111 is studied. •We found that these doping strongly deteriorate the superconducting properties. •The slope of upper critical field is improved by Mn doping. •Electron type charge carrier dominates in the transport properties. •Our result suggests that the disorder plays an important role. -- Abstract: We have studied the effects of 3d metal Manganese (Mn) and Nickel (Ni) doping on the superconducting properties of SmFeAs(O,F) bulk samples, synthesized through low temperature synthesis route. Ni-doping depresses the superconductivity but the resistivity becomes still metallic nature. These observations indicate that Ni works as electron donors. In contrast, Mn-doping suppresses the superconductivity faster than the Ni and led to enhanced resistivity especially in the low temperature region, suggesting that Mn ions act as scattering centers. The effects of the transition metal doping in conducting layer (FeAs) has been discussed by the variation of the lattice parameters and resistivity with doping. The temperature dependence of resistivity under external magnetic field has been studied and indicates that the slope of the upper critical field (μ{sub 0}dH{sub c2}/dT) is slightly improved by Mn doping and reached up to −9.5 T K{sup −1}. The normal state thermoelectric power (S) decreases rapidly with Mn and Ni doping, and shows the negative value in the whole temperature region for all samples, suggesting that an electron-type charge carrier dominates in the transport properties.

  14. Evidence of a cluster glass-like behavior in Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Ramos, J. E.; Montero-Muñoz, M.; Coaquira, J. A. H.; Rodríguez-Páez, J. E.

    2014-05-01

    We report on the study of the structural and magnetic properties of crystalline Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles with Fe content up to 10% synthesized by a co-precipitation method. The Rietveld analysis indicates that the Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles are formed in a single phase wurtzite structure. DC magnetization (M) vs. applied magnetic field (H) curves obtained at 5 K show the occurrence of a ferromagnetic behavior. The coercive field and saturation magnetization depend on the Fe content. At room temperature, M vs. H curves show features consistent with a superparamagnetic state of nanoscale system. The temperature dependence of the AC and DC magnetic susceptibilities show features related to the thermal relaxation of the nano-sized particles. From the AC data analysis, a magnetic transition from the superparamagnetic to cluster-glass state is determined.

  15. Bio-green synthesis of Fe doped SnO2 nanoparticle thin film

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    Gattu, Ketan P.; Ghule, Kalyani; Huse, Nanasaheb P.; Dive, Avinash S.; Bagul, Sagar B.; Digraskar, Renuka V.; Sharma, Ramphal; Ghule, Anil V.

    2017-05-01

    Herein Fe doped SnO2 nanoparticles have been synthesized using simple, cost effective and ecofriendly biosynthesis method, in which remnant water (ideally kitchen waste) collected from soaked Bengal gram beans (Cicer arietinum L.) was used. This extract consists of different bio-molecules which acted as complexing as well as capping agents for synthesis of Fe-doped SnO2 nanoparticles. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) revealed uniform size distribution with the average size of 6 nm and confirmed the formation of rutile structure with space group (P42/mnm) and nanocrystalline nature of the products with spherical morphology. Further, the gas sensing properties of the materials have been studied in comparison with other gases. The reported gas sensing results are promising, which suggest that the Fe-dopant is a promising noble metal additives to fabricate low cost SnO2 based sensor.

  16. First-principle Studies on Ferromagnetism of Fe-doped AlN Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors

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    Full Text Available We have studied the electronic structures and magnetic properties of Fe-doped AlN by first-principles calculations within density functional theory. The calculated results show that AlN crystals doped by double Fe atoms display ferromagnetic properties, and the total magnetic moment is 10.0 µB per 72-atom supercell (3 × 3 × 2. The calculated energy differences between the antiferromagnetic (AFM and ferromagnetic (FM phases are 207 meV, which means FM state is a stable state. It is also found that the 3d-states of Fe dopants and the 2p-states of N atoms bonding to Fe dopants are the main contributors to the density of states at the Fermi level.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.22.4.10750

  17. Effect of Ni on the growth and photoelectrochemical properties of ZnS thin films

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    Huang, Chao-Ming [Department of Environmental Engineering, Kun Shan University, Yung Kang City, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Chen, Lung-Chuan [Department of Polymer Materials, Kun Shan University, Yung Kang City, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Pan, Guan-Ting; Yang, Thomas C.K. [Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechology, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Chang, Wei-Sheng [Energy and Environment Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China); Cheng, Kong-Wei, E-mail: kwcheng@mail.cgu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chang Gung University, No. 259 Wen-Hwa 1st Rd., Kwei-Shan, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan (China)

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    Undoped and Ni-doped ZnS thin film photoelectrodes were prepared using the chemical bath deposition process. X-ray diffraction patterns of a hexagonal wurtzite structure with preferential orientation along the (0 0 8) plane appeared on undoped ZnS films. An increase in the molar ratios of Ni, x, in the starting solution resulted in a decrease in the intensity of the (0 0 8) plane. Images from a scanning electron microscope revealed a drastic change of the surface morphology of the Ni-doped ZnS film due to ion-by-ion deposition. The energy band gaps of Ni-doped ZnS thin films shifted to lower energy levels between 3.34 and 3.01 eV. Moreover, increasing the Ni ratio led to a shift in the flat-band potential of the film towards a more positive value compared to that of ZnS. The Ni-doped ZnS films experienced a conversion from n-type to p-type when the molar ratio of Ni changed from 0.003 to 0.005. The photocurrent densities of Ni-doped ZnS film (x = 0.003) reached 3.74 mA cm{sup -2} at an external potential of 1.5 V versus a Pt electrode and exhibited a threefold enhancement of photocurrent density compared to pure ZnS. A cathodic photocurrent of 0.82 mA cm{sup -2} at an external potential of -1.5 V was obtained for a Ni concentration of x = 0.005.

  18. First-Principles Study of Fe-Doped ZnO Nanowires

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    张富春; 张威虎; 董军堂; 张志勇

    2011-01-01

    Using Srst-principles theory, we predict magnetic, electronic and optical properties in Fe-doped ZnO nanowires. The results show that ferromagnetic (FM) coupling of configuration V is the most stable, and the strong hybridization effect between FeZd and O2p states is found near the Fermi level, and it is obvious that the ferromagnetic system is electron-spin polarization of 100% and half-metallic. Given antiferromagnetic (AFM) coupling, the system generates small spin polarization near the Fermi level, indicating metalh'city. The magnetic moments mainly arise from FeZd orbitals. In addition, the results of optical properties show that the Fe-doped ZnO nanowires have apparent absorption peaks in the ultraviolet band and that there is a small red shift and a strong blue shift in the near and far ultraviolet band, indicating that Fe-doped ZnO nanowires are a type of magneto-optical materials with great promise.%Using first-principles theory,we predict magnetic,electronic and optical properties in Fe-doped ZnO nanowires.The results show that ferromagnetic(FM)coupling of configuration V is the most stable,and the strong hybridization effect between Fe3d and O2p states is found near the Fermi level,and it is obvious that the ferromagnetic system is electron-spin polarization of 100% and half-metallic.Given antiferromagnetic(AFM)coupling,the system generates small spin polarization near the Fermi level,indicating metallicity.The magnetic moments mainly arise from Fe3d orbitals.In addition,the results of optical properties show that the Fe-doped ZnO nanowires have apparent absorption peaks in the ultraviolet band and that there is a small red shift and a strong blue shift in the near and far ultraviolet band,indicating that Fe-doped ZnO nanowires are a type of magneto-optical materials with great promise.

  19. Phase transition in ZnS thin film phosphor

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    Kryshtab, T.; Khomchenko, V. S.; Andraca-Adame, J. A.; Khachatryan, V. B.; Mazin, M. O.; Rodionov, V. E.; Mukhlio, M. F.

    2005-02-01

    The effect of an original non-vacuum annealing of thin ZnS films according to the annealing conditions and type of substrate on the film's crystalline structure and surface morphology in relation with photoluminescent (PL) properties was investigated. ZnS thin films were deposited by electron-beam evaporation (EBE) on ceramic (BaTiO 3) and glass substrates heated to 150-200 °C. Three types of the targets such as ZnS, ZnS:Cu and ZnS:Cu, Al were used. The film thickness varied from 0.6 to 1 μm. As-deposited films were annealed at the atmospheric pressure in S 2-rich ambient atmosphere at 600-950 °C for 1 h. The ZnS:Cu films were Ga co-doped by annealing in the same atmosphere and temperature with additional Ga vapor. The ZnS films were doped with Cu, Cl using the thermal diffusion method by embedding the samples in ZnS:Cu, Cl powder. X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and the measurements of PL parameters were used for investigation. The temperature of the ZnS phase transition from the sphalerite to wurtzite structure depends on the presence, type and ratio of additional impurities. It was revealed that Ga and Cl act not only as co-dopant to improve the luminescent properties, but also as activators of recrystallization processes. The transition of ZnS film's sphalerite lattice to wurtzite leads to the displacement of the blue emission band position towards the short-wavelength range by 10 nm.

  20. Fe doped Magnetic Nanodiamonds made by Ion Implantation.

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    Chen, ChienHsu; Cho, I C; Jian, Hui-Shan; Niu, H

    2017-02-09

    Here we present a simple physical method to prepare magnetic nanodiamonds (NDs) using high dose Fe ion-implantation. The Fe atoms are embedded into NDs through Fe ion-implantation and the crystal structure of NDs are recovered by thermal annealing. The results of TEM and Raman examinations indicated the crystal structure of the Fe implanted NDs is recovered completely. The SQUID-VSM measurement shows the Fe-NDs possess room temperature ferromagnetism. That means the Fe atoms are distributed inside the NDs without affecting NDs crystal structure, so the NDs can preserve the original physical and chemical properties of the NDs. In addition, the ion-implantation-introduced magnetic property might make the NDs to become suitable for variety of medical applications.

  1. Fe doped Magnetic Nanodiamonds made by Ion Implantation

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    Chen, Chienhsu; Cho, I. C.; Jian, Hui-Shan; Niu, H.

    2017-02-01

    Here we present a simple physical method to prepare magnetic nanodiamonds (NDs) using high dose Fe ion-implantation. The Fe atoms are embedded into NDs through Fe ion-implantation and the crystal structure of NDs are recovered by thermal annealing. The results of TEM and Raman examinations indicated the crystal structure of the Fe implanted NDs is recovered completely. The SQUID-VSM measurement shows the Fe-NDs possess room temperature ferromagnetism. That means the Fe atoms are distributed inside the NDs without affecting NDs crystal structure, so the NDs can preserve the original physical and chemical properties of the NDs. In addition, the ion-implantation-introduced magnetic property might make the NDs to become suitable for variety of medical applications.

  2. Fe doped Magnetic Nanodiamonds made by Ion Implantation

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    Chen, ChienHsu; Jian, Hui-Shan; Niu, H

    2016-01-01

    Here we present a simple physical method to produce magnetic nanodiamonds (NDs) using high dose Fe ion-implantation. The Fe atoms are distributed inside the NDs without affecting their crystal structure. So the NDs can be still functionalized through surface modification for targeted chemotherapy and the added magnetic property will make the NDs suitable for localized thermal treatment for cancer cells without the toxicity from the Fe atoms being directly in contact with the living tissue.

  3. Superconductivity and ferromagnetism in hole-doped RbEuFe4As4

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    Liu, Yi; Liu, Ya-Bin; Tang, Zhang-Tu; Jiang, Hao; Wang, Zhi-Cheng; Ablimit, Abduweli; Jiao, Wen-He; Tao, Qian; Feng, Chun-Mu; Xu, Zhu-An; Cao, Guang-Han

    2016-06-01

    We discover a robust coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism in an iron arsenide RbEuFe4As4 . The new material crystallizes in an intergrowth structure of RbFe2As2 and EuFe2As2 , such that the Eu sublattice turns out to be primitive instead of being body-centered in EuFe2As2 . The FeAs layers, featured by asymmetric As coordinations, are hole doped due to charge homogenization. Our combined measurements of electrical transport, magnetization, and heat capacity unambiguously and consistently indicate bulk superconductivity at 36.5 K in the FeAs layers and ferromagnetism at 15 K in the Eu sublattice. Interestingly, the Eu-spin ferromagnetic ordering belongs to a rare third-order transition, according to the Ehrenfest classification of phase transitions. We also identify an additional anomaly at ˜5 K, which is possibly associated with the interplay between superconductivity and ferromagnetism.

  4. Synthesis and dielectric properties of Zn doped GdFeO3 ceramics

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    Sai Vandana, C.; Guravamma, J.; Hemalatha Rudramadevi, B.

    2016-09-01

    GdFeO3 and GdZn0.3Fe0.7O3 ceramics were prepared by standard Solid State Reaction method at 1200°C. The structural changes and crystallite sizes of the undoped and Zn doped ceramics were studied using the XRD data. Microstructural features and elemental composition of GdFeO3 and GdZn0.3Fe0.7O3 ceramics were determined from SEM and EDS analysis. Room temperature dielectric measurements such as dielectric constant (ɛ´), tangent loss (tan5) and AC conductivity (oac) were carried out in the frequency range (100Hz to 1MHz). Improved dielectric properties of GdZn0.3Fe0.7O3 over GdFeO3 ceramics with low values of dielectric loss render them as potential materials in the areas of microwave communication systems, information storage, spintronics, sensors, etc.

  5. Structural and Magnetic Properties of Transition-Metal-Doped Zn 1-x Fe x O.

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    Abdel-Baset, T A; Fang, Yue-Wen; Anis, B; Duan, Chun-Gang; Abdel-Hafiez, Mahmoud

    2016-12-01

    The ability to produce high-quality single-phase diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS) is the driving factor to study DMS for spintronics applications. Fe-doped ZnO was synthesized by using a low-temperature co-precipitation technique producing Zn 1-x Fe x O nanoparticles (x= 0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, and 0.1). Structural, Raman, density functional calculations, and magnetic studies have been carried out in studying the electronic structure and magnetic properties of Fe-doped ZnO. The results show that Fe atoms are substituted by Zn ions successfully. Due to the small ionic radius of Fe ions compared to that of a Zn ions, the crystal size decreases with an increasing dopant concentration. First-principle calculations indicate that the charge state of iron is Fe (2+) and Fe (3+) with a zinc vacancy or an interstitial oxygen anion, respectively. The calculations predict that the exchange interaction between transition metal ions can switch from the antiferromagnetic coupling into its quasi-degenerate ferromagnetic coupling by external perturbations. This is further supported and explains the observed ferromagnetic bahaviour at magnetic measurements. Magnetic measurements reveal that decreasing particle size increases the ferromagnetism volume fraction. Furthermore, introducing Fe into ZnO induces a strong magnetic moment without any distortion in the geometrical symmetry; it also reveals the ferromagnetic coupling.

  6. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue on Fe3+-doped TiO2 nanoparticles under visible light irradiation

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    SU Bitao; WANG Ke; BAI Jie; MU Hongmei; TONG Yongchun; MIN Shixiong; SHE Shixiong; LEI Ziqiang

    2007-01-01

    Fe3+-doped TiO2 composite nanoparticles with different doping amounts were successfully synthesized using sol-gel method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS). The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue was used as a model reaction to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of Fe3+/TiO2 nanoparticles under visible light irradia-tion. The influence of doping amount of Fe3+ (ω: 0.00%-3.00%) on photocatalytic activities of TiO2 was investigated.Results show that the size of Fe3+/TiO2 particles decreases with the increase of the amount of Fe3+ and their absorptionspectra are broaden and absorption intensities are also increased. Doping Fe3+ can control the conversion of TiO2 from anatase to rutile. The doping amount of Fe3+ remarkably affects the activity of the catalyst, and the optimum efficiency occurs at about the doping amount of 0.3%. The appropriate doping of Fe3+ can markedly increase the catalytic activity of TiO2 under visible light irradiation.

  7. Normal-state charge dynamics in doped BaFe2As2: Roles of doping and necessary ingredients for superconductivity

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    Nakajima, M.; Ishida, S.; Tanaka, T.; Kihou, K.; Tomioka, Y.; Saito, T.; Lee, C. H.; Fukazawa, H.; Kohori, Y.; Kakeshita, T.; Iyo, A.; Ito, T.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.

    2014-01-01

    In high-transition-temperature superconducting cuprates and iron arsenides, chemical doping plays an important role in inducing superconductivity. Whereas in the cuprate case, the dominant role of doping is to inject charge carriers, the role for the iron arsenides is complex owing to carrier multiplicity and the diversity of doping. Here, we present a comparative study of the in-plane resistivity and the optical spectrum of doped BaFe2As2, which allows for separation of coherent (itinerant) and incoherent (highly dissipative) charge dynamics. The coherence of the system is controlled by doping, and the doping evolution of the charge dynamics exhibits a distinct difference between electron and hole doping. It is found in common with any type of doping that superconductivity with high transition temperature emerges when the normal-state charge dynamics maintains incoherence and when the resistivity associated with the coherent channel exhibits dominant temperature-linear dependence. PMID:25077444

  8. Doping effects of transition metals on superconducting properties of (Ca,RE)FeAs2

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    Yakita, Hiroyuki; Ogino, Hiraku; Okada, Tomoyuki; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Kishio, Kohji; Shimoyama, Jun-Ichi; Iyo, Akira; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Sala, Alberto

    2015-03-01

    At the previous March Meeting, we reported new iron based superconductors (Ca,RE)FeAs2 (Ca112) (RE = La-Nd, Sm-Gd)[ 1 , 2 ]. Superconducting transition was observed in all samples except for Ce-doped sample, and Tc of La-doped sample exceeded 30 K. In this study, we have synthesized transition metals (TM=Mn, Co, Ni) co-doped Ca112 samples. Mn co-doping suppressed superconductivity. On the contrary, enhancement of Tc with sharp superconducting transitions was observed in most of the Co or Ni co-doped samples. Tc of Co co-doped samples decreased with a decrease in ionic radii of RE3+ from 38 K for RE = La to 29 K for RE = Gd, though Eu doped sample showed exceptionally low Tc = 21 K. Jc value of La and Co co-doped sample estimated from magnetization measurement is approximately 2.0 x 104 Acm-2at 2 K suggesting bulk superconductivity.

  9. Optical and electrical properties of copper-incorporated ZnS films applicable as solar cell absorbers

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    Mehrabian, M.; Esteki, Z.; Shokrvash, H.; Kavei, G.

    2016-10-01

    Un-doped and Cu-doped ZnS (ZnS:Cu) thin films were synthesized by Successive Ion Layer Absorption and Reaction (SILAR) method. The UV-visible absorption studies have been used to calculate the band gap values of the fabricated ZnS:Cu thin films. It was observed that by increasing the concentration of Cu2+ ions, the Fermi level moves toward the edge of the valence band of ZnS. Photoluminescence spectra of un-doped and Cu-doped ZnS thin films was recorded under 355 nm. The emission spectrum of samples has a blue emission band at 436 nm. The peak positions of the luminescence showed a red shift as the Cu2+ ion concentration was increased, which indicates that the acceptor level (of Cu2+) is getting close to the valence band of ZnS.

  10. Second harmonic generation microscopy reveals hidden polar organization in fluoride doped MIL-53(Fe)

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    Markey, K.; Putzeys, T.; Horcajada, P.; Devic, T.; Guillou, N.; Wübbenhorst, M.; Van Cleuvenbergen, S.; Verbiest, T.; De Vos, D.E.; Van der Veen, M.A.

    2016-01-01

    Polar metal–organic frameworks have potential applications as functional non-linear optical, piezoelectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric materials. Using second harmonic generation microscopy we found that fluoride doping of the microporous iron(III) terephthalate MOF MIL-53(Fe) induces a polar or

  11. Photocatalytic performance of Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles under visible-light irradiation

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    Ali, T.; Tripathi, P.; Azam, Ameer; Raza, Waseem; Ahmed, Arham S.; Ahmed, Ateeq; Muneer, M.

    2017-01-01

    The present work focuses on the synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of a nanosized Fe-doped TiO2 photocatalyst. The samples were synthesized by the sol–gel method and characterized by using techniques such as x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), UV–visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR). The powder XRD spectra revealed that the synthesized samples are pure and crystalline in nature and show a tetragonal anatase phase of TiO2. The Raman spectroscopy also confirmed the formation of an anatase phase structure in both pure and Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs). The UV–visible and PL spectra illustrated the red shift in Fe-doped TiO2 NPs. The FTIR spectra indicated the vibrational band of the Ti–O lattice. The photocatalytic experimental results demonstrate that Fe-doped TiO2 NPs effectively degrade MB under visible-light illumination. Interestingly, the prepared TiO2 NPs with a dopant concentration of 3.0 mole% showed the maximum photocatalytic activity under investigation.

  12. Dye Oriza sativa glutinosa doped Fe as a active element of Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC)

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

    2016-11-01

    The aims of the research are to determine the effect of doping Fe (III) Sulphate into dye Oriza sativa glutinosa on the characteristics parameters of solar cells, to determine the optical characteristic, functional group and electrical characteristic of dye Oriza sativa glutinosa doped Fe (III) sulphate. TiO2 nano size as much as 0.5 gr dissolved in 3 ml ethanol. 100 gr black sticky rice (Oriza sativa glutinosa) was immersed in 80 ml ethanol solution (95%) and kept at room temperature without exposing to light. Then it was filtered with a filter paper no.42, and the extracted result was process with chromatography. Furthermore, it was doped with Fe (III) sulphate respectively of 10-1 M, 10-2 M, 10-3 M. The characteristic of dye solution was measured using UV-Visible Spectrophotometer Lambda 25 for absorbance, Elkahfi 100/I-V meter for conductivity amd Keithey 2602A for characterization of current and voltage (I-V). The result showed that the area of dye Oriza sativa glutionosa doped Fe (III) sulphate with concentration 10-1 M the largest, because the value of Voc intercept at 6.40 × 10-1 mV and the value Isc intercept at 1.89 × 10-3 mA, with efficiency value is 0.148%.

  13. Doping effects of Sb in FeTe1-xSbx single crystals

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    Wang, X. F.; Zhang, Z. T.; Chen, X. L.; Kan, X. C.; Li, L.; Sun, Y. P.; Zhang, L.; Xi, C. Y.; Pi, L.; Yang, Z. R.; Zhang, Y. H.

    2015-06-01

    We investigated the doping effects of Sb on the magnetic, transport and structural properties in FeTe1-xSbx single crystals. Resistivity, magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity experiments consistently reveal that the magnetic/structural transition temperature TN ∼ 70K in undoped Fe1.05Te is gradually suppressed by Sb doping, but no superconductivity is observed for x up to 10%. It is found that the electronic heat capacity coefficient γ increases with Sb content, implying the increase of the density of states at Fermi level. Referring to previous calculation reports, this means that the Sb substituent plays a role of hole carrier doping, which is consistent with our measurements on Hall coefficient. Structural analysis shows that Sb doping induces an expansion of the lattice along the a axis and a shrinkage along the c axis. Our work suggests that the antiferromagnetism in Fe1+yTe may be different in nature with other parent compounds of FeAs-based systems.

  14. SYNTHESIS OF M–Nd DOPED Fe3O4 NANOPARTICLES (M = Co ...

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  15. Infrared spectroscopy of rare-earth-doped CaFe2As2

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    Xing, Zhen; Huffman, T. J.; Xu, Peng; Qazilbash, M. M.; Saha, S. R.; Drye, Tyler; Paglione, J.

    2014-03-01

    Recently, rare-earth doping in CaFe2As2 has been used to tune its electronic, magnetic, and structural properties. The substitution of rare-earth ions at the alkaline-earth sites leads to the suppression of the spin-density wave (SDW) phase transition in CaFe2As2. For example, Pr substitution results in a paramagnetic metal in the tetragonal phase that is susceptible to a low temperature structural transition to a collapsed tetragonal phase. However, La-doped CaFe2As2 remains in the uncollapsed tetragonal structure down to the lowest measured temperatures. Both the uncollapsed and collapsed tetragonal structures exhibit superconductivity with maximum Tc reaching 47 K, the highest observed in inter-metallics albeit with a small superconducting volume fraction. In this work, we perform ab-plane infrared spectroscopy of rare-earth-doped CaFe2As2 at different cryogenic temperatures. Our aim is to ascertain the contributions of electron doping and chemical pressure to the charge and lattice dynamics of this iron-arsenide system.

  16. Photocatalytic degradation of phenol in Aqueous Solutions by Fe(III-doped TiO2/UV Process

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    Full Text Available "n "nBackgrounds and Objectives: Phenol and phenolic compounds are widely used in industry and daily liFe, and are of high interest due to stability in the environment, dissolution ability in water and health problems. In this regard, phenol removal from water is of high importance. The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficiency of photodegradation process for removal of phenol from aqueous system by use of Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles prepared by sol-gel method."nMaterials and Methods: Phenol concentrations of 5, 10, 50 and 100 mg/L were prepared and exposed to UV and Fe-doped TiO2, separately and simultaneously. Also the effect of initial phenol concentration, Fe-doped TiO2 loading and pH were studied. Various doses of photocatalist investigated for Fe- doped TiO2 were 0.25, 0.5 and 1 g/L. pH was studied at three ranges, acidic (pH=3, neutral (pH=7 and alkaline (pH=11."nResults: Maximum degradation was obtained at acidic pH, 0.5 g/L of Fe-doped TiO2 for all of phenol concentrations. With increasing initial concentration of phenol, photocatalytic degradation decreased. In comparison with Fe-doped TiO2/UV process, efficiency of UV radiation alone was low in phenol degradation (% 64.5 at 100 mg/l of phenol concentration. Also the amount of phenol adsorbed on the Fe-doped TiO2 was negligible at dark conditions."nConclusion: Results of this study showed that Fe(III- doped TiO2 nanoparticles had an important effect on photocatalytic degradation of high initial phenol concentration when Fe(III-doped TiO2/ UV process applied.

  17. Effects of phosphorous doping on the superconducting properties of SmFeAs(O,F)

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    Singh, Shiv Jee; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Ogino, Hiraku; Kishio, Kohji

    2014-09-01

    The systematic doping effect induced by the isovalent substitution of P for As on the superconducting properties of F-doped SmFeAsO0.88F0.12 (Sm1111) has been studied by physical and magnetic measurements. The cell volume (V) decreases with P doping and the anisotropic chemical pressure might be induced. However, the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and the upper critical field (Hc2) are suppressed. Thermoelectric power (S) indicates the majority of electron type charge carriers in support of Hall measurements and its magnitude does not change very much for different P concentrations. The present investigation depicts that isovalent substitutions in the FeAs layer strongly deteriorate the superconducting properties of Sm1111 as a result of increase in chemical pressure. These isovalent substitution effects are comparatively discussed with hole (Mn) and electron (Ni) type substitutions in the superconducting layer of Sm1111.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  19. Phase diagram of F- and Co-doped CeFeAsO

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    Vakaliuk, Oleksii; Wurmehl, Sabine; Malbrich, Christine; Bruening, Eva; Grafe, Hans-Joachim; Hess, Christian; Buechner, Bernd [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, 01069 Dresden (Germany)

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    We carried out an experimental systematic electronic resistivity investigation of CeFeAsO system in a wide Co-doping range (0-0.12) and compare it to F-doped (0-0.10) CeFeAsO. The resistivity of the pristine compound: i) exhibits a pronounced peak at approximately 150 K, followed by a steep decrease and ii) an inflection point which are clear signatures of the tetragonal to orthorhombic structural transition, and the antiferromagnetic spin density wave transition, respectively. iii) At low temperature the resistivity shows a kink-like anomaly due to ordering of Ce magnetic moments. Upon doping these anomalies shifts to lower temperature, and become suppressed and broadened. From these observations we construct the magnetic/superconducting phase diagrams for both compounds. Furthermore, NMR/NQR studies reveal a new type of microscopic order in the underdoped normal state regime.

  20. Giant magnetostriction in Tb-doped Fe83Ga17 melt-spun ribbons

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    Wei WU; Liu, Jinghua; Jiang, Chengbao; Xu, Huibin

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    Giant magnetostriction is achieved in the slightly Tb-doped Fe83Ga17 melt-spun ribbons. The tested average perpendicular magnetostriction is -886 ppm along the melt-spun ribbon direction in the Fe82.89Ga16.88Tb0.23 alloy. The calculated parallel magnetostriction is 1772 ppm, more than 4 times as large as that of binary Fe83Ga17 alloy. The enhanced magnetostriction should be attributed to a small amount of Tb solution into the A2 matrix phase during rapid solidification. The localized strong m...

  1. Fe-doping in hydride vapor-phase epitaxy for semi-insulating gallium nitride

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    Richter, E.; Gridneva, E.; Weyers, M.; Tränkle, G.

    2016-12-01

    Fe-doping of GaN layers of 3 in. in diameter and a thickness of 1 mm in a vertical AIX-HVPE reactor is studied. Ferrocen was used as Fe source. It is shown that a sufficient uniformity of growth conditions, a high purity of undoped GaN layers, and a moderate Fe incorporation of 2×1018 cm-3 allow for growth of semi-insulating GaN layers with a sufficiently high specific resistivity even at elevated temperature. This makes the material suitable as substrate for electronic power devices at high power or in harsh ambient.

  2. Researches on the Growth Habit and Optical Properties of Fe3+ Ion Doped KDP Crystal

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    During the process of KDP crystal growth, metal ions strongly affect the growth habit and optical properties of KDP single crystal. In this paper, KDP crystals were grown from an aqueous solution doped with different concentration of Fe3+ dopant by traditional temperaturereduction method and "point-seed" rapid growth method. Furthermore, we examined the light scatter and measured the transmission of these KDP crystals. It is found that the dopant of Fe3+ ion can improve the stability of the KDP growth solution when its concentration is less than 30 ppm.The effects of Fe3+ ion on the growth habit and optical properties of KDP crystal are also obvious.

  3. Effect of W co-doping on the optical, magnetic and electrical properties of Fe-doped BaSnO{sub 3}

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    Balamurugan, K., E-mail: balagan@physics.iitm.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600036 (India); Harish Kumar, N. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600036 (India); Arout Chelvane, J. [Advanced Magnetics Group, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500058 (India); Santhosh, P.N., E-mail: santhosh@physics.iitm.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600036 (India)

    2012-07-01

    The effect of W co-doping on the optical, magnetic and electrical properties of Fe-doped BaSnO{sub 3} has been studied. Polycrystalline BaSnO{sub 3}, BaSn{sub 0.96}Fe{sub 0.04}O{sub 3} and BaSn{sub 0.95}Fe{sub 0.04}W{sub 0.01}O{sub 3} samples were prepared using solid state reaction. In the analysis of powder X-ray diffraction patterns, the samples were found to be free of secondary phases. Diffuse reflectance spectra evidenced the substitution of Fe and W for Sn in the host BaSnO{sub 3}. Micro-Raman spectra confirmed the existence of oxygen vacancies in the samples. Upon W-1% co-doping, the ferromagnetic character of Fe-4% doped BaSnO{sub 3} is suppressed drastically and its Curie temperature is reduced to 310 K from 462 K. The existence of F-centers and ferromagnetic interactions at room temperature is evidenced by the electron paramagnetic resonance and ferromagnetic resonance signals observed in the electron spin resonance spectra of the undoped and Fe-4% doped, (Fe-4% and W-1%) co-doped BaSnO{sub 3} samples respectively. Suppression of ferromagnetism upon W co-doping is due to the fact that each W{sup 6+} ion donates two electrons to the host lattice and it reduces the number of oxygen vacancies that are essential for ferromagnetism to exist in the Fe-doped BaSnO{sub 3} samples.

  4. Structural and electronic properties of Fe-doped BaTiO3 and SrTiO3

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    Zhang Chao; Wang Chun-Lei; Li Ji-Chao; Yang Kun

    2007-01-01

    We have performed first principles calculations of Fe-doped BaTiO3 and SrTiO3. Dopant formation energy, structure distortion, band structure and density of states have been computed. The dopant formation energy is found to be 6.8 eV and 6.5 eV for Fe-doped BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 respectively. The distances between Fe impurity and its nearest O atoms and between Fe atom and Ba or Sr atoms are smaller than those of the corresponding undoped bulk systems. The Fe defect energy band is obtained, which mainly originates from Fe 3d electrons. The band gap is still an indirect one after Fe doping for both BaTiO3 and SrTiO3, but the gap changes from Г-R point to Г-X point.

  5. Gd-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles - A novel material for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lotey, Gurmeet Singh; Verma, N. K.

    2013-06-01

    This communication reports a novel idea on dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) fabricated using Gd-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles with particle size between 26 and 30 nm. The effect of Gd-doping and smaller size of synthesized nanoparticles on the structural, morphological, optical and photo-electrochemical properties have been investigated. The high energy-conversion efficiency, 3.85%, has been achieved for 12% Gd-doped BiFeO3 DSSCs, which is more than 100% higher than the undoped BiFeO3. The possible origin of the observed performance of DSSCs has been explained on the basis of smaller size of the synthesized nanoparticles, doping of Gd and structural transformation with doping in BiFeO3.

  6. Structural, elemental, optical and magnetic study of Fe doped ZnO and impurity phase formation

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    S.Karamat; R.S. Rawat; P. Lee; T.L. Tan; R.V. Ramanujan

    2014-01-01

    We have prepared a series of (ZnO)1-x(Fe2O3)x r 0.10 bulk samples with various concentrations of Fe dopant by ball milling and investigated their structural, compositional, optical and magnetic properties by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectrometer and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), respectively. Information about different impurity phases was obtained through Rietveld refinements of XRD data analysis. XPS results showed different valence states (Fe2 þ and Fe3 þ ) supported by shaking satellite peaks in samples. With increasing Fe doping percentage, the crystal quality deteriorated and a shift of E2 low band (characteristic of ZnO) has been observed in Raman spectra. Energy band gap estimated from reflectance UV–vis spectroscopy showed shift for all bulk samples. The magnetic behavior was examined using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), indicating ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature (300 K). The effective magnetic moment per Fe atom decreases with increase in doping percentage which indicates that ferromagnetic behavior arises from the substitution of Fe ions in the ZnO lattice.

  7. CO2 adsorption on Fe-doped graphene nanoribbons: First principles electronic transport calculations

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    G. R. Berdiyorov

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Decoration of graphene with metals and metal-oxides is known to be one of the effective methods to enhance gas sensing and catalytic properties of graphene. We use density functional theory in combination with the nonequilibrium Green’s function formalism to study the conductance response of Fe-doped graphene nanoribbons to CO2 gas adsorption. A single Fe atom is either adsorbed on graphene’s surface (aFe-graphene or it substitutes the carbon atom (sFe-graphene. Metal atom doping reduces the electronic transmission of pristine graphene due to the localization of electronic states near the impurities. The reduction in the transmission is more pronounced in the case of aFe-graphene. In addition, the aFe-graphene is found to be less sensitive to the CO2 molecule attachment as compared to the sFe-graphene system. Pristine graphene is also found to be less sensitive to the molecular adsorption. Since the change in the conductivity is one of the main outputs of sensors, our findings will be useful in developing graphene-based solid-state gas sensors.

  8. Enhanced superconductivity accompanying a Lifshitz transition in electron-doped FeSe monolayer

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    Shi, X.; Han, Z.-Q.; Peng, X.-L.; Richard, P.; Qian, T.; Wu, X.-X.; Qiu, M.-W.; Wang, S. C.; Hu, J. P.; Sun, Y.-J.; Ding, H.

    2017-04-01

    The origin of enhanced superconductivity over 50 K in the recently discovered FeSe monolayer films grown on SrTiO3 (STO), as compared to 8 K in bulk FeSe, is intensely debated. As with the ferrochalcogenides AxFe2-ySe2 and potassium-doped FeSe, which also have a relatively high-superconducting critical temperature (Tc), the Fermi surface (FS) of the FeSe/STO monolayer films is free of hole-like FS, suggesting that a Lifshitz transition by which these hole FSs vanish may help increasing Tc. However, the fundamental reasons explaining this increase of Tc remain unclear. Here we report a 15 K jump of Tc accompanying a second Lifshitz transition characterized by the emergence of an electron pocket at the Brillouin zone centre, which is triggered by high-electron doping following in situ deposition of potassium on FeSe/STO monolayer films. Our results suggest that the pairing interactions are orbital dependent in generating enhanced superconductivity in FeSe.

  9. CO2 adsorption on Fe-doped graphene nanoribbons: First principles electronic transport calculations

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    Berdiyorov, G. R.; Abdullah, H.; Al Ezzi, M.; Rakhmatullaeva, G. V.; Bahlouli, H.; Tit, N.

    2016-12-01

    Decoration of graphene with metals and metal-oxides is known to be one of the effective methods to enhance gas sensing and catalytic properties of graphene. We use density functional theory in combination with the nonequilibrium Green's function formalism to study the conductance response of Fe-doped graphene nanoribbons to CO2 gas adsorption. A single Fe atom is either adsorbed on graphene's surface (aFe-graphene) or it substitutes the carbon atom (sFe-graphene). Metal atom doping reduces the electronic transmission of pristine graphene due to the localization of electronic states near the impurities. The reduction in the transmission is more pronounced in the case of aFe-graphene. In addition, the aFe-graphene is found to be less sensitive to the CO2 molecule attachment as compared to the sFe-graphene system. Pristine graphene is also found to be less sensitive to the molecular adsorption. Since the change in the conductivity is one of the main outputs of sensors, our findings will be useful in developing graphene-based solid-state gas sensors.

  10. Reinforced magnetic properties of Ni-doped BiFeO3 ceramic

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    Hwang, J. S.; Yoo, Y. J.; Lee, Y. P.; Kang, J.-H.; Lee, K. H.; Lee, B. W.; Park, S. Y.

    2016-08-01

    Multiferroic materials attract considerable interest because of the wide range of potential applications such as spintronic devices, data storage devices and sensors. As a strong candidate for the applications among the limited list of single-phase multiferroic materials, BiFeO3 (BFO) is a quite attractive material due to its multiferroic properties at room temperature (RT). However, BFO is widely known to have large leakage current and small spontaneous polarization due to the existence of crystalline defects such as oxygen vacancies. Furthermore, the magnetic moment of pure BFO is very weak owing to its antiferromagnetic nature. In this paper, the effects of Ni2+ substitution on the magnetic properties of bulk BFO were investigated. BFO, and BiFe0.99Ni0.01O3, BiFe0.98Ni0.02O3 and BiFe0.97Ni0.03O3 (BFNO: Ni-doped BFO) ceramics were prepared by solid-state reaction and rapid sintering, and analyzed by structural and magnetic-property measurements. The leakage current density was measured at RT by using a standard ferroelectric tester. All the Ni-doped BFO samples exhibited the similar rhombohedral perovskite structure ( R3c) to that of BFO. The magnetic properties of Ni-doped BFO were much enhanced with respect to BFO prepared at the same conditions, because the enhanced ferromagnetic interaction is caused by the Fe/Ni coupling.

  11. Superior acidic catalytic activity and stability of Fe-doped HTaWO6 nanotubes

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    Liu, He

    2017-07-26

    Fe-doped HTaWO6 (H1-3xFexTaWO6, x = 0.23) nanotubes as highly active solid acid catalysts were prepared via an exfoliation-scrolling-exchange process. The specific surface area and pore volume of undoped nanotubes (20.8 m2 g-1, 0.057 cm3 g-1) were remarkably enhanced through Fe3+ ion-exchange (>100 m2 g-1, 0.547 cm3 g-1). Doping Fe ions into the nanotubes endowed them with improved thermal stability due to the stronger interaction between the intercalated Fe3+ ions and the host layers. This interaction also facilitated the preservation of effective Brønsted acid sites and the generation of new acid sites. The integration of these functional roles resulted in Fe-doped nanotubes with high acidic catalytic activities in the Friedel-Crafts alkylation of anisole and the esterification of acetic acid. Facile accessibility to active sites, generation of effective Brønsted acid sites, high stability of the tubular structure and strong acid sites were found to synergistically contribute to the excellent acidic catalytic efficiency. Additionally, the activity of cycled nanocatalysts can be easily recovered through annealing treatment.

  12. Influence of n$^{+}$ and p$^{+}$ doping on the lattice sites of implanted Fe in Si

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    Silva, Daniel José; Correia, João Guilherme; Araújo, João Pedro

    2013-01-01

    We report on the lattice location of implanted $^{59}$Fe in n$^{+}$ and p$^{+}$ type Si by means of emission channeling. We found clear evidence that the preferred lattice location of Fe changes with the doping of the material. While in n$^{+}$ type Si Fe prefers displaced bond-centered (BC) sites for annealing temperatures up to 600°C, changing to ideal substitutional sites above 700°C, in p$^{+}$ type Si, Fe prefers to be in displaced tetrahedral interstitial positions after all annealing steps. The dominant lattice sites of Fe in n$^{+}$ type Si therefore seem to be well characterized for all annealing temperatures by the incorporation of Fe into vacancy-related complexes, either into single vacancies which leads to Fe on ideal substitutional sites, or multiple vacancies, which leads to its incorporation near BC sites. In contrast, in p$^{+}$ type Si, the major fraction of Fe is clearly interstitial (near-T or ideal T) for all annealing temperatures. The formation and possible lattice sites of Fe in FeB...

  13. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATIONS OF PURE AND DOPED NANOCRYSTALLINE BiFeO3 CERAMICS BY SHS

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    YOGESH A. CHAUDHARI

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The pure and Zn incorporated BiFeO3 ceramics were synthesized by self-propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS. The X-ray diffractometer (XRD studies revealed that, both BiFeO3 and BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 ceramics crystallizes in a single phase rhombhohedral structure. The room temperature ferroelectric and magnetic hysteresis loop evidenced coexistence of ferroelectricity and magnetism in single phase undoped and Zn doped BiFeO3. The M-H hysteresis loop of BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 sample demonstrated a weak ferromagnetism at 300 K and 5 K respectively. The room temperature ferroelectric P-E hysteresis loops of BiFeO3 and BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 exhibited an unsaturated behavior and suggests a partial reversal of polarization. A variation of dielectric constant with respect to temperature in BiFeO3 and BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 ceramic delivers a dielectric anomaly around 480 and 450°C which is a consequence of antiferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition (TN. Moreover, for BiFeO3 the anomaly manifests a possible coupling between electric and magnetic dipole moments.

  14. Superconductivity induced by U doping in the SmFeAsO system

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    Huang, Bo; Yang, Jijun; Tang, Jun; Liao, Jiali; Yang, Yuanyou; Liu, Ning; Mu, Gang; Hu, Tao; Shen, Xiaoping; Feng, Donglai

    2013-02-01

    Through partial substitution of Sm by U in SmFeAsO, a different member of the family of iron-based superconductors was successfully synthesized. X-ray diffraction measurements show that the lattice constants along the a and c axes are both squeezed through U doping, indicating a successful substitution of U at the Sm site. The parent compound shows a strong resistivity anomaly near 150 K, associated with spin-density-wave instability. U doping suppresses this instability and leads to a transition to the superconducting state at temperatures up to 49 K. Magnetic measurements confirm the bulk superconductivity in this system. For the sample with a doping level of x=0.2, the external magnetic field suppresses the onset temperature very slowly, indicating a rather high upper critical field. In addition, the Hall effect measurements show that U clearly dopes electrons into the material.

  15. Study of structure and magnetic properties of rare earth doped BiFeO{sub 3}

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    Suresh, Pittala; Srinath, S., E-mail: srinath@uohyd.ac.in

    2014-09-01

    RE{sub x}Bi{sub 1−x}FeO{sub 3} (RE=La, Gd and Ho) samples were synthesized by a solid state reaction method and investigated for structure and magnetic properties. XRD shows that La and Ho dopings at A-site effectively reduce the secondary phase formation. A structural phase transition is observed to orthorhombic phase with all RE elements above certain concentration limit. La doping results in the observation of huge coercivity of 10 kOe and Ho doping results in high magnetic moment among all the RE elements. Gd and Ho doped samples show a pinching in the M–H loops with minimum H{sub C}.

  16. Cryogenic abnormal thermal expansion properties of carbon-doped La(Fe,Si)13 compounds.

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    Li, Shaopeng; Huang, Rongjin; Zhao, Yuqiang; Wang, Wei; Li, Laifeng

    2015-12-14

    Recently, La(Fe,Si)13-based compounds have attracted much attention due to their isotropic and tunable abnormal thermal expansion (ATE) properties as well as bright prospects for practical applications. In this research, we have prepared cubic NaZn13-type carbon-doped La(Fe,Si)13 compounds by the arc-melting method, and their ATE and magnetic properties were investigated by means of variable-temperature X-ray diffraction, strain gauge and the physical property measurement system (PPMS). The experimental results indicate that both micro and macro negative thermal expansion (NTE) behaviors gradually weaken with the increase of interstitial carbon atoms. Moreover, the temperature region with the most remarkable NTE properties has been broadened and near zero thermal expansion (NZTE) behavior occurs in the bulk carbon-doped La(Fe,Si)13 compounds.

  17. The effect of Ni and Fe doping on YBCO powder prepared by sol gel method

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    F Saeb

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available  We fabricated YBa2Cu3-xMxO7- d (M=Ni, Fe bulk samples, with stochiometric amount 0≤x≤0.045 by sol-gel method. The phase analysis and microstructure of specimens were examined by XRD and SEM. The electrical resistivity was measured using standard four probe technique for 77-300K. Investigation of XRD spectrum by MAUD shows Ni and Fe ions substitute in Cu(2 and Cu(1 site, respectively. Transition temperature decreases in 93-87K for Ni-doped samples and 93-92K for Fe-doped series. It seems that the suppression of superconductivity has no direct correlation with the magnetism of ions itself .

  18. Engineering Gilbert damping by dilute Gd doping in soft magnetic Fe thin films

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    Zhang, W., E-mail: xiaotur@gmail.com; Jiang, S.; Sun, L.; Wang, Y. K.; Zhai, Y. [Department of Physics, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Wong, P. K. J.; Wang, K.; Jong, M. P. de; Wiel, W. G. van der [NanoElectronics Group, MESA Institute for Nanotechnology, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands); Laan, G. van der [Diamond Light Source, Magnetic Spectroscopy Group, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom)

    2014-05-07

    By analyzing the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth, we show that the Gilbert damping constant in soft magnetic Fe thin films can be enhanced by ∼6 times with Gd doping of up to 20%. At the same time, the magnetic easy axis remains in the film plane while the coercivity is strongly reduced after Gd inclusion. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements reveal a strong increase in the orbital-to-spin moment ratio of Fe with increasing Gd concentration, in full agreement with the increase in the Gilbert damping obtained for these thin films. Combined with x-ray diffraction and vibrating sample magnetometry, the results demonstrate that the FeGd thin films with dilute Gd doping of up to 20% are promising candidates for spin-transfer-torque applications in soft magnetic devices, in which an enhanced damping is required.

  19. Magnetism mediated by a majority of [Fe³⁺ + VO²⁻] complexes in Fe-doped CeO₂ nanoparticles.

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    Paidi, V K; Ferreira, N S; Goltz, D; van Lierop, J

    2015-08-26

    We examine the role of Fe(3+) and vacancies (V(O)) on the magnetism of Fe-doped CeO2 nanoparticles. Magnetic nanoparticles of Ce(100-x)Fe(x)O2 (x  =  0, 0.26, 1.82, 2.64, 5.26, 6.91, and 7.22) were prepared by a co-precipitation method, and their structural, compositional and magnetic properties were investigated. The CeO2 nanoparticles had a mixed valance of Ce(4+) and Ce(3+) ions, and doping introduced Fe(3+) ions. The decrease in Ce(3+) and increase in Fe(3+) concentrations indicated the presence of more [Fe(3+) + V(O)(2-)] complexes with Fe loading in the particles. Charge neutralization, Fe(3+) + V(O)(2-) + 2Ce(4+) ↔ 2Ce(3+) + Fe(3+), identified the impact of V(O) on the magnetism, where our results suggest that the Fe-doped CeO2 nanoparticle magnetism is mediated by a majority of [Fe(3+) + V(O)(2-)]-Ce(3+) -[Fe(3+) + V(O)(2-)] complexes.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of Cr doped CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Verma, Kavita [Material Science Laboratory, School of Physics, Vigyan Bhawan, Devi Ahilya University, Indore 452001 (India); Patel, K. R.; Ram, Sahi; Barbar, S. K., E-mail: barbar-shivkumar@yahoo.co.in [Materials Science Laboratory, Department of Physics, J.N. Vyas University, Jodhpur-342001 (India)

    2016-05-06

    Polycrystalline samples of pure and Cr-doped cobalt ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoCrFeO{sub 4}) were prepared by solid state reaction route method. X-ray diffraction pattern infers that both the samples are in single phase with Fd3m space group. Slight reduction in the lattice parameter of CoCrFeO{sub 4} has been observed as compared to CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The dielectric dispersion has been explained on the basis of Fe{sup 2+} ↔ Fe{sup 3+} hopping mechanism. The polarizations at lower frequencies are mainly attributed to electronic exchange between Fe{sup 2+} ↔ Fe{sup 3+} ions on the octahedral site in the ferrite lattice. In the present system a part from n-type charge carrier (Fe{sup 3+}/Fe{sup 2+}), the presence of (Co{sup 3+}/Co{sup 2+}) ions give rise to p-type charge carrier. Therefore in addition to n-type charge carrier, the local displacement of p-type charge carrier in direction of external electric field also contributes to net polarization. However, the dielectric constant and loss tangent of CoCrFeO{sub 4} are found to be lower than CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and is attributed to the availability of ferrous ion. CoCrFeO{sub 4} have less amount of ferrous ion available for polarization as compared to that of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The impedance spectra reveal a grain interior contribution to the conduction process.

  1. Higher Fe{sup 2+}/total Fe ratio in iron doped phosphate glass melted by microwave heating

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    Mandal, Ashis K., E-mail: ashis@cgcri.res.in [CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196 Raja S.C. Mullick Road, Kolkata 700032 (India); Sinha, Prasanta K. [CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196 Raja S.C. Mullick Road, Kolkata 700032 (India); Das, Dipankar [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata 700098 (India); Guha, Chandan [Department of Chemical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India); Sen, Ranjan [CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196 Raja S.C. Mullick Road, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Iron doped phosphate glasses prepared using microwave heating and conventional heating under air and reducing atmosphere. • Presence of iron predominantly in the ferrous oxidation state in all the glasses. • Significant concentrations of iron in the ferrous oxidation state on both octahedral and tetrahedral sites in all the glasses. • Ratio of Fe{sup 2+} with total iron is found higher in microwave prepared glasses in comparison to conventional prepared glasses. - Abstract: Iron doped phosphate glasses containing P{sub 2}O{sub 5}–MgO–ZnO–B{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} were melted using conventional resistance heating and microwave heating in air and under reducing atmosphere. All the glasses were characterised by UV–Vis–NIR spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and wet colorimetry analysis. Mössbauer spectroscopy revealed presence of iron predominantly in the ferrous oxidation state on two different sites in all the glasses. The intensity of the ferrous absorption peaks in UV–Vis–NIR spectrum was found to be more in glasses prepared using microwave radiation compared to the glasses prepared in a resistance heating furnace. Thermogravimetric analysis showed increasing weight gain on heating under oxygen atmosphere for glass corroborating higher ratio of FeO/(FeO + Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) in glass melted by direct microwave heating. Wet chemical analysis also substantiated the finding of higher ratio Fe{sup +2}/ΣFe in microwave melted glasses. It was found that iron redox ratio was highest in the glasses prepared in a microwave furnace under reducing atmosphere.

  2. Synthesis of fluorine-doped α-Fe2O3 nanorods toward enhanced lithium storage capability

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    Wang, Chundong; Zhang, Yi; Li, Yi; Liu, Jiabin; Wu, Qi-Hui; Jiang, Jianjun; Li, Yang Yang; Lu, Jian

    2017-02-01

    Nanostructured fluorine-doped α-Fe2O3 nanorods were synthesized based on a one-step low temperature hydrothermal method. The XPS results verified that fluorine has been successfully incorporated into the hematite lattice. The delivered lithium capacity was effectively improved owing to the fluorine doping comparing with the pristine α-Fe2O3. The increase in electrochemical capacity of fluorine-doped α-Fe2O3 was then studied from the pointviews of nanostructure, electronic properties, and magnetic characteristics.

  3. Comparative assessment of the efficiency of Fe-doped TiO2 prepared by two doping methods and photocatalytic degradation of phenol in domestic water suspensions

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    Mst. Shamsun Nahar, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Shigehiro Kagaya and Shigeyasu Kuroda

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe-doped TiO2 particles responding to visible light were synthesized by impregnation and calcination method using TiO2 particle and Ti element, respectively. The optical and the chemical properties were characterized by measuring the X-ray diffraction (XRD and UV–visible spectroscopy. The onset of absorption shifted to longer wavelengths on doping TiO2 by the calcination process, which showed a better response as compared to the impregnation method. The photocatalytic reactivity was evaluated by the degradation of phenol with impregnated Fe-doped (0.5% w/w in Fe and calcined Fe-doped (FexTi1−xO2, x=0.005 (Fe/Ti molar ratio TiO2 separately in distilled and tap water. The characterization results have confirmed the advanced possibility of correlation between photoactivity and the special property of sulfur-containing calcined Fe-doped TiO2. In case of the coagulation of the undoped A-I and the Fe-doped B-I, the photoactivity showed a decrease due to the presence of natural electrolytes and due to the high pH of tap water, whereas in the case of the coagulation of calcined Fe-doped TiO2 prepared from sulfides (FexTiS2, the photoactivity showed an increase. In this study, highest catalytic activity was found to be strongly dependent both on catalyst structure and on the type of water used.

  4. A Passively Q-Switched, CW-Pumped Fe:ZnSe Laser

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    2014-03-01

    Landman, Y. P. Podmar’kov, Y. K. Skasyrskii, et al., “A continuous-wave Fe2+: ZnSe laser,” Quantum Electron., vol. 38, no. 12, pp. 1113–1116, 2008...Wenger, “Temperature and concentration quenching of mid-IR photoluminescence in iron doped ZnSe and ZnS laser crystals,” J. Lumin., vol. 132, no. 3, pp

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

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

    2017-08-01

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

  6. Modified refractive index of zinc sulfide nanoparticles doped glasses

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    M. Moussaoui

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available ZnS nanoparticles (NPs embedded in an oxide glass have been achieved in the present work by melting process. The UV-visible absorption and fluorescence properties of these doped and undoped glasses have been evaluated and compared. Studies on absorption spectra showed that the size of the ZnS NPs was near to 2 nm. Doped glass fluorescence characterized by laser confocale microscopy is centered at about 620 nm. We measured also the refractive index of ZnS doped glasses. The maximum refractive index difference between the undoped and ZnS doped glasses was found about 0.1 (l = 632.8 nm.

  7. Structural properties of pure and Fe-doped Yb films prepared by vapor condensation

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    Rojas-Ayala, C., E-mail: chachi@cbpf.br [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, Rio de Janeiro 22290-180, RJ (Brazil); Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, P.O.B. 14-149, Lima 14 (Peru); Passamani, E.C. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória 29075-910, ES (Brazil); Suguihiro, N.M. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, Rio de Janeiro 22290-180, RJ (Brazil); Litterst, F.J. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, Rio de Janeiro 22290-180, RJ (Brazil); Institut für Physik der Kondensierten Materie, Technische Universität Braunschweig, 38106 Braunschweig (Germany); Baggio Saitovitch, E. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, Rio de Janeiro 22290-180, RJ (Brazil)

    2014-10-15

    Ytterbium and iron-doped ytterbium films were prepared by vapor quenching on Kapton substrates at room temperature. Structural characterization was performed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The aim was to study the microstructure of pure and iron-doped films and thereby to understand the effects induced by iron incorporation. A coexistence of face centered cubic and hexagonal close packed-like structures was observed, the cubic-type structure being the dominant contribution. There is an apparent thickness dependence of the cubic/hexagonal relative ratios in the case of pure ytterbium. Iron-clusters induce a crystalline texture effect, but do not influence the cubic/hexagonal volume fraction. A schematic model is proposed for the microstructure of un-doped and iron-doped films including the cubic- and hexagonal-like structures, as well as the iron distribution in the ytterbium matrix. - Highlights: • Pure and Fe-doped Yb films have been prepared by vapor condensation. • Coexistence of fcc- and hcp-type structures was observed. • No oxide phases have been detected. • Fe-clustering does not affect the fcc/hcp ratio, but favors a crystalline texture. • A schematic model is proposed to describe microscopically the microstructure.

  8. Electronic structure of edge dislocation of core-doped Ti in Fe

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    DANG Hongli; WANG Chongyu; SHU Xiaolin

    2004-01-01

    The electronic structure of an edge dislocation doped Ti lying in the (001) plane with Burgers Vector along [100] direction in body-centered cubic iron is investigated using the first principles discrete variational method (DVM) based on the density-functional theory. The binding energy, impurity formation energy, interatomic energy, Mulliken orbital populations and charge density difference are presented in this paper. By calculating the binding energy of the clean dislocation system and the Ti-doped system, it is found that the binding energy of Ti-doped dislocation system is lower than that of the clean dislocation system, which implies that the Ti-doped dislocation system is more stable than the clean dislocation system. The calculated result of the impurity formation energy predicts the trapping effect of dislocation core for Ti, which shows that Ti atom prefers to occupy the place at the dislocation core. The calculated results of the interatomic energy and the difference charge density of dislocation doped Ti system indicate that the stronger bonding formed between the Ti impurity and its neighbor Fe atoms will affect the mechanical property of edge dislocation. Considering the influence of Ti on the electronic structure and the energies, we can predict that the trace Ti in transition metal Fe with dislocation defect can give a significant contribution to the solid solution hardening effects and will influence the mechanical property of materials.

  9. Adsorption of CO2 on Fe-doped graphene nano-ribbons: Investigation of transport properties

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    Othman, W.; Fahed, M.; Hatim, S.; Sherazi, A.; Berdiyorov, G.; Tit, N.

    2017-07-01

    Density functional theory combined with the non-equilibrium Green’s function formalism is used to study the conductance response of Fe-doped graphene nano-ribbons (GNRs) to CO2 gas adsorption. A single Fe atom is either adsorbed on GNR’s surface (aFe-graphene) or it substitutes the carbon atom (sFe-graphene). Metal atom doping reduces the electronic transmission of pristine graphene due to the localization of electronic states near the impurity site. Moreover, the aFe-graphene is found to be less sensitive to the CO2 molecule attachment as compared to the sFe-graphene system. These behaviours are not only consolidated but rather confirmed by calculating the IV characteristics from which both surface resistance and its sensitivity to the gas are estimated. Since the change in the conductivity is one of the main outputs of sensors, our findings will be useful in developing efficient graphene-based solid-state gas sensors.

  10. UV light photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes with Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Saleh, Rosari; Djaja, Nadia Febiana

    2014-10-01

    Iron doped wurtzite ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, electron spin resonance and vibrating sample magnetometer techniques. The photocatalytic activities were also evaluated for the degradation of methyl orange and methylene blue under UV irradiation. The effects of various parameters, such as pH, dopant concentrations and photocatalytic dosage, were studied. The ESR results indicate the presence of Fe in both the Fe2+ and Fe3+ valence states. As the dopant concentrations increased, the number of spins due to Fe2+ ions increased and the number of spins due to Fe3+ ions decreased resulting in an increase in magnetization. The catalysts with the highest number of spins due to Fe2+ ions exhibited the optimum photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange and methylene blue. In addition, the role of photoactive species was investigated using a radical scavenger technique. The results indicated that the doping concentration is the most important factor in photocatalytic performance.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of ball milled Fe-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor

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    R. Elilarassi; G. Chandrasekaran

    2012-01-01

    Fe-doped ZnO (Zn0.99Fe0.01O) powders are successfully prepared by ball milling with different milling time,and are investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscope (SEM),ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) spectroscopy,vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy.The structural analysis using XRD reveals that the Fe-doped ZnO milled at different milling time can crystallize in a wurtzite structure,and in the XRD patterns,the secondary phase related to Fe cluster with the sensitivity of the XRD instrument can not be found.The SEM image of the sample milled for 24 h shows the presence of spherical nanoparticles.From the optical analysis,the optical band gap is found to decrease with increasing the milling time,which indicates the incorporation of Fe2+ ions into the ZnO lattice.The magnetization measurement using VSM reveals that the nanoparticles exhibit ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature,and the magnetization increases gradually with increasing the milling time.The conclusion is further confirmed by the electron paramagnetic resonance of the nanoparticles examined at room temperature,which shows an intense and broad ferromagnetic resonance signal related to Fe ions.

  12. Highly tunable magnetism in silicene doped with Cr and Fe atoms under isotropic and uniaxial tensile strain

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    Zheng, Rui; Ni, Jun, E-mail: junni@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [Department of Physics and State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Collaborative Innovative Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing 100084 (China); Chen, Ying [Department of Nanomechanics, School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 6-6-11 Aramakiaoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan)

    2015-12-28

    We have investigated the magnetic properties of silicene doped with Cr and Fe atoms under isotropic and uniaxial tensile strain by the first-principles calculations. We find that Cr and Fe doped silicenes show strain-tunable magnetism. (1) The magnetism of Cr and Fe doped silicenes exhibits sharp transitions from low spin states to high spin states by a small isotropic tensile strain. Specially for Fe doped silicene, a nearly nonmagnetic state changes to a high magnetic state by a small isotropic tensile strain. (2) The magnetic moments of Fe doped silicene also show a sharp jump to ∼2 μ{sub B} at a small threshold of the uniaxial strain, and the magnetic moments of Cr doped silicene increase gradually to ∼4 μ{sub B} with the increase of uniaxial strain. (3) The electronic and magnetic properties of Cr and Fe doped silicenes are sensitive to the magnitude and direction of the external strain. The highly tunable magnetism may be applied in the spintronic devices.

  13. First-principles study on electronic structure, magnetic and dielectric properties of Cr-doped Fe3C

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    杨建平; 陈津; 李伟; 韩培德; 郭丽娜

    2016-01-01

    The first-principles calculations were performed to investigate the electronic structure, magnetic and dielectric properties of Cr-doped Fe3C, in comparison to those of pure Fe3C and Cr3C. The obtained results show that the thermodynamic stability of Cr- doped Fe3C becomes weaker in terms of the larger formation enthalpy, on the contrary, the metallicity and covalency are found to strengthen to some extent. The magnetic moments of Fe3C, Fe11CrC4(g), and Fe11CrC4(s) are respectively 21.36μB/cell, 16.92μB/cell, and 17.62μB/cell, and in Fe11CrC4(g) and Fe11CrC4(s), the Fe of Wyckoff positions of 8d and 4c is substituted by Cr. The local magnetic moment of Cr at 8d site is larger than that at 4c site in the doped structure, which is opposite to that of Fe. In low frequency band, the permittivity follows the ranking of Fe11CrC4(s)>Cr3C>Fe11CrC4(g)>Fe3C. Once exceeding a certain frequency, the sequence will be broken. Besides the electron transition, the polarization of atoms also makes a contribution to the dielectric properties.

  14. Preparation and Characterization of Nanotitanium Dioxide Coating Film Doped with Fe3+ Ions on Porous Ceramic

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    Kejing Xu

    2005-01-01

    The nanotitanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalytic and porous ceramic filtering technique is one of the advanced methods to effectively treat organic wastewater. The TiO2 sol doped with Fe3+ ions was prepared by sol-gel processing. The influences of the process conditions of coating nanophotocatalytic material-Fe3+-TiO2 film on the surface of porous ceramic filter by dipping-lift method on the performance of porous ceramic filter were studied. The porous ceramic filters have two functions at the same time,filtration and photocatalytic degradation. The results of this study showed that the pH and viscosity of the sol,amount of Fe3+ ions doped as well as the coating times greatly affect the quality of coating film,the performance parameters and the photocatalytic activity of the porous ceramic filter. When the pH of the sol is 3-4,the viscosity is about 6 mPa·S,the amount of doped Fe3+ ions is about 2.0 g/L,the porous ceramic filter has been shown to have the best filtering performance and photocatalytic activity. In this condition,the porosity of porous ceramic is about 42.5%,the pore diameter is 8-10μm. The degradation of methyl-orange is 74.76% under lighting for 120 min.

  15. Effects of Surface Electron Doping and Substrate on the Superconductivity of Epitaxial FeSe Films.

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    Zhang, W H; Liu, X; Wen, C H P; Peng, R; Tan, S Y; Xie, B P; Zhang, T; Feng, D L

    2016-03-09

    Superconductivity in FeSe is greatly enhanced in films grown on SrTiO3 substrates, although the mechanism behind remains unclear. Recently, surface potassium (K) doping has also proven able to enhance the superconductivity of FeSe. Here, by using scanning tunneling microscopy, we compare the K doping dependence of the superconductivity in FeSe films grown on two substrates: SrTiO3 (001) and graphitized SiC (0001). For thick films (20 unit cells (UC)), the optimized superconducting (SC) gaps are of similar size (∼9 meV) regardless of the substrate. However, when the thickness is reduced to a few UC, the optimized SC gap is increased up to ∼15 meV for films on SrTiO3, whereas it remains unchanged for films on SiC. This clearly indicates that the FeSe/SrTiO3 interface can further enhance the superconductivity, beyond merely doping electrons. Intriguingly, we found that this interface enhancement decays exponentially as the thickness increases, with a decay length of 2.4 UC, which is much shorter than the length scale for relaxation of the lattice strain, pointing to interfacial electron-phonon coupling as the likely origin.

  16. Effect of Al and Fe doping in ZnO on magnetic and magneto-transport properties

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    Kumar, Santosh, E-mail: skphysics@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, College of Commerce, Arts & Science, Patna 800020, Bihar (India); Deepika [Department of Physics, College of Commerce, Arts & Science, Patna 800020, Bihar (India); Tripathi, Malvika [UGC DAE, Consortium for scientific research, Indore 452001, Madhya Pradesh (India); Vaibhav, Pratyush [Jaypee University of Engineering and Technology, Guna 473226, Madhya Pradesh (India); Kumar, Aman [Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India); Kumar, Ritesh [Department of Physics, College of Commerce, Arts & Science, Patna 800020, Bihar (India); Choudhary, R.J., E-mail: ram@csr.res.in [UGC DAE, Consortium for scientific research, Indore 452001, Madhya Pradesh (India); Phase, D.M. [UGC DAE, Consortium for scientific research, Indore 452001, Madhya Pradesh (India)

    2016-12-01

    The structural, magnetic and magneto-transport of undoped ZnO, Zn{sub 0.97}Al{sub 0.03}O, Zn{sub 0.95}Fe{sub 0.05}O and Zn{sub 0.92}Al{sub 0.03}Fe{sub 0.05}O thin films grown on Si(100) substrate using pulsed laser deposition were investigated. The single phase nature of the films is confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The possibility of Fe metal cluster in Fe doped/co-doped films is ruled out by Fe 2p core level photoelectron spectra. From O 1s core level spectra it is observed that oxygen vacancy is present in all the films. The undoped ZnO film shows magnetic ordering below ∼175 K, whereas Fe doped/codoped samples show magnetic ordering even at 300 K. The Al doped sample reveals paramagnetic behavior. The magneto-transport measurements suggest that the mobile carriers undergo exchange interaction with local magnetic moments. - Highlights: • Al, Fe, Al–Fe co-doped and undoped films of ZnO are deposited on Si by PLD. • Single phase (002) oriented Wurtzite ZnO phase is formed for all films. • Fe doped and Fe–Al co-doped ZnO films reveal magnetic hysteresis at 300 K. • Negative magnetoresistance is observed in undoped and Fe–Al co-doped ZnO film. • It is apparent that charge carriers are coupled with the local magnetic moment.

  17. The impact of Fe doping on J sub c behavior of Bi2223/Ag tapes under magnetic field

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    Xiao, H; Song, W H; Du, J J; Sun, Y P

    2002-01-01

    Bi sub 1 sub . sub 8 Pb sub 0 sub . sub 4 Sr sub 2 Ca sub 2 sub . sub 2 Cu sub 3 sub - sub x Fe sub x O sub y silver-sheathed (Bi2223/Ag) tapes with different Fe-doping amounts, x=0.001, 0.002, 0.003, 0.004, were fabricated by powder-in-tube (PIT) technique. It is found that the magnetic field dependence of critical current density J sub c (H) is improved for samples with Fe-doping amounts of x=0.001, 0.002, and 0.003 at high magnetic fields, while the J sub c (H) behavior deteriorates with Fe-doping level increasing further. X-ray diffraction analyses manifest that a small amount of Fe-doping has little effect on the phase composition of Bi2223/Ag tapes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations do not show an obvious difference between un-doped and Fe-doped samples. It is concluded that the enhanced flux pinning originates from the introduction of effective pinning centers due to Fe ions partial substitution for Cu ions. (Abstract Copyright [2002], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  18. The influence of Fe doping on the structural, magnetic and optical properties of nanocrystalline ZnO particles

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    Saleh, Rosari, E-mail: rosari.saleh@ui.ac.id [Departemen Fisika, Fakultas MIPA-Universitas Indonesia, 16424 Depok (Indonesia); Prakoso, Suhendro Purbo [Departemen Fisika, Fakultas MIPA-Universitas Indonesia, 16424 Depok (Indonesia); Fishli, Adel [PTBIN-BATAN, Kawasan PUSPITEK Serpong (Indonesia)

    2012-03-15

    We report the results of an investigation of Fe-doped nanocrystalline ZnO particles synthesized using the co-precipitation method with doping concentrations from 5 up to 31 at%. To understand how the dopant influenced the structural, magnetic and optical properties of nanocrystalline ZnO particles, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, infrared absorption spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR) and vibrating sample magnetometer were employed. From the analysis of X-ray diffraction, our Fe-doped nanocrystalline ZnO particles are identified as having the wurtzite crystal structure and the unit cell volume increases with increasing doping concentrations. However, impurity phases are observed for Fe contents higher than 21 at%. Sample structures were further studied by infrared spectra, from which a broad and strong absorption band in the range of 400-700 cm{sup -1} and -OH stretching vibrational mode at approximately 3400 cm{sup -1} were observed. Ultraviolet-visible measurements showed a decrease in the energy gap with increasing Fe content, probably due to an increase in the lattice parameters. Magnetic measurements showed a ferromagnetic behavior for all samples. ESR results indicate the presence of Fe in both valence states Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles (Fe content {<=}31 at%) were prepared by co-precipitation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All samples exhibited room temperature ferromagnetism. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetization increased with increasing doping concentrations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ESR results indicate the presence of Fe in both valence states Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These results are consistent with the result obtained from VSM measurements.

  19. Photocatalytic Activity of Nanosized TiO2 Enhanced by co-doping with Fe3+ and Nd3+ Ions

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    Fu Pingfeng; Zhao Zhuo; Wang Jingxin

    2007-01-01

    In this study, nanosized TiO2 co-doped with Fe3+ and Nd3+ ions was synthesized via a sol-gel method. The metallic ion doped TiO2 was thoroughly characterized with XRD and UV-vis, and the photocatalytic activity was evaluated by degrading methylene blue (MB) solution. The results indicated that TiO2 crystalline size was reduced and phase transformation of anatase to rutile was suppressed as the content of doped Nd3+ ion increased in the co-doped TiO2. The UV-vis spectra of co-doped TiO2 seemed to simply overlay two spectra of single metal doped TiO2, and had significantly increased absorbance in the ranges of 400~500 nm, 565~600 nm and 730~765 nm as compared to pure TiO2. The photocatalytic activity of co-doped TiO2 was obviously enhanced, and raised about 30% compared to that of pure TiO2 as doped Nd3+ content was 0.15% and Fe3+ content was 0.05%, respectively. The enhanced catalytic activity was attributed to a synergistic effect of two doped ions, where doped Fe3+ ion inhibited the recombination of photogenerated electron and hole, and Nd3+ ion brought more surface carboxyl to promote the degradation reaction.

  20. Superconductivity in Sm-doped CaFe2As2 single crystals

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    Dong-Yun, Chen; Bin-Bin, Ruan; Jia, Yu; Qi, Guo; Xiao-Chuan, Wang; Qing-Ge, Mu; Bo-Jin, Pan; Tong, Liu; Gen-Fu, Chen; Zhi-An, Ren

    2016-06-01

    In this article, the Sm-doping single crystals Ca1 - x Sm x Fe2As2 (x = 0 ˜ 0.2) were prepared by the CaAs flux method, and followed by a rapid quenching treatment after the high temperature growth. The samples were characterized by structural, resistive, and magnetic measurements. The successful Sm-substitution was revealed by the reduction of the lattice parameter c, due to the smaller ionic radius of Sm3+ than Ca2+. Superconductivity was observed in all samples with onset T c varying from 27 K to 44 K upon Sm-doping. The coexistence of a collapsed phase transition and the superconducting transition was found for the lower Sm-doping samples. Zero resistivity and substantial superconducting volume fraction only happen in higher Sm-doping crystals with the nominal x > 0.10. The doping dependences of the c-axis length and onset T c were summarized. The high-T c observed in these quenched crystals may be attributed to simultaneous tuning of electron carriers doping and strain effect caused by lattice reduction of Sm-substitution. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11474339), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2010CB923000 and 2011CBA00100), and the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07020100).

  1. Thermoelectric performance of intermetallic FeGa{sub 3} with Co doping

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    Ramachandran, B.; Syu, K.Z. [Department of Physics, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien 97401, Taiwan (China); Kuo, Y.K., E-mail: ykkuo@mail.ndhu.edu.tw [Department of Physics, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien 97401, Taiwan (China); Gippius, A.A. [Department of Physics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Shevelkov, A.V.; Verchenko, V.Yu. [Department of Chemistry, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Lue, C.S. [Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)

    2014-09-01

    Highlights: • From the resistivity study of Fe{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Ga{sub 3} (0.005 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.5), the metallic behavior is observed for the compounds with Co content of x ⩾ 0.125. • The Seebeck coefficient of these compounds has contribution from both diffusion thermoelectric power and phonon-drag effect. • A reduction in Seebeck coefficient with Co doping is observed, due to the modification in band gap and density of states at the Fermi level. • Low-temperature lattice thermal conductivity of FeGa{sub 3} is suppressed significantly by Co doping due to the phonon-point-defect scattering. • The maximum ZT value of ∼0.05 is achieved for Fe{sub 0.95}Co{sub 0.05}Ga{sub 3} at 400 K, ten times higher than that of the parent FeGa{sub 3}. - Abstract: Investigation on temperature-dependent electrical resistivity (ρ), Seebeck coefficient (S), and thermal conductivity (κ) of intermetallic Fe{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Ga{sub 3} (0.005 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.5) compounds are carried out to probe their thermoelectric performance. From resistivity study, it is observed that increase in number of valence electrons introduced by Co doping leads to a change from semiconducting to metallic behavior, which occurs between x = 0.05 and 0.125. The characteristics of the Seebeck coefficient show a substantial decrease with the Co doping, due to the modifications in the band gap and the Fermi-level density of states. Analyses of thermal conductivity of the Co doped FeGa{sub 3} compounds reveal that thermal transport is essentially due to the lattice phonons. It is also noticed that the low-temperature peak in the lattice thermal conductivity of these compounds is reduced significantly with the increase in Co content, attributing to the enhanced scattering of phonons by point-defects. The value of the figure-of-merit, ZT = (S{sup 2}/ρκ)T, is estimated for all compounds, and the maximum room-temperature ZT value of about 0.02 was achieved for Fe{sub 0.95}Co{sub 0.05}Ga{sub 3}, and

  2. Characterization of Coated Fe-Doped Zinc Oxide Nanostructures

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    M. Benhaliliba

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The nanostructures of iron-doped zinc oxide (FZO produced by a simple and low cost dip-coating route onto a glass substrate were studied. The structural, morphological, electrical and optical properties of FZO films were investigated. Nanochains were revealed by SEM analysis at high magnification. A (002-oriented wurzite structure with a lattice parameter of a = 3.24 Å and c = 5.19 Å was confirmed by X-rays diffraction. High transmittance was exhibited in the visible spectrum, T (550 nm > 83 %. Finally, electrical measurements revealed a resistivity and mobility of 10 kΩ·cm, and 5 cm² / Vs respectively.

  3. Characterization of Coated Fe-Doped Zinc Oxide Nanostructures

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    M. Benhaliliba; Y.S. Ocak; A. Tab

    2013-01-01

    The nanostructures of iron-doped zinc oxide (FZO) produced by a simple and low cost dip-coating route onto a glass substrate were studied. The structural, morphological, electrical and optical properties of FZO films were investigated. Nanochains were revealed by SEM analysis at high magnification. A (002)-oriented wurzite structure with a lattice parameter of a = 3.24 Å and c = 5.19 Å was confirmed by X-rays diffraction. High transmittance was exhibited in the visible spectrum, T (550 nm) > ...

  4. Size dependent magnetic and electrical properties of Ba-doped nanocrystalline BiFeO3

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    Mehedi Hasan

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Improvement in magnetic and electrical properties of multiferroic BiFeO3 in conjunction with their dependence on particle size is crucial due to its potential applications in multifunctional miniaturized devices. In this investigation, we report a study on particle size dependent structural, magnetic and electrical properties of sol-gel derived Bi0.9Ba0.1FeO3 nanoparticles of different sizes ranging from ∼ 12 to 49 nm. The substitution of Bi by Ba significantly suppresses oxygen vacancies, reduces leakage current density and Fe2+ state. An improvement in both magnetic and electrical properties is observed for 10 % Ba-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles compared to its undoped counterpart. The saturation magnetization of Bi0.9Ba0.1FeO3 nanoparticles increase with reducing particle size in contrast with a decreasing trend of ferroelectric polarization. Moreover, a first order metamagnetic transition is noticed for ∼ 49 nm Bi0.9Ba0.1FeO3 nanoparticles which disappeared with decreasing particle size. The observed strong size dependent multiferroic properties are attributed to the complex interaction between vacancy induced crystallographic defects, multiple valence states of Fe, uncompensated surface spins, crystallographic distortion and suppression of spiral spin cycloid of BiFeO3.

  5. Enhanced photovoltaic currents in strained Fe-doped LiNbO{sub 3} films

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    Inoue, Ryotaro [Division of Physics, Institute of Liberal Education, School of Medicine, Nihon University, 31-10, Ooyaguchi-kamicho, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 173-8601 (Japan); Takahashi, Shusuke; Kitanaka, Yuuki; Oguchi, Takeshi; Noguchi, Yuji; Miyayama, Masaru [Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8654 (Japan)

    2015-12-15

    We investigate the impact of strain on photovoltaic current (J{sub z}) characteristics for iron-doped LiNbO{sub 3} (Fe-LN) under visible light illumination by thin-film experiments. The J{sub z} values are demonstrated to be dramatically enhanced for the film with a tensile strain along the P{sub s} direction, which is over 500 times as large as that of the bulk (strain-free) Fe-LN crystals. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations show that the tensile strain increases an off-center displacement of Fe{sup 2+} that is opposite to the P{sub s} direction. Our experimental and DFT study demonstrates that the control of the lattice strain is effective in enhancing the photovoltaic effect in the Fe-LN system. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. Enhanced Magnetism of Fe3O4 Nanoparticles with Ga Doping

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    Pool, V. L.; Klem, M. T.; Chorney, C. L.; Arenholz, E.; Idzerda, Y.U.

    2010-10-22

    Magnetic (Ga{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}){sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with 5%-33% gallium doping (x = 0.05-0.33) were measured using x-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism to determine that the Ga dopant is substituting for Fe{sub 3+} as Ga{sub 3+} in the tetrahedral A-site of the spinel structure, resulting in an overall increase in the total moment of the material. Frequency-dependent alternating-current magnetic susceptibility measurements showed these particles to be weakly interacting with a reduction of the cubic anisotropy energy term with Ga concentration. The element-specific dichroism spectra show that the average Fe moment is observed to increase with Ga concentration, a result consistent with the replacement of A-site Fe by Ga.

  7. Effect of Ce3+ doping on the properties of LiFePO4 cathode material

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    赵南南; 李永胜; 郅晓科; 王丽; 赵新新; 王亚勉; 梁广川

    2016-01-01

    LiFe1–xCexPO4/C cathode materials were synthesized by solid-state reaction method. The effects of various Ce-doping amounts on the microstructure and electrochemical performance of LiFePO4/C cathode material were intensively investigated. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), galvanostatic charge-discharge meas-urements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The results indicated that Ce-doping did not destroy the lattice structure of LiFePO4/C, while enlarged the lattice volume tailored the particle size, decreased charge transfer resistance, increased electrical conductivity and Li-ion diffusion rate of LiFePO4/C, and thus markedly enhanced the electrochemical performance of the LiFePO4/C. Electrochemical test results showed that the LiFe0.9Ce0.1PO4/C sample exhibited the best electrochemical performance with initial spe-cific capacity of 155.4 mAh/g at 0.2 C , the capacity retention ratios of 99.6% at 100 cycles at 1 C and delivered a discharge capacity of 160.1 (0.1 C), 156.6 (0.2 C), 151.2 (0.5 C), 147.6 (1 C), 140.7 (2 C) and 136.7 mAh/g (5 C), respectively, presented the best rate capacity among all the samples. EIS results demonstrated that the transfer resistance of the sample decreased greatly by doping an ap-propriate amount of Ce.

  8. Fe(3+) /SeO42(-) dual doped nano hydroxyapatite: A novel material for biomedical applications.

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    Alshemary, Ammar Z; Engin Pazarceviren, Ahmet; Tezcaner, Aysen; Evis, Zafer

    2017-02-02

    hFOB cells. Our results suggest that 1Fe-SeHA (0.2M Fe(3+) /0.5M SeO42- co-doped HA) material could be considered as a promising candidate material for orthopedic applications. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. First-principles investigation of Fe-doped MgSiO{sub 3}-ilmenite

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    Stashans, Arvids, E-mail: arvids@utpl.edu.ec [Grupo de Fisicoquimica de Materiales, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador); Rivera, Krupskaya [Grupo de Fisicoquimica de Materiales, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador); Escuela de Geologia y Minas, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador); Pinto, Henry P. [Interdisciplinary Center for Nanotoxicity, Department of Chemistry, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi 39217-0510 (United States)

    2012-06-15

    First principles density functional theory and generalised gradient approximation (GGA) have been exploited to investigate Fe-doped ilmenite-type MgSiO{sub 3} mineral. Strong electron correlation effects not included in a density-functional formalism are described by a Hubbard-type on-site Coulomb repulsion (the DFT+U approach). Microstructure of equilibrium geometries, electronic band structures as well as magnetic properties are computed and discussed in detail. Hartree-Fock methodology is used as an extra tool to study optical properties of the same system. For equilibrium state of the doped mineral we find zigzag-type atomic rearrangements around the Fe impurity. The inclusion of correlation effects leads to an improved description of the electronic properties. In particular, it is discovered that Fe incorporation produces local energy levels within the band-gap of the material. Using {Delta}SCF method optical absorption energies are found to be equal to 2.2 and 2.6 eV leading to light absorption at longer wavelengths compared to the undoped MgSiO{sub 3}. Our results provide evidence on the occurrence of local magnetic moment in the region surrounding iron dopant. According to the outcomes, the Fe Rightwards-Double-Arrow Mg reaction can be described as substitutionally labile with Fe{sup 2+} complex being found in the high-spin state at low pressure MgSiO{sub 3}-ilmenite conditions.

  10. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of mesoporous nanocrystalline Fe-doped titanium dioxide

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    Qamar, Mohd

    2014-07-01

    Synthesis of mesoporous nanocrystalline iron-doped titania following the sol-gel method is presented in this work. Samples with various molar ratios (0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, 2.5, 5.0, 10 and 20%) of Fe to Ti were prepared. The particle size was found to be in the range of ∼12 nm while mesopores were approximately near to ∼5.5 nm. The effect of Fe as doping element on titania properties, such as crystallite size, surface area, pore size, pore volume and d-spacing was investigated. Moreover, distribution of Fe in TiO2 matrix was determined by elemental mapping whereas change in absorption properties was evaluated by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. It was observed that as the Fe content was increased, a partial phase transformation from anatase to rutile and pseudorutile took place. Effect of ultraviolet, ultraviolet-visible and visible radiations on the photocatalytic activity of these catalysts was studied by removal of Methyl Orange as model pollutant. As results, it was found that the photocatalytic activity of such catalysts depends strongly on Fe amount and type of radiation. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

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

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

    2013-09-01

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

  12. Fabrication and characterization of nanostructured Ba-doped BiFeO3 porous ceramics

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    Mostafavi E.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured barium doped bismuth ferrite, Bi₀.₈Ba₀.₂FeO₃ porous ceramics with a relatively high magnetic coercivity was fabricated via sacrificial pore former method. X-ray diffraction results showed that 20 wt.% Ba doping induces a structural phase transition from rhombohedral to distorted pseudo-cubic structure in the final porous samples. Moreover, utilizing Bi₀.₈Ba₀.₂FeO₃ as the starting powder reduces the destructive interactions between the matrix phase and pore former, leading to an increase in stability of bismuth ferrite phase in the final porous ceramics. Urea-derived Bi₀.₈Ba₀.₂FeO₃ porous ceramic exhibits density of 4.74 g/cm³ and porosity of 45 % owing the uniform distribution of interconnected pores with a mean pore size of 7.5 μm. Well defined nanostructured cell walls with a mean grain size of 90 nm were observed in the above sample, which is in a good accordance with the grain size obtained from BET measurements. Saturation magnetization decreased from 2.31 in the Bi₀.₈Ba₀.₂FeO₃ compact sample to 1.85 A m²/kg in urea-derived Bi₀.₈Ba₀.₂FeO₃ porous sample; moreover, coercivity increased from 284 to 380 kA/m.

  13. Mechanical and Magnetostrictive Properties of Fe-Doped Ni52Mn24Ga24 Single Crystals

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    冯雪; 方岱宁; 黄克智

    2002-01-01

    To improve the magnetic and mechanical properties of a Heusler alloy of Ni52Mn24Ga24, iron was doped withsome contents. Single crystals ot the pseudoquaternary Heusler alloy of Ni52Mn9Fe15 Ga24 have been synthesizedfor mechanicai and magnetostrictive measurements. The magnetostriction loops and stress-strain curves weremeasured under different coupled magnetic-mechanicai loads. The experimental results show that the brittlenessof the sample is clearly improved and Young's modulus of 13. 7 GPa is obtained in the [001] direction due to thepart substitution of Fe for Mn. Furthermore, the toughness and Vickers hardness of the sample are also given byuse of the indentation technique.

  14. Effect of 3d doping on the electronic structure of BaFe2As2

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    McLeod, John A.; Buling, A.; Green, R.J.; Boyko, T.D.; Skorikov, N.A.; Kurmaev, E.Z.; Neumann, M.; Finkelstein, L.D.; Ni, Ni; Thaler, Alexander; Budko, Serguei L.; Canfield, Paul; Moewes, A.

    2012-04-25

    The electronic structure of BaFe2As2 doped with Co, Ni and Cu has been studied by a variety of experimental and theoretical methods, but a clear picture of the dopant 3d states has not yet emerged. Herein we provide experimental evidence of the distribution of Co, Ni and Cu 3d states in the valence band. We conclude that the Co and Ni 3d states provide additional free carriers to the Fermi level, while the Cu 3d states are found at the bottom of the valence band in a localized 3d10 shell. These findings help shed light on why superconductivity can occur in BaFe2As2 doped with Co and Ni but not Cu.

  15. Effect of chemical doping on the thermoelectric properties of FeGa3

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    Haldolaarachchige, N.; Karki, A. B.; Phelan, W. Adam; Xiong, Y. M.; Jin, R.; Chan, Julia Y.; Stadler, S.; Young, D. P.

    2011-05-01

    Thermoelectric properties of the chemically-doped intermetallic narrow-band semiconductor FeGa3 are reported. The parent compound shows semiconductor-like behavior with a small bandgap (Eg = 0.2 eV), a carrier density of ˜1018 cm-3, and a large n-type Seebeck coefficient (S ˜ - 400 μV/K) at room temperature. Hall effect measurements indicate that chemical doping significantly increases the carrier density, resulting in a metallic state, while the Seebeck coefficient still remains fairly large (˜- 150 μV/K). The largest power factor (S2/ρ = 62 μW/m K2) was observed for Fe0.99Co0.01(Ga0.997Ge0.003)3, and its corresponding figure of merit (ZT = 1.3 × 10-2) at 390 K improved by over a factor of 5 from the pure material.

  16. Optimally doped hybridization gap semiconductor FeGa3 as potential thermoelectric alloy*

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    Ponnambalam, Vijayabarathi; Morelli, Donald T.

    2014-03-01

    FeGa3, a hybridization gap semiconductor with a band gap of ~ 0.5 eV can be a potential thermoelectric material if optimally doped. Due to the involvement of d-band in the transport, high Seebeck coefficient is a possibility. To achieve the optimum doping level, Mn, Co and Zn containing FeGa3 alloys are being prepared either via the flux or solid state reaction method. Phase characterization will be carried out. Electrical and transport properties including resistivity, Seebeck and Hall coefficients and thermal conductivity will be measured over a wide temperature range of 80- 1000 K. These results will be presented and the potential of these compositions as thermoelectrics will be discussed.

  17. Doping dependent nonlinear Hall effect in SmFeAsO(1-x)F(x).

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    Riggs, Scott C; McDonald, R D; Kemper, J B; Stegen, Z; Boebinger, G S; Balakirev, F F; Kohama, Y; Migliori, A; Chen, H; Liu, R H; Chen, X H

    2009-10-14

    We report the Hall resistivity, ρ(xy), of polycrystalline SmFeAsO(1-x)F(x) for four different fluorine concentrations from the onset of superconductivity through the collapse of the structural phase transition. For the two more highly doped samples, ρ(xy) is linear in magnetic field up to 50 T with only weak temperature dependence, reminiscent of a simple Fermi liquid. For the lightly doped samples with x<0.15, we find a low temperature regime characterized as ρ(xy)(H) being both nonlinear in magnetic field and strongly temperature-dependent even though the Hall angle is small. The onset temperature for this nonlinear regime is in the vicinity of the structural phase (SPT)/magnetic ordering (MO) transitions. The temperature dependence of the Hall resistivity is consistent with a thermal activation of carriers across an energy gap. The evolution of the energy gap with doping is reported.

  18. Microstructure refinement and enhanced critical current density in binary doped SmFeAsO superconductor

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    Anooja, J. B.; Aswathy, P. M.; Varghese, Neson; Syamaprasad, U., E-mail: syamcsir@gmail.com [National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR), Trivandrum- 695 019 (India); Aloysius, R. P. [National Physical Laboratory (CSIR), Delhi-110012 (India)

    2014-04-24

    The iron-pnictide Sm{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}FeAsO{sub 1−2x}F{sub 2x} superconductor was prepared and the combined effect of electron and hole doping was studied in detail. It is observed that the binary doping using CaF{sub 2} improves the microstructure tremendously with a preferred orientation of the (00l) planes. Moreover, a maximum T{sub C} of 53.8 K and a transport J{sub C} of 880 A/cm{sup 2} (12 K), which is double to that of the F-doped sample, are achieved. The dopant CaF{sub 2} seems to be a potential candidate for solving the grain-connectivity concerns in iron-pnictides paving the way towards conductor development.

  19. Crystal structure analysis and first principle investigation of F doping in LiFePO4

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    Milović, Miloš; Jugović, Dragana; Cvjetićanin, Nikola; Uskoković, Dragan; Milošević, Aleksandar S.; Popović, Zoran S.; Vukajlović, Filip R.

    2013-11-01

    This work presents the synthesis of F-doped LiFePO4/C composite by the specific modification of the recently suggested synthesis procedure based on an aqueous precipitation of precursor material in molten stearic acid, followed by a high temperature treatment. Besides the lattice parameters and the primitive cell volume reductions, compared to the undoped sample synthesized under the same conditions, the Rietveld refinement also shows that fluorine ions preferably occupy specific oxygen sites. Particularly, the best refinement is accomplished when fluorine ions occupy O(2) sites exclusively. By means of up-to-date electronic structure and total energy calculations this experimental finding is theoretically confirmed. Such fluorine doping also produces closing of the gap in the electronic structure and consequently better conductivity properties of the doped compound. In addition, the morphological and electrochemical performances of the synthesized powder are fully characterized.

  20. Itinerant magnetism in doped semiconducting β-FeSi₂ and CrSi₂.

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    Singh, David J; Parker, David

    2013-12-17

    Novel or unusual magnetism is a subject of considerable interest, particularly in metals and degenerate semiconductors. In such materials the interplay of magnetism, transport and other Fermi liquid properties can lead to fascinating physical behavior. One example is in magnetic semiconductors, where spin polarized currents may be controlled and used. We report density functional calculations predicting magnetism in doped semiconducting β-FeSi₂ and CrSi₂ at relatively low doping levels particularly for n-type. In this case, there is a rapid cross-over to a half-metallic state as a function of doping level. The results are discussed in relation to the electronic structure and other properties of these compounds.

  1. Thermal Stability and Reductive Property of CexZr1-xO2 Solid Solution Doped Simultaneously by Fe, Mn or Fe, Cu

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    Yan Zhongjun; Yang Dong; Wen Mingfen; Chen Jing; Wang Jinggang; Gu Yongwan

    2005-01-01

    CexZr1-xO2 complex oxides doped by transition metal(Fe, Mn, Cu) were prepared by precipitation method. Thermal stability of samples was characterized by XRD, surface areas were measured by BET method and reductive property was characterized by TPR. The results show that MnO2 can be dispersed in solid solution after calcined at 1273 K, when the loading is 12%, while Fe and Cu is easy to separate from samples at this temperature. Samples doped simultaneously by Fe, Mn or Fe, Cu demonstrated high reactive property at low temperature. The starting reduction temperature are 413 and 373 K, respectively. TPR results also show a broad range of reductive temperature exists in these bi-metal doped samples.

  2. Optical and Magnetic Properties of Fe-Doped GaN Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors Prepared by MOCVD Method

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    TAG Zhi-Kuo; ZHANG Rong; CUI Xu-Gao; XIU Xiang-Qian; ZHANG Guo-Yu; XIE Zi-Li; GU Shu-Lin; SHI Yi; ZHENG You-Dou

    2008-01-01

    @@ Fe-doped GaN thin films are grown on c-sapphires by metal organic chemical vapour deposition method (MOCVD).Crystalline quality and phase purity are characterized by x-ray diffraction and Raman scattering measurements.There are no detectable second phases formed during growth and no significant degradation in crystalline quality as Fe ions are doped. Fe-related optical transitions are observed in photoluminescence spectra. Magnetic measurements reveal that the films show room-temperature ferromagnetic behaviour. The ferromagnetism may originate from carrier-mediated Fe-doped CaN diluted magnetic semiconductors or nanoscale iron dusters and Fe-N compounds which we have not detected.

  3. Al/Fe isomorphic substitution versus Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} clusters formation in Fe-doped aluminosilicate nanotubes (imogolite)

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    Shafia, Ehsan [Politecnico di Torino, Department of Applied Science and Technology and INSTM Unit of Torino-Politecnico (Italy); Esposito, Serena [Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (Italy); Manzoli, Maela; Chiesa, Mario [Università di Torino, Dipartimento di Chimica and Centro Interdipartimentale NIS (Italy); Tiberto, Paola [Electromagnetism, I.N.Ri.M. (Italy); Barrera, Gabriele [Università di Torino, Dipartimento di Chimica and Centro Interdipartimentale NIS (Italy); Menard, Gabriel [Harvard University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (United States); Allia, Paolo, E-mail: paolo.allia@polito.it [Politecnico di Torino, Department of Applied Science and Technology and INSTM Unit of Torino-Politecnico (Italy); Freyria, Francesca S. [Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry (United States); Garrone, Edoardo; Bonelli, Barbara, E-mail: barbara.bonelli@polito.it [Politecnico di Torino, Department of Applied Science and Technology and INSTM Unit of Torino-Politecnico (Italy)

    2015-08-15

    Textural, magnetic and spectroscopic properties are reported of Fe-doped aluminosilicate nanotubes (NTs) of the imogolite type, IMO, with nominal composition (OH){sub 3}Al{sub 2−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3}SiOH (x = 0, 0.025, 0.050). Samples were obtained by either direct synthesis (Fe-0.025-IMO, Fe-0.050-IMO) or post-synthesis loading (Fe-L-IMO). The Fe content was either 1.4 wt% (both Fe-0.050-IMO and Fe-L-IMO) or 0.7 wt% (Fe-0.025-IMO). Textural properties were characterized by High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-ray diffraction and N{sub 2} adsorption/desorption isotherms at 77 K. The presence of different iron species was studied by magnetic moment measurements and three spectroscopies: Mössbauer, UV–Vis and electron paramagnetic resonance, respectively. Fe{sup 3+}/Al{sup 3+} isomorphic substitution (IS) at octahedral sites at the external surface of NTs is the main process occurring by direct synthesis at low Fe loadings, giving rise to the formation of isolated high-spin Fe{sup 3+} sites. Higher loadings give rise, besides IS, to the formation of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} clusters. IS occurs up to a limit of Al/Fe atomic ratio of ca. 60 (corresponding to x = 0.032). A fraction of the magnetism related to NCs is pinned by the surface anisotropy; also, clusters are magnetically interacting with each other. Post-synthesis loading leads to a system rather close to that obtained by direct synthesis, involving both IS and cluster formations. Slightly larger clusters than with direct synthesis samples, however, are formed. The occurrence of IS indicates a facile cleavage/sealing of Al–O–Al bonds: this opens the possibility to exchange Al{sup 3+} ions in pre-formed IMO NTs, a much simpler procedure compared with direct synthesis.

  4. Optical and Magnetic Properties of Fe Doped ZnO Nanoparticles Obtained by Hydrothermal Synthesis

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    Xiaojuan Wu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Diluted magnetic semiconductors Zn1-xFexO nanoparticles with different doping concentration (x=0, 0.01, 0.05, 0.10, and 0.20 were successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method. The crystal structure, morphology, and optical and magnetic properties of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM, Raman scattering spectra (Raman, photoluminescence spectra (PL, and the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM. The experiment results show that all samples synthesized by this method possess hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure with good crystallization, no other impurity phases are observed, and the morphology of the sample shows the presence of ellipsoidal nanoparticles. All the Fe3+ successfully substituted for the lattice site of Zn2+ and generates single-phase Zn1-xFexO. Raman spectra shows that the peak shifts to higher frequency. PL spectra exhibit a slight blue shift and the UV emission is annihilated with the increase of Fe3+ concentration. Magnetic measurements indicated that Fe-doped ZnO samples exhibit ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature and the saturation magnetization is enhanced with the increase of iron doping content.

  5. Defects induced magnetization in B-doped ZnFeO dilute magnetic semiconductors

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    Saleem, Murtaza, E-mail: murtaza.saleem@lums.edu.pk [Department of Physics, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Opposite Sector U, D.H.A. Lahore 54792 (Pakistan); Sabieh Anwar, M., E-mail: sabieh@lums.edu.pk [Department of Physics, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Opposite Sector U, D.H.A. Lahore 54792 (Pakistan); Mahmood, Asif, E-mail: ahayat@ksu.edu.sa [Chemical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, King Saud University, P.O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Atiq, Shahid, E-mail: shahidatiqpasrur@yahoo.com [Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore 54590 (Pakistan); Ramay, Shahid M., E-mail: schaudhry@ksu.edu.sa [Physics and Astronomy Department, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Siddiqi, Saadat A., E-mail: saadat.anwar@gmail.com [Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM), COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Defence Road, Off Raiwind Road, Lahore (Pakistan)

    2015-05-15

    Zn{sub 0.95−x}Fe{sub 0.05}B{sub x}O (x=0, 0.05) nano-particles have been synthesized using a modified chemically derived citrate gel method. X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrates the wurtzite type hexagonal structure belonging to P6{sub 3}mc space group without the presence of any secondary phase in both compositions. The Diffraction analysis shows that Fe{sup 2+} and B{sup 3+} ions have replaced some of the Zn{sup 2+} ions while some occupy un-detectable interstitial and inter-granular positions inside the structure. Scanning electron micrographs obtained using scanning electron microscopy show typical smaller size of particles in B-doped composition. Temperature dependent electrical resistivity analysis shows the semiconducting characteristics of the compositions and that doping of Fe and B up to 10 at% does not change the electrical behavior of the host material. Magnetic measurements display room temperature ferromagnetism in both compositions with enhanced magnetization in B-doped composition associated with defect induced magnetic mechanism belonging to intrinsically augmented interstitial and inter-granular effects.

  6. Preparation and characterization of Fe3+-doped TiO2 on fly ash cenospheres for photocatalytic application

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    Wang, Bing; Li, Qin; Wang, Wei; Li, Ying; Zhai, Jianping

    2011-02-01

    Fe3+-doped TiO2 film deposited on fly ash cenosphere (Fe-TiO2/FAC) was successfully synthesized by the sol-gel method. These fresh photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and thermogravimetric analyses (TGA). The XRD results showed that Fe element can maintain metastable anatase phase of TiO2, and effect of temperature showed rutile phase appears in 650 °C for 0.01% Fe-TiO2/FAC. The SEM analysis revealed the Fe-TiO2 films on the surface of a fly ash cenosphere with a thickness of 2 μm. The absorption threshold of Fe-TiO2/FACs shifted to a longer wavelength compared to the photocatalyst without Fe3+-doping in the UV-vis absorption spectra. The photocatalytic activity and kinetics of Fe-TiO2/FAC with varying the iron content and the calcination temperatures were investigated by measuring the photodegradation of methyl blue (MB) during visible light irradiation. Compared with TiO2/FAC and Fe3+-doped TiO2 powder (Fe-TiO2), the degradation ratio using Fe-TiO2/FAC increased by 33% and 30%, respectively, and the best calcined temperature was 450 °C and the optimum doping of Fe/Ti molar ratio was 0.01%. The Fe-TiO2/FAC particles can float in water due to the low density of FAC in favor of phase separation to recover these photocatalyst after the reaction, and the recovery test shows that calcination contributes to regaining photocatalytic activity of Fe-TiO2/FAC photocatalyst.

  7. Defect mechanisms of coloration in Fe-doped SrTiO3 from first principles

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    Baker, Jonathon N.; Bowes, Preston C.; Long, Daniel M.; Moballegh, Ali; Harris, Joshua S.; Dickey, Elizabeth C.; Irving, Douglas L.

    2017-03-01

    To understand the underlying defect mechanisms governing the coloration of Fe-doped SrTiO3 (Fe:STO), density functional theory calculations were used to determine defect formation energies and to interpret optical absorption spectra. A grand canonical defect equilibrium model was developed using the calculated formation energies, which enabled connection to annealing experiments. It was found that FeTi 0 is stable in oxidizing conditions and leads to the optical absorption signatures in oxidized Fe:STO, consistent with experiment. Fe:STO was found to transition from brown to transparent as P O2 was reduced during annealing. The defect equilibrium model reproduces a consistent P O2 of this coloration transition. Most critical to reproducing the P O2 of the coloration transition was inclusion of a Fe Ti - V O first nearest neighbor complex, which was found to be strongly interacting. The coloration transition P O2 was found to be insensitive to the presence of minority background impurities, slightly sensitive to Fe content, and more sensitive to annealing temperature.

  8. Correlation induced self-doping in the iron-pnictide superconductor Ba2 Ti2 Fe2 As4 O

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    Ma, J. Z.; Richard, P.; Chen, G. F.; Miao, H.; Zeng, L. K.; Roekeghem, A. Van; Biermann, S.; Xu, N.; Shi, M.; Liu, Z. H.; He, J. B.; Wang, S. C.; Cao, C.; Sun, Y. L.; Cao, G. H.; Qian, T.; Ding, H.

    The electronic structure of the intercalated iron-based superconductor Ba2Ti2Fe2As4O (Tc ~21.5 K) has been investigated by using ARPES and combined LDA + DMFT calculations. The electronic states near the Fermi level are dominated by both the Fe 3d and Ti 3d orbitals, indicating that the spacing layers separating different FeAs layers are also metallic. By counting the enclosed volumes of the Fermi surface sheets, we observe a large self-doping effect, i.e., 0.25 electrons per unit cell are transferred from the FeAs layer to the Ti2As2O layer, leaving the FeAs layer in a hole-doped state, which is in contrast with the LDA prediction of an electron-doped FeAs layer. This exotic behavior is successfully reproduced by the LDA + DMFT calculations, in which the self-doping effect is attributed to the electronic correlations in the Fe 3d shell. Our work provides an alternative route of effective doping without element substitution for iron-based superconductors. Beijing 100190, China.

  9. Effect of Gd doping on structural, electrical and magnetic properties of BiFeO 3 electroceramic

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    Pradhan, S. K.; Roul, B. K.

    2011-10-01

    Room temperature multiferroic electroceramics of Gd doped BiFeO 3 monophasic materials have been synthesized adopting a slow step sintering schedule. Incorporation of Gd nucleates the development of orthorhombic grain growth habit without the appearance of any significant impurity phases with respect to original rhombohedral ( R 3 c ) phase of un-doped BiFeO 3 . It is observed that, the materials showed room temperature enhanced electric polarization as well as ferromagnetism when rare earth ions like Gd doping is critically optimized ( x =0.15) in the composition formula of Bi 1+2 x Gd 2 x /2 Fe 1-2 x O 3 . We believe that magnetic moment of Gd +3 ions in Gd doped BiFeO 3 tends to align in the same direction with respect to ferromagnetic component associated with the iron sub lattice. The dielectric constant as well as loss factor shows strong dispersion at lower frequencies and the value of leakage current is greatly suppressed with the increase in concentration of x in the above composition. Addition of excess bismuth and Gd ( x =0.1 and 0.15) caused structural transformation as well as compensated bismuth loss during high temperature sintering. Doping of Gd in BiFeO 3 also suppresses spiral spin modulation structure, which can change Fe-O-Fe bond angle or spin order resulting in enhanced ferromagnetic property.

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  11. Contrasting behavior of the structural and magnetic properties in Mn- and Fe-doped In2O3 films

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    Qi Feng

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available We have observed room temperature ferromagnetism in In2O3 thin films doped with either 5 at.% Mn or Fe, prepared by pulsed laser deposition at substrate temperatures ranging from 300 to 600 °C. The dependence of saturation magnetization on grain size was investigated for both types of In2O3 films. It is revealed that, for the Mn-doped films, the magnetization was largest with small grains, indicating the importance of grain boundaries. In contrast, for Fe-doped films, the largest magnetization was observed with large grains.

  12. Pyroelectric properties and electrical conductivity in samarium doped BiFeO 3 ceramics

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    Yao, Yingbang

    2012-06-01

    Samarium (Sm 3+) doped BiFeO 3 (BFO) ceramics were prepared by a modified solid-state-reaction method which adopted a rapid heating as well as cooling during the sintering process. The pyroelectric coefficient increased from 93 to 137 μC/m 2 K as the Sm 3+ doping level increased from 1 mol% to 8 mol%. Temperature dependence of the pyroelectric coefficient showed an abrupt decrease above 80 °C in all samples, which was associated with the increase of electrical conductivity with temperature. This electrical conduction was attributed to oxygen vacancy existing in the samples. An activation energy of ∼0.7 eV for the conduction process was found to be irrespective of the Sm 3+ doping level. On the other hand, the magnetic Néel temperature (T N) decreased with increasing Sm 3+ doping level. On the basis of our results, the effects of Sm doping level on the pyroelectric and electrical properties of the BFO were revealed. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. A newly developed Fe-doped calcium sulfide nanoparticles with magnetic property for cancer hyperthermia

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    Wu, Steven Yueh-Hsiu; Tseng, Ching-Li; Lin, Feng-Huei

    2010-05-01

    In this study, a magnetic iron-doped calcium sulfide (Fe-CaS) nanoparticle was newly developed and studied for the purpose of hyperthermia due to its promising magnetic property, adequate biodegradation rate, and relatively good biocompatibility. Fe-CaS nanoparticles were synthesized by a wet chemical co-precipitation process with heat treatment in a N2 atmosphere, and were subsequently cooled in N2 and exposed to air at a low temperature. The crystal structure of the Fe-CaS nanoparticles was similar to that of the CaS, which was identified by an X-ray diffractometer (XRD). The particle size was less than 40 nm based on a Debye-Scherrer equation and transmission electron microscope (TEM) examination. Magnetic properties obtained from the SQUID magnetometer demonstrated that the synthesized CaS was a diamagnetic property. Once the Fe ions were doped, the synthesized Fe-CaS converted into paramagnetism which showed no hysteresis loop. Having been heated above 600 °C in N2, the Fe-CaS showed a promising magnetic property to produce enough energy to increase the temperature for hyperthermia. 10 mg/ml of the Fe-CaS was able to generate heat to elevate the media temperature over 42.5 °C within 6 min. The area of the hysteresis loop increased with the increasing of the treated temperature, especially at 800 °C for 1 h. This is because more Fe ions replaced Ca ions in the lattice at the higher heat treatment temperature. The heat production was also increasing with the increasing of heat treatment temperature, which resulted in an adequate specific absorption ratio (SAR) value, which was found to be 45.47 W/g at 37 °C under an alternative magnetic field of f = 750 KHz , H = 10 Oe. The in vitro biocompatibility test of the synthesized Fe-CaS nanoparticles examined by the LDH assay showed no cytotoxicity to 3T3 fibroblast. The result of in vitro cell hyperthermia shows that under magnetic field the Fe-CaS nanoparticles were able to generate heat and kill the CT-26 cancer

  14. Chemical Doping Induced Ferro- and Antiferro-magnetic States in non-Magnetic Insulating FeGa3

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    Haldolaarachchige, N.; Prestigiacomo, J.; Xiong, Y.; Phelan, A.; Chan, J.; Sheehy, D.; Adams, P.; Ditusa, J.; Stadler, S.; Young, D.

    2013-03-01

    A ferromagnetic quantum critical point (FM-QCP) in Ge-doped FeGa3 was reported very recently (Umeo et al. PRB 86 (14), 144421, 2012). We have simultaneously observed the FM-QCP in this system. Furthermore, we analyzed the magnetic properties of FeGa3 in the context of a unique structural feature, where the four Fe atoms in the unit cell exist as two Fe-Fe dimers (Yin and Picket, PRB 82 (15), 155202, 2010). We propose a phenomenological model where the extrinsic electrons from the Ge doping creates a mixed valence Fe-dimer with a net effective spin. Such a model provides a novel mechanism for the (FM-QCP) and is consistent with the system's magnetic and thermal properties. In addition to Ge doping, we have investigated effects of Ru/Mn substitution on the Fe site. Ru substitution produces an unexpected ferromagnetic (FM) insulating phase that develops immediately, and it disappears above an intermediate doping level. This behavior agrees well with our model of spin creation on the transition-metal dimers via conduction electrons, and the enhanced insulating behavior in the electrical resistivity suggests the Ru acquires a 2 + state. Interestingly, Mn-doped FeGa3 shows an apparent antiferromagnetic (AFM) insulating phase, where the magnetic data is consistent with the effective moment coming from Mn(3 +) . These results provide further evidence of the important role of the Fe-Fe dimer structure in FeGa3in determining its unique magnetic properties.

  15. Low temperature preparation and superconductivity of F-doped SmFeAsO

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    Chen, Y. L.; Cui, Y. J.; Cheng, C. H.; Yang, Y.; Wang, L.; Li, Y. C.; Zhang, Y.; Zhao, Y.

    2010-11-01

    A low temperature (1100 °C) process of preparing F-doped SmFeAsO samples has been developed using SmF3 with nanometer scale as the source of fluorine. A series of the SmFeAsO1-xFx (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25, 0.3) samples have been prepared using the present method. Compared with previous reports, the present SmF3 is more effective to introduce F into SmFeAsO system in which a transition temperature of 39 K can be observed when x = 0.05. The superconductivity is definitely enhanced with the increasing F-doping level. All the samples presented to be layered structure and the crystal particle size is about three times larger with sintering time increasing from 36 h to 48 h. Except for the nanometer scale of SmF3, the flux effect of SmF3 is recognized to be another reason for the decrease of the sintering temperature. Further more, a relatively large amount of SmF3 was also employed in the raw materials to introduce excessive F and this has induced higher Tc (55 K) in SmFeAsO0.8F0.2+δ system.

  16. Low temperature preparation and superconductivity of F-doped SmFeAsO

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    Chen, Y.L.; Cui, Y.J. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Mail Stop 165, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Cheng, C.H. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia); Yang, Y.; Wang, L.; Li, Y.C.; Zhang, Y. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Mail Stop 165, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Zhao, Y., E-mail: yzhao@swjtu.edu.c [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Mail Stop 165, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia)

    2010-11-01

    A low temperature (1100 deg. C) process of preparing F-doped SmFeAsO samples has been developed using SmF{sub 3} with nanometer scale as the source of fluorine. A series of the SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25, 0.3) samples have been prepared using the present method. Compared with previous reports, the present SmF{sub 3} is more effective to introduce F into SmFeAsO system in which a transition temperature of 39 K can be observed when x = 0.05. The superconductivity is definitely enhanced with the increasing F-doping level. All the samples presented to be layered structure and the crystal particle size is about three times larger with sintering time increasing from 36 h to 48 h. Except for the nanometer scale of SmF{sub 3}, the flux effect of SmF{sub 3} is recognized to be another reason for the decrease of the sintering temperature. Further more, a relatively large amount of SmF{sub 3} was also employed in the raw materials to introduce excessive F and this has induced higher T{sub c} (55 K) in SmFeAsO{sub 0.8}F{sub 0.2+{delta}}system.

  17. Unique nanostructural features in Fe, Mn-doped YBCO thin films

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    Meledin, A.; Turner, S.; Cayado, P.; Mundet, B.; Solano, E.; Ricart, S.; Ros, J.; Puig, T.; Obradors, X.; Van Tendeloo, G.

    2016-12-01

    An attempt to grow a thin epitaxial composite film of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) with spinel MnFe2O4 (MFO) nanoparticles on a LAO substrate using the CSD approach resulted in a decomposition of the spinel and various doping modes of YBCO with the Fe and Mn cations. These nanostructural effects lead to a lowering of T c and a slight J c increase in field. Using a combination of advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques such as atomic resolution high-angle annular dark field scanning TEM, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy we have been able to decipher and characterize the effects of the Fe and Mn doping on the film architecture. The YBaCuFeO5 anion-deficient double perovskite phase was detected in the form of 3D inclusions as well as epitaxially grown lamellas within the YBCO matrix. These nano-inclusions play a positive role as pinning centers responsible for the J c/J sf (H) dependency smoothening at high magnetic fields in the YBCO-MFO films with respect to the pristine YBCO films.

  18. Ion-exchanged route synthesis of Fe2N-N-doped graphitic nanocarbons composite as advanced oxygen reduction electrocatalyst.

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    Wang, Lei; Yin, Jie; Zhao, Lu; Tian, Chungui; Yu, Peng; Wang, Jianqiang; Fu, Honggang

    2013-04-14

    Fe2N nanoparticles and nitrogen-doped graphitic nanosheet composites (Fe2N-NGC) have been synthesized by an ion-exchanged route, which can serve as an efficient non-precious metal electrocatalyst with a 4e(-) reaction pathway for oxygen reduction reactions (ORR).

  19. Effects of Fe Doping on the Structural, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Thu, Dang Xuan; Trung, Vu Quoc; Nghia, Nguyen Manh; Khang, Nguyen Cao; Lam, Tran Dai

    2016-11-01

    Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles have been prepared by the hydrolysis method. The effects of Fe doping on the structural, optical, and magnetic properties of the Ti1- x Fe x O2 ( x = 0.00, 0.03, 0.06, 0.10, 0.13) materials were thoroughly investigated by a combination of various methods, including transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis, x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) reflectance spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and vibrating-sample magnetometry. Analysis of the TEM and XRD measurements showed that the resulting powders had nanoscale particle size. The Fe-doped samples were found to be paramagnetic at room temperature (by magnetization measurements), with Fe acting as substitutional impurity at Ti sites in the anatase TiO2 phase. Substitution of Fe at Ti sites was also confirmed by Raman spectra. The paramagnetic nature of the Ti1- x Fe x O2 samples was further investigated using density functional theory calculations of their electronic band structure and density of states. Finally, the photocatalytic activity of the Fe-doped TiO2 samples was studied by investigating their photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue.

  20. Synthesis of Ce(III)-doped Fe3O4 magnetic particles for efficient removal of antimony from aqueous solution.

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    Qi, Zenglu; Joshi, Tista Prasai; Liu, Ruiping; Liu, Huijuan; Qu, Jiuhui

    2017-05-05

    Aqueous antimony (Sb) pollution from human activity is of great concern in drinking water due to its adverse health effect. Magnetic Fe3O4 particles, with high separation ability from solution, have been considered as a low-cost Sb adsorbent for contaminants. However, the limited adsorption capacity has restricted its practical application. In this study, a solvothermal approach was developed for doping Ce(III) into Fe3O4, thereby increasing the adsorption efficacy for both Sb(III) and Sb(V). In contrast to un-doped Fe3O4, the adsorption capacity towards Sb(III) and Sb(V) in Ce-doped materials increased from 111.4 to 224.2mg/g and from 37.2 to 188.1mg/g at neutral pH, respectively. Based on the combined results of XPS, XRD, and FTIR, it confirmed that Ce atom successfully doped into the Fe3O4 structure, resulting in the decreased particle size, increased the surface area, and isoelectric point. Furthermore, the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) results showed that the Ce doping process had some side effects on the primitive magnetic property, but remaining the high separation potential during water treatment. According to the high removal efficiency and magnetic property, the Ce-doped Fe3O4 of great simplicity should be a promising adsorbent for aqueous Sb removal. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Infrared optical absorption in low-spin Fe 2+ -doped SrTiO 3

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    Comes, Ryan B.; Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Heald, Steve M.; Bowden, Mark E.; Chambers, Scott A.

    2016-01-06

    Band gap engineering in SrTiO3 and related titanate perovskites has long been explored due to the intriguing properties of the materials for photocatalysis and photovoltaic applications. A popular approach in the materials chemistry community is to substitutionally dope aliovalent transition metal ions onto the B site in the lattice to alter the valence band. However, in such a scheme there is limited control over the dopant valence, and compensating defects often form. Here we demonstrate a novel technique to controllably synthesize Fe2+- and Fe3+-doped SrTiO3 thin films without formation of compensating defects by co-doping with La3+ ions on the A site. We stabilize Fe2+-doped films by doping with two La ions for every Fe dopant, and find that the Fe ions exhibit a low-spin electronic configuration, producing optical transitions in the near infrared regime and degenerate doping. The novel electronic states observed here offer a new avenue for band gap engineering in perovskites for photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications.

  2. Structural, optical and dielectric property of Co doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}

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    Swain, Smita, E-mail: singhanil@nitrkl.ac.in; Mohapatra, S. R., E-mail: singhanil@nitrkl.ac.in; Sahoo, B., E-mail: singhanil@nitrkl.ac.in; Singh, A. K., E-mail: singhanil@nitrkl.ac.in [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela -769008, Odisha (India)

    2014-04-24

    Multiferroic Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} and Co doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} are prepared by solid state route reaction method using bismuth oxide(Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}), iron oxide(Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and cobalt oxide (Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}). Their structural optical and dielectric properties are studied and compared. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirm that there is no change in crystal structure due to Co doping. From dielectric constant measurement we conclude that dielectric constant increases due to Co doping. UV-Visible plot shows due to Co doping bang gap energy increases.

  3. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Fe-doped BaSnO{sub 3}

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    Balamurugan, K.; Kumar, N. Harish [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Chelvane, J. Arout [Advanced Magnetics Group, Defense Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500058 (India); Santhosh, P.N. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India)], E-mail: santhosh@iitm.ac.in

    2009-03-20

    Polycrystalline bulk samples of BaSn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3}, with x = 0.03, 0.04 and 0.05 were prepared by solid-state reaction method. These Fe-doped BaSnO{sub 3} systems exhibit ferromagnetism at room temperature with an average magnetic moment of 0.047, 0.038 and 0.025{mu}{sub B}/F{sub e} and Curie temperature of 510, 462 and 446 K, respectively. The observed magnetic properties are not attributed to any of the known impurity phases or clusters. The presence of ferromagnetic interaction at room temperature is supported by the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) signals observed in the electron spin resonance spectra. The ferromagnetic order between Fe-ions is expected to be mediated by an electron trapped at the oxygen anion vacancy, called the F-centre exchange (FCE) interaction.

  4. Paramagnetism and clustering in Fe-doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Rodriguez-Torres, C.E., E-mail: torres@fisica.unlp.edu.a [IFLP, CCT-La Plata, CONICET, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 115 y 49, C. C. 67, 1900 La Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Stewart, S.J. [IFLP, CCT-La Plata, CONICET, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 115 y 49, C. C. 67, 1900 La Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Adan, C. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC, 49706 Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain); Cabrera, A.F. [IFLP, CCT-La Plata, CONICET, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 115 y 49, C. C. 67, 1900 La Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2010-04-16

    The magnetic behavior of Fe-doped TiO{sub 2} anatase nanoparticles (2.8 and 5.4 at.%) was investigated throughout magnetizations versus applied field measurements between 2 and 300 K temperatures. The experimental results were well-fitted by using the Brillouin function, giving rise to a moment per isolated Fe atom of about 5 {mu}{sub B}. The thermal evolution of the number of magnetic ions shows that a decrease of ions in paramagnetic state occurs below 50 K for the most diluted sample. However for the 5.4 at.% sample the fall even at room temperature is evident. These moments probably order antiferromagnetically via superexchange interactions. Taking into account the low concentration of dopant and the high fraction of interacting ions, a correlated substitution of Fe in cation sites of TiO{sub 2} structure needs to be considered.

  5. Emergence of competing magnetic interactions induced by Ge doping in the semiconductor FeGa3

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    Alvarez-Quiceno, J. C.; Cabrera-Baez, M.; Ribeiro, R. A.; Avila, M. A.; Dalpian, G. M.; Osorio-Guillén, J. M.

    2016-07-01

    FeGa3 is an unusual intermetallic semiconductor that presents intriguing magnetic responses to the tuning of its electronic properties. When doped with Ge, the system evolves from diamagnetic to paramagnetic to ferromagnetic ground states that are not well understood. In this work, we have performed a joint theoretical and experimental study of FeGa3 -xGex using density functional theory and magnetic susceptibility measurements. For low Ge concentrations we observe the formation of localized moments on some Fe atoms and, as the dopant concentration increases, a more delocalized magnetic behavior emerges. The magnetic configuration strongly depends on the dopant distribution, leading even to the appearance of antiferromagnetic interactions in certain configurations.

  6. Exchange bias effect in Ti doped nanocrystalline SrFeO3-δ

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    A. Sendil Kumar

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Materials of Ti doped nanocrystalline SrFeO3-δ were synthesized through solid state reaction. Detailed magnetization measurements were carried out in zero field cooled (ZFC and field cooled (FC conditions. Compounds of SrFe1-xTixO3-δ (x = 0.1 to 0.3 are found to be spin glass and parent compound is a helical antiferromagnet. Non magnetic Ti4+ reduces the strength of exchange interactions and the curvature of hysteresis is changed towards concave nature. Exchange bias is observed below the peak temperature (irreversibility in magnetization (TIrr in ZFC-FC of SrFe1-xTixO3-δ (x = 0 to 0.3. The coercivity and exchange bias field values are found to be decreases with increase in temperature. Observed exchange bias effect is attributed to competition between antiferromagnetic superexchange and ferromagnetic double exchange interactions.

  7. Cobalt-doping effects in single crystalline and polycrystalline EuFe2-xCoxAs2 compounds

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    2010-01-01

    A series of Co-doped EuFe2-xCoxAs2 compounds were prepared in both of single crystalline and polycrystalline forms.The Co-doping effects on the crystal structure,electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility were systematically studied.Superconductivity was found in polycrystalline Co-doped samples from zero resistivity effects,with the highest onset superconducting transition temperature at 26 K in the optimum doped EuFe1.84Co0.16As2 compound.While due to the stronger competition between the superconducting order and the Eu2+ magnetic order,the zero resistivity effect is absent in the Co-doped single crystal samples.

  8. Electrochemical performance of NiO-doped LiFePO4/C cathode materials prepared from amorphous FePO4 · xH2O

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    Mahmud, Iqbal; Kim, Dong-Seob; Ur, Soon-Chul

    2016-05-01

    LiFePO4/C composites are prepared from amorphous FePO4 · xH2O and are modified with NiO (0.0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, and 0.04 mol) by using a solid-state reaction process with a spex milling system. The crystalline structure and the morphology of synthesized powders have been characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The XRD patterns indicate a complete solid solution for all the NiO-doped LiFePO4/C composites. The SEM images show that the sizes of the particles produced are distributed in the range of 200 - 300 nm. The electrochemical performances have been evaluated by using an impedance measurement and a galvanostatic charge/discharge test. The initial properties and impedance measurement reveal different improvements for different amounts of NiO doping in LiFePO4/C. A maximum capacity of 158.8 mAh/g at 0.1 C has been achieved LiFePO4/C doped with NiO at 0.01 mol. The present work reveals that the newly processed composite of LiFePO4/C doped with a small amount of NiO may be a promising material for using in a lithium-ion battery.

  9. Magnetostructural transition behavior in Fe-doped Heusler Mn–Ni–In ribbon materials

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    Li, Hongwei [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Special Steels, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced Ferrometallurgy, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Fang, Yue; Feng, Shutong [Laboratory for Microstructures, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Zhai, Qijie [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Special Steels, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced Ferrometallurgy, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Luo, Zhiping [Department of Chemistry and Physics, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC 28301 (United States); Zheng, Hongxing, E-mail: hxzheng@shu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Special Steels, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced Ferrometallurgy, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Laboratory for Microstructures, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China)

    2016-11-01

    In the present work, we investigated magnetostructural transition behavior in Mn-rich Heusler Mn{sub 50−x}Fe{sub x}Ni{sub 41}In{sub 9} (x=0, 1, 2, 3 at%) ribbon materials. Microstructural observations showed that substituting Mn with Fe in Mn{sub 50}Ni{sub 41}In{sub 9} led to striking grain refinement from ∼50 μm to 5–10 μm, and formation of a secondary phase when Fe content was increased up to 2 at%. Differential scanning calorimetric and thermomagnetic measurements indicated that a paramagnetic→ferromagnetic transition in austenite occurred first, followed with a weak-magnetic martensitic transition upon cooling for the Mn{sub 50−x}Fe{sub x}Ni{sub 41}In{sub 9} (x=0, 1, 2). In case of Mn{sub 47}Fe{sub 3}Ni{sub 41}In{sub 9}, the martensitic transformation happened between paramagnetic austenite and weak-magnetic martensite, without the presence of the magnetic transition in austenite. The effective refrigeration capacity of Mn{sub 49}Fe{sub 1}Ni{sub 41}In{sub 9} reached 137.1 J kg{sup −1} under a magnetic field change of 30 kOe. - Highlights: • The magnetostructural transition behavior of Fe-doped Mn–Ni–In was investigated. • Substituting Mn with Fe would lead to striking grain refinement in melt-spun Mn–Ni–In ribbon materials. • Secondary phase formed when 2 at% Mn was replaced by Fe in annealed Mn–Ni–In ribbon materials.

  10. Superconductivity in Yb-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}

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    Chen, S.C. [Department of Physics, National Chung Cheng University, Ming-Hsiung, Chia-Yi 62199, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lee, W.H., E-mail: phywhl@ccu.edu.tw [Department of Physics, National Chung Cheng University, Ming-Hsiung, Chia-Yi 62199, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lan, M.D. [Department of Physics, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Single crystal of (Ba{sub 1−x}Yb{sub x})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (x = 0–0.2) has been grown. • The grown crystals have pure tetragonal ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type structure. • (Ba{sub 1−x}Yb{sub x})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (0.05 ≦ x ≦ 0.15) showed a T{sub c,onset} 18–20 K. - Abstract: We report the discovery of superconductivity in Yb-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. Single-crystal specimens of (Ba{sub 1−x}Yb{sub x})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (x = 0–0.2) were grown by using FeAs flux and a slow-cooling method. The superconducting transition temperature for the crystals was determined by dc magnetic susceptibility measurements with a commercial SQUID magnetometer. A clear phase transition from paramagnetic to perfect diamagnetic state was observed around 18–20 K for the samples with nominal composition (Ba{sub 1−x}Yb{sub x})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (0.05 ≦ x ≦ 0.15)

  11. Microwave synthesis of molybdenum doped LiFePO4/C and its electrochemical studies.

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    Naik, Amol; P, Sajan C

    2016-05-10

    A Mo-doped LiFePO4 composite was prepared successfully from an iron carbonyl complex by adopting a facile and rapid microwave assisted solid state method. The evolution of gases from the iron precursor produces a highly porous product. The formation and substitution of Mo in LiFePO4 were confirmed by X-ray diffraction; surface analysis was carried out by scanning electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochemical properties of the substituted LiFePO4 were examined by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and by recording charge-discharge cycles. It was observed that the as prepared composites consisted of a single phase orthorhombic olivine-type structure, where Mo(6+) was successfully introduced into the M2(Fe) sites. Incorporation of supervalent Mo(6+) introduced Li(+) ion vacancies in LiFePO4. The synthesized material facilitated lithium ion diffusion during charging/discharging due to the charge compensation effect and porosity. The battery performance studies showed that LiMo0.05Fe0.095PO4 exhibited a maximum capacity of 169.7 mA h g(-1) at 0.1 C current density, with admirable stability retention. Even at higher current densities, the retention of the specific capacity was exceptional.

  12. High-Quality Fe-doped TiO2 films with Superior Visible-Light Performance

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    Su, Ren; Bechstein, Ralf; Kibsgaard, Jakob

    2012-01-01

    We report on high-quality polycrystalline Fe-doped TiO2 (Fe–TiO2) porous films synthesized via one-step electrochemical oxidation. We demonstrate that delicate properties such as the impurity concentration and the microstructure that strongly influence the performance of the material...... for photovoltaic and photocatalysis applications can be controlled by adjusting the electrolyte composition. Compared to Fe-doped TiO2 films prepared with traditional phosphate- or silicate-based electrolytes, our newly synthesised Fe–TiO2 films contain solely Fe dopants, which results in excellent photocatalytic...

  13. The effect of doping on magnetic properties of (Fe1-xMnx)2P1-ySiy series

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    Goraus, Jerzy; Hawełek, Lukasz; Włodarczyk, Patryk

    2015-12-01

    In this paper we present results of ab initio calculations for the (Fe1-xMnx)2P1-ySiy series, where we investigate the effect of doping on magnetic properties of these materials. Such compounds, which belong to the Fe2 P class of magnetocaloric materials are now extensively studied, due to their potential applications in magnetic cooling. In the hexagonal Fe2 P-type structure, transition metals occupy two inequivalent Wyckoff positions: 3 f and 3 g. We have shown that the preference of occupation of one site by the particular transition metal leads to different dependence of magnetic properties with respect to the total doping effect.

  14. Ce-doped α-FeOOH nanorods as high-performance anode material for energy storage

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    Zhai, Yanjun; Xu, Liqiang; Qian, Yitai

    2016-09-01

    Ce-doped α-FeOOH nanorods with high yields were conveniently prepared by a hydrothermal method followed by an acid-treatment process. It is found that Ce uniformly distributes in the α-FeOOH nanorod nanostructures through elemental mapping analysis. The 0.5 wt% Ce-doped α-FeOOH electrode displayed excellent cycling performance with a high discharge capacity of 830 mA h g-1 after 800 charge/discharge cycles at a high current of 2000 mA g-1. The enhanced electrochemical performance can be attributed to the improved electronic conductivity, Li-ion diffusion kinetics and structure stability after Ce doping. Furthermore, a 0.5 wt% Ce-doped α-FeOOH//LiFePO4 lithium ion cell with an initial discharge capacity of 580 mA h g-1 at 1000 mA g-1 based on the total weight of the anode material has been fabricated for the first time. The obtained 0.5 wt% Ce-doped α-FeOOH electrode as anode material for sodium-ion batteries also exhibits a high initial discharge capacity of 587 mA h g-1 at 100 mA g-1.

  15. Comparing the Electrochemical Performance of LiFePO4/C Modified by Mg Doping and MgO Coating

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    Jianjun Song

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Supervalent cation doping and metal oxide coating are the most efficacious and popular methods to optimize the property of LiFePO4 lithium battery material. Mg-doped and MgO-coated LiFePO4/C were synthesized to analyze their individual influence on the electrochemical performance of active material. The specific capacity and rate capability of LiFePO4/C are improved by both MgO coating and Mg doping, especially the Mg-doped sample—Li0.985Mg0.015FePO4/C, whose discharge capacity is up to 163 mAh g−1, 145.5 mAh g−1, 128.3 mAh g−1, and 103.7 mAh g−1 at 1 C, 2 C, 5 C, and 10 C, respectively. The cyclic life of electrode is obviously increased by MgO surface modification, and the discharge capacity retention rate of sample LiFePO4/C-MgO2.5 is up to 104.2% after 100 cycles. Comparing samples modified by these two methods, Mg doping is more prominent on prompting the capacity and rate capability of LiFePO4, while MgO coating is superior in terms of improving cyclic performance.

  16. Effects of Mn doping on structural, dielectric and multiferroic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} nanoceramics

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    Dhanalakshmi, B., E-mail: deepthi0527@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, 530003 (India); Pratap, K. [Thin Film Magnetism Group, Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Rao, B. Parvatheeswara; Rao, P.S.V. Subba [Department of Physics, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, 530003 (India)

    2016-08-15

    Undoped and Mn doped multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel autocombustion method. Structural studies on the samples were carried out by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, thermogravimetry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy techniques. Dielectric and conductivity measurements on the samples have been made in a wide range of frequencies and temperatures. BFO sample exhibits typical dielectric behaviour whereas the Mn doped BFO sample shows anomalous dielectric behaviour which has been attributed to charge carrier hopping mechanisms initiated by structural inhomogeneities and formation of Bi/O vacancies. Ferroelectric and magnetic studies on the samples were made by the corresponding hysteresis loop measurements. The results indicate that the doping of Mn in bismuth sites in the BiFeO{sub 3}, in spite of the enhanced conductivity, has produced considerable improvements both in remnant electric polarization (from 0.0811 to 0.6241 μC/mm{sup 2}) and saturation magnetization (from 0.53 to 2.54 emu/g) due to the enhanced magnetically driven distortion of spiral spin cycloid by the presence of Mn in mixed valance states. The improved ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties and the possible magnetoelectric coupling between the ferroic orders of the Mn doped BiFeO{sub 3} makes it suitable for magnetoelectric devices. - Highlights: • Undoped and Mn doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized and characterized by XRD, SEM, EDS, FTIR and TG-DTA techniques. • Chemical synthesis of BiFeO{sub 3} and Mn doped BiFeO{sub 3} leads to perovskite R3c phase with fine grained microstructures. • Mn doping brings in Mn{sup 3+} ⇔ Mn{sup 4+} conduction mechanism resulting in higher conductivity and high dielectric constants. • Mn doping causes increases in ferroelectric and magnetic orders due to enhanced magnetic ordering.

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Novel Ti-doped M-site Deficient Olivine LiFePO4

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    Yu Heng SUN; Xing Quan LIU

    2006-01-01

    A novel Ti-doped M-site deficient olivine LiFePO4, i.e. Li0.95Fe0.95Ti0.05PO4, was synthesized by a solid-state reaction method. XRD and FTIR were used to characterize the as-prepared samples. As a cathode material for lithium-ion batteries, Li0.95Fe0.95Ti0.05PO4 exhibited improved rate capability.

  18. Structural, optical, and magnetic properties of Fe doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders

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    Krishna, N. Sai [Thin Films Laboratory, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore 632 014, Tamilnadu (India); Kaleemulla, S., E-mail: skaleemulla@gmail.com [Thin Films Laboratory, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore 632 014, Tamilnadu (India); Amarendra, G. [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamilnadu (India); UGC-DAE-CSR, Kalpakkam Node, Kokilamedu 603 104, Tamilnadu (India); Rao, N. Madhusudhana; Krishnamoorthi, C.; Kuppan, M.; Begam, M. Rigana [Thin Films Laboratory, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore 632 014, Tamilnadu (India); Reddy, D. Sreekantha [Department of Physics and Sungkyunkwan Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Omkaram, I. [Department of Electronics and Radio Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 446-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis of Fe doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders using a solid state reaction. • Characterization of the samples using XRD, UV–vis-NIR, FT-IR, and VSM. • All Fe doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders exhibited the cubic structure of In{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • All the Fe doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples exhibited room temperature ferromagnetism. - Abstract: Iron doped indium oxide dilute magnetic semiconductor (In{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}){sub 2}O{sub 3} (x = 0.00, 0.03, 0.05, and 0.07) powders were synthesized by standard solid state reaction method followed by vacuum annealing. The effect of Fe concentration on structural, optical, and magnetic properties of the (In{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}){sub 2}O{sub 3} powders have been systematically studied. X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the polycrystalline cubic structure of all the samples. An optical band gap increases from 3.12 eV to 3.16 eV while Fe concentration varying from 0.03 to 0.07. Magnetic studies reveal that virgin/undoped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} is diamagnetic. However, all the Fe-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples are ferromagnetic. The saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) of ferromagnetic (In{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}){sub 2}O{sub 3} (x = 0.03, 0.05, and 0.07) samples increases from 11.56 memu/g to 148.64 memu/g with x = 0.03–0.07. The observed ferromagnetism in these samples was attributed to magnetic nature of the dopant (Fe) as well as defects created in the samples during vacuum annealing.

  19. The origin of enhanced L1 0 chemical ordering in Ag-doped FePt nanoparticles

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    Sung, Yun-Mo; Lee, Myung-Ki; Kim, Ki-Eun; Kim, Tae Geun

    2007-08-01

    FePt and Ag-doped FePt nanoparticles were synthesized by the thermolysis and polyol reductions. The A1-to-L1 0 transformation of the nanoparticles was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) at different scanning rates, and the DSC endothermic peak shifts were monitored and used for the Kissinger analyses. The activation energy for the phase transformation was determined to be ˜251 and ˜219 kJ/mol for the pure and doped FePt nanoparticles, respectively. The decrease in the activation energy is the evidence of increased number of vacancies, which turned out to be the origin for the reduced L1 0 chemical ordering temperature in doped FePt.

  20. The role of F-doping and oxygen vacancies on the superconductivity in SmFeAsO compounds

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    Yang Jie; Ren Zhian; Che Guangcan; Lu Wei; Shen Xiaoli; Li Zhengcai; Yi Wei; Dong Xiaoli; Sun Liling; Zhou Fang; Zhao Zhongxian [National Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Physics and Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO Box 603, Beijing 100190 (China)], E-mail: renzhian@aphy.iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: zhxzhao@aphy.iphy.ac.cn

    2009-02-15

    By investigating the F-doping effect in the SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x}, SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub 0.20} and SmFeAsO{sub 0.90}F{sub x} systems as well as the oxygen vacancy effect in the SmFeAsO{sub 1-y} superconductors, we obtained the following results: (a) the substitution range of F for oxygen in the SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} system prepared by the ambient pressure method is 0{<=}x{<=}0.125; (b) F cannot substitute for oxygen in samples without oxygen vacancies; (c) the oxygen-deficient SmFeAsO{sub 1-y} superconductor cannot be prepared by the ambient pressure method; and (d) F-doping and oxygen vacancies both lead to lattice shrinkage. Oxygen-deficient SmFeAsO{sub 0.85} and F-doped SmFeAsO{sub 0.85}F{sub 0.15} prepared by the high pressure method have higher superconducting transition temperature compared to SmFeAsO{sub 0.85}F{sub 0.15} prepared by the ambient pressure method.

  1. Hopping conductivity in Mn-doped β-FeSi2 single crystals

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    Arushanov, E.; Lisunov, K. G.; Vinzelberg, H.; Behr, G.; Schumann, J.; Schmidt, O. G.

    2008-09-01

    The article gives a report on resistivity measurements on Mn-doped p-type FeSi2 single crystals and analyzes the data within the framework of different hopping conductivity models. Both the Mott [N. Mott and E. A. Davies, Electron Processes in Non-Crystalline Materials (Clarendon, Oxford, 1979)] and the Shklovskii-Efros [B. I. Shklovskii and A. L. Efros, Electronic Properties o0066 Doped Semiconductors (Springer, Berlin, 1984)] regimes of the variable-range hopping (VRH) conductivity are observed. It is shown that the temperature dependence of the resistivity of Mn-doped β-FeSi2 crystals, which follows a VRH conduction mechanism, can be expressed by a scaling expression of the form ln(ρ /ρ0)=Af(T /Tx). The characteristic and transition temperatures, as well as the complete set of parameters describing the properties of the localized holes (the localization radius, the dielectric permittivity, the width of the Coulomb gap Δ, and the values of the density of states at the Fermi level) are determined. The data above indicate existence of a rigid gap δ in the spectrum of the DOS in addition to Δ and point out to the polaronic nature of the charge carriers in the investigated compound.

  2. High-pressure structural phase transitions in chromium-doped BaFe2As2

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    Uhoya, Walter [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Brill, Joseph W. [University of Kentucky; Montgomery, Jeffrey M [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Samudrala, G K [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Tsoi, Georgiy [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Vohra, Y. K. [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Weir, S. T. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Safa-Sefat, Athena [ORNL

    2012-01-01

    We report on the results from high pressure x-ray powder diffraction and electrical resistance measurements for hole doped BaFe{sub 2-x}Cr{sub x}As{sub 2} (x = 0, 0.05, 0.15, 0.4, 0.61) up to 81 GPa and down to 10 K using a synchrotron source and diamond anvil cell (DAC). At ambient temperature, an isostructural phase transition from a tetragonal (T) phase (I4/mmm) to a collapsed tetragonal (CT) phase is observed at 17 GPa. This transition is found to be dependent on ambient pressure unit cell volume and is slightly shifted to higher pressure upon increase in the Cr-doping. Unlike BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} which superconduct under high pressure, we have not detected any evidence of pressure induced superconductivity in chromium doped samples in the pressure and temperature range of this study. The measured equation of state parameters are presented for both the tetragonal and collapsed tetragonal phases for x = 0.05, 0.15, 0.40 and 0.61.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of UV-treated Fe-doped bismuth lanthanum titanate-doped TiO2 layers in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Song, Myoung Geun; Bark, Chung Wung

    2016-06-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on titanium dioxide (TiO2) have been extensively studied because they constitute promising low-cost alternatives to their conventional semiconductor-based counterparts. However, much of the effort aimed at achieving high conversion efficiencies has focused on dye and liquid electrolytes. In this work, we report the photovoltaic characteristics of DSSCs fabricated by mixing TiO2 with Fe-doped bismuth lanthanum titanate (Fe-BLT). These nanosized Fe-BLT powders were prepared by using a high-energy ball-milling process. In addition, we used a UV radiation-ozone (UV-O3) treatment to change the surface wettability of TiO2 from hydrophobic to hydrophilic and thereby prevented the easy separation of the Fe-BLT-mixed TiO2 from the fluorine-doped tin-oxide (FTO) coating glass.

  4. Ferroic ordering and charge-spin-lattice order coupling in Gd doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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    Laha, Suvra; Abdelhamid, Ehab; Palihawadana Arachchige, Maheshika; Dixit, Ambesh; Lawes, Gavin; Naik, Vaman; Naik, Ratna

    Rare earth doped spinels have been extensively studied for their potential applications in magneto-optical recording and as MRI contrast agents. In the present study, we have investigated the effect of gadolinium doping (1-5 at.%) on the magnetic and dielectric properties of Fe3O4nanoparticles synthesized by the chemical co-precipitation method. The structure and morphology of the as-synthesized gadolinium doped Fe3O4(Gd-Fe3O4) nanoparticles were characterized by XRD, SEM and TEM, and the magnetic properties were measured by a Quantum Design physical property measurement system. We find that the penetration of excess Gd3+ ions into Fe3O4 spinel matrix significantly influences the average crystallite size and saturation magnetization in Gd-Fe3O4. The average crystallite size, estimated from XRD using Scherrer equation, increases with increasing Gd doping percentage and the saturation magnetization drops monotonically with excess Gd3+ ions. Interestingly, Gd- Fe3O4develops enhanced ferroelectric ordering at low temperatures. The details of the temperature dependent dielectric, ferroelectric and magnetocapacitance measurements to understand the onset of charge-spin-lattice coupling in Gd-Fe3O4 system will be presented.

  5. Photo-Hall-effect study of excitation and recombination in Fe-doped GaN

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    Look, David C.; Leach, Jacob H.; Metzger, Robert

    2017-02-01

    The photo-Hall-effect was applied to the study of electron dynamics in semi-insulating Fe-doped GaN. High-powered light-emitting diodes of wavelengths λ = 940, 536, 449, 402, and 365 nm were used to excite steady-state free-electron volume concentrations Δn = 105-108 cm-3, depending on λ and intensity I0. Electron lifetime τ was determined from the energy E dependence of the excited sheet electron concentration Δns through the relationship Δns = I0τA(E), where the absorbance A(E) is a known function of sample thickness d and absorption coefficient α, and the energy dependence of α is taken from a theory of deep-center photoionization. The major sample impurities were Fe, Si, and C, with [Fe] ≫ [Si] and [C]. Fitted lifetimes τ ranged from 15 to 170 ps, depending on [Fe]. It was found that Δns ∝ I0 for [Si] > [C] and ∝ I01/2 for [Si] [C], some of the neutral Fe3+ is converted to Fe2+ with ground state Fe2+(5E) and excited state Fe2+(5T2); a fit of n vs. temperature T over the range of 290-325 K in the dark establishes E5E with respect to the conduction band: ECB - E5E = 0.564 eV - β5ET, where β5E = 3.6 × 10-4 eV/K. At room temperature, 294 K, ECB - E5E = 0.46 eV and ECB - E5T2 = 0.07 eV.

  6. 840 mW Continuous-Wave Fe:ZnSe Laser Operating at 4140 nm (Postprint)

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    2012-11-30

    lasing has been demonstrated in the 2–3 μm region from Cr2 ions doped into various II–VI crystal hosts [1], most notably ZnSe [2] and ZnS [3]. These...in ZnSe is 370 ns [6], making it difficult to maintain popula- tion inversion. The radiative lifetime of Fe2 in ZnSe is a maximum of 105 μs near 120 K...Fe:ZnSe laser with high beam quality. We employed a polycrystalline ZnSe sample diffusion- dopedwith Fe2 ions to a concentration of approximately 9 × 1018

  7. Neutron diffraction study of multiferroic Mo-doped CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Das, A. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Dwivedi, G.D. [Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Kumari, Poonam [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Shahi, P. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221005 (India); Yang, H.D. [Department of Physics, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kahosiung 80424, Taiwan (China); Ghosh, A.K. [Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Chatterjee, Sandip, E-mail: schatterji.app@iitbhu.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221005 (India)

    2015-04-01

    Neutron diffraction measurements have been carried out to study the coexistence of magnetic ordering and ferroelectricity at room temperature in CoFe{sub 1.8}Mo{sub 0.2}O{sub 4}. It is observed from this study that the Mo{sup 6+} preferentially occupies the octahedral site and it converts some of the Fe{sup 3+} ions into Fe{sup 2+} ions in the tetrahedral site. The conversion of Fe{sup 3+} ions into Fe{sup 2+} ions modulate the Fe–Fe distances which in effect induce the ferroelectricity in magnetically ordered CoFe{sub 1.8}Mo{sub 0.2}O{sub 4}. - Highlights: • CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} is an inverse spinel with ferromagnetic ordering. • Mo{sup +6} ion is doped in Fe site to induce ferroelectricity. • Mo{sup 6+} occupies the Octahedral site and it converts some of the Fe{sup 3+} ions into Fe{sup 2+} ions. • The conversion of Fe{sup 3+} ions into Fe{sup 2+} ions modulate the Fe–Fe distances which in effect induce the ferroelectricity in CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}.

  8. Structural and Transport Properties for Al- and Fe-Doping La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 Perovskite Manganese

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    CUI Yu-Jian; JIA Guang-Qiang; HAN Yan-Bing; LI Jin-Bo; WANG Xin-Yan; GE Hong-Liang; CAO Shi-Xun; ZHANG Jin-Cang

    2004-01-01

    @@ The effects of Al and Fe ion doping in Mn sites was studied for the colossal La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 magnetoresistance material. It was found that when Fe-doping amount x increases, the crystal cell structure has no obvious change,but the crystal cell volume decrease monotonically for Al-doping. Both resistances increase rapidly and the insulator-metal transition temperature moves to lower temperature and decreases linearly with Al-doping. The area for Al-doping is broader than Fe. At small amount of Al-doping, the resistance satisfy metal transport property when T < TIM. The characteristic of the transport behaviour for Al- and Fe-doping can be explained by terminating the double exchange channel of Mn3+-O2--Mn4+.

  9. Band structure of the heavily-electron-doped FeAs-based Ba(Fe,Co)2As2 superconductor suppresses antiferromagnetic correlations.

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    Sudayama, T; Wakisaka, Y; Takubo, K; Morinaga, R; Sato, T J; Arita, M; Namatame, H; Taniguchi, M; Mizokawa, T

    2010-04-30

    In the heavily-electron-doped regime of the Ba(Fe,Co)2As2 superconductor, three hole bands at the zone center are observed and two of them reach the Fermi level. The larger hole pocket at the zone center is apparently nested with the smaller electron pocket around the zone corner. However, the (pi,0) Fermi surface reconstruction reported for the hole-doped case is absent in the heavily-electron-doped case. This observation shows that the apparent Fermi surface nesting alone is not enough to enhance the antiferromagnetic correlation as well as the superconducting transition temperature.

  10. Magnetism in undoped ZnS nanotetrapods.

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    Shan, Aixian; Liu, Wei; Wang, Rongming; Chen, Chinping

    2013-02-21

    The magnetism of undoped ZnS nanotetrapods, synthesized by a solvothermal method, has been investigated by magnetization measurements and first principle numerical calculations. The background magnetic impurity concentrations of Fe, Co and Ni were determined at ppm level by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Hysteresis loops of weak ferromagnetism were observed, attributable to the magnetic impurities. However, the total magnetic moments analyzed from the paramagnetism are far beyond the explanations from the presence of these magnetic impurities, by about two orders of magnitude larger. It implies a different origin of the magnetic moments. Electron microscopy analysis reveals that there are defects in the sample. Numerical simulations indicate that the excessive magnetic moments might arise from the local band structure of polarized electrons associated with the defects of cation deficiency. This study elaborates on the understanding of magnetic properties in the non-magnetic II-VI semiconductor nanomaterials.

  11. Controlling electrodeposited ultrathin amorphous Fe hydroxides film on V-doped nickel sulfide nanowires as efficient electrocatalyst for water oxidation

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    Shang, Xiao; Yan, Kai-Li; Lu, Shan-Shan; Dong, Bin; Gao, Wen-Kun; Chi, Jing-Qi; Liu, Zi-Zhang; Chai, Yong-Ming; Liu, Chen-Guang

    2017-09-01

    Developing cost-effective electrocatalysts with both high activity and stability remains challenging for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in water electrolysis. Herein, based on V-doped nickel sulfide nanowire on nickel foam (NiVS/NF), we further conduct controllable electrodeposition of Fe hydroxides film on NiVS/NF (eFe/NiVS/NF) to further improve OER performance and stability. For comparison, ultrafast chemical deposition of Fe hydroxides on NiVS/NF (uFe/NiVS/NF) is also utilized. V-doping of NiVS/NF may introduce more active sites for OER, and nanowire structure can expose abundant active sites and facilitate mass transport. Both of the two depositions generate amorphous Fe hydroxides film covering on the surface of nanowires and lead to enhanced OER activities. Furthermore, electrodeposition strategy realizes uniform Fe hydroxides film on eFe/NiVS/NF confirmed by superior OER activity of eFe/NiVS/NF than uFe/NiVS/NF with relatively enhanced stability. The OER activity of eFe/NiVS/NF depends on various electrodepositon time, and the optimal time (15 s) is obtained with maximum OER activity. Therefore, the controllable electrodeposition of Fe may provide an efficient and simple strategy to enhance the OER properties of electrocatalysts.

  12. Magnetic and ferroelectric characteristics of Gd$^{3+}$ and Ti$^{4+}$ co-doped BiFeO$_3$ ceramics

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    SHIVANAND MADOLAPPA; A V ANUPAMA; P W JASCHIN; K B R VARMA; B SAHOO

    2016-04-01

    Polycrystalline BiFeO3 and Bi$_{0.9}$Gd$_{0.1}$Fe$_{1−x}$Ti$_x$O$_3$ ($x = 0$, 0.01, 0.05 and 0.1) samples were synthesized by solid-state reaction route. Structural, magnetic and ferroelectric properties of these samples were investigated. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) results confirmed the presence of a significant amount of Bi$_2$Fe$_4$O$_9$ impurity phase in the undoped BiFeO$_3$ sample. Mössbauer spectroscopy studies corroborated the XRD studies to confirm the presence of impurity phase.We have observed that gadolinium (Gd$^{3+}$) and titanium (Ti$^{4+}$) doping, respectively, on Bi$^{3+}$ and Fe$^{3+}$ sites facilitated a significant reduction in the impurity phase formation in BiFeO$_3$. Interestingly, Gd$^{3+}$-doping significantly reduced the impurity phase formation as compared to the undoped BiFeO$_3$ sample. This impurity phase formation was further overcome by doping higher ($x \\ge 0.05$) amounts of Ti in BiFeO$_3$. The crystallographicsite occupancies of Gd and Ti were confirmed by Rietveld refinement of XRD data,Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetization measurements. An enhancement in ferromagnetic properties along with moderate ferroelectricproperties have been observed after co-doping. There was an increasing trend in remnant polarization (Pr) with the increase in Ti concentration besides an improvement in the characteristic saturation magnetization. Our resultsdemonstrate that Gd$^{3+}$ and Ti$^{4+}$ doping could be used to enhance multifunctional properties of BiFeO3 ceramics to enable them as potential material for various devices.

  13. Compressibility and structural behavior of pure and Fe-doped SnO2 nanocrystals

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    Grinblat, F.; Ferrari, S.; Pampillo, L. G.; Saccone, F. D.; Errandonea, D.; Santamaria-Perez, D.; Segura, A.; Vilaplana, R.; Popescu, C.

    2017-02-01

    We have performed high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on nanoparticles of pure tin dioxide (particle size ∼30 nm) and 10 mol % Fe-doped tin dioxide (particle size ∼18 nm). The structural behavior of undoped tin dioxide nanoparticles has been studied up to 32 GPa, while the Fe-doped tin dioxide nanoparticles have been studied only up to 19 GPa. We have found that both samples present at ∼13 GPa a second-order structural phase transition from the ambient pressure tetragonal rutile-type structure (P42/mnm) to an orthorhombic CaCl2-type structure (space group Pnnm). No phase coexistence was observed for this transition. Additionally, pure SnO2 presents a phase transition to a cubic structure at ∼24 GPa. The evolution of the lattice parameters with pressure and the room-temperature equations of state are reported for the different phases. The reported results suggest that the partial substitution of Sn by Fe induces an enhancement of the bulk modulus of SnO2. Results are compared with previous studies on bulk and nanocrystalline SnO2. The effects of pressure on Sn-O bonds are also analyzed.

  14. Spin-Related Micro-Photoluminescence in Fe3+ Doped ZnSe Nanoribbons

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Spin-related emission properties have important applications in the future information technology; however, they involve microscopic ferromagnetic coupling, antiferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic coupling between transition metal ions and excitons, or d state coupling with phonons is not well understood in these diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS. Fe3+ doped ZnSe nanoribbons, as a DMS example, have been successfully prepared by a thermal evaporation method. Their power-dependent micro-photoluminescence (PL spectra and temperature-dependent PL spectra of a single ZnSe:Fe nanoribbon have been obtained and demonstrated that alio-valence ion doping diminishes the exciton magnetic polaron (EMP effect by introducing exceeded charges. The d-d transition emission peaks of Fe3+ assigned to the 4T2 (G → 6A1 (S transition at 553 nm and 4T1 (G → 6A1 (S transition at 630 nm in the ZnSe lattice have been observed. The emission lifetimes and their temperature dependences have been obtained, which reflected different spin–phonon interactions. There exists a sharp decrease of PL lifetime at about 60 K, which hints at a magnetic phase transition. These spin–spin and spin–phonon interaction related PL phenomena are applicable in the future spin-related photonic nanodevices.

  15. Spin dynamics in {sup 57}Fe-doped TiO{sub 2} anatase nanoparticles

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    Grecu, Maria Nicoleta; Constantinescu, Serban; Tarabasanu-Mihaila, Doina; Ghica, Daniela; Bibicu, Ion [National Institute of Materials Physics Bucharest-Magurele, Atomistilor Str. 105 bis, 077125 Magurele-Ilfov (Romania)

    2011-12-15

    In this paper we present electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and Moessbauer (transmission method, TMS and measurements in the scattering method, CEMS) experiments on {sup 57}Fe (0.1-1 at.%) doped nanocrystalline anatase-type TiO{sub 2}, synthesized by a hydrothermal method. Different Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+} ions positions, with various hyperfine interactions evidenced in Moessbauer spectra (MS), confirm a partial magnetic ordering at room temperature. The magnetic hyperfine fields in the TMS spectra, better resolved at lower temperatures, do not change essentially with temperature. The first CEMS measurements, carried out on iron-doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles, reveal a larger disorder in the surface particles layer. The temperature dependence of the double integral EPR spectral intensity, proportional with the sample susceptibility, shows an anomalous behaviour. It suggests the bound magnetic polaron (BMP) mechanism for the magnetic ordering. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. Critical current and flux dynamics in Ag-doped FeSe superconductor

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    Galluzzi, A.; Polichetti, M.; Buchkov, K.; Nazarova, E.; Mancusi, D.; Pace, S.

    2017-02-01

    The measurements of DC magnetization as a function of the temperature M(T), magnetic field M(H), and time M(t) have been performed in order to compare the superconducting and pinning properties of an undoped FeSe0.94 sample and a silver doped FeSe0.94 + 6 wt% Ag sample. The M(T) curves indicate an improvement of the superconducting critical temperature and a reduction of the non-superconducting phase Fe7Se8 due to the silver doping. This is confirmed by the field and temperature dependent critical current density Jc(H,T) extracted from the superconducting hysteresis loops at different temperatures within the Bean critical state model. Moreover, the combined analysis of the Jc(T) and of the pinning force Fp(H/Hirr) indicate that the pinning mechanisms in both samples can be described in the framework of the collective pinning theory. The U*(T, J) curves show a pinning crossover from an elastic creep regime of intermediate size flux bundles, for low temperatures, to a plastic creep regime at higher temperatures for both the samples. Finally, the vortex hopping attempt time has been evaluated for both samples and the results are comparable with the values reported in the literature for high Tc materials.

  17. Dyes Degradation with Fe-Doped Titanium Nanotube Photocatalysts Prepared from Spend Steel Slag

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    Chih Ming Ma

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available TiO2 has been studied most commonly because it has high stability, nontoxicity, high catalytic activity, and high conductivity. Many studies have shown that TiO2 would generate electron-hole pairs illuminated with UV and surround more energy than that before being illuminated. In this study, the titanium nanotube (TNT photocatalysts were prepared to increase the surface area and adsorption capacity. The Fe TNT was also prepared from a slag iron since many slag irons cause waste treatment problems. In this study, a different Fe loading was also assessed since TNT doped with metals can be used to improve the degradation efficiency. Furthermore, five kinds of dye concentration, including 10, 20, 100, 200, and 400 ppm, and five kinds of Fe-doped content, including 0, 0.77, 1.13, 2.24, and 4.50%, were tested. Different kinds of reaction time and dye species were also assessed. In this result, Direct Black 22 was the most difficult to be degraded, although the concentration was decreased or the dose amount was increased. The degradation efficiency of 10 ppm Direct Black 22 was below 40% with 0.04 gL−1 TNT under 365 nm UV irradiation.

  18. LiFePO4 doped with magnesium prepared by hydrothermal reaction in glucose solution

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    Xiu Qin Ou; Guang Chuan Liang; Jin Sheng Liang; Sheng Zhao Xu; Xia Zhao

    2008-01-01

    Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) doped with magnesium was hydrothermally synthesized from commercial LiOH, FeSO4, H3PO4 and MgSO4 with glucose as carbon precursor in aqueous solution. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and constant charge-discharge cycling. The results show that the synthesized powders have been in situ coated with carbon precursor produced from caramel reaction of glucose. At ambient temperature (28±2℃, the electrochemical performances of LiFePO4 prepared exhibit the high discharge capacity of 135 mAh g(-1) at 5C and good capacity retention of 98% over 90 cycles. The excellent electrochemical performances should be correlated with the intimate contact between carbon and LiFePO4 primary and secondary particles, resulting from the in situ formation of carbon precursor/carbon, leading to the increase in conductivity of LiFePO4.

  19. Emergence of double-dome superconductivity in ammoniated metal-doped FeSe.

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    Izumi, Masanari; Zheng, Lu; Sakai, Yusuke; Goto, Hidenori; Sakata, Masafumi; Nakamoto, Yuki; Nguyen, Huyen L T; Kagayama, Tomoko; Shimizu, Katsuya; Araki, Shingo; Kobayashi, Tatsuo C; Kambe, Takashi; Gu, Dachun; Guo, Jing; Liu, Jing; Li, Yanchun; Sun, Liling; Prassides, Kosmas; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2015-04-01

    The pressure dependence of the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and unit cell metrics of tetragonal (NH3)yCs0.4FeSe were investigated in high pressures up to 41 GPa. The Tc decreases with increasing pressure up to 13 GPa, which can be clearly correlated with the pressure dependence of c (or FeSe layer spacing). The Tc vs. c plot is compared with those of various (NH3)yMxFeSe (M: metal atoms) materials exhibiting different Tc and c, showing that the Tc is universally related to c. This behaviour means that a decrease in two-dimensionality lowers the Tc. No superconductivity was observed down to 4.3 K in (NH3)yCs0.4FeSe at 11 and 13 GPa. Surprisingly, superconductivity re-appeared rapidly above 13 GPa, with the Tc reaching 49 K at 21 GPa. The appearance of a new superconducting phase is not accompanied by a structural transition, as evidenced by pressure-dependent XRD. Furthermore, Tc slowly decreased with increasing pressure above 21 GPa, and at 41 GPa superconductivity disappeared entirely at temperatures above 4.9 K. The observation of a double-dome superconducting phase may provide a hint for pursuing the superconducting coupling-mechanism of ammoniated/non-ammoniated metal-doped FeSe.

  20. FABRICATION AND PHOTOCATALYTIC PROPERTIES OF TiO2 NANOFILMS CO-DOPED WITH Fe3+ AND Bi3+ IONS

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    Gao, Qiongzhi; Liu, Xin; Liu, Wei; Liu, Fang; Fang, Yueping; Zhang, Shiying; Zhou, Wuyi

    2016-12-01

    In this work, the titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanofilms co-doped with Fe3+ and Bi3+ ions were successfully fabricated by the sol-gel method with dip-coating process. Methylene blue was used as the target degradation chemical to study the photocatalytic properties affected by different doping contents of Fe3+ and Bi3+ ions. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The results indicated that both pure TiO2 nanofilms and single-doped samples possessed the photocatalytic activity in degradation of methylene blue. However, when the nanofilms co-doped with Fe3+ and Bi3+ ions were fabricated at the molar ratio of 3:1 (Fe3+:Bi3+), they exhibited the best photocatalytic activity after the heat treatment at 500∘C for 2h. The wettability property test indicated that the TiO2 nanofilms co-doped with Fe3+ and Bi3+ ions in the molar ratio 3:1 owned an excellent hydrophilic property.

  1. Structural and electrical properties of Ti doped α-Fe2O3

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    Nikolić M.V.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work we have analyzed the effects of Ti doping on structural and electrical properties of α-Fe2O3. When the amount of added Ti (5 wt.%TiO2 was within the solubility degree and XRD, SEM and EDS analysis revealed a homogenous hematite structure, with lattice parameters a= 5.03719(3 Å, c=13.7484(1 Å slightly increased due to incorporation of Ti into the rhombohedral hematite lattice. Higher amounts of Ti (10 wt.%TiO2 resulted in the formation of pseudobrookite, besides hematite, confirmed by SEM and EDS analysis. Studies of electric properties in the temperature range 25-225oC at different frequencies (100 - 1Mz showed that Ti doping improved electrical conductivity. Impedance analysis was performed using an equivalent circuit, showing one relaxation process and suggesting dominant grain boundary contribution. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III45014 i br. III43008

  2. Sr and Mn co-doped sol-gel derived BiFeO3 ceramics with enhanced magnetism and reduced leakage current

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    Sharma, Nandni; Kumar, Sanjeev; Mall, Ashish Kumar; Gupta, Rajeev; Garg, Ashish

    2017-01-01

    In this manuscript, we report the effect of Sr and Mn doping on the electrical and magnetic characteristics of BiFeO3 nanoparticles, synthesized by sol-gel technique. While powder diffraction analysis of the samples suggested absence of any structural distortion in both Sr-doped and Sr and Mn co-doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles, Rietveld refinement of the data suggested that the unit cell volume decreases with doping. Room temperature Raman studies of the samples confirmed the incorporation of Sr and Mn in BiFeO3. It was seen that Sr doping of BiFeO3 showed substantial reduction in the leakage current whilst co-doping with Sr and Mn led to lower reduction in the leakage current through offering better performance over undoped BiFeO3, due to changes brought in the defect chemistry upon doping. Additionally, Sr and Mn co-doped BiFeO3 samples exhibit enhanced magnetization in comparison to undoped and Sr doped BiFeO3, possibly due to interruptions in the spin cycloid of BiFeO3.

  3. Control of ferromagnetism in Fe-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} by carbothermal annealing

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    Yan Shiming [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); College of Science, Henan University of Technology, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Ge Shihui, E-mail: gesh@lzu.edu.c [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Qiao Wen; Zuo Yalu; Xu Feng; Xi Li [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2011-02-15

    Fe-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders were prepared using the sol-gel method. Solubility of Fe ions in the In{sub 2}O{sub 3} host compound reached up to 50%. Lattice constant decreased linearly as Fe doping concentration increased, indicating that Fe ions were incorporated into the host lattice and occupied the In sites. Ferromagnetism could be obtained from the samples with carbothermal annealing. The dependence of ferromagnetism on the carbon dosage was observed. The greater the carbon dosage, the higher the concentration of oxygen vacancies (V{sub o}) created, and the more robust the ferromagnetism. - Research Highlights: Solubility of Fe ions in the In2O3 host compound reached up to 50%. Ferromagnetism can be induced by carbothermal annealing. Ferromagnetism is related to the content of oxygen vacancies. The dependence of ferromagnetism on the carbon dosage was observed.

  4. Decoloration of organic dyes using zeolites supported Fe-doped ZnO under UV light irradiation

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    Pratiwi, M. I.; Afifah, N.; Saleh, R.

    2017-07-01

    Various weight percentages of natural zeolite (10 % - 40 %) had been coupled into Fe-doped ZnO (Fe:ZnO) nanoparticles using the co-precipitation method. The photocatalytic acivity of Fe:ZnO/Zeolites nanocomposites was monitored under UV light irradiation in decoloring methylene blue and methyl orange. The result shows that certain amount of natural zeolite in Fe:ZnO could increase the photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposites. The synthesized samples were characterized using some measurements such as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Brunauer-Emment-Tellet (BET) surface area analysis. The FTIR spectra of the samples show the existance of zeolites in the samples. XRD patterns show that no crystal structure changes in ZnO after doping with Fe and supported with zeolites.

  5. Nanocrystalline Fe-Fe2O3 particle-deposited N-doped graphene as an activity-modulated Pt-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Dhavale, Vishal M.; Singh, Santosh K.; Nadeema, Ayasha; Gaikwad, Sachin S.; Kurungot, Sreekumar

    2015-11-01

    The size-controlled growth of nanocrystalline Fe-Fe2O3 particles (2-3 nm) and their concomitant dispersion on N-doped graphene (Fe-Fe2O3/NGr) could be attained when the mutually assisted redox reaction between NGr and Fe3+ ions could be controlled within the aqueous droplets of a water-in-oil emulsion. The synergistic interaction existing between Fe-Fe2O3 and NGr helped the system to narrow down the overpotential for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) by bringing a significant positive shift to the reduction onset potential, which is just 15 mV higher than its Pt-counterpart. In addition, the half-wave potential (E1/2) of Fe-Fe2O3/NGr is found to be improved by a considerable amount of 135 mV in comparison to the system formed by dispersing Fe-Fe2O3 nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide (Fe-Fe2O3/RGO), which indicates the presence of a higher number of active sites in Fe-Fe2O3/NGr. Despite this, the ORR kinetics of Fe-Fe2O3/NGr are found to be shifted significantly to the preferred 4-electron-transfer pathway compared to NGr and Fe-Fe2O3/RGO. Consequently, the H2O2% was found to be reduced by 78.3% for Fe-Fe2O3/NGr (13.0%) in comparison to Fe-Fe2O3/RGO (51.2%) and NGr (41.0%) at -0.30 V (vs. Hg/HgO). This difference in the yield of H2O2 formed between the systems along with the improvements observed in terms of the oxygen reduction onset and E1/2 in the case of Fe-Fe2O3/NGr reveals the activity modulation achieved for the latter is due to the coexistence of factors such as the presence of the mixed valancies of iron nanoparticles, small size and homogeneous distribution of Fe-Fe2O3 nanoparticles and the electronic modifications induced by the doped nitrogen in NGr. A controlled interplay of these factors looks like worked favorably in the case of Fe-Fe2O3/NGr. As a realistic system level validation, Fe-Fe2O3/NGr was employed as the cathode electrode of a single cell in a solid alkaline electrolyte membrane fuel cell (AEMFC). The system could display an open

  6. Fe-Cluster Pushing Electrons to N-Doped Graphitic Layers with Fe3C(Fe) Hybrid Nanostructure to Enhance O2 Reduction Catalysis of Zn-Air Batteries.

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    Yang, Jie; Hu, Jiangtao; Weng, Mouyi; Tan, Rui; Tian, Leilei; Yang, Jinlong; Amine, Joseph; Zheng, Jiaxin; Chen, Haibiao; Pan, Feng

    2017-02-08

    Non-noble metal catalysts with catalytic activity toward oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) comparable or even superior to that of Pt/C are extremely important for the wide application of metal-air batteries and fuel cells. Here, we develop a simple and controllable strategy to synthesize Fe-cluster embedded in Fe3C nanoparticles (designated as Fe3C(Fe)) encased in nitrogen-doped graphitic layers (NDGLs) with graphitic shells as a novel hybrid nanostructure as an effective ORR catalyst by directly pyrolyzing a mixture of Prussian blue (PB) and glucose. The pyrolysis temperature was found to be the key parameter for obtaining a stable Fe3C(Fe)@NDGL core-shell nanostructure with an optimized content of nitrogen. The optimized Fe3C(Fe)@NDGL catalyst showed high catalytic performance of ORR comparable to that of the Pt/C (20 wt %) catalyst and better stability than that of the Pt/C catalyst in alkaline electrolyte. According to the experimental results and first principle calculation, the high activity of the Fe3C(Fe)@NDGL catalyst can be ascribed to the synergistic effect of an adequate content of nitrogen doping in graphitic carbon shells and Fe-cluster pushing electrons to NDGL. A zinc-air battery utilizing the Fe3C(Fe)@NDGL catalyst demonstrated a maximum power density of 186 mW cm(-2), which is slightly higher than that of a zinc-air battery utilizing the commercial Pt/C catalyst (167 mW cm(-2)), mostly because of the large surface area of the N-doped graphitic carbon shells. Theoretical calculation verified that O2 molecules can spontaneously adsorb on both pristine and nitrogen doped graphene surfaces and then quickly diffuse to the catalytically active nitrogen sites. Our catalyst can potentially become a promising replacement for Pt catalysts in metal-air batteries and fuel cells.

  7. Effect of Al and Fe doping in ZnO on magnetic and magneto-transport properties

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    Kumar, Santosh; Deepika; Tripathi, Malvika; Vaibhav, Pratyush; Kumar, Aman; Kumar, Ritesh; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.

    2016-12-01

    The structural, magnetic and magneto-transport of undoped ZnO, Zn0.97Al0.03O, Zn0.95Fe0.05O and Zn0.92Al0.03Fe0.05O thin films grown on Si(100) substrate using pulsed laser deposition were investigated. The single phase nature of the films is confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The possibility of Fe metal cluster in Fe doped/co-doped films is ruled out by Fe 2p core level photoelectron spectra. From O 1s core level spectra it is observed that oxygen vacancy is present in all the films. The undoped ZnO film shows magnetic ordering below ∼175 K, whereas Fe doped/codoped samples show magnetic ordering even at 300 K. The Al doped sample reveals paramagnetic behavior. The magneto-transport measurements suggest that the mobile carriers undergo exchange interaction with local magnetic moments.

  8. Preparation of Fe-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays and their room-temperature ferromagnetic properties.

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    Wang, Jianli; Liu, Chao; Shen, Weidong; Cao, Chunlan; Song, Sihong

    2014-08-01

    Fe-doped titania nanotube arrays (NTs) were fabricated by electrochemical anodization on a Ti foil using Fe(NO3)3 · 2H2O as iron source. Their morphology, structure and optical properties were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The UV-visible reflection spectrum of the Fe-doped TiO2 NTs showed a red shift in wavelength of absorption and greater reflectivity compared with the undoped sample due to the Fe ion incorportion in TiO2 lattices. The photoluminescence spectrum of the Fe-doped TiO2 NTs shows two strong new peaks centered at 388 nm and 694 nm, besides the UV emission peak owing to the electronic transition mediated by the defect levels such as oxygen vacancies in the band gap. The magnetic property of the Fe-doped TiO2 NTs exhibits a room temperature ferromagnetic characteristic with a saturation magnetization (Ms) of 0.146 x 10(-2) emu/cm3 and a coercive field of 60 Oe. And the cause of the magnetic properties has been discussed in detail.

  9. A low-cost cementite (Fe3C) nanocrystal@N-doped graphitic carbon electrocatalyst for efficient oxygen reduction.

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    Wu, Tianxing; Zhang, Haimin; Zhang, Xian; Zhang, Yunxia; Zhao, Huijun; Wang, Guozhong

    2015-11-01

    In this work, chitosan whiskers (CWs) were first extracted using low-cost and earth-abundant crab shells as materials by a series of chemical processes, and then assembled into chitosan whisker microspheres (CWMs) via a simple photochemical polymerization approach. Subsequently, a cementite (Fe3C) nanocrystal@N-doped graphitic carbon (Fe3C@NGC) nanocomposite was successfully fabricated by high temperature pyrolysis of CWMs adsorbed with ferric acetylacetonate (Fe(acac)3) at 900 °C. It was found that a suitable growth atmosphere generated inside CWMs during high temperature pyrolysis is critically important to form Fe3C nanocrystal cores, concurrently accompanying a structural transformation from chitosan whiskers to mesoporous graphitic carbon shells with natural nitrogen (N) doping properties, resulting in the formation of a core-shell structure Fe3C@NGC nanocomposite. The resulting samples were evaluated as electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). In comparison with sole N-doped graphitic carbon without Fe3C nanocrystals obtained by direct pyrolysis of chitosan whisker microspheres at 900 °C (CWMs-900), Fe3C@NGC showed significantly improved ORR catalytic activity. The tolerance to fuel cell molecules (e.g., methanol) and the durability of Fe3C@NGC are obviously superior to commercial Pt/C catalysts in alkaline media. The high ORR performance of Fe3C@NGC could be due to its large surface area (313.7 m(2) g(-1)), a synergistic role of Fe3C nanocrystals, N doping in graphitic carbon creating more catalytic active sites, and a porous structure of the nanocomposite facilitating mass transfer to efficiently improve the utilization of these catalytic active sites.

  10. Electronic properties of AlN crystal doped with Cr, Mn and Fe Author(s:

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    S.V. Syrotyuk

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The spin-resolved electronic energy band spectra, as well as partial and total density of electronic states of the crystal AlN, doped with Cr, Mn and Fe, have been evaluated within the projector augmented waves (PAW approach by means of the ABINIT code. The Hartree-Fock exchange for correlated electrons is used to describe the correlated orbitals in the PAW framework. The calculated one-electron energies for electrons of spin up and down are very different. We have found that all the considered crystals are ferromagnetic.

  11. Existence of the multiferroic property at room temperature in Ti doped CoFeO

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    Dwivedi, G. D.; Joshi, Amish G.; Kevin, H.; Shahi, P.; Kumar, A.; Ghosh, A. K.; Yang, H. D.; Chatterjee, Sandip

    2012-03-01

    The appearance of ferroelectricity has been observed in magnetically ordered Co(Fe1-xTix)2O4 at room temperature. Magnetization and dielectric constant is found to increase with Ti doping. It is observed from an X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy study that Ti goes to the octahedral site with (+4) ionic state. An M-H hysteresis curve at room temperature shows the ferrimagnetic ordering and a P-E loop at room temperature clearly indicates the existence of ferroelectricity.

  12. Magnetic and magneto-optical properties of doped and co-doped CdTe with (Mn, Fe): Ab-initio study

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    Ait Raiss, A.; Sbai, Y. [Laboratory of Magnetism and high-energy physics (LMPHE), Faculty of Sciences, University Mohammed-V, Av. Ibn Batouta, B. P. 1014 Rabat (Morocco); Bahmad, L., E-mail: bahmad@fsr.ac.ma [Laboratory of Magnetism and high-energy physics (LMPHE), Faculty of Sciences, University Mohammed-V, Av. Ibn Batouta, B. P. 1014 Rabat (Morocco); Benyoussef, A. [Laboratory of Magnetism and high-energy physics (LMPHE), Faculty of Sciences, University Mohammed-V, Av. Ibn Batouta, B. P. 1014 Rabat (Morocco); Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Rabat (Morocco)

    2015-07-01

    On the basis of ab-initio calculations performed by the Akai-KKR-CPA method within the spin polarized density functional theory (DFT) and local density approximation (LDA). The magnetic and magneto-optical properties of CdTe doped with Mn and Fe, and co-doped with transitions metals (TM), have been investigated. Moreover, the density of state (DOS) have been calculated and plotted with the energy diagram, for different dopants concentrations. In this work we study, these compounds and compare our theoretical results with the experimental works concerning the doped CdTe. Then we determine which one, Mn or Fe, is responsible of the appearing magnetic and/or optical properties. We also investigate the effect of the co-doping with these elements: Mn and Fe. We show that the iron Fe does not contribute strongly in the magnetism, but it affects the optical properties of the co-doped materials. When comparing our results with the existing experimental works, we found that a low concentration of Fe improves well the magneto-optical properties such as the Faraday rotation. On the other hand, we have investigated the microscopic behavior of electrons by studying their electronic structure and density of states (DOS). - Highlights: • In this revised version, we have calculated the energy difference between the ferromagnetic and anti-ferromagnetic states. • In this revised version we have discussed the ferromagnetic mechanism based on the competition between the anti-ferromagnetic super-exchange interaction (Mn-doped CdTe) and ferromagnetic Zuner's double exchange mechanism (Fe-doped CdTe). We also added the suggested papers. • In the introduction, we added a description of possibility of high blocking temperature in the spinodal nano-decomposition by referring the added papers. The observed results are exactly the same as the blocking effects in the super-paramagnetism with very small hysterethyis. • We compared our results with the SIC-LDA calculations based on

  13. Nanocrystalline Ni doped α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} for adsorption of metals from aqueous solution

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    Lemine, O.M., E-mail: leminej@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, College of Sciences, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Ghiloufi, I. [Department of Physics, College of Sciences, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Bououdina, M. [Nanotechnology Centre, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038 (Bahrain); Department of Physics, College of Science, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038 (Bahrain); Khezami, L.; M’hamed, Mohamed Ould [Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Hassan, A.T. [Department of Physics, College of Sciences, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-03-05

    Highlights: • Ni doped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystallines were obtained by mechanical alloying. • XRD confirmed the formation of a secondary phase identified as NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. • The nanoscrystalline are a highly efficient sorbent for metals from aqueous solution. • The nanocrystallines are more efficient to remove Cd (II), Co (II) and Ni (II) than Cr (VI). -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline Ni doped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders were prepared by high-energy ball-milling from powders mixture of Nickel metal (Ni) and hematite (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) with balls to powders mass ratio of 10:1 and for different concentration. X-ray diffraction and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) are used to characterize the samples. Phase identification shows that the hematite remains and confirmed the formation of a secondary phase identified as NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The lattice parameters (a and c) of hematite phase increase with increasing Ni concentration indicating an isotropic lattice expansion. The obtained nanocrystalline powders were tested for toxic metals removal from aqueous solutions. It was found that Ni-doped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} is a highly efficient sorbent for Cd, Co and Ni from aqueous solution, and the maximum quantities of the adsorbed Cd, Co and Ni concentration per gram of Ni-doped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} are 65.46 mg/g, 43.29 mg/g, and 42 mg/g respectively. We showed that Ni-doped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} with 15 wt% is a highly efficient sorbent for Cd, Co and Ni from aqueous solution, and this nanomaterial is more efficient to remove Cd (II), Co (II) and Ni (II) than Cr (VI)

  14. Preparation, characterization and study of optical properties of ZnS nanophosphor

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    Manam, J.; Chatterjee, V. [Department of Applied Physics, Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad-826004, Jharkhand (India); Das, S., E-mail: phy_subrata@yahoo.co.i [Department of Applied Physics, Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad-826004, Jharkhand (India); Choubey, A.; Sharma, S.K. [Department of Applied Physics, Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad-826004, Jharkhand (India)

    2010-02-15

    In this work the preparation, characterization and photoluminescence studies of pure and copper-doped ZnS nanophosphors are reported, which are prepared by using solid-state reaction technique at a temperature of 100 deg. C. The as-obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-VIS Reflectance spectroscopy. The XRD analysis confirms the formation of cubic phase of undoped as well as Cu{sup 2+}-doped ZnS nanoparticles. Furthermore it shows that the average size of pure as well as copper-doped samples ranges from 15 to 50 nm. The room-temperature PL spectra of the undoped ZnS sample showed two main peaks centered at around 421 and 450 nm, which are the characteristic emissions of interstitial zinc and sulfur vacancies, respectively. The PL of the doped sample showed a broad-band emission spectrum centered at 465 nm accompanied with shoulders at around 425, 450 and 510 nm, which are the characteristic emission peaks of interstitial zinc, sulfur vacancies and Cu{sup 2+} ions, respectively. Our experimental results indicate that the PL spectrum confirms the presence of Cu{sup 2+} ions in the ZnS nanoparticles as expected.

  15. High Resolution Cathodoluminescence of Yellow and Waterclear CVD Polycrystalline ZnS.

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    1983-12-01

    Japanese Journal of Applied Physics , 20...55. Kobayashi, H. et al. "Excitation Mechanism of Electro- luminescent ZnS Thin Films Doped with Rare-Earth Ions." Japanese Journal of Applied Physics , 13...Al Phosphor." Japanese Journal of Applied Physics , 19 no 9: 1647-53 (September 1980). 112 _W0%. . . 57. Kukimoto, H., S. Oda, and T.

  16. The effect of fe-dopant concentration on ethanol gas sensing properties of fe doped ZnO/ZnO shell/core nanorods

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    Khayatian, A.; Safa, S.; Azimirad, R.; Kashi, M. Almasi; Akhtarianfar, S. F.

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, Fe-doped ZnO/ZnO shell/core nanostructures were synthesized through a simple two-step method and the effects of Fe dopant concentrations (between 0 and 9 at%) on the structural, optical, electrical and gas sensing properties were investigated. The X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that all of the samples are crystallized in the same wurtzite hexagonal crystal structure with (002) peak as the main orientation. Nevertheless, the morphology of shell/core nanorods remained stable with increasing of Fe dopant, but the crystallinity improved. The ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy analysis showed that the Fe ions have coordination number of 3+ in the ZnO shell layer. The participation of Fe3+ ions into ZnO layer was also confirmed by Current-Voltage (I-V) curves where the resistance of nanorods was reduced with Fe concentration. Moreover, the ethanol-sensing properties of the Fe-doped ZnO/ZnO shell/core nanorod sensors were systematically investigated. According to the results, optimum gas sensing was obtained by the addition of 0.5 at% Fe to ZnO shell layer which lead to significant enhancement in ethanol gas response.

  17. Structural, Raman, and dielectric studies on multiferroic Mn-doped Bi 1-xLax FeO 3 ceramics

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    Xing, Zhibiao

    2014-04-03

    Multiferroic Bi1-xLaxFeO3 [BLFO (x)] ceramics with x = 0.10-0.50 and Mn-doped BLFO (x = 0.30) ceramics with different doping contents (0.1-1.0 mol%) were prepared by solid-state reaction method. They were crystallized in a perovskite phase with rhombohedral symmetry. In the BLFO (x) system, a composition (x)-driven structural transformation (R3c→C222) was observed at x = 0.30. The formation of Bi2Fe 4O9 impure phase was effectively suppressed with increasing the x value, and the rhombohedral distortion in the BLFO ceramics was decreased, leading to some Raman active modes disappeared. A significant red frequency shift (~13 cm-1) of the Raman mode of 232 cm-1 in the BLFO ceramics was observed, which strongly perceived a significant destabilization in the octahedral oxygen chains, and in turn affected the local FeO6 octahedral environment. In the Mn-doped BLFO (x = 0.30) ceramics, the intensity of the Raman mode near 628 cm-1 was increased with increasing the Mn-doping content, which was resulted from an enhanced local Jahn-Teller distortions of the (Mn,Fe)O6 octahedra. Electron microscopy images revealed some changes in the ceramic grain sizes and their morphologies in the Mn-doped samples at different contents. Wedge-shaped 71° ferroelectric domains with domain walls lying on the {110} planes were observed in the BLFO (x = 0.30) ceramics, whereas in the 1.0 mol% Mn-doped BLFO (x = 0.30) samples, 71° ferroelectric domains exhibited a parallel band-shaped morphology with average domain width of 95 nm. Dielectric studies revealed that high dielectric loss of the BLFO (x = 0.30) ceramics was drastically reduced from 0.8 to 0.01 (measured @ 104 Hz) via 1.0 mol% Mn-doping. The underlying mechanisms can be understood by a charge disproportion between the Mn4+ and Fe2+ in the Mn-doped samples, where a reaction of Mn4+ + Fe2+→Mn3+ + Fe3+ is taken place, resulting in the reduction in the oxygen vacancies and a suppression of the electron hopping from Fe3+ to Fe2+ ions

  18. Room-Temperature Anisotropic Ferromagnetism in Fe-Doped In2O3 Heteroepitaxial Films

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    XING Peng-Fei; CHEN Yan-Xue; TANG Min-Jian; YAN Shi-Shen; LIU Guo-Lei; MEI Liang-Mo; JIAO Jun

    2009-01-01

    Fe-doped In_2O_3 films are grown epitaxially on YSZ (100) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The in-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction, the atomic force microscopy, and the x-ray diffraction patterns show that the films have a well defined cubic structure epitaxially oriented in the (100) direction. Room temperature ferromagnetism is observed by an alternating gradient magnetometer. Strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with a remnant magnetization ratio of 0.83 and a coercivity of 2.S kOe is revealed. Both the structural and the magnetic measurements suggest that this ferromagnetism is an intrinsic property deriving from the spin-orbit coupling between the diluted Fe atoms.

  19. Investigation on structural and electrical properties of Fe doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by solution combustion method

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    Ram, Mast; Bala, Kanchan; Sharma, Hakikat; Kumar, Arun; Negi, N. S.

    2016-05-01

    In the present study, nanoparticles of Fe doped zinc oxide (ZnO) [Zn1-xFexO where x=0.0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03 and 0.05] were prepared by cost effective solution combustion method. The powder X-ray diffractometry confirms the formation of single phase wurtzite structure. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to investigate the micrsostructure of Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles. The DC electrical conductivity was found to increase with temperature and measurement was carried out in the temperature range of 300-473K. DC electrical conductivity increases with temperature and decreases with Fe doping concentration.

  20. EFFECT OF ZnFe2O4 DOPING ON THE OPTICALPROPERTIES OF TiO2 THIN FILMS

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    李广海; 吴玉程; 张立德

    2001-01-01

    Amorphous TiO2 thin films and ZnFe2O4-doped TiO2 composite films were deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The effect of ZnFe2O4 doping on the optical properties of TiO2 thin films was reported. Our results show that the absorption edge of TiO2 thin films and composite films exhibits a blueshift with decreasing annealing temperature. The absorption edge of composite films has moved to a visible spectrum range, and a very large redshift occurs in comparison with TiO2 thin films. An enhanced photoluminescence was observed in ZnFe2O4-doped anatase TiO2 thin films at room temperature.

  1. Effects of Mn doping on temperature-dependent magnetic properties of L10 FeMnPt

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    Xu, D. B.; Chen, J. S.; Zhou, T. J.; Chow, G. M.

    2011-04-01

    We report the effect of Mn doping on temperature-dependent magnetic properties of L10 FeMnPt (001) epitaxial films. (001) textured L10 Fe50-xMnxPt50 (x = 0, 5, 10, 15, 20 at. %) films were prepared by cosputtering Fe, Pt, and Mn onto MgO single crystal substrates at 550 °C. θ-2θ XRD scans indicated the lattice parameter c increased whereas the ordering parameter S decreased with Mn doping. The thermal magnetic properties measured using a superconducting quantum interference device showed that Curie temperature TC could be reduced to 500 K with 15 at. % Mn doping, but Ku was decreased to 1.6 × 107 erg/cm3. The relation of temperature-dependent anisotropy and saturation magnetization showed that it did not obey the Callen-Callen theory.

  2. Synthesis and influence of ultrasonic treatment on luminescence of Mn incorporated ZnS nanoparticles

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    Cadis, A.-I.; Muresan, L. E.; Perhaita, I.; Munteanu, V.; Karabulut, Y.; Garcia Guinea, J.; Canimoglu, A.; Ayvacikli, M.; Can, N.

    2017-10-01

    Manganese (Mn) doping of ZnS phosphors was achieved by precipitation method using different ultrasound (US) maturation times. The structural and luminescence properties of the samples were carried out by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), photoluminescence (PL), and cathodoluminescence (CL). The real amount of manganese incorporated in ZnS lattice was calculated based on ICP-OES results. According with XRD patterns, the phase structure of ZnS:Mn samples is cubic. EDS spectra reveal deviations of the Mn dopant concentration from the target composition. Both 300 K PL and CL emission spectra of the Mn doped ZnS phosphors display intense orange emission at 590 and 600 nm, respectively, which is characteristic emission of Mn ion corresponding to a 4T1→6A1 transition. Both PL and CL spectra confirmed manganese is substitutionally incorporated into the ZnS host as Mn2+. However, it is suggested that the origin of broad blue emission around 400 nm appeared in CL is due to the radiative recombination at deep level defect states in the ZnS. The ultrasound treatment at first enhances the luminescent intensity by ∼3 times in comparison with samples prepared by classical way. This study gives rise to an optimization guideline, which is extremely demanded for the development of new luminescent materials.

  3. Properties and annealing stability of Fe doped semi-insulating GaN structures

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    Polyakov, A.Y.; Smirnov, N.B.; Govorkov, A.V.; Shlensky, A.A. [Institute of Rare Metals, B. Tolmachevsky 5, Moscow 119017 (Russian Federation); McGuire, Kris; Harley, E.; McNeil, L.E. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (United States); Khanna, Rohit; Pearton, S.J. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (United States); Zavada, J.M. [US Army Research Office, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (United States)

    2005-05-01

    The properties of semi-insulating GaN films doped with Fe are reported. The 300 K sheet resistivity of the films is 2 x 10{sup 10} {omega}/square with an activation energy of the dark conductivity of 0.5 eV. The Fermi level is also pinned at E{sub C}-0.5 eV. The concentration of the 0.5 eV traps in the Fe doped portion of the films was 3 x 10{sup 16} cm{sup -3}. Also present is a high concentration of deeper electron traps with the level near E{sub C}-0.9 eV and of hole traps with level near E{sub V}+0.9 eV. Intra-center transitions of the Fe{sup 3+} center are observed in the photoluminescence spectra. The stability of the films were studied after rapid thermal annealing (RTA) at temperatures 750-1050 C and furnace annealing in hydrogen at temperatures up to 850 C. The Fe is distributed nonuniformly, with a minimum near 0.5-1 {mu}m from the surface. RTA at 850 C leads to roughness of the surface and decreases of the sheet resistivity and the cathodoluminescence intensity. The density of deep traps also greatly decreases. The effect becomes much more pronounced for furnace annealing in hydrogen for times on the order of 15 minutes and 850 C is the highest practicable under these conditions without destroying the surface morphology. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. Mössbauer study of oxide films of Fe-, Sn-, Cr- doped zirconium alloys during corrosion in autoclave

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    Filippov, V. P.; Bateev, A. B.; Lauer, Yu. A.

    2016-12-01

    Mössbauer investigations were used to compare iron atom states in oxide films of binary Zr-Fe, ternary Zr-Fe-Cu and quaternary Zr-Fe-Cr-Sn alloys. Oxide films are received in an autoclave at a temperature of 350-360 °C and at pressure of 16.8 MPa. The corrosion process decomposes the intermetallic precipitates in alloys and forms metallic iron with inclusions of chromium atoms α-Fe(Cr), α-Fe(Cu), α-Fe 2O3 and Fe 3O4 compounds. Some iron ions are formed in divalent and in trivalent paramagnetic states. The additional doping influences on corrosion kinetics and concentration of iron compounds and phases formed in oxide films. It was shown the correlation between concentration of iron in different chemical states and corrosion resistance of alloys.

  5. Mössbauer study of oxide films of Fe-, Sn-, Cr- doped zirconium alloys during corrosion in autoclave

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    Filippov, V. P., E-mail: vpfilippov@mephi.ru; Bateev, A. B.; Lauer, Yu. A. [National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI” (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (Russian Federation)

    2016-12-15

    Mössbauer investigations were used to compare iron atom states in oxide films of binary Zr-Fe, ternary Zr-Fe-Cu and quaternary Zr-Fe-Cr-Sn alloys. Oxide films are received in an autoclave at a temperature of 350–360 °C and at pressure of 16.8 MPa. The corrosion process decomposes the intermetallic precipitates in alloys and forms metallic iron with inclusions of chromium atoms α–Fe(Cr), α–Fe(Cu), α–Fe {sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe {sub 3}O{sub 4} compounds. Some iron ions are formed in divalent and in trivalent paramagnetic states. The additional doping influences on corrosion kinetics and concentration of iron compounds and phases formed in oxide films. It was shown the correlation between concentration of iron in different chemical states and corrosion resistance of alloys.

  6. Effect of Nb and more Fe ions co-doping on the microstructures, magnetic, and piezoelectric properties of Aurivillius Bi5Ti3FeO15 phases

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    Chen, Chao; Song, Kun; Bai, Wei; Yang, Jing; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Xiang, Pinghua; Qin, Muyang; Tang, Xiaodong; Chu, Junhao

    2016-12-01

    Aurivillius Bi5Ti3-2xFe1+xNbxO15 (BTFNO, x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4) phases were prepared by solid state reaction method. The structures and dielectric responses were studied, and especially the effects of Nb with a higher valence and more Fe co-doping on the magnetic and piezoelectric properties were addressed in detail. The BTFNO samples were well crystallized with no detectable impurities, and plate-like microstructures with various sizes demonstrate the typical characteristics of bismuth-layer Aurivillius materials. It is found that a dielectric loss peak appears in the Nb and Fe co-doped Bi5Ti3FeO15 (BTFO) ceramics, and it has a shift towards a lower frequency with increasing the Nb doping contents. Furthermore, antiferromagnetic long-range magnetic order is improved with the introduction of Nb and more Fe co-doping. And compared with that of the parent BTFO forms, a clear discrepancy, which is indicative of a super-paramagnetic behavior, of the magnetization vs. temperature curves in zero-field cooling and field cooling cases is observed by the introduction of the Nb and more Fe ions. More interestingly, the introduction of Nb and more Fe ions can suppress the preferred c-axis growth while promoting the a-/b-axis growth of the plate-like grains, and thus favors the piezoelectric behaviors of the BTFO Aurivillius phases along the growth orientation.

  7. Ferromagnetic ordering of Cr and Fe doped p-type diamond: An ab initio study

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    Benecha, E. M. [Department of Physics, University of South Africa, P.O Box 392, UNISA 0003, Pretoria (South Africa); Lombardi, E. B. [College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, P.O Box 392, UNISA 0003, Pretoria (South Africa)

    2014-02-21

    Ferromagnetic ordering of transition metal dopants in semiconductors holds the prospect of combining the capabilities of semiconductors and magnetic systems in single hybrid devices for spintronic applications. Various semiconductors have so far been considered for spintronic applications, but low Curie temperatures have hindered room temperature applications. We report ab initio DFT calculations on the stability and magnetic properties of Fe and Cr impurities in diamond, and show that their ground state magnetic ordering and stabilization energies depend strongly on the charge state and type of co-doping. We predict that divacancy Cr{sup +2} and substitutional Fe{sup +1} order ferromagnetically in p-type diamond, with magnetic stabilization energies (and magnetic moment per impurity ion) of 16.9 meV (2.5 μ{sub B}) and 33.3 meV (1.0 μ{sub B}), respectively. These magnetic stabilization energies are much larger than what has been achieved in other semiconductors at comparable impurity concentrations, including the archetypal dilute magnetic semiconductor GaAs:Mn. In addition, substitutional Fe{sup +1} exhibits a strong half-metallic character, with the Fermi level crossing bands in only the spin down channel. These results, combined with diamond’s extreme properties, demonstrate that Cr or Fe dopedp-type diamond may successfully be considered in the search for room temperature spintronic materials.

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

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    Taddee, Chutirat; Kamwanna, Teerasak; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya

    2016-09-01

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

  9. Reinforced magnetic properties of Ni-doped BiFeO3 ceramic

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    Hwang, J S; Kang, J -H; Lee, K H; Lee, B W; Park, S Y; Lee, Y P

    2016-01-01

    Multiferroic materials attract considerable interest because of the wide range of potential applications such as spintronic devices, data storage and sensors. As a strong candidate for the applications among the limited list of single-phase multiferroic materials, BiFeO3 (BFO) is a quite attractive material due to its multiferroic properties at room temperature (RT). However, BFO is widely known to have large leakage current and small spontaneous polarization due to the existence of crystalline defects such as oxygen vacancies. Furthermore, the magnetic moment of pure BFO is very weak owing to its antiferromagnetic nature. In this paper, the effects of Ni2+ substitution on the magnetic properties of bulk BFO have been investigated. BFO, and BiFe0.99Ni0.01O3, BiFe0.98Ni0.02O3 and BiFe0.97Ni0.03O3 (BFNO: Ni-doped BFO) ceramics were prepared by solid-state reaction and rapid sintering, and analyzed by structural and magnetic-property measurements. The leakage current density was measured at RT by using a standar...

  10. Catalytic wet air oxidation with Ni- and Fe-doped mixed oxides derived from hydrotalcites.

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    Ovejero, G; Rodríguez, A; Vallet, A; Gómez, P; García, J

    2011-01-01

    Catalytic wet air oxidation of Basic Yellow 11 (BY11), a basic dye, was studied in a batch reactor. Layered double hydroxides with the hydrotalcite-like structure containing nickel or iron cations have been prepared by coprecipitation and subsequently calcined leading to Ni- and Fe-doped mixed oxides, respectively. Compared with the results in the wet air oxidation of BY11, these catalysts showed high activity for total organic carbon (TOC), toxicity and dye removal at 120 degrees C and 50 bars after 120 min. It has been demonstrated that the activity depended strongly on the presence of catalyst. The results show that catalysts containing nickel provide a higher extent of oxidation of the dye whereas the reaction carried out with the iron catalyst is faster. The Ni and Fe dispersion determined from the TPR results was higher for the catalysts with a lower Ni or Fe content and decreased for higher Ni or Fe contents. On the basis of activity and selectivity, the Ni containing catalyst with the medium (3%) Ni content was found to be the best catalyst. Finally, a relationship between metal content of the catalyst and reaction rate has been established.

  11. Characterization of high-temperature oxide films on dysprosium-doped Fe-20Cr alloys by electrochemical techniques

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    GUO Pingyi; ZENG Chaoliu; SHAO Yong; QIN Zeshang

    2012-01-01

    The oxidation propegies of Fe-20Cr,Fe-20Cr-0.2Dy and Fe-20Cr-1Dy alloys were studied using gravimetric and electrochemical techniques.The high-temperature oxide films of Dy-doped Fe-20Cr alloys were prepared in air at 900 ℃ for 24,48 and 100 h,respectively.The electrochemical experiment was performed by a three-electrode electrochemical cell and in 0.1 mol/L Na2SO4 aqueous solution.Proper models were built for describing electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of the different oxide layers and the spectra were interpreted in terms of a two-layer model of the films.The results revealed that the oxide films of Dy-doped Fe-20Cr alloys became compacter than that of undoped alloys and retained their good protective ability for a relatively long time.With increasing content of Dy,the protection of the oxide films slightly decreased.Mott-Schottky curves indicated that all the oxides were n-type semi-conductors,and the Nd value of oxide film on Fe-20Cr was much larger than that of Dy-doped Fe-20Cr alloys.The results of kinetic curves and SEM were in agreement with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and Mott-Schottky data.

  12. First-principles prediction of Si-doped Fe carbide as one of the possible constituents of Earth's inner core

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    Das, Tilak; Chatterjee, Swastika; Ghosh, Sujoy; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2017-09-01

    We perform a computational study based on first-principles calculations to investigate the relative stability and elastic properties of the doped and undoped Fe carbide compounds at 200-364 GPa. We find that upon doping a few weight percent of Si impurities at the carbon sites in Fe7C3 carbide phases, the values of Poisson's ratio and density increase while VP, and VS decrease compared to their undoped counterparts. This leads to marked improvement in the agreement of seismic parameters such as P wave and S wave velocity, Poisson's ratio, and density with the Preliminary Reference Earth Model (PREM) data. The agreement with PREM data is found to be better for the orthorhombic phase of iron carbide (o-Fe7C3) compared to hexagonal phase (h-Fe7C3). Our theoretical analysis indicates that Fe carbide containing Si impurities can be a possible constituent of the Earth's inner core. Since the density of undoped Fe7C3 is low compared to that of inner core, as discussed in a recent theoretical study, our proposal of Si-doped Fe7C3 can provide an alternative solution as an important component of the Earth's inner core.

  13. Encapsulation of Fe3O4 Nanoparticles into N, S co-Doped Graphene Sheets with Greatly Enhanced Electrochemical Performance

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    Yang, Zunxian; Qian, Kun; Lv, Jun; Yan, Wenhuan; Liu, Jiahui; Ai, Jingwei; Zhang, Yuxiang; Guo, Tailiang; Zhou, Xiongtu; Xu, Sheng; Guo, Zaiping

    2016-01-01

    Particular N, S co-doped graphene/Fe3O4 hybrids have been successfully synthesized by the combination of a simple hydrothermal process and a subsequent carbonization heat treatment. The nanostructures exhibit a unique composite architecture, with uniformly dispersed Fe3O4 nanoparticles and N, S co-doped graphene encapsulant. The particular porous characteristics with many meso/micro holes/pores, the highly conductive N, S co-doped graphene, as well as the encapsulating N, S co-doped graphene with the high-level nitrogen and sulfur doping, lead to excellent electrochemical performance of the electrode. The N-S-G/Fe3O4 composite electrode exhibits a high initial reversible capacity of 1362.2 mAhg−1, a high reversible specific capacity of 1055.20 mAhg−1 after 100 cycles, and excellent cycling stability and rate capability, with specific capacity of 556.69 mAhg−1 when cycled at the current density of 1000 mAg−1, indicating that the N-S-G/Fe3O4 composite is a promising anode candidate for Li-ion batteries. PMID:27296103

  14. Encapsulation of Fe3O4 Nanoparticles into N, S co-Doped Graphene Sheets with Greatly Enhanced Electrochemical Performance

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    Yang, Zunxian; Qian, Kun; Lv, Jun; Yan, Wenhuan; Liu, Jiahui; Ai, Jingwei; Zhang, Yuxiang; Guo, Tailiang; Zhou, Xiongtu; Xu, Sheng; Guo, Zaiping

    2016-06-01

    Particular N, S co-doped graphene/Fe3O4 hybrids have been successfully synthesized by the combination of a simple hydrothermal process and a subsequent carbonization heat treatment. The nanostructures exhibit a unique composite architecture, with uniformly dispersed Fe3O4 nanoparticles and N, S co-doped graphene encapsulant. The particular porous characteristics with many meso/micro holes/pores, the highly conductive N, S co-doped graphene, as well as the encapsulating N, S co-doped graphene with the high-level nitrogen and sulfur doping, lead to excellent electrochemical performance of the electrode. The N-S-G/Fe3O4 composite electrode exhibits a high initial reversible capacity of 1362.2 mAhg‑1, a high reversible specific capacity of 1055.20 mAhg‑1 after 100 cycles, and excellent cycling stability and rate capability, with specific capacity of 556.69 mAhg‑1 when cycled at the current density of 1000 mAg‑1, indicating that the N-S-G/Fe3O4 composite is a promising anode candidate for Li-ion batteries.

  15. Electronic correlations in FeGa3 and the effect of hole doping on its magnetic properties

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    GamŻa, M. B.; Tomczak, J. M.; Brown, C.; Puri, A.; Kotliar, G.; Aronson, M. C.

    2014-05-01

    We investigate signatures of electronic correlations in the narrow-gap semiconductor FeGa3 by means of electrical resistivity and thermodynamic measurements performed on single crystals of FeGa3, Fe1-xMnxGa3, and FeGa3-yZny, complemented by a study of the 4d analog material RuGa3. We find that the inclusion of sizable amounts of Mn and Zn dopants into FeGa3 does not induce an insulator-to-metal transition. Our study indicates that both substitution of Zn onto the Ga site and replacement of Fe by Mn introduces states into the semiconducting gap that remain localized even at highest doping levels. Most importantly, using neutron powder diffraction measurements, we establish that FeGa3 orders magnetically above room temperature in a complex structure, which is almost unaffected by the doping with Mn and Zn. Using realistic many-body calculations within the framework of dynamical mean field theory (DMFT), we argue that while the iron atoms in FeGa3 are dominantly in an S =1 state, there are strong charge and spin fluctuations on short-time scales, which are independent of temperature. Further, the low magnitude of local contributions to the spin susceptibility advocates an itinerant mechanism for the spin response in FeGa3. Our joint experimental and theoretical investigations classify FeGa3 as a correlated band insulator with only small dynamical correlation effects, in which nonlocal exchange interactions are responsible for the spin gap of 0.4 eV and the antiferromagnetic order. We show that hole doping of FeGa3 leads, within DMFT, to a notable strengthening of many-body renormalizations.

  16. Preparation and characterization of ZnO and Fe-doped ZnO films by sol-gel method

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    Zhang, Xin; Wang,Jiangang; Ma, Jing; Hu, Jianwen

    2016-01-01

    ZnO and Fe-doped ZnO thin films are prepared on glass substrate by sol-gel method, and the surface morphology, structure and optical property are analyzed by scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer. The results show that both films have a smooth surface and a hexagonal wurtzite structure with orienting along the (101) plane. Compared with the ZnO film, the surface of Fe-doped ZnO film becomes smoother, and its...

  17. Effects of Nb-doped on the structure and electrochemical performance of LiFePO{sub 4}/C composites

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    Ma, Zhipeng [Hebei Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, College of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Shao, Guangjie, E-mail: shaoguangjie@ysu.edu.cn [Hebei Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, College of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Wang, Guiling; Zhang, Ying; Du, Jianping [Hebei Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, College of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2014-02-15

    The olivine-type niobium doping Li{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}FePO{sub 4}/C (x=0, 0.005, 0.010, 0.015, 0.025) cathode materials were synthesized via a two-step ball milling solid state reaction. The effects of Nb doping were charactered by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), galvanostatic intermittent titration technique (GITT), cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) and galvanostatic charge–discharge. It is found that Nb doping enlarges the interplanar distance of crystal plane parallel to [0 1 0] direction in LiFePO{sub 4}. In other words, it widens the one dimensional diffusion channels of Li{sup +} along the [0 1 0] direction. Electrochemical test results indicate that the Li{sub 0.99}Nb{sub 0.01}FePO{sub 4}/C composite exhibits the best electrochemical performance with initial special discharge capacity of 139.3 mA h g{sup −1} at 1 C rate. The present synthesis route is promising in making the solid state reaction method more practical for preparation of the LiFePO{sub 4} material. - Graphical abstract: The proper amount of Nb doping widens the one dimensional diffusion channels of Li{sup +} along the [0 1 0] direction. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The Nb doping LiFePO{sub 4}/C is prepared by a facile two-step ball milling solid state reaction. • The sample possesses the better high-rate performance. • The tap density of Li{sub 0.99}Nb{sub 0.01}FePO{sub 4}/C sample is 1.76 g cm{sup −3}.

  18. Fe-doped ZnO Supported with Montmorillonite: Synthesis, Characterization, and Photocatalytic Activity

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    Pratiwi, M. I.; Afifah, N.; Saleh, R.

    2017-05-01

    In this study, Fe-doped ZnO/MMT has been prepared by using co-precipitation method with the various amount of MMT (10, 20, 30, and 40 wt%). The samples were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, and (FTIR), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis. The crystallite structure of ZnO did not change with the additional of dopant and MMT. The presence of MMT could be confirmed by using FTIR, which showed the bending vibration and stretching vibration of Si-O-Al and Si-O-Si. The degradation of methylene blue and methyl orange were examined by using montmorillonite (MMT) modified Fe-doped ZnO catalyst in photocatalytic process under UV light irradiation. The photocatalytic results indicated that certain amount of MMT could increase photocatalytic performance in degrading methylene blue and methyl orange. Methylene blue degradation increased with the increasing of pH value while the opposite trend occurred for methyl orange degradation.

  19. Microstructural and Kinetic Evolution of Fe Doped MgH2 during H2 Cycling

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    Annalisa Aurora

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The effect of extended H2 sorption cycles on the structure and on the hydrogen storage performances of MgH2 powders with 5 wt% of Fe particle catalyst is reported. MgH2 powders with and without Fe have been ball milled under Argon, the doped MgH2 nanocomposite has been cycled under hydrogen pressure up to a maximum of 47 desorption and absorption cycles at 300 °C. After acceleration during the first 10 cycles, the kinetics behavior of doped MgH2 is constant after extended cycling, in terms of maximum storage capacity and rate of sorption. The major effect of cycling on particle morphology is the progressive extraction of Mg from the MgO shell surrounding the powder particles. The Mg extraction from the MgO shell leaves the catalyst particles inside the hydride particles. Many empty MgO shells are observed in the pure ball milled MgH2 upon cycling at higher temperature, suggesting that this enhancement of the extraction efficiency is related to the higher operating temperature which favors Mg diffusivity with respect to the H ion one.

  20. Optical and sensing properties of Fe doped ZnO nanocrystalline thin films

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    Shukla R.K.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Undoped and Fe doped ZnO films of different molarities deposited by spray pyrolysis method using zinc nitrate and ferric chloride as precursors show polycrystalline nature and hexagonal wurtzite structure. Crystallite size decreases with an increase in dopant concentration from 0 at.% to 3 at.%. Doping improves the transmission of the films whereas it reduces the optical band gap of ZnO from 3.28 eV to 3.17 eV. The morphology resembles flake-like structures which collapse when the dopant is introduced. The samples are found to be sensitive to CO2 gas. Undoped ZnO shows maximum sensitivity at 350 °C for higher concentration of CO2. Doped samples show maximum sensitivity at 200 °C for all CO2 concentrations i.e. from 500 ppm to 4000 ppm. Maximum sensitivity is achieved at temperatures 350 °C, 250 °C, 300 °C and 450 °C for the samples prepared using precursor solution of 0.1 M molarity.

  1. XRD analysis of undoped and Fe doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles by Williamson Hall method

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    Bharti, Bandna; Barman, P. B.; Kumar, Rajesh, E-mail: rajesh.kumar@juit.ac.in [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, Solan-173234, H.P. (India)

    2015-08-28

    Undoped and Fe doped titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method at room temperature. The synthesized samples were annealed at 500°C. For structural analysis, the prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The crystallite size of TiO{sub 2} and Fe doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were calculated by Scherer’s formula, and was found to be 15 nm and 11 nm, respectively. Reduction in crystallite size of TiO{sub 2} with Fe doping was observed. The anatase phase of Fe-doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles was also confirmed by X-ray diffraction. By using Williamson-Hall method, lattice strain and crystallite size were also calculated. Williamson–Hall plot indicates the presence of compressive strain for TiO{sub 2} and tensile strain for Fe-TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles annealed at 500°C.

  2. Correlation-induced self-doping in iron-pnictide superconductor Ba2Ti2Fe2As4O

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    Qian, Tian; Ma, Junzhang; Roekeghem, A. Van; Richard, Pierre; Cao, Guanghan; Biermann, Silke; Ding, Hong

    2015-03-01

    The electronic structure of the iron-based superconductor Ba2Ti2Fe2As4O (Tconset = 23.5 K) has been investigated by using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and combined local density approximation and dynamical mean field theory calculations. The electronic states near the Fermi level are dominated by both the Fe 3 d and Ti 3 d orbitals, indicating that the spacer layers separating different FeAs layers are also metallic. By counting the enclosed volumes of the Fermi surface sheets, we observe a large self-doping effect, i. e. 0.25 electrons per unit cell are transferred from the FeAs layer to the Ti2As2O layer, leaving the FeAs layer in a hole-doped state. This exotic behavior is successfully reproduced by our dynamical mean field calculations, in which the self-doping effect is attributed to the electronic correlations in the 3 d shells. Our work provides an alternative route of effective doping without element substitution for iron-based superconductors.

  3. Mesocrystalline Zn-Doped Fe3O4 Hollow Submicrospheres: Formation Mechanism and Enhanced Photo-Fenton Catalytic Performance.

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    Nguyen, Xuan Sang; Zhang, Gaoke; Yang, Xianfeng

    2017-03-15

    Uniform and magnetic recyclable mesocrystalline Zn-doped Fe3O4 hollow submicrospheres (HSMSs) were successfully synthesized via a simple one-pot solvothermal route and were used for efficient heterogeneous photo-Fenton catalyst. XRD, XPS, Raman spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, SEM, HRTEM, and EDX analyses revealed that the shell of HSMSs is highly porous and assembled by oriented attachment of magnetite nanocrystal building blocks with Zn-rich surfaces. Furthermore, a possible formation mechanism of mesocrystalline hollow materials was proposed. First, Fe3O4 mesocrystals were assembled by oriented nanocrystals, and a Zn-rich amorphous shell grew on the surfaces. Then, Zn gradually diffused into Fe3O4 crystals to form Zn-doped Fe3O4 due to the Kirkendall effect with increasing the reaction time. Meanwhile, the inner nanocrystals would be dissolved, and outer particles would grow larger owing to the Ostwald ripening process, leading to the formation of a hollow structure with porous shell. The Zn-doped Fe3O4 HSMSs exhibited high and stable photo-Fenton activity for degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and cephalexin under visible-light irradiation in the presence of H2O2, which results from their hollow mesocrystal structure and Zn doping. It could be easily separated and reused by an external magnetic field. The results suggested that the as-obtained magnetite hollow mesocrystals could be a promising catalyst in the photo-Fenton process.

  4. Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange by CeO2 and Fe-doped CeO2 films under visible light irradiation.

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    Channei, D; Inceesungvorn, B; Wetchakun, N; Ukritnukun, S; Nattestad, A; Chen, J; Phanichphant, S

    2014-08-29

    Undoped CeO2 and 0.50-5.00 mol% Fe-doped CeO2 nanoparticles were prepared by a homogeneous precipitation combined with homogeneous/impreganation method, and applied as photocatalyst films prepared by a doctor blade technique. The superior photocatalytic performances of the Fe-doped CeO2 films, compared with undoped CeO2 films, was ascribed mainly to a decrease in band gap energy and an increase in specific surface area of the material. The presence of Fe(3+) as found from XPS analysis, may act as electron acceptor and/or hole donor, facilitating longer lived charge carrier separation in Fe-doped CeO2 films as confirmed by photoluminescence spectroscopy. The 1.50 mol% Fe-doped CeO2 film was found to be the optimal iron doping concentration for MO degradation in this study.

  5. Identification of ε-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-phase in borate glasses doped with Fe and Gd

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    Ivanova, O.S.; Ivantsov, R.D. [L.V. Kirensky Institute of Physics, Siberian Branch of RAS, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Edelman, I.S., E-mail: ise@iph.krasn.ru [L.V. Kirensky Institute of Physics, Siberian Branch of RAS, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Petrakovskaja, E.A. [L.V. Kirensky Institute of Physics, Siberian Branch of RAS, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Velikanov, D.A. [L.V. Kirensky Institute of Physics, Siberian Branch of RAS, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Siberian Federal University, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Zubavichus, Y.V. [NRC “Kurchatov Institute”, 123182 Moscow (Russian Federation); Zaikovskii, V.I. [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian Branch of RAS, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Stepanov, S.A. [Vavilov State Optical Institute, All-Russia Research Center, 192371 Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    2016-03-01

    A new type of magnetic nanoparticles was revealed in borate glasses co-doped with low contents of iron and gadolinium. Structure and magnetic properties of the particles differ essentially from that of the α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, or Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles which were detected earlier in similar glass matrices. Transmission electron microscopy including STEM-HAADF and EDX, synchrotron radiation-based XRD, static magnetic measurements, magnetic circular dichroism, and electron magnetic resonance studies allow referring the nanoparticles to the iron oxide phase-ε-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Analysis of the data set has shown that it is Gd atoms that govern the process of nanoparticles’ nucleation and its incorporation into the particles in different proportions can be used to adjust their magnetic and magneto-optical characteristics. - Highlights: • Alumina-potassium-borate glasses co-doped with Fe and Gd are studied. • Magnetic nanoparticles with structure close to ε-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} are shown to arise in glasses • Magnetic hysteresis loops and EMR evidence on the ferromagnetic and paramagnetic nano-phases coexistence. • Magnetic circular dichroism for ε-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} is studied for the first time.

  6. ZnS nanosheets: Egg albumin and microwave-assisted synthesis and optical properties

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    Tian, Xiuying; Wen, Jin; Hu, Jilin; Chen, Zhanjun; Wang, Shumei; Peng, Hongxia; Li, Jing

    2016-09-01

    ZnS nanosheets were prepared via egg albumin and microwave-assisted method. The phases, crystalline lattice structures, morphologies, chemical and optical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), field-emission scanning electron microscope(FE-SEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy and fluorescence(FL) spectrometer and growth mechanism of ZnS nanosheets was investigated. The results showed that all samples were pure cubic zinc blende with polycrystalline structure. The width of ZnS nanosheets with a rectangular nanostructure was in the range of 450-750 nm. The chemical interaction existed between egg albumin molecules and ZnS nanoparticles via the amide/carboxylate group. The band gap value calculated was 3.72 eV. The band at around 440 nm was attributed to the sulfur vacancies of the ZnS nanosheets. With increasing volumes of egg albumin, the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of ZnS samples firstly increased and then decreased, attributed to concentration quenching.

  7. Electrical, dielectric and photocatalytic properties of Fe-doped ZnO nanomaterials synthesized by sol gel method

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    Yacine Cherif

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by sol gel technique. Fine-scale and single phase hexagonal wurtzite structure in all samples were confirmed by SEM and XRD, respectively. The band gap energy depends on the amount of Fe and was found to be in the range of 3.11–2.53 eV. The electric and dielectric properties were investigated using complex impedance spectroscopy. AC conductivity data were correlated with the barrier hopping (CBH model to evaluate the binding energy (Wm, the minimum hopping distance (Rmin and the density of states at Fermi level, N(EF. Fe doping in ZnO also improved the photocatalytic activity. Thus, the sample Zn0.95Fe0.05O showed high degradation potential towards methylene blue (MB, i.e. it degrades 90% of BM in 90 min under UV light.

  8. The magnetic characterization of Fe doped TiO2 semiconducting oxide nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Yeganeh, M.; Shahtahmasebi, N.; Kompany, A.; Karimipour, M.; Razavi, F.; Nasralla, N. H. S.; Šiller, L.

    2017-04-01

    In this work Fe doped TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized at different Fe/Ti molar ratio from 1% to 5% by sol-gel technique. The post annealing of the samples was carried out at T=400, 600, and 800 °C. HRTEM of the samples revealed that the mean size of the nanoparticles increases from about 8 nm to about 100 nm as the annealing temperature increased. SQUID magnetometry of 1% and 5% Fe doped TiO2 has shown mixed ferromagnetic and paramagnetic phases within the crystal while ferromagnetic order with Tc about 350 K was only observed in 5% Fe:TiO2 sample annealed at T=800 °C. The oxygen vacancy mediated ferromagnetic (FM) interaction could be responsible for the observed FM.

  9. The magnetic characterization of Fe doped TiO{sub 2} semiconducting oxide nanoparticles synthesized by sol–gel method

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    Yeganeh, M., E-mail: mahboubeh.yeganeh@yahoo.co.uk [Department of Physics, Kosar University of Bojnord, P.O. Box 94104455 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahtahmasebi, N.; Kompany, A. [Department of Physics, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Karimipour, M. [Department of Physics, Vali-e-Asr University of Rafsanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Razavi, F. [Department of Physics, Brock University (Canada); Nasralla, N.H.S. [Electron Microscope and Thin Film Department, Physics Division, 33 El Buhouth st., Dokki, 12622 Giza (Egypt); Šiller, L. [School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU (United Kingdom)

    2017-04-15

    In this work Fe doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were synthesized at different Fe/Ti molar ratio from 1% to 5% by sol-gel technique. The post annealing of the samples was carried out at T=400, 600, and 800 °C. HRTEM of the samples revealed that the mean size of the nanoparticles increases from about 8 nm to about 100 nm as the annealing temperature increased. SQUID magnetometry of 1% and 5% Fe doped TiO{sub 2} has shown mixed ferromagnetic and paramagnetic phases within the crystal while ferromagnetic order with T{sub c} about 350 K was only observed in 5% Fe:TiO{sub 2} sample annealed at T=800 °C. The oxygen vacancy mediated ferromagnetic (FM) interaction could be responsible for the observed FM.

  10. First principles study on Mn-doped LiFePO4 as cathode material for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Fang-wei; XUE; Wei-dong; WANG; Ming-xi; SU; Rong

    2007-01-01

    The electronic structure and diffusion energy barriers of Li ions in pure and Mn-doped LiFePO4 have been studied using density functional theory (DFT). The results demonstrate clearly that Fe-O covalent bond is weaker than P-O covalent bond. Pure LiFePO4 has band gap of 0.56 eV and diffusion energy barrier of 2.57 eV for Li ions, while the dopant has small band gap of 0.25 eV and low diffusion energy barrier of 2.31 eV, which indicates that the electronic and ionic conductivity of LiFePO4 have been improved owing to doping.

  11. Influence of doping on the physical properties of Ca10-xRExPt3As8(Fe2-yPtyAs2)5

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    Pan, Jiayun; Karki, Amar; Jin, Rongying

    2015-03-01

    Ca10-xRExPt3As8(Fe2-yPtyAs2)5 is a new FeAs-based superconductor. We report the change of its superconducting transition temperature Tc and physical properties upon chemical doping in either Ca (using La or Gd) or Fe (using Pt) site. While partial replacement of Fe by Pt results in Tc up to 21 K , we find that the substitution of Ca by La is most effective pushing Tc to 30 K. The doping in both sites reduces the in-plane resistivity and anisotropy. The doping dependance of electrical transport properties will be presented and discussed.

  12. Effect of Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticle derived from modified hydrothermal process on the photocatalytic degradation performance on methylene blue.

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    Li, Zhijie; Shen, Wenzhong; He, Wensen; Zu, Xiaotao

    2008-07-15

    Anatase Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles with 10-15 nm particles sizes were directly prepared with amorphous TiO2 nanoparticles and Fe(NO3)3.9H2O by hydrothermal method. The TiO2 crystallite grain sizes decreased with the increase of Fe contents. When Fe contents increased, the diffuse reflectance spectra of Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles displayed a red shift in the band gap transition. And the absorbing band edge moved to visible range when the Fe contents were more than 2 mol%. XPS analysis showed that Fe3+ was not on the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles, but inserting into the matrix interior. As a result, the photoactivity degradation of MB on Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles decreased.

  13. La0 . 5 - xNa0 . 5 + xFe2As2: electron and hole doping in the spacing layer

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    Yan, Jiaqiang; Nandi, S.; Sales, B.; Mandrus, D.

    2015-03-01

    The electron-hole asymmetry in the phase diagram of iron-based superconductors is well illustrated in doped BaFe2As2 by comparing hole-doped Ba1-xKxFe2As2 and electron doped BaFe2-xCoxAs2, mainly due to the availability of high quality single crystals which enable systematic studies using various probes. In Ba1-xKxFe2As2, K-doping takes place at the spacing layer while FeAs layers remain intact. In contrast, Co substitution in BaFe2-xCoxAs2 disturbs the contiguity of the [FeAs4] tetrahedra and interferes with superconductivity in the FeAs layers. This effect coming from substitution at different crystallographic sites has been suggested to contribute to the electron-hole asymmetry. In this talk, I will present the magnetic and structural transitions of La0 . 5 - xNa0 . 5 + xFe2As2. Our results show that La0 . 5 - xNa0 . 5 + xFe2As2, or even compounds with other rare earth and alkali ions in the spacing layer, provides a new material platform for the study of iron-based superconductors. The material could be tuned from electron-doped to hole-doped by varying the ratio between the alkali metal and rare earth ions.

  14. Effect of rare earth ions doping on properties of LiFePO4/C cathode material

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    王丽; 焦昌梅; 梁广川; 赵南南; 王亚勉; 李琳慈

    2014-01-01

    LiFe0.99RE0.01PO4/C cathode material was synthesized by solid-state reaction method using FeC2O4·2H2O, Li2CO3, NH4H2PO4, RE(NO3)3·nH2O as raw materials and glucose as a carbon source. The doping effects of rare earth ions, such as La3+, Ce3+, Nd3+, on the structure and electrochemical properties of LiFePO4/C cathode material were systematically investigated. The as-prepared samples were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and particle size analysis. The electrochemical properties were investigated in terms of constant-current charge/discharge cycling tests.The XRD results showed that the rare earth ions doping did not change the olivine structure of LiFePO4, and all the doped samples were of single-phase with high crystallinity. SEM and particle size analysis results showed that the doping of La3+, Ce3+ and Nd3+ led to the decrease of particle size. The electrochemical results exhibited that the doping of La3+ and Ce3+ could improve the high-rate capability of LiFePO4/C cathode material, among which, the material doped with 1% Ce3+ exhibited the optimal elec-trochemical properties, whose specific discharge capacities could reach 128.9, 119.5 and 104.4 mAh/g at 1C, 2C and 5C rates, re-spectively.

  15. Microwave-assisted synthesis of Fe-doped NiO nanofoams assembled by porous nanosheets for fast response and recovery gas sensors

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    Li, Xiu; Tan, Jian-Feng; Hu, Yan-E.; Huang, Xin-Tang

    2017-04-01

    Fe-doped NiO, a type of p-type gas sensor, has received wide attention for its low cost, environmentally friendliness and excellent gas-sensing performance. However, the operating temperature of Fe-doped NiO is too high (300 °C -500 °C). This study attempts to investigate the possibility of Fe-doped NiO working in relatively low temperature regions. A type of NiO nanofoam assembled by porous nanosheets was synthesized through a normal pressure microwave solvent thermal method by a domestic microwave oven, and Fe doping with different doping concentrations was investigated systematically. The gas-sensing performance was tested at a relatively low temperature (200 °C -280 °C). We found that the Fe-doped NiO still had a good gas-sensing performance, even at a relatively low temperature. In detail, the NiO nanofoams with 3 at% Fe-doping concentration were proven to have the best gas sensing characteristics (the response was 12-100 ppm ethanol at 280 °C), and an especially fast response and recovery (the response time and the recovery time was 1 s and 3.6 s, respectively). The study promoted the research regarding the gas sensing characteristics of Fe-doped NiO at a relatively low temperature.

  16. Facile synthesis of nitrogen-doped carbon dots for Fe{sup 3+} sensing and cellular imaging

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    Gong, Xiaojuan; Lu, Wenjing [Institute of Environmental Science, and School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006 (China); Paau, Man Chin; Hu, Qin [Partner State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis, and Department of Chemistry, Hong Kong Baptist University, 224 Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong SAR (China); Wu, Xin; Shuang, Shaomin [Institute of Environmental Science, and School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006 (China); Dong, Chuan, E-mail: dc@sxu.edu.cn [Institute of Environmental Science, and School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006 (China); Choi, Martin M.F., E-mail: mmfchoi@gmail.com [Partner State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis, and Department of Chemistry, Hong Kong Baptist University, 224 Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong SAR (China)

    2015-02-25

    Highlights: • Fast synthesis of nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-CDs) by microwave method. • Optimization of synthesis of N-CDs. • Fluorescence sensing of Fe{sup 3+} by N-CDs. • Cell imaging and detecting Fe{sup 3+} in biosystem by N-CDs. - Abstract: A fast and facile approach to synthesize highly nitrogen (N)-doped carbon dots (N-CDs) by microwave-assisted pyrolysis of chitosan, acetic acid and 1,2-ethylenediamine as the carbon source, condensation agent and N-dopant, respectively, is reported. The obtained N-CDs are fully characterized by elemental analysis, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction pattern, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV–vis absorption, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Doping N heteroatoms benefits the generation of N-CDs with stronger fluorescence emission. As the emission of N-CDs is efficiently quenched by Fe{sup 3+}, the as-prepared N-CDs are employed as a highly sensitive and selective probe for Fe{sup 3+} detection. The detection limit can reach as low as 10 ppb, and the linear range is 0.010–1.8 ppm Fe{sup 3+}. The as-synthesized N-CDs have been successfully applied for cell imaging and detecting Fe{sup 3+} in biosystem.

  17. The electronic structures and ferromagnetism of Fe-doped GaSb: The first-principle calculation study

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    Lin, Xue-ling; Niu, Cao-ping; Pan, Feng-chun; Chen, Huan-ming; Wang, Xu-ming

    2017-09-01

    The electronic structures and the magnetic properties of Fe doped GaSb have been investigated by the first-principles calculation based on the framework of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and GGA+U schemes. The calculated results indicated that Fe atoms tend to form the anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) coupling with the nearest-neighbor positions preferentially. Compared with the anti-ferromagnetic coupling, the ferromagnetic interactions occurred at the second nearest-neighbor and third nearest-neighbor sites have a bigger superiority energetically. The effect of strong electron correlation at Fe-d orbit taking on the magnetic properties predicted by GGA+U approach demonstrated that the ferromagnetic (FM) coupling between the Fe ions is even stronger in consideration of the strong electron correlation effect. The ferromagnetism in Fe doped GaSb system predicted by our investigation implied that the doping of Fe into GaSb can be as a vital routine for manufacturing the FM semiconductors with higher Curie temperature.

  18. Correspondence between the electronic structure and phase separation in a K-doped FeSe system

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    Liu, C.; Zhao, J. L.; Wang, J. O.; Qian, H. J.; Wu, R.; Wang, H. H.; Zhang, N.; Ibrahim, K.

    2017-10-01

    Phase separated potassium intercalated FeSe thin films have been synthesized by pulsed laser deposition. The coexistence of FeSe phase and 245 phase was investigated both by x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and x-ray diffraction. The volume ratio of these two phases is sensitive to temperatures and amount of extra potassium dosing. The XPS and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy results indicated that these two phases shows the different hybridization strength between adjacent Fe layer and Se layer. We infer that the layered electronic structure is the necessary condition of superconductivity in potassium-doped FeSe system, and the phase separation is driven by competition between quasi-2D and 3D bonding mode within FeSe layer. Similar competition may also be able to interpret the phase seperation in K x Fe2-y Se2 bulk single crystal. Project supported under 11375228 by NSFC and 2016YFA0401002 by MOST of China.

  19. Synthesis,Crystal Structural and Electrical Conductivity Properties of Fe-Doped Zinc Oxide Powders at High Temperatures

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    Hakan Colak; Orhan Trkoglu

    2012-01-01

    The synthesis,crystal structure and electrical conductivity properties of Fe-doped ZnO powders(in the range of 0.25-15 mol%) were reported in this paper.I-phase samples,which were indexed as single phase with a hexagonal(wurtzite) structure in the Fe-doped ZnO binary system,were determined by X-ray diffraction(XRD).The solubility limit of Fe in the ZnO lattice is 3 mol% at 950℃.The above mixed phase was observed.And the impurity phase was determined as the cubic-ZnFe 2 O 4 phase when compared with standard XRD data using the PDF program.This study focused on single I-phase ZnO samples which were synthesized at 950℃ because the limit of the solubility range is the widest at this temperature.The lattice parameters a and c of the I-phase decreased with Fe-doping concentration.The morphology of the I-phase samples was analyzed with a scanning electron microscope.The grain size of the I-phase samples increased with heat treatment and doping concentration.The electrical conductivity of the pure ZnO and single I-phase samples was investigated using the four-probe dc method at 100-950℃ in air atmosphere.The electrical conductivity values of pure ZnO,0.25 and 3 mol% Fe-doped ZnO samples at 100℃ were 2×10-6,1.7×10-3 and 6.3×10-4 S.cm-1,and at 950℃ they were 3.4,8.5 and 4 S.cm-1,respectively.

  20. Photocatalytic performance of magnetically separable Fe, N co-doped TiO{sub 2}-cobalt ferrite nanocomposite

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    Gaikwad, P.N. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004 (India); Hankare, P.P., E-mail: p_hankarep@rediffmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004 (India); Wandre, T.M.; Garadkar, K.M. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004 (India); Sasikala, R., E-mail: sasikala@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2016-03-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • FeN-TiO{sub 2}-cobalt ferrite shows enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to TiO{sub 2}. • Increased visible light absorption is observed for the composite catalyst. • Fe, N doped TiO{sub 2} exists as a dispersed phase on cobalt ferrite. • The composite catalyst is stable for prolonged use and magnetically separable. - Abstract: Photocatalytic activity of a magnetically separable cobalt ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, CF) coupled with Fe and N co-doped TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite was investigated for the degradation of methyl orange. TiO{sub 2} and Fe, N co-doped TiO{sub 2} existed as anatase phase of TiO{sub 2}. The presence of both anatase TiO{sub 2} and CF was indicated in the XRD pattern. The UV–visible spectra of all samples showed absorption in the visible region. The photocatalytic activity of these samples was examined in both UV and visible light. TiO{sub 2} co-doped with Fe and N exhibited the highest activity. Though the photocatalytic activity of the composite was slightly less than that of doped TiO{sub 2}, it showed improved activity compared to TiO{sub 2}. Besides, the composite has an added advantage that it is magnetically separable from the solution, which is a desired property for industrial applications. The increased photocatalytic activity is attributed to the increased optical absorption property compared to single phase TiO{sub 2}.

  1. Stabilisation of Fe2O3-rich Perovskite Nanophase in Epitaxial Rare-earth Doped BiFeO3 Films.

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    Zhang, Huairuo; Reaney, Ian M; Marincel, Daniel M; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan; Ramasse, Quentin M; MacLaren, Ian; Findlay, Scott D; Fraleigh, Robert D; Ross, Ian M; Hu, Shunbo; Ren, Wei; Rainforth, W Mark

    2015-08-14

    Researchers have demonstrated that BiFeO3 exhibits ferroelectric hysteresis but none have shown a strong ferromagnetic response in either bulk or thin film without significant structural or compositional modification. When remanent magnetisations are observed in BiFeO3 based thin films, iron oxide second phases are often detected. Using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, atomic resolution electron energy loss spectrum-mapping and quantitative energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis, we reveal the existence of a new Fe2O3-rich perovskite nanophase, with an approximate formula (Fe0.6Bi0.25Nd0.15)(3+) Fe(3+)O3, formed within epitaxial Ti and Nd doped BiFeO3 perovskite films grown by pulsed laser deposition. The incorporation of Nd and Bi ions on the A-site and coherent growth with the matrix stabilise the Fe2O3-rich perovskite phase and preliminary density functional theory calculations suggest that it should have a ferrimagnetic response. Perovskite-structured Fe2O3 has been reported previously but never conclusively proven when fabricated at high-pressure high-temperature. This work suggests the incorporation of large A-site species may help stabilise perovskite-structured Fe2O3. This finding is therefore significant not only to the thin film but also to the high-pressure community.

  2. Synthesis of Fe-Doped ZnO Nanorods by Rapid Mixing Hydrothermal Method and Its Application for High Performance UV Photodetector

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    Chan Oeurn Chey

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We have successfully synthesized Fe-doped ZnO nanorods by a new and simple method in which the adopted approach is by using ammonia as a continuous source of OH- for hydrolysis instead of hexamethylenetetramine (HMT. The energy dispersive X-ray (EDX spectra revealed that the Fe peaks were presented in the grown Fe-doped ZnO nanorods samples and the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS results suggested that Fe3+ is incorporated into the ZnO lattice. Structural characterization indicated that the Fe-doped ZnO nanorods grow along the c-axis with a hexagonal wurtzite structure and have single crystalline nature without any secondary phases or clusters of FeO or Fe3O4 observed in the samples. The Fe-doped ZnO nanorods showed room temperature (300 K ferromagnetic magnetization versus field (M-H hysteresis and the magnetization increases from 2.5 μemu to 9.1 μemu for Zn0.99Fe0.01O and Zn0.95Fe0.05O, respectively. Moreover, the fabricated Au/Fe-doped ZnO Schottky diode based UV photodetector achieved 2.33 A/W of responsivity and 5 s of time response. Compared to other Au/ZnO nanorods Schottky devices, the presented responsivity is an improvement by a factor of 3.9.

  3. Influence of Ni doping on the electrical and structural properties of FeSb{sub 2}

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    Janaki, J.; Mani, Awadhesh; Satya, A.T.; Kumary, T. Geetha; Kalavathi, S.; Bharathi, A. [Condensed Matter Physics Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (India)

    2012-09-15

    The influence of increasing Ni doping on the structural and magneto-transport properties of FeSb{sub 2} have been investigated by synthesizing Fe{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}Sb{sub 2} samples with x = 0-0.4 using solid-state reaction method. The samples are single phase from x = 0-0.1 with the marcasite (FeS{sub 2})-type structure. Beyond x > 0.2 the skutterudite (CoAs{sub 3})-type phase starts progressively separating out apart from the required marcasite phase. The temperature-dependent electrical resistivity studies in the range 4.2-300 K reveal activation behavior in the high-temperature (HT) regime (T > 70 K) with a narrow gap. The gap value increases with Ni content x. In contrast, a variable-range hopping (VRH) type transport is seen in the low-temperature (LT) regime. The VRH parameter T{sub 0} progressively diminishes with increasing x. A detailed analysis of magnetoresistance using the Shklovskii-Efros model in the VRH regime indicates the increase of localization length with increasing Ni content. An insulator to metal transition is observed in the LT regime for x = 0.1. This is ascribed to arise on account of delocalization of localized states within the gap. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. Doping induced metallization of a narrow gap insulator FeGa3

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    Gamza, Monika; Puri, Akshat; Tomczak, Jan; Quinn, Jim; Aronson, Meigan

    2013-03-01

    Narrow gap semiconductors attract great interest owing to an unusual metallization process which remains poorly understood despite decades of extensive research. Here, we report on the effects of hole doping on properties of a nonmagnetic semiconductor FeGa3 with a band gap of 0.4 eV. By means of electrical resistivity, magnetization and specific heat measurements performed on single crystals grown from gallium flux we have found that a substitution of Mn for Fe in Fe1-xMnxGa3 (0.005< x < 0.03) yields an insulating state at high temperatures with residual magnetic moments. With lowering temperature, resistivity deviates from an activation-type behavior and nearly saturates at T<100 K. Finally, it drops by as much as two orders of magnitude at temperature of 6 K, indicating a metal-insulator transition. Magnetization measurements did not show magnetic order associated with the transition. When an external magnetic field is applied, the metal-insulator transition moves to lower temperatures and eventually the resistivity returns to the insulating-type behavior in fields higher then of 5 Tesla.

  5. Pr and Cr co-doped BiFeO3 nanotubes: an advance multiferroic oxide material

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    Mandal Kalyan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Arrays of single phase pure and Pr-Cr co-doped BiFeO3 (BFO nanotubes (NTs with compositions BiFeO3 and Bi0.9Pr0.1Fe0.9Cr0.1O3 have been synthesized using Anodic Aluminium Oxide (AAO template (pore diameter ~250 nm by wet chemical liquid phase deposition technique. All the NTs show ferromagnetic nature at room temperature (RT. Better magnetic properties are observed in the co-doped BFO NTs with the value of saturation magnetization (MS ~49 memu/g, magnetization at the remanence (MR ~12 memu/g and coercive field (HC ~103 Oe. Increase of ferromagnetic signature in the co-doped BFO NTs is believed to be due to the collapse of the space-modulated spin structure. Significant increase in the dielectric characteristics in co-doped BFO NTs suggests lowering of leakage current due to the reduction of the oxygen vacancies in the structure. Strong Magnetodielectric effect (MD, expressed by [εr(H-εr(0]/εr(0 is observed in doped BFO NTs, where the increase of the dielectric constant is noticeable with the increase in the applied magnetic field. The codoped BFO NTs show noticeable increase in MD effect at a lower field (1-2 kOe.

  6. Comparison study of magnetic ordering for Fe-free and Fe-doped LiMn2O4 spinel oxide

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    Li, Yang; Ma, Boyu; Wang, Aihua; Chen, Ning; Liu, Lihua; Liu, Yang; Wang, Weipeng; Li, Xiaoxiang; Cao, Guohui; Ma, Xingqiao; Lu, Jun

    2011-01-01

    The structural and physical properties of LiMn2-xFexO4 (x = 0 to 0.5) were investigated. Contrasting LiMn2O4 with LiMn1.5Fe0.5O4, we observed a remarkable difference in the magnetic frustration. The LiMn2O4 sample has a magnetic ordering transition at 61 K while Fe-doped LiMn1.5Fe0.5O4 has an antiferromagnetic ordering transition with a Neel temperature at TN = 34 K. Our result showed a larger value of the frustration index (f=| w|/TC) for pure LiMn2O4 than for LiMn1.5Fe0.5O4. Fe-doping results in a decrease in the degree of frustration. Fe dopants occupying positions of Mn ion can break the original moment equilibrium so as to suppress the magnetic frustration in LiMn2O4.

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

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    朱剑飞; 肖奇

    2015-01-01

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

  8. Electrodeposition of Sn-doped hollow α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures for photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Cai, Jiajia; Li, Song; Li, Zhe; Wang, Jiansheng; Ren, Yuping; Qin, Gaowu, E-mail: qingw@smm.neu.edu.cn

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: •Fabricating hollow structure α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} film on hard template by electrodeposition. •Morphology of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} film is changed largely by Sn concentration in electrolyte. •Nanocrystals in hollow structure α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} film separate carries effectively. •Photocurrent of the α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} film can be enhanced by Sn{sup 4+} doping. -- Abstract: The hollow nanostructured hematite photoanodes were prepared by using template-assisted electrodeposition and heat-treatment process. The morphologies of the films were regulated through the synthesis parameters such as potential sweep rate, annealing temperature and Sn concentration in electrolyte, and confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Sn-doping of hematite was achieved by using electrolyte containing tin salt. The photocurrent of Sn-doped hematite film reaches 0.25 mA/cm{sup 2} in 1 M NaOH at 1.23 V vs. RHE by optimizing the synthesis parameters. It is noted that both Sn doping and hollow nanostructure can affect and improve the PEC performance of hematite film.

  9. The synergetic effect of V and Fe-co-doping in TiO2 studied from the DFT + U first-principle calculation

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    Liu, Baoshun; Zhao, Xiujian

    2017-03-01

    Based on the density functional theory (DFT + U), a detailed study on the energetic, electronic, and optical properties of Fe-, V-, and Fe & V-co-doping anatase and rutile TiO2 was performed The synergetic effect of Fe & V bimetal co-doping on the optical absorption was discussed on electronic level. Two kinds of co-dopants were considered, which included edge-shared and corner-shared co-doping. It was shown that Fe and V atoms prefer to replace Ti atom in the O-rich contions than in the Ti-rich conditions. Co-doping in anatase reduces the formation energies in both cases, while the formation energies for rutile cannot be decreased. The Bader charge analysis indicates the +3 of Fe atom and +4 of V atom, and the obvious electron exchange between Fe and V atom in co-doping cases can be identified, which indicates the presence of synergetic effect induced by co-doping. The cooperation of Fe & V co-dopants was also supported by the result of projected density of states and spin charge density differences, as the hybridization of Fe3d with V3d orbitals was seen within the TiO2 forbidden band. Different from single-dopant systems, the V3d-Fe3d co-interaction leads to the formation of some spin mid-gap states, which have an obvious effect on the optical absorptions.

  10. Fast recovery of the stripe magnetic order by Mn/Fe substitution in F-doped LaFeAsO superconductors

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    Moroni, M.; Carretta, P.; Allodi, G.; De Renzi, R.; Gastiasoro, M. N.; Andersen, B. M.; Materne, P.; Klauss, H.-H.; Kobayashi, Y.; Sato, M.; Sanna, S.

    2017-05-01

    75As nuclear magnetic (NMR) and quadrupolar (NQR) resonance were used, together with Mössbauer spectroscopy, to investigate the magnetic state induced by Mn for Fe substitutions in F-doped LaFe1 -xMnxAsO superconductors. The results show that 0.5% of Mn doping is enough to suppress the superconducting transition temperature Tc from 27 K to zero and to recover the magnetic structure observed in the parent undoped LaFeAsO. Also the tetragonal to orthorhombic transition of the parent compound is recovered by introducing Mn, as evidenced by a sharp drop of the NQR frequency. The NQR spectra also show that a charge localization process is at play in the system. Theoretical calculations using a realistic five-band model show that correlation-enhanced RKKY exchange interactions between nearby Mn ions stabilize the observed stripe magnetic order. These results give compelling evidence that F-doped LaFeAsO is a strongly correlated electron system at the verge of an electronic instability.

  11. The unusually high Tc in rare-earth-doped single crystalline CaFe2As2

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    Wei, Fengyan; Lv, Bing; Deng, Liangzi; Meen, James K.; Xue, Yu-Yi; Chu, Ching-Wu

    2014-08-01

    In rare-earth-doped single crystalline CaFe2As2, the mysterious small volume fraction which superconducts up to 49 K, much higher than the bulk Tc ~ 30 s K, has prompted a long search for a hidden variable that could enhance the Tc by more than 30% in iron-based superconductors of the same structure. Here we report a chemical, structural and magnetic study of CaFe2As2 systematically doped with La, Ce, Pr and Nd. Coincident with the high Tc phase, we find extreme magnetic anisotropy, accompanied by an unexpected doping-independent Tc and equally unexpected superparamagnetic clusters associated with As vacancies. These observations lead us to conjecture that the tantalizing Tc enhancement may be associated with naturally occurring chemical interfaces and may thus provide a new paradigm in the search for superconductors with higher Tc.

  12. Hydrothermal Synthesis of Pt-, Fe-, and Zn-doped SnO2 Nanospheres and Carbon Monoxide Sensing Properties

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    Weigen Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Pure and M-doped (M = Pt, Fe, and Zn SnO2 nanospheres were successfully synthesized via a simple and facile hydrothermal method and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Chemical gas sensors were fabricated based on the as-synthesized nanostructures, and carbon monoxide sensing properties were systematically measured. Compared to pure, Fe-, and Zn-doped SnO2 nanospheres, the Pt-doped SnO2 nanospheres sensor exhibits higher sensitivity, lower operating temperature, more rapid response and recovery, better stability, and excellent selectivity. In addition, a theoretical study based on the first principles calculation was conducted. All results demonstrate the potential of Pt dopant for improving the gas sensing properties of SnO2-based sensors to carbon monoxide.

  13. Preparation of Fe-Doped TiO2 Nanotubes and Their Photocatalytic Activities under Visible Light

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    Honghui Teng; Shukun Xu; Dandan Sun; Ying Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Fe-doped TiO2 nanotubes (Fe-TNTs) have been prepared by ultrasonic-assisted hydrothermal method. The structure and composition of the as-prepared TiO2 nanotubes were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by the degradation of MO under visible light. The UV-visible absorption spectra of the Fe-TNT showed a red shift and an enhancement of the absorption in the visible region co...

  14. Science Letters: Nitrogen doping of activated carbon loading Fe2O3 and activity in carbon-nitric oxide reaction

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    WAN Xian-kai; ZOU Xue-quan; SHI Hui-xiang; WANG Da-hui

    2007-01-01

    Nitrogen doping of activated carbon loading Fe2O3 was performed by annealing in ammonia, and the activity of the modified carbon for NO reduction was studied in the presence of oxygen. Results show that Fe2O3 enhances the amount of surface oxygen complexes and facilitates nitrogen incorporation in the carbon, especially in the form of pyridinic nitrogen. The modified carbon shows excellent activity for NO reduction in the low temperature regime (<500 ℃) because of the cooperative effect of Fe2O3 and the surface nitrogen species.

  15. Role of magnesium in ZnS structure: Experimental and theoretical investigation

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    M. Y. Shahid

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Wide band gap semiconductor materials are extending significant applications in electronics and optoelectronics industry. They are showing continued advancement in ultraviolet to infrared LEDs and laser diodes. Likewise the band gap tunability of ZnS with intentional impurities such as Mg and Mn are found useful for optoelectronic devices. Information from literature indicates slight blue shift in the band gap energy of ZnS by Mg doping but nevertheless, we report a reasonable red shift (3.48 eV/356 nm to 2.58 eV/480 nm in ZnS band gap energy in Mg-ZnS structure. Theoretical model based on first principle theory using local density approximation revealed consistent results on Mg-ZnS structure. Similarly, structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of the as grown Mg-ZnS were studied by XRD, SEM, FTIR, EDS, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer and Hall measurement techniques.

  16. Effect of CaO doping on mechanical properties and thermal shock resistance of 10NiO-NiFe2O4 composite ceramics

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    LAI Yan-qing; ZHANG Yong; ZHANG Gang; TIAN Zhong-liang; LI Jie

    2008-01-01

    The CaO doped 10NiO-NiFe2O4 composite ceramics were prepared by the cold isostatic pressing-sintering process, and the effects of CaO content on the phase composition, mechanical property and thermal shock resistance of 10NiO-NiFe2O4 composite ceramics were studied. The results show that the samples mainly consist of NiO and NiFe2O4 when content of CaO is less than4%(mass fraction), bending strength increases obviously by CaO doping. Bending strength of the samples doped with 2% CaO is above 185 Mpa, but that of the samples without CaO is only 60 Mpa. Fracture toughness is improved obviously by CaO doping, the undoped ceramics. CaO doping is bad to thermal shock resistance of 10NiO-NiFe2O4 composite ceramics.

  17. The effect of Fe{sup 3+} doping in Potassium Hydrogen Phthalate single crystals on structural and optical properties

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    Kumar, R. Ashok; Sivakumar, N.; Vizhi, R. Ezhil [Crystal Growth and Crystallography Division, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu (India); Babu, D. Rajan, E-mail: drajanbabu@vit.ac.i [Crystal Growth and Crystallography Division, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2011-02-15

    This work investigates the influence of iron doping on Potassium Hydrogen Phthalate (KHP) single crystals by the slow evaporation solution growth technique. Factors such as evaporation rate, solution pH, solute concentration, super saturation limit, etc. are very important in order to have optically transparent single crystals. As part of the work, the effects of metallic salt FeCl{sub 3} in different concentrations were analyzed with pure KHP. Powder X-ray diffraction suggests that the grown crystals are crystallized in the orthorhombic structure. The functional groups and the effect of moisture on the doped crystals can be analyzed with the help of a FTIR spectrum. The pure and doped KHP single crystal shows good transparency in the entire visible region, which is suitable for optical device applications. The refractive indices along b axis of pure and doped KHP single crystals were analyzed by the prism coupling technique. The emission of green light with the use of a Nd:YAG laser ({lambda}=1064 nm) confirmed the second harmonic generation properties of the grown crystals. -- Research highlights: {yields} Doping of Fe{sup 3+} affects the growth parameters of KHP. {yields} The presence of small amount of impurities such as Ni{sup 2+}, Mg{sup 2+} and Li{sup 2+} plays an important role. {yields} The present work is to grow good quality KHP crystal by doping different concentrations of Fe{sup 3+} ions. {yields} The effects of Fe{sup 3+} ion on the properties of KHP single crystal have been reported.

  18. Eu(2)(+) -induced enhancement of defect luminescence of ZnS.

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    Xiao-Bo, Zhang; Fu-Xiang, Wei

    2016-12-01

    The Eu(2)(+) -induced enhancement of defect luminescence of ZnS was studied in this work. While photoluminescence (PL) spectra exhibited 460 nm and 520 nm emissions in both ZnS and ZnS:Eu nanophosphors, different excitation characteristics were shown in their photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra. In ZnS nanophosphors, there was no excitation signal in the PLE spectra at the excitation wavelength λex  > 337 nm (the bandgap energy 3.68 eV of ZnS); while in ZnS:Eu nanophosphors, two excitation bands appeared that were centered at 365 nm and 410 nm. Compared with ZnS nanophosphors, the 520 nm emission in the PL spectra was relatively enhanced in ZnS:Eu nanophosphors and, furthermore, in ZnS:Eu nanophosphors the 460 nm and 520 nm emissions increased more than 10 times in intensity. The reasons for these differences were analyzed. It is believed that the absorption of Eu(2)(+) intra-ion transition and subsequent energy transfer to sulfur vacancy, led to the relative enhancement of the 520 nm emission in ZnS:Eu nanophosphors. In addition, more importantly, Eu(2)(+) acceptor-bound excitons are formed in ZnS:Eu nanophosphors and their excited levels serve as the intermediate state of electronic relaxation, which decreases non-radiative electronic relaxation and thus increases the intensity of the 460 nm and 520 nm emission dramatically. In summary, the results in this work indicate a new mechanism for the enhancement of defect luminescence of ZnS in Eu(2)(+) -doped ZnS nanophosphors. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  19. Doping dependence of correlation effects in K1 - x Fe2 - y Se2 superconductors: LDA' + DMFT investigation

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    Nekrasov, I. A.; Pavlov, N. S.; Sadovskii, M. V.

    2013-11-01

    We present a detailed LDA' + DMFT investigation of the doping dependence of correlation effects in the novel K1 - x Fe2 - y Se2 superconductor. Calculations are performed at four different hole doping levels, starting from a hypothetical stoichiometric composition with the total number of electrons equal to 29 per unit cell through 28 and 27.2 electrons toward the case of 26.52, which corresponds to the chemical composition K0.76Fe1.72Se2 studied in recent ARPES experiments. In the general case, the increase in hole doping leads to quasiparticle bands in a wide energy window ±2 eV around the Fermi level becoming more broadened by lifetime effects, while correlation-induced compression of Fe-3 d LDA' bandwidths stays almost the same, of the order of 1.3 for all hole concentrations. However, close to the Fermi level, the situation is more complicated. In the energy interval from -1.0 eV to 0.4 eV, the bare Fe-3 d LDA' bands are compressed by significantly larger renormalization factors up to 5 with increased hole doping, while the value of Coulomb interaction remains the same. This fact manifests the increase in correlation effects with hole doping in the K1 - x Fe2 - y Se2 system. Moreover, in contrast to typical pnictides, K1 - x Fe2 - y Se2 does not have well-defined quasiparticle bands on the Fermi levels, but has a "pseudogap"-like dark region instead. We also find that with the growth of hole doping, Fe-3 d orbitals of various symmetries are affected by correlations differently in different parts of the Brillouin zone. To illustrate this, we determine the quasiparticle mass renormalization factors and energy shifts that transform the bare Fe-3 d LDA' bands of various symmetries into LDA' + DMFT quasiparticle bands. These renormalization factors effectively mimic more complicated energy-dependent self-energy effects and can be used to analyze the available ARPES data.

  20. Effects of doping FeCl3 on hydrogen storage properties of Li-N-H system

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    Weijin Zhang

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The effects of doping FeCl3 on the LiNH2−2LiH system were investigated systematically. FeCl3 was prior to react with LiH during ball milling their mixtures. The metallic Fe, which is generated from metathesis reaction between FeCl3 and LiH, plays an important role on improving the dehydrogenation kinetics of LiNH2−2LiH system. The results indicated that the dehydrogenation peak and ending temperatures of the doped 1 mol% FeCl3 sample shifted to low temperatures, and the dehydrogenation active energy changed from 102.45 kJ/mol to 87.52 kJ/mol. While increasing the amount of FeCl3, an excess of LiCl, the by-product of metathesis reaction between FeCl3 and LiH, can stabilize LiNH2 and thus hinder hydrogen desorption. The dehydrogenation product is a new solid cubic phase solution of lithium imide-chloride. The high limit of the solid solution of LiCl and Li2NH is near the molar ratio of 1:1.

  1. Preparation of V-Doped LiFePO4/C as the Optimized Cathode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Sun, Pingping; Zhang, Haiyang; Shen, Kai; Fan, Qi; Xu, Qingyu

    2015-04-01

    LiFe1-x,Vx,PO4/C composites were synthesized by solid state reaction. The effect of carbon coating and V doping on the performance of LiFePO4 has been systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscope (TEM), charge/discharge and cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurement. The results show that carbon coating and proper amount of V incorporation do not significantly change the host crystal structure of LiFePO4, while the electrochemical performance of LiFePO4 can be significantly improved. Particularly, the LiFe0.96V0.04PO4/C exhibits the best performance with a specific discharge capacity of 105.5 mA h/g at 5.0 C, 90.3 mA h/g at 10 C and 66.7 mA h/g at 30 C with stable cycle performance, which is significantly improved compared with the pure LiFePO4/C. The cyclic voltammograms result reveals that V doping could decrease the resistance of LiFePO4/C composite electrode drastically and improve its reversibility.

  2. Incorporation of lanthanide (Eu(3+)) ions in ZnS semiconductor quantum dots with a trapped-dopant model and their photoluminescence spectroscopy study.

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    Wang, Yongbo; Liang, Xuhua; Liu, Enzhou; Hu, Xiaoyun; Fan, Jun

    2015-09-18

    Doping quantum dots (QDs) with lanthanide (Ln) ions is promising to modify the optical properties of QDs, but incorporating Ln(3+) ions into QD hosts remains a challenge. In this work, we adopt the trapped-dopant model for fabricating Eu-doped ZnS QDs via direct wet chemical synthesis. Sharp Eu dopant photoluminescence (PL) was observed in the PL spectra of the as-prepared Eu-doped ZnS QDs and the bands at ~590, ~618 and ~695 nm were assigned to transitions from (5)D0 to (7)F1, (7)F2 and (7)F4, respectively. Quenching of the ZnS bandgap PL and enhancement of the Eu dopant PL were observed with increasing Eu(3+) doping concentration, and also, the excitation spectra for Eu emission (618 nm) were similar to the typical excitonic features of the ZnS host. These spectroscopic results, as well as the XRD and EDS data, demonstrated that Eu(3+) ions were incorporated in the ZnS host rather than just on the surface, and the Eu dopant PL was derived from energy transfer from the QD host to Eu(3+) rather than direct excitation of Eu(3+). By surface passivation, the sharp Eu emission was well-separated from the ZnS bandgap emission, which led to a good signal-to-noise ratio for more sensitive detection.

  3. Effects of Co doping on the metamagnetic states of the ferromagnetic fcc Fe-Co alloy.

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    Ortiz-Chi, Filiberto; Aguayo, Aarón; de Coss, Romeo

    2013-01-16

    The evolution of the metamagnetic states in the ferromagnetic face centered cubic (fcc) Fe(1-x)Co(x) alloy as a function of Co concentration has been studied by means of first-principles calculations. The ground state properties were obtained using the full-potential linear augmented plane wave method and the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation functional. The alloying was modeled using the virtual crystal approximation and the magnetic states were obtained from the calculations of the total energy as a function of the spin moment, using the fixed spin moment method. For ferromagnetic fcc Fe, the binding-energy curve shows metamagnetic behavior, with two minima corresponding to a small-volume, low-spin (LS) state and a large-volume, high-spin (HS) state, which are separated by a small energy (E(LS) ≲ E(HS)). The evolution of the magnetic moment, the exchange integral (J), and the binding-energy curve is analyzed in the whole range of Co concentrations (x). The magnetic moment corresponding to the HS state decreases monotonically from 2.6 μ(B)/atom in fcc Fe to 1.7 μ(B)/atom in fcc Co. In contrast, the exchange integral for the HS state shows a maximum at around x = 0.45. The thermal dependence of the lattice parameter is evaluated with a method based on statistical mechanics using the binding-energy curve as an effective potential. It is observed that the behavior of the lattice parameter with temperature is tuned by Co doping, from negative thermal expansion in fcc Fe to positive thermal expansion in fcc Co, through the modification of the energetics of the metamagnetic states.

  4. Effects of Nb-doped on the structure and electrochemical performance of LiFePO4/C composites

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    Ma, Zhipeng; Shao, Guangjie; Wang, Guiling; Zhang, Ying; Du, Jianping

    2014-02-01

    The olivine-type niobium doping Li1-xNbxFePO4/C (x=0, 0.005, 0.010, 0.015, 0.025) cathode materials were synthesized via a two-step ball milling solid state reaction. The effects of Nb doping were charactered by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), galvanostatic intermittent titration technique (GITT), cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) and galvanostatic charge-discharge. It is found that Nb doping enlarges the interplanar distance of crystal plane parallel to [0 1 0] direction in LiFePO4. In other words, it widens the one dimensional diffusion channels of Li+ along the [0 1 0] direction. Electrochemical test results indicate that the Li0.99Nb0.01FePO4/C composite exhibits the best electrochemical performance with initial special discharge capacity of 139.3 mA h g-1 at 1 C rate. The present synthesis route is promising in making the solid state reaction method more practical for preparation of the LiFePO4 material.

  5. Enhancement of Photo-Oxidation Activities Depending on Structural Distortion of Fe-Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles.

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    Kim, Yeonwoo; Yang, Sena; Jeon, Eun Hee; Baik, Jaeyoon; Kim, Namdong; Kim, Hyun Sung; Lee, Hangil

    2016-12-01

    To design a high-performance photocatalytic system with TiO2, it is necessary to reduce the bandgap and enhance the absorption efficiency. The reduction of the bandgap to the visible range was investigated with reference to the surface distortion of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles induced by varying Fe doping concentrations. Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (Fe@TiO2) were synthesized by a hydrothermal method and analyzed by various surface analysis techniques such as transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning transmission X-ray microscopy, and high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy. We observed that Fe doping over 5 wt.% gave rise to a distorted structure, i.e., Fe2Ti3O9, indicating numerous Ti(3+) and oxygen-vacancy sites. The Ti(3+) sites act as electron trap sites to deliver the electron to O2 as well as introduce the dopant level inside the bandgap, resulting in a significant increase in the photocatalytic oxidation reaction of thiol (-SH) of 2-aminothiophenol to sulfonic acid (-SO3H) under ultraviolet and visible light illumination.

  6. Effect of Fe-doping on the structural, morphological and optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by solution combustion process

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    Silambarasan, M.; Saravanan, S.; Soga, T.

    2015-07-01

    The effect of Fe-doping on the structural, morphological and optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by simple solution combustion process are reported. The powder XRD pattern indicates that the Fe-doped ZnO samples exhibit primary and secondary phases. The primary phase indicates the hexagonal wurtzite structure with the average crystalline size of around 25-50 nm and the secondary phase is associated with the face centered cubic structure of magnetite iron oxide. The elemental composition of pure and Fe-doped samples are evaluvated by EDX. The results of FE-SEM and HR-TEM cleary show that particles morphology have changed with respect to the incorporation of doping agent and particles are in aggregating nature. The vibrational properties of the synthesized ZnO nanoparticles are investigated by Raman scattering technique and it exhibits that the influence of Fe-doping significantly modify the lattice vibrational characteristics in ZnO sites. The optical properties of the Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles are carried out by UV-vis absorption and PL spectra. The results of PL spectra show the near-band edge related emission as well as strong blue emissions in the Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles.

  7. Optical and structural properties of Fe-doped SnO2 nanoparticles prepared by co-precipitation method

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    Kaur, Navneet; Abhinav, Singh, Gurwinder Pal; Singh, Vishal; Kumar, Sacheen; Kumar, Dinesh

    2016-05-01

    Today nanomaterials plays important role in every field, due to their unique mechanical, chemical and electrical properties which are completely different from the bulk materials. With reduction in the size of material its properties are dynamically changed. Semiconductor materials are widely used in electronic devices but in the field of optoelectronic these materials have some limitations. Tin oxide could be the material which could be used in these applications without limitations. Doped Tin Oxide is an oxygen deficient material which could be beneficial for transparent conducting oxide. Iron doped SnO2 prepared by co-precipitation method. Studies on structural properties of undoped and doped SnO2 were done by X-ray diffraction. The XRD results have shown that the size of the nanoparticles decreases with Fe doping down to 53nm. Optical Properties were studied by UV-visible spectroscopy. Band gap was found to decrease with increase in iron content in samples.

  8. Fe-doped semi-insulating GaN with solid Fe source grown on (110) Si substrates by NH3 molecular beam epitaxy

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    Noh, Young Kyun; Lee, Sang Tae; Kim, Moon Deock; Oh, Jae Eung

    2017-02-01

    Iron doped GaN layers were grown on (110) Si substrates by ammonia molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using solid elemental iron as a source. Specular films with concentrations up to 1×1020 cm-3, as determined by secondary ion mass spectroscopy, were grown, unlike a limited incorporation of Fe into GaN by metal-rich rf plasma MBE. The Fe concentration in the film showed an exponential dependence on the inverse of source temperature with an activation energy of 3.4 eV, which agrees well to the reported value for the sublimation of Fe. A 1.5 μm thick GaN film with a sheet resistance of 1 GΩ/sq. was obtained by compensating unintentional residual donors with a small Fe concentration of 1×1017 cm-3. X-ray diffraction rocking curves indicated high crystalline quality, very similar to an undoped film, showing that the Fe incorporation required to obtain the semi-insulating film properties did not affect the structural properties of the film. The low-temperature PL spectra of highly resistive and semi-insulating Fe:GaN in the range of 1017 1018 cm-3 show dominant exciton emissions and enhanced donor-acceptor-pair (DAP) emissions, implying that Fe ions contribute to the DAP transition between donor levels and Fe-related acceptor levels, possibly compensating the residual donors to achieve the semi-insulating electrical properties.

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

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

    2010-02-01

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

  10. Recycling of waste Nd-Fe-B sintered magnets by doping with dysprosium hydride nanoparticles

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    刘卫强; 李超; ZAKOTNIK Miha; 岳明; 张东涛; 黄秀莲

    2015-01-01

    Recycling of waste sintered Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets by doping DyH3 nanoparticles was investigated. The effect of the DyH3 nanoparticles on the microstructure and magnetic properties of the recycled magnets was studied. As the DyH3 nanoparticles additive increased, the coercivity of recycled magnet increased gradually. The recycled magnets with DyH3 nanoparticle content be-tween 0.0 wt.% and 1.0 wt.% maintained the remanence (Br), but, with higher additions, theBr began to decrease rapidly. The best recycled magnet produced contained 1.0 wt.% of DyH3 nanoparticles when compared to the properties of the starting waste sintering magnet. TheHcj,Br and (BH)max values of 101.7%, 95.4%, and 88.58%, respectively, were recovered.

  11. The role of Sr doping on structure and microstructural properties of LaFeO{sub 3}

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    Jain, Pranat, E-mail: pranatjain@gmail.com; Srivastava, Sanjay, E-mail: s.srivastava.msme@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science & Metallurgical Engineering, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal-4620003 (India); Gupta, Nitish, E-mail: nitish.nidhi75@gmail.com [Department of App. Chemistry, Shri G.S. Institute of Technology and Science, 23 Park Road Indore 452003 (India)

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    The doping of Strontium in LaFeO{sub 3} and its influence on the structural and microstructure properties were studied thoroughly. A few sets of Sr doping in La{sub (1-x)}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3}, where x=0.00, 0.02, and 0.06 were made through the solution combustion synthesis method using urea as fuel. X-ray diffraction was applied to get information about the structure and purity. The Rietveld refinement on X-ray diffraction peaks have been done, in order to calculate various structural parameters. The morphology of La{sub (1-x)}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3} nanoscale particles has been confirmed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) technique. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) signals demonstrated the antiferromagnetic to paramagnetic transition (T{sub N}). The FTIR spectra was provided the information about various vibration modes in samples.

  12. Superconducting instabilities and quasipartical interference in the LiFeAs and Co-doped NaFeAs iron-based superconductors

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    Altenfeld, Dustin; Ahn, Felix; Eremin, Ilya [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik III, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, D-44801 Bochum (Germany); Borisenko, Sergey [Leibniz-Institute for Solid State Research, IFW-Dresden, D-01171 Dresden (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    We analyze and compare the structure of the pairing interaction and superconducting gaps in LiFeAs and Co-doped NaFeAs by using the ten-orbital tight-binding model, derived from ab initio LDA calculations with hopping parameters extracted from the fit to ARPES experiments. We discuss the phase diagram and experimental probes to determine the structure of the superconducting gap in these systems with special emphasis on the quasiparticle interference, computed using the T-matrix approximation. In particular, we analyze how the superconducting state with opposite sign of the gaps on the two inner hole pockets in LiFeAs evolve upon changing the parameters towards NaFeAs compound.

  13. Photocatalytic activity of Fe-doped diopside%铁掺杂透辉石的光催化活性

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    杨合; 杨泽健; 韩冲; 李强; 薛向欣

    2012-01-01

    以亚甲基蓝为光催化降解标的物,考察了在紫外可见光下掺杂Fe3+的透辉石的光催化活性.应用XRD、SEM、FT-IR和UV-vis DRS等方法表征了掺杂Fe3+的透辉石的结构、组成、形貌和紫外可见光吸收能力.实验结果表明:Fe3+的掺入在透辉石内产生了一些含Fe3+的新物种,提高了透辉石的紫外可见光吸收能力;透辉石的光催化活性明显依赖于Fe3+掺入量;当Fe3+掺杂量为1.848%时,透辉石具有最高的光催化活性,光反应3h后,亚甲基蓝降解率达到95%;动力学模拟可知亚甲基蓝在透辉石上的反应遵循一级反应动力学.%UV-visible light induced photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue(MB)over Fe-doped diopside was investigated.The structure,composition,morphology and absorption property of UV-visible light of as-prepared samples were characterized using XRD,SEM,FTIR and UV-vis DRS.The experimental results show that doping Fe3+ induced the formation of some new species in diopside,and promoted light adsorption property of diopside in UV-visible region.Photochemical reactivity of Fe-doped diopside obviously depended on the content of doping Fe3+.The diopside with 1.848% Fe3+ exhibited the superior photocatalytic activity with 95% degradation of MB under UV-visible light for 3 h.The photocatalytic degradation kinetics of MB over all samples showed the first-order reaction nature.

  14. Structural and photodegradation behaviors of Fe{sup 3+}-doping TiO{sub 2} thin films prepared by a sol–gel spin coating

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    Lin, Huey-Jiuan; Yang, Tien-Syh [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National United University, 1 Lien-Da, Kung-Ching Li, Miao-Li 36003, Taiwan (China); Wang, Moo-Chin, E-mail: mcwang@kmu.edu.tw [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetic Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80782, Taiwan (China); Hsi, Chi-Shiung, E-mail: chsi@nuu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National United University, 1 Lien-Da, Kung-Ching Li, Miao-Li 36003, Taiwan (China)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Pure and various Fe{sup 3+}-doped TiO{sub 2} thin films have been successfully fabricated. • The phase of all thin films was single phase of anatase TiO{sub 2} when calcined at 823 K. • The crystallinity of TiO{sub 2} thin films decreased as Fe{sup 3+}-doping increased. • The photodegradation of each sample increased as the irradiation time increased. • The photodegradation increased as Fe{sup 3+}-doping increased at a fixed irradiation time. - Abstract: Pure and various Fe{sup 3+}-doping TiO{sub 2} thin films have been successfully fabricated on glass substrate prepared by a sol–gel spin coating route. The structural and photodegradation behavior of these films after calcined at various temperatures for 1 h were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectrum and degradation of 1.0 × 10{sup −5} M methylene blue solution. When all thin films after calcined at 823 K for 1 h, the crystalline phase are comprised only contained single phase of anatase TiO{sub 2}. The crystallinity of various Fe{sup 3+}-doping TiO{sub 2} thin films decreases with Fe{sup 3+}-doping concentration increased. The PL intensity of all thin films also decreases with Fe{sup 3+}-doping concentration increased. When all various Fe{sup 3+}-doping TiO{sub 2} thin films after calcined at 823 K for 1 h, the photodegradation of each sample increases with irradiation time increased. Moreover, the photodegradation also increases with Fe{sup 3+}-doping concentration increased when fixed at constant irradiation time.

  15. Large magnetic anisotropy in strained Fe/Co multilayers on AuCu and the effect of carbon doping

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    G. Giannopoulos

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A tetragonally distorted FeCo structure is obtained in Fe/Co multilayers epitaxially grown on Au50Cu50 buffer using MgO single crystal substrates as a result of the lattice mismatch between the buffer and the FeCo ferromagnetic layer. The presence of large magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE of the order of 1 MJ/m3 has been confirmed by ferromagnetic resonance. Furthermore, the effect of carbon (C doping to maintain the tetragonal distortion throughout the thickness of 3 nm FeCo has been investigated. Our study shows that FeCo alloys maintain large magnetic moment and possess high MAE properties that are required for designing permanent magnets.

  16. Preparation of Fe-Doped TiO2 Nanotubes and Their Photocatalytic Activities under Visible Light

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    Honghui Teng

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe-doped TiO2 nanotubes (Fe-TNTs have been prepared by ultrasonic-assisted hydrothermal method. The structure and composition of the as-prepared TiO2 nanotubes were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by the degradation of MO under visible light. The UV-visible absorption spectra of the Fe-TNT showed a red shift and an enhancement of the absorption in the visible region compared to the pure TNT. The Fe-TNTs were provided with good photocatalytic activities and photostability and under visible light irradiation, and the optimum molar ratio of Ti : Fe was found to be 100 : 1 in our experiments.

  17. Improvement of a Si solar cell efficiency using pure and Fe3+ doped PVA films

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    Khalifa, N.; Kaouach, H.; Chtourou, R.

    2015-07-01

    One of the most important key driving the economic viability of solar cells is the high efficiency. This research focuses on the enhancement of commercial Si solar cell performance by deposing a pure and Fe3+ doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) layer on the top of the Si wafer of the considered cells. The use of such polymer to improve solar cells efficiency is actually a first. The authors will rely on the optical characteristics of the pure and doped PVA films including absorption and emission properties to justify the effect on Si cells. Commercial monocrystalline silicon solar cells of 15 cm2 (0.49 V/460 mA) are used in this work. Films of almost 80 μm of the ferric polymer are deposed on the cells. Films with the same thickness are characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy and photoluminescent emission of the films is then investigated. The electrical properties of the cells with and without the organometallic layer are evaluated. It will be deduced an important improvement of all electrical parameters, including short-circuit current, open-circuit voltage, fill factor and spatially the conversion efficiency by almost 3%.

  18. Mg doping of LaSrFe manganite: Magnetic and electric study

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    Mostafa, M. F.; Tammam, A. K.; El Dean, Th. Sh.; Atallah, S. S.

    2017-07-01

    The temperature dependence of magnetic susceptibility χ (Τ), 78Mn0.96 (Fe(1-x)Mgx)0.04O3 with (0.0≤x≤1.0) are investigated. All samples crystallize in rhombohedral system (Rbar3 C). The unit cell dimensions increases to a maximum whereas grain size (67.254 59.634) decreases to a minimum for sample x=0.6. Highest resistivity (ρ) and ac susceptibility (χ) are observed for x=0.6. Metal- semiconductor transition temperature Tρ decreases gradually with Mg doping, in contrast to ferromagnetic-paramagnetic Curie temperature Tc which shows weak dependence on Mg doping level. Low temperature resistivity showed upturn in the temperature range 28-37 K. At high temperatures, variable range hopping conduction predominates with density of states N(Ef) 3×1019-6×1019 (eV-1 cm-3). Low temperature resistivity follows ferrometallic nano-particle relation: ρ=ρo +ρ1T2 +ρ2T4.5. AC susceptibility of x=0.0 and 0.6 fit well to Curie law, samples x=0.2, 0.4, 0.8 and 1.0 are better described in the framework of Neel ferrimagnetism. Transport and magnetic susceptibility results are interpreted in terms of core-shell model where ferromagnetic core interacts anti-ferro-magnetically with ferromagnetic shell.

  19. Structural, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Zn-Doped CoFe2O4 Nanoparticles

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    Tatarchuk, Tetiana; Bououdina, Mohamed; Macyk, Wojciech; Shyichuk, Olexander; Paliychuk, Natalia; Yaremiy, Ivan; Al-Najar, Basma; Pacia, Michał

    2017-02-01

    The effect of Zn-doping in CoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) through chemical co-precipitation route was investigated in term of structural, optical, and magnetic properties. Both XRD and FTIR analyses confirm the formation of cubic spinel phase, where the crystallite size changes with Zn content from 46 to 77 nm. The Scherrer method, Williamson-Hall (W-H) analysis, and size-strain plot method (SSPM) were used to study of crystallite sizes. The TEM results were in good agreement with the results of the SSP method. SEM observations reveal agglomeration of fine spherical-like particles. The optical band gap energy determined from diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) varies increases from 1.17 to 1.3 eV. Magnetization field loops reveal a ferromagnetic behavior with lower hysteresis loop for higher Zn content. The magnetic properties are remarkably influenced with Zn doping; saturation magnetization (Ms) increases then decreases while both coercivity (HC) and remanent magnetization (Mr) decrease continuously, which was associated with preferential site occupancy and the change in particle size.

  20. Doping dependence of the vortex dynamics in single-crystal superconducting NaFe{}_{1-x}Co x As

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    Ahmad, D.; Choi, W. J.; Seo, Y. I.; Jung, S.-G.; Kim, Y. C.; Salem-Sugui, S., Jr.; Park, T.; Kwon, Y. S.

    2017-10-01

    We investigate the doping dependence of flux pinning in superconducting NaFe{}1-xCo x As (x = 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.07) single crystals grown by the Bridgman method. The electronic specific heat displays a pronounced anomaly in a sample series at superconducting transition temperature, which hardly shows any residual part at low temperature. We found that Co doping plays an important role in signifying the secondary peak in the magnetic hysteresis of optimally doped (x = 0.03) and heavily doped (x = 0.05, 0.07) crystals. Furthermore, the dependence of the relaxation rate S = ∣d ln M/d ln t∣ on magnetic field and temperature exhibits a decreasing trend within a certain range corresponding to the secondary peak effect in the optimally and heavily doped samples. The magnetic relaxation rate combined with the Maley analysis of the current-dependent creep energy shows a single-vortex pinning in the lightly doped sample dominant at low applied fields, and plastic pinning at high applied fields, without showing a secondary peak. However, in the optimally and heavily doped samples, the magnetic relaxation rate and U(J) isothermal analysis show that the collective pinning that dominates below H peak crosses over to plastic pinning for fields above H peak.

  1. Co and Mn doping effect in polycrystalline (Ca,La) and (Ca,Pr)FeAs2 superconductors

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    Yakita, Hiroyuki; Ogino, Hiraku; Sala, Alberto; Okada, Tomoyuki; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Kishio, Kohji; Iyo, Akira; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi

    2015-06-01

    The superconducting properties of Mn and Co doped (Ca,RE)FeAs2 ((Ca,RE)112: RE = La, Pr) were investigated. Co doping increased Tc of (Ca,Pr)112 while Mn doping suppressed the superconductivity of (Ca,RE)112. The Co doped (Ca,La)112 exhibited a large diamagnetic screening, as well as sharper superconducting transition than Co-free (Ca,La)112. Tc zero observed in the resistivity measurements increased from 14 to 30 K by Co doping, while {{T}c}onset was not increased. The critical current density, Jc, of Co doped (Ca,La)112 was approximately 2.1 × 104 A cm-2 and 3.2 × 103 A cm-2 at 2 K and 25 K, respectively, at near zero field. These relatively high Jc values and large diamagnetic screening observed in the susceptibility measurements of the polycrystalline bulks are evidence that Co doped (Ca,RE)112 compounds possess bulk superconductivity.

  2. Magnetic characterization of undoped and 15%F-doped LaFeAsO and SmFeAsO compounds

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    Cimberle, M.R. [CNR-IMEM via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova (Italy)], E-mail: cimberle@fisica.unige.it; Canepa, F. [CNR-IMEM via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova (Italy); Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universita di Genova via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Ferretti, M. [CNR-INFM-LAMIA Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universita di Genova via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Martinelli, A. [CNR-INFM-LAMIA Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Palenzona, A. [CNR-INFM-LAMIA Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universita di Genova via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Siri, A.S. [CNR-INFM-LAMIA Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Genova via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova (Italy); Tarantini, C. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Tropeano, M. [CNR-INFM-LAMIA Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Genova via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova (Italy); Ferdeghini, C. [CNR-INFM-LAMIA Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy)

    2009-10-15

    In this paper, the magnetic behavior of undoped and 15%F-doped SmFeAsO (Sm-1111) and LaFeAsO (La-1111) samples is presented and discussed. Magnetization measurements are not a simple tool to use for the characterization of the new family of Fe-based superconductors, because magnetic impurities can be easily formed during the preparation procedure and may affect the magnetic signal. In spite of this problem bulk magnetization measurements, properly treated, may give very useful information. In the undoped samples we gathered the main aspects of the physical behavior of the 1111 phase, i.e. the onset of the spin density wave (SDW), the antiferromagnetic ordering at the Sm sublattice and the susceptibility increase with increasing temperature above the SDW temperature, and, in addition, we were able to estimate the Pauli contribution to susceptibility and therein the Wilson ratio both for LaFeAsO and SmFeAsO compounds, and the amplitude of the jump at the SDW temperature. In the doped samples, while the presence of magnetic signals due to impurities is dominating in the normal state, the superconducting behavior may be clearly observed and studied. In particular, in the Sm-1111 superconducting sample the coexistence-competition between superconductivity and antiferromagnetic ordering of the Sm ions was clearly observed.

  3. Effect of C doping on the structural and electronic properties of LiFePO4: A first-principles investigation

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    Xu Gui-Gui; Wu Jing; Chen Zhi-Gao; Lin Ying-Bin; Huang Zhi-Gao

    2012-01-01

    Using first-principles calculations within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) +U framework,we investigate the effect of C doping on the structural and electronic properties of LiFePO4.The calculated formation energies indicate that C doped at O sites is energetically favoured,and that C dopants prefer to occupy O3 sites.The band gap of the C doped material is much narrow than that of the undoped one,indicating better electro- conductive properties.To maintain charge balance,the valence of the Fe nearest to C appears as Fe3+,and it will be helpful to the hopping of electrons.

  4. Mossbauer spectroscopy of CsCoCl{sub 3} doped with {sup 57}Fe and Mg

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    Laban, J.A.; McCann, V.H. [Dept. of Phys. and Astron., Canterbury Univ., Christchurch (New Zealand)

    1995-09-04

    In this work Mossbauer spectra of CsCo{sub 1-x-y}{sup 57}Fe{sub x}Mg{sub y}Cl{sub 3} (where x {approx} 1% and y=0.07, 0.3, 0.7, 2.6%) in powdered form have been taken for a range of temperatures from 250 K down to 5.5 K. The spectra of these compounds taken below 21 K could be analysed in the same way as the spectra of CsCo{sub 0.09}Fe{sub 0.01}Cl{sub 3} where the fits to the spectra are consistent with the magnetic phases of pure CsCoCl{sub 3}. CsCoCl{sub 3} is a one-dimensional Ising-like antiferromagnet and moving domain walls or 'solitons' have been observed in the one-dimensionally ordered Co{sup 2+} chains from {approx} 75 K down to 9 K. At 9 K full three-dimensional order is formed. However, experiments on Mg-doped CsCoCl{sub 3} indicate that the Mg suppresses this transition so that it may be possible for solitons to be present below 9 K. No unequivocal evidence to indicate the presence of solitons below 9 K in Mg-doped CsCoCl{sub 3} could be found in the Mossbauer spectra. It was found that the addition of the Mg lowers the temperature of the transition to the partially disordered phase, T{sub N1}, from 21.1{+-}0.3 K (no Mg) to 19.6{+-}0.3 K (2.6 at.% Mg). The spectra of CsCoCl{sub 3} doped with 2.6 at.% Mg showed differences that resulted in soliton relaxation rates which were approximately a factor of two higher than the rates determined for the other compounds. In all compounds the soliton relaxation rates determined above 9 K were found to be between one and two orders of magnitude below the theoretical prediction for a non-interacting soliton gas and it is suggested that this model is not appropriate for CsCoCl{sub 3}. (author)

  5. A Mössbauer and magnetic study of ball milled Fe-doped ZnO Powders

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    Zamora, Ligia E., E-mail: ligia.zamora@correounivalle.edu.co; Paz, J. C.; Piamba, J. F.; Tabares, J. A.; Alcázar, G. A. Pérez [Universidad del Valle, Departamento de física (Colombia)

    2015-06-15

    The structural and magnetic properties of Fe-doped ZnO are reported in this study, as obtained by mechanical alloying from elemental powders of ZnO and Fe. The properties of Zn{sub 0.90}Fe{sub 0.10}O samples alloying while varying the milling time (6, 12, 24 and 36 h) are also reported. The Rietveld refinement of X-ray Diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed that the system presents two structures: the würtzite structure of ZnO and the bcc structure of α-Fe. The Mössbauer spectra show that the samples present three components: a ferromagnetic component, associated with the Fe phase and two paramagnetic components, associated with the Fe atoms, which penetrate inside the ZnO matrix behaving as Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+}. The milling time contributes to an increase in the paramagnetic sites, and a solubility limit of the Fe atoms in the ZnO lattice was detected. The VSM measurements at room temperature detected ferromagnetic behavior with a saturation magnetization of 11 emu/g and a coercive field of 330 Oe for the sample alloyed over 24 h. A similar behavior was shown by the other samples.

  6. Photo-Seebeck effect in ZnS

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    Shiraishi, Yuuka; Okazaki, Ryuji; Taniguchi, Hiroki; Terasaki, Ichiro

    2015-03-01

    To explore the thermoelectric transport nature of photo-excited carriers, the electrical conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient are measured under ultraviolet illumination in the wide-gap semiconductor ZnS near room temperature. The conductivity increases linearly as against the photon flux density with little dependence on temperature, indicating the conduction under illumination is mostly governed by the photo-doped carriers. We have found that, in high contrast to the temperature-insensitive photoconductivity, the temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient is dramatically varied by illumination, which is unexplained from a simple photo-doping effect for one majority carrier. Such a distinct difference in the transport quantities is rather understood within a two-carrier model, in which only the Seebeck coefficient is strongly affected by photo-excited minority carriers. The present result is also compared with earlier reports of the photo-Hall experiments to discuss the underlying photo-transport mechanism.

  7. Effects of Ni and Mn doping on physicochemical and electrochemical performances of LiFePO{sub 4}/C

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    Yuan, Hao; Wang, Xianyou, E-mail: wxianyou@yahoo.com; Wu, Qiang; Shu, Hongbo; Yang, Xiukang

    2016-08-05

    The LiNi{sub x}Fe{sub 1−x}PO{sub 4}/C (x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04), LiMn{sub y}Fe{sub 1−y}PO{sub 4}/C (y = 0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04) and LiNi{sub 0.02}Mn{sub 0.03}FePO{sub 4} composites have been successfully synthesized by a simple solid-state method. The structure, morphology and electrochemical property of the as-prepared materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and charge/discharge tests. The XRD patterns indicate that doping with Ni{sup 2+} or Mn{sup 2+} do not affect the structure of olivine LiFePO{sub 4}. The results of electrochemical performance measurements reveal that the LiNi{sub 0.02}Fe{sub 0.98}PO{sub 4}/C shows the best electrochemical performance among all of the single Ni-doped samples. Meanwhile, comparing with other single Mn-doped materials, the LiMn{sub 0.03}Fe{sub 0.97}PO{sub 4}/C show the highest initial discharge capacity and excellent cyclic stability. In order to further improve the electrochemical performance of LiFePO{sub 4}/C, LiNi{sub 0.02}Mn{sub 0.03}Fe{sub 0.95}PO{sub 4}/C composite with Ni and Mn co-doping was also synthesized by the same route. Relative to other samples, the LiNi{sub 0.02}Mn{sub 0.03}Fe{sub 0.95}PO{sub 4}/C delivers higher initial discharge capacity of 164.3 mAh g{sup −1} at a rate of 0.1 C. Moreover, it also exhibits excellent cyclic stability with capacity retention of 98.7% cycled at 1 C after 100 cycles. CV shows that the Ni and Mn dual-doping reduce the electrode polarization, which may be the important factors for improving the electrochemical properties of the cathode materials. - Highlights: • The metal-doped LiFePO{sub 4}/C has been synthesized by a simple solid-state method. • The properties of the LiFePO{sub 4}/C can be improved by doping with Ni and Mn. • The LiNi{sub 0.02}Mn{sub 0.03}Fe{sub 0.95}PO{sub 4}/C displays the best properties among all the samples.

  8. Effect of Fe doping on structural and impedance properties of PZTFN ceramics

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    Kumar, Arvind, E-mail: arvindmse07311209.in@gmail.com [Department of Applied Science, G. L. Bajaj Institute of Technology and Management, Greater Noida-201306 (India); Pal, Vijayeta [Department of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida – 201307 (India); Mishra, S. K. [Ram-Eesh Group of Institutions, Greater Noida – 201306 (India)

    2016-05-06

    An attempts have been made to synthesis the ceramics Pb{sub 1-3x/2} Fe{sub x}(Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}){sub 1-5y/4} NbyO{sub 3} abbreviated as (PFZTN) for x = 1-6 mol% and y = 5.5 mol% by a semi-wet route. In the present paper, we have investigated the effect of Fe doping on structural and electrical properties of the PFZTN ceramics. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns reveal that PFZTN ceramics are single phase in nature. However, for x = 0.05 and 0.06, a secondary phase appears as discernible from the XRD profiles. Rietveld analysis of the powder diffraction data shows the presence of coexistence of tetragonal (P4mm space group) and rhombohedral phases (R3c space group) occurs near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) at x ≥ = 0.05. The log-log plots show that the conductivity increases with increase of temperature. The ac conductivity becomes sensitive at high frequency region and shifted towards higher frequency side with increasing temperature. It is observed that the activation energy (Ea) decreases with increasing frequency. This complex perovskite structure can be used as a multilayer ceramic capacitors and electromechanical transducers.

  9. Enhanced Multiferroicity in LuFeO3 Through Sc Doping

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    Disseler, Steven; Oh, Yoon Seok; Hu, Rongwei; Luo, Xuan; Lynn, Jeff; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Ratcliff, William

    2015-03-01

    Hexagonal manganites of the type RMnO3 are well known examples of single-phase multiferroic materials, but suffer from low magnetic ordering temperatures and weak magnetoelectric coupling making them unsuitable for implementation in devices. Recently, the isostructural ferrites RFeO3 have been proposed as promising materials to exhibit greatly enhanced magnetic properties, including a much stronger coupling mechanism between ferromagnetic moment and ferroelectic polarization. Here we present a magnetometry and neutron scattering investigation of LuFeO3 forced into the ferroelectric structure through Sc-doping. We find the magnetic ordering temperature dramatically increases relative to pure hexagonal LuFeO3 and LuMnO3, as well as an unusual spin-reorientation at low temperatures. We will discuss possible mechanisms for this reorientation and how it provides insight into the enhanced magnetic properties Limit of the RFeO3 series. Supported in part by DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-07ER46382.

  10. Effect of Ho-doping on microstructure and magnetostriction of TbDyFe alloys

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    JIANG Minhong; GU Zhengfei; CHENG Gang; LIU Xinyu

    2009-01-01

    Tb0.3Dy0.7HoxFe1.95 (x=0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.35, 0.50, 0.65) quaternary alloys were prepared by arc-melting and followed by annealing. The phases present and structure of the alloys were determined using a D8-Advance X-ray diffractometer. The magnetostriction of the alloys was studied by standard strain gauge technique. The dependence of Ho content on the structure, magnetostriction and density of the alloys was investigated in detail. The research results showed that Ho-doping did not change MgCu2-type cubic Laves structure in Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe1.95. When Ho content x≤0.2, rich rare earth phase presented in the alloys increased and magnetostriction of the alloys reduced evidently with increasing x, but for alloys with x>0.2, the content of rich rare earth phase started to reduce and the magnetostriction increased quickly, especially at low magnetic field in the alloy with x=0.65 due to separation of rich rare earth phases on the surface of the alloy.

  11. Magnetic properties of Fe doped SmCrO3 perovskite

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    Bakshi, Venugopal Rao; Prasad, Bandi Vittal; Gade, Narsinga Rao; Chou, C. F.; Devarasetty, Suresh Babu

    2014-04-01

    The compound SmCr1-x FexO3 perovskites were prepared by citric acid route. the samples were characterized by XRD and SEM. The temperature and field dependent magnetization measurements were carried out in the temperature range of 5K -400 K at 0.01T field and -5T to 5T field at 2K. SmCrO3 compound has shown two magnetic transition temperatures at 197 K and 38 K. The observed behavior at 197 K is the characteristic of anti-ferromagnetic ordering of Cr3+ moments with weak ferromagnetism. The drop in magnetization below 38 K is due to the spin reorientation of Sm3+ in anti ferromagnetic arrangement and Cr3+spins. the doping of Fe in SmCrO3 compound has shown a decrease in TN1 and also the two magnetization reversals at 177K and 57K. The magnetic behavior at low temperatures is (TFe). The existence of the two magnetization reversals offers the characteristic switching of magnetization without changing the direction of the applied magnetic field.

  12. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles co-doped with Fe and La

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    Zhongliang Shi; Xiaoxia Zhang; Shuhua Yao

    2011-01-01

    The catalysts of un-doped, single-doped and co-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were prepared by a sol-gel method with Ti(OC4H9)4 as a Ti source material. The photo-absorbance of the obtained nanoparticles was measured by UV-vis diffusive reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS), and the photocatalytic activity of the prepared samples under UV and visible light was estimated by measuring the degradation rate of phenol (50 mg/L) in an aqueous solution. The effect of Fe and La co-dopants on the material properties was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM)and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm measurement. It was shown that the co-doped TiO2 could be activated by visible light and could thus be used as an effective catalyst in photo-oxidation reactions.The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 co-doped with Fe and La is markedly improved due to the synergistic actions of the two dopants.

  13. Enhanced superconductivity of SmFeAsO co-doped by Scandium and Fluorine to increase chemical inner pressure

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    Chen, Haijie; Zheng, Ming; Fang, Aihua; Yang, Jianhua [CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Huang, Fuqiang, E-mail: huangfq@mail.sic.ac.cn [CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Xie, Xiaoming; Jiang, Mianheng [State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2012-10-15

    Sm{sub 1-x/3}Sc{sub x/3}FeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} (x=0.09-0.27) were synthesized by the mechanical alloying and subsequent low temperature rapid sintering (2 h at 950 Degree-Sign C). The superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) increased with the doping level of x. The optimal doping achieved a T{sub c} up to 53.5 K in Sm{sub 0.93}Sc{sub 0.07}FeAsO{sub 0.79}F{sub 0.21}. The higher T{sub c} value was attributed to the increased chemical inner pressure from local lattice distortion induced by smaller-size dopants, which was further confirmed by Sm{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}FeAsO{sub 0.88}F{sub 0.12} (x=0.04, 0.08, 0.12). Accordingly, larger lattice distortion can enhance the superconductivity below the doping limit. Similar phenomenon was also observed in the La{sub 1-x}Y{sub x}FeAsO{sub 0.8}F{sub 0.2} (x=0.4, 0.5, 0.6). - Graphical abstract: The introduction of Sc{sup 3+} and F{sup -} in SmFeAsO leads to higher chemical inner pressure generated by larger lattice distortion, which is the reason of the improved T{sub c}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The superconducting properties of Sm{sub 1-x/3}Sc{sub x/3}FeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} are investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The co-doping of Sc{sup 3+} and F{sup -} in SmFeAsO leads to higher chemical inner pressure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Higher chemical inner pressure is beneficial to the superconductivity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The co-doped samples of La{sub 1-x}Y{sub x}FeAsO{sub 0.8}F{sub 0.2} further demonstrate the assumption.

  14. Significantly improved dehydrogenation of ball-milled MgH2 doped with CoFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Shan, Jiawei; Li, Ping; Wan, Qi; Zhai, Fuqiang; Zhang, Jun; Li, Ziliang; Liu, Zhaojiang; Volinsky, Alex A.; Qu, Xuanhui

    2014-12-01

    CoFe2O4 nanoparticles are added to magnesium hydride (MgH2) by high-energy ball milling in order to improve its hydriding properties. The hydrogen storage properties and catalytic mechanism are investigated by pressure-composition-temperature (PCT), differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The nonisothermal desorption results show that the onset desorption temperature of the MgH2 + 7 mol% CoFe2O4 is 160 °C, which is 200 °C lower than of the as-received MgH2. The dehydrogenation process of the MgH2 doped with the CoFe2O4 nanoparticles includes two steps. DTA curves and XRD patterns reveal that a chemical reaction happens between MgH2 and CoFe2O4, forming the final products of the ternary combination, corresponding to Co3Fe7, MgO and Co. The onset desorption temperature of the ball-milled MgH2 doped with Co3Fe7, MgO and Co is about 260 °C, approximately 100 °C lower than the un-doped MgH2, demonstrating that the ternary combination (Co3Fe7, MgO, and Co) also has a great catalytic effect on the MgH2 hydrogen storage properties. It is also confirmed that the various methods of adding the ternary combination have different effects on the MgH2 hydriding-dehydriding process.

  15. Aqueous and Surface Chemistries of Photocatalytic Fe-Doped CeO2 Nanoparticles

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The present work describes the effects of water on Fe-doped nanoparticulate CeO2, produced by flame spray pyrolysis, which is a critical environmental issue because CeO2 is not stable in typical atmospheric conditions. It is hygroscopic and absorbs ~29 wt % water in the bulk when exposed to water vapor but, more importantly, it forms a hydrated and passivating surface layer when immersed in liquid water. In the latter case, CeO2 initially undergoes direct and/or reductive dissolution, followed by the establishment of a passivating layer calculated to consist of ~69 mol % solid CeO2·2H2O and ~30 mol % gelled Ce(OH4. Under static flow conditions, a saturated boundary layer also forms but, under turbulent flow conditions, this is removed. While the passivating hydrated surface layer, which is coherent probably owing to the continuous Ce(OH4 gel, would be expected to eliminate the photoactivity, this does not occur. This apparent anomaly is explained by the calculation of (a the thermodynamic stability diagrams for Ce and Fe; (b the speciation diagrams for the Ce4+-H2O, Ce3+-H2O, Fe3+-H2O, and Fe2+-H2O systems; and (c the Pourbaix diagrams for the Ce-H2O and Fe-H2O systems. Furthermore, consideration of the probable effects of the localized chemical and redox equilibria owing to the establishment of a very low pH (<0 at the liquid-solid interface also is important to the interpretation of the phenomena. These factors highlight the critical importance of the establishment of the passivating surface layer and its role in photocatalysis. A model for the mechanism of photocatalysis by the CeO2 component of the hydrated phase CeO2·2H2O is proposed, explaining the observation of the retention of photocatalysis following the apparent alteration of the surface of CeO2 upon hydration. The model involves the generation of charge carriers at the outer surface of the hydrated surface layer, followed by the formation of radicals, which decompose organic

  16. Interfacial characteristics and multiferroic properties of ion-doped BiFeO3/NiFe2O4 thin films

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    Guo, Meiyou; Tan, Guoqiang; Zheng, Yujuan; Liu, Wenlong; Ren, Huijun; Xia, Ao

    2017-05-01

    Multi-ion doped BiFeO3/NiFe2O4 bilayered thin films were successfully prepared on fluorine-doped SnO2/glass (SnO2:F) substrates by sol-gel method. The crystalline structure, leakage current, interfacial characteristics, and multiferroic properties were investigated in detail. The results of Rietveld refinement showed that the structure of BSrSFMC layer is transformed from rhombohedral to tetragonal structure by the means of ion-doping. The difference of leakage current density of the BSrSFMC/NiFe2O4 (NFO) bilayered films of the -40 V to 40 V and 40 V to -40 V are 0.32 × 10-5 and 1.13 × 10-5 A/cm2, respectively. It was observed that there are obvious interface effects between BSrSFMC and NFO layers, which will cause the accumulation of space charges and the establishment of built-in internal electric field (EI) at the interface. Therefore, different EI directions will affect the dipoles reversal and migration of carriers in the BSrSFMC layer, which will result in different values of transient current with the same applied voltage in the opposite directions. The larger coercive field (Ec ˜ 750 kV/cm) of BSrSFMC/NFO film indicated that there is a tensile stress at the interface between BSrSFMC and NFO layers, making the polarization difficult. These results showed that the above interesting phenomena of the J-V are closely related to the interface effects between the layer of BiFeO3 and NiFe2O4.

  17. Acetones Removal with Fe Doped Titanium Nano Tube Catalysts Prepared from Slag Iron in Steel Plant.

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    Lin, Yu-Jung; Wen-ZhiCao; Chang, Chang-Tang

    2016-01-01

    TiO₂ has been studied most commonly because it has high stability, non-toxicity, high catalytic activity, and highly conductivity. Many studies have shown that TiO₂ would generate electron-hole pairs illuminated with UV and surround more energy than that before being illuminated. However, the surface area of TiO₂ is not large enough and the adsorption capacity is small. In this study, the titanium nano tube (TNT) catalysts were prepared to increase the surface area and adsorption capacity. The Fe-TNT was also prepared from slag iron since many slag iron cause waste treatment problems. In this study, the effect of Fe loading, including 0.77%, 1.13%, 2.24% and 4.50%, on acetone removal was also assessed since TNT doped with transitional or precious metals can be used to improve catalytic reaction efficiency. Furthermore, four kinds of VOCs concentration, including 250, 500, 1000 and 1500 ppm were tested. Four kinds of retention time, including 0.4, 0.8, 4.0 and 6.0 sec, and four kinds of dosage, including 0.15, 0.25, 0.30 and 0.45 g cm⁻³, were also assessed. In this study, the adsorption capacity of Fe-TNT was 18.8, 23.3, 28.9 and 32.6 mg g⁻¹ for acetone of 250, 500, 1000 and 1500 ppm, respectively. Four kinds of temperature, including 150, 200, 250 and 300 °C were tested in catalytic reaction system. The results showed removal efficiency increased with increasing temperature. The efficiency can be reached 95% under the conditions with the dosage higher than 0.3 g cm⁻³, temperature higher than 270 °C and retention time higher than 270 °C. Reaction efficiency was 20, 31, 41 and 96% at the temperature of 150, 200, 250 and 300 °C, respectively.

  18. A simple method to obtain Fe-doped CeO{sub 2} nanocrystals at room temperature

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    Almeida, J.M.A.; Santos, P.E.C. [Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Departamento de Fisica, Campus prof. Alberto Carvalho, 49500-000, Itabaiana, SE (Brazil); Cardoso, L.P. [Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Departamento de Quimica, Campus prof. Alberto Carvalho, 49500-000, Itabaiana, SE (Brazil); Meneses, C.T., E-mail: ctmeneses@gmail.com [Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Departamento de Fisica, Campus prof. Alberto Carvalho, 49500-000, Itabaiana, SE (Brazil); Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Instituto de Fisica Gleb Wataghin, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil)

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    Ce{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2} nanocrystals (0Fe-doped samples exhibit a weak ferromagnetism at room temperature, which increases with the increasing of the Fe content. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe-doped CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles with spherical-like were synthesized at room temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structural and magnetic properties were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The samples present a ferromagnetic ordering at room temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An increasing in the moment has been observed with the increasing of doping.

  19. Enhanced superconductivity of SmFeAsO co-doped by Scandium and Fluorine to increase chemical inner pressure

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    Chen, Haijie; Zheng, Ming; Fang, Aihua; Yang, Jianhua; Huang, Fuqiang; Xie, Xiaoming; Jiang, Mianheng

    2012-10-01

    Sm1-x/3Scx/3FeAsO1-xFx (x=0.09-0.27) were synthesized by the mechanical alloying and subsequent low temperature rapid sintering (2 h at 950 °C). The superconducting transition temperature (Tc) increased with the doping level of x. The optimal doping achieved a Tc up to 53.5 K in Sm0.93Sc0.07FeAsO0.79F0.21. The higher Tc value was attributed to the increased chemical inner pressure from local lattice distortion induced by smaller-size dopants, which was further confirmed by Sm1-xScxFeAsO0.88F0.12 (x=0.04, 0.08, 0.12). Accordingly, larger lattice distortion can enhance the superconductivity below the doping limit. Similar phenomenon was also observed in the La1-xYxFeAsO0.8F0.2 (x=0.4, 0.5, 0.6).

  20. Evidence for interface superconductivity in rare-earth doped CaFe2As2 single crystals

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    Lv, Bing; Deng, L. Z.; Wei, F. Y.; Xue, Y. Y.; Chu, C. W.

    2014-03-01

    To unravel to the mysterious non-bulk superconductivity up to 49K observed in rare-earth (R =La, Ce, Pr and Nd) doped CaFe2As2 single-crystals whose Tc is higher than that of any known compounds consisting of one or more of its constituent elements of R, Ca, Fe, and As at ambient or under pressures, systematic magnetic, compositional and structural have carried out on different rare-earth-doped (Ca1-xRx) Fe2As2 samples. We have detected extremely large magnetic anisotropy, doping-level independent Tc, unexpected superparamagnetic clusters associated with As vacancies and their close correlation with the superconducting volume fraction, the existence of mesoscopic-2D structures and Josephson-junction arrays in this system. These observations lead us to conjecture that the Tc enhancement may be associated with naturally occurring chemical interfaces and thus provided evidence for the possible interface-enhanced Tc in naturally-grown single crystals of Fe-based superconductors.

  1. Ab initio search for novel bipolar magnetic semiconductors: Layered YZnAsO doped with Fe and Mn

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    Bannikov, V. V.; Ivanovskii, A. L.

    2013-02-01

    Very recently, the newest class of spintronic materials, where reversible spin polarization can be controlled by applying gate voltage: so-called bipolar magnetic semiconductors (Xingxing Li et al., arXiv:1208.1355) was proposed. In this work, a novel way to creation of bipolar magnetic semiconductors by doping of non-magnetic semiconducting 1111 phases with magnetic d n < 10 atoms is discussed using ab initio calculations of layered YZnAsO doped with Fe and Mn. In addition, more complex materials with several spectral intervals with opposite 100% spin polarization where multiple gate-controlled spin-polarization can be expected are proposed.

  2. Low temperature specific heat (zero field and with field) of Fe and Mn-doped MgB{sub 2}

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    Rao, Ashok [Department of Physics, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal 576104 (India)], E-mail: ashokanu_rao@rediffmail.com; Gahtori, Bhasker; Agarwal, S.K. [Superconductivity and Cryogenics Division, National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India); Chakraborty, Tirthankar; Sarkar, Chandan Kumar [Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India); Das, Anirban [Department of Physics, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Majitar, Rangpo, Sikkim 737132 (India)

    2009-01-01

    Polycrystalline samples of MgB{sub 2} superconductor (Mn-doped as well as pristine) were investigated by measurements of the electrical resistivity, magneto-resistance in the temperature range of 4-300 K. All the samples show metallic behaviour. It is observed that the upper critical field slightly decreases with Mn concentration. Specific heat measurements were performed with field as well as without field. For comparison, we also prepared one Fe-doped and specific heat measurements were also carried out on this sample. It is observed that the jump in specific heat decreases with increase in Mn content.

  3. Effect of isovalent dopants on photodegradation ability of ZnS nanoparticles

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    Khaparde, Rohini; Acharya, Smita

    2016-06-01

    Isovalent (Mn, Cd, Cu, Co)-doped-ZnS nanoparticles having size vary in between 2 to 5 nm are synthesized by co-precipitation route. Their photocatalytic activity for decoloration of Cango Red and Malachite Green dyes is tested in visible radiation under natural conditions. Structural and morphological features of the samples are investigated by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and UVsbnd Vis spectrometer. Single phase zinc blende structure of as-synthesized undoped and doped-ZnS is confirmed by XRD and revealed by Rietveld fitting. SEM and TEM images show ultrafine nanoparticles having size in the range of 2 to 5 nm. UV-Vis absorption spectra exhibit blue shift in absorption edge of undoped and doped ZnS as compared to bulk counterpart. The photocatalytic activity as a function of dopant concentration and irradiation time is systematically studied. The rate of de-coloration of dyes is detected by UVsbnd Vis absorption spectroscopy and organic dye mineralization is confirmed by table of carbon (TOC) study. The photocatalytic activity of Mn-doped ZnS is highest amongst all dopants; however Co as a dopant is found to reduce photocatalytic activity than pure ZnS.

  4. Constructing B and N separately co-doped carbon nanocapsules-wrapped Fe/Fe3C for oxygen reduction reaction with high current density.

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    Feng, He; Wang, Lei; Zhao, Lu; Tian, Chungui; Yu, Peng; Fu, Honggang

    2016-09-29

    The exploration of low-cost and highly efficient non-platinum electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is vital for renewable systems. Herein, we report a novel non-platinum electrocatalyst consisting of B and N separately co-doped graphitic carbon encapsulated Fe/Fe3C nanoparticles (BNGFe), which were synthesized from a facile method by adopting melamine, iron nitrate and boric acid as the precursors. In this synthesis, the N atoms in melamine first bond with the iron ions in iron nitrate, which could prevent the formation of BN covalent bonds during the subsequent pyrolysed process, resulting in the formation of effective B and N separately co-doped graphitic carbon encapsulated on the Fe/Fe3C nanoparticles. The synthetic BNGFe catalyst shows outstanding catalytic performance for ORR with an onset potential of 0.98 V (vs. RHE) and a high limiting diffusion current density, which could be comparable to the state-of-the-art commercial Pt/C catalyst in alkaline electrolyte.

  5. Improved Electrochemical Performance of LiFePO4@N-Doped Carbon Nanocomposites Using Polybenzoxazine as Nitrogen and Carbon Sources.

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    Wang, Ping; Zhang, Geng; Li, Zhichen; Sheng, Wangjian; Zhang, Yichi; Gu, Jiangjiang; Zheng, Xinsheng; Cao, Feifei

    2016-10-03

    Polybenzoxazine is used as a novel carbon and nitrogen source for coating LiFePO4 to obtain LiFePO4@nitrogen-doped carbon (LFP@NC) nanocomposites. The nitrogen-doped graphene-like carbon that is in situ coated on nanometer-sized LiFePO4 particles can effectively enhance the electrical conductivity and provide fast Li(+) transport paths. When used as a cathode material for lithium-ion batteries, the LFP@NC nanocomposite (88.4 wt % of LiFePO4) exhibits a favorable rate performance and stable cycling performance.

  6. Transition from three-dimensional anisotropic spin excitations to two-dimensional spin excitations by electron doping the FeAs-based BaFe1.96Ni0.04As2 superconductor.

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    Harriger, Leland W; Schneidewind, Astrid; Li, Shiliang; Zhao, Jun; Li, Zhengcai; Lu, Wei; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhou, Fang; Zhao, Zhongxian; Hu, Jiangping; Dai, Pengcheng

    2009-08-21

    We use neutron scattering to study the effect of electron doping on the structural or magnetic order in BaFe2As2. In the undoped state, BaFe2As2 exhibits simultaneous structural and magnetic phase transitions below 143 K. Upon electron doping to form BaFe1.96Ni0.04As2, the system first displays the lattice distortion near approximately 97 K, and then orders antiferromagnetically at 91 K before developing weak superconductivity below approximately 15 K. The effect of electron doping is to reduce the c-axis exchange coupling in BaFe2As2 and induce quasi-two-dimensional (2D) spin excitations. These results suggest that the transition from 3D spin waves to quasi-2D spin excitations by electron doping is important for the separated structural and magnetic phase transitions in iron arsenides.

  7. Structure and magnetic properties of Fe doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films prepared by electron beam evaporation

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

    2015-06-24

    Pure and Fe (7 at.%) doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films were grown onto the glass substrates by electron beam evaporation technique. The structural and magnetic properties of the pure and Fe doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films have been studied. The undoped and Fe doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films shown ferromagnetic property at room temperature. A magnetization of 24 emu/cm{sup 3} was observed for pure In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films. The magnetization of 38.23 emu/cm{sup 3} was observed for the Fe (7 at.%) doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films.

  8. Fe-Doping Effect on Thermoelectric Properties of p-Type Bi0.48Sb1.52Te3

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    Hyeona Mun

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The substitutional doping approach has been shown to be an effective strategy to improve ZT of Bi2Te3-based thermoelectric raw materials. We herein report the Fe-doping effects on electronic and thermal transport properties of polycrystalline bulks of p-type Bi0.48Sb1.52Te3. After a small amount of Fe-doping on Bi/Sb-sites, the power factor could be enhanced due to the optimization of carrier concentration. Additionally, lattice thermal conductivity was reduced by the intensified point-defect phonon scattering originating from the mass difference between the host atoms (Bi/Sb and dopants (Fe. An enhanced ZT of 1.09 at 300 K was obtained in 1.0 at% Fe-doped Bi0.48Sb1.52Te3 by these synergetic effects.

  9. Improved Resistance Switching Stability in Fe-Doped ZnO Thin Films Through Pulsed Magnetic Field Annealing.

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    Xu, Hongtao; Wu, Changjin; Xiahou, Zhao; Jung, Ranju; Li, Ying; Liu, Chunli

    2017-12-01

    Five percent of Fe-doped ZnO (ZnO:Fe) thin films were deposited on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrates by a spin-coating method. The films were annealed without (ZnO:Fe-0T) and with a pulsed magnetic field of 4 T (ZnO:Fe-4TP) to investigate the magnetic annealing effect on the resistance switching (RS) behavior of the Pt/ZnO:Fe/Pt structures. Compared with the ZnO:Fe-0T film, the ZnO:Fe-4TP film showed improved RS performance regarding the stability of the set voltage and the resistance of the high resistance state. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses revealed that the ZnO:Fe-4TP film contains more uniform grains and a higher density of oxygen vacancies, which promote the easier formation of conducting filaments along similar paths and the stability of switching parameters. These results suggest that external magnetic fields can be used to prepare magnetic oxide thin films with improved resistance switching performance for memory device applications.

  10. A DFT analysis of the adsorption of nitrogen oxides on Fe-doped graphene, and the electric field induced desorption

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    Cortés-Arriagada, Diego; Villegas-Escobar, Nery

    2017-10-01

    Density functional theory calculations were carried out to study the adsorption and sensing properties of Fe-doped graphene nanosheets (FeG) toward nitrogen oxides (NO, NO2, and N2O). The results indicated the adsorption of nitrogen oxides is significantly increased onto FeG compared to pristine graphene, reaching adsorption energies of 1.1-2.2 eV, even with a high stability at room temperature. As a result of the larger charge transfer and strong chemical binding, the bandgap of the adsorbent-adsorbate systems is increased in up to 0.5 eV with respect to the free FeG, indicating that FeG is highly sensitive to nitrogen oxides. It was also evidenced the adsorption and sensing properties remain even in the presence of O2 currents for N2O, where a co-adsorption mechanism was analyzed. Besides, NO2 is capable to induce the largest magnetization of FeG. Finally, positive electric fields of at least 0.04 a.u. decrease the stability of the adsorbent-adsorbate interactions, inducing the desorption process. Therefore, FeG emerges as a promising low-dimensional material with excellent adsorption and sensing properties to be applied in solid state sensors of nitrogen oxides, where electric fields can be used as a strategy for the FeG reactivation in repetitive sensing applications.

  11. Highly-active oxygen evolution electrocatalyzed by a Fe-doped NiSe nanoflake array electrode.

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    Tang, Chun; Asiri, Abdullah M; Sun, Xuping

    2016-03-25

    Alkaline water electrolysis offers a simple method for mass production of hydrogen but suffers from the sluggish kinetics of the anodic oxygen evolution reaction (OER), calling for the development of low-cost and durable oxygen evolution electrocatalysts with high activity. In this communication, we report a highly-active robust oxygen evolution electrode, developed by in situ hydrothermal growth of an Fe-doped NiSe nanoflake array directly on a macroporous FeNi foam (Fe-NiSe/FeNi foam). This electrode catalyzes the OER with an onset overpotential as low as 200 mV and needs overpotentials of 245 and 264 mV to achieve 50 and 100 mA cm(-2), respectively, in 1.0 M KOH. Remarkably, it is also highly robust to drive 500 and 1000 mA cm(-2) at overpotentials of 246 and 263 mV, respectively, in 30 wt% KOH.

  12. Magnetocaloric effect in heavy rare-earth elements doped Fe-based bulk metallic glasses with tunable Curie temperature

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    Li, Jiawei; Huo, Juntao; Law, Jiayan; Chang, Chuntao; Du, Juan; Man, Qikui; Wang, Xinmin; Li, Run-Wei

    2014-08-01

    The effects of heavy rare earth (RE) additions on the Curie temperature (TC) and magnetocaloric effect of the Fe-RE-B-Nb (RE = Gd, Dy and Ho) bulk metallic glasses were studied. The type of dopping RE element and its concentration can easily tune TC in a large temperature range of 120 K without significantly decreasing the magnetic entropy change (ΔSM) and refrigerant capacity (RC) of the alloys. The observed values of ΔSM and RC of these alloys compare favorably with those of recently reported Fe-based metallic glasses with enhanced RC compared to Gd5Ge1.9Si2Fe0.1. The tunable TC and large glass-forming ability of these RE doped Fe-based bulk metallic glasses can be used in a wide temperature range with the final required shapes.

  13. Self-powered flexible Fe-doped RGO/PVDF nanocomposite: an excellent material for a piezoelectric energy harvester.

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    Karan, Sumanta Kumar; Mandal, Dipankar; Khatua, Bhanu Bhusan

    2015-06-28

    In this work, we report the superior piezoelectric energy harvester ability of a non-electrically poled Fe-doped reduced graphene oxide (Fe-RGO)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanocomposite film prepared through a simple solution casting technique that favors the nucleation and stabilization of ≈99% relative proportion of polar γ-phase. The piezoelectric energy harvester was made with non-electrically poled Fe-RGO/PVDF nanocomposite film that gives an open circuit output voltage and short circuit current up to 5.1 V and 0.254 μA by repetitive human finger imparting. The improvement of the output performance is influenced by the generation of the electroactive polar γ-phase in the PVDF, due to the electrostatic interactions among the -CH2-/-CF2- dipoles of PVDF and the delocalized π-electrons and remaining oxygen functionalities of Fe-doped RGO via ion-dipole and/or hydrogen bonding interactions. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) confirmed the nucleation of the polar γ-phase of PVDF by electrostatic interactions and Raman spectroscopy also supported the molecular interactions between the dipoles of PVDF and the Fe-doped RGO nanosheets. In addition, the nanocomposite shows a higher electrical energy density of ≈0.84 J cm(-3) at an electric field of 537 kV cm(-1), which indicates that it is appropriate for energy storage capabilities. Moreover, the surface of the prepared nanocomposite film is electrically conducting and shows an electrical conductivity of ≈3.30 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) at 2 wt% loading of Fe-RGO.

  14. Ternary mixed metal Fe-doped NiCo2O4 nanowires as efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction

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    Yan, Kai-Li; Shang, Xiao; Li, Zhen; Dong, Bin; Li, Xiao; Gao, Wen-Kun; Chi, Jing-Qi; Chai, Yong-Ming; Liu, Chen-Guang

    2017-09-01

    Designing mixed metal oxides with unique nanostructures as efficient electrocatalysts for water electrolysis has been an attractive approach for the storage of renewable energies. The ternary mixed metal spinel oxides FexNi1-xCo2O4 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 0.9, 1) have been synthesized by a facile hydrothermal approach and calcination treatment using nickel foam as substrate. Fe/Ni ratios have been proved to affect the nanostructures of FexNi1-xCo2O, which imply different intrinsic activity for oxygen evolution reaction (OER). SEM images show that Fe0.5Ni0.5Co2O4 has the uniform nanowires morphology with about 30 nm of the diameter and 200-300 nm of the length. The OER measurements show that Fe0.5Ni0.5Co2O4 exhibits the better electrocatalytic performances with lower overpotential of 350 mV at J = 10 mA cm-2. In addition, the smaller Tafel slope of 27 mV dec-1 than other samples with different Fe/Ni ratios for Fe0.5Ni0.5Co2O4 is obtained. The improved OER activity of Fe0.5Ni0.5Co2O4 may be attributed to the synergistic effects from ternary mixed metals especially Fe-doping and the uniform nanowires supported on NF. Therefore, synthesizing Fe-doped multi-metal oxides with novel nanostructures may be a promising strategy for excellent OER electrocatalysts and it also provides a facile way for the fabrication of high-activity ternary mixed metal oxides electrocatalysts.

  15. Role of Ce and In doping in the performance of LiFePO4 cathode material for Li ion Batteries

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    Mandal, Balaji; Nazri, Mariam; Vaishnava, Prem P.; Naik, Vaman M.; Nazri, Gholam A.; Naik, Ratna

    2012-02-01

    Recently, the olivine LiFePO4 has attracted attention as a promising cathode material for Li ion batteries. However, its poor electronic conductivity is a major challenge for its industrial applications. Different approaches have been taken to address this problem. Here, we report a method of improving its conductivity by doping In and Ce ions at the Fe site. We prepared the samples by sol-gel method followed by annealing at 650 C in Ar (95%) +H2(5%) atmosphere for 5 hrs. XRD and Raman spectroscopy confirm that the olivine structure remains unchanged upon doping with In and Ce up to 5 wt%. XRD analysis shows the values of the lattice parameters increase with doping as the ionic radii of Ce and In ions are larger than that of the Fe^2+ ion. This observation also suggests that both Ce and In ions replace Fe ions and not the Li ions in the material. Upon doping, ionic conductivity was found to increase from 10-9 to 10-4 Ohm-1cm-1. Interestingly, Ce doped LiFePO4 showed a higher conductivity than In doped LiFePO4. SEM measurements show a bigger grain size of ˜300-500 nm in doped LiFePO4 which decreased to ˜50 nm when the materials were synthesized using 0.25M lauric acid as a precursor. The electrochemical characteristics of the doped LiFePO4 along with conductivity and Raman data will be presented.

  16. Suppression of superconductivity in Zn-doped SmFeAsO 0.8F 0.2 system

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    Cui, Y. J.; Chen, Y. L.; Cheng, C. H.; Yang, Y.; Zhao, Y.

    2011-11-01

    A series of SmFe1-xZnxAsO0.8F0.2 samples with x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.4 have been successfully synthesized using a solid state method. The lattice parameters are found to increase with increasing Zn doping content. The superconductivity has been definitely suppressed by Zn doping at Fe site with the transition temperature Tc being reduced from 52.5 K to 23.3 K for the sample of x = 0.05, and to 18.2 K for the sample of x = 0.1. For the samples with x > 0.1, the superconducting transition vanishes, and, at the meantime, the spin-density-wave anomaly recovers at 140 K. The metal to semiconductor transition is also observed in the SmFe1-xZnxAsO0.8F0.2 system. The behavior of SmFe1-xZnxAsO0.8F0.2 is very different from that of REFeAsO (RE = rare earth metal), which reveals a very strong electron correlation in SmFe1-xZnxAsO0.8F0.2.

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

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    Nilavazhagan, S.; Muthukumaran, S.

    2015-07-01

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

  18. Unified picture of the doping dependence of superconducting transition temperatures in alkali metal/ammonia intercalated FeSe

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    Guterding, Daniel; Jeschke, Harald O.; Hirschfeld, P. J.; Valenti, Roser

    2014-01-01

    In the recently synthesized Li$_x$(NH$_2$)$_y$(NH$_3$)$_z$Fe$_2$Se$_2$ family of iron chalcogenides a molecular spacer consisting of lithium ions, lithium amide and ammonia separates layers of FeSe. It has been shown that upon variation of the chemical composition of the spacer layer, superconducting transition temperatures can reach $T_c\\sim 44 \\mathrm{K}$, but the relative importance of the layer separation and effective doping to the $T_c$ enhancement is currently unclear. Using state of t...

  19. Structural, optical, and magnetic properties of Fe-doped ZnO films prepared by spray pyrolysis method

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    Soumahoro, I. [Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux, Faculte des Sciences, BP 1014, Rabat (Morocco); Institut de Physique et Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS), UMR 7504 du CNRS, UDS-ECPM, BP 43, 23 Rue du Loess, 67034 Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France); Moubah, R.; Schmerber, G.; Colis, S. [Institut de Physique et Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS), UMR 7504 du CNRS, UDS-ECPM, BP 43, 23 Rue du Loess, 67034 Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France); Aouaj, M. Ait; Abd-lefdil, M.; Hassanain, N. [Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux, Faculte des Sciences, BP 1014, Rabat (Morocco); Berrada, A., E-mail: alamal39@hotmail.f [Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux, Faculte des Sciences, BP 1014, Rabat (Morocco); Dinia, A. [Institut de Physique et Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS), UMR 7504 du CNRS, UDS-ECPM, BP 43, 23 Rue du Loess, 67034 Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France)

    2010-06-01

    Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O thin films with different Fe content were deposited on glass substrates at 450 {sup o}C by spray pyrolysis technique. The effect of doping on the structural and optical properties of ZnO films was investigated. X-ray diffraction has shown that the films are polycrystalline and textured with the c-axis of the wurtzite structure along the growth direction. Scanning electron microscopy has shown that the surface of the films are homogeneous. The magnetic measurements performed at 5 K using a SQUID magnetometer showed the co-existence of paramagnetic, antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic contributions.

  20. Charge defects and highly enhanced multiferroic properties in Mn and Cu co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} thin films

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    Dong, Guohua; Tan, Guoqiang, E-mail: tan3114@163.com; Luo, Yangyang; Liu, Wenlong; Xia, Ao; Ren, Huijun

    2014-06-01

    Pure BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) and Mn, Cu co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} (BFMCO) thin films were deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by a chemical solution deposition method. Detailed investigations were made on the effects of Mn and Cu co-doping on the crystal structure, the defect chemistry, multiferroic properties of the BFO thin films. With the co-doping of Mn and Cu, a structural transition from the rhombohedral (R3c:H) to the biphasic structure (R3c:H + P1) is confirmed by XRD, Rietveld refinement and Raman analysis. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis shows that the coexistence of Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 3+} ions in the co-doping films are demonstrated. Meanwhile, the way of the co-doping at B-sits is conducive to suppress Fe valence state of volatility and to decrease oxygen vacancies and leakage current. It's worth noting that the co-doping can induce the superior ferroelectric properties (a huge remanent polarization, 2P{sub r} ∼ 220 μC/cm{sup 2} and a relatively low coercive field, 2E{sub c} ∼ 614 kV/cm). The introduction of Mn{sup 2+} and Cu{sup 2+} ions optimizes the magnetic properties of BFO thin films by the biphasic structure and the destruction of spin cycloid.

  1. Preparation and characteristics of chemical bath deposited ZnS thin films: Effects of different complexing agents

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    Shin, Seung Wook [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Agawane, G.L.; Gang, Myeng Gil [Photonics Technology Research Institute, Department of Materials Science Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Moholkar, A.V. [Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416-004 (India); Moon, Jong-Ha [Photonics Technology Research Institute, Department of Materials Science Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jin Hyeok, E-mail: jinhyeok@chonnam.ac.kr [Photonics Technology Research Institute, Department of Materials Science Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jeong Yong, E-mail: j.y.lee@kaist.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thick ZnS thin films were successfully prepared by chemical bath deposition in a basic medium using less toxic complexing agents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Effect of different complexing agents such as no complexing agent, Na{sub 3}-citrate and a mixture of Na{sub 3}-citrate and EDTA on the properties of ZnS thin films was investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnS thin film deposited using two complexing agent showed the outstanding characteristics as compared to those using no and one complexing agent. - Abstract: Zinc sulfide (ZnS) thin films were prepared on glass substrates by a chemical bath deposition technique using aqueous zinc acetate and thiourea solutions in a basic medium (pH {approx} 10) at 80 Degree-Sign C. The effects of different complexing agents, such as a non-complexing agent, Na{sub 3}-citrate, and a mixture of Na{sub 3}-citrate and ethylenediamine tetra-acetate (EDTA), on the structural, chemical, morphological, optical, and electrical properties of ZnS thin films were investigated. X-ray diffraction pattern showed that the ZnS thin film deposited without any complexing agent was grown on an amorphous phase. However, the ZnS thin films deposited with one or two complexing agents showed a polycrystalline hexagonal structure. No secondary phase (ZnO) was observed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed that all ZnS thin films exhibited both Zn-S and Zn-OH bindings. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) images showed that ZnS thin films deposited with complexing agents had thicker thicknesses than that deposited without a complexing agent. The electrical resistivity of ZnS thin films was over 10{sup 5} {Omega} cm regardless of complexing agents. The average transmittance of the ZnS thin films deposited without a complexing agent, those with Na{sub 3}-citrate, and those with a mixture of Na{sub 3}-citrate and EDTA was approximately 85%, 65%, and 70%, respectively, while the band gap

  2. Structural analysis and band gap tailoring of Fe{sup 3+}-doped Zn-TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Al-Harthi, Salim; Al-Saadi, Mubarak; Al-Omari, Imad; Sitepu, Husein [Sultan Qaboos University, Physics Department, College of Science, P.O. Box 36, Al Khod (Oman); Melghit, Khalid; Al-Hinai, Ashraf T. [Sultan Qaboos University, Chemistry Department, College of Science, P.O. Box 36, Al Khod (Oman); Al-Amri, Issa [Sultan Qaboos University, Electron Microscopy Unit, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, P.O. Box 35, Al Khod (Oman); Thomas, Senoy [Cochin University of Science and Technology, Department of Physics, Cochin (India)

    2010-04-15

    We report on the analysis of morphology and electronic structure of Fe{sup 3+}-doped Zn-TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. Crystalline nature, phase, and preferred growth direction of the nanoparticles were all determined. Due to size effects and OH{sup -}-(TiO{sub 4}){sup n} complexes, variation in the energy gap with metallic and semiconducting characters on the same sample was found. The variation in the energy gap decreased, and the bang gap decayed exponentially with Fe doping and independent of the supporting substrates. Simultaneous effect of the OH {sup -} ligands on the electronic structure and the formation mechanism of nanorods and nanosheets as manifested by the rutile TiO{sub 6} octahedra units edge- and corner-shared bonding was discussed. (orig.)

  3. Al and Fe co-doped transparent conducting ZnO thin film for mediator-less biosensing application

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    Shibu Saha

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Highly c-axis oriented Al and Fe co-doped ZnO (ZAF thin film is prepared by pulsed laser deposition. Fe introduces redox centre along with shallow donor level while Al doping enhances conductivity of ZnO, thus removing the requirement of both mediator and bottom conducting layer in bioelectrode. Model enzyme (glucose oxidase, was immobilized on surface of ZAF matrix. Cyclic voltammetry and photometric assay show that prepared bio-electrode is sensitive to glucose concentration with enhanced response of 0.18 μAmM-1cm-2 and low Km ∼ 2.01 mM. The results illustrate that ZAF is an attractive matrix for realization of miniaturized mediator-less solid state biosensor.

  4. Optical and Piezoelectric Study of KNN Solid Solutions Co-Doped with La-Mn and Eu-Fe

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    Jesús-Alejandro Peña-Jiménez

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The solid-state method was used to synthesize single phase potassium-sodium niobate (KNN co-doped with the La3+–Mn4+ and Eu3+–Fe3+ ion pairs. Structural determination of all studied solid solutions was accomplished by XRD and Rietveld refinement method. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR studies were performed to determine the oxidation state of paramagnetic centers. Optical spectroscopy measurements, excitation, emission and decay lifetime were carried out for each solid solution. The present study reveals that doping KNN with La3+–Mn4+ and Eu3+–Fe3+ at concentrations of 0.5 mol % and 1 mol %, respectively, improves the ferroelectric and piezoelectric behavior and induce the generation of optical properties in the material for potential applications.

  5. Structural, electrical, and optomagnetic tweaking of Zn doped CoFe2-xZnxO4-δ nanoparticles

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    Agrawal, Shraddha; Parveen, Azra; Azam, Ameer

    2016-09-01

    Nanoparticles of pure and Zn doped CoFe2O4 of the composition CoFe2-xZnxO4-δ (x=0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15) have been successfully synthesized by microwave gel combustion. The microstructural and compositional analyses were carried out by X-ray diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy. The crystallite size was found to increase with the increase in the Zn content. The dielectric constant (ε) and A.C. conductivity were studied as a function of frequency and temperature and were explained on the basis of Maxwell-Wagner model and electron hopping respectively. The energy band gap was found to decrease gradually with Zn doping. The magnetic measurements, depicts an increase in magnetization with the increase in Zn concentration, which in turn shows a strong dependency on the particle size. The magnetic hysteresis loop confirms the ferromagnetic nature.

  6. Photocatalytic degradation of coking wastewater by nanocrystalline (Fe,N) co-doped TiO2 powders

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    2010-01-01

    The yellowish nitrogen and iron co-doped nanocrystalline titanium dioxide ((Fe,N) co-doped TiO2) powders have been prepared by hydrothermal method using TiOSO4 and CO(NH2)2 as starting materials.The grain size of the synthesized powders was estimated as 11 nm by Scherrer’s method.The UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra indicated that the light absorption edge of the powders was red-shifted up to 605 nm.And the doped TiO2 powders exhibited good photocatalytic activities during the photo-degradation of coking wastewater under sunshine irradiation.The biotreatability of the coking wasterwater after photocatalytic degradation was improved greatly and it is more suitable to be further treated by biochemical method.

  7. Pairing mechanism of heavily electron doped FeSe systems: dynamical tuning of the pairing cutoff energy

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    Bang, Yunkyu

    2016-11-01

    We studied the pairing mechanism of the heavily electron doped FeSe (HEDIS) systems, which commonly have one incipient hole band—a band top below the Fermi level by a finite energy distance ε b —at Γ point and ordinary electron bands at M points in Brillouin zone (BZ). We found that the system allows two degenerate superconducting solutions with the exactly same T c in clean limit: the incipient {s}{he}+/- -gap ({{{Δ }}}h-\

  8. Phase conjugation of vector fields by degenerate four-wave mixing in a Fe-doped LiNbO₃.

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    Qian, Sheng-Xia; Li, Yongnan; Kong, Ling-Jun; Tu, Chenghou; Wang, Hui-Tian

    2014-08-15

    We propose a method to generate the phase-conjugate wave of the vector field by degenerate four-wave mixing in a c-cut Fe-doped LiNbO3 crystal. We demonstrate experimentally that the phase-conjugate wave of the vector field can be generated. In particular, the phase-conjugate vector field has also the peculiar function of compensating the polarization distortion, as the traditional phase-conjugate scaler field can compensate the phase distortion.

  9. Electrochemical study of doped LiFePO4 as a cathode material for lithium-ion battery

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    Andrey Chekannikov

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available LiFe1-xVxPO4/C (x= 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.1 composites had been obtained by sol-gel method and characterized with the use of the XRD-analysis, SEM and charge/discharge tests. The doping was shown to result in decrease of electrode polarization, and correspondingly in capacity increase at high C-rates.

  10. Influence of La{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 3+} co-doping to nano-TiO{sub 2} prepared by graded calcination

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    Yang, Zhe [The State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil, China University of Petroleum, Dongying, Shandong 257061 (China); Zheng, Jing-tang, E-mail: jtzheng03@163.com [The State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil, China University of Petroleum, Dongying, Shandong 257061 (China); Wu, Ming-bo [The State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil, China University of Petroleum, Dongying, Shandong 257061 (China)

    2012-11-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer La{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 3+} co-doped TiO{sub 2} sample was prepared by a new process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The gelatinizing time is obviously shortened. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The grain size of co-doped TiO{sub 2} sample is decreased. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The photocatalytic activity of co-doped TiO{sub 2} under visible light is improved. - Abstract: The un-doping, single-doping and co-doping TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles have been prepared through the graded calcination method with Ti(OC{sub 4}H{sub 9}){sub 4} as raw material and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-vis reflection spectra. Their photocatalytic activities have been investigated by the photocatalytic oxidation of methyl orange. It is indicated that Fe{sup 3+}-doping makes the reflection profile narrow, improves photoutilization of TiO{sub 2}, and then generates more electron-hole pairs. La{sup 3+}-doping restrains the increase of grain size, leads to crystal expansion plus matrix distortion and retards the recombination of the photoexcited charge carriers. The photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2} co-doped with La{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 3+} is notably improved due to the cooperative actions of the two dopants.