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  1. Structural, optical and photocatalytic properties of flower-like ZnO nanostructures prepared by a facile wet chemical method

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    Sini Kuriakose

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Flower-like ZnO nanostructures were synthesized by a facile wet chemical method. Structural, optical and photocatalytic properties of these nanostructures have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, photoluminescence (PL and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy. SEM and TEM studies revealed flower-like structures consisting of nanosheets, formed due to oriented attachment of ZnO nanoparticles. Flower-like ZnO structures showed enhanced photocatalytic activity towards sun-light driven photodegradation of methylene blue dye (MB as compared to ZnO nanoparticles. XRD, UV–vis absorption, PL, FTIR and TEM studies revealed the formation of Zn(OH2 surface layer on ZnO nanostructures upon ageing. We demonstrate that the formation of a passivating Zn(OH2 surface layer on the ZnO nanostructures upon ageing deteriorates their efficiency to photocatalytically degrade of MB.

  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Flower-Like Bundles of ZnO Nanosheets by a Surfactant-Free Hydrothermal Process

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    Jijun Qiu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Flower-like bundles of ZnO nanosheets have been prepared by using preheating hydrothermal process without any surfactants. The flower-like bundles consist of many thin and uniform hexagonal-structured ZnO nanosheets, with a thickness of 50 nm. The selected area electronic diffraction (SAED and high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM images indicate that the ZnO nanosheets are single crystal in nature. The growth mechanism of the flower-like bundles of ZnO nanosheets is discussed based on the morphology evolution with growth times and reaction conditions. It is believed that the formation of flower-like bundles of ZnO nanosheets is related to the shielding effect of OH− ions and the self-assembly process, which is dominated by a preheating time. Room temperature photoluminescence spectra results show that the annealing atmosphere strongly affects the visible emission band, which is sensitive to intrinsic and surface defects, especially oxygen interstitials, in flower-like bundles of ZnO nanosheets.

  3. Flower-like hierarchical structures consisting of porous single-crystalline ZnO nanosheets and their gas sensing properties to volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

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    Meng, Fanli; Hou, Nannan; Ge, Sheng; Sun, Bai; Jin, Zhen; Shen, Wei; Kong, Lingtao; Guo, Zheng; Sun, Yufeng; Wu, Hao; Wang, Chen; Li, Minqiang

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • Flower-like hierarchical structures consisting of porous single-crystalline ZnO nanosheets were synthesized. • The flower-like hierarchical structured ZnO exhibited higher response and shorter response and recovery times. • The sensing mechanism of the flower-like hierarchical has been systematically analyzed. - Abstract: Flower-like hierarchical structures consisting of porous single-crystalline ZnO nanosheets (FHPSCZNs) were synthesized by a one-pot wet-chemical method followed by an annealing treatment, which combined the advantages between flower-like hierarchical structure and porous single-crystalline structure. XRD, SEM and HRTEM were used to characterize the synthesized FHPSCZN samples. The sensing properties of the FHPSCZN sensor were also investigated by comparing with ZnO powder sensor, which exhibited higher response and shorter response and recovery times. The sensing mechanism of the FHPSCZN sensor has been further analyzed from the aspects of electronic transport and gas diffusion

  4. Tartaric acid assisted hydrothermal synthesis of different flower-like ZnO hierarchical architectures with tunable optical and oxygen vacancy-induced photocatalytic properties

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    Liu, Tingzhi; Li, Yangyang; Zhang, Hao; Wang, Min; Fei, Xiaoyan; Duo, Shuwang; Chen, Ying; Pan, Jian; Wang, Wei

    2015-12-01

    Different flower-like ZnO hierarchical architectures were prepared by tartaric acid assisted hydrothermal synthesis, especially four flower-like ZnO nanostructures were obtained simultaneously under the same reaction condition. The cauliflower-like ZnO is assembled by spherical shaped nanoparticles, and the chrysanthemum-like and other flower-like ZnO nanostructures are assembled by hexagonal rods/prisms with from planar to semi-pyramid, and to pyramid tips. TA acts as a capping agent and structure-directing agent during the synthesis. All ZnO possess the hexagonal wurtzite structure. The PL spectra can be tuned by changing TA concentration. XRD, PL and Raman spectra confirmed that oxygen vacancies mainly come from the ZnO surface. The flower-like samples of 1:4.5 and 1:3 with the largest aspect ratios have highest photocatalytic performance. They decompose 85% MB within 60 min. Combining PL Gaussian fitting with K, the higher content of oxygen vacancy is, the higher photocatalytic activity is. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is mainly induced by oxygen vacancy of ZnO. The possible formation mechanism, growth and change process of flower-like ZnO were proposed.

  5. Fabrication of Flower-like ZnO Micro/Nanostructures for Photodegradation of Pre-treated Palm Oil Mill Effluent

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    Lam, Sze-Mun; Wong, Kok-Ann; Sin, Jin-Chung

    2018-01-01

    Flower-like ZnO micro/nanostructures were fabricated by a simple and surfactant-free reflux method. X-ray diffraction findings showed that the prepared ZnO product was highly crystallite with hexagonal wurtzite structure. The band gap energy of ZnO sample was measured to be 3.18 eV via an optical reflectance spectrum. The flower-like morphological features of ZnO micro/nanostructures were witnessed through field-emission scanning electron microscopy. Such micro/nanoparticles could be used in the photodegradation of pre-treated palm oil mil effluent (POME) under UV irradiation.

  6. Effects of Ag loading on structural and photocatalytic properties of flower-like ZnO microspheres

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    Zhang, Xiaodong, E-mail: fatzhxd@126.com [Environment and Low-Carbon Research Center, School of Environment and Architecture, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093 (China); Wang, Yuxin, E-mail: wyx790914@aliyun.com [Institute of Applied Biotechnology, Taizhou Vocation & Technical College, Taizhou Zhejiang 318000 (China); Hou, Fulin; Li, Hongxin; Yang, Yang [Environment and Low-Carbon Research Center, School of Environment and Architecture, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093 (China); Zhang, Xinxin [Institute of Applied Biotechnology, Taizhou Vocation & Technical College, Taizhou Zhejiang 318000 (China); Yang, Yiqiong; Wang, Yin [Environment and Low-Carbon Research Center, School of Environment and Architecture, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093 (China)

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • Unique flower-like Ag/ZnO spheres were synthesized by simple hydrothermal method. • Depositing with moderate Ag improved visible light response and activity. • Photoexcited electrons transfer from Ag to ZnO due to surface plasmon resonance. • Ag/ZnO was stable even after recycling many times. - Abstract: Flower-like Ag/ZnO samples were successfully fabricated via a simple and cost efficient method without surfactants. The morphologies, structural and optical properties of Ag/ZnO samples with various Ag content were investigated. The samples were systematically characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption isotherm, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). It was found that ZnO was wurtzite phase and metallic Ag particles were wrapped by ZnO nanosheets. Compared with pure metallic Ag, the binding energy of Ag 3d for the Ag/ZnO samples distinctly shifted to the lower binding energy, which was attributed to the interaction between ZnO and Ag. With the increase of Ag content, surface plasmon absorption band of Ag/ZnO samples was obviously widened; meanwhile, PL intensity was decreased. The photocatalytic performance of Ag/ZnO samples were carried out by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) solution under visible light irradiation. The deposition of a certain amount of Ag was beneficial to the improvement of photocatalytic activity. The degradation rate of the Ag/ZnO sample with Ag/Zn ratio 1/20 was greater than fourfold times faster than that of ZnO. It was suggested that photoexcited electrons transferred from Ag to ZnO due to surface plasmon resonance (SPR), which could effectively reduce the recombination of electron–hole pairs and prolong lifetime of the electron–holes pairs, promoting the degradation efficiency. The deposition of a large amount of Ag

  7. Flower-Like Mn-Doped CeO2 Microstructures: Synthesis, Characterizations, and Catalytic Properties

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    Ling Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Mn-doped CeO2 flower-like microstructures have been synthesized by a facile method, involving the precipitation of metallic alkoxide precursor in a polyol process from the reaction of CeCl3·7H2O with ethylene glycol in the presence of urea followed by calcination. By introducing manganese ions, the composition can be freely manipulated. To investigate whether there was a hybrid synergic effect in CH4 combustion reaction, further detailed characteristics of Mn-doped CeO2 with various manganese contents were revealed by XRD, Raman, FT-IR, SEM, EDS, XPS, OSC, H2-TPR, and N2 adsorption-desorption measurements. The doping manganese is demonstrated to increase the storage of oxygen vacancy for CH4 and enhance the redox capability, which can efficiently convert CH4 to CO2 and H2O under oxygen-rich condition. The excellent catalytic performance of MCO-3 sample, which was obtained with the starting Mn/Ce ratios of 0.2 in the initial reactant compositions, is associated with the larger surface area and richer surface active oxygen species.

  8. The effect of Ce3+ on structure, morphology and optical properties of flower-like ZnO synthesized using the chemical bath method

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    Koao, L.F.; Dejene, F.B.; Swart, H.C.; Botha, J.R.

    2013-01-01

    Ce 3+ doped ZnO flower-like structures were synthesized by the chemical bath deposition method (CBD). The influence of Ce 3+ as a dopant on the crystallization, surface morphology, optical and luminescent properties of ZnO flowers-like structures were investigated. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra of the ZnO:Ce 3+ nanostructures correspond to the various planes of a single hexagonal ZnO phase for the lower Ce concentration samples. The estimated grain sizes calculated using the XRD spectra were found to be in order of 42±2 nm. The grain size was found to be not dependent on the concentration of the Ce 3+ ions used up to 3 mol% of Ce. Scanning Auger electron microscopy and scanning electron micrographs indicate that the addition of Ce 3+ influence the morphology of the samples. The flower-like structures obtained for the undoped and low concentration Ce doped ZnO changed into a mixed structure with the emergence of pyramid shapes for higher concentration Ce doped samples. The solid undoped and low concentration Ce doped powder showed good optical properties with a high reflectance in the visible regions. The properties, however, diminished at higher Ce concentration. The band gap energies decreased linearly with concentration from 3.0±0.1 to 2.4±0.3 eV for ZnO:0 mol% Ce 3+ up to ZnO:10 mol% Ce 3+ . Under 248 nm excitation, the undoped and low concentration Ce doped ZnO flower-like rods exhibited a green emission, peaking at about 559 nm. The higher Ce concentration (0.3 mol% and above) was emitted at 436 and 503 nm due to the Ce transitions. The intensity of these emission spectra of the ZnO:Ce 3+ decreased with the addition of more Ce 3+ ions. -- Highlights: • Ce 3+ doped ZnO flower-like structures were synthesized by CBD. • Flower-like hexagonal ZnO:Ce 3+ nanostructures were obtained for undoped and low mol% Ce. • ZnO changed into a mixed structure with emergence of pyramid shapes for higher mol% Ce. • Good optical properties with a high reflectance

  9. The effect of Ce{sup 3+} on structure, morphology and optical properties of flower-like ZnO synthesized using the chemical bath method

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    Koao, L.F. [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, Qwaqwa Campus, Private Bag X13, Phuthaditjhaba 9866 (South Africa); Dejene, F.B., E-mail: dejenebf@qwa.ufs.ac.za [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, Qwaqwa Campus, Private Bag X13, Phuthaditjhaba 9866 (South Africa); Swart, H.C., E-mail: swarthc@ufs.ac.za [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300 (South Africa); Botha, J.R. [Physics Department, P.O. Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth 6031 (South Africa)

    2013-11-15

    Ce{sup 3+} doped ZnO flower-like structures were synthesized by the chemical bath deposition method (CBD). The influence of Ce{sup 3+} as a dopant on the crystallization, surface morphology, optical and luminescent properties of ZnO flowers-like structures were investigated. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra of the ZnO:Ce{sup 3+}nanostructures correspond to the various planes of a single hexagonal ZnO phase for the lower Ce concentration samples. The estimated grain sizes calculated using the XRD spectra were found to be in order of 42±2 nm. The grain size was found to be not dependent on the concentration of the Ce{sup 3+} ions used up to 3 mol% of Ce. Scanning Auger electron microscopy and scanning electron micrographs indicate that the addition of Ce{sup 3+} influence the morphology of the samples. The flower-like structures obtained for the undoped and low concentration Ce doped ZnO changed into a mixed structure with the emergence of pyramid shapes for higher concentration Ce doped samples. The solid undoped and low concentration Ce doped powder showed good optical properties with a high reflectance in the visible regions. The properties, however, diminished at higher Ce concentration. The band gap energies decreased linearly with concentration from 3.0±0.1 to 2.4±0.3 eV for ZnO:0 mol% Ce{sup 3+} up to ZnO:10 mol% Ce{sup 3+}. Under 248 nm excitation, the undoped and low concentration Ce doped ZnO flower-like rods exhibited a green emission, peaking at about 559 nm. The higher Ce concentration (0.3 mol% and above) was emitted at 436 and 503 nm due to the Ce transitions. The intensity of these emission spectra of the ZnO:Ce{sup 3+} decreased with the addition of more Ce{sup 3+} ions. -- Highlights: • Ce{sup 3+} doped ZnO flower-like structures were synthesized by CBD. • Flower-like hexagonal ZnO:Ce{sup 3+}nanostructures were obtained for undoped and low mol% Ce. • ZnO changed into a mixed structure with emergence of pyramid shapes for higher mol% Ce

  10. Growth of raspberry-, prism- and flower-like ZnO particles using template-free low-temperature hydrothermal method and their application as humidity sensors

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    Pál, Edit; Hornok, Viktória; Kun, Robert; Chernyshev, Vladimir; Seemann, Torben; Dékány, Imre; Busse, Matthias

    2012-01-01

    Zinc oxide particles with different morphologies were prepared by hydrothermal method at 60–90 °C. The structure formation was controlled by the addition rate and temperature of hydrolyzing agent, while the particles size (10 nm–2.5 μm) was influenced by the preparation (hydrothermal) temperature. Scanning electron microscopy studies showed that raspberry-, prism- and flower-like ZnO particles were prepared, whose average size decreased with increasing reaction temperature. X-ray diffraction investigations confirmed that ZnO particles with hexagonal crystal structure formed in all syntheses. The raspberry-, prism- and flower-like ZnO particles showed a weak UV-emission in the range of 390–395 nm and strong visible emission with a maximum at 586, 593 and 598 nm, respectively. Morphology effect on electrical and water vapour sensing properties of ZnO samples was investigated by impedance spectroscopy and quartz crystal microbalance, respectively. The absolute impedance of raspberry-, prism- and flower-like ZnO particles was found to be strong dependent on the morphology. Space-charge-limited conductivity transport mechanism was proved by the oscillatory behaviour of impedance. Humidity sensor tests also revealed morphology and specific surface area dependency on the sensitivity and water vapour adsorption property.

  11. Hydrothermal synthesis of hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanostructure and its enhanced ethanol gas-sensing properties

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    Zhu, Ling; Li, Yanqiong; Zeng, Wen

    2018-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles, nanoplates and nanoflowers have been successfully synthesized via a facile hydrothermal route, and their microstructures and gas-sensing properties to ethanol were investigated. Among all the nanostructures, the nanoplates-assembled nanoflowers exhibited significantly higher gas-sensing performances than the others, which may ascribe to their hierarchical architectures with large specific area and abundant spaces for gas diffusion. Furthermore, we surprisingly found that the concentration of surfactant CTAB used had an essential effect on the ultimate morphology of the hierarchical nanoflowers. We hoped our findings could be in favor of further investigations on the fabrication of perfect hierarchical architectures.

  12. Annealed Ce{sup 3+}-doped ZnO flower-like morphology synthesized by chemical bath deposition method

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    Koao, Lehlohonolo F., E-mail: koaolf@ufs.ac.za [Department of Physics, University of the Free State (Qwa Qwa campus), Private Bag X13, Phuthaditjhaba 9866 (South Africa); Dejene, Francis B.; Tsega, Moges [Department of Physics, University of the Free State (Qwa Qwa campus), Private Bag X13, Phuthaditjhaba 9866 (South Africa); Swart, Hendrik C. [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300 (South Africa)

    2016-01-01

    We have successfully synthesized ZnO:xmol% Ce{sup 3+} (0≤x≤10 mol%) doped nanopowders via the chemical bath deposition method (CBD) technique at low temperature (80 °C) and annealed in air at 700 °C. The X-ray diffraction patterns showed that all the undoped and Ce-doped ZnO nanopowders have a hexagonal wurtzite polycrystalline structure with an average crystallite size of about 46 nm. Weak diffraction peaks related mainly to cerium oxide were also detected at higher concentrations of Ce{sup 3+} (x=5–10 mol%). The scanning electron microscopy study revealed that the nanopowder samples were assembled in flower-shaped undoped ZnO and pyramid-shaped Ce{sup 3+}-doped ZnO nanostructures. The UV–vis spectra showed that the absorption edges shifted slightly to the longer wavelengths with the increase in the Ce{sup 3+} ions concentration. Moreover, the photoluminescence (PL) results showed a relative weak visible emission for the Ce{sup 3+}-doped ZnO nanoparticles compared to the undoped ZnO. The effects of Ce{sup 3+}-doping on the structure and PL of ZnO nanopowders are discussed in detail.

  13. Uniform Fe3O4 coating on flower-like ZnO nanostructures by atomic layer deposition for electromagnetic wave absorption.

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    Wan, Gengping; Wang, Guizhen; Huang, Xianqin; Zhao, Haonan; Li, Xinyue; Wang, Kan; Yu, Lei; Peng, Xiange; Qin, Yong

    2015-11-21

    An elegant atomic layer deposition (ALD) method has been employed for controllable preparation of a uniform Fe3O4-coated ZnO (ZnO@Fe3O4) core-shell flower-like nanostructure. The Fe3O4 coating thickness of the ZnO@Fe3O4 nanostructure can be tuned by varying the cycle number of ALD Fe2O3. When serving as additives for microwave absorption, the ZnO@Fe3O4-paraffin composites exhibit a higher absorption capacity than the ZnO-paraffin composites. For ZnO@500-Fe3O4, the effective absorption bandwidth below -10 dB can reach 5.2 GHz and the RL values below -20 dB also cover a wide frequency range of 11.6-14.2 GHz when the coating thickness is 2.3 mm, suggesting its potential application in the treatment of the electromagnetic pollution problem. On the basis of experimental observations, a mechanism has been proposed to understand the enhanced microwave absorption properties of the ZnO@Fe3O4 composites.

  14. Flower-like ZnO decorated polyaniline/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for simultaneous determination of dopamine and uric acid.

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    Ghanbari, Kh; Moloudi, M

    2016-11-01

    A novel sensor was fabricated by electrochemical deposition of ZnO flower-like/polyaniline nanofiber/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite (ZnO/PANI/RGO) on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for direct detection of dopamine (DA) and uric acid (UA) in the presence of fixed concentration of ascorbic acid (AA). Surface morphology and characterization of the modified electrodes were confirmed by field emission scanning microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman and FT-IR spectroscopies. For individual detection, the linear responses were in the two concentration ranges of 0.001-1 μM and 1-1000 μM with detection limit 0.8 nM (S/N = 3) for DA, and also 0.1-100 μM and 100-1000 μM with detection limit 0.042 μM (S/N = 3) for UA. Simultaneous determination of these species in their mixture solution showed the linear responses in the two concentration ranges of 0.1-90 μM and 90-1000 μM with detection limit 0.017 μM (S/N = 3) for DA and also showed two linear range of 0.5-90 μM and 100-1000 μM with detection limit 0.12 μM (S/N = 3) for UA, with coexistence of 1000 μM AA. The applicability of sensor for the analysis of DA, and UA in dopamine injection solution, human serum and human urine samples was successfully demonstrated. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Mechanical, microstructure and electrical properties of ternary ZnO ...

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    V2O5–Mn3O4 (ZVM)-based varis- tors were investigated at different sintering temperatures of 825–950◦C. The microstructure of the samples consists mainly of ZnO grains with Zn3(VO4)2, ZnV2O4 and VO2 as minor secondary phases.

  16. Microstructural and optical properties of transparent conductive ZnO ...

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    Microstructural and optical properties of transparent conductive. ZnO :Al : Mo films deposited by template-assisted sol–gel method. H -Y HE*, J -F HUANG, Z HE, J LU and Q SHEN. College of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, China 710021. MS received 11 November 2012 ...

  17. Facile synthesis of the flower-like ternary heterostructure of Ag/ZnO encapsulating carbon spheres with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Zhao, Xiaohua [School of Environment, Key Laboratory of Yellow River and Huai River Water Environment and Pollution Control (Ministry of Education), Henan Key Laboratory for Environmental Pollution Control, Henan Engineering Laboratory of Environmental Functional Materials and Pollution Control, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China); Su, Shuai; Wu, Guangli; Li, Caizhu [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China); Qin, Zhe [School of Environment, Key Laboratory of Yellow River and Huai River Water Environment and Pollution Control (Ministry of Education), Henan Key Laboratory for Environmental Pollution Control, Henan Engineering Laboratory of Environmental Functional Materials and Pollution Control, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China); Lou, Xiangdong [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China); Zhou, Jianguo, E-mail: zhoujgwj@163.com [School of Environment, Key Laboratory of Yellow River and Huai River Water Environment and Pollution Control (Ministry of Education), Henan Key Laboratory for Environmental Pollution Control, Henan Engineering Laboratory of Environmental Functional Materials and Pollution Control, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China)

    2017-06-01

    Highlights: • Flower-like Ag/ZnO encapsulating carbon spheres (Ag/ZnO@C) was synthesized. • A green facile synthesis method was used. • Ag/ZnO@C exhibited better photocatalytic performance than Ag/ZnO, ZnO@C, and ZnO. • Dye and metronidazole both can be decomposed by Ag/ZnO@C. - Abstract: To utilize sunlight more effectively in photocatalytic reactions, the flower-like ternary heterostructure of Ag/ZnO encapsulating carbon spheres (Ag/ZnO@C) was successfully synthesized by a green and facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The carbon spheres (CSs) were wrapped by ZnO nanosheets, forming flower-like microstructures, and Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were deposited on the surface of the ZnO nanosheets. The Ag/ZnO@C ternary heterostructure exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to those of Ag/ZnO, ZnO@C and pure ZnO for the degradation of Reactive Black GR and metronidazole under sunlight and visible light irradiation. This was attributed to the enhanced visible light absorption and effective charge separation based on the synergistic effect of ZnO, Ag NPs, and CSs. Due to the surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag NPs and surface photosensitizing effect of CSs, Ag/ZnO@C exhibited enhanced visible light absorption. Meanwhile, Ag NPs and CSs can both act as rapid electron transfer units to improve the separation of photogenerated charge carriers in Ag/ZnO@C. The primary active species were determined, and the photocatalytic mechanism was proposed. This work demonstrates an effective way to improve the photocatalytic performance of ZnO and provides information for the facile synthesis of noble metal/ZnO@C ternary heterostructure.

  18. Facile synthesis of the flower-like ternary heterostructure of Ag/ZnO encapsulating carbon spheres with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Zhao, Xiaohua; Su, Shuai; Wu, Guangli; Li, Caizhu; Qin, Zhe; Lou, Xiangdong; Zhou, Jianguo

    2017-06-01

    To utilize sunlight more effectively in photocatalytic reactions, the flower-like ternary heterostructure of Ag/ZnO encapsulating carbon spheres (Ag/ZnO@C) was successfully synthesized by a green and facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The carbon spheres (CSs) were wrapped by ZnO nanosheets, forming flower-like microstructures, and Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were deposited on the surface of the ZnO nanosheets. The Ag/ZnO@C ternary heterostructure exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to those of Ag/ZnO, ZnO@C and pure ZnO for the degradation of Reactive Black GR and metronidazole under sunlight and visible light irradiation. This was attributed to the enhanced visible light absorption and effective charge separation based on the synergistic effect of ZnO, Ag NPs, and CSs. Due to the surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag NPs and surface photosensitizing effect of CSs, Ag/ZnO@C exhibited enhanced visible light absorption. Meanwhile, Ag NPs and CSs can both act as rapid electron transfer units to improve the separation of photogenerated charge carriers in Ag/ZnO@C. The primary active species were determined, and the photocatalytic mechanism was proposed. This work demonstrates an effective way to improve the photocatalytic performance of ZnO and provides information for the facile synthesis of noble metal/ZnO@C ternary heterostructure.

  19. Shape tunable synthesis of Eu-and Sm-doped ZnO microstructures ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 38; Issue 6. Shape tunable synthesis of Eu- and Sm-doped ZnO microstructures: a morphological evaluation ... FESEM images depicted the formation of Eu-doped ZnO microsphere and Sm-doped ZnO microplates. XRD spectra showed single crystalline nature of the ...

  20. Flower-Like CuO/ZnO Hybrid Hierarchical Nanostructures Grown on Copper Substrate: Glycothermal Synthesis, Characterization, Hydrophobic and Anticorrosion Properties.

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    Beshkar, Farshad; Khojasteh, Hossein; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud

    2017-06-25

    In this work we have demonstrated a facile formation of CuO nanostructures on copper substrates by the oxidation of copper foil in ethylene glycol (EG) at 80 °C. On immersing a prepared CuO film into a solution containing 0.1 g Zn(acac)₂ in 20 mL EG for 8 h, ZnO flower-like microstructures composed of hierarchical three-dimensional (3D) aggregated nanoparticles and spherical architectures were spontaneously formed at 100 °C. The as-synthesized thin films and 3D microstructures were characterized using XRD, SEM, and EDS techniques. The effects of sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), and polyethylene glycol (PEG) 6000 as surfactants and stabilizers on the morphology of the CuO and ZnO structures were discussed. Possible growth mechanisms for the controlled organization of primary building units into CuO nanostructures and 3D flower-like ZnO architectures were proposed. The hydrophobic property of the products was characterized by means of water contact angle measurement. After simple surface modification with stearic acid and PDMS, the resulting films showed hydrophobic and even superhydrophobic characteristics due to their special surface energy and nano-microstructure morphology. Importantly, stable superhydrophobicity with a contact angle of 153.5° was successfully observed for CuO-ZnO microflowers after modification with PDMS. The electrochemical impedance measurements proved that the anticorrosion efficiency for the CuO/ZnO/PDMS sample was about 99%.

  1. Flower-Like CuO/ZnO Hybrid Hierarchical Nanostructures Grown on Copper Substrate: Glycothermal Synthesis, Characterization, Hydrophobic and Anticorrosion Properties

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    Farshad Beshkar

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work we have demonstrated a facile formation of CuO nanostructures on copper substrates by the oxidation of copper foil in ethylene glycol (EG at 80 °C. On immersing a prepared CuO film into a solution containing 0.1 g Zn(acac2 in 20 mL EG for 8 h, ZnO flower-like microstructures composed of hierarchical three-dimensional (3D aggregated nanoparticles and spherical architectures were spontaneously formed at 100 °C. The as-synthesized thin films and 3D microstructures were characterized using XRD, SEM, and EDS techniques. The effects of sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB, and polyethylene glycol (PEG 6000 as surfactants and stabilizers on the morphology of the CuO and ZnO structures were discussed. Possible growth mechanisms for the controlled organization of primary building units into CuO nanostructures and 3D flower-like ZnO architectures were proposed. The hydrophobic property of the products was characterized by means of water contact angle measurement. After simple surface modification with stearic acid and PDMS, the resulting films showed hydrophobic and even superhydrophobic characteristics due to their special surface energy and nano-microstructure morphology. Importantly, stable superhydrophobicity with a contact angle of 153.5° was successfully observed for CuO-ZnO microflowers after modification with PDMS. The electrochemical impedance measurements proved that the anticorrosion efficiency for the CuO/ZnO/PDMS sample was about 99%.

  2. Hydrothermal growth of wheatear-shaped ZnO microstructures and ...

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    The growth of wheatear-shaped ZnO is very rapid and can be achieved in only 5 min. OH − -driven oriented aggregation and multistep nucleation resulted in the formation of wheatear-shaped ZnO microstructures.The product had assembled open structures and it exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity in the degradation ...

  3. ZnO Micro- and Nanostructures Obtained by Thermal Oxidation: Microstructure, Morphogenesis, Optical, and Photoluminescence Properties

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    Alejandro Escobedo-Morales; Rubén J. Aranda-García; Ernesto Chigo-Anota; Armando Pérez-Centeno; Antonio Méndez-Blas; Carlos G. Arana-Toro

    2016-01-01

    ZnO micro- and nanostructures were obtained through thermal oxidation of Zn powders at high temperature under air atmosphere. A detailed study of the microstructure, morphology, optical, and photoluminescence properties of the generated products at different stages of thermal oxidation is presented. It was found that the exposure time has a strong influence on the resulting morphology. The morphogenesis of the different ZnO structures is discussed, and experimental parameters for fabricating ...

  4. ZnO Micro- and Nanostructures Obtained by Thermal Oxidation: Microstructure, Morphogenesis, Optical, and Photoluminescence Properties

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    Alejandro Escobedo-Morales

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available ZnO micro- and nanostructures were obtained through thermal oxidation of Zn powders at high temperature under air atmosphere. A detailed study of the microstructure, morphology, optical, and photoluminescence properties of the generated products at different stages of thermal oxidation is presented. It was found that the exposure time has a strong influence on the resulting morphology. The morphogenesis of the different ZnO structures is discussed, and experimental parameters for fabricating ZnO tetrapods, hollow, core-shell, elongated, or rounded structures by thermal oxidation method are proposed on the basis on the obtained results. Notoriously, the crystal lattice of the ZnO structures has negligible residual strain, although, the density of point defects increases when the thermal treatment is extended; as consequence, their visible luminescence upon UV excitation enhances.

  5. Microstructural and optical properties of transparent conductive ZnO ...

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    Transparent conductive ZnO : Al : Mo films with a molar ratio of Zn : Al : Mo = 99 : 0⋅99 : 0⋅01 ... electronic industries, including solar cells, gas sensors, ... prevent the formation of hydroxide. The volume of the solution was expanded to 100 mL by adding ethanol, so that the molar concentration of the Zn2+ cation reached.

  6. Dependence of the microstructural properties of ZnO particles on their synthesis

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    Music, Svetozar; Saric, Ankica; Popovic, Stanko

    2008-01-01

    The influence of experimental conditions on the precipitation of ZnO particles and their microstructural properties has been investigated using X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermal field emission scanning electron microscopy. Mixing of ZnCl 2 or Zn(ac) 2 solution with Na 2 CO 3 solution of proper concentrations yielded aggregates of fine Zn 5 (CO 3 ) 2 (OH) 6 particles, which were converted to nanosize ZnO particles at 300 deg. C. The size of these ZnO particles increased to around 100 nm upon heating at 600 deg. C, whereas a small fraction of them turned out in the form of aggregates. The obtained ZnO particles assumed a pseudospherical shape; however, their basic structure was based on the hexagonal space group. Precipitation of Zn 2+ ions in decomposing HMTA at 90 deg. C yielded ZnO particles around micron range. Crystalline Zn(OH) 2 was not detected in the precipitates. ZnO particles obtained by this method were strongly elongated in the direction of the crystallographic c-axis

  7. Microstructural analysis and thermoelectric properties of Sn-Al co-doped ZnO ceramics

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    Hoemke, Joshua, E-mail: jhoemke@sigma.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Tochigi, Eita; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi [Institute of Engineering Innovation, The University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Khan, Atta Ullah; Mori, Takao [National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba 305-0044 (Japan); Yoshida, Hidehiro; Sakka, Yoshio [National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS), 1–2–1 Sengen, Tsukuba, 305–0047 (Japan)

    2016-08-26

    Sn-Al co-doped polycrystalline ZnO ceramics were prepared by sintering in air. Phase and microstructure analysis was performed by X-ray diffraction and SEM-EDS and thermoelectric properties were measured. XRD analysis showed a ZnO primary phase as well as secondary phase peaks due to the formation of a Zn{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} spinel phase or SnO{sub 2}(ZnO:Sn-Al){sub m} intergrowth phase. SEM analysis revealed a dense microstructure with a small number of nanometric pores, consistent with the measured density of 5.48 g/cm{sup 3}. An activated electrical conductivity characteristic of a semiconducting material was observed as well as a negative Seebeck coefficient with both values increasing in absolute value from RT to 730 °C. The power factor had a maximum value of 3.73×10{sup −4} W m{sup −1} K{sup −2} at 730 °C. Thermal conductivity measurements showed a significant reduction over the measured temperature range compared to undoped ZnO. This could be attributed to grain size reduction, the formation of a nanoscale secondary phase or a reduction in crystallinity caused by Sn-Al co-doping. A maximum ZT of 0.06 was obtained at 750 °C for the Sn-Al co-doped ZnO ceramics.

  8. Facile Synthesis of Self-Assembled Flower-Like Mesoporous Zinc Oxide Nanoflakes for Energy Applications

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    Saranya, P. E.; Selladurai, S.

    Flower-shaped self-assembled zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoflakes were successfully synthesized via a temperature-controlled hydrothermal method. The crystallinity and phase formation of the compound were determined from powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) result. Surface morphology investigations reveal the self-assembled ZnO nanoflakes to form a spherical flower-like structure. In addition, the particle size was determined from high-resolution transmission electron microscope measurement as 18nm which is in accord with XRD and UV results. X-ray photo electron spectroscopy studies reveal the chemical composition and oxidation state of the ZnO nanoparticle. The specific surface area was calculated, and mesoporous nature was confirmed using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis. Results support the superior interaction between the electrode and electrolyte ions through surface pores. Capacitive performance of the ZnO electrode material was determined using cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge/discharge studies, and a maximum specific capacitance of 322F/g was obtained at 5mV/sec. Electrochemical impedance spectrum reveals the materials fast charge transfer kinetics.

  9. Sintering and microstructure of ZnO varistor

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    Leite, E.R.; Longo, E.; Varela, J.A.

    1987-01-01

    The sintering and microstructure of ZnO-Bi 2 O 3 (ZB) and ZuO-Sb 2 O 3 -CoO-Bi 2 O 3 (ZSCB) varistors in several temperatures, for one hour in dry air temperature were studied. The compounds were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis and the density and porosity were determined by mercury picnometry. The experimental results showed that the ZB and ZSCB system sinters by liquid means and that liquid will control the density and grain growth mechanisms. (E.G.) [pt

  10. ZnO nanoparticles obtained by ball milling technique: Structural, micro-structure, optical and photo-catalytic properties

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    Balamurugan, S., E-mail: scandium.chemistry@gmail.com; Joy, Josny; Godwin, M. Anto; Selvamani, S.; Raja, T. S. Gokul [Advanced Nanomaterials Research Laboratory, Department of Nanotechnology, Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, Thuckalay, Kumaracoil - 629 180 (India)

    2016-05-23

    The ZnO nanoparticles were obtained by ball milling of commercial grade ZnO powder at 250 rpm for 20 h and studied their structural, micro-structure, optical and photo-catalytic properties. Due to ball milling significant decrease in lattice parameters and average crystalline size is noticed for the as-milled ZnO nano powder. The HRSEM images of the as-milled powder consist of agglomerated fine spherical nanoparticles in the range of ~10-20 nm. The room temperature PL spectrum of as-milled ZnO nano powder excited under 320 nm reveals two emission bands at ~406 nm (violet emission) and ~639 nm (green emission). Interestingly about 98 % of photo degradation of methylene (MB) by the ZnO catalyst is achieved at 100 minutes of solar light irradiation.

  11. Detailed microstructure analysis of as-deposited and etched porous ZnO films

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    Shang, Congcong; Thimont, Yohann; Barnabé, Antoine; Presmanes, Lionel; Pasquet, Isabelle; Tailhades, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Porous ZnO thin films were deposited by rf magnetron sputtering. • Surface enhancement factors were deduced from geometrical considerations. • Enlargement of the inter-grain spaces have been achieved by HCl chemical etching. • Microstructural parameters were deduced from SEM, AFM and optical measurements. - Abstract: ZnO nanostructured materials in thin film forms are of particular interest for photovoltaic or photocatalysis processes but they suffer from a lack of simple methods for optimizing their microstructure. We have demonstrated that microporous ZnO thin films with optimized inter grain accessibility can be produce by radio frequency magnetron sputtering process and chemical etching with 2.75 mM HCl solution for different duration. The as-deposited ZnO thin films were first characterized in terms of structure, grain size, inter grain space, open cavity depth and total thickness of the film by XRD, AFM, SEM, profilometry and optical measurements. A specific attention was dedicated to the determination of the surface enhancement factor (SEF) by using basic geometrical considerations and images treatments. In addition, the porous fraction and its distribution in the thickness have been estimated thanks to the optical simulation of the experimental UV–Visible–IR spectrums using the Bruggeman dielectric model and cross section SEM images analysis respectively. This study showed that the microstructure of the as-deposited films consists of a dense layer covered by a porous upper layer developing a SEF of 12–13 m 2 m −2 . This two layers architecture is not modified by the etching process. The etching process only affects the upper porous layer in which the overall porosity and the inter-grain space increase with the etching duration. Column diameter and total film thickness decrease at the same time when the films are soaked in the HCl bath. The microporous structure obtained after the etching process could

  12. Immediate fabrication of flower-like graphene oxide by ion beam bombardment

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    Cheng, Junjie [Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui Province, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Division of Nanobiomedicine, Key Laboratory for Nano-Bio Interface Research, Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215123 (China); Zhang, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Guilong [Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui Province, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Xiong, Shiquan [Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui Province, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Pei, Renjun, E-mail: rjpei2011@sinano.ac.cn [Division of Nanobiomedicine, Key Laboratory for Nano-Bio Interface Research, Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215123 (China); Cai, Dongqing, E-mail: dqcai@ipp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui Province, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Wu, Zhengyan, E-mail: zywu@ipp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Ion Beam Bioengineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui Province, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China)

    2015-12-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ion beam bombardment (IBB) could modify the microstructure of graphene oxide (GO). • IBB could transform a compact multi-layered GO to a few-layered flower-like GO. • IBB could effectively improve the dispersion and the related properties of GO. • The main mechanism was proposed to be the etching and charge effects of IBB. - Abstract: An effective and convenient method using ion beam bombardment (IBB) for separating a multi-layered compact graphene oxide (GO) piece into several small few-layered loose pieces was developed, and it was found that those small GO pieces had formed a flower-like structure. Therein, the main mechanism was proposed to be the etching and charge effects of IBB. This work could provide a facile and promising approach for improving the dispersion and the related properties of GO. Furthermore, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectrum determinations demonstrated that, with the increasing fluence, IBB could effectively decrease the chemical groups in the layers of GO, resulting in the decrease of the layer distance.

  13. Orientation dependence of transport property and microstructural characterization of Al-doped ZnO ceramics

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    Kaga, Hisashi; Kinemuchi, Yoshiaki; Yilmaz, Huseyin; Watari, Koji; Nakano, Hiromi; Nakano, Hiroshi; Tanaka, Satoshi; Makiya, Atsushi; Kato, Zenji; Uematsu, Keizo

    2007-01-01

    The correlation between thermoelectric properties and crystallographic texture strengths of Al-doped ZnO ceramics prepared by the high magnetic field alignment method was investigated. The relationship between texture strength and electrical conductivity showed a unique characteristic, in which electrical conductivity increased with increasing texture strength, while the Seebeck coefficient was almost independent of the texture strength. Theoretical calculation indicated that the electrical conductivity was not only a function of crystal orientation but also of grain boundary structures. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy revealed that an interfacial layer or segregation of Al at grain boundaries was not observed; however, the coincidence site lattice such as Σ49 was observed at higher texture strength, suggesting that the unique microstructure was the main cause of these transport differences

  14. Solvent-assisted microstructural evolution and enhanced performance of porous ZnO films for plastic dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ohashi, Hitomi; Hagiwara, Manabu; Fujihara, Shinobu

    2017-02-01

    A low-temperature process for fabricating porous ZnO films on plastic, indium tin oxide-coated polyethylene naphthalate substrates is developed for their use in dye-sensitized solar cells. A special attention is paid to modification of microscopic morphologies for enhancing interparticle connection. ZnO films having two kinds of macroscopic morphologies (flower-like particles and densely packed nanoparticles) are fabricated at temperatures below the heatproof temperature of the substrate, and subsequently immersed in mixed solvents composed of water and ethanol at 90 °C. The immersion leads to the growth of constituting ZnO particles and also the evolution of interparticle connection, depending on solvent compositions. The cell performance is largely improved especially in a short-circuit current density and a power conversion efficiency. The immersion effect is more remarkable for the cell using the densely packed ZnO film, with a 62% increase in the current density and an 84% increase in the conversion efficiency. In consequence, our plastic N719-sensitized ZnO cell shows the conversion efficiency as high as 4.1%.

  15. The Influence of Spark Plasma Sintering Temperature on the Microstructure and Thermoelectric Properties of Al,Ga Dual-Doped ZnO

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    Han, Li; Le, Thanh Hung; Van Nong, Ngo

    2013-01-01

    ZnO dual-doped with Al and Ga was prepared by spark plasma sintering using different sintering temperatures. The microstructural evolution and thermoelectric properties of the samples were investigated in detail. The samples obtained with sintering temperature above 1223 K had higher relative den...... of ZnO particles and microstructure evolution at different sintering temperatures were investigated by simulation of the self-Joule-heating effect of the individual particles....

  16. Flower-Like ZnO-Assisted One-Pot Encapsulation of Noble Metal Nanoparticles Supported Catalysts with ZIFs

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    Lin, Lu; Liu, Haiou; Zhang, Xiongfu

    2018-03-01

    Rational design of efficient approaches to fabricate MOFs-coated core-shell composites is promising but challenging. We report here the encapsulation of Pd nanoparticles (Pd NPs) supported flower-like ZnO (F-ZnO) microspheres with ZIF-8 shell through a facile strategy, in which the formation and immobilization of Pd NPs on F-ZnO supports and the subsequent growth of ZIF-8 shells over them are effectively integrated into one-pot synthetic route. Importantly, the utilization of ZnO both as support of Pd NPs and Zn2+ source of ZIF-8 is favorable for the implement of one-pot synthesis, due to its functions in anchoring Pd NPs and inducing ZIF-8 formation. Further insights into the morphological influence of zinc oxide particles on the resulting materials indicate that the flower-like microspheres with 2D nanosheets as subunits also benefit the coating of Pd NPs supported cores with ZIF-8, resulting in a well-defined core-shell catalyst. The achieved catalyst deliveries remarkable performance in terms of selectivity, anti-poisoning and recyclability in the liquid hydrogenations of alkenes.

  17. Synthesis, microstructural characterization and optical properties of undoped, V and Sc doped ZnO thin films

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    Amezaga-Madrid, P.; Antunez-Flores, W.; Ledezma-Sillas, J.E.; Murillo-Ramirez, J.G.; Solis-Canto, O.; Vega-Becerra, O.E.; Martinez-Sanchez, R.; Miki-Yoshida, M.

    2011-01-01

    Research highlights: → Undoped, V and Sc doped ZnO thin films by Aerosol Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition. → Optimum substrate temperatures of 673 K and 623 K for Sc and V doped films. → Around one third of the dopants in solution were deposited into the films. → Crystallite and grain size decreased with the increase of dopant concentration. → Optical band gap increased from 3.29 to 3.32 eV for undoped to 7 Sc/Zn at. %. - Abstract: Many semiconductor oxides (ZnO, TiO 2 , SnO 2 ) when doped with a low percentage of non-magnetic (V, Sc) or magnetic 3d (Co, Mn, Ni, Fe) cation behave ferromagnetically. They have attracted a great deal of interest due to the integration of semiconducting and magnetic properties in a material. ZnO is one of the most promising materials to carry out these tasks in view of the fact that it is optically transparent and has n or p type conductivity. Here, we report the synthesis, microstructural characterization and optical properties of undoped, V and Sc doped zinc oxide thin films. ZnO based thin films with additions of V and Sc were deposited by the Aerosol Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition method. V and Sc were incorporated separately in the precursor solution. The films were uniform, transparent and non-light scattering. The microstructure of the films was characterized by Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Scanning Probe Microscopy. Average grain size and surface rms roughness were estimated by the measurement of Atomic Force Microscopy. The microstructure of doped ZnO thin films depended on the type and amount of dopant material incorporated. The optical properties were determined from specular reflectance and transmittance spectra. Results were analyzed to determine the optical constant and band gap of the films. An increase in the optical band gap with the content of Sc dopant was obtained.

  18. Synthesis and Enhanced Ethanol Gas Sensing Properties of the g-C3N4 Nanosheets-Decorated Tin Oxide Flower-Like Nanorods Composite

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    Yan Wang

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Flower-like SnO2/g-C3N4 nanocomposites were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method by using SnCl4·5H2O and urea as the precursor. The structure and morphology of the as-synthesized samples were characterized by using the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD, electron microscopy (FESEM and TEM, and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR techniques. SnO2 displays the unique 3D flower-like microstructure assembled with many uniform nanorods with the lengths and diameters of about 400–600 nm and 50–100 nm, respectively. For the SnO2/g-C3N4 composites, SnO2 flower-like nanorods were coupled by a lamellar structure 2D g-C3N4. Gas sensing performance test results indicated that the response of the sensor based on 7 wt. % 2D g-C3N4-decorated SnO2 composite to 500 ppm ethanol vapor was 150 at 340 °C, which was 3.5 times higher than that of the pure flower-like SnO2 nanorods-based sensor. The gas sensing mechanism of the g-C3N4nanosheets-decorated SnO2 flower-like nanorods was discussed in relation to the heterojunction structure between g-C3N4 and SnO2.

  19. Synthesis and Enhanced Ethanol Gas Sensing Properties of the g-C3N4 Nanosheets-Decorated Tin Oxide Flower-Like Nanorods Composite

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    Qin, Cong; Zhang, Bo; Sun, Guang; Zhang, Zhanying

    2017-01-01

    Flower-like SnO2/g-C3N4 nanocomposites were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method by using SnCl4·5H2O and urea as the precursor. The structure and morphology of the as-synthesized samples were characterized by using the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), electron microscopy (FESEM and TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR) techniques. SnO2 displays the unique 3D flower-like microstructure assembled with many uniform nanorods with the lengths and diameters of about 400–600 nm and 50–100 nm, respectively. For the SnO2/g-C3N4 composites, SnO2 flower-like nanorods were coupled by a lamellar structure 2D g-C3N4. Gas sensing performance test results indicated that the response of the sensor based on 7 wt. % 2D g-C3N4-decorated SnO2 composite to 500 ppm ethanol vapor was 150 at 340 °C, which was 3.5 times higher than that of the pure flower-like SnO2 nanorods-based sensor. The gas sensing mechanism of the g-C3N4nanosheets-decorated SnO2 flower-like nanorods was discussed in relation to the heterojunction structure between g-C3N4 and SnO2. PMID:28937649

  20. Flame based growth of ZnO nano- and microstructures for advanced optical, multifunctional devices, and biomedical applications (Conference Presentation)

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    Mishra, Yogendra K.; Gröttrup, Jorit; Smazna, Daria; Hölken, Iris; Hoppe, Mathias; Sindushree, Sindushree; Kaps, Sören; Lupan, Oleg; Seidel, Jan; Monteiro, Teresa; Tiginyanu, Ion M.; Kienle, Lorenz; Ronning, Carsten; Schulte, Karl; Fiedler, Bodo; Adelung, Rainer

    2017-06-01

    The recent flame based growth strategy offers a simple and versatile fabrication of various (one, two, and three-dimensional) nano- and microstructures from different metal oxides (ZnO, SnO2, Fe2O3, etc.) in a desired manner.[1] ZnO structures ranging from nanoscales wires to macroscopic and highly porous 3D interconnected tetrapod networks have been successfully synthesized, characterized and utilized for various applications. The ZnO micro- and nanoneedles grown at walls in silicon trenches showed excellent whispering gallery mode resonances and photocatalytic properties.[2] Using the same strategy, large polycrystalline micro- and nanostructured ZnO platelets can be grown with grains interconnected together via grain boundaries and these grain boundaries exhibit a higher conductivity as compared to individual grains.[3] This flame transport synthesis (FTS) approach offers the growth of a large amount of ZnO tetrapods which have shown interesting applications because of their 3D spatial shape and micro-and nanoscale size, for example, interconnected tetrapods based devices for UV-detection and gas sensing.[4-5] Because of their complex 3D shape, ZnO tetrapods can be used as efficient filler particles for designing self-reporting,[6] and other interesting composites. The nanostructured materials exhibit an important role with respect to advanced biomedical applications as grown ZnO structures have shown strong potentials for antiviral applications.[7] Being mechanically strong and micro-and nanoscale in dimensions, these ZnO tetrapods can be easily doped with other elements or hybridized with various nanoparticles in form of hybrid ZnO tetrapods which are suitable for various multifunctional applications, for example, these hybrid tetrapods showed improved gas sensing properties.[8] The sacrificial nature of ZnO allows the for growth of new tetrapods and 3D network materials for various advanced applications, for example, highly porous and ultra light carbon based

  1. Fabrication and characterization of flower-like CuO-ZnO heterostructure nanowire arrays by photochemical deposition.

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    Jung, Sungmook; Jeon, Seongho; Yong, Kijung

    2011-01-07

    A simple two step solution-based method was applied to fabricate CuO-ZnO heterostructured nanowire (NW) arrays. First, ZnO nanowires were grown on a Si substrate using the ammonia solution hydrothermal reaction. Afterwards, flower-like CuO crystals were photochemically deposited on the tip of the ZnO NWs, using ultraviolet (UV) light (312 nm wavelength) irradiation at room temperature. The morphology of the CuO was controlled by reaction time, density of ZnO NWs, and concentration of the solution. Because the deposited CuO is p-type and has narrow band gap properties, CuO-ZnO heterostructured NWs exhibited a stable p-n junction property and good ability to absorb visible light. Through investigation of UV light-triggered reaction phenomena, we found that the production of OH(-) from the photocatalytic process on the surface of ZnO NWs plays a critical role in the CuO deposition mechanism.

  2. Hierarchical hollow microsphere and flower-like indium oxide: Controllable synthesis and application as H2S cataluminescence sensing materials

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    Cai, Pingyang; Bai, Wei; Zhang, Lichun; Song, Hongjie; Su, Yingying; Lv, Yi

    2012-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Hierarchical hollow microsphere and flower-like In 2 O 3 were controllable fabricated through a novel and simple hydrothermal process, and the former showed superior cataluminescence sensing performance to H 2 S. Highlights: ► In 2 O 3 hierarchical hollow sphere were prepared via a hydrothermal route. ► The growth process of In 2 O 3 hierarchical hollow sphere has been investigated. ► The sensor based on prepared In 2 O 3 shows good sensing performance to H 2 S. -- Abstract: In the present work, In 2 O 3 hierarchical hollow microsphere and flower-like microstructure were achieved controllably by a hydrothermal process in the sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-N,N-dimethyl-formamide (DMF) system. XRD, SEM, HRTEM and N 2 adsorption measurements were used to characterize the as-prepared indium oxide materials and the possible mechanism for the microstructures formation was briefly discussed. The cataluminescence gas sensor based on the as-prepared In 2 O 3 was utilized to detect H 2 S concentrations in flowing air. Comparative gas sensing results revealed that the sensor based on hierarchical hollow microsphere exhibited much higher sensing sensitivity in detecting H 2 S gas than the sensor based on flower-like microstructure. The present gas sensor had a fast response time of 5 s and a recovery time of less than 25 s, furthermore, the cataluminescence intensity vs. H 2 S concentration was linear in range of 2–20 μg mL −1 with a detection limit of 0.5 μg mL −1 . The present highly sensitive, fast-responding, and low-cost In 2 O 3 -based gas sensor for H 2 S would have many practical applications.

  3. Microstructure and electrical properties of Sm2O3 doped Bi2O3-based ZnO varistor ceramics

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    Ashraf, M.A.; Bhuiyan, A.H.; Hakim, M.A.; Hossain, M.T.

    2011-01-01

    Highlights: The EDX and XRD analyses of the samples show the presence of ZnO phases, Bi-rich phases, spinel phases and Sm 2 O 3 -based phases. For varistor ceramic containing 0.30 mol% Sm 2 O 3 the value of α is 44, maximum E b value is 3000 V cm -1 and minimum value of I L is 1.10 μA. It can be inferred from the above results that the 0.30 mol% Sm 2 O 3 doped ZnO varistor ceramics is the optimum composition for best performance of these Sm 2 O 3 doped Bi 2 O 3 -based ZnO varistor ceramics. - Abstract: The dependence of the bulk density, microstructure and dc electrical properties of bismuth oxide (Bi 2 O 3 )-based zinc oxide (ZnO) varistor ceramics for various samarium oxide (Sm 2 O 3 ) contents was investigated. The value of bulk density was found to 5.43-5.50 g cm -3 with Sm 2 O 3 (mol%) content. The maximum value of bulk density is observed to be 5.50 for 0.30 mol% Sm 2 O 3 containing varistor ceramics. The grain sizes for all the samples calculated from the scanning electron micrographs were found to decrease as Sm 2 O 3 increases. The presence of ZnO phases, Bi-rich phases, spinel phases and Sm 2 O 3 phases were observed in the samples by the energy dispersive X-ray analysis and X-ray diffraction analysis. As the Sm 2 O 3 amount increased in the Bi 2 O 3 -based ZnO varistor ceramics, the nonlinear coefficient, α increased up to 0.10 mol%, reaching a maximum value of 58 and then decreased. The breakdown electric field, E b , increased with the increase of Sm 2 O 3 content with a maximum value of 3220 V cm -1 for the 0.75 mol% Sm 2 O 3 doped ZnO varistor ceramics. The leakage current, I L , showed a minimum value of 1.10 μA for the composition of 0.30 mol% Sm 2 O 3 doped Bi 2 O 3 -based ZnO varistor ceramics. The 0.30 mol% Sm 2 O 3 -doped Bi 2 O 3 -based ZnO varistor ceramics sintered at 1200 deg. C exhibited a good stability for dc accelerated aging stress of 0.90 V 1mA /90 deg. C/12 h.

  4. Sintering and annealing effects on ZnO microstructure and thermoelectric properties

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    Søndergaard, Martin; Bøjesen, Espen D.; Borup, Kasper A.; Christensen, Sebastian; Christensen, Mogens; Iversen, Bo B.

    2013-01-01

    The influence of different thermal treatments on zinc oxide has been investigated regarding the thermal diffusivity and structural properties of doped and undoped samples. ZnO powders having various grain sizes and morphologies, with or without aluminum doping, have been prepared under different temperatures by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The microstructural properties and thermal diffusivities of the prepared samples have been measured before and after annealing treatments in air at 800 °C. In undoped samples, the crystallite sizes increased after the annealing treatments, while it was retained in the Al-doped samples. The thermal diffusivities, microstrain and degree of preferred orientation were affected by the SPS temperature and the annealing; however, the general trends were retained after the annealing treatments. Lower maximum temperature yielded a lower degree of preferred orientation, less microstrain, higher density of grain boundaries, lower thermal diffusivities and, for Al-doped samples, lower electrical conductivity and a difference in zT-values from 0.2 to 0.3 at 800 °C. Calculations of the wavelengths and mean free paths of the phonons that contribute to the main part of the thermal conductivity have been conducted and reveal that nanostructures <12 nm are required to lower the thermal conductivity by quantum confinement

  5. Electrical characterization of FIB processed metal layers for reliable conductive-AFM on ZnO microstructures

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    Pea, M. [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie - CNR, Roma 00156 (Italy); Maiolo, L. [Istituto per la Microelettronica e i Microsistemi - CNR, Roma 00133 (Italy); Giovine, E. [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie - CNR, Roma 00156 (Italy); Rinaldi, A. [University of L’Aquila, International Research Center for Mathematics & Mechanics of Complex System (MEMOCS), 04012, Cisterna di Latina (Italy); ENEA, C.R. Casaccia, Santa Maria di Galeria, 00123 Rome (Italy); Araneo, R. [Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome (Italy); Notargiacomo, A., E-mail: andrea.notargiacomo@ifn.cnr.it [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie - CNR, Roma 00156 (Italy)

    2016-05-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Contact resistance between conductive AFM tip and different metals is investigated. • FIB processed Ti and Cr areas have larger resistance than as deposited films. • Gold displays low and ohmic tip-sample resistance even after FIB processing. • Au/Ti stack on top of ZnO pillars allows reliable I–V characterization by C-AFM. - Abstract: We report on the conductive-atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) study of metallic layers in order to find the most suitable configuration for electrical characterization of individual ZnO micro-pillars fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB). The electrical resistance between the probe tip and both as deposited and FIB processed metal layers (namely, Cr, Ti, Au and Al) has been investigated. Both chromium and titanium evidenced a non homogenous and non ohmic behaviour, non negligible scanning probe induced anodic oxidation associated to electrical measurements, and after FIB milling they exhibited significantly higher tip-sample resistance. Aluminium had generally a more apparent non conductive behaviour. Conversely, gold films showed very good tip-sample conduction properties being less sensitive to FIB processing than the other investigated metals. We found that a reliable C-AFM electrical characterization of ZnO microstructures obtained by FIB machining is feasible by using a combination of metal films as top contact layer. An Au/Ti bilayer on top of ZnO was capable to sustain the FIB fabrication process and to form a suitable ohmic contact to the semiconductor, allowing for reliable C-AFM measurement. To validate the consistency of this approach, we measured the resistance of ZnO micropillars finding a linear dependence on the pillar height, as expected for an ohmic conductor, and evaluated the resistivity of the material. This procedure has the potential to be downscaled to nanometer size structures by a proper choice of metal films type and thickness.

  6. Electrical characterization of FIB processed metal layers for reliable conductive-AFM on ZnO microstructures

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    Pea, M.; Maiolo, L.; Giovine, E.; Rinaldi, A.; Araneo, R.; Notargiacomo, A.

    2016-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Contact resistance between conductive AFM tip and different metals is investigated. • FIB processed Ti and Cr areas have larger resistance than as deposited films. • Gold displays low and ohmic tip-sample resistance even after FIB processing. • Au/Ti stack on top of ZnO pillars allows reliable I–V characterization by C-AFM. - Abstract: We report on the conductive-atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) study of metallic layers in order to find the most suitable configuration for electrical characterization of individual ZnO micro-pillars fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB). The electrical resistance between the probe tip and both as deposited and FIB processed metal layers (namely, Cr, Ti, Au and Al) has been investigated. Both chromium and titanium evidenced a non homogenous and non ohmic behaviour, non negligible scanning probe induced anodic oxidation associated to electrical measurements, and after FIB milling they exhibited significantly higher tip-sample resistance. Aluminium had generally a more apparent non conductive behaviour. Conversely, gold films showed very good tip-sample conduction properties being less sensitive to FIB processing than the other investigated metals. We found that a reliable C-AFM electrical characterization of ZnO microstructures obtained by FIB machining is feasible by using a combination of metal films as top contact layer. An Au/Ti bilayer on top of ZnO was capable to sustain the FIB fabrication process and to form a suitable ohmic contact to the semiconductor, allowing for reliable C-AFM measurement. To validate the consistency of this approach, we measured the resistance of ZnO micropillars finding a linear dependence on the pillar height, as expected for an ohmic conductor, and evaluated the resistivity of the material. This procedure has the potential to be downscaled to nanometer size structures by a proper choice of metal films type and thickness.

  7. Hydrothermal growth of wheatear-shaped ZnO microstructures and ...

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    2017-09-12

    Sep 12, 2017 ... The product had assembled open structures and it exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity in the degradation of methyl orange under UV-light irradiation. Keywords. Wheatear-shaped ZnO; hydrothermal synthesis; rapid growth; photocatalytic properties. 1. Introduction. ZnO is an important semiconductor ...

  8. Effects of different petal thickness on gas sensing properties of flower-like WO3·H2O hierarchical architectures

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    Zeng, Wen; Zhang, He; Wang, Zhongchang

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: In this work, we prepare four different petal thicknesses of hierarchical WO 3 ·H 2 O architectures via a simple hydrothermal process, and systematically report their formation mechanisms and gas-sensing properties. - Highlights: • Flower-like WO 3 ·H 2 O architectures with different petal thickness were reported. • The WO 3 ·H 2 O sheet-flower sensor shows a significantly enhanced gas response. • A possible growth mechanism for the flower-like architectures is proposed. - Abstract: Hierarchical architectures consisting of two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures are of great interest for potential use in recent year. Here, we report the successful synthesis of four hierarchical tungsten oxide flower-like architectures via a simple yet facile hydrothermal method. The as-prepared WO 3 ·H 2 O hierarchical architectures are in fact assembled with numerous nanosheets or nanoplates. Through a comprehensive characterization of microstructures and morphologies of the as-prepared products, we find that petal thickness is a key factor for affecting gas-sensing performances. We further propose a possible growth mechanism for the four flower-like architectures. Moreover, gas-sensing measurements showed that the well-defined sheet-flower WO 3 ·H 2 O hierarchical architectures exhibited the excellent gas-sensing properties to ethanol owing to their largest amount of thin petal structures and pores

  9. Effect of surface microstructure and wettability on plasma protein adsorption to ZnO thin films prepared at different RF powers.

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    Huang, Zhan-Yun; Chen, Min; Pan, Shi-Rong; Chen, Di-Hu

    2010-10-01

    In this paper, the adsorption behavior of plasma proteins on the surface of ZnO thin films prepared by radio frequency (RF) sputtering under different sputtering powers was studied. The microstructures and surface properties of the ZnO thin films were investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-visible optical absorption spectroscopy and contact angle techniques. The results show that the ZnO thin films have better orientation of the (0 0 2) peak with increasing RF power, especially at around 160 W, and the optical band gap of the ZnO films varies from 3.2 to 3.4 eV. The contact angle test carried out by the sessile drop technique denoted a hydrophobic surface of the ZnO films, and the surface energy and adhesive work of the ZnO thin films decreased with increasing sputtering power. The amounts of human fibrinogen (HFG) and human serum albumin (HSA) adsorbing on the ZnO films and reference samples were determined by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The results show that fewer plasma proteins and a smaller HFG/HSA ratio adsorb on the ZnO thin films' surface.

  10. Flower-like Ag/AgCl microcrystals: Synthesis and photocatalytic activity

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    Daupor, Hasan; Wongnawa, Sumpun

    2015-01-01

    Silver/silver chloride (Ag/AgCl) composites with a novel flower-like morphology were prepared via a hot precipitation assisted by the vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) route. An aqueous solution of AlCl 3 was mixed with the vinyl acetate monomer and acetic acid before adding a AgNO 3 solution at a temperature of 100 °C. The octapod shaped flower-like Ag/AgCl particles (or “flower-like Ag/AgCl” hereinafter) has eight petals each of which was about 7–11 μm in length. The flower-like octapods were formed by preferential overgrowth along the <111> directions of the cubic seeds. Detailed studies of the growth process at different AlCl 3 concentrations revealed that the concave cube developed into a Rubik's cube where eight corners grew further into the flower-like structures. The VAM and acetic acid concentration strongly affected the growth of the Ag/AgCl to the flower-like structure and their optimum concentrations were determined. The morphologies of these particles were carefully examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The crystal structures and orientation relationship were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV–visible diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The flower-like Ag/AgCl microcrystals were tested for their photocatalytic degradation of orange G dye (OG) catalyzed by visible light. From comparative test runs, the flower-like Ag/AgCl exhibited better photocatalytic activity than simple and commercial Ag/AgCl particles. - Highlights: • Interesting transformation of microcrystals Ag/AgCl from concave cube via Rubik's cube to flower-like shape. • The first to use VAM as morphology control reagent. • High photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation

  11. Electrical characterization of FIB processed metal layers for reliable conductive-AFM on ZnO microstructures

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    Pea, M.; Maiolo, L.; Giovine, E.; Rinaldi, A.; Araneo, R.; Notargiacomo, A.

    2016-05-01

    We report on the conductive-atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) study of metallic layers in order to find the most suitable configuration for electrical characterization of individual ZnO micro-pillars fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB). The electrical resistance between the probe tip and both as deposited and FIB processed metal layers (namely, Cr, Ti, Au and Al) has been investigated. Both chromium and titanium evidenced a non homogenous and non ohmic behaviour, non negligible scanning probe induced anodic oxidation associated to electrical measurements, and after FIB milling they exhibited significantly higher tip-sample resistance. Aluminium had generally a more apparent non conductive behaviour. Conversely, gold films showed very good tip-sample conduction properties being less sensitive to FIB processing than the other investigated metals. We found that a reliable C-AFM electrical characterization of ZnO microstructures obtained by FIB machining is feasible by using a combination of metal films as top contact layer. An Au/Ti bilayer on top of ZnO was capable to sustain the FIB fabrication process and to form a suitable ohmic contact to the semiconductor, allowing for reliable C-AFM measurement. To validate the consistency of this approach, we measured the resistance of ZnO micropillars finding a linear dependence on the pillar height, as expected for an ohmic conductor, and evaluated the resistivity of the material. This procedure has the potential to be downscaled to nanometer size structures by a proper choice of metal films type and thickness.

  12. The Influence of Spark Plasma Sintering Temperature on the Microstructure and the Thermoelectric Properties of Al, Ga dually-doped ZnO

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    Han, Li; Le, Thanh Hung; Van Nong, Ngo

    2012-01-01

    Al, Ga dually-doped ZnO was prepared by spark plasma sintering with different sintering temperatures. The microstructural evolution and thermoelectric properties of the samples were investigated in detail. The samples with a sintering temperature above 1223K obtained higher relative densities...

  13. Paper-based biosensor relying on flower-like reduced graphene guided enzymatically deposition of polyaniline for Pb(2+) detection.

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    Ge, Shenguang; Wu, Kaiqing; Zhang, Yan; Yan, Mei; Yu, Jinghua

    2016-06-15

    A multi-amplified paper-based electrochemical strategy using Pb(2+) dependent DNAzyme as the recognition unit for Pb(2+) detection was developed. In this work, flower-like reduced graphene (FrGO) was prepared utilizing flower-like ZnO as template, which was first one step grown on the gold nanoparticles modified paper working electrode (Au-PWE). After being treated with acid and then modified with Au, a novel sensor platform named Au/FrGO/Au-PWE with large specific surface area and good electrical conductivity was fabricated. The Mn2O3 nanoparticle-assembled hierarchical hollow spheres (H-Mn2O3) was served as nanocarrier to immobilize GOx, HRP and signal strand (S3), resulting to the formation of S3/H-Mn2O3/HRP/GOx bioconjugations. In the presence of Pb(2+), the DNAzyme (S1) was activated and the substrate strand (S2) was cleaved. After the incubation with S3/H-Mn2O3/HRP/GOx in 0.1M HAc-NaAc solution (pH 4.3) containing 30 mM aniline and 15 mM glucose, a readily measurable "turn-on" electrochemical signal could be measured. On the basis of the signal amplification strategy of Au/FrGO/Au-PWE sensing platform and S3/H-Mn2O3/HRP/GOx bioconjugations, the developed biosensor exhibited a good linear response toward over a wide range of concentration from 0.005 to 2000 nM. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Microstructures and photocatalytic properties of porous ZnO films synthesized by chemical bath deposition method

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    Wang Huihu; Dong, Shijie; Chang Ying; Zhou Xiaoping; Hu Xinbin

    2012-01-01

    Different porous ZnO film structures on the surface of alumina substrates were prepared through a simple chemical bath deposition method in the methanolic zinc acetate solution. The surface morphology and phase structure of porous ZnO film were determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. Both initial zinc acetate concentration and sintering temperature have great impact on the final film structures. With the increase of initial zinc acetate concentration, the porous structures can be finely tuned from circular nest like assemblies composed film into successive nest like film, and finally to globular aggregates composed film. By increasing the sintering temperature, the porous structure of successive nest like film can be further controlled. Furthermore, the crystallinity of photocatalysts also can be greatly improved. The photodegradation results of Methyl Orange revealed that porous ZnO film with successive nest like structure sintered at 500 °C exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity under UV illumination.

  15. Microstructure of ZnO Thin Films Deposited by High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (Postprint)

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    2015-03-01

    Avrutin, S. Cho , H. Morkoc, A comprehensive review of ZnO materials and devices, J. Appl. Phys. 98 (2005) 41301. [4] M. Shimizu, T. Shiosaki, A...cathodic vacuum arc, Thin Solid Films 398–399 (2001) 244. [11] C.F. Yu, C.W. Sung , S.H. Chen, S.J. Sun, Relationship between the photoluminescence...L. Sanghun, C. Dongkeun, K. Won-Jeong, H. Moon- Ho , L. Woong, Ga-doped ZnO films deposited with varying sputtering powers and substrate temperatures by

  16. RETRACTED: Growth behavior and microstructure evolution of ZnO nanorods grown on Si in aqueous solution

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    Liou, Sz-Chian; Hsiao, Chi-Sheng; Chen, San-Yuan

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    This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal. This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief. Two papers published in the Journal of Crystal Growth are being retracted due to a case of misrepresentation and reuse of data. A reader of the Journal has brought to our attention the reuse of data within two published papers: Growth behavior and microstructure evolution of ZnO nanorods grown on Si in aqueous solution, Sz-Chian Liou, Chi-Sheng Hsiao, San-Yuan Chen, Journal of Crystal Growth 274 (2005) 438-446. Nucleation and growth behavior of well-aligned ZnO nanorods on organic substrates in aqueous solutions, Chin-Ching Lin, San-Yuan Chen, and Syh-Yuh Cheng, Journal of Crystal Growth 283 (2005) 141-146. In these papers the same transmission electron micrograph was used to describe two different experimental situations and results bringing into question the content of these papers. The reuse of data without proper attribution is not acceptable within the scientific publishing community. In the present case, this is compounded by the attribution of the micrograph to a different experimental situation and drawing, as a result, new conclusions from data obtained from different samples. Such behavior undermines the integrity of the scientific publishing endeavor and is not acceptable. The authors are responsible for the content of their papers.

  17. Microstructural and photoluminescence properties of sol–gel derived Tb3+ doped ZnO nanocrystals

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    Kabongo, GL

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Un-doped and Tb(Sup3+) doped ZnO nanocrystals with different concentrations of Tb(Sup3+) were synthesized by a sol–gel method and their photoluminescence (PL) properties were investigated. The successful incorporation of Tb(sup3+) ions...

  18. Effect of Al doping on microstructure and optical band gap of ZnO ...

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    % AZO indicating a blue-shift for 1% AZO film. However, for 2% AZO film, a decrease in band gap compared to pure ZnO is observed indicating a red-shift of fundamental absorption edge. Electrical resistance shows an initial decrease with.

  19. Effect of Al doping on microstructure and optical band gap of ZnO ...

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    % AZO film and 25.13 nm for 2% AZO film. Incorporation of Al was confirmed from elemental analysis using EDX. SEM micrograph shows that pure ZnO particles are spherical shaped. However, AZO films show particles with off-spherical shape ...

  20. Shape tunable synthesis of Eu- and Sm-doped ZnO microstructures ...

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    SD), double distilled water (DD), degreased with acetone, ultra-sonically cleaned by DD and finally dried in air. 2.2 Synthesis of ZnO microdisks. The procedure reported by Self et al25 was followed. In brief,. 0.356g of zinc nitrate hexahydrate was ...

  1. Hydrothermal synthesis of 3D hierarchical flower-like MoSe2 microspheres and their adsorption performances for methyl orange

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    Tang, Hua; Huang, Hong; Wang, Xiaoshuai; Wu, Kongqiang; Tang, Guogang; Li, Changsheng

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we report a facile and versatile modified hydrothermal method for synthesis of three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical flower-like MoSe2 microspheres using selenium powders and sodium molybdate as raw materials. The as-prepared MoSe2 was investigated for application as an adsorbent for the removal of dye contaminants from water. Power X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) and N2 adsorption-desorption analysis were carried out to study the microstructure of the as-synthesized product. A possible growth mechanism of MoSe2 flower-like microspheres was preliminarily proposed on the basis of observation of a time-dependent morphology evolution process. Moreover, the MoSe2 sample exhibited good adsorption properties, with maximum adsorption capacity of 36.91 mg/g for methyl orange. The adsorption process of methyl orange on 3D hierarchical flower-like MoSe2 microspheres was systematically investigated, which was found to obey the pseudo-second-order rate equation and Langmuir adsorption model.

  2. Synthesis and structural characterization of novel flower-like titanium dioxide nanostructures

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    Castaneda, Luis; Terrones, Mauricio

    2007-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO 2 -anatase phase) films, consisting of agglomerated flower-like nanoparticles, have been synthesized using an ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method in conjunction with titanium (IV) oxide acetylacetonate (TiO(acac) 2 ) and methanol at 550 deg. C. These films were subsequently thermally treated in air, at 950 deg. C for 6 h, and the flower-like particles were transformed into smooth surfaces mainly formed by the TiO 2 rutile phase. In this letter, we characterized these structures using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force micrcoscopy, and low-angle X-ray diffraction measurements. It is proposed that these novel flower-like nanostructures, exhibiting a large number of exposed edges, will be important in the development of efficient gas sensor devices

  3. Synthesis and structural characterization of novel flower-like titanium dioxide nanostructures

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    Castaneda, Luis [Departamento de Ingenieria Electrica, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional CINVESTAV-IPN, SEES, Apartado Postal 14740, Mexico, DF, 07000 (Mexico); Departamento de Fisica y Matematicas, Division de Ciencia, Arte y Tecnologia, Universidad Iberoamericana, Av. Prolongacion Paseo de la Reforma 880, Santa Fe 012100, DF (Mexico); Terrones, Mauricio [Departamento de Fisica y Matematicas, Division de Ciencia, Arte y Tecnologia, Universidad Iberoamericana, Av. Prolongacion Paseo de la Reforma 880, Santa Fe 012100, DF (Mexico) and Advanced Materials Department, IPICYT, Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Col. Lomas, 4a. seccion, San Luis Potosi, 78216 (Mexico)]. E-mail: mterrones@ipicyt.edu.mx

    2007-03-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}-anatase phase) films, consisting of agglomerated flower-like nanoparticles, have been synthesized using an ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method in conjunction with titanium (IV) oxide acetylacetonate (TiO(acac){sub 2}) and methanol at 550 deg. C. These films were subsequently thermally treated in air, at 950 deg. C for 6 h, and the flower-like particles were transformed into smooth surfaces mainly formed by the TiO{sub 2} rutile phase. In this letter, we characterized these structures using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force micrcoscopy, and low-angle X-ray diffraction measurements. It is proposed that these novel flower-like nanostructures, exhibiting a large number of exposed edges, will be important in the development of efficient gas sensor devices.

  4. The Modulation of Optical Property and its Correlation with Microstructures of ZnO Nanowires

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    Hope Greg

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract ZnO nanowires with both good crystallinity and oxygen vacancies defects were synthesized by thermal oxidation of Zn substrate pretreated in concentrated sulfuric acid under the air atmosphere, Ar- and air-mixed gas stream. The photoluminescence spectra reveal that only near-band-edge (NBE emission peak was observed for the sample grown in the air atmosphere; the broad blue–green and the red-shifted NBE emission peaks were observed for the sample grown in the mixed gas stream, indicating that the sample grown in the mixed gas stream has a defective structure and its optical properties can be modulated by controlling its structure. The high-resolution transmission electron microscope and the corresponding structural simulation confirm that the oxygen vacancies exist in the crystal of the nanowires grown in the mixed gas stream. The ZnO nanowires with oxygen vacancies defects exhibit better photocatalytic activity than the nanowires with good crystallinity. The photocatalytic process obeys the rules of first-order kinetic reaction, and the rate constants were calculated.

  5. Flower-like CuO synthesized by CTAB-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Flower-like CuO nanostructures have been synthesized by cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)-assisted hydrothermal method. Here, CuCl2.2H2O was used as copper raw material, and sodium hydroxide was used as precipitate. The resulting CuO powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field ...

  6. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic property of 3D flower-like ...

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    Three-dimensional (3D) flower-like cubic Ni3S4 nanoplates with single crystalline nature were successfully prepared through decomposing bis(thiourea) nickel(II) chloride crystals (BTNC). The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, selected area ...

  7. CTAB-Assisted Solvothermal Growth and Optical Characterization of Flower-Like ZnS Structures

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    Roy, J. S.; Pal Majumder, T.

    2016-08-01

    Flower-like ZnS structures have been prepared by solvothermal method with the assistance of cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). The effects of different experimental conditions on the morphology of ZnS structure have been investigated. The performances of ZnS structures have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), room temperature photoluminescence (PL), and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. The XRD patterns indicate that the prepared ZnS structures are highly crystallized, which are of hexagonal phase. The SEM images indicate that the main role of CTAB is to assemble the ZnS flakes together to form the flower-like structures, and the reaction time affects the morphology of ZnS. The growth mechanism for the formation of flower-like ZnS structure is also described. The absorption and emission bands gradually shift towards longer wavelength due to the transformation of flower-like ZnS nanoflowers from ZnS flakes.

  8. Controlled Fabrication of Flower-like Nickel Oxide Hierarchical Structures and Their Application in Water Treatment

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    Linxia Wang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Flower-like NiO hierarchical structures with 2–5 μm diameter assembled from nanosheet building blocks have been successfully fabricated via a wet-chemical method combined with thermodecomposition technology. The template-free method is facile and effective in preparing flower-like NiO superstructures in high yield. The intermediate product and final hierarchical structures are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform IR (FTIR, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The effects of growth temperature and reaction time on the morphologies of the as-prepared structures were investigated by SEM characterization and a possible mechanism for the formation of flower-like NiO is proposed. Based on the nitrogen adsorption and desorption measurements, the BET surface area of the as-obtained sample is 55.7 m2/g and the pore-size distribution plot indicates a bimodal mesopore distribution, with pore sizes of ca. 2.6 nm and 7.4 nm, respectively. In comparison with sphere-like and rod-like structures, the flower-like NiO hierarchical structures show an excellent ability to rapidly remove various pollutants when used as adsorbent and photocatalyst in waste-water treatment, which may be attributed to its unique hierarchical and porous surface structures.

  9. One-step hydrothermal synthesis of flower-like CoS ...

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    2018-03-29

    Mar 29, 2018 ... Abstract. Flower-like CoS hierarchitectures were successfully synthesized through a hydrothermal route in the presence of ethylenediamine as ligand and structure-directing agent. The structure and morphology of the products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, field ...

  10. Synthesis and microstructural evolution of BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics modified with ZnO; Sintesis y evolucion microestructural de ceramicas de BiFeO{sub 3} modificadas con ZnO

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    Bernandrdo, M. S.; Ardiel, T.; Villegas, M.

    2010-07-01

    BiFeO{sub 3} ceramic materials have received a great interest in the last years due to their potential application as multiferroic devices. However, the preparation of BiFeO{sub 3}-based bulk ceramics shows serious difficulties related to the presence of secondary phases and the densification process. These problems result in a high electrical conductivity which up to now limits the technological applications of BiFeO{sub 3}. However, it has been observed experimentally that the conductivity in these ceramics can be reduced by acting on their microstructure. In this framework, the present contribution is focused on the analysis of the microstructural changes promoted by superficial doping of the BiFeO{sub 3} ceramic particles with ZnO. The structural and microstructural characterization of the obtained materials reveals that the addition of ZnO results in a solutedrag effect. Due to this effect the dopant remains segregated at the grain boundaries so inhibiting the grain growth during sintering. (Author)

  11. Flower-like BiVO4 Microspheres and Their Visible Light-Driven Photocatalytic Activity

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    Arini Nuran Zulkifili

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available A flower-like BiVO4 microsphere photocatalyst was synthesized with a simple template-free homogeneous precipitation method at 60 °C for 24 h. The purpose of this study is to explore a low-cost, simple method of synthesizing the self-assembled 3D structure in order to enhance photocatalytic performance under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm. In this study, the morphology, structure, and photo-absorption of flower-like BiVO4 microspheres were characterized, and the effects of photocatalysis were analyzed. The results indicate that the size of the flower-like microspheres was about 2 μm to 4 μm and they were composed of several nanosheets. The mechanism of hierarchical microsphere formation has been proposed as the Ostwald ripening process and the self-assembled process. The obtained samples were calcined under different temperatures (300 °C, 400 °C, 500 °C and 600 °C to study the effects of calcination on the structure and on photocatalysis. The photocatalytic process was then evaluated by decolorization of methylene blue dye under visible-light irradiation.

  12. Graphene-immobilized flower-like Ni3S2 nanoflakes as a stable binder-free anode material for sodium-ion batteries

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    Han, Yu; Liu, Shuang-yu; Cui, Lei; Xu, Li; Xie, Jian; Xia, Xue-Ke; Hao, Wen-Kui; Wang, Bo; Li, Hui; Gao, Jie

    2018-01-01

    A binder-free Ni3S2 electrode was prepared directly on a graphene-coated Ni foam (G/Ni) substrate through surface sulfiding of substrate using thiourea as the sulfur source in this work. The Ni3S2 showed a flower-like morphology and was uniformly distributed on the G/Ni surface. The flower-like Ni3S2 was composed of cross-arrayed nanoflakes with a diameter and a thickness of 1-2 μm and 50 nm, respectively. The free space in the flowers and the thin feature of Ni3S2 buffered the volume changes and relieved mechanical strain during repeated cycling. The intimate contact with the Ni substrate and the fixing effect of graphene maintained the structural stability of the Ni3S2 electrode during cycling. The G/Ni-supported Ni3S2 maintained a reversible capacity of 250 mAh.g-1 after 100 cycles at 50 mA.g-1, demonstrating the good cycling stability as a result of the unique microstructure of this electrode material.

  13. Electrochemical sensing of nitrite using a glassy carbon electrode modified with reduced functionalized graphene oxide decorated with flower-like zinc oxide

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    Marlinda, Ab Rahman; Pandikumar, Alagarsamy; Yusoff, Norazriena; Huang, Nay Ming; Lim, Hong Ngee

    2015-01-01

    A nanocomposite consisting of flower-like zinc oxide (ZnO) and reduced functionalized graphene oxide (rFGO) was prepared via a hydrothermal route, and characterized by spectrophotometry, photoluminescence, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The nanocomposite was deposited on the surface of a glassy carbon electrode and studied using impedance spectroscopy. It exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of nitrite. At a working potential of 0.9 V (vs. Ag/AgCl), it displayed a higher current and lower over potential (reduced by up to ∼200 mV) than controlled electrodes. This is attributed to the synergistic catalytic effects of the ZnO and rfGO. The oxidation current is linearly related to the concentration of nitrite in the 10 μM to 8 mM range, and the detection limit is 33 μM. Its excellent electrocatalytic activity, wide linear range, low detection limit, high sensitivity, and rapid response time make this nanocomposite-based electrode a potential candidate for practical applications. (author)

  14. Insights into post-annealing and silver doping effects on the internal microstructure of ZnO nanoparticles through X-ray diffraction probe

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    Obeydavi, Ali; Dastafkan, Kamran; Rahimi, Mohammad; Ghadam Dezfouli, Mohammad Amin

    2017-07-01

    ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized via Pechini method at various post-annealing temperatures (400°, 500°, and 600 °C) and silver doping concentrations (Zn:Ag molar ratios of 30, 20, and 10). Multifarious microstructural features including crystallite size, size-strain based broadening, residual stress, preferential orientation, crystallinity degree, lattice parameters, unit cell variation, and stacking fault probability were surveyed through phase analysis, Williamson-Hall plot, texture coefficient and unit cell calculations. X-ray probing verified good crystallinity with a hexagonal close pack Wurtzite morphology. Williamson-Hall analysis exhibited distributions of crystallite size and microstrain as well as their contributions on the line broadening of the host ZnO and guest Ag phases upon annealing-doping treatments. Textural analysis revealed the alteration in anisotropic crystallinity of the host phase and transformation of the preferred directions, (100) and (101), as function of annealing-doping processes. Besides, while guest Ag phase was shown to be polycrystalline with randomly orientated crystals at moderate concentration with respect to thermal treatment, preferential orientation went through a major change, (220) to (111), with increment in Ag loadings. Under identical synthetic conditions, the distinction in the lattice constants and unit cell variation between pure and doped ZnO nanoparticles was enforced and results verified major impressionability via annealing and doping factors.

  15. Facile synthesis of flower like copper oxide and their application to hydrogen peroxide and nitrite sensing

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 and nitrite ion (NO2- is of great important in various fields including clinic, food, pharmaceutical and environmental analyses. Compared with many methods that have been developed for the determination of them, the electrochemical detection method has attracted much attention. In recent years, with the development of nanotechnology, many kinds of micro/nano-scale materials have been used in the construction of electrochemical biosensors because of their unique and particular properties. Among these catalysts, copper oxide (CuO, as a well known p-type semiconductor, has gained increasing attention not only for its unique properties but also for its applications in many fields such as gas sensors, photocatalyst and electrochemistry sensors. Continuing our previous investigations on transition-metal oxide including cuprous oxide and α-Fe2O3 modified electrode, in the present paper we examine the electrochemical and electrocatalytical behavior of flower like copper oxide modified glass carbon electrodes (CuO/GCE. Results Flower like copper oxide (CuO composed of many nanoflake was synthesized by a simple hydrothermal reaction and characterized using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD. CuO modified glass carbon electrode (CuO/GCE was fabricated and characterized electrochemically. A highly sensitive method for the rapid amperometric detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 and nitrite (NO2- was reported. Conclusions Due to the large specific surface area and inner characteristic of the flower like CuO, the resulting electrode show excellent electrocatalytic reduction for H2O2 and oxidation of NO2-. Its sensitivity, low detection limit, fast response time and simplicity are satisfactory. Furthermore, this synthetic approach can also be applied for the synthesis of other inorganic oxides with improved performances and they can also be extended to

  16. Facile synthesis of flower like copper oxide and their application to hydrogen peroxide and nitrite sensing.

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    Zhang, Li; Yuan, Feifei; Zhang, Xiaohu; Yang, Liming

    2011-12-02

    The detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and nitrite ion (NO2-) is of great important in various fields including clinic, food, pharmaceutical and environmental analyses. Compared with many methods that have been developed for the determination of them, the electrochemical detection method has attracted much attention. In recent years, with the development of nanotechnology, many kinds of micro/nano-scale materials have been used in the construction of electrochemical biosensors because of their unique and particular properties. Among these catalysts, copper oxide (CuO), as a well known p-type semiconductor, has gained increasing attention not only for its unique properties but also for its applications in many fields such as gas sensors, photocatalyst and electrochemistry sensors. Continuing our previous investigations on transition-metal oxide including cuprous oxide and α-Fe2O3 modified electrode, in the present paper we examine the electrochemical and electrocatalytical behavior of flower like copper oxide modified glass carbon electrodes (CuO/GCE). Flower like copper oxide (CuO) composed of many nanoflake was synthesized by a simple hydrothermal reaction and characterized using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). CuO modified glass carbon electrode (CuO/GCE) was fabricated and characterized electrochemically. A highly sensitive method for the rapid amperometric detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and nitrite (NO2-) was reported. Due to the large specific surface area and inner characteristic of the flower like CuO, the resulting electrode show excellent electrocatalytic reduction for H2O2 and oxidation of NO2-. Its sensitivity, low detection limit, fast response time and simplicity are satisfactory. Furthermore, this synthetic approach can also be applied for the synthesis of other inorganic oxides with improved performances and they can also be extended to construct other micro/nano-structured functional

  17. Controlled synthesis and characterization of hollow flower-like silver nanostructures

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    Eid KAM

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Kamel AM Eid, Hassan ME AzzazyNovel Diagnostics and Therapeutics Group, Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center, School of Sciences and Engineering, The American University in Cairo, New Cairo, EgyptBackground: The synthesis of anisotropic silver nanoparticles is a time-consuming process and involves the use of expensive toxic chemicals and specialized laboratory equipment. The presence of toxic chemicals in the prepared anisotropic silver nanostructures hindered their medical application. The authors have developed a fast and inexpensive method for the synthesis of three-dimensional hollow flower-like silver nanostructures without the use of toxic chemicals.Methods: In this method, silver nitrate was reduced using dextrose in presence of trisodium citrate as a capping agent. Sodium hydroxide was added to enhance reduction efficacy of dextrose and reduce time of synthesis. The effects of all four agents on the shape and size of silver nanostructures were investigated.Results: Robust hollow flower-like silver nanostructures were successfully synthesized and ranged in size from 0.2 µm to 5.0 µm with surface area between 25–240 m2/g. Changing the concentration of silver nitrate, dextrose, sodium hydroxide, and trisodium citrate affected the size and shape of the synthesized structures, while changing temperature had no effect.Conclusion: The proposed method is simple, safe, and allows controlled synthesis of anisotropic silver nanostructures, which may represent promising tools as effective antimicrobial agents and for in vitro diagnostics. The synthesized hollow nanostructures may be used for enhanced drug encapsulation and sustained release.Keywords: silver nanoparticles, 3D hollow, flower-like, green synthesis

  18. Synthesis of flower-like sulfadiazine copper/polyvinyl pyrrolidone composite and its antimicrobial activities

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    Li, Ping; Xu, Xiangmin; Li, Binjie; Zhao, Yanbao

    2015-09-01

    Flower-like sulfadiazine copper/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (SD-Cu/PVP) composite was synthesized at room temperature. Its structure and morphology were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermo gravimetric analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, and the possible forming mechanism was discussed as well. In addition, its antibacterial activity toward the bacterial strains such as Staphylococcus aureus ( S. aureus), Escherichia coli ( E. coli), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ( P. aeruginosa) was evaluated by the minimum inhibitory concentration, the minimum bactericidal concentration, and cup diffusion method. Results suggested that the SD-Cu/PVP composite displayed selectively antibacterial activity for E. coli and P. aeruginosa than S. aureus.

  19. Synthesis of flower-like sulfadiazine copper/polyvinyl pyrrolidone composite and its antimicrobial activities

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    Li, Ping [Henan University, Key Laboratory for Special Functional Materials (China); Xu, Xiangmin [Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute (China); Li, Binjie, E-mail: lbj821@163.com [Medical School of Henan University (China); Zhao, Yanbao [Henan University, Key Laboratory for Special Functional Materials (China)

    2015-09-15

    Flower-like sulfadiazine copper/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (SD-Cu/PVP) composite was synthesized at room temperature. Its structure and morphology were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermo gravimetric analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, and the possible forming mechanism was discussed as well. In addition, its antibacterial activity toward the bacterial strains such as Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), Escherichia coli (E. coli), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) was evaluated by the minimum inhibitory concentration, the minimum bactericidal concentration, and cup diffusion method. Results suggested that the SD-Cu/PVP composite displayed selectively antibacterial activity for E. coli and P. aeruginosa than S. aureus.

  20. Fabrication of non-aging superhydrophobic surfaces by packing flower-like hematite particles

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    Cao, Anmin; Cao, Liangliang; Gao, Di

    2008-03-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of non-aging superhydrophobic surfaces by packing flower-like micrometer-sized hematite particles. Although hematite is intrinsically hydrophilic, the nanometer-sized protrusions on the particles form textures with overhanging structures that prevent water from entering into the textures and induce a macroscopic superhydrophobic phenomenon. These superhydrophobic surfaces do not age even in extremely oxidative environments---they retain the superhydrophobicity after being stored in ambient laboratory air for 4 months, heated to 800 degree C in air for 10 hours, and exposed to ultraviolet ozone for 10 hours.

  1. Preparation of flower-like CuS by solvothermal method and its photodegradation and UV protection

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    Hu, Xiao-Sai; Shen, Yong, E-mail: shenyong@sues.edu.cn; Xu, Li-Hui; Wang, Li-Ming; Xing, Ya-Jun

    2016-07-25

    The flower-like CuS with hierarchical structures were synthesized by a solvothermal method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV–vis optical absorption spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and ultraviolet transmittance analyzer labsphere were used to characterize the as-prepared products. The results of photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue (MB) demonstrated that the as-prepared flower-like CuS possessed high photocatalytic performance in UV and visible range and its band gap was 1.45 eV. The degradation rate of MB by CuS with the absence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} was 98.23% and 100% under xenon lamp and Mercury tungsten blended lamp for 30 min, respectively. And a new approach for ultraviolet (UV) protection of cotton fabrics treated by flower-like CuS microspheres was innovatively investigated and the results showed that flower-like CuS was a good UV resistant material. - Highlights: • The flower-like CuS was prepared via solvothermal method. • The as-prepared CuS showed better photodegradation of MB solution under visible region. • The cotton fabric treated by the obtained flower-like CuS was proved to have a potential application in anti-UV field.

  2. Building Composite Fe-Mn Oxide Flower-Like Nanostructures: A Detailed Magnetic Study

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    Zuddas, Efisio

    2017-07-21

    Here we show that it’s possible to produce different magnetic core-multiple shells heterostructures from monodispersed iron oxide spherical magnetic seeds by finely controlling the amount of a manganese precursor and using in a smart and simple way a cation exchange synthetic approach. In particular, by increasing the amount of precursor we were able to produce nanostructures ranging from Fe3O4/Mn-ferrite core/single shell nanospheres to larger, flower-like Fe3O4/Mn-ferrite/Mn3O4 core-double shell nanoparticles. We first demonstrate how the formation of the initial thin manganese-ferrite shell determines a dramatic reduction of the superficial disorder in the starting iron oxide, bringing to nanomagnets with lower hardness. Then, the growth of the second and most external manganese oxide shell causes the magnetical hardening of the heterostructures, while its magnetic exchange coupling with the rest of the heterostructure can be antiferromagentic or ferromagnetic, depending on the strength of the applied external magnetic field. This response is similar to that of an iron oxide-manganese oxide core-shell system but differs from what observed in multiple-shell heterostructures. Finally, we report as the most external shell becomes magnetically irrelevant above the ferrimagnetic-paramagnetic transition of the manganese oxide and the resulting magnetic behavior of the flower-like structures is then studied in-depth.

  3. High resolution x-ray diffraction study of the substrate temperature and thickness dependent microstructure of reactively sputtered epitaxial ZnO films

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    Singh, Devendra

    2017-08-24

    Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on c-sapphire by reactive sputtering of zinc target in Ar-O2 mixture. High resolution X-ray diffraction measurements were carried out to obtain lateral and vertical coherence lengths, crystallite tilt and twist, micro-strain and densities of screw and edge dislocations in epilayers of different thickness (25 - 200 nm) and those grown at different temperatures (100 - 500 °C). phgr-scans indicate epitaxial growth in all the cases, although epilayers grown at lower substrate temperatures (100 °C and 200 °C) and those of smaller thickness (25 nm and 50 nm) display inferior microstructural parameters. This is attributed to the dominant presence of initially grown strained 2D layer and subsequent transition to an energetically favorable mode. With increase in substrate temperature, the transition shifts to lower thickness and growth takes place through the formation of 2D platelets with intermediate strain, over which 3D islands grow. Consequently, 100 nm thick epilayers grown at 300 °C display the best microstructural parameters (micro-strain ~1.2 x 10-3, screw and edge dislocation densities ~1.5 x 1010 cm-2 and ~2.3 x 1011 cm-2, respectively). A marginal degradation of microstructural parameters is seen in epilayers grown at higher substrate temperatures, due to the dominance of 3D hillock type growth.

  4. Controllable preparation of flower-like brookite TiO{sub 2} nanostructures via one-step hydrothermal method

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    Zou, Yunling [School of Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); College of Science, Civil Aviation University of China, Tianjin 300300 (China); Tan, Xin [School of Science, Tibet University, Lhasa 850000 (China); Yu, Tao, E-mail: yutao@tju.edu.cn [School of Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Li, Yan; Li, Yimei; Wang, Ru; Xue, Lingqian [College of Science, Civil Aviation University of China, Tianjin 300300 (China)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Flower-like brookite TiO{sub 2} structures were prepared by hydrothermal method. • PVP not only acted as a dispersant but also stabilized the layered structure. • The resulted brookite TiO{sub 2} showed high photocatalytic activity under UV irradiation. - Abstract: Flower-like brookite TiO{sub 2} nanostructures were controllable prepared by a one-step hydrothermal method by changing experimental conditions, such as hydrothermal temperature, reaction time and the amount of polyvinylpyrrolidone. The photocatalytic activities of the samples were investigated by degradation of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. It was found that the formation of brookite TiO{sub 2} nanostructures with various morphologies could be well controlled by the adjustment of hydrothermal temperature, reaction time and the amount of surfactant, and the morphology of the products changed from spindle-like structures to flower-like structures with the increase of hydrothermal temperature, reaction time and the amount of surfactant. The photocatalytic tests indicate that the flower-like brookite TiO{sub 2} nanostructures shows high photocatalytic activity in degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light irradiation. The formation mechanism of flower-like brookite TiO{sub 2} nanostructures was also discussed in detail based on the above investigations.

  5. Effect of Sn-doped on microstructural and optical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel method

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    Tsay, C.-Y.; Cheng, H.-C.; Tung, Y.-T.; Tuan, W.-H.; Lin, C.-K.

    2008-01-01

    In this study, transparent thin films of Sn-doped ZnO (ZnO:Sn) were deposited onto alkali-free glass substrates by a sol-gel method; the effect of Sn doping on crystallinity, microstructural and optical properties was investigated. The atomic percentages of dopant in ZnO-based sols were Sn/Zn = 0, 1, 2, 3, and 5 at.%. The as-deposited films were pre-heated at 300 deg. C for 10 min and then annealed in air at 500 deg. C for 1 h. The results show that Sn-doped ZnO thin films demonstrate obviously improved surface roughness, enhanced transmittance in the 400-600 nm wavelength range and reduced average crystallite size. Among all of the annealed ZnO-based films in this study, films doped with 2 at.% Sn concentration exhibited the best properties, namely an average transmittance of 90%, an RMS roughness value of 1.92 nm and a resistivity of 9.3 x 10 2 Ω-cm

  6. Synthesis of three-dimensional flower-like BiOCl:RE{sup 3+} (RE{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}) globular microarchitectures and their luminescence properties

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    Guo, Yang-Yang; Zhang, Zhi-Jun [Department of Physics, Dongguk University, Seoul, 100715 (Korea, Republic of); Zhu, Gang-Qiang [Department of Physics, Shanxi Normal University, Xi’an, 710062 (China); Yang, Woochul, E-mail: wyang@dongguk.edu [Department of Physics, Dongguk University, Seoul, 100715 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-12-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Three-dimensional flower-like Eu{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+}-activated BiOCl globular microarchitectures have been synthesized. • Ostwald ripening and recrystallization are responsible for the growth mechanism of BiOCl microarchitectures. • Efficient red-emission from Eu{sup 3+}:BiOCl is observed due to the well-crystallized structures of the microarchitectures. - Abstract: Three-dimensional flower-like Eu{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+}-activated BiOCl globular microarchitectures were synthesized by the solvothermal method employing urea as a dispersing agent for the first time. The crystal structure, morphologies and luminescence properties of Eu{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+} doped BiOCl have been systematically investigated by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and spectroscopy, respectively. The unit cell volumes show a nearly linear decrease by about 0.18 and 0.15% with increasing Eu{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+} concentration up to 9 mol%, respectively. All of the prepared samples show flower-like globular microarchitectures with an average diameter about 3–5 μm with different Eu{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+} concentrations. Possible formation mechanism for the flower-like microarchitectures is proposed on the basis of time-dependent experiment. Both BiOCl:Eu{sup 3+} and BiOCl:Sm{sup 3+} samples show a strong red emission corresponding to the {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 4} transition (700 nm) of Eu{sup 3+} and {sup 4}G{sub 5/2} → {sup 6}H{sub 7/2} transition (600 nm) of Sm{sup 3+}, respectively. This work sheds some light on the design and preparation of red-emitting phosphors with novel microstructures.

  7. Preparation of flower-like CuS by solvothermal method for photocatalytic, UV protection and EMI shielding applications

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    Hu, Xiao-Sai; Shen, Yong, E-mail: shenyong@sues.edu.cn; Xu, Li-Hui; Wang, Li-Ming; Lu, Li-sha; Zhang, Ya-ting

    2016-11-01

    Highlights: • The flower-like CuS was synthesized by a facil solvothermal method. • The as-prepared flower-like CuS showed better solar light-driven photocatalytic activity. • The as-prepared CuS could act as a novel UV blocker. • The flower-like CuS potentially hold promise as electromagnetic shielding material. - Abstract: The flower-like CuS hierarchical structures were synthesized by solvothermal method. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared(FTIR) spectroscopy, UV–vis optical absorption spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The results demonstrated that the as-prepared flower-like CuS with the diameter of 1–5 um was pure hexagonal phase CuS and had well-defined flower-like structures. (1) The as-prepared CuS was proved to possess high photocatalytic performance with band gap of 1.45 eV. The degradation rate of Methylene blue (MB) was up to, 98.26%, 100% after 30 min under UV and visible irradiation. (2)The UPF of cotton fabric treated with CuS reached up to 174 compared with the original untreated fabric with the UPF 20.62. (3) The electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness (EMI SE) of CuS coating was up to 27–31 dB when the content of CuS increased to 28.6%wt in the frequency of 300 KHz–3 GHz. Furthermore, the influence of reaction conditions on the morphology of the as-prepared CuS was investigated systematically and the possible formation mechanism of the CuS hierarchical structure was also proposed.

  8. Simulated solarlight catalytic reduction of Cr(VI) on microwave–ultrasonication synthesized flower-like CuO in the presence of tartaric acid

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    Xu, Zhihui; Yu, Yaqun; Fang, Di; Liang, Jianru; Zhou, Lixiang

    2016-01-01

    In this study, flower-like CuO was successfully synthesized by a microwave–ultrasound assisted method and well characterized by X-ray diffractions, Fourier transform infrared spectrum, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, specific surface area, UV–vis diffused reflection spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and point of zero charge. The photocatalytic performance of the as-prepared CuO was examined on the Cr(VI) reduction in the presence of tartaric acid under simulated solarlight irradiation. The results show that the developed CuO catalyst exhibited good photocatalytic activity with 100% reduction of Cr(VI) after irradiation of 30 min under the test condition of c(Cr(VI)) = 100 μM, catalyst loading = 400 mg/L, c(tartaric acid) = 4 mM and initial pH = 3. The reaction mechanism was proposed. The effects of test parameters, such as catalyst loading, tartaric acid concentration and initial pH, on Cr(VI) reduction efficiency were also investigated. It is worth mentioning that the developed catalyst can work at a relatively wide range of pH with quite high catalytic performance. - Highlights: • Flower-like CuO microstructure was prepared by MW-US assisted method. • The prepared CuO can catalyze the reduction Cr(VI) by tartaric acid under simulated solarlight. • The formation of ≡Cu(II)-tartaric acid complex play a key role in the reduction of Cr(VI). • The catalyst can operate effectively at a relatively wide range of pH.

  9. Carbothermal synthesis of ZnO nanocomb structure

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    Lim, Y.S.; Park, J.W.; Hong, S.-T.; Kim, J.

    2006-01-01

    A study on the formation and characterization of ZnO nanocomb structure is presented. ZnO nanocomb was synthesized by the carbothermal reduction process with carbon black powder as a carbon source. As well as nanocomb, ZnO tetrapod and flower-like structures were also obtained in this experiment. When conventional graphite was used for a comparative study, no ZnO nanostructure could be achieved at the same experimental condition. The result shows that carbon source with large surface area more efficiently provides Zn (g) by the enhanced solid-solid reaction between C (s) and ZnO (s) source materials. The resulting ZnO structures were characterized with an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), a scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and a transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and the formation mechanism of nanocomb structure was discussed

  10. Large-scale and green synthesis of octahedral flower-like cupric oxide nanocrystals with enhanced photochemical properties

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    Li, Shi-Kuo; Pan, Yu-Yi; Wu, Mi; Huang, Fang-Zhi; Li, Chuan-Hao; Shen, Yu-Hua

    2014-10-01

    In this work, a large-scale and green method is reported for the facile synthesis of octahedral flower-like CuO nanocrystals via a coordination-deposition route by using Fehling regents. Not any harmful organic chemicals were used during the reaction period. The obtained hierarchical nanostructure can be rationally tailored by varying the concentration of tartrate ions and reaction time. The typical flower-like CuO nanocrystals in the range of 200-250 nm are consisted of numerous small crystalline whiskers, which present a porous surface with a specific surface area of 32.12 m2/g and a narrow band gap of 1.5 eV. Importantly, the flower-like CuO nanocrystals show an enhanced photocatalytic activity toward decomposing Rhodamine B (RhB) molecules. The degradation rate is about 87.9% in 40 min under visible light irradiation, which is about 2.5 times for the commercial CuO powers (35.2%). Moreover, the uniform flower-like monolayered CuO film exhibits an excellent photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance with a maximum photocurrent density of 58.8 μA/cm2, which is nearly five times higher than the commercial CuO film. This novel synthesis approach provides a large-scale and green protocol for synthesizing hierarchical metal oxide nanocrystals that are useful for photocatalysis, PEC water splitting and photovoltaic device.

  11. Hierarchical chrysanthemum-flower-like carbon nanomaterials grown by chemical vapor deposition

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    Ding, Er-Xiong; Geng, Hong-Zhang; Wang, Jing; Luo, Zhi-Jia; Li, Guangfen; Wang, Wen-Yi; Li, Lin-Ge; Yang, Hai-Jie; Da, Shi-Xun; Wang, Jie; Jiang, Hua; Kauppinen, Esko I.

    2016-02-01

    Novel hierarchical chrysanthemum-flower-like carbon nanomaterials (CFL-CNMs) were synthesized by thermal chemical vapor deposition based on acetylene decomposition. A scanning electron microscope and a transmission electron microscope were employed to observe the morphology and structure of the unconventional nanostructures. It is found that the CFL-CNMs look like a blooming chrysanthemum with a stem rather than a spherical flower. The carbon flower has an average diameter of 5 μm, an average stem diameter of 150 nm, branch diameters ranging from 20 to 70 nm, and branch lengths ranging from 0.5 to 3 μm. The morphologies of the CFL-CNMs are unlike any of those previously reported. Fishbone-like carbon nanofibers with a spindle-shaped catalyst locating at the tip can also be found. Furthermore, the catalyst split was proposed to elucidate the formation mechanism of CFL-CNMs. A large and glomerate catalyst particle at the tip of the carbon nanofiber splits into smaller catalyst particles which are catalytic-active points for branch formation, resulting in the formation of CFL-CNMs.

  12. Synthesis of CdS flower-like hierarchical microspheres as electrode material for electrochemical performance

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    Kaviyarasu, K., E-mail: Kaviyarasuloyolacollege@gmail.com [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences/Nanotechnology Laboratories, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA), Muckleneuk Ridge, P O Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), Materials Research Department (MSD), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation - NRF, 1 Old Faure Road, 7129, P O Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa); Manikandan, E., E-mail: maniphysics@gmail.com [Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), Materials Research Department (MSD), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation - NRF, 1 Old Faure Road, 7129, P O Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa); Central Research Laboratory, Sree Balaji Medical College & Hospital, Bharath University, Chrompet, Chennai, 600044, Tamil Nadu (India); Maaza, M., E-mail: maaza@gmail.com [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences/Nanotechnology Laboratories, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA), Muckleneuk Ridge, P O Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), Materials Research Department (MSD), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation - NRF, 1 Old Faure Road, 7129, P O Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa)

    2015-11-05

    We report in this paper, a facile hydrothermal route for the preparation of CdS nanocrystals at room temperature (RT). Composition, structure and morphology of the products were analyzed and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirms that the hydrothermal treatment at 180 °C for periods ranging from 0 to 1440 min caused no significant modification of the long range order structure subjected to hydrothermal treatment. From the XRD analysis the diffraction peaks pertaining to 26.75°, 43.89° and 52.34° are attributed to the (111), (220) and (311) planes of cubic zinc blende structure. The Photoluminescence (PL) spectra are dominated by a strong narrow band edge emission tunable in the blue region of the visible spectra indicating the narrow size distribution of CdS nanocrystals. TEM observation shows that the CdS nanocrystals synthesized by hydrothermal synthesis are well dispersed and the average crystallite size was found to be ∼10 nm. The confocal microscopic studies reveal that each flower like spheres is due to Ostwald's ripening with numerous nanoparticles aggregating a surface. - Highlights: • The adjacent particle coalesces together forming spherical particles. • The average crystalline size of CdS nanoparticles was found to be ∼3 nm. • In the case of spherical crystallite, is given by L = 3/4 D. • The CdS nanocrystal exhibits a direct band gap of 2.4 eV. • The microspheres are dispersed with good monodispersity.

  13. Cryoprotection–lyophilization and physical stabilization of rifampicin-loaded flower-like polymeric micelles

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    Moretton, Marcela A.; Chiappetta, Diego A.; Sosnik, Alejandro

    2012-01-01

    Rifampicin-loaded poly(ε-caprolactone)–b-poly(ethylene glycol)–poly(ε-caprolactone) flower-like polymeric micelles display low aqueous physical stability over time and undergo substantial secondary aggregation. To improve their physical stability, the lyoprotection–lyophilization process was thoroughly characterized. The preliminary cryoprotectant performance of mono- and disaccharides (e.g. maltose, glucose), hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) of different molecular weights was assessed in freeze–thawing assays at −20°C, −80°C and −196°C. The size and size distribution of the micelles at the different stages were measured by dynamic light scattering (DLS). A cryoprotectant factor (fc) was determined by taking the ratio between the size immediately after the addition of the cryoprotectant and the size after the preliminary freeze–thawing assay. The benefit of a synergistic cryoprotection by means of saccharide/PEG mixtures was also assessed. Glucose (1 : 20), maltose (1 : 20), HPβCD (1 : 5) and glucose or maltose mixtures with PEG3350 (1 : 20) (copolymer:cryoprotectant weight ratio) were the most effective systems to protect 1 per cent micellar systems. Conversely, only HPβCD (1 : 5) cryoprotected more concentrated drug-loaded micelles (4% and 6%). Then, those micelle/cryoprotectant systems that displayed fc values smaller than 2 were freeze-dried. The morphology of freeze-dried powders was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy and the residual water content analysed by the Karl Fisher method. The HPβCD-added lyophilisates were brittle porous cakes (residual water was between 0.8% and 3%), easily redispersable in water to form transparent systems with a minimal increase in the micellar size, as determined by DLS. PMID:21865255

  14. Glycine assisted synthesis of flower-like TiO 2 hierarchical spheres and its application in photocatalysis

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    Tao, Yugui

    2012-11-01

    Flower-like anatase TiO 2 hierarchical spheres assembled by nanosheets were synthesized by glycine assistant via a simple hydrothermal approach and after-annealing process. These flower-like spheres are about 2 μm in diameter with sheet thickness about 20 nm. Results showed reaction time, temperature, solution pH and glycine dosage all played an important role in control of shape and size of the as-synthesized TiO 2 nanocrystals. The photocatalytic activity of this nano-TiO 2 was evaluated by the photocatalytic oxidation decomposition of methyl orange under sunlight illumination in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H 2O 2). The photocatalytic activity of the obtained TiO 2 was higher than that of commercial TiO 2. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

  15. Synthesis of CuO and ZnO Nanoparticles and CuO doped ZnO Nanophotocatalysts

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    Razali, N.Z.; Abdullah, A.H.; Abdullah, A.H.; Haron, M.J.

    2011-01-01

    Nanocrystalline copper oxide (CuO) particles were precipitated by using different sources of copper salts and oxalic acids. Dicelike and flower-like structures were obtained. The particle sizes of all samples, were in the range of 10-30 nm. 0.5 % CuO doped ZnO (CuO-ZnO) nanophotocatalysts were prepared. No significant changes in morphology were observed between the undoped and doped ZnO except for a higher surface area obtained for CuO doped ZnO. The doping of CuO on ZnO also resulted in enhanced photo activity of ZnO in the photodegradation of methyl orange dye. (author)

  16. Fabrication of flower-like tin/carbon composite microspheres as long-lasting anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Kang, Tae-Woo [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Lim, Hyung-Seok [Department of WCU Engineering, College of Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Seong-Jin [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Sun, Yang-Kook [Department of WCU Engineering, College of Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Suh, Kyung-Do, E-mail: kdsuh@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we report the fabrication of the flower-like tin/carbon (Sn/C) composite microspheres using sulfonated semi-interpenetrating polystyrene (SPS) microspheres as a carbon precursor. The sulfonation degree of SPS has great effects on the resulting particle size, morphology, amount of introduced Sn, and the carbonization yield of the microspheres after heat treatment. The obtained Sn/C composite microspheres were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused-ion beam SEM, and X-ray diffraction. The flower-like Sn/C composite electrodes exhibited higher charge-discharge capacities than those of graphite as an anode material for a lithium ion battery. In addition, they show a long lasting cyclability, even through 400 cycles. - Highlights: • Tin nanocrystals are introduced in flower-like carbon spheres with many ripples. • Long lasting cyclability is exhibited at 1 C rate up to 400 cycles. • Tin content of composite spheres depends on chemical treatment of polymer microspheres.

  17. Facile fabrication of flower like self-assembled mesoporous hierarchical microarchitectures of In(OH){sub 3} and In{sub 2}O{sub 3}: In(OH){sub 3} micro flowers with electron beam sensitive thin petals

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    Arul Prakasam, Balasubramaniam, E-mail: arul7777@yahoo.com [Laboratory of Green Chemistry, School of Engineering Science, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Sammonkatu 12, FI-50130, Mikkeli (Finland); Lahtinen, Manu; Peuronen, Anssi [Department of Chemistry, Laboratories of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014, University of Jyväskylä (Finland); Muruganandham, Manickavachagam [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 19122 (United States); Sillanpää, Mika [Laboratory of Green Chemistry, School of Engineering Science, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Sammonkatu 12, FI-50130, Mikkeli (Finland)

    2016-12-01

    A template and capping-reagent free facile fabrication method for mesoporous hierarchical microarchitectures of flower-like In(OH){sub 3} particles under benign hydrothermal conditions is reported. Calcination of In(OH){sub 3} to In{sub 2}O{sub 3} with the retention of morphology is also described. Both In(OH){sub 3} and In{sub 2}O{sub 3} microstructures were analyzed with SEM, EDX, TEM and powder X-ray diffraction. The crystal sizes for In(OH){sub 3} and In{sub 2}O{sub 3} were calculated using the Scherrer equation. In In(OH){sub 3} the thin flakes at the periphery of micro flowers were electron beam sensitive. The mechanism of self-assembly process was analyzed as well. - Highlights: • Hydrothermal fabrication In(OH){sub 3} self-assembled porous hierarchical architectures. • Induced dehydration in beam sensitive In(OH){sub 3} micro flowers. • Calcination of In(OH){sub 3} to In{sub 2}O{sub 3} with the retention of flower like morphology. • Phase pure synthesis of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} with the average crystal size of ∼37 nm.

  18. Influence of the substrate and nitrogen amount on the microstructural and optical properties of thin r.f.-sputtered ZnO films treated by rapid thermal annealing

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    Nicolescu, Madalina [Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, Spl. Independentei 202, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Anastasescu, Mihai, E-mail: manastasescu@icf.ro [Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, Spl. Independentei 202, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Preda, S.; Stroescu, H.; Stoica, M. [Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, Spl. Independentei 202, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Teodorescu, V.S. [National Institute of Material Physics, 105 bis Atomistilor Street, 077125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Aperathitis, E.; Kampylafka, V. [FORTH-IESL, Crete (Greece); Modreanu, M. [Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland); Zaharescu, M.; Gartner, M. [Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, Spl. Independentei 202, 060021 Bucharest (Romania)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO:N films are crystallized in hexagonal wurtzite phase (XRD), (0 0 2) oriented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The presence of the Nitrogen in the RTA films is confirmed by EDX and XPS. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All ZnO:N films are highly transparent (over 80%) in VIS to NIR spectral range. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The frequency of the phonon modes, E{sub 1}(TO) and A{sub 1}(LO), were obtained by IRSE. - Abstract: N-doped ZnO (ZnO:N) thin films, intended to be used as one of the layers in solar cell applications were deposited by r.f. sputtering, using ZnN target (99.9% purity), on silicon and fused silica substrates. In the gas flow composition, Ar was kept constant (50%) and the O{sub 2}/N{sub 2} ratio was varied as: 40%/10%, 25%/25% and 10%/40%. After deposition, rapid thermal annealing (RTA) at 400 and 550 Degree-Sign C for 1 min in N{sub 2} ambient has been performed. The RTA impact on the optical and microstructural properties of ZnO:N thin films have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) coupled with selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, UV-vis-NIR spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and infrared ellipsometry (IR-SE). The as-deposited (ad) ZnO:N films are polycrystalline with preferentially oriented columnar crystals. After RTA we found ZnO:N films with improved crystallinity and fewer boundary defects. We report optical constants of ZnO:N from UV to IR spectral range as well as the infrared active phononic modes.

  19. Enhanced hydrogen generation by hydrolysis of Mg doped with flower-like MoS2 for fuel cell applications

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    Huang, Minghong; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Liu, Jiangwen; Wang, Hui; Shao, Huaiyu; Zhu, Min

    2017-10-01

    In this work, flower-like MoS2 spheres are synthesized via a hydrothermal method and the catalytic activity of the as-prepared and bulk MoS2 on hydrolysis of Mg is systematically investigated for the first time. The Mg-MoS2 composites are prepared by ball milling and the hydrogen generation performances of the composites are investigated in 3.5% NaCl solution. The experimental results suggest that the as-prepared MoS2 exhibits better catalytic effect on hydrolysis of Mg compared to bulk MoS2. In particular, Mg-10 wt% MoS2 (as-prepared) composite milled for 1 h shows the best hydrogen generation properties and releases 90.4% of theoretical hydrogen generation capacity within 1 min at room temperature. The excellent catalytic effect of as-prepared MoS2 may be attributed to the following aspects: three-dimensional flower-like MoS2 architectures improve its dispersibility on Mg particles; make the composite more reactive; hamper the generated Mg(OH)2 from adhering to the surface of Mg; and increase the galvanic corrosion of Mg. In addition, a hydrogen generator based on the hydrolysis reaction of Mg-0.2 wt% MoS2 composite is manufactured and it can supply a maximum hydrogen flow rate of 2.5 L/min. The findings here demonstrate the as-prepared flower-like MoS2 can be a promising catalyst for hydrogen generation from Mg.

  20. A well-ordered flower-like gold nanostructure for integrated sensors via surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Kim, Ju-Hyun; Choi, Yang-Kyu; Kang, Taejoon; Kim, Bongsoo; Yoo, Seung Min; Lee, Sang Yup

    2009-01-01

    A controllable flower-like Au nanostructure array for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) was fabricated using the combined technique of the top-down approach of conventional photolithography and the bottom-up approach of electrodeposition. Au nanostructures with a mean roughness ranging from 5.1 to 49.6 nm were obtained by adjusting electrodeposition time from 2 to 60 min. The rougher Au nanostructure provides higher SERS enhancement, while the highest SERS intensity obtained with the Au nanostructure is 29 times stronger than the lowest intensity. The SERS spectra of brilliant cresyl blue (BCB), benzenethiol (BT), adenine and DNA were observed from the Au nanostructure.

  1. Hierarchical flower-like nickel(II) oxide microspheres with high adsorption capacity of Congo red in water.

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    Zheng, Yingqiu; Zhu, Bicheng; Chen, Hua; You, Wei; Jiang, Chuanjia; Yu, Jiaguo

    2017-10-15

    Monodispersed hierarchical flower-like nickel(II) oxide (NiO) microspheres were fabricated by a facile solvothermal reaction with the assistance of ethanolamine and a subsequent calcination process. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms, zeta potential measurement and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Flower-like nickel(II) hydroxide microspheres with uniform diameters of approximate 6.3μm were obtained after the solvothermal reaction. After heat treatment at 350°C, the crystal phase transformed to NiO, but the hierarchical porous structure was maintained. The as-prepared microspheres exhibited outstanding performance for the adsorption of Congo red (CR), an anionic organic dye, from aqueous solution at circumneutral pH. The pseudo-second-order model can make a good description of the adsorption kinetics, while Langmuir model could well express the adsorption isotherms, with calculated maximum CR adsorption capacity of 534.8 and 384.6mgg -1 , respectively, for NiO and Ni(OH) 2 . The adsorption mechanism of CR onto the as-synthesized samples can be mainly attributed to electrostatic interaction between the positively charged sample surface and the anionic CR molecules. The as-prepared NiO microspheres are a promising adsorbent for CR removal in water treatment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Carbon Nitride Decorated Ball-Flower like Co3O4 Hybrid Composite: Hydrothermal Synthesis and Ethanol Gas Sensing Application

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    Yuxiao Gong

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Recently, semiconducting metal oxide (SMO gas sensors have attracted the attention of researchers for high conductivity, labile features by environment, low cost, easy preparation, etc. However, traditional SMOs have some defects such as higher operating temperature and lower response value, which greatly limit their application in the field of gas sensor. In this work, the carbon nitride decorated ball-flower like Co3O4 composite was successfully synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method, the composition and morphology of the as-synthesized samples were studied by the techniques of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD, Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR and N2-sorption. As a consequence, the pure Co3O4 and the carbon nitride decorated Co3O4 both possess ball-flower like structure, and the as-synthesized carbon nitride decorated Co3O4 composite exhibits significant sensing properties to ethanol which is 1.6 times higher than that of pure Co3O4, furthermore, the composite possesses high selectivity and stability towards ethanol detection.

  3. Preparation of flower-like CuS/reduced graphene oxide(RGO) photocatalysts for enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Hu, Xiao-Sai; Shen, Yong; Zhang, Ya-Ting; Nie, Jing-Jing

    2017-04-01

    The flower-like CuS/RGO composites were synthesized via a facile one-pot solvothermal method, which displayed outstanding photocatalytic activity for Methylene blue(MB) degradation under Xenon lamp irradiation. The as-prepared samples were e examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence(PL) spectra, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission scanning electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis optical absorption spectroscopy to determine the properties of the samples, respectively. The results illustrated that RGO had an important effect on the photocatalytic performance of CuS/RGO for dyes. The flower-like CuS/RGO composites exhibited better photocatalytic activity and excellent recyclability in degrading Methylene blue(MB) solution in comparison with pure CuS. The photocatalytic degradation efficiency of MB reached up to nearly 80% after 140 min irradiation, which was more than four times higher than that of CuS, indicating that CuS/RGO composites could have a great potential application in organic pollutants removal.

  4. Flower-like self-assembly of gold nanoparticles for highly sensitive electrochemical detection of chromium(VI)

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    Ouyang Ruizhuo; Bragg, Stefanie A.; Chambers, James Q. [Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-1600 (United States); Xue Ziling, E-mail: xue@ion.chem.utk.edu [Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-1600 (United States)

    2012-04-13

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fabrication of a flower-like self-assembly of two AuNP layers on a GCE. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cr(VI) detection: 10-1200 ng L{sup -1} concentration range; 2.9 ng L{sup -1} detection limit. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The 1st AuNP layer on the GCE surface as anchors for a thiol sol-gel film. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sol-gel film link the 1st AuNP layer to the 2nd AuNP layer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Functionalization of the 2nd AuNP layer by a thiol pyridinium for HCrO{sub 4}{sup -} detection. - Abstract: We report here the fabrication of a flower-like self-assembly of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) as a highly sensitive platform for ultratrace Cr(VI) detection. Two AuNP layers are used in the current approach, in which the first is electroplated on the GCE surface as anchors for binding to an overcoated thiol sol-gel film derived from 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTS). The second AuNP layer is then self-assembled on the surface of the sol-gel film, forming flower-like gold nanoelectrodes enlarging the electrode surface. When functionalized by a thiol pyridinium, the fabricated electrode displays a well-defined peak for selective Cr(VI) reduction with an unusually large, linear concentration range of 10-1200 ng L{sup -1} and a low detection limit of 2.9 ng L{sup -1}. In comparison to previous approaches using MPTS and AuNPs on Au electrodes, the current work expands the use of AuNPs to the GCE. Subsequent functionalization of the secondary AuNPs by a thiol pyridinium and adsorption/preconcentration of Cr(VI) lead to the unusually large detection range and high sensitivity. The stepwise preparation of the electrode has been characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), and IR. The newly designed electrode exhibits good stability, and has been successfully employed to measure chromium in a pre-treated blood sample. The

  5. Engenharia de microestrutura em varistor à base de ZnO: evidências de homogeneidade e correlação com reações químicas Microstructure engineering in the ZnO based varistor: evidence of homogeneity and correlation with chemical reactions

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    M. A. L. Nobre

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available A influência de reações químicas específicas sobre o desenvolvimento microestrutural em varistores à base de ZnO é abordada a partir de um enfoque inovador. A relação entre alguns óxidos aditivos e suas reações com ZnO são revisitadas considerando o efeito dos produtos sobre a distribuição de fases na microestrutura. A formação de óxidos policátions e suas características com relação à habilidade em modificar o grau de homogeneidade microestrutural foram utilizadas para melhorar características microestruturais específicas. Nesta análise foram consideradas o ZnO, Bi2O3 e Sb2O3, bem como os produtos Zn2Bi3Sb3O14 e Zn7Sb2O12. Os óxidos ZnO e Zn2Bi3Sb3O14 foram classificados como sem atuação direta sobre o desenvolvimento microestrutural. A disponibilidade do óxido Bi2O3 foi considerada como um precursor de heterogeneidade, enquanto que o Zn7Sb2O12 foi considerado um precursor de homogeneidade. Neste sentido, um compósito cerâmica-cerâmica foi preparado por meio da adição (10% em peso do óxido tipo espinélio com estequiometria Zn4MnCoCrSb2O12 ± delta a uma composição adequada ao desenvolvimento de varistores. O compósito foi sinterizado a 1160 ºC pôr duas horas, sendo resfriado a partir da temperatura de sinterização até à temperatura ambiente. Homogeneidade microestrutural e propriedades elétricas significativas são desenvolvidas, sendo que o número de grãos de ZnO contendo maclas é aumentado de forma substancial. A textura destes grãos foi investigada através da análise digital da imagem de micrografia eletrônica de varredura. A correlação entre a população de grãos contendo maclas com homogeneidade microestrutural é discutida.The influence of specific chemical reactions on microstructural features in ZnO based varistors is reported from a new approach. These reactions are revisited taking into account their effects on the phase distribution in the microstructure. From this reaction

  6. One-Pot Synthesis of Hierarchical Flower-Like Pd-Cu Alloy Support on Graphene Towards Ethanol Oxidation

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    Zhang, Jingyi; Feng, Anni; Bai, Jie; Tan, Zhibing; Shao, Wenyao; Yang, Yang; Hong, Wenjing; Xiao, Zongyuan

    2017-09-01

    The synergetic effect of alloy and morphology of nanocatalysts play critical roles towards ethanol electrooxidation. In this work, we developed a novel electrocatalyst fabricated by one-pot synthesis of hierarchical flower-like palladium (Pd)-copper (Cu) alloy nanocatalysts supported on reduced graphene oxide (Pd-Cu(F)/RGO) for direct ethanol fuel cells. The structures of the catalysts were characterized by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS). The as-synthesized Pd-Cu(F)/RGO nanocatalyst was found to exhibit higher electrocatalytic performances towards ethanol electrooxidation reaction in alkaline medium in contrast with RGO-supported Pd nanocatalyst and commercial Pd black catalyst in alkaline electrolyte, which could be attributed to the formation of alloy and the morphology of nanoparticles. The high performance of nanocatalyst reveals the great potential of the structure design of the supporting materials for the future fabrication of nanocatalysts.

  7. Plant-Mediated Fabrication and Surface Enhanced Raman Property of Flower-Like Au@Pd Nanoparticles

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    Daohua Sun

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The flower-like nanostructures of an Au core and Pd petals with the average size of 47.8 nm were fabricated through the successive reduction of HAuCl4 and Na2PdCl4 at room temperature. During the synthesis, Cacumen Platycladi leaf extract served as weak reductant and capping agent. Characterization techniques such as Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction characterizations were employed to confirm that the as-synthesized nanoparticles have the structure of core-shell. The obtained core-shell nanoflowers exhibited good surface enhanced Raman spectroscopic activity with Rhodamine 6G.

  8. Flower-like self-assembly of gold nanoparticles for highly sensitive electrochemical detection of chromium(VI)

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    Ouyang, Ruizhuo; Bragg, Stefanie A.; Chambers, James Q.; Xue, Zi-Ling

    2012-01-01

    We report here the fabrication of a flower-like self-assembly of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) as a highly sensitive platform for ultratrace Cr(VI) detection. Two AuNPs layers are used in the current approach, in which the first is electroplated on the GCE surface as anchors for binding to an overcoated thiol sol-gel film derived from 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTS). The second AuNPs layer is then self-assembled on the surface of the sol-gel film, forming flower-like gold nanoelectrodes enlarging the electrode surface. When functionalized by a thiol pyridinium, the fabricated electrode displays a well-defined peak for selective Cr(VI) reduction with an unusually large, linear concentration range of 10–1,200 ng L−1 and a low detection limit of 2.9 ng L−1. In comparison to previous approaches using MPTS and AuNPs on Au electrodes, the current work expands the use of AuNPs to the GCE. Subsequent functionalization of the secondary AuNPs by a thiol pyridinium and adsorption/preconcentration of Cr(VI) lead to the unusually large detection range and high sensitivity. The stepwise preparation of the electrode has been characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), and IR. The newly designed electrode exhibits good stability, and has been successfully employed to measure chromium in a pre-treated blood sample. The method demonstrates acceptable fabrication reproducibility and accuracy. PMID:22444528

  9. Fabrication of monodispersed nickel flower-like architectures via a solvent-thermal process and analysis of their magnetic and electromagnetic properties

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    Kong Jing; Liu Wei; Wang Fenglong; Wang Xinzhen; Luan Liqiang; Liu Jiurong; Wang Yuan; Zhang Zijun; Itoh, Masahiro; Machida, Ken-ichi

    2011-01-01

    Monodispersed Ni flower-like architectures with size of 1-2 μm were synthesized through a facile solvent-thermal process in 1,2-propanediol solution in the presence of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and sodium alkali for electromagnetic absorption application. The Ni architectures are composed of nanoflakes, which assemble to form three dimensional flower-like structure, and the thickness of nanoflakes is about 10-40 nm. A possible formation mechanism for Ni flower-like architectures was proposed and it was confirmed by the control experiments. The Ni architectures exhibited a saturation magnetization (M s ) of 47.7 emu/g and a large coercivity (H cj ) of 332.3 Oe. The epoxy resin composites with 20 vol% Ni sample provided good electromagnetic wave absorption performance (reflection loss cj ) of 332.3 Oe. → Efficient electromagnetic absorption (RL<-20 dB) was provided in 2.8-6.3 GHz.

  10. Simple Synthesis of Flower-Like ln2S3 Structures and Their Use as Templates to Prepare CuS Particles

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    Xia Sheng

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Flower-like structure In2S3 particles are prepared by a simple and rapid method. The reaction proceeds in a polyalcohol system without using any complex precursors. The phase and morphology of the In2S3 are investigated. Furthermore, flower-like structure CuS particles are synthesized via the reaction of Cu2+ ions with the obtained In2S3 as templates. Both the In2S3 and CuS particles can be used in preparing compound solar cell material CuInS2.

  11. Bio-inspired ultrasonochemical synthesis of blooming flower like ZnO hierarchical architectures and their excellent biostatic performance

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    H.J. Amith Yadav

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Novel three dimensional (3D ZnO hierarchical architectures were fabricated by a bio-inspired ultrasound assisted sonochemical route using self-sacrificial Aloe Vera (A.V. gel as a bio-surfactant. The emergence of 3D superstructures (SS is of essential interest, and the ability to program their form has practical ramifications in fields such as optics, biological activity, and catalysis and creates a bouquet of assembled SS with unprecedented levels of complexity and precision. These results outline a nanotechnology strategy for “collaborating” with self-assembly processes in real time to build SS architecture. The structural analysis exhibits that the ZnO SS were high purity without any secondary phases. Photoluminescence (PL studies indicate that the zinc vacancies (V2n and singly ionized oxygen vacancies (Vo+ located on the surface of ZnO. Further, we report a ‘smart’ bio-static ZnO SS, which might prevent build-up of active antimicrobial material in the environment. Precisely localized control of activity is achieved, allowing the growth of bacteria to be confined to defined patterns, which has potential for the development of treatments that avoid interference with the endogenous microbial population in other parts of the organism.

  12. A Non-sulfided flower-like Ni-PTA Catalyst that Enhances the Hydrotreatment Efficiency of Plant Oil to Produce Green Diesel

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    Liu, Jing; Chen, Pan; Deng, Lihong; He, Jing; Wang, Luying; Rong, Long; Lei, Jiandu

    2015-01-01

    The development of a novel non-sulfided catalyst with high activity for the hydrotreatment processing of plant oils, is of high interest as a way to improve the efficient production of renewable diesel. To attempt to develop such a catalyst, we first synthesized a high activity flower-like Ni-PTA catalyst used in the hydrotreatment processes of plant oils. The obtained catalyst was characterized with SEM, EDX, HRTEM, BET, XRD, H2-TPR, XPS and TGA. A probable formation mechanism of flower-like Ni(OH)2 is proposed on the basis of a range of contrasting experiments. The results of GC showed that the conversion yield of Jatropha oil was 98.95%, and the selectivity of C11-C18 alkanes was 70.93% at 360 °C, 3 MPa, and 15 h−1. The activity of this flower-like Ni-PTA catalyst was more than 15 times higher than those of the conventional Ni-PTA/Al2O3 catalysts. Additionally, the flower-like Ni-PTA catalyst exhibited good stability during the process of plant oil hydrotreatment. PMID:26503896

  13. Facile One-Pot Synthesis of Flower Like Cobalt Oxide Nanostructures on Nickel Plate and Its Supercapacitance Properties.

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    Kandasamy, N; Venugopal, T; Kannan, K

    2018-06-01

    A flower like cobalt oxide nanostructured thin film (Co2O3) on Nickel (Ni) plate as have been successfully developed via alcoholic Seed Layer assisted chemical bath Deposition (SLD) process. Through the controlled alkaline electrolytes, the flower and paddles like Co2O3 nanoarchitectures were formed. The prepared thin film was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive X-ray (SEM and EDX), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Raman spectroscopy techniques. Electron micrograph reveals the flower and paddles like nanostructured Co2O3 thin film deposited on Ni plates. The electrochemical characteristics were investigated using cyclic voltammetry (CV), charge-discharge and AC impedance spectroscopy in different aqueous electrolytes such as NaOH, KOH, and LiOH. The maximum specific capacitance of 856 Fg-1 was attained with 2 M KOH electrolyte with 2 mVs-1 of the Co2O3 thin film coated Ni plate at 80 °C using SLD method. The capacitance values obtained with various electrolytes are in the order of KOH > NaOH > LiOH. The results indicate that the present method is economical and the material is ecofriendly with enhanced capacitance property.

  14. One-step solvothermal synthesis of carnation flower-like SnS2 as superior electrodes for supercapacitor applications

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    Mishra, Rajneesh Kumar; Baek, Geun Woo; Kim, Kyuwon; Kwon, Hyuck-In; Jin, Sung Hun

    2017-12-01

    We report the synthesis of carnation flower-like SnS2 (CF-SnS2) via a one-step solvothermal method for potential application as supercapacitor electrodes in energy storage devices. The structural and morphological properties of CF-SnS2 were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman analysis, and field-emission scanning and transmission electron microscopies. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning tunneling electron microscopy with color mapping verified the distribution of Sn and S, and depicted the successful formation of SnS2. Electrochemical studies were performed to explore the supercapacitive nature of CF-SnS2. Supercapacitors with CF-SnS2 electrodes delivered excellent cyclic voltammetry performances, superior gravimetric specific capacitances, and high power densities. The evaluated specific capacitance and power density reached ∼524.5 F/g and 12.3 W/kg, respectively, at a current density of 0.08 A/g, and ∼215.9 F/g and 61.4 W/kg, respectively, at a current density of 0.38 A/g. These values are at least two times higher than those previously reported. The long-term cyclic stability was also tested to demonstrate the endurance of the CF-SnS2-based supercapacitor, with a 66% rate retention and galvanostatic charge/discharge reversibility. These electrochemical findings indicate that CF-SnS2 is a promising candidate for electrode materials in supercapacitor applications.

  15. Correlation between electrical transport, microstructure and room temperature ferromagnetism in 200 keV Ni{sup 2+} ion implanted zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films

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    Joshi, B. [Gautam Buddha University, Department of Applied Sciences, Greater Noida (India); Ghosh, S.; Srivastava, P. [Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Nanostech Laboratory, New Delhi (India); Kumar, P.; Kanjilal, D. [Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi (India)

    2012-05-15

    We report variable temperature resistivity measurements and mechanisms related to electrical conduction in 200 keV Ni{sup 2+} ion implanted ZnO thin films deposited by vapor phase transport. The dc electrical resistivity versus temperature curves show that all polycrystalline ZnO films are semiconducting in nature. In the room temperature range they exhibit band conduction and conduction due to thermionic emission of electrons from grain boundaries present in the polycrystalline films. In the low temperature range, nearest neighbor hopping (NNH) and variable range hopping (VRH) conduction are observed. The detailed conduction mechanism of these films and the effects of grain boundary (GB) barriers on the electrical conduction process are discussed. An attempt is made to correlate electrical conduction behavior and previously observed room temperature ferromagnetism of these films. (orig.)

  16. Photoconductivity and surface chemical analysis of ZnO thin films deposited by solution-processing techniques for nano and microstructure fabrication

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    Dwivedi, V. K.; Prakash, G. Vijaya; Srivastava, P.

    2013-01-01

    The fabrication of zinc oxide (ZnO) from inexpensive solution-processing techniques, namely, electrochemical deposition and electrospinning were explored on various conducting and mesoporous semiconducting surfaces. Optimised conditions were derived for template- and self-assisted nano/micro structures and composites. ZnO thin films were annealed at a fixed temperature under ambient conditions and characterised using physical and optical techniques. The photocurrent response in the UV region shows a fast rise and double decay behaviour with a fast component followed by a slow oscillatory decay. Photocurrent results were correlated with surface chemical analysis from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Various characterisation details reveal the importance of fabrication parameter optimisation for useful low-cost optoelectronic applications. (semiconductor materials)

  17. BiOBr@SiO2 flower-like nanospheres chemically-bonded on cement-based materials for photocatalysis

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    Wang, Dan; Hou, Pengkun; Yang, Ping; Cheng, Xin

    2018-02-01

    Endowment of photocatalytic property on the surface of concrete structure can contribute to the self-cleaning of the structure and purification of the polluted environment. We developed a nano-structured BiOBr@SiO2 photocatalyst and innovatively used for surface-treatment of cement-based materials with the hope of attaining the photocatalytic property in visible-light region and surface modification/densification performances. The SiO2 layer on the flower-like BiOBr@SiO2 helps to maintain a stable distribution of the photocatalyst, as well as achieving a chemical bonding between the coating and the cement matrix. Results showed that the color fading rate of during the degradation of Rhodamine B dye of the BiOBr-cem sample is 2 times higher compared with the commonly studied C, N-TiO2-cem sample. The photo-degradation rates of samples BiOBr-cem and BiOBr@SiO2-cem are 93 and 81% within 150 min, respectively, while sample BiOBr@SiO2-cem reveals a denser and smoother surface after curing for 28 days and pore-filling effect at size within 0.01-0.2 μm when compared with untreated samples. Moreover, additional C-S-H gel can be formed due to the pozzolanic reaction between BiOBr@SiO2 and the hardened cement matrix. Both advantages of the BiOBr@SiO2 favor its application for surface-treatment of hardened cement-based material to acquire an improved surface quality, as well as durable photocatalytic functionality.

  18. Hydrophobic ZnO nanostructured thin films on glass substrate by simple successive ionic layer absorption and reaction (SILAR) method

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    Kumar, P. Suresh; Raj, A. Dhayal; Mangalaraj, D.; Nataraj, D.

    2010-01-01

    In the present work, ZnO nanostructured thin films were grown on glass substrates by a simple successive ionic layer absorption and reaction method (SILAR) process at relatively low temperature for its self cleaning application. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and Photoluminescence (PL) spectra were used to characterize the prepared ZnO nanostructured film. XRD pattern clearly reviles that the grown ZnO nanostructure film reflect (002) orientation with c-direction. SEM image clearly shows the surface morphology with cluster of spindle and flower-like nanostructured with diameter various around 350 nm. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of ZnO nanostructures film exhibit a UV emission around 385nm and visible emission in the range around 420-500 nm. Good water repellent behavior were observed for ZnO nanostructured film without any surface modification.

  19. [Catalytic Degradation of Diclofenac Sodium over the Catalyst of 3D Flower-like alpha-FeOOH Synergized with H2O2 Under Visible Light Irradiation].

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    Xu, Jun-ge; Li, Yun-qin; Huang, Hua-shan; Yuan, Bao-ling; Cui, Hao-jie; Fu, Ming-lai

    2015-06-01

    Three dimensional (3D) flower-like alpha-FeOOH nanomaterials were prepared by oil bath reflux method using FeSO4, urea, ethanol and water, and the products which were characterized by XRD, FT-IR and SEM techniques. The SEM images showed that the 3D flower-like samples consisted of nanorods with a length of 400-500 nm and a diameter of 40-60 nm. The catalytic performance of the samples was evaluated by catalytic degradation of diclofenac sodium using H2O2 as the oxidant under simulated visible light. The results showed that the as-prepared samples presented high efficient catalytic performances, and more than 99% of the initial diclofenac sodium (30 mg x L(-1)) was degraded in 90 min. A radical mechanism can be proposed for the catalytic degradation of diclofenac sodium solution.

  20. Low resolution structural X-ray studies of human FEZ1: a natively unfolded protein associated to the flower-like nuclei phenotype

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    Lanza, Daniel Carlos Ferreira; Trindade, Daniel Maragno; Bressan, Gustavo Costa; Kobarg, Joerg

    2008-01-01

    The fasciculation and elongation protein Zeta1 (FEZ1) has been implicated in important functions in mammalian cells, ranging from molecular transport to transcriptional regulation. Theoretical predictions, circular dichroism spectroscopy and limiting proteolysis experiments all suggested that FEZ1 contains regions of low structural complexity and that it may belong to the growing family of natively unfolded proteins. We therefore performed Small Angle Scattering (SAXS) experiments which showed that FEZ1 is a dimer of elongated shape and that its conformation is mainly disordered. In parallel functional studies we observed that the overexpression of FEZ1 in human cells causes the so-called 'flower-like nuclei' phenotype, similar to what is observed in certain leukemic cells. Taken together, our results suggest that the FEZ1 dimer configuration may be critical to explain why its overexpression causes the formation of flower-like nuclei in human cells. (author)

  1. Hydrothermal self-assembly of novel porous flower-like SnO2 architecture and its application in ethanol sensor

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    Jiang, X.H.; Ma, S.Y.; Sun, A.M.; Zhang, Z.M.; Jin, W.X.; Wang, T.T.; Li, W.Q.; Xu, X.L.; Luo, J.; Cheng, L.; Mao, Y.Z.; Zhang, M.

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • We have fabricated porous SnO 2 nanoflowers using a simple hydrothermal route. • The sensitivity of porous SnO 2 nanoflowers is about 208 for 500 ppm ethanol at 300 °C. • The porous SnO 2 nanoflowers could be a good candidate for fabricating effective ethanol sensor. - Abstract: Different morphologies of tin dioxide (SnO 2 ) architectures were prepared by increasing reaction time (12, 18, 24 and 48 h) under a facile hydrothermal process and followed by calcination. The crystal structures and morphologies of the hierarchical architecture were characterized in detail by means of powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDX), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The results showed that the porous flower-like SnO 2 architecture was obtained by 24 h hydrotherm treatment. Most importantly, the sensors based on porous flower-like SnO 2 architecture exhibited perfect sensing performance toward ethanol with excellent selectivity, high response and fast response-recovery capability compared with other SnO 2 nanoflowers for the same ethanol concentration at 300 °C. The response value was about 208 and the response-recovery time was around 8 and 7 s for 500 ppm ethanol, respectively. The enhancement in gas sensing properties was attributed to the unique structures, including the flower-like structure and porous feature, which provided more gas active center and diffusion pathways. The results indicated that porous flower-like SnO 2 architecture was a potential candidate for fabricating effective ethanol sensor. Furthermore, the possible growth mechanism and the ethanol sensing mechanism of the architecture were discussed, too.

  2. Ultrathin g-C3N4 Nanosheet-Modified BiOCl Hierarchical Flower-Like Plate Heterostructure with Enhanced Photostability and Photocatalytic Performance

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    Tiekun Jia

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available A novel ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheet-modified BiOCl hierarchical flower-like plate heterostructure (abbreviated as BC/CN was constructed via a thermal polymerization of urea precursor followed with hydrolysis route. The as-prepared samples were well characterized by various analytical techniques. The morphological observation showed that hierarchical flower-like BiOCl nanoplates were discretely anchored on the surface of ultra-thin C3N4 nanosheets. The photocatalytic performance of the as-prepared photocatalysts was evaluated by degradation of methylene blue (MB under visible-light irradiation. The results showed that BC/CN photocatalyst exhibited enhanced photostability and photocatalytic performance in the degradation process. On the basis of experimental results and the analysis of band energy structure, it could be inferred that the enhanced photocatalytic performance of BC/CN photocatalyst was intimately related with the hybridization of hierarchical flower-like BiOCl nanoplates with ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets, which provided good adsorptive capacity, extended light absorption, suppressed the recombination of photo-generated electron–hole pairs, and facilitated charge transfer efficiently.

  3. Hierarchical flower-like carbon nanosheet assembly with embedded hollow NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles for high- performance lithium ion batteries

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    Fang, Ling; Qiu, Huajun; Luo, Pan; Li, Wenxiang; Zhang, Huijuan; Wang, Yu, E-mail: wangy@cqu.edu.cn

    2017-05-01

    Highlights: • Flower-like NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}@carbon nanosphere is firstly synthesized for Li-ion batteries. • The nanostructure exhibits the unique feature of hollow NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles embedded inside and graphitized carbon layers coating outside. • The sample reveals stable structure, large specific surface area and good electrical conductivity. • The composite exhibits superior rate capability, cycling capacity and excellent Coulombic efficiency. - Abstract: The fabrication of closely bounded metal oxides/carbon hybrid nano-structures is significant for its use in energy-related areas especially lithium ion batteries (LIBs). In this research, a flower-like carbon sphere with hollow NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles encapsulated inside the carbon thin nanopetal is fabricated by using a mixed basic carbonate nickel and cobalt sphere as the precursor and templates followed by the outer carbon membrane covering and two-step calcination process. When tested as anode material for LIBs, this flower-like carbon-based hybrid sphere demonstrates a significantly enhanced reversible capacity and cycling stability at various current densities.

  4. Ultrasonic-assisted green synthesis of flower like silver nanocolloids using marine sponge extract and its effect on oral biofilm bacteria and oral cancer cell lines.

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    Inbakandan, D; Kumar, C; Bavanilatha, M; Ravindra, Dune Naga; Kirubagaran, R; Khan, S Ajmal

    2016-10-01

    The knowhow followed for synthesis, characterization and application of nanomaterials has become an important branch of nanoscience. The use of marine sponges for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles is still in the budding level of current nanobiotechnology. This paper reports a single step one pot biosynthesis utilizing marine sponge (Haliclona exigua) extract as a reducing agent by means of a conventional ultrasonic bath on the formation and growth of flower like silver nanocolloids. These silver nanocolloids were characterized through UV visible spectroscopy, High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy and X-ray Diffractometer. Further, antibacterial activity and antiproliferative activity were done against oral biofilm bacteria and oral cancer cell lines for the biosynthesized flower like silver nanocolloids. Water soluble organic amines were responsible for the syntheses of nanomaterials which have a size range from 100 to 120 nm. An average size of 9.1 mm zone of inhibition was recorded with 10.0 μg of silver nanocolloids against oral biofilm bacteria. The estimated half maximal inhibitory concentration value for flower like silver nanocolloids was 0.6 μg/ml for oral cancer cell lines. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. A Simple Surfactant-Free Solution Phase Synthesis of Flower-like In2S3 Hierarchitectures and their Photocatalytic Activities

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    Rengaraj Selvaraj

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Flower-like In2S3 hierarchical nanostructures were successfully prepared via a facile solution-phase route, using thiacetamide as both sulfur source and capping agent. Our experimental results demonstrated that the morphology of these In2S3 nanostructures can be easily modified by changing the ratio of In(NO33/thiacetamide. With the ratio increasing from 1:1.5 to 1:6, the In2S3 crystals exhibited flower-like morphology of varying size. XRD and HRTEM of the flowers revealed the cubic structure of In2S3; morphological studies examined by SEM and TEM showed that the synthesized In2S3 nanostructure was a flower-like hierarchitecture assembled from nanoscale flakes. XPS and EDX analysis confirmed the stoichiometry of In2S3 nanoflowers. The optical properties were investigated by UV-vis DRS, which indicated that the In2S3 nanoflower samples possess a band gap from 1.90 to 1.97 eV. Furthermore, photocatalytic activity studies revealed that the prepared In2S3 nanoflowers exhibit an excellent photocatalytic performance, degrading rapidly the aqueous methylene blue dye solution under visible light irradiation. These results suggest that In2S3 nanoflowers will be a promising candidate for a photocatalyst working under the visible light range.

  6. Flower-like Bi2Se3 nanostructures: Synthesis and their application for the direct electrochemistry of hemoglobin and H2O2 detection

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    Fan Hai; Zhang Shenxiang; Ju Peng; Su Haichao; Ai Shiyun

    2012-01-01

    Highlights: ► Flower-like Bi 2 Se 3 nanostructures were prepared via a hydrothermal technique. ► Bi 2 Se 3 nanostructures significantly improve the direct electron-transfer of Hb. ► The immobilized Hb shows high catalytic activity to the reduction of H 2 O 2 . - Abstract: In this paper, flower-like Bi 2 Se 3 nanostructures consisting of intercrossed nanosheets networks have been synthesized via a facile hydrothermal technique and applied to the protein electrochemistry for the first time. The prepared Bi 2 Se 3 nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The direct electrochemistry of hemoglobin (Hb) has been achieved by immobilizing Hb on the prepared Bi 2 Se 3 nanostructures and Nafion (Nf) modified glassy carbon electrode. Bi 2 Se 3 nanostructures show significant promotion to the direct electron-transfer of Hb. The immobilized Hb retained its biological activity well and shows high catalytic activity to the reduction of hydrogen peroxide (H 2 O 2 ). Under the optimal experimental conditions, the catalytic currents are linear to the concentrations of H 2 O 2 in the range of 2.0 × 10 −6 to 1.0 × 10 −4 M. The corresponding detection limits are 6.3 × 10 −7 M. The prepared flower-like Bi 2 Se 3 nanostructures provide an alternative matrix for protein immobilization and biosensor preparation.

  7. Self-Assembled 3D Flower-Like Hierarchical β-Ni(OH2Hollow Architectures and their In Situ Thermal Conversion to NiO

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    Liao Gui-Hong

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Three-dimensional (3D flower-like hierarchicalβ-Ni(OH2hollow architectures were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal route. The as-obtained products were well characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM (HRTEM, SAED, and DSC-TGA. It was shown that the 3D flower-like hierarchicalβ-Ni(OH2hollow architectures with a diameter of several micrometers are assembled from nanosheets with a thickness of 10–20 nm and a width of 0.5–2.5 μm. A rational mechanism of formation was proposed on the basis of a range of contrasting experiments. 3D flower-like hierarchical NiO hollow architectures with porous structure were obtained after thermal decomposition at appropriate temperatures. UV–Vis spectra reveal that the band gap of the as-synthesized NiO samples was about 3.57 eV, exhibiting obviously red shift compared with the bulk counterpart.

  8. Deposition of ZnO flowers on the surface of g-C3N4 by solid phase reaction

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    Liang, Baoyan; Han, Danhui; Sun, Changhong; Zhang, Wangxi; Qin, Qi

    ZnO/g-C3N4 photocatalysts were prepared by adopting room-temperature solid-phase grinding with Zn(CH3COO)2, NaOH, and g-C3N4 powders. ZnO grains with flower-like architectures were loaded on g-C3N4 thin flakes. The as-synthesized ZnO/g-C3N4 composite displayed highly visible photocatalytic activity during the degradation of methylene blue (MB).

  9. Microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis of flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres and their high efficient photocatalytic degradation for p-nitrophenol

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    Li, Tingting; Luo, Shenglian; Yang, Lixia

    2013-01-01

    Flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres were successfully fabricated by the approach of microwave-assisted solvothermal and in situ photo-assisted reduction. A reactive ionic liquid 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([C 16 mim]Br) was employed as Br source in the presence of surfactant polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The photocatalytic activity of Ag/AgBr/BiOBr towards the decomposition of p-nitrophenol under visible light irradiation was evaluated. The results indicated that Ag/AgBr/BiOBr showed enhanced photocatalytic activity towards p-nitrophenol, comparing with P25, BiOBr and Ag/AgBr. More than 96% of p-nitrophenol was decomposed in 3.5 h under visible-light irradation. The excellent photocatalytic activity of flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres can be attributed to the large specific surface area, strong visible-light absorption, suitable energy band structure and surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag nanoparticles. The possible photocatalytic mechanism was proposed based on the active species test and band gap structure analysis. - Graphical abstract: The photocatalytic reaction mechanisms of the as-prepared Ag/AgBr/BiOBr. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Successful synthesis of flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres. • The Ag/AgBr/BiOBr showed much higher photocatalytic activity towards p-nitrophenol as compared to BiOBr and Ag/AgBr. • The reasons for the excellent photocatalytic activity are the large specific surface area, strong visible-light absorption and surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag nanoparticles. • The O 2 · − , Br 0 and photogenerated h + play key roles in the photocatalytic degradation process

  10. Advanced nanostructured photocatalysts based on reduced graphene oxide-flower-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites for an augmented simulated solar photoactivity activity

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    Li, Yukun [Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resources Development of Shallow Lakes, Ministry of Education, Hohai University, 1st Xikang Road, Nanjing 210098 (China); Chen, Lin [Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resources Development of Shallow Lakes, Ministry of Education, Hohai University, 1st Xikang Road, Nanjing 210098 (China); College of Environment, Hohai University, 1st Xikang Road, Nanjing 210098 (China); Wang, Yue [Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resources Development of Shallow Lakes, Ministry of Education, Hohai University, 1st Xikang Road, Nanjing 210098 (China); Zhu, Liang, E-mail: liangzhu_hh@163.com [Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resources Development of Shallow Lakes, Ministry of Education, Hohai University, 1st Xikang Road, Nanjing 210098 (China); College of Environment, Hohai University, 1st Xikang Road, Nanjing 210098 (China)

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    Highlights: • A simple route was proposed to prepare flower-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and RGO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • Cipro HCl was degraded firstly by RGO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} under the visible-light. • 2% RGO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} exhibited the best removal efficiency. - Abstract: A simple hydrothermal process was proposed to prepare the flower-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} architectures, and the as-synthesized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalysts were further processed with the prepared graphene oxide (GO) to form novel reduced graphene oxide (RGO)/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites. The nano-materials were characterized with the help of XRD, XPS, SEM, FTIR, UV-DRS, PL techniques to investigate their morphological, physical, optical, and photochemical properties. Photocatalytic performances of the pure flower-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} architectures and RGO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites were compared and evaluated through the degradation of ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (Cipro HCl) wastewater under the simulated visible light. It was found that the RGO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites displayed enhanced visible light-driven photocatalytic activities. It might be that the RGO loading not only effectively suppressed the electron–hole recombination, but also increased the light absorption ability. The effects of operating condition involved in the photocatalytic process were further examined, and the cycle-stability experiment demonstrated that as-obtained 2% RGO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalysts had good photocatalytic repeatability.

  11. Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic activity of sonochemical/hydration-dehydration prepared ZnO rod-like architecture nano/microstructures assisted by a biotemplate.

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    Alkaim, Ayad F; Alrobayi, Enas M; Algubili, Abrar M; Aljeboree, Aseel M

    2017-09-01

    ZnO nanoparticles of rod-like architecture have excellent potential to be used in wastewater treatment as a photocatalyst. They were synthesized by utilizing sonochemical/hydration- dehydration techniques using glutamine as a biotemplate. The effects of calcination temperatures, that is, 300°C, 500°C, and 700°C, on the crystallinity, optical properties, and photocatalytic activity of synthesized zinc oxide nanoparticles were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicated that all calcinated samples have a crystalline hexagonal wurtzite structure. Morphology and elemental compositions were investigated using field emission-scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The XRD and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra revealed that the samples were amorphous at 100°C; however, it changed into a crystalline structure amid the calcination process. Optical properties were determined using a UV-visible reflection spectrophotometer and showed abatement in the band gap with increasing annealing temperature. The progress of the photocatalytic degradation was monitored by a UV-visible spectrophotometer, while the mineralization ability was estimated by total organic carbon tests of ZnO-calcinated samples. The effect of various operational parameters the photocatalytic efficiency and rate of dye degradation was studied. High photocatalytic degradation of maxilon blue dye (GRL) was found at pH 6.3.

  12. High UV light performance for the degradation of Rhodamine B dye by synthesized Bi2S3ZnO nanocomposite

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    Sangareswari, M.; Meenakshi Sundaram, M.

    2017-05-01

    Heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of organics in water and wastewater by large band gap semiconductors has offered an attractive alternative for environmental remediation. Zinc oxide is a very fast and efficient catalyst because of its wide band gap and large exciton binding energy. In this study, an efficient Bi2S3ZnO was synthesized by sonochemical method. The obtained product was further characterized by TEM, SEM, XRD, FT-IR and UV-DRS analysis. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed that Bi2S3ZnO has flower-like structure. The synthesized flower-like Bi2S3ZnO nanocomposites were more efficient than commercial ZnO for the degradation of organic contaminants under UV light irradiation. The prepared material shows enhanced photocatalytic activity on Rhodamine B dye solution under UV light irradiation. The percentage removal of dye was calculated by UV-Vis spectrophotometer. In addition, Bi2S3ZnO showed tremendous photocatalytic stability after seven cycles under UV light irradiation. A possible mechanism for the photocatalytic oxidative degradation was also discussed. It is concluded that the Bi2S3ZnO nanocomposite acts as an excellent photocatalyst for the decomposition of RhB and it could be a potential material for essential wastewater treatment.

  13. Microstructure and Electrical Conductivity of ZnO Addition on the Properties of (Bi0.92Ho0.03Er0.05)2O3

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    Ermiş, İ.; Çorumlu, V.; Sertkol, M.; Öztürk, M.; Kaleli, M.; Çetin, A.; Turemiş, M.; Arı, M.

    2016-11-01

    The solid electrolyte is one of the most important components for a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). The various divalent or trivalent metal ion-doped bismuth-based materials exhibit good ionic conductivity. Therefore, these materials are used as electrolytes in the SOFC. In this paper, the samples of (Bi0.92- x Ho0.03Er0.05)2O3 + (ZnO) x solutions with a 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2 molar ratio are synthesized by the solid state reaction method. The detailed structural and electrical characterizations are investigated by using x-ray diffraction (XRD), alternating current electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD patterns of all samples are indexed on a monoclinic symmetry with a P21/c space group. In addition, the rietveld parameters are determined by using the FullProf software program. The impedance measurements of the samples are obtained at the 1 Hz to 20 MHz frequency range. The impedance value of the pellets increases with temperature. Based on the impedance results, it is found that the contribution of grain (bulk) is more than a grain boundary in terms of conductivity, which permits the attribution of a grain boundary. The ionic conductivity decreases with an increasing amount of Zn contribution. The value of highest electrical conductivity among all samples is calculated as 0.358 S cm-1 at 800°C for undoped (Bi0.92Ho0.03Er0.05)2O3.

  14. Nitrogen-doped 3D flower-like carbon materials derived from polyimide as high-performance anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Wu, Qiong; Liu, Jiaqi; Yuan, Chenpei; Li, Qiang; Wang, Heng-guo

    2017-12-01

    Nitrogen-doped 3D flower-like carbon materials (NFCs) have been fabricated using a simple and effective strategy, namely, the hierarchical assembly of polyimide (PI) and subsequent thermal treatment. The effect of pyrolysis temperature on the structural evolution process of PI is also investigated systematically. When evaluated as anode materials for lithium ion batteries (LIBs), the as-obtained NFCs, especially NFCs-550, exhibit good electrochemical performance, including a high reversible capacity (1488.1 mAh g-1 at 0.05 A g-1), excellent rate performance (287.6 mAh g-1 at 2 A g-1), and good cycling stability (645 mAh g-1 with 96% retention after 300 cycles at 0.1 A g-1). The good electrochemical performance is attributed to the synergistic effect between 3D flower-like nanostructure and high nitrogen content. This approach may provide some inspiration to construct a series of heteroatom doped and hierarchical structured carbon materials using polymers for LIBs.

  15. Rice husks as a sustainable silica source for hierarchical flower-like metal silicate architectures assembled into ultrathin nanosheets for adsorption and catalysis.

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    Zhang, Shouwei; Gao, Huihui; Li, Jiaxing; Huang, Yongshun; Alsaedi, Ahmed; Hayat, Tasawar; Xu, Xijin; Wang, Xiangke

    2017-01-05

    Metal silicates have attracted extensive interests due to their unique structure and promising properties in adsorption and catalysis. However, their applications were hampered by the complex and expensive synthesis. In this paper, three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical flower-like metal silicate, including magnesium silicate, zinc silicate, nickel silicate and cobalt silicate, were for the first time prepared by using rice husks as a sustainable silicon source. The flower-like morphology, interconnected ultrathin nanosheets structure and high specific surface area endowed them with versatile applications. Magnesium silicate was used as an adsorbent with the maximum adsorption capacities of 557.9, 381.3, and 482.8mg/g for Pb 2+ , tetracycline (TC), and UO 2 2+ , respectively. Ni nanoparticles/silica (Ni NPs/SiO 2 ) exhibited high catalytic activity and good stability for 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) reduction within only ∼160s, which can be attributed to the ultra-small particle size (∼6.8nm), good dispersion and high loading capacity of Ni NPs. Considering the abundance and renewability of rice husks, metal silicate with complex architecture can be easily produced at a large scale and become a sustainable and reliable resource for multifunctional applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Pollutants over Flower-Like Bi2O2CO3 Dotted with Ag@AgBr

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    Lin, Shuanglong; Wang, Miao; Liu, Li; Liang, Yinghua; Cui, Wenquan; Zhang, Zisheng; Yun, Nan

    2016-01-01

    A facile and feasible oil-in-water self-assembly approach was developed to synthesize flower-like Ag@AgBr/Bi2O2CO3 micro-composites. The photocatalytic activities of the samples were evaluated through methylene blue degradation under visible light irradiation. Compared to Bi2O2CO3, flower-like Ag@AgBr/Bi2O2CO3 micro-composites show enhanced photocatalytic activities. In addition, results indicate that both the physicochemical properties and associated photocatalytic activities of Ag@AgBr/Bi2O2CO3 composites are shown to be dependent on the loading quantity of Ag@AgBr. The highest photocatalytic performance was achieved at 7 wt % Ag@AgBr, degrading 95.18% methylene blue (MB) after 20 min of irradiation, which is over 1.52 and 3.56 times more efficient than that of pure Ag@AgBr and pure Bi2O2CO3, respectively. Bisphenol A (BPA) was also degraded to further demonstrate the degradation ability of Ag@AgBr/Bi2O2CO3. A photocatalytic mechanism for the degradation of organic compounds over Ag@AgBr/Bi2O2CO3 was proposed. Results from this study illustrate an entirely new approach to fabricate semiconductor composites containing Ag@AgX/bismuth (X = a halogen). PMID:28774002

  17. Stepwise Thermo-Responsive Amino Acid-Derived Triblock Vinyl Polymers: ATRP Synthesis of Polymers, Aggregation, and Gelation Properties via Flower-Like Micelle Formation

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    Nobuyuki Higashi

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available Novel thermo-responsive ABA-type triblock copolymers (poly(NAAMen-b-NAGMe240-b-NAAMen, n = 18–72 composed of naturally occurring amino acid–based vinyl polymer blocks such as poly(N-acryloyl-l-alanine methyl ester (poly(NAAMe as the A segment and poly(N-acryloyl-glycine methylester(poly(NAGMe as the B segment have been synthesized by the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP. Their thermal behaviors were analyzed in dilute aqueous solutions by turbidimetry. The turbidity curves provided two-step LCST transitions, and a flower-like micelle formation was confirmed at the temperature region between the first and second LCST transitions by dynamic light scattering, AFM and TEM. At higher copolymer concentrations, hydrogels were obtained at temperatures above the first LCST due to network formation induced with the flower-like micelles as cross-linker. The hydrogels were found to be switched to a sol state when cooled below the first LCST. These hydrogels also exhibited self-healable and injectable capabilities, which were evaluated by rheological measurements.

  18. Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Pollutants over Flower-Like Bi2O2CO3 Dotted with Ag@AgBr

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    Shuanglong Lin

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available A facile and feasible oil-in-water self-assembly approach was developed to synthesize flower-like Ag@AgBr/Bi2O2CO3 micro-composites. The photocatalytic activities of the samples were evaluated through methylene blue degradation under visible light irradiation. Compared to Bi2O2CO3, flower-like Ag@AgBr/Bi2O2CO3 micro-composites show enhanced photocatalytic activities. In addition, results indicate that both the physicochemical properties and associated photocatalytic activities of Ag@AgBr/Bi2O2CO3 composites are shown to be dependent on the loading quantity of Ag@AgBr. The highest photocatalytic performance was achieved at 7 wt % Ag@AgBr, degrading 95.18% methylene blue (MB after 20 min of irradiation, which is over 1.52 and 3.56 times more efficient than that of pure Ag@AgBr and pure Bi2O2CO3, respectively. Bisphenol A (BPA was also degraded to further demonstrate the degradation ability of Ag@AgBr/Bi2O2CO3. A photocatalytic mechanism for the degradation of organic compounds over Ag@AgBr/Bi2O2CO3 was proposed. Results from this study illustrate an entirely new approach to fabricate semiconductor composites containing Ag@AgX/bismuth (X = a halogen.

  19. Synthesis of flower-like Ag{sub 2}O/BiOCOOH p-n heterojunction with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Li, Shijie [Innovation & Application Institute, Zhejiang Ocean University, Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province 316022 (China); Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Health Risk Factors for Seafood, Zhoushan Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Zhoushan 316021 (China); State Environmental Protection Engineering Center for Pollution Treatment and Control in Textile Industry, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Xu, Kaibing [State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, Research Center for Analysis and Measurement, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Hu, Shiwei, E-mail: hushiweihai@163.com [Innovation & Application Institute, Zhejiang Ocean University, Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province 316022 (China); Jiang, Wei [Innovation & Application Institute, Zhejiang Ocean University, Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province 316022 (China); Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Health Risk Factors for Seafood, Zhoushan Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Zhoushan 316021 (China); Zhang, Junlei [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Particle Pollution and Prevention (LAP3), Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Liu, Jianshe [State Environmental Protection Engineering Center for Pollution Treatment and Control in Textile Industry, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Zhang, Lisha, E-mail: lszhang@dhu.edu.cn [State Environmental Protection Engineering Center for Pollution Treatment and Control in Textile Industry, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China)

    2017-03-01

    Highlights: • Ag{sub 2}O/BiOCOOH p-n heterojunctions are prepared by a solvothermal deposition-precipitation method. • They consist of flower-like BiOCOOH microspheres decorated with Ag{sub 2}O nanoparticles. • Heterojunction with the Ag/Bi molar ratio of 0.2/1 showed the highest photocatalytic activity. • The photogenerated holes (h{sup +}) and superoxide radical anions (·O{sub 2}{sup −}) have been found to be the main reactive species. - Abstract: The development of efficient semiconductor heterojunction photocatalysts has drawn much attention. Herein, we have reported a kind of flower-like Ag{sub 2}O/BiOCOOH p-n heterojunction as a novel and efficient visible-light-driven photocatalyst. The Ag{sub 2}O/BiOCOOH heterojunctions have been successfully prepared via a solvothermal precipitation-deposition method. They consist of flower-like BiOCOOH microspheres (diameters: 1–2.5 μm) decorated with Ag{sub 2}O nanoparticles (size: ∼14 nm). In addition, optical characterization reveals that they have broad visible-light photo-absorption. Importantly, under visible-light irradiation (λ > 400 nm), all Ag{sub 2}O/BiOCOOH heterojunctions exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity than pure BiOCOOH or Ag{sub 2}O for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) dye and para-chlorophenol (4-CP). Especially, the Ag{sub 2}O/BiOCOOH heterojunction with the Ag/Bi molar ratio of 0.2/1 shows the highest photocatalytic activity, which is even higher than the activity from the mechanical mixture (8 wt% Ag{sub 2}O + 92 wt% BiOCOOH). This enhanced photocatalytic performance could be predominantly attributed to the efficient separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. The photogenerated holes (h{sup +}) and superoxide radical anions (·O{sub 2}{sup −}) have been found to be the main reactive species responsible for the photodegradation of RhB dye in aqueous solution. Therefore, the Ag{sub 2}O/BiOCOOH p-n heterojunction has great potential to be used as a kind of efficient

  20. Ionic liquid-assisted electrochemical determination of pyrimethanil using reduced graphene oxide conjugated to flower-like NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Yang, Lijun; Hu, Yandong; Wang, Qiong; Dong, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Lei, E-mail: zhanglei63@126.com

    2016-09-07

    The novel hierarchical flower-like superstructure NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) hybrids have been successfully synthesized with a facile one-step hydrothermal process for the determination of fungicide pyrimethanil (PMT). For comparison, various structures of NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}/rGO including hexagonal nanoplates and nanorods were also synthesized. Among them, three-dimensional (3D) flower-like NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}/rGO exhibited the highest electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of PMT. With the synergistic effect of [OMIM]PF{sub 6} ionic liquid (IL), the electrochemical sensor film (NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}/rGO/IL) further facilitated interfacial electron transfer and enhanced electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of PMT. Under the optimum conditions, the electrochemical sensor exhibited two linear ranges of 0.1–10.0 μmol/L and 20.0–140 μmol/L for PMT with a low detection concentration of 11.0 nmol/L. Besides, the interference, repeatability, reproducibility and stability measurements were also evaluated. The proposed method was successfully applied to the detection of PMT in water, seawater, fruits and vegetables with good recovery ranging from 93% to 105%, and possessed potential applications in the analysis of real samples. - Highlights: • A novel sensor based on layered flower-like NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}/rGO/IL hybrid was fabricated. • Various structures of NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}/rGO were synthesized for electrocatalytic comparison. • 3D structure NiCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}/rGO/IL/GCE displayed superior electrocatalytic activity for PMT. • The sensor showed a much wider linear range and a lower detection limit than others. • The method was satisfactorily applied to detection of PMT in real samples.

  1. Noble metal nanoparticle-functionalized ZnO nanoflowers for photocatalytic degradation of RhB dye and electrochemical sensing of hydrogen peroxide

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    Hussain, Muhammad; Sun, Hongyu; Karim, Shafqat

    2016-01-01

    due to increase in defects. Moreover, the presence of Au NPs on ZnO surface remarkably enhances photocatalytic activity as compared to Ag–ZnO and pure ZnO due to the higher catalytic activity and stability of Au NPs. On the other hand, Ag–ZnO-modified glassy carbon electrode shows good amperometric......Flower-like hierarchical Zinc oxide nanostructures synthesized by co-precipitation method have been hydrothermally functionalized with 8 nm Au NPs and 15 nm Ag nanoparticles. The photocatalytic and electrochemical performance of these structures are investigated. XPS studies show that the composite...

  2. Adsorptive removal of an anionic dye Congo red by flower-like hierarchical magnesium oxide (MgO)-graphene oxide composite microspheres

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    Xu, Jing; Xu, Difa; Zhu, Bicheng; Cheng, Bei; Jiang, Chuanjia

    2018-03-01

    Flower-like magnesium oxide (MgO) microspheres and MgO-graphene oxide (GO) composites with an average diameter of 500 nm and hierarchical structure were synthesized through an ethylene glycol-mediated self-assembly process. The adsorption of Congo red (CR) by the prepared samples was evaluated in water under ambient conditions. The equilibrium adsorption isotherms of CR on the as-prepared samples could be described by the Langmuir model. The MgO-GO microspheres prepared with 0.5 wt% GO showed higher adsorption capacity (237.0 mg/g) than the MgO microspheres (227.7 mg/g). Adsorption kinetics results of CR indicated that pseudo-second-order kinetic equation could well explain the adsorption kinetics behaviors of CR. These findings indicate that the MgO-GO composite microspheres are potential adsorbents for effective removal of Congo red from wastewater.

  3. Highly Stable Hierarchical Flower-like β-In2S3 Assembled from 2D Nanosheets with high Adsorption-Photodecolorization Activities for the Treatment of Wastewater

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    Cheng, Yang; Niu, Helin; Chen, Jingshuai; Song, Jiming; Mao, Changjie; Zhang, Shengyi; Chen, Changle; Gao, Yuanhao

    2017-05-01

    The hierarchical flower-like β-In2S3 catalyst assembled from 2D nanosheets was prepared using an organic-component depletion method utilizing inorganic-organic hybrids indium diethyldithiocarbamate (In-DDTC) as a single-source precursor. The crystallization, morphology and composition of the as-synthesized β-In2S3 were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, EDS and XPS, respectively. The β-In2S3 possessed high specific surface area of 134.1 m2 g-1, adsorption capacity of 195.5 mg g-1 for methylene blue, and extreme photodecolorization speed under visible light irradiation for the complete removal of methyl orange (MO) dye within 15 min and tetracycline within 60 min. Although methyl orange concentration decreased quickly, the total organic carbon (TOC) decreased slowly. UV-vis and mass spectrometry (MS) were applied to analyze the intermediates coming from the photodecolorization of MO. In order to estimate the roles of active species during the decolorization of MO, trapping experiments were conducted to determine the main active species during the decolorization process. The results indicated that . O2 - radicals and e-1 were the key intermediates. This enhanced activity was attributed to its unique structures assembled from 2D nanosheets with thickness of ca. 5-7 nm, leading to high specific surface area, wide range of pore size distribution and great efficiency in absorbing light and electron/hole separation. The hierarchical flower-like β-In2S3 demonstrated great advantages in the treatment of various wastewater pollutants including textile dyes and antibiotics.

  4. Ultrashort pulse manipulation of ZnO nanowire growth.

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    Lee, Eric Tong Yih; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Sakakura, Masaaki; Nishi, Masayuki; Miura, Kiyotaka; Hirao, Kazuyuki

    2009-01-01

    A procedure of femtosecond pulse laser irradiation was incorporated into the synthesis of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires in aqueous solutions to investigate the photo-initiated heterogeneous nucleation induced by the irradiation and the associated nanowire growth. Elongated ZnO nanowires with smooth planes and end tips were successfully grown following the irradiation process and subsequent hydrothermal treatments in a catalyst-free environment, compared to aggregated flower-like nanostructures with porous and rough surfaces, grown from homogeneous nucleation without laser irradiation. Studies using femtosecond laser systems at 1 kHz and 250 kHz repetition rates show that the pulse energy is critical in the heterogeneous nucleation process for the growth of ZnO nanowires. A minimum threshold pulse energy, 200 microJ/pulse for the 1 kHz system and 2.4 microJ/pulse for 250 kHz, is observed beyond which well-defined and individually separated nanowires were grown. Thermal effect caused by the 250 kHz repetition rate provides a counter-balance to the low pulse energy required for the growth process. XRD analysis of the nanowires reveals a hexagonal structure while photoluminescence shows emission at about 385 nm. The overall results show that the pulse energy is critical for heterogeneous nucleation while the irradiation duration affects the density of nucleation, which together with the hydrothermal treatment temperature influence the growth rate and thus the morphology of the nanowires.

  5. Synthesis of flower-like zinc oxide and polyaniline with worm-like morphology and their applications in hybrid solar cells

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available ZnO with a “flower-like” morphology was synthesized using a simple microwave assisted hydrothermal method and used as an acceptor material in hybrid solar cells. X-Ray diffraction and Raman Spectroscopy confirmed the formation of a highly...

  6. A sensitive electrochemical aptasensor based on the co-catalysis of hemin/G-quadruplex, platinum nanoparticles and flower-like MnO2 nanosphere functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Xu, Wenju; Xue, Shuyan; Yi, Huayu; Jing, Pei; Chai, Yaqin; Yuan, Ruo

    2015-01-28

    In this work, a sensitive electrochemical aptasensor for the detection of thrombin (TB) is developed and demonstrated based on the co-catalysis of hemin/G-quadruplex, platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) and flower-like MnO2 nanosphere functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT-MnO2).

  7. A novel molybdenum disulfide nanosheet self-assembled flower-like monolithic sorbent for solid-phase extraction with high efficiency and long service life.

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    Ran, Fanpeng; Liu, Hongmei; Wang, Xiaoqi; Guo, Yong

    2017-07-21

    A novel material consisting of molybdenum disulfide (MoS 2 ) nanosheet that self-assemble into flower-like microspheres which aggregate to form a monolithic matrix with a micro or nano-scaled mesopore structure was successfully synthesized and used as an efficient sorbent for solid-phase extraction (SPE) due to its large specific adsorption area and good stability. The extraction properties of the as-prepared sorbent were evaluated by high-performance liquid chromatography with variable wavelength detection (HPLC-VWD) by analyzing four flavonoids (apigenin, quercetin, luteolin, and kaempferol). Under optimal conditions, the LODs and LOQs were found to be in the ranges of 0.1-0.25 and 0.4-0.5μgL -1 , respectively, and wide linear ranges were obtained with correlation coefficients (R) ranging from 0.9991 to 0.9996. Compared with commercial C18 and Alumina-N sorbents, the as-prepared sorbent showed high extraction efficiency at different concentrations of flavonoids. After 100 uses, the extraction ability of the self-assembled MoS 2 nanosheet monolithic sorbent had no evident decline, denoting a long service life. Finally, the SPE-HPLC-VWD method using the as-prepared sorbent was applied to flavonoid analysis in beverage samples with satisfactory results. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Facile synthesis of a nitrogen-doped graphene flower-like MnO2 nanocomposite and its application in supercapacitors

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    Dong, Jinyang; Lu, Gang; Wu, Fan; Xu, Chenxi; Kang, Xiaohong; Cheng, Zhiming

    2018-01-01

    A flower-like MnO2 nanocomposite embedded in nitrogen-doped graphene (NG-MnO2) is fabricated by a hydrothermal method. It is a mesoporous nanomaterial with a pore size of approximately 0.765 cm3 g-1 and specific surface area of 201.8 m2 g-1. NG-MnO2 exhibits a superior average specific capacitance of 220 F g-1 at 0.5 A g-1 and a preferable capacitance of 189.1 F g-1, even at 10 A g-1. After 1000 cycles, over 98.3% of the original specific capacitance retention of the NG-MnO2 electrode is maintained, and it can even activate a red light emitting diode (LED) after being charged, which indicates that it has excellent cycling stability as an electrode material. This prominent electrochemical performance is primarily attributed to the nitrogen doping and mesoporous structures of NG-MnO2, which can be attributed to its numerous electroactive sites as well as faster ion and electron transfer for redox reactions than general graphene-MnO2 nanocomposites (G-MnO2).

  9. Fabrication and Enhanced Visible-light Photocatalytic Activity of Pt/Bi2WO6 Composite with Hierarchical Flower-like Structure

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    Yi, Wentao; Yan, Chunyan; Ma, Jie; Jie; Xiong

    2017-12-01

    Visible light activated Bi2WO6 was synthesized by the precipitation method with hydrothermal techniques firstly. And then a series of Pt/Bi2WO6 composite micro-flowers (Pt mass concentration: 0.5%, 1.0%, 1.5%, 2.0%) assembled by Bi2WO6 nano-sheets were synthesized by photo-deposition method. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffusion absorption spectroscopy (DRS), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic activity of the products was evaluated by degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under a Xenon lamp irradiation (λ>420nm). The results showed that sample synthesized at 180°C for 12h (pH=4) had a 3D hierarchical flower-like structure and excellent photocatalytic activity. After photo-deposition of Pt on the surface, the morphology of the sample did not change obviously. However, its photocatalytic activity was greatly enhanced. The products with 1.0% mass ratio of Pt to Bi2WO6 exhibited the highest RhB degradation of 86.5% under visible light irradiation in 120 min, much higher than that of pure Bi2WO6 with RhB degradation of 36.4%. The stability test showed that no obvious loss of photocatalytic activity of the product was detected after four cycles.

  10. A hierarchical assembly of flower-like hybrid Turkish black radish peroxidase-Cu2+nanobiocatalyst and its effective use in dye decolorization.

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    Altinkaynak, Cevahir; Tavlasoglu, Sureyya; Kalin, Ramazan; Sadeghian, Nastaran; Ozdemir, Hasan; Ocsoy, Ismail; Özdemir, Nalan

    2017-09-01

    Effective dye decolorization in wastewater still shows a big challenge. Although the biological methods, especially using enzymes, offer alternative and effective process for dye degradation and overcome the limitations of chemical and physical methods such as the instability, lack of reusability and high cost of free enzymes strictly, which limit their use in many scientific and technical applications. Enzymes rapidly lose their activities in aqueous solutions and against environmental changes due to their very susceptibility and unfavorable conformations. Herein, we report preparation of the enzyme-inorganic hybrid nanostructures with flower-like shape consisting of Turkish black radish peroxidase and Cu 2+ metal ions using an encouraging enzyme immobilization approach. The peroxidase-Cu 2+ hybrid nanoflowers (NFs) exhibited enhanced stability and activity towards various pH values and provided excellent dye decolorization efficiency for Victoria blue (VB) dye with more than 90% within 1 h. The NFs were also repeatedly used in efficient and caused 77% VB decolorization efficiency even at tenth cycles. However, to the best of our knowledge, for the first time, we prepared peroxidase enzyme isolated from Turkish black radish incorporated NFs and used them for dye decolorization. We believe that the NFs can be promising materials for dye decolorization in real wastewater treatment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Synthesis of novel 3D SnO flower-like hierarchical architectures self-assembled by nano-leaves and its photocatalysis

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    Cui, Yongkui; Wang, Fengping, E-mail: fpwang@ustb.edu.cn; Iqbal, M. Zubair; Wang, Ziya; Li, Yan; Tu, Jianhai

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Novel 3D SnO flowers self-assembled by 2D nano-leaves were synthesized by hydrothermal method. • The SnO nano-leaf is of single crystalline nature. • The band gap of 2.59 eV of as-prepared products was obtained. • The as-synthesized material will be a promising photocatalytic material. - Abstract: In this report, the novel 3D SnO flower-like hierarchical architectures self-assembled by 2D SnO nano-leaves are successfully synthesized via template-free hydrothermal approach under facile conditions. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy results demonstrate that the 2D nano-leaves structure is of single crystalline nature. The band gap 2.59 eV for prepared product is obtained from UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectrum. The photocatalysis of the as prepared SnO for degrading methyl orange (MO) has been studied. A good photocatalytic activity is obtained and the mechanism is discussed in detail. Results indicate that the SnO nanostructures are the potential candidates for photocatalyst applications.

  12. Concentration-dependent luminescence and energy transfer of flower-like Y2(MoO4)3:Dy3+ phosphor

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    Tian Yue; Chen Baojiu; Tian Bining; Hua Ruinian; Sun Jiashi; Cheng Lihong; Zhong Haiyang; Li Xiangping; Zhang Jinsu; Zheng Yanfeng; Yu Tingting; Huang Libo; Meng Qingyu

    2011-01-01

    Highlights: → Flower-shaped Y 2 (MoO 4 ) 3 phosphors were prepared by a co-precipitation method. → The structure and morphology of the prepared phosphors were characterized. → Energy transfer between Dy 3+ was studied by Huang's theory, IH and Uitert's models. - Abstract: Flower-like Y 2 (MoO 4 ) 3 :Dy 3+ phosphors have been synthesized via a co-precipitation approach with the aid of β-cyclodextrin. The crystal structure and morphology of the phosphors were characterized by XRD (X-ray diffraction) and FE-SEM (field emission scanning electron microscopy), respectively. The excitation and emission properties of the phosphors were examined by fluorescence spectroscopy. The dependence of color coordinates on the Dy 3+ doping concentration was analyzed. The energy transfer mechanism between Dy 3+ ions was studied based on the Huang's theory, I-H and Van Uitert's models. It was concluded simultaneously from these three routes that the electric dipole-dipole interaction between Dy 3+ ions is the main physical mechanism for the energy transfers between Dy 3+ .

  13. Fabrication of flower-like micro/nano dual scale structured copper oxide surfaces: Optimization of self-cleaning properties via Taguchi design

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    Moosavi, Saeideh Sadat; Norouzbeigi, Reza; Velayi, Elmira

    2017-11-01

    In the present work, copper oxide superhydrophobic surface is fabricated on a copper foil via the chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. The effects of some influential factors such as initial concentrations of Cu (II) ions and the surface energy modifier, solution pH, reaction and modification steps time on the wettability property of copper oxide surface were evaluated using Taguchi L16 experimental design. Results showed that the initial concentration of Cu (II) has the most significant impact on the water contact angle and wettability characteristics. The XRD, SEM, AFM and FTIR analyses were used to characterize the copper oxide surfaces. The Water contact angle (WCA) and contact angle hysteresis (CAH) were also measured. The SEM results indicated the formation of a flower-like micro/nano dual-scale structure of copper oxide on the substrate. This structure composed of numerous nano-petals with a thickness of about 50 nm. As a result, a copper oxide hierarchical surface with WCA of 168.4°± 3.5° and CAH of 2.73° exhibited the best superhydrophobicity under proposed optimum condition. This result has been obtained just by 10 min hydrolysis reaction. Besides, this surface showed a good stability under acidic and saline conditions.

  14. Growth of three dimensional flower-like molybdenum disulfide hierarchical structures on graphene/carbon nanotube network: An advanced heterostructure for energy storage devices

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    Lingappan, Niranjanmurthi; Van, Ngoc Huynh; Lee, Suok; Kang, Dae Joon

    2015-04-01

    We report the design and synthesis of three dimensional flower-like molybdenum disulphide (f-MoS2) hierarchical structures, on reduced graphene oxide (RGO)/oxidized multi-walled carbon nanotube (o-MWCNT) backbone (f-MoS2/RGO/o-MWCNT), through one-pot hydrothermal method. Control experiments reveal that the homogenously distributed o-MWCNTs on RGO play an essential role for the formation of such morphology. As an anode for lithium ion batteries, the f-MoS2/RGO/o-MWCNT hybrid delivers a high reversible capacity of 1275 mAh g-1 at the current density of 100 mA g-1, superior rate capability and excellent long cycle life, with capacity retention of 93% after 100 cycles. The outstanding electrochemical performance can be attributed to the large surface area, short diffusion length and continuous electron transport pathway, as a consequence of the intimate contact between f-MoS2, graphene, and o-MWCNTs.

  15. Self-assembly of novel hierarchical flowers-like Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4} decorated on 2D graphene nanosheets hybrid as high-performance anode materials for LIBs

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    Chen, Xuefang, E-mail: 1021633952@qq.com [Department of Applied Chemistry and The Key Laboratory of Space Applied Physics and Chemistry, Ministry of Education, School of Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072 (China); Huang, Ying, E-mail: yingh@nwpu.edu.cn [Department of Applied Chemistry and The Key Laboratory of Space Applied Physics and Chemistry, Ministry of Education, School of Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072 (China); Li, Tianpeng [Shijiazhuang Mechanical Engineering College, Shi Jia Zhuang 050003 (China); Wei, Chao; Yan, Jing; Feng, Xuansheng [Department of Applied Chemistry and The Key Laboratory of Space Applied Physics and Chemistry, Ministry of Education, School of Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072 (China)

    2017-05-31

    Highlights: • Novel hierarchical Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4} decorated on graphene nanosheets has been synthesized. • As the anode materials, the composite has not been investigated. • An insight into the common discharging behavior of the composite. • The composite displayed high capacity and good cycling stability. - Abstract: Novel hierarchical flower-like Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4} assembled by thin Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanosheets{sub ,} as a kind of mixed-valence tin oxide, decorated on two-dimensional graphene nanosheets has been synthesized via a hydrothermal route and a step solution deoxidization technique. More importantly, as the anode materials for lithium ion batteries, the flower-like Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4}/graphene composite has not been investigated in detail. Noticeably, the nanosheets stemming from flower-like Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4} and graphene have been linked together to form a specials three dimensional structure, possessing high active surface area and large enough inner spaces, which is benefit to the diffusion of liquid electrolyte into the electrode materials. In addition, the special structure could provide sufficient free volume to buffer the volume expansion appeared in the process of discharging and charging. The as-prepared flowers-like Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4}/graphene displayed excellent electrochemical performance with high capacity and good cycling stability as anode materials for lithium ion batteries. The discharge capacity is 1727 mAh/g in the first cycle at the current density of 60 mA/g. The obtained reversible capacity is 631mAh/g with a coulomb efficiency of 97.04% after 50 cycles. With its better electrochemical properties, the as-prepared flowers-like Sn{sub 3}O{sub 4}/graphene has the potential to be the next generation materials as an environmentally benign, abundant, cheap anode materials for lithium ion batteries.

  16. Preparation and characterization of Ce-doped ZnO nanofibers by an electrospinning method

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    Jong-Pil Kim

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available ZnO and Ce-doped ZnO Nanofibers on (111 Pt/SiO2/Si substrates were produced using an electrospinning technique. The as-prepared composite fibres were subjected to high-temperature calcination to produce inorganic fibers. After calcining at a temperature of 500 °C, the average diameter of the ZnO and Ce-doped ZnO nanofibers were determined to be 170 nm and 225 nm, respectively. The average grain size of the ZnO and Ce-doped ZnO nanofibers were about 50 nm and 57 nm, respectively. The microstructure, chemical bonding state and photoluminescence of the produced ZnO and Ce-doped ZnO nanofibers were investigated. The Ce-doped ZnO nanofiber can be assigned to the presence of Ce ions on substitutional sites of Zn ions and the Ce3+ state from X-ray photoelectron spectra. Compared with PL spectra of ZnO nanofibers, the peak position of the UV emission of the Ce-doped ZnO nanofibers is sharply suppressed while the green emission band is highly enhanced.

  17. A sensitive electrochemical aptasensor based on palladium nanoparticles decorated graphene–molybdenum disulfide flower-like nanocomposites and enzymatic signal amplification

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    Jing, Pei; Yi, Huayu; Xue, Shuyan; Chai, Yaqin; Yuan, Ruo; Xu, Wenju

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • PDDA–G–MoS 2 nanoflowers were firstly used for the fabrication of thrombin aptasensor. • MoS 2 was adopted to enhance the surface area of graphene and accelerate the electron transfer. • GOD, PdNPs and hemin/G-quadruplex could amplify the electrochemical signal through synergetic catalysis. • The proposed aptasensor displayed an improved sensitivity. - Abstract: In the present study, with the aggregated advantages of graphene and molybdenum disulfide (MoS 2 ), we prepared poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)–graphene/molybdenum disulfide (PDDA–G–MoS 2 ) nanocomposites with flower-like structure, large surface area and excellent conductivity. Furthermore, an advanced sandwich-type electrochemical assay for sensitive detection of thrombin (TB) was fabricated using palladium nanoparticles decorated PDDA–G–MoS 2 (PdNPs/PDDA–G–MoS 2 ) as nanocarriers, which were functionalized by hemin/G-quadruplex, glucose oxidase (GOD), and toluidine blue (Tb) as redox probes. The signal amplification strategy was achieved as follows: Firstly, the immobilized GOD could effectively catalyze the oxidation of glucose to gluconolactone, coupling with the reduction of the dissolved oxygen to H 2 O 2 . Then, both PdNPs and hemin/G-quadruplex acting as hydrogen peroxide (HRP)-mimicking enzyme could further catalyze the reduction of H 2 O 2 , resulting in significant electrochemical signal amplification. So the proposed aptasensor showed high sensitivity with a wide dynamic linear range of 0.0001 to 40 nM and a relatively low detection limit of 0.062 pM for TB determination. The strategy showed huge potential of application in protein detection and disease diagnosis

  18. Flower-Like Internal Emission Distribution of LEDs with Monolithic Integration of InGaN-based Quantum Wells Emitting Narrow Blue, Green, and Red Spectra.

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    Lee, Kwanjae; Choi, Ilgyu; Lee, Cheul-Ro; Chung, Tae-Hoon; Kim, Yoon Seok; Jeong, Kwang-Un; Chung, Dong Chul; Kim, Jin Soo

    2017-08-02

    We report a phosphor-free white light-emitting diodes (LED) realized by the monolithic integration of In 0.18 Ga 0.82 N/GaN (438 nm, blue), In 0.26 Ga 0.74 N/GaN (513 nm, green), and In 0.45 Ga 0.55 N/In 0.13 Ga 0.87 N (602 nm, red) quantum wells (QWs) as an active medium. The QWs corresponding to blue and green light were grown using a conventional growth mode. For the red spectral emission, five-stacked In 0.45 Ga 0.55 N/In 0.13 Ga 0.87 N QWs were realized by the so-called Ga-flow-interruption (Ga-FI) technique, wherein the Ga supply was periodically interrupted during the deposition of In 0.3 Ga 0.7 N to form an In 0.45 Ga 0.55 N well. The vertical and lateral distributions of the three different light emissions were investigated by fluorescence microscope (FM) images. The FM image measured at a focal point in the middle of the n-GaN cladding layer for the red-emitting LED shows that light emissions with flower-like patterns with six petals are periodically observed. The chromaticity coordinates of the electroluminescence spectrum for the white LEDs at an injection current of 80 mA are measured to be (0.316, 0.312), which is close to ideal white light. In contrast with phosphor-free white-light-emitting devices based on nanostructures, our white light device exhibits a mixture of three independent wavelengths by monolithically grown InGaN-based QWs, thus demonstrating a more facile technique to obtain white LEDs.

  19. H{sub 2}O{sub 2}-assisted photocatalysis on flower-like rutile TiO{sub 2} nanostructures: Rapid dye degradation and inactivation of bacteria

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    Kőrösi, László, E-mail: ltkorosi@gmail.com [Research Institute for Viticulture and Oenology, University of Pécs, H-7634 Pécs, Pázmány Péter u. 4 (Hungary); Prato, Mirko; Scarpellini, Alice [Department of Nanochemistry, Istituto Italianodi Tecnologia, via Morego 30, 16163, Genova (Italy); Kovács, János [Department of Geology & Meteorology, University of Pécs, Ifjúság u. 6, H-7624, Pécs (Hungary); Environmental Analytical and Geoanalytical Research Group, Szentágothai Research Centre, University of Pécs, Ifjúság u. 20, H-7624, Pécs (Hungary); Dömötör, Dóra; Kovács, Tamás; Papp, Szilvia [Department of Biotechnology, Nanophage Therapy Center, Enviroinvest Corporation, Kertváros u. 2, H-7632, Pécs (Hungary)

    2016-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Hierarchically assembled rutile TiO{sub 2} was synthesized at room temperature. • Hydrothermal treatment enhanced the crystallinity, while morphology was maintained. • Hydrothermal treatment also led to larger crystallites and a lower surface area. • Effective K. pneumoniae killing and MO degradation were achieved with the use of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. • Higher crystallinity enhanced the reaction rate in the presence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. - Abstract: Hierarchically assembled flower-like rutile TiO{sub 2} (FLH-R-TiO{sub 2}) nanostructures were successfully synthesized from TiCl{sub 4} at room temperature without the use of surfactants or templates. An initial sol–gel synthesis at room temperature allowed long-term hydrolysis and condensation of the precursors. The resulting FLH-R-TiO{sub 2} possessed relatively high crystallinity (85 wt%) and consisted of rod-shaped subunits assembling into cauliflower-like nanostructures. Hydrothermal evolution of FLH-R-TiO{sub 2} at different temperatures (150, 200 and 250 °C) was followed by means of X-ray diffraction, transmission and scanning electron microscopy. These FLH-R-TiO{sub 2} nanostructures were tested as photocatalysts under simulated daylight (full-spectrum lighting) in the degradation of methyl orange and in the inactivation of a multiresistant bacterium, Klebsiella pneumoniae. The effects of hydrothermal treatment on the structure, photocatalytic behavior and antibacterial activity of FLH-R-TiO{sub 2} are discussed.

  20. Study on the synthesis and formation mechanism of flower-like Cu{sub 3}SbS{sub 4} particles via microwave irradiation

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    Chen, Guilin, E-mail: glchen@fjnu.edu.cn [Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Quantum Manipulation and New Energy Materials, College of Physics and Energy, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, 350007 (China); Fujian Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center for Optoelectronic Semiconductors and Efficient Devices, Xiamen, 361005 (China); Wang, Weihuang; Zhao, Jifu; Yang, Wenyu [Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Quantum Manipulation and New Energy Materials, College of Physics and Energy, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, 350007 (China); Chen, Shuiyuan; Huang, Zhigao [Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Quantum Manipulation and New Energy Materials, College of Physics and Energy, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, 350007 (China); Fujian Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center for Optoelectronic Semiconductors and Efficient Devices, Xiamen, 361005 (China); Jian, Rongkun; Ruan, Huirong [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, 350007 (China)

    2016-09-15

    The future development of Cu{sub 3}SbS{sub 4} as an alternative absorber for low cost and high efficiency thin film solar cell depends strongly on the understanding of the formation of mechanism in this system. With this aim, a detailed characterization of Cu{sub 3}SbS{sub 4} particles prepared by microwave irradiation is presented, combining XRD, SEM, and EDX. The development of Cu{sub 3}SbS{sub 4} formation with the increasement of temperature and the prolongation of time are investigated by depth-resolved analysis. Under such conditions, a reaction pathway for the formation of Cu{sub 3}SbS{sub 4} from binary and CuSbS{sub 2} compounds as intermediates is proposed. The experimental data supports a formation mechanism of Cu{sub 3}SbS{sub 4} that proceeds rapidly when the CuSbS{sub 2} react with the remaining binary phases CuS. During reaction Cu is completely consumed, while Sb is lost through the way of Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} vapor. - Highlights: • Flower-like Cu{sub 3}SbS{sub 4} particles were synthesized by microwave irradiation route. • A series of time-dependent experiments were designed to study the growth mechanism of the Cu{sub 3}SbS{sub 4}. • During reaction, the phase content transitions from rich-Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} and CuS, through to CuSbS{sub 2}, and finally Cu{sub 3}SbS{sub 4}. • This work provides a solid platform for further preparation of pure Cu{sub 3}SbS{sub 4}.

  1. A sensitive electrochemical aptasensor based on palladium nanoparticles decorated graphene–molybdenum disulfide flower-like nanocomposites and enzymatic signal amplification

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    Jing, Pei; Yi, Huayu; Xue, Shuyan; Chai, Yaqin; Yuan, Ruo; Xu, Wenju, E-mail: xwju@swu.edu.cn

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • PDDA–G–MoS{sub 2} nanoflowers were firstly used for the fabrication of thrombin aptasensor. • MoS{sub 2} was adopted to enhance the surface area of graphene and accelerate the electron transfer. • GOD, PdNPs and hemin/G-quadruplex could amplify the electrochemical signal through synergetic catalysis. • The proposed aptasensor displayed an improved sensitivity. - Abstract: In the present study, with the aggregated advantages of graphene and molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2}), we prepared poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)–graphene/molybdenum disulfide (PDDA–G–MoS{sub 2}) nanocomposites with flower-like structure, large surface area and excellent conductivity. Furthermore, an advanced sandwich-type electrochemical assay for sensitive detection of thrombin (TB) was fabricated using palladium nanoparticles decorated PDDA–G–MoS{sub 2} (PdNPs/PDDA–G–MoS{sub 2}) as nanocarriers, which were functionalized by hemin/G-quadruplex, glucose oxidase (GOD), and toluidine blue (Tb) as redox probes. The signal amplification strategy was achieved as follows: Firstly, the immobilized GOD could effectively catalyze the oxidation of glucose to gluconolactone, coupling with the reduction of the dissolved oxygen to H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. Then, both PdNPs and hemin/G-quadruplex acting as hydrogen peroxide (HRP)-mimicking enzyme could further catalyze the reduction of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, resulting in significant electrochemical signal amplification. So the proposed aptasensor showed high sensitivity with a wide dynamic linear range of 0.0001 to 40 nM and a relatively low detection limit of 0.062 pM for TB determination. The strategy showed huge potential of application in protein detection and disease diagnosis.

  2. The effects of addition of citric acid on the morphologies of ZnO nanorods

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    Yang Zao; Liu Quanhui; Yang Lei

    2007-01-01

    ZnO nanorods of 25-100 nm in diameter and 0.2-1 μm in length were fabricated through citric acid assisted annealing process. The microstructure of ZnO nanorods was characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and field-emission scanning electron microscopy, respectively. As a result, it was found that ZnO nanorods were single crystalline and pure. The effects of the growth conditions such as addition of citric acid, annealing temperature on the morphologies of ZnO nanostructures have also been investigated. At the given temperature the length decreased but the diameter increased with addition of the mass of citric acid. With the rising of the calcining heat, the shape of ZnO changed from rod to granule for a given amount of citric acid. Finally, the mechanism for citric acid assisted annealing synthesis of the ZnO nanostructure is discussed

  3. Synthesis of assembled ZnO structures by precipitation method in aqueous media

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    Sepulveda-Guzman, S. [Centro de Innovacion, Investigacion y Desarrollo en Ingenieria y Tecnologia, UANL Km. 10 de la nueva carretera al Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey, PIIT Monterrey, Apodaca NL (Mexico); Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica de la UANL, Ciudad Universitaria San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon C.P. 66451 (Mexico)], E-mail: ssepulveda@mail.uanl.mx; Reeja-Jayan, B. [Texas Materials Institute, University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station C0803 (United States); Rosa, E. de la [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, A.C. Loma del Bosque 115 Col. Lomas del Campestre, Leon Gto. C.P. 37150 (Mexico); Torres-Castro, A.; Gonzalez-Gonzalez, V. [Centro de Innovacion, Investigacion y Desarrollo en Ingenieria y Tecnologia, UANL Km. 10 de la nueva carretera al Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey, PIIT Monterrey, Apodaca NL (Mexico); Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica de la UANL, Ciudad Universitaria San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon C.P. 66451 (Mexico); Jose-Yacaman, M. [Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1604 Campus San Antonio, TX 78249 (United States)

    2009-05-15

    In this work, arrays of submicron ZnO structures were successfully synthesized using a one-step aqueous precipitation method. Snowflake-like and flower-like morphologies were obtained by changing the reaction temperature. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns indicated that the ZnO arrays have a wurtzite crystal structure. A possible growth mechanism based on the analysis done by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) is proposed. Our findings suggest that the growth mechanism of the ZnO arrays is by self-aggregation, and that such an oriented aggregation is enhanced by increasing the reaction temperature. The results also revealed that the aggregation process introduces several structural defects such as differences in mass distribution and crystalline structure. In order to study the surface chemical composition the samples were also characterized by XPS. The results showed the presence of Zn(OH){sub 2} and absorbed carbon species on the ZnO surface. In addition, the photoluminescence characterization showed that on UV excitation ({lambda} = 360 nm) all samples present the characteristic UV emission centered at 390 nm, and for the sample synthesized at 60 deg. C, a visible emission was also observed.

  4. Synthesis of assembled ZnO structures by precipitation method in aqueous media

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    Sepulveda-Guzman, S.; Reeja-Jayan, B.; Rosa, E. de la; Torres-Castro, A.; Gonzalez-Gonzalez, V.; Jose-Yacaman, M.

    2009-01-01

    In this work, arrays of submicron ZnO structures were successfully synthesized using a one-step aqueous precipitation method. Snowflake-like and flower-like morphologies were obtained by changing the reaction temperature. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns indicated that the ZnO arrays have a wurtzite crystal structure. A possible growth mechanism based on the analysis done by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) is proposed. Our findings suggest that the growth mechanism of the ZnO arrays is by self-aggregation, and that such an oriented aggregation is enhanced by increasing the reaction temperature. The results also revealed that the aggregation process introduces several structural defects such as differences in mass distribution and crystalline structure. In order to study the surface chemical composition the samples were also characterized by XPS. The results showed the presence of Zn(OH) 2 and absorbed carbon species on the ZnO surface. In addition, the photoluminescence characterization showed that on UV excitation (λ = 360 nm) all samples present the characteristic UV emission centered at 390 nm, and for the sample synthesized at 60 deg. C, a visible emission was also observed

  5. One-pot, self-assembled hydrothermal synthesis of 3D flower-like CuS/g-C3N4 composite with enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation

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    Khan, Azam; Alam, Umair; Raza, Waseem; Bahnemann, D.; Muneer, M.

    2018-04-01

    Novel visible-light-driven 3D flower-like CuS/g-C3N4 composites have been synthesized by different wt% of CuS using hydrothermal method and characterized by standard analytical techniques such as XRD, FTIR, XPS, BET, UV-Vis DRS spectroscopy, SEM-EDS, and TEM. SEM and TEM analyses showed an intimate interfacial contact between flower-like CuS and g-C3N4 sheet. The synthesized composite materials (CuS/g-C3N4) showed excellent photocatalytic activity for the decolorization of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous suspension under visible-light irradiation, compared with pure CuS and g-C3N4. Among various composites of CuS/g-C3N4, 10 wt% of CuS showed highest photocatalytic activity for the decolorization of dye (MB). This remarkably improved photocatalytic performance of the synthesized materials could be attributed to the synergistic interaction between CuS and g-C3N4, leading to prolonged lifetime of photo-generated e- and h+ pair through the Z-scheme system. A probable Z-scheme mechanism explaining the origin of enhanced performance of the composite material has been proposed. This work not only provides a facile way to synthesize 3D flower-like heterostructure, but also renders rational design for the development of highly efficient Z-scheme photocatalytic systems.

  6. Eosin Yellowish Dye-Sensitized ZnO Nanostructure-Based Solar Cells Employing Solid PEO Redox Couple Electrolyte

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    S. S. Kanmani

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanostructures are synthesized by low-temperature methods, and they possess polycrystalline hexagonal wurtzite structure with preferential c-axial growth. Morphological study by SEM shows the presence of ~30 nm sized spherical-shaped ZnO nanoparticle, the branched flower-like ZnO composed of many nanorods (length: 1.2 to 4.2 μm and diameter: 0.3 to 0.4 μm, and ~50 nm diameter of individual ZnO nanorods. Reduction in photoemission intensity of nanorods infers the decrease in electron-hole recombination rate, which offers better photovoltaic performance. The dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC based on ZnO nanorods sensitized with Eosin yellowish dye exhibits a maximum optimal energy conversion efficiency of 0.163% compared to that of nanoparticles and nanoflowers, due to better dye loading and direct conduction pathway for electron transport.

  7. Hydrothermal Growth of ZnO Nanowires on UV-Nanoimprinted Polymer Structures.

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    Park, Sooyeon; Moore, Sean A; Lee, Jaejong; Song, In-Hyouk; Farshchian, Bahador; Kim, Namwon

    2018-05-01

    Integration of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires on miniaturized polymer structures can broaden its application in multi-functional polymer devices by taking advantages of unique physical properties of ZnO nanowires and recent development of polymer microstructures in analytical systems. In this paper, we demonstrate the hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanowires on polymer microstructures fabricated by UV nanoimprinting lithography (NIL) using a polyurethane acrylate (PUA). Since PUA is a siloxane-urethane-acrylate compound containing the alpha-hydroxyl ketone, UV-cured PUA include carboxyl groups, which inhibit and suppress the nucleation and growth of ZnO nanowires on polymer structures. The presence of carboxyl groups in UV-cured PUA was substantiated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and a Ag thin film was deposited on the nanoimprinted polymer structures to limit their inhibitive influence on the growth of ZnO nanowires. Furthermore, the naturally oxidized Ag layer (Ag2O) reduced crystalline lattice mismatches at the interface between ZnO-Ag during the seed annealing process. The ZnO nanowires grown on the Ag-deposited PUA microstructures were found to have comparable morphological characteristics with ZnO nanowires grown on a Si wafer.

  8. Obtaining ZnO nanocrystalline through methods of combustion and precipitation; Obtencao de ZnO nanocristalino atraves dos metodos de combustao e de precipitacao

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    Garcia, A.P.; Guaglianoni, W.C.; Cunha, M.A.; Basegio, T.M.; Bergmann, C.P., E-mail: anapquimica@yahoo.com.br [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Lab. de Materiais Ceramicos

    2012-07-01

    Zinc oxide is important technological applications in rubber and industrial paints. The chemical properties and microstructure of ZnO powder depends on the synthesis method employed. In this work, it was obtained nanosized ZnO using different synthesis processes, such as solution combustion and precipitation, varying the concentrations of reactants and the working temperature. The obtained powders were characterized by SEM, BET, XRD, crystallite size determination and thermal analysis (TGA and DTA). It was possible to obtain nanosized ZnO with the methods used. (author)

  9. Optical function of bionic nanostructure of ZnO

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    Xu, C X; Zhu, G P; Liu, Y J; Sun, X W; Li, X; Liu, J P; Cui, Y P

    2007-01-01

    A novel bionic network nanostructure of zinc oxide (ZnO), which is similar to the microstructure of a butterfly wing, was first fabricated by a vapor-phase transport method using zinc powder as a source. These bionic nanostructures are composed of three ordered multi-aperture gratings. Similar to the optical effect of butterfly wings, the diffraction patterns of the bionic network of ZnO were observed. The mechanism of the optical function was discussed based on the physical model of multi-aperture diffraction

  10. Influence of Calcination Temperature on Structural and Photoluminescence Properties of ZnO Nanoparticles via Precipitation Method

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    Mahayatun Dayana Johan Ooi; Azlan Abdul Aziz; Mat Johar Abdullah

    2011-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized via precipitation of Zn and I 2 with assistance of DEA at different calcination temperatures ranging from 250 to 1150 degree Celsius. All the synthesized ZnO nanoparticles are pure and exhibit hexagonal wurtzite structure with preferred orientation growth in (101) plane. Spherical particles of size∼60 nm and strong violet emission peak of 417 nm (3.0 eV) has been observed for ZnO powder calcined at 850 degree Celsius. Our results reveal a strong influence of calcination temperature on ZnO microstructure and optical behaviour of synthesized particles. (author)

  11. Electrodeposition and characterization of ZnO thin films using sodium thiosulfate as an additive for photovoltaic solar cells

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    Rahal, Hassiba; Kihal, Rafiaa; Affoune, Abed Mohamed; Ghers, Mokhtar; Djazi, Faycal

    2017-06-01

    Zinc oxide thin films have been grown by electrodeposition technique onto Cu and ITO-coated glass substrates from an aqueous zinc nitrate solution with addition of sodium thiosulfate at 90 °C. The effects of sodium thiosulfate on the electrochemical deposition of ZnO were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry techniques. Deposited films were obtained at -0.60 V vs. SCE and characterized by XRD, SEM, FTIR, optical, photoelectrochemical and electrical measurements. Thickness of the deposited film was measured to be 357 nm. X-ray diffraction results indicated that the synthesized ZnO has a pure hexagonal wurtzite structure with a marked preferential orientation along (002) plane. FTIR results confirmed the presence of ZnO films at peak 558 cm-1. SEM images showed uniform, compact morphology without any cracks and films composed of large flower-like ZnO agglomerates with star-shape. Optical properties of ZnO reveal a high optical transmission (> 80 % ) and high absorption coefficient (α > {10}5 {{cm}}-1) in visible region. The optical energy band gap was found to be 3.28 eV. Photoelectrochemical measurements indicated that the ZnO films had n-type semiconductor conduction. Electrical properties of ZnO films showed a low electrical resistivity of 6.54 {{Ω }}\\cdot {cm}, carrier concentration of -1.3× {10}17 {{cm}}-3 and mobility of 7.35 cm2 V-1 s-1. Project supported by the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Algeria (No. J0101520090018).

  12. Controlled morphologies and optical properties of ZnO films and their photocatalytic activities

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    Duan Jingjing [Key Laboratory for Soft Chemistry and Functional Materials, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Nanjing 210094 (China); Liu Xiaoheng, E-mail: xhliu@mail.njust.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Soft Chemistry and Functional Materials, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Nanjing 210094 (China); Han Qiaofeng [Key Laboratory for Soft Chemistry and Functional Materials, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Nanjing 210094 (China); Wang Xin, E-mail: wangx@mail.njust.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Soft Chemistry and Functional Materials, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Nanjing 210094 (China)

    2011-09-15

    Highlights: > Gelatin acts as a capping reagent in the morphology synthesis of ZnO films. > The microstructures of ZnO films are hexagonal prisms, plates and rose-like crystals. > The hexagonal prisms and rose-like films exhibit excellent photocatalytic activities. - Abstract: ZnO films with three different microstructures including hexagonal prisms, plates and rose-like twinned crystals were fabricated using chemical bath deposition with different concentration of gelatin. The growth mechanisms of ZnO films were discussed, and the gelatin played a vital role as a polyelectrolyte capping the formation of microstructures. The photoluminescence and Raman properties were found sensitive to the crystal morphologies of ZnO films. Significantly, the photodegradation efficiencies of methylene blue under UV light irradiation in the presence of ZnO films consisted of hexagonal prisms and rose-like twinned crystals were 95% and 96%, respectively. The excellent photocatalytic activities can be ascribed to the high oxygen vacancies concentration and high percentage of polar planes, and this result was important in addressing the origin of high photocatalytic activity.

  13. Effect of erbium-calcium manganite doping on microstructure and ...

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    In this research, (80-x) mol% zinc oxide with 20 mol% CaMnO3 as the additive and (x) mol% erbium oxide Er2O3 as the doping material where x = 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5. Aims of this work are to elucidate the effects of doping material on microstructure ZnO and nonlinear characteristics of ZnO based varistor ceramics.

  14. High Temperature Thermoelectric Properties of ZnO Based Materials

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    on the electron and phonon transport was analyzed and discussed in detail. In order to solve the problems of high thermal conductivity without the deterioration of electrical conductivity by nanostructuring for conventional ZnO materials, the doped ZnCdO material was proposed as a new n-type oxide thermoelectric...... material. The material is sintered in air in order to maintain the oxygen stoichiometry and avoid the stability issues. The successful alloying of CdO with ZnO at a molar ratio of 1:9 resulted in a significant reduction of thermal conductivity up to 7-fold at room temperature. By careful selection......O. Following that, the nanostructuring effect for Al-doped ZnO was systematically investigated using samples with different microstructure morphologies. At last, the newly developed ZnCdO materials with superior thermoelectric properties and thermal stability were introduced as promising substitutions...

  15. Growth of cluster assembled ZnO film by nanocluster beam deposition technique

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    Halder, Nilanjan [Department of Physics, Manipal University Jaipur, Jaipur-303007 (India)

    2015-06-24

    ZnO is considered as one of the most promising material for optoelectronic devices. The present work emphasizes production of cluster assembled ZnO films by a UHV nanocluster beam deposition technique where the nanoclusters were produced in a laser vaporization cluster source. The microstructural and the optical properties of the ZnO nanocluster film deposited were investigated. As the wet chemical processes are not compatible with current solid state methods of device fabrication, therefore alternative UHV technique described in the paper is the need of the hour.

  16. One-pot synthesis of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 supported on flower-like CeO2 as electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction in aluminum-air batteries

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    Xue, Yejian; Huang, Heran; Miao, He; Sun, Shanshan; Wang, Qin; Li, Shihua; Liu, Zhaoping

    2017-08-01

    A novel La0.7Sr0.3MnO3-CeO2 (LSM-CeO2) hybrid catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) has been synthesized by a facile one-pot method. The flower-like CeO2 with the diameter of about 3 μm is formed by the agglomeration of nanosheets with the thickness of about 40 nm. The LSM particles with the diameter of about 150 nm are well distributed on the flower-like CeO2, thus the interaction between LSM and CeO2 is built. Therefore, the LSM-CeO2 composite catalyst exhibits the much higher catalytic activity toward ORR with the direct four-electron transfer mechanism in alkaline solution than LSM or CeO2. Furthermore, the stability of LSM-CeO2 is superior to that of Pt/C, and the current retention is 93% after 100000 s. The maximum power density of the aluminum-air battery using LSM-CeO2 as the ORRC can reach 238 mW cm-2, which is about 29% higher than that with LSM (184 mW cm-2). It indicates that LSM-CeO2 composite material is a promising cathodic electrocatalyst for metal-air batteries.

  17. Tailoring surface and photocatalytic properties of ZnO and nitrogen-doped ZnO nanostructures using microwave-assisted facile hydrothermal synthesis

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    Rangel, R.; Cedeño, V.; Ramos-Corona, A.; Gutiérrez, R.; Alvarado-Gil, J. J.; Ares, O.; Bartolo-Pérez, P.; Quintana, P.

    2017-08-01

    Microwave hydrothermal synthesis, using an experimental 23 factorial design, was used to produce tunable ZnO nano- and microstructures, and their potential as photocatalysts was explored. Photocatalytic reactions were conducted in a microreactor batch system under UV and visible light irradiation, while monitoring methylene blue degradation, as a model system. The variables considered in the microwave reactor to produce ZnO nano- or microstructures, were time, NaOH concentration and synthesis temperature. It was found that, specific surface area and volume/surface area ratio were affected as a consequence of the synthesis conditions. In the second stage, the samples were plasma treated in a nitrogen atmosphere, with the purpose of introducing nitrogen into the ZnO crystalline structure. The central idea is to induce changes in the material structure as well as in its optical absorption, to make the plasma-treated material useful as photocatalyst in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Pristine ZnO and nitrogen-doped ZnO compounds were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), specific surface area (BET), XPS, and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The results show that the methodology presented in this work is effective in tailoring the specific surface area of the ZnO compounds and incorporation of nitrogen into their structure, factors which in turn, affect its photocatalytic behavior.

  18. Y-Doped ZnO Nanorods by Hydrothermal Method and Their Acetone Gas Sensitivity

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Pure and yttrium- (Y- doped (1 at%, 3 at%, and 7 at% ZnO nanorods were synthesized using a hydrothermal process. The crystallography and microstructure of the synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX. Comparing with pure ZnO nanorods, Y-doped ZnO exhibited improved acetone sensing properties. The response of 1 at% Y-doped ZnO nanorods to 100 ppm acetone is larger than that of pure ZnO nanorods. The response and recovery times of 1 at% Y-doped ZnO nanorods to 100 ppm acetone are about 30 s and 90 s, respectively. The gas sensor based on Y-doped ZnO nanorods showed good selectivity to acetone in the interfere gases of ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, and methanol. The formation mechanism of the ZnO nanorods was briefly analyzed.

  19. Heteroepitaxial growth of ZnO on perovskite surfaces

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    Wei, X H; Li, Y R; Jie, W J; Tang, J L; Zeng, H Z; Huang, W; Zhang, Y; Zhu, J

    2007-01-01

    The microstructural properties of heteroepitaxial ZnO thin films prepared by laser molecular beam epitaxy (L-MBE) were investigated on SrTiO 3 substrates and BaTiO 3 /SrTiO 3 pseudo substrates with different orientations. The interface characteristics were in situ monitored by reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), and the epitaxial orientation relations were reconfirmed by ex situ x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. ZnO films grown on SrTiO 3 (0 0 1) and BaTiO 3 /SrTiO 3 (0 0 1) contained a poly-domain structure. For the former, the lattice mismatch was about -1.7% by four types of domain growth with the epitaxial relation of ZnO(1 1 0) parallel SrTiO 3 (0 0 1) and ZnO[-1 1 1] parallel SrTiO 3 (100). For the latter, twin domains would result in a smaller mismatch of -0.8% by the epitaxial relation of ZnO(0 0 1) parallel BaTiO 3 (0 0 1) and ZnO[1 1 0] parallel BaTiO 3 (1 1 0). On SrTiO 3 (1 1 1) and BaTiO 3 /SrTiO 3 (1 1 1), single-domain films following the c-axial direction were observed with in-plane orientation ZnO[1 1 0] parallel SrTiO 3 [1 1 0] and ZnO[1 0 0] parallel BaTiO 3 [1 1 0], respectively. This 30 0 rotation in the in-plane direction of the ZnO epilayer with respect to the perovskite surfaces increased the lattice mismatch from about -2% to -14.5% after inserting BaTiO 3 layers. The orientation of ZnO films could be attributed to the characteristic difference of the interface energy. It is determined entirely by interface stress and crystallographic symmetry for the growth on nonpolar (0 0 1)-orientated perovskite surfaces while the competition between elastic energy and chemical energy plays an important role for that on polar (1 1 1)-surfaces

  20. A novel biosensor based on the direct electrochemistry of horseradish peroxidase immobilized in the three-dimensional flower-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres

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    Liu, Hui, E-mail: liuhui@sust.edu.cn; Guo, Kai; Duan, Congyue; Chen, Xianjin; Zhu, Zhenfeng

    2016-07-01

    Three-dimensional flower-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres (3D-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} MSs) have been synthesized through a simple hydrothermal method. The morphology and structure of 3D-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} MSs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The 3D-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} MSs subsequently were used to immobilize horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and fabricate a mediator-free biosensor for the detection of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. Spectroscopic and electrochemical results reveal that 3D-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} MSs constitute an excellent immobilization matrix with biocompatibility for enzymes. Meanwhile, due to unique morphology of the flower-like microspheres, the direct electron transfer of HRP is facilitated and the prepared biosensors display good performances for the detection of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} with a wide linear range, including two linear sections: 0.5–100 μM (R{sup 2} = 0.9983) and 100–250 μM (R{sup 2} = 0.9981), as well as an extremely low method detection limit of 0.18 μM. - Highlights: • 3D-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres are used to fabricate a mediator-free biosensor firstly. • The biosensor displays a wide linear range of 0.5–250 μM for H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. • The biosensor exhibits a low detection limit of 0.18 μM for H{sub 2}O{sub 2}.

  1. Fabrication of CeO2nanoparticles decorated three-dimensional flower-like BiOI composites to build p-n heterojunction with highly enhanced visible-light photocatalytic performance.

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    Song, Hongbo; Wu, Ruiyang; Yang, Junfeng; Dong, Jianchao; Ji, Guijuan

    2018-02-15

    Three-dimensional (3D) flower-like CeO 2 /BiOI heterostructures with different Ce/Bi molar ratio were successfully synthesized via a hydrothermal method using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as surfactant. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) results indicate that the CeO 2 nanoparticles were successfully loaded on the surface of the flower-like BiOI. The photodegradation experiment demonstrated that the photocatalytic efficiency of CeO 2 /BiOI samples were higher than that of pure BiOI and CeO 2 , and CeO 2 /BiOI heterostructure showed the best photocatalytic performance when the amount of CeO 2 located at BiOI up to 15%. The result also exhibits that CeO 2 /BiOI catalysts possess higher photocatalytic efficiency for Rhodamine B (RhB) and methylene orange (MO) degradation, while it has a slight influence for phenol elimination. Meanwhile, the repeated photocatalytic degradation of RhB experiment reveals excellent photostability. A possible mechanism of photocatalysis was also explored and proposed. Furthermore, loading CeO 2 on the surface of BiOI can accelerate the separation rate of photogenerated electron-hole pairs, which is analyzed by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, photocurrent experiments (PC) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). These results exhibit that BiOI can be modified by CeO 2 and there exists synergistic effect between CeO 2 and BiOI. The present work provides a new means to synthesize heterostructured photocatalyst for environmental remediation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Influence of synthesis route on the formation of ZnO particles and their morphologies

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    Music, Svetozar; Dragcevic, Durdica; Popovic, Stanko

    2007-01-01

    The formation and microstructure of ZnO particles, obtained by mixing concentrated aqueous Zn(NO 3 ) 2 and NaOH solutions, were monitored by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and specific surface area measurement (BET). At 160 o C and a pH near 6, plate-like Zn 5 (OH) 8 (NO 3 ) 2 (H 2 O) 2 particles were formed at the beginning of the precipitation process, then quickly transformed into ZnO via a dissolution/reprecipitation mechanism. ZnO particles of different geometrical shapes, based on the hexagonal prism, were produced. Precipitation at 20 o C and pH near 6 yielded plate-like Zn 5 (OH) 8 (NO 3 ) 2 (H 2 O) 2 particles which were present up to 6 months of aging. Autoclaving of the precipitation system at 160 o C up to 72 h and a pH near 7 yielded only ZnO particles as pseudospheres, hexagonal dipyramids and an open form of the hexagonal pyramid. All these particles were made up of much smaller ZnO units. Only ZnO particles precipitated at 160 or 20 o C and a pH near 13. All ZnO particles, thus obtained, were plate-like and their size depended on the temperature and time of aging. BET measurements can be related with the size of ZnO particles, as inspected with FE-SEM. The FE-SEM inspection did not show any formation of microporous ZnO particles. The spectral shape of the corresponding FT-IR spectra can also be related to the geometrical shapes and size of ZnO particles

  3. Three-dimensional ZnO hierarchical nanostructures: Solution phase synthesis and applications

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    Wang, Xiaoliang; Ahmad, Mashkoor; Sun, Hongyu

    2017-01-01

    nanostructures in photocatalysis, field emission, electrochemical sensor, and lithium ion batteries. Throughout the discussion, the relationship between the device performance and the microstructures of 3D ZnO hierarchical nanostructures will be highlighted. This review concludes with a personal perspective...

  4. Preparation and gas-sensing property of parallel-aligned ZnO ...

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    aligned zinc acetate/PVA composite nanofibrous films, which were entwined closely onto a ceramic tube and then were calcined to obtain the parallel-aligned ZnO nanofibrous film sensors. Surface morphology, microstructure and gas sensing characteristics were systematically investigated. 2. Experimental. 2.1 Materials.

  5. Bioinspired Structural Colors Fabricated with ZnO Quasi-Ordered Nanostructures.

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    Kim, Geon Hwee; An, Taechang; Lim, Geunbae

    2017-06-07

    Despite their advantages in different applications, structural colors are difficult to use because of the inability to change a structural color once it is implemented, as well as their high fabrication costs; implementing multiple structural colors simultaneously on one substrate is a challenge as well. In this study, structural colors were reproduced using quasi-ordered scattering to mitigate these issues. To this end, a ZnO flower-like structure having unimodal distributions of size and spacing was fabricated by ZnO hydrothermal growth. This fabricated nanostructure has a thickness on the order of 10 3 nm and a diameter on the order of 10 2 nm. The thickness and diameter increase in proportion with the synthesis time (thickness growth rate = 43 nm/min, diameter growth rate = 20 nm/min). The shape of the nanostructure can be easily tuned by simply adjusting the synthesis and etching times. This method combines the advantages of top-down and bottom-up synthetic approaches in that the structural color can be continuously modified once fabricated.

  6. Characterization of nanostructures of ZnO and ZnMnO films deposited by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method

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    Jimenez-Garcia, F.N.; Espinosa-Arbelaez, D.G.; Vargas-Hernandez, C.; Real, A. del; Rodriguez-Garcia, M.E.

    2011-01-01

    ZnO and ZnMnO thin films were obtained by the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. All thin films were deposited on glass microscope slide. A precursor solution of 0.1 M of ZnCl 2 complexed with ammonium hydroxide and water close to boiling point (92 deg. C) as a second solution was used for the ZnO films. An uncomplexed bath comprised of 0.1 M ZnCl 2 , 0.1 M MnCl 2, and a second solution of 0.1 ml of NH 4 OH with water close to boiling point was used for the ZnMnO films. The film samples were deposited by the SILAR method and annealed at 200 deg. C for 15 min. These samples were characterized using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), and Atomic Force Microscope. Atomic absorption was used to determine quantitatively the amount of Mn incorporated into the films. According to the XRD patterns these films were polycrystalline with wurtzite hexagonal structure. The morphology of the ZnO films constituted by rice-like and flower-like structures changed significantly to nanosheet structures with the Mn incorporation. The Mn inclusion in a ZnO structure was less than 4% according to the results from EDS, XRD, and atomic absorption.

  7. Characterization of nanostructures of ZnO and ZnMnO films deposited by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method

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    Jimenez-Garcia, F.N. [Departamento de Fisica y Matematicas, Universidad Autonoma de Manizales, Antigua Estacion del Ferrocarril, Manizales, Caldas (Colombia); Departamento de Fisica y Quimica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Manizales, Campus la Nubia, Manizales, Caldas (Colombia); Espinosa-Arbelaez, D.G. [Departamento de Nanotecnologia, Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Blv. Juriquilla 3001, Juriquilla, Queretaro, C.P. 76230 (Mexico); Posgrado en Ciencia e Ingenieria Materiales, Instituto de Investigacion en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico DF (Mexico); Vargas-Hernandez, C. [Departamento de Fisica y Quimica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Manizales, Campus la Nubia, Manizales, Caldas (Colombia); Real, A. del [Departamento de Nanotecnologia, Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Blv. Juriquilla 3001, Juriquilla, Queretaro, C.P. 76230 (Mexico); Rodriguez-Garcia, M.E., E-mail: marioga@fata.unam.mx [Departamento de Nanotecnologia, Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Blv. Juriquilla 3001, Juriquilla, Queretaro, C.P. 76230 (Mexico)

    2011-09-01

    ZnO and ZnMnO thin films were obtained by the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. All thin films were deposited on glass microscope slide. A precursor solution of 0.1 M of ZnCl{sub 2} complexed with ammonium hydroxide and water close to boiling point (92 deg. C) as a second solution was used for the ZnO films. An uncomplexed bath comprised of 0.1 M ZnCl{sub 2}, 0.1 M MnCl{sub 2,} and a second solution of 0.1 ml of NH{sub 4}OH with water close to boiling point was used for the ZnMnO films. The film samples were deposited by the SILAR method and annealed at 200 deg. C for 15 min. These samples were characterized using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), and Atomic Force Microscope. Atomic absorption was used to determine quantitatively the amount of Mn incorporated into the films. According to the XRD patterns these films were polycrystalline with wurtzite hexagonal structure. The morphology of the ZnO films constituted by rice-like and flower-like structures changed significantly to nanosheet structures with the Mn incorporation. The Mn inclusion in a ZnO structure was less than 4% according to the results from EDS, XRD, and atomic absorption.

  8. Fabrication of periodic microstructures for improving light-extraction efficiencies of light-emitting ZnO/Si devices

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    Oji Matsumoto

    Full Text Available This article presents the first demonstration of integrating a simple one-dimensional (1-D periodic microstructure and a light-emitting zinc oxide (ZnO thin film on a silicon (Si substrate using a simple process with two-beam interference lithography and sputtering. A 1-D microstructure composed of ZnO was obtained using our fabrication process without using a photomask and dry etching. The intensity of a photoluminescence (PL peak observed from a sample with the periodic microstructure was approximately 5.3 times stronger than that without it. The light-extraction efficiency from the ZnO thin film seems to be improved by the integration of the 1-D periodic microstructure. Keywords: ZnO/Si, Luminescence, Periodic microstructure, Light-extraction efficiency, Sputtering, Two-beam interference lithography

  9. The Applications of Morphology Controlled ZnO in Catalysis

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    Yuhai Sun

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxide (ZnO, with the unique chemical and physical properties of high chemical stability, broad radiation absorption range, high electrochemical coupling coefficient, and high photo-stability, is an attractive multifunctional material which has promoted great interest in many fields. What is more, its properties can be tuned by controllable synthesized morphologies. Therefore, after the success of the abundant morphology controllable synthesis, both the morphology-dependent ZnO properties and their related applications have been extensively investigated. This review concentrates on the properties of morphology-dependent ZnO and their applications in catalysis, mainly involved reactions on green energy and environmental issues, such as CO2 hydrogenation to fuels, methanol steam reforming to generate H2, bio-diesel production, pollutant photo-degradation, etc. The impressive catalytic properties of ZnO are associated with morphology tuned specific microstructures, defects or abilities of electron transportation, etc. The main morphology-dependent promotion mechanisms are discussed and summarized.

  10. Laser engineered net shaping of quasi-continuous network microstructural TiB reinforced titanium matrix bulk composites: Microstructure and wear performance

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    Hu, Yingbin; Ning, Fuda; Wang, Hui; Cong, Weilong; Zhao, Bo

    2018-02-01

    Titanium (Ti) and its alloys have been successfully applied to the aeronautical and biomedical industries. However, their poor tribological properties restrict their fields of applications under severe wear conditions. Facing to these challenges, this study investigated TiB reinforced Ti matrix composites (TiB-TMCs), fabricated by in-situ laser engineered net shaping (LENS) process, through analyzing parts quality, microstructure formation mechanisms, microstructure characterizations, and workpiece wear performance. At high B content areas (original B particle locations), reaction between Ti and B particles took place, generating flower-like microstructure. At low B content areas, eutectic TiB nanofibers contacted with each other with the formation of crosslinking microstructure. The crosslinking microstructural TiB aggregated and connected at the boundaries of Ti grains, forming a three-dimensional quasi-continuous network microstructure. The results show that compared with commercially pure Ti bulk parts, the TiB-TMCs exhibited superior wear performance (i.e. indentation wear resistance and friction wear resistance) due to the present of TiB reinforcement and the innovative microstructures formed inside TiB-TMCs. In addition, the qualities of the fabricated parts were improved with fewer interior defects by optimizing laser power, thus rendering better wear performance.

  11. Synthesis of 1-D ZnO nanorods and polypyrrole/1-D ZnO

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    PPy/1-D ZnO nanocomposites with different 1-D ZnO nanorod weight ratios (15 and 25%) had better selectivity and sensitivity towards NH3 at room temperature. Keywords. 1-D ZnO nanorods; PPy/1-D ZnO nanocomposites; photocatalytic activity; sensitivity. 1. Introduction. The synthesis of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures ...

  12. Oil-in-Water Self-Assembled Synthesis of Ag@AgCl Nano-Particles on Flower-like Bi2O2CO3 with Enhanced Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Activity

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    Shuanglong Lin

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a series of novel flower-like Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 were prepared by simple and feasible oil-in-water self-assembly processes. The phase structures of as-prepared samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS, X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF, etc. The characterization results indicated that the presence of Ag@AgCl did not affect the crystal structure, but exerted a great influence on the photocatalytic activity of Bi2O2CO3 and enhanced the absorption band of pure Bi2O2CO3. The photocatalytic activities of the Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 samples were determined by photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB under visible light irradiation. The Ag@AgCl (10 wt %/Bi2O2CO3 composite showed the highest photocatalytic activity, degrading 97.9% MB after irradiation for 20 min, which is over 1.64 and 3.66 times faster than that of pure Ag@AgCl (calculated based on the equivalent Ag@AgCl content in Ag@AgCl (10 wt %/Bi2O2CO3 and pure Bi2O2CO3, respectively. Bisphenol A (BPA was also degraded to further prove the degradation ability of Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3. Photocurrent studies indicated that the recombination of photo-generated electron–hole pairs was decreased effectively due to the formation of heterojunctions between flower-like Bi2O2CO3 and Ag@AgCl nanoparticles. Trapping experiments indicated that O2−, h+ and Cl° acted as the main reactive species for MB degradation in the present photocatalytic system. Furthermore, the cycling experiments revealed the good stability of Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 composites. Based on the above, a photocatalytic mechanism for the degradation of organic compounds over Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 was proposed.

  13. Oil-in-Water Self-Assembled Synthesis of Ag@AgCl Nano-Particles on Flower-like Bi2O2CO3 with Enhanced Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Activity

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    Lin, Shuanglong; Liu, Li; Liang, Yinghua; Cui, Wenquan; Zhang, Zisheng

    2016-01-01

    In this work, a series of novel flower-like Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 were prepared by simple and feasible oil-in-water self-assembly processes. The phase structures of as-prepared samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), etc. The characterization results indicated that the presence of Ag@AgCl did not affect the crystal structure, but exerted a great influence on the photocatalytic activity of Bi2O2CO3 and enhanced the absorption band of pure Bi2O2CO3. The photocatalytic activities of the Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 samples were determined by photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The Ag@AgCl (10 wt %)/Bi2O2CO3 composite showed the highest photocatalytic activity, degrading 97.9% MB after irradiation for 20 min, which is over 1.64 and 3.66 times faster than that of pure Ag@AgCl (calculated based on the equivalent Ag@AgCl content in Ag@AgCl (10 wt %)/Bi2O2CO3) and pure Bi2O2CO3, respectively. Bisphenol A (BPA) was also degraded to further prove the degradation ability of Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3. Photocurrent studies indicated that the recombination of photo-generated electron–hole pairs was decreased effectively due to the formation of heterojunctions between flower-like Bi2O2CO3 and Ag@AgCl nanoparticles. Trapping experiments indicated that O2−, h+ and Cl° acted as the main reactive species for MB degradation in the present photocatalytic system. Furthermore, the cycling experiments revealed the good stability of Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 composites. Based on the above, a photocatalytic mechanism for the degradation of organic compounds over Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 was proposed. PMID:28773607

  14. A facile approach for the fabrication of 3D flower-like Cu2S nanostructures on brass mesh with temperature-induced wetting transition for efficient oil-water separation

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    Niu, Lei; Kang, Zhixin

    2017-11-01

    3D flower-like Cu2S nanostructures on brass meshes have been fabricated for the first time, with a reversible wetting transition and excellent durability. In the present work, we demonstrated a simple and environmentally-benign method to fabricate the nanostructures utilizing an electrolyte containing CuSO4·5H2O, EDTA-2Na and CH3CSNH2. The superhydrophobicity was achieved by drying thoroughly at 200 °C, instead of using low surface energy materials. After annealing at 300 °C for 6 min, the superhydrophobic surface was oxidized and became superhydrophilic. However, the superhydrophobicity can be restored by heating at 200 °C for several hours. In simpler terms, the reversible wetting transition is responded to the temperature. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometer, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were employed to characterize the surfaces and analyze the wetting transition mechanism. Furthermore, different kinds of oily sewages were separated by as-prepared mesh with high separation efficiency. It is believed that this method should have a promising future in expanding the applications of copper alloys.

  15. Deformation microstructures

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    Hansen, N.; Huang, X.; Hughes, D.A.

    2004-01-01

    Microstructural characterization and modeling has shown that a variety of metals deformed by different thermomechanical processes follows a general path of grain subdivision, by dislocation boundaries and high angle boundaries. This subdivision has been observed to very small structural scales...

  16. In-situ PXRD studies of ZnO nanoparticle growth: How do various salts influence the hydrothermal growth of ZnO?

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    Bøjesen, Espen Drath

    the broadest range of nanostructures. Previously many different in-situ characterization methods have been used to investigate the ZnO formation under various synthesis conditions; these include UV-VIS and SAXS. These methods were primarily used to give information on particle size of ZnO formed using soft...... chemical methods and non-aqueous solvents. In our work we have studied the formation of ZnO during hydrothermal syntheses using in-situ powder X-ray diffraction, thus enabling us to extract crystallographic as well as microstructural information. The data was analyzed using Rietveld refinement and whole...... powder pattern modeling. Among the parameters studied were the influence of temperature, type of base used and how different ionic salts influence the growth. Results include findings that suggest that sodium nitrate influences the aspect ratio of synthesized particles and that lithium nitrate generally...

  17. Modulation-Doped In2O3/ZnO Heterojunction Transistors Processed from Solution.

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    Khim, Dongyoon; Lin, Yen-Hung; Nam, Sungho; Faber, Hendrik; Tetzner, Kornelius; Li, Ruipeng; Zhang, Qiang; Li, Jun; Zhang, Xixiang; Anthopoulos, Thomas D

    2017-05-01

    This paper reports the controlled growth of atomically sharp In 2 O 3 /ZnO and In 2 O 3 /Li-doped ZnO (In 2 O 3 /Li-ZnO) heterojunctions via spin-coating at 200 °C and assesses their application in n-channel thin-film transistors (TFTs). It is shown that addition of Li in ZnO leads to n-type doping and allows for the accurate tuning of its Fermi energy. In the case of In 2 O 3 /ZnO heterojunctions, presence of the n-doped ZnO layer results in an increased amount of electrons being transferred from its conduction band minimum to that of In 2 O 3 over the interface, in a process similar to modulation doping. Electrical characterization reveals the profound impact of the presence of the n-doped ZnO layer on the charge transport properties of the isotype In 2 O 3 /Li-ZnO heterojunctions as well as on the operating characteristics of the resulting TFTs. By judicious optimization of the In 2 O 3 /Li-ZnO interface microstructure, and Li concentration, significant enhancement in both the electron mobility and TFT bias stability is demonstrated. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Modulation-Doped In2O3/ZnO Heterojunction Transistors Processed from Solution

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    Khim, Dongyoon

    2017-03-15

    This paper reports the controlled growth of atomically sharp In2 O3 /ZnO and In2 O3 /Li-doped ZnO (In2 O3 /Li-ZnO) heterojunctions via spin-coating at 200 °C and assesses their application in n-channel thin-film transistors (TFTs). It is shown that addition of Li in ZnO leads to n-type doping and allows for the accurate tuning of its Fermi energy. In the case of In2 O3 /ZnO heterojunctions, presence of the n-doped ZnO layer results in an increased amount of electrons being transferred from its conduction band minimum to that of In2 O3 over the interface, in a process similar to modulation doping. Electrical characterization reveals the profound impact of the presence of the n-doped ZnO layer on the charge transport properties of the isotype In2 O3 /Li-ZnO heterojunctions as well as on the operating characteristics of the resulting TFTs. By judicious optimization of the In2 O3 /Li-ZnO interface microstructure, and Li concentration, significant enhancement in both the electron mobility and TFT bias stability is demonstrated.

  19. ZnO Film Photocatalysts

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    Bosi Yin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We have synthesized high-quality, nanoscale ultrathin ZnO films at relatively low temperature using a facile and effective hydrothermal approach. ZnO films were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectra (PL, and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. The products demonstrated 95% photodegradation efficiency with Congo red (CR after 40 min irradiation. The photocatalytic degradation experiments of methyl orange (MO and eosin red also were carried out. The results indicate that the as-obtained ZnO films might be promising candidates as the excellent photocatalysts for elimination of waste water.

  20. Preparation and antibacterial properties of titanium-doped ZnO from different zinc salts

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    Sun, Tong; Hao, Han; Hao, Wen-ting; Yi, Shu-min; Li, Xue-peng; Li, Jian-rong

    2014-02-01

    To research the relationship of micro-structures and antibacterial properties of the titanium-doped ZnO powders and probe their antibacterial mechanism, titanium-doped ZnO powders with different shapes and sizes were prepared from different zinc salts by alcohothermal method. The ZnO powders were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and the antibacterial activities of titanium-doped ZnO powders on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were evaluated. Furthermore, the tested strains were characterized by SEM, and the electrical conductance variation trend of the bacterial suspension was characterized. The results indicate that the morphologies of the powders are different due to preparation from different zinc salts. The XRD results manifest that the samples synthesized from zinc acetate, zinc nitrate, and zinc chloride are zincite ZnO, and the sample synthesized from zinc sulfate is the mixture of ZnO, ZnTiO3, and ZnSO4 · 3Zn (OH)2 crystal. UV-vis spectra show that the absorption edges of the titanium-doped ZnO powders are red shifted to more than 400 nm which are prepared from zinc acetate, zinc nitrate, and zinc chloride. The antibacterial activity of titanium-doped ZnO powders synthesized from zinc chloride is optimal, and its minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) are lower than 0.25 g L-1. Likewise, when the bacteria are treated by ZnO powders synthesized from zinc chloride, the bacterial cells are damaged most seriously, and the electrical conductance increment of bacterial suspension is slightly high. It can be inferred that the antibacterial properties of the titanium-doped ZnO powders are relevant to the microstructure, particle size, and the crystal. The powders can damage the cell

  1. Microstructure and wear resistance of a laser clad TiC reinforced nickel aluminides matrix composite coating

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    Chen, Y.; Wang, H.M.

    2004-01-01

    Wear resistant TiC/(NiAl-Ni 3 Al) composite coating was fabricated on a substrate of electrolyzed nickel by laser cladding using Ni-Al-Ti-C alloy powders. The laser clad coating is metallurgically bonded to the substrate and has a homogenous fine microstructure consisting of the flower-like equiaxed TiC dendrite and the dual phase matrix of NiAl and Ni 3 Al. The intermetallic matrix composite coating exhibits excellent wear resistance under both room- and high-temperature sliding wear test conditions due to the high hardness of TiC coupled with the strong atomic bonds of intermetallic matrix

  2. Effects of Tungsten Addition on the Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance of Fe-3.5B Alloy in Liquid Zinc

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    Xin Liu

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The effects of tungsten addition on the microstructure and corrosion resistance of Fe-3.5B alloys in a liquid zinc bath at 520 °C were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron probe micro-analysis. The microstructure evolution in different alloys is analyzed and discussed using an extrapolated Fe-B-W ternary phase diagram. Experimental results show that there are three kinds of borides, the reticular (Fe, W2B, the rod-like (Fe, W3B and flower-like FeWB. The addition of tungsten can refine the microstructure and improve the stability of the reticular borides. Besides, it is beneficial to the formation of the metastable (Fe, W3B phase. The resultant Fe-3.5B-11W (wt % alloy possesses excellent corrosion resistance to liquid zinc. When tungsten content exceeds 11 wt %, the formed flower-like FeWB phase destroys the integrity of the reticular borides and results in the deterioration of the corrosion resistance. Also, the corrosion failure resulting from the spalling of borides due to the initiation of micro-cracks in the grain boundary of borides is discussed in this paper.

  3. Effect of Sb-doping on the morphology and dielectric properties of chrysanthemum-like ZnO nanowire clusters

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    Yan, Jun-Feng; You, Tian-Gui; Zhang, Zhi-Yong; Tian, Jiang-Xiao; Yun, Jiang-Ni; Zhao, Wu

    2012-09-01

    Chrysanthemum-like ZnO nanowire clusters with different Sb-doping concentrations were prepared using a hydrothermal process. The microstructures, morphologies, and dielectric properties of the as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), field emission environment scanning electron microscope (FEESEM), and microwave vector network analyzer respectively. The results indicate that the as-prepared products are Sb-doped ZnO single crystallines with a hexagonal wurtzite structure, the flower bud saturation degree Fd is obviously different from that of the pure ZnO nanowire clusters, the good dielectric loss property is found in Sb-doped ZnO products with low density, and the dielectric loss tangent tanδe increases with the increase of the Sb-doping concentration in a certain concentration range.

  4. Study of the wettability of ZnO nanofilms

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    Subedi, Deepak Prasad; Madhup, Dinesh Kumar; Sharma, Ashish; Joshi, Ujjwal Man; Huczko, Andrzej

    2012-04-01

    Al-doped and un-doped ZnO thin films deposited on quartz substrates by the nebulized spray pyrolysis method were studied to investigate the wettability of the surface. The main objective of the present study was to investigate the wettability of ZnO thin film by changing the concentration of Al doping. Microstructure and water contact angles of the films were measured by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and using a contact angle goniometer. SEM studies revealed that the grain size within the film increases with the doping concentration. The contact angles were studied to see the effect of aluminum doping on the hydrophilicity of the film. ZnO films were found to be hydrophobic in nature. A good correlation was observed between the SEM micrographs and contact angle results. The nature of the film was found to change from being hydrophobic to hydrophilic after the treatment in low-pressure DC glow discharge plasma, which, however, was reversible with the storage time.

  5. Retracted: Study of the wettability of ZnO nanofilms

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    Ujjwal M Joshi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Al-doped and un-doped ZnO thin films deposited on quartz substrates by the nebulized spray pyrolysis method were studied to investigate the wettability of the surface. The main objective of the present study was to investigate the wettability of ZnO thin film by changing the concentration of Al doping. Microstructure and water contact angles of the films were measured by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and using a contact angle goniometer. SEM studies revealed that the grain size within the film increases with the doping concentration. The contact angles were studied to see the effect of aluminum doping on the hydrophilicity of the film. ZnO films were found to be hydrophobic in nature. A good correlation was observed between the SEM micrographs and contact angle results. The nature of the film was found to change from being hydrophobic to hydrophilic after the treatment in low-pressure DC glow discharge plasma, which, however, was reversible with the storage time.

  6. Electrospray Deposition of ZnO Thin Films and Its Application to Gas Sensors

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    Wenwang Li

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Electrospray is a simple and cost-effective method to fabricate micro-structured thin films. This work investigates the electrospray process of ZnO patterns. The effects of experimental parameters on jet characteristics and electrosprayed patterns are studied. The length of stable jets increases with increasing applied voltage and flow rate, and decreases with increasing nozzle-to-substrate distance, while electrospray angles exhibit an opposite trend with respect to the stable jet lengths. The diameter of electrosprayed particles decreases with increasing applied voltage, and increases with flow rate. Furthermore, an alcohol gas sensor is presented. The ZnAc is calcined into ZnO, which reveals good repeatability and stability of response in target gas. The sensing response, defined as the resistance ratio of R0/Rg, where R0 and Rg are resistance of ZnO in air and alcohol gas, increases with the concentration of alcohol vapors and electrospray deposition time.

  7. Thermodynamic study of the rich-Bi2O3 region of the Bi2O3-ZnO system

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    Serena Palomares, Sara; Rubia, Miguel Ángel de la; Caballero Cuesta, Amador; Caballero Cuesta, Ángel

    2006-01-01

    [EN] Precise knowledge of the Bi2O3-ZnO system is fundamental to control the functional microstructure of ZnO-based varistors. Also the potential applications of materials based on ZnO and Bi2O3 as dielectric materials in the high frequency range have renewed the interest in this binary system. The aim of the present work is to carry out a thermodynamic analysis of the Bi2O3-ZnO phase diagram, taking into account the existing experimental information. Thermodynamic calculation has...

  8. ZnO UV Detectors Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Radiation-hard UV detectors will be developed with ZnO in Phase I efforts by MOXtronics, Inc. (MOX). ZnO is a very suitable material for fabrication of high-speed,...

  9. Mechanical, microstructure and electrical properties of ternary ZnO ...

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    1Physics and Engineering Mathematics Department, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, Menufiya University,. Menouf 32952 ... average grain size increases both the longitudinal wave velocity and the longitudinal elastic modulus decrease while the ultrasonic .... 875◦C, hence, the grain size decreased beyond this sintering.

  10. Perovskite solar cells based on nanocolumnar plasma-deposited ZnO thin films.

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    Ramos, F Javier; López-Santos, Maria C; Guillén, Elena; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Grätzel, Michael; Gonzalez-Elipe, Agustin R; Ahmad, Shahzada

    2014-04-14

    ZnO thin films having a nanocolumnar microstructure are grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition at 423 K on pre-treated fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates. The films consist of c-axis-oriented wurtzite ZnO nanocolumns with well-defined microstructure and crystallinity. By sensitizing CH3NH3PbI3 on these photoanodes a power conversion of 4.8% is obtained for solid-state solar cells. Poly(triarylamine) is found to be less effective when used as the hole-transport material, compared to 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-OMeTAD), while the higher annealing temperature of the perovskite leads to a better infiltration in the nanocolumnar structure and an enhancement of the cell efficiency. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Superhydrophobic multi-scale ZnO nanostructures fabricated by chemical vapor deposition method.

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    Zhou, Ming; Feng, Chengheng; Wu, Chunxia; Ma, Weiwei; Cai, Lan

    2009-07-01

    The ZnO nanostructures were synthesized on Si(100) substrates by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. Different Morphologies of ZnO nanostructures, such as nanoparticle film, micro-pillar and micro-nano multi-structure, were obtained with different conditions. The results of XRD and TEM showed the good quality of ZnO crystal growth. Selected area electron diffraction analysis indicates the individual nano-wire is single crystal. The wettability of ZnO was studied by contact angle admeasuring apparatus. We found that the wettability can be changed from hydrophobic to super-hydrophobic when the structure changed from smooth particle film to single micro-pillar, nano-wire and micro-nano multi-scale structure. Compared with the particle film with contact angle (CA) of 90.7 degrees, the CA of single scale microstructure and sparse micro-nano multi-scale structure is 130-140 degrees, 140-150 degrees respectively. But when the surface is dense micro-nano multi-scale structure such as nano-lawn, the CA can reach to 168.2 degrees . The results indicate that microstructure of surface is very important to the surface wettability. The wettability on the micro-nano multi-structure is better than single-scale structure, and that of dense micro-nano multi-structure is better than sparse multi-structure.

  12. Photocatalytic removal of tetrabromobisphenol A by magnetically separable flower-like BiOBr/BiOI/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hybrid nanocomposites under visible-light irradiation

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    Gao, Shengwang [Department of Chemistry, College of Science, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China); State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012 (China); Guo, Changsheng; Hou, Song; Wan, Li [State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012 (China); Wang, Qiang [Heilongjiang Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Harbin 150056 (China); Lv, Jiapei; Zhang, Yuan [State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012 (China); Gao, Jianfeng [Department of Chemistry, College of Science, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China); Meng, Wei [State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012 (China); Xu, Jian, E-mail: xujian@craes.org.cn [State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012 (China)

    2017-06-05

    Highlights: • A novel BiOBr/BiOI/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hybrid nanocomposites was prepared for the first time. • BiOBr-BiOI-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} (2:2:0.5) displays superior photocatalytic activity for TBBPA. • Good magnetic property makes it easy for the material’s recovery from solution. • The photocatalytic reaction mechanism of BiOBr/BiOI/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was proposed. • Superoxide radical is the dominant ROS in TBBPA degradation. - Abstract: A novel flower-like three-dimensional BiOBr/BiOI/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalyst was synthesized using a simple in situ co-precipitation method at room temperature. The hybrid composites were characterized by a couple of techniques including X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller, X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy, photoluminescence technique, and vibrating sample magnetometer. Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were perfectly loaded on the surface of BiOBr/BiOI microspheres. The recyclable magnetic BiOBr/BiOI/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was employed to degrade TBBPA under visible light irradiation. The optimal removal efficiency of the ternary BiOBr/BiOI/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} (2:2:0.5) nanocomposite reached up to 98.5% for TBBPA in aqueous solution. The superior photocatalytic activity of BiOBr/BiOI/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was mainly ascribed to large surface area and appropriate energy gaps, resulting in the effective adsorption and separation of electrons-hole pairs. The photogenerated reactive species determined by free radicals trapping experiments revealed that the excellent catalytic activity was primarily driven by ·O{sub 2}{sup −} radical. The photocatalytic degradation kinetics and a detailed mechanism were also proposed. Result demonstrated that the BiOBr/BiOI/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} can be magnetically recycled, and maintain high photocatalytic activity after reuse over five cycles. It

  13. Three-Dimensional ZnO Hierarchical Nanostructures: Solution Phase Synthesis and Applications

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    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxide (ZnO nanostructures have been studied extensively in the past 20 years due to their novel electronic, photonic, mechanical and electrochemical properties. Recently, more attention has been paid to assemble nanoscale building blocks into three-dimensional (3D complex hierarchical structures, which not only inherit the excellent properties of the single building blocks but also provide potential applications in the bottom-up fabrication of functional devices. This review article focuses on 3D ZnO hierarchical nanostructures, and summarizes major advances in the solution phase synthesis, applications in environment, and electrical/electrochemical devices. We present the principles and growth mechanisms of ZnO nanostructures via different solution methods, with an emphasis on rational control of the morphology and assembly. We then discuss the applications of 3D ZnO hierarchical nanostructures in photocatalysis, field emission, electrochemical sensor, and lithium ion batteries. Throughout the discussion, the relationship between the device performance and the microstructures of 3D ZnO hierarchical nanostructures will be highlighted. This review concludes with a personal perspective on the current challenges and future research.

  14. “Electrochemical” growth of ZnO coating on carbon fiber

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    Ma, Junfeng, E-mail: majunfeng01@sina.cn [School of Renewable Energy, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206 (China); Fu, Wenfeng [School of Renewable Energy, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Science and Technology, Shijiazhuang 050080 (China); Meng, Yongqiang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Science and Technology, Shijiazhuang 050080 (China); Yu, Zhiqiang; Cai, Shan; Niu, Bingbing [School of Renewable Energy, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206 (China)

    2016-03-01

    A good quality of ZnO coating was successfully fabricated on carbon fiber at ambient temperature and pressure by a modified electrochemical method (“electrochemical” growth), where a carbon fiber was used as both a heating source and substrate, and ethanol solution of zinc acetate dihydrate as an electrolyte. The composition, microstructure and morphology, and photoluminescence property of the as-synthesized ZnO coating were characterized by XRD, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectra technologies, respectively. A possible formation mechanism was initially proposed even though more detailed study will be needed. A variety of ZnO coatings with different morphologies can be easily prepared within several tens seconds through this approach, e.g. homogeneous and dense particle shape, mesoporous structure, and Y-shape split ribbon. Our results show that the “electrochemical” growth processes obvious advantages, and it can be expected to extend to the fabrication of other oxide coatings. - Highlights: • ZnO coating was fabricated on carbon fiber by an “electrochemical” growth. • The process proceeded at ambient temperature and pressure within several tens sec. • The particle morphology in ZnO coatings depended on processing parameters.

  15. Synthesis and self-assembly of dumbbell shaped ZnO sub-micron structures using low temperature chemical bath deposition technique

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    Borade, P. [National Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus, Santacruz (E), Mumbai 400098 (India); Joshi, K.U. [Anton-Paar India Pvt. Ltd., Thane (W), 400607 (India); Gokarna, A.; Lerondel, G. [Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et D' Instrumentation Optique, Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS UMR 6281, Université de Technologie de Troyes, 12 Rue Marie Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes (France); Walke, P. [National Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus, Santacruz (E), Mumbai 400098 (India); Late, D. [National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune 400027 (India); Jejurikar, S.M., E-mail: jejusuhas@gmail.com [National Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus, Santacruz (E), Mumbai 400098 (India)

    2016-02-01

    We report well dispersed horizontal growth of ZnO sub-micron structures using simplest technique ever known i.e. chemical bath deposition (CBD). A set of samples were prepared under two different cases A) dumbbell shaped ZnO grown in CBD bath and B) tubular ZnO structures evolved from dumbbell shaped structures by dissolution mechanism. Single phase wurtzite ZnO formation is confirmed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique in both cases. From the morphological investigations performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), sample prepared under case A indicate formation of hex bit tool (HBT) shaped ZnO crystals, which observed to self-organize to form dumbbell structures. Further these microstructures are then converted into tubular structures as a fragment of post CBD process. The possible mechanism responsible for the self-assembly of HBT units to form dumbbell structures is discussed. Observed free excitonic peak located at 370 nm in photoluminescence (PL) spectra recorded at 18 K indicate that the micro/nanostructures synthesized using CBD are of high optical quality. - Highlights: • Controlled growth of Dumbbell shaped ZnO using Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD). • Growth mechanism of dumbbell shaped ZnO by self-assembling was discussed. • Quick Transformation of ZnO dumbbell structures in to tubular structures by dissolution. • Sharp UV Emission at 370 nm from both dumbbell and tubular structures.

  16. Synthesis and self-assembly of dumbbell shaped ZnO sub-micron structures using low temperature chemical bath deposition technique

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    Borade, P.; Joshi, K.U.; Gokarna, A.; Lerondel, G.; Walke, P.; Late, D.; Jejurikar, S.M.

    2016-01-01

    We report well dispersed horizontal growth of ZnO sub-micron structures using simplest technique ever known i.e. chemical bath deposition (CBD). A set of samples were prepared under two different cases A) dumbbell shaped ZnO grown in CBD bath and B) tubular ZnO structures evolved from dumbbell shaped structures by dissolution mechanism. Single phase wurtzite ZnO formation is confirmed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique in both cases. From the morphological investigations performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), sample prepared under case A indicate formation of hex bit tool (HBT) shaped ZnO crystals, which observed to self-organize to form dumbbell structures. Further these microstructures are then converted into tubular structures as a fragment of post CBD process. The possible mechanism responsible for the self-assembly of HBT units to form dumbbell structures is discussed. Observed free excitonic peak located at 370 nm in photoluminescence (PL) spectra recorded at 18 K indicate that the micro/nanostructures synthesized using CBD are of high optical quality. - Highlights: • Controlled growth of Dumbbell shaped ZnO using Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD). • Growth mechanism of dumbbell shaped ZnO by self-assembling was discussed. • Quick Transformation of ZnO dumbbell structures in to tubular structures by dissolution. • Sharp UV Emission at 370 nm from both dumbbell and tubular structures.

  17. Microstructure and enhanced photoluminescence of ZnO/V2O5 composite

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    Zhan, Xinghua; Chen, Fei; Salcic, Zoran; Wong, Chee Cheong; Gao, Wei

    2017-07-01

    Submicron zinc oxide (ZnO) spheres prepared by a two-stage hydrothermal method were assembled into a layer on a substrate by vertical deposition. Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) was deposited onto the top of ZnO spheres by magnetron sputtering followed by annealing in oxygen atmosphere at 500∘C for an hour. The microstructures and optical properties of the prepared samples were investigated. The photoluminescence (PL) results indicate that the intensity of PL in the annealed ZnO/V2O5 composite microstructures is dramatically improved compared to the constituent V2O5 and ZnO spheres. The intensity enhancement of light emission from the ZnO/V2O5 composite may be attributed to the special microstructure of ZnO particles and the coupling effect between ZnO and V2O5. This transition oxide composite may possibly be developed into a new type of high-efficiency light emitting material.

  18. -ZnO Glass for LTCC Technology

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    Gao, Yixing; Zhang, Huaiwu; Jin, Lichuan; Su, Hua; Liu, Yingli; Jia, Lijun; Liao, Yulong; Li, Yuanxun

    2014-09-01

    Li-Zn-Ti ferrite doped with 0.5 wt.% to 16 wt.% H3BO3-Bi2O3-SiO2-ZnO (BBSZ) glass was synthesized using a low-temperature ceramic sintering process. Selected parameters of saturation induction ( B S), coercivity ( H C), Curie temperature ( T C), and complex permeability spectra were measured as functions of doping content, and their relationships with ferrite density and microstructure are discussed. It was found that Li-Zn-Ti ferrite can be fired at low temperature (900°C) with BBSZ glass content varying from 0.5 wt.% to 2 wt.%. The real permeability increased from 80 to 190 in the frequency range from 1 MHz to 3 MHz, the saturation induction B S increased from 105 mT to 150 mT at 1 kHz, whereas the coercivity H C decreased from 165 A/m to 65 A/m at 1 kHz and the Curie temperature T C slightly declined from 155°C to 143°C. These results confirm that this new ferrite material could be used in low-temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) devices.

  19. The effects of ZnO buffer layers on the properties of phosphorus doped ZnO thin films grown on sapphire by pulsed laser deposition

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    Kim, K-W; Lugo, F J; Lee, J H; Norton, D P

    2012-01-01

    The properties of phosphorus doped ZnO thin films grown on sapphire by pulsed laser deposition were examined, specifically focusing on the effects of undoped ZnO buffer layers. In particular, buffer layers were grown under different conditions; the transport properties of as-deposited and rapid thermal annealed ZnO:P films were then examined. As-deposited films showed n-type conductivity. After rapid thermal annealing, the film on buffer layer grown at a low temperature showed the conversion of carrier type to p-type for specific growth conditions while the films deposited on buffer layer grown at a high temperature remained n-type regardless of growth condition. The films deposited on buffer layer grown at a low temperature showed higher resistivity and more significant change of the transport properties upon rapid thermal annealing. These results suggest that more dopants are incorporated in films with higher defect density. This is consistent with high resolution x-ray diffraction results for phosphorus doped ZnO films on different buffer layers. In addition, the microstructure of phosphorus doped ZnO films is substantially affected by the buffer layer.

  20. Properties of low-temperature deposited ZnO thin films prepared by cathodic vacuum arc technology on different flexible substrates

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    Pan, Cheng-Tang [Department of Mechanical and Electron-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung City 804, Taiwan (China); Yang, Ru-Yuan, E-mail: ryyang@mail.npust.edu.tw [Graduate Institute of Materials Engineering, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung County 912, Taiwan (China); Weng, Min-Hang [Medical Devices and Opto-Electronics Equipment Department, Metal Industries Research and Development Center, Kaohsiung City 821, Taiwan (China); Huang, Chien-Wei [Department of Mechanical and Electron-Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung City 804, Taiwan (China)

    2013-07-31

    Un-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) films were deposited on three different substrates (polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and polyimide (PI)) at a low temperature (< 75 °C) by cathode vacuum arc deposition. The microstructure, optical and electrical properties of the deposited films were investigated and discussed. All the deposited films reveal a preferred orientation with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate, and an average transmittance of over 85% in the visible region. The calculated optical band gaps are around 2.6, 3.14 and 3.18 eV, respectively, for the ZnO films deposited on the PI, PVB and PET substrates. The lowest resistivity and the highest Hall mobility are 5.31 × 10{sup −3} Ω-cm and 15.16 cm{sup 2}/V-s for the ZnO film deposited on the PET substrate. - Highlights: • Polyethylene terephthalate, polyvinyl butyral and polyimide were used as substrates. • ZnO films were prepared by cathodic arc plasma deposition. • ZnO films have different properties due to different substrates. • The microstructure control of ZnO film on polymer substrate is important.

  1. Microstructural evaluation of a varistor block utilized in high voltage surge arresters

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    Andrade, J.M. de; Dias, R.; Furtado, J.G. de M.; Assuncao, F.C.R.

    2010-01-01

    Varistor is a semiconductor ceramic device characterized to have a high non-linear electrical resistance, it is used as active element of surge arresters with purpose of protecting of electro-electronics systems. Its properties are directly dependents of chemical composition and microstructural characteristics, such as grain size, porosity, twins and phases distribution. This work has the objective to characterize microstructurally a commercial varistor block of ZnO used in high voltage surge arrest and from this characterization to infer aspects about of its electrical macroscopic performance. DRX and SEM-EDS were used for microstructural analysis. The microstructural evaluation allows pointing the critical points of microstructure and, suggest relevant aspects to the improvement of commercial varistor microstructure, optimizing the electrothermal behavior of the device. (author)

  2. A detailed study on Sn4+ doped ZnO for enhanced photocatalytic degradation

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    Beura, Rosalin; Pachaiappan, R.; Thangadurai, P.

    2018-03-01

    The samples of Sn4+ doped (1, 5, 10, 15, 20 & 30%) ZnO nanostructures were synthesized by a low temperature hydrothermal method. Structural analysis by XRD and Raman spectroscopy showed the hexagonal wurtzite phase of ZnO and the formation of a secondary phase Zn2SnO4 beyond 10% doping of Sn4+. Microstructural analysis by TEM also confirmed the wurtzite ZnO with rod as well as particle like structure. Presence of various functional groups (sbnd OH, sbnd CH, Znsbnd O) were confirmed by FTIR. Optical properties were studied by UV-vis absorption, photoluminescence emission spectroscopies and lifetime measurement. Band gap of the undoped and Sn4+ doped ZnO were analyzed by Tauc plot and it was observed that the band gap of the materials had slightly decreased from 3.2 to 3.16 eV and again increased to 3.23 eV with respect to the increase in the doping concentration from 1 to 30%. A significant change was also noticed in the photoluminescence emission properties of ZnO i.e. increase in the intensity of NBE emission and decrease in DLE, on subject to Sn4+ doping. Average PL lifetime had increased from 29.45 ns for ZnO to 30.62 ns upon 1% Sn ion doping in ZnO. Electrical properties studied by solid state impedance spectroscopy showed that the conductivity had increased by one order of magnitude (from 7.48×10-8 to 2.21×10-7 S/cm) on Sn4+ doping. Photocatalytic experiments were performed on methyl orange (MO) as a model industrial dye under UV light irradiation for different irradiation times. The optimum Sn4+ content in order to achieve highest photocatalytic activity was found to be 1% Sn 4+ doping. The enhancement was achieved due to a decrease in the band gap favoring the generation of electron-hole pairs and the enhanced PL life time that delays the recombination of these charge carrier formation. The third reason was that the increased electrical conductivity that indicated the faster charge transfer in this material to enhance the photocatalytic activity. The Sn

  3. Effect of Mn-doping on the growth mechanism and electromagnetic properties of chrysanthemum-like ZnO nanowire clusters

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    Yan, Jun-Feng; You, Tian-Gui; Zhang, Zhi-Yong; Tian, Jiang-Xiao; Yun, Jiang-Ni; Zhao, Wu

    2011-04-01

    Chrysanthemum-like ZnO nanowire clusters with different Mn-doping concentrations are prepared by a hydrothermal process. The microstructure, morphology and electromagnetic properties are characterized by x-ray diffractometer high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), a field emission environment scanning electron microscope (FEESEM) and a microwave vector network analyser respectively. The experimental results indicate that the as-prepared products are Mn-doped ZnO single crystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure, that the growth habit changes due to Mn-doping and that a good magnetic loss property is found in the Mn-doped ZnO products, and the average magnetic loss tangent tanδm is up to 0.170099 for 3% Mn-doping, while the dielectric loss tangent tanδe is weakened, owing to the fact that ions Mn2+ enter the crystal lattice of ZnO.

  4. Effects of deposition temperature on the crystallinity of Ga-doped ZnO thin films on glass substrates prepared by sputtering method

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    Park, Yu Jin; Kim, Hyuk Nyun; Shin, Hyun Ho

    2009-01-01

    The microstructural characterization of Ga-doped (5 at.%) ZnO thin film was conducted by a transmission electron microscopy study. The atomic arrangement of Ga-doped ZnO having an wurtzite structure was identified by the experimental HRTEM and Fourier filtered images as well as the electron diffractions. As a result, we have revealed that the orientation and defect density of Ga-doped ZnO thin films were greatly influenced by the deposition temperature, resulting in the variation of electrical property. In other words, the tendency forming a c-axis oriented texture grows up and the defects such as dislocations and stacking faults decrease, as the temperature of sputtering deposition increases. Consequently, the electrical properties of Ga-doped ZnO thin films can be controlled by the deposition temperature directly related with the defect density.

  5. Synthesis of 1-D ZnO nanorods and polypyrrole/1-D ZnO ...

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    The PPy/1-D ZnO nanocompositeswere used for the sensing of NH 3 , LPG, CO 2 and H 2 S gases, respectively, at room temperature. It was observed that PPy/1-D ZnO nanocomposites with different 1-D ZnO nanorod weight ratios (15 and 25%) had better selectivity and sensitivity towards NH3 at room temperature.

  6. Parametric study of self-forming ZnO Nanowall network with honeycomb structure by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    El Zein, B.

    2014-02-01

    The successful synthesis of catalyst free zinc oxide (ZnO) Nanowall networks with honeycomb like structure by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) is demonstrated in this paper. The synthesis was conducted directly on Silicon (Si) (1 0 0) and Glass-ITO substrates without the intermediate of metal catalyst, template or chemical etching. Kinetic of growth and effects of gas pressure and substrate temperature were studied by depositing ZnO films on P type Si (1 0 0) substrates with different deposition parameters. The optimized growth parameters were found as: 10 mTorr oxygen pressure, 600 C substrate temperature, and deposition duration equal or higher than 10 min. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Photoluminescence (PL) measurements were used to investigate structural, microstructural and optical properties of ZnO Nanowall networks produced. They exhibit a non-uniform size high quality honeycomb structure with low deep level defects. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

  7. Controllable synthesis of spindle-like ZnO nanostructures by a simple low-temperature aqueous solution route

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    Lu Hongxia, E-mail: luhx@zzu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Zhao Yunlong; Yu Xiujun; Chen Deliang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Zhang Liwei [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Xinxiang University, Xinxiang 453003 (China); Xu Hongliang; Yang Daoyuan; Wang Hailong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Zhang Rui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Zhengzhou Institute of Aeronautical Industry Management, Zhengzhou 450005 (China)

    2011-02-15

    Spindle-like ZnO nanostructures were successfully synthesized through direct precipitation of zinc acetate aqueous solution at 60 deg. C. Phase structure, morphology and microstructure of the products were investigated by X-ray diffraction, TG-DTA, FTIR and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). Result showed that hexagonal wurtzite structure ZnO nanostructures with about 100 nm in diameter and 100-200 nm in length were obtained. HMTA acted as a soft template in the process and played an important role in the formation of spindle-like ZnO nanostructures. Meanwhile, different morphologies were also obtained by altering synthetic temperature, additional agents and the ratios of Zn{sup 2+}/OH{sup -}. Possible mechanism for the variations of morphology with synthesis parameters was also discussed in this paper.

  8. Enhanced photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to methanol by ZnO nanoparticles deposited on ZnSe nanosheet

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    Zhang, Shuangfang; Yin, Xiaohong; Zheng, Yinan

    2018-02-01

    In this work ZnO/ZnSe composites were successfully synthesized via solvothermal method and characterized by a series of experiments for investigating into their compositions, morphologies, microstructures and the activities of photocatalytic reduction of CO2. The methanol rates of bare ZnO and ZnSe respectively were 763.9 μmol/gcat/h and 503.88 μmol/gcat/h. However, the sample of 3 wt% ZnO/ZnSe performed better photocatalytic activity up 1581.82 μmol/gcat/h compared to bare ZnO and ZnSe. In the as-prepared photocatalyst the nanosheet of ZnSe benefited the light harvest; suitable deposition of ZnO on the ZnSe nanosheet constructed a type II heterojunction for transferring the photo-generated electron to reduce CO2.

  9. Effect of Embedded Pd Microstructures on the Flat-Band-Voltage Operation of Room Temperature ZnO-Based Liquid Petroleum Gas Sensors

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    Ghusoon M. Ali

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Three methods were used to fabricate ZnO-based room temperature liquid petroleum gas (LPG sensors having interdigitated metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM structures. Specifically, devices with Pd Schottky contacts were fabricated with: (1 un-doped ZnO active layers; (2 Pd-doped ZnO active layers; and (3 un-doped ZnO layers on top of Pd microstructure arrays. All ZnO films were grown on p-type Si(111 substrates by the sol-gel method. For devices incorporating a microstructure array, Pd islands were first grown on the substrate by thermal evaporation using a 100 μm mesh shadow mask. We have estimated the sensitivity of the sensors for applied voltage from

  10. Effect of ZnO nanoparticles to mechanical properties of thixoformed Mg-Al-Zn alloy

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    Kusharjanto; Soepriyanto, Syoni; Ardian Korda, Akhmad; Adi Dwiwanto, Supono

    2018-03-01

    Magnesium alloys are lightweight metallic materials with low mechanical properties. Therefore, in order to meet the requirements in various industrial sector applications such as automotive, aerospace and electronic frame, improvement strength and ductility is required. The purpose of this research is to investigate the effect of adding ZnO nanoparticles to changes in microstructure, hardness, mechanical properties regarding with yield and ultimate strength. In this research, the molten Mg-Al-Zn alloy is added ZnO nanoparticles with a various range of 0, 1; 3 and 5 wt% and then cooling in the room temperature. Futhermore, Mg-Al-Zn-ZnO is heated at a temperature of 530 °C (in the semi-solid temperature range 470 °C–595 °C or 53% solid fraction) and then thixoforming process is performed. The characterization results of the thixoforming product show that, the microstructure is globular in shape with maximum hardness value of 107.14 VHN, the yield strength of 214.87 MPa, and the ultimate tensile strength of 311.25 MPa in 5 wt% ZnO nanoparticles.

  11. Structural and optical characterization of ZnO nanostructured thin films.

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    Gonzalez Gonzalez, J. C.; Urbina Yarupetan, M.

    Magnetron sputtering is surely the most common technique in the industry for large-scale growth for thin films with low emissivity, where the oxide deposited is usually ZnO. One of the recognized advantages of this technique is that the effects due to ion bombardment contribute to obtain surfaces with very little roughness, in the order of nanometers, and therefore improves the quality of the silver layer deposited at the end in windows with low emissivity. Therefore, a complete characterization of the surface layers of ZnO is required. In this sense, we have analyzed three thin layers of ZnO grown on commercial glass substrates deposited by the magnetron sputtering technique with thicknesses of 20, 50 and 100 nm. We used techniques such as: XRR, XRD, SEM and Raman spectroscopy, to assess roughness, microstructure, ZnO phonons profile and other properties like as density and refraction index. The X'Pert reflectivity program was used to fit the reflectivity data; the intensity of reflections was modeled through homogeneous and uniform layers with a well-defined limit to take into account the glass substrate. Finally, the structural results were correlated with the optical results. Ciencia Activa: Grant 221-2015-FONDECYT. PERU.

  12. Reversible wettability of nanostructured ZnO thin films by sol-gel method

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    Lü, Jianguo; Huang, Kai; Chen, Xuemei; Zhu, Jianbo; Meng, Fanming; Song, Xueping; Sun, Zhaoqi

    2010-05-01

    Nanostructured ZnO thin films were deposited on Si(1 1 1) and quartz substrate by sol-gel method. The thin films were annealed at 673 K, 873 K, and 1073 K for 60 min. Microstructure, surface topography, and water contact angle of the thin films have been measured by X-ray diffractometer, atomic force microscopy, and water contact angle apparatus. XRD results showed that the ZnO thin films are polycrystalline with hexagonal wurtzite structure. AFM studies revealed that rms roughness changes from 2.3 nm to 7.4 nm and the grain size grow up continuously with increasing annealing temperature. Wettability results indicated that hydrophobicity of the un-irradiated ZnO thin films enhances with annealing temperature increase. The hydrophobic ZnO surfaces could be reversibly switched to hydrophilic by alternation of UV illumination and dark storage (thermal treatment). By studying the magnitude and the contact angle reduction rate of the light-induced process, the contribution of surface roughness is discussed.

  13. Microstructure, characterizations, functionality and compressive strength of cement-based materials using zinc oxide nanoparticles as an additive

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    Nochaiya, Thanongsak [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok 65000 (Thailand); Sekine, Yoshika [Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Tokai University, 4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 259-1292 (Japan); Choopun, Supab [Applied Physics Research Laboratory, Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Chaipanich, Arnon, E-mail: arnon.chaipanich@cmu.ac.th [Advanced Cement-Based Materials Research Unit, Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand)

    2015-05-05

    Highlights: • Nano zinc oxide was used as an additive material. • Microstructure and phase characterization of pastes were characterized using SEM and XRD. • TGA and FTIR were also used to determine the hydration reaction. • Compressive strength of ZnO mixes was found to increase at 28 days. - Abstract: Zinc oxide nanoparticles as a nanophotocatalyst has great potential for self-cleaning applications in concrete structures, its effects on the cement hydration, setting time and compressive strength are also important when using it in practice. This paper reports the effects of zinc oxide nanoparticles, as an additive material, on properties of cement-based materials. Setting time, compressive strength and porosity of mortars were investigated. Microstructure and morphology of pastes were characterized using scanning electron microscope and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. Moreover, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) were also used to determine the hydration reaction. The results show that Portland cement paste with additional ZnO was found to slightly increase the water requirement while the setting time presented prolongation period than the control mix. However, compressive strength of ZnO mixes was found to be higher than that of PC mix up to 15% (at 28 days) via filler effect. Microstructure, XRD and TGA results of ZnO pastes show less hydration products before 28 days but similar at 28 days. In addition, FTIR results confirmed the retardation when ZnO was partially added in Portland cement pastes.

  14. Crystal structure, microstructure and magnetic properties of Ni nanoparticles elaborated by hydrothermal route

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    Bouremana, A.; Guittoum, A.; Hemmous, M.; Rahal, B.; Sunol, J.J.; Martínez-Blanco, D.; Blanco, J.A.; Gorria, Pedro; Benrekaa, N.

    2014-01-01

    We report on the crystal structure, microstructure and magnetic properties of Ni nanoparticles (NPs), with an average diameter of around 40 nm, produced by hydrothermal method. A series of Ni powders was synthesized at relatively low temperature (140 °C) by varying the NaOH concentration. The crystal structure, microstructure and magnetic properties were investigated by means of XRD, MEB coupled to EDX and VSM magnetometry. The XRD patterns show Bragg reflections corresponding to Ni with face centred cubic (fcc) crystal structure. EDX spectra confirm the purity of Ni powders. Moreover, the SEM micrographs show that the Ni-NPs are agglomerated forming entities of 1–5 μm in average size with different morphologies that change as the NaOH concentration increases. While those entities exhibit a flower-like form at the lowest concentration, a dendritic shape appears for the highest one. The room temperature values for the coercive field ( 2 /kg) were obtained from the magnetic hysteresis loops. We discuss about the influence of the particle morphology on the magnetic behaviour. - Highlights: • High purity Ni nanoparticles have been elaborated by hydrothermal method under the presence of sodium hydroxide with different concentrations. • The variation of the NaOH concentration seems to be irrelevant for the NP size, but plays an important role in the morphology. • The shape of Ni nanoparticles changes from spherical cores to flower-like entities and then to dendritic ones as the NaOH concentration increases. • The coercive field depends on the shape of nanoparticles

  15. Crystal structure, microstructure and magnetic properties of Ni nanoparticles elaborated by hydrothermal route

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    Bouremana, A., E-mail: ahmed.bouremana@gmail.com [LPM, Faculty of Sciences, USTHB, BP 32, El-Alia, Bab Ezzouar, Algiers (Algeria); Guittoum, A.; Hemmous, M.; Rahal, B. [Nuclear Research Centre of Algiers, 02 Bd Frantz Fanon, BP 399, Alger-Gare, Algiers (Algeria); Sunol, J.J. [Departament de Fisica, Universitat de Girona, Campus de Montillivi, Girona 17071 (Spain); Martínez-Blanco, D. [SCTs, University of Oviedo, EPM, 33600 Mieres (Spain); Blanco, J.A. [Department of Physics, University of Oviedo, CalvoSotelo St., 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Gorria, Pedro [Department of Physics, EPI, University of Oviedo, 33203 Gijón (Spain); Benrekaa, N. [LPM, Faculty of Sciences, USTHB, BP 32, El-Alia, Bab Ezzouar, Algiers (Algeria)

    2014-05-01

    We report on the crystal structure, microstructure and magnetic properties of Ni nanoparticles (NPs), with an average diameter of around 40 nm, produced by hydrothermal method. A series of Ni powders was synthesized at relatively low temperature (140 °C) by varying the NaOH concentration. The crystal structure, microstructure and magnetic properties were investigated by means of XRD, MEB coupled to EDX and VSM magnetometry. The XRD patterns show Bragg reflections corresponding to Ni with face centred cubic (fcc) crystal structure. EDX spectra confirm the purity of Ni powders. Moreover, the SEM micrographs show that the Ni-NPs are agglomerated forming entities of 1–5 μm in average size with different morphologies that change as the NaOH concentration increases. While those entities exhibit a flower-like form at the lowest concentration, a dendritic shape appears for the highest one. The room temperature values for the coercive field (<200 Oe) and saturation magnetization (≈52 Am{sup 2}/kg) were obtained from the magnetic hysteresis loops. We discuss about the influence of the particle morphology on the magnetic behaviour. - Highlights: • High purity Ni nanoparticles have been elaborated by hydrothermal method under the presence of sodium hydroxide with different concentrations. • The variation of the NaOH concentration seems to be irrelevant for the NP size, but plays an important role in the morphology. • The shape of Ni nanoparticles changes from spherical cores to flower-like entities and then to dendritic ones as the NaOH concentration increases. • The coercive field depends on the shape of nanoparticles.

  16. doped ZnO thick film resistors

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    The characterization and ethanol gas sensing properties of pure and doped ZnO thick films were investigated. Thick films of pure zinc oxide were prepared by the screen printing technique. Pure zinc oxide was almost insensitive to ethanol. Thick films of Al2O3 (1 wt%) doped ZnO were observed to be highly sensitive to ...

  17. ZnO UV Detectors Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — High-efficiency UV detectors will be developed in the Phase II program with ZnO and its alloy (ZnBeO). ZnO and ZnBeO are a very suitable material for fabrication of...

  18. Evaluation of Alternative Atomistic Models for the Incipient Growth of ZnO by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Chu, Manh-Hung; Tian, Liang; Chaker, Ahmad; Skopin, Evgenii; Cantelli, Valentina; Ouled, Toufik; Boichot, Raphaël; Crisci, Alexandre; Lay, Sabine; Richard, Marie-Ingrid; Thomas, Olivier; Deschanvres, Jean-Luc; Renevier, Hubert; Fong, Dillon; Ciatto, Gianluca

    2017-03-20

    ZnO thin films are interesting for applications in several technological fields, including optoelectronics and renewable energies. Nanodevice applications require controlled synthesis of ZnO structures at nanometer scale, which can be achieved via atomic layer deposition (ALD). However, the mechanisms governing the initial stages of ALD had not been addressed until very recently. Investigations into the initial nucleation and growth as well as the atomic structure of the heterointerface are crucial to optimize the ALD process and understand the structure-property relationships for ZnO. We have used a complementary suite of in situ synchrotron x-ray techniques to investigate both the structural and chemical evolution during ZnO growth by ALD on two different substrates, i.e., SiO2 and Al2O3, which led us to formulate an atomistic model of the incipient growth of ZnO. The model relies on the formation of nanoscale islands of different size and aspect ratio and consequent disorder induced in the Zn neighbors' distribution. However, endorsement of our model requires testing and discussion of possible alternative models which could account for the experimental results. In this work, we review, test, and rule out several alternative models; the results confirm our view of the atomistic mechanisms at play, which influence the overall microstructure and resulting properties of the final thin film.

  19. Growth of Ga-doped ZnO films by thermal oxidation with gallium and their optical properties

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    Qing Yang

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Metal gallium was evaporated onto ZnS films by physical vapor deposition method and then the thermal oxidation in the air was subsequently performed for the growth of Ga-doped ZnO films. The microstructures, photoluminescence (PL and optical absorption properties of the Ga-doped ZnO films prepared under different deposition and oxidation conditions were investigated. The results showed that certain Ga doping can decrease the defects level, improve the crystallinity of ZnO films, and it became more effective with the extension of oxidation time. As the oxidation time increased, the Ga-doped ZnO films became more compact and uniform, displaying higher crystallinity. In addition, the optical band gaps of the ZnO films increased, the PL intensity of the visible emission decreased, and the luminescent center of the visible emission changed. Among them, the 505 nm emission resulted from oxygen vacancy, while the 539 nm emission was associated with oxygen interstitial.

  20. Hydro- and solvothermally-prepared ZnO and its catalytic effect on photodegradation of reactive orange 16 dye

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    Simović Bojana

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, zinc oxide powders were obtained by two different techniques: hydro- and solvothermal synthesis starting from Zn(NO32 and Zn(CH3COO2, respectively. The influence of synthetic procedure on the structural, microstructural, thermal and photocatalytic properties of the prepared ZnO powders was investigated. Both ZnO samples were further annealed at moderate conditions (300°C to avoid grain growth and to remove traces of impurities. In all four cases a single-phase hexagonal ZnO was confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction. The morphology of prepared ZnO powders was different and it varied from rounded nanograins to microrods. All prepared samples showed higher photocatalytic efficiency in degradation of textile azo-dye Reactive Orange 16(RO16 than the commercial ZnO. In addition, the non-annealed samples had better photocatalytic properties than the commercial Degussa P25 TiO2 powder. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III45007, br. ON171032 i br. ON172013

  1. Effect of precursor concentration on the structural and optical properties of ZnO nanorods prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Lestari, Amie; Iwan, S.; Djuhana, Dede; Imawan, Cuk; Harmoko, Adhi; Fauzia, Vivi

    2016-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods has attractive properties for nanoscale optoelectronic applications, such as optical sensors, ultraviolet laser diodes, and photodetectors. ZnO nanorods, can be fabricated by simple and low cost chemical approach, such as hydrothermal method. In this method, the morphology, microstructure, optical and electrical properties of ZnO nanorods are highly determined by process parameters such as solvent, deposition time, deposition temperature as well as annealing condition. In this paper we report the fabrication of ZnO nanorods that were grown on transparent conducting indium tin oxide coated glass substrates. Initially, ZnO seed layers were deposited on heated substrates with temperature of 450 °C using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method with frequency of 1.7 MHz and then grown by hydrothermal method with three different precursor concentrations, namely 0.02 M, 0.06 M, and 0.1 M. The surface morphology and structure were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD), while the optical properties were observed by photoluminescence (PL) and and UV VIS reflectance spectroscopy.

  2. Photocatalytic decomposition of dyes using ZnO doped SnO2 nanoparticles prepared by solvothermal method

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    Mohamed M. Rashad

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO doped SnO2 has been successfully synthesized by the solvothermal method using methanol as organic solvent. The effect of ZnO/SnO2 molar ratios on the crystal structure, microstructure, optical and photocatalytic properties has been investigated. The synthesized samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, N2 physical adsorption, FT-IR spectroscopy and UV–Vis spectroscopy. XRD results revealed that all diffraction peaks positions agree well with the reflection of a tetragonal rutile structure of SnO2 phase without extra peaks at 0.1ZnO:0.9SnO2 and 0.2ZnO:0.8SnO2 molar ratios. However, the secondary phase of ZnO at 0.3ZnO:0.7SnO2 molar ratio was investigated. TEM images revealed that the shape of SnO2 particles was spherical and the particle sizes of SnO2 and 0.3ZnO:0.7SnO2 molar ratio were 6.2 and 16.4 nm, respectively. The newly prepared samples have been tested by the determination of photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB. The results indicated that Zn2+ doping at 0.3ZnO:0.7 SnO2 molar ratio showed the highest photocatalytic activity for the MB photodegradation. The heightened photocatalytic activity of ZnO/SnO2 could be ascribed to the enhanced charge separation derived from the coupling of ZnO with SnO2 due to the potential energy differences between SnO2 and ZnO. The recycling tests demonstrated that 0.3ZnO:0.7 SnO2 photocatalysts were quite stable during that liquid–solid heterogeneous photocatalysis since no decrease in activity in the first four cycles was observed.

  3. Preparation of Cement Composites with Ordered Microstructures via Doping with Graphene Oxide Nanosheets and an Investigation of Their Strength and Durability

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    Shenghua Lv

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The main problem with cement composites is that they have structural defects, including cracks, holes, and a disordered morphology, which significantly affects their strength and durability. Therefore, the construction of cement composites with defect-free structures and high strength and long durability is an important research topic. Here, by controlling the size and chemical groups of graphene oxide nanosheets (GONs used for doping, we were able to control the entire cement matrix to form an ordered microstructure consisting of polyhedron-like crystals and exhibit flower-like patterns. The cracks and holes in the cement matrix just about vanished. The compressive and flexural strengths as well as the parameters for the durability assessment of the corresponding cement composites obviously improved compared with the control samples. Thus, the formation mechanism of the cement matrix with the ordered microstructure is proposed, and a proper explanation is given to regulation action.

  4. Hydrogenated Microstructure and Its Hydrogenation Properties: A Density Functional Theory Study

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    M. Abdus Salam

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The relationship between microstructure and hydrogenation properties of the mixed metals has been investigated via different spectroscopic techniques and the density functional theory (DFT. FESEM and TEM analyses demonstrated the nano-grains of Mg2NiH4 and MgH2 on the hydrogenated microstructure of the adsorbents that were confirmed by using XPS analysis technique. SAED pattern of hydrogenated metals attributed the polycrystalline nature of mixed metals and ensured the hydrogenation to Mg2NiH4 and MgH2 compounds. Flower-like rough surface of mixed metals showed high hydrogenation capacity. The density functional theory (DFT predicted hydrogenation properties; enthalpy and entropy changes of hydrogenated microstructure of MgH2 and Mg2NiH4 are −62.90 kJ/mol, −158 J/mol·K and −52.78 kJ/mol, −166 J/mol·K, respectively. The investigation corresponds to the hydrogen adsorption feasibility, reversible range hydrogenation thermodynamics, and hydrogen desorption energy of 54.72 kJ/mol. DFT predicted IR band for MgH2 and Mg2NiH4 attributed hydrogen saturation on metal surfaces.

  5. ZnO nanocrystals and allied materials

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    Okada, Tatsuo

    2014-01-01

    ZnO has been the central theme of research in the past decade due to its various applications in band gap engineering, and textile and biomedical industries. In nanostructured form, it offers ample opportunities to realize tunable optical and optoelectronic properties and it was also termed as a potential material to realize room temperature ferromagnetism. This book presents 17 high-quality contributory chapters on ZnO related systems written by experts in this field. These chapters will help researchers to understand and explore the varied physical properties to envisage device applications of ZnO in thin film, heterostructure and nanostructure forms.

  6. Fabrication of Ag/ZnO heterostructure and the role of surface coverage of ZnO microrods by Ag nanoparticles on the photophysical and photocatalytic properties of the metal-semiconductor system

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    Sarma, Bikash; Sarma, Bimal K., E-mail: sarmabimal@gmail.com

    2017-07-15

    Highlights: • Fabrication of Ag/ZnO heterostructure by facile chemical processes. • Decoration of plasmonic Ag nanoparticles on ZnO microrods through direct attachment. • Quenching of photoluminescence is observed in Ag/ZnO heterostructure. • Extent of surface coverage governs photophysical and photochemical properties. - Abstract: This report presents findings on microstructural, photophysical, and photocatalytic properties of Ag/ZnO heterostructure grown on flexible and silicon substrates. ZnO microrods are prepared by thermal decomposition method for different solute concentrations and Ag/ZnO heterostructure are fabricated by photo-deposition of Ag nanoparticles on ZnO microrods. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy studies confirm that ZnO microrods belong to the hexagonal wurtzite structure and grown along [001] direction with random alignment showing that majority microrods are aligned with (100) face parallel to the sample surface. Plasmonic Ag nanoparticles are attached to different faces of ZnO. In the optical reflection spectra of Ag/ZnO heterostructure, the surface plasmon resonance peak due to Ag nanoparticles appears at 445 nm. Due to the oxygen vacancies the band gaps of ZnO microrods turn out to be narrower compared to that of bulk ZnO. The presence of Ag nanoparticles decreases the photoluminescence intensity which might be attributed to the non-radiative energy and direct electron transfer in the plasmon–exciton system. The quenching of photoluminescence in Ag/ZnO heterostructure at different growth conditions depend on the extent of surface coverage of ZnO by plasmonic Ag nanoparticles. Photocatalytic degradation efficiency of Ag/ZnO heterostructure is higher than that of ZnO microrods. The extent of surface coverage of ZnO microrods by Ag nanoparticles is crucial for the observed changes in photophysical and photochemical properties.

  7. ZnO nanostructures and their applications

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    Xiaowei, Sun

    2011-01-01

    This book focuses on the various functional properties and potential applications of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures, from basic principles to our most recent discoveries. It comprises experimental analysis of various properties of ZnO nanostructures, preparation techniques, research methods, and some promising applications. The areas of focus include ZnO-based gas/biochemical sensing devices, field emitters, solar cells, light-emitting diodes, e-papers, and single-nanowire-based transistors.

  8. Synthesis of 1-D ZnO nanorods and polypyrrole/1-D ZnO ...

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    pendent process variables viz., dye concentration (crystal violet), catalyst concentration (1-D ZnO nanorods) and the reaction time on the preferred ... shape and size controlled 1-D ZnO nanorod synthesis is quite. ∗. Author for correspondence ... too fast for the precursor to control the size. To overcome this difficulty, CTAB ...

  9. Growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanorods using textured ZnO films

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    Meléndrez Manuel

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A hydrothermal method to grow vertical-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays on ZnO films obtained by atomic layer deposition (ALD is presented. The growth of ZnO nanorods is studied as function of the crystallographic orientation of the ZnO films deposited on silicon (100 substrates. Different thicknesses of ZnO films around 40 to 180 nm were obtained and characterized before carrying out the growth process by hydrothermal methods. A textured ZnO layer with preferential direction in the normal c-axes is formed on substrates by the decomposition of diethylzinc to provide nucleation sites for vertical nanorod growth. Crystallographic orientation of the ZnO nanorods and ZnO-ALD films was determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Composition, morphologies, length, size, and diameter of the nanorods were studied using a scanning electron microscope and energy dispersed x-ray spectroscopy analyses. In this work, it is demonstrated that crystallinity of the ZnO-ALD films plays an important role in the vertical-aligned ZnO nanorod growth. The nanorod arrays synthesized in solution had a diameter, length, density, and orientation desirable for a potential application as photosensitive materials in the manufacture of semiconductor-polymer solar cells. PACS 61.46.Hk, Nanocrystals; 61.46.Km, Structure of nanowires and nanorods; 81.07.Gf, Nanowires; 81.15.Gh, Chemical vapor deposition (including plasma-enhanced CVD, MOCVD, ALD, etc.

  10. Growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanorods using textured ZnO films

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    Solís-Pomar, Francisco; Martínez, Eduardo; Meléndrez, Manuel F.; Pérez-Tijerina, Eduardo

    2011-09-01

    A hydrothermal method to grow vertical-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays on ZnO films obtained by atomic layer deposition (ALD) is presented. The growth of ZnO nanorods is studied as function of the crystallographic orientation of the ZnO films deposited on silicon (100) substrates. Different thicknesses of ZnO films around 40 to 180 nm were obtained and characterized before carrying out the growth process by hydrothermal methods. A textured ZnO layer with preferential direction in the normal c-axes is formed on substrates by the decomposition of diethylzinc to provide nucleation sites for vertical nanorod growth. Crystallographic orientation of the ZnO nanorods and ZnO-ALD films was determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Composition, morphologies, length, size, and diameter of the nanorods were studied using a scanning electron microscope and energy dispersed x-ray spectroscopy analyses. In this work, it is demonstrated that crystallinity of the ZnO-ALD films plays an important role in the vertical-aligned ZnO nanorod growth. The nanorod arrays synthesized in solution had a diameter, length, density, and orientation desirable for a potential application as photosensitive materials in the manufacture of semiconductor-polymer solar cells.

  11. Synthesis of 1-D ZnO nanorods and polypyrrole/1-D ZnO ...

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    1-D ZnO nanorods and PPy/1-D ZnO nanocomposites were prepared by the surfactant-assisted precipitation and in situ polymerization method, respectively. The synthesized nanorods and nanocomposites were characterized by UV–Vis spectrophotometer, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction ...

  12. Enhanced electrical properties of ZnO transparent conducting films prepared by electron beam annealing

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    Li, Yanli; Men, Yong; Kong, Xiangdong; Gao, Zhaoshun; Han, Li; Li, Xiaona

    2018-01-01

    Pure ZnO precursor films were prepared by a sol-gel spin coating method. The films were directly annealed by the electron beam (EB) for 5 min. The structural, optical and electrical properties were investigated by means of SEM, AFM, XRD, UV-vis spectrophotometer and Hall-effect measurement. SEM and AFM studies revealed smooth, dense film microstructure with some holes. The average grain size ranged from 10 nm to 60 nm and the surface RMS roughness of the films is less than 3 nm. X-rays diffraction patterns showed (002) preferential growth in all annealed films. From optical transmittance spectra, the absorption edge of the films was determined to be at ∼380 nm with > 85% transmittance in visible region. ZnO film annealed with beam current 0.7 mA was found to exhibit minimum resistivity value of 1.57 × 10-2 Ωcm and carrier concentration as high as 6.37 × 1019 cm-3, which is 2 ∼ 3 orders better than that of the typical pure ZnO thin films using sol-gel method.

  13. Effect of Al doping on performance of ZnO thin film transistors

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    Dong, Junchen; Han, Dedong; Li, Huijin; Yu, Wen; Zhang, Shendong; Zhang, Xing; Wang, Yi

    2018-03-01

    In this work, we investigate the Aluminum-doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) thin films and their feasibility as the active layer for thin film transistors (TFTs). A comparison on performance is made between the AZO TFTs and ZnO TFTs. The electrical properties such as saturation mobility, subthreshold swing, and on-to-off current ratio are improved when AZO is utilized as the active layer. Oxygen component of the thin film materials indicates that Al is the suppressor for oxygen defect in active layer, which improves the subthreshold swing. Moreover, based on band structure analyzation, we observe that the carrier concentration of AZO is higher than ZnO, leading to the enhancement of saturation mobility. The microstructure of the thin films convey that the AZO films exhibit much smaller grain boundaries than ZnO films, which results in the lower off-state current and higher on-to-off current ratio of AZO TFTs. The AZO thin films show huge potential to be the active layer of TFTs.

  14. Improved photocatalytic activity of nanocrystalline ZnO by coupling with CuO

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    Xu, Linhua; Zhou, Yang; Wu, Zijun; Zheng, Gaige; He, Jiaojiao; Zhou, Yanjing

    2017-07-01

    Although ZnO as a photocatalyst has attracted wide attention in the word in recent years, it is still a big challenge to develop low-cost, visible-light responsive ZnO based photocatalysts which can be used on a large scale. In this work, the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites have been synthesized by a facile one-step hydrothermal method and the influence of CuO contents on the photocatalytic properties of the nanocomposites has been investigated. The crystalline phase of the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites is determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD); the morphology and microstructures of the samples are analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The photocatalytic performance of the samples is tested using methylene blue (MB)dyes as the simulated pollutant under irradiation of a Xe lamp. Compared with pure ZnO, the photocatalytic activity of the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites is largely improved, especially for the sample prepared by the precursor solution with the molar ratio of Zn2+: Cu2+=2:1. The improvement of the photocatalytic activity is attributed to two main factors: (1) the band coupling improves the separation efficiency of photogenerated electrons and holes; (2) the utilization efficiency for solar energy is enhanced in the CuO/ZnO coupling system.

  15. CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PHYSICS AND RELATED AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Effect of polyacrylamide on morphology and electromagnetic properties of chrysanthemum-like ZnO particles

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    Yan, Jun-Feng; Zhang, Zhi-Yong; You, Tian-Gui; Zhao, Wu; Yun, Jiang-Ni; Zhang, Fu-Chun

    2009-10-01

    Through hydrothermal process, the chrysanthemum-like ZnO particles are prepared with zinc acetate dihydrate (Zn(CH3COO)2·2H2O) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) used as main resources under the different concentrations of surfactant polyacrylamide (PAM). The microstructure, morphology and the electromagnetic properties of the as-prepared products are characterized by high-resolution transmissïon electron microscopy (HRTEM), field emission environment scanning electron microscope (FEESEM) and microwave vector network analyzer, respectively. The experimental results indicate that the as-prepared products are ZnO single crystalline with hexagona wurtzite structure, that the values of slenderness ratio Ld are different in different PAM concentrations, and that the good magnetic loss property is found in the ZnO products, and the average magnetic loss tangent tan δu increases with PAM concentration increasing, while the dielectric loss tangent tan δe decreases.

  16. Effect of substrate temperature on the structure, electrical and optical properties of Mo doped ZnO films

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    Chen, Guifeng; Zhao, Xiaoli; Zhang, Hui; Wang, He; Liu, Feifei; Zhang, Xiaoqiang [Key Lab. for New Type of Functional Materials in Hebei Province, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130 (China); Gao, Jianbo [China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China); Zhao, Yanmin; Zhang, Chao [No. 18TH Research Institute, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, Tianjin 300384 (China); Tao, Junguang, E-mail: taojunguang@163.com [Key Lab. for New Type of Functional Materials in Hebei Province, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130 (China)

    2016-09-15

    Highlights: • MZO thin films were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering from ZnO target and DC magnetron sputtering from Mo target. • All films are polycrystalline with preferential c-axis growth. • The various properties of films fabricated at varied substrate temperature have been studied. • The valence of the Mo ions in the ZnO matrix is mixture of +5 and +6. - Abstract: Mo-doped ZnO (MZO) transparent conductive thin films were prepared on glass substrate under various substrate temperature from 50 °C to 200 °C. The microstructural, electrical and optical properties of the MZO films were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Hall effect and UV–vis spectrophotometer. Based on XRD measurements, all films are polycrystalline with preferential c-axis growth. The lowest resistivity was obtained to be 2.8 × 10{sup −3} Ω·cm. According to X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurement, the valence of the Mo ions in the ZnO matrix is a mixture of +5 and +6. In addition, the transmittance of the film is ∼80% throughout the visible light region. Our results indicate that the MZO films are suitable for potential transparent optoelectronic applications.

  17. Nanocomposite films based on CMC, okra mucilage and ZnO nanoparticles: Physico mechanical and antibacterial properties.

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    Mohammadi, Hamid; Kamkar, Abolfazl; Misaghi, Ali

    2018-02-01

    This work examined the physico mechanical parameters and antibacterial activity of CMC/okra mucilage (OM) blend films containing ZnO nanoparticles (NPs). Different proportions of CMC and okra mucilage (100/0; 70/30; 60/40 and 50/50 respectively), were mixed and casted to posterior analysis of formed films. The more colored films were obtained by higher contents of okra mucilage and adding ZnO nanoparticles. The incorporation of ZnO NPs into CMC film decreased the elongation at the break (EB) value of the films and increased the tensile strength (TS) value of the film. With increase in CMC concentration in the films, higher water vapor permeability and higher solubility in water were achieved. Microstructure analysis using SEM showed a smooth and compact surface morphology, homogeneous structure, and a rough surface for CMC, CMC+ZnO, and CMC/OM30%+ZnO, respectively. Nanocomposite films presented antibacterial activity against tested bacteria. Films contained okra mucilage showed more antibacterial activity. The inhibitory activities of resultant films were stronger against S. aureus than E. coli. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Influence of different carrier gases on the properties of ZnO films grown by MOCVD

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    Wang, Jinzhong

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available ZnO films were grown on sapphire (001 substrate by atmospheric MOCVD using diethyl zinc and tertiary butanol precursors. The influence of different carrier gases (H2 and He on the properties was analyzed by their structural (XRD, microstructural (SEM and compositional (SIMS characterization. The intensity of the strongest diffraction peak from ZnO (002 plane was increased by about 2 orders of magnitude when He is used as carrier gas, indicating the significant enhancement in crystallinity. The surface of the samples grown using H2 and He carrier gases was composed of leaf-like and spherical grains respectively. Hydrogen [H] content in the film grown using H2 is higher than that using He, indicating that the [H] was influenced by the H2 carrier gas. Ultraviolet emission dominates the low temperature PL spectra. The emission from ZnO films grown using He show higher optical quality and more emission centers.

    Se depositaron películas de ZnO sobre sustratos de zafiro (001 utilizando dietil zinc y butanol terciario como precursores. La influencia de los diferentes gases portadores (H2 y He sobre las propiedades se estudió mediante la caracterización estructural (XRD, microestructural (SEM y composicional (SIMS. La intensidad del pico de difracción más importante del plano (002 del ZnO aumentó en dos órdenes de magnitud cuando se utiliza He como gas portador indicando un incremento significativo de la cristalinidad. La superficie de las muestras crecidas utilizando H2 y He está formada por granos en forma de hoja y de forma esférica respectivamente. El contenido en hidrógeno (H en la película es mayor cuando se utiliza H2 que cuando se utiliza He, indicando que la cantidad de hidrógeno está influenciada por el H2 del gas portador. La emisión ultravioleta domina el espectro PL de baja temperatura. La emisión de las películas de ZnO utilizando

  19. Synthesis and optical characteristics of ZnO nanocrystals

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    The average crystal size of the as prepared ZnO nanopowder is determined by XRD and the values are in good agreement with the TEM analysis. UV absorption spectra revealed the absorption at wavelength < 370 nm indicating the smaller size of ZnO nanoparticles. The quality and purity of ZnO nanomaterial crystalline ...

  20. Fabrication of Ag/ZnO heterostructure and the role of surface coverage of ZnO microrods by Ag nanoparticles on the photophysical and photocatalytic properties of the metal-semiconductor system

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    Sarma, Bikash; Sarma, Bimal K.

    2017-07-01

    This report presents findings on microstructural, photophysical, and photocatalytic properties of Ag/ZnO heterostructure grown on flexible and silicon substrates. ZnO microrods are prepared by thermal decomposition method for different solute concentrations and Ag/ZnO heterostructure are fabricated by photo-deposition of Ag nanoparticles on ZnO microrods. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy studies confirm that ZnO microrods belong to the hexagonal wurtzite structure and grown along [001] direction with random alignment showing that majority microrods are aligned with (100) face parallel to the sample surface. Plasmonic Ag nanoparticles are attached to different faces of ZnO. In the optical reflection spectra of Ag/ZnO heterostructure, the surface plasmon resonance peak due to Ag nanoparticles appears at 445 nm. Due to the oxygen vacancies the band gaps of ZnO microrods turn out to be narrower compared to that of bulk ZnO. The presence of Ag nanoparticles decreases the photoluminescence intensity which might be attributed to the non-radiative energy and direct electron transfer in the plasmon-exciton system. The quenching of photoluminescence in Ag/ZnO heterostructure at different growth conditions depend on the extent of surface coverage of ZnO by plasmonic Ag nanoparticles. Photocatalytic degradation efficiency of Ag/ZnO heterostructure is higher than that of ZnO microrods. The extent of surface coverage of ZnO microrods by Ag nanoparticles is crucial for the observed changes in photophysical and photochemical properties.

  1. Preparation and Study of NH3 Gas Sensing Behavior of Fe2O3 Doped ZnO Thick Film Resistors

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    D. R. Patil

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available The preparation, characterization and gas sensing properties of pure and Fe2O3-ZnO mixed oxide semiconductors have been investigated. The mixed oxides were obtained by mixing ZnO and Fe2O3 in the proportion 1:1, 1:0.5 and 0.5:1. Pure ZnO was observed to be insensitive to NH3 gas. However, mixed oxides (with ZnO: Fe2O3 =1:0.5 were observed to be highly sensitive to ammonia gas. Upon exposure to NH3 gas, the barrier height of Fe2O3-ZnO intergranular regions decreases markedly due to the chemical transformation of Fe2O3 into well conducting ferric ammonium hydroxide leading to a drastic decrease in resistance. The crucial gas response was found to NH3 gas at 3500C and no cross response was observed to other hazardous and polluting gases. The effects of microstructure and doping concentration on the gas response, selectivity, response and recovery of the sensor in the presence of NH3 gas were studied and discussed.

  2. A third kind growth model of tetrapod: Rod-based single crystal ZnO tetrapod nanostructure

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    Gong, J.F.; Huang, H.B.; Wang, Z.Q.; Zhao, X.N.; Yang, S.G.; Yu Zhongzhen

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, rod-based ZnO tetrapods were successfully synthesized by burning Zn particles in air covered with two firebricks. The products show hexagonal wurtzite phase. The microstructures of the tetrapod were studied carefully by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), SAED and HRTEM. The results show that tetrapod has single crystalline phase with one broader nanorod growing along [0 0 0 1] direction, three triangular nanosheets, growing out of the three trisection planes along [101-bar0] direction, and three epitaxial nanowires, growing from each tip of the triangular nanosheets. Based on the experimental results, a rod-based growth model was proposed to interpret its growth mechanism. Room temperature photoluminescence spectrum reveals that the ZnO tetrapods have ultra violet (UV) emission band (389 nm) and a green emission band (517 nm)

  3. Transport current density of (Bi{sub 1.6}Pb{sub 0.4})Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} superconductor added with different nano-sized ZnO

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    Agail, A.; Abd-Shukor, R. [Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, School of Applied Physics, Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2013-08-15

    The (Bi{sub 1.6}Pb{sub 0.4})Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10}ZnO{sub x} (x=0-0.05 wt%) superconductor with addition of ZnO with average particle size 6 nm and 30 nm was prepared using the co-precipitation method. The ZnO particle size was larger than the coherence length, {xi}, and smaller than the penetration depth, {lambda}, of the superconductor. The microstructure, transition temperature (T{sub c}) and transport critical current density (J{sub c}) were studied. SEM micrographs showed a homogeneous distribution of ZnO nanoparticles throughout the samples. J{sub c} of all the ZnO added samples were higher than the non-ZnO added sample. The maximal J{sub c} and T{sub c} were observed when x=0.02 wt% for both series. J{sub c} (77 K) of the 6-nm ZnO added sample was 46 times larger than the non-ZnO added sample. The 6-nm ZnO added sample also showed higher J{sub c} compared to the 30-nm ZnO added sample. ZnO with size closer to {xi} was more effective in enhancing J{sub c}. (orig.)

  4. Simple chemical aqueous synthesis of dahlia nanoflower consisting of finger-like ZnO nanorods and observation of stable ultraviolet photoluminescence emission

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    Chakraborty, S.; Tiwary, C. S.; Kumbhakar, P.

    2015-03-01

    In this work, we have reported the synthesis of dahlia flower-like ZnO nanostructures consisting of human finger-like nanorods by the hydrothermal method at 120 °C and without using any capping agent. Optical properties of the samples, including UV-vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) emission characteristics are determined by dispersing the samples in water as well as in ethanol media. The quenching of PL emission intensity along-with the red shifting of the PL emission peak are observed when the samples are dispersed in water in comparison to those obtained after dispersing the samples in ethanol. It has been found that PL emission characteristic, particularly the spectral nature of PL emission, of the samples remains almost unaltered (except some improvement in UV PL emission) even after thermally annealing it for 2 h at the temperature of 300 °C. Also the synthesized powder samples, kept in a plastic container, showed a very stable PL emission even after 15 months of synthesis. Therefore, the synthesized samples might be useful for their applications in future optoelectronics devices.

  5. Photoluminescence properties of Co-doped ZnO nanocrystals

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    Lommens, P.; Smet, P.F.; De Mello Donega, C.

    2006-01-01

    We performed photoluminescence experiments on colloidal, Co -doped ZnO nanocrystals in order to study the electronic properties of Co in a ZnO host. Room temperature measurements showed, next to the ZnO exciton and trap emission, an additional emission related to the Co dopant. The spectral...... position and width of this emission does not depend on particle size or Co concentration. At 8 K, a series of ZnO bulk phonon replicas appear on the Co-emission band. We conclude that Co ions are strongly localized in the ZnO host, making the formation of a Co d-band unlikely. Magnetic measurements...

  6. Structure and Properties of Al and Ga- Doped ZnO

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    Temizer, Namik Kemal

    Recently there is tremendous interest in Transparent conducting oxide (TCO) research due to the unlimited and exciting application areas. Current research is mostly focused on finding alternative low cost and sustainable materials in order to replace indium tin oxide (ITO), which caused serious concern due to the increasing cost of indium and chemical stability issues of ITO. The primary aim of this research is to develop alternative TCO materials with superior properties in order to increase the efficiency in optoelectronic applications, as well as to study the properties of these materials to fully characterize them. We have grown Al and Ga-doped ZnO films with an optimized composition under different deposition conditions in order to understand the effect of processing parameters on the film properties. We report a detailed investigation on the structure-property correlations in Ga and Al codoped ZnO films on c-sapphire substrates where the thin film microstructure varies from nanocrystalline to single crystal. We have achieved highly epitaxial films with very high optical transmittance (close to 90%) and low resistivity (˜110muO-cm) values. The films grown in an ambient oxygen partial pressure (PO2 ) of 50 mTorr and at growth temperatures from room temperature to 600°C showed semiconducting behavior, whereas samples grown at a Po2 of 1 mTorr showed metallic nature. The most striking feature is the occurrence of resistivity minima at relatively high temperatures around 110 K in films deposited at high temperatures. The structure-property correlations reveal that point defects play an important role in modifying the structural, optical, electrical and magnetic properties and such changes in physical properties are controlled predominantly by the defect content. To gain a better understanding of the conduction processes in doped ZnO thin films, we have studied the temperature variation of resistivity of some selected samples that showed some interesting behavior

  7. Phase development of the ZrO 2-ZnO system during the thermal treatments of amorphous precursors

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    Štefanić, Goran; Musić, Svetozar; Ivanda, Mile

    2009-04-01

    Thermal behavior of the amorphous precursors of the ZrO 2-ZnO system on the ZrO 2-rich side of the concentration range, co-precipitated from aqueous solutions of the corresponding salts, was monitored using X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis. The crystallization temperature of the amorphous precursors increased with an increase in the ZnO content, from 457 °C (0 mol% ZnO) to 548 °C (25 mol% ZnO). Maximum solubility of Zn 2+ ions in the ZrO 2 lattice (˜25 mol%) occurred in the metastable products obtained upon crystallization of the amorphous precursors. Raman spectroscopy indicates that the incorporation of Zn 2+ ions can partially stabilize only the tetragonal ZrO 2. A precise determination of unit-cell parameters of the t-ZrO 2-type solid solutions, using both Rietveld and Le Bail refinements of the powder diffraction patterns, shows that the increase in the Zn 2+ content causes a decrease in c-ax, which in a solid solution with a Zn 2+ content above 20 mol% approaches very closely a-ax. The thermal treatment of the crystallization products (up to 1000 °C) leads to a rapid decrease in the terminal solid solubility limit of Zn 2+ ions in the ZrO 2 lattice that is followed by the partial evaporation of zinc, the formation of and increase in phases structurally closely related to zincite and monoclinic ZrO 2. The results of micro-structural analysis indicate that the presence of ZnO promotes the sintering of the ZrO 2 crystallization products.

  8. Intrinsic and extrinsic doping of ZnO and ZnO alloys

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    Ellmer, Klaus; Bikowski, André

    2016-10-01

    In this article the doping of the oxidic compound semiconductor ZnO is reviewed with special emphasis on n-type doping. ZnO naturally exhibits n-type conductivity, which is used in the application of highly doped n-type ZnO as a transparent electrode, for instance in thin film solar cells. For prospective application of ZnO in other electronic devices (LEDs, UV photodetectors or power devices) p-type doping is required, which has been reported only minimally. Highly n-type doped ZnO can be prepared by doping with the group IIIB elements B, Al, Ga, and In, which act as shallow donors according to the simple hydrogen-like substitutional donor model of Bethe (1942 Theory of the Boundary Layer of Crystal Rectifiers (Boston, MA: MIT Rad Lab.)). Group IIIA elements (Sc, Y, La etc) are also known to act as shallow donors in ZnO, similarly explainable by the shallow donor model of Bethe. Some reports showed that even group IVA (Ti, Zr, Hf) and IVB (Si, Ge) elements can be used to prepare highly doped ZnO films—which, however, can no longer be explained by the simple hydrogen-like substitutional donor model. More probably, these elements form defect complexes that act as shallow donors in ZnO. On the other hand, group V elements on oxygen lattice sites (N, P, As, and Sb), which were viewed for a long time as typical shallow acceptors, behave instead as deep acceptors, preventing high hole concentrations in ZnO at room temperature. Also, ‘self’-compensation, i.e. the formation of a large number of intrinsic donors at high acceptor concentrations seems to counteract the p-type doping of ZnO. At donor concentrations above about 1020 cm-3, the electrical activation of the dopant elements is often less than 100%, especially in polycrystalline thin films. Reasons for the electrical deactivation of the dopant atoms are (i) the formation of dopant-defect complexes, (ii) the compensation of the electrons by acceptors (Oi, VZn) or (iii) the formation of secondary phases, for

  9. Microstructured polymer optical fibres

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    Large, Maryanne; Barton, Geoff; van Eijkelenborg, Martijn A

    2008-01-01

    Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibres describes the optical properties of microstructured fibres, how they are made and modelled, and outlines some potential applications. These applications include areas where polymer fibres are already used, such as high-data rate transmission for Fibre-to-the Home or within cars, as well as completely new areas such as the photonic bandgap transmission of ""difficult"" wavelengths. Emphasising a conceptual understanding of the underlying physics, Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibres is clearly written, and includes numerous illustrations. It provides an

  10. Continuous media with microstructure

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    2010-01-01

    This book discusses the extension of classical continuum models. To the first class addressed belong various thermodynamic models of multicomponent systems, and to the second class belong primarily microstructures created by phase transformations.

  11. Reducing ZnO nanoparticles toxicity through silica coating

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    Sing Ling Chia

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available ZnO NPs have good antimicrobial activity that can be utilized as agents to prevent harmful microorganism growth in food. However, the use of ZnO NPs as food additive is limited by the perceived high toxicity of ZnO NPs in many earlier toxicity studies. In this study, surface modification by silica coating was used to reduce the toxicity of ZnO NPs by significantly reducing the dissolution of the core ZnO NPs. To more accurately recapitulate the scenario of ingested ZnO NPs, we tested our as synthesized ZnO NPs in ingestion fluids (synthetic saliva and synthetic gastric juice to determine the possible forms of ZnO NPs in digestive system before exposing the products to colorectal cell lines. The results showed that silica coating is highly effective in reducing toxicity of ZnO NPs through prevention of the dissociation of ZnO NPs to zinc ions in both neutral and acidic condition. The silica coating however did not alter the desired antimicrobial activity of ZnO NPs to E. coli and S. aureus. Thus, silica coating offered a potential solution to improve the biocompatibility of ZnO NPs for applications such as antimicrobial agent in foods or food related products like food packaging. Nevertheless, caution remains that high concentration of silica coated ZnO NPs can still induce undesirable cytotoxicity to mammalian gut cells. This study indicated that upstream safer-by-design philosophy in nanotechnology can be very helpful in a product development.

  12. Clustered vacancies in ZnO: chemical aspects and consequences on physical properties

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    Pal, S.; Gogurla, N.; Das, Avishek; Singha, S. S.; Kumar, Pravin; Kanjilal, D.; Singha, A.; Chattopadhyay, S.; Jana, D.; Sarkar, A.

    2018-03-01

    The chemical nature of point defects, their segregation, cluster or complex formation in ZnO is an important area of investigation. The evolution of a defective state with MeV Ar ion irradiation fluence 1  ×  1014 and 1  ×  1016 ions cm-2 has been monitored here using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectroscopy. The XPS study shows the presence of oxygen vacancies (V O) in Ar irradiated ZnO. Zn(LMM) Auger spectra clearly identifies a transition involving metallic zinc in the irradiated samples. An intense PL emission from interstitial Zn (I Zn)-related shallow donor bound excitons (DBX) is visible in the 10 K spectra for all samples. Although overall PL is largely reduced with irradiation disorder, DBX intensity is increased for the highest fluence irradiated sample. The Raman study indicates damage in both the zinc and oxygen sub-lattice by an energetic ion beam. Representative Raman modes from defect complexes involving V O, I Zn and I O are visible after irradiation with intermediate fluence. A further increase of fluence shows, to some extent, a homogenization of disorder. A huge reduction of resistance is also noted for this sample. Certainly, high irradiation fluence induces a qualitative modification of the conventional (and highly resistive) grain boundary (GB) structure of granular ZnO. A low resistive path, involving I Zn related shallow donors, across the GB can be presumed to explain resistance reduction. Open volumes (V Zn and V O) agglomerate more and more with increasing irradiation fluence and are finally transformed to voids. The results as a whole have been elucidated with a model which emphasizes the possible evolution of a new defect microstructure that is distinctively different from the GB-related disorder. Based on the model, qualitative explanations of commonly observed radiation hardness, colouration and ferromagnetism in disordered ZnO have been put forward. A coherent scenario

  13. Effect of Embedded Pd Microstructures on the Flat-Band-Voltage Operation of Room Temperature ZnO-Based Liquid Petroleum Gas Sensors

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    Ali, Ghusoon M.; Thompson, Cody V.; Jasim, Ali K.; Abdulbaqi, Isam M.; Moore, James C.

    2013-01-01

    Three methods were used to fabricate ZnO-based room temperature liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sensors having interdigitated metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) structures. Specifically, devices with Pd Schottky contacts were fabricated with: (1) un-doped ZnO active layers; (2) Pd-doped ZnO active layers; and (3) un-doped ZnO layers on top of Pd microstructure arrays. All ZnO films were grown on p-type Si(111) substrates by the sol-gel method. For devices incorporating a microstructure array, Pd islands were first grown on the substrate by thermal evaporation using a 100 μm mesh shadow mask. We have estimated the sensitivity of the sensors for applied voltage from –5 to 5 V in air ambient, as well as with exposure to LPG in concentrations from 500 to 3,500 ppm at room temperature (300 K). The current-voltage characteristics were studied and parameters such as leakage current, barrier height, reach-through voltage, and flat-band voltage were extracted. We include contributions due to the barrier height dependence on the electric field and tunneling through the barrier for the studied MSM devices. The Pd-enhanced devices demonstrated a maximum gas response at flat-band voltages. The study also revealed that active layers consisting of Pd microstructure embedded ZnO films resulted in devices exhibiting greater gas-response as compared to those using Pd-doped ZnO thin films or un-doped active layers.

  14. Interface-defect-mediated photocatalysis of mesocrystalline ZnO assembly synthesized in-situ via a template-free hydrothermal approach

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    Wang, Hui; Wang, Cuicui; Chen, Qifeng; Ren, Baosheng; Guan, Ruifang; Cao, Xiaofeng; Yang, Xiaopeng; Duan, Ran

    2017-08-01

    Both architecture construction and defects engineering of photocatalysts are highly vital in the photocatalytic activity. We report herein that the interface-defect-mediated photocatalytic activity of pompon-like ZnO (P-ZnO) mesocrystal photocatalyst synthesized via an aqueous approach, in the presence of sodium citrate without any other organic templates. The microstructure and defects of the diverse ZnO photocatalysts were examined with various techniques. The results indicated that the P-ZnO assemblies were composed of mesocrystal nanosheets exposed high energy (002) facet with high crystallinity. More importantly, the defects located at the interfaces among the nanocrystals in ZnO mesocrystals played an important role in the photocatalytic activity than that of interstitial zinc vacancies in bulk, which was confirmed by photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants, such as methylene blue (MB) and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP). The results showed that the P-ZnO exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than that of the nanosized ZnO (N-ZnO), which could be attributed to not only the unique mesocrystal structure and high energy (002) facet exposed, but also the defects located at interfaces among nanocrystals in ZnO mesocrystals. In addition, the formation mechanism of the P-ZnO was investigated via a time-dependent method. It was found that the formation of P-ZnO hierarchical architecture assembled with ZnO mesocrystals involved a nonclassical crystallization growth and Ostwald Ripening process. This study provides a perspective on the improvement in photocatalytic activity via adjusting the bulk and interface defects and construction of hierarchical architectures of semiconductors.

  15. Thermodynamic study of the rich-Bi2O3 region of the Bi2O3-ZnO system

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    de la Rubia, M. A.

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Precise knowledge of the Bi2O3-ZnO system is fundamental to control the functional microstructure of ZnO-based varistors. Also the potential applications of materials based on ZnO and Bi2O3 as dielectric materials in the high frequency range have renewed the interest in this binary system. The aim of the present work is to carry out a thermodynamic analysis of the Bi2O3-ZnO phase diagram, taking into account the existing experimental information. Thermodynamic calculation has been performed according CALPHAD methodology (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams, using the software Thermo-Calc.El conocimiento preciso del sistema Bi2O3-ZnO es una herramienta básica para conseguir el control de la microestructura de los varistores basados en ZnO. Recientemente otros materiales basados en óxidos de cinc y bismuto han mostrado un gran potencial para su uso en aplicaciones como dieléctricos a frecuencias altas, renovando el interés por dicho sistema binario. El objetivo del presente trabajo es realizar una evaluación termodinámica del diagrama de fases consistente para el sistema Bi2O3-ZnO teniendo en cuenta la información experimental existente del mismo. La evaluación termodinámica del sistema se ha llevado a cabo mediante la metodología CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams, empleando el software Thermo- Calc.

  16. Fracture mechanics and microstructures

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    Gee, M.G.; Morrell, R.

    1986-01-01

    The influence of microstructure on defects in ceramics, and the consequences of their presence for the application of fracture mechanics theories are reviewed. The complexities of microstructures, especially the multiphase nature, the crystallographic anisotropy and the resultant anisotropic physical properties, and the variation of microstructure and surface finish from point to point in real components, all lead to considerable uncertainties in the actual performance of any particular component. It is concluded that although the concepts of fracture mechanics have been and will continue to be most useful for the qualitative explanation of fracture phenomena, the usefulness as a predictive tool with respect to most existing types of material is limited by the interrelation between material microstructure and mechanical properties. At present, the only method of eliminating components with unsatisfactory mechanical properties is to proof-test them, despite the fact that proof-testing itself is limited in ability to cope with changes to the component in service. The aim of the manufacturer must be to improve quality and consistency within individual components, from component to component, and from batch to batch. The aim of the fracture specialist must be to study longer-term properties to improve the accuracy of behaviour predictions with a stronger data base. Materials development needs to concentrate on obtaining defect-free materials that can be translated into more-reliable products, using our present understanding of the influence of microstructure on strength and toughness

  17. ZnO Tetrapods: Synthesis and Applications in Solar Cells

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    Yan, Luting; Uddin, Ashraf; Wang, Haiwei

    2015-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) tetrapods have received much interest due to their unique morphology, that is, four arms con‐ nected to one centre. Tetrapod networks possess the excellent electronic properties of the ZnO semiconductor, which is attractive for photoelectrode materials in energy- conversion devices because of their advantages in electron extraction and transportation. In this review, we have discussed recent advancements in the field of ZnO tetrapod synthesis, including vapour transport synth...

  18. Admittance spectroscopy of spray-pyrolyzed ZnO film

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    Kavasoglu, Nese; Kavasoglu, A. Sertap

    2008-01-01

    A ZnO film was deposited using the spray pyrolysis method. The admittance spectroscopy method was used to establish the contributions to electrical behavior from grains, grain boundaries, and electrodes of film. Proper equivalent electrical circuit of a ZnO film composed of a single parallel resistor, capacitor, and inductor network connected with a series resistance was proposed. Moreover, we displayed metal-semiconductor transition (MST) in the ZnO film via admittance spectroscopy

  19. Preparation of ZnO nanocrystals via ultrasonic irradiation

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    Qian, D.; Jiang, Jianzhong; Hansen, P. L.

    2003-01-01

    A simple and rapid process has been developed for the preparation of nanometer-sized ZnO crystals via ultrasonic irradiation, by which pure ZnO nanocrystals with an average size of 6 nm and narrow size distribution can be synthesized in a short time and without using any solvents for the precipit......A simple and rapid process has been developed for the preparation of nanometer-sized ZnO crystals via ultrasonic irradiation, by which pure ZnO nanocrystals with an average size of 6 nm and narrow size distribution can be synthesized in a short time and without using any solvents...

  20. Optical Properties of ZnO Nanoparticles Capped with Polymers

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    Atsushi Noguchi

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles capped with polymers were investigated. Polyethylene glycol (PEG and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP were used as capping reagents. ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by the sol-gel method. Fluorescence and absorption spectra were measured. When we varied the timing of the addition of the polymer to the ZnO nanoparticle solution, the optical properties were drastically changed. When PEG was added to the solution before the synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles, the fluorescence intensity increased. At the same time, the total particle size increased, which indicated that PEG molecules had capped the ZnO nanoparticles. The capping led to surface passivation, which increased fluorescence intensity. However, when PEG was added to the solution after the synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles, the fluorescence and particle size did not change. When PVP was added to the solution before the synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles, aggregation of nanoparticles occurred. When PVP was added to the solution after the synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles, fluorescence and particle size increased. This improvement of optical properties is advantageous to the practical usage of ZnO nanoparticles, such as bioimaging

  1. The Effect of Tin Addition to ZnO Nanosheet Thin Films for Ethanol and Isopropyl Alcohol Sensor Applications

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    Brian Yuliarto

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The requirements of green environmental and public health monitoring have become stricter along with greater world attention for global warming. The most common pollutants in the environment that need tightened control are volatile organic compounds (VOC. Compared to other kinds of sensors, semiconductor sensors have certain advantages, including high sensitivity, fast response, simplicity, high reliability and low cost. In this work, ZnO and Sn-doped ZnO nanostructure materials with high surface nanosheet areas were synthesized using chemical bath deposition. The X-ray diffraction patterns could be indexed according to crystallinity mainly to a hexagonal wurzite ZnO structure. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM results showed that in all samples, the thin films after the addition of Sn consisted of many kinds of microstructure patterns on a nanoscale, with various sheet shapes. The sensor performance characterizations showed that VOC levels as low as 3 vol% of isopropyl alcohol (IPA and ethanol could be detected at sensitivities of 83.86% and 85.57%, respectively. The highest sensitivity of all sensors was found at an Sn doping of 1.4 at%. This high sensor sensitivity is a result of the high surface area and Sn doping, which in turn produced a higher absorption of the targeted gas.

  2. Microstructuring of glasses

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    Hülsenberg, Dagmar; Bismarck, Alexander

    2008-01-01

    As microstructured glass becomes increasingly important for microsystems technology, the main application fields include micro-fluidic systems, micro-analysis systems, sensors, micro-actuators and implants. And, because glass has quite distinct properties from silicon, PMMA and metals, applications exist where only glass devices meet the requirements. The main advantages of glass derive from its amorphous nature, the precondition for its - theoretically - direction-independent geometric structurability. Microstructuring of Glasses deals with the amorphous state, various glass compositions and their properties, the interactions between glasses and the electromagnetic waves used to modify it. Also treated in detail are methods for influencing the geometrical microstructure of glasses by mechanical, chemical, thermal, optical, and electrical treatment, and the methods and equipment required to produce actual microdevices.

  3. Enhanced stimulated emission in ZnO thin films using microdisk top-down structuring

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    Nomenyo, K.; Kostcheev, S.; Lérondel, G. [Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS UMR 6281, Université de Technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, CS 42060, 10004 Troyes Cedex (France); Gadallah, A.-S. [Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS UMR 6281, Université de Technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, CS 42060, 10004 Troyes Cedex (France); Department of Laser Sciences and Interactions, National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences, Cairo University, Giza (Egypt); Rogers, D. J. [Nanovation, 8, route de Chevreuse, 78117 Châteaufort (France)

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    Microdisks were fabricated in zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films using a top-down approach combining electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. These microdisk structured thin films exhibit a stimulated surface emission between 3 and 7 times higher than that from a reference film depending on the excitation power density. Emission peak narrowing, reduction in lasing threshold and blue-shifting of the emission wavelength were observed along with enhancement in the emitted intensity. Results indicate that this enhancement is due to an increase in the internal quantum efficiency combined with an amplification of the stimulated emission. An analysis in terms of waveguiding is presented in order to explain these effects. These results demonstrate that very significant gains in emission can be obtained through conventional microstructuration without the need for more onerous top-down nanostructuration techniques.

  4. Effect of magnesium doping on the light-induced hydrophilicity of ZnO thin films

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    Kai, Huang; Jianguo, Lü; Li, Zhang; Zhen, Tang; Jiangying, Yu; Ping, Li; Feng, Liu

    2012-05-01

    Undoped and Mg-doped ZnO thin films were deposited on Si (111) and quartz substrates by using the sol-gel method. Microstructure, surface topography and water contact angle of the thin films have been measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD), an atomic force microscope (AFM) and water contact angle apparatus, respectively. The XRD results show that all the thin films are polycrystalline with a hexagonal structure and have a preferred orientation along the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. With the increase of Mg concentration, the RMS roughness increases from 2.14 to 9.56 nm and the contact angle of the un-irradiated thin films decreases from 89° to 82°. The wetting behavior of the resulting films can be reversibly switched from hydrophobic to hydrophilic, through alternation of UV illumination and dark storage. The light-induced efficiency of the thin films increases with the increase of Mg concentration.

  5. Titania nanotube arrays surface-modified with ZnO for enhanced photocatalytic applications

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    Nageri, Manoj; Kalarivalappil, Vijila; Vijayan, Baiju K.; Kumar, Viswanathan, E-mail: vkumar10@yahoo.co.in

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    Highlights: • Heterostructures of TNA/ZnO synthesised through potentiostatic anodisation followed by hydrothermal method. • Evaluation of morphological features of the heterostructure with hydrothermal processing time. • Correlation of photocatalytic activity of the hetrostructure with its morphology and surface texture. - Abstract: Well ordered titanium dioxide nanotube arrays (TNA) of average diameter 129 nm and wall thickness of 25 nm were fabricated through potentiostatic anodisation of titanium (Ti) metal substrates. Such TNA were subsequently surface-modified with various amounts of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanopowders using hydrothermal technique to obtain heterogeneous TNA/ZnO nanostructures. The crystalline phase and surface microstructure of the heterostructures were determined by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy respectively. The morphology of the heterostructures strongly depended on the hydrothermal conditions employed. The photocatalytic activity of the heterostructures have also been investigated and correlated with their surface morphology and texture.

  6. Microstructure of irradiated materials

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    Robertson, I.M.

    1995-01-01

    The focus of the symposium was on the changes produced in the microstructure of metals, ceramics, and semiconductors by irradiation with energetic particles. the symposium brought together those working in the different material systems, which revealed that there are a remarkable number of similarities in the irradiation-produced microstructures in the different classes of materials. Experimental, computational and theoretical contributions were intermixed in all of the sessions. This provided an opportunity for these groups, which should interact, to do so. Separate abstracts were prepared for 58 papers in this book

  7. Hierarchical microstructures in CZT

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    Sundaram, S.K.; Henager, C.H.; Edwards, D.J.; Schemer-Kohrn, A.L.; Bliss, M.; Riley, B.R.; Toloczko, M.B.; Lynn, K.G.

    2011-01-01

    Advanced characterization tools, such as electron backscatter diffraction and transmitted IR microscopy, are being applied to study critical microstructural features and orientation relations in as-grown CZT crystals to aid in understanding the relation between structure and properties in radiation detectors. Even carefully prepared single crystals of CZT contain regions of slight misorientation, Te-particles, and dislocation networks that must be understood for more accurate models of detector response. This paper describes initial research at PNNL into the hierarchy of microstructures observed in CZT grown via the vertical gradient freeze or vertical Bridgman method at PNNL and WSU.

  8. Improving ultraviolet photodetection of ZnO nanorods by Cr doped ZnO encapsulation process

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    Safa, S.; Mokhtari, S.; Khayatian, A.; Azimirad, R.

    2018-04-01

    Encapsulated ZnO nanorods (NRs) with different Cr concentration (0-4.5 at.%) were prepared in two different steps. First, ZnO NRs were grown by hydrothermal method. Then, they were encapsulated by dip coating method. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, and ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectrophotometer analyses. XRD analysis proved that Cr incorporated into the ZnO structure successfully. Based on optical analysis, band gap changes in the range of 2.74-3.84 eV. Finally, UV responses of all samples were deeply investigated. It revealed 0.5 at.% Cr doped sample had the most photocurrent (0.75 mA) and photoresponsivity (0.8 A/W) of all which were about three times greater than photocurrent and photoresponsivity of the undoped sample.

  9. Development and fabrication process for ZnO based varistors for medium voltage arresters 13000 V to 34000 V; Desarrollo y produccion de varistores de ZnO dopados para media tension 13000 V a 34000 V

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    Gonzalez Rolon, B.; Ireta Moreno, F. [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica, Electrica y Electronica, Universidad de Guanajuato, Salamanca, Guanajuato (Mexico)]. E-mail: barbara@salamanca.ugto.mx; fireta@salamanca.ugto.mx

    2011-04-15

    The fabrication process for ZnO doped varistor blocks with Sb2O3/ Bi2O3 to medium tension of 13000 V to 34000 V, and was optimised in terms of a starting composition and firing temperatures with amounts for Sb2O3/ Bi2O3 ratios of 1.7 by dry pressing, and fired in the temperature 1150 degrees Celsius {+-}2 degrees Celsius. The microstructure characteristics were analysed across the surface of the varistor blocks in order to evaluate their microstructure homogeneity. Their current-voltage I-V and energy handling capabilities were also determined. Characteristics and electrical properties of the varistor blocks are discussed. [Spanish] El proceso de fabricacion para varistores de media tension de 13000 V a 34000 V de ZnO consistio en dopar con Sb2O3, Bi2O3 y optimizarlos en terminos de la composicion de inicio, con una relacion de Sb2O3/Bi2O3 de 1.7, y el uso de aditivos para ceramicas, la temperatura de sinterizado fue de 1150 grados centigrados {+-}2 grados centigrados. Se investigo la homogeneidad de la microestructura. Se determinaron las propiedades electricas mediante la determinacion de la grafica I-V. Las caracteristicas electricas son discutidas.

  10. Achieving ultrafine grained and homogeneous AA1050/ZnO nanocomposite with well-developed high angle grain boundaries through accumulative press bonding

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    Amirkhanlou, Sajjad, E-mail: s.amirkhanlou@aut.ac.ir [Young Researchers and Elite Club, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ketabchi, Mostafa; Parvin, Nader; Askarian, Masoomeh [Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Carreño, Fernando [Department of Physical Metallurgy, CENIM-CSIC, Av. Gregorio del Amo 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-03-11

    Aluminum matrix nanocomposites with 2 vol% ZnO nanoparticles were produced using accumulative press bonding (APB) as a very effective and novel severe plastic deformation process. Microstructural evaluation and mechanical properties of specimens were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and tensile test. Microstructure of AA1050/ZnO nanocomposite showed a uniform distribution of ZnO nanoparticles throughout the aluminum matrix. STEM and EBSD observations revealed that ultrafine-grained Al/ZnO nanocomposite with the average grain size of <500 nm and well-developed high angle grain boundaries (80% high angle boundaries and 37° average misorientation angle) was successfully obtained by performing 14 cycles of the APB process. When the number of APB cycles increased the tensile strength of Al/ZnO nanocomposite improved and reached 228 MPa after 14 cycles, which was 2.6 and 1.3 times greater than the obtained values for annealed (raw material, 88 MPa) and monolithic aluminum (180 MPa), respectively.

  11. Low temperature sintering and microwave dielectric properties of Zn{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 4} ceramics with ZnO additive for LTCC applications

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    Tseng, Ching-Fang, E-mail: cftseng@nuu.edu.tw; Chen, Po-Hsien; Lin, Po-An

    2015-05-25

    Highlights: • The microwave dielectric properties of ZnO-doped Zn{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 4} ceramics were investigated. • By ZnO additions, the dielectric properties were associated with the unit cell volume, polarizability, and microstructure. • At 920 °C, ZTN doped with 2 wt% ZnO had excellent microwave dielectric properties for the application of LTCC. - Abstract: The Zn{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 4} ceramics had been prepared by conventional solid-state reaction method and the influence of ZnO additive doping on their sintering temperature, densification, microstructure and microwave dielectric properties were investigated. The addition of ZnO as liquid phase flux can effectively decrease the sintering temperature of the Zn{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 4} ceramics from 1100 to 920 °C, and well-densified microwave ceramics with uniform grains at 920 °C. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed all samples exhibited orthorhombic ZnTiNb{sub 2}O{sub 8} phase and ZnO phase. The Zn{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 4} ceramics with 2 wt% ZnO sintered at 920 °C for 6 h showed good microwave dielectric properties of Q × f = 98,100 GHz, ε{sub r} = 33.2, and τ{sub f} = −59.3 ppm/°C. Good microwave dielectric properties and low firing temperature made Zn{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 4} ceramics a promising candidate for LTCC application in wireless communication system.

  12. Spin noise spectroscopy of ZnO

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    Horn, Hauke; Huebner, Jens; Oestreich, Michael [Institute for Solid State Physics, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover (Germany); Marie, Xavier; Balocchi, Andrea [INSA-CNRS-UPS, LPCNO, Universite de Toulouse (France)

    2010-07-01

    ZnO is a promising material for optical spintronics showing long electron spin lifetimes due to the large band gap and low amount of nuclear spin isotopes. Here, we use spin noise spectroscopy to access the electron spin dynamics of this material in thermal equilibrium while avoiding carrier heating and excitation of electron hole pairs. A linear polarized laser beam (E{sub UV-Laser}=3.32 eV) close to the direct band gap of ZnO (E{sub D}{sup 0}{sub X}=3.36 eV) is used to detect the spin dynamics of neutral donors in ZnO with off-resonant, non-demolition Faraday rotation. The stochastic oriented electron spins induce polarization fluctuations of the transmitted laser beam. The fluctuation strength of N non-interacting, paramagnetic spins follow the Poisson statistics and generate measurable noise {proportional_to}{radical}(N) spins. These fluctuations are measured via a polarization bridge in the radio frequency regime and Fourier transformed in real-time. A magnetic field B is applied in Voigt-geometry and modulates the noise signal with the Larmor frequency of the electron spins {omega}{sub L}=g{mu}{sub B}B/{Dirac_h}. From the recorded noise spectra we can extract the electron g-factor, spin lifetimes, and densities.

  13. Ultrasonic synthesis of fern-like ZnO nanoleaves and their enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Ma, Qing Lan [School of Mathematics and Physics, Changzhou University, Jiangsu 213164 (China); School of Electronics and Information, Nantong University, Jiangsu 226019 (China); Xiong, Rui [School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Hubei 430072 (China); Zhai, Bao-gai [School of Mathematics and Physics, Changzhou University, Jiangsu 213164 (China); Huang, Yuan Ming, E-mail: dongshanisland@126.com [School of Mathematics and Physics, Changzhou University, Jiangsu 213164 (China)

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Fern-like ZnO nanoleaves were synthesized by ultrasonicating Zn microcrystals in water. • A fern-like ZnO nanoleaf is a self-assembly of ZnO nanoplates along one ZnO nanorod. • Fern-like ZnO nanoleaves exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity than ZnO nanocrystals. • The branched hierarchical structures are responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Two-dimensional fern-like ZnO nanoleaves were synthesized by ultrasonicating zinc microcrystals in water. The morphology, crystal structure, optical property and photocatalytic activity of the fern-like ZnO nanoleaves were characterized with scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, respectively. It is found that one fern-like ZnO nanoleaf is composed of one ZnO nanorod as the central trunk and a number of ZnO nanoplates as the side branches in opposite pairs along the central ZnO nanorod. The central ZnO nanorod in the fern-like nanoleaves is about 1 μm long while the side-branching ZnO nanoplates are about 100 nm long and 20 nm wide. Further analysis has revealed that ZnO nanocrystals are the building blocks of the central ZnO nanorod and the side-branching ZnO nanoplates. Under identical conditions, fern-like ZnO nanoleaves exhibit higher photocatalytic activity in photodegrading methyl orange in aqueous solution than spherical ZnO nanocrystals. The first-order photocatalytic rate constant of the fern-like ZnO nanoleaves is about four times as large as that of the ZnO nanoparticles. The branched architecture of the hierarchical nanoleaves is suggested be responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of the fern-like ZnO nanoleaves.

  14. Recrystallization microstructure modelling from superimposed ...

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    The recovered cold rolled microstructure obtained from orientation image microstructure of Al–4%Mg–0.5%Mn alloy (AA5182 alloy) was superimposed on the grid of cellular automata based microstructure model. The Taylor factors of deformed/cold rolled orientations were considered as the driving force for recrystallization.

  15. The leak microstructure

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    The capabilities of a new microstructure, anode point based, for the detection of gas ionizing radiations are presented. For every single detected ionizing radiation it gives a pair of 'induced' charges (anodic and cathodic) of the same amount (pulses of the same amplitudes), of opposite sign, with the same collection time and ...

  16. Solidification microstructure development

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    Abstract. In the present article, evolution of microstructure during solidi- fication, as a function of various parameters, is discussed. Macrosegregation is described as being due to insufficient diffusivity of solute in the solid. Pattern formation is discussed in the light of instabilities at the solidification growth front. An overview of ...

  17. Dynamic Microstructure Design Consortium

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    2011-03-23

    multiple realizations of polycrystalline microstructure. Cyclic microplasticity in favorably oriented martensite grains is the primary driver for the...can alter the residual stress distribution 13. The present work ex- plores how short-range microplastic deformation during cyclic loading promotes

  18. Manufacturing of patterned ZnO films with application for ...

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    Patterned thin films, ZnO, are successfully prepared on glass substrates by the sol–gel method using dip-coating technique. The films, formed of ZnO nanocrystallites with hexagonal crystal structure, are characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction.

  19. Red luminescence from ZnO : Cr nanophosphors under visible ...

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    perature factors, which can give rise to better quality nanoparticles of desired size and shape. Although there are several reports on chromium-doped. ZnO12–14 and other nanoparticles,16,20 the luminescence study of chromium-doped ZnO nanomaterials is very rare. In light of this, present work reports on lumines-.

  20. Photochemical events during photosensitization of colloidal ZnO ...

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    3.3 Absorption characteristics. UV-Visible spectroscopy is a simple technique to under- stand the complex formation between riboflavin and ZnO. Riboflavin shows absorbance in 360 nm and 445 nm in water. The absorption spectrum of riboflavin in the presence of di- fferent concentrations of colloidal ZnO is shown in figure ...

  1. Adsorption property of volatile molecules on ZnO nanowires ...

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    Organisation, Ministry of Defence, Timarpur, Delhi-110054. a* Corresponding author: ... computational methods. Keywords: ZnO; interaction; ammonia; band structure; density of states. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6 .... 1(a) shows the side view of the ZnO nanowire (NW) and electronic structure (band structure and density of state) of the ZnO ...

  2. Development of gas sensors using ZnO nanostructures

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    Different ZnO nanostructures such as nanowires, nanobelts and tetrapods have been grown and used for preparation of thick film (with random ... Gas sensors; nanowires; ZnO; tetrapods; NO; H2S. 1. Introduction. Semiconductor metal-oxide .... at room temperature is shown in figure 3. Here, response is defined by: 100.

  3. Photochemical events during photosensitization of colloidal ZnO ...

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    The photosensitization of colloidal ZnO nanoparticles with riboflavin (RF) was investigated using absorption, fluorescence spectroscopic measurements and time resolved fluorescence measurements. Riboflavin adsorbed strongly on the surface of ZnO nanoparticles. Apparent association constant was obtained from the ...

  4. ZnO nanostructured microspheres and grown structures by thermal ...

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    Synthesis of flower-shaped ZnO nanostructures composed of ZnO nanosticks was achieved by the solution process using zinc acetate dihydrate, sodium hydroxide and polyethylene glycol-20000 (PEG-20000) at 180°C for 4 h. The diameter of individual nanosticks was about 100 nm. Detailed structure characterizations ...

  5. Synthesis and optical characteristics of ZnO nanocrystals

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    (Johnson et al 2001; Zhang et al 2002). Compared to other semiconductors, ZnO has wide bandgap of 3⋅37 eV and other large excitation binding energy, which makes excitation stable even at room temperature. There are various methods in order to synthesize ZnO nanomaterials viz. solvothermal synthesis, sol–gel (Li ...

  6. Manufacturing of patterned ZnO films with application for ...

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    Faculty of Chemistry, University of Sofia, 1 James Bourchier Blvd., 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria. MS received 30 December 2008; revised 11 July 2009. Abstract. Patterned thin films, ZnO, are successfully prepared on glass substrates by the sol–gel method using dip-coating technique. The films, formed of ZnO nanocrystallites with ...

  7. Adsorption property of volatile molecules on ZnO nanowires ...

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    2018-02-02

    Feb 2, 2018 ... Abstract. ZnO nanowires (NWs) were deposited on a glass substrate by the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method (SILAR). Sensing response of ZnO NWs towards reducing vapours was tested at ambient temperature (∼32◦. C) by the chemiresistor method. The vapour response was found ...

  8. Photoluminescent ZnO Nanoparticles and Their Biological Applications

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available During the past decades, numerous achievements concerning luminescent zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs have been reported due to their improved luminescence and good biocompatibility. The photoluminescence of ZnO NPs usually contains two parts, the exciton-related ultraviolet (UV emission and the defect-related visible emission. With respect to the visible emission, many routes have been developed to synthesize and functionalize ZnO NPs for the applications in detecting metal ions and biomolecules, biological fluorescence imaging, nonlinear multiphoton imaging, and fluorescence lifetime imaging. As the biological applications of ZnO NPs develop rapidly, the toxicity of ZnO NPs has attracted more and more attention because ZnO can produce the reactive oxygen species (ROS and release Zn2+ ions. Just as a coin has two sides, both the drug delivery and the antibacterial effects of ZnO NPs become attractive at the same time. Hence, in this review, we will focus on the progress in the synthetic methods, luminescent properties, and biological applications of ZnO NPs.

  9. Photoluminescent ZnO Nanoparticles and Their Biological Applications

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    Zhang, Zheng-Yong; Xiong, Huan-Ming

    2015-01-01

    During the past decades, numerous achievements concerning luminescent zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) have been reported due to their improved luminescence and good biocompatibility. The photoluminescence of ZnO NPs usually contains two parts, the exciton-related ultraviolet (UV) emission and the defect-related visible emission. With respect to the visible emission, many routes have been developed to synthesize and functionalize ZnO NPs for the applications in detecting metal ions and biomolecules, biological fluorescence imaging, nonlinear multiphoton imaging, and fluorescence lifetime imaging. As the biological applications of ZnO NPs develop rapidly, the toxicity of ZnO NPs has attracted more and more attention because ZnO can produce the reactive oxygen species (ROS) and release Zn2+ ions. Just as a coin has two sides, both the drug delivery and the antibacterial effects of ZnO NPs become attractive at the same time. Hence, in this review, we will focus on the progress in the synthetic methods, luminescent properties, and biological applications of ZnO NPs.

  10. Biogenic ZnO nanoparticles synthesized using L. aculeata leaf ...

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    de-ionized water followed by methanol and air dried. This product was annealed at 400◦C for 2 h. At the end, colourless powder was obtained [17]. 2.4 Characterization of ZnO nanoparticles. Optical properties of synthesized ZnO nanoparticles were confirmed by ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy (UV–vis) (UV-. 2450 ...

  11. Ultrasonic-assisted fabrication of superhydrophobic ZnO nanowall ...

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    The results suggested that the synergistic effect of the aluminium oxide seed layer and sonochemical process can enable the formation of ZnO nanowall structures favourable for superhydrophobic property. A possible growth mechanism of ZnO nanowalls formation during sonication process has been discussed in detail.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanostructures with varying ...

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    2017-05-13

    May 13, 2017 ... striking benefits in biomedical and clinical sites owing to its distinguished performance and novel applications. ZnO has been proved a boon for researchers due to its superb properties like effective antimicrobial activity, nontoxicity and biosafety. [1]. ZnO has a remarkable history of multidimensional and.

  13. Fabrication of Al doped ZnO films using atmospheric pressure cold plasma

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    Suzaki, Yoshifumi; Miyagawa, Hayato; Yamaguchi, Kenzo; Kim, Yoon-Kee

    2012-01-01

    Under atmospheric pressure, homogeneous non-equilibrium cold plasma was generated stably by high voltage pulsed power (1 kV, 20 kHz, 38 W) excitation of a mixture of He and O 2 gases produced by a dielectric barrier discharge setup. By feeding Bis (2 methoxy‐6-methyl‐3, 5-heptanedione) Zn (Zn-MOPD, C 18 H 3 O 6 Zn) and Tris (2-methoxy‐6‐methy l‐3, 5-heptanedione) Al (Al-MOPD, C 27 H 45 O 9 Al) into this plasma with He carrier gas, transparent flat Al-doped ZnO (ZnO:Al) films about 120–240 nm thick were prepared on glass substrates directly under the slit made into the cathode. Deposition rates of the films were about 20–40 nm/min. The concentration of Al was measured by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. The composition ratio of Al to Zn was 7.8 mol% when the carrier He gas flow rate of Al-MOPD was 30 cm 3 . The average transmittance of all films was more than 85% in the wavelength range from 400 to 800 nm. When the composition ratio of Al/Zn was between 1.1 and 7.8 mol%, the optical band gap of the film increased from 3.28 to 3.40 eV. The resistivity of ZnO:Al film was 2.96 Ω cm at 1.3 mol% of Al/Zn. In addition, the microstructure of the films was studied by X-ray diffraction measurement and field emission scanning electron microscope observation. It was revealed that doped Al is substituted onto the Zn site of the ZnO crystalline structure in ZnO:Al films. - Highlights: ► An atmospheric pressure cold plasma generator generated stable glow discharge. ► We fabricated Al doped ZnO films on glass substrates using cold plasma. ► Al concentration measured by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. ► The transmission spectrum and the resistivity of the films were measured. ► The microstructure of the films was studied.

  14. Effect of temperature on the characteristics of ZnO nanoparticles ...

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    ZnO NPs were obtained by PLA of a Zn plate in aqueous media, and subsequent aging of the obtained ZnO NP suspen- sion produced in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide solution led to the formation of spindle-like ZnO aggregates. How- ever, the spindle-like ZnO aggregates were not observed in deionized water but fluffy ...

  15. Processing of ZnO nanocrystals by solochemical technique

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    Gusatti, M.; Speckhahn, R.; Silva, L.A.; Rosario, J.A.; Lima, R.B.; Kuhnen, N.C.; Riella, H.G.; Campos, C.E.M.

    2009-01-01

    In the present work, we report the synthesis of high quality ZnO nanocrystals by solochemical technique. This synthetic strategy has been shown to have advantages over other methods of producing nanostructures in terms of low cost, efficiency, simplicity and uniformity of crystal structure. Zinc chloride solution at room temperature was mixed with sodium hydroxide solution at 50°C to produce ZnO nanocrystals. Transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the ZnO nanocrystals obtained. The structure of ZnO was refined by the Rietveld Method from X-ray diffraction data. These methods showed that the product consisted of pure ZnO nanocrystals and has, predominantly, a rod-like morphology. (author)

  16. Hydrothermal Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanorods Using a Biocomposite Seed Layer of ZnO Nanoparticles

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    Zafar Hussain Ibupoto

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Well aligned ZnO nanorods have been prepared by a low temperature aqueous chemical growth method, using a biocomposite seed layer of ZnO nanoparticles prepared in starch and cellulose bio polymers. The effect of different concentrations of biocomposite seed layer on the alignment of ZnO nanorods has been investigated. ZnO nanorods grown on a gold-coated glass substrate have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM techniques. These techniques have shown that the ZnO nanorods are well aligned and perpendicular to the substrate, and grown with a high density and uniformity on the substrate. Moreover, ZnO nanorods can be grown with an orientation along the c-axis of the substrate and exhibit a wurtzite crystal structure with a dominant (002 peak in an XRD spectrum and possessed a high crystal quality. A photoluminescence (PL spectroscopy study of the ZnO nanorods has revealed a conventional near band edge ultraviolet emission, along with emission in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum due to defect emission. This study provides an alternative method for the fabrication of well aligned ZnO nanorods. This method can be helpful in improving the performance of devices where alignment plays a significant role.

  17. Identification of microstructures

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    Padilha, A.F.; Ambrozio Filho, F.

    1984-01-01

    The identification of phases in a material can require the utilization of several techniques. The most used technique and discussed are: optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and 'in-situ' chemical analysis of the phases. The microstructures were classified, in according to the size and phase volumetric fraction, in four types. For each type the most appropriate techniques for identifying the phases are discussed. (E.G.) [pt

  18. The leak microstructure

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    The complete lack of insulating materials in the active volume of this microstructure avoids problems of charging-up and makes stable and repeatable its behavior. It is possible to observe primary avalanches with a size of more than 2.5 × 107 electrons (4 pC), which give current pulses with a peak of more than 0.26 mA on ...

  19. Controlling the surface nanostructure of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO thin films using electrostatic spraying for their application in 12% efficient perovskite solar cells

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    Mahmood, Khalid; Swain, Bhabani Sankar; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, ZnO and Al-doped ZnO films were deposited using the electrospraying method and studied for the first time as photoanodes for efficient perovskite solar cells. Effects of substrate temperature, deposition time, applied voltage, substrate-to-nozzle distance and flow rate (droplet size) on the morphology of ZnO were studied with the help of FE-SEM images. The major factors such as the droplet size of the spray, substrate temperature and substrate-to-nozzle distance at deposition control the film morphology. Indeed, these factors determine the density of the film, its smoothness and the flow of solution over the substrate. The droplet size was controlled by the flow rate of the spray. The substrate-to-nozzle distance and flow rate will both regulate the solution amount deposited on the surface of the substrate. The most favorable conditions for a good quality ZnO thin film were a long substrate-to-nozzle distance and lower solution flow rates. In situ droplet size measurement shows that the size and dispersion of particles were narrowed. The method was shown to have a high deposition rate and efficiency relative to well-established thin film deposition techniques such as chemical and physical vapor deposition. In addition, it also allows easy control of the microstructure and stoichiometry of the deposits. The pure ZnO film produced under optimum conditions (440 nm thick) demonstrated a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 10.8% when used as a photoanode for perovskite solar cells, owing to its high porosity, uniform morphology and efficient electron transport. For thicker films a drastic decrease in PCE was observed due to their low porosity. We also observed that the open-circuit voltage increases from 1010 mV to 1045 mV and also the PCE increases from 10.8% to 12.0% when pure ZnO films were doped with aluminum (Al). Under atmospheric pressure, the electrospraying system produces the reasonably uniform-sized droplets of smaller size, so the films

  20. Nanostructured porous ZnO film with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Wang Lina; Zheng Yingying; Li Xiaoyun; Dong Wenjun; Tang Weihua; Chen Benyong; Li Chaorong; Li Xiao; Zhang Tierui

    2011-01-01

    Well-defined ZnO nanostructured films have been fabricated directly on Zn foil via hydrothermal synthesis. During the fabrication of the ZnO nanostructured films, the Zn foil serves as the Zn source and also the substrate. Porous nanosheet-based, nanotube-based and nanoflower-based ZnO films can all be easily prepared by adjusting the alkali type, reaction time and reaction temperature. The composition, morphology and structure of ZnO films are characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and high-resolution transmission electron microscope. The porous ZnO nanosheet-based film exhibits enhanced photocatalytic activity in the degradation of Rhodamine B under UV light irradiation. This can be attributed to the high surface area of the ZnO nanosheet and the large percentage of the exposed [001] facet. Moreover, the self-supporting, recyclable and stable ZnO photocatalytic film can be readily recovered and potentially applied for pollution disposal.

  1. Resistive Switching Characteristics in Electrochemically Synthesized ZnO Films

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    Shuhan Jing

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The semiconductor industry has long been seeking a new kind of non-volatile memory technology with high-density, high-speed, and low-power consumption. This study demonstrated the electrochemical synthesis of ZnO films without adding any soft or hard templates. The effect of deposition temperatures on crystal structure, surface morphology and resistive switching characteristics were investigated. Our findings reveal that the crystallinity, surface morphology and resistive switching characteristics of ZnO thin films can be well tuned by controlling deposition temperature. A conducting filament based model is proposed to explain the switching mechanism in ZnO thin films.

  2. ZnO materials and surface tailoring for biosensing.

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    Yakimova, Rositza; Selegard, Linnea; Khranovskyy, Volodymyr; Pearce, Ruth; Spetz, Anita Lloyd; Uvdal, Kajsa

    2012-01-01

    ZnO nanostructured materials, such as films and nanoparticles, could provide a suitable platform for development of high performance biosensors due to their unique fundamental material properties. This paper reviews different preparation techniques of ZnO nanocrystals and material issues like wettability, biocompatibility and toxicity, which have an important relevance to biosensor functionality. Efforts are made to summarize and analyze existing results regarding surface modification and molecular attachments for successful biofunctionalization and understanding of the mechanisms involved. A section is devoted to implementations of tailored surfaces in biosensors. We end with conclusions on the feasibility of using ZnO nanocrystals for biosensing.

  3. Shape tunable synthesis of Eu- and Sm-doped ZnO microstructures ...

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    Velazquez J M, Baskaran S, Gaikwad A V, Ngo-Duc T T, He. X, Oye M M, Meyyappan M, Rout T K, Fu J Y and Banerjee. S 2013 ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 5 10650. 16. Sadollahkhani A, Kazeminezhad I, Lu J, Nur O, Hultman L and Willander M 2014 RSC Adv. 4 36940. 17. Kumar R, Anandan S, Hembram K and Rao T N ...

  4. Effect of Al doping on microstructure and optical band gap of ZnO ...

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    . Kolkata 700 064, India. ∗ ... (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-rays (EDX) were used to investigate the effect of Al doping on the ..... initially due to replacement of Zn ion by Al ions. Beyond a certain level of ...

  5. Optics of dielectric microstructures

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    2002-01-01

    and photonic crystal microcavity. In chapter 4 a general theory based on a Green's tensor formalism is put forward for spontaneous emission in active dielectric microstructures, and an example is given whre the method is applied to a fiber amplifier. The Green's tensor in chapter 4 is constructed a a summation...... over a biorthogonal set of electromagnetic modes. An alternative method based on a Lippmann-Schwinger type integral equation is presented in chapter 5 for the construction of the Green's tensor and calculation of emission of radiation by sources. The integral equation approach is applied to calculate...

  6. VLSI electronics microstructure science

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    VLSI Electronics: Microstructure Science, Volume 3 evaluates trends for the future of very large scale integration (VLSI) electronics and the scientific base that supports its development.This book discusses the impact of VLSI on computer architectures; VLSI design and design aid requirements; and design, fabrication, and performance of CCD imagers. The approaches, potential, and progress of ultra-high-speed GaAs VLSI; computer modeling of MOSFETs; and numerical physics of micron-length and submicron-length semiconductor devices are also elaborated. This text likewise covers the optical linewi

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    VLSI Electronics: Microstructure Science, Volume 4 reviews trends for the future of very large scale integration (VLSI) electronics and the scientific base that supports its development.This book discusses the silicon-on-insulator for VLSI and VHSIC, X-ray lithography, and transient response of electron transport in GaAs using the Monte Carlo method. The technology and manufacturing of high-density magnetic-bubble memories, metallic superlattices, challenge of education for VLSI, and impact of VLSI on medical signal processing are also elaborated. This text likewise covers the impact of VLSI t

  8. Microstructure evolution during irradiation

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    Robertson, I.M.; Was, G.S.; Hobbs, L.W.; Diaz de la Rubia, T.

    1997-01-01

    The symposium focused on the microstructural changes produced in semiconductors, metals, ceramics and polymers by irradiation with energetic particles. The symposium provided an opportunity to bring together those working in different materials systems and revealed that there are a remarkable number of similarities in the changes produced by irradiation in the different classes of materials. Experimental, computational and theoretical contributions were intermixed throughout the sessions, which provided an opportunity for these groups to interact. Separate abstracts were prepared for most papers in this volume

  9. Magnetism of Co-doped ZnO epitaxially grown on a ZnO substrate

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    Li, Li; Guo, Y.; Cui, X. Y.; Zheng, Rongkun; Ohtani, K.; Kong, C.; Ceguerra, A. V.; Moody, M. P.; Ye, J. D.; Tan, H. H.; Jagadish, C.; Liu, Hui; Stampfl, C.; Ohno, H.; Ringer, S. P.; Matsukura, F.

    2012-05-01

    In order to unravel the magnetism of Co-doped ZnO films, we have performed rigorous experiments on Co-doped ZnO grown on O-polar ZnO (0001¯) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. We find that the ZnO:Co with Co composition less than 20% is paramagnetic even at low temperatures, whereas that with Co composition of 20% shows ferromagnetism at room temperature. Although an additional n-type doping with Ga increases the magnitude of magnetization, the origin of the observed ferromagnetism is not carrier induced, as confirmed by electric-field effect measurements. Three-dimensional atom probe tomography shows that Co ions are randomly distributed, indicating that Co clustering or spinodal decomposition is not the origin of the ferromagnetism either. One possible mechanism for the ferromagnetism is hydrogen-facilitated interaction, which is supported experimentally by magnetic measurements on hydrogen-treated ZnO:Co as well as theoretically by first-principles calculation.

  10. Hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanoflowers and their photocatalyst ...

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    ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and photoluminescence. ZnO nanoflowers with star-like morphology were of pure wurtzite phase.

  11. Sonochemical effects on ZnO particles

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    Bruna C. Costa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available La variedad de aplicaciones tecnológicas relacionadas a los dispositivos basados en óxidos semiconductores nanoestructurados ha despertado un gran interés en la comunidad científica, haciendo con que los estudios relacionados a estos materiales han aumentado en los últimos años. Entre estos materiales, se encuentra el óxido de zinc (ZnO, que presenta aplicaciones en las más diversas áreas, desde diodos emisores de luz (LEDs a los dispositivos fotovoltaicos en células solares. Con el conocimiento de que las propiedades químicas y físicas que confieren a estos materiales las posibilidades de aplicación en dispositivos tecnológicos son fuertemente dependientes de las rutas de síntesis empleadas para la obtención de los mismos, presentamos en este trabajo una investigación con respecto de las modificaciones morfológicas ocurridas en partículas de ZnO, cuando el mismo es expuesto a un tratamiento sonoquímico, además de las influencias de los parámetros relacionados a éste método de síntesis en la obtención de este material. Para analizar los parámetros presentados anteriormente, tres muestras fueron preparadas, dos de ellas manteniendo la amplitud y variando el tiempo de sonicación y otra manteniendo el tiempo y variando la amplitud de sonicación, durante el tratamiento sonoquímico. El análisis de los resultados obtenidos indica que el tratamiento sonoquímico conduce a modificaciones morfológicas superficiales en las partículas de ZnO, además estas modificaciones se presentaron más evidentes cuando una mayor amplitud y un mayor tiempo de sonicación fueron utilizados en la síntesis de las muestras.

  12. About the leak microstructures

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    Lombardi, M.; Guoxiang, H. Huo-J.; Lombardi, F. S.

    2001-04-01

    The capabilities of a new microstructure, anode point based, for the detection of gas ionizing radiations are presented. For every single detected ionizing radiation it gives a pair of "induced" charges (anodic and cathodic) of the same amount (pulses of the same amplitudes), of opposite sign, with the same collection time and essentially in time coincidence, that are proportional to the primary ionization collected. Each pulse of a pair gives the same energy and timing information, thus one can be used for these information and the other for the position. The complete lack of insulating materials in the active volume of this microstructure avoids problems of charging-up and makes its behaviour stable and repeatable. Primary avalanches with a size of more than 2.5×10 7 electrons (4 pC) giving current pulses with a peak of more than 0.26 mA on 100 Ω and about 30 ns duration are possible with 5.9 keV X-rays of 55Fe working in proportional region and in isobutane gas. Single electrons emitted by a heated filament ( EcPoison Superfish and Mafia programs, are presented.

  13. Inhomogeneous microstructural growth by irradiation

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    Krishan, K.; Singh, Bachu Narain; Leffers, Torben

    1985-01-01

    In the present paper we discuss the development of heterogeneous microstructure for uniform irradiation conditions. It is shown that microstructural inhomogeneities on a scale of 0.1 μm can develop purely from kinematic considerations because of the basic structure of the rate equations used...

  14. Microstructured hollow fibers for ultrafiltration

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    Culfaz, Pmar Zeynep; Culfaz, P.Z.; Rolevink, Hendrikus H.M.; van Rijn, C.J.M.; Lammertink, Rob G.H.; Wessling, Matthias

    2010-01-01

    Hollow fiber ultrafiltration membranes with a corrugated outer microstructure were prepared from a PES/PVP blend. The effect of spinning parameters such as air gap, take-up speed, polymer dope viscosity and coagulation value on the microstructure and membrane characteristics was investigated. Fibers

  15. Is ZnO as a universal semiconductor material an oxymoron?

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    Hussain, B.; Kucukgok, B.; Raja, M. Y. A.; Klein, Benjamin; Lu, N.; Ferguson, I. T.

    2014-03-01

    The wide-bandgap semiconductor ZnO has gained major interest in research community for its unique properties and wide range of applications. In this review article, we present synthesis techniques and a few emerging applications for ZnO. Common techniques for growing ZnO films are discussed briefly, and a detailed discussion of MOCVD growth of ZnO is provided citing previous experimental reports on this technique by our group and others. A few important and distinctive uses of ZnO are discussed for various applications focusing on the current limitations of ZnO to realize its feasibility in these applications.

  16. Photocatalytic Water Oxidation on ZnO: A Review

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    Sharifah Bee Abdul Hamid

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The investigation of the water oxidation mechanism on photocatalytic semiconductor surfaces has gained much attention for its potential to unlock the technological limitations of producing H2 from carbon-free sources, i.e., H2O. This review seeks to highlight the available scientific and fundamental understanding towards the water oxidation mechanism on ZnO surfaces, as well as present a summary on the modification strategies carried out to increase the photocatalytic response of ZnO.

  17. Blue luminescence in ZnO single crystals, nanopowders, ceramic

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    LGrigorjeva; Millers, D; Pankratov, V; Kalinko, A; Grabis, J; Monty, C

    2007-01-01

    The luminescence spectra and luminescence decay processes were studied in a ZnO single crystal, nanopowders and ceramic at liquid helium and room temperature under VUV synchrotron radiation as well as under pulsed laser excitation. The exciton-exciton and exciton-multiphonon processes were compared in different ZnO nanopowders (commercial powder, powders obtained by vaporization-condensation technique) and ceramic. The possibility of luminescence decay time modification by Al 3+ doping was shown

  18. ZnO Nanostructures for Tissue Engineering Applications

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    Marco Laurenti

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available This review focuses on the most recent applications of zinc oxide (ZnO nanostructures for tissue engineering. ZnO is one of the most investigated metal oxides, thanks to its multifunctional properties coupled with the ease of preparing various morphologies, such as nanowires, nanorods, and nanoparticles. Most ZnO applications are based on its semiconducting, catalytic and piezoelectric properties. However, several works have highlighted that ZnO nanostructures may successfully promote the growth, proliferation and differentiation of several cell lines, in combination with the rise of promising antibacterial activities. In particular, osteogenesis and angiogenesis have been effectively demonstrated in numerous cases. Such peculiarities have been observed both for pure nanostructured ZnO scaffolds as well as for three-dimensional ZnO-based hybrid composite scaffolds, fabricated by additive manufacturing technologies. Therefore, all these findings suggest that ZnO nanostructures represent a powerful tool in promoting the acceleration of diverse biological processes, finally leading to the formation of new living tissue useful for organ repair.

  19. ZnO Tetrapods: Synthesis and Applications in Solar Cells

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    Luting Yan

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxide (ZnO tetrapods have received much interest due to their unique morphology, that is, four arms con‐ nected to one centre. Tetrapod networks possess the excellent electronic properties of the ZnO semiconductor, which is attractive for photoelectrode materials in energy- conversion devices because of their advantages in electron extraction and transportation. In this review, we have discussed recent advancements in the field of ZnO tetrapod synthesis, including vapour transport synthesis and the wet chemical method, together with their advantages and disadvantages in terms of morphology control and yield regulation. The developments and improvements in the applications of ZnO nanotetrapods in photovoltaics, including dye-sensitized solar cells and polymer solar cells, are also described. Our aim is to give readers a compre‐ hensive and critical overview of this unique morphology of ZnO, including synthesis control and growth mechanism, and to understand the role of this particular morphology in the development of solar cells. The future research directions in ZnO tetrapods-based solar cell are also discussed.

  20. Synthesis, characteristics and antimicrobial activity of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Janaki, A. Chinnammal; Sailatha, E.; Gunasekaran, S.

    2015-06-01

    The utilization of various plant resources for the bio synthesis of metallic nano particles is called green technology and it does not utilize any harmful protocols. Present study focuses on the green synthesis of ZnO nano particles by Zinc Carbonate and utilizing the bio-components of powder extract of dry ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale). The ZnO nano crystallites of average size range of 23-26 nm have been synthesized by rapid, simple and eco friendly method. Zinc oxide nano particles were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). FTIR spectra confirmed the adsorption of surfactant molecules at the surface of ZnO nanoparticles and the presence of ZnO bonding. Antimicrobial activity of ZnO nano particles was done by well diffusion method against pathogenic organisms like Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans and Penicillium notatum. It is observed that the ZnO synthesized in the process has the efficient antimicrobial activity.

  1. Physical and chemical contributions of a plasma treatment in the growth of ZnO nanorods

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    Jang, J.T. [Department of Nano Systems Engineering, Center for Nano Manufacturing, Inje University, Obang-dong, Gimhae, Gyeongnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Ryu, H., E-mail: hhryu@inje.ac.kr [Department of Nano Systems Engineering, Center for Nano Manufacturing, Inje University, Obang-dong, Gimhae, Gyeongnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, W.J. [Department of Materials and Components Engineering, Dong-Eui University, 995 Eomgwangno, Busanjin-gu, Busan 614-714 (Korea, Republic of); Yun, J. [Department of Nano Science and Engineering, Kyungnam University, Changwon, Gyeongnam 631-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: •ZnO nanorods were grown by hydrothermal synthesis. •Oxygen plasma was done on the surface of seed ZnO nanorods. •The ZnO nanorods with and without plasma treatment were characterized. •The results showed that the optical and structural properties of ZnO nanorods with plasma treatment were enhanced. -- Abstract: We analyzed the enhancement of optical and structural properties of ZnO nanorods by using a plasma treatment. In this study, seed ZnO nanorods were grown by hydrothermal synthesis for 1 h on a ZnO buffered Si substrate. The seed ZnO nanorods were then treated with an oxygen plasma. Next, ZnO was grown for an additional 4 h by hydrothermal synthesis. The resultant ZnO nanorods were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). The measurements showed that the plasma treatment of the seed ZnO nanorods increased the roughness of the buffer layer and the concentration of oxygen ions on the surfaces of the seed ZnO nanorods and the buffer layer, leading to improved optical and structural properties. In this study, we found that the plasma treatment on the seed ZnO nanorods enhanced the optical and structural properties of the ZnO nanorods.

  2. Structural, optical, and LED characteristics of ZnO and Al doped ZnO thin films

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    Sandeep, K. M.; Bhat, Shreesha; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2017-05-01

    ZnO (pristine) and Al doped ZnO (AZO) films were prepared using sol-gel spin coating method. The XRD analysis showed the enhanced compressive stress in AZO film. The presence of extended states below the conduction band edge in AZO accounts for the redshift in optical bandgap. The PL spectra of AZO showed significant blue emission due to the carrier recombination from defect states. The TRPL curves showed the dominant DAP recombination in ZnO film, whereas defect related recombination in Al doped ZnO film. Color parameters viz: the dominant wavelength, color coordinates (x,y), color purity, luminous efficiency and correlated color temperature (CCT) of ZnO and AZO films are calculated using 1931 (CIE) diagram. Further, a strong blue emission with color purity more than 96% is observed in both the films. The enhanced blue emission in AZO significantly increased the luminous efficiency (22.8%) compared to ZnO film (10.8%). The prepared films may be used as blue phosphors in white light generation.

  3. On performance limitations and property correlations of Al-doped ZnO deposited by radio-frequency sputtering

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    Crovetto, Andrea; Ottsen, Tobias Sand; Stamate, Eugen

    2016-01-01

    The electrical properties of RF-sputtered Al-doped ZnO are often spatially inhomogeneous and strongly dependent on deposition parameters. In this work, we study the mechanisms that limit the minimum resistivity achievable under different deposition regimes. In a low- and intermediate......-pressure regime, we find a generalized dependence of the electrical properties, grain size, texture, and Al content on compressive stress, regardless of sputtering pressure or position on the substrate. In a high-pressure regime, a porous microstructure limits the achievable resistivity and causes it to increase...... over time as well. The primary cause of inhomogeneity in the electrical properties is identified as energetic particle bombardment. Inhomogeneity in oxygen content is also observed, but its effect on the electrical properties is small and limited to the carrier mobility....

  4. Evaluation of mechanical hardness and fracture toughness of Co and Al co-doped ZnO

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    Siddheswaran, R.; Mangalaraja, R.V.; Avila, Ricardo E.; Manikandan, D.; Esther Jeyanthi, C.; Ananthakumar, S.

    2012-01-01

    Combustion synthesized nanocrystalline Co and Al co-doped ZnO powders [(Zn 1−x−y Co x Al y O; x=0.04, 0.03, 0.02; y=0.01, 0.02, 0.03)] were fabricated into cylindrical discs by uni-axial pressing and sintered intentionally at 1000 °C for 2 h to assess the mechanical performance. The crystallinity of the pure and doped ZnO was confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. The microstructures of the sintered samples were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to examine the density, porosity, grain size and its distribution. Grains of 0.5–3 μm were observed for the samples sintered at 1000 °C. The mechanical properties such as micro-hardness, fracture toughness and strain hardening co-efficient were investigated by the Vickers indentation method. It was found that the crack mode observed during the indentation on the samples belongs to median cracks under a load of 19.6 N. Also, the hardness was enhanced with increasing mol% of Co, while the trend was reversed with the increase of Al content. In addition, the strain hardening coefficient and fracture toughness were calculated using the indentation data.

  5. Fabrication and photovoltaic properties of ZnO nanorods/perovskite solar cells

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    Shirahata, Yasuhiro; Tanaike, Kohei; Akiyama, Tsuyoshi; Fujimoto, Kazuya; Suzuki, Atsushi; Balachandran, Jeyadevan; Oku, Takeo

    2016-02-01

    ZnO nanorods/perovskite solar cells with different lengths of ZnO nanorods were fabricated. The ZnO nanorods were prepared by chemical bath deposition and directly confirmed to be hexagon-shaped nanorods. The lengths of the ZnO nanorads were controlled by deposition condition of ZnO seed layer. Photovoltaic properties of the ZnO nanorods/CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells were investigated by measuring current density-voltage characteristics and incident photon to current conversion efficiency. The highest conversion efficiency was obtained in ZnO nanorods/CH3NH3PbI3 with the longest ZnO nanorods.

  6. Fabrication and photovoltaic properties of ZnO nanorods/perovskite solar cells

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    Shirahata, Yasuhiro; Tanaike, Kohei; Akiyama, Tsuyoshi; Fujimoto, Kazuya; Suzuki, Atsushi; Balachandran, Jeyadevan; Oku, Takeo, E-mail: oku@mat.usp.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science, The University of Shiga Prefecture, 2500 Hassaka, Hikone, Shiga 522-8533 (Japan)

    2016-02-01

    ZnO nanorods/perovskite solar cells with different lengths of ZnO nanorods were fabricated. The ZnO nanorods were prepared by chemical bath deposition and directly confirmed to be hexagon-shaped nanorods. The lengths of the ZnO nanorads were controlled by deposition condition of ZnO seed layer. Photovoltaic properties of the ZnO nanorods/CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} solar cells were investigated by measuring current density-voltage characteristics and incident photon to current conversion efficiency. The highest conversion efficiency was obtained in ZnO nanorods/CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} with the longest ZnO nanorods.

  7. Enhanced field emission of ZnO nanoneedle arrays via solution etching at room temperature

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    Ma, Huanming; Qin, Zhiwei; Wang, Zaide

    2017-01-01

    ZnO nanoneedle arrays (ZnO nns) were synthesized by a facile two-step solution-phase method based on the etching of pre-synthesized ZnO nanowire arrays (ZnO nws) with flat ends at room temperature. Field emission measurement results showed that the turn-on electronic fields of ZnO nns and nws wer...... 2.7 and 5.3 V μm−1 at a current density of 10 μA cm−2, and the field enhancement factors were 4939.3 for ZnO nns and 1423.6 for ZnO nws. The enhanced field emission properties in ZnO nns were ascribed to the sharp tip geometry....

  8. Semiconductors and semimetals epitaxial microstructures

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    Willardson, Robert K; Beer, Albert C; Gossard, Arthur C

    1994-01-01

    Newly developed semiconductor microstructures can now guide light and electrons resulting in important consequences for state-of-the-art electronic and photonic devices. This volume introduces a new generation of epitaxial microstructures. Special emphasis has been given to atomic control during growth and the interrelationship between the atomic arrangements and the properties of the structures.Key Features* Atomic-level control of semiconductor microstructures* Molecular beam epitaxy, metal-organic chemical vapor deposition* Quantum wells and quantum wires* Lasers, photon(IR)detectors, heterostructure transistors

  9. Síntesis y evolución microestructural de cerámicas de BiFeO3 modificadas con ZnO

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    Bernardo, M. S.

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available BiFeO3 ceramic materials have received a great interest in the last years due to their potential application as multiferroic devices. However, the preparation of BiFeO3-based bulk ceramics shows serious difficulties related to the presence of secondary phases and the densification process. These problems result in a high electrical conductivity which up to now limits the technological applications of BiFeO3. However, it has been observed experimentally that the conductivity in these ceramics can be reduced by acting on their microstructure. In this framework, the present contribution is focused on the analysis of the microstructural changes promoted by superficial doping of the BiFeO3 ceramic particles with ZnO. The structural and microstructural characterization of the obtained materials reveals that the addition of ZnO results in a “solutedrag” effect. Due to this effect the dopant remains segregated at the grain boundaries so inhibiting the grain growth during sintering.Los materiales cerámicos de BiFeO3 han cobrado un gran interés en los últimos años por su posible aplicación como materiales multiferroicos. Sin embargo, la obtención de materiales densos de BiFeO3 presenta serias dificultades asociadas a la aparición de fases secundarias no multiferroicas y a la dificultad de densificación, problemas que se traducen en una elevada conductividad eléctrica e impiden, de momento, sus aplicaciones prácticas. No obstante, se ha observado experimentalmente que es posible reducir los problemas de elevada conductividad eléctrica en materiales cerámicos a través de modificaciones a nivel microestructural. Dentro de este contexto, en este trabajo se estudian las modificaciones microestructurales producidas al dopar superficialmente partículas cerámicas de BiFeO3 con ZnO. La caracterización estructural y microestructural de los materiales obtenidos revela que la adición de ZnO por el método de modificación superficial resulta en

  10. Tuning magnetism by biaxial strain in native ZnO.

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    Peng, Chengxiao; Wang, Yuanxu; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Zhang, Guangbiao; Wang, Chao; Yang, Gui

    2015-07-07

    Magnetic ZnO, one of the most important diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS), has attracted great scientific interest because of its possible technological applications in optomagnetic devices. Magnetism in this material is usually delicately tuned by the doping level, dislocations, and local structures. The rational control of magnetism in ZnO is a highly attractive approach for practical applications. Here, the tuning effect of biaxial strain on the d(0) magnetism of native imperfect ZnO is demonstrated through first-principles calculations. Our calculation results show that strain conditions have little effect on the defect formation energy of Zn and O vacancies in ZnO, but they do affect the magnetism significantly. For a cation vacancy, increasing the compressive strain will obviously decrease its magnetic moment, while tensile strain cannot change the moment, which remains constant at 2 μB. For a singly charged anion vacancy, however, the dependence of the magnetic moment on strain is opposite to that of the Zn vacancy. Furthermore, the ferromagnetic state is always present, irrespective of the strain type, for ZnO with two zinc vacancies, 2VZns. A large tensile strain is favorable for improving the Curie temperature and realizing room temperature ferromagnetism for ZnO-based native semiconductors. For ZnO with two singly charged oxygen vacancies, 2Vs, no ferromagnetic ordering can be observed. Our work points the way to the rational design of materials beyond ZnO with novel non-intrinsic functionality by simply tuning the strain in a thin film form.

  11. Influence of Bi2O3 on microstructure and electrical properties of ZnO-SnO2 ceramics

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    Ivetić T.; Nikolić M.V.; Slankamenac M.; Živanov M.; Minić D.; Nikolić P.M.; Ristić M.M.

    2007-01-01

    The effects of small amounts (0.5; 1.0 and 1.5 mol. %) of bismuth oxide on the microstructure and electrical properties of ZnO-SnO2 ceramics have been studied. Starting powders of ZnO and SnO2 were mixed in the molar ratio 2:1. After adding Bi2O3 this mixture was mechanically activated for 10 minutes in a planetary ball mill, uniaxially pressed and sintered at 1300ºC for 2h. The phase composition of the sintered samples was analyzed by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and by Energy Dispersive Spectrom...

  12. Analysis of Li-related defects in ZnO thin films influenced by ...

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    Li-doped ZnO thin films were grown on quartz substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering and in situ annealing under O2 or Ar ambient. Li-related defects in ZnO films strongly depend on the annealing ambient. AFM and XRD indicated that ZnO films possessed a good crystallinity with -axis orientation, uniform ...

  13. Structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films prepared by laser ...

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    2017-06-09

    Jun 9, 2017 ... Abstract. ZnO thin films were deposited on ITO/glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) using two different kinds of targets. One of the targets was made of pure ZnO powder and the other one consisted of a mixture of ZnO powder with cyanoacrylate glue. The structural and morphological ...

  14. From Bloch to random lasing in ZnO self-assembled nanostructures

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    Garcia-Fernandez, Pedro David; Cefe, López

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present measurements on UV lasing in ZnO ordered and disordered nanostructures. Bloch lasing is achieved in the ordered structures by exploiting very low group-velocity Bloch modes in ZnO photonic crystals. In the second case, random lasing is observed in ZnO photonic glasses. W...

  15. Hierarchical nanoflowers assembled with Au nanoparticles decorated ZnO nanosheets toward enhanced photocatalytic properties

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    Yu, Cuiyan; Yu, Yanlong; Xu, Tao

    2017-01-01

    Hierarchical nanoflowers assembled with Au nanoparticles (NPs) decorated ZnO nanosheets (Au-ZnO nanosheet flowers, AZNSFs) were successful synthesized. The AZNSFs showed more efficient activity to photodegradation of RhB than that of pure ZnO nanosheet flowers and commercial ZnO nanopowders...

  16. Enhanced fluorescence imaging performance of hydrophobic colloidal ZnO nanoparticles by a facile method

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    Zang, Zhigang; Tang, Xiaosheng

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • A dual phase hydrothermal method was developed to synthesize ZnO nanoparticles. • ZnO nanoparticles show a stability and solubility in the aqueous environment. • ZnO nanoparticles with a blue emission wavelength at around 420 nm and small size (30 nm). • ZnO nanoparticles as biological labeling agent was also shown. - Abstract: A facile synthesis method for the formation of ZnO nanoparticles by using a double-phase reaction was demonstrated in this paper. The morphology of the synthesized ZnO nanoparticles shows a flower-shape. Hydrogen peroxide was used as a unique oxygenic source to promote the formation of ZnO in the presence of organic zinc precursor. The as-synthesized ZnO nanoparticles also show a stability and solubility in the aqueous environment. The structure and properties of ZnO nanoparticles were investigated by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) as well as UV–vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The as-prepared hydrophobic colloidal ZnO nanoparticles could be modified to become water-soluble via ligand exchange with amineothanethiol⋅HCl while retaining the photoluminescence properties. In addition, the potential application for biological label of water-soluble ZnO nanoparticles were also demonstrated. These results not only have applications towards using colloidal ZnO nanoparticles effectively in biological fluorescence imaging, but also promote its application in the field of targeted drug delivery

  17. Preparation of electron buffer layer with crystalline ZnO nanoparticles in inverted organic photovoltaic cells

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    Lee, Donghwan; Kang, Taeho; Choi, Yoon-Young; Oh, Seong-Geun

    2017-06-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles synthesized through sol-gel method were used to fabricate the electron buffer layer in inverted organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) after thermal treatment. To investigate the effect of thermal treatment on the formation of crystalline ZnO nanoparticles, the amorphous ZnO nanoparticles were treated via hydrothermal method. The crystalline phase of ZnO with well-ordered structure could be obtained when the amorphous phase of ZnO was processed under hydrothermal treatment at 170 °C. The crystalline structure of ZnO thin film in inverted organic solar cell could be obtained under relatively low annealing temperature by using thermally treated ZnO nanoparticles. The OPVs fabricated by using crystalline ZnO nanoparticles for electron buffer layer exhibited higher efficiency than the conventional ZnO nanoparticles. The best power conversion efficiency (PCE) was achieved for 7.16% through the ZnO film using the crystalline ZnO nanoparticles. The proposed method to prepared ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) could effectively reduce energy consumption during the fabrication of OPVs, which would greatly contribute to advantages such as lower manufacturing costs, higher productivity and application on flexible substrates.

  18. Preparation and photocatalytic property of a novel dumbbell-shaped ZnO microcrystal photocatalyst

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    Sun, Jian-Hui; Dong, Shu-Ying; Wang, Yong-Kui

    2009-01-01

    achieved 68.0%, 99.0% and 98.5%, the TOC removal efficiencies achieved 43.2%, 59.4% and 70.6%, respectively. Compared to commercial ZnO, 16-22% higher TOC removal efficiency was obtained by the dumbbell-shaped ZnO. The results indicated that the prepared dumbbell-shaped ZnO microcrystal photocatalyst...

  19. Modelling microstructural evolution under irradiation

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    Tikare, V.

    2015-01-01

    Microstructural evolution of materials under irradiation is characterised by some unique features that are not typically present in other application environments. While much understanding has been achieved by experimental studies, the ability to model this microstructural evolution for complex materials states and environmental conditions not only enhances understanding, it also enables prediction of materials behaviour under conditions that are difficult to duplicate experimentally. Furthermore, reliable models enable designing materials for improved engineering performance for their respective applications. Thus, development and application of mesoscale microstructural model are important for advancing nuclear materials technologies. In this chapter, the application of the Potts model to nuclear materials will be reviewed and demonstrated, as an example of microstructural evolution processes. (author)

  20. Computer vision in microstructural analysis

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    Srinivasan, Malur N.; Massarweh, W.; Hough, C. L.

    1992-01-01

    The following is a laboratory experiment designed to be performed by advanced-high school and beginning-college students. It is hoped that this experiment will create an interest in and further understanding of materials science. The objective of this experiment is to demonstrate that the microstructure of engineered materials is affected by the processing conditions in manufacture, and that it is possible to characterize the microstructure using image analysis with a computer. The principle of computer vision will first be introduced followed by the description of the system developed at Texas A&M University. This in turn will be followed by the description of the experiment to obtain differences in microstructure and the characterization of the microstructure using computer vision.

  1. Micromagnetism and the microstructure of ferromagnetic solids

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    Kronmüller, Helmut

    2003-01-01

    Here is a fundamental introduction to microstructure magnetic property relations where microstructures on atomic, nano- and micrometer scales are considered. The authors demonstrate that outstanding magnetic properties require an optimization of microstructural properties where the microstructures in crystalline materials are point defects and dislocations as well as grain and phase boundaries. In amorphous alloys the type of microstructures on atomic scales are defined and used to describe intrinsic and extrinsic properties.

  2. ZnO Thin Film Electronics for More than Displays

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    Ramirez, Jose Israel

    Zinc oxide thin film transistors (TFTs) are investigated in this work for large-area electronic applications outside of display technology. A constant pressure, constant flow, showerhead, plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) process has been developed to fabricate high mobility TFTs and circuits on rigid and flexible substrates at 200 °C. ZnO films and resulting devices prepared by PEALD and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) have been compared. Both PEALD and PLD ZnO films result in densely packed, polycrystalline ZnO thin films that were used to make high performance devices. PEALD ZnO TFTs deposited at 300 °C have a field-effect mobility of ˜ 40 cm2/V-s (and > 20 cm2/V-S deposited at 200 °C). PLD ZnO TFTs, annealed at 400 °C, have a field-effect mobility of > 60 cm2/V-s (and up to 100 cm2/V-s). Devices, prepared by either technique, show high gamma-ray radiation tolerance of up to 100 Mrad(SiO2) with only a small radiation-induced threshold voltage shift (VT ˜ -1.5 V). Electrical biasing during irradiation showed no enhanced radiation-induced effects. The study of the radiation effects as a function of material stack thicknesses revealed the majority of the radiation-induced charge collection happens at the semiconductor-passivation interface. A simple sheet-charge model at that interface can describe the radiation-induced charge in ZnO TFTs. By taking advantage of the substrate-agnostic process provided by PEALD, due to its low-temperature and excellent conformal coatings, ZnO electronics were monolithically integrated with thin-film complex oxides. Application-based examples where ZnO electronics provide added functionality to complex oxide-based devices are presented. In particular, the integration of arrayed lead zirconate titanate (Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 or PZT) thin films with ZnO electronics for microelectromechanical systems (MEMs) and deformable mirrors is demonstrated. ZnO switches can provide voltage to PZT capacitors with fast charging and slow

  3. Chemical Sensing Applications of ZnO Nanomaterials

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    Chaudhary, Savita; Umar, Ahmad; Bhasin, K. K.

    2018-01-01

    Recent advancement in nanoscience and nanotechnology has witnessed numerous triumphs of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanomaterials due to their various exotic and multifunctional properties and wide applications. As a remarkable and functional material, ZnO has attracted extensive scientific and technological attention, as it combines different properties such as high specific surface area, biocompatibility, electrochemical activities, chemical and photochemical stability, high-electron communicating features, non-toxicity, ease of syntheses, and so on. Because of its various interesting properties, ZnO nanomaterials have been used for various applications ranging from electronics to optoelectronics, sensing to biomedical and environmental applications. Further, due to the high electrochemical activities and electron communication features, ZnO nanomaterials are considered as excellent candidates for electrochemical sensors. The present review meticulously introduces the current advancements of ZnO nanomaterial-based chemical sensors. Various operational factors such as the effect of size, morphologies, compositions and their respective working mechanisms along with the selectivity, sensitivity, detection limit, stability, etc., are discussed in this article. PMID:29439528

  4. ZnO powders as multi-facet single crystals.

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    Haque, Francia; Chenot, Stéphane; Viñes, Francesc; Illas, Francesc; Stankic, Slavica; Jupille, Jacques

    2017-04-19

    Oxides are most commonly found in divided forms with properties difficult to control since their crystallographic orientations usually escape analysis. To overcome this an appropriate model system can be provided by ZnO smoke which, obtained by combustion of Zn in air, exhibits nanoparticles with well-defined surface facets. The present work focuses on the interaction of water with ZnO smokes by combining density functional theory based simulations and infrared spectroscopy measurements with applied pressures from 10 -7 to 1 mbar. We demonstrate that the use of ultra-high vacuum allows the analysis of the very first stages of the adsorption, and report on water structures on ZnO(112[combining macron]0) for the first time. We further show that ZnO powders behave as multi-facet single crystals involving (101[combining macron]0), (112[combining macron]0), (0001), and (0001[combining macron]) surfaces with the polar orientations corresponding to 25% of the total surface area. A great deal of cross-agreements between experimental results and simulation provides a simple approach for the examination of hydroxylated/hydrated ZnO smokes and can be widely applied on other ZnO-related powders.

  5. Obtaining of nanostructured ZnO coatings using mechanoactivated oxidation

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    Muktepavela, F; Bakradze, G; Tamanis, E; Grigorjeva, L; Kulis, P; Krutohvostovs, R

    2007-01-01

    The concept to use nanostructured state of metal at the instant of destruction in air environment was used to obtain nanostructured Zn-ZnO coatings on glass and quartz by mechanical method. Subsequent annealing in the ambient atmosphere, annealing in vacuum and irradiation with 532-nm YAG:Nd laser were used to obtain completely oxidized, transparent ZnO coatings. The saturated with oxygen nanostructured coatings were transformed into nanostructured ZnO coatings after annealing above 773K or irradiation with laser (allowing to reach 673K) in ambient atmosphere. AFM and SEM images show that after annealing ZnO coatings have multi-shaped structure. The formation of ZnO need-like whiskers (d = 100nm, l = 2μm) was observed after laser irradiation. Obtained ZnO coatings have high microhardness (10--12GPa), strong adhesion with substrates and show green and blue luminescence at room temperature. The oxidation process is mechanoactivated due to the facilitated oxygen diffusion along deformation defects: vacancies, dislocation, microcracks, and developed network of grain boundaries

  6. Efficient nitrogen incorporation in ZnO nanowires.

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    Stehr, Jan E; Chen, Weimin M; Reddy, Nandanapalli Koteeswara; Tu, Charles W; Buyanova, Irina A

    2015-08-24

    One-dimensional ZnO nanowires (NWs) are a promising materials system for a variety of applications. Utilization of ZnO, however, requires a good understanding and control of material properties that are largely affected by intrinsic defects and contaminants. In this work we provide experimental evidence for unintentional incorporation of nitrogen in ZnO NWs grown by rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition, from electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. The incorporated nitrogen atoms are concluded to mainly reside at oxygen sites (NO). The NO centers are suggested to be located in proximity to the NW surface, based on their reduced optical ionization energy as compared with that in bulk. This implies a lower defect formation energy at the NW surface as compared with its bulk value, consistent with theoretical predictions. The revealed facilitated incorporation of nitrogen in ZnO nanostructures may be advantageous for realizing p-type conducting ZnO via N doping. The awareness of this process can also help to prevent such unintentional doping in structures with desired n-type conductivity.

  7. Continua with microstructure

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    Capriz, Gianfranco

    1989-01-01

    This book proposes a new general setting for theories of bodies with microstructure when they are described within the scheme of the con­ tinuum: besides the usual fields of classical thermomechanics (dis­ placement, stress, temperature, etc.) some new fields enter the picture (order parameters, microstress, etc.). The book can be used in a semester course for students who have already followed lectures on the classical theory of continua and is intended as an introduction to special topics: materials with voids, liquid crystals, meromorphic con­ tinua. In fact, the content is essentially that of a series of lectures given in 1986 at the Scuola Estiva di Fisica Matematica in Ravello (Italy). I would like to thank the Scientific Committee of the Gruppo di Fisica Matematica of the Italian National Council of Research (CNR) for the invitation to teach in the School. I also thank the Committee for Mathematics of CNR and the National Science Foundation: they have supported my research over many years and given ...

  8. Structural and optical properties of ZnO rods hydrothermally formed on polyethersulfone substrates

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    Shin, Chang Mi; Jang, Jin Tak; Kim, Chang Yong; Ryu, Hyuk Hyun; Lee, Won Jae; Chang, Ji Ho; Son, Chang Sik; Choi, Hee Lack

    2012-01-01

    Various unique ZnO morphologies, such as cigar-like and belt-like structures and microrod and nanorod structures, were formed on flexible polyethersulfone (PES) substrates by using a low temperature hydrothermal route. The structural properties of ZnO depended highly on the precursor concentration. The effect of a thin ZnO seed layer deposited the on PES substrate by using atomic layer deposition on the structural and the optical properties of ZnO hydrothermally grown on the ZnO seed layer/PES substrates was studied. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and photoluminescence (PL) measurements were employed to analyze the characteristics of hydrothermally-grown ZnO. The diameter of the ZnO nanorods grown on the ZnO seed layer/PES substrates increased with increasing precursor concentration from 0.025 to 0.125 M due to the Ostwald ripening process. ZnO hydrothermally-grown on the ZnO seed layer/PES substrates at a low precursor concentration showed better structural properties than ZnO formed without a seed layer. Well-formed ZnO nanorods deposited on the ZnO seed layer/PES substrates showed two PL peaks, one in the ultraviolet and the other in the visible region, whereas horizontally positioned ZnO formed on the PES substrate in the absence of a seed layer emitted only one broad PL peak in the violet region. The ZnO grown on PES substrates in this work can be used as high-quality transparent electrodes for solar cells fabricated on flexible substrates.

  9. Nanosheet-Assembled ZnO Microflower Photocatalysts

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    Siwen Zhang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Large scale ZnO microflowers assembled by numerous nanosheets are synthesized through a facile and effective hydrothermal route. The structure and morphology of the resultant products are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscope (SEM. Photocatalytic properties of the as-synthesized products are also investigated. The results demonstrate that eosin red aqueous solution can be degraded over 97% after 110 min under UV light irradiation. In addition, methyl orange (MO and Congo red (CR aqueous solution degradation experiments also are conducted in the same condition, respectively. It showed that nanosheet-assembled ZnO microflowers represent high photocatalytic activities with a degradation efficiency of 91% for CR with 90 min of irradiation and 90% for MO with 60 min of irradiation. The reported ZnO products may be promising candidates as the photocatalysts in waste water treatment.

  10. Photosensitivity of nanocrystalline ZnO films grown by PLD

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    Ayouchi, R.; Bentes, L.; Casteleiro, C.; Conde, O.; Marques, C.P.; Alves, E.; Moutinho, A.M.C.; Marques, H.P.; Teodoro, O.; Schwarz, R.

    2009-01-01

    We have studied the properties of ZnO thin films grown by laser ablation of ZnO targets on (0 0 0 1) sapphire (Al 2 O 3 ), under substrate temperatures around 400 deg. C. The films were characterized by different methods including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). XPS analysis revealed that the films are oxygen deficient, and XRD analysis with θ-2θ scans and rocking curves indicate that the ZnO thin films are highly c-axis oriented. All the films are ultraviolet (UV) sensitive. Sensitivity is maximum for the films deposited at lower temperature. The films deposited at higher temperatures show crystallite sizes of typically 500 nm, a high dark current and minimum photoresponse. In all films we observe persistent photoconductivity decay. More densely packed crystallites and a faster decay in photocurrent is observed for films deposited at lower temperature

  11. Doped ZnO nanowires obtained by thermal annealing.

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    Shan, C X; Liu, Z; Wong, C C; Hark, S K

    2007-02-01

    Doped ZnO nanowires were prepared in a very simple and inexpensive thermal annealing method using ZnSe nanowires as a precursor. As doped, P doped, and As/P codoped ZnO nanowires were obtained in this method. X-ray diffraction shows that the zincblende ZnSe nanowires were converted to doped wurtzite ZnO nanowires. The incorporation of the dopants was confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The doping concentration could be adjusted by changing the annealing temperature and duration. Scanning electron microscopy indicated that the morphology of the ZnSe nanowires was essentially retained after the annealing and doping process. Photoluminescence spectroscopy also verified the incorporation of the dopants into the nanowires.

  12. Enhancement in the photodetection of ZnO nanowires by introducing surface-roughness-induced traps

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    Park, Woojin; Jo, Gunho; Hong, Woong-Ki; Yoon, Jongwon; Choe, Minhyeok; Ji, Yongsung; Kim, Geunjin; Kahng, Yung Ho; Lee, Kwanghee; Lee, Takhee; Lee, Sangchul; Wang, Deli

    2011-01-01

    We investigated the enhanced photoresponse of ZnO nanowire transistors that was introduced with surface-roughness-induced traps by a simple chemical treatment with isopropyl alcohol (IPA). The enhanced photoresponse of IPA-treated ZnO nanowire devices is attributed to an increase in adsorbed oxygen on IPA-induced surface traps. The results of this study revealed that IPA-treated ZnO nanowire devices displayed higher photocurrent gains and faster photoswitching speed than transistors containing unmodified ZnO nanowires. Thus, chemical treatment with IPA can be a useful method for improving the photoresponse of ZnO nanowire devices.

  13. Single-Crystal Mesoporous ZnO Thin Films Composed of Nanowalls

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    Wang, Xudong

    2009-02-05

    This paper presents a controlled, large scale fabrication of mesoporous ZnO thin films. The entire ZnO mesoporous film is one piece of a single crystal, while high porosity made of nanowalls is present. The growth mechanism was proposed in comparison with the growth of ZnO nanowires. The ZnO mesoporous film was successfully applied as a gas sensor. The fabrication and growth analysis of the mesoporous ZnO thin film gi ve general guidance for the controlled growth of nanostructures. It also pro vides a unique structure with a superhigh surface-to-volume ratio for surface-related applications. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  14. Effects of seed layers on controlling of the morphology of ZnO nanostructures and superhydrophobicity of ZnO nanostructure/stearic acid composite films

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    Zhang, Jing; Liu, Zhihua, E-mail: sdwfliu@163.com; Liu, Junqi; E, Lei; Liu, Zhifeng, E-mail: tjulzf@163.com

    2016-11-01

    Hydrophobic ZnO self-cleaning thin films with the nanobundles and nanocarpets structures fabricated on indium tin oxides (ITO) glass substrate are reported. The water contact angle of ZnO nanobundles and nanocarpets structures (79° and 67° respectively) is higher than that of unmodified ZnO nanorods. A subsequent chemical treatment with stearic acid (SA) contributed to a superhydrophobic surface with a water contact angle of 159°. Its superhydrophobic property is originated from the nanobundles or nanocarpets structures and surface energy of SA/ZnO nanobundles and SA/ZnO nanocarpets composite nanostructures. Moreover, this promising ZnO nanostructured materials show an important application in self-cleaning smart coatings. - Highlights: • PEG and CTAB are firstly introduced to modify the morphology of ZnO seed layers. • ZnO nanobundles and nanocarpets obtained from different seed layers. • Superhydrophobic surfaces obtained by chemcial treatment using SA.

  15. A high power ZnO thin film piezoelectric generator

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    Qin, Weiwei; Li, Tao; Li, Yutong; Qiu, Junwen; Ma, Xianjun; Chen, Xiaoqiang; Hu, Xuefeng; Zhang, Wei

    2016-02-01

    A highly efficient and large area piezoelectric ZnO thin film nanogenerator (NG) was fabricated. The ZnO thin film was deposited onto a Si substrate by pulsed laser ablation at a substrate temperature of 500 °C. The deposited ZnO film exhibited a preferred c-axis orientation and a high piezoelectric value of 49.7 pm/V characterized using Piezoelectric Force Microscopy (PFM). Thin films of ZnO were patterned into rectangular power sources with dimensions of 0.5 × 0.5 cm2 with metallic top and bottom electrodes constructed via conventional semiconductor lithographic patterning processes. The NG units were subjected to periodic bending/unbending motions produced by mechanical impingement at a fixed frequency of 100 Hz at a pressure of 0.4 kg/cm2. The output electrical voltage, current density, and power density generated by one ZnO NG were recorded. Values of ∼95 mV, 35 μA cm-2 and 5.1 mW cm-2 were recorded. The level of power density is typical to that produced by a PZT NG on a flexible substrate. Higher energy NG sources can be easily created by adding more power units either in parallel or in series. The thin film ZnO NG technique is highly adaptable with current semiconductor processes, and as such, is easily integrated with signal collecting circuits that are compatible with mass production. A typical application would be using the power harvested from irregular human foot motions to either to operate blue LEDs directly or to drive a sensor network node in mille-power level without any external electric source and circuits.

  16. Growth of ZnO nanowires on nonwoven polyethylene fibers

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    Baruah, Sunandan; Dutta, Joydeep; Thanachayanont, Chanchana

    2008-01-01

    We report the growth of ZnO nanowires on nonwoven polyethylene fibers using a simple hydrothermal method at a temperature below the boiling point of water. The ZnO nanowires were grown from seed ZnO nanoparticles affixed onto the fibers. The seed ZnO nanoparticles, with diameters of about 6-7 nm, were synthesized in isopropanol by reducing zinc acetate hydrate with sodium hydroxide. The growth process was carried out in a sealed chemical bath containing an equimolar solution of zinc nitrate hexahydrate and hexamethylene tetramine at a temperature of 95 0 C over a period of up to 20 h. The thickness and length of the nanowires can be controlled by using different concentrations of the starting reactants and growth durations. A 0.5 mM chemical bath yielded nanowires with an average diameter of around 50 nm, while a 25 mM bath resulted in wires with a thickness of up to about 1 μm. The length of the wires depends both on the concentration of the precursor solution as well as the growth duration, and in 20 h, nanowires as long as 10 μm can be grown. The nonwoven mesh of polyethylene fibers covered with ZnO nanowires can be used for novel applications such as water treatment by degrading pollutants by photocatalysis. Photocatalysis tests carried out on standard test contaminants revealed that the polyethylene fibers with ZnO nanowires grown on them could accelerate the photocatalytic degradation process by a factor of 3

  17. Gauge factors for piezotronic stress sensor in polycrystalline ZnO

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    Keil, Peter; Baraki, Raschid; Novak, Nikola; Rödel, Jürgen; Frömling, Till

    2017-05-01

    The piezotronic effect gained considerable interest during the last decade. It utilizes the interaction of stress-induced piezoelectric charges and the electronic band structure in piezoelectric semiconductors. This could lead to new applications like strain-triggered transistors or transparent strain/stress sensors. Apart from single Schottky barriers, double Schottky barriers in varistor boundaries in ZnO can be modified extensively by the application of stress. The gauge factors obtained by this method far exceed values for commercial strain sensors. The determination of the underlying physical mechanisms is therefore of utmost importance for applications in strain sensing. In this work, the experimental results of the influence of mechanical stress on the current-voltage characteristics of ZnO-based varistor ceramics are contrasted to simulations. It is verified that a recently introduced simplified physical model based on parallel conductive regions is capable of explaining the stress sensitivity of varistor ceramics and the evolution of the gauge factor as a function of mechanical stress. At electric fields below the breakdown voltage, small percolating pathways through the microstructure determine the current response of the ceramic. This current localization effect becomes even more pronounced when the material is mechanically stressed with an externally applied uniaxial compressive load. Considering application in stress sensors, current localization in the material could possibly lead to local heating effects and degradation of the material.

  18. Microstructure and Electrical Properties of K0.5Na0.5NbO3-LiSbO3-BiFeO3- x %molZnO Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Zhao, Xiayan; Wang, Hua; Xu, Jiwen; Yuan, Changlai; Zhai, Xia; Cui, Yerang

    2014-02-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics {0.996[(0.95(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3-0.05LiSbO3]-0.004BiFeO3}- xmol%ZnO were prepared through a conventional ceramics sintering technique. The effect of ZnO content on structure, microstructure, and piezoelectric properties of KNN-LS-BF ceramics was investigated. The results reveal that ZnO as a sintering aid is very effective in promoting sinterability and electrical properties of the ceramics sintered at a low temperature of 1,020 °C. The ceramics show a single-perovskite structure with predominant tetragonal phase, and coexistence of orthorhombic and tetragonal phases is observed for x = 2.5-3.0. The addition of ZnO causes abnormal grain growth. A dense microstructure is also obtained at x = 2.0 because the relative density reaches up to 94.6 %. The morphotropic phase boundary and dense microstructure lead to significant enhancement of the piezoelectric properties. The ceramic with x = 1.5 exhibits optimum electrical properties as follows: d 33 = 280 pC/N, k p = 46 %, Q m = 40.8, P r = 25 μC/cm2, E c = 1.2 kV/mm, and T c = 340 °C.

  19. EPD-deposited ZnO thin films: a review

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    Verde, M.

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available ZnO-based materials and specifically ZnO films with tailored morphology have been subjected to extensive research in the past few years due to their high potential for multiple prospective applications, mainly in electronics. Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD constitutes an economical, ecofriendly, low energy consuming and easily scalable alternative to the high energy consuming evaporative techniques which are commonly used for the obtaining of these ZnO films. For its application, however, the use of stable, well dispersed suspensions is a necessary requirement, and thus a thorough study of their colloidal chemistry is essential. In this work the main contributions to the study of colloidal chemistry of ZnO nanoparticle suspensions and their shaping into ZnO films by EPD are summarized.Los materiales basados en ZnO y en particular las láminas de ZnO con morfología controlada han sido objeto en los últimos años de numerosas investigaciones debido al elevado potencial que presentan para múltiples aplicaciones emergentes, principalmente en electrónica. La deposición electroforética (EPD constituye un método alternativo económico, ecológico, de bajo coste energético y elevada escalabilidad para la producción de éstas láminas de ZnO, en contraste con las técnicas evaporativas empleadas habitualmente, las cuales presentan un elevado impacto energético, así como una escalabilidad complicada. Para su aplicación, sin embargo, y puesto que el principal requisito es el uso de suspensiones estables y bien dispersas, es necesario un detallado estudio de la coloidequímica de las mismas. En este trabajo se resumen las aportaciones más relevantes relativas al estudio de los distintos parámetros que afectan a la estabilidad coloidal de las suspensiones de nanopartículas de ZnO y al proceso de obtención de las láminas mediante EPD a partir de las mismas.

  20. Piezoelectric ZnO nanostructure for energy harvesting

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    Leprince-Wang, Yamin

    2015-01-01

    Over the past decade, ZnO as an important II-VI semiconductor has attracted much attention within the scientific community over the world owing to its numerous unique and prosperous properties. This material, considered as a "future material", especially in nanostructural format, has aroused many interesting research works due to its large range of applications in electronics, photonics, acoustics, energy and sensing. The bio-compatibility, piezoelectricity & low cost fabrication make ZnO nanostructure a very promising material for energy harvesting.

  1. Single photon emission from ZnO nanoparticles

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    Choi, Sumin; Ton-That, Cuong; Phillips, Matthew R.; Aharonovich, Igor, E-mail: igor.aharonovich@uts.edu.au [School of Physics and Advanced Materials, University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, New South Wales 2007 (Australia); Johnson, Brett C. [Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010 (Australia); Castelletto, Stefania [School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 (Australia)

    2014-06-30

    Room temperature single photon emitters are very important resources for photonics and emerging quantum technologies. In this work, we study single photon emission from defect centers in 20 nm zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles. The emitters exhibit bright broadband fluorescence in the red spectral range centered at 640 nm with polarized excitation and emission. The studied emitters showed continuous blinking; however, bleaching can be suppressed using a polymethyl methacrylate coating. Furthermore, hydrogen termination increased the density of single photon emitters. Our results will contribute to the identification of quantum systems in ZnO.

  2. Permanent bending and alignment of ZnO nanowires

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    Borschel, Christian; Spindler, Susann; Oertel, Michael; Ronning, Carsten [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena (Germany); Lerose, Damiana [MPI fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle/Saale (Germany); Institut fuer Photonische Technologien, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 9, 07745 Jena (Germany); Bochmann, Arne [Institut fuer Photonische Technologien, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 9, 07745 Jena (Germany); Christiansen, Silke H. [Institut fuer Photonische Technologien, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 9, 07745 Jena (Germany); MPI fuer die Physik des Lichts, Guenther-Scharowsky-Str. 1, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Nietzsche, Sandor [Zentrum fuer Elektronenmikroskopie, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, Ziegelmuehlenweg 1, 07743 Jena (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Ion beams can be used to bend or re-align nanowires permanently, after they have been grown. We have irradiated ZnO nanowires with ions of different species and energy, achieving bending and alignment in various directions. We study the bending of single nanowires as well as the simultaneous alignment of large ensembles of ZnO nanowires in detail. Computer simulations show that the bending is initiated by ion beam induced damage. Dislocations are identified to relax stresses and make the bending and alignment permanent and resistant against annealing procedures.

  3. Permanent bending and alignment of ZnO nanowires.

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    Borschel, Christian; Spindler, Susann; Lerose, Damiana; Bochmann, Arne; Christiansen, Silke H; Nietzsche, Sandor; Oertel, Michael; Ronning, Carsten

    2011-05-06

    Ion beams can be used to permanently bend and re-align nanowires after growth. We have irradiated ZnO nanowires with energetic ions, achieving bending and alignment in different directions. Not only the bending of single nanowires is studied in detail, but also the simultaneous alignment of large ensembles of ZnO nanowires. Computer simulations reveal how the bending is initiated by ion beam induced damage. Detailed structural characterization identifies dislocations to relax stresses and make the bending and alignment permanent, even surviving annealing procedures.

  4. Room temperature ferromagnetism in ZnO prepared by microemulsion

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    Qingyu Xu

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Clear room temperature ferromagnetism has been observed in ZnO powders prepared by microemulsion. The O vacancy (VO clusters mediated by the VO with one electron (F center contributed to the ferromagnetism, while the isolated F centers contributed to the low temperature paramagnetism. Annealing in H2 incorporated interstitial H (Hi in ZnO, and removed the isolated F centers, leading to the suppression of the paramagnetism. The ferromagnetism has been considered to originate from the VO clusters mediated by the Hi, leading to the enhancement of the coercivity. The ferromagnetism disappeared after annealing in air due to the reduction of Hi.

  5. Laser-induced grating in ZnO

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    Ravn, Jesper N.

    1992-01-01

    A simple approach for the calculation of self-diffraction in a thin combined phase and amplitude grating is presented. The third order nonlinearity, the electron-hole recombination time, and the ambipolar diffusion coefficient in a ZnO crystal are measured by means of laser-induced self-diffracti......A simple approach for the calculation of self-diffraction in a thin combined phase and amplitude grating is presented. The third order nonlinearity, the electron-hole recombination time, and the ambipolar diffusion coefficient in a ZnO crystal are measured by means of laser-induced self...

  6. Synthesis of ZnO nanorods from aqueous solution

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    Lepot, N.; Van Bael, M.K.; Van den Rul, H.; D'Haen, J.; Peeters, R.; Franco, D.; Mullens, J.

    2007-01-01

    In the present work, crystalline one-dimensional ZnO nanorods were synthesized by a PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone)-assisted hydrothermal process with zinc acetate as the precursor. The major advantage of this technique is the use of water as the solvent: cheaper and more environmentally ftiendly than alcohol. The as-synthesized ZnO nanorods have diameters of 50-200 nm and lengths up to 5 mu m. X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron dif...

  7. Transient behaviors of ZnO thin films on a transparent, flexible polyethylene terephthalate substrate

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    Kim, Yong Jun [Department of Nano-Physics, Gachon University, 1342 Seongnamdaero, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do 461-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Ho Seok [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea University, 5-1 Anam-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-713 (Korea, Republic of); Noh, Jin-Seo, E-mail: jinseonoh@gachon.ac.kr [Department of Nano-Physics, Gachon University, 1342 Seongnamdaero, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do 461-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-03-31

    Thickness-dependent electrical, structural, and optical properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates have been investigated in the very thin thickness range of 20 to 120 nm. In this thickness range, the electrical resistance of ZnO film increased with an increase in film thickness. This unusual transition behavior was explained in terms of structural evolution from Zn-phase-incorporating non-crystalline ZnO to hexagonal-structured ZnO. A critical thickness for the full development of hexagonal ZnO crystal was estimated at approximately 80 nm in this study. ZnO thin films on PET substrates exhibit a high optical transmittance of > 70% and good endurance to bending cycles over the measured thickness range. The results of this study indicate that a trade-off should be sought between structural, electrical, optical, and mechanical properties for practical applications of very thin ZnO films on organic substrates. - Highlights: • Very thin ZnO films were sputter-deposited on the PET substrate. • The ZnO film resistance increases with an increase in film thickness until saturation. • Hexagonal crystal structures gradually develop with increasing film thickness. • A Zn phase appears in a 20-nm-thick ZnO film. • ZnO films show high optical transmittance of > 80% and good endurance to bending.

  8. Transient behaviors of ZnO thin films on a transparent, flexible polyethylene terephthalate substrate

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    Kim, Yong Jun; Lee, Ho Seok; Noh, Jin-Seo

    2016-01-01

    Thickness-dependent electrical, structural, and optical properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates have been investigated in the very thin thickness range of 20 to 120 nm. In this thickness range, the electrical resistance of ZnO film increased with an increase in film thickness. This unusual transition behavior was explained in terms of structural evolution from Zn-phase-incorporating non-crystalline ZnO to hexagonal-structured ZnO. A critical thickness for the full development of hexagonal ZnO crystal was estimated at approximately 80 nm in this study. ZnO thin films on PET substrates exhibit a high optical transmittance of > 70% and good endurance to bending cycles over the measured thickness range. The results of this study indicate that a trade-off should be sought between structural, electrical, optical, and mechanical properties for practical applications of very thin ZnO films on organic substrates. - Highlights: • Very thin ZnO films were sputter-deposited on the PET substrate. • The ZnO film resistance increases with an increase in film thickness until saturation. • Hexagonal crystal structures gradually develop with increasing film thickness. • A Zn phase appears in a 20-nm-thick ZnO film. • ZnO films show high optical transmittance of > 80% and good endurance to bending.

  9. Nanostructured ZnO films on stainless steel are highly safe and effective for antimicrobial applications.

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    Shim, Kyudae; Abdellatif, Mohamed; Choi, Eunsoo; Kim, Dongkyun

    2017-04-01

    The safety and effectiveness of antimicrobial ZnO films must be established for general applications. In this study, the antimicrobial activity, skin irritation, elution behavior, and mechanical properties of nanostructured ZnO films on stainless steel were evaluated. ZnO nanoparticle (NP) and ZnO nanowall (NW) structures were prepared with different surface roughnesses, wettability, and concentrations using an RF magnetron sputtering system. The thicknesses of ZnO NP and ZnO NW were approximately 300 and 620 nm, respectively, and ZnO NW had two diffraction directions of [0002] and [01-10] based on high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The ZnO NW structure demonstrated 99.9% antimicrobial inhibition against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Penicillium funiculosum, and no skin irritation was detected using experimental rabbits. Approximately 27.2 ± 3.0 μg L -1 Zn ions were eluted from the ZnO NW film at 100 °C for 24 h, which satisfies the WHO guidelines for drinking water quality. Furthermore, the Vickers hardness and fracture toughness of ZnO NW films on stainless steel were enhanced by 11 and 14% compared to those of the parent stainless steel. Based on these results, ZnO NW films on STS316L sheets are useful for household supplies, such as water pipes, faucets, and stainless steel containers.

  10. Enhancement of Photoluminescence Lifetime of ZnO Nanorods Making Use of Thiourea

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    Erdal Sönmez

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated correlation of photoluminescence lifetime between zinc oxide (ZnO nanorods and thiourea-doped ZnO nanorods (tu: CH4N2S. Aqueous solutions of ZnO nanorods were deposited on glass substrate by using pneumatic spray pyrolysis technique. The as-prepared specimens were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy (TRPL. The photoluminescence lifetime of ZnO nanorods and ZnO nanorods containing thiourea was determined as =1.56±0.05 ns (2=0.9 and =2.12±0.03 ns (2=1.0, respectively. The calculated lifetime values of ZnO nanorods revealed that the presence of thiourea in ZnO nanorods resulted in increasing the exciton lifetime. In addition to the optical quality of ZnO nanorods, their exciton lifetime is comparable to the longest lifetimes reported for ZnO nanorods. The structural improvement of ZnO nanorods, containing thiourea, was also elucidated by taking their SEM images which show the thinner and longer ZnO nanorods compared to those without thiourea.

  11. Influence of morphologies on the field emission performance of oriented ZnO nano-arrays

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    Lingjie, Wang; Zunxian, Yang; Jinyang, Lin; Tailiang, Guo

    2011-12-01

    Different morphologies of comb-like ZnO and oriented ZnO nano-arrays such as ZnO nanoneedles and ZnO nanorods were synthesized by using flexible thermal evaporation method via simply adjusting the temperature and oxygen content. The ZnO nanorods arrays have the lowest turn-on field, highest current density and the largest emission efficiency owning to its good contact with the substrate and relatively weaker field screening effects. The experiments show that the morphologies and orientation of one-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanomaterials have considerable effects on the turn-on field and the emission current density, and the nanoarray also contributes to electrons emission. The results could be valuable for the application of ZnO nanorod arrays as cathode materials in field emission based devices.

  12. Photodegradation of m-cresol with synthesized Mn doped ZnO nanoparticles under visible light

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    Abdollahi, Y.; Abdul Halim Abdullah; Zainal, Z.

    2009-01-01

    Full text: Various percent of Mn-doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation method. They have been tested in photodegradation of m-cresol under visible light irradiation. Optimum photodegradation was observed with 1.0 wt % Mn-doped ZnO. Undoped and 1.0 wt % Mn doped Photo catalysts were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopic (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The optical absorption was examined using UV-vis spectrophotometer. The results showed that 1.0 wt % Mn-doped ZnO comparing with undoped ZnO had higher surface area, and finer particles size. Also optical absorption shifted to visible light in 1.0 wt % Mn doped ZnO. Therefore, Mn doping in ZnO may enhance the photo catalyst activity of ZnO under visible light. (author)

  13. Preparation and Study of morphological properties of ZnO nano Powder

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    Mohammed Salab Hamza

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this work, ZnO nanostructures for powder ZnO were synthesized by Hydrothermal Method. Size and shape of ZnO nanostructureas can be controlled by change ammonia concentration. In the preparation of ZnO nanostructure, zinc nitrate hexahydrate [Zn(NO32·6H2O] was used as a precursor. The structure and morphology of ZnO nanostructure have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM, X-ray diffraction (XRD. The synthesized ZnO nanostructures have a hexagonal wurtzite structure. Also using Zeta potential and Particle Size Analyzers and size distribution of the ZnO powder

  14. Performance of Cr-doped ZnO for acetone sensing

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    Al-Hardan, N.H., E-mail: naif_imen@ukm.my [Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics (IMEN), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Abdullah, M.J.; Aziz, A. Abdul [School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang (Malaysia)

    2013-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) doped with chromium (Cr) was synthesized by reactive co-sputtering for gas sensing applications. The effect of varying the contents of Cr (from 1 to 4 at%) on the ZnO gas sensor response was studied. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals the high orientation of c-axis of the prepared films. The optimum operating temperature of the undoped ZnO was 400 °C and shifted to 300 °C for the Cr-doped ZnO under the acetone vapour. The 1% Cr doping ZnO gas sensor was most sensitive for the acetone vapour. The ability of the 1% Cr-doped ZnO to produce repeatable results under different acetone vapour concentrations was tested. The timing properties of the doped Cr ZnO gas sensor were 70 and 95 s for the rise and recovery time respectively.

  15. Growth of homoepitaxial ZnO film on ZnO nanorods and light emitting diode applications

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    Park, Sun-Hong; Kim, Seon-Hyo; Han, Sang-Wook

    2007-01-01

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanorod arrays with a diameter of 40-150 nm were fabricated on Al 2 O 3 substrates with and without GaN interlayers, and consequently covered with a ZnO film in situ by a catalyst-free metal-organic vapour phase epitaxy method. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy measurements demonstrated that the ZnO film/nanorods hybrid structures had a well-ordered wurtzite structure with no lattice mismatch between the film and nanorods, and that the film was homoepitaxially grown horizontally as well as vertically on the pre-grown nanorods. From n-ZnO film/nanorods/p-GaN heterojunctions, we observed a blue light emission with a wavelength of about 440 nm

  16. Microstructural characterization of chemical bath deposited and sputtered Zn(O,S) buffer layers

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    Gautron, E.; Buffière, M.; Harel, S.; Assmann, L.; Arzel, L.; Brohan, L.; Kessler, J.; Barreau, N.

    2013-01-01

    The present work aims at investigating the microstructure of Zn(O,S) buffer layers relative to their deposition route, namely either chemical bath deposition (CBD) or RF co-sputtering process (PVD) under pure Ar. The core of the study consists of cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterization of the differently grown Zn(O,S) thin films on co-evaporated Cu(In,Ga)Se 2 (CIGSe) absorbers. It shows that the morphology of Zn(O,S) layer deposited on CIGSe using CBD process is made of a thin layer of well oriented ZnS sphalerite-(111) and/or ZnS wurtzite-(0002) planes parallel to CIGSe chalcopyrite-(112) planes at the interface with CIGSe followed by misoriented nanometer-sized ZnS crystallites in an amorphous phase. As far as (PVD)Zn(O,S) is concerned, the TEM analyses reveal two different microstructures depending on the S-content in the films: for [S] / ([O] + [S]) = 0.6, the buffer layer is made of ZnO zincite and ZnS wurtzite crystallites grown nearly coherently to each other, with (0002) planes nearly parallel with CIGSe-(112) planes, while for [S] / ([O] + [S]) = 0.3, it is made of ZnO zincite type crystals with O atoms substituted by S atoms, with (0002) planes perfectly aligned with CIGSe-(112) planes. Such microstructural differences can explain why photovoltaic performances are dependent on the Zn(O,S) buffer layer deposition route. - Highlights: ► Zn(O,S) layers were grown by chemical bath (CBD) or physical vapor (PVD) deposition. ► For CBD, a 3 nm ZnS layer is followed by ZnS nano-crystallites in an amorphous phase. ► For PVD with [S] / ([O] + [S]) = 0.3, the layer has a Zn(O,S) zincite structure. ► For PVD with [S] / ([O] + [S]) = 0.6, ZnS wurtzite and ZnO zincite phases are mixed

  17. In vitro antibacterial activity of ZnO and Nd doped ZnO nanoparticles against ESBL producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae

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    Hameed, Abdulrahman Syedahamed Haja; Karthikeyan, Chandrasekaran; Ahamed, Abdulazees Parveez; Thajuddin, Nooruddin; Alharbi, Naiyf S.; Alharbi, Sulaiman Ali; Ravi, Ganasan

    2016-04-01

    Pure ZnO and Neodymium (Nd) doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles retained the wurtzite hexagonal structure. From FESEM studies, ZnO and Nd doped ZnO NPs showed nanorod and nanoflower like morphology respectively. The FT-IR spectra confirmed the Zn-O stretching bands at 422 and 451 cm-1 for ZnO and Nd doped ZnO NPs respectively. From the UV-VIS spectroscopic measurement, the excitonic peaks were found around 373 nm and 380 nm for the respective samples. The photoluminescence measurements revealed that the broad emission was composed of ten different bands due to zinc vacancies, oxygen vacancies and surface defects. The antibacterial studies performed against extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) producing strains of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae showed that the Nd doped ZnO NPs possessed a greater antibacterial effect than the pure ZnO NPs. From confocal laser scanning microscopic (CLSM) analysis, the apoptotic nature of the cells was confirmed by the cell shrinkage, disorganization of cell wall and cell membrane and dead cell of the bacteria. SEM analysis revealed the existence of bacterial loss of viability due to an impairment of cell membrane integrity, which was highly consistent with the damage of cell walls.

  18. Defects induced luminescence and tuning of bandgap energy narrowing in ZnO nanoparticles doped with Li ions

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    Awan, Saif Ullah

    2014-08-28

    Microstructural and optical properties of Zn1-yLiyO (0.00 ≤y ≤0.10) nanoparticles are investigated. Li incorporation leads to substantial changes in the structural characterization. From micro-structural analysis, no secondary phases or clustering of Li was detected. Elemental maps confirmed homogeneous distribution of Li in ZnO. Sharp UV peak due to the recombination of free exciton and defects based luminescence broad visible band was observed. The transition from the conduction band to Zinc vacancy defect level in photoluminescence spectra is found at 518±2.5nm. The yellow luminescence was observed and attributed to Li related defects in doped samples. With increasing Li doping, a decrease in energy bandgap was observed in the range 3.26±0.014 to 3.17±0.018eV. The bandgap narrowing behavior is explained in terms of the band tailing effect due to structural disorder, carrier-impurities, carrier-carrier, and carrier-phonon interactions. Tuning of the bandgap energy in this class of wide bandgap semiconductor is very important for room temperature spintronics applications and optical devices. © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

  19. Electrochemical synthesis of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures on ZnO seed layer for DSSC applications

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    Marimuthu, T.; Anandhan, N.; Thangamuthu, R.

    2018-01-01

    Electrochemical deposition of vertically aligned zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods were prepared on ZnO seeded fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate in the solutions consisting of different concentrations of hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA). The electrochemical, structural, morphological, vibrational and optical properties were characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, respectively. CV curves confirm that metallic zinc phase is not deposited as the HMTA concentration is about 9 mM in a deposition solution. XRD patterns of the as-prepared films show that the increasing HMTA concentrations from 0 mM to 9 mM not only increase the formation of zinc hydrate chloride (Zn5(OH)8Cl2·H2O) but also decrease and finally disappear the metallic Zn deposition. After the as-prepared films annealed at 450 ° C, the crystalline phases of Zn and Zn5(OH)8Cl2·H2O are completely converted to ZnO hexagonal wurtzite phase with high intense growth (002) plane orientation. SEM images support that the vertical growth of ZnO nanostructures (nanorods and petals) with a few flowers is found to be in the cordillera structure as the films are deposited in the solutions consisting of 3 mM, 6 mM and 9 mM HMTA respectively. Raman and PL spectra confirm that the ZnO film deposited in the solution consisting of 9 mM HMTA has a higher crystalline nature with lesser atomic defects and is also higher c-axis growth than that of other films deposited in the solutions consisting of 0 mM, 3 mM and 6 mM, respectively. UV-vis absorbance spectra corroborate that the ZnO film deposited in the solution consisting of 9 mM HMTA shows a high dye absorbance as compared with other films. The efficiency of DSSCs based on ZnO photoanodes deposited in the solutions consisting of 0 mM and 9 mM HMTA was 1.79 and 3.75%, respectively. Electrochemical impedance spectra revealed that DSSC based on ZnO photoanode

  20. Microstructure of rapidly solidified materials

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    Jones, H.

    1984-07-01

    The basic features of rapidly solidified microstructures are described and differences arising from alternative processing strategies are discussed. The possibility of achieving substantial undercooling prior to solidification in processes such as quench atomization and chill block melt spinning can give rise to striking microstructural transitions even when external heat extraction is nominally Newtonian. The increased opportunity in laser and electron beam surface melting for epitaxial growth on the parent solid at an accelerating rate, however, does not exclude the formation of nonequilibrium phases since the required undercooling can be locally attained at the solidification front which is itself advancing at a sufficiently high velocity. The effects of fluid flow indicated particularly in melt spinning and surface melting are additional to the transformational and heat flow considerations that form the present basis for interpretation of such microstructural effects.

  1. Properties of ZnO nanocrystals prepared by radiation method

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    Čuba, V.; Gbur, T.; Múčka, V.; Nikl, Martin; Kučerková, Romana; Pospíšil, M.; Jakubec, Ivo

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 79, č. 1 (2010), s. 27-32 ISSN 0969-806X R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN300100802 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521; CEZ:AV0Z40320502 Keywords : ZnO * nanoparticles * luminescence Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.132, year: 2010

  2. Pulsed-laser deposited ZnO for device applications

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    King, S.L.; Gardeniers, Johannes G.E.; Boyd, I.W.

    1996-01-01

    The study investigates the growth by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) of ZnO thin films for the eventual incorporation into piezo-electric actuators and other sensors being developed at the University of Twente. All films are purely c-axis oriented, and results are presented which suggest the

  3. Red luminescence from ZnO : Cr nanophosphors under visible ...

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    Red luminescence from ZnO : Cr. 3+ nanophosphors under visible excitation. N PUSHPA1, M K KOKILA1,*, B M NAGABHUSHANA2, H NAGABHUSHANA3 and. A JAGANNATHA REDDY. 4. 1Department of Physics, Bangalore University, Bangalore 560 056, India. 2Department of Chemistry, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of ...

  4. Photoluminescence of spray pyrolysis deposited ZnO nanorods

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    Mikli Valdek

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Photoluminescence of highly structured ZnO layers comprising well-shaped hexagonal rods is presented. The ZnO rods (length 500-1,000 nm, diameter 100-300 nm were grown in air onto a preheated soda-lime glass (SGL or ITO/SGL substrate by low-cost chemical spray pyrolysis method using zinc chloride precursor solutions and growth temperatures in the range of 450-550°C. We report the effect of the variation in deposition parameters (substrate type, growth temperature, spray rate, solvent type on the photoluminescence properties of the spray-deposited ZnO nanorods. A dominant near band edge (NBE emission is observed at 300 K and at 10 K. High-resolution photoluminescence measurements at 10 K reveal fine structure of the NBE band with the dominant peaks related to the bound exciton transitions. It is found that all studied technological parameters affect the excitonic photoluminescence in ZnO nanorods. PACS: 78.55.Et, 81.15.Rs, 61.46.Km

  5. Screen printed nanosized ZnO thick film

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    BINDU KRISHNAN* and V P N NAMPOORI†. Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology, Athani P O, Thrissur 680 771, India. †International School of Photonics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin 682 022, India. MS received 6 November 2004; revised 5 March 2005. Abstract. Nanosized ZnO was ...

  6. ZnO nanostructured microspheres and grown structures by thermal ...

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    binding energy (60 mV) and high mechanical and thermal stability. 1D ZnO nanostructures have been studied for optoelectronic nanodevice applications as a promising candidate for UV ... Optical properties were analysed by the Raman scatter- ing. 3. ... oil affinity groups and bases, there are water and oil affi- nity groups ...

  7. ZnO 1-D nanostructures: Low temperature synthesis and ...

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    applications like mechanical actuators and piezoelectric sensors (Wang 2004). In addition, ZnO exhibits a diverse group of growth morphologies in the nano regime that has made this material a promising candidate in the field of nanotechnology. Among the various nanoforms, one- dimensional oriented nanostructures ...

  8. Hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanoflowers and their photocatalyst ...

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    damine B (RhB) aqueous solution (5 mg l−1) and irradiated by 50 W UV light. Then, 2.5 ml reaction samples were with- drawn periodically for UV–vis analysis. .... spectra. It was also noted that its intensity was enhanced for ZnO nanoflowers with a strong UV luminescence. In the case, the NIR luminescence in our ...

  9. Direct Precipitation and Characterization of ZnO Nanoparticles

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    A. H. Moharram

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanoparticles are prepared through hydrolysis and condensation of zinc acetate dihydrate by potassium hydroxide in alcoholic medium at low temperatures. Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA of the precursor is made in order to specify the temperature range over which the weight loss and thermal effect are significant. X-ray diffraction of the as-prepared specimens shows that the hexagonal (a=3.2459 Å, c=5.1999 Å structure is the predominant crystallographic structure. According to Scherer’s formula, the average size of the nanoparticles is 22.4 ± 0.6 nm. The structural properties of the synthesized ZnO nanoparticles have been confirmed using the TEM micrographs. The optical energy gap of the ZnO nanoparticles, as obtained from applying Tauc’s equation, is equal to 3.52 eV, which is higher than that of the bulk material. Absorption peak of the as-prepared sample is 298 nm which is highly blue shifted as compared to the bulk (360 nm. Large optical energy gap and highly blue shifted absorption edge confirm that the prepared ZnO nanoparticle exhibits strong quantum confinement effect.

  10. Random laser action in 3-D ZnO nanostructures

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    Miao, L.; Tanemura, S. [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy and Gas Hydrate, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 2 Nengyuan Rd. Tianhe district, Guangzhou (China); Materials R and D Laboratory, Japan Fine Ceramics Centre, Mutsuno, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya 456-8587 (Japan); Yang, H.Y.; Lau, S.P. [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); Xu, G. [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy and Gas Hydrate, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 2 Nengyuan Rd. Tianhe district, Guangzhou (China)

    2009-05-15

    Room-temperature ultraviolet random lasing with low threshold pumping power was successfully achieved by ZnO 3-D random-wall nanostructure fabricated on ZnO/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate through a thermal chemical reaction and vapor transportation deposition method in a simple horizontal tube furnace from the mixed ZnO and graphite powders. The nanorods grown along c-axis on the substrate are coalesced to form the 3-D nano-wall with 80{proportional_to}100 nm in wall thickness and irregular height ranging of 95-250 nm. Mueller matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry reveals that evaluated refractive indices n(E) of ZnO nanowalls are well interpreted by taking account of the ratio between ZnO and void achieved by effective medium theory analysis and isotropic depolarization feature of the designated nanowalls. Random lasing action observed in the wide wavelength range between 375 and 395 nm is realized by coherent amplification of the closed-loop scattered light inside 3-D random-wall nanostructure. It is demonstrated that both transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) modes show the same threshold and pumping power dependent trend, while the intensity of TM lasing is weaker than that of TE due to the different scattering strength originated from the features of the inside of nanowall. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  11. Biogenic ZnO nanoparticles synthesized using L. aculeata leaf ...

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    Abstract. In this study, Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were synthesized using aqueous extract of Lantana aculeata. Linn. leaf and assessed their effects on antifungal activity against the plant fungal pathogens. Synthesized nanoparti- cles were confirmed by ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared ...

  12. NANO CRYSTALLINE ZnO CATALYZED ONE POT THREE ...

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    naphtho[1',2':5,6]pyrano[3,2- c]chromen-6-ones is described by three-component reaction of β-naphthol, aromatic aldehydes and 4- hydroxycoumarin using ZnO nanoparticles under solvent-free conditions. The present method provides a ...

  13. Luminescence properties of hydrothermally grown ZnO nanorods

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    Yatskiv, Roman; Grym, Jan

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 99, 1November (2016), s. 214-220 ISSN 0749-6036 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LD14111; GA ČR GA15-17044S Institutional support: RVO:67985882 Keywords : Photoluminescence * Annealing * ZnO nanorods Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 2.123, year: 2016

  14. Adsorption property of volatile molecules on ZnO nanowires ...

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    Also, density functional theory (DFT) calculations were done to understand the charge transfer and electronic property change during adsorption of molecules over ZnO nanowire. The band of the Zn 3d state was altered after adsorption and no significant changes were observed in the O 2p state. The higher binding energy ...

  15. Electronic properties of assemblies of zno quantum dots

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    Roest, Aarnoud Laurens

    2003-01-01

    Electron transport in an assembly of ZnO quantum dots has been studied using an electrochemically gated transistor. The electron mobility shows a step-wise increase as a function of the electron occupation per quantum dot. When the occupation number is below two, transport occurs by tunnelling

  16. Biogenic ZnO nanoparticles synthesized using L. aculeata leaf

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    ... Refresher Courses · Symposia · Live Streaming. Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 39; Issue 1. Biogenic ZnO nanoparticles synthesized using L. aculeata leaf extract and their antifungal activity against plant fungal pathogens. S Narendhran Rajeshwari Sivaraj. Volume 39 Issue 1 February 2016 pp 1- ...

  17. Ultrasonic-assisted fabrication of superhydrophobic ZnO nanowall ...

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    2017-06-09

    Jun 9, 2017 ... The surface roughness cre- ated by surface-modified ZnO nanowalls and the air pockets trapped within the dense nanowalls, transformed the hydrophobic glass substrates into superhydrophobic surfaces with water contact angle of 156. ◦ during 20 min of sonication. An indepen- dent analysis was carried ...

  18. Development of gas sensors using ZnO nanostructures

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    Different ZnO nanostructures such as nanowires, nanobelts and tetrapods have been grown and used for preparation of thick film (with random grain boundaries) as well as isolated nanowire/nanobelt gas sensors. Sensitivity of different type of sensors has been studied to H2S and NO gases. The results show that the ...

  19. Perovskite enhanced solid state ZnO solar cells

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    Loh, L.; Briscoe, J.; Dunn, S.

    2013-12-01

    This paper will report on the design, fabrication and testing of a solid-state perovskite enhanced ZnO solar cell. The p-type perovskite material used is bismuth ferrite (BFO) which has an absorption range within the blue range of the visible light spectrum. The solid state solar cell, was sensitized with N719 dye and used a CuSCN hole conductor. A disadvantage of ZnO is its poor chemical stability in acidic and corrosive environments. As chemical solution techniques were used in depositing BFO, a buffer method using an aminosilane ((3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane or H2N(CH2)3Si(OCH3)3)) coating was used to provide a protective coating on the ZnO nanorods before the BFO film was spin coated onto the ZnO nanorods. The photovoltaic performance of the solar cells were tested using a Keithley 2400 source meter under 100mW/cm2, AM 1.5G simulated sunlight, where improvements in Jsc and efficiency were observed. The BFO was able to harness more electrons and also acted as a buffer from electron recombination.

  20. Development of gas sensors using ZnO nanostructures

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    *For correspondence. Development of gas sensors using ZnO nanostructures. S K GUPTA. 1,. *, ADITEE JOSHI. 2 and MANMEET KAUR. 1. 1. Technical Physics and Prototype Engineering Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,. Mumbai 400 085. 2. Department of Electronics Science, University of Pune, Pune 411 007.

  1. Synthesis and optical characteristics of ZnO nanocrystals

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    Synthesis and optical characteristics of ZnO nanocrystals. D SRIDEVI* and K V RAJENDRAN. Department of Physics, Presidency College, Chennai 600 093, India. MS received 20 June 2008; revised 19 December 2008. Abstract. Zinc oxide nanomaterials with an average particle size of 20–30 nm are readily synthesized ...

  2. ZnO coated nanospring-based chemiresistors

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    Dobrokhotov, Vladimir; Oakes, Landon; Sowell, Dewayne; Larin, Alexander; Hall, Jessica; Kengne, Alex; Bakharev, Pavel; Corti, Giancarlo; Cantrell, Timothy; Prakash, Tej; Williams, Joseph; McIlroy, D. N.

    2012-02-01

    Chemiresistors were constructed using 3-D silica nanospring mats coated with a contiguous film of ZnO nanocrystals. Chemiresistors with an average ZnO nanocrystal radius 20 nm, were found to exhibit a relative change in conductance of a factor of 50 upon exposure to a gas flow of 20% O2 and 80% N2 with ˜500 ppm of toluene and an operational temperature of 400 °C. Samples with an average ZnO nanocrystal radius of 15 nm were found to be the most responsive with a relative conductance change of a factor of 1000. The addition of metal nanoparticles (average radius equal to 2.4 nm) onto the surface of the ZnO nanocrystals (average radius equal to 15 nm) produced a relative change in conductance of a factor of 1500. For the optimum conditions (T = 400 °C, grain size ˜15 nm) well-defined spikes in conductance to explosive vapors (TNT, TATP) were obtained for 0.1 ms exposure time at ppb levels.

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    attention as UV emitters and detectors. They also find applications in field emission displays ... stant stirring and heating to 120°C. After complete disso- lution of the salt, stirring was stopped and the solution ... ZnO has attracted much attention as a random lasing medium because of high optical gain and dielectric con- stant.

  4. ZnO processing for integrated optic sensors

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    Horsthuis, Winfried H.G.

    1986-01-01

    ZnO thin films were sputter deposited onto oxidized silicon wafers. The film quality increased with increasing applied r.f. power. Characterization of the films was performed by measurements of the attenuation of the transverse electric TE0 optical guided mode. For an applied r.f. power of 2000 W,

  5. Facile synthesis of ZnO hollow fibres

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    Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education of China,. Key Laboratory of Gansu ... In this paper, cotton fibres were used as bio-template to successfully synthesize new ceramic mate- rials, ZnO hollow fibres ... chically built anatomy, optimized from nature in respect to their mechanical ...

  6. Biogenic ZnO nanoparticles synthesized using L. aculeata leaf ...

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    In this study, Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were synthesized using aqueous extract of Lantana aculeata Linn. leaf and assessed their effects on antifungal activity against the plant fungal pathogens. Synthesized nanoparticles were confirmed by ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, ...

  7. Trapping of cubic ZnO nanocrystallites at ambient conditions

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    Decremps, F.; Pellicer-Porres, J.; Datchi, F.

    2002-01-01

    Dense powder of nanocrystalline ZnO has been recovered at ambient conditions in the metastable cubic structure after a heat treatment at high pressure (15 GPa and 550 K). Combined x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) experiments have been performed to probe both long-ra...

  8. Orientation-dependent chemistry and band-bending of Ti on polar ZnO surfaces.

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    Borghetti, Patrizia; Mouchaal, Younes; Dai, Zongbei; Cabailh, Gregory; Chenot, Stéphane; Lazzari, Rémi; Jupille, Jacques

    2017-04-19

    Orientation-dependent reactivity and band-bending are evidenced upon Ti deposition (1-10 Å) on polar ZnO(0001)-Zn and ZnO(0001[combining macron])-O surfaces. At the onset of the Ti deposition, a downward band-bending was observed on ZnO(0001[combining macron])-O while no change occurred on ZnO(0001)-Zn. Combining this with the photoemission analysis of the Ti 2p core level and Zn L 3 (L 2 )M 45 M 45 Auger transition, it is established that the Ti/ZnO reaction is of the form Ti + 2ZnO → TiO 2 + 2Zn on ZnO(0001)-Zn and Ti + yZnO → TiZn x O y + (y - x)Zn on ZnO(0001[combining macron])-O. Consistently, upon annealing thicker Ti adlayers, the metallic zinc is removed to leave ZnO(0001)-Zn surfaces covered with a TiO 2 -like phase and ZnO(0001[combining macron])-O surfaces covered with a defined (Ti, Zn, O) compound. Finally, a difference in the activation temperature between the O-terminated (500 K) and Zn-terminated (700 K) surfaces is observed, which is tentatively explained by different electric fields in the space charge layer at ZnO surfaces.

  9. Radio-frequency magnetron sputtering and wet thermal oxidation of ZnO thin film

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    Liu, H. F.; Chua, S. J.; Hu, G. X.; Gong, H.; Xiang, N.

    2007-01-01

    The authors studied the growth and wet thermal oxidation (WTO) of ZnO thin films using a radio-frequency magnetron sputtering technique. X-ray diffraction reveals a preferred orientation of [1010]ZnO(0002)//[1120]Al 2 O 3 (0002) coexisted with a small amount of ZnO (1011) and ZnO (1013) crystals on the Al 2 O 3 (0001) substrate. The ZnO (1011) and ZnO (1013) crystals, as well as the in-plane preferred orientation, are absent from the growth of ZnO on the GaAs(001) substrate. WTO at 550 deg. C improves the crystalline and the photoluminescence more significantly than annealing in air, N 2 and O 2 ambient; it also tends to convert the crystal from ZnO (1011) and ZnO (1013) to ZnO (0002). The evolution of the photoluminescence upon WTO and annealing reveals that the green and orange emissions, centered at 520 and 650 nm, are likely originated from oxygen vacancies and oxygen interstitials, respectively; while the 420 nm emission, which is very sensitive to the postgrowth thermal processing regardless of the substrate and the ambient gas, is likely originated from the surface-state related defects

  10. Hydrothermal growth of upright-standing ZnO sheet microcrystals

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    Shi, Ruixia; Yang, Ping; Dong, Xiaobin; Jia, Changchao; Li, Jia

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • Upright-standing ZnO sheet microcrystals were hydrothermally fabricated. • The ZnO sheets were prepared with sodium oxalate at 70 °C without any surfactant. • The preferable adsorption of oxalate anions causes the formation of ZnO sheet. • The continuous growth in six directions leads to the formation of hexagonal sheets. - Abstract: Large-scale upright-standing ZnO sheet microcrystals were fabricated on Zn substrate using sodium oxalate as structure-directing agent by a hydrothermal method at low temperature (70 °C) without any surfactant. The sheets are about 3–5 μm in dimension and 100–300 nm in thickness. The strong and narrow diffraction peaks of ZnO indicate that the sample has a good crystallinity and size. The morphology of sheet-like ZnO varied with the concentrations of sodium oxalate and reaction time. The sheet-like ZnO would transform into rod-like ones when sodium oxalate was substituted by equivalent sodium acetate. The formation of sheet-like ZnO is attributed to the preferable adsorption of oxalate anions on (0 0 0 1) face of ZnO, which inhibits the intrinsic growth of ZnO. Additionally, the continuous growth in six (0 1 −1 0) directions that have the lowest surface energy leads to the formation of hexagonal sheets

  11. The Effects of Si Addition on Electrical Degradation of ZnO Varistors

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    Satoi, Yohei; Hirai, Hideki; Yoshino, Hiroyuki; Yoshikado, Shinzo

    The effects of Si addition on the electrical degradation of the ZnO varistors were investigated by voltage-current (V-I ), capacitance-voltage (C-V ) methods, and Isothermal Capacitance Transient Spectroscopy (ICTS). The nonlinearity index α for the Bi-Mn-Si-added ZnO varistors didn’t show the remarkable change but that for the Bi-Co-Si-added ZnO varistors decreased by Si addition. Values of α after electrical degradation showed the local maximum at approximately 700molppm for Bi-Mn-added ZnO varistors and at approximately 500molppm for Bi-Co-added ZnO varistors. It is found that the electrical degradation can be hindered at these optimum Si contents. EC-ET showed the local maximum at the optimum Si content similar to α for the Bi-Mn-Al-added ZnO varistors but those for Bi-Co-Si-added ZnO varistors showed the local minimum at the optimum Si content contrary to α for Bi-Co-Al-added ZnO varistors. The density Nis of the interface trap levels obtained by C-V characteristics and ICTS for both kinds of ZnO varistor showed the local minimum at the optimum Si content similar to Al added Bi-Mn-added and Bi-Co-added ZnO varistors.

  12. Effect of ALD surface treatment on structural and optical properties of ZnO nanorods

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    Jang, Jin-Tak [Department of Nano Systems Engineering, Center for Nano Manufacturing, Inje University, Obang-dong, Gimhae, Gyeongnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Ryu, Hyukhyun, E-mail: hhryu@inje.ac.kr [Department of Nano Systems Engineering, Center for Nano Manufacturing, Inje University, Obang-dong, Gimhae, Gyeongnam 621-749 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Won-Jae [Department of Materials and Components Engineering, Dong-Eui University, 995 Eomgwangno, Busanjin-gu, Busan 614-714 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-07-01

    In this study, we report on the improvement of the optical and structural properties of ZnO nanorods using atomic layer deposition (ALD) on seed ZnO nanorods. After the initial growth of ZnO seed nanorods by hydrothermal synthesis for 1 h, a ZnO layer with a thickness of 10 nm was deposited on the initial ZnO seed nanorods using ALD. Then ZnO was further grown by hydrothermal synthesis for 4 h. The samples were characterized using room temperature photoluminescence (PL), field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). From this experiment, it was found that the ZnO nanorods with the ALD surface treatment show improved optical and structural properties when compared with the ZnO nanorods grown only by hydrothermal synthesis. The ZnO nanorods with the ALD surface treatment show about 2.7 times higher XRD (0 0 2) peak intensity, about 2.64 times higher PL NBE peak intensity, and about 3.1 times better NBE/DLE ratio than the ZnO nanorods without an ALD surface treatment.

  13. Surface microstructure replication in injection molding

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    Theilade, Uffe Arlø; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    2006-01-01

    molding of surface microstructures. The fundamental problem of surface microstructure replication has been studied. The research is based on specific microstructures as found in lab-on-a-chip products and on rough surfaces generated from EDM (electro discharge machining) mold cavities. Emphasis is put...

  14. Structure and photoluminescence properties of Ag-coated ZnO nano-needles

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    Li Xiaozhu; Wang Yongqian

    2011-01-01

    Highlights: → ZnO nano-needles were synthesized by thermal oxidation. → Their surfaces were coated with Ag by pulse electro-deposition technique. → The uncoated and coated ZnO nano-needles were characterized. → The results showed that the prepared ZnO nano-needles have been coated with Ag successfully. → The photoluminescence spectrums of ZnO nano-needles with Ag-coated and uncoated were analyzed, finding that the Ag-coated ZnO nano-needles can increase the absorption of UV light. - Abstract: A large number of zinc oxide (ZnO) nano-needles were synthesized by thermal oxidation of pure zinc. The surfaces of ZnO nano-needles were coated with a layer of Ag by pulse electro-deposition technique. The uncoated and coated ZnO nano-needles were characterized by using the X-ray diffraction and the scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results showed that the uncoated samples were close-packed hexagonal structure, which showed needle-like morphology. Their average diameter is about 40 nm, lengths up to 5 μm. At the same time we observed that the prepared ZnO nano-needles have been coated with Ag successfully. The photoluminescence spectrums of ZnO nano-needles with Ag-coated and uncoated were analyzed, finding that the uncoated ZnO nano-needles have two fluorescence peaks at 388 nm and 470.8 nm, respectively, the relative intensity of 143.4 and 93.61; and the Ag-coated ZnO nano-needles showed a pair of strong peaks at 387.4 nm and 405.2 nm, the relative intensity of 1366 and 1305, respectively, indicating that the Ag-coated ZnO nano-needles can increase the absorption of UV light.

  15. Green method for producing hierarchically assembled pristine porous ZnO nanoparticles with narrow particle size distribution

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    Escobedo-Morales, A.; Téllez-Flores, D.; Ruiz Peralta, Ma. de Lourdes; Garcia-Serrano, J.; Herrera-González, Ana M.; Rubio-Rosas, E.; Sánchez-Mora, E.; Olivares Xometl, O.

    2015-01-01

    A green method for producing pristine porous ZnO nanoparticles with narrow particle size distribution is reported. This method consists in synthesizing ZnO 2 nanopowders via a hydrothermal route using cheap and non-toxic reagents, and its subsequent thermal decomposition at low temperature under a non-protective atmosphere (air). The morphology, structural and optical properties of the obtained porous ZnO nanoparticles were studied by means of powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and nitrogen adsorption–desorption measurements. It was found that after thermal decomposition of the ZnO 2 powders, pristine ZnO nanoparticles are obtained. These particles are round-shaped with narrow size distribution. A further analysis of the obtained ZnO nanoparticles reveals that they are hierarchical self-assemblies of primary ZnO particles. The agglomeration of these primary particles at the very early stage of the thermal decomposition of ZnO 2 powders provides to the resulting ZnO nanoparticles a porous nature. The possibility of using the synthesized porous ZnO nanoparticles as photocatalysts has been evaluated on the degradation of rhodamine B dye. - Highlights: • A green synthesis method for obtaining porous ZnO nanoparticles is reported. • The obtained ZnO nanoparticles have narrow particle size distribution. • This method allows obtaining pristine ZnO nanoparticles avoiding unintentional doping. • A growth mechanism for the obtained porous ZnO nanoparticles is proposed

  16. Nonlinear microstructured polymer optical fibres

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    Frosz, Michael Henoch

    is potentially the case for microstructured polymer optical fibres (mPOFs). Another advantage is that polymer materials have a higher biocompatibility than silica, meaning that it is easier to bond certain types of biosensor materials to a polymer surface than to silica. As with silica PCFs, it is difficult...

  17. Microstructural processes in irradiated materials

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    Byun, Thak Sang; Morgan, Dane; Jiao, Zhijie; Almer, Jonathan; Brown, Donald

    2016-04-01

    These proceedings contain the papers presented at two symposia, the Microstructural Processes in Irradiated Materials (MPIM) and Characterization of Nuclear Reactor Materials and Components with Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation, held in the TMS 2015, 144th Annual Meeting & Exhibition at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA on March 15-19, 2015.

  18. Strength and Microstructure of Ceramics

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    1990-11-01

    Oxide as a Function of Temperature and Grain initial flaw in this domain (attributable to the T-curve stabi- Size," J. Am. Cerom . Soc.. 4 (7] 323-27...increasingly Propagate Inherent Flaws," Proc. Br. Cerom . Sac., 20, 275-97 (1972). larger than their microstructural counterparts and thereby 1R. E

  19. Microstructured Reactors for Electroorganic Synthesis

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    Bouzek, K.; Jiřičný, Vladimír; Kodým, R.; Křišťál, Jiří; Bystroň, T.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 55, č. 7 (2010), s. 8172-8181 ISSN 0013-4686. [Annual Meeting of ISE /60./. Beijing, 16.08.2009-21.08.2009] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : microstructured reactor * bipolar * electroorganic synthesis Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 3.642, year: 2010

  20. Microstructure modeling in weld metal

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    David, S.A.; Babu, S.S.

    1995-01-01

    Since microstructure development in the weld metal region is controlled by various physical processes, there is a need for integrated predictive models based on fundamental principles to describe and predict the effect of these physical processes. These integrated models should be based on various tools available for modeling microstructure development in a wide variety of alloy systems and welding processes. In this paper, the principles, methodology, and future directions of modeling thermochemical reactions in liquid, solidification, and solid state transformations are discussed with some examples for low-alloy steel, stainless steel, and Ni-base superalloy. Thermochemical deoxidation reactions in liquid low-alloy steel lead to oxide inclusion formation. This inclusion formation has been modeled by combining principles of ladle metallurgy and overall transformation kinetics. The model's comparison with the experimental data and the ongoing work on coupling this inclusion model with the numerical models of heat transfer and fluid flow are discussed. Also, recent advances in theoretical and physical modeling of the solidification process are reviewed with regard to predicting the solidification modes, grain structure development, segregation effects, and nonequilibrium solidification in welds. The effects of solid state phase transformations on microstructure development and various methods of modeling these transformations are reviewed. Successful models, based on diffusion-controlled growth and plate growth theories, on microstructure development in low-alloy steel and stainless steel weld metals are outlined. This paper also addresses the importance of advanced analytical techniques to understand the solid state transformation mechanisms in welds

  1. Impressive enhancement in the cell performance of ZnO nanorod-based perovskite solar cells with Al-doped ZnO interfacial modification.

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    Dong, Juan; Zhao, Yanhong; Shi, Jiangjian; Wei, Huiyun; Xiao, Junyan; Xu, Xin; Luo, Jianheng; Xu, Jing; Li, Dongmei; Luo, Yanhong; Meng, Qingbo

    2014-11-11

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) modified ZnO nanorods have been applied in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells, which can show a positive effect on open circuit voltage and power conversion efficiency. The average power conversion efficiency is improved from 8.5% to 10.07% and the maximum efficiency reaches 10.7%.

  2. ZnO nanofiber (NFs) growth from ZnO nanowires (NWs) by controlling growth temperature on flexible Teflon substrate by CBD technique for UV photodetector

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    Farhat, O. F.; Halim, M. M.; Ahmed, Naser M.; Qaeed, M. A.

    2016-12-01

    In this study, ZnO nanofibers (ZnO NFs) were successfully grown for the first time on Teflon substrates using CBD technique. The well-aligned ZnO nanorods (ZnO NRs) were transformed to ZnO nanofibers (NFs) by varying growth temperature and growth time. The high intensity and distinct growth orientation of peaks observed in the XRD spectra of the NFs indicate high crystal quality. The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) revealed high density of small diameter sized and long ZnO nanofibers (NFs) that are distributed in random directions. Raman analyses revealed a high E2 (high) peak at 436 nm, which indicates the wurtzite structure of ZnO. A flexible ZnO nanofiber (NFs)-based metal-semiconductor-metal UV detector was fabricated and analyzed for photo response and sensitivity under low power illumination (375 nm, 1.5 mW/cm2). The results showed a sensitivity of 4045% which can be considered a relatively high response and baseline recovery for UV detection.

  3. Microstructured metal molds fabricated via investment casting

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    Cannon, Andrew H; King, William P

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes an investment casting process to produce aluminum molds having integrated microstructures. Unlike conventional micromolding tools, the aluminum mold was large and had complex curved surfaces. The aluminum was cast from curved microstructured ceramic molds which were themselves cast from curved microstructured rubber. The aluminum microstructures had an aspect ratio of 1:1 and sizes ranging from 25 to 50 µm. Many structures were successfully cast into the aluminum with excellent replication fidelity, including circular, square and triangular holes. We demonstrate molding of large, curved surfaces having surface microstructures using the aluminum mold.

  4. Effects of ZnO seed layer thickness on catalyst-free growth of ZnO nanostructures for enhanced UV photoresponse

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    Alsultany, Forat H.; Hassan, Z.; Ahmed, Naser M.; Elafadill, Nezar G.; Abd, Hassnen R.

    2018-01-01

    Catalyst-free growth of ZnO nanostructures were synthesized on ZnO seed layers with different thickness (25-150 nm) coated glass substrates by thermal evaporation method. Prior to the growth process, the sputtered ZnO seed layers were annealed using the continuous wave CO2 laser as a heat source at 450 °C in air for 15 min. The fabrication and characterization of a metal-semiconductor-metal ultraviolet photodetectors based on ZnO nanostructures with different thickness of seed layer were successfully fabricated. Upon exposure to 365 nm light (1.5 mW/cm2) at five-bias voltage, the device with 100 nm thick seed layer showed a relatively high UV sensitivity, quick response, and high responsivity. The prototype device shows a cost effective glass substrate using thermal evaporation method for ZnO nanostructures synthesis and demonstrates the possibility of constructing nanoscale photodetectors for nano-optics applications.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of Mn-doped ZnO column arrays

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    Yang Mei; Guo Zhixing; Qiu Kehui; Long Jianping; Yin Guangfu; Guan Denggao; Liu Sutian; Zhou Shijie

    2010-01-01

    Mn-doped ZnO column arrays were successfully synthesized by conventional sol-gel process. Effect of Mn/Zn atomic ratio and reaction time were investigated, and the morphology, tropism and optical properties of Mn-doped ZnO column arrays were characterized by SEM, XRD and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The result shows that a Mn/Zn atomic ratio of 0.1 and growth time of 12 h are the optimal condition for the preparation of densely distributed ZnO column arrays. XRD analysis shows that Mn-doped ZnO column arrays are highly c-axis oriented. As for Mn-doped ZnO column arrays, obvious increase of photoluminescence intensity is observed at the wavelength of ∼395 nm and ∼413 nm, compared to pure ZnO column arrays.

  6. Controlled-Growth of ZnO Nano wires with Different Processing Temperature

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    Yap Chi Chin; Muhammad Yahaya; Muhamad Mat Salleh; Dee Chang Fu

    2008-01-01

    ZnO nano wires have been synthesized using a catalyst-free carbothermal reduction approach on SiO 2 -coated Si substrates in a flowing nitrogen atmosphere with a mixture of ZnO and graphite as reactants. The collected ZnO nano wires have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Controlled growth of the ZnO nano wires was achieved by manipulating the reactants heating temperature from 700 to 1000 degree Celsius. It was found that the optimum temperature to synthesize high density and long ZnO nano wires was about 800 degree Celsius. The possible growth mechanism of ZnO nano wires is also proposed. (author)

  7. Hydrothermal synthesis and dielectric properties of chrysanthemum-like ZnO particles

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    Yan, Jun-Feng; Zhang, Zhi-Yong; You, Tian-Gui; Zhao, Wu; Yun, Jiang-Ni

    2009-09-01

    By orthogonal design theory, technological parameters of chrysanthemum-like ZnO particles prepared in a hydrothermal process are optimized. This paper reports a set of technological parameters for growing chrysanthemum-like ZnO particles on a large scale. It investigates the morphologies and crystalline structures of the as-synthesized three-dimensional ZnO particles with a scanning electron microscope, x-ray diffractometer and transmission electron microscope, and the possible growth mechanism on the three-dimensional ZnO particles. The experimental results indicate that the values of in', in″ and tan δe gradually increase in the X band with the improvement of the developmental level of chrysanthemum-like ZnO particles, implying that the electromagnetic wave absorbing property depends on the morphologies of three-dimensional ZnO particles.

  8. Site-specific growth of Au particles on ZnO nanopyramids under ultraviolet illumination

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    Yao, Kexin

    2011-01-01

    In this work, wurtzite ZnO nanocrystals with unique "pyramid" morphology were firstly prepared via solvothermal synthesis. It was determined that the ZnO nanopyramids are grown along the polar c-axis with the vertexes pointing to the [001] direction. When the mixture of ZnO nanopyramids and Au precursor (HAuCl4) was exposed to ultraviolet (UV) illumination, Au particles were site-specifically formed on the vertexes of ZnO nanopyramids. The obtained Au/ZnO nanocomposite showed significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity as compared to the bare ZnO nanopyramids. First-principles based calculations well explained the formation of ZnO nanopyramids as well as the site-specific growth of Au, and revealed that during the photocatalysis process the Au particles can accommodate photoelectrons and thus facilitate the charge separation. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  9. Electroluminescence and field emission of Mg-doped ZnO tetrapods

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    Pan Hui; Zhu Yanwu; Sun Han; Feng Yuanping; Sow, C-H; Lin Jianyi

    2006-01-01

    ZnO tetrapods doped with Mg (Mg-ZnOTs) were produced by thermally oxidizing Zn and Mg powders. TEM and XRD patterns indicated that Mg-ZnOTs were crystalline with wurtzite structure. The transport measurements of Mg-ZnOT powder demonstrated that Mg-doped ZnO tetrapods are characteristic of a semiconductor with lower threshold voltage. Two peaks were clearly observed in the electroluminescence spectra. The blue light emission is related to the inter-band transition. The green or yellow light emission was induced by impurity centre recombination. Mg-doped ZnO exhibited better field emission properties with higher emission current density and lower turn-on field than pure ZnO nanowires. And ZnO with higher Mg content exhibited better field-emission properties with higher emission current density than ZnO with lower Mg content

  10. Efficient solution route to transparent ZnO semiconductor films using colloidal nanocrystals

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    Satoshi Suehiro

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanocrystals (NCs were synthesized by heating Zn (II acetylacetonate in oleic acid/oleylamine in the presence of 1,2-hexadecanediol at 220 °C. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM and dynamic light scattering (DLS measurements revealed the formation of monodispersed ZnO NCs of ca. 7 nm. ZnO NC assembled films were fabricated on a glass substrate by deposition with the colloidal ZnO NCs dispersed in toluene. The film composed of the NCs showed good optical transparency in the visible to near-infrared region. A device coupling the ZnO NC film with a p-type Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS NC film exhibited an obvious diode-like current–voltage behavior. The results suggest that the transparent ZnO film has a potentiality to be used for an n-type window layer in some optoelectronic applications.

  11. Microwave absorption properties and mechanism of cagelike ZnO /SiO2 nanocomposites

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    Cao, Mao-Sheng; Shi, Xiao-Ling; Fang, Xiao-Yong; Jin, Hai-Bo; Hou, Zhi-Ling; Zhou, Wei; Chen, Yu-Jin

    2007-11-01

    In this paper, cagelike ZnO /SiO2 nanocomposites were prepared and their microwave absorption properties were investigated in detail. Dielectric constants and losses of the pure cagelike ZnO nanostructures were measured in a frequency range of 8.2-12.4GHz. The measured results indicate that the cagelike ZnO nanostructures are low-loss material for microwave absorption in X band. However, the cagelike ZnO /SiO2 nanocomposites exhibit a relatively strong attenuation to microwave in X band. Such strong absorption is related to the unique geometrical morphology of the cagelike ZnO nanostructures in the composites. The microcurrent network can be produced in the cagelike ZnO nanostructures, which contributes to the conductive loss.

  12. Room-temperature deposition of crystalline patterned ZnO films by confined dewetting lithography

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    2010-03-15

    In this work patterned ZnO films were prepared at room-temperature by deposition of {approx}5 nm size ZnO nanoparticles using confined dewetting lithography, a process which induces their assembly, by drying a drop of ZnO colloidal dispersion between a floating template and the substrate. Crystalline ZnO nanoparticles exhibit a strong visible (525 nm) light emission upon UV excitation ({lambda} = 350 nm). The resulting films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). The method described herein presents a simple and low cost method to prepare crystalline ZnO films with geometric patterns without additional annealing. Such transparent conducting films are attractive for applications like light emitting diodes (LEDs). As the process is carried out at room temperature, the patterned crystalline ZnO films can even be deposited on flexible substrates.

  13. Photovoltaic properties of graphene oxide sheets beaded with ZnO nanoparticles

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    Wang, Huan; Wang, Li; Qu, Chaoqun; Su, Yadong; Yu, Shansheng; Zheng, Weitao; Liu, Yichun

    2011-04-01

    A hybrid material of graphene oxide (GO) sheets beaded with ZnO nanoparticles was prepared. The material extends over a few hundred square nanometers, in which the ZnO nanoparticles (average diameter (˜5 nm)) are dispersed evenly on the GO sheet. Both the surface photovoltage or surface photocurrent intensity for the material are much stronger than for pure ZnO nanoparticles, meaning that the free charge carriers can effectively be transferred from ZnO nanoparticles to GO sheets, which can serve as a probe to monitor the electron transfer from excited ZnO to GO. Anchoring ZnO nanoparticles on two dimensional carbon nanostructures such as GO can pave a way towards the design of ordered nanostructure assemblies that can harvest light energy efficiently.

  14. STUDI TENTANG PENGARUH NANOPARTIKEL ZnO TERHADAP SOLIDIFIKASI DAN WAKTU SETTING GEOPOLIMER BERBAHAN DASAR METAKAOLIN

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    Full Text Available Telah dilakukan penelitian untuk mempelajari pengaruh nanopartikel ZnO terhadap solidifikasi dan waktu setting geopolimer berbahan dasar metakaolin. Nanopartikel ZnO disintesis melalui metode presipitasi hidrotermal kristal ZnSO4. Ukuran rata-rata partikel ZnO berdasarkan pengukuran dengan X-Ray Diffraction (XRD  sebesar 28 nm. Geopolimer disintesis dengan metode aktivasi alkali metakaolin dan curing pada suhu 70oC dan  dengan penambahan nanopartikel ZnO hingga 3% relatif terhadap massa metakaolin. Waktu setting terbaik yang diperoleh adalah pada penambahan ZnO sebesar 1% yakni sebesar 38 menit. Karakterisasi dengan Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM memperlihatkan matriks geopolimer yang semakin homogen dengan bertambahnya massa ZnO.

  15. Surface Engineering of ZnO Thin Film for High Efficiency Planar Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Tseng, Zong-Liang; Chiang, Chien-Hung; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2015-09-01

    Sputtering made ZnO thin film was used as an electron-transport layer in a regular planar perovskite solar cell based on high quality CH3NH3PbI3 absorber prepared with a two-step spin-coating. An efficiency up to 15.9% under AM 1.5G irradiation is achieved for the cell based on ZnO film fabricated under Ar working gas. The atmosphere of the sputtering chamber can tune the surface electronic properties (band structure) of the resulting ZnO thin film and therefore the photovoltaic performance of the corresponding perovskite solar cell. Precise surface engineering of ZnO thin film was found to be one of the key steps to fabricate ZnO based regular planar perovskite solar cell with high power conversion efficiency. Sputtering method is proved to be one of the excellent techniques to prepare ZnO thin film with controllable properties.

  16. Optical and Structural Properties of MEH-PPV: ZnO Nano composites

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    Nurul Zayana Yahya; Mohamad Rusop; Mohamad Rusop

    2011-01-01

    Thin films of conducting unsaturated polymer of red color poly [2- methoxy-5(2-ethyl hexyloxy)-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) containing different weight percent of ZnO nanoparticles were deposited by spin coating techniques. The MEH-PPV: ZnO solutions were spin coated onto glass substrates. The spun MEH-PPV: ZnO thin films were used for investigating the optical properties by using Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrometer (UV-Vis). The structural properties of the thin films were investigated by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). For MEH-PPV: ZnO nano composites, the UV-Vis absorption bands increases and showing slight blue shift compared to the pure MEH-PPV. From the SEM images of some MEH-PPV: ZnO nano composites, it can be seen that ZnO nanoparticles form aggregated regions. (author)

  17. Low temperature growth and optical properties of ZnO nanowires using an aqueous solution method.

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    Chu, Manh-Hung; Lee, Joon-Hyung; Kim, Jeong-Joo; Kim, Kyeong-Won; Norton, D P; Heo, Young-Woo

    2012-02-01

    ZnO nanowires were grown on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates at a low temperature of 90 degrees C using an aqueous solution method. The ZnO seeds were coated on the ITO thin films by using a spin coater. ZnO nanowires were formed in an aqueous solution containing zinc nitrate hexahydrate (Zn(NO3)2 x 6H2O) and hexamethylenetetramine (C6H12N4). The pH value and concentration of the solution play an important role in the growth and morphologies of ZnO nanowires. The size of ZnO naonowires increased as the concentration of the solution increased. It was formed with a top surface of hexagonal and tapered shape at low and high pH values respectively. Additionally, the single crystalline structure and optical property of the ZnO nanowires were investigated using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of Mn-doped ZnO column arrays

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    Yang Mei [College of Materials and Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu 610059 (China); Guo Zhixing, E-mail: submission001@hotmail.com [School of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Yihuan Street, Chengdu 610065 (China); Qiu Kehui; Long Jianping [College of Materials and Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu 610059 (China); Yin Guangfu [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Guan Denggao; Liu Sutian; Zhou Shijie [College of Materials and Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu 610059 (China)

    2010-04-15

    Mn-doped ZnO column arrays were successfully synthesized by conventional sol-gel process. Effect of Mn/Zn atomic ratio and reaction time were investigated, and the morphology, tropism and optical properties of Mn-doped ZnO column arrays were characterized by SEM, XRD and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The result shows that a Mn/Zn atomic ratio of 0.1 and growth time of 12 h are the optimal condition for the preparation of densely distributed ZnO column arrays. XRD analysis shows that Mn-doped ZnO column arrays are highly c-axis oriented. As for Mn-doped ZnO column arrays, obvious increase of photoluminescence intensity is observed at the wavelength of {approx}395 nm and {approx}413 nm, compared to pure ZnO column arrays.

  19. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of ZnO nanorod-based dye-sensitized solar cells by using Ga doped ZnO seed layer

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    Dou, Yuanyao [State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Transmission, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Department of Applied Physics, College of Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 401331 (China); Wu, Fang, E-mail: fang01234@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Transmission, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Department of Applied Physics, College of Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 401331 (China); Mao, Caiying [Department of Applied Physics, College of Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 401331 (China); Fang, Liang, E-mail: lfang@cqu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Transmission, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Department of Applied Physics, College of Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 401331 (China); Guo, Shengchun [Department of Applied Physics, College of Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 401331 (China); Zhou, Miao [State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Transmission, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2015-06-05

    Highlights: • ZnO nanorods were grown on Ga-doped ZnO seed layers using hydrothermal method. • Using the ZnO nanorods as photoanodes for fabricated dye-sensitized solar cells. • The highest η of 1.23% can be achieved in a DSSC with 3 at.% Ga-doped in seeds. • The effects of ZnO seed layers on electron transport properties were investigated. • The enhancement performance of DSSCs contributed to higher dye loading and η{sub cc}. - Abstract: Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays were grown on FTO substrates with a Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) seed layer by a hydrothermal method. GZO seed layers were obtained via sol–gel technology with Ga concentration in the range of 0–4 at.%. The dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using ZnO nanorod arrays as the photoanode layers were prepared. The effect of Ga dopant concentrations in ZnO seed layer on the morphology features of ZnO nanorod arrays and the performance of DSSCs were systematically investigated. Results indicate that the average diameter and density of ZnO nanorod arrays decrease with increasing Ga concentration, but their length shows an opposite trend. The photocurrent density–voltage (J–V) characteristics reveal that the DSSCs with GZO seed layer exhibit significantly improved photovoltaic performance. In particular, the highest energy conversion efficiency (η) of 1.23% can be achieved in a DSSC with 3 at.% Ga doping, which is increased by 86.36% compared with that of the undoped DSSC. The external quantum efficiency (EQE) spectra and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were employed to explore the photon-to-electron conversion process in DSSCs. It is demonstrated that the performance enhancement of DSSCs based on GZO seed layer can be attributed to higher amount of dye loading, more efficient electron transportation and better electrons collection efficiency.

  20. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of ZnO nanorod-based dye-sensitized solar cells by using Ga doped ZnO seed layer

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    Dou, Yuanyao; Wu, Fang; Mao, Caiying; Fang, Liang; Guo, Shengchun; Zhou, Miao

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • ZnO nanorods were grown on Ga-doped ZnO seed layers using hydrothermal method. • Using the ZnO nanorods as photoanodes for fabricated dye-sensitized solar cells. • The highest η of 1.23% can be achieved in a DSSC with 3 at.% Ga-doped in seeds. • The effects of ZnO seed layers on electron transport properties were investigated. • The enhancement performance of DSSCs contributed to higher dye loading and η cc . - Abstract: Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays were grown on FTO substrates with a Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) seed layer by a hydrothermal method. GZO seed layers were obtained via sol–gel technology with Ga concentration in the range of 0–4 at.%. The dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using ZnO nanorod arrays as the photoanode layers were prepared. The effect of Ga dopant concentrations in ZnO seed layer on the morphology features of ZnO nanorod arrays and the performance of DSSCs were systematically investigated. Results indicate that the average diameter and density of ZnO nanorod arrays decrease with increasing Ga concentration, but their length shows an opposite trend. The photocurrent density–voltage (J–V) characteristics reveal that the DSSCs with GZO seed layer exhibit significantly improved photovoltaic performance. In particular, the highest energy conversion efficiency (η) of 1.23% can be achieved in a DSSC with 3 at.% Ga doping, which is increased by 86.36% compared with that of the undoped DSSC. The external quantum efficiency (EQE) spectra and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were employed to explore the photon-to-electron conversion process in DSSCs. It is demonstrated that the performance enhancement of DSSCs based on GZO seed layer can be attributed to higher amount of dye loading, more efficient electron transportation and better electrons collection efficiency

  1. Combined microstructure x-ray optics

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    Barbee, T.W. Jr.

    1989-02-01

    Multilayers are man-made microstructures which vary in depth and are now of sufficient quality to be used as x-ray, soft x-ray and extreme ultraviolet optics. Gratings are man-made in plane microstructures which have been used as optic elements for most of this century. Joining of these two optical microstructures to form combined microstructure optical microstructures to form combined microstructure optical elements has the potential for greatly enhancing both the throughput and the resolution attainable in these spectral ranges. The characteristics of these new optic elements will be presented and compared to experiment with emphasis on the unique properties of these combined microstructures. These results reported are general in nature and not limited to the soft x-ray or extreme ultraviolet spectral domains and also apply to neutrons. 19 refs., 7 figs., 4 tabs

  2. RETRACTED: Nucleation and growth behavior of well-aligned ZnO nanorods on organic substrates in aqueous solutions

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    Lin, Chin-Ching; Chen, San-Yuan; Cheng, Syh-Yuh

    2005-09-01

    Available online : 21 July 2005 This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy). This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief. Two papers published in the Journal of Crystal Growth are being retracted due to a case of misrepresentation and reuse of data. A reader of the Journal has brought to our attention the reuse of data within two published papers: Growth behavior and microstructure evolution of ZnO nanorods grown on Si in aqueous solution, Sz-Chian Liou, Chi-Sheng Hsiao, San-Yuan Chen, Journal of Crystal Growth 274 (2005) 438-446. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2004.10.025 Nucleation and growth behavior of well-aligned ZnO nanorods on organic substrates in aqueous solutions, Chin-Ching Lin, San-Yuan Chen, and Syh-Yuh Cheng, Journal of Crystal Growth 283 (2005) 141-146. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2005.05.065 In these papers the same transmission electron micrograph was used to describe two different experimental situations and results bringing into question the content of these papers. The reuse of data without proper attribution is not acceptable within the scientific publishing community. In the present case, this is compounded by the attribution of the micrograph to a different experimental situation and drawing , as a result, new conclusions from data obtained from different samples. Such behavior undermines the integrity of the scientific publishing endeavor and is not acceptable. The authors are responsible for the content of their papers.

  3. Recent progress on doped ZnO nanostructures for visible-light photocatalysis

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    Samadi, Morasae; Zirak, Mohammad [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11555-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Naseri, Amene [Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-8639, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khorashadizade, Elham [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11555-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moshfegh, Alireza Z., E-mail: moshfegh@sharif.edu [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11555-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-8639, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-04-30

    Global environmental pollution and energy supply demand have been regarded as important concerns in recent years. Metal oxide semiconductor photocatalysts is a promising approach to apply environmental remediation as well as fuel generation from water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction. ZnO nanostructures have been shown promising photocatalytic activities due to their non-toxic, inexpensive, and highly efficient nature. However, its wide band gap hinders photo-excitation for practical photocatalytic applications under solar light as an abundant, clean and safe energy source. To overcome this barrier, many strategies have been developed in the last decade to apply ZnO nanostructured photocatalysts under visible light. In this review, we have classified different approaches to activate ZnO as a photocatalyst in visible-light spectrum. Utilization of various nonmetals, transition metals and rare-earth metals for doping in ZnO crystal lattice to create visible-light-responsive doped ZnO photocatalysts is discussed. Generation of localized energy levels within the gap in doped ZnO nanostructures has played an important role in effective photocatalytic reaction under visible-light irradiation. The effect of dopant type, ionic size and its concentration on the crystal structure, electronic property and morphology of doped ZnO with a narrower band gap is reviewed systematically. Finally, a comparative study is performed to evaluate two classes of metals and nonmetals as useful dopants for ZnO nanostructured photocatalysts under visible light. - Highlights: • Metals and nonmetals used as a dopant to shift ZnO band gap toward visible-light. • Modification of electronic structure played a crucial role in doped ZnO activity. • Correlation between dopant's characteristics and ZnO visible activity was reviewed. • Photo-degradation of doped ZnO was studied and compared for different dopants.

  4. Effect of nanocomposite packaging containing ZnO on growth of Bacillus subtilis and Enterobacter aerogenes

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    Esmailzadeh, Hakimeh [National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Technology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sangpour, Parvaneh, E-mail: Sangpour@merc.ac.ir [Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Department, Materials and Energy Research Center, Karaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahraz, Farzaneh [National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Technology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hejazi, Jalal [Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khaksar, Ramin [National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Technology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-01-01

    Recent advances in nanotechnology have opened new windows in active food packaging. Nano-sized ZnO is an inexpensive material with potential antimicrobial properties. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the antibacterial effect of low density Polyethylene (LDPE) containing ZnO nanoparticles on Bacillus subtilis and Enterobacter aerogenes. ZnO nanoparticles have been synthesized by facil molten salt method and have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Nanocomposite films containing 2 and 4 wt.% ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by melt mixing in a twin-screw extruder. The growth of both microorganisms has decreased in the presence of ZnO containing nanocomposites compared with controls. Nanocomposites with 4 wt.% ZnO nanoparticles had stronger antibacterial effect against both bacteria in comparison with the 2 wt.% ZnO containing nanocomposites. B. subtilis as Gram-positive bacteria were more sensitive to ZnO containing nanocomposite films compared with E. aerogenes as Gram-negative bacteria. There were no significant differences between the migration of Zn ions from 2 and 4 wt.% ZnO containing nanocomposites and the released Zn ions were not significantly increased in both groups after 14 days compared with the first. Regarding the considerable antibacterial effects of ZnO nanoparticles, their application in active food packaging can be a suitable solution for extending the shelf life of food. - Highlights: • ZnO containing nanocomposites decreased growth of both B. subtilis and E. aerogenes. • B. subtilis was more sensitive to ZnO containing nanocomposites. • The migration of Zn ions from nanocomposites was negligible.

  5. Influence of pH on ZnO nanocrystalline thin films prepared by sol ...

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    Abstract. ZnO nanocrystalline thin films have been prepared on glass substrates by sol–gel dip coating method. ZnO thin films have been coated at room temperature and at four different pH values of 4, 6, 8 and 10. The. X-ray diffraction pattern showed that ZnO nanocrystalline thin films are of hexagonal structure and the ...

  6. Mn{sup 2+} ions distribution in doped sol–gel deposited ZnO films

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    Stefan, Mariana, E-mail: mstefan@infim.ro [National Institute of Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 077125 Magurele (Romania); Ghica, Daniela; Nistor, Sergiu V.; Maraloiu, Adrian V. [National Institute of Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 077125 Magurele (Romania); Plugaru, Rodica [National Institute for R & D in Microtechnologies (IMT), Erou Iancu Nicolae Str. 126A, 077190 Bucharest (Romania)

    2017-02-28

    Highlights: • Several Mn{sup 2+} centers observed by EPR in sol–gel ZnO films. • Mn{sup 2+} ions localized at Zn{sup 2+} sites in ZnO grains and disordered ZnO phase. • Sixfold coordinated Mn{sup 2+} ions localized in inter-grain region. • Aggregated Mn in insular-like regions between ZnO grains in the ZnO:5%Mn film. • Aggregated Mn phase presence and distribution observed by EPR and EDX-STEM. - Abstract: The localization and distribution of the Mn{sup 2+} ions in two sol–gel deposited ZnO films doped with different manganese concentrations were investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and analytical transmission electron microscopy. In the lightly doped sample the Mn{sup 2+} ions are mainly localized substitutionally at isolated tetrahedrally coordinated Zn{sup 2+} sites in both crystalline ZnO nanograins (34%) and surrounding disordered ZnO (52%). In the highly doped ZnO film, a much smaller proportion of manganese substitutes Zn{sup 2+} in the crystalline and disordered ZnO (10%). The main amount (85%) of manganese aggregates in a secondary phase as an insular-like distribution between the ZnO nanograins. The remaining Mn{sup 2+} ions (14% and 5% at low and high doping levels, respectively) are localized at isolated, six-fold coordinated sites, very likely in the disordered intergrain region. Annealing at 600 °C induced changes in the Mn{sup 2+} ions distribution, reflecting the increase of the ZnO crystallization degree, better observed in the lightly doped sample.

  7. Surface Coating of Polyester Fabrics by Sol Gel Synthesized ZnO Particles

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    Merve Küçük; M. Lütfi Öveçoğlu

    2016-01-01

    Zinc oxide particles were synthesized using the sol-gel method and dip coated on polyester fabric. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed a single crystal phase of ZnO particles. Chemical characteristics of the polyester fabric surface were investigated using attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) measurements. Morphology of ZnO coated fabric was analyzed using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). After particle analysis, the aqueous ZnO solution ...

  8. Growth of ZnO thin films on GaAs by pulsed laser deposition

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    Craciun, V.; Elders, J.; Gardeniers, Johannes G.E.; Geretovsky, J.; Boyd, Ian W.

    1995-01-01

    ZnO thin films have been grown on GaAs substrates using the pulsed laser deposition technique with or without a photodeposited SiO2 buffer layer. The presence of the SiO2 layer has a beneficial effect on the crystalline quality of the grown ZnO films. Highly c-axis oriented ZnO films having a full

  9. Structural and electronic properties of ZnO nanotubes from density functional calculations

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    Xu Hu; Zhang, R Q; Zhang Xiaohong; Rosa, A L; Frauenheim, Th

    2007-01-01

    The structural and electronic properties of armchair and zigzag ZnO nanotubes were studied using density functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation. It was found that the strain energy required for rolling a ZnO graphitic sheet into a tube is lower than those for BN and GaN nanotubes. Both the armchair and zigzag ZnO nanotubes were found to be direct gap semiconductors with the gaps decreasing with the diameter increase

  10. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue by C3N4/ZnO: the ...

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    to degrade a methylene blue (MB) dye solution using blacklight lamps, but there is no significant difference in pho- tocatalytic activities between ZnO and prepared C3N4/ZnO under visible light by the fluorescent lamps. However, the prepared C3N4/ZnO can well function under illumination by Xe lamp as the high power ...

  11. Microstructure and magnetic microstructure of La + Co doped strontium hexaferrites

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    Pang Zhiyong, E-mail: pang@sdu.edu.c [School of Physics, State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Shanda South Road 27, Jinan, Shandong 250100 (China); Zhang Xijian [School of Physics, State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Shanda South Road 27, Jinan, Shandong 250100 (China); Ding Boming; Bao Daxin [Central Research Institute, HENGDIAN DMEGC MAGNETICS Co., LTD, Dongyang, Zhejiang 322118 (China); Han Baoshan [Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China)

    2010-03-04

    After being cut, carefully ground, meticulously polished and properly eroded, the microstructure and magnetic microstructure of La{sub 0.3}Sr{sub 0.7}Fe{sub 11.8}Co{sub 0.2}O{sub 19} hexaferrites were investigated by using magnetic force microscopy. The shapes of a large amount of the La{sub 0.3}Sr{sub 0.7}Fe{sub 11.8}Co{sub 0.2}O{sub 19} grains were determined to be mostly irregular flat columns. The shape anisotropy of the hexaferrite grains can be explained by an abnormal grain growth process occurs for La + Co-containing hexaferrite powders. The magnetizations mainly align parallel or anti-parallel to the direction of oriented magnetic field. The magnetic domain sizes are in the same order of magnitude with the grain sizes. No complex domain structures like corrugation and spike were observed. Micromagnetic simulations were also performed to help analyzing the magnetic microstructure.

  12. Photovoltaic Properties of Co-doped ZnO Thin Film on Glass Substrate

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    Sabia Aye; Zin Ma Ma; May Nwe Oo; Than Than Win; Yin Maung Maung; Ko Ko Kyaw Soe

    2011-12-01

    Cobalt (Co) 0.4 mol doped zinc oxide (ZnO) fine powder was prepared by solid state mixed oxide route. Phase formation and crystal structure of Co-doped ZnO (CZO) powder were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the micro structure of Co doped ZnO powder. Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescent (EDXRF) technique gave the elemental content of cobalt and zinc. Co-doped ZnO film was formed on glass substrate by spin coating technique. Photovoltaic properties of CZO/glass cell were measured.

  13. Synthesis and optical properties of ZnO and carbon nanotube based coaxial heterostructures

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    Kim, D. S.; Lee, S.-M.; Scholz, R.; Knez, M.; Gösele, U.; Fallert, J.; Kalt, H.; Zacharias, M.

    2008-09-01

    Carbon nanotubes and ZnO based functional coaxial heterostructured nanotubes have been fabricated by using atomic layer deposition. An irregular structured shell composed of ZnO nanocrystals was deposited on pristine nanotubes, while a highly defined ZnO shell was deposited on the tubes after its functionalization with Al2O3. Photoluminescence measurements of the ZnO shell on Al2O3/nanotube show a broad green band emission, whereas the shell grown on the bare nanotube shows a band shifted to the orange spectral range.

  14. Selective growth of ZnO thin film nanostructures: Structure, morphology and tunable optical properties

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    Krishnakanth, Katturi Naga; Sunandana, C. S. [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-50046 (India); Rajesh, Desapogu, E-mail: rajesh.esapogu@gmail.com, E-mail: mperd@nus.edu.sg [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-50046 (India); Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore (Singapore)

    2016-05-23

    The ZnO nanostructures (spherical, rod shape) have been successfully fabricated via a thermal evaporation followed by dip coating method. The pure, doped ZnO thin films were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV-Vis spectroscopy, respectively. A possible growth mechanism of the spherical, rod shape ZnO nanostructures are discussed. XRD patterns revealed that all films consist of pure ZnO phase and were well crystallized with preferential orientation towards (002) direction. Doping by PVA, PVA+Cu has effective role in the enhancement of the crystalline quality and increases in the band gap.

  15. Superior photoelectrochemical properties of ZnO nanorods/poly(3-hexylthiophene) hybrid photoanodes

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    Majumder, T.; Hmar, J. J. L.; Dhar, S.; Mondal, S. P.

    2017-06-01

    Photoelectrochemical properties of ZnO nanorods (ZnO NRs) and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) polymer hybrid photoanodes have been studied. The hybrid photoanodes demonstrated higher photoconversion efficiency, incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) and lower interfacial resistance compared to pristine ZnO nanorods and P3HT based electrodes. The origin of superior photoelectrochemical properties of ZnO/P3HT photoanodes has been explained using carrier transport mechanism at semiconductor/electrolyte junction. The stability of ZnO NRs/P3HT photoanode has been demonstrated.

  16. Some physical properties of ZnO thin films prepared by RF sputtering technique

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    Ekem, N.; Korkmaz, S.; Pat, S.; Cetin, E.N.; Ozmumcu, M. [Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Physics Department, 26480 Meselik, Eskisehir (Turkey); Balbag, M.Z. [Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Education Faculty, Physics Education, 26480 Meselik, Eskisehir (Turkey)

    2009-06-15

    ZnO thin films were deposited with RF sputtering using pure Zn target. In order to generate oxidation process of Zn, Ar:O{sub 2} gas mixing in (9:1), (7:3) and (5:5) ratios of Ar:O{sub 2} was used. To characterize ZnO thin films thickness and transparency were measured using optical method, and refractive index and band gap energies were calculated. Electrical conductivity of the ZnO thin films was also determined. AFM images were used to determine surface morphology of produced ZnO thin films. (author)

  17. Toxicity evaluation of ZnO nanostructures on L929 fibroblast cell line using MTS assay

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    Bakhori, Siti Khadijah Mohd; Mahmud, Shahrom; Ann, Ling Chuo [Nano-optoelectronics Research and Technology Laboratory (NOR.), School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800, USM, Pulau Pinang (Malaysia); Mohamed, Azman Seeni; Saifuddin, Siti Nazmin [Integrative Medicine Cluster, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Bandar Putra Bertam, 13200 Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang (Malaysia); Masudi, Sam’an Malik; Mohamad, Dasmawati [Craniofacial Science Laboratory, School of Dentistry, Health Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan (Malaysia)

    2015-04-24

    ZnO has wide applications in medical and dentistry apart from being used as optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, photodetectors, sensors and light emitting diodes (LEDs). Therefore, the toxicity evaluation is important to know the toxicity level on normal cell line. The toxicity of two grades ZnO nanostructures, ZnO-4 and ZnO-8 have been carried out using cytotoxicity test of MTS assay on L929 rat fibroblast cell line. Prior to that, ZnO-4 and ZnO-8 were characterized for its morphology, structure and optical properties using FESEM, X-ray diffraction, and Photoluminescence respectively. The two groups revealed difference in morphology and exhibit slightly shifted of near band edge emission of Photoluminescence other than having a similar calculated crystallite size of nanostructures. The viability of cells after 72h were obtained and the statistical significance value was calculated using SPSS v20. The p value is more than 0.05 between untreated and treated cell with ZnO. This insignificant value of p>0.05 can be summarized as a non-toxic level of ZnO-4 and ZnO-8 on the L929 cell line.

  18. The embryotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles to marine medaka, Oryzias melastigma.

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    Cong, Yi; Jin, Fei; Wang, Juying; Mu, Jingli

    2017-04-01

    The negative effects of metal oxide nanoparticles on aquatic environment and organisms have caused much concern. In this study, the embryotoxicity of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NP) to marine medaka, Oryzias melastigma, was explored and compared with that of aqueous Zn (ZnSO 4 ·7H 2 O). The Zn 2+ released from ZnO NP in artificial seawater at exposure concentrations was also measured. Results showed that zinc ion release percentage (%) decreased with increasing concentration, which was 44%, 41% and 25% at 0.1, 1 and 10mg/L of ZnO NP suspension, respectively. After 20 d exposure of medaka embryos to ZnO NP, we observed increased mortality and heart rate, reduced percent total hatching success, delayed hatching of embryos and increased malformation% of newly-hatched larvae in ZnO NP treatment compared to the control group. Furthermore, ZnO NPs have significantly greater effects than the aqueous Zn for mortality and heart rate, indicating that ZnO NPs themselves, in particulate or aggregate form, contribute to the observed toxicity. Edema was the most commonly found malformation in newly-hatched larvae after ZnO NP exposure. Overall, our findings suggest that the embryonic stage of marine medaka is sensitive to ZnO NP exposure. Studies of the toxic mechanism of ZnO NPs should not ignore the impact of NPs since the greater effects of ZnO NPs than of aqueous Zn ions observed in this study cannot be explained by the ZnO NP dissolution. The ion release profile of ZnO NPs in marine environment is related to both NP and seawater characteristics, which should be analyzed on a case-by-case basis. The ZnO NP-related Zn speciation may play an important role in the dissolution and toxicity processes of ZnO NPs in marine environment, and further speciation study may contribute to the interpretation of ZnO NP toxicity. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Effects of the Absorption Behaviour of ZnO Nanoparticles on Cytotoxicity Measurements

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    Nigar Najim

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO absorbs certain wavelengths of light and this behavior is more pronounced for nanoparticles of ZnO. As many toxicity measurements rely on measuring light transmission in cell lines, it is essential to determine how far this light absorption influences experimental toxicity measurements. The main objective was to study the ZnO absorption and how this influenced the cytotoxicity measurements. The cytotoxicity of differently sized ZnO nanoparticles in normal and cancer cell lines derived from lung tissue (Hs888Lu, neuron-phenotypic cells (SH-SY5Y, neuroblastoma (SH-SY5Y, human histiocytic lymphoma (U937, and lung cancer (A549 was investigated. Our results demonstrate that the presence of ZnO affected the cytotoxicity measurements due to the absorption characteristic of ZnO nanoparticles. The data revealed that the ZnO nanoparticles with an average particle size of around 85.7 nm and 190 nm showed cytotoxicity towards U937, SH-SY5Y, differentiated SH-SY5Y, and Hs888Lu cell lines. No effect on the A549 cells was observed. It was also found that the cytotoxicity of ZnO was particle size, concentration, and time dependent. These studies are the first to quantify the influence of ZnO nanoparticles on cytotoxicity assays. Corrections for absorption effects were carried out which gave an accurate estimation of the concentrations that produce the cytotoxic effects.

  20. Well-aligned ZnO nanowires with excellent field emission and photocatalytic properties

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    Chu, Fu-Hsuan; Huang, Chun-Wei; Hsin, Cheng-Lun; Wang, Chun-Wen; Yu, Shih-Ying; Yeh, Ping-Hung; Wu, Wen-Wei

    2012-02-01

    Well-aligned ZnO nanowires (NWs) were successfully synthesized on Si(100) by the process of carbothermal reduction and vapor-liquid-solid method. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy results confirmed that ZnO NWs were single crystalline wurtzite structures and grew along the [0001] direction. The influences of substrate temperature and total pressure on the growth were discussed. The well-aligned ZnO NWs show good field emission properties, and the emitter constructed of pencil-like ZnO NWs exhibited a low turn-on field (3.82 V μm-1) and a high field enhancement factor (β = 2303). Finally, we demonstrated that the as-prepared ZnO NWs with small diameter on the substrate have good photocatalytic activity toward degradation of methylene blue. Using ZnO NWs with Au nanoparticles (NPs) would decrease the recombination rate of hole-electron pairs due to the great shift of the Fermi level to the conduction band. Hence, adding Au NPs was a promising method to enhance the photocatalytic performance of ZnO NWs. It is significant that photocatalyst fabricated by ZnO NWs can apply to the degradation of organic pollution, and solve the environmental issues.Well-aligned ZnO nanowires (NWs) were successfully synthesized on Si(100) by the process of carbothermal reduction and vapor-liquid-solid method. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy results confirmed that ZnO NWs were single crystalline wurtzite structures and grew along the [0001] direction. The influences of substrate temperature and total pressure on the growth were discussed. The well-aligned ZnO NWs show good field emission properties, and the emitter constructed of pencil-like ZnO NWs exhibited a low turn-on field (3.82 V μm-1) and a high field enhancement factor (β = 2303). Finally, we demonstrated that the as-prepared ZnO NWs with small diameter on the substrate have good photocatalytic activity toward degradation of methylene blue. Using ZnO NWs with Au

  1. Morphology evolution of hydrothermally grown ZnO nanostructures on gallium doping and their defect structures

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    Pineda-Hernández, G.; Escobedo-Morales, A.; Pal, U.; Chigo-Anota, E.

    2012-01-01

    In the present article, the effect of gallium doping on the morphology, structural, and vibrational properties of hydrothermally grown ZnO nanostructures has been studied. It has been observed that incorporated gallium plays an important role on the growth kinetics and hence on the morphology evolution of the ZnO crystals. Ga doping in high concentration results in the contraction of ZnO unit cell, mainly along c-axis. Although Ga has high solubility in ZnO, heavy doping promotes the segregation of Ga atoms as a secondary phase. Incorporated Ga atoms strongly affect the vibrational characteristics of ZnO lattice and induce anomalous Raman modes. Possible mechanisms of morphology evolution and origin of anomalous Raman modes in Ga doped ZnO nanostructures are discussed. -- Highlights: ► Ga doped ZnO nanostructures were successfully grown by hydrothermal chemical route. ► Ga doping has strong effect on the resulting morphology of ZnO nanostructures. ► Anomalous vibrational modes in wurtzite ZnO lattice are induced by Ga doping. ► Incorporated Ga atoms accommodate at preferential lattice sites.

  2. Facile Hydrothermal Approach to ZnO Nanorods at Mild Temperature

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    Yang Jiao

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, ZnO nanorods are obtained through a facile hydrothermal route. The structure and morphology of the resultant products are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscope (SEM. The experimental results indicated that the as-synthesized ZnO nanorods have an average diameter of approximate 100 nm. A possible growth mechanism for ZnO nanorods was proposed based on the experimental results and found that Zn powder plays a critical role for the morphology of the products. Room temperature photoluminescence property of ZnO nanorods shows an ultraviolet emission peak at 390 nm.

  3. Evaluation of shape and size effects on optical properties of ZnO pigment

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    Kiomarsipour, Narges; Shoja Razavi, Reza; Ghani, Kamal; Kioumarsipour, Marjan

    2013-01-01

    The pigment with optimized morphology would attain maximum diffuse solar reflectance at a lower film thickness and reduce the pigment volume concentration required. This factor would contribute to a reduction in overall weight and possibly extend the durability of the system to longer time scales, specially in space assets. In the present work, five different morphologies of ZnO pigment were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The ZnO pigments were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and N 2 adsorption (BET). The optical property of the ZnO pigments was investigated by UV/VIS/NIR spectrophotometer. The results indicated that the optical properties of ZnO powders were strongly affected by the particle size and morphology. The nanorods and microrods ZnO structures showed the minimum spectral reflectance in visible and near infrared regions, whereas the novel nanoparticle-decorated ZnO pigment revealed the maximum spectral reflectance in the same regions. The reflectance spectra of scale-like and submicrorods ZnO were in the middle of the others. The higher surface roughness led to higher light scattering in nanoparticle-decorated ZnO pigment and multiple-scattering in them. These results proved that a significant improvement in the scattering efficiency of ZnO pigment can be realized by utilizing an optimized nanoparticle-decorated pigment.

  4. Synthesis of ordered large-scale ZnO nanopore arrays

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    Ding, G.Q.; Shen, W.Z.; Zheng, M.J.; Fan, D.H.

    2006-01-01

    An effective approach is demonstrated for growing ordered large-scale ZnO nanopore arrays through radio-frequency magnetron sputtering deposition on porous alumina membranes (PAMs). The realization of highly ordered hexagonal ZnO nanopore arrays benefits from the unique properties of ZnO (hexagonal structure, polar surfaces, and preferable growth directions) and PAMs (controllable hexagonal nanopores and localized negative charges). Further evidence has been shown through the effects of nanorod size and thermal treatment of PAMs on the yielded morphology of ZnO nanopore arrays. This approach opens the possibility of creating regular semiconducting nanopore arrays for the application of filters, sensors, and templates

  5. Reliable thermal processing of organic perovskite films deposited on ZnO

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    Zakhidov, Alex; Manspeaker, Chris; Lyashenko, Dmitry; Alex Zakhidov Team

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a promising semiconducting material to serve as an electron transport layer (ETL) for solar cell devices based on organo-halide lead perovskites. ZnO ETL for perovskite photovoltaics has a combination of attractive electronic and optical properties: i) the electron affinity of ZnO is well aligned with valence band edge of the CH3NH3PbI3, ii) electron mobility of ZnO is >1 cm2/(Vs), which is a few orders of magnitude higher than that of TiO2 (another popular choice of ETL for perovskite photovoltaic devices), and iii) ZnO has a large of band gap of 3.3 eV, which ensures optical transparency and large barrier for the hole injection. Moreover, ZnO nanostructures can be printed on flexible substrates at room temperatures in cost effective manner. However, it was recently found that organic perovskites deposited on ZnO are unstable and readily decompose at >90°C. In this work, we further investigate the mechanism of decomposition of CH3NH3PbI3 film deposited on ZnO and reveal the role of the solvent in the film during the annealing process. We also develop a restricted volume solvent annealing (RVSA) process for post annealing of the perovskite film on ZnO without decomposition. We demonstrate that RVSA enables reliable perovskite solar cell fabrication.

  6. ZnO microspheres-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye

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    Qin, Jiaqian, E-mail: jiaqian.q@chula.ac.th [Metallurgy and Materials Science Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330 (Thailand); Zhang, Xinyu, E-mail: xyzhang@ysu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Yang, Chengwu; Cao, Meng; Ma, Mingzhen; Liu, Riping [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2017-01-15

    Highlights: • ZnO microspheres-rGO nanocomposites were prepared via a solution method. • ZnO microspheres anchored on the rGO sheets is observed using SEM and TEM. • The obtained nanocomposites exhibit good photocatalytic degradation of MB under UV light irradiation. - Abstract: In this work, ZnO microspheres-reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanocomposites were synthesized via a simple solution method and used for the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) dye from water under UV light. The SEM and TEM observations demonstrate that the microsphere morphologies of the ZnO microspheres-rGO nanocomposite is composed of ZnO microspheres anchored on rGO sheets, confirming the formation of ZnO microspheres-rGO composites. Raman spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveal that both of the reduction of GO tight contact between ZnO and rGO are achieved during the high temperature calcination process. During the photocatalytic test, in comparison with ZnO microspheres and P25 TiO2, the ZnO microspheres-rGO nanocomposite shows improved photodegradation of MB dye, because the rGO sheets could reduce the charge recombination in electron-transfer processes. According to the scavenger experiments, the possible MB degradation mechanism is contributed mainly to the generation of active species induced by the photogenerated holes (h{sup +}) and superoxide radicals (·O{sub 2}{sup −}).

  7. Growth of Single- and Bilayer ZnO on Au(111) and Interaction with Copper

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    Deng, Xingyi; Yao, Kun; Sun, Keju; Li, Wei-Xue; Lee, Junseok; Matranga, Christopher

    2013-05-02

    The stoichiometric single- and bi-layer ZnO(0001) have been prepared by reactive deposition of Zn on Au(111) and studied in detail with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and density functional theory calculations. Both single- and bi-layer ZnO(0001) adopt a planar, graphite-like structure similar to freestanding ZnO(0001) due to the weak van der Waals interactions dominating their adhesion with the Au(111) substrate. At higher temperature, the single-layer ZnO(0001) converts gradually to bi-layer ZnO(0001) due to the twice stronger interaction between two ZnO layers than the interfacial adhesion of ZnO with Au substrate. It is found that Cu atoms on the surface of bi-layer ZnO(0001) are mobile with a diffusion barrier of 0.31 eV, and likely to agglomerate and form nanosized particles at low coverages; while Cu atoms tend to penetrate a single layer of ZnO(0001) with a barrier of 0.10 eV, resulting in a Cu free surface.

  8. UV irradiation assisted growth of ZnO nanowires on optical fiber surface

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    Gong, Bo; Shi, Tielin; Liao, Guanglan; Li, Xiaoping; Huang, Jie; Zhou, Temgyuan; Tang, Zirong, E-mail: zirong@mail.hust.edu.cn

    2017-06-01

    Highlights: • A new fabrication process combined a hydrothermal process with UV irradiation from optical fiber is developed. • The growth of ZnO nanowires is efficient in the utilization of UV light. • A novel hybrid structure which integrates ZnO nanowires on optical fiber surface is synthesized. • The UV assisted growth of ZnO nanowires shows preferred orientation and better quality. • A mechanism of growing ZnO nanowires under UV irradiation is proposed. - Abstract: In this paper, a novel approach was developed for the enhanced growth of ZnO nanowires on optical fiber surface. The method combined a hydrothermal process with the efficient UV irradiation from the fiber core, and the effects of UV irradiation on the growth behavior of ZnO nanowires were investigated. The results show that UV irradiation had great effects on the preferred growth orientation and the quality of the ZnO nanowires. The crystallization velocity along the c-axis would increase rapidly with the increase of the irradiation power, while the growth process in the lateral direction was marginally affected by the irradiation. The structure of ZnO nanowires also shows less oxygen vacancy with UV irradiation of higher power. The developed approach is applicable for the efficient growth of nanowires on the fiber surface, and the ZnO nanowires/optical fiber hybrid structures have great potentials for a wide variety of applications such as optical fiber sensors and probes.

  9. Oxidant-Dependent Thermoelectric Properties of Undoped ZnO Films by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Kim, Hyunho

    2017-02-27

    Extraordinary oxidant-dependent changes in the thermoelectric properties of undoped ZnO thin films deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) have been observed. Specifically, deionized water and ozone oxidants are used in the growth of ZnO by ALD using diethylzinc as a zinc precursor. No substitutional atoms have been added to the ZnO films. By using ozone as an oxidant instead of water, a thermoelectric power factor (σS) of 5.76 × 10 W m K is obtained at 705 K for undoped ZnO films. In contrast, the maximum power factor for the water-based ZnO film is only 2.89 × 10 W m K at 746 K. Materials analysis results indicate that the oxygen vacancy levels in the water- and ozone-grown ZnO films are essentially the same, but the difference comes from Zn-related defects present in the ZnO films. The data suggest that the strong oxidant effect on thermoelectric performance can be explained by a mechanism involving point defect-induced differences in carrier concentration between these two oxides and a self-compensation effect in water-based ZnO due to the competitive formations of both oxygen and zinc vacancies. This strong oxidant effect on the thermoelectric properties of undoped ZnO films provides a pathway to improve the thermoelectric performance of this important material.

  10. Defect spectroscopy of single ZnO microwires

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    Villafuerte, M.; Ferreyra, J. M.; Zapata, C.; Barzola-Quiquia, J.; Iikawa, F.; Esquinazi, P.; Heluani, S. P.; de Lima, M. M.; Cantarero, A.

    2014-04-01

    The point defects of single ZnO microwires grown by carbothermal reduction were studied by microphotoluminescence, photoresistance excitation spectra, and resistance as a function of the temperature. We found the deep level defect density profile along the microwire showing that the concentration of defects decreases from the base to the tip of the microwires and this effect correlates with a band gap narrowing. The results show a characteristic deep defect levels inside the gap at 0.88 eV from the top of the VB. The resistance as a function of the temperature shows defect levels next to the bottom of the CB at 110 meV and a mean defect concentration of 4 × 1018 cm-3. This combination of techniques allows us to study the band gap values and defects states inside the gap in single ZnO microwires and opens the possibility to be used as a defect spectroscopy method.

  11. Synthesis of ZNO nanoparticles by Sol-Gel processing

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    Savi, B.M.; Rodrigues, L.; Uggioni, E.; Bernardin, A.M.

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to obtain and characterize ZnO nanoparticles by Sol-Gel technique. ZnCl 2 , Zn(NO 3 ) 2 , NaOH were used as precursors for the synthesis. NaOH was dissolved in distilled water at a concentration of 1.0 M with agitation to the desired reaction temperature (50°C and 90°C). 0.5 M ZnCl 2 and 0.5 M Zn(NO3)2 were added by dripping (60 and 30 min). The powder was characterized by XRD (Cu Kα), UV-Vis, and HR-TEM. Nano ZnO particles were obtained with crystallite size between 20 and 40 nm (HR-TEM and XRD). The results of UV-Vis spectrometry show that the band gap energy, given by the absorbance at 300 nm depends on the precursor used. (author)

  12. Lattice sites of Na dopants in ZnO

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    AUTHOR|(CDS)2069243; Martins Correia, Joao; Amorim, Lígia; Decoster, Stefan; Ribeiro da Silva, Manuel; Da Costa Pereira, Lino Miguel

    2016-01-01

    The angular distribution of beta− particles emitted by the radioactive isotope 24Na was monitored following implantation into ZnO single crystals at fluences above 5E12 cm−2 at CERN’s ISOLDE facility. We identified sodium on two distinct sites: on substitutional Zn sites and on interstitial sites that are close to the so-called octahedral site. The interstitial Na was to large extent converted to substitutional Na already for annealing at 200°C, from which an activation energy of 0.8−1.3 eV, most likely around 1.2 eV, is estimated for the migration of interstitial Na in ZnO.

  13. Nanostructured hybrid ZnO thin films for energy conversion

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    Samantilleke Anura

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report on hybrid films based on ZnO/organic dye prepared by electrodeposition using tetrasulfonated copper phthalocyanines (TS-CuPc and Eosin-Y (EoY. Both the morphology and porosity of hybrid ZnO films are highly dependent on the type of dyes used in the synthesis. High photosensitivity was observed for ZnO/EoY films, while a very weak photoresponse was obtained for ZnO/TS-CuPc films. Despite a higher absorption coefficient of TS-CuPc than EoY, in ZnO/EoY hybrid films, the excited photoelectrons between the EoY levels can be extracted through ZnO, and the porosity of ZnO/EoY can also be controlled.

  14. ZnO Coated Nanospring-Based Gas Sensors

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    Bakharev, Pavel Viktorovich

    The current research demonstrates new techniques for characterization of electrical transport properties of the metal oxide polycrystalline structures, gas and vapor phase kinetics, surface processes such as gas-surface, vapor-surface interactions and redox processes by applying novel gas sensing devices. Real-time sensor electrical response characteristics obtained under highly controlled laboratory conditions have been used to characterize corresponding surface interactions and electrical properties of the gas sensitive structures. Novel redox chemical sensors (chemiresistors) have been fabricated with 3-D and 1-D ZnO coated nanospring (NS) structures. Silica NSs served as insulating scaffolding for a ZnO gas sensitive layer and has been grown via a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism by using a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique. The NSs have been coated with polycrystalline ZnO by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The chemiresistor devices have been thoroughly characterized in terms of their crystal structures (by XRD, FESEM, TEM, and ellipsometry) and their electrical response properties. A 3-D gas sensor has been constructed from a xenon light bulb by coating it with a 3-D zinc oxide coated silica nanospring mat, where the xenon light bulb served as a sensor heater. This inexpensive sensor platform has been used to characterize gas-solid, vapor-solid, and redox processes. The optimal temperature of the gas sensitive ZnO layer, the temperature of the vapor-gas mixture and the crystal structure of the gas sensitive layer have been determined to reach the highest sensitivity of the gas sensors. The activation energy of toluene oxidation (Ed) on the ZnO surface and the activation energy of oxidation (Ea) of the depleted ZnO surface have been determined and analyzed. A 1-D chemiresistor has been fabricated with a single ZnO coated silica nanospring by photolithography. The question of sensor sensitivity of MOS nanomaterials and MOS thin films has been addressed

  15. Thin film diamond microstructure applications

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    Roppel, T.; Ellis, C.; Ramesham, R.; Jaworske, D.; Baginski, M. E.; Lee, S. Y.

    1991-01-01

    Selective deposition and abrasion, as well as etching in atomic oxygen or reduced-pressure air, have been used to prepare patterned polycrystalline diamond films which, on further processing by anisotropic Si etching, yield the microstructures of such devices as flow sensors and accelerometers. Both types of sensor have been experimentally tested in the respective functions of hot-wire anemometer and both single- and double-hinged accelerometer.

  16. Microstructural characterization of EXCEL alloy

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    Oroza Z E, Celiz; Saumell M, Lani; Versaci, R A; Bozzano, P B

    2012-01-01

    The microstructure of Excel alloy was studied by optical and scanning electron microscopy. X-ray diffraction was used to analyze the present phases. Characteristic peaks of α-Zr (HCP), β-Zr (BCC) and δhydride (FCC) were identified. The high relatives intensities of certain peaks suggest that samples are textured. Basal poles were dominant in radial-longitudinal planes and prismatic poles have the highest concentration in radial-tangential planes (author)

  17. Microstructure fibers for gas detection

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    Matějec, Vlastimil; Mrázek, Jan; Hayer, Miloš; Peterka, Pavel; Kaňka, Jiří; Honzátko, Pavel; Berková, Daniela

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 26, 2/3 (2006), s. 317-321 ISSN 0928-4931. [MADICA 2004. Tunis, 29.11.2004-01.12.2004] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA102/02/0779 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2067918 Keywords : photonic crystals * crystal microstructure * optical fibres * fibre optic sensors * gas Subject RIV: JB - Sensors, Measurment, Regulation Impact factor: 1.325, year: 2006

  18. Microstructural processes in irradiated materials

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    Byun, Thak Sang; Morgan, Dane; Jiao, Zhijie; Almer, Jonathan; Brown, Donald

    2016-04-01

    This is an editorial article (preface) for the publication of symposium papers in the Journal of Nuclear materials: These proceedings contain the papers presented at two symposia, the Microstructural Processes in Irradiated Materials (MPIM) and Characterization of Nuclear Reactor Materials and Components with Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation, held in the TMS 2015, 144th Annual Meeting & Exhibition at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA on March 15–19, 2015.

  19. Fabrication of the heterojunction diode from Y-doped ZnO thin films on p-Si substrates by sol-gel method

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    Sharma, Sanjeev K.; Singh, Satendra Pal; Kim, Deuk Young

    2018-02-01

    The heterojunction diode of yttrium-doped ZnO (YZO) thin films was fabricated on p-Si(100) substrates by sol-gel method. The post-annealing process was performed at 600 °C in vacuum for a short time (3 min) to prevent inter-diffusion of Zn, Y, and Si atoms. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of as-grown and annealed (600 °C in vacuum) films showed the preferred orientation along the c-axis (002) regardless of dopant concentrations. The uniform surface microstructure and the absence of other metal/oxide peaks in XRD pattern confirmed the excellence of films. The increasing bandgap and carrier concentration of YZO thin films were interpreted by the BM shift, that is, the Fermi level moves towards the conduction band edge. The current-voltage characteristics of the heterojunction diode, In/n-ZnO/p-Si/Al, showed a rectification behavior. The turn-on voltage and ideality factor of n-ZnO/p-Si and n-YZO/p-Si were observed to be 3.47 V, 2.61 V, and 1.97, 1.89, respectively. Y-dopant in ZnO thin films provided more donor electrons caused the shifting of Fermi-energy level towards the conduction band and strengthen the interest for heterojunction diodes.

  20. In-situ growth of ZnO nanowire arrays on the sensing electrode via a facile hydrothermal route for high-performance NO2 sensor

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    Chen, Xiangxiang; Shen, Yanbai; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Jin; Wei, Dezhou; Lu, Rui; Zhu, Lijia; Li, Hansen; Shen, Yansong

    2018-03-01

    ZnO nanowire (ZNW) arrays were in-situ grown on the sensing electrode via a facile hydrothermal route for NO2 sensing application. ZNW arrays were prepared by a seed layer deposition on the surface of the sensing electrode using a dipping process in a Zn(CH3COO)2·2H2O ethanol solution followed by a seed growth using a hydrothermal route in the Zn(NO3)2·6H2O-HMTA (C6H12N4) system. The microstructural characterizations of the ZNW arrays by means of XRD, FESEM, TEM, FTIR and XPS showed that ZnO nanowires with the diameters of 80-90 nm and the lengths of 0.6-1 μm had a single crystal hexagonal wurtzite structure. Gas sensing properties demonstrated the response of the sensor based on the ZNW arrays was linearly proportional to the NO2 concentration in the range of 1-30 ppm with good reproducibility and selectivity. The maximum sensor response to NO2 was obtained at an operating temperature of 250 °C. The response and recovery times reduced rapidly with increasing the operating temperature. The growth mechanism and sensing mechanism of the ZNW arrays were discussed in accordance with the deposition of the seed layer and the modulation of the depletion layer, respectively.