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  1. ZrTiO4 nanowire growth using membrane-assisted Pechini route

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    P. R. de Lucena

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The high surface-to-volume ratio of nanowires makes them natural competitors as new device components. In this regard, a current major challenge is to produce quasi-one-dimensional nanostructures composed of well established oxide-based materials. This article reports the synthesis of ZrTiO4 nanowires on a silicon (100 wafer in a single-step deposition/thermal treatment. The template-directed membrane synthesis strategy was associated with the Pechini route and spin-coating deposition technique. ZrTiO4 nanowires were obtained at 700 ˚C with diameters in the range of 80-100 nm. FEG- SEM images were obtained to investigate ZrTiO4 nanowire formation on the silicon surface and energy dispersive x-ray detection (EDS and x-ray diffraction (XRD analyses were performed to confirm the oxide composition and structure.

  2. Al2TiO5-ZrTiO4-ZrO2 composites

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    Parker, F.J.

    1990-01-01

    The characterization and properties of ceramic composites containing the phases Al 2 TiO 5 , ZrTiO 4 , and ZrO 2 are described. The low thermal expansions are apparently due to a combination of microcracking by the titanate phases and a contractive phase transformation by the ZrO 2 . The crystal chemistry and microstructure of the product are processing dependent. Although the composites represent a complex microcracking system, the low thermal expansions and high-temperature stability make them potential candidates for commercial application requiring thermal shock resistance

  3. Thermal expansion and cooling rate dependence of transition temperature in ZrTiO4 single crystal

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    Park, Y.

    1998-01-01

    Thermal expansion in ZrTiO 4 single crystal was investigated in the temperature range covering the normal, incommensurate, and commensurate phases. Remarkable change was found at the normal-incommensurate phase transition (T I ) in all thermal expansion coefficients a, b, and c. The spontaneous strains χ as and χ bs along the a and b axes show linear temperature dependence, while the spontaneous strain χ cs along the c axis shows a nonlinear temperature dependence. Small discontinuity along the c direction was observed at the incommensurate-commensurate transition temperature, T c = 845 C. dT I /dP and dT c /dP depend on the cooling rate

  4. Directly grown nanocrystalline diamond field-effect transistor microstructures

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    Kozak, Halyna; Kromka, Alexander; Babchenko, Oleg; Rezek, Bohuslav

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 8, č. 3 (2010), s. 482-487 ISSN 1546-198X R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LC06040; GA AV ČR KAN400100701; GA MŠk LC510; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAAX00100902; GA AV ČR KAN400100652 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * microstructures * atomic force microscopy * surface conductivity * field-effect transistor Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 0.602, year: 2010

  5. Nanocrystalline magnetite thin films grown by dual ion-beam sputtering

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    Prieto, Pilar, E-mail: pilar.prieto@uam.es [Departamento de Física Aplicada M-12, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Ruiz, Patricia [Departamento de Física Aplicada M-12, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Ferrer, Isabel J. [Departamento de Física de Materiales M-4, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Figuera, Juan de la; Marco, José F. [Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano”, CSIC, Serrano 119, 28006 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-07-05

    Highlights: • We have grown tensile and compressive strained nanocrystalline magnetite thin films by dual ion beam sputtering. • The magnetic and thermoelectric properties can be controlled by the deposition conditions. • The magnetic anisotropy depends on the crystalline grain size. • The thermoelectric properties depend on the type of strain induced in the films. • In plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy develops in magnetite thin films with grain sizes ⩽20 nm. - Abstract: We have explored the influence of an ion-assisted beam in the thermoelectric and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline magnetite thin films grown by ion-beam sputtering. The microstructure has been investigated by XRD. Tensile and compressive strained thin films have been obtained as a function of the parameters of the ion-assisted beam. The evolution of the in-plane magnetic anisotropy was attributed to crystalline grain size. In some films, magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements reveal the existence of uniaxial magnetic anisotropy induced by the deposition process related with a small grain size (⩽20 nm). Isotropic magnetic properties have observed in nanocrystalline magnetite thin film having larger grain sizes. The largest power factor of all the films prepared (0.47 μW/K{sup 2} cm), obtained from a Seebeck coefficient of −80 μV/K and an electrical resistivity of 13 mΩ cm, is obtained in a nanocrystalline magnetite thin film with an expanded out-of-plane lattice and with a grain size ≈30 nm.

  6. Efficiency Enhancement in Bulk Heterojunction Polymer Photovoltaic Cells Using ZrTiO4/Bi2O3 Metal-Oxide Nanocomposites

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    Abdul Jabbar, Mohammed Hussain; Neppolian, B.; Shim, Hee-Sang

    2010-01-01

    We report the effect of metal-oxide nanocomposites on the performance of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells. A photoactive layer composed of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) was blended with a newly developed ZrTiO4/Bi2O3 (BITZ) metal......-oxide nanocomposite. We observed a short-circuit current density of 9.90 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage of 0.64 V, and a fill factor of 0.60. The overall power conversion efficiency increased from 3.20 to 3.72% with an external quantum efficiency improvement of 66%. The enhancement in performance was attributed...

  7. Negative thermal expansion up to 1000 C of ZrTiO4-Al2TiO5 ceramics for high-temperature applications

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    Kim, I.J.; Kim, H.C.; Han, I.S.; Aneziris, C.G.

    2005-01-01

    High temperature structural ceramics based on Al 2 TiO 5 -ZrTiO 4 (ZAT) having excellent thermal-shock-resistance were synthesized by a reaction sintering. The ZAT ceramics sintered at 1600 C had a negative thermal expansions up to 1000 C and a much lower thermal expansion coefficient (0.3 ∝ 1.3 x 10 -6 /K) than that of polycrystalline Al 2 TiO 5 (1.5 x 10 -6 /K). These low thermal expansion are apparently due to a combination of microcracking caused by the large thermal expansion anisotropy of the crystal axes of the Al 2 TiO 5 phase. The microstructural degradation of the composites after various thermal treatment for high temperature applications were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, ultrasonic and dilatometer. (orig.)

  8. 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

  9. Structure-Dependent Mechanical Properties of ALD-Grown Nanocrystalline BiFeO3 Multiferroics

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    Anna Majtyka

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The present paper pertains to mechanical properties and structure of nanocrystalline multiferroic BeFiO3 (BFO thin films, grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD on the Si/SiO2/Pt substrate. The usage of sharp-tip-nanoindentation and multiple techniques of structure examination, namely, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, enabled us to detect changes in elastic properties (95 GPa≤E≤118 GPa and hardness (4.50 GPa≤H≤7.96 GPa of BFO after stages of annealing and observe their relation to the material’s structural evolution. Our experiments point towards an increase in structural homogeneity of the samples annealed for a longer time. To our best knowledge, the present report constitutes the first disclosure of nanoindentation mechanical characteristics of ALD-fabricated BeFiO3, providing a new insight into the phenomena that accompany structure formation and development of nanocrystalline multiferroics. We believe that our systematic characterization of the BFO layers carried out at consecutive stages of their deposition provides pertinent information which is needed to control and optimize its ALD fabrication.

  10. Photoluminescence of nanocrystalline ZnS thin film grown by sol-gel method.

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    Anila, E I; Safeera, T A; Reshmi, R

    2015-03-01

    Nano and polycrystalline ZnS thin films play a crucial role in photovoltaic technology and optoelectronic devices. In this work, we report the photoluminescence (PL) characterization of nanocrystalline ZnS thin films synthesized by dip coating method. The PL spectra exhibit broad nature with multiple emission peaks which are due to the different defect levels in the prepared film.

  11. Role of grain size in superconducting boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond thin films grown by CVD

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    Zhang, G.; Janssens, S.D.; Vanacken, J.; Timmermans, M.; Vacík, Jiří; Ataklti, G.W.; Decelle, W.; Gillijns, W.; Goderis, B.; Haenen, K.; Wagner, P.; Moshchalkov, V.V.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 84, č. 21 (2011), 214517/1-214517/10 ISSN 1098-0121 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : Nanocrystalline diamond * Superconducting transition Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.691, year: 2011

  12. Properties of CdTe nanocrystalline thin films grown on different substrates by low temperature sputtering

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    Chen Huimin; Guo Fuqiang; Zhang Baohua

    2009-01-01

    CdTe nanocrystalline thin films have been prepared on glass, Si and Al 2 O 3 substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering at liquid nitrogen temperature. The crystal structure and morphology of the films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The XRD examinations revealed that CdTe films on glass and Si had a better crystal quality and higher preferential orientation along the (111) plane than the Al 2 O 3 . FESEM observations revealed a continuous and dense morphology of CdTe films on glass and Si substrates. Optical properties of nanocrystalline CdTe films deposited on glass substrates for different deposited times were studied.

  13. Transient Photoinduced Absorption in Ultrathin As-grown Nanocrystalline Silicon Films

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    Lioutas Ch

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractWe have studied ultrafast carrier dynamics in nanocrystalline silicon films with thickness of a few nanometers where boundary-related states and quantum confinement play an important role. Transient non-degenerated photoinduced absorption measurements have been employed to investigate the effects of grain boundaries and quantum confinement on the relaxation dynamics of photogenerated carriers. An observed long initial rise of the photoinduced absorption for the thicker films agrees well with the existence of boundary-related states acting as fast traps. With decreasing the thickness of material, the relaxation dynamics become faster since the density of boundary-related states increases. Furthermore, probing with longer wavelengths we are able to time-resolve optical paths with faster relaxations. This fact is strongly correlated with probing in different points of the first Brillouin zone of the band structure of these materials.

  14. Nanocrystalline solids

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    Gleiter, H.

    1991-01-01

    Nanocrystalline solids are polycrystals, the crystal size of which is a few (typically 1 to 10) nanometres so that 50% or more of the solid consists of incoherent interfaces between crystals of different orientations. Solids consisting primarily of internal interfaces represent a separate class of atomic structures because the atomic arrangement formed in the core of an interface is known to be an arrangement of minimum energy in the potential field of the two adjacent crystal lattices with different crystallographic orientations on either side of the boundary core. These boundary conditions result in atomic structures in the interfacial cores which cannot be formed elsewhere (e.g. in glasses or perfect crystals). Nanocrystalline solids are of interest for the following four reasons: (1) Nanocrystalline solids exhibit an atomic structure which differs from that of the two known solid states: the crystalline (with long-range order) and the glassy (with short-range order). (2) The properties of nanocrystalline solids differ (in some cases by several orders of magnitude) from those of glasses and/or crystals with the same chemical composition, which suggests that they may be utilized technologically in the future. (3) Nanocrystalline solids seem to permit the alloying of conventionally immiscible components. (4) If small (1 to 10 nm diameter) solid droplets with a glassy structure are consolidated (instead of small crystals), a new type of glass, called nanoglass, is obtained. Such glasses seem to differ structurally from conventional glasses. (orig.)

  15. A study on the structural and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline CuS thin films grown by chemical bath deposition technique

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    Mukherjee, Nillohit; Sinha, Arijit; Khan, Gobinda Gopal; Chandra, Debraj; Bhaumik, Asim; Mondal, Anup

    2011-01-01

    We report a chemical route for the deposition of nanocrystalline thin films of CuS, using aqueous solutions of Cu(CH 3 COO) 2 , SC(NH 2 ) 2 and N(CH 2 CH 2 OH) 3 [triethanolamine, i.e. TEA] in proper concentrations and ratios. The films were structurally characterized using X-ray diffraction technique (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and optical analysis [both photo luminescence (PL) and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis)]. Optical studies showed a large blue shift in the band gap energy of the films due to quantum confinement effect exerted by the nanocrystals. From both XRD and FESEM analyses, formation of CuS nanocrystals with sizes within 10-15 nm was evident. A study on the mechanical properties was carried out using nanoindentation and nanoscratch techniques, which showed good mechanical stability and high adherence of the films with the bottom substrate. Such study on the mechanical properties of the CuS thin films is being reported here for the first time. Current-voltage (I-V) measurements were also carried out for the films, which showed p-type conductivity.

  16. Nanocrystalline ceramic materials

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    Siegel, Richard W.; Nieman, G. William; Weertman, Julia R.

    1994-01-01

    A method for preparing a treated nanocrystalline metallic material. The method of preparation includes providing a starting nanocrystalline metallic material with a grain size less than about 35 nm, compacting the starting nanocrystalline metallic material in an inert atmosphere and annealing the compacted metallic material at a temperature less than about one-half the melting point of the metallic material.

  17. Creating bulk nanocrystalline metal.

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    Fredenburg, D. Anthony (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA); Saldana, Christopher J. (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Gill, David D.; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Roemer, Timothy John (Ktech Corporation, Albuquerque, NM); Vogler, Tracy John; Yang, Pin

    2008-10-01

    Nanocrystalline and nanostructured materials offer unique microstructure-dependent properties that are superior to coarse-grained materials. These materials have been shown to have very high hardness, strength, and wear resistance. However, most current methods of producing nanostructured materials in weapons-relevant materials create powdered metal that must be consolidated into bulk form to be useful. Conventional consolidation methods are not appropriate due to the need to maintain the nanocrystalline structure. This research investigated new ways of creating nanocrystalline material, new methods of consolidating nanocrystalline material, and an analysis of these different methods of creation and consolidation to evaluate their applicability to mesoscale weapons applications where part features are often under 100 {micro}m wide and the material's microstructure must be very small to give homogeneous properties across the feature.

  18. Magnetism in nanocrystalline gold.

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    Tuboltsev, Vladimir; Savin, Alexander; Pirojenko, Alexandre; Räisänen, Jyrki

    2013-08-27

    While bulk gold is well known to be diamagnetic, there is a growing body of convincing experimental and theoretical work indicating that nanostructured gold can be imparted with unconventional magnetic properties. Bridging the current gap in experimental study of magnetism in bare gold nanomaterials, we report here on magnetism in gold nanocrystalline films produced by cluster deposition in the aggregate form that can be considered as a crossover state between a nanocluster and a continuous film. We demonstrate ferromagnetic-like hysteretic magnetization with temperature dependence indicative of spin-glass-like behavior and find this to be consistent with theoretical predictions, available in the literature, based on first-principles calculations.

  19. Light emission, light detection and strain sensing with nanocrystalline graphene

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    Riaz, Adnan; Pyatkov, Feliks; Alam, Asiful; Dehm, Simone; Chakravadhanula, Venkata S K; Flavel, Benjamin S; Kübel, Christian; Krupke, Ralph; Felten, Alexandre; Lemmer, Uli

    2015-01-01

    Graphene is of increasing interest for optoelectronic applications exploiting light detection, light emission and light modulation. Intrinsically, the light–matter interaction in graphene is of a broadband type. However, by integrating graphene into optical micro-cavities narrow-band light emitters and detectors have also been demonstrated. These devices benefit from the transparency, conductivity and processability of the atomically thin material. To this end, we explore in this work the feasibility of replacing graphene with nanocrystalline graphene, a material which can be grown on dielectric surfaces without catalyst by graphitization of polymeric films. We have studied the formation of nanocrystalline graphene on various substrates and under different graphitization conditions. The samples were characterized by resistance, optical transmission, Raman and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and electron microscopy measurements. The conducting and transparent wafer-scale material with nanometer grain size was also patterned and integrated into devices for studying light–matter interaction. The measurements show that nanocrystalline graphene can be exploited as an incandescent emitter and bolometric detector similar to crystalline graphene. Moreover the material exhibits piezoresistive behavior which makes nanocrystalline graphene interesting for transparent strain sensors. (paper)

  20. Thermal Conductivity in Nanocrystalline Ceria Thin Films

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    Marat Khafizov; In-Wook Park; Aleksandr Chernatynskiy; Lingfeng He; Jianliang Lin; John J. Moore; David Swank; Thomas Lillo; Simon R. Phillpot; Anter El-Azab; David H. Hurley

    2014-02-01

    The thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline ceria films grown by unbalanced magnetron sputtering is determined as a function of temperature using laser-based modulated thermoreflectance. The films exhibit significantly reduced conductivity compared with stoichiometric bulk CeO2. A variety of microstructure imaging techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron analysis, and electron energy loss spectroscopy indicate that the thermal conductivity is influenced by grain boundaries, dislocations, and oxygen vacancies. The temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity is analyzed using an analytical solution of the Boltzmann transport equation. The conclusion of this study is that oxygen vacancies pose a smaller impediment to thermal transport when they segregate along grain boundaries.

  1. Nanocrystalline diamond coatings for mechanical seals applications.

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    Santos, J A; Neto, V F; Ruch, D; Grácio, J

    2012-08-01

    A mechanical seal is a type of seal used in rotating equipment, such as pumps and compressors. It consists of a mechanism that assists the connection of the rotating shaft to the housings of the equipments, preventing leakage or avoiding contamination. A common cause of failure of these devices is end face wear out, thus the use of a hard, smooth and wear resistant coating such as nanocrystalline diamond would be of great importance to improve their working performance and increase their lifetime. In this paper, different diamond coatings were deposited by the HFCVD process, using different deposition conditions. Additionally, the as-grown films were characterized for, quality, morphology and microstructure using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The topography and the roughness of the films were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM).

  2. Thermal conductivity of amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon films prepared by hot-wire chemical-vapor deposition

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    Jugdersuren, B.; Kearney, B. T.; Queen, D. R.; Metcalf, T. H.; Culbertson, J. C.; Chervin, C. N.; Stroud, R. M.; Nemeth, W.; Wang, Q.; Liu, Xiao

    2017-07-01

    We report 3..omega.. thermal conductivity measurements of amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon thin films from 85 to 300 K prepared by hot-wire chemical-vapor deposition, where the crystallinity of the films is controlled by the hydrogen dilution during growth. The thermal conductivity of the amorphous silicon film is in agreement with several previous reports of amorphous silicon prepared by a variety of deposition techniques. The thermal conductivity of the as-grown nanocrystalline silicon film is 70% higher and increases 35% more after an anneal at 600 degrees C. They all have similarly weak temperature dependence. Structural analysis shows that the as-grown nanocrystalline silicon is approximately 60% crystalline, nanograins and grain boundaries included. The nanograins, averaging 9.1 nm in diameter in the as-grown film, are embedded in an amorphous matrix. The grain size increases to 9.7 nm upon annealing, accompanied by the disappearance of the amorphous phase. We extend the models of grain boundary scattering of phonons with two different non-Debye dispersion relations to explain our result of nanocrystalline silicon, confirming the strong grain size dependence of heat transport for nanocrystalline materials. However, the similarity in thermal conductivity between amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon suggests the heat transport mechanisms in both structures may not be as dissimilar as we currently understand.

  3. Controllable chemical vapor deposition of large area uniform nanocrystalline graphene directly on silicon dioxide

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    Sun, Jie; Lindvall, Niclas; Cole, Matthew T.

    2012-01-01

    Metal-catalyst-free chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of large area uniform nanocrystalline graphene on oxidized silicon substrates is demonstrated. The material grows slowly, allowing for thickness control down to monolayer graphene. The as-grown thin films are continuous with no observable pinhol...

  4. Characterisation of interfaces in nanocrystalline palladium

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    R. Narasimhan (Krishtel eMaging) 1461 1996 Oct 15 13:05:22

    Characterisation of interfaces in nanocrystalline palladium. 49. Interface structures in nanocrystalline materials have been the subject of research from the very beginning. The first indication that the structure of grain boundaries in nanocrystalline materials was different was from the X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies of Zhu et al ...

  5. Structure and Optical Properties of Nanocrystalline Hafnium Oxide Thin Films (PostPrint)

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    2014-09-01

    AFRL-RX-WP-JA-2014-0214 STRUCTURE AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF NANOCRYSTALLINE HAFNIUM OXIDE THIN FILMS (POSTPRINT) Neil R. Murphy AFRL...OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF NANOCRYSTALLINE HAFNIUM OXIDE THIN FILMS (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-House 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT...publication is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.optmat.2014.08.005 14. ABSTRACT Hafnium oxide (HfO2) films were grown by sputter-deposition by

  6. Nanocrystalline magnetic alloys and ceramics

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    Ultrafine particles of both ferro- and ferrimagnetic systems show superparamagnetic behaviour at room temperature. Coercivity ( H c ) and maximum energy product ( B H ) max of the magnetic particles can be changed by controlling their sizes. The present paper reviews all these aspects in the case of nanocrystalline ...

  7. Processing of Nanocrystalline Nitrides and Oxide Composites

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    Ying, Jackie

    1998-01-01

    We have recently begun to investigate the chemical composition, specifically oxygen contamination, and sintering behavior of the nanocrystalline aluminum nitride synthesized in the forced flow reactor...

  8. Large area plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition of nanocrystalline graphite on insulator for electronic device application

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    Schmidt, Marek E.; Xu, Cigang; Cooke, Mike; Mizuta, Hiroshi; Chong, H.M.H.

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports on large area plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) of nanocrystalline graphite (NCG) on thermally grown SiO2 wafer, quartz and sapphire substrates. Grown films are evaluated using Raman spectroscopy, ellipsometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Electrical characterization and optical transmission measurementsindicate promising properties of this material for use as transparent electrodes and for electronic device applicati...

  9. Nanocrystalline silicon in biological studies

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    Fučíková, A.; Valenta, J.; Pelant, Ivan; Kůsová, Kateřina; Březina, Vítězslav

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 8, č. 3 (2011), s. 1093-1096 ISSN 1862-6351 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN400100701; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA101120804; GA MŠk LC510; GA ČR GD202/09/H041 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521; CEZ:AV0Z60870520 Keywords : nanocrystalline * silicon * biocompatibility * quantum dot * fluorescence label Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  10. n-Type phosphorus-doped nanocrystalline diamond: electrochemical and in situ Raman spectroelectrochemical study

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    Zivcova, Z. Vlckova; Frank, O.; Drijkoningen, Sien; Haenen, Ken; Mortet, Vincent; Kavan, L.

    2016-01-01

    Electrochemical and in situ Raman spectroelectrochemical characterization of n-type phosphorus-doped nanocrystalline diamond (P-NCD) is carried out. The P-NCD films are grown by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition and doped with phosphorus at a concentration of 10 000 ppm in the gas phase. Micro-Raman spectroscopy determines the film quality (presence of graphitic or amorphous phases). All electrochemical measurements are performed in aqueous 0.5 M H2SO4 electrolyte solution....

  11. Structure and thermal stability of nanocrystalline materials

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    R. Narasimhan (Krishtel eMaging) 1461 1996 Oct 15 13:05:22

    Taking a cubic unit cell or a regular polyhedron unit cell of nanocrystalline material, the volume fraction of each ... The present article reviews the present states of understanding in these aspects of nanocrystalline materials. ..... Calculations based on the equation of state show 37% reduction in tetragonal shear modulus of ...

  12. Structure and thermal stability of nanocrystalline materials

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    In addition, study of the thermal stability of nanocrystalline materials against significant grain growth is both scientific and technological interest. A sharp increase in grain size (to micron levels) during consolidation of nanocrystalline powders to obtain fully dense materials may consequently result in the loss of some unique ...

  13. Dynamic recovery in nanocrystalline Ni

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    Sun, Z.; Van Petegem, S.; Cervellino, A.; Durst, K.; Blum, W.; Van Swygenhoven, H.

    2015-01-01

    The constant flow stress reached during uniaxial deformation of electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ni reflects a quasi-stationary balance between dislocation slip and grain boundary (GB) accommodation mechanisms. Stress reduction tests allow to suppress dislocation slip and bring recovery mechanisms into the foreground. When combined with in situ X-ray diffraction it can be shown that grain boundary recovery mechanisms play an important role in producing plastic strain while hardening the microstructure. This result has a significant consequence for the parameters of thermally activated glide of dislocations, such as athermal stress and activation volume, which are traditionally derived from stress/strain rate change tests

  14. Grain boundaries and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline diamond films.

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    Busmann, H.-G.; Pageler, A.; Gruen, D. M.

    1999-08-06

    Phase-pure nanocrystalline diamond thin films grown from plasmas of a hydrogen-poor carbon argon gas mixture have been analyzed regarding their hardness and elastic moduli by means of a microindentor and a scanning acoustic microscope.The films are superhard and the moduli rival single crystal diamond. In addition, Raman spectroscopy with an excitation wavelength of 1064 nm shows a peak at 1438 l/cm and no peak above 1500 l/cm, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy a shake-up loss at 4.2 eV. This gives strong evidence for the existence of solitary double bonds in the films. The hardness and elasticity of the films then are explained by the assumption, that the solitary double bonds interconnect the nanocrystals in the films, leading to an intergrain boundary adhesion of similar strength as the intragrain diamond cohesion. The results are in good agreement with recent simulations of high-energy grain boundaries.

  15. Synthesis and Processing of Nanocrystalline Aluminum Nitride

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    Duarte, Matthew Albert

    2016-01-01

    Synthesis, processing and characterization of nanocrystalline aluminum nitride has been systematically studied. Non-carbon based gas nitridation was used to reduce nanocrystalline γ-alumina, having a grain size of ~80 nm. Single phase aluminum nitride powder was obtained at firing temperatures of 1200°C. Further processing of AlN powders was performed by CAPAD (Current Activated Pressure Assisted Densification) to obtain dense single phase aluminum nitride. Dense bulk aluminum nitride was ob...

  16. Distinguishibility of Oxygen Desorption From the Surface Region with Mobility Dominant Effects in Nanocrystalline Ceria Films

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    Saraf, Laxmikant V; Shutthanandan, V; Zhang, Yanwen; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Wang, Chong M; El-Azab, Anter; Baer, Donald R

    2004-11-15

    We present an investigation of oxygen (18Ο) uptake measurements in 1 μm thick nanocrystalline ceria films grown on single crystal Al₂O₃ (0001) by nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). Oxygen uptake measurements were carried out in the temperature range of 200°C-600°C at a background 18O pressure of 4.0 x 10-6 Torr. Average grain-size in the as-grown films, synthesized by sol-gel process was ~ 3 nm confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. From the diffusion depth profiles, changes in intensity and slopes in surface and interface regions indicate dominating oxygen mobility effects. Oxygen desorption is clearly distinguishable in the film surface region as a result of shift in the oxygen peak intensity. It is argued that high defect density in nanocrystalline ceria which is associated with nano-grain surface combined with intermediate temperature reducing environment triggers multiple processes like diffusion, desorption and exchange interaction. The promising nature of NRA is realized as an effective tool to acquire the depth-dependent information regarding such complex reactions that exists in nanocrystalline environment.

  17. Patterned hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces of ultra-smooth nanocrystalline diamond layers

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    Mertens, M., E-mail: michael.mertens@uni-ulm.de [Institute of Micro and Nanomaterials, Ulm University, 89081 Ulm (Germany); Mohr, M.; Brühne, K.; Fecht, H.J. [Institute of Micro and Nanomaterials, Ulm University, 89081 Ulm (Germany); Łojkowski, M.; Święszkowski, W. [Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw (Poland); Łojkowski, W. [Institute of High Pressure Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland)

    2016-12-30

    Highlights: • Hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties on fluorine-, hydrogen- and oxygen- terminated ultra-nanocrystalline diamond films. • Micropatterned - multi-terminated layers with both hydrophobic and hydrophilic areas on one sample. • Visualization of multi-terminated surfaces by e.g. SEM and LFM. • Roughness and friction investigations on different terminated surfaces. • Smooth and biocompatible surfaces with same roughness regardless of hydrophobicity for microbiological investigations. - Abstract: In this work, we show that ultra nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) surfaces have been modified to add them hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties. The nanocrystalline diamond films were deposited using the hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) technique. This allows growing diamond on different substrates which can be even 3D or structured. Silicon and, for optical applications, transparent quartz glass are the preferred substrates for UNCD layers growth. Fluorine termination leads to strong hydrophobic properties as indicated by a high contact angle for water of more than 100°. Hydrogen termination shows lesser hydrophobic behavior. Hydrophilic characteristics has been realised with oxygen termination. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) measurements confirm the oxygen and fluorine- termination on the nanocrystalline diamond surface. Further, by micropatterning using photolithography, multi-terminated layers have been created with both hydrophobic and hydrophilic areas. In addition, we have shown that retermination is achieved, and the properties of the surface have been changed from hydrophobic to hydrophilic and vice versa. Micro- roughness and stress in the grown film influences slightly the wetting angle as well. The opportunity to realize local differences in hydrophobicity on nanocrystalline diamond layers, in any size or geometry, offers interesting applications for example in

  18. Structural elucidation of nanocrystalline biomaterials

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    Maltsev, S.

    2008-10-23

    Bone diseases, such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, are the second most prevalent health problem worldwide. In Germany approximately 5 millions people are affected by arthritis. Investigating biomineralization processes and bone molecular structure is of key importance for developing new drugs for preventing and healing bone diseases. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) was the primary technique used due to its advantages in characterising poorly ordered and disordered materials. Compared to all the diffraction techniques that widely applied in structural investigations, the usefulness of NMR is independent of long range molecular order. This makes NMR an outstanding technique for studies of complex/amorphous materials. Conventional NMR experiments (single pulse, spin-echo, cross polarization (CP), etc.) as well as their modifications and high-end techniques (2D HETCOR, REDOR, etc.) were used in this work. Combining the contributions from different techniques enhances the information content of the investigations and can increase the precision of the overall conclusions. Also XRD, TEM and FTIR were applied to different extent in order to get a general idea of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite crystallite structure. Results: - A new approach named 'Solid-state NMR spectroscopy using the lost I spin magnetization in polarization transfer experiments' has been developed for measuring the transferred I spin magnetization from abundant nuclei, which is normally lost when detecting the S spin magnetization. - A detailed investigation of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite core was made to prove that proton environment of the phosphates units and phosphorus environment of hydroxyl units are the same as in highly crystalline hydroxyapatite sample. - Using XRD it was found that the surface of the hydroxyapatite nanocrystals is not completely disordered, as it was suggested before, but resembles the hydroxyapatite structure with HPO{sub 4}{sup 2-} (and some CO{sub 3}{sup

  19. Combustion synthesis of bulk nanocrystalline iron alloys

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    Licai Fu

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The controlled synthesis of large-scale nanocrystalline metals and alloys with predefined architecture is in general a big challenge, and making full use of these materials in applications still requires greatly effort. The combustion synthesis technique has been successfully extended to prepare large-scale nanocrystalline metals and alloys, especially iron alloy, such as FeC, FeNi, FeCu, FeSi, FeB, FeAl, FeSiAl, FeSiB, and the microstructure can be designed. In this issue, recent progress on the synthesis of nanocrystalline metals and alloys prepared by combustion synthesis technique are reviewed. Then, the mechanical and tribological properties of these materials with microstructure control are discussed.

  20. Rapid phase synthesis of nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite

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    Shanmugavel, T., E-mail: shanmugavelnano@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Paavai Engineering College, Namakkal -637018 (India); Raj, S. Gokul [Department of Physics, Vel Tech University, Avadi, Chennai - 600 062 (India); Rajarajan, G. [Department of Physics, Mahendra Engineering College, Mallasamudram -637503 (India); Kumar, G. Ramesh [Department of Physics, University College of Engineering, Anna University Chennai, Arni- 632317 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Synthesis of single phase nanocrystalline Cobalt Ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) was achieved by single step autocombustion technique with the use of citric acid as a chelating agent in mono proportion with metal. Specimens prepared with this method showed significantly higher initial permeability's than with the conventional process. Single phase nanocrystalline cobalt ferrites were formed at very low temperature. Surface morphology identification were carried out by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. The average grain size and density at low temperature increased gradually with increasing the temperature. The single phase formation is confirmed through powder X-ray diffraction analysis. Magnetization measurements were obtained at room temperature by using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), which showed that the calcined samples exhibited typical magnetic behaviors. Temperature dependent magnetization results showed improved behavior for the nanocrystalline form of cobalt ferrite when compared to the bulk nature of materials synthesized by other methods.

  1. Nanocrystalline zinc ferrite films studied by magneto-optical spectroscopy

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    Lišková-Jakubisová, E., E-mail: liskova@karlov.mff.cuni.cz; Višňovský, Š. [Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Ke Karlovu 5, Prague (Czech Republic); Široký, P.; Hrabovský, D.; Pištora, J. [Nanotechnology Center, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, 17. listopadu 15, 708 33 Ostrava-Poruba (Czech Republic); Sahoo, Subasa C. [Department of Physics, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala 671314 (India); Prasad, Shiva [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Venkataramani, N. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Bohra, Murtaza [Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Okinawa (Japan); Krishnan, R. [Groupe d' Etude de la Matière Condensée (GEMaC), CNRS-UVSQ, 45 Avenue des Etats-Unis, 78935 Versailles (France)

    2015-05-07

    Ferrimagnetic Zn-ferrite (ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) films can be grown with the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth of 40 Oe at 9.5 GHz without going through a high temperature processing. This presents interest for applications. The work deals with laser ablated ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} films deposited at O{sub 2} pressure of 0.16 mbar onto fused quartz substrates. The films about 120 nm thick are nanocrystalline and their spontaneous magnetization, 4πM{sub s}, depends on the nanograin size, which is controlled by the substrate temperature (T{sub s}). At T{sub s} ≈ 350 °C, where the grain distribution peaks around ∼20–30 nm, the room temperature 4πM{sub s} reaches a maximum of ∼2.3 kG. The films were studied by magnetooptical polar Kerr effect (MOKE) spectroscopy at photon energies between 1 and 5 eV. The complementary characteristics were provided by spectral ellipsometry (SE). Both the SE and MOKE spectra confirmed ferrimagnetic ordering. The structural details correspond to those observed in MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5}O{sub 4} spinels. SE experiments confirm the insulator behavior. The films display MOKE amplitudes somewhat reduced with respect to those in Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} due to a lower degree of spinel inversion and nanocrystalline structure. The results indicate that the films are free of oxygen vacancies and Fe{sup 3+}-Fe{sup 2+} exchange.

  2. Magnetization loss of nanocrystalline soft magnets

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    Flohrer, Sybille; Herzer, Giselher

    2009-01-01

    FeCuNbSiB-ribbons with optimized nanocrystalline microstructure possess a unique combination of near-zero magnetostriction, high saturation induction and low magnetization losses. Due to the absence of distinct intrinsic anisotropies, the magnetization curve can be adjusted by field-annealing to square or flat shape. It is well known that excess losses are an important loss component of soft magnets with square hysteresis loop. Yet, even cores of flat type loop can show significant excess losses. The paper reviews the loss mechanisms for excess losses in nanocrystalline soft magnets on the basis of Kerr-microscopy observation and loss theory and compares it to amorphous materials.

  3. Nanocrystalline diamond films for biomedical applications

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    Pennisi, Cristian Pablo; Alcaide, Maria

    2014-01-01

    performance of nanocrystalline diamond films is reviewed from an application-specific perspective, covering topics such as enhancement of cellular adhesion, anti-fouling coatings, non-thrombogenic surfaces, micropatterning of cells and proteins, and immobilization of biomolecules for bioassays. In order...

  4. Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline zinc ferrite

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    Jiang, J.S.; Yang, X.L.; Gao, L.

    1999-01-01

    Nanocrystalline zinc ferrite powders with a partially inverted spinel structure were synthesized by high-energy ball milling in a closed container at ambient temperature from a mixture of alpha-Fe2O3 and ZnO crystalline powders in equimolar ratio. From low-temperature and in-field Mossbauer...

  5. Multiphase Nanocrystalline Ceramic Concept for Nuclear Fuel

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    Mecartnery, Martha; Graeve, Olivia; Patel, Maulik

    2017-01-01

    The goal of this research is to help develop new fuels for higher efficiency, longer lifetimes (higher burn-up) and increased accident tolerance in future nuclear reactors. Multiphase nanocrystalline ceramics will be used in the design of simulated advanced inert matrix nuclear fuel to provide for enhanced plasticity, better radiation tolerance, and improved thermal conductivity

  6. Chemical vapor deposition of nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Vyrovets, I.I.; Gritsyna, V.I.; Dudnik, S.F.; Opalev, O.A.; Reshetnyak, O.M.; Strel'nitskij, V.E.

    2008-01-01

    The brief review of the literature is devoted to synthesis of nanocrystalline diamond films. It is shown that the CVD method is an effective way for deposition of such nanostructures. The basic technological methods that allow limit the size of growing diamond crystallites in the film are studied.

  7. Synthesis of nanocrystalline fluorinated hydroxyapatite by ...

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    Fluorinated hydroxyapatite, (FHA, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2-F), possesses higher corrosion resistance in biofluids than pure HA and reduces the risk of dental caries. The present work deals with the synthesis of nanocrystalline FHAs by microwave processing. The crystal size and morphology of the nanopowders were ...

  8. Multiphase Nanocrystalline Ceramic Concept for Nuclear Fuel

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    Mecartnery, Martha [Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States); Graeve, Olivia [Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States); Patel, Maulik [Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)

    2017-05-25

    The goal of this research is to help develop new fuels for higher efficiency, longer lifetimes (higher burn-up) and increased accident tolerance in future nuclear reactors. Multiphase nanocrystalline ceramics will be used in the design of simulated advanced inert matrix nuclear fuel to provide for enhanced plasticity, better radiation tolerance, and improved thermal conductivity

  9. Characterisation of interfaces in nanocrystalline palladium

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    R. Narasimhan (Krishtel eMaging) 1461 1996 Oct 15 13:05:22

    Alternatively, it is possible to calculate power spectrum from each of the nanocrystalline grains in images scanned or recorded online using a framestore. Peak detection algorithms can then be applied to detect peak positions corresponding to the lattice periodicity in the grain. Advantages are that the process can be made ...

  10. Phonon density of states in nanocrystalline Fe

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    Abstract. The Born–von Karman model is used to calculate phonon density of states (DOS) of nanocrystalline bcc Fe. It is found that there is an anisotropic stiffening in the interatomic force constants and hence there is shrinking in the nearest-neighbour distances in the nanophase. This leads to additional vibrational modes ...

  11. Characterization of nanocrystalline silicon germanium film and ...

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    The nanocrystalline silicon-germanium films (Si/Ge) and Si/Ge nanotubes have low band gaps and high carrier mobility, thus offering appealing potential for absorbing gas molecules. Interaction between hydrogen molecules and bare as well as functionalized Si/Ge nanofilm and nanotube was investigated using Monte ...

  12. Characterization of nanocrystalline cadmium telluride thin films ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 29; Issue 2. Characterization of nanocrystalline ... Structural, electrical and optical characteristics of CdTe thin films prepared by a chemical deposition method, successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR), are described. For deposition of CdTe thin films, ...

  13. Structural, optical and photoluminescence study of nanocrystalline ...

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    Undoped SnO2 thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis method reveal polycrystalline nature with prominent peaks along (110), (101) and (211) planes. All the films are nanocrystalline with particle size lying in the range of 3.14–8.6 nm calculated by DS formula. Orientation along plane (200) decreases continuously as molar ...

  14. The progress of nanocrystalline hydride electrode materials

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    Jurczyk, M.

    2004-01-01

    This paper reviews research at the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Poznan University of Technology, on the synthesis of nanocrystalline hydride electrode materials. Nanocrystalline materials have been synthesized by mechanical alloying (MA) followed by annealing. Examples of the materials include TiFe - , ZrV 2- , LaNi 5 and Mg 2 Ni-type phases. Details on the process used and the enhancement of properties due to the nanoscale structures are presented. The synthesized alloys were used as negative electrode materials for Ni-MH battery. The properties of hydrogen host materials can be modified substantially by alloying to obtain the desired storage characteristics. For example, it was found that the respective replacement of Fe in TiFe by Ni and/or by Cr, Co, Mo improved not only the discharge capacity but also the cycle life of these electrodes. The hydrogen storage properties of nanocrystalline ZrV 2 - and LaNi 5 -type powders prepared by mechanical alloying and annealing show no big difference with those of melt casting (polycrystalline) alloys. On the other hand, a partial substitution of Mg by Mn or Al in Mg 2 Ni alloy leads to an increase in discharge capacity, at room temperature. Furthermore, the effect of the nickel and graphite coating on the structure of some nanocrystalline alloys and the electrodes characteristics were investigated. In the case of Mg 2 Ni-type alloy mechanical coating with graphite effectively reduced the degradation rate of the studied electrode materials. The combination of a nanocrystalline TiFe - , ZrV 2 - and LaNi 5 -type hydride electrodes and a nickel positive electrode to form a Ni-MH battery, has been successful. (authors)

  15. Abrasive wear behaviour of electrodeposited nanocrystalline materials

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    Jeong, Daehyun

    The effect of grain size refinement on the abrasive wear behaviour of nanocrystalline Ni, Ni-P and Co electrodeposits and the critical materials properties that influence the abrasive wear resistance were studied using the Taber wear test. As the grain size of Ni decreased from 90 mum to 13 nm, the dominant abrasive wear mode changed from ploughing to cutting and the Taber wear resistance was considerably improved by the increases in hardness and surface elastic properties. The abrasive wear behaviour of Ni with various grain sizes can be described using the attack angle model, which takes into consideration the randomly dispersed Al2O3 abrasive particles in the Taber wheel with various sizes, shapes and orientations. Depending on the phosphorus content, the nickel-phosphorus (Ni-P) alloys containing up to 6 wt.% P had nanocrystalline or mixed nanocrystalline-amorphous structures and both regular and inverse Hall-Petch behaviour were observed as a result of the microstructural changes with increasing P content/decreasing grain size. The wear resistance, like hardness, followed the Hall-Petch type behaviour, demonstrating that the smallest grain size does not necessarily provide the best wear resistance. For all Ni-P alloys, the wear resistance was improved by heat treatment due to Ni3P precipitates and, for materials with high P content, nanocrystallization of the amorphous phase. For heat-treated Ni-P alloys, however, the highest hardness did not give the best wear resistance. Despite the grain size reduction of Co from 10 mum to 17 nm, there was no significant change in the wear resistance due to the unusually high degree of plastic deformation of the nanocrystalline material. In addition to hardness and surface elastic properties which are usually considered important material properties that control the abrasive wear resistance, Taber wear ductility was introduced as a new material intrinsic property which can be applied to explain abrasive wear resistance for

  16. Ultra-nanocrystalline diamond electrodes: optimization towards neural stimulation applications.

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    Garrett, David J; Ganesan, Kumaravelu; Stacey, Alastair; Fox, Kate; Meffin, Hamish; Prawer, Steven

    2012-02-01

    Diamond is well known to possess many favourable qualities for implantation into living tissue including biocompatibility, biostability, and for some applications hardness. However, conducting diamond has not, to date, been exploited in neural stimulation electrodes due to very low electrochemical double layer capacitance values that have been previously reported. Here we present electrochemical characterization of ultra-nanocrystalline diamond electrodes grown in the presence of nitrogen (N-UNCD) that exhibit charge injection capacity values as high as 163 µC cm(-2) indicating that N-UNCD is a viable material for microelectrode fabrication. Furthermore, we show that the maximum charge injection of N-UNCD can be increased by tailoring growth conditions and by subsequent electrochemical activation. For applications requiring yet higher charge injection, we show that N-UNCD electrodes can be readily metalized with platinum or iridium, further increasing charge injection capacity. Using such materials an implantable neural stimulation device fabricated from a single piece of bio-permanent material becomes feasible. This has significant advantages in terms of the physical stability and hermeticity of a long-term bionic implant.

  17. Ultrasound assisted synthesis of nanocrystalline zinc oxide: Experiments and modelling

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    Hosni, Mongia [Laboratoire des Sciences des Procédés et des Matériaux, LSPM-CNRS, Université Paris 13, 99 av. J.B. Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Farhat, Samir, E-mail: farhat@lspm.cnrs.fr [Laboratoire des Sciences des Procédés et des Matériaux, LSPM-CNRS, Université Paris 13, 99 av. J.B. Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Schoenstein, Frederic; Karmous, Farah; Jouini, Noureddine [Laboratoire des Sciences des Procédés et des Matériaux, LSPM-CNRS, Université Paris 13, 99 av. J.B. Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Viana, Bruno [LCMCP Chimie-Paristech, UPMC, Collège de France, 11 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Mgaidi, Arbi [Laboratoire de chimie minérale industrielle université Tunis el Manar (Tunisia)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • ZnO nanospheres and nanowires were grown using ultrasound and thermal activation techniques. • The growth uses forced hydrolysis of zinc acetate in diethylene glycol (DEG). • A thermochemical model was developed based on thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. • We estimate species distribution in the bubble in temperature range from 5000 K to ambient. • We propose a new mechanism for ZnO growth assisted by ultrasound irradiation. - Abstract: A fast and green approach is proposed for the preparation of nanocrystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) via ultrasonic (US) irradiation in polyol medium. The process uses forced hydrolysis of zinc acetate in diethylene glycol (DEG). The protocol is compared to thermal activation under the same chemical environment. The activation method is found to be playing a critical role in the selective synthesis of morphologically distinct nanostructures. As compared to thermally activated conventional polyol process, (US) permits to considerably reduce reaction time as well as size of particles. In addition, the shape of these nanoparticles was changed from long nanowires to small nanospheres, indicating different reaction mechanisms. To explain this difference, a thermochemical model was developed based on thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. The model estimate species distribution in the bubble in temperature range from 5000 K to ambient simulating quenching process during bubble formation and collapse. Our results indicate the presence of high density of zinc atoms that could be responsible of a high density of nucleation as compared to thermal activation.

  18. Ultrasound assisted synthesis of nanocrystalline zinc oxide: Experiments and modelling

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    Hosni, Mongia; Farhat, Samir; Schoenstein, Frederic; Karmous, Farah; Jouini, Noureddine; Viana, Bruno; Mgaidi, Arbi

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • ZnO nanospheres and nanowires were grown using ultrasound and thermal activation techniques. • The growth uses forced hydrolysis of zinc acetate in diethylene glycol (DEG). • A thermochemical model was developed based on thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. • We estimate species distribution in the bubble in temperature range from 5000 K to ambient. • We propose a new mechanism for ZnO growth assisted by ultrasound irradiation. - Abstract: A fast and green approach is proposed for the preparation of nanocrystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) via ultrasonic (US) irradiation in polyol medium. The process uses forced hydrolysis of zinc acetate in diethylene glycol (DEG). The protocol is compared to thermal activation under the same chemical environment. The activation method is found to be playing a critical role in the selective synthesis of morphologically distinct nanostructures. As compared to thermally activated conventional polyol process, (US) permits to considerably reduce reaction time as well as size of particles. In addition, the shape of these nanoparticles was changed from long nanowires to small nanospheres, indicating different reaction mechanisms. To explain this difference, a thermochemical model was developed based on thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. The model estimate species distribution in the bubble in temperature range from 5000 K to ambient simulating quenching process during bubble formation and collapse. Our results indicate the presence of high density of zinc atoms that could be responsible of a high density of nucleation as compared to thermal activation

  19. Ultra-nanocrystalline diamond nanowires with enhanced electrochemical properties

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    Shalini, Jayakumar; Lin, Yi-Chieh; Chang, Ting-Hsun; Sankaran, Kamatchi Jothiramalingam; Chen, Huang-Chin; Lin, I.-Nan; Lee, Chi-Young; Tai, Nyan-Hwa

    2013-01-01

    The effects of N 2 incorporation in Ar/CH 4 plasma on the electrochemical properties and microstructure of ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films are reported. While the electrical conductivity of the films increased monotonously with increasing N 2 content (up to 25%) in the plasma, the electrochemical behavior was optimized for UNCD films grown in (Ar–10% N 2 )/CH 4 plasma. Transmission electron microscopy showed that the main factor resulting in high conductivity in the films was the formation of needle-like nanodiamond grains and the induction graphite layer encapsulating these grains. The electrochemical process for N 2 -incorporated UNCD films can readily be activated due to the presence of nanographite along the grain boundaries of the films. The formation of needle-like diamond grains was presumably due to the presence of CN species that adhered to the existing nanodiamond clusters, which suppressed radial growth of the nanodiamond crystals, promoting anisotropic growth and the formation of needle-like nanodiamond. The N 2 -incorporated UNCD films outperformed other electrochemical electrode materials, such as boron-doped diamond and glassy carbon, in that the UNCD electrodes could sense dopamine, urea, and ascorbic acid simultaneously in the same mixture with clear resolution

  20. Ultrafast Terahertz Conductivity of Photoexcited Nanocrystalline Silicon

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    Cooke, David; MacDonald, A. Nicole; Hryciw, Aaron

    2007-01-01

    The ultrafast transient ac conductivity of nanocrystalline silicon films is investigated using time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy. While epitaxial silicon on sapphire exhibits a free carrier Drude response, silicon nanocrystals embedded in glass show a response that is best described by a class......The ultrafast transient ac conductivity of nanocrystalline silicon films is investigated using time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy. While epitaxial silicon on sapphire exhibits a free carrier Drude response, silicon nanocrystals embedded in glass show a response that is best described...... by a classical Drude–Smith model, suitable for disorder-driven metal–insulator transitions. In this work, we explore the time evolution of the frequency dependent complex conductivity after optical injection of carriers on a picosecond time scale. Furthermore, we show the lifetime of photoconductivity...

  1. X-ray interference by nanocrystalline domains.

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    Gelisio, Luca; Scardi, Paolo

    2012-11-01

    Regular arrangement of nanocrystalline domains can introduce interference effects which alter considerably the powder diffraction pattern. Role of nanocrystal alignment (local texture) and mutual positioning are different, with the latter much more effective in controlling the interference effect. While it is demonstrated that these effects are unlikely to be observed on a conventional laboratory instrument, coherence conditions available at modern synchrotron radiation beamlines might support further investigations of interference in systems made of very fine nanocrystals.

  2. Solubility of Carbon in Nanocrystalline -Iron

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    Kirchner, Alexander; Kieback, Bernd

    2012-01-01

    A thermodynamic model for nanocrystalline interstitial alloys is presented. The equilibrium solid solubility of carbon in -iron is calculated for given grain size. Inside the strained nanograins local variation of the carbon content is predicted. Due to the nonlinear relation between strain and solubility, the averaged solubility in the grain interior increases with decreasing grain size. The majority of the global solubility enhancement is due to grain boundary enrichment however. Therefor...

  3. Nanocrystalline diamond growth on different substrates

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    Kulisch, W.; Popov, C.; Vorlíček, Vladimír; Gibson, P. N.; Favaro, G.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 515, - (2006), s. 1005-1010 ISSN 0040-6090 Grant - others:EC Framework(XE) MEIF-CT-2004-500038; NATO(XE) CBP.EAP.CLG 981519 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * growth mechanisms * nucleation mechanisms * mechanical properties Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.666, year: 2006

  4. Characterization of amorphous and nanocrystalline carbon films

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    Chu, Paul K.; Li Liuhe

    2006-01-01

    Amorphous and nanocrystalline carbon films possess special chemical and physical properties such as high chemical inertness, diamond-like properties, and favorable tribological proprieties. The materials usually consist of graphite and diamond microstructures and thus possess properties that lie between the two. Amorphous and nanocrystalline carbon films can exist in different kinds of matrices and are usually doped with a large amount of hydrogen. Thus, carbon films can be classified as polymer-like, diamond-like, or graphite-like based on the main binding framework. In order to characterize the structure, either direct bonding characterization methods or the indirect bonding characterization methods are employed. Examples of techniques utilized to identify the chemical bonds and microstructure of amorphous and nanocrystalline carbon films include optical characterization methods such as Raman spectroscopy, Ultra-violet (UV) Raman spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy, electron spectroscopic and microscopic methods such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy, surface morphology characterization techniques such as scanning probe microscopy (SPM) as well as other characterization methods such as X-ray reflectivity and nuclear magnetic resonance. In this review, the structures of various types of amorphous carbon films and common characterization techniques are described

  5. Sintering and deformation of nanocrystalline ceramics

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    Hahn, H.; Averback, R.S.; Hofler, H.J.; Logas, J.

    1991-01-01

    Nanocrystalline ceramics have been produced by the method of inert gas condensation of ultra-small particles and in situ consolidation. Sintering characteristics and microstructural parameter such as grain size, porosity and pore size distributions have been investigated by a variety of techniques, including: X-ray diffraction, gravimetry, nitrogen adsorption, scanning electron microscopy and small angle neutron scattering. In pure TiO 2 , the sintering temperatures are drastically lowered compared to conventional ceramics, however, extensive grain growth occurs before full densification is achieved. High density, nanocrystalline ceramics can be prepared by pressure assisted sintering, doping and additions of second phases. High temperature microhardness and creep deformation in compression were measured and it was found that creep processes occur at lower temperatures than in ceramics with larger grain sizes. Nanocrystalline TiO 2 with densities >99% can be deformed plastically without fracture at temperatures below half the melting point. The total strains exceed 0.6 at strain rates as high as 10 -3 s -l . The stress exponent of the strain rate, n, is approximately 3 and the grain size dependence is G -q with q in the range of 1-1.5. In this paper it is concluded that the creep deformation occurs by an interface reaction controlled mechanism

  6. Photoelectrochemical Characterization of Nanocrystalline ZnS :Mn^(2+) Layers

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    Suyver, J.F.; Bakker, R.; Meijerink, A.; Kelly, J.J.

    2000-01-01

    Measurements of the photoelectrochemical properties of nanocrystalline ZnS electrodes doped with Mn^(2+) are presented and discussed. The observation of both anodic and cathodic photocurrent is direct evidence for the nanocrystalline nature of the system. In-situ photoluminescence

  7. Nanocrystalline silicon prepared at high growth rate using helium ...

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    Abstract. Growth and optimization of the nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) films have been studied by varying the electrical power applied to the helium diluted silane plasma in RF glow discharge. Wide optical gap and conducting intrinsic nanocrystalline silicon network of controlled crystalline volume fraction and oriented.

  8. Solid state consolidation nanocrystalline copper-tungsten using cold spray

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    Hall, Aaron Christopher [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Sarobol, Pylin [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Argibay, Nicolas [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Clark, Blythe [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Diantonio, Christopher [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-09-01

    It is well known that nanostructured metals can exhibit significantly improved properties compared to metals with conventional grain size. Unfortunately, nanocrystalline metals typically are not thermodynamically stable and exhibit rapid grain growth at moderate temperatures. This severely limits their processing and use, making them impractical for most engineering applications. Recent work has shown that a number of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline metal alloys exist. These alloys have been prepared as powders using severe plastic deformation (e.g. ball milling) processes. Consolidation of these powders without compromise of their nanocrystalline microstructure is a critical step to enabling their use as engineering materials. We demonstrate solid-state consolidation of ball milled copper-tantalum nanocrystalline metal powder using cold spray. Unfortunately, the nanocrystalline copper-tantalum powder that was consolidated did not contain the thermodynamically stable copper-tantalum nanostructure. Nevertheless, this does this demonstrates a pathway to preparation of bulk thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline copper-tantalum. Furthermore, it demonstrates a pathway to additive manufacturing (3D printing) of nanocrystalline copper-tantalum. Additive manufacturing of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline metals is attractive because it enables maximum flexibility and efficiency in the use of these unique materials.

  9. Photoacoustic study of nanocrystalline silicon produced by mechanical grinding

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    Poffo, C.M.; Lima, J.C. de; Souza, S.M.; Triches, D.M.; Grandi, T.A.; Biasi, R.S. de

    2011-01-01

    Mechanical grinding (MG) was used to produce nanocrystalline silicon and its thermal and transport properties were investigated by photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy (PAS). The experimental results suggest that in as-milled nanocrystalline silicon for 10 h the heat transfer through the crystalline and interfacial components is similar, and after annealed at 470 o C the heat transfer is controlled by crystalline component.

  10. The utilization of mechanochemistry in the extractive metallurgy and at the nanocrystalline materials preparation

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    Boldižárová Eva

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available The possibility of the application of mechanochemistry in the extractive metallurgy and the nanocrystalline materials preparation is studied. The aim of the experiments is the chloride leaching of a complex sulphidic CuPbZn concentrate (Hodruša-Hámre, the modification of properties of CaCO3 (Yauli, Peru for zinc sorption from model solutions and the mechanochemical reduction of copper sulphide by elemental iron.The chloride leaching of mechanically activated complex sulphidic CuPbZn concentrate is a selective process. While the recoveries of copper, lead and zinc are 65-85 %, the recoveries of silver and gold are less than 7 % and 2 %, respectively.The positive influence of CaCO3 mechanical activation for zinc sorption from ZnSO4 solution was observed. While only 58 % of zinc sorption was determined after 30 minutes for a non-activated sample, 98 % of zinc sorption was determined after 3 minutes sorption for the sample mechanically activated for 15 minutes.By the mechanochemical reduction of copper sulphide with iron, nanocrystalline copper and iron sulphide are formed. This reaction is an example of the new “solid state technology“, where chemical processes in the gaseous and liquid states are excluded.The results can serve as a contribution to the optimization of copper, lead and zinc extraction from complex sulphidic concentrates, the increase of non-ferrous metals sorption efficiency on mineral sorbents as well as to the nanocrystalline copper preparation.The application of mechanical activation has grown in the laboratory research. The Institute of Geotechnics of SAS has also achieved significant theoretical results in study of mechanical activation of sulphides and their reactivity in the different solid-phase reactions with the effect on industrial applications. The Institute has developed the technology of mechanochemical leaching (process MELT which was successfully tested in a pilot plant unit.

  11. LIGHT-WEIGHT NANOCRYSTALLINE HYDROGEN STORAGE MATERIALS

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    S. G. Sankar; B. Zande; R.T. Obermyer; S. Simizu

    2005-11-21

    During Phase I of this SBIR Program, Advanced Materials Corporation has addressed two key issues concerning hydrogen storage: 1. We have conducted preliminary studies on the effect of certain catalysts in modifying the hydrogen absorption characteristics of nanocrystalline magnesium. 2. We have also conducted proof-of-concept design and construction of a prototype instrument that would rapidly screen materials for hydrogen storage employing chemical combinatorial technique in combination with a Pressure-Composition Isotherm Measurement (PCI) instrument. 3. Preliminary results obtained in this study approach are described in this report.

  12. Effect of chromium underlayer on the properties of nano-crystalline diamond films

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    Garratt, E.; AlFaify, S.; Yoshitake, T.; Katamune, Y.; Bowden, M.; Nandasiri, M.; Ghantasala, M.; Mancini, D. C.; Thevuthasan, S.; Kayani, A.

    2013-01-01

    This paper investigated the effect of chromium underlayer on the structure, microstructure, and composition of the nano-crystalline diamond films. Nano-crystalline diamond thin films were deposited at high temperature in microwave-induced plasma diluted with nitrogen, on single crystal silicon substrate with a thin film of chromium as an underlayer. Characterization of the film was implemented using non-Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure, x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy. Nanoindentation studies showed that the films deposited on chromium underlayer have higher hardness values compared to those deposited on silicon without an underlayer. Diamond and graphitic phases of the films evaluated by x-ray and optical spectroscopic analyses determined consistency between the sp2 and sp3 phases of carbon in chromium sample to that of diamond grown on silicon. Diffusion of chromium was observed using ion beam analysis which was correlated with the formation of chromium complexes by x-ray diffraction.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of electrochemically deposited nanocrystalline CdTe thin films

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    Singh, Ragini Raj; Painuly, Diksha; Pandey, R.K.

    2009-01-01

    Electrodeposition is emerging as a method for the synthesis of semiconductor thin films and nanostructures. In this work we prepared the nanocrystalline CdTe thin films on indium tin oxide coated glass substrate from aqueous acidic bath at the deposition temperature 50 ± 1 deg. C. The films were grown potentiostatically from -0.60 V to -0.82 V with respect to saturated calomel reference electrode. The structural, compositional, morphological and optical properties were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive analysis by X-rays (EDAX), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and UV-vis spectroscopy respectively and cyclic voltammetery. The structural and optical studies revealed that films are nanocrystalline in nature and possess cubic phase, also the films are preferentially oriented along the cubic (1 1 1) plane. The effect of cadmium composition on the deposited morphology was also investigated. The size dependent blue shift in the experimentally determined absorption edge has been compared with the theoretical predictions based on the effective mass approximation and tight binding approximation. It is shown that the experimentally determined absorption edges depart from the theoretically calculated values.

  14. Random and uniform anisotropy in soft magnetic nanocrystalline alloys (invited)

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    Flohrer, Sybille; Herzer, Giselher

    2010-01-01

    In amorphous and nanocrystalline transition metal based alloys with low magnetostriction, the soft magnetic properties are mainly determined by magneto-elastic and annealing-induced anisotropies which are uniform on a scale much larger than the exchange correlation length. Though, in the nanocrystalline case, there are situations where the random magneto-crystalline anisotropy of the grains becomes relevant. The present paper surveys the interplay between the random magneto-crystalline and the uniform field-induced anisotropy in nanocrystalline FeCuNbSiB soft magnets. Typical examples where the contribution of the random anisotropy becomes particularly visible in the magnetic domain structure will be reviewed.

  15. Nanocrystalline diamond--an excellent platform for life science applications.

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    Kloss, Frank R; Najam-Ul-Haq, Muhammed; Rainer, Matthias; Gassner, Robert; Lepperdinger, Günter; Huck, Christian W; Bonn, Günther; Klauser, Frederik; Liu, Xianjie; Memmel, Norbert; Bertel, Erminald; Garrido, Jose A; Steinmüller-Nethl, Doris

    2007-12-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) has recently been successfully utilized in a variety of life science applications. NCD films are favorable and salubrious substrates for cells during cultivation. Therefore NCD has also been employed in tissue engineering strategies. NCD as reported in this contribution was grown by means of a modified hot-filament chemical vapor deposition technique, which results in less than 3% sp2-hybridization and yields grain sizes of 5-20 nm. After production the NCD surface was rather hydrophobic, however it could be efficiently refined to exhibit more hydrophilic properties. Changing of the surface structure was found to be an efficient means to influence growth and differentiation capacity of a variety of cells. The particular needs for any given cell type has to be proven empirically. Yet flexible features of NCD appear to be superior to plastic surfaces which can be hardly changed in quality. Besides its molecular properties, crystal structural peculiarities of NCD appear to influence cell growth as well. In our attempt to facilitate, highly specialized applications in biomedicine, we recently discovered that growth factors can be tightly bound to NCD by mere physisorption. Hence, combination of surface functionalization together with further options to coat NCD with any kind of three-dimensional structure opens up new avenues for many more applications. In fact, high through-put protein profiling of early disease stages may become possible from serum samples, because proteins bound to NCD can now be efficiently analyzed by MALDI/TOF-MS. Given these results, it is to be presumed that the physical properties and effective electrochemical characteristics of NCD will allow tailoring devices suitable for many more diagnostic as well as therapeutic applications.

  16. Nanocrystalline magnetic materials obtained by flash annealing

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    Murakami R.K.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present work was to produce enhanced-remanence nanocrystalline magnetic material by crystallizing amorphous or partially amorphous Pr4.5Fe77B18.5 alloys by the flash annealing process, also known as the dc-Joule heating process, and to determine the optimal conditions for obtaining good magnetic coupling between the magnetic phases present in this material. Ribbons of Pr4.5Fe77B18.5 were produced by melt spinning and then annealed for 10-30 s at temperatures 500 - 640 °C by passing current through the sample to develop the enhanced-remanence nanocrystalline magnetic material. These materials were studied by X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis and magnetic measurements. Coercivity increases of up to 15% were systematically observed in relation to furnace-annealed material. Two different samples were carefully examined: (i a sample annealed at 600 °C which showed the highest coercive field Hc and remanence ratio Mr/Ms and (ii a sample annealed at 520 °C which showed phase separation in the second quadrant demagnetization curve. Our results are in agreement with other studies which show that flash annealing improves the magnetic properties of some amorphous ferromagnetic ribbons.

  17. Superconductivity and low temperature electrical transport in B-doped CVD nanocrystalline diamond

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    Milos Nesladek, Jiri J. Mares, Dominique Tromson, Christine Mer, Philippe Bergonzo, Pavel Hubik and Jozef Kristofik

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we report on superconductivity (SC found in thin B-doped nanocrystalline diamond films, prepared by the PE-CVD technique. The thickness of the films varies from about 100 to 400 nm, the films are grown on low-alkaline glass at substrate temperatures of about 500–700 °C. The SIMS measurements show that films can be heavily doped with boron in concentrations in the range of 3×1021 cm−3. The Raman spectra show Fano resonances, confirming the substitutional B-incorporation. The low temperature magnetotransport measurements reveal a positive magnetoresistance. The SC transition is observed at about Tc=1.66 K. A simple theory exploiting the concept of weak localization accounting for this transition is proposed.

  18. Room temperature hydrogen gas sensitivity of nanocrystalline pure tin oxide.

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    Shukla, S; Seal, S

    2004-01-01

    Nanocrystalline (6-8 nm) tin oxide (SnO2) thin film (100-150 nm) sensor is synthesized via sol-gel dip-coating process. The thin film is characterized using focused ion-beam microscopy (FIB) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) techniques to determine the film thickness and the nanocrystallite size. The utilization of nanocrystalline pure-SnO2 thin film to sense a typical reducing gas such as hydrogen, at room temperature, is demonstrated in this investigation. The grain growth behavior of nanocrystalline pure-SnO2 is analyzed, which shows very low activation energy (9 kJ/mol) for the grain growth within the nanocrystallite size range of 3-20 nm. This low activation energy value is correlated, via excess oxygen-ion vacancy concentration, with the room temperature hydrogen gas sensitivity of the nanocrystalline pure-SnO2 thin film sensor.

  19. Protein-modified nanocrystalline diamond thin films for biosensor applications.

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    Härtl, Andreas; Schmich, Evelyn; Garrido, Jose A; Hernando, Jorge; Catharino, Silvia C R; Walter, Stefan; Feulner, Peter; Kromka, Alexander; Steinmüller, Doris; Stutzmann, Martin

    2004-10-01

    Diamond exhibits several special properties, for example good biocompatibility and a large electrochemical potential window, that make it particularly suitable for biofunctionalization and biosensing. Here we show that proteins can be attached covalently to nanocrystalline diamond thin films. Moreover, we show that, although the biomolecules are immobilized at the surface, they are still fully functional and active. Hydrogen-terminated nanocrystalline diamond films were modified by using a photochemical process to generate a surface layer of amino groups, to which proteins were covalently attached. We used green fluorescent protein to reveal the successful coupling directly. After functionalization of nanocrystalline diamond electrodes with the enzyme catalase, a direct electron transfer between the enzyme's redox centre and the diamond electrode was detected. Moreover, the modified electrode was found to be sensitive to hydrogen peroxide. Because of its dual role as a substrate for biofunctionalization and as an electrode, nanocrystalline diamond is a very promising candidate for future biosensor applications.

  20. Pulsed nanocrystalline plasma electrolytic boriding as a novel ...

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    ; pulsed plasma electrolytic boriding; corrosion; nanocrystalline. 1. Introduction. Titanium possesses low density, high strength-to-weight ratio, high stiffness and strength (Donachie 2000; Lutjer- ing and Albrecht 2004). Commercially pure ...

  1. Rose bengal-sensitized nanocrystalline ceria photoanode for dye ...

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    Rose bengal-sensitized nanocrystalline ceria photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cell application ... injection and transportation, wide bandgap nanostructured metal oxide semiconductors with dye adsorption surface and higher electron mobility are essential properties for photoanode in dyesensitizedsolar cells (DSSCs).

  2. Tailoring and patterning the grain size of nanocrystalline alloys

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    Detor, Andrew J.; Schuh, Christopher A.

    2007-01-01

    Nanocrystalline alloys that exhibit grain boundary segregation can access thermodynamically stable or metastable states with the average grain size dictated by the alloying addition. Here we consider nanocrystalline Ni-W alloys and demonstrate that the W content controls the grain size over a very broad range: ∼2-140 nm as compared with ∼2-20 nm in previous work on strongly segregating systems. This trend is attributed to a relatively weak tendency for W segregation to the grain boundaries. Based upon this observation, we introduce a new synthesis technique allowing for precise composition control during the electrodeposition of Ni-W alloys, which, in turn, leads to precise control of the nanocrystalline grain size. This technique offers new possibilities for understanding the structure-property relationships of nanocrystalline solids, such as the breakdown of Hall-Petch strength scaling, and also opens the door to a new class of customizable materials incorporating patterned nanostructures

  3. High Temperature Stable Nanocrystalline SiGe Thermoelectric Material

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    Yang, Sherwin (Inventor); Matejczyk, Daniel Edward (Inventor); Determan, William (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A method of forming a nanocomposite thermoelectric material having microstructural stability at temperatures greater than 1000 C. The method includes creating nanocrystalline powder by cryomilling. The method is particularly useful in forming SiGe alloy powder.

  4. Amorphous and nanocrystalline materials preparation, properties, and applications

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    Inoue, A

    2001-01-01

    Amorphous and nanocrystalline materials are a class of their own. Their properties are quite different to those of the corresponding crystalline materials. This book gives systematic insight into their physical properties, structure, behaviour, and design for special advanced applications.

  5. Reversal of exchange bias in nanocrystalline antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic bilayers

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    Prados, C; Pina, E; Hernando, A; Montone, A

    2002-01-01

    The sign of the exchange bias in field cooled nanocrystalline antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic bilayers (Co-O and Ni-O/permalloy) is reversed at temperatures approaching the antiferromagnetic (AFM) blocking temperature. A similar phenomenon is observed after magnetic training processes at similar temperatures. These effects can be explained assuming that the boundaries of nanocrystalline grains in AFM layers exhibit lower transition temperatures than grain cores

  6. Synthesis by the polymeric precursor method and characterization of undoped and Sn, Cr and V-doped ZrTiO4

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    Rodrigues de Lucena, Poty; Pessoa-Neto, Osmundo Dantas; Garcia dos Santos, Ieda Maria; Souza, Antonio Gouveia; Longo, Elson; Varela, Jose Arana

    2005-01-01

    In this work, zirconium titanate doped with 0.1, 0.2, and 0.4-bar mole% of tin, chromium and vanadium was synthesized by the polymeric precursors method and characterized by thermal analysis (TG/DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). The powder presented two mass losses attributed to the exit of water and to the pyrolysis of the organic material. The surface area reduction observed from 500-bar o C indicates the beginning of the sintering process. All the dopants led to changes in the lattice parameters and to the decrease of both crystallite size and particle size

  7. Reinforced plastics and aerogels by nanocrystalline cellulose

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    Leung, Alfred C. W.; Lam, Edmond; Chong, Jonathan; Hrapovic, Sabahudin; Luong, John H. T., E-mail: john.luong@cnrc-nrc.gc.ca [National Research Council Canada (Canada)

    2013-05-15

    Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), a rigid rod-like nanoscale material, can be produced from cellulosic biomass in powder, liquid, or gel forms by acid and chemical hydrolysis. Owing to its unique and exceptional physicochemical properties, the incorporation of a small amount of NCC into plastic enhances the mechanical strength of the latter by several orders of magnitudes. Carbohydrate-based NCC poses no serious environmental concerns, providing further impetus for the development and applications of this green and renewable biomaterial to fabricate lightweight and biodegradable composites and aerogels. Surface functionalization of NCC remains the main focus of NCC research to tailor its properties for dispersion in hydrophilic or hydrophobic media. It is of uttermost importance to develop tools and protocols for imaging of NCC in a complex matrix and quantify its reinforcement effect.

  8. Nanocrystalline Steels’ Resistance to Hydrogen Embrittlement

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    Skołek E.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to determine the susceptibility to hydrogen embrittlement in X37CrMoV5-1 steel with two different microstructures: a nanocrystalline carbide-free bainite and tempered martensite. The nanobainitic structure was obtained by austempering at the bainitic transformation zone. It was found, that after hydrogen charging, both kinds of microstructure exhibit increased yield strength and strong decrease in ductility. It has been however shown that the resistance to hydrogen embrittlement of X37CrMoV5-1 steel with nanobainitic structure is higher as compared to the tempered martensite. After hydrogen charging the ductility of austempered steel is slightly higher than in case of quenched and tempered (Q&T steel. This effect was interpreted as a result of phase composition formed after different heat treatments.

  9. Toughness and strength of nanocrystalline graphene

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    Shekhawat, Ashivni; Ritchie, Robert O.

    2016-01-01

    Pristine monocrystalline graphene is claimed to be the strongest material known with remarkable mechanical and electrical properties. However, graphene made with scalable fabrication techniques is polycrystalline and contains inherent nanoscale line and point defects—grain boundaries and grain-boundary triple junctions—that lead to significant statistical fluctuations in toughness and strength. These fluctuations become particularly pronounced for nanocrystalline graphene where the density of defects is high. Here we use large-scale simulation and continuum modelling to show that the statistical variation in toughness and strength can be understood with ‘weakest-link' statistics. We develop the first statistical theory of toughness in polycrystalline graphene, and elucidate the nanoscale origins of the grain-size dependence of its strength and toughness. Our results should lead to more reliable graphene device design, and provide a framework to interpret experimental results in a broad class of two-dimensional materials. PMID:26817712

  10. Structural, nanomechanical and variable range hopping conduction behavior of nanocrystalline carbon thin films deposited by the ambient environment assisted filtered cathodic jet carbon arc technique

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    Panwar, O.S., E-mail: ospanwar@mail.nplindia.ernet.in [Polymorphic Carbon Thin Films Group, Physics of Energy Harvesting Division, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi - 110 012 (India); Rawal, Ishpal; Tripathi, R.K. [Polymorphic Carbon Thin Films Group, Physics of Energy Harvesting Division, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi - 110 012 (India); Srivastava, A.K. [Electron and Ion Microscopy, Sophisticated and Analytical Instruments, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi - 110 012 (India); Kumar, Mahesh [Ultrafast Opto-Electronics and Tetrahertz Photonics Group, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi - 110 012 (India)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Nanocrystalline carbon thin films are grown by filtered cathodic jet carbon arc process. • Effect of gaseous environment on the properties of carbon films has been studied. • The structural and nanomechanical properties of carbon thin films have been studied. • The VRH conduction behavior in nanocrystalline carbon thin films has been studied. - Abstract: This paper reports the deposition and characterization of nanocrystalline carbon thin films by filtered cathodic jet carbon arc technique assisted with three different gaseous environments of helium, nitrogen and hydrogen. All the films are nanocrystalline in nature as observed from the high resolution transmission electron microscopic (HRTEM) measurements, which suggests that the nanocrystallites of size ∼10–50 nm are embedded though out the amorphous matrix. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies suggest that the film deposited under the nitrogen gaseous environment has the highest sp{sup 3}/sp{sup 2} ratio accompanied with the highest hardness of ∼18.34 GPa observed from the nanoindentation technique. The film deposited under the helium gaseous environment has the highest ratio of the area under the Raman D peak to G peak (A{sub D}/A{sub G}) and the highest conductivity (∼2.23 S/cm) at room temperature, whereas, the film deposited under the hydrogen environment has the lowest conductivity value (2.27 × 10{sup −7} S/cm). The temperature dependent dc conduction behavior of all the nanocrystalline carbon thin films has been analyzed in the light of Mott’s variable range hopping (VRH) conduction mechanism and observed that all the films obey three dimension VRH conduction mechanism for the charge transport.

  11. Synthesis of nanocrystalline CdS thin films in PVA matrix

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    The band gap of the nanocrystalline material is determined from the UV spectrograph. The absorption edge is shifted towards the lower wave length side (i.e. blue ... In recent years nanocrystalline thin films of different II–VI compound semiconductors have been widely synthesized and studied. Nanocrystalline thin films are ...

  12. Biomineralization of hydroxyapatite in silver ion-exchanged nanocrystalline ZSM-5 zeolite using simulated body fluid.

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    Kaur, Balwinder; Srivastava, Rajendra; Satpati, Biswarup; Kondepudi, Kanthi Kiran; Bishnoi, Mahendra

    2015-11-01

    Silver ion-exchanged nanocrystalline zeolite (Ag-Nano-ZSM-5) and silver ion-exchanged conventional zeolite (Ag-ZSM-5) were synthesized. Zeolites were incubated in simulated body fluid at 310K for different time periods to grow hydroxyapatite in their matrixes. Significant large amount of hydroxyapatite was grown in Ag-Nano-ZSM-5 matrix after incubation in simulated body fluid when compared to Ag-ZSM-5. The resultant material was characterized using X-ray diffraction, N2-adsorption, scanning/transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray, and inductively coupled plasma analysis. Mechanical properties such as compressive modulus, compressive strength, and strain at failure of the parent materials were evaluated. Biocompatibility assays suggested that Ag-Nano-ZSM-5 and hydroxyapatite grown in Ag-Nano-ZSM-5 were compatible and did not impose any toxicity to RAW 264.7 cells macrophase and Caco2 cells suggesting considerable potential for biomedical applications such as bone implants. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Characterisation of Suspension Precipitated Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite Powders

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    Mallik, P. K.; Swain, P. K.; Patnaik, S. C.

    2016-02-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a well-known biomaterial for coating on femoral implants, filling of dental cavity and scaffold for tissue replacement. Hydroxyapatite possess limited load bearing capacity due to their brittleness. In this paper, the synthesis of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite powders was prepared by dissolving calcium oxide in phosphoric acid, followed by addition of ammonia liquor in a beaker. The prepared solution was stirred by using magnetic stirrer operated at temperature of 80°C for an hour. This leads to the formation of hydroxyapatite precipitate. The precipitate was dried in oven for overnight at 100°C. The dried agglomerated precipitate was calcined at 800°C in conventional furnace for an hour. The influence of calcium oxide concentration and pH on the resulting precipitates was studied using BET, XRD and SEM. As result, a well-defined sub-rounded morphology of powders size of ∼41 nm was obtained with a salt concentration of 0.02 M. Finally, it can be concluded that small changes in the reaction conditions led to large changes in final size, shape and degree of aggregation of the hydroxyapatite particles.

  14. Equation of state of nanocrystalline forsterite

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    Couvy, H.; Chen, J.; Drozd, V.

    2008-12-01

    Grain size and grain shape are important parameters for physical properties of minerals as well as for geophysical processes like deformation. Even though the occurrences of nanominerals in the crust and the mantle are limited their presence might have an important influence. For instance, mechanical grinding of rocks associated to earthquake can generate nanoparticles and their presence is thought to control earthquake instability. In the context of subducting slab, experiments show presence of nanoparticle of ringwoodite which plays a important role in deep earthquakes. However, the influence of nano grain size on elastic properties of minerals is poorly studied. This work presents a study of equation of state of nano-forsterite. Nanocrystalline forsterite has been synthesized using a sol-gel method. A particle size of about 50 nm has been obtained. In-situ hydrostatic high pressure and high temperature experiments have been performed at X17B2 (NSLS) using the DIA-type multianvil press. Two samples of macron size and nano size particles of forsterite have been studied simultaneously up to 10 GPa and 1300°C for comparison. The bulk modulus of both samples and its derivative with pressure and temperature will presented and the consequences for geological processes will be discussed.

  15. Thermally Stimulated Currents in Nanocrystalline Titania

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    Mara Bruzzi

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available A thorough study on the distribution of defect-related active energy levels has been performed on nanocrystalline TiO2. Films have been deposited on thick-alumina printed circuit boards equipped with electrical contacts, heater and temperature sensors, to carry out a detailed thermally stimulated currents analysis on a wide temperature range (5–630 K, in view to evidence contributions from shallow to deep energy levels within the gap. Data have been processed by numerically modelling electrical transport. The model considers both free and hopping contribution to conduction, a density of states characterized by an exponential tail of localized states below the conduction band and the convolution of standard Thermally Stimulated Currents (TSC emissions with gaussian distributions to take into account the variability in energy due to local perturbations in the highly disordered network. Results show that in the low temperature range, up to 200 K, hopping within the exponential band tail represents the main contribution to electrical conduction. Above room temperature, electrical conduction is dominated by free carriers contribution and by emissions from deep energy levels, with a defect density ranging within 1014–1018 cm−3, associated with physio- and chemi-sorbed water vapour, OH groups and to oxygen vacancies.

  16. Rheological properties of nanocrystalline cellulose suspensions.

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    Chen, Yang; Xu, Chunjiang; Huang, Jing; Wu, Defeng; Lv, Qiaolian

    2017-02-10

    Rheological behavior, including linear and nonlinear, as well as transient rheology of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) suspensions was studied in this work. Two kinds of polymer solutions, aqueous poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with flexible chain structure and aqueous carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) with semi-rigid chain structure, were used as the suspension media to further explore the role that the interactions among NCC and polymers played during shear flow. The results reveal that NCC has lower values of percolation threshold in the PVA solution than in the CMC one during small amplitude oscillatory shear (SAOS) flow because the flexible PVA chain has higher adsorbed level onto NCC particles than the negatively charged semi-rigid CMC chain, which is further confirmed by the Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy tests. As a result, the NCC suspension shows a weak strain overshoot in PVA solution during large amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS) flow, which cannot be seen on the one in CMC solution. During startup shear flow, both of these two suspensions show evident stress overshoot behavior with the strain-scaling characteristics, indicating the formation of ordered long-term structure of rod-like NCC particles with self-similarity during flow. However, NCC suspension have far stronger stress overshoot response in CMC solution relative to the one in PVA solution. A possible synergy mechanism between NCC and CMC chain is hence proposed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Films prepared from electrosterically stabilized nanocrystalline cellulose.

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    Yang, Han; Tejado, Alvaro; Alam, Nur; Antal, Miro; van de Ven, Theo G M

    2012-05-22

    Electrosterically stabilized nanocrystalline cellulose (ENCC) was modified in three ways: (1) the hydroxyl groups on C2 and C3 of glucose repeat units of ENCC were converted to aldehyde groups by periodate oxidation to various extents; (2) the carboxyl groups in the sodium form on ENCC were converted to the acid form by treating them with an acid-type ion-exchange resin; and (3) ENCC was cross-linked in two different ways by employing adipic dihydrazide as a cross-linker and water-soluble 1-ethyl-3-[3-(dimethylaminopropyl)] carbodiimide as a carboxyl-activating agent. Films were prepared from these modified ENCC suspensions by vacuum filtration. The effects of these three modifications on the properties of films were investigated by a variety of techniques, including UV-visible spectroscopy, a tensile test, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), and contact angle (CA) studies. On the basis of the results from UV spectra, the transmittance of these films was as high as 87%, which shows them to be highly transparent. The tensile strength of these films was increased with increasing aldehyde content. From TGA and WVTR experiments, cross-linked films showed much higher thermal stability and lower water permeability. Furthermore, although the original cellulose is hydrophilic, these films also exhibited a certain hydrophobic behavior. Films treated by trichloromethylsilane become superhydrophobic. The unique characteristics of these transparent films are very promising for potential applications in flexible packaging and other high-technology products.

  18. Synthesis of Nanocrystalline Cellulose Stabilized Copper Nanoparticles

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A chemical reduction method was employed for the synthesis of copper nanoparticles stabilized by nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC using different concentrations of copper salt in aqueous solution under atmospheric air. CuSO4·5H2O salt and hydrazine were used as metal ion precursor and reducing agent, respectively. Ascorbic acid and aqueous NaOH were also used as an antioxidant and a pH moderator, respectively. The number of CuNPs increased with increasing concentration of the precursor salt. The formation of copper nanoparticles stabilized by NCC (CuNPs@NCC was investigated by UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis, where the surface absorption maximum was observed at 590 nm. X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis showed that the CuNPs@NCC are of a face-centered cubic structure. Moreover, the morphology of the CuNPs@NCC was investigated using transmission electron microscope (TEM and field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM, which showed well-dispersed CuNPs with an average particle size less than 4 nm and the shape of CuNPs was found to be spherical. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscope (EDS also confirmed the presence of CuNPs on the NCC. The results demonstrate that the stability of CuNPs decreases with an increasing concentration of the copper ions.

  19. Nanocrystalline Aluminum Truss Cores for Lightweight Sandwich Structures

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    Schaedler, Tobias A.; Chan, Lisa J.; Clough, Eric C.; Stilke, Morgan A.; Hundley, Jacob M.; Masur, Lawrence J.

    2017-12-01

    Substitution of conventional honeycomb composite sandwich structures with lighter alternatives has the potential to reduce the mass of future vehicles. Here we demonstrate nanocrystalline aluminum-manganese truss cores that achieve 2-4 times higher strength than aluminum alloy 5056 honeycombs of the same density. The scalable fabrication approach starts with additive manufacturing of polymer templates, followed by electrodeposition of nanocrystalline Al-Mn alloy, removal of the polymer, and facesheet integration. This facilitates curved and net-shaped sandwich structures, as well as co-curing of the facesheets, which eliminates the need for extra adhesive. The nanocrystalline Al-Mn alloy thin-film material exhibits high strength and ductility and can be converted into a three-dimensional hollow truss structure with this approach. Ultra-lightweight sandwich structures are of interest for a range of applications in aerospace, such as fairings, wings, and flaps, as well as for the automotive and sports industries.

  20. Plasticity-induced restructuring of a nanocrystalline grain boundary network

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    Panzarino, Jason F.; Pan, Zhiliang; Rupert, Timothy J.

    2016-01-01

    The grain boundary-mediated mechanisms that control plastic deformation of nanocrystalline metals should cause evolution of the grain boundary network, since they directly alter misorientation relationships between crystals. Unfortunately, current experimental techniques are unable to track such evolution, due to limits on both spatial and temporal resolution. In this work, molecular dynamics simulations are used to study grain boundary restructuring in nanocrystalline Al during both monotonic tension and cyclic loading. This task is enabled by the creation of new analysis tools for atomistic datasets that allow for a complete characterization and tracking of microstructural descriptors of the grain boundary network. Quantitative measurements of grain boundary character distribution, triple junction type, grain boundary plane normal, and other interfacial network characteristics are extracted and analyzed. The results presented here show that nanocrystalline plasticity leads to an increase in special boundary fraction and disruption of two-dimensional boundary connectivity, with the most dramatic evolution occurring in the smallest grain sizes.

  1. Deposition and characterization of ZnSe nanocrystalline thin films

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    Temel, Sinan; Gökmen, F. Özge; Yaman, Elif; Nebi, Murat

    2018-02-01

    ZnSe nanocrystalline thin films were deposited at different deposition times by using the Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD) technique. Effects of deposition time on structural, morphological and optical properties of the obtained thin films were characterized. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was used to study the structural properties of ZnSe nanocrystalline thin films. It was found that ZnSe thin films have a cubic structure with a preferentially orientation of (111). The calculated average grain size value was about 28-30 nm. The surface morphology of these films was studied by the Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM). The surfaces of the thin films were occurred from small stacks and nano-sized particles. The band gap values of the ZnSe nanocrystalline thin films were determined by UV-Visible absorption spectrum and the band gap values were found to be between 2.65-2.86 eV.

  2. Creep behavior of a nanocrystalline Fe-B-Si alloy

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    Xiao, M.; Kong, Q.P.

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    The research of nanocrystalline materials has attracted much attention in the world. In recent years, there have been several studies on their creep behavior. Among these, the authors have studied the tensile creep of a nanocrystalline Ni-P alloy (28 nm) at temperatures around 0.5 Tm (Tm is the melting point). The samples were prepared by the method of crystallization of amorphous ribbon. Based on the data of stress exponent and activation energy, they suggested that the creep was controlled by boundary diffusion; while the creep of the same alloy with a larger grain size (257 nm) was controlled by a different mechanism. In the present paper, the authors extend the research to the creep of a nanocrystalline Fe-B-Si alloy. The samples are also prepared by crystallization of amorphous ribbon. The samples such prepared have an advantage that the interfaces are naturally formed without artificial compaction and porosity

  3. Nanocrystalline silver dressings in wound management: a review

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    Fong, Joy; Wood, Fiona

    2006-01-01

    This paper describes the properties of nanocrystalline silver products (Acticoat™) and their applications and examines available evidence supporting their use in wound management. Acticoat utilizes nanotechnology to release nanocrystalline silver crystals. Acticoat releases 30 times less silver cations than silversulfadiazine cream or 0.5% silver nitrate solution but more of the silver released (by Acticoat). Silver-impregnated slow-release dressings release minute concentrations of silver which are quickly bound up by the chloride in the wound exudate. While extrapolations from in vitro and animal studies are cautious, evidence from these studies suggests Acticoat is: effective against most common strains of wound pathogens; can be used as a protective covering over skin grafts; has a broader antibiotic spectrum activity; and is toxic to keratinocytes and fibroblasts. Animal studies suggest a role for nanocrystalline silver in altering wound inflammatory events and facilitation of the early phase of wound healing. Quality human clinical trials into nanocrystalline silver are few. However, evidence suggests using Acticoat in wound management is cost effective, reduces wound infection, decreases the frequency of dressing changes and pain levels, decreases matrix metalloproteinase activity, wound exudate and bioburden levels, and promotes wound healing in chronic wounds. Although there is no in vivo evidence to suggest nanocrystalline silver is toxic to human keratinocytes and fibroblasts, there is in vitro evidence to suggest so; thus these dressings should be used cautiously over epithelializing and proliferating wounds. Future clinical research, preferably randomized controlled trials into nanocrystalline silver technology, may provide clinicians a better understanding of its applications in wound management. PMID:17722278

  4. Nanocrystalline Iron-Cobalt Alloys for High Saturation Indutance

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    AFRL-AFOSR-VA-TR-2016-0263 Nanocrystalline Iron- Cobalt Alloys for High saturation Indutance Conrad Williams MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (INC) 1700 E...YYYY) 28-02-2016 2. REPORT TYPE Final 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 01 March 2013 -28 February 2016 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Nanocrystalline Iron- Cobalt ...driving the research at Morgan State University is “Can one achieve high magnetization (B > 1.7 T) at low fields (H < 1 mT) in iron- cobalt

  5. Production of nanocrystalline metal powders via combustion reaction synthesis

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    Frye, John G.; Weil, Kenneth Scott; Lavender, Curt A.; Kim, Jin Yong

    2017-10-31

    Nanocrystalline metal powders comprising tungsten, molybdenum, rhenium and/or niobium can be synthesized using a combustion reaction. Methods for synthesizing the nanocrystalline metal powders are characterized by forming a combustion synthesis solution by dissolving in water an oxidizer, a fuel, and a base-soluble, ammonium precursor of tungsten, molybdenum, rhenium, or niobium in amounts that yield a stoichiometric burn when combusted. The combustion synthesis solution is then heated to a temperature sufficient to substantially remove water and to initiate a self-sustaining combustion reaction. The resulting powder can be subsequently reduced to metal form by heating in a reducing gas environment.

  6. Texture-dependent twin formation in nanocrystalline thin Pd films

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    Wang, B.; Idrissi, H.; Shi, H.; Colla, M.S.; Michotte, S.; Raskin, J.P.; Pardoen, T.; Schryvers, D.

    2012-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Pd films were produced by electron-beam evaporation and sputter deposition. The electron-beam-evaporated films reveal randomly oriented nanograins with a relatively high density of growth twins, unexpected in view of the high stacking fault energy of Pd. In contrast, sputter-deposited films show a clear 〈1 1 1〉 crystallographic textured nanostructure without twins. These results provide insightful information to guide the generation of microstructures with enhanced strength/ductility balance in high stacking fault energy nanocrystalline metallic thin films.

  7. Improve oxidation resistance at high temperature by nanocrystalline surface layer

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    Xia, Z. X.; Zhang, C.; Huang, X. F.; Liu, W. B.; Yang, Z. G.

    2015-01-01

    An interesting change of scale sequence occurred during oxidation of nanocrystalline surface layer by means of a surface mechanical attrition treatment. The three-layer oxide structure from the surface towards the matrix is Fe3O4, spinel FeCr2O4 and corundum (Fe,Cr)2O3, which is different from the typical two-layer scale consisted of an Fe3O4 outer layer and an FeCr2O4 inner layer in conventional P91 steel. The diffusivity of Cr, Fe and O is enhanced concurrently in the nanocrystalline surfac...

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite by Combustion Method

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    Yin Thu Aye; Su Su Hlaing; Phyu Sin Khaing Oo; Khin Lay Thwe; Nwe Ni Khin

    2011-12-01

    Among various biocompatible materials hydroxyapatite (HAP) is widely used in medical applications.As nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite is similar in composition and crystal structure of natural bone it can be used as temporary substitute materials for human bone. A simple combustion technique for synthesizing nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite powder from eggshell has been carried out. The resulting powder was characterized using XRD, SEM and FESEM measurements. The particle size was calculated by Debye-Scherrer equation using XRD data. The range of size of resultant HAP powder was between 23nm-75nm. The average particle size was 34 nm.

  9. Construction, application and biosafety of silver nanocrystalline chitosan wound dressing.

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    Lu, Shuangyun; Gao, Wenjuan; Gu, Hai Ying

    2008-08-01

    A novel wound dressing composed of nano-silver and chitosan was fabricated using a nanometer and self-assembly technology. Sterility and pyrogen testing assessed biosafety, and efficacy was evaluated using Sprague-Dawley rats with deep partial-thickness wounds. Silver sulfadiazine and chitosan film dressings were used as controls. At intervals wound areas were measured, wound tissues biopsied and blood samples taken. Compared with the controls, the silver nanocrystalline chitosan dressing significantly (psilver levels in blood and tissues lower than levels associated with the silver sulfadiazine dressing (psilver nanocrystalline chitosan dressing were negative. Thus this dressing should have wide application in clinical settings.

  10. Inter- and intra-agglomerate fracture in nanocrystalline nickel.

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    Shan, Zhiwei; Knapp, J A; Follstaedt, D M; Stach, E A; Wiezorek, J M K; Mao, S X

    2008-03-14

    In situ tensile straining transmission electron microscopy tests have been carried out on nanocrystalline Ni. Grain agglomerates (GAs) were found to form very frequently and rapidly ahead of an advancing crack with sizes much larger than the initial average grain size. High-resolution electron microscopy indicated that the GAs most probably consist of nanograins separated by low-angle grain boundaries. Furthermore, both inter- and intra-GA fractures were observed. The observations suggest that these newly formed GAs may play an important role in the formation of the dimpled fracture surfaces of nanocrystalline materials.

  11. A maximum in the strength of nanocrystalline copper

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    Schiøtz, Jakob; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel

    2003-01-01

    We used molecular dynamics simulations with system sizes up to 100 million atoms to simulate plastic deformation of nanocrystalline copper. By varying the grain size between 5 and 50 nanometers, we show that the flow stress and thus the strength exhibit a maximum at a grain size of 10 to 15...... nanometers. This maximum is because of a shift in the microscopic deformation mechanism from dislocation-mediated plasticity in the coarse-grained material to grain boundary sliding in the nanocrystalline region. The simulations allow us to observe the mechanisms behind the grain-size dependence...

  12. Evolution of structural and electrical properties of carbon films from amorphous carbon to nanocrystalline graphene on quartz glass by HFCVD.

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    Zhai, Zihao; Shen, Honglie; Chen, Jieyi; Li, Xuemei; Jiang, Ye

    2018-04-25

    Direct growth of graphene films on glass is of great importance but has so far met with limited success. The non-catalytic property of glass results in the low decomposition ability of hydrocarbon precursors, especially at reduced temperatures (structural and electrical properties of carbon films deposited on quartz glass at 850 °C by hot-filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD). The results revealed that the obtained a-C films were all graphite-like carbon films. Structural transition of the deposited films from a-C to nanocrystalline graphene was achieved by raising the hydrogen dilution ratios from 10 % to over 80 %. Based on systematically structural and chemical characterizations, a schematic process with three steps including sp2 chains aggregation, aromatic rings formation and sp3 bonds etch was proposed to interpret the structural evolution. The nanocrystalline graphene films grown on glass by HFCVD exhibited good electrical performance with a carrier mobility of 36.76 cm2/(V·s) and a resistivity of 5.24×10-3 Ω·cm over an area of 1 cm2. Temperature-dependent electrical characterizations revealed that the electronic transport in carbon films was dominated by defect, localised and extended states respectively when increasing the temperature from 75 K to 292 K. The nanocrystalline graphene films presented higher carrier mobility and lower carrier concentration than a-C films, which was mainly attributed to their smaller conductive activation energy. The present investigation provides an effective way for direct growth of graphene films on glass at reduced temperatures and also offers useful insights into the understanding of structural and electrical relationship between a-C and graphene.

  13. Non-monotonic size dependence of the elastic modulus of nanocrystalline ZnO embedded in a nanocrystalline silver matrix

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    Panchal, Vinod; Ghosh, Shankar; Gohil, Smita; Kulkarni, Nilesh; Ayyub, Pushan [Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, 1 Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai-400005 (India)

    2008-08-27

    We present the first high pressure Raman study of nanocrystalline ZnO with different average crystallite sizes. The problem of low Raman signals from nanometer-sized particles was overcome by forming a nanocomposite of Ag and ZnO nanoparticles. The presence of the nanodispersed Ag particles leads to a substantial surface enhancement of the Raman signal from ZnO. We find that the elastic modulus of nanocrystalline ZnO shows a non-monotonic dependence on the crystallite size and suggest that the non-monotonicity arises from an interplay between the elastic properties of the individual grains and the intergranular region.

  14. Graphic Grown Up

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    Kim, Ann

    2009-01-01

    It's no secret that children and YAs are clued in to graphic novels (GNs) and that comics-loving adults are positively giddy that this format is getting the recognition it deserves. Still, there is a whole swath of library card-carrying grown-up readers out there with no idea where to start. Splashy movies such as "300" and "Spider-Man" and their…

  15. Copper removal using electrosterically stabilized nanocrystalline cellulose.

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    Sheikhi, Amir; Safari, Salman; Yang, Han; van de Ven, Theo G M

    2015-06-03

    Removal of heavy metal ions such as copper using an efficient and low-cost method with low ecological footprint is a critical process in wastewater treatment, which can be achieved in a liquid phase using nanoadsorbents such as inorganic nanoparticles. Recently, attention has turned toward developing sustainable and environmentally friendly nanoadsorbents to remove heavy metal ions from aqueous media. Electrosterically stabilized nanocrystalline cellulose (ENCC), which can be prepared from wood fibers through periodate/chlorite oxidation, has been shown to have a high charge content and colloidal stability. Here, we show that ENCC scavenges copper ions by different mechanisms depending on the ion concentration. When the Cu(II) concentration is low (C0≲200 ppm), agglomerates of starlike ENCC particles appear, which are broken into individual starlike entities by shear and Brownian motion, as evidenced by photometric dispersion analysis, dynamic light scattering, and transmission electron microscopy. On the other hand, at higher copper concentrations, the aggregate morphology changes from starlike to raftlike, which is probably due to the collapse of protruding dicarboxylic cellulose (DCC) chains and ENCC charge neutralization by copper adsorption. Such raftlike structures result from head-to-head and lateral aggregation of neutralized ENCCs as confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. As opposed to starlike aggregates, the raftlike structures grow gradually and are prone to sedimentation at copper concentrations C0≳500 ppm, which eliminates a costly separation step in wastewater treatment processes. Moreover, a copper removal capacity of ∼185 mg g(-1) was achieved thanks to the highly charged DCC polyanions protruding from ENCC. These properties along with the biorenewability make ENCC a promising candidate for wastewater treatment, in which fast, facile, and low-cost removal of heavy metal ions is desired most.

  16. Ferromagnetic resonance in bulk nanocrystalline Ni

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    Prakash Madduri, P. V.; Mathew, S. P.; Kaul, S. N.

    2018-03-01

    A detailed lineshape analysis of the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectra taken on pulse electrodeposited nanocrystalline (nc-) Ni sheets (with the average crystallite size, d, varying from 10 nm to 40 nm) at temperatures ranging from 113 K to 325 K yield accurate values for saturation magnetization, Ms (T), Landé splitting factor, g, anisotropy field, Hk (T) , resonance field, Hres , and FMR linewidth, ΔHpp (T) . Thermally-excited spin-wave (SW) excitations completely account for Ms (T) and the SW description of Ms (T) gives the values for the saturation magnetization and spin-wave stiffness at absolute zero of temperature, i.e., Ms (0) and D0 , for nc-Ni samples of different d that are in excellent agreement with the corresponding values deduced previously from an elaborate SW analysis of the bulk magnetization data. While Ms (0) varies with d as Ms (0) d - 3 / 2,D0 follows the power law D0 ∼d 4 / 3 . The angular variations of Hres in the 'in-plane' as well as 'out-of-plane' sample configurations, demonstrate that the main contribution to Hk (T) comes from the cubic magnetocrystalline anisotropy. The exchange-conductivity mechanism describes the observed thermal decline of ΔHpp reasonably well but fails to explain the very large magnitude of ΔHpp at any given temperature. By comparison, the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) damping gives a much greater contribution to ΔHpp but the LLG contribution is relatively insensitive to temperature.

  17. Low power optical limiting studies on nanocrystalline benzimidazole ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 38; Issue 3. Low power optical limiting studies on nanocrystalline benzimidazole thin films prepared by modified liquid phase growth technique. P A Praveen S P Prabhakaran R Ramesh Babu K Sethuraman K Ramamurthi. Volume 38 Issue 3 June 2015 pp 645-651 ...

  18. Adhesion of osteoblasts on chemically patterned nanocrystalline diamonds

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    Kalbáčová, M.; Michalíková, Lenka; Barešová, V.; Kromka, Alexander; Rezek, Bohuslav; Kmoch, S.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 245, č. 10 (2008), s. 2124-2127 ISSN 0370-1972 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN400100701 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : cell growth * nanocrystalline diamond * surface termination Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.166, year: 2008

  19. High-pressure structural behavior of nanocrystalline Ge

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    Wang, H.; Liu, J. F.; Yan, H.

    2007-01-01

    The equation of state and the pressure of the I-II transition have been studied for nanocrystalline Ge using synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The bulk modulus and the transition pressure increase with decreasing particle size for both Ge-I and Ge-II, but the percentage volume collapse...

  20. High temperature magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Sn0 ...

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    National School of Applied Sciences, Safi, Morocco. 5Institut Néel, CNRS et Université Joseph Fourier, BP 166, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9, France. MS received 17 October 2012; revised 17 December 2012. Abstract. Structural and magnetic properties of Sn0⋅95Co0⋅05O2 nanocrystalline and diluted magnetic semicon-.

  1. Bioactive nanocrystalline wollastonite synthesized by sol–gel ...

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    The sol–gel combustion method was employed to synthesize the nanocrystalline wollastonite by taking the raw eggshell powder as a calcium source and TEOS as a source of silicate. Glycine was used as a reductant or fuel and nitrate ions present in metal nitrate acts as an oxidizer. The phase purity of the wollastonite was ...

  2. Electrochemical passivation behaviour of nanocrystalline Fe80Si20 ...

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    Both beneficial as well as detrimental effects of the nanocrystalline coatings have been reported and the pro- perties of coating can be influenced by many factors such as grain size and its distribution, surface condition, adhe- rence to the substrate, reactivity with the medium and its pre- paration routes, etc (Szewieczek et al ...

  3. A Low Temperature Synthetic Route to Nanocrystalline TiN

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    A simple chemical synthetic route has been developed to prepare nanocrystalline titanium nitride (TiN) in an autoclave, by the reaction of metallic Ti with NaNH2 at low temperature of 500–600 °C. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron ...

  4. Nanocrystalline nickel as a material with high hydrogen storage capacity

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    Vojtěch, D.; Michalcová, A.; Klementová, Mariana; Šerák, J.; Morťaniková, M.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 63, č. 12 (2009), s. 1074-1076 ISSN 0167-577X Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40320502 Keywords : electron microscopy * nanomaterials * nano-crystalline nickel Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 1.940, year: 2009

  5. Nanocrystalline spinel ferrites by solid state reaction route

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    Nanocrystalline spinel ferrites by solid state reaction route. T K KUNDU* and S MISHRA. Department of Physics, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan 731 235, India. Abstract. Nanostructured NiFe2O4, MnFe2O4 and (NiZn)Fe2O4 were synthesized by aliovalent ion doping using conventional solid-state reaction route. With the ...

  6. Quartz crystal microbalance gas sensor with nanocrystalline diamond sensitive layer

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    Varga, Marián; Laposa, A.; Kulha, Pavel; Kroutil, J.; Husák, M.; Kromka, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 252, č. 11 (2015), s. 2591-2597 ISSN 0370-1972 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : gas sensor * nanocrystalline diamond * quartz resonator * thickness shear mode Subject RIV: JB - Sensors, Measurment, Regulation Impact factor: 1.522, year: 2015

  7. Transparent nanocrystalline ZnO films prepared by spin coating

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    Berber, M.; Bulto, V.; Kliss, R.; Hahn, H.

    2005-01-01

    Dispersions of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized by the electrochemical deposition under oxidizing conditions process with organic surfactants, were spin coated on glass substrates. After sintering, the microstructure, surface morphology, and electro-optical properties of the transparent nanocrystalline zinc oxide films have been investigated for different coating thicknesses and organic solvents

  8. Distinctive glial and neuronal interfacing on nanocrystalline diamond.

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    Full Text Available Direct electrode/neuron interfacing is a key challenge to achieve high resolution of neuronal stimulation required for visual prostheses. Neuronal interfacing on biomaterials commonly requires the presence of glial cells and/or protein coating. Nanocrystalline diamond is a highly mechanically stable biomaterial with a remarkably large potential window for the electrical stimulation of tissues. Using adult retinal cell cultures from rats, we found that glial cells and retinal neurons grew equally well on glass and nanocrystalline diamond. The use of a protein coating increased cell survival, particularly for glial cells. However, bipolar neurons appeared to grow even in direct contact with bare diamond. We investigated whether the presence of glial cells contributed to this direct neuron/diamond interface, by using purified adult retinal ganglion cells to seed diamond and glass surfaces with and without protein coatings. Surprisingly, these fully differentiated spiking neurons survived better on nanocrystalline diamond without any protein coating. This greater survival was indicated by larger cell numbers and the presence of longer neurites. When a protein pattern was drawn on diamond, neurons did not grow preferentially on the coated area, by contrast to their behavior on a patterned glass. This study highlights the interesting biocompatibility properties of nanocrystalline diamond, allowing direct neuronal interfacing, whereas a protein coating was required for glial cell growth.

  9. Low power optical limiting studies on nanocrystalline benzimidazole ...

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    Low power optical limiting studies on nanocrystalline benzimidazole thin films prepared by modified liquid phase growth technique. P A PRAVEEN1, S P PRABHAKARAN1, R RAMESH BABU1,∗, K SETHURAMAN2 and K RAMAMURTHI3. 1Crystal Growth and Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Bharathidasan ...

  10. Synthesis of nanocrystalline mixed metal fluorides in nonaqueous ...

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    Synthesis of nanocrystalline mixed metal fluorides in nonaqueous medium. NEETU TYAGI, EPSITA GHANTI, NIKESH GUPTA, N P LALLA. † and. RAJAMANI NAGARAJAN*. Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, Delhi 110 007, India. †. Inter University Consortium for DAE Facilities, University Campus, Indore 452 ...

  11. Synthesis and Photoluminescence of Nanocrystalline ZnS:Mn^(2+)

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    Suyver, J.F.; Wuister, S.F.; Kelly, J.J.; Meijerink, A.

    2001-01-01

    The influence of the synthesis conditions on the properties of nanocrystalline ZnS:Mn2+ is discussed. Different Mn2+ precursors and different ratios of the precursor concentrations [S2-]/[Zn2+] were used. The type of Mn2+ precursor does not have an effect on the luminescence properties in the

  12. Pulsed nanocrystalline plasma electrolytic boriding as a novel ...

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    The effect of frequency and duty cycle of pulsed current was investigated. It was found that pulse frequency and duty cycle affect the size and porosity of nanocrystalline borides and by controlling these effective parameters, surface modification can render the CP-Ti material extremely corrosion resistant as a biomaterial.

  13. Development of Bulk Nanocrystalline Cemented Tungsten Carbide for Industrial Applicaitons

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    2009-03-10

    This report contains detailed information of the research program entitled "Development of Bulk Nanocrystalline Cemented Tungsten Carbide Materials for Industrial Applications". The report include the processes that were developed for producing nanosized WC/Co composite powders, and an ultrahigh pressure rapid hot consolidation process for sintering of nanosized powders. The mechanical properties of consolidated materials using the nanosized powders are also reported.

  14. Osteoblastic cells trigger gate currents on nanocrystalline diamond transistor

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    Ižák, Tibor; Krátká, Marie; Kromka, Alexander; Rezek, Bohuslav

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 129, May (2015), 95-99 ISSN 0927-7765 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP108/12/0996 Grant - others:AVČR(CZ) M100101209 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : field-effect transistors * nanocrystalline diamond * osteoblastic cells * leakage currents Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.902, year: 2015

  15. Nanocrystalline diamond surface functionalization in radio frequency plasma

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    Remeš, Zdeněk; Choukourov, A.; Stuchlík, Jiří; Potměšil, Jiří; Vaněček, Milan

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 15, - (2006), s. 745-748 ISSN 0925-9635 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA202/05/2233; GA MŠk LC510 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : diamond film * nanocrystalline * coatings * biomedical applications Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.935, year: 2006

  16. High Pressure X-Ray Diffraction Studies on Nanocrystalline Materials

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    Palosz, B.; Stelmakh, S.; Grzanka, E.; Gierlotka, S.; Pielaszek, R.; Bismayer, U.; Werner, S.; Palosz, W.

    2003-01-01

    Application of in situ high pressure powder diffraction technique for examination of specific structural properties of nanocrystals based on the experimental data of SiC nanocrystalline powders of 2 to 30 nrn diameter in diameter is presented. Limitations and capabilities of the experimental techniques themselves and methods of diffraction data elaboration applied to nanocrystals with very small dimensions (nanoparticles of different grain size.

  17. Fast response time alcohol gas sensor using nanocrystalline F ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 36; Issue 4. Fast response time alcohol gas sensor using nanocrystalline F-doped SnO2 films derived via sol–gel method. Sarbani Basu Yeong-Her Wang C Ghanshyam Pawan Kapur. Volume 36 Issue 4 August 2013 pp 521-533 ...

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    High temperature magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Sn0⋅95Co0⋅05O2. O MOUNKACHI1, E SALMANI2, ... exchange interaction between the magnetic ions and the band electrons. Tin dioxide (SnO2) is an n-type ... rate must be well controlled for the chemical homogene- ity. The reactants were constantly stirred using ...

  19. Oxygen reduction on nanocrystalline ruthenia-local structure effects

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    Abbott, Daniel F.; Mukerjee, Sanjeev; Petrykin, Valery

    2015-01-01

    Nanocrystalline ruthenium dioxide and doped ruthenia of the composition Ru1-xMxO2 (M = Co, Ni, Zn) with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2 were prepared by the spray-freezing freeze-drying technique. The oxygen reduction activity and selectivity of the prepared materials were evaluated in alkaline media using the RRDE ...

  20. Burstein Moss effect in nanocrystalline CaS: Ce

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    Burstein Moss effect in nanocrystalline CaS: Ce. GEETA SHARMA*, PUJA CHAWLA, S P LOCHAB. † and NAFA SINGH. Department of Physics, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra 136 119, India. †. Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110 067, India. MS received 27 July 2009; revised 16 ...

  1. Surface plasmon effect in nanocrystalline copper/DLC composite ...

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    Composite films of nanocrystalline copper embedded in DLC matrix prepared by electrodeposition technique were studied for their optical properties. Particle size and metal volume fractions were tailored by varying the amount of copper containing salt in the electrolyte. Blue-shift of the surface plasmon resonance peak in ...

  2. Distinctive glial and neuronal interfacing on nanocrystalline diamond.

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    Bendali, Amel; Agnès, Charles; Meffert, Simone; Forster, Valérie; Bongrain, Alexandre; Arnault, Jean-Charles; Sahel, José-Alain; Offenhäusser, Andreas; Bergonzo, Philippe; Picaud, Serge

    2014-01-01

    Direct electrode/neuron interfacing is a key challenge to achieve high resolution of neuronal stimulation required for visual prostheses. Neuronal interfacing on biomaterials commonly requires the presence of glial cells and/or protein coating. Nanocrystalline diamond is a highly mechanically stable biomaterial with a remarkably large potential window for the electrical stimulation of tissues. Using adult retinal cell cultures from rats, we found that glial cells and retinal neurons grew equally well on glass and nanocrystalline diamond. The use of a protein coating increased cell survival, particularly for glial cells. However, bipolar neurons appeared to grow even in direct contact with bare diamond. We investigated whether the presence of glial cells contributed to this direct neuron/diamond interface, by using purified adult retinal ganglion cells to seed diamond and glass surfaces with and without protein coatings. Surprisingly, these fully differentiated spiking neurons survived better on nanocrystalline diamond without any protein coating. This greater survival was indicated by larger cell numbers and the presence of longer neurites. When a protein pattern was drawn on diamond, neurons did not grow preferentially on the coated area, by contrast to their behavior on a patterned glass. This study highlights the interesting biocompatibility properties of nanocrystalline diamond, allowing direct neuronal interfacing, whereas a protein coating was required for glial cell growth.

  3. Optimization of nanocrystalline γ-alumina coating for direct spray ...

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    7, December 2014, pp. 1583–1588. c Indian Academy of Sciences. Optimization of nanocrystalline γ-alumina coating for direct spray water-cooling of optical devices. S N ALAM1,2,∗. , M ANARAKY3, Z SHAFEIZADEH3 and P J PARBROOK1. 1Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Lee Maltings, Dyke Parade, ...

  4. Fast response time alcohol gas sensor using nanocrystalline F

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 36; Issue 4. Fast response time alcohol gas sensor using nanocrystalline F-doped SnO2 films derived via sol–gel method. Sarbani Basu Yeong-Her Wang C Ghanshyam Pawan Kapur. Volume 36 Issue 4 August 2013 pp 521-533 ...

  5. Fast response time alcohol gas sensor using nanocrystalline F ...

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    Fast response time alcohol gas sensor using nanocrystalline F-doped. SnO2 films derived via sol–gel method. SARBANI BASU, YEONG-HER WANG†, C GHANSHYAM. ∗ and PAWAN KAPUR. CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Sector-30, Chandigarh 160 030, India. †Department of Electrical Engineering, ...

  6. Surface-modified nanocrystalline ceramics for drug delivery applications.

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    Kossovsky, N; Gelman, A; Sponsler, E E; Hnatyszyn, H J; Rajguru, S; Torres, M; Pham, M; Crowder, J; Zemanovich, J; Chung, A

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    Drug delivery systems comprised of various types of carriers have long been the object of pharmacological investigation. The search has been stimulated by the belief that carriers will lead to reduced drug toxicity, dosage requirements, enhanced cellular targeting and improved shelf-life. Among the carriers investigated are complex polymeric carbohydrates, synthetic proteins and liposomal structures. For the past four years, we have been experimenting with a radically new class of carriers comprised of surface-modified nanocrystalline ceramics. While the ceramics provide the structural stability of a largely immutable solid, the surface modification creates a glassy molecular stabilization film to which pharmacological agents may be bound non-covalently from an aqueous phase with minimal structural denaturation. As a consequence of maintained structural integrity and owing to concentration effects afforded by the surfaces of the nanocrystalline materials, drug activity following surface immobilization is preserved. We have used successfully surface-modified nanocrystalline ceramics to deliver viral antigens for the purpose of evoking an immune response, oxygenated haemoglobin for cell respiration and insulin for carbohydrate metabolism. The theoretical principles, technical details and experimental results are reviewed. Surface-modified nanocrystalline materials offer an exciting new approach to the well-recognized challenges of drug delivery.

  7. Synthesis and visible light photocatalytic activity of nanocrystalline ...

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    The synthesized materials were characterized by XRD, BET-SA, SEM, HRTEM, XPS, FTIR and UV-DRS techniques to understand their physico-chemical properties. Characterization data reveal the formation of nanocrystalline PrFeO3 perovskite composition with improved physical properties, possibly due to lower ...

  8. Gas sensing properties of nanocrystalline diamond at room temperature

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    Davydova, Marina; Kulha, P.; Laposa, A.; Hruška, Karel; Demo, Pavel; Kromka, Alexander

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    Roč. 5, Dec (2014), s. 2339-2345 ISSN 2190-4286 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GP14-06054P Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : gas sensor * integrator * interdigitated electrodes * nanocrystalline diamond * response Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.670, year: 2014

  9. Luminescence of nanocrystalline ZnSe:Mn2+

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    Suyver, J.F.; Wuister, S.F.; Kelly, J.J.; Meijerink, A.

    2000-01-01

    The luminescence properties of nanocrystalline ZnSe:Mn^(2+) prepared via an inorganic chemical synthesis are described. Photoluminescence spectra show distinct ZnSe and Mn^(2+) related emissions, both of which are excited via the ZnSe host lattice. The Mn^(2+) emission wavelength and the

  10. Hot Superplastic Powder Forging for Transparent nanocrystalline Ceramics

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    Cannon, W. Roger

    2006-05-22

    The program explored a completely new, economical method of manufacturing nanocrystalline ceramics, Hot Superplastic Powder Forging (HSPF). The goal of the work was the development of nanocrystalline/low porosity optically transparent zirconia/alumina. The high optical transparency should result from lack of grain boundary scattering since grains will be smaller than one tenth the wavelength of light and from elimination of porosity. An important technological potential for this process is manufacturing of envelopes for high-pressure sodium vapor lamps. The technique for fabricating monolithic nanocrystalline material does not begin with powder whose particle diameter is <100 nm as is commonly done. Instead it begins with powder whose particle diameter is on the order of 10-100 microns but contains nanocrystalline crystallites <<100 nm. Spherical particles are quenched from a melt and heat treated to achieve the desired microstructure. Under a moderate pressure within a die or a mold at temperatures of 1100C to 1300C densification is by plastic flow of superplastic particles. A nanocrystalline microstructure results, though some features are greater than 100nm. It was found, for instance, that in the fully dense Al2O3-ZrO2 eutectic specimens that a bicontinuous microstructure exists containing <100 nm ZrO2 particles in a matrix of Al2O3 grains extending over 1-2 microns. Crystallization, growth, phase development and creep during hot pressing and forging were studied for several compositions and so provided some details on development of polycrystalline microstructure from heating quenched ceramics.

  11. Influence of microwave plasma parameters on light emission from SiV color centers in nanocrystalline diamond films

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Zero phonon line (ZPL shape, position and integral intensity of SiV defect center in diamond is presented for nanocrystalline diamond (NCD films grown at different conditions, NCD films of average grain sizes from ~50 nm up to ~180 nm have been deposited onto c-Si wafer at substrate temperature of 700 and 850oC from mixture with different CH4 and H2 ratios using MWCVD process. Light emission of SiV defect center and Raman scattering properties of NCD samples were measured on a Renishaw micro-Raman spectrometer with 488 nm excitation. Scanning electron microscopy images were used for monitoring surface morphology and for the analysis of the average grain sizes. Sample thickness was determined by in situ laser reflection interferometry. Characteristics of SiV ZPL are discussed in light of the morphology, bonding structure and average grain size of NCD films.

  12. X-ray microstructural analysis of nanocrystalline TiZrN thin films by diffraction pattern modeling

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    Escobar, D. [Laboratorio de Física del Plasma, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Km. 9 Vía al Magdalena, Manizales (Colombia); PCM Computacional Applications, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Km. 9 Vía al Magdalena, Manizales (Colombia); Ospina, R. [Laboratorio de Física del Plasma, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Km. 9 Vía al Magdalena, Manizales (Colombia); Gómez, A.G. [Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Seccional Cali, Facultad de Ingeniería, Departamento de Ciencias de la Ingeniería y la Producción (Colombia); Restrepo-Parra, E., E-mail: erestrepopa@unal.edu.co [Laboratorio de Física del Plasma, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Km. 9 Vía al Magdalena, Manizales (Colombia); PCM Computacional Applications, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Km. 9 Vía al Magdalena, Manizales (Colombia); Arango, P.J. [Laboratorio de Física del Plasma, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Km. 9 Vía al Magdalena, Manizales (Colombia)

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    A detailed microstructural characterization of nanocrystalline TiZrN thin films grown at different substrate temperatures (T{sub S}) was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Total diffraction pattern modeling based on more meaningful microstructural parameters, such as crystallite size distribution and dislocation density, was performed to describe the microstructure of the thin films more precisely. This diffraction modeling has been implemented and used mostly to characterize powders, but the technique can be very useful to study hard thin films by taking certain considerations into account. Nanocrystalline films were grown by using the cathodic pulsed vacuum arc technique on stainless steel 316L substrates, varying the temperature from room temperature to 200 °C. Further surface morphology analysis was performed to study the dependence of grain size on substrate temperature using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The crystallite and surface grain sizes obtained and the high density of dislocations observed indicate that the films underwent nanostructured growth. Variations in these microstructural parameters as a function of T{sub S} during deposition revealed a competition between adatom mobility and desorption processes, resulting in a specific microstructure. These films also showed slight anisotropy in their microstructure, and this was incorporated into the diffraction pattern modeling. The resulting model allowed for the films' microstructure during synthesis to be better understood according to the experimental results obtained. - Highlights: • Mobility and desorption competition generates a critical temperature. • A microstructure anisotropy related to the local strain was observed in thin films. • Adatom mobility and desorption influence grain size and microstrain.

  13. NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Properties and Applications of Nanocrystalline Alloys from Amorphous Precursors

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    Idzikowski, Bogdan; Miglierini, Marcel

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    Metallic (magnetic and non-magnetic) nanocrystalline materials have been known for over ten years but only recent developments in the research into those complex alloys and their metastable amorphous precursors have created a need to summarize the most important accomplishments in the field. This book is a collection of articles on various aspects of metallic nanocrystalline materials, and an attempt to address this above need. The main focus of the papers is put on the new issues that emerge in the studies of nanocrystalline materials, and, in particular, on (i) new compositions of the alloys, (ii) properties of conventional nanocrystalline materials, (iii) modeling and simulations, (iv) preparation methods, (v) experimental techniques of measurements, and (vi) different modern applications. Interesting phenomena of the physics of nanocrystalline materials are a consequence of the effects induced by the nanocrystalline structure. They include interface physics, the influence of the grain boundaries, the aver...

  14. Methods for preparation of nanocrystalline rare earth phosphates for lighting applications

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    Comanzo, Holly Ann; Manoharan, Mohan; Martins Loureiro, Sergio Paulo; Setlur, Anant Achyut; Srivastava, Alok Mani

    2013-04-16

    Disclosed here are methods for the preparation of optionally activated nanocrystalline rare earth phosphates. The optionally activated nanocrystalline rare earth phosphates may be used as one or more of quantum-splitting phosphor, visible-light emitting phosphor, vacuum-UV absorbing phosphor, and UV-emitting phosphor. Also disclosed herein are discharge lamps comprising the optionally activated nanocrystalline rare earth phosphates provided by these methods.

  15. Effect of WC/Co coherency phase boundaries on Fracture toughness of the nanocrystalline cemented carbides

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    The effect of coherency WC/Co phase boundaries on the fracture toughness of the nanocrystalline WC-Co cemented carbides is studied by MD simulation method. The simulation results show that the nanocrystalline WC-Co cemented carbides with coherency WC/Co phase boundaries has higher fracture toughness than that without coherency WC/Co phase boundaries. Moreover, the mechanism of why coherency WC/Co phase boundaries can improve the fracture toughness of the nanocrystalline cemented carbides is a...

  16. Piezoresistivity in films of nanocrystalline manganites.

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    Sarkar, Jayanta; Raychaudhuri, A K

    2007-06-01

    Rare earth manganites having perovskite structure are susceptible to lattice strain. So far most investigations have been done with hydrostatic pressure or biaxial strain. We have observed that hole doped rare-earth manganites, which are known to display colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) also show change in its resistance under the influence of uniaxial strain. We report the direct measurement of piezoresistive response of La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO) and La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) of this manganite family. The measurements were carried out on nanostructured polycrystalline films of LCMO and LSMO grown on oxidized Si(100) substrates. The piezoresistance was measured by bending the Si cantilevers (on which the film is grown) in flexural mode both with compressive and tensile strain. At room temperature the gauge factor approximately 10-20 and it increases to a large value near metal-insulator transition temperature (Tp) where the resistivity shows a peak.

  17. EPR Spectroscopy of Different Sol Concentration Synthesized Nanocrystalline-ZnO Thin Films

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline zinc oxide (nc-ZnO thin films were grown on p-type silicon substrate through spin coating by sol-gel process using different sol concentrations (10 wt.%, 15 wt.%, and 25 wt.%. These films were characterized by high resolution nondestructive X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS attachment, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR techniques to understand variations in structural, morphological, and oxygen vacancy with respect to sol concentration. The film surface morphology changes from nanowall to nanorods on increasing sol concentration. EPR spectra revealed the systematic variation from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic nature in these nc-ZnO films. The broad EPR resonance signal arising from the strong dipolar-dipolar interactions among impurity defects present in nc-ZnO film deposited from 10 wt.% sol has been observed and a single strong narrow resonance signal pertaining to oxygen vacancies is obtained in 25 wt.% sol derived nc-ZnO film. The concentrations of impurity defects and oxygen vacancies are evaluated from EPR spectra, necessary for efficient optoelectronic devices development.

  18. Hydrogenated Nanocrystalline Silicon Thin Films Prepared by Hot-Wire Method with Varied Process Pressure

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon films were prepared by hot-wire method at low substrate temperature (200∘C without hydrogen dilution of silane (SiH4. A variety of techniques, including Raman spectroscopy, low angle X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM, and UV-visible (UV-Vis spectroscopy, were used to characterize these films for structural and optical properties. Films are grown at reasonably high deposition rates (>15 Å/s, which are very much appreciated for the fabrication of cost effective devices. Different crystalline fractions (from 2.5% to 63% and crystallite size (3.6–6.0 nm can be achieved by controlling the process pressure. It is observed that with increase in process pressure, the hydrogen bonding in the films shifts from Si–H to Si–H2 and (Si–H2n complexes. The band gaps of the films are found in the range 1.83–2.11 eV, whereas the hydrogen content remains <9 at.% over the entire range of process pressure studied. The ease of depositing films with tunable band gap is useful for fabrication of tandem solar cells. A correlation between structural and optical properties has been found and discussed in detail.

  19. A multilayer innovative solution to improve the adhesion of nanocrystalline diamond coatings

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    Poulon-Quintin, A.; Faure, C.; Teulé-Gay, L.; Manaud, J. P.

    2015-03-01

    Nano-crystalline diamond (NCD) films grown under negative biased substrates by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) are widely used as surface overlay coating onto cermet WC-Co cutting tools to get better performances. To improve the diamond adhesion to the cermet substrate, suitable multi-layer systems have been added. They are composed of a cobalt diffusion barrier close to the substrate (single and sequenced nitrides layers) coated with a nucleation extra layer to improve the nucleus density of diamond during CVD processing. For all systems, before and after diamond deposition, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been performed for a better understanding of the diffusion phenomena occurring at the interfaces and to evaluate the presence of graphitic species at the interface with the diamond. Innovative multilayer system dedicated to the regulation of cobalt diffusion coated with a bilayer system optimized for the carbon diffusion control, is shown as an efficient solution to significantly reduce the graphite layer formation at the interface with the diamond down to 10 nm thick and to increase the adhesion of NCD diamond layer as scratch-tests confirm.

  20. A multilayer innovative solution to improve the adhesion of nanocrystalline diamond coatings

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    Poulon-Quintin, A., E-mail: poulon@icmcb-bordeaux.cnrs.fr [CNRS, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Univ. Bordeaux, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Faure, C.; Teulé-Gay, L.; Manaud, J.P. [CNRS, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France); Univ. Bordeaux, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F-33600 Pessac (France)

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    Highlights: • Improvement of the NCD adhesion on WC-12%Co substrates for tooling applications using a multi-interlayer additional system. • Reduction of the graphite layer thickness and continuity at the interface with the diamond. • Transmission electron microscopy study for a better understanding of the diffusion phenomena occurring at the interfaces. - Abstract: Nano-crystalline diamond (NCD) films grown under negative biased substrates by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) are widely used as surface overlay coating onto cermet WC-Co cutting tools to get better performances. To improve the diamond adhesion to the cermet substrate, suitable multi-layer systems have been added. They are composed of a cobalt diffusion barrier close to the substrate (single and sequenced nitrides layers) coated with a nucleation extra layer to improve the nucleus density of diamond during CVD processing. For all systems, before and after diamond deposition, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been performed for a better understanding of the diffusion phenomena occurring at the interfaces and to evaluate the presence of graphitic species at the interface with the diamond. Innovative multilayer system dedicated to the regulation of cobalt diffusion coated with a bilayer system optimized for the carbon diffusion control, is shown as an efficient solution to significantly reduce the graphite layer formation at the interface with the diamond down to 10 nm thick and to increase the adhesion of NCD diamond layer as scratch-tests confirm.

  1. Paramagnetic centers in nanocrystalline TiC/C system

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    Guskos, N.; Bodziony, T.; Maryniak, M.; Typek, J.; Biedunkiewicz, A.

    2008-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance is applied to study the defect centers in nanocrystalline titanium carbide dispersed in carbon matrix (TiC x /C) synthesized by the non-hydrolytic sol-gel process. The presence of Ti 3+ paramagnetic centers is identified below 120 K along with a minor contribution from localized defect spins coupled with the conduction electron system in the carbon matrix. The temperature dependence of the resonance intensity of the latter signal indicates weak antiferromagnetic interactions. The presence of paramagnetic centers connected with trivalent titanium is suggested to be the result of chemical disorder, which can be further related to the observed anomalous behavior of conductivity, hardness, and corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline TiC x /C

  2. Grain boundary and triple junction diffusion in nanocrystalline copper

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    Wegner, M., E-mail: m.wegner@uni-muenster.de; Leuthold, J.; Peterlechner, M.; Divinski, S. V., E-mail: divin@uni-muenster.de [Institut für Materialphysik, Universität Münster, Wilhelm-Klemm-Straße 10, D-48149, Münster (Germany); Song, X., E-mail: xysong@bjut.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, 100124 Beijing (China); Wilde, G. [Institut für Materialphysik, Universität Münster, Wilhelm-Klemm-Straße 10, D-48149, Münster (Germany); Institute of Nanochemistry and Nanobiology, School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University, 200444 Shanghai (China)

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    Grain boundary and triple junction diffusion in nanocrystalline Cu samples with grain sizes, 〈d〉, of ∼35 and ∼44 nm produced by spark plasma sintering were investigated by the radiotracer method using the {sup 63}Ni isotope. The measured diffusivities, D{sub eff}, are comparable with those determined previously for Ni grain boundary diffusion in well-annealed, high purity, coarse grained, polycrystalline copper, substantiating the absence of a grain size effect on the kinetic properties of grain boundaries in a nanocrystalline material at grain sizes d ≥ 35 nm. Simultaneously, the analysis predicts that if triple junction diffusion of Ni in Cu is enhanced with respect to the corresponding grain boundary diffusion rate, it is still less than 500⋅D{sub gb} within the temperature interval from 420 K to 470 K.

  3. Research Update: Phonon engineering of nanocrystalline silicon thermoelectrics

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline silicon thermoelectrics can be a solution to improve the cost-effectiveness of thermoelectric technology from both material and integration viewpoints. While their figure-of-merit is still developing, recent advances in theoretical/numerical calculations, property measurements, and structural synthesis/fabrication have opened up possibilities to develop the materials based on fundamental physics of phonon transport. Here, this is demonstrated by reviewing a series of works on nanocrystalline silicon materials using calculations of multiscale phonon transport, measurements of interfacial heat conduction, and synthesis from nanoparticles. Integration of these approaches allows us to engineer phonon transport to improve the thermoelectric performance by introducing local silicon-oxide structures.

  4. Nanocrystalline electrodeposited Ni-Mo-C cathodes for hydrogen production

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    Hashimoto, K.; Sasaki, T.; Meguro, S.; Asami, K.

    2004-01-01

    Tailoring active nickel alloy cathodes for hydrogen evolution in a hot concentrated hydroxide solution was attempted by electrodeposition. The carbon addition to Ni-Mo alloys decreased the nanocrystalline grain size and remarkably enhanced the activity for hydrogen evolution, changing the mechanism of hydrogen evolution. The Tafel slope of hydrogen evolution was about 35 mV per decade. This suggested that the rate-determining step is desorption of adsorbed hydrogen atoms by recombination. As was distinct from the binary Ni-Mo alloys, after open circuit immersion, the overpotential, that is, the activity of nanocrystalline Ni-Mo-C alloys for hydrogen evolution was not changed, indicating the sufficient durability in the practical electrolysis

  5. Ferroelectric Polarization in Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite Thin Films on Silicon

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    Lang, S. B.; Tofail, S. A. M.; Kholkin, A. L.; Wojtaś, M.; Gregor, M.; Gandhi, A. A.; Wang, Y.; Bauer, S.; Krause, M.; Plecenik, A.

    2013-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite nanocrystals in natural form are a major component of bone- a known piezoelectric material. Synthetic hydroxyapatite is widely used in bone grafts and prosthetic pyroelectric coatings as it binds strongly with natural bone. Nanocrystalline synthetic hydroxyapatite films have recently been found to exhibit strong piezoelectricity and pyroelectricity. While a spontaneous polarization in hydroxyapatite has been predicted since 2005, the reversibility of this polarization (i.e. ferroelectricity) requires experimental evidence. Here we use piezoresponse force microscopy to demonstrate that nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite indeed exhibits ferroelectricity: a reversal of polarization under an electrical field. This finding will strengthen investigations on the role of electrical polarization in biomineralization and bone-density related diseases. As hydroxyapatite is one of the most common biocompatible materials, our findings will also stimulate systematic exploration of lead and rare-metal free ferroelectric devices for potential applications in areas as diverse as in vivo and ex vivo energy harvesting, biosensing and electronics. PMID:23884324

  6. Seeding of polymer substrates for nanocrystalline diamond film growth

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    Kromka, Alexander; Babchenko, Oleg; Kozak, Halyna; Hruška, Karel; Rezek, Bohuslav; Ledinský, Martin; Potměšil, Jiří; Michalka, M.; Vaněček, Milan

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    Roč. 18, 5-8 (2009), s. 734-739 ISSN 0925-9635 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN400100701; GA AV ČR KAN400100652 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond films * chemical vapor deposition * polymer * sscanning electron spectroscopy Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.822, year: 2009

  7. A study of the structure and crystallisation of nanocrystalline zirconia

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    Tucker, M.

    1999-12-01

    Nanocrystalline zirconia, prepared via, calcination of the hydroxide, has been studied using a variety of experimental techniques. Two chemical routes, a precipitation and a sol-gel route, were used to prepare the hydroxide. Neutron and X-ray diffraction, EXAFS, NMR and SANS have been used to study the structure and crystallisation, during in-situ and ambient condition measurements. The structural information from the diffraction data has been complimented by the other techniques to provide information on the short, medium and longer range structure of nanocrystalline zirconia. Pure and yttrium doped samples were studied, this enabled the affects of doping and preparation routes to be investigated. The amorphous hydroxide was found to have a, monoclinic-like structure for all samples, independent of preparation route or yttrium content. The crystallisation temperature was lowest for the pure precipitation sample and was increased by the addition of yttrium or by preparation via, the sol-gel route. For the precipitation samples, in addition to the crystallisation temperature being raised, doping with yttrium also had an effect on the size of the crystallites obtained at high temperatures. Due to the different incorporation method of the yttrium into the sol-gel samples the effect on crystallite size and crystallisation temperature, as seen for the precipitation samples, were not evident for the sol-gel samples. The neutron and NMR data clearly show hydrogen remains in the samples well after crystallisation has become evident. The structural picture of nanocrystalline zirconia consisting of small crystallites surrounded by material containing, or terminated by, hydroxyl groups, is supported by all the results and methods used in this thesis. The in-situ and ambient conditions data is combined into a coherent growth picture of the nanocrystalline material from the hydroxide until at high enough temperatures the bulk or polycrystalline material is formed. (author)

  8. Transport properties of hydrogen-terminated nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Hubík, Pavel; Mareš, Jiří J.; Kozak, Halyna; Kromka, Alexander; Rezek, Bohuslav; Krištofik, Jozef; Kindl, Dobroslav

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    Roč. 24, April (2012), 63-68 ISSN 0925-9635 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN400100701; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAAX00100902; GA ČR GAP204/10/0212 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * hydrogen termination * grain boundaries * Hall effect * transport mechanism Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.709, year: 2012

  9. Photoluminescence and infrared absorption spectra of aminated nanocrystalline diamond surface

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    Remeš, Zdeněk; Kozak, Halyna; Babchenko, Oleg; Ukraintsev, Egor; Kromka, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 5, č. 6 (2013), s. 515-518 ISSN 2164-6627 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108; GA ČR GPP205/12/P331; GA MŠk LH12236; GA MŠk LH12186 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * infrared spectroscopy * photoluminescence * fluorescamine Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  10. Ferromagnetism appears in nitrogen implanted nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Remeš, Zdeněk; Sun, S. J.; Varga, M.; Chou, H.; Hsu, H.S.; Kromka, A.; Horák, Pavel

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 394, Nov (2015), s. 477-480 ISSN 0304-8853 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108; GA MŠk(CZ) LD14011 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) COST Action MP1202 HINT Institutional support: RVO:68378271 ; RVO:61389005 Keywords : diamond * nonmetallic ferromagnetic materials * fine-particle systems * nanocrystalline materials Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.357, year: 2015

  11. Microwave PECVD of nanocrystalline diamond with rf induced bias nucleation

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    Frgala, Z.; Jašek, O.; Karásková, M.; Zajíčková, L.; Buršíková, V.; Franta, D.; Matějková, Jiřina; Rek, Antonín; Klapetek, P.; Buršík, Jiří

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 56, Suppl. B (2006), s. 1218-1223 ISSN 0011-4626 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA202/05/0607 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20650511; CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition * self- bias Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 0.568, year: 2006

  12. Zn K-edge XANES in nanocrystalline ZnO

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    Kuzmin, A; Larcheri, S; Rocca, F

    2007-01-01

    Zn K-edge XANES in ZnO has been calculated within the full-multiple-scattering (FMS) and finite difference method (FDM) formalism using the ab initio FDMNES code. The influence of non-muffin-tin potential, bulk defects, surface termination and polarization effects on XANES has been analysed. The obtained theoretical results are compared with available experimental data for polycrystalline and nanocrystalline zinc oxide systems

  13. Zn K-edge XANES in nanocrystalline ZnO

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    Kuzmin, A [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Riga (Latvia); Larcheri, S [IFN-CNR, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Sezione di Trento, Povo (Trento) (Italy); Rocca, F [IFN-CNR, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Sezione di Trento, Povo (Trento) (Italy)

    2007-12-15

    Zn K-edge XANES in ZnO has been calculated within the full-multiple-scattering (FMS) and finite difference method (FDM) formalism using the ab initio FDMNES code. The influence of non-muffin-tin potential, bulk defects, surface termination and polarization effects on XANES has been analysed. The obtained theoretical results are compared with available experimental data for polycrystalline and nanocrystalline zinc oxide systems.

  14. Electrochemical passivation behaviour of nanocrystalline Fe80Si20 ...

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    Passivation behaviour of nanocrystalline coating (Fe80Si20) obtained by in situ mechanical alloying route is studied and compared with that of the commercial pure iron and cast Fe80Si20 in sodium borate buffer solution at two different pH values (7.7 and 8.4). The coating reveals single passivation at a pH of 7.7 and ...

  15. Thermoelectric nanocrystalline YbCoSb laser prepared layers

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    Jelínek, Miroslav; Zeipl, Radek; Kocourek, Tomáš; Remsa, Jan; Navrátil, Jiří

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 122, č. 3 (2016), s. 1-5, č. článku 155. ISSN 0947-8396 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA13-33056S Institutional support: RVO:68378271 ; RVO:61389013 Keywords : nanocrystalline YbCoSb * thermoelectric layers * pulsed laser deposition Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism; CA - Inorganic Chemistry (UMCH-V) Impact factor: 1.455, year: 2016

  16. Quantum transport in boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond

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    Mareš, Jiří J.; Hubík, Pavel; Krištofik, Jozef; Kindl, Dobroslav; Nesládek, Miloš

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 14, č. 7-8 (2008), s. 161-172 ISSN 0948-1907 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/07/0525; GA AV ČR IAA1010404; GA ČR(CZ) GA202/06/0040 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond film * ballistic transport * superconductivity * Josephson’s effects Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.483, year: 2008

  17. Gas sensing application of nanocrystalline zinc oxide thin films ...

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    Nanocrystalline oxygen-deficient ZnO thinfilm sensors were prepared by spray pyrolysis technique using zinc acetate dissolved in propanol and water as precursor. Response of the sensor to target gases NO2 and H2S is studied. At optimum temperature of 200° C, the sensors have a response of 3.32 to 7 ppm NO2 and 1.4 ...

  18. Uncertainty propagation in a multiscale model of nanocrystalline plasticity

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    Koslowski, M.; Strachan, Alejandro

    2011-01-01

    We characterize how uncertainties propagate across spatial and temporal scales in a physics-based model of nanocrystalline plasticity of fcc metals. Our model combines molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to characterize atomic-level processes that govern dislocation-based-plastic deformation with a phase field approach to dislocation dynamics (PFDD) that describes how an ensemble of dislocations evolve and interact to determine the mechanical response of the material. We apply this approach to a nanocrystalline Ni specimen of interest in micro-electromechanical (MEMS) switches. Our approach enables us to quantify how internal stresses that result from the fabrication process affect the properties of dislocations (using MD) and how these properties, in turn, affect the yield stress of the metallic membrane (using the PFMM model). Our predictions show that, for a nanocrystalline sample with small grain size (4 nm), a variation in residual stress of 20 MPa (typical in today's microfabrication techniques) would result in a variation on the critical resolved shear yield stress of approximately 15 MPa, a very small fraction of the nominal value of approximately 9 GPa. - Highlights: → Quantify how fabrication uncertainties affect yield stress in a microswitch component. → Propagate uncertainties in a multiscale model of single crystal plasticity. → Molecular dynamics quantifies how fabrication variations affect dislocations. → Dislocation dynamics relate variations in dislocation properties to yield stress.

  19. Model for temperature-dependent magnetization of nanocrystalline materials

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    Bian, Q.; Niewczas, M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S4M1 (Canada)

    2015-01-07

    A magnetization model of nanocrystalline materials incorporating intragrain anisotropies, intergrain interactions, and texture effects has been extended to include the thermal fluctuations. The method relies on the stochastic Landau–Lifshitz–Gilbert theory of magnetization dynamics and permits to study the magnetic properties of nanocrystalline materials at arbitrary temperature below the Currie temperature. The model has been used to determine the intergrain exchange constant and grain boundary anisotropy constant of nanocrystalline Ni at 100 K and 298 K. It is found that the thermal fluctuations suppress the strength of the intergrain exchange coupling and also reduce the grain boundary anisotropy. In comparison with its value at 2 K, the interparticle exchange constant decreases by 16% and 42% and the grain boundary anisotropy constant decreases by 28% and 40% at 100 K and 298 K, respectively. An application of the model to study the grain size-dependent magnetization indicates that when the thermal activation energy is comparable to the free energy of grains, the decrease in the grain size leads to the decrease in the magnetic permeability and saturation magnetization. The mechanism by which the grain size influences the magnetic properties of nc–Ni is discussed.

  20. XRD and HREM studies of nanocrystalline Cu and Pd

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    Nieman, G.W.; Weertmen, J.R.; Siegel, R.W.

    1991-01-01

    Consolidated powders of nanocrystalline Cu and Pd have been studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution electron microscopy (HREM) as part of an investigation of the mechanical behavior of nanocrystalline pure metals. XRD line broadening measurements were made to estimate rain size, qualitative grain size distribution and average long range strains in a number of samples. Mean grain sized range from 4-60 nm and have qualitatively narrow grain size distributions. Long range lattice strains are of the order of 0.2-3% in consolidated samples. These strains apparently persist and even increase in Cu samples after annealing at 0.35 Tm (498K) for 2h, accompanied by an apparent increase in grain size of ≥2x. Grain size, grain size distribution width and internal strains vary somewhat among samples produced under apparently identical processing conditions. HREM studies show that twins, stacking faults and low-index facets are abundant in as-consolidated nanocrystalline Cu samples. In this paper methodology, results and analysis of XRD and HREM experiments are presented

  1. High-resolution electron microscopy study of SiGeC thin films grown on Si(1 0 0) by laser-assisted techniques

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    Lioutas, Ch.B.; Frangis, N.; Soumelidis, S.; Chiussi, S.; Lopez, E.; Leon, B.

    2006-01-01

    PLIE was used for rapid crystallisation of a-SiGeC films deposited by LCVD on Si(1 0 0) substrates. HRTEM study of thin films grown with several laser energies shows that the combination of the two laser techniques gives an almost completely crystallised alloy, even for the lowest laser fluence. Island formation is observed below a certain threshold of fluence (about 450 mJ/cm 2 ). In the case of the lowest energy (100 mJ/cm 2 ) the material was partially crystallised (with the crystalline material being the predominant state), to a nanocrystalline alloy with a considerable amount of epitaxialy grown grains and with grain sizes of several tens of nanometers. Above the threshold of 450 mJ/cm 2 a rather smooth thin film is grown. The crystallisation is almost complete and the alloy is grown in an almost perfect epitaxial way

  2. Epitaxially grown zinc-blende structured Mn doped ZnO nanoshell on ZnS nanoparticles

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    Limaye, Mukta V.; Singh, Shashi B.; Date, Sadgopal K.; Gholap, R.S.; Kulkarni, Sulabha K.

    2009-01-01

    Zinc oxide in the bulk as well as in the nanocrystalline form is thermodynamically stable in the wurtzite structure. However, zinc oxide in the zinc-blende structure is more useful than that in the wurtzite structure due to its superior electronic properties as well as possibility of efficient doping. Therefore, zinc oxide shell is grown epitaxially on zinc sulphide core nanoparticles having zinc-blende structure. It is shown that doping of manganese could be achieved in zinc oxide nanoshell with zinc-blende structure

  3. Demonstration of Ultra High-Strength Nanocrystalline Copper Alloys for Military Applications

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    2012-01-22

    the consolidated samples was determined by using Archimedes principle . Processing diagram 1 shows a general flow process for the steps involved in...Demonstration of Ultrahigh-Strength Nanocrystalline Copper Alloys for Military Applications Project Number: WP-2139 Performing...1-26-2012 Final Dec 2010 - Dec 2011 Demonstration of Ultra High-Strength Nanocrystalline Copper Alloys for Military Applications WP-2139Kris

  4. Nanocrystalline Pt-doped TiO2 thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis ...

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    Nanocrystalline Pt-doped TiO2 thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis for hydrogen gas detection. LALCHAND A PATIL* .... tions of nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films using spray pyro- lysis. 2.4 Thickness and roughness determination of ... Electrical and gas sensing properties were measured using a static gas sensing system.

  5. Structure and coercivity of nanocrystalline Fe–Si–B–Nb–Cu alloys

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    Fe–Si–B–Nb–Cu alloy; melt-spinning; crystallization; nanocrystalline materials; coercivity. 1. Introduction. Nanocrystalline Fe–Si–B–Nb–Cu alloys have been found to possess a unique combination of soft magnetic properties including high saturation, very low coercivity, high per- meability and high electrical resistivity ...

  6. Accumulation and recovery of defects in ion-irradiated nanocrystalline gold

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    Chimi, Y. E-mail: chimi@popsvr.tokai.jaeri.go.jp; Iwase, A.; Ishikawa, N.; Kobiyama, M.; Inami, T.; Okuda, S

    2001-09-01

    Effects of 60 MeV {sup 12}C ion irradiation on nanocrystalline gold (nano-Au) are studied. The experimental results show that the irradiation-produced defects in nano-Au are thermally unstable because of the existence of a large volume fraction of grain boundaries. This suggests a possibility of the use of nanocrystalline materials as irradiation-resistant materials.

  7. Covalent attachment and growth of nanocrystalline films of photocatalytic TiOF 2

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    Zhu, Jian [Chinese Education Ministry Key Lab of Resource Chemistry and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials; Shanghai Normal University; Shanghai, China; Lv, Fujian [Chinese Education Ministry Key Lab of Resource Chemistry and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials; Shanghai Normal University; Shanghai, China; Xiao, Shengxiong [Chinese Education Ministry Key Lab of Resource Chemistry and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials; Shanghai Normal University; Shanghai, China; Bian, Zhenfeng [Chinese Education Ministry Key Lab of Resource Chemistry and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials; Shanghai Normal University; Shanghai, China; Buntkowsky, Gerd [Eduard-Zintl-Institut für Anorganische und Physikalische Chemie Technische Universität Darmstadt; , Germany; Nuckolls, Colin [Chinese Education Ministry Key Lab of Resource Chemistry and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials; Shanghai Normal University; Shanghai, China; Department of Chemistry; Columbia University; Li, Hexing [Chinese Education Ministry Key Lab of Resource Chemistry and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials; Shanghai Normal University; Shanghai, China

    2014-01-01

    An evaporation induced alcoholysis process has been applied to synthesize nanocrystalline TiOF2film. The nanocrystalline TiOF2becomes chemically attached to the surface of the glass slide. These films show potential applications in both photocatalytic and antibacterial fields.

  8. Grown on Novel Microcarriers

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    Torsten Falk

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Human retinal pigment epithelial (hRPE cells have been tested as a cell-based therapy for Parkinson’s disease but will require additional study before further clinical trials can be planned. We now show that the long-term survival and neurotrophic potential of hRPE cells can be enhanced by the use of FDA-approved plastic-based microcarriers compared to a gelatin-based microcarrier as used in failed clinical trials. The hRPE cells grown on these plastic-based microcarriers display several important characteristics of hRPE found in vivo: (1 characteristic morphological features, (2 accumulation of melanin pigment, and (3 high levels of production of the neurotrophic factors pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF and vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A. Growth of hRPE cells on plastic-based microcarriers led to sustained levels (>1 ng/ml of PEDF and VEGF-A in conditioned media for two months. We also show that the expression of VEGF-A and PEDF is reciprocally regulated by activation of the GPR143 pathway. GPR143 is activated by L-DOPA (1 μM which decreased VEGF-A secretion as opposed to the previously reported increase in PEDF secretion. The hRPE microcarriers are therefore novel candidate delivery systems for achieving long-term delivery of the neuroprotective factors PEDF and VEGF-A, which could have a value in neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

  9. Infrared absorption study of hydrogen incorporation in thick nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Tang, C.J.; Neves, A.J.; Carmo, M.C.

    2005-01-01

    We present an infrared (IR) optical absorbance study of hydrogen incorporation in nanocrystalline diamond films. The thick nanocrystalline diamond films were synthesized by microwave plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition and a high growth rate about 3.0 μm/h was achieved. The morphology, phase quality, and hydrogen incorporation were assessed by means of scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Large amount of hydrogen bonded to nanocrystalline diamond is clearly evidenced by the huge CH stretching band in the FTIR spectrum. The mechanism of hydrogen incorporation is discussed in light of the growth mechanism of nanocrystalline diamond. This suggests the potential of nanocrystalline diamond for IR electro-optical device applications

  10. In vitro corrosion, cytotoxicity and hemocompatibility of bulk nanocrystalline pure iron

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    Nie, F L; Zheng, Y F [State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex System, Department of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Wei, S C [Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100083 (China); Hu, C; Yang, G, E-mail: niefeilong@pku.edu.c, E-mail: yfzheng@pku.edu.c, E-mail: weishicheng99@163.co, E-mail: huchao511@gmail.co, E-mail: yanggang@nercast.co [Institute for Structural Materials, Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China)

    2010-12-15

    Bulk nanocrystalline pure iron rods were fabricated by the equal channel angular pressure (ECAP) technique up to eight passes. The microstructure and grain size distribution, natural immersion and electrochemical corrosion in simulated body fluid, cellular responses and hemocompatibility were investigated in this study. The results indicate that nanocrystalline pure iron after severe plastic deformation (SPD) would sustain durable span duration and exhibit much stronger corrosion resistance than that of the microcrystalline pure iron. The interaction of different cell lines reveals that the nanocrystalline pure iron stimulates better proliferation of fibroblast cells and preferable promotion of endothelialization, while inhibits effectively the viability of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). The burst of red cells and adhesion of the platelets were also substantially suppressed on contact with the nanocrystalline pure iron in blood circulation. A clear size-dependent behavior from the grain nature deduced by the gradual refinement microstructures was given and well-behaved in vitro biocompatibility of nanocrystalline pure iron was concluded.

  11. Thermal stability of amorphous carbon films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Friedmann, T. A.; McCarty, K. F.; Barbour, J. C.; Siegal, M. P.; Dibble, Dean C.

    1996-03-01

    The thermal stability in vacuum of amorphous tetrahedrally coordinated carbon (a-tC) films grown on Si has been assessed by in situ Raman spectroscopy. Films were grown in vacuum on room-temperature substrates using laser fluences of 12, 22, and 45 J/cm2 and in a background gas of either hydrogen or nitrogen using a laser fluence of 45 J/cm2. The films grown in vacuum at high fluence (≳20J/cm2) show little change in the a-tC Raman spectra with temperature up to 800 °C. Above this temperature the films convert to glassy carbon (nanocrystalline graphite). Samples grown in vacuum at lower fluence or in a background gas (H2 or N2) at high fluence are not nearly as stable. For all samples, the Raman signal from the Si substrate (observed through the a-tC film) decreases in intensity with annealing temperature indicating that the transparency of the a-tC films is decreasing with temperature. These changes in transparency begin at much lower temperatures (˜200 °C) than the changes in the a-tC Raman band shape and indicate that subtle changes are occurring in the a-tC films at lower temperatures.

  12. Characterizing the phase purity of nanocrystalline Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} thin films using Verwey transition

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    Bohra, Murtaza, E-mail: murtazaphy@gmail.com [Mahindra Ecole Centrale, Survey No: 62/1A, Bahadurpally Jeedimetla, Hyderabad 500043, Telangana (India); Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076, Maharashtra (India); Prasad, K. Eswar; Bollina, Ravi [Mahindra Ecole Centrale, Survey No: 62/1A, Bahadurpally Jeedimetla, Hyderabad 500043, Telangana (India); Sahoo, S.C. [Central University of Kerala, Riverside Transit Campus, Padnekkad P.O., Kasaragod 671314, Kerala (India); Kumar, Naresh [Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad 211004, Uttar Pradesh (India)

    2016-11-15

    We have employed Verwey transition as a probe to check phase purity of nanocrystalline Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} films grown at different substrate temperatures (T{sub s}) by means of magnetization study. The drop in magnetization at temperatures other than Verwey transition temperature T{sub v} (120 K), in the low and high T{sub s} films indicates the presence of antiferromagnetic (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/FeO) impurity phases. After wet H{sub 2} reduction treatment on these films, a vibrant appearance of Verwey transition is observed which confirms Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} phase at all T{sub s}. However, high T{sub s} films exhibit low T{sub v} value with distribution, T{sub v}±ΔT{sub v}=112+25 K emanating from residual magnetic phases, which were not traced by XRD studies. Interestingly, these nanocrystalline Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} films exhibit anisotropic magnetic behaviors above T{sub v}, similar to the single crystal Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. Below the saturation field, the easy (111) and relatively hard (110) axis of magnetizations align along their texture planes. - Highlights: • Verwey transition can be a potential probe for phase purity check of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} films. • Wet H{sub 2} reduction can produce Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} films with various textures. • Magnetic anisotropic behavior alike to the single crystal Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} has been observed.

  13. The radiation response of mesoporous nanocrystalline zirconia thin films

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    Manzini, Ayelén M.; Alurralde, Martin A. [Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Centro Atómico Constituyentes, Av. General Paz 1499, 1650 San Martin, Provincia de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Giménez, Gustavo [Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial - CMNB, Av. General Paz 5445, 1650 San Martín, Provincia de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Luca, Vittorio, E-mail: vluca@cnea.gov.ar [Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Centro Atómico Constituyentes, Av. General Paz 1499, 1650 San Martin, Provincia de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2016-12-15

    The next generation of nuclear systems will require materials capable of withstanding hostile chemical, physical and radiation environments over long time-frames. Aside from its chemical and physical stability, crystalline zirconia is one of the most radiation tolerant materials known. Here we report the first ever study of the radiation response of nanocrystalline and mesoporous zirconia and Ce{sup 3+}-stabilized nanocrystalline zirconia (Ce{sub 0.1}Zr{sub 0.9}O{sub 2}) thin films supported on silicon wafers. Zirconia films prepared using the block copolymer Brij-58 as the template had a thickness of around 60–80 nm. In the absence of a stabilizing trivalent cation they consisted of monoclinic and tetragonal zirconia nanocrystals with diameters in the range 8–10 nm. Films stabilized with Ce{sup 3+} contained only the tetragonal phase. The thin films were irradiated with iodine ions of energies of 70 MeV and 132 keV at low fluences (10{sup 13} - 10{sup 14} cm{sup −2}) corresponding to doses of 0.002 and 1.73 dpa respectively, and at 180 keV and high fluences (2 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −2}) corresponding to 82.4 dpa. The influence of heavy ion irradiation on the nanocrystalline structure was monitored through Rietveld analysis of grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) patterns recorded at angles close to the critical angle to ensure minimum contribution to the diffraction pattern from the substrate. Irradiation of the mesoporous nanocrystalline zirconia thin films with 70 MeV iodine ions, for which electronic energy loss is dominant, resulted in slight changes in phase composition and virtually no change in crystallographic parameters as determined by Rietveld analysis. Iodine ion bombardment in the nuclear energy loss regime (132–180 keV) at low fluences did not provoke significant changes in phase composition or crystallographic parameters. However, at 180 keV and high fluences the monoclinic phase was totally eliminated from the GIXRD

  14. The vapor pressure over nano-crystalline ice

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    M. Nachbar

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available The crystallization of amorphous solid water (ASW is known to form nano-crystalline ice. The influence of the nanoscale crystallite size on physical properties like the vapor pressure is relevant for processes in which the crystallization of amorphous ices occurs, e.g., in interstellar ices or cold ice cloud formation in planetary atmospheres, but up to now is not well understood. Here, we present laboratory measurements on the saturation vapor pressure over ice crystallized from ASW between 135 and 190 K. Below 160 K, where the crystallization of ASW is known to form nano-crystalline ice, we obtain a saturation vapor pressure that is 100 to 200 % higher compared to stable hexagonal ice. This elevated vapor pressure is in striking contrast to the vapor pressure of stacking disordered ice which is expected to be the prevailing ice polymorph at these temperatures with a vapor pressure at most 18 % higher than that of hexagonal ice. This apparent discrepancy can be reconciled by assuming that nanoscale crystallites form in the crystallization process of ASW. The high curvature of the nano-crystallites results in a vapor pressure increase that can be described by the Kelvin equation. Our measurements are consistent with the assumption that ASW is the first solid form of ice deposited from the vapor phase at temperatures up to 160 K. Nano-crystalline ice with a mean diameter between 7 and 19 nm forms thereafter by crystallization within the ASW matrix. The estimated crystal sizes are in agreement with reported crystal size measurements and remain stable for hours below 160 K. Thus, this ice polymorph may be regarded as an independent phase for many atmospheric processes below 160 K and we parameterize its vapor pressure using a constant Gibbs free energy difference of 982  ±  182 J mol−1 relative to hexagonal ice.

  15. Inversion degree and saturation magnetization of different nanocrystalline cobalt ferrites

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    Concas, G.; Spano, G.; Cannas, C.; Musinu, A.; Peddis, D.; Piccaluga, G.

    2009-01-01

    The inversion degree of a series of nanocrystalline samples of CoFe 2 O 4 ferrites has been evaluated by a combined study, which exploits the saturation magnetization at 4.2 K and 57 Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy. The samples, prepared by sol-gel autocombustion, have different thermal history and particle size. The differences observed in the saturation magnetization of these samples are explained in terms of different inversion degrees, as confirmed by the analysis of the components in the Moessbauer spectra. It is notable that the inversion degrees of the samples investigated are set among the highest values reported in the literature.

  16. New nanocrystalline solar cells; Les nouvelles cellules solaires nanocristallines

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    Gratzel, M. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Lab. de Photonique et Interfaces, Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2007-05-15

    Learning from the concepts used by green plants, we have developed a new photovoltaic device which achieves very efficient light harvesting by a molecular sensitizer grafted onto a nanocrystalline semiconductor oxide film of very high internal surface area. In this way it is possible to convert visible light to electric current with an external quantum yield close to 100%. The confirmed overall efficiency for producing electricity from sunlight is 11.1%. Due to their wide range of possible applications, their environmental compatibility, as well as the simplicity and low cost of production, these devices are credible candidates to contribute to large scale electric power production from solar energy. (authors)

  17. How nanocrystalline diamond films become charged in nanoscale

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    Verveniotis, Elisseos; Kromka, Alexander; Ledinský, Martin; Rezek, Bohuslav

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 24, č. 4 (2012), s. 39-43 ISSN 0925-9635 R&D Projects: GA ČR GD202/09/H041; GA MŠk(CZ) LC06040; GA AV ČR KAN400100701; GA MŠk LC510; GA ČR GAP204/10/0212 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * local electrostatic charging * nanoparticle assembly * CS-AFM * KFM Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.709, year: 2012

  18. Nanocrystalline CdTe thin films by electrochemical synthesis

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    Ramesh S. Kapadnis

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Cadmium telluride thin films were deposited onto different substrates as copper, Fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO, Indium tin oxide (ITO, Aluminum and zinc at room temperature via electrochemical route. The morphology of the film shows the nanostructures on the deposited surface of the films and their growth in vertical direction. Different nanostructures developed on different substrates. The X-ray diffraction study reveals that the deposited films are nanocrystalline in nature. UV-Visible absorption spectrum shows the wide range of absorption in the visible region. Energy-dispersive spectroscopy confirms the formation of cadmium telluride.

  19. Mueller matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry study of chiral nanocrystalline cellulose films

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    Mendoza-Galván, Arturo; Muñoz-Pineda, Eloy; Ribeiro, Sidney J. L.; Santos, Moliria V.; Järrendahl, Kenneth; Arwin, Hans

    2018-02-01

    Chiral nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) free-standing films were prepared through slow evaporation of aqueous suspensions of cellulose nanocrystals in a nematic chiral liquid crystal phase. Mueller matrix (MM) spectroscopic ellipsometry is used to study the polarization and depolarization properties of the chiral films. In the reflection mode, the MM is similar to the matrices reported for the cuticle of some beetles reflecting near circular left-handed polarized light in the visible range. The polarization properties of light transmitted at normal incidence for different polarization states of incident light are discussed. By using a differential decomposition of the MM, the structural circular birefringence and dichroism of a NCC chiral film are evaluated.

  20. Tailoring the wettability of nanocrystalline TiO 2 films

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    Liang, Qiyu; Chen, Yan; Fan, Yuzun; Hu, Yong; Wu, Yuedong; Zhao, Ziqiang; Meng, Qingbo

    2012-01-01

    The water contact angle (WCA) of nanocrystalline TiO2 films was adjusted by fluoroalkylsilane (FAS) modification and photocatalytic lithography. FAS modification made the surface hydrophobic with the WCA up to ∼156°, while ultraviolet (UV) irradiation changed surface to hydrophilic with the WCA down to ∼0°. Both the hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity were enhanced by surface roughness. The wettability can be tailored by varying the concentration of FAS solution and soaking time, as well as the UV light intensity and irradiation time. Additionally, with the help of photomasks, hydrophobic-hydrophilic micropatterns can be fabricated and manifested via area-selective deposition of polystyrene particles.

  1. Elemental separation in nanocrystalline Cu-Al alloys

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    Wang, Y. B.; Liao, X. Z.; Zhao, Y. H.; Cooley, J. C.; Horita, Z.; Zhu, Y. T.

    2013-06-01

    Nanocrystallization by high-energy severe plastic deformation has been reported to increase the solubility of alloy systems and even to mix immiscible elements to form non-equilibrium solid solutions. In this letter, we report an opposite phenomenon—nanocrystallization of a Cu-Al single-phase solid solution by high-pressure torsion separated Al from the Cu matrix when the grain sizes are refined to tens of nanometers. The Al phase was found to form at the grain boundaries of nanocrystalline Cu. The level of the separation increases with decreasing grain size, which suggests that the elemental separation was caused by the grain size effect.

  2. Electron holography of Fe-based nanocrystalline magnetic materials (invited)

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    Shindo, Daisuke; Park, Young-Gil; Gao, Youhui; Park, Hyun Soon

    2004-01-01

    Magnetic domain structures of nanocrystalline magnetic materials were extensively investigated by electron holography with a change in temperature or magnetic field applied. In both soft and hard magnetic materials, the distribution of lines of magnetic flux clarified in situ by electron holography was found to correspond well to their magnetic properties. An attempt to produce a strong magnetic field using a sharp needle made of a permanent magnet, whose movement is controlled by piezo drives has been presented. This article demonstrates that the attempt is promising to investigate the magnetization process of hard magnetic materials by electron holography

  3. Grain size and lattice parameter's influence on band gap of SnS thin nano-crystalline films

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    Gupta, Yashika [Department of Electronics, S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Department of Electronic Science, University of Delhi-South Campus, New Delhi 110021 (India); Arun, P., E-mail: arunp92@physics.du.ac.in [Department of Electronics, S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Naudi, A.A.; Walz, M.V. [Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos, 3101 Oro Verde (Argentina); Albanesi, E.A. [Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos, 3101 Oro Verde (Argentina); Instituto de Física del Litoral (CONICET-UNL), Guemes 3450, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina)

    2016-08-01

    Tin sulphide nano-crystalline thin films were fabricated on glass and Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) substrates by thermal evaporation method. The crystal structure orientation of the films was found to be dependent on the substrate. Residual stress existed in the films due to these orientations. This stress led to variation in lattice parameter. The nano-crystalline grain size was also found to vary with film thickness. A plot of band-gap with grain size or with lattice parameter showed the existence of a family of curves. This implied that band-gap of SnS films in the preview of the present study depends on two parameters, lattice parameter and grain size. The band-gap relation with grain size is well known in the nano regime. Experimental data fitted well with this relation for the given lattice constants. The manuscript uses theoretical structure calculations for different lattice constants and shows that the experimental data follows the trend. Thus, confirming that the band gap has a two variable dependency. - Highlights: • Tin sulphide films are grown on glass and ITO substrates. • Both substrates give differently oriented films. • The band-gap is found to depend on grain size and lattice parameter. • Using data from literature, E{sub g} is shown to be two parameter function. • Theoretical structure calculations are used to verify results.

  4. Diamond structures grown from polymer composite nanofibers

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    Potocký, Štěpán; Kromka, Alexander; Babchenko, Oleg; Rezek, Bohuslav; Martinová, L.; Pokorný, P.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 5, č. 6 (2013), s. 519-521 ISSN 2164-6627 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP108/12/0910; GA ČR GAP205/12/0908 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : chemical vapour deposition * composite polymer * nanocrystalline diamond * nanofiber sheet * SEM Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  5. Magnetic properties of nanocrystalline pyrrhotite prepared by high-energy milling

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    Balaz, P.; Godocikova, E.; Alacova, A.

    2004-01-01

    The nanocrystalline pyrrhotite was prepared by high-energy milling of lead sulphide with elemental Fe acting as reducing element. X-ray diffractometry, Mossbauer spectroscopy and VSM magnetometry were used to determine the properties of nanocrystalline iron sulphide prepared by the corresponding...... mechanochemical reaction. Pyrrhotite Fe1-xS together with the residual Fe metal were identified by the X-ray diffractometry. The kinetic studies performed by Mossbauer spectroscopy and VSM magnetometry allowed us to follow in more details the progress of the nanocrystalline magnetic phase formation during...

  6. Metal contacts in nanocrystalline n-type GaN: Schottky diodes.

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    Das, S N; Sarangi, S; Sahu, S N; Pal, A K

    2009-04-01

    Contact properties in nanocrystalline n-GaN in thin film form were studied by depositing nanocrystalline films onto aluminium coated fused silica substrates by high pressure sputtering of Si (1 at%) doped GaN target. Schottky diodes were realized with Au, Ni and Pd as top contacts on the nanocrystalline n-GaN films to examine the contact properties of the diodes thus formed. Variation of current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics of the Schottky diodes were recorded at different temperatures and analyzed in the light of the existing theories.

  7. In situ neutron-diffraction study of tensile deformation of a bulk nanocrystalline alloy

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    Fan, G.J.; Li, L.; Yang, Bin; Choo, H.; Liaw, P.K.; Saleh, T.A.; Clausen, B.; Brown, D.W.

    2009-01-01

    In situ neutron-diffraction technique has been employed to study the uniaxial tensile deformation of a bulk nanocrystalline Ni-Fe alloy. In contrast to an increase in the full-width half-maximum (FWHM) of the neutron-diffraction patterns for the coarse-grained Ni, the FWHM for the nanocrystalline Ni-Fe alloy decreases with increasing the plastic strain, ε P . The deformation with ε P < 1.5% did not introduce a residual lattice strain and a texture in the nanocrystalline Ni-Fe alloy, which were otherwise developed in the coarse-grained Ni

  8. Preparation and characterization chemistry of nano-crystalline Ni-Cu-Zn ferrite

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    Hashim, Mohd, E-mail: md.hashim09@gmail.com [Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Alimuddin [Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Shirsath, Sagar E. [Spin Device Technology Centre, Faculty of Engineering, Shinshu University, Nagano 380-8553 (Japan); Kumar, Shalendra [Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Kumar, Ravi [Centre for Material Science Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, HP (India); Roy, Aashis S. [Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka (India); Shah, Jyoti; Kotnala, R.K. [National Physical Laboratory (CSIR), Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India)

    2013-02-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Single phase Ni{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.25}Zn{sub 0.25}Fe{sub 2-x}In{sub x}O{sub 4} ferrites were synthesized by citrate-nitrate precursor auto combustion. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic properties decreased due to the substitution of In{sup 3+} ions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dielectric properties decreased with increase in frequency. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This composition can be used for multilayer chip inductor (MLCI) applications. - Abstract: In submitted research; nanocrystalline powders having elements Ni{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.25}Zn{sub 0.25}Fe{sub 2-x}In{sub x}O{sub 4} with varied amounts of indium (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4) were grown-up by modified citrate to nitrate alchemy. The realism of single phase cubic spinel creation of the synthesized ferrite samples was studied by the DTA-TGA, XRD, SEM, EDX, FT-IR, VSM and dielectric measurements. SEM was applied to inspect the morphological variations and EDX was used to determine the compositional mass ratios. The studies on the dielectric constant ({epsilon} Prime ), dielectric loss ({epsilon} Double-Prime ), loss tangent (tan {delta}), ac conductivity ({sigma}{sub ac}), resistive and reactive parts of the impedance analysis (Z' and Z') at room temperature were also carried out. The saturation magnetizations (Ms) were determined using the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Ms. decreased with the increase In{sup 3+} doping content, as Fe{sup 3+} of 5{mu}{sub B} ions are replaced by In{sup 3+} of 0 {mu}{sub B} ions.

  9. Flame synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline titania powders

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    Bhaskaran Manjith Kumar

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Flame reactors are considered to be one of the most promising and versatile synthesis routes for the largescale production of submicron and nanosized particles. An annular co-flow type oxy-gas diffusion burner was designed for its application in a modular flame reactor for the synthesis of nanocrystalline oxide ceramics. The burner consisted of multiple ports for the individually regulated flow of a precursor vapour, inert gas, fuel gas and oxidizer. The nanopowders formed during flame synthesis in the reaction chamber were collected by a suitable set of filters. In the present study, TTIP was used as the precursor for the synthesis of nanocrystalline TiO2 and helium was used to carry the precursor vapour to the burner head. Methane and oxygen were used as fuel and oxidizer respectively. The operating conditions were varied by systematically changing the flow rates of the gases involved. The synthesized powders were characterized using standard techniques such as XRD, SEM, TEM, BET etc., in order to determine the crystallite size, phase content, morphology, particle size and degree of agglomeration. The influences of gas flow rates on the powder characteristics are discussed.

  10. Amoxicillin photodegradation by nanocrystalline TiO2

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    Radosavljević K D.

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline TiO2, synthesized by sol-gel route and characterized by XRPD, BET and SEM measurements, was applied in the photocatalytic degradation of amoxicillin, using an Osram Ultra-Vitalux® lamp as the light source. Amoxicillin is a semi-synthetic penicillin type antibiotic active against a wide range of grampositive and a limited range of gram-negative organisms. The continuous release of antibiotics and their persistence in the environment may result in serious irreversible effects on aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Heterogeneous catalysis, which uses catalysts like TiO2, is a promising route for the degradation of organic pollutants including antibiotics. The effects of initial concentration of catalyst, initial salt concentration (NaCl and Na2SO4, ethanol and pH on the photocatalytic degradation of amoxicillin were studied. The mineralization of amoxicillin was analyzed by ion chromatography as well as by total organic analysis. The catalytic properties of nanocrystalline TiO2 were compared to Evonik P25 catalyst.

  11. Investigation of nanocrystalline Gd films loaded with hydrogen

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    Hruška, Petr

    2015-01-01

    The present work reports on microstructure studies of hydrogen-loaded nanocrystalline Gd films prepared by cold cathode beam sputtering on sapphire (112¯0) substrates. The Gd films were electrochemically step-by-step charged with hydrogen and the structural development with increasing concentration of absorbed hydrogen was studied by transmission electron microscopy and in-situ   X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation. The relaxation of hydrogen-induced stresses was examined by acoustic emission measurements. In the low concentration range absorbed hydrogen occupies preferentially vacancy-like defects at GBs typical for nanocrystalline films. With increasing hydrogen concentration hydrogen starts to occupy interstitial sites. At the solid solution limit the grains gradually transform into the ββ-phase (GdH2). Finally at high hydrogen concentrations xH>2.0xH>2.0 H/Gd, the film structure becomes almost completely amorphous. Contrary to bulk Gd specimens, the formation of the γγ-phase (GdH3) was not observed in this work.

  12. Investigation of low temperature thermal stability in bulk nanocrystalline Ni

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    Chauhan, Manish; Mohamed, Farghalli A.

    2006-01-01

    Grain growth behavior of bulk nanocrystalline Ni, prepared by an electrodeposition technique with average grain sizes of 20 and 15nm was investigated in the homologous temperature (T/T m ) range of 0.20-0.40. In studying grain growth, the techniques of X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy were used. The results show that in the temperature range of 0.20-0.30T m , there is no appreciable grain growth, even after long annealing times. However, in the temperature range of 0.3-0.4T m , the rate of grain growth was rapid during the initial period of annealing, which decreases with increase in time. The value of time exponent, n, deduced from the grain growth equation of the general form D 1/n -D 0 1/n =Kt was found to be approximately 0.1 for both grain sizes of Ni. At temperatures higher than 0.3T m , an approximate activation energy of 105+/-3kJ/mol, which is close to the activation energy for grain boundary diffusion in polycrystalline Ni, was measured. At temperatures lower than 0.3T m , an approximate activation energy of 11+/-3kJ/mol was found. It is suggested that this low activation energy represents the energy for the re-ordering of the nanocrystalline grain boundaries

  13. Nanocrystalline functional materials and nanocomposites synthesis through aerosol routes

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    Milošević Olivera B.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper represents the results of the design of functional nanocrystalline powders and nanocomposites using chemical reactions in aerosols. The process involves ultrasonic aerosol formation (mist generators with the resonant frequencies of 800 kHz, 1.7 and 2.5 MHz from precursor salt solutions and control over the aerosol decomposition in a high-temperature tubular flow reactor. During decomposition, the aerosol droplets undergo evaporation/drying, precipitation and thermolysis in a single-step process. Consequently, spherical, solid, agglomerate-free submicronic particles are obtained. The particle morphology, revealed as a composite structure consisting of primary crystallites smaller than 20 nm was analysed by several methods (XRD, DSC/DTA, SEM, TEM and discussed in terms of precursor chemistry and process parameters. Following the initial attempts, a more detailed aspect of nanocrystalline particle synthesis was demonstrated for the case of nanocomposites based on ZnO-MeO (MeO=Bi Cr+, suitable for electronic applications, as well as an yttrium-aluminum base complex system, suitable for phosphorus applications. The results imply that parts of the material structure responsible for different functional behaviour appear through in situ aerosol synthesis by processes of intraparticle agglomeration, reaction and sintering in the last synthesis stage.

  14. Magnetotransport in nanocrystalline SmB6 thin films

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    Jie Yong

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available SmB6 has been predicted to be a prototype of topological Kondo insulator (TKI but its direct experimental evidence as a TKI is still lacking to date. Here we report on our search for the signature of a topological surface state and investigation of the effect of disorder on transport properties in nanocrystalline SmB6 thin films through longitudinal magnetoresistance and Hall coefficient measurements. The magnetoresistance (MR at 2 K is positive and linear (LPMR at low field and become negative and quadratic at higher field. While the negative part is understood from the reduction of the hybridization gap due to Zeeman splitting, the positive dependence is similar to what is observed in other topological insulators (TI. We conclude that the LPMR is a characteristic of TI and is related to the linear dispersion near the Dirac cone. The Hall resistance shows a sign change around 50K. It peaks and becomes nonlinear around 10 K then decreases below 10 K. This indicates that carriers with opposite signs emerge below 50 K. These properties indicate that the surface states are robust and probably topological in our nanocrystalline films.

  15. New atom probe approaches to studying segregation in nanocrystalline materials

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    Samudrala, S.K.; Felfer, P.J.; Araullo-Peters, V.J. [School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); The Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Cao, Y.; Liao, X.Z. [School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Cairney, J.M., E-mail: julie.cairney@sydney.edu.au [School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); The Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia)

    2013-09-15

    Atom probe is a technique that is highly suited to the study of nanocrystalline materials. It can provide accurate atomic-scale information about the composition of grain boundaries in three dimensions. In this paper we have analysed the microstructure of a nanocrystalline super-duplex stainless steel prepared by high pressure torsion (HPT). Not all of the grain boundaries in this alloy display obvious segregation, making visualisation of the microstructure challenging. In addition, the grain boundaries present in the atom probe data acquired from this alloy have complex shapes that are curved at the scale of the dataset and the interfacial excess varies considerably over the boundaries, making the accurate characterisation of the distribution of solute challenging using existing analysis techniques. In this paper we present two new data treatment methods that allow the visualisation of boundaries with little or no segregation, the delineation of boundaries for further analysis and the quantitative analysis of Gibbsian interfacial excess at boundaries, including the capability of excess mapping. - Highlights: ► New data treatment methods allow delineation of grain boundaries, even without segregation. ► Proxigrams calculated from the surfaces accurately show the extent of segregation. ► Tessellation of the data volume can be used to map the Gibbsian interfacial excess.

  16. New atom probe approaches to studying segregation in nanocrystalline materials

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    Samudrala, S.K.; Felfer, P.J.; Araullo-Peters, V.J.; Cao, Y.; Liao, X.Z.; Cairney, J.M.

    2013-01-01

    Atom probe is a technique that is highly suited to the study of nanocrystalline materials. It can provide accurate atomic-scale information about the composition of grain boundaries in three dimensions. In this paper we have analysed the microstructure of a nanocrystalline super-duplex stainless steel prepared by high pressure torsion (HPT). Not all of the grain boundaries in this alloy display obvious segregation, making visualisation of the microstructure challenging. In addition, the grain boundaries present in the atom probe data acquired from this alloy have complex shapes that are curved at the scale of the dataset and the interfacial excess varies considerably over the boundaries, making the accurate characterisation of the distribution of solute challenging using existing analysis techniques. In this paper we present two new data treatment methods that allow the visualisation of boundaries with little or no segregation, the delineation of boundaries for further analysis and the quantitative analysis of Gibbsian interfacial excess at boundaries, including the capability of excess mapping. - Highlights: ► New data treatment methods allow delineation of grain boundaries, even without segregation. ► Proxigrams calculated from the surfaces accurately show the extent of segregation. ► Tessellation of the data volume can be used to map the Gibbsian interfacial excess

  17. New atom probe approaches to studying segregation in nanocrystalline materials.

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    Samudrala, S K; Felfer, P J; Araullo-Peters, V J; Cao, Y; Liao, X Z; Cairney, J M

    2013-09-01

    Atom probe is a technique that is highly suited to the study of nanocrystalline materials. It can provide accurate atomic-scale information about the composition of grain boundaries in three dimensions. In this paper we have analysed the microstructure of a nanocrystalline super-duplex stainless steel prepared by high pressure torsion (HPT). Not all of the grain boundaries in this alloy display obvious segregation, making visualisation of the microstructure challenging. In addition, the grain boundaries present in the atom probe data acquired from this alloy have complex shapes that are curved at the scale of the dataset and the interfacial excess varies considerably over the boundaries, making the accurate characterisation of the distribution of solute challenging using existing analysis techniques. In this paper we present two new data treatment methods that allow the visualisation of boundaries with little or no segregation, the delineation of boundaries for further analysis and the quantitative analysis of Gibbsian interfacial excess at boundaries, including the capability of excess mapping. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. A variational multiscale constitutive model for nanocrystalline materials

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    Gurses, Ercan

    2011-03-01

    This paper presents a variational multi-scale constitutive model in the finite deformation regime capable of capturing the mechanical behavior of nanocrystalline (nc) fcc metals. The nc-material is modeled as a two-phase material consisting of a grain interior phase and a grain boundary effected zone (GBAZ). A rate-independent isotropic porous plasticity model is employed to describe the GBAZ, whereas a crystal-plasticity model which accounts for the transition from partial dislocation to full dislocation mediated plasticity is employed for the grain interior. The constitutive models of both phases are formulated in a small strain framework and extended to finite deformation by use of logarithmic and exponential mappings. Assuming the rule of mixtures, the overall behavior of a given grain is obtained via volume averaging. The scale transition from a single grain to a polycrystal is achieved by Taylor-type homogenization where a log-normal grain size distribution is assumed. It is shown that the proposed model is able to capture the inverse HallPetch effect, i.e., loss of strength with grain size refinement. Finally, the predictive capability of the model is validated against experimental results on nanocrystalline copper and nickel. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Morphology and Structural Characterization of Carbon Nanowalls Grown via VHF-PECVD

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    Akmal Hasanudin, M.; Wahab, Y.; Ismail, A. K.; Zahid Jamal, Z. A.

    2018-03-01

    A 150 MHz very high frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (150 MHz VHF-PECVD) system was utilized to fabricate two-dimensional carbon nanostructure from the mixture of methane and hydrogen. Morphology and structural properties of the grown nanostructure were investigated by FESEM imaging and Raman spectroscopy. Carbon nanowalls (CNW) with dense and wavy-like structure were successfully synthesized. The wavy-like morphology of CNW was found to be more distinct during growth at small electrode spacing and denser with increasing deposition time due to better flux of hydrocarbon radicals to the substrate and higher rate of reaction, respectively. Typical characteristics of CNW were observed from strong D band, narrow bandwidth of G band and single broad peak of 2D band of Raman spectra indicating the presence of disordered nanocrystalline graphite structure with high degree of graphitization.

  20. Structure and magnetism of nanocrystalline and epitaxial (Mn,Zn,Fe)3O4 thin films

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    Alaan, U. S. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Wong, F. J. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Grutter, A. J. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Iwata-Harms, J. M. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Mehta, V. V. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Arenholz, E. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Advanced Light Source (ALS); Suzuki, Y. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2012-02-21

    We study nanocrystalline (NC) textured Mn0.5Zn0.6Fe1.9O4 (MZFO) films, grown at room temperature on both isostructural and non-isostructural substrates, that show magnetization values significantly suppressed from epitaxial MZFO films. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements indicate larger ratios of Fe3+ to Fe2+ ions on the tetrahedral sites in the NC films compared to the epitaxialfilms. The magnetization loops of the NC films are shifted by 200-400 Oe at low temperatures. No such effect is observed in the epitaxialfilms. In conclusion, we hypothesize that the presence of a more structurally disordered, possibly magnetically frustrated, matrix exchange biases the crystalline regions.

  1. Preparation and mechanical properties of ultra-high-strength nanocrystalline metals

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    Marek, I.; Vojtěch, D.; Michalcová, A.; Kubatík, Tomáš František

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 15, č. 4 (2015), s. 596-600 ISSN 1213-2489 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : Mechanical properties * Nanocrystalline materials * Selective leaching * Silver * Spark plasma sintering Subject RIV: JG - Metallurgy

  2. Microstructures and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline NiTi intermetallics formed by mechanosynthesis

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    Arunkumar, S.; Kumaravel, P.; Velmurugan, C.; Senthilkumar, V.

    2018-01-01

    The formulation of nanocrystalline NiTi shape memory alloys has potential effects in mechanical stimulation and medical implantology. The present work elucidates the effect of milling time on the product's structural characteristics, chemical composition, and microhardness for NiTi synthesized by mechanical alloying for different milling durations. Increasing the milling duration led to the formation of a nanocrystalline NiTi intermetallic at a higher level. The formation of nanocrystalline materials was directed through cold fusion, fracturing, and the development of a steady state, which were influenced by the accumulation of strain energy. In the morphological study, uninterrupted cold diffusion and fracturing were visualized using transmission electron microscopy. Particle size analysis revealed that the mean particle size was reduced to 93 μm after 20 h of milling. The mechanical strength was enhanced by the formation of a nanocrystalline intermetallic phase at longer milling time, which was confirmed by the results of Vickers hardness analyses.

  3. Topological characterization of nanocrystalline cellulose reinforced Poly (lactic acid) and Poly-(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) bionanocomposites

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    Bhat, A. H.; Dasan, Y. K.; Khan, Ihsan Ullah; Ahmad, Faiz; Ayoub, Muhammad

    2016-11-01

    This study was conducted to evaluate the morphological and barrier properties of nanocrystalline cellulose reinforced Poly (lactic acid) and Poly-(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) bionanocomposites. Nanocrystalline cellulose was isolated from waste oil palm empty fruit bunch fiber using Sulphuric acid hydrolysis. Chemical modifications of nanocrystalline cellulose was performed to allow good compatibilization between fiber and the polymer matrices and also to improve dispersion of fillers. Bionanocomposite materials were produced from these nanocrystalline cellulose reinforced Poly (lactic acid) and Poly-(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) using solvent casting and evaporation techniques. The properties of extracted nanocrystalline cellulose were examined using FT-IR spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometer, TEM and AFM. Besides that, the properties of bionanocomposites were examined through FESEM and oxygen permeability properties analysis. Better barrier and morphological properties were obtained for nanocrystalline cellulose reinforced bionanocomposites than for neat polymer blend.

  4. Formation of a nanocrystalline layer on the surface of stone wool fibers

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    Yue, Yuanzheng; Korsgaard, Martin; Kirkegaard, Lise Frank

    2009-01-01

    In the present paper, we report a simple approach for creating a nanocrystalline layer on the surface of stone wool fibers (SWFs) with a basalt-like composition. The approach is based on a preoxidation process of the SWFs in atmospheric air at a temperature around the glass transition temperature....... The nanocrystalline layer plays a significant role in enhancing the high-temperature stability of the SWFs....

  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. Multiple magnetic scattering in small-angle neutron scattering of Nd?Fe?B nanocrystalline magnet

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    Ueno, Tetsuro; Saito, Kotaro; Yano, Masao; Ito, Masaaki; Shoji, Tetsuya; Sakuma, Noritsugu; Kato, Akira; Manabe, Akira; Hashimoto, Ai; Gilbert, Elliot P.; Keiderling, Uwe; Ono, Kanta

    2016-01-01

    We have investigated the influence of multiple scattering on the magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) from a Nd?Fe?B nanocrystalline magnet. We performed sample-thickness- and neutron-wavelength-dependent SANS measurements, and observed the scattering vector dependence of the multiple magnetic scattering. It is revealed that significant multiple scattering exists in the magnetic scattering rather than the nuclear scattering of Nd?Fe?B nanocrystalline magnet. It is considered that th...

  7. Nanocrystalline sp{sup 2} and sp{sup 3} carbons: CVD synthesis and applications

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    Terranova, M. L. [Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata,” via Della Ricerca Scientifica, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche—MinimaLab (Italy); Rossi, M. [Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza,” via A. Scarpa, Dipartimento di Scienze di Base e Applicate per l’Ingegneria and Centro di Ricerca per le Nanotecnologie Applicate all’Ingegneria (CNIS) (Italy); Tamburri, E., E-mail: emanuela.tamburri@uniroma2.it [Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata,” via Della Ricerca Scientifica, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche—MinimaLab (Italy)

    2016-11-15

    The design and production of innovative materials based on nanocrystalline sp{sup 2}- and sp{sup 3}-coordinated carbons is presently a focus of the scientific community. We present a review of the nanostructures obtained in our labs using a series of synthetic routes, which make use of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques for the selective production of non-planar graphitic nanostructures, nanocrystalline diamonds, and hybrid two-phase nanostructures.

  8. Electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ni-Co and Co-Ni-P coatings for hard chromium replacement

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    Ma, Chao

    2013-01-01

    This thesis describes the preparation and characterisation of environmentally friendly and low-cost nanocrystalline Ni-Co coatings and Co-Ni-P coatings to replace hard chromium coatings for anti-wear and anti-corrosion applications. nanocrystalline Ni–Co coatings with different cobalt contents were electrodeposited.The investigation on the role of tribofilms and wear debris in the tribological behavior sliding against AISI-52100 stainless steel under unlubricated conditions shows that the tri...

  9. Characterization and Application of Colloidal Nanocrystalline Materials for Advanced Photovoltaics

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    Bhandari, Khagendra P.

    Solar energy is Earth's primary source of renewable energy and photovoltaic solar cells enable the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity. Crystalline silicon solar cells and modules have dominated photovoltaic technology from the beginning and they now constitute more than 90% of the PV market. Thin film (CdTe and CIGS) solar cells and modules come in second position in market share. Some organic, dye-sensitized and perovskite solar cells are emerging in the market but are not yet in full commercial scale. Solar cells made from colloidal nanocrystalline materials may eventually provide both low cost and high efficiency because of their promising properties such as high absorption coefficient, size tunable band gap, and quantum confinement effect. It is also expected that the greenhouse gas emission and energy payback time from nanocrystalline solar PV systems will also be least compared to all other types of PV systems mainly due to the least embodied energy throughout their life time. The two well-known junction architectures for the fabrication of quantum dot based photovoltaic devices are the Schottky junction and heterojunction. In Schottky junction cells, a heteropartner semiconducting material is not required. A low work function metal is used as the back contact, a transparent conducting layer is used as the front contact, and the layer of electronically-coupled quantum dots is placed between these two materials. Schottky junction solar cells explain the usefulness of nanocrystalline materials for high efficiency heterojunction solar cells. For heterojunction devices, n-type semiconducting materials such as ZnO , CdS or TiO2 have been used as suitable heteropartners. Here, PbS quantum dot solar cells were fabricated using ZnO and CdS semiconductor films as window layers. Both of the heteropartners are sputter-deposited onto TCO coated glass substrates; ZnO was deposited with the substrate held at room temperature and for CdS the substrate was at 250

  10. Silver film on nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} support: Photocatalytic and antimicrobial ability

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    Vukoje, Ivana D., E-mail: ivanav@vinca.rs [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Tomašević-Ilić, Tijana D., E-mail: tommashev@gmail.com [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Zarubica, Aleksandra R., E-mail: zarubica2000@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Niš, Višegradska 33, 18000 Niš (Serbia); Dimitrijević, Suzana, E-mail: suzana@tmf.bg.ac.rs [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Budimir, Milica D., E-mail: mickbudimir@gmail.com [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Vranješ, Mila R., E-mail: mila@vinca.rs [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Šaponjić, Zoran V., E-mail: saponjic@vinca.rs [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Nedeljković, Jovan M., E-mail: jovned@vinca.rs [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Simple photocatalytic rout for deposition of Ag on nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films. • High antibactericidal efficiency of deposited Ag on TiO{sub 2} support. • Improved photocatalytic performance of TiO{sub 2} films in the presence of deposited Ag. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films were prepared on glass slides by the dip coating technique using colloidal solutions consisting of 4.5 nm particles as a precursor. Photoirradiation of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} film modified with alanine that covalently binds to the surface of TiO{sub 2} and at the same time chelate silver ions induced formation of metallic silver film. Optical and morphological properties of thin silver films on nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} support were studied by absorption spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. Improvement of photocatalytic performance of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films after deposition of silver was observed in degradation reaction of crystal violet. Antimicrobial ability of deposited silver films on nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} support was tested in dark as a function of time against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans. The silver films ensured maximum cells reduction of both bacteria, while the fungi reduction reached satisfactory 98.45% after 24 h of contact.

  11. Hot pressing of nanocrystalline tantalum using high frequency induction heating and pulse plasma sintering

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    Jakubowicz, J.; Adamek, G.; Sopata, M.; Koper, J. K.; Siwak, P.

    2017-12-01

    The paper presents the results of nanocrystalline powder tantalum consolidation using hot pressing. The authors used two different heating techniques during hot pressing: high-frequency induction heating (HFIH) and pulse plasma sintering (PPS). A comparison of the structure, microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of the bulk nanocrystalline tantalum obtained in both techniques was performed. The nanocrystalline powder was made to start from the microcrystalline one using the high-energy ball milling process. The nanocrystalline powder was hot-pressed at 1000 °C, whereas, for comparison, the microcrystalline powder was hot pressed up to 1500 °C for proper consolidation. The authors found that during hot pressing, the powder partially reacts with the graphite die covered by boron nitride, which facilitated punches and powder displacement in the die during densification. Tantalum carbide and boride in the nanocrystalline material was found, which can improve the mechanical properties. The hardness of the HFIH and PPS nanocrystalline tantalum was as high as 625 and 615 HV, respectively. The microstructure was more uniform in the PPS nanomaterial. The corrosion resistance in both cases deteriorated, in comparison to the microcrystalline material, while the PPS material corrosion resistance was slightly better than that of the HFIH one.

  12. Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite prepared under various pH conditions

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    Palanivelu, R.; Mary Saral, A.; Ruban Kumar, A.

    2014-10-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAP) has sovereign biomedical application due to its excellent biocompatibility, chemical and crystallographic similitude with natural human bone. In this present work, we discussed about the role of pH in the synthesis of calcium phosphate compound using calcium nitrate tetrahydrate and di-ammonium hydrogen phosphate as starting materials by chemical precipitation method assisted with ultrasonic irradiation technique. 5% polyethylene glycol (PEG600) is added along with the precursors under various pH condition of 7, 9 and 11 respectively. The functional group analysis, crystallized size and fraction of crystallized size are confirmed using Fourier Transformation Infra-Red spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction pattern. Morphological observations are done by scanning electron microscope. The results revealed the presence of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite at pH above 9.

  13. Nanocrystalline diamond in carbon implanted SiO{sub 2}.

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    Tsoi, K.A.; Prawer, S.; Nugent, K.W.; Walker, R. J.; Weiser, P.S. [Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia). School of Physics

    1996-12-31

    Recently, it was reported that nanocrystalline diamond can be produced via laser annealing of a high dose C implanted fused quartz (SiO{sub 2}) substrate. The aim of this investigation is to reproduce this result on higher C{sup +} dose samples and the non-implanted silicon sample, as well as optimise the power range and annealing time for the production of these nanocrystals of diamond. In order to provide a wide range of laser powers the samples were annealed using an Ar ion Raman laser. The resulting annealed spots were analysed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman analysis. These techniques are employed to determine the type of bonding produced after laser annealing has occurred. 4 refs., 5 figs.

  14. 1H-15N correlation spectroscopy of nanocrystalline proteins

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    Morcombe, Corey R.; Paulson, Eric K.; Gaponenko, Vadim; Byrd, R. Andrew; Zilm, Kurt W.

    2005-01-01

    The limits of resolution that can be obtained in 1 H- 15 N 2D NMR spectroscopy of isotopically enriched nanocrystalline proteins are explored. Combinations of frequency switched Lee-Goldburg (FSLG) decoupling, fast magic angle sample spinning (MAS), and isotopic dilution via deuteration are investigated as methods for narrowing the amide 1 H resonances. Heteronuclear decoupling of 15 N from the 1 H resonances is also studied. Using human ubiquitin as a model system, the best resolution is most easily obtained with uniformly 2 H and 15 N enriched protein where the amides have been exchanged in normal water, MAS at ∼20 kHz, and WALTZ-16 decoupling of the 15 N nuclei. The combination of these techniques results in average 1 H lines of only ∼0.26 ppm full width at half maximum. Techniques for optimizing instrument stability and 15 N decoupling are described for achieving the best possible performance in these experiments

  15. Boron-doped nanocrystalline silicon thin films for solar cells

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    Fathi, E.; Vygranenko, Y.; Vieira, M.; Sazonov, A.

    2011-01-01

    This article reports on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of boron-doped hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) thin films. The films were deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) at a substrate temperature of 150 deg. C. Crystalline volume fraction and dark conductivity of the films were determined as a function of trimethylboron-to-silane flow ratio. Optical constants of doped and undoped nc-Si:H were obtained from transmission and reflection spectra. By employing p + nc-Si:H as a window layer combined with a p' a-SiC buffer layer, a-Si:H-based p-p'-i-n solar cells on ZnO:Al-coated glass substrates were fabricated. Device characteristics were obtained from current-voltage and spectral-response measurements.

  16. Nanocrystalline metal-superconductor powders produced by aerosol decomposition

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    Carim, A.H.; Doherty, P.; Kodas, T.T.

    1990-01-01

    This paper reports on composite silver---YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ powders with nanocrystalline and larger sizes produced by aerosol techniques at 1000 degrees C and 930 degrees C. Silver is incorporated primarily in the elemental form, although particles of hexagonal Ag 2 O are also observed when the reactor is operated below the Ag-O eutectic temperature (939 degree C). Longer reactor residence times (>35 s, as opposed to c > 90K) can still be obtained in the composite powders. Aerosol decomposition of Y-Ba-Cu nitrate precursors with Pt additions did not produce superconductive material; instead, most of the resultant particles were Pt-Y-Ba-Cu-O compounds

  17. Science at the interface : grain boundaries in nanocrystalline metals.

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    Rodriguez, Mark Andrew; Follstaedt, David Martin; Knapp, James Arthur; Brewer, Luke N.; Holm, Elizabeth Ann; Foiles, Stephen Martin; Hattar, Khalid M.; Clark, Blythe B.; Olmsted, David L.; Medlin, Douglas L.

    2009-09-01

    Interfaces are a critical determinant of the full range of materials properties, especially at the nanoscale. Computational and experimental methods developed a comprehensive understanding of nanograin evolution based on a fundamental understanding of internal interfaces in nanocrystalline nickel. It has recently been shown that nanocrystals with a bi-modal grain-size distribution possess a unique combination of high-strength, ductility and wear-resistance. We performed a combined experimental and theoretical investigation of the structure and motion of internal interfaces in nanograined metal and the resulting grain evolution. The properties of grain boundaries are computed for an unprecedented range of boundaries. The presence of roughening transitions in grain boundaries is explored and related to dramatic changes in boundary mobility. Experimental observations show that abnormal grain growth in nanograined materials is unlike conventional scale material in both the level of defects and the formation of unfavored phases. Molecular dynamics simulations address the origins of some of these phenomena.

  18. Raman Studies of Nanocrystalline CdS:O Film

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    Zhang, Y.; Wu, X.; Dhere, R.; Zhou, J.; Yan, Y.; Mascarenhas, A.

    2005-01-01

    Oxygenated nanocrystalline CdS films show improved solar cell performance, but the physics and mechanism underlying this are not yet clearly understood. Raman study provides complementary information to the understanding obtained from other experimental investigations. A comprehensive analysis of the existing experimental data (including x-ray diffraction, transmission, transmission electron microscopy, and Raman) has led to the following conclusions: (1) The O-incorporation forms CdS1-xOx alloy nano-particles. (2) The observed evolution of the electronic structure is the result of the interplay between the alloy and quantum confinement effect. (3) The blue-shift of the LO phonon Raman peak is primarily due to the alloying effect. (4) Some oxygen atoms have taken the interstitial sites.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of a nanocrystalline diamond aerogel

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    Pauzauskie, Peter J.; Crowhurst, Jonathan C.; Worsley, Marcus A.; Laurence, Ted A.; Kilcoyne, A. L. David; Wang, Yinmin; Willey, Trevor M.; Visbeck, Kenneth S.; Fakra, Sirine C.; Evans, William J.; Zaug, Joseph M.; Satcher, Jr., Joe H.

    2011-07-06

    Aerogel materials have myriad scientific and technological applications due to their large intrinsic surface areas and ultralow densities. However, creating a nanodiamond aerogel matrix has remained an outstanding and intriguing challenge. Here we report the high-pressure, high-temperature synthesis of a diamond aerogel from an amorphous carbon aerogel precursor using a laser-heated diamond anvil cell. Neon is used as a chemically inert, near-hydrostatic pressure medium that prevents collapse of the aerogel under pressure by conformally filling the aerogel's void volume. Electron and X-ray spectromicroscopy confirm the aerogel morphology and composition of the nanodiamond matrix. Time-resolved photoluminescence measurements of recovered material reveal the formation of both nitrogen- and silicon- vacancy point-defects, suggesting a broad range of applications for this nanocrystalline diamond aerogel.

  20. Relaxation and grain growth behavior of nanocrystalline iron

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    Holzer, J.C.; Eckert, J.; Krill, C.E. III; Johnson, W.L.

    1992-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Fe has been prepared by inert gas condensation and ball milling. The kinetics of relaxation and grain growth are investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. The development of the microstructure is monitored by x-ray powder diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Emphasis is placed on the differences observed for samples prepared by the two different techniques. In this paper, the authors find that the kinetics of relaxation and grain growth are very sensitive to the sample preparation method. Samples with the same initial average grain size, as determined by the peak broadening in x-ray diffraction, show very different recovery behavior. The differences are discussed in terms of the estimated grain boundary energies and the initial grain size distribution obtained by the two preparation techniques

  1. Properties and processing of nanocrystalline materials. Quarterly report

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    Valiev, R.Z.

    1996-01-22

    The present Report completes the investigations in the frame of the project for the first year. It is important to estimate our achievements in the investigation of properties of nanocrystalline materials obtained by severe plastic deformation and their production. We think that the main results obtained can be summarized as follows: (1) We performed an improvement of the die-set for equal channel (ECA) pressing and torsion under high pressure with the aim to increase dimensions of the samples produced and to conduct processing of low ductile materials. (2) It was established that in pure metals severe plastic deformation led to the formation of an ultra fine-grained structure with a mean grain size of 100-200 nm, while in alloys due to severe plastic deformation and/or special methods of treatment (a decrease in the temperature of deformation, an increase of the pressure applied etc.) the grain size could be decreased down to a few tens of manometers.

  2. Torsion-induced magnetoimpedance in nanocrystalline Fe-based wires

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    Santos, J.D.; Olivera, J.; Alvarez, P.; Sanchez, T.; Perez, M.J.; Sanchez, M.L.; Gorria, P.; Hernando, B.

    2007-01-01

    The magnetic field influence on the real and imaginary parts of axial-diagonal (ζ zz ) and off-diagonal (ζ φz ) components of the surface magnetoimpedance (MI) tensor has been studied in amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe 73.5 Si 13.5 B 9 Cu 1 Nb 3 wires. Twisted and untwisted wires were annealed at a temperature near to that of primary crystallization. The MI response has been measured at 1MHz and 5mA rms drive current in all the samples. Even though the higher values for both components of the MI tensor are achieved for the untwisted annealed wire, the most interesting features are observed in the torsion annealed wire

  3. Temperature Dependent Variations of Phonon Interactions in Nanocrystalline Cerium Oxide

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    Sugandha Dogra Pandey

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The temperature dependent anharmonic behavior of the phonon modes of nanocrystalline CeO2 was investigated in the temperature range of 80–440 K. The anharmonic constants have been derived from the shift in phonon modes fitted to account for the anharmonic contributions as well as the thermal expansion contribution using the high pressure parameters derived from our own high pressure experimental data reported previously. The total anharmonicity has also been estimated from the true anharmonicity as well as quasiharmonic component. In the line-width variation analysis, the cubic anharmonic term was found to dominate the quartic term. Finally, the phonon lifetime also reflected the trend so observed.

  4. Plasma-induced transformation of carbon nanotubes to nanocrystalline diamond

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    Sun Litao; Gong Jinlong; Zhu Zhiyuan; Zhu Dezhang; He Suixia; Wang Zhenxia

    2004-01-01

    Structural phase transformation from multiwalled carbon nanotubes to nanocrystalline diamond by hydrogen plasma post-treatment was carried out. Ultrahigh equivalent diamond nucleation density above 10 11 nuclei/cm 2 was easily obtained. The diamond formation and growth mechanism was proposed to be the consequence of the formation of sp 3 bonded amorphous carbon clusters. The hydrogen chemisorption on curved graphite network and the energy deposited on the carbon nanotubes by continuous impingement of activated molecular or atomic hydrogen are responsible for the formation of amorphous carbon matrix. The diamond nucleates and grows in the way similar to that of diamond CVD processes on amorphous carbon films. The present method of hydrogen treatment provides a controllable way for the CVD of high quality diamond films

  5. Low-temperature creep of nanocrystalline titanium(IV) oxide

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    Hahn, H.; Averback, R.S. (Dept. of Materials Sceince and Engineering, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States))

    1991-11-01

    This paper reports that nanocrystalline TiO[sub 2] with densities higher than 99% of rutile has been deformed in compression without fracture at temperatures between 600[degrees] and 800[degrees] C. The total strains exceed 0.6 at strain rates as high as 10[sup [minus]3] s[sup [minus]1]. The original average grain size of 40 nm increases during the creep deformation to final values in the range of 120 to 1000 nm depending on the temperature and total deformation. The stress exponent of the strain rate, n, is approximately 3 and the grain size dependence is d[sup [minus]q] with q in the range of 1 to 1.5. It is concluded that the creep deformation occurs by an interface reaction controlled mechanism.

  6. Nanocrystalline Al Composites from Powder Milled under Ammonia Gas Flow

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    J. Cintas

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The production of high hardness and thermally stable nanocrystalline aluminium composites is described. Al powder was milled at room temperature in an ammonia flow for a period of less than 5 h. NH3 dissociation during milling provokes the absorption, at a high rate, of nitrogen into aluminium, hardening it by forming a solid solution. Controlled amounts of AlN and Al5O6N are formed during the subsequent sintering of milled powders for consolidation. The pinning action of these abundant dispersoids highly restrains aluminium grain growth during heating. The mean size of the Al grains remains below 45 nm and even after the milled powder is sintered at 650°C for 1 h.

  7. Mesoporous nanocrystalline film architecture for capacitive storage devices

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    Dunn, Bruce S.; Tolbert, Sarah H.; Wang, John; Brezesinski, Torsten; Gruner, George

    2017-05-16

    A mesoporous, nanocrystalline, metal oxide construct particularly suited for capacitive energy storage that has an architecture with short diffusion path lengths and large surface areas and a method for production are provided. Energy density is substantially increased without compromising the capacitive charge storage kinetics and electrode demonstrates long term cycling stability. Charge storage devices with electrodes using the construct can use three different charge storage mechanisms immersed in an electrolyte: (1) cations can be stored in a thin double layer at the electrode/electrolyte interface (non-faradaic mechanism); (2) cations can interact with the bulk of an electroactive material which then undergoes a redox reaction or phase change, as in conventional batteries (faradaic mechanism); or (3) cations can electrochemically adsorb onto the surface of a material through charge transfer processes (faradaic mechanism).

  8. Charge carrier transport mechanisms in nanocrystalline indium oxide

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    Forsh, E.A.; Marikutsa, A.V.; Martyshov, M.N.; Forsh, P.A.; Rumyantseva, M.N.; Gaskov, A.M.; Kashkarov, P.K.

    2014-01-01

    The charge transport properties of nanocrystalline indium oxide (In 2 O 3 ) are studied. A number of nanostructured In 2 O 3 samples with various nanocrystal sizes are prepared by sol–gel method and characterized using various techniques. The mean nanocrystals size varies from 7–8 nm to 18–20 nm depending on the conditions of their preparation. Structural characterizations of the In 2 O 3 samples are performed by means of transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The analysis of dc and ac conductivity in a wide temperature range (T = 50–300 K) shows that at high temperatures charge carrier transport takes place over conduction band and at low temperatures a variable range hopping transport mechanism can be observed. We find out that the temperature of transition from one mechanism to another depends on nanocrystal size: the transition temperature rises when nanocrystals are bigger in size. The average hopping distance between two sites and the activation energy are calculated basing on the analysis of dc conductivity at low temperature. Using random barrier model we show a uniform hopping mechanism taking place in our samples and conclude that nanocrystalline In 2 O 3 can be regarded as a disordered system. - Highlights: • In 2 O 3 samples with various nanocrystal sizes are prepared by sol–gel method. • The mean nanocrystal size varies from 7–8 nm to 18–20 nm. • At high temperatures charge carrier transport takes place over conduction band. • At low temperatures a variable range hopping transport mechanism can be observed. • We show a uniform hopping mechanism taking place in our samples

  9. Nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite doped with magnesium and zinc: Synthesis and characterization

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    Kalita, Samar J.; Bhatt, Himesh A.

    2007-01-01

    During recent years, there have been efforts in developing nanocrystalline bioceramics, to enhance their mechanical and biological properties for use in tissue engineering applications. In this research, we made an attempt to synthesize nanocrystalline bioactive hydroxyapatite (Ca 10 (PO 4 ) 6 (OH) 2 , HAp) ceramic powder in the lower-end of nano-range (2-10 nm), using a simple low-temperature sol-gel technique and studied its densification behavior. We further studied the effects of metal ion dopants during synthesis on powder morphology, and the properties of the sintered structures. Calcium nitrate and triethyl phosphite were used as precursors for calcium and phosphorous, respectively, for sol-gel synthesis. Calculated quantities of magnesium oxide and zinc oxide were incorporated as dopants into amorphous dried powder, prior to calcination at 250-550 o C. The synthesized powders were analyzed for their phases using X-ray diffraction technique and characterized for powder morphology and particle size using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). TEM analysis showed that the average particle size of the synthesized powders were in the range of 2-10 nm. The synthesized nano-powders were uniaxially compacted and then sintered at 1250 o C and 1300 o C for 6 h, separately, in air. A maximum average sintered density of 3.29 g/cm 3 was achieved in structures sintered at 1300 o C, developed from nano-powder doped with magnesium. Vickers hardness testing was performed to determine the hardness of the sintered structures. Uniaxial compression tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties. Bioactivity and biodegradation behavior of the sintered structures were assessed in simulated body fluid (SBF) and maintained in a dynamic state

  10. Low cost and efficient photovoltaic conversion by nanocrystalline solar cells

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    Graetzel, Michael

    1995-01-01

    The quality of human life depends to a large degree on the availability of energy sources. The present worldwide energy consumption already exceeds the level of 6000 gigawatt and is expected to further increase sharply. This implies enhanced depletion of fossil fuel reserves, leading to further aggravation of the environmental pollution. Adding to this the dangers arising from the accumulation of plutonium fission products from nuclear reactors, the quality of life on earth is threatened unless renewable energy resources can be quickly developed. Photovoltaic solar energy converters are expected to make important contributions to the identification of environmentally friendly solutions to the energy problem. One attractive strategy discussed in this paper is the development of systems that mimic natural photosynthesis in the conversion of solar energy for the fixation of carbon dioxide. A molecular photovoltaic device has been developed whose overall efficiency for solar energy conversion to electricity has already attained 10%. The system is based on the sensitization of nanocrystalline films by transition metal charge transfer sensitizers. In analogy to photosynthesis, the new chemical solar cell achieves the separation of the light absorption and charge carrier transport processes. Extraordinary yields exceeding 90% for the conversion of incident photons into electric current are obtained, in contrast to conventional photovoltaic cells which are not economical for base load utility electricity production. The low cost and ease of production of the new cell should benefit large-scale applications, in particular in underdeveloped or developing countries, which benefit from generous sunshine. Aside from its intrinsic merits as a photovoltaic device, nanocrystalline film development opens up a large number of additional avenues for energy storage ranging from intercalation batteries to the formation of chemical fuels. These systems will undoubtedly promote the

  11. Nanocrystalline Fe-Pt alloys. Phase transformations, structure and magnetism

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    Lyubina, J.V.

    2006-12-21

    This work has been devoted to the study of phase transformations involving chemical ordering and magnetic properties evolution in bulk Fe-Pt alloys composed of nanometersized grains. Nanocrystalline Fe{sub 100-x}Pt{sub x} (x=40-60) alloys have been prepared by mechanical ball milling of elemental Fe and Pt powders at liquid nitrogen temperature. The as-milled Fe-Pt alloys consist of {proportional_to} 100 {mu}m sized particles constituted by randomly oriented grains having an average size in the range of 10-40 nm. Depending on the milling time, three major microstructure types have been obtained: samples with a multilayer-type structure of Fe and Pt with a thickness of 20-300 nm and a very thin (several nanometers) A1 layer at their interfaces (2 h milled), an intermediate structure, consisting of finer lamellae of Fe and Pt (below approximately 100 nm) with the A1 layer thickness reaching several tens of nanometers (4 h milled) and alloys containing a homogeneous A1 phase (7 h milled). Subsequent heat treatment at elevated temperatures is required for the formation of the L1{sub 0} FePt phase. The ordering develops via so-called combined solid state reactions. It is accompanied by grain growth and thermally assisted removal of defects introduced by milling and proceeds rapidly at moderate temperatures by nucleation and growth of the ordered phases with a high degree of the long-range order. In a two-particle interaction model elaborated in the present work, the existence of hysteresis in recoil loops has been shown to arise from insufficient coupling between the low- and the high-anisotropy particles. The model reveals the main features of magnetisation reversal processes observed experimentally in exchange-coupled systems. Neutron diffraction has been used for the investigation of the magnetic structure of ordered and partially ordered nanocrystalline Fe-Pt alloys. (orig.)

  12. Effect of phase transitions on thermoluminescence characteristics of nanocrystalline alumina

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    Rani, Geeta; Sahare, P.D.

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: •Synthesis of Al 2 O 3 nanocrystalline TLD phosphor. •Material characterizations by XRD, TEM and TL. •Change in structure and morphology of the phase transition alumina. •Change in glow curve structures and trapping parameters on phase transitions. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline boehmite (γ-AlOOH) was synthesized by hydrothermal method using AlCl 3 ·6H 2 O and Urea as precursors. The material gets decomposed to form the γ-Al 2 O 3 phase at around 873 K on annealing in air. On annealing further at higher temperatures it gets converted into different phases, such as, δ, θ and the most stable α-phase. Not only the phase changes but the annealing has also changed the morphology of the nanomaterial, i.e. it has changed from spindle like edges to vermicular structures and also grew bigger in sizes. The formations of different phases were confirmed by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and the changes in the morphology were seen through the TEM images. Further the effect of different phases on the thermoluminescence (TL) glow curve structures was studied and it is also shown that the TL glow curves structures do change due to phase transformations. To investigate further and to determine trapping parameters, different glow curves have been theoretically deconvoluted using computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD method) into simple glow peaks. The values of different trapping parameters also change as the glow curve structures on phase transformations due to reorganization of energy levels and the stress/strain generated by some intermediate phases

  13. Surface properties of nanocrystalline TiO2 coatings in relation to the in vitro plasma protein adsorption

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    Lorenzetti, M; Kobe, S; Novak, S; Bernardini, G; Santucci, A; Luxbacher, T

    2015-01-01

    This study reports on the selective adsorption of whole plasma proteins on hydrothermally (HT) grown TiO 2 -anatase coatings and its dependence on the three main surface properties: surface charge, wettability and roughness. The influence of the photo-activation of TiO 2 by UV irradiation was also evaluated. Even though the protein adhesion onto Ti-based substrates was only moderate, better adsorption of any protein (at pH = 7.4) occurred for the most negatively charged and hydrophobic substrate (Ti non-treated) and for the most nanorough and hydrophilic surface (HT Ti3), indicating that the mutual action of the surface characteristics is responsible for the attraction and adhesion of the proteins. The HT coatings showed a higher adsorption of certain proteins (albumin ‘passivation’ layer, apolipoproteins, vitamin D-binding protein, ceruloplasmin, α-2-HS-glycoprotein) and higher ratios of albumin to fibrinogen and albumin to immunoglobulin γ-chains. The UV pre-irradiation affected the surface properties and strongly reduced the adsorption of the proteins. These results provide in-depth knowledge about the characterization of nanocrystalline TiO 2 coatings for body implants and provide a basis for future studies on the hemocompatibility and biocompatibility of such surfaces. (paper)

  14. UV-laser treatment of nanodiamond seeds - a valuable tool for modification of nanocrystalline diamond films properties

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    Vlček, J; Fitl, P; Vrňata, M; Fekete, L; Taylor, A; Fendrych, F

    2013-01-01

    This work aimed to study the UV-laser treatment of precursor (i.e. nanodiamond (ND) seeds on silicon substrates) and its influence on the properties of grown nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films. Pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at the fourth harmonic frequency (laser fluence E L = 250 mJ cm -2 , pulse duration 5 ns) was used as a source, equipped with an optical system for focusing laser beam onto the sample, allowing exposure of a local spot and horizontal patterning. The variable parameters were: number of pulses (from 5 to 400) and the working atmosphere (He, Ar and O 2 ). Ablation and/or graphitization of seeded nanodiamond particles were observed. Further the microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition was employed to grow NCD films on exposed and non-exposed areas of silicon substrates. The size, shape and density distribution of laser-treated nanodiamond seeds were observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and their chemical composition by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. The resulting NCD films (uniform thickness of 400 nm) were characterized by: Raman spectroscopy to analyse occurrence of graphitic phase, and AFM to observe morphology and surface roughness. The highest RMS roughness (∼85 nm) was achieved when treating the precursor in He atmosphere. Horizontal microstructures of diamond films were fabricated.

  15. Bonding structure and morphology of chromium oxide films grown by pulsed-DC reactive magnetron sputter deposition

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    Gago, R., E-mail: rgago@icmm.csic.es [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Vinnichenko, M. [Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme IKTS, D-01277 Dresden (Germany); Hübner, R. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf, Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Bautzner Landstraße 400, 01328 Dresden (Germany); Redondo-Cubero, A. [Departamento de Física Aplicada and Centro de Microanálisis de Materiales, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2016-07-05

    Chromium oxide (CrO{sub x}) thin films were grown by pulsed-DC reactive magnetron sputter deposition in an Ar/O{sub 2} discharge as a function of the O{sub 2} fraction in the gas mixture (ƒ) and for substrate temperatures, T{sub s}, up to 450 °C. The samples were analysed by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning (SEM) and transmission (TEM) electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES). On unheated substrates, by increasing ƒ the growth rate is higher and the O/Cr ratio (x) rises from ∼2 up to ∼2.5. Inversely, by increasing T{sub s} the atomic incorporation rate drops and x falls to ∼1.8. XRD shows that samples grown on unheated substrates are amorphous and that nanocrystalline Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} (x = 1.5) is formed by increasing T{sub s}. In amorphous CrO{sub x}, XANES reveals the presence of multiple Cr environments that indicate the growth of mixed-valence oxides, with progressive promotion of hexavalent states with ƒ. XANES data also confirms the formation of single-phase nanocrystalline Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} at elevated T{sub s}. These structural changes also reflect on the optical and morphological properties of the films. - Highlights: • XANES of CrO{sub x} thin films grown by pulsed-DC reactive magnetron sputtering. • Identification of mixed-valence amorphous CrO{sub x} oxides on unheated substrates. • Promotion of amorphous chromic acid (Cr{sup VI}) by increasing O{sub 2} partial pressure. • Production of single-phase Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} films by increasing substrate temperature. • Correlation of bonding structure with morphological and optical properties.

  16. Positron Spectroscopy of Hydrothermally Grown Actinide Oxides

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    2014-03-27

    POSITRON SPECTROSCOPY OF HYDROTHERMALLY GROWN ACTINIDE OXIDES THESIS Edward C. Schneider...United States Government. AFIT-ENP-14-M-33 POSITRON SPECTROSCOPY OF HYDROTHERMALLY GROWN ACTINIDE OXIDES THESIS...33 POSITRON SPECTROSCOPY OF HYDROTHERMALLY GROWN ACTINIDE OXIDES Edward C. Schneider, BS Captain, USAF Approved

  17. Co+ -ion implantation induced doping of nanocrystalline CdS thin films: structural, optical, and vibrational properties

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    Chandramohan, S.; Sarangi, S.N.; Majumder, S.; Som, T.; Kanjilal, A.; Sathyamoorthy, R.

    2009-01-01

    Full text: Transition metal (Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) doped CdS nanostructures and nanocrystalline thin films have attracted much attention due to their anticipated applications in magneto-optical, non-volatile memory and future spintronics devices. Introduction of impurities in substitutional positions is highly desirable for such applications. Ion implantation is known to provide many advantages over conventional methods for efficient doping and possibility of its seamless integration with device processing steps. It is not governed by equilibrium thermodynamics and offers the advantages of high spatial selectivity and to overcome the solubility limits. In this communication, we report on modifications of structural morphological, optical, and vibrational properties of 90 keV Co + -ion implanted CdS thin films grown by thermal evaporation. Co + -ion implantation was performed in the fluence range of 0.1-3.6x10 16 ions cm -2 These fluences correspond to Co concentration in the range of 0.34-10.8 at % at the peak position of profile. Implantation was done at an elevated temperature of 573 K in order to avoid amorphization and to enhance the solubility of Co ions in the CdS lattice. Films were characterized by glancing angle X-ray diffraction (GAXRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), optical absorption, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. Implantation does not lead to any secondary phase formation either in the form of impurity or the metallic clusters. However, implantation improves the crystalline quality of the samples and leads to supersaturation of Co ions in the CdS lattice. Thus, nanocrystalline CdS thin films can be considered as a good radiation- resistant material, which can be employed for prolonged use in solar cells for space applications. The optical band gap is found to decrease systematically with increasing ion fluence from 2.39 to 2.28 eV. Implantation leads to agglomeration of grains and a systematic increase in the surface roughness. Both GAXRD and micro

  18. Nanocrystalline zeolite beta and zeolite Y as catalysts in used palm oil cracking for the production of biofuel

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    Taufiqurrahmi, Niken; Mohamed, Abdul Rahman; Bhatia, Subhash

    2011-08-01

    Nanocrystalline zeolites with crystal size smaller than 100 nm are potential replacement for conventional zeolite catalysts due to their unique characteristics and advantages. In this study, the synthesis of nanocrystalline zeolite Y (FAU) and nanocrystalline zeolite beta (BEA) under hydrothermal conditions is reported. The effect of crystal size on the physico-chemical characteristics of the zeolite, Y (FAU), and beta (BEA) is reported. The properties of nanocrystalline zeolites Y and Beta with crystal size around 50 nm are compared with the microcrystalline zeolite Y and microcrystalline zeolite beta, respectively. The performance of the nanocrystalline zeolite as a catalyst was investigated in the cracking of used palm oil for the production of biofuel. The nanocrystalline zeolite catalytic activity was compared with the activity of microcrystalline zeolite in order to study the effect of crystal size on the catalytic activity. Both nanocrystalline zeolites gave better performance in terms of conversion of used palm oil as well as selectivity for the formation of gasoline fraction. The increase in surface area and improved accessibility of the reactant in nanocrystalline zeolites enhanced the cracking activity as well as the desired product selectivity.

  19. Sputtered tungsten-based ternary and quaternary layers for nanocrystalline diamond deposition.

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    Walock, Michael J; Rahil, Issam; Zou, Yujiao; Imhoff, Luc; Catledge, Shane A; Nouveau, Corinne; Stanishevsky, Andrei V

    2012-06-01

    Many of today's demanding applications require thin-film coatings with high hardness, toughness, and thermal stability. In many cases, coating thickness in the range 2-20 microm and low surface roughness are required. Diamond films meet many of the stated requirements, but their crystalline nature leads to a high surface roughness. Nanocrystalline diamond offers a smoother surface, but significant surface modification of the substrate is necessary for successful nanocrystalline diamond deposition and adhesion. A hybrid hard and tough material may be required for either the desired applications, or as a basis for nanocrystalline diamond film growth. One possibility is a composite system based on carbides or nitrides. Many binary carbides and nitrides offer one or more mentioned properties. By combining these binary compounds in a ternary or quaternary nanocrystalline system, we can tailor the material for a desired combination of properties. Here, we describe the results on the structural and mechanical properties of the coating systems composed of tungsten-chromium-carbide and/or nitride. These WC-Cr-(N) coatings are deposited using magnetron sputtering. The growth of adherent nanocrystalline diamond films by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition has been demonstrated on these coatings. The WC-Cr-(N) and WC-Cr-(N)-NCD coatings are characterized with atomic force microscopy and SEM, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and nanoindentation.

  20. Strain rate sensitivity of bulk multi-phase nanocrystalline Al-W-based alloy

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    Varam, Sreedevi; Narayana, P. V. S. L.; Prasad, Muvva D.; Chakravarty, D.; Rajulapati, Koteswararao V.; Bhanu Sankara Rao, K.

    2014-09-01

    High-energy ball milling of conventional coarse-grained aluminium and nanocrystalline W in an Al-10 at.%W composition results in the formation of a two-phase mixture of Al and W with nanocrystalline features. Subsequent compaction of these powders using spark plasma sintering (SPS) at 748 K resulted in the formation of an Al12W phase in the nanocrystalline aluminium matrix. It is suggested that the mere attainment of nanocrystallinity was not enough to trigger a reaction between Al and W to form Al12W but that sufficient thermal activation was also required, as supplied during SPS. The second-phase particles (~175 nm in size) are uniformly distributed in the nanocrystalline Al matrix having a grain size of ~40 nm. The nanocomposite possessed a high hardness of 5.42 ± 0.33 GPa and an elastic modulus of 145 ± 5 GPa, both measured using depth-sensing nanoindentation. At room temperature, this novel nanocomposite exhibited a strain rate sensitivity (SRS) of 0.024 ± 0.001 and an activation volume in the range of 3.78-3.88 b3. Interfacial regions, viz. grain boundaries and triple junctions in the matrix and the reinforcement, matrix/particle boundaries, etc. could be influential factors in deciding the SRS and the activation volume. A scanning probe microscope image of the nanoindent shows a plastic flow region around the periphery of the indent.

  1. Selective catalytic reduction of NO{sub 2} with urea in nanocrystalline NaY zeolite

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    Gonghu Li; Conrad A. Jones; Vicki H. Grassian; Sarah C. Larsen [University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (United States). Department of Chemistry

    2005-09-10

    In this study, the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO{sub 2} with urea in nanocrystalline NaY zeolite was investigated with in situ transmission Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. At T=473 K, the reaction rate for urea-SCR of NO{sub 2} in nanocrystalline NaY zeolite was significantly greater than that in commercial NaY zeolite with a larger crystal size. In addition, a dramatic decrease in the concentration of undesirable surface species, including biuret and cyanuric acid, was observed in nanocrystalline NaY compared with commercial NaY after urea-SCR of NO{sub 2} at T=473 K. The increased reactivity for urea-SCR of NO{sub 2} was attributed to silanol groups and extra-framework aluminum species located on the external surface of nanocrystalline NaY. Specifically, NOx storage as nitrate and nitrite on the internal zeolite surface was coupled to reactive deNOx sites on the external surface. Isotopic labeling combined with IR analysis suggest that NN bond formation involved both an N-atom originating from NO{sub 2} and an N-atom originating from urea. This is the first clear example demonstrating that the increased external surface area (up to 40% of total surface area) of nanocrystalline zeolites can be used as a reactive surface with unique active sites for catalysis.

  2. Effect of microscale shear stresses on the martensitic phase transformation of nanocrystalline tetragonal zirconia powders

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    Skovgaard, Mette; Ahniyaz, Anwar; Sørensen, Bent F.

    2010-01-01

    For the first time, the effect of microscale shear stress induced by both mechanical compression and ball-milling on the phase stability of nanocrystalline tetragonal zirconia (t-ZrO2) powders was studied in water free, inert atmosphere. It was found that nanocrystalline t-ZrO2 powders are extrem......For the first time, the effect of microscale shear stress induced by both mechanical compression and ball-milling on the phase stability of nanocrystalline tetragonal zirconia (t-ZrO2) powders was studied in water free, inert atmosphere. It was found that nanocrystalline t-ZrO2 powders...... was observed. Ball-milling induced microscale stress has a similar effect on the t → m phase transformation. Furthermore, it was found that even very mild milling condition, such as 120 rpm, 1 h (0.5 mm balls) was enough to induce phase transformation. Surfactant assisted ball-milling was found to be very...... effective in de-agglomeration of our nanocrystalline porous ZrO2 particles into discrete nanocrystals. However, the t → m phase transformation could not be avoided totally even at very mild milling condition. This suggests that the metastable t-ZrO2 is extreme sensitive to microscale shear stress induced...

  3. High Pressure X-Ray Diffraction Studies of Nanocrystalline Materials

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    Palosz, B.; Stel'makh, S.; Grzanka, E.; Gierlotka, S.; Palosz, W.

    2004-01-01

    Experimental evidence obtained for a variety of nanocrystalline materials suggest that the crystallographic structure of a very small size particle deviates from that in the bulk crystals. In this paper we show the effect of the surface of nanocrystals on their structure by the analysis of generation and distribution of macro- and micro-strains at high pressures and their dependence on the grain size in nanocrystalline powders of Sic. We studied the structure of Sic nanocrystals by in-situ high-pressure powder diffraction technique using synchrotron and neutron sources and hydrostatic or isostatic pressure conditions. The diffraction measurements were done in HASYLAB at DESY using a Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC) in the energy dispersive geometry in the diffraction vector range up to 3.5 - 4/A and under pressures up to 50 GPa at room temperature. In-situ high pressure neutron diffraction measurements were done at LANSCE in Los Alamos National Laboratory using the HIPD and HIPPO diffractometers with the Paris-Edinburgh and TAP-98 cells, respectively, in the diffraction vector range up to 26 Examination of the response of the material to external stresses requires nonstandard methodology of the materials characterization and description. Although every diffraction pattern contains a complete information on macro- and micro-strains, a high pressure experiment can reveal only those factors which contribute to the characteristic diffraction patterns of the crystalline phases present in the sample. The elastic properties of powders with the grain size from several nm to micrometers were examined using three methodologies: (l), the analysis of positions and widths of individual Bragg reflections (used for calculating macro- and micro-strains generated during densification) [I], (2). the analysis of the dependence of the experimental apparent lattice parameter, alp, on the diffraction vector Q [2], and (3), the atomic Pair Distribution Function (PDF) technique [3]. The results

  4. Graded composite diamond coatings with top-layer nanocrystallinity and interfacial integrity: Cross-sectional Raman mapping

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    Dumpala, Ravikumar [Manufacturing Engineering Section, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Nano Functional Materials Technology Centre, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Ramamoorthy, B. [Manufacturing Engineering Section, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Rao, M.S. Ramachandra, E-mail: msrrao@iitm.ac.in [Nano Functional Materials Technology Centre, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India)

    2014-01-15

    Cross-sectional structural characteristics of the CVD diamond coatings deposited on the tungsten carbide (WC-Co) substrates were analysed using Raman imaging technique. The grain size of the nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) coatings was observed to deviate from the nanocrystallinity with increasing thickness and exhibited the surface characteristics of microcrystalline diamond (MCD). However, thick diamond coatings with surface nanocrystallinity is the key requirement for load-bearing tribological applications. Tribological tests have clearly indicated the significance and need for the top-layer nanocrystallinity. Graded composite diamond coatings with an architecture of NCD/transition-layer/MCD/WC-Co are potentail candiadates to realize thick diamond coatings with top-layer nanocrystallinity. Residual stresses along the cross-section of the graded composite diamond coatings were analysed using Raman imaging technique, which confirmed the improved interfacial integrity of the graded composite diamond coatings.

  5. Graded composite diamond coatings with top-layer nanocrystallinity and interfacial integrity: Cross-sectional Raman mapping

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    Dumpala, Ravikumar; Ramamoorthy, B.; Rao, M. S. Ramachandra

    2014-01-01

    Cross-sectional structural characteristics of the CVD diamond coatings deposited on the tungsten carbide (WC-Co) substrates were analysed using Raman imaging technique. The grain size of the nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) coatings was observed to deviate from the nanocrystallinity with increasing thickness and exhibited the surface characteristics of microcrystalline diamond (MCD). However, thick diamond coatings with surface nanocrystallinity is the key requirement for load-bearing tribological applications. Tribological tests have clearly indicated the significance and need for the top-layer nanocrystallinity. Graded composite diamond coatings with an architecture of NCD/transition-layer/MCD/WC-Co are potentail candiadates to realize thick diamond coatings with top-layer nanocrystallinity. Residual stresses along the cross-section of the graded composite diamond coatings were analysed using Raman imaging technique, which confirmed the improved interfacial integrity of the graded composite diamond coatings

  6. Ar ions irradiation effects in ZrN thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Craciun, D.; Socol, G.; Dorcioman, G. [Laser Department, National Institute for Laser, Plasma, and Radiation Physics, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Simeone, D.; Gosset, D. [CEA/DEN/DANS/DM2S/SERMA/LEPP-LRC CARMEN CEN Saclay France & CNRS/SPMS UMR8785 LRC CARMEN, Ecole Centrale de Paris, F92292 Chatenay Malabry (France); Behdad, S.; Boesl, B. [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33174 (United States); Craciun, V., E-mail: valentin.craciun@inflpr.ro [Laser Department, National Institute for Laser, Plasma, and Radiation Physics, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • Polycrystalline and hard ZrN films were grown by pulsed laser deposition technique. • The effect of 800 keV Ar ion irradiation on properties of ZrN films was investigated. • ZrN films irradiated with 10{sup 14} Ar ions/cm{sup 2}did not show major structural changes. • Irradiation with 10{sup 15} Ar ions/cm{sup 2} induced large structural and mechanical changes. - Abstract: Thin ZrN films (<500 nm) were grown on (1 0 0)Si substrates at a substrate temperature of 500 °C by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique using a KrF excimer laser under CH{sub 4} or N{sub 2} atmosphere. Glancing incidence X-ray diffraction showed that films were nanocrystalline, while X-ray reflectivity studies indicated that the films were very dense and with a smooth surface. The films were used to study the effect of 800 keV Ar ion irradiation on their structure and properties. After irradiation with a dose of 10{sup 14} at/cm{sup 2} the lattice parameter and crystallites size did marginally change. However, after irradiation with a 10{sup 15} at/cm{sup 2} dose, a clear increase in the lattice parameter accompanied by a significant decrease in nanohardness and Young modulus were observed.

  7. Effect of e-beam irradiation on graphene layer grown by chemical vapor deposition

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    Iqbal, M. Z.; Kumar Singh, Arun; Iqbal, M. W.; Seo, Sunae; Eom, Jonghwa

    2012-01-01

    We have grown graphene by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and transferred it onto Si/SiO 2 substrates to make tens of micron scale devices for Raman spectroscopy study. The effect of electron beam (e-beam) irradiation of various doses (600 to 12 000 μC/cm 2 ) on CVD grown graphene has been examined by using Raman spectroscopy. It is found that the radiation exposures result in the appearance of the strong disorder D band attributed the damage to the lattice. The evolution of peak frequencies, intensities, and widths of the main Raman bands of CVD graphene is analyzed as a function of defect created by e-beam irradiation. Especially, the D and G peak evolution with increasing radiation dose follows the amorphization trajectory, which suggests transformation of graphene to the nanocrystalline and then to amorphous form. We have also estimated the strain induced by e-beam irradiation in CVD graphene. These results obtained for CVD graphene are in line with previous findings reported for the mechanically exfoliated graphene [D. Teweldebrhan and A. A. Balandin, Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 013101 (2009)]. The results have important implications for CVD graphene characterization and device fabrication, which rely on the electron microscopy.

  8. New approach to the synthesis of nanocrystalline boron carbide.

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    Herth, Simone; Joost, William J; Doremus, Robert H; Siegel, Richard W

    2006-04-01

    The use of nanoparticles in ceramic matrix composites provides lower sintering temperatures and higher densities at a given temperature than common coarse-grained materials. Nanocrystalline B4C was synthesized by an inexpensive carbothermal reduction method using carbon black and B2O3 as precursor. Full conversion was achieved at 1623 K for annealing times of 480 minutes or with a large excess of B2O3 and oxidation of the remaining carbon after 30 minutes of annealing. The average particle size of the synthesized B4C powder was 260 nm, which was reduced to 70 nm after separation of the small particle fraction from the larger particles by sedimentation. A mixture of the as-prepared powder and commercial coarse-grained B4C yielded an increase of the density of low temperature hot pressed samples by 25% in comparison to pure commercial B4C. Possible chemical reactions and mechanisms in the synthesis of B4C were examined with the Gibbs free energies of reactions. The most likely reaction was the reduction of B2O3 vapor at the surfaces of the carbon particles after its vapor transport from the liquid B2O3. An observed reduction of B4C yield above 1623 K was probably caused by loss of B2O3 vapor from the reaction mixture.

  9. Rheology and microstructure of aqueous suspensions of nanocrystalline cellulose rods.

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    Xu, Yuan; Atrens, Aleks D; Stokes, Jason R

    2017-06-15

    Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) is a negatively charged rod-like colloid obtained from the hydrolysis of plant material. It is thus expected that NCC suspensions display a rich set of phase behaviour with salt and pH because of its anisotropic shape and electrical double layer that gives rise to liquid crystallinity and self-assembly respectively. It should thus be possible to tune the rheological properties of NCC suspensions for a wide variety of end-use applications. Rheology and structural analysis techniques are used to characterise surface-sulphated NCC suspensions as a function of pH, salinity (NaCl) and NCC concentration. Structural techniques include atomic force microscopy, Zeta potential, dynamic light scattering, and scanning electron microscopy. A phase diagram is developed based on the structure-rheology measurements showing various states of NCC that form as a function of salt and NCC concentration, which go well beyond those previously reported. This extended range of conditions reveals regions where the suspension is a viscous fluid and viscoelastic soft solid, as well as regions of instability that is suggested to arise when there is sufficient salt to reduce the electrical double layer (as explained qualitatively using DLVO theory) but insufficient NCC to form a load bearing network. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Boron Doped Nanocrystalline Diamond Films for Biosensing Applications

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available With the rise of antibiotic resistance of pathogenic bacteria there is an increased demand for monitoring the functionality of bacteria membranes, the disruption of which can be induced by peptide-lipid interactions. In this work we attempt to construct and disrupt supported lipid membranes (SLB on boron doped nanocrystalline diamond (B-NCD. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS was used to study in situ changes related to lipid membrane formation and disruption by peptide-induced interactions. The observed impedance changes were minimal for oxidized B-NCD samples, but were still detectable in the low frequency part of the spectra. The sensitivity for the detection of membrane formation and disruption was significantly higher for hydrogenated B-NCD surfaces. Data modeling indicates large changes in the electrical charge when an electrical double layer is formed at the B-NCD/SLB interface, governed by ion absorption. By contrast, for oxidized B-NCD surfaces, these changes are negligible indicating little or no change in the surface band bending profile.

  11. Tailoring nanocrystalline diamond coated on titanium for osteoblast adhesion.

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    Pareta, Rajesh; Yang, Lei; Kothari, Abhishek; Sirinrath, Sirivisoot; Xiao, Xingcheng; Sheldon, Brian W; Webster, Thomas J

    2010-10-01

    Diamond coatings with superior chemical stability, antiwear, and cytocompatibility properties have been considered for lengthening the lifetime of metallic orthopedic implants for over a decade. In this study, an attempt to tailor the surface properties of diamond films on titanium to promote osteoblast (bone forming cell) adhesion was reported. The surface properties investigated here included the size of diamond surface features, topography, wettability, and surface chemistry, all of which were controlled during microwave plasma enhanced chemical-vapor-deposition (MPCVD) processes using CH4-Ar-H2 gas mixtures. The hardness and elastic modulus of the diamond films were also determined. H2 concentration in the plasma was altered to control the crystallinity, grain size, and topography of the diamond coatings, and specific plasma gases (O2 and NH3) were introduced to change the surface chemistry of the diamond coatings. To understand the impact of the altered surface properties on osteoblast responses, cell adhesion tests were performed on the various diamond-coated titanium. The results revealed that nanocrystalline diamond (grain sizes diamond and, thus, should be further studied for improving orthopedic applications. Copyright 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A, 2010.

  12. Application of printed nanocrystalline diamond film for electron emission cathode

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    Zhang Xiuxia; Wei Shuyi; Lei Chongmin; Wei Jie; Lu Bingheng; Ding Yucheng; Zhu Changchun

    2011-01-01

    The low-cost and large area screen-printed nano-diamond film (NDF) for electronic emission was fabricated. The edges and corners of nanocrystalline diamond are natural field-emitters. The nano-diamond paste for screen-printing was fabricated of mixing nano-graphite and other inorganic or organic vehicles. Through enough disperse in isopropyl alcohol by ultrasonic nano-diamond paste was screen-printed on the substrates to form NDF. SEM images showed that the surface morphology of NDF was improved, and the nano-diamond emitters were exposed from NDF through the special thermal-sintering technique and post-treatment process. The field emission characteristics of NDF were measured under all conditions with 10 -6 Pa pressure. The results indicated that the field emission stability and emission uniformity of NDF were improved through hydrogen plasma post-treatment process. The turn-on field decreased from 1.60 V/μm to 1.25 V/μm. The screen-printed NDF can be applied to the displays electronic emission cathode for low-cost outdoor in large area.

  13. Dislocation/hydrogen interaction mechanisms in hydrided nanocrystalline palladium films

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    Amin-Ahmadi, Behnam; Connétable, Damien; Fivel, Marc; Tanguy, Döme; Delmelle, Renaud; Turner, Stuart; Malet, Loic; Godet, Stephane; Pardoen, Thomas; Proost, Joris; Schryvers, Dominique

    2016-01-01

    The nanoscale plasticity mechanisms activated during hydriding cycles in sputtered nanocrystalline Pd films have been investigated ex-situ using advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques. The internal stress developing within the films during hydriding has been monitored in-situ. Results showed that in Pd films hydrided to β-phase, local plasticity was mainly controlled by dislocation activity in spite of the small grain size. Changes of the grain size distribution and the crystallographic texture have not been observed. In contrast, significant microstructural changes were not observed in Pd films hydrided to α-phase. Moreover, the effect of hydrogen loading on the nature and density of dislocations has been investigated using aberration-corrected TEM. Surprisingly, a high density of shear type stacking faults has been observed after dehydriding, indicating a significant effect of hydrogen on the nucleation energy barriers of Shockley partial dislocations. Ab-initio calculations of the effect of hydrogen on the intrinsic stable and unstable stacking fault energies of palladium confirm the experimental observations.

  14. F-centre luminescence in nanocrystalline CeO2

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    Aškrabić, S; Dohčević-Mitrović, Z D; Araújo, V D; Ionita, G; De Lima, M M Jr; Cantarero, A

    2013-01-01

    Nanocrystalline CeO 2 powders were synthesized by two cost-effective methods: the self-propagating room temperature (SPRT) method and the precipitation method. Differently prepared samples exhibited different temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) in the ultraviolet and visible regions. The PL signals originated from different kinds of oxygen-deficient defect centres with or without trapped electrons (F 0 , F + or F ++ centres). The temperature-dependent PL spectra were measured using different excitation lines, below (457, 488 and 514 nm) or comparable (325 nm) to the ceria optical band gap energy, in order to investigate the positions of intragap localized defect states. Evidence for the presence of F + centres was supported by the signals observed in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements. Based on PL and EPR measurements it was shown that F + centres dominate in the CeO 2 sample synthesized by the SPRT method, whereas F 0 centres are the major defects in the CeO 2 sample synthesized by the precipitation method. The luminescence from F ++ states, as shallow trap states, was registered in both samples. Energy level positions of these defect states in the ceria band gap were proposed. (paper)

  15. F-centre luminescence in nanocrystalline CeO2

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    Aškrabić, S.; Dohčević-Mitrović, Z. D.; Araújo, V. D.; Ionita, G.; de Lima, M. M., Jr.; Cantarero, A.

    2013-12-01

    Nanocrystalline CeO2 powders were synthesized by two cost-effective methods: the self-propagating room temperature (SPRT) method and the precipitation method. Differently prepared samples exhibited different temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) in the ultraviolet and visible regions. The PL signals originated from different kinds of oxygen-deficient defect centres with or without trapped electrons (F0, F+ or F++ centres). The temperature-dependent PL spectra were measured using different excitation lines, below (457, 488 and 514 nm) or comparable (325 nm) to the ceria optical band gap energy, in order to investigate the positions of intragap localized defect states. Evidence for the presence of F+ centres was supported by the signals observed in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements. Based on PL and EPR measurements it was shown that F+ centres dominate in the CeO2 sample synthesized by the SPRT method, whereas F0 centres are the major defects in the CeO2 sample synthesized by the precipitation method. The luminescence from F++ states, as shallow trap states, was registered in both samples. Energy level positions of these defect states in the ceria band gap were proposed.

  16. Synthesis and catalytic activity of polysaccharide templated nanocrystalline sulfated zirconia

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    Sherly, K. B.; Rakesh, K.

    2014-01-01

    Nanoscaled materials are of great interest due to their unique enhanced optical, electrical and magnetic properties. Sulfate-promoted zirconia has been shown to exhibit super acidic behavior and high activity for acid catalyzed reactions. Nanocrystalline zirconia was prepared in the presence of polysaccharide template by interaction between ZrOCl2ṡ8H2O and chitosan template. The interaction was carried out in aqueous phase, followed by the removal of templates by calcination at optimum temperature and sulfation. The structural and textural features were characterized by powder XRD, TG, SEM and TEM. XRD patterns showed the peaks of the diffractogram were in agreement with the theoretical data of zirconia with the catalytically active tetragonal phase and average crystalline size of the particles was found to be 9 nm, which was confirmed by TEM. TPD using ammonia as probe, FTIR and BET surface area analysis were used for analyzing surface features like acidity and porosity. The BET surface area analysis showed the sample had moderately high surface area. FTIR was used to find the type species attached to the surface of zirconia. UV-DRS found the band gap of the zirconia was found to be 2.8 eV. The benzylation of o-xylene was carried out batchwise in atmospheric pressure and 433K temperature using sulfated zirconia as catalyst.

  17. Grain Growth in Nanocrystalline Mg-Al Thin Films

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    Kruska, Karen; Rohatgi, Aashish; Vemuri, Venkata Rama Ses; Kovarik, Libor; Moser, Trevor H.; Evans, James E.; Browning, Nigel D.

    2017-10-05

    An improved understanding of grain growth kinetics in nanocrystalline materials, and in metals and alloys in general, is of continuing interest to the scientific community. In this study, Mg - Al thin films containing ~10 wt.% Al and with 14.5 nm average grain size were produced by magnetron-sputtering and subjected to heat-treatments. The grain growth evolution in the early stages of heat treatment at 423 K (150 °C), 473 K (200 °C) and 573K (300 °C) was observed with transmission electron microscopy and analyzed based upon the classical equation developed by Burke and Turnbull. The grain growth exponent was found to be 7±2 and the activation energy for grain growth was 31.1±13.4 kJ/mol, the latter being significantly lower than in bulk Mg-Al alloys. The observed grain growth kinetics are explained by the Al supersaturation in the matrix and the pinning effects of the rapidly forming beta precipitates and possibly shallow grain boundary grooves. The low activation energy is attributed to the rapid surface diffusion which is dominant in thin film systems.

  18. Functional supramolecular ruthenium cyclodextrin dyes for nanocrystalline solar cells

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    Faiz, J.; Pikramenou, Z. [School of Chemistry, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Philippopoulos, A.I.; Kontos, A.G.; Falaras, P. [NCSR ' ' Demokritos' ' , Institute of Physical Chemistry, Aghia Paraskevi Atiikis, 15310, Athens (Greece)

    2007-01-05

    A supramolecular complex [Ru(dcb){sub 2}({alpha}-CD-5-bpy)]Cl{sub 2} (1-{alpha}-CD) (dcb = 4,4'-dicarboxyl-2,2'-bipyridine, {alpha}-CD-5-bpy = 6-mono[5-methyl(5'-methyl-2,2'-bipyridyl)]-permethylated {alpha}-CD) (CD: cyclodextrin) based on a ruthenium tris-bipyridyl core with an appended {alpha}-CD cavity is designed and synthesised, in order to facilitate dye/redox couple interaction and dye regeneration in nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} solar cells. The luminescent complex is fully characterized and anchored on mesoporous titania electrodes showing increased power-conversion efficiency in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells using a composite polymer electrolyte. Direct comparison of the properties of the CD complex with an analogous ruthenium complex [Ru(dcb){sub 2}(5,5'-dmbpy)]Cl{sub 2} (2) (5,5'-dmbpy = 5,5'-dimethylbipyridine) without the CD cavity reveals that the photovoltaic performance of 1-{alpha}-CD is enhanced by about 40 % compared to 2. Independent studies have shown complexation of the iodide redox couple to the CD in 1-{alpha}-CD. These results indicate that the CD moiety is able to act as a mediator and fine tune the photoelectrode/electrolyte interface. (Abstract Copyright [2007], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  19. Temperature Dependent Dielectric Behavior of Nanocrystalline Ca Ferrite

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    Samariya, Arvind; Pareek, S. P.; Sharma, P. K.; Prasad, Arun S.; Dhawan, M. S.; Dolia, S. N.; Sharma, K. B.

    Dielectric behaviour of Nanocrystalline CaFe2O4 ferrite synthesized by advanced sol- gel method has been investigated as a function of frequency at different temperatures. Rietveld profile refinement of the XRD pattern confirms formation of cubic spinel structure of the specimen.The dispersion in dielectric behavior of CaFe2O4ferrite sample has been observed in the temperature range of 100-250˚C as a function of frequency in the range 75 kHz to 10 MHz Both the real value of dielectric constant (ɛ‧) and the dielectric loss factor (tanδ) decrease with frequency. This decrease in the values of ɛ‧ and tanδ could be explained on the basis of available ferrous, i.e. Fe2+, ions on octahedral sites such that beyond a certain frequency of applied electric field the electronic exchange between the ferrous and ferric ions i.e. Fe2+↔Fe3+ cannot follow the applied alternating electric field.

  20. Synthesis and catalytic activity of polysaccharide templated nanocrystalline sulfated zirconia

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    Sherly, K. B.; Rakesh, K. [Mahatma Gandhi University Regional Research Center in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam-686666, Kerala (India)

    2014-01-28

    Nanoscaled materials are of great interest due to their unique enhanced optical, electrical and magnetic properties. Sulfate-promoted zirconia has been shown to exhibit super acidic behavior and high activity for acid catalyzed reactions. Nanocrystalline zirconia was prepared in the presence of polysaccharide template by interaction between ZrOCl{sub 2}⋅8H{sub 2}O and chitosan template. The interaction was carried out in aqueous phase, followed by the removal of templates by calcination at optimum temperature and sulfation. The structural and textural features were characterized by powder XRD, TG, SEM and TEM. XRD patterns showed the peaks of the diffractogram were in agreement with the theoretical data of zirconia with the catalytically active tetragonal phase and average crystalline size of the particles was found to be 9 nm, which was confirmed by TEM. TPD using ammonia as probe, FTIR and BET surface area analysis were used for analyzing surface features like acidity and porosity. The BET surface area analysis showed the sample had moderately high surface area. FTIR was used to find the type species attached to the surface of zirconia. UV-DRS found the band gap of the zirconia was found to be 2.8 eV. The benzylation of o-xylene was carried out batchwise in atmospheric pressure and 433K temperature using sulfated zirconia as catalyst.

  1. Production of nanocrystalline cellulose from lignocellulosic biomass: technology and applications.

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    Brinchi, L; Cotana, F; Fortunati, E; Kenny, J M

    2013-04-15

    The use of renewables materials for industrial applications is becoming impellent due to the increasing demand of alternatives to scarce and unrenewable petroleum supplies. In this regard, nanocrystalline cellulose, NCC, derived from cellulose, the most abundant biopolymer, is one of the most promising materials. NCC has unique features, interesting for the development of new materials: the abundance of the source cellulose, its renewability and environmentally benign nature, its mechanical properties and its nano-scaled dimensions open a wide range of possible properties to be discovered. One of the most promising uses of NCC is in polymer matrix nanocomposites, because it can provide a significant reinforcement. This review provides an overview on this emerging nanomaterial, focusing on extraction procedures, especially from lignocellulosic biomass, and on technological developments and applications of NCC-based materials. Challenges and future opportunities of NCC-based materials will be are discussed as well as obstacles remaining for their large use. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Grain boundary resistance to amorphization of nanocrystalline silicon carbide

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    Chen, Dong; Gao, Fei; Liu, Bo

    2015-01-01

    Under the C displacement condition, we have used molecular dynamics simulation to examine the effects of grain boundaries (GBs) on the amorphization of nanocrystalline silicon carbide (nc-SiC) by point defect accumulation. The results show that the interstitials are preferentially absorbed and accumulated at GBs that provide the sinks for defect annihilation at low doses, but also driving force to initiate amorphization in the nc-SiC at higher doses. The majority of surviving defects are C interstitials, as either C-Si or C-C dumbbells. The concentration of defect clusters increases with increasing dose, and their distributions are mainly observed along the GBs. Especially these small clusters can subsequently coalesce and form amorphous domains at the GBs during the accumulation of carbon defects. A comparison between displacement amorphized nc-SiC and melt-quenched single crystal SiC shows the similar topological features. At a dose of 0.55 displacements per atom (dpa), the pair correlation function lacks long range order, demonstrating that the nc-SiC is fully amorphilized. PMID:26558694

  3. Optical Properties of ZnO-Alloyed Nanocrystalline Films

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    Hui Che

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO is emerging as one of the materials of choice for UV applications. It has a deep excitonic energy level and a direct bandgap of ~3.4 eV. Alloying ZnO with certain atomic constituents adds new optical and electronic functionalities to ZnO. This paper presents research on MgxZn1−xO and ZnS1−xOx nanocrystalline flexible films, which enable tunable optical properties in the deep-UV and in the visible range. The ZnO and Mg0.3Zn0.7O films were found to have bandgaps at 3.35 and 4.02 eV, respectively. The photoluminescence of the Mg0.3Zn0.7O exhibited a bandedge emission at 3.95 eV, and at lower energy 3.38 eV due to the limited solubility inherent to these alloys. ZnS0.76O0.24 and ZnS0.16O0.84 were found to have bandgaps at 3.21 and 2.65 eV, respectively. The effect of nitrogen doping on ZnS0.16O0.84 is discussed in terms of the highly lattice mismatched nature of these alloys and the resulting valence-band modification.

  4. Nanocrystalline titanium characteristics obtained through cryogenic and high energy milling

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    Rojas, P; Zuniga, A; Lavernia, E.J

    2008-01-01

    The microstructure and changes in chemical composition of Ti powders produced by cryogenic milling (modified Atritor) and by high energy milling (Spex mill) were investigated. The effect of high energy milling and cryomilling parameters, such as milling time and ball to powder ratio (BPR), on the particle size, grain size, chemistry, and structure of Ti powders were investigated using x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The experimental results show that Ti powders with a grain size of approximately 20 nm (nanocrystalline) can be produced using the cryomilling technique. The average particle size increased initially with milling time from the original 55 μm to a maximum value of 125 after milling for 2 hours, and then decreased to 44μm after milling for 8 hours. Both the average particle size and the grain size decreased as the BPR increased. The results using Spex mill show that the particle size and grain size both decreased as the milling time increased. The oxygen, nitrogen and iron content of the powders increased with the milling time (au)

  5. Adsorption of Derivatized Dextran Polyelectrolytes onto Nanocrystalline Cellulose

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    Esker, Alan; Kittle, Joshua; Du, Xiaosong; Jiang, Feng; Roman, Maren; Wondraczek, Holger; Koschella, Andreas; Heinze, Thomas

    2012-02-01

    The adsorption of a series of cationically derivatized dextran polyelectrolytes onto anionic nanocrystalline cellulose (ANC) has been studied using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR). Samples of dimethylaminoethyl-dextran (DMAE-Dex), diethylaminoethyl-dextran (DEAE-Dex), and diisopropylaminoethyl-dextran (DIAE-Dex) had degrees of substitution (DS) ranging from 0.06-0.90. DMAE-Dex, DEAE-Dex, and DIAE-Dex all showed decreasing adsorption onto ANC and decreasing water content of the adsorbed film with increasing DS. Additionally, DEAE-Dex films adsorbed onto ANC had lower water contents than DMAE-Dex films with the same DS. Interestingly, QCM-D results for DIAE-Dex with high DS revealed mass loss, while SPR results clearly showed DIAE-Dex adsorbed onto ANC. These observations were consistent with dehydration of the ANC substrate. This study indicates that by controlling the DS and hydrophobic content of the polyelectrolyte, the water content of the film can be tailored.

  6. The modified nanocrystalline cellulose for hydrophobic drug delivery

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    Qing, Weixia; Wang, Yong; Wang, Youyou; Zhao, Dongbao; Liu, Xiuhua; Zhu, Jinhua

    2016-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Torispherical NCC was synthesized through the improvements on the hydrolysis method. • NCC was firstly modified with CTMAB as a drug carrier. • Luteolin and luteoloside loading CTMAB-coated NCC were studied. - Abstract: In this work, torispherical nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) was synthesized, and firstly modified with a cationic surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTMAB). It was proved that the kinetics of NCC adsorbing CTMAB followed the pseudo-second-order kinetics equation, and the adsorption isotherm model followed Freundlich which was multi molecular layer adsorption model. The morphology and structure of NCC and CTMAB-coated NCC were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). Stabilities of NCC and CTMAB-coated NCC were assayed by zeta potential. The results showed that NCC in CTMAB solution was well-dispersed and stable. Moreover, the drug loading and release performance of CTMAB-coated NCC were studied using luteolin (LUT) and luteoloside (LUS) as model drugs.

  7. Understanding and controlling low-temperature aging of nanocrystalline materials.

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    Battaile, Corbett Chandler; Boyce, Brad Lee; Brons, Justin G.; Foiles, Stephen Martin; Hattar, Khalid Mikhiel; Holm, Elizabeth A; Padilla, Henry A.,; Sharon, John Anthony; Thompson, Gregory B.

    2013-10-01

    Nanocrystalline copper lms were created by both repetitive high-energy pulsed power, to produce material without internal nanotwins; and pulsed laser deposition, to produce nan- otwins. Samples of these lms were indented at ambient (298K) and cryogenic temperatures by immersion in liquid nitrogen (77K) and helium (4K). The indented samples were sectioned through the indented regions and imaged in a scanning electron microscope. Extensive grain growth was observed in the lms that contained nanotwins and were indented cryogenically. The lms that either lacked twins, or were indented under ambient conditions, were found to exhibit no substantial grain growth by visual inspection. Precession transmission elec- tron microscopy was used to con rm these ndings quantitatively, and show that 3 and 7 boundaries proliferate during grain growth, implying that these interface types play a key role in governing the extensive grain growth observed here. Molecular dynamics sim- ulations of the motion of individual grain boundaries demonstrate that speci c classes of boundaries - notably 3 and 7 - exhibit anti- or a-thermal migration, meaning that their mobilities either increase or do not change signi cantly with decreasing temperature. An in-situ cryogenic indentation capability was developed and implemented in a transmission electron microscope. Preliminary results do not show extensive cryogenic grain growth in indented copper lms. This discrepancy could arise from the signi cant di erences in con g- uration and loading of the specimen between the two approaches, and further research and development of this capability is needed.

  8. Modeling and simulation of boron-doped nanocrystalline silicon carbide thin film by a field theory.

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    Xiong, Liming; Chen, Youping; Lee, James D

    2009-02-01

    This paper presents the application of a multiscale field theory in modeling and simulation of boron-doped nanocrystalline silicon carbide (B-SiC). The multiscale field theory was briefly introduced. Based on the field theory, numerical simulations show that intergranular glassy amorphous films (IGFs) and nano-sized pores exist in triple junctions of the grains for nanocrystalline B-SiC. Residual tensile stress in the SiC grains and compressive stress on the grain boundaries (GBs) were observed. Under tensile loading, it has been found that mechanical response of 5 wt% boron-SiC exhibits five characteristic regimes. Deformation mechanism at atomic scale has been revealed. Tensile strength and Young's modulus of nanocrystalline SiC were accurately reproduced.

  9. Low-temperature magnetic behaviour in amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe-Nb-B alloys

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    Skorvanek, I.; Duhaj, P.; Groessinger, R.

    2000-01-01

    The low-temperature magnetic behaviour is studied in a series of heat-treated amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe 80.5 Nb 7 B 12.5 samples with different volume fractions of crystalline phase. The measurements of coercivity, initial susceptibility and magnetostriction have been performed in a temperature range between 1.5 and 300 K. The coercivity of nanocrystalline samples shows a minimum versus measuring temperature. The temperature of this minimum is shifted to lower temperatures with an increasing volume fraction of crystalline phase. A significant magnetic hardening characterized by abrupt upturn of coercivity is reported for all nanocrystalline samples in the temperature range below 30 K. The role of different factors in determining the low-temperature magnetic behaviour is discussed

  10. Transformation of Goethite to Hematite Nanocrystallines by High Energy Ball Milling

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    O. M. Lemine

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available α-Fe2O3 nanocrystallines were prepared by direct transformation via high energy ball milling treatment for α-FeOOH powder. X-ray diffraction, Rietveld analysis, TEM, and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM are used to characterize the samples obtained after several milling times. Phase identification using Rietveld analysis showed that the goethite is transformed to hematite nanocrystalline after 40 hours of milling. HRTEM confirm that the obtained phase is mostly a single-crystal structure. This result suggested that the mechanochemical reaction is an efficient way to prepare some iron oxides nanocrystallines from raw materials which are abundant in the nature. The mechanism of the formation of hematite is discussed in text.

  11. Formation of nanocrystalline TiC from titanium and different carbon sources by mechanical alloying

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    Jia Haoling [Key Lab of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Jingshi Road 73, Jinan 250061, Shandong (China); Zhang Zhonghua [Key Lab of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Jingshi Road 73, Jinan 250061, Shandong (China)], E-mail: zh_zhang@sdu.edu.cn; Qi Zhen [Key Lab of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Jingshi Road 73, Jinan 250061, Shandong (China); Liu Guodong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jingshi Road 73, Jinan 250061 (China); Bian Xiufang [Key Lab of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Jingshi Road 73, Jinan 250061, Shandong (China)

    2009-03-20

    In this paper, the formation of nanocrystalline TiC from titanium powders and different carbon resources by mechanical alloying (MA) has been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The experimental results show that nanocrystalline TiC can be synthesized from Ti powders and different carbon resources (activated carbon, carbon fibres or carbon nanotubes) by MA at room temperature. Titanium and different carbon resources have a significant effect on the Ti-C reaction and the formation of TiC during MA. Moreover, the formation of nanocrystalline TiC is governed by a gradual diffusion reaction mechanism during MA, regardless of different carbon resources.

  12. High-pressure X-ray diffraction study of bulk- and nanocrystalline GaN

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    Jorgensen, J.E.; Jakobsen, J.M.; Jiang, Jianzhong

    2003-01-01

    Bulk- and nanocrystalline GaN have been studied by high-pressure energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction. Pressure-induced structural phase transitions from the wurtzite to the NaCl phase were observed in both materials. The transition pressure was found to be 40 GPa for the bulk-crystalline GaN, while...... the wurtzite phase was retained up to 60 GPa in the case of nanocrystalline GaN. The bulk moduli for the wurtzite phases were determined to be 187 ( 7) and 319 ( 10) GPa for the bulk- and nanocrystalline phases, respectively, while the respective NaCl phases were found to have very similar bulk moduli [ 208...... ( 28) and 206 ( 44) GPa]....

  13. Direct separation of short range order in intermixed nanocrystalline and amorphous phases

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    Frenkel, Anatoly I.; Kolobov, Alexander V.; Robinson, Ian K.; Cross, Julie O.; Maeda, Yoshihito; Bouldin, Charles E.

    2002-01-01

    Diffraction anomalous fine-structure (DAFS) and extended x-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) measurements were combined to determine short range order (SRO) about a single atomic type in a sample of mixed amorphous and nanocrystalline phases of germanium. EXAFS yields information about the SRO of all Ge atoms in the sample, while DAFS determines the SRO of only the ordered fraction. We determine that the first-shell distance distribution is bimodal; the nanocrystalline distance is the same as the bulk crystal, to within 0.01(2) A ring , but the mean amorphous Ge-Ge bond length is expanded by 0.076(19) Angstrom. This approach can be applied to many systems of mixed amorphous and nanocrystalline phases

  14. THE LATTICE PARAMETERS AND RESIDUAL STRESSES IN BULK NANOCRYSTALLINE AND ULTRAFINE-GRAINED TITANIUM

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    Yu. M. Plotnikova

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Lattice parameters and residual stresses in the bulk nanocrystalline/ultrafine-grained titanium were studied by X-ray diffraction methods. The investigated samples were prepared using the method of the cryomechanical grain structure fragmentation with multiple rolling at the temperature of liquid nitrogen to the true strain value |e| = 3. Phasic change of the a and c parameters has been found with increasing degree of cryoreduction. This change was stronger for the parameter a. The observed change parameters associated with a relative slip and twinning activity (initial cryo-reduction stage as well as the formation of the nanocrystalline state (at higher degree of deformation. The most likely source of residual stresses arising in titanium at cryorolling is heterogeneous plastic deformation. The production of nanocrystalline / ultrafine-grained titanium using cryomechanical grain fragmentation method is accompanied by the formation of uniform compressive residual stresses in the informative deformable layer of billet.

  15. Powder-based synthesis of nanocrystalline material components for structural application. Final report

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    Ilyuschenko, A.F.; Ivashko, V.S.; Okovity, V.A. [Powder Metallurgy Research Inst., Minsk (Belarus)] [and others

    1998-12-01

    Hydroxiapate spray coatings and substrates for implant production as well as multilayered metal ceramic coatings from nanocrystalline materials are a subject of the investigation. The work aims at the improvement of quality of said objects. This study has investigated the processes of hydroxiapatite powder production. Sizes, shapes and relief of initial HA powder surface are analyzed using SEM and TEM. Modes of HA plasma spraying on a substrate from titanium and associated compositions of traditional and nanocrystalline structure are optimized. The quality of the sprayed samples are studied using X-ray phase analysis and metallographic analysis. The results of investigations of bioceramic coating spraying on titanium are theoretically generalized, taking into account obtained experimental data. The results of investigations of ion-beam technology are presented for spraying multilayered coatings consisting of alternating metal-ceramic layers of nanocrystalline structure.

  16. Synthesis of Mesoporous Nanocrystalline Zirconia by Surfactant-Assisted Hydrothermal Approach.

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    Nath, Soumav; Biswas, Ashik; Kour, Prachi P; Sarma, Loka S; Sur, Ujjal Kumar; Ankamwar, Balaprasad G

    2018-08-01

    In this paper, we have reported the chemical synthesis of thermally stable mesoporous nanocrystalline zirconia with high surface area using a surfactant-assisted hydrothermal approach. We have employed different type of surfactants such as CTAB, SDS and Triton X-100 in our synthesis. The synthesized nanocrystalline zirconia multistructures exhibit various morphologies such as rod, mortar-pestle with different particle sizes. We have characterized the zirconia multistructures by X-ray diffraction study, Field emission scanning electron microscopy, Attenuated total refection infrared spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The thermal stability of as synthesized zirconia multistructures was studied by thermo gravimetric analysis, which shows the high thermal stability of nanocrystalline zirconia around 900 °C temperature.

  17. Microstructure characterization of nanocrystalline TiC synthesized by mechanical alloying

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    Ghosh, B.; Pradhan, S.K.

    2010-01-01

    Nanocrystalline TiC is produced by mechanical milling the stoichiometric mixture of α-Ti and graphite powders at room temperature under argon atmosphere within 35 min of milling through a self-propagating combustion reaction. Microstructure characterization of the unmilled and ball-milled samples was done by both X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. It reveals the fact that initially graphite layers were oriented along and in the course of milling, thin graphite layers were distributed evenly among the grain boundaries of α-Ti particles. Both α-Ti and TiC lattices contain stacking faults of different kinds. The grain size distribution obtained from the Rietveld's method and electron microscopy studies ensure that nanocrystalline TiC particles with almost uniform size (∼13 nm) can be prepared by mechanical alloying technique. The result obtained from X-ray analysis corroborates well with the microstructure characterization of nanocrystalline TiC by electron microscopy.

  18. Effect of WC/Co coherency phase boundaries on Fracture toughness of the nanocrystalline cemented carbides

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    Xie, Hongxian; Song, Xiaoyan; Yin, Fuxing; Zhang, Yongguang

    2016-08-01

    The effect of coherency WC/Co phase boundaries on the fracture toughness of the nanocrystalline WC-Co cemented carbides is studied by MD simulation method. The simulation results show that the nanocrystalline WC-Co cemented carbides with coherency WC/Co phase boundaries has higher fracture toughness than that without coherency WC/Co phase boundaries. Moreover, the mechanism of why coherency WC/Co phase boundaries can improve the fracture toughness of the nanocrystalline cemented carbides is also investigated. It is found the fact that the separation energy of the coherent WC/Co phase boundary is larger than that of the incoherent WC/Co phase boundaries is the main reason for this excellent mechanical property.

  19. Structural and microstructural characterizations of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite synthesized by mechanical alloying.

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    Lala, S; Satpati, B; Kar, T; Pradhan, S K

    2013-07-01

    Single phase nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HAp) powder has been synthesized by mechanical alloying the stoichiometric mixture of CaCO3 and CaHPO4 powders in open air at room temperature, for the first time, within 2 h of milling. Nanocrystalline hexagonal single crystals are obtained by sintering of 2h milled sample at 500 °C. Structural and microstructural properties of as-milled and sintered powders are revealed from both the X-ray line profile analysis and transmission electron microscopy. Shape and lattice strain of nanocrystalline HAp particles are found to be anisotropic in nature. Particle size of HAp powder remains almost invariant up to 10h of milling and there is no significant growth of nanocrystalline HAp particles after sintering at 500 °C for 3 h. Changes in lattice volume and some primary bond lengths of as-milled and sintered are critically measured, which indicate that lattice imperfections introduced into the HAp lattice during ball milling have been reduced partially after sintering the powder at elevated temperatures. We could achieve ~96.7% of theoretical density of HAp within 3h by sintering the pellet of nanocrystalline powder at a lower temperature of 1000 °C. Vickers microhardness (VHN) of the uni-axially pressed (6.86 MPa) pellet of nanocrystalline HAp is 4.5 GPa at 100 gm load which is close to the VHN of bulk HAp sintered at higher temperature. The strain-hardening index (n) of the sintered pellet is found to be >2, indicating a further increase in microhardness value at higher load. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. An investigation into the room temperature mechanical properties of nanocrystalline austenitic stainless steels

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    Eskandari, Mostafa; Zarei-Hanzaki, Abbas; Abedi, Hamid Reza

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: ► Strength of nanocrystalline specimens follows a trend of a remarkable rise along with a small drop in ductility in comparison to the coarse-grained one. ► Universal correlation of linear type (UTS = mτ max ) between shear punch test data and the tensile strength may be unreliable for the nanocrystalline materials. ► Actual relation between the maximum shear and ultimate tensile strength follows an empirical formula of UTS=0.013τ max 2 -25.62τ max +13049. -- Abstract: The present work has been conducted to evaluate the mechanical properties of nanostructured 316L and 301 austenitic stainless steels. The nanocrystalline structures were produced through martensite treatment which includes cold rolling followed by annealing treatment. The effect of equivalent rolling strain and annealing parameters on the room temperature mechanical behavior of the experimental alloys have been studied using the shear punch testing technique. The standard uniaxial tension tests were also carried out to adapt the related correlation factors. The microstructures and the volume fraction of phases were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and feritscopy methods, respectively. The results indicate that the strength of nanocrystalline specimens remarkably increases, but the ductility in comparison to the coarse-grained one slightly decreases. In addition the strength of nanocrystalline specimens has been increased by decreasing the annealing temperature and increasing the equivalent rolling strain. The analysis of the load–displacement data has also disclosed that the universal correlation of linear type (UTS = mτ max ) between shear punch test data and the tensile strength is somehow unreliable for the nanocrystalline materials. The results suggest that the actual relation between the maximum shear strength and ultimate tensile strength follows a second order equation of type UTS=aτ max 2 -bτ max +c.

  1. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on High Surface Area Nanocrystalline Zinc Oxide Spheres

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    Pavuluri Srinivasu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available High surface area nanocrystalline zinc oxide material is fabricated using mesoporous nanostructured carbon as a sacrificial template through combustion process. The resulting material is characterized by XRD, N2 adsorption, HR-SEM, and HR-TEM. The nitrogen adsorption measurement indicates that the materials possess BET specific surface area ca. 30 m2/g. Electron microscopy images prove that the zinc oxide spheres possess particle size in the range of 0.12 μm–0.17 μm. The nanocrystalline zinc oxide spheres show 1.0% of energy conversion efficiency for dye-sensitized solar cells.

  2. Micromechanical modelling of nanocrystalline and ultrafine grained metals: A short overview

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    Mishnaevsky, Leon; Levashov, Evgeny

    2015-01-01

    and nanoscale properties are discussed and compared. The examples of incorporation of peculiar nanocrystalline effects (like large content of amorphous or semi-amorphous grain boundary phase, partial dislocation GB emission/glide/GB absorption based deformation mechanism, diffusion deformation, etc.......) into the continuum mechanical approach are given. The possibilities of using micromechanical models to explore the ways of the improving the properties of nanocrystalline materials by modifying their structures (e.g., dispersion strengthening, creating non-equilibrium grain boundaries, varying the grain size...

  3. In situ atomic-scale observation of irradiation induced carbon nanocrystalline formation from dense carbon clusters

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    Wang, Chengbing; Li, Zhengtong; Ling, San; Lei, Tao; Su, Jinbu

    2018-03-01

    We present a direct observation of the transformation of dense amorphous carbon clusters into diamond nanocrystalline under electron beam irradiation by in situ transmission electron microscopy, where the surrounding carbon matrix did not significantly change. Our findings provide clear and convincing evidence for the diamond nanocrystalline evolving from energetic amorphous carbon sites. Furthermore, graphitization of amorphous carbons usually demands a high temperature combined with high pressure. Hence, graphitization of amorphous carbons at relatively low temperatures is highly desired. Here we offer a useful method for catalyst-free graphitization of amorphous carbons by employing moderate electron beam irradiation, without external heating being applied.

  4. Atomic-scale simulations of the mechanical deformation of nanocrystalline metals

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    Schiøtz, Jakob; Vegge, Tejs; Di Tolla, Francesco

    1999-01-01

    that the main deformation mode is sliding in the grain boundaries through a large number of uncorrelated events, where a few atoms (or a few tens of atoms) slide with respect to each other. Little dislocation activity is seen in the grain interiors. The localization of the deformation to the grain boundaries......Nanocrystalline metals, i.e., metals in which the grain size is in the nanometer range, have a range of technologically interesting properties including increased hardness and yield strength. We present atomic-scale simulations of the plastic behavior of nanocrystalline copper. The simulations show...

  5. Structure, microstructure and photoluminescence of nanocrystalline Ti-doped gahnite

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    Vrankic, M., E-mail: mvrankic@irb.hr [Ruder Boskovic Institute, Division of Materials Physics, Bijenicka cesta 54, P.O. Box 180, HR-10002 Zagreb (Croatia); Grzeta, B. [Ruder Boskovic Institute, Division of Materials Physics, Bijenicka cesta 54, P.O. Box 180, HR-10002 Zagreb (Croatia); Mandic, V.; Tkalcec, E. [University of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Marulicev trg 19, HR-10000 Zagreb (Croatia); Milosevic, S. [Institute of Physics, Bijenicka cesta 46, P.O. Box 304, HR-10002 Zagreb (Croatia); Ceh, M. [Jozef Stefan Institute, Department for Nanostructured Materials, Jamova cesta 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Rakvin, B. [Ruder Boskovic Institute, Division of Physical Chemistry, Bijenicka cesta 54, P.O. Box 180, HR-10002 Zagreb (Croatia)

    2012-12-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ti-doped gahnite samples with 0-11.6 at.% Ti were synthesized for the first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The samples had crystallite size of 16.6-20.5 nm and lattice strain of 0.07-0.26%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Titanium entered the gahnite structure as Ti{sup 4+}, substituting for octahedral Al{sup 3+}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ti-doped gahnite showed the UV absorption and blue emission under UV excitation. - Abstract: A series of Ti-doped ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} (gahnite) samples with doping levels of 0, 1.8, 3.8, 5.4 and 11.6 at.% Ti in relation to Al were prepared by a sol-gel technique. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), EPR spectroscopy, UV-vis reflectance spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) studies. Diffraction patterns indicated that all samples were nanocrystalline, with a spinel-type structure, space group Fd3{sup Macron }m. Titanium doping of gahnite caused an increase of unit-cell parameter and diffraction line broadening. The structure of samples was refined by the Rietveld method, simultaneously with the analysis of diffraction line broadening. TEM investigations confirmed that samples had spinel-type structure, and showed that samples contained evenly shaped particles of about 20 nm in size. Ti-doped samples exhibited strong absorption at wavelength <400 nm, and blue photoluminescence under excitation with {lambda}{sub exc} = 308 nm.

  6. Effect of Aminosilane Modification on Nanocrystalline Cellulose Properties

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The application of renewable nanomaterials, like nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC, has recently been widely studied by many researchers. NCC has many benefits such as high aspect ratio, biodegradability, and high number of hydroxyl groups which offer great opportunities for modification. In this study, the NCC derived from empty fruit bunches (EFB was modified with aminosilane, 3-(2-aminoethylaminopropyl-dimethoxymethylsilane (AEAPDMS, and the characterization was performed to investigate the potential as carbon dioxide (CO2 capture. Modification of NCC with AEAPDMS was carried out in water/ethanol solvent (80/20 (v/v with a ratio of NCC to aminosilane of 1 : 1, 1 : 2, 1 : 3, and 1 : 4 w/w%. The effects of AEAPDMS on NCC were characterized using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis, elemental analysis (CHNS, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The existence of AEAPDMS onto NCC was confirmed by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy as the new peaks of NH2 were bending and wagging, and Si-CH3 appeared. The thermal stability of NCC increased after modification due to the interaction with AEAPDMS. The elemental analysis result showed that the nitrogen content increased with an enhancement ratio of the modifiers. The XRD indicated that the crystallinity decreased while the rod-like geometry of NCC was maintained after amorphous AEAPDMS grafted on the NCC. Since AEAPDMS can be grafted on the NCC, the sample is applicable as CO2 capture.

  7. Dielectric properties of nanocrystalline Co-Mg ferrites

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    Sharma, Jyoti, E-mail: jyotijoshi.phy2008@gmail.com [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (India); Sharma, Neha [Department of Physics, VEC Lakhanpur, Sarguja University, Ambikapur (C.G.) (India); Parashar, Jyoti; Saxena, V.K.; Bhatnagar, D. [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (India); Sharma, K.B. [Department of Physics, S. S. Jain Subodh P. G. College, Jaipur (India)

    2015-11-15

    Nanocrystalline powder samples with chemical formula Co{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) have been synthesized by sol–gel auto combustion method using citric acid as fuel agent. The rietveld refinement study of x-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the spinel single phase formation for all samples. Dielectric constant (ε′), dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) and AC conductivity of Co{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanoparticles have been measured at room temperature in the frequency range from 1000 Hz to 120 MHz. The dielectric dispersion observed at lower frequency region is attributed to Maxwell–Wagner two layer model, which is in agreement with Koops phenomenological theory. The observed results have been explained by polarization which is attributed to the electron exchange between Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions. The temperature variation of ε′ and tanδ for some particular frequencies were studied. The rapid increase in ε′ and tan δ has been explained using thermally activated electron exchange between Fe{sup 2+} ↔ Fe{sup 3+} and Co{sup 2+} ↔ Co{sup 3+} ions at adjacent octahedral sites. The role of interfacial polarization has been focused to explain the high dispersion in ε′ and tanδ with temperature observed at low frequencies. - Graphical abstract: (a) TEM image of Co{sub 0.4}Mg{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} shows the nano size of the synthesized ferrite particles and (b) Dielectric constant behavior with frequency of Co{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite.

  8. Biodegradation of nanocrystalline cellulose by two environmentally-relevant consortia.

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    Singh, Gargi; Chandoha-Lee, Cody; Zhang, Wei; Renneckar, Scott; Vikesland, Peter J; Pruden, Amy

    2016-11-01

    Nanocellulose is growing in popularity due to its versatile properties and applications. However, there is a void of knowledge regarding the environmental fate of nanocellulose and the response of environmental microbial communities that are historically adapted to non-nano cellulose forms. Given its distinction in terms of size and chemical and physical properties, nanocellulose could potentially resist biodegradation and/or pose a xenobiotic influence on microbial communities during wastewater treatment or in receiving environments. In this study, biodegradation of H 2 SO 4 hydrolyzed nanocrystalline cellulose (HNC) was compared with that of microcrystalline cellulose using two distinct anaerobic cellulose-degrading microbial consortia initially sourced from anaerobic digester (AD) and wetland (W) inocula. Equivalent cellulose masses were dosed and monitored with time by measurement of liberated glucose. HNC biodegraded at slightly faster rate than microcrystalline cellulose (1st order decay constants: 0.62 ± 0.08 wk -1 for HNC versus 0.39 ± 0.05 wk -1 for microcrystalline cellulose for the AD consortium; 0.69 ± 0.04 wk -1 for HNCversus 0.58 ± 0.05 wk -1 for microcrystalline cellulose for the W consortium). 16S rRNA (total bacteria) and cel48 (glycoside hydrolase gene family 48, indicative of cellulose-degrading potential) genes were observed to be more enriched in the HNC condition for both consortia. According to Illumina amplicon sequencing of 16S rRNA genes, the composition of the consortia underwent distinct shifts in concert with HNC versus microcrystalline cellulose degradation. This study demonstrates that the biodegradation of cellulose is not inhibited in the nano-size range, particularly in the crystalline form, though the microbes and pathways involved likely differ. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Formation of Nano-crystalline Todorokite from Biogenic Mn Oxides

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    Feng, X.; Zhu, M; Ginder-Vogel, M; Ni, C; Parikh, S; Sparks, D

    2010-01-01

    Todorokite, as one of three main Mn oxide phases present in oceanic Mn nodules and an active MnO{sub 6} octahedral molecular sieve (OMS), has garnered much interest; however, its formation pathway in natural systems is not fully understood. Todorokite is widely considered to form from layer structured Mn oxides with hexagonal symmetry, such as vernadite ({delta}-MnO{sub 2}), which are generally of biogenic origin. However, this geochemical process has not been documented in the environment or demonstrated in the laboratory, except for precursor phases with triclinic symmetry. Here we report on the formation of a nanoscale, todorokite-like phase from biogenic Mn oxides produced by the freshwater bacterium Pseudomonas putida strain GB-1. At long- and short-range structural scales biogenic Mn oxides were transformed to a todorokite-like phase at atmospheric pressure through refluxing. Topotactic transformation was observed during the transformation. Furthermore, the todorokite-like phases formed via refluxing had thin layers along the c* axis and a lack of c* periodicity, making the basal plane undetectable with X-ray diffraction reflection. The proposed pathway of the todorokite-like phase formation is proposed as: hexagonal biogenic Mn oxide {yields} 10-{angstrom} triclinic phyllomanganate {yields} todorokite. These observations provide evidence supporting the possible bio-related origin of natural todorokites and provide important clues for understanding the transformation of biogenic Mn oxides to other Mn oxides in the environment. Additionally this method may be a viable biosynthesis route for porous, nano-crystalline OMS materials for use in practical applications.

  10. Self-composite comprised of nanocrystalline diamond and a non-diamond component useful for thermoelectric applications

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    Gruen, Dieter M [Downers Grove, IL

    2009-08-11

    One provides nanocrystalline diamond material that comprises a plurality of substantially ordered diamond crystallites that are sized no larger than about 10 nanometers. One then disposes a non-diamond component within the nanocrystalline diamond material. By one approach this non-diamond component comprises an electrical conductor that is formed at the grain boundaries that separate the diamond crystallites from one another. The resultant nanowire is then able to exhibit a desired increase with respect to its ability to conduct electricity while also preserving the thermal conductivity behavior of the nanocrystalline diamond material.

  11. Structural changes in nanocrystalline Bi2Te3/Bi2Se3 multilayer thin films caused by thermal annealing

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    Hamada, Jun; Takashiri, Masayuki

    2017-06-01

    To assess the performance of thermoelectric devices with nanostructured materials at high operating temperatures, we investigated the effects of structural changes on the thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3)/bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) multilayer thin films caused by thermal annealing. Multilayer thin films with 12 and 48 layers were fabricated by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. These thin films were then thermally annealed at temperatures ranging from 250 to 350 °C. As the annealing temperature increased, flake-like nanocrystals were grown in the 12- and 48-layer thin films. X-ray diffraction peaks from three alloys, which were determined to be Bi2Te3, Bi2Se3, and (Bi2Te3)0.4(Bi2Se3)0.6, were observed in the thin films. This indicates that Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 layers were not completely diffused mutually in this range of annealing temperature. The 12- and 48-layer thin films exhibited increases in both the electrical conductivity and the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient at the annealing temperature of 300 °C. One possible explanation for this improvement is that the band structure is tuned by inducing strain during the variation of atomic composition in the multilayer thin films. As a result, the power factor was significantly improved by the thermal annealing. In particular, the maximum power factor reached 13.7 μW/(cm K2) in the 12-layer thin film at the annealing temperature of 350 °C. Therefore, we may conclude that if the multilayer thin films undergo structural changes at higher operating temperature (≈350 °C), thermoelectric devices composed of multilayer thin films are expected to exhibit suitable thermoelectric performance.

  12. Pulsed laser-deposited nanocrystalline GdB6 thin films on W and Re as field emitters

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    Suryawanshi, Sachin R.; Singh, Anil K.; Phase, Deodatta M.; Late, Dattatray J.; Sinha, Sucharita; More, Mahendra A.

    2016-10-01

    Gadolinium hexaboride (GdB6) nanocrystalline thin films were grown on tungsten (W), rhenium (Re) tips and foil substrates using optimized pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The X-ray diffraction analysis reveals formation of pure, crystalline cubic phase of GdB6 on W and Re substrates, under the prevailing PLD conditions. The field emission (FE) studies of GdB6/W and GdB6/Re emitters were performed in a planar diode configuration at the base pressure ~10-8 mbar. The GdB6/W and GdB6/Re tip emitters deliver high emission current densities of ~1.4 and 0.811 mA/cm2 at an applied field of ~6.0 and 7.0 V/µm, respectively. The Fowler-Nordheim ( F- N) plots were found to be nearly linear showing metallic nature of the emitters. The noticeably high values of field enhancement factor ( β) estimated using the slopes of the F- N plots indicate that the PLD GdB6 coating on W and Re substrates comprises of high-aspect-ratio nanostructures. Interestingly, the GdB6/W and GdB6/Re planar emitters exhibit excellent current stability at the preset values over a long-term operation, as compared to the tip emitters. Furthermore, the values of workfunction of the GdB6/W and GdB6/Re emitters, experimentally measured using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, are found to be same, ~1.6 ± 0.1 eV. Despite possessing same workfunction value, the FE characteristics of the GdB6/W emitter are markedly different from that of GdB6/Re emitter, which can be attributed to the growth of GdB6 films on W and Re substrates.

  13. Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond electrodes for neural interfaces: in vivo biocompatibility evaluation

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    Alcaide, M.; Taylor, Andrew; Fjorback, M.; Zachar, V.; Pennisi, C.P.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 10, Mar (2016), 1-9, č. článku 87. ISSN 1662-453X Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * neuroprosthetic interfaces * neural electrodes * boron-doped diamond * titanium nitride * foreign body reaction Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.566, year: 2016

  14. Visible-light sensitization of boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond through non-covalent surface modification

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    Krýsová, Hana; Vlčková Živcová, Zuzana; Bartoň, Jan; Petrák, Václav; Nesladek, M.; Cígler, Petr; Kavan, Ladislav

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 17, č. 2 (2015), s. 1165-1172 ISSN 1463-9076 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-31783S Institutional support: RVO:61388955 ; RVO:61388963 ; RVO:68378271 Keywords : nanocrystallines * visible-light sensitization * boron-doped diamond Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 4.449, year: 2015

  15. Ferromagnetic resonance investigation of nanocrystalline FeCuNbSiB

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    Figure 2. MS vs. T3/2 plots. The symbols open circles (amorphous) and open triangles (nanocrystalline) represent the data while the continuous curves denote the best least-square fits based on eqs (1) and (2). [7]. HK either depends on temperature or is constant, H0. K, over a certain tem- perature range. In the temperature ...

  16. Growth and characterization of nanocrystalline diamond/amorphous carbon composite films prepared by MWCVD

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    Popov, C.; Kulisch, W.; Gibson, P. N.; Ceccone, G.; Jelínek, Miroslav

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 13, - (2004), s. 1371-1376 ISSN 0925-9635 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1010921 Keywords : nanocrystalline * diamond films * plasma CVD * microstructure Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.670, year: 2004

  17. Effects of Bi Addition on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nanocrystalline Ag Coatings

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    Yuxin Wang

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study we investigated the effects of Bi addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of an electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ag coating. Microstructural features were investigated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The results indicate that the addition of Bi introduced nanometer-scale Ag-Bi solid solution particles and more internal defects to the initial Ag microstructures. The anisotropic elastic-plastic properties of the Ag nanocrystalline coating with and without Bi addition were examined with nanoindentation experiments in conjunction with the recently-developed inverse method. The results indicate that the as-deposited nanocrystalline Ag coating contained high mechanical anisotropy. With the addition of 1 atomic percent (at% Bi, the anisotropy within Ag-Bi coating was very small, and yield strength of the nanocrystalline Ag-Bi alloy in both longitudinal and transverse directions were improved by over 100% compared to that of Ag. On the other hand, the strain-hardening exponent of Ag-Bi was reduced to 0.055 from the original 0.16 of the Ag coating. Furthermore, the addition of Bi only slightly increased the electrical resistivity of the Ag-Bi coating in comparison to Ag. Results of our study indicate that Bi addition is a promising method for improving the mechanical and physical performances of Ag coating for electrical contacts.

  18. Prefilming twin-fluid nozzle assisted precipitation method for preparing nanocrystalline HNS and its characterization.

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    Wang, Jingyu; Huang, Hao; Xu, Wen Zheng; Zhang, Yu Ruo; Lu, Bin; Xie, Rui Zheng; Wang, Peiyong; Yun, Ni

    2009-03-15

    The ultra-fine HNS (2,2',4,4',6,6'-hexanitrostilbene) with desired properties is needed for military and civilian applications because of its reliable threshold energy to short impulse shock waves and its excellent thermal and shock stability. This paper reports on prefilming twin-fluid nozzle assisted precipitation (PTFN-P) to obtain ultra-fine HNS explosive with high specific surface area (SSA), high purity, and narrow particle size distribution. The properties of ultra-fine HNS have been confirmed by SEM, BET, HPLC, XRD, DSC and TGA-SDTA. SEM photograph revealed that the PTFN-P process offers ellipsoid crystalline morphology with particle size of 90-150 nm. The BET and Langmuir SSA of nanocrystalline HNS with purity of 99.44 wt.% were determined to be 19.28 m(2)/g and 29.26 m(2)/g, respectively. The XRD peaks of nanocrystalline HNS seemed to have similar diffraction angles as those of synthesized HNS, and the weakening of peak strength was observed apparently. DSC results of the nanocrystalline HNS showed that the exothermic decomposing at the temperature range of 323-398 degrees C. Furthermore, HNS samples were submitted to impact and small scale gap test and the results indicated that nanocrystalline HNS is less sensitive than synthesized HNS (50 microm) to impact and shock stimuli.

  19. Fabrication and properties of Er-doped nanocrystalline phase-seperated optical fibers

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    Dhar, Anirban; Kašík, Ivan; Podrazký, Ondřej; Matějec, Vlastimil

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 11, č. 1 (2013), s. 29-35 ISSN 1336-1376 R&D Projects: GA ČR GPP102/10/P554; GA ČR GAP102/10/2139 Institutional support: RVO:67985882 Keywords : Er-doping * Phase-separated glass * Nano-crystalline optical fiber Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  20. A Low Temperature Synthetic Route to Nanocrystalline TiN | Cai ...

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    A simple chemical synthetic route has been developed to prepare nanocrystalline titanium nitride (TiN) in an autoclave, by the reaction of metallic Ti with NaNH2 at low temperature of 500–600 °C. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron ...

  1. Influence of grain boundaries on elasticity and thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Mohr, Markus; Daccache, Layal; Horvat, Sebastian; Brühne, Kai; Jacob, Timo; Fecht, Hans-Jörg

    2017-01-01

    Diamond combines several outstanding material properties such as the highest thermal conductivity and highest elastic moduli of all materials. This makes diamond an interesting candidate for a multitude of applications. Nonetheless, nanocrystalline diamond films, layers and coatings, usually show properties different to those of single crystalline diamond. This is usually attributed to the larger volume fraction of the grain boundaries with atomic structure different from the single crystal. In this work we measured Young's modulus and thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline diamond films with average grain sizes ranging from 6 to 15 nm. The measured thermal conductivities are modeled considering the thermal boundary conductance between grains as well as a grain size effect on the phonon mean free path. We make a comparison between elastic modulus and thermal boundary conductance of the grain boundaries G k for different nanocrystalline diamond films. We conclude that the grain boundaries thermal boundary conductance G k is a measure of the cohesive energy of the grain boundaries and therefore also of the elastic modulus of the nanocrystalline diamond films.

  2. Influence of nanocrystalline diamond on resonant properties of gold plasmonic antennas

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    Kvapil, M.; Kromka, Alexander; Rezek, Bohuslav; Kalousek, R.; Křápek, V.; Dub, P.; Šikola, T.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 213, č. 6 (2016), 1564-1571 ISSN 1862-6300 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : antenna resonance wavelength * electric field enhancement * FDTD * nanocrystalline diamond * plasmonic antenna Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.775, year: 2016

  3. Nanocrystalline TiO2 by three different synthetic approaches: A ...

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    templating, mechanochemical synthesis and combustion synthesis for the production of nanostructured TiO2, is reported. In the sol–gel method, nanocrystalline TiO2 is produced when titanium tetraisopropoxide is tem- plated onto dodecylamine which forms the liquid crystalline hexagonal structure and the template is then.

  4. Supported lipid bilayer on nanocrystalline diamond: dual optical and field-effect sensor for membrane disruption

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    Ang, P.K.; Loh, K.P.; Wohland, T.; Nesládek, Miloš; Van Hove, E.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 19, č. 1 (2009), s. 109-116 ISSN 1616-301X Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * biocompatibility * supported lipid bilayers * biosensors * solution gate field effect transistor Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 6.990, year: 2009

  5. Electrochromic devices based on wide band-gap nanocrystalline semiconductors functionalized with mononuclear charge transfer compounds

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    Biancardo, M.; Argazzi, R.; Bignozzi, C.A.

    2006-01-01

    A series of ruthenium and iron mononuclear complexes were prepared and their spectroeletrochemical behavior characterized oil Optically Transparent Thin Layer Electrodes (OTTLE) and on Fluorine Doped SnO2 (FTO) conductive glasses coated with Sb-doped nanocrystalline SnO2. These systems display a ...

  6. Optical properties of nanocrystalline HfO2 synthesized by an auto-igniting combustion synthesis

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    H. Padma Kumar

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The optical properties of nanocrystalline HfO2 synthesized using a single-step auto-igniting combustion technique is reported. Nanocrystalline hafnium oxide having particle size of the order 10–15 nm were obtained in the present method. The nanopowder was characterized using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared and Fourier transform Raman spectroscopic studies. All these studies confirm that the phase formation is complete in the combustion synthesis and monoclinic phase [P21/c(14] of HfO2 is obtained without the presence of any impurities or additional phases. The powder morphology of the as-prepared sample was studied using transmission electron microscopy and the results were in good agreement with that of the X-ray diffraction studies. The optical constants such as refractive index, extinction coefficient, optical conductivity and the band gap were estimated from UV–vis spectroscopic techniques. The band gap of nanocrystalline HfO2 was found to be 5.1 eV and the sample shows a broad PL emission at 628 nm. It is concluded that the transitions between intermediate energy levels in the band gap are responsible for the interesting photoluminescent properties of nanocrystalline HfO2.

  7. High frequency magnetic properties of Fe-based nanocrystalline alloy powder cores

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    Lee, Y.K. [Seoul National University of Technology, Seoul 139-743 (Korea); Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791 (Korea); Kim, Yoon B.; Jee, K.K. [Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791 (Korea); Choi, G.B. [R and D Center, Changsung Corporation, Incheon (Korea)

    2007-12-15

    Toroidal shape Fe-based nanocrystalline alloy powder cores were prepared from the melt spun Fe{sub 73.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 15.5}B{sub 7} ribbons by cold pressing using silicon and phenol resin as an insulating material, respectively. The effect of the insulating materials and their content on the high-frequency magnetic properties of the compacted cores were investigated. The Fe-based nanocrystalline alloy powder cores using phenol resin exhibit stable permeability over 1 MHz, showing excellent high-frequency characteristics. The core loss was reduced significantly and the dc-bias property was improved by using phenol resin. Uniform and good insulation by phenol resin leads to the excellent high-frequency characteristics of the cores. Silicon resin as an insulating material was also effective in improving the high frequency characteristics of the Fe-based nanocrystalline alloy powder cores. However, an appropriate coating process for silicon resin should be applied in order to achieve more improved high frequency characteristics of the nanocrystalline alloy powder cores by controlling the thickness of coated layer. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. A novel method for synthesizing nano-crystalline MgTiO3 geikielite

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    synthesis of nano-crystalline geikielite by co-precipi- tation method. The sample has been characterized by electron microscopic, powder X-ray diffraction and Fourier– transform infrared (FT–IR) spectroscopic methods. 2. Experimental. Geikielite sample has been prepared by co-precipitation method through the reaction: ...

  9. Vibrational thermodynamics of Fe90Zr7B3 nanocrystalline alloy from nuclear inelastic scattering

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    Stankov, S.; Miglierini, M.; Chumakov, A. I.

    2010-01-01

    Recently we determined the iron-partial density of vibrational states (DOS) of nanocrystalline Fe(90)Zr(7)B(3) (Nanoperm), synthesized by crystallization of an amorphous precursor, for various stages of nanocrystallization separating the DOS of the nanograins from that of the interfaces [S. Stank...

  10. Phase-pure Nanocrystalline Li4Ti5O12 for Lithium ion Battery

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    Kalbáč, Martin; Zukalová, Markéta; Kavan, Ladislav

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 8, č. 1 (2003), s. 2-6 ISSN 1432-8488 R&D Projects: GA MŠk OC D14.10 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4040901 Keywords : phase purity * Li4Ti5O12 * nanocrystalline materials Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry Impact factor: 1.195, year: 2003

  11. Effect of plating time on growth of nanocrystalline Ni–P from ...

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    Nanocrystalline nickel phosphorus (NC-Ni–P) deposits from sulphate/glycine bath using a simple electroless deposition process is demonstrated. In the present investigation, nanoporous alumina films are formed on the aluminium surface by anodization process followed by deposition of nickel onto the pores by electroless ...

  12. Effect of plating time on growth of nanocrystalline Ni–P from ...

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    Nanocrystalline nickel phosphorus (NC-Ni–P) deposition has been an emerging area for researchers and scientists due to its applications in chemical, aerospace, automobile and textile industries (Mallory and Hajdu 1990; Parker 1992), since the discovery of electroless nickel–phosphorus (ENP) coatings (Brenner and ...

  13. High-pressure X-ray diffraction study of bulk- and nanocrystalline GaN

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    Jorgensen, J.E.; Jakobsen, J.M.; Jiang, Jianzhong

    2003-01-01

    Bulk- and nanocrystalline GaN have been studied by high-pressure energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction. Pressure-induced structural phase transitions from the wurtzite to the NaCl phase were observed in both materials. The transition pressure was found to be 40 GPa for the bulk-crystalline GaN, whi...

  14. High oxygen nanocomposite barrier films based on xylan and nanocrystalline cellulose

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    Amit Saxena; Thomas J. Elder; Jeffrey Kenvin; Arthur J. Ragauskas

    2010-01-01

    The goal of this work is to produce nanocomposite film with low oxygen permeability by casting an aqueous solution containing xylan, sorbitol and nanocrystalline cellulose. The morphology of the resulting nanocomposite films was examined by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy which showed that control films containing xylan and sorbitol had a more...

  15. Ferromagnetic resonance investigation of nanocrystalline FeCuNbSiB

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    The experimental studies [1–3] of nanocrystalline soft magnetic FeCuNbSiB alloys reported so far have mainly concentrated on the role of grain size in affecting magnetic hysteresis loop parameters, magnetic anisotropy and magnetostriction at room temperature. These studies have indicated that the magnetic softening in ...

  16. X-ray peak broadening analysis of Fe50Ni50 nanocrystalline alloys ...

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    Abstract. Fe50Ni50 nanocrystalline alloys were prepared by mechanical alloying method at different milling times of 2, 5, 10, 30, 50 and 70 h and ball powder ratios (BPR) of 10 : 1, 20 : 1 and 30 : 1. The structures of prepared powders were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The broadening of the diffraction peaks were.

  17. Superconductive B-doped nanocrystalline diamond thin films: Electrical transport and Raman spectra

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    Nesládek, M.; Tromson, D.; Mer, Ch.; Bergonzo, P.; Hubík, Pavel; Mareš, Jiří J.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 88, č. 23 (2006), 232111/1-232111/3 ISSN 0003-6951 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA202/06/0040 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * superconductivity * magnetoresistance * Raman spectroscopy * Fano resonance Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.977, year: 2006

  18. Low temperature behavior of hyperfine fields in amorphous and nanocrystalline FeMoCuB

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    Kohout, J.; Kříšťan, P.; Kubániová, D.; Kmječ, T.; Závěta, K.; Štěpánková, H.; Lančok, Adriana; Sklenka, L.; Matúš, P.; Miglierini, M.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 117, č. 17 (2015), "17B718-1"-"17B718-4" ISSN 0021-8979 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-12449S Institutional support: RVO:61388980 Keywords : rapidly quenched crystalline * nanocrystalline alloy s * magnetic microstructure * metallic glasses Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.101, year: 2015

  19. Nanocrystalline TiO2 by three different synthetic approaches: A ...

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    A comparison of the efficiency of three different synthetic routes viz. sol–gel method involving templating, mechanochemical synthesis and combustion synthesis for the production of nanostructured TiO2, is reported. In the sol–gel method, nanocrystalline TiO2 is produced when titanium tetraisopropoxide is templated onto ...

  20. Synthesis of nanocrystalline SnO2 powder at 100°C

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    Recently, gel combustion routes using a variety of organic fuels like urea, hydrazine, citric acid and others have been reported to be promising meth- ods to prepare a variety of oxides including nanocrystalline. SnO2 (Bhagwat et al 2003). Though the combustion meth- ods are ... Silicon was used as an internal stan- dard.

  1. Structure and coercivity of nanocrystalline Fe–Si–B–Nb–Cu alloys

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    Structure and coercivity of nanocrystalline Fe–Si–B–Nb–Cu alloys. B MAJUMDAR* and D AKHTAR. Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, P.O. Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad 500 058, India. MS received 5 February 2005; revised 24 February 2005. Abstract. Crystallization behaviour and magnetic properties of melt-spun ...

  2. Nanocrystalline diamond/amorphous carbon films for applications in tribology, optics and biomedicine

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    Popov, C.; Kulisch, W.; Jelínek, Miroslav; Bock, A.; Strnad, J.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 494, - (2006), s. 92-97 ISSN 0040-6090 Grant - others:NATO(XE) CBP.EAP.CLG 981519; Marie-Curie EIF(XE) MEIF-CT-2004-500038 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100502 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond films * application properties Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.666, year: 2006

  3. On preparation of nanocrystalline chromites by co-precipitation andautocombustion methods

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    Matulková, Irena; Holec, Petr; Pacáková, Barbara; Kubíčková, Simona; Mantlíková, Alice; Plocek, Jiří; Němec, I.; Nižňanský, D.; Vejpravová, Jana

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 195, May (2015), s. 66-73 ISSN 0921-5107 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP108/10/1250 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 ; RVO:61388980 Keywords : transition metal chromites * nanocrystalline particles * microstructural analysis * vibrational spectroscopy Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.331, year: 2015

  4. Strategies for doped nanocrystalline silicon integration in silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Seif, J.; Descoeudres, A.; Nogay, G.; Hänni, S.; de Nicolas, S.M.; Holm, N.; Geissbühler, J.; Hessler-Wyser, A.; Duchamp, M.; Dunin-Borkowski, R.E.; Ledinský, Martin; De Wolf, S.; Ballif, C.

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    Roč. 6, č. 5 (2016), s. 1132-1140 ISSN 2156-3381 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LM2015087 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : microcrystalline silicon * nanocrystalline silicon * silicon heterojunctions (SHJs) * solar cells Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.712, year: 2016

  5. Quantification of void pinning effects during grain growth of nanocrystalline iron

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    Vetterick, G.A.; El-Atwani, O. [Drexel University, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Baldwin, J. Kevin [Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM (United States); Tonks, M.R. [Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Taheri, M.L., E-mail: mtaheri@coe.drexel.edu [Drexel University, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Philadelphia, PA (United States)

    2016-12-01

    In-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) annealing experiments, coupled with an analytical model, compared void pinning effects in nanocrystalline Fe films during grain growth. Voided grain boundaries were shown to have nearly four orders of magnitude less grain boundary mobility than void-free grain boundaries. However the coverage of the grain boundaries by pores was over three times that which would be required for static particles to completely halt grain boundary migration. Grain boundary migration continued because the pores were dragged by the grain boundaries and continued to evolve and coalesce. Thus, pores can slow grain boundary migration but are not an effective means of fully stabilizing nanocrystalline grain size at high temperatures. - Highlights: • The role of voids in the microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline metals was assessed using in situ TEM. • The mobility of void-free grain boundaries at 800 °C was found to be similar to that of voided grain boundaries at 900 °C. • Computational analysis was used to assess the ability of voids to stabilize a nanocrystalline microstructure.

  6. Study of the Structural and Mechanical Properties of Nanocrystalline TiAlSiN Gradient Coatings

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    Cholakova, T.; Chitanov, V.; Chaliampalias, D.; Kolaklieva, L.; Kakanakov, R.; Bahchedjiev, Ch.; Petkov, N.; Pashinski, Ch.; Vourlias, G.; Vouroutzis, N.; Polychroniadis, E.; Wang, Y.; Meletis, E. I.

    2014-01-01

    A study of the structural and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline TiAlSiN gradient coatings deposited by cathodic arc deposition techniques at 500 degrees C and post-annealed at 525 degrees C is presented. Analysis of the coatings, chemical composition and microstructure revealed that the

  7. Competitiveness of organically grown cereals

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    Jaroslav Jánský

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The contribution is aimed at the assessment of recommended crop management practices of chosen cereals for organic farming. To increase competitiveness, these practices are modified depending on soil and climatic conditions, and on a way of production use. Furthermore, impacts of the recommended crop management practices on economics of growing chosen cereals are evaluated and compared with economic results obtained under conventional farming. It is assumed that achieved results will contribute to the increase in proportion of arable crops in the Czech Republic where organic production offer does not meet current demands.When evaluating results of growing individual cereal species in a selective set of organic farms, triticale, spelt and spring barley (in this ranking can be considered as profitable crops. Moreover, triticale and spelt have even higher gross margin under organic farming than under conventional farming (by 62 % in triticale. Oat brings losses, however, it is important for livestock production. Winter wheat seems to be also unprofitable since less grain is produced at lower imputs per hectare and only part of it is produced in quality “bio”, i.e. marketed for higher prices. Rye also brings losses under organic farming, particularly due to lower yields, similarly to the other mentioned cereals. Special cereal species that are still neglected in organic farming systems are of potential use. Durum wheat has vitreous kernels with a high content of quality gluten which is used for pasta production. It can be grown in the maize production area on fertile soils only.

  8. Atomic layer deposited nanocrystalline tungsten carbides thin films as a metal gate and diffusion barrier for Cu metallization

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    Kim, Jun Beom; Kim, Soo-Hyun, E-mail: soohyun@ynu.ac.kr [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan-si 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Han, Won Seok [UP Chemical 576, Chilgoedong, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do 459-050 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Do-Joong [School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 (United States)

    2016-07-15

    Tungsten carbides (WC{sub x}) thin films were deposited on thermally grown SiO{sub 2} substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using a fluorine- and nitrogen-free W metallorganic precursor, tungsten tris(3-hexyne) carbonyl [W(CO)(CH{sub 3}CH{sub 2}C ≡ CCH{sub 2}CH{sub 3}){sub 3}], and N{sub 2} + H{sub 2} plasma as the reactant at deposition temperatures between 150 and 350 °C. The present ALD-WC{sub x} system showed an ALD temperature window between 200 and 250 °C, where the growth rate was independent of the deposition temperature. Typical ALD characteristics, such as self-limited film growth and a linear dependency of the film grown on the number of ALD cycles, were observed, with a growth rate of 0.052 nm/cycle at a deposition temperature of 250 °C. The ALD-WC{sub x} films formed a nanocrystalline structure with grains, ∼2 nm in size, which consisted of hexagonal W{sub 2}C, WC, and nonstoichiometric cubic β-WC{sub 1−x} phase. Under typical deposition conditions at 250 °C, an ALD-WC{sub x} film with a resistivity of ∼510 μΩ cm was deposited and the resistivity of the ALD-WC{sub x} film could be reduced even further to ∼285 μΩ cm by further optimizing the reactant pulsing conditions, such as the plasma power. The step coverage of ALD-WC{sub x} film was ∼80% on very small sized and dual trenched structures (bottom width of 15 nm and aspect ratio of ∼6.3). From ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, the work function of the ALD-WC{sub x} film was determined to be 4.63 eV. Finally, the ultrathin (∼5 nm) ALD-WC{sub x} film blocked the diffusion of Cu, even up to 600 °C, which makes it a promising a diffusion barrier material for Cu interconnects.

  9. Two strain-hardening mechanisms in nanocrystalline austenitic steel: An in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction study

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    Schloth, P.; Weisser, M.A.; Van Swygenhoven, H.; Van Petegem, S.; Susila, P.; Subramanya Sarma, V.; Murty, B.S.; Lauterbach, S.; Heilmaier, M.

    2012-01-01

    The mechanical behaviour of nanocrystalline austenitic steels with and without yttria particles was investigated using in situ synchrotron diffraction during tensile deformation. Two different strain-hardening regimes were found. The first regime can be assigned predominantly to a martensitic phase transformation, the second to deformation twinning in the fragmented retained austenite. The kinetics of martensitic phase transformation is remarkably enhanced in the nanocrystalline structure.

  10. In-situ TEM observation of the response of ultrafine- and nanocrystalline-grained tungsten to extreme irradiation environments.

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    El-Atwani, O; Hinks, J A; Greaves, G; Gonderman, S; Qiu, T; Efe, M; Allain, J P

    2014-05-06

    The accumulation of defects, and in particular He bubbles, can have significant implications for the performance of materials exposed to the plasma in magnetic-confinement nuclear fusion reactors. Some of the most promising candidates for deployment into such environments are nanocrystalline materials as the engineering of grain boundary density offers the possibility of tailoring their radiation resistance properties. In order to investigate the microstructural evolution of ultrafine- and nanocrystalline-grained tungsten under conditions similar to those in a reactor, a transmission electron microscopy study with in situ 2 keV He(+) ion irradiation at 950 °C has been completed. A dynamic and complex evolution in the microstructure was observed including the formation of defect clusters, dislocations and bubbles. Nanocrystalline grains with dimensions less than around 60 nm demonstrated lower bubble density and greater bubble size than larger nanocrystalline (60-100 nm) and ultrafine (100-500 nm) grains. In grains over 100 nm, uniform distributions of bubbles and defects were formed. At higher fluences, large faceted bubbles were observed on the grain boundaries, especially on those of nanocrystalline grains, indicating the important role grain boundaries can play in trapping He and thus in giving rise to the enhanced radiation tolerance of nanocrystalline materials.

  11. Hysteresis properties of conventionally annealed and Joule-heated nanocrystalline Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 alloys

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    Tiberto, P.; Basso, V.; Beatrice, C.; Bertotti, G.

    1996-01-01

    The dependence of magnetic properties on the thermal treatment used to induce the amorphous-to-nanocrystalline transformation in Fe 73.5 Cu 1 Nb 3 Si 13.5 B 9 alloy has been studied. Quasi-static hysteresis loops and initial permeability measurements were performed on nanocrystalline samples obtained by conventional annealing and Joule heating. A comparison between the magnetic properties of nanocrystalline samples obtained by the two heating procedures is presented. (orig.)

  12. Thick Nano-Crystalline Diamond films for fusion applications

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    Dawedeit, Christoph [Technical Univ. of Munich (Germany)

    2010-06-30

    This Diplomarbeit deals with the characterization of 9 differently grown diamond samples. Several techniques were used to determine the quality of these specimens for inertial confinement fusion targets. The quality of chemical vapor deposition diamond is usually considered in terms of the proportion of sp3-bonded carbon to sp2-bonded carbon in the sample. For fusion targets smoothness, Hydrogen content and density of the diamonds are further important characteristics. These characteristics are analyzed in this thesis. The research for thesis was done at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institut für angewandte Festkörperphysik Freiburg, Germany. Additionally the Lehrstuhl fuer Nukleartechnik at Technical University of Germany supported the work.

  13. Displacive radiation-induced structural contraction in nanocrystalline ZrN

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    Lu Fengyuan; Sun Hongtao; Lian Jie; Huang, Mengbing; Yaqoob, Faisal; Lang, Maik; Ewing, Rodney C.; Namavar, Fereydoon; Trautmann, Christina

    2012-01-01

    Nanocrystalline ZrN thin films with 5 nm grain size, prepared by ion beam assisted deposition, maintained their isometric structure upon intensive displacive and ionizing irradiations, indicating an extremely high stability similar to bulk ZrN. However, a unique structural contraction up to 1.42% in lattice parameter occurred only in nano-sized ZrN upon displacive irradiations. A significant nitrogen loss occurred with reduced N:Zr atomic ratio to 0.88, probably due to the production of displaced nitrogen atoms and fast diffusion along grain boundaries in nanocrystalline ZrN matrix. The accumulation of nitrogen vacancies and related strain relaxation may be responsible for the structural contraction.

  14. Highly conducting p-type nanocrystalline silicon thin films preparation without additional hydrogen dilution

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    Patra, Chandralina; Das, Debajyoti

    2018-04-01

    Boron doped nanocrystalline silicon thin film has been successfully prepared at a low substrate temperature (250 °C) in planar inductively coupled RF (13.56 MHz) plasma CVD, without any additional hydrogen dilution. The effect of B2H6 flow rate on structural and electrical properties of the films has been studied. The p-type nc-Si:H films prepared at 5 ≤ B2H6 (sccm) ≤ 20 retains considerable amount of nanocrystallites (˜80 %) with high conductivity ˜101 S cm-1 and dominant crystallographic orientation which has been correlated with the associated increased ultra- nanocrystalline component in the network. Such properties together make the material significantly effective for utilization as p-type emitter layer in heterojunction nc-Si solar cells.

  15. Nanocrystalline material in toroidal cores for current transformer: analytical study and computational simulations

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    Benedito Antonio Luciano

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Based on electrical and magnetic properties, such as saturation magnetization, initial permeability, and coercivity, in this work are presented some considerations about the possibilities of applications of nanocrystalline alloys in toroidal cores for current transformers. It is discussed how the magnetic characteristics of the core material affect the performance of the current transformer. From the magnetic characterization and the computational simulations, using the finite element method (FEM, it has been verified that, at the typical CT operation value of flux density, the nanocrystalline alloys properties reinforce the hypothesis that the use of these materials in measurement CT cores can reduce the ratio and phase errors and can also improve its accuracy class.

  16. Nanocrystalline SnO2 formation by oxygen ion implantation in tin thin films

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    Kondkar, Vidya; Rukade, Deepti; Kanjilal, Dinakar; Bhattacharyya, Varsha

    2018-03-01

    Metallic tin thin films of thickness 100 nm are deposited on fused silica substrates by thermal evaporation technique. These films are implanted with 45 keV oxygen ions at fluences ranging from 5 × 1015 to 5 × 1016 ions cm-2. The energy of the oxygen ions is calculated using SRIM in order to form embedded phases at the film-substrate interface. Post-implantation, films are annealed using a tube furnace for nanocrystalline tin oxide formation. These films are characterized using x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. XRD and Raman spectroscopy studies reveal the formation of single rutile phase of SnO2. The size of the nanocrystallites formed decreases with an increase in the ion fluence. The nanocrystalline SnO2 formation is also confirmed by UV-vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy.

  17. Oxidation resistant nanocrystalline MCrAl(Y) coatings and methods of forming such coatings

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    Cheruvu, Narayana S.; Wei, Ronghua

    2014-07-29

    The present disclosure relates to an oxidation resistant nanocrystalline coating and a method of forming an oxidation resistant nanocrystalline coating. An oxidation resistant coating comprising an MCrAl(Y) alloy may be deposited on a substrate, wherein M, includes iron, nickel, cobalt, or combinations thereof present greater than 50 wt % of the MCrAl(Y) alloy, chromium is present in the range of 15 wt % to 30 wt % of the MCrAl(Y) alloy, aluminum is present in the range of 6 wt % to 12 wt % of the MCrAl(Y) alloy and yttrium, is optionally present in the range of 0.1 wt % to 0.5 wt % of the MCrAl(Y) alloy. In addition, the coating may exhibit a grain size of 200 nm or less as deposited.

  18. Coercivities of hot-deformed magnets processed from amorphous and nanocrystalline precursors

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    Tang, Xin; Sepehri-Amin, H.; Ohkubo, T.; Hioki, K.; Hattori, A.; Hono, K.

    2017-01-01

    Hot-deformed magnets have been processed from amorphous and nanocrystalline precursors and their hard magnetic properties and microstructures have been investigated in order to explore the optimum process route. The hot-deformed magnets processed from an amorphous precursor exhibited the coercivity of 1.40 T that is higher than that processed from nanocrystalline powder, ∼1.28 T. The average grain size was larger in the magnets processed from amorphous precursor. Detailed microstructure analyses by aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy revealed that the Nd + Pr concentrations in the intergranular phases were higher in the hot-deformed magnet processed from the amorphous precursor, which is considered to lead to the enhanced coercivity due to a stronger pinning force against magnetic domain wall motion.

  19. Radiation stability of nanocrystalline ZrN coatings irradiated with high energy Xe and Bi ions

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    Skuratov, V.A.; Sokhatsky, A.S.; Uglov, V.V.; Zlotski, S.V.; Van Vuuren, A.J.; Neethling, Jan; O'Connell, J.

    2011-01-01

    Swift Xe and Bi ion irradiation effects in nanocrystalline ZrN coatings as a function of ion fluence are reported. Zirconium nitride films of different thickness (0.1, 3, 10 and 20 micrometers) synthesized by vacuum arc-vapour deposition in nanocrystalline state (average size of crystallites is ∼4 nm) were irradiated with 167 MeV Xe and 695 MeV Bi ions to fluences in the range 3x10 12 ÷2.6x10 15 cm -2 (Xe) and 10 12 x10 13 cm -2 (Bi) and studied using XRD and TEM techniques. No evidence of amorphization due to high level ionizing energy losses has been found. The measurements of lattice parameter have revealed nonmonotonic dependence of the stress level in irradiated samples on ion fluence. (authors)

  20. A nanocrystalline Hilbert phase-plate for phase-contrast transmission electron microscopy.

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    Dries, M; Hettler, S; Gamm, B; Müller, E; Send, W; Müller, K; Rosenauer, A; Gerthsen, D

    2014-04-01

    Thin-film-based phase-plates are applied to enhance the contrast of weak-phase objects in transmission electron microscopy. In this work, metal-film-based phase-plates are considered to reduce contamination and electrostatic charging, which up to now limit the application of phase-plates fabricated from amorphous C-films. Their crystalline structure requires a model for the simulation of the effect of crystallinity on the phase-plate properties and the image formation process. The model established in this work is verified by experimental results obtained by the application of a textured nanocrystalline Au-film-based Hilbert phase-plate. Based on the model, it is shown that monocrystalline and textured nanocrystalline phase-plate microstructures of appropriate thickness and crystalline orientation can be a promising approach for phase-contrast transmission electron microscopy. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Electrical relaxation, optical and magnetic studies of nanocrystalline lithium ferrite synthesized by different chemical routes

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    Cheruku, Rajesh; Govindaraj, G.; Vijayan, Lakshmi

    2017-12-01

    The nanocrystalline lithium ferrite was synthesized by wet chemical methods such as solution combustion technique, sol-gel, and hydrothermal for a comparative study. Different characterization techniques like x-ray powder diffraction and thermal analysis were employed to confirm the structure and phase. Temperature-dependent Raman analysis was employed to classify the phonon modes associated with precise atomic motions existing in the synthesized materials. Morphology of sample surface was explored by scanning electron microscopy, and elemental analysis was done by energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis. The nanocrystalline nature of the materials was confirmed through transmission electron microscopy. Magnetic properties of these samples were explored through a vibrating sample magnetometer. Ac electrical impedance spectroscopy data were investigated using two Cole-Cole functions, and activation energies were calculated for all materials. Among them, solution combustion prepared lithium ferrite shows the highest conductivity and lowest activation energy.

  2. Low-temperature synthesis of homogeneous nanocrystalline cubic silicon carbide films

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    Cheng Qijin; Xu, S.

    2007-01-01

    Silicon carbide films are fabricated by inductively coupled plasma chemical vapor deposition from feedstock gases silane and methane heavily diluted with hydrogen at a low substrate temperature of 300 deg. C. Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analyses show that homogeneous nanocrystalline cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC) films can be synthesized at an appropriate silane fraction X[100%xsilane flow(SCCM)/silane+methane flow(SCCM)] in the gas mixture. The achievement of homogeneous nanocrystalline 3C-SiC films at a low substrate temperature of 300 deg. C is a synergy of a low deposition pressure (22 mTorr), high inductive rf power (2000 W), heavy dilution of feedstock gases silane and methane with hydrogen, and appropriate silane fractions X (X≤33%) in the gas mixture employed in our experiments

  3. Synthesis of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide for photodegradation treatment of remazol brown dye

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    Santhi, K.; Manikandan, P.; Rani, C.; Karuppuchamy, S.

    2015-03-01

    A nanocrystalline TiO2 was successfully synthesized using simple aqueous peroxo route and subsequently the surface characterization of TiO2 was carried out using X-ray diffraction and Scanning electron microscopy. The synthesized nanocrystalline TiO2 successfully decomposed the aqueous remazol brown dye solution under UV light irradiation with and without ozone. The effects of pH, TiO2 dose and irradiation time for decomposition of dye solution were also evaluated. The maximum dye decomposition efficiency of 96.6 % was achieved with the minimal time of 45 min by UV/TiO2/O3 treatment. The present study clearly indicates that the peroxo route TiO2 nanoparticle is a promising material for industrial waste water treatment.

  4. YBa2Cu3O7 thin films on nanocrystalline diamond films for HTSC bolometer

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    Cui, G.; Beetz, C. P., Jr.; Boerstler, R.; Steinbeck, J.

    1993-01-01

    Superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films on nanocrystalline diamond thin films have been fabricated. A composite buffer layer system consisting of diamond/Si3N4/YSZ/YBCO was explored for this purpose. The as-deposited YBCO films were superconducting with Tc of about 84 K and a relatively narrow transition width of about 8 K. SEM cross sections of the films showed very sharp interfaces between diamond/Si3N4 and between Si3N4/YSZ. The deposited YBCO film had a surface roughness of about 1000 A, which is suitable for high-temperature superconductive (HTSC) bolometer fabrication. It was also found that preannealing of the nanocrystalline diamond thin films at high temperature was very important for obtaining high-quality YBCO films.

  5. YBa2Cu3O7 thin films on nanocrystalline diamond films for HTSC bolometer

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    Cui, G.; Beetz, C. P., Jr.; Boerstler, R.; Steinbeck, J.

    1993-03-01

    Superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films on nanocrystalline diamond thin films have been fabricated. A composite buffer layer system consisting of diamond/Si3N4/YSZ/YBCO was explored for this purpose. The as-deposited YBCO films were superconducting with Tc of about 84 K and a relatively narrow transition width of about 8 K. SEM cross sections of the films showed very sharp interfaces between diamond/Si3N4 and between Si3N4/YSZ. The deposited YBCO film had a surface roughness of about 1000 A, which is suitable for high-temperature superconductive (HTSC) bolometer fabrication. It was also found that preannealing of the nanocrystalline diamond thin films at high temperature was very important for obtaining high-quality YBCO films.

  6. A constitutive model of nanocrystalline metals based on competing grain boundary and grain interior deformation mechanisms

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    Gurses, Ercan

    2011-12-01

    In this work, a viscoplastic constitutive model for nanocrystalline metals is presented. The model is based on competing grain boundary and grain interior deformation mechanisms. In particular, inelastic deformations caused by grain boundary diffusion, grain boundary sliding and dislocation activities are considered. Effects of pressure on the grain boundary diffusion and sliding mechanisms are taken into account. Furthermore, the influence of grain size distribution on macroscopic response is studied. The model is shown to capture the fundamental mechanical characteristics of nanocrystalline metals. These include grain size dependence of the strength, i.e., both the traditional and the inverse Hall-Petch effects, the tension-compression asymmetry and the enhanced rate sensitivity. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Multiple magnetic scattering in small-angle neutron scattering of Nd–Fe–B nanocrystalline magnet

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    Ueno, Tetsuro; Saito, Kotaro; Yano, Masao; Ito, Masaaki; Shoji, Tetsuya; Sakuma, Noritsugu; Kato, Akira; Manabe, Akira; Hashimoto, Ai; Gilbert, Elliot P.; Keiderling, Uwe; Ono, Kanta

    2016-01-01

    We have investigated the influence of multiple scattering on the magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) from a Nd–Fe–B nanocrystalline magnet. We performed sample-thickness- and neutron-wavelength-dependent SANS measurements, and observed the scattering vector dependence of the multiple magnetic scattering. It is revealed that significant multiple scattering exists in the magnetic scattering rather than the nuclear scattering of Nd–Fe–B nanocrystalline magnet. It is considered that the mean free path of the neutrons for magnetic scattering is rather short in Nd–Fe–B magnets. We analysed the SANS data by the phenomenological magnetic correlation model considering the magnetic microstructures and obtained the microstructural parameters. PMID:27321149

  8. Multiple magnetic scattering in small-angle neutron scattering of Nd-Fe-B nanocrystalline magnet.

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    Ueno, Tetsuro; Saito, Kotaro; Yano, Masao; Ito, Masaaki; Shoji, Tetsuya; Sakuma, Noritsugu; Kato, Akira; Manabe, Akira; Hashimoto, Ai; Gilbert, Elliot P; Keiderling, Uwe; Ono, Kanta

    2016-06-20

    We have investigated the influence of multiple scattering on the magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) from a Nd-Fe-B nanocrystalline magnet. We performed sample-thickness- and neutron-wavelength-dependent SANS measurements, and observed the scattering vector dependence of the multiple magnetic scattering. It is revealed that significant multiple scattering exists in the magnetic scattering rather than the nuclear scattering of Nd-Fe-B nanocrystalline magnet. It is considered that the mean free path of the neutrons for magnetic scattering is rather short in Nd-Fe-B magnets. We analysed the SANS data by the phenomenological magnetic correlation model considering the magnetic microstructures and obtained the microstructural parameters.

  9. Small-angle neutron scattering investigations of nanocrystalline alloy chips obtained by machining

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    Elwyn Rebello

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Ultrafine-grained (UFG materials exhibit significantly enhanced mechanical properties. This has brought renewed attention on the use of large strain or severe plastic deformation as a means for achieving microstructural refinement in metals and alloys. Large plastic strains imposed in a machine chip result in significant microstructural refinement, including the creation of UFG and nanocrystalline materials. It looks to be an economical route for realizing nanocrystalline materials. In the present study, small-angle neutron scattering (SANS was employed to investigate the modifications in the microstructure of the chips produced via machining. Double crystal-based medium resolution SANS instrument has been used for this purpose. Significant scattering intensity at small enough angles reveals the presence of mesoscopic density fluctuations produced because of the machining. Atomic force microscopy images also corroborate the existence of such small length scale density fluctuations.

  10. Alloy-dependent deformation behavior of highly ductile nanocrystalline AuCu thin films

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    Lohmiller, Jochen [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Applied Materials, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Laboratory for Nanometallurgy, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 10, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Spolenak, Ralph [Laboratory for Nanometallurgy, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 10, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Gruber, Patric A., E-mail: patric.gruber@kit.edu [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Applied Materials, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2014-02-10

    Nanocrystalline thin films on compliant substrates become increasingly important for the development of flexible electronic devices. In this study, nanocrystalline AuCu thin films on polyimide substrate were tested in tension while using a synchrotron-based in situ testing technique. Analysis of X-ray diffraction profiles allowed identifying the underlying deformation mechanisms. Initially, elastic and microplastic deformation is observed, followed by dislocation-mediated shear band formation, and eventually macroscopic crack formation. Particularly the influence of alloy composition, heat-treatment, and test temperature were investigated. Generally, a highly ductile behavior is observed. However, high Cu concentrations, annealing, and/or large plastic strains lead to localized deformation and hence reduced ductility. On the other hand, enhanced test temperature allows for a delocalized deformation and extended ductility.

  11. Deposition, microstructure, and properties of nanocrystalline Ti(C,O,N) coatings

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    Ruppi, S.; Larsson, A.

    2003-01-01

    Chemical vapor deposition of Ti(C,N) coatings from the TiCl4- CH3CN- N2-H2 system on cemented carbide substrates was studied. The morphology and grain size of the coatings were modified using carbon monoxide (CO). Transmission electron microscopy confirmed that grain refinement of the Ti(C,N) coatings could be obtained by means of CO doping and nanocrystalline coatings were obtained at CO levels exceeding 6%. CO doping resulted in the incorporation of oxygen in the structure, but no segregation of oxygen to grain boundaries was observed. The coatings appeared to be of homogeneous composition even at the highest CO levels. Both improved coating hardness and surface quality were obtained with decreasing grain size. However, the coatings exhibited clearly lower crater wear resistance in the nanograined region. This was explained by an increased tendency for grain-boundary sliding in the nanocrystalline coatings leading to more pronounced plastic deformation.

  12. Evaluation of biological activities of nanocrystalline zirconia synthesis via combustion method

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    Thakare, V.G.; Omanwar, S.K.; Bhatkar, V.B.; Wadegaokar, P.A.

    2016-01-01

    The objective of the following study was synthesis of nanocrystalline zirconia by modified solution combustion synthesis method and evaluation of its structural and biological properties. The sample was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and evaluated for cytotoxicity study using 3T3 mouse fibroblast cells, the antibacterial property are investigated by spread plate method against E. coli bacterial pathogen and studied for degradation using phosphate buffered saline (PBS) solution. The XRD pattern shows that the monoclinic phase of nanocrystalline zirconia was obtained. The FESEM images showed that the prepared sample consists of particles in the range of 45 nm and homogenous particle size distribution. The sample of zirconia has excellent tissue biocompatibility and does not show any toxicity towards normal 3T3 mouse fibroblast cells. It also inhibited the bacterial growth. The sample shows stability at physiological condition and does not show degradation. (author)

  13. Effect of ball milling process on coercivity of nanocrystalline SmCo5 magnets

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    Fang, Lei; Zhang, Tianli; Wang, Hui; Jiang, Chengbao; Liu, Jinghua

    2018-01-01

    In this paper, the effect of ball milling process on remanence and coercivity of nanocrystalline SmCo5 magnets was systematically investigated. Nanocrystalline SmCo5 magnets were prepared by high energy ball milling and spark plasma sintering. And their vast difference of remanence and coercivity were analyzed thoroughly. The anisotropic SmCo5 magnets prepared by wet-milling with surfactant (oleylamine, OY) have high remanence, but the coercivity is much lower than the isotropic magnets prepared by dry-milling. Further analysis indicates the milling process induced changes on the size and shape of grains are the key factors influencing the coercivity. The amorphous powders prepared by dry-milling were crystallized during sintering and the magnets have small and homogeneous grains, while the anisotropic nanoflakes prepared by wet-milling could be well oriented but the magnets have lower coercivity due to the larger and inhomogeneous grains.

  14. Voltammetric and impedance behaviours of surface-treated nano-crystalline diamond film electrodes

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    F. B. Liu

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The electrochemical performances of hydrogen- and oxygen-terminated nano-crystalline diamond film electrodes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and AC impedance spectroscopy. In addition, the surface morphologies, phase structures, and chemical states of the two diamond films were analysed by scanning probe microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The results indicated that the potential window is narrower for the hydrogen-terminated nano-crystalline diamond film than for the oxygen-terminated one. The diamond film resistance and capacitance of oxygen-terminated diamond film are much larger than those of the hydrogen-terminated diamond film, and the polarization resistances and double-layer capacitance corresponding to oxygen-terminated diamond film are both one order of magnitude larger than those corresponding to the hydrogen-terminated diamond film. The electrochemical behaviours of the two diamond film electrodes are discussed.

  15. Effect of degassing temperature on the microstructure of a nanocrystalline Al-Mg alloy

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    Ahn, Byungmin; Newbery, A. Piers; Lavernia, Enrique J.; Nutt, Steven R.

    2007-01-01

    The microstructural evolution of a nanocrystalline Al-Mg alloy was investigated to determine the effects of degassing temperature. Al 5083 powder was ball-milled in liquid nitrogen to obtain a nanocrystalline structure, then vacuum degassed to remove contaminants. The degassed powder was consolidated by cold isostatic pressing and then forged to produce bulk, low-porosity material. The material microstructure was analyzed at different stages using optical microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and density measurements. The impurity concentration of the final product was also measured. The forged material exhibited a bimodal grain size distribution, consisting of both ultra fine and coarse grains. The bimodal distribution was attributed to the presence of residual coarse grains in the as-milled powder. Higher degassing temperatures resulted in higher density values and lower hydrogen content in the consolidated materials, although these materials also exhibited more extensive grain growth

  16. Substitutional Boron in Nanodiamond, Bucky-Diamond, and Nanocrystalline Diamond Grain Boundaries

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    Barnard, Amanda S.; Sternberg, Michael G.

    2006-10-05

    Although boron has been known for many years to be a successful dopant in bulk diamond, efficient doping of nanocrystalline diamond with boron is still being developed. In general, the location, configuration, and bonding structure of boron in nanodiamond is still unknown, including the fundamental question of whether it is located within grains or grain boundaries of thin films and whether it is within the core or at the surface of nanoparticles. Presented here are density functional tight-binding simulations examining the configuration, potential energy surface, and electronic charge of substitutional boron in various types of nanocrystalline diamond. The results predict that boron is likely to be positioned at the surface of isolated particles and at the grain boundary of thin-film samples.

  17. Magnetic and Mössbauer spectroscopy studies of nanocrystalline iron oxide aerogels

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    Carpenter, E.E.; Long, J.W.; Rolison, D.R.

    2006-01-01

    A sol-gel synthesis was used to produce iron oxide aerogels. These nanocrystalline aerogels have a pore-solid structure similar to silica aerogels but are composed entirely of iron oxides. Mössbauer experiments and x-ray diffraction showed that the as-prepared aerogel is an amorphous or poorly...... by magnetic interactions between the particles at lower temperatures. ©2006 American Institute of Physics...

  18. In Operando Mechanism Analysis on Nanocrystalline Silicon Anode Material for Reversible and Ultrafast Sodium Storage.

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    Zhang, Lei; Hu, Xianluo; Chen, Chaoji; Guo, Haipeng; Liu, Xiaoxiao; Xu, Gengzhao; Zhong, Haijian; Cheng, Shuang; Wu, Peng; Meng, Jiashen; Huang, Yunhui; Dou, Shixue; Liu, Huakun

    2017-02-01

    The electrochemical mechanism of nanocrystalline silicon anode in sodium ion batteries is first studied via in operando Raman and in operando X-ray diffraction. An irreversible structural conversion from crystalline silicon to amorphous silicon takes place during the initial cycles, leading to ultrafast reversible sodium insertion in the newly generated amorphous silicon. Furthermore, an optimized silicon/carbon composite has been developed to further improve its electrochemical performance. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. AC susceptibility in amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe-Zr-B alloys

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    Slawska-Waniewska, A.; Pont, M.; Lazaro, F.J.; Garcia, J.L.; Nowicki, P.; Munoz, J.S.

    1995-01-01

    AC susceptibility measurements show that in Fe 89 Zr 7 B 4 amorphous material the ferromagnetic-reentrant spin-glass transition follows the paramagnetic-ferromagnetic transition as the temperature is lowered, whereas the behavior of nanocrystalline sample is characteristic of ferromagnetic material. The results are interpreted in terms of a non-collinear magnetic structure in amorphous alloy which changes considerably after crystallization. ((orig.))

  20. Diamond-like carbon and nanocrystalline diamond film surfaces sputtered by argon cluster ion beams

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    Zemek, Josef; Jiříček, Petr; Houdková, Jana; Artemenko, Anna; Jelínek, Miroslav

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 68, Sep (2016), s. 37-41 ISSN 0925-9635 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108; GA MŠk LM2015088 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : diamond-like carbon * nanocrystalline diamond * argon cluster ion beam * XPS * C sp2 * C sp3 Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.561, year: 2016

  1. Preparation and characterization of nanocrystalline Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6}

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    Wang Yan; Cheng Fangyi; Li Chunsheng; Tao Zhanliang [Institute of New Energy Material Chemistry and Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (Ministry of Education), Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Chen Jun, E-mail: chenabc@nankai.edu.c [Institute of New Energy Material Chemistry and Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (Ministry of Education), Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China)

    2010-10-22

    Research highlights: {yields} High proportion of nanocrystalline Mg2FeH6 (with the diameter of about 10 nm) was prepared by ball milling technique under relatively lower hydrogen pressure and room temperature. {yields} Furthermore, the as-prepared sample desorbs up to 5.15 wt% of hydrogen under vacuum from 335 to 613 K. - Abstract: We report on the preparation and characterization of nanocrystalline Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6} that is prepared by ball milling of 3Mg + Fe mixture under relatively lower hydrogen pressure (5.5 bar) at room temperature. The phase, composition and morphology of the as-milled powders are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and high-resolution TEM (HRTEM). The results show that the optimum formation time of Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6} phase is 100 h and the abundance is about 90.1 wt% deduced from Reitveld refinement. Together with Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6}, small amount of Fe and MgO are also present in the milled product. The as-prepared nanocrystalline Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6}, which exhibits a chrysanthemum-like spherical shape (O 100-200 nm) with aggregated nanoparticles (O 10-20 nm), starts to desorb hydrogen at 335 K and ends at 613 K with a total weight loss of 5.15 wt%. The desorption enthalpy and entropy for the as-prepared nanocrystalline Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6} are -67.2 {+-} 8 kJ/mol H{sub 2} and -120.1 {+-} 15 J/K mol H{sub 2}, respectively.

  2. The infrared optical absorption spectra of the functionalized nanocrystalline diamond surface

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    Remeš, Zdeněk; Kromka, Alexander; Kozak, Halyna; Vaněček, Milan; Haenen, K.; Wenmackers, S.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 18, 5-8 (2009), s. 772-775 ISSN 0925-9635 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC510; GA AV ČR KJB100100623 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * photochemical functionalization * spin coating * polymer * infrared spectroscopy * fluorescence microscopy Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.822, year: 2009

  3. Sensing of phosgene by a porous-like nanocrystalline diamond layer with buried metallic electrodes

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    Davydova, Marina; Stuchlík, M.; Rezek, Bohuslav; Larsson, K.; Kromka, Alexander

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 188, NOV (2013), s. 675-680 ISSN 0925-4005 R&D Projects: GA MPO FR-TI2/736; GA ČR GAP108/12/0996 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * phosgene * surface conductivity * gas sensor * SEM Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.840, year: 2013 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2013.07.079

  4. Electrochemical properties and applications of nanocrystalline, microcrystalline, and epitaxial cubic silicon carbide films.

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    Zhuang, Hao; Yang, Nianjun; Zhang, Lei; Fuchs, Regina; Jiang, Xin

    2015-05-27

    Microstructures of the materials (e.g., crystallinitiy, defects, and composition, etc.) determine their properties, which eventually lead to their diverse applications. In this contribution, the properties, especially the electrochemical properties, of cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC) films have been engineered by controlling their microstructures. By manipulating the deposition conditions, nanocrystalline, microcrystalline and epitaxial (001) 3C-SiC films are obtained with varied properties. The epitaxial 3C-SiC film presents the lowest double-layer capacitance and the highest reversibility of redox probes, because of its perfect (001) orientation and high phase purity. The highest double-layer capacitance and the lowest reversibility of redox probes have been realized on the nanocrystalline 3C-SiC film. Those are ascribed to its high amount of grain boundaries, amorphous phases and large diversity in its crystal size. Based on their diverse properties, the electrochemical performances of 3C-SiC films are evaluated in two kinds of potential applications, namely an electrochemical capacitor using a nanocrystalline film and an electrochemical dopamine sensor using the epitaxial 3C-SiC film. The nanocrystalline 3C-SiC film shows not only a high double layer capacitance (43-70 μF/cm(2)) but also a long-term stability of its capacitance. The epitaxial 3C-SiC film shows a low detection limit toward dopamine, which is one to 2 orders of magnitude lower than its normal concentration in tissue. Therefore, 3C-SiC film is a novel but designable material for different emerging electrochemical applications such as energy storage, biomedical/chemical sensors, environmental pollutant detectors, and so on.

  5. A nanocrystalline Sm-Co compound for high-temperature permanent magnets.

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    Zhang, Zhexu; Song, Xiaoyan; Qiao, Yinkai; Xu, Wenwu; Zhang, Jiuxing; Seyring, Martin; Rettenmayr, Markus

    2013-03-21

    The inherently high magnetic anisotropy and nanoscale grain size in a Sm5Co19 compound result in an intrinsic coercivity far higher than those of known Sm-Co compounds prior to orientation treatment. The combination of ultrahigh intrinsic coercivity, high Curie temperature and low coercivity temperature coefficient of nanocrystalline Sm5Co19 as a single phase material shows it to be a very promising compound to develop outstanding high-temperature permanent magnets.

  6. Hardness and elastic modulus of amorphous and nanocrystalline SiC and Si films

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    Kulykovskyy, Valeriy; Vorlíček, Vladimír; Boháč, Petr; Stranyánek, Martin; Čtvrtlík, Radim; Kurdyumov, A.; Jastrabík, Lubomír

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 202, - (2008), s. 1738-1745 ISSN 0257-8972 R&D Projects: GA MŠk OC 097; GA MŠk OC 095; GA MŠk(CZ) 1M06002 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100522 Keywords : sputtering * hardness * nanocrystalline SiC films * nanocomposites * amorphous Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.860, year: 2008

  7. High optical quality nanocrystalline diamond with reduced non-diamond contamination

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    Remeš, Zdeněk; Ižák, Tibor; Kromka, Alexander; Vaněček, Milan

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 19, 5-6 (2010), s. 453-456 ISSN 0925-9635 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC510; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAAX00100902 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * photocurrent spectra * optical absorption * laser calorimetry Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.825, year: 2010

  8. Preparation and optical properties of nanocrystalline diamond coatings for infrared planar waveguides

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    Remeš, Zdeněk; Babchenko, Oleg; Varga, Marián; Stuchlík, Jiří; Jirásek, Vít; Prajzler, Václav; Nekvindová, P.; Kromka, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 618, Nov (2016), s. 130-133 ISSN 0040-6090 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-05053S Grant - others:AV ČR(CZ) MOST-15-04 Program:Bilaterální spolupráce Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : hydrogenated amorphous silicon * nanocrystalline diamond * planar waveguides Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.879, year: 2016

  9. The vibrational spectrum of the atoms in the grain boundaries of nanocrystalline Pd

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    Stuhr, U. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Wipf, H.; Hahn, H. [Technische Hochschule Darmstadt (Germany); Natter, H.; Hemperlmann, R. [Universitaet des Saarlandes, Saarbruecken (Germany); Andersen, K. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (ILL), 38 - Grenoble (France)

    1997-09-01

    The vibrational excitations of the atoms in nanocrystalline Pd was investigated by neutron-time-of-flight spectroscopy. Hydrogen was used as a probe for the vibrations in the grain boundaries. The separation between the H and Pd vibrations was done by spin analysis. The results show that in the grain boundary the density of states of low energy excitations ({<=}5 meV) is drastically increased. (author) 3 figs., 3 refs.

  10. Tailoring the magnetic properties and magnetorheological behavior of spinel nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite by varying annealing temperature

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    Sedlacik, M.; Pavlinek, V.; Peer, Petra; Filip, Petr

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 18, č. 43 (2014), s. 6919-6924 ISSN 1477-9226 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/09/1626 Grant - others:GA MŠk(CZ) ED2.1.00/03.0111 Institutional support: RVO:67985874 Keywords : spinel nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite * nanoparticles * magnetorheological effect Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics Impact factor: 4.197, year: 2014

  11. Pressure influenced combustion synthesis of γ- and α-Al2O3 nanocrystalline powders

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    Ozuna, O; Hirata, G A; McKittrick, J

    2004-01-01

    Aluminium oxide nanocrystals have been prepared via a straightforward reaction, initiated at low temperatures ( 2 O 3 ) of these powders. The fibre-like morphology obtained for the as-synthesized γ-Al 2 O 3 permits the synthesis of nanocrystalline α-Al 2 O 3 (∼ 55 nm) even after a high temperature treatment at 1200 deg. C. The findings suggest a promising approach for controlling the size and crystal phase of the particles

  12. Real-time study of protein adsorption on thin nanocrystalline diamond

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    Grieten, Lars; Janssens, S.D.; Ethirajan, Anitha; Vanden Bon, Natalie; Ameloot, Marcel; Michiels, Luc; Haenen, Ken; Wagner, Patrick

    2011-01-01

    The study of protein adsorption on solid surfaces is interesting for theoretical and practical bio-analytical sensing applications. In this work we combine electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, enzyme linked immunosorbent assay, and fluorescence microscopy with thin boron doped nanocrystalline diamond films to address and study the adsorption behavior of globular proteins (antibodies) on hydrophobic and hydrophilic diamond surfaces. A powerful combination of time resolved impedance spectros...

  13. HRTEM study of the nanocrystalline Al85Y10Ni5 alloy

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    Kozubowski, J.A.; Latuch, J.

    1999-01-01

    Nanocrystalline alloy Al 85 Y 10 Ni 5 obtained by annealing of the amorphous ribbons formed by melt spinning was studied by transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The combined use of electron diffraction, electron microscopy and EDS has revealed the presence of several nano-phases: separate grains of Al(Y) and Al(N) solid solutions Al 3 Y grains and an unidentified phase of composition close to Al 3 (Ni,Y). (author)

  14. Mask-free surface structuring of micro- and nanocrystalline diamond films by reactive ion plasma etching

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    Domonkos, Mária; Ižák, Tibor; Babchenko, Oleg; Varga, Marián; Hruška, Karel; Kromka, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 6, č. 7 (2014), s. 780-784 ISSN 2164-6627 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP108/12/0910; GA ČR GAP108/12/0996; GA MPO FR-TI2/736 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : micro- and nanocrystalline diamond * capacitively coupled plasma * reactive ion etching * nanostructuring * scanning electron microscopy Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  15. Tailoring the magnetic properties and magnetorheological behavior of spinel nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite by varying annealing temperature

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    Sedlačík, Michal; Pavlínek, Vladimír; Peer, Petra; Filip, Petr

    2014-01-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles of spinel nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite were synthesized via the sol-gel method and subsequent annealing. The influence of the annealing temperature on the structure, magnetic properties, and magnetorheological effect was investigated. The finite crystallite size of the particles, determined by X-ray diffraction and the particle size observed via transmission electron microscopy, increased with the annealing temperature. The magnetic properties observed via a vibrating...

  16. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis in an Irradiated Patient Treated with a Nanocrystalline Silver Dressing

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    Vern-Gross, Tamara Z.; Kowal-Vern, Areta; Poulakidas, Stathis J.

    2012-01-01

    Toxic epidermal necrolysis syndrome is a severe exfoliative condition, which may be triggered by anticonvulsant medication. We report a case of toxic epidermal necrolysis syndrome in a 43-year-old female who was receiving radiotherapy for brain metastases from a recurring breast cancer and phenytoin. She had 80% total body surface area involvement and recovered successfully with the application of a nanocrystalline silver dressing.

  17. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis in an Irradiated Patient Treated with a Nanocrystalline Silver Dressing

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    Tamara Z. Vern-Gross

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Toxic epidermal necrolysis syndrome is a severe exfoliative condition, which may be triggered by anticonvulsant medication. We report a case of toxic epidermal necrolysis syndrome in a 43-year-old female who was receiving radiotherapy for brain metastases from a recurring breast cancer and phenytoin. She had 80% total body surface area involvement and recovered successfully with the application of a nanocrystalline silver dressing.

  18. Local atomic order in nanocrystalline Fe-based alloys obtained by mechanical alloying

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    Jartych, E.

    2003-01-01

    Using the 57 Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy, a local atomic order in nanocrystalline alloys of iron with Al, Ni, W and Mo has been determined. Alloys were prepared by mechanical alloying method. Analysis of Moessbauer spectra was performed on the basis of the local environment model in terms of Warren-Cowley parameters. It was shown that impurity atoms are not randomly distributed in the volume of the first and the second co-ordination spheres of 57 Fe nuclei and they form clusters

  19. Magnetic ageing study of high and medium permeability nanocrystalline FeSiCuNbB alloys

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    Lekdim, Atef, E-mail: atef.lekdim@univ-lyon1.fr; Morel, Laurent; Raulet, Marie-Ange

    2017-04-15

    increasing the energy efficiency is one of the most important issues in modern power electronic systems. In aircraft applications, the energy efficiency must be associated with a maximum reduction of mass and volume, so a high components compactness. A consequence from this compactness is the increase of operating temperature. Thus, the magnetic materials used in these applications, have to work at high temperature. It raises the question of the thermal ageing problem. The reliability of these components operating at this condition becomes a real problem which deserves serious interest. Our work takes part in this context by studying the magnetic material thermal ageing. The nanocrystalline materials are getting more and more used in power electronic applications. Main advantages of nanocrystalline materials compared to ferrite are: high saturation flux density of almost 1.25 T and low dynamic losses for low and medium frequencies. The nanocrystalline Fe{sub 73.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 15.5}B{sub 7} alloys have been chosen in our aging study. This study is based on monitoring the magnetic characteristics for several continuous thermal ageing (100, 150, 200 and 240 °C). An important experimental work of magnetic characterization is being done following a specific monitoring protocol. Elsewhere, X-Ray Diffraction and magnetostriction measurements were carried out to support the study of the anisotropy energies evolution with ageing. This latter is discussed in this paper to explain and give hypothesis about the ageing phenomena. - Highlights: • The magnetic ageing of the nanocrystalline materials is related to their annealing. • The degradations with ageing are not related to a change of the grain size diameter. • The amount of anisotropies introduced with ageing depends just on ageing conditions.

  20. Synthesis and Structural Studies of Nanocrystalline Cd 0.3 Zn 0.7 Fe ...

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    Synthesis and Structural Studies of Nanocrystalline Cd 0.3 Zn 0.7 Fe 2 O 4. ... South African Journal of Chemistry ... The synthesis of Cd0.3Zn0.7Fe2O4 nanoparticles has been achieved by a simple thermal decomposition method from the inorganic precursor, Cdd0.3Zn0.7Fe2(cin)3(N2H4)2, which was obtained by a novel ...

  1. Electrochemically grafted polypyrrole changes photoluminescence of electronic states inside nanocrystalline diamond

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    Galář, P.; Čermák, Jan; Malý, P.; Kromka, Alexander; Rezek, Bohuslav

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 116, č. 22 (2014), "223103-1"-"223103-6" ISSN 0021-8979 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108; GA MŠk(CZ) LM2011026 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : polypyrrole * nanocrystalline diamond * photoluminescence spectroscopy * opto-electronics Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.183, year: 2014

  2. Ion-implantation of erbium into the nanocrystalline diamond thin films

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    Nekvindová, P.; Babchenko, Oleg; Cajzl, J.; Kromka, Alexander; Macková, Anna; Malinský, Petr; Oswald, Jiří; Prajzler, Václav; Remeš, Zdeněk; Varga, Marián

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 18, 7-8 (2016), s. 679-684 ISSN 1454-4164 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-05053S; GA MŠk(CZ) LM2011019 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 ; RVO:61389005 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * optical waveguides * erbium * luminescence * ion implantation * CVD Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 0.449, year: 2016

  3. Charged micro-patterns on nanocrystalline diamond are well defined by electrical current application

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    Verveniotis, Elisseos; Kromka, Alexander; Rezek, Bohuslav

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 53, č. 2 (2012), s. 61-67 ISSN 0001-7140 R&D Projects: GA ČR GD202/09/H041; GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108; GA ČR GAP108/12/0996 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * thin films * electrostatic charging * AFM * KFM Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  4. Ultrathin nanocrystalline diamond films with silicon vacancy color centers via seeding by 2 nm detonation nanodiamonds

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    Stehlík, Štěpán; Varga, Marián; Štenclová, Pavla; Ondič, Lukáš; Ledinský, Martin; Pangrác, Jiří; Vaňek, O.; Lipov, J.; Kromka, Alexander; Rezek, Bohuslav

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 9, č. 44 (2017), s. 38842-38853 ISSN 1944-8244 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LD15003; GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : detonation nanodiamond * surface chemistry * hydrogenation * zeta potential * nucleation density * nanocrystalline diamond * SiV center Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism OBOR OECD: Condensed matter physics (including formerly solid state physics, supercond.) Impact factor: 7.504, year: 2016

  5. Design and fabrication of piezoresistive strain gauges based on nanocrystalline diamond layers

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    Kulha, P.; Babchenko, Oleg; Kromka, Alexander; Husák, M.; Haenen, K.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 86, č. 6 (2012), s. 689-692 ISSN 0042-207X R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN400100701; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAAX00100902 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : piezoresistive coefficients * piezoresistivity * nanocrystalline diamond * FEM Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.530, year: 2012

  6. Osteogenic cell differentiation on H-terminated and O-terminated nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Lišková, Jana; Babchenko, Oleg; Varga, Marián; Kromka, Alexander; Hadraba, Daniel; Švindrych, Zdeněk; Burdíková, Zuzana; Bačáková, Lucie

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 10, č. 2015 (2015), s. 869-884 E-ISSN 1178-2013 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) EE2.3.30.0025; GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108 Institutional support: RVO:67985823 ; RVO:68378271 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond film * osteoblast * Saos-2 Subject RIV: EI - Biotechnology ; Bionics Impact factor: 4.320, year: 2015

  7. Carbon nanotubes overgrown and ingrown with nanocrystalline diamonddeposited by different CVD plasma systems

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    Varga, Marián; Vretenár, V.; Ižák, Tibor; Skákalová, V.; Kromka, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 251, č. 12 (2014), s. 2413-2419 ISSN 0370-1972 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108; GA MŠk(CZ) 7AMB14SK037 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : carbon nanotubes * chemical vapour deposition * composites * gas composition * nanocrystalline diamond Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.489, year: 2014

  8. Spectroscopic ellipsometry characterization of amorphous and crystalline TiO2 thin films grown by atomic layer deposition at different temperatures

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    Saha, D.; Ajimsha, R. S.; Rajiv, K.; Mukherjee, C.; Gupta, M.; Misra, P.; Kukreja, L. M.

    2014-10-01

    TiO2 thin films of widely different structural and morphological characteristics were grown on Si (1 0 0) substrates using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) by varying the substrate temperature (Ts) in a wide range (50 °C ≤ Ts ≤ 400 °C). Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements were carried out to investigate the effect of growth temperature on the optical properties of the films. Measured SE data were analyzed by considering double layer optical model for the sample together with the single oscillator Tauc-Lorentz dispersion relation. Surface roughness was taken into consideration due to the columnar growths of grains in crystalline films. The refractive index was found to be increased from amorphous (Ts ≤ 150 °C) to the nanocrystalline films (2500 < Ts ≤ 400 °C). The pronounced surface roughening for the large-grained anatase film obtained at the amorphous to crystalline phase transformation temperature of 200 °C, impeded SE measurement. The dispersions of refractive indices below the interband absorption edge were found to be strongly correlated with the single oscillator Wemple-DiDomenico (WD) model. The increase in dispersion energy parameter in WD model from disordered amorphous to the more ordered nanocrystalline films was found to be associated with the increase in the film density and coordination number.

  9. Transformation of Yttrium-Doped Hydrated Zirconium into Tetragonal and Cubic Nanocrystalline Zirconia

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    Bokhimi, X.; Morales, A.; García-Ruiz, A.; Xiao, T. D.; Chen, H.; Strutt, P. R.

    1999-02-01

    Nanostructured yttrium-stabilized zirconia powders, with yttria concentrations between 0.0 and 10.0 mol%, were prepared via the hydrolysis of an aqueous solution of zirconyl and yttrium chloride, and ammonium hydroxide. Powder phases were characterized by using X-ray powder diffraction; their crystalline structures were refined with the Rietveld technique. When samples were annealed below 200°C, their diffraction patterns corresponded to an amorphous atom distribution and were independent of yttria concentration. The doped amorphous phases crystallized, at 400°C, into tetragonal or cubic nanocrystalline zirconia, which were stabilized by yttrium. These results suggest that yttrium atoms served as a substitute for zirconium atoms not only in the crystalline phases but also in the amorphous phases, which are determined by the fast condensation of zirconyl clusters. Nondoped samples contained a mixture of monoclinic and tetragonal nanocrystalline zirconia; those with 2.5 to 5.0 mol% yttria contained only the tetragonal zirconia nanophase, and those with 7.5 to 10.0 mol% had only the nanocrystalline cubic phase. The average crystallite size of the nanophases diminished when Y 2O 3concentration was increased.

  10. Photocatalytic degradation of Orange G dye under solar light using nanocrystalline semiconductor metal oxide.

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    Thennarasu, G; Kavithaa, S; Sivasamy, A

    2011-08-01

    The photocatalytic degradation of Orange G (OG) dye has been investigated using synthesised nanocrystalline ZnO as a photocatalyst and sunlight as the irradiation source. The formation of ZnO prepared from its precursor was confirmed through FT-IR and powder X-ray diffraction analyses. Surface morphology was characterised by scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope analysis. Band gap energy of synthesised nanocrystalline ZnO was calculated using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Different experimental parameters such as effects of pH, dye concentrations and mass of catalyst were standardised in order to achieve complete degradation of the dye molecules under solar light irradiation. The kinetics of oxidation of OG was also studied. The complete degradation of OG was evident after 90 min of irradiation at an initial pH of 6.86. The degradation of OG was confirmed by UV-Visible spectrophotometer, high-pressure liquid chromatography, ESI-Mass and chemical oxygen demand analyses. The adsorption of dye onto catalytic surface was analysed employing model equations such as Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms, and it was found that the Langmuir isotherm model best fitted the adsorption data. The solar photodegradation of OG followed pseudo-first-order kinetics. HPLC and ESI-Mass analyses of the degraded samples suggested that the dye molecules were readily degraded under solar irradiation with nanocrystalline ZnO.

  11. The use of nanocrystalline silver for the treatment of massive soft tissue defects with exposed bone.

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    Jenwitheesuk, Kamonwan; Surakunprapha, Palakorn; Chowchuen, Bowornsilp

    2013-09-01

    In a complex wound with exposed tendon, joint or bone caused by trauma, soft tissue reconstruction is required to obtain function and aesthetic coverage. Surgical reconstruction can be performed using a variety of different techniques. The authors report their experience using a nanocrystalline silver with or without vacuum assisted wound closure to salvage the exposed vital structures such as bone, joint or tendon in traumatic wounds. The present study included 12 patients with 15 wounds that exposed vital structures especially in the lower extremities. After adequate debridement, four wounds were treated with nanocrystalline silver dressing and vacuum assisted wound closure, and ten wounds were treated in an out-patient program using nanocrystalline silver dressing. A preliminary evidence of impressive result was achieved with subsided infection and complete bony coverage by granulation tissue after treatment. Subsequently, a secondary healing or a split thickness skin graft was applied. The authors present the satisfactory results of alternative techniques that may be used for the massive soft tissue defects with exposed bone.

  12. Effect of chromium and aluminum addition on anisotropic and microstructural characteristics of ball milled nanocrystalline iron

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    Kumar, Rajiv, E-mail: rajiv06484met@gmail.com [IITB-Monash Research Academy, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University, VIC 3800 Australia (Australia); Joardar, Joydip [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials, Hyderabad (India); Singh Raman, R.K. [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University, VIC 3800 Australia (Australia); Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, VIC 3800 Australia (Australia); Raja, V.S. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Joshi, S.V. [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials, Hyderabad (India); Parida, S. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India)

    2016-06-25

    Prior studies on synthesis of nanocrystalline elements have discussed the effect of ball milling on lattice parameter, crystallite size, and micro-strain. For elemental milled powders, the anisotropic peak broadening does not change with increasing milling time. However, the effect of alloying addition on the anisotropic behavior of ball milled nanocrystalline powders remains an unexplored area. Here we report the effect of chromium and aluminum addition on the anisotropic behavior of iron in nanocrystalline Fe–20Cr–5Al (wt%) alloy powders synthesized by ball milling. The experimental results show that the anisotropic behavior of iron changes towards isotropic with milling. This change was also correlated to the theoretically calculated anisotropic factor from the change in elastic constant of iron due to milling. Addition of alloying elements exhibited a monotonic rise in the lattice parameter with crystallite size, which was attributed to the excess grain boundary interfacial energy and excess free volume at grain boundaries. Transmission electron microscopy image confirmed the crystallite size and nature of dislocation obtained using modified Williamson-Hall method. - Highlights: • Structural evolution in Fe–20Cr–5Al alloy during ball milling is reported. • Effect of alloying addition on the anisotropic behavior of iron was studied. • Agreement in anisotropic factor calculated theoretically and experimentally.

  13. Nanocrystallinity effects on osteoblast and osteoclast response to silicon substituted hydroxyapatite.

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    Casarrubios, Laura; Matesanz, María Concepción; Sánchez-Salcedo, Sandra; Arcos, Daniel; Vallet-Regí, María; Portolés, María Teresa

    2016-11-15

    Silicon substituted hydroxyapatites (SiHA) are highly crystalline bioceramics treated at high temperatures (about 1200°C) which have been approved for clinical use with spinal, orthopedic, periodontal, oral and craniomaxillofacial applications. The preparation of SiHA with lower temperature methods (about 700°C) provides nanocrystalline SiHA (nano-SiHA) with enhanced bioreactivity due to higher surface area and smaller crystal size. The aim of this study has been to know the nanocrystallinity effects on the response of both osteoblasts and osteoclasts (the two main cell types involved in bone remodelling) to silicon substituted hydroxyapatite. Saos-2 osteoblasts and osteoclast-like cells (differentiated from RAW-264.7 macrophages) have been cultured on the surface of nano-SiHA and SiHA disks and different cell parameters have been evaluated: cell adhesion, proliferation, viability, intracellular content of reactive oxygen species, cell cycle phases, apoptosis, cell morphology, osteoclast-like cell differentiation and resorptive activity. This comparative in vitro study evidences that nanocrystallinity of SiHA affects the cell/biomaterial interface inducing bone cell apoptosis by loss of cell anchorage (anoikis), delaying osteoclast-like cell differentiation and decreasing the resorptive activity of this cell type. These results suggest the potential use of nano-SiHA biomaterial for preventing bone resorption in treatment of osteoporotic bone. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Fe(Co)SiBPCCu nanocrystalline alloys with high Bs above 1.83 T

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    Liu, Tao; Kong, Fengyu; Xie, Lei; Wang, Anding; Chang, Chuntao; Wang, Xinmin; Liu, Chain-Tsuan

    2017-11-01

    Fe84.75-xCoxSi2B9P3C0.5Cu0.75 (x = 0, 2.5 and 10) nanocrystalline alloys with excellent magnetic properties were successfully developed. The fully amorphous alloy ribbons exhibit wide temperature interval of 145-156 °C between the two crystallization events. It is found that the excessive substitution of Co for Fe greatly deteriorates the magnetic properties due to the non-uniform microstructure with coarse grains. The alloys with x = 0 and 2.5 exhibit high saturation magnetization (above 1.83 T), low core loss and relatively low coercivity (below 5.4 A/m) after annealing. In addition, the Fe84.75Si2B9P3C0.5Cu0.75 nanocrystalline alloy also exhibits good frequency properties and temperature stability. The excellent magnetic properties were explained by the uniform microstructure with small grain size and the wide magnetic domains of the alloy. Low raw material cost, good manufacturability and excellent magnetic properties will make these nanocrystalline alloys prospective candidates for transformer and motor cores.

  15. Formation of ZnO Nanocrystalline via Facile Non-Hydrolytic Route

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    Ooi, M. D. Johan; Aziz, A. Abdul; Abdullah, M. J.

    2011-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystalline were synthesized via oxidizing Zn powder in non-aqueous solvent with addition of Diethanolamine (DEA) as a stabilizing agent. The influence of DEA on the structural, optical properties and the formation of ZnO nanocrystalline were studied. The synthesized ZnO were polycrystalline in structures where sample without the addition of DEA shows high intensity peak of (002) phase compared with sample in the presence of DEA which preferred to grow in (101) direction. SEM micrograph displays the morphology of ZnO nanocrystalline for both of the samples which shows micron size and non-uniform particles for sample without DEA whereas for sample with DEA exhibit smaller size (∼110 nm) and nearly spherical in shape despite of some agglomeration occurs at the interparticle separation. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra shows UV emission peak for both of the samples where sample with the absence of DEA possess lower intensity of UV emission peak compared to samples with DEA which demonstrate stronger intensity despite of having very weak visible secondary emission peak at 530 nm.

  16. Fabrication of Cu2O nanocrystalline thin films photosensor prepared by RF sputtering technique

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    Selman, Abbas M.; Mahdi, M. A.; Hassan, Z.

    2017-10-01

    Cuprous oxide (Cu2O) nanocrystalline thin films were prepared on two types of substrates known as crystalline silicon and amorphous glass, by radio frequency reactive magnetron sputtering method. Scanning electron microscopy images confirmed that Cu2O particles covered the entire surface of both substrates with smoothing distribution. The root mean square surface roughness for the prepared Cu2O thin films on glass and Si (111) substrates is 4.16, and 3.36 nm, respectively. Meanwhile, X-ray diffraction results demonstrated that the two phases of Cu2O and CuO were produced on Si (111) and glass substrates. The optical bandgap of Cu2O thin films synthesised on glass substrate is 2.42 eV. Furthermore, the prepared Cu2O nanocrystalline thin films have showed low reflectance value in the visible spectrum. Metal-Semiconductor-Metal photodetector based Cu2O nanocrystalline thin films deposited onto Si (111) was fabricated using aluminium and platinum, with the current-voltage and photoresponse characteristic investigated under various applied bias voltages. The fabricated Metal-Semiconductor-Metal (M-S-M) photodetector had shown 126% sensitivity in the presence of 10 mW/cm2 of 490 nm light with 1.0 V bias, displaying 90 and 100 ms response and recovery times, respectively. These findings have demonstrated the suitability of M-S-M Cu2O photodetector as an affordable photosensor in the future.

  17. Production of hydrogen using nanocrystalline protein-templated catalysts on m13 phage.

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    Neltner, Brian; Peddie, Brian; Xu, Alex; Doenlen, William; Durand, Keith; Yun, Dong Soo; Speakman, Scott; Peterson, Andrew; Belcher, Angela

    2010-06-22

    For decades, ethanol has been in use as a fuel for the storage of solar energy in an energy-dense, liquid form. Over the past decade, the ability to reform ethanol into hydrogen gas suitable for a fuel cell has drawn interest as a way to increase the efficiency of both vehicles and stand-alone power generators. Here we report the use of extremely small nanocrystalline materials to enhance the performance of 1% Rh/10% Ni@CeO(2) catalysts in the oxidative steam reforming of ethanol with a ratio of 1.7:1:10:11 (air/EtOH/water/argon) into hydrogen gas, achieving 100% conversion of ethanol at only 300 degrees C with 60% H(2) in the product stream and less than 0.5% CO. Additionally, nanocrystalline 10% Ni@CeO(2) was shown to achieve 100% conversion of ethanol at 400 degrees C with 73% H(2), 2% CO, and 2% CH(4) in the product stream. Finally, we demonstrate the use of biological templating on M13 to improve the resistance of this catalyst to deactivation over 52 h tests at high flow rates (120 000 h(-1) GHSV) at 450 degrees C. This study suggests that the use of highly nanocrystalline, biotemplated catalysts to improve activity and stability is a promising route to significant gains over traditional catalyst manufacture methods.

  18. Influence of coating on nanocrystalline magnetic properties during high temperature thermal ageing

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    Lekdim, Atef, E-mail: atef.lekdim@univ-lyon1.fr; Morel, Laurent; Raulet, Marie-Ange

    2017-05-15

    Since their birth or mergence the late 1980s, the nanocrystalline ultrasoft magnetic materials are taking a great importance in power electronic systems conception. One of the main advantages that make them more attractive nowadays is their ability to be packaged since the reduction of the magnetostrictive constant to almost zero. In aircraft applications, due to the high component compactness and to their location (for example near the jet engine), the operating temperature increases and may reach easily 200 °C and more. Consequently, the magnetic thermal ageing may occur but is, unfortunately, weakly studied. This paper focuses on the influence of the coating (packaging type) on the magnetic nanocrystalline performances during a thermal ageing. This study is based on monitoring the magnetic characteristics of two types of nanocrystalline cores (naked and coated) during a thermal activated ageing (100, 150 and 200 °C). Based on a dedicated monitoring protocol, a large magnetic characterization has been done and analyzed. Elsewhere, X-Ray Diffraction and magnetostriction measurements were carried out to support the study of the anisotropy energies evolution with ageing. This latter is discussed in this paper to explain and give hypothesis about the ageing phenomena. - Highlights: • The coating impacts drastically the magnetic properties during thermal ageing. • Irreversible ageing phenomena after the total coating breakage. • The deteriorations are related to the storage of the magnetoelastic anisotropy.

  19. Analysis of Short and Long Range Atomic Order in Nanocrystalline Diamonds with Application of Powder Diffractometry

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    Palosz, B.; Grzanka, E.; Stelmakh, S.; Pielaszek, R.; Bismayer, U.; Neuefiend, J.; Weber, H.-P.; Proffen, T.; VonDreele, R.; Palosz, W.; hide

    2002-01-01

    Fundamental limitations, with respect to nanocrystalline materials, of the traditional elaboration of powder diffraction data like the Rietveld method are discussed. A tentative method of the analysis of powder diffraction patterns of nanocrystals is introduced which is based on the examination of the variation of lattice parameters calculated from individual Bragg lines (named the "apparent lattice parameter", alp). We examine the application of our methodology using theoretical diffraction patterns computed for models of nanocrystals with a perfect crystal lattice and for grains with a two-phase, core-shell structure. We use the method for the analysis of X-ray and neutron experimental diffraction data of nanocrystalline diamond powders of 4, 6 and 12 nm in diameter. The effects of an internal pressure and strain at the grain surface is discussed. This is based on the dependence of the alp values oil the diffraction vector Q and on the PDF analysis. It is shown, that the experimental results support well the concept of the two-phase structure of nanocrystalline diamond.

  20. Carbonate effects on hexavalent uranium removal from water by nanocrystalline titanium dioxide

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    Wazne, Mahmoud; Meng, Xiaoguang; Korfiatis, George P.; Christodoulatos, Christos

    2006-01-01

    A novel nanocrystalline titanium dioxide was used to treat depleted uranium (DU)-contaminated water under neutral and alkaline conditions. The novel material had a total surface area of 329 m 2 /g, total surface site density of 11.0 sites/nm 2 , total pore volume of 0.415 cm 3 /g and crystallite size of 6.0 nm. It was used in batch tests to remove U(VI) from synthetic solutions and contaminated water. However, the capacity of the nanocrystalline titanium dioxide to remove U(VI) from water decreased in the presence of inorganic carbonate at pH > 6.0. Adsorption isotherms, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and surface charge measurements were used to investigate the causes of the reduced capacity. The surface charge and the FTIR measurements suggested that the adsorbed U(VI) species was not complexed with carbonate at neutral pH values. The decreased capacity of titanium dioxide to remove U(VI) from water in the presence of carbonate at neutral to alkaline pH values was attributed to the aqueous complexation of U(VI) by inorganic carbonate. The nanocrystalline titanium dioxide had four times the capacity of commercially available titanium dixoide (Degussa P-25) to adsorb U(VI) from water at pH 6 and total inorganic carbonate concentration of 0.01 M. Consequently, the novel material was used to treat DU-contaminated water at a Department of Defense (DOD) site

  1. Experimental and modeling studies on phase stability of nanocrystalline magnetic Sm2Co7

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    Xu, Wenwu; Song, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Zhexu; Liang, Haining

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: • Low-Co Sm–Co alloy as new candidate for permanent magnets was proposed. • Relationship between the phase stability and grain size was quantified for Sm 2 Co 7 . • The work contributes to the development of nanostructured Sm–Co permanent magnetic materials. -- Abstract: In contrast to the conventional polycrystalline low-Co Sm–Co alloys that have very weak permanent magnetic properties, the Sm 2 Co 7 alloy has been found to have fairly promising permanent magnetic performance when its grain size is reduced to the nanoscale. It was discovered that the crystal structure of the nanocrystalline Sm 2 Co 7 has a strong nanograin-size-dependent stability. The rhombohedral structure of Sm 2 Co 7 phase which is metastable at temperatures lower than 1435 K in conventional polycrystalline system can exist stably at room temperature in the nanocrystalline system. To understand the phase stability of the nanocrystalline Sm 2 Co 7 , the experimental and nanothermodynamic analyses were combined to describe quantitatively the phase transformation behavior of Sm 2 Co 7 on the nanoscale. The results are important for the development of nanostructured Sm–Co permanent magnets

  2. Production of biofuel from waste cooking palm oil using nanocrystalline zeolite as catalyst: process optimization studies.

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    Taufiqurrahmi, Niken; Mohamed, Abdul Rahman; Bhatia, Subhash

    2011-11-01

    The catalytic cracking of waste cooking palm oil to biofuel was studied over different types of nano-crystalline zeolite catalysts in a fixed bed reactor. The effect of reaction temperature (400-500 °C), catalyst-to-oil ratio (6-14) and catalyst pore size of different nanocrystalline zeolites (0.54-0.80 nm) were studied over the conversion of waste cooking palm oil, yields of Organic Liquid Product (OLP) and gasoline fraction in the OLP following central composite design (CCD). The response surface methodology was used to determine the optimum value of the operating variables for maximum conversion as well as maximum yield of OLP and gasoline fraction, respectively. The optimum reaction temperature of 458 °C with oil/catalyst ratio=6 over the nanocrystalline zeolite Y with pore size of 0.67 nm gave 86.4 wt% oil conversion, 46.5 wt% OLP yield and 33.5 wt% gasoline fraction yield, respectively. The experimental results were in agreement with the simulated values within an experimental error of less than 5%. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. The Linear Thermal Expansion of Bulk Nanocrystalline Ingot Iron from Liquid Nitrogen to 300 K.

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    Wang, S G; Mei, Y; Long, K; Zhang, Z D

    2009-09-17

    The linear thermal expansions (LTE) of bulk nanocrystalline ingot iron (BNII) at six directions on rolling plane and conventional polycrystalline ingot iron (CPII) at one direction were measured from liquid nitrogen temperature to 300 K. Although the volume fraction of grain boundary and residual strain of BNII are larger than those of CPII, LTE of BNII at the six measurement directions were less than those of CPII. This phenomenon could be explained with Morse potential function and the crystalline structure of metals. Our LTE results ruled out that the grain boundary and residual strain of BNII did much contribution to its thermal expansion. The higher interaction potential energy of atoms, the less partial derivative of interaction potential energy with respect to temperature T and the porosity free at the grain boundary of BNII resulted in less LTE in comparison with CPII from liquid nitrogen temperature to 300 K. The higher LTE of many bulk nanocrystalline materials resulted from the porosity at their grain boundaries. However, many authors attributed the higher LTE of many nanocrystalline metal materials to their higher volume fraction of grain boundaries.

  4. The Linear Thermal Expansion of Bulk Nanocrystalline Ingot Iron from Liquid Nitrogen to 300 K

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    Mei Y

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The linear thermal expansions (LTE of bulk nanocrystalline ingot iron (BNII at six directions on rolling plane and conventional polycrystalline ingot iron (CPII at one direction were measured from liquid nitrogen temperature to 300 K. Although the volume fraction of grain boundary and residual strain of BNII are larger than those of CPII, LTE of BNII at the six measurement directions were less than those of CPII. This phenomenon could be explained with Morse potential function and the crystalline structure of metals. Our LTE results ruled out that the grain boundary and residual strain of BNII did much contribution to its thermal expansion. The higher interaction potential energy of atoms, the less partial derivative of interaction potential energy with respect to temperature T and the porosity free at the grain boundary of BNII resulted in less LTE in comparison with CPII from liquid nitrogen temperature to 300 K. The higher LTE of many bulk nanocrystalline materials resulted from the porosity at their grain boundaries. However, many authors attributed the higher LTE of many nanocrystalline metal materials to their higher volume fraction of grain boundaries.

  5. Electrodeposited nanocrystalline Co-P alloys: Microstructural characterization and thermal stability

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    Silva, M. da; Wille, C.; Klement, U.; Choi, P.; Al-Kassab, T.

    2007-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Co-P has a significantly increased thermal stability compared to other nanocrystalline Ni- and Co-based electrodeposits. By combining observations from transmission electron microscopy in situ annealing with differential scanning calorimetry and tomographic atom probe measurements, the microstructural development of nanocrystalline Co-1.1 at.% P and Co-3.2 at.% P is described. In the as-prepared state, both alloys consist of 10 nm sized hcp-Co grains, and the P-distribution is already inhomogeneous. Upon annealing, P-atoms segregate to the grain boundaries, and grain growth takes place. Initial grain growth is abnormal in both electrodeposits, but occurs slower and more homogeneously in Co-3.2 at.% P. When P-saturation of the grain boundaries is reached, P-rich precipitates form accompanied by rapid (normal) grain growth. Due to the higher initial P-concentration in Co-3.2 at.% P, saturation of P and precipitation occurs earlier leading to a slightly lower thermal stability. Apart from the different P-contents, the effect of impurities, allotropic phase transformation of Co and texture is discussed

  6. Insights into microstructural evolution from nanocrystalline Sn O2 thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Chen, Z. W.; Lai, J. K. L.; Shek, C. H.

    2004-10-01

    Low-dimensional nanostructures of SnO2 thin films with the interesting features of the tetragonal rutile structure have been prepared by pulsed laser deposition. The microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline SnO2 thin films has been investigated using x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. Experimental results indicate that the as-prepared SnO2 thin films appear to be of polycrystalline state, have a large amount of defects, such as oxygen vacancies, vacancy clusters, and local lattice disorder at the interface and surface, and the appearance of a new Raman peak. It suggests that this new Raman peak is closely related to a surface layer of nonstoichiometic SnOx with different symmetries than SnO2 , or in other words, the new peak marks an additional characteristic of space symmetry of the grain agglomeration of nanocrystalline SnO2 . The study of the microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline SnO2 is significant for the understanding of the whole structure feature of nanomaterials and for the fabrication of new nanomaterials with favorable properties.

  7. Grain size refinement in nanocrystalline Hitperm-type glass-coated microwires

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    Talaat, A.; Val, J.J. del; Zhukova, V.; Ipatov, M.; Klein, P.; Varga, R.; González, J.; Churyukanova, M.; Zhukov, A.

    2016-01-01

    We present a new-Fe 38.5 Co 38.5 B 18 Mo 4 Cu 1 Hitperm glass-coated microwires obtained by Taylor-Ulitovsky technique with nanocrystalline structure consisting of about 23 nm of BCC α-FeCo and an amorphous precursors in as-prepared samples. Annealing resulted in a considerable decrease of such nano-grains down to (11 nm). Obtained results are discussed in terms of the stress diffusion of limited crystalline growth and the chemical composition. Rectangular hysteresis loops have been observed on all annealed samples that are necessary conditions to obtain fast domain wall propagation. An enhancement of the domain wall velocity as well as mobility after annealing has been obtained due to the structural relaxation of such grains with positive magnetostriction. These structure benefits found in the nanocrystalline Hitperm glass-coated microwires are promising for developing optimal magnetic properties. - Highlights: • Grains size refinement upon annealing. • Enhancement of the domain wall velocity as well as mobility after annealing. • Nanocrystalline structure in as-prepared microwires.

  8. Nanodimensional and Nanocrystalline Apatites and Other Calcium Orthophosphates in Biomedical Engineering, Biology and Medicine

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    Sergey V. Dorozhkin

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Recent developments in biomineralization have already demonstrated that nanosized particles play an important role in the formation of hard tissues of animals. Namely, the basic inorganic building blocks of bones and teeth of mammals are nanodimensional and nanocrystalline calcium orthophosphates (in the form of apatites of a biological origin. In mammals, tens to hundreds nanocrystals of a biological apatite were found to be combined into self-assembled structures under the control of various bioorganic matrixes. In addition, the structures of both dental enamel and bones could be mimicked by an oriented aggregation of nanosized calcium orthophosphates, determined by the biomolecules. The application and prospective use of nanodimensional and nanocrystalline calcium orthophosphates for a clinical repair of damaged bones and teeth are also known. For example, a greater viability and a better proliferation of various types of cells were detected on smaller crystals of calcium orthophosphates. Thus, the nanodimensional and nanocrystalline forms of calcium orthophosphates have a great potential to revolutionize the field of hard tissue engineering starting from bone repair and augmentation to the controlled drug delivery devices. This paper reviews current state of knowledge and recent developments of this subject starting from the synthesis and characterization to biomedical and clinical applications. More to the point, this review provides possible directions of future research and development.

  9. Anti-corrosive and anti-microbial properties of nanocrystalline Ni-Ag coatings

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    Raghupathy, Y.; Natarajan, K.A.; Srivastava, Chandan, E-mail: csrivastava@materials.iisc.ernet.in

    2016-04-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Electrodeposition yielded phase-segregated, nanocrystalline Ni-Ag coatings. • Ni-Ag alloys exhibited smaller Ni crystals compared to pure Ni. • Ultra fine Ni grains of size 12–14 nm favoured Ni-Ag solid solution. • Nanocrystalline Ag resisted bio-fouling by Sulphate Reducing bacteria. • Ni-Ag outperformed pure Ni in corrosion and bio-corrosion tests. - Abstract: Anti-corrosive and anti-bacterial properties of electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ni-Ag coatings are illustrated. Pure Ni, Ni-7 at.% Ag, & Ni-14 at.% Ag coatings were electrodeposited on Cu substrate. Coating consisted of Ni-rich and Ag-rich solid solution phases. With increase in the Ag content, the corrosion resistance of the Ni-Ag coating initially increased and then decreased. The initial increase was due to the Ni-Ag solid solution. The subsequent decrease was due to the increased galvanic coupling between the Ag-rich and Ni-rich phases. For all Ag contents, the corrosion resistance of the Ni-Ag coating was higher than the pure Ni coating. Exposure to Sulphate Reducing Bacteria (SRB) revealed that the extent of bio-fouling decreased with increase in the Ag content. After 2 month exposure to SRB, the Ni-Ag coatings demonstrated less loss in corrosion resistance (58% for Ni-7 at.% Ag and 20% for Ni-14 at.% Ag) when compared pure Ni coating (115%).

  10. Thermal conductivity of the amorphous and nanocrystalline phases of the beech wood biocarbon nanocomposite

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    Kartenko, N. F.; Orlova, T. S.; Parfen'eva, L. S.; Smirnov, B. I.; Smirnov, I. A.

    2014-11-01

    Natural composites (biocarbons) obtained by carbonization of beech wood at different carbonization temperatures T carb in the range of 800-2400°C have been studied using X-ray diffraction. The composites consist of an amorphous matrix and nanocrystallites of graphite and graphene. The volume fractions of the amorphous and nanocrystalline phases as functions of T carb have been determined. Temperature dependences of the phonon thermal conductivity κ( T) of the biocarbons with different temperatures T carb (1000 and 2400°C) have been analyzed in the range of 5-300 K. It has been shown that the behavior of κ( T) of the biocarbon with T carb = 1000°C is controlled by the amorphous phase in the range of 5-50 K and by the nanocrystalline phase in the range of 100-300 K. The character of κ( T) of the biocarbon with T carb = 2400°C is determined by the heat transfer (scattering) in the nanocrystalline phase over the entire temperature range of 5-300 K.

  11. Effect of Co Distribution on Plastic Deformation of Nanocrystalline Al-10.2 at.% Co Alloy

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    Rita I. Babicheva

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Molecular dynamics is employed to study stress-strain curves obtained during high strain rate deformation of nanocrystalline Al-10.2 at.% Co alloy with (i randomly distributed Co atoms (Al-Co substitutional solid solution and (ii Co atoms segregated in grain boundaries (GBs of the alloy. The effect of Co distribution, deformation temperature, and the presence of hydrostatic pressure on the stress-strain relation is analyzed. The results are compared to that for nanocrystalline pure Al. It is found that the strength of the Al-Co solid solution is lower than that of the pure Al, while GB segregations of Co increase its strength. The alloys, regardless of the type of Co distribution, under shear loading with no hydrostatic pressure demonstrate higher ductility in comparison with the pure Al. The shear modulus of the Al-Co alloy with the GB segregations is noticeably larger than that of the pure Al and the Al-Co solid solution in a wide range of temperatures. The results of the study show that the GB segregations of Co can have a positive effect on the mechanical properties of nanocrystalline Al.

  12. Anti-corrosive and anti-microbial properties of nanocrystalline Ni-Ag coatings

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    Raghupathy, Y.; Natarajan, K.A.; Srivastava, Chandan

    2016-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Electrodeposition yielded phase-segregated, nanocrystalline Ni-Ag coatings. • Ni-Ag alloys exhibited smaller Ni crystals compared to pure Ni. • Ultra fine Ni grains of size 12–14 nm favoured Ni-Ag solid solution. • Nanocrystalline Ag resisted bio-fouling by Sulphate Reducing bacteria. • Ni-Ag outperformed pure Ni in corrosion and bio-corrosion tests. - Abstract: Anti-corrosive and anti-bacterial properties of electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ni-Ag coatings are illustrated. Pure Ni, Ni-7 at.% Ag, & Ni-14 at.% Ag coatings were electrodeposited on Cu substrate. Coating consisted of Ni-rich and Ag-rich solid solution phases. With increase in the Ag content, the corrosion resistance of the Ni-Ag coating initially increased and then decreased. The initial increase was due to the Ni-Ag solid solution. The subsequent decrease was due to the increased galvanic coupling between the Ag-rich and Ni-rich phases. For all Ag contents, the corrosion resistance of the Ni-Ag coating was higher than the pure Ni coating. Exposure to Sulphate Reducing Bacteria (SRB) revealed that the extent of bio-fouling decreased with increase in the Ag content. After 2 month exposure to SRB, the Ni-Ag coatings demonstrated less loss in corrosion resistance (58% for Ni-7 at.% Ag and 20% for Ni-14 at.% Ag) when compared pure Ni coating (115%).

  13. Grain boundaries of nanocrystalline materials - their widths, compositions, and internal structures

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    Fultz, B.; Frase, H.N.

    2000-01-01

    Nanocrystalline materials contain many atoms at and near grain boundaries. Sufficient numbers of Moessbauer probe atoms can be situated in grain boundary environments to make a clear contribution to the measured Moessbauer spectrum. Three types of measurements on nanocrystalline materials are reported here, all using Moessbauer spectrometry in conjunction with X-ray diffractometry, transmission electron microscopy, or small angle neutron scattering. By measuring the fraction of atoms contributing to the grain boundary component in a Moessbauer spectrum, and by knowing the grain size of the material, it is possible to deduce the average width of grain boundaries in metallic alloys. It is found that these widths are approximately 0.5 nm for fcc alloys and slightly larger than 1.0 nm for bcc alloys.Chemical segregation to grain boundaries can be measured by Moessbauer spectrometry, especially in conjunction with small angle neutron scattering. Such measurements on Fe-Cu and Fe 3 Si-Nb were used to study how nanocrystalline materials could be stabilized against grain growth by the segregation of Cu and Nb to grain boundaries. The segregation of Cu to grain boundaries did not stabilize the Fe-Cu alloys against grain growth, since the grain boundaries were found to widen and accept more Cu atoms during annealing. The Nb additions to Fe 3 Si did suppress grain growth, perhaps because of the low mobility of Nb atoms, but also perhaps because Nb atoms altered the chemical ordering in the alloy.The internal structure of grain boundaries in nanocrystalline materials prepared by high-energy ball milling is found to be unstable against internal relaxations at low temperatures. The Moessbauer spectra of the nanocrystalline samples showed changes in the hyperfine fields attributable to movements of grain boundary atoms. In conjunction with SANS measurements, the changes in grain boundary structure induced by cryogenic exposure and annealing at low temperature were found to be

  14. Magnetic behavior of nanocrystalline CoFe2O4

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    Zhang Kai; Holloway, T.; Pradhan, A.K.

    2011-01-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles of CoFe 2 O 4 have been synthesized under an applied magnetic field through a co-precipitation method followed by thermal treatments at different temperatures, producing nanoparticles of varying size. The magnetic behavior of these nanoparticles was investigated. As-grown nanoparticles demonstrate superparamagnetism above the blocking temperature, which is dependent on the particle size. One of the nanoparticles demonstrated a constricted magnetic hysteresis loop with no or small coercivity and remanence at low magnetic field. However, the loop opens up at high magnetic field. This magnetic behavior is attributed to the preferred Co ions and vacancies arrangements when the CoFe 2 O 4 nanoparticles were synthesized under an applied magnetic field. Furthermore, this magnetic property is strongly dependent on the high temperature heat treatments that produce Co ions and vacancies disorder. - Research highlights: → CoFe 2 O 4 nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation route in a magnetic field. → Smaller nanoparticles present superparamagnetic property above their block temperature. → These nanoparticles show interesting magnetic behavior in the blocking state. → Magnetic behavior is strongly dependent on the annealing temperature.

  15. Nano-crystalline Ag–PbTe thermoelectric thin films by a multi-target PLD system

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    Cappelli, E., E-mail: emilia.cappelli@ism.cnr.it [CNR-ISM, Montelibretti, Via Salaria Km 29.3, P.O.B. 10, 00016 Rome (Italy); Bellucci, A. [CNR-ISM, Montelibretti, Via Salaria Km 29.3, P.O.B. 10, 00016 Rome (Italy); Dip. Fisica, Un. Roma Sapienza, Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, 00185 Rome (Italy); Medici, L. [CNR-IMAA, Tito Scalo, 85050 Potenza (Italy); Mezzi, A.; Kaciulis, S. [CNR-ISMN, Montelibretti, Via Salaria Km 29.3, P.O.B. 10, 00016 Rome (Italy); Fumagalli, F.; Di Fonzo, F. [Center Nano Science Technology @Polimi, I.I.T., Via Pascoli 70/3, 20133 Milano (Italy); Trucchi, D.M. [CNR-ISM, Montelibretti, Via Salaria Km 29.3, P.O.B. 10, 00016 Rome (Italy)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • Thermoelectric PbTe thin films, with increasing Ag percentage, were deposited by PLD. • Almost stoichiometric PbTe (Ag doped) films were grown, as verified by XPS analysis. • GI-XRD established the formation of cubic PbTe, with nano-metric structure (∼35 nm). • Surface resistivity shows an increase in conductivity, with increasing Ag doping. • From Seebeck values and XPS depth analysis, 10% Ag seems to be the solubility limit. - Abstract: It has been evaluated the ability of ArF pulsed laser ablation to grow nano-crystalline thin films of high temperature PbTe thermoelectric material, and to obtain a uniform and controlled Ag blending, through the entire thickness of the film, using a multi-target system in vacuum. The substrate used was a mirror polished technical alumina slab. The increasing atomic percentage of Ag effect on physical–chemical and electronic properties was evaluated in the range 300–575 K. The stoichiometry and the distribution of the Ag component, over the whole thickness of the samples deposited, have been studied by XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and corresponding depth profiles. The crystallographic structure of the film was analyzed by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GI-XRD) system. Scherrer analysis for crystallite size shows the presence of nano-structures, of the order of 30–35 nm. Electrical resistivity of the samples, studied by the four point probe method, as a function of increasing Ag content, shows a typical semi-conductor behavior. From conductivity values, carrier concentration and Seebeck parameter determination, the power factor of deposited films was calculated. Both XPS, Hall mobility and Seebeck analysis seem to indicate a limit value to the Ag solubility of the order of 5%, for thin films of ∼200 nm thickness, deposited at 350 °C. These data resulted to be comparable to theoretical evaluation for thin films but order of magnitude lower than the corresponding bulk materials.

  16. Co-sensitization of quantum dot sensitized solar cells composed of TiO2 nanocrystalline photoanode with CdS and PbS nanoparticles and effect of PbS on the performance of solar cell

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    Maziar Marandi

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available In this research, CdS and PbS quantum dots were applied as the light sensitizers in TiO2 based nanostructured solar cells. The PbS quantum dots could absorb a wide range of the sunlight spectrum on earth due to their low bandgap energy. As a result, the cell sensitization is more effective by application of both CdS and PbS quantum dots sensitizers. The TiO2 nanocrystals were synthesized through a hydrothermal process and deposited on FTO glass substrates as the photoanode scaffold. Then PbS quantum dots were grown on the surface of this nanocrystalline layer by a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR method. The CdS quantum dots were over-grown in the next step through a similar deposition method. Finally this sensitized layer was applied as the photoelectrode of the corresponding quantum dot sensitized solar cells. The results demonstrated that the maximum efficiency was achieved for the cell with a photoanode made of co-sensitization through 2 and 6 cycles of PbS and CdS deposition, respectively. The photovoltaic parameters of this cell were measured as Jsc of 10.81 mA/cm2, Voc of 590 mv and energy conversion efficiency of 2.7+0.2%.

  17. Mix-solvent-thermal method for the synthesis of anatase nanocrystalline titanium dioxide used in dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Lao, Chunfeng; Chuai, Yutao; Su, Li; Liu, Xiao; Huang, Lan; Cheng, Humin; Zou, Dechun [Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2005-01-31

    Nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} with almost pure anatase form has been synthesized through the Mix-solvent-thermal method (MST) by using TiCl{sub 4} as the starting material. The mean size of the synthesized TiO{sub 2} is 10nm with narrow distribution. High-performance dye-sensitized solar cell with nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} electrode formed from MST was achieved. Its Isc and Voc values reached 21.62mA/cm{sup 2} and 727.9mV, respectively, and the photovoltaic conversion efficiency reached 9.13%, i.e. 7.5% higher than those of solar cells with TiO{sub 2} made from the traditional precursor of titanium alkoxides. To our knowledge they are the highest values obtained from the solar cells with nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} electrode formed from the hydrolysis of TiCl{sub 4}.

  18. Characterizing deformed ultrafine-grained and nanocrystalline materials using transmission Kikuchi diffraction in a scanning electron microscope

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    Trimby, Patrick W.; Cao, Yang; Chen, Zibin; Han, Shuang; Hemker, Kevin J.; Lian, Jianshe; Liao, Xiaozhou; Rottmann, Paul; Samudrala, Saritha; Sun, Jingli; Wang, Jing Tao; Wheeler, John; Cairney, Julie M.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: -- Abstract: The recent development of transmission Kikuchi diffraction (TKD) in a scanning electron microscope enables fast, automated orientation mapping of electron transparent samples using standard electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) hardware. TKD in a scanning electron microscope has significantly better spatial resolution than conventional EBSD, enabling routine characterization of nanocrystalline materials and allowing effective measurement of samples that have undergone severe plastic deformation. Combining TKD with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) provides complementary chemical information, while a standard forescatter detector system below the EBSD detector can be used to generate dark field and oriented dark field images. Here we illustrate the application of this exciting new approach to a range of deformed, ultrafine grained and nanocrystalline samples, including duplex stainless steel, nanocrystalline copper and highly deformed titanium and nickel–cobalt. The results show that TKD combined with EDS is a highly effective and widely accessible tool for measuring key microstructural parameters at resolutions that are inaccessible using conventional EBSD

  19. Nutrient management of soil grown crops

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    Sonneveld, C.; Voogt, W.

    2009-01-01

    The management of the fertilization of soil grown crops in greenhouses can be distinguished in the addition of fertilizers before cultivation, the base dressing and those added during the cultivations period of the crops, the top dressing. The growing period of the crops in greenhouse production

  20. Recrystallization phenomena of solution grown paraffin dendrites

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    Hollander, F.F.A.; Hollander, F.; Stasse, O.; van Suchtelen, J.; van Enckevort, W.J.P.

    2001-01-01

    Paraffin crystals were grown from decane solutions using a micro-Bridgman set up for in-situ observation of the morphology at the growth front. It is shown that for large imposed velocities, dendrites are obtained. After dendritic growth, aging or recrystallization processes set in rather quickly,

  1. Evaluation of the Cutting Force Components and the Surface Roughness in the Milling Process of Micro- and Nanocrystalline Titanium

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    Habrat W.

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Nanocristalline pure titanium in comparison to microcrystalline titanium is characterized by better mechanical properties which influence its wider usability. The aim of the research was to evaluate whether the grain size of pure titanium (micro- and nanocrystalline has influence on the cutting force components and the surface roughness in the milling process. Models of cutting force components for both materials were prepared and differences between the results were examined. The feed rate effect on selected parameters of surface roughness after milling of micro- and nanocrystalline pure titanium was determined.

  2. A new dental powder from nanocrystalline melt-spun Ag-Sn-Cu alloy ribbons

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    Do-Minh, N.; Le-Thi, C.; Nguyen-Anh, S.

    2003-01-01

    A new non-gamma-two dental powder has been developed from nanocrystalline melt-spun Ag-Sn-Cu alloy ribbons. The amalgam made from this powder exhibits excellent properties for dental filling. The nanocrystalline microstructure was found for the first time in as-spun and heat treated Ag(27-28)Sn(9-32) Cu alloy ribbons, using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. As-spun ribbons exhibited a multi-phase microstructure with preferred existence of β (Ag 4 Sn) phase formed during rapid solidification (RS) due to supersaturating of copper (Cu) atoms and homogenous nanostructure with subgrain size of about (40-50) nm, which seems to be developed during RS process and can be caused by eutectic reaction of the Ag 3 Sn/Ag 4 Sn-Cu 3 Sn system. In heat treated ribbons the clustering of Cu atoms was always favored and stable in an ageing temperature and time interval determined by Cu content. The heat treatment led to essential changes of subgrain morphology, resulted in the appearance of large-angle boundaries with fine Cu 3 Sn precipitates and forming typical recrystallization twins. Such a microstructure variation in melt-spun ribbons could eventually yield enhanced technological, clinical and physical properties of the dental products, controlled by the ADA Specification N deg 1 and reported before. Thus, using the rapid solidification technique a new non-gamma-two dental material of high quality, nanocrystalline ribbon powder, can be produced. Copyright (2003) AD-TECH - International Foundation for the Advancement of Technology Ltd

  3. Industrialization of nanocrystalline Fe–Si–B–P–Cu alloys for high magnetic flux density cores

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    Takenaka, Kana; Setyawan, Albertus D.; Sharma, Parmanand; Nishiyama, Nobuyuki; Makino, Akihiro

    2016-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Fe–Si–B–P–Cu alloys exhibit high saturation magnetic flux density (B s ) and extremely low magnetic core loss (W), simultaneously. Low amorphous-forming ability of these alloys hinders their application potential in power transformers and motors. Here we report a solution to this problem. Minor addition of C is found to be effective in increasing the amorphous-forming ability of Fe–Si–B–P–Cu alloys. It allows fabrication of 120 mm wide ribbons (which was limited to less than 40 mm) without noticeable degradation in magnetic properties. The nanocrystalline (Fe 85.7 Si 0.5 B 9.5 P 3.5 Cu 0.8 ) 99 C 1 ribbons exhibit low coercivity (H c )~4.5 A/m, high B s ~1.83 T and low W~0.27 W/kg (@ 1.5 T and 50 Hz). Success in fabrication of long (60–100 m) and wide (~120 mm) ribbons, which are made up of low cost elements is promising for mass production of energy efficient high power transformers and motors - Highlights: • Minor addition of C in FeSiBPCu alloy increases amorphous-forming ability. • The FeSiBPCuC alloy exhibits B s close to Si-steel and Core loss lower than it. • Excellent soft magnetic properties were obtained for 120 mm wide ribbons. • Nanocrystalline FeSiBPCuC alloy can be produced at industrial scale with low cost. • The alloy is suitable for making low energy loss power transformers and motors.

  4. Magnetic properties of Nanocrystalline Co and Ni synthesized via superhydride reduction route

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    Dalavi, Shankar B.; Panda, Rabi N., E-mail: rnp@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in

    2015-01-15

    Nanocrystalline and surface functionalized Co and Ni were successfully synthesized via superhydride reduction route by using oleic acid and oleylamine as capping agents. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) study of as-prepared materials confirms the presence of organic capping layer on the surface of nanoparticles. Phase purity and crystallite sizes of the materials were ascertained from X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns. Co crystallizes in the mixture of hexagonal close packed (hcp) and face centered cubic (fcc) phases with crystallite size of 15 nm whereas Ni crystallizes in face centered cubic (fcc) phase with crystallite size of 35 nm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies confirm the fine particle nature of the materials and spherical shape morphologies with TEM particle sizes equal to 20 nm and 25 nm for Co and Ni, respectively. Room temperature magnetic studies show ferromagnetic behavior of the materials. The values of saturation magnetization, coercivity and magnetic particle size for Co are 64 emu/g, 436 Oe and 10 nm, respectively whereas those for Ni are 29 emu/g, 148 Oe and 20 nm, respectively. Dipolar interactions among the particles at lower temperatures have been studied from field cooled (FC) and zero field cooled (ZFC) curves. Low temperature magnetic study shows ferromagnetism with dipolar interactions in the materials up to 300 K and some sort of magnetic phase transitions below 20 K. - Highlights: • Nanocrystalline surface functionalized Co and Ni were successfully synthesized. • Co crystallizes in hcp and fcc phases while Ni crystallizes in fcc structure. • The XRD and TEM study indicates nanocrystalline nature of the materials. • The magnetic dipolar interactions have been investigated by FC and ZFC characteristics.

  5. Fabrication and characterization of boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond-coated MEMS probes

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    Bogdanowicz, Robert; Sobaszek, Michał; Ficek, Mateusz; Kopiec, Daniel; Moczała, Magdalena; Orłowska, Karolina; Sawczak, Mirosław; Gotszalk, Teodor

    2016-04-01

    Fabrication processes of thin boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (B-NCD) films on silicon-based micro- and nano-electromechanical structures have been investigated. B-NCD films were deposited using microwave plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition method. The variation in B-NCD morphology, structure and optical parameters was particularly investigated. The use of truncated cone-shaped substrate holder enabled to grow thin fully encapsulated nanocrystalline diamond film with a thickness of approx. 60 nm and RMS roughness of 17 nm. Raman spectra present the typical boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond line recorded at 1148 cm-1. Moreover, the change in mechanical parameters of silicon cantilevers over-coated with boron-doped diamond films was investigated with laser vibrometer. The increase of resonance to frequency of over-coated cantilever is attributed to the change in spring constant caused by B-NCD coating. Topography and electrical parameters of boron-doped diamond films were investigated by tapping mode AFM and electrical mode of AFM-Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM). The crystallite-grain size was recorded at 153 and 238 nm for boron-doped film and undoped, respectively. Based on the contact potential difference data from the KPFM measurements, the work function of diamond layers was estimated. For the undoped diamond films, average CPD of 650 mV and for boron-doped layer 155 mV were achieved. Based on CPD values, the values of work functions were calculated as 4.65 and 5.15 eV for doped and undoped diamond film, respectively. Boron doping increases the carrier density and the conductivity of the material and, consequently, the Fermi level.

  6. Na insertion into nanocrystalline Li4Ti5O12 spinel: An electrochemical study

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    Zukalová, Markéta; Pitňa Lásková, Barbora; Klementová, Mariana; Kavan, Ladislav

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 245, AUG 2017 (2017), s. 505-511 ISSN 0013-4686 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA15-06511S; GA MŠk LM2015087 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 ; RVO:68378271 Keywords : Na insertion * Li4Ti5O12 * nanocrystalline Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry; BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism (FZU-D) OBOR OECD: Electrochemistry (dry cells, batteries, fuel cells, corrosion metals, electrolysis); Condensed matter physics (including formerly solid state physics, supercond.) (FZU-D) Impact factor: 4.798, year: 2016

  7. Hot Corrosion Behavior of Sputtered Nanocrystalline Coating with Yttrium Addition at 900 °C

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    Jiang, Wei; Yu, Ping; Wang, Wen; Zhu, Shenglong; Wang, Fuhui

    2014-01-01

    The high temperature corrosion behavior of sputtered nanocrystalline K38 coating with and without yttrium addition under mixed molten salt film in air was investigated. Accelerated corrosion occurred on the coating without yttrium (Y) addition locally after 60 h exposure at 900°C, which resulted in negative weight gain in kinetics. A uniform and protective alumina scale formed on surface of the coating containing yttrium in comparison. Y enriched particle as corrosion product was observed on the top of alumina scale. The results indicated the beneficial influence of Y on the chemical stability of the protective scale in the presence of chloride. The mechanism was discussed. PMID:28788597

  8. Deposition of nanocrystalline diamond films on temperature sensitive substrates for infrared reflectance spectroscopy

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    Babchenko, Oleg; Remeš, Zdeněk; Ižák, Tibor; Rezek, Bohuslav; Kromka, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 248, č. 11 (2011), s. 2736-2739 ISSN 0370-1972 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP108/11/0794; GA AV ČR KAN400100701; GA MŠk LC510; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAAX00100902; GA AV ČR(CZ) KAN400480701 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : focused plasma * glass substrate * infrared spectroscopy * nanocrystalline diamond * surface wave plasma Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.316, year: 2011

  9. Grazing angle reflectance spectroscopy of organic monolayers on nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Remeš, Zdeněk; Kozak, Halyna; Babchenko, Oleg; Potocký, Štěpán; Ukraintsev, Egor; Rezek, Bohuslav; Kromka, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 20, č. 7 (2011), s. 882-885 ISSN 0925-9635 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP108/11/0794; GA AV ČR KAN400100701; GA MŠk LC510; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAAX00100902; GA ČR GAP204/10/0212 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * infrared spectroscopy * functionalization * grazing angle * brewster angle Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.913, year: 2011

  10. Nanocrystalline SnO2:F Thin Films for Liquid Petroleum Gas Sensors

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    Chaisitsak, Sutichai

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports the improvement in the sensing performance of nanocrystalline SnO2-based liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sensors by doping with fluorine (F). Un-doped and F-doped tin oxide films were prepared on glass substrates by the dip-coating technique using a layer-by-layer deposition cycle (alternating between dip-coating a thin layer followed by a drying in air after each new layer). The results showed that this technique is superior to the conventional technique for both improving the ...

  11. Radiation-Induced Damage and Recovery of Ultra-Nanocrystalline Diamond: Toward Applications in Harsh Environments.

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    Martin, Aiden A; Filevich, Jorge; Straw, Marcus; Randolph, Steven; Botman, Aurélien; Aharonovich, Igor; Toth, Milos

    2017-11-15

    Ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) is increasingly being used in the fabrication of devices and coatings due to its excellent tribological properties, corrosion resistance, and biocompatibility. Here, we study its response to irradiation with kiloelectronvolt electrons as a controlled model for extreme ionizing environments. Real time Raman spectroscopy reveals that the radiation-damage mechanism entails dehydrogenation of UNCD grain boundaries, and we show that the damage can be recovered by annealing at 883 K. Our results have significant practical implications for the implementation of UNCD in extreme environment applications, and indicate that the films can be used as radiation sensors.

  12. Polydopamine-modified nanocrystalline diamond thin films as a platform for bio-sensing applications

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    Pop-Georgievski, Ognen; Neykova, Neda; Proks, Vladimír; Houdková, Jana; Ukraintsev, Egor; Zemek, Josef; Kromka, Alexander; Rypáček, František

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 543, 30 September (2013), s. 180-186 ISSN 0040-6090. [International Conference on NANO-structures self-assembly - NANOSEA 2012 /4./. S. Margherita di Pula - Sardinie, 25.06.2012-29.06.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP108/11/1857; GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108 Grant - others:ČVUT(CZ) SGS10/297/OHK4/3T/14 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 ; RVO:68378271 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond films * NCD * polydopamine Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry; BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism (FZU-D) Impact factor: 1.867, year: 2013

  13. Formation of continuous nanocrystalline diamond layer on glass and silicon at low temperatures

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    Kromka, Alexander; Rezek, Bohuslav; Remeš, Zdeněk; Michalka, M.; Ledinský, Martin; Zemek, Josef; Potměšil, Jiří; Vaněček, Milan

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 14, 7-8 (2008), s. 181-186 ISSN 0948-1907 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN400100701; GA MŠk LC510; GA AV ČR KAN400100652; GA MŠk(CZ) 1M06002 Grant - others: Marie Curie RTN DRIVE(XE) MRTN-CT-2004-512224 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : AFM * low temperature growth * nanocrystalline diamond * SEM * XPS Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.483, year: 2008

  14. Local Structure and Magnetic Properties of Fe 50 Cr 40 Si 10 Nanocrystalline Alloys

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    Tarigan, K.; Sebayang, D.; Yu, S. C.; Yang, D. S.

    2018-03-01

    The structural and the magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe 50 Cr 40 Si 10 alloys were prepared via mechanical alloying by using Fe, Cr, and Si elements with 1- to 24 hrs milling times. Structural analysis based on X-ray diffraction and Extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Concerning the magnetic behavior, the data obtained from a vibrating sample magnetometer at 300 K shows that both the magnetic saturation and the coercivity are dependent strongly on the milling time and the crystallite size. By adjusting the milling time, both appropriate structural transformation and magnetization values are obtained.

  15. Yield stress of ultrafine-grained or nanocrystalline materials with a bimodal grain size distribution

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    Pande, C. S.; DeGiorgi, V. G.; E Moser, A.

    2018-02-01

    An attractive processing route for enhancing the yield strength of high-strength nanocrystalline metals and alloys while maintaining high ductility is to develop a bimodal grain size distribution (GSD), in which, supposedly, the finer grains provide strength, and the coarser grains maintain or even enhance ductility. We present a theoretical model predicting the strength of such a system, and show, analytically, how the yield stress is related to the various parameters of the bimodal GSD, such as volume fraction of the two components of the bimodal distribution and their standard deviations.

  16. Origins of hole traps in hydrogenated nanocrystalline and amorphous silicon revealed through machine learning

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    Mueller, Tim; Johlin, Eric; Grossman, Jeffrey C.

    2014-03-01

    Genetic programming is used to identify the structural features most strongly associated with hole traps in hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon with very low crystalline volume fraction. The genetic programming algorithm reveals that hole traps are most strongly associated with local structures within the amorphous region in which a single hydrogen atom is bound to two silicon atoms (bridge bonds), near fivefold coordinated silicon (floating bonds), or where there is a particularly dense cluster of many silicon atoms. Based on these results, we propose a mechanism by which deep hole traps associated with bridge bonds may contribute to the Staebler-Wronski effect.

  17. Na insertion into nanocrystalline Li4Ti5O12 spinel: An electrochemical study

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    Zukalová, Markéta; Pitňa Lásková, Barbora; Klementová, Mariana; Kavan, Ladislav

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 245, AUG 2017 (2017), s. 505-511 ISSN 0013-4686 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA15-06511S; GA MŠk LM2015087 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 ; RVO:68378271 Keywords : Na insertion * Li4Ti5O12 * nanocrystalline Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry; BM - Sol id Matter Physics ; Magnetism (FZU-D) OBOR OECD: Electrochemistry (dry cells, batteries, fuel cells, corrosion metals, electrolysis); Condensed matter physics (including formerly sol id state physics, supercond.) (FZU-D) Impact factor: 4.798, year: 2016

  18. Nanocrystalline diamond protects Zr cladding surface against oxygen and hydrogen uptake: nuclear fuel durability enhancement

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    Škarohlíd, J.; Ashcheulov, Petr; Škoda, R.; Taylor, Andrew; Čtvrtlík, R.; Tomaštík, J.; Fendrych, František; Kopeček, Jaromír; Cháb, Vladimír; Cichoň, Stanislav; Sajdl, P.; Macák, J.; Xu, P.; Partezana, J.M.; Lorinčík, J.; Prehradná, J.; Steinbrück, M.; Kratochvílová, Irena

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 7, Jul (2017), 1-14, č. článku 6469. ISSN 2045-2322 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LO1409; GA MŠk LM2015088; GA ČR(CZ) GA15-05095S; GA ČR(CZ) GA16-03085S; GA TA ČR TA04020156 Grant - others:FUNBIO(XE) CZ.2.16/3.1.00/21568 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * zirconium alloys * corrosion Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials OBOR OECD: Coating and films Impact factor: 4.259, year: 2016

  19. Hydrazine-Assisted Low-Temperature Hydrothermal Preparation of Nanocrystalline Jaipurite

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    Zhan, J. H.; Xie, Y.; Yang, X. G.; Zhang, W. X.; Qian, Y. T.

    1999-08-01

    Nanocrystalline Jaipurite has been successfully prepared from amorphous cobalt sulfide in hydrazine solution at 120°C for 24 h using a hydrothermal process. The additive hydrazine is a critical factor for mineralization of amorphous CoS to Jaipurite. X-ray powder diffraction analysis indicated that the product was single-phase Jaipurite. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that as-formed Jaipurite particles were of laminar morphology. The composition of the product with the atomic ratio of 1.009 for Co/S is approximately stoichiometric, determined by chemical analysis. IR analysis suggested that the product was not contaminated in the hydrothermal process.

  20. Guided assembly of nanoparticles on electrostatically charged nanocrystalline diamond thin films

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    Verveniotis, Elisseos; Kromka, Alexander; Ledinský, Martin; Čermák, Jan; Rezek, Bohuslav

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 6, Feb. (2011), 144/1-144/6 ISSN 1931-7573 R&D Projects: GA ČR GD202/09/H041; GA MŠk(CZ) LC06040; GA AV ČR KAN400100701; GA MŠk LC510 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * oxygen-terminated diamond * hydrogen-terminated diamond * electrostatic charging * self-assembly process Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.726, year: 2011

  1. Pressure-induced phase transition of nanocrystalline iron sulphide coated by polyvinyl alcohol

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    Gao Wei; Kan-Shihai; Pan Yue Wu; Wang Xin; Zou Guang Tian; LiuJing

    2002-01-01

    Nanocrystalline iron sulphide (FeS) coated with polyvinyl alcohol, with particle size ranging from several to several tens of nanometres, has been prepared by the chemical precipitation synthesis method. The phase transition of FeS has been investigated by using in situ high-pressure diffraction with synchrotron radiation at pressures up to 42.5 GPa. Most of the diffraction lines are broadened and weakened. At the pressure of 11.8 GPa, a new phase transition was observed. However, only eleven x-ray reflections were recorded under high pressure; the crystal structure is unknown.

  2. Simulation of grain growth in nanocrystalline nickel induced by ion irradiation

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    Voegeli, W; Hahn, H

    2003-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations of 5 keV cascades in nanocrystalline nickel with grain sizes of 5 and 10 nm are presented. If the spike volume is exceeding the grain size or overlapping the grain boundary (GB) area we observe ion-beam induced grain growth for both grain sizes. In contrast cascades located in the grain volume lead to the formation of vacancies and interstitials, where the latter are mostly accommodated by the GBs upon annealing. Finally, we show that ion-beam induced grain growth is a direct result of recrystallisation of the thermal spike and therefore inherently different to grain growth observed in long time thermal annealing simulations.

  3. SrTiO.sub.3./sub.:Cr nanocrystalline powders: size effects and optical properties

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    Trepakov, Vladimír; Potůček, Zdeněk; Makarova, Marina; Dejneka, Alexandr; Sazama, Petr; Jastrabík, Lubomír; Bryknar, Z.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 21, č. 37 (2009), 375303/1-375303/5 ISSN 0953-8984 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/08/1009; GA AV ČR KJB100100703; GA AV ČR KAN301370701; GA MŠk(CZ) 1M06002 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100522; CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : SrTiO 3 :Cr nanocrystalline powders * size effects * optical properties Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.964, year: 2009

  4. Dye sensitization of titanium dioxide crystals and nanocrystalline films with a ruthenium based dye

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    Fillinger, Akiko

    The dye/semiconductor interface of a recently developed highly efficient (overall conversion efficiency >13%) dye sensitized nanocrystalline TiO2 solar cell was investigated. First, the adsorption and desorption rates of the dye (cis-di(thiocyanato)bis(2,2' -bipyridyl-4,4'-dicarboxylate)ruthenium(II):N3), and the relationship between the dye coverage and the photon-to-current conversion efficiencies were examined for nanocrystalline TiO2 films. A two-step dye adsorption mechanism was postulated where initial binding of N3 is through one carboxyl group, with subsequent binding of two or more carboxyl groups. The photon-to-current conversion efficiencies were found to increase abruptly at a coverage of about 0.3 monolayers. To explain the non-linear increases in the conversion efficiencies, a hole-hopping mechanism was proposed. At greater than 30% coverage, hole transfer between adjacent N3 molecules becomes possible and facilitates the regeneration of the oxidized N3 by the redox species (I-) in the matrix of the nanoporous structure. Natural anatase crystals were also investigated as substrates for dye sensitization by N3 to circumvent the complexity of the nanoporous structure of the nanocrystalline TiO2 films. A crystal face dependence of the sensitization yield was observed and explained with the variation in the distances between the Ti binding sites by different crystal faces. The dye sensitized photocurrents with the natural anatase crystals had millisecond rise times. The rise time decreased with greater light intensity and greater dye coverage, suggesting that trapping and detrapping of injected electrons at traps in the crystals is involved in the electron transport in the natural anatase crystals. The absorbed photon to current efficiency of the nanocrystalline films was calculated to be approximately three to seven times greater than that of the single crystals, indicating more recombination in the single crystals. Finally, the surface morphologies of

  5. Structure and Properties of Nanocrystalline Iron Oxide Powder Prepared by the Method of Pulsed Laser Ablation

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    Svetlichnyi, V. A.; Shabalina, A. V.; Lapin, I. N.

    2017-04-01

    Colloidal solution of iron oxide nanoparticles is synthesized by nanosecond pulsed laser ablation (Nd:YAG laser, 1064 nm, 7 ns, and 180 mJ) of a metallic iron target in water, and nanocrystalline powder is prepared from this solution by vacuum drying. A composition and structure of the material obtained are investigated by methods of electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and optical spectroscopy. It is established that oxide particles with average size of about 5 nm and Fe3O4 magnetite structure are mainly formed during ablation. Preliminary investigation of magnetic properties of the prepared nanoparticle powders shows that they can be in ferromagnetic and/or superparamagnetic states.

  6. Function of thin film nanocrystalline diamond-protein SGFET independent of grain size

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    Krátká, Marie; Kromka, Alexander; Ukraintsev, Egor; Ledinský, Martin; Brož, A.; Kalbáčová, M.; Rezek, Bohuslav

    166-167, May (2012), s. 239-245 ISSN 0925-4005 R&D Projects: GA ČR GD202/09/H041; GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108; GA ČR GAP108/12/0996; GA AV ČR KAN400100701 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : nanocrystalline diamond * solution-gated field-effect transistors (SGFETs) * fetal bovine serum * osteoblastic cells Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.535, year: 2012

  7. Formation and structure of nanocrystalline Al-Mn-Ni-Cu alloys

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    Latuch, J.; Krasnowski, M.; Ciesielska, B.

    2002-01-01

    This paper reports the results of the short investigation on the effect of Cu additions upon the nanocrystallization behaviour of an Al-Mn-Ni alloy. 2 at.% Cu added to the base alloy of Al 85 Mn 10 Ni 5 alloy by substitution for Mn(mischmetal). The control of cooling rate did not cause the formation of nanocrystals of fcc-Al phase. The nanocrystalline structure fcc-Al + amorphous phase in quarternary alloy was obtained by isothermal annealing and continuous heating method, but the last technique is more effective. The volume fraction, lattice parameter, and size of Al-phase were calculated. (author)

  8. Hydrogen content and density in nanocrystalline carbon films of a predominant diamond character

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    Hoffman, A.; Heiman, A.; Akhvlediani, R.; Lakin, E.; Zolotoyabko, E.; Cyterman, C.

    2003-01-01

    Nanocrystalline carbon films possessing a prevailing diamond or graphite character, depending on substrate temperature, can be deposited from a methane hydrogen mixture by the direct current glow discharge plasma chemical vapor deposition method. While at a temperature of ∼880 deg. C, following the formation of a thin precursor graphitic film, diamond nucleation occurs and a nanodiamond film grows, at higher and lower deposition temperatures the films maintain their graphitic character. In this study the hydrogen content, density and nanocrystalline phase composition of films deposited at various temperatures are investigated. We aim to elucidate the role of hydrogen in nanocrystalline films with a predominant diamond character. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy revealed a considerable increase of the hydrogen concentration in the films that accompanies the growth of nanodiamond. It correlates with near edge x-ray adsorption spectroscopy measurements, that showed an appearance of spectroscopic features associated with the diamond structure, and with a substantial increase of the film density detected by x-ray reflectivity. Electron energy loss spectroscopy showed that nanocrystalline diamond films can be deposited from a CH 4 /H 2 mixture with hydrogen concentration in the 80%-95% range. For a deposition temperature of 880 deg. C, the highest diamond character of the films was found for a hydrogen concentration of 91% of H 2 . The deposition temperature plays an important role in diamond formation, strongly influencing the content of adsorbed hydrogen with an optimum at 880 deg. C. It is suggested that diamond nucleation and growth of the nanodiamond phase is driven by densification of the deposited graphitic films which results in high local compressive stresses. Nanodiamond formation is accompanied by an increase of hydrogen concentration in the films. It is suggested that hydrogen retention is critical for stabilization of nanodiamond crystallites. At lower

  9. Electrophoretic deposition of nanocrystalline TiO2 films on Ti substrates for use in flexible dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Tan Weiwei; Yin Xiong; Zhou Xiaowen; Zhang Jingbo; Xiao Xurui; Lin Yuan

    2009-01-01

    Nanocrystalline TiO 2 films were prepared on flexible Ti-metal sheets by electrophoretic deposition followed by chemical treatment with tetra-n-butyl titanate (TBT) and sintering at 450 deg. C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicates that TBT treatment led to the formation of additional anatase TiO 2 , which plays an important role in improving the interconnection between TiO 2 particles, as well as the adherence of the film to the substrate, and in modifying the surface properties of the nanocrystalline particles. The effect of TBT treatment on the electron transport in the nanocrystalline films was studied by intensity-modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS). An increase in the conversion efficiency was obtained for the dye-sensitized solar cells with TBT-treated nanocrystalline TiO 2 films. The cell performance was further optimized by designing nanocrystalline TiO 2 films with a double-layer structure composed of a light-scattering layer and a transparent layer. The light-scattering effect of the double-layer nanocrystalline films was evaluated by diffuse reflectance spectra. Employing the double-layer nanocrystalline films as the photoelectrodes resulted in a significant improvement in the incident photo-to-current conversion efficiency of the corresponding cells due to enhanced solar absorption by light scattering. A high conversion efficiency of 6.33% was measured under illumination with 100 mW cm -2 (AM 1.5) simulated sunlight.

  10. Lethal photosensitization of biofilm-grown bacteria

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    Wilson, Michael

    1997-12-01

    Antibacterial agents are increasingly being used for the prophylaxis and treatment of oral diseases. As these agents can be rendered ineffective by resistance development in the target organisms there is a need to develop alternative antimicrobial approaches. Light-activated antimicrobial agents release singlet oxygen and free radicals which can kill adjacent bacteria and a wide range of cariogenic and periodontopathogenic bacteria has been shown to be susceptible to such agents. In the oral cavity these organisms are present as biofilms (dental plaques) which are less susceptible to traditional antimicrobial agents than bacterial suspensions. The results of these studies have shown that biofilm-grown oral bacteria are also susceptible to lethal photosensitization although the light energy doses required are grater than those needed to kill the organisms when they are grown as aqueous suspensions.

  11. Nucleolus in clinostat-grown plants

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    Shen-Miller, J.; Dannenhoffer, J. (Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)); Hinchman, R. (Argonne National Lab., IL (United States))

    1991-05-01

    The clinostat is an apparatus that is used to mimic zero gravity in studies of plant growth in the absence of gravitropic response. Clinostat-grown tissue cultures of carrot exhibit significant increases both in the number of nuclei containing more than one nucleolus and in nucleolar volume. Oat seedlings germinated and grown on clinostats exhibit a decreased rate of shoot elongation, increased tissue sensitivity to applied auxin, and an increased response to gravitropic stimulation. Clinostat treatment clearly affects plant metabolism. The nucleolus is the region in the nucleus where ribosome synthesis and assembly take place. The 18S, 5.8S, and 25S ribosomal genes, in tandem units, are located in the nucleolus. Ribosomes orchestrate the production of all proteins that are necessary for the maintenance of cell growth, development, and survival. A full study of the effects of nullification of gravitropism, by clinostat rotation, on nucleolar development in barley has been initiated. The authors study developmental changes of nucleolar number and diameter in clinostat-grown root tissues. Preliminary results show that barley roots exhibit changes in nucleolar number and diameter. Growth rates of barley root and shoot also appear to be reduced, in measurements of both length and weight.

  12. Mineral composition of organically grown tomato

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    Ghambashidze, Giorgi

    2014-05-01

    In recent years, consumer concerns on environmental and health issues related to food products have increased and, as a result, the demand for organically grown production has grown. Results indicate that consumers concerned about healthy diet and environmental degradation are the most likely to buy organic food, and are willing to pay a high premium. Therefore, it is important to ensure the quality of the produce, especially for highly consumed products. The tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) is one of the most widely consumed fresh vegetables in the world. It is also widely used by the food industries as a raw material for the production of derived products such as purees or ketchup. Consequently, many investigations have addressed the impact of plant nutrition on the quality of tomato fruit. The concentrations of minerals (P, Na, K, Ca and Mg) and trace elements (Cu, Zn and Mn) were determined in tomatoes grown organically in East Georgia, Marneuli District. The contents of minerals and Mn seem to be in the range as shown in literature. Cu and Zn were found in considerably high amounts in comparison to maximum permissible values established in Georgia. Some correlations were observed between the minerals and trace elements studied. K and Mg were strongly correlated with Cu and Zn. Statistically significant difference have shown also P, K and Mg based between period of sampling.

  13. Atom probe crystallography: Characterization of grain boundary orientation relationships in nanocrystalline aluminium

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    Moody, Michael P., E-mail: michael.moody@sydney.edu.au [Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Tang, Fengzai [Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Gault, Baptiste [Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford OX13PH (United Kingdom); Ringer, Simon P.; Cairney, Julie M. [Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia)

    2011-05-15

    Spatial Distribution Maps (SDM) in their various forms have previously been used to identify and characterize crystallographic structure within APT reconstructions. Importantly, it has been shown that such SDM analyses can also provide the crystallographic orientation of the specimen with respect to the direction of the detector in the original experiment. In this study, we investigate the application of SDMs to the analysis of APT reconstruction of a nanocrystalline Al film. We demonstrate that significant intra-granular crystallographic information is retained in the reconstruction, even in the x-y plane perpendicular to the direction of the detector. Further, the crystallographic orientation of the grains can be characterized highly accurately not only with respect to the bulk specimen but also their misorientation with respect to neighbouring grains. -- Research Highlights: {yields} Atom probe crystallography applied to the characterization of nanocrystalline Al. {yields} SDM analyses reveal intra-granular crystallographic information in-depth and laterally. {yields} SDM characterization enabled estimation of grain boundary orientation relationships.

  14. Structural and nanomechanical properties of nanocrystalline carbon thin films for photodetection

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    Rawal, Ishpal [Department of Physics, Kirorimal College, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Panwar, Omvir Singh, E-mail: ospanwar@mail.nplindia.ernet.in; Tripathi, Ravi Kant; Chockalingam, Sreekumar [Polymorphic Carbon Thin Films Group, Physics of Energy Harvesting Division, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India); Srivastava, Avanish Kumar [Electron and Ion Microscopy, Sophisticated and Analytical Instruments, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India); Kumar, Mahesh [Ultrafast Optoelectronics and Tetrahertz Photonics Group, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India)

    2015-05-15

    This paper reports the effect of helium gas pressure upon the structural, nanomechanical, and photoconductive properties of nanocrystalline carbon thin (NCT) films deposited by the filtered cathodic jet carbon arc technique. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy images confirm the nanocrystalline nature of the deposited films with different crystallite sizes (3–7 nm). The chemical structure of the deposited films is further analyzed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy, which suggest that the deposited films change from graphitelike to diamondlike, increasing in sp{sup 3} content, with a minor change in the dilution of the inert gas (helium). The graphitic character is regained upon higher dilution of the helium gas, whereupon the films exhibit an increase in sp{sup 2} content. The nanomechanical measurements show that the film deposited at a helium partial pressure of 2.2 × 10{sup −4} has the highest value of hardness (37.39 GPa) and elastic modulus (320.50 GPa). At a light intensity of 100 mW/cm{sup 2}, the NCT films deposited at 2.2 × 10{sup −4} and 0.1 mbar partial pressures of helium gas exhibit good photoresponses of 2.2% and 3.6%, respectively.

  15. Improved Optics in Monolithic Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells with a Nanocrystalline Silicon Recombination Junction

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    Sahli, Florent

    2017-10-09

    Perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells are increasingly recognized as promi­sing candidates for next-generation photovoltaics with performance beyond the single-junction limit at potentially low production costs. Current designs for monolithic tandems rely on transparent conductive oxides as an intermediate recombination layer, which lead to optical losses and reduced shunt resistance. An improved recombination junction based on nanocrystalline silicon layers to mitigate these losses is demonstrated. When employed in monolithic perovskite/silicon heterojunction tandem cells with a planar front side, this junction is found to increase the bottom cell photocurrent by more than 1 mA cm−2. In combination with a cesium-based perovskite top cell, this leads to tandem cell power-conversion efficiencies of up to 22.7% obtained from J–V measurements and steady-state efficiencies of up to 22.0% during maximum power point tracking. Thanks to its low lateral conductivity, the nanocrystalline silicon recombination junction enables upscaling of monolithic perovskite/silicon heterojunction tandem cells, resulting in a 12.96 cm2 monolithic tandem cell with a steady-state efficiency of 18%.

  16. Deformation-induced grain growth and twinning in nanocrystalline palladium thin films

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    Aaron Kobler

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline Pd films prepared by magnetron sputtering have been investigated as a function of strain. The films were deposited onto polyimide substrates and tested in tensile mode. In order to follow the deformation processes in the material, several samples were strained to defined straining states, up to a maximum engineering strain of 10%, and prepared for post-mortem analysis. The nanocrystalline structure was investigated by quantitative automated crystal orientation mapping (ACOM in a transmission electron microscope (TEM, identifying grain growth and twinning/detwinning resulting from dislocation activity as two of the mechanisms contributing to the macroscopic deformation. Depending on the initial twin density, the samples behaved differently. For low initial twin densities, an increasing twin density was found during straining. On the other hand, starting from a higher twin density, the twins were depleted with increasing strain. The findings from ACOM-TEM were confirmed by results from molecular dynamics (MD simulations and from conventional and in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (CXRD, SXRD experiments.

  17. Thermal stability of lead sulfide and lead oxide nano-crystalline materials

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    Nafees, M.; Ikram, M.; Ali, S.

    2017-10-01

    In this study, nano-crystalline lead sulfide (PbS) and lead oxide (PbO) were synthesized using hassle-free and cost-effective chemical route. Lead oxalate (PbC2O4) precursor was thermally decomposed to obtain the nano-crystalline PbO, while PbS nanoparticles were synthesized by microwave irradiation on a mixture of PbC2O4 precursor and sodium thiosulfate. Resulting materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometry, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). XRD confirmed the tetragonal structure for PbO and face-centered cubic for PbS with average crystallite sizes varying from 20 to 30 nm for both materials. From UV-Vis spectra, direct band gap energies were calculated to be 2.51 and 2.23 eV for PbO and PbS, respectively. Various decomposition stages during heat treatment of PbO and PbS, as revealed by TGA/DSC, are discussed in detail.

  18. Nanoindentation and micro-mechanical fracture toughness of electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ni–W alloy films

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    Armstrong, D.E.J.; Haseeb, A.S.M.A.; Roberts, S.G.; Wilkinson, A.J.; Bade, K.

    2012-01-01

    Nanocrystalline nickel–tungsten alloys have great potential in the fabrication of components for microelectromechanical systems. Here the fracture toughness of Ni–12.7 at.%W alloy micro-cantilever beams was investigated. Micro-cantilevers were fabricated by UV lithography and electrodeposition and notched by focused ion beam machining. Load was applied using a nanoindenter and fracture toughness was calculated from the fracture load. Fracture toughness of the Ni–12.7 at.%W was in the range of 1.49–5.14 MPa √m. This is higher than the fracture toughness of Si (another important microelectromechanical systems material), but considerably lower than that of electrodeposited nickel and other nickel based alloys. - Highlights: ► Micro-scale cantilevers manufactured by electro-deposition and focused ion beam machining. ► Nanoindenter used to perform micro-scale fracture test on Ni-13at%W micro-cantilevers. ► Calculation of fracture toughness of electrodeposited Ni-13at%W thin films. ► Fracture toughness values lower than that of nanocrystalline nickel.

  19. Improved corrosion behavior of nanocrystalline zinc produced by pulse-current electrodeposition

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    Youssef, Kh.M.S.; Koch, C.C.; Fedkiw, P.S.

    2004-01-01

    Pulse electrodeposition was used to produce nanocrystalline (nc) zinc from zinc chloride electrolyte with polyacrylamide and thiourea as additives. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) was used to study the grain size and surface morphology of the deposits and X-ray diffraction was used to examine their preferred orientation. Corrosion behavior of the electrodeposited nc zinc in comparison with electrogalvanized (EG) steel in de-aerated 0.5 N NaOH solution was studied using potentiodynamic polarization and impedance measurements. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to characterize the surface morphology of the EG steel before corrosion testing. Surface morphologies of nc zinc deposits and EG steel were also studied after potentiondynamic polarization by SEM. Nanocrystalline zinc (56 nm) with random orientation was produced. The estimated corrosion rate of nc zinc was found to be about 60% lower than that of EG steel, 90 and 229 μA/cm 2 , respectively. The surface morphology of corroded nc zinc was characterized by discrete etch pits, however, uniform corrosion was obtained after potentiodynamic polarization of EG steel. The passive film formed on the nc zinc surface seems to be a dominating factor for the corrosion behavior observed

  20. Design and investigation of properties of nanocrystalline diamond optical planar waveguides.

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    Prajzler, Vaclav; Varga, Marian; Nekvindova, Pavla; Remes, Zdenek; Kromka, Alexander

    2013-04-08

    Diamond thin films have remarkable properties comparable with natural diamond. Because of these properties it is a very promising material for many various applications (sensors, heat sink, optical mirrors, chemical and radiation wear, cold cathodes, tissue engineering, etc.) In this paper we report about design, deposition and measurement of properties of optical planar waveguides fabricated from nanocrystalline diamond thin films. The nanocrystalline diamond planar waveguide was deposited by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition and the structure of the deposited film was studied by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The design of the presented planar waveguides was realized on the bases of modified dispersion equation and was schemed for 632.8 nm, 964 nm, 1 310 nm and 1 550 nm wavelengths. Waveguiding properties were examined by prism coupling technique and it was found that the diamond based planar optical element guided one fundamental mode for all measured wavelengths. Values of the refractive indices of our NCD thin film measured at various wavelengths were almost the same as those of natural diamond.

  1. The Role of Grain Size on Neutron Irradiation Response of Nanocrystalline Copper

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    Walid Mohamed

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The role of grain size on the developed microstructure and mechanical properties of neutron irradiated nanocrystalline copper was investigated by comparing the radiation response of material to the conventional micrograined counterpart. Nanocrystalline (nc and micrograined (MG copper samples were subjected to a range of neutron exposure levels from 0.0034 to 2 dpa. At all damage levels, the response of MG-copper was governed by radiation hardening manifested by an increase in strength with accompanying ductility loss. Conversely, the response of nc-copper to neutron irradiation exhibited a dependence on the damage level. At low damage levels, grain growth was the primary response, with radiation hardening and embrittlement becoming the dominant responses with increasing damage levels. Annealing experiments revealed that grain growth in nc-copper is composed of both thermally-activated and irradiation-induced components. Tensile tests revealed minimal change in the source hardening component of the yield stress in MG-copper, while the source hardening component was found to decrease with increasing radiation exposure in nc-copper.

  2. Biocompatible nanocrystalline natural bonelike carbonated hydroxyapatite synthesized by mechanical alloying in a record minimum time.

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    Lala, S; Brahmachari, S; Das, P K; Das, D; Kar, T; Pradhan, S K

    2014-09-01

    Single phase nanocrystalline biocompatible A-type carbonated hydroxyapatite (A-cHAp) powder has been synthesized by mechanical alloying the stoichiometric mixture of CaCO3 and CaHPO4.2H2O powders in open air at room temperature within 2h of milling. The A-type carbonation in HAp is confirmed by FTIR analysis. Structural and microstructure parameters of as-milled powders are obtained from both Rietveld's powder structure refinement analysis and transmission electron microscopy. Size and lattice strain of nanocrystalline HAp particles are found to be anisotropic in nature. Mechanical alloying causes amorphization of a part of crystalline A-cHAp which is analogous to native bone mineral. Some primary bond lengths of as-milled samples are critically measured. MTT [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide] assay test reveals high percentage of cell viability and hence confirms the biocompatibility of the sample. The overall results indicate that the processed A-cHAp has a chemical composition very close to that of biological apatite. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Wirelessly Powered High-Temperature Strain Measuring Probe Based on Piezoresistive Nanocrystalline Diamond Layers

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A high-temperature piezo-resistive nano-crystalline diamond strain sensor and wireless powering are presented in this paper. High-temperature sensors and electronic devices are required in harsh environments where the use of conventional electronic circuits is impractical or impossible. Piezo-resistive sensors based on nano-crystalline diamond layers were successfully designed, fabricated and tested. The fabricated sensors are able to operate at temperatures of up to 250°C with a reasonable sensitivity. The basic principles and applicability of wireless powering using the near magnetic field are also presented. The system is intended mainly for circuits demanding energy consumption, such as resistive sensors or devices that consist of discrete components. The paper is focused on the practical aspect and implementation of the wireless powering. The presented equations enable to fit the frequency to the optimal range and to maximize the energy and voltage transfer with respect to the coils’ properties, expected load and given geometry. The developed system uses both high-temperature active devices based on CMOS-SOI technology and strain sensors which can be wirelessly powered from a distance of up to several centimetres with the power consumption reaching hundreds of milliwatts at 200°C. The theoretical calculations are based on the general circuit theory and were performed in the software package Maple. The results were simulated in the Spice software and verified on a real sample of the measuring probe.

  4. Correlation between crystallographic texture, microstructure and magnetic properties of pulse electrodeposited nanocrystalline Nickel–Cobalt alloys

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    Sharma, Amit; Chhangani, Sumit; Madhavan, R.; Suwas, Satyam, E-mail: satyamsuwas@materials.iisc.ernet.in

    2017-07-15

    Highlights: • Nano-crystalline Ni–Co materials with varying composition has been deposited by pulse electrodeposition. • Overall weakening of <1 1 1> texture and strengthening of <2 0 0> fibre texture is observed with increasing cobalt content. • Higher thermal stability of Ni–70Co is interpreted in terms of low mobility twins and texture. • A clear transition from soft to hard magnetic character is observed with an increase cobalt content. - Abstract: This paper reports the evolution of microstructure and texture in Nickel–Cobalt electrodeposits fabricated by pulse electrodeposition (PED) technique and the correlation of these attributes with the magnetic properties. The structural and microstructural investigation using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopic studies indicate the presence of nanocrystalline grains and nano-twins in the electrodeposits. Convoluted Multiple Whole profile fitting reveals an increase in dislocation density and twin density with increasing cobalt content in the as-deposited samples. Strengthening of <1 1 1> fibre texture and weakening of <2 0 0> fibre texture with increasing cobalt concentration has been observed with X-ray texture analysis. A corresponding significant increase in the saturation magnetization and coercivity observed with increasing cobalt content. A significant improvement in the soft magnetic character in the electrodeposits in terms of increase in saturation magnetization and decrease in coercivity has been observed with thermal annealing.

  5. Synthesis, structural and magnetic characterization of soft magnetic nanocrystalline ternary FeNiCo particles

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    Toparli, Cigdem [Department of Metallurgical & Materials Eng., Istanbul Technical University, 34469 Istanbul (Turkey); Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf (Germany); Ebin, Burçak [Department of Metallurgical & Materials Eng., Istanbul Technical University, 34469 Istanbul (Turkey); Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Material Recycling, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, S-412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden); Gürmen, Sebahattin, E-mail: gurmen@itu.edu.tr [Department of Metallurgical & Materials Eng., Istanbul Technical University, 34469 Istanbul (Turkey)

    2017-02-01

    The present study focuses on the synthesis, microstructural and magnetic properties of ternary FeNiCo nanoparticles. Nanocrystalline ternary FeNiCo particles were synthesized via hydrogen reduction assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method in single step. The effect of precursor concentration on the morphology and the size of particles was investigated. The syntheses were performed at 800 °C. Structure, morphology and magnetic properties of the as-prepared products were characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) studies. Scherer calculation revealed that crystallite size of the ternary particles ranged between 36 and 60 nm. SEM and TEM investigations showed that the particle size was strongly influenced by the precursor concentration and Fe, Ni, Co elemental composition of individual particles was homogeneous. Finally, the soft magnetic properties of the particles were observed to be a function of their size. - Highlights: • Ternary FeNiCo alloy nanocrystalline particles were synthesized in a single step. • Cubic crystalline structure and spherical morphology was observed by XRD, SEM and TEM investigations. • The analysis of magnetic properties indicates the soft magnetic features of particles.

  6. Stable electroluminescence from passivated nano-crystalline porous silicon using undecylenic acid

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    Gelloz, B.; Sano, H.; Boukherroub, R.; Wayner, D. D. M.; Lockwood, D. J.; Koshida, N.

    2005-06-01

    Stabilization of electroluminescence from nanocrystalline porous silicon diodes has been achieved by replacing silicon-hydrogen bonds terminating the surface of nanocrystalline silicon with more stable silicon-carbon (Si-C) bonds. Hydrosilylation of the surface of partially and anodically oxidized porous silicon samples was thermally induced at about 90 °C using various different organic molecules. Devices whose surface have been modified with stable covalent bonds shows no degradation in the EL efficiency and EL output intensity under DC operation for several hours. The enhanced stability can be attributed to the high chemical resistance of Si-C bonds against current-induced surface oxidation associated with the generation of nonradiative defects. Although devices treated with 1-decene exhibit reduced EL efficiency and brightness compared to untreatred devices, other molecules, such as ethyl-undecylenate and particularly undecylenic acid provide stable and more efficient visible electroluminescence at room temperature. Undecylenic acid provides EL brightness as high as that of an untreated device.

  7. Stable electroluminescence from passivated nano-crystalline porous silicon using undecylenic acid

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    Gelloz, B.; Sano, H.; Koshida, N. [Dept. Elec. and Elec. Eng., Tokyo Univ. of A and T, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan); Boukherroub, R. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Ecole Polytechnique, Route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Wayner, D.D.M.; Lockwood, D.J. [National Research Council, Ottawa (Canada)

    2005-06-01

    Stabilization of electroluminescence from nanocrystalline porous silicon diodes has been achieved by replacing silicon-hydrogen bonds terminating the surface of nanocrystalline silicon with more stable silicon-carbon (Si-C) bonds. Hydrosilylation of the surface of partially and anodically oxidized porous silicon samples was thermally induced at about 90 C using various different organic molecules. Devices whose surface have been modified with stable covalent bonds shows no degradation in the EL efficiency and EL output intensity under DC operation for several hours. The enhanced stability can be attributed to the high chemical resistance of Si-C bonds against current-induced surface oxidation associated with the generation of nonradiative defects. Although devices treated with 1-decene exhibit reduced EL efficiency and brightness compared to untreated devices, other molecules, such as ethyl-undecylenate and particularly undecylenic acid provide stable and more efficient visible electroluminescence at room temperature. Undecylenic acid provides EL brightness as high as that of an untreated device. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Structural, electrical and dielectric properties of nanocrystalline Mg-Zn ferrites

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    Anis-ur-Rehman, M.; Malik, M.A.; Nasir, S.; Mubeen, M.; Khan, K.; Maqsood, A.

    2011-01-01

    The nanocrystalline Mg-Zn ferrites having general formula Mg/sub 1-x/Zn/sub x/Fe/sub 2/O/sub 4/ (x=0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0. 5) were prepared by WOWS sol-gel route. All prepared samples were sintered at 700 deg. C for 2 h. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) technique was used to investigate structural properties of the samples. The crystal structure was found to be spinel. The crystallite size, lattice parameters and porosity of samples were calculated by XRD data analysis as function of zinc concentration. The crystallite size for each sample was calculated using the Scherrer formula considering the most intense (3 1 1) peak and the range obtained was 34-68 nm. The dielectric constant, dielectric loss tangent and AC electrical conductivity of nanocrystalline Mg-Zn ferrites are investigated as a function of frequency. The dielectric constant, dielectric loss tangent increased with increase of Zn concentration. All the electrical properties are explained in accordance with Maxwell Wagner model and K/sub oops/ phenomenological theory. (author)

  9. A novel route for synthesis of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite from eggshell waste.

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    Siva Rama Krishna, D; Siddharthan, A; Seshadri, S K; Sampath Kumar, T S

    2007-09-01

    The eggshell waste has been value engineered to a nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HA) by microwave processing. To highlight the advantages of eggshell as calcium precursor in the synthesis of HA (OHA), synthetic calcium hydroxide was also used to form HA (SHA) following similar procedure and were compared with a commercially available pure HA (CHA). All the HAs were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) method, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and specific surface area measurements. Nanocrystalline nature of OHA is revealed through characteristic broad peaks in XRD patterns, platelets of length 33-50 nm and width 8-14 nm in TEM micrograph and size calculations from specific surface area measurements. FT-IR spectra showed characteristic bands of HA and additionally peaks of carbonate ions. The cell parameter calculations suggest the formation of carbonated HA of B-type. The OHA exhibits superior sinterability in terms of hardness and density than both SHA and CHA may be due to larger surface area of its spherulite structure. The in vitro dissolution study shows longer stability in phosphate buffer and cell culture test using osteoblast cells establishes biocompatibility of OHA.

  10. Nanoindentation and micro-mechanical fracture toughness of electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ni-W alloy films

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    Armstrong, D.E.J., E-mail: david.armstrong@materials.ox.ac.uk [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Haseeb, A.S.M.A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Roberts, S.G.; Wilkinson, A.J. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Bade, K. [Institut fuer Mikrostrukturtechnik (IMT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2012-04-30

    Nanocrystalline nickel-tungsten alloys have great potential in the fabrication of components for microelectromechanical systems. Here the fracture toughness of Ni-12.7 at.%W alloy micro-cantilever beams was investigated. Micro-cantilevers were fabricated by UV lithography and electrodeposition and notched by focused ion beam machining. Load was applied using a nanoindenter and fracture toughness was calculated from the fracture load. Fracture toughness of the Ni-12.7 at.%W was in the range of 1.49-5.14 MPa {radical}m. This is higher than the fracture toughness of Si (another important microelectromechanical systems material), but considerably lower than that of electrodeposited nickel and other nickel based alloys. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Micro-scale cantilevers manufactured by electro-deposition and focused ion beam machining. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanoindenter used to perform micro-scale fracture test on Ni-13at%W micro-cantilevers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Calculation of fracture toughness of electrodeposited Ni-13at%W thin films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fracture toughness values lower than that of nanocrystalline nickel.

  11. Highly enhanced luminescence of nanocrystalline TiO 2:Eu 3+ phosphors

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    Yi, Soung-soo; Bae, Jong Seong; Moon, Byung Kee; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Kim, Jung Hwan

    2006-05-01

    Narrow-dispersed nanocrystalline TiO 2:Eu 3+ phosphors have been synthesized by reverse micelles and solvothermal synthetic method in toluene solutions. Different concentrations of europium nitrate pentahydrate (5.0, 10.0, 20.0 and 25.0 mol%) were dissolved in water. After the solution was thermally treated at 250 °C for 20 h in an autoclave, low-dispersed TiO 2:Eu 3+ nanocrystalline particles with average size of <5 nm were synthesized. The nanocomposites were composed nominally of TiO 2 shell with Eu 2O 3 core. The crystalline phase and microstructure of the nanoparticles were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. Also, luminescent spectra and composition ratio were measured using luminescent spectrometer and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer. The radiation was dominated by the red emission peak at 616 nm and the highest emission intensity was observed with TiO 2:Eu 0.2, whose brightness was increased by a factor of 1.9 in comparison with that of TiO 2:Eu 0.05. The photoluminescence and excitation spectra show similar behavior as a function of Eu concentration.

  12. Nanocrystalline CdSnO3 Based Room Temperature Methanol Sensor

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    Shanabhau BAGUL

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of nanocrystalline CdSnO3 powder by ultrasonic atomizer assisted wet chemical method is reported in this paper. Synthesized CdSnO3 powder was characterized by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM to examine phase and microstructure. FESEM and TEM analysis reveals that the CdSnO3 powder prepared here is porous monodisperse nanocrystalline in nature, with average particle size of approximately 17 nm or smaller. The material is also characterized by UV-Visible and Photoluminescence (PL spectroscopy. Thick films of synthesized CdSnO3 powder fired at 850 0C are made by using screen printing method. The films surface is modified by using dipping method. CuCl2 (0.005 M dipped (for 2 min thick film shows high response (R= 477 to 100 ppm methanol at room temperature (35 0C. The sensor shows good selectivity and fast response recovery time to methanol. The excellent methanol sensing performance, particularly high response values is observed to be mainly due to porous CdSnO3 surface.

  13. In situ TEM study of microplasticity and Bauschinger effect in nanocrystalline metals

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    Rajagopalan, Jagannathan [Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1206 W Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (United States); Rentenberger, Christian; Peter Karnthaler, H. [Physics of Nanostructured Materials, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Boltzmanngasse 5, A-1090 Wien (Austria); Dehm, Gerhard [Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Dept. Materials Physics, University of Leoben, Jahnstr.12, 8700 Leoben (Austria); Saif, M. Taher A., E-mail: saif@illinois.edu [Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1206 W Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (United States)

    2010-08-15

    In situ transmission electron microscopy straining experiments with concurrent macroscopic stress-strain measurements were performed to study the effect of microstructural heterogeneity on the deformation behavior of nanocrystalline metal films. In microstructurally heterogeneous gold films (mean grain size d{sub m} = 70 nm) comprising randomly oriented grains, dislocation activity is confined to relatively larger grains, with smaller grains deforming elastically, even at applied strains approaching 1.2%. This extended microplasticity leads to build-up of internal stresses, inducing a large Bauschinger effect during unloading. Microstructurally heterogeneous aluminum films (d{sub m} = 140 nm) also show similar behavior. In contrast, microstructurally homogeneous aluminum films comprising mainly two grain families, both favorably oriented for dislocation glide, show limited microplastic deformation and minimal Bauschinger effect despite having a comparable mean grain size (d{sub m} = 120 nm). A simple model is proposed to describe these observations. Overall, our results emphasize the need to consider both microstructural size and heterogeneity in modeling the mechanical behavior of nanocrystalline metals.

  14. Thermoluminescent properties of nanocrystalline ZnTe thin films: Structural and morphological studies

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    Rajpal, Shashikant; Kumar, S. R.

    2018-04-01

    Zinc Telluride (ZnTe) is a binary II-VI direct band gap semiconducting material with cubic structure and having potential applications in different opto-electronic devices. Here we investigated the effects of annealing on the thermoluminescence (TL) of ZnTe thin films. A nanocrystalline ZnTe thin film was successfully electrodeposited on nickel substrate and the effect of annealing on structural, morphological, and optical properties were studied. The TL emission spectrum of as deposited sample is weakly emissive in UV region at ∼328 nm. The variation in the annealing temperature results into sharp increase in emission intensity at ∼328 nm along with appearance of a new peak at ∼437 nm in visible region. Thus, the deposited nanocrystalline ZnTe thin films exhibited excellent thermoluminescent properties upon annealing. Furthermore, the influence of annealing (annealed at 400 °C) on the solid state of ZnTe were also studied by XRD, SEM, EDS, AFM. It is observed that ZnTe thin film annealed at 400 °C after deposition provide a smooth and flat texture suited for optoelectronic applications.

  15. Enhanced superconductivity and superconductor to insulator transition in nano-crystalline molybdenum thin films

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    Sharma, Shilpam; Amaladass, E.P. [Condensed Matter Physics Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Sharma, Neha [Surface & Nanoscience Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Harimohan, V. [Condensed Matter Physics Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Amirthapandian, S. [Materials Physics Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Mani, Awadhesh, E-mail: mani@igcar.gov.in [Condensed Matter Physics Division, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India)

    2017-06-01

    Disorder driven superconductor to insulator transition via intermediate metallic regime is reported in nano-crystalline thin films of molybdenum. The nano-structured thin films have been deposited at room temperature using DC magnetron sputtering at different argon pressures. The grain size has been tuned using deposition pressure as the sole control parameter. A variation of particle sizes, room temperature resistivity and superconducting transition has been studied as a function of deposition pressure. The nano-crystalline molybdenum thin films are found to have large carrier concentration but very low mobility and electronic mean free path. Hall and conductivity measurements have been used to understand the effect of disorder on the carrier density and mobilities. Ioffe-Regel parameter is shown to correlate with the continuous metal-insulator transition in our samples. - Highlights: • Thin films of molybdenum using DC sputtering have been deposited on glass. • Argon background pressure during sputtering was used to tune the crystallite sizes of films. • Correlation in deposition pressure, disorder and particle sizes has been observed. • Disorder tuned superconductor to insulator transition along with an intermediate metallic phase has been observed. • Enhancement of superconducting transition temperature and a dome shaped T{sub C} vs. deposition pressure phase diagram has been observed.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline vanadium oxide thin films: electrochemical behavior by annealing in different atmosphere

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    Asiabar, M. Amiri; Mohaghegh, Z.; Ghodsi, F. E.

    2018-01-01

    Nanocrystalline vanadium oxide thin films were prepared using sol-gel dip-coating technique. The effect of heat treatment in different environment including air, N2, Ar, and O2 gas on the structural, optical, electrical, and electrochemical properties of nanocrystalline vanadium oxide thin films were investigated. The results indicated that the calculated average crystallite size was reduced by annealing in Ar environment. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed layered morphology on the surface of the film annealed in air atmosphere, whereas the film annealed under Ar and N2 ambient revealed granular and wrinkle morphology, respectively. This morphology altered to rather smooth surface by annealing in O2 environment. The optical bandgap of the films were found to be 1.75, 1.84, 2.08, and 2.10 eV annealed in air, O2, N2, and Ar environment, respectively. It was observed that the films annealed under Ar and N2 ambient had low resistivity ( 0.2 Ω cm) and high carrier concentration, while the film annealed in nitrogen environment showed higher mobility of charge carrier. The electrochemical measurements showed that annealing under N2 ambient improved the intercalation of Li ions, leading a higher interfacial capacitance of 19.18 mF Cm-2, and decreased the charge transfer resistance due to surface defects created by heat treatment in nitrogen environment.

  17. Magneto-structural studies of sol–gel synthesized nanocrystalline manganese substituted nickel ferrites

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    Pandav, R.S. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, MH (India); Patil, R.P. [Department of Chemistry, M.H. Shinde Mahavidyalaya, Tisangi 416206, MH (India); Chavan, S.S. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, MH (India); Mulla, I.S. [Centre for Materials for Electronics and Technology (C-MET), Panchavati, Pune 411008 (India); Hankare, P.P., E-mail: p_hankare@rediffmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, MH (India)

    2016-11-01

    Nanocrystalline NiFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} (2≥x≥0) ferrites were prepared by sol–gel method. X-ray diffraction patterns reveal that synthesized compounds are in single phase cubic spinel lattice for all the composition. The surface morphology of all the samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy. The particle size measured from transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction patterns confirms the nanosized dimension of the as-prepared powder. The elemental analysis was carried out by energy dispersive X-ray analysis technique. Magnetic properties such as saturation magnetization, coercivity and remanence are studied as a function of increasing Mn concentration at room temperature. The saturation magnetization shows a decreasing trend with increase in Mn content. The substitution of manganese in the nickel ferrite affects the structural and magnetic properties of cubic spinels. - Highlights: • NiFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} system was synthesized by a chemical combustion route. • All samples shows cubic phase. • All the synthesized ferrospinels are in nanocrystalline form. • The saturation magnetization decreases with increase in Mn content.

  18. Biomimetic nanocrystalline apatite coatings synthesized by Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation for medical applications

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    Visan, A. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma, and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor Street, RO-77125, MG-36, Magurele-Ilfov (Romania); Grossin, D. [CIRIMAT – Carnot Institute, University of Toulouse, ENSIACET, 4 Allée Emile Monso, 31030 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France); Stefan, N.; Duta, L.; Miroiu, F.M. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma, and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor Street, RO-77125, MG-36, Magurele-Ilfov (Romania); Stan, G.E. [National Institute of Materials Physics, RO-077125, Magurele-Ilfov (Romania); Sopronyi, M.; Luculescu, C. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma, and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor Street, RO-77125, MG-36, Magurele-Ilfov (Romania); Freche, M.; Marsan, O.; Charvilat, C. [CIRIMAT – Carnot Institute, University of Toulouse, ENSIACET, 4 Allée Emile Monso, 31030 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France); Ciuca, S. [Politehnica University of Bucharest, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Bucharest (Romania); Mihailescu, I.N., E-mail: ion.mihailescu@inflpr.ro [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma, and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor Street, RO-77125, MG-36, Magurele-Ilfov (Romania)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: • We report the deposition by MAPLE of biomimetic apatite coatings on Ti substrates. • This is the first report of MAPLE deposition of hydrated biomimetic apatite films. • Biomimetic apatite powder was synthesized by double decomposition process. • Non-apatitic environments, of high surface reactivity, are preserved post-deposition. • We got the MAPLE complete transfer as thin film of a hydrated, delicate material. -- Abstract: We report the deposition by Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) technique of biomimetic nanocrystalline apatite coatings on titanium substrates, with potential application in tissue engineering. The targets were prepared from metastable, nanometric, poorly crystalline apatite powders, analogous to mineral bone, synthesized through a biomimetic approach by double decomposition process. For the deposition of thin films, a KrF* excimer laser source was used (λ = 248 nm, τ{sub FWHM} ≤ 25 ns). The analyses revealed the existence, in synthesized powders, of labile non-apatitic mineral ions, associated with the formation of a hydrated layer at the surface of the nanocrystals. The thin film analyses showed that the structural and chemical nature of the nanocrystalline apatite was prevalently preserved. The perpetuation of the non-apatitic environments was also observed. The study indicated that MAPLE is a suitable technique for the congruent transfer of a delicate material, such as the biomimetic hydrated nanohydroxyapatite.

  19. Study on solid-state reactions of nanocrystalline TiAl synthesized by mechanical alloying

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    Forouzanmehr, N. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Karimzadeh, F. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: Karimzadeh_f@cc.iut.ac.ir; Enayati, M.H. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-03-05

    The nanocrystalline TiAl intermetallic compound was synthesized by mechanical alloying of the Ti-50 at.% Al powder mixture and subsequent heat treatment. The powder particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and microhardness measurements. It was found that a Ti(Al) solid solution was formed at the early stage of milling, followed by the formation of an amorphous phase at longer milling times. On further milling, the amorphous structure transformed to a supersaturated Ti(Al) solid solution. Annealing of amorphous as well as supersaturated Ti(Al) solid solution structure separately resulted in the formation of nanocrystalline TiAl intermetallic compounds with a grain size of about 50 nm and high microhardness value of about 1190 HV. Phase transformation during heating of amorphous structure could be represented as amorphous {yields} metastable hcp {yields} disorder fcc TiAl {yields} TiAl(L1{sub 0}). The transition of the supersaturated Ti(Al) solid solution into the equilibrium TiAl intermetallic during annealing proceeds through an intermediate stage in which a metastable fcc phase forms.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline NiTi intermetallic by mechanical alloying

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    Mousavi, T. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Karimzadeh, F. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: karimzadeh_f@cc.iut.ac.ir; Abbasi, M.H. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2008-07-25

    Mechanical alloying (MA) has been used to produce NiTi intermetallic with nanocrystalline structure from the elemental powders. The product was characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and microhardness measurements. The results showed that disordered B2-NiTi phase can be obtained with grain size of 25 nm, particle size of 15 {mu}m, lattice distortion and high microhardness of 1.2% and 922 HV, respectively. The mechanism of NiTi formation was investigated. In the early stages of MA, a composite lamellar structure of components is formed with the dissolution of Ti in Ni at the same time. The resulting solid solution finally leads to the formation of nanocrystalline disordered B2-NiTi phase. Annealing of the milled powder at 1173 K leads to grain growth, decrease of microhardness and transformation of disordered structure to ordered NiTi, with long-range order of 0.94. A small amount of NiTi{sub 2} and Ni{sub 3}Ti phases was also detected.