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  1. Nanoscale Hollow Spheres: Microemulsion-Based Synthesis, Structural Characterization and Container-Type Functionality

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    Marcus Roming

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available A wide variety of nanoscale hollow spheres can be obtained via a microemulsion approach. This includes oxides (e.g., ZnO, TiO2, SnO2, AlO(OH, La(OH3, sulfides (e.g., Cu2S, CuS as well as elemental metals (e.g., Ag, Au. All hollow spheres are realized with outer diameters of 10-60 nm, an inner cavity size of 2-30 nm and a wall thickness of 2-15 nm. The microemulsion approach allows modification of the composition of the hollow spheres, fine-tuning their diameter and encapsulation of various ingredients inside the resulting “nanocontainers”. This review summarizes the experimental conditions of synthesis and compares them to other methods of preparing hollow spheres. Moreover, the structural characterization and selected properties of the as-prepared hollow spheres are discussed. The latter is especially focused on container-functionalities with the encapsulation of inorganic salts (e.g., KSCN, K2S2O8, KF, biomolecules/bioactive molecules (e.g., phenylalanine, quercetin, nicotinic acid and fluorescent dyes (e.g., rhodamine, riboflavin as representative examples.

  2. Synthesis of siliceous hollow spheres with large mesopore wall structure by supercritical CO2-in-water interface templating.

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    Wang, Jiawei; Xia, Yongde; Wang, Wenxin; Mokaya, Robert; Poliakoff, Martyn

    2005-01-14

    Hollow silica spheres with large mesopore wall structures have been synthesized via CO(2)-in-water emulsion templating in the presence of PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymers under supercritical fluid conditions.

  3. Self-templated formation of uniform NiCo2O4 hollow spheres with complex interior structures for lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.

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    Shen, Laifa; Yu, Le; Yu, Xin-Yao; Zhang, Xiaogang; Lou, Xiong Wen David

    2015-02-02

    Despite the significant advancement in preparing metal oxide hollow structures, most approaches rely on template-based multistep procedures for tailoring the interior structure. In this work, we develop a new generally applicable strategy toward the synthesis of mixed-metal-oxide complex hollow spheres. Starting with metal glycerate solid spheres, we show that subsequent thermal annealing in air leads to the formation of complex hollow spheres of the resulting metal oxide. We demonstrate the concept by synthesizing highly uniform NiCo2O4 hollow spheres with a complex interior structure. With the small primary building nanoparticles, high structural integrity, complex interior architectures, and enlarged surface area, these unique NiCo2O4 hollow spheres exhibit superior electrochemical performances as advanced electrode materials for both lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors. This approach can be an efficient self-templated strategy for the preparation of mixed-metal-oxide hollow spheres with complex interior structures and functionalities.

  4. Long time and distance self-propelling of a PVC sphere on a water surface with an embedded ZnO micro-/nano-structured hollow sphere.

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    Wang, Lei; Yu, Lujia; Yi, Liting; Yuan, Bin; Hou, Yongping; Meng, Xiangfu; Liu, Jing

    2017-02-16

    In this research, a zinc oxide micro-/nano-structured hollow sphere (MNHS) with a large specific surface area is applied as energy storage material to encapsulate poly(vinyl chloride) solution and control the fuel release. The sustained release effect of MNHS not only makes the motion more controllable, but enhances the motion time and distance.

  5. Growth of in-doped ZnO hollow spheres composed of nanosheets networks and nanocones: structural and optical properties.

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    Kim, S H; Dar, G N; Umar, Ahmad

    2013-07-01

    This work reports the facile growth and characterizations of In-doped ZnO hollow spheres composed of nanosheets networks and nanocones. The In-doped ZnO hollow spheres composed of nanosheets networks and nanocones were grown on Si (100) substrate by simple and non-catalytic thermal evaporation process using metallic zinc and indium powders in the presence of oxygen. The prepared materials were examined in terms of their morphological, compositional, structural and optical properties. The detailed morphological studies revealed that the synthesized products are hollow spheres composed of nanosheet networks and nanocones and grown in high-density. The observed structural properties exhibited well-crystallinity and wurtzite hexagonal phase for the grown materials. The room-temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectrum showed a broad band in the visible region with a suppressed UV emission and hence due the enhancement in the green emission, the prepared materials exhibits a great interest in the area of ZnO phosphors, such as field emissive display technology, etc.

  6. Fabrication of functional hollow carbon spheres with large hollow interior as active colloidal catalysts

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    Qiang Sun; Guanghui Wang; Wencui Li; Xiangqian Zhang; Anhui Lu

    2012-01-01

    In this study,we have established a facile method to synthesize functional hollow carbon spheres with large hollow interior,which can act as active colloidal catalysts.The method includes the following steps:first,hollow polymer spheres with large hollow interior were prepared using sodium oleate as the hollow core generator,and 2,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid and hexamethylene tetramine (HMT) as the polymer precursors under hydrothermal conditions; Fe3+ or Ag+ cations were then introduced into the as-prepared hollow polymer spheres through the carboxyl groups; finally,the hollow polymer spheres can be pseudomorphically converted to hollow carbon spheres during pyrolysis process,meanwhile iron or silver nanoparticles can also be formed in the carbon shell simultaneously.The structures of the obtained functional hollow carbon spheres were characterized by TEM,XRD,and TG.As an example,Ag-doped hollow carbon spheres were used as colloid catalysts which showed high catalytic activity in 4-nitrophenol reduction reaction.

  7. Novel syntactic foams made of ceramic hollow micro-spheres and starch: theory, structure and properties

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    Islam, M.M.; Kim, H.S. [University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW (Australia). Faculty of Engineering & Built Environments

    2007-08-15

    Novel syntactic foams for potential building material applications were developed using starch as binder and ceramic hollow micro-spheres available as waste from coal-fired power stations. Foams of four different micro-sphere size groups were manufactured with either pre- or post-mould gelatinization process. They were of ternary system including voids with a foam density range of approximately 0.33-0.44 g/cc. Compressive failure behaviour and mechanical properties of the manufactured foams were evaluated. Not much difference in failure behaviour or in mechanical properties between the two different processes (pre- and post-mould gels) was found for a given binder content. Compressive failure of all syntactic foams was of shear on plane inclined 45 degrees to compressive loading direction. Failure surfaces of most syntactic foams were characterized by debonded micro-spheres. Compressive strength and modulus of syntactic foams were found to be dependant mainly on binder content but mostly independent of micro-sphere size. Some conditions of relativity arising from properties of constituents leading to the rule of mixtures relationships for compressive strength and to understanding of compressive/transitional failure behaviour were developed. The developed relationships based on the rule of mixtures were partially verified. Some formation of starch webs on failure surfaces was discussed.

  8. Robust hybrid raspberry-like hollow particles with complex structures: a facile method of swelling polymerization towards composite spheres.

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    Zhang, Xu; Yao, Xiaohui; Wang, Xiaomei; Feng, Lei; Qu, Jiayan; Liu, Pange

    2014-02-14

    A novel robust hybrid raspberry-like TiO2/PS hollow particles with complex double-shelled structures have been fabricated in large quantities by a facile swelling polymerization approach based on commercially available hollow polystyrene (PS) spheres. The crosslinked-PS protrusions are wedged firmly into the TiO2 shell, making the resultant particles both chemically and mechanically robust. By simply tuning the monomer concentration, the hierarchical morphology (the size and number of protrusion) of the surfaces can be well-controlled. Due to the dual-sized hierarchical morphology, the particulate coating possesses superhydrophobicity (water contact angle ≈ 161°). Moreover, the well-compartmentalized character is similar to that of typical Janus particles. The special particles with interfacial activity can stabilize water-in-toluene (w/o) emulsions well. Meanwhile, a TiO2 double-shelled hollow sphere with a complex structure is achieved by calcination or solvent treatment. All these unique features derived from a readily available method will endow the products with a broader range of applications.

  9. Preparation and antibacterial activities of hollow silica-Ag spheres.

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    Lin, Lin; Zhang, Haifang; Cui, Haiying; Xu, Mingqiang; Cao, Shunsheng; Zheng, Guanghong; Dong, Mingdong

    2013-01-01

    Hollow silica spheres with round mesoporous shells were synthesized by core-shell template method, using monodispersed cationic polystyrene particles as core, and TEOS (tetraethoxysilane) as the silica source to form shell. After calcination at 550°C, uniform spheres with a thin shell of silica and hollow interior structures. Transmission electron microscopy results showed that the size of the spheres is about 700 nm in diameter with narrow distribution. In addition, the spheres have a high surface area of 183 m(2)/g. The spheres were subsequently used as silver-loading substrates and the silver loaded spheres were tested in antimicrobial study against gram negative bacteria Eschrichia coli in vitro. The hollow silica-Ag spheres proved significantly higher antibacterial efficacy against E. coli as compared to that of the common silica-Ag particles.

  10. Metal-Matrix/Hollow-Ceramic-Sphere Composites

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    Baker, Dean M.

    2011-01-01

    A family of metal/ceramic composite materials has been developed that are relatively inexpensive, lightweight alternatives to structural materials that are typified by beryllium, aluminum, and graphite/epoxy composites. These metal/ceramic composites were originally intended to replace beryllium (which is toxic and expensive) as a structural material for lightweight mirrors for aerospace applications. These materials also have potential utility in automotive and many other terrestrial applications in which there are requirements for lightweight materials that have high strengths and other tailorable properties as described below. The ceramic component of a material in this family consists of hollow ceramic spheres that have been formulated to be lightweight (0.5 g/cm3) and have high crush strength [40.80 ksi (.276.552 MPa)]. The hollow spheres are coated with a metal to enhance a specific performance . such as shielding against radiation (cosmic rays or x rays) or against electromagnetic interference at radio and lower frequencies, or a material to reduce the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the final composite material, and/or materials to mitigate any mismatch between the spheres and the matrix metal. Because of the high crush strength of the spheres, the initial composite workpiece can be forged or extruded into a high-strength part. The total time taken in processing from the raw ingredients to a finished part is typically 10 to 14 days depending on machining required.

  11. Synthesis of biocompatible hybrid magnetic hollow spheres based on encapsulation strategy.

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    Ha, Wei; Wu, Hao; Ma, Yuan; Fan, Min-Min; Peng, Shu-Lin; Ding, Li-Sheng; Zhang, Sheng; Li, Bang-Jing

    2013-01-30

    A kind of novel magnetic hollow spheres was prepared by encapsulating magnetofluid into polymeric hollow spheres. Polymeric hollow nanospheres were constructed by self-assembly of rod-coil complexes, in which the rod-like segments were formed by inclusion of α-cyclodextrins (α-CD) and grafting poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chains of chitosan-graft-PEG (CS-g-PEG). Structural characteristics of CS-g-PEG/α-CD hollow spheres were investigated in detail by NMR, XRD, TEM, etc. Furthermore, those hollow spheres showed a pH responsive property which induced a considerable change of their radius. Magnetofluid was physically entrapped into the empty domain while hollow spheres were formed, it was found that the hollow spheres can encapsulate large quantities of magnetofluid and the encapsulated magnetofluid still possess magnetic responsiveness properties. We expect that this strategy may be served as a novel and more straightforward approach to obtain magnetic hollow spheres for biomedical application.

  12. Recent progress in hollow sphere-based electrodes for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Zhao, Yan; Chen, Min; Wu, Limin

    2016-08-01

    Hollow spheres have drawn much attention in the area of energy storage and conversion, especially in high-performance supercapacitors owing to their well-defined morphologies, uniform size, low density and large surface area. And quite some significant breakthroughs have been made in advanced supercapacitor electrode materials with hollow sphere structures. In this review, we summarize and discuss the synthesis and application of hollow spheres with controllable structure and morphology as electrode materials for supercapacitors. First, we briefly introduce the fabrication strategies of hollow spheres for electrode materials. Then, we discuss in detail the recent advances in various hollow sphere-based electrode materials for supercapacitors, including single-shelled, yolk-shelled, urchin-like, double-shelled, multi-shelled, and mesoporous hollow structure-based symmetric and asymmetric supercapacitor devices. We conclude this review with some perspectives on the future research and development of the hollow sphere-based electrode materials.

  13. SnO2 nanosheet hollow spheres with improved lithium storage capabilities

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    Ding, Shujiang; Wen (David) Lou, Xiong

    2011-09-01

    In this work, we employ new chemistry to grow tin oxide nanosheets in the gel matrix of sulfonated polystyrene hollow spheres. After calcination in air, hierarchical hollow spheres assembled from SnO2 nanosheets can be obtained. In virtue of the porous shell structure and internal voids, these SnO2 hierarchical nanosheet hollow spheres exhibit improved lithium storage capability.In this work, we employ new chemistry to grow tin oxide nanosheets in the gel matrix of sulfonated polystyrene hollow spheres. After calcination in air, hierarchical hollow spheres assembled from SnO2 nanosheets can be obtained. In virtue of the porous shell structure and internal voids, these SnO2 hierarchical nanosheet hollow spheres exhibit improved lithium storage capability. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed experimental procedures, more SEM and TEM images, XRD patterns, and TGA results. See DOI: 10.1039/c1nr10581g

  14. Preparation of SnO 2 /Carbon Composite Hollow Spheres and Their Lithium Storage Properties

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    Lou, Xiong Wen

    2008-10-28

    In this work, we present a novel concept of structural design for preparing functional composite hollow spheres and derived double-shelled hollow spheres. The approach involves two main steps: preparation of porous hollow spheres of one component and deposition of the other component onto both the interior and exterior surfaces of the shell as well as in the pores. We demonstrate the concept by preparing SnO2/carbon composite hollow spheres and evaluate them as potential anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. These SnO2/carbon hollow spheres are able to deliver a reversible Li storage capacity of 473 mA h g-1 after 50 cycles. Unusual double-shelled carbon hollow spheres are obtained by selective removal of the sandwiched porous SnO2 shells. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

  15. Characterization of multi-scale porous structure of fly ash/phosphate geopolymer hollow sphere structures: from submillimeter to nano-scale.

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    Li, Ruifeng; Wu, Gaohui; Jiang, Longtao; Sun, Dongli

    2015-01-01

    In the present work, the porous structure of fly ash/phosphate geopolymer hollow sphere structures (FPGHSS), prepared by pre-bonding and curing technology, has been characterized by multi-resolution methods from sub-millimeter to nano-scale. Micro-CT and confocal microscopy could provide the macroscopic distribution of porous structure on sub-millimeter scale, and hollow fly ashes with sphere shape and several sub-millimeter open cells with irregular shape were identified. SEM is more suitable to illustrate the distribution of micro-sized open and closed cells, and it was found that the open cells of FPGHSS were mainly formed in the interstitial porosity between fly ashes. Mercury porosimeter measurement showed that the micro-sized open cell of FPGHSS demonstrated a normal/bimodal distribution, and the peaks of pore size distribution were mainly around 100 and 10 μm. TEM observation revealed that the phosphate geopolymer was mainly composed of the porous area with nano-pores and dense areas, which were amorphous Al-O-P phase and α-Al2O3 respectively. The pore size of nano-pores demonstrated a quasi-normal distribution from about 10 to 100 nm. Therefore, detailed information of the porous structure of FPGHSS could be revealed using multiple methods.

  16. Tin-wall hollow ceramic spheres from slurries. Final report

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    Chapman, A.T.; Cochran, J.K.

    1992-12-31

    The overall objective of this effort was to develop a process for economically fabricating thin-wall hollow ceramic spheres from conventional ceramic powders using dispersions. This process resulted in successful production of monosized spheres in the mm size range which were point contact bonded into foams. Thin-wall hollow ceramic spheres of small (one to five millimeter) diameter have novel applications as high-temperature insulation and light structural materials when bonded into monolithic foams. During Phase 1 of this program the objective as to develop a process for fabricating thin-wall hollow spheres from powder slurries using the coaxial nozzle fabrication method. Based on the success during Phase 1, Phase 2 was revised to emphasize the assessment of the potential structural and insulation applications for the spheres and modeling of the sphere formation process was initiated. As more understanding developed, it was clear that to achieve successful structural application, the spheres had to be bonded into monolithic foams and the effort was further expanded to include both bonding into structures and finite element mechanical modeling which became the basis of Phase 3. Successful bonding techniques and mechanical modeling resulted but thermal conductivities were higher than desired for insulating activities. In addition, considerable interest had been express by industry for the technology. Thus the final Phase 4 concentrated on methods to reduce thermal conductivity by a variety of techniques and technology transfer through individualized visits. This program resulted in three Ph.D. theses and 10 M.S. theses and they are listed in the appropriate technical sections.

  17. Preparation and performance of CeO2 hollow spheres and nanoparticles

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    ZHANG Wenwen; CHEN Donghui

    2016-01-01

    CeO2 hollow spheres were synthesized by polystryrene sphere (PS) templates and CeO2 nanoparticles were prepared by a facile method. The as-obtained products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), N2 adsorption-desorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. The results showed that the structure of the obtained CeO2 hollow spheres was hollow microsphere with a diameter of 380 nm and the average particle size of CeO2 nanoparticles was about 1700 nm. The two samples' Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area was 67.1 and 37.2 m2/g. The CeO2 hollow spheres had a better performance than nanoparticles at UV-shielding because of higher surface area and the structure of hollow sphere.

  18. NATURAL FREQUENCIES OF SUBMERGED PIEZOCERAMIC HOLLOW SPHERES

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    Cai Jinbiao; Chen Weiqiu; Ye Guiru; Ding Haojiang

    2000-01-01

    An exact 3D analysis of free vibration of a piezoceramic hollow sphere submerged in a compressible fluid is presented in this paper.A separation method is adopted to simplify the basic equations for spherically isotropic piezoelasticity.It is shown that there are two independent classes of vibration.The first one is independent of the fluid medium as well as the electric field,while the second is associated with both the fluid parameter and the piezoelectric effect.Exact frequency equations are derived and numerical results are obtained.

  19. Nonlinear sequential laminates reproducing hollow sphere assemblages

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    Idiart, Martín I.

    2007-07-01

    A special class of nonlinear porous materials with isotropic 'sequentially laminated' microstructures is found to reproduce exactly the hydrostatic behavior of 'hollow sphere assemblages'. It is then argued that this result supports the conjecture that Gurson's approximate criterion for plastic porous materials, and its viscoplastic extension of Leblond et al. (1994), may actually yield rigorous upper bounds for the hydrostatic flow stress of porous materials containing an isotropic, but otherwise arbitrary, distribution of porosity. To cite this article: M.I. Idiart, C. R. Mecanique 335 (2007).

  20. Uniform Fe3O4-PANi/PS composite spheres with conductive and magnetic properties and their hollow spheres

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    Wang, Xiaocong; Tang, Saide; Liu, Jing; He, Ziqiong; An, Lijuan; Zhang, Chenxi; Hao, Jingmei; Feng, Wei

    2009-05-01

    Core-shell multifunctional composite spheres consisting of Fe3O4-polyaniline (PANi) shell and polystyrene (PS) core were fabricated using core-shell-structured sulfonated PS spheres (with uniform diameter of 250 nm) as templates. PANi was doped in situ by sulfonic acid resulting the composite spheres are well conductive. Dissolved with solvent, PS cores were removed from the core-shell composite spheres and hollow Fe3O4-PANi spheres were obtained. Removing the PANi and PS components by calcinations produced hollow Fe3O4 spheres. The cavity size of the hollow spheres was uniformly approximate to 190 nm and the shell thickness was 30 nm. The cavity size and the shell thickness can be synchronously controlled by varying the sulfonation time of the PS templates. The shell thickness in size range was of 20-86 nm when the sulfonation time was changed from 1 to 4 h. These resulting spheres could be arranged in order by self-assembly of the templates. Both the Fe3O4-PANi/PS composite spheres and the hollow Fe3O4 spheres exhibit a super-paramagnetic behavior. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray powder scattering were used to characterize these as-prepared spheres.

  1. Hollow silica spheres: synthesis and mechanical properties.

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    Zhang, Lijuan; D'Acunzi, Maria; Kappl, Michael; Auernhammer, Günter K; Vollmer, Doris; van Kats, Carlos M; van Blaaderen, Alfons

    2009-03-03

    Core-shell polystyrene-silica spheres with diameters of 800 nm and 1.9 microm were synthesized by soap-free emulsion and dispersion polymerization of the polystyrene core, respectively. The polystyrene spheres were used as templates for the synthesis of silica shells of tunable thickness employing the Stöber method [Graf et al. Langmuir 2003, 19, 6693]. The polystyrene template was removed by thermal decomposition at 500 degrees C, resulting in smooth silica shells of well-defined thickness (15-70 nm). The elastic response of these hollow spheres was probed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). A point load was applied to the particle surface through a sharp AFM tip, and successively increased until the shell broke. In agreement with the predictions of shell theory, for small deformations the deformation increased linearly with applied force. The Young's modulus (18 +/- 6 GPa) was about 4 times smaller than that of fused silica [Adachi and Sakka J. Mater. Sci. 1990, 25, 4732] but identical to that of bulk silica spheres (800 nm) synthesized by the Stöber method, indicating that it yields silica of lower density. The minimum force needed to irreversibly deform (buckle) the shell increased quadratically with shell thickness.

  2. A General Synthesis Strategy for Hierarchical Porous Metal Oxide Hollow Spheres

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    Huadong Fu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The hierarchical porous TiO2 hollow spheres were successfully prepared by using the hydrothermally synthesized colloidal carbon spheres as templates and tetrabutyl titanate as inorganic precursors. The diameter and wall thickness of hollow TiO2 spheres were determined by the hard templates and concentration of tetrabutyl titanate. The particle size, dispersity, homogeneity, and surface state of the carbon spheres can be easily controlled by adjusting the hydrothermal conditions and adding certain amount of the surfactants. The prepared hollow spheres possessed the perfect spherical shape, monodispersity, and hierarchically pore structures, and the further experiment verified that the present approach can be used to prepare other metal oxide hollow spheres, which could be used as catalysis, fuel cells, lithium-air battery, gas sensor, and so on.

  3. Preparation of Nanocrystalline MoS2 Hollow Spheres

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    2003-01-01

    Nanocrystalline MoS2 with hollow spherical morphology has been prepared by the hydrothermal method. The products are characterized by means of X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The experimental results give the evidence that the sample is consists of hollow spheres 400~600 nm in diameter, and there is much whisker on the surface of MoS2 hollow sphere.

  4. Silica hollow spheres with nano-macroholes like diatomaceous earth.

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    Fujiwara, Masahiro; Shiokawa, Kumi; Sakakura, Ikuko; Nakahara, Yoshiko

    2006-12-01

    Artificial synthesis of hollow cell walls of diatoms is an ultimate target of nanomaterial science. The addition of some water-soluble polymers such as sodium polymethacrylate to a solution of water/oil/water emulsion system, which is an essential step of the simple synthetic procedure of silica hollow spheres (microcapsules), led to the formation of silica hollow spheres with nano-macroholes (>100 nm) in their shell walls, the morphologies of which are analogous to those of diatom earth.

  5. Solvothermal synthesis of cobalt ferrite hollow spheres with chitosan.

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    Briceño, Sarah; Suarez, Jorge; Gonzalez, Gema

    2017-09-01

    Cobalt ferrite hollow spheres with chitosan (CoFe2O4/CS) were synthesized by two different approaches using the solvothermal method. The first approach involves in-situ incorporation of FeCl3:6H2O and CoNO3:6H2O in the solvothermal reaction (M1) and in second approach already prepared CoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) using the thermal decomposition method was placed in the solvothermal reaction to form the hollow spheres (M2). Structural identification of the samples were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analyses (DSC-TGA) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The magnetic properties were evaluated using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The presence of chitosan on the hollow sphere was confirmed by FTIR. The XRD analyses proved that the synthesized samples were cobalt ferrite with spinel structure. The structure of the surface and the average particle size of the spheres were observed by SEM and TEM showing the nano scale of the CoFe2O4 component. Structural characterization demonstrating that chitosan does not affect the crystallinity, chemical composition, and magnetic properties of the CoFe2O4/CS. This work demonstrates that the CoFe2O4/CS prepared using the as synthesized CoFe2O4 NPs have better structural and magnetic properties. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Synthesis of multiple-shell WO3 hollow spheres by a binary carbonaceous template route and their applications in visible-light photocatalysis.

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    Xi, Guangcheng; Yan, Yan; Ma, Qiang; Li, Junfang; Yang, Haifeng; Lu, Xiaojing; Wang, Chao

    2012-10-29

    Hollow go lightly: well-defined multiple-shell WO(3) hollow spheres were synthesized by a facile binary carbonaceous spheres template route. Compared with single-shell WO(3) hollow spheres, the unusual porous multiple-shell structure of the WO(3) hollow spheres proves to greatly enhance photocatalytic activity toward degradation of organic pollutants under visible-light irradiation. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Cobalt silicate hierarchical hollow spheres for lithium-ion batteries

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    Yang, Jun; Guo, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Yufei; Sun, Chencheng; Yan, Qingyu; Dong, Xiaochen

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, the synthesis of cobalt silicate novel hierarchical hollow spheres via a facile hydrothermal method is presented. With a unique hollow structure, the Co2SiO4 provides a large surface area, which can shorten the lithium ions diffusion length and effectively accommodate the volumetic variation during the lithiation/de-lithiation process. Serving as an anode material in lithium-ion battery application, the Co2SiO4 electrode demonstrates a high reversible specific capacity (first-cycle charge capacity of 948.6 mAh g-1 at 100 mA g-1), a cycling durability (specific capacity of 791.4 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles at 100 mA g-1), and a good rate capability (specific capacity of 349.4 mAh g-1 at 10 A g-1). The results indicate that the cobalt silicate hierarchical hollow sphere holds the potential applications in energy storage electrodes.

  8. Microwave characterization of submicrometer-sized nickel hollow sphere composites

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    Deng, Yida; Zhao, Ling; Shen, Bin; Liu, Lei; Hu, Wenbin

    2006-07-01

    In this work, we report on the microwave properties of the nickel hollow spheres (NHSs) synthesized by a facile autocatalytic reduction method. The resonance characterization of the NHS-polyvinyl butyral composite, due to the skin effect, is observed in the microwave frequency. It is shown that the resonant and the matching frequencies of the composite largely depend on the particle size of the spheres.

  9. Synthesis and Control of the Shell Thickness of Polyaniline and Polypyrrole Half Hollow Spheres Using the Polystyrene Cores

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    Su-Ryeon Yun

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyaniline (Pani and polypyrrole (Ppy half hollow spheres with different shell thicknesses were successfully synthesized by three steps process using polystyrene (PS as the core. The PS core was synthesized by emulsion polymerization. Aniline and pyrrole monomers were polymerized on the surface of the PS core. The shells of Pani and Ppy were fabricated by adding different amounts of aniline and pyrrole monomers. PS cores were dissolved and removed from the core shell structure by solvent extraction. The thicknesses of the Pani and Ppy half hollow spheres were observed by FE-SEM and FE-TEM. The chemical structures of the Pani and Ppy half hollow spheres were characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The shell thicknesses of the Pani half hollow spheres were 30.2, 38.0, 42.2, 48.2, and 52.4 nm, while the shell thicknesses of the Ppy half hollow spheres were 16.0, 22.0, 27.0, and 34.0 nm. The shell thicknesses of Pani and Ppy half hollow spheres linearly increased as the amount of the monomer increased. Therefore, the shell thickness of the Pani and Ppy half hollow spheres can be controlled in these ranges.

  10. New approaches to stimuli-responsive polymeric micelles and hollow spheres

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    Zhang Youwei; Jiang Ming

    2006-01-01

    This article briefly describes some new approaches to stimuli-sensitive polymeric micelles and hollow spheres,which were developed in the authors' laboratory in recent years.(1) Self-assembly of component polymers to non-covalently connected micelles (NCCM) driven by specific interactions.For example,in water,PCL and PAA formed core-shell nanospheres due to interpolymer hydrogen bonding.After crosslinking the PAA shell and removing the PCL core,"nanocages" made of PAA network were ohtained.This hollow structure shows perfect reversible size-pH dependence.(2) Simultaneous in-situ polymerization of monomers and serf-assembly of the polymers.In this approach,PNIPAM network was formed by radical polymerization covering PCL particles.Hollow spheres of PNIPAM network were then obtained by biodegradation of the PCL core.Both the core-shell spheres and hollow spheres show reversible size dependence on temperature change because of the phase transition of PNIPAM around 32℃.(3) Complexation-induced micellization and transition between the micelles and hollow spheres.Graft copolymers of hydroxylethyl cellulose (HEC) and PAA were prepared by free radical polymerization.The copolymers showed pH dependent micellization,i.e.,micelles formed when pH of the graft copolymer solution decreased to around 3.The micellar structure could be locked by crosslinking the PAA grafts.The resultant cross-linked micelles undergo pH-dependent transition between the micelles and hollow spheres,which accompanies a remarkable particle size change.Both the micellization and the structure transition were found to be reversible and associated with H-bonding complexation between the main chain and grafts.

  11. Large-scale synthesis of hollow titania spheres via flame combustion

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    Jie Liu; Yanjie Hu; Feng Gu; Chunzhong Li

    2011-01-01

    A one-step method for continuous large-scale synthesis of well-defined hollow titania spheres was established by feeding titanium tetrachloride mixed with ethanol vapor to a facile diffusion flame.A mixture of TiCl4 and C2H5OH vapor was transported at 100 m/s into a flame reactor and condensed into mesoscale droplets due to Joule-Thomson cooling and the entrainment of cool gases into the expanding high-speed jet.Hollow crystalline TiO2 spheres with good thermal stability were formed after the hydrolysis of TiCl4 in the H2/air flame at about 1500 C.Structural characterization indicates that the hollow spheres,with uniform diameter of 300 nm and shell thickness of 35 nm,consist of 20-30 nm TiO2 nanocrystallites.A formation mechanism of the hollow spheres was proposed,involving the competition between chemical reaction and diffusion during the flame process.The present study provides a new pathway for continuous and large-scale engineering of hollow nanomaterials.

  12. Hierarchical hollow spheres of Fe2O3 @polyaniline for lithium ion battery anodes.

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    Jeong, Jae-Min; Choi, Bong Gill; Lee, Soon Chang; Lee, Kyoung G; Chang, Sung-Jin; Han, Young-Kyu; Lee, Young Boo; Lee, Hyun Uk; Kwon, Soonjo; Lee, Gaehang; Lee, Chang-Soo; Huh, Yun Suk

    2013-11-20

    Hierarchical hollow spheres of Fe2 O3 @polyaniline are fabricated by template-free synthesis of iron oxides followed by a post in- and exterior construction. A combination of large surface area with porous structure, fast ion/electron transport, and mechanical integrity renders this material attractive as a lithium-ion anode, showing superior rate capability and cycling performance.

  13. Superamphiphobic surfaces constructed by cross-linked hollow SiO2 spheres

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    Cui, Weihao; Wang, Tao; Yan, Aili; Wang, Sheng

    2017-04-01

    By using stringed carbon spheres as template material, a series of hierarchical 3D cross-linked SiO2 coated carbon spheres and hollow SiO2 spheres were fabricated, and spray-coated on glass slides, followed by the fluorination treatment with per-fluorotrichlorosilane. The surface characterization and surface wettability data indicated that hollow SiO2 spheres spray-coated surfaces showed better superhydrophobicity and superoleophobcity properties than the corresponding solid C@SiO2 coated surface. This study further demonstrated that superamphiphobicity depends on two critical factors, namely a cavity- and spot-rich hierarchical structure and the size and shape of overhangs. Moreover, the optimal conditions for the preparation of hollow SiO2 coated glass slide were identified after a systematic investigation of various concentrations of the carbon precursor and tetraethylorthosilicate. It was found that when 0.10 g carbon spheres prepared from 1.0 M carbon precursor were used as the template and 20 mg/mL tetraethylorthosilicate was used as silica precursor, the hollow SiO2 coated glass slide exhibited the best superamphiphobic performance, with the highest contact angles and lowest sliding angles for various liquids, such as water, olive oil, n-hexadecane and n-dodecane.

  14. A Temperature Total Fourier Series Solution For a Hollow Sphere

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    Mehdi Mahmudi Mehrizi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In the following pages, we exhibit an analytical solution of a two-dimensional temperature field in a hollow sphere under total periodic boundary condition. The material is assumed to be homogeneous and isotropic with time-independent thermal properties. Till now periodic boundary condition was derived with a harmonic vibration, whereas there is a noticeable difference in the practical conditions with harmonic vibration. In this essay, by means of Fourier analysis, we imagine the outside total periodic boundary condition, as aggregate of harmonic vibrations . To solve the problem, first we imagine the boundary condition as constant values and with separation of variables; we can obtain temperature distribution in the  sphere. Then Duhamel's theorem is used to calculate temperature field under fully periodic boundary condition. For confirmation of accurate solution, we can compare the result for a harmonic vibration and those reported by others. Also, solutions for a hollow sphere were compared with other present references. At last we can obtain thermal stresses which is caused by temperature field in the hollow sphere.

  15. Hollow titania spheres with movable silica spheres inside.

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    Zhang, Kai; Zhang, Xuehai; Chen, Haitao; Chen, Xin; Zheng, Linli; Zhang, Junhu; Yang, Bai

    2004-12-21

    We demonstrate a flexible method for preparing hollow TiO2 nanospheres with movable silica nanoparticles inside (HTNMSNs). In this method, we used monodisperse silica--polystyrene core--shell nanospheres (SiO2-PS-CSNs) sulfonated as templates and prepared the composite shell consisting of TiO2 and sulfonated polystyrene (SPS) through adsorbing or depositing tetrabutyl titanate gel into the SPS shell. Finally the HTNMSNs were obtained after removal of all polymers in the composite nanospheres by dissolution or calcinations. We investigated the dependence of the morphologies of HTNMSNs on the thickness of PS shells and the size of SiO2 cores and prepared rare earth doped HTNMSNs by a sol-gel process.

  16. Synthesis and photonic band calculations of NCP face-centered cubic photonic crystals of TiO2 hollow spheres.

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    Zhu, Yong-zheng; Cao, Yan-ling; Li, Zhi-hui; Ding, Juan; Liu, Jun-song; Chi, Yuan-bin

    2007-02-01

    With the help of self-assembly, thermal sintering, selective etching techniques and sol-gel process, the non-close packed (ncp) face-centered cubic (fcc) photonic crystals of titanium dioxide (TiO2) hollow spheres connected by TiO2 cylindrical tubes have been fabricated using silica template. The photonic bandgap calculations indicate that the ncp structure of TiO2 hollow spheres was easier to open the pseudogaps than close packed system at the lowest energy.

  17. Nanotubes within transition metal silicate hollow spheres: Facile preparation and superior lithium storage performances

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    Zhang, Fan; An, Yongling; Zhai, Wei; Gao, Xueping [Key Laboratory for Liquid–Solid Structural Evolution & Processing of Materials (Ministry of Education), Jinan 250100 (China); Feng, Jinkui, E-mail: jinkui@sdu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Liquid–Solid Structural Evolution & Processing of Materials (Ministry of Education), Jinan 250100 (China); Ci, Lijie [Key Laboratory for Liquid–Solid Structural Evolution & Processing of Materials (Ministry of Education), Jinan 250100 (China); Xiong, Shenglin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • The hollow Co{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}, MnSiO{sub 3} and CuSiO{sub 3} were successfully prepared by a facile hydrothermal method using SiO{sub 2} nanosphere. • The hollow Co{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}, MnSiO{sub 3} and CuSiO{sub 3} were tested as anode materials for lithium batteries. • The hollow Co{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}, MnSiO{sub 3} and CuSiO{sub 3} delivered superior electrochemical performance. • The lithium storage mechanism is probe via cyclic voltammetry and XPS. - Abstract: A series of transition metal silicate hollow spheres, including cobalt silicate (Co{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}), manganese silicate (MnSiO{sub 3}) and copper silicate (CuSiO{sub 3}.2H{sub 2}O, CuSiO{sub 3} as abbreviation in the text) were prepared via a simple and economic hydrothermal method by using silica spheres as chemical template. Time-dependent experiments confirmed that the resultants formed a novel type of hierarchical structure, hollow spheres assembled by numerous one-dimensional (1D) nanotubes building blocks. For the first time, the transition metal silicate hollow spheres were characterized as novel anode materials of Li-ion battery, which presented superior lithium storage capacities, cycle performance and rate performance. The 1D nanotubes assembly and hollow interior endow this kind of material facilitate fast lithium ion and electron transport and accommodate the big volume change during the conversion reactions. Our study shows that low-cost transition metal silicate with rationally designed nanostructures can be promising anode materials for high capacity lithium-ion battery.

  18. ON THE FREE VIBRATION OF A SUBMERGED FGM HOLLOW SPHERE

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    Ye Guiru; Chen Weiqiu; Chen Weiqiu; Cai Jinbiao; Ding Haojiang

    2000-01-01

    The free vibration of a functionally graded material hollow sphere submerged in a compress ible fluid medium is exactly analyzed. The sphere is assumed to be spherically isotopic with material consta nts being inhomngenecus along the radial direction. By employing a separation technique as well as the spherical harmonics expansion method, the governing equations are simplified to an uncoupled second-order ordinary differential equation, and a coupled system of two such equations. Solutions to these equations are given when the elastic constants and the mass density are power functions of the radial coordinate. Numerical examples are finally given to show the effect of the material gradient on the natural frequencies.

  19. Preparation of porous hollow silica spheres via a layer-by-layer process and the chromatographic performance

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    Wei, Xiaobing; Gong, Cairong; Chen, Xujuan; Fan, Guoliang; Xu, Xinhua

    2017-03-01

    Hollow silica spheres possessing excellent mechanical properties were successfully prepared through a layer-by-layer process using uniform polystyrene (PS) latex fabricated by dispersion polymerization as template. The formation of hollow SiO2 micro-spheres, structures and properties were observed in detail by zeta potential, SEM, TEM, FTIR, TGA and nitrogen sorption porosimetry. The results indicated that the hollow spheres were uniform with particle diameter of 1.6 μm and shell thickness of 150 nm. The surface area was 511 m2/g and the pore diameter was 8.36 nm. A new stationary phase for HPLC was obtained by using C18-derivatized hollow SiO2 micro-spheres as packing materials and the chromatographic properties were evaluated for the separation of some regular small molecules. The packed column showed low column pressure, high values of efficiency (up to about 43 000 plates/m) and appropriate asymmetry factors.

  20. Facile Synthesis and High Photocatalytic Degradation Performance of ZnO-SnO2 Hollow Spheres

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    Jin, Changqing; Ge, Chenghai; Jian, Zengyun; Wei, Yongxing

    2016-11-01

    ZnO-SnO2 hollow spheres were successfully synthesized through a hydrothermal method-combined carbon sphere template. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The average diameter of hollow spheres is about 150 nm. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared samples was investigated by photodegrading Rhodamine B. The results indicated that the photocatalytic activities of ZnO-SnO2 hollow spheres are higher than ZnO hollow spheres. The degradation efficiency of the hollow spheres could reach 99.85% within 40 min, while the ZnO hollow spheres need 50 min.

  1. Janus Silica Hollow Spheres Prepared via Interfacial Biosilicification.

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    Sheng, Li; Chen, Hong; Fu, Wenxin; Li, Zhibo

    2015-11-10

    A poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(L-lysine)-b-poly(styrene) (PEG-PLL-PS) triblock copolymer, which contains a cationic PLL block as the middle block, is synthesized via a combination of ring-opening polymerization (ROP) and atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The PEG-PLL-PS (ELS) triblock is employed as a macromolecular surfactant to form a stable oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion, which is subsequently used as the template to prepare Janus silica hollow spheres (JHS) via a one-pot biosilicification reaction. For the emulsion template, the middle PLL block assembles at the O/W interface and directs the biomimetic silica synthesis in the presence of phosphate buffer and silicic acid precursors. This biosilicification process takes place only in the intermediate layer between water and the organic interior phase, leading to the formation of silica JHSs with hydrophobic PS chains tethered to the inner surface and PEG attached to the outer surface. The three-layer JHSs, namely, PEG/silica-polylysine/PS composites, were verified by electron microscopy. Upon further breaking these JHSs into species, polymer-grafted Janus silica nanoplates (JPLs) can be obtained. Our studies provide an efficient one-step method for preparing hybrid silica Janus structures within minutes.

  2. Synthesis of Br-doped TiO2 hollow spheres with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Qianqian; Zhu, Shengli; Liang, Yanqin; Cui, Zhenduo; Yang, Xianjin; Liang, Chunyong; Inoue, Akihisa

    2017-02-01

    The Br-doped hollow TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by a simple hydrothermal process on the carbon sphere template following with calcination at 400 °C. The structure and properties of photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectrum, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscopy, N2 desorption-adsorption, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The TiO2 hollow spheres are in diameter of 500 nm with shell thickness of 50 nm. The shell is composed of small anatase nanoparticles with size of about 10 nm. The TiO2 hollow spheres exhibit high crystalline and high surface area of 89.208 m2/g. With increasing content of Br doping, the band gap of TiO2 hollow spheres decreased from 2.85 to 1.75 eV. The formation of impurity band in the band gap would narrow the band gap and result in the red shift of absorption edge from 395 to 517 nm, which further enhances the photocatalytic activity. The appropriate Br doping improves the photocatlytic activity significantly. The TiO2 hollow spheres with 1.55% Br doping (0.5Br-TiO2) exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity under full light. More than 98% of RhB, MO, and MB can be photodegraded using 0.5Br-TiO2 with concentration of 10 mg/L in 40, 30, and 30 min, respectively. The degradation rate of Br-doped photocatalysts was 40% faster than undoped ones.

  3. Hierarchical flower-like Co3-xFexO4 ferrite hollow spheres: facile synthesis and catalysis in the degradation of methylene blue

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    Hao, Jinhui; Yang, Wenshu; Zhang, Zhe; Pan, Shunhao; Lu, Baoping; Ke, Xi; Zhang, Bailin; Tang, Jilin

    2013-03-01

    A facile method is proposed for the synthesis of three-dimensional (3D) flower-like Co3-xFexO4 ferrite (CF) hollow spheres, using SiO2@FeOOH as precursor. The CF hollow spheres are efficient for the catalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) in the presence of H2O2 at 80 °C. The obtained CF hollow spheres were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm measurements. The formation of 3D hierarchical flower-like superstructure was influenced by the relative amount of urea used. As the mole ratio of CoCl2 and urea decreased, the structure of the products was tailored from yolk-like spheres to hollow spheres with different sized void interiors. Moreover, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm analysis showed that the CF hollow spheres have a large specific surface area (163 m2 g-1) which provided more activity sites. The CF hollow spheres can catalyze the oxidation of MB efficiently. These results indicate that the designed CF hollow spheres exhibit promising capability for the degradation of dyes.A facile method is proposed for the synthesis of three-dimensional (3D) flower-like Co3-xFexO4 ferrite (CF) hollow spheres, using SiO2@FeOOH as precursor. The CF hollow spheres are efficient for the catalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) in the presence of H2O2 at 80 °C. The obtained CF hollow spheres were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm measurements. The formation of 3D hierarchical flower-like superstructure was influenced by the relative amount of urea used. As the mole ratio of CoCl2 and urea decreased, the structure of the products was tailored from yolk-like spheres to hollow spheres with different sized void interiors. Moreover, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm

  4. Facile preparation method for rare earth phosphate hollow spheres and their photoluminescence properties.

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    Guan, Mingyun; Tao, Feifei; Sun, Jianhua; Xu, Zheng

    2008-08-01

    We have developed a template-free hydrothermal method of constructing rare earth phosphate hollow spheres using H(6)P(4)O(13) as the PO(4) (3-) source. The mechanism of hollow spheres formation was proposed on the basis of Ostwald ripening. The resulting hollow spheres, especially with the aid of doping of other lanthanide cations, exhibit emission spanning the whole UV-visible wavelength range.

  5. Formation of Triple-Shelled Molybdenum-Polydopamine Hollow Spheres and Their Conversion into MoO2 /Carbon Composite Hollow Spheres for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Wang, Yawen; Yu, Le; Lou, Xiong Wen David

    2016-11-14

    Unique triple-shelled Mo-polydopamine (Mo-PDA) hollow spheres are synthesized through a facile solvothermal process. A sequential self-templating mechanism for the multi-shell formation is proposed, and the number of shells can be adjusted by tuning the size of the Mo-glycerate templates. These triple-shelled Mo-PDA hollow spheres can be converted to triple-shelled MoO2 /carbon composite hollow spheres by thermal treatment. Owing to the unique multi-shells and hollow interior, the as-prepared MoO2 /carbon composite hollow spheres exhibit appealing performance as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries, delivering a high capacity of ca. 580 mAh g(-1) at 0.5 A g(-1) with good rate capability and long cycle life. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Controllable Fabrication and Optical Properties of Uniform Gadolinium Oxysulfate Hollow Spheres

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    Fashen Chen; Gen Chen; Tao Liu; Ning Zhang; Xiaohe Liu; Hongmei Luo; Junhui Li; Limiao Chen; Renzhi Ma; Guanzhou Qiu

    2015-01-01

    Uniform gadolinium oxysulfate (Gd2O2SO4) hollow spheres were successfully fabricated by calcination of corresponding Gd-organic precursor obtained via a facile hydrothermal process. The Gd2O2SO4 hollow spheres have a mean diameter of approximately 550 nm and shell thickness in the range of 30–70 nm. The sizes and morphologies of as-prepared Gd2O2SO4 hollow spheres could be deliberately controlled by adjusting the experimental parameters. Eu-doped Gd2O2SO4 hollow spheres have also been prepare...

  7. Synthesis of micron-sized hollow silica spheres with a novel mesoporous shell of MCF

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    An Feng Zhang; Yong Chun Zhang; Na Xing; Ke Ke Hou; Jing Wang; Xin Wen Guo

    2009-01-01

    Micron-sized hollow silica spheres whose shells are made up of mesocellular silica foams (MCFs) have been synthesized by one-pot sol-gel method in benzene/water/P123 emulsion. The material is characterized with SEM, TEM, BET and 29Si MAS NMR. The results show that the MCFs of the unique shell of hollow silica spheres were connected by large windows with a narrow distribution of~10 nm in diameter, the inner space of the hollow sphere is accessible. And the formation mechanism of the hollow silica spheres is proposed.

  8. MATLAB simulation of Mie scattering by hollow sphere TiO2 for dye solar cell application

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    Zaine, Siti Nur Azella; Mohamed, Norani Muti

    2016-11-01

    The capability to capture photons by photoelectrode film of a Dye Solar Cell (DSC) can be improved through improvement of the light harvesting efficiency (LHE). Incorporation of light scattering center in the photoelectrode film has shown promising results in improving the LHE. The scattering center act by extending the optical path length and improving the long-wavelength response of the DSC. One of the potential scattering center is hollow sphere structure. The structure could extend the travel distance of light radiance thus increase the possibility of photon being captured by the dye sensitizer causing more electrons to be excited. The aim of this study is to simulate the effect of the hollow diameter and shell thickness on the scattering efficiency of the TiO2 hollow sphere structure. MATLAB programming was used to simulate the effect based on the Mie Scattering theory. The optimum hollow diameter and shell thickness to obtain high scattering efficiency is approximately 310 nm and 25 nm, respectively if the inner media is iodide electrolyte while 240 nm and 65 nm, respectively if the inner media is air. A hollow sphere structure could improve the scattering of light due to the presence of inner sphere light confinement by the presence of inner sphere's voids.

  9. Rapid Fabrication of Hollow SiO2 Spheres with Novel Morphology

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    Dong Jun WANG; Qun LUO; Dan Dan JIA; Xiao Dong LI; Xin Qiou WANG; Yong Huang; Zhen ZHEN; Xin Hou LIU

    2003-01-01

    The hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) occurred on the surface of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microshperes immediately after these microshperes were prepared in TEOS. Micron-sized hollow SiO2 spheres were obtained by calcination of the coated PMMA microshperes. It was found that the final hollow spheres were constituted by small SiO2 particles.

  10. Hierarchical flower-like Co₃-xFexO₄ ferrite hollow spheres: facile synthesis and catalysis in the degradation of methylene blue.

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    Hao, Jinhui; Yang, Wenshu; Zhang, Zhe; Pan, Shunhao; Lu, Baoping; Ke, Xi; Zhang, Bailin; Tang, Jilin

    2013-04-07

    A facile method is proposed for the synthesis of three-dimensional (3D) flower-like Co3-xFexO4 ferrite (CF) hollow spheres, using SiO2@FeOOH as precursor. The CF hollow spheres are efficient for the catalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) in the presence of H2O2 at 80 °C. The obtained CF hollow spheres were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm measurements. The formation of 3D hierarchical flower-like superstructure was influenced by the relative amount of urea used. As the mole ratio of CoCl2 and urea decreased, the structure of the products was tailored from yolk-like spheres to hollow spheres with different sized void interiors. Moreover, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm analysis showed that the CF hollow spheres have a large specific surface area (163 m(2) g(-1)) which provided more activity sites. The CF hollow spheres can catalyze the oxidation of MB efficiently. These results indicate that the designed CF hollow spheres exhibit promising capability for the degradation of dyes.

  11. Fabrication of hollow spheres by dry-gel conversion and its application in the selective hydrodesulfurization of FCC gasoline.

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    Zhang, Jinchang; Wang, Gang; Jin, Fengying; Fang, Xiangchen; Song, Chunshan; Guo, Xinwen

    2013-04-15

    Hollow spheres were synthesized from MCM-41 solid spheres by dry-gel conversion. It was found that water amount has a major impact on the formation of hollow spheres. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images revealed that the hollow spheres are between 500 and 600 nm in size with a dense shell of ca. 100 nm. The synthesized hollow sphere sample was examined as a support for hydrodesulfurization catalyst. The sulfur removal was enhanced while olefin hydrogenation of FCC gasoline was suppressed, and thus, the octane value was preserved when the hollow spheres (Na type) were loaded with Ni and Mo oxides as catalyst.

  12. Synthesis and release of trace elements from hollow and porous hydroxyapatite spheres.

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    Xia, Wei; Grandfield, Kathryn; Schwenke, Almut; Engqvist, Håkan

    2011-07-29

    It is known that organic species regulate fabrication of hierarchical biological forms via solution methods. However, in this study, we observed that the presence of inorganic ions plays an important role in the formation and regulation of biological spherical hydroxyapatite formation. We present a mineralization method to prepare ion-doped hydroxyapatite spheres with a hierarchical structure that is free of organic surfactants and biological additives. Porous and hollow strontium-doped hydroxyapatite spheres were synthesized via controlling the concentration of strontium ions in a calcium and phosphate buffer solution. Similarly, fluoride and silicon-doped hydroxyapatite spheres were synthesized. While spherical particle formation was attainable at low and high temperature for Sr-doped hydroxyapatite, it was only possible at high temperature in the F/Si-doped system. The presence of inorganic ions not only plays an important role in the formation and regulation of biological spherical hydroxyapatite, but also could introduce pharmaceutical effects as a result of trace element release. Such ion release results showed a sustained release with pH responsive behavior, and significantly influenced the hydroxyapatite re-precipitation. These ion-doped hydroxyapatite spheres with hollow and porous structure could have promising applications as bone/tooth materials, drug delivery systems, and chromatography supports.

  13. A Facile Preparation Method of ZrO2 Hollow Sphere Using PVA Microcapsule as a Template

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    Lee Dong-Hee

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we proposed a simple and facile preparation method of ZrO2 hollow sphere using PVA microcapsule as a template. The prepared hollow sphere was characterized by XRD, FESEM, N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms, FT-IR techniques. PVA microcapsule were prepared by polymerization in a water-in-oil emulsion and coated by adding of zirconia sol. Uniform and spherical shaped zirconia hollow sphere with very narrow size distribution was obtained after calcination at 700 °C by removing the PVA microcapsule template. No other carbon residues and carbon-zirconium compounds were observed. These results indicate that the zirconia capsule formed without deformation of the zirconia shell structure, and CO2 and H2O gases by decomposition of the PVA microcapsule during sintering process removed through the zirconia shell.

  14. Effects of copper content on the shell characteristics of hollow steel spheres manufactured using an advanced powder metallurgy technique

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    Hamid Sazegaran; Ali-Reza Kiani-Rashid; Jalil Vahdati Khaki

    2016-01-01

    Metallic hollow spheres are used as base materials in the manufacture of hollow sphere structures and metallic foams. In this study, steel hollow spheres were successfully manufactured using an advanced powder metallurgy technique. The spheres’ shells were character-ized by optical microscopy in conjunction with microstructural image analysis software, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), en-ergy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The microscopic evaluations revealed that the shells consist of sin-tered iron powder, sintered copper powder, sodium silicate, and porosity regions. In addition, the effects of copper content on various pa-rameters such as shell defects, microcracks, thickness, and porosities were investigated. The results indicated that increasing the copper con-tent results in decreases in the surface fraction of shell porosities and the number of microcracks and an increase in shell thickness.

  15. Fabrication of monodisperse hollow silica spheres and effect on water vapor permeability of polyacrylate membrane.

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    Bao, Yan; Yang, Yongqiang; Ma, Jianzhong

    2013-10-01

    Polystyrene/silica core-shell spheres were fabricated using polystyrene as templates by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate through a sol-gel process, in which polystyrene was synthesized by emulsion polymerization. Then, hollow silica spheres were obtained after selective removal of the organic polystyrene core from the polystyrene/silica core-shell spheres by tetrahydrofuran etching. The effect of hollow silica spheres on water vapor permeability, mechanical property, and water uptake of polyacrylate membrane were investigated. The microstructure analysis shows that the mean size and wall thickness of hollow silica spheres are 170 nm and 20 nm, respectively. The silica shells consist of amorphous silica seed assembly with a broad size distribution, which roughen the surfaces of hollow silica spheres greatly. The specific surface area of hollow silica spheres is bigger than that of polystyrene/silica core-shell spheres. Hollow silica spheres can significantly improve water vapor permeability of polyacrylate membrane, but lead to the reduction in mechanical property.

  16. Supercapacitor Performance of Hollow Carbon Spheres by Direct Pyrolysis of Melamine-formaldehyde Resin Spheres

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    MA Fang-wei; SUN Li-ping; ZHAO Hui; LI Qiang; HUO Li-hua; XIA Tian; GAO Shan

    2013-01-01

    The nitrogen and oxygen co-doped hollow carbon spheres(HCSs) were prepared via a simple pyrolysis of solid melamine-formaldhyde resin spheres.The carbonization temperature has an important influence on the specific surface area,pore-size distribution and heteroatom contents of HCSs.The synergistic effects of those physical and chemical properties on supercapacitor performance were systematically investigated.Among the HCSs obtained at different temperatures,HCSs-800(co-doped HCSs at 800 ℃) exhibits the best reversible specific capacitance in 2 mol/L H2SO4 electrolyte and meanwhile maintains a high-class capacitance retention capability.The nitrogen heteroatoms were confirmed to play a crucial role in improving capacitance in an acid medium.This kind of nitrogen doped HCSs is a potential candidate for an efficient electrode material for supercapacitors.

  17. Double-Shelled TiO2 Hollow Spheres Assembled with TiO2 Nanosheets.

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    Zhang, Chao; Zhou, Yuming; Zhang, Yiwei; Zhao, Shuo; Fang, Jiasheng; Sheng, Xiaoli; Zhang, Tao; Zhang, Hongxing

    2017-02-08

    High-quality double-shelled TiO2 hollow spheres (DHS-Ti) assembled with TiO2 nanosheets have been synthesized for the first time through a simple hydrothermal treatment of sSiO2 @TiO2 (TiO2 -coated solid SiO2 spheres). The double-shelled structure shows a high BET surface area up to 417.6 m(2)  g(-1) . Anatase DHS-Ti of high crystallinity can be obtained without structural collapse by calcination treatment. The effects of cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) concentration, pH, and hydrothermal reaction temperature have also been investigated with a series of contrast experiments. A formation mechanism involving the in situ growth of amorphous TiO2 nanosheets followed by the redeposition of dissolved silica species is proposed. Lastly, the DHS-Ti forming strategy can be extended as a general strategy to fabricate various morphological hollow nanostructures and double-shelled Pt nanocatalysts by rationally selecting functional sSiO2 nanoparticles as core materials. This work could open up a new strategy for controllable synthesis of complex hollow structures and other functional materials.

  18. Macro-mesoporous hollow carbon spheres as anodes for lithium-ion batteries with high rate capability and excellent cycling performance

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    Yue, Xinyang; Sun, Wang; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Fang; Yang, Yuxiang; Lu, Chengyi; Wang, Zhenhua; Rooney, David; Sun, Kening

    2016-11-01

    In this work, nanostructured macro-mesoporous hollow carbon spheres (MMHCSs) with high surface areas (396 m2 g-1) were synthesized as anode materials via a facile template-based method. A macroporous structure was created on the surfaces of the mesoporous hollow carbon spheres without destroying their spherical structure by etching in 20% HF. The unique nanostructure (imperfect hollow spheres) and the beneficial characteristics of amorphous carbon gave the MMHCSs a high reversible capacity of 530 mAh g-1 at 2.5 A g-1 over 1000 cycles. Remarkably, the MMHCSs retained an excellent rate capability of 180 mAh g-1 at 60 A g-1, which was superior to that of perfectly structured mesoporous hollow carbon spheres (without macropore (MHCSs)).

  19. General synthesis route to fabricate uniform upconversion luminescent gadolinium oxide hollow spheres.

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    Jia, Guang; Zhang, Cuimiao; Ding, Shiwen; Wang, Liyong

    2011-08-01

    Uniform upconversion luminescent gadolinium oxide hollow spheres were successfully synthesized via a homogeneous precipitation method with carbon spheres as template followed by a calcination process. During the annealing process, the carbon spheres template can be effectively removed and the amorphous precursor has converted to crystalline Gd2O3, which can be confirmed by the XRD and TG-DSC analysis. SEM and TEM images indicate that the Gd2O3 hollow spheres with diameters of 300-400 nm are uniform in size and distribution. The rare earth activator ions Ln3+-doped Gd2O3 hollow spheres exhibit intense upconversion luminescence with different colors under 980 nm light excitation, which may find potential applications in the fields such as drug delivery or biological labeling. Moreover, the upconversion luminescent mechanisms of the hollow spherical phosphors were investigated in detail.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of N-Doped Porous TiO2 Hollow Spheres and Their Photocatalytic and Optical Properties

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    Hongliang Li

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Three kinds of N-doped mesoporous TiO2 hollow spheres with different N-doping contents, surface area, and pore size distributions were prepared based on a sol–gel synthesis and combined with a calcination process. Melamine formaldehyde (MF microspheres have been used as sacrificial template and cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB or polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP was selected as pore-directing agent. Core–shell intermediate spheres of titania-coated MF with diameters of 1.2–1.6 μm were fabricated by varying the volume concentration of TiO2 precursor from 1 to 3 vol %. By calcining the core–shell composite spheres at 500 °C for 3 h in air, an in situ N-doping process occurred upon the decomposition of the MF template and CTAB or PVP pore-directing surfactant. N-doped mesoporous TiO2 hollow spheres with sizes in the range of 0.4–1.2 μm and shell thickness from 40 to 110 nm were obtained. The composition and N-doping content, thermal stability, morphology, surface area and pore size distribution, wall thickness, photocatalytic activities, and optical properties of the mesoporous TiO2 hollow spheres derived from different conditions were investigated and compared based on Fourier-transformation infrared (FTIR, SEM, TEM, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, nitrogen adsorption–desorption, and UV–vis spectrophotoscopy techniques. The influences of particle size, N-doping, porous, and hollow characteristics of the TiO2 hollow spheres on their photocatalytic activities and optical properties have been studied and discussed based on the composition analysis, structure characterization, and optical property investigation of these hollow spherical TiO2 matrices.

  1. Fabrication of Porous TiO2 Hollow Spheres and Their Application in Gas Sensing

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    Hu Peng

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this work, porous TiO2 hollow spheres with an average diameter of 100 nm and shell thickness of 20 nm were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method with NH4HCO3 as the structure-directing agent, and the formation mechanism for this porous hollow structure was proved to be the Ostwald ripening process by tracking the morphology of the products at different reaction stages. The product was characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD and BET analyses, and the results show that the as-synthesized products are anatase phase with a high surface area up to 132.5 m2/g. Gas-sensing investigation reveals that the product possesses sensitive response to methanal gas at 200°C due to its high surface area.

  2. Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of Cu/Cu2O hollow spheres with enhanced photocatalytic and gas sensing activities at room temperature.

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    Zou, Xinwei; Fan, Huiqing; Tian, Yuming; Zhang, Mingang; Yan, Xiaoyan

    2015-05-01

    Cu/Cu2O nano-heterostructure hollow spheres with a submicron diameter (200-500 nm) were prepared by a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method using Cu(OAc)2·H2O, PVP and ascorbic acid solution as the precursors. The morphology of the products could evolve with the hydrothermal time from solid spheres to thick-shell hollow spheres, then to thin-shell hollow spheres, and finally to nanoparticles. Moreover, the content of Cu in the products could be controlled by adjusting the hydrothermal time. The spontaneous forming of the hollow structure spheres was found to result from the Ostwald ripening effect during the low temperature (100 °C) hydrothermal reaction process. The photocatalytic degradation activities on MO under visible-light irradiation and the gas sensing activities toward the oxidizing NO2 gas of different Cu/Cu2O nano-heterostructure hollow spheres were investigated. As a result, the Cu/Cu2O nano-heterostructure hollow spheres obtained at the hydrothermal time of 30 min, with a rough/porous thin-shell structure and a Cu content of about 10.5 wt%, exhibited the best photocatalytic and gas sensing performances compared with others.

  3. Development and characterization of epoxy syntactic foam filled with epoxy hollow spheres

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    Full Text Available The present study focuses on the development and characterization of epoxy syntactic foam filled with epoxy hollow spheres (ESF/EHoS. The epoxy syntactic foam (ESF was produced by embedding epoxy hollow spheres (EHoS into a mixture of epoxy-hardener and 3% KOH solution. An innovative approach and simple procedure was implemented in the preparation of the EHoS where expanded polystyrene (EPS beads were used as initiation material. The EPS beads were coated with the epoxy resin and these coated EPS beads were later cured and post-cured at high temperature which will also shrink the EPS beads thus producing a hollow structure. The physical and compressive properties of the developed ESF were characterized. The progressive collapse of the syntactic foam was monitored in real-time with respect to percentage of strain during a compression test. Results also indicated that the (ESF/EHoS showed similar deformation pattern with other types of syntactic foams which exhibited the common three regions of deformations.

  4. Synthesis of Y2O3: Eu3+ Hollow Spheres Using Silica as Templates

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    Liu Guixia; Hong Guangyan; Dong Xiangting; Wang Jinxian

    2007-01-01

    The Y2O3:Eu3+ hollow spheres were synthesized using the template-mediated method. XRD patterns indicated that the broadened diffraction peaks resulted from nanocrystals in Y2O3:Eu3+ shells of hollow spheres. XPS spectra showed that the Y2O3:Eu3+ shells were linked with silica cores by a Si-O-Y chemical bond. SEM and TEM observations showed that the size of the SiO2/Y2O3:Eu3+ core-shell particle was about 100 nm, and the thickness of the Y2O3:Eu3+ hollow sphere was less than 5 nm. The photoluminescence spectra of the SiO2/Y2O3:Eu3+ core-shell materials and Y2O3:Eu3+ hollow spheres had red luminescent properties, and the broadened emission peaks came from nanocrystals composed of the Y2O3:Eu3+ shell.

  5. Preparation of Manganese Oxide Hollow Spheres Using pH-responsive Microgels as Templates

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    Wei Zhang; Zhi-cheng Zhang

    2009-01-01

    Manganese oxide hollow spheres were prepared by a novel and facile approach using pH-responsive microgels as templates. The final products were thoroughly characterized with X-ray powder diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared, and transmission electron microscopy. The results reveal that the shell thickness of manganese oxide hollow spheres increased with the dosage of KMnO4, which implies that a controllable and feasible strategy for manganese oxide hollow spheres prepa-ration has been established. Further studies on the microgels template showed some of them had an irreversible swelling/deswelling transition due to the uneven cross-link extent. Based on the results, a probable formation mechanism for the hollow spheres was proposed.

  6. Synthesis and enhanced visible-light responsive of C,N,S-tridoped TiO2 hollow spheres.

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    Lin, Xiaoxia; Fu, Degang; Hao, Lingyun; Ding, Zhen

    2013-10-01

    C,N,S-tridoped TiO2 hollow spheres (labeled as C,N,S-THs) were synthesized using carbon spheres as template and C,N,S-tridoped TiO2 nanoparticles as building blocks. The structure and physicochemical properties of the catalysts were characterized by Xray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Photoluminescence emission spectroscopy (PL). The results showed that the hollow spheres had average diameter of about 200 nm and the shell thickness was about 20 nm. The tridoped TiO2 hollow spheres exhibited strong absorption in the visible-light region. C,N,S-tridoped could narrow the band gap of the THs by mixing the orbit O 2p with C 2p, N 2p and S 3p orbits and shift its optical response from ultraviolet (UV) to the visible-light region. PL analysis indicated that the electron-hole recombination rate of TiO2 hollow spheres had been effectively inhibited when doped with C, N and S elements. The photocatalytic activities of the samples were evaluated for the degradation of X-3B (Reactive Brilliant Red dye, C.I. Reactive Red 2) aqueous solution under visible-light (lambda > 420 nm) irradiation. It was found that the C,N,S-tridoped TiO2 hollow spheres indicated higher photocatalytic activity than commercial P25 and the undoped counterpart photocatalyst.

  7. Micelles driven magnetite (Fe3O4) hollow spheres and a study on AC magnetic properties for hyperthermia application

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    Goswami, Madhuri Mandal; Dey, Chaitali; Bandyopadhyay, Ayan; Sarkar, Debasish; Ahir, Manisha

    2016-11-01

    Here we have discussed about designing the magnetic particles for hyperthermia therapy and done some studies in this direction. We have used oleylamine micelles as template to synthesize hollow-nanospheres (HNS) of magnetite by solvo-thermal technique. We have shown that oleylamine plays an important role to generate hollow particles. Structural analysis was done by XRD measurement and morphological measurements like SEM and TEM was performed to confirm the shape and size of hollow sphere particles. The detail magnetic measurements give an idea about the application of these HNS for magnetic heating in hyperthermia therapy. In vitro cytotoxicity studies reveal that tolerable dose rate for these particles can be significantly high and particles are non-toxic in nature. Being hollow in structure and magnetic in nature such materials will also be useful in other application fields like in drug delivery, drug release, arsenic and heavy metal removal by adsorption technique, magnetic separation etc.

  8. Amorphous Ni-P Hollow Spheres Prepared by Self-assembly of Ni-P Nanoparticles on Polystyrene Beads

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    2008-01-01

    The first preparation of amorphous Ni-P/PS (polystyrene) core-shell and Ni-P hollow microspheres was per-formed using a surface seeding-electroless plating method. The preliminary magnetic properties of the amorphous Ni-P hollow sphere were investigated and compared with those of the Ni hollow sphere.

  9. Facile Synthesis of Micron-Sized Hollow Silver Spheres as Substrates for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering

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    Lixin Xia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A well-designed type of micron-sized hollow silver sphere was successfully synthesized by a simple hard-template method to be used as substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering. 4 Å molecular sieves were employed as a removable solid template. [Ag(NH32]+ was absorbed as the precursor on the surface of the molecular sieve. Formaldehyde was selected as a reducing agent to reduce [Ag(NH32]+, resulting in the formation of a micron-sized silver shell on the surface of the 4 Å molecular sieves. The micron-sized hollow silver spheres were obtained by removing the molecular sieve template. SEM and XRD were used to characterize the structure of the micron-sized hollow silver spheres. The as-prepared micro-silver spheres exhibited robust SERS activity in the presence of adsorbed 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA with excitation at 632.8 nm, and the enhancement factor reached ~1.5 × 106. This synthetic process represents a promising method for preparing various hollow metal nanoparticles.

  10. Hierarchical assembly of collagen peptide triple helices into curved disks and metal ion-promoted hollow spheres.

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    Przybyla, David E; Rubert Pérez, Charles M; Gleaton, Jeremy; Nandwana, Vikas; Chmielewski, Jean

    2013-03-06

    A 27 amino acid collagen-based peptide (Hbyp3) was designed to radially display nine hydrophobic bipyridine moieties from a triple helical scaffold. Self-assembly of such functionalized triple helices led to the formation of micrometer-scaled disks with a curved morphology, presumably mediated by aromatic interactions, with a height that is in the range of the length of the triple helical peptide. Higher order assembly of these curved disks into micrometer-sized hollow spheres was accomplished through metal-ligand interactions between bipyridine groups of the disks and metal ions such as Fe(II), Co(II), Zn(II) and Cu(II). The thickness of the shell of these hollow spheres corresponds well with the thickness of the collagen peptide-based triple helix and the corresponding self-assembled disks. Addition of a metal ion chelator was found to reverse the assembly of the hollow spheres back to the curved disk structures. These data support the formation of the hollow spheres from the self-assembled disks of Hbyp3 upon addition of metal ions.

  11. Self-Assembled Hollow Spheres of β-Ni(OH) 2 and Their Derived Nanomaterials

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    Zhang, Shengmao

    2009-03-10

    This paper describes a novel solution-based chemical process to architect hollow spheres of β-Ni(OH) 2 with controllable sizes in submicrometer and micrometer regimes. In the synthesis, starting nickel salt (nitrate) is first converted to 6-coordinated nickel ion complex [Ni(EDA) 3] 2+ (bidentate ligand EDA = C 2H 4(NH 2) 2) to avoid rapid solid formation. Hollow and core - shell β-Ni(OH) 2 spheres can be obtained with this template-free approach under one-pot conditions. The β-Ni(OH) 2 spheres are constructed from petal-like nanobuilding units which in turn are formed from even smaller nanocrystallites. The obtained porous β-Ni(OH) 2 spheres have a large specific surface area and show a unimodal pore-size distribution. Several preparative parameters have been examined and optimized. In particular, the concentration of divalent nickel in the starting solutions plays an important role in controlling thickness of the petal-like β-Ni(OH) 2 flakes and diameter of spheres. The β-Ni(OH) 2 flakes self-assemble into final spherical products through a donut-like structural intermediate. Furthermore, the β-Ni(OH) 2 hollow spheres can be used as solid precursors to synthesize other nanostructured derivatives. In this work, phase pure inorganic nanostructures, carbon nanotube (CNT) - inorganic nanocomposites, and inorganic - inorganic nanocom-posites (e.g., NiO, Ni, NiO/Ni, Ni/β-Ni(OH) 2, CNTs/NiO, CNTs/Ni, Ni@CNTs, Fe(OH) 3/β-Ni(OH) 2, Co(OH) 2/β-Ni(OH) 2, and Mg(OH) 2/β-Ni(OH) 2) have been prepared via solid-state thermal decomposition, gas-phase reduction, solution-based reduction, surface oxidation, chemical vapor deposition, and liquid-phase deposition. A greater picture for general synthesis of Ni-containing nanomaterials is thus obtained. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  12. Facile one-pot synthesis of uniform TiO2-Ag hybrid hollow spheres with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Wang, Sunli; Qian, Huanhuan; Hu, Yong; Dai, Wei; Zhong, Yijun; Chen, Jiafu; Hu, Xiao

    2013-01-28

    TiO(2)-Ag hybrid hollow spheres (about 700 nm in diameter) with a highly uniform morphology and good structural stability were facilely prepared via a one-pot hydrothermal method, using carbon spheres as templates followed by an annealing treatment. Through this route, the as-prepared hybrid hollow spheres preserved the uniformity of the initial carbon sphere templates and the loading amount of the Ag nanocrystals can be conveniently varied or controlled by the concentration of the Ag precursor. The investigation of the photocatalytic ability demonstrated that the as-prepared TiO(2)-Ag hybrid hollow spheres possess excellent photocatalytic activity, superior to commercial TiO(2) nanoparticles (Degussa P25), for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and methyl orange (MO) dyes under visible-light illumination. Furthermore, the ˙OH radicals formed during photocatalysis with different Ag content hybrids were revealed by means of a terephthalic acid fluorescence probe method, which uncovers that the Ag content in the TiO(2)-Ag hybrids was crucial to obtain an optimal synergistic effect between the Ag and TiO(2) for the degradation of organic pollutants. Accordingly, the optimum matching for the best photocatalytic activity was investigated thoroughly and a reasonable mechanism was also proposed.

  13. Nanoporous CuS nano-hollow spheres as advanced material for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Heydari, Hamid; Moosavifard, Seyyed Ebrahim; Elyasi, Saeed; Shahraki, Mohammad

    2017-02-01

    Due to unique advantages, the development of high-performance supercapacitors has stimulated a great deal of scientific research over the past decade. The electrochemical performance of a supercapacitor is strongly affected by the surface and structural properties of its electrode materials. Herein, we report a facile synthesis of high-performance supercapacitor electrode material based on CuS nano-hollow spheres with nanoporous structures, large specific surface area (97 m2 g-1) and nanoscale shell thickness (nano-hollow spheres electrode exhibits excellent electrochemical performance including a maximum specific capacitance of 948 F g-1 at 1 A g-1, significant rate capability of 46% capacitance retention at a high current density of 50 A g-1, and outstanding long-term cycling stability at various current densities. This work not only demonstrates the promising potential of the CuS-NHS electrodes for application in high-performance supercapacitors, but also sheds a new light on the metal sulfides design philosophy.

  14. A Convenient and Templated Method for the Fabrication of Monodisperse Micrometer Hollow Titania Spheres

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    Haibo Yao

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple and widely applicable methodology was presented to synthesize monodisperse micrometer hollow titania spheres (HTS based on the templating method. It was performed by using the preformed poly(styrene-acrylic acid (PSA as template spheres which was mixed with tetrabutyltitanate (TBOT in an ethanol solvent under steam treatment. The HTS which were obtained by the calcination of PSA/TiO2 composite core-shell spheres had a narrow particle size distribution and commendable surface topography characterized by SEM. The calcined HTS at 500°C displayed crystalline reflection peaks that were characteristic to the anatase phase by XRD. Moreover, some key influencing factors including TBOT concentration and reaction time were analyzed. As expected, the diameter of HTS could be readily controlled by altering the size of PSA template spheres. In addition, the approach was also applied to fabricate hollow zirconia spheres and other inorganic spheres.

  15. Production and characterization of the nanostructured hollow iron oxide spheres and nanoparticles by aerosol route

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    Gurmen, Sebahattin, E-mail: gurmen@itu.edu.t [Metallurgical and Materials Eng. Dept., Istanbul Technical University, 34469 Istanbul (Turkey); Ebin, Burcak [Metallurgical and Materials Eng. Dept., Istanbul Technical University, 34469 Istanbul (Turkey)

    2010-03-04

    Nanoshell hollow iron oxide ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) spheres and nanoparticles were produced by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) method from iron(III) chloride salts. Iron oxide nanostructures were obtained by thermal decomposition of aerosol formed in the ultrasonic generator from aqueous solution of FeCl{sub 3} as a precursor. Hollow structure of iron oxide particles was controlled by reaction temperature changing between 600 and 200 {sup o}C and with the addition of the polyethylene glycol (PEG) iron oxide nanoparticles were fabricated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies and Scherrer crystalline size calculations show that the crystal sizes of the nanostructured iron oxide were between 33 and 18 nm. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) was performed to determine the chemical composition of the particles. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) investigation gave detailed information about particle size and morphology. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) was used to confirm the hollow structure of the particles and identify the thickness of the shell.

  16. Controllable synthesis of nitrogen-doped hollow mesoporous carbon spheres using ionic liquids as template for supercapacitors

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    Chen, Aibing; Li, Yunqian; Liu, Lei; Yu, Yifeng; Xia, Kechan; Wang, Yuying; Li, Shuhui

    2017-01-01

    We have demonstrated a facile and controllable synthesis of monodispersed nitrogen-doped hollow mesoporous carbon spheres (N-HMCSs) using resorcinol/formaldehyde resin as a carbon precursor, tetraethyl orthosilicate as a structure-assistant agent, ionic liquids (ILs) as soft template, partial carbon sources, and nitrogen sources. The sizes and the architectures including hollow and yolk-shell of resultant carbon spheres can be efficiently controlled through the adjustment of the content of ILs. Alkyl chain length of the ILs also has an important effect on the formation of N-HMCSs. With proper alkyl chain length and content of ILs, the resultant N-HMCSs show monodispersed hollow spheres with high surface areas (up to 1158 m2 g-1), large pore volumes (up to 1.70 cm3 g-1), and uniform mesopore size (5.0 nm). Combining the hollow mesoporous structure, high porosity, large surface area, and nitrogen functionality, the as-synthesized N-HMCSs have good supercapacitor performance with good capacitance (up to 159 F g-1) and favorable capacitance retention (88% capacitive retention after 5000 cycles).

  17. Hydrothermal synthesis of self-assembled hierarchical tungsten oxides hollow spheres and their gas sensing properties.

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    Li, Jinwei; Liu, Xin; Cui, Jiashan; Sun, Jianbo

    2015-05-20

    Hierarchical self-assembled hollow spheres (HS) of tungsten oxide nanosheets have been synthesized via a template-free hydrothermal method. Morphology evolution of the products is determined by the amount of H2C2O4 (oxalic acid) which serves as chelating agent. Structural features of the products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), and morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In addition, the porous structure was analyzed using the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) approach. The synthesis mechanism of the products with self-assembled hierarchical structures was proposed. The NO2 gas sensing properties of self-assembled hierarchical WO3 HS materials were investigated, the gas sensing properties of WO3 synthesized by a variety of formulations were compared, and the possible gas sensing mechanism was discussed. The obvious enhancement of the gas sensing properties was ascribed to the structure of the hierarchical HS.

  18. A fillable micro-hollow sphere lesion detection phantom using superposition

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    DiFilippo, Frank P; Gallo, Sven L; Patel, Sagar [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Imaging Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195 (United States); Klatte, Ryan S [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195 (United States)

    2010-09-21

    The lesion detection performance of SPECT and PET scanners is most commonly evaluated with a phantom containing hollow spheres in a background chamber at a specified radionuclide contrast ratio. However, there are limitations associated with a miniature version of a hollow sphere phantom for small-animal SPECT and PET scanners. One issue is that the 'wall effect' associated with zero activity in the sphere wall and fill port causes significant errors for small diameter spheres. Another issue is that there are practical difficulties in fabricating and in filling very small spheres (<3 mm diameter). The need for lesion detection performance assessment of small-animal scanners has motivated our development of a micro-hollow sphere phantom that utilizes the principle of superposition. The phantom is fabricated by stereolithography and has interchangeable sectors containing hollow spheres with volumes ranging from 1 to 14 {mu}L (diameters ranging from 1.25 to 3.0 mm). A simple 60{sup 0} internal rotation switches the positions of three such sectors with their corresponding background regions. Raw data from scans of each rotated configuration are combined and reconstructed to yield superposition images. Since the sphere counts and background counts are acquired separately, the wall effect is eliminated. The raw data are subsampled randomly prior to summation and reconstruction to specify the desired sphere-to-background contrast ratio of the superposition image. A set of images with multiple contrast ratios is generated for visual assessment of lesion detection thresholds. To demonstrate the utility of the phantom, data were acquired with a multi-pinhole SPECT/CT scanner. Micro-liter syringes were successful in filling the small hollow spheres, and the accuracy of the dispensed volume was validated through repeated filling and weighing of the spheres. The phantom's internal rotation and the data analysis process were successful in producing the expected

  19. Enhanced Gas Sensing Properties of SnO2 Hollow Spheres Decorated with CeO2 Nanoparticles Heterostructure Composite Materials.

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    Liu, Jiangyang; Dai, Mingjun; Wang, Tianshuang; Sun, Peng; Liang, Xishuang; Lu, Geyu; Shimanoe, Kengo; Yamazoe, Noboru

    2016-03-01

    CeO2 decorated SnO2 hollow spheres were successfully synthesized via a two-step hydrothermal strategy. The morphology and structures of as-obtained CeO2/SnO2 composites were analyzed by various kinds of techniques. The SnO2 hollow spheres with uniform size around 300 nm were self-assembled with SnO2 nanoparticles and were hollow with a diameter of about 100 nm. The CeO2 nanoparticles on the surface of SnO2 hollow spheres could be clearly observed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results confirmed the existence of Ce(3+) and the increased amount of both chemisorbed oxygen and oxygen vacancy after the CeO2 decorated. Compared with pure SnO2 hollow spheres, such composites revealed excellent enhanced sensing properties to ethanol. When the ethanol concentration was 100 ppm, the sensitivity of the CeO2/SnO2 composites was 37, which was 2.65-times higher than that of the primary SnO2 hollow spheres. The sensing mechanism of the enhanced gas sensing properties was also discussed.

  20. A novel method for preparation of hollow and solid carbon spheres

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    Boyang Liu; Dechang Jia; Jiancun Rao; Qiangchang Meng; Yingfeng Shao

    2008-10-01

    Hollow and solid carbon spheres were prepared by the reaction of ferrocene and ammonium carbonate in a sealed quartz tube at 500°C. The morphology and microstructure of the product were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The carbon spheres are amorphous and their diameters range from 0.8–2.8 m. The shell thickness of the hollow carbon spheres is not uniform and ranges from 100–180 nm. It is suggested that ammonium carbonate is crucial for the formation of carbon spheres and its amount also influences the morphology of the product. The method may be suitable for large scale preparation of carbon spheres.

  1. Capillary-force-induced formation of luminescent polystyrene/(rare-earth-doped nanoparticle) hybrid hollow spheres.

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    Chen, Min; Xie, Lin; Li, Fuyou; Zhou, Shuxue; Wu, Limin

    2010-10-01

    This paper presents a "one-pot" procedure to synthesize polystyrene/(rare-earth-doped nanoparticles) (PS/REDNPs) hybrid hollow spheres via the in situ diffusion of organic core into inorganic shell under strong capillary force. In this approach, when carboxyl-capped PS colloids were deposited by different REDNPs in aqueous medium, such as LaF3:Eu3+, LaF3:Ce3+-Tb3+, and YVO4:Dy3+, PS/REDNPs inorganic-organic hybrid hollow spheres could be directly obtained via the in situ diffusion of core PS chains into the voids between rare-earth-doped nanoparticles through the strong capillary force. Not only is the synthetic procedure versatile and very simple, but also the obtained hybrid hollow spheres are hydrophilic and luminescent and could be directly used in chemical and biological fields.

  2. Up-conversion in rare earth-doped silica hollow spheres

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    Fortes, Luís M.; Li, Yigang; Réfega, Ricardo; Clara Gonçalves, M.

    2012-06-01

    In the present work, Er/Yb co-doped silica hollow spheres are prepared in a two-step process. In a first step, polystyrene-core is silica coated in situ by a modified Stöber sol-gel method and in the second one, the sacrificial polystyrene core is thermally removed. The core-shell and the hollow spheres are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). PL measurements show up-conversion phenomena upon excitation at 975 nm, through the emission of blue (˜490 nm), green (˜523 nm and ˜536 nm) and red (˜655 nm) light. The up-conversion phenomena are discussed and modelled. The developed model explains the up-conversion phenomena of Er/Yb co-doped silica hollow spheres, with special agreement for high Yb/Er ratio.

  3. Construction of PS/PNIPAM core-shell particles and hollow spheres by using hydrophobic interaction and thermosensitive phase separation

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    Dongmei ZHU; Fei WANG; Cuiling GAO; Zheng XU

    2008-01-01

    This paper reports an easy and effective way tofabricate polystyrene/poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (PS/PNIPAM) core-shell particles and PNIPAM hollow spheres.The main point of the method is to take advantage of the hydrophobic interaction between initiator and PS particles.The hydrophobic azodiisobutyronitriles automat-ically concentrate around the PS particles and initiate poly-merization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) and thecrosslinker methylene bisacrylamide (MBA),which dissolve in the aqueous phase,at the surface of the PS nanoparticles.Then,PNIPAM adheres to the PS particles to form a core-shell structure as a result of their hydrophobic interaction.This interaction is due to the unique property of PNIPAM,namely,its ability to transition from hydrophilic to hydro-phobic when the temperature rises to 32℃.Furthermore,the hollow PNIPAM spheres were obtained by etching the PS core with chloroform.

  4. Surface-modified micrometre nickel hollow spheres and their microwave characteristics

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    Deng, Yida; Shen, Bin; Liu, Lei; Wu, Yating; Hu, Wenbin

    2009-08-01

    To improve the magnetic properties, nickel hollow spheres (NHSs) were surface-modified with a cellular Co structure by a facile electroless cobalt plating route. The microstructures and properties of the modified NHSs were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area and a vibrating sample magnetometer. Microwave properties were evaluated by mixing NHSs with polyvinyl butyral as coaxial samples. The SEM images showed that the NHSs were coated by the Co cellular films, which not only increased the specific surface area but also enhanced the coercivity and magnetization. Also, the modified NHSs composites presented low RL min values below -30 dB at thicknesses between 1.0 and 2.0 mm, and exhibited a broad absorption bandwidth ΔW at 'thin' thickness.

  5. Surface-modified micrometre nickel hollow spheres and their microwave characteristics

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    Deng Yida; Shen Bin; Liu Lei; Wu Yating; Hu Wenbin, E-mail: wbhu@263.ne [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030 (China)

    2009-08-07

    To improve the magnetic properties, nickel hollow spheres (NHSs) were surface-modified with a cellular Co structure by a facile electroless cobalt plating route. The microstructures and properties of the modified NHSs were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area and a vibrating sample magnetometer. Microwave properties were evaluated by mixing NHSs with polyvinyl butyral as coaxial samples. The SEM images showed that the NHSs were coated by the Co cellular films, which not only increased the specific surface area but also enhanced the coercivity and magnetization. Also, the modified NHSs composites presented low R{sub Lmin} values below -30 dB at thicknesses between 1.0 and 2.0 mm, and exhibited a broad absorption bandwidth {Delta}W at 'thin' thickness.

  6. New Strategies for Constructing Polymeric Micelles and Hollow Spheres Via Self-Assembly

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    Ming Jiang

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction In recent years, self-assembly of block copolymers leading to micelles in selective solvents, which dissolve only one of the blocks, has developed rapidly because the micelles are very strong candidates for potential applications in advanced technologies. The micelles usually have core-shell structure which are connected by covalent bonds. Based on our long-term research on interpolymer complexation due to hydrogen bonding, where we noticed that the complexation often led to the formation of irregular aggregates, we succeeded recently in developing a series of new approaches to polymeric micelles and hollow spheres via specific intermolecular interactions. As in these approaches, a variety of polymers with interacting groups i.e. homopolymers, random copolymers, graft copolymers as well as low mass compounds (LMC), can be used as building blocks, our research strategies have substantially extended the field of self-assembly.

  7. Template Polymerization Based on Stober Method: an Improved Method for Fabrication of Hollow Polysiloxane Spheres

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    Hui Gang WANG; Ping CHEN; Xiao Ming ZHENG

    2006-01-01

    A modified Stober method has been developed which permits the controlled growth of spherical hollow spheres with diameters between 197 and 208 nanometers by consecutively cocondensed methyltrimethoxysilane and dimethyldimethoxysilane monomers onto microemulsion of polydimethylsiloxane and subsequently removing the templated polydimethylsiloxane by exposure to solvents. Ammonia was used as a morphological catalyst. The morphology of the polymer spheres was demonstrated by transmission electron micrographs (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).

  8. Self-assembly of PbS hollow sphere quantum dots via gas-bubble technique for early cancer diagnosis

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    Mozafari, Masoud, E-mail: masoud.mozafari@okstate.edu [Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, School of Material Science and Engineering, Oklahoma State University, OK 74106 (United States); Biomaterials Group, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering (Center of Excellence), Amirkabir University of Technology, P.O Box 15875-4413, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moztarzadeh, Fathollah [Biomaterials Group, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering (Center of Excellence), Amirkabir University of Technology, P.O Box 15875-4413, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Seifalian, Alexander M. [Centre for Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London, London (United Kingdom); Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Tayebi, Lobat [Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, School of Material Science and Engineering, Oklahoma State University, OK 74106 (United States)

    2013-01-15

    Quantum dots (QDs) with their unique optical properties have attracted widespread interest in cancer diagnosis and therapy. Due to their ability to absorb and emit light very efficiently, lead sulfide (PbS) hollow spheres with nanometer-to-micrometer dimensions having tailored structural, optical, and surface properties represent an important class of QDs that are potentially useful for early cancer detection. In this study, PbS hollow sphere QDs have been successfully synthesized using a template-free and green method. The formation of hollow structures was explained by a gas-liquid interface aggregation mechanism, in which the formation of SO{sub 2} gas bubbles plays a key role. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analyzer (EDX), photoluminescence (PL) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results demonstrate that the PbS hollow spheres possess good optical quality with strong luminescence properties, which indicate their capabilities for the simultaneous detection of multiple cancer biomarkers in blood assays and cancer tissue biopsies. - Graphical abstract: The hollow structures were formed by gas-liquid interface aggregation mechanism, in which the formation of SO{sub 2} gas bubbles played a key role. When the SO{sub 2} gas bubbles generated in the liquid phase, they created numerous gas-liquid interfaces inside the solution phase. Then, the gas-liquid interfaces served as the nucleation or agglomeration centers for the PbS NCs. In addition, the PbS hollow sphere QDs possess strong optical properties, which indicate their capabilities for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Large quantities of SO{sub 2} bubbles produced in the reaction system serve as the aggregation centers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer After the initial nucleation, monomers would grow into NCs, which have a

  9. A facile route for the synthesis of sub-micron sized hollow and multiporous organosilica spheres

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    Segers,M.; Arfsten, N.; Buskens, P.; Möller, M.

    2014-01-01

    We present a facile route for the synthesis of sub-micron sized hollow and multiporous organosilica spheres, which is based on an oil-in-water emulsion and merely uses one organosilica precursor-phenyl trimethoxysilane-that serves as monomer, precursor for a surface active species and oil phase. Thi

  10. Effects of sphere size on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ductile iron-steel hollow sphere syntactic foams

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    Hamid Sazegaran; Ali-Reza Kiani-Rashid; Jalil Vahdati Khaki

    2016-01-01

    The effects of sphere size on the microstructural and mechanical properties of ductile iron–steel hollow sphere (DI–SHS) syntactic foamswere investigated in this study. The SHSs were manufactured by fluidized-bed coating via the Fe-based commercial powder–binder suspension onto expanded polystyrene spheres (EPSs). Afterwards, the DI–SHS syntactic foams were produced via a sand-mold casting process. The microstructures of specimens were investigated by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and en-ergy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The microscopic evaluations of specimens reveal distinct regions composed of the DI matrix, SHS shells, and compatible interface. As a result, the microstructures and graphite morphologies of the DI matrix depend on sphere size. When the sphere size decreases, the area fractions of cementite and graphite phases are observed to increase and decrease, respectively. Compression tests were subsequently conducted at ambient temperature on the DI–SHS syntactic foams. The results reveal that the compres-sion behavior of the syntactic foams is enhanced with increasing sphere size. Furthermore, the compressed specimens demonstrate that mi-crocracks start and grow from the interface region.

  11. Effects of sphere size on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ductile iron-steel hollow sphere syntactic foams

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    Sazegaran, Hamid; Kiani-Rashid, Ali-Reza; Khaki, Jalil Vahdati

    2016-06-01

    The effects of sphere size on the microstructural and mechanical properties of ductile iron-steel hollow sphere (DI-SHS) syntactic foams were investigated in this study. The SHSs were manufactured by fluidized-bed coating via the Fe-based commercial powder-binder suspension onto expanded polystyrene spheres (EPSs). Afterwards, the DI-SHS syntactic foams were produced via a sand-mold casting process. The microstructures of specimens were investigated by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy- dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The microscopic evaluations of specimens reveal distinct regions composed of the DI matrix, SHS shells, and compatible interface. As a result, the microstructures and graphite morphologies of the DI matrix depend on sphere size. When the sphere size decreases, the area fractions of cementite and graphite phases are observed to increase and decrease, respectively. Compression tests were subsequently conducted at ambient temperature on the DI-SHS syntactic foams. The results reveal that the compression behavior of the syntactic foams is enhanced with increasing sphere size. Furthermore, the compressed specimens demonstrate that microcracks start and grow from the interface region.

  12. High capacity and high rate capability of nitrogen-doped porous hollow carbon spheres for capacitive deionization

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    Zhao, Shanshan; Yan, Tingting; Wang, Hui; Chen, Guorong; Huang, Lei; Zhang, Jianping; Shi, Liyi; Zhang, Dengsong, E-mail: dszhang@shu.edu.cn

    2016-04-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The nitrogen-doped porous hollow carbon spheres were prepared. • The obtained materials have a good capacitive deionization performance. • The electrodes show high salt adsorption rate and good regeneration performance. - Abstract: In this work, nitrogen-doped porous hollow carbon spheres (N-PHCS) were well prepared by using polystyrene (PS) spheres as hard templates and dopamine hydrochloride as carbon and nitrogen sources. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images demonstrate that the N-PHCS have a uniform, spherical and hollow structure. Nitrogen adsorption–desorption analysis shows that the N-PHCS have a high specific area of 512 m{sup 2}/g. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy result reveals that the nitrogen doping amount is 2.92%. The hollow and porous structure and effective nitrogen doping can contribute to large accessible surface area, efficient ion transport and good conductivity. In the electrochemical tests, we can conclude that the N-PHCS have a high specific capacitance value, a good stability and low inner resistance. The N-PHCS electrodes present a high salt adsorption capacity of 12.95 mg/g at a cell voltage of 1.4 V with a flow rate of 40 mL/min in a 500 mg/L NaCl aqueous solution. Moreover, the N-PHCS electrodes show high salt adsorption rate and good regeneration performance in the CDI process. With high surface specific area and effective nitrogen doping, the N-PHCS is promising to the CDI and other electrochemical applications.

  13. Design and Preparation of MnO2/CeO2-MnO2 Double-Shelled Binary Oxide Hollow Spheres and Their Application in CO Oxidation.

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    Zhang, Jian; Cao, Yidan; Wang, Chang-An; Ran, Rui

    2016-04-06

    Herein, we designed an extremely facile method to prepare well-defined MnO2@CeO2-MnO2 ball-in-ball binary oxide hollow spheres by employing carbon spheres (CSs) as sacrificial templates. The synthesis process involves a novel self-assembled approach to prepare core-shell CSs@CeO2 precursor, which would directly react with KMnO4 aqueous solution to form yolk-shell CSs@MnO2/CeO2-MnO2 precursor in the following step. Well-dispersed Ce-Mn binary oxide with double-shelled hollow sphere structure could be achieved after annealing the precursor in air. The evolution process and formation mechanism of this novel structure were thoroughly studied in this paper. Especially the as-prepared double-shell MnO2/CeO2-MnO2 hollow spheres exhibited enhanced catalytic activity for CO oxidation compared with the pure MnO2 hollow spheres and pure CeO2 hollow spheres. We believe the high surface area, hierarchical porous structures, and strong synergistic interaction between CeO2 and MnO2 contribute to the excellent catalytic activity. Most importantly, this method could be extended to prepare other transition metal oxides. As an example, triple-shelled Co-Mn composite hollow spheres assembled by ultrathin nanoplates were successfully prepared.

  14. Controllable fabrication of urchin-like Co3O4 hollow spheres for high-performance supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries.

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    Chen, Fashen; Liu, Xiaohe; Zhang, Zhian; Zhang, Ning; Pan, Anqiang; Liang, Shuquan; Ma, Renzhi

    2016-09-27

    Urchin-like cobalt oxide (Co3O4) hollow spheres can be successfully prepared by thermal decomposition of cobalt carbonate hydroxide hydrate (Co(CO3)0.5(OH)·0.11H2O) obtained by template-assisted hydrothermal synthesis. The morphology, crystal structure evolution and thermal decomposition behaviors of the as-prepared products have been carefully investigated. A plausible formation mechanism of the urchin-like Co3O4 hollow spheres in the presence of hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as the surfactant template is proposed. The urchin-like Co3O4 hollow spheres are further constructed as electrode materials for high-performance supercapacitors with a high specific capacitance of 460 F g(-1) at a current density of 4 A g(-1) and excellent cycling stability. Furthermore, as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), superior lithium storage performance of 1342.2 mA h g(-1) (0.1 C) and 1122.7 mA h g(-1) (0.2 C) can also be achieved. The excellent performances can be ascribed to the unique hierarchical urchin-like hollow structure of the electrode materials, which offers a large specific surface area, short electron and ion diffusion paths and high permeability while being directly in contact with the electrolyte. Moreover, the hollow structure with sufficient internal void spaces can self-accommodate volume change during electrochemical reactions, which improves the structural stability and integrity.

  15. Design and Synthesis of TiO2 Hollow Spheres with Spatially Separated Dual Cocatalysts for Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production

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    Jiang, Qianqian; Li, Li; Bi, Jinhong; Liang, Shijing; Liu, Minghua

    2017-01-01

    TiO2 hollow spheres modified with spatially separated Ag species and RuO2 cocatalysts have been prepared via an alkoxide hydrolysis–precipitation method and a facile impregnation method. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy studies indicate that Ag species and RuO2 co-located on the inner and outer surface of TiO2 hollow spheres, respectively. The resultant catalysts show significantly enhanced activity in photocatalytic hydrogen production under simulated sunlight attributed to spatially separated Ag species and RuO2 cocatalysts on TiO2 hollow spheres, which results in the efficient separation and transportation of photogenerated charge carriers. PMID:28336859

  16. High photocatalytic activity of hierarchical SiO2@C-doped TiO2 hollow spheres in UV and visible light towards degradation of rhodamine B.

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    Zhang, Ying; Chen, Juanrong; Hua, Li; Li, Songjun; Zhang, Xuanxuan; Sheng, Weichen; Cao, Shunsheng

    2017-10-15

    Ongoing research activities are targeted to explore high photocatalytic activity of TiO2-based photocatalysts for the degradation of environmental contaminants under UV and visible light irradiation. In this work, we devise a facile, cost-effective technique to in situ synthesize hierarchical SiO2@C-doped TiO2 (SCT) hollow spheres for the first time. This strategy mainly contains the preparation of monodisperse cationic polystyrene spheres (CPS), sequential deposition of inner SiO2, the preparation of the sandwich-like CPS@SiO2@CPS particles, and formation of outer TiO2. After the one-step removal of CPS templates by calcination at 450°C, hierarchical SiO2@C-doped TiO2 hollow spheres are in situ prepared. The morphology, hierarchical structure, and properties of SCT photocatalyst were characterized by TEM. SEM, STEM Mapping, BET, XRD, UV-vis spectroscopy, and XPS. Results strongly confirm the carbon doping in the outer TiO2 lattice of SCT hollow spheres. When the as-synthesized SCT hollow spheres were employed as a photocatalyst for the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible-light and ultraviolet irradiation, the SCT photocatalyst exhibits a higher photocatalytic activity than commercial P25, effectively overcoming the limitations of poorer UV activity for many previous reported TiO2-based photocatalysts due to doping. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Iron oxide nanoparticle layer templated by polydopamine spheres: a novel scaffold toward hollow-mesoporous magnetic nanoreactors.

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    Huang, Liang; Ao, Lijiao; Xie, Xiaobin; Gao, Guanhui; Foda, Mohamed F; Su, Wu

    2015-01-14

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle layers with high packing density and controlled thickness were in situ deposited on metal-affinity organic templates (polydopamine spheres), via one-pot thermal decomposition. The as synthesized hybrid structure served as a facile nano-scaffold toward hollow-mesoporous magnetic carriers, through surfactant-assisted silica encapsulation and its subsequent calcination. Confined but accessible gold nanoparticles were successfully incorporated into these carriers to form a recyclable catalyst, showing quick magnetic response and a large surface area (642.5 m(2) g(-1)). Current nano-reactors exhibit excellent catalytic performance and high stability in reduction of 4-nitrophenol, together with convenient magnetic separability and good reusability. The integration of compact iron oxide nanoparticle layers with programmable polydopamine templates paves the way to fabricate magnetic-response hollow structures, with high permeability and multi-functionality.

  18. Scalable synthesis of Na3V2(PO4)(3)/C porous hollow spheres as a cathode for Na-ion batteries

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    Mao, JF; Luo, C; Gao, T; Fan, XL; Wang, CS

    2015-01-01

    Na3V2(PO4)(3) (NVP) has been considered as a very promising cathode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) due to its typical NASICON structure, which provides an open and three dimensional (3D) framework for Na+ migration. However, the low electronic conductivity of NVP limits its rate capability and cycling ability. In this study, carbon coated hollow structured NVP/C composites are synthesized via a template-free and scalable ultrasonic spray pyrolysis process, where the carbon coated NVP particles are uniformly decorated on the inner and outer surfaces of the porous hollow carbon spheres. When evaluated as a cathode material for SIBs, the unique NVP/C porous hollow sphere cathode delivers an initial discharge capacity of 99.2 mA h g(-1) and retains 89.3 mA h g(-1) after 300 charge/discharge cycles with a very low degradation rate of 0.035% per cycle. For comparison, the NVP/C composite, prepared by the traditional sol-gel method, delivers a lower initial discharge capacity of 97.4 mA h g(-1) and decreases significantly to 71.5 mA h g(-1) after 300 cycles. The superior electrochemical performance of NVP/C porous hollow spheres is attributed to their unique porous, hollow and spherical structures, as well as the carbon-coating layer, which provides a high contact area between electrode/electrolyte, high electronic conductivity, and high mechanical strength.

  19. Iron oxide nanoparticle layer templated by polydopamine spheres: a novel scaffold toward hollow-mesoporous magnetic nanoreactors

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    Huang, Liang; Ao, Lijiao; Xie, Xiaobin; Gao, Guanhui; Foda, Mohamed F.; Su, Wu

    2014-12-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle layers with high packing density and controlled thickness were in situ deposited on metal-affinity organic templates (polydopamine spheres), via one-pot thermal decomposition. The as synthesized hybrid structure served as a facile nano-scaffold toward hollow-mesoporous magnetic carriers, through surfactant-assisted silica encapsulation and its subsequent calcination. Confined but accessible gold nanoparticles were successfully incorporated into these carriers to form a recyclable catalyst, showing quick magnetic response and a large surface area (642.5 m2 g-1). Current nano-reactors exhibit excellent catalytic performance and high stability in reduction of 4-nitrophenol, together with convenient magnetic separability and good reusability. The integration of compact iron oxide nanoparticle layers with programmable polydopamine templates paves the way to fabricate magnetic-response hollow structures, with high permeability and multi-functionality.Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle layers with high packing density and controlled thickness were in situ deposited on metal-affinity organic templates (polydopamine spheres), via one-pot thermal decomposition. The as synthesized hybrid structure served as a facile nano-scaffold toward hollow-mesoporous magnetic carriers, through surfactant-assisted silica encapsulation and its subsequent calcination. Confined but accessible gold nanoparticles were successfully incorporated into these carriers to form a recyclable catalyst, showing quick magnetic response and a large surface area (642.5 m2 g-1). Current nano-reactors exhibit excellent catalytic performance and high stability in reduction of 4-nitrophenol, together with convenient magnetic separability and good reusability. The integration of compact iron oxide nanoparticle layers with programmable polydopamine templates paves the way to fabricate magnetic-response hollow structures, with high permeability and multi

  20. One-pot template-free preparation of mesoporous TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres and their photocatalytic activity

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    Kang, Shizhao; Yin, Dieer; Li, Xiangqing; Li, Liang [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, 100 Haiquan Road, Shanghai 201418 (China); Mu, Jin, E-mail: mujin@sit.edu.cn [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, 100 Haiquan Road, Shanghai 201418 (China)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: ► Mesoporous TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres were prepared in a one-pot process. ► The process does not involve any templates and surfactants. ► The TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres display high photocatalytic activity. -- Abstract: Mesoporous TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres were prepared in a solvothermal process, which did not involve any templates and surfactants. Meanwhile, the photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres was studied using methyl orange as a probe. The results indicate that the anatase TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres with mesoporous walls and high specific surface area (141 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}) can be obtained using this simple method. The mean diameter and wall thickness of spheres are about 700 nm and 90 nm, respectively. Moreover, the as-prepared TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres display high photocatalytic activity with 98% of degradation ratio of methyl orange after 30 min irradiation.

  1. A one-pot method to prepare N-doped titania hollow spheres with high photocatalytic activity under visible light

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    Ao, Yanhui; Xu, Jingjing; Zhang, Songhe; Fu, Degang

    2010-02-01

    N-doped titania hollow spheres (NTHS) were prepared by a one-pot hydrothermal method using urea as precursor of nitrogen. The prepared hollow spheres were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS). The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared titania hollow spheres was determined by degradation of Reactive Brilliant Red dye X-3B (C.I. reactive red 2) under visible light irradiation, and was compared to non-doped titania hollow spheres and commercial P25 titania. Results indicated that the as-prepared NTHS showed highest photocatalytic activity.

  2. Advanced new lightweight materials: Hollow-sphere composites (HSCs) for mechanical engineering applications

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    Baumeister, E.; Klaeger, S. [Otto-von-Guerike-Universitaet, IFQ, Postfach 4120, D-39016 Magdeburg (Germany)

    2003-09-01

    ''Lightweight'' is a major trend in machine tool design to ensure higher speed and higher acceleration of elements, which results from state-of-the-art technology, such as the new linear drive and the control system.{sup [1]} Research is being carried out in institutes worldwide into lightweight construction by either design and/or choice of material. One type of advanced lightweight engineering material to reduce the mass of the moving parts of machine tools is hollow-sphere composites. Investigations of their thermal and mechanical properties show the superior quality of HSCs compared with alternative materials. Example applications of hollow-sphere composites include the table of a milling machine and robot arms. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  3. Low temperature synthesis and photocatalytic property of perovskite-type LaCoO{sub 3} hollow spheres

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    Fu, Shasha [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Niu, Helin, E-mail: niuhelin@ahu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Tao, Zhiyin; Song, Jiming; Mao, Changjie; Zhang, Shengyi [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Chen, Changle, E-mail: changle@ustc.edu.cn [CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry and Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Wang, Dong [Department of Bio-Health Technology, College of Biomedical Science, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Gangwon-Do 200-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-11-05

    Highlights: •Hollow perovskite-type LaCoO{sub 3} is fabricated by green colloidal template method. •Carbonaceous colloids acted as templates and offered internal heat source. •The calcination temperature to form perovskite-type LaCoO{sub 3} was dropped to 550 °C. •The photocatalytic properties were studied upon UV irradiation. •Hollow perovskite-type LaCoO{sub 3} shows excellent photocatalytic activity on dyes. -- Abstract: Hollow perovskite-type LaCoO{sub 3} was successfully fabricated by surface-ion adsorption method utilizing the carbonaceous colloids as template under relatively low calcination temperature. Carbonaceous colloids not only acted as templates but also offered internal heat source during calcination process. The impact of calcined temperature and time on the structure and morphology of the product were studied and the possible formation process of perovskite-type LaCoO{sub 3} hollow spheres was illustrated. The obtained product was characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD, TG-DSC, ICP-OES, BET and UV–visible absorption spectra. The photocatalytic activities for degradation of methylene blue, methyl orange and neutral red were tested. The good photocatalytic degradation activity of the three different dyes and the band gap of 2.07 eV make it a promising candidate material for photocatalytic applications.

  4. Enhanced removal of toxic Cr(VI) in tannery wastewater by photoelectrocatalysis with synthetic TiO2 hollow spheres

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    Zhao, Yang; Chang, Wenkai; Huang, Zhiding; Feng, Xugen; Ma, Lin; Qi, Xiaoxia; Li, Zenghe

    2017-05-01

    Owing to the acute toxicity and mobility, the Cr(VI) in tannery wastewater is a huge threat to biological and environmental systems. Herein, an effective photoelectrocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) was carried out by applying electric field to photocatalysis of as-prepared TiO2 spheres. The synthesis of spherical TiO2 catalytic materials with hollow structure and high surface areas was based on a self-assembly process induced by a mixture of organic acetic acid and ethanol. The possible formation mechanism of TiO2 spheres was proposed and verified by acid concentration-dependent and temperature-dependent experiments. It was found that the reaction rate constant of photoelectrocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) exhibited an almost 3 fold improvement (0.0362 min-1) as compared to that of photocatalysis (0.0126 min-1). As a result, the mechanism of photoelectrocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) was described according to the simultaneous determination of Cr(VI), Cr(III) and total Cr in the system. In addition, the effect of pH value and voltage of potential were also discussed. Moreover, this photoelectrocatalysis with TiO2 hollow spheres exhibited excellent activity for reduction of Cr(VI) in actual tannery wastewater produced from three different tanning procedures. These attributes suggest that this photoelectrocatalysis has strong potential applications in the treatment of tannery pollutants.

  5. New cellular metals with enhanced energy absorption: Wire-woven bulk kagome (WBK)-metal hollow sphere (MHS) hybrids

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    Li, Ming-Zhen; Kang, Ki-Ju [Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Chonnam National University, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of); Stephani, Guenter [Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing and Advanced Materials, Dresden (Germany)

    2011-02-15

    Two types of new cellular metals are fabricated by assembling layer by layer helically-formed wires with metal hollow sphere (MHS) arrays. In the finished configuration, the MHSs are located in small tetrahedrons or octahedrons of the inner space of a wire-woven bulk Kagome (WBK) structure. Compression tests reveal excellent energy absorption, which is attributed to combination of suppression of strut buckling in the WBK and moving plastic hinge occurring in the MHSs. The WBK-MHS hybrids outperform competitors in deformation energy absorption. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. Novel concept for pure diffusive capillary membrane oxygenators: silicone hollow sphere (SiHSp) fibers.

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    Khachab, Ali; Tabesh, Hadi; Kashefi, Ali; Mottaghy, Khosrow

    2013-01-01

    The preeminent limitation of silicone membrane oxygenators is the poor gas permeability compared with microporous hollow fiber oxygenators (MHFO). However, the imponderability of plasma leakage, foam formation, and brittleness are all hazards that result in blood trauma formation, hereby limiting the application of MHFO during long-term oxygenation therapies. Here, we introduce a novel type of pure diffusive capillary-form silicone membrane called silicone hollow sphere. Silicone hollow sphere walls embed hollow microspheres into the core. The lodging of such microspheres promotes a higher gas exchange performance (as a result of the reduction of dense material) without altering the total thickness of capillary walls; thereby the demanded mechanical strength for handling is nevertheless conserved. Out of the same silicone material, seven SiHSp fibers with six different design specifications and a control were constructed to define experimentally the appropriate configuration for subsequent production. Each fiber was used in a miniaturized module oxygenator of a constant effective membrane surface area (Amem = 0.02 m) and length (L =183 mm) for a fair evaluation. Modules were investigated in vitro with porcine blood. O2 and CO2 transfer rates weighed 12.6 mlO2/min and 10.4 mlCO2/min, respectively, for one type of SiHSp, comparable with microporous polypropylene (OXYPHAN) exhibiting 14.1 mlO2/min and 13.2 mlCO2/min, respectively, at a maximum blood flow rate (Qmax = 200 ml/min). Silicone hollow sphere fibers show a promising competency to MHFs. They also show an evident dominancy over the conventional silicone fibers, evaluated by the control module, which emphasizes the advantage of this design.

  7. One-step synthesis of degradable T1-FeOOH functionalized hollow mesoporous silica nanocomposites from mesoporous silica spheres

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    Peng, Yung-Kang; Tseng, Yu-Jui; Liu, Chien-Liang; Chou, Shang-Wei; Chen, Yu-Wei; Tsang, S. C. Edman; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2015-01-01

    The combination of a hollow mesoporous structure and a magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent has shown its potential in simultaneous drug delivery and cell tracking applications. However, the preparation of this kind of nanocomposite is complicated and usually takes several days, which is unsuitable for scaled-up production. To overcome these hurdles, we report herein a facile method to synthesize iron oxide hydroxide functionalized hollow mesoporous silica spheres (FeOOH/HMSS) in a one-step manner. By carefully controlling the reaction kinetics of K2FeO4 in water, the gram-scale production of FeOOH/HMSS can be readily achieved at 60 °C for as short as 30 min. Most importantly, this synthetic process is also cost-effective and eco-friendly in both the precursor (K2FeO4 and H2O) and the product (FeOOH). The mechanism for the formation of a hollow structure was carefully investigated, which involves the synergetic effect of the surfactant CTAB and the side product KOH. Having outstanding biocompatibility, these degradable nanocolloids also demonstrate their feasibility in in vitro/vivo MR imaging and in vitro drug delivery.The combination of a hollow mesoporous structure and a magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent has shown its potential in simultaneous drug delivery and cell tracking applications. However, the preparation of this kind of nanocomposite is complicated and usually takes several days, which is unsuitable for scaled-up production. To overcome these hurdles, we report herein a facile method to synthesize iron oxide hydroxide functionalized hollow mesoporous silica spheres (FeOOH/HMSS) in a one-step manner. By carefully controlling the reaction kinetics of K2FeO4 in water, the gram-scale production of FeOOH/HMSS can be readily achieved at 60 °C for as short as 30 min. Most importantly, this synthetic process is also cost-effective and eco-friendly in both the precursor (K2FeO4 and H2O) and the product (FeOOH). The mechanism for the formation of a

  8. Optical fiber sensors using hollow glass spheres and CCD spectrometer interrogator

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    Dakin, John P.; Ecke, Wolfgang; Schroeder, Kerstin; Reuter, Martin

    2009-10-01

    Hollow glass micro-spheres, firstly used to make fiber optic sensors for high hydrostatic pressure, have been interrogated using a high-resolution CCD-based spectrometer, to give far better precision than conventional spectrometric read out. It is found that these simple, low-cost micro-sensors have excellent sensitivity to both static and dynamic pressure, and have the advantage of being hermetically sealed. Many other application areas are foreseen for these low-cost sensors.

  9. Ionic liquid assisted hydrothermal fabrication of hierarchically organized γ-AlOOH hollow sphere

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    Tang, Zhe, E-mail: tangzhe1983@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Key Laboratory of Catalysis, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266555 (China); Liu, Yunqi, E-mail: liuyq@upc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Key Laboratory of Catalysis, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266555 (China); Li, Guangci, E-mail: liguangci1984@yahoo.com.cn [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Key Laboratory of Catalysis, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266555 (China); Hu, Xiaofu, E-mail: hjj19850922@126.cn [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Key Laboratory of Catalysis, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266555 (China); Liu, Chenguang, E-mail: cgliu@upc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Key Laboratory of Catalysis, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266555 (China)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: ► The γ-AlOOH hollow spheres were synthesized via an ionic liquid-assisted hydrothermal treatment. ► Ionic liquid plays an important role in the morphology of the product. ► Ionic liquid can be easily removed from the product and reused in next experiment. ► A “aggregation–solution–recrystallization” formation mechanism may occur in the system. -- Abstract: Hierarchically organized γ-AlOOH hollow spheres with nanoflake-like porous surface texture have been successfully synthesized via an ionic liquid-assisted hydrothermal synthesis method in citric acid monohydrate (CAMs). It was found that ionic liquid [bmim]{sup +}Cl{sup −} played an important role in the morphology of the product due to its strong interactions with reaction particles. The samples were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The results show that the product has narrow particle size distribution (500–900 nm particle diameter range), high specific surface area (240.5 m{sup 2}/g) and large pore volume (0.61 cm{sup 3}/g). The corresponding γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow spheres can be obtained by calcining it at 550 °C for 3 h. The proposed formation mechanism and other influencing factors of the γ-AlOOH hollow sphere material, such as reaction temperature, reaction duration, CAMs and urea, have also been investigated.

  10. Fabrication and microwave properties of hollow nickel spheres prepared by electroless plating and template corrosion method

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    Wang, Guiqin, E-mail: wanggq@dlut.edu.cn; Wang, Lifang; Gan, Yulin; Lu, Wei

    2013-07-01

    Using carbonyl iron as template, hollow nickel spheres were prepared by electroless plating on carbonyl iron and template corrosion method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and vector network analyzer. Results showed that the shell thickness can be controlled by adjusting the loadage of carbonyl iron templates. The hollow nickel spheres exhibited good magnetic properties with a saturation magnetization of 48.56 emu/g and enhanced coercivity (as high as 260 Oe). The real (ε′) and imaginary (ε″) parts of complex permittivity of hollow nickel spheres first increased and then decreased as the shell thickness increased, and the sample with the thinnest shell showed the lowest complex permittivity. For the complex permeability, the resonance peak shifted to the lower frequency and then moved to higher frequency, as the shell thickness increased. The microwave absorption performances could be tuned by changing the shell thickness. In this study, the minimum reflection loss (RL) value of −27.2 dB was obtained at 13.4 GHz with a matching thickness of 1.4 mm and the effective absorption band (RL <−5 dB) from 11.8 to 18 GHz, covering the whole Ku-band (12.4−18 GHz).

  11. Micelles driven magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) hollow spheres and a study on AC magnetic properties for hyperthermia application

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    2016-11-01

    Here we have discussed about designing the magnetic particles for hyperthermia therapy and done some studies in this direction. We have used oleylamine micelles as template to synthesize hollow–nanospheres (HNS) of magnetite by solvo-thermal technique. We have shown that oleylamine plays an important role to generate hollow particles. Structural analysis was done by XRD measurement and morphological measurements like SEM and TEM was performed to confirm the shape and size of hollow sphere particles. The detail magnetic measurements give an idea about the application of these HNS for magnetic heating in hyperthermia therapy. In vitro cytotoxicity studies reveal that tolerable dose rate for these particles can be significantly high and particles are non-toxic in nature. Being hollow in structure and magnetic in nature such materials will also be useful in other application fields like in drug delivery, drug release, arsenic and heavy metal removal by adsorption technique, magnetic separation etc. - Graphical abstract: Oleylamine micelles driven easy synthesis of hollow nanosphere (HNS) magnetite for hyperthermia therapy. - Highlights: • We have reported a new method of synthesis of hollow spheres of magnetite using micelles as model core and removal of micelles evolve the hollow like structure by relocating the core particles to the edge one. • Size can be controlled by varying the micellar concentration. • The detail magnetic measurements give an idea of applicability of these nano hollow spheres (NHS) in hyperthermia therapy. • Cyto-toxicity study reveals that these particles are highly biofriendly and dose rate can be increased upto a significant amount.

  12. The Precise Inner Solutions of Gravity field Equations of Hollow and Solid Spheres and the Theorem of Singularity

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    Xiaochun, Mei

    2011-01-01

    In the present calculation of the inner solution of gravity field equation with spherical symmetry, in order to avoid the singularity appearing in the center of sphere, we actually let the integral constant to be zero. It is proved in this paper that the constant can not be zero. The metric of inner gravity field of hollow sphere is calculated at first. Then let the inner radius of hollow sphere become zero, we obtain the metric of inner gravity field of solid sphere. Based on the definition of energy momentum tensor of general relativity, the gravity masses of hollow and solid spheres in curved space are calculated strictly. The results indicate that no matter what the masses and densities of hollow sphere and solid sphere are, space-time singularities would appear in the centers of spheres. Meanwhile, no matter what the mass and density are, the intensity of pressure at the center point of solid sphere can not be infinite. That is to say, the material can not collapse towards the center of so-called black h...

  13. Classification,Fabrication Methods and Applications of Inorganic Hollow Spheres%无机中空球的分类、合成方法及应用

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    谢飞; 齐美洲; 李文江; 王凯; 于振云; 刘斌

    2011-01-01

    中空球是壳层结构材料的一个重要分支。与实心球相比较,中空球具有更多特殊和优异的物理及化学性质,例如具有较小的密度、较大的比表面积以及较好的稳定性和表面渗透性,其中无机中空球较有机中空球还具有耐高温、抗老化等优点。因此,近些年来无机中空球备受人们的关注,广泛应用于催化、电池、医药等众多领域。本文结合本课题组在无机氧化物中空球领域的研究和前人的工作,总结了近5年来制备无机中空球的研究进展。将无机中空球的壳层材料分为五大类,包括:无机氧化物、硫化物及硒化物、金属单质、复合物和其他无机材料。将制备方法分成四大类:硬模板法、软模板法、牺牲模板法和无模板法,对每一大类又进一步细分,并且指出了各种方法的优缺点。同时归纳了无机中空球几个重要的应用领域,如药物、电池、气体传感器和光催化领域。最后在此基础上简要展望了无机中空球的研究前景。%Hollow sphere is an important branch of the shell structure materials.Compared with solid sphere,the hollow sphere possesses lots of unique and superior physical and chemical properties,such as lower density,higher specific surface areas,better stability and permeability.Among them,inorganic hollow spheres have unique advantages such as high temperature endurance and aging resistance compared with organic hollow spheres.Thus,inorganic hollow spheres have been attracting more attention in recent years,which have been widely applied in numerous fields such as catalysis,batteries and medicine.Based on our previous study in the field of inorganic oxide hollow spheres and the predecessors' work,the development of fabrication of inorganic hollow spheres in the last five years is reviewed.Here,we divide the materials composing shell of hollow spherical structure into five classifications,including inorganic oxides

  14. Sonochemically assisted synthesis and application of hollow spheres, hollow prism, and coralline-like ZnO nanophotocatalyst

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    Kowsari, E.

    2011-08-01

    Nanosheet-based microspheres of ZnO with hierarchical structures, hollow prism, and coralline-like ZnO nanostructures were successfully prepared by ultrasonic irradiation in acidic ionic liquids (AILs). The hollow spherical is made up of many thin petals, the thickness of which is only about 90 nm. In the presence of AIL2, the one prepared at a frequency of 40 kHz is a mixture of nanofibers with diameters ranging from less than 30 nm to about 100 nm. ZnO nanostructure (with AIL1) reveals lozenge-shape hollow prism structures. The products were hollow prism structure covered with some nanometric-size nanoparticles. The average size of the nanoparticles is in the range of 40-80 nm. It is found that the ultrasonic irradiation time, ultrasonic frequency, and the AILs influence the growth mechanism and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures. Producing Zno nanostructures by different traditional methods (e.g., hydrothermal method) requires basic media. These methods are not economical and environmentally friendly in many industrial processes. In so doing, a critical problem has been the point that, normally, a high concentration of base causes reactor metal corrosion. This is a simple and low-cost method, which can be expected to be applied in industry in the future. Also, importantly, the structures synthesized in this experiment can indicate a new way to construct nanodevices by self-organization in one step.

  15. Preparation and Electromagnetic Wave Absorbing Properties of Multi-component Core-Shell Structure Hollow Spheres%多组分核壳型空心微球的制备及其电磁波吸收性能研究

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    谢玄; 周晓东

    2012-01-01

    制备了空心玻璃微珠@聚吡咯(HGS@PPy)和空心玻璃微珠@Fe3O4@聚吡咯(HGS@Fe3O4@PPy)两种空心核壳结构材料.前者是通过对空心玻璃微珠进行氨基化改性,富集单体后在水/乙醇/5-磺基水杨酸/氯化铁的引发-掺杂体系中进行原位化学氧化聚合反应而制得的;后者是采用共沉淀法在空心玻璃微珠表面沉积Fe3O4后通过聚合反应包覆聚吡咯而制得的,粗糙的Fe3O4沉积层在包覆聚吡咯后变得紧实致密.表征了材料的核壳结构、组分含量、形貌及性能.所得材料具有轻质、导电和磁性能佳的特点,作为导电填料和电磁波吸收材料具有广阔的应用前景.%Two kinds of core^shell hollow spheres^ hollow glass sphere?polypyrrole and hollow glass sphere@Fe3O4 @polypyrrole were synthesized. The former was prepared by in situ chemical oxidative polymerization in a special do-ping-initiating system consisting of H2O/C2H5OH/5-sulfosalicylic acid/FeCl3 after the amino-functionalization on hollow glass sphere. The latter was obtained by coating rough Fe3O4 layer using chemical coprecipitation process followed by encapsulating with smooth and compact polypyrrole layer. Their core-shell structures, contents, morphologies and properities were characterized, showing that the materials had low density, high conductivity and magnetic intensity, and thus would have popular applications as conducting filler and electromagnetic wave absorbing materials.

  16. One-step synthesis of degradable T(1)-FeOOH functionalized hollow mesoporous silica nanocomposites from mesoporous silica spheres.

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    Peng, Yung-Kang; Tseng, Yu-Jui; Liu, Chien-Liang; Chou, Shang-Wei; Chen, Yu-Wei; Tsang, S C Edman; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2015-02-14

    The combination of a hollow mesoporous structure and a magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent has shown its potential in simultaneous drug delivery and cell tracking applications. However, the preparation of this kind of nanocomposite is complicated and usually takes several days, which is unsuitable for scaled-up production. To overcome these hurdles, we report herein a facile method to synthesize iron oxide hydroxide functionalized hollow mesoporous silica spheres (FeOOH/HMSS) in a one-step manner. By carefully controlling the reaction kinetics of K2FeO4 in water, the gram-scale production of FeOOH/HMSS can be readily achieved at 60 °C for as short as 30 min. Most importantly, this synthetic process is also cost-effective and eco-friendly in both the precursor (K2FeO4 and H2O) and the product (FeOOH). The mechanism for the formation of a hollow structure was carefully investigated, which involves the synergetic effect of the surfactant CTAB and the side product KOH. Having outstanding biocompatibility, these degradable nanocolloids also demonstrate their feasibility in in vitro/vivo MR imaging and in vitro drug delivery.

  17. Synthesis of Micelles Guided Magnetite (Fe3O4) Hollow Spheres and their application for AC Magnetic Field Responsive Drug Release.

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    Mandal Goswami, Madhuri

    2016-10-31

    This paper reports on synthesis of hollow spheres of magnetite, guided by micelles and their application in drug release by the stimulus responsive technique. Here oleyelamine micelles are used as the core substance for the formation of magnetite nano hollow spheres (NHS). Diameter and shell thickness of NHS have been changed by changing concentration of the micelles. Mechanism of NHS formation has been established by investigating the aliquot collected at different time during the synthesis of NHS. It has been observed that oleyelamine as micelles play an important role to generate hollow-sphere particles of different diameter and thickness just by varying its amount. Structural analysis was done by XRD measurement and morphological measurements, SEM and TEM were performed to confirm the shape and size of the NHS. FTIR measurement support the formation of magnetite phase too. Frequency dependent AC magnetic measurements and AC magnetic field stimulated drug release event by these particles provide a direction of the promising application of these NHS for better cancer treatment in near future. Being hollow &porous in structure and magnetic in nature, such materials will also be useful in other applications such as in removal of toxic materials, magnetic separation etc.

  18. Preparation of Hollow CuO@SiO2 Spheres and Its Catalytic Performances for the NO + CO and CO Oxidation

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    Niu, Xiaoyu; Zhao, Tieying; Yuan, Fulong; Zhu, Yujun

    2015-03-01

    The hollow CuO@SiO2 spheres with a mean diameter of 240 nm and a thin shell layer of about 30 nm in thickness was synthesized using an inorganic SiO2 shell coating on the surface of Cu@C composite that was prepared by a two-step hydrothermal method. The obtained hollow CuO@SiO2 spheres were characterized by ICP-AES, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, SEM, TEM, XRD, H2-TPR, CO-TPR, CO-TPD and NO-TPD. The results revealed that the hollow CuO@SiO2 spheres consist of CuO uniformly inserted into SiO2 layer. The CuO@SiO2 sample exhibits particular catalytic activities for CO oxidation and NO + CO reactions compared with CuO supported on SiO2 (CuO/SiO2). The higher catalytic activity is attributed to the special hollow shell structure that possesses much more highly dispersed CuO nanocluster that can be easy toward the CO and NO adsorption and the oxidation of CO on its surface.

  19. Water-dispersible Hollow Microporous Organic Network Spheres as Substrate for Electroless Deposition of Ultrafine Pd Nanoparticles with High Catalytic Activity and Recyclability.

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    Wang, Zhifang; Chang, Jing; Hu, Yuchen; Yu, Yifu; Guo, Yamei; Zhang, Bin

    2016-11-22

    Microporous organic networks (MONs) have been considered as an ideal substrate to stabilize active metal nanoparticles. However, the development of highly water-dispersible hollow MONs nanostructures which can serve as both the reducing agent and stabilizer is highly desirable but still challenging. Here we report a template-assisted method to synthesize hollow microporous organic network (H-MON) spheres using silica spheres as hard template and 1,3,5-triethynylbenzene as the building blocks through a Glaser coupling reaction. The obtained water-dispersible H-MON spheres bearing sp- and sp(2) -hybridized carbon atoms possess a highly conjugated electronic structure and show low reduction potential; thus, they can serve as a reducing agent and stabilizer for electroless deposition of highly dispersed Pd clusters to form a Pd/H-MON spherical hollow nanocomposite. Benefitting from their high porosity, large surface area, and excellent solution dispersibility, the as-prepared Pd/H-MON hollow nanocomposite exhibits a high catalytic performance and recyclability toward the reduction of 4-nitrophenol.

  20. Size-controlled SnO₂ hollow spheres via a template free approach as anodes for lithium ion batteries.

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    Bhaskar, Akkisetty; Deepa, Melepurath; Rao, Tata Narasinga

    2014-09-21

    Tin oxide hollow spheres (SnO₂ HS) with high structural integrity were synthesized by using a one pot hydrothermal approach with organic moieties as structure controlling agents. By adjusting the proportion of acetylacetone (AcAc) in the precursor formulation, SnO₂ HS of 200 and 350 nm dimensions, with a uniform shell thickness of about 50 nm, were prepared. Using the optimized solution composition with a Sn precursor, heating duration dependent structural evolution of SnO₂ was performed at a fixed temperature of 160 °C, which revealed a transition from solid spheres (1 h) to aggregated spheres (4 h) to porous spheres (10 h) to optimized HS (13 h) and finally to broken enlarged HS (24 h). A heating temperature dependent study carried out with a constant heating span of 13 h showed a metamorphosis from spheres with solid cores (140 °C) to ones with hollow cores (160 °C), culminating with fragmented HS, expanded in dimensions (180 °C). A growth mechanism was proposed for the optimized SnO₂ HS (2.5 or 5.0 mL of AcAc, 160 °C, 13 h) and the performance of these HS as anodes for Li ions batteries was evaluated by electrochemical studies. The 200 nm SnO₂ HS demonstrated an initial lithium storage capacity of 1055 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 100 mA g(-1), and they retained a capacity of 540 mA h g(-1) after 50 charge-discharge cycles. The SnO₂ HS also showed excellent rate capability as the electrode exhibited a capacity of 422 mA h g(-1) even at a high current density of 2000 mA g(-1). The notable capacity of SnO₂ HS is a manifestation of the mono-disperse quality of the SnO₂ HS coupled with the high number of electrochemically addressable sites, afforded by the large surface area of the HS and the striking cyclability is also attributed to the unique structure of HS, which is resistant to degradation upon repeated ion insertion/extraction. The SnO₂ HS were also found to be luminescent, thus indicating their usefulness for not only energy

  1. Preparation and Electrical Properties of Insulation Paper Composed of SiO2 Hollow Spheres

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    Chao Tang

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available SiO2 hollow spheres and low relative permittivity insulation paper handsheets composed of these SiO2 hollow spheres with different weight percentages were successfully prepared. Low-content SiO2 hollow spheres were uniformly dispersed in the insulation paper handsheets. The relative permittivity of the immersed oil Kraft-SiO2 hollow sphere handsheets (K-SiO2 initially decreased and then increased with increased amount of SiO2 hollow spheres. K-5% SiO2 possessed the lowest relative permittivity of approximately 1.68 at 50 Hz. The breakdown voltage of the paper-oil-paper composite insulation system increased from 26.4 kV to 30.5 kV with decreased relative permittivity of the paper from 2.55 to 1.68. The relationship between the relative permittivity and electric field strength of typical samples were also calculated.

  2. Three-dimensional interconnected cobalt oxide-carbon hollow spheres arrays as cathode materials for hybrid batteries

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    Jiye Zhan; Xinhui Xia n; Yu Zhong; Xiuli Wang; Jiangping Tu n

    2016-01-01

    Hierarchical porous metal oxides arrays is critical for development of advanced energy storage devices. Herein, we report a facile template-assisted electro-deposition plus glucose decomposition method for synthesis of multilayer CoO/C hollow spheres arrays. The CoO/C arrays consist of multilayer inter-connected hollow composite spheres with diameters of ∼350 nm as well as thin walls of ∼20 nm. Hierarchical hollow spheres architecture with 3D porous networks are achieved. As cathode of high-rate hybrid batteries, the multilayer CoO/C hollow sphere arrays exhibit impressive enhanced performances with a high capacity (73.5 mAh g?1 at 2 A g?1), and stable high-rate cycling life (70 mAh g?1 after 12,500 cycles at 2 A g?1). The improved electrochemical performance is owing to the composite hollow-sphere architecture with high contact area between the active materials and electrolyte as well as fast ion/electron transportation path.

  3. Synthesis of hollow silver spheres using poly-(styrene-methyl acrylic acid) as templates in the presence of sodium polyacrylate

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    Wang, Aili; Yin, Hengbo; Ge, Chen; Ren, Min; Liu, Yumin; Jiang, Tingshun

    2010-02-01

    Hollow silver spheres were successfully prepared by reducing AgNO 3 with ascorbic acid and using negatively charged poly-(styrene-methyl acrylic acid) (PSA) spheres as templates in the presence of sodium polyacrylate as a stabilizer. Firstly, silver cations adsorbed on the surface of PSA spheres via electrostatic attraction between the carboxyl groups and silver cations were reduced in situ by ascorbic acid. The silver nanoparticles deposited on the surface of PSA spheres served as seeds for the further growth of silver shells. After that, extra amount of AgNO 3 and ascorbic acid solutions were added to form PSA/Ag composites with thick silver shells. In order to obtain compact silver shells, the as-prepared PSA/Ag composites were heated at 150 °C for 3 h. Then hollow silver spheres were prepared by dissolving PSA templates with tetrahydrofuran.

  4. Copper Silicate Hydrate Hollow Spheres Constructed by Nanotubes Encapsulated in Reduced Graphene Oxide as Long-Life Lithium-Ion Battery Anode.

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    Wei, Xiujuan; Tang, Chunjuan; Wang, Xuanpeng; Zhou, Liang; Wei, Qiulong; Yan, Mengyu; Sheng, Jinzhi; Hu, Ping; Wang, Bolun; Mai, Liqiang

    2015-12-09

    Hierarchical copper silicate hydrate hollow spheres-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composite is successfully fabricated by a facile hydrothermal method using silica as in situ sacrificing template. The electrochemical performance of the composite as lithium-ion battery anode was studied for the first time. Benefiting from the synergistic effect of the hierarchical hollow structure and conductive RGO matrix, the composite exhibits excellent long-life performance and rate capability. A capacity of 890 mAh/g is achieved after 200 cycles at 200 mA/g and a capacity of 429 mAh/g is retained after 800 cycles at 1000 mA/g. The results indicate that the strategy of combining hierarchical hollow structures with conductive RGO holds the potential in addressing the volume expansion issue of high capacity anode materials.

  5. Sulfonic Acid Modified Hollow Silica Spheres and Its Application in Proton Exchange Membranes

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    ZHU Min; YUAN Junjie; ZHOU Guangbin

    2011-01-01

    In order to improve the proton conductivity of hollow silica spheres (HSS)/perfluorosulfonic acid ion-exchange (PFSA) composite membranes as proton exchange membrane,sulfonic acid groups were grafted onto the surfaces of HSS via post grafting methods.TEM images and FT-IR spectra of the obtained sulfonic acid groups modified hollow silica spheres (SAMHSS) illustrated that the sulfonic acid groups were successfully grafted onto the surfaces of HSS.Water uptake and swelling degree of SAMHSS/PFSA composite membranes were found much higher than those of HSS/PFSA membranes due to the introduction of hydrophilic sulfonic acid groups.In a range from 50 ℃C to 130 ℃,the highest conductivity of composite membranes was obtained when 5 wt% SAMHSS was loaded.The maximum conductivity reached 7.5×10-2S·cm-1 at 100 ℃C and 100% relative humidity,even the temperature increased to 130 ℃,the conductivity of composite membranes with 5 wt% SAMHSS could reach 3.7× 10-2 S·cm-1 at 100 % relative humidity,while the conductivity of the recast PFSA was only 2.2x 10-3 S·cm-1.

  6. Synthesis of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles by a novel ultrasonic assisted with mixed hollow sphere template method.

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    Gopi, D; Indira, J; Kavitha, L; Sekar, M; Mudali, U Kamachi

    2012-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAP) is the main inorganic component of bone material and is widely used in various biomedical applications due to its excellent bioactivity and biocompatibility. In this paper, we have reported the synthesis of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles by a novel ultrasonic assisted mixed template directed method. In this method glycine-acrylic acid (GLY-AA) hollow spheres were used as an organic template which could be prepared by mixing of glycine with acrylic acid. The as-synthesized HAP nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and tunnelling electron microscope (TEM) to investigate the nature of bonding, crystallinity, size and shape. The thermal stability of as-synthesized nanoparticles was also investigated by the thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). The effect of ultrasonic irradiation time on the crystallinity and size of the HAP nanoparticles in presence of glycine-acrylic acid hollow spheres template were investigated. From the inspection of the above results it is confirmed that the crystallinity and size of the HAP nanoparticles decrease with increasing ultrasonic irradiation time. Hence the proposed synthesis strategy provides a facile pathway to obtain nano sized HAP with high quality, suitable size and morphology. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Mesoporous hollow carbon spheres for lithium–sulfur batteries: distribution of sulfur and electrochemical performance

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    Anika C. Juhl

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Hollow carbon spheres (HCS with a nanoporous shell are promising for the use in lithium–sulfur batteries because of the large internal void offering space for sulfur and polysulfide storage and confinement. However, there is an ongoing discussion whether the cavity is accessible for sulfur. Yet no valid proof of cavity filling has been presented, mostly due to application of unsuitable high-vacuum methods for the analysis of sulfur distribution. Here we describe the distribution of sulfur in hollow carbon spheres by powder X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy along with results from scanning electron microscopy and nitrogen physisorption. The results of these methods lead to the conclusion that the cavity is not accessible for sulfur infiltration. Nevertheless, HCS/sulfur composite cathodes with areal sulfur loadings of 2.0 mg·cm−2 were investigated electrochemically, showing stable cycling performance with specific capacities of about 500 mAh·g−1 based on the mass of sulfur over 500 cycles.

  8. Detail study on ac-dc magnetic and dye absorption properties of Fe3O4 hollow spheres for biological and industrial application.

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    Sarkar, Debasish; Mandal, Kalyan; Mandal, Madhuri

    2014-03-01

    Here solvo-thermal technique has been used to synthesize hollow-nanospheres of magnetite. We have shown that PVP plays an important role to control the particle size and also helps the particles to take the shape of hollow spheres. Structural analysis was done by XRD measurement and morphological measurements like SEM and TEM were performed to confirm the hollow type spherical particles formation and their shape and sizes were also investigated. The detail ac-dc magnetic measurements give an idea about the application of these nano spheres for hyperthermia therapy and spontaneous dye adsorption properties (Gibbs free energy deltaG0 = -0.526 kJ/mol for Eosin and -1.832 kJ/mol for MB) of these particles indicate its use in dye manufacturing company. Being hollow in structure and magnetic in nature such materials will also be useful in other application fields like in drug delivery, arsenic and heavy metal removal by adsorption technique, magnetic separation etc.

  9. 胶质碳球为模板制备NiO空心球%Synthesis of NiO Hollow Spheres Using Colloidal Carbon Spheres as Template

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    武拥建; 郑明涛; 谢春林; 靳权; 易观贵; 刘应亮

    2011-01-01

    以胶质碳球为模板、六亚甲基四胺为沉淀剂,在乙醇中溶剂热反应,再经500℃煅烧6h制备了NiO空心球.通过X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、透射电子显微镜(TEM)、傅里叶变换红外光谱(FTIR)和低温氮吸附-脱附,对NiO的结构和形貌进行了表征.结果表明溶剂热反应时间是制备完整NiO空心球的关键因素,溶剂热反应12h,再经空气中煅烧,可制得形貌均一的NiO空心球.所得产物是由NiO纳米粒子组装而成的具有多孔结构的空心球.同时,本文对NiO空心球结构的形成过程和可能机理进行了分析和讨论.%NiO hollow spheres were synthesized by a solvothermal reaction using colloidal carbon spheres (CCS) as sacricial template and hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) as precipitating agent in ethanol,and then calcined at 500 ℃ for 6 h.The characteristics of these NiO hollow spheres samples were characterized by XRD,SEM,TEM,FTIR and low temperature nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms.The results show that solvothermal reaction time is crucial to the integrity of the hollow spheres.The well defined NiO hollow spheres can be synthesized through 12 h solvothermal treatment and then calcination in air.The as-synthesized NiO hollow spheres have the porous wall consisted of nanosized particles.Moreover,the formation mechanism of NiO hollow spheres is also discussed.

  10. Micelle-template synthesis of hollow silica spheres for improving water vapor permeability of waterborne polyurethane membrane

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    Bao, Yan; Wang, Tong; Kang, Qiaoling; Shi, Chunhua; Ma, Jianzhong

    2017-04-01

    Hollow silica spheres (HSS) with special interior spaces, high specific surface area and excellent adsorption and permeability performance were synthesized via micelle-template method using cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) micelles as soft template and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as silica precursor. SEM, TEM, FT-IR, XRD, DLS and BET-BJH were carried out to characterize the morphology and structure of as-obtained samples. The results demonstrated that the samples were amorphous with a hollow structure and huge specific surface area. The growth of HSS was an inward-growth mechanism along template. Notably, we have provided a new and interesting fundamental principle for HSS materials by precisely controlling the ethanol-to-water volume ratio. In addition, the as-obtained HSS were mixed with waterborne polyurethane (WPU) to prepare WPU/HSS composite membrane. Various characterizations (SEM, TEM, FT-IR and TGA) revealed the morphology, polydispersity and adherence between HSS and WPU. Performance tests showed that the introduction of HSS can improve the water vapor permeability of composite membrane, promoting its water resistance and mechanical performance at the same time.

  11. Hollow Cancrinite Zeolite Spheres in situ Transformed from Fly Ash Cenosphere

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    De Ju WANG; Yi TANG; An Gang DONG; Ya Hong ZHANG; Ya Jun WANG

    2003-01-01

    A novel hollow microsphere structure with cancrinite zeolite grown from the shell of fly ash cenosphere has been successfully prepared through in situ transformation in vapor phase; the orientation and morphology of cancrinite can be greatly improved by adding tetrapropylammonium hydrate into the synthetic system.

  12. Self-doped TiO{sub 2} hierarchical hollow spheres with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    Yin, HYong; Wang, XLong [Institute of Environmental Materials and Applications, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Wang, Ling [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); N, QLin, E-mail: qlyuan@hdu.edu.cn [Institute of Environmental Materials and Applications, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Zhao, HTing [Institute of Environmental Materials and Applications, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Self-doped TiO{sub 2} hierarchical hollow spheres were prepared by facile sol–gel methods. • The photocatalyst has stable Ti{sup 3+} even after annealing at high temperature in air. • Enhanced visible and solar light photocatalytic activity was obtained on the catalyst. • The stable Ti{sup 3+} play an important role in improving the visible light absorption. - Abstract: The self-doped TiO{sub 2} hierarchical hollow spheres were successfully prepared by a facile sol–gel method using the carbon spheres as templates. Characteristics and properties of the products were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry/thermogravimetry (DSC/TG), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV–vis DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), photocurrent measurements, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that the self-doped TiO{sub 2} hierarchical hollow spheres, with diameters about 800–950 nm and shell thickness of 20–30 nm, were constituted with thousands of self-doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles with diameters of 20–30 nm. The Ti{sup 3+} was investigated in the calcinated samples which suggested that there existed stable Ti{sup 3+} in the bulk of self-doped TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres. The as prepared samples showed improved solar light and visible light induced photocatalytic activities by decomposing Rhodamine B. The improved visible light photocatalytic activities may be due to the oxygen vacancies and Ti{sup 3+} localized states of the self-doped TiO{sub 2} hierarchical hollow spheres.

  13. Acetone gas sensor based on NiO/ZnO hollow spheres: Fast response and recovery, and low (ppb) detection limit.

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    Liu, Chang; Zhao, Liupeng; Wang, Boqun; Sun, Peng; Wang, Qingji; Gao, Yuan; Liang, Xishuang; Zhang, Tong; Lu, Geyu

    2017-06-01

    NiO/ZnO composites were synthesized by decorating numerous NiO nanoparticles on the surfaces of well dispersed ZnO hollow spheres using a facile solvothermal method. Various kinds of characterization methods were utilized to investigate the structures and morphologies of the hybrid materials. The results revealed that the NiO nanoparticles with a size of ∼10nm were successfully distributed on the surfaces of ZnO hollow spheres in a discrete manner. As expected, the NiO/ZnO composites demonstrated dramatic improvements in sensing performances compared with pure ZnO hollow spheres. For example, the response of NiO/ZnO composites to 100ppm acetone was ∼29.8, which was nearly 4.6 times higher than that of primary ZnO at 275°C, and the response/recovery time were 1/20s, respectively. Meanwhile, the detection limit could extend down to ppb level. The likely reason for the improved gas sensing properties was also proposed.

  14. Thermally Stable Hierarchical Nanostructures of Ultrathin MoS2 Nanosheet-Coated CeO2 Hollow Spheres as Catalyst for Ammonia Decomposition.

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    Gong, Xueyun; Gu, Ying-Qiu; Li, Na; Zhao, Hongyang; Jia, Chun-Jiang; Du, Yaping

    2016-04-18

    MoS2 ultrathin nanosheet-coated CeO2 hollow sphere (CeO2@MoS2) hybrid nanostructures with a 3D hierarchical configuration were successfully constructed from a facile two-step wet chemistry strategy: first, CeO2 formed on a silica core which served as a template and was subsequently removed by NaOH solution to attain hollow spheres, and then few-layered ultrathin MoS2 nanosheets were deposited on the CeO2 hollow spheres through a hydrothermal process. As a proof of concept application, the as-prepared CeO2@MoS2 hybrid nanostructures were used as catalytic material, which exhibited enhanced catalytic activity in ammonia decomposition for H2 production at high temperature. It was demonstrated that, even with a structural transformation from MoS2 to MoNx under harsh conditions of ammonia decomposition at high temperature (700 °C), the 3D hierarchical nanostructures of the CeO2@MoNx were well kept, indicating the important role of the CeO2 support.

  15. pH-responsive nanovalves based on hollow mesoporous silica spheres for controlled release of corrosion inhibitor

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    Chen, Tao; Fu, JiaJun

    2012-06-01

    In the present study, a new encapsulation technique for corrosion inhibitor is proposed. The hollow mesoporous silica spheres (HMSs) were synthesized by the co-templates method as nanocontainers for corrosion inhibitor, benzotriazole (BTA) and the supramolecular nanovalves, consisting of cucurbit[6]uril (CB[6]) rings and the functional stalks attached to the surface of HMSs achieved on-demand release. The synthesis process of HMSs and the assembly process of the nanovalves were confirmed by SEM, TEM, N2 adsorption/desorption, FTIR, TGA and solid-state 13C CP/MAS NMR. The encapsulation capacity and release characteristics of BTA-loaded, assembled HMSs were investigated. The HMSs assembled with the nanovalves possessed a higher encapsulation capacity for BTA than MCM-41 assembled under the same procedure due to its huge hollow internal structure. The pH-controlled release properties of BTA from the assembled HMSs under different pH environments were monitored by ultraviolet absorption spectra. The release profiles showed that there was almost no leakage of BTA from the assembled HMSs in neutral solution, while in alkaline solution BTA released very quickly, and the release rate increased with increasing pH values. Such a property makes the HMSs assembled with the pH-responsive nanovalves have great potential applications in smart anticorrosion coatings.

  16. pH-responsive nanovalves based on hollow mesoporous silica spheres for controlled release of corrosion inhibitor.

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    Chen, Tao; Fu, JiaJun

    2012-06-15

    In the present study, a new encapsulation technique for corrosion inhibitor is proposed. The hollow mesoporous silica spheres (HMSs) were synthesized by the co-templates method as nanocontainers for corrosion inhibitor, benzotriazole (BTA) and the supramolecular nanovalves, consisting of cucurbit[6]uril (CB[6]) rings and the functional stalks attached to the surface of HMSs achieved on-demand release. The synthesis process of HMSs and the assembly process of the nanovalves were confirmed by SEM, TEM, N(2) adsorption/desorption, FTIR, TGA and solid-state (13)C CP/MAS NMR. The encapsulation capacity and release characteristics of BTA-loaded, assembled HMSs were investigated. The HMSs assembled with the nanovalves possessed a higher encapsulation capacity for BTA than MCM-41 assembled under the same procedure due to its huge hollow internal structure. The pH-controlled release properties of BTA from the assembled HMSs under different pH environments were monitored by ultraviolet absorption spectra. The release profiles showed that there was almost no leakage of BTA from the assembled HMSs in neutral solution, while in alkaline solution BTA released very quickly, and the release rate increased with increasing pH values. Such a property makes the HMSs assembled with the pH-responsive nanovalves have great potential applications in smart anticorrosion coatings.

  17. Closed-form solutions for the hollow sphere model with Coulomb and Drucker-Prager materials under isotropic loadings

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    Thoré, Philippe; Pastor, Franck; Pastor, Joseph; Kondo, Djimedo

    2009-05-01

    Though the solution to the limit analysis problem of the hollow sphere model—with a von Mises matrix and under spherical symmetry—is well known, it is not available, to our knowledge, for both isotropic loadings (tension and compression) in the case of a Coulomb matrix and partially for a Drucker-Prager matrix. In the present Note, we establish in a unified framework, for this class of materials, closed-form solutions for stress and strain fields in a hollow sphere under external isotropic tension and compression. These analytical results not only give useful reference solutions, but can also be considered as a part of a trial velocity field in the hollow sphere submitted to an arbitrary loading. Comparisons with 3D finite element-based limit analysis approaches and with recent results in the literature are provided. In addition to the established analytical results, we present a rigorous evaluation of a recent Gurson-type macroscopic criterion corresponding to the Drucker-Prager hollow sphere under an arbitrary loading, by means of the previous 3D limit analysis codes. To cite this article: Ph. Thoré et al., C. R. Mecanique 337 (2009).

  18. Experimental realization of acoustic metasurface with double-split hollow sphere

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    Ding, Chang-Lin; Wang, Zhen-Ru; Shen, Fang-Liang; Chen, Huai-Jun; Zhai, Shi-Long; Zhao, Xiao-Peng

    2016-03-01

    We experimentally present an acoustic metasurface (AMS) with sub-wavelength thickness based on the meta-molecule consisting of eight different sized double-split hollow spheres (DSHSs). By designing the discontinuous phase profile covered 2π span induced by the DSHSs, the AMS can manipulate the reflected acoustic waves in a way that could not be imitated by natural materials. Both simulations and experiments show that the AMS can realize anomalous reflection, i.e., a normal incident wave can be reflected into an oblique direction. Moreover, the reflection angle can be flexible controlled by mechanically tuning the spatial distance of the DSHSs in the AMS, which is consistent with the generalized Snell's law.

  19. Constructing magnetic polyaniline/metal hybrid nanostructures using polyaniline/Fe 3O 4 composite hollow spheres as supports

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    Kong, Lirong; Lu, Xiaofeng; Jin, E.; Jiang, Shan; Bian, Xiujie; Zhang, Wanjin; Wang, Ce

    2009-08-01

    Polyaniline (PANI)/Fe 3O 4 composite hollow spheres have been successfully synthesized in one step using sulfonated polystyrene (PS) spheres as templates. The magnetic PANI hollow spheres were used as supports for noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) such as Au and Pd. The morphology, composition and magnetic properties of the resulting products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) atomic spectra and vibrating sample magnetometer. The catalytic activity of magnetic PANI/Au composite shells on the oxidation of dopamine was investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The obtained results provide our product with a practical application for the detection of dopamine. On the other hand, the catalytic activity of magnetic PANI/Pd composite shells on the reduction of 4-nitroaniline was investigated by spectroscopic methods and compared with Pd/C catalyst which was already widely used in industrial production.

  20. Soft chemistry synthesis route toward Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} hierarchical hollow spheres

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    Fouineau, J.; Peron, J., E-mail: jennifer.peron@univ-paris-diderot.fr; Nowak, S.; Giraud, M. [Univ Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, ITODYS, UMR 7086 CNRS (France); Sicard, M. [ONERA, The French Aerospace Lab (France); Ammar-Merah, S.; Sicard, L., E-mail: lorette.sicard@univ-paris-diderot.fr [Univ Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, ITODYS, UMR 7086 CNRS (France)

    2015-04-15

    Hollow spheres made of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} nanoplatelets were successfully synthesized using a low temperature, wet chemical synthesis route. By using a one-pot synthesis, large quantities of microspheres, arranged in a gypsum flower manner, can be obtained in about 1 h. The mechanism leading to such a particular morphology has been deeply studied by both solid and solution characterization techniques (X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray fluorescence, {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy) which were carried out at different stages of the synthesis. The key points are the generation of alcanethiol-in-polyol droplets and the subsequent in situ controlled interfacial reaction between Te and Bi precursors. The Te(IV) ions present in the alcanethiol phase are initially reduced into Te(0) by decanethiol. The Bi(III) ions initially dissolved in the polyol phase are then reduced at the decanethiol/polyol interface, resulting in the progressive growth of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} hexagonal nanoplatelets at the outer surface of the pristine Te(0) sphere.

  1. Influence of TiO2 hollow sphere size on its photo-reduction activity for toxic Cr(VI) removal.

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    Cai, Jiabai; Wu, Xueqing; Zheng, Fengying; Li, Shunxing; Wu, Yaling; Lin, Yanping; Lin, Liting; Liu, Biwen; Chen, Qiaoying; Lin, Luxiu

    2017-03-15

    After polystyrene@titanium dioxide (PS@TiO2) composite with different size was calcined at designated temperature, TiO2 hollow sphere with controllable size was obtained for high efficient photo-reduction of Cr(VI). The feature of the TiO2 hollow sphere was investigated by SEM, TEM, XRD, UV-Vis, and photoluminescence. The photo-reduction of Cr(VI) were measured for the performance assessment of the TiO2 hollow sphere, Cr(VI) was used as an electron acceptor. After irradiation for 2h, the photo-reduction rate of Cr(VI) (pH=2.82) for TiO2(450nm) was 96%, which exhibited an increase of 5% and 8% compared with TiO2(370nm) and TiO2(600nm). The absorption edges of TiO2 hollow sphere (450nm) was largest with the increasing of hollow sphere size from 370 to 600nm. The optimal hollow sphere size of TiO2 was 450nm for the photo-reduction of Cr(VI), because the light-harvesting efficiency (the best of absorption edge) and photo-generated electron-hole separation rate (the best of photo-reduction rate) of TiO2 hollow sphere were controlled by its hollow sphere size. In addition, we find that the behavior of the hydrogen production was inhibited by the coexistence Cr(VI) solution. This study can improve our understanding of the mechanism for the activity enhancement by the optimal hollow sphere size of TiO2.

  2. Double-shelled plasmonic Ag-TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres toward visible light-active photocatalytic conversion of CO{sub 2} into solar fuel

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    Feng, Shichao; Wang, Meng; Li, Ping; Tu, Wenguang [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, School of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Eco-Materials and Renewable Energy Research Center (ERERC), Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Zhou, Yong [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, School of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Eco-Materials and Renewable Energy Research Center (ERERC), Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics (MOE), Institute of Acoustics, Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Nano Technology, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Zou, Zhigang [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, School of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Eco-Materials and Renewable Energy Research Center (ERERC), Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Nano Technology, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2015-10-01

    Double-shelled hollow hybrid spheres consisting of plasmonic Ag and TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were successfully synthesized through a simple reaction process. The analysis reveals that Ag nanoparticles were dispersed uniformly in the TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle shell. The plasmonic Ag-TiO{sub 2} hollow sphere proves to greatly enhance the photocatalytic activity toward reduction of CO{sub 2} into renewable hydrocarbon fuel (CH{sub 4}) in the presence of water vapor under visible-light irradiation. The possible formation mechanism of the hollow sphere and related plasmon-enhanced photocatalytic performance were also briefly discussed.

  3. Solvothermal synthesis of monodisperse LiFePO4 micro hollow spheres as high performance cathode material for lithium ion batteries.

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    Yang, Shiliu; Hu, Mingjun; Xi, Liujiang; Ma, Ruguang; Dong, Yucheng; Chung, C Y

    2013-09-25

    A microspherical, hollow LiFePO4 (LFP) cathode material with polycrystal structure was simply synthesized by a solvothermal method using spherical Li3PO4 as the self-sacrificed template and FeCl2·4H2O as the Fe(2+) source. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) show that the LFP micro hollow spheres have a quite uniform size of ~1 μm consisting of aggregated nanoparticles. The influences of solvent and Fe(2+) source on the phase and morphology of the final product were chiefly investigated, and a direct ion exchange reaction between spherical Li3PO4 templates and Fe(2+) ions was firstly proposed on the basis of the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) transformation of the products. The LFP nanoparticles in the micro hollow spheres could finely coat a uniform carbon layer ~3.5 nm by a glucose solution impregnating-drying-sintering process. The electrochemical measurements show that the carbon coated LFP materials could exhibit high charge-discharge capacities of 158, 144, 125, 101, and even 72 mAh g(-1) at 0.1, 1, 5, 20, and 50 C, respectively. It could also maintain 80% of the initial discharge capacity after cycling for 2000 times at 20 C.

  4. Problems in the Identification of Application Areas of Hollow Spheres and Hollow Sphere Structures

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    Augustin, Christian

    Victor Hugo (1802-1865) is attributed the verifiably false quotation that nothing is as powerful as an idea, whose time has come. Be that as it may, this quotation is at first a causality statement, which combines the presence of a certain idea in connection with specific basic conditions (time) as almost inevitable for a certain successful development. At first thought this linkage, that if an idea finds its perfect timing it will be successful, seems to be evident. By “time” we not only mean the chronological period, but as an abstract category of environmental conditions that occur at this time at a specific place.

  5. In Situ Real-Time Radiographic Study of Thin Film Formation Inside Rotating Hollow Spheres

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    Braun, Tom; Walton, Christopher C.; Dawedeit, Christoph; Biener, Monika M.; Kim, Sung Ho; Willey, Trevor M.; Xiao, Xianghui; van Buuren, Anthony; Hamza, Alex V.; Biener, Juergen

    2016-02-03

    Hollow spheres with uniform coatings on the inner surface have applications in optical devices, time- or site controlled drug release, heat storage devices, and target fabrication for inertial confinement fusion experiments. The fabrication of uniform coatings, which is often critical for the application performance, requires precise understanding and control over the coating process and its parameters. Here, we report on in-situ real-time radiography experiments that provide critical spatio-temporal information about the distribution of fluids inside hollow spheres during uniaxial rotation. Image analysis and computer fluid dynamics simulations were used to explore the effect of liquid viscosity and rotational velocity on the film uniformity. The data were then used to demonstrate the fabrication of uniform sol-gel chemistry derived porous polymer films inside 2mm inner diameter diamond shells.

  6. A slowly rotating hollow sphere in a magnetic field: First steps to de-spin a space object

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    Youngquist, Robert C.; Nurge, Mark A.; Starr, Stanley O.; Leve, Frederick A.; Peck, Mason

    2016-03-01

    Modeling the interaction of a slowly rotating hollow conducting sphere in a magnetic field provided an understanding of the dynamics of orbiting space objects moving through the Earth's magnetic field. This analysis, performed in the late 1950s and limited to uniform magnetic fields, was innovative and acknowledged the pioneers who first observed rotary magnetism, in particular, the seminal work of Hertz in 1880. Now, there is interest in using a magnetic field produced by one space object to stop the spin of a second object so that docking can occur. In this paper, we consider, yet again, the interaction of a rotating hollow sphere in a magnetic field. We show that the predicted results can be tested experimentally, making this an interesting advanced student project. This analysis also sheds light on a rich set of previously unaddressed behaviors involving eddy currents.

  7. Broadband micro-Michelson interferometer with multi-optical-path beating using a sphered-end hollow fiber.

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    Chen, Nan-Kuang; Lu, Kuan-Yi; Shy, Jow-Tsong; Lin, Chinlon

    2011-06-01

    We demonstrate a high-sensitivity broadband (1250-1650 nm) fiber micro-Michelson interferometer using a single-mode fiber end-spliced with a sphered-end hollow-core fiber. The hollow core is slightly smaller than the solid core of a single-mode fiber, so the fractional power of the core mode is converted into cladding modes. The excited cladding modes propagate at distinct optical paths along the hollow-core fiber and have individual foci outside the spherical lens. The reflected core mode, generated at the solid core-air interface, and the reflected cladding modes, generated at external material, interfere with each other to produce beating in the interference signals.

  8. Fabrication and characterization of millimeter-scale translucent La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramic hollow spheres

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    Li, Haoting [School of Material Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Liao, Qilong, E-mail: liaoqilong@swust.edu.cn [School of Material Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Dai, Yunya [School of Material Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Wang, Fu, E-mail: wfu2005@163.com [School of Material Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Wang, Haiyang [School of Material Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Li, Xibo [Research Center of Laser Fusion CAEP, Mianyang 621900, Sichuan (China)

    2016-04-15

    Highlights: • Millimeter-scale translucent La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow spheres have been prepared. • The diameters of the prepared hollow spheres are 500–1300μm. • The degree of sphericity for the prepared hollow spheres is above 98%. • The mechanisms of transparency are discussed. - Abstract: Millimeter-scale translucent La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramic hollow spheres have been successfully prepared using the oil-in-water (paraffin-in-alumina sol) droplets as precursors made by self-made T-shape micro-emulsion device. The main crystalline phase of the obtained hollow sphere is alpha alumina. The prepared translucent La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-containing Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramic hollow spheres have diameters of 500–1300 μm, wall thickness of about 23 μm and the degree of sphericity of above 98%. With the increase of the La{sub 2}O{sub 3} content, grains and grain-boundaries of the alumina spherical shell for the prepared millimeter-scale hollow spheres become regular and clear gradually. When the La{sub 2}O{sub 3} content is 0.1 wt.%, the crystal surface of the obtained Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} spherical shell shows optimal grains and few pores, and its transmittance reaches 42% at 532 nm laser light. This method provides a promising technique of preparing millimeter-scale translucent ceramic hollow spheres for laser inertial confined fusion.

  9. Facile Synthesis of V2O5 Hollow Spheres as Advanced Cathodes for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Three-dimensional V2O5 hollow structures have been prepared through a simple synthesis strategy combining solvothermal treatment and a subsequent thermal annealing. The V2O5 materials are composed of microspheres 2–3 μm in diameter and with a distinct hollow interior. The as-synthesized V2O5 hollow microspheres, when evaluated as a cathode material for lithium-ion batteries, can deliver a specific capacity as high as 273 mAh·g−1 at 0.2 C. Benefiting from the hollow structures that afford fast electrolyte transport and volume accommodation, the V2O5 cathode also exhibits a superior rate capability and excellent cycling stability. The good Li-ion storage performance demonstrates the great potential of this unique V2O5 hollow material as a high-performance cathode for lithium-ion batteries.

  10. Facile Synthesis of V₂O₅ Hollow Spheres as Advanced Cathodes for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Zhang, Xingyuan; Wang, Jian-Gan; Liu, Huanyan; Liu, Hongzhen; Wei, Bingqing

    2017-01-18

    Three-dimensional V₂O₅ hollow structures have been prepared through a simple synthesis strategy combining solvothermal treatment and a subsequent thermal annealing. The V₂O₅ materials are composed of microspheres 2-3 μm in diameter and with a distinct hollow interior. The as-synthesized V₂O₅ hollow microspheres, when evaluated as a cathode material for lithium-ion batteries, can deliver a specific capacity as high as 273 mAh·g(-1) at 0.2 C. Benefiting from the hollow structures that afford fast electrolyte transport and volume accommodation, the V₂O₅ cathode also exhibits a superior rate capability and excellent cycling stability. The good Li-ion storage performance demonstrates the great potential of this unique V₂O₅ hollow material as a high-performance cathode for lithium-ion batteries.

  11. Classical molecular dynamics and quantum abs-initio studies on lithium-intercalation in interconnected hollow spherical nano-spheres of amorphous Silicon

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    Bhowmik, Arghya; Malik, R.; Prakash, S.;

    2016-01-01

    interconnected hollow nano-spheres of amorphous silicon have been found to exhibit high cyclability. The absence of fracture upon lithiation and the high cyclability has been attributed to reduction in intercalation stress due to hollow spherical geometry of the silicon nano-particles. The present work argues...

  12. A flexible insulator of a hollow SiO2 sphere and polyimide hybrid for flexible OLEDs.

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    Kim, Min Kyu; Kim, Dong Won; Shin, Dong Wook; Seo, Sang Joon; Chung, Ho Kyoon; Yoo, Ji Beom

    2015-01-28

    The fabrication of interlayer dielectrics (ILDs) in flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) not only requires flexible materials with a low dielectric constant, but also ones that possess the electrical, thermal, chemical, and mechanical properties required for optimal device performance. Porous polymer-silica hybrid materials were prepared to satisfy these requirements. Hollow SiO2 spheres were synthesized using atomic layer deposition (ALD) and a thermal calcination process. The hybrid film, which consists of hollow SiO2 spheres and polyimide, shows a low dielectric constant of 1.98 and excellent thermal stability up to 500 °C. After the bending test for 50 000 cycles, the porous hybrid film exhibits no degradation in its dielectric constant or leakage current. These results indicate that the hybrid film made up of hollow SiO2 spheres and polyimide (PI) is useful as a flexible insulator with a low dielectric constant and high thermal stability for flexible OLEDs.

  13. Synthesis of Na-doped ZnO hollow spheres with improved photocatalytic activity for hydrogen production.

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    Wu, Zhiwei; Li, Yaguang; Gao, Linjie; Wang, Shufang; Fu, Guangsheng

    2016-07-05

    The fabrication of p-type doped ZnO nanostructures is key in opening up substantial opportunities for the application of ZnO nanostructures. Owing to their stable p-type property, Na ions are the best candidates for ZnO p-type doping. However, Na-doped ZnO nanostructures had never been prepared until now. For the first time, we successfully synthesized Na-doped ZnO ultrathin hollow spheres using an ion adsorption and templating method. The obtained hollow spheres have ultrathin shells, uniform Na elemental distribution and a controllable concentration of doped Na. The energy position of the Fermi level decreased with continuously increasing Na doping concentration, revealing the p-type conductivity of Na-doped ZnO. We demonstrate that the photocatalytic hydrogen generation efficiency (with methanol) using ZnO ultrathin hollow spheres can be enhanced by more than 50 times after Na-doping and that the quantum efficiency can be as high as 13.5%.

  14. A Study for Tooth Bleaching via Carbamide Peroxide-Loaded Hollow Calcium Phosphate Spheres

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    Tao Qin

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to investigate if a prolonged bleaching effect of carbamide peroxide-loaded hollow calcium phosphate spheres (HCPS can be achieved. HCPS was synthesized via a hydrothermal reaction method. Carbamide peroxide (CP was-loaded into HCPS by mixing with distilled water as solvent. We developed two bleaching gels containing CP-loaded HCPS: one gel with low HP concentration as at-home bleaching gel, and one with high HP concentration as in-office gel. Their bleaching effects on stained human permanent posterior teeth were investigated by measuring the color difference before and after bleaching. The effect of gels on rhodamine B degradation was also studied. To investigate the potential effect of remineralization of using HCPS, bleached teeth were soaked in phosphate buffer solution (PBS containing calcium and magnesium ions. Both bleaching gels had a prolonged whitening effect, and showed a strong ability to degrade rhodamine B. After soaking in PBS for 3 days, remineralization was observed at the sites where HCPS attached to the teeth surface. CP-loaded HCPS could prolong the HP release behavior and improve the bleaching effect. HCPS was effective in increasing the whitening effect of carbamide peroxide and improving remineralization after bleaching process.

  15. Nitrogen-doped hollow carbon spheres wrapped with graphene nanostructure for highly sensitive electrochemical sensing of parachlorophenol.

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    Yi, Yinhui; Zhu, Gangbing; Sun, Heng; Sun, Jianfan; Wu, Xiangyang

    2016-12-15

    Owing to awfully harmful to the environment and human health, the qualitative and quantitative determination of parachlorophenol (PCP) is of great significance. In this paper, by using silica@polydopamine as template, nitrogen-doped hollow carbon spheres wrapped with reduced graphene oxide (NHCNS@RG) nanostructure was prepared successfully via a self-assembly approach due to the electrostatic interaction, and the obtained NHCNS@RG could exhibit the unique properties of NHCNS and RG: the NHCNS could impede the aggregation tendency of RG and possess high electrocatalytic activity; the RG enlarges the contacting area and offers many area-normalized edge-plane structures and active sites. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and electrochemical method were used to characterize the morphology and structure of NHCNS@RG. Then, the NHCNS@RG hybrids were applied for the electrochemical sensing of PCP, under the optimized conditions, the detection limit of PCP obtained in this work is 0.01μM and the linear range is 0.03-38.00μM. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Double hollow MoS2 nano-spheres: Synthesis, tribological properties, and functional conversion from lubrication to photocatalysis

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    Liu, Yueru; Hu, Kunhong; Hu, Enzhu; Guo, Jianhua; Han, Chengliang; Hu, Xianguo

    2017-01-01

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has extensive applications in industries as solid lubricants and catalysts. To improve the lubricating performance of MoS2, novel double-hollow-sphere MoS2 (DHSM) nanoparticles with an average diameter of approximately 90 nm were synthesized on sericite mica (SM). When the DHSM/SM composite was used as an additive in polyalphaolefin oil, friction and wear decreased by 22.4% and 63.5% respectively. The low friction and wear were attributed to the easy exfoliation of DHSM. The DHSM/SM composite was then rubbed under 40 MPa for 1 h to investigate the exfoliation and functional conversion behaviors of DHSM. Results showed that DHSM (lubricating structure) on SM could be completely exfoliated into nanosheets (catalytic structure) by rubbing. The nanosheets exfoliated from DHSM presented good photocatalytic activity for the removal of organic compounds from waste water. This work provided both a novel solid lubricant for industrial applications and a possible approach to designing a novel green lubricant for use as a photocatalyst in organic-waste treatment after lubricating service life.

  17. Facile fabrication and photoluminescence properties of rare-earth-doped Gd₂O₃ hollow spheres via a sacrificial template method.

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    Gao, Yu; Zhao, Qian; Fang, Qinghong; Xu, Zhenhe

    2013-08-21

    Rare-earth-doped gadolinium oxide (Gd₂O₃) hollow spheres were successfully fabricated on a large scale by using PS spheres as sacrificed templates and urea as a precipitating agent, which involved the deposition of an inorganic coating Gd(OH)CO3 on the surface of PS spheres and subsequent calcination in the air. Various approaches including X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), as well as photoluminescence spectroscopies were used to characterize the samples. The results indicate that the sample is composed of uniform hollow Gd₂O₃ spheres with a mean particle size of about 2.3 μm and these hollow spheres have the mesoporous shell that are composed of a large amount of nanoparticles. The possible mechanism of evolution from PS spheres to the amorphous precursor and to the final hollow Gd₂O₃ spheres have been proposed. The as-obtained samples show strong light emission with different colors corresponding to different Ln³⁺ ions under ultraviolet-visible light and electron-beam excitation. Under 980 nm NIR irradiation, Gd₂O₃:Ln³⁺ (Ln³⁺ = Yb³⁺/Er³⁺, Yb³⁺/Tm³⁺ and Yb³⁺/Ho³⁺) exhibit characteristic up-conversion (UC) emissions of red (Er³⁺, ²H11/2, ⁴S3/2, ⁴F9/2 → ⁴I15/2), blue (Tm³⁺, ¹G₄ → ³H₆) and green (Ho³⁺, ⁵F₄, ⁵S₂ → ⁵I₈), respectively. These merits of multicolor emissions in the visible region endow these kinds of materials with potential applications in the field of light display systems, lasers, optoelectronic devices, and MRI contrast agents.

  18. Structure of colloidal sphere-plate mixtures

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    Doshi, N.; Cinacchi, G.; van Duijneveldt, J. S.; Cosgrove, T.; Prescott, S. W.; Grillo, I.; Phipps, J.; Gittins, D. I.

    2011-05-01

    In addition to containing spherical pigment particles, coatings usually contain plate-like clay particles. It is thought that these improve the opacity of the paint film by providing an efficient spacing of the pigment particles. This observation is counterintuitive, as suspensions of particles of different shapes and sizes tend to phase separate on increase of concentration. In order to clarify this matter a model colloidal system is studied here, with a sphere-plate diameter ratio similar to that found in paints. For dilute suspensions, small angle neutron scattering revealed that the addition of plates leads to enhanced density fluctuations of the spheres, in agreement with new theoretical predictions. On increasing the total colloid concentration the plates and spheres phase separate due to the disparity in their shape. This is in agreement with previous theoretical and experimental work on colloidal sphere-plate mixtures, where one particle acts as a depleting agent. The fact that no large scale phase separation is observed in coatings is ascribed to dynamic arrest in intimately mixed, or possibly micro-phase separated structures, at elevated concentration.

  19. Structure of colloidal sphere-plate mixtures

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    Doshi, N; Cinacchi, G; Van Duijneveldt, J S; Cosgrove, T; Prescott, S W [School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TS (United Kingdom); Grillo, I [Institut Laue-Langevin, 6 rue Jules Horowitz BP 156, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Phipps, J [Imerys Minerals Ltd, Par Moor Centre, Par Moor Road, Par, Cornwall PL24 2SQ (United Kingdom); Gittins, D I, E-mail: Giorgio.Cinacchi@bristol.ac.uk, E-mail: J.S.van-Duijneveldt@bristol.ac.uk [Imerys Performance and Filtration Minerals Ltd, 130 Castilian Drive, Goleta, CA 93117 (United States)

    2011-05-18

    In addition to containing spherical pigment particles, coatings usually contain plate-like clay particles. It is thought that these improve the opacity of the paint film by providing an efficient spacing of the pigment particles. This observation is counterintuitive, as suspensions of particles of different shapes and sizes tend to phase separate on increase of concentration. In order to clarify this matter a model colloidal system is studied here, with a sphere-plate diameter ratio similar to that found in paints. For dilute suspensions, small angle neutron scattering revealed that the addition of plates leads to enhanced density fluctuations of the spheres, in agreement with new theoretical predictions. On increasing the total colloid concentration the plates and spheres phase separate due to the disparity in their shape. This is in agreement with previous theoretical and experimental work on colloidal sphere-plate mixtures, where one particle acts as a depleting agent. The fact that no large scale phase separation is observed in coatings is ascribed to dynamic arrest in intimately mixed, or possibly micro-phase separated structures, at elevated concentration.

  20. Size- and shape-controlled synthesis of hexagonal bipyramidal crystals and hollow self-assembled Al-MOF spheres

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    Sarawade, Pradip

    2013-11-25

    We report an efficient protocol for the synthesis of monodisperse crystals of an aluminum (Al)-based metal organic framework (MOF) while obtaining excellent control over the size and shape solely by tuning of the reaction parameters without the use of a template or structure-directing agent. The size of the hexagonal crystals of the Al-MOF can be selectively varied from 100 nm to 2000 nm by simply changing the reaction time and temperature via its nucleation-growth mechanism. We also report a self-assembly phenomenon, observed for the first time in case of Al-MOF, whereby hollow spheres of Al-MOF were formed by the spontaneous organization of triangular sheet building blocks. These MOFs showed broad hysteresis loops during the CO2 capture, indicating that the adsorbed CO2 is not immediately desorbed upon decreasing the external pressure and is instead confined within the framework, which allows for the capture and subsequent selective trapping of CO2 from gaseous mixtures. Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Size- and shape-controlled synthesis of hexagonal bipyramidal crystals and hollow self-assembled Al-MOF spheres.

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    Sarawade, Pradip; Tan, Hua; Anjum, Dalaver; Cha, Dongkyu; Polshettiwar, Vivek

    2014-02-01

    We report an efficient protocol for the synthesis of monodisperse crystals of an aluminum (Al)-based metal organic framework (MOF) while obtaining excellent control over the size and shape solely by tuning of the reaction parameters without the use of a template or structure-directing agent. The size of the hexagonal crystals of the Al-MOF can be selectively varied from 100 nm to 2000 nm by simply changing the reaction time and temperature via its nucleation-growth mechanism. We also report a self-assembly phenomenon, observed for the first time in case of Al-MOF, whereby hollow spheres of Al-MOF were formed by the spontaneous organization of triangular sheet building blocks. These MOFs showed broad hysteresis loops during the CO2 capture, indicating that the adsorbed CO2 is not immediately desorbed upon decreasing the external pressure and is instead confined within the framework, which allows for the capture and subsequent selective trapping of CO2 from gaseous mixtures.

  2. Structure of crystals of hard colloidal spheres

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    Pusey, P.N.; van Megen, W.; Bartlett, P.; Ackerson, B.J.; Rarity, J.G.; Underwood, S.M. (Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Malvern, WR14 3PS, United Kingsom (GB) Department of Applied Physics, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia School of Chemistry, Bristol University, Bristol, BS8 1TS, United Kingdom Department of Physics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078)

    1989-12-18

    We report light-scattering measurements of powder diffraction patterns of crystals of essentially hard colloidal spheres. These are consistent with structures formed by stacking close-packed planes of particles in a sequence of permitted lateral positions, {ital A},{ital B},{ital C}, which shows a high degree of randomness. Crystals grown slowly, while still containing many stacking faults, show a tendency towards face-centered-cubic packing: possible explanations for this observation are discussed.

  3. Facile aqueous synthesis and thermal insulating properties of low-density glass/TiO2 core/shell composite hollow spheres

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    Jing Yuan; Zhenguo An; Bing Li; Jinjie Zhang

    2012-01-01

    Anatase TiO2 shells assembled on hollow glass microspheres (HGM) with tunable morphologies were successfully prepared through a controllable chemical precipitation method with urea as the precipitator.Thus,glass/TiO2 core/shell composite hollow spheres with low particle density (0.40 g/cm3) were fabricated.The phase structures,morphologies,particle sizes,shell thicknesses,and chemical compositions of the composite microspheres were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscopy (SEM),and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS).The morphology of the TiO2 shell can be tailored by properly monitoring the reaction system component and parameters.The probable growth mechanism and fabrication process of the core/shell products involving the nucleation and oriented growth of TiO2 nanocrystals on hollow glass microspheres was proposed.A low infrared radiation study revealed that the radiation properties of the products are greatly influenced by the unique product shell structures.A thermal conductivity study showed that the TiO2/HGM possess low thermal conductivity that is similar to that of the pristine HGMs.This work provides an additional strategy to prepare low-density thermal insulating particles with tailored morphologies and properties.

  4. A simple and low-cost approach to fabricate TiO{sub 2}-NO{sub 2} hollow spheres with excellent simulated sunlight photocatalytic activity

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    Li, Kexin; Liu, Shufen; Yi, Shaoting; Yan, Liushui, E-mail: yanliushui@hotmail.com; Guo, Huiqin; Dai, Yuhua; Luo, Xubiao; Luo, Shenglian, E-mail: sllou@hnu.edu.cn

    2016-09-15

    Nitryl surface functionalized TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres (TiO{sub 2}-NO{sub 2} HSs) composite material was successfully fabricated by a simple sol-gel combined with solvothermal and concentrated HNO{sub 3} treatment strategy using carbon microspheres obtained from hydrothermal carbonization of waste Camellia oleifera shells as a template. The microstructure, surface property, compositional and structural information, and optical and electronic property of as-prepared TiO{sub 2}-NO{sub 2} HSs were well characterized. Compare with conventional g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} and TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts, the as-prepared TiO{sub 2}-NO{sub 2} HSs exhibited excellent simulated sunlight photocatalytic activity toward aqueous organic pollutants degradation and hydrogen evolution from water-splitting, which can be attributed to their unique hollow spherical microstructure and the introduction of -NO{sub 2} groups. - Highlights: • TiO{sub 2}-NO{sub 2} HSs were successfully fabricated by a simple and low-cost method. • Their morphology, composition, and optoelectronic property were well characterized. • TiO{sub 2}-NO{sub 2} HSs exhibit considerably high activity under simulated sunlight irradiation. • High activity is attributed to hollow spherical structure and introduced -NO{sub 2} groups.

  5. Synthesis of ZnO eggshell-like hollow spheres via thermal evaporation at low temperature

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    Xu, L L; Zhao, P Q; Wu, X L; Xiong, X; Huang, G S; Chen, H T; Zhu, J [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2007-08-07

    Hollow zinc oxide microspheres have been successfully synthesized on silicon substrate via simple thermal evaporation of pure zinc powder without any catalyst or template material at a relatively low temperature of 550 deg. C. The morphologies, chemical composition and crystal structure are characterized using x-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. A smooth surface and rough ones with many nanopores are observed. The difference in the structures of the shells is discussed and a possible growth mechanism is proposed in detail. The room-temperature photoluminescence spectrum reveals a peak at 380 nm corresponding to free exciton emission and a strong green emission at {approx} 525 nm associated with defect-related emission.

  6. Pudding-typed cobalt sulfides/nitrogen and sulfur dual-doped hollow carbon spheres as a highly efficient and stable oxygen reduction electrocatalyst

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    Xiao, Junwu; Zhao, Chen; Hu, Chencheng; Xi, Jiangbo; Wang, Shuai

    2017-04-01

    Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) are rarely reported to be grown at the templates due to the strong inherent driving force for crystallization. Herein, we report a pathway to successfully synthesize Zeolitic imidazolate framework-67 (ZIF-67) grown at the unmodified SiO2 spheres from amorphous precursors, and further construct Pudding-typed electrocatalysts, where cobalt sulfides (CoSx) nanocrystals are embedded into nitrogen and sulfur dual-doped hollow carbon spheres (N, S-HCS). CoSx/N, S-HCS show good catalytic activity toward the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), and the optimized performance is achieved with (CoSx/N, S-HCS)700 with the positive half-wave potentials of 0.90 V vs RHE, high selectivity, good long-term stability, and excellent tolerance against methanol-crossover effect in alkaline medium, which are even superior to that of the as-reported MOFs-derived catalysts and commercial Pt/C catalysts. The remarkable catalytic performance is originated from high reactivity of catalytic active sites composed of cobalt sulfides and nitrogen and sulfur dual-doped carbon matrices, and Pudding-typed hollow structure with proper graphitization degree to facilitate fast electron and ion transport and limit the dissolution and agglomeration of active sites during long-term operation.

  7. L-cysteine-assisted synthesis of hierarchical NiS2 hollow spheres supported carbon nitride as photocatalysts with enhanced lifetime

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    Zhu, Chengzhang; Jiang, Zhifeng; Chen, Linlin; Qian, Kun; Xie, Jimin

    2017-03-01

    Novel hierarchical NiS2 hollow spheres modified by graphite-like carbon nitride were prepared using a facile L-cysteine-assisted solvothermal route. The NiS2/g-C3N4 composites exhibited excellent photocatalytic efficiency in rhodamine B, methyl orange and ciprofloxacin degradation as compared to single g-C3N4 and NiS2, which could be due to the synergistic effects of the unique hollow sphere-like structure, strong visible-light absorption and increased separation rate of the photoinduced electron–hole pairs at the intimate interface of heterojunctions. A suitable combination of g-C3N4 with NiS2 showed the best photocatalytic performance. In addition, an electron spin resonance and trapping experiment demonstrated that the photogenerated hydroxyl radicals and superoxide radicals were the two main photoactive species in photocatalysis. A possible photocatalytic mechanism of NiS2/g-C3N4 composites under visible light irradiation is also proposed. The strategy presented here can be extended to a general strategy for constructing 3D/2D heterostructured photocatalysts for broad applications in photocatalysis.

  8. The Fabrication of hollow silica spheres%二氧化硅空心球的制备及研究

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    冯质壮; 刘琴; 董海玲; 王纪元; 李文智

    2012-01-01

    PS spheres were prepared using PVP as the stabilizer and AIBN as the initiator in ethanol/water medium by dispersion polymerization method.Hollow silica spheres,which were composited with PS as a core and silica as the shell were prepared by using polystyrene(PS) as a templete,wrere obtained in a following step by thermal degradation of the PS cores at 600°C.Thermogravimetric analysis and SEM were used to characterize the monodispersed hollow silica spheres.Influence factors were analyzed.%在乙醇/水的混合溶液中,采用聚乙烯吡咯烷酮(PVP)为分散剂,偶氮二异丁腈(AIBN)为引发剂,通过分散聚合法制备出聚苯乙烯(PS)微球。然后以微球为模板,PS粒子作为核,SiO_2作为壳,在600℃时经过热分解得到SiO_2空心球。通过热分析仪、扫描电子显微镜对制得的空心球进行了表征和分析,并讨论其影响因素。

  9. The fabrication of hollow silica spheres%二氧化硅空心球的制备

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    冯质壮; 刘琴; 董海玲; 王纪元

    2012-01-01

    在乙醇/水的混合溶液中,采用聚乙烯吡咯烷酮(PVP)为分散剂,偶氮二异丁腈(AIBN)为引发剂,通过分散聚合法制备出聚苯乙烯(PS)微球,然后以微球为模板,将产生的PS粒子作为核,SiO_2作为壳。SiO_2空心球通过在600℃时的热分解可得到。对制得的空心球通过热分析仪、扫描电子显微镜进行表征。对图进行分析,并讨论影响因素。%PVP as the stabilizer and AIBN as the initiator PS spheres were prepared in ethanol/water medium by dispersion polymerization method.Silica spheres which were composited with PS as a core and silica as the shell were prepared by using polystyrene(PS)as a templete.Hollow silica spheres are obtained in a following step by thermal degradation of the PS cores at 600 temperature.Thermogravimetric analysis and SEM were used to characterize the monodispersed hollow silica.Factors of influence were put forward and charts were analyzed.

  10. Zinc coordination spheres in protein structures.

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    Laitaoja, Mikko; Valjakka, Jarkko; Jänis, Janne

    2013-10-07

    Zinc metalloproteins are one of the most abundant and structurally diverse proteins in nature. In these proteins, the Zn(II) ion possesses a multifunctional role as it stabilizes the fold of small zinc fingers, catalyzes essential reactions in enzymes of all six classes, or assists in the formation of biological oligomers. Previously, a number of database surveys have been conducted on zinc proteins to gain broader insights into their rich coordination chemistry. However, many of these surveys suffer from severe flaws and misinterpretations or are otherwise limited. To provide a more comprehensive, up-to-date picture on zinc coordination environments in proteins, zinc containing protein structures deposited in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) were analyzed in detail. A statistical analysis in terms of zinc coordinating amino acids, metal-to-ligand bond lengths, coordination number, and structural classification was performed, revealing coordination spheres from classical tetrahedral cysteine/histidine binding sites to more complex binuclear sites with carboxylated lysine residues. According to the results, coordination spheres of hundreds of crystal structures in the PDB could be misinterpreted due to symmetry-related molecules or missing electron densities for ligands. The analysis also revealed increasing average metal-to-ligand bond length as a function of crystallographic resolution, which should be taken into account when interrogating metal ion binding sites. Moreover, one-third of the zinc ions present in crystal structures are artifacts, merely aiding crystal formation and packing with no biological significance. Our analysis provides solid evidence that a minimal stable zinc coordination sphere is made up by four ligands and adopts a tetrahedral coordination geometry.

  11. Hollow Spheres of Iron Carbide Nanoparticles Encased in Graphitic Layers as Oxygen Reduction Catalysts

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    Hu, Yang; Jensen, Jens Oluf; Zhang, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Nonprecious metal catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction are the ultimate materials and the foremost subject for low‐temperature fuel cells. A novel type of catalysts prepared by high‐pressure pyrolysis is reported. The catalyst is featured by hollow spherical morphologies consisting...... of uniform iron carbide (Fe3C) nanoparticles encased by graphitic layers, with little surface nitrogen or metallic functionalities. In acidic media the outer graphitic layers stabilize the carbide nanoparticles without depriving them of their catalytic activity towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR......). As a result the catalyst is highly active and stable in both acid and alkaline electrolytes. The synthetic approach, the carbide‐based catalyst, the structure of the catalysts, and the proposed mechanism open new avenues for the development of ORR catalysts....

  12. Thin-walled reinforcement lattice structure for hollow CMC buckets

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    de Diego, Peter

    2017-06-27

    A hollow ceramic matrix composite (CMC) turbine bucket with an internal reinforcement lattice structure has improved vibration properties and stiffness. The lattice structure is formed of thin-walled plies made of CMC. The wall structures are arranged and located according to high stress areas within the hollow bucket. After the melt infiltration process, the mandrels melt away, leaving the wall structure to become the internal lattice reinforcement structure of the bucket.

  13. Fabrication of α-Fe2O3/TiO2 bi-functional composites with hierarchical and hollow structures and their application in water treatment

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    Li, Yinhui; Zhang, Na; Chen, Jianxin; Li, Ruijuan; Li, Liang; Li, Kunyu

    2016-02-01

    The α-Fe2O3/TiO2 bi-functional composites with hierarchical and hollow structures are fabricated through a hydrothermal route. The adsorption performance and photocatalytic activity of the composites towards Pb2+ are investigated in this work. Different adsorption kinetics models and equilibrium models are used to explore the adsorption behavior of hierarchical α-Fe2O3/TiO2 hollow spheres. Experimental data show that adsorption kinetics of the hierarchical α-Fe2O3/TiO2 hollow spheres can be fitted well by the pseudo-second-order model, while the isothermal data can be perfectly described by the Langmuir adsorption model. The maximum adsorption capacity of the hierarchical α-Fe2O3/TiO2 hollow spheres is 32.36 mg g-1. Moreover, the hierarchical α-Fe2O3/TiO2 hollow spheres possess photocatalytic oxidation character under simulated solar light irradiation. The results demonstrate that the hierarchical α-Fe2O3/TiO2 hollow spheres, as effective and cheap materials, can be applied to the removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater.

  14. Analytic investigation of effect of electric field on elasto-plastic response of a functionally graded piezoelectric hollow sphere

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    Atai, Ali Asghar [University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Lak, Davaod [National Iranian Oil Co., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-01-15

    In this work, the effect of electric potential on the mechanical (Stresses, strains, displacement) and electrical (electrical displacement and intensity) response of a Functionally graded piezoelectric (FGP) hollow sphere is analytically investigated. The sphere is under the action of internal/external pressure and temperature gradient as well. The inhomogeneity is based on power law in radial direction. The analysis is done in two parts: elastic response and plastic response, using Tresca yield criterion. It is shown by illustrative example that under internal pressure and assumed model parameters, the commencement of plastic region is from outside surface towards inside in the plastic zone is extended with the increase of electric potential. Interestingly, radial stress and displacement have an extreme not on the boundaries, but on the inside.

  15. Experimental study on hollow structural component by explosive welding

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    Duan, Mianjun, E-mail: dmjwl@163.com [PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210007 (China); Wei, Ling, E-mail: 386006087@qq.com [Tongda College, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunication, Nanjing 210007 (China); Hong, Jin [PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210007 (China); Ran, Hong [Southwestern Institute of Physics, Chengdu 610041 (China); Ma, Rui; Wang, Yaohua [PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210007 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • This paper relates to a study on a thin double-layers hollow structural component by using an explosive welding technology. • This thin double-layer hollow structural component is an indispensable component required for certain core equipment of thermonuclear experimental reactor. • An adjusted explosive welding technology for manufacturing an inconel625 hollow structural component was developed which cannot be made by common technology. • The result shows that a metallurgical bonding was realized by the ribs and slabs of the hollow sheet. • The shearing strength of bonding interface exceeds that of the parent metal. - Abstract: A large thin-walled hollow structural component with sealed channels is required for the vacuum chamber of a thermonuclear experimental reactor, with inconel625 as its fabrication material. This hollow structural component is rarely manufactured by normal machining method, and its manufacture is also problematic in the field of explosive welding. With this in mind, we developed an adjusted explosive welding technology which involves a two-step design, setting and annealing technology. The joints were evaluated using optical microscope and scanning electron microscope, and a mechanical experiment was conducted, involving micro-hardness test, cold helium leak test and hydraulic pressure test. The results showed that a metallurgical bonding was realized by the ribs and slabs, and the shearing strength of the bonding interface exceeded that of the parent metal. Hence, the hollow structural component has a good comprehensive mechanical performance and sealing property.

  16. Efficient one-pot synthesis of hierarchical flower-like α-Fe2O3 hollow spheres with excellent adsorption performance for water treatment

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    Zhu, Daozheng; Zhang, Jian; Song, Jiming; Wang, Haisheng; Yu, Zheng; Shen, Yuhua; Xie, Anjian

    2013-11-01

    A simple one-step method has been developed for the controllable synthesis of hierarchical flower-like α-Fe2O3 hollow spheres in a glycerol-ethanol system. It is found that the volume ratio of glycerol/ethanol and reaction time have a significant effect on the morphology of the products. The growth process of α-Fe2O3 hollow spheres has been investigated and a possible mechanism is proposed. The α-Fe2O3 hollow spheres have a high surface area of 98 m2 g-1 and a total pore volume of 0.32 cm3 g-1, which exhibit outstanding water treatment performance with high removal capacities toward organic dyes and heavy metal ions. The as-obtained products may have potential applications in water treatment and other related micro- or nanoscale devices.

  17. Enhanced Room Temperature Oxygen Sensing Properties of LaOCl-SnO2 Hollow Spheres by UV Light Illumination.

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    Xiong, Ya; Lu, Wenbo; Ding, Degong; Zhu, Lei; Li, Xiaofang; Ling, Cuicui; Xue, Qingzhong

    2017-05-26

    In this paper, a facile and elegant Green Chemistry method for the synthesis of SnO2 based hollow spheres has been investigated. The influences of doping, crystallite morphology, and operating condition on the O2 sensing performances of SnO2 based hollow-sphere sensors were comprehensively studied. It was indicated that, compared with undoped SnO2, 10 at. % LaOCl-doped SnO2 possessed better O2 sensing characteristics owing to an increase of specific surface area and oxygen vacancy defect caused by LaOCl dopant. More importantly, it was found that O2 sensing properties of the 10 at. % LaOCl-SnO2 sensor were significantly improved by ultraviolet light illumination, which was suited for room-temperature O2 sensing applications. Besides, this sensor also had a better selectivity to O2 with respect to H2, CH4, NH3, and CO2. The remarkable increase of O2 sensing properties by UV light radiation can be explained in two ways. On one hand, UV light illumination promotes the generation of electron-hole pairs and oxygen adsorption, giving rise to high O2 response. On the other hand, UV light activates desorption of oxygen adsorbates when exposed to pure N2, contributing to rapid response/recovery speed. The results demonstrate a promising approach for room-temperature O2 detection.

  18. New cobweb-structure hollow Bragg optical fibers

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    YU Rong-jin; ZHANG Yong-qiang; ZHANG Bing; WANG Chao-ran; WU Chang-qi

    2007-01-01

    A new type of Bragg fibers,i.e. hollow-core cobweb-structured optical fibers,which can be used to the low-loss transmission from visible to near infrared region (0.65 μm-1.55 μm),terahertz wave (200 μm-480 μm) and circular-polarization-maintaining single-mode transmission are investigated. Results show that the hollow-core cobweb-structured fibers have less loss than other hollow-core Bragg fibers. The fibers can be constituted by using the plastics or glasses with large absorption losses.

  19. Formation and Characterization of CdS Hollow Structures

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    HU Peng; YU Haihu; DENG Jinyang; JIANG Desheng

    2008-01-01

    CdS hollow structures were built up by using the one pot method and using carbon disulfide (CS2) and ethylenediamine as starting materials. CS2 is insoluble in water and could form metastable oil droplets in the water at a moderate temperature. The oil droplets formed chains in the circumvolving water. CdS crystals grew and mineralized on the surfaces of the CS2 droplet chains, forming CdS shells around the unreacted CS2 cores. After the surrounding temperature was raised above the boiling point of CS2, the unreacted CS2 cores vaporized, leaving the CdS shelled hollow structures. The CdS hollow structures were characterized by using a transmission electron microscope, an X-ray diffractometer, a UV-Visible spectrophotometer and a fluorescence spectrophotometer. The CdS hollow structures were mainly tubes with closed ends. The exterior diameter and the interior diameter of tubes were about 50nm and about 15nm, respectively. Compared with the absorption onset wavelength of the bulk CdS, the CdS hollow structures exhibited a blue shift of about 57nm. While excited at 213nm. the CdS hollow structures emitted greenish blue light centered at 470nm.

  20. Hollow SnO2@Co3O4 core-shell spheres encapsulated in three-dimensional graphene foams for high performance supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhao, Bo; Huang, Sheng-Yun; Wang, Tao; Zhang, Kai; Yuen, Matthew M. F.; Xu, Jian-Bin; Fu, Xian-Zhu; Sun, Rong; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2015-12-01

    Hollow SnO2@Co3O4 spheres are fabricated using 300 nm spherical SiO2 particles as template. Then three-dimensional graphene foams encapsulated hollow SnO2@Co3O4 spheres are successfully obtained through self-assembly in hydrothermal process from graphene oxide nanosheets and metal oxide hollow spheres. The three-dimensional graphene foams encapsulated architectures could greatly improve the capacity, cycling stability and rate capability of hollow SnO2@Co3O4 spheres electrodes due to the highly conductive networks and flexible buffering matrix. The three-dimensional graphene foams encapsulated hollow SnO2@Co3O4 spheres are promising electrode materials for supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries.

  1. Facile synthesis and enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity of micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres

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    Liu, Jin [School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (China); The Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials and Applications, Zhoukou Normal University, Zhoukou 466001 (China); Zhang, Gaoke, E-mail: gkzhang@whut.edu.cn [School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (China)

    2015-03-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres were synthesized by a facile method. • The formation mechanism for the Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres was investigated. • The catalyst exhibited an enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity. • The reactive species in the photocatalytic process were studied. - Abstract: Micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres were successfully synthesized by a one-step and low-temperature route under ambient pressure. The micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres have a diameter of 1–2 μm and their shells are composed of numerous nanoparticles and nanorods. The growth process of the micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres was investigated in detail. The results indicated that the morphologies and composition of Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} samples were strongly dependent on the dose of the AgNO{sub 3} and reaction time. Excessive AgNO{sub 3} was favorable for the nucleation and growth rate of Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} crystals and the formation of pure Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4}. Moreover, the formation mechanism of the micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres is related to the Ostwald ripening. Under the same conditions, the photocatalytic activity of micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres is about 1.7 times and 11 times higher than that of bulk Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} and Degussa P25, respectively. These interesting findings could provide new insight on the synthesis of micro/nanostructured ternary-metal oxides with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

  2. Highly uniform distribution of Pt nanoparticles on N-doped hollow carbon spheres with enhanced durability for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Shi, Qiurong; Zhu, Chengzhou; Engelhard, Mark H.; Du, Dan; Lin, Yuehe

    2017-01-01

    Carbon-supported Pt nanostructures currently exhibited great potential in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Nitrogen-doped hollow carbon spheres (NHCSs) with extra low density and high specific surface area are promising carbon support for loading Pt NPs. The doped heteroatom of nitrogen could not only contribute to the active activity for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), but also shows a strong interaction with Pt NPs for entrapping them from dissolution/migration. This synergetic effect/interaction resulted in the uniform dispersion and strong combination of the Pt NPs on the carbon support and thus play a significant role in hindering the degradation of the catalytic activities of Pt NPs. As expected, the as-obtained Pt/NHCSs displayed improved catalytic activity and superior durability toward ORR.

  3. Preparation of Silica-Alumina Hollow Spheres with a Single Surface Hole by Co-axial Microchannel☆

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    Jinyuan Wang; Yujun Wang; Guangsheng Luo

    2014-01-01

    Si/Al composite hollow spheres with a surface hole were prepared with the co-axial microchannel in a one-step method. It is easy to use the technique for size control and continuous operation. At Si/Al ratio between 4 and 5, a hole forms on the surface, due to the fast gelation process and high viscosity of the sol. Scanning electron micros-copy, nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherms, and mercury intrusion method are used to characterize the samples. The hole size is 40–150μm and the particle size is 450–600μm. The size can be adjusted by the flow rate of the oil phase.

  4. A Facile Hydrothermal Route for Synthesis of ZnS Hollow Spheres with Photocatalytic Degradation of Dyes Under Visible Light

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    Han, Zh.; Wang, N.; Zhang, H.; Yang, X.

    2017-01-01

    A facile hydrothermal method was employed for the synthesis of ZnS hollow spheres by using thioglycolic acid (TGA) as a capping agent under hydrothermal condition. The obtained products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). No diffraction peaks from other crystalline forms were detected, the synthesized ZnS hierarchical hollow spheres were relatively pure. The photocatalytic activities of as-synthesized samples were evaluated by the degradation of methyl orange (MO) and rhodamine B (RhB) under the condition of visible-light irradiation. The higher the initial MO and RhB concentrations, the longer it takes to reach the same residual concentration, implying that the apparent rates of MO and RhB degradation decrease with increase in the initial MO and RhB concentration. The increase of photocatalyst dosage from 0.2 to 0.6 g/L results in a sharp increase of the photodegradation efficiency from 68.50 to 92.66% after 180 min of visible-light irradiation for MO degradation, and the increase of photocatalyst dosage from 0.2 to 0.4 g/L results in a distinct increase of the photodegradation efficiency from 65.72 to 90.85% after 180 min of visible-light irradiation for RhB. The elution of intermediates generated in the photocatalytic mineralization of MO and RhB resulted in an increase in total organic carbon (TOC) level, leading to the difference between TOC removal rate and MO and RhB decolorization rates.

  5. Research Update: Facile synthesis of CoFe2O4 nano-hollow spheres for efficient bilirubin adsorption

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    Rakshit, Rupali; Pal, Monalisa; Chaudhuri, Arka; Mandal, Madhuri; Mandal, Kalyan

    2015-11-01

    Herein, we report an unprecedented bilirubin (BR) adsorption efficiency of CoFe2O4 (CFO) nanostructures in contrast to the commercially available activated carbon and resin which are generally used for haemoperfusion and haemodialysis. We have synthesized CFO nanoparticles of diameter 100 nm and a series of nano-hollow spheres of diameter 100, 160, 250, and 350 nm using a simple template free solvothermal technique through proper variation of reaction time and capping agent, oleylamine (OLA), respectively, and carried out SiO2 coating by employing Stöber method. The comparative BR adsorption study of CFO and SiO2 coated CFO nanostructures indicates that apart from porosity and hollow configuration of nanostructures, the electrostatic affinity between anionic carboxyl group of BR and cationic amine group of OLA plays a significant role in adsorbing BR. Finally, we demonstrate that the BR adsorption capacity of the nanostructures can be tailored by varying the morphology as well as size of the nanostructures. We believe that our developed magnetic nanostructures could be considered as a potential material towards therapeutic applications against hyperbilirubinemia.

  6. Optical microresonator based on hollow sphere with porous wall for chemical sensing.

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    Wang, Hanzheng; Yuan, Lei; Kim, Cheol-Woon; Han, Qun; Wei, Tao; Lan, Xinwei; Xiao, Hai

    2012-01-01

    A porous-wall hollow glass microsphere (PW-HGM) was investigated as an optical resonator for chemical vapor sensing. A single mode optical fiber taper was used to interrogate the microresonator. Adsorption of chemical molecules into the nanosized pores induced a refractive index change of the thin wall and thus a shift in its resonance spectrum. The PW-HGM resonator had shown higher vapor detection sensitivity in comparison with a solid microsphere under similar test conditions.

  7. TiO2空心微球负载钒、铈催化剂的制备及其对氯苯催化燃烧性能研究%Catalytic Combustion of Chlorobenzene over TiO2 Hollow Spheres Doped with Vanadium,Cerium Catalysts

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    屈钦; 李辉; 刘善堂

    2011-01-01

    The TiO2 hollow spheres were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis.The saturated wetness impregnation method was used in preparation of V2O5/TiO2 supported Ⅴwith different loading (3%~10%) and rare earth Ce in/on hollow TiO2 spheres.The catalysts were characterized by XRD,SEM,TEM and EDS spectroscope.The images showed that the TiO2 hollow spheres were successfully prepared with the diameter of 1.5 μm and they wre typical anatase phase.The results showed that the vanadium and most of the cerium were well-dispersed in/on TiO2 hollow spheres without breaking the hollow structures.The catalytic combustion of chlorobenzene was investigated on V2O5/TiO2 and V2O5-CeO2/TiO2 catalysts.The V2O5/TiO2 catalysts containing 5 wt.%Ⅴshowed the highest activity for the catalytic combustion of chlorobenzene.When 10 wt.% Ce was added into Ⅴ (5%)/TiO2 catalyst,the conversion of chlorobenzene was increased obviously.

  8. Improvement of catalytic activity in selective oxidation of styrene with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} over spinel Mg–Cu ferrite hollow spheres in water

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    Tong, Jinhui, E-mail: jinhuitong@126.com [Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Key Laboratory of Gansu Polymer Materials, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Cai, Xiaodong; Wang, Haiyan; Zhang, Qianping [Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Key Laboratory of Gansu Polymer Materials, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China)

    2014-07-01

    Graphical abstract: Uniform spinel Mg–Cu ferrite hollow spheres were prepared using carbon spheres as templates. Solid spinel Mg{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanocrystals were also prepared by sol–gel auto-combustion, hydrothermal and coprecipitation methods for comparison. The samples were found to be efficient catalysts for oxidation of styrene using hydrogen peroxide as oxidant. Especially, in the case of Mg{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} hollow spheres, obvious improvement on catalytic activity was observed and 21.2% of styrene conversion and 75.2% of selectivity for benzaldehyde were obtained at 80 °C for 6 h reaction in water. The catalyst can be magnetically separated easily for reuse and no obvious loss of activity was observed when reused in six consecutive runs. - Highlights: • Uniform spinel ferrite hollow spheres were prepared by a simple method. • The catalyst has been proved much more efficient for styrene oxidation than the reported analogues. • The catalyst can be easily separated by external magnetic field and has exhibited excellent reusability. • The catalytic system is environmentally friendly. - Abstract: Uniform spinel Mg–Cu ferrite hollow spheres were prepared using carbon spheres as templates. For comparison, solid Mg–Cu ferrite nanocrystals were also prepared by sol–gel auto-combustion, hydrothermal and coprecipitation methods. All the samples were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometry (FT-IR), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and N{sub 2} physisorption. The samples were found to be efficient catalysts for oxidation of styrene using hydrogen peroxide as oxidant. Especially, in the case of Mg{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} hollow spheres, obvious improvement on catalytic activity was observed, and 21.2% of styrene conversion and 75.2% of selectivity for benzaldehyde were obtained at 80 °C for 6 h reaction in water. The catalyst can be

  9. Sulfur/graphitic hollow carbon sphere nano-composite as a cathode material for high-power lithium-sulfur battery.

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    Shin, Eon Sung; Kim, Min-Seop; Cho, Won Il; Oh, Si Hyoung

    2013-08-03

    The intrinsic low conductivity of sulfur which leads to a low performance at a high current rate is one of the most limiting factors for the commercialization of lithium-sulfur battery. Here, we present an easy and convenient method to synthesize a mono-dispersed hollow carbon sphere with a thin graphitic wall which can be utilized as a support with a good electrical conductivity for the preparation of sulfur/carbon nano-composite cathode. The hollow carbon sphere was prepared from the pyrolysis of the homogenous mixture of the mono-dispersed spherical silica and Fe-phthalocyanine powder in elevated temperature. The composite cathode was manufactured by infiltrating sulfur melt into the inner side of the graphitic wall. The electrochemical cycling shows a capacity of 425 mAh g-1 at 3 C current rate which is more than five times larger than that for the sulfur/carbon black nano-composite prepared by simple ball milling.

  10. Multishelled NiO Hollow Spheres Decorated by Graphene Nanosheets as Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries with Improved Reversible Capacity and Cycling Stability

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    Lihua Chu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Graphene-based nanocomposites attract many attentions because of holding promise for many applications. In this work, multishelled NiO hollow spheres decorated by graphene nanosheets nanocomposite are successfully fabricated. The multishelled NiO microspheres are uniformly distributed on the surface of graphene, which is helpful for preventing aggregation of as-reduced graphene sheets. Furthermore, the NiO/graphene nanocomposite shows much higher electrochemical performance with a reversible capacity of 261.5 mAh g−1 at a current density of 200 mA g−1 after 100 cycles tripled compared with that of pristine multishelled NiO hollow spheres, implying the potential application in modern science and technology.

  11. Highly ordered monolayer/bilayer TiO2 hollow sphere films with widely tunable visible-light reflection and absorption bands

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    Li, Jie; Qin, Yao; Jin, Chao; Li, Ying; Shi, Donglu; Schmidt-Mende, Lukas; Gan, Lihua; Yang, Jinhu

    2013-05-01

    Monolayer and bilayer TiO2 hollow hemisphere/sphere (THH/THS) films consisting of highly ordered hexagonal-patterned THHs/THSs with thin shells of ~10 nm and different diameters of ~170 and ~470 nm have been prepared by templating of two-dimensional polystyrene sphere (PS) assembly films coupled with TiO2 sputtering/wet coating approaches. Owing to their precisely adjustable structural parameters, such as THH/THS shape and diameter as well as film layer thickness, the prepared THH/THS films exhibit widely tunable visible-light reflection and absorption bands, i.e. from 380 to 850 nm for reflection and 390 to 520 nm for absorption, respectively. The mechanism of the novel optical behaviors of the THH/THS films has been discussed in depth, combined with some calculations according to Bragg's law. In addition, photocatalytic experiments of RhB degradation employing the THH/THS films as recyclable catalysts have been conducted. The THH/THS films with controlled structures and precisely tunable optical properties are attractive for a wide range of applications, such as recyclable catalysts for photocatalysis, efficient oxide electrodes or scattering layers for solar cells, gas-permeable electrode materials for high-performance sensors and so on.Monolayer and bilayer TiO2 hollow hemisphere/sphere (THH/THS) films consisting of highly ordered hexagonal-patterned THHs/THSs with thin shells of ~10 nm and different diameters of ~170 and ~470 nm have been prepared by templating of two-dimensional polystyrene sphere (PS) assembly films coupled with TiO2 sputtering/wet coating approaches. Owing to their precisely adjustable structural parameters, such as THH/THS shape and diameter as well as film layer thickness, the prepared THH/THS films exhibit widely tunable visible-light reflection and absorption bands, i.e. from 380 to 850 nm for reflection and 390 to 520 nm for absorption, respectively. The mechanism of the novel optical behaviors of the THH/THS films has been discussed

  12. Fabrication of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} bi-functional composites with hierarchical and hollow structures and their application in water treatment

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    Li, Yinhui, E-mail: lillian09281@hotmail.com; Zhang, Na; Chen, Jianxin, E-mail: chjx2000@126.com; Li, Ruijuan; Li, Liang; Li, Kunyu [Hebei University of Technology, School of Marine Science and Engineering, Engineering Research Center of Seawater Utilization Technology, Ministry of Education (China)

    2016-02-15

    The α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} bi-functional composites with hierarchical and hollow structures are fabricated through a hydrothermal route. The adsorption performance and photocatalytic activity of the composites towards Pb{sup 2+} are investigated in this work. Different adsorption kinetics models and equilibrium models are used to explore the adsorption behavior of hierarchical α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres. Experimental data show that adsorption kinetics of the hierarchical α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres can be fitted well by the pseudo-second-order model, while the isothermal data can be perfectly described by the Langmuir adsorption model. The maximum adsorption capacity of the hierarchical α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres is 32.36 mg g{sup −1}. Moreover, the hierarchical α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres possess photocatalytic oxidation character under simulated solar light irradiation. The results demonstrate that the hierarchical α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres, as effective and cheap materials, can be applied to the removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater.

  13. Characterization of silane coated hollow sphere alumina-reinforced ultra high molecular weight polyethylene composite as a possible bone substitute material

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    S Roy; S Pal

    2002-12-01

    Silane coated hollow sphere alumina ceramic particles were moulded with ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) to form a series of composites with alumina weight percent in the range from 15 to 50. The composites were prepared in a cylindrical mould using powder-processing technique. The composites were characterized for mechanical properties using destructive and non-destructive ultrasonic testing methods. The physical properties of the composite were determined and compared with those of cortical bone.

  14. Synergistic effect of double-shelled and sandwiched TiO₂@Au@C hollow spheres with enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity.

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    Cai, Jiabai; Wu, Xueqing; Li, Shunxing; Zheng, Fengying; Zhu, Licong; Lai, Zhanghua

    2015-02-18

    A novel approach for the fabrication of double-shelled, sandwiched, and nanostructured hollow spheres was proposed, using hydrotherm reaction and calcination. The negatively charged nanoparticles (e.g., Au, Ag, and Pt) could be adsorbed successively onto the positively charged hollow spheres (e.g., TiO2, ZnO, and ZrO2). The resulted nanocomposites (TiO2@Au, as a proof-of-concept) were dispersed in glucose solution under hydrothermal conditions. After calcination, uniform double-shelled and sandwiched TiO2@Au@C hollow spheres were obtained and Au nanoparticles were sandwiched between the shell wall of TiO2 and C. The samples were characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD, XPS, BET, and UV-vis DRS. The photocatalytic activity for the degradation of 4-nitroaniline was in the order of TiO2@Au@C > TiO2@C > TiO2/Au > P25. The visible-light photodegradation rate of 92.65% for 4-nitroaniline was achieved by TiO2@Au@C, which exhibited an increase of 75% compared to Degussa P25 TiO2. Furthermore, no deactivation occurred during catalytic reaction for three times, i.e., the TiO2@Au@C microspheres exhibited superior photocatalytic stability. TiO2@Au@C microspheres could also enhance the photocatalytic activity for hydrogen generation from methanol/water solutions. The synergistic effect of coupling TiO2 hollow spheres with Au nanoparticles and C shell on photocatalytic performance was proved by us. The photoexcited electrons from Au nanoparticles could be captured by the conduction band of TiO2 and then the electron-hole separation was improved. Moreover, both the visible light absorption and the affinity between TiO2 and pollutants could be improved by the coexistence of carbonaceous materials, which could facilitate the photocatalytic interface reaction.

  15. A one-step carbonization route towards nitrogen-doped porous carbon hollow spheres with ultrahigh nitrogen content for CO 2 adsorption

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    Wang, Yu

    2015-01-01

    © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015. Nitrogen doped porous carbon hollow spheres (N-PCHSs) with an ultrahigh nitrogen content of 15.9 wt% and a high surface area of 775 m2 g-1 were prepared using Melamine-formaldehyde nanospheres as hard templates and nitrogen sources. The N-PCHSs were completely characterized and were found to exhibit considerable CO2 adsorption performance (4.42 mmol g-1).

  16. Biomolecule-assisted synthesis of defect-mediated Cd1-xZnxS/MoS2/graphene hollow spheres for highly efficient hydrogen evolution.

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    Du, Ruifeng; Zhang, Yihe; Li, Baoying; Yu, Xuelian; Liu, Huijuan; An, Xiaoqiang; Qu, Jiuhui

    2016-06-28

    Moderate efficiency and the utilization of noble metal cocatalysts are the key factors that restrict the large-scale application of photocatalytic hydrogen production. To develop more efficient photocatalysts based on earth abundant elements, either a new material strategy or a fundamental understanding of the semiconductor/cocatalyst interfaces is highly desirable. In this paper, we studied the feasibility of in situ formation of defect-rich cocatalysts on graphene-based photocatalysts. A facile biomolecule-assisted strategy was used to self-assmble Cd1-xZnxS/MoS2/graphene hollow spheres. The defect-mediated cocatalyst and synergetic charge transfer around heterostructured interfaces exhibit a significant impact on the visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity of multicomponent solid solutions. With engineered interfacial defects, Cd0.8Zn0.2S/MoS2/graphene hollow spheres exhibited a 63-fold improved H2 production rate, which was even 2 and 3.8 times higher than those of CdS/MoS2/graphene hollow spheres and Cd0.8Zn0.2S/Pt. Therefore, our research provides a promising approach for the rational design of high-efficiency and low-cost photocatalysts for solar fuel production.

  17. Silicalite-1空心球材料制备及其在Beckmann重排反应中催化应用研究%Synthesis of Silicalite-1 hollow sphere catalyst and its application for Beckmann rearrangement reaction

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    金亚美; 董梅; 王国富; 王浩; 李俊汾; 樊卫斌; 王建国; 秦张峰

    2016-01-01

    以碳微球作为硬模板、纳米 Silicalite-1分子筛作为壳层,采用水热法合成了 Silicalite-1空心球材料。采用 XRD、SEM、FT-IR、N2吸附、29 Si MAS NMR、TG、XPS等技术对催化剂的物相、形貌和性能等进行表征,发现该空心材料具有较高的结晶度、发达的多级孔道结构和丰富的表面羟基。与传统方法制备的Silicalite-1分子筛催化剂相比,Silicalite-1空心材料在环己酮肟Beckmann重排反应中表现出优异的催化性能,使环己酮肟的转化率达99%、己内酰胺的选择性达94%,同时催化剂保持极佳的稳定性。研究表明,Silicalite-1空心材料中具有的大量巢式硅羟基和末端硅羟基是Beckmann重排反应的主要活性位,且可通过简单焙烧再生实现羟基活性位的完全恢复。%Silicalite-1 zeolite hollow sphere structured material was hydrothermally synthesized via the aid of carbon microspheres as hard-template. The morphology, structure, textural and physicochemical properties of the material were characterized with XRD, SEM, FT-IR, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm, 29 Si MAS NMR, TG, and XPS techniques. It was suggested that the obtained Silicalite-1 hollow spheres were highly crystallized with developed multiple channel structure and abundant surface hydroxyl groups, which endowed the material with excellent catalytic properties in Beckmann rearrangement reaction of cyclohexanone-oxime. Compared with the Silicalite-1 catalyst prepared from conventional method, the Silicalite-1 hollow sphere catalyst showed much higher activity to the conversion of cyclohexanone-oxime ( 99%) and selectivity of caprolactam ( 94%) , with excellent stability at the same time. The abundant nest silanols and terminal silanols in Silicalite-1 hollow sphere were main active sites for Beckmann rearrangement reaction, and could be easily recovered from the deactivated catalysts by calcination.

  18. Novel magnetic behavior of Mn-doped ZnO hierarchical hollow spheres

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    Hao Yaoming; Lou Shiyun; Zhou Shaomin, E-mail: shaominzhou@yahoo.com; Wang Yongqiang; Chen Xiliang; Zhu Gongyu; Yuan Ruijian; Li Ning [Henan University, Key Lab for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Education (China)

    2012-01-15

    In this study, unique three-dimensional Zn{sub 0.98}Mn{sub 0.02}O hierarchical hollow microspheres (HHMs) with diameters of 5-8 {mu}m have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal approach. In particular, room-temperature magnetization measurements indicate that novel co-existence of ferromagnetism (FM)/paramagnetism (PM) and only PM behaviors for the as-annealed Zn{sub 0.98}Mn{sub 0.02}O HHMs at 673 and 1,073 K, respectively, in Ar gas atmosphere appear, whereas the as-synthesized ones show merely pure FM. Based on the Photoluminescence and Raman spectra, it is confirmed that the concentrations of oxygen vacancies in Zn{sub 0.98}Mn{sub 0.02}O HHMs were becoming larger and larger with increasing annealing temperature. Corresponding magnetic evolution mechanism is proposed to relate to oxygen vacancies based on annealing processes. This novel magnetic property will enrich our understanding of diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  19. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on anatase TiO 2 hollow spheres/carbon nanotube composite films

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    Yu, Jiaguo; Fan, Jiajie; Cheng, Bei

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on anatase TiO 2 hollow spheres (TiO2HS)/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) nanocomposite films are prepared by a directly mechanical mixing and doctor blade method. The prepared samples are characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and N 2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photoelectric conversion performances of the DSSCs based on TiO2HS/CNT composite film electrodes are also compared with commercial-grade Degussa P25 TiO 2 nanoparticles (P25)/CNT composite solar cells at the same film thickness. The results indicate that the photoelectric conversion efficiencies (η) of the TiO2HS/CNT composite DSSCs are dependent on CNT loading in the electrodes. A small amount of CNT clearly enhances DSSC efficiency, while excessive CNT loading significantly lowers their performance. The former is because CNT enhance the transport of electrons from the films to FTO substrates. The latter is due to high CNT loading shielding the visible light from being adsorbed by dyes.

  20. Effect of heat treatment temperature on microstructure and electrochemical properties of hollow carbon spheres prepared in high-pressure argon

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    Boyang Liu; Yun Zhou; Dechang Jia; Pengjian Zuo; Yingfeng Shao; Jingwei Zhang

    2011-12-01

    Heat treatment was carried out between 800 and 1200°C to investigate its effects on the microstructure and electrochemical properties of the hollow carbon spheres (HCSs) prepared in high-pressure argon. Samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and N2 adsorption–desorption isotherms. The graphitization of the HCSs was improved with increase of heat treatment temperature. Mesopores of . 4 nm in diameter were created on the HCSs after the heat treatment. The results of electrochemical performance measurements for the HCSs as anode material for lithium ion batteries indicate that the discharge capacity of the HCSs is improved after heat treatment at 800°C compared with the as-prepared HCSs and have a maximum value of 357 mAh/g and still retains 303 mAh/g after 40 cycles. However, the discharge capacity of the HCSs decreases and the cycling performance is improved with the increase of heat treatment temperature.

  1. Urchin-like cobalt incorporated manganese oxide OMS-2 hollow spheres: Synthesis, characterization and catalytic degradation of RhB dye

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    Ahmed, Khalid Abdelazez Mohamed; Li, Buyi; Tan, Bien; Huang, Kaixun

    2013-01-01

    Urchin-like KxCoyMn8-yO16 hollow spheres assembled from nanoplate building blocks were successfully fabricated via a one-pot hydrothermal route using cobalt acetate and potassium permanganate as raw material. The products were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) measurement. The thermal stability and surface areas of cobalt ion in the manganese sites of KMn8O16 structures were clearly evidenced by TGA and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms curves. Based on time depended experiment results, a possible formation mechanism for this structures was proposed. The catalytic degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) on KxCoyMn8-yO16 materials has, therefore been dependent for the molar precursor ratio and specific surface area of the as-fabricated products. UV-vis, LC-MS and barium hydroxide methods were utilized to monitor the temporal course of the catalytic reaction.

  2. A facile approach to synthesize SiO2 · Re2O3 (Re = Y, Eu, La, Sm, Tb, Pr) hollow sphere and its application in drug release

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    Li, Zhihua; Zhu, Lin; Liu, Qian; Du, Yu; Wang, Feng

    2013-01-01

    Multifunctional SiO2 · Re2O3 (Re = Y, Eu, La, Sm, Tb, Pr) hollow spheres (HSs) have been fabricated using an acidic Re3+ ion solution. Under ultraviolet radiation, functional HSs emit different colors of light according to the different rare-earth ions embedded into the shell of SiO2 hollow spheres. The as-prepared hollow capsules were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method, scanning...

  3. Controlled Growth of Carbon Spheres Through the Mg-Reduction Route

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    Lin Hailin

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Hollow spheres, hollow capsules and solid spheres of carbon were selectively synthesized by Mg-reduction of hexachlorobutadiene at appropriate reaction conditions. X-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectra reveal that the as-prepared materials have a well-ordered structure. A possible formation mechanism has been proposed.

  4. Preparation of Mesoporous Hollow Spheres of Silica and Titania Using Melamine Formaldehyde Microspheres as Templates%以三聚氰胺甲醛微球为模板制备介孔二氧化硅和二氧化钛空心微球

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    房洪杰; 刘慧; 闫芳; 李洪亮

    2015-01-01

    以聚合物三聚氰胺甲醛(MF)微球为模板,十六烷基三甲基溴化铵(CTAB)为致孔剂,经溶胶–凝胶和高温煅烧两步法,制备了SiO2和TiO2介孔结构的空心微球。以亚甲基蓝水溶液为模型物,分别评价了SiO2和TiO2微球的吸附性能和光催化活性。对空心微球的结构、形貌和光谱性质进行了表征。结果表明:两种微球的粒径为300 nm 左右,具有完整的球形空腔、较高的比表面积和介孔结构壳层;SiO2空心微球具有良好的吸附性能,而 TiO2空心微球在紫外光照射下有高效的光催化活性。%Mesoporous hollow spheres consisting of SiO2 or TiO2 were prepared with melamine formaldehyde microspheres as a core template and hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide as a pore directing agent via a sol-gel process and subsequent calcination. The adsorption property of SiO2 hollow spheres and photocatalytic degradation activity of TiO2 hollow spheres to methylene blue (MB) were investigated, respectively.The structure, morphology, composition and optical properties of the resultant hollow sphere were characterized. The results show that the hollow spheres with the diameter of 300 nm, the relative large specific surface area and the mesoporous shell can be obtained. The SiO2 hollow spheres show an intensive adsorption performance to MB. The TiO2 hollow spheres have the superior photocatalytic degradation property under an ultraviolet light equipped.

  5. Ta2O5 Hollow Sphere:Fabrication and Photocatalytic Activity%Ta2O5空心球的制备及光催化性能

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    郭国龙; 黄建花

    2011-01-01

    Polystyrene (PS) spheres with a diameter of ~500 nm were prepared by emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization.TaO3 nanosheet crystallites and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) were deposited on PS beads using layer-by-layer assembly technique.The hollow spheres of Ta2O5, with a diameter of ~500 nm and shell thickness of ~10 nm, were obtained by removing the PS core and PDDA layers at 650 ℃.XRD pattern confirms that the hollow spheres are orthorhombic Ta2O5.The hollow structure significantly improves the photocatalytic activity of Ta2O5.Under UV irradiation for 60 min, more than 90% of methylene blue is degraded in the presence of Ta2O5 hollow spheres, while it is only 28% for commercial Ta2O5 powders.%采用无皂乳液聚合法合成了粒径为500 nm的聚苯乙烯(PS)球.运用层层自组装技术在PS球表面交替沉积单分子层的TaO3纳米页与聚二烯丙基_甲基氯化铵(PDDA)多层膜,650℃煅烧除去PS模板和PDDA高分子层后.得到Ta2O5空心球.空心球的直径为500nm左右,壁厚约10 nm.XRD结果显示该空心球为正交晶系Ta2O5.空心结构显著提高了Ta2O5的光催化活性,在紫外光照射60 min后,Ta2O5空心球降解亚甲基蓝达90%以上,而商品Ta2O5只能降解28%.

  6. Dynamic energy absorption characteristics of hollow microlattice structures

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    Liu, YL; Schaedler, TA; Chen, X

    2014-10-01

    Hollow microlattice structures are promising candidates for advanced energy absorption and their characteristics under dynamic crushing are explored. The energy absorption can be significantly enhanced by inertial stabilization, shock wave effect and strain rate hardening effect. In this paper we combine theoretical analysis and comprehensive finite element method simulation to decouple the three effects, and then obtain a simple model to predict the overall dynamic effects of hollow microlattice structures. Inertial stabilization originates from the suppression of sudden crushing of the microlattice and its contribution scales with the crushing speed, v. Shock wave effect comes from the discontinuity across the plastic shock wave front during dynamic loading and its contribution scales with e. The strain rate effect increases the effective yield strength upon dynamic deformation and increases the energy absorption density. A mechanism map is established that illustrates the dominance of these three dynamic effects at a range of crushing speeds. Compared with quasi-static loading, the energy absorption capacity a dynamic loading of 250 m/s can be enhanced by an order of magnitude. The study may shed useful insight on designing and optimizing the energy absorption performance of hollow microlattice structures under various dynamic loads. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Sandwich-structured hollow fiber membranes for osmotic power generation

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    Fu, Feng Jiang

    2015-11-01

    In this work, a novel sandwich-structured hollow fiber membrane has been developed via a specially designed spinneret and optimized spinning conditions. With this specially designed spinneret, the outer layer, which is the most crucial part of the sandwich-structured membrane, is maintained the same as the traditional dual-layer membrane. The inner substrate layer is separated into two layers: (1) an ultra-thin middle layer comprising a high molecular weight polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) additive to enhance integration with the outer polybenzimidazole (PBI) selective layer, and (2) an inner-layer to provide strong mechanical strength for the membrane. Experimental results show that a high water permeability and good mechanical strength could be achieved without the expensive post treatment process to remove PVP which was necessary for the dual-layer pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) membranes. By optimizing the composition, the membrane shows a maximum power density of 6.23W/m2 at a hydraulic pressure of 22.0bar when 1M NaCl and 10mM NaCl are used as the draw and feed solutions, respectively. To our best knowledge, this is the best phase inversion hollow fiber membrane with an outer selective PBI layer for osmotic power generation. In addition, this is the first work that shows how to fabricate sandwich-structured hollow fiber membranes for various applications. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

  8. Novel on-chip spiral inductors with back hollow structure

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    Wang, Gang; Liu, Houfang; Li, Xiaoning; Qiu, Haochuan; Yang, Yi; Ren, Tian-Ling

    2017-01-01

    In this work, on-chip spiral inductors with back hollow structure have been prepared on the 500 μm thick silicon substrate with high resistivity (ρ > 5000Ωcm). The silicon underneath the inductor region has been completely etched by deep etching process in order to reduce the substrate eddy current losses. Several types of square spiral on-chip inductors with different metal width (w) and line spacing (s) in the case of w + s = 40μm were fabricated. The experimental results are verified by FEM simulation using HFSS software. The results show that the Q-factor and self-resonance frequency of back hollow structure inductors are both enhanced compared with the conventional inductors. Furthermore, narrower width of coils for the on-chip spiral inductors with back hollow structure can result in higher Q-factor, inductance L and self-resonance frequency, which provide some important design guides for the fabrication of the high performance on-chip inductors.

  9. A novel enzymatic glucose sensor based on Pt nanoparticles-decorated hollow carbon spheres-modified glassy carbon electrode

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    Luhana, Charles; Bo Xiangjie; Ju Jian; Guo Liping, E-mail: guolp078@nenu.edu.cn [Northeast Normal University, Faculty of Chemistry (China)

    2012-10-15

    A new glucose biosensor was developed based on hollow carbon spheres decorated with platinum nanoparticles (Pt/HCSs)-modified glassy carbon electrode immobilized with glucose oxidase (GOx) with the help of Nafion. The Pt nanoparticles were well dispersed on the HCSs with an average size of 2.29 nm. The detection of glucose was achieved via electrochemical detection of the enzymatically liberated H{sub 2}O{sub 2} at +0.5 V versus Ag/AgCl at physiologic pH of 7.4. The Pt/HCSs-modified electrode exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activities toward both the oxidation and reduction of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. The glucose biosensor showed good electrocatalytic performance in terms of high sensitivity (4.1 {mu}A mM{sup -1}), low detection limit (1.8 {mu}M), fast response time <3 s, and wide linear range (0.04-8.62 mM). The apparent Michaelis-Menten constant (K{sub m}) and the maximum current density (i{sub max}) values for the biosensor were 10.94 mM and 887 {mu}A cm{sup -2} respectively. Furthermore, this biosensor showed an acceptable reproducibility and high stability. The interfering signals from ascorbic acid and uric acid at concentration levels normally found in human blood were not much compared with the response to glucose. Blood serum samples were also tested with this biosensor and a good recovery was achieved for the two spiked serum samples.

  10. MnO2 Nanofilms on Nitrogen-Doped Hollow Graphene Spheres as a High-Performance Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction.

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    Yu, Qiangmin; Xu, Jiaoxing; Wu, Chuxin; Zhang, Jianshuo; Guan, Lunhui

    2016-12-28

    Platinum is commonly chosen as an electrocatalyst used for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). In this study, we report an active catalyst composed of MnO2 nanofilms grown directly on nitrogen-doped hollow graphene spheres, which exhibits high activity toward ORR with positive onset potential (0.94 V vs RHE), large current density (5.2 mA cm(-2)), and perfect stability. Significantly, when it was used as catalyst for air electrode, a zinc-air battery exhibited a high power density (82 mW cm(-2)) and specific capacities (744 mA h g(-1)) comparable to that with Pt/C (20 wt %) as air cathode. The enhanced activity is ascribed to the synergistic interaction between MnO2 and the doped hollow carbon nanomaterials. This easy and cheap method paves a way of synthesizing high-performance electrocatalysts for ORR.

  11. Effects of Heat Treatment Temperature and Time on Structure and Static Magnetic Property of W-type Ferrite Hollow Microspheres

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    REN Ping; GUAN Jianguo; ZHANG Junxi

    2007-01-01

    Hollow spheres of hexagonal ferrite BaCo2Fe16O27 were fabricated through a spray pyrolysis technique using co-precipitation ferrite powder precursor as materials, followed by calcinations in an air atmosphere. The phase composition, micro-morphology, and static magnetic property of the particles were measured by XRD, SEM, and VSM. The results indicate that the method for preparation of ferrite hollow microspheres (FHM) results in a broad particles size distribution. The density of FHM decreased from 5.31 g/cm3 to 2.31 g/cm3. When the heating rate was 5 ℃/min, and temperature was 1 200 ℃ for 4 hours, pure W-type ferrites were formed. With the heat treatment temperature and time increasing, the crystal structure becomes perfect, the saturation magnetization is increased and the coercive force is decreased.

  12. Hollow Spheres of Iron Carbide Nanoparticles Encased in Graphitic Layers as Oxygen Reduction Catalysts

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    Hu, Yang; Jensen, Jens Oluf; Zhang, Wei;

    2014-01-01

    of uniform iron carbide (Fe3C) nanoparticles encased by graphitic layers, with little surface nitrogen or metallic functionalities. In acidic media the outer graphitic layers stabilize the carbide nanoparticles without depriving them of their catalytic activity towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR......). As a result the catalyst is highly active and stable in both acid and alkaline electrolytes. The synthetic approach, the carbide‐based catalyst, the structure of the catalysts, and the proposed mechanism open new avenues for the development of ORR catalysts....

  13. Dual-Confined Sulfur Nanoparticles Encapsulated in Hollow TiO2 Spheres Wrapped with Graphene for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

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    Fan, Haining; Tang, Qunli; Chen, Xiaohua; Fan, Binbin; Chen, Shanliang; Hu, Aiping

    2016-10-20

    Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries are attractive owing to their higher energy density and lower cost compared with the universally used lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), but there are some problems that stop their practical use, such as low utilization and rapid capacity-fading of the sulfur cathode, which is mainly caused by the shuttle effect, and the uncontrollable deposition of lithium sulfide species. Herein, we report the design and fabrication of dual-confined sulfur nanoparticles that were encapsulated inside hollow TiO2 spheres; the encapsulated nanoparticles were prepared by a facile hydrolysis process combined with acid etching, followed by "wrapping" with graphene (G-TiO2 @S). In this unique composite architecture, the hollow TiO2 spheres acted as effective sulfur carriers by confining the polysulfides and buffering volume changes during the charge-discharge processes by means of physical force from the hollow spheres and chemical binding between TiO2 and the polysulfides. Moreover, the graphene-wrapped skin provided an effective 3D conductive network to improve the electronic conductivity of the sulfur cathode and, at the same time, to further suppress the dissolution of the polysulfides. As results, the G-TiO2 @S hybrids exhibited a high and stable discharge capacity of up to 853.4 mA h g(-1) over 200 cycles at 0.5 C (1 C=1675 mA g(-1) ) and an excellent rate capability of 675 mA h g(-1) at a current rate of 2 C; thus, G-TiO2 @S holds great promise as a cathode material for Li-S batteries.

  14. Study of preparation method of nanometer-sized hollow nickel spheres based on substance-field model%基于物-场模型的纳米空心镍球的制备方法研究

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    胡连军; 李彦; 李翔龙; 李文强; 万延见

    2013-01-01

      针对目前混镍粉电火花腐蚀制备纳米空心镍球,存在着蚀除电极金属液滴与工作液中的小气泡不能充分结合,形成中空结构的问题,采用创新设计方法及知识库进行解决。根据实际工况,构建问题物-场模型,在知识库中搜索多种场,获得相应的解决方案。运用模糊评价法对多种方案进行评价与排序,挑选出最优方案---采用超声波场代替原有的机械场,开发出超声波制备纳米空心镍球装置,较好地改善了原有系统制备空心镍球的质量和效率。%In current preparation of nanometer-sized hollow nickel spheres by nickel powder-mixed spark erosion ,ablative nickel droplets and small bubbles in the working liquid could not be fully integrated to form the hollow structure .The problem could be solved by adopting innovation de-sign methods and knowledge base .According to the actual working condition ,a substance-field model was settled and a variety of corresponding solutions were caught by searching multiple fields in the knowledge base .The solutions were evaluated and sorted by fuzzy evaluation meth-od ,then ,the optimal solution was selected that replacing the original mechanical field with ultra-sonic filed .Thus ,preparation of nanometer-sized hollow nickel spheres by ultrasonic device was introduced ,it could improve the quality and efficiency of preparation of hollow nickel spheres .

  15. Preparation and Electromagnetic Wave-absorbing Properties of Micro-polyaniline/Fe3 O4 Hollow Spheres%微米聚苯胺/Fe3 O4空心球的制备及吸波性能

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    李涛; 张龙; 陈颖; 郭亚军; 杜雪岩

    2015-01-01

    采用界面聚合和Pickering乳液聚合相结合的方法,以甲苯为软模板,磁性Fe3 O4纳米颗粒为稳定剂,十二烷基苯磺酸钠( SDBS)为乳化剂,过硫酸铵( APS)为氧化剂,盐酸( HCl)为掺杂剂,制备了掺杂态聚苯胺/Fe3O4(D-PANI/Fe3O4)空心球.作为比较,在不掺杂盐酸的条件下,制备了本征态聚苯胺/Fe3O4(PANI/Fe3 O4)空心球.用透射电子显微镜( TEM)、扫描电子显微镜( SEM)、X射线衍射( XRD)仪、傅里叶变换红外光谱( FTIR)仪、热重分析( TG)仪、振动样品磁强( VSM)计及恒压四探针测试仪对复合材料的形貌、结构、组成和电磁性能进行了表征.结果表明, D-PANI/Fe3 O4空心球的直径约为2.8μm,电导率和饱和磁化强度(Ms)分别为2.75×10-2 S/cm 和54.26 A·m2/kg.用矢量网络分析(VNA)仪对 D-PANI/Fe3O4空心球和PANI/Fe3 O4空心球吸波性能进行分析,结果表明, D-PANI/Fe3 O4空心球在12.64 GHz处的最小反射率为-43.3 dB,对应的匹配厚度为2 mm,其吸波性能明显优于PANI/Fe3 O4空心球.%Doped polyaniline/Fe3 O4( D-PANI/Fe3 O4 ) with hollow spheres were prepared by the combination of interfacial polymerization and Pickering emulsion polymerization method with toluene as soft template, Fe3 O4 nanoparticles as cosurfactant, sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate( SDBS) as emulsifier, ammonium per-sulfate ( APS ) as oxidant, hydrochloric acid ( HCl ) as the doping agent. And as a comparison, the polyaniline/Fe3 O4 ( PANI/Fe3 O4 ) with hollow spheres were prepared without acid doping. The morphology, structure, integrant, magnetic and electrical properties of the composite material were characterized by trans-mission electron microscopy( TEM) , scanning electron microscopy( SEM) , X-ray diffraction( XRD) , Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy( FTIR) , thermogravimetric( TG) , vibration sample magnetism( VSM) and the four-probe method, respectively. The results indicate that the D-PANI/Fe3 O4 with hollow spheres structures

  16. Highly Durable Supportless Pt Hollow Spheres Designed for Enhanced Oxygen Transport in Cathode Catalyst Layers of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells.

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    Dogan, Didem C; Cho, Seonghun; Hwang, Sun-Mi; Kim, Young-Min; Guim, Hwanuk; Yang, Tae-Hyun; Park, Seok-Hee; Park, Gu-Gon; Yim, Sung-Dae

    2016-10-10

    Supportless Pt catalysts have several advantages over conventional carbon-supported Pt catalysts in that they are not susceptible to carbon corrosion. However, the need for high Pt loadings in membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) to achieve state-of-the-art fuel cell performance has limited their application in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Herein, we report a new approach to the design of a supportless Pt catalyst in terms of catalyst layer architecture, which is crucial for fuel cell performance as it affects water management and oxygen transport in the catalyst layers. Large Pt hollow spheres (PtHSs) 100 nm in size were designed and prepared using a carbon template method. Despite their large size, the unique structure of the PtHSs, which are composed of a thin-layered shell of Pt nanoparticles (ca. 7 nm thick), exhibited a high surface area comparable to that of commercial Pt black (PtB). The PtHS structure also exhibited twice the durability of PtB after 2000 potential cycles (0-1.3 V, 50 mV/s). A MEA fabricated with PtHSs showed significant improvement in fuel cell performance compared to PtB-based MEAs at high current densities (>800 mA/cm(2)). This was mainly due to the 2.7 times lower mass transport resistance in the PtHS-based catalyst layers compared to that in PtB, owing to the formation of macropores between the PtHSs and high porosity (90%) in the PtHS catalyst layers. The present study demonstrates a successful example of catalyst design in terms of catalyst layer architecture, which may be applied to a real fuel cell system.

  17. The rising motion of spheres in structured fluids with yield stress

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    Mirzaagha, S.; Pasquino, R.; Iuliano, E.; D'Avino, G.; Zonfrilli, F.; Guida, V.; Grizzuti, N.

    2017-09-01

    The rising of spherical bodies in structured fluids with yield stress is studied. The system is a suspension of hydrogenated castor oil colloidal fibers in a surfactant micellar solution. The fiber network confers to the fluid a viscoelastic behavior, with a well-defined yield stress, which increases with increasing fiber concentration. Various fluids with different fiber contents are prepared and rheologically characterized. A home-made time-lapse photography setup is used to monitor the time evolution position of the spherical particles, and the rising motion of both hollow spheres and air bubbles, in the diameter range 65-550 μm, is measured. The experiments last as long as several weeks, corresponding to significantly low measured velocities. Finite element simulations are performed to support the experimental data, assuming both interfacial slip and no slip conditions. The fluid dynamic phenomenon is studied and discussed in terms of dimensionless numbers, such as yield ratio, Bingham number, and Stokes drag coefficient. The results are novel for the system (suspending medium and hollow spheres) and for the covered Bingham number range, which is extended over three orders of magnitude in comparison with already available literature results. Our values provide quantitative data of the mechanical properties (i.e., yield stress value) at very low shear rates, in a prohibitive range for a traditional rheometer, and agree with the macroscopic rheological response. Moreover, the important role of the power law index n of the Herschel-Bulkley model, used to fit the data, has been highlighted. Our results, based on a Bingham-like fluid, are compared with the experimental data already available with Carbopol, treated as a Herschel Bulkley fluid with n = 0.5. The results could have important implications in the fabric and personal care detergency, a technological area where many fluids have composition and show rheological properties similar to those considered in the

  18. The preparation and electrochemical performance of Pt/graphene hollow spheres%载Pt石墨烯中空微球催化剂的制备及其电催化性能

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    周灵怡; 方立国

    2016-01-01

    目前,直接甲醇燃料电池(DMFC)已成为世界各国探寻新型绿色动力源的首选。铂基催化剂虽然被公认为催化甲醇氧化最有效的催化剂,但离其商业化应用仍然存在较大差距。提高铂的利用率和电催化性能被公认为是解决DMFC商业化的关键问题。基于以上考虑,本文采用一种不需要使用表面活性剂的模板辅助法成功合成出了石墨烯中空球,并利用电沉积法负载 Pt 纳米颗粒。该载 Pt 石墨烯中空微球具有非常高的比表面积(226.4m2/g)和相互连通的结构。电化学测试结果表明,该载 Pt 石墨烯中空球的电化学活性表面积高达43.27 m2/(g,Pt),峰值电流密度几乎是商业铂碳的两倍,且稳定性明显高于商业化铂碳。该载Pt石墨烯中空球对甲醇氧化展现出了极好的应用前景。%Direct methanol fuel cell(DMFC)is considered to be a prioritized choice for green power. Platinum-based catalyst material is well recognized as an excellent catalyst for methanol oxidation,but is still a bit immature for the commercial application. And,improving the utilization rate and the electrochemical performance of Pt is the key solution. Thus,the ultrathin-shell graphene hollow spheres have been designed and synthesized by a simple template assisted method without surfactant, then electrodeposition is employed to coat Pt nanoparticles on them. It was found that the obtained Pt/graphene hollow spheres had a high surface area(226.4m2/g)and an interconnected structure. More important,the Pt/graphene hollow spheres exhibited outstanding electrochemical performance. It was found that ECSA of the Pt/graphene hollow spheres is 43.27m2/(g,Pt),and their peak current density was nearly twice as that of commercial Pt/C catalysts,and the stability was also better. So,the Pt/graphene hollow spheres should had a promising prospect towards methanol oxidation.

  19. A facile approach to synthesize SiO2 · Re2O3 (Re = Y, Eu, La, Sm, Tb, Pr) hollow sphere and its application in drug release

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    Li, Zhihua; Zhu, Lin; Liu, Qian; Du, Yu; Wang, Feng

    2013-10-01

    Multifunctional SiO2 · Re2O3 (Re = Y, Eu, La, Sm, Tb, Pr) hollow spheres (HSs) have been fabricated using an acidic Re3+ ion solution. Under ultraviolet radiation, functional HSs emit different colors of light according to the different rare-earth ions embedded into the shell of SiO2 hollow spheres. The as-prepared hollow capsules were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive spectrometry. Drug loading and release experiments have been carried out using SiO2 · Eu2O3 HSs that acted as drug carriers. The results demonstrate that the multifunctional HSs exhibit a high storage capacity and the ability of retaining drug stability and activity, which indicates that the as-synthesized fluorescent hollow capsules are a potential candidate as drug delivery materials.

  20. Simultaneous chemical modification and structural transformation of Stöber silica spheres for integration of nanocatalysts

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    Yao, Kexin

    2012-01-10

    A synthetic approach has been devised to convert conventional Stöber silica (SiO 2) spheres into a new type of porous structural platform for supporting multicomponent catalysts. With this approach, we have first prepared zinc-doped SiO 2 (Zn-SiO 2) hollow spheres, on which zinc oxide (ZnO) phase and ruthenium (Ru) nanoparticles have been deposited and assembled sequentially in solution phase. A series of complex Ru/ZnO/Zn-SiO 2 nanocatalysts has been thus been integrated onto the zinc-doped SiO 2 supports after additional thermal treatment and reduction. To test their workability under harsh reactive environments, we have further evaluated the above prepared catalysts using arene hydrogenation as model reactions. These integrated nanocatalysts have shown superior activity, high robustness, and easy recovery in the studied heterogeneous catalysis. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  1. Hierarchical NiCo2O4 Hollow Sphere as a Peroxidase Mimetic for Colorimetric Detection of H2O2 and Glucose

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    Wei Huang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the hierarchical NiCo2O4 hollow sphere synthesized via a “coordinating etching and precipitating” process was demonstrated to exhibit intrinsic peroxidase-like activity. The peroxidase-like activity of NiCo2O4, NiO, and Co3O4 hollow spheres were comparatively studied by the catalytic oxidation reaction of 3,3,5,5-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB in presence of H2O2, and a superior peroxidase-like activity of NiCo2O4 was confirmed by stronger absorbance at 652 nm. Furthermore, the proposed sensing platform showed commendable response to H2O2 with a linear range from 10 μM to 400 μM, and a detection limit of 0.21 μM. Cooperated with GOx, the developed novel colorimetric and visual glucose-sensing platform exhibited high selectivity, favorable reproducibility, satisfactory applicability, wide linear range (from 0.1 mM to 4.5 mM, and a low detection limit of 5.31 μM. In addition, the concentration-dependent color change would offer a better and handier way for detection of H2O2 and glucose by naked eye.

  2. Hierarchical NiCo2O4 Hollow Sphere as a Peroxidase Mimetic for Colorimetric Detection of H2O2 and Glucose

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    Huang, Wei; Lin, Tianye; Cao, Yang; Lai, Xiaoyong; Peng, Juan; Tu, Jinchun

    2017-01-01

    In this work, the hierarchical NiCo2O4 hollow sphere synthesized via a “coordinating etching and precipitating” process was demonstrated to exhibit intrinsic peroxidase-like activity. The peroxidase-like activity of NiCo2O4, NiO, and Co3O4 hollow spheres were comparatively studied by the catalytic oxidation reaction of 3,3,5,5-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) in presence of H2O2, and a superior peroxidase-like activity of NiCo2O4 was confirmed by stronger absorbance at 652 nm. Furthermore, the proposed sensing platform showed commendable response to H2O2 with a linear range from 10 μM to 400 μM, and a detection limit of 0.21 μM. Cooperated with GOx, the developed novel colorimetric and visual glucose-sensing platform exhibited high selectivity, favorable reproducibility, satisfactory applicability, wide linear range (from 0.1 mM to 4.5 mM), and a low detection limit of 5.31 μM. In addition, the concentration-dependent color change would offer a better and handier way for detection of H2O2 and glucose by naked eye. PMID:28124997

  3. Fe3O4/C composite with hollow spheres in porous 3D-nanostructure as anode material for the lithium-ion batteries

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    Yang, Zhao; Su, Danyang; Yang, Jinping; Wang, Jing

    2017-09-01

    3d transition-metal oxides, especially Fe3O4, as anode materials for the lithium-ion batteries have been attracting intensive attentions in recent years due to their high energy capacity and low toxicity. A new Fe3O4/C composite with hollow spheres in porous three-dimensional (3D) nanostructure, which was synthesized by a facile solvothermal method using FeCl3·6H2O and porous spongy carbon as raw materials. The specific surface area and microstructures of composite were characterized by nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm method, FE-SEM and HR-TEM. A homogeneous distribution of hollow Fe3O4 spheres (diameter ranges from 120 nm to 150 nm) in the spongy carbon (pore size > 200 nm) conductive 3D-network significantly reduced the lithium-ion diffusion length and increased the electrochemical reaction area, and further more enhanced the lithium ion battery performance, such as discharge capacity and cycle life. As an anode material for the lithium-ion battery, the title composite exhibit excellent electrochemical properties. The Fe3O4/C composite electrode achieved a relatively high reversible specific capacity of 1450.1 mA h g-1 in the first cycle at 100 mA g-1, and excellent rate capability (69% retention at 1000 mA g-1) with good cycle stability (only 10% loss after 100 cycles).

  4. Diamond-Structured Photonic Crystals with Graded Air Spheres Radii

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    Dichen Li

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available A diamond-structured photonic crystal (PC with graded air spheres radii was fabricated successfully by stereolithography (SL and gel-casting process. The graded radii in photonic crystal were formed by uniting different radii in photonic crystals with a uniform radius together along the Г‑Х direction. The stop band was observed between 26.1 GHz and 34.3 GHz by reflection and transmission measurements in the direction. The result agreed well with the simulation attained by the Finite Integration Technique (FIT. The stop band width was 8.2 GHz and the resulting gap/midgap ratio was 27.2%, which became respectively 141.4% and 161.9% of the perfect PC. The results indicate that the stop band width of the diamond-structured PC can be expanded by graded air spheres radii along the Г‑Х direction, which is beneficial to develop a multi bandpass filter.

  5. Basis functions for electronic structure calculations on spheres

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    Gill, Peter M W; Agboola, Davids

    2014-01-01

    We introduce a new basis function (the spherical gaussian) for electronic structure calculations on spheres of any dimension $D$. We find \\alert{general} expressions for the one- and two-electron integrals and propose an efficient computational algorithm incorporating the Cauchy-Schwarz bound. Using numerical calculations for the $D = 2$ case, we show that spherical gaussians are more efficient than spherical harmonics when the electrons are strongly localized.

  6. Solvent-free synthesis of nanosized hierarchical sodalite zeolite with a multi-hollow polycrystalline structure

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    Zeng, Shangjing

    2016-08-03

    A solvent-free route is developed for preparing nanoscale sodalite zeolite with a multi-hollow structure. Furthermore, the synthesis of nanosized hollow sodalite polycrystalline aggregates with a mesoporous structure and high crystallinity is investigated by adding an organosilane surfactant as a mesopore-generating agent.

  7. Effect of Perforation Area and Arrangement Pattern on Structural Behaviour of Nature Inspired Perforated Hollow Structure

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    Woo Yian Peen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The Cholla cactus skeleton has been the inspiration source for this study, in our effort to search forlight and more structural effective structures. This woody skeleton of Cholla with oval shaped perforationsarranged in spiral pattern is found strong enough to support the cactus self weight. This research has beencarried out to investigate the effects of percentage of perforations and perforations arrangements on structuralbehaviour of cylindrical hollow section. A total of eleven models consisting of one cylindrical hollow sectionwithout perforation as the control model and ten simplified perforated cylindrical hollow sections have beenconstructed using a finite element method software. The perforated models have been assigned with 10 to 50percent of perforations area by fixing the number of perforations to twenty and altering the perforation size toachieve the percentage variable. Computational analyses have been carried out for three loading conditions:compressive, flexural and torsional. Findings have shown that the increment in percentage of perforationsproduces higher stresses to the cylindrical hollow section. This has effects on the structural capacity of thecylindrical hollow section. Array arrangement of the perforations shows better structural performance incompression and flexural loading conditions while spiral arrangement exhibits better structural performanceunder torsional loading condition.

  8. Towards composite spheres as building blocks for structured molecules

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    Lee, Lloyd L.; Pellicane, Giuseppe

    2016-10-01

    In order to design a flexible molecular model that mimics the chemical moieties of a polyatomic molecule, we propose the ‘composite-sphere’ model that can assemble the essential elements to produce the structure of the target molecule. This is likened to the polymerization process where monomers assemble to form the polymer. The assemblage is built into the pair interaction potentials which can ‘react’ (figuratively) with selective pieces into various bonds. In addition, we preserve the spherical symmetries of the individual pair potentials so that the isotropic Ornstein-Zernike equation (OZ) for multi-component mixtures can be used as a theoretical framework. We first test our approach on generating a dumbbell molecule. An equimolar binary mixture of hard spheres and square-well spheres are allowed to react to form a dimer. As the bond length shrinks to zero, we create a site-site model of a Janus-like molecule with a repulsive moiety and an attractive moiety. We employ the zero-separation (ZSEP) closure to solve the OZ equations. The structure and thermodynamic properties are calculated at three isotherms and at several densities and the results are compared with Monte Carlo simulations. The close agreement achieved demonstrates that the ZSEP closure is a reliable theory for this composite-sphere fluid model. Contribution to the George Stell Memorial Issue.

  9. 二氧化锡中空球的制备及其电化学性能研究%Preparation and electrochemical properties of SnO_2 hollow spheres as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    王继鹏; 丁玲红; 苏朝辉; 张盈; 张伟风

    2009-01-01

    SnO_2 hollow spheres were prepared using carbon spheres as template, SnCl_4 · 5H_2O and urea as precur-sors. Investigations of X-ray Diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high-resolution transmission e-lectron microscopy (HRTEM) indicated that the products were SnO_2 hollow spheres with tetragonal structure; the average diameter and shell thickness were about 250 nm and 40 nm, respectively. The electrochemical properties of the SnO_2 hol-low spheres were investigated by galvanostatic cycling. The discharge capacity in the 1 st cycle was 1720mAh·g~(-1) at a current density of 160mA·g~(-1) (0. 2C) and the discharge capacity at 15st cycle was 615mAh·g~(-1), the coulombic efficien-cy were above 90% from the 4th cycle, which indicated that the SnO_2 hollow spheres had a higher high-lithium storage ca-pacity and excellent reversibility. The discharging capacity was about 588 mAh·g~(-1) at 15st cycle at a current density of 320mA· g~(-1) (0. 4C), demonstrating a good high-rate performance. Additionally, the easy of preparation and cheap price also made this method very promising in lithium-ion batteries.%用碳球做模板,SnCl_4·5H_2O和尿素为前驱体制备了二氧化锡(SnO_2)中空球.X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)和高分辨透射电镜(HRTEM)结果表明:制备出来的SnO_2中空球为四方相结构,其直径和壁厚分别约为250nm和40nm.恒电流充放电测试结果显示:在电流密度为160mAh·g~(-1)(0.20时,该SnO_2中空球的首次放电容量为1720mAh·g~(-1),第15周期放电容量保持到615mAh·g~(-1);从第4周期开始,库仑效率均保持在90%以上.电流密度为320mAh·g~1(0.4C)时,第15周期放电容量保持到588mAh·g~(-1).以上结果表明,这种材料具有较高的储锂容量和较好的可逆性能,是一种有前景的锂离子电池负极材料.

  10. STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF COMPOSITE POLYURETHANE HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANES

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    Xian-feng Li; Chang-fa Xiao

    2005-01-01

    Composite polyurethane (PU)-SiO2 hollow fiber membranes were successfully prepared via optimizing the technique of dry-jet wet spinning, and their pressure-responsibilities were confirmed by the relationships of pure water fluxtransmembrane pressure (PWF-TP) for the first time. The origin for this phenomenon was analyzed on the basis of membrane structure and material characteristics. The effects of SiO2 content on the structure and properties of membrane were investigated. The experimental results indicated that SiO2 in membrane created a great many interfacial micro-voids and played an important role in pressure-responsibility, PWF and rejection of membrane: with the increase of SiO2 content, the ability of membrane recovery weakened, PWF increased, and rejection decreased slightly.

  11. Dielectric barrier structure with hollow electrodes and its recoil effect

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    Yu, Shuang; Chen, Qunzhi; Liu, Jiahui; Wang, Kaile [Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Jiang, Zhe; Sun, Zhili [College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Zhang, Jue; Fang, Jing [Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2015-06-15

    A dielectric barrier structure with hollow electrodes (HEDBS), in which gas flow oriented parallel to the electric field, was proposed. Results showed that with this structure, air can be effectively ignited, forming atmospheric low temperature plasma, and the proposed HEDBS could achieve much higher electron density (5 × 10{sup 15}/cm{sup 3}). It was also found that the flow condition, including outlet diameter and flow rate, played a key role in the evolution of electron density. Optical emission spectroscopy diagnostic results showed that the concentration of reactive species had the same variation trend as the electron density. The simulated distribution of discharge gas flow indicated that the HEDBS had a strong recoil effect on discharge gas, and could efficiently promote generating electron density as well as reactive species.

  12. Direct fabrication of metal-free hollow graphene balls with a self-supporting structure as efficient cathode catalysts of fuel cell

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    Lu, Yanqi; Liu, Mingda; Nie, Huagui; Gu, Cancan; Liu, Ming; Yang, Zhi; Yang, Keqin; Chen, Xi'an; Huang, Shaoming

    2016-06-01

    Despite the good progress in developing carbon catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), the current metal-free carbon catalysts are still far from satisfactory for large-scale applications of fuel cell. Developing hollow graphene balls with a self-supporting structure is considered to be an ideal method to inhibit graphene stacking and improve their catalytic performance. Herein, we fabricated metal-free hollow graphene balls with a self-supporting structure, through using a new strategy that involves direct metal-free catalytic growth from assembly of SiO2 spheres. To our knowledge, although much researches involving the synthesis of graphene balls have been reported, investigations into the direct metal-free catalytic growth of hollow graphene balls are rare. Furthermore, the electrocatalytic performance shows that the resulting hollow graphene balls have significantly high catalytic activity. More importantly, such catalysts also possess much improved stability and better methanol tolerance in alkaline media during the ORR compared with commercial Pt/C catalysts. The outstanding performances coupled with an easy and inexpensive preparing method indicated the great potential of the hollow graphene balls with a self-supporting structure in large-scale applications of fuel cell.

  13. Ethylene glycol assisted spray pyrolysis for the synthesis of hollow BaFe12O19 spheres

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    Xu, X; Park, J; Hong, YK; Lane, AM

    2015-04-01

    Hollow spherical BaFe12O19 particles were synthesized by spray pyrolysis from a solution containing ethylene glycol (EG) and precursors at 1000 degrees C. The effects of EG concentration on particle morphology, crystallinity and magnetic properties were investigated. The hollow spherical particles were found to consist of primary particles, and higher EG concentration led to a bigger primary particle size. EG concentration did not show much effect on the hollow particle size. Better crystallinity and higher magnetic coercivity were obtained with higher EG concentration, which is attributed to further crystallization with the heat produced from EG combustion. Saturation magnetization (emu/g) decreased with increasing EG concentration due to residual carbon from EG incomplete combustion, contributing as a non-magnetic phase to the particles. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  14. Metal-Organic Framework Templated Synthesis of Ultrasmall Catalyst Loaded ZnO/ZnCo2O4 Hollow Spheres for Enhanced Gas Sensing Properties

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    Koo, Won-Tae; Choi, Seon-Jin; Jang, Ji-Soo; Kim, Il-Doo

    2017-03-01

    To achieve the rational design of nanostructures for superior gas sensors, the ultrasmall nanoparticles (NPs) loaded on ternary metal oxide (TMO) hollow spheres (HS) were synthesized by using the polystyrene (PS) sphere template and bimetallic metal-organic framework (BM-MOFs) mold. The zinc and cobalt based zeolite imidazole frameworks (BM-ZIFs) encapsulating ultrasmall Pd NPs (2-3 nm) were assembled on PS spheres at room temperature. After calcination at 450 °C, these nanoscale Pd particles were effectively infiltrated on the surface of ZnO/ZnCo2O4 HSs. In addition, the heterojunctions of Pd-ZnO, Pd-ZnCo2O4, and ZnO-ZnCo2O4 were formed on each phase. The synthesized Pd-ZnO/ZnCo2O4 HSs exhibited extremely high selectivity toward acetone gas with notable sensitivity (S = 69% to 5 ppm at 250 °C). The results demonstrate that MOF driven ultrasmall catalyst loaded TMO HSs were highly effective platform for high performance chemical gas sensors.

  15. Metal-Organic Framework Templated Synthesis of Ultrasmall Catalyst Loaded ZnO/ZnCo2O4 Hollow Spheres for Enhanced Gas Sensing Properties

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    Koo, Won-Tae; Choi, Seon-Jin; Jang, Ji-Soo; Kim, Il-Doo

    2017-01-01

    To achieve the rational design of nanostructures for superior gas sensors, the ultrasmall nanoparticles (NPs) loaded on ternary metal oxide (TMO) hollow spheres (HS) were synthesized by using the polystyrene (PS) sphere template and bimetallic metal-organic framework (BM-MOFs) mold. The zinc and cobalt based zeolite imidazole frameworks (BM-ZIFs) encapsulating ultrasmall Pd NPs (2–3 nm) were assembled on PS spheres at room temperature. After calcination at 450 °C, these nanoscale Pd particles were effectively infiltrated on the surface of ZnO/ZnCo2O4 HSs. In addition, the heterojunctions of Pd-ZnO, Pd-ZnCo2O4, and ZnO-ZnCo2O4 were formed on each phase. The synthesized Pd-ZnO/ZnCo2O4 HSs exhibited extremely high selectivity toward acetone gas with notable sensitivity (S = 69% to 5 ppm at 250 °C). The results demonstrate that MOF driven ultrasmall catalyst loaded TMO HSs were highly effective platform for high performance chemical gas sensors. PMID:28327599

  16. Real-Time Fluorescence Detection in Aqueous Systems by Combined and Enhanced Photonic and Surface Effects in Patterned Hollow Sphere Colloidal Photonic Crystals.

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    Zhong, Kuo; Wang, Ling; Li, Jiaqi; Van Cleuvenbergen, Stijn; Bartic, Carmen; Song, Kai; Clays, Koen

    2017-05-16

    Hollow sphere colloidal photonic crystals (HSCPCs) exhibit the ability to maintain a high refractive index contrast after infiltration of water, leading to extremely high-quality photonic band gap effects, even in an aqueous (physiological) environment. Superhydrophilic pinning centers in a superhydrophobic environment can be used to strongly confine and concentrate water-soluble analytes. We report a strategy to realize real-time ultrasensitive fluorescence detection in patterned HSCPCs based on strongly enhanced fluorescence due to the photonic band-edge effect combined with wettability differentiation in the superhydrophobic/superhydrophilic pattern. The orthogonal nature of the two strategies allows for a multiplicative effect, resulting in an increase of two orders of magnitude in fluorescence.

  17. Evaluation of SiO{sub 2}@CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nano-hollow spheres through THz pulses

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    Rakshit, Rupali, E-mail: rupali12@bose.res.in; Pal, Monalisa; Chaudhuri, Arka; Mandal, Kalyan [Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Sciences, S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Block JD, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700098 (India); Serita, Kazunori; Tonouchi, Masayoshi [Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, 2-6 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

    2016-05-06

    We have synthesized cobalt ferrite (CFO) nanoparticles (NPs) of diameter 100 nm and nano-hollow spheres (NHSs) of diameter 100, 160, 250, and 350 nm by a facile one step template free solvothermal technique and carried out SiO{sub 2} coating on their surface following Stöber method. The phase and morphology of the nanostructures were confirmed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope. The magnetic measurements were carried out by vibrating sample magnetometer in order to study the influence of SiO{sub 2} coating on the magnetic properties of bare CFO nanostructures. Furthermore, we have applied THz time domain spectroscopy to investigate the THz absorption property of these nanostructures in the frequency range 1.0–2.5 THz. Detailed morphology and size dependent THz absorption study unfolds that the absorption property of these nanostructures sensitively carries the unique signature of its dielectric property.

  18. Phase behavior and structure of binary hard-sphere mixtures

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    Dijkstra, Marjolein; Roij, R. van; Evans, R.

    1998-01-01

    By integrating out the degrees of freedom of the small spheres in a binary mixture of large and small hard spheres, we derive an explicit effective Hamiltonian for the large spheres. Using the two-body (depletion potential) contribution to this effective Hamiltonian in simulations, we find stable

  19. 炭化聚苯乙烯/聚苯胺核-壳聚合物颗粒制备中空炭球%Preparation of hollow carbon spheres by carbonization of polystyrene/polyaniline core-shell polymer particles

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    代晓瑛; 张歆; 孟艺飞; 沈培康

    2011-01-01

    Hollow carbon spheres were synthesized using sulfonated polystyrene(PS)spheres as a core template and aniline monomer as carbon source.The spheres prepared were characterized by scanning electron microscopy,transmission electron microscopy,X-ray diffraction,Fourier infrared spectrometry,and thermogravimetry.The results showed that the as-prepared hollow carbon spheres were uniform in diameter with a shell thickness of 35 nm.The morphology,diameter,and wall thickness of the hollow carbon spheres can be tuned by varying the sulfonation rate of the PS core template.Sulfonation modification of PS spheres for 8 h was appropriate to prepare hollow carbon spheres.Owing to the presence of enough sulfonic acid groups on PS surface,the difference in the decomposition temperature between the PANI shells and the PS core was increased,resulting in the formation of the hollow carbon spheres with good sphericity and thick carbon shells by carbonizing sulfonated PS/PANI core-shell polymer spheres.%以磺化聚苯乙烯球为模板,苯胺为碳源,利用模板法制备了中空炭球结构.采用扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、透射电子显微镜(TEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)、傅立叶-红外光谱(FT-IR)和热重分析(TGA)对所制的样品进行了表征.结果表明:所制中空炭球的壁厚为35nm且粒径均匀,中空炭球的形貌和壳层厚度受聚苯乙烯模板磺化度的影响.磺酸化8h的聚苯乙烯球是制备中空炭球的最佳模板,由于聚苯乙烯球表面足够磺酸基团的存在,增大了聚苯乙烯核模板和聚苯胺壳层之间的热分解温度差,使得聚苯乙烯核模板具有较低的分解温度,而聚苯胺壳层则具有较高分解温度,从而利用炭化法制得球壳完整和球形良好的中空炭球结构.

  20. Lattice contracted Pd-hollow nanocrystals: Synthesis, structure and electrocatalysis for formic acid oxidation

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    Ren, Mingjun; Chen, Ju; Li, Yuan; Zhang, Haifeng; Zou, Zhiqing; Li, Xuemei; Yang, Hui

    2014-01-01

    Hollow metal nanocrystals with tuned electronic and geometric structure are highly desirable for the efficient catalytic and/or electrocatalytic reactions. Herein, we report the synthesis of carbon-supported Pd hollow nanocrystal (Pd-hollow/C) catalyst through a galvanic replacement reaction combined with Kirkendall effect without the use of polymeric stabilizer. The Pd-hollow structure is verified by scanning transmission electron microscopy. Noticeable lattice contraction in the Pd-hollow nanocrystal has been observed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction with a decrease in the Pd (111) lattice distance. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicates that the surface Pd atoms donate more electrons to the overlap with the sub-layer atoms, suggesting a strengthened d-hybridization and a down-shift of d-band center relative to the Fermi level on the surface. Electrochemical measurements show that the Pd-hollow/C catalyst exhibits a significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity toward formic acid oxidation. The collective effects of the hollow structure and down-shift of Pd d-band center could explain well such an enhanced catalytic activity. The present study provides new insights into the relevancy of lattice parameter, electronic structure with catalytic property, and suggests design features for excellent nanostructured catalysts.

  1. Intricate Hollow Structures: Controlled Synthesis and Applications in Energy Storage and Conversion.

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    Zhou, Liang; Zhuang, Zechao; Zhao, Huihui; Lin, Mengting; Zhao, Dongyuan; Mai, Liqiang

    2017-02-07

    Intricate hollow structures garner tremendous interest due to their aesthetic beauty, unique structural features, fascinating physicochemical properties, and widespread applications. Here, the recent advances in the controlled synthesis are discussed, as well as applications of intricate hollow structures with regard to energy storage and conversion. The synthetic strategies toward complex multishelled hollow structures are classified into six categories, including well-established hard- and soft-templating methods, as well as newly emerging approaches based on selective etching of "soft@hard" particles, Ostwald ripening, ion exchange, and thermally induced mass relocation. Strategies for constructing structures beyond multishelled hollow structures, such as bubble-within-bubble, tube-in-tube, and wire-in-tube structures, are also covered. Niche applications of intricate hollow structures in lithium-ion batteries, Li-S batteries, supercapacitors, Li-O2 batteries, dye-sensitized solar cells, photocatalysis, and fuel cells are discussed in detail. Some perspectives on the future research and development of intricate hollow structures are also provided.

  2. Outside-in recrystallization of ZnS-Cu1.8 S hollow spheres with interdispersed lattices for enhanced visible light solar hydrogen generation.

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    Zhu, Ting; Nuo Peh, Connor Kang; Hong, Minghui; Ho, Ghim Wei

    2014-09-01

    For the first time an earth-abundant and nontoxic ZnS-Cu(1.8) S hybrid photocatalyst has been engineered with well-defined nanosheet hollow structures by a template-engaged method. In contrast to conventional surface coupling and loading, the unique outside-in recrystallization promotes co-precipitation of ZnS and Cu(1.8) S into homogeneous interdispersed lattices, hence forming a hybrid semiconductor with visible responsive photocatalytic activity. The as-derived ZnS-Cu(1.8) S semiconductor alloy is tailored into a hierarchical hollow structure to provide readily accessible porous shells and interior spaces for effective ion transfer/exchange. Notably, this synergistic morphology, interface and crystal lattice engineering, aim towards the design of novel nanocatalysts for various sustainable environmental and energy applications.

  3. A general route to hollow mesoporous rare-earth silicate nanospheres as a catalyst support.

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    Jin, Renxi; Yang, Yang; Zou, Yongcun; Liu, Xianchun; Xing, Yan

    2014-02-17

    Hollow mesoporous structures have recently aroused intense research interest owing to their unique structural features. Herein, an effective and precisely controlled synthesis of hollow rare-earth silicate spheres with mesoporous shells is reported for the first time, produced by a simple hydrothermal method, using silica spheres as the silica precursors. The as-prepared hollow rare-earth silicate spheres have large specific surface area, high pore volume, and controllable structure parameters. The results demonstrate that the selection of the chelating reagent plays critical roles in forming the hollow mesoporous structures. In addition, a simple and low-energy-consuming approach to synthesize highly stable and dispersive gold nanoparticle-yttrium silicate (AuNPs/YSiO) hollow nanocomposites has also been developed. The reduction of 4-nitrophenol with AuNPs/YSiO hollow nanocomposites as the catalyst has clearly demonstrated that the hollow rare-earth silicate spheres are good carriers for Au nanoparticles. This strategy can be extended as a general approach to prepare multifunctional yolk-shell structures with diverse compositions and morphologies simply by replacing silica spheres with silica-coated nanocomposites.

  4. Ultrahigh stress and strain in hierarchically structured hollow nanoparticles

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    Shan, Z. W.; Adesso, G.; Cabot, A.; Sherburne, M. P.; Syed Asif, S. A.; Warren, O. L.; Chrzan, D. C.; Minor, A. M.; Alivisatos, A. P.

    2008-12-01

    Nanocrystalline materials offer very high strength but are typically limited in their strain to failure, and efforts to improve deformability in these materials are usually found to be at the expense of strength. Using a combination of quantitative in situ compression in a transmission electron microscope and finite-element analysis, we show that the mechanical properties of nanoparticles can be directly measured and interpreted on an individual basis. We find that nanocrystalline CdS synthesized into a spherical shell geometry is capable of withstanding extreme stresses (approaching the ideal shear strength of CdS). This unusual strength enables the spherical shells to exhibit considerable deformation to failure (up to 20% of the sphere's diameter). By taking into account the structural hierarchy intrinsic to novel nanocrystalline materials such as this, we show it is possible to achieve and characterize the ultrahigh stresses and strains that exist within a single nanoparticle during deformation.

  5. Amidinate Ligands in Zinc coordination sphere: Synthesis and structural diversity

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    SRINIVAS ANGA; INDRANI BANERJEE; TARUN K PANDA

    2016-06-01

    A one-pot reaction involving neosilyllithium and three different carbodiimides (RN=C=NR, R =cyclohexyl, isopropyl and tert-butyl) in diethyl ether, followed by the addition of anhydrous $ZnCl_{2}$, afforded,in high yield, corresponding homoleptic zinc amidinate complexes having the molecular formulae$[Zn{CyN=C(CH_{2}SiMe_{3})NCy}_{2}]$ (1),$[Zn^{{i}PrN=C(CH_{2}SiMe_{3})N^{i}Pr}_{2}]$ (2) and [Zn$^{{t}BuN=C(CH_{2}SiMe_{3})N^{t}Bu}_{2}]$ (3), respectively, and amidinato moieties in the zinc coordination sphere. Solid state structures of complexes1-3 are reported thereafter - all the three complexes are isostructural, and each of them consists of twofour-membered metallacycles.

  6. Wake structures of two side by side spheres in a tripped boundary layer flow

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    Canli Eyüb

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Two independent spheres were placed in a side by side arrangement and flow structure in the wake region of the spheres was investigated with a Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV system when the spheres were in a boundary layer over a flat plate as a special case. Reynolds number was 5000 based on the sphere diameter which was 42.5 mm. Boundary layer was tripped 8mm away from the leading edge of the flat plate with a 5 mm trip wire. The thickness of the hydrodynamically developed boundary layer was determined as 63mm which was larger than the sphere diameter of D=42.5mm. Wake region of the spheres was examined from point of flow physics for the different sphere locations in the ranges of 0≤G/D ≤1.5 and 0≤S/D ≤1.5 where G and S were the distance between the spheres and the distance between the bottom point of the spheres and the flat plate surface, respectively. Depending on the different sphere locations, instantaneous and time averaged vorticity data, scalar values of time-averaged velocity components and their root mean square (rms values and time averaged vorticity data are presented in the study for the evaluation of wake region of the spheres. It is demonstrated that the gap between the two spheres and the interaction between the gap and the boundary layer greatly affects flow pattern, especially when spheres are located near to the flat plate surface, i.e. S/D=0.1 for 0≤G/D ≤1.5. Different distances between the spheres resulted in various flow patterns as the spheres were approached to the flat plate. The distance S/D=0.1 for all gap values has the strongest effect on the wake structures. Beyond G/D=1.0, the sphere wakes tend to be similar to single sphere case. The instantaneous vorticity fields of the side by side arrangements comprised wavy structures in higher level comparing to an individual sphere case. The gap flow intensifies the occurrence of small scale eddies in the wake region. The submersion rate of the spheres

  7. Wake structures of two side by side spheres in a tripped boundary layer flow

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    Canli, Eyüb; Özgören, Muammer; Dogan, Sercan; Hilmi Aksoy, Muharrem; Akilli, Huseyin

    2014-03-01

    Two independent spheres were placed in a side by side arrangement and flow structure in the wake region of the spheres was investigated with a Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) system when the spheres were in a boundary layer over a flat plate as a special case. Reynolds number was 5000 based on the sphere diameter which was 42.5 mm. Boundary layer was tripped 8mm away from the leading edge of the flat plate with a 5 mm trip wire. The thickness of the hydrodynamically developed boundary layer was determined as 63mm which was larger than the sphere diameter of D=42.5mm. Wake region of the spheres was examined from point of flow physics for the different sphere locations in the ranges of 0≤G/D ≤1.5 and 0≤S/D ≤1.5 where G and S were the distance between the spheres and the distance between the bottom point of the spheres and the flat plate surface, respectively. Depending on the different sphere locations, instantaneous and time averaged vorticity data, scalar values of time-averaged velocity components and their root mean square (rms) values and time averaged vorticity data are presented in the study for the evaluation of wake region of the spheres. It is demonstrated that the gap between the two spheres and the interaction between the gap and the boundary layer greatly affects flow pattern, especially when spheres are located near to the flat plate surface, i.e. S/D=0.1 for 0≤G/D ≤1.5. Different distances between the spheres resulted in various flow patterns as the spheres were approached to the flat plate. The distance S/D=0.1 for all gap values has the strongest effect on the wake structures. Beyond G/D=1.0, the sphere wakes tend to be similar to single sphere case. The instantaneous vorticity fields of the side by side arrangements comprised wavy structures in higher level comparing to an individual sphere case. The gap flow intensifies the occurrence of small scale eddies in the wake region. The submersion rate of the spheres actually determines the

  8. High Strain Rate Compressive Behavior of Polyurethane Resin and Polyurethane/Al2O3 Hollow Sphere Syntactic Foams

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    Dung D. Luong

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyurethane resins and foams are finding extensive applications. Seat cushions and covers in automobiles are examples of these materials. In the present work, hollow alumina particles are used as fillers in polyurethane resin to develop closed-cell syntactic foams. The fabricated syntactic foams are tested for compressive properties at quasistatic and high strain rates. Strain rate sensitivity is an important concern for automotive applications due to the possibility of crash at high speeds. Both the polyurethane resin and the syntactic foam show strain rate sensitivity in compressive strength. It is observed that the compressive strength increases with strain rate. The energy absorbed up to 10% strain in the quasistatic regime is 400% higher for the syntactic foam in comparison to that of neat resin at the same strain rate.

  9. A sulfur host based on titanium monoxide@carbon hollow spheres for advanced lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Li, Zhen; Zhang, Jintao; Guan, Buyuan; Wang, Da; Liu, Li-Min; Lou, Xiong Wen (David)

    2016-10-01

    Lithium-sulfur batteries show advantages for next-generation electrical energy storage due to their high energy density and cost effectiveness. Enhancing the conductivity of the sulfur cathode and moderating the dissolution of lithium polysulfides are two key factors for the success of lithium-sulfur batteries. Here we report a sulfur host that overcomes both obstacles at once. With inherent metallic conductivity and strong adsorption capability for lithium-polysulfides, titanium monoxide@carbon hollow nanospheres can not only generate sufficient electrical contact to the insulating sulfur for high capacity, but also effectively confine lithium-polysulfides for prolonged cycle life. Additionally, the designed composite cathode further maximizes the lithium-polysulfide restriction capability by using the polar shells to prevent their outward diffusion, which avoids the need for chemically bonding all lithium-polysulfides on the surfaces of polar particles.

  10. Structural investigation of spherical hollow excipient Mannit Q by X-ray microtomography.

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    Kajihara, Ryusuke; Noguchi, Shuji; Iwao, Yasunori; Yasuda, Yuki; Segawa, Megumi; Itai, Shigeru

    2015-11-10

    The structure of Mannit Q particles, an excipient made by spray-drying a d-mannitol solution, and Mannit Q tablets were investigated by synchrotron X-ray microtomography. The Mannit Q particles had a spherical shape with a hollow core. The shells of the particles consisted of fine needle-shaped crystals, and columnar crystals were present in the hollows. These structural features suggested the following formation mechanism for the hollow particles:during the spray-drying process, the solvent rapidly evaporated from the droplet surface, resulting in the formation of shells made of fine needle-shaped crystals.Solvent remaining inside the shells then evaporated slowly and larger columnar crystals grew as the hollows formed. Although most of the Mannit Q particles were crushed on tableting, some of the particles retained their hollow structures, probably because the columnar crystals inside the hollows functioned as props. This demonstrated that the tablets with porous void spaces may be readily manufactured using Mannit Q. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. 硫掺杂TiO2空心球制备及光催化性能研究∗%Preparation and photocatalysis property of sulfur doped TiO2 hollow spheres

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    江学良; 孙刚; 张玉婷; 张姣; 余露

    2015-01-01

    以聚苯乙烯-丙烯酸羟乙酯共聚(P (St-HEA))微球为模板、钛酸四丁酯和硫脲为主要原料,制备了硫掺杂二氧化钛(S-TiO2)空心球,采用扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、透射电子显微镜(TEM)、X 射线衍射仪(XRD)和X光电子能谱(XPS)表征产物的形貌、晶型以及硫元素的掺杂状态,并以甲醛溶液模拟废水,研究了S-TiO2空心球的紫外光催化性能.结果表明,煅烧去除了 P(St-HEA)微球模板,成功得到 TiO2空心球,硫元素掺杂对TiO2空心球的粒径和形貌影响不大.S-TiO2空心球锐钛矿型晶粒的尺寸缩小,晶型由纯的锐钛矿型转化为锐钛矿/金红石型混合晶型.硫脲引入的硫离子,以S4+状态取代 TiO2晶粒中的 Ti4+离子,形成 Ti1-x Sx O2固溶体.S-TiO2空心球光催化性能优于TiO2空心球,且空心球的光催化性能优于粉体P25.S-TiO2空心球在紫外光下照射2 h,降解甲醛的催化效率为60%.%Sulfur-doped titanium dioxide (S-TiO2 )hollow spheres were prepared by the reaction of tetrabutyl ti-tanate and thiourea as the main raw material with polystyrene-hydroxyethyl acrylate copolymer (P (St-HEA)) microspheres templates.The morphology,crystal type and state of elemental sulfur doping of S-TiO2 hollow spheres was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM),transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD)and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).Study the catalytic properties of S-TiO2 hollow spheres using methanal solution simulated wastewater.The results showed that TiO2 hollow spheres were obtained by removing P (St-HEA)microspheres template successfully,the particle size and morphology of TiO2 hollow spheres are little effected by sulfur-doping,the crystallite dimension of TiO2 hollow spheres di-minished and the crystal shape of TiO2 hollow spheres was changed from pure anatase into anatase/rutile.Sul-phur was present in the form of S4+ which substitutes Ti4+ in the titania lattice,forming Ti1-x Sx

  12. Project CONDOR: Middle atmosphere wind structure obtained with lightweight inflatable spheres near the equatorial electrojet

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    Schmidlin, F. J.

    1987-01-01

    Observed correlations between the atmospheric electric field and the neutral wind were studied using additional atmospheric measurements during Project CONDOR. Project CONDOR obtained measurements near the equatorial electrojet (12 S) during March 1983. Neutral atmosphere wind measurements were obtained using lightweight inflatable spheres and temperatures were obtained using a datasonde. The lightweight sphere technology, the wind structure, and temperature structure are described. Results show that the lightweight sphere gives higher vertical resolution of winds below 75 km compared with the standard sphere, but gives little or no improvement above 80 km, and no usable temperature and density data.

  13. Evaluation of dialyzer jacket structure and hollow-fiber dialysis membranes to achieve high dialysis performance.

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    Hirano, Ayaka; Yamamoto, Ken-ichiro; Matsuda, Masato; Ogawa, Takehito; Yakushiji, Taiji; Miyasaka, Takehiro; Sakai, Kiyotaka

    2011-02-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the optimum dialyzer jacket structure and hollow-fiber dialysis membrane, both of which are indispensable factors for achieving high dialysis performance, by clarifying the relationship between the dialysis performance and the flow of dialysate and blood in a hollow-fiber dialyzer. We evaluated the clearance, dialysate, and blood flow for four commercially available hollow-fiber dialyzers, namely, the APS-15S, APS-15SA, TS-1.6UL, and CX-1.6U. To evaluate dialysate and blood flow, we measured the residence-time distribution of dialysate and blood flow of these dialyzers by the pulse-response method. We also determined the clearances of urea, creatinine, vitamin B(12), and lysozyme to evaluate the dialysis performance of these dialyzers. While the baffle and taper structures allow effective supply of dialysate into the dialyzer jacket, the hollow-fiber shape, inner diameter, and packing density significantly influence the dialysate flow. In dialyzers with long taper-holding slits, the slit area is a key design parameter for achieving optimum dialysate flow. Similarly, the blood flow is significantly influenced by the structure of the inflowing and outflowing blood ports at the header of a dialyzer, and the shape and inner diameter of the hollow fibers. Hollow fibers with smaller inner diameters cause an increase in blood pressure, which causes blood to enter the hollow fibers more easily. The hollow-fiber shape hardly affects the blood flow. While improved dialysate and blood flow cause higher clearance of low molecular-weight substances, higher membrane area and pure-water permeability accelerate internal filtration, thereby causing an increase in the clearance of large molecular-weight substances. © 2010 The Authors. Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis © 2010 International Society for Apheresis.

  14. Effects of Process Parameters on Solidification Structure of A390 Aluminum Alloy Hollow Billet

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    Zuo, Kesheng; Zhang, Haitao; Qin, Ke; Cui, Jianzhong; Chen, Qingzhang

    2017-08-01

    The effects of process parameters on the solidification structure of A390 aluminum alloy hollow billets prepared by direct-chill casting were investigated. The decrease of casting temperature deteriorated the homogeneity and increased the size of primary Si particles in the hollow billet. Although the average size of primary Si particles was not obviously affected by the increase of casting speed, the thickness of Si-depleted layer at the inner wall increased with the higher casting speed. The tensile strength of A390 alloy is a function of the percentage of coarse Si particles (larger than 35 μm) and the average size of primary Si particles. Higher and more stable tensile strength can be received in the hollow billet with the casting temperature of 1050 K (777 °C), because the fine and uniformly distributed primary Si particles were obtained in the hollow billet.

  15. A facile approach to synthesize SiO2 · Re2O3 (Re = Y, Eu, La, Sm, Tb, Pr) hollow sphere and its application in drug release.

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    Li, Zhihua; Zhu, Lin; Liu, Qian; Du, Yu; Wang, Feng

    2013-10-21

    Multifunctional SiO2 · Re2O3 (Re = Y, Eu, La, Sm, Tb, Pr) hollow spheres (HSs) have been fabricated using an acidic Re3+ ion solution. Under ultraviolet radiation, functional HSs emit different colors of light according to the different rare-earth ions embedded into the shell of SiO2 hollow spheres. The as-prepared hollow capsules were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive spectrometry. Drug loading and release experiments have been carried out using SiO2 · Eu2O3 HSs that acted as drug carriers. The results demonstrate that the multifunctional HSs exhibit a high storage capacity and the ability of retaining drug stability and activity, which indicates that the as-synthesized fluorescent hollow capsules are a potential candidate as drug delivery materials.

  16. pH and redox-operated nanovalve for size-selective cargo delivery on hollow mesoporous silica spheres.

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    Zhu, Xinyun; Wang, Cai-Qi

    2016-10-15

    A pH and redox dual-responsive nanovalve with a long stalk was introduced on the surface of hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSs-S1) to achieve cargo size selectivity delivery. The responsive nanovalve was designed by constructing of a stalk/β-cyclodextrins (CDs) supramolecular complex, which is based on an acid-labile acetal group and the host-guest interactions between β-cyclodextrins and ferrocenyl moiety (Fc). With stimulation by different pH and H2O2, Rhodamine 6G showed well-responsive behavior. On account of the long stalks of nanovalve, doxorubicin hydrochloride and 5-fluorouracil with different sized cargos are encapsulated in HMSs-S1 to test its behavior of cargo size-selective delivery. Moreover the HMSs-S2 with a short stalk based on β-CDs/Fc inclusion complex is synthesized to load small sized 5-FU drug as contrast experiment. Compared with HMSs-S2, HMSs-S1 is compatible with larger drug molecules such as Rhodamine 6G (R6G) and doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX), while small sized 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) is unable to be sealed by the nanovalve. Dual responsiveness and drug size selectivity make mechanized HMSs possess potential applications in drug delivery system.

  17. Non-uniform temperature gradients and thermal stresses produced by a moving heat flux applied on a hollow sphere

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    Hüseyin Yapici; Gülşah Özişik; M Serdar Genç

    2010-04-01

    This work presents numerical analyses of transient temperature and thermally-induced stress distributions in a hollow steel sphere heated by a moving uniform heat source applied on a certain zenithal segment (the heated zenithal segment, $\\Theta_H$) of its outer surface (the processed surface) under stagnant ambient conditions. Along the process, the moving heat source (MHS) moves angularly from the first zenithal segment to the last zenithal segment on the processed surface with a constant angular speed,, and then returns backward to the first zenithal segment with the same speed. It is assumed that the inner surface is heat-isolated and that the outer surface except the heated segment is under stagnant ambient conditions. The numerical calculations are performed individually for a wide range of thermal conductivity, , of steel and for the different $\\Theta_Hs$. The maximum effective thermal stress ratio calculated as per the heat flux intensity $(q0)$ can be reduced in considerable amounts. By increasing (∼ 75%) and (∼ 63%) the maximum effective thermal stress ratio calculated can be significantly reduced.

  18. Preparation and properties on hollow nano-structured smoke material

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    Liu, Xiang-cui; Dai, Meng-yan; Fang, Guo-feng; Shi, Wei-dong; Cheng, Xiang; Liu, Hai-feng; Zhang, Tong

    2013-09-01

    In recent years, the weapon systems of laser guidance and infrared (IR) imaging guidance have been widely used in modern warfare because of their high precision and strong anti-interference. Notwithstanding, military smoke, as a rapid and effective passive jamming means, can effectively counteract the attack of enemy precision-guided weapons by scattering and absorbability. Conventional smoke has good attenuation capability only to visible light (0.4-0.76 μm), but hardly any effect to other electromagnetic wave band. The weapon systems of laser guidance and IR imaging guidance usually work in broad band, including near IR (1-3 μm), middle IR (3-5 μm), far IR (8-14 μm), and so on. Accordingly, exploiting and using new efficient obscurant materials, which is one of the important factors that develop smoke technology, have become a focus and attracted more interests around the world. Then nano-structured materials that are developing very quickly have turned into our new choice. Hollow nano-structured materials (HNSM) have many special properties because of their nano-size wall-thickness and sub-micron grain-size. After a lot of HNSM were synthesized in this paper, their physical and chemical properties, including grain size, phase composition, microstructure, optical properties and resistivity were tested and analysed. Then the experimental results of the optical properties showed that HNSM exhibit excellent wave-absorbing ability in ultraviolet, visible and infrared regions. On the basis of the physicochemmical properties, HNSM are firstly applied in smoke technology field. And the obscuration performance of HNSM smoke was tested in smoke chamber. The testing waveband included 1.06μm and 10.6μm laser, 3-5μm and 8-14μm IR radiation. Then the main parameters were obtained, including the attenuation rate, the transmission rate, the mass extinction coefficient, the efficiency obscuring time, and the sedimentation rate, etc. The main parameters of HNSM smoke were

  19. Design Guideline of Hollow-Core Fibres with Cobweb Cladding Structure

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    HUO Liang; YU Rong-Jin; ZHANG Bing; CHEN Ming-Yang; LI Bing-Xin

    2006-01-01

    @@ By using a plane wave expansion method, some important parameters of designing the hollow-core fibre with cobweb cladding structure are analysed. Taking a dielectric material PMMA, for example, the tolerance of the parameters is discussed. The results show that the parameters of the structure possess oneselfofa regularity and limit, and have a larger tolerance for the structural parameters in fabrication.

  20. Laser surface micro-/nano-structuring by a simple transportable micro-sphere lens array

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    Sedao, X.; Derrien, T.J.Y.; Romer, G.W.R.B.E.; Pathiraj, B.; Huis in 't Veld, A.J.

    2012-01-01

    A micro-sphere array optic was employed for laser surface micro-structuring. This array optic consists of a hexagonally close-packed monolayer of silica micro-spheres. It was organized through a self-assembly process and held together on a glass support, without using any adhesives. The array assemb

  1. Laser surface micro-/nano-structuring by a simple transportable micro-sphere lens array

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    Sedao, X.; Derrien, T.J.Y.; Romer, G.W.R.B.E.; Pathiraj, B.; Huis in 't Veld, A.J.

    2012-01-01

    A micro-sphere array optic was employed for laser surface micro-structuring. This array optic consists of a hexagonally close-packed monolayer of silica micro-spheres. It was organized through a self-assembly process and held together on a glass support, without using any adhesives. The array

  2. A Bi-layer Composite Film Based on TiO2 Hollow Spheres, P25, and Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes for Efficient Photoanode of Dye-sensitized Solar Cell

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    Putao Zhang; Zhiqiang Hu; Yan Wang; Yiying Qin; Wenqin Li; Jinmin Wang

    2016-01-01

    A bi-layer photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) was fabricated, in which TiO2 hollow spheres (THSs) were designed as a scattering layer and P25/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) as an under-layer. The THSs were synthesized by a sacrifice template method and showed good light scattering ability as an over-layer of the pho-toanode. MWNTs were mixed with P25 to form an under-layer of the photoanode to improve the electron transmission ability of the photoanode. The power conversion efficiency of this kind of DSSC with bi-layer was enhanced to 5.13%, which is 14.25%higher than that of pure P25 DSSC. Graphical Abstract A bi-layer composite photoanode based on P25/MWNTs-THSs with improved light scattering and electron transmission, which will provide a new insight into fabrication and structure design of highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

  3. Y2O3:Yb,Er@mSiO2-Cu(x)S double-shelled hollow spheres for enhanced chemo-/photothermal anti-cancer therapy and dual-modal imaging.

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    Yang, Dan; Yang, Guixin; Wang, Xingmei; Lv, Ruichan; Gai, Shili; He, Fei; Gulzar, Arif; Yang, Piaoping

    2015-07-28

    Multifunctional composites have gained significant interest due to their unique properties which show potential in biological imaging and therapeutics. However, the design of an efficient combination of multiple diagnostic and therapeutic modes is still a challenge. In this contribution, Y2O3:Yb,Er@mSiO2 double-shelled hollow spheres (DSHSs) with up-conversion fluorescence have been successfully prepared through a facile integrated sacrifice template method, followed by a calcination process. It is found that the double-shelled structure with large specific surface area and uniform shape is composed of an inner shell of luminescent Y2O3:Yb,Er and an outer mesoporous silica shell. Ultra small Cu(x)S nanoparticles (about 2.5 nm) served as photothermal agents, and a chemotherapeutic agent (doxorubicin, DOX) was then attached onto the surface of mesoporous silica, forming a DOX-DSHS-Cu(x)S composite. The composite exhibits high anti-cancer efficacy due to the synergistic photothermal therapy (PTT) induced by the attached Cu(x)S nanoparticles and the enhanced chemotherapy promoted by the heat from the Cu(x)S-based PTT when irradiated by 980 nm near-infrared (NIR) light. Moreover, the composite shows excellent in vitro and in vivo X-ray computed tomography (CT) and up-conversion fluorescence (UCL) imaging properties owing to the doped rare earth ions, thus making it possible to achieve the target of imaging-guided synergistic therapy.

  4. Submicron hollow spot generation by solid immersion lens and structured illumination

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    Kim, M.S.; Assafrao, A.C.; Scharf, T.; Wachters, A.J.H.; Pereira, S.F.; Urbach, H.P.; Brun, M.; Olivier, S.; Nicoletti, S.; Herzig, H.P.

    2012-01-01

    We report on the experimental and numerical demonstration of immersed submicron-size hollow focused spots, generated by structuring the polarization state of an incident light beam impinging on a micro-size solid immersion lens (μ-SIL) made of SiO2. Such structured focal spots are characterized by a

  5. Submicron hollow spot generation by solid immersion lens and structured illumination

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    Kim, M.S.; Assafrao, A.C.; Scharf, T.; Wachters, A.J.H.; Pereira, S.F.; Urbach, H.P.; Brun, M.; Olivier, S.; Nicoletti, S.; Herzig, H.P.

    2012-01-01

    We report on the experimental and numerical demonstration of immersed submicron-size hollow focused spots, generated by structuring the polarization state of an incident light beam impinging on a micro-size solid immersion lens (μ-SIL) made of SiO2. Such structured focal spots are characterized by a

  6. Preparation of Hollow Spherical and Core/shell Structured Powders by Plasma Processing

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    ZHANG; Xiaofeng; ZHOU; Kesong; DENG; Changguang; SONG; Jinbing; ZHANG; Jifu; DONG; Shujuan

    2015-01-01

    Four types of hollow spherical micro- and nano-szied powders of ZrO2-7wt.%Y2O3(7YSZ), ZrO2-7wt.%Y2O3, Al2O3-13 wt.% TiO2(AT) and WC as well as one type of core/shell structured powder of ZrB2-30 wt.%Mo Si2 were prepared via plasma processing. In addition, the formation mechanisms of hollow spherical and core/shell structured powders prepared via plasma processing were also proposed.

  7. Synergistic effects of hollow structure and surface fluorination on the photocatalytic activity of titania

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    Lv Kangle, E-mail: lvkangle@mail.scuec.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials Science of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission and Ministry of Education, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074 (China); State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Yu Jiaguo, E-mail: jiaguoyu@yahoo.com [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Deng Kejian; Sun Jie; Zhao Yanxi; Du Dongyun; Li Mei [Key Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials Science of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission and Ministry of Education, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2010-01-15

    To study the synergistic effects of hollow structure and surface fluorination on the photoactivity of TiO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2} hollow microspheres were synthesized by a hydrolysis-precipitate method using sulfonated polystyrene (PS) as templates and tetrabutylorthotitanate (TBOT) as precursor, and then calcined at 500 {sup o}C for 2 h. The calcined samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and N{sub 2} sorption. Photocatalytic activity was evaluated using reactive brilliant red X3B, an anionic organic dye, as a model pollutant in water. The results show that the photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2} hollow microspheres is significantly higher than that of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles prepared in the same experimental conditions. At pH 7 and 3, the apparent rate constants of the former exceed that of the latter by a factor of 3.38 and 3.15, respectively. After surface fluorination at pH 3, the photoactivity of hollow microspheres and nanoparticles further increases for another 1.61 and 2.19 times, respectively. The synergistic effect of surface fluorination and hollow structure can also be used to prepare other highly efficient photocatalyst.

  8. Hollow fiber structures, methods of use thereof, methods of making, and pressure-retarded processes

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    Le, Lieu Ngoc

    2016-12-08

    Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for composite materials, methods of making composite materials, methods of using composite materials, and the like. In particular, the present application relates to hollow fibers and to pressure-retarded osmosis systems comprising said fibers. The hollow fibers have an inside layer and an outside layer, wherein the outside layer covers an outside surface of the inside layer, wherein the inside layer forms a boundary around the lumen, wherein the inside layer includes a bi-layer structure, wherein the bi-layer structure includes a sponge-like layer and a finger-like layer, wherein the sponge-like layer is disposed closer to the lumen of the hollow fiber and the finger-like layer is disposed on the sponge-like layer on the side opposite the lumen, wherein the outside layer includes a polyamide layer.

  9. New Nanoconfined Galvanic Replacement Synthesis of Hollow Sb@C Yolk-Shell Spheres Constituting a Stable Anode for High-Rate Li/Na-Ion Batteries.

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    Liu, Jun; Yu, Litao; Wu, Chao; Wen, Yuren; Yin, Kuibo; Chiang, Fu-Kuo; Hu, Renzong; Liu, Jiangwen; Sun, Litao; Gu, Lin; Maier, Joachim; Yu, Yan; Zhu, Min

    2017-02-16

    In the current research project, we have prepared a novel Sb@C nanosphere anode with biomimetic yolk-shell structure for Li/Na-ion batteries via a nanoconfined galvanic replacement route. The yolk-shell microstructure consists of Sb hollow yolk completely protected by a well-conductive carbon thin shell. The substantial void space in the these hollow Sb@C yolk-shell particles allows for the full volume expansion of inner Sb while maintaining the framework of the Sb@C anode and developing a stable SEI film on the outside carbon shell. As for Li-ion battery anode, they displayed a large specific capacity (634 mAh g(-1)), high rate capability (specific capabilities of 622, 557, 496, 439, and 384 mAh g(-1) at 100, 200, 500, 1000, and 2000 mA g(-1), respectively) and stable cycling performance (a specific capacity of 405 mAh g(-1) after long 300 cycles at 1000 mA g(-1)). As for Na-ion storage, these yolk-shell Sb@C particles also maintained a reversible capacity of approximate 280 mAh g(-1) at 1000 mA g(-1) after 200 cycles.

  10. Structure and phase behaviors of confined two penetrable soft spheres

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    Kim, Eun-Young; Kim, Soon-Chul

    2016-04-01

    We study the phase behaviors of two penetrable soft spheres, whose interactions include the soft repulsion and attraction, in a hard spherical pore. The exact partition function, one-body density, and equation of state for the confined two penetrable soft spheres have been calculated using the Fourier transform method. The phase diagrams have been determined from the negative compressibility of the van der Waals type, which imitates the phase transition of many particle system. The addition of the soft repulsion and attraction beyond the soft-core potential gives rise to the van der Waals instability. The soft attraction beyond the soft-core potential significantly enhances the van der Waals instability, whereas the soft repulsion reduces the van der Waals instability. For two hard spheres and hard square-well spheres, the van der Waals instability is not observed. However, the addition of a short-range soft repulsion beyond the hard-core gives rise to the van der Waals instability.

  11. Non-conductive nanomaterial enhanced electrochemical response in stripping voltammetry: The use of nanostructured magnesium silicate hollow spheres for heavy metal ions detection.

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    Xu, Ren-Xia; Yu, Xin-Yao; Gao, Chao; Jiang, Yu-Jing; Han, Dong-Dong; Liu, Jin-Huai; Huang, Xing-Jiu

    2013-08-06

    Nanostructured magnesium silicate hollow spheres, one kind of non-conductive nanomaterials, were used in heavy metal ions (HMIs) detection with enhanced performance for the first time. The detailed study of the enhancing electrochemical response in stripping voltammetry for simultaneous detection of ultratrace Cd(2+), Pb(2+), Cu(2+) and Hg(2+) was described. Electrochemical properties of modified electrodes were characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The operational parameters which have influence on the deposition and stripping of metal ions, such as supporting electrolytes, pH value, and deposition time were carefully studied. The anodic stripping voltammetric performance toward HMIs was evaluated using square wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV) analysis. The detection limits achieved (0.186nM, 0.247nM, 0.169nM and 0.375nM for Cd(2+), Pb(2+), Cu(2+) and Hg(2+)) are much lower than the guideline values in drinking water given by the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, the interference and stability of the modified electrode were also investigated under the optimized conditions. An interesting phenomenon of mutual interference between different metal ions was observed. Most importantly, the sensitivity of Pb(2+) increased in the presence of certain concentrations of other metal ions, such as Cd(2+), Cu(2+) and Hg(2+) both individually and simultaneously. The proposed electrochemical sensing method is thus expected to open new opportunities to broaden the use of SWASV in analysis for detecting HMIs in the environment. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Complex Hollow Nanostructures: Synthesis and Energy-Related Applications.

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    Yu, Le; Hu, Han; Wu, Hao Bin; Lou, Xiong Wen David

    2017-04-01

    Hollow nanostructures offer promising potential for advanced energy storage and conversion applications. In the past decade, considerable research efforts have been devoted to the design and synthesis of hollow nanostructures with high complexity by manipulating their geometric morphology, chemical composition, and building block and interior architecture to boost their electrochemical performance, fulfilling the increasing global demand for renewable and sustainable energy sources. In this Review, we present a comprehensive overview of the synthesis and energy-related applications of complex hollow nanostructures. After a brief classification, the design and synthesis of complex hollow nanostructures are described in detail, which include hierarchical hollow spheres, hierarchical tubular structures, hollow polyhedra, and multi-shelled hollow structures, as well as their hybrids with nanocarbon materials. Thereafter, we discuss their niche applications as electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries and hybrid supercapacitors, sulfur hosts for lithium-sulfur batteries, and electrocatalysts for oxygen- and hydrogen-involving energy conversion reactions. The potential superiorities of complex hollow nanostructures for these applications are particularly highlighted. Finally, we conclude this Review with urgent challenges and further research directions of complex hollow nanostructures for energy-related applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Diffusion and structure of a quasi-one-dimensional hard-sphere fluid

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    Lin, Binhua; Lee, Ji Hwan; Cui, Bianxiao

    2001-03-01

    We report the results of an experimental study of a quasi-one-dimensional hard-sphere fluid. The system consists of uncharged Si colloidal spheres confined in long, uncorrelated 1D-channels whose narrow width forbids mutual passage of spheres along the channel. By tracking the trajectories of the spheres using digital video microscopy, we studied the diffusion and structure of the system as a function of the density of the fluid. Our results show that the behavior of the spheres in self-diffusion is changed gradually from Fickian to non-Fickian near the onset of the collision between the spheres, indicating the correlation between the collision of the hard-spheres and the change in diffusion mechanism. At high density, the self-part of the van Hove function of the system is no longer a Gaussian distribution but a Poisson distribution which can be interpreted using a hydrodynamic analysis for effective wall-drag effect. The pair distribution function of the system can be explained by an analytical expression for a 1D hard-sphere fluid [1]. [1] Y. Rosenfeld, M. Schmidt, H. Lowen and P. Tarazona, Phys. Rev. E 55, 4245 (1997).

  14. Structure and Properties of Polyurethane/Polyvinylidene Difluoride Blending Hollow Fiber

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    HU Xiao-yu; XIAO Chang-fa; AN Shu-lin; WANG Zhao-xu

    2006-01-01

    Utilization of polyvinylidene difluoride, PVDF, as the disperse phase and thermal plastic polyurethane, PU, as the continuous phase, the PU/PVDF blend hollow fiber membranes with the property of pressure-responsibility,PR, was prepared by melt- spinning. For these hollow fibers, the formation of the interfacial micro-voids, IFM,and the spinability of the blend were analyzed. The pressure-responsibility was studied by measuring the changing of pure water flux, PWF, with the pressure, and the influence of drawing and heat-setting on the structure and pressure-responsibility of the membranes were also discussed.

  15. Probabilistic Design of Hollow Circular Composite Structure by using Finite Element Method

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    Mr. Sachin M. Shinde

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This study represents simulation of hollow circular composite beam by using Monte Carlo method. A three dimensional static analysis of large displacement type has been carried out. Finite element analysis of hollow circular composite structure has been carried out and uncertainty in bending stress is analyzed. Bending stress was objective function. Beam length, beam radius, elastic modulus, shear modulus and Poisson ratio of epoxy graphite, ply angles of hollow circular section and force are randomly varied within effective range and their effect on bending stress has been analyzed. In order to validate the results, one loop of simulation is benchmarked from results in literature. Ultimately, best set of probabilistic design variable is proposed to reduce bending stress under static loading condition.

  16. Morphology, Structure and Biodegradability of Hollow HA Microspheres Obtained by Plasma Spraying

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    2005-01-01

    The spraying-dried HA (ASD) was employed. ASD was plasma-sprayed onto ice to obtain hollow HA microspheres. The particle size of the sample was determined with a particle size analyzer. The morphology and structure of the samples were measured by scanning electron microscope and X-ray powder diffraction.The in vitro biodegradability of samples was evaluated by immersion tests in Ringer' s solution (RS) and simulated body fluid ( SBF). The samples were immersed respectively in RS and SBF for a period. The Ca2+ ion concentration in the solutions was determined by Atomic Adsorption Spectrum. By plasma spraying hollow HA microspheres were obtained. The hollow microspheres consisted mainly of low crystalline and amorphous HA, and had better biodegradability.

  17. Phaeocystis globosa (Prymnesiophyceae) colonies : Hollow structures built with small amounts of polysaccharides

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    van Rijssel, M; Hamm, C.E.; Gieskes, W.W C

    In both field samples and cultures the total amount of sugar and of carbon in colonies of Phaeocystis globosa was correlated with colony surface area, suggesting a hollow structure. A conceptual model based on biochemical data and on the assumption that the mucus occurs as a layer of a Bred

  18. Stability of LS and LS2 crystal structures in binary mixtures of hard and charged spheres.

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    Hynninen, A-P; Filion, L; Dijkstra, M

    2009-08-14

    We study by computer simulations the stability of various crystal structures in a binary mixture of large and small spheres interacting either with a hard sphere or a screened-Coulomb potential. In the case of hard-core systems, we consider structures that have atomic prototypes CrB, gammaCuTi, alphaIrV, HgBr2, AuTe2, Ag2Se and the Laves phases (MgCu2, MgNi2, and MgZn2) as well as a structure with space group symmetry 74. By utilizing Monte Carlo simulations to calculate Gibbs free energies, we determine composition versus pressure and constant volume phase diagrams for diameter ratios of q=0.74, 0.76, 0.8, 0.82, 0.84, and 0.85 for the small and large spheres. For diameter ratios 0.76 mixture. By extrapolating to the thermodynamic limit, we show that the MgZn2 structure is the most stable one of the Laves structures. We also calculate phase diagrams for equally and oppositely charged spheres for size ratio of 0.73 taking into consideration the Laves phases and CsCl. In the case of equally charged spheres, we find a pocket of stable Laves phases, while in the case of oppositely charged spheres, Laves phases are found to be metastable with respect to the CsCl and fluid phases.

  19. Bond-orientational analysis of hard-disk and hard-sphere structures.

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    Senthil Kumar, V; Kumaran, V

    2006-05-28

    We report the bond-orientational analysis results for the thermodynamic, random, and homogeneously sheared inelastic structures of hard-disks and hard-spheres. The thermodynamic structures show a sharp rise in the order across the freezing transition. The random structures show the absence of crystallization. The homogeneously sheared structures get ordered at a packing fraction higher than the thermodynamic freezing packing fraction, due to the suppression of crystal nucleation. On shear ordering, strings of close-packed hard-disks in two dimensions and close-packed layers of hard-spheres in three dimensions, oriented along the velocity direction, slide past each other. Such a flow creates a considerable amount of fourfold order in two dimensions and body-centered-tetragonal (bct) structure in three dimensions. These transitions are the flow analogs of the martensitic transformations occurring in metals due to the stresses induced by a rapid quench. In hard-disk structures, using the bond-orientational analysis we show the presence of fourfold order. In sheared inelastic hard-sphere structures, even though the global bond-orientational analysis shows that the system is highly ordered, a third-order rotational invariant analysis shows that only about 40% of the spheres have face-centered-cubic (fcc) order, even in the dense and near-elastic limits, clearly indicating the coexistence of multiple crystalline orders. When layers of close-packed spheres slide past each other, in addition to the bct structure, the hexagonal-close-packed (hcp) structure is formed due to the random stacking faults. Using the Honeycutt-Andersen pair analysis and an analysis based on the 14-faceted polyhedra having six quadrilateral and eight hexagonal faces, we show the presence of bct and hcp signatures in shear ordered inelastic hard-spheres. Thus, our analysis shows that the dense sheared inelastic hard-spheres have a mixture of fcc, bct, and hcp structures.

  20. Suspension Plasma Spray Fabrication of Nanocrystalline Titania Hollow Microspheres for Photocatalytic Applications

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    Ren, Kun; Liu, Yi; He, Xiaoyan; Li, Hua

    2015-10-01

    Hollow inorganic microspheres with controlled internal pores in close-cell configuration are usually constructed by submicron-sized particles. Fast and efficient large-scale production of the microspheres with tunable sizes yet remains challenging. Here, we report a suspension plasma spray route for making hollow microspheres from nano titania particles. The processing permits most nano particles to retain their physiochemical properties in the as-sprayed microspheres. The microspheres have controllable interior cavities and mesoporous shell of 1-3 μm in thickness. Spray parameters and organic content in the starting suspension play the key role in regulating the efficiency of accomplishing the hollow sphere structure. For the ease of collecting the spheres for recycling use, ferriferous oxide particles were used as additives to make Fe3O4-TiO2 hollow magnetic microspheres. The spheres can be easily recycled through external magnetic field collection after each time use. Photocatalytic anti-bacterial activities of the hollow spheres were assessed by examining their capability of degrading methylene blue and sterilizing Escherichia coli bacteria. Excellent photocatalytic performances were revealed for the hollow spheres, giving insight into their potential versatile applications.

  1. Diverse Melting Modes and Structural Collapse of Hollow Bimetallic Core-Shell Nanoparticles: A Perspective from Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Huang, Rao; Shao, Gui-Fang; Zeng, Xiang-Ming; Wen, Yu-Hua

    2014-11-01

    Introducing hollow structures into metallic nanoparticles has become a promising route to improve their catalytic performances. A fundamental understanding of thermal stability of these novel nanostructures is of significance for their syntheses and applications. In this article, molecular dynamics simulations have been employed to offer insights into the thermodynamic evolution of hollow bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles. Our investigation reveals that for hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle, premelting originates at the exterior surface, and a typical two-stage melting behavior is exhibited, similar to the solid ones. However, since the interior surface provides facilitation for the premelting initiating at the core, the two-stage melting is also observed in hollow Au-core/Pt-shell nanoparticle, remarkably different from the solid one. Furthermore, the collapse of hollow structure is accompanied with the overall melting of the hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle while it occurs prior to that of the hollow Au-core/Pt-shell nanoparticle and leads to the formation of a liquid-core/solid-shell structure, although both of them finally transform into a mixing alloy with Au-dominated surface. Additionally, the existence of stacking faults in the hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle distinctly lowers its melting point. This study could be of great importance to the design and development of novel nanocatalysts with both high activity and excellent stability.

  2. Diverse Melting Modes and Structural Collapse of Hollow Bimetallic Core-Shell Nanoparticles: A Perspective from Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Huang, Rao; Shao, Gui-Fang; Zeng, Xiang-Ming; Wen, Yu-Hua

    2014-01-01

    Introducing hollow structures into metallic nanoparticles has become a promising route to improve their catalytic performances. A fundamental understanding of thermal stability of these novel nanostructures is of significance for their syntheses and applications. In this article, molecular dynamics simulations have been employed to offer insights into the thermodynamic evolution of hollow bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles. Our investigation reveals that for hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle, premelting originates at the exterior surface, and a typical two-stage melting behavior is exhibited, similar to the solid ones. However, since the interior surface provides facilitation for the premelting initiating at the core, the two-stage melting is also observed in hollow Au-core/Pt-shell nanoparticle, remarkably different from the solid one. Furthermore, the collapse of hollow structure is accompanied with the overall melting of the hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle while it occurs prior to that of the hollow Au-core/Pt-shell nanoparticle and leads to the formation of a liquid-core/solid-shell structure, although both of them finally transform into a mixing alloy with Au-dominated surface. Additionally, the existence of stacking faults in the hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle distinctly lowers its melting point. This study could be of great importance to the design and development of novel nanocatalysts with both high activity and excellent stability. PMID:25394424

  3. One-Pot Synthesis of Cu2O/Cu Self-Assembled Hollow Nanospheres with Enhanced Photocatalytic Performance

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    Bo Zhou

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cu2O/Cu hollow spheres are prepared using one-pot template-free solvent-thermal synthesis route with (CH3COO2Cu·H2O as a precursor. With the reaction time increasing gradually from 2 h to 20 h, the morphology of the Cu2O/Cu evolves from nanoparticle to hollow nanosphere. The hollow structure is obtained when the cooling rate falls down to 0.7°C/min. And the content of Cu in the hollow spheres also can be easily controlled by adjusting the solvent-thermal synthesis time. Using photocatalytic degradation of phenol as the probe molecules under visible-light illumination, we have investigated the influence of hollow structure on the photocatalytic activity of Cu2O/Cu. The prepared hollow sphere Cu2O/Cu particles exhibited a higher photodegradation capability than nanoparticles and solid spheres. When the content of Cu lies in the range of 11–86 wt%, the samples exhibit higher photocatalytic performance, indicating that the Cu2O/Cu particles with hollow structure are promising candidates for the processing of pollutants.

  4. Superior Conductive Solid-like Electrolytes: Nanoconfining Liquids within the Hollow Structures

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    Zhang, Jinshui [ORNL; Bai, Ying [ORNL; Sun, Xiao-Guang [ORNL; Li, Yunchao [ORNL; Guo, Bingkun [ORNL; Chen, Jihua [ORNL; Veith, Gabriel M [ORNL; Hensley, Dale K [ORNL; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans [ORNL; Goodenough, John B [University of Texas at Austin; Dai, Sheng [ORNL

    2015-01-01

    The growth and proliferation of lithium (Li) dendrites during cell recharge is unavoidable, which seriously hinders the development and application of rechargeable Li metal batteries. Solid electrolytes with robust mechanical modulus are regarded as a promising approach to overcome the dendrite problems. However, their room-temperature ionic conductivities are usually too low to reach the level required for normal battery operation. Here, a class of novel solid electrolytes with liquid-like room-temperature ionic conductivities (> 1 mS cm-1) has been successfully synthesized by taking advantage of the unique nanoarchitectures of hollow silica (HS) spheres to confine liquid electrolytes in hollow space to afford high conductivities. In a symmetric lithium/lithium cell, such kind of solid-like electrolytes demonstrates a robust performance against Li dendrite problems, well stabilizing the cell system from short circuiting in a long-time operation at current densities ranging from 0.16 to 0.32 mA cm-2. Moreover, the high flexibility and compatibility of HS nanoarchitectures, in principle, enables broad tunability to choose desired liquids for the fabrication of other kinds of solid-like electrolytes, such as those containing Na+, Mg2+ or Al3+ as conductive media, providing a useful alternative strategy for the development of next generation rechargeable batteries.

  5. Effects of edge beams on mechanic behavior under lateral load in reinforced concrete hollow slab-column structure

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    成洁筠; 杨建军; 唐小弟

    2008-01-01

    In order to get the formulae for calculating the equivalent frame width coefficient of reinforced concrete hollow slab-column structures with edge beam,the finite element structural program was used in the elastic analysis of reinforced concrete hollow slab-column structure with different dimensions to study internal relationship between effective beam width and the frame dimensions.In addition,the formulas for calculating the increasing coefficient of edge beam were also obtained.

  6. Self-assembly of Copper Sulfide Nanoparticles to Solid, Hollow Spherical and Wire-Shaped Structures

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    NAN Zhao-Dong; WEI Cheng-Zhen; WANG Xue-Ying; HAO Hai-Yan

    2008-01-01

    Copper sulfides, such as Cu7S4, Cu1.8S, Cu1.81S and Cu2S, in the wire-like, and solid and hollow ball-like shapes congregated from nano-spherical particles and nanoslices, have been prepared by a solvothermal method using a mixture of water and ethylene glycol as solvent. CuSO4 and thiourea were used as the starting materials without as- sistance of any surfactant or template. The results show that the water content in the solvent affects the morphology of the samples, and the reaction time and temperature affect the crystal structure and morphology. On the basis of the obtained results, the formation processes of different morphologies of copper sulfides can be interpreted by the following mechanism: nanoparticles of copper sulfides initially formed, then the wire-like structures were gradually created, and finally translated to solid and hollow spherical structures under the different experimental conditions.

  7. Stabilizing the hexagonal close packed structure of hard spheres with polymers: Phase diagram, structure, and dynamics

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    Edison, John R.; Dasgupta, Tonnishtha; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2016-08-01

    We study the phase behaviour of a binary mixture of colloidal hard spheres and freely jointed chains of beads using Monte Carlo simulations. Recently Panagiotopoulos and co-workers predicted [Nat. Commun. 5, 4472 (2014)] that the hexagonal close packed (HCP) structure of hard spheres can be stabilized in such a mixture due to the interplay between polymer and the void structure in the crystal phase. Their predictions were based on estimates of the free-energy penalty for adding a single hard polymer chain in the HCP and the competing face centered cubic (FCC) phase. Here we calculate the phase diagram using free-energy calculations of the full binary mixture and find a broad fluid-solid coexistence region and a metastable gas-liquid coexistence region. For the colloid-monomer size ratio considered in this work, we find that the HCP phase is only stable in a small window at relatively high polymer reservoir packing fractions, where the coexisting HCP phase is nearly close packed. Additionally we investigate the structure and dynamic behaviour of these mixtures.

  8. Hollow spherical carbonized polypyrrole/sulfur composite cathode materials for lithium/sulfur cells with long cycle life

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    Wang, Zhongbao; Zhang, Shichao; Zhang, Lan; Lin, Ruoxu; Wu, Xiaomeng; Fang, Hua; Ren, Yanbiao

    2014-02-01

    Hollow carbonized polypyrrole (PPy) spheres are synthesized using poly(methyl methacrylate-ethyl acrylate-acrylic acid) latex spheres as sacrificial templates. The hollow spherical carbonized PPy/sulfur composite cathode materials are prepared by heating the mixture of hollow carbonized PPy spheres and element sulfur at 155 °C for 24 h. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations show the hollow structures of the carbonized PPy spheres and the homogeneous distribution of sulfur on the carbonized PPy shells. The hollow spherical carbonized PPy/sulfur composite with 60.9 wt.% S shows high specific capacity and excellent cycling stability when used as the cathode materials in lithium/sulfur cells, whose initial specific discharge capacity reaches as high as 1320 mA h g-1 and the reversible discharge capacity retains 758 mA h g-1 after 400 cycles at 0.2C. The excellent electrochemical properties benefit from the hollow structures and the flexible shells of the carbonized PPy spheres.

  9. Packing of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: an analytical approach and application to amorphization.

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    Brouwers, H J H

    2007-10-01

    The geometrical stability of the three lattices of the cubic crystal system, viz. face-centered cubic (fcc), body-centered cubic (bcc), and simple cubic (sc), consisting of bimodal discrete hard spheres, and the transition to amorphous packing is studied. First, the random close packing (rcp) fraction of binary mixtures of amorphously packed spheres is recapitulated. Next, the packing of a binary mixture of hard spheres in randomly disordered cubic structures is analyzed, resulting in original analytical expressions for the unit cell volume and the packing fraction, and which are also valid for the other five crystal systems. The bimodal fcc lattice parameter appears to be in close agreement with empirical hard sphere data from literature, and this parameter could be used to distinguish the size mismatch effect from all other effects in distorted binary lattices of materials. Here, as a first model application, bimodal amorphous and crystalline fcc/bcc packing fractions are combined, yielding the optimum packing configuration, which depends on mixture composition and diameter ratio only. Maps of the closest packing mode are established and applied to colloidal mixtures of polydisperse spheres and to binary alloys of bcc, fcc, and hcp metals. The extensive comparison between the analytical expressions derived here and the published numerical and empirical data yields good agreement. Hence, it is seen that basic space-filling theories on "simple" noninteracting hard spheres are a valuable tool for the study of crystalline materials.

  10. Packing of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: An analytical approach and application to amorphization

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    Brouwers, H. J. H.

    2007-10-01

    The geometrical stability of the three lattices of the cubic crystal system, viz. face-centered cubic (fcc), body-centered cubic (bcc), and simple cubic (sc), consisting of bimodal discrete hard spheres, and the transition to amorphous packing is studied. First, the random close packing (rcp) fraction of binary mixtures of amorphously packed spheres is recapitulated. Next, the packing of a binary mixture of hard spheres in randomly disordered cubic structures is analyzed, resulting in original analytical expressions for the unit cell volume and the packing fraction, and which are also valid for the other five crystal systems. The bimodal fcc lattice parameter appears to be in close agreement with empirical hard sphere data from literature, and this parameter could be used to distinguish the size mismatch effect from all other effects in distorted binary lattices of materials. Here, as a first model application, bimodal amorphous and crystalline fcc/bcc packing fractions are combined, yielding the optimum packing configuration, which depends on mixture composition and diameter ratio only. Maps of the closest packing mode are established and applied to colloidal mixtures of polydisperse spheres and to binary alloys of bcc, fcc, and hcp metals. The extensive comparison between the analytical expressions derived here and the published numerical and empirical data yields good agreement. Hence, it is seen that basic space-filling theories on “simple” noninteracting hard spheres are a valuable tool for the study of crystalline materials.

  11. Synthesis and Surface Properties of Silica Spheres with Core Shell Structure by One Convenient Method

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    D. P. Das

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Earlier, we have published a paper on the preparation of silica sphere using propanol as cosurfactant. We report here a highly cost-effective method of preparation of mesoporous silica spheres with core shell structure using sodium silicate as silica precursor, cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB as surfactant, and methanol as cosurfactant. Thus after removal of the template by dissolutions or/and activation at higher temperature, mesoporous silica spheres with core shell structure were obtained. The products prepared with methanol to CTAB molar ratio 8.5 : 1 were confirmed to give best results. All the spherical products have very large surface area (∼589–1044 m2/g, pore volume (∼0.98–1.41 cm3/g, and ordered pore structure.

  12. Internal structural optimization of hollow fan blade based on sequential quadratic programming algorithm

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    YANG Jian-qiu; WANG Yan-rong

    2011-01-01

    Several structural design parameters for the description of the geometric features of a hollow fan blade were determined. A structural design optimization model of a hollow fan blade which based on the strength constraint and minimum mass was established based on the finite element method through these parameters. Then, the sequential quadratic programming algorithm was employed to search the optimal solutions. Several groups of value for initial design variables were chosen, for the purpose of not only finding much more local optimal results but also analyzing which discipline that the variables according to could be benefit for the convergence and robustness. Response surface method and Monte Carlo simulations were used to analyze whether the objective function and constraint function are sensitive to the variation of variables or not. Then the robust results could be found among a group of different local optimal solutions.

  13. Polydopamine-coated, nitrogen-doped, hollow carbon-sulfur double-layered core-shell structure for improving lithium-sulfur batteries.

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    Zhou, Weidong; Xiao, Xingcheng; Cai, Mei; Yang, Li

    2014-09-10

    To better confine the sulfur/polysulfides in the electrode of lithium-sulfur (Li/S) batteries and improve the cycling stability, we developed a double-layered core-shell structure of polymer-coated carbon-sulfur. Carbon-sulfur was first prepared through the impregnation of sulfur into hollow carbon spheres under heat treatment, followed by a coating polymerization to give a double-layered core-shell structure. From the study of scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) images, we demonstrated that the sulfur not only successfully penetrated through the porous carbon shell but also aggregated along the inner wall of the carbon shell, which, for the first time, provided visible and convincing evidence that sulfur preferred diffusing into the hollow carbon rather than aggregating in/on the porous wall of the carbon. Taking advantage of this structure, a stable capacity of 900 mA h g(-1) at 0.2 C after 150 cycles and 630 mA h g(-1) at 0.6 C after 600 cycles could be obtained in Li/S batteries. We also demonstrated the feasibility of full cells using the sulfur electrodes to couple with the silicon film electrodes, which exhibited significantly improved cycling stability and efficiency. The remarkable electrochemical performance could be attributed to the desirable confinement of sulfur through the unique double-layered core-shell architectures.

  14. Digital Eversion of a Hollow Structure: An Application in Virtual Colonography

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    Jun Zhao

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A new methodology is presented for digital eversion of a hollow structure. The digital eversion is advantageous for better visualization of a larger portion of the inner surface with preservation of geometric relationship and without time-consuming navigation. Together with other techniques, digital eversion may help improve screening, diagnosis, surgical planning, and medical education. Two eversion algorithms are proposed and evaluated in numerical simulation to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach.

  15. Reference Sphere Positioning Measurement Based on Line-Structured Light Vision Sensor

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    2013-01-01

    The line-structured light vision sensor has been used widely in industrial vision measuring fields due to its simple structure, small volume, light weight, low cost, convenient calibration, and high accuracy of measurement. To locate the reference sphere precisely with line-structured light vision sensor, a mathematical model based on the measuring principle of line-structured light vision sensor is established in the paper. Then, the positioning measurement error is analyzed in detail. The e...

  16. Structural Parameters Calibration for Binocular Stereo Vision Sensors Using a Double-Sphere Target

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    Zhenzhong Wei

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Structural parameter calibration for the binocular stereo vision sensor (BSVS is an important guarantee for high-precision measurements. We propose a method to calibrate the structural parameters of BSVS based on a double-sphere target. The target, consisting of two identical spheres with a known fixed distance, is freely placed in different positions and orientations. Any three non-collinear sphere centres determine a spatial plane whose normal vector under the two camera-coordinate-frames is obtained by means of an intermediate parallel plane calculated by the image points of sphere centres and the depth-scale factors. Hence, the rotation matrix R is solved. The translation vector T is determined using a linear method derived from the epipolar geometry. Furthermore, R and T are refined by nonlinear optimization. We also provide theoretical analysis on the error propagation related to the positional deviation of the sphere image and an approach to mitigate its effect. Computer simulations are conducted to test the performance of the proposed method with respect to the image noise level, target placement times and the depth-scale factor. Experimental results on real data show that the accuracy of measurement is higher than 0.9‰, with a distance of 800 mm and a view field of 250 × 200 mm2.

  17. Optimal design of hollow core–shell structural active materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Wenjuan Jiang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To mitigate mechanical and chemical degradation of active materials, hollow core–shell structures have been applied in lithium ion batteries. Without embedding of lithium ions, the rigid coating shell can constrain the inward volume deformation. In this paper, optimal conditions for the full use of inner hollow space are identified in terms of the critical ratio of shell thickness and inner size and the state of charge. It is shown that the critical ratios are 0.10 and 0.15 for Si particle and tube (0.12 and 0.18 for Sn particle and tube, and above which there is lack of space for further lithiation.

  18. Hollow carbonated hydroxyapatite microspheres with mesoporous structure: hydrothermal fabrication and drug delivery property.

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    Guo, Ya-Jun; Wang, Ying-Ying; Chen, Ting; Wei, Yi-Ting; Chu, Lian-Feng; Guo, Ya-Ping

    2013-08-01

    Hollow carbonated hydroxyapatite microspheres with mesoporous structure (HCHAs) have been fabricated by using calcium carbonated microspheres as sacrificial templates according to the following routes: (i) the in situ deposit of carbonated hydroxyapatite on the surfaces of CaCO3 microspheres by hydrothermal method and (ii) the removal of CaCO3 by chemical etching. The HCHAs consist of a hollow core and a mesoporous shell. Interestingly, the shell of the microspheres is constructed by carbonated hydroxyapatite nanoplates as building blocks. Moreover, these nanoplates are composed of many smaller nanoparticles with different crystal orientations, and the mesopores exist among these nanoparticles. The HCHAs exhibit the high drug-loading capacity and sustained drug release property, suggesting that the hierarchically porous microspheres have great potentials for bone-implantable drug-delivery applications. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Intrinsic manufacture of hollow thermoplastic composite/metal structures

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    Barfuss, Daniel; Grützner, Raik; Garthaus, Christian; Gude, Maik; Müller, Roland; Langrebe, Dirk

    2016-10-01

    In contrast to common and classical joining technologies for composite/metal hybrid structures such as bonding and riveting, profile and contour joints offer a promising potential for novel lightweight hybrid structures. First and foremost, joining systems with a form closure function enable to pass very high loads into rod- and tube-shaped fibre reinforced structures and achieve high degrees of material utilization for the composite part. This paper demonstrates the theoretical and technological principals for a resource efficient design and production of highly loaded thermoplastic composite profile structures with integrated metallic load introduction elements and a multi scale form closure. The hybrid structures are produced in an integral blow moulding process in which a braided tape-preform is simultaneously consolidated and formed into the metallic load introduction element. These metallic load introduction elements are manufactured in a two-stage process of external and internal hydroforming, after forming simulations have assured process stability for consistent quality.

  20. Structural analysis of liquid aluminum at high pressure and high temperature using the hard sphere model

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    Ikuta, Daijo; Kono, Yoshio; Shen, Guoyin

    2016-10-01

    The structure of liquid aluminum is measured up to 6.9 GPa and 1773 K using a multi-angle energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction method in a Paris-Edinburgh press. The effect of pressure and temperature on the structure and density of liquid aluminum is analyzed by means of the hard sphere model. Peak positions in the structure factor of liquid aluminum show a nearly constant value with varying temperatures at ˜1-2 GPa and slightly change with varying pressures up to 6.9 GPa at 1173-1773 K. In contrast, the height of the first peak in the structure factor significantly changes with varying pressures and temperatures. Hard sphere model analysis shows that the structure of liquid aluminum in the pressure-temperature range of this study is controlled mostly by the packing fraction with only a minor change in hard sphere diameters. The obtained packing fractions and hard sphere diameters are used to calculate densities of liquid aluminum at high pressure-temperature conditions.

  1. Particle Generation by Pulsed Excimer Laser Ablation in Liquid: Hollow Structures and Laser-Induced Reactions

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    Yan, Zijie

    2011-12-01

    Pulsed laser ablation of solid targets in liquid media is a powerful method to fabricate micro-/nanoparticles, which has attracted much interest in the past decade. It represents a combinatorial library of constituents and interactions, and one can explore disparate regions of parameter space with outcomes that are impossible to envision a priori. In this work, a pulsed excimer laser (wavelength 248 nm, pulse width 30 ns) has been used to ablate targets in liquid media with varying laser fluences, frequencies, ablation times and surfactants. It is observed that hollow particles could be fabricated by excimer laser ablation of Al, Pt, Zn, Mg, Ag, Si, TiO2, and Nb2O5 in water or aqueous solutions. The hollow particles, with sizes from tens of nanometers to micrometers, may have smooth and continuous shells or have morphologies demonstrating that they were assembled from nanoparticles. A new mechanism has been proposed to explain the formation of these novel particle geometries. They were formed on laser-produced bubbles through bubble interface pinning by laser-produced solid species. Considering the bubble dynamics, thermodynamic and kinetic requirements have been discussed in the mechanism that can explain some phenomena associated with the formation of hollow particles, especially (1) larger particles are more likely to be hollow particles; (2) Mg and Al targets have stronger tendency to generate hollow particles; and (3) the 248 nm excimer laser is more beneficial to fabricate hollow particles in water than other lasers with longer wavelengths. The work has also demonstrated the possiblities to fabricate novel nanostructures through laser-induced reactions. Zn(OH)2/dodecyl sulfate flower-like nanostructures, AgCl cubes, and Ag2O cubes, pyramids, triangular plates, pentagonal rods and bars have been obtained via reactions between laser-produced species with water, electrolyes, or surfactant molecules. The underlying mechanisms of forming these structures have been

  2. Packing fraction of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: a general equation and application to amorphization

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    Brouwers, H.J.H.

    2008-01-01

    In a previous paper analytical equations were derived for the packing fraction of crystalline structures consisting of bimodal randomly placed hard spheres H. J. H. Brouwers, Phys. Rev. E 76, 041304 2007. The bimodal packing fraction was derived for the three crystalline cubic systems: viz., face-ce

  3. Equilibrium structure of the multi-component screened charged hard-sphere fluid.

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    Sánchez-Díaz, Luis E; Mendez-Maldonado, Gloria A; González-Melchor, Minerva; Ruiz-Estrada, Honorina; Medina-Noyola, Magdaleno

    2011-07-07

    The generalized mean spherical approximation of the structural properties of the binary charge-symmetric fluid of screened charged hard-spheres of the same diameter, i.e., the screened restricted primitive model, is extended to include binary charge-asymmetric and multi-component fluids. Molecular dynamics simulation data are generated to assess the accuracy of the corresponding theoretical predictions.

  4. Controllable preparation of polystyrene-methylacrylic acid latex templates and silica hollow spheres%聚苯乙烯-甲基丙烯酸模板与SiO2空心微球可控性制备

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    石莉萍; 刘纯

    2012-01-01

    利用无皂聚合和乳液聚合,制备了聚苯乙烯-甲基丙烯酸胶体模板.聚苯乙烯-甲基丙烯酸胶体模板粒径分别控制为363,349,160和56 nm,实现了模板粒径的可控制备.利用制备的聚苯乙烯-甲基丙烯酸系列胶体模板,以偏硅酸钠为前驱体,煅烧去除模板后,制备了不同粒径及壁厚的二氧化硅空心微球.所制备的样品粒径在69~ 405 nm之间,壁厚在11 ~27 nm之间变化.利用扫描电子显微镜、透射电子显微镜和傅立叶变换红外光谱仪,对乳液模板、核壳复合材料及二氧化硅空心球形貌进行了表征,提出了聚苯乙烯-甲基丙烯酸模板与二氧化硅空心微球粒径调控的有效方法.%The polystyrene-methacrylic acid latex templates were prepared by emulsifier-free and emulsifier emulsion polymerization. The average diameters of the polystyrene-methacrylic acid latex templates were respectively controlled at 363 , 349 , 160 and 56 nm to realize controllable preparation of polystyrene-methylacrylic acid latex templates. Whereafter, the hollow silica microspheres with various grain size and shell thickness were prepared after calcination to remove the templates with polystyrene-methy lacrylic acid latexes as templates and sodium silicate as precursor. The diameters of the silica hollow microspheres range from 69 to 405 nm with the shell thicknesses from 11 to 27 nm. The latex templates, core-shell composites and silica hollow spheres were characterized by scanning electron microscopy ( SEM ) , transmission electron microscopy ( TEM ) and FT-infrared spectroscopy ( FT-IR ) . An effective method for controllable preparation of polystyrene-methylacrylic acid latex templates and silica hollow spheres was proposed.

  5. Mechanics and properties of composed materials and structures

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    Öchsner, Andreas; Altenbach, Holm

    2014-01-01

    This volume details the latest trends in characterization and developments of composed materials and structures, including textile composites, sandwich plates, hollow sphere structures, reinforced concrete as well as classical fibre reinforced materials.

  6. Hollow Nodules Gas Escape Sedimentary Structures in Lacustrine Deposits on Earth and Gale Crater

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    Bonaccorsi, R.; Willson, D.; Fairen, A. G.; Baker, L.; McKay, C.; Zent, A.; Mahaffy, P. R.

    2015-12-01

    Curiosity's Mastcam and MAHLI instruments in Gale Crater (GC) imaged mm-sized circular rimmed hollow nodules (HNs) (Figure 1A), pitting the Sheepbed mudstone of Yellowknife Bay Formation [1,2]. HNs are significantly smaller than the solid nodules within the outcrop, with an external mean diameter of 1.2 mm and an interior one of 0.7 mm [2] Several formation mechanisms of HNs have been discussed, such as: (1) Diagenetic dissolution of soluble mineral phases; or, (2) Gas bubbles released shortly after sediment deposition [1-3]. In an ephemeral pond in Ubehebe Crater (Death Valley, CA) we observed the formation of hollow nodule sedimentary structures produced by gas bubbles (Figure 1C) preserved in smectite-rich mud that are strikingly similar to those imaged in GC (Figure 1A). This finding supports the gas bubble hypothesis [2]. Ubehebe Crater (UC) surface sediment hollow nodules were sampled, imaged, and their internal diameter measured (200 hollow structures) showing similar shape, distribution, and composition to those imaged by Curiosity in GC. UC in-situ observations suggest the gas bubbles were generated within the slightly reducing ephemerally submerged mud. These intra-crater deposits remain otherwise extremely dry year round, i.e., Air_rH ~2-5%; ground H2O wt%: 1-2%; Summer air/ground T: 45-48ºC/67-70ºC [4-5]. Data from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM), CheMin, and ChemCam instruments onboard the rover revealed that HNs-bearing mudstone are rich in smectite clay e.g., ~18-20% [6,7] deposited in a neutral to mildly alkaline environment, capturing a period when the surface was potentially habitable [1]. The UC HNs-hosting deposits are also rich in smectite clays (~30%) and occur in an ephemeral shallow freshwater setting [4-5]. If present, surface hollow nodules are easy to find in dry clay-rich mud in lacustrine sediments, so they could represent a new indicator of ephemeral but habitable/inhabited environments on both Earth and early Mars. References: [1

  7. Dual-template magnetic molecularly imprinted particles with multi-hollow structure for the detection of dicofol and chlorpyrifos-methyl.

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    Yang, Tao; Feng, Shun; Lu, Yi; Yin, Chao; Wang, Jide

    2016-06-01

    In this work, a novel dual-template magnetic molecularly imprinted polymer particle for dicofol and chlorpyrifos-methyl was prepared through oil-in-water emulsifier-free emulsion technology. The resulting magnetic particles were characterized with electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. It was found that as-prepared particles were well-shaped spheres with multi-hollow structures and of a size around 125 μm. Meanwhile it showed a good magnetic sensitivity. The results testified that multi-hollow magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers possessed excellent recognition capacity and fast kinetic binding behavior to the objective molecules. The maximum binding amounts toward dicofol and chlorpyrifos-methyl were 31.46 and 25.23 mg/g, respectively. The feasibility of the use of the particles as a solid-phase extraction sorbent was evaluated. Satisfactory recoveries ranging from 90.62 to 111.47 and 91.07 to 94.03% were obtained for dicofol and chlorpyrifos-methyl, respectively, spiked at three concentration levels from real samples. The Langmuir isotherm equation provided an excellent fit to the equilibrium sorption data of either dicofol or chlorpyrifos-methyl. It provided a novel way to advise dual-template magnetic molecularly imprinted polymer particles to adsorb pesticides with high selectivity.

  8. Bacteria-directed construction of hollow TiO2 micro/nanostructures with enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution activity.

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    Zhou, Han; Fan, Tongxiang; Ding, Jian; Zhang, Di; Guo, Qixin

    2012-03-12

    A general method has been developed for the synthesis of various hollow TiO2 micro/nanostructures with bacteria as templates to further study the structural effect on photocatalytic hydrogen evolution properties. TiO2 hollow spheres and hollow tubes, served as prototypes, are obtained via a surface sol-gel process using cocci and bacillus as biotemplates, respectively. The formation mechanisms are based on absorption of metal-alkoxide molecules from solution onto functional cell wall surfaces and subsequent hydrolysis to give nanometer-thick oxide layers. The UV-Vis absorption spectrum shows that the porous TiO2 hollow spheres have enhanced light harvesting property compared with the corresponding solid counterpart. This could be attributed to their unique hollow porous micro/nanostructures with microsized hollow cavities and nanovoids which could bring about multiple scattering and rayleigh scattering of light, respectively. The hollow TiO2 structures exhibit superior photocatalytic hydrogen evolution activities under UV and visible light irradiation in the presence of sacrificial reagents. The hydrogen evolution rate of hollow structures is about 3.6 times higher than the solid counterpart and 1.5 times higher than P25-TiO2. This work demonstrates the structural effect on enhancing the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution performance which would pave a new pathway to tailor and improve catalytic properties over a broad range.

  9. The structure of tropical forests and sphere packings.

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    Taubert, Franziska; Jahn, Markus Wilhelm; Dobner, Hans-Jürgen; Wiegand, Thorsten; Huth, Andreas

    2015-12-01

    The search for simple principles underlying the complex architecture of ecological communities such as forests still challenges ecological theorists. We use tree diameter distributions--fundamental for deriving other forest attributes--to describe the structure of tropical forests. Here we argue that tree diameter distributions of natural tropical forests can be explained by stochastic packing of tree crowns representing a forest crown packing system: a method usually used in physics or chemistry. We demonstrate that tree diameter distributions emerge accurately from a surprisingly simple set of principles that include site-specific tree allometries, random placement of trees, competition for space, and mortality. The simple static model also successfully predicted the canopy structure, revealing that most trees in our two studied forests grow up to 30-50 m in height and that the highest packing density of about 60% is reached between the 25- and 40-m height layer. Our approach is an important step toward identifying a minimal set of processes responsible for generating the spatial structure of tropical forests.

  10. Multifunctional Inflatable Structure Being Developed for the PowerSphere Concept

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    Peterson, Todd T.

    2004-01-01

    NASA has funded a collaborative team of The Aerospace Corporation, ILC Dover, Lockheed Martin, and NASA Glenn Research Center to develop the Multifunctional Inflatable Structure (MIS) for a "PowerSphere" concept through a NASA Research Announcement. This power system concept has several advantages, including a high collection area, low weight and stowage volume, and the elimination of all solar array pointing mechanisms. The current 3-year effort will culminate with the fabrication and testing of a fully functional engineering development unit. The baseline design of the Power-Sphere consists of two opposing semispherical domes connected to a central spacecraft. Each semispherical dome consists of hexagonal and pentagonal solar cell panels that together form a geodetic sphere. Inflatable ultraviolet (UV) rigidizable tubular hinges between the solar cell panels and UV rigidizable isogrid center columns with imbedded flex circuitry form the MIS. The reference configuration for the PowerSphere is a 0.6-m-diameter (fully deployed) spacecraft with a total mass budget of 4 kg (1 kg for PowerSphere, 3 kg for spacecraft) capable of producing 29 W of electricity with 10-percent-efficient thin-film solar cells. In a stowed configuration, the solar cell panels will be folded sequentially to the outside of the instrument decks. The center column will be z-folded between the instrument decks and the spacecraft housing for packaging. The instrument panel will secure the z-folded stack with launch ties. After launch, once the release tie is triggered, the center column and hinge tubes will inflate and be rigidized in their final configurations by ultraviolet radiation. The overall PowerSphere deployment sequence is shown pictorially in the following illustration.

  11. 环氧树脂/SiO2空心球低介电常数材料的制备与性能研究%Preparation and Characterization of Epoxy/SiO2 Hollow Spheres Composites with Low Dielectric Constant

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    张翠翠; 周宏; 朱君

    2011-01-01

    以正硅酸乙酯为前驱体,采用模板法制备了粒径为50 nm左右的SiO空心球,并将其掺入到环氧树脂中,制备了EP/SiO空心球纳米复合材料.采用傅立叶变换红外光谱(FT-IR)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、热重分析(TGA)和精密阻抗分析仪分别对复合材料的化学结构、断面形貌、热稳定性及介电性能进行了表征.结果表明:在掺杂量不大于10%范围内,EP/SiO空心球纳米复合材料的介电常数随电场频率的升高而逐渐降低,相同测试频率下,复合材料的介电常数随纳米SiO含量的增加而降低;复合材料的介质损耗(tanδ)随着频率的增加而增加,在10~10Hz,复合材料的tanδ均大于纯EP;在10~10Hz,复合材料的tanδ均小于纯EP;复合材料的热稳定性稍有改善.%SiO2 nanostructure hollow spheres of 50 nm particle size were synthesized from tetraethy-lorthosilicate(TEOS) by the template method and EP/SiO2 hollow spheres nano-composites were prepared by adding the SiO2 nanostructure hollow spheres into epoxy resin. The chemical structure,fractured surface morphology, decomposition temperature(Td) and dielectric properties of the nano-composites were characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy(FT-IR), Scanning Electronic Microscope(SEM), Thermo-gravimetric analysis(TGA) and precision impedance analyzer respectively. The results show that when the doping content is less than 10%, the dielectric constant of the EP/SiO2 hollow spheres nano-composite decrease with the increase of frequency; the dielectric constant decrease with the increase of SiO2 content at the same frequency; and the dielectric loss increase with the increase of frequency. New phenomena were observed in the dielectric spectra: the dielectric loss increase in the frequency region of 102--104 Hz, but decrease in the frequency region of 104~106Hz. The thermal stability property of the nano-composites has a slight improvement.

  12. Fabrication of 3D embedded hollow structures inside polymer dielectric PMMA with femtosecond laser

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    Zheng, Chong; Chen, Tao; Hu, Anming; Liu, Shibing; Li, Junwei

    2016-11-01

    Recent progresses in femtosecond laser (fs) manufacturing have already proved that fs laser is a powerful tool in three dimensional internal structure fabrications. However, most studies are mainly focused on realize such structures in inorganic transparent dielectric, such as photosensitive glass and fused silica, etc. In this study, we present two methods to fabricate embedded internal 3D structures in a polymer dielectric material polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). Both continuous hollow structure such as microfluidic channels and discrete hollow structures such as single microcavities are successfully fabricated with the help of femtosecond lasers. Among them, complicated 3D microchannel with a total length longer than 10mm and diameters around 80μm to 200μm are fabricated with a low repetition rate Ti: sapphire femtosecond laser by direct laser writing at a speed ranging from 25μm/s to 2000μm/s microcavities which function as concave microball lenses (CMBLs) and can be applied in super-wide-angle imaging are fabricated with a high repetition rate femtosecond fiber laser due to the distinct heat accumulation effect after 5s irradiation with the tightly focused fs laser beam. These new approaches proved that femtosecond laser direct writing technology has great application potential in 3D integrated devices manufacturing in the future.

  13. Template-free synthesis and luminescent properties of hollow Ln:YOF (Ln = Eu or Er + Yb) microspheres

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    Martinez-Castro, E. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (CSIC-US), Americo Vespucio 49, Isla de La Cartuja, 41092 Sevilla (Spain); García-Sevillano, J.; Cussó, F. [Dpto. Física de Materiales, C-04, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Avda. Francisco Tomás y Valiente, 7, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Ocaña, M., E-mail: mjurado@icmse.csic.es [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (CSIC-US), Americo Vespucio 49, Isla de La Cartuja, 41092 Sevilla (Spain)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Hollow lanthanide doped YOF spheres have been synthesised through a template-free procedure. • Strong red emissions are observed for Eu-doped spheres under UV illumination. • Concentration quenching of luminescence takes place in the spheres at very high Eu doping levels. • Bright red emission is observed for Er, Yb codoped spheres, making this matrix advantageous for biomedical imaging. - Abstract: A method for the synthesis of hollow lanthanide doped yttrium oxyfluoride (YOF) spheres in the micrometer size range with cubic structure based on the pyrolysis at 600 °C of liquid aerosols generated from aqueous solutions containing the corresponding rare earth chlorides and trifluoroacetic acid has been developed. This procedure, which has been used for the first time for the synthesis of YFO based materials, is simpler and advantageous when compared with other methods usually employed for the production of hollow spheres since it does not require the use of sacrificial templates. In addition, it is continuous, which is desirable because of practical reasons. The procedure is also suitable for doping the YOF spheres with europium cations resulting in down converting red phosphors when activated with UV light, or for co-doping with both Er{sup 3+} and Yb{sup 3+} giving rise to up-converting phosphors, which emit intense red light under near infrared (NIR) irradiation. Because of their optical properties and hollow architecture, the developed materials may find applications in optoelectronic devices and biotechnology.

  14. Multifunctional Roles of TiO 2 Nanoparticles for Architecture of Complex Core−Shells and Hollow Spheres of SiO 2 −TiO 2 −Polyaniline System

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    Wang, Dan Ping

    2009-10-27

    Nanoparticles are often used as seeds to grow one-dimensional nanomaterials or as core materials to prepare core-shell nanostructures. On the other hand, the presynthesized inorganic nanoparticles can also be used as starting building blocks to prepare inorganic-polymer nanocomposites. In this work, we explore the roles of metal-oxide nanoparticles (anatase TiO2) in the area of constructional synthesis of highly complex core-shell and hollow sphere nanostructures comprising SiO2, TiO2, and polyaniline (PAN). In particular, multifunctional roles of oleate-surfactant-protected TiO2 nanoparticles have been revealed in this study: they provide starting sites for polymerization of aniline on the surface of SiO2 mesospheres; they land on the inner surface of polyaniline shell to form a secondary material phase; they work as initial crystalline seeds for homogeneous growth of interior TiO2 shell; and they serve as primary nanobuilding blocks to form exterior TiO2 shell on the polyaniline via self-assembly. With the assistance of the TiO2 nanoparticles, a total of six complex core-shell and hollow sphere nanocomposites (SiO 2/TiO2, SiO2/TiO2/PAN, SiO 2/TiO2/PAN/TiO2, TiO2/PAN, TiO 2/PAN/TiO2, and TiO2/TiO2) have been made in this work through controlled self-assembly, templating growth, polymerization, and homogeneous seeded growth. Applicability of these nanostructures in photocatalytic applications has also been demonstrated by our preliminary investigations. The easy separation of used catalysts after reaction seems to be advantageous because of relatively large external diameters of the lightweight nanocomposites. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  15. Reference Sphere Positioning Measurement Based on Line-Structured Light Vision Sensor

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    Bin Wu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The line-structured light vision sensor has been used widely in industrial vision measuring fields due to its simple structure, small volume, light weight, low cost, convenient calibration, and high accuracy of measurement. To locate the reference sphere precisely with line-structured light vision sensor, a mathematical model based on the measuring principle of line-structured light vision sensor is established in the paper. Then, the positioning measurement error is analyzed in detail. The experimental results show that the method is valid and correct. In addition, an accurate measurement area which is from R0 × sin 45° to R0 × sin 75° away from the center of reference sphere is delimited through the statistical analysis of the experimental data. For the robot temperature compensation and calibration of flexible vision measurement system, this method effectively solves the positioning measurement problems about reference sphere with line-structured light vision sensor and has been applied in the industrial flexible online measurement systems successfully.

  16. A magnetically separable photocatalyst based on nest-like γ-Fe2O3/ZnO double-shelled hollow structures with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Liu, Yu; Yu, Le; Hu, Yong; Guo, Changfa; Zhang, Fumin; Wen (David) Lou, Xiong

    2011-12-01

    Magnetic nest-like γ-Fe2O3/ZnO double-shelled hollow nanostructures have been successfully synthesized via a multi-step process. The materials have been thoroughly characterized by different techniques. These interesting nest-like hollow nanostructures are composed of ZnO nanoflakes grown on the surface of γ-Fe2O3 hollow spheres. Importantly, these magnetic hollow nanostructures show very high visible-light photocatalytic activity for the degradation of different organic dyes including methylene blue (MB), Rhodamine-B (RhB), and methyl orange (MO). It is further demonstrated that these γ-Fe2O3/ZnO hybrid photocatalysts are highly stable and can be used repeatedly.Magnetic nest-like γ-Fe2O3/ZnO double-shelled hollow nanostructures have been successfully synthesized via a multi-step process. The materials have been thoroughly characterized by different techniques. These interesting nest-like hollow nanostructures are composed of ZnO nanoflakes grown on the surface of γ-Fe2O3 hollow spheres. Importantly, these magnetic hollow nanostructures show very high visible-light photocatalytic activity for the degradation of different organic dyes including methylene blue (MB), Rhodamine-B (RhB), and methyl orange (MO). It is further demonstrated that these γ-Fe2O3/ZnO hybrid photocatalysts are highly stable and can be used repeatedly. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XRD/TEM/schematic illustration of charge transfer. See DOI: 10.1039/c1nr11114k

  17. Decay of correlation functions in hard-sphere mixtures: structural crossover.

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    Grodon, C; Dijkstra, M; Evans, R; Roth, R

    2004-10-22

    We investigate the decay of pair correlation functions in a homogeneous (bulk) binary mixture of hard spheres. At a given state point the asymptotic decay r-->infinity of all three correlation functions is governed by a common exponential decay length and a common wavelength of oscillations. Provided the mixture is sufficiently asymmetric, size ratios q less than or approximately 0.7, we find that the common wavelength reflects either the size of the small or that of the big spheres. By analyzing the (complex) poles of the partial structure factors we find a sharp structural crossover line in the phase diagram. On one side of this line the common wavelength is approximately the diameter of the smaller sized spheres whereas on the other side it is approximately the diameter of the bigger ones; the wavelength of the longest ranged oscillations changes discontinuously at the structural crossover line. Using density functional theory and Monte Carlo simulations we show that structural crossover also manifests itself in the intermediate range behavior of the pair correlation functions and we comment on the relevance of this observation for real (colloidal) mixtures. In highly asymmetric mixtures, q< or =0.1, where there is metastable fluid-fluid transition, we find a Fisher-Widom line with two branches. This line separates a region of the phase diagram where the decay of pair correlations is oscillatory from one in which it is monotonic. (c) 2004 American Institute of Physics.

  18. Morphology conserving aminopropyl functionalization of hollow silica nanospheres in toluene

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    Dobó, Dorina G.; Berkesi, Dániel; Kukovecz, Ákos

    2017-07-01

    Inorganic nanostructures containing cavities of monodisperse diameter distribution find applications in e.g. catalysis, adsorption and drug delivery. One of their possible synthesis routes is the template assisted core-shell synthesis. We synthesized hollow silica spheres around polystyrene cores by the sol-gel method. The polystyrene template was removed by heat treatment leaving behind a hollow spherical shell structure. The surface of the spheres was then modified by adding aminopropyl groups. Here we present the first experimental evidence that toluene is a suitable alternative functionalization medium for the resulting thin shells, and report the comprehensive characterization of the amino-functionalized hollow silica spheres based on scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, N2 adsorption, FT-IR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and electrokinetic potential measurement. Both the presence of the amino groups and the preservation of the hollow spherical morphology were unambiguously proven. The introduction of the amine functionality adds amphoteric character to the shell as shown by the zeta potential vs. pH function. Unlike pristine silica particles, amino-functionalized nanosphere aqueous sols can be stable at both acidic and basic conditions.

  19. Structure of Some 4f Rare Earth Liquid Metals - A Charged Hard Sphere Approach

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    P.B. Thakor; P.N. Gajjar; A.R. Jani

    2006-01-01

    A well-established pseodopotential is used to study the structure of some 4f rare earth liquid metals (Ce,Pr, Eu, Gd, Tb, and Yb). The structure factor S(q), pair distribution function g(r), interatomic distance r1, and coordination number n1 are calculated using Charged Hard Sphere (CHS) reference system. To introduce the exchange and correlation effects, the local field correction due to Sarkar et al. (S) is applied. The present investigation is successful in generating the structural information of Ce, Pr, Eu, Gd, Tb, and Yb 4f rare earth liquid metals.

  20. Synthesis of hollow CdS micro-/nanospheres by CoSP technique and their visible light photocatalytic activities

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    Kumar, Neetesh, E-mail: neetesh16@gmail.com; Dutta, Viresh

    2014-01-01

    CdS hollow micro-/nanospheres with high yield, purity, and photocatalytic property have been successfully synthesized by a continuous spray pyrolysis (CoSP) technique. The experimental conditions mainly the temperature and the nature of solvent are found to influence the creation of hollow spheres. The synthesized products have been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), UV–vis and photoluminescence spectra. The XRD analysis confirmed the hexagonal crystal structure of the CdS microspheres supported by the measured lattice spacing from HR-TEM. The effects of synthesis temperature and the electric field applied during the spray on the formation of hollow spheres and their visible light photocatalytic properties are reported. Photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) dye under visible light was used to evaluate the performance of these CoSP made CdS micro-/nanospheres. The MB photodegradation efficiency was maximum, ∼90% in 2 h, for CdS microspheres prepared at 500 °C. The importance of hollow morphology over solid morphology is also proven; the hollow sphere sample (CdS{sub 5}) is about twice efficient than solid sphere sample (CdS{sub 7}). The results show that the CoSP method is a simple and inexpensive technique for preparing highly photo-active CdS hollow spheres which can be extended to prepare other sulphide and oxide hollow spheres at a large scale. Typically 100 mg of the powder can be prepared from ∼100 ml of spray solution.

  1. Structure-transport correlation for the diffusive tortuosity of bulk, monodisperse, random sphere packings.

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    Khirevich, Siarhei; Höltzel, Alexandra; Daneyko, Anton; Seidel-Morgenstern, Andreas; Tallarek, Ulrich

    2011-09-16

    The mass transport properties of bulk random sphere packings depend primarily on the bed (external) porosity ε, but also on the packing microstructure. We investigate the influence of the packing microstructure on the diffusive tortuosity τ=D(m)/D(eff), which relates the bulk diffusion coefficient (D(m)) to the effective (asymptotic) diffusion coefficient in a porous medium (D(eff)), by numerical simulations of diffusion in a set of computer-generated, monodisperse, hard-sphere packings. Variation of packing generation algorithm and protocol yielded four Jodrey-Tory and two Monte Carlo packing types with systematically varied degrees of microstructural heterogeneity in the range between the random-close and the random-loose packing limit (ε=0.366-0.46). The distinctive tortuosity-porosity scaling of the packing types is influenced by the extent to which the structural environment of individual pores varies in a packing, and to quantify this influence we propose a measure based on Delaunay tessellation. We demonstrate that the ratio of the minimum to the maximum void face area of a Delaunay tetrahedron around a pore between four adjacent spheres, (A(min)/A(max))(D), is a measure for the structural heterogeneity in the direct environment of this pore, and that the standard deviation σ of the (A(min)/A(max))(D)-distribution considering all pores in a packing mimics the tortuosity-porosity scaling of the generated packing types. Thus, σ(A(min)/A(max))(D) provides a structure-transport correlation for diffusion in bulk, monodisperse, random sphere packings. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Coherent structures and enstrophy dynamics in highly stratified flow past a sphere at Re = 3700

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    Chongsiripinyo, Karu; Pal, Anikesh; Sarkar, Sutanu

    2016-11-01

    Vortex dynamics of flow past a sphere in a linearly stratified environment is investigated. Simulations are carried out for a flow with Reynolds number of 3700 and for several Froude numbers (Fr) ranging as low as 0.025. Isosurface of Q criterion is used to identify vortical structures whose cross-section and orientation are found to be affected by buoyancy. At low Fr = 0 . 025 , pancake eddies and surfboard-like inclined structures emerge in the near wake and have a regular streamwise spacing that is associated with the frequency of vortex shedding from the sphere. Similar to turbulent kinetic energy, the enstrophy in the near wake decreases with decreasing Fr (increasing stratification) until a minimum at Fr = 0 . 5 but the trend reverses in the low- Fr regime. Vortex stretching by fluctuating and mean strain are both responsible for enhancing vorticity with relatively small contribution from the baroclinic term. Decreasing Fr to O (1) values tends to suppress vortex stretching. Upon further reduction of Fr below 0.25, the vortex stretching term takes large values near the sphere.

  3. Evolution of Voronoi/Delaunay Characterized Micro Structure with Transition from Loose to Dense Sphere Packing

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    An, Xi-Zhong

    2007-08-01

    Micro structures of equal sphere packing (ranging from loose to dense packing) generated numerically by discrete element method under different vibration conditions are characterized using Voronoi/Delaunay tessellation, which is applied on a wide range of packing densities. The analysis on micro properties such as the total perimeter, surface area, and the face number distribution of each Voronoi polyhedron, and the pore size distribution in each Voronoi/Delaunay subunit is systematically carried out. The results show that with the increasing density of sphere packing, the Voronoi/Delaunay pore size distribution is narrowed. That indicates large pores to be gradually substituted by small uniformed ones during densification. Meanwhile, the distributions of face number, total perimeter, and surface area of Voronoi polyhedra at high packing densities tend to be narrower and higher, which is in good agreement with those in random loose packing.

  4. Evolution of Voronoi/Delaunay Characterized Micro Structure with Transition from Loose to Dense Sphere Packing

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    AN Xi-Zhong

    2007-01-01

    @@ Micro structures of equal sphere packing (ranging from loose to dense packing) generated numerically by discrete element method under different vibration conditions are characterized using Voronoi/Delaunay tessellation, which is applied on a wide range of packing densities. The analysis on micro properties such as the total perimeter,surface area, and the face number distribution of each Voronoi polyhedron, and the pore size distribution in each Voronoi/Delaunay subunit is systematically carried out. The results show that with the increasing density of sphere packing, the Voronoi/Delaunay pore size distribution is narrowed. That indicates large pores to be gradually substituted by small uniformed ones during densification. Meanwhile, the distributions of face number,total perimeter, and surface area of Voronoi polyhedra at high packing densities tend to be narrower and higher,which is in good agreement with those in random loose packing.

  5. Sphere quadtrees - A new data structure to support the visualization of spherically distributed data

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    Fekete, Gyorgy; Treinish, Lloyd

    1990-01-01

    The concept of the sphere quadtree (SQT) is introduced to enable the structuring of spherically distributed data to be consistent with its geometry and facilitate mapping of the data onto a flat file system. The SQT is based on the recursive subdivision of the spherical triangles that result from the projection of the faces of an icosahedron onto a sphere. The SQT concept is insensitive to the distortions that occur far from the equator in spherically distributed data sets. Geographic data can be shown at several levels and at any resolution, allowing a system of referencing between data sets of different resolutions as well as data that are not geographically registered. SQTs are found to facilitate the search for particular spherically distributed data sets and improve the efficiency of surface rendering algorithms.

  6. Fabrication of polystyrene fibers with tunable co-axial hollow tubing structure for oil spill cleanup

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    Zhang, Minxin; Chen, Jiafu; Chen, Bingjing; Cao, Jingjing; Hong, Min; Zhou, Chenxu; Xu, Qun

    2016-03-01

    Hollow tubing polystyrene (PS) fibers (HFs) with porous shell were successfully fabricated through co-axial electrospinning and selectively dissolving and removing polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) core of the co-axial PS/PVP fibers using C2H5OH at room temperature. The size of co-axial hollow tubing structure (CHTS) and the thickness of shell can be controlled by varying the feed rate ratio of the core solution to the shell solution. The oil-sorption results show that the oil-sorption capacity increases with the increasing of the size of CHTS in the HFs, and the HFs have higher oil-sorption capacities than the porous PS fibers (PFs) without CHTS. It is noticeable that the diesel sorption capacity (66 g/g) of the HFs is approximately 1.74 times as much as that (38 g/g) of the PFs. The motor oil sorption capacity (147 g/g) of the HFs is approximately 1.55 times as much as that (95 g/g) of the PFs. It is suggested that the HFs have a better oil-sorption performance than the PFs, especially for the low viscosity oil, which is contributed to large CHTS and high porosity.

  7. Cavitation structures formed during the collision of a sphere with an ultra-viscous wetted surface

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    Mansoor, Mohammad M.

    2016-05-05

    We investigate the inception of cavitation and resulting structures when a sphere collides with a solid surface covered with a layer of non-Newtonian liquid having a kinematic viscosity of up to (Formula presented.) cSt. We show the existence of shear-stress-induced cavitation during sphere approach towards the base wall (i.e. the pressurization stage) in ultra-viscous films using a synchronized dual-view high-speed imaging system. For the experimental parameters employed, liquids having viscoelastic properties of (Formula presented.) are shown to enable sphere rebound without any prior contact with the solid wall. Cavitation by depressurization (i.e. during rebound) in such non-contact cases is observed to onset after a noticeable delay from when the minimum gap distance is reached. Also, the cavities created originate from remnant bubbles, being the remains of the primary bubble entrapment formed by the lubrication pressure of the air during film entry. Cases where physical contact occurs (contact cases) in 10 000 cSt (Formula presented.) cSt films produce cavities attached to the base wall, which extend into an hourglass shape. In contrast, strikingly different structures occur in the most viscous liquids due to the disproportionality in radial expansion and longitudinal extension along the cavity length. Horizontal shear rates calculated using particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements show the apparent fluid viscosity to vary substantially as the sphere approaches and rebounds away from the base wall. A theoretical model based on the lubrication assumption is solved for the squeeze flow in the regime identified for shear-induced cavity events, to investigate the criterion for cavity inception in further detail. © 2016 Cambridge University Press

  8. A simple method to prepare titania nanomaterials of core-shell structure,hollow nanospheres and mesoporous nanoparticles

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    ZHANG Hui; LI DeQian; SHAO GaoSong; YUAN ZhongYong

    2009-01-01

    A simple method to prepare titania nanomaterials of core-shell structure,hollow nanospheres and mesoporous nanoparticlee has been developed.The core-shell nanostructures with NH4CI as core and aggregated NH4Cl crystals,which could be transformed into mesoporous anatase nanoparticles or hollow nanospheres by calcination at 500℃ or extraction with methanol,respectively.The hierarchical mesoporous nanostructures benefited the photocatalytic activities of the resultant titania nanomaterials,demonstrated by the UV light photodegradation of Methyl Orange.

  9. A simple method to prepare titania nanomaterials of core-shell structure, hollow nanospheres and mesoporous nanoparticles

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    2009-01-01

    A simple method to prepare titania nanomaterials of core-shell structure, hollow nanospheres and mesoporous nanoparticles has been developed. The core-shell nanostructures with NH4Cl as core and TiO2·xH2O-NH4Cl as shell were prepared in nonaqueous system by the deposition on the surface of the aggregated NH4Cl crystals, which could be transformed into mesoporous anatase nanoparticles or hollow nanospheres by calcination at 500℃ or extraction with methanol, respectively. The hierarchical mesoporous nanostructures benefited the photocatalytic activities of the resultant titania nanomateri-als, demonstrated by the UV light photodegradation of Methyl Orange.

  10. Public Sphere

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    Trenz, Hans-Jörg

    2015-01-01

    of the collective will of the people in the act of democratic self-government. The concept of the public sphere is used across the fields of media and communication research, cultural studies and the humanities, the history of ideas, legal and constitutional studies as well as democracy studies. Historically......In modern societies, the public sphere represents the intermediary realm that supports the communication of opinions, the discovery of problems that need to be dealt with collectively, the channeling of these problems through the filter of the media and political institutions, and the realization......, public spheres have undergone structural transformations that were closely connected to the emergence of different mass media. More recently, they are subject to trends of transnationalization and digitalization in politics and society....

  11. Public Sphere

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    Trenz, Hans-Jörg

    2015-01-01

    In modern societies, the public sphere represents the intermediary realm that supports the communication of opinions, the discovery of problems that need to be dealt with collectively, the channeling of these problems through the filter of the media and political institutions, and the realization......, public spheres have undergone structural transformations that were closely connected to the emergence of different mass media. More recently, they are subject to trends of transnationalization and digitalization in politics and society....... of the collective will of the people in the act of democratic self-government. The concept of the public sphere is used across the fields of media and communication research, cultural studies and the humanities, the history of ideas, legal and constitutional studies as well as democracy studies. Historically...

  12. Silver hollow optical fibers with acrylic silicone resin coating as buffer layer for sturdy structure

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    Iwai, Katsumasa; Takaku, Hiroyuki; Miyagi, Mitsunobu; Shi, Yi-Wei; Zhu, Xiao-Song; Matsuura, Yuji

    2016-03-01

    For sturdy silver hollow optical fibers, acrylic silicone resin is newly used as a buffer layer between an inner silver layer and a silica capillary. This acrylic silicone resin film prevents the glass surface from chemical and mechanical micro damages during silver plating process, which deteriorate mechanical strength of the hollow fibers. In addition, it keeps high adhesion of the silver layer with the glass surface. We discuss improvement of mechanical strength of the hollow glass fibers without deterioration of optical properties.

  13. Selenite Reduction by Anaerobic Microbial Aggregates: Microbial Community Structure, and Proteins Associated to the Produced Selenium Spheres

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    Gonzalez-Gil, Graciela

    2016-04-26

    Certain types of anaerobic granular sludge, which consists of microbial aggregates, can reduce selenium oxyanions. To envisage strategies for removing those oxyanions from wastewater and recovering the produced elemental selenium (Se0), insights into the microbial community structure and synthesis of Se0 within these microbial aggregates are required. High-throughput sequencing showed that Veillonellaceae (c.a. 20%) and Pseudomonadaceae (c.a.10%) were the most abundant microbial phylotypes in selenite reducing microbial aggregates. The majority of the Pseudomonadaceae sequences were affiliated to the genus Pseudomonas. A distinct outer layer (∼200 μm) of selenium deposits indicated that bioreduction occurred in the outer zone of the microbial aggregates. In that outer layer, SEM analysis showed abundant intracellular and extracellular Se0 (nano)spheres, with some cells having high numbers of intracellular Se0 spheres. Electron tomography showed that microbial cells can harbor a single large intracellular sphere that stretches the cell body. The Se0 spheres produced by the microorganisms were capped with organic material. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of extracted Se0 spheres, combined with a mathematical approach to analyzing XPS spectra from biological origin, indicated that proteins and lipids were components of the capping material associated to the Se0 spheres. The most abundant proteins associated to the spheres were identified by proteomic analysis. Most of the proteins or peptide sequences capping the Se0 spheres were identified as periplasmic outer membrane porins and as the cytoplasmic elongation factor Tu protein, suggesting an intracellular formation of the Se0 spheres. In view of these and previous findings, a schematic model for the synthesis of Se0 spheres by the microorganisms inhabiting the granular sludge is proposed.

  14. Selenite Reduction by Anaerobic Microbial Aggregates: Microbial Community Structure, and Proteins Associated to the Produced Selenium Spheres

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    Gonzalez-Gil, Graciela; Lens, Piet N. L.; Saikaly, Pascal E.

    2016-01-01

    Certain types of anaerobic granular sludge, which consists of microbial aggregates, can reduce selenium oxyanions. To envisage strategies for removing those oxyanions from wastewater and recovering the produced elemental selenium (Se0), insights into the microbial community structure and synthesis of Se0 within these microbial aggregates are required. High-throughput sequencing showed that Veillonellaceae (c.a. 20%) and Pseudomonadaceae (c.a.10%) were the most abundant microbial phylotypes in selenite reducing microbial aggregates. The majority of the Pseudomonadaceae sequences were affiliated to the genus Pseudomonas. A distinct outer layer (∼200 μm) of selenium deposits indicated that bioreduction occurred in the outer zone of the microbial aggregates. In that outer layer, SEM analysis showed abundant intracellular and extracellular Se0 (nano)spheres, with some cells having high numbers of intracellular Se0 spheres. Electron tomography showed that microbial cells can harbor a single large intracellular sphere that stretches the cell body. The Se0 spheres produced by the microorganisms were capped with organic material. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of extracted Se0 spheres, combined with a mathematical approach to analyzing XPS spectra from biological origin, indicated that proteins and lipids were components of the capping material associated to the Se0 spheres. The most abundant proteins associated to the spheres were identified by proteomic analysis. Most of the proteins or peptide sequences capping the Se0 spheres were identified as periplasmic outer membrane porins and as the cytoplasmic elongation factor Tu protein, suggesting an intracellular formation of the Se0 spheres. In view of these and previous findings, a schematic model for the synthesis of Se0 spheres by the microorganisms inhabiting the granular sludge is proposed. PMID:27199909

  15. Selenite reduction by anaerobic microbial aggregates: Microbial community structure, and proteins associated to the produced selenium spheres.

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    Graciela eGonzalez-Gil

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Certain types of anaerobic granular sludge, which consists of microbial aggregates, can reduce selenium oxyanions. To envisage strategies for removing those oxyanions from wastewater and recovering the produced elemental selenium (Se0, insights into the microbial community structure and synthesis of Se0 within these microbial aggregates are required. High-throughput sequencing showed that Veillonellaceae (c.a. 20 % and Pseudomonadaceae (c.a.10 % were the most abundant microbial phylotypes in selenite reducing microbial aggregates. The majority of the Pseudomonadaceae sequences were affiliated to the genus Pseudomonas. A distinct outer layer (~200 m of selenium deposits indicated that bioreduction occurred in the outer zone of the microbial aggregates. In that outer layer, SEM analysis showed abundant intracellular and extracellular Se0 (nano spheres, with some cells having high numbers of intracellular Se0 spheres. Electron tomography showed that microbial cells can harbor a single large intracellular sphere that stretches the cell body. The Se0 spheres produced by the microorganisms were capped with organic material. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS analysis of extracted Se0 spheres, combined with a mathematical approach to analyzing XPS spectra from biological origin, indicated that proteins and lipids were components of the capping material associated to the Se0 spheres. The most abundant proteins associated to the spheres were identified by proteomic analysis. Most of the proteins or peptide sequences capping the Se0 spheres were identified as periplasmic outer membrane porins and as the cytoplasmic elongation factor Tu protein, suggesting an intracellular formation of the Se0 spheres. In view of these and previous findings, a schematic model for the synthesis of Se0 spheres by the microorganisms inhabiting the granular sludge is proposed.

  16. Packing fraction of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: a general equation and application to amorphization.

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    Brouwers, H J H

    2008-07-01

    In a previous paper analytical equations were derived for the packing fraction of crystalline structures consisting of bimodal randomly placed hard spheres [H. J. H. Brouwers, Phys. Rev. E 76, 041304 (2007)]. The bimodal packing fraction was derived for the three crystalline cubic systems: viz., face-centered cubic, body-centered cubic, and simple cubic. These three equations appeared also to be applicable to all 14 Bravais lattices. Here it is demonstrated, accounting for the number of distorted bonds in the building blocks and using graph theory, that one general packing equation can be derived, valid again for all lattices. This expression is validated and applied to the process of amorphization.

  17. Future perspectives of using hollow fibers as structured packings in light hydrocarbon distillation

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    Yang, Dali [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Orler, Bruce [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Tornga, Stephanie [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Welch, Cindy [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2011-01-26

    Olefin and paraffin are the largest chemical commodities. Furthermore, they are major building blocks for the petrochemical industry. Each year, petroleum refining, consumes 4,500 TBtu/yr in separation energy, making it one of the most energy-intensive industries in the United States). Just considering liquefied petroleum gas (ethane/propane/butane) and olefins (ethylene and propylene) alone, the distillation energy consumption is about 400 TBtu/yr in the US. Since petroleum distillation is a mature technology, incremental improvements in column/tray design will only provide a few percent improvements in the performance. However, each percent saving in net energy use amounts to savings of 10 TBtu/yr and reduces CO{sub 2} emissions by 0.2 MTon/yr. In practice, distillation columns require 100 to 200 trays to achieve the desired separation. The height of a transfer unit (HTU) of conventional packings is typical in the range of 36-60 inch. Since 2006, we had explored using several non-selective membranes as the structured packings to replace the conventional packing materials used in propane and propylene distillation. We obtained the lowest HTU of < 8 inch for the hollow fiber column, which was >5 times shorter than that of the conventional packing materials. In 2008, we also investigated this type of packing materials in iso-/n-butane distillation. Because of a slightly larger relative volatility of iso-/n-butane than that of propane/propylene, a wider and a more stable operational range was obtained for the iso-/n-butane pair. However, all of the experiments were conducted on a small scale with flowrate of < 25 gram/min. Recently, we demonstrated this technology on a larger scale (<250 gram/min). Within the loading range of F-factor < 2.2 Pa{sup 0.5}, a pressure drop on the vapor side is below 50 mbar/m, which suggests that the pressure drop of hollow fibers packings is not an engineering barrier for the applications in distillations. The thermal stability study

  18. Experimental observation of structural crossover in binary mixtures of colloidal hard spheres.

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    Baumgartl, Jörg; Dullens, Roel P A; Dijkstra, Marjolein; Roth, Roland; Bechinger, Clemens

    2007-05-11

    Using confocal microscopy, we investigate the structure of binary mixtures of colloidal hard spheres with size ratio q=0.61. As a function of the packing fraction of the two particle species, we observe a marked change of the dominant wavelength in the pair-correlation function. This behavior is in excellent agreement with a recently predicted structural crossover in such mixtures. In addition, the repercussions of structural crossover on the real-space structure of a binary fluid are analyzed. We suggest a relation between crossover and the lateral extension of networks containing only equally-sized particles that are connected by nearest-neighbor bonds. This is supported by Monte Carlo simulations which are performed at different packing fractions and size ratios.

  19. Preparation of Uniform Y2O3 Hollow Spheres by Using Melamine-formaldehyde Microspheres as Templates%以三聚氰胺-甲醛微球为模板制备均一氧化钇空心球

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    江学良; 孙刚; 张姣; 余露; 徐雄; 周亮吉

    2016-01-01

    Monodispersed MF microspheres were fabricated by melamine formaldehyde polycondensation crosslinking process in aqueous solution,the core-shell structure precursor was prepared by a urea-based homogeneous precipitation technique with MF microspheres as templates,and Y2 O3 hollow microspheres were obtained by calcination to remove tempaltes.The morphology and structure of Y2 O3 hollow microspheres were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR),scanning electron microscopy (SEM),transmission electron microscopy (TEM),X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD),X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XPS),thermal gravimetric analysis (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).The results show that the MF templates can be effectively removed and the amorphous precursor has converted to crystalline Y2O3 during the annealing progress.Y2O3 hollow spheres were generated with particle size of about 1.7 μm and the shell thickness of 100 nm.%利用三聚氰胺和甲醛在水溶液中缩聚交联生成的单分散三聚氰胺-甲醛(MF)微球为模板,尿素为沉淀剂,通过均相沉淀法制备出核壳结构前驱体,煅烧除去模板,得到氧化钇(Y2O3)空心球.通过傅立叶红外光谱(FT-IR)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)和透射电子显微镜(TEM)、X射线衍射分析(XRD)、X射线能谱仪(XPS)、热重分析(TG)和差示扫描量热分析(DSC)对Y2 O3空心球的形貌与结构组成进行表征.结果表明,经煅烧后,MF模板可被有效去除,无定形的前驱体转变成结晶的Y2O3,生成粒径约1.7.μm、壳层厚度为100 nm的Y2O3空心球.

  20. Ultrasound assisted synthesis of monoclinic structured spindle BiVO4 particles with hollow structure and its photocatalytic property.

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    Liu, Wei; Cao, Lixin; Su, Ge; Liu, Haisong; Wang, Xiangfei; Zhang, Lan

    2010-04-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO(4)) spindle particles with monoclinic scheelite structure have been successfully synthesized via a facile sonochemical method. The as-prepared BiVO(4) photocatalyst exhibited a hollow interior structure constructed from the self-assembly of cone shape primary nanocrystals. A possible oriented attachment growth mechanism has been proposed based on the results of time-dependent experiments, which indicates the formation of spindle particles is mainly attributed to the phase transformation procedure induced by ultrasound irradiation. A series of morphology evolutions of BiVO(4) from compact microspheres, to hollow microspheres, and then to spindle particles have been arrested in the process of sonochemical treatment. Optical absorption experiments revealed the BiVO(4) spindle had strong absorption in the visible light region. A much higher photocatalytic activity of these spindle particles was found in comparison with the SSR-BiVO(4) material for degradation of rhodamine-B under visible light irradiation, which may be ascribed to its special single-crystalline nanostructure.

  1. Investigation on luminescence properties of Er3+-Yb3+-Tm3+ co-doped Gd2O3 hollow microspheres

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    Xu, Fang; Han, Wan-lei; Liu, Xiao-bo; Song, Ying-lin

    2011-06-01

    The Gd2O3 hollow microspheres have been successfully fabricated via carbonaceous polysaccharide microspheres as templates and urea as a precipitating agent, which involved the deposition of an inorganic coating on the surface of carbon microsphere, followed by heat treated 800°C for 4h. The obtained high uniform Gd2O3 microspheres with a spherical shape and hollow structure are uniform in size and distribution. The possible mechanism of evolution from glucose to carbonaceous polysaccharide microspheres and the chemical reaction of each step to form the final hollow spheres are proposed. The rare earth ion Ln3+ doped Gd2O3 (Ln = Er, Yb and Tm) hollow microspheres show bright up-conversion luminescence with different colors coming from different activator ions under ultraviolet or 980 nm light excitation, which may open new possibilities to synthesize other hollow spherical materials and extend their applications.

  2. Interfacial Reaction Dependent Performance of Hollow Carbon NanoSphere – Sulfur composite as a cathode for Li-S battery

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Lithium-sulfur (Li-S battery is a promising energy storage system due to its high energy density, cost effectiveness and environmental friendliness of sulfur. However, there are still a number of technical challenges, such as low Coulombic efficiency and poor long-term cycle life, impeding the commercialization of Li-S battery. The electrochemical performance of Li-S battery is closely related with the interfacial reactions occurring between hosting substrate and active sulfur species which are poorly conducting at fully oxidized and reduced states. Here, we correlate the relationship between the performance and interfacial reactions in the Li-S battery system, using a hollow carbon nanosphere (HCNS with highly graphitic character as hosting substrate for sulfur. With an appropriate amount of sulfur loading, HCNS/S composite exhibits excellent electrochemical performance because of the fast interfacial reactions between HCNS and the polysulfides. However, further increase of sulfur loading leads to increased formation of highly resistive insoluble reaction products (Li2S2/Li2S which limits the reversibility of the interfacial reactions and results in poor electrochemical performances. These findings demonstrate the importance of the interfacial reaction reversibility in the whole electrode system on achieving high capacity and long cycle life of sulfur cathode for Li-S batteries.

  3. 分级微纳结构TiO2空心球的制备及其在DSSC中的应用%Preparation of TiO2 hollow spheres with hierarchical micro/nano architectures and its application in dye sensitized solar cells

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    马黎; 赵丽; 王世敏; 董兵海; 许祖勋; 卢红兵; 万丽

    2012-01-01

    The TiO2 hollow spheres with diameter of 200 nm and shell thickness of 20~25 nm were synthesized via a templates method using titanium butoxide as the titanium source and ethanol absolute as solvent. The morphology, crystal phases, porous structures and UV-vis spectra of the product were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption. The results show that the anatase TiO2 hollow sphere (HS) is consist of TiO2 nanometer particles. TiO2 hollow spheres are used in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) to increase the light scattering. By fabrication of TiO2 P25/HS double-layer film electrode, a higher performance of the DSSC (7SC = 15.79 mA cm-2, VOC = 0.653 V, FF = 0.55, η = 6.66%) is obtained compared with the pure P25 nanocrystalline DSSC (7SC = 13.5 mA cm-2, VOC = 0.653 V, FF = 0.53, η = 4.95%).%以钛酸四丁酯为钛源,无水乙醇为溶剂,通过碳球模板法制备出直径为200 nm、壳厚20-25 nm的TiO2空心球(HS).通过X射线衍射(XRD)、透射电子显微镜(TEM)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)和N2吸附脱附等对产物的形貌、晶相组成、孔结构和紫外-可见光谱性质进行了表征,结果显示所制备的锐钛矿相TiO2空心微球是由初级结构纳米级TiO2晶粒构成的.将这种TiO2空心球应用于染料敏化太阳电池(DSSC)领域可以提高光阳极对光的散射.通过制备P25/HS-TiO2双层膜电极,相比单纯的P25纳米晶电极(Jsc=13.5 mA cm-2,Voc=0.653 V,FF=0.53,η=4.95%)可以得到更高的光电转化效率(Jsc=15.79 mA cm-2,Voc=0.653 V,FF=0.55,η=6.66%).

  4. Polydisperse hard spheres: crystallization kinetics in small systems and role of local structure

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    Campo, Matteo; Speck, Thomas

    2016-08-01

    We study numerically the crystallization of a hard-sphere mixture with 8% polydispersity. Although often used as a model glass former, for small system sizes we observe crystallization in molecular dynamics simulations. This opens the possibility to study the competition between crystallization and structural relaxation of the melt, which typically is out of reach due to the disparate timescales. We quantify the dependence of relaxation and crystallization times on density and system size. For one density and system size we perform a detailed committor analysis to investigate the suitability of local structures as order parameters to describe the crystallization process. We find that local structures are strongly correlated with generic bond order and add little information to the reaction coordinate.

  5. Review of Synthetic Methods to Form Hollow Polymer Nanocapsules

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    Barker, Madeline T. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2014-03-13

    Syntactic foams have grown in interest due to the widened range of applications because of their mechanical strength and high damage tolerance. In the past, hollow glass or ceramic particles were used to create the pores. This paper reviews literature focused on the controlled synthesis of hollow polymer spheres with diameters ranging from 100 –200 nm. By using hollow polymer spheres, syntactic foams could reach ultra-low densities.

  6. A model for the postcollapse equilibrium of cosmological structure truncated isothermal spheres from top-hat density perturbations

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    Shapiro, P R; Raga, A C; Shapiro, Paul R.; Iliev, Ilian; Raga, Alejandro C.

    1998-01-01

    The postcollapse structure of objects which form by gravitational condensation out of the expanding cosmological background universe is a key element in the theory of galaxy formation. Towards this end, we have reconsidered the outcome of the nonlinear growth of a uniform, spherical density perturbation in an unperturbed background universe - the cosmological ``top-hat'' problem. We adopt the usual assumption that the collapse to infinite density at a finite time predicted by the top-hat solution is interrupted by a rapid virialization caused by the growth of small-scale inhomogeneities in the initial perturbation. We replace the standard description of the postcollapse object as a uniform sphere in virial equilibrium by a more self-consistent one as a truncated, nonsingular, isothermal sphere in virial and hydrostatic equilibrium, including for the first time a proper treatment of the finite-pressure boundary condition on the sphere. The results differ significantly from both the uniform sphere and the singu...

  7. Superior supercapacitive performance of hollow activated carbon nanomesh with hierarchical structure derived from poplar catkins

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    Su, Xiao-Li; Cheng, Ming-Yu; Fu, Lin; Yang, Jing-He; Zheng, Xiu-Cheng; Guan, Xin-Xin

    2017-09-01

    The hollow activated carbon nanomesh (PCACM) with a hierarchical porous structure is derived from biowaste-poplar catkins by in-situ calcination etching with Ni(NO3)2·6H2O and KOH in N2 flow combined with an acid dissolution technique. This procedure not only inherits the natural tube morphology of poplar catkins, but also generates a fascinating nanomesh structure on the walls. PCACM possesses a large specific surface area (SBET = 1893.0 m2 g-1) and high total pore volume (Vp = 1.495 cm3 g-1), and displays an exciting meso-macoporous structure with a concentrated pore size distribution of 4.53 nm. The specific capacitance of PCACM is as high as 314.6 F g-1 at 1.0 A g-1 when used as the electrode materials for supercapacitor. Furthermore, the symmetric supercapacitor of PCACM with 1.0 M Na2SO4 solution as the electrolyte displays a high energy density of 20.86 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 180.13 W kg-1 within a wide voltage rage of 0-1.8 V, which is comparable or even obviously higher than those of other biomass derived carbon reported. It is noteworthy that PCACM also exhibits superior cycling stability and coulombic efficiency. The excellent electrochemical behaviors enable PCACM to be a promising electrode material for supercapacitors.

  8. Controlled synthesis of multi-shelled transition metal oxide hollow structures through one-pot solution route

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    Xi Wang; Yi-Jun Yang; Ying Ma; Jian-Nian Yao

    2013-01-01

    As one type of promising candidates fot environmental and energy-related systems,multi-shelled transition metal oxide hollow structures (MS-TMOHSs) have drawn great scientific and technical interest in the past few years.This article highlights recent advances in one-pot solution synthesis of MS-TMOHSs.We begin it with an overview of synthetic strategies that have been exploited to achieve these peculiar structures.We then focus on one-pot solution approaches in the following four sections:i) soft templates directed growth; ii) Ostwald ripening; iii) controlled etching; and iv) gas bubble assisted growth.After giving a brief discussion on the unique properties and applications of these multi-shelled hollow structures,we conclude this review with the general challenges and the potential future directions of this exciting area of research.

  9. Correlation between dynamical and structural heterogeneities in colloidal hard-sphere suspensions

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    Golde, Sebastian; Palberg, Thomas; Schöpe, Hans Joachim

    2016-07-01

    Dynamical and structural heterogeneities have long been thought to play a key role in a unified picture of solidification in view of the two competitive processes of crystallization and vitrification. Here, we study these heterogeneities by means of a combination of dynamic and static light-scattering techniques applied to the simplest model system exhibiting crystallization and vitrification: the colloidal hard-sphere system. Our method enables us to quantify and correlate the temporal evolution of the amount of ordered clusters (precursors) and the amount of slow particles. Our analysis shows that their temporal evolutions are closely related and that there is an intimate link between structural and dynamic heterogeneities, crystal nucleation and the non-crystallization transition.

  10. Fabrication and surface photovoltage study of hematite microparticles with hollow spindle-shaped structure

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    Li, Hong; Zhao, Qidong; Li, Xinyong; Shi, Yong; Chen, Guohua

    2012-07-01

    Hematite (α-Fe2O3) particles with hollow spindle-shaped microstructure were successfully synthesized by a one-pot hydrothermal approach in large scale. The structural properties of the sample were systematically investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrum, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, selected-area electron diffraction techniques, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy techniques. The characterization results revealed that the α-Fe2O3 microparticles with a single-domain crystalline structure was mainly grown along the (1 0 4) crystal plane. The valence states and the surface chemical compositions of α-Fe2O3 were further identified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The feature of photo-induced charge separation on spectrum was demonstrated by the surface photovoltage measurement under different external biases. The observed photoelectric characteristics of the as-fabricated material are beneficial for various optical and electronic applications.

  11. 3D protein structure prediction using Imperialist Competitive algorithm and half sphere exposure prediction.

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    Khaji, Erfan; Karami, Masoumeh; Garkani-Nejad, Zahra

    2016-02-21

    Predicting the native structure of proteins based on half-sphere exposure and contact numbers has been studied deeply within recent years. Online predictors of these vectors and secondary structures of amino acids sequences have made it possible to design a function for the folding process. By choosing variant structures and directs for each secondary structure, a random conformation can be generated, and a potential function can then be assigned. Minimizing the potential function utilizing meta-heuristic algorithms is the final step of finding the native structure of a given amino acid sequence. In this work, Imperialist Competitive algorithm was used in order to accelerate the process of minimization. Moreover, we applied an adaptive procedure to apply revolutionary changes. Finally, we considered a more accurate tool for prediction of secondary structure. The results of the computational experiments on standard benchmark show the superiority of the new algorithm over the previous methods with similar potential function. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Structure-performance-fouling studies of polysulfone microfiltration hollow fibre membranes

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    P S Singh; K Parashuram; S Maurya; P Ray; A V R Reddy

    2012-10-01

    Hollow fibre microfiltration membranes were prepared by solution spinning process using polymer dope containing different amounts of polysulfone (PS), polyvinylpyrollidone (PVP) and ,-dimethylformamide (DMF). Spinning dope having PS: PVP: DMF (w/w) of 15: 5: 80, 15: 7: 78 and 17: 8: 75 were used for spinning to obtain hollow fibres having different dimensions (outer and inner diameters) and pore characteristics. Relatively high water permeability was observed for hollow fibre membrane spun from 15 wt. % solution than 17 wt. % PS solution having the same PVP/PS ratio of 0.47. Decrease of the PVP/PS ratio to 0.33 in the dope solution of 15 wt.%PS solution produced hollow fibre membrane with lower flux. By changing the spinning parameters, fibre with different dimensions were obtained without a significant change in microstructural morphology. The flux decline due to fouling for the permeation of PEO/BSA solution was maximum for the hollow fibre membrane obtained from 15 wt. % PS solution while a steady flux with slight fouling was observed for the hollow fibre membrane obtained from 17 wt. %PS solution, when the PVP/PS ratio was 0.47.

  13. Jammed lattice sphere packings

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    Kallus, Yoav; Marcotte, Étienne; Torquato, Salvatore

    2013-01-01

    We generate and study an ensemble of isostatic jammed hard-sphere lattices. These lattices are obtained by compression of a periodic system with an adaptive unit cell containing a single sphere until the point of mechanical stability. We present detailed numerical data about the densities, pair correlations, force distributions, and structure factors of such lattices. We show that this model retains many of the crucial structural features of the classical hard-sphere model and propose it as a...

  14. Synthesis and Characterization of Hollow Magnetic Alloy (GdNi2, Co5Gd Nanospheres Coated with Gd2O3

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    Wang Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Uniform magnetic hollow nanospheres (GdNi2, Co5Gd coated with Gd2O3 have been successfully prepared on a large scale via a urea-based homogeneous precipitation method using silica (SiO2 spheres as sacrificed templates, followed by subsequent heat treatment. Nitrogen sorption measurements and scanning electron microscope reveal that these hollow-structured magnetic nanospheres have the mesoporous shells that are composed of a large amount of uniform nanoparticles. After reduction treatment, these nanoparticles exhibit superparamagnetism that might have potential applications in medicine. Furthermore, the developed synthesis route may provide an important guidance for the preparation of other multifunctional hollow spherical materials.

  15. Microscopic theories of the structure and glassy dynamics of ultra-dense hard sphere fluids

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    Jadrich, Ryan; Schweizer, Kenneth

    2013-03-01

    We construct a new thermodynamically self-consistent integral equation theory (IET) for the equilibrium metastable fluid structure of monodisperse hard spheres that incorporates key features of the jamming transition. A two Yukawa generalized mean spherical IET closure for the direct correlation function tail is employed to model the distinctive short and long range contributions for highly compressed fluids. The exact behavior of the contact value of the radial distribution function (RDF) and isothermal compressibility are enforced, as well as an approximate theory for the RDF contact derivative. Comparison of the theoretical results for the real and Fourier space structure with nonequilibrium jammed simulations reveals many similarities, but also differences as expected. The new structural theory is used as input into the nonlinear Langevin equation (NLE) theory of activated single particle dynamics to study the alpha relaxation time, and good agreement with recent experiments and simulations is found. We demonstrate it is crucial to accurately describe the very high wave vector Fourier space to reliably extract the dynamical predictions of NLE theory, and structural precursors of jamming play an important role in determining entropic barriers.

  16. Formation of sub pico-liter liquid periodic structure in a hollow optical fiber for photonic device applications

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    Hwang, Jihyun; Kim, Jongki; Park, Jiyoung; Oh, Kyunghwan

    2014-09-01

    We report a unique technique to generate a liquid periodic structure whose unit volume is as low as a few hundred femto-liter. Liquids such as water, toluene and ethanol were filled in a hollow optical fiber (hole diameter of 8 and 13μm), which were locally heated by a traversing miniature electric furnace. The periods between droplets could be varied flexibly in the range from 14 to 100μm and the volume of individual droplet was in the range from 112 to 845 femto-liter. We also fabricated the periodic liquid droplets with quantum dots, whose fluorescence was successfully measured in each droplet. These periodic liquid droplets could serve as flexible liquid long period fiber grating for the hollow optical fiber, which can be further applied in various mechanical and bio-chemical sensors

  17. Self-templated chemically stable hollow spherical covalent organic framework

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    Kandambeth, Sharath; Venkatesh, V.; Shinde, Digambar B.; Kumari, Sushma; Halder, Arjun; Verma, Sandeep; Banerjee, Rahul

    2015-04-01

    Covalent organic frameworks are a family of crystalline porous materials with promising applications. Although active research on the design and synthesis of covalent organic frameworks has been ongoing for almost a decade, the mechanisms of formation of covalent organic frameworks crystallites remain poorly understood. Here we report the synthesis of a hollow spherical covalent organic framework with mesoporous walls in a single-step template-free method. A detailed time-dependent study of hollow sphere formation reveals that an inside-out Ostwald ripening process is responsible for the hollow sphere formation. The synthesized covalent organic framework hollow spheres are highly porous (surface area ~1,500 m2 g-1), crystalline and chemically stable, due to the presence of strong intramolecular hydrogen bonding. These mesoporous hollow sphere covalent organic frameworks are used for a trypsin immobilization study, which shows an uptake of 15.5 μmol g-1 of trypsin.

  18. Sacrificial Template Synthesis and Properties of 3D Hollow-Silicon Nano- and Microstructures.

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    Hölken, Iris; Neubüser, Gero; Postica, Vasile; Bumke, Lars; Lupan, Oleg; Baum, Martina; Mishra, Yogendra Kumar; Kienle, Lorenz; Adelung, Rainer

    2016-08-10

    Novel three-dimensional (3D) hollow aero-silicon nano- and microstructures, namely, Si-tetrapods (Si-T) and Si-spheres (Si-S) were synthesized by a sacrificial template approach for the first time. The new Si-T and Si-S architectures were found as most temperature-stable hollow nanomaterials, up to 1000 °C, ever reported. The synthesized aero-silicon or aerogel was integrated into sensor structures based on 3D networks. A single microstructure Si-T was employed to investigate electrical and gas sensing properties. The elaborated hollow microstructures open new possibilities and a wide area of perspectives in the field of nano- and microstructure synthesis by sacrificial template approaches. The enormous flexibility and variety of the hollow Si structures are provided by the special geometry of the sacrificial template material, ZnO-tetrapods (ZnO-T). A Si layer was deposited onto the surface of ZnO-T networks by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. All samples demonstrated p-type conductivity; hence, the resistance of the sensor structure increased after introducing the reducing gases in the test chamber. These hollow structures and their unique and superior properties can be advantageous in different fields, such as NEMS/MEMS, batteries, dye-sensitized solar cells, gas sensing in harsh environment, and biomedical applications. This method can be extended for synthesis of other types of hollow nanostructures.

  19. Polystyrene-ZnO core-shell microspheres and hollow ZnO structures synthesized with the sulfonated polystyrene templates

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    Yang, Yang; Chu, Ying; Zhang, Yanping; Yang, Fuyong; Liu, Jinglin

    2006-02-01

    Mono-sized sulfonated polystyrene (PS) microspheres were used as templates to prepare PS-zinc oxide (ZnO) core-shell microspheres. Two different hollow ZnO structures were obtained after removing the PS cores by solvent extraction or calcinations. However, we obtained rod-like ZnO by either using unsulfonated PS microspheres as templates or without any templates. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) images were used to characterize the structures and morphologies of all the samples. X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron diffraction (ED) and infrared (IR) spectra were, respectively, used to study the crystal structure and composition of samples, respectively.

  20. Cavitation structures formed during the rebound of a sphere from a wetted surface

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    Marston, Jeremy

    2010-09-28

    We use high-speed imaging to observe the dynamics of cavitation, caused by the impact and subsequent rebound of a sphere from a solid surface covered with a thin layer of highly viscous liquid. We note marked qualitative differences between the cavitation structures with increase in viscosity, as well as between Newtonian and non-Newtonian liquids. The patterns observed are quite unexpected and intricate, appearing in concentric ring formations around the site of impact. In all cases, we identify a distinct radius from which the primary bubbles emanate. This radius is modelled with a modified form of Hertz contact theory. Within this radius, we show that some fine cavitation structure may exist or that it may be one large cavitation bubble. For the non-Newtonian fluids, we observe foam-like structures extending radially with diminishing bubble sizes with increase in radial position. Whereas for the Newtonian fluids, the opposite trend is observed with increasing bubble size for increasing radial position. Finally, we compare our experimental observations of cavitation to the maximum tension criterion proposed by Joseph (J Fluid Mech 366:367-378, 1998) showing that this provides the lower limit for the onset of cavitation in our experiments. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

  1. Structural searches using isopointal sets as generators: densest packings for binary hard sphere mixtures.

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    Hudson, Toby S; Harrowell, Peter

    2011-05-18

    Algorithms to search for crystal structures that optimize some extensive property (energy, volume, etc) typically make use of random particle reorganizations in the context of one or more numerical techniques such as simulated annealing, genetic algorithms or biased random walks, applied to the coordinates of every particle in the unit cell, together with the cell angles and lengths. In this paper we describe the restriction of such searches to predefined isopointal sets, breaking the problem into countable sub-problems which exploit crystal symmetries to reduce the dimensionality of the search space. Applying this method to the search for maximally packed mixtures of hard spheres of two sizes, we demonstrate that the densest packed structures can be identified by searches within a couple of isopointal sets. For the A(2)B system, the densest known packings over the entire tested range 0.2 < r(A)/r(B) < 2.5, including some improvements on previous optima, can all be identified by searches within a single isopointal set. In the case of the AB composition, searches of two isopointal sets generate the densest packed structures over the radius ratio range 0.2 < r(A)/r(B) < 5.0.

  2. Designed synthesis of MOx (M = Zn, Fe, Sn, Ni, Mn, Co, Ce, Mg, Ag), Pt, and Au nanoparticles supported on hierarchical CuO hollow structures.

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    Zhang, Zailei; Jung, Ji Chul; Yan, Ning

    2016-12-01

    Despite intensive research into support substrates for the dispersal of nanoparticles and their applications, there has been a lack of general methods to produce metal oxide hollow substrates supporting a wide range of metal and metal oxides. Herein, a synthetic protocol for the preparation of CuO hollow structure-supported MOx (M = Zn, Fe, Ni, Sn, Mn, Co, Ce, Mg, and Ag) and noble metals (Pt and Au) with the desired properties and shell structure, such as CuO/Fe2O3, CuO/ZnO, CuO/SnO2, CuO/MgO, CuO/NiO, CuO/Mn2O3, CuO/CoO, CuO/CeO2, CuO/Ag2O, CuO/Pt, CuO/Au hollow cubes, CuO/ZnO double-shell hollow cubes, CuO/SnO2 double-shell hollow octahedra, CuO/SnO2/Fe2O3 and CuO/Mn2O3/NiO double-shell hollow cubes, was developed based on controlled calcination and etching. These hybrid hollow structures were employed not only as support substrates but also as active constituents for catalytic reactions. As an example, we demonstrated that CuO/ZnO hollow cubes are remarkably efficient in converting solid chitin biomass to liquid chemicals in methanol. In addition, CuO/ZnO double-shell hollow cubes were highly effective in the oxidation of benzyl alcohol in the presence of H2O2, whereas CuO/Pt and CuO/Au hollow cubes promoted the oxidation of benzyl alcohol in pure O2. The strategy developed in this work extends the controllable fabrication of high-quality CuO hollow structure-supported nanoparticles using various compositions and shell structures, paving the way to the exploration and systematic comparison of these materials in a wider range of applications.

  3. Hierarchically structured ZnO-graphene hollow microspheres towards effective reusable adsorbent for organic pollutant via photodegradation process

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    Bera, Susanta; Pal, Moumita; Naskar, Atanu; Jana, Sunirmal, E-mail: sjana@cgcri.res.in

    2016-06-05

    Present work reports on successful synthesis of hierarchical hollow microspheres (HHM) from ZnO-chemically converted graphene (CCG) nanocomposites by adopting low-temperature surfactant/template free solution method, varying graphene oxide (GO) to zinc acetate dihydrate weight ratio (R = 0.00, 0.01, 0.032, 0.063) in the precursors. It is found that the HHM consist of self-assembled ZnO nanoparticles, chemically interacted with CCG as evidenced from structural characterizations (X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning and transmission electron microscopes) with UV–Vis, FTIR, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. Multipoint BET nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherms of ZG30, synthesized using an optimum GO content (R = 0.032) showed relatively high specific surface area. The sample showed significantly improved adsorption capacity of rhodamine B dye (as water pollutant) compare to pristine ZnO (R = 0.0) as well as commercially available P25 (TiO{sub 2}). The ZG30 functioned as reusable adsorbent due to its highly efficient photocatalytic activity under UV (λ, 254 nm) irradiation. Methyl orange and phenol were also used to check the effectiveness of ZG30 for permanent cleaning of the pollutants. This facile process could create an avenue for synthesis of hollow microspheres from different metal oxide semiconductor–graphene nanocomposites for efficient and reusable adsorbent of water soluble organic pollutants. - Graphical abstract: Hierarchical hollow microspheres from ZnO-graphene nanocomposites as reusable adsorbent of organic water pollutant. - Highlights: • Prepared hollow microspheres of ZnO-graphene nanocomposite (ZG) by solution route. • By optimizing graphene content, ZG shows improved adsorption capacity of dyes. • ZG shows a highly efficient photocatalytic activity of the dye pollutants. • It acts as a reusable adsorbent of the pollutants.

  4. Investigations on the structural and optical properties of sphere-shaped indium nitride (InN)

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    Bagavath, C.; Kumar, J. [Anna University, Crystal Growth Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (India); Nasi, L. [IMEM-CNR, Parma (Italy)

    2017-04-15

    Indium nitride (InN) sphere-shaped micro crystals and nano crystals were made using sol-gel method. The crystalline size of the samples were calculated using X-ray diffraction, which were found to increase with the increase of nitridation temperature and time. High resolution-transmission electron microscopy images exhibited the distinct sphere shape of InN with different size of micro and nanometers. The calculated band gap of InN spheres using photo luminescence and UV-visible absorption spectra, was found to be 1.2 eV. Optical phonon modes of InN were determined from micro-Raman studies. (orig.)

  5. Hydrogen Generation using non-polar coaxial InGaN/GaN Multiple Quantum Well Structure Formed on Hollow n-GaN Nanowires

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    Park, Ji-Hyeon; Mandal, Arjun; Kang, San; Chatterjee, Uddipta; Kim, Jin Soo; Park, Byung-Guon; Kim, Moon-Deock; Jeong, Kwang-Un; Lee, Cheul-Ro

    2016-08-01

    This article demonstrates for the first time to the best of our knowledge, the merits of InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells (MQWs) grown on hollow n-GaN nanowires (NWs) as a plausible alternative for stable photoelectrochemical water splitting and efficient hydrogen generation. These hollow nanowires are achieved by a growth method rather not by conventional etching process. Therefore this approach becomes simplistic yet most effective. We believe relatively low Ga flux during the selective area growth (SAG) aids the hollow nanowire to grow. To compare the optoelectronic properties, simultaneously solid nanowires are also studied. In this present communication, we exhibit that lower thermal conductivity of hollow n-GaN NWs affects the material quality of InGaN/GaN MQWs by limiting In diffusion. As a result of this improvement in material quality and structural properties, photocurrent and photosensitivity are enhanced compared to the structures grown on solid n-GaN NWs. An incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) of around ~33.3% is recorded at 365 nm wavelength for hollow NWs. We believe that multiple reflections of incident light inside the hollow n-GaN NWs assists in producing a larger amount of electron hole pairs in the active region. As a result the rate of hydrogen generation is also increased.

  6. A model for the postcollapse equilibrium of cosmological structure: truncated isothermal spheres from top-hat density perturbations

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    Iliev, I. T.; Shapiro, P. R.; Raga, A. C.

    1998-12-01

    The postcollapse structure of objects which form by gravitational condensation out of the expanding cosmological background universe is a key element in the theory of galaxy formation. Towards this end, we have reconsidered the outcome of the nonlinear growth of a uniform, spherical density perturbation in an unperturbed background universe - the cosmological ``top-hat'' problem. We adopt the usual assumption that the collapse to infinite density at a finite time predicted by the top-hat solution is interrupted by a rapid virialization caused by the growth of small-scale inhomogeneities in the initial perturbation. We replace the standard description of the postcollapse object as a uniform sphere in virial equilibrium by a more self-consistent one as a truncated, nonsingular, isothermal sphere in virial and hydrostatic equilibrium, including for the first time a proper treatment of the finite-pressure boundary condition on the sphere. The results differ significantly from both the uniform sphere and the singular isothermal sphere approximations for the postcollapse objects. These results will have a significant effect on a wide range of applications of the Press-Schechter and other semi-analytical models to cosmology. The truncated isothermal sphere solution presented here predicts the virial temperature and integrated mass distribution of the X-ray clusters formed in the CDM model as found by detailed, 3D, numerical gas and N-body dynamical simulations remarkably well. This solution allows us to derive analytically the numerically-calibrated mass-temperature and radius-temperature scaling laws for X-ray clusters which were derived empirically by Evrard, Metzler and Navarro from simulation results for the CDM model.

  7. THz conductivity of semi-insulating and magnetic CoFe2O4 nano-hollow structures through thermally activated polaron

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    Rakshit, Rupali; Serita, Kazunori; Tonouchi, Masayoshi; Mandal, Kalyan

    2016-11-01

    Herein, terahertz (THz) time domain spectroscopy is used to measure the complex conductivity of semi-insulating CoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) and nano-hollow spheres (NHSs) with different diameters ranging from 100 to 350 nm having a nanocrystalline shell thickness of 19 to 90 nm, respectively. Interestingly, the magnitude of conductivity for CoFe2O4 NPs and NHSs of same average diameter (˜100 nm) for a given frequency of 0.3 THz is found to be 0.33 S/m and 9.08 S/m, respectively, indicating that the hollow structure exhibits greater THz conduction in comparison to its solid counterpart. Moreover, THz conductivity can be tailored by varying the nano-shell thickness of NHSs, and a maximum conductivity of 15.61 S/m is observed at 0.3 THz for NHSs of average diameter 250 nm. A detailed study reveals that thermally activated polaronic hopping plays the key role in determining the electrical transport property of CoFe2O4 nanostructures, which is found to solely depend on their magnitude of THz absorptivity. The non-Drude conductivity of all CoFe2O4 nanostructures is well described by the Polaron model instead of the Drude-Smith model, which is relevant for backscattering of free electrons in a nanostructured material. The Polaron model includes intra-particle and interparticle polaronic conductivities for closely spaced magnetic nanostructures and provides a mean free path of 29 nm for CoFe2O4 NPs of diameter 100 nm, which is comparable with its average crystallite size, indicating the applicability of the developed model for nanomaterials where charge transport is determined by polaronic hopping. Finally, we have demonstrated the morphology and size dependent magnetic measurements of ferrimagnetically aligned CoFe2O4 nanostructures through a vibrating sample magnetometer in the temperature range of 80-250 K, revealing that the disordered surface spin layer of nanostructures significantly controls their magnetism.

  8. STRUCTURE AND CONTENTS OF A DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM IN THE PREFERENTIAL MEDICINAL MAINTENANCE SPHERE

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    Khalafyan A. A.

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available According to the Federal Law "On state social assistance" of 17 July 1999 ( 178-FL, the medicaleconomic preferential drugs prescription control (MEC is considered to be one of the tools for improving the management activity by enhancing the information efficiency and reliability at all management levels in the health care hierarchical structure. MEC is one of the medical care quality examination forms. Theoretical and applied research of system linkages and regularities of the MEC process functioning is a relevant direction of information technologies development in medicine. The importance of application of system analysis methods to the health care sphere consists in the development of new and the improvement of existing methods and analysis tools, data processing and management of complex automation systems of medical and economic drugs prescription validity control (MEC planning. The developed decision support system (DSS includes the MEC information system as basic and the ABC / VEN-analysis subsystem, implemented as a standalone application. The interaction between the DSS modules is provided by the unified exchange formats of preferential recipes data. At the same time, the MEC information system and ABC / VEN-analysis subsystem could be the most effective tools as an integral part of situational centers

  9. Routh's sphere

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    Cushman, R.

    2001-01-01

    In this paper we show that the integral map of Rouths sphere has monodromy when the sphere becomes gyroscopically unstable This uses the nonHamiltonian monodromy of Rouths sphere has center of mass not at its geometrical center and moment of inertia tensor with two equal principal moments of inerti

  10. DISE: directed sphere exclusion.

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    Gobbi, Alberto; Lee, Man-Ling

    2003-01-01

    The Sphere Exclusion algorithm is a well-known algorithm used to select diverse subsets from chemical-compound libraries or collections. It can be applied with any given distance measure between two structures. It is popular because of the intuitive geometrical interpretation of the method and its good performance on large data sets. This paper describes Directed Sphere Exclusion (DISE), a modification of the Sphere Exclusion algorithm, which retains all positive properties of the Sphere Exclusion algorithm but generates a more even distribution of the selected compounds in the chemical space. In addition, the computational requirement is significantly reduced, thus it can be applied to very large data sets.

  11. Preparation and Properties of Monodisperse SnO2 Hollow Micro/Nano Spheres%单分散SnO2中空微纳米球的制备和性质

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    蔡宏敏; 任素贞; 王萌; 贾翠英

    2013-01-01

      模板法是制备无机中空微纳米球的重要方法之一。本文以苯乙烯为单体,通过乳液聚合得到粒径约为620 nm的单分散聚苯乙烯(PS)微球。以磺化后的聚苯乙烯(PSS)微球为模板,利用阴阳离子静电吸附作用,将PSS与前驱体SnSO4中的Sn2+结合。通过Sn2+在乙醇-水介质中的水解作用得到核-壳复合结构,再经高温煅烧,得到SnO2中空微纳米球。实验对前驱体的浓度、表面活性剂的用量、反应时间及模板选择等方面做了研究,通过扫描电镜(SEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)、红外(IR)光谱、热重分析(TGA)、H2程序升温还原(H2-TPR)、Brunauer-Emmett-Tel er (BET)比表面积等技术深入探究SnO2中空微纳米球的结构,并对比中空SnO2与实心粒子的氧化还原特性。 BET和H2-TPR显示将SnO2制备成微纳米空心球后其比表面积增大,表面氧空位明显增多,氧化活性明显提高。从IR及XRD推断核-壳结构形成机理,进而优化出简单合理的实验方案,获得表面光滑、结构致密,包覆厚度可控的SnO2中空微纳米球。%Templating is one of the most important methods for preparation of inorganic hol ow micro/nano spheres. We prepared monodisperse polystyrene (PS) microspheres having a diameter of 620 nm by the emulsion polymerization of styrene. Sulfonated polystyrene (PSS) microspheres were used as a template, through electrostatic adsorption of anions and cations, for modification with Sn2 + from SnSO4 precursor. The core-shel composite structures thereby produced through Sn2+ hydrolysis in an ethanol-water medium were calcined at high temperature to remove PSS and to obtain SnO2 hol ow micro/nano spheres. We investigated the effects of precursor concentration, amount of surfactant, reaction time, and templates choice. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), H2 temperature programmed

  12. Pt monolayer shell on hollow Pd core electrocatalysts: Scale up synthesis, structure, and activity for the oxygen reduction reaction

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    Vukmirovic Miomir B.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report on synthesis, characterization and the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR kinetics of Pt monolayer shell on Pd(hollow, or Pd-Au(hollow core electrocatalysts. Comparison between the ORR catalytic activity of the electrocatalysts with hollow cores and those of Pt solid and Pt hollow nanoparticles has been obtained using the rotating disk electrode technique. Hollow nanoparticles were made using Ni or Cu nanoparticles as sacrificial templates. The Pt ORR specific and mass activities of the electrocatalysts with hollow cores were found considerably higher than those of the electrocatalysts with the solid cores. We attribute this enhanced Pt activity to the smooth surface morphology and hollow-induced lattice contraction, in addition to the mass-saving geometry of hollow particles.

  13. Advanced Processing of Hollow Sphere Foams

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    2007-11-02

    composition is close to that of 405 stainless. Carburization in CO/CO2 atmosphere followed by heat treatment produces foams of either 410 or 420 type...after carburization . A sample with 0.5 wt% carbon at a relative density of 15% indicated a yield strength of 16 MPa. Specific strengths of the foams were

  14. Upgrade of neutron energy spectrometer with single multilayer bonner sphere using onion-like structure

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    Mizukpshi, Tomoaki; Watanabe, Kenichi; Yamazaki, Atsushi; Uritan, Akira [Nagoya University, Nagoya (Japan); Iguchi, Tetsuo; Ogata, Tomohiro; Muramatsu, Takashi [Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Kobe(Japan)

    2016-09-15

    In order to measure neutron energy spectra, the conventional Bonner Sphere Spectrometers (BSS) are widely used. In this spectrometer, several measurements with different size Bonner spheres are required. Operators should, therefore, place these spheres in several times to a measurement point where radiation dose might be relatively high. In order to reduce this effort, novel neutron energy spectrometer using an onion-like single Bonner sphere was proposed in our group. This Bonner sphere has multiple sensitive spherical shell layers in the single sphere. In this spectrometer, a band-shaped thermal neutron detection medium, which consists of a LiF-ZnS mixed powder scintillator sheet and a wavelength-shifting (WLS) fiber readout, was looped to each sphere at equal angular intervals. Amount of LiF neutron converter is reduced near polar region, where the band-shaped detectors are concentrated, in order to uniform the directional sensitivity. The LiF-ZnS mixed powder has an advantage of extremely high light yield. However, since it is opaque, scintillation photons cannot be collect uniformly. This type of detector shows no characteristic shape in the pulse height spectrum. Subsequently, it is difficult to set the pulse height discrimination level. This issue causes sensitivity fluctuation due to gain instability of photodetectors and/or electric modules. In order to solve this problem, we propose to replace the LiF-ZnS mixed powder into a flexible and Transparent RUbber SheeT type LiCaAlF6 (TRUST LiCAF) scintillator. TRUST LiCAF scintillator can show a peak shape corresponding to neutron absorption events in the pulse height spectrum. We fabricated the prototype detector with five sensitive layers using TRUST LiCAF scintillator and conducted basic experiments to evaluate the directional uniformity of the sensitivity. The fabricated detector shows excellent directional uniformity of the neutron sensitivity.

  15. A model for the post-collapse equilibrium of cosmological structure: truncated isothermal spheres from top-hat density perturbations

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    Shapiro, Paul R.; Iliev, Ilian T.; Raga, Alejandro C.

    1999-07-01

    The post-collapse structure of objects that form by gravitational condensation out of the expanding cosmological background universe is a key element in the theory of galaxy formation. Towards this end, we have reconsidered the outcome of the non-linear growth of a uniform, spherical density perturbation in an unperturbed background universe - the cosmological `top-hat' problem. We adopt the usual assumption that the collapse to infinite density at a finite time predicted by the top-hat solution is interrupted by a rapid virialization caused by the growth of small-scale inhomogeneities in the initial perturbation. We replace the standard description of the post-collapse object as a uniform sphere in virial equilibrium by a more self-consistent one as a truncated, non-singular, isothermal sphere in virial and hydrostatic equilibrium, including for the first time a proper treatment of the finite-pressure boundary condition on the sphere. The results differ significantly from both the uniform sphere and the singular isothermal sphere approximations for the post-collapse objects. The virial temperature that results is more than twice the previously used `standard value' of the post-collapse uniform sphere approximation, but 1.4 times smaller than that of the singular, truncated isothermal sphere approximation. The truncation radius is 0.554 times the radius of the top-hat at maximum expansion, and the ratio of the truncation radius to the core radius is 29.4, yielding a central density that is 514 times greater than at the surface and 1.8x10^4 times greater than that of the unperturbed background density at the epoch of infinite collapse predicted by the top-hat solution. For the top-hat fractional overdensity delta_L predicted by extrapolating the linear solution into the non-linear regime, the standard top-hat model assumes that virialization is instantaneous at delta_Ldelta_c=1.686 i.e. the epoch at which the non-linear top-hat reaches infinite density. The surface

  16. Impact of structural distortions on the performance of hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers

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    2014-01-01

    We present a generic model for studying numerically the performance of hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers (HC-PBGFs) with arbitrary cross-sectional distortions. Fully vectorial finite element simulations reveal that distortions beyond the second ring of air holes have an impact on the leakage loss and bandwidth of the fiber, but do not significantly alter its surface scattering loss which remains the dominant contribution to the overall fiber loss (providing that a sufficient number of rings...

  17. Facile Synthesis of Monodispersed Polysulfide Spheres for Building Structural Colors with High Color Visibility and Broad Viewing Angle.

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    Li, Feihu; Tang, Bingtao; Wu, Suli; Zhang, Shufen

    2017-01-01

    The synthesis and assembly of monodispersed colloidal spheres are currently the subject of extensive investigation to fabricate artificial structural color materials. However, artificial structural colors from general colloidal crystals still suffer from the low color visibility and strong viewing angle dependence which seriously hinder their practical application in paints, colorimetric sensors, and color displays. Herein, monodispersed polysulfide (PSF) spheres with intrinsic high refractive index (as high as 1.858) and light-absorbing characteristics are designed, synthesized through a facile polycondensation and crosslinking process between sodium disulfide and 1,2,3-trichloropropane. Owing to their high monodispersity, sufficient surface charge, and good dispersion stability, the PSF spheres can be assembled into large-scale and high-quality 3D photonic crystals. More importantly, high structural color visibility and broad viewing angle are easily achieved because the unique features of PSF can remarkably enhance the relative reflectivity and eliminate the disturbance of scattering and background light. The results of this study provide a simple and efficient strategy to create structural colors with high color visibility, which is very important for their practical application.

  18. Sequential growth of rutile TiO{sub 2} nanorods and anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles on TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} template spheres

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    Dong, Rulin, E-mail: dongrl@cczu.edu.cn [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Catalytic Materials and Technology, Department of Petrochemical Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, 213164 (China); Na, Chi [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Catalytic Materials and Technology, Department of Petrochemical Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, 213164 (China); Wang, Xuhong [School of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Changshu Institute of Technology, 215500 (China); Zhang, Hanping; Li, Zhongyu; Chen, Zhidong; Jin, Changchun [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Catalytic Materials and Technology, Department of Petrochemical Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, 213164 (China)

    2016-05-01

    TiO{sub 2} nanorod spheres were synthesized in a highly acidic hydrothermal solution by using TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} spheres as template. Electron microscopy observation and X-ray diffraction analysis indicate that the dissolution of anatase TiO{sub 2} in the template spheres leads to the growth of rutile TiO{sub 2} nanorod on the surface of the template spheres in the initial stage of hydrothermal process and the deposition of anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles on the preformed nanorods in the later stage of hydrothermal process. Herein, SiO{sub 2} in the template spheres assisted the loading of rutile TiO{sub 2} nucleuses on the surface of template spheres through preventing the collapse of the template spheres in highly acidic hydrothermal solution. With the dissolution of anatase TiO{sub 2}, the template spheres gradually transformed from solid to hollow. The nanorod hollow spheres prepared by a hydrothermal period of 24 h showed high stability of physical property, excellent cycle reproducibility of photocatalytic activity, and enhanced photocatalytic activity as compared with the template spheres. - Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanorod spheres are synthesized. • TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} microspheres are used as template. • Depositions of nanorod and nanoparticle are self-controlled. • Hollow structure is obtained through dissolution-redeposition. • Phase hybrid TiO{sub 2} nanorod spheres show high photocatalytic activity.

  19. A facile route to prepare hierarchical magnetic cobalt-silica hollow nanospheres with tunable shell thickness

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    Wang Jun, E-mail: wjnaf@ustc.edu; Xu Chuanhui; Yao Min; Chen Jie [NingBo University, Faculty of Science (China); Xu Gaojie [Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering (China)

    2010-05-15

    Magnetic nanoshells composed of close-packed cobalt-silica nanoparticles have been successfully fabricated on silica spheres. The synthesis is facile and no high pressure, high temperature, or other severe reaction conditions were required. TEM images showed that two batches of the hollow-structured products have a good spherical morphology with an average diameter of 380 and 550 nm, respectively. The surface area and magnetic properties of cobalt-silica nanoshells are measured. By varying the times of the precipitation procedure, the shell thickness is successfully controlled within the 5-30 nm range and each time of procedure might increase the thickness about 5 nm. It is expected that the in situ reaction method can be extended to the synthesis of other hollow metal spheres. The prepared microcapsule with controllable shell thickness and interspaces has the potential to be used for controlled release applications.

  20. Hierarchical α-Fe2O3/NiO composites with a hollow structure for a gas sensor.

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    Wang, Chen; Cheng, Xiaoyang; Zhou, Xin; Sun, Peng; Hu, Xiaolong; Shimanoe, Kengo; Lu, Geyu; Yamazoe, Noboru

    2014-08-13

    Hierarchical α-Fe2O3/NiO composites with a hollow nanostructure were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. The structures and morphologies of the composites were investigated by different kinds of techniques, including X-ray diffraction, field-emission electron scanning microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Hierarchical α-Fe2O3/NiO composites were fabricated by growing the α-Fe2O3 nanorods on the surfaces of porous NiO nanosheets with a thickness of ∼12 nm. The gas sensing properties of hierarchical α-Fe2O3/NiO composites toward toluene were investigated using a static system. The response of α-Fe2O3/NiO composites to 100 ppm toluene was ∼18.68, which was 13.18 times higher than that of pure NiO at 300 °C. The enhanced response can be attributed to heterojunction. Meanwhile, the rapid response and recovery characteristics were observed because of the porous hollow structural characteristics and catalytic actions of α-Fe2O3 and NiO.

  1. Explosive welding method for manufacturing ITER-grade 316L(N)/CuCrZr hollow structural member

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    Ma, Rui, E-mail: mr9980@163.com [PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210007 (China); Wang, Yaohua [PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210007 (China); Wu, Jihong [Southwestern Institute of Physics, Chengdu 610041 (China); Duan, Mianjun [PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210007 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Develop a new explosive welding method to fabricate the cooling channel of FW. • Utilize effective energy model to accurately calculate optimal welding parameters. • Provide an efficient way for manufacturing high-ductility hollow structural member. - Abstract: In this study, a new explosive welding method provided an effective way for manufacturing ITER-grade 316L(N)/CuCrZr hollow structural member. The welding parameters (stand-off distance and explosion rate) were calculated respectively using equivalent frontal collision wave model and effective energy model. The welded samples were subject to two step heat treatment cycles (solution annealing and aging). Optical microscopy (OM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were utilized to analyze the microstructure of bonding interface. The mechanical properties of the welded samples were evaluated through microhardness test and tensile test. Moreover, the sealing property of the welded specimens was measured through helium leak test. Microstructural analysis showed that the welded sample using effective energy model had an ideal wavy interface. The results of microhardness test revealed an increase in hardness for both sides near to the bonding interface. And the hardening phenomenon of interface region disappeared after the solution annealing. SEM observation indicated that the samples with the post heat treatments exhibited a ductile fracture with dimple features after tensile test. After the specimens undergo aging strengthening, there was an obvious increase in the strength for all specimens. The helium leak test results have proven that the welded specimens are soundness.

  2. Interconnected Silicon Hollow Nanospheres for Lithium-Ion Battery Anodes with Long Cycle Life

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    Yao, Yan

    2011-07-13

    Silicon is a promising candidate for the anode material in lithium-ion batteries due to its high theoretical specific capacity. However, volume changes during cycling cause pulverization and capacity fade, and improving cycle life is a major research challenge. Here, we report a novel interconnected Si hollow nanosphere electrode that is capable of accommodating large volume changes without pulverization during cycling. We achieved the high initial discharge capacity of 2725 mAh g-1 with less than 8% capacity degradation every hundred cycles for 700 total cycles. Si hollow sphere electrodes also show a Coulombic efficiency of 99.5% in later cycles. Superior rate capability is demonstrated and attributed to fast lithium diffusion in the interconnected Si hollow structure. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  3. Interconnected silicon hollow nanospheres for lithium-ion battery anodes with long cycle life.

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    Yao, Yan; McDowell, Matthew T; Ryu, Ill; Wu, Hui; Liu, Nian; Hu, Liangbing; Nix, William D; Cui, Yi

    2011-07-13

    Silicon is a promising candidate for the anode material in lithium-ion batteries due to its high theoretical specific capacity. However, volume changes during cycling cause pulverization and capacity fade, and improving cycle life is a major research challenge. Here, we report a novel interconnected Si hollow nanosphere electrode that is capable of accommodating large volume changes without pulverization during cycling. We achieved the high initial discharge capacity of 2725 mAh g(-1) with less than 8% capacity degradation every hundred cycles for 700 total cycles. Si hollow sphere electrodes also show a Coulombic efficiency of 99.5% in later cycles. Superior rate capability is demonstrated and attributed to fast lithium diffusion in the interconnected Si hollow structure.

  4. Packing of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: An analytical approach and application to amorphization

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    Brouwers, H.J.H.

    2007-01-01

    The geometrical stability of the three lattices of the cubic crystal system, viz. face-centered cubic (fcc), body-centered cubic (bcc), and simple cubic (sc), consisting of bimodal discrete hard spheres, and the transition to amorphous packing is studied. First, the random close packing (rcp) fracti

  5. Packing of crystalline structures of binary hard spheres: an analytical approach and application to amorphisation

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    Brouwers, Jos

    2007-01-01

    The geometrical stability of the three lattices of the cubic crystal system, viz. face-centered cubic (fcc), body-centered cubic (bcc), and simple cubic (sc), consisting of bimodal discrete hard spheres, and the transition to amorphous packing is studied. First, the random close packing (rcp)

  6. Generalization of Rosenfeld's functional to non-additive hard-spheres: pair structure and test-particle consistency.

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    Ayadim, A; Amokrane, S

    2010-01-27

    The accuracy of the structural data obtained from the recently proposed generalization to non-additive hard-spheres (Schmidt 2004 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 16 L351) of Rosenfeld's functional is investigated. The radial distribution functions computed from the direct correlation functions generated by the functional, through the Ornstein-Zernike equations, are compared with those obtained from the density profile equations in the test-particle limit, without and with test-particle consistency. The differences between these routes and the role of the optimization of the parameters of the reference system when the functional is used to obtain the reference bridge functional are discussed in the case of symmetric binary mixtures of non-additive hard-spheres. The case of highly asymmetric mixtures is finally briefly discussed.

  7. Jammed lattice sphere packings.

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    Kallus, Yoav; Marcotte, Étienne; Torquato, Salvatore

    2013-12-01

    We generate and study an ensemble of isostatic jammed hard-sphere lattices. These lattices are obtained by compression of a periodic system with an adaptive unit cell containing a single sphere until the point of mechanical stability. We present detailed numerical data about the densities, pair correlations, force distributions, and structure factors of such lattices. We show that this model retains many of the crucial structural features of the classical hard-sphere model and propose it as a model for the jamming and glass transitions that enables exploration of much higher dimensions than are usually accessible.

  8. Jammed lattice sphere packings

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    Kallus, Yoav; Marcotte, Étienne; Torquato, Salvatore

    2013-12-01

    We generate and study an ensemble of isostatic jammed hard-sphere lattices. These lattices are obtained by compression of a periodic system with an adaptive unit cell containing a single sphere until the point of mechanical stability. We present detailed numerical data about the densities, pair correlations, force distributions, and structure factors of such lattices. We show that this model retains many of the crucial structural features of the classical hard-sphere model and propose it as a model for the jamming and glass transitions that enables exploration of much higher dimensions than are usually accessible.

  9. Large-pitch kagome-structured hollow-core photonic crystal fiber

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    Couny, F.; Benabid, F.; Light, P. S.

    2006-12-01

    We report the fabrication and characterization of a new type of hollow-core photonic crystal fiber based on large-pitch (˜12μm) kagome lattice cladding. The optical characteristics of the 19-cell, 7-cell, and single-cell core defect fibers include broad optical transmission bands covering the visible and near-IR parts of the spectrum with relatively low loss and low chromatic dispersion, no detectable surface modes and high confinement of light in the core. Various applications of such a novel fiber are also discussed, including gas sensing, quantum optics, and high harmonic generation.

  10. Static structural signatures of nearly jammed disordered and ordered hard-sphere packings: Direct correlation function

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    Atkinson, Steven; Stillinger, Frank H.; Torquato, Salvatore

    2016-09-01

    The nonequilibrium process by which hard-particle systems may be compressed into disordered, jammed states has received much attention because of its wide utility in describing a broad class of amorphous materials. While dynamical signatures are known to precede jamming, the task of identifying static structural signatures indicating the onset of jamming have proven more elusive. The observation that compressing hard-particle packings towards jamming is accompanied by an anomalous suppression of density fluctuations (termed "hyperuniformity") has paved the way for the analysis of jamming as an "inverted critical point" in which the direct correlation function c (r ) , rather than the total correlation function h (r ) , diverges. We expand on the notion that c (r ) provides both universal and protocol-specific information as packings approach jamming. By considering the degree and position of singularities (discontinuities in the n th derivative) as well as how they are changed by the convolutions found in the Ornstein-Zernike equation, we establish quantitative statements about the structure of c (r ) with regards to singularities it inherits from h (r ) . These relations provide a concrete means of identifying features that must be expressed in c (r ) if one hopes to reproduce various details in the pair correlation function accurately and provide stringent tests on the associated numerics. We also analyze the evolution of systems of three-dimensional monodisperse hard spheres of diameter D as they approach ordered and disordered jammed configurations. For the latter, we use the Lubachevsky-Stillinger (LS) molecular dynamics and Torquato-Jiao (TJ) sequential linear programming algorithms, which both generate disordered packings, but can show perceptible structural differences. We identify a short-ranged scaling c (r )∝-1 /r as r →0 that accompanies the formation of the delta function at c (D ) that indicates the formation of contacts in all cases, and show

  11. Geometrical Dynamics in a Transitioning Superconducting Sphere

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    Claycomb J. R.

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Recent theoretical works have concentrated on calculating the Casimir effect in curved spacetime. In this paper we outline the forward problem of metrical variation due to the Casimir effect for spherical geometries. We consider a scalar quantum field inside a hollow superconducting sphere. Metric equations are developed describing the evolution of the scalar curvature after the sphere transitions to the normal state.

  12. Nitrogen-enriched, double-shelled carbon/layered double hydroxide hollow microspheres for excellent electrochemical performance

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    Xu, Jie; He, Fei; Gai, Shili; Zhang, Shenghuan; Li, Lei; Yang, Piaoping

    2014-08-01

    A unique, double-shelled, hollow, carbon-based composite with enriched nitrogen has been prepared through a facile and versatile synthetic strategy. The hierarchical composite employs the nitrogen-enriched carbon hollow sphere as an interior shell and intercrossed Ni/Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets as an exterior shell. The obtained N-C@LDH hollow microspheres (HMS) have high nitrogen enrichment, large specific surface area (337 m2 g-1), and uniform and open mesoporous structure. Taking advantage of these characteristics, the composite exhibits obviously superior capacitive behavior, including high specific capacitance, excellent rate capability and good cycling stability, compared with nitrogen-free carbon@LDH composite and hollow LDH without carbon shell. The composite displays high specific capacitance of 1711.51 F g-1 at a current density of 1 A g-1. In particular, the high specific capacitance can be kept to 997.3 F g-1 at a high current density of 10 A g-1, which still retains 94.97% of the initial specific capacitance after 500 cycles at this high current density. This N-enriched, hollow carbon/LDH composite can be expected to be a promising electrode material for electrochemical capacitors due to its high electrochemical performance.A unique, double-shelled, hollow, carbon-based composite with enriched nitrogen has been prepared through a facile and versatile synthetic strategy. The hierarchical composite employs the nitrogen-enriched carbon hollow sphere as an interior shell and intercrossed Ni/Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets as an exterior shell. The obtained N-C@LDH hollow microspheres (HMS) have high nitrogen enrichment, large specific surface area (337 m2 g-1), and uniform and open mesoporous structure. Taking advantage of these characteristics, the composite exhibits obviously superior capacitive behavior, including high specific capacitance, excellent rate capability and good cycling stability, compared with nitrogen

  13. Synthesis and electrochemical properties of spherical and hollow-structured NiO aggregates created by combining the Kirkendall effect and Ostwald ripening.

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    Cho, Jung Sang; Won, Jong Min; Lee, Jong-Heun; Kang, Yun Chan

    2015-12-14

    The Kirkendall effect and Ostwald ripening were successfully combined to prepare uniquely structured NiO aggregates. In particular, a NiO-C composite powder was first prepared using a one-pot spray pyrolysis, which was followed by a two-step post-treatment process. This resulted in the formation of micron-sized spherical and hollow-structured NiO aggregates through a synergetic effect that occurred between nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion and Ostwald ripening. The discharge capacity of the spherical and hollow-structured NiO aggregates at the 500(th) cycle was 1118 mA h g(-1) and their capacity retention, which was measured from the second cycle, was nearly 100%. However, the discharge capacities of the solid NiO aggregates and hollow NiO shells were 631 and 150 mA h g(-1), respectively, at the 500(th) cycle and their capacity retentions, which were measured from the second cycle, were 63 and 14%, respectively. As such, the spherical and hollow-structured NiO aggregates, which were formed through the synergetic effect of nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion and Ostwald ripening, have high structural stability during cycling and have excellent lithium storage properties.

  14. Ligand Control of the Metal Coordination Sphere: Structures, Reactivity and Catalysis

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    Danopoulos Andreas A.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Two major aspects of coordination/organometallic chemistry are discussed in this article: (i the use of functional chelating ligands to stabilize metal complexes while allowing easy stereodifferentiation within the coordination sphere and (ii the choice of suitable ligands to stabilize challenging ‘underligated’ metal complexes with electronically highly unsaturated metal centres, thus potentially displaying unusual reactivity. In both cases, the relevance to homogeneous catalysis will be discussed.

  15. Preparation and photocatalytic ability of ordered hollow Ag/TiO2 spheres with square array%四方排列有序Ag/TiO2空心微球的制备及光催化性能

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    刘玮洁; 孙正昊; 邹博; 崔海宁

    2012-01-01

    At low temperature,colloidal crystal template was prepared by one-substrate vertical deposition.In the formed colloidal crystal,large areas of square array were observed,because thermal motion of particles was inhibited at low temperature and dislocation was happened.Subsequently,Ag nanoparticles and titania were deposited one by one on the PS spheres by an electroless plating method and sol-gel technology.Finally the sample was calcined to remove the colloidal crystal template and the ordered hollow Ag/TiO2 spheres with square array were successfully prepared.The sample was characterized by scanning electron microscopy(SEM) and X-ray diffraction(XRD).The results show that the sample clearly retains its original square array of the colloidal crystal template and possesses highly ordered nanostructure.We chose photodegradation of methyl orange to evaluate the photocatalytic ability of square ordered hollow Ag/TiO2 spheres.For comparison,we also evaluated the photocatalytic activity of flat TiO2 film and square ordered hollow TiO2 spheres.The results show that the as-prepared ordered hollow Ag/TiO2 sphere exhibits the most efficient photocatalytic activity.The long-range ordering porosity and the addition of Ag nanoparticles are the main factors leading to the improved photocatalytic activity.%采用低温垂直沉积法制备了聚苯乙烯(PS)胶体模板,由于低温下粒子热运动受到抑制,排列时发生位错,因此模板中存在大面积四方排列结构。然后采用化学镀法、溶胶-凝胶法在PS微球表面依次沉积银纳米粒子、纳米TiO2,最后高温煅烧除去模板制备了四方排列有序Ag/TiO2空心微球。通过扫描电镜(SEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)对样品进行表征。结果表明这种材料很好地保持了模板的四方排列,具有高度有序的纳米结构。选择降解甲基橙溶液来检验样品的光催化性能,并与纳米TiO2薄膜、四方排列TiO2空心微球的光催化性能进

  16. Hollow CuO nanospheres uniformly anchored on porous Si nanowires: preparation and their potential use as electrochemical sensors

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    Guo, Zheng; Seol, Myeong-Lok; Kim, Moon-Seok; Ahn, Jae-Hyuk; Choi, Yang-Kyu; Liu, Jin-Huai; Huang, Xing-Jiu

    2012-11-01

    Hollow CuO nanospheres have been prepared via a reduction reaction of copper ions on porous Si nanowires combined with calcination in air and uniformly anchored on their surfaces. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to characterize and analyze as-synthesized samples. The results reveal that Si nanowires fabricated from heavily doped Si wafer are formed with a meso-porous structure by an Ag-assisted etching approach, and Cu nanoparticles are formed and uniformly decorated on the Si nanowires through a reaction of copper ions reduced by silicon. After annealing in air, Cu nanoparticles are in situ oxidized and transformed into CuO, leading to the formation of hollow nanospheres because of the Kirkendall effect. The diameter size of as-prepared CuO hollow spheres anchored on porous Si nanowires is mainly around 30 nm. Finally, in order to illuminate the advantages of this novel hybrid nanostructure of nanosized hollow spheres supported on porous nanowires, its electrochemical sensing performance to hydrazine as an example has been further investigated. The results confirm that it is a good potential application to detect hydrazine.Hollow CuO nanospheres have been prepared via a reduction reaction of copper ions on porous Si nanowires combined with calcination in air and uniformly anchored on their surfaces. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to characterize and analyze as-synthesized samples. The results reveal that Si nanowires fabricated from heavily doped Si wafer are formed with a meso-porous structure by an Ag-assisted etching approach, and Cu nanoparticles are formed and uniformly decorated on the Si nanowires through a reaction of copper ions reduced by silicon. After annealing in air, Cu nanoparticles are in situ oxidized and transformed into CuO, leading to the

  17. Impact of structural distortions on the performance of hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers.

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    Fokoua, Eric Numkam; Richardson, David J; Poletti, Francesco

    2014-02-10

    We present a generic model for studying numerically the performance of hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers (HC-PBGFs) with arbitrary cross-sectional distortions. Fully vectorial finite element simulations reveal that distortions beyond the second ring of air holes have an impact on the leakage loss and bandwidth of the fiber, but do not significantly alter its surface scattering loss which remains the dominant contribution to the overall fiber loss (providing that a sufficient number of rings of air holes (≥ 5) are used). We have found that while most types of distortions in the first two rings are generally detrimental, enlarging the core defect while keeping equidistant and on a circular boundary the glass nodes surrounding the core may produce losses half those compared to "idealized" fiber designs and with no penalty in terms of the transmission bandwidth.

  18. A Novel Photothermal Nanocrystals of Cu7S4 Hollow Structure for Efficient Ablation of Cancer Cells

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    Guosheng Song; Linbo Han; Weiwei Zou; Zhiyin Xiao; XiaoJuan Huang; Zongyi Qin; Rujia Zou; Junqing Hu

    2014-01-01

    Cu2-xS nanocrystals (NCs), characterized by low cost, low toxicity, high stability and high pho-tothermal conversion efficiency, provide promising platforms as photothermal agents. Herein, a novel two-step synthesis has been developed for Cu7S4 nanocrystals with hollow structure using the as-prepared copper nanoparticles as starting a solid precursor followed by hot-injection of sulfide source.The Cu7S4 NCs exhibit intense absorption band at Near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths due to localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) mode, which can effectively convert 980 nm-laser energy into heat.Moreover, the localized high temperature created by Cu7S4 NCs under NIR irradiation could result in efficient photothermal ablation (PTA) of cancer cells in vivo, demonstrating a novel and promising photothermal nanomaterials.

  19. A Novel Photothermal Nanocrystals of Cu7S4 Hollow Structure for Efficient Ablation of Cancer Cells

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    Guosheng Song; Linbo Han; Weiwei Zou; Zhiyin Xiao; XiaoJuan Huang; Zongyi Qin; Rujia Zou; Junqing Hu

    2014-01-01

    Cu2-xS nanocrystals (NCs), characterized by low cost, low toxicity, high stability and high pho-tothermal conversion efficiency, provide promising platforms as photothermal agents. Herein, a novel two-step synthesis has been developed for Cu7S4 nanocrystals with hollow structure using the as-prepared copper nanoparticles as starting a solid precursor followed by hot-injection of sulfide source.The Cu7S4 NCs exhibit intense absorption band at Near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths due to localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) mode, which can effectively convert 980 nm-laser energy into heat.Moreover, the localized high temperature created by Cu7S4 NCs under NIR irradiation could result in efficient photothermal ablation (PTA) of cancer cells in vivo, demonstrating a novel and promising photothermal nanomaterials.

  20. Preparation of hollow TiO2 nanoparticles through TiO2 deposition on polystyrene latex particles and characterizations of their structure and photocatalytic activity

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    2012-01-01

    In a mixed solvent of water and ethanol, polystyrene/titanium dioxide (PSt/TiO2) composite particles of core-shell structure were prepared by hydrolysis of tetrabutyl titanate in the presence of cationic PSt particles or anionic PSt particles surface-treated using γ-aminopropyl triethoxysilane. Hollow TiO2 particles were obtained through calcination of the PSt/TiO2 core-shell particles to burn off the PSt core or through dissolution of the core by tetrahydrofuran (THF). An alternative process constituted of preheating the PSt/TiO2 particles at 200°C to allow partial crystallization followed by calcination or PSt dissolution by THF. The outcome TiO2 particles thus prepared were examined by TEM, and hollow TiO2 particles were observed. The crystalline phase structure and phase transformation were characterized, which revealed that preheating before the removal of the PSt core was useful to achieve the desired hollow TiO2 particles, and the calcination process was beneficial to the formation of anatase and rutile structures. The tests of TiO2 particles as catalyst in the photodegradation of Rhodamine B demonstrated that a much higher catalytic activity was observed with the TiO2 hollow particles prepared through calcination combined with preheating. PMID:23176612

  1. Template-free synthesis and luminescent properties of hollow Ln:YOF (Ln = Eu or Er + Yb) microspheres

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    Martínez-Castro, Elisa; García-Sevillano, J.; Cussó, Fernando; Ocaña, Manuel

    2015-01-01

    © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. A method for the synthesis of hollow lanthanide doped yttrium oxyfluoride (YOF) spheres in the micrometer size range with cubic structure based on the pyrolysis at 600 °C of liquid aerosols generated from aqueous solutions containing the corresponding rare earth chlorides and trifluoroacetic acid has been developed. This procedure, which has been used for the first time for the synthesis of YFO based materials, is simpler and advantageous when compare...

  2. Synthesis and characterization hollow spherical La0.7Sr0.2Ca0.1Co0.9Fe0.1O3–δ (LSCCT for cathode of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Hollow spheres structures of La0.7Sr0.2Ca0.1Co0.9Fe0.1O3–δ (LSCCT have been synthesized via hydrothermal method using carbon spheres as template. The structure and electrical conductivity of obtained samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscope (SEM, transmission electron microscope (TEM and direct current (DC four-probe method respectively. The results show that hollow spheres structures of LSCCT with the mean particle size of 0,9 - 1,2 μm is single perovskite. The electrical conductivity of the samples is higher than 100 S/cm from 600 to 800 ℃ and can meet the demand of the electrical properties for the cathode materials.

  3. Synthesis, crystal structure and spectroscopic properties of a supramolecular zinc(II) complex with N2O2 coordination sphere.

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    Dong, Wen-Kui; Zhang, Li-Sha; Sun, Yin-Xia; Zhao, Meng-Meng; Li, Gang; Dong, Xiu-Yan

    2014-01-01

    A new hexa-coordinated zinc(II) complex, namely [ZnL(H2O)2]n, with N2O2 coordination sphere (H2L=4,4'-dibromo-6,6'-dichloro-2,2'-[ethylenedioxybis(nitrilomethylidyne)]diphenol) has been synthesized and structurally characterized by elemental analyses, IR, UV-vis spectra and TG-DTA analyses, etc. Crystallographic data are monoclinic, space group P2(1)/c, a=24.634(2)Å, b=10.144(1)Å, c=7.9351(6)Å, β=91.371(2)°, V=1982.4(3)Å(3), Dc=2.099 g/cm(3), Z=4. The zinc(II) complex exhibits a slightly distorted octahedral geometry with halogen-substituted Salen-type bisoxime forming the basal N2O2 coordination sphere and two oxygen atoms from two coordinated water molecules in the axial position. The hydrogen-bonding and π-π stacking interactions have stabilized the zinc(II) complex molecules to form a self-assembling infinite dual metal-water chain-like structure with the nearest Zn⋯Zn distance of 4.954(4)Å.

  4. A comparative study of the structural organization of spheres derived from the adult human subventricular zone and glioblastoma biopsies

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    Vik-Mo, Einar Osland, E-mail: e.o.vik-mo@medisin.uio.no [Vilhelm Magnus Laboratory for Neurosurgical Research, Institute for Surgical Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo (Norway); Department of Neurosurgery, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo (Norway); Sandberg, Cecilie [Vilhelm Magnus Laboratory for Neurosurgical Research, Institute for Surgical Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo (Norway); Joel, Mrinal [Vilhelm Magnus Laboratory for Neurosurgical Research, Institute for Surgical Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo (Norway); Department of Physiology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo (Norway); Stangeland, Biljana [Vilhelm Magnus Laboratory for Neurosurgical Research, Institute for Surgical Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo (Norway); Watanabe, Yasuhiro [Division of Neurology, Department of Brain and Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, 36-1 Nishi-cho, Yonago 683-8504 (Japan); Mackay-Sim, Alan [National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research, Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD 4111 (Australia); Moe, Morten Carstens [Center for Eye Research, Department of Ophthalmology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo (Norway); Murrell, Wayne [Vilhelm Magnus Laboratory for Neurosurgical Research, Institute for Surgical Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo (Norway); Langmoen, Iver Arne [Vilhelm Magnus Laboratory for Neurosurgical Research, Institute for Surgical Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo (Norway); Department of Neurosurgery, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo (Norway)

    2011-04-15

    Sphere forming assays have been useful to enrich for stem like cells in a range of tumors. The robustness of this system contrasts the difficulties in defining a stem cell population based on cell surface markers. We have undertaken a study to describe the cellular and organizational composition of tumorspheres, directly comparing these to neurospheres derived from the adult human subventricular zone (SVZ). Primary cell cultures from brain tumors were found to contain variable fractions of cells positive for tumor stem cell markers (CD133 (2-93%)/SSEA1 (3-15%)/CXCR4 (1-72%)). All cultures produced tumors upon xenografting. Tumorspheres contained a heterogeneous population of cells, but were structurally organized with stem cell markers present at the core of spheres, with markers of more mature glial progenitors and astrocytes at more peripheral location. Ultrastructural studies showed that tumorspheres contained a higher fraction of electron dense cells in the core than the periphery (36% and 19%, respectively). Neurospheres also contained a heterogeneous cell population, but did not have an organization similar to tumorspheres. Although tumorspheres clearly display irregular and neoplastic cells, they establish an organized structure with an outward gradient of differentiation. We suggest that this organization is central in maintaining the tumor stem cell pool.

  5. Affine Sphere Relativity

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    Minguzzi, E.

    2016-11-01

    We investigate spacetimes whose light cones could be anisotropic. We prove the equivalence of the structures: (a) Lorentz-Finsler manifold for which the mean Cartan torsion vanishes, (b) Lorentz-Finsler manifold for which the indicatrix (observer space) at each point is a convex hyperbolic affine sphere centered on the zero section, and (c) pair given by a spacetime volume and a sharp convex cone distribution. The equivalence suggests to describe (affine sphere) spacetimes with this structure, so that no algebraic-metrical concept enters the definition. As a result, this work shows how the metric features of spacetime emerge from elementary concepts such as measure and order. Non-relativistic spacetimes are obtained replacing proper spheres with improper spheres, so the distinction does not call for group theoretical elements. In physical terms, in affine sphere spacetimes the light cone distribution and the spacetime measure determine the motion of massive and massless particles (hence the dispersion relation). Furthermore, it is shown that, more generally, for Lorentz-Finsler theories non-differentiable at the cone, the lightlike geodesics and the transport of the particle momentum over them are well defined, though the curve parametrization could be undefined. Causality theory is also well behaved. Several results for affine sphere spacetimes are presented. Some results in Finsler geometry, for instance in the characterization of Randers spaces, are also included.

  6. Theoretical study of the Pb(II)-catechol system in dilute aqueous solution: Complex structure and metal coordination sphere determination

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    Lapouge, Christine; Cornard, Jean-Paul

    2010-04-01

    We investigated the unknown interaction of Pb(II) with catechol ligand in diluted aqueous solution by electronic spectroscopies combined with quantum chemical calculations. The aim of this work is the determination of the complete structure of the complex formed and particularly the metal coordination sphere. Three successive steps have been necessary to reach this goal: (i) the comparison of the experimental electronic absorption spectrum with theoretical spectra calculated from various hypothetical structures, (ii) complexation reaction pathways calculations in vacuum and with taking into account the solvent effects and finally (iii) the fluorescence emission wavelength calculations. All these investigations led to identify a monodentate complex with the monodeprotonated ligand, in which the Pb atom presents a coordination number of five. The formula of the complex is [Pb(Hcat)(HO)4]mono+.

  7. Chinese Armillary Spheres

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    Sun, Xiaochun

    The armillary sphere was perhaps the most important type of astronomical instrument in ancient China. It was first invented by Luoxia Hong in the first century BC. After Han times, the structure of the armillary sphere became increasingly sophisticated by including more and more rings representing various celestial movements as recognized by the Chinese astronomers. By the eighth century, the Chinese armillary sphere consisted of three concentric sets of rings revolving on the south-north polar axis. The relative position of the rings could be adjusted to reflect the precession of the equinoxes and the regression of the Moon's nodes along the ecliptic. To counterbalance the defect caused by too many rings, Guo Shoujing from the late thirteenth century constructed the Simplified Instruments which reorganized the rings of the armillary sphere into separate instruments for measuring equatorial coordinates and horizontal coordinates. The armillary sphere was still preserved because it was a good illustration of celestial movements. A fifteenth-century replica of Guo Shoujing's armillary sphere still exists today.

  8. Catastrophic vs gradual collapse of thin-walled nanocrystalline Ni hollow cylinders as building blocks of microlattice structures.

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    Lian, Jie; Jang, Dongchan; Valdevit, Lorenzo; Schaedler, Tobias A; Jacobsen, Alan J; B Carter, William; Greer, Julia R

    2011-10-12

    Lightweight yet stiff and strong lattice structures are attractive for various engineering applications, such as cores of sandwich shells and components designed for impact mitigation. Recent breakthroughs in manufacturing enable efficient fabrication of hierarchically architected microlattices, with dimensional control spanning seven orders of magnitude in length scale. These materials have the potential to exploit desirable nanoscale-size effects in a macroscopic structure, as long as their mechanical behavior at each appropriate scale - nano, micro, and macro levels - is properly understood. In this letter, we report the nanomechanical response of individual microlattice members. We show that hollow nanocrystalline Ni cylinders differing only in wall thicknesses, 500 and 150 nm, exhibit strikingly different collapse modes: the 500 nm sample collapses in a brittle manner, via a single strain burst, while the 150 nm sample shows a gradual collapse, via a series of small and discrete strain bursts. Further, compressive strength in 150 nm sample is 99.2% lower than predicted by shell buckling theory, likely due to localized buckling and fracture events observed during in situ compression experiments. We attribute this difference to the size-induced transition in deformation behavior, unique to nanoscale, and discuss it in the framework of "size effects" in crystalline strength.

  9. Development of a radial-torsional vibration hybrid type ultrasonic motor with a hollow and short cylindrical structure.

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    Wang, Jian; Guo, Jifeng

    2009-05-01

    A longitudinal-torsional hybrid-type ultrasonic motor has larger torque and lower revolution speed compared with other kinds of ultrasonic motors. It drives devices directly and precisely, so it is adaptable to many fields, especially aeronautics and astronautics, as a servo actuator. Due to the different sound propagation speeds of longitudinal and torsional vibrations in the stator, it is difficult to match resonant frequencies of longitudinal and torsional vibrations. In this paper, a new radial-torsional vibration hybrid-type ultrasonic motor is put forward, which utilizes longitudinal vibration derived from radial vibration by the Poisson effect. The short, hollow cylindrical structure easily makes resonant frequencies of first-order radial and torsional vibrations into degeneracy. First, the new structure of the motor is presented. Second, the principle of matching the resonant frequencies is developed, and the motor geometry is optimized by ANSYS software. Finally, a 60-mm diameter prototype is fabricated, which performs well. The no-load velocity and maximum torque are 25 r/min and 5 N x m, respectively. This kind of motor is small, light, and noiseless.

  10. Hollow-shell-structured nanospheres: a recoverable heterogeneous catalyst for rhodium-catalyzed tandem reduction/lactonization of ethyl 2-acylarylcarboxylates to chiral phthalides.

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    Liu, Rui; Jin, Ronghua; An, Juzeng; Zhao, Qiankun; Cheng, Tanyu; Liu, Guohua

    2014-05-01

    Chiral organorhodium-functionalized hollow-shell-structured nanospheres were prepared by immobilization of a chiral N-sulfonylated diamine-based organorhodium complex within an ethylene-bridged organosilicate shell. Structural analysis and characterization reveal its well-defined single-site rhodium active center, and transmission electron microscopy images reveal a uniform dispersion of hollow-shell-structured nanospheres. As a heterogenous catalyst, it exhibits excellent catalytic activity and enantioselectivity in synthesis of chiral phthalides by a tandem reduction/lactonization of ethyl 2-acylarylcarboxylates in aqueous medium. The high catalytic performance is attributed to the synergistic effect of the high hydrophobicity and the confined chiral organorhodium catalytic nature. The organorhodium-functionalized nanospheres could be conveniently recovered and reused at least 10 times without loss of catalytic activity. This feature makes it an attractive catalyst in environmentally friendly organic reactions. The results of this study offer a new approach to immobilize chiral organometal functionalities within the hollow-shell-structured nanospheres to prepare materials with high activity in heterogeneous asymmetric catalysis.

  11. PREPARATION OF SINGLE-HOLE HOLLOW POLYMER NANOSPHERES BY RASPBERRY-LIKE TEMPLATE METHOD

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    Yong Zhang; Jia-jia Chen; Geng-hui Zhang; Bai-zhu Chen; Hu-sheng Yan

    2013-01-01

    Single-hole hollow polymer nanospheres were fabricated by raspberry-like template method using "graft-from"strategy through atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP).Nanometer-sized silica spheres were covalently attached onto the surfaces of micrometer-sized silica spheres.Crosslinked polymer shells on the nano-sized spheres outside the attached area were formed by "graft-from" strategy through ATRP.After removal of the silica cores,single-hole hollow crosslinked polymer nanospheres were obtained.In this strategy,most of ATRP monomers may be used and thus many functional groups can be easily incorporated into the single-hole hollow crosslinked polymer nanospheres.

  12. Preparation of hollow spherical carbon nanocages

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    Tsai, C.-K.; Kang, H. Y.; Hong, C.-I; Huang, C.-H.; Chang, F.-C.; Wang, H. Paul, E-mail: wanghp@mail.ncku.edu.tw [National Cheng Kung University, Department of Environmental Engineering, Taiwan (China)

    2012-12-15

    This study presents a new and simple method for the synthesis of hollow carbon spheres possessing nanocage sizes of 7.1, 14, and 20 nm in diameter. The core-shell (i.e., Cu-C) nanoparticles prepared by carbonization of the Cu{sup 2+}-cyclodextrin (CD) complexes at 573 K for 2 h was etched with HCl (6N) to yield the hollow carbon spheres. The carbon-shell of the hollow carbon nanospheres, which consisted of mainly diamond-like and graphite carbons, is not perturbed during etching. In addition to the nanocages, the hollow carbon nanospheres also possess micropores with an opening of 0.45 nm, allowing small molecules to diffuse in and out through the carbon-shell. Many elements (such as Zn{sup 2+} or Cu{sup 2+}) can therefore be filled into the nanocages of the hollow carbon nanospheres. With these unique properties, for instance, designable active species such as Cu and ZnO encapsulated in the carbon-shell can act as Cu-ZnO-C yolk-shell nanoreactors which are found very effective in the catalytic decomposition of methanol.

  13. Zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) as a sacrificial template: one-pot synthesis of hollow poly(dopamine) nanocapsules and yolk-structured poly(dopamine) nanocomposites

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    Ran, Jingyu; Xiao, Lihua; Wu, Weidang; Liu, Yike; Qiu, Wei; Wu, Jianming

    2017-02-01

    Hollow poly(dopamine) (PDA) nanocapsules and yolk-structured PDA nanocomposites were prepared by an aqueous one-pot synthesis method utilizing zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanocrystals as a sacrificial template without any special etchant. The resulting PDA nanocapsules show negligible cytotoxicity in HeLa cells after incubation for 48 h at various doses, which implies their potential as candidates for practical applications in drug transport and targeting.

  14. Carbon sphere@Co9S8 yolk-shell structure with good morphology stability for improved lithium storage performance

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    Tang, Xuekun; Huang, Jing; Feng, Qiming; Liu, Kun; Luo, Xianping; Li, Zishun

    2017-09-01

    The poor electronic conductivity and huge volume expansion of cobalt sulfides upon cycling would lead to their poor electrochemical performances for Lithium-ion batteries. Here, we rationally design a yolk-shell carbon sphere@Co9S8 (C@CS) composite, which demonstrates improved kinetics and excellent morphology stability during cycling. This structure can keep Co9S8 shell from collapse and aggregation. After cycling, a layer of thin solid electrolyte interphase is coated on the Co9S8 shells and prevented them from dissolving in electrolyte, which is helpful for the electrochemical performances. As a result, the C@CS electrodes exhibit good lithium storage performances, including excellent cyclic stability up to 300 cycles at 1000 and 2000 mA g-1 and high-rate property of 4000 mA g-1 with a capacity of 489 mA h g-1.

  15. Finite-size effects in the microscopic structure of a hard-sphere fluid in a narrow cylindrical pore.

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    Román, F L; White, J A; González, A; Velasco, S

    2006-04-21

    We examine the microscopic structure of a hard-sphere fluid confined to a small cylindrical pore by means of Monte Carlo simulation. In order to analyze finite-size effects, the simulations are carried out in the framework of different statistical mechanics ensembles. We find that the size effects are specially relevant in the canonical ensemble where noticeable differences are found with the results in the grand canonical ensemble (GCE) and the isothermal isobaric ensemble (IIE) which, in most situations, remain very close to the infinite system results. A customary series expansion in terms of fluctuations of either the number of particles (GCE) or the inverse volume (IIE) allows us to connect with the results of the canonical ensemble.

  16. Hydrothermal etching fabrication of TiO2@graphene hollow structures: mutually independent exposed {001} and {101} facets nanocrystals and its synergistic photocaltalytic effects.

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    Liu, Hui; Liu, Shuang; Zhang, Zhiling; Dong, Xiaonan; Liu, Tingting

    2016-09-20

    Highly exposed facets TiO2 attracts enormous attention due to its excellent separation effect of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and induced high performance of photocatalytic activity. Herein, a novel hydrothermal etching reaction was used to synthesize graphene-wrapped TiO2 hollow core-shell structures. Different with the reported co-exposed facets TiO2 single crystal nanoparticles, the present TiO2 core layer is composed by the mutually independent exposed {001} and {101} facets nanocrystals. Combined with the reduced graphene oxide shell layer, this graphene-wrapped TiO2 hollow core-shell structures formed a Z-scheme photocatalytic system, which possess simultaneously the high charge-separation efficiency and strong redox ability. Additionally, the as-prepared samples show a higher absorption property for organic molecules and visible light due to the presence of graphene. All of these unique properties ensure the excellent photocatalytic activity for the graphene-wrapped TiO2 hollow structures in the synergistic photo-oxidation of organic molecules and photo-reduced of Cr(VI) process. The TiO2 core composed with mutually independent exposed {001} and {101} facets nanocrystals is propose to play an important role in the fabrication of this Z-scheme photocatalytic system. Fabrication of Z-scheme photocatalytic system based on this unique exposed facets TiO2 nanocrystals will provides a new insight into the design and fabrication of advanced photocatalytic materials.

  17. TEOA-mediated formation of hollow core-shell structured CoNi2S4 nanospheres as a high-performance electrode material for supercapacitors

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    Liang, Jun; Li, Meng; Chai, Yao; Luo, Min; Li, Li

    2017-09-01

    In this study, we report for the first time a cost-effective and general approach for the high-yield synthesis of a hierarchical core-shell and hollow structure of ternary CoNi2S4 in a triethanolamine (TEOA)-assisted hydrothermal system. It is found that a continuous increase in TEOA usages facilitates the formation and transformation of hierarchical CoNi2S4 hollow nanospheres, and the formation mechanism of the unique structure is revealed to be assembly-then-inside-out evacuation and Ostwald ripening mechanism during the sulfidation process. More importantly, when used as faradaic electrode for supercapacitors, the hierarchical hollow CoNi2S4 nanospheres display not only exceptional pseudocapacitve performance with high specific capacitance (2035 Fg-1 at 1 Ag-1) and excellent rate capability (1215 Fg-1 at 20 Ag-1), but also superior cycling stability, with only about 8.7% loss over 3000 cycles at 10 Ag-1. This work can provide some guidance for us in the structural and compositional tuning of mixed binary-metal sulfides toward many desired applications.

  18. Hydrothermal etching fabrication of TiO2@graphene hollow structures: mutually independent exposed {001} and {101} facets nanocrystals and its synergistic photocaltalytic effects

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    Liu, Hui; Liu, Shuang; Zhang, Zhiling; Dong, Xiaonan; Liu, Tingting

    2016-09-01

    Highly exposed facets TiO2 attracts enormous attention due to its excellent separation effect of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and induced high performance of photocatalytic activity. Herein, a novel hydrothermal etching reaction was used to synthesize graphene-wrapped TiO2 hollow core-shell structures. Different with the reported co-exposed facets TiO2 single crystal nanoparticles, the present TiO2 core layer is composed by the mutually independent exposed {001} and {101} facets nanocrystals. Combined with the reduced graphene oxide shell layer, this graphene-wrapped TiO2 hollow core-shell structures formed a Z-scheme photocatalytic system, which possess simultaneously the high charge-separation efficiency and strong redox ability. Additionally, the as-prepared samples show a higher absorption property for organic molecules and visible light due to the presence of graphene. All of these unique properties ensure the excellent photocatalytic activity for the graphene-wrapped TiO2 hollow structures in the synergistic photo-oxidation of organic molecules and photo-reduced of Cr(VI) process. The TiO2 core composed with mutually independent exposed {001} and {101} facets nanocrystals is propose to play an important role in the fabrication of this Z-scheme photocatalytic system. Fabrication of Z-scheme photocatalytic system based on this unique exposed facets TiO2 nanocrystals will provides a new insight into the design and fabrication of advanced photocatalytic materials.

  19. Structural signature and contact force distributions in the simulated three-dimensional sphere packs subjected to uniaxial compression

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    2010-01-01

    Packing of spherical particles in a three-dimensional cylindrical container is simulated by using Discrete Element Method.The packed bed of spheres is also subjected to vertical compression which results in a dense compact.Microstructures of the packing during compaction are examined in detail in terms of the contact number,deviator fabric,and radial distribution function.Furthermore,contact force distributions are measured at different locations in the pack,i.e.the centre,the side wall,and the base(or bottom wall) of the container.The simulations show that random close packing(RCP) tends to exist in the centre of the pack,while ordered packing structures exist near the container’s walls.The uniaxial compression doesn’t seem to alter the packing structure in the pack centre remarkably,but to reduce the structural anisotropy of the packing close to the container’s base.The simulated results have also helped to establish the correlations between packing structures and contact force distributions.Further,it is shown that small contact force distributions are sensitive to local packing structures.The simulated results are shown to be consistent with the recent experimental and simulation findings.

  20. Structural and thermodynamical properties of charged hard spheres in a mixture with core-softened model solvent.

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    Lukšič, Miha; Hribar-Lee, Barbara; Vlachy, Vojko; Pizio, O

    2012-12-28

    The canonical Monte Carlo computer simulations and integral equation theory were applied to examine the structural and thermodynamic properties of a mixture of ions and a core-softened fluid molecules. The positive and negative ions forming a +1:-1 salt were modeled as charged hard spheres, immersed in the dielectric medium. It was shown previously that the core-softened fluid under study is characterized by a set of structural, thermodynamic, and dynamic anomalies. The principal objective of this work was to elucidate how the presence of ions alters this behavior. The structural properties of the mixtures are discussed in terms of the pair distribution functions; in addition, the pair contribution to the excess entropy was calculated. Thermodynamic properties are investigated by using the dependencies of energy and compressibility factor on density, composition of the mixture, and reduced temperature. The heat capacity was also evaluated. Our principal findings concern the description of structural anomalies in the mixture, the dependence of the temperature of maximum density on the ionic concentration, and establishing the regions delimiting the structural and thermodynamic anomalies of the model mixture.

  1. Embedding of Hollow Polymer Microspheres with Hydrophilic Shell in Nafion Matrix as Proton and Water Micro-Reservoir

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    Zhaolin Liu

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Assimilating hydrophilic hollow polymer spheres (HPS into Nafion matrix by a loading of 0.5 wt % led to a restructured hydrophilic channel, composed of the pendant sulfonic acid groups (–SO3H and the imbedded hydrophilic hollow spheres. The tiny hydrophilic hollow chamber was critical to retaining moisture and facilitating proton transfer in the composite membranes. To obtain such a tiny cavity structure, the synthesis included selective generation of a hydrophilic polymer shell on silica microsphere template and the subsequent removal of the template by etching. The hydrophilic HPS (100–200 nm possessed two different spherical shells, the styrenic network with pendant sulfonic acid groups and with methacrylic acid groups, respectively. By behaving as microreservoirs of water, the hydrophilic HPS promoted the Grotthus mechanism and, hence, enhanced proton transport efficiency through the inter-sphere path. In addition, the HPS with the –SO3H borne shell played a more effective role than those with the –CO2H borne shell in augmenting proton transport, in particular under low humidity or at medium temperatures. Single H2-PEMFC test at 70 °C using dry H2/O2 further verified the impactful role of hydrophilic HPS in sustaining higher proton flux as compared to pristine Nafion membrane.

  2. Sustainable self-healing at ultra-low temperatures in structural composites incorporating hollow vessels and heating elements

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    Wang, Yongjing; Pham, Duc Truong; Zhang, Zhichun; Li, Jinjun; Ji, Chunqian; Liu, Yanju; Leng, Jinsong

    2016-09-01

    Self-healing composites are able to restore their properties automatically. Impressive healing efficiencies can be achieved when conditions are favourable. On the other hand, healing might not be possible under adverse circumstances such as very low ambient temperature. Here, we report a structural composite able to maintain its temperature to provide a sustainable self-healing capability-similar to that in the natural world where some animals keep a constant body temperature to allow enzymes to stay active. The composite embeds three-dimensional hollow vessels with the purpose of delivering and releasing healing agents, and a porous conductive element to provide heat internally to defrost and promote healing reactions. A healing efficiency over 100% at around -60°C was obtained. The effects of the sheets on the interlaminar and tensile properties have been investigated experimentally. The proposed technique can be implemented in a majority of extrinsic self-healing composites to enable automatic recovery at ultra-low temperatures.

  3. Surfactant-free synthesis, luminescent properties, and drug-release properties of LaF3 and LaCO3F hollow microspheres.

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    Lv, Ruichan; Gai, Shili; Dai, Yunlu; He, Fei; Niu, Na; Yang, Piaoping

    2014-01-21

    Uniform LaF3 and LaCO3F hollow microspheres were successfully synthesized through a surfactant-free route by employing La(OH)CO3 colloidal microspheres as a sacrificial template and NaBF4 as the fluorine source. The synthetic process consists of two steps: the preparation of a La(OH)CO3 precursor via a facile urea-based precipitation and the following formation of lanthanide fluoride hollow microspheres under aqueous conditions at low temperature (50 °C) and short reaction time (3 h), without using any surfactant and catalyst. The formation of hollow spheres with controlled size can be assigned to the Kirkendall effect. It is found that the phase and structure of the products can be simply tuned by changing the pH values of the solution. Time-dependent experiments were employed to study the possible formation process. N2 adsorption/desorption results indicate the mesoporous nature of LaF3 hollow spheres. Yb(3+)/Er(3+) (Ho(3+)) and Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)-doped LaF3 hollow spheres exhibit characteristic up-conversion (UC) emissions of Er(3+) (Ho(3+)) and Tm(3+) under 980 nm laser-diode excitation, and Ce(3+)/Tb(3+)-doped LaF3 and LaCO3F emit bright yellow-green and near-white light under UV irradiation, respectively. In particular, LaF3:Yb/Er and LaCO3F:Ce/Tb hollow microspheres exhibit obvious sustained and pH-dependent doxorubicin release properties. The luminescent properties of the carriers allow them to be tracked or monitored during the release or therapy process, suggesting their high potential in the biomedical field.

  4. Synthesis and evolution of hollow ZnO microspheres assisted by Zn powder precursor

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    Tian, Yu; Lu, Hong-Bing; Liao, Lei; Li, Jin-Chai; Liu, Chang

    2009-03-01

    Hollow ZnO microspheres with nanowires grown on the inner and outer surfaces (HZMSnws) have been successfully synthesized by a simple two-step thermal process approach, where pre-deposited Zn powder particles on Si substrates act as temporary templates to form hollow ZnO sphere shells, while additional Zn powder acts as a Zn source to grow single crystal nanowires on the surfaces of spherical shells. SEM, XRD, TEM and HRTEM were used to characterize the morphology and crystalline structure of the samples. Photoluminescence (PL) measurement shows strong UV emission (380 nm) of HZMSnws samples. Lacking the need for the additional template removal is an important advantage of this approach over others and it therefore can be used to prepare hollow ZnO nano/microsphere shells (HZMSs) and HZMSnws at low cost and at large scale. These kinds of special high surface area hollow spherical structures may find potential applications in photocatalysis, light-weight composite fillers, acoustic insulation, UV nano/micro-optoemission devices and photoanodes of dye-sensitized solar cells.

  5. A Global Investigation About Hard Core Attractive Yukawa Approximation and Adhesive Hard Sphere Approximation for Structure of Colloidal Dispersion Systems

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    ZHOU Shi-Qi

    2005-01-01

    The accuracy of hard core attractive Yukawa (HCAY) potential and adhesive hard sphere (AH) potential in representing the structure factor of short range square well potential and Asakura and Oosawa (AO) depletion potential is examined by comparing theoretical predictions with the existing simulation data and the present numerical results from the non-linear optimized random phase approximation closure for Ornstein-Zernike equation. For the case of square-well (SW) potential, it is shown that the structure factor of HCAY potential based on a recently proposed semi-analytical expression for the radial distribution function can describe the structure factor of SW potential with reduced well width λ≤ 2 only if the reduced contact potential βesw ≤ 0.25, while the analytical expression for the structure factor of AH potential under Percus-Yevick (PY) approximation completely fails for the case of λ> 1.2. For the case of AO depletion potential, the domain of validity of both HCAY potential and AH potential is complementary. With the above analysis and considering the solid-liquid transition of the AH potential with an adhesive parameter τ below 1.31 cannot be predicted by modified weighted density approximation, the role played by the HCAY potential about the mapping manipulation should not be ignored.

  6. Effect of Extractant and Cold-drawing on the Structure and Performance of HDPE Hollow Fiber Membranes Fabricated via Thermally Induced Phase Separation Method

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    WANG Jian-li; RUAN Wen-xiang; SONG Yi-lin; JI Jian-bing; YAO Ke-jian

    2006-01-01

    Microporous polyolefin hollow fiber membranes were prepared from high density polyethylene (HDPE)-paraffin solution via thermally induced phase separation (TIPS)method. Effects of extraction and cold-drawing condition on membrane structure and performance were investigated.Five volatile solvents were used as extractant. Dimension of hollow fiber and gas permeation rate of membrane were measured. Microstructure of membrane was examined by Scanning Electronic Microscope (SEM). The results show that the membrane treated by pentane possesses a higher porosity, nitrogen permeability and lower shrinkage than those of membranes extracted by other three extractants. It is also found that thc membrane stretched 133% shows the highest porosity and gas permeability in this study.

  7. 套索驱动空心杆机器人结构设计%Structure design to hollow.perch robot driven by tendon-sheath

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    张素梅; 王兴松; 奚如如

    2012-01-01

    The transmission characteristics of Tendon-Sheath were introduced in this paper. The driving system of Tendon-Sheath-Driven hollow-perch Robot was defined. Two sets of driving schemes used in different situation were designed. Three-dimen-sional plot software SolidWorks was respectively used to carry out structure design and modeling. The robot is continuous slender and its structure is light and simple, and can be used in a narrow spaces such as rescue operations in the disaster, maintenance and detec-tion of large structure and equipments etc.

  8. Microscale fish bowls: a new class of latex particles with hollow interiors and engineered porous structures in their surfaces.

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    Jeong, Unyong; Im, Sang Hyuk; Camargo, Pedro H C; Kim, Jung Hyun; Xia, Younan

    2007-10-23

    Microscale fish bowls, hollow particles with engineered holes in their surfaces, were prepared using two different methods. In the first method, commercial latex beads suspended in water were swollen with a good solvent of the polymer, followed by freezing with liquid nitrogen and evaporation of the solvent below 0 degrees C. While one big hole was generated when the amount of solvent used for the swelling was relatively low, small holes could be produced in the outer surface of each bowl by increasing the degree of swelling. The porosity and pore structure show a similar dependence on the degree of swelling for both amorphous and semicrystalline polymers even though they are supposed to exhibit different phase behaviors during the freezing and solvent evaporation processes. In the second method, a polymer emulsion in water was prepared and then frozen with liquid nitrogen, followed by solvent evaporation below 0 degrees C. The porosity and pore structure could be controlled by adjusting the concentration of the polymer solution used to prepare the emulsion. As for encapsulation, the bowl-shaped particles could be transformed back into solid beads via thermal annealing at a temperature near the glass transition temperature of the polymer or by adding a good solvent of the polymer to the colloidal suspension. In a proof-of-concept experiment, microscale fish bowls were fabricated from poly(caprolactone), quickly loaded with a fluorescent dye, and sealed through thermal annealing. The encapsulated dye could then be slowly released in a phosphate buffered saline, suggesting their potential use as a new class of microscale capsules for drug delivery.

  9. Spinning the fuzzy sphere

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    Berenstein, David [Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics,University of Cambridge, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA (United Kingdom); Department of Physics, University of California Santa Barbara,Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States); Dzienkowski, Eric; Lashof-Regas, Robin [Department of Physics, University of California Santa Barbara,Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States)

    2015-08-27

    We construct various exact analytical solutions of the SO(3) BMN matrix model that correspond to rotating fuzzy spheres and rotating fuzzy tori. These are also solutions of Yang Mills theory compactified on a sphere times time and they are also translationally invariant solutions of the N=1{sup ∗} field theory with a non-trivial charge density. The solutions we construct have a ℤ{sub N} symmetry, where N is the rank of the matrices. After an appropriate ansatz, we reduce the problem to solving a set of polynomial equations in 2N real variables. These equations have a discrete set of solutions for each value of the angular momentum. We study the phase structure of the solutions for various values of N. Also the continuum limit where N→∞, where the problem reduces to finding periodic solutions of a set of coupled differential equations. We also study the topology change transition from the sphere to the torus.

  10. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere on the Internet: Focused on New Media Literacy and Collectivity of Online Communities

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    Shin, Jiwon

    2013-01-01

    Through the case of one online disputant, Minerva, this study intended to see the possibilities of online communities as the public sphere. Minerva's postings and comments were analyzed using discourse analysis and ground theory. It was found that the online community did act as the public sphere at that time, such as setting agenda and developing…

  11. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Al2O3-Coated MoS2 Spheres for Photocatalysis Applications

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    S. V. Prabhakar Vattikuti

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the synthesis of novel monodisperse Al2O3-coated molybdenum disulfide nanospheres (i.e., core-shell structures using a one-step facile hydrothermal method. XPS analysis confirmed the purity and stable structure of the Al2O3-coated MoS2 nanospheres. A possible growth mechanism of the core-shell structure is also reported, along with their influence on the photodegradation process of rhodamine B (RhB. The Al2O3-coated MoS2 nanospheres demonstrate good photocatalytic activity and chemical stability compared to MoS2 spheres. TG-DTA analysis provided insight into the decomposition process of the precursor solution and the stability of the nanoparticles. The enhanced photocatalytic activity makes the Al2O3-coated MoS2 nanospheres a promising candidate as a photocatalyst that could be used in place of traditional Al2O3/MoS2 photocatalyst for the removal of pollutants from waste water.

  12. Strip-Pattern-Spheres Self-Assembled from Polypeptide-Based Polymer Mixtures: Structure and Defect Features

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    Zhu, Xingyu; Guan, Zhou; Lin, Jiaping; Cai, Chunhua

    2016-07-01

    We found that poly(γ-benzyl-L-glutamate)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PBLG-b-PEG) rod-coil block copolymers and polystyrene (PS) homopolymers can cooperatively self-assemble into nano-spheres with striped patterns on their surfaces (strip-pattern-spheres) in aqueous solution. With assistance of dissipative particle dynamics simulation, it is discovered that the PS homopolymers form a spherical template core and the PBLG-b-PEG block copolymers assemble into striped patterns on the spherical surface. The hydrophobic PBLG rods are packed orderly in the strips, while the hydrophilic PEG blocks stabilize the strip-pattern-spheres in solution. Defects such as dislocations and disclinations can be observed in the striped patterns. Self-assembling temperature and sphere radius are found to affect defect densities in the striped patterns. A possible mechanism is proposed to illustrate how PBLG-b-PEG and PS cooperatively self-assemble into hierarchical spheres with striped patterns on surfaces.

  13. Rheology and Structure of Concentrated Suspensions of Hard Spheres. Shear Induced Particle Migration

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    Mills, P.; Snabre, P.

    1995-10-01

    The apparent shear viscosity, in the non-Brownian limit, for a homogeneous suspension of monodispersed hard spheres in systems ranging from dilute to concentrated was previously established. From an estimation of the viscous dissipation. We use the inter-particle distance dependence of the shear viscosity for determining the components of a local stress tensor associated with the transient network of particles for the volume fraction above the percolation threshold. For this purpose, we develop a model based on lubrication forces between colliding particles for coupling the particle stress tensor to the stress tensor of the suspension considered as an effective medium. In the case of non-uniform flows with low shear rate regions, it is necessary to introduce a non-local stress tensor since the stress can be directly transmitted by the network of particles over a correlation length larger than the particle diameter. This approach shows ... A partir d'une estimation de la dissipation visqueuse, nous avons précedemment évalué la viscosité apparente de cisaillement des suspensions homogènes de sphères dures monodisperses et non Browniennes dans les systèmes dilués ou concentrés. Nos utilisons la dépendance de la viscosité de cisaillement avec la distance moyenne entre les particules pour déterminer les composantes d'un tenseur local de contraintes associé à l'amas transitoire de particlues au dessus de la fraction volumique critique de percolation. Nous developpons pour cela un modèle basé sur les forces de lubrification s'exerçant au cours des collisions entre les particules afin de coupler le tenseur local de contraintes associé aux particules et le tenseur des contraintes dans la suspension assimilée à un milieu effectif. Dans le cas des écoulements non uniformes présentant des zones de faible cisaillement, il est nécessaire de considérer un tenseur non local des contraintes car les forces peuvent alors se transmettre directement à travers l

  14. Hollow Polyimide Microspheres

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    Weiser, Erik S. (Inventor); St.Clair, Terry L. (Inventor); Echigo, Yoshiaki (Inventor); Kaneshiro, Hisayasu (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A shaped article composed of an aromatic polyimide has a hollow, essentially spherical structure and a particle size of about 100 to about 1500 micrometers, a density of about 1 to about 6 pounds/cubic foot and a volume change of 1 to about 20% by a pressure treatment of 30 psi for 10 minutes at room temperature. A syntactic foam, made of a multiplicity of the shaped articles which are bonded together by a matrix resin to form an integral composite structure, has a density of about 3 to about 30 pounds/cubic feet and a compression strength of about 100 to about 1400 pounds/sq inch.

  15. Biotemplated synthesis of high specific surface area copper-doped hollow spherical titania and its photocatalytic research for degradating chlorotetracycline

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    Bu, Dan; Zhuang, Huisheng

    2013-01-01

    Copper-doped titania (Cu/TiO2) hollow microspheres were fabricated using the rape pollen as biotemplates via an improved sol-gel method and a followed calcinations process. In the fabricated process, a titanium(IV)-isopropoxide-based sol directly coated onto the surface of rape pollen. Subsequently, after calcinations, rape pollen was removed by high temperature and the hollow microsphere structure was retained. The average diameter of as-obtained hollow microspheres is 15-20 μm and the thickness of shell is approximately 0.6 μm. Knowing from XRD results, the main crystal phase of microspheres is anatase, coupled with rutile. The specific surface area varied between 141.80 m2/g and 172.51 m2/g. This hollow sphere photocatalysts with high specific surface area exhibited stronger absorption ability and higher photoactivity, stimulated by visible light. The degradation process of chlortetracycline (CTC) solution had been studied. The degradated results indicate that CTC could be effective degradated by fabricated hollow spherical materials. And the intermediate products formed in the photocatalytic process had been identified.

  16. Synthesis of mesoporous hollow carbon hemispheres as highly efficient Pd electrocatalyst support for ethanol oxidation

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    Yan, Zaoxue; Meng, Hui; Li, Zihui; Shen, Pei Kang [The Key Laboratory of Low-carbon Chemistry and Energy Conservation of Guangdong Province, The State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, 510275 (China); Shi, Lei [Changling Catalyst Division, Sinopec Group, Yueyang 414012 (China)

    2010-05-15

    The synthesis procedure of the highly mesoporous hollow carbon hemispheres (HCHs) using glucose as carbon source and solid core mesoporous shell silica (SCMSS) as template and the formation mechanism of the HCHs have been presented. The HCHs show an ultrahigh surface area of 1095.59 m{sup 2} g{sup -1} and an average mesopore size of 9.38 nm. The hemispherical structure with large mesopores also results in the improvement in the mass transfer and therefore more concentrated ethanol solution can be used to increase the energy density. The additional advantage of the HCHs compared to the hollow carbon spheres is that they can provide the similar surface area at reduced volume. The current densities of ethanol oxidation on Pd nanoparticles supported on HCH (Pd/HCH) electrocatalyst are three times as many as on Pd/C at the same Pd loadings. (author)

  17. Preparation of hollow silica nanospheres in O/W microemulsion system by hydrothermal temperature changes

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    Wang, Dandan; Li, Xiuyan; Liu, Zuohua; Shi, Xue; Zhou, Guowei

    2017-01-01

    Hollow silica nanospheres with wrinkled or smooth surfaces were successfully fabricated through a hydrothermal method. In this method, oil-in-water microemulsion (composed of cyclohexane, water, ethanol, and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide), and polyvinylpyrrolidone were utilized as template and capping agent, respectively. In such a facile synthesis, we can well realize the morphological transformation of spheres with radially oriented mesochannels to hollow structures of silica nanoparticle only by regulating the hydrothermal temperature from 100 °C to 200 °C. Synthesized samples with different mesostructures were then used as supports to immobilize Candida rugosa lipase (CRL). The immobilized CRL was employed as a new biocatalyst for biodiesel production through the esterification of heptanoic acid with ethanol. The conversion ratio of heptanoic acid with ethanol catalyzed by the immobilized CRL was also evaluated. Results of this study suggest that the prepared samples have potential applications in biocatalysis.

  18. Quasisymmetric Spheres

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    Vellis Vyron

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Let Ω be a planar Jordan domain and α > 0. We consider double-dome-like surfaces Σ(Ω, tα over Ω where the height of the surface over any point x ∈ Ωequals dist(x, ∂Ωα. We identify the necessary and sufficient conditions in terms of and α so that these surfaces are quasisymmetric to S2 and we show that Σ(Ω, tα is quasisymmetric to the unit sphere S2 if and only if it is linearly locally connected and Ahlfors 2-regular.

  19. Models for guidance in kagome-structured hollow-core photonic crystal fibres.

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    Pearce, G J; Wiederhecker, G S; Poulton, C G; Burger, S; St J Russell, P

    2007-10-01

    We demonstrate by numerical simulation that the general features of the loss spectrum of photonic crystal fibres (PCF) with a kagome structure can be explained by simple models consisting of thin concentric hexagons or rings of glass in air. These easily analysed models provide increased understanding of the mechanism of guidance in kagome PCF, and suggest ways in which the high-loss resonances in the loss spectrum may be shifted.

  20. Hollow Alveolus-Like Nanovesicle Assembly with Metal-Encapsulated Hollow Zeolite Nanocrystals.

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    Dai, Chengyi; Zhang, Anfeng; Liu, Min; Gu, Lin; Guo, Xinwen; Song, Chunshan

    2016-08-23

    Inspired by the vesicular structure of alveolus which has a porous nanovesicle structure facilitating the transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide, we designed a hollow nanovesicle assembly with metal-encapsulated hollow zeolite that would enhance diffusion of reactants/products and inhibit sintering and leaching of active metals. This zeolitic nanovesicle has been successfully synthesized by a strategy which involves a one-pot hydrothermal synthesis of hollow assembly of metal-containing solid zeolite crystals without a structural template and a selective desilication-recrystallization accompanied by leaching-hydrolysis to convert the metal-containing solid crystals into metal-encapsulated hollow crystals. We demonstrate the strategy in synthesizing a hollow nanovesicle assembly of Fe2O3-encapsulated hollow crystals of ZSM-5 zeolite. This material possesses a microporous (0.4-0.6 nm) wall of hollow crystals and a mesoporous (5-17 nm) shell of nanovesicle with macropores (about 350 nm) in the core. This hierarchical structure enables excellent Fe2O3 dispersion (3-4 nm) and resistance to sintering even at 800 °C; facilitates the transport of reactant/products; and exhibits superior activity and resistance to leaching in phenol degradation. Hollow nanovesicle assembly of Fe-Pt bimetal-encapsulated hollow ZSM-5 crystals was also prepared.

  1. Synthesis of NaCl Single Crystals with Defined Morphologies as Templates for Fabricating Hollow Nano/micro-structures

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    Wang, B.B.; Jin, P.; Yue, Yuanzheng;

    2015-01-01

    Hollow nanostructures have a wide range of applications in nanotechnology. To accurately fabricate such nanostructures, the first and common key step is to synthesize high quality templates with controlled symmetry and geometry, ideally through a green, efficient, and economical approach. However...

  2. Switching a Nanocluster Core from Hollow to Non-hollow

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    Bootharaju, Megalamane Siddaramappa

    2016-03-24

    Modulating the structure-property relationship in atomically precise nanoclusters (NCs) is vital for developing novel NC materials and advancing their applications. While promising biphasic ligand-exchange (LE) strategies have been developed primarily to attain novel NCs, understanding the mechanistic aspects involved in tuning the core and the ligand-shell of NCs in such biphasic processes is challenging. Here, we design a single phase LE process that enabled us to elucidate the mechanism of how a hollow NC (e.g., [Ag44(SR)30]4-, -SR: thiolate) converts into a non-hollow NC (e.g., [Ag25(SR)18]-), and vice versa. Our study reveals that the complete LE of the hollow [Ag44(SPhF)30]4- NCs (–SPhF: 4-fluorobenzenethiolate) with incoming 2,4-dimethylbenzenethiol (HSPhMe2) induced distortions in the Ag44 structure forming the non-hollow [Ag25(SPhMe2)18]- by a disproportionation mechanism. While the reverse reaction of [Ag25(SPhMe2)18]- with HSPhF prompted an unusual dimerization of Ag25, followed by a rearrangement step that reproduces the original [Ag44(SPhF)30]4-. Remarkably, both the forward and the backward reactions proceed through similar size intermediates that seem to be governed by the boundary conditions set by the thermodynamic and electronic stability of the hollow and non-hollow metal cores. Furthermore, the resizing of NCs highlights the surprisingly long-range effect of the ligands which are felt by atoms far deep in the metal core, thus opening a new path for controlling the structural evolution of nanoparticles.

  3. Probabilistic Design of Hollow Airfoil Composite Structure by Using Finite Element Method

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    Mr. Sachin M. Shinde

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This study represents simulation of Airfoil composite beam by using Monte Carlo method. A three dimensional static analysis of large displacement type has been carried out. Finite element analysis of NACA0012 airfoil composite structure has been carried out and uncertainty in bending stress is analyzed. Bending stress was objective function. Chord length , beam length ,elastic modulus in XY,YZ,XZ and shear modulus of epoxy graphite in XY,YZ,XZ, ply angle and ply thickness of airfoil section, force are varied within effective range and their effect on bending stress has been analyzed. In order to validate the results, one loop of simulation is benchmarked from results in literature. Ultimately, best set of probabilistic design variable is proposed to reduce bending stress under static loading condition.

  4. Shear viscosity and structural scalings in model adhesive hard-sphere gels.

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    Eberle, Aaron P R; Martys, Nicos; Porcar, Lionel; Kline, Steven R; George, William L; Kim, Jung M; Butler, Paul D; Wagner, Norman J

    2014-05-01

    We present experiments and simulations that show a fundamental scaling for both the rheology and microstructure of flowing gels. Unique flow-SANS measurements demonstrate that the structure orients along both the neutral and compression axis. We quantify the anisotropy using a single parameter, α, that scales by a dimensionless number, M^{'}, that arises from a force balance on a particle. Simulations support the scalings and confirm the results are independent of the shape and range of the potential suggesting a universal for colloidal gels with short-ranged attractions.

  5. Shear viscosity and structural scalings in model adhesive hard-sphere gels

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    Eberle, Aaron P. R.; Martys, Nicos; Porcar, Lionel; Kline, Steven R.; George, William L.; Kim, Jung M.; Butler, Paul D.; Wagner, Norman J.

    2014-05-01

    We present experiments and simulations that show a fundamental scaling for both the rheology and microstructure of flowing gels. Unique flow-SANS measurements demonstrate that the structure orients along both the neutral and compression axis. We quantify the anisotropy using a single parameter, αn, that scales by a dimensionless number, M', that arises from a force balance on a particle. Simulations support the scalings and confirm the results are independent of the shape and range of the potential suggesting a universal for colloidal gels with short-ranged attractions.

  6. Hollow boron nitride nanospheres as boron reservoir for prostate cancer treatment

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    Li, Xia; Wang, Xiupeng; Zhang, Jun; Hanagata, Nobutaka; Wang, Xuebin; Weng, Qunhong; Ito, Atsuo; Bando, Yoshio; Golberg, Dmitri

    2017-01-01

    High global incidence of prostate cancer has led to a focus on prevention and treatment strategies to reduce the impact of this disease in public health. Boron compounds are increasingly recognized as preventative and chemotherapeutic agents. However, systemic administration of soluble boron compounds is hampered by their short half-life and low effectiveness. Here we report on hollow boron nitride (BN) spheres with controlled crystallinity and boron release that decrease cell viability and increase prostate cancer cell apoptosis. In vivo experiments on subcutaneous tumour mouse models treated with BN spheres demonstrated significant suppression of tumour growth. An orthotopic tumour growth model was also utilized and further confirmed the in vivo anti-cancer efficacy of BN spheres. Moreover, the administration of hollow BN spheres with paclitaxel leads to synergetic effects in the suppression of tumour growth. The work demonstrates that hollow BN spheres may function as a new agent for prostate cancer treatment.

  7. 氧化锌空心球的制备及其光催化性能研究%Study on Preparation and Photocatalytic Activity of ZnO Hollow Spheres

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    徐志兵; 严家平; 吴亮

    2012-01-01

    以葡萄糖、尿素和醋酸锌为原料在低温下合成了炭微球,高温煅烧后制备了氧化锌空心微球.通过X-射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)等手段对制得的样品进行了表征.以甲基橙溶液为研究对象考察了氧化锌空心微球的光催化性能.实验结果表明,当葡萄糖和醋酸锌质量比为3∶1时,制备的ZnO微球具有较好的光催化性能.%Carbon mierospheres were successfully synthesized by using glucose, urea and zinc acetate as the raw materials at low-temperature, and zinc oxide hollow microspheres were fabricated after calcination. The samples obtained was characterized by X-ray diffraction ( XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Effect of ZnO microspheres as photocatalyst on degradation of methyl orange was investigated. The results showed that the ZnO microspheres synthsised had good photocatalytic activity when the ratio of glucose to zinc acetate was 3∶ 1.

  8. Direct observation in 3d of structural crossover in binary hard sphere mixtures

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    Statt, Antonia; Pinchaipat, Rattachai; Turci, Francesco; Evans, Robert; Royall, C. Patrick

    2016-04-01

    For binary fluid mixtures of spherical particles in which the two species are sufficiently different in size, the dominant wavelength of oscillations of the pair correlation functions is predicted to change from roughly the diameter of the large species to that of the small species along a sharp crossover line in the phase diagram [C. Grodon et al., J. Chem. Phys. 121, 7869 (2004)]. Using particle-resolved colloid experiments in 3d we demonstrate that crossover exists and that its location in the phase diagram is in quantitative agreement with the results of both theory and our Monte-Carlo simulations. In contrast with previous work [J. Baumgartl et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 198303 (2007)], where a correspondence was drawn between crossover and percolation of both species, in our 3d study we find that structural crossover is unrelated to percolation.

  9. Hollow microporous organic capsules

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    Li, Buyi; Yang, Xinjia; Xia, Lingling; Majeed, Muhammad Irfan; Tan, Bien

    2013-01-01

    Fabrication of hollow microporous organic capsules (HMOCs) could be very useful because of their hollow and porous morphology, which combines the advantages of both microporous organic polymers and non-porous nanocapsules...

  10. Facile Synthesis and Photocatalytic Property of Titania/Carbon Composite Hollow Microspheres with Bimodal Mesoporous Shells

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    Guohong Wang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Titania/carbon composite hollow microspheres with bimodal mesoporous shells are one-pot fabricated by hydrothermal treatment of the acidic (NH42TiF6 aqueous solution in the presence of glucose at 180∘C for 24 h and then calcined at 450∘C. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, HRTEM, UV-visible spectroscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared samples was evaluated by daylight-induced photocatalytic decolorization of methyl orange aqueous solution at ambient temperature. The effects of calcination time on the morphology, phase structure, crystallite size, specific surface area, pore structures, and photocatalytic activity of the microspheres were investigated. The results indicated that the as-obtained TiO2/C composite hollow spheres generally exhibit bimodal mesopore size distribution with their peak intra-aggregated mesopore size in the range of 2.3–4.5 nm and peak interaggregated mesopore size in the range of 5.7–12.7 nm, depending on specific calcination time. The daylight-induced photoactivity of as-obtained hollow TiO2/C microspheres generally exceeds that of Degussa P25. The influences of calcination time on the photoactivity are discussed in terms of carbon content, phase structures, and pore structures.

  11. A novel 3D structure composed of strings of hierarchical TiO{sub 2} spheres formed on TiO{sub 2} nanobelts with high photocatalytic properties

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    Jiang, Yongjian [State Key Laboratory of Alternate Electrical Power System with Renewable Energy Sources, School of Renewable Energy, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206 (China); Li, Meicheng, E-mail: mcli@ncepu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Alternate Electrical Power System with Renewable Energy Sources, School of Renewable Energy, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206 (China); Suzhou Institute, North China Electric Power University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Song, Dandan; Li, Xiaodan; Yu, Yue [State Key Laboratory of Alternate Electrical Power System with Renewable Energy Sources, School of Renewable Energy, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206 (China)

    2014-03-15

    A novel hierarchical titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) composite nanostructure with strings of anatase TiO{sub 2} hierarchical micro-spheres and rutile nanobelts framework (TiO{sub 2} HSN) is successfully synthesized via a one-step hydrothermal method. Particularly, the strings of hierarchical spheres are assembled by very thin TiO{sub 2} nanosheets, which are composed of highly crystallized anatase nanocrystals. Meanwhile, the HSN has a large surface area of 191 m{sup 2}/g, which is about 3 times larger than Degussa P25. More importantly, the photocatalytic activity of HSN and P25 were evaluated by the photocatalytic oxidation decomposition of methyl orange (MO) under UV light illumination, and the TiO{sub 2} HSN shows enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with Degussa P25, as result of its continuous hierarchical structures, special conductive channel and large specific surface area. With these features, the hierarchical TiO{sub 2} may have more potential applications in the fields of dye-sensitized solar cells and lithium ion batteries. -- Graphical abstract: Novel TiO{sub 2} with anatase micro-spheres and rutile nanobelts is synthesized. Enhanced photocatalysis is attributed to hierarchical structures (3D spheres), conductive channel (1D nanobelts) and large specific surface area (2D nanosheet). Highlights: • The novel TiO{sub 2} nanostructure (HSN) is fabricated for the first time. • HSN is composed of strings of anatase hierarchical spheres and rutile nanobelt. • HSN presents a larger S{sub BET} of 191 m{sup 2}/g, 3 times larger than the Degussa P25 (59 m{sup 2}/g). • HSN owns three kinds of dimensional TiO{sub 2} (1D, 2D and 3D) simultaneously. • HSN exhibits better photocatalytic performance compared with Degussa P25.

  12. Hollow Micro-/Nanostructures: Synthesis and Applications

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    Lou, Xiong Wen (David)

    2008-11-03

    Hollow micro-nanostructures are of great interest in many current and emerging areas of technology. Perhaps the best-known example of the former is the use of fly-ash hollow particles generated from coal power plants as partial replacement for Portland cement, to produce concrete with enhanced strength and durability. This review is devoted to the progress made in the last decade in synthesis and applications of hollow micro-nanostructures. We present a comprehensive overview of synthetic strategies for hollow structures. These strategies are broadly categorized into four themes, which include well-established approaches, such as conventional hard-templating and soft-templating methods, as well as newly emerging methods based on sacrificial templating and template-free synthesis. Success in each has inspired multiple variations that continue to drive the rapid evolution of the field. The Review therefore focuses on the fundamentals of each process, pointing out advantages and disadvantages where appropriate. Strategies for generating more complex hollow structures, such as rattle-type and nonspherical hollow structures, are also discussed. Applications of hollow structures in lithium batteries, catalysis and sensing, and biomedical applications are reviewed. © 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA,.

  13. Structural characterization and photocatalytic activity of hollow binary ZrO 2/TiO 2 oxide fibers

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    Wu, Baochao; Yuan, Rusheng; Fu, Xianzhi

    2009-03-01

    The formation of hollow binary ZrO 2/TiO 2 oxide fibers using mixed precursor solutions was achieved by activated carbon fibers templating technique combined with solvothermal process. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), N 2 adsorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis, and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The binary oxide system shows the anatase-type TiO 2 and tetragonal phase of ZrO 2, and the introduction of ZrO 2 notably inhibits the growth of TiO 2 nanocrystallites. Although calcined at 575 °C, all hollow ZrO 2/TiO 2 fibers exhibit higher surface areas (>113 m 2/g) than pure TiO 2 hollow fibers. The Pyridine adsorption on ZrO 2/TiO 2 sample indicates the presence of stronger surface acid sites. Such properties bring about that the binary oxide system possesses higher efficiency and durable activity stability for photodegradation of gaseous ethylene and trichloromethane than P25 TiO 2. In addition, the macroscopic felt form for the resulting materials is more beneficial for practical applications than traditional catalysts forms.

  14. General Approach for MOF-Derived Porous Spinel AFe2O4 Hollow Structures and Their Superior Lithium Storage Properties.

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    Yu, Hong; Fan, Haosen; Yadian, Boluo; Tan, Huiteng; Liu, Weiling; Hng, Huey Hoon; Huang, Yizhong; Yan, Qingyu

    2015-12-09

    A general and simple approach for large-scale synthesis of porous hollow spinel AFe2O4 nanoarchitectures via metal organic framework self-sacrificial template strategy is proposed. By employing this method, we can successfully synthesize uniform NiFe2O4, ZnFe2O4, and CoFe2O4 hollow architectures that are hierarchically assembled by nanoparticles. When these hollow microcubes were tested as anode for lithium ion batteries, good rate capability and long-term cycling stability can be achieved. For example, high specific capacities of 636, 449, and 380 mA h g(-1) were depicted by NiFe2O4, ZnFe2O4, and CoFe2O4, respectively, at a high current density of 8.0 A g(-1). NiFe2O4 exhibits high specific capacities of 841 and 447 mA h g(-1) during the 100th cycle when it was tested at current densities of 1.0 and 5.0 A g(-1), respectively. Discharge capacities of 390 and 290 mA h g(-1) were delivered by the ZnFe2O4 and CoFe2O4, respectively, during the 100th cycle at 5.0 A g(-1).

  15. Effect of an external field on the structure and the phase transitions of a confined mixture of neutral and dipolar hard spheres

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    Chung, S.; Malherbe, J. G.; Amokrane, S.

    2015-11-01

    We study by Monte Carlo simulation the model of a binary mixture of neutral and dipolar hard spheres confined between two widely separated planar walls and subjected to a uniform external field. The goal is to investigate the structural response and the phase transitions of a fluid of hard-sphere-like colloids dispersed in a low-permittivity solvent under the combined effect of geometrical confinement and applied field. In a wide slab, the direction of the field, either normal or perpendicular to the walls, remains one of the most important factors that govern the response of the mixture: in normal field, a wide variety of structural effects are evidenced, including partial wetting or drying of the wall; in parallel field, phase separation is favoured with a specific population of the region close to the wall and a clear separation of the two species. These results suggest possible means to modulate the response of the confined fluid for specific needs.

  16. 酚醛树脂改性煤焦油沥青中制得的中间相球体的结构特征%Structural Characteristics of Mesophase Spheres Prepared from Coal Tar Pitch Modified by Phenolic Resin

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    李同起; 刘秀军; 王成扬; 王慧

    2006-01-01

    Mesocarbon microbeads (MCMB) were prepared from coal tar pitch modified by phenolic resin and from the same pitch modified by phenolic resin and hexamethylenetetramine at 440℃ for 1h. By investigating the morphology of mesophase spheres and the structure of the MCMB carbonized at 1000℃ for 1h using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and XRD, it was found that phenolic resin accelerated the formation and coalescence of mesophase spheres. Some of the obtained MCMB were bi- or tri-spheres with the distorted microtextural carbon layers. Hexamethylenetetramine in the pitch modified by phenolic resin accelerated the condensation of phenolic resin and consequently expedited the combination of mesophase spheres, which was proved by the formation of some tetra-spheres. Owing to the cross-linkage of the additives, MCMB with complex structure were obtained.

  17. Improved optical properties of silica/UV-cured polymer composite films made of hollow silica nanoparticles with a hierarchical structure for light diffuser film applications.

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    Suthabanditpong, W; Takai, C; Fuji, M; Buntem, R; Shirai, T

    2016-06-28

    This study successfully improved the optical properties of silica/UV-cured polymer composite films made of hollow silica nanoparticles having a hierarchical structure. The particles were synthesized by an inorganic particle method, which involves two steps of sol-gel silica coating around the template and acid dissolution removal of the template. The pH of the acid was varied to achieve different hierarchical structures of the particles. The morphologies and surface properties of the obtained particles were characterized before dispersing in a UV-curable acrylate monomer solution to prepare dispersions for fabricating light diffuser films. The optical properties and the light diffusing ability of the fabricated films were studied. The results revealed that the increased pH of the acid provides the particles with a thinner shell, a larger hollow interior and a higher specific surface area. Moreover, the films with these particles exhibit a better light diffusing ability and a higher diffuse transmittance value when compared to those without particles. Therefore, the composite films can be used as light diffuser films, which is an essential part of optical diffusers in the back-light unit of LCDs. In addition, utilizing the hierarchical particles probably reduces the number of back-light units in the LCDs leading to energy-savings and subsequently lightweight LCDs.

  18. A Eu3+/Gd3+-EDTA-doped structurally controllable hollow mesoporous carbon for improving the oral bioavailability of insoluble drugs and in vivo tracing

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    Liu, Jia; Zhao, Yating; Cui, Yu; Yue, Yang; Gao, Yikun; Zhao, Qinfu; Liu, Jie; Wang, Siling

    2016-08-01

    A structurally controllable fluorescence-labeled hollow mesoporous carbon (HMC) was simply prepared to improve the oral bioavailability of insoluble drugs and further trace their delivery process in vivo. The hollow structure was derived from an inverse replica process using mesoporous silica as a template and the fluorescent label was prepared by doping the carboxylated HMC with a confinement of Eu3+/Gd3+-EDTA. The physicochemical properties of the composites were systematically characterized by transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectra tests prior to studying their effects on drug-release behavior and biodistribution. As a result, the thickness of the carrier’s shell was adjusted from 70 nm to 130 nm and the maximum drug loading was up to 73.6%. The model drug carvedilol (CAR) showed sustained release behavior compared to CAR commercial capsules, and the dissolution rate slowed down as the shells got thicker. AUC0-48h and Tmax were enlarged 2.2 and 6.5 fold, respectively, which demonstrated that oral bioavailability was successfully improved. Bioimaging tests showed that the novel carbon vehicle had a long residence time in the gastrointestinal tract. In short, the newly designed HMC is a promising drug carrier for both oral bioavailability improvement and in vivo tracing.

  19. Superconducting Sphere in an External Magnetic Field Revisited

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    Sazonov, Sergey N.

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to give the intelligible procedure for undergraduate students to grasp proof of the fact that the magnetic field outside the hollow superconducting sphere (superconducting shell) coincides with the field of a point magnetic dipole both when an uniform external magnetic field is applied as when a ferromagnetic sphere…

  20. Absolute multilateration between spheres

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    Muelaner, Jody; Wadsworth, William; Azini, Maria; Mullineux, Glen; Hughes, Ben; Reichold, Armin

    2017-04-01

    Environmental effects typically limit the accuracy of large scale coordinate measurements in applications such as aircraft production and particle accelerator alignment. This paper presents an initial design for a novel measurement technique with analysis and simulation showing that that it could overcome the environmental limitations to provide a step change in large scale coordinate measurement accuracy. Referred to as absolute multilateration between spheres (AMS), it involves using absolute distance interferometry to directly measure the distances between pairs of plain steel spheres. A large portion of each sphere remains accessible as a reference datum, while the laser path can be shielded from environmental disturbances. As a single scale bar this can provide accurate scale information to be used for instrument verification or network measurement scaling. Since spheres can be simultaneously measured from multiple directions, it also allows highly accurate multilateration-based coordinate measurements to act as a large scale datum structure for localized measurements, or to be integrated within assembly tooling, coordinate measurement machines or robotic machinery. Analysis and simulation show that AMS can be self-aligned to achieve a theoretical combined standard uncertainty for the independent uncertainties of an individual 1 m scale bar of approximately 0.49 µm. It is also shown that combined with a 1 µm m‑1 standard uncertainty in the central reference system this could result in coordinate standard uncertainty magnitudes of 42 µm over a slender 1 m by 20 m network. This would be a sufficient step change in accuracy to enable next generation aerospace structures with natural laminar flow and part-to-part interchangeability.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of hollow magnetic nanospheres modified with Au nanoparticles for bio-encapsulation

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    Seisno, Satoshi; Suga, Kent; Nakagawa, Takashi; Yamamoto, Takao A.

    2017-04-01

    Hollow magnetic nanospheres modified with Au nanoparticles were successfully synthesized. Au/SiO2 nanospheres fabricated by a radiochemical process were used as templates for ferrite templating. After the ferrite plating process, Au/SiO2 templates were fully coated with magnetite nanoparticles. Dissolution of the SiO2 core lead to the formation of hollow magnetic nanospheres with Au nanoparticles inside. The hollow magnetic nanospheres consisted of Fe3O4 grains, with an average diameter of 60 nm, connected to form the sphere wall, inside which Au grains with an average diameter of 7.2 nm were encapsulated. The Au nanoparticles immobilized on the SiO2 templates contributed to the adsorption of the Fe ion precursor and/or Fe3O4 seeds. These hollow magnetic nanospheres are proposed as a new type of nanocarrier, as the Au grains could specifically immobilize biomolecules inside the hollow sphere.

  2. Generalization of Rosenfeld's functional to non-additive hard-spheres: pair structure and test-particle consistency

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    Ayadim, A; Amokrane, S [Physique des Liquides et Milieux Complexes, Faculte des Sciences et Technologie, Universite Paris-Est (Creteil), 61 Avenue du General de Gaulle, 94010 Creteil Cedex (France)

    2010-01-27

    The accuracy of the structural data obtained from the recently proposed generalization to non-additive hard-spheres (Schmidt 2004 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 16 L351) of Rosenfeld's functional is investigated. The radial distribution functions computed from the direct correlation functions generated by the functional, through the Ornstein-Zernike equations, are compared with those obtained from the density profile equations in the test-particle limit, without and with test-particle consistency. The differences between these routes and the role of the optimization of the parameters of the reference system when the functional is used to obtain the reference bridge functional are discussed in the case of symmetric binary mixtures of non-additive hard-spheres. The case of highly asymmetric mixtures is finally briefly discussed.

  3. Template engaged synthesis of hollow ceria-based composites

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    Chen, Guozhu; Rosei, Federico; Ma, Dongling

    2015-03-01

    Hollow ceria-based composites, which consist of noble metal nanoparticles or metal oxides as a secondary component, are being studied extensively for potential applications in heterogeneous catalysis. This is due to their unique features, which exhibit the advantages of a hollow structure (e.g. high surface area and low weight), and also integrate the properties of ceria and noble metals/metal oxides. More importantly, the synergistic effect between constituents in hollow ceria-based composites has been demonstrated in various catalytic reactions. In this feature article, we summarize the state-of-the-art in the synthesis of hollow ceria-based composites, including traditional hard-templates and more recently, sacrificial-template engaged strategies, highlighting the key role of selected templates in the formation of hollow composites. In addition, the catalytic applications of hollow ceria-based composites are briefly surveyed. Finally, challenges and perspectives on future advances of hollow ceria-based composites are outlined.

  4. Evidence of fire resistance of hollow-core slabs

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    Hertz, Kristian Dahl; Sørensen, Lars Schiøtt; Giuliani, Luisa

    Hollow-core slabs have during the past 50 years comprised a variety of different structures with different cross-sections and reinforcement. At present the extruded hollow-core slabs without cross-reinforcement in the bottom flange and usually round or oval longitudinal channels (holes...... is therefore going on in the Netherlands about the fire resistance of hollow-core slabs. In 2014 the producers of hollow-core slabs have published a report of a project called Holcofire containing a collection of 162 fire tests on hollow-core slabs giving for the first time an overview of the fire tests made....... The present paper analyses the evidence now available for assessment of the fire resistance of extruded hollow-core slabs. The 162 fire tests from the Holcofire report are compared against the requirements for testing from the product standard for hollow-core slabs EN1168 and knowledge about the possible...

  5. Electrochemical properties of hollow-structured MnS-carbon nanocomposite powders prepared by a one-pot spray pyrolysis process.

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    Lee, Su Min; Lee, Jung-Kul; Kang, Yun Chan

    2014-02-01

    Spherical, hollow MnS-C composite powders were prepared from a solution of manganese salt, thiourea, and sucrose by one-pot spray pyrolysis. The MnS-C composite powders were generated by direct sulfidation of MnO with hydrogen sulfide gas generated in situ by decomposition of thiourea during spray pyrolysis. Sucrose, which is used as a carbon source material, plays a key role in the formation of the MnS-C composite powders by improving the reducing atmosphere around the powders. Dot-mapping images of the composite powders demonstrated uniform distribution of the manganese, sulfur, and carbon components within the MnS-C composite powder. Fine crystals of MnS were uniformly mixed with carbon derived from polymerization and carbonization of sucrose. The carbon content of the MnS-C composite powders was 26 wt%. The discharge capacities of the MnS-C composite powders in the 2nd and 200th cycles were 863 and 967 mA h g(-1), respectively, at a current density of 1000 mA g(-1). The spherical and hollow morphology of the MnS-C composite powders was completely retained, even after 200 cycles. The enhanced cycling and rate performance of the MnS-C composite powders is ascribed to the structural stability of the composite powders.

  6. Dyson Spheres around White Dwarfs

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    Semiz, İbrahim

    2015-01-01

    A Dyson Sphere is a hypothetical structure that an advanced civilization might build around a star to intercept all of the star's light for its energy needs. One usually thinks of it as a spherical shell about one astronomical unit (AU) in radius, and surrounding a more or less Sun-like star; and might be detectable as an infrared point source. We point out that Dyson Spheres could also be built around white dwarfs. This type would avoid the need for artificial gravity technology, in contrast to the AU-scale Dyson Spheres. In fact, we show that parameters can be found to build Dyson Spheres suitable --temperature- and gravity-wise-- for human habitation. This type would be much harder to detect.

  7. Experiments on Sphere Cylinder Geometry Dependence in the Electromagnetic Casimir Effect

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    Mukhopadhyay, Shomeek; Noruzifar, Ehsan; Wagner, Jeffrey; Zandi, Roya; Mohideen, Umar

    2013-03-01

    We report on ongoing experimental investigations on the geometry dependence of the electromagnetic Casimir force in the sphere-cylinder configuration. A gold coated hollow glass sphere which forms one surface is attached to a Silicon AFM cantilever. The cylinder, which is constructed from tapered optical fiber is also gold coated. The resonance frequency shift of the cantilever is measured as a function of the sphere-cylinder surface separation. The sphere-cylinder electrostatic force is used for alignment of the sphere and the cylinder and also for calibrating the system. The results are compared to numerical simulations in the framework of the Proximity Force Approximation (PFA).

  8. Preparation of hollow microspheres of Ce3+ doped NiCo ferrite with high microwave absorbing performance

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    Duan, Hong-zhen; Zhou, Fang-ling; Cheng, Xia; Chen, Guo-hong; Li, Qiao-ling

    2017-02-01

    Hollow microspheres of Ce3+ doped NiCo-ferrites were synthesized by template-based-deposition and surface reaction method with carbon sphere as the template. The phase structure, morphology, magnetic properties and wave absorbing properties of the sample were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction(XRD), Scanning electronic microscopy(SEM), Vibration sample magnetometer (VSM) and a network vector analyzer (NVA), respectively. The results indicated that the particle size of the carbon sphere sample prepared by hydrothermal method was about 0.5 μm and the particle size of the Ni0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 sample prepared by template-based method was about 300 nm. The influence of the amount of rare earth element on the magnetic and absorbing properties of sample was studied. The saturation magnetization and coercivity decreased gradually with the increase of the content of Ce. When the content of Ce was 0.02, the maximal saturation magnetization value and coercivity was 75.72 emu•g-1 and 789.88 Oe, respectively. The associated ferrite hollow spheres have good absorbing performance, and the return loss value was -18.8 dB at 5500 MHz.

  9. Effect of polymer concentration on the structure and performance of PEI hollow fiber membrane contactor for CO2 stripping.

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    Naim, R; Ismail, A F

    2013-04-15

    A series of polyetherimide (PEI) hollow fiber membranes with various polymer concentrations (13-16 wt.%) for CO2 stripping process in membrane contactor application was fabricated via wet phase inversion method. The PEI membranes were characterized in terms of liquid entry pressure, contact angle, gas permeation and morphology analysis. CO2 stripping performance was investigated via membrane contactor system in a stainless steel module with aqueous diethanolamine as liquid absorbent. The hollow fiber membranes showed decreasing patterns in gas permeation, contact angle, mean pore size and effective surface porosity with increasing polymer concentration. On the contrary, wetting pressure of PEI membranes has enhanced significantly with polymer concentration. Various polymer concentrations have different effects on the CO2 stripping flux in which membrane with 14 wt.% polymer concentration showed the highest stripping flux of 2.7 × 10(-2)mol/m(2)s. From the performance comparison with other commercial membrane, it is anticipated that the PEI membrane has a good prospect in CO2 stripping via membrane contactor.

  10. Hollow dimension of modules

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    2005-01-01

    In this paper, we are interested in the following general question: Given a module Mwhich has finite hollow dimension and which has a finite collection of submodules Ki (1≤i≤n) such that M=K1+... +Kn, can we find an expression for the hollow dimension of Min terms of hollow dimensions of modules built up in some way from K1 Kn? We prove the following theorem:Let Mbe an amply supplemented module having finite hollow dimension and let Ki (1≤i≤n) be a finite collection of submodules of Msuch that M=K1+...+Kn. Then the hollow dimension h(M) of Mis the sum of the hollow dimensions of Ki (1≤i≤n) ifand only if Ki is a supplement of K1+...+Ki-1+Ki+1+...+Kn in Mfor each 1≤i≤n.

  11. Features of Solving Retrospective (Successive Tasks of the Monitoring Subsystem in Systems for Strategic Control of the Regional Structure and Territorial Organization in the Agri-Food Sphere

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    Tkachenko Serhii A.

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The given article highlights features of solving retrospective (successive tasks of monitoring production and economic activity of the territorial-production system through a profound using of scientific principles in the developed and introduced enlarged block diagram of the control system for a functionally advanced solution of the task of monitoring labour force turnover at the entity in the agri-food sphere. Solving the task of monitoring the labour force turnover in the territorial-production system by means of electronic digital machines allows: to reduce the complexity of calculations performed by employees of Human Resources Department and make time for other research and control functions; to accelerate submission of necessary accounting and economic as well as analytical information on the labour force turnover at the entity in the agri-food sphere to consumers; increase the quality of accounting and economic as well as analytical information by eliminating errors, which occur at manual calculation; to build a real scientific basis for developing measures of technical, organizational and socio-economic nature aimed at reducing the labour force turnover. The given list of issues solved at development of the monitoring subsystem in strategic control systems of the regional structure and territorial organization of the agri-food sphere is not complete, the use of industrial methods for creating a monitoring subsystem, training specialists and a number of other issues, which are no less important, should be mentioned as well.

  12. One-pot formation of SnO2 hollow nanospheres and α-Fe2O3@SnO2 nanorattles with large void space and their lithium storage properties

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    Chen, Jun Song

    2009-01-01

    In this work, uniform SnO2 hollow nanospheres with large void space have been synthesized by a modified facile method. The void space can be easily controlled by varying the reaction time. The formation of interior void space is based on an inside-out Ostwald ripening mechanism. More importantly, this facile one-pot process can be extended to fabricate rattle-type hollow structures using α-Fe2O3@SnO2 as an example. Furthermore, the electrochemical lithium storage properties have been investigated. It is found that α-Fe2O3@SnO 2 nanorattles manifest a much lower initial irreversible loss and higher reversible capacity compared to SnO2 hollow spheres. This interesting finding supports a general hypothesis that a synergistic effect between functional core and shell materials can lead to improved lithium storage capabilities. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2009.

  13. Demixing transition, structure, and depletion forces in binary mixtures of hard-spheres: the role of bridge functions.

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    López-Sánchez, Erik; Estrada-Álvarez, César D; Pérez-Ángel, Gabriel; Méndez-Alcaraz, José Miguel; González-Mozuelos, Pedro; Castañeda-Priego, Ramón

    2013-09-14

    Asymmetric binary mixtures of hard-spheres exhibit several interesting thermodynamic phenomena, such as multiple kinds of glassy states. When the degrees of freedom of the small spheres are integrated out from the description, their effects are incorporated into an effective pair interaction between large spheres known as the depletion potential. The latter has been widely used to study both the phase behavior and dynamic arrest of the big particles. Depletion forces can be accounted for by a contraction of the description in the multicomponent Ornstein-Zernike equation [R. Castañeda-Priego, A. Rodríguez-López, and J. M. Méndez-Alcaraz, Phys. Rev. E 73, 051404 (2006)]. Within this theoretical scheme, an approximation for the difference between the effective and bare bridge functions is needed. In the limit of infinite dilution, this difference is irrelevant and the typical Asakura-Osawa depletion potential is recovered. At higher particle concentrations, however, this difference becomes important, especially where the shell of first neighbors is formed, and, as shown here, cannot be simply neglected. In this work, we use a variant of the Verlet expression for the bridge functions to highlight their importance in the calculation of the depletion potential at high densities and close to the spinodal decomposition. We demonstrate that the modified Verlet closure predicts demixing in binary mixtures of hard spheres for different size ratios and compare its predictions with both liquid state and density functional theories, computer simulations, and experiments. We also show that it provides accurate correlation functions even near the thermodynamic instability; this is explicitly corroborated with results of molecular dynamics simulations of the whole mixture. Particularly, our findings point toward a possible universal behavior of the depletion potential around the spinodal line.

  14. 基于动态溶胀法制备中空聚合物微球%Synthesis of hollow polymer microspheres by dynamic swelling method

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    段涛; 张力; 聂冬梅; 杨波; 姬彦玲; 唐永建

    2012-01-01

    以表面带正电荷的μm级聚苯乙烯微球为种子,经过甲苯、二乙烯基苯溶胀,聚合与包覆等过程制备了直径约5μm的中空聚合物微球.研究了溶剂类型、溶剂用量对动态溶胀法制备的中空聚合物微球粒径、分布和结构的影响,讨论了中空聚合物微球的形成机理.结果表明:添加一定量甲苯、二甲苯等挥发性溶剂是动态溶胀法形成中空聚合物微球的前提;甲苯用量越多,溶胀后形成的中空结构越明显,孔径越大;选择低溶解性的二甲苯溶剂更有利于中空结构的形成.%Hollow polymer microspheres about 5 μm in diameter were synthesized by dynamic swelling method using micron-sized polystyrene spheres with positive charges on surfaces as seeds. The synthesis process included swelling by organic solvents such as toluene and divinylbenzene, polymerizing and coating. The influences of variety and dosage of organic solvents on diameter, size distribution and hole structure of hollow microspheres were investigated, and the formation mechanism of hollow microspheres was discussed. It is indicated that some volatile organic solvents, such as toluene and dimethylbenzene, are crucial to hollow structure formation. Experimental results show that, more toluene leads to larger hollow structure after swelling, and dimethylbenzene is good for hollow structure formation, owing to its low solubility.

  15. Fabrication of Anti-reflecting Si Nano-structures with Low Asp ect Ratio by Nano-sphere Litho-graphy Technique

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    Shenghua Sun; Peng Lu; Jun Xu; Ling Xu; Kunji Chen; Qimin Wang; Yuhua Zuo

    2013-01-01

    Nano-structured photon management is currently an interesting topic since it can enhance the optical absorption and reduce the surface reflection which will improve the performance of many kinds of optoelectronic devices, such as Si-based solar cells and light emitting diodes. Here, we report the fabrication of periodically nano-patterned Si structures by using polystyrene nano-sphere lithography technique. By changing the diameter of nano-spheres and the dry etching parameters, such as etching time and etching power, the morphologies of formed Si nano-structures can be well controlled as revealed by atomic force microscopy. A good broadband antireflection property has been achieved for the formed periodically nano-patterned Si structures though they have the low aspect ratio (<0.53). The reflection can be significantly reduced compared with that of flat Si substrate in a wavelength range from 400 nm to 1200 nm. The weighted mean reflection under the AM1.5 solar spectrum irradiation can be as low as 3.92% and the corresponding optical absorption is significantly improved, which indicates that the present Si periodic nano-structures can be used in Si-based thin film solar cells.

  16. Synthesis of hollow ZnO microspheres by an integrated autoclave and pyrolysis process.

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    Duan, Jinxia; Huang, Xintang; Wang, Enke; Ai, Hanhua

    2006-03-28

    Hollow zinc oxide microspheres have been synthesized from a micro ZnBr2·2H2O precursor obtained by an autoclave process in bromoform steam at 220 °C /2.5 MPa. Field-emission scanning electron microscropy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) show that the products are about 1.0 µm single crystal spherical particles with hollow interiors, partly open surfaces and walls self-assembled by ZnO nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis shows that the as-prepared ZnO hollow spheres are of a hexagonal phase structure. A possible formation mechanism is suggested on the basis of the shape evolution of ZnO nanostructures observed by SEM and TEM. The room-temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectrum shows UV emission around 386 nm and weak green emission peaks indicating that there are few defects in the single crystal grains of the ZnO microspheres.

  17. Synthesis of high saturation magnetization superparamagnetic Fe3O4 hollow microspheres for swift chromium removal.

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    Liu, Yubiao; Wang, Yongqiang; Zhou, Shaomin; Lou, Shiyun; Yuan, Lin; Gao, Tao; Wu, Xiaoping; Shi, Xiaojing; Wang, Ke

    2012-09-26

    High saturation magnetization monodisperse Fe(3)O(4) hollow microspheres (109.48 emu/g) with superparamagnetic property at room temperature are promptly synthesized by a one-step solvothermal process with the presence of sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate as an additive. The as-synthesized products possess superparamagnetism, large cavity, high water solubility, and saturation magnetization at room temperature. In particular, these hollow microspheres exhibit both of a rather short separation time from industry wastewater and a high adsorption capacity about 180 mg/g at high Cr(VI) concentrations, which is much better than those of reported magnetite solid nanoparticles. In addition, the X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) show that the uptake of Cr(VI) into the spheres was mainly governed by a physicochemical process. The micelle-assisted Ostwald ripening process was proposed to explain the rapid formation of hollow structures by a series of control experiments. The as-manufactured products with the two advantages mentioned above serve as ideal candidates for environmental remediation materials.

  18. Evidence of fire resistance of hollow-core slabs

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    Hertz, Kristian Dahl; Sørensen, Lars Schiøtt; Giuliani, Luisa

    Hollow-core slabs have during the past 50 years comprised a variety of different structures with different cross-sections and reinforcement. At present the extruded hollow-core slabs without cross-reinforcement in the bottom flange and usually round or oval longitudinal channels (holes) are predo......Hollow-core slabs have during the past 50 years comprised a variety of different structures with different cross-sections and reinforcement. At present the extruded hollow-core slabs without cross-reinforcement in the bottom flange and usually round or oval longitudinal channels (holes...

  19. Investigation of microstructure and mechanical properties of explosively welded ITER-grade 316L(N)/CuCrZr hollow structural member

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    Ma, Rui, E-mail: mr9980@163.com [PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210007 (China); Navy Command Academy, Nanjing 210007 (China); Wang, Yaohua [PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210007 (China); Wu, Jihong [Southwestern Institute of Physics, Chengdu 610041 (China); Duan, Mianjun [PLA University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210007 (China)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Develop a new explosive welding method to fabricate the hollow structural member. • Effects of solution annealing on microstructure of welding interface researched. • Influence of heat treatments on hardness evolution in welding interface studied. • The ultimate strength and elongation were increased after solution annealing. • The interface of samples was exhibited ductile fracture after solution annealing. - Abstract: In this study, a new explosive welding method furnished an effective way for manufacturing ITER-grade 316L(N) stainless steel/CuCrZr alloy hollow structural member. In order to recover some hardening effects, caused by plastic deformation during explosion welding in the materials bonding interface region, the welded samples were subject to the solution annealing (SA) treatment at 970 °C for 30 min. The SA heat-treated samples were then aged at 580 °C for 2 h. Optical microscopy (OM) and electron microscopy (SEM) were used to analyze the microstructure of bonding interface. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) analysis was performed to investigate the diffusion zone formed in the interface region after the solution annealing (SA) treatment. Moreover, the mechanical properties of the welded samples were evaluated through microhardness test and tensile strength test. Microstructural analysis showed that the welded sample had a wavy interface, and there was no melting zone and intermetallic layer formed in the interface. The result of microhardness test revealed an increase in hardness for both sides near to the bonding interface; this is due to more severe plastic deformation in these regions during the explosive welding. After the tensile test, obvious necking was observed in the fracture cross section of samples. SEM observation indicated that the samples with the post solution annealing treatment exhibited a ductile fracture with dimple features after tensile test.

  20. Hollow rhodoliths increase Svalbard's shelf biodiversity

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    Teichert, Sebastian

    2014-11-01

    Rhodoliths are coralline red algal assemblages that commonly occur in marine habitats from the tropics to polar latitudes. They form rigid structures of high-magnesium calcite and have a good fossil record. Here I show that rhodoliths are ecosystem engineers in a high Arctic environment that increase local biodiversity by providing habitat. Gouged by boring mussels, originally solid rhodoliths become hollow ecospheres intensely colonised by benthic organisms. In the examined shelf areas, biodiversity in rhodolith-bearing habitats is significantly greater than in habitats without rhodoliths and hollow rhodoliths yield a greater biodiversity than solid ones. This biodiversity, however, is threatened because hollow rhodoliths take a long time to form and are susceptible to global change and anthropogenic impacts such as trawl net fisheries that can destroy hollow rhodoliths. Rhodoliths and other forms of coralline red algae play a key role in a plurality of environments and need improved management and protection plans.

  1. The Historical Effect of Habermas in the Chinese Context:A Case Study of the Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

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    Cao Weidong

    2006-01-01

    The main purpose of this essay is not to give a full-scale and systematic exploration of the historical process concerning the acceptance of Habermas' works in the Chinesespoken world but to examine the historical effect of Habermas in the Chinese-spoken context and try to find a proper way to establish a good relationship between Habermas and the Chinese-spoken world by discussing the introduction,study,and application of Habermas'most famous work,The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere,by Chinese scholars in recent years.

  2. Synthesis, crystal structures, and optical/electronic properties of sphere-rod shape amphiphiles based on a [60]fullerene-oligofluorene conjugate.

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    Teng, Fu-Ai; Cao, Yan; Qi, Yuan-Jiang; Huang, Mingjun; Han, Zhe-Wen; Cheng, Stephen Z D; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Li, Hui

    2013-06-01

    A series of sphere-rod shape amphiphiles, in which a [60]fullerene (C60) sphere was connected to the center of an oligofluorene (OF) rod through a rigid linkage (OF-C60), were designed and synthesized. Alkyl chains of various lengths were attached onto the OFs on both sides of the C60 spheres. These compounds, denoted as alkyl-OF-C60, were fully characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, and FTIR spectroscopy and by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. The morphologies and structures of their crystals were elucidated by wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and by electron diffraction in transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Butyl-OF-C60 forms a monoclinic unit cell (a=1.86, b=3.96, c=2.24 nm; α=γ=90°, β=68°; space group P2), octyl-OF-C60 also forms a monoclinic unit cell (a=2.21, b=4.06, c=1.81 nm; α=γ=90°, β=75.5°; space group C2m), and dodecanyl-OF-C60 forms a triclinic structure (a=1.82, b=4.35, c=2.26 nm; α=93.1°, β=94.5°, γ=92.7°; space group P1). The inequivalent spheres and rods were found to pack into an alternating layered structure of C60 and OF in the crystals, thus resembling a "double-cable" structure. UV/Vis absorption spectroscopy revealed an electron perturbation between the two individual chromophores (C60 and OF) in their ground states. Fluorescence spectroscopy exhibited complete fluorescence quenching of their solutions in toluene, thus suggesting an effective energy transfer from OF to C60. Cyclic voltammetry indicated that the energy-level profiles of C60 and OF remained essentially unchanged. This work has broad implications in terms of understanding the self-assembly and molecular packing of conjugated materials in crystals and has potential applications in organic field-effect transistors and bulk heterojunction solar cells.

  3. Characteristics of Left-Right Spiral Hollow Cylindrical Roller

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    Liming Lu; Qiping Chen; Yujiang Qin

    2015-01-01

    Based on new rolling⁃sliding compound bearings, the wear between the one⁃way spiral hollow cylindrical roller and the ribs of the inner and outer ring of rolling⁃sliding compound bearings is reduced by innovational structural design. A new left⁃right spiral hollow cylindrical roller is proposed to replace the one⁃way spiral hollow cylindrical roller. The finite element analysis models of ordinary cylindrical rollers, one⁃way spiral hollow cylindrical rollers and left⁃right spiral hollow cylindrical rollers are respectively established by ABAQUS. The axial displacement of their center mass and the stress distribution of left⁃right spiral hollow cylindrical rollers are compared and analyzed. Theoretical study results show that this new left⁃right spiral hollow cylindrical roller not only inherits the advantages of one⁃way spiral hollow cylindrical rollers, but also avoids the axial offset and the serious wear of the one⁃way spiral hollow cylindrical roller. And the theory research conclusion is verified by the experiment. The left⁃right spiral hollow cylindrical roller has the advantages to overcome boundary stress concentration like logarithmic convex roller. The rolling⁃sliding compound bearings equipped with the new rollers can be better to adapt to the impact of vibration load.

  4. Propiedades estructurales de ejes huecos y sólidos con una grieta plana//Structural proprieties of hollow and whole axles, with a flat crack

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    Jon‐Ariza De‐Miguel

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se estudiaron las diversas ventajas constructivas que los ejes huecos presentan respecto a los sólidos, como la reducción de masa, mejor control de calidad, menores defectos en producción y facilidad de acoplamiento. De ahí su profusión en aplicaciones industriales, como ejes de ferrocarril, de reductores o en calandrias. Dichas ventajas se ven alteradas cuando el eje trabaja a fatiga en flexión rotativa y aparece una grieta sobre el mismo. Se comprobaron dichas ventajas y sus variaciones sobre un modelo inicial de una grieta plana superficial, y se ha observado que los ejes huecos resultan más perjudicados por estas grietas para ciertos valores del diámetro interior, mientras que para otros son ventajosos. Se concluye del presente estudio que puede establecerse un rango de valores para el diámetro interior de ejes huecos en el cual su aprovechamiento seríaóptimo.Palabras claves: ejes huecos y sólidos, propiedades estructurales, grieta plana.______________________________________________________________________________AbstractThis work studies the several advantages hollow axles show when compared to whole ones, such as lightness, better quality control, less manufacturing defects, coupling simplicity. Thence their being profusely employed in industry, in applications like railway axles, gearboxes or calenders. Theseadvantages are altered when the axle works under bending with rotation under fatigue and a crack appears on its surface. An analytical research upon a flat surface crack model has been made of these advantages and their variations and it has been observed that hollow axles suffer more from these cracks than whole ones for certain inner diameter values, whereas for others even less than whole ones. It can be deduced that a gap for the inner diameter can be ascertained, where the axle´s rendering would be optimal.Key words: hollowand whole axles, structural properties, flat crack.

  5. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of a Novel Sphere Compound of Mo8V2O28·7H2O

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    2002-01-01

    @@ Polyoxometalates(POMs) are attractive building blocks for functional materials with potential application in electrocatalysis and the preparations of molecular electronic, or electrooptical devices[1,2]. With the recent discovery of giant nanoporous and sphere POMs[3-6],it remains a great challenge to synthesize rationally new nanoscale materials possessing novel structures and desirable properties. The present paper covers a novel structure characterization of Mo8V2O28·7H2O(abbreviated Mo8V2) prepared by means of the simplest technique and its structure studied by virtue of single-crystal X-ray diffraction, as well as elemental analysis, IR, XPS, TG, UV spectra. The compound will attract much attention because of its potential application in catalysis.

  6. Arrays of hollow out-of-plane microneedles made by metal electrodeposition onto solvent cast conductive polymer structures

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    Mansoor, I.; Liu, Y.; Häfeli, U. O.; Stoeber, B.

    2013-08-01

    Transdermal drug delivery using microneedles is a technique to potentially replace hypodermic needles for injection of many vaccines and drugs. Fabrication of hollow metallic microneedles so far has been associated with time-consuming steps that restrict batch production of these devices. Here, we are presenting a novel method for making metallic microneedles with any desired height, spacing, and lumen size. In our process, we use solvent casting to coat a mold, which contains an array of pillars, with a conductive polymer composite layer. The conductive layer is then used as a seed layer in a metal electrodeposition process. To characterize the process, the conductivity of the polymer composite with respect to different filler concentrations was investigated. In addition, plasma etching of the polymer was characterized. The electroplating process was also studied further to control the thickness of the microneedle array plate. The strength of the microneedle devices was evaluated through a series of compression tests, while their performance for transdermal drug delivery was tested by injection of 2.28 µm fluorescent microspheres into animal skin. The fabricated metallic microneedles seem appropriate for subcutaneous delivery of drugs and microspheres.

  7. 对公共领域结构转型批判的批判%A Critique of a Critique of the Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

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    高海青; 史云峰

    2011-01-01

    The publication of The Structure Transformation of the Public Sphere is highly controversial.Both a broad range of European historiographies and historians of non-European societies examined the question of the public sphere.Based on the disputes,Andreas Gestrich criticizes Habermass theory from five aspects,and turns to Luhmanns theories of distinction to hold these different new aspects together.There are profound problems in the replacement framework in the interpretation of the public sphere,so its necessary to use the social constructivism to criticize Andreas Gestrichs view point.%哈贝马斯的《公共领域结构转型》自刊出至今引起广泛争议,包括欧洲的社会历史学家和非欧洲的社会历史学家都参与到讨论之中,德国特里尔大学Andreas Gestrich在总结各种争端的基础上从五个方面对哈氏的理论展开批判,并以卢曼的社会分化理论作为可替代方案整合各种哈氏理论中存在的困难,这一替代方案在解释公共领域时也存在深刻的问题,因此运用社会建构主义视角对Andreas Gestrich的观点加以批判和建构是必要的。

  8. Hollow Sodium Tungsten Bronze (Na0.15WO3) Nanospheres: Preparation, Characterization, and Their Adsorption Properties

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    Zuo Guanke; Guo He; Liu Hui; Zhang Jingyan; Hou Jing; Shen Guangxia; Cheng Ping; Guo Shouwu

    2009-01-01

    Abstract We report herein a facile method for the preparation of sodium tungsten bronzes hollow nanospheres using hydrogen gas bubbles as reactant for chemical reduction of tungstate to tungsten and as template for the formation of hollow nanospheres at the same time. The chemical composition and the crystalline state of the as-prepared hollow Na0.15WO3nanospheres were characterized complementarily, and the hollow structure formation mechanism was proposed. The hollow Na0.15WO3nanospheres sho...

  9. Hollow core-shell structured silicon@carbon nanoparticles embed in carbon nanofibers as binder-free anodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Chen, Yanli; Hu, Yi; Shen, Zhen; Chen, Renzhong; He, Xia; Zhang, Xiangwu; Li, Yongqiang; Wu, Keshi

    2017-02-01

    Silicon is regarded as one of the most promising candidates for lithium-ion battery anodes owing to its large theoretical energy density (about 4200 mAh g-1) and low working potential (vs. Li/Li+). However, its practical application is limited by structure degradation and a comparatively poor capacity retention caused by large volume changes during cycling. In this study, we have prepared a novel nanofiber form of silicon/carbon with hollow core-shell structured silicon@carbon (Si@C) nanoparticles embedded in carbon nanofibers. Voids between the silicon nanoparticle (SiNP) core and carbon shell help to accommodate the volume expansion associated with the lithiation/delithiation process in a working electrode and allow formation of a stable solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) film. The obtained electrodes exhibited good cycle performance with a high reversible capacity of 1020.7 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles at a current density of 0.2 A g-1, and also delivered excellent cycling performance at a high current density of 3.2 A g-1. The design of this new structure provides a potential method for developing other functional composite anode materials with high reversible capacities and long-term cycle stabilities.

  10. One-pot synthesis and magnetic properties of hollow Fe{sub 70}Co{sub 30} nanospheres

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    Huang Jing [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS) - State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); He Lin [Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Leng Yonghua [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS) - State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Zhang Wei [Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Li Xingguo [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS) - State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Chen Chinping [Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Liu Ying [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China)

    2007-10-17

    Hollow Fe{sub 70}Co{sub 30} nanospheres have been prepared in aqueous solution with KBH{sub 4} as the reducing agent and sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS) as the stabilizing agent. The diameter of these spheres is about 100-200 nm and the shell thickness is about 15-20 nm. By transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis, it was found that these hollow spheres formed via an in situ galvanic replacement reaction between iron nanoparticles and the cobalt cation. These hollow Fe{sub 70}Co{sub 30} spheres exhibit surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption in the ultraviolet-visible spectrum. The magnetic properties of the as-prepared hollow Fe{sub 70}Co{sub 30} nanospheres and of a sample annealed at 573 K were studied. Annealing the product can greatly enhance the saturation magnetization M{sub s} and coercivity H{sub c}.

  11. The hydrocarbon sphere

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    Mandev, P.

    1984-01-01

    The hydrocarbon sphere is understood to be the area in which hydrocarbon compounds are available. It is believed that the lower boundary on the hydrocarbon sphere is most probably located at a depth where the predominant temperatures aid in the destruction of hydrocarbons (300 to 400 degrees centigrade). The upper limit on the hydrocarbon sphere obviously occurs at the earth's surface, where hydrocarbons oxidize to H20 and CO2. Within these ranges, the occurrence of the hydrocarbon sphere may vary from the first few hundred meters to 15 kilometers or more. The hydrocarbon sphere is divided into the external (mantle) sphere in which the primary gas, oil and solid hydrocarbon fields are located, and the internal (metamorphic) sphere containing primarily noncommercial accumulations of hydrocarbon gases and solid carbon containing compounds (anthraxilite, shungite, graphite, etc.) based on the nature and scale of hydrocarbon compound concentrations (natural gas, oil, maltha, asphalt, asphaltite, etc.).

  12. Feasibility Study: Hollow Plastic Spheres to Increase Hydraulic Fluid Compressibility

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    1982-07-01

    MICROMECHANICS FAILURE CRITERIA FOR COMPOSITES ; AUTHOR: GREESCZUK, LONCIN, B. 5. POISSON’S RATIO FOR RIGID PLASTIC FOAMS; AUTHOR: RINDE...S.A. Thuysbaert A.Stevens N4 Schwartz SPRL Schulmon Plastics SA Polytexco PVBA Polyform SA Plastiques Manufactures Plastimetal PVBA S.A...Plastics Corp. Plastiques GM Ltd. Rochevert, Inc. Polysar Limited, Kayson Plastics Div. Canlew Chemicals, Ltd. 4th Fl., 8-1, Hong Chou S. Rd., Sec. 1

  13. Supermolecular template route to fabrication of well crystallized hollow antimony microspheres

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    GU Li; CHEN Shu-da; WEI Xiao-yan

    2006-01-01

    Hollow spheres of elemental antimony (Sb) with good crystallinity, high contrast and thin wall were prepared in the solutions of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and oleic acid(OA) associations at the refluxed temperature. The complexes of Sb3+ with tartaric acid were used as precursors, which can avoid the hydrolysis of SbCl3 and the resulting impurity of products. The average diameter and thickness of the as-prepared hollow sphere are about 300 nm and less than 20 nm, respectively. The formation of hollow spheres depends on the template function of PEG and OA associations, which can be confirmed through the theoretical analysis and results of control experiments. The specific surface area reaches 34.669 m2/g.

  14. Inner-sphere complexation of cations at the rutile-water interface: A concise surface structural interpretation with the CD and MUSIC model

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    Ridley, Moira K.; Hiemstra, Tjisse; van Riemsdijk, Willem H.; Machesky, Michael L.

    2009-04-01

    Acid-base reactivity and ion-interaction between mineral surfaces and aqueous solutions is most frequently investigated at the macroscopic scale as a function of pH. Experimental data are then rationalized by a variety of surface complexation models. These models are thermodynamically based which in principle does not require a molecular picture. The models are typically calibrated to relatively simple solid-electrolyte solution pairs and may provide poor descriptions of complex multi-component mineral-aqueous solutions, including those found in natural environments. Surface complexation models may be improved by incorporating molecular-scale surface structural information to constrain the modeling efforts. Here, we apply a concise, molecularly-constrained surface complexation model to a diverse suite of surface titration data for rutile and thereby begin to address the complexity of multi-component systems. Primary surface charging curves in NaCl, KCl, and RbCl electrolyte media were fit simultaneously using a charge distribution (CD) and multisite complexation (MUSIC) model [Hiemstra T. and Van Riemsdijk W. H. (1996) A surface structural approach to ion adsorption: the charge distribution (CD) model. J. Colloid Interf. Sci. 179, 488-508], coupled with a Basic Stern layer description of the electric double layer. In addition, data for the specific interaction of Ca 2+ and Sr 2+ with rutile, in NaCl and RbCl media, were modeled. In recent developments, spectroscopy, quantum calculations, and molecular simulations have shown that electrolyte and divalent cations are principally adsorbed in various inner-sphere configurations on the rutile 1 1 0 surface [Zhang Z., Fenter P., Cheng L., Sturchio N. C., Bedzyk M. J., Předota M., Bandura A., Kubicki J., Lvov S. N., Cummings P. T., Chialvo A. A., Ridley M. K., Bénézeth P., Anovitz L., Palmer D. A., Machesky M. L. and Wesolowski D. J. (2004) Ion adsorption at the rutile-water interface: linking molecular and macroscopic

  15. inner-sphere complexation of cations at the rutile-water interface: A concise surface structural interpretation with the CD and MUSIC model

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    Ridley, Mora K. [Texas Tech University, Lubbock; Hiemstra, T [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Van Riemsdijk, Willem H. [Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands; Machesky, Michael L. [Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL

    2009-01-01

    Acid base reactivity and ion-interaction between mineral surfaces and aqueous solutions is most frequently investigated at the macroscopic scale as a function of pH. Experimental data are then rationalized by a variety of surface complexation models. These models are thermodynamically based which in principle does not require a molecular picture. The models are typically calibrated to relatively simple solid-electrolyte solution pairs and may provide poor descriptions of complex multicomponent mineral aqueous solutions, including those found in natural environments. Surface complexation models may be improved by incorporating molecular-scale surface structural information to constrain the modeling efforts. Here, we apply a concise, molecularly-constrained surface complexation model to a diverse suite of surface titration data for rutile and thereby begin to address the complexity of multi-component systems. Primary surface charging curves in NaCl, KCl, and RbCl electrolyte media were fit simultaneously using a charge distribution (CD) and multisite complexation (MUSIC) model [Hiemstra T. and Van Riemsdijk W. H. (1996) A surface structural approach to ion adsorption: the charge distribution (CD) model. J. Colloid Interf. Sci. 179, 488 508], coupled with a Basic Stern layer description of the electric double layer. In addition, data for the specific interaction of Ca2+ and Sr2+ with rutile, in NaCl and RbCl media, were modeled. In recent developments, spectroscopy, quantum calculations, and molecular simulations have shown that electrolyte and divalent cations are principally adsorbed in various inner-sphere configurations on the rutile 110 surface [Zhang Z., Fenter P., Cheng L., Sturchio N. C., Bedzyk M. J., Pr edota M., Bandura A., Kubicki J., Lvov S. N., Cummings P. T., Chialvo A. A., Ridley M. K., Be ne zeth P., Anovitz L., Palmer D. A., Machesky M. L. and Wesolowski D. J. (2004) Ion adsorption at the rutile water interface: linking molecular and macroscopic

  16. Engineering Stable Hollow Capsules

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    2003-01-01

    @@ Scientists at the CAS Institute of Chemistry have been succeeded in fabricating stable hollow capsules by extending covalent layer-by-layer self-assembly(CSA)technique from 2-dimensional to 3-dimensional systems.

  17. Hollow-Fiber Clinostat

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    Rhodes, Percy H.; Miller, Teresa Y.; Snyder, Robert S.

    1990-01-01

    Hollow-fiber clinostat, is bioreactor used to study growth and other behavior of cells in simulated microgravity. Cells under study contained in porous hollow fiber immersed in culture medium inside vessel. Bores in hollow fiber allow exchange of gases, nutrients, and metabolic waste products between living cells and external culture media. Hollow fiber lies on axis of vessel, rotated by motor equipped with torque and speed controls. Desired temperature maintained by operating clinostat in standard tissue-culture incubator. Axis of rotation made horizontal or vertical. Designed for use with conventional methods of sterilization and sanitation to prevent contamination of specimen. Also designed for asepsis in assembly, injection of specimen, and exchange of medium.

  18. Simple Spinning of Heterogeneous Hollow Microfibers on Chip.

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    Yu, Yue; Wei, Wenbo; Wang, Yaqing; Xu, Cong; Guo, Yaqiong; Qin, Jianhua

    2016-08-01

    A novel and simple chip-based microfluidic strategy is proposed for continuously controlled spinning of desirable hollow microfibers. These fabricated fiber-shaped materials exhibit extraordinary morphological and structural complexity, as well as a heterogeneous composition. The resulting specific hollow microfibers have potential applications in numerous chemical and biomedical fields.

  19. Miniature refractive index fiber sensor based on silica micro-tube and Au micro-sphere

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    Lv, Riqing; Li, Jin; Hu, Haifeng; Yao, Chengbao

    2017-10-01

    We demonstrated the refractive index sensing characteristics of a miniature fiber sensor composited by silica-hollow-tube (SHT) and Au-micro-sphere (AmS). The high sensitivity is obtained due to the evanescent field effect existing in the SHT with the inner diameter of ∼2.3 μm and the surface plasmon resonance effect excited on the surface of AmS with the diameter of ∼2 μm. Experimental results indicate that this sensor can continuously measure the glucose concentration in range of 0-60% with a good linearity. The high detection sensitivity up to 8.33 μmol/L (47.33 mW/RIU) enables its ability in determining the glucose concentration in either blood or body fluids. Furthermore, the tiny structure is promise to be integrated into the microchip or other injectable structures, and monitor the glucose concentration in real-time.

  20. Single crystalline wurtzite ZnO/zinc blende ZnS coaxial heterojunctions and hollow zinc blende ZnS nanotubes: synthesis, structural characterization and optical properties.

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    Huang, Xing; Willinger, Marc-Georg; Fan, Hua; Xie, Zai-lai; Wang, Lei; Klein-Hoffmann, Achim; Girgsdies, Frank; Lee, Chun-Sing; Meng, Xiang-Min

    2014-08-07

    Synthesis of ZnO/ZnS heterostructures under thermodynamic conditions generally results in the wurtzite (WZ) structure of the ZnS component because its WZ phase is thermodynamically more stable than its zinc blende (ZB) phase. In this report, we demonstrate for the first time the preparation of ZnO/ZnS coaxial nanocables composed of single crystalline ZB structured ZnS epitaxially grown on WZ ZnO via a two-step thermal evaporation method. The deposition temperature is believed to play a crucial role in determining the crystalline phase of ZnS. Through a systematic structural analysis, the ZnO core and the ZnS shell are found to have an orientation relationship of (0002)ZnO(WZ)//(002)ZnS(ZB) and [01-10]ZnO(WZ)//[2-20]ZnS(ZB). Observation of the coaxial nanocables in cross-section reveals the formation of voids between the ZnO core and the ZnS shell during the coating process, which is probably associated with the nanoscale Kirkendall effect known to result in porosity. Furthermore, by immersing the ZnO/ZnS nanocable heterojunctions in an acetic acid solution to etch away the inner ZnO cores, single crystalline ZnS nanotubes orientated along the [001] direction of the ZB structure were also achieved for the first time. Finally, optical properties of the hollow ZnS tubes were investigated and discussed in detail. We believe that our study could provide some insights into the controlled fabrication of one dimensional (1D) semiconductors with desired morphology, structure and composition at the nanoscale, and the synthesized WZ ZnO/ZB ZnS nanocables as well as ZB ZnS nanotubes could be ideal candidates for the study of optoelectronics based on II-VI semiconductors.