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  1. Structural Variations in Hybrid All-Nanoparticle Gibbsite Nanoplatelet/Cellulose Nanocrystal Multilayered Films.

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    Martin, Clélia; Barker, Robert; Watkins, Erik B; Dubreuil, Frédéric; Cranston, Emily D; Heux, Laurent; Jean, Bruno

    2017-08-15

    Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are promising biosourced building blocks for the production of high performance materials. In the last ten years, CNCs have been used in conjunction with polymers for the design of multilayered thin films via the layer-by-layer assembly technique. Herein, polymer chains have been replaced with positively charged inorganic gibbsite nanoplatelets (GN) to form hybrid "nanoparticle-only" composite films. A combination of atomic force microscopy and neutron reflectivity experiments was exploited to investigate the growth and structure of the films. Data show that the growth and density of GN/CNC films can be tuned over a wide range during preparation by varying the ionic strength in the CNC suspension and the film drying protocol. Specifically, thin and dense multilayered films or very thick, more porous mixed slabs, as well as intermediate internal structures, could be obtained in a predictable manner. The influence of key physicochemical parameters on the multilayer film buildup was elucidated and the film architecture was linked to the dominating interaction forces between the components. The degree of structural control over these hybrid nanoparticle-only films is much higher than that reported for CNC/polymer films, which offers new properties and potential applications as separation membranes or flame retardant coatings.

  2. Thin-Film Multilayer Filter Designs For Hybrid Solar Energy Conversion Systems

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    DeSandre, L.; Song, D. Y.; Macleod, H. A.; Jacobson, M. R.; Osborn, D. E.

    1985-12-01

    The efficiency of hybrid photothermal/photovoltaic energy conversion can be increased by separating the solar spectrum into portions matched to the photothermal and photovoltaic processes. Thin-film multilayer filters can implement this concept; five such filters consisting of all-dielectric or metal-dielectric layers have been designed. The transmission profile of each design is calculated by computer, considering dispersion, absorption, and angle of incidence effects. These profiles are compared and evaluated with respect to the desired spectral performance. The most successful candidate design is an optical minus filter consisting of Ti02, Zr02, and Si02. Results show very sharp selection of the targeted photovoltaic spectral region and low ripple in the transmission region outside the bandstop.

  3. TiN films fabricated by reactive gas pulse sputtering: A hybrid design of multilayered and compositionally graded structures

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    Yang, Jijun; Zhang, Feifei; Wan, Qiang; Lu, Chenyang; Peng, Mingjing; Liao, Jiali; Yang, Yuanyou; Wang, Lumin; Liu, Ning

    2016-12-01

    Reactive gas pulse (RGP) sputtering approach was used to prepare TiN thin films through periodically changing the N2/Ar gas flow ratio. The obtained RGPsbnd TiN film possessed a hybrid architecture containing compositionally graded and multilayered structures, composed of hcp Ti-phase and fcc TiN-phase sublayers. Meanwhile, the RGP-TiN film exhibited a composition-oscillation along the film thickness direction, where the Ti-phase sublayer had a compositional gradient and the TiN-phase retained a constant stoichiometric ratio of Ti:N ≈ 1. The film modulation ratio λ (the thicknesses ratio of the Ti and TiN-phase sublayer) can be effectively tuned by controlling the undulation behavior of the N2 partial flow rate. Detailed analysis showed that this hybrid structure originated from a periodic transition of the film growth mode during the reactive sputtering process.

  4. Fabrication and characterization of polymer/nanoclay hybrid ultrathin multilayer film by spin self-assembly method

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    Lee, Ho-Chul; Lee, Tae-Woo; Kim, Tae-Ho; Park, O.Ok

    2004-06-30

    We have prepared ultrathin multilayer nanostructural films by a layer-by-layer spin self-assembly method using poly (p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV)/layered silicate and characterized them by contact angle measurement, surface dying technique, UV/Vis spectroscopy, photoluminescent (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray reflectivity (XRR), and model-fitting. The hybrid ultrathin multilayer film was stepwisely deposited using the electrostatic forces between the cationic PPV precursor and the negatively charged surface of layered silicate, and finally thermally converted to (PPV/Laponite RD){sub n} film. The surface coverage of the PPV precursor onto layered silicate and vice versa could be clearly observed using the contact angle measurement and surface dying technique. The continuous increase of UV/Vis absorbance and PL intensity of the films with each bilayer demonstrated the regular and reproducible deposition of this system, and the Kiessig fringes and Bragg peaks in XRR spectra indicated the well-ordered internal structure.

  5. Layer-by-Layer assembled hybrid multilayer thin film electrodes based on transparent cellulose nanofibers paper for flexible supercapacitors applications

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    Wang, Xi; Gao, Kezheng; Shao, Ziqiang; Peng, Xiaoqing; Wu, Xue; Wang, Feijun

    2014-03-01

    Cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) paper with low thermal expansion and electrolyte absorption properties is considered to be a good potential substrate for supercapacitors. Unlike traditional substrates, such as glass or plastic, CNFs paper saves surfaces pretreatment when Layer-by-Layer (LbL) assembly method is used. In this study, negatively charged graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene: poly(styrene sulfonate)) (PEDOT:PSS) nanoparticles are deposited onto CNFs paper with positively charged polyaniline (PANI) nanowires as agents to prepare multilayer thin film electrodes, respectively. Due to the different nanostructures of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and PEDOT:PSS, the microstructures of the electrodes are distinguishing. Our work demonstrate that CNFs paper/PANI/RGO electrode provides a more effective pathway for ion transport facilitation compared with CNFs paper/PANI/PEDOT:PSS electrode. The supercapacitor fabricated by CNFs/[PANI-RGO]8 (S-PG-8) exhibits an excellent areal capacitance of 5.86 mF cm-2 at a current density of 0.0043 mA cm-2, and at the same current density the areal capacitance of the supercapacitor fabricated by CNFs/[PANI-PEDOT:PSS]8 (S-PP-8) is 4.22 mF cm-2. S-PG-8 also exhibits good cyclic stability. This study provides a novel method using CNFs as substrate to prepare hybrid electrodes with diverse microstructures that are promising for future flexible supercapacitors.

  6. Multilayer crack-free hybrid coatings for functional devices

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    Islam, Shumaila; Bidin, Noriah; Riaz, Saira; Naseem, Shahzad; Marsin Sanagi, Mohd.; Imran, M.

    2016-04-01

    Porous acid catalyzed TiO2 single, SiO2-TiO2 hybrid, and TiO2/SiO2-TiO2/SiO2 multilayer coatings are synthesized and characterized for optical and electro-optical applications. The reflection value is reasonably reduced from the surface of the glass by integrating sol-gel based spin-coated single and multilayer thin films. Structurally, the films show uniform, crack-free, and porous nanofilms with good surface roughness of below 10 nm, which has potential for optical applications. Wide range tunability of refractive index (2.83 to 1.59) with more than 78% optical transparency is observed. The multilayered reflection profile is observed around 0.18%, so these coatings are desirable for optochemical functional devices.

  7. Multilayer Integrated Film Bulk Acoustic Resonators

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    Zhang, Yafei

    2013-01-01

    Multilayer Integrated Film Bulk Acoustic Resonators mainly introduces the theory, design, fabrication technology and application of a recently developed new type of device, multilayer integrated film bulk acoustic resonators, at the micro and nano scale involving microelectronic devices, integrated circuits, optical devices, sensors and actuators, acoustic resonators, micro-nano manufacturing, multilayer integration, device theory and design principles, etc. These devices can work at very high frequencies by using the newly developed theory, design, and fabrication technology of nano and micro devices. Readers in fields of IC, electronic devices, sensors, materials, and films etc. will benefit from this book by learning the detailed fundamentals and potential applications of these advanced devices. Prof. Yafei Zhang is the director of the Ministry of Education’s Key Laboratory for Thin Films and Microfabrication Technology, PRC; Dr. Da Chen was a PhD student in Prof. Yafei Zhang’s research group.

  8. Magnetic Surfaces, Thin Films, and Multilayers

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    1992-01-01

    PERPENDICULAR MAGNETIC ANISOTROPY AND MAGNETO-OPTICS * PERPENDICULAR MAGNETIC ANISOTROPY OF Pd/Co AND RELATED MULTILAYERS 441 S...THE PERPENDICULAR MAGNETIC ANISOTROPY AND STRUCTURE OF SPUTTERED Ag/Co, Pd/Co, AND AgPd/Co MULTILAYERED FILMS 473 Akira Yamaguchi, We-Hyo Soe, Ryoichi...the magnetic phase transi- tion and magnetic anisotropy, has attracted considerable interest. Theoretical predictions on perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

  9. Femtosecond damage threshold of multilayer metal films

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    Ibrahim, Wael M. G.; Elsayed-Ali, Hani E.; Shinn, Michelle D.; Bonner, Carl E.

    2003-05-01

    With the availability of terawatt laser systems with subpicosecond pulses, laser damage to optical components has become the limiting factor for further increases in the output peak power. Evaluation of different material structures in accordance to their suitability for high-power laser systems is essential. Multi-shot damage experiments, using 110 fs laser pulses at 800 nm, on polycrystalline single layer gold films and multi-layer (gold-vanadium, and gold-titanium) films were conducted. The laser incident fluence was varied, in both cases, from 0.1 to 0.6 J/cm2. No evidence of surface damage was apparent in the gold sample up to a fluence of 0.3 J/cm2. The multilayer sample experienced the onset of surface damage at the lowest fluence value used of 0.1 J/cm2. Damage results are in contrast with the time resolved ultrafast thermoreflectivity measurements that revealed a reduction of the thermoreflectivity signal for the multilayer films. This decrease in the thermoreflectivity signal signifies a reduction in the surface electron temperature that should translate in a lower lattice temperature at the later stage. Hence, one should expect a higher damage threshold for the multilayer samples. Comparison of the experimental results with the predictions of the Two-Temperature Model (TTM) is presented. The damage threshold of the single layer gold film corresponds to the melting threshold predicted by the model. In contrast to the single layer gold film, the multi-layer sample damaged at almost one third the damage threshold predicted by the TTM model. Possible damage mechanisms leading to the early onset of damage for the multilayer films are discussed.

  10. Ultrahydrophobicity of Polydimethylsiloxanes-Based Multilayered Thin Films

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    Hongyan Gao

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The formation of polydimethylsiloxanes (PDMSs-based layer-by-layer multilayer ultrathin films on charged surfaces prepared from water and phosphate buffer solutions has been investigated. The multilayer films prepared under these conditions showed different surface roughness. Nanoscale islands and network structures were observed homogeneously on the multilayer film prepared from pure water solutions, which is attributing to the ultrahydrobic property of the multilayer film. The formation of nanoscale islands and network structures was due to the aggregation of PDMS-based polyelectrolytes in water. This work provides a facile approach for generating ultrahydrophobic thin films on any charged surfaces by PDMS polyelectrolytes.

  11. Multilayer Approach for Advanced Hybrid Lithium Battery

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    Ming, Jun

    2016-06-06

    Conventional intercalated rechargeable batteries have shown their capacity limit, and the development of an alternative battery system with higher capacity is strongly needed for sustainable electrical vehicles and hand-held devices. Herein, we introduce a feasible and scalable multilayer approach to fabricate a promising hybrid lithium battery with superior capacity and multivoltage plateaus. A sulfur-rich electrode (90 wt % S) is covered by a dual layer of graphite/Li4Ti5O12, where the active materials S and Li4Ti5O12 can both take part in redox reactions and thus deliver a high capacity of 572 mAh gcathode -1 (vs the total mass of electrode) or 1866 mAh gs -1 (vs the mass of sulfur) at 0.1C (with the definition of 1C = 1675 mA gs -1). The battery shows unique voltage platforms at 2.35 and 2.1 V, contributed from S, and 1.55 V from Li4Ti5O12. A high rate capability of 566 mAh gcathode -1 at 0.25C and 376 mAh gcathode -1 at 1C with durable cycle ability over 100 cycles can be achieved. Operando Raman and electron microscope analysis confirm that the graphite/Li4Ti5O12 layer slows the dissolution/migration of polysulfides, thereby giving rise to a higher sulfur utilization and a slower capacity decay. This advanced hybrid battery with a multilayer concept for marrying different voltage plateaus from various electrode materials opens a way of providing tunable capacity and multiple voltage platforms for energy device applications. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

  12. Characteristics of model polyelectrolyte multilayer films containing laponite clay nanoparticles.

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    Elzbieciak, M; Wodka, D; Zapotoczny, S; Nowak, P; Warszynski, P

    2010-01-05

    Polyelectrolyte films structure formed by the "layer-by-layer" (LbL) technique can be enriched by addition of charged nanoparticles like carbon nanotubes and silver or hydroxyapatite nanoparticles, which can improve properties of the polyelectrolyte films or modify their functionality. In our paper we examined the formation and properties of model polyelectrolyte multilayers containing a synthetic layered silicate, Laponite. The Laponite nanoparticles were incorporated into multilayer films, which were formed from weak, branched polycation PEI and strong polyanion PSS. Since charge of PEI is pH-dependent, we build up multilayer films in two deposition conditions: pH = 6 when PEI was strongly charged and pH = 10.5 when charge density of PEI was low. Thicknesses of the films constructed with various numbers of Laponite layers were measured by single wavelength ellipsometry. We also determined the differences in permeability for selected electroactive molecules using cyclic voltamperometry. Properties of the films containing clay nanoparticles were compared with model polyelectrolyte multilayer films PEI/PSS formed at the same conditions. We found that Laponite nanoparticles strongly influenced PEI/PSS multilayer film properties. Replacement of PSS by Laponite eliminated the oscillations of the film thickness in the case when PEI was weakly charged. PSS layer adsorbed on top of PEI/Laponite bilayers increased the thickness of multilayer films and improved their barrier properties so synergistic effects between these properties for polyelectrolytes and Laponite nanoparticles could be observed.

  13. Determination of magnetic properties of multilayer metallic thin films

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    Birlikseven, C

    2000-01-01

    and magnetization measurements were taken. In recent year, Giant Magnetoresistance Effect has been attracting an increasingly high interest. High sensitivity magnetic field detectors and high sensitivity read heads of magnetic media can be named as important applications of these films. In this work, magnetic and electrical properties of single layer and thin films were investigated. Multilayer thin films were supplied by Prof. Dr. A. Riza Koeymen from Texas University. Multilayer magnetic thin films are used especially for magnetic reading and magnetic writing. storing of large amount of information into small areas become possible with this technology. Single layer films were prepared using the electron beam evaporation technique. For the exact determination of film thicknesses, a careful calibration of the thicknesses was made. Magnetic properties of the multilayer films were studied using the magnetization, magnetoresistance measurements and ferromagnetic resonance technique. Besides, by fitting the exper...

  14. Reverse engineering of multi-layer films

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    Effendi Widjaja; Marc Garland

    2011-01-01

    This contribution introduces the combined application of Raman microscopy and band-target entropy minimization (BTEM) in order to successfully reverse-engineer a multi-layer packaging material. Three layers are identified, namely, polyethylene, a paper and talc layer (with two distinct cellulose forms), and a poly-styrene co-polymer composite containing anatase and calcite. This rapid and non-destructive approach provides a unique opportunity for the assessment of multi-layer composites, incl...

  15. Multilayer DNA Origami Packed on Hexagonal and Hybrid Lattices

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    Ke, Yonggang; Voigt, Niels V.; Gothelf, Kurt V.; Shih, William M.

    2012-01-01

    “Scaffolded DNA origami” has been proven to be a powerful and efficient approach to construct two-dimensional or three-dimensional objects with great complexity. Multilayer DNA origami has been demonstrated with helices packing along either honeycomb-lattice geometry or square-lattice geometry. Here we report successful folding of multilayer DNA origami with helices arranged on a close-packed hexagonal lattice. This arrangement yields a higher density of helical packing and therefore higher resolution of spatial addressing than has been shown previously. We also demonstrate hybrid multilayer DNA origami with honeycomb-lattice, square-lattice, and hexagonal lattice packing of helices all in one design. The availability of hexagonal close packing of helices extends our ability to build complex structures using DNA nanotechnology. PMID:22187940

  16. Hydrophilic/hydrophobic film patterning by photodegradation of self-assembled alkylsilane multilayers and its applications.

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    Ni, Lingli; Dietlin, Céline; Chemtob, Abraham; Croutxé-Barghorn, Céline; Brendlé, Jocelyne

    2014-08-26

    While the photopatterning of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) has been extensively investigated, much less attention has been given to highly ordered multilayer systems. By being both thicker (0.5-2 μm) and more stable (cross-linked) than SAMs, patterned hybrid multilayers lend themselves more easily to the development of technology-relevant materials and characterization. This paper describes a facile two-step UV approach to patterning an alkylsilane multilayer by combining photoinduced self-assembly for multilayer synthesis and photodegradation through a mask for creating patterns within the film. In this second stage, a spatially resolved removal of the alkyl tail via a photooxidation mechanism took place, yielding regular and uniform silica microdomains. The result was a regular array of features (alkylsiloxane/silica) differing in chemical composition (hybrid/inorganic), ordering (crystal-like/disordered), and wettability (hydrophobic/hydrophilic). Such a photopatterned film was of utility for a range of applications in which water droplets, inorganic crystals, or aqueous polymer dispersions were selectively deposited in the hydrophilic silica microwells.

  17. Reverse engineering of multi-layer films

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    Effendi Widjaja

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available This contribution introduces the combined application of Raman microscopy and band-target entropy minimization (BTEM in order to successfully reverse-engineer a multi-layer packaging material. Three layers are identified, namely, polyethylene, a paper and talc layer (with two distinct cellulose forms, and a poly-styrene co-polymer composite containing anatase and calcite. This rapid and non-destructive approach provides a unique opportunity for the assessment of multi-layer composites, including the constitution of the additives present.

  18. Hydrogenation Effect on Mg/Co Multilayer Thin Films

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    M. K. JANGID

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Multilayer Mg/Co thin films have been prepared using thermal evaporation method at pressure 10-5torr. Annealing of structure has been performed in atmospheric condition at 600 K constant temperature for one hour. Hydrogenation of annealed thin films has been performed by keeping these in hydrogenation cell at different hydrogen pressures for 30 min. The UV–VIS absorption spectra of thin films have been carried out at room temperature in the wavelength range of 300–800 nm. The optical band gap was found to be increase and conductivity has been found to be decreased with hydrogen pressure. The relative resistivity varies nonlinearly with time and increases with hydrogen pressure. Raman spectra of these sample shows decreasing intensity of peaks with hydrogenation. These results suggested that multilayer Mg/Co thin films structures can be used for hydrogen storage as well as solar collector materials.

  19. Magnesium Diboride thin Films, multilayers, and coatings for SRF cavities

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    Xi, Xiaoxing [Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA (United States)

    2017-08-17

    Superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities currently use low-temperature superconductor niobium, and the Nb SRF cavities have approached the performance levels predicted theoretically. Compared to Nb, MgB2 becomes superconducting at a much higher temperature and promises a better RF performance in terms of higher quality factor Q and higher acceleration capability. An MgB2 SRF technology can significantly reduce the operating costs of particle accelerators when these potentials are realized. This project aimed to advance the development of an MgB2 SRF technology. It had two main objectives: (1) materials issues of MgB2 thin films and multilayers related to their applications in SRF cavities; and (2) coating single-cell cavities for testing at RF frequencies. The key technical thrust of the project is the deposition of high quality clean MgB2 films and coatings by the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) technique, which was developed in my group. We have achieved technical progress in each of the two areas. For the first objective, we have confirmed that MgB2 thin film coatings can be used to effectively enhance the vortex penetration field of an SRF cavity. A vortex is a normal region in the shape of spaghetti that threads through a superconductor. Its existence is due to an applied magnetic field that is greater than a so-called lower critical field, Hc1. Once a vortex enters the superconductor, its movement leads to loss. This has been shown to be the reason for an SRF cavity to break down. Thus, enhancing the magnetic field for a vortex to enter the superconductor that forms the SRF cavity has be a goal of intense research. To this end, Gurevich proposed that a coating of thin superconductor layer can impede the vortex entrance. In this project, we have done two important experiment to test this concept. One, we showed that the enhancement of Hc1 can be

  20. Temperature dependencies of hydrogen- induced blistering of thin film multilayers

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    Kuznetsov, Alexey; Gleeson, M.A.; Bijkerk, Frederik

    2014-01-01

    We report on the influence of sample temperature on the development of hydrogen-induced blisters in Mo/Si thin-film multilayers. In general, the areal number density of blisters decreases with increasing exposure temperature, whereas individual blister size increases with exposure temperatures up to

  1. Recent progress in high-mobility thin-film transistors based on multilayer 2D materials

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    Hong, Young Ki; Liu, Na; Yin, Demin; Hong, Seongin; Kim, Dong Hak; Kim, Sunkook; Choi, Woong; Yoon, Youngki

    2017-04-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) layered semiconductors are emerging as promising candidates for next-generation thin-film electronics because of their high mobility, relatively large bandgap, low-power switching, and the availability of large-area growth methods. Thin-film transistors (TFTs) based on multilayer transition metal dichalcogenides or black phosphorus offer unique opportunities for next-generation electronic and optoelectronic devices. Here, we review recent progress in high-mobility transistors based on multilayer 2D semiconductors. We describe the theoretical background on characterizing methods of TFT performance and material properties, followed by their applications in flexible, transparent, and optoelectronic devices. Finally, we highlight some of the methods used in metal-semiconductor contacts, hybrid structures, heterostructures, and chemical doping to improve device performance.

  2. Nanomechanical investigation of thin-film electroceramic/metal-organic framework multilayers

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    Best, James P., E-mail: james.best@empa.ch, E-mail: engelbert.redel@kit.edu, E-mail: christof.woell@kit.edu; Michler, Johann; Maeder, Xavier [Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures, Feuerwerkerstrasse 39, CH-3602 Thun (Switzerland); Liu, Jianxi; Wang, Zhengbang; Tsotsalas, Manuel; Liu, Jinxuan; Gliemann, Hartmut; Weidler, Peter G.; Redel, Engelbert, E-mail: james.best@empa.ch, E-mail: engelbert.redel@kit.edu, E-mail: christof.woell@kit.edu; Wöll, Christof, E-mail: james.best@empa.ch, E-mail: engelbert.redel@kit.edu, E-mail: christof.woell@kit.edu [Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Röse, Silvana [Preparative Macromolecular Chemistry, Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ICTP), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Engesserstrasse 18, 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institute for Biological Interfaces (IBG), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Herrmann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Oberst, Vanessa [Institute of Applied Materials (IAM), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Walheim, Stefan [Institute of Nanotechnology (INT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2015-09-07

    Thin-film multilayer stacks of mechanically hard magnetron sputtered indium tin oxide (ITO) and mechanically soft highly porous surface anchored metal-organic framework (SURMOF) HKUST-1 were studied using nanoindentation. Crystalline, continuous, and monolithic surface anchored MOF thin films were fabricated using a liquid-phase epitaxial growth method. Control over respective fabrication processes allowed for tuning of the thickness of the thin film systems with a high degree of precision. It was found that the mechanical indentation of such thin films is significantly affected by the substrate properties; however, elastic parameters were able to be decoupled for constituent thin-film materials (E{sub ITO} ≈ 96.7 GPa, E{sub HKUST−1} ≈ 22.0 GPa). For indentation of multilayer stacks, it was found that as the layer thicknesses were increased, while holding the relative thickness of ITO and HKUST-1 constant, the resistance to deformation was significantly altered. Such an observation is likely due to small, albeit significant, changes in film texture, interfacial roughness, size effects, and controlling deformation mechanism as a result of increasing material deposition during processing. Such effects may have consequences regarding the rational mechanical design and utilization of MOF-based hybrid thin-film devices.

  3. Liposomes as drug deposits in multilayered polymer films.

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    Lynge, Martin E; Laursen, Marie Baekgaard; Hosta-Rigau, Leticia; Jensen, Bettina E B; Ogaki, Ryosuke; Smith, Anton A A; Zelikin, Alexander N; Städler, Brigitte

    2013-04-24

    The ex vivo growth of implantable hepatic or cardiac tissue remains a challenge and novel approaches are highly sought after. We report an approach to use liposomes embedded within multilayered films as drug deposits to deliver active cargo to adherent cells. We verify and characterize the assembly of poly(l-lysine) (PLL)/alginate, PLL/poly(l-glutamic acid), PLL/poly(methacrylic acid) (PMA), and PLL/cholesterol-modified PMA (PMAc) films, and assess the myoblast and hepatocyte adhesion to these coatings using different numbers of polyelectrolyte layers. The assembly of liposome-containing multilayered coatings is monitored by QCM-D, and the films are visualized using microscopy. The myoblast and hepatocyte adhesion to these films using PLL/PMAc or poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS)/poly(allyl amine hydrochloride) (PAH) as capping layers is evaluated. Finally, the uptake of fluorescent lipids from the surface by these cells is demonstrated and compared. The activity of this liposome-containing coating is confirmed for both cell lines by trapping the small cytotoxic compound thiocoraline within the liposomes. It is shown that the biological response depends on the number of capping layers, and is different for the two cell lines when the compound is delivered from the surface, while it is similar when administered from solution. Taken together, we demonstrate the potential of liposomes as drug deposits in multilayered films for surface-mediated drug delivery.

  4. Piezoelectric Multilayer-Stacked Hybrid Actuation/Transduction System

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    Xu, Tian-Bing (Inventor); Jiang, Xiaoning (Inventor); Su, Ji (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    A novel full piezoelectric multilayer stacked hybrid actuation/transduction system. The system demonstrates significantly-enhanced electromechanical performance by utilizing the cooperative contributions of the electromechanical responses of multilayer stacked negative and positive strain components. Both experimental and theoretical studies indicate that for this system, the displacement is over three times that of a same-sized conventional flextensional actuator/transducer. The system consists of at least 2 layers which include electromechanically active components. The layers are arranged such that when electric power is applied, one layer contracts in a transverse direction while the second layer expands in a transverse direction which is perpendicular to the transverse direction of the first layer. An alternate embodiment includes a third layer. In this embodiment, the outer two layers contract in parallel transverse directions while the middle layer expands in a transverse direction which is perpendicular to the transverse direction of the outer layers.

  5. TAPE CALENDERING MANUFACTURING PROCESS FOR MULTILAYER THIN-FILM SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELLS

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    Nguyen Minh; Kurt Montgomery

    2004-10-01

    This report summarizes the work performed by Hybrid Power Generation Systems, LLC during the Phases I and II under Contract DE-AC26-00NT40705 for the U. S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE/NETL) entitled ''Tape Calendering Manufacturing Process For Multilayer Thin-Film Solid Oxide Fuel Cells''. The main objective of this project was to develop the manufacturing process based on tape calendering for multilayer solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC's) using the unitized cell design concept and to demonstrate cell performance under specified operating conditions. Summarized in this report is the development and improvements to multilayer SOFC cells and the unitized cell design. Improvements to the multilayer SOFC cell were made in electrochemical performance, in both the anode and cathode, with cells demonstrating power densities of nearly 0.9 W/cm{sup 2} for 650 C operation and other cell configurations showing greater than 1.0 W/cm{sup 2} at 75% fuel utilization and 800 C. The unitized cell design was matured through design, analysis and development testing to a point that cell operation at greater than 70% fuel utilization was demonstrated at 800 C. The manufacturing process for both the multilayer cell and unitized cell design were assessed and refined, process maps were developed, forming approaches explored, and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques examined.

  6. Multilayer Film Fabrication and Photoelectric Conversion Property of Two Pyrrolidinofullerene Carboxylic Acid Derivatives

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    2000-01-01

    Two multilayer films of pyrrolidinofullerene carboxylic acid derivatives, which exhibit photoelectric conversion property, are reported here. The first monolayers were fabricated on hydrophilic indium-tin-oxide (ITO), quartz, and mica by esterification reaction. The multilayers were characterized by contact angle and UV spectrum. The photoelectric conversion properties of both multilayer films were studied.

  7. Nanomechanical Behavior of High Gas Barrier Multilayer Thin Films.

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    Humood, Mohammad; Chowdhury, Shahla; Song, Yixuan; Tzeng, Ping; Grunlan, Jaime C; Polycarpou, Andreas A

    2016-05-04

    Nanoindentation and nanoscratch experiments were performed on thin multilayer films manufactured using the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly technique. These films are known to exhibit high gas barrier, but little is known about their durability, which is an important feature for various packaging applications (e.g., food and electronics). Films were prepared from bilayer and quadlayer sequences, with varying thickness and composition. In an effort to evaluate multilayer thin film surface and mechanical properties, and their resistance to failure and wear, a comprehensive range of experiments were conducted: low and high load indentation, low and high load scratch. Some of the thin films were found to have exceptional mechanical behavior and exhibit excellent scratch resistance. Specifically, nanobrick wall structures, comprising montmorillonite (MMT) clay and polyethylenimine (PEI) bilayers, are the most durable coatings. PEI/MMT films exhibit high hardness, large elastic modulus, high elastic recovery, low friction, low scratch depth, and a smooth surface. When combined with the low oxygen permeability and high optical transmission of these thin films, these excellent mechanical properties make them good candidates for hard coating surface-sensitive substrates, where polymers are required to sustain long-term surface aesthetics and quality.

  8. Full Piezoelectric Multilayer-Stacked Hybrid Actuation/Transduction Systems

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    Su, Ji; Jiang, Xiaoning; Zu, Tian-Bing

    2011-01-01

    The Stacked HYBATS (Hybrid Actuation/Transduction system) demonstrates significantly enhanced electromechanical performance by using the cooperative contributions of the electromechanical responses of multilayer, stacked negative strain components and positive strain components. Both experimental and theoretical studies indicate that, for Stacked HYBATS, the displacement is over three times that of a same-sized conventional flextensional actuator/transducer. The coupled resonance mode between positive strain and negative strain components of Stacked HYBATS is much stronger than the resonance of a single element actuation only when the effective lengths of the two kinds of elements match each other. Compared with the previously invented hybrid actuation system (HYBAS), the multilayer Stacked HYBATS can be designed to provide high mechanical load capability, low voltage driving, and a highly effective piezoelectric constant. The negative strain component will contract, and the positive strain component will expand in the length directions when an electric field is applied on the device. The interaction between the two elements makes an enhanced motion along the Z direction for Stacked-HYBATS. In order to dominate the dynamic length of Stacked-HYBATS by the negative strain component, the area of the cross-section for the negative strain component will be much larger than the total cross-section areas of the two positive strain components. The transverse strain is negative and longitudinal strain positive in inorganic materials, such as ceramics/single crystals. Different piezoelectric multilayer stack configurations can make a piezoelectric ceramic/single-crystal multilayer stack exhibit negative strain or positive strain at a certain direction without increasing the applied voltage. The difference of this innovation from the HYBAS is that all the elements can be made from one-of-a-kind materials. Stacked HYBATS can provide an extremely effective piezoelectric

  9. Refinement of circular-polarization based on multilayer film structure

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    LI Bin; LEE Kuei-jen; CHOU His-tseng; HUANG Shan-guo; GU Wan-yi

    2009-01-01

    Circular-polarization discrimination appears in many antennas' applications. A compensation approach based on multilayer film structure is proposed to improve the axial ratio of the magnitude of the two perpendicular modes of the lump ports. The goal is to widen the beamwidth of radiation that has an axial ratio less than 3 dB and thus reducing the complexity at the receiver. A transfer matrix method was developed to represent the multilayer film and characterize its performance. Simulation using high frequency structure simulator shows that a crossed dipole, as an example, can achieve a beamwidth of more than at the frequency of 12.45 GHz after compensation. Finally, conclusions and future work about this compensation method are presented.

  10. Polymer/metal hybrid multilayers modified Schottky devices

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    Torrisi, V.; Isgrò, G.; Li Destri, G.; Marletta, G. [Laboratory for Molecular Surfaces and Nanotechnology (LAMSUN), Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Catania and CSGI, Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania (Italy); Ruffino, F.; Grimaldi, M. G. [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia-Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); MATIS IMM-CNR, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Crupi, I. [MATIS IMM-CNR, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy)

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    Insulating, polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), and semiconducting, poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), nanometer thick polymers/Au nanoparticles based hybrid multilayers (HyMLs) were fabricated on p-Si single-crystal substrate. An iterative method, which involves, respectively, spin-coating (PMMA and P3HT deposition) and sputtering (Au nanoparticles deposition) techniques to prepare Au/HyMLs/p-Si Schottky device, was used. The barrier height and the ideality factor of the Au/HyMLs/p-Si Schottky devices were investigated by current-voltage measurements in the thickness range of 1–5 bilayers. It was observed that the barrier height of such hybrid layered systems can be tuned as a function of bilayers number and its evolution was quantified and analyzed.

  11. Anisotropic Diffusion of Polyelectrolyte Chains within Multi-layer Films

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    Xu, Li [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey; Kozlovskaya, Veronika [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Kharlampieva, Eugenia [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Ankner, John Francis [ORNL; Sukhishvili, Prof. Svetlana A. [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey

    2012-01-01

    We found diffusion of polyelectrolyte chains within multilayer films to be highly anisotropic, with the preferential chain motion parallel to the substrate. The degree of anisotropy was quantified by a combination of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching and neutron reflectometry, probing chain diffusion in directions parallel and perpendicular to the substrate, respectively. Chain mobility was controlled by ionic strength of annealing solutions and steric hindrance to ionic pairing of interacting polyelectrolytes.

  12. Polypeptide Chirality Influences Multilayer Thin Film Growth and Structure

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    Bell, Zephra; Khadka, Dhan; Haynie, Donald

    2011-03-01

    Polypeptide multilayer thin films are being developed for a variety of applications.These include coatings for implant devices and systems for drug delivery in thebiomedical sciences, and optical coatings. Subsequent polymer adsorption steps involve polymers of opposite polarity. Here, the polymers were polypeptides. This project compared the consequences of changing polypeptide chirality on film growth and structure. The peptides were poly(L-glutamic acid), its right-handed counterpart, poly(D-glutamic acid), and poly(lysine-tyrosine). The first two are negatively charged at neutral pH, the third one is positively charged. Poly(lysine-tyrosine)/poly(L-glutamic acid) films and poly(lysine-tyrosine)/poly(D-glutamic acid) films werefabricated on 1 mm-thick quartz plates. In one experiment, films were grown to 34layers. The UV absorption spectrum was taken after each layer deposited to determinethe rate of polymer self-assembly. Separately, UV or visible wavelength spectra wereobtained for films stained with a dye cooled/heated in the range 4-65 °C. In anotherexperiment, a mixture of poly-L-glutamic acid and poly-D-glutamic acid was used as thepolyanion for film buildup. The data show that poly(lysine-tyrosine)/poly(L-glutamicacid) films built up at a higher rate than the corresponding right-handed films.

  13. Piezoelectricity of single- and multi-layer cellular polypropylene film electrets

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    QIU Xunlin; XIA Zhongfu; WANG Feipeng

    2007-01-01

    The piezoelectricity of a pressure-treated cellular polypropylene (PP) (commercially available,trade name PQ50) film electret was studied by the measurement of direct- and inverse-piezoelectric d33 coefficient.The sample expanded with optimal parameters has a quasi-static piezo-electric d33 coefficient of more than 600 Pc/N,which is about 40 times as high as that of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). In addition,the hybrid multi-layer system,which properly combines single-layer cellular PP film electrets,shows a quasi-static piezoelectric sensitivity of as high as 2010 Pc/N. This is around three times higher than that of well-known lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics.The results are theoreti-cally and technically helpful to promote the application of cellular PP film electrets.

  14. Structure and Magneto-Optical Characteristic Study of Optical Multilayer Thin Films

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    YANG Cheng-tao

    2005-01-01

    @@ Based on the design theory of soft X-ray optical multilayer thin films and magneto-optic multilayer thin films, the metal multilayer thin films for the reflection of soft X-ray and ultraviolet ray, as well as the magneto-optic multilayer thin films for the magneto-optical memories were constructed. The metal multilayer thin films and the magneto-optic multilayer thin films were deposited with magnetron sputtering. The detail of optical reflection characteristics, layered-structure, and surface and interface characteristics were studied. At the same time,the static magneto-optical characteristics and dynamic magneto-optical characteristics of the magneto-optical disk were investigated.

  15. Multilayered Polyelectrolyte Films:A Tool for Biomaterial Coatings and Tissue Engineering?

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    Jean-Claude; VOEGEL; Joёlle; OGIER; Catherine; PICART; Nadia; JESSEL; Philippe; LAVALLE; Vincent; BALL; Bernard; SENGER; Pierre; SCHAAF

    2005-01-01

    1 Physicochemical aspects of multilayered polyelectrolyte films Multilayered polyelectrolyte films are obtained by alternated depositions on a solid surface of polyanions and polycations~([1]). The driving force for the build-up results from the charge excess which appears on the top of the film after each new polyelectrolyte adsorption. The film top becomes thus positively (respectively negatively) charged when the film is ending by a polycation (respectively polyanion). Various polyelectrolyte systems hav...

  16. Electrocatalytic Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Films and Their Applications in Chemical Sensors and Biosensors

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    2001-01-01

    @@ In this report, we will present the organic-inorganic hybrid molecular films prepared in our group and their applications in chemical sensors and biosensors.Many types of multi-layered films have been prepared in an alternatively assembled organic-inorganic and layer-by-layer manner. We will focus on the alternatively organized organic surfactant and metal-complex films and their conversion into electrocatalytically active films. Especially, we will demonstrate the preparation of bifunctional films for the detection of two different but correlated species, such as nitric oxide and oxygen, in biomedia.

  17. Electrocatalytic Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Films and Their Applications in Chemical Sensors and Biosensors

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    LI; XiaoYuan

    2001-01-01

    In this report, we will present the organic-inorganic hybrid molecular films prepared in our group and their applications in chemical sensors and biosensors.Many types of multi-layered films have been prepared in an alternatively assembled organic-inorganic and layer-by-layer manner. We will focus on the alternatively organized organic surfactant and metal-complex films and their conversion into electrocatalytically active films. Especially, we will demonstrate the preparation of bifunctional films for the detection of two different but correlated species, such as nitric oxide and oxygen, in biomedia.  ……

  18. Simultaneous measurements of top surface and its underlying film surfaces in multilayer film structure.

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    Ghim, Young-Sik; Rhee, Hyug-Gyo; Davies, Angela

    2017-09-19

    With the growth of 3D packaging technology and the development of flexible, transparent electrodes, the use of multilayer thin-films is steadily increasing throughout high-tech industries including semiconductor, flat panel display, and solar photovoltaic industries. Also, this in turn leads to an increase in industrial demands for inspection of internal analysis. However, there still remain many technical limitations to overcome for measurement of the internal structure of the specimen without damage. In this paper, we propose an innovative optical inspection technique for simultaneous measurements of the surface and film thickness corresponding to each layer of multilayer film structures by computing the phase and reflectance over a wide range of wavelengths. For verification of our proposed method, the sample specimen of multilayer films was fabricated via photolithography process, and the surface profile and film thickness of each layer were measured by two different techniques of a stylus profilometer and an ellipsometer, respectively. Comparison results shows that our proposed technique enables simultaneous measurements of the top surface and its underlying film surfaces with high precision, which could not be measured by conventional non-destructive methods.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of La-Doped Luminescent Multilayer Films

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    Tianlei Wang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we have successfully designed ordered luminescent multilayer films based on La-doped nonmagnetic or magnetic inorganic nanostructure with electronic microenvironment (EM. The inorganic nanosheets with opposite charge can assemble EM between the interlayers. At the same time, their elements on nanosheets of layer double hydroxides (LDHs are facile to be replaced so that we can introduce transition metal or lanthanide elements. Besides, ferromagnetic effect (FE can be formed in this microenvironment due to introducing transition metal on LDHs nanosheets. As a result, we confirm that EM, FE, and doping La element in the LDHs can affect the vibration of backbone of chromophores and then prolong the luminescent lifetime, which suggests a new pathway for developing the novel light-emitting thin films.

  20. Glassy dynamics in CuMn thin-film multilayers

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    Zhai, Qiang; Harrison, David C.; Tennant, Daniel; Dalhberg, E. Dan; Kenning, Gregory G.; Orbach, Raymond L.

    2017-02-01

    Thin-film multilayered spin-glass CuMn/Cu structures display glassy dynamics. The freezing temperature Tf was measured for 40 layers of CuMn films of thickness L =4.5 ,9.0 , and 20.0 nm, sandwiched between nonmagnetic Cu layers of thickness ≈60 nm. The Kenning effect, Tf∝lnL , is shown to follow from power-law dynamics where the correlation length grows from nucleation as ξ (t ,T ) =c1a0(t/τ0) c2(T /Tg) , leading to [(Tf/Tg) c2ln(tco/τ0) ] +lnc1=ln(L /a0) . Here, Tg is the bulk spin-glass temperature, c1 and c2 are constants determined from the spin-glass dynamics, tco is the time for the correlation length to grow to the film thickness, τ0 is a characteristic exchange time ≈ℏ /kBTg , and a0 is the average Mn-Mn separation. For t ≥tco , the magnetization dynamics are simple activated, with a single activation energy Δmax(L ) /kBTg=(1 /c2) [ln(L /a0) -lnc1] that does not change with time. Values for all these parameters are found for the three values of L explored in these measurements. We find experimentally Δmax(L ) /kB =907 , 1246, and 1650 K, respectively, for the three CuMn thin-film multilayer thicknesses, consistent with power-law dynamics. We perform a similar analysis based on the activated dynamics of the droplet model and find a much larger spread for Δmax(L ) than found experimentally.

  1. The multilayered structure of ultrathin amorphous carbon films synthesized by filtered cathodic vacuum arc deposition

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    Wang, Na

    2013-08-01

    The structure of ultrathin amorphous carbon (a-C) films synthesized by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) deposition was investigated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Results of the plasmon excitation energy shift and through-thickness elemental concentration show a multilayered a-C film structure comprising an interface layer consisting of C, Si, and, possibly, SiC, a buffer layer with continuously increasing sp 3 fraction, a relatively thicker layer (bulk film) of constant sp 3 content, and an ultrathin surface layer rich in sp 2 hybridization. A detailed study of the C K-edge spectrum indicates that the buffer layer between the interface layer and the bulk film is due to the partial backscattering of C+ ions interacting with the heavy atoms of the silicon substrate. The results of this study provide insight into the minimum thickness of a-C films deposited by FCVA under optimum substrate bias conditions. Copyright © 2013 Materials Research Society.

  2. Brillouin Light Scattering studies of magnetic thin films and multilayers

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    Pugh, P R T

    2000-01-01

    crystal films. The films were grown on GaAs substrates and the BLS data gathered was analysed using derived expressions containing cubic and uniaxial anisotropy terms, the latter being derived here from first principals. 3. A series of FeCo alloy films deposited to thicknesses ranging from 46 A to 1000 A. The parameter of interest was the sample thickness below which the sample magnetization was found to be less that that of the bulk material. The BLS results were analysed using the Damon and Eshbach Surface mode expression. 4. The magnetic properties of an Fe/Cr trilayer wedge as a function of interlayer (Cr) spacer thickness. The transition from Antiferromagnetic to Ferromagnetic coupling was observed as function of Cr spacer thickness. BLS measurements at low and high field were correlated with features of the magnetization curves. 5. A series of 3 Co/Pt multilayers as a function of applied field. The results have yielded magnetization values for the films that are much lower than those of bulk Co. This wa...

  3. Development of environmentally friendly piezoelectric polymer film actuator having multilayer structure

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    Tajitsu, Yoshiro

    2016-04-01

    We designed a new soft piezoelectric polymer actuator with a multilayer structure using the environmentally friendly polymer poly(lactic acid) (PLA). PLA is a chiral polymer having two isomers. One is poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) and the other is poly(d-lactide) (PDLA). PLLA and PDLA exhibit piezoelectric constants with opposite signs owing to their chirality. On the basis of their piezoelectric characteristics, we were able to realize a PDLA and PLLA multilayer film (PDLA/PLLA multilayer) with a simple structure. The PDLA/PLLA multilayer film of centimeter-order size exhibited a large piezoelectric resonance and its piezoelectric performance was equivalent to that of a practical piezoelectric ceramic. In this paper, as a first step toward realizing a new film actuator using the PDLA/PLLA multilayer film, we introduce the piezoelectric characteristics of a PLLA film and the concept of an actuation system using a PLLA film. Next, the fabrication process of the PDLA/PLLA multilayer film and its piezoelectric characteristics are summarized. Finally, typical examples of developed piezoelectric polymer actuation systems using a PDLA/PLLA multilayer film are described to demonstrate the potential application of piezoelectric polymer actuation systems.

  4. High proton conductivity in the molecular interlayer of a polymer nanosheet multilayer film.

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    Sato, Takuma; Hayasaka, Yuta; Mitsuishi, Masaya; Miyashita, Tokuji; Nagano, Shusaku; Matsui, Jun

    2015-05-12

    High proton conductivity was achieved in a polymer multilayer film with a well-defined two-dimensional lamella structure. The multilayer film was prepared by deposition of poly(N-dodecylacryamide-co-acrylic acid) (p(DDA/AA)) monolayers onto a solid substrate using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Grazing-angle incidence X-ray diffraction measurement of a 30-layer film of p(DDA/AA) showed strong diffraction peaks in the out-of-plane direction at 2θ = 2.26° and 4.50°, revealing that the multilayer film had a highly uniform layered structure with a monolayer thickness of 2.0 nm. The proton conductivity of the p(DDA/AA) multilayer film parallel to the layer plane direction was 0.051 S/cm at 60 °C and 98% relative humidity with a low activation energy of 0.35 eV, which is comparable to perfluorosulfonic acid membranes. The high conductivity and low activation energy resulted from the formation of uniform two-dimensional proton-conductive nanochannels in the hydrophilic regions of the multilayer film. The proton conductivity of the multilayer film perpendicular to the layer plane was determined to be 2.1 × 10(-13) S/cm. Therefore, the multilayer film showed large anisotropic conductivity with an anisotropic ratio of 2.4 × 10(11).

  5. Effect of Nanoscale Ag Film Thickness on the Electrical and Optical Properties of Transparent IZTO/Ag/IZTO Multilayer Films Deposited on Glass Substrates.

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    Oh, Dohyun; Lee, Nam Hyun; Cho, Woon-Jo; Kim, Tae Whan

    2015-07-01

    The effect of nanoscale Ag film thickness on the electrical and optical properties in transparent conducting oxide films consisting of an IZTO/Ag/IZTO multilayer were investigated. The homoge- neous morphologies of the Ag films sandwiched between the IZTO films affected the optical and electrical properties of the IZTO/Ag/IZTO multilayer films. The transmittance and resistivity of the IZTO/Ag/IZTO multilayer films decreased with increasing Ag film thickness. The resistivities of the IZTO/Ag/IZTO multilayer films grown on glass substrates were decreased by using an Ag thin inter- layer in comparison with that of the IZTO single layer.

  6. Multilayer Thin Films Sequential Assembly of Nanocomposite Materials

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    Decher, Gero

    2012-01-01

    This second, comprehensive edition of the pioneering book in this field has been completely revised and extended, now stretching to two volumes. The result is a comprehensive summary of layer-by-layer assembled, truly hybrid nanomaterials and thin films, covering organic, inorganic, colloidal, macromolecular and biological components, plus the assembly of nanoscale films derived from them on surfaces. Praise for the first edition: "... highly recommended to anyone interested in the field... and to scientists and researchers active in materials development..." –Polymer News With contri

  7. High performance of symmetrical supercapacitor based on multilayer films of graphene oxide/polypyrrole electrodes

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    De la Fuente Salas, Ixra Marisol [Department of Chemical Engineering, Technological Institute of La Laguna, Torreón, Coahuila (Mexico); Sudhakar, Y.N. [Department of Chemistry, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka (India); Selvakumar, M., E-mail: chemselva78@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka (India)

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: Schematic representation of synthesis of graphene oxide/PPy multilayer film. - Highlights: • Influence of current density, concentration of supporting electrolyte and conducting polymer deposition time on GO matrix are studied in detail. • High performance capacitive electrode for multilayer film of GO/PPy is compared with single layer GO/PPy film. • Morphology of the multilayer film and probable mechanism of multilayer deposition of PPy in GO are discussed. - Abstract: In this work we have deposited multlilayer films of polypyrrole (PPy) by galvanostatic method with three different dopants namely p-toluenesulphonic acid, benzene sulphonic acid, and sulfuric acid ions on graphene oxide (GO) layer. The better deposition of PPy films on GO is addressed by studying the influence of different electrolytes, concentrations and current densities. The multilayer films of GO/PPy exhibits greater capacitance compared to GO/PPy single layer. The morphology of the graphene oxide (GO)/multilayer nano PPy structures is carefully analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, FTIR and XPS spectrum. Specific capacitance of fabricated supercapacitor using multilayer electrodes is as high as 332 F g{sup −1} at 10 mV s{sup −1} and also compared with another supercapacitor made from single GO/PPy layer whose capacitance is 215 F g{sup −1}. Galvanostatic charge–discharge studies show good performance and stability.

  8. Multilayer films of layered double hydroxide/polyaniline and their ammonia sensing behavior

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    Xu, Dong-Mei; Guan, Mei-Yu; Xu, Qing-Hong; Guo, Ying, E-mail: guoying@mail.buct.edu.cn

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: • (ZnAl-LDH/PANI){sub n} multilayer films have been fabricated via a layer-by-layer assembly way. • The multilayer films have relatively ordered morphology and controllable thickness. • The multilayer films show extremely high selectivity to ammonia at room temperature. -- Abstract: This paper reports the fabrication of layered double hydroxide (LDH)/conductive polymer multilayer films by alternate assembly of exfoliated ZnAl-LDH nanosheets and polyaniline (PANI) on silicon wafer substrates using the layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition technology. UV–vis absorption spectroscopy indicates a stepwise and regular growth of the (LDH/PANI){sub n} multilayer films upon increasing deposition cycles. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) demonstrate that the surfaces of the films are microscopy smooth and uniform with a thickness of 2 nm per bilayer. Furthermore, the resulting (LDH/PANI){sub n} multilayer films possess high selectively response to ammonia at room temperature. The presence of LDH nanosheets plays a critical role on the gas sensing for the pure PANI film has very low response to ammonia. The LBL assembly process based on LDH combines the conducting polymer and nano-inorganic material, which provides opportunities to develop new inorganic–organic films for gas sensing.

  9. Control over magnetic spectrum of multilayer magnetic film metamaterial

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    I. T. Iakubov

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available A RLC electric circuit with magnetic core is studied experimentally and theoretically as a promising design of a metamaterial cell. Laminates made of multilayered ferromagnetic films are used as the magnetic core. The wire coiled around the core allows the frequency dependence of permeability to be adjusted according to needs of a particular task by creating a region of intensive magnetic loss below the ferromagnetic resonance frequency of the bare core. The theoretic analysis is based on the quasi-statics of magnetic fields and electric currents. The intensity of the loss peak is proportional to the value of μ′2/μ″, where μ′ and μ″ are the frequency-dependent components of permeability of the core material. The magnetic spectra of cells with cores made of laminates of NiFe films and FeCo films have been measured. It is shown that the application of the winding allows the magnetic loss peak to be shifted from 1 GHz to 0.3 GHz for NiFe and from 5 GHz to 0.7 GHz for FeCo. The effective imaginary permeability at the resonant frequency increases by the factors of 5 and 6, correspondingly. The theory agrees well with the measured data.

  10. Control over magnetic spectrum of multilayer magnetic film metamaterial

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    Iakubov, I. T.; Lagarkov, A. N.; Rozanov, K. N.; Starostenko, S. N.; Zezyulina, P. A.

    2015-07-01

    A RLC electric circuit with magnetic core is studied experimentally and theoretically as a promising design of a metamaterial cell. Laminates made of multilayered ferromagnetic films are used as the magnetic core. The wire coiled around the core allows the frequency dependence of permeability to be adjusted according to needs of a particular task by creating a region of intensive magnetic loss below the ferromagnetic resonance frequency of the bare core. The theoretic analysis is based on the quasi-statics of magnetic fields and electric currents. The intensity of the loss peak is proportional to the value of μ'2/μ″, where μ' and μ″ are the frequency-dependent components of permeability of the core material. The magnetic spectra of cells with cores made of laminates of NiFe films and FeCo films have been measured. It is shown that the application of the winding allows the magnetic loss peak to be shifted from 1 GHz to 0.3 GHz for NiFe and from 5 GHz to 0.7 GHz for FeCo. The effective imaginary permeability at the resonant frequency increases by the factors of 5 and 6, correspondingly. The theory agrees well with the measured data.

  11. Fibrillar films obtained from sodium soap fibers and polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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    Zawko, Scott A; Schmidt, Christine E

    2011-08-01

    An objective of tissue engineering is to create synthetic polymer scaffolds with a fibrillar microstructure similar to the extracellular matrix. Here, we present a novel method for creating polymer fibers using the layer-by-layer method and sacrificial templates composed of sodium soap fibers. Soap fibers were prepared from neutralized fatty acids using a sodium chloride crystal dissolution method. Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) of polystyrene sulfonate and polyallylamine hydrochloride were deposited onto the soap fibers, crosslinked with glutaraldehyde, and then the soap fibers were leached with warm water and ethanol. The morphology of the resulting PEM structures was a dense network of fibers surrounded by a nonfibrillar matrix. Microscopy revealed that the PEM fibers were solid structures, presumably composed of polyelectrolytes complexed with residual fatty acids. These fibrillar PEM films were found to support the attachment of human dermal fibroblasts.

  12. Highly stable thin film transistors using multilayer channel structure

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    Nayak, Pradipta K.

    2015-03-09

    We report highly stable gate-bias stress performance of thin film transistors (TFTs) using zinc oxide (ZnO)/hafnium oxide (HfO2) multilayer structure as the channel layer. Positive and negative gate-bias stress stability of the TFTs was measured at room temperature and at 60°C. A tremendous improvement in gate-bias stress stability was obtained in case of the TFT with multiple layers of ZnO embedded between HfO2 layers compared to the TFT with a single layer of ZnO as the semiconductor. The ultra-thin HfO2 layers act as passivation layers, which prevent the adsorption of oxygen and water molecules in the ZnO layer and hence significantly improve the gate-bias stress stability of ZnO TFTs.

  13. Magnetic degradation of thin film multilayers during ion milling

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    J. C. Read

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available We present a study of Ar ion milling-induced damage in exchange biased IrMn/CoFe/Ag-based magnetic multilayer thin films. While process variations determine the change in CoFe magnetic properties, the distance from the ion milling front to the IrMn/CoFe interface dominates the extent of exchange bias damage. Remarkably, the interfacial coupling energy Jk can be reduced by 50% before any removal of the CoFe pinned layer. We attribute the losses to microstructural changes and damage effects where cap material is driven into the CoFe layer below. Disturbance depth estimates from ion impact simulations agree reasonably with the observed length scales of damage.

  14. Investigation of multi-layer thin films for energy storage.

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    Renk, Timothy Jerome; Monson, Todd

    2009-01-01

    We investigate here the feasibility of increasing the energy density of thin-film capacitors by construction of a multi-layer capacitor device through ablation and redeposition of the capacitor materials using a high-power pulsed ion beam. The deposition experiments were conducted on the RHEPP-1 facility at Sandia National Laboratories. The dielectric capacitor filler material was a composition of Lead-Lanthanum-Zirconium-Titanium oxide (PLZT). The energy storage can be increased by using material of intrinsically high dielectric constant, and constructing many thin layers of this material. For successful device construction, there are a number of challenging requirements including correct stoichiometric and crystallographic composition of the deposited PLZT. This report details some success in satisfying these requirements, even though the attempt at device manufacture was unsuccessful. The conclusion that 900 C temperatures are necessary to reconstitute the deposited PLZT has implications for future manufacturing capability.

  15. Mesoporous multilayer thin films: environment-sensitive photonic crystals

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    Soler Illia, Galo; Fuertes, Maria Cecilia; Angelome, Paula Cecilia [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina). Centro Atomico Constituyentes. Gerencia de Quimica; Marchi, Maria Claudia [Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales. INQUIMAE; Troiani, Horacio [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica (CNEA), San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina). Centro Atomico Bariloche and Instituto Balseiro; Luca, Vittorio [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Lucas Heights (Australia). Inst. of Materials and Engineering Sciences; Miguez, Hernan [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Isla de La Cartuja, Sevilla (Spain). Inst. de Ciencia de Materiales

    2008-11-15

    Photonic Crystals made up of stacked mesoporous thin films (MTF) were produced by sequential deposition. These materials present order at different length scales: atomic (local structure), mesoscopic (ordered mesopores) and submicronic (controlled thickness), which were accurately assessed by Small Angle X-ray Scattering (2D SAXS, D11A SAXS1) and X-ray Reflectometry (XRR, D10A XRD2). Each MTF building block of a complex multilayer architecture behaves like an 'optical switch' in the presence of vapours. Its electronic density (and therefore the refractive index) changes due to capillary condensation of a given solvent within the pore systems. This allows for the creation of photonic crystals that are responsive to environment, with promising applications in selective sensing or active waveguides. (author)

  16. Angle-resolved XPS analysis and characterization of monolayer and multilayer silane films for DNA coupling to silica.

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    Shircliff, Rebecca A; Stradins, Paul; Moutinho, Helio; Fennell, John; Ghirardi, Maria L; Cowley, Scott W; Branz, Howard M; Martin, Ina T

    2013-03-26

    We measure silane density and Sulfo-EMCS cross-linker coupling efficiency on aminosilane films by high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements. We then characterize DNA immobilization and hybridization on these films by (32)P-radiometry. We find that the silane film structure controls the efficiency of the subsequent steps toward DNA hybridization. A self-limited silane monolayer produced from 3-aminopropyldimethylethoxysilane (APDMES) provides a silane surface density of ~3 nm(-2). Thin (1 h deposition) and thick (19 h deposition) multilayer films are generated from 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), resulting in surfaces with increased roughness compared to the APDMES monolayer. Increased silane surface density is estimated for the 19 h APTES film, due to a ∼32% increase in surface area compared to the APDMES monolayer. High cross-linker coupling efficiencies are measured for all three silane films. DNA immobilization densities are similar for the APDMES monolayer and 1 h APTES. However, the DNA immobilization density is double for the 19 h APTES, suggesting that increased surface area allows for a higher probe attachment. The APDMES monolayer has the lowest DNA target density and hybridization efficiency. This is attributed to the steric hindrance as the random packing limit is approached for DNA double helices (dsDNA, diameter ≥ 2 nm) on a plane. The heterogeneity and roughness of the APTES films reduce this steric hindrance and allow for tighter packing of DNA double helices, resulting in higher hybridization densities and efficiencies. The low steric hindrance of the thin, one to two layer APTES film provides the highest hybridization efficiency of nearly 88%, with 0.21 dsDNA/nm(2). The XPS data also reveal water on the cross-linker-treated surface that is implicated in device aging.

  17. Coherent thermal radiation in thin films and its application in the emissivity design of multilayer films

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    LIANG XinGang; HAN MaoHua

    2007-01-01

    The Infrared transmission spectra of a 0.54-μm-thick Ge film and a 20-μm-thick Si film were experimentally measured.As the incident radiation was in the wavelength range from 1.5 μm to 10 μm,the Ge film demonstrated a strongly spectral coherence.However,thermal radiation of the Ge film was found to be spatially incoherent due to its extreme thinness.The Si film exhibited significantly spectral and spatial coherence.The results confirmed that thermal radiation of a monolayer film could be coherent spectrally and spatially if the film thickness was comparable with the wavelength.The optical characteristic matrix method was applied to calculate the transmission spectra of the Si and Ge film,and the results agreed well with the measurements.This method was further used to analyze two multilayer films composed of five low emissive layers.Their emissivities were found to be highly emissive at a certain zenith angle,and the emissive peak could be controlled by careful selection of film thickness.

  18. Magnetic and magnetostrictive properties of amorphous TbFe/FeAl multilayer thin film

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    WANG Wei; MI Yiming; QIAN Shiqiang; ZHOU Xiying

    2008-01-01

    Exchange coupling multilayer thin films, which combined giant magnetostriction and soft magnetic properties, were of growing interest for applications. The TbFe/FeAl multilayer thin films were prepared by dc magnetron sputtering onto glass substrates. The microstructure, magnetic, and magnetostrictive properties of TbFe/FeAl multilayer thin film was investigated at different annealing temperatures. The results indicated that the soft magnetic and magnetostrictive properties for TbFe/FeAl multilayer thin film compared with TbFe single layer film were obviously improved. In comparison with the intrinsic coercivity JHc of 59.2 kA/m for TbFe single layer film, the intrinsic coercivity JHc for TbFe/FeAl multilayer thin films rapidly dropped to 29.6 kA/m. After optimal annealing (350 ℃×60 min), magnetic properties of Hs=96 kA/m and JHc=16 kA/m were obtained, and magnetostrictive coefficient could reach to 574×10-6 under an external magnetic field of 400 kA·m-1 for the TbFe/FeAl multilayer thin film.

  19. Predicting polymorphic phase stability in multilayered thin films

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    Thompson, Gregory Bruce

    As thin films are reduced in thickness, allotropic phase transformations to structures that are not the equilibrium phase in the standard state can be stabilized. These polymorphic phase transformations have been referred to as pseudomorphism. Many of these pseudomorphic phases have been serendipitously discovered. For the first time, the use of a classical thermodynamic model has been developed in the prediction of phase stability in Zr/Nb and Ti/Nb multilayered thin film structures. The classical thermodynamic model predicts that in regions of high volume fractions of Nb, the lower volume fraction, or alternatively, the thinner Zr or Ti layer, can be stabilized as a bcc phase rather then an hcp phase. The pseudomorphic phase is stabilized by a reduction in the interfacial free energy. An outcome of the classical thermodynamic model is a new type of phase stability diagram, referred to as a biphase diagram, in predicting which combinations of length scale and volume fraction will stabilize the pseudomorphic or bulk equilibrium phases. The change in hcp to bcc phase stability in Zr and Ti has been confirmed by transmission and reflection x-ray diffraction and electron diffraction. In each case, the Zr or Ti layer adopted a lattice parameter similar to its high temperature beta-bcc lattice parameter. An O-lattice construction, a nearest-neighbor-bond model, and a van der Merwe model have been used to estimate the contributing structural and chemical contributions to the hcp-bcc interfacial free energy reduction value. The Zr/Nb values match well to experimentally determined interfacial free energies that can be calculated from the slopes of the stability boundaries on the biphase diagram. Atom Probe Tomography (APT) results indicated a significant interdiffusion of up to 15 at.% Nb into the Ti layers that helped to facilitate the hcp-bcc transition in Ti. Refinement of the free energy calculations using the APT results brought the predicted and experimental

  20. Fabrication of Au/SiO2 Nanocomposite Films by Self-Assembly Multilayer Method

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    Haihu YU; Honghui LI; Desheng JIANG; Xiaoyao CHEN; Enyu YANG

    2004-01-01

    Gold colloid was prepared by chemical reduction of hydrogen tetrachloroaurate, polyelectrolyte/gold nanoparticle/silica nanopar ticle composite films were fabricated via an electrostatic self-assembly multilayer method, and composite films of gold nanopar ticle dispersed in silica matrix were formed by heat-treating the polyelectrolyte/gold nanoparticle/silica nanoparticle composite films to eliminate the polyelectrolyte. The obtained composite films were investigated with UV-vis, TEM, AFM and XRD. Theresults show that the self-assembly multilayer method is a promising process to produce composite films of gold nanoparticledispersed in organic and/or inorganic matrixes.

  1. Polymer multilayer films obtained by electrochemically catalyzed click chemistry.

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    Rydzek, Gaulthier; Thomann, Jean-Sébastien; Ben Ameur, Nejla; Jierry, Loïc; Mésini, Philippe; Ponche, Arnaud; Contal, Christophe; El Haitami, Alae E; Voegel, Jean-Claude; Senger, Bernard; Schaaf, Pierre; Frisch, Benoît; Boulmedais, Fouzia

    2010-02-16

    We report the covalent layer-by-layer construction of polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) films by using an efficient electrochemically triggered Sharpless click reaction. The click reaction is catalyzed by Cu(I) which is generated in situ from Cu(II) (originating from the dissolution of CuSO(4)) at the electrode constituting the substrate of the film. The film buildup can be controlled by the application of a mild potential inducing the reduction of Cu(II) to Cu(I) in the absence of any reducing agent or any ligand. The experiments were carried out in an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance cell which allows both to apply a controlled potential on a gold electrode and to follow the mass deposited on the electrode through the quartz crystal microbalance. Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) modified with either alkyne (PAA(Alk)) or azide (PAA(Az)) functions grafted onto the PAA backbone through ethylene glycol arms were used to build the PEM films. Construction takes place on gold electrodes whose potentials are more negative than a critical value, which lies between -70 and -150 mV vs Ag/AgCl (KCl sat.) reference electrode. The film thickness increment per bilayer appears independent of the applied voltage as long as it is more negative than the critical potential, but it depends upon Cu(II) and polyelectrolyte concentrations in solution and upon the reduction time of Cu(II) during each deposition step. An increase of any of these latter parameters leads to an increase of the mass deposited per layer. For given buildup conditions, the construction levels off after a given number of deposition steps which increases with the Cu(II) concentration and/or the Cu(II) reduction time. A model based on the diffusion of Cu(II) and Cu(I) ions through the film and the dynamics of the polyelectrolyte anchoring on the film, during the reduction period of Cu(II), is proposed to explain the major buildup features.

  2. Engineering muscle tissues on microstructured polyelectrolyte multilayer films.

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    Monge, Claire; Ren, Kefeng; Berton, Kevin; Guillot, Raphael; Peyrade, David; Picart, Catherine

    2012-08-01

    The use of surface coating on biomaterials can render the original substratum with new functionalities that can improve the chemical, physical, and mechanical properties as well as enhance cellular cues such as attachment, proliferation, and differentiation. In this work, we combined biocompatible polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with a biomimetic polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) film made of poly(L-lysine) and hyaluronic acid (PLL/HA) for skeletal muscle tissue engineering. By microstructuring PDMS in grooves of a different width (5, 10, 30, and 100 μm) and by modulating the stiffness of the (PLL/HA) films, we guided skeletal muscle cell differentiation into myotubes. We found optimal conditions for both the formation of parallel-oriented myotubes and their maturation. Significantly, the myoblasts were collectively prealigned to the grooves before their differentiation. Before fusion, the highest aspect ratio and orientation of nuclei were observed for the 5 and 10 μm wide micropatterns. The formation of myotubes was observed regardless of the size of the micropatterns, and we found that their typical width was 10-12 μm. Their maturation was characterized by the immunolabeling of type II isomyosin. The amount of myosin striation was not affected by the topography, except for the 5 μm wide micropatterns. We highlighted the spatial constraints that led to an important nuclei deformation and further impairment of maturation within the 5 μm grooves. Altogether, our results show that the PEM film combined with PDMS is a powerful tool that is used for skeletal muscle engineering. This work opens perspectives for the development of skeletal muscle tissue in contact with films containing bioactive peptides or growth factors as well as for the study of pathogenic myotubes.

  3. Multilayered Thin Films from Poly(amido amine)s and DNA

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    Hujaya, S.D.; Engbersen, J.F.J.; Paulusse, J.M.J.

    2015-01-01

    Dip-coated multilayered thin films of poly(amido amine)s (PAAs) and DNA have been developed to provide surfaces with cell-transfecting capabilities. Three types of PAAs, differing in side chain functional groups, were synthesized and characterized for their properties in forming multilayered structu

  4. Interfacial Shear Strength of Multilayer Graphene Oxide Films.

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    Daly, Matthew; Cao, Changhong; Sun, Hao; Sun, Yu; Filleter, Tobin; Singh, Chandra Veer

    2016-02-23

    Graphene oxide (GO) is considered as one of the most promising layered materials with tunable physical properties and applicability in many important engineering applications. In this work, the interfacial behavior of multilayer GO films was directly investigated via GO-to-GO friction force microscopy, and the interfacial shear strength (ISS) was measured to be 5.3 ± 3.2 MPa. Based on high resolution atomic force microscopy images and the available chemical data, targeted molecular dynamics simulations were performed to evaluate the influence of functional structure, topological defects, and interlayer registry on the shear response of the GO films. Theoretical values for shear strength ranging from 17 to 132 MPa were predicted for the different structures studied, providing upper bounds for the ISS. Computational results also revealed the atomic origins of the stochastic nature of friction measurements. Specifically, the wide scatter in experimental measurements was attributed to variations in functional structure and topological defects within the sliding volume. The findings of this study provide important insight for understanding the significant differences in strength between monolayer and bulk graphene oxide materials and can be useful for engineering topological structures with tunable mechanical properties.

  5. Symmetrical periods used as matching layers in multilayer thin film design

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    Dan Wang; Zhengxiu Fan; Jianbing Huang; Jun Bi; Yingjian Wang

    2006-01-01

    Properties of symmetrical layers as matching layers in multilayer thin film design were analyzed. Acalculation method was presented to derive parameters of desired equivalent refractive index. A harmonicbeam splitter was designed and fabricated to test this matching method.

  6. Nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamond and multi-layer-graphene-like hybrid carbon films

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    Tzeng, Yonhua; Yeh, Shoupu; Fang, Wei Cheng; Chu, Yuehchieh

    2014-03-01

    Nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamond (N-UNCD) and multi-layer-graphene-like hybrid carbon films have been synthesized by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MPECVD) on oxidized silicon which is pre-seeded with diamond nanoparticles. MPECVD of N-UNCD on nanodiamond seeds produces a base layer, from which carbon structures nucleate and grow perpendicularly to form standing carbon platelets. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman scattering measurements reveal that these carbon platelets are comprised of ultrananocrystalline diamond embedded in multilayer-graphene-like carbon structures. The hybrid carbon films are of low electrical resistivity. UNCD grains in the N-UNCD base layer and the hybrid carbon platelets serve as high-density diamond nuclei for the deposition of an electrically insulating UNCD film on it. Biocompatible carbon-based heaters made of low-resistivity hybrid carbon heaters encapsulated by insulating UNCD for possible electrosurgical applications have been demonstrated.

  7. Photo-Physical Behaviour of CdSe Nanocrystals/Bis(dithiocarbamate) Linker Multilayered Hybrid Systems.

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    Vercelli, B; Angella, G; Virgili, T; López Suarez, I; Pasini, M

    2015-05-01

    Multilayered films composed by CdSe Nanocrystals (NCs) interlinked by ethylene-1,2-bis(dithiocarbamate) or adipate anions were prepared on ITO glass via layer-by-layer alternation. The films were analyzed by UV-vis, TEM, Photoluminescence (PL) emission and Pump-Probe spectroscopy. While the PL emission of the two samples present no differences, femtosecond Pump-probe experiments reveal an higher charge generation efficiency in bis(dithiocarbamate) based films than in dicarboxylate ones.

  8. MgB{sub 2} thin films by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition

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    Xi, X.X. [Department of Physics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)]|[Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)]. E-mail: xxx4@psu.edu; Pogrebnyakov, A.V. [Department of Physics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)]|[Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Xu, S.Y.; Chen, K.; Cui, Y.; Maertz, E.C. [Department of Physics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Zhuang, C.G. [Department of Physics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)]|[Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)]|[Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Li, Qi [Department of Physics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Lamborn, D.R. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Redwing, J.M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)]|[Department of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Liu, Z.K.; Soukiassian, A.; Schlom, D.G.; Weng, X.J.; Dickey, E.C. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Chen, Y.B.; Tian, W.; Pan, X.Q. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Cybart, S.A. [Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Dynes, R.C. [Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)

    2007-06-01

    Hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) has been the most effective technique for depositing MgB{sub 2} thin films. It generates high magnesium vapor pressures and provides a clean environment for the growth of high purity MgB{sub 2} films. The epitaxial pure MgB{sub 2} films grown by HPCVD show higher-than-bulk T {sub c} due to tensile strain in the films. The HPCVD films are the cleanest MgB{sub 2} materials reported, allowing basic research, such as on magnetoresistance, that reveals the two-band nature of MgB{sub 2}. The carbon-alloyed HPCVD films demonstrate record-high H {sub c2} values promising for high magnetic field applications. The HPCVD films and multilayers have enabled the fabrication of high quality MgB{sub 2} Josephson junctions.

  9. Fabrication of a molecular-level multilayer film on organic polymer surfaces via chemical bonding assembly.

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    Zhao, Hongchi; Yang, Peng; Deng, Jianping; Liu, Lianying; Zhu, Jianwu; Sui, Yuan; Lu, Jiaoming; Yang, Wantai

    2007-02-13

    A fresh multilayer film was fabricated on a molecular level and successfully tethered to the surface of a hydroxylated organic substrate via chemical bonding assembly (CBA). Sulfate anion groups (SO4-) were preintroduced onto the surface of biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films via a reference method. Upon hydrolysis of the SO4- groups, hydroxyl groups (--OH) were formed that subsequently acted as initial reagents for a series of alternate reactions with terephthalyl chloride (TPC) and bisphenol A (BPA). A stable and well-defined multilayer film was thus fabricated via the CBA method. As a result of the nanoscale multilayer fresh film being abundant with reactive groups, it is believed that the film and its fabrication method should provide a fundamental platform for further surface functionalization and direct the design of advanced materials with desired properties.

  10. Correlation between the Magnetoresistance, IR Magnetoreflectance, and Spin-Dependent Characteristics of Multilayer Magnetic Films

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    V. G. Kravets

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present the experimental results on magnetorefractive effect (MRE in ferromagnetic metal-metal and metal-insulator multilayer films of different composition and different type of magnetoresistive effects. The shape and magnitude of the MRE dependences are found to be very sensitive to the spin-dependent scattering parameters and the effective polarization of the electron density of state around the Fermi level. A study of an MRE in multilayered films is shown to be sufficient for direct extracting of the spin-dependent relaxation times of electron (for GMR-like samples and energy dependence of the tunnel spin-polarization density of states near the Fermi level for layered TMR films. It is proposed to use the magnetorefractive effect as a noncontact probe of magnetoresistive effects in thin magnetic films through investigations of the field-dependent reflection behaviors of multilayered films in the IR region.

  11. Study of artificial lattice Hf/Ni multilayer film using slow positron beam

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    Nakajyo, Terunobu; Tashiro, Mutsumi; Asahino, Takashi; Murashige, Yusuke; Kanazawa, Ikuzo [Tokyo Gakugei Univ., Koganei (Japan); Jo, Yoshitaka; Yamamoto, Ryoichi; Ito, Yasuo

    1995-12-01

    The controlled metal multilayer film has been studied by slow positron beam and TDPAC. Hf monolayer film and Hf/Ni multilayer film were prepared. When a positron injects the sample, it is radically thermolized through the inelastic scattering. If the distribution of positron under the above conditions is represented by the depth function, it is expected usually by Makhov function. But Ghosh and Aers have investigated the implantation profile P(z,E) using Monte Carlo simulation and recently they study various kinds of monolayer and multilayer film by use of the implantation profile in the consideration of the scattering effects of positron in the interface of films. Two methods, the usual and the new method, were compared with each other in this paper. In the case of Hf 500 nm and Ni 1000 nm, the theoretical and the experimental values were agreed. On multilayer film, both values were agreed using new P(z,E) in consideration of scattering effect, but not agreed by usual P(z,E) and new P(z,E) neglected the scattering effect. To analyze the multilayer film, the scattering effect has to be considered and, moreover, the effect of nonthermalized positron is necessary to take into account near surface. (M.N.)

  12. Simulation of reflectivity spectrum for non-absorbing multilayer optical thin films

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    V A Kheraj; C J Panchal; M S Desai; V Potbhare

    2009-06-01

    Reflectivity simulation is an essential tool for the design and optimization of optical thin films. We have developed a reflectivity simulator for non-absorbing dielectric multilayer optical thin films using LabVIEW. The name of the substrate material as well as the material and thickness of each layer of the multilayer stack are fed into the program as input parameters in a pop-up window. The program calculates reflectivity spectrum for the given range of wavelengths using layer thicknesses and dispersion data of refractive indices for the defined stack of dielectric materials. The simulated reflectivity spectra for various combinations of materials in multilayer stacks are presented and compared with the experimental results of the multilayer optical thin films grown by electron-beam evaporation technique.

  13. Magneto-optical properties of Co/ZnO multilayer films

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    Score, David S.; Alshammari, Marzook; Feng, Qi; Blythe, Harry J; Fox, A. Mark; Gehring, Gillian A; Quan, Zhi-Yong; Li, Xiao-Li; Xu, Xiao-Hong

    2009-01-01

    Multilayer films of ZnO with Co were deposited on glass substrates then annealed in a vacuum. The magnetisation of the films increased with annealing but not the magnitude of the magneto-optical signals. The dielectric functions for the films were calculated using the MCD spectra. A Maxwell Garnett theory of a metallic Co/ZnO mixture is presented. The extent to which this explains the MCD spectra taken on the films is discussed.

  14. pH-responsiveness of multilayered films and membranes made of polysaccharides

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    Silva, Joana M.; Caridade, Sofia G.; Costa, Rui R.; Alves, Natália M.; Groth, Thomas; Picart, Catherine; Reis, Rui L.; Mano, João F.

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the pH-dependent properties of multilayered films made of chitosan (CHI) and alginate (ALG) and focused on their post-assembly response to different pH environments using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D), swelling studies, zeta potential measurements and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). In an acidic environment, the multilayers presented lower dissipation values and, consequently, higher moduli when compared with the values obtained for the pH used during the assembly (5.5). When the multilayers were exposed to alkaline environments the opposite behavior occurred. These results were further corroborated with the ability of this multilayered system to exhibit a reversible swelling-deswelling behavior within the pH range from 3 to 9. The changes of the physicochemical properties of the multilayer system were gradual and different from the ones of individual solubilized polyelectrolytes. This behavior is related to electrostatic interactions between the ionizable groups combined with hydrogen-bonding and hydrophobic interactions. Beyond the pH range of 3-9 the multilayers were stabilized by genipin cross-linking. The multilayered films also became more rigid while preserving the pH-responsiveness conferred by the ionizable moieties of the polyelectrolytes. This work demonstrates the versatility and feasibility of LbL methodology to generate inherently pH stimuli-responsive nanostructured films. Surface functionalization using pH-repsonsiveness endows abilities for several biomedical applications such as drug delivery, diagnostics, microfluidics, biosensing or biomimetic implantable membranes. PMID:26421873

  15. Ordering phenomena in FeCo-films and Fe/Cr-multilayers: an X-ray and neutron scattering study

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    Nickel, B.

    2001-07-01

    The following topics are covered: critical phenomena in thin films, critical adsorption, finite size scaling, FeCo Ising model, kinematical scattering theory for thin films, FeCo thin films, growth and characterisation of single crystal FeCo thin films, X-ray study of ordering in FeCo films, antiferromagnetic coupling in Fe/Cr multilayers, neutron scattering on Fe/Cr multilayers (WL)

  16. Multilayer DNA Origami Packed on Hexagonal and Hybrid Lattices

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    Ke, Yonggang; Voigt, Niels Vinther; Shih, William M.

    2012-01-01

    “Scaffolded DNA origami” has been proven to be a powerful and efficient approach to construct two-dimensional or three-dimensional objects with great complexity. Multilayer DNA origami has been demonstrated with helices packing along either honeycomb-lattice geometry or square-lattice geometry. H...

  17. Optical properties of multilayer bimetallic films obtained by laser deposition of colloidal particles

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    Antipov, A.; Arakelian, S.; Vartanyan, T.; Gerke, M.; Istratov, A.; Kutrovskaya, S.; Kucherik, A.; Osipov, A.

    2016-11-01

    The optical properties of multilayer bimetallic films composed of silver and gold nanoparticles have been investigated. The dependence of the transmission spectra of the films on their morphology is demonstrated. A finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation has confirmed that there is a dependence of the transmission spectra on the average distance between particles and the number of deposited layers.

  18. Selective Etching via Soft Lithography of Conductive Multilayered Gold Films with Analysis of Electrolyte Solutions

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    Gerber, Ralph W.; Oliver-Hoyo, Maria T.

    2008-01-01

    This experiment is designed to expose undergraduate students to the process of selective etching by using soft lithography and the resulting electrical properties of multilayered films fabricated via self-assembly of gold nanoparticles. Students fabricate a conductive film of gold on glass, apply a patterned resist using a polydimethylsiloxane…

  19. Flux Pinning Effects of Y2O3 Nanoparticulate Dispersions in Multilayered YBCO Thin Films

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    2012-02-01

    AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2012-0090 FLUX PINNING EFFECTS OF Y2O3 NANOPARTICULATE DISPERSIONS IN MULTILAYERED YBCO THIN FILMS (POSTPRINT) T.A...January 2005 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE FLUX PINNING EFFECTS OF Y2O3 NANOPARTICULATE DISPERSIONS IN MULTILAYERED YBCO THIN FILMS (POSTPRINT) 5a...Clearance Date: 06 Dec 2005. 14. ABSTRACT The flux pinning effects of Y2O3 nanoparticulate inclusions in YBa2Cu3O7-δ (Y123 or YBCO ) thin films

  20. Hydrogen Adsorption onto Magnesium Palladium and Magnesium Palladium Niobium Multilayer Thin Films

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    Steinmetz, Christian; Hettinger, Jeffrey; Dobbins, Tabbetha

    2013-03-01

    We report on the synthesis and characterization of magnesium palladium and magnesium niobium multilayer thin films as a possible reversible hydrogen storage material. The multilayer thin films are characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray reflectivity (XRR) before and after hydrogen uptake. This study examines the optimal thickness of the magnesium film which would allow the diffusion of hydrogen to form magnesium hydride (MgH2). Thin barriers of palladium and niobium permit hydrogen to permeate while acting as a diffusion barrier to oxygen. Multilayer thin films are grown with various magnesium thicknesses via magnetron sputtering on a sapphire substrate. Thicknesses of Mg, MgH2, Pd, and Nb are reported. Likewise, interfacial roughness attributable to hydrogenation and dehydrogenation cycling measured using XRR are reported.

  1. Hybrid Multi-Layer Network Control for Emerging Cyber-Infrastructures

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    Summerhill, Richard

    2009-08-14

    There were four basic task areas identified for the Hybrid-MLN project. They are: o Multi-Layer, Multi-Domain, Control Plane Architecture and Implementation, o Heterogeneous DataPlane Testing, o Simulation, o Project Publications, Reports, and Presentations.

  2. Dual-bath electrodeposition of n-type Bi–Te/Bi–Se multilayer thin films

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    Matsuoka, Ken; Okuhata, Mitsuaki; Takashiri, Masayuki, E-mail: takashiri@tokai-u.jp

    2015-11-15

    N-type Bi–Te/Bi–Se multilayer thin films were prepared by dual-bath electrodeposition. We varied the number of layers from 2 to 10 while the total film thickness was maintained at approximately 1 μm. All the multilayer films displayed the X-ray diffraction peaks normally observed from individual Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} crystal structures, indicating that both phases coexist in the multilayer. The cross-section of the 10-layer Bi–Te/Bi–Se film was composed of stacked layers with nano-sized grains but the boundaries between the layers were not planar. The Seebeck coefficient was almost constant throughout the entire range of our experiment, but the electrical conductivity of the multilayer thin films increased significantly as the number of layers was increased. This may be because the electron mobility increases as the thickness of each layer is decreased. As a result of the increased electrical conductivity, the power factor also increased with the number of layers. The maximum power factor was 1.44 μW/(cm K{sup 2}) for the 10-layer Bi–Te/Bi–Se film, this was approximately 3 times higher than that of the 2-layer sample. - Highlights: • N-type Bi–Te/Bi–Se multilayer thin films were deposited by electrodeposition. • We employed a dual-bath electrodeposition process for preparing the multilayers. • The Bi–Te/Bi–Se film was composed of stacked layers with nano-sized grains. • The electrical conductivity increased as the number of layers was increased. • The power factor improved by 3 times as the number of layers was increased.

  3. Desempenho de filmes multicamadas em embalagens termoformadas Performance of multilayer films of thermoformed packages

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    Agnaldo Crippa

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Filmes plásticos flexíveis multicamadas podem ser utilizados como embalagens termoformadas de produtos alimentícios à base de carne, sendo que para esta aplicação, necessitam apresentar especificações técnicas de média ou alta barreira ao oxigênio, dependendo das características do produto a ser embalado, de forma a evitar sua contaminação e risco à saúde humana durante seu tempo-de-prateleira. No entanto, o processo de termoformação altera as características dos filmes planos originais. O processamento pode fazê-los não mais atender às especificações exigidas, principalmente nos cantos das embalagens, que são os pontos críticos. Neste trabalho, foram avaliados os efeitos da termoformação em propriedades de filmes plásticos multicamadas denominados de média barreira, compostos de PP/Adesivo/PA6/Adesivo/ PA6/Adesivo/PEBD, e de alta barreira, onde a camada intermediária de adesivo foi substituída por uma camada de copolímero de etileno-álcool vinílico (EVOH. A caracterização dos filmes incluiu investigações de espessura e taxa de permeabilidade ao oxigênio, além das propriedades mecânicas e óticas.Flexible multilayer plastic films may be used for the thermoforming of packages for meat products. In this case, the packages must meet the technical requirements of medium or high barrier to oxygen, depending on the characteristics of the food product, in order to avoid contamination during its shelf-life and consequently risk to human health. However, the thermoforming process alters the original characteristics of the plain films, which could render them inadequate to use, especially in the deepest corners of the packages, which are the critical points. This work addressed the thermoforming effects on the properties of two multi-layered plastic films, called medium barrier (MB, comprising PP/tie/PA6/tie/PA6/tie/LDPE, and high barrier (HB, where the central adhesive (tie layer was replaced by a layer of

  4. Effect of surface fluorination of TiO2 particles on photocatalitytic activity of a hybrid multilayer coating obtained by sol-gel method.

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    Zhu, Yunfeng; Piscitelli, Filomena; Buonocore, Giovanna G; Lavorgna, Marino; Amendola, Eugenio; Ambrosio, Luigi

    2012-01-01

    A multilayer photoactive coating containing surface fluorinated TiO(2) nanoparticles and hybrid matrices by sol gel approach based on renewable chitosan was applied on poly(lactic acid) (PLA) film by a step wise spin-coating method. The upper photoactive layer contains nano-sized functionalized TiO(2) particles dispersed in a siloxane based matrix. For the purpose of improving TiO(2) dispersion at the air interface coating surface, TiO(2) nanoparticles were modified by silane coupling agent 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltriethoxysilane (FTS) with fluoro-organic side chains. An additional hybrid material consisting of chitosan (CS) cross-linked with 3-glycidyloxypropyl trimethoxy silane (GOTMS) was applied as interlayer between the PLA substrate and the upper photoactive coating to increase the adhesion and reciprocal affinity. The multilayer TiO(2)/CS-GOTMS coatings on PLA films showed a thickness of ~4-6 μm and resulted highly transparent. Their structure was exhaustively characterized by SEM, optical microscope, UV-vis spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. The photocatalytic activity of the multilayer coatings were investigated using methyl orange (MeO) as a target pollutant; the results showed that PLA films coated with surface fluorinated particles exhibit higher activity than films with neat particles, because of a better dispersion of TiO(2) particles. The mechanical properties of PLA and films coated with fluorinated particles, irradiated by UV light were also investigated; the results showed that the degradation of PLA substrate was markedly suppressed because of the UV adsorptive action of the multilayer coating.

  5. Fabrication of graphene/polyaniline composite multilayer films by electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly

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    Cong, Jiaojiao; Chen, Yuze; Luo, Jing; Liu, Xiaoya

    2014-10-01

    A novel graphene/polyaniline composite multilayer film was fabricated by electrostatic interactions induced layer-by-layer self-assembly technique, using water dispersible and negatively charged chemically converted graphene (CCG) and positively charged polyaniline (PANI) as building blocks. CCG was achieved through partly reduced graphene oxide, which remained carboxyl group on its surface. The remaining carboxyl groups not only retain the dispersibility of CCG, but also allow the growth of the multilayer films via electrostatic interactions between graphene and PANI. The structure and morphology of the obtained CCG/PANI multilayer film are characterized by attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, Ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum (UV-vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). The electrochemical properties of the resulting film are studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV), which showed that the resulting CCG/PANI multilayer film kept electroactivity in neutral solution and showed outstanding cyclic stability up to 100 cycles. Furthermore, the composite film exhibited good electrocatalytic ability toward ascorbic acid (AA) with a linear response from 1×10-4 to 1.2×10-3 M with the detect limit of 5×10-6 M. This study provides a facile and effective strategy to fabricate graphene/PANI nanocomposite film with good electrochemical property, which may find potential applications in electronic devices such as electrochemical sensor.

  6. Fabrication for multilayered composite thin films by dual-channel vacuum arc deposition.

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    Dai, Hua; Shen, Yao; Wang, Jing; Xu, Ming; Li, Liuhe; Li, Xiaoling; Cai, Xun; Chu, Paul K

    2008-06-01

    A flexible dual-channel curvilinear electromagnetic filter has been designed and constructed to fabricate multilayered composite films in vacuum arc ion plating. The filter possesses two guiding channels and one mixing unit. Multilayered TiN/AlN and TiAlN composite films can be produced by controlling the frequency or interval of the two cathodes. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and low-angle x-ray diffraction results reveal the periodic Ti and Al structures in the TiN/AlN films. The TiAlN films exhibit a smooth surface morphology confirming effective filtering of macroparticles by the filter. High temperature oxidation conducted at 700 degrees C for an hour indicates that the weight increment in the TiAlN films produced by the dual filter is only half of that of the TiAlN films produced without a filter, thereby showing better resistance against surface oxidation.

  7. Fabrication for multilayered composite thin films by dual-channel vacuum arc deposition

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    Dai, Hua; Shen, Yao; Wang, Jing; Xu, Ming; Li, Liuhe; Li, Xiaoling; Cai, Xun; Chu, Paul K.

    2008-06-01

    A flexible dual-channel curvilinear electromagnetic filter has been designed and constructed to fabricate multilayered composite films in vacuum arc ion plating. The filter possesses two guiding channels and one mixing unit. Multilayered TiN /AlN and TiAlN composite films can be produced by controlling the frequency or interval of the two cathodes. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and low-angle x-ray diffraction results reveal the periodic Ti and Al structures in the TiN /AlN films. The TiAlN films exhibit a smooth surface morphology confirming effective filtering of macroparticles by the filter. High temperature oxidation conducted at 700°C for an hour indicates that the weight increment in the TiAlN films produced by the dual filter is only half of that of the TiAlN films produced without a filter, thereby showing better resistance against surface oxidation.

  8. Covalentely Attached Multilayer Films Comprising Phthalocyanine and Their Photoelectron Conversion Properties

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    ZANG Mao-feng; YAO Qiao-hong; YANG Zhao-hui; HUANG Chun-hui; CAO Wei-xiao

    2004-01-01

    The photosensitive multilayer films from sulfonated metal-free, sulfonated copper-, and sulfonated nickel-phthalocyanines were fabricated with diazoresin layer by layer on a substrate via electrostatic interaction by the self-assembly technique. Under UV irradiation, the linkage nature between the layers of the film is converted from the electrostatic bonding to covalent bonding. The covalently attached multilayer films are very stable towards polar solvents and salt aqueous solutions. The photovoltaic properties of the covalently attached film can be determined by means of a traditional three-electrode photoelectrochemical cell in aqueous solutions with KCl as the supporting electrolyte. The photocurrent determination has shown that the sulfonated copper-containing phthalocyanine films possess a higher photocurrent value than sulfonated metalfree and sulfonated nickel-containing phthalocyanine films.

  9. Mechanical Properties and Thermal Stability of TiN/Ta Multilayer Film Deposited by Ion Beam Assisted Deposition

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available TiN/Ta multilayer film with a modulation period of 5.6 nm and modulation ratio of 1 : 1 was produced by ion beam assisted deposition. Microstructure of the as-deposited TiN/Ta multilayer film was observed by transmission electron microscopy and mechanical properties were investigated. Residual stress in the TiN/Ta multilayer film was about 72% of that of a TiN monolayer film with equivalent thickness deposited under the same conditions. Partial residual stress was released in the Ta sublayers during deposition, which led to the decrease of the residual stress of the TiN/Ta multilayer film. Nanohardness (H of the TiN/Ta multilayer film was 24 GPa, 14% higher than that of the TiN monolayer film. It is suggested that the increase of the nanohardness is due to the introduction of the Ta layers which restrained the growth of TiN crystal and led to the decrease of the grain size. A significant increase (3.5 times of the H3/E2 (E elastic modulus value indicated that the TiN/Ta multilayer film has higher elasticity than the TiN monolayer film. The Lc (critical load in nano-scratch test value of the TiN monolayer film was 45 mN, which was far lower than that of the TiN/Ta multilayer film (around 75 mN. Results of the indentation test showed a higher fracture toughness of the TiN/Ta multilayer film than that of the TiN monolayer film. Results of differential scanning calorimetric (DSC and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA indicate that the TiN/Ta multilayer film has better thermal stability than the TiN monolayer film.

  10. Hybrid methyl green/cobalt-polyoxotungstate nanostructured films: Self-assembly, electrochemical and electrocatalytic properties

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    Novais, Hugo C.; Fernandes, Diana M., E-mail: diana.fernandes@fc.up.pt; Freire, Cristina, E-mail: acfreire@fc.up.pt

    2015-08-30

    Graphical abstract: Hybrid {MG/Co(PW9)2}{sub n} multilayer films were successfully prepared and exhibit W-based electrocatalytic activity towards reduction of nitrite and iodate anions. - Highlights: • Layer-by-layer hybrid films {MG/Co(PW_9)_2}{sub n} were sucessfully prepared. • UV–vis was used to monitor film build-up and showed regular stepwise film growth. • XPS confirmed sucessfull {MG/Co(PW_9)_2}{sub n} film fabrication. • Films showed excellent electrocatalytic activity towards nitrite and iodate reduction. - Abstract: Hybrid multilayer films were prepared by alternately depositing cationic dye methyl green (MG) and anionic sandwich-type polyoxometalate K{sub 10}[Co{sub 4}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(PW{sub 9}O{sub 34}){sub 2}] (Co(PW{sub 9}){sub 2}) via electrostatic layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly method. Film build-up was monitored by UV–vis spectroscopy which showed a regular stepwise growth. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data confirmed the successful fabrication of the hybrid films with MG-Co(PW{sub 9}){sub 2} composition and scanning electron microscopy images revealed a completely covered surface with a non-uniform distribution of the molecular species. Electrochemical characterization of films by cyclic voltammetry revealed two tungsten-based reduction processes in the potential range between −0.9 and −0.5 V due to W{sup VI} → W{sup V} in Co(PW{sub 9}){sub 2}. Studies with the redox probes, [Fe(CN){sub 6}]{sup 3−/4−} and [Ru(NH{sub 3}){sub 6}]{sup 3+/2+}, revealed that not only the electrostatic attractions or repulsions have effects on the kinetics of the probe reactions, but also the film thickness. Additionally, the {MG/Co(PW_9)_2}{sub n} multilayer films exhibit efficient W-based electrocatalytic activity towards reduction of nitrite and iodate.

  11. A hybrid analytical model for open-circuit field calculation of multilayer interior permanent magnet machines

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    Zhang, Zhen; Xia, Changliang; Yan, Yan; Geng, Qiang; Shi, Tingna

    2017-08-01

    Due to the complicated rotor structure and nonlinear saturation of rotor bridges, it is difficult to build a fast and accurate analytical field calculation model for multilayer interior permanent magnet (IPM) machines. In this paper, a hybrid analytical model suitable for the open-circuit field calculation of multilayer IPM machines is proposed by coupling the magnetic equivalent circuit (MEC) method and the subdomain technique. In the proposed analytical model, the rotor magnetic field is calculated by the MEC method based on the Kirchhoff's law, while the field in the stator slot, slot opening and air-gap is calculated by subdomain technique based on the Maxwell's equation. To solve the whole field distribution of the multilayer IPM machines, the coupled boundary conditions on the rotor surface are deduced for the coupling of the rotor MEC and the analytical field distribution of the stator slot, slot opening and air-gap. The hybrid analytical model can be used to calculate the open-circuit air-gap field distribution, back electromotive force (EMF) and cogging torque of multilayer IPM machines. Compared with finite element analysis (FEA), it has the advantages of faster modeling, less computation source occupying and shorter time consuming, and meanwhile achieves the approximate accuracy. The analytical model is helpful and applicable for the open-circuit field calculation of multilayer IPM machines with any size and pole/slot number combination.

  12. Optimization of hybrid antireflection structure integrating surface texturing and multi-layer interference coating

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    Kubota, Shigeru; Kanomata, Kensaku; Suzuki, Takahiko; Hirose, Fumihiko

    2014-10-01

    The antireflection structure (ARS) for solar cells is categorized to mainly two different techniques, i.e., the surface texturing and the single or multi-layer antireflection interference coating. In this study, we propose a novel hybrid ARS, which integrates moth eye texturing and multi-layer coat, for application to organic photovoltaics (OPVs). Using optical simulations based on the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method, we conduct nearly global optimization of the geometric parameters characterizing the hybrid ARS. The proposed optimization algorithm consists of two steps: in the first step, we optimize the period and height of moth eye array, in the absence of multi-layer coating. In the second step, we optimize the whole structure of hybrid ARS by using the solution obtained by the first step as the starting search point. The methods of the simple grid search and the Hooke and Jeeves pattern search are used for global and local searches, respectively. In addition, we study the effects of deviations in the geometric parameters of hybrid ARS from their optimized values. The design concept of hybrid ARS is highly beneficial for broadband light trapping in OPVs.

  13. Collaborative-Hybrid Multi-Layer Network Control for Emerging Cyber-Infrastructures

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    Lehman, Tom [USC; Ghani, Nasir [UNM; Boyd, Eric [UCAID

    2010-08-31

    At a high level, there were four basic task areas identified for the Hybrid-MLN project. They are: o Multi-Layer, Multi-Domain, Control Plane Architecture and Implementation, including OSCARS layer2 and InterDomain Adaptation, Integration of LambdaStation and Terapaths with Layer2 dynamic provisioning, Control plane software release, Scheduling, AAA, security architecture, Network Virtualization architecture, Multi-Layer Network Architecture Framework Definition; o Heterogeneous DataPlane Testing; o Simulation; o Project Publications, Reports, and Presentations.

  14. Preparation of self-assembled zinc oxide nanoparticles multilayer films under ultrasonic irradiation.

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    Hong, Sung Kyu; Lee, Jeong Ho; Kim, Jung Mi; Kwon, Mi Hyang; Ko, Weon Bae

    2011-01-01

    Zinc oxide nanoparticles were synthesized and self-assembled on the reactive surface of a glass slide functionalized with (3-mercaptopropyl)-trimethoxysilane under ultrasonic irradiation. The structure, morphology, and optical property of the zinc oxide nanoparticles were investigated by TEM, XRD, and UV-vis spectroscopy. The functionalized glass slide was soaked in an aqueous solution which dispersed zinc oxide nanoparticles under ultrasonic irradiation. Zinc oxide multilayer films grew up to several layers (up to 5 layers) depending on the immersion time. The self-assembled zinc oxide nanoparticles multilayer films were characterized using UV-vis spectroscopy and SEM. Ultrasonic irradiation was an efficient method to make multilayer films on the functionalized glass slide with zinc oxide nanoparticles.

  15. Thermal analysis of thin multi-layer metal films during femtosecond laser heating

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    Karakas, A.; Tunc, M.; Camdali, Ü.

    2010-12-01

    Multi-layer metals films are widely used in modern engineering applications such as gold-coated metal mirrors used in high power laser systems. A transient heat flux model is derived to analyze multi-layer metal films under laser heating. The two separate system composed of electrons and the lattice is considered to take into account the electron-lattice interaction. The present model predicted the effects of underlying chromium's thermal properties on temperature rise of the top gold layer. The effects of two adjacent and different metals with different electron-lattice coupling factors are analyzed for the heating mechanism of different lattices. The derived transient model combined with the two different conservation equations for the lattice and electrons are applied for the ultra short-pulse laser heating of a multi-layer film composed of gold and chromium.

  16. Mussel-inspired chemistry for robust and surface-modifiable multilayer films.

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    Wu, Junjie; Zhang, Liang; Wang, Yongxin; Long, Yuhua; Gao, Huan; Zhang, Xiaoli; Zhao, Ning; Cai, Yuanli; Xu, Jian

    2011-11-15

    In this article, we report a bioinspired approach to preparing stable, functional multilayer films by the integration of mussel-inspired catechol oxidative chemistry into a layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly. A polyanion of poly(acrylic acid-g-dopamine) (PAA-dopamine) bearing catechol groups, a mussel adhesive protein-mimetic polymer, was synthesized as the building block for LbL assembly with poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH). The oxidization of the incorporated catechol group under mild oxidative condition yields o-quinone, which exhibits high reactivity with amine and catechol, thus endowing the chemical covalence and retaining the assembled morphology of multilayer films. The cross-linked films showed excellent stability even in extremely acidic, basic, and highly concentrated aqueous salt solutions. The efficient chemical cross-linking allows for the production of intact free-standing films without using a sacrificial layer. Moreover, thiol-modified multilayer films with good stability were exploited by a combination of thiols-catechol addition and then oxidative cross-linking. The outstanding stability under harsh conditions and the facile functionalization of the PAA-dopamine/PAH multilayer films make them attractive for barriers, separation, and biomedical devices.

  17. Characterizations of multilayer ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel spin coating technique

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    Khan, M. I.; Bhatti, K. A.; Qindeel, Rabia; Alonizan, Norah; Althobaiti, Hayat Saeed

    In this work, zinc oxide (ZnO) multilayer thin films are deposited on glass substrate using sol-gel spin coating technique and the effect of these multilayer films on optical, electrical and structural properties are investigated. It is observed that these multilayer films have great impact on the properties of ZnO. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) confirms that ZnO has hexagonal wurtzite structure. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) showed the crack-free films which have uniformly distributed grains structures. Both micro and nano particles of ZnO are present on thin films. Four point probe measured the electrical properties showed the decreasing trend between the average resistivity and the number of layers. The optical absorption spectra measured using UV-Vis. showed the average transmittance in the visible region of all films is 80% which is good for solar spectra. The performance of the multilayer as transparent conducting material is better than the single layer of ZnO. This work provides a low cost, environment friendly and well abandoned material for solar cells applications.

  18. The electromagnetic interference shielding effect of indium-zinc oxide/silver alloy multilayered thin films

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    Kim, Won Mok [Materials Design Lab., Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of)]. E-mail: wmkim@kist.re.kr; Young Ku, Dae [Department of Materials Engineering, Hankuk Aviation University, Seoul 421-791 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, In-kyu [Department of Materials Engineering, Hankuk Aviation University, Seoul 421-791 (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Yong Woon [ITM, Incorporated, Anyang, Kyunggi-do 431-060 (Korea, Republic of); Cheong, Byung-ki [Materials Design Lab., Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Taek Sung [Materials Design Lab., Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, In-ho [Materials Design Lab., Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Kyeong Seok [Materials Design Lab., Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of)

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    A study was made to examine the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effect of multilayered thin films in which indium-zinc oxide (IZO) thin films and Ag or Ag alloy thin films were deposited alternately at room temperature using a RF magnetron sputtering. The optical, electrical and morphological properties of the constituent layers were analyzed using an ultraviolet-visible photospectrometer, a 4-point probe and an atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively. The EMI shielding effect of the multilayered thin films was also measured using a coaxial transmission line method. A detailed analysis showed that the control of the film morphologies, i.e., the surface roughnesses of the constituent metal layers was essential to an accurate estimate of the electrical and optical properties of multilayered coatings. It was shown that properly designed IZO/Ag alloy multilayered thin films could yield a visible transmission of more than 70%, a sheet resistance of less than 1 {omega}/sq., together with an EMI shielding effect larger than 45 dB in the range from 30 to 1000 MHz.

  19. High-frequency properties of discontinuous FeCoSi/native-oxide multilayer films

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    Zuo Huaping [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Ge Shihui [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)], E-mail: gesh@lzu.edu.cn; Wang Zhenkun; Xiao Yuhua; Yao Dongsheng; Li Yanbo [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2009-10-15

    Discontinuous [FeCoSi (d)/native-oxide]{sub 50} multilayer films were fabricated by DC magnetron sputtering without any post-deposition treatment. The films exhibit good soft magnetic properties with initial permeability {mu}{sub i} larger than 100, the saturation magnetization 4{pi}M{sub s} and the in-plane uniaxial anisotropy field H{sub k} increase as the magnetic FeCoSi layer thickness d is increased from 5.5 to 20.5 A. As a consequence, the ferromagnetic resonance frequencies f{sub r} of the films increase from 2.0 to 3.9 GHz. The combination of high f{sub r} and large {mu}{sub i} makes these films potential candidates for magnetic devices applied in the high-frequency range. The origin of the excellent high-frequency properties in discontinuous FeCoSi/native-oxide multilayer films is discussed.

  20. Influence of modulated structure on magnetic properties of NdFeB/Co multilayer thin films

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    傅宇东; 王诗阳; 朱小硕; 方博; 闫峰

    2015-01-01

    The NdFeB/Co multilayer films were prepared by magnetron sputtering. After that, the samples were annealed at 600 °C for 20 min. The surface morphology, phase structures and magnetic properties of Mo (50 nm)/[NdFeB (100 nm)/Co(y)]×10/Mo (50 nm) thin films were researched by AFM, XRD and VSM, respectively. The results show that the films show stronger perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. When the thickness of Co layers is 10 nm, the coercivity Hc⊥ is the maximum, 295 kA/m. However, for y=10−20, the reduced remanence M/Ms of films has increased. When the thickness of Co layers is 20−30 nm, the NdFeB/Co multilayer films obtained more superior magnetic properties with M/Ms=0.95.

  1. Simulation of Multilayer Silicon Thin Films Growth on Si(111) Surface

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    2006-01-01

    The homoepitaxial growth of multilayer Si thin film on Si(111) surfaces was simulated by Monte Carlo (MC) method with realistic growth model and physical parameters. Special emphasis was placed on revealing the influence of the Ehrlich-Schwoebel (ES) barrier on the growth modes and morphologies. It is evident that there exists the ES barrier during multilayer Si thin film growth on Si (111) surface, which is deduced from the incomplete layer-by-layer growth process in the realistic experiments. The ES barrier EB=0.1~0.125 eV is estimated from the three-dimensional (3D) MC simulation and compared with the experimental results.

  2. Fabrication of graphene/polyaniline composite multilayer films by electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly

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    Cong, Jiaojiao; Chen, Yuze; Luo, Jing, E-mail: jingluo19801007@126.com; Liu, Xiaoya

    2014-10-15

    A novel graphene/polyaniline composite multilayer film was fabricated by electrostatic interactions induced layer-by-layer self-assembly technique, using water dispersible and negatively charged chemically converted graphene (CCG) and positively charged polyaniline (PANI) as building blocks. CCG was achieved through partly reduced graphene oxide, which remained carboxyl group on its surface. The remaining carboxyl groups not only retain the dispersibility of CCG, but also allow the growth of the multilayer films via electrostatic interactions between graphene and PANI. The structure and morphology of the obtained CCG/PANI multilayer film are characterized by attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, Ultraviolet–visible absorption spectrum (UV–vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). The electrochemical properties of the resulting film are studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV), which showed that the resulting CCG/PANI multilayer film kept electroactivity in neutral solution and showed outstanding cyclic stability up to 100 cycles. Furthermore, the composite film exhibited good electrocatalytic ability toward ascorbic acid (AA) with a linear response from 1×10{sup −4} to 1.2×10{sup −3} M with the detect limit of 5×10{sup −6} M. This study provides a facile and effective strategy to fabricate graphene/PANI nanocomposite film with good electrochemical property, which may find potential applications in electronic devices such as electrochemical sensor. - Graphical abstract: A novel graphene/polyaniline (CCG/PANI) film was prepared by layer-by-layer assembly. - Highlights: • A novel graphene/polyaniline (CCG/PANI) film was prepared by layer-by-layer assembly. • The water dispersible and negatively charged graphene (CCG) was used as building block. • CCG was achieved through partly reduced graphene oxide with carboxyl group on its surface. • CCG/PANI film kept

  3. Modeling and sensitivity analysis of mass transfer in active multilayer polymeric film for food applications

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    Bedane, T.; Di Maio, L.; Scarfato, P.; Incarnato, L., E-mail: lincarnato@unisa.it; Marra, F. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università degli studi di Salerno Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132- 84084, Fisciano (Italy)

    2015-12-17

    The barrier performance of multilayer polymeric films for food applications has been significantly improved by incorporating oxygen scavenging materials. The scavenging activity depends on parameters such as diffusion coefficient, solubility, concentration of scavenger loaded and the number of available reactive sites. These parameters influence the barrier performance of the film in different ways. Virtualization of the process is useful to characterize, design and optimize the barrier performance based on physical configuration of the films. Also, the knowledge of values of parameters is important to predict the performances. Inverse modeling and sensitivity analysis are sole way to find reasonable values of poorly defined, unmeasured parameters and to analyze the most influencing parameters. Thus, the objective of this work was to develop a model to predict barrier properties of multilayer film incorporated with reactive layers and to analyze and characterize their performances. Polymeric film based on three layers of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), with a core reactive layer, at different thickness configurations was considered in the model. A one dimensional diffusion equation with reaction was solved numerically to predict the concentration of oxygen diffused into the polymer taking into account the reactive ability of the core layer. The model was solved using commercial software for different film layer configurations and sensitivity analysis based on inverse modeling was carried out to understand the effect of physical parameters. The results have shown that the use of sensitivity analysis can provide physical understanding of the parameters which highly affect the gas permeation into the film. Solubility and the number of available reactive sites were the factors mainly influencing the barrier performance of three layered polymeric film. Multilayer films slightly modified the steady transport properties in comparison to net PET, giving a small reduction

  4. Titanium-zirconium-phosphonate hybrid film on 6061 aluminum alloy

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    Shuanghong WANG; Lei WANG; Changsheng LIU

    2011-01-01

    Three titanium-zirconium-phosphonate hybrid films were formed on AA6061 aluminum alloy by immersing in fluorotitanic acid and fluorozirconic acid based solution containing different phosphonic acids for protective coatings of aluminium alloy. The corrosion resistance of three hybrid films as the substitute for chromate film were evaluated and compared. The neutral salt spray test was explored,the immersion test was conducted and electrochemical test was also executed. The hybrid films exhibited well-pleasing corrosion resistance and adhesion to epoxy resin paints. It was found out that the hybrid films could efficiently be a substitute for chromate based primer over aluminium alloy.

  5. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of hybrid amphiphiles with a polyoxometalate headgroup.

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    Wang, Xiao-Le; Wang, Yong-Liang; Miao, Wen-Ke; Hu, Min-Biao; Tang, Jing; Yu, Wei; Hou, Zhan-Yao; Zheng, Ping; Wang, Wei

    2013-06-04

    A hybrid was at first synthesized by a postfunctionalization of an aminomethane trisalkoxo-functionalized Anderson-type polyoxometalate (POM) encapsulated by three tetrabutylammonium ions using a 3,5-bis(tetradecyloxy)benzoic acid by amidation. Then the three TBA(+) counter cations were programmatically replaced by protons (H(+)) following a molecule-to-amphiphile conversion. In this way one hybrid and three POM-containing hybrid amphiphiles (PCHAs) were acquired by adjusting the number (n) of TBA(+) ions and number (3 - n) of H(+) ions (n = 3, 2, 1, and 0). These compounds can be spread onto a water surface to form a Langmuir monolayer film at the air-water interface. Surface pressure-molecular area measurements exhibit the TBA(+) (H(+)) number playing an important role in the forming ability and stability of Langmuir monolayer films. Also, the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique has been used to transfer the monolayer film onto solid supports to fabricate solid multilayer films. It was found that the PCHA with three H(+) ions had the best Langmuir film-forming ability and thus formed stable LB films with a two-dimensional ordered structure. Our findings are instructive in fabricating and using solid films of the amphiphiles with POM headgroups.

  6. Multilayered films incorporating CdTe quantum dots with tunable optical properties for antibacterial application

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    Li, Xuelian [Institute for Clean Energy and Advanced Materials, Southwest University, 1 Tiansheng Road, Chongqing 400715 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest University, 1 Tiansheng Road, Chongqing 400715 (China); Lu, Zhisong, E-mail: zslu@swu.edu.cn [Institute for Clean Energy and Advanced Materials, Southwest University, 1 Tiansheng Road, Chongqing 400715 (China); Li, Qing, E-mail: qli@swu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest University, 1 Tiansheng Road, Chongqing 400715 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest University, 1 Tiansheng Road, Chongqing 400715 (China)

    2013-12-02

    Tunable absorption/emission and antibacterial activity are highly desirable for antibacterial decorative coating layers. In this study, films with both tunable optical and effective antibacterial properties were fabricated with cadmium telluride quantum dots (QDs) and poly-L-lysine (PLL) via layer-by-layer assembly. Absorption and photoluminescence spectra as well as surface morphology were examined to monitor the film growth. The films are fabricated in a logarithmic growth mode, exhibiting effective antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli and good biocompatibility to Hela cells. By changing sizes of the incorporated QDs, optical properties of the films can be easily tailored. The PLL/QDs' multilayered films may be used as colorful coating layers for applications requiring both unique optical and antibacterial properties. - Highlights: • A layer-by-layer film incorporating quantum dots and poly-L-lysine was fabricated. • The film shows tunable optical properties and antibacterial activity. • The film is built up in a logarithmic growth mode.

  7. Multi-layer boron thin-film detectors for neutrons

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    Wang, Zhehui [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Morris, Christopher L [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-01-01

    Intrinsic efficiencies of the multilayer boron detectors have been examined both theoretically and experimentally. It is shown that due to the charge loss in the boron layers, the practical efficiencies of most multi-layer {sup 10}B detectors are limited up to about 42%, much less than 77% of the 2 bar 2-inch diameter {sup 3}He detectors. It is suggested that the same charge loss mechanism will prevent essentially all substrate-based boron detectors from ever reaching the efficiencies of high-pressure {sup 3}He tubes, independent of the substrate geometry and material composition (including silicon). Meanwhile, the experimental data indicate that the multi-layer approach can increase the efficiencies up to the theoretical limit. Good n/{gamma} discrimination has also achieved using the ionization charnber technique.

  8. Decomposition of multilayer benzene and n-hexane films on vanadium.

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    Souda, Ryutaro

    2015-09-21

    Reactions of multilayer hydrocarbon films with a polycrystalline V substrate have been investigated using temperature-programmed desorption and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. Most of the benzene molecules were dissociated on V, as evidenced by the strong depression in the thermal desorption yields of physisorbed species at 150 K. The reaction products dehydrogenated gradually after the multilayer film disappeared from the surface. Large amount of oxygen was needed to passivate the benzene decomposition on V. These behaviors indicate that the subsurface sites of V play a role in multilayer benzene decomposition. Decomposition of the n-hexane multilayer films is manifested by the desorption of methane at 105 K and gradual hydrogen desorption starting at this temperature, indicating that C-C bond scission precedes C-H bond cleavage. The n-hexane dissociation temperature is considerably lower than the thermal desorption temperature of the physisorbed species (140 K). The n-hexane multilayer morphology changes at the decomposition temperature, suggesting that a liquid-like phase formed after crystallization plays a role in the low-temperature decomposition of n-hexane.

  9. Design guidelines for advanced LSI microcircuit packaging using thick film multilayer technology

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    Peckinpaugh, C. J.

    1974-01-01

    Ceramic multilayer circuitry results from the sequential build-up of two or more layers of pre-determined conductive interconnections separated by dielectric layers and fired at an elevated temperature to form a solidly fused structure. The resultant ceramic interconnect matrix is used as a base to mount active and passive devices and provide the necessary electrical interconnection to accomplish the desired electrical circuit. Many methods are known for developing multilevel conductor mechanisms such as multilayer printed circuits, welded wire matrices, flexible copper tape conductors, and thin and thick-film ceramic multilayers. Each method can be considered as a specialized field with each possessing its own particular set of benefits and problems. This design guide restricts itself to the art of design, fabrication and assembly of ceramic multilayer circuitry and the reliability of the end product.

  10. Hybrid Finite Element-Fast Spectral Domain Multilayer Boundary Integral Modeling of Doubly Periodic Structures

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    T.F. Eibert; J.L. Volakis; Y.E. Erdemli

    2002-03-03

    Hybrid finite element (FE)--boundary integral (BI) analysis of infinite periodic arrays is extended to include planar multilayered Green's functions. In this manner, a portion of the volumetric dielectric region can be modeled via the finite element method whereas uniform multilayered regions can be modeled using a multilayered Green's function. As such, thick uniform substrates can be modeled without loss of efficiency and accuracy. The multilayered Green's function is analytically computed in the spectral domain and the resulting BI matrix-vector products are evaluated via the fast spectral domain algorithm (FSDA). As a result, the computational cost of the matrix-vector products is kept at O(N). Furthermore, the number of Floquet modes in the expansion are kept very few by placing the BI surfaces within the computational unit cell. Examples of frequency selective surface (FSS) arrays are analyzed with this method to demonstrate the accuracy and capability of the approach. One example involves complicated multilayered substrates above and below an inhomogeneous filter element and the other is an optical ring-slot array on a substrate several hundred wavelengths in thickness. Comparisons with measurements are included.

  11. Synthesis of B–Sb by rapid thermal annealing of B/Sb multilayer films

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    S N Das; A K Pal

    2006-11-01

    Group III–V compound B–Sb films were synthesized from B/Sb/…/B multilayer films deposited by electron gun evaporation onto silicon substrate and subjecting the above multilayer to rapid thermal annealing at 773 K for 3 min. The films were characterized by XRD, TEM, XPS and optical studies. XPS studies indicated the ratio of B : Sb ∼1. XRD and electron diffraction patterns indicated the reflections from (100), (111), (102) and (112) planes of zinc blende BSb. Band gap evaluated from optical studies was ∼ 0.51 eV. Refractive index of the films varied between 1.65 and 2.18 with increasing energy of incident photon and plasma frequency (p) was estimated to be ∼ 2.378 × 10-14 s-1. The effective mass was computed to be ∼ 0.0845 m.

  12. Enhancement of Fluorescence-Based Sandwich Immunoassay Using Multilayered Microplates Modified with Plasma-Polymerized Films

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    Kazuyoshi Yano

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available A functional modification of the surface of a 96-well microplate coupled with a thin layer deposition technique is demonstrated for enhanced fluorescence-based sandwich immunoassays. The plasma polymerization technique enabling the deposition of organic thin films was employed for the modification of the well surface of a microplate. A silver layer and a plasma-polymerized film were consecutively deposited on the microplate as a metal mirror and the optical interference layer, respectively. When Cy3-labeled antibody was applied to the wells of the resulting multilayered microplate without any immobilization step, greatly enhanced fluorescence was observed compared with that obtained with the unmodified one. The same effect could be also exhibited for an immunoassay targeting antigen directly adsorbed on the multilayered microplate. Furthermore, a sandwich immunoassay for the detection of interleukin 2 (IL-2 was performed with the multilayered microplates, resulting in specific and 88-fold–enhanced fluorescence detection.

  13. Layer-by-layer assembled multilayer TiO(x) for efficient electron acceptor in polymer hybrid solar cells.

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    Kang, Hyunbum; Lee, Chanwoo; Yoon, Sung Cheol; Cho, Chul-Hee; Cho, Jinhan; Kim, Bumjoon J

    2010-11-16

    We demonstrate that TiO(x) nanocomposite films fabricated using electrostatic layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly improve the power conversion efficiency of photovoltaic cells compared to conventional TiO(x) films fabricated via the sol-gel process. For this study, titanium precursor/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) multilayer films were first deposited onto indium tin oxide-coated glass to produce TiO(x) nanocomposites (TiO(x)NC). The specific effect of the LbL processed TiO(x) on photovoltaic performance was investigated using the planar bilayer TiO(x)NC and highly regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) solar cells, and the P3HT/LbL TiO(x)NC solar cells showed a dramatic increase in power efficiency, particularly in terms of the short current density and fill factor. The improved efficiency of this device is mainly due to the difference in the chemical composition of the LbL TiO(x)NC films, including the much higher Ti(3+)/Ti(4+) ratio and the highly reactive facets of crystals as demonstrated by XPS and XRD measurement, thus enhancing the electron transfer between electron donors and acceptors. In addition, the grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS) study revealed the presence of more highly oriented P3HT stacks parallel to the substrate on the LbL TiO(x)NC film compared to those on the sol-gel TiO(x) films, possibly influencing the hole mobility of P3HT and the energy transfer near and at the interface between the P3HT and TiO(x) layers. The results of this study demonstrate that this approach is a promising one for the design of hybrid solar cells with improved efficiency.

  14. High quality transparent conductive Ag-based barium stannate multilayer flexible thin films.

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    Wu, Muying; Yu, Shihui; He, Lin; Yang, Lei; Zhang, Weifeng

    2017-03-07

    Transparent conductive multilayer thin films of silver (Ag)-embedded barium stannate (BaSnO3) structures have been deposited onto flexible polycarbonate substrates by magnetron sputtering at room temperature to develop an indium free transparent flexible electrode. The effect of thicknesses of Ag mid-layer and barium stannate layers on optical and electrical properties were investigated, and the mechanisms of conduction and transmittance were discussed. The highest value of figure of merit is 25.5 × 10(-3) Ω(-1) for the BaSnO3/Ag/BaSnO3 multilayer flexible thin films with 9 nm thick silver mid-layer and 50 nm thick barium stannate layers, while the average optical transmittance in the visible range from 380 to 780 nm is above 87%, the resistivity is 9.66 × 10(-5) Ω · cm, and the sheet resistance is 9.89 Ω/sq. The change rate of resistivity is under 10% after repeated bending of the multilayer flexible thin films. These results indicate that Ag-based barium stannate multilayer flexible thin films can be used as transparent flexible electrodes in various flexible optoelectronic devices.

  15. Thermal analysis of continuous and patterned multilayer films in the presence of a nanoscale hot spot

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    Juang, Jia-Yang; Zheng, Jinglin

    2016-10-01

    Thermal responses of multilayer films play essential roles in state-of-the-art electronic systems, such as photo/micro-electronic devices, data storage systems, and silicon-on-insulator transistors. In this paper, we focus on the thermal aspects of multilayer films in the presence of a nanoscale hot spot induced by near field laser heating. The problem is set up in the scenario of heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), the next-generation technology to overcome the data storage density limit imposed by superparamagnetism. We characterized thermal responses of both continuous and patterned multilayer media films using transient thermal modeling. We observed that material configurations, in particular, the thermal barriers at the material layer interfaces crucially impact the temperature field hence play a key role in determining the hot spot geometry, transient response and power consumption. With a representative generic media model, we further explored the possibility of optimizing thermal performances by designing layers of heat sink and thermal barrier. The modeling approach demonstrates an effective way to characterize thermal behaviors of micro and nano-scale electronic devices with multilayer thin film structures. The insights into the thermal transport scheme will be critical for design and operations of such electronic devices.

  16. Thermal analysis of continuous and patterned multilayer films in the presence of a nanoscale hot spot

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    Jia-Yang Juang

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Thermal responses of multilayer films play essential roles in state-of-the-art electronic systems, such as photo/micro-electronic devices, data storage systems, and silicon-on-insulator transistors. In this paper, we focus on the thermal aspects of multilayer films in the presence of a nanoscale hot spot induced by near field laser heating. The problem is set up in the scenario of heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR, the next-generation technology to overcome the data storage density limit imposed by superparamagnetism. We characterized thermal responses of both continuous and patterned multilayer media films using transient thermal modeling. We observed that material configurations, in particular, the thermal barriers at the material layer interfaces crucially impact the temperature field hence play a key role in determining the hot spot geometry, transient response and power consumption. With a representative generic media model, we further explored the possibility of optimizing thermal performances by designing layers of heat sink and thermal barrier. The modeling approach demonstrates an effective way to characterize thermal behaviors of micro and nano-scale electronic devices with multilayer thin film structures. The insights into the thermal transport scheme will be critical for design and operations of such electronic devices.

  17. Temperature dependencies of hydrogen-induced blistering of thin film multilayers

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    Kuznetsov, A. S.; Gleeson, M. A.; F. Bijkerk,

    2014-01-01

    We report on the influence of sample temperature on the development of hydrogen-induced blisters in Mo/Si thin-film multilayers. In general, the areal number density of blisters decreases with increasing exposure temperature, whereas individual blister size increases with exposure temperatures up to

  18. Multilayer films of layered double hydroxide/polyaniline and their ammonia sensing behavior.

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    Xu, Dong-Mei; Guan, Mei-Yu; Xu, Qing-Hong; Guo, Ying

    2013-11-15

    This paper reports the fabrication of layered double hydroxide (LDH)/conductive polymer multilayer films by alternate assembly of exfoliated ZnAl-LDH nanosheets and polyaniline (PANI) on silicon wafer substrates using the layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition technology. UV-vis absorption spectroscopy indicates a stepwise and regular growth of the (LDH/PANI)n multilayer films upon increasing deposition cycles. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) demonstrate that the surfaces of the films are microscopy smooth and uniform with a thickness of 2 nm per bilayer. Furthermore, the resulting (LDH/PANI)n multilayer films possess high selectively response to ammonia at room temperature. The presence of LDH nanosheets plays a critical role on the gas sensing for the pure PANI film has very low response to ammonia. The LBL assembly process based on LDH combines the conducting polymer and nano-inorganic material, which provides opportunities to develop new inorganic-organic films for gas sensing.

  19. Study of NbC thin films for soft X-ray multilayer applications

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    Singh, Amol, E-mail: amolphy@rrcat.gov.in, E-mail: rrcat.amol@gmail.com; Modi, Mohammed H.; Lodha, G. S. [Indus Synchrotrons Utilization Division, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore-452013 (India); Rajput, Parasmani; Jha, S. N. [Atomic & Molecular Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai-400085 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Compound materials are being used in soft x-ray and Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) optics applications. Structural properties of compound materials changes drastically when ultrathin films are formed from bulk material. Structural properties need to be investigated to determine the suitability of compound materials in soft x-ray multilayer applications. In the present study Niobium carbide (NbC) thin films were deposited using ion beam sputtering of an NbC target on Si (100) substrate. Thickness roughness and film mass density was determined from the X-ray reflectivity (XRR) data. XRR data revealed that the film mass density was increasing with increase in film thickness. For 500Ǻ thick film, mass density of 6.85 g/cm{sup 3}, close to bulk density was found. Rms roughness for all the films was less than 10Å. Local structure of NbC thin films was determined from EXAFS measurements. The EXAFS data showed an increase in Nb-C and Nb-(C)-Nb peak ratio approaches towards bulk NbC with increasing thickness of NbC. From the present study, NbC thin films were found suitable for actual use in soft x-ray multilayer applications.

  20. Study of NbC thin films for soft X-ray multilayer applications

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    Singh, Amol; Modi, Mohammed. H.; Rajput, Parasmani; Jha, S. N.; Lodha, G. S.

    2015-06-01

    Compound materials are being used in soft x-ray and Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) optics applications. Structural properties of compound materials changes drastically when ultrathin films are formed from bulk material. Structural properties need to be investigated to determine the suitability of compound materials in soft x-ray multilayer applications. In the present study Niobium carbide (NbC) thin films were deposited using ion beam sputtering of an NbC target on Si (100) substrate. Thickness roughness and film mass density was determined from the X-ray reflectivity (XRR) data. XRR data revealed that the film mass density was increasing with increase in film thickness. For 500Å thick film, mass density of 6.85 g/cm3, close to bulk density was found. Rms roughness for all the films was less than 10Å. Local structure of NbC thin films was determined from EXAFS measurements. The EXAFS data showed an increase in Nb-C and Nb-(C)-Nb peak ratio approaches towards bulk NbC with increasing thickness of NbC. From the present study, NbC thin films were found suitable for actual use in soft x-ray multilayer applications.

  1. Self-assembled hybrid films of phosphotungstic acid and aminoalkoxysilanes on SiO{sub 2}/Si surfaces

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    Souza, Adriano L. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Instituto de Quimica de Sao Carlos, P.O. Box 780, 13560-970, Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Marques, Lygia A.; Eberlin, Marcos N. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Instituto de Quimica, Laboratorio Thomson de Espectrometria de Massas, 13083-970, Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Nascente, Pedro A.P. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar), Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, 13565-905, Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Herrmann, Paulo S.P. [Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria, Embrapa Instrumentacao Agropecuaria, Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia para o Agronegocio, 13560-970, P.O.Box 741, Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Leite, Fabio L. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar), Campus de Sorocaba, P. O. Box 3031, 18052-780, Sorocaba, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Rodrigues-Filho, Ubirajara P., E-mail: uprf@iqsc.usp.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Instituto de Quimica de Sao Carlos, P.O. Box 780, 13560-970, Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    2012-02-29

    The present paper describes the influence of the chemical structure of two aminoalkoxysilanes: 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS) and N-(3-(trimethoxysilyl)-propyl)-ethylenediamine (TSPEN) on the morphology of thin layer hybrid films with phosphotungstic acid (HPW), a Keggin heteropolyanion. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses indicated that both silane films showed protonated amine species interacting with the heteropolyanion by electrostatic forces as well as the presence of secondary carbamate anions. The hybrid films have different surface morphology according to atomic force microscopy analyses. The hybrid film with TSPEN forms flatter surfaces than the hybrid film with APTS. This effect is ascribed to higher flexibility and chelating ability of the TSPEN on adsorbed molecules. Ultrasonication effect on surface morphology of the hybrid film with APTS plays a fundamental role on surface roughness delivering enough energy to promote surface diffusion of the HPW heteropolyanions. This diffusion results in agglomerate formation, which corroborates with the assumption of electrostatic bonding between the HPW heteropolyanions and the protonated amine surface. These hybrid films could be used for electrochemical sensor design or to build photochromic and electrochromic multilayers. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of phosphotungstate-aminosilylated surfaces. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dependence of the surface roughness on the aminosilane structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phosphotungstic acid chelation by N-(3-(trimethoxysilyl)-propyl)-ethylenediamine. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ultrasonic promotion of clustering of phosphotungstic acid.

  2. Electrochemistry of ATP-capped silver nanoparticles in layer-by-layer multilayer films

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    Singh, Poonam; Solomon, Virgil C.; Buttry, Daniel A.

    2014-07-01

    Colloidal silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) capped with adenosine triphosphate (ATP) were prepared using borohydride reduction of Ag+ in the presence of ATP. Subsequent characterization was done using transmission electron microscopy/high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and non-contact atomic force microscopy (NcAFM) confirming the size and composition of the Ag NPs. This report focuses on two topics: (1) the change in NP size and properties as a function of molar ratios of Ag+ to ATP capping ligand to BH4 - reductant, and (2) the electrochemical behavior of the NPs in layer-by-layer (LbL) multilayer films. On the basis of electrostatic interaction between negatively charged phosphate groups on Ag NPs and positively charged poly(diallyldimethylammonium) hydrochloride, NPs were immobilized on 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MCP)-functionalized gold electrodes using LbL assembly method followed by characterization of the film using NcAFM. Furthermore, the redox chemistry for phase transformations of immobilized Ag NPs to AgCl or Ag2O in multilayer films was examined using cyclic voltammetry (CV) in NaOH and NaCl solutions. A non-linear increase of charge with an increase in the number of bilayers in the film was observed up to five layers. Underpotential deposition of Pb on multilayer film of Ag NPs confirmed the presence of Ag in multilayer films. The stability of the LbL film toward electrochemical cycling to higher potentials (i.e., +0.8 V) in NaOH solutions was evaluated.

  3. Stable organic-inorganic hybrid multilayered photoelectrochemical cells

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    Park, Sun-Young; Kim, Min-gyeong; Jung, Jaehoon; Heo, Jinhee; Hong, Eun Mi; Choi, Sung Mook; Lee, Joo-Yul; Cho, Shinuk; Hong, Kihyon; Lim, Dong Chan

    2017-02-01

    The production of hydrogen from water via solar energy conversion has attracted immense attention as a potential solution for addressing energy supply issues. We demonstrated a stable and efficient organic-inorganic hybrid photoelectrochemical (H-PEC) cell. Modifying the surface energy and structure of the organic photoactive layer using multi-functional nanomaterials including -OH-modified NiO nanoparticles and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) led to a 2.8-fold enhancement of the water splitting performance in a single junction H-PEC cell. The enhanced performance was attributed to the i) improved water-wettability, ii) enhanced charge extraction property by band-edge alignment, and iii) the catalytic effect of the introduced NiO-OH nanoparticles. In addition, because of the effects of the RGO layer preventing water penetration and photo-corrosion during the oxidation of water, a distinguishable long-term stability was achieved from the H-PEC cell with an RGO capping layer. The best performance was obtained from the organic-inorganic hybrid multi-junction PEC cells consisting of the WO3 photo-anode (activated under UV irradiation) and the H-PEC cell (activated under visible light irradiation). The H-PEC cell with a WO3 photo-anode exhibited significantly enhanced stability and performance by a factor of 11.6 higher than photocurrent of the single H-PEC cell.

  4. Deodorisation effect of diamond-like carbon/titanium dioxide multilayer thin films deposited onto polypropylene

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    Ozeki, K., E-mail: ozeki@mx.ibaraki.ac.jp [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ibaraki University, 4-12-1, Nakanarusawa, Hitachi, Ibaraki 316-8511 (Japan); Frontier Research Center for Applied Atomic Sciences, 162-1 Shirakata, Toukai, Ibaraki 319-1106 (Japan); Hirakuri, K.K. [Applied Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Denki University, Ishizaka, Hatoyama, Hiki, Saitama 350-0394 (Japan); Masuzawa, T. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ibaraki University, 4-12-1, Nakanarusawa, Hitachi, Ibaraki 316-8511 (Japan)

    2011-04-15

    Many types of plastic containers have been used for the storage of food. In the present study, diamond-like carbon (DLC)/titanium oxide (TiO{sub 2}) multilayer thin films were deposited on polypropylene (PP) to prevent flavour retention and to remove flavour in plastic containers. For the flavour removal test, two types of multilayer films were prepared, DLC/TiO{sub 2} films and DLC/TiO{sub 2}/DLC films. The residual gas concentration of acetaldehyde, ethylene, and turmeric compounds in bottle including the DLC/TiO{sub 2}-coated and the DLC/TiO{sub 2}/DLC-coated PP plates were measured after UV radiation, and the amount of adsorbed compounds to the plates was determined. The percentages of residual gas for acetaldehyde, ethylene, and turmeric with the DLC/TiO{sub 2} coated plates were 0.8%, 65.2% and 75.0% after 40 h of UV radiation, respectively. For the DLC/TiO{sub 2}/DLC film, the percentages of residual gas for acetaldehyde, ethylene and turmeric decreased to 34.9%, 76.0% and 85.3% after 40 h of UV radiation, respectively. The DLC/TiO{sub 2}/DLC film had a photocatalytic effect even though the TiO{sub 2} film was covered with the DLC film.

  5. Engineering functional nanothin multilayers on food packaging: ice-nucleating polyethylene films.

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    Gezgin, Zafer; Lee, Tung-Ching; Huang, Qingrong

    2013-05-29

    Polyethylene is the most prevalent plastic and is commonly used as a packaging material. Despite its common use, there are not many studies on imparting functionalities to those films which can make them more desirable for frozen food packaging. Here, commercial low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films were oxidized by UV-ozone (UVO) treatment to obtain a negatively charged hydrophilic surface to allow fabrication of functional multilayers. An increase in hydrophilicity was observed when films were exposed to UVO for 4 min and longer. Thin multilayers were formed by dipping the UVO-treated films into biopolymer solutions, and extracellular ice nucleators (ECINs) were immobilized onto the film surface to form a functional top layer. Polyelectrolyte adsorption was studied and confirmed on silicon wafers by measuring the water contact angles of the layers and investigating the surface morphology via atomic force microscopy. An up to 4-5 °C increase in ice nucleation temperatures and an up to 10 min decrease in freezing times were observed with high-purity deionized water samples frozen in ECIN-coated LDPE films. Films retained their ice nucleation activity up to 50 freeze-thaw cycles. Our results demonstrate the potential of using ECIN-coated polymer films for frozen food application.

  6. A model for asymmetric magnetoimpedance effect in multilayered bimagnetic films

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    Buznikov, N. A.; Antonov, A. S.

    2016-12-01

    The magnetoimpedance in three-layered bimagnetic film structure is studied theoretically. The structure consists of the soft and hard magnetic films separated by highly conductive non-magnetic layer. A model to describe the magnetoimpedance effect in the film structure based on a simultaneous solution of linearized Maxwell equations and Landau-Lifshitz equation is proposed. It is shown that magnetostatic coupling between the magnetic layers results in the asymmetry in the field dependence of the film impedance. The magnetostatic coupling is described in terms of an effective bias field appearing in the soft magnetic layer. The calculated field and frequency dependences of the film impedance are shown to be in a qualitative agreement with previous results of experimental studies of the asymmetric magnetoimpedance in NiFe/Cu/Co film structures. The results obtained may be useful for development of weak magnetic-field sensors.

  7. Multilayers Polyethylene Film for Crop Protection in Harsh Climatic Conditions

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    A. Dehbi

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work the performance and durability of a new generation of greenhouse covers, in which the cover is composed of five layers, are investigated. A sand wind ageing was performed under different exposure conditions. Surface morphology and chemical, physical, and thermal characteristics were investigated by using optical microscopy, FTIR, and tensile test techniques. In addition, the mechanical integrity of the five-layer film was assessed. The analysis indicated that the sand wind treatments have a significant influence only on the performance of the film. An attempt has been done to compare the properties of the five-layer film with the monolayer and trilayer films with or without air bubble under similar conditions. The results revealed that the five-layer film proved to be a promising greenhouse covering film.

  8. Sprayed and Spin-Coated Multilayer Antireflection Coating Films for Nonvacuum Processed Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

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    Abdullah Uzum

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Using the simple and cost-effective methods, spin-coated ZrO2-polymer composite/spray-deposited TiO2-compact multilayer antireflection coating film was introduced. With a single TiO2-compact film on the surface of a crystalline silicon wafer, 5.3% average reflectance (the reflectance average between the wavelengths of 300 nm and 1100 nm was observed. Reflectance decreased further down to 3.3% after forming spin-coated ZrO2 on the spray-deposited TiO2-compact film. Silicon solar cells were fabricated using CZ-Si p-type wafers in three sets: (1 without antireflection coating (ARC layer, (2 with TiO2-compact ARC film, and (3 with ZrO2-polymer composite/TiO2-compact multilayer ARC film. Conversion efficiency of the cells improved by a factor of 0.8% (from 15.19% to 15.88% owing to the multilayer ARC. Jsc was improved further by 2 mA cm−2 (from 35.3 mA cm−2 to 37.2 mA cm−2 when compared with a single TiO2-compact ARC.

  9. Sigma-pi molecular dielectric multilayers for low-voltage organic thin-film transistors.

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    Yoon, Myung-Han; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J

    2005-03-29

    Very thin (2.3-5.5 nm) self-assembled organic dielectric multilayers have been integrated into organic thin-film transistor structures to achieve sub-1-V operating characteristics. These new dielectrics are fabricated by means of layer-by-layer solution phase deposition of molecular silicon precursors, resulting in smooth, nanostructurally well defined, strongly adherent, thermally stable, virtually pinhole-free, organosiloxane thin films having exceptionally large electrical capacitances (up to approximately 2,500 nF.cm(-2)), excellent insulating properties (leakage current densities as low as 10(-9) A.cm(-2)), and single-layer dielectric constant (k)of approximately 16. These 3D self-assembled multilayers enable organic thin-film transistor function at very low source-drain, gate, and threshold voltages (organic semiconductors.

  10. Finite element analysis and equivalent parallel-resistance model for conductive multilayer thin films

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    Chen, Yu-Yi; Juang, Jia-Yang

    2016-07-01

    The standard collinear four-point probe method is an indispensable tool and has been extensively used for characterizing conductive thin films with homogeneous and isotropic electrical properties. In this paper, we conduct three-dimensional (3D) finite element simulations on conductive multilayer films to study the relationship between the reading of the four-point probe and the conductivity of the individual layers. We find that a multilayer film may be modeled as a simple equivalent circuit with multiple resistances, connected in parallel for a wide range of resistivity and thickness ratios, as long as its total thickness is smaller than approximately half of the probe spacing. As a result, we may determine the resistivity of each layer sequentially by applying the four-point probe, with the original correction factor π/ln(2), after deposition of each layer.

  11. Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembled Graphene Multilayer Films via Covalent Bonds for Supercapacitor Electrodes

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    Xianbin Liu

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available To maximize the utilization of its single-atom thin nature, a facile scheme to fabricate graphene multilayer films via a layer-by-layer self-assembled process was presented. The structure of multilayer films was constructed by covalently bonding graphene oxide (GO using p-phenylenediamine (PPD as a covalent cross-linking agent. The assembly process was confirmed to be repeatable and the structure was stable. With the π-π conjugated structure and a large number of spaces in the framework, the graphene multi‐ layer films exhibited excellent electrochemical perform‐ ance. The uniform ultrathin electrode exhibited a capacitance of 41.71 μF/cm2 at a discharge current of 0.1 μA/cm2, and displayed excellent stability of 88.9 % after 1000 charge-discharge cycles.

  12. Thermoelastic stress analysis of multilayered films in a micro-thermoelectric cooling device

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    Yu-Mei Yang; Xing-Zhe Wang; Wen-Jie Zhang

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents an analytical solution for the thermoelastic stress in a typical in-plane's thin-film microthermoelectric cooling device under different operating conditions.The distributions of the permissible temperature fields in multilayered thin-films are analytically obtained,and the characteristics,including maximum temperature difference and maximum refrigerating output of the thermoelectric device,are discussed for two operating conditions.Analytical expressions of the thermoelastic stresses in the layered thermoelectric thin-films induced by the temperature difference are formulated based on the theory of multilayer system.The results demonstrate that,the geometric dimension is a significant factor which remarkably affects the thermoelastic stresses.The stress distributions in layers of semiconductor thermoelements,insulating and supporting membrane show distinctly different features.The present work may profitably guide the optimization design of highefficiency micro-thermoelectric cooling devices.

  13. Patterning of magnetic thin films and multilayers using nanostructured tantalum gettering templates.

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    Qiu, Wenlan; Chang, Long; Lee, Dahye; Dannangoda, Chamath; Martirosyan, Karen; Litvinov, Dmitri

    2015-03-25

    This work demonstrates that a nonmagnetic thin film of cobalt oxide (CoO) sandwiched between Ta seed and capping layers can be effectively reduced to a magnetic cobalt thin film by annealing at 200 °C, whereas CoO does not exhibit ferromagnetic properties at room temperature and is stable at up to ∼400 °C. The CoO reduction is attributed to the thermodynamically driven gettering of oxygen by tantalum, similar to the exothermic reduction-oxidation reaction observed in thermite systems. Similarly, annealing at 200 °C of a nonmagnetic [CoO/Pd]N multilayer thin film sandwiched between Ta seed and Ta capping layers results in the conversion into a magnetic [Co/Pd]N multilayer, a material with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy that is of interest for magnetic data storage applications. A nanopatterning approach is introduced where [CoO/Pd]N multilayers is locally reduced into [Co/Pd]N multilayers to achieve perpendicular magnetic anisotropy nanostructured array. This technique can potentially be adapted to nanoscale patterning of other systems for which thermodynamically favorable combination of oxide and gettering layers can be identified.

  14. Electrodeposition of hybrid ZnO/organic dye films

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    Moya, Monica; Mari, Bernabe; Mollar, Miquel [Department de Fisica Aplicada-IDF, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Cami de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain)

    2011-06-15

    The viability of the electrodeposition as a suitable technique for preparing new porous hybrid materials has been tested in this paper. Hybrid ZnO films with two different organic dyes: Eosin-Y and Tetrasulphonated-Cu-phtalocyanine were prepared. Their physical and chemical properties as well as their dependence on the growth conditions were investigated. It is found that the type of dye has a big influence on the morphology and porosity of hybrid films. Open and connected pores are created in hybrid ZnO/Eosin-Y films while both open and closed pores coexist in hybrid ZnO/Tetrasulfonated-Cu-phthalocyanine. As one of the promising applications of hybrid materials is photovoltaic conversion of sunlight, photoelectrochemical characterization of hybrid films is also reported. Photocurrent generation owing to both contributions ZnO and Eosin-Y is observed in ZnO/Eosin-Y films but no photocurrent has been observed in ZnO/Tetrasulfonated-Cu-phthalocyanine films. SEM micrographs of hybrid ZnO films grown in aqueous bath; (Left) ZnO/Eosin-Y films grown at 70 C, -0.9 V (Right) ZnO/Ts-CuPc films grown at 70 C, -0.9 V. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Sprayed and Spin-Coated Multilayer Antireflection Coating Films for Nonvacuum Processed Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

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    Abdullah Uzum; Masashi Kuriyama; Hiroyuki Kanda; Yutaka Kimura; Kenji Tanimoto; Hidehito Fukui; Taichiro Izumi; Tomitaro Harada; Seigo Ito

    2017-01-01

    Using the simple and cost-effective methods, spin-coated ZrO2-polymer composite/spray-deposited TiO2-compact multilayer antireflection coating film was introduced. With a single TiO2-compact film on the surface of a crystalline silicon wafer, 5.3% average reflectance (the reflectance average between the wavelengths of 300 nm and 1100 nm) was observed. Reflectance decreased further down to 3.3% after forming spin-coated ZrO2 on the spray-deposited TiO2-compact film. Silicon solar cells were fa...

  16. Edge Charge Neutralization of Clay for Improved Oxygen Gas Barrier in Multilayer Nanobrick Wall Thin Films.

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    Song, Yixuan; Hagen, David A; Qin, Shuang; Holder, Kevin M; Falke, Kyle; Grunlan, Jaime C

    2016-12-21

    Layer-by-layer (LbL) assembled polymer-clay multilayer thin films are known to provide transparent and flexible gas barrier. In an effort to further lower the oxygen transmission rate (OTR) of these nanobrick wall thin films, sodium chloride was introduced into montmorillonite (MMT) suspension as an "indifferent electrolyte". At pH 6.5 the amphoteric edge sites of MMT have a neutral net charge, and a moderate concentration of NaCl effectively shields the charge from neighboring platelets, allowing van der Waals forces to attract the edges to one another. This edge-to-edge bonding creates a much more tortuous path for diffusing oxygen molecules. An eight-bilayer (BL) polyethylenimine (PEI)/MMT multilayer coating (∼50 nm thick), assembled with 5 mM NaCl in the aqueous clay suspension, exhibited an order of magnitude reduction in oxygen permeability (∼4 × 10(-20) cm(3)·cm/(cm(2)·Pa·s)) relative to its salt-free counterpart. This result represents the best barrier among polymer-clay bilayer systems, which is also lower than SiOx or AlxOy thin films. At higher NaCl concentration, the strong charge screening causes edge-to-face bonding among MMT nanoplatelets, which leads to misalignment in assembled films and increased OTR. This "salty-clay" strategy provides an efficient way to produce better multilayer oxygen barrier thin films by altering ionic strength of the MMT suspension. This simple modification reduces the number of layers necessary for high gas barrier, potentially making these multilayer films interesting for commercial packaging applications.

  17. Atomic scale analysis of phase formation and diffusion kinetics in Ag/Al multilayer thin films

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    Aboulfadl, Hisham; Gallino, Isabella; Busch, Ralf; Mücklich, Frank

    2016-11-01

    Thin films generally exhibit unusual kinetics leading to chemical reactions far from equilibrium conditions. Binary metallic multilayer thin films with miscible elements show some similar behaviors with respect to interdiffusion and phase formation mechanisms. Interfacial density, lattice defects, internal stresses, layer morphologies and deposition conditions strongly control the mass transport between the individual layers. In the present work, Ag/Al multilayer thin films are used as a simple model system, in which the effects of the sputtering power and the bilayer period thickness on the interdiffusion and film reactions are investigated. Multilayers deposited by DC magnetron sputtering undergo calorimetric and microstructural analyses. In particular, atom probe tomography is extensively used to provide quantitative information on concentration gradients, grain boundary segregations, and reaction mechanisms. The magnitude of interdiffusion was found to be inversely proportional to the period thickness for the films deposited under the same conditions, and was reduced using low sputtering power. Both the local segregation at grain boundaries as well as pronounced non-equilibrium supersaturation effects play crucial roles during the early stages of the film reactions. For multilayers with small periods of 10 nm supersaturation of the Al layers with Ag precedes the polymorphic nucleation and growth of the hcp γ-Ag2Al phase. In larger periods the γ phase formation is triggered at junctions between grain boundaries and layers interfaces, where the pathway to heterogeneous nucleation is local supersaturation. Other Ag-rich phases also form as intermediate phases due to asymmetric diffusion rates of parent phases in the γ phase during annealing.

  18. Preparation of conductive PDDA/(PEDOT:PSS) multilayer thin film: influence of polyelectrolyte solution composition.

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    Jurin, F E; Buron, C C; Martin, N; Filiâtre, C

    2014-10-01

    Self-assembled multilayer films made of PEDOT:PSS poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) and PDDA poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) were prepared using layer-by-layer method. In order to modify the growth regime of the multilayer, to fabricate an electrical conductive film and to control its thickness, the effects of pH, type of electrolyte, ionic strength and polyelectrolyte concentration were investigated. Optical reflectometry measurements show that the pH of the solutions has no effect on the film growth while the adsorbed amount increases more rapidly when BaCl2 is used instead of NaCl as electrolyte. An increase in the ionic strength (with NaCl) induces a change in the growth regime from a linear to an exponential one at low polyelectrolyte concentration. As UV-vis measurements indicate, no decomplexation of PEDOT was recorded after film preparation. With polyelectrolyte concentration below 1 g L(-1), no conductive films were obtained even if 50 bilayers were deposited. A conductive film was prepared with a polyelectrolyte concentration of 1 g L(-1) and the measured conductivity was 0.3 S m(-1). A slight increase in conductivity was recorded when BaCl2 was used probably due to a modification of the film structure. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Semi-analytical Single-domain Modeling of Magnetoresistive Multilayer Thin Films

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    Oti, John O.

    1997-03-01

    Sub-micrometer magnetoresistive (MR) multilayer thin films show great promise as active elements of future-generation magnetic recording read heads and sensors, and non-volatile magnetic random access memory (MRAM) devices. In very small films the transition lengths of internal Neel magnetic domain walls films may become larger than the dimensions of the films, thereby rendering the films incapable of sustaining domain walls. The films then display a predominant single-domain behavior. This greatly simplifies the mathematical modeling of very small MR multilayers. Simulated size dependence properties of the MR behavior of spin-valve read heads and MRAMs, using a semi-analytical single-domain model [1,2], are presented. The model forms part of a personal computer based semi-analytical micromagnetics design tool we have developed. The program utilizes a convenient graphical windowing interface that facilitates the design and analysis of the system, and enables the 3-D rendering of the interacting films and animation of their magnetization reversals. A real-time demonstration of the program will be given as part of the presentation. [1] C. E. Johnson, J. Appl. Phys. 33, 2515 (1962). [2] J. O. Oti, J. Appl. Phys. 79, 6386 (1996).

  20. Post-irradiation effect of Deuterium ion beam onto Rh/W/Cu multilayer thin film

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    Mostako, A.T.T. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781039 (India); Khare, Alika, E-mail: alika@iitg.ernet.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781039 (India); Rao, C.V.S.; Vala, Sudhirsinh; Basu, T.K.; Raole, Prakash M.; Makwana, Rajinikant [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382428 (India)

    2014-03-15

    Graphical abstract: AFM images of M{sub 1} and M{sub 2} Rh/W/Cu multilayer samples are in Fig. (a and b) before D ion beam irradiation and that of after 20 keV and 30 keV D ion beam irradiation are in Fig. (c and d), respectively. The columnar structures observed in the AFM images before and after irradiation were intact. The RMS roughness of the films increased by ∼4 nm due to 20 keV and ∼3 nm due to 30 keV D ion beam irradiation. Display Omitted -- Abstract: The fabrication of mirror like multilayer Rh/W/Cu thin films via Pulsed Laser Deposition technique is reported in this paper. These multilayer thin film mirrors were irradiated to 10, 20 and 30 keV energy of Deuterium ion beam. The post-irradiation effects onto the quality of these thin films were investigated by subjecting them to X-ray Diffractometer, Scanning Electron Microscope, Atomic Force Microscope, Ultraviolet (UV)–Visible and Far Infrared (FIR) spectrometer.

  1. Preparation of plastic and biopolymer multilayer films by plasma source ion implantation.

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    Shin, Gye Hwa; Lee, Yeon Hee; Lee, Jin Sil; Kim, Young Soo; Choi, Won Seok; Park, Hyun Jin

    2002-07-31

    The plasma source ion implantation (PSII) technique was used to improve the adhesion between linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and biopolymer. LLDPE was treated with the PSII using O(2) or CF(4) gas to modify its surface. After modification, chitosan or corn zein was used for coating on LLDPE. Wettability of the LLDPE surface was evaluated with a contact angle meter by the sessile drop method. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to analyze the LLDPE surface. Before and after treatment, in the case of LLDPE treated with O(2) PSII, oxygen-containing functional groups were formed on the implanted surface. In the CF(4) PSII treated LLDPE, it was observed that the fluorine concentration on the surface of LLDPE remarkably increased and hydrophobic groups were formed by chemical reaction. Bilayer films coated with chitosan or corn zein showed 10 times lower oxygen permeability. Tensile strength of multilayer films was decreased a little compared with that of LLDPE. The plastic and biopolymer multilayer films have potential for food packaging application because of their O(2) gas barrier property and easy recyclability of the multilayer film.

  2. Multilayer systems of alternating chalcogenide As Se and polymer thin films prepared using thermal evaporation and spin-coating techniques

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    Kohoutek, T.; Wagner, T.; Orava, J.; Krbal, M.; Ilavsky, J.; Vesely, D.; Frumar, M.

    2007-05-01

    We describe preparation and characterization of multilayer planar systems based on alternating chalcogenide As Se and polymer polyamide-imide (PAI) or polyvinyl-butyral (PVB) thin films. We deposited films of thermally evaporated As33Se67 chalcogenide glass periodically alternating with PAI or PVB films. Fifteen layers of As Se+PAI system and 17 layers of As Se+PVB system were deposited. The film thicknesses were approximately 100 nm for all of the film types. Polymer film thicknesses were calculated from profilometric measurements performed by an atomic force microscopy. Optical properties of prepared multilayers and also As Se, PAI and PVB single layers were established using UV vis NIR and ellipsometric spectroscopies. Both, As Se+PAI and As Se+PVB multilayer systems, exhibited the reflection (stop) bands centered near 830 nm. The bandwidth of reflection band of As Se+PAI multilayer was 90 nm while bandwidth of As Se+PVB system increased to 150 nm because PVB films had about 0.2 lower refractive index. A new possibility for the application of chalcogenide thin films appeared as high refractive index materials suitable for fabrication of optical elements (reflectors) for near-infrared region. Changing the films composition and thickness, multilayer systems with tailored position of stop band could be designed and prepared.

  3. INVESTIGATION OF SANITARY-HYGIENIC CHARACTERISTICS OF MULTILAYER POLYMER FILMS USED FOR VACUUM PACKAGING MODIFIED BY NATIVE ANTIMICROBIAL COMPONENTS

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of the research works related to investigation of sanitary-hygienic characteristics of multilayer polymer film materials where the inner layer contacting directly with food product is modified by native antimicrobial components.

  4. Structural and mechanical properties of Laponite-PEG hybrid films.

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    Shikinaka, Kazuhiro; Aizawa, Kazuto; Murakami, Yoshihiko; Osada, Yoshihito; Tokita, Masatoshi; Watanabe, Junji; Shigehara, Kiyotaka

    2012-03-01

    Inorganic/organic hybrids were obtained by the sol-gel type organic modification reaction of Laponite sidewalls with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) bearing alkoxysiloxy terminal functionality. By casting an aqueous dispersion of the hybrid, the flexible and transparent hybrid films were obtained. Regardless of the inorganic/organic component ratio, the hybrid film had the ordered structure of Laponite in-plane flat arrays. The mechanical strength of hybrid films was drastically improved by the presence of cross-linking among alkoxysilyl functionalities of PEG terminals and the absence of PEG crystallines. Hybrid films, especially those that consisted of PEG with short chain, showed good mechanical properties that originate from quasi-homogeneous dispersion of components due to anchoring of PEG terminal to Laponite sidewall and interaction of PEG to Laponite surface.

  5. Intrinsic Hydrophobic Cairnlike Multilayer Films for Antibacterial Effect with Enhanced Durability.

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    Jeong, Hyejoong; Heo, Jiwoong; Son, Boram; Choi, Daheui; Park, Tai Hyun; Chang, Minwook; Hong, Jinkee

    2015-12-01

    One important aspect of nanotechnology includes thin films capable of being applied to a wide variety of surfaces. Indispensable functions of films include controlled surface energy, stability, and biocompatibility in physiological systems. In this study, we explored the ancient Asian coating material "lacquer" to enhance the physiological and mechanical stability of nanofilms. Lacquer is extracted from the lacquer tree and its main component called urushiol, which is a small molecule that can produce an extremely strong coating. Taking full advantage of layer-by-layer assembly techniques, we successfully fabricated urushiol-based thin films composed of small molecule/polymer multilayers by controlling their molecular interaction. Unique cairnlike nanostructures in this film, produced by urushiol particles, have advantages of intrinsic hydrophobicity and durability against mechanical stimuli at physiological environment. We demonstrated the stability tests as well as the antimicrobial effects of this film.

  6. Construction and deconstruction of PLL/DNA multilayered films for DNA delivery: effect of ionic strength.

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    Ren, Kefeng; Wang, Youxiang; Ji, Jian; Lin, Quankui; Shen, Jiacong

    2005-12-10

    Through the layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technique, DNA was incorporated into the multilayered films with poly-l-lysine (PLL). The effect of ionic strength on the construction and deconstruction of the PLL/DNA films was investigated. It was found that the salt concentration of the deposition solution had a significant effect on the construction of the films, which might attribute to the effect of salt ions on the conformation of polyelectrolytes and interaction between PLL and DNA molecules. A salt-induced deconstruction of the PLL/DNA films was observed. The extent of the deconstruction increased with the salt concentration in the incubation solution. The mechanism of the deconstruction was discussed. Taking the advantages of the LbL technique, the erasable PLL/DNA films could deposit onto a variety of surfaces, such as vascular stent, intervention catheter and tissue engineering scaffold, to serve as a novel DNA delivery system.

  7. Extraordinary Hall effect on Fe-rich amorphous thin films and Fe-rich/Cu multilayers

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    Michea, S. [Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Avda. Ecuador, 3493, Estacion Central, Santiago (Chile); Denardin, J.C., E-mail: juliano.denardin@usach.cl [Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Avda. Ecuador, 3493, Estacion Central, Santiago (Chile); Gamino, M.; Dorneles, L.S. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria 97105-900, RS (Brazil); Correa, M.A. [Departamento de Fisica Teorica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Campus Universitario Lagoa Seca, 59072-970 - Natal, RN - Brazil (Brazil)

    2012-08-15

    In this study we investigated the magnetic and transport properties of thin Fe-rich amorphous films and Fe-rich/Cu multilayers. We compared the extraordinary Hall effect in these two types of samples and discussed it in terms of thickness and sample structure. The thicker films exhibited a strong in-plane magnetic anisotropy, and by decreasing film thickness both saturated Hall resistivity and Hall sensitivity increase. A Hall resistivity value of 20 {mu} Ohm-Sign cm is observed in 100 nm thick Fe-rich films at 12 K and a sensitivity of 1.3 Ohm-Sign /T is obtained at room temperature. Electrical conductance increases and Hall resistivity decreases when the films are sandwiched with Cu.

  8. Dielectric properties of PMMA-SiO2 hybrid films

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    Morales-Acosta, M. D.

    2010-03-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid films were synthesized by a modified sol-gel process. PMMASiO2 films were prepared using methylmethacrylate (MMA), tetraethil-orthosilicate (TEOS) as silicon dioxide source, and 3-trimetoxi-silil-propil-methacrylate (TMSPM) as coupling agent. FTIR measurements were performed on the hybrid films to confirm the presence of PMMA-SiO2 bonding. In addition, metal-insulator-metal (MIM) devices were fabricated to study the dielectric constant of the films as function of frequency (1 KHz to 1 MHz). Electrical results show a weak trend of the dielectric constant of the hybrid films with MMA molar ratio. More importantly, the PMMA-SiO2 hybrid films showed a higher dielectric constant than SiO2 and PMMA layers, which is likely due to the presence of additional C-O-C bond. © (2010) Trans Tech Publications.

  9. DNA biosensors based on layer-by-layer self-assembled multilayer films of carbon nanotubes and gold nanoparticles

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    Xiao, Yiyun; Dai, Zhao; Zhang, Jimei; Pang, Jiechun; Xu, Shichao; Zheng, Guo

    2009-07-01

    A novel DNA biosensor based on layer-by-layer self-assembled multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and gold nano-particles (GNPs) was presented in this paper, in which the probe HS-ssDNA oligonucleotides, MWNTs and GNPs were all covalently immobilized by chemical Au-Sulphide bonding. Firstly, the super short MWNTs were prepared and modified with thio groups which could be self-assembled onto the surface of Au elcetrode by Au-sulphide bonding, then the GNPs were chemically adhered to the surfaces of MWNTs by forming Au-sulphide bonding again, at last the selfassamble of probe DNA oligonucleotides were also covalently immobilized via Au-sulphide bonding between thio groups at the ends of the DNA oligonucleotides and GNPs. Hybridization between the probe HS-ssDNA oligonucleotides and target DNA oligonucleotides was confirmed by the changes in the voltammetric peak of an anionic intercalator, anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonic acid (AQDS) as a hybridization indicator. The cyclic voltammetric and differential pulse voltammetry responses demonstrated that the DNA biosensors based on Layer-by-layer self-assembled multilayer films of MWNTs and NGPs offer a higher hybridization efficiency and selectivity compared to those based on only random MWNTs or GNPs.

  10. The study of nanoscratch and nanomachining on hard multilayer thin films using atomic force microscope.

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    Huang, Jen-Ching; Li, Chia-Lin; Lee, Jyh-Wei

    2012-01-01

    In this study, nanoscratching and nanomachining were conducted using an atomic force microscope (AFM) equipped with a doped diamond-coated probe (DDESP-10; VEECO) to evaluate the fabrication of nanopatterns on hard, Cr₂N/Cu multilayer thin films. The influence of normal force, scratch speed, and repeated scratches on the properties of hard multilayer thin films was also investigated. The nanoscratch experiments led researchers to establish a probe preparation and selection criteria (PPS criteria) to enhance the stability and accuracy of machining hard materials. Experimental results indicate that the depth of grooves produced by nanoscratching increased with an increase in normal force, while an increase in the number of scratches in a single location increased the groove depth but decreased friction. Therelationships among normal force and groove depth more closely resembled a logarithmic form than other mathematical models, as did the relationship between repeated scratching and its effect on groove depth and friction. The influence of scratch speed on friction was divided into two ranges. Between 0.1 and 2 µm/s, friction decreased logarithmically with an increase in scratch speed; however, when the speed exceeded 2 µm/s, the friction appeared stable. In this study, multilayered coatings were successfully machined, demonstrating considerable promise for the fabrication of nanopatterns in multilayered coatings at the nanoscale.

  11. Property improvement of multilayer TiN/Ti films with C~+ implantation

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    赵志勇; 张通和; 梁宏; 张荟星; 张孝吉

    1997-01-01

    Using the MEVVA ion source, carbon ions have been implanted in TiN coatings deposited by multi-arc ion plating The Vickers microhardness of the C+ -implanted TiN films increased with the increase in the ion flux and dose. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis showed that the TiC phases had been formed in the films. In addition, the films had the preferred growth orientations of TiN and TiC, both of which were (111) orientation after annealing at 500℃ for 30 min. Auger electron spectra analysis indicated that C+ -implanted profile was in typical Gaussian-like distribution in single films. The distribution with multipeaks of C atoms was obtained in multi-layer TiN/Ti. The possibility of the multilayer films (Ti (C, N)/TiN/Ti(C, N)/TiN and Ti(C, N)/TiC/Ti(C, N)/TiC) forming using the C-implanted TiN/Ti films is presented for the first time.

  12. Hydrogen storage properties of preferentially orientated Mg-Ni multilayer film prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    YE Suyun; OUYANG Liuzhang; ZHU Min

    2006-01-01

    Mg-Ni multi-layer thin film was deposited on (001) Si wafer by magnetron sputtering with dual-target. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis reveal that the microstructure of the Mg-Ni multilayer thin film is composed of fine-crystalline Ni layer and crystalline [001] Mg layer. Hydrogenation process of the films were carried out by using the automatic gas reaction controller. The films undergone hydrogenation for different time were analyzed by XRD. The results show that hydrogenation properties of Mg with different preferential orientations are different. (002) diffraction peak of Mg disappears in compensating the appearing of the peaks of Mg2NiH4 and MgH2 in hydrogenation at 533 K, while the (101) peak still remains. The result reveals that the Mg film with (001) preferential orientation absorbs hydrogen at certain temperature easier than that of the Mg film with (101) orientation. This phenomenon can be explained in the view point of the energy change for the nucleation and growth of hydride in different crystal plane.

  13. Characterization of multilayered and composite edible films from chitosan and beeswax.

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    Velickova, Elena; Winkelhausen, Eleonora; Kuzmanova, Slobodanka; Moldão-Martins, Margarida; Alves, Vitor D

    2015-03-01

    Chitosan-based edible films were prepared and subjected to cross-linking reactions using sodium tripolyphosphate and/or to beeswax coating on both films interfaces. In addition, chitosan-beeswax emulsion-based films were produced. The goal of these modifications of the chitosan films was the improvement of their barrier to water vapor and to decrease their affinity to liquid water maintaining or improving the mechanical and optical properties of the original chitosan films. The cross-linking with tripolyphosphate decreased both the water vapor permeability and the water absorption capacity to about 55% and 50% of that of the original chitosan films, respectively. However, there was an increase in the films stiffness, revealed by the increased Young modulus from 42 kPa up to 336 kPa. The multilayered wax-chitosan-wax films exhibited a similar improvement of the barrier properties to water vapor, with the advantage of maintaining the mechanical properties of the original chitosan films. However, these wax-coated films showed a higher water absorption capacity, which is believed to be a consequence of water entry into small pores between the film and the wax layers. Regarding the film samples subjected to cross-linking and further coating with beeswax, a similar behavior as the uncoated cross-linked films was observed. The emulsion-based composite films were characterized by a substantial decrease of the water vapor permeability (40%), along with a decrease in their stiffness. Regarding the optical properties, all films presented a yellowish color with similar values of lightness, chroma, and hue. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  14. Towards wafer scale inductive determination of magnetostatic and dynamic parameters of magnetic thin films and multilayers

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    Sievers, Sibylle; Nass, Paul; Serrano-Guisan, Santiago; Pasquale, Massimo; Schumacher, Hans Werner

    2013-01-01

    We investigate an inductive probe head suitable for non-invasive characterization of the magnetostatic and dynamic parameters of magnetic thin films and multilayers on the wafer scale. The probe is based on a planar waveguide with rearward high frequency connectors that can be brought in close contact to the wafer surface. Inductive characterization of the magnetic material is carried out by vector network analyzer ferromagnetic resonance. Analysis of the field dispersion of the resonance allows the determination of key material parameters such as the saturation magnetization MS or the effective damping parameter Meff. Three waveguide designs are tested. The broadband frequency response is characterized and the suitability for inductive determination of MS and Meff is compared. Integration of such probes in a wafer prober could in the future allow wafer scale in-line testing of magnetostatic and dynamic key material parameters of magnetic thin films and multilayers.

  15. APPLICATION OF MULTILAYER FILM CONFIGURATION TO PROTECT PHOTOMULTIPLIER AGAINST EXTERNAL STATIC MAGNETIC FIELDS

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    A. G. Batische

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The effectiveness of the screening constant magnetic field is multi-layered film screens system of NiFe/Cu, formed on the cylindrical housing of photomultiplier tubes, and compared with screen-based steel material – brand 80NHS permalloy. It is shown that the most effective is the screen on the basis of the multilayered film screens, which provide shielding effectiveness value 8–10 in magnetic fields with induction of 0,1–1 mT, and 80–100 – in magnetic fields with induction of 2–4 mT , which is 4–5 times higher than for the screen of the material 80NHS.

  16. Lamellar multilayer hexadecylaniline-modified gold nanoparticle films deposited by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique

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    Anita Swami; Ashavani Kumar; Murali Sastry

    2003-06-01

    Organization of hexadecylaniline (HDA)-modified colloidal gold particles at the air-water interface and the formation thereafter of lamellar, multilayer films of gold nanoparticles by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique is described in this paper. Formation of HDA-capped gold nanoparticles is accomplished by a simple biphasic mixture experiment wherein the molecule hexadecylaniline present in the organic phase leads to electrostatic complexation and reduction of aqueous chloroaurate ions, capping of the gold nanoparticles thus formed and phase transfer of the now hydrophobic particles into the organic phase. Organization of gold nanoparticles at the air-water interface is followed by surface pressure-area isotherm measurements while the formation of multilayer films of the nanoparticles by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique is monitored by quartz crystal microgravimetry, UVVis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy.

  17. Newly designed multilayer thin film mirror for dispersion compensation in Ti: sapphire femtosecond lasers

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    Chunyan Liao; Jianda Shao; Jianbing Huang; Zhengxiu Fan; Hongbo He

    2005-01-01

    @@ There are two different effects to generate group delay dispersion by multilayer thin film mirrors: chirper effect and Gires-Tournois effect. Both effects are employed to introduce desired dispersion in the designed mirror. Thus the designed mirror provides large dispersion throughout broad waveband. Such mirror can be used for dispersion compensation in Ti:sapphire femtosecond lasers. Most group delay dispersion of a 5-mm Ti:sapphire crystal can be compensated perfectly with only four bounces of the designed mirror.

  18. Temperature Dependence of Magnetic Properties of SmCo/FeCo Multilayer Films

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    2000-01-01

    Sm22Co78/Fe65Co35/Sm22Co78/Fe65Co35 multilayer films were prepared by magnetron sputter ing. The temperature dependence of coercivity (He), remanence (Mr) and reduced remanence (Mr/Ms) has been measured. The coercivity decreases with increasing of temperature. The remanence decreases with increasing the temperature from 26 to 100C, and then increases with continuously increasing the temperature from 100 to 150℃. The reduced remanence increases with increasing the temperature.

  19. Magneto-optical and magnetic properties in a Co/Pd multilayered thin film

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    Nwokoye, Chidubem A.; Bennett, Lawrence H.; Della Torre, Edward; Ghahremani, Mohammadreza; Narducci, Frank A.

    2017-01-01

    The paper describes investigation of ferromagnetism at low temperatures. We explored the magneto-optical properties, influenced by photon-magnon interactions, of a ferromagnetic Co/Pd multilayered thin film below and above the magnon Bose-Einstein Condensation (BEC) temperature. Analyses of SQUID and MOKE low temperature experimental results reveal a noticeable phase transition in both magnetic and magneto-optical properties of the material at the BEC temperature.

  20. Multilayer films: Assembly and disassembly at different pH conditions

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    Batchellor, Adam

    The objective of this work was to examine the growth and disassembly under different pH conditions of multilayer films composed of polyelectrolytes and a synthetic clay. Multilayer films containing the strong polyelectrolyte poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) as a positive building block, and the strong polyelectrolyte poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS), or the weak polyelectrolyte poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), and/or the synthetic clay Laponite as negative building blocks were assembled using the Layer-by-Layer (LbL) methodology. Both two-component, as well as three-component systems were considered. Large differences in growth rates were observed for PDDA/PAA systems, as well as for PDDA/Laponite systems under different pH conditions. The addition of Laponite into the PDDA/PAA systems resulted in little change in growth rates and no change in relative order compared to the PDDA/PAA two-component system. The addition of PSS to the PDDA/Laponite systems resulted in both changes in growth rates as well as changes in relative order compared to the two-component PDDA/Laponite systems. Multilayer films of PDDA/PAA exhibited significant variation in their disassembly behavior when exposed to different pH conditions. Films were found to be most stable when immersed in aqueous solutions at the same conditions as they were deposited at. Films were slightly less stable when immersed in solutions of a higher pH than they were deposited at. Films were prone to delamination when immersed in solutions at pH 2.

  1. Bombardment induced ion transport - part IV: ionic conductivity of ultra-thin polyelectrolyte multilayer films.

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    Wesp, Veronika; Hermann, Matthias; Schäfer, Martin; Hühn, Jonas; Parak, Wolfgang J; Weitzel, Karl-Michael

    2016-02-14

    The dependence of the ionic conductance of ultra-thin polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) films on the temperature and the number of bilayers has been investigated by the recently developed low energy bombardment induced ion transport (BIIT) method. To this end multilayers of alternating poly(sodium 4-styrene sulfonate) (PSS) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) layers were deposited on a metal electrode and subsequently bombarded by a low energy potassium ion beam. Ions are transported through the film according to the laws of electro-diffusion towards a grounded backside electrode. They are neutralized at the interface between the polymer film and the metal electrode. The detected neutralization current scales linearly with the acceleration potential of the ion beam indicating Ohmic behavior for the (PAH/PSS)x multilayer, where x denotes the number of bilayers. The conductance exhibits a non-monotonic dependence on the number of bilayers, x. For 2 ≤ x ≤ 8 the conductance increases non-linearly with the number of bilayers. For x ≥ 8 the conductance decreases with increasing number of bilayers. The variation of the conductance is rationalized by a model accounting for the structure dependence of the conductivity. The thinnest sample for which the conductance has been measured is the single bilayer reflecting properties dominated by the interface. The activation energy for the ion transport is 0.49 eV.

  2. Multilayer design of hybrid phosphor film for application in LEDs

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    Güner, Tuğrul; Köseoğlu, Devrim; Demir, Mustafa M.

    2016-10-01

    Crosslinked polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite coatings containing luminescent micrometer-sized yellow Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ (YAG:Ce3+) particles were prepared by spraying for potential applications in solid-state lighting. Blue light was down converted by phosphor particles to produce white light, yet poor color properties of YAG:Ce3+ stemmed from a deficiency of red. When nitride-based red phosphor was simply blended into the system, the electrostatic interaction of negatively charged YAG:Ce3+ and positively charged red phosphor particles caused remarkable clustering and heterogeneity in particle dispersion. Consequently, the light is dominantly blue and shifted to cold white. In other case, phosphor particles were sprayed onto the diffused polycarbonate substrate in stacked layers. Coatings with >80% inorganic content by mass with a thickness of 60 μm were subjected to thermal crosslinking, which the presence of the phosphor particles obstructed, presumably due to the hindrance of large phosphor particles in the diffusion of PDMS precursors. The coating of YAG:Ce3+ first followed by red phosphor in stacked layers produced better light output and color properties than the coating obtained by spraying the mixture at once. Monte Carlo simulation validated the hypothesis.

  3. One year monitoring by FTIR of γ-irradiated multilayer film PE/EVOH/PE

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    Gaston, Fanny; Dupuy, Nathalie; Marque, Sylvain R. A.; Barbaroux, Magali; Dorey, Samuel

    2016-08-01

    The multilayer films made of polyethylene/polyethylene-co-vinyl alcohol/polyethylene are γ-irradiated for biopharmaceutical and biotechnological applications. The radiations generate changes in the polymer films. In this study, we focused on the modifications produced on the surface of materials by Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy combined with chemometric treatments. Principal component analysis (PCA) allows the ordering of the surface modifications according to absorbed doses and the natural ageing. Results show the rising of the acid band and the variation of unsaturated compounds.

  4. The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of CoPt/Au multilayer films

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    Yokota, T. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Materials Research and Analysis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0111 (United States); Gao, L. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Materials Research and Analysis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0111 (United States); Zhang, R. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Materials Research and Analysis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0111 (United States); Nicholl, L. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Materials Research and Analysis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0111 (United States); Yan, M.L. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Materials Research and Analysis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0111 (United States); Sellmyer, D.J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Materials Research and Analysis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0111 (United States); Liou, S.H. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Materials Research and Analysis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0111 (United States)]. E-mail: sliou@unl.edu

    2005-02-01

    We have studied the magnetic properties of Au (2 nm)/Co{sub 50}Pt{sub 50} (3 nm)/Au (2 nm) multilayer films prepared on amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Si and (0 0 1) MgO substrates. The as-deposited films on both substrates are magnetically soft with an FCC structure and exhibit a perpendicular anisotropy. After annealing at 500 deg. C, the sample on the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Si substrate has become magnetically isotropic but the sample on the MgO substrate still has perpendicular anisotropy with FCT structure. This film deposited on the MgO substrate did not show a strong perpendicular anisotropy due to the diffusion of the Au and the (1 1 1) nucleation of initial Au layer. We can obtain a perpendicular anisotropy in the multilayer films without an initial Au layer on a (0 0 1) MgO substrate. After annealing at 400 deg. C, these films have L1{sub 0} phase with (0 0 1) texture and strong perpendicular anisotropy.

  5. Superconducting transitions in amorphous molybdenum-germanium ultrathin films and multilayers

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    Missert, N.

    1989-01-01

    The primary goal of this work was to clarify the role of enhanced Coulomb interactions in the destruction of superconductivity in disordered systems of reduced dimensions. Through a systematic study of the critical temperatures in single film sandwich and multilayer structures, the author has examined the role of dimensionality in the reduction of {Tc} in disordered superconductors. The author has observed a continuous crossover from two to three dimensional behavior as electron diffusion between individual superconducting layers in the multilayer becomes possible. This demonstrates unambiguously that the reduction in {Tc} is an artistic 2D effect and is not simply due to interface or proximity effects, as has often been assumed in the past. Multilayers were fabricated by sequential cosputtering of alternate layers of superconducting and nonsuperconducting amorphous Mo-Ge alloys. The effects of screening at short length scales in these films are probed via a systematic variation of both the distance between superconducting layers and the conductivity of the nonsuperconducting layers in a multilayer structure. As the conductivity of the nonsuperconducting layer increases, electron diffusion becomes more three dimensional. However this increased conductivity also introduces a reduction in {Tc} due to the proximity effect. This has been accounted for by comparing the T, of the multilayers with a corresponding NISIN single layer sandwich structure, designed to have an identical proximity effect reduction of {Tc}, in addition to compensating for any effect of the SIN interface itself. X-ray diffraction measurements and cross-sectional TEM micrographs confirm that the layers are structurally well defined, uniform, and continuous.

  6. Roll-to-Roll sputtered ITO/Cu/ITO multilayer electrode for flexible, transparent thin film heaters and electrochromic applications

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    Park, Sung-Hyun; Lee, Sang-Mok; Ko, Eun-Hye; Kim, Tae-Ho; Nah, Yoon-Chae; Lee, Sang-Jin; Lee, Jae Heung; Kim, Han-Ki

    2016-01-01

    We fabricate high-performance, flexible, transparent electrochromic (EC) films and thin film heaters (TFHs) on an ITO/Cu/ITO (ICI) multilayer electrode prepared by continuous roll-to-roll (RTR) sputtering of ITO and Cu targets. The RTR-sputtered ICI multilayer on a 700 mm wide PET substrate at room temperature exhibits a sheet resistance of 11.8 Ω/square and optical transmittance of 73.9%, which are acceptable for the fabrication of flexible and transparent EC films and TFHs. The effect of the Cu interlayer thickness on the electrical and optical properties of the ICI multilayer was investigated in detail. The bending and cycling fatigue tests demonstrate that the RTR-sputtered ICI multilayer was more flexible than a single ITO film because of high strain failure of the Cu interlayer. The flexible and transparent EC films and TFHs fabricated on the ICI electrode show better performances than reference EC films and TFHs with a single ITO electrode. Therefore, the RTR-sputtered ICI multilayer is the best substitute for the conventional ITO film electrode in order to realize flexible, transparent, cost-effective and large-area EC devices and TFHs that can be used as flexible and smart windows. PMID:27653830

  7. Microstructural Characteristics of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 Films and Multilayers

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    2000-01-01

    La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (LCMO) films and La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/Gd0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (LCMO/GCMO) multilayers have been prepared by pulsed laser deposition. The microstructures of both systems were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The main structure of the films and the multilayers was monoclinic with a unit cell of size 2ap × √-2ap × √-2ap, where ap is the lattice constant of single perovskite crystal. The LCMO films were composed of three-dimension multitwinning domains, while the LCMO/GCMO multilayers showed two-domain structure. In LCMO/GCMO multilayers, LCMO layers were coherent with GCMO layers and the interfaces between LCMO and GCMO layers were free from mismatch dislocation, which resulted in highly strained multilayerd structures.

  8. Designing a stronger interface through graded structures in amorphous/nanocrystalline ZrCu/Cu multilayered films.

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    Chang, C H; Hsieh, C H; Huang, J C; Wang, C; Liao, Y C; Hsueh, C H; Du, X H; Wang, Z K; Wang, X

    2016-06-03

    Many multilayered nano-structures appear to fail due to brittle matter along the interfaces. In order to toughen them, in this study, the microstructure and interface strength of multilayered thin films consisting of amorphous ZrCu and nanocrystalline Cu (with sharp or graded interfaces) are examined and analyzed. The interface possesses a gradient nature in terms of composition, nanocrystalline phase size and volume fraction. The bending results extracted from the nano-scaled cantilever bending samples demonstrate that multilayered films with graded interfaces would have a much higher interface bending strength/strain/modulus, and an overall improvement upgrade of more than 50%. The simple graded interface design of multilayered thin films with improved mechanical properties can offer much more promising performance in structural and functional applications for MEMS or optical coating.

  9. Thick growing multilayer nanobrick wall thin films: super gas barrier with very few layers.

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    Guin, Tyler; Krecker, Michelle; Hagen, David Austin; Grunlan, Jaime C

    2014-06-24

    Recent work with multilayer nanocoatings composed of polyelectrolytes and clay has demonstrated the ability to prepare super gas barrier layers from water that rival inorganic CVD-based films (e.g., SiOx). In an effort to reduce the number of layers required to achieve a very low oxygen transmission rate (OTR (layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly. Buffering the chitosan solution and its rinse with 50 mM Trizma base increased the thickness of these films by an order of magnitude. The OTR of a 1.6-μm-thick, six-bilayer film was 0.009 cc/m(2)·day·atm, making this the best gas barrier reported for such a small number of layers. This simple modification to the LbL process could likely be applied more universally to produce films with the desired properties much more quickly.

  10. Multilayer Au/TiO2 Composite Films with Ultrafast Third-Order Nonlinear Optical Properties

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    LONG Hua; YANG Guang; CHEN Ai-Ping; LI Yu-Hua; LU Pei-Xiang

    2008-01-01

    We report on the ultrafast third-order optical nonlinearity in multilayer Au/TiO2 composite films fabricated on quartz substrates by pulsed laser deposition technique. The linear optical properties of the films are determined and optical absorption peaks due to surface plasmon resonance of Au particles are observed at about 59Onm.The third-order optical nonlinearities of the films are investigated by z-scan method using a femtosecond laser(50 fs) at the wavelength of 800 nm. The sample showed fast nonlinear optical responses with nonlinear absorption coefficient and nonlinear refractive index being -3.66×10-10 m/W and -2.95×10-17 m2/W, respectively. The results also show that the nonlinear optical effects increase with the increasing Au concentration in the composite films.

  11. Determination of Thickness of an Inaccessible Thin Film under a Multilayered System from Natural Frequencies

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    ZHOU Chang-Zhi; LI Ming-Xuan; MAO Jie; WANG Xiao-Min

    2008-01-01

    @@ We investigate the relationship between natural frequencies of a multilayered system of different elastic materials and the thickness of the undermost thin film. The natural frequencies are numerically calculated from the reflection coefficient of a sample system of "steel-epoxy resin-aluminium-thin polymer' with normal incidence.Strain energy ratio is defined and calculated to give the physics explanation why some frequencies are sensitive to thickness of the thin film in certain range. Experiments of three specimens indicate that the measured natural frequencies agree well with the theoretical ones. It is found in our experiments that the ratio of the lowest film thickness to wavelength is about 1/5. The average relative errors for the inverted polymer film thicknesses are found to be 11.8%, -4.8% and -1.3%, respectively.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of multilayered BaTiO3/NiFe2O4 thin films

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    Branimir Bajac

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Presented research was focused on the fabrication of multiferroic thin film structures, composed of ferrielectric barium titanate perovskite phase and magnetostrictive nickel ferrite spinel phase. The applicability of different, solution based, deposition techniques (film growth from solution, dip coating and spin coating for thefabrication of multilayered BaTiO3 /NiFe2O4 thin films was investigated. It was shown that only spin coating produces films of desired nanostructure, thickness and smooth and crackfree surfaces.

  13. Microscopic return point memory in Co/Pd multilayer films

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    Seu, K.A.; Su, R.; Roy, S.; Parks, D.; Shipton, E.; Fullerton, E.E.; Kevan, S.D.

    2009-10-01

    We report soft x-ray speckle metrology measurements of microscopic return point and complementary point memory in Co/Pd magnetic films having perpendicular anisotropy. We observe that the domains assemble into a common labyrinth phase with a period that varies by nearly a factor of two between initial reversal and fields near saturation. Unlike previous studies of similar systems, the ability of the film to reproduce its domain structure after magnetic cycling through saturation varies from loop to loop, from position to position on the sample, and with the part of the speckle pattern used in the metrology measurements. We report the distribution of memory as a function of field and discuss these results in terms of the reversal process.

  14. Efficient gas barrier properties of multi-layer films based on poly(lactic acid) and fish gelatin.

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    Hosseini, Seyed Fakhreddin; Javidi, Zahra; Rezaei, Masoud

    2016-11-01

    Multi-layer film structures of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and fish gelatin (FG), prepared using the solvent casting technique, were studied in an effort to produce bio-based films with low oxygen (OP) and water vapor permeability (WVP). The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of triple-layer film showed that the outer PLA layers are being closely attached to the inner FG layer to make continuous film. The OP of multi-layer film (5.02cm(3)/m(2)daybar) decreased more than 8-fold compared with that of the PLA film, and the WVP of multi-layer film (0.125gmm/kPah m(2)) also decreased 11-fold compared with that of the FG film. Lamination with PLA profoundly increased the water resistance of the bare gelatin film. Meanwhile, the tensile strength of the triple-layer film (25±2.13MPa) was greater than that of FG film (7.48±1.70MPa). At the same time, the resulting film maintains high optical clarity. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis also revealed that the materials were compatible showing only one Tg which decreased with FG deposition. This material exhibits an environmental-friendliness potential and a high versatility in food packaging.

  15. Improved detecting sensitivity of long period fiber gratings by polyelectrolyte multilayers: The effect of film structures

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    Li, Qiu-Shun; Zhang, Xu-Lin; He, Hao; Meng, Qingjun; Shi, Jianguo; Wang, Jun-Nan; Dong, Wen-Fei

    2014-11-01

    Novel polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) coated long period fiber gratings (LPFGs) are emerging as one of high-performance optical refractive index (RI) sensors. The influence of PEM film structures (i.e film thickness and chemical structures) on the transmission spectra and detecting sensitivity of LPFG sensors had been investigated theoretically and experimentally. The results demonstrated that the central wavelength of the attenuation bands of LPFGs will shift to the low value with increasing PEM film thickness. The optimized film thickness, where the highest variation of the resonant wavelength may take place, is strongly governed by the inner chemical structure of PEM film. For the dense and less-responsive film coated LPFG, its optimized film thickness will decrease when the RI of surrounding medium increases. This behavior is different with the responsive film coated one. In addition, the detecting sensitivity of PEM coated one is improved by two orders of magnitude as compared with the uncoated one. Therefore, these PEM coated LPFGs have great potentials in diverse fields of molecular diagnostic, environmental monitoring, food safety testing and homeland security.

  16. Dynamic contact angle analysis of protein adsorption on polysaccharide multilayer's films for biomaterial reendothelialization.

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    Benni, Safiya; Avramoglou, Thierry; Hlawaty, Hanna; Mora, Laurence

    2014-01-01

    Atherosclerosis is a major cardiovascular disease. One of the side effects is restenosis. The aim of this work was to study the coating of stents by dextran derivates based polyelectrolyte's multilayer (PEM) films in order to increase endothelialization of injured arterial wall after stent implantation. Films were composed with diethylaminoethyl dextran (DEAE) as polycation and dextran sulphate (DS) as polyanion. One film was composed with 4 bilayers of (DEAE-DS)4 and was labeled D-. The other film was the same as D- but with an added terminal layer of DEAE polycation: (DEAE-DS)4-DEAE (labeled D+). The dynamic adsorption/desorption of proteins on the films were characterized by dynamic contact angle (DCA) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Human endothelial cell (HUVEC) adhesion and proliferation were quantified and correlated to protein adsorption analyzed by DCA for fibronectin, vitronectin, and bovine serum albumin (BSA). Our results showed that the endothelial cell response was optimal for films composed of DS as external layer. Fibronectin was found to be the only protein to exhibit a reversible change in conformation after desorption test. This behavior was only observed for (DEAE-DS)4 films. (DEAE-DS)4 films could enhance HUVEC proliferation in agreement with fibronectin ability to easily change from conformation.

  17. Layer-by-layer assembled multilayer films of exfoliated layered double hydroxide and carboxymethyl-β-cyclodextrin for selective capacitive sensing of acephatemet.

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    Gong, Jingming; Han, Xinmei; Zhu, Xiaolei; Guan, Zhangqiong

    2014-11-15

    Novel organic-inorganic hybrid ultrathin films were fabricated by alternate assembly of cationic exfoliated Mg-Al-layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets and carboxymethyl-β-cyclodextrin (CMCD) as a polyanion onto a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) via a layer-by-layer (LBL) approach. The multilayer films were then characterized by means of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). These films were found to possess a long range stacking order in the normal direction of the substrate with a continuous and uniform morphology. Its electrochemical performance was systematically investigated. Our results demonstrate that such a newly designed (LDH/CMCD)n multilayer film, combining the individual properties of CMCD (a high supramolecule recognition and enrichment capability) together with LDH nanosheets (a rigid inorganic matrix), can be applied to a sensitive, simple, and label-free capacitive detection of acephatemet (AM). Molecular docking calculations further disclose that the selective sensing behavior toward AM may be attributed to the specific binding ability of CMCD to AM. Under the optimized conditions, the capacitive change of AM was proportional to its concentration ranging from 0.001 to 0.10 μg mL(-1) and 0.1 to 0.8 μg mL(-1) with a detection limit 0.6 ng mL(-1) (S/N=3). Toward the goal for practical applications, this simple probe was further evaluated by monitoring AM in real samples.

  18. High-Work-Function Transparent Conductive Oxides with Multilayer Films

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    Song, Chunyan; Chen, Hong; Fan, Yi; Luo, Jinsong; Guo, Xiaoyang; Liu, Xingyuan

    2012-04-01

    Transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films using WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) were fabricated under room temperature conditions. WAW has a low sheet resistance of 12 Ω/sq and a work function of 6.334 eV. This is one of the TCOs with the highest work function. These properties make it useful for application in electroluminescent devices and solar cells. Both theoretical calculation and experimental results show that the two WO3 layers strongly affect transparency, while the Ag layer determines transmittance and electrical performances. These rules can be applied in all dielectric/metal/dielectric structures.

  19. Effect of modulation periods on the microstructure and mechanical properties of DLC/TiC multilayer films deposited by filtered cathodic vacuum arc method

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    Xu, Zhaoying [Key Laboratory of Advanced Technologies of Materials, Ministry of Education of China, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, Sichuan (China); State Key Laboratory of Vanadium and Titanium Resources Comprehensive Utilization, Pangang Group Research Institute Co., Ltd., Panzhihua 617000, Sichuan (China); Sun, H. [Key Laboratory of Advanced Technologies of Materials, Ministry of Education of China, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, Sichuan (China); Leng, Y.X., E-mail: yxleng@263.net [Key Laboratory of Advanced Technologies of Materials, Ministry of Education of China, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, Sichuan (China); Li, Xueyuan; Yang, Wenmao [Institute of Mechanical Manufacturing Technology, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900, Sichuan (China); Huang, N. [Key Laboratory of Advanced Technologies of Materials, Ministry of Education of China, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, Sichuan (China)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • DLC/TiC multilayer films with different modulation periods at same modulation ratio 1:1 were deposited by FCVA. • The residual stress of DLC/TiC multilayer films decreases with the modulation periods decrease. • The hardness of the multilayer DLC films decreases with modulation periods increasing. - Abstract: The high stress of diamond-like carbon (DLC) film limits its thickness and adhesion on substrate. Multilayer structure is one approach to overcome this disadvantage. In this paper, the DLC/TiC multilayer films with different modulation periods (80 nm, 106 nm or 160 nm) at same modulation ratio of 1:1 were deposited on Si(1 0 0) wafer and Ti-6Al-4V substrate by filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA) technology. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nanoindention and wear test were employed to investigate the effect of modulation periods on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the multilayer films. The results showed that the residual stress of the DLC/TiC multilayer films could be effectively reduced and the residual stress decreased with the modulation periods decreasing. The hardness of the DLC/TiC multilayer films increased with modulation periods decreasing. The DLC/TiC multilayer film with modulation period of 106 nm had the best wear resistance due to the good combination of hardness, ductility and low compressive stress.

  20. Molecular dynamics simulation of nano-indentation on Ti-V multilayered thin films

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    Feng, Chao; Peng, Xianghe; Fu, Tao; Zhao, Yinbo; Huang, Cheng; Wang, Zhongchang

    2017-03-01

    We developed a second nearest-neighbor modified embedded-atom method potential for binary Ti-V system. The potential parameters were identified by fitting the lattice parameter, cohesive energy and elastic constants of CsCl-type TiV, and further validated by reproducing the fundamental physical and mechanical properties of Ti-V systems with other crystal structures. In addition, we also performed molecular dynamics simulations of nano-indentation processes of pure Ti film, pure V film, and two kinds of four-layer Ti-V films, V-Ti-V-Ti and Ti-V-Ti-V. We found that the indentation force-depth curve for the pure V film turns flat at an indentation depth of 2.8 nm, where a prismatic loop was observed. Such prismatic loop is not found in the V/Ti/V/Ti multilayer because the thickness of each layer is insufficient for the formation of such prismatic loops, which accounts for the increase of stress in the multilayer.

  1. Ultra-low friction and excellent elastic recovery of fullerene-like hydrogenated carbon film based on multilayer design

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    YANSHUANG MENG; XIAOLONG JIA; FULIANG ZHU; JUNYAN ZHANG

    2017-09-01

    Multilayer fullerene-like hydrogenated carbon (FL-C:H) films were synthesized by using the chemical vapourdeposition technique with a different flow rate of methane. The typical fullerene-like structure of as-prepared films wasinvestigated by using transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectra. The prepared multilayered FL-C:H films showeda high elastic recovery ($\\sim$90%), ultra-low friction coefficient ($\\sim$0.019) and low wear rate ($\\sim 3.0 \\times 10^{−9}$ mm$^3$ Nm$^{−1}$) in humid air.

  2. Effect of frequency on fretting wear behavior of Ti/TiN multilayer film on depleted uranium.

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    Wu, Yan-Ping; Li, Zheng-Yang; Zhu, Sheng-Fa; Lu, Lei; Cai, Zhen-Bing

    2017-01-01

    The Ti/TiN multi-layer film was prepared on the depleted uranium (DU) substrate by cathodic arc ion plating equipment. The character of multi-layer film was studied by SEM, XRD and AES, revealed that the surface was composed of small compact particle and the cross-section had a multi-layer structure. The fretting wear performance under different frequencies was performed by a MFT-6000 machine with a ball-on-plate configuration. The wear morphology was analyzed by white light interferometer, OM and SEM with an EDX. The result shows the Ti/TiN multi-layer film could greatly improve the fretting wear performance compared to the DU substrate. The fretting wear running and damaged behavior are strongly dependent on the film and test frequency. The fretting region of DU substrate and Ti/TiN multi-layer under low test frequency is gross slip. With the increase of test frequency, the fretting region of Ti/TiN multi-layer change from gross slip to mixed fretting, then to partial slip.

  3. Suppression of Cross Contamination in Multi-Layer Thin Film Prepared by Using Rotating Hexagonal Sputtering Cathode.

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    Park, Se Yeon; Choi, Bum Ho; Lee, Jong Ho

    2015-01-01

    In this study, single- and multi-layered thin films were prepared on a glass substrate using a newly developed rotating hexagonal sputtering cathode in a single chamber. The rotatinghexagonal sputtering cathode can install up to six different sputtering targets or six single targets in a cathode. Using the rotating hexagonal cathode, we prepared a single-layered AZO film and a multi-layer film to evaluate the performance of hexagonal gun. Cross-contamination, which is often observed in multi-layer thin film preparation, was suppressed to nearly zero by controlling process parameters and revising hardware. Energy-saving effects of five-layered glass were also verified by measuring the temperature.

  4. The Layer Boundary Effect on Multi-Layer Mesoporous TiO2 Film Based Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Xu, Feng; Zhu, Kai; Zhao, Yixin

    2016-10-01

    Multi-layer mesoporous TiO2 prepared by screen printing is widely used for fabrication of high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We compare the three types of ~10 um thick mesoporous TiO2 films, which were screen printed as 1-, 2- and 4-layers using the same TiO2 nanocrystal paste. The layer boundary of the multi-layer mesoporous TiO2 films was observed in the cross-section SEM. The existence of a layer boundary could reduce the photoelectron diffusion length with the increase of layer number. However, the photoelectron diffusion lengths of the Z907 dye sensitized solar cells based on these different layered mesoporous TiO2 films are all longer than the film thickness. Consequently, the photovoltaic performance seems to have little dependence on the layer number of the multi-layer TiO2 based DSSCs.

  5. Modifying of Cotton Fabric Surface with Nano-ZnO Multilayer Films by Layer-by-Layer Deposition Method

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    Sarıışık Merih

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract ZnO nanoparticle–based multilayer nanocomposite films were fabricated on cationized woven cotton fabrics via layer-by-layer molecular self-assembly technique. For cationic surface charge, cotton fabrics were pretreated with 2,3-epoxypropyltrimethylammonium chloride (EP3MAC by pad-batch method. XPS and SEM were used to examine the deposited nano-ZnO multilayer films on the cotton fabrics. The nano-ZnO films deposited on cotton fabrics exhibited excellent antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The results also showed that the coated fabrics with nano-ZnO multilayer films enhanced the protection of cotton fabrics from UV radiation. Physical tests (tensile strength of weft and warp yarns, air permeability and whiteness values were performed on the fabrics before and after the treatment with ZnO nanoparticles to evaluate the effect of layer-by-layer (LbL process on cotton fabrics properties.

  6. Comparison of metallization systems for thin film hybrid microcircuits

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    Hines, R.A.; Raut, M.K.

    1980-08-01

    Five metallization systems were evaluated for fabricating thin film hybrid microcircuits. The titanium/palladium/electroplated gold system proved superior in terms of thermocompression bondability, corrosion resistance, and solderability.

  7. Direct surface force measurements of polyelectrolyte multilayer films containing nanocrystalline cellulose.

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    Cranston, Emily D; Gray, Derek G; Rutland, Mark W

    2010-11-16

    Polyelectrolyte multilayer films containing nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) make up a new class of nanostructured composite with applications ranging from coatings to biomedical devices. Moreover, these materials are amenable to surface force studies using colloid-probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM). For electrostatically assembled films with either NCC or PAH as the outermost layer, surface morphology was investigated by AFM and wettability was examined by contact angle measurements. By varying the surrounding ionic strength and pH, the relative contributions from electrostatic, van der Waals, steric, and polymer bridging interactions were evaluated. The ionic cross-linking in these films rendered them stable under all solution conditions studied although swelling at low pH and high ionic strength was inferred. The underlying polymer layer in the multilayered film was found to dictate the dominant surface forces when polymer migration and chain extension were facilitated. The precontact normal forces between a silica probe and an NCC-capped multilayer film were monotonically repulsive at pH values where the material surfaces were similarly and fully charged. In contrast, at pH 3.5, the anionic surfaces were weakly charged but the underlying layer of cationic PAH was fully charged and attractive forces dominated due to polymer bridging from extended PAH chains. The interaction with an anionic carboxylic acid probe showed similar behavior to the silica probe; however, for a cationic amine probe with an anionic NCC-capped film, electrostatic double-layer attraction at low pH, and electrostatic double-layer repulsion at high pH, were observed. Finally, the effect of the capping layer was studied with an anionic probe, which indicated that NCC-capped films exhibited purely repulsive forces which were larger in magnitude than the combination of electrostatic double-layer attraction and steric repulsion, measured for PAH

  8. Thin film and multilayer coating development for the extreme ultraviolet spectral region

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    Garoli, D. [INFM-LUXOR DEI University of Padova, via Gradenigo 6/B, 35131 Padova (Italy)]. E-mail: garoli@dei.unipd.it; Monaco, G. [INFM-LUXOR DEI University of Padova, via Gradenigo 6/B, 35131 Padova (Italy); Frassetto, F. [INFM-LUXOR DEI University of Padova, via Gradenigo 6/B, 35131 Padova (Italy); Pelizzo, M.G. [INFM-LUXOR DEI University of Padova, via Gradenigo 6/B, 35131 Padova (Italy); Nicolosi, P. [INFM-LUXOR DEI University of Padova, via Gradenigo 6/B, 35131 Padova (Italy); Armelao, L. [Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, University of Padova, Via Marzolo 1, 35131 Padova (Italy); Mattarello, V. [INFN-LNL, strada Romea 35020 Legnaro PD (Italy); Rigato, V. [INFN-LNL, strada Romea 35020 Legnaro PD (Italy)

    2006-11-15

    B{sub 4}C optical coating represents, together with Ir, Pt, SiC, one of best choice for high reflectance in the extreme ultraviolet region. This material is also used combined with others materials in multilayer such as Si/B{sub 4}C or as interlayer in Mo/Si multilayer to avoid interdiffusion. In this study we have performed optical, compositional and structural analyses for thin film of B{sub 4}C deposited by means of magnetron sputtering and on preliminary samples deposited by e-beam evaporation. Here we report reflectivity measurements and the derived optical constants of B{sub 4}C in the 400-1500 A region.

  9. Nanostructured hybrid ZnO thin films for energy conversion

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    Samantilleke Anura

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report on hybrid films based on ZnO/organic dye prepared by electrodeposition using tetrasulfonated copper phthalocyanines (TS-CuPc and Eosin-Y (EoY. Both the morphology and porosity of hybrid ZnO films are highly dependent on the type of dyes used in the synthesis. High photosensitivity was observed for ZnO/EoY films, while a very weak photoresponse was obtained for ZnO/TS-CuPc films. Despite a higher absorption coefficient of TS-CuPc than EoY, in ZnO/EoY hybrid films, the excited photoelectrons between the EoY levels can be extracted through ZnO, and the porosity of ZnO/EoY can also be controlled.

  10. Electrochemical Rectification of Redox Mediators Using Porphyrin-Based Molecular Multilayered Films on ITO Electrodes.

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    Civic, Marissa R; Dinolfo, Peter H

    2016-08-10

    Electrochemical charge transfer through multilayer thin films of zinc and nickel 5,10,15,20-tetra(4-ethynylphenyl) porphyrin constructed via copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) "click" chemistry was examined. Current rectification toward various outer-sphere redox probes is revealed with increasing numbers of layers, as these films possess insulating properties over the neutral potential range of the porphyrin, then become conductive upon reaching its oxidation potential. Interfacial electron transfer rates of mediator-dye interactions toward [Co(bpy)3](2+), [Co(dmb)3](2+), [Co(NO2-phen)3](2+), [Fe(bpy)3](2+), and ferrocene (Fc), all outer-sphere redox species, were measured by hydrodynamic methods. The ability to modify electroactive films' interfacial electron transfer rates, as well as current rectification toward redox species, has broad applicability in a number of devices, particularly photovoltaics and photogalvanics.

  11. Feasibility of ZnO:Al/Ag/ZnO:Al multilayer source/drain electrode to achieve fully transparent HfInZnO thin film transistor

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    Li, Jun [School of Material Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Jiading, Shanghai 201800 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Display and System Applications, Ministry of Education, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Zhang, Jian-Hua, E-mail: jhzhang@staff.shu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Advanced Display and System Applications, Ministry of Education, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Jiang, Xue-Yin [School of Material Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Jiading, Shanghai 201800 (China); Zhang, Zhi-Lin [School of Material Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Jiading, Shanghai 201800 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Display and System Applications, Ministry of Education, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China)

    2016-04-30

    We fabricated fully transparent hafnium indium zinc oxide (HfInZnO) thin film transistors (TFTs) with ZnO:Al(AZO)/Ag/ZnO:Al multilayer source/drain (S/D) electrodes. The effect of Ag interlayer thickness on the electrical and optical properties of AZO(60 nm)/Ag/AZO(60 nm) multilayer films was investigated. The AZO(60 nm)/Ag(10 nm)/AZO(60 nm) multilayer film shows a low sheet resistance of 10.5 Ω/square and a transmittance of 87%. Compared with HfInZnO-TFT with AZO electrode, the performance of the device with AZO/Ag/AZO multilayer electrode was significantly improved. The field effect mobility increased from 3.2 to 5.8 cm{sup 2}/V s, and the threshold voltage reduced from 2.3 to 0.1 V. The improvement was attributed to the lower resistivity of AZO/Ag/AZO multilayer film. The result indicates that AZO/Ag/AZO multilayer electrode is a promising S/D electrode for fully transparent HfInZnO-TFTs. - Highlights: • ZnO:Al/Ag/ZnO:Al multilayer films prepared by sputtering. • ZnO:Al/Ag/ZnO:Al multilayer films used as source/drain electrode. • Improved performance of HfInZnO thin film transistors (TFTs) with the multilayer film. • Contact resistance of HfInZnO-TFTs calculated.

  12. Multilayer thin film coatings for reduced infrared loss in hollow glass waveguides

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    Bledt, Carlos M.; Kopp, Daniel V.; Harrington, James A.; Kriesel, Jason M.

    2011-09-01

    Hollow glass waveguides (HGWs) are an attractive alternative to traditional solid-core and 2D photonic crystal, infrared transmissive fibers. Applications for HGWs at wavelengths longer than 2 microns include use of the guides for the delivery of laser power and for use as chemical and thermal sensors. To date, the most common HGW is one with an inner coating of Ag followed by a single-dielectric layer of AgI. These single-layer dielectric coated HGWs have losses for a 700-micron bore guide as low as 0.2 dB/m at 10.6 microns. However, if a multilayer stack of alternating high/low index thin films is deposited instead of a single dielectric layer then the loss can be reduced substantially. In the present study, multilayer dielectric thin films have been deposited inside silica tubing using a liquid-phase deposition method. High index coating materials used include metal sulfides such as PbS while the low index materials include polystyrene (PS) and some sulfides. To date it has been possible to deposit two-layer coatings using, for example, CdS and PS but a lower loss is possible if the coating stack is composed of three dielectric layers. In past work CdS/PbS/CdS coatings were deposited and found to have a measured a loss at λ = 10.6 microns that is approximately two times lower than that for a single dielectric layer. In this paper the theory of multilayer coatings will be presented along with the optical loss measurements from λ = 2 to 12 microns for the multilayer dielectric coatings.

  13. Characteristics of the Energetic Micro-initiator Through Integrating Al/Ni Nano-multilayers with Cu Film Bridge

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    Zhang, Yuxin; Jiang, Hongchuan; Zhao, Xiaohui; Yan, Yichao; Zhang, Wanli; Li, Yanrong

    2017-01-01

    An energetic micro-initiator through integrating Al/Ni nano-multilayers with Cu film bridge was investigated in this study. The Cu film bridge was initially fabricated with wet etching, and Al/Ni nano-multilayers were alternately deposited on the surface of Cu film bridge by magnetron sputtering. The periodic layer structure of Al/Ni nano-multilayers was verified by scanning electron microscopy. The exothermic reaction in Al/Ni nano-multilayers can be initiated with onset reaction temperature as low as 503 K, and the total reaction heat is about 774.6 J/g. This energetic micro-initiator exhibited improved performances with lower threshold voltage, smaller initiation energy, and higher explosion temperature compared with Cu film bridge. An extra violent explosion phenomenon with longer duration time and larger quantities of ejected product particles was detected on this energetic micro-initiator by high-speed camera. Overall, the electric explosion performances of Cu film bridge can be improved evidently with the integration of Al/Ni nano-multilayers.

  14. Theory and practical considerations of multilayer dielectric thin-film stacks in Ag-coated hollow waveguides.

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    Bledt, Carlos M; Melzer, Jeffrey E; Harrington, James A

    2014-02-01

    This analysis explores the theory and design of dielectric multilayer reflection-enhancing thin film stacks based on high and low refractive index alternating layers of cadmium sulfide (CdS) and lead sulfide (PbS) on silver (Ag)-coated hollow glass waveguides (HGWs) for low loss transmission at midinfrared wavelengths. The fundamentals for determining propagation losses in such multilayer thin-film-coated Ag hollow waveguides is thoroughly discussed, and forms the basis for further theoretical analysis presented in this study. The effects on propagation loss resulting from several key parameters of these multilayer thin film stacks is further explored in order to bridge the gap between results predicted through calculation under ideal conditions and deviations from such ideal models that often arise in practice. In particular, the effects on loss due to the number of dielectric thin film layers deposited, deviation from ideal individual layer thicknesses, and surface roughness related scattering losses are presented and thoroughly investigated. Through such extensive theoretical analysis the level of understanding of the underlying loss mechanisms of multilayer thin-film Ag-coated HGWs is greatly advanced, considerably increasing the potential practical development of next-generation ultralow-loss mid-IR Ag/multilayer dielectric-coated HGWs.

  15. Mechanical Properties of ZTO, ITO, and a-Si:H Multilayer Films for Flexible Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Claudia Hengst

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The behavior of bi- and trilayer coating systems for flexible a-Si:H based solar cells consisting of a barrier, an electrode, and an absorption layer is studied under mechanical load. First, the film morphology, stress, Young’s modulus, and crack onset strain (COS were analyzed for single film coatings of various thickness on polyethylene terephthalate (PET substrates. In order to demonstrate the role of the microstructure of a single film on the mechanical behavior of the whole multilayer coating, two sets of InSnOx (indium tin oxide, ITO conductive coatings were prepared. Whereas a characteristic grain–subgrain structure was observed in ITO-1 films, grain growth was suppressed in ITO-2 films. ITO-1 bilayer coatings showed two-step failure under tensile load with cracks propagating along the ITO-1/a-Si:H-interface, whereas channeling cracks in comparable bi- and trilayers based on amorphous ITO-2 run through all constituent layers. A two-step failure is preferable from an application point of view, as it may lead to only a degradation of the performance instead of the ultimate failure of the device. Hence, the results demonstrate the importance of a fine-tuning of film microstructure not only for excellent electrical properties, but also for a high mechanical performance of flexible devices (e.g., a-Si:H based solar cells during fabrication in a roll-to-roll process or under service.

  16. Mechanical Properties of ZTO, ITO, and a-Si:H Multilayer Films for Flexible Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Hengst, Claudia; Menzel, Siegfried B; Rane, Gayatri K; Smirnov, Vladimir; Wilken, Karen; Leszczynska, Barbara; Fischer, Dustin; Prager, Nicole

    2017-01-01

    The behavior of bi- and trilayer coating systems for flexible a-Si:H based solar cells consisting of a barrier, an electrode, and an absorption layer is studied under mechanical load. First, the film morphology, stress, Young’s modulus, and crack onset strain (COS) were analyzed for single film coatings of various thickness on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates. In order to demonstrate the role of the microstructure of a single film on the mechanical behavior of the whole multilayer coating, two sets of InSnOx (indium tin oxide, ITO) conductive coatings were prepared. Whereas a characteristic grain–subgrain structure was observed in ITO-1 films, grain growth was suppressed in ITO-2 films. ITO-1 bilayer coatings showed two-step failure under tensile load with cracks propagating along the ITO-1/a-Si:H-interface, whereas channeling cracks in comparable bi- and trilayers based on amorphous ITO-2 run through all constituent layers. A two-step failure is preferable from an application point of view, as it may lead to only a degradation of the performance instead of the ultimate failure of the device. Hence, the results demonstrate the importance of a fine-tuning of film microstructure not only for excellent electrical properties, but also for a high mechanical performance of flexible devices (e.g., a-Si:H based solar cells) during fabrication in a roll-to-roll process or under service. PMID:28772609

  17. Growth of ZnS, CdS and multilayer ZnS/CdS thin films by SILAR technique

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    Valkonen, Mika P.; Kanniainen, Tapio; Lindroos, Seppo; Leskelä, Markku; Rauhala, Eero

    1997-08-01

    Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique was used to deposit cadmium sulfide (CdS) and zinc sulfide (ZnS) thin films on (100)GaAs. CdS thin films were also grown on ITO-covered glass substrates. Multilayer CdS/ZnS thin films were deposited on glass substrates. The crystallinity of the thin films was characterized by means of X-ray diffraction and they all turned out to be polycrystalline. The thin films looked relatively smooth and homogeneous in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) proved nearly 1 : 1 stoichiometry for the multilayer samples. Thickness of the thin films was measured by RBS and chemical analysis.

  18. HRTEM investigation of phase stability in alumina–zirconia multilayer thin films

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    Chanchal Ghosh; Divakar Ramachandran; G Balakrishnan; P Kuppusami; E Mohandas

    2015-04-01

    Phase stability of nanostructured thin films can be significantly different from the stability of the same materials in bulk form because of the increased contribution from surface and interface effects. Zirconia (ZrO2), stabilized in tetragonal and cubic phases, is a technologically important material and is used for most high temperature applications. In literature, zirconia can be found to be stabilized in its high temperature phases down to room temperature via two routes, doping with divalent or trivalent cations and crystallite size controls. Apart from these, in the alumina/zirconia thin-film multilayer system, a constraining effect on the zirconia layers provides another route to stabilization of the tetragonal zirconia phase at room temperature. However, in such nanostructured geometries, at high temperatures, the small diffusion lengths involved can influence the phase stability. The present work deals with the high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) studies of pulsed laser ablated alumina–zirconia thin-film multilayers in the as deposited state and annealed up to 1473 K at 2 × 10−5 mbar. Conventional techniques such as X-ray diffraction lack the ability to detect localized phase changes at nanometre length scales and also for the low volume fraction of newly formed phases. Cross-sectional HRTEM techniques have been successful in detecting and characterizing these interactions.

  19. Super Oxygen and Improved Water Vapor Barrier of Polypropylene Film with Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Nanocoatings.

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    Song, Yixuan; Tzeng, Ping; Grunlan, Jaime C

    2016-06-01

    Biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) is widely used in packaging. Although its orientation increases mechanical strength and clarity, BOPP suffers from a high oxygen transmission rate (OTR). Multilayer thin films are deposited from water using layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly. Polyethylenimine (PEI) is combined with either poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) or vermiculite (VMT) clay to impart high oxygen barrier. A 30-bilayer PEI/VMT nanocoating (226 nm thick) improves the OTR of 17.8 μm thick BOPP by more than 30X, rivaling most inorganic coatings. PEI/PAA multilayers achieve comparable barrier with only 12 bilayers due to greater thickness, but these films exhibit increased oxygen permeability at high humidity. The PEI/VMT coatings actually exhibit improved oxygen barrier at high humidity (and also improve moisture barrier by more than 40%). This high barrier BOPP meets the criteria for sensitive food and some electronics packaging applications. Additionally, this water-based coating technology is cost effective and provides an opportunity to produce high barrier polypropylene film on an industrial scale.

  20. SYNTHESIS AND MICROSTRUCTURE OF SUPERHARD TiN/SiNx MULTILAYER THIN FILMS

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    M.P. LeBlanc; Z.F. Zhou; Y.G. Shen; Y.W. Mai; K.Y. Li

    2005-01-01

    Multilayer thin films of TiN/SiNx have been deposited onto heated Si 100 substrates (200℃) by reactive dc-magnetron sputtering from Ti and Si targets in an Ar-N2 gas mixture. The rotation speed of the substrate holder was varied from 1 to 20rpm, while target currents were held constant, to produce bilayer periods varying from approximately 22 to 0.6nm. These multilayer films were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and microhardness measurements. TEM and SEM studies showed elimination of columnar structure in TiN, owing to the incorporation of amorphous SiNx layers. The crystallinity of TiN and amorphous nature of SiNx were confirmed by high resolution TEM. An optimum rotation speed was observed, at which hardness was a maximum. The resulting bilayer period was found to be approximately 1.6nm,which resulted in a significant improvement in microhardness (~5TGPa). The rms surface roughness for this film was less than 1.5nm.

  1. Thin multilayer CdS/ZnS films grown by SILAR technique

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    Valkonen, Mika P.; Lindroos, Seppo; Kanniainen, Tapio; Leskelä, Markku; Tapper, Unto; Kauppinen, Esko

    1997-11-01

    Multilayer ZnS/CdS thin films were grown on glass, ITO-covered glass and (100)GaAs substrates by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique at room temperature and ambient pressure. The layers in multilayer thin film structures were nominally 1-6 nm thick and the amount of layers varied so that the total thickness of 100-120 nm was achieved. The films were polycrystalline according to X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy. The interfaces between the separate cadmium sulfide (CdS) and zinc sulfide (ZnS) layers were not sharp, but contained thin Cd xZn 1- xS solid solution layers. Annealing enhanced the mixing of the different layers and after 50 h at 300°C no separate CdS and ZnS X-ray reflections could be detected. About 20 nm thick layers could be detected as separate fields by scanning electron microscopy.

  2. Scanning probe microscopy: instrumentation and applications on thin films and magnetic multilayers.

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    Karoutsos, Vagelis

    2009-12-01

    In this article we present a review on instrumentation and the modes of operation of a scanning probe microscope. In detail, we review the main techniques of Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM), which are Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), focusing our attention on the latter one. The AFM instrument provides information on the roughness and grain size of thin films. As an example we review recent results on two metallic thin film systems: thin Ag films deposited on glass, and Ni/Pt compositionally modulated multilayers deposited on glass, Si, and polyimide substrates. To show the validity of the grain size measurements, we compare the data with the ones resulting from X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. We show that the AFM results are reliable for grain diameters as small as 14 nm, which is approximately comparable to the tip radius. Finally, we deal with Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM) results on Co/Pt and Co/Au multilayers. We observe perpendicularly magnetized domains. The domain configurations are correlated to the magnetization hysteresis curves.

  3. Non-localized deformation in Cu−Zr multi-layer amorphous films under tension

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    Zhong, C. [International Center for New-Structured Materials (ICNSM), Laboratory of New-Structured Materials, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Zhang, H. [International Center for New-Structured Materials (ICNSM), Laboratory of New-Structured Materials, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1H9 (Canada); Cao, Q.P.; Wang, X.D. [International Center for New-Structured Materials (ICNSM), Laboratory of New-Structured Materials, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Zhang, D.X. [State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical Instrumentation, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Hu, J.W. [Hangzhou Workers Amateur University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Liaw, P.K. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Jiang, J.Z., E-mail: jiangjz@zju.edu.cn [International Center for New-Structured Materials (ICNSM), Laboratory of New-Structured Materials, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2016-09-05

    In metallic glasses (MGs), plastic deformation at room temperature is dominated by highly localized shear bands. Here we report the non-localized deformation under tension in Cu−Zr multi-layer MGs with a pure amorphous structure using large-scale atomistic simulations. It is demonstrated that amorphous samples with high layer numbers, composed of Cu{sub 64}Zr{sub 36} and Cu{sub 40}Zr{sub 60}, or Cu{sub 64}Zr{sub 36} and Cu{sub 50}Zr{sub 50}, present obviously non-localized deformation behavior. We reveal that the deformation behavior of the multi-layer-structured MG films is related but not determined by the deformation behavior of the composed individual layers. The criterion for the deformation mode change for MGs with a pure amorphous structure, in generally, was suggested, i.e., the competition between the elastic-energy density stored and the energy density needed for forming one mature shear band in MGs. Our results provide a promising strategy for designing tensile ductile MGs with a pure amorphous structure at room temperature. - Highlights: • Tensile deformation behaviors in multi-layer MG films. • Films with high layer numbers confirmed with a non-localized deformation behavior. • The deformation mode is reasonably controlled by whether U{sub p} larger than U{sub SB.}.

  4. Ultra-low thermal conductivity on Si/Au multilayer films with metal layer thickness below 8 nm

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    Hu, Yangsen; Hu, Zhiyu

    2017-10-01

    Nanoscale heat conduction with ultra-low thermal conductivity across metal-nonmetal Si/Au multilayer films has been investigated. Si/Au multilayer films with different Au thickness were prepared by magetron sputtering, of which the multilayer structures were confirmed by grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). Moreover, the cross-plane thermal conductivities of the films deposition were investigated by a differential 3ω method at room temperature. It is possible that we can control thermal transport across multilayer films by constructing ultrathin Au layers. The reduced thermal conductivity (∼0.6 Wm-1K-1) of multilayer films with Au thickness of 1 nm is ∼50% of that with Au thickness above 8 nm and 42% of amorphous Si film (1.44 Wm-1K-1). The result is attributed to the low contribution of phonons to the overall thermal conductivity in ultrathin Au layer (below 8 nm), leading to a relatively high film thermal resistances compare to thicker Au layer due to strong electron-phonon coupling at metal-nonmetal interfaces. Meanwhile, experimental results show excellent agreement with two temperature model over 8 nm but not below 8 nm. It can be found that conventional thermal conducitvity models fail to explain the observed thermal conducitvity tendency as a function of intercalating metal layer thickness. Accordingly, a revised two temperature model (TTM) has been proposed, which shows well agreement with experimental results. The results provide us with more insight about the thermal transport mechanism of the heterogeneous multilayer system, and would give more instruction for next-generation thermoelectric material development.

  5. Improvement of the multilayer morphology (alumina/Cu/YIG/Cu) to characterize YIG thin film

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    Khalil, Ismail; Siblini, Ali; Chatelon, Jean Pierre; Blanc-Mignon, Marie Francoise; Rousseau, Jean Jacques [Universite de Saint Etienne, Jean Monnet, 42023 Saint Etienne (France); Universite de Lyon (France)

    2011-07-15

    The aim of our study is to characterize yttrium iron garnet (YIG) thin film for its applications in the microwaves and magneto-optical domains. For this purpose, we have manufactured a microinductor by deposition of YIG film between two copper layers on an alumina substrate. Multilayers have been deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering technique. Thin films of YIG are amorphous after deposition; a post-thermal annealing at 740 C for 2 h is necessary to obtain satisfactory magnetic properties. In this work, we have studied the effects of different parameters concerning the substrate surface state, deposition and post-thermal treatment of YIG and copper thin films on their structure and morphological properties. We have come against several mechanical and electrical problems: crack formation, detachment of YIG or Cu films from the substrate, deterioration of Cu films, open or short circuits. The roughness of alumina substrate and the annealing mode play an important role on the quality of the microinductor prototype. After several tests by varying different parameters, we have established a protocol permitting to manufacture a prototype of good quality. This prototype is characterized using: profilometry, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, vibrating sample magnetometry, and a precision LCR meter. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. Stiffness of polyelectrolyte multilayer film influences endothelial function of endothelial cell monolayer.

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    Chang, Hao; Zhang, He; Hu, Mi; Chen, Jia-Yan; Li, Bo-Chao; Ren, Ke-Feng; Martins, M Cristina L; Barbosa, Mário A; Ji, Jian

    2017-01-01

    Endothelialization has proved to be critical for maintaining long-term success of implantable vascular devices. The formation of monolayer of endothelial cells (ECs) on the implant surfaces is one of the most important factors for the endothelialization. However, endothelial function of regenerated EC monolayer, which plays a much more important role in preventing the complications of post-implantation, has not received enough attention. Here, a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-incorporated poly(l-lysine)/hyaluronan (PLL/HA) polyelectrolyte multilayer film was fabricated. Through varying the crosslinking degree, stiffness of the film was manipulated, offering either soft or stiff film. We demonstrated that ECs were able to adhere and proliferate on both soft and stiff films, subsequently forming an integrated EC monolayer. Furthermore, endothelial functions were evaluated by characterizing EC monolayer integrity, expression of genes correlated with the endothelial functions, and nitric oxide production. It demonstrated that EC monolayer on the soft film displayed higher endothelial function compared to that on the stiff film. Our study highlights the influence of substrate stiffness on endothelial function, which offers a new criterion for surface design of vascular implants. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Rapid permeation measurement system for the production control of monolayer and multilayer films

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    Botos, J.; Müller, K.; Heidemeyer, P.; Kretschmer, K.; Bastian, M.; Hochrein, T.

    2014-05-01

    Plastics have been used for packaging films for a long time. Until now the development of new formulations for film applications, including process optimization, has been a time-consuming and cost-intensive process for gases like oxygen (O2) or carbon dioxide (CO2). By using helium (He) the permeation measurement can be accelerated from hours or days to a few minutes. Therefore a manometric measuring system for tests according to ISO 15105-1 is coupled with a mass spectrometer to determine the helium flow rate and to calculate the helium permeation rate. Due to the accelerated determination the permeation quality of monolayer and multilayer films can be measured atline. Such a system can be used to predict for example the helium permeation rate of filled polymer films. Defined quality limits for the permeation rate can be specified as well as the prompt correction of process parameters if the results do not meet the specification. This method for process control was tested on a pilot line with a corotating twin-screw extruder for monolayer films. Selected process parameters were varied iteratively without changing the material formulation to obtain the best process parameter set and thus the lowest permeation rate. Beyond that the influence of different parameters on the helium permeation rate was examined on monolayer films. The results were evaluated conventional as well as with artificial neuronal networks in order to determine the non-linear correlation between all process parameters.

  8. Development of high damage threshold multilayer thin film beam combiner for laser application

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    Nand, Mangla; Babita, Jena, S.; Tokas, R. B.; Rajput, P.; Mukharjee, C.; Thakur, S.; Jha, S. N.; Sahoo, N. K.

    2016-05-01

    A polarized wavelength multiplexer with high laser induced damage threshold has been developed to combine two laser beam of high peak power in the visible region. The present wavelength multiplexer is a multilayer thin film device deposited by reactive electron beam evaporation. The developed device is capable of combining two p-polarized laser beams of peak power density of 1.7 GW/cm2 at an angle of incidence of 45°. High transmission (T> 90%) in high pass region and high reflection (R> 99%) in stop band region have been achieved.

  9. Anisotropies in sputtered FeCoV films and FeCoV/Ti:N multilayers

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    Clemens, D.; Vananti, A.; Terrier, C.; Boeni, P.; Schnyder, B.; Tixier, S.; Horisberger, M. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-09-01

    SQUID and MOKE magnetometry as well as mechanical and X-ray stress analysis have been used in order to prove the magnetostrictive nature of the anisotropy in Fe{sub 0.50}Co{sub 0.48}V{sub 0.02} films and Fe{sub 0.50}Co{sub 0.48}V{sub 0.02} /Ti:N multilayers. The investigation stresses on the dependence on the sputter gas pressure and on the thickness of the deposited layer. (author) 1 fig., 6 refs.

  10. Hollow glass waveguides with multilayer polystyrene and metal sulfide thin film coatings for improved infrared transmission

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    Johnson, Valencia S.

    2007-12-01

    The overall goal of this project was to improve transmission of infrared radiation in hollow waveguides. First, polystyrene was studied as a new dielectric material for silver-coated hollow glass waveguides. The deposition and performance of polystyrene, as a single dielectric layer, were investigated. The potential of polystyrene as the low index of refraction material in a multilayer coating was also demonstrated. Cadmium sulfide and lead sulfide were each considered as the high index material in the multilayer stack. Multilayer silver coated hollow glass waveguides can be formed using polystyrene and either cadmium sulfide or lead sulfide. These material pairs are interesting because they form a multilayer structure with high index contrast, which can significantly lower the loss of a waveguide. The deposition of lead sulfide was also optimized in this project. Lead sulfide, as a single layer dielectric coating, is an attractive material for transmission of longer wavelength radiation, especially 10.6 mum. It is also of interest for emerging applications such as metals processing by lasers because hollow waveguides with silver and lead sulfide can make a low loss waveguide. Losses as low as 0.1dB/m were achieved. The deposition of zinc sulfide and zinc selenide was also investigated in this project. They are of interest because of their small extinction coefficients at longer wavelengths and potential for use in waveguides used for materials processing. The numerous simultaneous chemical reactions occurring during deposition of these materials makes obtaining pure films difficult. Gold was evaluated as a replacement for silver as the highly reflecting metallic layer. It was considered an attractive alternative because it has greater resistance to degradation in high temperature and corrosive environments. All samples were made using an electroless process. Characterization of the samples was performed using the optical techniques of FTIR and UV

  11. Magnetic shielding performance of superconducting YBCO thin film in a multilayer device structure

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    Uzun, Y., E-mail: uzunyigitcan@gmail.com; Avci, I.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • A multilayer structure was fabricated in the form of YBCO/STO/YBCO. • Bottom layer was used as a magnetic shield. • The top layer was patterned as a microbridge. • Magnetic shielding performance of the bottom layer onto the microbridge was tested. • I{sub c} of the microbridge was kept constant under the various magnetic fields. - Abstract: Magnetic shielding performance of superconducting YBaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7−x} (YBCO) thin film on an YBCO microbridge was analyzed in a multilayer structure. A sandwich type multilayer structure was fabricated onto a single crystal (1 0 0) SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) substrate in the form of YBCO/STO/YBCO by depositing a thin STO interlayer in between two YBCO layers. The top YBCO was patterned as 20 μm width meander-type microbridges and the bottom layer YBCO was used as magnetic shield. YBCO and STO thin films were deposited by dc and rf magnetron sputtering respectively, and the patterning was performed by using standard photolithography and wet etching. In order to enhance long-term stability of the final device, an additional STO thin film was deposited onto the device as an encapsulation layer. Electrical and magnetic characterizations of the YBCO thin film layers were carried out by means of ac magnetic susceptibility (χ–T) and resistance vs. temperature (R–T) measurements. The current–voltage (I–V) measurements were performed on the microbridges at 77 K by observing the shielding performance of the bottom YBCO layer under various applied magnetic fields. The results were compared with that of a same-type single layer YBCO device without a shielding layer. The zero field critical current value of the single layer 20 μm wide YBCO device was measured as 30 mA and decreased down to 20 mA as the field increased up to 100 mT. The same measurements on the multilayer device showed that the critical current values remained almost constant around 27 mA as the applied field increased.

  12. Imaging the Effect of Electrical Breakdown in Multilayer Polymer Capacitor Films

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    Wolak, Mason

    2013-03-01

    Multilayer polymer films show great promise as the dielectric material in high energy density capacitors. Such films show enhancement in both dielectric strength (EB) and energy density (Ud) relative to monolithic films of either source polymer. Composites are typically comprised of alternating layers of a high EB polymer and a high permittivity polymer. Here, we discuss a multilayer system based on polycarbonate (PC) interleaved with polyvinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP). The dielectric properties of the PC/PVDF-HFP films are influenced by both composition and individual layer thickness. Optimized films show EB = 750 kV/mm and Ud = 13 J/cm3. Further enhancements in EB and Ud are expected through optimization of the component polymers, composition, and layer structure. To guide next generation design, it is important to understand the breakdown mechanism, as it directly influences EB. To elucidate the role of the layer structure during electrical breakdown, we use a tandem focused ion beam (FIB) / scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging technique. The technique allows us to image the internal layer structure of both `as fabricated' control films, and those subjected to high electric fields. It is therefore a powerful tool to assess film quality and analyze failure mechanisms. Specifically, the FIB is used to mill site-specific holes in a film and the resulting cross-sections are imaged via SEM. Individual layers are easily resolved down to 50 nm. For films subjected to electrical breakdown, the location and propagation of damage is tracked with sequential FIB milling and SEM imaging. Spatially resolved FIB/SEM imaging allows preparation of quasi-3D maps displaying the evolution of internal voids in areas adjacent to the breakdown location (pinhole of d = 30-80 microns). A majority of the voids are localized at the interfaces between layers and may propagate as far as 30-50 microns from the pinhole. The data suggest that the enhancement in

  13. Design and development of an in-line sputtering system and process development of thin film multilayer neutron supermirrors

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    Biswas, A.; Sampathkumar, R.; Kumar, Ajaya; Bhattacharyya, D.; Sahoo, N. K. [Atomic and Molecular Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Lagoo, K. D.; Veerapur, R. D.; Padmanabhan, M.; Puri, R. K. [Division of Remote Handling and Robotics, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Bhattacharya, Debarati; Singh, Surendra; Basu, S. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2014-12-15

    Neutron supermirrors and supermirror polarizers are thin film multilayer based devices which are used for reflecting and polarizing neutrons in various neutron based experiments. In the present communication, the in-house development of a 9 m long in-line dc sputtering system has been described which is suitable for deposition of neutron supermirrors on large size (1500 mm × 150 mm) substrates and in large numbers. The optimisation process of deposition of Co and Ti thin film, Co/Ti periodic multilayers, and a-periodic supermirrors have also been described. The system has been used to deposit thin film multilayer supermirror polarizers which show high reflectivity up to a reasonably large critical wavevector transfer of ∼0.06 Å{sup −1} (corresponding to m = 2.5, i.e., 2.5 times critical wavevector transfer of natural Ni). The computer code for designing these supermirrors has also been developed in-house.

  14. Electric-field-induced fabrication of covalently linked second-order nonlinear optical multilayer films on nonconductive substrates.

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    Wang, Shiwei; Zhao, Lisha; Cui, Zhanchen

    2012-01-15

    A highly stable second-order nonlinear optical multilayer film was constructed on insulating substrates using the electric-field-induced layer-by-layer assembly technique. The substrates used in this method could be arbitrary. In another, the substrates could be modified with polyanion solution by spin coating as cladding layer. Then, the nonlinear optical multilayer films were assembled on the cladding layer directly by the electric-field-induced layer-by-layer assembly technique. The resulting cross-linked multilayer films fabricated by this method displayed high optical transparency, good thermal stability, and excellent nonlinear optical properties which can be made into waveguide devices directly. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Ge2Sb2Te5/SnSe2 nanocomposite multilayer thin films for phase change memory application

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    Feng, Xiaoyi; Wen, Ting; Zhai, Jiwei; Lai, Tianshu; Wang, Changzhou; Song, Sannian; Song, Zhitang

    2014-10-01

    By nanocompositing Ge2Sb2Te5 and SnSe2, the electrical and thermal proprieties of Ge2Sb2Te5/SnSe2 multilayer films for phase change random access memory (PCRAM) are better than those of Ge2Sb2Te5 films. The crystallization temperature rises and can be controlled. The resistance gap can reach approximately five orders of magnitude to ensure high data reliability. The activity energy (Ea) is more than 2.60 eV and the temperature for 10 year data retention reach 110 °C. The analysis of both XRD patterns and TEM images confirmed the reversible phase change transition between amorphous and crystalline state in Ge2Sb2Te5/SnSe2 nanocomposite multilayer films. According to transient photoreflectance traces, the speed of crystallization process was about 33 ns. Among different Ge2Sb2Te5/SnSe2 multilayer films, the film constitute of [Ge2Sb2Te5 (4 nm)/SnSe2(10 nm)]7 showed better properties and was manufactured by CMOS technology to phase change memory (PCM) cells. This result revealed that the Ge2Sb2Te5/SnSe2 nanocomposite multilayer film is a promising phase change material.

  16. Room temperature performance of 4 V aqueous hybrid supercapacitor using multi-layered lithium-doped carbon negative electrode

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    Makino, Sho; Yamamoto, Rie; Sugimoto, Shigeyuki; Sugimoto, Wataru

    2016-09-01

    Water-stable multi-layered lithium-doped carbon (LixC6) negative electrode using poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-lithium bis(trifluoromethansulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI) polymer electrolyte containing N-methyl-N-propylpiperidinium bis(trifluoromethansulfonyl)imide (PP13TFSI) ionic liquid was developed. Electrochemical properties at 60 °C of the aqueous hybrid supercapacitor using activated carbon positive electrode and a multi-layered LixC6 negative electrode (LixC6 | PEO-LiTFSI | LTAP) without PP13TFSI exhibited performance similar to that using Li anode (Li | PEO-LiTFSI | LTAP). A drastic decrease in ESR was achieved by the addition of PP13TFSI to PEO-LiTFSI, allowing room temperature operation. The ESR of the multi-layered LixC6 negative electrode with PEO-LiTFSI-PP13TFSI at 25 °C was 801 Ω cm2, which is 1/6 the value of the multi-layered Li negative electrode with PEO-LiTFSI (5014 Ω cm2). Charge/discharge test of the aqueous hybrid supercapacitor using multi-layered LixC6 negative electrode with PEO-LiTFSI-PP13TFSI at 25 °C afforded specific capacity of 20.6 mAh (g-activated carbon)-1 with a working voltage of 2.7-3.7 V, and good long-term capability up to 3000 cycles. Furthermore, an aqueous hybrid supercapacitor consisting of a high capacitance RuO2 nanosheet positive electrode and multi-layered LixC6 negative electrode with PEO-LiTFSI-PP13TFSI showed specific capacity of 196 mAh (g-RuO2)-1 and specific energy of 625 Wh (kg-RuO2)-1 in 2.0 M acetic acid-lithium acetate buffered solution at 25 °C.

  17. Preparation and Properties of Ti-TiN-Zr-ZrN Multilayer Films on Titanium Alloy Surface

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    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available 24 cycles Ti-TiN-Zr-ZrN soft-hard alternating multilayer film was deposited on TC11 titanium alloy by vacuum cathodic arc deposition method. The structure and performance of the multilayer film, especially wear and sand erosion resistance were investigated by various analytical methods including pin on disc wear tester, sand erosion tester, 3D surface topography instrument, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction(XRD, micro-hardness tester and scratch adhesion tester. The results indicate that the Vickers-hardness of the multilayer film with thickness of 5.8μm can reach up to 28.10GPa. The adhesive strength of these coatings can be as high as 56N. Wear rate of the multilayer coated alloy is one order of magnitude smaller than bare one, which decreased from 7.06×10-13 m3·N-1·m-1 to 3.03×10-14m3·N-1·m-1. Multilayer films can play the role in hindering the extension of cracks, and thus sand erosion properties of the TC11 titanium alloy substrates are improved.

  18. Surface modification of titanium substrates with silver nanoparticles embedded sulfhydrylated chitosan/gelatin polyelectrolyte multilayer films for antibacterial application.

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    Li, Wen; Xu, Dawei; Hu, Yan; Cai, Kaiyong; Lin, Yingcheng

    2014-06-01

    To develop Ti implants with potent antibacterial activity, a novel "sandwich-type" structure of sulfhydrylated chitosan (Chi-SH)/gelatin (Gel) polyelectrolyte multilayer films embedding silver (Ag) nanoparticles was coated onto titanium substrate using a spin-assisted layer-by-layer assembly technique. Ag ions would be enriched in the polyelectrolyte multilayer films via the specific interactions between Ag ions and -HS groups in Chi-HS, thus leading to the formation of Ag nanoparticles in situ by photo-catalytic reaction (ultraviolet irradiation). Contact angle measurement and field emission scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were employed to monitor the construction of Ag-containing multilayer on titanium surface, respectively. The functional multilayered films on titanium substrate [Ti/PEI/(Gel/Chi-SH/Ag) n /Gel] could efficiently inhibit the growth and activity of Bacillus subtitles and Escherichia coli onto titanium surface. Moreover, studies in vitro confirmed that Ti substrates coating with functional multilayer films remained the biological functions of osteoblasts, which was reflected by cell morphology, cell viability and ALP activity measurements. This study provides a simple, versatile and generalized methodology to design functional titanium implants with good cyto-compatibility and antibacterial activity for potential clinical applications.

  19. High temperature oxidation of WC-CrN Nano-multilayered film at 700 and 800 degrees C.

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    Lee, Dong-Bok

    2009-12-01

    Nano-multilayered WC-CrN films were deposited onto steel substrates by an arc ion plating method. The oxidation characteristics of the films were studied at 700 and 800 degrees C for up to 60 h in air. In each case, during oxidation, carbon and nitrogen escaped from the film into the air, while oxygen from the air diffused into the film. Substrate elements diffused outwards towards the oxide surface. The high-temperature oxidation resistance was not satisfactory, mainly due to the formation of a non-protective, volatile W-oxide scale, and the escape of carbon and nitrogen from the film. The scale formed was prone to cracking and spallation. The oxidation resulted in the destruction of the original nano-multilayers.

  20. Layer-by-layer self-assembly of dye-polyoxometalate multilayer composite films and their fluorescent properties

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    Wang Yonghui [Institute of Polyoxometalate Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, 130024 (China); Hu Changwen [Institute of Polyoxometalate Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, 130024 (China) and Department of Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, 100081 (China)]. E-mail: huchw@nenu.edu.cn

    2005-04-01

    The layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technique was successfully applied to the fabrication of dye-polyoxometalate multilayer composite films consisting of two dye molecules Rhodamine B (RB) and Rhodamine 6G (R6G) and a Keggin-type polyoxometalate [{alpha}-SiW{sub 12}O{sub 40}]{sup 4-} ({alpha}-SiW{sub 12}). The composite films were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and fluorescence spectroscopy. UV-vis spectra show that the characteristic absorbance values of the multilayer films increase almost linearly with the number of dye/{alpha}-SiW{sub 12} bilayers, suggesting that the deposition process is regular and highly reproducible from layer to layer. SEM micrographs indicate that the film surface is a little rough with some individual granular domains. In addition, the fluorescent properties of these composite films were also investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy.

  1. Nanomechanical characterization of multilayered thin film structures for digital micromirror devices

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    Wei Guohua; Bhushan, Bharat; Joshua Jacobs, S

    2004-08-15

    The digital micromirror device (DMD), used for digital projection displays, comprises a surface-micromachined array of up to 2.07 million aluminum micromirrors (14 {mu}m square and 15 {mu}m pitch), which switch forward and backward thousands of times per second using electrostatic attraction. The nanomechanical properties of the thin-film structures used are important to the performance of the DMD. In this paper, the nanomechanical characterization of the single and multilayered thin film structures, which are of interest in DMDs, is carried out. The hardness, Young's modulus and scratch resistance of TiN/Si, SiO{sub 2}/Si, Al alloy/Si, TiN/Al alloy/Si and SiO{sub 2}/TiN/Al alloy/Si thin-film structures were measured using nanoindentation and nanoscratch techniques, respectively. The residual (internal) stresses developed during the thin film growth were estimated by measuring the radius of curvature of the sample before and after deposition. To better understand the nanomechanical properties of these thin film materials, the surface and interface analysis of the samples were conducted using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The nanomechanical properties of these materials are analyzed and the impact of these properties on micromirror performance is discussed.

  2. Multi-layer film flow down an inclined plane: experimental investigation

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    Henry, Daniel

    2014-11-19

    We report the results from an experimental study of the flow of a film down an inclined plane where the film itself is comprised of up to three layers of different liquids. By measuring the total film thickness for a broad range of parameters including flow rates and liquid physical properties, we provide a thorough and systematic test of the single-layer approximation for multi-layer films for Reynolds numbers Re = ρQ/μ≈0.03-60. In addition, we also measure the change in film thickness of individual layers as a function of flow rates for a variety of experimental configurations. With the aid of high-speed particle tracking, we derive the velocity fields and free-surface velocities to compare to the single-layer approximation. Furthermore, we provide experimental evidence of small capillary ridge formations close to the point where two layers merge and compare our experimental parameter range for the occurrence of this phenomenon to those previously reported.

  3. Magnetic circular dichroism of [Co/Pd] and [CoB/Pd] multilayered films

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    Agui, A. [Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan)], E-mail: agui@spring8.or.jp; Asahi, A. [Department of Life Science and Medical Bio-Science, School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, 513 Wasedatsurumaki-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0041 (Japan); Sayama, J. [Department of Applied Chemistry, Waseda University, 3-4-1 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8555 (Japan); Mizumaki, M. [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, 1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Tanaka, M. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba Central 2, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Osaka, T. [Department of Applied Chemistry, Waseda University, 3-4-1 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8555 (Japan)

    2008-11-15

    Magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) and X-ray absorption spectra (XAS) at the Co L{sub 2,3}-edge of [Co/Pd]{sub 20} and [CoB/Pd]{sub 20} multilayered films, which were fabricated at 260 deg. C with different magnetic layer thicknesses ({delta}), have been measured. The lineshapes of XAS-MCD show that the electronic state of Co 3d of the films hardly changes even when sputtered at higher temperatures. The expectation values of orbital and spin angular momentum ( and ) are estimated using the sum rule, and it is found that / in {delta}<0.5 nm is larger than that in {delta}>0.5 nm.

  4. Study on superprism effect in the multilayer optical thin film stack

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    SUN Xue-zheng; GU Pei-fu; CHEN Hai-xing; JIN Bo; LI Hai-feng; LIU Xu

    2005-01-01

    Researches show that multilayer optical thin film stack can exhibit superprism effect due to their large abnormal dispersions. We investigated and simulated this effect numerically in a 1-D non-periodic film structure-Fabry-Perot filters (FPF), which possess drastic change in phase and large group delay around wavelength of peak transmittance, and fabricated this device to realize remarkable superprism effect. We tested experimentally with the maximum spatial separation shift up to 65 μm, and the experimental result is in good agreement with the theory. Compared with the traditional prism, the total thickness of our structure is only 3.3 μm, and our prism shows a stronger angular resolution of 1.8°/nm.

  5. Suspended hybrid films assembled from thiol-capped gold nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Yu Xin; Huang, Ming; Hao, Xiao Dong; Dong, Meng; Li, Xin Lu; Huang, Jia Mu

    2012-01-01

    In this work, we explored the formation processes of suspended hybrid thin films of thiol-capped Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) inside metal oxide tubular structures. We found that a balance between in-film interactions of the AuNPs and boundary interactions with metal oxides is a key in making these special organic-inorganic thin films. The hybrid films process many processing advantages and flexibilities, such as controllable film thickness, interfacial shape and inter-AuNPs distance, tuning of particle sizes, thiol population, chain lengths, and other new properties by introducing functional groups to thiol chains. Among their many unique features, the assembly-disassembly property may be useful for future on-off or store-release applications.

  6. Ferromagnetic resonance in 80NiFe/Cu/Co multilayer films

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    Koizumi, H.; Ando, Y.; Miyazaki, T.

    1996-12-01

    Trilayers and multilayers containing ferromagnetic 80NiFe,Co layers separated by nonmagnetic Cu layers were fabricated using the magnetron sputtering method. For 80NiFe(60 Å)/Cu (d Cu)/ Co(60 Å) trilayer films, the MR ratio and the exchange coupling strength oscillated with increasing dCu. For 80NiFe(60 Å)/Cu (d Cu)/ Co(60 Å)/Cu (d Cu)/ 80NiFe(60 Å) multilayer films, however, the exchange coupling between the bottom 80NiFe and the Co layers oscillated, while that between the Co and the top 80NiFe layers decreased monotonously with increasing dCu. Consequently, antiferromagnetic exchange coupling was not achieved between the Co(60 Å) and the top magnetic layer. The reason for the nonexistence of antiferromagnetic exchange coupling is discussed by taking into account the rougher surface of the Co(60 Å) layer caused by the growth of the different crystalline structures.

  7. Synergistic Effect of Hybrid Multilayer In2Se3 and Nanodiamonds for Highly Sensitive Photodetectors.

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    Zheng, Zhaoqiang; Yao, Jiandong; Xiao, Jun; Yang, Guowei

    2016-08-10

    Layered materials have rapidly established themselves as intriguing building blocks for next-generation photodetection platforms in view of their exotic electronic and optical attributes. However, both relatively low mobility and heavier electron effective mass limit layered materials for high-performance applications. Herein, we employed nanodiamonds (NDs) to promote the performance of multilayer In2Se3 photodetectors for the first time. This hybrid NDs-In2Se3 photodetector showed a tremendous promotion of photodetection performance in comparison to pristine In2Se3 ones. This hybrid devices exhibited remarkable detectivity (5.12 × 10(12) jones), fast response speed (less than 16.6 ms), and decent current on/off ratio (∼2285) simultaneously. These parameters are superior to most reported layered materials based photodetectors and even comparable to the state-of-the-art commercial photodetectors. Meanwhile, we attributed this excellent performance to the synergistic effect between NDs and the In2Se3. They can greatly enhance the broad spectrum absorption and promote the injection of photoexcited carrier in NDs to In2Se3. These results actually open up a new scenario for designing and fabricating innovative optoelectronic systems.

  8. Nanostructured Multilayer Composite Films of Manganese Dioxide/Nickel/Copper Sulfide Deposited on Polyethylene Terephthalate Supporting Substrate

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    Awangku Nabil Syafiq Bin Awangku Metosen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured multilayer manganese dioxide/nickel/copper sulfide (MnO2/Ni/CuS composite films were successfully deposited onto supporting polyethylene terephthalate (PET substrate through the sequential deposition of CuS, Ni, and MnO2 thin films by chemical bath deposition, electrodeposition, and horizontal submersion deposition techniques, respectively. Deposition of each thin-film layer was optimized by varying deposition parameters and conditions associated with specific deposition technique. Both CuS and Ni thin films were optimized for their electrical conductivity whereas MnO2 thin film was optimized for its microstructure and charge capacity. The electrochemical properties of nanostructured multilayer MnO2/Ni/CuS composite films were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry as electrode materials of an electrochemical capacitor prototype in a dual-planar device configuration. Cyclic voltammogram in mild Na2SO4 aqueous electrolyte exhibited a featureless and almost rectangular shape which was indicative of the ideal capacitive behavior and high cycling reversibility of the electrochemical capacitor prototype. Nanostructured multilayer MnO2/Ni/CuS composite films on supporting polyethylene terephthalate (PET substrate could potentially be utilized as electrode materials for the fabrication of high performance electrochemical capacitors.

  9. Multilayer interparticle linking hybrid MOF-199 for noninvasive enrichment and analysis of plant hormone ethylene.

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    Zhang, Zhuomin; Huang, Yichun; Ding, Weiwei; Li, Gongke

    2014-04-01

    Ethylene, an important plant hormone, is of utmost importance during many developmental processes of plants. However, the efficient enrichment and analysis of trace ethylene still remains a challenge. A simple and mild multilayer interparticle linking strategy was proposed to fabricate a novel hybrid MOF-199 enrichment coating. Strong chemical interparticle linkages throughout the coating improved the durability and reproducibility of hybrid MOF-199 coating dramatically. This coating performed a significant extraction superiority of ethylene over commonly used commercial coatings, attributed to the multiple interactions including "molecular sieving effect", hydrogen bonding, open metal site interaction, and π-π affinity. The hybridization of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with MOF-199 further improved the enrichment capability and also acted as a hydrophobic "shield" to prevent the open metal sites of MOF-199 from being occupied by water molecules, which effectively improved the moisture-resistant property of MOF-199/CNTs coating. Finally, this novel enrichment method was successfully applied for the noninvasive analysis of trace ethylene, methanol, and ethanol from fruit samples with relatively high humidity. The low detection limit was 0.016 μg/L for ethylene. It was satisfactory that trace ethylene could be actually detected from fruit samples by this noninvasive method. Good recoveries of spiked grape, wampee, blueberry, and durian husk samples were obtained in the range of 90.0-114%, 79.4-88.6%, 78.5-86.8%, and 85.2-105% with the corresponding relative standard deviations of 4.8-9.8%, 6.9-8.9%, 3.8-8.1%, and 9.3-10.5% (n = 3), respectively.

  10. Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films prepared by sulfurizing different multilayer metal precursors

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    ZHANG Jun; SHAO LeXi

    2009-01-01

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (OZTS) thin films were successfully fabricated on glass substrates by sulfurizing Ou-Sn-Zn multilayer precursors, which were deposited by ion beam sputtering and RF magnetron sputtering, respectively. The structural, electrical and optical properties of the prepared films under various proc-essing conditions were investigated in detail. Results showed that the as-deposited OZTS thin films with the precursors by both ion beam sputtering and RF magnetron sputtering have a composition near stoichiometric. The crystallization of the samples, however, has a strong dependence on the atomic percent of constituents of the prepared CZTS films. A single phase stannite-type structure OZTS with a large absorption coefficient of 104/cm in the visible range could be obtained after sulfurization at 520℃for 2 h. The samples relative to the RF magnetron sputtering showed a low resistivity of 0.073 Ωcm and band gap energy of about 1.53 eV. The samples relative to the ion beam sputtering exhibited a resistiv-ity of 0.36 Ωcm and the band gap energy is about 1.51 eV.

  11. Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films prepared by sulfurizing different multilayer metal precursors

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    2009-01-01

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films were successfully fabricated on glass substrates by sulfurizing Cu-Sn-Zn multilayer precursors, which were deposited by ion beam sputtering and RF magnetron sputtering, respectively. The structural, electrical and optical properties of the prepared films under various processing conditions were investigated in detail. Results showed that the as-deposited CZTS thin films with the precursors by both ion beam sputtering and RF magnetron sputtering have a composition near stoichiometric. The crystallization of the samples, however, has a strong dependence on the atomic percent of constituents of the prepared CZTS films. A single phase stannite-type structure CZTS with a large absorption coefficient of 104/cm in the visible range could be obtained after sulfurization at 520℃ for 2 h. The samples relative to the RF magnetron sputtering showed a low resistivity of 0.073 ?cm and band gap energy of about 1.53 eV. The samples relative to the ion beam sputtering exhibited a resistivity of 0.36 Ωcm and the band gap energy is about 1.51 eV.

  12. Enhanced breakdown strength of multilayered films fabricated by forced assembly microlayer coextrusion

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    Mackey, Matt; Hiltner, Anne; Baer, Eric [Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-7202 (United States); Flandin, Lionel [LMOPS UMR 5041, CNRS Universite de Savoie, F-73376 Le Bourget Du Lac Cedex (France); Wolak, Mason A; Shirk, James S, E-mail: Anne.Hiltner@cwru.ed [US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 (United States)

    2009-09-07

    There is a need in electronic systems and pulsed power applications for capacitors with high energy density. From a material standpoint, capacitive energy density improves with increasing dielectric constant and/or breakdown strength. Current state-of-the-art polymeric capacitors are, however, limited in that their dielectric constant is low (2-4). Our approach to improve polymer film capacitors is to combine, through microlayer coextrusion, two polymers with complementary properties: one with a high breakdown strength (polycarbonate) and one with a high dielectric constant (polyvinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene). As opposed to the monolith controls, multilayered films with various numbers of layers and compositions subjected to a pulsed voltage exhibit treeing patterns that hinder the breakdown process. Consequently, substantially enhanced breakdown strengths are measured in the mutilayered films. It is further shown, by varying the overall film thickness, that the charge at the tip of the needle electrode is a key parameter that controls treeing. Based on the acquired data, a breakdown mechanism is formulated to explain the increased dielectric strengths. Using the understanding gained from these systems, selection and optimization of future layered structures can be carried out to obtain additional property enhancements.

  13. Exchange coupling in hybrid anisotropy magnetic multilayers quantified by vector magnetometry

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    Morrison, C., E-mail: C.Morrison.2@warwick.ac.uk; Miles, J. J.; Thomson, T. [School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Anh Nguyen, T. N. [Materials Physics, School of ICT, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Electrum 229, 164 40 Kista (Sweden); Spintronics Research Group, Laboratory for Nanotechnology (LNT), VNU-HCM, Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam); Fang, Y.; Dumas, R. K. [Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg, 412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden); Åkerman, J. [Materials Physics, School of ICT, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Electrum 229, 164 40 Kista (Sweden); Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg, 412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden)

    2015-05-07

    Hybrid anisotropy thin film heterostructures, where layers with perpendicular and in-plane anisotropy are separated by a thin spacer, are novel materials for zero/low field spin torque oscillators and bit patterned media. Here, we report on magnetization reversal and exchange coupling in a archetypal Co/Pd (perpendicular)-NiFe (in-plane) hybrid anisotropy system studied using vector vibrating sample magnetometry. This technique allows us to quantify the magnetization reversal in each individual magnetic layer, and measure of the interlayer exchange as a function of non-magnetic spacer thickness. At large (>1 nm) spacer thicknesses Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida-like exchange dominates, with orange-peel coupling providing a significant contribution only for sub-nm spacer thickness.

  14. Hybrid method for fast Monte Carlo simulation of diffuse reflectance from a multilayered tissue model with tumor-like heterogeneities.

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    Zhu, Caigang; Liu, Quan

    2012-01-01

    We present a hybrid method that combines a multilayered scaling method and a perturbation method to speed up the Monte Carlo simulation of diffuse reflectance from a multilayered tissue model with finite-size tumor-like heterogeneities. The proposed method consists of two steps. In the first step, a set of photon trajectory information generated from a baseline Monte Carlo simulation is utilized to scale the exit weight and exit distance of survival photons for the multilayered tissue model. In the second step, another set of photon trajectory information, including the locations of all collision events from the baseline simulation and the scaling result obtained from the first step, is employed by the perturbation Monte Carlo method to estimate diffuse reflectance from the multilayered tissue model with tumor-like heterogeneities. Our method is demonstrated to shorten simulation time by several orders of magnitude. Moreover, this hybrid method works for a larger range of probe configurations and tumor models than the scaling method or the perturbation method alone.

  15. Corrosion resistance of multilayer hybrid sol-gel coatings deposited on the AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel

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    Caballero, Y. T.; Rondón, E. A.; Rueda, L.; Hernández Barrios, C. A.; Coy, A.; Viejo, F.

    2016-02-01

    In the present work multilayer hybrid sol-gel coatings were synthesized on the AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel employed in the fabrication of orthopaedic implants. Hybrid sols were obtained from a mixture of inorganic precursor, TEOS, and organic, GPTMS, using ethanol as solvent, and acetic acid as catalyst. The characterization of the sols was performed using pH measurements, rheological tests and infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) for different ageing times. On the other hand, the coatings were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), while the corrosion resistance was evaluated using anodic potentiodynamic polarization in SBF solution at 37±2°C. The results confirmed that sol-gel synthesis employing TEOS-GPTMS systems produces uniform and homogeneous coatings, which enhanced the corrosion resistance with regard to the parent alloy. Moreover, corrosion performance was retained after applying more than one layer (multilayer coatings).

  16. Development and characterization of multilayer films of polyaniline, titanium dioxide and CTAB for potential antimicrobial applications

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    Farias, Emanuel Airton O.; Dionisio, Natália A.; Quelemes, Patrick V. [Núcleo de Pesquisa em Biodiversidade e Biotecnologia, BIOTEC, CMRV, UFPI, Parnaíba, PI 64202-020 (Brazil); Leal, Sergio Henrique [CCNH, UFABC, Santo André, SP 09210-170 (Brazil); Matos, José Milton E.; Filho, Edson C. Silva [Laboratório Interdisciplinar de Materiais Avançados, LIMAv, CCN, UFPI, Teresina, PI 64049-550 (Brazil); Bechtold, Ivan H. [Departamento de Física — UFSC, Florianópolis, SC 88040-900 (Brazil); Leite, José Roberto S.A. [Núcleo de Pesquisa em Biodiversidade e Biotecnologia, BIOTEC, CMRV, UFPI, Parnaíba, PI 64202-020 (Brazil); Eiras, Carla, E-mail: carla.eiras.ufpi@gmail.com [Núcleo de Pesquisa em Biodiversidade e Biotecnologia, BIOTEC, CMRV, UFPI, Parnaíba, PI 64202-020 (Brazil); Laboratório Interdisciplinar de Materiais Avançados, LIMAv, CCN, UFPI, Teresina, PI 64049-550 (Brazil)

    2014-02-01

    Composites prepared from polyaniline (PANI) and the ceramic technology of titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) have been proposed, however, the interaction of these materials with greater control of molecular arrangement becomes attractive in order to achieve properties not previously described or yet the optimization of those already reported. Therefore, in this study, thin hybrid films made of polyaniline (PANI), a conductive polymer, and the technological ceramic, titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}), were prepared by the layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technique. The films were characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV), UV–VIS spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Aiming to improve the dispersion of the ceramic in the polymer matrix, the commercial surfactant, cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), was used in the formation of the films. The best condition of deposition was found showing synergic interactions between the conjugated materials. The antibacterial activity of the PANI(TiO{sub 2})/CTAB films was studied and the obtained results suggest their use as antimicrobial coatings. - Highlights: • Nanocomposite films of PANI and TiO2 prepared by the LbL technique • Ceramic dispersion in PANI improved with CTAB for antimicrobial applications. • Optimized film deposition for synergic interactions of the conjugated materials • Antibacterial activity of the films suggests their use as antimicrobial coatings.

  17. Influence of layer thickness on the structure and the magnetic properties of Co/Pd epitaxial multilayer films

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    Tobari, Kousuke, E-mail: tobari@futamoto.elect.chuo-u.ac.jp [Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8551 (Japan); Ohtake, Mitsuru; Nagano, Katsumasa; Futamoto, Masaaki [Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8551 (Japan)

    2012-03-15

    Co/Pd epitaxial multilayer films were prepared on Pd(111){sub fcc} underlayers hetero-epitaxially grown on MgO(111){sub B1} single-crystal substrates at room temperature by ultra-high vacuum RF magnetron sputtering. In-situ reflection high energy electron diffraction shows that the in-plane lattice spacing of Co on Pd layer gradually decreases with increasing the Co layer thickness, whereas that of Pd on Co layer remains unchanged during the Pd layer formation. The CoPd alloy phase formation is observed around the Co/Pd interface. The atomic mixing is enhanced for thinner Co and Pd layers in multilayer structure. With decreasing the Co and the Pd layer thicknesses and increasing the repetition number of Co/Pd multilayer film, stronger perpendicular magnetic anisotropy is observed. The relationships between the film structure and the magnetic properties are discussed. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Epitaxial Co/Pd multilayer films are prepared on Pd(111){sub fcc} underlayers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Lattice strain in Co layer and CoPd-alloy formation are noted around the interface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic property dependence on layer thickness is reported.

  18. Energy barrier versus switching field for patterned Co80Pt20 alloy and Co/Pt multilayer films

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    de Vries, Jeroen; Bolhuis, Thijs; Abelmann, Leon

    2013-01-01

    Two Co/Pt multilayer samples have been fabricated with a difference in the number of bilayers, leading to a total magnetic layer thickness of 3nm and 20nm. From these films, large arrays of magnetic islands have been patterned using laser interference lithography and ion beam etching. We have

  19. Annealing effects on the properties of amorphous CoSiB/Pt multilayer films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Jung, Sol; Park, Jisun; Yim, Haein [Sookmyung Women' s University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Taewan [Sejong University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-01-15

    The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of amorphous CoSiB/Pt multilayer systems was studied as a function of the thickness of the CoSiB/Pt bilayer and the number of repeated CoSiB/Pt bilayers. In this letter, we investigate the thermal property of a CoSiB single layer film annealed at 150 ∼ 350 .deg. C for 3 hours and the perpendicular magnetic anisotropic property of amorphous ferromagnetic Ta(50 A)/Pt(30 A)/[CoSiB(2, 3, 4, 5, 6 A)/Pt(14 A)]5/Ta(50 A) multilayer films annealed at 200 ∼ 400 .deg. C for 3 hours. The thermal properties were measured by using a differential scanning calorimeter and an X-ray diffractometer, and the magnetic properties were measured by using a vibrating sample magnetometer. The PMA of the CoSiB/Pt multilayer film disappeared and the multilayer film show isotropy after annealing at a temperature of 350 .deg. C or above.

  20. Characterization of thin-film multilayers using magnetization curves and modeling of low-angle X-ray diffraction data

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    Lane, M. [Emory & Henry College, VA (United States); Chaiken, A.; Michel, R.P. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)

    1994-12-01

    We have characterized thin-film multilayers grown by ion-beam sputtering using magnetization curves and modeling of low-angle x-ray diffraction data. In our films, we use ferromagnetic layer = Co, Fe, and NiFe and spacer layer = Si, Ge, FeSi{sub 2}, and CoSi{sub 2}. We have studied the effects of (1) deposition conditions; (2) thickness of layers; (3) different layer materials; and (4) annealing. We find higher magnetization in films grown at 1000V rather than 500V and in films with spacer layers of 50{angstrom} rather than 100{angstrom}. We find higher coercivity in films with cobalt grown on germanium rather than silicon, metal grown on gold underlayers rather than on glass substrates, and when using thinner spacer layers. Finally, modeling reveals that films grown with disilicide layers are more thermally stable than films grown with silicon spacer layers.

  1. Binary metal oxide nanoparticle incorporated composite multilayer thin films for sono-photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants

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    Gokul, Paramasivam; Vinoth, Ramalingam; Neppolian, Bernaurdshaw; Anandhakumar, Sundaramurthy

    2017-10-01

    We report reduced graphene oxide (rGO) supported binary metal oxide (CuO-TiO2/rGO) nanoparticle (NP) incorporated multilayer thin films based on Layer-by-Layer (LbL) assembly for enhanced sono-photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange under exposure to UV radiation. Multilayer thin films were fabricated on glass and quartz slides, and investigated using scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis spectroscopy. The loading of catalyst NPs on the film resulted in the change of morphology of the film from smooth to rough with uniformly distributed NPs on the surface. The growth of the control and NP incorporated films followed a linear regime as a function of number of layers. The%degradation of methyl orange as a function of time was investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy and total organic carbon (TOC) measurements. Complete degradation of methyl orange was achieved within 13 h. The amount of NP loading in the film significantly influenced the%degradation of methyl orange. Catalyst reusability studies revealed that the catalyst thin films could be repeatedly used for up to five times without any change in photocatalytic activity of the films. The findings of the present study support that the binary metal oxide catalyst films reported here are very useful for continuous systems, and thus, making it an option for scale up.

  2. Morphological Evolution of Multilayer Ni/NiO Thin Film Electrodes during Lithiation.

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    Evmenenko, Guennadi; Fister, Timothy T; Buchholz, D Bruce; Li, Qianqian; Chen, Kan-Sheng; Wu, Jinsong; Dravid, Vinayak P; Hersam, Mark C; Fenter, Paul; Bedzyk, Michael J

    2016-08-10

    Oxide conversion reactions in lithium ion batteries are challenged by substantial irreversibility associated with significant volume change during the phase separation of an oxide into lithia and metal species (e.g., NiO + 2Li(+) + 2e(-) → Ni + Li2O). We demonstrate that the confinement of nanometer-scale NiO layers within a Ni/NiO multilayer electrode can direct lithium transport and reactivity, leading to coherent expansion of the multilayer. The morphological changes accompanying lithiation were tracked in real-time by in-operando X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and ex-situ cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy on well-defined periodic Ni/NiO multilayers grown by pulsed-laser deposition. Comparison of pristine and lithiated structures reveals that the nm-thick nickel layers help initiate the conversion process at the interface and then provide an architecture that confines the lithiation to the individual oxide layers. XRR data reveal that the lithiation process starts at the top and progressed through the electrode stack, layer by layer resulting in a purely vertical expansion. Longer term cycling showed significant reversible capacity (∼800 mA h g(-1) after ∼100 cycles), which we attribute to a combination of the intrinsic bulk lithiation capacity of the NiO and additional interfacial lithiation capacity. These observations provide new insight into the role of metal/metal oxide interfaces in controlling lithium ion conversion reactions by defining the relationships between morphological changes and film architecture during reaction.

  3. Morphological Evolution of Multilayer Ni/NiO Thin Film Electrodes during Lithiation

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    Evmenenko, Guennadi; Fister, Timothy T.; Buchholz, D. Bruce; Li, Qianqian; Chen, Kan-Sheng; Wu, Jinsong; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Hersam, Mark C.; Fenter, Paul; Bedzyk, Michael J.

    2016-08-10

    Oxide conversion reactions in lithium ion batteries are challenged by substantial irreversibility associated with significant volume change during the phase separation of an oxide into lithia and metal species (e.g., NiO + 2Li(+) + 2e(-) -> Ni + Li2O). We demonstrate that the confinement of nanometer-scale NiO layers within a Ni/NiO multilayer electrode can direct lithium transport and reactivity, leading to coherent expansion of the multilayer. The morphological changes accompanying lithiation were tracked in real-time by in-operando X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and ex situ cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy on well-defined periodic Ni/NiO multilayers grown by pulsed-laser deposition. Comparison of pristine and lithiated structures reveals that the nm-thick nickel layers help initiate the conversion process at the interface and then provide an architecture that confines the lithiation to the individual oxide layers. XRR data reveal that the lithiation process starts at the top and progressed through the electrode stack, layer by layer resulting in a purely vertical expansion. Longer term cycling showed significant reversible capacity (similar to 800 mA h g(-1) after similar to 100 cycles), which we attribute to a combination of the intrinsic bulk lithiation capacity of the NiO and additional interfacial lithiation capacity. These observations provide new insight into the role of metal/metal oxide interfaces in controlling lithium ion conversion reactions by defining the relationships between morphological changes and film architecture during reaction.

  4. Hybrid artificial pinning centers of elongated-nanorods and segmented-nanorods in YBa2Cu3O7 films

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    Horide, Tomoya; Sakamoto, Nobuhiro; Ichinose, Ataru; Otsubo, Koji; Kitamura, Takanori; Matsumoto, Kaname

    2016-10-01

    To control the anisotropy of critical current density (J c), hybrid artificial pinning centers (APCs) of elongated-nanorods and segmented-nanorods were incorporated into YBa2Cu3O7 films. The elongated-nanorods and segmented-nanorods were formed by fabricating multilayer films using YBa2Cu3O7+BaSnO3 targets with a different BaSnO3 content. According to the elastic calculation, the BaSnO3-free YBa2Cu3O7 regions between BaSnO3 segmented-nanorods were highly strained, resulting in their alignment along the c-axis. Pinning of the vortex kinks and straight vortices by the nanorod ends improved J c in a wide range around B//ab. The angular dependence of J c systematically varied with the multilayer structure of layer thickness and BSO content. J c depended on the layer thickness even with keeping the constant average BSO content, showing that the BaSnO3 distribution, as well as the average BaSnO3 content, affected the J c. The hybrid pinning effect of elongated-nanorods and nanorod ends improved the J c anisotropy although the effect was not so large in the present films. The control of strain and interface is expected to lead to further improvement of J c.

  5. Fabrication of electrodeposited Ni-Cu/Cu multilayered films and study of their nanostructures before and after annealing

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    I Kazeminezhad

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available  In this work electrodeposited Ni-Cu/Cu metallic multilayered films with different thicknesses of Ni and Cu were prepared on (100 polycrystalline Cu substrates. The nanostructure of the multilayers was studied using XRD. The existence of satellite peaks in the XRD patterns showed that the multilayered films have superlattice structures. The difference between the intensity of ML(200 and ML(111 peaks showed that the multilayers have a strong texture of (100 as their substrate structures which confirms the epitaxial growth. The morphology of the films was studied by SEM. The SEM images showed that the surface of the films is rough. The samples were also analyzed using EDX and the results showed that the real content of Ni is less than its nominal content this refers to the current efficiency which is less than unity due to hydrogen evolution. In the second stage of the work some identical samples which have the highest order of satellite peaks were electrodeposited. The samples were annealed at different temperatures and times. Their structures were then studied by XRD. The XRD patterns of the annealed samples showed that if the temperature and time of annealing increase, the satellite peaks begin to disappear. It means by increasing these two parameters, the sharpness of the bilayer interface decreases and the multilayered structure tends to become alloy structure. The morphology of the samples was also studied by SEM. The SEM images showed that the surface of the annealed films becomes approximately uniform due to the diffusion of Ni and Cu atoms to Cu and Ni layers, respectively.

  6. Magnetoelastically induced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and perpendicular exchange bias of CoO/CoPt multilayer films

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    Guo, Lei; Wang, Yue; Wang, Jian; Muraishi, Shinji; Sannomiya, Takumi; Nakamura, Yoshio; Shi, Ji

    2015-11-01

    The effects of magnetoelastically induced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) on perpendicular exchange bias (PEB) have been studied in [CoO5nm/CoPt5nm]5 multilayer films. After deposition at room temperature, [CoO5nm/CoPt5nm]5 multilayer films were post-annealed at 100 °C, 250 °C, 300 °C and 375 °C for 3 h. In-plane tensile stress of CoPt layer was calculated by sin2 φ method, and we found it increased gradually upon annealing from 0.99 GPa (as-deposited) up to 3.02 GPa (300 °C-annealed). As to the magnetic property, significant enhancement of PMA was achieved in [CoO5nm/CoPt5nm]5 multilayer films after annealing due to the increase of CoPt layer in-plane tensile stress. With the enhancement of magnetoelastically induced PMA, great improvement of PEB was also achieved in [CoO5nm/CoPt5nm]5 multilayer films, which increased from 130 Oe (as-deposited) up to 1060 Oe (300 °C-annealed), showing the same change tendency as PMA and the strong correlation with CoPt layer in-plane tensile stress. We consider it is the increase of CoPt layer in-plane tensile stress that leads to the enhancement of CoPt layer PMA, which is favorable for the spins in CoPt layer aligning to a more perpendicular direction. And thus the enhanced PMA with more perpendicular spins alignment in CoPt layer results in the improved PEB in [CoO5nm/CoPt5nm]5 multilayer films through enhanced perpendicular spins coupling at CoO/CoPt interfaces.

  7. A concept for a soft gamma-ray concentrator using thin-film multilayer structures

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    Bloser, Peter F.; Shirazi, Farzane; Echt, Olof; Krzanowski, James E.; Legere, Jason S.; McConnell, Mark L.; Tsavalas, John G.; Wong, Emily N.; Aliotta, Paul H.

    2016-07-01

    We are investigating the use of thin-film, multilayer structures to form optics capable of concentrating soft gamma rays with energies greater than 100 keV, beyond the reach of current grazing-incidence hard X-ray mirrors. Alternating layers of low- and high-density materials (e.g., polymers and metals) will channel soft gamma-ray photons via total external reflection. A suitable arrangement of bent structures will then concentrate the incident radiation to a point. Gamma-ray optics made in this way offer the potential for soft gamma-ray telescopes with focal lengths of less than 10 m, removing the need for formation flying spacecraft and opening the field up to balloon-borne instruments. Following initial investigations conducted at Los Alamos National Laboratory, we have constructed and tested a prototype structure using spin coating combined with magnetron sputtering. We are now investigating whether it is possible to grow such flexible multi-layer structures with the required thicknesses and smoothness more quickly by using magnetron sputter and pulsed laser deposition techniques. We present the latest results of our fabrication and gamma-ray channeling tests, and describe our modeling of the sensitivity of potential concentrator-based telescope designs. If successful, this technology offers the potential for transformational increases in sensitivity while dramatically improving the system-level performance of future high-energy astronomy missions through reduced mass and complexity.

  8. APT analyses of deuterium-loaded Fe/V multi-layered films

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    Gemma, R.

    2009-04-01

    Interaction of hydrogen with metallic multi-layered thin films remains as a hot topic in recent days Detailed knowledge on such chemically modulated systems is required if they are desired for application in hydrogen energy system as storage media. In this study, the deuterium concentration profile of Fe/V multi-layer was investigated by atom probe tomography (APT) at 60 and 30 K. It is firstly shown that deuterium-loaded sample can easily react with oxygen at the Pd capping layer on Fe/V and therefore, it is highly desired to avoid any oxygen exposure after D(2) loading before APT analysis. The analysis temperature also has an impact on D concentration profile. The result taken at 60 K shows clear traces of surface segregation of D atoms towards analysis surface. The observed diffusion profile of D allows us to estimate an apparent diffusion coefficient D. The calculated D at 60 K is in the order of 10(-17) cm(2)/s, deviating 6 orders of magnitude from an extrapolated value. This was interpreted with alloying, D-trapping at defects and effects of the large extension to which the extrapolation was done. A D concentration profile taken at 30 K shows nosegregation anymore and a homogeneous distribution at C(D) = 0.05(2) D/Me, which is in good accordance with that measured in the corresponding pressure-composition isotherm. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Studying Scandium Thin Films: Trying to Optimize Its Performance in EUV Multilayer Mirrors

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    Acosta, Guillermo; Allred, David; Marcos, Doug; Martinez, Yenny; Webb, Nick

    2001-11-01

    Predictions of a tremendously reflective multilayer, scandium-silicon mirror in the exteme ultraviolet (72% at 42 nanometers, Uspenskii et al, Optics Letters v. 23, n. 10) caught our attention, and did more in arousing our curiousity. The work, however, alluded to the interfacial diffusion to be detrimental to the true reflectance, and neglected to account for the presence of any oxide. Our work has been focused on understanding the thin film oxidation of scandium, as well as searching for an immiscible partner with low absorbtion for multilayer use (vanadium is our leading candidate) that would sidestep the issue of diffusion at the interface. We have thermally evaporated scandium of several thicknesses, ranging from 7-50 nm, have monitored them closely throughout extended annealing periods to learn of its oxide, and will report the extent of oxidation among scandium-vanadium bilayers. Characterization includes roughness and thickness measurements via atomic force microscopy; composition profiling through use of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; multiple wavelength and multiple angle ellipsometric analysis; and reflectivity tests made using a scanning monochromator.

  10. Cross-linked multilayer-dye films deposited onto silica surfaces with high affinity for pepsin

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    Bucatariu, Florin; Ghiorghita, Claudiu-Augustin; Cocarta, Ana-Irina; Dragan, Ecaterina Stela

    2016-12-01

    Cross-linked thin films based on pH-responsive polymers with a specific ligand inside the organic layer are useful materials in separation processes or in fabrication of controlled delivery systems. Herein, we report the step-by-step deposition of polymer multilayers based on poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI), poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(sodium methacrylate) (PMAA) followed by the Congo red (CR) immobilization onto composite Daisogel silica microparticles and silicon wafers. The non-crosslinked composites were not stable in extreme basic medium (pH = 13), while thermal and chemical cross-linked samples with CR inside were stable over a wide range of pH. The interaction properties of different proteins [pepsin (PEP), lysozyme, trypsin, bovine serum albumin] with modified solid surfaces were followed by potentiometric titrations, UV and AFM measurements. Only the PEP macromolecules were sorbed onto the Daisogel composite microparticles with CR inside the cross-linked multilayer. The maximum sorbed amount was nearly 200 mg PEP/g Daisogel//(PEI/PAA)4.5 + CR. This high sorbed amount was in accordance with the AFM images, the average high and roughness increased drastically after the sorption of PEP.

  11. Co{sub 2}FeAl films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in multilayer structure

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    Li, X Q; Xu, X G; Yin, S Q; Zhang, D L; Miao, J; Jiang, Y, E-mail: xgxu@ustb.edu.cn, E-mail: yjiang@ustb.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2011-01-01

    We have fabricated Co{sub 2}FeAl (CFA) films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in a (Co{sub 2}FeAl/Ni){sub 6} multilayer structure. The effects of underlayer Cu thickness (t{sub Cu}), Co{sub 2}FeAl thickness (t{sub CFA}) and Ni thickness (t{sub Ni}) on the magnetic properties have been studied. The PMA is realized with a large anisotropy energy density K = 3.7x10{sup 6} ergs/cm{sup 3}, a high squareness M{sub r}/M{sub s} = 1 and a small perpendicular coercivity H{sub c} = 60 Oe, while t{sub Cu}, t{sub CFA} and t{sub Ni} are 9 nm, 0.2 nm and 0.6 nm respectively. The PMA remains after 300 {sup 0}C annealing, which demonstrates better thermal stability of the (Co{sub 2}FeAl/Ni){sub 6} multilayer than that of (Co/Ni){sub n}.

  12. Proof of Concept Thin Films and Multilayers Toward Enhanced Field Gradients in SRF Cavities

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    Lukaszew, R A; Beringer, D; Roach, W M; Eremeev, G V; Valente-Feliciano, A-M; Reece, C E; Xi, X

    2013-09-01

    Due to the very shallow penetration depth of the RF fields, SRF properties are inherently a surface phenomenon involving a material thickness of less than 1 micron thus opening up the possibility of using thin film coatings to achieve a desired performance. The challenge has been to understand the dependence of the SRF properties on the detailed characteristics of real surfaces and then to employ appropriate techniques to tailor these surface properties for greatest benefit. Our aim is to achieve gradients >100 MV/m and no simple material is known to be capable of sustaining this performance. A theoretical framework has been proposed which could yield such behavior [1] and it requires creation of thin film layered structures. I will present our systematic studies on such proof-of-principle samples. Our overarching goal has been to build a basic understanding of key nano-scale film growth parameters for materials that show promise for SRF cavity multilayer coatings and to demonstrate the ability to elevate the barrier for vortex entry in such layered structures above the bulk value of Hc1 for type-II superconductors and thus to sustain higher accelerating fields.

  13. Optical nonlinearities in Ag/BaTiO{sub 3} multi-layer nanocomposite films

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    Yang Guang [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics and School of Optoelectronics Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)], E-mail: gyang@hust.edu.cn; Zhou Youhua [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics and School of Optoelectronics Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); School of Physics and Information Engineering, Jianghan University, Wuhan 430056 (China); Long Hua; Li Yuhua; Yang Yifa [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics and School of Optoelectronics Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2007-07-31

    The multi-layer structure of barium titanate composite thin films containing Ag nanoparticles were grown on MgO (100) substrates using pulsed laser deposition technique under the nitrogen pressure of 7.4 Pa. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis indicated that the samples were composed of metal Ag embedded in the BaTiO{sub 3} matrices. The optical absorption properties were measured from 300 nm to 800 nm, and the absorption peaks due to the surface plasmon resonance of Ag particles were observed. With the increasing of Ag concentration in composite films, the peak absorption increased and shifted to longer wavelength (red-shift). Furthermore, the third-order optical nonlinearities of the films were determined by z-scan method and the nonlinear refractive index, n{sub 2}, and nonlinear absorption coefficient, {beta}, were determined to be about - 1.91 x 10{sup -13} m{sup 2}/W and - 5.80 x 10{sup -7} m/W, respectively.

  14. Development of polyelectrolyte multilayer thin film composite membrane for water desalination application

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    Fadhillah, F.

    2013-06-01

    Thin film composite membranes were fabricated via spin assisted layer by layer (SA-LbL) assembly by depositing alternate layers of poly(allyl amine hydrochloride) (PAH) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) on a polysulfone (PSF) ultrafiltration membrane as support. The suitability of these membranes for potential water purification applications was explored by testing the stability of the deposited thin films and their permeation characteristic using cross-flow permeation cell. Permeation test conducted at a pressure of 40bar, temperature of 25°C, pH of 6 and feed water concentration of 2000ppm NaCl demonstrated that the PAH/PAA multilayer film deposited on polysulfone support remained stable and intact under long-term test conditions. The 120 bilayers of PAH/PAA membrane tested at the above condition showed flux of 15L/m2.h and salt rejection of 65%. The membrane performance evaluation also revealed that SA-LbL PAH/PAA membrane follows the characteristics of the solution diffusion membrane. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

  15. Collaborative Multi-Layer Network Coding in Hybrid Cellular Cognitive Radio Networks

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    Moubayed, Abdallah J.

    2015-05-01

    In this paper, as an extension to [1], we propose a prioritized multi-layer network coding scheme for collaborative packet recovery in hybrid (interweave and underlay) cellular cognitive radio networks. This scheme allows the uncoordinated collaboration between the collocated primary and cognitive radio base-stations in order to minimize their own as well as each other\\'s packet recovery overheads, thus by improving their throughput. The proposed scheme ensures that each network\\'s performance is not degraded by its help to the other network. Moreover, it guarantees that the primary network\\'s interference threshold is not violated in the same and adjacent cells. Yet, the scheme allows the reduction of the recovery overhead in the collocated primary and cognitive radio networks. The reduction in the cognitive radio network is further amplified due to the perfect detection of spectrum holes which allows the cognitive radio base station to transmit at higher power without fear of violating the interference threshold of the primary network. For the secondary network, simulation results show reductions of 20% and 34% in the packet recovery overhead, compared to the non-collaborative scheme, for low and high probabilities of primary packet arrivals, respectively. For the primary network, this reduction was found to be 12%. © 2015 IEEE.

  16. Collaborative Multi-Layer Network Coding For Hybrid Cellular Cognitive Radio Networks

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    Moubayed, Abdallah J.

    2014-05-01

    In this thesis, as an extension to [1], we propose a prioritized multi-layer network coding scheme for collaborative packet recovery in hybrid (interweave and underlay) cellular cognitive radio networks. This scheme allows the uncoordinated collaboration between the collocated primary and cognitive radio base-stations in order to minimize their own as well as each other’s packet recovery overheads, thus by improving their throughput. The proposed scheme ensures that each network’s performance is not degraded by its help to the other network. Moreover, it guarantees that the primary network’s interference threshold is not violated in the same and adjacent cells. Yet, the scheme allows the reduction of the recovery overhead in the collocated primary and cognitive radio networks. The reduction in the cognitive radio network is further amplified due to the perfect detection of spectrum holes which allows the cognitive radio base station to transmit at higher power without fear of violating the interference threshold of the primary network. For the secondary network, simulation results show reductions of 20% and 34% in the packet recovery overhead, compared to the non-collaborative scheme, for low and high probabilities of primary packet arrivals, respectively. For the primary network, this reduction was found to be 12%. Furthermore, with the use of fractional cooperation, the average recovery overhead is further reduced by around 5% for the primary network and around 10% for the secondary network when a high fractional cooperation probability is used.

  17. iBole:A Hybrid Multi-Layer Architecture for Doctor Recommendation in Medical Social Networks

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    宫继兵; 王立; 孙胜涛; 彭思维

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we try to systematically study how to perform doctor recommendation in medical social net-works (MSNs). Specifically, employing a real-world medical dataset as the source in our work, we propose iBole, a novel hybrid multi-layer architecture, to solve this problem. First, we mine doctor-patient relationships/ties via a time-constraint probability factor graph model (TPFG). Second, we extract network features for ranking nodes. Finally, we propose RWR-Model, a doctor recommendation model via the random walk with restart method. Our real-world experiments validate the effectiveness of the proposed methods. Experimental results show that we obtain good accuracy in mining doctor-patient relationships from the network, and the doctor recommendation performance is better than that of the baseline algorithms:traditional Ranking SVM (RSVM) and the individual doctor recommendation model (IDR-Model). The results of our RWR-Model are more reasonable and satisfactory than those of the baseline approaches.

  18. Hybrid magnetoresistance in Pt-based multilayers: Effect originated from strong interfacial spin-orbit coupling.

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    Meng, Kangkang; Xiao, Jiaxing; Wu, Yong; Miao, Jun; Xu, Xiaoguang; Zhao, Jianhua; Jiang, Yong

    2016-02-04

    The hybrid magnetoresistance (MR) behaviors in Pt/Co90Fe10/Pt, Mn1.5Ga/Pt and Mn1.5Ga/Pt/Co90Fe10/Pt multilayers have been investigated. Both planer Hall effect (PHE) and angle-dependent MR in Pt/Co90Fe10/Pt revealed the combination of spin Hall MR (SMR) and normal anisotropic MR (AMR), indicating the large contribution of strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) at the interfaces. When Pt contacted with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) metal Mn1.5Ga, the strong interfacial SOC modified the effective anomalous Hall effect. The MR in Mn1.5Ga/Pt/Co90Fe10/Pt is not a simple combination of SMR and AMR, but ascribed to the complicated domain wall scattering and strong interfacial SOC when Pt is sandwiched by the in-plane magnetized Co90Fe10 and the PMA Mn1.5Ga.

  19. Variability of electrical contact properties in multilayer MoS2 thin-film transistors

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    Kim, Seong Yeoul; Park, Seonyoung; Choi, Woong

    2014-09-01

    We report the variability of electrical properties of Ti contacts in back-gated multilayer MoS2 thin-film transistors based on mechanically exfoliated flakes. By measuring current-voltage characteristics from room temperature to 240 °C, we demonstrate the formation of both ohmic and Schottky contacts at the Ti-MoS2 junctions of MoS2 transistors fabricated using identical electrode materials under the same conditions. While MoS2 transistors with ohmic contacts exhibit a typical signature of band transport, those with Schottky contacts indicate thermally activated transport behavior for the given temperature range. These results provide the experimental evidence of the variability of Ti metal contacts on MoS2, highlighting the importance of understanding the variability of electronic properties of naturally occurring MoS2 for further investigation.

  20. Interest of Polyelectrolyte Multilayer thin Films in Tissue Engineering:Application to Vascular Allograft

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    Halima KERDJOUDJ; Cedric BOURA; Vanessa MOBY; Dominique DUMAS; Luc MARCHAL; Jean-Claude VOEGEL; Jean-Fran(c)ois STOLTZ; Patrick MENU

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1 Introduction Obstructive atherosclerosis vascular disease remains one of the greatest public health threats in the world. Surgical treatment to replace diseased blood vessels is usually done using major human allografts (veins or arteries) or synthetic prosthesis ( PTFE, Dacron). However, these substitutes have not a good pateney, because of the lack of endothelial cells (ECs) layer, which prevents thrombus formation. The challenge of tissue engineering vessels is to build-up blood/substitute interface near native vessels.In order to improve ECs adhesion, it is necessary to precoat the intra-luminal vessel. Recently, a new surface modification technique arose, based on the alternate adsorption of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. Our objective was to favour the endothelialization of the cryo-preserved allografts, treated with a thin polyelectrolyte multilayered film, made of PSS (poly (sodium-4-styrenesulfonate) ) or PAH (poly (allylamine hydrochloride) ).

  1. DEPENDENCE OF DOMAIN STRUCTURES ON Au THICKNESS IN Co/Au MULTILAYER FILMS

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    1998-01-01

    The magnetic force images and surface topography images of sputtered Co/Au multilayer films in remnant state were measured by magnetic force microscopy. From the surface magnetic structures shown in the magnetic force images it can be seen that the domain pattern and size vary with the increase of the thickness t of the non-ferromagnetic Au layer remarkably. With the measurements of the effective perpendicular anisotropy Ku and the domain period d, it was found that there are similar trends of d and Ku as functions of t. The variations of the domain pattern and size were qualitatively interpreted in terms of magnetic domain theory, the theoretical relations of d and the domain wall energy ow vs t were calculated. As t = 8.5 AL(1AL=0.235nm), the largest ow is 11mJ/m2.

  2. Multilayer bioactive glass/zirconium titanate thin films in bone tissue engineering and regenerative dentistry

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    Mozafari M

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Masoud Mozafari,1,2 Erfan Salahinejad,1,3 Vahid Shabafrooz,1 Mostafa Yazdimamaghani,1 Daryoosh Vashaee,4 Lobat Tayebi1,5 1Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK, USA; 2Biomaterials Group, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering (Center of Excellence, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran; 3Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran; 4Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK, USA; 5School of Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK, USA Abstract: Surface modification, particularly coatings deposition, is beneficial to tissue-engineering applications. In this work, bioactive glass/zirconium titanate composite thin films were prepared by a sol-gel spin-coating method. The surface features of the coatings were studied by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and spectroscopic reflection analyses. The results show that uniform and sound multilayer thin films were successfully prepared through the optimization of the process variables and the application of carboxymethyl cellulose as a dispersing agent. Also, it was found that the thickness and roughness of the multilayer coatings increase nonlinearly with increasing the number of the layers. This new class of nanocomposite coatings, comprising the bioactive and inert components, is expected not only to enhance bioactivity and biocompatibility, but also to protect the surface of metallic implants against wear and corrosion. Keywords: bioactive glass, zirconium titanate, spin-coating, microstructural properties, bone/dental applications, tissue engineering

  3. Thermomagnetic behaviour and compositional irreversibility on (Fe/Si){sub 3} multilayer films

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    Badía-Romano, L., E-mail: lbadia@unizar.es [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Rubín, J. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales e Ingeniería Metalúrgica, Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Magén, C. [Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Laboratorio de Microscopías Avanzadas (LMA), Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón (INA), Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Fundación ARAID, E-50004 Zaragoza (Spain); Bartolomé, F. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Sesé, J.; Ibarra, M.R. [Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Laboratorio de Microscopías Avanzadas (LMA), Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón (INA), Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Bartolomé, J. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza (Spain); and others

    2014-09-01

    This work presents the correlation between the morphology and magnetic properties of (Fe/Si){sub 3} multilayers with different Fe layer thicknesses and fixed Si spacer thickness in a broad temperature range (5Films were prepared by thermal evaporation under ultrahigh vacuum onto a buffer layer of Fe/Ag deposited on a GaAs(001) substrate. Transmission electron microscopy reveals good epitaxial growth and phase transformations in the c-FeSi phase formed during deposition as well as upon subsequent annealing of the sample up to 800 K. Remanence to saturation magnetization M{sub R}/M{sub S} ratios and saturation fields are related to several types of interlayer exchange coupling. 90°-coupling and a superposition of 90° and antiferromagnetic interlayer exchange coupling are found depending on the Fe layer thickness. Magnetization curves were investigated as a function of temperature by in situ annealing. They show an irreversible thermal process as temperature increases from 300 to 450 K that is correlated to the formation of a ferromagnetic silicide phase. At higher temperature this phase transforms into a paramagnetic Fe–Si phase. - Highlights: • A thermomagnetic study on (Fe/Si){sub 3} multilayers is performed by in situ annealing. • We assess on the Fe layer thickness dependence, while the Si spacer is fixed. • 90° and AF interlayer exchange couplings are found depending on the Fe thickness. • We report an irreversible thermal process, correlated to chemical transformations. • The integrity of these (Fe/Si){sub 3} films is conserved just till T≈410K.

  4. The structure and photoluminescence properties of ZnO/SiC multilayer film on Si substrate

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    JIN Chenggang; WU Xuemei; ZHUGE Lanjian; SHA Zhendong

    2007-01-01

    ZnO/SiC multilayer film has been fabricated on a Si (111) substrate with a silicon carbide (SIC) buffer layer using the RF (radio frequency)-magnetron technique with targets of a ceramic polycrystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) and a composite target of pure C plate with attached Si chips on the surface. The as-deposited films were annealed at a tempera-ture range of 600-1000℃ under nitrogen atmosphere. The structure and photoluminescence (PL) properties of the samples were measured using X-ray diffractometry (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Pl spectrophotometry. By increasing the annealing temperature to 800℃, it is found that all the ZnO peaks have the strongest intensities, and the crystallinity of ZnO is more consistent on the SiC buffer layer. Further increase of the annealing temperature allows the ZnO and SiC layers to penetrate one another, which makes the interface between ZnO and SiC layer become more and more complicated, thus reduces the crystallinities of ZnO and SiC. The PL properties of a ZnO/ SiC multilayer are investigated in detail. It is discovered that the PL intensities of these bands reach their maximum after being annealed at 800℃. The PL peaks shift with an increase in the annealing temperature, which is due to the ZnO and SiC layers penetrating reciprocally. This makes the interface more impacted and complicated, which induces band structure deformation resulting from lattice deformation.

  5. Analysis of multilayered, nitrogen-doped aluminum oxide and hafnium oxide dielectric films for wide-temperature capacitor applications

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    DeCerbo, J.N., E-mail: jennifer.decerbo@us.af.mil [United States Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate, 2130 Eighth St., WPAFB, OH 45433 (United States); Bray, K.R. [UES, Inc., 4401 Dayton Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, OH 45432 (United States); Merrett, J.N. [United States Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate, 2130 Eighth St., WPAFB, OH 45433 (United States)

    2015-09-01

    Capacitors with stable dielectric properties across a wide temperature range are a vital component in many power conditioning applications. High breakdown strength and low loss are also important for many applications. In this study, the dielectric properties of multilayer nitrogen-doped aluminum oxide and hafnium oxide films were characterized, comparing their properties to single layer films. The films were found to be stable from − 50 to 200 °C and from 20 Hz to 1 MHz. An order of magnitude decrease in leakage current was observed for the bilayer films. Breakdown strength for the multilayer films increased up to 75%. This concurs with the hypothesis that the addition of dielectric interfaces provides area to trap and dissipate runaway charge moving through the dielectric, thus lowering leakage current and increasing the breakdown strength. - Highlights: • Multilayer dielectric had stable dielectric properties for a wide temperature range. • Leakage current decreased an order of magnitude with layered dielectrics. • Breakdown strength increase of up to 75% was observed with layered dielectrics.

  6. Photolithographically patterened thin-film multilayer devices of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7-x

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    Kingston, J.J.; Wellstood, F.C.; Quan, D.; Clarke, J.

    1990-09-01

    We have fabricated thin-film YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}-SrTiO{sub 3}-YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} multilayer interconnect structures in which each in situ laser-deposited film is independently patterned by photolithography. In particular, we have constructed the two key components necessary for a superconducting multilayer interconnect technology, crossovers and window contacts. As a further demonstration of the technology, we have fabricated a thin-film flux transformer, suitable for use with a Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID), that includes a ten-turn input coil with 6{mu}m linewidth. Transport measurements showed that the critical temperature was 87K and the critical current was 135 {mu}A at 82K. 7 refs., 6 figs.

  7. Cell adhesion properties of patterned poly(acrylic acid)/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) multilayer films created by room-temperature imprinting technique.

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    Lu, Yingxi; Sun, Junqi; Shen, Jiacong

    2008-08-05

    Patterned poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) multilayer films with line structures of different lateral size and vertical height were fabricated by a room-temperature imprinting technique, and their cell adhesion properties were investigated. The nonimprinted PAA/PAH multilayer films are cytophilic toward NIH/3T3 fibroblasts and HeLa cells whether PAA or PAH is the outer most layer. In contrast, the PAA/PAH multilayer films with a 6.5-microm-line/3.5-microm-space pattern structure are cytophobic toward NIH/3T3 fibroblasts and HeLa cells when the height of the lines is 1.29 microm. By either increasing the lateral size of the patters to 69-microm-line/43-mum-space or decreasing the height of the imprinted lines to approximately 107 nm, imprinted PAA/PAH multilayer films become cytophilic. This kind of transition of cell adhesion behavior derives from the change of the physical pattern size of the PAA/PAH multilayer films and is independent of the chemical composition of the films. The easy patterning of layer-by-layer assembled polymeric multilayer films with the room-temperature imprinting technique provides a facile way to tailor the cellular behavior of the layered polymeric films by simply changing the pattern dimensions.

  8. Structure-property relationships in the design, assembly and applications of polyelectrolyte multilayer thin films

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    Rmaile, Hassan H.

    Ultrathin films consisting of an alternating sequence of positively and negatively charged polyelectrolytes have been prepared by means of the electrostatic layer-by-layer sequential assembly technique. To augment their typical applications in the water treatment, personal care as well as the pulp and paper industry, the structure and the design of these polyelectrolytes were tailored synthetically to satisfy the requirements of different types of applications. Some were used for surface modifications, hydrophobic and hydrophilic coatings, corrosion protection, conducting and biocompatible surfaces. Others were found to be very efficient for membrane and chromatographic applications. The ease with which these multilayer coatings can be constructed, their robustness and stability make them very good candidates for industrial applications. The dissertation focuses mainly on the structure-property relationships of these polyelectrolytes and their corresponding thin films. Various polyelectrolytes were synthesized or modified in a strategic approach and gave novel and promising properties. Some of them exhibited permeabilities that were higher than any membranes reported in the literature. Also, some are potentially very useful for designing drug delivery systems such as tablets or encapsulations since they were shown to control the permeability of sample drugs and vitamins very efficiently based on their sensitivity to pH changes. Other synthesized polyelectrolytes proved to be very effective in preventing protein adsorption or promoting cell growth and differentiation. Some systems were very useful as robust stationary phases for simple chiral separations in capillary electrochromatography. Along with modifications and improvements, the approach might one day be applied commercially for chiral separations using high performance liquid chromatography and replace currently used stationary phases. Last but not least, the potential for these polyelectrolytes and their

  9. Properties of multilayer gallium and aluminum doped ZnO(GZO/AZO)transparent thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition process

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    Jin-Hyum SHIN; Dong-Kyun SHIN; Hee-Young LEE; Jai-Yeoul LEE

    2011-01-01

    Multilayer gallium and aluminum doped ZnO (GZO/AZO) films were fabricated by alternative deposition of Ga-doped zinc oxide(GZO) and Al-doped zinc oxide(AZO) thin film by using pulsed laser deposition(PLD) process. The electrical and optical properties of these GZO/AZO thin films were investigated and compared with those of GZO and AZO thin films. The GZO/AZO GZO/AZO thin films linearly decreases with increasing the Al ratio.

  10. High Energy Density and High Temperature Multilayer Capacitor Films for Electric Vehicle Applications

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    Treufeld, Imre; Song, Michelle; Zhu, Lei; Baer, Eric; Snyder, Joe; Langhe, Deepak

    2015-03-01

    Multilayer films (MLFs) with high energy density and high temperature capability (>120 °C) have been developed at Case Western Reserve University. Such films offer a potential solution for electric car DC-link capacitors, where high ripple currents and high temperature tolerance are required. The current state-of-the-art capacitors used in electric cars for converting DC to AC use biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), which can only operate at temperatures up to 85 °C requiring an external cooling system. The polycarbonate (PC)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) MLFs have a higher permittivity compared to that of BOPP (2.3), leading to higher energy density. They have good mechanical stability and reasonably low dielectric losses at 120 °C. Nonetheless, our preliminary dielectric measurements show that the MLFs exhibit appreciable dielectric losses (20%) at 120 °C, which would, despite all the other advantages, make them not suitable for practical applications. Our preliminary data showed that dielectric losses of the MLFs at 120 °C up to 400 MV/m and 1000 Hz originate mostly from impurity ionic conduction. This work is supported by the NSF PFI/BIC Program (IIP-1237708).

  11. Magnetoelastic coupling in multilayered ferroelectric/ferromagnetic thin films: A quantitative evaluation

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    Chiolerio, A.; Quaglio, M.; Lamberti, A.; Celegato, F.; Balma, D.; Allia, P.

    2012-08-01

    The electrical control of magnetization in a thin film, achieved by means of magnetoelastic coupling between a ferroelectric and a ferromagnetic layer represents an attractive way to implement magnetic information storage and processing within logical architectures known as Magnetic Quantum Cellular Automata (MQCA). Such systems have been addressed as multiferroics. We exploited cost-effective techniques to realize multi-layered multiferroic systems, such as sol-gel deposition and RF sputtering, introducing a specific technique to control the crystal structure and film roughness effect on the magnetic domain wall motion and reconfiguration, induced by magnetoelastic coupling, by evaluating the 2-dimensional statistical properties of enhanced MFM matrices. A RF sputtered 50-nm-thick Co layer on a Si/SiO2/Si3N4/Ti/Pt/PbTiO3/Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 substrate was realized, exploiting two differently engineered PZT nano-crystalline structures and the conditions leading to a favorable compromise in order to realize functional devices were elucidated.

  12. Magnetoelastic coupling in multilayered ferroelectric/ferromagnetic thin films: A quantitative evaluation

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    Chiolerio, A., E-mail: alessandro.chiolerio@iit.it [Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, IT-10129 Turin (Italy); Center for Space Human Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, IT-10129 Turin (Italy); Quaglio, M. [Center for Space Human Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, IT-10129 Turin (Italy); Lamberti, A. [Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, IT-10129 Turin (Italy); Center for Space Human Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, IT-10129 Turin (Italy); Celegato, F. [Electromagnetism Division, INRIM, Strada delle Cacce 91, IT-10135 Turin (Italy); Balma, D.; Allia, P. [Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, IT-10129 Turin (Italy)

    2012-08-01

    The electrical control of magnetization in a thin film, achieved by means of magnetoelastic coupling between a ferroelectric and a ferromagnetic layer represents an attractive way to implement magnetic information storage and processing within logical architectures known as Magnetic Quantum Cellular Automata (MQCA). Such systems have been addressed as multiferroics. We exploited cost-effective techniques to realize multi-layered multiferroic systems, such as sol-gel deposition and RF sputtering, introducing a specific technique to control the crystal structure and film roughness effect on the magnetic domain wall motion and reconfiguration, induced by magnetoelastic coupling, by evaluating the 2-dimensional statistical properties of enhanced MFM matrices. A RF sputtered 50-nm-thick Co layer on a Si/SiO{sub 2}/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ti/Pt/PbTiO{sub 3}/Pb(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47})O{sub 3} substrate was realized, exploiting two differently engineered PZT nano-crystalline structures and the conditions leading to a favorable compromise in order to realize functional devices were elucidated.

  13. Superfluid onset of multilayer /sup 4/He films on ZYX graphite

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    Polanco, S.E.

    1979-01-01

    Superfluid onset of multilayer /sup 4/He films on ZYX graphite was studied between 1.0 and 1.8 K by precise, steady-state, thermal transport measurements. Film thermal resistance at constant temperature was measured as the coverage varies through the superfluid transition. Onset transition widths increase with temperature, being more than one layer wide at 1.81 K. The onset thickness increases montonically with temperature above 1.39 K. However, thermal resistance curves at 1.19 and 1.39 K are observed to be contiguous, with onset at 4.5 layers. Results are shown to be consistent with uniform layer growth until a thickness n/sub 0/ is reached, and with nucleation of bulk droplets thereafter. The data indicates that the density of nucleation sites of ZYX is reduced substantially from that of Grafoil. And the anomalous onset at 4.5 layers is inconsistent with the theory of Kosterlitz and Thouless. This anomaly is interpreted as caused by percolation transitions of either two- or three-dimensional puddles.

  14. Multilayer Ni/Fe thin films as oxygen evolution catalysts for solar fuel production

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    Biset-Peiró, M.; Murcia-López, S.; Fàbrega, C.; Morante, J. R.; Andreu, T.

    2017-03-01

    The slow kinetics and high overpotential of the oxygen evolution reaction is one of the main limiting factors to achieve the minimum required performances of the so-called photoelectrochemical water splitting systems. An oxygen evolution catalyst (OEC) becomes essential in order to perform this process with higher efficiency. Herein, we report the physical, optical and electrochemical characterization of multilayer Ni/Fe thin films as earth-abundant OEC, to avoid the use of platinum group metals (PGM). Uniform films of thicknesses ranging from 1 to 10 nm were fabricated by sequential and alternate thermal evaporation of Ni and Fe. It was found that the successive deposition allows the fabrication of a Ni terminated surface that does not need activation due to the Fe underlayer. The lowest overpotential achieved for NiFe was 370 mV at 10 mA cm‑2 and a Tafel slope of 37 mV dec‑1 with 1 nm thickness and 95% transmittance. Finally, NiFe OEC was implemented on top of Mo:BiVO4 photoanodes which resulted in a reduction of the open circuit potential of 0.2 V and up to five fold increase of the oxidation efficiency at 0.7 VRHE. The results presented facilitate the practical implementation of BiVO4 photoanodes in tandem configuration for bias free photoassisted water splitting.

  15. Evaluation of the sealing properties and TMA study of multilayer PA/PE film treated with e-beam radiation

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    Ortiz, Angel V.; Gargalaka Junior, Joao [UNIPAC Embalagens Ltda., Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: angel.ortiz@unipacnet.com.br; joao.gargalaka@unipacnet.com.br; Wiebeck, Helio [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Escola Politecnica]. E-mail: hwiebeck@usp.br

    2007-07-01

    Multilayer films are widely used in the food industry as thermoforming as well as non thermoforming vacuum packaging. In this study a PA6/LDPE multilayer film underwent E-beam radiation and its sealing properties were evaluated over 3 years after the film was irradiated. Packaging materials have been widely processed by ionizing radiation in order to improve their chemical and physical properties and also for sterilization purposes. Basically, flexible packaging manufacturers apply specific radiation doses to promote cross-linking and scission of the polymeric chains and thus obtain alterations in certain properties. While enhancing a specific property, significant losses may result in others. We examined the effects of E-beam radiation on the sealing properties of the multilayer film irradiated with doses up to 127 kGy. Results showed that as doses go up, the sealing strength goes down. The TMA study shows that the softening/melting temperatures of the LDPE layer (sealing layer) varies according to the irradiation doses and helps explain the results of the sealing strength tests. (author)

  16. Study of Thermal properties of VO2 and multilayer VO2 thin films for application in Thermal Switches

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    Zhu, Gaohua

    Ultrafast nature of the phase transition near room temperature in VO2 makes it attractive material for applications in electronics and optical devices however utilization of corresponding drastic change in thermo-physical properties are rarely reported. In this study we investigate thermal and electronic properties of VO2 thin films on various substrates across the transition temperature to seek possibility of utilizing VO2 based thermal switches for applications in thermal devices. In addition, the interfacial heat transfer in VO2/metal multilayer thin film is mediated by phonons at low temperature, and when temperature is elevated beyond phase transition temperature, the interface thermal conductance is mediated mainly by both phons and electrons. VO2-multilayers approach is studied to utilize the switching interface thermal conductance in order to obtain higher thermal conductivity switch ratio than what can be achieved in intrinsic VO2. Thermal conductivities and interface thermal conductance of VO2 and VO2 multilayer thin films are measured using the time-domain thermoreflectance (TDTR) method. We will discuss interplay of phononic and electronic component to thermal conductivity in the light of Wiedemann-Franz law across the metal to insulator state of VO2 films.

  17. Formation and dielectric properties of polyelectrolyte multilayers studied by a silicon-on-insulator based thin film resistor.

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    Neff, Petra A; Wunderlich, Bernhard K; Klitzing, Regine V; Bausch, Andreas R

    2007-03-27

    The formation of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) is investigated using a silicon-on-insulator based thin film resistor which is sensitive to variations of the surface potential. The buildup of the PEMs at the silicon oxide surface of the device can be observed in real time as defined potential shifts. The influence of polymer charge density is studied using the strong polyanion poly(styrene sulfonate), PSS, combined with the statistical copolymer poly(diallyl-dimethyl-ammoniumchloride-stat-N-methyl-N-vinylacetamide), P(DADMAC-stat-NMVA), at various degrees of charge (DC). The multilayer formation stops after a few deposition steps for a DC below 75%. We show that the threshold of surface charge compensation corresponds to the threshold of multilayer formation. However, no reversion of the preceding surface charge was observed. Screening of polyelectrolyte charges by mobile ions within the polymer film leads to a decrease of the potential shifts with the number of layers deposited. This decrease is much slower for PEMs consisting of P(DADMAC-stat-NMVA) and PSS as compared to PEMs consisting of poly(allylamine-hydrochloride), PAH, and PSS. From this, significant differences in the dielectric constants of the polyelectrolyte films and in the concentration of mobile ions within the films can be derived.

  18. An Observation of Diamond-Shaped Particle Structure in a Soya Phosphatidylcohline and Bacteriorhodopsin Composite Langmuir Blodgett Film Fabricated by Multilayer Molecular Thin Film Method

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    Tsujiuchi, Y.; Makino, Y.

    A composite film of soya phosphatidylcohline (soya PC) and bacteriorhodopsin (BR) was fabricated by the multilayer molecular thin film method using fatty acid and lipid on a quartz substrate. Direct Force Microscopy (DFM), UV absorption spectra and IR absorption spectra of the film were characterized on the detail of surface structure of the film. The DFM data revealed that many rhombus (diamond-shaped) particles were observed in the film. The spectroscopic data exhibited the yield of M-intermediate of BR in the film. On our modelling of molecular configuration indicate that the coexistence of the strong inter-molecular interaction and the strong inter-molecular interaction between BR trimmers attributed to form the particles.

  19. Sol-gel-derived Hybrid Conductive Films for Electro magnetic Interference (EMI) Shielding

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    XIE Jiyuan; GUO Wenfeng; WANG Jianzhong

    2011-01-01

    The conductive nano-sized zinc particles were embedded in an insulating amorphous silica matrix, and the hybrid films were obtained by a sol-gel method. The stable hybrid sol solution was prepared by hydrolysis and condensation of Methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) with a one-step acidic catalyst process. Hybrid films were dip-coated on silicon wafer and cured at 120 ℃ for 60minutes. The structural characterization of hybrid films were investigated by means of attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraetion (XRD). The electrical properties of the films were examined with four-point probe. Hybrid films showed to be relatively dense, uniform and defect free. The conductivity of hybrid films was varied with the different contents of zinc nanoparticles and the thickness of the film. It was observed that there was the percolation threshold for the film's electrical properties.

  20. Hybrid Thin Films Based Upon Polyoxometalates-Polymer Assembly

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    Qi, Na; Jing, Benxin; Zhu, Yingxi

    2014-03-01

    Block copolymers (BCPs) and polyoxometalates (POMs) have been used individually as building blocks for design and synthesis of novel functional materials. POM nanoclusters, the assemblies of transition metal oxides with well-defined atomic coordination structure, have been recently explored as novel nanomaterials... for catalysis, semiconductors, and even anti-cancer treatment due to their unique chemical, optical and electrical characteristics. We have explored the blending of inorganic POM nanocluster with BCPs into hierarchaically structured inorganic-organic hybrid nanocomposites. Using polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) thin films as the template, we have observed that the spatial organization of BCP thin films is modified by molybdenum based POM nanocluster to form 2D in-plane hexagonal ordered or 3D ordered network of POM-BCP assemblies, depending on the concentration ratio of POM to PS-b-PEO. The dielectric properties of such hybrid thin films can be enhanced by embedded POMs but show a strong dependence on the supramolecular structures of POM-polymer complexes. The assembly of nanoclusters in BCP-templated thin films could pave a new path to design new hybrid nanocomposites with uniquely combined functionality and material properties.

  1. Shape changing thin films powered by DNA hybridization

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    Shim, Tae Soup; Estephan, Zaki G.; Qian, Zhaoxia; Prosser, Jacob H.; Lee, Su Yeon; Chenoweth, David M.; Lee, Daeyeon; Park, So-Jung; Crocker, John C.

    2017-01-01

    Active materials that respond to physical and chemical stimuli can be used to build dynamic micromachines that lie at the interface between biological systems and engineered devices. In principle, the specific hybridization of DNA can be used to form a library of independent, chemically driven actuators for use in such microrobotic applications and could lead to device capabilities that are not possible with polymer- or metal-layer-based approaches. Here, we report shape changing films that are powered by DNA strand exchange reactions with two different domains that can respond to distinct chemical signals. The films are formed from DNA-grafted gold nanoparticles using a layer-by-layer deposition process. Films consisting of an active and a passive layer show rapid, reversible curling in response to stimulus DNA strands added to solution. Films consisting of two independently addressable active layers display a complex suite of repeatable transformations, involving eight mechanochemical states and incorporating self-righting behaviour.

  2. Fully automatic spray-LBL machine with monitoring the real time growth of multilayer films using Quartz Crystal Microbalance

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    Shiratori S.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available A fully automatic spray-LBL machine with monitoring the real time growth of multilayer films using Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM techniques was newly developed. We established fully automatic spray layer-by-layer method by precisely controlling air pressure, solution flow, and spray pattern. The movement pattern towards the substrate during solution spraying allowed fabrication of a nano-scale, flat, thin film over a wide area. Optimization of spray conditions permitted fabrication of the flat film with high and low refractive indexes, and they were piled up alternatively to constitute a one-dimensional photonic crystal with near-infrared reflection characteristics. The heat shield effect of the near-infrared reflective film was also confirmed under natural sunlight. It was demonstrated that the fabrication using the automatic spray-LBL machine and real-time QCM monitoring allows the fabrication of optical quality thin films with precise thickness.

  3. Flux pinning effects of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticulate dispersions in multilayered YBCO thin films

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    Campbell, T.A. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, AFRL/PRPG, 1950 Fifth Street, Building 450, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States); Haugan, T.J. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, AFRL/PRPG, 1950 Fifth Street, Building 450, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States); Maartense, I. [University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, OH (United States); Murphy, J. [University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, OH (United States); Brunke, L. [University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, OH (United States); Barnes, P.N. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, AFRL/PRPG, 1950 Fifth Street, Building 450, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States)]. E-mail: paul.barnes@wpafb.af.mil

    2005-06-15

    The flux pinning effects of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticulate inclusions in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (Y123 or YBCO) thin films using (Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Y123) x N multilayer structures were studied. The multilayer films were made with pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on SrTiO{sub 3} and LaAlO{sub 3} substrates with a Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticulate 'pseudo-layer' thickness ranging from 0.2 to 1.4 nm, and YBCO layer thickness varying from 7 to 50 nm. Scanning electron microscopy images showed well-defined nanoparticle formation on film surfaces, with an approximate number density of (0.8-1.6) x 10{sup 11} particles/cm{sup 2} depending on Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} thickness. Minor reductions in the critical temperature (T {sub c}) were measured for each increase in Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} pseudo-layer thickness. Transport critical currents (77 K, self-field) of 3-5 MA/cm{sup 2} were consistently achieved for composite films with 0.6 nm Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} pseudo-layer thicknesses. Magnetic J {sub c} measurements using vibrating sample magnetometry (H 9 T, at 70 and 77 K) showed a degradation of film properties for Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} pseudo-layer thickness greater than 0.6 nm. A comparison to Y211/Y123 multilayer films showed the thinner Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} pseudo-layer films exhibited similar properties.

  4. Applications of HTSC films in hybrid optoelectronic devices

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    Pavuna, Davor

    1992-03-01

    An overview is given of potential applications of high-Tc superconductors (HTSC) in the context of hybrid optoelectronic technology. The main requirements are described for the in situ growth of epitaxial YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) films on SrTiO3 and discuss the properties of YBCO layers grown on Si and GaAs substrates with intermediate, conducting indium-tin-oxide buffer layers. The performances of the microbridge and the meander type of HTSC bolometer are compared, and several concepts are discussed that may become relevant for future hybrid optoelectronic technology.

  5. Development and characterization of multilayer films of polyaniline, titanium dioxide and CTAB for potential antimicrobial applications.

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    Farias, Emanuel Airton O; Dionisio, Natália A; Quelemes, Patrick V; Leal, Sergio Henrique; Matos, José Milton E; Silva Filho, Edson C; Bechtold, Ivan H; Leite, José Roberto S A; Eiras, Carla

    2014-02-01

    Composites prepared from polyaniline (PANI) and the ceramic technology of titanium dioxide (TiO2) have been proposed, however, the interaction of these materials with greater control of molecular arrangement becomes attractive in order to achieve properties not previously described or yet the optimization of those already reported. Therefore, in this study, thin hybrid films made of polyaniline (PANI), a conductive polymer, and the technological ceramic, titanium dioxide (TiO2), were prepared by the layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technique. The films were characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV), UV-VIS spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Aiming to improve the dispersion of the ceramic in the polymer matrix, the commercial surfactant, cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), was used in the formation of the films. The best condition of deposition was found showing synergic interactions between the conjugated materials. The antibacterial activity of the PANI(TiO2)/CTAB films was studied and the obtained results suggest their use as antimicrobial coatings.

  6. Fabrication of homogenous multilayered W films by multi-step sputtering deposition: a novel grain boundary enrichment strategy.

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    Zhu, Hailin; Yang, Jijun; Wan, Qiang; Lin, Liwei; Liao, Jiali; Yang, Yuanyou; Liu, Ning

    2015-11-01

    Using a multi-step deposition approach, we develop a strategy of homogeneous multilayered (HM) structure to enrich the grain boundary (GB) of sputtered W films. In comparison with the single-layered film, the HM W film is easily controllable for the film GB density. When decreasing the film modulation period t m from 160 nm to 7 nm, the GB density gradually increased from 0.065 nm(-1) to 0.275 nm(-1) without changing the phase structure of the films. Accordingly, the film's electrical resistivity and mechanical hardness, which are related to the GBs, changed from 40.1 μΩ · cm to 75.3 μΩ · cm and from 12.1 GPa to 16.2 GPa, respectively. Detailed analysis showed that the formation of an HM structure is related to the temperature evolution of the film growing surface during the multi-step sputtering process. This study could provide a general engineering approach to enrich film interfaces and allows for the development of thin films with novel microstructures.

  7. Influence of nitrogen flow on structure and magnetic properties of magnetron-sputtered FeCo/TiN multilayer films

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    Klever, Christian; Seemann, Klaus [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institute of Materials Research I, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Soft magnetic thin films with appropriate high frequency properties are interesting for applications, e.g., as core material for microinductors and for magnetoelastic sensors/actuators. For the use in such devices, tailoring of the magnetic film properties (e. g. saturation magnetization M{sub S}, coercitive field H{sub C}, anisotropy field H{sub K}) is necessary. In this study, multilayer films consisting of FeCo as the magnetic constituent and TiN as diffusion barrier are developed. The films are grown by sequential magnetron sputter deposition using a FeCo and a TiN target in an Ar atmosphere with an additional N{sub 2} flow between 0 and 5 % of the total gas flow. The films are annealed ex-situ in a static magnetic field. The static and dynamic macroscopic magnetic properties of the films are determined by means of a vibrating sample magnetometer and a strip-line permeameter connected to a vector network analyzer, respectively. The microstructure and constitution of the films are examined by XRD, XRR, TEM and AES depth profiling. It is shown that films with a coercitive field below 0.2 mT and a sufficient high frequency response can be produced by defining appropriate growth and film annealing conditions. Furthermore, the correlation between the nanoscale coating architecture, the films' microstructure and its macroscopic magnetic properties is presented.

  8. Spin/orbital and magnetic quantum number selective magnetization measurements for CoFeB/MgO multilayer films

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    Yamazoe, M.; Kato, T.; Suzuki, K.; Adachi, M.; Shibayama, A.; Hoshi, K.; Itou, M.; Tsuji, N.; Sakurai, Y.; Sakurai, H.

    2016-11-01

    Spin selective magnetic hysteresis (SSMH) curves, orbital selective magnetic hysteresis (OSMH) curves and magnetic quantum number selective SSMH curves are obtained for CoFeB/MgO multilayer films by combining magnetic Compton profile measurements and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer measurements. Although the SQUID magnetometer measurements do not show perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in the CoFeB/MgO multilayer film, PMA behavior is observed in the OSMH and SSMH curves for the |m|  =  2 magnetic quantum number states. These facts indicate that magnetization switching behavior is dominated by the orbital magnetization of the |m|  =  2 magnetic quantum number states.

  9. ITO electrode modified by self-assembling multilayer film of polyoxometallate on poly(vinyl alcohol) nanofibers and its electrocatalytic behavior

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    Shan Yuping [Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalates Science of Ministry of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (China); Yang Guocheng [Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalates Science of Ministry of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (China); State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Sun Yongling [Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalates Science of Ministry of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (China); Pang Shujie [Key Lab of Supramolecular Structure and Materials, College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130023 (China); Gong Jian [Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalates Science of Ministry of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (China)], E-mail: gongj823@nenu.edu.cn; Su Zhongmin; Qu Lunyu [Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalates Science of Ministry of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (China)

    2007-12-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanofiber mats were collected on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate by electrospinning method. A multilayer film composed of {alpha}-[P{sub 2}W{sub 18}O{sub 62}]{sup 6-} (abbr. P{sub 2}W{sub 18}), a polyoxometallate (POM) anion, and poly(diallymethylammonium chloride) (abbr. PDDA) was fabricated by layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly technique on the PVA/ITO electrode. The PDDA/P{sub 2}W{sub 18} multilayer film could be unselectively or selectively deposited on the PVA/ITO electrode via changing the amount of PVA nanofibers on the ITO substrate. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) images showed that when the electrospun time was short the PDDA/P{sub 2}W{sub 18} multilayer film was unselectively deposited on PVA nanofiber mats because the amount of PVA nanofibers was too little to cover most of the ITO substrate. However, when the electrospun time was long enough, the PDDA/P{sub 2}W{sub 18} multilayer film was selectively deposited on PVA nanofiber mats because of the larger surface area and higher surface energy of PVA nanofibers in comparison with the flat ITO substrate. Growth process of the multilayer film was determined by cyclic voltammetry (CV). Electrocatalytic effects of the PDDA/P{sub 2}W{sub 18} multilayer film unselectively and selectively deposited on the PVA/ITO electrode on NO{sub 2}{sup -} were observed.

  10. ITO electrode modified by self-assembling multilayer film of polyoxometallate on poly(vinyl alcohol) nanofibers and its electrocatalytic behavior

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    Shan, Yuping; Sun, Yongling; Gong, Jian; Su, Zhongmin; Qu, Lunyu [Northeast Normal University, Changchun (China). Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalates Science of Ministry of Education; Yang, Guocheng [Northeast Normal University, Changchun (China). Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalates Science of Ministry of Education; Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun (China). State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry; Pang, Shujie [Jilin University, Changchun (China). College of Chemistry, Key Lab of Supramolecular Structure and Materials

    2007-12-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanofiber mats were collected on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate by electrospinning method. A multilayer film composed of {alpha}-[P{sub 2}W{sub 18}O{sub 62}]{sup 6-} (abbr. P{sub 2}W{sub 18}), a polyoxometallate (POM) anion, and poly(diallymethylammonium chloride) (abbr. PDDA) was fabricated by layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly technique on the PVA/ITO electrode. The PDDA/P{sub 2}W{sub 18} multilayer film could be unselectively or selectively deposited on the PVA/ITO electrode via changing the amount of PVA nanofibers on the ITO substrate. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) images showed that when the electrospun time was short the PDDA/P{sub 2}W{sub 18} multilayer film was unselectively deposited on PVA nanofiber mats because the amount of PVA nanofibers was too little to cover most of the ITO substrate. However, when the electrospun time was long enough, the PDDA/P{sub 2}W{sub 18} multilayer film was selectively deposited on PVA nanofiber mats because of the larger surface area and higher surface energy of PVA nanofibers in comparison with the flat ITO substrate. Growth process of the multilayer film was determined by cyclic voltammetry (CV). Electrocatalytic effects of the PDDA/P{sub 2}W{sub 18} multilayer film unselectively and selectively deposited on the PVA/ITO electrode on NO{sub 2}{sup -} were observed. (author)

  11. Purple-bacterial photosynthetic reaction centers and quantum-dot hybrid-assemblies in lecithin liposomes and thin films.

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    Lukashev, Eugeny P; Knox, Petr P; Gorokhov, Vladimir V; Grishanova, Nadezda P; Seifullina, Nuranija Kh; Krikunova, Maria; Lokstein, Heiko; Paschenko, Vladimir Z

    2016-11-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) absorb ultraviolet and long-wavelength visible light energy much more efficiently than natural bacterial light-harvesting proteins and can transfer the excitation energy to photosynthetic reaction centers (RCs). Inclusion of RCs combined with QDs as antennae into liposomes opens new opportunities for using such hybrid systems as a basis for artificial energy-transforming devices that potentially can operate with greater efficiency and stability than devices based only on biological components or inorganic components alone. RCs from Rhodobacter sphaeroides and QDs (CdSe/ZnS with hydrophilic covering) were embedded in lecithin liposomes by extrusion of a solution of multilayer lipid vesicles through a polycarbonate membrane or by dialysis of lipids and proteins dispersed with excess detergent. The efficiency of RC and QD interaction within the liposomes was estimated using fluorescence excitation spectra of the photoactive bacteriochlorophyll of the RCs and by measuring the fluorescence decay kinetics of the QDs. The functional activity of the RCs in hybrid complexes was fully maintained, and their stability was even increased. The efficiency of energy transfer between QDs and RCs and conditions of long-term stability of function of such hybrid complexes in film preparations were investigated as well. It was found that dry films containing RCs and QDs, maintained at atmospheric humidity, are capable of maintaining their functional activity for at least some months as judged by measurements of their spectral characteristics, efficiency of energy transfer from QDs to RCs and RC electron transport activity. Addition of trehalose to the films increases the stability further, especially for films maintained at low humidity. These stable hybrid film structures are promising for further studies towards developing new phototransformation devices for biotechnological applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Matrix formalism for calculation of the light beam intensity in stratified multilayered films, and its use in the analysis of emission spectra.

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    Ohta, K; Ishida, H

    1990-06-01

    Matrix formulation to describe the light propagation in stratified multilayered films has been extended to a system with phase incoherence. Several equations for the reflectance, transmittance, and light beam intensity in the film system are derived from the formulation. Some formulas previously proposed are corrected in reference to the present method. The beam intensity description is used for the calculation of light emissive power from multilayered films having a temperature gradient. It is found that the equations derived here are exactly equivalent to those derived from the radiative transfer equation. However, the present method is more tractable, and can be readily used for a film system with any number of layers.

  13. Recent Developments in the X-Ray Reflectivity Analysis for Rough Surfaces and Interfaces of Multilayered Thin Film Materials

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    Yoshikazu Fujii

    2013-01-01

    X-ray reflectometry is a powerful tool for investigations on rough surface and interface structures of multilayered thin film materials. The X-ray reflectivity has been calculated based on the Parratt formalism, accounting for the effect of roughness by the theory of Nevot-Croce conventionally. However, in previous studies, the calculations of the X-ray reflectivity often show a strange effect where interference effects would increase at a rough surface. And estimated surface and interface ro...

  14. Electrostatic Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Polycation and DNA Multilayer Films by Real-time Surface Plasmon ResonanceTechnique

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    PEI, Ren-Jun; CUI, Xiao-Qiang; YANG, Xiu-Rong; WANG, Er-Kang

    2001-01-01

    The assembly of alternating DNA and positively charged poly(dimethyldiallylammonium chloride) (PDDA) multilayer films by electrostatic layer-by-layer adsorption has been studied.Real time surface plasmon resonance (BIAcore) technique was used to characterize and monitor the formation of multilayer films in solution in real time continuously. The results indicate that the uniform multilayer can be obtained on the poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) coated substrate surface. The kinetics of the adsorption of DNA on PDDA surface was also studied by real-time BIAcore technique, and the observed rate constant was calculated using a Langmuir model (kobs= (1.28±0.08) ×10-2 s-1).

  15. Chiral magnetic conductivity and surface states of Weyl semimetals in topological insulator ultra-thin film multilayer.

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    Owerre, S A

    2016-06-15

    We investigate an ultra-thin film of topological insulator (TI) multilayer as a model for a three-dimensional (3D) Weyl semimetal. We introduce tunneling parameters t S, [Formula: see text], and t D, where the former two parameters couple layers of the same thin film at small and large momenta, and the latter parameter couples neighbouring thin film layers along the z-direction. The Chern number is computed in each topological phase of the system and we find that for [Formula: see text], the tunneling parameter [Formula: see text] changes from positive to negative as the system transits from Weyl semi-metallic phase to insulating phases. We further study the chiral magnetic effect (CME) of the system in the presence of a time dependent magnetic field. We compute the low-temperature dependence of the chiral magnetic conductivity and show that it captures three distinct phases of the system separated by plateaus. Furthermore, we propose and study a 3D lattice model of Porphyrin thin film, an organic material known to support topological Frenkel exciton edge states. We show that this model exhibits a 3D Weyl semi-metallic phase and also supports a 2D Weyl semi-metallic phase. We further show that this model recovers that of 3D Weyl semimetal in topological insulator thin film multilayer. Thus, paving the way for simulating a 3D Weyl semimetal in topological insulator thin film multilayer. We obtain the surface states (Fermi arcs) in the 3D model and the chiral edge states in the 2D model and analyze their topological properties.

  16. Chiral magnetic conductivity and surface states of Weyl semimetals in topological insulator ultra-thin film multilayer

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    Owerre, S. A.

    2016-06-01

    We investigate an ultra-thin film of topological insulator (TI) multilayer as a model for a three-dimensional (3D) Weyl semimetal. We introduce tunneling parameters t S, {{t}\\bot} , and t D, where the former two parameters couple layers of the same thin film at small and large momenta, and the latter parameter couples neighbouring thin film layers along the z-direction. The Chern number is computed in each topological phase of the system and we find that for {{t}\\text{S}},{{t}\\text{D}}>0 , the tunneling parameter {{t}\\bot} changes from positive to negative as the system transits from Weyl semi-metallic phase to insulating phases. We further study the chiral magnetic effect (CME) of the system in the presence of a time dependent magnetic field. We compute the low-temperature dependence of the chiral magnetic conductivity and show that it captures three distinct phases of the system separated by plateaus. Furthermore, we propose and study a 3D lattice model of Porphyrin thin film, an organic material known to support topological Frenkel exciton edge states. We show that this model exhibits a 3D Weyl semi-metallic phase and also supports a 2D Weyl semi-metallic phase. We further show that this model recovers that of 3D Weyl semimetal in topological insulator thin film multilayer. Thus, paving the way for simulating a 3D Weyl semimetal in topological insulator thin film multilayer. We obtain the surface states (Fermi arcs) in the 3D model and the chiral edge states in the 2D model and analyze their topological properties.

  17. Controllable in situ synthesis of silver nanoparticles on multilayered film-coated silk fibers for antibacterial application.

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    Meng, Mei; He, Huawei; Xiao, Jing; Zhao, Ping; Xie, Jiale; Lu, Zhisong

    2016-01-01

    Layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly is a versatile technique for the preparation of multilayered polymeric films. However, fabrication of LbL polymetic film on silk for the in situ growth of high-density silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) has not been realized. Herein poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)/poly(dimethyldiallylammonium chloride) (PDDA) multilayers are constructed on silk via the LbL approach, subsequently serving as a 3-dimensional matrix for in situ synthesis of AgNPs. After 8 rounds of LbL assembly, the silk is fully covered with a layer of polymeric film. AgNPs with good crystalline structures could be in-situ generated in the silk-coated multilayers and their amount could be tailored by adjusting the bilayer numbers. The as-prepared silk could effectively kill the existing bacteria and inhibit the bacterial growth, demonstrating the antimicrobial activity. Moreover, the release of Ag(+) from the modified silk can last for 120 h, rendering the modified silk sustainable antimicrobial activity. This work may provide a novel method to prepare AgNPs-functionalized antimicrobial silk for potential applications in textile industry.

  18. Structural analysis of porphyrin multilayer films on ITO assembled using copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition by ATR IR.

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    Palomaki, Peter K B; Dinolfo, Peter H

    2011-12-01

    We report the use of grazing-angle attenuated total reflectance (GATR) IR and polarized UV-vis to determine the molecular structure of porphyrin based molecular multilayer films grown in a layer-by-layer (LbL) fashion using copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC). The molecular orientation and bonding motif present in multilayer films of this type could impact their photophysical and electrochemical properties as well as potential applications. Multilayer films of M(II) 5,10,15,20-tetra(4-ethynylphenyl)porphyrin (1 M = Zn, 2 M = Cu) and azido based linkers 3-5 were used to fabricate the films on ITO substrates. Electrochemically determined coverage of films containing 2 match the trends observed in the absorbance. GATR-IR spectral analysis of the films indicate that CuAAC reactivity is leading to 1,4-triazole linked multilayers with increasing porphyrin and linker IR characteristic peaks. Films grown using all azido-linkers (3-5) display an oscillating trend in azide IR intensity suggesting that the surface bound azido group reacts with 1 and that further layering can occur through additional reaction with linkers, regenerating the azide surface. Films containing linker 5 in particular show an overall increase in azide content suggesting that only two of the three available groups react during multilayer fabrication, causing an overall buildup of azide content in the film. Films of 1 with linker 3 and 5 showed an average porphyrin plane angle of 46.4° with respect to the substrate as determined by GATR FT-IR. Polarized UV-vis absorbance measurements correlate well with the growth angle calculated by IR. The orientation of the porphyrin plane within the multilayer structures suggests that the CuAAC-LbL process results in a film with a trans bonding motif. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  19. Recyclability of PET/WPI/PE Multilayer Films by Removal of Whey Protein Isolate-Based Coatings with Enzymatic Detergents

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    Patrizia Cinelli

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Multilayer plastic films provide a range of properties, which cannot be obtained from monolayer films but, at present, their recyclability is an open issue and should be improved. Research to date has shown the possibility of using whey protein as a layer material with the property of acting as an excellent barrier against oxygen and moisture, replacing petrochemical non-recyclable materials. The innovative approach of the present research was to achieve the recyclability of the substrate films by separating them, with a simple process compatible with industrial procedures, in order to promote recycling processes leading to obtain high value products that will beneficially impact the packaging and food industries. Hence, polyethyleneterephthalate (PET/polyethylene (PE multi-layer film was prepared based on PET coated with a whey protein layer, and then the previous structure was laminated with PE. Whey proteins, constituting the coating, can be degraded by enzymes so that the coating films can be washed off from the plastic substrate layer. Enzyme types, dosage, time, and temperature optima, which are compatible with procedures adopted in industrial waste recycling, were determined for a highly-efficient process. The washing of samples based on PET/whey and PET/whey/PE were efficient when performed with enzymatic detergent containing protease enzymes, as an alternative to conventional detergents used in recycling facilities. Different types of enzymatic detergents tested presented positive results in removing the protein layer from the PET substrate and from the PET/whey/PE multilayer films at room temperature. These results attested to the possibility of organizing the pre-treatment of the whey-based multilayer film by washing with different available commercial enzymatic detergents in order to separate PET and PE, thus allowing a better recycling of the two different polymers. Mechanical properties of the plastic substrate, such as stress at

  20. Novel transparent zirconium-based hybrid material with multilayered nanostructures: studies of surface dewettability toward alkane liquids.

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    Masheder, Benjamin; Urata, Chihiro; Cheng, Dalton F; Hozumi, Atsushi

    2013-01-01

    We have successfully prepared unique inorganic-organic hybrid materials that demonstrate excellent transparency and dewettability toward various alkane liquids (n-hexadecane, n-dodecane and n-decane) without relying on conventional surface roughening and perfluorination. Such coatings were made using a novel family of hybrid materials generated by substituting carboxylic acids, with a range of alkyl chain lengths (CH(3)(CH(2))(x-2)COOH where x = total carbon number, i.e., 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 22, or 24, into zirconium (Zr) tetra-propoxide complexes. This precursor was then mixed with acetic acid and spincast to produce transparent thin Zr-carboxylic acid (ZrCA(x)) hybrid films using a nonhydrolytic sol-gel process. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy provided proof of Zr-O-Zr network formation in the films upon casting and also followed changes to the physical nature (liquid-like or solid-like) of the alkyl chain assemblies depending upon alkyl chain length. X-ray diffractometry revealed that the hybrid films prepared using the longer chain carboxylic acids (ZrCA(x≥18)) spontaneously self-assembled into lamella structures with d-spacings ranging from 29.5 to 32.7 Angstroms, depending on the length of the alkyl chain. On the other hand the remaining films (ZrCA(xoleophobicity among the seven hybrid films. In particular, small volume alkane droplets (5 μL) could be easily set in motion to move across and off ZrCA(14) film surfaces without pinning at low tilt angles (~6°).

  1. New insights in the structural and morphological properties of sol-gel deposited ZnO multilayer films

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    Demes, T.; Ternon, C.; Riassetto, D.; Roussel, H.; Rapenne, L.; Gélard, I.; Jimenez, C.; Stambouli, V.; Langlet, M.

    2016-08-01

    This study shows how the structural and morphological properties of sol-gel deposited ZnO films can be precisely tuned and selectively controlled. For that purpose, ZnO films have been deposited through a multilayer sol-gel route using solutions of zinc acetate dihydrate (ZAD) diluted in 1-butanol. The opto-geometrical, morphological, and structural properties of these films have been thoroughly studied in relation to the ZAD concentration in butanol, number of deposited single-layers, and heat-treatment conditions. On this basis, different physical processes occurring over the multilayer deposition procedure have been discussed to explain how the experimental parameters influence the film properties and enable to tune the grain size, texture coefficient, and surface coverage rate in a wide range of values. This work is a first step toward the optimized growth of ZnO nanowires on sol-gel films and their subsequent integration in 2D or 3D nanowire-based biosensors.

  2. Electrodeposition of inorganic/organic hybrid thin films

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    Yoshida, Tsukasa [Center of Innovative Photovoltaic Systems, Gifu University (Japan); Environmental and Renewable Energy Systems Division, Graduate School of Engineering, Gifu University (Japan); Zhang, Jingbo; Komatsu, Daisuke; Sawatani, Seiichi; Minoura, Hideki [Environmental and Renewable Energy Systems Division, Graduate School of Engineering, Gifu University (Japan); Pauporte, Thierry; Lincot, Daniel [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et Chimie Analytique, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris cedex 05 (France); Oekermann, Torsten [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie und Elektrochemie, Universitaet Hannover (Germany); Schlettwein, Derck [Institut fuer Angewandte Physik, Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Giessen (Germany); Tada, Hirokazu [Institute for Molecular Science, Higashiyama (Japan); Woehrle, Dieter [Institut fuer Organische und Makromolekulare Chemie, Universitaet Bremen (Germany); Funabiki, Kazumasa; Matsui, Masaki [Department of Materials Science and Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University (Japan); Miura, Hidetoshi [Chemicrea Inc., Tokyo (Japan); Yanagi, Hisao [Graduate School of Materials Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology Takayama-cho 8916-5, Ikoma (Japan)

    2009-01-09

    Electrodeposition of inorganic compound thin films in the presence of certain organic molecules results in self-assembly of various hybrid thin films with new properties. Examples of new discoveries by the authors are reviewed, taking cathodic formation of a ZnO/dye hybrid as the leading example. Hybridization of eosinY leads to the formation of highly oriented porous crystalline ZnO as the consequence of dye loading. The hybrid formation is a highly complicated process involving complex chemistry of many molecular and ionic constituents. However, electrochemical analyses of the relevant phenomena indicate the possibility of reaching a comprehensive understanding of the mechanism, giving us the chance to further develop them into industrial technologies. The porous crystals are ideal for photoelectrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells. As the process also permits the use of non-heat-resistant substrates, the technology can be applied for the development of colorful and light-weight plastic solar cells. (Abstract Copyright [2009], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  3. Temperature-dependent growth of LaAlO3 films on YBa2CuO7 C-axis films for multilayer structures

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    Hawley, M. E.; Houlton, R. J.; Raistrick, I. A.; Garzon, F. H.

    Fabrication of ultra smooth films, free of micro-shorts, is essential to the development of High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) thin film devices. One such example is a SNS junction consisting of two HTS layers separated by a uniformly smooth continuous barrier material. Other schemes under consideration require multilayer structures of up to 5 - 7 epitaxially grown layers of complex oxide material. Successful fabrication of such devices necessitates understanding the epitaxial growth of polycrystalline oxide films on polycrystalline film templates. Toward this end we have developed a set of deposition parameters that produce high quality epitaxial insulating layers suitable for HTS device applications. All films in this study were grown by off-axis RF magnetron sputter deposition. LaAlO3 films were deposited over MgO grown YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) c-axis thin films at temperatures ranging from 200 to 700C and on virgin substrates at 600C. Atomic Force Microscopy, eddy current measurements, and x-ray diffraction techniques were used to monitor the effect of growth conditions on the resulting film crystallinity, nanostructure, and electrical properties. Ex-situ interrupted growth characterization of these materials has yielded new insight into the processes that control the growth mechanism and resulting microstructure. All films were polycrystalline. Below 600C, LaAlO3 films were not epitaxial while films grown at 650C showed some zone group axes(200) orientation. The shape of the underlying YBCO film is most clearly evident for the film grown at 400C. Surface roughness depended on the appearance of crystals on the film surface. The superconducting properties of the underlying YBCO film required O2 annealing prior to deposition of the LaAlO3 layer.

  4. AC microcalorimetry of adsorbates on evaporated metal films: Orientational ordering of H sub 2 multilayers

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    Phelps, R.B.

    1991-11-01

    We have improved and extended a novel ac calorimetric technique for measuring the heat capacity of adsorbates on evaporated metal films. Metallic substrates are of particular interest in current studies of the thermodynamics of adsorbed molecules. The method described in the present work is only calorimetric technique which allows measurements of molecules on simple metallic surfaces. Among other improvements, we have achieved significant progress in the preparation and characterization of the evaporated metal film. We have applied this novel technique to a study of hydrogen multilayers on gold and sapphire substrates. We have shown that samples of normal-hydrogen with a nominal coverage n of approximately 25 monolayers (ML) undergo a bulk-like orientational ordering transition. The transition is suppressed as the coverage is decreased, and no sign of the transition remains above 1.6 K for n {approx} 1 ML. For n {approx lt} 8 ML, the peak in the heat capacity exhibits signs of finite-size effects. At higher coverages, finite-size effects are not observed, and the shape of the peak depends strongly on the substrate. We conclude that the peak is inhomogeneously broadened for n {approx lt} 8 ML. This work represents the first measurements of the heat capacity due to orientational ordering in adsorbed hydrogen. The results of an earlier experiment involving vibrational spectroscopy of adsorbed molecules are included in the Appendix. In this work, we have used infrared emission spectroscopy to study the spectral region in the vicinity of the C=O stretch vibration of bridge-bonded CO on Pt(111).

  5. AC microcalorimetry of adsorbates on evaporated metal films: Orientational ordering of H{sub 2} multilayers

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    Phelps, R.B.

    1991-11-01

    We have improved and extended a novel ac calorimetric technique for measuring the heat capacity of adsorbates on evaporated metal films. Metallic substrates are of particular interest in current studies of the thermodynamics of adsorbed molecules. The method described in the present work is only calorimetric technique which allows measurements of molecules on simple metallic surfaces. Among other improvements, we have achieved significant progress in the preparation and characterization of the evaporated metal film. We have applied this novel technique to a study of hydrogen multilayers on gold and sapphire substrates. We have shown that samples of normal-hydrogen with a nominal coverage n of approximately 25 monolayers (ML) undergo a bulk-like orientational ordering transition. The transition is suppressed as the coverage is decreased, and no sign of the transition remains above 1.6 K for n {approx} 1 ML. For n {approx_lt} 8 ML, the peak in the heat capacity exhibits signs of finite-size effects. At higher coverages, finite-size effects are not observed, and the shape of the peak depends strongly on the substrate. We conclude that the peak is inhomogeneously broadened for n {approx_lt} 8 ML. This work represents the first measurements of the heat capacity due to orientational ordering in adsorbed hydrogen. The results of an earlier experiment involving vibrational spectroscopy of adsorbed molecules are included in the Appendix. In this work, we have used infrared emission spectroscopy to study the spectral region in the vicinity of the C=O stretch vibration of bridge-bonded CO on Pt(111).

  6. Microstructure and magnetic properties of FeCo/Ti thin film multilayers annealed in nitrogen

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    Brunken, H., E-mail: hayo.brunken@rub.d [Institute of Materials, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum, Universitaetsstrasse 150, 44801 Bochum (Germany); Somsen, C. [Institute of Materials, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum, Universitaetsstrasse 150, 44801 Bochum (Germany); Research Department IS3/HTM, Ruhr-University Bochum, Universitaetsstrasse 150, 44801 Bochum (Germany); Savan, A. [Institute of Materials, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum, Universitaetsstrasse 150, 44801 Bochum (Germany); Ludwig, A. [Institute of Materials, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ruhr-University Bochum, Universitaetsstrasse 150, 44801 Bochum (Germany); Research Department IS3/HTM, Ruhr-University Bochum, Universitaetsstrasse 150, 44801 Bochum (Germany)

    2010-11-01

    Multifunctional nanocomposites consisting of at least one ferromagnetic phase (e.g. FeCo) and one protective, wear resistant phase (e.g. TiN) are of interest for applications as sensors or actuators in harsh environments. This paper reports on the fabrication and characterization of nanocomposite thin films, prepared from FeCo/Ti metallic precursor multilayer composition spreads using a combinatorial sputter-deposition system. After deposition, the composition spread was annealed in nitrogen (5 x 10{sup 5} Pa pressure) at 850 {sup o}C for 1.5 h, leading to preferential nitriding of Ti to TiN, thus forming the protective phase. Automated energy dispersive X-ray analysis, Auger electron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction measurements, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometry were used for the characterization of the as deposited and nitrided composition spreads. As an unexpected result, the appearance of a Heusler phase (Co{sub 2}FeSi) in the nanocomposite was observed by TEM. After N{sub 2} annealing, the nanocomposites show reduced saturation magnetization values {mu}{sub 0}M{sub S} between 0.5 and 0.95 T and improved coercive field values {mu}{sub 0}H{sub c} between 4 and 13.8 mT, dependent on the TiN content.

  7. Nanostructured multilayered thin film barriers for Mg2Si thermoelectric materials

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    Battiston, S.; Boldrini, S.; Fiameni, S.; Agresti, F.; Famengo, A.; Fabrizio, M.; Barison, S.

    2012-06-01

    The Mg2Si-based alloys are promising candidates for thermoelectric energy conversion in the middle-high temperature range in order to replace lead compounds. The main advantages of silicide-based thermoelectrics are the nontoxicity and the abundance of their constituent elements in the earth crust. The drawback of such kind of materials is their oxygen sensitivity at high temperature that entails their use under vacuum or inert atmosphere. In order to limit the corrosion phenomena, nanostructured multilayered molybdenum silicide-based materials were deposited via RF magnetron sputtering onto stainless steel, alumina and silicon (100) to set up the deposition process and then onto Mg2Si pellets. XRD, EDS, FE-SEM and electrical measurements at high temperature were carried out in order to obtain, respectively, the structural, compositional, morphological and electrical characterization of the deposited coatings. At the end, the mechanical behavior of the system thin film/Mg2Si-substrate as a function of temperature and the barrier properties for oxygen protection after thermal treatment in air at high temperature were qualitatively evaluated by FE-SEM.

  8. High color fidelity thin film multilayer systems for head-up display use

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    Tsou, Yi-Jen D.; Ho, Fang C.

    1996-09-01

    Head-up display is gaining increasing access in automotive vehicles for indication and position/navigation purposes. An optical combiner, which allows the driver to receive image information from outside and inside of the automobile, is the essential part of this display device. Two multilayer thin film combiner coating systems with distinctive polarization selectivity and broad band spectral neutrality are discussed. One of the coating systems was designed to be located at the lower portion of the windshield. The coating reduced the exterior glare by approximately 45% and provided about 70% average see-through transmittance in addition to the interior information display. The other coating system was designed to be integrated with the sunshield located at the upper portion of the windshield. The coating reflected the interior information display while reducing direct sunlight penetration to 25%. Color fidelity for both interior and exterior images were maintained in both systems. This facilitated the display of full-color maps. Both coating systems were absorptionless and environmentally durable. Designs, fabrication, and performance of these coating systems are addressed.

  9. Improved wettability and adhesion of polylactic acid/chitosan coating for bio-based multilayer film development

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    Gartner, Hunter [School of Packaging, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan (United States); Li, Yana [Mechanical Engineering College, Wuhan Polytechnic University (China); Almenar, Eva, E-mail: ealmenar@msu.edu [School of Packaging, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan (United States)

    2015-03-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Surface tension between PLA/CS blend solution and PLA film modified by MDI. • Better wettability between PLA/CS blend solution and PLA film by increasing MDI. • Increased breaking strength by increasing MDI due to the increased H-bonding. • Increased number of physical entanglements between PLA/CS coating and PLA film. • Development of a suitable bio-based multilayer film for food packaging applications. - Abstract: The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of methyldiphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) concentration (0, 0.2, 1, 2, and 3%) on the wettability and adhesion of blend solutions of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and chitosan (CS) when coated on PLA film for development of a bio-based multi-layer film suitable for food packaging and other applications. Characterization was carried out by attenuated total reflectance infrared spectrometry (ATR-FTIR), contact angle (θ), mechanical adhesion pull-off testing, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The θ of the PLA/CS blend shifted to a lower value (41–35°) with increasing MDI concentration showing that the surface tension was modified between the PLA/CS blend solution and PLA film and better wettability was achieved. The increase in MDI also resulted in an increased breaking strength (228–303 kPa) due to the increased H-bonding resulting from the more urethane groups formed within the PLA/CS blend as shown by ATR-FTIR. The improved adhesion was also shown by the increased number of physical entanglements observed by SEM. It can be concluded that MDI can be used to improve wettability and adhesion between PLA/CS coating and PLA film.

  10. Mixed potential integral equation technique for hybrid microstrip-slotline multilayered circuits using a mixed rectangular-triangular mesh

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    Sercu, Jeannick; Fache, Niels; Libbrecht, Frank; Lagasse, Paul

    1995-05-01

    In this paper, a mixed potential integral equation (MPIE) formulation for hybrid microstrip-slotline multilayered circuits is presented. This integral equation is solved with the method of moments (MoM) in combination with Galerkin's method. The vector-valued rooftop functions defined over a mixed rectangular-triangular mesh are used to model the electric and magnetic currents on the microstrip and slotline structures. An efficient calculation technique for the quadruple interaction integrals between two cells in the system matrix equation is presented. Two examples of hybrid microstrip-slotline circuits are discussed. The first example compares the simulation results for a microstrip-slotline transition with measured data. The second example illustrates the use of the simulation technique in the design process of a broadband slot-coupled microstrip line transition.

  11. High barrier multilayer packaging by the coextrusion method: The effect of nanocomposites and biodegradable polymers on flexible film properties

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    Thellen, Christopher T.

    The objective of this research was to investigate the use of nanocomposite and multilayer co-extrusion technologies for the development of high gas barrier packaging that is more environmentally friendly than many current packaging system. Co-extruded bio-based and biodegradable polymers that could be composted in a municipal landfill were one direction that this research was aimed. Down-gauging of high performance barrier films using nanocomposite technology and co-extrusion was also investigated in order to reduce the amount of solid waste being generated by the packaging. Although the research is focused on military ration packaging, the technologies could easily be introduced into the commercial flexible packaging market. Multilayer packaging consisting of poly(m-xylylene adipamide) nanocomposite layers along with adhesive and tie layers was co-extruded using both laboratory and pilot-scale film extrusion equipment. Co-extrusion of biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) along with polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) and tie layers was also accomplished using similar co-extrusion technology. All multilayer films were characterized for gas barrier, mechanical, and thermal properties. The biodegradability of the PVOH and PHA materials in a marine environment was also investigated. The research has shown that co-extrusion of these materials is possible at a research and pilot level. The use of nanocomposite poly(m-xylylene adipamide) was effective in down-gauging the un-filled barrier film to thinner structures. Bio-based PHA/PVOH films required the use of a malefic anhydride grafted PHA tie layer to improve layer to layer adhesion in the structure to avoid delamination. The PHA polymer demonstrated a high rate of biodegradability/mineralization in the marine environment while the rate of biodegradation of the PVOH polymer was slower.

  12. Layer-by-layer assembled PVA/Laponite multilayer free-standing films and their mechanical and thermal properties

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    Umasankar Patro, T.; Wagner, H. Daniel

    2011-11-01

    Structural arrangements of nanoplatelets in a polymer matrix play an important role in determining their properties. In the present study, multilayered composite films of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with Laponite clay are assembled by layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition. The LBL films are found to be hydrated, flexible and transparent. A facile and solvent-free method—by depositing self-assembled monolayers (SMA) of a functional silane on substrates—is demonstrated for preparing free-standing LBL films. Evolution of nanostructures in LBL films is correlated with thermal and mechanical properties. A well-dispersed solvent-cast PVA/Laponite composite film is also studied for comparison. We found that structurally ordered LBL films with an intercalated nanoclay system exhibits tensile strength, modulus and toughness, which are significantly higher than that of the conventional nanocomposites with well-dispersed clay particles and that of pure PVA. This indicates that clay platelets are oriented in the applied stress direction, leading to efficient interfacial stress transfer. In addition, various grades of composite LBL films are prepared by chemical crosslinking and their mechanical properties are assessed. On account of these excellent properties, the LBL films may find potential use as optical and structural elements, and as humidity sensors.

  13. Nanostructured metal/carbon hybrids for electrocatalysis by direct carbonization of inverse micelle multilayers.

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    Jang, Yu Jin; Jang, Yoon Hee; Han, Sang-Beom; Khatua, Dibyendu; Hess, Claudia; Ahn, Hyungju; Ryu, Du Yeol; Shin, Kwanwoo; Park, Kyung-Won; Steinhart, Martin; Kim, Dong Ha

    2013-02-26

    A synthetic strategy for the fabrication of graphitic carbon nanomaterials containing highly dispersed arrays of metal nanoparticles is reported. This synthetic strategy involves successive deposition of inverse micelle monolayers containing a metal precursor and reduction of the latter, followed by direct carbonization of the obtained multilayer structure of inverse micelles containing metal nanoparticles. Thus, a "direct-carbonization" concept, in which the block copolymer simultaneously serves as soft template and as carbon source, was combined with a multilayer buildup protocol. The inner architecture of the multilayer structures consisting of carbon and metal nanoparticles was studied by X-ray reflectivity, grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering, and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy imaging. The hexagonal near ordering of the metal nanoparticles in the block copolymer micelle multilayers was by and large conserved after carbonization. The resulting carbon structures containing multilayers of highly dispersed metal nanoparticles exhibit superior electrocatalytic activity in formic acid and methanol oxidation, suggesting that they are promising electrode materials for fuel cells.

  14. Epitaxial growth and magnetic properties of ultraviolet transparent Ga2O3/(Ga1-xFex)2O3 multilayer thin films

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    Guo, Daoyou; An, Yuehua; Cui, Wei; Zhi, Yusong; Zhao, Xiaolong; Lei, Ming; Li, Linghong; Li, Peigang; Wu, Zhenping; Tang, Weihua

    2016-04-01

    Multilayer thin films based on the ferromagnetic and ultraviolet transparent semiconductors may be interesting because their magnetic/electronic/photonic properties can be manipulated by the high energy photons. Herein, the Ga2O3/(Ga1-xFex)2O3 multilayer epitaxial thin films were obtained by alternating depositing of wide band gap Ga2O3 layer and Fe ultrathin layer due to inter diffusion between two layers at high temperature using the laser molecular beam epitaxy technique. The multilayer films exhibits a preferred growth orientation of crystal plane, and the crystal lattice expands as Fe replaces Ga site. Fe ions with a mixed valence of Fe2+ and Fe3+ are stratified distributed in the film and exhibit obvious agglomerated areas. The multilayer films only show a sharp absorption edge at about 250 nm, indicating a high transparency for ultraviolet light. What’s more, the Ga2O3/(Ga1-xFex)2O3 multilayer epitaxial thin films also exhibits room temperature ferromagnetism deriving from the Fe doping Ga2O3.

  15. Investigating consistency and physical properties of ambient multilayer Au/Cr films on substrate support via SEM/EDX

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    Turner, Daniel; Senevirathne, Indrajith

    2015-03-01

    Study of adhesion, consistency and structure of multilayer, noble/wider-refractory metallic films are increasingly important industry and surface engineering/physics. In this study Au/Cr/substrate, and Cr/substrate multilayer films are studied for their consistency and structure. Soda lime glass and polycrystalline quartz were used for substrate support. Substrates were removed of organic impurities. Typical Cr depositions on substrates above shown to give rise to Stanski-Krastonov (SK) like growth. Cr was thermally evaporated with thickness of 100nm. In some samples an additional Au layer (20nm) is then deposited via magnetron sputter deposition at 100mtorr at low deposition rates (1ML/min) onto the Cr film. Systems were investigated via Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) to examine the surface consistency and possible oxidization. Further, the ambient contamination, elemental composition and thermal diffusion were investigated via Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Cr film has a high affinity to ambient Oxygen and shown to form jagged distributed surface irregularities. These were observed to be dependent on substrate consistency and the degree of contamination.

  16. Nanostructured films of inorganic-organic hybrid materials for application in photovoltaics; Nanostrukturierte Filme aus anorganisch-organischen Hybridmaterialien fuer die Photovoltaik

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    Perlich, Jan

    2009-06-25

    Nanostructured thin films of crystalline TiO{sub 2} for applications in photovoltaics were studied. The fabrication of the thin films is based on a hybrid approach. The anorganic metal oxide prepared via a sol-gel synthesis is structurated by the template properties of the applied organic block-copolymer. Via the film epitaxy by means of centrifugal coating first hybrid films (polymer-nanocomposite films) were fabricated, which were changed by calcination into crystalline TiO{sub 2} films with taylored morphology. The successful development of novel preparation approaches to the adaption to consisting conditions in the application field of photovoltaics contains a route to the fine-tuning of the morphology as well as the fabrication of hierarchical morphologies in different configurations. The structural study of the single nanostructurated TiO{sub 2} films up to the functional multilayer arrangement as photovoltaic demonstration cell was performed with conventionally imaging methods, as for instance scanning force microscopy and electron microscopy as well as the special small-angle X-ray scattering method under rigid incident angle (GISAXS). [German] Es wurden nanostrukturierte duenne Filme aus kristallinem TiO{sub 2} fuer Anwendungen in der Photovoltaik untersucht. Die Herstellung der duennen Filme basiert auf einem Hybridansatz. Das ueber eine Sol-Gel-Synthese bereitgestellte anorganische Metalloxid wird durch die Template-Eigenschaften des eingesetzten organischen Block-Copolymers strukturiert. Ueber die Filmaufbringung mittels Schleuderbeschichtung wurden zunaechst Hybridfilme (Polymer-Nanokompositfilme) hergestellt, die durch Kalzinierung in kristalline TiO{sub 2}-Filme mit massgeschneiderter Morphologie umgewandelt werden. Die erfolgreiche Entwicklung von neuartigen Praeparationsansaetzen zur Adaption an bestehende Gegebenheiten im Anwendungsgebiet der Photovoltaik beinhaltet eine Route zur Feineinstellung der Morphologie sowie die Herstellung von

  17. Preparation and characterization of polyimide/silica hybrid films

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    ZHANG Ming-yan; ZENG Shu-jin; DONG Tie-quan; ZHOU Sheng; FAN Yong; ZHANG Xiao-hong; LEI Qing-quan

    2006-01-01

    A kind of hybrid polyimide films was prepared by synthesizing poly( amic acid ) /Silica matrix resin through sol-gel technique and then followed by positing it on a silex glass plate and drying at high temperature.The effect of silica content on the corona-resistant property of the films was studied. The miscibility between the organic and inorganic phases and its effect on the corona-resistant property were investigated with aminopropyltriethoxysilane, which served as a coupling agent, added into the polyimide composite system. The chemical structure and the surface morphology of the films were characterized by FTIR and AFM respectively. The corona-resistant property of the films was tested by a rod-plate electrode. It proved that the corona-resistant property was enhanced with silica content. It also turned ont that the improvement of the miscibility between the two phases due to the presence of covalent force as a result of the addition of the coupling agent had, to some extent,effect on the corona-resistant property of the films. Furthermore, a theory on the corona-resistant property was put forward preliminarily.

  18. Improving the laser damage resistance of oxide thin films and multilayers via tailoring ion beam sputtering parameters

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    Cosar, M.B. [Aselsan Inc. Microelectronics, Guidance and Electro-Optics Division, Cankırı Yolu 7. Km, 06750 Akyurt, Ankara (Turkey); Middle East Technical University, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Universiteler Mah. Dumlupınar Blv. No: 1, 06800 Cankaya, Ankara (Turkey); Ozhan, A.E.S. [Aselsan Inc. Microelectronics, Guidance and Electro-Optics Division, Cankırı Yolu 7. Km, 06750 Akyurt, Ankara (Turkey); Atılım University, Graduate School of Natural & Applied Sciences, Kızılcasar Mah., 06836 Incek, 06836 Golbası, Ankara (Turkey); Aydogdu, G.H., E-mail: gkuru@aselsan.com.tr [Aselsan Inc. Microelectronics, Guidance and Electro-Optics Division, Cankırı Yolu 7. Km, 06750 Akyurt, Ankara (Turkey)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • Increasing the oxygen amount during deposition supports to laser performance. • Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} films prepared without 12-cm ion source results in lower damage resistance. • We report 15.9 J/cm{sup 2} LIDT value of multilayer application. • This paper presents a novel approach to prepare oxide films without post treatment by tailoring only ion beam deposition parameters that directly influence their laser damage resistance performance. - Abstract: Ion beam sputtering is one of the widely used methods for manufacturing laser optical components due to its advantages such as uniformity, reproducibility, suitability for multilayer coatings and growth of dielectric materials with high packing densities. In this study, single Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} layers and Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} heterostructures were deposited on optical quality glass substrates by dual ion beam sputtering. We focused on the effect of deposition conditions like substrate cleaning, assistance by 12 cm diameter ion beam source and oxygen partial pressure on the laser-induced damage threshold of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} single layers. Afterwards, the obtained information is employed to a sample design and produces a Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} multilayer structure demonstrating low laser-induced damage without a post treatment procedure.

  19. S-type Er-Yb Co-doped Phosphate Glass Waveguide Amplifier Integrated with Cascaded Multilayer Medium Thin Film Filter

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    CHEN Hai-yan; DAI Ji-zhi; LIU Yong-zhi

    2004-01-01

    A new S-type of erbium-ytterbium co-doped phosphate glass waveguide amplifier integrated with cascaded multilayer medium thin film filter is proposed,this S-type geometry waveguide structure is used to achieve a long path in a compact chip,and obtained higher gain with lower Er-doped concentration. The cascaded multilayer medium thin film filter is utilized to achieve a broader flattening gain bandwidth.The intrinsical gain spectrum is obtained by solving rate and power propagation equations,the effect of transmittance spectrum of thin film filter on flattening gain is discussed.

  20. Assembly and Characterization of Rare-earth-containing Polyoxometalate [Eu(P2Mo17O61)2]17- and Poly(allylamine hydrochloride) Multilayer Films

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    JIANG Min; ZHANG Hong; WANG En-bo; KANG Zhen-hui; LIAN Suo-yuan; XU Lin; WU Ai-guo; LI Zhuang

    2004-01-01

    The ultrathin multilayer films of rare-earth-containing polyoxometalate cluster K17[Eu(P2Mo17O61)2](EuPMo) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride)(PAH) have been prepared by the Layer-by-Layer(LbL) self-assembly method. The photoluminescent behavior of the films investigated at room temperature shows the Eu3+ characteristic emission pattern of 5D0→7FJ(J=1-4). The occurrence of the photoluminescent activity confirms the potential of creating luminescent multilayer films with polyoxometalates(POMs).

  1. Performance Investigation of Multilayer MoS2 Thin-Film Transistors Fabricated via Mask-free Optically Induced Electrodeposition.

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    Li, Meng; Liu, Na; Li, Pan; Shi, Jialin; Li, Guangyong; Xi, Ning; Wang, Yuechao; Liu, Lianqing

    2017-03-08

    Transition metal dichalcogenides, particularly MoS2, have recently received enormous interest in explorations of the physics and technology of nanodevice applications because of their excellent optical and electronic properties. Although monolayer MoS2 has been extensively investigated for various possible applications, its difficulty of fabrication renders it less appealing than multilayer MoS2. Moreover, multilayer MoS2, with its inherent high electronic/photonic state densities, has higher output driving capabilities and can better satisfy the ever-increasing demand for versatile devices. Here, we present multilayer MoS2 back-gate thin-film transistors (TFTs) that can achieve a relatively low subthreshold swing of 0.75 V/decade and a high mobility of 41 cm(2)·V(-1)·s(-1), which exceeds the typical mobility value of state-of-the-art amorphous silicon-based TFTs by a factor of 80. Ag and Au electrode-based MoS2 TFTs were fabricated by a convenient and rapid process. Then we performed a detailed analysis of the impacts of metal contacts and MoS2 film thickness on electronic performance. Our findings show that smoother metal contacts exhibit better electronic characteristics and that MoS2 film thickness should be controlled within a reasonable range of 30-40 nm to obtain the best mobility values, thereby providing valuable insights regarding performance enhancement for MoS2 TFTs. Additionally, to overcome the limitations of the conventional fabrication method, we employed a novel approach known as optically induced electrodeposition (OIE), which allows the flexible and precise patterning of metal films and enables rapid and mask-free device fabrication, for TFT fabrication.

  2. Cd xZn 1- xS solid solution thin films, CdS thin films and CdS/ZnS multilayer thin films grown by SILAR technique

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    Valkonen, Mika P.; Lindroos, Seppo; Leskelä, Markku

    1998-09-01

    Cd xZn 1- xS solid solution thin films were grown by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique on soda lime glass, ITO-covered glass and polymer substrates. In addition, CdS thin films and CdS/ZnS multilayer thin films were deposited on polymer substrates. The thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The Cd xZn 1- xS films were polycrystalline and cubic (111) or hexagonal (002) oriented. The cation/anion ratios were 1 : 1. In XRD, the CdS/ZnS multilayer samples showed not only reflections of CdS, ZnS, but also Cd xZn 1- xS formed in the interface. The Cd xZn 1- xS thin films and CdS/ZnS multilayer thin films could be tailored to a set of various composition and structure.

  3. Interface Engineering for Precise Threshold Voltage Control in Multilayer-Channel Thin Film Transistors

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    Park, Jihoon

    2016-11-29

    Multilayer channel structure is used to effectively manipulate the threshold voltage of zinc oxide transistors without degrading its field-effect mobility. Transistors operating in enhancement mode with good mobility are fabricated by optimizing the structure of the multilayer channel. The optimization is attributed to the formation of additional channel and suppression of the diffusion of absorbed water molecules and oxygen vacancies.

  4. Zeolite-loaded poly(dimethylsiloxane) hybrid films for highly efficient thin-film microextraction of organic volatiles in water.

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    Wang, Tao; Ansai, Toshihiro; Lee, Seung-Woo

    2017-01-15

    ZSM-5 zeolite-loaded poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) hybrid thin films were demonstrated for efficient thin-film microextraction (TFME) coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for analyzing organic volatiles in water. The extraction efficiency for a series of aliphatic alcohols and two aromatic compounds was significantly improved owing to the presence of ZSM-5 zeolites. The extraction efficiency of the hybrid films was increased in proportion to the content of ZSM-5 in the PDMS film, with 20wt% of ZSM-5 showing the best results. The 20wt% ZSM-5/PDMS hybrid film exhibited higher volatile organic content extraction compared with the single-component PDMS film or PDMS hybrid films containing other types of zeolite (e.g., SAPO-34). Limits of detection and limits of quantitation for individual analytes were in the range of 0.0034-0.049ppb and of 0.010-0.15 ppb, respectively. The effects of experimental parameters such as extraction time and temperature were optimized, and the molecular dispersion of the zeolites in/on the hybrid film matrix was confirmed with scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Furthermore, the optimized hybrid film was preliminarily tested for the analysis of organic volatiles contained in commercially available soft drinks.

  5. Thermal Characteristics of Multilayer Insulation Materials for Flexible Thin-Film Solar Cell Array of Stratospheric Airship

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    Kangwen Sun

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Flexible thin-film solar cell is an efficient energy system on the surface of stratospheric airship for utilizing the solar energy. In order to ensure the normal operation of airship platform, the thermal control problem between the flexible thin-film solar cell and the airship envelope should be properly resolved. In this paper, a multilayer insulation material (MLI is developed first, and low temperature environment test is carried out to verify the insulation effect of MLI. Then, a thermal heat transfer model of flexible thin-film solar cell and MLI is proposed, and the equivalent thermal conductivity coefficients of flexible thin-film solar cell and Nomex honeycomb are calculated based on the environment test and the temperature profile of flexible thin-film solar cell versus each layer of MLI. Finally, FLUENT is used for modeling and simulation analysis on the flexible thin-film solar cell and MLI, and the simulation results agree well with the experimental data, which validate the correctness of the proposed heat transfer model of MLI. In some way, our study can provide helpful support for further engineering applications of flexible thin-film solar cell.

  6. PMMA–SiO{sub 2} hybrid films as gate dielectric for ZnO based thin-film transistors

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    Morales-Acosta, M.D. [Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Querétaro, Apdo. Postal 1-798, Querétaro, Qro. 76001 (Mexico); Quevedo-López, M.A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75083 (United States); Ramírez-Bon, R., E-mail: rrbon@qro.cinvestav.mx [Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Querétaro, Apdo. Postal 1-798, Querétaro, Qro. 76001 (Mexico)

    2014-08-01

    In this paper we report a low temperature sol–gel deposition process of PMMA–SiO{sub 2} hybrid films, with variable dielectric properties depending on the composition of the precursor solution, for applications to gate dielectric layers in field-effect thin film transistors (FE-TFT). The hybrid layers were processed by a modified sol–gel route using as precursors Tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and Methyl methacrylate (MMA), and 3-(Trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate (TMSPM) as the coupling agent. Three types of hybrid films were processed with molar ratios of the precursors in the initial solution 1.0: 0.25, 0.50, 0.75: 1.0 for TEOS: TMSPM: MMA, respectively. The hybrid films were deposited by spin coating of the hybrid precursor solutions onto p-type Si (100) substrates and heat-treated at 90 °C for 24 h. The chemical bonding in the hybrid films was analyzed by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy to confirm their hybrid nature. The refractive index of the hybrid films as a function of the TMSPM coupling agent concentration, were determined from a simultaneous analysis of optical reflectance and spectroscopic ellipsometry experimental data. The PMMA–SiO{sub 2} hybrid films were studied as dielectric films using metal-insulator-metal structures. Capacitance–Voltage (C–V) and current–voltage (I–V) electrical methods were used to extract the dielectric properties of the different hybrid layers. The three types of hybrid films were tested as gate dielectric layers in thin film transistors with structure ZnO/PMMA–SiO{sub 2}/p-Si with a common bottom gate and patterned Al source/drain contacts, with different channel lengths. We analyzed the output electrical responses of the ZnO-based TFTs to determine their performance parameters as a function of channel length and hybrid gate dielectric layer. - Highlights: • PMMA–SiO{sub 2} hybrid films as dielectric material synthesized by sol–gel process at low temperature. • PMMA–SiO{sub 2

  7. Layer-by-Layer Fabrication of Porphyrin Multilayer Films via Copper(I)-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition: Film Properties and Applications in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Palomaki, Peter Karl Bunk

    Solar energy may be the only renewable source of energy available to the human race that could provide the energy we require while at the same time minimizing negative impacts on the planet and population. These characteristics may be instrumental in diminishing the potential for societal conflict. In order for photovoltaic devices to succeed on a global scale, research and development must lead to reduced costs and/or increased efficiency. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) are one class of nextgeneration photovoltaic technologies with the potential to realize these goals. Herein, I describe efforts towards developing a new light harvesting array of chromophores assembled on oxide substrates using copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC or ‘click’ chemistry) that could prove useful in improving DSCC performance while maintaining low cost and simple fabrication. Specifically, molecular multilayers of porphyrin-based chromophores have been fabricated via sequential selflimiting CuAAC reactions to generate multilayered light harvesting films. Films of synthetic porphyrins, perylenes, and mixtures of the two are constructed in order to highlight the versatility of this molecular layer-by-layer (LbL) technique. Characterization in the form of electrochemical techniques, UV-Visible spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy (IR), and water contact angle all indicate that the films are reacting as expected. Film thickness and morphology are investigated using X-ray reflectivity showing that film growth displays a high degree of linearity, while the roughness increases with thickness. Growth angles based on the porphyrin plane are estimated via a comparison of molecular models and experimentally determined thickness measurements. A more finite measurement of growth angle (and as a result the primary bonding mode) is determined by grazing angle IR spectroscopy. Blocking layer studies suggest that the films could be useful as a self-passivating layer in DSSCs to

  8. Molecular Design of Low-Density Multifunctional Hybrid Materials

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    2016-01-01

    Structure -Property Relationships of Hybrid Mixed Oxide Organic - Inorganic Films for Multilayer Adhesive Bonding”, MRS 2012 Spring Meeting, San Francisco...AVAILABILITY STATEMENT No distribution limitation. 13. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14. ABSTRACT Low-density hybrid materials, which contain organic and... hybrid materials, which contain organic and inorganic molecular components, can be engineered over a wide range of length scales to exhibit unique

  9. Multilayer SnSb4-SbSe Thin Films for Phase Change Materials Possessing Ultrafast Phase Change Speed and Enhanced Stability.

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    Liu, Ruirui; Zhou, Xiao; Zhai, Jiwei; Song, Jun; Wu, Pengzhi; Lai, Tianshu; Song, Sannian; Song, Zhitang

    2017-08-16

    A multilayer thin film, comprising two different phase change material (PCM) components alternatively deposited, provides an effective means to tune and leverage good properties of its components, promising a new route toward high-performance PCMs. The present study systematically investigated the SnSb4-SbSe multilayer thin film as a potential PCM, combining experiments and first-principles calculations, and demonstrated that these multilayer thin films exhibit good electrical resistivity, robust thermal stability, and superior phase change speed. In particular, the potential operating temperature for 10 years is shown to be 122.0 °C and the phase change speed reaches 5 ns in the device test. The good thermal stability of the multilayer thin film is shown to come from the formation of the Sb2Se3 phase, whereas the fast phase change speed can be attributed to the formation of vacancies and a SbSe metastable phase. It is also demonstrated that the SbSe metastable phase contributes to further enhancing the electrical resistivity of the crystalline state and the thermal stability of the amorphous state, being vital to determining the properties of the multilayer SnSb4-SbSe thin film.

  10. Hybrid enabled thin film metrology using XPS and optical

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    Vaid, Alok; Iddawela, Givantha; Mahendrakar, Sridhar; Lenahan, Michael; Hossain, Mainul; Timoney, Padraig; Bello, Abner F.; Bozdog, Cornel; Pois, Heath; Lee, Wei Ti; Klare, Mark; Kwan, Michael; Kang, Byung Cheol; Isbester, Paul; Sendelbach, Matthew; Yellai, Naren; Dasari, Prasad; Larson, Tom

    2016-03-01

    Complexity of process steps integration and material systems for next-generation technology nodes is reaching unprecedented levels, the appetite for higher sampling rates is on the rise, while the process window continues to shrink. Current thickness metrology specifications reach as low as 0.1A for total error budget - breathing new life into an old paradigm with lower visibility for past few metrology nodes: accuracy. Furthermore, for advance nodes there is growing demand to measure film thickness and composition on devices/product instead of surrogate planar simpler pads. Here we extend our earlier work in Hybrid Metrology to the combination of X-Ray based reference technologies (high performance) with optical high volume manufacturing (HVM) workhorse metrology (high throughput). Our stated goal is: put more "eyes" on the wafer (higher sampling) and enable move to films on pattern structure (control what matters). Examples of 1X front-end applications are used to setup and validate the benefits.

  11. Silicon nanowires in polymer nanocomposites for photovoltaic hybrid thin films

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    Ben Dkhil, S., E-mail: sadok.bendekhil@gmail.com [Laboratoire Physique des Materiaux, Structures et Proprietes Groupe Physique des Composants et Dispositifs Nanometriques, 7021 Jarzouna, Bizerte (Tunisia); Ingenierie des Materiaux Polymeres, IMP, UMR CNRS 5223, Universite Claude Bernard - Lyon 1, 15, boulevard Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Bourguiga, R. [Laboratoire Physique des Materiaux, Structures et Proprietes Groupe Physique des Composants et Dispositifs Nanometriques, 7021 Jarzouna, Bizerte (Tunisia); Davenas, J. [Ingenierie des Materiaux Polymeres, IMP, UMR CNRS 5223, Universite Claude Bernard - Lyon 1, 15, boulevard Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Cornu, D. [Institut Europeen des Membranes, UMR CNRS 5635, Ecole Nationale superieure de Chimie, Universite de Montpellier, 1919 route de Mende, F34000 Montpellier (France)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hybrid solar cells based on blends of poly(N-vinylcarbazole) and silicon nanowires have been fabricated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have investigated the charge transfer between PVK and SiNWs by the way of the quenching of the PVK photoluminescence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relation between the morphology of the composite thin films and the charge transfer between SiNWs and PVK has been examined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have investigated the effects of SiNWs concentration on the photovoltaic characteristics leading to the optimization of a critical SiNWs concentration. - Abstract: Hybrid thin films combining the high optical absorption of a semiconducting polymer film and the electronic properties of silicon fillers have been investigated in the perspective of the development of low cost solar cells. Bulk heterojunction photovoltaic materials based on blends of a semiconductor polymer poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) as electron donor and silicon nanowires (SiNWs) as electron acceptor have been studied. Composite PVK/SiNWs films were cast from a common solvent mixture. UV-visible spectrometry and photoluminescence of the composites have been studied as a function of the SiNWs concentration. Photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) shows the existence of a critical SiNWs concentration of about 10 wt % for PL quenching corresponding to the most efficient charge pair separation. The photovoltaic (PV) effect has been studied under illumination. The optimum open-circuit voltage V{sub oc} and short-circuit current density J{sub sc} are obtained for 10 wt % SiNWs whereas a degradation of these parameters is observed at higher SiNWs concentrations. These results are correlated to the formation of aggregates in the composite leading to recombination of the photogenerated charge pairs competing with the dissociation mechanism.

  12. A Study on Hybrid Absorbing Material with Multilayer Metallic Wire Grids%多层金属栅网混合结构吸波特性分析

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    韩彦明; 唐守柱; 何丙发

    2013-01-01

    文中采用传输矩阵理论和二端口级联网络分析了多层金属栅网混合结构的吸波特性,通过将多层金属栅网与多层介质阻抗匹配,在介质厚度不变的情况下,明显提高了混合结构的吸收峰值;同时,通过调整每层金属栅网的半径、间距,可调整混合结构吸收峰值位置,给出了典型混合结构的仿真计算结果.结果表明,混合结构吸收峰值可提高6 dB以上,在保证吸收效果的前提下,调整了吸收峰值的位置,可根据要求用于设计不同频段的吸波材料.%Absorbing properties of hybrid material with multilayer metallic wire grids is studied in this paper, with the transfer matrix method and two ports transmission formula of microwave simulation technology. Utilizing the impedance matching between multilayer metallic wire grids and multilayer absorbing material , we can improve maximum absorbing of the hybrid absorbing material, under the thichness of the multilayer absorbing material is invariant. And we can adjust the location of maximum absorbing with adjusting the radious and space of multilayer metallic wire grids. Some typical optimization simulation results are given. The results show that the designed maximum absorbing of the hybrid absorbing material with multilayer metallic wire grids can improve over 6 dB,And adjusted the location of maximum absorbing under keeping the good absorbing properties of hybrid material. The techniques can design different frequency absorbing material with design requirements.

  13. Optimal structure of light trapping in thin-film solar cells: dielectric nanoparticles or multilayer antireflection coatings?

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    Zhao, Yongxiang; Chen, Fei; Shen, Qiang; Zhang, Lianmeng

    2014-08-10

    Recent research has found an alternative way to enhance light trapping of thin-film solar cells by using dielectric nanoparticles deposited on the cell surface. To improve the performance of light trapping, a systematic study on the influence of dielectric nanoparticles on enhancement efficiency is performed in this paper. We prove that the optimal dielectric nanoparticles are substantially equivalent to the multilayer antireflection coatings (ARCs) with a "low-high-low" dielectric constant profile. Moreover, it is demonstrated that the use of a simple two-layer SiO2/SiC ARC can reach 34.15% enhancement, which has exceeded the ideal limit of 32% of nanoparticles structure including plasmonic Ag nanoparticles, dielectric SiC, and TiO2 nanoparticles. That means the optimal multilayer ARCs structure is obviously superior to the optimal dielectric nanoparticles structure, and the deposition of a simple two-layer SiO2/SiC structure on top of a thin-film silicon solar cell can significantly enhance photoelectron generation and hence, result in superior performance of thin-film solar cells.

  14. Real-Time Growth Control of Ge-Sb-Te Multilayer Film as Optical Recording Media by In Situ Ellipsometry

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    An, Sung Hyuck; Kim, Jong Hyouk; Li, Xuezhe; Kim, Sang Jun; Kim, Sang Youl

    2004-09-01

    Using an in situ ellipsometer, we monitored the thin film growth curve of optical recording media in real time. Utilizing the complex refractive indices of Ge2Sb2Te5 and ZnS-SiO2 obtained from the analysis of spectroscopic ellipsometry data, we calculated the growth curves of ellipsometric constants vs thickness. By comparing the calculated growth curve of ellipsometric constants with the measured one, and by analyzing the effect of the density variation of the Ge2Sb2Te5 recording layer on ellipsometric constants, we precisely monitored the growth rate of Ge2Sb2Te5 and ZnS-SiO2 films, respectively, and eventually controlled the whole growth process of a multilayer sample made of Ge2Sb2Te5 and ZnS-SiO2 films. The accurate thickness control using in situ ellipsometry was verified through the analysis of the deposited multilayer sample using an ex situ spectroscopic ellipsometer.

  15. Utilizing ultrathin DNA/poly-lysine multilayer films to create liquid/liquid interfaces: spectroscopic characterization, interfacial reactions and nanoparticle adsorption

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    Lee, Hye Jin; Wark, Alastair W; Corn, Robert M [Department of Chemistry, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697 (United States)

    2007-09-19

    Alternating electrostatic multilayer adsorption of poly-L-lysine (pLys) and DNA is used to create well-defined biopolymer multilayers for use as an ultrathin aqueous phase in liquid-liquid interfacial measurements. The molecular structure and thickness of the polyelectrolyte multilayers are determined using a combination of polarization modulation FT-IR reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-FTIRRAS) and FT-surface plasmon resonance (FT-SPR) thickness measurements. Electroactive species such as ferri/ferrocyanide ions can be incorporated into the DNA/pLys polyelectrolyte multilayers. The ion transport activity of these electroactive films when in contact with 1,2-dichoroethane is verified by electrochemical measurements. Micron-sized patterns of these multilayers are created by either photopatterning, vapour-deposited spot patterning or microfluidic stencil processing, and are used in conjunction with fluorescence and surface plasmon resonance imaging (SPRI) to monitor (i) the intercalation of dye molecules into DNA/pLys ultrathin films, (ii) the electrostatic adsorption of gold nanoparticles onto DNA/pLys multilayers and (iii) the spatially controlled incorporation and reaction of enzymes into patterned biopolymer multilayers.

  16. Porphyrin-Based Molecular Multilayer Films Assembled via Copper(I)-Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition Coupled Layer-by-Layer Method for Light Harvesting Applications

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    Krawicz, Alexandra

    We have developed a Layer-by-Layer (LbL) method for the fabrication of thin-film molecular multilayers on electron-beam evaporated Au surfaces. Copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) coupling reactions were used for initial surface attachment and subsequent LbL deposition. The molecular multilayer films comprised of porphyrins and multi-azido linkers were assembled and characterized with a multitude of surface techniques. The electrochemical and photophysical properties of the thin-films can be tuned through synthetic modification of the individual building blocks, resulting in new porphyrin multilayers. These films have applications as light-harvesting arrays in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC), molecular electronics, and sensors. Herein, we demonstrate the reproducible growth trends and optical properties of multilayer films on Au surfaces modified with an azido-terminated alkanethiol self-assembled monolayer. Multilayer growth was followed by UV-Vis absorption and specular reflectance spectroscopy. Film thickness and optical constants were obtained through spectroscopic ellipsometry. The resulting extinction coefficients were consistent with typical porphyrin absorption spectra. The multilayers show consistent linear growth in absorbance and film thickness over tens of layers as well as continuity and moderate ordering in their molecular structure. This flexible molecular LbL technique has the potential to control the nanoscale structure and function of the thin films. Topology and local surface roughness were examined by TM-AFM, and elemental composition found by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was consistent with the expected morphology of the porphyrin based films assembled on Au surfaces. Additionally, the copper content of the resulting films was quantified by XPS, and the utility of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt (Na2EDTA) was examined to remove the adventitious Cu catalyst. The gold supported multilayers were

  17. Improving the surface structure of high quality Sr2FeMoO6 thin films for multilayer structures

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    Angervo, I.; Saloaro, M.; Tikkanen, J.; Huhtinen, H.; Paturi, P.

    2017-02-01

    Two sets of Sr2FeMoO6 thin films were prepared with pulsed laser deposition and the effect of the laser fluence and the deposition temperature was investigated. The Sr2FeMoO6 thin films showed clear evidence of impurity phases when the laser fluence was altered. Phase pure films resulted through the whole temperature range between 900 °C and 1050 °C when a proper laser fluence was used. Films fabricated at lower deposition temperatures resulted with smaller surface roughnesses around 5 nm, higher Curie temperatures and with relatively high saturation magnetization values. The Curie temperature was determined from the minimum of the first order derivative and results showed the highest values of 350 K and above. The films with the highest Curie temperature reached zero magnetization above 400 K. The results indicate that both high microstructural and high magnetic quality Sr2FeMoO6 thin films can be obtained with a deposition temperature between 900 °C and 950 °C. This provides better fabrication parameters for the upcoming SFMO multilayer structures.

  18. Controlled multilayer films of sulfonate-capped gold nanoparticles/thionine used for construction of a reagentless bienzymatic glucose biosensor

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    Sun, Yingying [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Bai, Yu [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Yang, Weiwei [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Sun, Changqing [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)]. E-mail: sunchq@mail.jlu.edu.cn

    2007-09-15

    A novel reagentless bienzymatic sensor for the determination of glucose in the low working potentials without interference is proposed. The bienzymatic sensor was fabricated by covalently attachment of periodate-oxidized glucose oxidase (IO{sub 4} {sup -}-GOx) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) on controlled multilayer films of sulfonate-capped gold nanoparticles/thionine (SCGNPs/TH). Using the layer-by-layer method (LBL), SCGNPs and TH were deposited alternately on the gold electrode through the electrostatic and covalent interactions. SCGNPs could greatly enhance the amount of immobilized TH and ensure the good conductivity of the whole structure. UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and electrochemical methods showed that the resulting multilayer films were tridimensional conductive and porous, and TH incorporated in LBL configuration had well electroactive performance. Such superstructures can thus provide an ideal matrix for the construction of bienzymatic sensor, where TH molecules acted as a mediator for electron transfer. After IO{sub 4} {sup -}-GOx and HRP were covalently attached to the multilayer precursor film, the resulting biosensor exhibited good electrocatalytical response toward glucose and that the electrocatalytical response increased with the number of TH layers. This suggested that the analytical performance such as sensitivity and detection limit of the bienzymatic sensors could be tuned to the desired level by adjusting the number of deposited SCGNPs/TH bilayers. Furthermore, because of the low working potentials, the interference from other electro-oxidizable compounds (such as uric acid, ascorbic acid and acetaminophen) was avoided, which improved the selectivity of the biosensors. The biosensor constructed with six bilayers of SCGNPs/TH showed a good performance of glucose detection with a fast response less than 20 s, acceptable sensitivity of 3.8 {mu}A mM{sup -1} cm{sup -2} and the detection limit of 3.5 x 10{sup -5} M.

  19. Surface nanopatterning of Al/Ti multilayer thin films and Al single layer by a low-fluence UV femtosecond laser beam

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    Kovačević, Aleksander G., E-mail: Aleksander.Kovacevic@ipb.ac.rs [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Beograd (Serbia); Petrović, Suzana [Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinča”, University of Belgrade, PO Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Bokić, Bojana [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Beograd (Serbia); Gaković, Biljana [Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinča”, University of Belgrade, PO Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Bokorov, Miloš T. [Center for Electron Microscopy, University of Novi Sad, Trg Dositeja Obradovića 2, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia); Vasić, Borislav; Gajić, Radoš [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Beograd (Serbia); Trtica, Milan [Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinča”, University of Belgrade, PO Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Jelenković, Branislav M. [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Beograd (Serbia)

    2015-01-30

    Highlights: • Femtosecond laser beam was applied to multilayer Al/Ti and single layer Al thin film. • The evolution of laser induced periodic surface structures and its causes is explained. • The structures remained stable after great number of pulses. • The different outcomes of the two cases (single and multilayer) have been explained in the light of the presence of the Ti underlayer. - Abstract: The effects of UV femtosecond laser beam with 76 MHz repetition rate on two types of thin films on Si substrate – the Al single layer thin film, and the multilayered thin film consisted of five Al/Ti bilayers (total thickness 130 nm) – were studied. The surface modification of the target was done by low fluences and different irradiation times, not exceeding ∼300 s. Nanopatterns in the form of femtosecond-laser induced periodic surface structures (fs-LIPSS) with periodicity of <315 nm and height of ∼45 nm were registered upon irradiation of the thin films. It was shown that: (i) the fs-LIPSS evolve from ruffles similar to high spatial frequency LIPSS (HSFL) into a low spatial frequency LIPSS (LSFL) if a certain threshold of the fluence is met, (ii) the number of LSFL increases with the exposition time and (iii) the LSFL remain stable even after long exposure times. We achieved high-quality highly-controllable fabrication of periodic structures on the surface of nanosized multilayer films with high-repetition-rate low-fluence femtosecond laser pulses. Compared to the Al single layer, the presence of the Ti underlayer in the Al/Ti multilayer thin film enabled more efficient heat transmittance through the Al/Ti interface away from the interaction zone which caused the reduction of the ablation effects leading to the formation of more regular LIPSS. The different outcomes of interactions with multi and single layer thin films lead to the conclusion that the behavior of the LIPSS is due to thin film structure.

  20. CMOS Compatible Nonvolatile Memory Devices Based on SiO2/Cu/SiO2 Multilayer Films

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    WANG Yan; LIU Qi; LV Hang-Bing; LONG Shi-Bing; ZHANG Sen; LI Ying-Tao; LIAN Wen-Tai; YANG Jian-Hong; LIU Ming

    2011-01-01

    We systematically investigate the resistive switching characteristics of SiO2 films with a Cu/SiO2/Cu/SiO2/Pt multilayer structure. The device exhibits good resistive switching performances,including a high ON/OFF resistance ratio (>103),good retention characteristic (>104 s),satisfactory switching endurance (>200cycles),a fast programming speed (<100ns) and a high device yield (~100%).Considering these results,SiO2-based memories have highly promising applications for nonvolatile memory devices.

  1. Optic fiber hydrogen sensor based on high-low reflectivity Bragg gratings and WO3-Pd-Pt multilayer films

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    Dai, Jixiang; Yang, Minghong; Li, Zhi; Wang, Gaopeng; Huang, Chujia; Qi, Chongjie; Dai, Yutang; Wen, Xiaoyan; Cheng, Cheng; Guo, Huiyong

    2015-09-01

    A novel optic fiber hydrogen sensor is proposed in this paper. Two Bragg gratings with different reflectivity were written in single mode fiber with phase mask method by 248 nm excimer laser. The end-face of singe mode fiber was deposited with WO3-Pd-Pt multilayer films as sensing element. The peak intensity of low reflectivity FBG is employed for hydrogen characterization, while that of high reflectivity FBG is used as reference. The experimental results show the hydrogen sensor still has good repeatability when the optic intensity in the fiber is only 1/3 of its initial value. The hydrogen sensor has great potential in measurement of hydrogen concentration.

  2. Effect of chromium interlayer on magnetic exchange coupling of SmCo/Cr/TbFeCo multilayer thin films

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    ZHANG Feng; HUANG Zhixin; LAN Zhigao; CUI Zengli; GUO Jihua; CHENG Weiming; YANG Xiaofei

    2008-01-01

    A series of SmCo/Cr/TbFeCo multilayer thin films with perpendicular anisotropy were prepared by RF- magnetron sputtering system, and the effects of Cr interlayer thickness on magnetic properties and interlayer exchange coupling were investigated. It was found that the magnetic properties varied with the thickness of Cr interlayer, especially the values of saturation magnetization Ms and the coercivity Hc fluctuated periodically with the thickness of Cr interlayer. STM images revealed that the variation of coercivity Hc was attributed to the microstructure change of SmCo layer influenced by Cr interlayer, and the variation of Ms was related to interlayer exchange coupling.

  3. Direct synthesis of multi-layer graphene film on various substrates by microwave plasma at low temperature

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    Park, Hyun Jae [Plasma Technology Research Center, 814-2 Osickdo-dong (SGFEZ), Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do 573-540 (Korea, Republic of); Ahn, Byung Wook; Kim, Tae Yoo; Lee, Jung Woo [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Advanced Materials and Process Research Center (AMPRC), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Yong Ho; Choi, Yong Sup [Plasma Technology Research Center, 814-2 Osickdo-dong (SGFEZ), Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do 573-540 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Young Il, E-mail: physein01@skku.edu [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Advanced Materials and Process Research Center (AMPRC), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Suh, Su Jeong, E-mail: suhsj@skku.edu [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Advanced Materials and Process Research Center (AMPRC), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-31

    We introduce a possible route for vertically standing multi-layer graphene films (VMGs) on various substrates at low temperature by electron cyclone resonance microwave plasma. VMG films on various substrates, including copper sheet, glass and silicon oxide wafer, were analyzed by studying their structural, electrical, and optical properties. The density and temperature of plasma were measured using Cylindrical Langmuir probe analysis. The morphologies and microstructures of multi-layer graphene were characterized using field emission scattering electron microscope, high resolution transmission electron microscope, and Raman spectra measurement. The VMGs on different substrates at the same experimental conditions synthesized the wrinkled VMGs with different heights. In addition, the transmittance and electrical resistance were measured using ultra-violet visible near-infrared spectroscopy and 4 probe point surface resistance measurement. The VMGs on glass substrate obtained a transmittance of 68.8% and sheet resistance of 796 Ω/square, whereas the VMGs on SiO{sub 2} wafer substrate showed good sheet resistance of 395 Ω/square and 278 Ω/square. The results presented herein demonstrate a simple method of synthesizing of VMGs on various substrates at low temperature for mass production, in which the VMGs can be used in a wide range of application fields for energy storage, catalysis, and field emission due to their unique orientation. - Highlights: • We present for synthesis method of graphene at low temperature on various substrates. • We grow the graphene films at low temperature under of 432 °C. • Structural information of graphene films were studied upon Raman spectroscopy. • Inter-layer spacing of vertically standing graphene relies on synthesis time. • We measured a transmittance and a resistance for graphene films on difference substrate.

  4. Engineering invitro cellular microenvironment using polyelectrolyte multilayer films to control cell adhesion and for drug delivery applications

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    Kidambi, Srivatsan

    Over the past decades, the development of new methods for fabricating thin films that provide precise control of the three-dimensional topography and cell adhesion has generated lots of interest. These films could lead to significant advances in the fields of tissue engineering, drug delivery and biosensors which have become increasingly germane areas of research in the field of chemical engineering. The ionic layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly technique called "Polyelectrolyte Multilayers (PEMs)", introduced by Decher in 1991, has emerged as a versatile and inexpensive method of constructing polymeric thin films, with nanometer-scale control of ionized species. PEMs have long been utilized in such applications as sensors, eletrochromics, and nanomechanical thin films but recently they have also been shown to be excellent candidates for biomaterial applications. In this thesis, we engineered these highly customizable PEM thin films to engineer in vitro cellular microenvironments to control cell adhesion and for drug delivery applications. PEM films were engineered to control the adhesion of primary hepatocytes and primary neurons without the aid of adhesive proteins/ligands. We capitalized upon the differential cell attachment and spreading of primary hepatocytes and neurons on poly(diallyldimethylammoniumchloride) (PDAC) and sulfonated polystyrene (SPS) surfaces to make patterned co-cultures of primary hepatocytes/fibroblasts and primary neurons/astrocytes on the PEM surfaces. In addition, we developed self-assembled monolayer (SAM) patterns of m-d-poly(ethylene glycol) (m-dPEG) acid molecules onto PEMs. The created m-dPEG acid monolayer patterns on PEMs acted as resistive templates, and thus prevented further deposits of consecutive poly(anion)/poly(cation) pairs of charged particles and resulted in the formation of three-dimensional (3-D) patterned PEM films or selective particle depositions atop the original multilayer thin films. These new patterned and structured

  5. Multilevel organization in hybrid thin films for optoelectronic applications.

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    Vohra, Varun; Bolognesi, Alberto; Calzaferri, Gion; Botta, Chiara

    2009-10-20

    In this work we report two simple approaches to prepare hybrid thin films displaying a high concentration of zeolite crystals that could be used as active layers in optoelectronic devices. In the first approach, in order to organize nanodimensional zeolite crystals of 40 nm diameter in an electroactive environment, we chemically modify their external surface and play on the hydrophilic/hydrophobic forces. We obtain inorganic nanocrystals that self-organize in honeycomb electroluminescent polymer structures obtained by breath figure formation. The different functionalizations of the zeolite surface result in different organizations inside the cavities of the polymeric structure. The second approach involving soft-litography techniques allows one to arrange single dye-loaded zeolite L crystals of 800 nm of length by mechanical loading into the nanocavities of a conjugated polymer. Both techniques result in the formation of thin hybrid films displaying three levels of organization: organization of the dye molecules inside the zeolite nanochannels, organization of the zeolite crystals inside the polymer cavities, and micro- or nanostructuration of the polymer.

  6. Environmentally compatible solder materials for thick film hybrid assemblies

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    Hosking, F.M.; Vianco, P.T.; Rejent, J.A.; Hernandez, C.L. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Materials and Process Sciences Center

    1997-02-01

    New soldering materials and processes have been developed over the last several years to address a variety of environmental issues. One of the primary efforts by the electronics industry has involved the development of alternative solders to replace the traditional lead-containing alloys. Sandia National Laboratories is developing such alternative solder materials for printed circuit board and hybrid microcircuit (HMC) applications. This paper describes the work associated with low residue, lead-free soldering of thick film HMC`s. The response of the different materials to wetting, aging, and mechanical test conditions was investigated. Hybrid test vehicles were designed and fabricated with a variety of chip capacitors and leadless ceramic chip carriers to conduct thermal, electrical continuity, and mechanical evaluations of prototype joints. Microstructural development along the solder and thick film interface, after isothermal solid state aging over a range of elevated temperatures and times, was quantified using microanalytical techniques. Flux residues on soldered samples were stressed (temperature-humidity aged) to identify potential corrosion problems. Mechanical tests also supported the development of a solder joint lifetime prediction model. Progress of this effort is summarized.

  7. Preparation and gas sensing properties of novel CdS-supramolecular organogel hybrid films

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    Xia, Huiyun; Peng, Junxia; Liu, Kaiqiang; Li, Chen; Fang, Yu

    2008-05-01

    A novel CdS-supramolecular organogel hybrid film with unusual morphology has been fabricated by exposing a supramolecular organogel film containing Cd(Ac)2 in an H2S atmosphere at room temperature. The organogel film was prepared by spin-coating a LMOG (low-molecular weight organic gelator) gel of dmethyl sulfoxide onto a glass plate substrate. XRD, SEM, EDS, TG-DTA, UV-vis, PL (photoluminescence) spectroscopy and PL lifetime measurements were employed to characterize the film. It was shown that the organogel film had functioned as a template to control the morphology of the final hybrid film. The quantities and sizes of the CdS particles embedded in the organogel films can be easily altered by varying the initial concentration of Cd(Ac)2. Importantly, the PL of the hybrid film is sensitive to the presence of some volatile organic monoamines and diamines. The selectivity and reversibility of the sensing process were investigated.

  8. Effect of Ti seed and spacer layers on structure and magnetic properties of FeNi thin films and FeNi-based multilayers

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    Svalov, A.V., E-mail: andrey.svalov@ehu.es [Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), 48080 Bilbao (Spain); Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Larrañaga, A. [SGIker, Servicios Generales de Investigación, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), 48080 Bilbao (Spain); Kurlyandskaya, G.V. [Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), 48080 Bilbao (Spain); Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Fe{sub 19}Ni{sub 81} films and FeNi-based multilayers were prepared by magnetron sputtering. • The samples were deposited onto glass substrates at room temperature. • Ti/FeNi films exhibit good (1 1 1) texture and crystallinity. • The thick Cu seed increases the coercive force of the magnetic layer. • The thin Ti spacer restores the magnetic softness of the Cu/Ti/FeNi multilayers. - Abstract: The microstructure and magnetic properties of sputtered permalloy films and FeNi-based multilayers prepared by magnetron sputtering have been studied. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that Ti/FeNi films exhibit good (1 1 1) texture and crystallinity. Ti/FeNi bilayers with high crystallographic quality have relatively low resistivity. The Ti seed layer does not influence the magnetic properties of FeNi film in Ti/FeNi bilayers, but the thick Cu seed layer leads to an increase of the coercive force of the magnetic layer. For the FeNi films deposited on thick Cu seed layer, the (0 1 0) and (0 0 2) diffraction peaks of hcp nickel were clearly observed. The thin Ti spacer between Cu and FeNi layers prevents the formation of the nickel phase and restores the magnetic softness of the FeNi layer in the Cu/Ti/FeNi sample. Obtained results can be important for the development of multilayer sensitive elements for giant magnetoimpedance or magnetoresistance detectors.

  9. Effects of ZnS:Mn/AlN multilayer structure on luminescent properties of nanostructured thin-film EL device

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    Adachi, Daisuke; Takei, Kohei; Toyama, Toshihiko; Okamoto, Hiroaki

    2007-10-01

    Effects of ZnS:Mn/AlN multilayer structure on luminescent properties of nanostructured (NS) thin-film electroluminescent (TFEL) device of which emission layer is a multilayer composed with ZnS:Mn layers and 0.7-nm-thick AlN interlayers were studied. The bandgap widening and the increased PL efficiency of Mn 2+ 3d-3d transitions with a decrease in the ZnS:Mn single-layer thickness down to 5 nm were observed, which is ascribed to quantum confinement effects. Meanwhile, the multilayer with 2-nm-thick ZnS:Mn single-layers shows a drop of PL efficiency, indicating the presence of defective region just on AlN. The tendency of the luminous efficiency of the NS-TFEL device against the ZnS:Mn single-layer thickness is similar to the tendency found in the PL efficiency, indicating the importance of the ZnS:Mn/AlN interface for the device performance.

  10. Epitaxially stabilized TiN/(Ti,Fe,Co)N multilayer thin films in (pseudo-)fcc crystal structure by sequential magnetron sputter deposition

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    Klever, C; Seemann, K; Stueber, M; Ulrich, S; Leiste, H [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Materials Research I, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Brunken, H; Ludwig, A, E-mail: christian.klever@kit.ed [Ruhr-University Bochum, Institute of Materials, Universitaetsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum (Germany)

    2010-10-06

    Multilayer thin films were grown by non-reactive sequential magnetron sputter deposition from ceramic TiN and metallic FeCo targets addressing a combination of wear resistance and sensoric functionality. Coatings with bilayer period values ranging from 449 nm down to 2.6 nm were grown with the total amount of either material maintained constant. The multilayer thin films were post-annealed ex situ at 600 {sup 0}C for 60 min in vacuum. X-ray diffraction results imply the multilayer thin films undergo significant changes in their crystalline structure when the bilayer period is decreased. Using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy as well as selected-area electron diffraction it is shown that in the case of multilayer thin films with bilayer periods of several tens of nanometres and higher, FeCo layers and TiN layers in their respective common CsCl- and NaCl-type crystal structures alternate. In contrast, in the multilayer thin films with bilayer periods of only a few nanometres, grain growth across the interfaces between the individual layers takes place and a strongly textured microstructure is formed which features columns in (pseudo-)fcc crystal structure grown in heteroepitaxial growth mode. It is suggested that the experimental findings imply the latter multilayer thin films to be alternately composed of TiN layers and (Ti,Fe,Co)N solid solution layers which have been formed by a solid-state reaction during the deposition process. As a consequence, heteroepitaxially stabilized columnar grains in strongly textured (pseudo-)fcc crystal structure are formed. This crystal structure is preserved after the annealing procedure which qualifies these coatings for use in applications where temperatures of up to 600 {sup 0}C are reached.

  11. Self-assembled multilayer films of sulfonated graphene and polystyrene-based diazonium salt as photo-cross-linkable supercapacitor electrodes.

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    Xiong, Zhiyuan; Gu, Tonghan; Wang, Xiaogong

    2014-01-21

    Photo-cross-linkable multilayer films composed of sulfonated reduced graphene oxide (SRGO) and polystyrene-based diazonium salt (PSDAS) were fabricated by electrostatic layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly. Polystyrene with narrow molecular weight distribution was synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), and cationic PSDAS was prepared through nitration, reduction, and diazotization reactions. Negatively charged SRGO nanosheets were prepared through prereduced by NaBH4, modified by diazonium salt of sulfanilic acid, and then further reduced by hydrazine. The multilayer films were obtained by alternately dipping substrates in the PSDAS solution and SRGO dispersion in acidic conditions. The cross-linking between the components occurred during the multilayer formation process and was further achieved by the UV light irradiation after the film preparation. The assembling process and surface morphology of LbL multilayer films were monitored by UV-vis spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The cross-linking between SRGO and PSDAS was verified by attenuated total reflectance FTIR (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and contact angle measurement. The graphene nanosheets were found to be homogeneously distributed in the cross-linked network of the films. The large accessible surface area of graphene nanosheets and the cross-linking structure afforded the LbL films with high specific capacitance and excellent cyclic stability when used as supercapacitor electrodes. At a sweeping rate of 10 mV/s, the film with nine bilayers exhibited a specific capacitance of 150.4 F/g with ideal rectangular cyclic voltammogram. Large capacitance retention of 97% was observed after 10 000 charge-discharge cycles under the scanning rate of 1000 mV/s. This new approach for preparing graphene-containing multilayer films can be used to develop supercapacitor electrodes and other functional devices.

  12. Tracing the 4000 year history of organic thin films: From monolayers on liquids to multilayers on solids

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    Greene, J. E. [University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping (Sweden); National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 10607, Taiwan (China)

    2015-03-15

    The recorded history of organic monolayer and multilayer thin films spans approximately 4000 years. Fatty-acid-based monolayers were deposited on water by the ancients for applications ranging from fortune telling in King Hammurabi's time (∼1800 BC, Mesopotamia) to stilling choppy waters for sailors and divers as reported by the Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder in ∼78 AD, and then much later (1774) by the peripatetic American statesman and natural philosopher Benjamin Franklin, to Japanese “floating-ink” art (suminagashi) developed ∼1000 years ago. The modern science of organic monolayers began in the late-1800s/early-1900s with experiments by Lord Rayleigh and the important development by Agnes Pockels, followed two decades later by Irving Langmuir, of the tools and technology to measure the surface tension of liquids, the surface pressure of organic monolayers deposited on water, interfacial properties, molecular conformation of the organic layers, and phase transitions which occur upon compressing the monolayers. In 1935, Katherine Blodgett published a landmark paper showing that multilayers can be synthesized on solid substrates, with controlled thickness and composition, using an apparatus now known as the Langmuir-Blodgett (L-B) trough. A disadvantage of LB films for some applications is that they form weak physisorbed bonds to the substrate. In 1946, Bigelow, Pickett, and Zisman demonstrated, in another seminal paper, the growth of organic self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) via spontaneous adsorption from solution, rather than from the water/air interface, onto SiO{sub 2} and metal substrates. SAMs are close-packed two-dimensional organic crystals which exhibit strong covalent bonding to the substrate. The first multicomponent adsorbed monolayers and multilayer SAMs were produced in the early 1980s. Langmuir monolayers, L-B multilayers, and self-assembled mono- and multilayers have found an extraordinarily broad range of applications including

  13. Tracing the 4000 year history of organic thin films: From monolayers on liquids to multilayers on solidsa)

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    Greene, J. E.

    2015-03-01

    The recorded history of organic monolayer and multilayer thin films spans approximately 4000 years. Fatty-acid-based monolayers were deposited on water by the ancients for applications ranging from fortune telling in King Hammurabi's time (˜1800 BC, Mesopotamia) to stilling choppy waters for sailors and divers as reported by the Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder in ˜78 AD, and then much later (1774) by the peripatetic American statesman and natural philosopher Benjamin Franklin, to Japanese "floating-ink" art (suminagashi) developed ˜1000 years ago. The modern science of organic monolayers began in the late-1800s/early-1900s with experiments by Lord Rayleigh and the important development by Agnes Pockels, followed two decades later by Irving Langmuir, of the tools and technology to measure the surface tension of liquids, the surface pressure of organic monolayers deposited on water, interfacial properties, molecular conformation of the organic layers, and phase transitions which occur upon compressing the monolayers. In 1935, Katherine Blodgett published a landmark paper showing that multilayers can be synthesized on solid substrates, with controlled thickness and composition, using an apparatus now known as the Langmuir-Blodgett (L-B) trough. A disadvantage of LB films for some applications is that they form weak physisorbed bonds to the substrate. In 1946, Bigelow, Pickett, and Zisman demonstrated, in another seminal paper, the growth of organic self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) via spontaneous adsorption from solution, rather than from the water/air interface, onto SiO2 and metal substrates. SAMs are close-packed two-dimensional organic crystals which exhibit strong covalent bonding to the substrate. The first multicomponent adsorbed monolayers and multilayer SAMs were produced in the early 1980s. Langmuir monolayers, L-B multilayers, and self-assembled mono- and multilayers have found an extraordinarily broad range of applications including controlled wetting

  14. Hybrid Physical Vapor Deposition Instrument for Advanced Functional Multilayers and Materials

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    2016-04-27

    The instrumentation enables clean, uniform, and rapid deposition of a wide variety of metallic , semiconducting, and ceramic thin films with...and rapid deposition of a wide variety of metallic , semiconducting, and ceramic thin films with microstructures and composite geometries enhanced by...inexpensive source materials. In contrast, sputtering can produce thin films of the most refractory metals , like W, however one must use mTorr

  15. 2D Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Thin Films for Flexible UV-Visible Photodetectors

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    Velusamy, Dhinesh Babu

    2017-02-13

    Flexible 2D inorganic MoS and organic g-CN hybrid thin film photodetectors with tunable composition and photodetection properties are developed using simple solution processing. The hybrid films fabricated on paper substrate show broadband photodetection suitable for both UV and visible light with good responsivity, detectivity, and reliable and rapid photoswitching characteristics comparable to monolayer devices. This excellent performance is retained even after the films are severely deformed at a bending radius of ≈2 mm for hundreds of cycles. The detailed charge transfer and separation processes at the interface between the 2D materials in the hybrid films are confirmed by femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy with broadband capability.

  16. Characterization of r.f. sputtered thin Mo, W and Si films as precursors to multilayer X-ray mirrors

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    Bhattacharyya, D.; Joseph, D.; Poswal, A. K.

    2006-08-01

    Single layers of Mo, W and Si thin films have been deposited by r.f. sputtering on float glass and c-Si substrates kept at room temperature. The films have been characterised by grazing incidence X-ray reflectometry (GIXR), X-ray transmission (XRT), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and phase modulated spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) studies. The thickness values obtained from the GIXR measurements have been used to calibrate the in situ thickness monitors. The surface roughness of the thin layers have also been determined from the GIXR measurements. The atomic mass density in the films have been obtained from the RBS measurements while X-ray absorption has been estimated from the XRT measurements. The surface morphology of the films has been investigated by the AFM micrographs. The Si thin films have also been characterized by the SE technique. The characterization of the samples by these complementary techniques have been very useful in optimizing the process parameters to obtain good quality layers as precursors to the fabrication of the multilayer X-ray mirrors based on Mo/Si and W/Si structures.

  17. A novel self-cleaning and anti-reflective multi-layer for thin-film solar PV module

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    Wong, K.L.; Shiue, J.D. [Kun-Shan Univ., Yung-Kung City, Taiwan (China). Clean Energy Center; Li, M.; Huang, M.C. [NanoWinTechnology Co., Ltd., Taiwan (China); Fu, Y.S.; Wei, S.S. [National Univ. of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan (China)

    2007-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) acts as a photocatalyst, and can accelerate the decomposition of organic particulates and airborne pollutants that gather on solar arrays. In this study, a TiO{sub 2} film was coated on the outside surface of sodium glass in order to increase the self-cleaning ability of solar cells. DC magnetic sputtering was used to coat multi-layer thin films of silicon nitrides in order to increase their antireflective capabilities. The TiO{sub 2} thin film was fabricated using the sol-gel method. Optical properties of the microstructure and composition of the films were characterized using UV-V spectroscopy. Results showed that the best anti-reflection spectrum of the TiO{sub 2} was between 700 and 800 nm. Average transmission rates were 3.54 per cent higher than those observed in slide glass samples. It was concluded that overlapped titanium dioxide/silicon nitride thin films can achieve a very good anti-reflective effect as well as self-cleaning ability in the range of 400-800 nm. 9 refs., 4 figs.

  18. A Comparative Study on the Optical Properties of Multilayer CdSe / CdTe Thin Film with Single Layer CdTe and CdSe Films

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    M. Melvin David Kumar

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available CdTe and CdSe single layer thin films and CdSe / CdTe multilayer (ML thin film were prepared by using physical vapour deposition method. Optical properties of CdSe / CdTe multilayer thin film shows different behavior due to type II band structure alignment. Energy band gap value of CdSe / CdTe ML thin film is shifted to higher value than that of single layer CdTe film. This is due to decrease in crystallite size to dimension smaller than the Bohr exciton radius of CdTe (14 nm. Crystallite size of the multilayer sample was calculated with the predictions of the effective mass approximation model (i.e., Brus model. It is observed that the photoluminescence peak of CdSe / CdTe ML thin film is red shifted compared to the peaks corresponding to individual CdSe and CdTe thin films. This may be due to the presence of type II quantum dot formation in the CdSe / CdTe heterostructure multilayer thin film.

  19. An Iterative Formula for the Reflection Coefficient of Multi-layer Thin Film and Its Application in the Design of Optical All Pass Filter

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    MENG Yichao; TAN Weihan; HUANG Zhaoming

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, an iterative formula for the reflection coefficient of the multi-layer thin film is deduced and the design of multi-layer thin film gires-tournois interferometer optical all pass filter(GTI-OAPF) is discussed. The group delay τm ranges from 0.06 to 460 ps and the bandwidth Δω ranges from 0.068 to 0.0000079 (1015 rad/s). By changing the incident angle θ0, the multi-channel dispersion compensation may be achieved.

  20. Simultaneous determination of dopamine and uric acid using layer-by-layer graphene and chitosan assembled multilayer films.

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    Weng, Xuexiang; Cao, Qingxue; Liang, Lixin; Chen, Jianrong; You, Chunping; Ruan, Yongmin; Lin, Hongjun; Wu, Lanju

    2013-12-15

    Multilayer films containing graphene (Gr) and chitosan (CS) were prepared on glassy carbon electrodes with layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly technique. After being characterized with cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), the electrochemical sensor based on the resulted films was developed to simultaneously determine dopamine (DA) and uric acid (UA). The LBL assembled electrode showed excellent electrocatalytic activity towards the oxidation of DA and UA. In addition, the self-assembly electrode possessed an excellent sensing performance for detection of DA and UA with a linear range from 0.1 μM to 140 µM and from 1.0 µM to 125 µM with the detection limit as low as 0.05 µM and 0.1 µM based on S/N=3, respectively.

  1. Study of Au/Cr multilayer thin-film surface morphology, structure and constituents on borosilicate glass, and quartz surfaces

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    Lavoie, John; Kemble, Eric; Senevirathne, Indrajith

    2014-03-01

    Au/Cr/substrate multilayer thin films have a wide area of applications in both industry and proof of concept investigations in device engineering. Borosilicate glass and quartz are used for substrate materials. Typically, Cr deposition on substrates give rise to Stanski-Krastonov (SK) like growth while Frank-van der Merwe (FM) like growth is desired in many engineering applications. A thermal evaporator is used to deposit Cr with a thickness of ~ 100nm on the previously mentioned substrates. The additional Au layer is then deposited via magnetron sputter deposition at 100mtorr at low deposition rates (~ 1ML/min) onto the Cr thin film. These systems were then annealed using different temperatures for various durations. After annealing these systems were characterized via Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) probes for surface topography and structure. Further, the ambient contamination and elemental distribution/diffusion at annealing was investigated via Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX).

  2. Investigation of multilayer printed circuit board (PCB) film warpage using viscoelastic properties measured by a vibration test

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    Joo, Sung-Jun; Park, Buhm; Kim, Do-Hyoung; Kwak, Dong-Ok; Song, In-Sang; Park, Junhong; Kim, Hak-Sung

    2015-03-01

    Woven glass fabric/BT (bismaleimide triazine) composite laminate (BT core), copper (Cu), and photoimageable solder resist (PSR) are the most widely used materials for semiconductors in electronic devices. Among these materials, BT core and PSR contain polymeric materials that exhibit viscoelastic behavior. For this reason, these materials are considered to have time- and temperature-dependent moduli during warpage analysis. However, the thin geometry of multilayer printed circuit board (PCB) film makes it difficult to identify viscoelastic characteristics. In this work, a vibration test method was proposed for measuring the viscoelastic properties of a multilayer PCB film at different temperatures. The beam-shaped specimens, composed of a BT core, Cu laminated on a BT core, and PSR and Cu laminated on a BT core, were used in the vibration test. The frequency-dependent variation of the complex bending stiffness was determined using a transfer function method. The storage modulus (E‧) of the BT core, Cu, and PSR as a function of temperature and frequency were obtained, and their temperature-dependent variation was identified. The obtained properties were fitted using a viscoelastic model for the BT core and the PSR, and a linear elastic model for the Cu. Warpage of a line pattern specimen due to temperature variation was measured using a shadow Moiré analysis and compared to predictions using a finite element model. The results provide information on the mechanism of warpage, especially warpage due to temperature-dependent variation in viscoelastic properties.

  3. Recent Developments in the X-Ray Reflectivity Analysis for Rough Surfaces and Interfaces of Multilayered Thin Film Materials

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    Yoshikazu Fujii

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available X-ray reflectometry is a powerful tool for investigations on rough surface and interface structures of multilayered thin film materials. The X-ray reflectivity has been calculated based on the Parratt formalism, accounting for the effect of roughness by the theory of Nevot-Croce conventionally. However, in previous studies, the calculations of the X-ray reflectivity often show a strange effect where interference effects would increase at a rough surface. And estimated surface and interface roughnesses from the X-ray reflectivity measurements did not correspond to the TEM image observation results. The strange result had its origin in a used equation due to a serious mistake in which the Fresnel transmission coefficient in the reflectivity equation is increased at a rough interface because of a lack of consideration of diffuse scattering. In this review, a new accurate formalism that corrects this mistake is presented. The new accurate formalism derives an accurate analysis of the X-ray reflectivity from a multilayer surface of thin film materials, taking into account the effect of roughness-induced diffuse scattering. The calculated reflectivity by this accurate reflectivity equation should enable the structure of buried interfaces to be analyzed more accurately.

  4. Nanoparticle films and photonic crystal multilayers from colloidally stable, size-controllable zinc and iron oxide nanoparticles.

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    Redel, Engelbert; Mirtchev, Peter; Huai, Chen; Petrov, Srebri; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2011-04-26

    We report a facile sol-gel synthesis of colloidally stable Fe(2)O(3) and ZnO nanoparticles in alcoholic solvents, ROH, where R = methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, isopropyl, and tert-butyl. We show that nanoparticles of ZnO (4-42) nm and Fe(2)O(3) (4-38 nm) monotonically increase in size upon increasing the alkyl chain length and branching of the alcohol solvent. These colloidally stable and size-controllable metal oxide nanoparticles enable the formation of high optical quality films and photonic crystal multilayers whose component layer thickness, refractive index, porosity, and surface area are found to scale with the nature of the alcohol. Utility of these colloidally stable nanoparticles is demonstrated by preparation of one-dimensional porous photonic crystals comprising ncZnO/ncWO(3) and ncFe(2)O(3)/ncWO(3) multilayers whose photonic stop band can be tuned by tailoring nanoparticle size. Myriad applications can be envisaged for these nanoparticle films in, for example, heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, chemical sensors, and solar cells.

  5. Stable Bioactive Enzyme-Containing Multilayer Films Based on Covalent Cross-Linking from Mussel-Inspired Adhesives.

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    Longo, Johan; Garnier, Tony; Mateescu, Mihaela; Ponzio, Florian; Schaaf, Pierre; Jierry, Loïc; Ball, Vincent

    2015-11-17

    The use of immobilized enzymes is mandatory for the easy separation of the enzyme, the unreacted substrates, and the obtained products to allow repeated enzymatic assays without cumbersome purification steps. The immobilization procedure is however critical to obtain a high fraction of active enzyme. In this article, we present an enzyme immobilization strategy based on a catechol functionalized alginate. We demonstrate that alkaline phosphatase (ALP) remains active in multilayered films made with alginate modified with catechol moieties (AlgCat) for long duration, that is, up to 7 weeks, provided the multilayered architecture is cross-linked with sodium periodate. This cross-linking reaction allows to create covalent bonds between the amino groups of ALP and the quinone group carried by the modified alginate. In the absence of cross-linking, the enzymatic activity is rapidly lost and this reduction is mainly due to enzyme desorption. We also show that NaIO4 cross-linked (AlgCat-Alp)n films can be freeze-dried and reused at least 3 weeks later without lost in enzymatic activity.

  6. Skyrmions in thin-film multilayers with interfacially-induced Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction observed by MFM

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    Bacani, Mirko; Marioni, Miguel A.; Schwenk, Johannes; Romer, Sara; Zhao, Xue; Guiller, Alexandre; Hug, Hans J.

    By proper selection of interfaces in thin-film multilayers one can separately engineer the anisotropy, magnetization and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI), which is useful in the design of skyrmion materials. We use high-sensitivity, high-resolution magnetic force microscopy (MFM) in various applied magnetic fields to image the micromagnetic structures in multilayers based on symmetric-interface stacks of Pt/Co/Pt and asymmetric ones of Pt/Co/Ir. The former have domain sizes of several microns, whereas the latter show considerably smaller domain sizes. These are (246 +/-40) nm independently of the demagnetization process used. We attribute the lower domain size to a net DMI. The calculated DMI in the asymmetric case is too small to support a skyrmion phase, but isolated skyrmions can exist. MFM experiments reveal skyrmions with a diameter below 50 nm, when the field is reduced from positive saturation. In negative fields these skyrmions are either incorporated into expanding domains or burst into a larger domain. Local DMI constants estimated from the bursting fields agree well with the average DMI constant. Our work demonstrates that MFM can detect skyrmions in thin films, and can help accelerate research in this field.

  7. Electrochromic performance of hybrid tungsten oxide films with multiwalled-CNT additions

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    Lin, Chung-Kwei, E-mail: cklin@fcu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan (China); Tseng, Sheng-Chung; Cheng, Chin-Hua; Chen, Chin-Yi [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan (China); Chen, Chien-Chon [Department of Energy and Resources, National United University, Miaoli, Taiwan (China)

    2011-12-30

    In this study, tungsten oxide films were prepared by sol-gel technique. Various amounts of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were added during sol-gel process to obtain hybrid WO{sub 3}/MWCNT films. The original and hybrid films were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction analysis, and scanning electron microscopy analysis, whereas the electrochromic performance was evaluated by measuring changes in the optical transmittance caused by potentiostatic charge-discharge intercalation. The influence on the structure and properties of tungsten oxide film due to MWCNT addition was also investigated. The results showed that all of the films were amorphous and exhibited porous microstructure. The electrochromic performance of pristine WO{sub 3} film was improved by adding MWCNTs that served as a template for the growth of WO{sub 3} and resulted in more porous microstructure. The hybrid tungsten oxide films with 0.1 wt.% MWCNT addition exhibited the best electrochromic performance.

  8. The (PrS/HGF-pDNA) multilayer films for gene-eluting stent coating: Gene-protecting, anticoagulation, antibacterial properties, and in vivo antirestenosis evaluation.

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    Chang, Hao; Ren, Ke-feng; Zhang, He; Wang, Jin-lei; Wang, Bai-liang; Ji, Jian

    2015-02-01

    Vascular gene-eluting stents (GES) is a promising strategy for treatment of cardiovascular disease. Very recently, we have proved that the (protamine sulfate/plasmid DNA encoding hepatocyte growth factor) (PrS/HGF-pDNA) multilayer can serve as a powerful tool for enhancing competitiveness of endothelial cell over smooth muscle cell, which opens perspectives for the regulation of intercellular competitiveness in the field of interventional therapy. However, before the gene multilayer films could be used in vascular stents for real clinical application, the preservation of gene bioactivity during the industrial sterilization and the hemocompatibility of film should be taken into account. Actually, both are long been ignored issues in the field of gene coating for GES. In this study, we demonstrate that the (PrS/HGF-pDNA) multilayer film exhibits the good gene-protecting abilities, which is confirmed by using the industrial sterilizations (gamma irradiation and ethylene oxide) and a routine storage condition (dry state at 4°C for 30 days). Furthermore, hemocompatible measurements (such as platelet adhesion and whole blood coagulation) and antibacterial assays (bacteria adhesion and growth inhibition) indicate the good anticoagulation and antibacterial properties of the (PrS/HGF-pDNA) multilayer film. The in vivo preliminary data of angiography and histological analysis suggest that the (PrS/HGF-pDNA) multilayer coated stent can reduce the in-stent restenosis. This work reveals that the (PrS/HGF-pDNA) multilayer film could be a promising candidate as coating for GES, which is of great potential in future clinic application.

  9. Nanoimprinted Hybrid Metal-Semiconductor Plasmonic Multilayers with Controlled Surface Nano Architecture for Applications in NIR Detectors

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    Akram A. Khosroabadi

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available We present a proof of concept for tunable plasmon resonance frequencies in a core shell nano-architectured hybrid metal-semiconductor multilayer structure, with Ag as the active shell and ITO as the dielectric modulation media. Our method relies on the collective change in the dielectric function within the metal semiconductor interface to control the surface. Here we report fabrication and optical spectroscopy studies of large-area, nanostructured, hybrid silver and indium tin oxide (ITO structures, with feature sizes below 100 nm and a controlled surface architecture. The optical and electrical properties of these core shell electrodes, including the surface plasmon frequency, can be tuned by suitably changing the order and thickness of the dielectric layers. By varying the dimensions of the nanopillars, the surface plasmon wavelength of the nanopillar Ag can be tuned from 650 to 690 nm. Adding layers of ITO to the structure further shifts the resonance wavelength toward the IR region and, depending on the sequence and thickness of the layers within the structure, we show that such structures can be applied in sensing devices including enhancing silicon as a photodetection material.

  10. Analysis of multilayer film using RBS/channeling, sputtering/RBS and SIMS

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    Zhao Guo Qing; Zhou Zhu Ying; Jiang Lei; Song Ling Gen; Yang Yu

    2002-01-01

    RBS/Channeling, Sputtering/RBS and SIMS analysis have been performed on the MBE-grown Si/Ge sub x Si sub 1 sub - sub x multilayer. The thickness, atomic ratio and crystalline perfectness of the epitaxial layer are determined by 2 MeV sup 4 He sup + RBS/Channeling analysis. By sputter etching of the sample with low energy Ar sup + ions, the thickness of epitaxial layer is reduced. Then RBS analysis of 2 MeV sup 4 He sup + ions on the etched sample yields information about the deeper layers, the interface of the multilayer samples and the concerned phenomena induced by sputter etching. The periodical structure of Si/Ge sub x Si sub 1 sub - sub x multilayer samples is clearly identified by the SIMS analysis before and after sputter etching

  11. Surface nanopatterning of Al/Ti multilayer thin films and Al single layer by a low-fluence UV femtosecond laser beam

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    Kovačević, Aleksander G.; Petrović, Suzana; Bokić, Bojana; Gaković, Biljana; Bokorov, Miloš T.; Vasić, Borislav; Gajić, Radoš; Trtica, Milan; Jelenković, Branislav M.

    2015-01-01

    The effects of UV femtosecond laser beam with 76 MHz repetition rate on two types of thin films on Si substrate - the Al single layer thin film, and the multilayered thin film consisted of five Al/Ti bilayers (total thickness 130 nm) - were studied. The surface modification of the target was done by low fluences and different irradiation times, not exceeding ∼300 s. Nanopatterns in the form of femtosecond-laser induced periodic surface structures (fs-LIPSS) with periodicity of LIPSS evolve from ruffles similar to high spatial frequency LIPSS (HSFL) into a low spatial frequency LIPSS (LSFL) if a certain threshold of the fluence is met, (ii) the number of LSFL increases with the exposition time and (iii) the LSFL remain stable even after long exposure times. We achieved high-quality highly-controllable fabrication of periodic structures on the surface of nanosized multilayer films with high-repetition-rate low-fluence femtosecond laser pulses. Compared to the Al single layer, the presence of the Ti underlayer in the Al/Ti multilayer thin film enabled more efficient heat transmittance through the Al/Ti interface away from the interaction zone which caused the reduction of the ablation effects leading to the formation of more regular LIPSS. The different outcomes of interactions with multi and single layer thin films lead to the conclusion that the behavior of the LIPSS is due to thin film structure.

  12. Magnetic properties of ultrathin discontinuous Co/Pt multilayers: Comparison with short-range ordered and isotropic CoPt3 films

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    Charilaou, M.; Bordel, C.; Berche, P.-E.; Maranville, B. B.; Fischer, P.; Hellman, F.

    2016-06-01

    Magnetic properties of thin Co/Pt multilayers have been investigated in order to study the dependence of magnetization M , uniaxial anisotropy Ku, and Curie temperature TC on the multilayer thickness, composition, and structure. A comparison between epitaxial submonolayer multilayers and epitaxial fcc CoPt3 alloy films with large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) attributed to growth-induced Co clustering reveals significant differences in the temperature dependence of magnetization M (T ) , despite the presence of thin planar Co platelets in both cases. Even the thinnest discontinuous multilayered structure shows a Langevin-like M (T ) , while the alloy films with PMA show a broadened and enhanced M (T ) indicating a distribution of environments, including monolayer Co platelets separated by only 1-2 layers of Pt. These differences have been reproduced in Monte Carlo simulations, and are shown to be due to different distributions of Co-Co and Co-Pt nearest neighbors. The relatively uniform Co-Co coordination of even a discontinuous rough multilayer produces a Langevin-like M (T ) , whereas the broader distribution associated with platelets in the PMA films results in a nearly linear T dependence of M .

  13. Improved wettability and adhesion of polylactic acid/chitosan coating for bio-based multilayer film development

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    Gartner, Hunter; Li, Yana; Almenar, Eva

    2015-03-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of methyldiphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) concentration (0, 0.2, 1, 2, and 3%) on the wettability and adhesion of blend solutions of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and chitosan (CS) when coated on PLA film for development of a bio-based multi-layer film suitable for food packaging and other applications. Characterization was carried out by attenuated total reflectance infrared spectrometry (ATR-FTIR), contact angle (θ), mechanical adhesion pull-off testing, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The θ of the PLA/CS blend shifted to a lower value (41-35°) with increasing MDI concentration showing that the surface tension was modified between the PLA/CS blend solution and PLA film and better wettability was achieved. The increase in MDI also resulted in an increased breaking strength (228-303 kPa) due to the increased H-bonding resulting from the more urethane groups formed within the PLA/CS blend as shown by ATR-FTIR. The improved adhesion was also shown by the increased number of physical entanglements observed by SEM. It can be concluded that MDI can be used to improve wettability and adhesion between PLA/CS coating and PLA film.

  14. Preparation and Basic Properties of BaTiO3-BaPbO3 Multilayer Thin Films by Metal-Alkoxides Method

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    Azuma, Takahiro; Takahashi, Sheiji; Kuwabara, Makoto

    1993-09-01

    Preferentially oriented barium titanate (BTO)-barium metaplumbate (BPO) multilayer thin films were prepared by the metal-alkoxides method on MgO single crystals. The BPO layer is an electrode for the BTO layer. Thin films were deposited on cleaved MgO (100) substrates by spin coating. A BTO film of 0.4 μm thickness on the BPO layer shows a dielectric constant of about 400 at room temperature. No formation of reaction phases between BTO and BPO, fired at 800°C to yield a well-crystallized BTO film, was detected in X-ray diffraction analysis.

  15. Field Emission Properties of the Graphene Double-Walled Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Films Prepared by Vacuum Filtration and Screen Printing

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    Jinzhuo Xu; Tao Feng; Yiwei Chen; Zhuo Sun

    2013-01-01

    The graphene double-walled carbon nanotube (DWCNT) hybrid films were prepared by vacuum filtration and screen printing. Their electron field emission properties have been studied systematically. The electron emission properties of the hybrid films are much better than those of pure DWCNT films and pure graphene films. Comparing with the screen printed films, the vacuum filtered films have many advantages, such as lower turn-on field, higher emission current density, better uniformity, better ...

  16. The structural transition from epitaxial Fe/Pt multilayers to an ordered FePt film using low energy ion beam sputtering deposition with no buffer layer

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    Lee, Chih-Hao, E-mail: chlee@mx.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Engineering and System Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Chen, Yu-Sheng [Department of Engineering and System Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Electronics and Optoelectronics Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu 31040, Taiwan (China); Liu, Li-Jung [Department of Engineering and System Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Huang, J.C.A. [Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)

    2014-11-03

    An epitaxial L1{sub 0} FePt thin film grown from an [Fe(10 Å)/Pt(10 Å)]{sub 15} multilayer with the orientation of (001) was prepared by an ion beam sputtering deposition method without buffer layer. From the measurement data of X-ray diffraction and X-ray reflectivity, the multilayer structure was totally disappeared and a uniform FePt alloy thin film was formed at temperatures higher than 600 °C. For the as-deposited thin film grown at 100 °C, the multilayer already possesses an epitaxial structure. The epitaxial relation is FePt(001)[100]//MgO(001)[100] and this epitaxial relation persists after sequential high temperature annealing. An epitaxial L1{sub 0} ordered FePt(001) film with order parameter of 0.95 was obtained when the annealing temperature reached 650 °C. The ordered FePt(001) thin film has a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with a squareness of 0.95 ± 0.03 on the magnetic hysteresis loop. This experiment demonstrates that the low energy ion beam sputtering deposition will preserve the epitaxial relation with no buffer layer between multilayer and substrate. - Highlights: • The Fe/Pt films using ion sputtering deposition with no buffer layer is epitaxial. • Multilayer structure was totally disappeared at temperatures higher than 600 °C. • Order parameter reach 0.95 after annealing at 650 °C. • Interfacial epitaxial FePt alloy already formed at 100 °C.

  17. Investigation of structure and properties of novel multi-layer clay nanocomposite films produced controllably by continuous chaotic advection blending

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    Mahesha, Chaitra

    A unique processing technique based on chaotic advection developed at Clemson University and shown to controllably produce structured materials in the past was employed to produce structured nanocomposites with a high degree of clay orientation as well as localization of platelets within layers of nanoscale thicknesses. Continuous lengths of nanocomposites with different clay contents were extruded in the form of films by feeding separately melts of virgin polyamide-6 polymer and polyamide 6-clay masterbatch into a continuous chaotic advection blender. A variety of composite structures were producible at fixed clay compositions. The internal structure was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Nanocomposites with novel in-situ multi-layered structures and a high degree of platelet orientation were formed by the recursive stretching and folding of the melt domains due to chaotic advection. Clay platelets were localized within discrete regions to form alternating virgin and platelet-rich layers leading to a hierarchical structure with multiple nano-scales. The thicknesses of the layers reduced with prolonged chaotic advection, eventually leading to nanocomposites in which the multi-layering was no longer discernible. The oriented platelets appeared to be homogenously dispersed through the bulk of the nanocomposite. Investigation of the morphology of the matrix by XRD showed that the homogeneity of the crystalline phase and the orientation of polymer chains parallel to the film surface increased with increased chaotic advection. Also, as the layer thickness reduced, the number of polymer chains restricted by clay platelets increased causing the gamma-crystalline fraction to increase. While XRD results suggested a change in total crystallinity with chaotic advection and clay content but without a specific trend, no change in crystallinity was measured by DSC. Such contradictions are

  18. Thin Film Solar Cells: Organic, Inorganic and Hybrid

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    Dankovich, John

    2004-01-01

    Thin film solar cells are an important developing resource for hundreds of applications including space travel. In addition to being more cost effective than traditional single crystal silicon cells, thin film multi-crystaline cells are plastic and light weight. The plasticity of the cells allows for whole solar panels to be rolled out from reams. Organic layers are being investigated in order to increase the efficiency of the cells to create an organic / inorganic hybrid cell. The main focus of the group is a thin film inorganic cell made with the absorber CuInS2. So far the group has been successful in creating the layer from a single-source precursor. They also use a unique method of film deposition called chemical vapor deposition for this. The general makeup of the cell is a molybdenum back contact with the CuInS2 layer, then CdS, ZnO and aluminum top contacts. While working cells have been produced, the efficiency so far has been low. Along with quantum dot fabrication the side project of this that is currently being studied is adding a polymer layer to increase efficiency. The polymer that we are using is P3OT (Poly(3-octylthiopene-2,5-diyll), retroregular). Before (and if) it is added to the cell, it must be understood in itself. To do this simple diodes are being constructed to begin to look at its behavior. The P3OT is spin coated onto indium tin oxide and silver or aluminum contacts are added. This method is being studied in order to find the optimal thickness of the layer as well as other important considerations that may later affect the composition of the finished solar cell. Because the sun is the most abundant renewable, energy source that we have, it is important to learn how to harness that energy and begin to move away from our other depleted non-renewable energy sources. While traditional silicon cells currently create electricity at relatively high efficiencies, they have drawbacks such as weight and rigidness that make them unattractive

  19. Optical absorption and electrical transport in hybrid TiO2 and polymer nanocomposite films

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    Zhou, Xi-Song; Li, Zheng; Wang, Ning; Lin, Yuan-Hua; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2006-06-01

    Hybrid nanofilms of poly(2-methoxy-5-ethylhexyloxy-1,4-phenylene)vinylene (MEH-PPV) and anatase-TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared. The results showed that the optical absorption spectra and electrical transport properties of the TiO2/MEH-PPV nanocomposite films were strongly dependent on the particle size and concentration of TiO2 nanoparticles in the hybrid films. In comparison with pure TiO2 nanofilms, the hybrid TiO2/MEH-PPV films presented a shift of the absorption edge to the lower-energy region, and an obvious nonlinear current-voltage characteristic.

  20. Preparation and characterization of perfluorosulfonic resin/titania hybrid transparent films

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    2007-01-01

    Preparation and characterization of perfluorosulfonic resin/titania organic-inorganic hybrid films were presented. The transparent hybrid films were prepared by hydrothermal treatment at low temperature of a mixed solution of tetrabutyl titanate and perfluorosulfonic resin with the help of acetylacetone. The characterization was carried out by SEM,XRD,FT-IR,UV-Vis and TGA. The results showed that the perfluorosulfonic resin/titania hybrid transparent films were composed of titania particles dispersed in the perfluorosulfonic resin matrix very well and the titania was of anatase phase. Its diameter de-creased with increasing weight ratio of titania to perfluorosulfonic resin.

  1. Preparation and characterization of perfluorosulfonic resin/titania hybrid transparent films

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    LI JianMei; XUE MinZhao; ZHANG YongMing; LIU YanGang

    2007-01-01

    Preparation and characterization of perfluoroaulfonic resin/titaniaorganic-inorganic hybrid films were presented. The transparent hybrid films were prepared by hydrothermal treatment at low temperature of a mixed solution of tetrabutyl titanata and perfluorosulfonic resin with the help of acetylacetone. The charactarization was carried out by SEM, XRD, FT-IR, UV-Vis and TGA. The results showed that the perfiuorosulfonic resin/titania hybrid transparent films were composed of titania particles dispersed in the perfluorosulfonic resin matrix very well and the titania was of anatase phase. Its diameter decreased with increasing weight ratio of titania to perfluorosulfonic resin.

  2. Enhanced thermoelectric properties of bismuth telluride-organic hybrid films via graphene doping

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    Rahman, Airul Azha Abd [Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia UKM, Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics, Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Technology Park Malaysia, Malaysia Institute of Microelectronics and System, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Umar, Akrajas Ali; Salleh, Muhamad Mat [Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia UKM, Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics, Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Chen, Xiaomei [Jimei University, College of Food and Biological Engineering, Jimei, Xiamen (China); Oyama, Munetaka [Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering, Nishikyoku, Kyoto (Japan)

    2016-02-15

    The thermoelectric properties of graphene-doped bismuth telluride-PEDOT:PSS-glycerol (hybrid) films were investigated. Prior to the study, p-type and n-type hybrid films were prepared by doping the PEDOT:PSS-glycerol with the p- and n-type bismuth telluride. Graphene-doped hybrid films were prepared by adding graphene particles of concentration ranging from 0.02 to 0.1 wt% into the hybrid films. Films of graphene-doped hybrid system were then prepared on a glass substrate using a spin-coating technique. It was found that the electrical conductivity of the hybrid films increases with the increasing of the graphene-dopant concentration and optimum at 0.08 wt% for both p- and n-type films, namely 400 and 195 S/cm, respectively. Further increasing in the concentration caused a decreasing in the electrical conductivity. Analysis of the thermoelectric properties of the films obtained that the p-type film exhibited significant improvement in its thermoelectric properties, where the thermoelectric properties increased with the increasing of the doping concentration. Meanwhile, for the case of n-type film, graphene doping showed a negative effect to the thermoelectrical properties, where the thermoelectric properties decreased with the increasing of doping concentration. Seebeck coefficient (and power factor) for optimum p-type and n-type hybrid thin films, i.e., doped with 0.08 wt% of graphene, is 20 μV/K (and 160 μW m{sup -1} K{sup -2}) and 10 μV/K (and 19.5 μW m{sup -1} K{sup -2}), respectively. The obtained electrical conductivity and thermoelectric properties of graphene-doped hybrid film are interestingly several orders higher than the pristine hybrid films. A thermocouple device fabricated utilizing the p- and n-type graphene-doped hybrid films can generate an electric voltage as high as 2.2 mV under a temperature difference between the hot-side and the cold-side terminal as only low as 55 K. This is equivalent to the output power as high as 24.2 nW (for output

  3. Pulsed laser deposited amorphous chalcogenide and alumino-silicate thin films and their multilayered structures for photonic applications

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    Němec, P. [Department of Graphic Arts and Photophysics, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, Studentská 573, 53210 Pardubice (Czech Republic); Charrier, J. [FOTON, UMR CNRS 6082, Enssat, 6 rue de Kerampont, BP 80518, 22305 Lannion (France); Cathelinaud, M. [Missions des Ressources et Compétences Technologiques, UPS CNRS 2274, 92195 Meudon (France); Allix, M. [CEMHTI-CNRS, Site Haute Température, Orléans (France); Adam, J.-L.; Zhang, S. [Equipe Verres et Céramiques, UMR-CNRS 6226, Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (SCR), Université de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes Cedex (France); Nazabal, V., E-mail: virginie.nazabal@univ-rennes1.fr [Department of Graphic Arts and Photophysics, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, Studentská 573, 53210 Pardubice (Czech Republic); Equipe Verres et Céramiques, UMR-CNRS 6226, Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (SCR), Université de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes Cedex (France)

    2013-07-31

    Amorphous chalcogenide and alumino-silicate thin films were fabricated by the pulsed laser deposition technique. Prepared films were characterized in terms of their morphology, chemical composition, and optical properties. Multilayered thin film stacks for reflectors and vertical microcavities were designed for telecommunication wavelength and the window of atmosphere transparency (band II) at 1.54 μm and 4.65 μm, respectively. Bearing in mind the benefit coming from the opportunity of an efficient wavelength tuning or, conversely, to stabilize the photoinduced effects in chalcogenide films as well as to improve their mechanical properties and/or their chemical durability, several pairs of materials from pure chalcogenide layers to chalcogenide/oxide layers were investigated. Different layer stacks were fabricated in order to check the compatibility between dissimilar materials which can have a strong influence on the interface roughness, adhesion, density, and homogeneity, for instance. Three different reflector designs were formulated and tested including all-chalcogenide layers (As{sub 40}Se{sub 60}/Ge{sub 25}Sb{sub 5}S{sub 70}) and mixed chalcogenide-oxide layers (As{sub 40}Se{sub 60}/alumino-silicate and Ga{sub 10}Ge{sub 15}Te{sub 75}/alumino-silicate). Prepared multilayers showed good compatibility between different material pairs deposited by laser ablation despite the diversity of chemical compositions. As{sub 40}Se{sub 60}/alumino-silicate reflector showed the best parameters; its stop band (R > 97% at 8° off-normal incidence) has a bandwidth of ∼ 100 nm and it is centered at 1490 nm. The quality of the different mirrors developed was good enough to try to obtain a microcavity structure for the 1.5 μm telecommunication wavelength made of chalcogenide layers. The microcavity structure consists of Ga{sub 5}Ge{sub 20}Sb{sub 10}S{sub 65} (doped with 5000 ppm of Er{sup 3+}) spacer surrounded by two 10-layer As{sub 40}Se{sub 60}/Ge{sub 25}Sb{sub 5}S{sub 70

  4. Structural and optical properties of silicon rich oxide films in graded-stoichiometric multilayers for optoelectronic devices

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    Palacios-Huerta, L.; Aceves-Mijares, M. [Electronics Department, INAOE, Apdo. 51, Puebla, Pue. 72000, México (Mexico); Cabañas-Tay, S. A.; Cardona-Castro, M. A.; Morales-Sánchez, A., E-mail: alfredo.morales@cimav.edu.mx [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Unidad Monterrey-PIIT, Apodaca, NL 66628, México (Mexico); Domínguez-Horna, C. [Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona, IMB-CNM (CSIC), Bellaterra 08193, Barcelona (Spain)

    2016-07-18

    Silicon nanocrystals (Si-ncs) are excellent candidates for the development of optoelectronic devices. Nevertheless, different strategies are still necessary to enhance their photo and electroluminescent properties by controlling their structural and compositional properties. In this work, the effect of the stoichiometry and structure on the optical properties of silicon rich oxide (SRO) films in a multilayered (ML) structure is studied. SRO MLs with silicon excess gradually increased towards the top and bottom and towards the center of the ML produced through the variation of the stoichiometry in each SRO layer were fabricated and confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Si-ncs with three main sizes were observed by a transmission electron microscope, in agreement with the stoichiometric profile of each SRO layer. The presence of the three sized Si-ncs and some oxygen related defects enhances intense violet/blue and red photoluminescence (PL) bands. The SRO MLs were super-enriched with additional excess silicon by Si{sup +} implantation, which enhanced the PL intensity. Oxygen-related defects and small Si-ncs (<2 nm) are mostly generated during ion implantation enhancing the violet/blue band to become comparable to the red band. The structural, compositional, and luminescent characteristics of the multilayers are the result of the contribution of the individual characteristics of each layer.

  5. Enhanced carrier mobility of multilayer MoS2 thin-film transistors by Al2O3 encapsulation

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    Kim, Seong Yeoul; Park, Seonyoung; Choi, Woong

    2016-10-01

    We report the effect of Al2O3 encapsulation on the carrier mobility and contact resistance of multilayer MoS2 thin-film transistors by statistically investigating 70 devices with SiO2 bottom-gate dielectric. After Al2O3 encapsulation by atomic layer deposition, calculation based on Y-function method indicates that the enhancement of carrier mobility from 24.3 cm2 V-1 s-1 to 41.2 cm2 V-1 s-1 occurs independently from the reduction of contact resistance from 276 kΩ.μm to 118 kΩ.μm. Furthermore, contrary to the previous literature, we observe a negligible effect of thermal annealing on contact resistance and carrier mobility during the atomic layer deposition of Al2O3. These results demonstrate that Al2O3 encapsulation is a useful method of improving the carrier mobility of multilayer MoS2 transistors, providing important implications on the application of MoS2 and other two-dimensional materials into high-performance transistors.

  6. Nanostructured multilayer thin films of multiwalled carbon nanotubes/gold nanoparticles/glutathione for the electrochemical detection of dopamine

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    Detsri, Ekarat; Rujipornsakul, Sirilak; Treetasayoot, Tanapong; Siriwattanamethanon, Pawarit

    2016-10-01

    In the present study, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), and glutathione (GSH) were used to fabricate multilayer nanoscale thin films. The composite thin films were fabricated by layer-by-layer technique as the films were constructed by the alternate deposition of cationic and anionic polyelectrolytes. The MWCNTs were modified via a noncovalent surface modification method using poly(diallydimethylammonium chloride) to form a cationic polyelectrolyte. An anionic polyelectrolyte was prepared by the chemical reduction of HAuCl4 using sodium citrate as both the stabilizing and reducing agent to form anionic AuNPs. GSH was used as an electrocatalyst toward the electro-oxidation of dopamine. The constructed composite electrode exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity toward dopamine with a short response time and a wide linear range from 1 to 100 μmol/L. The limits of detection and quantitation of dopamine are (0.316 ± 0.081) μmol/L and (1.054 ± 0.081) μmol/L, respectively. The method is satisfactorily applied for the determination of dopamine in plasma and urine samples to obtain the recovery in the range from 97.90% to 105.00%.

  7. In-situ deposition and processing of YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films and multilayers for optoelectronic devices

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    Villegier, J. C.; Moriceau, H.; Boucher, H.; di Cioccio, L.; Chicault, R.

    1991-03-01

    In situ direct deposition at about 700 C of thin YBa2Cu3O(7-x) superconductive films and multilayers has been done by three techniques using stoichiometric YBa2Cu3O(7-x) sintered targets. Excimer laser ablation in a dc magnetron system with hollow and planar targets leads to 0.5-, 1.2-, and 2.5-in diameter uniformly superconductive layers under static conditions. High critical current densities associated with low resistivity and good epitaxial behavior are achieved on top of MgO, SrTiO3, LaAlO3, and YSZ single-crystal wafers. High-quality c-oriented films are routinely obtained by means of a dc magnetron on large sapphire substrates covered by a YSZ RF sputtered buffer layer. The infrared properties of such films have been checked at 1.15-micron wavelength. In order to achieve active devices, small YBa2Cu3O7-YSZ-Ag tunnel junctions and arrays have been successfully patterned in the superconductor/insulator/normal-metal trilayers using SNOP (selective niobium overlap process).

  8. Two-dimensional hybrid layered materials: strain engineering on the band structure of MoS2/WSe2 hetero-multilayers

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    Gu, Kunming; Yu, Sheng; Eshun, Kwesi; Yuan, Haiwen; Ye, Huixian; Tang, Jiaoning; Ioannou, Dimitris E.; Xiao, Changshi; Wang, Hui; Li, Qiliang

    2017-09-01

    In this paper, we report a comprehensive modeling and simulation study of constructing hybrid layered materials by alternately stacking MoS2 and WSe2 monolayers. Such hybrid MoS2/WSe2 hetero-multilayers exhibited direct bandgap semiconductor characteristics with bandgap energy (E g) in a range of 0.45-0.55 eV at room temperature, very attractive for optoelectronics (wavelength range 2.5-2.75 μm) based on thicker two-dimensional (2D) materials. It was also found that the interlayer distance has a significant impact on the electronic properties of the hetero-multilayers, for example a five orders of magnitude change in the conductance was observed. Three material phases, direct bandgap semiconductor, indirect bandgap semiconductor, and metal were observed in MoS2/WSe2 hetero-multilayers, as the interlayer distance decreased from its relaxed (i.e., equilibrium) value of about 6.73 Å down to 5.50 Å, representing a vertical pressure of about 0.8 GPa for the bilayer and 1.5 GPa for the trilayer. Such new hybrid layered materials are very interesting for future nanoelectronic pressure sensor and nanophotonic applications. This study describes a new approach to explore and engineer the construction and application of tunable 2D semiconductors.

  9. Preparation of TiO2/Ag/TiO2 (TAT) multilayer films with optical and electrical properties enhanced by using Cr-added Ag film

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    Loka, Chadrasekhar; Lee, Kee-Sun

    2017-09-01

    The dielectric-metal-dielectric tri-layer films have attracted much attention by virtue of their low-cost and high quality device performance as a transparent conductive electrode. Here, we report the deposition of Cr doped Ag films sandwiched between thin TiO2 layers and investigation on the surface microstructure, optical and electrical properties depending on the thickness of the Ag(Cr). The activation energy (1.18 eV) for grain growth of Ag was calculated from the Arrhenius plot using the law Dn -D0n = kt , which was comparable to the bulk diffusion of Ag. This result indicated the grain growth of Ag was effectively retarded by the Cr addition, which was presumed to related with blocking the surface and grain boundary diffusion due to Cr segregation. Based on thermal stability of Cr added Ag film, we deposited TiO2/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 (TAT) multilayer thin films and with a 10 nm thick Ag(Cr), the TAT films showed high optical transmittance in the visible region (94.2%), low electrical resistivity (8.66 × 10-5 Ω cm), and hence the high figure of merit 57.15 × 10-3 Ω-1 was achieved. The high transmittance of the TAT film was believed to be attributed to the low optical loss due to a reduction in the Ag layer thickness, the surface plasmon effect, and the electron scattering reduced by the Ag layer with a low electrical resistivity.

  10. An experimental study of nonlinear behaviour of capacitance in graphene/carbon nanotube hybrid films

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    Alsawafi, Suaad; Wang, Xiao; Jin, Jie; Song, Mo

    2016-06-01

    Graphene (G) and graphene oxide (GO)/carbon nanotubes (CNTs) hybrid films were fabricated as high performance electrode materials by a simple water solution casting method with different contents of single-wall CNT (SWCNT), multi wall CNT (MWCNT) and multi wall CNT with hydroxyl group (MWCNT-OH). The films with MWCNTs showed a layered, interconnected and well entangled structure at nano-scale. With increasing CNT contents, the capacitance of the G/MWCNT and GO/MWCNT films raised almost linearly and their resistance reduced. G/SWCNT and GO/SWCNT films did not form layered structures leading to a very low capacitance. Nonlinear behaviour of the capacitance with voltage has been observed in the G/MWCNT and GO/MWCNT hybrid films. The length and thickness of the hybrid film have significant influences on the capacitance. The capacitance and conductivity increase with increasing the thickness and decrease with increasing the length of the hybrid films. For the application of graphene/CNT hybrid films as electrodes, these characters could be taken into account.

  11. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and magnetic proximity effect in Pt{sub 1-{delta}F}e{sub {delta}/}Co multilayer films

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    Lv, Q.L. [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Cai, J.W., E-mail: jwcai@aphy.iphy.ac.c [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); He, S.L. [Department of Physics, Capital Normal University, Beijing 100037 (China); Sun, L. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204 (United States)

    2011-03-15

    The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) and magnetization in Pt{sub 1-{delta}F}e{sub {delta}/}Co ({delta}=0, 0.017, 0.04 and 0.06) multilayer films have been investigated. It is found that, on adding a small amount of Fe into the Pt layers, Pt/Co multilayer films maintain well-defined PMA at both 5 and 300 K along with significantly enhanced magnetization even at room temperature, which is far greater than the Curie temperature of Pt{sub 1-{delta}F}e{sub {delta}} dilute alloys. Further study demonstrates that the large enhancement of the magnetization in the Fe doped Pt/Co multilayers at 300 K arises from the bulk moment of the Pt{sub 1-{delta}F}e{sub {delta}} layers at the interface region, where the ferromagnetic order persists up to room temperature due to the strengthened exchange interactions between Fe atoms via strongly polarized Pt near the Pt{sub 1-{delta}F}e{sub {delta}/}Co interfaces. For the Pt{sub 0.96}Fe{sub 0.04}/Pt multilayers, the magnetically ordered region in each Pt{sub 0.96}Fe{sub 0.04} layer extends over at least 10 A from the interface at room temperature. - Research Highlights: Pt/Co multilayers with Fe doped into Pt layers maintain perpendicular anisotropy. Interfacial moment of the Fe doped Pt/Co multilayers is greatly enhanced at RT. Magnetic proximity effect is found in the Fe doped Pt/Co multilayers.

  12. Facile fabrication of robust superhydrophobic multilayered film based on bioinspired poly(dopamine)-modified carbon nanotubes.

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    Wang, Jin-lei; Ren, Ke-feng; Chang, Hao; Zhang, Shi-miao; Jin, Lie-jiang; Ji, Jian

    2014-02-21

    Thin organic films containing carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have received increasing attention in many fields. In this study, a robust thin superhydrophobic film has been created by using layer-by-layer assembly of the carbon nanotubes wrapped by poly(dopamine) (CNT@PDA) and poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI). UV-vis spectroscopy, ellipsometry, and quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) measurements confirmed that the sequential deposition of PEI and CNT@PDA resulted in a linear growth of the (PEI-CNT@PDA) film. This thin film contained as much as 77 wt% CNTs. Moreover, a very stable and flexible free-standing (PEI-CNT@PDA) film could be obtained by employing cellulose acetate (CA) as a sacrificial layer. The film could even withstand ultrasonication in saturated SDS aqueous solution for 30 min. SEM observations indicated that the ultrathin film consisted of nanoscale interpenetrating networks of entangled CNTs and exhibited a very rough surface morphology. The (PEI-CNT@PDA) film turned superhydrophobic after being coated with a low-surface-energy compound. The superhydrophobic films showed excellent resistance against the adhesion of both platelets and Escherichia coli (E. coli). The (PEI-CNT@PDA) films and the proposed methodology may find applications in the area of medical devices to reduce device-associated thrombosis and infection.

  13. Nanoscale Hybrid Langmuir-Blodgett Films Based on Cerium-Substituted Heteropolymolybdate and Polyquinoline

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    王峥; 柳士忠; 杜祖亮; 胡振纲; 张洪杰

    2003-01-01

    Nanoscale hybrid organic/inorganic Langmuir-Blodgett films of cerium-substituted heteropolymolybdates(Ce-HPMo) and π-conjugated macromolecule poly(1,2-dihydro-2,2,4-trimethyl)quinoline(PQ) were obtained with auxiliary film-forming material stearic acid(SA) or octadecylamine(ODA). The surface pressure-area isotherms illuminate the formation of the hybrid LB films of PQ/ODA/Ce-HPMo and P Q/SA/Ce-HPMo. The different film-forming mechanism was discussed when the different auxiliary film-forming materials were used in the system. The absorption spectra indicate that the molecules of PQ and Ce-HPMo are incorporated into the LB films. Tapping-mode AFM image reveals a granular surface texture of nanosized Ce-substituted heteropolymolybdate. STM image shows that the conductivity is greatly improved after Ce-substituted heteropolymolybdates are incorporated in the films.

  14. Giant Positive Magnetoresistance in Magnetic Multilayer Film Prepared by Ion-Beam Sputtering

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    张栋杰; 都有为

    2003-01-01

    The magnetic multilayers Ni78Co22∥Cu∥Ni78Co22/Ni78Co22O∥Ta were fabricated by ion-beam sputtering through applied magnetic field and treatment under high vacuum. Resistance against applied magnetic field was measured by the standard four-point probe method at room temperature. The giant positive magnetoresistance has been observed. A maximum positive magnetoresistance at room temperature was obtained to be 280%.

  15. Microstructure and property of diamond-like carbon films with Al and Cr co-doping deposited using a hybrid beams system

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    Dai, Wei; Liu, Jingmao; Geng, Dongsen; Guo, Peng; Zheng, Jun; Wang, Qimin

    2016-12-01

    DLC films with weak carbide former Al and carbide former Cr co-doping (Al:Cr-DLC) were deposited by a hybrid beams system comprising an anode-layer linear ion beam source (LIS) and high power impulse magnetron sputtering using a gas mixture of C2H2 and Ar as the precursor. The doped Al and Cr contents were controlled via adjusting the C2H2 fraction in the gas mixture. The composition, microstructure, compressive stress, mechanical properties and tribological behaviors of the Al:Cr-DLC films were researched carefully using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, stress-tester, nanoindentation and ball-on-plate tribometer as function of the C2H2 fraction. The results show that the Al and Cr contents in the films increased continuously as the C2H2 fraction decreased. The doped Cr atoms preferred to bond with the carbon while the Al atoms mainly existed in metallic state. Structure modulation with alternate multilayer consisted of Al-poor DLC layer and Al-rich DLC layer was found in the films. Those periodic Al-rich DLC layers can effectively release the residual stress of the films. On the other hand, the formation of the carbide component due to Cr incorporation can help to increase the film hardness. Accordingly, the residual stress of the DLC films can be reduced without sacrificing the film hardness though co-doping Al and Cr atoms. Furthermore, it was found that the periodic Al-rich layer can greatly improve the elastic resilience of the DLC films and thus decreases the film friction coefficient and wear rate significantly. However, the existence of the carbide component would cause abrasive wear and thus deteriorate the wear performance of the films.

  16. Hybrid diffusion and two-flux approximation for multilayered tissue light propagation modeling.

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    Yudovsky, Dmitry; Durkin, Anthony J

    2011-07-20

    Accurate and rapid estimation of fluence, reflectance, and absorbance in multilayered biological media has been essential in many biophotonics applications that aim to diagnose, cure, or model in vivo tissue. The radiative transfer equation (RTE) rigorously models light transfer in absorbing and scattering media. However, analytical solutions to the RTE are limited even in simple homogeneous or plane media. Monte Carlo simulation has been used extensively to solve the RTE. However, Monte Carlo simulation is computationally intensive and may not be practical for applications that demand real-time results. Instead, the diffusion approximation has been shown to provide accurate estimates of light transport in strongly scattering tissue. The diffusion approximation is a greatly simplified model and produces analytical solutions for the reflectance and absorbance in tissue. However, the diffusion approximation breaks down if tissue is strongly absorbing, which is common in the visible part of the spectrum or in applications that involve darkly pigmented skin and/or high local volumes of blood such as port-wine stain therapy or reconstructive flap monitoring. In these cases, a model of light transfer that can accommodate both strongly and weakly absorbing regimes is required. Here we present a model of light transfer through layered biological media that represents skin with two strongly scattering and one strongly absorbing layer.

  17. Hybrid diffusion and two-flux approximation for multilayered tissue light propagation modeling

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    Yudovsky, Dmitry; Durkin, Anthony J.

    2011-07-01

    Accurate and rapid estimation of fluence, reflectance, and absorbance in multilayered biological media has been essential in many biophotonics applications that aim to diagnose, cure, or model in vivo tissue. The radiative transfer equation (RTE) rigorously models light transfer in absorbing and scattering media. However, analytical solutions to the RTE are limited even in simple homogeneous or plane media. Monte Carlo simulation has been used extensively to solve the RTE. However, Monte Carlo simulation is computationally intensive and may not be practical for applications that demand real-time results. Instead, the diffusion approximation has been shown to provide accurate estimates of light transport in strongly scattering tissue. The diffusion approximation is a greatly simplified model and produces analytical solutions for the reflectance and absorbance in tissue. However, the diffusion approximation breaks down if tissue is strongly absorbing, which is common in the visible part of the spectrum or in applications that involve darkly pigmented skin and/or high local volumes of blood such as port-wine stain therapy or reconstructive flap monitoring. In these cases, a model of light transfer that can accommodate both strongly and weakly absorbing regimes is required. Here we present a model of light transfer through layered biological media that represents skin with two strongly scattering and one strongly absorbing layer.

  18. Controlling E. coli adhesion on high-k dielectric bioceramics films using poly(amino acid) multilayers.

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    Lawrence, Neil J; Wells-Kingsbury, Jamie M; Ihrig, Marcella M; Fangman, Teresa E; Namavar, Fereydoon; Cheung, Chin Li

    2012-03-06

    The influence of high-k dielectric bioceramics with poly(amino acid) multilayer coatings on the adhesion behavior of Escherichia coli (E. coli) was studied by evaluating the density of bacteria coverage on the surfaces of these materials. A biofilm forming K-12 strain (PHL628), a wild-type strain (JM109), and an engineered strain (XL1-Blue) of E. coli were examined for their adherence to zirconium oxide (ZrO(2)) and tantalum oxide (Ta(2)O(5)) surfaces functionalized with single and multiple layers of poly(amino acid) polyelectrolytes made by the layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition. Two poly(amino acids), poly(l-arginine) (PARG) and poly(l-aspartic acid) (PASP), were chosen for the functionalization schemes. All three strains were found to grow and preferentially adhere to bare bioceramic film surfaces over bare glass slides. The bioceramic and glass surfaces functionalized with positively charged poly(amino acid) top layers were observed to enhance the adhesion of these bacteria by up to 4-fold in terms of bacteria surface coverage. Minimal bacteria coverage was detected on surfaces functionalized with negatively charged poly(amino acid) top layers. The effect of different poly(amino acid) coatings to promote or minimize bacterial adhesion was observed to be drastically enhanced with the bioceramic substrates than with glass. Such observed enhancements were postulated to be attributed to the formation of higher density of poly(amino acids) coatings enabled by the high dielectric strength (k) of these bioceramics. The multilayer poly(amino acid) functionalization scheme was successfully applied to utilize this finding for micropatterning E. coli on bioceramic thin films.

  19. Elliptical concave microlens arrays built in the photosensitive TiO2/ormosils hybrid films

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    Zhang, Xuehua; Que, Wenxiu; Javed, Hafiz M. Asif; Wei, Wei

    2014-11-01

    Photosensitive TiO2/organically modified silane hybrid thin films were prepared by a low-temperature sol-gel spin-coating technique. Optical and structural properties of the hybrid films with different titanium contents were characterized by prism coupling technique, UV-visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermal gravimetric analysis. Advantages for fabrication of elliptical concave micro-lens arrays (MLAs) based on the as-prepared hybrid films were demonstrated by combining polydimethylsiloxane soft mold with a UV-cured imprint technique. Results indicate that the as-prepared hybrid films have great applicability for the fabrication of photonic components, and the fabrication technique provides a simple and cost-effective way for the fabrication of the sol-gel elliptical concave MLAs.

  20. Improved Thermoelectric Performance in Flexible Tellurium Nanowires/Reduced Graphene Oxide Sandwich Structure Hybrid Films

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    Gao, Jie; Liu, Chengyan; Miao, Lei; Wang, Xiaoyang; Peng, Ying; Chen, Yu

    2016-11-01

    With a high flexibility and an adjustable electronic structure, reduced graphene oxide (RGO) is a potential candidate for flexible thermoelectric materials. Here, we report that flexible RGO/tellurium nanowires (Te NWs)/RGO sandwich structure hybrid films are prepared on glass fabrics through the drop-cast method. The addition of 20 wt.% Te NWs into a RGO matrix remarkably improves the Seebeck coefficient from 15.2 μV/K to 89.7 μV/K while maintaining relatively high electrical conductivity, thus resulting in a one order of magnitude higher power factor value compared with the Te NWs. According to the values of carrier mobility and concentration of hybrid films, the improved thermoelectric properties are presented because of the energy filtering effect on the interfaces in hybrid films. This article suggests that RGO/Te NWs/RGO hybrid films would be promising for fabricating flexible energy sources.

  1. Improved Thermoelectric Performance in Flexible Tellurium Nanowires/Reduced Graphene Oxide Sandwich Structure Hybrid Films

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    Gao, Jie; Liu, Chengyan; Miao, Lei; Wang, Xiaoyang; Peng, Ying; Chen, Yu

    2017-05-01

    With a high flexibility and an adjustable electronic structure, reduced graphene oxide (RGO) is a potential candidate for flexible thermoelectric materials. Here, we report that flexible RGO/tellurium nanowires (Te NWs)/RGO sandwich structure hybrid films are prepared on glass fabrics through the drop-cast method. The addition of 20 wt.% Te NWs into a RGO matrix remarkably improves the Seebeck coefficient from 15.2 μV/K to 89.7 μV/K while maintaining relatively high electrical conductivity, thus resulting in a one order of magnitude higher power factor value compared with the Te NWs. According to the values of carrier mobility and concentration of hybrid films, the improved thermoelectric properties are presented because of the energy filtering effect on the interfaces in hybrid films. This article suggests that RGO/Te NWs/RGO hybrid films would be promising for fabricating flexible energy sources.

  2. Densification of In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Sn multilayered films elaborated by the dip-coating sol-gel route

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    Daoudi, K.; Canut, B.; Blanchin, M.G.; Sandu, C.S.; Teodorescu, V.S.; Roger, J.A

    2003-11-24

    Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) thin films have been deposited by the Sol-Gel Dip-Coating technique, the starting solutions being prepared from chlorides. These multilayered films were crystallized by means of a classical heat treatment at temperatures ranging from 500 to 600 deg. C. Five stacked layers are necessary to obtain a global electrical resistivity value of 2.9x10{sup -3} {omega} cm, for 500 deg. C annealed film. The paper focuses on the study of the structure of such multilayered deposits, and on the densification process, using transmission electron microscopy, Rutherford Back-scattering Spectrometry and electrical resistivity measurements. This analysis reveals structural inhomogeneities and different crystallite growth processes as a function of annealing temperature and number of deposited layers.

  3. Hemicelluloses/montmorillonite hybrid films with improved mechanical and barrier properties

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    Chen, Ge-Gu; Qi, Xian-Ming; Li, Ming-Peng; Guan, Ying; Bian, Jing; Peng, Feng; Yao, Chun-Li; Sun, Run-Cang

    2015-11-01

    A facile and environmentally friendly method was introduced to incorporate montmorillonite (MMT) as an inorganic phase into quaternized hemicelluloses (QH) for forming hemicellulose-based films. Two fillers, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and chitin nanowhiskers (NCH), were added into the hemicelluloses/MMT hybrid matrices to prepare hybrid films, respectively. The hybrid films were nanocomposites with nacre-like structure and multifunctional characteristics including higher strength and good oxygen barrier properties via the electrostatic and hydrogen bonding interactions. The addition of PVA and NCH could induce changes in surface topography, and effectively enhance mechanical strength, thermal stability, transparency, and oxygen barrier properties. The tensile strengths of the composite films FPVA(0.3), FPVA(0.5), and FNCH(0.8) were 53.7, 46.3, and 50.1 MPa, respectively, which were 171%, 134%, and 153% larger than the FQH-MMT film (19.8 MPa). The tensile strength, and oxygen transmission rate of QH-MMT-PVA film were better than those of quaternized hemicelluloses/MMT films. Thus, the proper filler is very important for the strength of the hybrid film. These results provide insights into the understanding of the structural relationships of hemicellulose-based composite films in coating and packaging application for the future.

  4. Multilayered Zr-C/a-C film on stainless steel 316L as bipolar plates for proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Bi, Feifei; Peng, Linfa; Yi, Peiyun; Lai, Xinmin

    2016-05-01

    A multilayered zirconium-carbon/amorphous carbon (Zr-C/a-C) coating is synthesized by magnetron sputtering in order to improve the corrosion resistance and interfacial conductivity of stainless steel 316L (SS316L) as bipolar plates for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Zr-C/a-C film contains an outmost pure amorphous carbon layer and a sub zirconium containing carbon layer. Interfacial contact resistance (ICR) between carbon paper and coated SS316L decreases to 3.63 mΩ cm2 at 1.4 MPa. Potentiodynamic polarization results reveal that the corrosion potential of Zr-C/a-C coated sample is more positive than pure a-C coated sample and the current density is only 0.49 μA cm-2 at the cathode applied potential 0.6 V. Electrochemical impendence spectroscopy also indicates that multilayered Zr-C/a-C film coated SS316L has much higher charge transfer resistance than the bare sample. After potentiostatic polarization, ICR values are 3.92 mΩ cm2 and 3.82 mΩ cm2 in the simulated PEMFCs cathode and anode environment, respectively. Moreover, XPS analysis of the coated samples before and after potential holding tests shows little difference, which disclose the chemical stability of multilayered Zr-C/a-C film. Therefore, the multilayered Zr-C/a-C coating exhibits excellent performance in various aspects and is preferred for the application of stainless steel bipolar plates.

  5. Magneto-optical properties of Co/ZnO multilayer films

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    Score, David S; Alshammari, Marzook; Feng, Qi; Blythe, Harry J; Fox, A Mark; Gehring, Gillian A [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Hicks Building, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RH (United Kingdom); Quan Zhiyong; Li Xiaoli; Xu Xiaohong, E-mail: d.score@sheffield.ac.u [School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Shanxi Normal University, Linfen 041004 (China)

    2010-01-01

    [Co(0.6 nm)/ZnO(x nm)]{sub 60} (x= 0.4nm, 3nm) films were deposited on glass substrates then annealed in a vacuum. The magnetisation of the films increased with annealing but not the magnitude of the magneto-optical signals. The dielectric functions Im {epsilon}{sub xy} for the films were calculated using the MCD spectra. A Maxwell Garnett theory of a metallic Co/ZnO mixture is presented. The extent to which this explains the MCD spectra taken on the films is discussed.

  6. Understanding geometric instabilities in thin films via a multi-layer model.

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    Lejeune, Emma; Javili, Ali; Linder, Christian

    2016-01-21

    When a thin stiff film adhered to a compliant substrate is subject to compressive stresses, the film will experience a geometric instability and buckle out of plane. For high film/substrate stiffness ratios with relatively low levels of strain, the primary mode of instability will either be wrinkling or buckling delamination depending on the material and geometric properties of the system. Previous works approach these systems by treating the film and substrate as homogenous layers, either consistently perfectly attached, or perfectly unattached at interfacial flaws. However, this approach neglects systems where the film and substrate are uniformly weakly attached or where interfacial layers due to surface modifications in either the film or substrate are present. Here we demonstrate a method for accounting for these additional thin surface layers via an analytical solution verified by numerical results. The main outcome of this work is an improved understanding of how these layers influence global behavior. We demonstrate the utility of our model with applications ranging from buckling based metrology in ultrathin films, to an improved understanding of the formation of a novel surface in carbon nanotube bio-interface films. Moving forward, this model can be used to interpret experimental results, particularly for systems which deviate from traditional behavior, and aid in the evaluation and design of future film/substrate systems.

  7. Horizontally-connected ZnO-graphene hybrid films for multifunctional devices

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    Lim, Yi Rang [Thin Film Materials Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Yuseong Post Office Box 107, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea, Republic of); School of Semiconductor and Chemical Engineering, Semiconductor Physics Research Center (SPRC), Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Wooseok; Lee, Young Bum; Kim, Seong Ku; Han, Jin Kyu; Myung, Sung; Lee, Sun Sook; An, Ki-Seok [Thin Film Materials Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Yuseong Post Office Box 107, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Chel-Jong [School of Semiconductor and Chemical Engineering, Semiconductor Physics Research Center (SPRC), Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Lim, Jongsun, E-mail: jslim@krict.re.kr [Thin Film Materials Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Yuseong Post Office Box 107, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-08-30

    Highlights: • We designed horizontally-connected ZnO and graphene hybrid nanofilms with improved flexibility for multifunctional nanodevices including high performance TFTs. • The photocurrent on-off ratio, response time, and recovery time of the hybrid photodetectors were estimated to be 10{sup 2}, 34 s, and 27 s, respectively. The photocurrent from the hybrid photodetector decreased only by two-fold, whereas a significant decrease in photocurrent by two orders of magnitude was observed from the ZnO thin film based photodetectors after 10{sup 5} cycles of 5-mm radius bending. • The hybrid thin film transistors exhibited unipolar n-channel transistor behavior with electron mobility of 68.7 cm{sup 2}/V s and on-off ratio of 10{sup 7}. - Abstract: Here we designed horizontally-connected ZnO thin films and graphene in order to combine advantages of ZnO thin films, which are high on/off ratio and photo responsivity, and the superior mobility and sensitivity of graphene for applications in thin film transistors (TFTs) and flexible photodetectors. To synthesize the ZnO/graphene hybrid films, a 70-nm-thick ZnO thin film with a uniformly flat surface deposited by the atomic layer deposition process was horizontally connected with highly crystalline monolayer graphene grown by thermal chemical vapor deposition. The photocurrent on-off ratio, response time, and recovery time of the hybrid photodetectors were estimated to be 10{sup 2}, 34 s, and 27 s, respectively. The photocurrent from the hybrid photodetector decreased only by two-fold, whereas a significant decrease in photocurrent by two orders of magnitude was observed from the ZnO thin film based photodetectors after 10{sup 5} cycles of 5-mm radius bending. The hybrid TFT exhibited unipolar n-channel transistor behavior with electron mobility of 68.7 cm{sup 2}/V s and on-off ratio of 10{sup 7}.

  8. Pure crystal orientation and anisotropic charge transport in large-area hybrid perovskite films.

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    Cho, N; Li, F; Turedi, B; Sinatra, L; Sarmah, SP; Parida,, B.; Saidaminov, MI; Murali, B; Burlakov, VM; Goriely, Alain; Mohammed, OF; Wu, T; Bakr, OM

    2016-01-01

    Controlling crystal orientations and macroscopic morphology is vital to develop the electronic properties of hybrid perovskites. Here we show that a large-area, orientationally pure crystalline (OPC) methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) hybrid perovskite film can be fabricated using a thermal-gradient-assisted directional crystallization method that relies on the sharp liquid-to-solid transition of MAPbI3 from ionic liquid solution. We find that the OPC films spontaneously form periodic microa...

  9. Pure crystal orientation and anisotropic charge transport in large-area hybrid perovskite films

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    Cho, Namchul; LI Feng; Turedi, Bekir; Sinatra, Lutfan; Sarmah, Smritakshi P.; Parida, Manas R.; Saidaminov, Makhsud I.; Murali, Banavoth; Burlakov, Victor M.; Goriely, Alain; Mohammed, Omar F; Wu, Tom; Bakr, Osman M.

    2016-01-01

    Controlling crystal orientations and macroscopic morphology is vital to develop the electronic properties of hybrid perovskites. Here we show that a large-area, orientationally pure crystalline (OPC) methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) hybrid perovskite film can be fabricated using a thermal-gradient-assisted directional crystallization method that relies on the sharp liquid-to-solid transition of MAPbI3 from ionic liquid solution. We find that the OPC films spontaneously form periodic microa...

  10. Hybrid Luminescent Films Obtained by Covalent Anchoring Terbium Complex to Silica-based Network

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    2002-01-01

    New monomer N-(4-carboxyphenyl)-NL-(propyltriethoxysilyl)urea (1) which acts as both a ligand for Tb3+ ion and a sol-gel precursor has been synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR, and MS. Hybrid luminescent thin films consisting of organoterbium covalently bonded to a silica-based network have been obtained in situ via a sol-gel approach. Strong line emission of Tb3+ ion was observed from the hybrid luminescent films under UV excitation.

  11. Preparation and Photochromic Properties of Hybrid Thin Films Based on Heteropolyoxometallate and Polyacrylamide

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    2002-01-01

    series of photochromic hybrid films were prepared through entrapping Dawson type tungsten heteropolyoxometallates (P2W18O626-) and molybdenum heteropolyoxometallate (P2Mo18O626-) into polyacrylamide matrix. FTIR results showed that the Dawson geometry of heteropolyoxometallates is still preserved inside the composites and strong coulombic interaction is built between heteropolyoxometallates and polyacrylamide via hydrogen bonding. Irradiated with ultraviolet light, the transparent films change from colorless to blue and show reversible photochromism.The bleaching process occurs when the films are in contact with air or O2 in the dark. The molybdenum heteropolyoxometallate hybrid film has higher photochromic efficiency and slower bleaching reaction than tungsten heteropolyoxometallate hybrid film. ESR results indicated that polyacrylamide is a hydrogen donor and the photoreduced process is in accordance with the radical mechanism.

  12. Enhanced water vapor barrier properties for biopolymer films by polyelectrolyte multilayer and atomic layer deposited Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} double-coating

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    Hirvikorpi, Terhi [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Biologinkuja 7, Espoo, P.O. Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT (Finland); Vaehae-Nissi, Mika, E-mail: mika.vaha-nissi@vtt.fi [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Biologinkuja 7, Espoo, P.O. Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT (Finland); Harlin, Ali [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Biologinkuja 7, Espoo, P.O. Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT (Finland); Salomaeki, Mikko [University of Turku, Department of Chemistry, Laboratory of Materials Chemistry and Chemical Analysis, Vatselankatu 2, FI-20014 (Finland); Areva, Sami [Tampere University of Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Biokatu 6, P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere (Finland); Korhonen, Juuso T. [Aalto University School of Science, Department of Applied Physics, P.O. Box 15100 FI-00076 AALTO, Espoo (Finland); Karppinen, Maarit [Aalto University School of Chemical Technology, Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, P.O. Box 16100, FI-00076 AALTO, Espoo (Finland)

    2011-09-01

    Commercial polylactide (PLA) films are coated with a thin (20 nm) non-toxic polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) film made from sodium alginate and chitosan and additionally with a 25-nm thick atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer. The double-coating of PEM + Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is found to significantly enhance the water vapor barrier properties of the PLA film. The improvement is essentially larger compared with the case the PLA film being just coated with an ALD-grown Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer. The enhanced water vapor barrier characteristics of the PEM + Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} double-coated PLA films are attributed to the increased hydrophobicity of the surface of these films.

  13. Regulating Cell Apoptosis on Layer-by-Layer Assembled Multilayers of Photosensitizer-Coupled Polypeptides and Gold Nanoparticles

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    Xing, Ruirui; Jiao, Tifeng; Ma, Kai; Ma, Guanghui; Möhwald, Helmuth; Yan, Xuehai

    2016-05-01

    The design of advanced, nanostructured materials by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly at the molecular level is of great interest because of the broad application of these materials in the biomedical field especially in regulating cell growth, adhesion, movement, differentiation and detachment. Here, we fabricated functional hybrid multilayer films by LbL assembly of biocompatible photosensitizer-coupled polypeptides and collagen-capped gold nanoparticles. The resulting multilayer film can well accommodate cells for adhesion, growth and proliferation. Most significantly, controlled cell apoptosis (detachment) and patterning of the multilayer film is achieved by a photochemical process yielding reactive oxygen species (ROS). Moreover, the site and shape of apoptotic cells can be controlled easily by adjusting the location and shape of the laser beam. The LbL assembled multilayer film with integration of functions provides an efficient platform for regulating cell growth and apoptosis (detachment).

  14. Facile fabrication of transparent, broadband photoresponse, self-cleaning multifunctional graphene-TiO2 hybrid films.

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    Zhu, Jiayi; Cao, Yang; He, Junhui

    2014-04-15

    We reported a novel approach to fabricate graphene-TiO2 hybrid films by combination of the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly and the surface sol-gel (SSG) process. The reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanosheets and films were characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-visible absorbance spectroscopy, contact angle/interface system, and four-point probe. It was found that the graphene-TiO2 hybrid film showed enhanced photoresponse performance compared with RGO thin film and TiO2 thin film. The photoresponse properties of hybrid films could be manipulated by variation of the cycle numbers of RGO LbL assembly and titanium precursor SSG process. Photoinduced superhydrophility of the hybrid film was shown under broadband light illumination. The obtained transparent, superhydrophilic and conductive graphene-TiO2 hybrid film showed excellent photoresponse, antifogging, and antistatic behaviors.

  15. Deposition of B{sub 4}C/BCN/c-BN multilayered thin films by r.f. magnetron sputtering

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    Bejarano, G. [Laboratorio de Recubrimientos Duros del CDT-ASTIN SENA, Cali (Colombia); Caicedo, J.M. [Laboratorio de Recubrimientos Duros del CDT-ASTIN SENA, Cali (Colombia); Baca, E. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad del Valle, A.A. 25360, Cali (Colombia); Prieto, P. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad del Valle, A.A. 25360, Cali (Colombia)]. E-mail: pprieto@calima.univalle.edu.co; Balogh, A.G. [Institute for Material Science, Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany); Enders, S. [Max Plank Institute, Department of Material Research, Stuttgart (Germany)

    2006-01-03

    Thin films of cubic boron nitride (c-BN) and B{sub 4}C/BCN/c-BN multilayers, were deposited by r.f. (13.56 MHz) multi-target magnetron sputtering from high-purity (99.99%) h-BN and a (99.5%) B{sub 4}C targets, in an Ar (90%)/N{sub 2} (10%) gas mixture. Films were deposited onto silicon substrates with (100) orientations at 300 {sup o}C, with r.f. power density near 7 W/cm{sup 2}. In order to obtain the highest fraction of the c-BN phase, an r.f. substrate bias voltage between - 100 and - 300 V was applied during the initial nucleation process and - 50 to - 100 V during the film growth. Additionally, B{sub 4}C and BCN films were deposited and analyzed individually. For their deposition, we varied the bias voltage of the B{sub 4}C films between - 50 and - 250 V, and for the BCN coatings, the nitrogen gas flow from 3% to 12%. A 300-nm-thick TiN buffer layer was first deposited to improve the adhesion of all samples. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed the presence of c-BN (111) and h-BN phases. FTIR spectroscopy measurements indicate the presence of a peak at 780 cm{sup -} {sup 1} referred to as 'out-of-plane' h-BN vibration mode; another peak at 1100 cm{sup -} {sup 1} corresponds to the c-BN TO mode and the 'in-plane' vibration mode of the h-BN at 1400 cm{sup -} {sup 1}. BN films deposited at 300 deg. C at a pressure of 4.0 Pa and under - 150 V of nucleation r.f. bias, applied for 35 min, presented the highest c-BN fraction, near 85%. By using 32 layers, it was possible to deposit a 4.6-{mu}m-thick c-BN film with adequate mechanical properties and good adhesion to the substrate.

  16. Tailor-made oxide architectures attained by molecularly permeable metal-oxide organic hybrid thin films.

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    Sarkar, Debabrata; Taffa, Dereje Hailu; Ishchuk, Sergey; Hazut, Ori; Cohen, Hagai; Toker, Gil; Asscher, Micha; Yerushalmi, Roie

    2014-08-21

    Tailor-made metal oxide (MO) thin films with controlled compositions, electronic structures, and architectures are obtained via molecular layer deposition (MLD) and solution treatment. Step-wise formation of permeable hybrid films by MLD followed by chemical modification in solution benefits from the versatility of gas phase reactivity on surfaces while maintaining flexibility which is more common at the liquid phase.

  17. Preparation and characterization of cellulose acetate organic/inorganic hybrid films

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    Saeed S. Shojaie; Timothy G. Rials; Stephen S. Kelley

    1995-01-01

    A series of organic/inorganic hybrid (OIH) films were prepared using cellulose acetate (CA) as the organic component and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) as the inorganic component. The chemical, morphological, and mechanical properties of these films were evaluated with a variety of analytical techniques. The results of these evaluations showed that crosslinked CA OIH...

  18. Electrical properties of films of zinc oxide nanoparticles and its hybrid with reduced graphene oxide

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    Madhuri, K. Priya; Bramhaiah, K.; John, Neena S., E-mail: jsneena@cnsms.res.in [Center for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences, P. B. No. 1329, Jalahalli, Bangalore-560013 (India)

    2016-05-23

    Free-standing films of ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-ZnO NPs hybrid are prepared at a liquid/liquid interface. The films are characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. ZnO film consists of spherical aggregated NPs while the hybrid film contains folded sheets of rGO with embedded ZnO NPs. Electrical properties of the films and its photoresponse in presence of UV radiation are investigated using current sensing atomic force microscopy (CSAFM) at nanoscale and bulk measurements using two probe methods. Enhancement in photocurrent is observed in both cases and the current imaging reveals an inhomogeneous contribution by different ZnO grains in the film.

  19. pH- and sugar-sensitive multilayer films composed of phenylboronic acid (PBA)-modified poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PBA-PAH) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA): A significant effect of PBA content on the film stability.

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    Seno, Masaru; Yoshida, Kentaro; Sato, Katsuhiko; Anzai, Jun-ichi

    2016-05-01

    Multilayer thin films composed of phenylboronic acid (PBA)-modified poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH), PBA-PAH, with different PBA contents were prepared to study the effect of PBA content on the stability of the films. An alternate deposition of PBA-PAH and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) on the surface of a quartz slide afforded multilayer films through forming boronate ester bonds between PBA-PAH and PVA. The 10-layered (PBA-PAH/PVA)10 films constructed using PBA-PAHs containing 16% and 26% PBA residues were stable in aqueous solutions over the range of pH 4.0-10.0, whereas the multilayer films composed of PBA-PAHs with 5.9% and 8.3% PBA decomposed at pH 8.0 or lower. The pH-sensitive decomposition of the films was rationalized based on the destabilization of the boronate ester bonds in neutral and acidic solutions. In addition, the (PBA-PAH/PVA)10 films decomposed in glucose and fructose solutions as a result of competitive binding of sugars to PBA-PAH in the films. The sugar response of the films depended on the PBA content in PBA-PAH. The (PBA-PAH/PVA)10 films consisting of 16% and 26% PBA-substituted PBA-PAHs are sensitive to physiological relevant level of glucose at pH7.4 while stable in glucose-free solution, suggesting a potential use of the films in constructing glucose-induced delivery systems.

  20. Evaluation of mechanical properties and DSC study of commercial multilayer PA/PE film treated with E-beam radiation

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    Ortiz, Angel V. [UNIPAC Embalagens Ltda., Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: angel.ortiz@unipacnet.com; Moura, Esperidiana A.B. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: eabmoura@ipen.br; Coelho, Antonio C.V. [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Escola Politecnica]. E-mail: acvcoelh@usp.br

    2005-07-01

    Packaging materials have been widely processed by ionizing radiation in order to improve their chemical and physical properties and also for sterilization purposes. Basically, flexible packaging manufacturers apply specific radiation doses to promote cross-linking and scission of the polymeric chains and thus obtain alterations in certain properties of the material. While enhancing a specific property, significant losses may result in others. In this study, we examined the effects of E-beam radiation on a commercial multilayer PA6/LDPE based film, irradiated with doses up to 127 kGy. Food producers mostly use this structure as a thermoforming bottom web for processed meat products. Two weeks after irradiation, tensile strength and elongation of the film were analyzed. Both mechanical properties were again analyzed 18 months after irradiation took place. Significant changes of mechanical properties were observed specially 18 months after irradiation. Once cross-linking and scission are able to affect the material crystalline arrangement and consequently cause properties changes, a DSC ( Differential Scanning Calorimetry) study was carried out for doses up to 130 kGy in order to verify such changes. (author)

  1. Thin Film, Near-Surface and Multi-Layer Investigations by Low-Energy {mu}{sup +}SR

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    Prokscha, T., E-mail: thomas.prokscha@psi.ch; Morenzoni, E.; Suter, A.; Khasanov, R.; Luetkens, H.; Eshchenko, D.; Garifianov, N. [Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI (Switzerland); Forgan, E. M. [University of Birmingham (United Kingdom); Keller, H. [Universitaet Zuerich (Switzerland); Litterst, J. [Technische Universitaet Braunschweig (Germany); Niedermayer, C. [Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI (Switzerland); Nieuwenhuys, G. [Leiden University (Netherlands)

    2004-12-15

    At the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, Villigen, Switzerland) the beam of low-energy positive polarised muons (LE-{mu}{sup +}) with tunable energy between 0.5 and 30 keV allows the extension of the muon-spin-rotation technique ({mu}SR) to studies on thin films and multi-layers (LE-{mu}{sup +}SR). The range of these muons in solids covers the near-surface region up to implantation depths of about 300 nm. As a sensitive local magnetic probe with a complementary observational time window to other techniques LE-{mu}{sup +}SR offers the unique possibility to gain new insights in these nano-scale objects. After outlining the current status of the LE-{mu}{sup +} beam line we demonstrate the potential of this new technique by presenting the results of recent experiments: i) the direct observation of non-local effects in a superconducting Pb film, ii) the oxygen isotope effect on the in-plane penetration depth in optimally doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}, and iii) the first observation of the conduction electron spin polarisation in the Ag spacer of a Fe/Ag/Fe tri-layer.

  2. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in ultrathin Co|Ni multilayer films studied with ferromagnetic resonance and magnetic x-ray microspectroscopy

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    Macia, F., E-mail: ferran.macia@gmail.com [Department of Physics, New York University, 4 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003 (United States); Warnicke, P. [National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973 (United States); Bedau, D. [Department of Physics, New York University, 4 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003 (United States); Im, M.-Y.; Fischer, P. [Center for X-ray Optics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Arena, D.A. [National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973 (United States); Kent, A.D. [Department of Physics, New York University, 4 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003 (United States)

    2012-11-15

    Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectroscopy, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectroscopy and magnetic transmission soft x-ray microscopy (MTXM) experiments have been performed to gain insight into the magnetic anisotropy and domain structure of ultrathin Co|Ni multilayer films with a thin permalloy layer underneath. MTXM images with a spatial resolution better than 25 nm were obtained at the Co L{sub 3} edge down to an equivalent thickness of Co of only 1 nm, which establishes a new lower boundary on the sensitivity limit of MTXM. Domain sizes are shown to be strong functions of the anisotropy and thickness of the film. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We show record sensitivity of x-ray microscopy in a 1 nm Co effective thickness. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We found extreme sensitivity of the domain structure to number of bilayer repeats. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Perpendicular anisotropy is nearly independent of the number of bilayers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have combined Ferromagnetic resonance and high resolution XMCD microscopy.

  3. Structural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures electrochemically synthesized on AZO/Ag/AZO-multilayer-film-coated polyethersulfone substrates

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    Oh, Dohyun; Yoo, Chan Ho; No, Young Soo; Kim, Su Youn; Kim, Tae Whan; Cho, Woon-Jo; Kim, Jin Young

    2012-05-01

    ZnO nanostructures were formed on Al-doped ZnO (AZO)/Ag/AZO-multilayer-film-coated flexible polyethersulfone (PES) substrates at low temperature by using an electrochemical deposition method. The resistivity of the AZO/Ag/AZO multilayer films decreased with increasing thickness of the Ag film. X-ray diffraction patterns for the ZnO nanostructures showed that the crystal structure of the ZnO was hexagonal wurtzite and that the orientation was along the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. Scanning electron microscopy images showed that the ZnO nanostructures grown at current densities of -1.0 and -1.5 mA/cm2 were ZnO nanorods with diameters of 150 nm and ZnO nanoflowers with a planar dimension, respectively. Photoluminescence spectra showed that the band-edge emission peak of the ZnO nanostructures dominantly appeared in the ultraviolet region. These results showed that ZnO nanorods and nanoflowers with high quality were synthesized on AZO/Ag/AZO-multilayer-film-coated PES substrates.

  4. Structural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures electrochemically synthesized on AZO/Ag/AZO-multilayer-film-coated polyethersulfone substrates

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    Oh, Dohyun [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yoo, Chanho; No, Youngsoo; Kim, Suyoun; Kim, Taewhan [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Woonjo [Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jinyoung [Kwangwoon University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    ZnO nanostructures were formed on Al-doped ZnO (AZO)/Ag/AZO-multilayer-film-coated flexible polyethersulfone (PES) substrates at low temperature by using an electrochemical deposition method. The resistivity of the AZO/Ag/AZO multilayer films decreased with increasing thickness of the Ag film. X-ray diffraction patterns for the ZnO nanostructures showed that the crystal structure of the ZnO was hexagonal wurtzite and that the orientation was along the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. Scanning electron microscopy images showed that the ZnO nanostructures grown at current densities of - 1.0 and - 1.5 mA/cm{sup 2} were ZnO nanorods with diameters of 150 nm and ZnO nanoflowers with a planar dimension, respectively. Photoluminescence spectra showed that the band-edge emission peak of the ZnO nanostructures dominantly appeared in the ultraviolet region. These results showed that ZnO nanorods and nanoflowers with high quality were synthesized on AZO/Ag/AZO-multilayer-film-coated PES substrates.

  5. A surface-mediated siRNA delivery system developed with chitosan/hyaluronic acid-siRNA multilayer films through layer-by-layer self-assembly

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    Wu, Lijuan; Wu, Changlin; Liu, Guangwan; Liao, Nannan; Zhao, Fang; Yang, Xuxia; Qu, Hongyuan; Peng, Bo; Chen, Li; Yang, Guang

    2016-12-01

    siRNA delivery remains highly challenging because of its hydrophilic and anionic nature and its sensitivity to nuclease degradation. Effective siRNA loading and improved transfection efficiency into cells represents a key problem. In our study, we prepared Chitosan/Hyaluronic acid-siRNA multilayer films through layer-by-layer self-assembly, in which siRNAs can be effectively loaded and protected. The construction process was characterized by FTIR, 13C NMR (CP/MAS), UV-vis spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). We presented the controlled-release performance of the films during incubation in 1 M NaCl solution for several days through UV-vis spectroscopy and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). Additionally, we verified the stability and integrity of the siRNA loaded on multilayer films. Finally, the biological efficacy of the siRNA delivery system was evaluated via cells adhesion and gene silencing analyses in eGFP-HEK 293T cells. This new type of surface-mediated non-viral multilayer films may have considerable potential in the localized and controlled-release delivery of siRNA in mucosal tissues, and tissue engineering application.

  6. ZnO/Cu2S/ZnO Multilayer Films: Structure Optimization and Its Detail Data for Applications on Photoelectric and Photocatalytic Properties

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    Zhenxing Wang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Monolayer Cu2S and ZnO, and three kinds of complex films, Cu2S/ZnO, ZnO/Cu2S, and ZnO/Cu2S/ZnO, were deposited on glass substrates by means of radio frequency (RF magnetron sputtering device. The impact of the thickness of ZnO and Cu2S on the whole transmittance, conductivity, and photocatalysis was investigated. The optical and electrical properties of the multilayer were studied by optical spectrometry and four point probes. Numerical simulation of the optical transmittance of the multilayer films has been carried out in order to guide the experimental work. The comprehensive performances of the multilayers as transparent conductive coatings were compared using the figure of merit. Compared with monolithic Cu2S and ZnO films, both the optical transmission property and photocatalytic performance of complex films such as Cu2S/ZnO and ZnO/Cu2S/ZnO change significantly.

  7. Facile fabrication of boron nitride nanosheets-amorphous carbon hybrid film for optoelectronic applications

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    Wan, Shanhong

    2015-01-01

    A novel boron nitride nanosheets (BNNSs)-amorphous carbon (a-C) hybrid film has been deposited successfully on silicon substrates by simultaneous electrochemical deposition, and showed a good integrity of this B-C-N composite film by the interfacial bonding. This synthesis can potentially provide the facile control of the B-C-N composite film for the potential optoelectronic devices. This journal is

  8. Hybrid thin films derived from UV-curable acrylate-modified waterborne polyurethane and monodispersed colloidal silica

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    C. H. Yang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Hybrid thin films containing nano-sized inorganic domains were synthesized from UV-curable acrylate-modified waterborne polyurethane (WPU-AC and monodispersed colloidal silica with coupling agent. The coupling agent, 3-(trimethoxysilylpropyl methacrylate (MSMA, was bonded onto colloidal silica first, and then mixed with WPU-AC to form a precursor solution. This precursor was spin coated, dried and UV-cured to generate the hybrid films. The silica content in the hybrid thin films was varied from 0 to 30 wt%. Experimental results showed the aggregation of silica particles in the hybrid films. Thus, the silica domain in the hybrid films was varied from 30 to 50 nm by the different ratios of MSMAsilica to WPU-AC. The prepared hybrid films from the crosslinked WPU-AC/MSMA-silica showed much better thermal stability and mechanical properties than pure WPU-AC.

  9. Growth behaviour and mechanical properties of PLL/HA multilayer films studied by AFM.

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    Uzüm, Cagri; Hellwig, Johannes; Madaboosi, Narayanan; Volodkin, Dmitry; von Klitzing, Regine

    2012-01-01

    Scanning- and colloidal-probe atomic force microscopy were used to study the mechanical properties of poly(L-lysine)/hyaluronan (PLL/HA)(n) films as a function of indentation velocity and the number of polymer deposition steps n. The film thickness was determined by two independent AFM-based methods: scratch-and-scan and newly developed full-indentation. The advantages and disadvantages of both methods are highlighted, and error minimization techniques in elasticity measurements are addressed. It was found that the film thickness increases linearly with the bilayer number n, ranging between 400 and 7500 nm for n = 12 and 96, respectively. The apparent Young's modulus E ranges between 15 and 40 kPa and does not depend on the indenter size or the film bilayer number n. Stress relaxation measurements show that PLL/HA films have a viscoelastic behaviour, regardless of their thickness. If indentation is performed several times at the same lateral position on the film, a viscous/plastic deformation takes place.

  10. Influence of Zn doping on electrical and optical properties of multilayered tin oxide thin films

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    J S Bhat; K I Maddani; A M Karguppikar

    2006-06-01

    In this study, the electrical and optical properties of Zn doped tin oxide films prepared using sol–gel spin coating process have been investigated. The SnO2 : Zn multi-coating films were deposited at optimum deposition conditions using a hydroalcoholic solution consisting of stannous chloride and zinc chloride. Films with Zn doping levels from 0–10 wt% in solution are developed. The results of electrical measurements indicate that the sheet resistance of the deposited films increases with increasing Zn doping concentration and several superimposed coatings are necessary to reach expected low sheet resistance. Films with three coatings show minimum sheet resistance of 1.479 k/ in the case of undoped SnO2 and 77 k/ for 5 wt% Zn doped SnO2 when coated on glass substrate. In the case of single layer SnO2 film, absorption edge is 3.57 eV and when doped with Zn absorption edge shifts towards lower energies (longer wavelengths). The absorption edge lies in the range of 3.489–3.557 eV depending upon the Zn doping concentration. The direct and indirect transitions and their dependence on dopant concentration and number of coatings are presented.

  11. High-temperature superconductivity in potassium-coated multilayer FeSe thin films.

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    Miyata, Y; Nakayama, K; Sugawara, K; Sato, T; Takahashi, T

    2015-08-01

    The recent discovery of possible high-temperature (T(c)) superconductivity over 65 K in a monolayer FeSe film on SrTiO3 (refs 1-6) triggered a fierce debate on how superconductivity evolves from bulk to film, because bulk FeSe crystal exhibits a T(c) of no higher than 10 K (ref. 7). However, the difficulty in controlling the carrier density and the number of FeSe layers has hindered elucidation of this problem. Here, we demonstrate that deposition of potassium onto FeSe films markedly expands the accessible doping range towards the heavily electron-doped region. Intriguingly, we have succeeded in converting non-superconducting films with various thicknesses into superconductors with T(c) as high as 48 K. We also found a marked increase in the magnitude of the superconducting gap on decreasing the FeSe film thickness, indicating that the interface plays a crucial role in realizing the high-temperature superconductivity. The results presented provide a new strategy to enhance and optimize T(c) in ultrathin films of iron-based superconductors.

  12. Improved performances of AlN/polyimide hybrid film and its application in redistribution layer

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    Liu, Zhe; Ding, Guifu; Luo, Jiangbo; Lu, Wen; Zhao, Xiaolin; Cheng, Ping; Wang, Yanlei

    2016-09-01

    The AlN/polyimide (PI) hybrid film was studied as the dielectric layer in the redistribution layer (RDL) in this work. The incorporation of the AlN into the PI matrix was achieved by mechanical ball-milling process. The spin-coating process was used to fabricate the AlN/PI hybrid film, which is compatible with micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) technology for fabricating RDL. The AlN/PI hybrid film was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The effect of the AlN content on the thermal stability, thermal expansion coefficient, hardness and water adsorption of the AlN/PI hybrid film was studied. The results indicated that the addition of AlN nanoparticles improved the thermal stability and hardness, but decreased the thermal expansion coefficient and water absorption of the pure PI film. As an example of its typical application, the AlN/PI hybrid film with 8 wt.% AlN was patterned using micromachining technology and used as the dielectric layer in RDL successfully.

  13. Nanostructure characterization of Ni and B layers as artificial pinning centers in multilayered MgB{sub 2}/Ni and MgB{sub 2}/B superconducting thin films

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    Sosiati, H., E-mail: hsosiati@gmail.com [Nanomaterials Research Group, Integrated Research and Testing Laboratory (LPPT), Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta 55281 (Indonesia); Hata, S. [Department of Electrical and Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Doi, T. [Graduate School of Energy of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Matsumoto, A.; Kitaguchi, H. [National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan); Nakashima, H. [Department of Electrical and Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan)

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► Nanostructure characterization of Ni and B layers as artificial pinning centers (APCs). ► Relationship between nanostructure and J{sub c} property. ► Enhanced J{sub c} in parallel field by parallel APCs within the MgB{sub 2} film. -- Abstract: Research on the MgB{sub 2}/Ni and MgB{sub 2}/B multilayer films fabricated by an electron beam (EB) evaporation technique have been extensively carried out. The critical current density, J{sub c} of MgB{sub 2}/Ni and MgB{sub 2}/B multilayer films in parallel fields has been suggested to be higher than that of monolayer MgB{sub 2} film due to introducing the artificial pinning centers of nano-sized Ni and B layers. Nanostructure characterization of the artificial pinning centers in the multilayer films were examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning TEM (STEM-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (STEM-EDS))–EDS to understand the mechanism of flux pinning. The growth of columnar MgB{sub 2} grains along the film-thickness direction was recognized in the MgB{sub 2}/Ni multilayer film, but not in the MgB{sub 2}/B multilayer film. Nano-sized Ni layers were present as crystalline epitaxial layers which is interpreted that Ni atoms might be incorporated into the MgB{sub 2} lattice to form (Mg,Ni)B{sub 2} phase. On the other hand, nano-sized B layers were amorphous layers. Crystalline (Mg,Ni)B{sub 2} layers worked more effectively than amorphous B-layers, providing higher flux-pinning force that resulted in higher J{sub c} of the MgB{sub 2}/Ni multilayer film than the MgB{sub 2}/B multilayer film.

  14. Hybrid Graphene and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Films for Enhanced Phase-Change Heat Transfer.

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    Seo, Han; Yun, Hyung Duk; Kwon, Soon-Yong; Bang, In Cheol

    2016-02-10

    Nucleate boiling is an effective heat transfer method in power generation systems and cooling devices. In this letter, hybrid graphene/single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT), graphene, and SWCNT films deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) surfaces were fabricated to investigate the enhancement of nucleate boiling phenomena described by the critical heat flux and heat transfer coefficient. The graphene films were grown on Cu foils and transferred to ITO surfaces. Furthermore, SWCNTs were deposited on the graphene layer to fabricate hybrid graphene/SWCNT films. We determined that the hybrid graphene/SWCNT film deposited on an ITO surface is the most effective heat transfer surface in pool boiling because of the interconnected network of carbon structures.

  15. Electret Characteristics of Hybrid Films Consisting of Porous Polytetrafluoroethylene and Teflon Fluoroethylenepropylene with Corona Charging

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    陈钢进; 韩高荣; Rudi Danz; Burkhard Elling

    2002-01-01

    We have prepared hybrid films consisting of porous polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and Teflon fluoroethylene-propylene (FEP) and we have investigated their charge dynamics of injection, transport and trapping using corona charging, isothermal and thermally stimulated surface-potential decay measurements. The results indicate that the hybrid film samples show different electret characteristics when charged through side PTFE or side FEP. The samples charged negatively through side porous PTFE show the best charge stability. Their charge dynamics differs very much from a single film. The effect of corona polarity on the electret behaviour in the hybrid film is very large. The experimental results are explained with the three structure level model of charge storage in electrets.

  16. Syntheses and Tribological Property of CrMoN/MoS2 Multilayer Films on Piston Rings of Heavy Vehicle Engine

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    WANG Xiancheng; LI Qi; LI Ruoting; DI Yuelan

    2016-01-01

    In order to prolong the service life of piston rings of heavy vehicle engine and decrease the friction and wear of piston rings and cylinder liner, CrMoN/MoS2 multilayer iflms were deposited on the surface of rings by magnetron sputtering and low temperature ion sulfuration. FESEM equipped with EDX was adopted to analyze the compositions and morphologies of surface, cross-section, and wear scars of the multilayer iflms. The nano-hardness and Young’s modulus of the iflms were measured by a nano tester. Tribological properties of the iflms were tested by an SRV®4 wear tester. The experimental results indicate that the structures of the multilayer films are dense and compact. The films possess nano hardness value of approximately 26.7 GPa and superior ability of plastic deformation resistance. The multilayer iflms can activate solid lubricating, and possess an excellent antifriction and wear resistance under the conditions of heavy load, high frequency, high temperature, and dynamic load.

  17. PHOTOCALYTIC EFFICIENCY OF TiO Ag/TiO MULTILAYER 2 2 FILMS GROWN BY SOL-GEL TECHNIQUE

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    Villa, K.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Heterogeneous photocatalysis is a new oxidation advanced technology (OAT; it has become an alternative method for air and water purification as a very efficient for removing organic pollutants in the environment, such as pesticides, colors, and microorganisms, and they are completely mineralized by this process. One of the most common photocatalyst is titanium dioxide (TiO for being cheap, reusable, nontoxic, resistant to photocorrosion, 2 and with high oxidant power. However for this material, the efficient use of sunlight in photocatalysis needs a lower energy threshold for the photoexcitation. One way is by doping the TiO with transition metals and non- 2 metallic impurities. In this work, the growth of multilayer films TiO Ag/TiO through the sol-gel technique is 2 2 reported. As substrates were used conventional microscope slides, which were impregnated sequentially by immersion-extraction, with a solution containing the precursor of TiO and with one containing the precursor 2 adding AgNO to a constant concentration of 15%. The number of impregnated layers was varied and the sintering 3 temperature used was 600 °C. These films were characterized by x-ray diffraction and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The photocatalytical efficiency of the films was measured by the decolorization of a solution of methylene blue and those that showed better results were used to test on contaminated water samples, evaluating its power in the disinfection of total and fecal coliforms, and the organic load decrement (OLD after the photocatalytic process.

  18. Electrocatalytic behaviour of hybrid cobalt–manganese hexacyanoferrate film on glassy carbon electrode

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    Vinu Mohan, A.M., E-mail: vinumohan756@gmail.com; Rambabu, Gutru, E-mail: chinnu.ram09@gmail.com; Aswini, K.K., E-mail: aswinikk@ymail.com; Biju, V.M., E-mail: vmbiju@ymail.com

    2014-08-28

    A thin film of hybrid cobalt–manganese hexacyanoferrate (CoMnHCF), a redox mediator was electrodeposited on a glassy carbon (GC) electrode and was employed as an amperometric sensor towards L-Tryptophan (L-Trp). The hybrid film was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction technique (XRD), scanning electron microscope–energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM–EDAX), and electrochemical techniques. The atomic absorption spectroscopic analysis provided the stoichiometry of the hybrid film to be K{sub 1.74-y} Co{sub y} Mn{sub 0.78} [Fe(CN){sub 6}], y ≤ 0.68. The electrochemical impedance study revealed the excellent charge transfer properties of GC/CoMnHCF electrode. The voltammetric investigations demonstrated exceptional electrocatalytic properties of the hybrid film modified electrode when compared to that of bare GC, GC/CoHCF and GC/MnHCF electrodes, towards the L-Trp oxidation. The kinetic parameters such as electron transfer coefficient, the electron transfer rate constant, the diffusion coefficient and the catalytic rate constant for the electrooxidation process of L-Trp were investigated. The amperometric detection of L-Trp employing GC/CoMnHCF electrode possessed a good sensitivity of 10 × 10{sup −2} A M{sup −1} cm{sup −2} in a wide range of detection (2–200 μM) at a reduced overpotential of 680 mV. In addition, the proposed amperometric method was applied to the detection of L-Trp in commercial milk samples with reproducible results. - Highlights: • A hybrid cobalt–manganese hexacyanoferrate film was prepared. • The hybrid film possesses excellent charge transfer properties. • The hybrid film exhibits excellent electrocatalytic properties towards Tryptophan. • Tryptophan detection is possible from commercial milk samples.

  19. Fabrication of Nonsintered Alumina-Resin Hybrid Films by Inkjet-Printing Technology

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    Jang, Hun Woo; Kim, Jihoon; Kim, Hyo-tae; Yoon, Youngjoon; Lee, Sung-nam; Hwang, Haejin; Kim, Jonghee

    2010-07-01

    We used the inkjet printing to fabricate alumina-resin hybrid films without a high temperature sintering process. Single- and co-solvent ink systems showing different evaporation behaviors were formulated in order to understand their impacts on the inkjet-printing of the alumina dots, lines, and films. The packing densities of the inkjet-printed alumina films from both ink systems were around 60% which is higher than the value obtained by other conventional methods. Since the high temperature sintering process was avoided, the polymer-resin was infiltrated through the inkjet-printed alumina films by the same inkjet printing as a binder. The microstructures of these hybrid films were investigated in order to confirm if the microvoids in the films were filled with the resin. The dielectric properties of these hybrid films such as relative permittivity and Q-value were measured in order to assess if these hybrid materials is applicable to three-dimensional (3D) system integration as ceramic package substrates.

  20. Structure of high-reflectance La/B-based multilayer mirrors with partial La nitridation

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    Kuznetsov, D.; Yakshin, A.; Sturm, J.M.; Kruijs, van de R.W.E.; Bijkerk, F.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate a hybrid thin film deposition procedure that significantly enhances reflectivity of La/B based nanoscale multilayer structures to be used as Extreme UV mirrors at 6.7 nm wavelength and beyond. We have analyzed the La-nitridation process in detail, and proposed a growth mechanism and d

  1. Synthesis and Evaluation of Single Layer, Bilayer, and Multilayer Thermoelectric Thin Films

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    Farmer, J. C.; Barbee, T. W. Jr.; Chapline, G. C. Jr.; Olsen, M. L.; Foreman, R. J.; Summers, L. J.; Dresselhaus, M. S.; Hicks, L. D.

    1995-01-20

    The relative efficiency of a thermoelectric material is measured in terms of a dimensionless figure of merit, ZT. Though all known thermoelectric materials are believed to have ZT{le}1, recent theoretical results predict that thermoelectric devices fabricated as two-dimensional quantum wells (2D QWs) or one-dimensional (ID) quantum wires could have ZT{ge}3. Multilayers with the dimensions of 2D QWs have been synthesized by alternately sputtering thermoelectric and barrier materials onto a moving single-crystal sapphire substrate from dual magnetrons. These materials have been used to test the thermoelectric quantum well concept and gain insight into relevant transport mechanisms. If successful, research could lead to thermoelectric devices that have efficiencies close to that of an ideal Carnot engine. Ultimately, such devices could be used to replace conventional heat engines and mechanical refrigeration systems.

  2. Synthesis and evaluation of single layer, bilayer, and multilayer thermoelectric thin films

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    Farmer, J.C.; Barbee, T.W. Jr.; Chapline, G.C. Jr.; Olsen, M.L.; Foreman, R.J.; Summers, L.J. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Dresselhaus, M.S.; Hicks, L.D. [Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Physics

    1995-01-20

    The relative efficiency of a thermoelectric material is measured in terms of a dimensionless figure of merit, ZT. Though all known thermoelectric materials are believed to have ZT{le}1, recent theoretical results predict that thermoelectric devices fabricated as two-dimensional quantum wells (2D QWs) or one-dimensional (ID) quantum wires could have ZT{ge}3. Multilayers with the dimensions of 2D QWs have been synthesized by alternately sputtering thermoelectric and barrier materials onto a moving single-crystal sapphire substrate from dual magnetrons. These materials have been used to test the thermoelectric quantum well concept and gain insight into relevant transport mechanisms. If successful, research could lead to thermoelectric devices that have efficiencies close to that of an ideal Carnot engine. Ultimately, such devices could be used to replace conventional heat engines and mechanical refrigeration systems.

  3. Multi-Layered TiO2 Films towards Enhancement of Escherichia coli Inactivation

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    Sorachon Yoriya

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Crystalline TiO2 has shown its great photocatalytic properties in bacterial inactivation. This work presents a design fabrication of low-cost, layered TiO2 films assembled reactors and a study of their performance for a better understanding to elucidate the photocatalytic effect on inactivation of E. coli in water. The ability to reduce the number of bacteria in water samples for the layered TiO2 composing reactors has been investigated as a function of time, while varying the parameters of light sources, initial concentration of bacteria, and ratios of TiO2 film area and volume of water. Herein, the layered TiO2 films have been fabricated on the glass plates by thermal spray coating prior to screen printing, allowing a good adhesion of the films. Surface topology and crystallographic phase of TiO2 for the screen-printed active layer have been characterized, resulting in the ratio of anatase:rutile being 80:20. Under exposure to sunlight and a given condition employed in this study, the optimized film area:water volume of 1:2.62 has shown a significant ability to reduce the E. coli cells in water samples. The ratio of surface area of photocatalytic active base to volume of water medium is believed to play a predominant role facilitating the cells inactivation. The kinetic rate of inactivation and its behavior are also described in terms of adsorption of reaction species at different contact times.

  4. Optimization of Multilayer Laminated Film and Absorbent of Vacuum Insulation Panel for Use at High Temperature

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    Araki, Kuninari; Echigoya, Wataru; Tsuruga, Toshimitsu; Kamoto, Daigorou; Matsuoka, Shin-Ichi

    For the energy saving regulation and larger capacity, Vacuum Insulation Panel (VIP) has been used in refrigerators with urethane foam in recent years. VIP for low temperature is constructed by laminated plastic film, using heat welding of each neighboring part for keeping vacuum, so that the performance decrement is very large under high temperature. But recently high efficiency insulation material is desired for high temperature water holding devices (automatic vending machine, heat pump water heater, electric hot-water pot water, etc.), and we especially focused on cost and ability of the laminated plastic film and absorbent for high temperature VIP. We measured the heatproof temperature of plastic films and checked the amount of water vapor and out coming gas on temperature-programmed adsorption in absorbent. These results suggest the suitable laminated film and absorbent system for VIP use at high temperature, and the long-term reliability was evaluated by measuring thermal conductivity of high temperature. As a result it was found that high-retort pouch of CPP (cast polypropylene film) and adding of aluminum coating are the most suitable materials for use in the welded layers of high-temperature VIPs (105°C).

  5. INFLUENCE OF THE NONMAGNETIC METAL SPACER ON THE MAGNETIC PROPERTIES AND MICROSTRUCTURE OF THE MULTILAYER FILMS

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    M.H. Li; G.H. Yu; F.W. Zhu; H.W. Jiang; W.Y. Lai

    2006-01-01

    Ta/NiFe/Bi (Ag,Cu)/FeMn/Ta and Ta/NiFeⅠ/FeMn/Bi (Ag, Cu)/NiFeⅡ/Ta films were prepared by magnetic sputtering. The texture and the dependences of the exchange-coupling field on the thickness of Bi, Ag, and Cu in Ta/NiFe/Bi(Ag, Cu) /FeMn/Ta and Ta/NiFeⅠ/FeMn/Bi(Ag, Cu)/NiFeⅡ/Ta films were studied. XPS results indicate that the Bi atoms migrated into the FeMn layer during the deposition process and a FeMnBi alloy was probably formed or the Bi atoms existed as an impurity in the FeMn layer in Ta/NiFe/Bi(Ag, Cu)/FeMn/Ta. Otherwise, in Ta/NiFeⅠ/FeMn/Bi (Ag, Cu ) /NiFeⅡ/Ta films, Bi, Ag, and Cu atoms do not remain entirely at the interface of the FeMn/NiFeⅡ film, but at least partly segregate to the surface of the NiFe film.

  6. Structure, morphology and optical properties of multilayered sol-gel BaTi{sub 0.85}Zr{sub 0.15}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Vasilescu, Catalina A. [Polytechnics University of Bucharest, Department of Oxide Materials Science and Engineering, 1-7 Gh. Polizu, P.O. Box 12-134, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Crisan, Maria, E-mail: mcrisan@icf.ro [Ilie Murgulescu Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Ianculescu, Adelina C., E-mail: a.ianculescu@yahoo.com [Polytechnics University of Bucharest, Department of Oxide Materials Science and Engineering, 1-7 Gh. Polizu, P.O. Box 12-134, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Raileanu, Malina; Gartner, Mariuca [Ilie Murgulescu Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Anastasescu, Mihai, E-mail: manastasescu@icf.ro [Ilie Murgulescu Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Dragan, Nicolae; Crisan, Dorel [Ilie Murgulescu Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Gavrila, Raluca [National Institute of Microtechnologies, 32B Erou Iancu Nicolae, P.O. Box 38-160, 77190 Bucharest (Romania); Trusca, Roxana [S.C. METAV - Research and Development Bucharest, 31 C. A. Rosetti, 020011 Bucharest (Romania)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Multilayered BaTi{sub 0.85}Zr{sub 0.15}O{sub 3} sol-gel films coated on silicon wafers were performed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structure, surface topography and optical properties were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Perovskite BTZ phase were noted only in the thicker multilayer films (BTZ4-BTZ6). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A smaller roughness value was obtained for the six deposits BTZ film. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Multilayer BTZ films present a more uniform distribution of the average grain size. - Abstract: Continuous and homogeneous multilayered BaTi{sub 0.85}Zr{sub 0.15}O{sub 3} (BTZ) films were prepared by the sol-gel method and deposited on SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated the presence of well-crystallized, single phase perovskite BTZ phase only in the thicker, multilayer films (with more than three deposits). Beside the shrinkage of the unit cell, the increase of the deposits number in the BTZ films also induced an obvious surface smoothing, a higher compactness and a more uniform distribution of the average grain size, as observed by SEM and AFM investigations. The refractive index showed normal values indicating a high crystallinity degree for the films under investigation.

  7. Highly Conductive Graphene and Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Thin Films Produced From Aqueous Suspension.

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    Stevens, Bart; Guin, Tyler; Sarwar, Owais; John, Alyssa; Paton, Keith R; Coleman, Jonathan N; Grunlan, Jaime C

    2016-09-27

    Rapid, large-scale exfoliation of graphene in water has expanded its potential for use outside niche applications. This work focuses on utilizing aqueous graphene dispersions to form thin films using layer-by-layer processing, which is an effective method to produce large-area coatings from water-based solutions of polyelectrolytes. When layered with polyethyleneimine, graphene flakes stabilized with cholate are shown to be capable of producing films thinner than 100 nm. High surface coverage of graphene flakes results in electrical conductivity up to 5500 S m(-1) . With the relative ease of processing, the safe, cost effective nature of the ingredients, and the scalability of the deposition method, this system should be industrially attractive for producing thin conductive films for a variety of electronic and antistatic applications.

  8. Retardation and many-body effects in multilayer-film adsorption

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    Cheng, E.; Cole, Milton W.

    1988-07-01

    A discussion is presented of the relation between the film thickness d and the coexisting vapor pressure P for a physisorbed film. The theory of Dzyaloshinskii, Lifshitz, and Pitaevskii (DLP) is used to calculate the chemical potential Δμ≡-γ(d)d-3 relative to the value for bulk liquid. The relation is established between the DLP theory and a many-body expansion, of which the Frenkel-Halsey-Hill (FHH) theory is a first approximation to the nonretarded limit. Numerical calculations are performed for the cases of 4He, Ne, H2, N2, Ar, O2, CH4, Kr, and Xe films on glass, gold, graphite, Si, quartz, and Al. Typically, the effect of retardation is to reduce the thickness by 20% for d~200 Å. The function γ(d) is shown to have a universal retardation behavior with a thickness scale (d1/2) depending on both adsorbate and substrate characteristic frequencies.

  9. Note: Large area deposition of Rh single and Rh/W/Cu multilayer thin films on stainless steel substrate by pulsed laser deposition technique

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    Mostako, A. T. T.; Khare, Alika, E-mail: alika@iitg.ernet.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781039 (India)

    2014-04-15

    Mirror like thin films of single layer Rh and multilayer Rh/W/Cu are deposited on highly polished 50 mm diameter stainless steel substrate by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) technique for first mirror application in fusion reactors. For this, the conventional PLD technique has been modified by incorporating substrate rastering stage for large area deposition via PLD. Process optimization to achieve uniformity of deposition as estimated from fringe visibility and thickness is also discussed.

  10. Potential Use of Polyelectrolyte Multilayer thin Films in Vascular Tissue Engineering:Evaluation of the Viability and Adhesion of Endothelial Cells

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    Cédric; BOURA; Halima; KERDJOUDJ; Vanessa; MOBY; Pierre; SCHAAJ; Jean; Claude; VOEGEL; Jean-Franois; STOLTZ; Patrick; MENU

    2005-01-01

    1 IntroductionA method in vascular tissue engineering to obtain hemocompatible synthetic prosthesis consists to cover the luminal surface by a monolayer of endothelial cells (ECs). Nevertheless, the surface of current prosthesis does not favour the development of an ECs monolayer. Recently, a new versatile method of self-assembled architectures based on the alternate adsorption of polycations and polyanions has been developed to lead to the build-up of multilayered polyelectrolyte films (MPF). This new type...

  11. Preparation and gas sensing properties of novel CdS-supramolecular organogel hybrid films

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    Xia Huiyun; Peng Junxia; Liu Kaiqiang; Li Chen; Fang Yu [Key Laboratory of Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry of Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi' an 710062 (China)], E-mail: yfang@snnu.edu.cn

    2008-05-21

    A novel CdS-supramolecular organogel hybrid film with unusual morphology has been fabricated by exposing a supramolecular organogel film containing Cd(Ac){sub 2} in an H{sub 2}S atmosphere at room temperature. The organogel film was prepared by spin-coating a LMOG (low-molecular weight organic gelator) gel of dmethyl sulfoxide onto a glass plate substrate. XRD, SEM, EDS, TG-DTA, UV-vis, PL (photoluminescence) spectroscopy and PL lifetime measurements were employed to characterize the film. It was shown that the organogel film had functioned as a template to control the morphology of the final hybrid film. The quantities and sizes of the CdS particles embedded in the organogel films can be easily altered by varying the initial concentration of Cd(Ac){sub 2}. Importantly, the PL of the hybrid film is sensitive to the presence of some volatile organic monoamines and diamines. The selectivity and reversibility of the sensing process were investigated.

  12. Fabrication of molecular hybrid films of gold nanoparticle and polythiophene by covalent assembly

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    Sundaramurthy, Jayaraman, E-mail: jsu2@np.edu.sg [Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Block E5, 4 Engineering Drive 4, 117576 (Singapore); Environmental & Water Technology Centre of Innovation, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, 599489 (Singapore); Dharmarajan, Rajarathnam [CERAR, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095 (Australia); Srinivasan, M.P., E-mail: chesmp@nus.edu.sg [Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Block E5, 4 Engineering Drive 4, 117576 (Singapore)

    2015-08-31

    This work demonstrates the fabrication of molecular hybrid films comprising gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) incorporated in covalently assembled, substituted polythiophene (poly(3-(2-bromoethoxy)ethoxymethylthiophene-2,5-diyl (PBrEEMT))) films by different surface chemistry routes. AuNPs are incorporated in the immobilized polythiophene matrix due to its affinity for amine and sulfur. The amount of AuNPs present depends on the nature of the incorporation, the extent of film coverage and interaction of thiophene and amine groups. PBrEEMT films functionalized with amine rich polyallylamine immobilize greater numbers of AuNPs due to more extensive gold–amine interactions. Covalent binding between AuNP and PBrEEMT films was accomplished by using pre-functionalised AuNPs (4-aminothiophenol functionalized AuNPs). Atomic force microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to study the morphology and chemical constituents of assembled films. These approaches will pave the way for developing facile methods for nanoparticle incorporation and will also facilitate direct interaction of nanoparticles with the conducting polymer matrix and enhance the electrical properties of the films. - Highlights: • Covalent molecular assembly enabled the fabrication of molecular hybrid films. • Monomeric and polymeric species were employed as intermediate linkers. • Adopted approaches facilitated the direct interaction of gold nanoparticle in films. • The amount of nanoparticle incorporation depended on the extent of film coverage.

  13. R.F. magnetron sputtering of multilayered c-BN films on cemented carbide tool.

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    Park, Sungtae; Jeong, Sehoon; Lee, Kwangmin

    2011-02-01

    A c-BN thin film was deposited using a B4C target in a r.f. magnetron sputtering system. The c-BN layer was coated with a TiAIN adhesion layer (approximately 2 microm), boron carbide (approximately 1 microm) and BCN (10 approximately 15 nm) nano-gradient layer system. The c-BN layers with thicknesses of more than 0.5 microm were successfully deposited onto cemented carbide substrates. The high resolution XPS spectra analysis of B1s and N1s revealed that the c-BN film was mainly composed of sp3 BN bonds.

  14. Laser drilling of vias in dielectric for high density multilayer LSHI thick film circuits

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    Cocca, T.; Dakesian, S.

    1977-01-01

    A design analysis of a high density multilevel thick film digital microcircuit used for large scale integration is presented. The circuit employs 4 mil lines, 4 mil spaces and requires 4 mil diameter vias. Present screened and fired thick film technology is limited on a production basis to 16 mil square vias. A process whereby 4 mil diameter vias can be fabricated in production using laser technology was described along with a process to produce 4 mil diameter vias for conductor patterns which have 4 mil lines and 4 mil spacings.

  15. Optimization of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 thin films for multilayers

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    Humphreys, R.G.; Chew, N.G.; Satchell, J.S.; Goodyear, S.W.; Edwards, J.A.; Blenkinsop, S.E. (Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Malvern (United Kingdom))

    1991-03-01

    This paper studies the in situ growth of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thin films using e-beam coevaporation. The growth conditions for smooth YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} films with high T{sub c} and J{sub c} have been established. Superconductor-insulator and SIS structures have been grown using Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} as an epitaxial insulator, and preliminary vertical transport measurements in patterned structures are reported.

  16. Preparation of Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films by hybrid sputtering

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    Tanaka, Tooru; Nagatomo, Takeshi; Kawasaki, Daisuke; Nishio, Mitsuhiro; Guo, Qixin; Wakahara, Akihiro; Yoshida, Akira; Ogawa, Hiroshi

    2005-11-01

    In order to fabricate Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films, hybrid sputtering system with two sputter sources and two effusion cells is used. The Cu2ZnSnS4 films are fabricated by the sequential deposition of metal elements and annealing in S flux, varying the substrate temperature. The Cu2ZnSnS4 films with stoichiometric composition are obtained at the substrate temperature up to 400 °C, whereas the film composition becomes quite Zn-pool at the substrate temperature above 450 °C. The Cu2ZnSnS4 film shows p-type conductivity, and the optical absorption coefficient and the band gap of the Cu2ZnSnS4 film prepared in this experiment are suitable for fabricating a thin film solar cell.

  17. A direct assay of carboxyl-containing small molecules by SALDI-MS on a AgNP/rGO-based nanoporous hybrid film.

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    Hong, Min; Xu, Lidan; Wang, Fangli; Geng, Zhirong; Li, Haibo; Wang, Huaisheng; Li, Chen-Zhong

    2016-04-25

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) hybrid nanoporous structures fabricated by the layer-by-layer (LBL) electrostatic self-assembly have been applied as a simple platform for the rapid analysis of carboxyl-containing small molecules by surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization (D/I) mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS). By the simple one-step deposition of analytes onto the (AgNP/rGO)9 multilayer film, the MS measurements of various carboxyl-containing small molecules (including amino acids, fatty acids and organic dicarboxylic acids) can be done. In contrast to other energy transfer materials relative to AgNPs, the signal interferences of a Ag cluster (Agn(+) or Agn(-)) and a C cluster (Cn(+) or Cn(-)) have been effectively reduced or eliminated. The effects of various factors, such as the pore structure and composition of the substrates, on the efficiency of D/I have been investigated by comparing with the (AgNP)9 LBL nanoporous structure, (AgNP/rGO)9/(SiO2NP)6 LBL multilayer film and AgNP/prGO nanocomposites.

  18. Photoelectrochemical Cell of Hybrid Regioregular POLY(3-HEXYLTHIOPHENE-2,5-DIYL) and Molybdenum Disulfide Film

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    Abdelmola, Fatmaelzahraa M.; Ram, Manoj K.; Takshi, Arash; Stafanakos, Elias; Kumar, Ashok; Goswami, D. Yogi

    The photoelectrochemical cell attracts attention worldwide due to conversion of optical energy into electricity, production of hydrogen through water splitting and use in photodetector and photo-sensor applications. We have been working on the photochemical cell based on regioregular polyhexylthiophenes hybrid-structured films for photoelectrochemical and photovoltaic applications. This paper discusses the hybrid film studies on regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) with 2D molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) for photoelectrochemical cell. The hybrid P3HT/MoS2 films deposited over indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass plate or n-type silicon substrates were characterized using FTIR, UV/vis, electrochemical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. The optical measurements showed a higher absorption magnitude with low reflection properties of P3HT/MoS2 hybrid films revealing a superior photocurrent compared to both P3HT and MoS2 films. The P3HT/MoS2 hybrid-based photoelectrochemical cell yielded a short-circuit current (Isc) of 183.16μAṡcm-2, open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.92V, fill factor (FF) of 25% and power conversion efficiency (η) of 0.18% under the light intensity of 242Wṡm-2. The estimated power conversion efficiency and fill factor are comparable to organic-based photovoltaic devices.

  19. Release of ceria nanoparticles grafted on hybrid organic-inorganic films for biomedical application.

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    Pinna, Alessandra; Figus, Cristiana; Lasio, Barbara; Piccinini, Massimo; Malfatti, Luca; Innocenzi, Plinio

    2012-08-01

    The controlled release of nanoparticles from a hybrid organic-inorganic surface allows for developing several applications based on a slow delivery of oxygen scavengers into specific environments. We have successfully grafted ceria nanoparticles on a hybrid film surface and tested their release in a buffer solution; the tests have shown that the particles are continuously delivered within a time scale of hours. The hybrid film has been synthesized using 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane as precursor alkoxide; the synthesis has been performed in highly basic conditions to control the polycondensation reactions of both organic and inorganic networks via controlled aging of the solution. Only films prepared from aged solutions are able to graft ceria nanoparticles on their surface. The ceria nanoparticles have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and UV-vis spectroscopy, the hybrid films have been analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Raman imaging has been used for the release test. The hybrid film-ceria nanoparticles system fulfils the requirements of optical transparency and stability in buffer solutions which are necessary for biomedical applications.

  20. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and the magnetization process in CoFeB/Pd multilayer films

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    Ngo, Duc-The; Quach, Duy-Truong; Hung, Tran Quang

    2014-01-01

    with an effective uniaxial anisotropy up to 7.7 × 106 Jm−3 and a saturation magnetization as low as 200 emu cm−3 are achieved. The surface/interfacial anisotropy of the CoFeB/Pd interfaces—the main contribution to the PMA—is separated from the effective uniaxial anisotropy of the films and appears to increase...

  1. Microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of TiMoN/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} nano-multilayer films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Tao; Zhang, Guojun, E-mail: zhangguojun@xaut.edu.cn; Jiang, Bailing

    2015-01-30

    Highlights: • Structure and properties of TiMoN/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} films dependent on the structure of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}. • With increase of layer thickness, Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} changed from crystalline to amorphous state. • TiMoN/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} films with crystalline Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} show higher hardness than MoN{sub x}/SiN{sub x} films. • TiMoN/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} films all show lower COF than that of TiAlSiN/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} films. - Abstract: TiMoN/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} nano-multilayer films with different Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} layer thickness were synthesized using magnetron sputtering by changing the Si target current. The TiMoN/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} nano-multilayer films exhibited strong microstructure and properties dependence on the structures of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} layer. When Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} layer thickness (l{sub Si3N4}) was smaller than 0.8 nm, Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} layers maintained crystallization state, the as-deposited TiMoN/SiN{sub x} films exhibited much higher hardness and comparable coefficient of friction (COF) than that of MoN{sub x}/SiN{sub x} films. With the further increase of l{sub Si3N4}, Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} layer transformed to amorphous state, the hardness of TiMoN/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} films decreased gradually from 29.9 to 20.1 GPa and COF increased from 0.55 to 0.72. It totally shows better tribological properties than TiAlSiN/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} nano-multilayer films as a result of incorporating molybdenum nitride.

  2. Potential Use of Polyelectrolyte Multilayer thin Films in Vascular Tissue Engineering:Evaluation of the Viability and Adhesion of Endothelial Cells

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    Cédric BOURA; Halima KERDJOUDJ; Vanessa MOBY; Pierre SCHAAJ; Jean Claude VOEGEL; Jean-Fran(c)ois STOLTZ; Patrick MENU

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1 Introduction A method in vascular tissue engineering to obtain hemoeompatible synthetic prosthesis consists to cover the luminal surface by a monolayer of endothelial cells(ECs). Nevertheless, the surface of current prosthesis does not favour the development of an ECs monolayer.Recently, a new versatile method of self-assembled architectures based on the alternate adsorption of polycations and polyanions has been developed to lead to the build-up of multilayered polyelectrolyte films (MPF). This new type of surface modification offers also large possibilities for varying the physico-chemical properties such as roughness or surface charges, film thickness and viscoelastic properties.

  3. Design of a superhydrophobic and superoleophilic film using cured fluoropolymer@silica hybrid

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    Yang, Hao; Pi, Pihui; Yang, Zhuo-ru; Lu, Zhong; Chen, Rong

    2016-12-01

    Recently, considerable efforts have been made on superhydrophobic-superoleophilic filter to satisfy the requirements of the applications to oil/water separation. In this work, we obtained a superhydrophobic and superoleophilic film by coating cured fluoropolymer@silica hybrid on stainless steel mesh. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC) were used to determine the chemical composition and thermal stability of the sample. The effect of silica nanoparticles (NPs) concentration on the surface property of the hybrid film was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and contact angle analyzer. The results indicate that silica NPs not only enhance the thermal stability, but also strengthen the hydrophobicity and oleophilicity of the film. When 20 wt% silica NPs was added into the thermosetting fluoropolymer, the hybrid film shows both superhydrophobicity and superoleophilicity owing to the large surface roughness factor (RMS) and porous structure. Moreover, the hybrid film could be used to separate water from different oils effectively. When the pore size of the mesh is less than 300 μm, the oil/water separation efficiency of the film reaches above 99%, which shows a great potential application to dehydrate fuel oils.

  4. Preparation and antibacterial properties of hybrid-zirconia films with silver nanoparticles

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    Azocar, Ignacio, E-mail: manuel.azocar@usach.cl [Departamento de Quimica de los Materiales, Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH, Avenida Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Casilla 40, Correo 33, Santiago (Chile); Vargas, Esteban [Facultad de Ingenieria, Departamento de Metalurgia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH (Chile); Duran, Nicole [Departamento de Quimica de los Materiales, Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH, Avenida Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Casilla 40, Correo 33, Santiago (Chile); Arrieta, Abel [Departamento de Biologia, Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH (Chile); Gonzalez, Evelyn [Departamento de Quimica de los Materiales, Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH, Avenida Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Casilla 40, Correo 33, Santiago (Chile); Facultad de Ingenieria, Departamento de Metalurgia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH (Chile); Departamento de Biologia, Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH (Chile); Departamento de Quimica Farmacologica y Toxicologica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad de Chile, Sergio Livingstone Polhammer 1007, Santiago (Chile); and others

    2012-11-15

    The antimicrobial effect of incorporating silver nanoparticles (AgNps) into zirconia matrix-polyether glycol was studied. AgNps of 4-6 nm in size were synthesized using the inverse micelles method, and different doses of metallic nanoparticles were incorporated into zirconia-polyether glycol mixtures during the ageing procedure. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) of the modified hybrid film showed a homogenous distribution of 20-80 nm diameter AgNps, indicating agglomeration of these structures during film modification; such agglomerations were greater when increasing the dosage of the colloidal system. The AgNps-hybrid films showed higher antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria than for Gram-negative bacteria. Hybrid films prepared with dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT) stabilized AgNps presented enhanced antibacterial activity compared to that obtained through the addition of a high AgNO{sub 3} concentration (0.3 wt%). -- Graphical abstract: Atomic Force Micrographs, top and cross section view, showing silver nanoparticles embedded in a zirconia-polyether glycol hybrid film. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Antibacterial activity of films (zirconia-polyether glycol) modified with silver nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Biofilm formation is prevented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High sensibility against gram positive bacteria.

  5. Enhanced dielectric performance in polymer composite films with carbon nanotube-reduced graphene oxide hybrid filler.

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    Kim, Jin-Young; Kim, TaeYoung; Suk, Ji Won; Chou, Harry; Jang, Ji-Hoon; Lee, Jong Ho; Kholmanov, Iskandar N; Akinwande, Deji; Ruoff, Rodney S

    2014-08-27

    The electrical conductivity and the specific surface area of conductive fillers in conductor-insulator composite films can drastically improve the dielectric performance of those films through changing their polarization density by interfacial polarization. We have made a polymer composite film with a hybrid conductive filler material made of carbon nanotubes grown onto reduced graphene oxide platelets (rG-O/CNT). We report the effect of the rG-O/CNT hybrid filler on the dielectric performance of the composite film. The composite film had a dielectric constant of 32 with a dielectric loss of 0.051 at 0.062 wt% rG-O/CNT filler and 100 Hz, while the neat polymer film gave a dielectric constant of 15 with a dielectric loss of 0.036. This is attributed to the increased electrical conductivity and specific surface area of the rG-O/CNT hybrid filler, which results in an increase in interfacial polarization density between the hybrid filler and the polymer.

  6. MOCVD-derived multilayer Gd0.5Y0.5Ba2Cu3O7-δ films based on a novel heating method

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    Zhao, Ruipeng; Zhang, Fei; Liu, Qing; Xia, Yudong; Lu, Yuming; Cai, Chuanbing; Xiong, Jie; Tao, Bowan; Li, Yanrong

    2017-02-01

    Multilayer Gd0.5Y0.5Ba2Cu3O7-δ (GdYBCO) films have been deposited by the metal organic chemical vapor deposition process on LaMnO3/epitaxial MgO/ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD)-MgO/solution deposition planarization-Y2O3-buffered Hastelloy tapes. The buffered tapes were heated by the Joule effect after applying a heating current (I h) through the Hastelloy metal substrates. For this kind of current heating method, the heating energy is transmitted from the Hastelloy metal substrate to the oxide buffer layers, thereby the surface temperature of the tape will decline with an increase in the thickness of the deposited GdYBCO film if the heating current is unchanged. Therefore, the multilayer GdYBCO film structure where I h was adjusted for each layer was adopted to make sure that the surface temperature was always high enough to deposit purely c-axis oriented GdYBCO films. With this method, four-layer 1000 nm thick GdYBCO films were successfully prepared and the critical current (I c) reached 328 A cm-1 width (77 K, 0 T), corresponding to the critical current density (J c) of 3.28 MA cm-2 (77 K, 0 T).

  7. Measurement and applications of dispersion in epitaxial II-VI semiconductor thin films and multilayers

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    Peiris, Frank Channa

    In this thesis we investigate the dispersion of the indices of refraction of II-VI semiconductors, and explore a series of materials combinations which are suited for the fabrication of distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs). A prism coupler method and reflectivity measurements were used to determine the indices of refraction n of II-VI semiconductor ternary alloys of various compositions prepared by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). We show that the prism coupler technique, which is capable of measuring n with an accuracy of at least 0.1% at discrete wavelengths, and simultaneously to determine the thickness of the layers with an uncertainty of less than 0.5%, is a very reliable, convenient, and accurate tool for determining compositions and growth rates for MBE. Using the highly accurate values of n obtained from the prism coupler and reflectivity measurements, we have fabricated several DBRs using different II-VI materials. From our work on DBRs, we have obtained a structure (i.e., a 20-period ZnMgSe/ZnCdSe multilayer) which yields 98% reflectivity. This is to our knowledge the highest reflectivity reported for a DBR in the II-VI semiconductor camp. Motivated by this work, we show preliminary results of monolithic microcavities which are fabricated by integrating these high-reflectivity DBRs.

  8. Microstructure evolution with varied layer thickness in magnetron-sputtered Ni/C multilayer films.

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    Peng, Jichang; Li, Wenbin; Huang, Qiushi; Wang, Zhanshan

    2016-08-12

    The microstructure evolution of magnetron-sputtered Ni/C multilayers was investigated by varying the Ni and C layer thickness in the region of a few nanometers. For the samples having 2.6-nm-thick C layers, the interface width increases from 0.37 to 0.81 nm as the Ni layer thickness decreases from 4.3 to 1.3 nm. Especially for the samples with Ni layers less than 2.0 nm, the interface width changes significantly due to the discontinuously distributed Ni crystallites. For the samples having 2.8-nm-thick Ni layers, the interface width increases from 0.37 to 0.59 nm when the C layer thickness decreases from 4.3 to 0.7 nm. The evolution of interface microstructures with varied Ni and C layers is explained based on a proposed simple growth model of Ni and C layers.

  9. Design of multilayered nanostructures and donor-acceptor interfaces in solution-processed thin-film organic solar cells

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    Benten, Hiroaki [International Innovation Center, Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishikyo, Kyoto (Japan); Ogawa, Michihiro; Ohkita, Hideo; Ito, Shinzaburo [Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishikyo, Kyoto (Japan)

    2008-05-23

    Multilayered polymer thin-film solar cells have been fabricated by wet processes such as spin-coating and layer-by-layer deposition. Hole- and electron-transporting layers were prepared by spin-coating with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) oxidized with poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and fullerene (C{sub 60}), respectively. The light-harvesting layer of poly-(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV) was fabricated by layer-by-layer deposition of the PPV precursor cation and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS). The layer-by-layer technique enables us to control the layer thickness with nanometer precision and select the interfacial material at the donor-acceptor heterojunction. Optimizing the layered nanostructures, we obtained the best-performance device with a triple-layered structure of PEDOT:PSS vertical stroke PPV vertical stroke C{sub 60}, where the thickness of the PPV layer was 11 nm, comparable to the diffusion length of the PPV singlet exciton. The external quantum efficiency spectrum was maximum (ca. 20%) around the absorption peak of PPV and the internal quantum efficiency was estimated to be as high as ca. 50% from a saturated photocurrent at a reverse bias of -3 V. The power conversion efficiency of the triple-layer solar cell was 0.26% under AM1.5G simulated solar illumination with 100 mW cm{sup -2} in air. (Abstract Copyright [2008], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  10. Multilayered gold-nanoparticle/polyimide composite thin film through layer-by-layer assembly.

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    Zhang, Fengxiang; Srinivasan, M P

    2007-09-25

    A novel type of composite thin film consisting of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and polymide (PI) was fabricated through layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly. To fabricate such films, bare AuNPs and a poly (amic acid) bearing pendant amine groups, namely, amino poly (amic acid) or APAA, were synthesized and assembled in an LBL fashion. Without any organic encapsulation layer on their surface, AuNPs were bound directly to APAA chains at the amine sites; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study suggested that the binding was based on a combined effect of metal-ligand coordination and electrostatic interaction, with the former dominating over the latter. An approximately linear growth of the film started from the second layer of AuNP as revealed by the UV-vis spectroscopy, and the degree of particle aggregation was higher in the first AuNP layer than in the subsequent layers due to the differences in the density of binding sites. The resultant assembly was heated to imidize the APAA, thereby creating a robust composite structure.

  11. Hard X-rays for processing hybrid organic-inorganic thick films.

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    Jiang, Yu; Carboni, Davide; Pinna, Alessandra; Marmiroli, Benedetta; Malfatti, Luca; Innocenzi, Plinio

    2016-01-01

    Hard X-rays, deriving from a synchrotron light source, have been used as an effective tool for processing hybrid organic-inorganic films and thick coatings up to several micrometres. These coatings could be directly modified, in terms of composition and properties, by controlled exposure to X-rays. The physico-chemical properties of the coatings, such as hardness, refractive index and fluorescence, can be properly tuned using the interaction of hard X-rays with the sol-gel hybrid films. The changes in the microstructure have been correlated especially with the modification of the optical and the mechanical properties. A relationship between the degradation rate of the organic groups and the rise of fluorescence from the hybrid material has been observed; nanoindentation analysis of the coatings as a function of the X-ray doses has shown a not linear dependence between thickness and film hardness.

  12. Bifunctional sensor of pentachlorophenol and copper ions based on nanostructured hybrid films of humic acid and exfoliated layered double hydroxide via a facile layer-by-layer assembly.

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    Yuan, Shuang; Peng, Dinghua; Hu, Xianluo; Gong, Jingming

    2013-06-27

    A new, highly sensitive bifunctional electrochemical sensor for the simultaneous determination of pentachlorophenol (PCP) and copper ions (Cu(2+)) has been developed, where organic-inorganic hybrid ultrathin films were fabricated by alternate assembly of humic acid (HA) and exfoliated Mg-Al-layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets onto ITO substrates via a layer-by-layer (LBL) approach. The multilayer films were then characterized by means of UV-vis spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscope (AFM). These films were found to have a relatively smooth surface with almost equal amounts of HA incorporated in each cycle. Its electrochemical performance was systematically investigated. Our results demonstrate that such a newly designed (LDH/HA)n multilayer films, combining the individual properties of HA (dual recognition ability for organic herbicides and metal ions) together with LDH nanosheets (a rigid inorganic matrix), can be applied to the simultaneous analysis of PCP and Cu(II) without interference from each other. The LBL assembled nanoarchitectures were further investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and infrared spectroscopy (IR), which provides insight for bifunctional sensing behavior. Under the optimized conditions, the detection limit was found to be as low as 0.4 nM PCP, well below the guideline value of PCP in drinking water (3.7 nM) set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), and 2.0 nM Cu(2+), much below the guideline value (2.0 mg L(-1), ~31.2 nM) from the World Health Organization (WHO), respectively. Toward the goal for practical applications, this simple and cost-effective probe was further evaluated by monitoring PCP and Cu(II) in water samples.

  13. Nonwettable Thin Films from Hybrid Polymer Brushes can be Hydrophilic

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    2007-03-30

    2006 Hybrid brushes composed of two liquid polymers, poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and a highly branched ethoxylated polyethylenimine (EPEI), were...liquid polymers, poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and a highly branched ethoxylated polyethylenimine (EPEI; Figure 1). We demonstrate here that hybrid... ethoxylated (highly branched, symmetrical polymer; about 80% of the primary and secondary amines are ethoxylated ), 37% solution in water (EPEI Mw

  14. Preparation, characterization and electrocatalytic properties of poly(luminol) and polyoxometalate hybrid film modified electrodes

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    Chang, Yu-Tsern; Lin, Kuo-Chiang; Chen, Shen-Ming [National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 106 (Taiwan). Department of Chemical Engineering

    2005-10-20

    Hybrid films composed of poly(luminol) and nanometer-sized clusters of polyoxometalate, SiMo{sub 12}O{sub 40}{sup 4-} and PMo{sub 12}O{sub 40}{sup 3-} have been prepared in acidic aqueous solutions. These films are stable and electrochemically active, and produced on glassy carbon, platinum, gold and transparent semiconductor tin oxide electrodes. The electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance and cyclic voltammetry were used to study in situ growth of the hybrid poly(luminol)/SiMo{sub 12}O{sub 40}{sup 4-} and poly(luminol)/PMo{sub 12}O{sub 40}{sup 3-}. Both the poly(luminol)/SiMo{sub 12}O{sub 40}{sup 4-} and poly(luminol)/PMo{sub 12}O{sub 40}{sup 3-} hybrid films showed four redox couples and the electrochemical properties were compared to SiMo{sub 12}O{sub 40}{sup 4-} and PMo{sub 12}O{sub 40}{sup 3-}. When transferred to various acidity aqueous solutions, the four redox couples and the formal potentials of two hybride film were observed to be pH-dependent. The electrocatalytic reduction of ClO{sub 3}{sup -}, BrO{sub 3}{sup -}, IO{sub 3}{sup -}, S{sub 2}O{sub 8}{sup 2-} and NO{sub 2}{sup -}by a poly(luminol)/PMo{sub 12}O{sub 40}{sup 3-} hybrid film in an acidic aqueous solution showed an electrocatalytic reduction activity of IO{sub 3}{sup -} > BrO{sub 3}{sup -} and ClO{sub 3}{sup -}. The electrocatalytic oxidation of dopamine and epinephrine by a poly(luminol)/PMo{sub 12}O{sub 40}{sup 3-} hybrid film was also investigated. (author)

  15. Preservation of the morphology of a self-encapsulated thin titania film in a functional multilayer stack: an X-ray scattering study.

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    Perlich, Jan; Memesa, Mine; Diethert, Alexander; Metwalli, Ezzeldin; Wang, Weinan; Roth, Stephan V; Timmann, Andreas; Gutmann, Jochen S; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter

    2009-03-23

    Tailoring of the titania morphology is achieved by the combination of a triblock copolymer, acting as structure-directing agent, and a sol-gel chemistry enabling the incorporation of the provided inorganic material (titania) into the selected phase of the triblock copolymer. Spin-coating of the solution on FTO-coated glass, followed by plasma etching and calcination of the thin film results in the formation of self-encapsulated crystalline titania nanostructures. The fabricated nanostructures are coated stepwise with dye, conductive polymers and gold forming a functional multilayer stack. An advanced small-angle scattering technique probing the sample with X-ray synchrotron radiation under grazing incidence (GISAXS) is employed for the characterization of the preparation route, as scattering allows accessing the structure inside the multilayers. The tailored titania morphology is preserved during the preparation route towards the functional multilayer stack of a photovoltaic demonstration cell. Two clearly distinguishable structures originate from the substrate and the titania templated by the triblock copolymer; hence the other layers induce no additional structures. Therefore, this investigation provides the evidence that the effort spent to tailor the morphology is justified by the preservation of the self-encapsulated titania morphology that is created by the structure-directing agent throughout the functional multilayer stack build-up.

  16. Effects of thermal annealing of W/SiO2 multilayer Bragg reflectors on resonance characteristics of film bulk acoustic resonator devices with cobalt electrodes

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    Yim, Munhyuk; Kim, Dong-Hyun; Chai, Dongkyu; Yoon, Giwan

    2004-05-01

    In this article, we present the thermal annealing effects of the W/SiO2 multilayer reflectors in ZnO-based film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) devices with cobalt (Co) electrodes in comparison with those with aluminum (Al) electrodes. Various thermal annealing conditions have been implemented on the W/SiO2 multilayer reflectors formed on p-type (100) silicon substrates. The resonance characteristics could be significantly improved due to the thermal annealing and were observed to depend strongly on the annealing conditions applied to the reflectors. Particularly, the FBAR devices with the W/SiO2 multilayer reflectors annealed at 400 °C/30 min have shown superior resonance characteristics in terms of return loss and quality factor. In addition, the use of Co electrodes has resulted in the further improvement of the resonance characteristics as compared with the Al electrodes. As a result, the combined use of both the thermal annealing and Co electrodes seems very useful to more effectively improve the resonance characteristics of the FBAR devices with the W/SiO2 multilayer reflectors. .

  17. Transparent and flexible conducting hybrid film combined with 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane-coated polymer and graphene

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    Jung, Daesung; Ko, Yong-Hun; Cho, Jumi; Adhikari, Prashanta Dhoj; Lee, Su Il; Kim, Yooseok; Song, Wooseok; Jung, Min Wook; Jang, Sung Won; Lee, Seung Youb; An, Ki-Seok; Park, Chong-Yun

    2015-12-01

    A simple approach to fabricate graphene hybrid film consisted of Graphene/3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES)/polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is presented, using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for enhancement of conductivity. The SAMs of APTES was prepared on ultraviolet-ozone (UVO)-irradiated PET films via wet chemical technique. The density of APTES was saturated after UV treatment time of 1 h for PET films; the carrier density and the optical transmittance were 9.3 × 10 12/cm2 and 82% for pristine graphene and 1.16 × 1013/cm2 and 86% for graphene hybrid films, respectively, and experienced at inflection point at 30 min in UV treatment time. This behavior can be explained by surface morphology transition due to coalescence or clustering of mobile and low-molecular-weight oxidized components of PET.

  18. Optical and electrical properties of electrochemically deposited polyaniline/CeO2 hybrid nanocomposite film

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    Anees A. Ansari; M. A. M. Khan; M. Naziruddin Khan; Salman A. Alrokayan; M. Alhoshan; M. S. Alsalhi

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports the optical and electrical properties of electrochemically deposited polyaniline (PANI)/cerium oxide (CeO2) hybrid nano-composite film onto indium-fin-oxide (ITO) glass substrate. UV-visible spectroscopy and I-V characteristic were performed to study the optical and electrical parameters of the electrochemically deposited film. The film exhibited a strong absorption below 400 nm (3.10 eV) with a well defined absorbance peak at around 285 nm (4.35 eV). The estimated band gap of the CeO2 sample was 3.44 eV, higher than bulk CeO2 powder (Eg = 3.19 eV) due to the quantum confinement effect. Optical and electrochemical characteristics indicated that the electrical properties of PANI/CeO2 hybrid nanocomposite film are dominated by PANI doping.

  19. Flexible field emission of nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes/reduced graphene hybrid films.

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    Lee, Duck Hyun; Lee, Jin Ah; Lee, Won Jong; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2011-01-03

    The outstanding flexible field emission properties of carbon hybrid films made of vertically aligned N-doped carbon nanotubes grown on mechanically compliant reduced graphene films are demonstrated. The bottom-reduced graphene film substrate enables the conformal coating of the hybrid film on flexible device geometry and ensures robust mechanical and electrical contact even in a highly deformed state. The field emission properties are precisely examined in terms of the control of the bending radius, the N-doping level, and the length or wall-number of the carbon nanotubes and analyzed with electric field simulations. This high-performance flexible carbon field emitter is potentially useful for diverse, flexible field emission devices.