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Sample records for hydride-terminated porous silicon

  1. Functionalization of hydride-terminated photoluminescent silicon nanocrystals with organolithium reagents.

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    Höhlein, Ignaz M D; Angı, Arzu; Sinelnikov, Regina; Veinot, Jonathan G C; Rieger, Bernhard

    2015-02-09

    Hydride-terminated photoluminescent silicon nanocrystals (SiNCs) were functionalized with organolithium compounds. The reaction is proposed to proceed through cleavage of Si - Si bonds and formation of a Si - Li surface species. The method yields colloidally stabilized SiNCs at room temperature with short reaction times. SiNCs with mixed surface functionalities can be prepared in an easy two-step reaction by this method by quenching of the Si - Li group with electrophiles or by addressing free Si - H groups on the surface with a hydrosilylation reaction.

  2. Direct passivation of hydride-terminated silicon (100) surfaces by free-radically tethered polymer brushes.

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    Moran, Isaac W; Carter, Kenneth R

    2009-08-18

    A simple and effective means for passivating crystalline silicon is reported by the use of free-radical polymerization (FRP) to directly graft polymer chains to a hydride-terminated surface (Si-H). Complete surface coverage and passivation was achieved in approximately 24 h at 60 degrees C or 30 min at 90 degrees C. Mechanistic studies determined that chain attachment followed a hydride-transfer-based grafting-to mechanism. The grafting process is compatible with a variety of monomers and was used to assemble polymer brush layers (2-12 nm thick), with grafting densities ranging from 0.02 to 0.65 chains/nm2 rivaling densities typically obtained by grafting-from scenarios. This new passivation route provides a uniquely accessible means to covalently anchor dense polymer brushes to silicon surfaces without the need for functionalization of the polymer chain ends or the substrate.

  3. Heterogeneous reduction of carbon dioxide by hydride-terminated silicon nanocrystals

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    Sun, Wei; Qian, Chenxi; He, Le; Ghuman, Kulbir Kaur; Wong, Annabelle P. Y.; Jia, Jia; Jelle, Abdinoor A.; O'Brien, Paul G.; Reyes, Laura M.; Wood, Thomas E.; Helmy, Amr S.; Mims, Charles A.; Singh, Chandra Veer; Ozin, Geoffrey A.

    2016-08-01

    Silicon constitutes 28% of the earth's mass. Its high abundance, lack of toxicity and low cost coupled with its electrical and optical properties, make silicon unique among the semiconductors for converting sunlight into electricity. In the quest for semiconductors that can make chemicals and fuels from sunlight and carbon dioxide, unfortunately the best performers are invariably made from rare and expensive elements. Here we report the observation that hydride-terminated silicon nanocrystals with average diameter 3.5 nm, denoted ncSi:H, can function as a single component heterogeneous reducing agent for converting gaseous carbon dioxide selectively to carbon monoxide, at a rate of hundreds of μmol h-1 g-1. The large surface area, broadband visible to near infrared light harvesting and reducing power of SiH surface sites of ncSi:H, together play key roles in this conversion. Making use of the reducing power of nanostructured hydrides towards gaseous carbon dioxide is a conceptually distinct and commercially interesting strategy for making fuels directly from sunlight.

  4. Porous silicon gettering

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    Tsuo, Y.S.; Menna, P.; Al-Jassim, M. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)] [and others

    1995-08-01

    We have studied a novel extrinsic gettering method that utilizes the very large surface areas, produced by porous silicon etch on both front and back surfaces of the silicon wafer, as gettering sites. In this method, a simple and low-cost chemical etching is used to generate the porous silicon layers. Then, a high-flux solar furnace (HFSF) is used to provide high-temperature annealing and the required injection of silicon interstitials. The gettering sites, along with the gettered impurities, can be easily removed at the end the process. The porous silicon removal process consists of oxidizing the porous silicon near the end the gettering process followed by sample immersion in HF acid. Each porous silicon gettering process removes up to about 10 {mu}m of wafer thickness. This gettering process can be repeated so that the desired purity level is obtained.

  5. Porous silicon gettering

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    Tsuo, Y.S.; Menna, P.; Pitts, J.R. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)] [and others

    1996-05-01

    The authors have studied a novel extrinsic gettering method that uses the large surface areas produced by a porous-silicon etch as gettering sites. The annealing step of the gettering used a high-flux solar furnace. They found that a high density of photons during annealing enhanced the impurity diffusion to the gettering sites. The authors used metallurgical-grade Si (MG-Si) prepared by directional solidification casing as the starting material. They propose to use porous-silicon-gettered MG-Si as a low-cost epitaxial substrate for polycrystalline silicon thin-film growth.

  6. Light Emitting Porous Silicon

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    1993-05-01

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  7. Superhydrophobic Porous Silicon Surfaces

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    Paolo NENZI

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present an inexpensive technique to produce superhydrophobic surfaces from porous silicon. Superhydrophobic surfaces are a key technology for their ability to reduce friction losses in microchannels and their self cleaning properties. The morphology of a p-type silicon wafer is modified by a electrochemical wet etch to produce pores with controlled size and distribution and coated with a silane hydrophobic layer. Surface morphology is characterized by means of scanning electron microscope images. Large contact angles are observed on such surfaces and the results are compared with classical wetting models (Cassie and Wenzel suggesting a mixed Wenzel-Cassie behavior. The presented technique represents a cost-effective means for friction reduction in microfluidic applications, such as lab-on-a-chip.

  8. Luminescence decay of porous silicon

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    Chen, X.; Uttamchandani, D.; Sander, D.; O'Donnell, K. P.

    1993-04-01

    The luminescence decay pattern of porous silicon samples prepared by electrochemical etching is characterised experimentally by a non-exponential profile, a strong dependence on temperature and an absence of spectral diffusion. We describe this luminescence as carrier-dopping-assisted recombination. Following the correlation function approach to non-dispersive transport developed by Scher and co-workers [Physics Today 41 (1991) 26], we suggest a simple derivation of analytical functions which accurately describes the anomalous luminescence decay of porous silicon, and show that this model includes exponential and Kohlrausch [Pogg. Ann. Phys. 119 (1863) 352] (stretched-exponential) relaxations as special cases.

  9. Scattering characteristics from porous silicon

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    R. Sabet-Dariani

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available   Porous silicon (PS layers come into existance as a result of electrochemical anodization on silicon. Although a great deal of research has been done on the formation and optical properties of this material, the exact mechanism involved is not well-understood yet.   In this article, first, the optical properties of silicon and porous silicon are described. Then, previous research and the proposed models about reflection from PS and the origin of its photoluminescence are reveiwed. The reflecting and scattering, absorption and transmission of light from this material, are then investigated. These experiments include,different methods of PS sample preparation their photoluminescence, reflecting and scattering of light determining different characteristics with respect to Si bulk.

  10. Colloidal Photoluminescent Amorphous Porous Silicon, Methods Of Making Colloidal Photoluminescent Amorphous Porous Silicon, And Methods Of Using Colloidal Photoluminescent Amorphous Porous Silicon

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    Chaieb, Sahraoui

    2015-04-09

    Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for a colloidal photoluminescent amorphous porous silicon particle suspension, methods of making a colloidal photoluminescent amorphous porous silicon particle suspension, methods of using a colloidal photoluminescent amorphous porous silicon particle suspension, and the like.

  11. Method of porous diamond deposition on porous silicon

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    Baranauskas, Vitor; Peterlevitz, Alfredo C.; Chang, Dahge C.; Durrant, Steven F.

    2001-12-01

    In this paper, we discuss the experimental results of the fabrication of porous diamond/porous silicon and porous diamond structures by chemical vapor deposition of diamond over a skeleton of porous silicon, replicating the porous surface geometry around the Si pores and also creating new porous diamond structures. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the diamond nuclei are deposited on the top of the porous silicon skeleton, forming isolated grains in the first nucleation stages, and then growing like the usual structure of most ceramic materials, making a self-sustained porous diamond structure. Raman spectroscopy revealed that the diamond films are of good quality, close to that of diamond films grown on crystalline silicon.

  12. Porous silicon technology for integrated microsystems

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    Wallner, Jin Zheng

    With the development of micro systems, there is an increasing demand for integrable porous materials. In addition to those conventional applications, such as filtration, wicking, and insulating, many new micro devices, including micro reactors, sensors, actuators, and optical components, can benefit from porous materials. Conventional porous materials, such as ceramics and polymers, however, cannot meet the challenges posed by micro systems, due to their incompatibility with standard micro-fabrication processes. In an effort to produce porous materials that can be used in micro systems, porous silicon (PS) generated by anodization of single crystalline silicon has been investigated. In this work, the PS formation process has been extensively studied and characterized as a function of substrate type, crystal orientation, doping concentration, current density and surfactant concentration and type. Anodization conditions have been optimized for producing very thick porous silicon layers with uniform pore size, and for obtaining ideal pore morphologies. Three different types of porous silicon materials: meso porous silicon, macro porous silicon with straight pores, and macro porous silicon with tortuous pores, have been successfully produced. Regular pore arrays with controllable pore size in the range of 2mum to 6mum have been demonstrated as well. Localized PS formation has been achieved by using oxide/nitride/polysilicon stack as masking materials, which can withstand anodization in hydrofluoric acid up to twenty hours. A special etching cell with electrolytic liquid backside contact along with two process flows has been developed to enable the fabrication of thick macro porous silicon membranes with though wafer pores. For device assembly, Si-Au and In-Au bonding technologies have been developed. Very low bonding temperature (˜200°C) and thick/soft bonding layers (˜6mum) have been achieved by In-Au bonding technology, which is able to compensate the potentially

  13. Photonic Crystal Sensors Based on Porous Silicon

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    Claudia Pacholski

    2013-01-01

    Porous silicon has been established as an excellent sensing platform for the optical detection of hazardous chemicals and biomolecular interactions such as DNA hybridization, antigen/antibody binding, and enzymatic reactions. Its porous nature provides a high surface area within a small volume, which can be easily controlled by changing the pore sizes. As the porosity and consequently the refractive index of an etched porous silicon layer depends on the electrochemial etching conditions photo...

  14. Gradient-porous structure of silicon

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    Starkov, V.; Gavrilin, E. [Institute of Microelectronics Technology and High Purite Materials RAS, Institutskya str. 6, Chernogolovka 142432 (Russian Federation)

    2007-07-01

    Silicon membranes with through pores have been manufactured based on silicon plates with a gradient-porous structure (GPSi), in which the pore cross section and structure varies with depth. The obtained structure can serve a basis for the development of electrodes for solid polymer fuel cells. The developed technology allows to change porosity and porous morphology on all thickness of a porous membrane. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Reticulated porous silicon nitride-based ceramics

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    Mazzocchi, Mauro; Medri, Valentina; Guicciardi, Stefano

    2012-01-01

    The interest towards the production of porous silicon nitride originates from the unique combination of light weight, of mechanical and physical properties typical of this class of ceramics that make them attractive for many engineering applications. Although pores are generally believed to deteriorate the mechanical properties of ceramics (the strength of porous ceramics decreases exponentially with an increase of porosity), the recent literature reports that porous silicon nitride can exhib...

  16. Photodetectors on the Basis of Porous Silicon

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    I.B. Olenych

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The paper studies the electrical characteristics of photodiode structures porous siliconsilicon substrates modified with molecules of iodine. Changes the nature of current-voltage characteristics obtained structures with symmetrical for straightening result of adsorption of iodine are revealed. It is studied the spectral characteristics of photoresponse in the 450-1100 nm wavelength range, its temperature dependence in the 125-325 K range and energy characteristics of photovoltaic structures based on porous silicon. A possible mechanism of influence of iodine adsorption on the electrical and photoelectrical properties of the structures of porous siliconsilicon substrates is proposed. The results extend the perspectives of porous silicon in photoelectronics.

  17. Photonic Crystal Sensors Based on Porous Silicon

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    Claudia Pacholski

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Porous silicon has been established as an excellent sensing platform for the optical detection of hazardous chemicals and biomolecular interactions such as DNA hybridization, antigen/antibody binding, and enzymatic reactions. Its porous nature provides a high surface area within a small volume, which can be easily controlled by changing the pore sizes. As the porosity and consequently the refractive index of an etched porous silicon layer depends on the electrochemial etching conditions photonic crystals composed of multilayered porous silicon films with well-resolved and narrow optical reflectivity features can easily be obtained. The prominent optical response of the photonic crystal decreases the detection limit and therefore increases the sensitivity of porous silicon sensors in comparison to sensors utilizing Fabry-Pérot based optical transduction. Development of porous silicon photonic crystal sensors which allow for the detection of analytes by the naked eye using a simple color change or the fabrication of stacked porous silicon photonic crystals showing two distinct optical features which can be utilized for the discrimination of analytes emphasize its high application potential.

  18. Photonic crystal sensors based on porous silicon.

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    Pacholski, Claudia

    2013-04-09

    Porous silicon has been established as an excellent sensing platform for the optical detection of hazardous chemicals and biomolecular interactions such as DNA hybridization, antigen/antibody binding, and enzymatic reactions. Its porous nature provides a high surface area within a small volume, which can be easily controlled by changing the pore sizes. As the porosity and consequently the refractive index of an etched porous silicon layer depends on the electrochemial etching conditions photonic crystals composed of multilayered porous silicon films with well-resolved and narrow optical reflectivity features can easily be obtained. The prominent optical response of the photonic crystal decreases the detection limit and therefore increases the sensitivity of porous silicon sensors in comparison to sensors utilizing Fabry-Pérot based optical transduction. Development of porous silicon photonic crystal sensors which allow for the detection of analytes by the naked eye using a simple color change or the fabrication of stacked porous silicon photonic crystals showing two distinct optical features which can be utilized for the discrimination of analytes emphasize its high application potential.

  19. Thermally induced acoustic waves in porous silicon

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    Gavrilchenko, Iryna V.; Shulimov, Yuriy G.; Skryshevsky, Valeriy A. [Radiophysics Department, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Kyiv (Ukraine); Benilov, Arthur I. [Radiophysics Department, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Kyiv (Ukraine); Laboratoire d' Electronique, Optoelectronique et Microsystemes, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Ecully (France)

    2009-07-15

    Thermally induced acoustic waves in structures with porous silicon have been studied. Two different schemas of acoustic phenomena recording are compared: in the first one a signal from microphone was measured as function of output frequency, in second one the resistance of porous silicon was measured using Wheatstone bridge. For both methods, the resonance peak is situated in same frequencies depending on difference in thermal properties between porous silicon and c-Si as well as geometry of studied structures. 1.0 kHz shifting of resonance peak in saturated alcohol vapors comparing to ambient air is observed. It can be applied as new transducer for chemical sensors based on porous silicon. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. RF performances of inductors integrated on localized p+-type porous silicon regions

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    Capelle, Marie; Billoué, Jérôme; Poveda, Patrick; Gautier, Gaël

    2012-01-01

    To study the influence of localized porous silicon regions on radiofrequency performances of passive devices, inductors were integrated on localized porous silicon regions, full porous silicon sheet...

  1. RF performances of inductors integrated on localized p.sup.+-type porous silicon regions

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    Capelle, Marie; Billoue, Jerome; Poveda, Patrick; Gautier, GaA<

    2012-01-01

    To study the influence of localized porous silicon regions on radiofrequency performances of passive devices, inductors were integrated on localized porous silicon regions, full porous silicon sheet...

  2. Method of preparing a porous silicon carbide

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    Moene, R.; Tazelaar, F.W.; Makkee, M.; Moulijn, J.A.

    1994-01-01

    Abstract of NL 9300816 (A) Described is a method of preparing a porous silicon carbide suitable for use as a catalyst or as a catalyst support. Porous carbon is provided with a catalyst which is suitable for catalysing gasification of carbon with hydrogen, and with a catalyst suitable for cataly

  3. Method of preparing a porous silicon carbide

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    Moene, R.; Tazelaar, F.W.; Makkee, M.; Moulijn, J.A.

    1994-01-01

    Abstract of NL 9300816 (A) Described is a method of preparing a porous silicon carbide suitable for use as a catalyst or as a catalyst support. Porous carbon is provided with a catalyst which is suitable for catalysing gasification of carbon with hydrogen, and with a catalyst suitable for cataly

  4. Method of preparing a porous silicon carbide

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    Moene, R.; Tazelaar, F.W.; Makkee, M.; Moulijn, J.A.

    1994-01-01

    Abstract of NL 9300816 (A) Described is a method of preparing a porous silicon carbide suitable for use as a catalyst or as a catalyst support. Porous carbon is provided with a catalyst which is suitable for catalysing gasification of carbon with hydrogen, and with a catalyst suitable for

  5. Impregnation of porous silicon with conducting polymers

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    Harraz, Farid A. [Advanced Materials Technology Department, Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute (CMRDI), PO Box: 87, Hewan, 11421 Cairo (Egypt)

    2011-06-15

    Fabrication of porous silicon layers using the electrochemical technique followed by filling the nanopores with a group of conducting polymers is investigated. Our findings revealed that the deposition of polymer proceeds homogeneously inside the nanopores strating from the pore bottom and propagates into the outer surface. The polymerization process was conducted and controlled by the potentiostatic and galvanostatic modes with characteristic, defined polymerization stages. As-formed hybrid nanocomposites were characterized using different analytical techniques. Polypyrrole, polyaniline and polythiophene were tested in this study. By selective dissolution of porous silicon template, polymeric nanowires were obtained. The fabrication process, the electrochemical measurements and the porous silicon filling mechanism with polymer are thoroughly addressed and discussed (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  6. Effects of Preparation on Luminescent Characterization of Porous Silicon

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    2002-01-01

    Porous silicon samples are prepared by pulse electrochemical-etching and DC electrochemical-etching. The effects of different preparation methods on luminescent characterization of porous silicon are investigated. Compared with DC electrochemical-etching, pulse electrochemical-etching produces the porous silicon characterized by a more even surface, a stronger luminescence and a PL blue shift to a certain degree.

  7. Waveguide Prism Based on Porous Silicon

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    JIA Zhen-hong

    2004-01-01

    The fabrication of the oxidized porous silicon waveguide prism is reported by selectively electrochemical anodisation process. The direction changes of light beams in TE and TM polarization out of this waveguide prism were respectively measured,and the experimental results were analyzed.

  8. Refractive index contrast in porous silicon multilayers

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    Nava, R.; Mora, M.B. de la; Tagueena-Martinez, J. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Rio, J.A. del [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Centro Morelense de Innovacion y Transferencia Tecnologica, Consejo de Ciencia y Tecnologia del Estado de Morelos (Mexico)

    2009-07-15

    Two of the most important properties of a porous silicon multilayer for photonic applications are flat interfaces and a relative large refractive index contrast between layers in the optical wavelength range. In this work, we studied the effect of the current density and HF electrolyte concentration on the refractive index of porous silicon. With the purpose of increasing the refractive index contrast in a multilayer, the refractive index of porous silicon produced at low current was studied in detail. The current density applied to produce the low porosity layers was limited in order to keep the electrolyte flow through the multilayer structure and to avoid deformation of layer interfaces. We found that an electrolyte composed of hydrofluoric acid, ethanol and glycerin in a ratio of 3:7:1 gives a refractive index contrast around 1.3/2.8 at 600 nm. Several multilayer structures with this refractive index contrast were fabricated, such as dielectric Bragg mirrors and microcavities. Reflectance spectra of the structures show the photonic quality of porous silicon multilayers produced under these electrochemical conditions. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. Thermal and optical properties of porous silicon

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    Silva A. Ferreira da

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermal diffusivity and optical absorption have been investigated for porous silicon, at room temperature, using photoacoustic spectroscopy. The experimental results obtained conform well with the existing studies recently published. The value obtained for thermal diffusivity is 0.045 ± 0.002 cm²/s.The absorption onsets show energy structures, differing from the ordinary semiconductor of bulk type.

  10. Diffusion of copper in porous silicon

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    Andsager, D.; Hetrick, J.M.; Hilliard, J.; Nayfeh, M.H. [Department of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States)

    1995-05-01

    We present a study on the nature of diffusion of copper in {ital p}-type porous silicon. The diffusion of evaporated copper in porous silicon and deposition of metal ions in aqueous solution through the porous network was measured by monitoring the metal concentration depth profile as a function of time using Auger electron spectroscopy. We observed that increasing metal penetration from copper evaporated samples correlates with quenching of photoluminescence, in agreement with previous ion quenching results. We extracted a diffusion coefficient from Auger concentration depth profiles which was seven orders of magnitude lower than that expected for diffusion of copper in bulk crystalline Si at room temperature. Deposition of ionic species cannot be characterized as a simple diffusion process. The observed deposition rates were strongly dependent on the solution concentration.

  11. Porosity-dependent fractal nature of the porous silicon surface

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    Rahmani, N.; Dariani, R. S., E-mail: dariani@alzahra.ac.ir [Department of Physics, Alzahra University, Tehran, 1993893973 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-07-15

    Porous silicon films with porosity ranging from 42% to 77% were fabricated by electrochemical anodization under different current density. We used atomic force microscopy and dynamic scaling theory for deriving the surface roughness profile and processing the topography of the porous silicon layers, respectively. We first compared the topography of bare silicon surface with porous silicon and then studied the effect of the porosity of porous silicon films on their scaling behavior by using their self-affinity nature. Our work demonstrated that silicon compared to the porous silicon films has the highest Hurst parameter, indicating that the formation of porous layer due to the anodization etching of silicon surface leads to an increase of its roughness. Fractal analysis revealed that the evolution of the nanocrystallites’ fractal dimension along with porosity. Also, we found that both interface width and Hurst parameter are affected by the increase of porosity.

  12. Magnetite nanoparticles embedded in biodegradable porous silicon

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    Granitzer, P., E-mail: petra.granitzer@uni-graz.a [Institute of Physics, Karl Franzens University Graz, Universitaetsplatz 5, 8010 Graz (Austria); Institute for Electron Microscopy, University of Technology Graz, Steyrergasse 17, 8010 Graz (Austria); Rumpf, K. [Institute of Physics, Karl Franzens University Graz, Universitaetsplatz 5, 8010 Graz (Austria); Roca, A.G.; Morales, M.P. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 3, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Poelt, P.; Albu, M. [Institute for Electron Microscopy, University of Technology Graz, Steyrergasse 17, 8010 Graz (Austria)

    2010-05-15

    Magnetite nanoparticles, which are coated with oleic acid in a hexane solution and exhibit an average diameter of 7.7 nm, were embedded in a porous silicon (PS) matrix by immersion under defined parameters (e.g. concentration, temperature, time). The porous silicon matrix is prepared by anodization of a highly n-doped silicon wafer in an aqueous HF-solution. Magnetic characterization of the samples has been performed by SQUID-magnetometry. The superparamagnetic behaviour of the magnetite nanoparticles is represented by temperature-dependent magnetization measurements. Zero field (ZFC)/field cooled (FC) experiments indicate magnetic interactions between the particles. For the infiltration into the PS-templates different concentrations of the magnetite nanoparticles are used and magnetization measurements are performed in respect with magnetic interactions between the particles. The achieved porous silicon/magnetite specimens are not only interesting due to their transition between superparamagnetic and ferromagnetic behaviour, and thus for magnetic applications but also because of the non-toxicity of both materials giving the opportunity to employ the system in medical applications as drug delivery or in medical diagnostics.

  13. Erbium doped stain etched porous silicon

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    Gonzalez-Diaz, B. [Departamento de Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna, Avda. Astrofisico Francisco Sanchez, 38204 La Laguna, S/C de Tenerife (Spain); Diaz-Herrera, B. [Departamento de Energia Fotovoltaica, Instituto Tecnologico de Energias Renovables (ITER), Poligono Industrial de Granadilla, 38611 S/C Tenerife (Spain); Guerrero-Lemus, R. [Departamento de Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna, Avda. Astrofisico Francisco Sanchez, 38204 La Laguna, S/C de Tenerife (Spain)], E-mail: rglemus@ull.es; Mendez-Ramos, J.; Rodriguez, V.D. [Departamento de Fisica Fundamental, Experimental Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, Avda. Astrofisico Francisco Sanchez, 38204 La Laguna, S/C de Tenerife (Spain); Hernandez-Rodriguez, C. [Departamento de Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna, Avda. Astrofisico Francisco Sanchez, 38204 La Laguna, S/C de Tenerife (Spain); Martinez-Duart, J.M. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, C-XII, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain)

    2008-01-15

    In this work a simple erbium doping process applied to stain etched porous silicon layers (PSLs) is proposed. This doping process has been developed for application in porous silicon solar cells, where conventional erbium doping processes are not affordable because of the high processing cost and technical difficulties. The PSLs were formed by immersion in a HF/HNO{sub 3} solution to properly adjust the porosity and pore thickness to an optimal doping of the porous structure. After the formation of the porous structure, the PSLs were analyzed by means of nitrogen BET (Brunauer, Emmett and Teller) area measurements and scanning electron microscopy. Subsequently, the PSLs were immersed in a saturated erbium nitrate solution in order to cover the porous surface. Then, the samples were subjected to a thermal process to activate the Er{sup 3+} ions. Different temperatures and annealing times were used in this process. The photoluminescence of the PSLs was evaluated before and after the doping processes and the composition was analyzed by Fourier transform IR spectroscopy.

  14. ITO spin-coated porous silicon structures

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    Daoudi, K.; Sandu, C.S.; Moadhen, A.; Ghica, C.; Canut, B.; Teodorescu, V.S.; Blanchin, M.G.; Roger, J.A.; Oueslati, M.; Bessaies, B

    2003-08-15

    Porous silicon (PS)-based structures were formed by deposition of an indium tin oxide (ITO) onto PS surface using the sol-gel spin coating route. Two types of thermal annealing processes, classical and rapid thermal annealing, were used in order to crystallise the ITO films. The initial photoluminescence of the PS layers is partly preserved. The morphology of ITO/PS structure was investigated by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM) and by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) measurements.

  15. Epitaxial Growth of High-Quality Silicon Films on Double-Layer Porous Silicon

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    黄宜平; 竺士炀; 李爱珍; 王瑾; 黄靖云; 叶志镇

    2001-01-01

    The epitaxial growth of a high-quality silicon layer on double-layer porous silicon by ultra-high vacuum/chemical vapour deposition has been reported. The two-step anodization process results in a double-layer porous silicon structure with a different porosity. This double-layer porous silicon structure and an extended low-temperature annealing in a vacuum system was found to be helpful in subsequent silicon epitaxial growth. X-ray diffraction,cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and spreading resistance testing were used in this work to study the properties of epitaxial silicon layers grown on the double-layer porous silicon. The results show that the epitaxial silicon layer is of good crystallinity and the same orientation with the silicon substrate and the porous silicon layer.

  16. Correlation between surface microstructure and optical properties of porous silicon

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    Saeideh Rhramezani Sani

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available   We have studied the effect of increasing porosity and its microstructure surface variation on the optical and dielectric properties of porous silicon. It seems that porosity, as the surface roughness within the range of a few microns, shows quantum effect in the absorption and reflection process of porous silicon. Optical constants of porous silicon at normal incidence of light with wavelength in the range of 250-3000 nm have been calculated by Kramers-Kroning method. Our experimental analysis shows that electronic structure and dielectric properties of porous silicon are totally different from silicon. Also, it shows that porous silicon has optical response in the visible region. This difference was also verified by effective media approximation (EMA.

  17. Porous silicon localization for implementation in matrix biosensors

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    Benilov, A. [Laboratoire d' Electronique, Optoelectronique et Microsystemes, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, BP 163-69131 Ecully Cedex (France) and Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University, 64 Volodymyrska, 01033 Kiev (Ukraine)]. E-mail: arthur@univ.kiev.ua; Cabrera, M. [Laboratoire d' Electronique, Optoelectronique et Microsystemes, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, BP 163-69131 Ecully Cedex (France); Skryshevsky, V. [Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University, 64 Volodymyrska, 01033 Kiev (Ukraine); Martin, J.-R. [Laboratoire d' Electronique, Optoelectronique et Microsystemes, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, BP 163-69131 Ecully Cedex (France)

    2007-05-15

    The search of appropriate substrates and methods of surface DNA functionalisation is one of the important tasks of semiconductor biosensors. In this work we develop a method of light-assisted porous silicon etching in order to localize porous silicon spots on silicon substrate for matrix fluorophore-labeled DNA sensors implementation. The principal difference of porous spots localization proposed is considered for n- and p-type Si substrates under the condition of supplementary illumination. The tuning of the porous profile via applying of lateral electric field is proposed and experimentally proved.

  18. Drug delivery via porous silicon: a focused patent review.

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    Kulyavtsev, Paulina A; Spencer, Roxanne P

    2017-03-01

    Although silicon is more commonly associated with computer chips than with drug delivery, with the discovery that porous silicon is a viable biocompatible material, mesoporous silicon with pores between 2 and 50 nm has been loaded with small molecule and biomolecule therapeutics and safely implanted for controlled release. As porous silicon is readily oxidized, porous silica must also be considered for drug delivery applications. Since 2010, only a limited number of US patents have been granted, primarily for ophthalmologic and immunotherapy applications, in contrast to the growing body of technical literature in this area.

  19. Influence of experimental parameters on physical properties of porous silicon and oxidized porous silicon layers

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    Charrier, J.; Alaiwan, V.; Pirasteh, P.; Najar, A.; Gadonna, M.

    2007-08-01

    This paper reports physical properties of porous silicon and oxidized porous silicon, manufactured by anodisation from heavily p-type doped silicon wafers as a function of experimental parameters. The growth rate and refractive index of the layers were studied at different applied current densities and glycerol concentrations in electrolyte. When the current density varied from 5 to 100 mA/cm 2, the refractive index was between 1.2 and 2.4 which corresponded to a porosity range from 42 to 85%. After oxidation, the porosity decreased and was between 2 and 45% for a refractive index range from 1.22 to 1.46. The thermal processing also induced an increase in thickness which was dependent on the initial porosity. This increase in thickness was more important for the lowest porosities. Lastly, the roughness of the porous layer/silicon substrate interface was studied at different applied current densities and glycerol concentrations in solution. Roughness decreased when the current density or glycerol concentration increased. Moreover, roughness was also reduced by thermal oxidation.

  20. Porous silicon-based direct hydrogen sulphide fuel cells.

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    Dzhafarov, T D; Yuksel, S Aydin

    2011-10-01

    In this paper, the use of Au/porous silicon/Silicon Schottky type structure, as a direct hydrogen sulphide fuel cell is demonstrated. The porous silicon filled with hydrochlorid acid was developed as a proton conduction membrane. The Au/Porous Silicon/Silicon cells were fabricated by first creating the porous silicon layer in single-crystalline Si using the anodic etching under illumination and then deposition Au catalyst layer onto the porous silicon. Using 80 mM H2S solution as fuel the open circuit voltage of 0.4 V was obtained and maximum power density of 30 W/m2 at room temperature was achieved. These results demonstrate that the Au/Porous Silicon/Silicon direct hydrogen sulphide fuel cell which uses H2S:dH2O solution as fuel and operates at room temperature can be considered as the most promising type of low cost fuel cell for small power-supply units.

  1. Confocal imaging of protein distributions in porous silicon optical structures

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    De Stefano, Luca [Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, Department of Naples, National Council of Research, Via P Castellino 111, 80131 Naples (Italy); D' Auria, Sabato [Institute of Protein Biochemistry, National Council of Research, Via P Castellino 111, 80131 Naples (Italy)

    2007-10-03

    The performances of porous silicon optical biosensors depend strongly on the arrangement of the biological probes into their sponge-like structures: it is well known that in this case the sensing species do not fill the pores but instead cover their internal surface. In this paper, the direct imaging of labelled proteins into different porous silicon structures by using a confocal laser microscope is reported. The distribution of the biological matter in the nanostructured material follows a Gaussian behaviour which is typical of the diffusion process in the porous media but with substantial differences between a porous silicon monolayer and a multilayer such as a Bragg mirror. Even if semi-quantitative, the results can be very useful in the design of the porous silicon based biosensing devices.

  2. Highly nonlinear photoluminescence threshold in porous silicon

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    Nayfeh, M. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Akcakir, O. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Therrien, J. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Yamani, Z. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Barry, N. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Yu, W. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Gratton, E. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States)

    1999-12-27

    Porous silicon is excited using near-infrared femtosecond pulsed and continuous wave radiation at an average intensity of {approx}10{sup 6} W/cm{sup 2} (8x10{sup 10} W/cm{sup 2} peak intensity in pulsed mode). Our results demonstrate the presence of micron-size regions for which the intensity of the photoluminescence has a highly nonlinear threshold, rising by several orders of magnitude near this incident intensity for both the pulsed and continuous wave cases. These results are discussed in terms of stimulated emission from quantum confinement engineered intrinsic Si-Si radiative traps in ultrasmall nanocrystallites, populated following two-photon absorption. (c) 1999 American Institute of Physics.

  3. Nitric oxide-releasing porous silicon nanoparticles

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    Kafshgari, Morteza Hasanzadeh; Cavallaro, Alex; Delalat, Bahman; Harding, Frances J.; McInnes, Steven JP; Mäkilä, Ermei; Salonen, Jarno; Vasilev, Krasimir; Voelcker, Nicolas H.

    2014-07-01

    In this study, the ability of porous silicon nanoparticles (PSi NPs) to entrap and deliver nitric oxide (NO) as an effective antibacterial agent is tested against different Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. NO was entrapped inside PSi NPs functionalized by means of the thermal hydrocarbonization (THC) process. Subsequent reduction of nitrite in the presence of d-glucose led to the production of large NO payloads without reducing the biocompatibility of the PSi NPs with mammalian cells. The resulting PSi NPs demonstrated sustained release of NO and showed remarkable antibacterial efficiency and anti-biofilm-forming properties. These results will set the stage to develop antimicrobial nanoparticle formulations for applications in chronic wound treatment.

  4. Porous Silicon Structures as Optical Gas Sensors

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    Igor A. Levitsky

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available We present a short review of recent progress in the field of optical gas sensors based on porous silicon (PSi and PSi composites, which are separate from PSi optochemical and biological sensors for a liquid medium. Different periodical and nonperiodical PSi photonic structures (bares, modified by functional groups or infiltrated with sensory polymers are described for gas sensing with an emphasis on the device specificity, sensitivity and stability to the environment. Special attention is paid to multiparametric sensing and sensor array platforms as effective trends for the improvement of analyte classification and quantification. Mechanisms of gas physical and chemical sorption inside PSi mesopores and pores of PSi functional composites are discussed.

  5. Secondary electron emission in nanostructured porous silicon

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    Ruano, G D; Ferron, J; Koropecki, R R, E-mail: gdruano@ceride.gov.a [INTEC-UNL-CONICET, Gueemes 3450 - 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina)

    2009-05-01

    We studied the reversible reduction induced by ion bombardment of the secondary electron emission (SEE) yield. This effect has been modelled as due to changes in dynamically sustained dipoles related with ions and electrons penetration ranges. Such charge configuration precludes the escape of electrons from the nanoporous silicon, making the SEE dependent on the flux of impinging ions. Since this dipolar momentum depends on the electric conduction of the porous medium, by controlled oxidation of the nanoporous structure we change the conduction features of the sample, studying the impact on the SEE reduction effect. Li ion bombardment was also used with the intention of changing the parameters determining the effect. FT-IR and Auger electron spectroscopy were used to characterize the oxidation degree of the samples at different depth scales

  6. Nanostructured porous silicon photonic crystal for applications in the infrared

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    G. Recio-Sánchez; Torres-Costa, V.; Manso-Silván, M.; R. J. Martín-Palma

    2012-01-01

    In the last decades great interest has been devoted to photonic crystals aiming at the creation of novel devices which can control light propagation. In the present work, two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) devices based on nanostructured porous silicon have been fabricated. 2D devices consist of a square mesh of 2 μm wide porous silicon veins, leaving 5×5 μm square air holes. 3D structures share the same design although multilayer porous silicon veins are used instead, providing ...

  7. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of oxidized porous silicon

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    Mula, Guido, E-mail: guido.mula@unica.it [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, S.P. 8 km 0.700, 09042 Cagliari (Italy); Tiddia, Maria V. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, S.P. 8 km 0.700, 09042 Cagliari (Italy); Ruffilli, Roberta [Nanochemistry, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy); Falqui, Andrea [Nanochemistry, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy); Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, S.P. 8 km 0.700, 09042 Cagliari (Italy); Palmas, Simonetta; Mascia, Michele [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica Chimica e dei Materiali, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Piazza d' Armi, 09126 Cagliari (Italy)

    2014-04-01

    We present a study of the electrochemical oxidation process of porous silicon. We analyze the effect of the layer thickness (1.25–22 μm) and of the applied current density (1.1–11.1 mA/cm{sup 2}, values calculated with reference to the external samples surface) on the oxidation process by comparing the galvanostatic electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements and the optical specular reflectivity of the samples. The results of EIS were interpreted using an equivalent circuit to separate the contribution of different sample parts. A different behavior of the electrochemical oxidation process has been found for thin and thick samples: whereas for thin samples the oxidation process is univocally related to current density and thickness, for thicker samples this is no more true. Measurements by Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy using a Scanning Electron Microscopy confirmed that the inhomogeneity of the electrochemical oxidation process is increased by higher thicknesses and higher currents. A possible explanation is proposed to justify the different behavior of thin and thick samples during the electrochemical process. - Highlights: • A multidisciplinary approach on porous Si electrochemical oxidation is proposed. • Electrochemical, optical, and structural characterizations are used. • Layer thickness and oxidation current effects are shown. • An explanation of the observed behavior is proposed.

  8. Optical and microstructural investigations of porous silicon

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    R Prabakaran; R Kesavamoorthy; Alok Singh

    2005-06-01

    Raman scattering and photoluminescence (PL) measurements on (100) oriented -type crystalline silicon (-Si) and porous silicon (PS) samples were carried out. PS samples were prepared by anodic etching of -Si under the illumination of light for different etching times of 30, 60 and 90 min. Raman scattering from the optical phonon in PS showed the redshift of the phonon frequency, broadening and increased asymmetry of the Raman mode on increasing the etching time. Using the phonon confinement model, the average diameter of Si nanocrystallites has been estimated as 2.9, 2.6 and 2.3 nm for 30, 60 and 90 min samples, respectively. Similar size of Si crystallites has been confirmed from the high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Using 2TO phonon mode intensity, we conjectured that the disordered Si region around the pores present in 30 min PS dissolved on etching for 90 min. The photoluminescence (PL) from PS increased in intensity and blue shifted with etching time from 2.1–2.3 eV. Blue shifting of PL is consistent with quantum confinement of electron in Si nanocrystallites and their sizes are estimated as 2.4, 2.3 and 2.1 nm for 30, 60 and 90 min PS, respectively which are smaller than the Raman estimated sizes due to temperature effect. Unambiguous dominance of quantum confinement effect is reported in these PS samples.

  9. A porous silicon thermally tunable optical filter

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    Song, Da; Tokranova, Natalya; Gracias, Alison; Castracane, James

    2008-02-01

    Porous silicon (PSi) is a promising material for the creation of optical components for chip-to-chip interconnects because of its unique optical properties, flexible fabrication methods and integration with conventional CMOS material sets. In this paper, we present a novel active optical filter made of PSi to select desired optical wavelengths. The tunable membrane type optical filter is based on a Fabry-Perot interferometer employing two Bragg reflectors separated by an adjustable air gap, which can be thermally controlled. The Bragg reflectors contain alternating layers of high and low porosities. These layers were created by electrochemical etching of p+ type silicon wafers by varying the applied current during etching process. Micro bimorph actuators are designed to control the movement of the top DBR mirror, which changes the cavity thickness. By varying the applied current, the proposed filter can tune the transmitted wavelength of the optical signal. Various geometrical shapes and sizes ranging from 100μm to 1mm of the active filtering region have been realized for specific applications. The MOEMS technology-based device fabrication is fully compatible with the existing IC mass fabrication processes, and can be integrated with a variety of active and passive optical components to realize inter-chip or intra-chip communication at the system level at a relatively low cost.

  10. Wavelength dependence in photosynthesis of porous silicon dot

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    Cheah, K. W.; Choy, C. H.

    1994-09-01

    Porous silicon dot was fabricated by laser induced etching of single crystal silicon wafer immersed in hydrofluoric solution. The result shows that there is strong photo-chemical reaction on the laser irradiated silicon surface. Various incident wavelengths have been used to fabricate the porous silicon dots. It is found that there is a significant shift in photoluminescence peak when using infra-red light as etching wavelength. We proposed that there are two possible mechanisms responsible for the shift; one is electronic and the other is photo-chemical.

  11. Variability on Raman Shift to Stress Coefficient of Porous Silicon

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    LEI Zhen-Kun; KANG Yi-Lan; CEN Hao; HU Ming

    2006-01-01

    Porous silicon film is a capillary-like medium, which is able to reveal different meso-elastic modulus with porosity. During the preparation of porous silicon samples, the capillary force is a non-classic force related to the liquid evaporation which directly influences the evolution of residual stress. In this study, a non-linear relation of Raman shift to stress coefficient and the porosity is obtained from the elastic modulus measured with nano-indentation by Bellet et al. fJ. Appl. Phys. 60 (1996) 3772] Dynamic capillarity during the drying process of porous silicon is investigated using micro-Raman spectroscopy, and the results reveal that the residual stress resulted from the capillarity increased rapidly. Indeed, the dynamic capillarity has a close relationship with a great deal of micro-pore structures of the porous silicon.

  12. Rough SERS substrate based on gold coated porous silicon layer prepared on the silicon backside surface

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    Dridi, H.; Haji, L.; Moadhen, A.

    2017-04-01

    We report in this paper a novel method to elaborate rough Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) substrate. A single layer of porous silicon was formed on the silicon backside surface. Morphological characteristics of the porous silicon layer before and after gold deposition were influenced by the rough character (gold size). The reflectance measurements showed a dependence of the gold nano-grains size on the surface nature, through the Localized Surface Plasmon (LSP) band properties. SERS signal of Rhodamine 6G used as a model analyte, adsorbed on the rough porous silicon layer revealed a marked enhancement of its vibrational modes intensities.

  13. Rationally designed porous silicon as platform for optical biosensors

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    Priano, G. [INQUIMAE, DQIAyQF, FCEN, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellon 2 (C1428EHA) Buenos Aires (Argentina); Acquaroli, L.N.; Lasave, L.C. [Instituto De Desarrollo Tecnologico Para La Industria Quimica, UNL, CONICET, Gueemes 3450 (S3000GLN) Santa Fe (Argentina); Battaglini, F. [INQUIMAE, DQIAyQF, FCEN, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellon 2 (C1428EHA) Buenos Aires (Argentina); Arce, R.D., E-mail: rarce@intec.unl.edu.ar [Instituto De Desarrollo Tecnologico Para La Industria Quimica, UNL, CONICET, Gueemes 3450 (S3000GLN) Santa Fe (Argentina); Departamento De Materiales, Facultad De Ingenieria Quimica, UNL, Santiago del Estero 2829 (S3000) Santa Fe (Argentina); Koropecki, R.R. [Instituto De Desarrollo Tecnologico Para La Industria Quimica, UNL, CONICET, Gueemes 3450 (S3000GLN) Santa Fe (Argentina); Departamento De Materiales, Facultad De Ingenieria Quimica, UNL, Santiago del Estero 2829 (S3000) Santa Fe (Argentina)

    2012-08-01

    Optical porous silicon multilayer structures are able to work as sensitive chemical sensors or biosensors based in their optical response. An algorithm to simulate the optical response of these multilayers was developed, considering the optical properties of the individual layers. The algorithm allows designing and customizing the porous silicon structures according to a given application. The results obtained by the simulation were experimentally verified; for this purpose different photonic structures were prepared, such as Bragg reflectors and microcavities. Some of these structures have been derivatized by the introduction of aminosilane groups on the porous silicon surface. The algorithm also permits to simulate the effects produced by a non uniform derivatization of the multilayer. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mesoporous silicon structure Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Functionalization of mesoporous silicon as sensors Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Design of the one-dimensional photonic crystal Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Simulation of non-uniformity in covering the sensor structure.

  14. Porous silicon multitexture for photoelectric converter structures of solar energy

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    Yerokhov V. Yu.

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The possibility of creation of porous silicon’s multitexture, as material of structure of photoelectric converter (FEC is shown. The morphological elements of porous silicon are considered relative to different pore parameters. The integral coefficient of frontal surface reflection of FEC with using of columnar multitexture in the range from 400 nm up to 1150 nm decreased.

  15. Porous silicon multitexture for photoelectric converter structures of solar energy

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    Yerokhov V. Yu.; Druzinin A. O.

    2009-01-01

    The possibility of creation of porous silicon’s multitexture, as material of structure of photoelectric converter (FEC) is shown. The morphological elements of porous silicon are considered relative to different pore parameters. The integral coefficient of frontal surface reflection of FEC with using of columnar multitexture in the range from 400 nm up to 1150 nm decreased.

  16. Ultraviolet laser patterning of porous silicon

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    Vega, Fidel, E-mail: fvega@oo.upc.edu [Departament d' Òptica i Optometria, UPC, Violinista Vellsolà 37, 08222 Terrasa (Spain); Peláez, Ramón J.; Kuhn, Timo; Afonso, Carmen N. [Laser Processing Group, Instituto de Óptica, CSIC, Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Recio-Sánchez, Gonzalo; Martín-Palma, Raúl J. [Departamento de Física Aplicada, UAM, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2014-05-14

    This work reports on the fabrication of 1D fringed patterns on nanostructured porous silicon (nanoPS) layers (563, 372, and 290 nm thick). The patterns are fabricated by phase-mask laser interference using single pulses of an UV excimer laser (193 nm, 20 ns pulse duration). The method is a single-step and flexible approach to produce a large variety of patterns formed by alternate regions of almost untransformed nanoPS and regions where its surface has melted and transformed into Si nanoparticles (NPs). The role of laser fluence (5–80 mJ cm{sup −2}), and pattern period (6.3–16 μm) on pattern features and surface structuring are discussed. The results show that the diameter of Si NPs increases with fluence up to a saturation value of 75 nm for a fluence ≈40 mJ cm{sup −2}. In addition, the percentage of transformed to non-transformed region normalized to the pattern period follows similar fluence dependence regardless the period and thus becomes an excellent control parameter. This dependence is fitted within a thermal model that allows for predicting the in-depth profile of the pattern. The model assumes that transformation occurs whenever the laser-induced temperature increase reaches the melting temperature of nanoPS that has been found to be 0.7 of that of crystalline silicon for a porosity of around 79%. The role of thermal gradients across the pattern is discussed in the light of the experimental results and the calculated temperature profiles, and shows that the contribution of lateral thermal flow to melting is not significant for pattern periods ≥6.3 μm.

  17. Multifunctional porous silicon nanoparticles for cancer theranostics.

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    Wang, Chang-Fang; Sarparanta, Mirkka P; Mäkilä, Ermei M; Hyvönen, Maija L K; Laakkonen, Pirjo M; Salonen, Jarno J; Hirvonen, Jouni T; Airaksinen, Anu J; Santos, Hélder A

    2015-04-01

    Nanomaterials provide a unique platform for the development of theranostic systems that combine diagnostic imaging modalities with a therapeutic payload in a single probe. In this work, dual-labeled iRGD-modified multifunctional porous silicon nanoparticles (PSi NPs) were prepared from dibenzocyclooctyl (DBCO) modified PSi NPs by strain-promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition (SPAAC) click chemistry. Hydrophobic antiangiogenic drug, sorafenib, was loaded into the modified PSi NPs to enhance the drug dissolution rate and improve cancer therapy. Radiolabeling of the developed system with (111)In enabled the monitoring of the in vivo biodistribution of the nanocarrier by single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in an ectopic PC3-MM2 mouse xenograft model. Fluorescent labeling with Alexa Fluor 488 was used to determine the long-term biodistribution of the nanocarrier by immunofluorescence at the tissue level ex vivo. Modification of the PSi NPs with an iRGD peptide enhanced the tumor uptake of the NPs when administered intravenously. After intratumoral delivery the NPs were retained in the tumor, resulting in efficient tumor growth suppression with particle-loaded sorafenib compared to the free drug. The presented multifunctional PSi NPs highlight the utility of constructing a theranostic nanosystems for simultaneous investigations of the in vivo behavior of the nanocarriers and their drug delivery efficiency, facilitating the selection of the most promising materials for further NP development.

  18. Tailoring the biodegradability of porous silicon nanoparticles.

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    Hon, Nick K; Shaposhnik, Zory; Diebold, Eric D; Tamanoi, Fuyuhiko; Jalali, Bahram

    2012-12-01

    Porous silicon nanoparticles (PSiNPs) are attractive carriers for targeted drug delivery in nanomedicine. For in vivo applications, the biodegradation property of PSiNPs provides a pathway for their safe clearance from the body. Particles sizes of 80-120 nm are of particular interest as they are important for cellular applications, such as drug delivery for cancer therapy, because these nanoparticles can take advantage of the enhanced permeability and retention effect to deliver drug preferentially to tumors with leaky vasculature, yet large enough to avoid renal clearance. However, the biodegradability rate of such particles is often too fast, which limits particle half-life and potentially reduces their in vivo delivery efficiency. In this work, we focus on the degradation of nanoscale particles and study the effect of both thermal oxidation and silica coating on the stability of PSiNPs in phosphate buffered saline solution (a close mimic of a basic biological fluid). Using thermal oxidation, the half-life of PSiNPs can be varied from 10 min up to 3 h. Using silica coating, the half-life can be extended further to 8 h. The particles produced using both these techniques can be functionalized using standard silica surface chemistries developed for applications in drug delivery.

  19. Porous silicon nanoparticles for cancer photothermotherapy

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    Hong, Chanseok; Lee, Jungkeun; Zheng, Hongmei; Hong, Soon-Sun; Lee, Chongmu

    2011-12-01

    The in vitro cell tests and in vivo animal tests were performed to investigate the feasibility of the photothermal therapy based on porous silicon (PSi) in combination with near-infrared (NIR) laser. According to the Annexin V- fluorescein isothiocyanate Apoptosis assay test results, the untreated cells and the cells exposed to NIR laser without PSi treatment had a cell viability of 95.6 and 91.3%, respectively. Likewise, the cells treated with PSi but not with NIR irradiation also had a cell viability of 74.4%. Combination of these two techniques, however, showed a cell viability of 6.7%. Also, the cell deaths were mostly due to necrosis but partly due to late apoptosis. The in vivo animal test results showed that the Murine colon carcinoma (CT-26) tumors were completely resorbed without nearly giving damage to surrounding healthy tissue within 5 days of PSi and NIR laser treatment. Tumors have not recurred at all in the PSi/NIR treatment groups thereafter. Both the in vitro cell test and in vivo animal test results suggest that thermotherapy based on PSi in combination with NIR laser irradiation is an efficient technique to selectively destroy cancer cells without damaging the surrounding healthy cells.

  20. Porous silicon nanoparticles for cancer photothermotherapy

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    Zheng Hongmei

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The in vitro cell tests and in vivo animal tests were performed to investigate the feasibility of the photothermal therapy based on porous silicon (PSi in combination with near-infrared (NIR laser. According to the Annexin V- fluorescein isothiocyanate Apoptosis assay test results, the untreated cells and the cells exposed to NIR laser without PSi treatment had a cell viability of 95.6 and 91.3%, respectively. Likewise, the cells treated with PSi but not with NIR irradiation also had a cell viability of 74.4%. Combination of these two techniques, however, showed a cell viability of 6.7%. Also, the cell deaths were mostly due to necrosis but partly due to late apoptosis. The in vivo animal test results showed that the Murine colon carcinoma (CT-26 tumors were completely resorbed without nearly giving damage to surrounding healthy tissue within 5 days of PSi and NIR laser treatment. Tumors have not recurred at all in the PSi/NIR treatment groups thereafter. Both the in vitro cell test and in vivo animal test results suggest that thermotherapy based on PSi in combination with NIR laser irradiation is an efficient technique to selectively destroy cancer cells without damaging the surrounding healthy cells.

  1. Properties of bilayer contacts to porous silicon

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    Gallach, D.; Torres-Costa, V.; Garcia-Pelayo, L.; Climent-Font, A.; Martin-Palma, R.J.; Manso, M. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Madrid (Spain); Barreiros-das-Santos, M.; Sporer, C.; Samitier, J. [Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Nanobioengineering Group, Barcelona (Spain)

    2012-05-15

    The aim of the present work is the growth by PVD techniques and ulterior characterization of electrical contacts to columnar porous silicon (PSi) as an approach to reliable PSi sensor devices. Contacts consist of a NiCr (40:60) and Au bilayer on the PSi surface deposited by magnetron sputtering. These structures show a good adhesion to the rough surface of columnar PSi. The morphology of these electrical contacts is characterized by electron microscopy and their crystalline structure by X-ray diffraction. Compositional profiles are determined by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, which demonstrate that the infiltration of NiCr into the PSi is at the origin of the metallic thin film adhesion improvement. I-V characteristics and impedance spectroscopy measurements show that this configuration provides rectifying electrical contacts to PSi, for which a simple equivalent circuit based on one resistor and two capacitors can be modeled. These results further support the use of PSi electrical structures for sensing purposes. (orig.)

  2. Reactive Melt Infiltration Of Silicon Into Porous Carbon

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    Behrendt, Donald R.; Singh, Mrityunjay

    1994-01-01

    Report describes study of synthesis of silicon carbide and related ceramics by reactive melt infiltration of silicon and silicon/molybdenum alloys into porous carbon preforms. Reactive melt infiltration has potential for making components in nearly net shape, performed in less time and at lower temperature. Object of study to determine effect of initial pore volume fraction, pore size, and infiltration material on quality of resultant product.

  3. Dichroic rugate filters based on birefringent porous silicon.

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    Ishikura, Nobuyuki; Fujii, Minoru; Nishida, Kohei; Hayashi, Shinji; Diener, Joachim

    2008-09-29

    Rugate filters made of anisotropically nanostructured birefringent silicon have been fabricated and studied by polarization-resolved transmission measurements. Electrochemical etching of a (110) oriented Si wafer results in porous silicon layers which exhibit a strong in-plane birefringence. We demonstrate that a sinusoidal refractive index variation of birefringent porous silicon combined with index-matching layers and apodization results in a dichroic rugate filter having a stop-band dependent on the polarization direction of the incident light without higher-order harmonics and sidelobes. We also demonstrate that the combination of different dichroic rugate filters allow us to realize filters with more complex properties in a single preparation step.

  4. The processing and potential applications of porous silicon

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    Shieh, Syyuan [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    1992-07-01

    Stability of a cylindrical pore under the influence of surface energy is important for porous silicon (PS) processing in the integrated circuit industry. Once the zig-zag cylindrical pores of porous silicon or oxidized porous silicon (OPS) are unstable and breakup into rows of isolated spherical pores, oxidation of PS and densification/nitridation of OPS become difficult. Swing to difficulty transport of reactant gas (O2, NH3) or the trapped gas (for densification of OPS). A first order analysis of the stability of a cylindrical pore or cylinder is considered first. Growth of small sinusoidal perturbations by viscous flow or evaporation/condensation result in dependence of perturbation growth rate on perturbation wavelength. Rapid thermal oxidation (RTO) of porous silicon is proposed as an alternative for the tedious two-step 300 and 800C oxidation process. Transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy ESCA are used for quality control. Also, rapid thermal nitridation of oxidized porous silicon in ammonia is proposed to enhance OPS resistance to HF solution. Pores breakup of OPS results in a trapped gas problem during densification. Wet helium is proposed as OPS densification ambient gas to shorten densification time. Finally, PS is proposed to be an extrinsic gettering center in silicon wafers. The suppression of oxidation-induced stacking faults is used to demonstrate the gettering ability. Possible mechanism is discussed.

  5. The processing and potential applications of porous silicon

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    Syyuan Shieh.

    1992-07-01

    Stability of a cylindrical pore under the influence of surface energy is important for porous silicon (PS) processing in the integrated circuit industry. Once the zig-zag cylindrical pores of porous silicon or oxidized porous silicon (OPS) are unstable and breakup into rows of isolated spherical pores, oxidation of PS and densification/nitridation of OPS become difficult. Swing to difficulty transport of reactant gas (O{sub 2}, NH{sub 3}) or the trapped gas (for densification of OPS). A first order analysis of the stability of a cylindrical pore or cylinder is considered first. Growth of small sinusoidal perturbations by viscous flow or evaporation/condensation result in dependence of perturbation growth rate on perturbation wavelength. Rapid thermal oxidation (RTO) of porous silicon is proposed as an alternative for the tedious two-step 300 and 800C oxidation process. Transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy ESCA are used for quality control. Also, rapid thermal nitridation of oxidized porous silicon in ammonia is proposed to enhance OPS resistance to HF solution. Pores breakup of OPS results in a trapped gas problem during densification. Wet helium is proposed as OPS densification ambient gas to shorten densification time. Finally, PS is proposed to be an extrinsic gettering center in silicon wafers. The suppression of oxidation-induced stacking faults is used to demonstrate the gettering ability. Possible mechanism is discussed.

  6. Dual detection biosensor based on porous silicon substrate

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    Simion, Monica, E-mail: moni304ro@yahoo.com; Kusko, Mihaela; Mihalache, Iuliana; Brăgaru, Adina

    2013-11-20

    Due to the high surface-to-volume ratio (hundreds of m{sup 2}/cm{sup 3}) porous silicon became during the last years a good candidate material as substrate for biosensor application. Moreover, the versatility of surface chemistry allows different functionalization approaches and large number of molecules to be captured on well-defined areas. This paper reports a dual detection method for protein recognition processes developed on different nanostructured porous silicon (PS) substrates, based on using two complementary spectroscopic techniques: fluorescence and electrochemical impedance. The structures were tested for biomolecular recognition – biotin–strepavidin couples – in order to achieve an optimum surface for protein's immobilizations. Comparative analyses of the attachment degree and preservation of the biomolecules activity on the porous silicon surfaces and silicon slides are also described.

  7. Porous silicon nanocrystals in a silica aerogel matrix

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    Amonkosolpan, Jamaree; Wolverson, Daniel; Goller, Bernhard; Polisski, Sergej; Kovalev, Dmitry; Rollings, Matthew; Grogan, Michael D. W.; Birks, Timothy A.

    2012-07-01

    Silicon nanoparticles of three types (oxide-terminated silicon nanospheres, micron-sized hydrogen-terminated porous silicon grains and micron-size oxide-terminated porous silicon grains) were incorporated into silica aerogels at the gel preparation stage. Samples with a wide range of concentrations were prepared, resulting in aerogels that were translucent (but weakly coloured) through to completely opaque for visible light over sample thicknesses of several millimetres. The photoluminescence of these composite materials and of silica aerogel without silicon inclusions was studied in vacuum and in the presence of molecular oxygen in order to determine whether there is any evidence for non-radiative energy transfer from the silicon triplet exciton state to molecular oxygen adsorbed at the silicon surface. No sensitivity to oxygen was observed from the nanoparticles which had partially H-terminated surfaces before incorporation, and so we conclude that the silicon surface has become substantially oxidised. Finally, the FTIR and Raman scattering spectra of the composites were studied in order to establish the presence of crystalline silicon; by taking the ratio of intensities of the silicon and aerogel Raman bands, we were able to obtain a quantitative measure of the silicon nanoparticle concentration independent of the degree of optical attenuation.

  8. Porous silicon confers bioactivity to polycaprolactone composites in vitro.

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    Henstock, J R; Ruktanonchai, U R; Canham, L T; Anderson, S I

    2014-04-01

    Silicon is an essential element for healthy bone development and supplementation with its bioavailable form (silicic acid) leads to enhancement of osteogenesis both in vivo and in vitro. Porous silicon (pSi) is a novel material with emerging applications in opto-electronics and drug delivery which dissolves to yield silicic acid as the sole degradation product, allowing the specific importance of soluble silicates for biomaterials to be investigated in isolation without the elution of other ionic species. Using polycaprolactone as a bioresorbable carrier for porous silicon microparticles, we found that composites containing pSi yielded more than twice the amount of bioavailable silicic acid than composites containing the same mass of 45S5 Bioglass. When incubated in a simulated body fluid, the addition of pSi to polycaprolactone significantly increased the deposition of calcium phosphate. Interestingly, the apatites formed had a Ca:P ratio directly proportional to the silicic acid concentration, indicating that silicon-substituted hydroxyapatites were being spontaneously formed as a first order reaction. Primary human osteoblasts cultured on the surface of the composite exhibited peak alkaline phosphatase activity at day 14, with a proportional relationship between pSi content and both osteoblast proliferation and collagen production over 4 weeks. Culturing the composite with J744A.1 murine macrophages demonstrated that porous silicon does not elicit an immune response and may even inhibit it. Porous silicon may therefore be an important next generation biomaterial with unique properties for applications in orthopaedic tissue engineering.

  9. Effect of porous silicon on the performances of silicon solar cells during the porous silicon-based gettering procedure

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    Nouri, H.; Bessais, B. [Laboratoire de Nanomateriaux et des Systemes pour l' Energie, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie, Technopole de Borj-Cedria, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Bouaicha, M. [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, des Semi-conducteurs et des Nanostructures, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie, Technopole de Borj-Cedria, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia)

    2009-10-15

    In this work we analyse the effect of porous silicon on the performances of multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar cells during the porous silicon-based gettering procedure. This procedure consists of forming PS layers on both front and back sides of the mc-Si wafers followed by an annealing in an infrared furnace under a controlled atmosphere at different temperatures. Three sets of samples (A, B and C) have been prepared; for samples A and B, the PS films were removed before and after annealing, respectively. In order to optimize the annealing temperature, we measure the defect density at a selected grain boundary (GB) using the dark current-voltage (I-V) characteristics across the GB itself. The annealing temperature was optimized to 1000 C. The effect of these treatments on the performances of mc-Si solar cells was studied by means of the current-voltage characteristic (at AM 1.5) and the internal quantum efficiency (IQE). The results obtained for cell A and cell B were compared to those obtained on a reference cell (C). (author)

  10. Luminescence and optical absorption determination in porous silicon

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    Nogal, U.; Calderon, A.; Marin, E.; Rojas T, J. B.; Juarez, A. G., E-mail: u_nogal@hotmail.com [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Calz. Legaria No. 694, Col. Irrigacion, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2012-10-15

    We applied the photoacoustic spectroscopy technique in order to obtain the optical absorption spectrum in porous silicon samples prepared by electrochemical anodic etching on n-type, phosphorous doped, (100)-oriented crystal-line silicon wafer with thickness of 300 {mu}m and 1-5 {omega}cm resistivity. The porous layers were prepared with etching times of 13, 20, 30, 40 and 60 minutes. Also, we realized a comparison among the optical absorption spectrum with the photoluminescence and photo reflectance ones, both obtained at room temperature. Our results show that the absorption spectrum of the samples of porous silicon depends notably of the etching time an it consist of two distinguishable absorption bands, one in the Vis region and the other one in the UV region. (Author)

  11. 4-Nitrobenzene Grafted in Porous Silicon: Application to Optical Lithography.

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    Tiddia, Mariavitalia; Mula, Guido; Sechi, Elisa; Vacca, Annalisa; Cara, Eleonora; De Leo, Natascia; Fretto, Matteo; Boarino, Luca

    2016-12-01

    In this work, we report a method to process porous silicon to improve its chemical resistance to alkaline solution attacks based on the functionalization of the pore surface by the electrochemical reduction of 4-nitrobenzendiazonium salt. This method provides porous silicon with strong resistance to the etching solutions used in optical lithography and allows the fabrication of tailored metallic contacts on its surface. The samples were studied by chemical, electrochemical, and morphological methods. We demonstrate that the grafted samples show a resistance to harsh alkaline solution more than three orders of magnitude larger than that of pristine porous silicon, being mostly unmodified after about 40 min. The samples maintained open pores after the grafting, making them suitable for further treatments like filling by polymers. Optical lithography was performed on the functionalized samples, and electrochemical characterization results are shown.

  12. Blue light emission of porous silicon subjected to RTP treatments

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    ZHAO Yi; YANG Deren; LIN Lei; QUE Duanlin

    2006-01-01

    Porous silicon samples were treated with the rapid thermal process (RTP) under different circumstances (N2, Ar, O2 and Air). Before and after treatments, the samples were checked by means of photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Four blue light emission peaks were found in the PL spectra of porous silicon samples subjected to the RTP treatments at temperatures above 400℃. The peak positions were found not to vary with the circumstances and temperatures of RTP treatments. It is considered that due to oxidation during the RTP treatments, the pole size of Si crystal in porous silicon decreased,resulting in the blue shift of light emission. Correlated with the Si crystal sizes discontinuous hypothesis and previous researchers' theory calculation, the PL peak positions did not vary with the RTP temperature and circumstances.

  13. Biochips at work: porous silicon microbiosensor for proteomic diagnostic

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    De Stefano, Luca [Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, National Council of Research, Via P Castellino 111, 80131 Naples (Italy); Rendina, Ivo [Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, National Council of Research, Via P Castellino 111, 80131 Naples (Italy); Rossi, Andrea Mario [' Galileo Ferraris' National Electrotechnical Institute, Via Strada delle Cacce 91, 10100 Turin (Italy); Rossi, Mose [Institute of Protein Biochemistry, National Council of Research, Via P Castellino 111, 80131 Naples (Italy); Rotiroti, Lucia [Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, National Council of Research, Via P Castellino 111, 80131 Naples (Italy); D' Auria, Sabato [Institute of Protein Biochemistry, National Council of Research, Via P Castellino 111, 80131 Naples (Italy)

    2007-10-03

    The molecular interactions between the glutamine binding-protein (GlnBP) from Escherichia coli and its main ligands the L-glutamine (Gln) and the gliadin, a toxic peptide containing three Gln sequences, are detected by means of an optical biosensor based on porous silicon (PSi) technology. The binding events are optically transduced in the wavelength shifts of the porous silicon reflectivity spectrum. In the first case, the hydrophobic interaction links the GlnBP, which acts as a molecular probe for Gln, to the hydrogenated porous silicon surface area. A more stable coupling between the protein and the chip surface can be obtained by a proper functionalization process. Even if the GlnBPs are covalently bonded to the PSi, they are able to selectively recognize the gliadin in micromolar concentration.

  14. Agglomeration of Luminescent Porous Silicon Nanoparticles in Colloidal Solutions.

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    Herynková, Kateřina; Šlechta, Miroslav; Šimáková, Petra; Fučíková, Anna; Cibulka, Ondřej

    2016-12-01

    We have prepared colloidal solutions of clusters composed from porous silicon nanoparticles in methanol, water and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). Even if the size of the nanoclusters is between 60 and 500 nm, due to their highly porous "cauliflower"-like structure, the porous silicon nanoparticles are composed of interconnected nanocrystals having around 2.5 nm in size and showing strong visible luminescence in the orange-red spectral region (centred at 600-700 nm). Hydrophilic behaviour and good solubility of the nanoclusters in water and water-based solutions were obtained by adding hydrogen peroxide into the etching solution during preparation and 16 min long after-bath in hydrogen peroxide. By simple filtration of the solutions with syringe filters, we have extracted smaller nanoclusters with sizes of approx. 60-70 nm; however, these nanoclusters in water and PBS solution (pH neutral) are prone to agglomeration, as was confirmed by zeta potential measurements. When the samples were left at ambient conditions for several weeks, the typical nanocluster size increased to approx. 330-400 nm and then remained stable. However, both freshly filtered and aged samples (with agglomerated porous silicon nanoparticles) of porous silicon in water and PBS solutions can be further used for biological studies or as luminescent markers in living cells.

  15. Agglomeration of Luminescent Porous Silicon Nanoparticles in Colloidal Solutions

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    Herynková, Kateřina; Šlechta, Miroslav; Šimáková, Petra; Fučíková, Anna; Cibulka, Ondřej

    2016-08-01

    We have prepared colloidal solutions of clusters composed from porous silicon nanoparticles in methanol, water and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). Even if the size of the nanoclusters is between 60 and 500 nm, due to their highly porous "cauliflower"-like structure, the porous silicon nanoparticles are composed of interconnected nanocrystals having around 2.5 nm in size and showing strong visible luminescence in the orange-red spectral region (centred at 600-700 nm). Hydrophilic behaviour and good solubility of the nanoclusters in water and water-based solutions were obtained by adding hydrogen peroxide into the etching solution during preparation and 16 min long after-bath in hydrogen peroxide. By simple filtration of the solutions with syringe filters, we have extracted smaller nanoclusters with sizes of approx. 60-70 nm; however, these nanoclusters in water and PBS solution (pH neutral) are prone to agglomeration, as was confirmed by zeta potential measurements. When the samples were left at ambient conditions for several weeks, the typical nanocluster size increased to approx. 330-400 nm and then remained stable. However, both freshly filtered and aged samples (with agglomerated porous silicon nanoparticles) of porous silicon in water and PBS solutions can be further used for biological studies or as luminescent markers in living cells.

  16. Photon BLOCH oscillations in porous silicon optical superlattices.

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    Agarwal, V; del Río, J A; Malpuech, G; Zamfirescu, M; Kavokin, A; Coquillat, D; Scalbert, D; Vladimirova, M; Gil, B

    2004-03-01

    We report the first observation of oscillations of the electromagnetic field in an optical superlattice based on porous silicon. These oscillations are an optical equivalent of well-known electronic Bloch oscillations in crystals. Elementary cells of our structure are composed by microcavities whose coupling gives rise to the extended collective modes forming optical minigaps and minibands. By varying thicknesses of the cavities along the structure axis, we have created an effective electric field for photons. A very high quality factor of the confined optical state of the Wannier-Stark ladder may allow lasing in porous silicon-based superlattices.

  17. Porous silicon optical cavity as an immunosensor platform

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    Lv, Xiao-Yi; Mo, Jia-Qing; Tu, Yi-Xian; Zhong, Fu-Ru; Jiang, Tao; Jia, Zhen-Hong; Li, Jiang-Wei; Zhang, Fu-Chun

    2010-07-01

    A novel porous silicon based optical Fabry-Perot cavity structure is prepared as a label-free immunosensor platform for detecting antigen-antibody. The lagurus zona pelluciad 3 (LZP3) and the specificity of the polyclonal anti-LZP3 antibodies are employed in our laboratory as the target and the probe, respectively. Firstly, the antibodies are immobilized to the porous silicon optical cavity using silanization and glutaraldehyde (GA) chemistry. And then, after the antigen-antibody reaction, it is monitored that the red shift of the reflection spectrum of the immunosensor increases with the antigen concentration. This research also plays a potential role for the extensive applications in immunoassay.

  18. Hydrogen isotopic substitution experiments in nanostructured porous silicon

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    Palacios, W.D. [Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales y Agrimensura - (UNNE), Avenida Libertad 5500, 3400 Corrientes (Argentina); Koropecki, R.R. [INTEC (CONICET-UNL), Gueemes 3450, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina)], E-mail: rkoro@intec.ceride.gov.ar; Arce, R.D. [INTEC (CONICET-UNL), Gueemes 3450, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); Busso, A. [Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales y Agrimensura - (UNNE), Avenida Libertad 5500, 3400 Corrientes (Argentina)

    2008-04-30

    Nanostructured porous silicon is usually prepared by electrochemical anodization of monocrystalline silicon using a fluorine-rich electrolyte. As a result of this process, the silicon atoms conserve their original crystalline location, and many of the dangling bonds appearing on the surface of the nanostructure are saturated by hydrogen coming from the electrolyte. This work presents an IR study of the effects produced by partial substitution of water in the electrolytic solution by deuterium oxide. The isotopic effects on the IR spectra are analyzed for the as-prepared samples and for the samples subjected to partial thermal effusion of hydrogen and deuterium. We demonstrate that, although deuterium is chemically indistinguishable from hydrogen, it presents a singular behaviour when used in porous silicon preparation. We found that deuterium preferentially bonds forming Si-DH groups. A possible explanation of the phenomenon is presented, based on the different diffusivities of hydrogen and deuterium.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of silicon nanorod on n-type porous silicon.

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    Behzad, Kasra; Mat Yunus, Wan Mahmood; Bahrami, Afarin; Kharazmi, Alireza; Soltani, Nayereh

    2016-03-20

    This work reports a new method for growing semiconductor nanorods on a porous silicon substrate. After preparation of n-type porous silicon samples, a thin layer of gold was deposited on them. Gold deposited samples were annealed at different temperatures. The structural, thermal, and optical properties of the samples were studied using a field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), photoacoustic spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy, respectively. FESEM analysis revealed that silicon nanorods of different sizes grew on the annealed samples. Thermal behavior of the samples was studied using photoacoustic spectroscopy. Photoluminescence spectroscopy showed that the emission peaks were degraded by gold deposition and attenuated for all samples by annealing.

  20. Enhancement of porous silicon photoluminescence by electroless deposition of nickel

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    Amdouni, S. [Unité de nanomatériaux et photonique, Université El Manar, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis Tunisia (Tunisia); Rahmani, M., E-mail: rahmanimehdi79@yahoo.com [Unité de nanomatériaux et photonique, Université El Manar, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis Tunisia (Tunisia); Zaïbi, M.-A [Unité de nanomatériaux et photonique, Université El Manar, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis Tunisia (Tunisia); Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs de Tunis, Université de Tunis, 5 Avenue Taha Hussein, 1008 Tunis (Tunisia); Oueslati, M. [Unité de nanomatériaux et photonique, Université El Manar, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis Tunisia (Tunisia)

    2015-01-15

    Nickel-porous silicon nanocomposites (PS/Ni) are elaborated by an electroless deposition method using NiCl{sub 2} aqueous solution. The presence of nickel ions in the porous layer is confirmed by Fourier Transformed InfraRed spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of PS/Ni, prepared at different electroless durations (t{sub edp}), are analyzed. A remarkable enhancement in the integrated PL intensity of PS containing nickel was observed. The lower t{sub edp} favor the deposition of nickel in PS, hence the silicon dangling bonds at the porous surface are quenched and this was increased the PL intensity. However, for the longer t{sub edp}, the PL intensity has been considerably decreased due to the destruction of some Si nanocrystallites. The PL spectra of PS/Ni, for t{sub edp} less than 8 min, show a multiband profile indicating the creation of new luminescent centers by Ni elements which induces a strong modification in the emission mechanisms. - Highlights: • Deposition of Ni ions into porous silicon (PS) layer using the electroless method. • Formation of Ni–O bonds on the porous layer. • The photoluminescence (PL) intensity of PS is enhanced after Ni deposition. • The increase of the PL is due to the contribution of radiative centers related to Ni.

  1. Nanostructured Porous Silicon Photonic Crystal for Applications in the Infrared

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    G. Recio-Sánchez

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In the last decades great interest has been devoted to photonic crystals aiming at the creation of novel devices which can control light propagation. In the present work, two-dimensional (2D and three-dimensional (3D devices based on nanostructured porous silicon have been fabricated. 2D devices consist of a square mesh of 2 μm wide porous silicon veins, leaving 5×5 μm square air holes. 3D structures share the same design although multilayer porous silicon veins are used instead, providing an additional degree of modulation. These devices are fabricated from porous silicon single layers (for 2D structures or multilayers (for 3D structures, opening air holes in them by means of 1 KeV argon ion bombardment through the appropriate copper grids. For 2D structures, a complete photonic band gap for TE polarization is found in the thermal infrared range. For 3D structures, there are no complete band gaps, although several new partial gaps do exist in different high-symmetry directions. The simulation results suggest that these structures are very promising candidates for the development of low-cost photonic devices for their use in the thermal infrared range.

  2. From Plastic to Silicone: The Novelties in Porous Polymer Fabrications

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    Soumaya Berro

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Porous polymers are gaining increased interest in several areas due, in great part, to their large surface area and unique physiochemical properties. Porous polymers are conventionally manufactured using specific processes related to the chemical structure of each polymer. With the wide variety of porous polymers that have been designed, fabricated, and tested to date, this review aims to provide an overview of the advances and recent progress in the preparation processes and fabrication techniques. A detailed comparison between these techniques is also provided. Some of these techniques offer the advantage of controlling the porosity and the possibility to obtain porous 3D polymers. A new generic fabrication process that can be applied to all liquid polymers to texture their outer surfaces with a desired porosity is also presented. The proposed process, which is based on two micromolding steps, offers flexibility in terms of tailoring the texture of the final polymer by simply using porous silicon templates with different pore sizes and configurations. The anticipated process was successfully implemented to texture polyethyl hydrosiloxane (PMHS using porous silicon and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA scaffolds.

  3. Positron annihilation and infrared spectroscopy studies of porous silicon

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    Mokrushin, A.; Starkov, V. [Institute of Microelectronics Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka, Moscow District (Russian Federation); Bardyshev, I.; Serebryakova, N. [Institute of Physical Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii pr. 31, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2003-05-01

    Measurements of the angular correlation of annihilation radiation and infrared absorption spectra were conducted with porous silicon samples, containing capillary macropores with a diameter of about 1 {mu}m. The set of data shows that a high proportion of Si-O bonds contribute to positron annihilation and IR absorption for porous silicon. Annihilation parameters and estimated values of the specific surface area point to the availability of a nanoporous system in the macroporous silicon. Most likely the macropore surface is covered by the nanoporous material to a thickness of 100-200 nm. The characteristic size of the nanopores is estimated at 1-2 nm. Si-O bonds are located at the nanopore surface and do not exceed one monolayer. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  4. High-performance porous silicon solar cell development. Final report, October 1, 1993--September 30, 1995

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    Maruska, P [Spire Corp., Bedford, MA (United States)

    1996-09-01

    The goal of the program was to demonstrate use of porous silicon in new solar cell structures. Porous silicon technology has been developed at Spire for producing visible light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The major aspects that they have demonstrated are the following: porous silicon active layers have been made to show photovoltaic action; porous silicon surface layers can act as antireflection coatings to improve the performance of single-crystal silicon solar cells; and porous silicon surface layers can act as antireflection coatings on polycrystalline silicon solar cells. One problem with the use of porous silicon is to achieve good lateral conduction of electrons and holes through the material. This shows up in terms of poor blue response and photocurrents which increase with increasing reverse bias applied to the diode.

  5. Analysis of Erbium and Vanadium Diffusion in Porous Silicon Carbide

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    Marina G. Mynbaeva

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Experimental data on diffusion of erbium and vanadium in porous and nonporous silicon carbide at 1700 and 2200°C have been used for modelling diffusion in porous SiC. It is shown that the consideration of pore structure modification under annealing via vacancy redistribution allows for satisfactory description of dopant diffusion. As expected, important contribution to the diffusion in the porous medium is found to be made by the walls of the pores: in SiC, the vacancy surface diffusion coefficient on the walls appears to exceed that in the bulk of the material by an order of magnitude. When thermal treatment transforms pore channels into closed voids, pathways for accelerated diffusion cease to exist and diffusion rates in porous and nonporous SiC become similar.

  6. Dehydrogenative silane coupling on silicon surfaces via early transition metal catalysis.

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    Li, Yun-Hui; Buriak, Jillian M

    2006-02-01

    Derivatization of silicon surfaces is an area of intense interest due to the centrality of silicon in the microelectronics industry and because of potential promise for a myriad of other applications. In this paper, we investigate the feasibility of Si-Si bond formation directly on the surface to contrast with the more widely studied Si-C and Si-O bond forming reactions. Functionalization of hydride-terminated silicon surfaces with silanes is carried out via early transition metal mediated dehydrogenative silane coupling reactions. Zirconocene and titanocene catalyst systems were evaluated for heterocoupling of a molecular silane, RSiH3, with a surface Si-H group on Si(s). The zirconocene catalysts proved to be much more reactive than the titanium system, and so the former was examined exclusively. The silanes, aromatic or aliphatic, are bonded to the silicon surface through direct Si-Si bonds, although the level of incorporation of the trihydroarylsilanes was substantially higher than that of the aliphatic silanes. The reaction proceeds on nanocrystalline hydride-terminated porous silicon surfaces, as well as flat Si(100)-H(x) and Si(111)-H interfaces. The reactions were studied by a variety of techniques, including FTIR, SIMS, and XPS.

  7. Porous Silicon Nanocomposites with Combined Hard and Soft Magnetic Properties

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    Rumpf, Klemens; Granitzer, Petra; Michor, Herwig

    2016-09-01

    Magnetic nanostructures of two ferromagnetic metals have been combined within porous silicon, and the magnetic switching behavior of the resulting porous silicon/metal nanocomposite has been modified by varying the arrangement. The two magnetic materials are Ni and Co, whereas Co is the magnetic harder one. These "hard/soft" magnetic nanocomposites have been achieved by two different routes. On the one hand, double-sided porous silicon has been used whereas one side has been filled with Ni nanostructures and the other one with Co nanostructures. On the other hand, Ni and Co have been deposited within one porous layer alternatingly. The filling of the pores has been carried out by electrodeposition with varying the deposition parameters. In systems which offer two distinct slopes of the hysteresis curves due to the different saturation behavior of the two types of deposited metal, magnetic exchange coupling is not present. For samples which show smooth hysteresis curves exchange, coupling between the Ni and Co nanostructures seems to be present. The aim is to control especially the structure size of the soft and the hard magnetic materials and the distance between them at the nanoscale to optimize exchange coupling resulting in a maximum energy product.

  8. Synthesis and Photoluminescence Properties of Porous Silicon Nanowire Arrays

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    Wang Yan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Herein, we prepare vertical and single crystalline porous silicon nanowires (SiNWs via a two-step metal-assisted electroless etching method. The porosity of the nanowires is restricted by etchant concentration, etching time and doping lever of the silicon wafer. The diffusion of silver ions could lead to the nucleation of silver nanoparticles on the nanowires and open new etching ways. Like porous silicon (PS, these porous nanowires also show excellent photoluminescence (PL properties. The PL intensity increases with porosity, with an enhancement of about 100 times observed in our condition experiments. A “red-shift” of the PL peak is also found. Further studies prove that the PL spectrum should be decomposed into two elementary PL bands. The peak at 850 nm is the emission of the localized excitation in the nanoporous structure, while the 750-nm peak should be attributed to the surface-oxidized nanostructure. It could be confirmed from the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analyses. These porous SiNW arrays may be useful as the nanoscale optoelectronic devices.

  9. Combination of silicon nitride and porous silicon induced optoelectronic features enhancement of multicrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Rabha, Mohamed Ben; Dimassi, Wissem; Gaidi, Mounir; Ezzaouia, Hatem; Bessais, Brahim [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie, Technopole de Borj-Cedria, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia)

    2011-06-15

    The effects of antireflection (ARC) and surface passivation films on optoelectronic features of multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) were investigated in order to perform high efficiency solar cells. A double layer consisting of Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) of silicon nitride (SiN{sub x}) on porous silicon (PS) was achieved on mc-Si surfaces. It was found that this treatment decreases the total surface reflectivity from about 25% to around 6% in the 450-1100 nm wavelength range. As a result, the effective minority carrier diffusion length, estimated from the Laser-beam-induced current (LBIC) method, was found to increase from 312 {mu}m for PS-treated cells to about 798 {mu}m for SiN{sub x}/PS-treated ones. The deposition of SiN{sub x} was found to impressively enhance the minority carrier diffusion length probably due to hydrogen passivation of surface, grain boundaries and bulk defects. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) shows that the vibration modes of the highly suitable passivating Si-H bonds exhibit frequency shifts toward higher wavenumber, depending on the x ratio of the introduced N atoms neighbors. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Sensitized photoluminescence of erbium silicate synthesized on porous silicon framework

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    Shen, Hao; Xu, Lingbo; Li, Dongsheng; Yang, Deren

    2017-09-01

    Er silicate/porous silicon (PS) composites with effective sensitized erbium emission at 1.53 μm have been synthesized on the PS framework. Cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction reveal that the PS is coated by Er silicate in composites. Indirect excitation of Er3+ ion luminescence via energy transfer from PS is confirmed. The temperature dependence of Er-related photoluminescence intensity and lifetime is investigated, which concludes a phonon-mediated energy transfer process. The combination of the PS framework and Er silicate provides a possible strategy for practical silicon-based light sources.

  11. Controlling growth of aligned carbon nanotubes from porous silicon templates

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    2000-01-01

    Fabricating well-aligned carbon nanotubes, especially, on a silicon substrate is very important for their applications. In this paper, an aligned carbon nanotube array has been prepared by pyrolysis of hydrocarbons catalyzed by nickel nanoparticles embedded in porous silicon (PS) templates. High-magnification transmission electron microscopy images confirm that the nanotubes are well graphitized. The PS substrates with pore sizes between 10 and 100 nm play a control role on the growth of carbon nanotubes and the diameters of the tubes increase with the enlargement of the pores of the substrates. However, such a control role cannot be found in the macro-PS substrates.

  12. Mechanical grooving of oxidized porous silicon to reduce the reflectivity of monocrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Zarroug, A.; Dimassi, W.; Ouertani, R.; Ezzaouia, H. [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, Centre des Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie, BP. 95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia)

    2012-10-15

    In this work, we are interested to use oxidized porous silicon (ox-PS) as a mask. So, we display the creating of a rough surface which enhances the absorption of incident light by solar cells and reduces the reflectivity of monocrystalline silicon (c-Si). It clearly can be seen that the mechanical grooving enables us to elaborate the texturing of monocrystalline silicon wafer. Results demonstrated that the application of a PS layer followed by a thermal treatment under O2 ambient easily gives us an oxide layer of uniform size which can vary from a nanometer to about ten microns. In addition, the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy investigations of the PS layer illustrates the possibility to realize oxide layer as a mask for porous silicon. We found also that this simple and low cost method decreases the total reflectivity (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  13. Confocal microscopy for visualization and characterization of porous silicon samples

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    Doia, Petronela; Petris, A.; Dancus, I.; Vlad, V. I.

    2007-08-01

    We have developed a scanning confocal microscopy (SCM) system which can be used to investigate micro-structural properties of samples with micro-geometry. We present advantages of this imaging technique for visualization and characterization of some periodic and non-periodic (porous silicon with an alveolar columnar structure (1.5 - 3 μm pores diameters)) samples. Using the confocal microscopy, we can obtain an enhancement of image resolution and contrast, in comparison with conventional optical microscopy. Therefore, it has particular advantages for the study of porous silicon. Confocal imaging method permit the "optical sectioning" of samples and lead to a sub-micron resolution both in lateral plane and axial plane.

  14. Ionic Liquids Can Permanently Modify Porous Silicon Surface Chemistry.

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    Trivedi, Shruti; Coombs, Sidney G; Wagle, Durgesh V; Bhawawet, Nakara; Baker, Gary A; Bright, Frank V

    2016-08-01

    To develop ionic liquid/porous silicon (IL/pSi) microarrays we have contact pin-printed 20 hydrophobic and hydrophilic ionic liquids onto as-prepared, hydrogen-passivated porous silicon (ap-pSi) and then determined the individual IL spot size, shape and associated pSi surface chemistry. The results reveal that the hydrophobic ionic liquids oxidize the ap-pSi slightly. In contrast, the hydrophilic ionic liquids lead to heavily oxidized pSi (i.e., ox-pSi). The strong oxidation arises from residual water within the hydrophilic ILs that is delivered from these ILs into the ap-pSi matrix causing oxidation. This phenomenon is less of an issue in the hydrophobic ILs because their water solubility is substantially lower.

  15. Observation of time-varying photoconductivity and persistent photoconductivity in porous silicon

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    Frello, T.; Veje, E.; Leistiko, Otto

    1996-01-01

    of at least two competing mechanisms, one is tentatively related to photoinduced creation of charge carriers in the silicon substrate followed by diffusion into the porous silicon layer, and the other is tentatively related to desorption of hydrogen from the porous silicon. ©1996 American Institute of Physics....

  16. Electroless porous silicon formation applied to fabrication of boron-silica-glass cantilevers

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    Teva, Jordi; Davis, Zachary James; Hansen, Ole

    2010-01-01

    This work describes the characterization and optimization of anisotropic formation of porous silicon in large volumes (0.5-1 mm3) of silicon by an electroless wet etching technique. The main goal is to use porous silicon as a sacrificial volume for bulk micromachining processes, especially in cases...

  17. Thermodynamics of Nucleation of Silicon Carbide Nanocrystals during Carbonization of Porous Silicon

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The formation of SiC nanocrystals of the cubic modification in the process of high-temperature carbonization of porous silicon has been analyzed. It has been shown that the surface energy of silicon nanoparticles and quantum filaments is released in the process of annealing and carbonization. The Monte Carlo simulation has shown that the released energy makes it possible to overcome the nucleation barrier and to form SiC nanocrystals.

  18. Biodegradable Porous Silicon Nanomaterials for Imaging and Treatment of Cancer

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    Gu, Luo

    Cancer is the second leading cause of death, claiming ˜0.56 million lives in the U.S. every year following heart diseases (˜0.62 million). From 1991 to 2007, mortality associated with heart diseases decreased 39%; by contrast, the death rate of cancer only decreased by 17% in spite of intensive research and improved therapeutics. The stagnation of conventional medicine and the complexity of cancer demand new therapeutic strategies. As an emerging approach, the use of nanomaterials as cancer diagnostic and therapeutic agents has shown promising results due to their unique physical and chemical properties. To date, more than two dozen nanoparticle-based products have been approved for clinical use and they show advantages over conventional therapeutics. However, translation of many other nanomaterials has been impeded due to concerns over toxicity and biodegradability. This dissertation presents the development of biodegradable luminescent porous silicon nanomaterials and their potential applications for imaging and treatment of cancer. After a brief introduction to nanomedicine and the biomedical applications of porous silicon, Chapter 2 presents a method of making silicon nanoparticles with porous structure and intrinsic luminescence (LPSiNPs). The low toxicity and biodegradability of LPSiNPs are demonstrated in vitro with human cancer cells and in vivo with mouse model. The in vivo clearance of intravenously injected LPSiNPs is studied by tracking the emission of the nanoparticles with fluorescence imaging. Chapter 3 presents a diagnostic application of LPSiNPs. Time-gated fluorescence imaging of tumors using LPSiNPs with long emission lifetime is developed. This technique can effectively eliminate interference from short-lived tissue autofluorescence and improve the detection sensitivity. Chapter 4--6 demonstrate the therapeutic applications of porous silicon nanomaterials. In Chapter 4, magnetically-guided delivery of anticancer drug to cancer cells in vitro

  19. Optical study of annealed cobalt–porous silicon nanocomposites

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    Bouzourâa, M.-B. [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Rahmani, M., E-mail: rahmanimehdi79@yahoo.com [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Zaïbi, M.-A. [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Techniques de Tunis, 5 Avenue Taha Hussein, 1008 Tunis (Tunisia); Lorrain, N.; Hajji, L. [Université Européenne de Bretagne, CNRS FOTON-UMR 6082, 6 rue de Kérampont, BP 80518, 22305 Lannion, Cedex (France); Oueslati, M. [Unité de Nanomatériaux et Photonique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Département de Physique, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia)

    2013-11-15

    We report Raman and photoluminescence studies of cobalt–porous silicon nanocomposites (PS/Co). Cobalt was introduced in porous silicon (PS) by immersion method using CoCl{sub 2} aqueous solution. The presence of cobalt in PS matrix was identified by FTIR spectroscopy and EDX analyses. The Raman spectroscopy revealed the presence of Si bonded to cobalt oxide in PS/Co. We discuss also the Raman spectra of PS and PS/Co samples under different annealing temperatures ranging from room temperature (RT) to 600 °C. The optical properties of PS and PS/Co were studied by photoluminescence (PL). The highest PL intensity was observed for an immersion time of 60 min. For long duration, the deposited cobalt quantity acts as energy trap and promotes the non-radiative energy transfer; it is the autoextinction phenomenon. We have studied also the effect of the annealing temperature on the PL of both PS and PS/Co samples. For PS, the annealing process leads to a rapid oxidation of the Si nanocrystallites (nc-Si). In the case of PS/Co sample, two different mechanisms are proposed; one is the desorption of Si–H{sub x(x=2,3)} with the formation of cobalt oxide for annealing temperature less than 450 °C which causes the increasing of PL intensity and the stability of PL energy, the other mechanism is the transformation of the porous silicon to silica at high temperatures (≻450°C) which leads to the decreasing of the PL intensity and the blue shift of the PL curve. -- Highlights: • Introduction of cobalt ions into porous silicon (PS) layer using immersion method. • The Co ions influence the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of PS. • Annealing the PS/Co sample leads to an improvement of the PL intensity. • The increase of the PL is due to the formation of different cobalt oxides on the PS surface.

  20. Soft photo structuring of porous silicon in water

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    Juan, M.; Bouillard, J.S.; Plain, J.; Bachelot, R.; Adam, P.M.; Lerondel, G.; Royer, P. [ICD - Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, CNRS FRE 2848, Universite de Technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes (France)

    2007-05-15

    We report on local photo-induced patterning of porous silicon in water. Scanning probe microscopy images of the sample surface after illumination show that the emission properties as well as the topography are modified according to the interferometric illumination pattern. Local photo-oxidation is believed to be at the origin of these modifications. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  1. Study on electroluminescence from porous silicon light-emitting diode

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    Yajun Yang; Qingshan Li; Xianyun Liu

    2006-01-01

    @@ Porous silicon (PS) light-emitting diode (LED) with an ITO/PS/p-Si/Al structure was fabricated by anodic oxidation method. Photoluminescence (PL) of the PS LED was measured with a peak at 593 nm, and electroluminescence (EL) was measured with a peak at 556 nm under the conditions of 7.5-V forward bias and 210-mA current intensity. The spectral width of EL was measured to be about 160 nm.

  2. Angle-resolved diffraction grating biosensor based on porous silicon

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    Lv, Changwu; Jia, Zhenhong; Liu, Yajun; Mo, Jiaqing; Li, Peng; Lv, Xiaoyi

    2016-03-01

    In this study, an optical biosensor based on a porous silicon composite structure was fabricated using a simple method. This structure consists of a thin, porous silicon surface diffraction grating and a one-dimensional porous silicon photonic crystal. An angle-resolved diffraction efficiency spectrum was obtained by measuring the diffraction efficiency at a range of incident angles. The angle-resolved diffraction efficiency of the 2nd and 3rd orders was studied experimentally and theoretically. The device was sensitive to the change of refractive index in the presence of a biomolecule indicated by the shift of the diffraction efficiency spectrum. The sensitivity of this sensor was investigated through use of an 8 base pair antifreeze protein DNA hybridization. The shifts of the angle-resolved diffraction efficiency spectrum showed a relationship with the change of the refractive index, and the detection limit of the biosensor reached 41.7 nM. This optical device is highly sensitive, inexpensive, and simple to fabricate. Using shifts in diffraction efficiency spectrum to detect biological molecules has not yet been explored, so this study establishes a foundation for future work.

  3. Modified porous silicon for electrochemical sensor of para-nitrophenol

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    Belhousse, S., E-mail: all_samia_b@yahoo.fr [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l’Energétique (CRTSE), Division Thin Films-Surface and Interface, 2, Bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 140, Alger-7 merveilles, Algiers (Algeria); Belhaneche-Bensemra, N., E-mail: nbelhaneche@yahoo.fr [Ecole Nationale Polytechnique (ENP), 10, Avenue Hassen Badi, B.P. 182, 16200, El Harrach, Algiers (Algeria); Lasmi, K., E-mail: kahinalasmi@yahoo.fr [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l’Energétique (CRTSE), Division Thin Films-Surface and Interface, 2, Bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 140, Alger-7 merveilles, Algiers (Algeria); Mezaache, I., E-mail: lyeso_44@hotmail.fr [Ecole Nationale Polytechnique (ENP), 10, Avenue Hassen Badi, B.P. 182, 16200, El Harrach, Algiers (Algeria); Sedrati, T., E-mail: tarek_1990m@hotmail.fr [Ecole Nationale Polytechnique (ENP), 10, Avenue Hassen Badi, B.P. 182, 16200, El Harrach, Algiers (Algeria); Sam, S., E-mail: Sabrina.sam@polytechnique.edu [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l’Energétique (CRTSE), Division Thin Films-Surface and Interface, 2, Bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 140, Alger-7 merveilles, Algiers (Algeria); Tighilt, F.-Z., E-mail: mli_zola@yahoo.fr [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l’Energétique (CRTSE), Division Thin Films-Surface and Interface, 2, Bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 140, Alger-7 merveilles, Algiers (Algeria); Gabouze, N., E-mail: ngabouze@yahoo.fr [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l’Energétique (CRTSE), Division Thin Films-Surface and Interface, 2, Bd. Frantz Fanon, B.P. 140, Alger-7 merveilles, Algiers (Algeria)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Hybrid device based on Porous silicon (PSi) and polythiophene (PTh) was prepared. • Three types of PSi/PTh hybrid structures were elaborated: PSi/PTh, oxide/PSi/PTh and Amino-propyltrimethoxysilane (APTMES)/oxide/PSi/PTh. • PTh was grafted on PSi using electrochemical polymerization. • The electrodetection of para-nitrophenol (p-NPh) was performed by cyclic voltammetry. • Oxide/PSi/PTh and APTMES/oxide/PSi/PTh, based electrochemical sensor showed a good response toward p-NPh. - Abstract: Hybrid structures based on polythiophene modified porous silicon was used for the electrochemical detection of para-nitrophenol, which is a toxic derivative of parathion insecticide and it is considered as a major toxic pollutant. The porous silicon was prepared by anodic etching in hydrofluodic acid. Polythiophene films were then grown by electropolymerisation of thiophene monomer on three different surfaces: hydrogenated PSi, oxidized PSi and amine-terminated PSi. The morphology of the obtained structures were observed by scanning electron microscopy and characterized by spectroscopy (FTIR). Cyclic voltammetry was used to study the electrochemical response of proposed structures to para-nitrophenol. The results show a high sensitivity of the sensor and a linearity of the electrochemical response in a large concentration interval ranging from 1.5 × 10{sup −8} M to the 3 × 10{sup −4}M.

  4. Peptide immobilisation on porous silicon surface for metal ions detection.

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    Sam, Sabrina S; Chazalviel, Jean-Noël Jn; Gouget-Laemmel, Anne Chantal Ac; Ozanam, François F; Etcheberry, Arnaud A; Gabouze, Nour-Eddine N

    2011-01-01

    In this work, a Glycyl-Histidyl-Glycyl-Histidine (GlyHisGlyHis) peptide is covalently anchored to the porous silicon PSi surface using a multi-step reaction scheme compatible with the mild conditions required for preserving the probe activity. In a first step, alkene precursors are grafted onto the hydrogenated PSi surface using the hydrosilylation route, allowing for the formation of a carboxyl-terminated monolayer which is activated by reaction with N-hydroxysuccinimide in the presence of a peptide-coupling carbodiimide N-ethyl-N'-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide and subsequently reacted with the amino linker of the peptide to form a covalent amide bond. Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are used to investigate the different steps of functionalization.The property of peptides to form stable complexes with metal ions is exploited to achieve metal-ion recognition by the peptide-modified PSi-based biosensor. An electrochemical study of the GlyHisGlyHis-modified PSi electrode is achieved in the presence of copper ions. The recorded cyclic voltammograms show a quasi-irreversible process corresponding to the Cu(II)/Cu(I) couple. The kinetic factors (the heterogeneous rate constant and the transfer coefficient) and the stability constant of the complex formed on the porous silicon surface are determined. These results demonstrate the potential role of peptides grafted on porous silicon in developing strategies for simple and fast detection of metal ions in solution.

  5. Peptide immobilisation on porous silicon surface for metal ions detection

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    Chazalviel Jean-Noël

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this work, a Glycyl-Histidyl-Glycyl-Histidine (GlyHisGlyHis peptide is covalently anchored to the porous silicon PSi surface using a multi-step reaction scheme compatible with the mild conditions required for preserving the probe activity. In a first step, alkene precursors are grafted onto the hydrogenated PSi surface using the hydrosilylation route, allowing for the formation of a carboxyl-terminated monolayer which is activated by reaction with N-hydroxysuccinimide in the presence of a peptide-coupling carbodiimide N-ethyl-N'-(3-dimethylaminopropyl-carbodiimide and subsequently reacted with the amino linker of the peptide to form a covalent amide bond. Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are used to investigate the different steps of functionalization. The property of peptides to form stable complexes with metal ions is exploited to achieve metal-ion recognition by the peptide-modified PSi-based biosensor. An electrochemical study of the GlyHisGlyHis-modified PSi electrode is achieved in the presence of copper ions. The recorded cyclic voltammograms show a quasi-irreversible process corresponding to the Cu(II/Cu(I couple. The kinetic factors (the heterogeneous rate constant and the transfer coefficient and the stability constant of the complex formed on the porous silicon surface are determined. These results demonstrate the potential role of peptides grafted on porous silicon in developing strategies for simple and fast detection of metal ions in solution.

  6. Peptide immobilisation on porous silicon surface for metal ions detection

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    Sam, Sabrina S.; Chazalviel, Jean-Noël Jn; Gouget-Laemmel, Anne Chantal Ac; Ozanam, François F.; Etcheberry, Arnaud A.; Gabouze, Nour-Eddine N.

    2011-06-01

    In this work, a Glycyl-Histidyl-Glycyl-Histidine (GlyHisGlyHis) peptide is covalently anchored to the porous silicon PSi surface using a multi-step reaction scheme compatible with the mild conditions required for preserving the probe activity. In a first step, alkene precursors are grafted onto the hydrogenated PSi surface using the hydrosilylation route, allowing for the formation of a carboxyl-terminated monolayer which is activated by reaction with N-hydroxysuccinimide in the presence of a peptide-coupling carbodiimide N-ethyl- N'-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide and subsequently reacted with the amino linker of the peptide to form a covalent amide bond. Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are used to investigate the different steps of functionalization. The property of peptides to form stable complexes with metal ions is exploited to achieve metal-ion recognition by the peptide-modified PSi-based biosensor. An electrochemical study of the GlyHisGlyHis-modified PSi electrode is achieved in the presence of copper ions. The recorded cyclic voltammograms show a quasi-irreversible process corresponding to the Cu(II)/Cu(I) couple. The kinetic factors (the heterogeneous rate constant and the transfer coefficient) and the stability constant of the complex formed on the porous silicon surface are determined. These results demonstrate the potential role of peptides grafted on porous silicon in developing strategies for simple and fast detection of metal ions in solution.

  7. Determination of the effective refractive index of porous silicon/polymer composite films

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    Zhenhong Jia

    2005-01-01

    The equation for calculating the effective refractive index of porous silicon inserted polymer was obtained by three-component Bruggeman effective medium model. The dependence of the effective refractive index of porous silicon/polymer composite films on the polymer fraction with various initial porosity was given theorically and experimentally respectively. The porous silicon and polymer polymethylmetacrylate based dispersive red one (PMMA/DR1) composite films were fabricated in our experiments. It is found that the measured effective refractive index of porous silicon inserted polymer was slightly lower than the calculated result because of the oxidization of porous silicon. The effective refractive index of oxidized porous silicon inserted polymer also was analyzed by four-component medium system.

  8. Porous silicon nanoparticle as a stabilizing support for chondroitinase.

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    Daneshjou, Sara; Dabirmanesh, Bahareh; Rahimi, Fereshteh; Khajeh, Khosro

    2017-01-01

    Chondroitinase ABCI (cABCI) from Proteus vulgaris is a drug enzyme that can be used to treat spinal cord injuries. One of the main problems of chondroitinase ABC1 is its low thermal stability. The objective of the current study was to stabilize the enzyme through entrapment within porous silicon (pSi) nanoparticles. pSi was prepared by an electrochemical etch of p-type silicon using hydrofluoric acid/ethanol. The size of nanoparticles were determined 180nm by dynamic light scattering and the mean pore diameter was in the range of 40-60nm obtained by scanning electron microscopy. Enzymes were immobilized on porouse silicon nanoparticles by entrapment. The capacity of matrix was 35μg enzyme per 1mg of silicon. The immobilized enzyme displayed lower Vmax values compared to the free enzyme, but Km values were the same for both enzymes. Immobilization significantly increased the enzyme stability at various temperatures (-20, 4, 25 and 37°C). For example, at 4°C, the free enzyme (in 10mM imidazole) retained 20% of its activity after 100min, while the immobilized one retained 50% of its initial activity. Nanoparticles loading capacity and the enzyme release rate showed that the selected particles could be a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier for chondroitinase.

  9. Silicon/Porous Silicon Composite Membrane for High Sensitivity Pressure Sensor

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    2009-07-21

    Francia et al 2000). Stoney’s stress equation is given by equation 3.1 as Valve Vacuum Pump Pressure sensor with Si/PS composite membrane DC... Francia D G, V. La Ferrara, L. Lancellotti and L. Quercia (2000) Stress measurement technique to monitor porous silicon processing, Journal of

  10. Mechanically flexible optically transparent porous mono-crystalline silicon substrate

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    Rojas, Jhonathan Prieto

    2012-01-01

    For the first time, we present a simple process to fabricate a thin (≥5μm), mechanically flexible, optically transparent, porous mono-crystalline silicon substrate. Relying only on reactive ion etching steps, we are able to controllably peel off a thin layer of the original substrate. This scheme is cost favorable as it uses a low-cost silicon <100> wafer and furthermore it has the potential for recycling the remaining part of the wafer that otherwise would be lost and wasted during conventional back-grinding process. Due to its porosity, it shows see-through transparency and potential for flexible membrane applications, neural probing and such. Our process can offer flexible, transparent silicon from post high-thermal budget processed device wafer to retain the high performance electronics on flexible substrates. © 2012 IEEE.

  11. Multifunctional porous silicon nanopillar arrays: antireflection, superhydrophobicity, photoluminescence, and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)

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    Kiraly, Brian; Yang, Shikuan; Huang, Tony Jun

    2013-01-01

    We have fabricated porous silicon nanopillar arrays over large areas with a rapid, simple, and low-cost technique. The porous silicon nanopillars show unique longitudinal features along their entire length and have porosity with dimensions on the single-nanometer scale. Both Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence data were used to determine the nanocrystallite size to be < 3 nm. The porous silicon nanopillar arrays also maintained excellent ensemble properties, reducing reflection nearly fi...

  12. Nanostructured copper/porous silicon hybrid systems as efficient sound-emitting devices.

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    Recio-Sánchez, Gonzalo; Namura, Kyoko; Suzuki, Motofumi; Martín-Palma, Raúl J.

    2014-01-01

    In the present work, the photo-acoustic emission from nanostructured copper/porous silicon hybrid systems was studied. Copper nanoparticles were grown by photo-assisted electroless deposition on crystalline silicon and nanostructured porous silicon (nanoPS). Both the optical and photo-acoustic responses from these systems were determined. The experimental results show a remarkable increase in the photo-acoustic intensity when copper nanoparticles are incorporated to the porous structure. The ...

  13. Reduction of absorption loss in multicrystalline silicon via combination of mechanical grooving and porous silicon

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    Ben Rabha, Mohamed; Mohamed, Seifeddine Belhadj; Dimassi, Wissem; Gaidi, Mounir; Ezzaouia, Hatem; Bessais, Brahim [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie, Technopole de Borj-Cedria, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia)

    2011-03-15

    Surface texturing of silicon wafer is a key step to enhance light absorption and to improve the solar cell performances. While alkaline-texturing of single crystalline silicon wafers was well established, no efficient chemical solution has been successfully developed for multicrystalline silicon wafers. Thus, the use of alternative new methods for effective texturization of multicrystalline silicon is worth to be investigated. One of the promising texturing techniques of multicrystalline silicon wafers is the use of mechanical grooves. However, most often, physical damages occur during mechanical grooves of the wafer surface, which in turn require an additional step of wet processing-removal damage. Electrochemical surface treatment seems to be an adequate solution for removing mechanical damage throughout porous silicon formation. The topography of untreated and porous silicon-treated mechanically textured surface was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). As a result of the electrochemical surface treatment, the total reflectivity drops to about 5% in the 400-1000 nm wavelength range and the effective minority carrier diffusion length enhances from 190 {mu}m to about 230 {mu}m (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  14. Influence of porous silicon formation on the performance of multi-crystalline silicon solar cells

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    M Saad; M Naddaf

    2015-06-01

    The effect of formation of porous silicon on the performance of multi-crystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar cells is presented. Surface treatment of mc-Si solar cells was performed by electrochemical etching in HF-based solution. The effect of etching is viewed through scanning electron microscope (SEM) photographs that indicated the formation of a porous layer on the surface. Total reflection spectroscopy measurements on solar cells revealed reduced reflection after etching. In order to demonstrate the effect of this porous layer on the solar cell performance, illumination-dependent – characteristics and spectral response measurements were performed and analysed before and after etching. At all illumination intensities, short-circuit current density and open-circuit voltage values for the etched solar cell were higher than those before etching, whereas fill factor values were lower for the etched cell at high illumination intensities. An interpretation of these findings is presented.

  15. Porous silicon membrane for micro fuel cell applications

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    Torres, N.; Duch, M.; Santander, J.; Sabate, N.; Esquivel, J.P.; Tarancon, A.; Cane, C. [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Barcelona (Spain). Centro National de Microelectronica

    2009-04-15

    Significant advances have been made in the field of microsystems to offer a wide variety of applications for these devices. However, improvements in powering these devices are needed in order to obtain an autonomous power supply without increasing either the size or the cost of the devices. A promising solution involves the use of micro fuel cells instead of standard batteries, due to their easy portability, high autonomy and fast and inexpensive fuel refilling. Research in this area is based mainly on hybrid approaches consisting of microfabricated silicon parts assembled together with a Nafion thin film as a proton exchange membrane. However, higher functionality of these devices would be achieved by integrating these power sources within the microsystems to be powered. The development of specific technologies based on standard fabrication processes has to be approached and the electrode and the electrolyte will have to be developed with fabrication techniques compatible with microelectronic technologies. Porous silicon has proved to be a promising material to replace traditional Nafion-based proton exchange membranes, as this material provides a porous matrix that can be functionalized for further proton exchange behaviour. This paper presented a study that used different anodization conditions and types of silicon material to characterize the anodization process in bulk silicon. The obtained results were used to fabricate porous membranes suitable for applicability as electrolyte-frame in proton exchange membrane micro fuel cells. It was concluded that further work is needed involving pore filling with a 5 per cent Nafion solution to provide the membrane with a proton exchange capability. Moreover, a proton conductivity characterization of the membrane will be carried out as well as a complete implementation of this membrane in a final device. 10 refs., 1 tab., 6 figs.

  16. Amorphization and reduction of thermal conductivity in porous silicon by irradiation with swift heavy ions

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    Newby, Pascal J. [Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon, Universite de Lyon, INL-UMR5270, CNRS, INSA de Lyon, Villeurbanne 69621 (France); Institut Interdisciplinaire d' Innovation Technologique (3IT), Universite de Sherbrooke, CNRS UMI-LN2, Sherbrooke, Quebec J1K0A5 (Canada); Canut, Bruno; Bluet, Jean-Marie; Lysenko, Vladimir [Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon, Universite de Lyon, INL-UMR5270, CNRS, INSA de Lyon, Villeurbanne 69621 (France); Gomes, Severine [Centre de Thermique de Lyon, Universite de Lyon, CETHIL-UMR5008, CNRS, INSA de Lyon, Villeurbanne 69621 (France); Isaiev, Mykola; Burbelo, Roman [Faculty of Physics, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 64/13, Volodymyrs' ka St., Kyiv 01601 (Ukraine); Termentzidis, Konstantinos [Laboratoire LEMTA, Universite de Lorraine-CNRS UMR 7563, 54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy cedex (France); Chantrenne, Patrice [Universite de Lyon, INSA de Lyon, MATEIS-UMR CNRS 5510, Villeurbanne 69621 (France); Frechette, Luc G. [Institut Interdisciplinaire d' Innovation Technologique (3IT), Universite de Sherbrooke, CNRS UMI-LN2, Sherbrooke, Quebec J1K0A5 (Canada)

    2013-07-07

    In this article, we demonstrate that the thermal conductivity of nanostructured porous silicon is reduced by amorphization and also that this amorphous phase in porous silicon can be created by swift (high-energy) heavy ion irradiation. Porous silicon samples with 41%-75% porosity are irradiated with 110 MeV uranium ions at six different fluences. Structural characterisation by micro-Raman spectroscopy and SEM imaging show that swift heavy ion irradiation causes the creation of an amorphous phase in porous Si but without suppressing its porous structure. We demonstrate that the amorphization of porous silicon is caused by electronic-regime interactions, which is the first time such an effect is obtained in crystalline silicon with single-ion species. Furthermore, the impact on the thermal conductivity of porous silicon is studied by micro-Raman spectroscopy and scanning thermal microscopy. The creation of an amorphous phase in porous silicon leads to a reduction of its thermal conductivity, up to a factor of 3 compared to the non-irradiated sample. Therefore, this technique could be used to enhance the thermal insulation properties of porous Si. Finally, we show that this treatment can be combined with pre-oxidation at 300 Degree-Sign C, which is known to lower the thermal conductivity of porous Si, in order to obtain an even greater reduction.

  17. Chemical surface modification of porous silicon with palladium and characterizations

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    Kanungo, J.; Maji, S.; Saha, H. [IC Design and Fabrication Centre, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India); Basu, S., E-mail: sukumar_basu@yahoo.co.u [IC Design and Fabrication Centre, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2010-03-15

    Porous silicon (PS) was formed on p-type crystalline silicon of (1 0 0) orientation and 2-5 OMEGA cm resistivity by the electrochemical anodization method using HF and ethanol as the electrolyte. Adjusting the current density and the HF concentration in the electrolyte the porosity of the samples were varied from 40% to 60%. The porous silicon surface was modified with PdCl{sub 2} solution by a low cost chemical method. Both the unmodified and the modified PS were thoroughly characterized by the EDAX analysis, the digital X-ray image mapping and the XPS study. Electrical characteristics were performed by the I-V measurements for both the lateral and the sandwich structures using Al metal contact. The I-V characteristics of the modified PS for all the porosity were more reproducible compared to the unmodified PS surfaces. It was further observed that the conductivity increased with the increasing porosity for the Pd-modified surfaces whereas it decreased for the unmodified PS.

  18. Effect of Graphene Oxide on the Properties of Porous Silicon

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    Olenych, Igor B.; Aksimentyeva, Olena I.; Monastyrskii, Liubomyr S.; Horbenko, Yulia Yu.; Partyka, Maryan V.; Luchechko, Andriy P.; Yarytska, Lidia I.

    2016-02-01

    We studied an effect of the graphene oxide (GO) layer on the optical and electrical properties of porous silicon (PS) in hybrid PS-GO structure created by electrochemical etching of silicon wafer and deposition of GO from water dispersion on PS. With the help of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic-force microscopy (AFM), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, it was established that GO formed a thin film on the PS surface and is partly embedded in the pores of PS. A comparative analysis of the FTIR spectra for the PS and PS-GO structures confirms the passivation of the PS surface by the GO film. This film has a sufficient transparency for excitation and emission of photoluminescence (PL). Moreover, GO modifies PL spectrum of PS, shifting the PL maximum by 25 nm towards lower energies. GO deposition on the surface of the porous silicon leads to the change in the electrical parameters of PS in AC and DC modes. By means of current-voltage characteristics (CVC) and impedance spectroscopy, it is shown that the impact of GO on electrical characteristics of PS manifests in reduced capacitance and lower internal resistance of hybrid structures.

  19. Graphene synthesized on porous silicon for active electrode material of supercapacitors

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    Su, B. B.; Chen, X. Y.; Halvorsen, E.

    2016-11-01

    We present graphene synthesized by chemical vapour deposition under atmospheric pressure on both porous nanostructures and flat wafers as electrode scaffolds for supercapacitors. A 3nm thin gold layer was deposited on samples of both porous and flat silicon for exploring the catalytic influence during graphene synthesis. Micro-four-point probe resistivity measurements revealed that the resistivity of porous silicon samples was nearly 53 times smaller than of the flat silicon ones when all the samples were covered by a thin gold layer after the graphene growth. From cyclic voltammetry, the average specific capacitance of porous silicon coated with gold was estimated to 267 μF/cm2 while that without catalyst layer was 145μF/cm2. We demonstrated that porous silicon based on nanorods can play an important role in graphene synthesis and enable silicon as promising electrodes for supercapacitors.

  20. Charge transfer on porous silicon membranes studied by current-sensing atomic force microscopy

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    Bing Xia; Qiang Miao; Jie Chao; Shou Jun Xiao; Hai Tao Wang; Zhong Dang Xiao

    2008-01-01

    A visible rectification effect on the current-voltage curves of metal/porous silicon/p-silicon has been observed by currentsensing atomic force microscopy.The current-voltage curves of porous silicon membranes with different porosities,prepared through variation of etching current density for a constant time,indicate that a higher porosity results in a higher resistance and thus a lower rectification,until the current reaches a threshold at a porosity>55%.We propose that the conductance mode in the porous silicon membrane with porosities>55% is mainly a hopping mechanism between nano-crystallites and an inverse static electric field between the porous silicon and p-Si interface blocks the electron injection from porous silicon to p-Si,but with porosities <55%,electron flows through a direct continuous channel between nano-crystallites.

  1. Preparation of porous silicon carbide by combustion synthesis

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    ZHANG Yu-min; ZHANG Jian-han; HAN Jie-cai

    2005-01-01

    Porous silicon carbide ceramics were prepared by combustion synthesis technique. SiC/TiC composite was gained by combustion reaction of Si, C and Ti. Thermodynamics analysis of Si-C-Ti system indicates that the content of TiC in products should be larger than 30%. The experimental results show that the content of Ti+C should be larger than 25% to achieve a complete combustion reaction. The X-ray diffractometry results show that the final products with a relative density of 45%-64% are composed of α-SiC, β-SiC, TiC and a small quantity of Si. The images of scanning electron microscopy show that the structures of grain in SiC based porous ceramics consist of particles with a few microns in size.

  2. Quenching of porous silicon photoluminescence by deposition of metal adsorbates

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    Andsager, D.; Hilliard, J.; Hetrick, J.M.; AbuHassan, L.H.; Plisch, M.; Nayfeh, M.H. (Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States))

    1993-10-01

    Various metals were deposited on luminescent porous silicon (PS) by immersion in metal ion solutions and by evaporation. The photoluminescence (PL) was quenched upon immersion in ionic solutions of Cu, Ag, and Au but not noticeably quenched in other ionic solutions. Evaporation of 100 A of Cu or 110 A of Au was not observed to quench PL. Auger electron spectroscopy performed on samples quenched and then immediately removed from solution showed a metallic concentration in the PS layer of order 10 at.%, but persisting to a depth of order 3000 A.

  3. Intense white luminescence in ZnTe embedded porous silicon

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    Melo, O. de; Melo, C. de [Physics Faculty, University of Havana, La Habana (Cuba); Santana, G. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Cd. Universtaria, A.P. 70-360, Coyoacan 04510 (Mexico); Santoyo, J.; Zelaya-Angel, O.; Mendoza-Alvarez, J. G. [Department of Physics, CINVESTAV, IPN (Mexico); Torres-Costa, V. [Departmento de Fisica Aplicada, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-06-25

    Porous silicon layers were embedded with ZnTe using the isothermal close space sublimation technique. The presence of ZnTe was demonstrated using cross-sectional energy dispersive spectroscopy maps. ZnTe embedded samples present intense room temperature photoluminescence along the whole visible range. We ascribe this PL to ZnTe nanocrystals of different sizes grown on the internal pore surface. Such crystals, with different orientations and sizes, were observed in transmission electron microscopy images, while transmission electron diffraction images of the same regions reveal ZnTe characteristic patterns.

  4. Determination of Vickers microhardness on porous silicon surfaces

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    Morales-Masis, M. [Department of Physics, Wright State University, Dayton OH 45435 (United States); Ramirez-Porras, A. [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia e Ingenieria de Materiales (CICIMA) and Escuela de Fisica, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Pedro de Montes de Oca 2060 (Costa Rica)], E-mail: aramirez@fisica.ucr.ac.cr

    2008-02-29

    The Vickers microhardness values of two different sets of porous silicon layers were determined at applied load of 98 mN. The sets consisted of Boron-doped substrates anodized at diverse current densities for two different amounts of hydrofluoric acid (HF) in the etching solution. We found that the microhardness of the samples with lower content of HF at the anodization process showed higher values, whereas the Vickers parameter diminishes consistently for higher current densities. A possible explanation of this behavior is proposed.

  5. Porous silicon nanoparticles as sensitizers for ultrasonic hyperthermia

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    Sviridov, A. P., E-mail: asagittarius89@gmail.com; Andreev, V. G.; Ivanova, E. M.; Osminkina, L. A.; Tamarov, K. P.; Timoshenko, V. Yu. [Faculty of Physics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2013-11-04

    Aqueous suspensions of porous silicon nanoparticles (NPs) with average size ∼100 nm and concentration ∼1 g/L undergo significant heating as compared with pure water under therapeutic ultrasonic (US) irradiation with frequencies of 1–2.5 MHz and intensities of 1–20 W/cm{sup 2}. This effect is explained by taking into account the efficient absorption of US energy by NPs. The observed US-induced heating of biodegradable NPs is promising for applications in ultrasonic hyperthermia of tumors.

  6. Optical properties of porous silicon Thue-Morse structures

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    De Stefano, Luca; Rea, Ilaria; Rotiroti, Lucia; Rendina, Ivo [Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, National Council of Research, Via P. Castellino 111, 80131 Naples (Italy); Moretti, Luigi [DIMET ' ' Mediterranea' ' University of Reggio Calabria, Localita Feo di Vito, 89060 Reggio Calabria (Italy)

    2007-07-01

    Dielectric aperiodic Thue-Morse structures up to 128 layers have been realized by the porous silicon technology. Normal incidence reflectivity measurements have been performed to investigate the photonic properties of the devices. A partial photonic band gap region, centered at 1100 nm and 70 nm wide has been observed for the S{sub 6} and S{sub 7} Thue-Morse structures. The S{sub 6} multilayer has been studied as sensor device on exposure to several chemical substances. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  7. A porous silicon Bragg grating waveguide by direct laser writing

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    Rea, Ilaria; Iodice, Mario; Coppola, Giuseppe; Rendina, Ivo; De Stefano, Luca [National Council of Research, Institute for Microelectronic and Microsystems, Department of Naples, Via P Castellino 111, I-80131 Naples (Italy); Marino, Antigone [Department of Physics, ' Federico II' University of Naples, Via Cinthia, I-80126 Naples (Italy)], E-mail: ilaria.rea@na.imm.cnr.it

    2008-09-10

    We have designed, fabricated and characterized a porous silicon-based Bragg grating integrated in an optical waveguide, by using a low cost and fast technique, direct laser writing. A periodic optical structure with a pitch of 10 {mu}m, resonant in the near-infrared wavelength region, has been obtained. The simulated transmission spectra, calculated by the transfer matrix method and waveguide modal computation, are in good qualitative agreement with the experimental ones. The waveguide transmission losses have been quantified as 22 dB cm{sup -1}.

  8. Preparation and dielectric properties of porous silicon nitride ceramics

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    LI Jun-qi; LUO Fa; ZHU Dong-mei; ZHOU Wan-cheng

    2006-01-01

    Porous silicon nitride ceramics with difference volume fractions of porosity from 34.1% to 59.2% were produced by adding different amount of the pore-forming agent into initial silicon nitride powder. The microwave dielectric property of these ceramics at a frequency of 9.36 GHz was studied. The crystalline phases of the samples were determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. The influence of porosity on the dielectric properties was evaluated. The results show that α-Si3N4 crystalline phase exists in all the samples while the main crystalline phase of the samples is β-Si3N4,indicating that the a/b transformation happens during the preparation of samples and the transformation is incomplete. There is a dense matrix containing large pores and cavities with needle-shaped and flaky β-Si3N4 grains distributing. The dielectric constant of the ceramics reduces with the increase of porosity.

  9. High aspect ratio channels in glass and porous silicon

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    Liang, H.D. [Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), National University of Singapore, Singapore 117411 (Singapore); Dang, Z.Y. [Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Wu, J.F. [Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117583 (Singapore); Kan, J.A. van; Qureshi, S. [Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Ynsa, M.D.; Torres-Costa, V. [Department of Applied Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Centro de Micro-Análisis de Materiales (CMAM), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco Edif. 22, Faraday 3, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Maira, A. [Department of Applied Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Venkatesan, T.V. [Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), National University of Singapore, Singapore 117411 (Singapore); Breese, M.B.H., E-mail: phymbhb@nus.edu.sg [Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)

    2017-03-01

    We have developed a micromachining process to produce high-aspect-ratio channels and holes in glass and porous silicon. Our process utilizes MeV proton beam irradiation of silicon using direct writing with a focused beam, followed by electrochemical etching. To increase throughput we have also developed another process for large area ion irradiation based on a radiation-resistant gold surface mask, allowing many square inches to be patterned. We present a study of the achievable channel width, depth and period and sidewall verticality for a range of channels which can be over 100 μm deep or 100 nm wide with aspect ratios up to 80. This process overcomes the difficulty of machining glass on a micro- and nanometer scale which has limited many areas of applications in different fields such as microelectronics and microfluidics.

  10. Progress of porous silicon APTES-functionalization by FTIR investigations

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    Majoul, N.; Aouida, S.; Bessaïs, B.

    2015-03-01

    This work reports on the behavior of amino group-functionalized porous silicon (PS) intended to be used in bio-sensing and/or in medical applications. Amino-terminated organic layers were deposited onto silicon (Si) wafers and PS layers via 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) prepared in freshly hydrolysis solution. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy was used to probe the absorption bands of NH2, CH2, SiO and SiHx groups forming in APTES-Si and APTES-PS complexes. The PS samples were dipped for different periods in hydrolyzed APTES solution. The increase in dipping time results in the disappearance of the Sisbnd Sisbnd H absorption bands, and the progressive apparition of the Osbnd Sisbnd H groups. After an adequate incubation time, all Sisbnd Sisbnd H and Osbnd Sisbnd H absorption bands disappear indicating a total functionalization of the PS layers.

  11. High aspect ratio channels in glass and porous silicon

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    Liang, H. D.; Dang, Z. Y.; Wu, J. F.; van Kan, J. A.; Qureshi, S.; Ynsa, M. D.; Torres-Costa, V.; Maira, A.; Venkatesan, T. V.; Breese, M. B. H.

    2017-03-01

    We have developed a micromachining process to produce high-aspect-ratio channels and holes in glass and porous silicon. Our process utilizes MeV proton beam irradiation of silicon using direct writing with a focused beam, followed by electrochemical etching. To increase throughput we have also developed another process for large area ion irradiation based on a radiation-resistant gold surface mask, allowing many square inches to be patterned. We present a study of the achievable channel width, depth and period and sidewall verticality for a range of channels which can be over 100 μm deep or 100 nm wide with aspect ratios up to 80. This process overcomes the difficulty of machining glass on a micro- and nanometer scale which has limited many areas of applications in different fields such as microelectronics and microfluidics.

  12. Optoelectronic enhancement of monocrystalline silicon solar cells by porous silicon-assisted mechanical grooving

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    Ben Rabha, Mohamed; Mohamed, Seifeddine Belhadj; Dimassi, Wissem; Gaidi, Mounir; Ezzaouia, Hatem; Bessais, Brahim [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie, Technopole de Borj-Cedria, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia)

    2011-03-15

    One of the most important factors influencing silicon solar cells performances is the front side reflectivity. Consequently, new methods for efficient reduction of this reflectivity are searched. This has always been done by creating a rough surface that enables incident light of being absorbed within the solar cell. Combination of texturization-porous silicon surface treatment was found to be an attractive technical solution for lowering the reflectivity of monocrystalline silicon (c-Si). The texturization of the monocrystalline silicon wafer was carried out by means of mechanical grooving. A specific etching procedure was then applied to form a thin porous silicon layer enabling to remove mechanical damages. This simple and low cost method reduces the total reflectivity from 29% to 7% in the 300 - 950 nm wavelength range and enhances the diffusion length of the minority carriers from 100 {mu}m to 790 {mu}m (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  13. Characterization of Energetic Porous Silicon for a Microelectromechanical System (MEMS)-Based Solid Propellant Microthruster

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    2014-09-01

    Characterization of Energetic Porous Silicon for a Microelectromechanical System (MEMS)-Based Solid Propellant Microthruster by Raghav...Energetic Porous Silicon for a Microelectromechanical System (MEMS)-Based Solid Propellant Microthruster Raghav Ramachandran, Wayne Churaman, David...Microelectromechanical System (MEMS)-Based Solid Propellant Microthruster 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6

  14. Porous silicon as a stationary phase for shear-driven chromatography

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    Clicq, D.; Tjerkstra, R.W.; Gardeniers, J.G.E.; Berg, van den Albert; Baron, G.V.; Desmet, G.

    2004-01-01

    We report on the possibility to strongly increase the mass loadability and retention capacity of shear-driven chromatography (SDC) channels by growing a thin porous silicon layer on the stationary wall part. The thickness of the produced porous silicon layers was found to increase linearly with the

  15. A parametric study of laser induced ablation-oxidation on porous silicon surfaces

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    De Stefano, Luca; Rea, Ilaria; Nigro, M Arcangela; Della Corte, Francesco G; Rendina, Ivo [National Council of Research-Institute for Microelectronic and Microsystems-Department of Naples, Via P Castellino 111, 80131 Naples (Italy)], E-mail: luca.destefano@na.imm.cnr.it

    2008-07-02

    We have investigated the laser induced ablation-oxidation process on porous silicon layers having different porosities and thicknesses by non-destructive optical techniques. In particular, the interaction between a low power blue light laser and the porous silicon surfaces has been characterized by variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The oxidation profiles etched on the porous samples can be tuned as functions of the layer porosity and laser fluence. Oxide stripes of width less than 2 {mu}m and with thicknesses between 100 nm and 5 {mu}m have been produced, depending on the porosity of the porous silicon, by using a 40 x focusing objective.

  16. IR study on the effect of chloride ion on porous silicon

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    Sreejith, K.; Pillai, C. G. S.

    2006-10-01

    Infrared (IR) studies have been carried out on porous silicon samples to infer on the changes in the surface bonding in the porous silicon (PS) layer due to chloride (Cl -) and subsequent fluoride (F -) ion exposures with respect to time. It is observed that silicon hydride linkages decreases and silicon oxide linkages increases with time of exposure to HCl, suggesting a possible oxidation of the porous layer. IR study revealed the formation of Si dbnd O (silanones) bonds. A possible mechanism for the formation of silanones from Si sbnd OH species has been proposed to explain the observation. We also observed a saturation of silicon oxide groups with complete disappearance of silicon hydride peaks indicating the complete conversion of silicon hydride to oxides. Furthermore on exposure to F -, the IR spectrum showed a rapid destruction of silicon oxygen linkages.

  17. Study of the deposition process of vinpocetine on the surface of porous silicon

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    Lenshin, A. S.; Polkovnikova, Yu. A.; Seredin, P. V.

    Currently the most prospective way in pharmacotherapy is the obtaining of nanoparticles involving pharmaceutical substances. Application of porous inorganic materials on the basis of silicon is among the main features in solving of this problem. The present work is concerned with the problem of the deposition of pharmaceutical drug with nootropic activity - vinpocetine - into porous silicon. Silicon nanoparticles were obtained by electrochemical anodic etching of Si plates. The process of vinpocetine deposition was studied in dependence of the deposition time. As a result of the investigations it was found that infrared transmission spectra of porous silicon with the deposited vinpocetine revealed the absorption bands characteristic of vinpocetine substance.

  18. Fluorescent porous silicon biological probes with high quantum efficiency and stability.

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    Tu, Chang-Ching; Chou, Ying-Nien; Hung, Hsiang-Chieh; Wu, Jingda; Jiang, Shaoyi; Lin, Lih Y

    2014-12-01

    We demonstrate porous silicon biological probes as a stable and non-toxic alternative to organic dyes or cadmium-containing quantum dots for imaging and sensing applications. The fluorescent silicon quantum dots which are embedded on the porous silicon surface are passivated with carboxyl-terminated ligands through stable Si-C covalent bonds. The porous silicon bio-probes have shown photoluminescence quantum yield around 50% under near-UV excitation, with high photochemical and thermal stability. The bio-probes can be efficiently conjugated with antibodies, which is confirmed by a standard enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method.

  19. Study of formation, stabilization and properties of porous silicon and porous silica

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    Hecini, Mouna; Khelifa, Abdellah; Bouzid, Bachir; Drouiche, Nadjib; Aoudj, Salaheddine; Hamitouche, Houria

    2013-09-01

    The large specific surface area of porous silicon (PS) gives it a high degree of chemical surface reactivity. Formation of silicon oxide (silica, SiO2), via different oxidation methods (thermal or electrochemical) within the porous matrix turns out to be an additional factor of PS stability and an improvement of its chemical, structural, morphological, crystalline and optical properties. In this work, PS reactivity is justified by the presence of siloxane (SiOSi) and silanol (SiOH) free and bound sites. Oxidation and densification effects on mesoporous silicon layers properties were investigated. The influence of operating parameters (current density, electrolyte concentration, treatment time, temperature, and oxidizing gas) on PS morphology and oxide quality were assessed. Sample characterization was performed using FTIR, SEM, EDS, XRD and UV-Visible spectrophotometry. Our results showed that oxidation provides stabilization and chemical modification of PS specific surface by creation of SiOH and SiOSi active sites. The optical and crystalline properties are dependent on oxidation temperature. Wet thermal oxidation, preceded by a short dry oxidation under O2, followed by densification under N2, with an oxidation rate of greater than 62%, improves PS properties for a functionalization via silanization.

  20. Enhanced photoluminescence of porous silicon nanoparticles coated by bioresorbable polymers

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    Gongalsky, Maxim B.; Kharin, Alexander Yu; Osminkina, Liubov A.; Timoshenko, Victor Yu; Jeong, Jinyoung; Lee, Han; Chung, Bong Hyun

    2012-08-01

    A significant enhancement of the photoluminescence (PL) efficiency is observed for aqueous suspensions of porous silicon nanoparticles (PSiNPs) coated by bioresorbable polymers, i.e., polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). PSiNPs with average size about 100 nm prepared by mechanical grinding of electrochemically etched porous silicon were dispersed in water to prepare the stable suspension. The inner hydrophobic PLGA layer prevents the PSiNPs from the dissolution in water, while the outer PVA layer makes the PSiNPs hydrophilic. The PL quantum yield of PLGA/PVA-coated PSiNPs was found to increase by three times for 2 weeks of the storage in water. The observed effect is explained by taking into account both suppression of the dissolution of PSiNPs in water and a process of the passivation of nonradiative defects in PSiNPs. The obtained results are interesting in view of the potential applications of PSiNPs in bioimaging.

  1. Biomolecular screening with encoded porous-silicon photonic crystals

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    Cunin, Frédérique; Schmedake, Thomas A.; Link, Jamie R.; Li, Yang Yang; Koh, Jennifer; Bhatia, Sangeeta N.; Sailor, Michael J.

    2002-09-01

    Strategies to encode or label small particles or beads for use in high-throughput screening and bioassay applications focus on either spatially differentiated, on-chip arrays or random distributions of encoded beads. Attempts to encode large numbers of polymeric, metallic or glass beads in random arrays or in fluid suspension have used a variety of entities to provide coded elements (bits)-fluorescent molecules, molecules with specific vibrational signatures, quantum dots, or discrete metallic layers. Here we report a method for optically encoding micrometre-sized nanostructured particles of porous silicon. We generate multilayered porous films in crystalline silicon using a periodic electrochemical etch. This results in photonic crystals with well-resolved and narrow optical reflectivity features, whose wavelengths are determined by the etching parameters. Millions of possible codes can be prepared this way. Micrometre-sized particles are then produced by ultrasonic fracture, mechanical grinding or by lithographic means. A simple antibody-based bioassay using fluorescently tagged proteins demonstrates the encoding strategy in biologically relevant media.

  2. Controlled delivery of acyclovir from porous silicon micro- and nanoparticles

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    Maniya, Nalin H.; Patel, Sanjaykumar R.; Murthy, Z.V.P., E-mail: zvpm2000@yahoo.com

    2015-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Porous silicon (PSi) was fabricated by electrochemical etching process. • Micro- and nanoparticles were prepared by ultrasonic fracture of PSi films. • Acyclovir was loaded into native, oxidized, and hydrosilylated PSi particles. • Micro- and nanoparticles displays controlled release behaviour for several days. • Drug release behaviour and release kinetics from PSi particles were studied. - Abstract: In this work, micro- and nanoparticles of porous silicon (PSi) are demonstrated to act as effective carrier for the controlled delivery of acyclovir (ACV). PSi films prepared by electrochemical etching were fractured by ultrasonication to prepare micro- and nanoparticles. PSi native particles were thermally oxidized (TOPSi) and thermally hydrosilylated using undecylenic acid (UnPSi). PSi particles with three different surface chemistries were then loaded with ACV by physical adsorption and covalent attachment. Such particles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. In vitro ACV release experiments in phosphate buffered saline showed sustained release behaviour from both micro- and nanoparticles and order of release was found to be native PSi > TOPSi > UnPSi. Drug release kinetics study using Korsmeyer-Peppas model suggested a combination of both drug diffusion and Si scaffold erosion based drug release mechanisms.

  3. Porous Silicon's Photoactivity in Water: Insights into Environmental Fate.

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    Moor, Kyle J; Cates, Ezra L; Kim, Jae-Hong

    2016-01-19

    Interest in porous silicon (pSi) (and, more broadly, silicon nanoparticles (NPs)) has increased along with their concomitant use in various commercial and consumer products, yet little is known about their behavior in the natural environment. In this study, we have investigated the photosensitization, optical, and surface properties of pSi as a function of time in aqueous systems. Samples were prepared via an anodic electrochemical etching procedure, resulting in pSi particles with diameters of ca. 500 nm, composed of a porous network of Si nanocrystallites of 2-4 nm. Initially, pSi particles generated significant amounts of (1)O2, yet they rapidly lost much of this ability due to the formation of an oxide layer on the surface, as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, which likely prevented further photosensitization events. Addition of natural organic matter (NOM) did not significantly impact pSi's photosensitization abilities. The pSi lacked any intrinsic bactericidal properties on Escherichia coli and did not produce enough (1)O2 to considerably affect populations of a model virus, PR772, highlighting its relatively benign nature toward microbial communities. Results from this study suggest that the photoactivity of pSi is unlikely to persist in aqueous systems and that it may instead behave more similarly to silica particles from an environmental perspective.

  4. Horseradish peroxidase-modified porous silicon for phenol monitoring

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    Kermad, A., E-mail: amina_energetique@yahoo.fr [Unité de Recherche Matériaux et Energies Renouvelables (URMER), Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences, Université Abou Baker Belkaid, B.P. 119, Tlemcen 13000 (Algeria); Sam, S., E-mail: Sabrina.sam@polytechnique.edu [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l’Energétique (CRTSE), 02 Bd. Frantz-Fanon, B.P. 140, Alger-7 merveilles, Algiers (Algeria); Ghellai, N., E-mail: na_ghellai@yahoo.fr [Unité de Recherche Matériaux et Energies Renouvelables (URMER), Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences, Université Abou Baker Belkaid, B.P. 119, Tlemcen 13000 (Algeria); Khaldi, K., E-mail: Khadidjaphy@yahoo.fr [Unité de Recherche Matériaux et Energies Renouvelables (URMER), Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences, Université Abou Baker Belkaid, B.P. 119, Tlemcen 13000 (Algeria); Gabouze, N., E-mail: ngabouze@yahoo.fr [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l’Energétique (CRTSE), 02 Bd. Frantz-Fanon, B.P. 140, Alger-7 merveilles, Algiers (Algeria)

    2013-11-01

    Highlights: • Horseradish peroxidase enzyme (HRP) was covalently immobilized on porous silicon (PSi) surface. • Multistep strategy was used allowing the maintaining of the enzymatic activity of the immobilized enzyme. • Direct electron transfer has occurred between the immobilized enzyme and the surface. • Electrochemical measurements showed a response of HRP-modified PSi toward phenol in the presence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. -- Abstract: In this study, horseradish peroxidase enzyme (HRP) was covalently immobilized on porous silicon (PSi) surface using multistep strategy. First, acid terminations were generated on hydrogenated PSi surface by thermal hydrosilylation of undecylenic acid. Then, the carboxyl-terminated monolayer was transformed to active ester (succinimidyl ester) using N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) in the presence of the coupling agent N-ethyl-N′-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC). Subsequently, the enzyme was anchored on the surface via an amidation reaction. The structure of the PSi layers was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and contact angle measurements confirmed the efficiency of the modification at each step of the functionalization. Cyclic voltammetry was recorded using the HRP-modified PSi as working electrode. The results show that the enzymatic activity of the immobilized HRP is preserved and in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, the enzyme oxidizes phenolic molecules which were subsequently reduced at the modified-PSi electrode.

  5. Cytotoxicity assessment of porous silicon microparticles for ocular drug delivery.

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    Korhonen, Eveliina; Rönkkö, Seppo; Hillebrand, Satu; Riikonen, Joakim; Xu, Wujun; Järvinen, Kristiina; Lehto, Vesa-Pekka; Kauppinen, Anu

    2016-03-01

    Porous silicon (PSi) is a promising material for the delivery and sustained release of therapeutic molecules in various tissues. Due to the constant rinsing of cornea by tear solution as well as the short half-life of intravitreal drugs, the eye is an attractive target for controlled drug delivery systems, such as PSi microparticles. Inherent barriers ensure that PSi particles are retained in the eye, releasing drugs at the desired speed until they slowly break down into harmless silicic acid. Here, we have examined the in vitro cytotoxicity of positively and negatively charged thermally oxidized (TOPSi) and thermally carbonized (TCPSi) porous silicon microparticles on human corneal epithelial (HCE) and retinal pigment epithelial (ARPE-19) cells. In addition to ocular assessment under an inverted microscope, cellular viability was evaluated using the CellTiter Blue™, CellTiter Fluor™, and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assays. CellTiter Fluor proved to be a suitable assay but due to non-specific and interfering responses, neither CellTiter Blue nor LDH assays should be used when evaluating PSi particles. Our results suggest that the toxicity of PSi particles is concentration-dependent, but at least at concentrations less than 200μg/ml, both positively and negatively charged PSi particles are well tolerated by human corneal and retinal epithelial cells and therefore applicable for delivering drug molecules into ocular tissues.

  6. Study on Porous Silicon with P-N Junction Sensor for Humidity Measurement

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    Chuzhe Tu; Zhenhong Jia

    2006-01-01

    Porous materials used for humidity sensing have been commercialized. In this paper, the preparation and humidity sensing characteristics of porous silicon with P-N junctions (PNJPS) are studied. PNJPS is made by electro-chemical anodic etched method from silicon wafers with P-N junctions. Its porous structure is verified by scanning electronic micrograph.Experiments also show that PNJPS has high sensitivity, short response time (less than 30 seconds), and long-term stability.

  7. The effect of porosity on energetic porous silicon solid propellant micro-propulsion

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    Churaman, Wayne A.; Morris, Christopher J.; Ramachandran, Raghav; Bergbreiter, Sarah

    2015-11-01

    Energetic porous silicon is investigated as an actuator for micro-propulsion based on thrust and impulse measurements for a variety of porous silicon porosity conditions. Porosity of 2 mm diameter, porous silicon microthruster devices was varied by changing the concentration of hydrofluoric acid and ethanol in an etch solution, by changing porous silicon etch depth, and by changing the resistivity of silicon wafers used for the etch process. The porosity varied from 30% to 75% for these experiments. The highest mean thrust and impulse values measured with a calibrated Kistler 9215 force sensor were 674 mN and 271 μN s, respectively, with a 73% porosity, 2 mm diameter porous silicon device etched in a 3 : 1 etch solution on a 3.6 Ω cm wafer to a target etch depth of 30 μm. As a result of changing porosity, a 23×  increase in thrust performance and a 36×  increase in impulse performance was demonstrated. Impulse values were also validated using a pendulum experiment in which the porous silicon microthruster was unconstrained, but several non-linearities in the pendulum experimental setup resulted in less consistent data than when measured by the force sensor for microthrusters at this size scale. These thrust and impulse results complement previous work in determining the effect of porosity on other porous silicon reaction metrics such as flame speed.

  8. Double side multicrystalline silicon passivation by one step stain etching-based porous silicon

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    Mohamed, Seifeddine Belhadj; Ben Rabha, Mohamed; Bessais, Brahim [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie, Technopole de Borj-Cedria, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia)

    2012-10-15

    In this paper, we investigate the effect of stain etching-based porous silicon on the double side multicrystalline silicon. Special attention is given to the use of the stain etched PS as an antireflection coating as well as for surface passivating capabilities. Stain etching of double side multicrystalline silicon leads to the formation of PS nanostructures, that dramatically decrease the surface reflectivity from 30% to about 7% and increase the effective lifetime from 1 {mu}s to 10 {mu}s at a minority carrier density ({Delta}n) of 10{sup 15} cm{sup -3}. These results let us correlate the rise of the lifetime values to the photoluminescence intensity to the hydrogen and oxide passivation as shown by FTIR analysis. This low-cost PS formation process can be applied in the photovoltaic cell technology as a standard procedure (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. XPS study of palladium sensitized nano porous silicon thin film

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    J Kanungo; L Selegård; C Vahlberg; K Uvdal; H Saha; S Basu

    2010-12-01

    Nano porous silicon (PS) was formed on -type monocrystalline silicon of 2–5 cm resistivity and (100) orientation by electrochemical anodization method using HF and ethanol as the electrolytes. High density of surface states, arising due to its nano structure, is responsible for the uncontrolled oxidation in air and for the deterioration of the PS surface with time. To stabilize the material PS surface was modified by a simple and low cost chemical method using PdCl2 solution at room temperature. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was performed to reveal the chemical composition and the relative concentration of palladium on the nanoporous silicon thin films. An increase of SiO2 formation was observed after PdCl2 treatment and presence of palladium was also detected on the modified surface. – characteristics of Al/PS junction were studied using two lateral Al contacts and a linear relationship was obtained for Pd modified PS surface. Stability of the contact was studied for a time period of around 30 days and no significant ageing effect could be observed.

  10. Enhancement of R6G fluorescence by N-type porous silicon deposited with gold nanoparticles

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    Mo, Jia-qing; Jiang, Jing; Zhai, Zhen-gang; Shi, Fu-gui; Jia, Zhen-hong

    2017-01-01

    By the electrochemical anodization method, we achieve the single-layer macroporous silicon on the N-type silicon, and prepare gold nanoparticles with sodium citrate reduction method. Through injecting the gold nanoparticles into the porous silicon by immersion, the fluorescence quenching mechanism of porous silicon influenced by gold nanoparticles is analyzed. Then the macroporous silicon deposited with gold nanoparticles is utilized to enhance the fluorescence of rhodamine 6G (R6G). It is found that when the macroporous silicon is deposited with gold nanoparticles for 6 h, the maximum fluorescence enhancement of R6G (about ten times) can be realized. The N-type porous silicon deposited with gold nanoparticles can be an excellent substrate for fluorescence detection.

  11. Characterization of thermal, optical and carrier transport properties of porous silicon using the photoacoustic technique

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    Sheng, Chan Kok [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Mahmood Mat Yunus, W. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia)], E-mail: mahmood@science.upm.edu.my; Yunus, Wan Md. Zin Wan [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang (Malaysia); Abidin Talib, Zainal [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Kassim, Anuar [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang (Malaysia)

    2008-08-01

    In this work, the porous silicon layer was prepared by the electrochemical anodization etching process on n-type and p-type silicon wafers. The formation of the porous layer has been identified by photoluminescence and SEM measurements. The optical absorption, energy gap, carrier transport and thermal properties of n-type and p-type porous silicon layers were investigated by analyzing the experimental data from photoacoustic measurements. The values of thermal diffusivity, energy gap and carrier transport properties have been found to be porosity-dependent. The energy band gap of n-type and p-type porous silicon layers was higher than the energy band gap obtained for silicon substrate (1.11 eV). In the range of porosity (50-76%) of the studies, our results found that the optical band-gap energy of p-type porous silicon (1.80-2.00 eV) was higher than that of the n-type porous silicon layer (1.70-1.86 eV). The thermal diffusivity value of the n-type porous layer was found to be higher than that of the p-type and both were observed to increase linearly with increasing layer porosity.

  12. Detection of Organic Vapors Based on Photoluminescent Bragg-Reflective Porous Silicon Interferomete.

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    Ahn, Jihoon; Cho, Bomin; Kim, Sungsoo; Sohn, Honglae

    2015-07-01

    Novel photoluminescent Bragg-reflective porous silicon, exhibiting dual optical properties, both the optical reflectivity and photoluminescence, was developed and used for sensing organic vapors. Photoluminescent Bragg-reflective porous silicon samples were prepared by an electrochemical etch of n-type silicon under the illumination. The etching solution consisted of a 3:1 volume mixture of aqueous 48% hydrofluoric acid and absolute ethanol. The typical etch parameters for the generation of photoluminescent Bragg-reflective porous silicon involved a periodic square wave current with 50 repeats. The surface of photoluminescent Bragg-reflective porous silicon was characterized by a FT-IR spectroscopy. Both reflectivity and photoluminescence were simultaneously measured under the exposure of organic vapors. The shift of reflection band to the longer wavelength and the quenching of photoluminescence under the exposure of various organic vapors were observed.

  13. Controlled delivery of acyclovir from porous silicon micro- and nanoparticles

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    Maniya, Nalin H.; Patel, Sanjaykumar R.; Murthy, Z. V. P.

    2015-03-01

    In this work, micro- and nanoparticles of porous silicon (PSi) are demonstrated to act as effective carrier for the controlled delivery of acyclovir (ACV). PSi films prepared by electrochemical etching were fractured by ultrasonication to prepare micro- and nanoparticles. PSi native particles were thermally oxidized (TOPSi) and thermally hydrosilylated using undecylenic acid (UnPSi). PSi particles with three different surface chemistries were then loaded with ACV by physical adsorption and covalent attachment. Such particles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. In vitro ACV release experiments in phosphate buffered saline showed sustained release behaviour from both micro- and nanoparticles and order of release was found to be native PSi > TOPSi > UnPSi. Drug release kinetics study using Korsmeyer-Peppas model suggested a combination of both drug diffusion and Si scaffold erosion based drug release mechanisms.

  14. A porous silicon optical microcavity for sensitive bacteria detection

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    Li Sha; Huang Jianfeng; Cai Lintao, E-mail: lt.cai@siat.ac.cn [CAS Key Lab of Health Informatics, Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Cancer Nanotechnology, Institute of Biomedical and Health Engineering, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen 518055 (China)

    2011-10-21

    A porous silicon microcavity (PSM) is highly sensitive to subtle interface changes due to its high surface area, capillary condensation ability and a narrow resonance peak ({approx}10 nm). Based on the well-defined optical properties of a PSM, we successfully fabricated a bacteria detection chip for molecular or subcellular analysis by surface modification using undecylenic acid (UA), and the specific recognition binding of vancomycin to the D-alanyl-D-alanine of bacteria. The red shift of the PSM resonance peak showed a good linear relationship with bacteria concentration ranging from 100 to 1000 bacteria ml{sup -1} at the level of relative standard deviation of 0.994 and detection limit of 20 bacteria ml{sup -1}. The resulting PSM sensors demonstrated high sensitivity, good reproducibility, fast response and low cost for biosensing.

  15. Porous silicon nanoparticles for nanomedicine: preparation and biomedical applications.

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    Santos, Hélder A; Mäkilä, Ermei; Airaksinen, Anu J; Bimbo, Luis M; Hirvonen, Jouni

    2014-04-01

    The research on porous silicon (PSi) materials for biomedical applications has expanded greatly since the early studies of Leigh Canham more than 25 years ago. Currently, PSi nanoparticles are receiving growing attention from the scientific biomedical community. These nanostructured materials have emerged as promising multifunctional and versatile platforms for nanomedicine in drug delivery, diagnostics and therapy. The outstanding properties of PSi, including excellent in vivo biocompatibility and biodegradability, have led to many applications of PSi for delivery of therapeutic agents. In this review, we highlight current advances and recent efforts on PSi nanoparticles regarding the production properties, efficient drug delivery, multidrug delivery, permeation across biological barriers, biosafety and in vivo tracking for biomedical applications. The constant boost on successful preclinical in vivo data reported so far makes this the 'golden age' for PSi, which is expected to finally be translated into the clinic in the near future.

  16. Preparation and Thermal Characterization of Annealed Gold Coated Porous Silicon

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    Afarin Bahrami

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Porous silicon (PSi layers were formed on a p-type Si wafer. Six samples were anodised electrically with a 30 mA/cm2 fixed current density for different etching times. The samples were coated with a 50–60 nm gold layer and annealed at different temperatures under Ar flow. The morphology of the layers, before and after annealing, formed by this method was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS measurements were carried out to measure the thermal diffusivity (TD of the PSi and Au/PSi samples. For the Au/PSi samples, the thermal diffusivity was measured before and after annealing to study the effect of annealing. Also to study the aging effect, a comparison was made between freshly annealed samples and samples 30 days after annealing.

  17. Photoluminescence and structural analysis of terbium doped porous silicon

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    Moadhen, A.; Elhouichet, H.; Oueslati, M. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee - Equipe de Spectroscopie Raman, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Ferid, M. [Institut National de Recherche Scientifique et Technique, B.P. 95 Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Daoudi, K. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee - Equipe de Spectroscopie Raman, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Departement de Physique de la Matiere Condensee et Nanostructures, UMR CNRS 5586, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Canut, B.; Sandu, C.S.; Roger, J.A. [Departement de Physique de la Matiere Condensee et Nanostructures, UMR CNRS 5586, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)

    2003-05-01

    Porous silicon (PS) doped with terbium (Tb{sup 3+}) has been prepared by impregnation of PS layers with chloride solution of terbium. The dependency of photoluminescence (PL) intensity on the Tb{sup 3+} concentration has been studied. Rutherford Back-scattering Spectrometry (RBS) spectra indicate clearly a total and uniform penetration of rare earth into the PS layers at all different percentages. PL spectra show an increase of the intensity of both Tb{sup 3+} peaks and PS band when the concentration of TbCl{sub 3} solution increases. The PL mechanism is discussed through time-resolved photoluminescence measurements, and in relation with thermal treatment effects. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) technique has also been used to analyse the structure of this nanocomposite material. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  18. Synthesis of GaN films on porous silicon substrates

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    2006-01-01

    A novel and simple method was employed to synthesize GaN films on porous silicon (PS) substrates. GaN films were obtained through the reaction between NH3 and Ga2O3 films deposited on the substrates with magnetron sputtering.Since GaN and PS are all good materials for luminescence, it is expected to obtain some new properties from GaN on PS.The samples were analyzed with X-ray diffraction (XRD) to identify crystalline structure. Fourier transmit infrared (FTIR)spectrum was used to analyze the chemical state of the samples. The films were observed with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and were found to consist of many big crystal grains. Photoluminescence (PL) spectrum was used to illuminate the optical property of the GaN films.

  19. Peptide and protein loading into porous silicon wafers

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    Prestidge, C.A.; Barnes, T.J.; Mierczynska-Vasilev, A.; Kempson, I.; Peddie, F. [Ian Wark Research Institute, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes (Australia); Barnett, C. [Medica Ltd, Malvern, Worcestershire, UK WR14 3SZ (United Kingdom)

    2008-02-15

    The influence of peptide/protein size and hydrophobicity on the physical and chemical aspects of loading within porous silicon (pSi) wafer samples has been determined using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS). Both Gramicidin A (a small hydrophobic peptide) and Papain (a larger hydrophilic protein) were observed (ToF-SIMS) to penetrate across the entire pSi layer, even at low loading levels. AFM surface imaging of pSi wafers during peptide/protein loading showed that surface roughness increased with Papain loading, but decreased with Gramicidin A loading. For Papain, the loading methodology was also found to influence loading efficiency. These differences indicate more pronounced surface adsorption of Papain. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. HETEROJUNCTION DIODES OF POROUS SILICON WITH SOLUBLE POLYANILINE

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    Jun-hua Fan; Mei-xiang Wan; Dao-ben Zhu

    1999-01-01

    Two kinds of heterojunction diodes of porous silicon (PS) with soluble polyaniline (PANI) were fabricated. One is a heterojunction diode of PS with water-soluble copolymer of polyaniline(PAOABSA),Al/PS-PAOABSA/Au cell as rectifying diode. Another is a heterojunction diode of PS with soluble polyaniline doped with DBSA, Al/PS-PANI (DBSA)/Au cell as light emitting diode (LED). The rectifying characteristics of the rectifying diodes were measured as a function of the degree of sulfonation and thickness of the copolymers, as well as oxidation of PS. The rectifying ratio of the heterojunction can reach 5.0×104 at ±3 V bias. For the LED, the photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence (EL) spectra were measured and discussed.

  1. Electron Field Emission from Patterned Porous Silicon Film

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    SHU Yun-xing; GE Bo; ZHANG Yong-sheng; YU Ke

    2005-01-01

    Patterned porous silicon (PS) films were synthesised by using hydrogen ion implantation technique and typical electrochemical anodic etching method. The surface morphology and characteristics of the PS films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The efficient electron field emission with low turn-on field of about 3.5 V/μm was obtained at current density of 0.1 μA/cm2. The electron field emission current density from the patterned PS films reached 1 mA/cm2 under an applied field of about 12.5 V/μm. The experimental results show that the patterned PS films are of certain practical significance and are valuable for flat panel displays.

  2. Effect of Ionizing Radiation on the Properties of Porous Silicon Nanostructures

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    I.B. Olenych

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The influence of ionizing radiation from 226Ra source on the electrical and photoluminescent properties of porous silicon nanostructures was investigated. After the radiation exposure, AC resistance of experimental samples decreased and luminescence band was changed. Temperature dependencies of electrical conductivity and depolarization current were studied in 80-325 K temperature range. Effect of radiation on the energy distribution of localized electronic states in porous silicon based structures is analyzed. Obtained results expand the application prospective of porous silicon for radiation sensing.

  3. Nanostructured copper/porous silicon hybrid systems as efficient sound-emitting devices.

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    Recio-Sánchez, Gonzalo; Namura, Kyoko; Suzuki, Motofumi; Martín-Palma, Raúl J

    2014-01-01

    In the present work, the photo-acoustic emission from nanostructured copper/porous silicon hybrid systems was studied. Copper nanoparticles were grown by photo-assisted electroless deposition on crystalline silicon and nanostructured porous silicon (nanoPS). Both the optical and photo-acoustic responses from these systems were determined. The experimental results show a remarkable increase in the photo-acoustic intensity when copper nanoparticles are incorporated to the porous structure. The results thus suggest that the Cu/nanoPS hybrid systems are suitable candidates for several applications in the field of thermoplasmonics, including the development of sound-emitting devices of great efficiency.

  4. Determination of Mechanical Properties of Porous Silicon with Image Analysis and Finite Element

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    Rahmoun, K.; Faraoun, H. I.; Bassou, G.; Mathieu, C.; Sari, N. E. Chabane

    In order to create equivalent images, a series of SEM micrographs of porous silicon were treated with the image analysis procedure, developed using public domain software "ImageJ". A morphological description was used to reduce the complexity of the microstructure of porous silicon and an image analysis procedure has been established to quantify different geometrical parameters related to the shape, size and orientation distribution. This description allows performing predictive calculation of mechanical properties of porous silicon using finite element analysis. Results are compared with experiment and a good agreement is observed

  5. Modeling the photoacoustic signal during the porous silicon formation

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    Ramirez-Gutierrez, C. F.; Castaño-Yepes, J. D.; Rodriguez-García, M. E.

    2017-01-01

    Within this work, the kinetics of the growing stage of porous silicon (PS) during the etching process was studied using the photoacoustic technique. A p-type Si with low resistivity was used as a substrate. An extension of the Rosencwaig and Gersho model is proposed in order to analyze the temporary changes that take place in the amplitude of the photoacoustic signal during the PS growth. The solution of the heat equation takes into account the modulated laser beam, the changes in the reflectance of the PS-backing heterostructure, the electrochemical reaction, and the Joule effect as thermal sources. The model includes the time-dependence of the sample thickness during the electrochemical etching of PS. The changes in the reflectance are identified as the laser reflections in the internal layers of the system. The reflectance is modeled by an additional sinusoidal-monochromatic light source and its modulated frequency is related to the velocity of the PS growth. The chemical reaction and the DC components of the heat sources are taken as an average value from the experimental data. The theoretical results are in agreement with the experimental data and hence provided a method to determine variables of the PS growth, such as the etching velocity and the thickness of the porous layer during the growing process.

  6. Porous silicon for micro-sized fuel cell reformer units

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    Presting, H.; Konle, J.; Starkov, V.; Vyatkin, A.; Koenig, U

    2004-04-25

    Randomly, self-organized and ordered anodically etched porous silicon with pore sizes down to hundred nanometers have been fabricated for a variety of automotive applications which range from carrier structures in fuel cell technology up to shower heads for fuel injection in combustion engines. The porous wafers are produced by deep anodic etching which is a very effective and cheap fabrication method compatible to standard Si CMOS fabrication technology. The density of nano- (and micro-) pores can be varied in a wide range by choice of substrate doping level and appropriate electrolyte solution. Surface enlargement up to a factor of 1000 can be achieved [J. Electrochem. Soc. 149 (1) (2002) G70]. After deposition of a catalyst on the inner surface of the pores these structures can be used as an effective catalytic reaction area for the injected hydrocarbons in a micro-steam reformer unit with a small reaction volume. In addition deep anodic etching (DAE) of a pinhole array with very high aspect ratios is demonstrated using a pre-patterned inverted pyramidal array which is produced by lithography and subsequent wet chemical potassium hydroxide (KOH) etch. The structures can also be used as carrier structures for the hydrogen separation membrane of the reforming gas in a reformer unit when a thin layer of palladium is evaporated prior to the anodic etching of the pores. The noble metal foil serves as anode contact during the etch as well as hydrogen separating membrane of the device.

  7. Electrochemically induced bioactivity of porous silicon functionalized by acetylene

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    Salonen, Jarno; Lehto, Vesa-Pekka [University of Turku, Department of Physics, 20014 Turku (Finland); Matveeva, Eugenia [Nanophotonics Technology Center, Technical University of Valencia, C/Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain); Pastor, Ester

    2009-06-15

    In order to improve the bioactivity of porous silicon chemically functionalized by acetylene (PSi-C) and stimulate the calcium-phosphorous (hydroxyapatite) deposition on this material from a simulated body fluid, electrochemical oxidation of the PSi-C templates has been employed. The initial functionalization by acetylene was done at 500 C in a N{sub 2}+C{sub 2}H{sub 2} gas stream of 1:1 ratio for 15 minutes; further electrochemical oxidation was performed in 80% phosphoric acid. The morphology and chemical composition of initial and oxidized porous structures were studied by the high resolution SEM technique and FTIR spectroscopy. Initial chemical functionalization leads to a very stable (practically bio-inert) material that after electrochemical oxidation becomes bioactive. We observed that the hydroxyapatite phase has been homogeneously deposited on the electrochemically oxidized PSi-C material immersed in the SBF of Kokubo formulae at 36.5 C just after two weeks. The layer of hydroxyapatite grown on the surface after 30 days of immersion was compact, crystalline and as thick as 5 {mu}m. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Homogeneous luminescent stain etched porous silicon elaborated by a new multi-step stain etching method

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    Hajji, M., E-mail: mhajji2001@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Photovoltaïque, Centre de Recherche et des Technologies de l’Energie, Technopôle de Borj-Cédria BP 95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Institut Supérieur d’Electronique et de Communication de Sfax, route Menzel Chaker Km 0.5, BP 868, Sfax 3018 (Tunisia); Khalifa, M.; Slama, S. Ben; Ezzaouia, H. [Laboratoire de Photovoltaïque, Centre de Recherche et des Technologies de l’Energie, Technopôle de Borj-Cédria BP 95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia)

    2013-11-01

    This paper presents a new method to produce porous silicon which derived from the conventional stain etching (SE) method. But instead of one etching step that leads to formation of porous layer, the substrate is subjected to an initial etching step with a duration Δt{sub 0} followed by a number of supplementary short steps that differs from a layer to another. The duration of the initial step is just the necessary time to have a homogenous porous layer on the whole surface of the substrate. It was found that this duration is largely dependent of the doping type and level of the silicon substrate. The duration of supplementary steps was kept as short as possible to prevent the formation of bubbles on the silicon surface during silicon dissolution which leads generally to inhomogeneous porous layers. It is found from surface investigation by atomic force microscopy (AFM) that multistep stain etching (MS-SE) method allows to produce homogeneous porous silicon nanostructures compared to the conventional SE method. The chemical composition of the obtained porous layers has been evaluated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Photoluminescence (PL) measurement shows that porous layers produced by SE and MS-SE methods have comparable spectra indicating that those layers are composed of nanocrystallites with comparable sizes. But the intensity of photoluminescence of layer elaborated by MS-SE method is higher than that elaborated by the SE method. Total reflectance characteristics show that the presented method allows the production of porous silicon layers with controllable thicknesses and optical properties. Results for porous silicon layers elaborated on heavily doped n-type silicon show that the reflectance can be reduced to values less than 3% in the major part of the spectrum.

  9. Porous silicon microparticles for delivery of siRNA therapeutics.

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    Shen, Jianliang; Wu, Xiaoyan; Lee, Yeonju; Wolfram, Joy; Yang, Zhizhou; Mao, Zong-Wan; Ferrari, Mauro; Shen, Haifa

    2015-01-15

    Small interfering RNA (siRNA) can be used to suppress gene expression, thereby providing a new avenue for the treatment of various diseases. However, the successful implementation of siRNA therapy requires the use of delivery platforms that can overcome the major challenges of siRNA delivery, such as enzymatic degradation, low intracellular uptake and lysosomal entrapment. Here, a protocol for the preparation and use of a biocompatible and effective siRNA delivery system is presented. This platform consists of polyethylenimine (PEI) and arginine (Arg)-grafted porous silicon microparticles, which can be loaded with siRNA by performing a simple mixing step. The silicon particles are gradually degraded over time, thereby triggering the formation of Arg-PEI/siRNA nanoparticles. This delivery vehicle provides a means for protecting and internalizing siRNA, without causing cytotoxicity. The major steps of polycation functionalization, particle characterization, and siRNA loading are outlined in detail. In addition, the procedures for determining particle uptake, cytotoxicity, and transfection efficacy are also described.

  10. Laser-beam-induced current mapping evaluation of porous silicon-based passivation in polycrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Rabha, M. Ben; Bessais, B. [Laboratoire de Nanomateriaux et des Systemes pour l' Energie, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie - Technopole de Borj-Cedria BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Dimassi, W.; Bouaicha, M.; Ezzaouia, H. [Laboratoire de photovoltaique, des semiconducteurs et des nanostructures, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie - Technopole de Borj-Cedria BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia)

    2009-05-15

    In the present work, we report on the effect of introducing a superficial porous silicon (PS) layer on the performance of polycrystalline silicon (pc-Si) solar cells. Laser-beam-induced current (LBIC) mapping shows that the PS treatment on the emitter of pc-Si solar cells improves their quantum response and reduce the grain boundaries (GBs) activity. After the porous silicon treatment, mapping investigation shows an enhancement of the LBIC and the internal quantum efficiency (IQE), due to an improvement of the minority carrier diffusion length and the passivation of recombination centers at the GBs as compared to the reference substrate. It was quantitatively shown that porous silicon treatment can passivate both the grains and GBs. (author)

  11. Electrochemical Fabrication of Nanostructures on Porous Silicon for Biochemical Sensing Platforms.

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    Ko, Euna; Hwang, Joonki; Kim, Ji Hye; Lee, Joo Heon; Lee, Sung Hwan; Tran, Van-Khue; Chung, Woo Sung; Park, Chan Ho; Choo, Jaebum; Seong, Gi Hun

    2016-01-01

    We present a method for the electrochemical patterning of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) or silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) on porous silicon, and explore their applications in: (1) the quantitative analysis of hydroxylamine as a chemical sensing electrode and (2) as a highly sensitive surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate for Rhodamine 6G. For hydroxylamine detection, AuNPs-porous silicon can enhance the electrochemical oxidation of hydroxylamine. The current changed linearly for concentrations ranging from 100 μM to 1.32 mM (R(2) = 0.995), and the detection limit was determined to be as low as 55 μM. When used as SERS substrates, these materials also showed that nanoparticles decorated on porous silicon substrates have more SERS hot spots than those decorated on crystalline silicon substrates, resulting in a larger SERS signal. Moreover, AgNPs-porous silicon provided five-times higher signal compared to AuNPs-porous silicon. From these results, we expect that nanoparticles decorated on porous silicon substrates can be used in various types of biochemical sensing platforms.

  12. Porous silicon photonic devices using pulsed anodic etching of lightly doped silicon

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    Escorcia-Garcia, J; Sarracino MartInez, O; Agarwal, V [CIICAP-Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos, Av. Universidad 1001, Col Chamilpa, CP 62210, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Gracia-Jimenez, J M, E-mail: vagarwal@uaem.m [Instituto de Fisica, BUAP, Apdo. Postal J-48, San Manuel, 72570 Puebla, Puebla (Mexico)

    2009-07-21

    The fabrication of porous silicon photonic structures using lightly doped, p-type, silicon wafers (resistivity: 14-22 OMEGA cm) by pulsed anodic etching is reported. The optical properties have been found to be strongly dependent on the duty cycle and frequency of the applied current. All the interfaces of the single layered samples were digitally analysed by calculating the mean interface roughness (R{sub m}). The interface roughness was found to be maximum for the sample with direct current. The use of a duty cycle above 50%, in a certain range of frequencies, is found to reduce the interface roughness. The optical properties of some microcavities and rugate filters are investigated from the optimized parameters of the duty cycle and frequency, using the current densities of 10, 90 and 150 mA cm{sup -2}.

  13. Use of Silicone Sizers in Implantation of Porous Polyethylene Nasal Dorsal Implants in Asians

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    Randal Pham

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. A new technique of implantation of high-density porous polyethylene nasal dorsal implants in Asians is described in this paper. Silicone sizers, which have smooth surfaces, were used to facilitate implantation of porous polyethylene implants in Asian patients. Materials and Methods. Twenty-three patients of Asian descent underwent dorsal augmentation rhinoplasty with open technique using high-density porous polyethylene implants. In all cases, silicone sizers were used to facilitate implantations of high-density porous polyethylene nasal dorsal implants. Patient selection criteria exclude patients with history of cocaine use, history of nasal or sinus disorders, previous nasal surgery, deviated septum, poor cartilage support, and thin skin. Results. No bleeding, infection, rejection, displacement, or extrusion was noted. One implant was removed because of a patient's dissatisfaction with the resulting tip height. Conclusion. The use of silicone sizers to facilitate implantations of high-density porous polyethylene nasal dorsal implants was safe and efficacious.

  14. Porous silicon damage enhanced phosphorus and aluminium gettering of p-type Czochralski silicon

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    Hassen, M. [Institut National de Recherche Scientifique et Technique, Laboratoire de Photovoltaique et des Semiconducteurs, PB 95 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Ben Jaballah, A. [Institut National de Recherche Scientifique et Technique, Laboratoire de Photovoltaique et des Semiconducteurs, PB 95 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia)]. E-mail: gadour2003@yahoo.fr; Hajji, M. [Institut National de Recherche Scientifique et Technique, Laboratoire de Photovoltaique et des Semiconducteurs, PB 95 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Rahmouni, H. [Laboratoire de Physique des Semiconducteurs et des Composants Electroniques, Faculte des Sciences de Monastir, Rue de Kairouan, 5000 Monastir (Tunisia); Selmi, A. [Laboratoire de Physique des Semiconducteurs et des Composants Electroniques, Faculte des Sciences de Monastir, Rue de Kairouan, 5000 Monastir (Tunisia); Ezzaouia, H. [Institut National de Recherche Scientifique et Technique, Laboratoire de Photovoltaique et des Semiconducteurs, PB 95 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia)

    2005-12-05

    In this work, porous silicon damage (PSD) is presented as a simple sequence for efficient external purification techniques. The method consists of using thin nanoporous p-type silicon on both sides of the silicon substrates with randomly hemispherical voids. Then, two main sample types are processed. In the first type, thin aluminium layers ({>=}1 {mu}m) are thermally evaporated followed by photo-thermal annealing treatments in N{sub 2} atmosphere at one of several temperatures ranging between 600 and 800 deg. C. In the second type, phosphorus is continually diffused in N{sub 2}/O{sub 2} ambient in a solid phase from POCl{sub 3} solution during heating at one of several temperatures ranging between 750 and 1000 deg. C for 1 h. Hall Effect and Van Der Pauw methods prove the existence of an optimum temperature in the case of phosphorus gettering at 900 deg. C yielding a Hall mobility of about 982 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1}. However, in the case of aluminium gettering, there is no gettering limit in the as mentioned temperature range. Metal/Si Schottky diodes are elaborated to clarify these improvements. In this study, we demonstrate that enhanced metal solubility model cannot explain the gettering effect. The solid solubility of aluminium is higher than that of P atoms in silicon; however, the device yield confirms the effectiveness of phosphorus as compared to aluminium.

  15. Modification of porous silicon rugate filters through thiol-yne photochemistry

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    Soeriyadi, Alexander H., E-mail: alexander.soeriyadi@unsw.edu.au; Zhu, Ying, E-mail: alexander.soeriyadi@unsw.edu.au; Gooding, J. Justin, E-mail: justin.gooding@unsw.edu.au [Australian Centre for Nanomedicine and School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052 (Australia); Reece, Peter [School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052 (Australia)

    2014-02-24

    Porous silicon (PSi) has a considerable potential as biosensor platform. In particular, the ability to modify the surface chemistry of porous silicon is of interest. Here we present a generic method to modify the surface of porous silicon through thiol-yne photochemistry initiated by a radical initiator. Firstly, a freshly etched porous silicon substrate is modified through thermal hydrosilylation with 1,8-nonadiyne to passivate the surface and introduce alkyne functionalities. The alkyne functional surface could then be further reacted with thiol species in the presence of a radical initiator and UV light. Functionalization of the PSi rugate filter is followed with optical reflectivity measurements as well as high resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

  16. In vivo time-gated fluorescence imaging with biodegradable luminescent porous silicon nanoparticles.

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    Gu, Luo; Hall, David J; Qin, Zhengtao; Anglin, Emily; Joo, Jinmyoung; Mooney, David J; Howell, Stephen B; Sailor, Michael J

    2013-01-01

    Fluorescence imaging is one of the most versatile and widely used visualization methods in biomedical research. However, tissue autofluorescence is a major obstacle confounding interpretation of in vivo fluorescence images. The unusually long emission lifetime (5-13 μs) of photoluminescent porous silicon nanoparticles can allow the time-gated imaging of tissues in vivo, completely eliminating shorter-lived (50-fold in vitro and by >20-fold in vivo when imaging porous silicon nanoparticles. Time-gated imaging of porous silicon nanoparticles accumulated in a human ovarian cancer xenograft following intravenous injection is demonstrated in a live mouse. The potential for multiplexing of images in the time domain by using separate porous silicon nanoparticles engineered with different excited state lifetimes is discussed.

  17. Effect of filler addition on porosity and strength of polysiloxane-derived porous silicon carbide ceramics

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    KUMAR, B. V. Manoj; EOM, Jung-Hye; KIM, Young-Wook

    2011-01-01

    Polycarbosilane (PCS) or silicon carbide (SiC) fillers were used as fillers in fabricating partially interconnected, open-cell porous SiC ceramics by carbothermal reduction of polysiloxane-derived SiOC and subsequent sintering process...

  18. Immobilization of peroxidase enzyme onto the porous silicon structure for enhancing its activity and stability

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    Sahare, Padmavati; Ayala, Marcela; Vazquez-Duhalt, Rafael; Agrawal, Vivechana

    2014-01-01

    In this work, a commercial peroxidase was immobilized onto porous silicon (PS) support functionalized with 3-aminopropyldiethoxysilane (APDES) and the performance of the obtained catalytic microreactor was studied. The immobilization steps were monitored and the activity of the immobilized enzyme in the PS pores was spectrophotometrically determined. The enzyme immobilization in porous silicon has demonstrated its potential as highly efficient enzymatic reactor. The effect of a polar organic ...

  19. Chemically modified and nanostructured porous silicon as a drug delivery material and device

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    Anglin, Emily Jessica

    This thesis describes the fabrication, chemical modification, drug release, and toxicity studies of nanostructured porous silicon for the purposes of developing a smart drug delivery device. The first chapter is an introductory chapter, presenting the chemical and physical properties of porous silicon, the concepts and issues of current drug delivery devices and materials, and how porous silicon can address the issues regarding localized and controlled drug therapies. The second chapter discusses chemical modifications of nanostructured porous Si for stabilizing the material in biologically relevant media while providing an extended release of a therapeutic in vitro. This chapter also demonstrates the utility of the porous silicon optical signatures for effectively monitoring drug release from the system and its applications for development of a self-reporting drug delivery device. In chapter three, the concept of providing a triggered release of a therapeutic from porous silicon microparticles through initiation by an external stimulus is demonstrated. The microparticles are chemically modified, and the release is enhanced by a short application of ultrasound to the particulate system. The effect of ultrasound on the drug release and particle size is discussed. Chapter four presents a new method for sustaining the release of a monoclonal antibody from the porous matrix of porous SiO2. The therapeutic is incorporated into the films through electrostatic adsorption and a slow release is observed in vitro. A new method of quantifying the extent of drug loading is monitored with interferometry. The last chapter of the thesis provides a basic in vivo toxicity study of various porous Si microparticles for intraocular applications. Three types of porous Si particles are fabricated and studied in a rabbit eye model. The toxicity studies were conducted by collaborators at the Shiley Eye Center, La Jolla, CA. This work, demonstrates the feasibility of developing a self

  20. TRANSFORMATIONS IN NANO-DIAMONDS WITH FORMATION OF NANO-POROUS SILICON CARBIDE AT HIGH PRESSURE

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    V. N. Kovalevsky

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper contains investigations on regularities of diamond - silicon carbide composite structure formation at impact-wave excitation. It has been determined that while squeezing a porous blank containing Si (SiC nano-diamond by explosive detonation products some processes are taking place such as diamond nano-particles consolidation, reverse diamond transition into graphite, fragments formation from silicon carbide. A method for obtaining high-porous composites with the presence of ultra-disperse diamond particles has been developed. Material with three-dimensional high-porous silicon-carbide structure has been received due to nano-diamond graphitation at impact wave transmission and plastic deformation. The paper reveals nano-diamonds inverse transformation into graphite and its subsequent interaction with the silicon accompanied by formation of silicon-carbide fragments with dimensions of up to 100 nm.

  1. Mechanical properties of sintered meso-porous silicon: a numerical model.

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    Martini, Roberto; Depauw, Valerie; Gonzalez, Mario; Vanstreels, Kris; Nieuwenhuysen, Kris Van; Gordon, Ivan; Poortmans, Jef

    2012-10-29

    : Because of its optical and electrical properties, large surfaces, and compatibility with standard silicon processes, porous silicon is a very interesting material in photovoltaic and microelectromechanical systems technology. In some applications, porous silicon is annealed at high temperature and, consequently, the cylindrical pores that are generated by anodization or stain etching reorganize into randomly distributed closed sphere-like pores. Although the design of devices which involve this material needs an accurate evaluation of its mechanical properties, only few researchers have studied the mechanical properties of porous silicon, and no data are nowadays available on the mechanical properties of sintered porous silicon. In this work we propose a finite element model to estimate the mechanical properties of sintered meso-porous silicon. The model has been employed to study the dependence of the Young's modulus and the shear modulus (upper and lower bounds) on the porosity for porosities between 0% to 40%. Interpolation functions for the Young's modulus and shear modulus have been obtained, and the results show good agreement with the data reported for other porous media. A Monte Carlo simulation has also been employed to study the effect of the actual microstructure on the mechanical properties.

  2. Fabrication, Characterization, and Functionalization of Porous Nanocrystalline Silicon Membranes

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    Fang, David Z.

    Porous nanocrystalline silicon (pnc-Si) membranes are promising for a wide range of applications from biofiltration to use as a platform for cell culture. It is an order of magnitude thinner than any commercially available or experimentally fabricated membrane. Because the thickness of a pnc-Si membrane is between 15 nm and 30 nm, comparable to the size of molecules to be separated, mass transport through the membrane is greatly enhanced. The first part of this work focuses on the fabrication of pnc-Si. For applications involving separation and concentration of molecular species, it is crucial that a membrane passes certain species while rejecting others. One manner in which this can be achieved is by tuning the size and density of the pores by changing key fabrication conditions. These parameters are identified and a systematic study was performed to determine their effect on pore morphology. In the second part of this work, a phenomenological model for pore formation is presented based on empirical observations and prior studies on polycrystalline materials. Next, the structural, optical, and mechanical properties of pnc-Si are examined using an array of characterization tools. In the final part of this thesis, post-production methods for pore size control and functionalization are discussed. It is demonstrated that the hydraulic permeability of pnc-Si, in both the unmodified and modified forms, follows theoretical predications for transport through an ultrathin porous material. Additonally, nanoparticle and protein separations are presented as a demonstration of the potential use of pnc-Si membranes in biomedical research and industry.

  3. Porous silicon in solar cell structures : a review of achievements and modern directions of further use

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    Yerokhov, VY; Melnyk, [No Value

    1999-01-01

    Porous silicon, which is being obtained by electrochemical etching of silicon wafers in electrolytes on the base of hydrofluoric acid, recently attracted the attention of specialists in photovoltaics even more due to a number of its unique properties. However, at present, acceptable results are obta

  4. Porous Silicon Carbide/Carbon Composite Microspherules for Methane Storage

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    Fengbo Li; Qingli Qian; Shufeng Zhang; Fang Yan; Guoqing Yuan

    2007-01-01

    Porous silicon carbide/carbon (SiC/C) microspherules were prepared by the controlled heating treatment of polymer and silica hybrid precursors over 1000 ℃ in Ar/H2 stream. The resultant SiC/C composite shows improved physical properties such as excellent mechanical strength, regular physical form, and high packing density. Such improvement overcomes the main inherent problems encountered when using activated carbons as absorbents without sacrificing porosity properties. N2 sorption analysis shows that the SiC/C composite has a BET surface area of 1793 m2/g and a pore volume of 0.92 ml/g. Methane adsorption isotherm is determined by the conventional volumetric method at 25 ℃ and up to 7.0 MPa. On volumetric basis, the SiC/C composite microspherules show methane storage of 145 (V/V) at 3.5 MPa and 25 ℃. The combination of excellent physical properties and porosity properties in this SiC/C composite lends a great possibility to develop a competitive storage system for natural gas.

  5. In situ photoacoustic characterization for porous silicon growing: Detection principles

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    Ramirez-Gutierrez, C. F. [Posgrado en Ciencia e Ingeniería de Materiales, Centro de Física Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Campus Juriquilla, C.P. 76230 Querétaro, Qro. (Mexico); Licenciatura en Ingeniería Física, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, C. P. 76010 Querétaro, Qro. (Mexico); Castaño-Yepes, J. D. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México Distrito Federal, C. P. 04510 (Mexico); Rodriguez-García, M. E., E-mail: marioga@fata.unam.mx [Licenciatura en Ingeniería Física, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, C. P. 76010 Querétaro, Qro. (Mexico); Departamento de Nanotecnología, Centro de Física Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Campus Juriquilla, C.P. 76230 Querétaro, Qro. (Mexico)

    2016-05-14

    There are a few methodologies for monitoring the in-situ formation of Porous Silicon (PS). One of the methodologies is photoacoustic. Previous works that reported the use of photoacoustic to study the PS formation do not provide the physical explanation of the origin of the signal. In this paper, a physical explanation of the origin of the photoacoustic signal during the PS etching is provided. The incident modulated radiation and changes in the reflectance are taken as thermal sources. In this paper, a useful methodology is proposed to determine the etching rate, porosity, and refractive index of a PS film by the determination of the sample thickness, using scanning electron microscopy images. This method was developed by carrying out two different experiments using the same anodization conditions. The first experiment consisted of growth of the samples with different etching times to prove the periodicity of the photoacoustic signal, while the second one considered the growth samples using three different wavelengths that are correlated with the period of the photoacoustic signal. The last experiment showed that the period of the photoacoustic signal is proportional to the laser wavelength.

  6. Properties of magnetic nickel/porous-silicon composite powders

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    Toshihiro Nakamura

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The magnetic and photoluminescence (PL properties of nickel/porous-silicon (Ni/PSi composite powders are investigated. Ni/PSi composite powders are prepared by stain etching of Si powder in a HF/HNO3 solution followed by electroless plating of Ni nanoparticles on the stain-etched PSi powder in a NiCl2 solution. The Ni/PSi powders exhibit hydrophillicity, superparamagnetism caused by the deposited Ni nanoparticles, and orange-red PL owing to the nanostructured PSi surface. The degree of magnetization decreases with increasing Ni plating time, indicating its dependence on the size of the Ni nanoparticles. The Ni/PSi composite powders also show a stronger magnetization as compared to that of the Ni-particle-plated Si powder. The stronger magnetization results from the larger surface area of PSi. The PL intensity, peak wavelength, and lifetime of Ni/PSi are strongly dependent on the NiCl2 concentration. This dependence is due to the different thickness of the oxide overlayer on the PSi surface formed during the Ni plating process. The existence of the oxide overlayer also results in a small change in the PL intensity against excitation time.

  7. Shape-engineered multifunctional porous silicon nanoparticles by direct imprinting.

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    Mares, Jeremy W; Fain, Joshua S; Beavers, Kelsey R; Duvall, Craig L; Weiss, Sharon M

    2015-07-10

    A versatile and scalable method for fabricating shape-engineered nano- and micrometer scale particles from mesoporous silicon (PSi) thin films is presented. This approach, based on the direct imprinting of porous substrates (DIPS) technique, facilitates the generation of particles with arbitrary shape, ranging in minimum dimension from approximately 100 nm to several micrometers, by carrying out high-pressure (>200 MPa) direct imprintation, followed by electrochemical etching of a sub-surface perforation layer and ultrasonication. PSi particles (PSPs) with a variety of geometries have been produced in quantities sufficient for biomedical applications (≫10 μg). Because the stamps can be reused over 150 times, this process is substantially more economical and efficient than the use of electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching for the fabrication of nanometer-scale PSPs directly. The versatility of this fabrication method is demonstrated by loading the DIPS-imprinted PSPs with a therapeutic peptide nucleic acid drug molecule, and by vapor deposition of an Au coating to facilitate the use of PSPs as a photothermal contrast agent.

  8. The photophysics of porous silicon: technological and biomedical implications.

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    Kotkovskiy, Gennady E; Kuzishchin, Yury A; Martynov, Igor L; Chistyakov, Alexander A; Nabiev, Igor

    2012-10-28

    Although porous silicon (pSi) was first obtained in the mid-20th century, considerable interest in this material arose much later, due to the discovery of its room-temperature photoluminescence (PL). In the 1990s, most studies on pSi were focused on the analysis and explanation of its photoluminescent and electroluminescent characteristics and their potential practical applications. The latest advances in pSi research are related to its biocompatibility and biomedical applications. The discovery of singlet oxygen generation by pSi through nonradiative transfer of photoexcitation energy has opened new prospects for photodynamic therapy in vivo, and the discovery of laser desorption/ionization on pSi has paved the way for advanced approaches in mass-spectrometry. In this study, the main photophysical properties of pSi are reviewed, and a wide range of photo-processes characteristic of pSi and their practical implications are analyzed in terms of the general principles of energy and charge transfer. Special attention is paid to the possible applications of pSi and pSi-based nanocomposites in photonics, biophysics, medicine, and analytical chemistry.

  9. Combustion performance of porous silicon-based energetic composites

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    Mason, Benjamin Aaron [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Son, Steve F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Asay, Blaine W [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cho, Kevin Y [PURDUE UNIV

    2009-01-01

    The combustion performance of oxidizer filled porous silicon(PSi) was studied. PSi samples with diameters of 2.54 cm were fabricated by electrochemical etching. The % porosity of the samples ranged from 55 to 82%. The samples were cut into 3-5 mm strips and filled with the oxidizers NaClO{sub 4} x 1H{sub 2}O, Ca(ClO{sub 4}){sub 2} x 4H{sub 2}O, S and perfluoropolyether (PFPE). The filled PSi was then burned by igniting the sample with a hot NiChrome{trademark} wire. The burns were recorded using high speed photography from which bring rates were calculated. That burning rates showed a strong dependency on quality of the oxidizer loading. The % porosity did not appear to have a direct affect on the burning rates for those studied. PSi loaded with NaClO{sub 4} x 1H{sub 2}O produced burning rates that ranged from 216-349 cm/s. PSi loaded with Ca(ClO{sub 4}){sub x}x 4 H{sub 2}O had burning rates of 154-285 cm/s. An S filled PSi sample burned a rate of 16 to 290 cm/s, and perfluoropolyether loaded PSi burned at a rate of 1.4 cm/s.

  10. P type porous silicon resistivity and carrier transport

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    Ménard, S., E-mail: samuel.menard@st.com [STMicroelectronics, 10, rue Thalès de Milet, 37071 Tours Cedex 2 (France); Fèvre, A. [STMicroelectronics, 10, rue Thalès de Milet, 37071 Tours Cedex 2 (France); Université François Rabelais de Tours, CNRS, CEA, INSA CVL, GREMAN UMR 7347, Tours (France); Billoué, J.; Gautier, G. [Université François Rabelais de Tours, CNRS, CEA, INSA CVL, GREMAN UMR 7347, Tours (France)

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    The resistivity of p type porous silicon (PS) is reported on a wide range of PS physical properties. Al/PS/Si/Al structures were used and a rigorous experimental protocol was followed. The PS porosity (P{sub %}) was found to be the major contributor to the PS resistivity (ρ{sub PS}). ρ{sub PS} increases exponentially with P{sub %}. Values of ρ{sub PS} as high as 1 × 10{sup 9} Ω cm at room temperature were obtained once P{sub %} exceeds 60%. ρ{sub PS} was found to be thermally activated, in particular, when the temperature increases from 30 to 200 °C, a decrease of three decades is observed on ρ{sub PS}. Based on these results, it was also possible to deduce the carrier transport mechanisms in PS. For P{sub %} lower than 45%, the conduction occurs through band tails and deep levels in the tissue surrounding the crystallites. When P{sub %} overpasses 45%, electrons at energy levels close to the Fermi level allow a hopping conduction from crystallite to crystallite to appear. This study confirms the potential of PS as an insulating material for applications such as power electronic devices.

  11. Temperature dependence of thermally-carbonized porous silicon humidity sensor

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    Björkqvist, M.; Paski, J.; Salonen, J.; Lehto, V.-P.

    2005-06-01

    Thermal carbonization of porous silicon (PS) at 820 °C under acetylene atmosphere is an appropriate method for humidity sensing purposes. It produces stable and hydrophilic surface still maintaining originally large specific surface area of PS. We report the temperature dependence of various electrical param- eters measured for the thermally-carbonized PS humidity sensor. Capacitance of the sensor in dry air (6 RH%) is almost constant at various temperatures, whereas in higher relative humidity values, the temperature dependence becomes evident. The resistance variation of the sensor is less dependent on RH as the temperature increases. While the capacitance showed linear behavior as a function of temperature, the resistance had a clear non-linear temperature dependence. In order to get information about the effects of frequency on capacitance values, we measured a phase angle and admittance of the sensor as a function of frequency at three different temperatures in low and high humidity. According to these results, it is preferable to operate this sensor construction using low frequency (<1 kHz).

  12. Fabrication of Porous Silicon Based Humidity Sensing Elements on Paper

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    Tero Jalkanen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A roll-to-roll compatible fabrication process of porous silicon (pSi based sensing elements for a real-time humidity monitoring is described. The sensing elements, consisting of printed interdigitated silver electrodes and a spray-coated pSi layer, were fabricated on a coated paper substrate by a two-step process. Capacitive and resistive responses of the sensing elements were examined under different concentrations of humidity. More than a three orders of magnitude reproducible decrease in resistance was measured when the relative humidity (RH was increased from 0% to 90%. A relatively fast recovery without the need of any refreshing methods was observed with a change in RH. Humidity background signal and hysteresis arising from the paper substrate were dependent on the thickness of sensing pSi layer. Hysteresis in most optimal sensing element setup (a thick pSi layer was still noticeable but not detrimental for the sensing. In addition to electrical characterization of sensing elements, thermal degradation and moisture adsorption properties of the paper substrate were examined in connection to the fabrication process of the silver electrodes and the moisture sensitivity of the paper. The results pave the way towards the development of low-cost humidity sensors which could be utilized, for example, in smart packaging applications or in smart cities to monitor the environment.

  13. Chemical stabilization of porous silicon for enhanced biofunctionalization with immunoglobulin

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    Nelson Naveas, Vicente Torres Costa, Dario Gallach, Jacobo Hernandez-Montelongo, Raul Jose Martín Palma, Josefa Predenstinacion Garcia-Ruiz and Miguel Manso-Silván

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Porous silicon (PSi is widely used in biological experiments, owing to its biocompatibility and well-established fabrication methods that allow tailoring its surface. Nevertheless, there are some unresolved issues such as deciding whether the stabilization of PSi is necessary for its biological applications and evaluating the effects of PSi stabilization on the surface biofunctionalization with proteins. In this work we demonstrate that non-stabilized PSi is prone to detachment owing to the stress induced upon biomolecular adsorption. Biofunctionalized non-stabilized PSi loses the interference properties characteristic of a thin film, and groove-like structures resulting from a final layer collapse were observed by scanning electron microscopy. Likewise, direct PSi derivatization with 3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane (APTS does not stabilize PSi against immunoglobulin biofunctionalization. To overcome this problem, we developed a simple chemical process of stabilizing PSi (CoxPSi for biological applications, which has several advantages over thermal stabilization (ToxPSi. The process consists of chemical oxidation in H2O2, surface derivatization with APTS and a curing step at 120 °C. This process offers integral homogeneous PSi morphology, hydrophilic surface termination (contact angle θ = 26° and highly efficient derivatized and biofunctionalized PSi surfaces (six times more efficient than ToxPSi. All these features are highly desirable for biological applications, such as biosensing, where our results can be used for the design and optimization of the biomolecular immobilization cascade on PSi surfaces.

  14. Functionality of porous silicon particles: Surface modification for biomedical applications

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    Gallach, D.; Recio Sanchez, G.; Munoz Noval, A. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada y Departamento de Biologia Molecular, Facultad de Ciencias, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Centro de Investigaciones Biomedicas en Red, Biomateriales, Bioingenieria y Nanomedicina (CIBERbbn) (Spain); Manso Silvan, M., E-mail: miguel.manso@uam.es [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada y Departamento de Biologia Molecular, Facultad de Ciencias, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Centro de Investigaciones Biomedicas en Red, Biomateriales, Bioingenieria y Nanomedicina (CIBERbbn) (Spain); Ceccone, G. [Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, European Commission, 21020 Ispra (Italy); Martin Palma, R.J.; Torres Costa, V.; Martinez Duart, J.M. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada y Departamento de Biologia Molecular, Facultad de Ciencias, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Centro de Investigaciones Biomedicas en Red, Biomateriales, Bioingenieria y Nanomedicina (CIBERbbn) (Spain)

    2010-05-25

    Porous silicon-based particles (PSps) with tailored physical and biological properties have recently attracted great attention given their biomedical potential. Within this context, the objective of the present work is to optimize the experimental parameters for the formation of biofunctional mesoporous PSps. Their functionality has been studied on the one hand by analyzing the fluorescence characteristics, such as tunable narrow band emission and fluorescence aging for PSps with different molecular capping. With regard to the biofunctional characteristics, two different molecular end-capping processes have been assayed: antifouling polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polar binding amino silanes (APTS), which were evaluated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Both PEG and APTS binding to the particles could be confirmed from the analysis of Si 2p and C 1s XPS core level spectra. The finding that these PSp-molecule conjugates allow the reduction of fluorescence degradation with time in solution is of interest for the development of cellular or tissue markers. From the morphological point of view, PEG termination is of special interest allowing the PSps after an ultrasonic treatment to get spherical shapes in the micron scale. The functionality as solid state dyes is preliminarily evaluated by direct fluorescence imaging.

  15. Effective antireflection properties of porous silicon nanowires for photovoltaic applications

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    Najar, Adel

    2013-01-01

    Porous silicon nanowires (PSiNWs) have been prepared by metal-assisted chemical etching method on the n-Si substrate. The presence of nano-pores with pore size ranging between 10-50nm in SiNWs was confirmed by electron tomography (ET) in the transmission electron microscope (TEM). The PSiNWs give strong photoluminescence peak at red wavelength. Ultra-low reflectance of <5% span over wavelength 250 nm to 1050 nm has been measured. The finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method has been employed to model the optical reflectance for both Si wafer and PSiNWs. Our calculation results are in agreement with the measured reflectance from nanowires length of 6 µm and 60% porosity. The low reflectance is attributed to the effective graded index of PSiNWs and enhancement of multiple optical scattering from the pores and nanowires. PSiNW structures with low surface reflectance can potentially serve as an antireflection layer for Si-based photovoltaic devices.

  16. Luminescence quenching of porous silicon nanoparticles in presence of ascorbic acid

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    La Ferrara, Vera; Fiorentino, Giuseppe; Rametta, Gabriella; Di Francia, Girolamo [ENEA Research Centre, Portici (Italy)

    2012-04-15

    In this work, the effect of ascorbic acid on luminescence of porous silicon nanoparticles is studied. Porous nanoparticles with a multi-sized distribution are produced from a porous silicon free standing film and filtered through a 450 nm membrane. The highly luminescent and water-soluble nanoparticles are dispersed in deionized water. The stability of photoluminescence signal and the dimensions of porous silicon nanoparticles are characterized before adding ascorbic acid into the porous nanoparticles solution. The increasing of photoluminescence, before stabilization, has been correlated to oxidation of nanoparticles in water, evaluated by the technique of Attenuated Total Reflection. Once the nanoparticle photoluminescence signal is stabilized, ascorbic acid is loaded into the solution and its presence and real absorption onto the porous silicon nanoparticles are evaluated from their emission quenching. The quenching of photoluminescence is studied with different concentrations of ascorbic acid by Stern-Volmer plot for confirming the quenching law. This study shows that luminescence quenching of porous nanoparticles could be used for determining the presence of ascorbic acid in a solution. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  17. Infrared spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry of luminescent, nonluminescent, and metal quenched porous silicon

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    Hilliard, J.; Andsager, D.; Abu Hassan, L.; Nayfeh, H.M.; Nayfeh, M.H. (Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1110 W. Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States))

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    Porous silicon with varying optical properties (luminescent, nonluminescent, and metal quenched) is investigated by transmission infrared (IR) spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). SIMS and transmission IR data are presented which show a lack of correlation between the optical properties of similarly prepared luminescent and nonluminescent porous silicon samples and the concentrations of the chemical elements and bonds detected therein. Similar results are obtained for a comparison of IR spectra before and after dissolving the topmost layers ([similar to]2000 A) of a luminescent sample in a KOH solution, exposing the nonluminescent porous material below. Finally, IR and SIMS results for luminescent porous silicon quenched by metal ion solutions show a large increase in oxygen after quenching, but it is argued that the increased oxygen is unlikely to be directly responsible for the quenching of luminescence.

  18. Composition of nanocomposites based on thin layers of tin on porous silicon formed by magnetron sputtering

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    Lenshin, A. S.; Kashkarov, V. M.; Domashevskaya, E. P.; Seredin, P. V.; Ryabtsev, S. V.; Bel'tyukov, A. N.; Gil'mutdinov, F. Z.

    2017-01-01

    Using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy the features of morphology and peculiarities of the surface composition of nanocomposites made of thin tin layers by magnetron sputtering formed on porous silicon with pores size of 50-150 nm. Porous silicon was obtained on n-type conductivity crystalline silicon substrate. The obtained nanocomposites were found differ between themselves by the ratio of the main phases: tin dioxide, sub-oxide and metal tin in a dependence on the thickness of the deposited tin layer. Fraction of the oxidized tin in the phase composition of composites was reduced from the surface to the bulk of the sample. Moreover, it was determined that the deposition of tin nanolayers did not result in a considerable change of the phase composition of porous silicon substrate.

  19. Porous Silicon Coated with Ultrathin Diamond-Like Carbon Film Cathodes

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    Evtukh, A A; Litovchenko, V G; Litvin, Y M; Fedin, D V; Rassamakin, Y V; Sarikov, A V; Chakhovskoi, A G; Felter, T E

    2001-04-01

    The main requirements to electron field emission cathodes are their efficiency, stability and uniformity. In this work we combined the properties of porous silicon layers and diamond-like carbon (DLC) film to obtain emission cathodes with improved parameters. The layered structures of porous silicon and DLC film were formed both on flat n-Si surface and silicon tips created by chemical etching. The conditions of the anodic and stain etching of silicon in HF containing solution under the illumination have been widely changed. The influence of thin ({le} 10nm) DLC film coating of the porous silicon layer on electron emission has been investigated. The parameters of emission efficiency such as field enhancement coefficient, effective emission areas and threshold voltages have been estimated from current-voltage dependencies to compare and characterize different layered structures. The improvement of the emission efficiency of silicon tip arrays with porous layers coated with thin DLC film has been observed. These silicon-based structures are promising for flat panel display applications.

  20. Porous silicon reorganization: Influence on the structure, surface roughness and strain

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    Milenkovic, N.; Drießen, M.; Weiss, C.; Janz, S.

    2015-12-01

    Porous silicon and epitaxial thickening is a lift-off approach for silicon foil fabrication to avoid kerf losses and produce foils with thicknesses less than 50 μm. The crystal quality of the epitaxial silicon film strongly depends on the porous silicon template, which can be adapted through a reorganization process prior to epitaxy. In this work, we investigated the influence of reorganization on the structure of etched porous silicon layers. The reorganization processes were carried out in a quasi-inline Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition reactor. Variations on the temperatures and process durations for the reorganization step were examined. The cross-sections showed that porous silicon requires temperatures of approximately 1150 °C to produce an excellent template for epitaxy. Atomic Force Microscopy measurements on the samples annealed at different temperatures showed the evolution of the pores from as-etched to a closed surface. These measurements confirm that the surface is not yet closed after 30 min of reorganization at 1000 °C. Different durations of the reorganization step at a fixed temperature of 1150 °C all lead to a closed surface with a comparable roughness of less than 0.5 nm. X-ray diffraction measurements show a change in the strain in the porous layer from tensile to compressive when the reorganization temperature is increased from 800 °C to 1150 °C. A longer reorganization at a fixed temperature of 1150 °C leads to a reduction in the strain without reducing the quality of the surface roughness. Defect density measurements on silicon layers deposited on those templates confirm an improvement of the template for longer reorganization times. This study shows that our porous silicon templates achieve lower surface roughness and strain values than those reported in other publications.

  1. Ocular silicon distribution and clearance following intravitreal injection of porous silicon microparticles.

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    Nieto, Alejandra; Hou, Huiyuan; Sailor, Michael J; Freeman, William R; Cheng, Lingyun

    2013-11-01

    Porous silicon (pSi) microparticles have been investigated for intravitreal drug delivery and demonstrated good biocompatibility. With the appropriate surface chemistry, pSi can reside in vitreous for months or longer. However, ocular distribution and clearance pathway of its degradation product, silicic acid, are not well understood. In the current study, rabbit ocular tissue was collected at different time point following fresh pSi (day 1, 5, 9, 16, and 21) or oxidized pSi (day 3, 7, 14, 21, and 35) intravitreal injection. In addition, dual-probe simultaneous microdialysis of aqueous and vitreous humor was performed following a bolus intravitreal injection of 0.25 mL silicic acid (150 μg/mL) and six consecutive microdialysates were collected every 20 min. Silicon was quantified from the samples using inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy. The study showed that following the intravitreal injection of oxidized pSi, free silicon was consistently higher in the aqueous than in the retina (8.1 ± 6.5 vs. 3.4 ± 3.9 μg/mL, p = 0.0031). The area under the concentration-time curve (AUC) of the retina was only about 24% that of the aqueous. The mean residence time was 16 days for aqueous, 13 days for vitreous, 6 days for retina, and 18 days for plasma. Similarly, following intravitreal fresh pSi, free silicon was also found higher in aqueous than in retina (7 ± 4.7 vs. 3.4 ± 4.1 μg/mL, p = 0.014). The AUC for the retina was about 50% of the AUC for the aqueous. The microdialysis revealed the terminal half-life of free silicon in the aqueous was 30 min and 92 min in the vitreous; the AUC for aqueous accounted for 38% of the AUC for vitreous. Our studies indicate that aqueous humor is a significant pathway for silicon egress from the eye following intravitreal injection of pSi crystals.

  2. Controlled skeletal progenitor cell migration on nanostructured porous silicon/silicon micropatterns

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    Torres-Costa, V.; Sánchez-Vaquero, V.; Muñoz-Noval, Á.; González-Méndez, L.; Punzón-Quijorna, E.; Gallach-Pérez, D.; Manso-Silván, M.; Martínez-Muñoz, G.; Climent-Font, A.; García-Ruiz, J. P.; Martín-Palma, R. J.

    2011-10-01

    In this work nanostructured porous silicon (nanoPS) was used for the fabrication of surface micropatterns aiming at controlling cell adhesion and migration. In particular, surface patterns of nanoPS and Si were engineered by high-energy ion-beam irradiation and subsequent anodization. It was found that human skeletal progenitor cells are sensitive to oneand two-dimensional patterns and that focal adhesion is inhibited on nanoPS areas. In spite of this anti-fouling characteristics, studies on patterns with reduced Si areas show that cells conform to nanoPS pathways favoring migration through cell protrusion, body translocation and tail retraction from two parallel Si traction rails. Moreover, migration can be blocked and cells tend to arrange when grid patterns with the appropriate dimensions are fabricated. The experimental results confirm that progenitor cells are able to exploit nanoPS anti-fouling designs by adapting to it for migration purposes.

  3. Investigations of nanoreactors on the basis of p-type porous silicon: Electron structure and phase composition

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    Lenshin, A.S. [Voronezh State University, Solid State Physics and Nanostructures Department, Universitetskaya pl. 1, Voronezh 394006 (Russian Federation); Kashkarov, V.M., E-mail: kash@phys.vsu.ru [Voronezh State University, Solid State Physics and Nanostructures Department, Universitetskaya pl. 1, Voronezh 394006 (Russian Federation); Spivak, Yu. M. [SPbGETU ' LETI' , Department of Microelectronics (Russian Federation); Moshnikov, V.A., E-mail: vamoshnikov@mail.ru [SPbGETU ' LETI' , Department of Microelectronics (Russian Federation)

    2012-08-15

    Investigations of the electron structure and phase composition of the surface layers in porous silicon with a developed system of nanopores were made with the use of ultrasoft X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The samples of porous silicon were obtained on the substrates with p-type conductivity under different modes of electrochemical etching. Porous surface layer represents a system of weakly connected pores oriented mainly perpendicular to the surface of silicon wafer. The mean transverse pore dimension is of {approx}50 nm. Silicon dioxide and sub-oxide were found in porous layer. We assume that these phases cover pores surface thus providing a possibility of the use of the structures as nanoreactors. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanoporous silicon layers were obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A system of weakly connected pores was detected. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron structure and phase composition of the surface layers in porous silicon were investigated.

  4. Surface chemistry dependent immunostimulative potential of porous silicon nanoplatforms.

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    Shahbazi, Mohammad-Ali; Fernández, Tahia D; Mäkilä, Ermei M; Le Guével, Xavier; Mayorga, Cristobalina; Kaasalainen, Martti H; Salonen, Jarno J; Hirvonen, Jouni T; Santos, Hélder A

    2014-11-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) have been suggested for immunotherapy applications in order to optimize the delivery of immuno-stimulative or -suppressive molecules. However, low attention towards the impact of the NPs' physicochemical properties has presented a major hurdle for developing efficient immunotherapeutic agents. Here, the effects of porous silicon (PSi) NPs with different surface chemistries were evaluated on human monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MDDCs) and lymphocytes in order to highlight the importance of the NPs selection in immuno-stimulative or -suppressive treatment. Although all the PSi NPs showed high biocompatibility, only thermally oxidized PSi (TOPSi) and thermally hydrocarbonized PSi (THCPSi) NPs were able to induce very high rate of immunoactivation by enhancing the expression of surface co-stimulatory markers of the MDDCs (CD80, CD83, CD86, and HLA-DR), inducing T-cell proliferation, and also the secretion of interleukins (IL-1β, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-12, IFN-γ, and TNF-α). These results indicated a balanced increase in the secretion of Th1, Th2, and Treg cytokines. Moreover, undecylenic acid functionalized THCPSi, as well as poly(methyl vinyl ether-alt-maleic acid) conjugated to (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane functionalized thermally carbonized PSi and polyethyleneimine conjugated undecylenic acid functionalized THCPSi NPs showed moderate immunoactivation due to the mild increase in the above-mentioned markers. By contrast, thermally carbonized PSi (TCPSi) and (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane functionalized TCPSi NPs did not induce any immunological responses, suggesting that their application could be in the delivery of immunosuppressive molecules. Overall, our findings suggest all the NPs containing more nitrogen or oxygen on the outermost backbone layer have lower immunostimulatory effect than NPs with higher C-H structures on the surface.

  5. Swift heavy ion irradiation reduces porous silicon thermal conductivity

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    Massoud, M.; Canut, B. [Université de Lyon, Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon INL-UMR5270, CNRS, INSA de Lyon, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Newby, P.; Frechette, L. [Centre de Recherche en Nanofabrication et Nanocaractérisation (CNR2), Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec (Canada); Chapuis, P.O. [Université de Lyon, Centre de Thermique de Lyon CETHIL-UMR5008, CNRS, INSA de Lyon, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Bluet, J.M. [Université de Lyon, Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon INL-UMR5270, CNRS, INSA de Lyon, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France)

    2014-12-15

    While the electrical conductivity of semiconductors can be easily changed over order of magnitudes (8 in silicon) by playing on the doping, the thermal conductivity (TC) control is a challenging issue. Nevertheless, numerous applications require TC control in Si down to 1 W m{sup −1} K{sup −1}. Among them, there are thermal insulation requirements in MEMS, thermal management issues in 3D packaging or TC reduction for thermoelectric applications. Towards this end, the formation of nanoporous Si by electrochemical anodisation is efficient. Nevertheless, in this case the material is too fragile for MEMS application or even to withstand CMOS technological processes. In this work, we show that ion irradiation in the electronic regime is efficient for reducing TC in meso-porous Si (PSi), which is more mechanically robust than the nanoporous PSi. We have studied three different mass to energy ratios ({sup 238}U at 110 MeV and {sup 130}Xe at 91 MeV and 29 MeV) with fluences ranging from 10{sup 12} cm{sup −2} to 7 × 10{sup 13} cm{sup −2}. The sample properties, after irradiation, have been measured by infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The TC has been measured using scanning thermal microscopy. Although, bulk Si is insensitive to ion interaction in the electronic regime, we have observed the amorphisation of the PSi resulting in a TC reduction even for the low dose and energy. For the highest irradiation dose a very important reduction factor of four was obtained.

  6. Porous silicon biosensor for the detection of autoimmune diseases

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    Jane, Andrew O.; Szili, Endre J.; Reed, Joanne H.; Gordon, Tom P.; Voelcker, Nicolas H.

    2007-12-01

    Advances in porous silicon (pSi) technology have led to the development of new sensitive biosensors. The unique optical properties of pSi renders the material a perfect candidate for optical transducers exploiting photoluminescence or white light interference effects. The ability of biosensors exploiting these transduction mechanisms to quickly and accurately detect biological target molecules affords an alternative to current bioassays such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs). Here, we present a pSi biosensor that was developed to detect antibodies against the autoimmune protein La. This protein is associated with autoimmune diseases including rheumatic disorders, systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and Sjogren's syndrome (SS). A fast and sensitive detection platform such as the one described here can be applied to the rapid diagnosis of these debilitating autoimmune diseases. The immobilisation of the La protein onto pSi films gave a protein receptor-decorated sensor matrix. A cascade of immunological reactions was then initiated to detect anti-La antibody on the functionalised pSi surface. In the presence of o-phenylenediamine (OPD), horseradish peroxidase (HRP)/H IIO II catalysed the formation of an oxidised radical species that accelerated pSi corrosion. pSi corrosion was detected as a blue-shift in the generated interference pattern, corresponding to a decrease in the effective optical thickness (EOT) of the pSi film. Compared to an ELISA, the pSi biosensor could detect the anti-La antibody at a similar concentration (500 - 125 ng/ml). Furthermore, we found that the experimental process can be significantly shortened resulting in detection of the anti-La antibody in 80 minutes compared to a minimum of 5 hours required for ELISA.

  7. Gettering impurities from crystalline silicon by aluminum diffusion using a porous silicon layer

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    Khedher, N.; Hajji, M.; Bessais, B.; Ezzaouia, H.; Bennaceur, R. [Laboratoire des Applications Solaires, Institut National de Recherche Scientifique et Technique, BP. 95, Hammam Lif (Tunisia); Selmi, A. [Laboratoire de Physique des Semi-conducteurs, Faculte des Sciences de Monastir, 5000 Monastir (Tunisia)

    2005-06-01

    In this paper, we report a study on the possibility of gettering transition metal impurities from solar grade crystalline silicon (Si). Porous silicon layers were formed by the stain-etching method on both sides of the Si wafer. Aluminum diffusion was done throughout the PS layer in an infrared furnace under a (N{sub 2}/O{sub 2}) controlled atmosphere. This enables to getter eventual metal impurities towards the PS layer. The gettering effect was evaluated by measuring the majority carrier density and mobility and the minority carrier diffusion length (L{sub d}) of the Si substrate. For this purpose, Wander Pauw and Hall Effect measurements together with the Light Beam Induced Current (LBIC) technique were used. We noticed that the best gettering corresponds to a heat treatment at 850 C for 30 min; in that case an evident decrease of the majority carrier density and an enhancement of the mobility were observed. After gettering, we found an apparent improvement of the minority carrier diffusion length. These results give evidence of the effectiveness of external gettering treatments by combining (Al-PS) layer for an efficient gettering effect in solar grade monocrystalline Si. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Enzyme Kinetics by Directly Imaging a Porous Silicon Microfluidic Reactor Using Desorption/Ionization on Silicon Mass Spectrometry

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    Nichols, Kevin P.; Azoz, Seyla; Gardeniers, Han J.G.E.

    2008-01-01

    Enzyme kinetics were obtained in a porous silicon microfluidic channel by combining an enzyme and substrate droplet, allowing them to react and deposit a small amount of residue on the channel walls, and then analyzing this residue by directly ionizing the channel walls using a matrix assisted laser

  9. Fabrication of porous silicon based tunable distributed Bragg reflectors by anodic etching of irradiated silicon

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    Vendamani, V.S. [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046 (India); Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, Puducherry 605014 (India); Dang, Z.Y. [Department of Physics, Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Ramana, P.; Pathak, A.P. [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046 (India); Ravi Kanth Kumar, V.V. [Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, Puducherry 605014 (India); Breese, M.B.H. [Department of Physics, Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Nageswara Rao, S.V.S., E-mail: svnsp@uohyd.ernet.in [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046 (India)

    2015-09-01

    Highlights: • Fabrication of tunable distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) by gamma/ion irradiation of Si and subsequent formation of porous silicon multilayers has been described. • The central wavelength and the width of the stop band are found to decrease with increase in irradiation fluence. • The Si samples irradiated with highest fluence of 2 × 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2} (100 MeV Ag ions) and 60 kGy (gamma) showed a central reflection at λ = 476 nm and 544 nm respectively, in contrast to un-irradiated sample, where λ = 635 nm. • The observed changes in the central wavelengths are attributed to the density of defects generated by gamma and ion irradiation in c-Si. • This study is expected to provide useful information for fabricating tunable wave reflectors for optical communication and other device applications. - Abstract: We report a study on the fabrication of tunable distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) by gamma/ion irradiation of Si and subsequent formation of porous silicon multilayers. Porous Si multilayers with 50 bilayers were designed to achieve high intensity of reflection. The reflection spectra appear to have a broad continuous band between 400 and 800 nm with a distinct central wavelength corresponding to different wave reflectors. The central wavelength and the width of the stop band are found to decrease with increase in irradiation fluence. The Si samples irradiated with highest fluence of 2 × 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2} (100 MeV Ag ions) and 60 kGy (gamma) showed a central reflection at λ = 476 nm and 544 nm respectively, in contrast to un-irradiated sample, where λ = 635 nm. The observed changes are attributed to the density of defects generated by gamma and ion irradiation in c-Si. These results suggest that the gamma irradiation is a convenient and alternative method to tune the central wavelength of reflection without creating high density of defects by high energy ion implantation. This study is expected to provide useful

  10. Comparative study of the biodegradability of porous silicon films in simulated body fluid.

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    Peckham, J; Andrews, G T

    2015-01-01

    The biodegradability of oxidized microporous, mesoporous and macroporous silicon films in a simulated body fluid with ion concentrations similar to those found in human blood plasma were studied using gravimetry. Film dissolution rates were determined by periodically weighing the samples after removal from the fluid. The dissolution rates for microporous silicon were found to be higher than those for mesoporous silicon of comparable porosity. The dissolution rate of macroporous silicon was much lower than that for either microporous or mesoporous silicon. This is attributed to the fact that its specific surface area is much lower than that of microporous and mesoporous silicon. Using an equation adapted from [Surf. Sci. Lett. 306 (1994), L550-L554], the dissolution rate of porous silicon in simulated body fluid can be estimated if the film thickness and specific surface area are known.

  11. Enzyme kinetics by directly imaging a porous silicon microfluidic reactor using desorption/ionization on silicon mass spectrometry.

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    Nichols, Kevin P; Azoz, Seyla; Gardeniers, Han J G E

    2008-11-01

    Enzyme kinetics were obtained in a porous silicon microfluidic channel by combining an enzyme and substrate droplet, allowing them to react and deposit a small amount of residue on the channel walls, and then analyzing this residue by directly ionizing the channel walls using a matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) laser source. The porous silicon of the channel walls functions in a manner analogous to the matrix in MALDI-MS, and is referred to as a desorption/ionization on silicon mass spectrometry (DIOS-MS) target when used in this configuration. Mass spectrometry signal intensity of substrate residue correlates with relative concentration, and position in the microchannel correlates with time, thus allowing determination of kinetic parameters. The system is especially suitable for initial reaction velocity determination. This microreactor is broadly applicable to time-resolved kinetic assays as long as at least one substrate or product of the reaction is ionizable by DIOS-MS.

  12. Gold Nanostructures for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, Prepared by Electrodeposition in Porous Silicon

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    Yukio H. Ogata

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Electrodeposition of gold into porous silicon was investigated. In the present study, porous silicon with ~100 nm in pore diameter, so-called medium-sized pores, was used as template electrode for gold electrodeposition. The growth behavior of gold deposits was studied by scanning electron microscope observation of the gold deposited porous silicon. Gold nanorod arrays with different rod lengths were prepared, and their surface-enhanced Raman scattering properties were investigated. We found that the absorption peak due to the surface plasmon resonance can be tuned by changing the length of the nanorods. The optimum length of the gold nanorods was ~600 nm for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy using a He-Ne laser. The reason why the optimum length of the gold nanorods was 600 nm was discussed by considering the relationship between the absorption peak of surface plasmon resonance and the wavelength of the incident laser for Raman scattering.

  13. Optical properties of multilayered Period-Doubling and Rudin-Shapiro porous silicon dielectric heterostructures

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    Agarwal, V.; Mora-Ramos, Miguel E.; Alvarado-Tenorio, B.

    2009-05-01

    To investigate the optical properties in quasi-regular porous-silicon-based dielectric Period-Doubling and Rudin-Shapiro multilayer systems, we study here the reflection of light from these structures. The Period-Doubling and Rudin-Shapiro structures are fabricated in such a way that the optical thickness of each layer is one quarter of 600 and 640 nm respectively. We find that porous silicon Period-Doubling dielectric multilayers could demonstrate the optical properties similar to the classical periodic Febry-Perot interference filters with one or multiple resonant peaks, but with an advantage of having total optical thickness much lesser than the periodic structures. Additionally, light propagation in porous silicon Rudin-Shapiro structures is investigated for the first time, both theoretically and experimentally. The reflectance spectra of the structures exhibit photonic band gaps centered at predetermined wavelengths. In both cases, numerical simulation of light transmission is performed using transfer matrix method.

  14. Porous silicon photoluminescence modification by colloidal gold nanoparticles: Plasmonic, surface and porosity roles

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    Mora, M.B. de la; Bornacelli, J. [Instituto de Física, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Nava, R. [Centro de Investigación en Energía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Temixco, Morelos 62580 (Mexico); Zanella, R. [Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Reyes-Esqueda, J.A., E-mail: betarina@gmail.com [Instituto de Física, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F. 04510 (Mexico)

    2014-02-15

    Metal nanoparticles on semiconductors are of interest because of the tunable effect of the surface plasmon resonance on the physical properties of the semiconductor. In this work, colloidal gold nanoparticles obtained by two different methods, with an average size of 6.1±2.0 nm and 5.0±2.0 nm, were added to luminescent porous silicon by drop casting. The gold nanoparticles interact with porous silicon by modifying its optical properties such as photoluminescence. That being said, plasmon effects are not the only to be taken into account; as shown in this work, surface chemical modification and porosity also play a key role in the final performance of photoluminescence of a porous silicon–gold nanoparticle hybrid system. -- Highlights: • A hybrid material consisting of porous silicon and gold nanoparticles was fabricated. • Porous silicon/gold nanoparticle hybrid material was made by drop casting. • Influence of plasmonics, surface chemical modification and porosity on the optical behavior of our material was analyzed. • Porosity is proposed as a parameter control to obtain the best effects on luminescence of the hybrid plasmonic material.

  15. Optical and electrical properties of blue-light polyfluorence/porous silicon composites

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    ZHONG Fu-ru; SHI Wei; LV Xiao-yi; JIA Zhen-hong

    2011-01-01

    Optical and electrical properties of composites formed by mixing porous silicon (PS) and poly (9, 9- diocty-2, 7-fiuoreneco4, 4'-butoxydiphenyl) (PFP) have been studied by Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The optical spectra show that porous silicon is incorporated into the polymer without significant change in the polymer properties. The FT-IR spectroscopy has detected the existence of specific interactions, which may be attributed to non-conjugated alkoxy segment. By fitting the current-voltage (Ⅰ-Ⅴ)curve of PFP/PS structure with the modified standard equation, the n factor and I0 are determined.

  16. Instrumentation for Reliably Determining Porous Silicon Photoluminescence Responses to Gaseous Analyte Vapors.

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    Reynard, Justin M; Van Gorder, Nathan S; Richardson, Caley A; Eriacho, Richie D; Bright, Frank V

    2016-12-01

    We report new instrumentation for rapidly and reliably measuring the temperature-dependent photoluminescence response from porous silicon as a function of analyte vapor concentration. The new system maintains the porous silicon under inert conditions and it allows on-the-fly steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence intensity and hyper-spectral measurements between 293 K and 450 K. The new system yields reliable data at least 100-fold faster in comparison to previous instrument platforms. © The Author(s) 2016.

  17. Matrix metalloproteinase sensing via porous silicon microcavity devices functionalized with human antibodies

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    Martin, Marta; Gergely, Csilla [GES-UMR 5650, CNRS, Universite Montpellier 2, Pl. Eugene Bataillon 34095, Montpellier Cedex 5 (France); Taleb Bendiab, Chakib; Massif, Laurent; Cuisinier, Frederic [EA4203, Faculte d' Odontologie, Universite Montpellier 1, Montpellier Cedex 5 (France); Palestino, Gabriela [Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Av. Salvador Nava 6, 78000 San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Agarwal, Vivechana [CIICAP, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos, Av. Universidad 1001, Col Chamilpa, Cuernavaca, Mor. (Mexico)

    2011-06-15

    Porous silicon microcavity (PSiMc) structures were used as support material for specific sensing of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). For lower concentrations of MMP-8, the structures were tested with two types of functionalization methods. Silanization of the oxidized porous silicon structures, followed by glutaraldehyde chemistry was found to give very inconsistent results. The use of biotinilated bovine serum albumin linked to the naked PSiMc was found to be an alternative method to attach the anti MMP-8 human antibody, previously modified with streptavidin, which was further used to sense MMP-8 (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  18. Large Frequency Range of Photonic Band Gaps on Porous Silicon Heterostructures for Infrared Applications

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    Manzanares-Martinez, J; Archuleta-Garcia, R; Moctezuma-Enriquez, D

    2010-01-01

    In this work we show theoretically that it is possible to design a large band gap in the infrared range using a one-dimensional Photonic Crystal heterostructure made of porous silicon. Stacking together multiple photonic crystal substructures of the same contrast index, but of different lattice periods, it is possible to broad the narrow forbidden band gap that can be reached by the low contrast index of the porous silicon multilayers. The main idea in this work is that we can construct a Giant Photonic Band Gap -as large as desired- by combining a tandem of photonic crystals substructures by using a simple analytical rule to determine the period of each substructure.

  19. Study on a vapor sensor based on the optical properties of porous silicon microcavities

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    ZHANG Le-xin; ZHANG Ran; LI Zhi-quan

    2007-01-01

    In this paper,we set up a sensing model of PSMs(porous silicon microcavities)by applying the Bruggeman effective medium approximation theory and the transfer matrix method.In addition,we explain in detail the adsorption characteristics of porous silicon.Finally,using an experimental setup to measure the reflectivity spectrum of PSMs when the sensor is exposed to different organic vapors,the experimental results prove that it is a feasible optical sensor for the detection of organic species.Resolution of the PSMs sensor is high,response time and resume time is short and repetition is good.

  20. An Approach for Preparation of Porous Silicon/Rare Earth Hybrid——Immersion Method

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    ZHANG Xiaoxia; CHEN Ning; SHI Jianxin; GONG Menglian; ZHANG Jianhua; WANG Di

    2009-01-01

    A simple but effective doping method,immersion method,was presented.Rare earth complexes[Na_3Tb(DPA)_3·9H_2O and Na_3Eu(DPA)_3·9H_2O]were introduced into porous silicon(PS),where H_2DPA is 2,6-dicarboxy pyridine acid.Rare earths were proved to dope into PS effectively by photoluminescence(PL)and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy(EDS).And the prepared hybrid samples of PS/RE were found to emit intense room-temperature red and green luminescence while the luminescence of porous silicon are almost thoroughly quenched.

  1. Particulate-free porous silicon networks for efficient capacitive deionization water desalination

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    Metke, Thomas; Westover, Andrew S.; Carter, Rachel; Oakes, Landon; Douglas, Anna; Pint, Cary L.

    2016-01-01

    Energy efficient water desalination processes employing low-cost and earth-abundant materials is a critical step to sustainably manage future human needs for clean water resources. Here we demonstrate that porous silicon – a material harnessing earth abundance, cost, and environmental/biological compatibility is a candidate material for water desalination. With appropriate surface passivation of the porous silicon material to prevent surface corrosion in aqueous environments, we show that porous silicon templates can enable salt removal in capacitive deionization (CDI) ranging from 0.36% by mass at the onset from fresh to brackish water (10 mM, or 0.06% salinity) to 0.52% in ocean water salt concentrations (500 mM, or ~0.3% salinity). This is on par with reports of most carbon nanomaterial based CDI systems based on particulate electrodes and covers the full salinity range required of a CDI system with a total ocean-to-fresh water required energy input of ~1.45 Wh/L. The use of porous silicon for CDI enables new routes to directly couple water desalination technology with microfluidic systems and photovoltaics that natively use silicon materials, while mitigating adverse effects of water contamination occurring from nanoparticulate-based CDI electrodes. PMID:27101809

  2. Optical and microstructural characterization of porous silicon using photoluminescence, SEM and positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Cheung, C K [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Nahid, F [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Cheng, C C [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Beling, C D [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Fung, S [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Ling, C C [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Djurisic, A B [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Pramanik, C [Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India); Saha, H [Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India); Sarkar, C K [Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2007-12-05

    We have studied the dependence of porous silicon morphology and porosity on fabrication conditions. N-type (100) silicon wafers with resistivity of 2-5 {omega} cm were electrochemically etched at various current densities and anodization times. Surface morphology and the thickness of the samples were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Detailed information of the porous silicon layer morphology with variation of preparation conditions was obtained by positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS): the depth-defect profile and open pore interconnectivity on the sample surface has been studied using a slow positron beam. Coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopy (CDBS) was used to study the chemical environment of the samples. The presence of silicon micropores with diameter varying from 1.37 to 1.51 nm was determined by positron lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). Visible luminescence from the samples was observed, which is considered to be a combination effect of quantum confinement and the effect of Si = O double bond formation near the SiO{sub 2}/Si interface according to the results from photoluminescence (PL) and positron annihilation spectroscopy measurements. The work shows that the study of the positronium formed when a positron is implanted into the porous surface provides valuable information on the pore distribution and open pore interconnectivity, which suggests that positron annihilation spectroscopy is a useful tool in the porous silicon micropores' characterization.

  3. Particulate-free porous silicon networks for efficient capacitive deionization water desalination.

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    Metke, Thomas; Westover, Andrew S; Carter, Rachel; Oakes, Landon; Douglas, Anna; Pint, Cary L

    2016-04-22

    Energy efficient water desalination processes employing low-cost and earth-abundant materials is a critical step to sustainably manage future human needs for clean water resources. Here we demonstrate that porous silicon - a material harnessing earth abundance, cost, and environmental/biological compatibility is a candidate material for water desalination. With appropriate surface passivation of the porous silicon material to prevent surface corrosion in aqueous environments, we show that porous silicon templates can enable salt removal in capacitive deionization (CDI) ranging from 0.36% by mass at the onset from fresh to brackish water (10 mM, or 0.06% salinity) to 0.52% in ocean water salt concentrations (500 mM, or ~0.3% salinity). This is on par with reports of most carbon nanomaterial based CDI systems based on particulate electrodes and covers the full salinity range required of a CDI system with a total ocean-to-fresh water required energy input of ~1.45 Wh/L. The use of porous silicon for CDI enables new routes to directly couple water desalination technology with microfluidic systems and photovoltaics that natively use silicon materials, while mitigating adverse effects of water contamination occurring from nanoparticulate-based CDI electrodes.

  4. Particulate-free porous silicon networks for efficient capacitive deionization water desalination

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    Metke, Thomas; Westover, Andrew S.; Carter, Rachel; Oakes, Landon; Douglas, Anna; Pint, Cary L.

    2016-04-01

    Energy efficient water desalination processes employing low-cost and earth-abundant materials is a critical step to sustainably manage future human needs for clean water resources. Here we demonstrate that porous silicon – a material harnessing earth abundance, cost, and environmental/biological compatibility is a candidate material for water desalination. With appropriate surface passivation of the porous silicon material to prevent surface corrosion in aqueous environments, we show that porous silicon templates can enable salt removal in capacitive deionization (CDI) ranging from 0.36% by mass at the onset from fresh to brackish water (10 mM, or 0.06% salinity) to 0.52% in ocean water salt concentrations (500 mM, or ~0.3% salinity). This is on par with reports of most carbon nanomaterial based CDI systems based on particulate electrodes and covers the full salinity range required of a CDI system with a total ocean-to-fresh water required energy input of ~1.45 Wh/L. The use of porous silicon for CDI enables new routes to directly couple water desalination technology with microfluidic systems and photovoltaics that natively use silicon materials, while mitigating adverse effects of water contamination occurring from nanoparticulate-based CDI electrodes.

  5. Electrochemical deposition of zinc selenide and cadmium selenide onto porous silicon from aqueous acidic solutions

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    Chubenko, E.B., E-mail: eugene.chubenko@gmail.co [Department of Micro and Nanoelectronics, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Minsk 220013 (Belarus); Klyshko, A.A.; Petrovich, V.A.; Bondarenko, V.P. [Department of Micro and Nanoelectronics, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Minsk 220013 (Belarus)

    2009-09-01

    An electrochemical deposition process of ZnSe and CdSe compound semiconductors from aqueous acidic solutions onto silicon substrates with porous silicon layers formed on their surfaces was studied by the voltammetry method. The experimental data obtained were compared with the deposition data onto metal and silicon substrates, and the optimal conditions for the binary compound deposition onto porous silicon were determined. Semiconductor films deposited were studied by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, and X-ray microanalysis. The films are shown to have the crystalline structure and a nearly stoichiometric composition with a minor Se excess. Further annealing in air for 15 min allowed the Se concentration to be decreased.

  6. Ultrafast triggered transient energy storage by atomic layer deposition into porous silicon for integrated transient electronics

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    Douglas, Anna; Muralidharan, Nitin; Carter, Rachel; Share, Keith; Pint, Cary L.

    2016-03-01

    Here we demonstrate the first on-chip silicon-integrated rechargeable transient power source based on atomic layer deposition (ALD) coating of vanadium oxide (VOx) into porous silicon. A stable specific capacitance above 20 F g-1 is achieved until the device is triggered with alkaline solutions. Due to the rational design of the active VOx coating enabled by ALD, transience occurs through a rapid disabling step that occurs within seconds, followed by full dissolution of all active materials within 30 minutes of the initial trigger. This work demonstrates how engineered materials for energy storage can provide a basis for next-generation transient systems and highlights porous silicon as a versatile scaffold to integrate transient energy storage into transient electronics.Here we demonstrate the first on-chip silicon-integrated rechargeable transient power source based on atomic layer deposition (ALD) coating of vanadium oxide (VOx) into porous silicon. A stable specific capacitance above 20 F g-1 is achieved until the device is triggered with alkaline solutions. Due to the rational design of the active VOx coating enabled by ALD, transience occurs through a rapid disabling step that occurs within seconds, followed by full dissolution of all active materials within 30 minutes of the initial trigger. This work demonstrates how engineered materials for energy storage can provide a basis for next-generation transient systems and highlights porous silicon as a versatile scaffold to integrate transient energy storage into transient electronics. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: (i) Experimental details for ALD and material fabrication, ellipsometry film thickness, preparation of gel electrolyte and separator, details for electrochemical measurements, HRTEM image of VOx coated porous silicon, Raman spectroscopy for VOx as-deposited as well as annealed in air for 1 hour at 450 °C, SEM and transient behavior dissolution tests of uniformly coated VOx on

  7. Nano-hydroxyapatite colloid suspension coated on chemically modified porous silicon by cathodic bias: a suitable surface for cell culture

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    Sanchez, Alejandra [Escuela de Quimica, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2060 (Costa Rica); Centro de Electroquimica y Energia Quimica de la Universidad de Costa Rica (CELEQ), Universidad de Costa Rica, 2060 (Costa Rica); Gonzalez, Jerson [Escuela de Quimica, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2060 (Costa Rica); Garcia-Pineres, Alfonso [Escuela de Quimica, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2060 (Costa Rica); Centro de Investigacion en Biologia Celular y Molecular (CIBCM), Universidad de Costa Rica, 2060 (Costa Rica); Montero, Mavis L. [Escuela de Quimica, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2060 (Costa Rica); Centro de Electroquimica y Energia Quimica de la Universidad de Costa Rica (CELEQ), Universidad de Costa Rica, 2060 (Costa Rica); Centro de Ciencia e Ingenieria en Materiales (CICIMA), Universidad de Costa Rica, 2060 (Costa Rica)

    2011-06-15

    The properties of porous silicon make it an interesting material for biological applications. However, porous silicon is not an appropriate surface for cell growth. Surface modification is an alternative that could afford a bioactive material. In this work, we report a method to yield materials by modification of the porous silicon surface with hydroxyapatite of nanometric dimensions, produced using an electrochemical process and coated on macroporous silicon substrates by cathodic bias. The chemical nature of the calcium phosphate deposited on the substrates after the experimental process and the amount of cell growth on these surfaces were characterized. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Gettering of transition metals by porous silicon in epitaxial silicon solar cells

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    Radhakrishnan, Hariharsudan Sivaramakrishnan; Mertens, Robert; Poortmans, Jef [IMEC vzw, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium); Department of Electrical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium); Ahn, Chihak; Cowern, Nick [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne (United Kingdom); Van Hoeymissen, Jan; Dross, Frederic [IMEC vzw, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium); Van Nieuwenhuysen, Kris; Gordon, Ivan [Department of Electrical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium)

    2012-10-15

    Epitaxial silicon solar cells (''epicells'') are based on an epitaxial active layer (''epilayer'') grown on top of a low-cost, inactive p{sup +} silicon substrate. A key challenge is to mitigate transition metal out-diffusion from the low-purity substrate into the active layer. An embedded porous silicon (PSi) layer can be used to getter metals within the substrate. This was studied theoretically using density functional theory where large binding energies ({proportional_to}1.9-2.2 eV) for metal segregation to PSi void surface were calculated for Fe and Cu. Incorporating this in a diffusion model yielded large gettering coefficients of {proportional_to}10{sup 4} even at 1000 C. To verify this experimentally, a test structure consisting of a 2-{mu}m thick epilayer grown on top of an 8.5 x 8.5 cm{sup 2} area of re-organized PSi etched into the middle of an 8'' Cz, p{sup +} wafer was used. These wafers were surface-contaminated with metals (Fe, Ni, Cu) to {proportional_to}10{sup 14}-10{sup 15} cm{sup -2} and annealed at high temperatures (950-1000 C) for up to 15 min. This allowed the metals to distribute throughout the wafer and getter to preferential sites. Direct total reflection X-ray fluorescence mapping of Cu on the front side showed that the embedded PSi reduced the amount of Cu reaching the top surface by {proportional_to}10{sup 3} times, compared to the areas without PSi. Moreover, SIMS depth profiling revealed large metal concentrations (10{sup 18}-10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}) in the depth associated with PSi, while the metal concentrations were below detection limits in the surrounding area, suggesting a gettering coefficient of {proportional_to}10{sup 3}-10{sup 4}. A slow cooling rate and smaller pore radii were also found to be beneficial for gettering. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  9. Role of an Oxidant Mixture as Surface Modifier of Porous Silicon Microstructures Evaluated by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry.

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    Montiel-González, Zeuz; Escobar, Salvador; Nava, Rocío; del Río, J Antonio; Tagüeña-Martínez, Julia

    2016-04-21

    Current research on porous silicon includes the construction of complex structures with luminescent and/or photonic properties. However, their preparation with both characteristics is still challenging. Recently, our group reported a possible method to achieve that by adding an oxidant mixture to the electrolyte used to produce porous silicon. This mixture can chemically modify their microstructure by changing the thickness and surface passivation of the pore walls. In this work, we prepared a series of samples (with and without oxidant mixture) and we evaluated the structural differences through their scanning electron micrographs and their optical properties determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry. The results showed that ellipsometry is sensitive to slight variations in the porous silicon structure, caused by changes in their preparation. The fitting process, based on models constructed from the features observed in the micrographs, allowed us to see that the mayor effect of the oxidant mixture is on samples of high porosity, where the surface oxidation strongly contributes to the skeleton thinning during the electrochemical etching. This suggests the existence of a porosity threshold for the action of the oxidant mixture. These results could have a significant impact on the design of complex porous silicon structures for different optoelectronic applications.

  10. Effect of a cracked surface of porous silicon on the behaviour of the acoustic signature

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    Bouhedja Samia

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available We study in this work the effect of a crack, located on the porous silicon, Psi, surface on the propagation of Rayleigh waves. We simulate and analyse the acoustic signature V(z according porosity at 142 MHz, to study the microstructure of PSi around the crack.

  11. Fluorescence quenching in luminescent porous silicon nanoparticles for the detection of intracellular Cu2+.

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    Xia, Bing; Zhang, Wenyi; Shi, Jisen; Xiao, Shoujun

    2013-07-01

    After microwave-induced hydrosilylation reaction with 10-undecenoic acid, luminescent porous silicon nanoparticles (LPSiNPs) showed excellent fluorescence stability under physiological conditions. Fluorescence quenching in as-prepared LPSiNPs was highly sensitive with the concentration of Cu(2+) at μmol L(-1) level, which could be further applied to the detection of intracellular Cu(2+).

  12. Enzyme biosensor systems based on porous silicon photoluminescence for detection of glucose, urea and heavy metals.

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    Syshchyk, Olga; Skryshevsky, Valeriy A; Soldatkin, Oleksandr O; Soldatkin, Alexey P

    2015-04-15

    A phenomenon of changes in photoluminescence of porous silicon at variations in medium pH is proposed to be used as a basis for the biosensor system development. The method of conversion of a biochemical signal into an optical one is applied for direct determination of glucose and urea as well as for inhibitory analysis of heavy metal ions. Changes in the quantum yield of porous silicon photoluminescence occur at varying pH of the tested solution due to the enzyme-substrate reaction. When creating the biosensor systems, the enzymes urease and glucose oxidase (GOD) were used as a bioselective material; their optimal concentrations were experimentally determined. It was shown that the photoluminescence intensity of porous silicon increased by 1.7 times when increasing glucose concentration in the GOD-containing reaction medium from 0 to 3.0mM, and decreased by 1.45 times at the same increase in the urea concentration in the urease-containing reaction medium. The calibration curves of dependence of the biosensor system responses on the substrate concentrations are presented. It is shown that the presence of heavy metal ions (Cu(2+), Pb(2+), and Cd(2+)) in the tested solution causes an inhibition of the enzymatic reactions catalyzed by glucose oxidase and urease, which results in a restoration of the photoluminescence quantum yield of porous silicon. It is proposed to use this effect for the inhibitory analysis of heavy metal ions. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Passivation of the surface of rear contact solar cells by porous silicon

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    Nichiporuk, O. [Radiophysics Department, Taras Shevchenko National University, 64 Vladimirskaya, 01033, Kiev (Ukraine) and Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere, UMR 5511, INSA de Lyon, Bat. Blaise Pascal, 7 avenue Jean Capelle, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)]. E-mail: oleksiy.nichiporuk@insa-lyon.fr; Kaminski, A. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere, UMR 5511, INSA de Lyon, Bat. Blaise Pascal, 7 avenue Jean Capelle, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Lemiti, M. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere, UMR 5511, INSA de Lyon, Bat. Blaise Pascal, 7 avenue Jean Capelle, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Fave, A. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere, UMR 5511, INSA de Lyon, Bat. Blaise Pascal, 7 avenue Jean Capelle, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Litvinenko, S. [Radiophysics Department, Taras Shevchenko National University, 64 Vladimirskaya, 01033, Kiev (Ukraine); Skryshevsky, V. [Radiophysics Department, Taras Shevchenko National University, 64 Vladimirskaya, 01033, Kiev (Ukraine)

    2006-07-26

    In this paper we analyse the passivation of the front surface of p-Si interdigitated rear contacts solar cell (IBC) by a thin porous silicon (PS) layer. Effectively, an efficiency improvement of 87% in relative was observed after porous silicon layer formation on the front surface of the IBC cell. The origin of surface passivation by the PS layer was studied by Laser Beam Induced Current (LBIC) method. The front surface of rear contacts cell with thin porous silicon layer was scanned by a modulated red laser beam in presence of a permanent light with different wavelengths and intensities. It was shown that without permanent illumination, the photocurrent of the cell with PS layer is very low, even lower than for a cell with unpassivated surface. However with short permanent wavelength illumination a strong increase of photocurrent was observed (8-10 times{exclamation_point}). The light-dependent porous silicon passivation phenomenon is explained by a significant negative charge accumulation at the PS/p-Si interface traps under illumination. This leads to the formation of a hi-low (p{sup +}/p) junction at the front surface of the cell and to the reduction of the front surface recombination rate, like in Front Surface Field Solar Cell.

  14. Coupled confinement effect on the photoluminescence and electrical transport in porous silicon

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    Ciurea, M.L. E-mail: ciurea@alpha1.infim.ro; Draghici, M.; Iancu, V.; Reshotko, M.; Balberg, I

    2003-05-01

    In this paper we report correlations between the structure, the photoluminescence and the transport properties of luminescent porous silicon. These correlations combined with the observed temperature dependence of tunneling characteristics yield quite a wholesome (pea-pod-like) model for this system.

  15. Correlation between porosity and roughness as obtained by porous silicon nano surface scattering spectrum

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    R Dariani

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Reflection spectra of four porous silicon samples under etching times of 2, 6, 10, and 14 min with current density of 10 mA/cm2 were measured. Reflection spectra behaviors for all samples were the same, but their intensities were different and decreased by increasing the etching time. The similar behavior of reflection spectra could be attributed to the electrolyte solution concentration which was the same during fabrication and reduction of reflection spectrum due to the reduction of particle size. Also, the region for the lowest intensity at reflection spectra was related to porous silicon energy gap which shows blue shift for porous silicon energy gap. Roughness study of porous silicon samples was done by scattering spectra measurements, Rayleigh criteria, and Davis-Bennet equation. Scattering spectra of the samples were measured at 10, 15, and 20 degrees by using spectrophotometer. Reflected light intensity reduced by increasing the scattering angle except for the normal scattering which agreed with Rayleigh criteria. Also, our results showed that by increasing the etching time, porosity (sizes and numbers of pores increases and therefore light absorption increases and scattering from surface reduces. But since scattering varies with the observation scale (wavelength, the relationship between scattering and porosity differs by varying the observation scale (wavelength

  16. Biomimetic mineralization of calcium phosphate on a functionalizaed porous silicon carbide biomaterial

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    Dey, A.; Hoogen, van de C.J.; Rosso, M.; Lousberg, N.J.H.G.M.; Hendrix, M.M.R.M.; Friedrich, H.; Ramirez Rico, J.; Zuilhof, H.; With, de G.; Sommerdijk, N.A.J.M.

    2012-01-01

    Porous biomorphic silicon carbide (bioSiC) is a structurally realistic, high-strength, and biocompatible material which is promising for application in load-bearing implants. The deposition of an osteoconductive coating is essential for further improvement of its integration with the surrounding

  17. Biomimetic mineralization of calcium phosphate on a functionalizaed porous silicon carbide biomaterial

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    Dey, A.; Hoogen, van de C.J.; Rosso, M.; Lousberg, N.J.H.G.M.; Hendrix, M.M.R.M.; Friedrich, H.; Ramirez Rico, J.; Zuilhof, H.; With, de G.; Sommerdijk, N.A.J.M.

    2012-01-01

    Porous biomorphic silicon carbide (bioSiC) is a structurally realistic, high-strength, and biocompatible material which is promising for application in load-bearing implants. The deposition of an osteoconductive coating is essential for further improvement of its integration with the surrounding tis

  18. Porous silicon as an internal reflector in thin epitaxial solar cells

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    Kuzma-Filipek, I.; Duerinckx, F.; Nieuwenhuysen, K. van; Beaucarne, G.; Poortmans, J.; Mertens, R. [IMEC vzw, Leuven (Belgium)

    2007-05-15

    Thin film epitaxial silicon solar cells are considered a near future alternative to bulk silicon solar cells. However due to the limited thickness of the active layer they require efficient light trapping. Therefore we propose the development and implementation of such light confinement by means of a porous silicon (PS) intermediate reflector at the epi/substrate interface. The formation of the reflector is done by electrochemical etching of a highly doped Si substrate into a multilayer stack (Bragg-optical reflector), and is followed by epitaxial deposition of the active layer. The implementation of the PS reflector however requires detailed analysis of many problematic issues, foremost the optical optimisation of the stack for internal reflection at the Si/PS/Si interface. Other topics include the pore rearrangement during high-temperature CVD as well as the quality of the epitaxial layer grown on porous silicon. Another challenge is the resistance within the PS layers. For that purpose, SRP (Spreading Resistance Probe) and resistance measurements were performed to determine the conductive properties of rearranged PS. First cells with a 9-layer porous silicon reflector gave a very promising efficiency of 13.5% which is 1.5% higher compared to cells without internal reflector. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  19. Size Control of Porous Silicon-Based Nanoparticles via Pore-Wall Thinning.

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    Secret, Emilie; Leonard, Camille; Kelly, Stefan J; Uhl, Amanda; Cozzan, Clayton; Andrew, Jennifer S

    2016-02-02

    Photoluminescent silicon nanocrystals are very attractive for biomedical and electronic applications. Here a new process is presented to synthesize photoluminescent silicon nanocrystals with diameters smaller than 6 nm from a porous silicon template. These nanoparticles are formed using a pore-wall thinning approach, where the as-etched porous silicon layer is partially oxidized to silica, which is dissolved by a hydrofluoric acid solution, decreasing the pore-wall thickness. This decrease in pore-wall thickness leads to a corresponding decrease in the size of the nanocrystals that make up the pore walls, resulting in the formation of smaller nanoparticles during sonication of the porous silicon. Particle diameters were measured using dynamic light scattering, and these values were compared with the nanocrystallite size within the pore wall as determined from X-ray diffraction. Additionally, an increase in the quantum confinement effect is observed for these particles through an increase in the photoluminescence intensity of the nanoparticles compared with the as-etched nanoparticles, without the need for a further activation step by oxidation after synthesis.

  20. Preparation of porous n-type silicon sample plates for desorption/ionization on silicon mass spectrometry (DIOS-MS).

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    Tuomikoski, S; Huikko, K; Grigoras, K; Ostman, P; Kostiainen, R; Baumann, M; Abian, J; Kotiaho, T; Franssila, S

    2002-11-01

    This study focuses on porous silicon (pSi) fabrication methods and properties for desorption ionization on silicon mass spectrometry (DIOS-MS). PSi was prepared using electrochemical etching of n-type silicon in HF-ethanol solution. Porous areas were defined by a double-sided illumination arrangement: front-side porous areas were masked by a stencil mask, eliminating the need for standard photolithography, and backside illumination was used for the backside ohmic contact. Backside illumination improved the uniformity of the porosified areas. Porosification conditions, surface derivatizations and storage conditions were explored to optimize pSi area, pore size and pore depth. Chemical derivatization of the pSi surfaces improved the DIOS-MS performance providing better ionization efficiency and signal stability with lower laser energy. Droplet spreading and drying patterns on pSi were also examined. Pore sizes of 50-200 nm were found to be optimal for droplet evaporation and pore filling with the sample liquid, as measured by DIOS efficiency. With DIOS, significantly better detection sensitivity was obtained (e.g. 150 fmol for midazolam) than with desorption ionization from a standard MALDI steel plate without matrix addition (30 pmol for midazolam). Also the noise that disturbs the detection of low-molecular weight compounds at m/z < 500 with MALDI could be clearly reduced with DIOS. Low background MS spectra and good detection sensitivity at the 100-150 fmol level for pharmaceutical compounds were achieved with DIOS-MS.

  1. Surface Characteristics and Catalytic Activity of Copper Deposited Porous Silicon Powder

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    Muhammad Yusri Abdul Halim

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Porous structured silicon or porous silicon (PS powder was prepared by chemical etching of silicon powder in an etchant solution of HF: HNO3: H2O (1:3:5 v/v. An immersion time of 4 min was sufficient for depositing Cu metal from an aqueous solution of CuSO4 in the presence of HF. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM analysis revealed that the Cu particles aggregated upon an increase in metal content from 3.3 wt% to 9.8 wt%. H2-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR profiles reveal that re-oxidation of the Cu particles occurs after deposition. Furthermore, the profiles denote the existence of various sizes of Cu metal on the PS. The Cu-PS powders show excellent catalytic reduction on the p-nitrophenol regardless of the Cu loadings.

  2. In situ luminescence and IR study of porous silicon during and after anodic oxidation

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    Dubin, V.M. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, F-91128 Palaiseau Cedex (France); Ozanam, F. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, F-91128 Palaiseau Cedex (France); Chazalviel, J.N. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, F-91128 Palaiseau Cedex (France)

    1995-01-15

    When porous silicon is transferred into a non-fluoride electrolyte and anodically oxidized, the onset of red electroluminescence during anodic oxidation appears correlated with a decrease in the OH IR absorption bands, indicating significant electrolyte removal from the pores. The electron states whose population is affected by carrier injection or light excitation have been investigated using in situ electromodulated or photomodulated IR spectroscopy. The modulated IR absorption of red-luminescent electro-oxidized porous silicon exhibits an extra absorption of localized carriers in the 1000-2500cm{sup -1} region, suggesting that the red luminescence occurs through carriers trapped in localized states. The localization process may be efficiently affected by the dielectric constant of the medium surrounding the silicon nanocrystallites. ((orig.))

  3. Porous silicon nanowire arrays decorated by Ag nanoparticles for surface enhanced Raman scattering study

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    Su, L.; Xu, H. J.; Chan, Y. F.; Sun, X. M.

    2012-02-01

    A large scale and highly ordered Ag nanoparticle-decorated porous silicon nanowire array was fabricated for a uniform and reproducible surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. The overall process for the proposed structure is simple and reliable with the use of only chemical etching and metal reduction processes. The SERS sensitivity of the novel substrate as low as 10-16 M for rhodamine 6G (R6G) and the Raman enhancement factor as high as 10^14 were obtained. The excellent SERS performances were mainly attributed to the strong local electromagnetic effect which is associated with the formation of large-quantity Ag nanoparticles on porous silicon nanowire array and the existence of semiconductor silicon nanowires. Significantly, the quadratic relation between the logarithmic concentrations and the logarithmic integrated Raman peak intensities provided quantitative detection of R6G. Our results open new possibilities for applying SERS to trace detection of low-concentration biomolecules.

  4. A Microsystem Based on Porous Silicon-Glass Anodic Bonding for Gas and Liquid Optical Sensing

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    De Stefano, Luca; Malecki, Krzysztof; Della Corte, Francesco G.; Moretti, Luigi; Rea, Ilaria; Rotiroti, Lucia; Rendina, Ivo

    2006-01-01

    We have recently presented an integrated silicon-glass opto-chemical sensor for lab-on-chip applications, based on porous silicon and anodic bonding technologies. In this work, we have optically characterized the sensor response on exposure to vapors of several organic compounds by means of reflectivity measurements. The interaction between the porous silicon, which acts as transducer layer, and the organic vapors fluxed into the glass sealed microchamber, is preserved by the fabrication process, resulting in optical path increase, due to the capillary condensation of the vapors into the pores. Using the Bruggemann theory, we have calculated the filled pores volume for each substance. The sensor dynamic has been described by time-resolved measurements: due to the analysis chamber miniaturization, the response time is only of 2 s. All these results have been compared with data acquired on the same PSi structure before the anodic bonding process.

  5. High efficiency back-contact back-junction thin-film monocrystalline silicon solar cells from the porous silicon process

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    Haase, F.; Kajari-Schröder, S.; Brendel, R.

    2013-11-01

    This work demonstrates the fabrication of a 45 μm thick back-contact back-junction thin-film monocrystalline silicon solar cell from the porous silicon process with an energy conversion efficiency of 18.9%. We demonstrate an efficiency improvement of 5.4% absolute compared to our prior record of 13.5% for back-contact back-junction thin-film monocrystalline silicon solar cells. This increase in efficiency is achieved by reducing the recombination at the base contact using a back surface field and by increasing the generation with a front texture. We investigate the loss mechanisms in the cell using finite element simulations. A free energy loss analysis based on experiments and simulations determines the dominating loss mechanisms. The efficiency loss by base recombination is 0.8% absolute and the loss by base contact recombination is 0.5% absolute in the 18.9% efficiency cell.

  6. The Compatibility of Hepatocytes with Chemically Modified Porous Silicon with Reference to In Vitro Biosensors

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    Alvarez, Sara D.; Derfus, Austin M.; Schwartz, Michael P.; Bhatia, Sangeeta N.; Sailor, Michael J.

    2008-01-01

    Porous Si is a nanostructured material that is of interest for molecular and cell-based biosensing, drug delivery, and tissue engineering applications. Surface chemistry is an important factor determining the stability of porous Si in aqueous media, its affinity for various biomolecular species, and its compatibility with tissues. In this study, the attachment and viability of a primary cell type to porous Si samples containing various surface chemistries is reported, and the ability of the porous Si films to retain their optical reflectivity properties relevant to molecular biosensing is assessed. Four chemical species grafted to the porous Si surface are studied: silicon oxide (via ozone oxidation), dodecyl (via hydrosilylation with dodecene), undecanoic acid (via hydrosilylation with undecylenic acid), and oligo(ethylene) glycol (via hydrosilylation with undecylenic acid followed by an oligo(ethylene) glycol coupling reaction). Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and contact angle measurements are used to characterize the surface. Adhesion and short-term viability of primary rat hepatocytes on these surfaces, with and without pre-adsorption of collagen type I, are assessed using vital dyes (calcein-AM and ethidium homodimer I). Cell viability on undecanoic acid-terminated porous Si, oxide-terminated porous Si, and oxide-terminated flat (non-porous) Si are monitored by quantification of albumin production over the course of 8 days. The stability of porous Si thin films after 8 days in cell culture is probed by measuring the optical interferometric reflectance spectra. Results show that hepatocytes adhere better to surfaces coated with collagen, and that chemical modification does not exert a deleterious effect on primary rat hepatocytes. The hydrosilylation chemistry greatly improves the stability of porous Si in contact with cultured primary cells while allowing cell coverage levels comparable to standard culture preparations on tissue culture

  7. In Situ and Ex Situ TEM Study of Lithiation Behaviours of Porous Silicon Nanostructures.

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    Shen, Chenfei; Ge, Mingyuan; Luo, Langli; Fang, Xin; Liu, Yihang; Zhang, Anyi; Rong, Jiepeng; Wang, Chongmin; Zhou, Chongwu

    2016-08-30

    In this work, we study the lithiation behaviours of both porous silicon (Si) nanoparticles and porous Si nanowires by in situ and ex situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and compare them with solid Si nanoparticles and nanowires. The in situ TEM observation reveals that the critical fracture diameter of porous Si particles reaches up to 1.52 μm, which is much larger than the previously reported 150 nm for crystalline Si nanoparticles and 870 nm for amorphous Si nanoparticles. After full lithiation, solid Si nanoparticles and nanowires transform to crystalline Li15Si4 phase while porous Si nanoparticles and nanowires transform to amorphous LixSi phase, which is due to the effect of domain size on the stability of Li15Si4 as revealed by the first-principle molecular dynamic simulation. Ex situ TEM characterization is conducted to further investigate the structural evolution of porous and solid Si nanoparticles during the cycling process, which confirms that the porous Si nanoparticles exhibit better capability to suppress pore evolution than solid Si nanoparticles. The investigation of structural evolution and phase transition of porous Si nanoparticles and nanowires during the lithiation process reveal that they are more desirable as lithium-ion battery anode materials than solid Si nanoparticles and nanowires.

  8. In Situ and Ex Situ TEM Study of Lithiation Behaviours of Porous Silicon Nanostructures

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    Shen, Chenfei; Ge, Mingyuan; Luo, Langli; Fang, Xin; Liu, Yihang; Zhang, Anyi; Rong, Jiepeng; Wang, Chongmin; Zhou, Chongwu

    2016-08-30

    In this work, we study the lithiation behaviours of both porous silicon (Si) nanoparticles and porous Si nanowires by in situ and ex situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and compare them with solid Si nanoparticles and nanowires. The in situ TEM observation reveals that the critical fracture diameter of porous Si particles reaches up to 1.52 μm, which is much larger than the previously reported 150 nm for crystalline Si nanoparticles and 870 nm for amorphous Si nanoparticles. After full lithiation, solid Si nanoparticles and nanowires transform to crystalline Li15Si4 phase while porous Si nanoparticles and nanowires transform to amorphous LixSi phase, which is due to the effect of domain size on the stability of Li15Si4 as revealed by the first-principle molecular dynamic simulation. Ex situ TEM characterization is conducted to further investigate the structural evolution of porous and solid Si nanoparticles during the cycling process, which confirms that the porous Si nanoparticles exhibit better capability to suppress pore evolution than solid Si nanoparticles. The investigation of structural evolution and phase transition of porous Si nanoparticles and nanowires during the lithiation process reveal that they are more desirable as lithium-ion battery anode materials than solid Si nanoparticles and nanowires.

  9. ZnO nanocoral reef grown on porous silicon substrates without catalyst

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    Abdulgafour, H.I., E-mail: hind_alshaikh@yahoo.com [School of Physics, University Sains Malaysia 11800 Penang (Malaysia); Yam, F.K.; Hassan, Z.; AL-Heuseen, K.; Jawad, M.J. [School of Physics, University Sains Malaysia 11800 Penang (Malaysia)

    2011-05-05

    Research highlights: > Porous silicon (PS) technology is utilized to grow coral reef-like ZnO nanostructures on the surface of Si substrates. > Flower-like aligned ZnO nanorods are fabricated directly onto the silicon substrates through zinc powder evaporation using a simple thermal evaporation method without a catalyst for comparison. > The PL spectra show that for ZnO nanocoral reefs the UV emission shifts slightly towards lower frequency. > This non-catalyst growth technique on the rough surface of substrates may have potential applications in the fabrication of nanoelectronic and nanooptical devices. - Abstract: Porous silicon (PS) technology is utilized to grow coral reef-like ZnO nanostructures on the surface of Si substrates with rough morphology. Flower-like aligned ZnO nanorods are also fabricated directly onto the silicon substrates through zinc powder evaporation using a simple thermal evaporation method without a catalyst for comparison. The characteristics of these nanostructures are investigated using field-emission scanning electron microscopy, grazing-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), and photoluminescence (PL) measurements of structures grown on both Si and porous Si substrates. The texture coefficient obtained from the XRD spectra indicates that the coral reef-like nanostructures are highly oriented on the porous silicon substrate with decreasing nanorods length and diameter from 800-900 nm to 3.5-5.5 {mu}m and from 217-229 nm to 0.6-0.7 {mu}m, respectively. The PL spectra show that for ZnO nanocoral reefs the UV emission shifts slightly towards lower frequency and the intensity increase with the improvement of ZnO crystallization. This non-catalyst growth technique on the rough surface of substrates may have potential applications in the fabrication of nanoelectronic and nanooptical devices.

  10. Behavior of porous silicon emission spectra during quenching by immersion in metal ion solutions

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    Andsager, D.; Hilliard, J.; Nayfeh, M.H. (Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1110 W. Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States))

    1994-02-28

    The photoluminescence emission of porous silicon was regularly measured while immersed in dilute metal ion solutions of Cu, Ag, and Au. The emission spectra show progressive quenching that advances from the blue edge towards the red edge of the emission band, causing a continuous shift in the band center and a narrowing of its width. Auger electron spectroscopy data show that the penetration of the metal adsorbate into the porous layer correlates with the degree of quenching of the photoluminescence. These results are interpreted as a progression of the quenching of the photoluminescence inward from the surface of the sample toward the bulk.

  11. Nanoparticles prepared from porous silicon nanowires for bio-imaging and sonodynamic therapy.

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    Osminkina, Liubov A; Sivakov, Vladimir A; Mysov, Grigory A; Georgobiani, Veronika A; Natashina, Ulyana А; Talkenberg, Florian; Solovyev, Valery V; Kudryavtsev, Andrew A; Timoshenko, Victor Yu

    2014-01-01

    Evaluation of cytotoxicity, photoluminescence, bio-imaging, and sonosensitizing properties of silicon nanoparticles (SiNPs) prepared by ultrasound grinding of porous silicon nanowires (SiNWs) have been investigated. SiNWs were formed by metal (silver)-assisted wet chemical etching of heavily boron-doped (100)-oriented single crystalline silicon wafers. The prepared SiNWs and aqueous suspensions of SiNPs exhibit efficient room temperature photoluminescence (PL) in the spectral region of 600 to 1,000 nm that is explained by the radiative recombination of excitons confined in small silicon nanocrystals, from which SiNWs and SiNPs consist of. On the one hand, in vitro studies have demonstrated low cytotoxicity of SiNPs and possibilities of their bio-imaging applications. On the other hand, it has been found that SiNPs can act as efficient sensitizers of ultrasound-induced suppression of the viability of Hep-2 cancer cells.

  12. Compatibility of cancer cells with nanostructured oxidized porous silicon substrates

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    Zeidman, Tal; Parush, Ran; Massad, Na' ama [Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000 (Israel); Segal, Ester [Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000 (Israel); Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000 (Israel)

    2011-06-15

    The attachment and long-term viability of three types of human cancer cell lines (glioma U87, breast cancer MDA-MB-231, and cervical cancer HeLa) onto nanostructured oxidized porous Si substrates is investigated. The porous layers are fabricated to give cylindrically-shaped structures with pore diameters in the tunable range of 10 to 150 nm by anodizing a heavily-doped p-type Si. The Alamar Blue viability assay and optical microscopy are employed to assess the attachment, viability and the morphology of the cells. The results show that cells remain viable and proliferate on all surfaces. The nano-architecture of the studied scaffolds does not exert a deleterious effect on cancer cells. Cell coverage levels comparable to standard culture preparations on tissue culture polystyrene are observed (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  13. Residual Stress on Surface and Cross-section of Porous Silicon Studied by Micro-Raman Spectroscopy

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    LEI Zhen-Kun; KANG YI-Lan; CEN Hao; HU Ming; QIU Yu

    2005-01-01

    @@ Surface and cross-sectional residual stresses of electrochemical etching porous silicon are investigated quantitatively by micro-Raman spectroscopy.The results reveal that a larger tensile residual stress exists on the surface and increase linearly with the porosity.On the other hand, across the depth direction perpendicular to the surface, the tensile residual stress decreases gradually from the surface to regions near the interface between the porous silicon layer and the Si substrate.However, a compressive stress appears at the interface near to the Si substrate for balancing with the tensile stress in the porous silicon layer.The cross-sectional residual stress profile is due to the porosity and lattice mismatch gradients existing in the cross-section and influencing each other.Furthermore, the presented residual stresses of the porous silicon have a close relation with its microstructure.

  14. Preparation of reaction-bonded porous silicon carbide with denser surface layer in one-pot process

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    SHIMAMURA, Akihiro; FUKUSHIMA, Manabu; HOTTA, Mikinori; OHJI, Tatsuki; KONDO, Naoki

    2015-01-01

    Macro-porous silicon carbide with high porosity around 70 vol %, comprising micrometer-sized spherical porosities and a relatively denser surface layer, was fabricated by a direct blowing and reaction bonding method...

  15. Preparation of reaction-bonded porous silicon carbide with denser surface layer in one-pot process

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    Akihiro SHIMAMURA; Manabu FUKUSHIMA; Mikinori HOTTA; Tatsuki OHJI; Naoki KONDO

    2015-01-01

      Macro-porous silicon carbide with high porosity around 70 vol %, comprising micrometer-sized spherical porosities and a relatively denser surface layer, was fabricated by a direct blowing and reaction bonding method...

  16. Photoluminescence, time-resolved emission and photoresponse of plasma-modified porous silicon thin films

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    Benyahia, Be., E-mail: benyahiabedra@hotmail.com [Unité de Développement de la Technologie du Silicium, 2 Boulevard Frantz Fanon, B.P. 140, Alger-7 Merveilles, Algiers 16200 (Algeria); Guerbous, L. [Centre de Recherche Nucléaire d' Alger, 2 Boulevard Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399, Alger-Gare, Algiers 16000 (Algeria); Gabouze, N.; Mahmoudi, Br. [Unité de Développement de la Technologie du Silicium, 2 Boulevard Frantz Fanon, B.P. 140, Alger-7 Merveilles, Algiers 16200 (Algeria)

    2013-07-01

    Photoluminescence and photoelectrical study on plasma-modified porous silicon (PS) thin films is presented. Porous silicon passivated by hydrocarbon groups (CH{sub x}) shows an intense broad and stable photoluminescence (PL) band centered at 623 nm whereas the maximum of the photosensitivity spectrum is placed around 400 nm. Along with its potential utilization for silicon-based light emitters' fabrication, it could also represent an appealing option for the improvement of energy conversion efficiency in silicon-based solar cells whether by using its luminescence properties (photon down-conversion) or the excess photocurrent produced by an improved high-energy photon's absorption. Excitation spectra (PLE) under steady-state conditions are reported. PLE shows that visible PL is excited by light from UV region. The time-resolved photoluminescence of CH{sub x}/PS in the range of some tenth of μs are investigated at room temperature. The PL decay line shape, in CH{sub x}/PS is well described by stretched exponential. The photosensitivity spectroscopy shows a significant increase of absorption at high photon energy excitation. - Highlights: • Coating porous silicon (PS) by hydrocarbon (CH{sub x}) reduces nonradiative transition. • Drop of the photoluminescence (PL) intensity. • The PL of CH{sub x}/PS is due to radiative transitions at 1.8 and 1.87 eV. • Photosensitivity revealed an excess spectral response (SR) at high-energy excitation. • For photovoltaic PL and SR could be used for the evolution of the silicon solar cells.

  17. Porous Spherical Cellulose Composites Coated by Aluminum (Ⅲ) Oxide and Silicone: Preparation,Characterization and Adsorption Behavior

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    2001-01-01

    Porous spherical cellulose composite (PSCA) coated by aluminum (Ⅲ) oxide was prepared andmodified by organosilicone. SEM images of the surface morphology of the bead cellulose shows that it hasspherical shape and abundant porous structure on its surface. The mapping images of aluminum and silicon ofthe composite (PSCAS) present aluminum( Ⅲ ) oxide and silicone are uniformly dispersed on the surface. Theadsorption behavior of PSCAS toward metal ions was determined.

  18. Porous Silicon and Polymer Nanocomposites for Delivery of Peptide Nucleic Acids as Anti-MicroRNA Therapies.

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    Beavers, Kelsey R; Werfel, Thomas A; Shen, Tianwei; Kavanaugh, Taylor E; Kilchrist, Kameron V; Mares, Jeremy W; Fain, Joshua S; Wiese, Carrie B; Vickers, Kasey C; Weiss, Sharon M; Duvall, Craig L

    2016-09-01

    Self-assembled polymer/porous silicon nanocomposites overcome intracellular and systemic barriers for in vivo application of peptide nucleic acid (PNA) anti-microRNA therapeutics. Porous silicon (PSi) is leveraged as a biodegradable scaffold with high drug-cargo-loading capacity. Functionalization with a diblock polymer improves PSi nanoparticle colloidal stability, in vivo pharmacokinetics, and intracellular bioavailability through endosomal escape, enabling PNA to inhibit miR-122 in vivo.

  19. Compositional and photoluminescent properties of anodically and stain etched porous silicon

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    Guerrero-Lemus, R.; Hernandez-Rodriguez, C. [Laboratorio de Optica, Departamento de Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38204 S/C de Tenerife (Spain); Ben-Hander, F.A.; Martinez-Duart, J.M. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada C-XII, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Fierro, J.L.G. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2003-05-01

    A comparison of the compositional and photoluminescent properties of stain etched (SE) and anodically etched (AE) porous silicon (PS) samples has been carried out. The silicon substrates used and the laboratory conditions are the same for both types of etching processes. The study is carried out varying the PS surface properties by means of different cleaning procedures and post-etching ambient conditions. The results demonstrate that the evolution of the photoluminescence and the composition are related for both types of PS (AE and SE). Thus, it seems highly likely that the photoluminescence mechanisms involved in both cases are similar. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  20. Template-synthesized porous silicon carbide as an effective host for zeolite catalysts.

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    Gu, Lijun; Ma, Ding; Yao, Songdong; Liu, Xiumei; Han, Xiuwen; Shen, Wenjie; Bao, Xinhe

    2009-12-14

    A facile method has been developed for the fabrication of porous silicon carbide (SiC) by means of sintering a mixture of SiC powder and carbon pellets at a relatively lower temperature, that is, 1450 degrees C, in air. The pore density and the total pore volume of the resulting porous SiC could be tuned by changing the initial SiC/C weight ratio. The structure evolution and the associated property changes during the preparation were examined through X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, (29)Si magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy, and mercury-intrusion porosimetry analyses. Silica and SiO(x)C(y) ceramics formed in situ during the calcination process acted as binders of the porous SiC grains. The porous SiC can be used as a host for the growth of ZSM-5 zeolite crystals to form the ZSM-5/porous-SiC composite material. After loading another catalytic active component of molybdenum, a novel catalytic material, Mo-ZSM-5/porous-SiC, was obtained, which exhibited improved catalytic activity in the methane dehydroaromatization reaction.

  1. Controlling the Er content of porous silicon using the doping current intensity

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    Mula, Guido

    2014-07-04

    The results of an investigation on the Er doping of porous silicon are presented. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, optical reflectivity, and spatially resolved energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) coupled to scanning electron microscopy measurements were used to investigate on the transient during the first stages of constant current Er doping. Depending on the applied current intensity, the voltage transient displays two very different behaviors, signature of two different chemical processes. The measurements show that, for equal transferred charge and identical porous silicon (PSi) layers, the applied current intensity also influences the final Er content. An interpretative model is proposed in order to describe the two distinct chemical processes. The results can be useful for a better control over the doping process.

  2. Deposition of gold and silver on porous silicon and inside the pores

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    Nativ-Roth, Einat [Ilse Katz Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be' er Sheva 84105 (Israel); Rechav, Katya [Department of Chemical Research Support, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100 (Israel); Porat, Ze' ev, E-mail: poratze@post.bgu.ac.il [Division of Chemistry, Nuclear Research Center–Negev, Be' er Sheva 84190 (Israel); Institutes of Applied research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be' er Sheva 84105 (Israel)

    2016-03-31

    Silver and gold were spontaneously deposited on porous silicon (PSi) by immersion-plating. Each metal formed crystallites of typical shapes on top of the PSi layer. Deposition of these metals inside the pores could be achieved by performing the immersion-plating in an ultrasonic bath. Top view and cross-section scanning electron microscope images show slight penetration of silver into the pores but massive filling of gold, to depth of several hundreds of nanometers. - Highlights: • Spontaneous reduction of Ag and Au ions occurs on porous silicon (immersion plating). • Such deposition inside the pores is prevented by entrapped hydrogen bubbles. • Immersion plating under sonication releases the gas and enhances ions diffusion. • Silver and gold were deposited within the pores by ultrasonic-aided deposition.

  3. Hydatid detection using the near-infrared transmission angular spectra of porous silicon microcavity biosensors

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    Li, Peng; Jia, Zhenhong; Lü, Guodong

    2017-03-01

    Hydatid, which is a parasitic disease, occurs today in many regions worldwide. Because it can present a serious threat to people’s health, finding a fast, convenient, and economical means of detection is important. This paper proposes a label- and spectrophotometer-free apparatus that uses optical biological detection based on porous silicon microcavities. In this approach, the refractive index change induced by the biological reactions of a sample in a porous silicon microcavity is detected by measuring the change in the incidence angle corresponding to the maximum transmitted intensity of a near-infrared probe laser. This paper reports that the proposed method can achieve the label-free detection of 43 kDa molecular weight hydatid disease antigens with high sensitivity.

  4. Optical detection of PNA/DNA hybridization in resonant porous silicon-based devices

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    Rotiroti, Lucia; Arcari, Paolo; Lamberti, Annalisa; Sanges, Carmen; De Tommasi, Edoardo; Rea, Ilaria; Rendina, Ivo; De Stefano, Luca

    2008-04-01

    The development of label-free optical biosensors could have a great impact on life sciences as well as on screening techniques for medical and environmental applications. Peptide nucleic acid (PNA) is a nucleic acid analog in which the sugar phosphate backbone of natural nucleic acid has been replaced by a synthetic peptide backbone, resulting in an achiral and uncharged mimic. Due to the uncharged nature of PNA, PNA-DNA duplexes show a better thermal stability respect the DNA-DNA equivalents. In this work, we used an optical biosensor, based on the porous silicon (PSi) nanotechnology, to detect PNA-DNA interactions. PSi optical sensors are based on changes of reflectivity spectrum when they are exposed to the target analytes. The porous silicon surface was chemically modified to covalently link the PNA which acts as a very specific probe for its ligand (cDNA).

  5. A monolithic integrated micro direct methanol fuel cell based on sulfo functionalized porous silicon

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    Wang, M.; Lu, Y. X.; Liu, L. T.; Wang, X. H.

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate a monolithic integrated micro direct methanol fuel cell (μDMFC) for the first time. The monolithic integrated μDMFC combines proton exchange membrane (PEM) and Pt nanocatalysts, in which PEM is achieved by the functionalized porous silicon membrane and 3D Pt nanoflowers being synthesized in situ on it as catalysts. Sulfo groups functionalized porous silicon membrane serves as a PEM and a catalyst support simultaneously. The μDMFC prototype achieves an open circuit voltage of 0.3 V, a maximum power density of 5.5 mW/cm2. The monolithic integrated μDMFC offers several desirable features such as compatibility with micro fabrication techniques, an undeformable solid PEM and the convenience of assembly.

  6. Theoretical and experimental evaluation of multilayer porous silicon structures for enhanced erbium up-conversion luminescence

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    Johnson, Craig M; Tan, H Hoe; Conibeer, Gavin J

    2012-01-01

    The enhancement of Er$^{3+}$-based up-conversion for photovoltaics in multilayer porous silicon photonic structures is considered theoretically and experimentally. Transfer matrix simulations are used to assess the increased photonic density of states that results from the slowing of energy propagation at the short-wavelength edge of one-dimensional photonic band gaps. An indirect calculation of Er$^{3+}$ absorption enhancement within slow-light modes is then used to illustrate an increase in absorption over the bulk value: the effective absorption coefficient is shown to increase by more than 22% over a broad spectral region and by more than 400% over a narrow region. Erbium-doped porous silicon photonic crystals are fabricated with the photonic band edge coincident with the $^{4}I_{15/2} \\rightarrow^{4}I_{13/2}$ Er$^{3+}$ transition. Challenges in fabrication and the results of compositional analysis are discussed. An angular-dependent photoluminescence measurement demonstrates emission intensity that varie...

  7. Porous silicon optical template for determination of chromatic dispersion of transparent liquid mixture

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    Cafe, Arven I.; Lopez, Joybelle; Lopez, Lorenzo; Faustino, Maria Angela; Mabilangan, Arvin; Salvador, Arnel; Somintac, Armando

    2017-03-01

    Porous silicon was fabricated through electrochemical etching and is used as an optical template for liquid sensing application. Using reflectance spectroscopy, change in optical properties such as refractive index and reflectivity upon liquid introduction were obtained. Chromatic dispersion of porous silicon upon detection of transparent liquids such as absolute ethanol, methanol, 2-propanol and distilled water were determined for spectral range 450nm to 1100nm. Mixture of the organic transparent liquid and water was also tested. In this study, porosity and liquid's concentration were varied to establish the sensitivity of detection. Expected ideal values were also simulated for comparison and correction factor computation. Results provide calibration basis for water quality assessment, environmental monitoring, and diagnostic application.

  8. Porous silicon and diatoms micro-shells: an example of inverse biomimetic

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    De Tommasi, Edoardo; Rea, Ilaria; Rendina, Ivo; De Stefano, Luca

    2011-05-01

    Porous silicon (PSi) is by far a very useful technological platform for optical monitoring of chemical and biological substances and due to its peculiar physical and morphological properties it is worldwide used in sensing experiments. On the other hand, we have discovered a natural material, the micro-shells of marine diatoms, ubiquitous unicellular algae, which are made of hydrated amorphous silica, but, most of all, show geometrical structures made of complex patterns of pores which are surprisingly similar to those of porous silicon. Moreover, under laser irradiation, this material is photoluminescent and the photoluminescence is very sensitive to the surrounding atmosphere, which means that the material can act as a transducer. Starting from our experience on PSi devices, we explore the optical and photonic properties of marine diatoms micro-shells in a sort of inverse biomimicry.

  9. Hydatid detection using the near-infrared transmission angular spectra of porous silicon microcavity biosensors

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    Li, Peng; Jia, Zhenhong; Lü, Guodong

    2017-01-01

    Hydatid, which is a parasitic disease, occurs today in many regions worldwide. Because it can present a serious threat to people’s health, finding a fast, convenient, and economical means of detection is important. This paper proposes a label- and spectrophotometer-free apparatus that uses optical biological detection based on porous silicon microcavities. In this approach, the refractive index change induced by the biological reactions of a sample in a porous silicon microcavity is detected by measuring the change in the incidence angle corresponding to the maximum transmitted intensity of a near-infrared probe laser. This paper reports that the proposed method can achieve the label-free detection of 43 kDa molecular weight hydatid disease antigens with high sensitivity. PMID:28317861

  10. Porous silicon biosensor for detection of variable domain of heavy-chain of HCAb antibody

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    ZHANG Hong-yan; Lü Xiao-yi; JIA Zhen-hong; LI Jiang-wei; ZHANG Fu-chun

    2012-01-01

    In this paper,we produce porous silicon (PSi) by electrochemical etching,and it is the first time to evaluate the performance of label-free porous silicon biosensor for detection of variable domain of heavy chain of heavy-chain antibody (VHH).The binding of hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) and VHH causes a red shift in the reflection spectrum of the biosensor.The red shift is proportional to the VHH concentration in the range from 14 μg · ml-1 to 30μg·ml-1 with a detection limit of 0.648 ng ·ml-1.The research is useful for the development of label-free biosensor applied in the rapid and sensitive determination of small molecules.

  11. Two-photon excitation of porphyrin-functionalized porous silicon nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy.

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    Secret, Emilie; Maynadier, Marie; Gallud, Audrey; Chaix, Arnaud; Bouffard, Elise; Gary-Bobo, Magali; Marcotte, Nathalie; Mongin, Olivier; El Cheikh, Khaled; Hugues, Vincent; Auffan, Mélanie; Frochot, Céline; Morère, Alain; Maillard, Philippe; Blanchard-Desce, Mireille; Sailor, Michael J; Garcia, Marcel; Durand, Jean-Olivier; Cunin, Frédérique

    2014-12-01

    Porous silicon nanoparticles (pSiNPs) act as a sensitizer for the 2-photon excitation of a pendant porphyrin using NIR laser light, for imaging and photodynamic therapy. Mannose-functionalized pSiNPs can be vectorized to MCF-7 human breast cancer cells through a mannose receptor-mediated endocytosis mechanism to provide a 3-fold enhancement of the 2-photon PDT effect.

  12. Real-time study of protein adsorption kinetics in porous silicon.

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    Lasave, Liliana C; Urteaga, Raúl; Koropecki, Roberto R; Gonzalez, Verónica D; Arce, Roberto D

    2013-11-01

    This paper presents an optical method for real-time monitoring of protein adsorption using porous silicon self-supported microcavities as a label-free detection platform. The study combines an experimental approach with a physical model for the adsorption process. The proposed model agrees well with experimental observations, and provides information about the kinetics of diffusion and adsorption of proteins within the pores, which will be useful for future experimental designs.

  13. Temperature dependence of nickel oxide effect on the optoelectronic properties of porous silicon

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    Riahi, R.; Derbali, L.; Ouertani, B.; Ezzaouia, H.

    2017-05-01

    This paper investigates the effect of Nickel oxide (NiO) on the structural and optical properties of porous silicon (PS). Our investigations showed an obvious improvement of porous silicon optoelectronique properties after coating the PS with NiO thin film as a passivating process. The as-prepared NiO/PS thin film was subjected to a thermal annealing to study the effect of temperature on the efficiency of this treatment. The deposition of NiO onto the porous silicon layer was performed using the spray pyrolysis method. The surface modification of the as-prepared NiO/PS samples was investigated after annealing at various temperatures, using an infrared furnace, ranging between 300 °C and 600 °C. The X-ray Diffraction results showed that obtained films show cubic structure with preferred (200) plane orientation. We found an obvious dependence of the PS nanocrystallites size (nc-Si) to the annealing temperature. Photoluminescence (PL) is directly related to the electronic structure and transitions. The characteristic change of the band gap with decrease in size of the nanostructures can be pointed out by the observed blue shift in the photoluminescence spectra. Nickel oxide treatment of Porous silicon led to a significant increase of photoluminescence with a resulting blue-shift at higher annealing temperature. The surface morphology was examined by scanning electron microscope (SEM), and FTIR spectroscopy was used to study the chemical composition of the films. Moreover, the total reflectivity of NiO/PS samples decreases noticeably comparing to an untreated PS layer due to an enhanced light absorption.

  14. Cathodoluminescence and photoluminescence of swift ion irradiation modified zinc oxide-porous silicon nanocomposite

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    Kumar, Yogesh [CIICAp, UAEM, Av. Univ. 1001, Col. Chamilpa, Cuer., Mor., C.P. 62209 (Mexico); CIMAV, Av. Miguel de Cervantes 120, Compl. Indus. Chih., Chih., C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Herrera, Manuel [CNyN-UNAM, Ensenada Apdo. Postal 14, CP. 22800, Ensenada, B.C. (Mexico); Singh, Fouran [Inter University Accelarator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi-110067 (India); Olive-Mendez, S.F. [CIMAV, Av. Miguel de Cervantes 120, Compl. Indus. Chih., Chih., C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Kanjilal, D.; Kumar, Shiv [Inter University Accelarator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi-110067 (India); Agarwal, V., E-mail: vagarwal@uaem.mx [CIICAp, UAEM, Av. Univ. 1001, Col. Chamilpa, Cuer., Mor., C.P. 62209 (Mexico)

    2012-09-20

    We report the room temperature cathodoluminescence and photoluminescence of swift ion irradiated (130 MeV Nickel ion) porous silicon zinc oxide nanocomposites. The evolution of a broad and flat emission band from 1.5 to 3.5 eV is demonstrated. Annealing effect of irradiation is found to result in a relative increase in the band edge emission. Emission wavelength can be tuned in the complete visible range by changing the substrate characteristics.

  15. Submicron machining and biomolecule immobilization on porous silicon by electron beam.

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    Imbraguglio, Dario; Giovannozzi, Andrea Mario; Nastro, Annalisa; Rossi, Andrea Mario

    2012-09-25

    Three-dimensional submicrometric structures and biomolecular patterns have been fabricated on a porous silicon film by an electron beam-based functionalization method. The immobilized proteins act as a passivation layer against material corrosion in aqueous solutions. The effects' dependence on the main parameters of the process (i.e., the electron beam dose, the biomolecule concentration, and the incubation time) has been demonstrated.

  16. Efficient solar photocatalytic activity of TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon by atomic layer deposition

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    Sampath, Sridhar; Maydannik, Philipp; Ivanova, Tatiana; Shestakova, Marina; Homola, Tomáš; Bryukvin, Anton; Sillanpää, Mika; Nagumothu, Rameshbabu; Alagan, Viswanathan

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon (TiO2/PS) was prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) whereas porous silicon was prepared by stain etching method for efficient solar photocatalytic activity. TiO2/PS was characterized by FESEM, AFM, XRD, XPS and DRS UV-vis spectrophotometer. Absorbance spectrum revealed that TiO2/PS absorbs complete solar light with wave length range of 300 nm-800 nm and most importantly, it absorbs stronger visible light than UV light. The reason for efficient solar light absorption of TiO2/PS is that nanostructured TiO2 layer absorbs UV light and nano-porous silicon layer absorbs visible light which is transparent to TiO2 layer. The amount of visible light absorption of TiO2/PS directly increases with increase of silicon etching time. The effect of silicon etching time of TiO2/PS on solar photocatalytic activity was investigated towards methylene blue dye degradation. Layer by layer solar absorption mechanism was used to explain the enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO2/PS solar absorber. According to this, the photo-generated electrons of porous silicon will be effectively injected into TiO2 via hetero junction interface which leads to efficient charge separation even though porous silicon is not participating in any redox reactions in direct.

  17. Study of silicon carbide formation by liquid silicon infiltration of porous carbon structures

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    Margiotta, Jesse C.

    Silicon carbide (SiC) materials are prime candidates for high temperature heat exchangers for next generation nuclear reactors due to their refractory nature and high thermal conductivity at elevated temperatures. This research has focused on demonstrating the potential of liquid silicon infiltration (LSI) for making SiC to achieve this goal. The major advantage of this method over other ceramic processing techniques is the enhanced capability of making fully dense, high purity SiC materials in complex net shapes. For successful formation of net shape SiC using LSI techniques, the carbon preform reactivity and pore structure must be controlled to allow the complete infiltration of the porous carbon structure followed by conversion of this carbon to SiC. We have established a procedure for achieving desirable carbon properties by using carbon precursors consisting of two readily available high purity organic materials, crystalline cellulose and phenolic resin. Phenolic resin yields a glassy carbon with low reactivity and porosity, and cellulose carbon is highly reactive and porous. By adjusting the ratio of these two materials in the precursor mixtures, the properties of the carbons produced can be controlled. We have identified the most favorable carbon precursor composition to be a cellulose:resin mass ratio of 6:4 for LSI formation of SiC. The optimum reaction conditions are a temperature of 1800°C, a pressure of 0.5 Torr of argon, and a time of 120 minutes. The fully dense net shape SiC material produced has a density of 2.96 g cm-3 (about 92% of pure SiC) and a SiC volume fraction of over 0.82. Kinetics of the LSI SiC formation process were studied by optical microscopy and quantitative digital image analysis. This study identified six reaction stages and provided important understanding of the process. Such knowledge can be used to further refine the LSI technique. Although the thermal conductivity of pure SiC at elevated temperatures is very high, thermal

  18. Low pressure mediated enhancement of nanoparticle and macromolecule loading into porous silicon structures.

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    Leonard, Fransisca; Margulis-Goshen, Katrin; Liu, Xuewu; Srinivasan, Srimeenakshi; Magdassi, Shlomo; Godin, Biana

    2014-01-01

    Ensuring drug loading efficiency and consistency is one of the most critical stages in engineering drug delivery vectors based on porous materials. Here we propose a technique to significantly enhance the efficiency of loading by employing simple and widely available methods: applying low pressure with and without centrifugation. Our results point toward the advantages the proposed method over the passive loading, especially where the size difference of loaded materials and the pore size of the porous silicon particles is smaller, an increase up to 20-fold can be observed. The technique described in the study can be used for efficient and reproducible loading of porous materials with therapeutic molecules, nanoparticles and contrast imaging agents for biomedical application.

  19. Compressive deformation of liquid phase-sintered porous silicon carbide ceramics

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Porous silicon carbide ceramics were fabricated by liquid phase sintering with 1 wt% Al2O3–1 wt% Y2O3 additives during hot-pressing at 1400–1900 °C. The longitudinal strain at compressive fracture increased at a higher porosity and was larger than the lateral strain. The compressive Young's modulus and the strain at fracture depended on the measured direction, and increased with the decreased specific surface area due to the formation of grain boundary. However, the compressive strength and the fracture energy were not sensitive to the measured direction. The compressive strength of a porous SiC compact increased with increasing grain boundary area. According to the theoretical modeling of the strength–grain boundary area relation, it is interpreted that the grain boundary of a porous SiC compact is fractured by shear deformation rather than by compressive deformation.

  20. Drug release from porous silicon for stable neural interface

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    Sun, Tao, E-mail: taosun@hotmail.com.hk [Institute of Microelectronics, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A-STAR) (Singapore); Tsang, Wei Mong [Institute of Microelectronics, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A-STAR) (Singapore); Park, Woo-Tae [Institute of Microelectronics, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A-STAR) (Singapore); Department of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-02-15

    70 μm-thick porous Si (PSi) layer with the pore size of 11.1 ± 7.6 nm was formed on an 8-in. Si wafer via an anodization process for the microfabrication of a microelectrode to record neural signals. To reduce host tissue responses to the microelectrode and achieve a stable neural interface, water-soluble dexamethesone (Dex) was loaded into the PSi via incubation with the drug solution overnight. After the drug loading process, the pore size of PSi reduced to 4.7 ± 2.6 nm on the basis of scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images, while its wettability was remarkably enhanced. Fluorescence images demonstrated that Dex was loaded into the porous structure of the PSi. Degradation rate of the PSi was investigated by incubation in distilled water for 21 days. Moreover, the drug release profile of the Dex-loaded PSi was a combination of an initial burst release and subsequent sustained release. To evaluate cellular responses to the drug release from the PSi, primary astrocytes were seeded on the surface of samples. After 2 days of culture, the Dex-loaded PSi could not only moderately prevent astrocyte adhesion in comparison with Si, but also more effectively suppress the activation of primary astrocytes than unloaded PSi due to the drug release. Therefore, it might be an effective method to reduce host tissue responses and stabilize the quality of the recorded neural signal by means of loading drugs into the PSi component of the microelectrode.

  1. Hydrophobic perfluoro-silane functionalization of porous silicon photoluminescent films and particles

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    Rodriguez, C.; Laplace, P.; Gallach-Pérez, D.; Pellacani, P.; Martín-Palma, R.J. [Departamento de Física Aplicada e Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales Nicolás Cabrera, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049, Madrid (Spain); Torres-Costa, V. [Departamento de Física Aplicada e Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales Nicolás Cabrera, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049, Madrid (Spain); Centro de Microanálisis de Materiales, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049, Madrid (Spain); Ceccone, G. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, 21020, Ispra (Italy); Manso Silván, M., E-mail: miguel.manso@uam.es [Departamento de Física Aplicada e Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales Nicolás Cabrera, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049, Madrid (Spain)

    2016-09-01

    Highlights: • Hydrophobic functionalization of porous silicon structures. • Perfluorooctyl group binding confirmed by XPS. • Improved stability face to extreme oxidation conditions. • Perfluorooctyl functionalization compatible with photoluminescence of porous silicon particles. - Abstract: Luminescent structures based on semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are increasingly used in biomolecular assays, cell tracking systems, and in-vivo diagnostics devices. In this work we have carried out the functionalization of porous silicon (PSi) luminescent structures by a perfluorosilane (Perfluoro-octyltriethoxysilane, PFOS) self assembly. The PFOS surface binding (traced by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and photoluminescence efficiency were analyzed on flat model PSi. Maximal photoluminescence intensity was obtained from PSi layers anodized at 110 mA/cm{sup 2}. Resistance to hydroxylation was assayed in H{sub 2}O{sub 2}:ethanol solutions and evidenced by water contact angle (WCA) measurements. PFOS-functionalized PSi presented systematically higher WCA than untreated PSi. The PFOS functionalization was found to slightly improve the aging of the PSi particles in water giving rise to particles with longer luminescent life. Confirmation of PFOS binding to PSi particles was derived from FTIR spectra and the preservation of luminescence was observed by fluorescence microscopy. Such functionalization opens the possibility of promoting hydrophobic-hydrophobic interactions between biomolecules and fluorescent QD structures, which may enlarge their biomedical applications catalogue.

  2. Emission mechanisms in stabilized iron-passivated porous silicon: Temperature and laser power dependences

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    Rahmani, M. [Unite de Spectroscopie Raman, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Universite de Tunis El Manar, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Moadhen, A., E-mail: adel.moadhen@fst.rnu.tn [Unite de Spectroscopie Raman, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Universite de Tunis El Manar, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Mabrouk Kamkoum, A. [Unite de Spectroscopie Raman, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Universite de Tunis El Manar, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Zaiebi, M.-A. [Unite de Spectroscopie Raman, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Universite de Tunis El Manar, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia); Ecole Superieure des Sciences et Techniques de Tunis, Universite de Tunis, 5 Av. Taha Hussein, 1008 Montfleury, Tunis (Tunisia); Chtourou, R. [Laboratoire de Photovoltaieque et de Semiconducteurs, Centre de Recherche et de Technologie de l' Energie, BP 95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Haji, L. [Universite Europeenne de Bretagne, CNRS FOTON-UMR 6082, 6 rue de Kerampont, BP 80518, 22305 Lannion Cedex (France); Oueslati, M. [Unite de Spectroscopie Raman, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Universite de Tunis El Manar, 2092 El Manar, Tunis (Tunisia)

    2012-02-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) measurements of porous silicon (PS) and iron-porous silicon nanocomposites (PS/Fe) with stable optical properties versus temperature and laser power density have been investigated. The presence of iron in PS matrix is confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. The PL intensity of PS and PS/Fe increases at low temperature, the evolution of integrated PL intensity follows the modified Arrhenius model. The incorporation of iron in PS matrix reduces the activation energy traducing the existence of shallow levels related to iron atoms. Also, the temperature dependence of the porous silicon PL peak position follows a linear evolution at high temperature and a quadratic one at low temperature. Such evolution is due to the thermal carriers' redistribution and an energy transfer. Similarly, we have compared the laser power dependence of the PL in PS and PS/Fe layers. The results prove that the recombination process in PS is realised through the lower energy traps localised in the electronic gap. However, the observed emission in PS/Fe is essentially due to direct transitions. So, we can conclude that the presence of iron in PS matrix induces a strong modification of the PL mechanisms.

  3. Reciprocal space analysis of the microstructure of luminescent and nonluminescent porous silicon films

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    Lee, S.R.; Barbour, J.C.; Medernach, J.W.; Stevenson, J.O.; Custer, J.S.

    1994-12-31

    The microstructure of anodically prepared porous silicon films was determined using a novel X-ray diffraction technique. This technique uses double-crystal diffractometry combined with position-sensitive X- ray detection to efficiently and quantitatively image the reciprocal space structure of crystalline materials. Reciprocal space analysis of newly prepared, as well as aged, p{sup {minus}} porous silicon films showed that these films exhibit a very broad range of crystallinity. This material appears to range in structure from a strained, single-crystal, sponge-like material exhibiting long-range coherency to isolated, dilated nanocrystals embedded in an amorphous matrix. Reciprocal space analysis of n{sup +} and p{sup +} porous silicon showed these materials are strained single-crystals with a spatially-correlated array of vertical pores. The vertical pores in these crystals may be surrounded by nanoporous or nanocrystalline domains as small as a few nm in size which produce diffuse diffraction indicating their presence. The photoluminescence of these films was examined using 488 nm Ar laser excitation in order to search for possible correlations between photoluminescent intensity and crystalline microstructure.

  4. Novel multilayered porous silicon-based immunosensor for determining Hydroxysafflor yellow A

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    Lv, Xiaoyi; Mo, Jiaqing; Jiang, Tao; Zhong, Furu; Jia, Zhenhong; Li, Jiangwei; Zhang, Fuchun

    2011-01-01

    External random factors have a great influence on the fabrication of accurate photonic crystal, especially porous silicon-based photonic crystals. Compared with the binary photonic crystal, polybasic structure photonic crystal shows more stability and smaller effect of the random fluctuation. In this paper, we have fabricated a novel simple porous silicon polybasic Bragg's mirror combined with excellent specific antigen-antibody inmunoreaction as an immunosensor for determining Hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA), which is the main chemical component of Carthamus tinctorius L. The binding of HSYA and the polyclonal anti-HSYA antibodies causes red shifts in the reflection spectrum of the sensor, and the red shift was proportional to the HSYA concentration with linear relationship ranging from 1 to 3 μg mL -1 with a detection limit of 0.78 ng mL -1. Importantly, this research offers hope for development of a commercial porous silicon-based immunosensor for component determination of C. tinctorius L. or other antigens.

  5. Novel multilayered porous silicon-based immunosensor for determining Hydroxysafflor yellow A

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    Lv Xiaoyi, E-mail: xiaoz813@sohu.com [School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Mo Jiaqing [School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Jiang Tao; Zhong Furu [College of Information Science and Engineering, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046 (China); Jia Zhenhong, E-mail: jzhh9009@sohu.com [College of Information Science and Engineering, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046 (China); Li Jiangwei; Zhang Fuchun [Key Laboratory of Xinjiang Biological Resources and Gene Engineering, College of Life Sciences and Technology, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046 (China)

    2011-01-01

    External random factors have a great influence on the fabrication of accurate photonic crystal, especially porous silicon-based photonic crystals. Compared with the binary photonic crystal, polybasic structure photonic crystal shows more stability and smaller effect of the random fluctuation. In this paper, we have fabricated a novel simple porous silicon polybasic Bragg's mirror combined with excellent specific antigen-antibody inmunoreaction as an immunosensor for determining Hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA), which is the main chemical component of Carthamus tinctorius L. The binding of HSYA and the polyclonal anti-HSYA antibodies causes red shifts in the reflection spectrum of the sensor, and the red shift was proportional to the HSYA concentration with linear relationship ranging from 1 to 3 {mu}g mL{sup -1} with a detection limit of 0.78 ng mL{sup -1}. Importantly, this research offers hope for development of a commercial porous silicon-based immunosensor for component determination of C. tinctorius L. or other antigens.

  6. Light transmission in porous silicon dioxide filled with liquids of different refractive indices

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    Jun Li; Xinzheng Zhang; Fan Shi; Yan Xu; Pidong Wang; Xuanyi Yu; Jingjun Xu

    2011-01-01

    Optical transmission at 532 nm from nonabsorbing disordered porous silicon dioxide has been studied experimentally.The transmission behaviors can be adjusted by filling the pores with liquids of different refractive indics, which are analyzed based on the theory of diffusion in a weak scattering regime.In our experiment, the transmission coefficient changes from a value less than 1% to one that is greater than 75%, that is, the opaque sample becomes transparent, which means that the transport mean free path of light within the material has been effectively adjusted.In addition, this method is a useful nondestructive method to derive the refractive index of an unknown bulk porous material.%@@ Optical transmission at 532 nm from nonabsorbing disordered porous silicon dioxide has been studied experimentally.The transmission behaviors can be adjusted by filling the pores with liquids of different refractive indics, which are analyzed based on the theory of diffusion in a weak scattering regime.In our experiment, the transmission coefficient changes from a value less than 1% to one that is greater than 75%, that is, the opaque sample becomes transparent, which means that the transport mean free path of light within the material has been effectively adjusted.In addition, this method is a useful nondestructive method to derive the refractive index of an unknown bulk porous material.

  7. Fabrication of Optical Multilayer Devices from Porous Silicon Coatings with Closed Porosity by Magnetron Sputtering.

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    Caballero-Hernández, Jaime; Godinho, Vanda; Lacroix, Bertrand; Jiménez de Haro, Maria C; Jamon, Damien; Fernández, Asunción

    2015-07-01

    The fabrication of single-material photonic-multilayer devices is explored using a new methodology to produce porous silicon layers by magnetron sputtering. Our bottom-up methodology produces highly stable amorphous porous silicon films with a controlled refractive index using magnetron sputtering and incorporating a large amount of deposition gas inside the closed pores. The influence of the substrate bias on the formation of the closed porosity was explored here for the first time when He was used as the deposition gas. We successfully simulated, designed, and characterized Bragg reflectors and an optical microcavity that integrates these porous layers. The sharp interfaces between the dense and porous layers combined with the adequate control of the refractive index and thickness allowed for excellent agreement between the simulation and the experiments. The versatility of the magnetron sputtering technique allowed for the preparation of these structures for a wide range of substrates such as polymers while also taking advantage of the oblique angle deposition to prepare Bragg reflectors with a controlled lateral gradient in the stop band wavelengths.

  8. Label-free optical detection of bacteria on a 1-D photonic crystal of porous silicon

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    Wu, Chia-Chen; Alvarez, Sara D.; Rang, Camilla U.; Chao, Lin; Sailor, Michael J.

    2009-02-01

    The construction of a specific, label-free, bacteria biosensor using porous silicon 1-D photonic crystals will be described. Bacteria resident on the surface of porous silicon act as scattering centers for light resonant with the photonic crystal; the diffusely scattered light possesses the optical spectrum of the underlying photonic crystal. Using a spectrometer fitted to a light microscope, the bacteria are imaged without using exogenous dyes or labels and are quantified by measuring the intensity of scattered light. In order to selectively bind and identify bacteria using porous Si, we use surface modifications to reduce nonspecific binding to the surface and to engineer bacteria specificity onto the surface. Bovine serum albumin (BSA) was adsorbed to the porous Si surface to reduce nonspecific binding of bacteria. The coatings were then chemically activated to immobilize polyclonal antibodies specific to Escherichia coli. Two E. coli strains were used in our study, E. coli DH5α and non-pathogenic enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) strain. The nonpathogenic Vibrio cholerae O1 strain was used to test for antibody specificity. Successful attachment of antibodies was measured using fluorescence microscopy and the scattering method was used to test for bacteria binding specificity.

  9. Enhancement of photovoltaic properties of multicrystalline silicon solar cells by combination of buried metallic contacts and thin porous silicon

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    Ben Rabha, M.; Bessais, B. [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie, Technopole de Borj-Cedria, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia)

    2010-03-15

    Photovoltaic properties of buried metallic contacts (BMCs) with and without application of a front porous silicon (PS) layer on multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar cells were investigated. A Chemical Vapor Etching (CVE) method was used to perform front PS layer and BMCs of mc-Si solar cells. Good electrical performance for the mc-Si solar cells was observed after combination of BMCs and thin PS films. As a result the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics and the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) were improved, and the effective minority carrier diffusion length (Ln) increases from 75 to 110 {mu}m after BMCs achievement. The reflectivity was reduced to 8% in the 450-950 nm wavelength range. This simple and low cost technology induces a 12% conversion efficiency (surface area = 3.2 cm{sup 2}). The obtained results indicate that the BMCs improve charge carrier collection while the PS layer passivates the front surface. (author)

  10. Al-Si alloy point contact formation and rear surface passivation for silicon solar cells using double layer porous silicon

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    Moumni, Besma; Ben Jaballah, Abdelkader; Bessais, Brahim

    2012-10-01

    Lowering the rear surface recombination velocities by a dielectric layer has fascinating advantages compared with the standard fully covered Al back-contact silicon solar cells. In this work the passivation effect by double layer porous silicon (PS) (wide band gap) and the formation of Al-Si alloy in narrow p-type Si point contact areas for rear passivated solar cells are analysed. As revealed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, we found that a thin passivating aluminum oxide (Al2O3) layer is formed. Scanning electron microscopy analysis performed in cross sections shows that with bilayer PS, liquid Al penetrates into the openings, alloying with the Si substrate at depth and decreasing the contact resistivity. At the solar cell level, the reduction in the contact area and resistivity leads to a minimization of the fill factor losses.

  11. Accelerated growth from amorphous clusters to metallic nanoparticles observed in electrochemical deposition of platinum within nanopores of porous silicon

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    Munoz-Noval, Alvaro; Fukami, Kazuhiro; Koyama, Akira; Gallach, Dario; Hermida-Merino, Daniel; Portale, Giuseppe; Kitada, Atsushi; Murase, Kuniaki; Abe, Takeshi; Hayakawa, Shinjiro; Sakka, Tetsuo

    2016-01-01

    This study examined the formation of amorphous platinum (Pt) clusters in nanopores of porous silicon at an initial stage of pore filling. The time dependency of the chemical state and local structure of Pt in the nanoporous silicon were characterized by X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (

  12. Influence of LiBr on photoluminescence properties of porous silicon

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    Dimassi, W., E-mail: dimassi_inrst@yahoo.f [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie, Technopole de Borj-Cedria, BP 95 Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Haddadi, I.; Bousbih, R.; Slama, S.; Ali Kanzari, M.; Bouaicha, M.; Ezzaouia, H. [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie, Technopole de Borj-Cedria, BP 95 Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia)

    2011-05-15

    A new method has been developed to improve the photoluminescence intensity of porous silicon (PS), which is first time that LiBr is used for passivation of PS. Immersion of the PS in a LiBr solution, followed by a thermal treatment at 100 {sup o}C for 30 min under nitrogen, leads to a nine fold increase in the intensity of the photoluminescence. The atomic force microscope (AFM) shows an increase of the nanoparticle dimension compared to the initial dimension of the PS nanostructure. The LiBr covers the nanoparticles of silicon without changing the wavelength distribution of the optical excitation and emission spectra. Moreover, a significant decrease of reflectivity was observed for the wavelength in the range of 350-500 nm. - Research highlights: {yields} A new method based on the use of LiBr was developed to enhance nine times the photoluminescence of porous silicon. {yields} The LiBr covers the silicon nanoparticles without changing in the optical excitation and emission spectra. {yields} We observed a significant decrease of the reflectivity in the 350-500 nm spectral range.

  13. Enhanced physical properties of porous silicon for improved hydrogen gas sensing

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    Naderi, N.; Hashim, M. R.; Amran, T. S. T.

    2012-05-01

    In the current communication, porous silicon samples were prepared by pulsed photoelectrochemical etching using a hydrofluoric acid-based solution. The structural and gas-sensing properties of the samples were studied. Apart from the cycle time T and pause time Toff of the pulsed current, a novel parameter, in the shape of the current named 'delay time Td' was introduced. Our results showed that by optimization of delay time, the porosity of samples can be controlled due to the chemical preparation of silicon surface prior to electrochemical anodization. The fourier-transform infrared measurements of porous silicon (PS) layers on Si substrate showed that the typical PS surface was characterized by chemical species like Si-H and Si-O-Si terminations. The two-minute delay before applying electrical current was considered sufficient for the fabrication of higher porosity (83%), more uniform, and more stable structures. The photoluminescence (PL) peak of the optimized sample showed higher intensity than the other samples. An obvious PL blue shift also revealed a change in the crystallographic characteristics of silicon due to quantum confinement effects. Metal-semiconductor-metal diodes with Schottky contacts of nickel were fabricated on PS samples and the potential application of optimized substrates for the improved sensitivity, stability, response time and recovery time of hydrogen gas sensors was subsequently studied.

  14. Optical observation of DNA translocation through Al2O3 sputtered silicon nanopores in porous membrane

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    Yamazaki, Hirohito; Ito, Shintaro; Esashika, Keiko; Taguchi, Yoshihiro; Saiki, Toshiharu

    2016-03-01

    Nanopore sensors are being developed as a platform for analyzing single DNA, RNA, and protein. In nanopore sensors, ionic current measurement is widely used and proof-of-concept of nanopore DNA sequencing by it has been demonstrated by previous studies. Recently, we proposed an alternative platform of nanopore DNA sequencing that incorporates ultraviolet light and porous silicon membrane to perform high-throughput measurement. In the development of our DNA sequencing platform, controlling nanopore size in porous silicon membrane is essential but remains a challenge. Here, we report on observation of DNA translocation through Al2O3 sputtered silicon nanopores (Al2O3 nanopores) by our optical scheme. Electromagnetic wave simulation was performed to analyze the excitation volume on Al2O3 nanopores generated by focused ultraviolet light. In the experiment, DNA translocation time through Al2O3 nanopores was compared with that of silicon nanopores and we examined the effect of nanopore density and thickness of membrane by supplementing the static electric field simulation.

  15. Differential photoacoustic cell to study the wetting process during porous silicon formation

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    German Espinosa-Arbelaez, Diego [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Posgrado en Ciencia e Ingenieria de Materiales, Edificio de Posgrado, Coyoacan, CP 04530, Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Departamento de Nanotecnologia, Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Blvd Juriquilla 3001, Campus Juriquilla, CP 76230, Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico); Velazquez-Hernandez, Ruben [Division de Investigacion y Posgrado, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, Cerro de las Campanas, CP 76010, Queretaro, Qro (Mexico); Petricioli-Carranco, Julio; Quintero-Torres, Rafael; Rodriguez-Garcia, Mario Enrique [Departamento de Nanotecnologia, Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Blvd Juriquilla 3001, Campus Juriquilla, CP 76230, Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico)

    2011-06-15

    This paper shows the in-situ study of the wetting process in Silicon during anodization process using an electrochemical Differential photoacoustic Cell (DPC). The Photoacoustic amplitude and phase signals were obtained for samples in air, ethanol, ethanol/HF and finally air. According to these results ethanol is responsible for a mechanical contact reducing the superficial tension and ethanol/HF produce the removing of the SiO{sub x} and SiO{sub 2}species on the Silicon surface. It was found that the DPC is a powerful technique to study the wet surface before the formation of the porous silicon layer (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. Nanoneedles based on porous silicon for chip bonding with self assembly capability

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    Jonnalagadda, Prasad; Mescheder, Ulrich; Kovacs, Andras; Nimoe, Antwi [Institute for Applied Research and Faculty Computer and Electrical Engineering, Hochschule Furtwangen University, Robert-Gerwig-Platz 1, 78120 Furtwangen (Germany)

    2011-06-15

    Needle-like surface structures have been fabricated using a self-organized nanostructuring process based on porous silicon. Optimized surfaces have been used for a novel bonding process in Si-MEMS. The realized needle-like surfaces enable Van-der-Waals based bonding at low temperature with self-assembly capability. The bonding forces depend on the surface topology and can be tailored by the nanostructuring process between permanent and detachable bonding. Bond strength for permanent bonding in the range of 1-10 MPa has been achieved. Multiple bonding of the same surface is possible (Velcro {sup registered} -principle). The capability of needle like surfaces for self aligned bonding of Si-chips or small silicon based systems (''smart dust'') on locally nanostructured areas of silicon wafers (Si-motherboard) has been shown. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  17. A Microsystem Based on Porous Silicon-Glass Anodic Bonding for Gas and Liquid Optical Sensing

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    Ivo Rendina

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available We have recently presented an integrated silicon-glass opto-chemical sensor forlab-on-chip applications, based on porous silicon and anodic bonding technologies. In thiswork, we have optically characterized the sensor response on exposure to vapors of severalorganic compounds by means of reflectivity measurements. The interaction between theporous silicon, which acts as transducer layer, and the organic vapors fluxed into the glasssealed microchamber, is preserved by the fabrication process, resulting in optical pathincrease, due to the capillary condensation of the vapors into the pores. Using theBruggemann theory, we have calculated the filled pores volume for each substance. Thesensor dynamic has been described by time-resolved measurements: due to the analysischamber miniaturization, the response time is only of 2 s. All these results have beencompared with data acquired on the same PSi structure before the anodic bonding process.

  18. Method for Impeding Degradation of Porous Silicon Structures

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    Vilentchouk, Biana Godin; Ferrari, Mauro

    2011-01-01

    This invention relates to surface modification of porosified silicon (pSi) structures with poly(alkylene) glycols for the purpose of controlled degradation of the silicon matrix and tailored release of encapsulated substances for biomedical applications. The pSi structures are currently used in diverse biomedical applications including bio-molecular screening, optical bio-sensoring, and drug delivery by means of injectable/orally administered carriers and implantable devices. The size of the pores and the surface chemistry of the pSi structure can be controlled during the microfabrication process and thereafter. A fine regulation of the degradation kinetics of mesoporous silicon structures is of fundamental importance. Polyethylene glycols (PEGs) represent the major category of surface modifying agents used in classical drug delivery systems and in pharmaceutical dosage forms. PEGylation enables avoidance of RES uptake, thus prolonging circulation time of intravenously injectable nanovectors. PEG molecules demonstrate little toxicity and immunogenicity, and are cleared from the body through the urine (molecular weight, MW less than 30 kDa) or in the feces (MW greater than 30kDa). The invention focuses on the possibility of finely tuning the degradation kinetics of the pSi nanovectors and other structures through surface conjugation of PEGs with various backbone lengths/MWs. To prove the concept, pSi nanovectors were covalently conjugated to seven PEGs with MW from 245 to 5,000 Da and their degradation kinetics in physiologically relevant media (phosphate buffer saline, PBS pH7.4, and fetal bovine serum) was assessed by the elemental analysis of the Si using inductive coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES). The conjugation of the PEG with lowest MW to the nanovectors surface did not induce any change in the degradation kinetics in serum, but inhibited degradation and consequently the release of orthosilicic acid into buffer. When PEGs with the longer

  19. Damage creation in porous silicon irradiated by swift heavy ions

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    Canut, B., E-mail: bruno.canut@insa-lyon.fr [Université de Lyon, Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon INL-IMR5270, CNRS, INSA de Lyon, Villeurbanne, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Massoud, M. [Université de Lyon, Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon INL-IMR5270, CNRS, INSA de Lyon, Villeurbanne, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Newby, P. [Centre de Recherche en Nanofabrication et Nanocaractérisation (CNR2), Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec (Canada); Lysenko, V. [Université de Lyon, Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon INL-IMR5270, CNRS, INSA de Lyon, Villeurbanne, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Frechette, L. [Centre de Recherche en Nanofabrication et Nanocaractérisation (CNR2), Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec (Canada); Bluet, J.M. [Université de Lyon, Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon INL-IMR5270, CNRS, INSA de Lyon, Villeurbanne, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Monnet, I. [Centre de Recherche sur les Ions, les Matériaux et la Photonique CIMAP-CIRIL, CEA–CNRS–ENSICAEN-Université de Caen, BP 5133 14070 Caen Cedex 5 (France)

    2014-05-01

    Mesoporous silicon (PS) samples were processed by anodising p{sup +} Si wafers in (1:1) HF–ethanol solution. Different current densities were used to obtain three different porosities (41%, 56% and 75%). In all cases the morphology of the PS layer is columnar with a mean crystallite size between 12 nm (75% porosity) and 19 nm (41% porosity). These targets were irradiated at the GANIL accelerator, using different projectiles ({sup 130}Xe ions of 91 MeV and 29 MeV, {sup 238}U ions of 110 MeV and 850 MeV) in order to vary the incident electronic stopping power S{sub e}. The fluences ranged between 10{sup 11} and 7 × 10{sup 13} cm{sup −2}. Raman spectroscopy and cross sectional SEM observations evidenced damage creation in the irradiated nanocrystallites, without any degradation of the PS layer morphology at fluences below 3 × 10{sup 12} cm{sup −2}. For higher doses, the columnar morphology transforms into a spongy-like structure. The damage cross sections, extracted from Raman results, increase with the electronic stopping power and with the sample porosity. At the highest S{sub e} (>10 keV nm{sup −1}) and the highest porosity (75%), the track diameter coincides with the crystallite diameter, indicating that a single projectile impact induces the crystallite amorphization along the major part of the ion path. These results were interpreted in the framework of the thermal spike model, taking into account the low thermal conductivity of the PS samples in comparison with that of bulk silicon.

  20. Silica cross-linked micelles loading with silicon nanoparticles: preparation and characterization.

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    Pan, Guo-Hui; Barras, Alexandre; Boussekey, Luc; Boukherroub, Rabah

    2013-08-14

    A new family of luminescent and stable silicon-based nanoparticles (NPs), silica cross-linked pluronic F127 (PF127) micelles loaded with decyl capped silicon nanoparticles (decyl-SiNPs), were synthesized in aqueous media. The decyl-SiNPs were prepared by first liberating hydride terminated SiNPs (H-SiNPs) from a porous silicon matrix followed by their functionalization via hydrosilylation with 1-decene under photochemical activation. The silicon-based NPs exhibit bright photoluminescence (PL) with a quantum yield of ∼3.8% and peaking at ∼2.0 eV, which lies within the transmission window that is useful for biological imaging. They display a hydrodynamic size of ∼25 nm with exterior polyethylene oxide (PEO) blocks stretching out in aqueous media. Chloroform was found to quench the excitation at energy above 4.9 eV by shielding the incident light or relaxing the charge carriers, which highlights that caution against solvent interference should be taken when performing the studies on PL origin and luminescence efficiency of SiNPs. For PF127, the blocks of hydrophilic PEO participate in the PL quenching, while poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) does not. The colloidal solution displays excellent PL stability against salt (NaCl) and temperature but is susceptible to basic solution at pH above 9.

  1. Networks of neuroblastoma cells on porous silicon substrates reveal a small world topology

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    Marinaro, Giovanni

    2015-01-01

    The human brain is a tightly interweaving network of neural cells where the complexity of the network is given by the large number of its constituents and its architecture. The topological structure of neurons in the brain translates into its increased computational capabilities, low energy consumption, and nondeterministic functions, which differentiate human behavior from artificial computational schemes. In this manuscript, we fabricated porous silicon chips with a small pore size ranging from 8 to 75 nm and large fractal dimensions up to Df ∼ 2.8. In culturing neuroblastoma N2A cells on the described substrates, we found that those cells adhere more firmly to and proliferate on the porous surfaces compared to the conventional nominally flat silicon substrates, which were used as controls. More importantly, we observed that N2A cells on the porous substrates create highly clustered, small world topology patterns. We conjecture that neurons with a similar architecture may elaborate information more efficiently than in random or regular grids. Moreover, we hypothesize that systems of neurons on nano-scale geometry evolve in time to form networks in which the propagation of information is maximized. This journal is

  2. Influence of preparation and storage conditions on photoluminescence of porous silicon powder with embedded Si nanocrystals

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    Bychto, Leszek, E-mail: leszek.bychto@tu.koszalin.pl; Balaguer, Maria; Pastor, Ester; Chirvony, Vladimir; Matveeva, Eugenia, E-mail: eumat@upvnet.upv.e [Technical University of Valencia, Nanophotonics Technology Center (Spain)

    2008-12-15

    The time changes of photoluminescence (PL) characteristics of porous silicon (porSi) powder during storing in different ambients have been reported. A porous silicon material with embedded Si nanocrystals of size of few nanometers was prepared by an electrochemical method from 10 to 20 {Omega}cm p-type Si wafers, and both constant and pulse current anodization regimes were used. A powder with a submicron average particle size was obtained by simple mechanical lift-off of the porous layer followed by additional manual milling. The air, hexane, and water as storage media were used, and modification by a nonionic surfactant (undecylenic acid) of the porSi surface was applied in the latter case. Dependence of PL characteristics on preparation and storage conditions was then studied. A remarkable blue shift of a position of PL maximum was observed in time for porSi powders in each storage media. In water suspension a many-fold build-up (10-30) of PL intensity in a time scale of few days was accompanied by an observed blue shift. Photoluminescence time behavior of porSi powders was described by a known mechanism of the change of porSi PL from free exciton emission of Si nanocrystals to luminescence of localized oxidized states on the Si nanocrystal surface.

  3. Different size biomolecules anchoring on porous silicon surface: fluorescence and reflectivity pores infiltration comparative studies

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    Giovannozzi, Andrea M.; Rossi, Andrea M. [National Institute for Metrological Research, Thermodynamic Division, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino (Italy); Renacco, Chiara; Farano, Alessandro [Ribes Ricecrhe Srl, Via Lavoratori Vittime del Col du Mont 24, 11100 Aosta (Italy); Derosas, Manuela [Biodiversity Srl, Via Corfu 71, 25124 Brescia (Italy); Enrico, Emanuele [National Institute for Metrological Research, Electromagnetism Division, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino (Italy)

    2011-06-15

    The performance of porous silicon optical based biosensors strongly depends on material nanomorphology, on biomolecules distribution inside the pores and on the ability to link sensing species to the pore walls. In this paper we studied the immobilization of biomolecules with different size, such as antibody anti aflatoxin (anti Aflatox Ab, {proportional_to}150 KDa), malate dehydrogenase (MDH, {proportional_to}36KDa) and metallothionein (MT, {proportional_to}6KDa) at different concentrations on mesoporous silicon samples ({proportional_to}15 nm pores diameter). Fluorescence measurements using FITC- labeled biomolecules and refractive index analysis based on reflectivity spectra have been employed together to detect the amount of proteins bound to the surface and to evaluate their diffusion inside the pores. Here we suggest that these two techniques should be used together to have a better understanding of what happens at the porous silicon surface. In fact, when pores dimensions are not perfectly tuned to the protein size a higher fluorescence signal doesn't often correspond to a higher biomolecules distribution inside the pores. When a too much higher concentration of biomolecule is anchored on the surface, steric crowd effects and repulsive interactions probably take over and hinder pores infiltration, inducing a small or absent shift in the fringe pattern even if a higher fluorescence signal is registered. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. Time-resolved photoluminescence study of stabilised iron-porous silicon nanocomposites

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    Rahmani, M.; Ajlani, H.; Moadhen, A. [Unite de Spectroscopie Raman, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Universite Tunis El Manar, 2092 ElManar, Tunis (Tunisia); Zaibi, M.-A., E-mail: MohamedAli.zaibi@fsb.rnu.t [Unite de Spectroscopie Raman, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Universite Tunis El Manar, 2092 ElManar, Tunis (Tunisia); Ecole Superieure des Sciences et Techniques de Tunis Universite de Tunis, 5 Av. Taha Hussein, 1008 Montfleury, Tunis (Tunisia); Haji, L. [Universite Europeenne de Bretagne, CNRS FOTON-UMR 6082, 6 rue de Kerampont, B.P. 80518, 22305 Lannion Cedex (France); Oueslati, M. [Unite de Spectroscopie Raman, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Universite Tunis El Manar, 2092 ElManar, Tunis (Tunisia)

    2010-09-17

    Porous silicon (PS) passivated by iron (PS/Fe) shows an intense, board and stable photoluminescence (PL) band centred at 1.77 eV. The time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) of PS and PS/Fe, in the range of some tenth of {mu}s, were investigated at room temperature. Contrary to PS, the TRPL spectrum of PS/Fe exhibits a multi-band profile, attributed to the presence of iron in porous silicon matrix. Hence, the passivation of PS by iron provides the formation of two states located in the PS band gap. The PL decay line shape, in PS and PS/Fe, is well described by stretched exponential. The decay time ({tau}) in PS has been found lower than that of PS/Fe which is due to the reduction of the non-radiative transitions. Such paths occur when excited carriers escape by tunnelling from less passivated nanocrystallites silicon. The analyses of the TRPL spectra as well as the decay times approve the passivation of Si nanocrystallites by iron.

  5. An Efficient, Versatile, and Safe Access to Supported Metallic Nanoparticles on Porous Silicon with Ionic Liquids.

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    Darwich, Walid; Haumesser, Paul-Henri; Santini, Catherine C; Gaillard, Frédéric

    2016-06-03

    The metallization of porous silicon (PSi) is generally realized through physical vapor deposition (PVD) or electrochemical processes using aqueous solutions. The former uses a strong vacuum and does not allow for a conformal deposition into the pores. In the latter, the water used as solvent causes oxidation of the silicon during the reduction of the salt precursors. Moreover, as PSi is hydrophobic, the metal penetration into the pores is restricted to the near-surface region. Using a solution of organometallic (OM) precursors in ionic liquid (IL), we have developed an easy and efficient way to fully metallize the pores throughout the several-µm-thick porous Si. This process affords supported metallic nanoparticles characterized by a narrow size distribution. This process is demonstrated for different metals (Pt, Pd, Cu, and Ru) and can probably be extended to other metals. Moreover, as no reducing agent is necessary (the decomposition in an argon atmosphere at 50 °C is fostered by surface silicon hydride groups borne by PSi), the safety and the cost of the process are improved.

  6. Nanostructured porous silicon: The winding road from photonics to cell scaffolds. A review.

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    Jacobo eHernandez-Montelongo

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available For over 20 years nanostructured porous silicon (nanoPS has found a vast number of applications in the broad fields of photonics and optoelectronics, triggered by the discovery of its photoluminescent behavior in 1990. Besides, its biocompatibility, biodegradability, and bioresorbability make porous silicon (PSi an appealing biomaterial. These properties are largely a consequence of its particular susceptibility to oxidation, leading to the formation of silicon oxide which is readily dissolved by body fluids. This paper reviews the evolution of the applications of PSi and nanoPS from photonics through biophotonics, to their use as cell scaffolds, whether as an implantable substitute biomaterial, mainly for bony and ophthalmological tissues, or as an in-vitro cell conditioning support, especially for pluripotent cells. For any of these applications, PSi/nanoPS can be used directly after synthesis from Si wafers, upon appropriate surface modification processes, or as a composite biomaterial. Unedited studies of fluorescently active PSi structures for cell culture are brought to evidence the margin for new developments.

  7. An Efficient, Versatile, and Safe Access to Supported Metallic Nanoparticles on Porous Silicon with Ionic Liquids

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    Walid Darwich

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The metallization of porous silicon (PSi is generally realized through physical vapor deposition (PVD or electrochemical processes using aqueous solutions. The former uses a strong vacuum and does not allow for a conformal deposition into the pores. In the latter, the water used as solvent causes oxidation of the silicon during the reduction of the salt precursors. Moreover, as PSi is hydrophobic, the metal penetration into the pores is restricted to the near-surface region. Using a solution of organometallic (OM precursors in ionic liquid (IL, we have developed an easy and efficient way to fully metallize the pores throughout the several-µm-thick porous Si. This process affords supported metallic nanoparticles characterized by a narrow size distribution. This process is demonstrated for different metals (Pt, Pd, Cu, and Ru and can probably be extended to other metals. Moreover, as no reducing agent is necessary (the decomposition in an argon atmosphere at 50 °C is fostered by surface silicon hydride groups borne by PSi, the safety and the cost of the process are improved.

  8. Nanostructured Porous Silicon: The Winding Road from Photonics to Cell Scaffolds – A Review

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    Hernández-Montelongo, Jacobo; Muñoz-Noval, Alvaro; García-Ruíz, Josefa Predestinación; Torres-Costa, Vicente; Martín-Palma, Raul J.; Manso-Silván, Miguel

    2015-01-01

    For over 20 years, nanostructured porous silicon (nanoPS) has found a vast number of applications in the broad fields of photonics and optoelectronics, triggered by the discovery of its photoluminescent behavior in 1990. Besides, its biocompatibility, biodegradability, and bioresorbability make porous silicon (PSi) an appealing biomaterial. These properties are largely a consequence of its particular susceptibility to oxidation, leading to the formation of silicon oxide, which is readily dissolved by body fluids. This paper reviews the evolution of the applications of PSi and nanoPS from photonics through biophotonics, to their use as cell scaffolds, whether as an implantable substitute biomaterial, mainly for bony and ophthalmological tissues, or as an in vitro cell conditioning support, especially for pluripotent cells. For any of these applications, PSi/nanoPS can be used directly after synthesis from Si wafers, upon appropriate surface modification processes, or as a composite biomaterial. Unedited studies of fluorescently active PSi structures for cell culture are brought to evidence the margin for new developments. PMID:26029688

  9. Photothermal and biodegradable polyaniline/porous silicon hybrid nanocomposites as drug carriers for combined chemo-photothermal therapy of cancer.

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    Xia, Bing; Wang, Bin; Shi, Jisen; Zhang, Yu; Zhang, Qi; Chen, Zhenyu; Li, Jiachen

    2017-03-15

    To develop photothermal and biodegradable nanocarriers for combined chemo-photothermal therapy of cancer, polyaniline/porous silicon hybrid nanocomposites had been successfully fabricated via surface initiated polymerization of aniline onto porous silicon nanoparticles in our experiments. As-prepared polyaniline/porous silicon nanocomposites could be well dispersed in aqueous solution without any extra hydrophilic surface coatings, and showed a robust photothermal effect under near-infrared (NIR) laser irradiation. Especially, after an intravenous injection into mice, these biodegradable porous silicon-based nanocomposites as non-toxic agents could be completely cleared in body. Moreover, these polyaniline/porous silicon nanocomposites as drug carriers also exhibited an efficient loading and dual pH/NIR light-triggered release of doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX, a model anticancer drug). Most importantly, assisted with NIR laser irradiation, polyaniline/PSiNPs nanocomposites with loading DOX showed a remarkable synergistic anticancer effect combining chemotherapy with photothermal therapy, whether in vitro or in vivo. Therefore, based on biodegradable PSiNPs-based nanocomposites, this combination approach of chemo-photothermal therapy would have enormous potential on clinical cancer treatments in the future.

  10. Formation of the seed layers for layer-transfer process silicon solar cells by zone-heating recrystallization of porous silicon structures

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    Lukianov, A.; Murakami, K.; Takazawa, C.; Ihara, M.

    2016-05-01

    Thin-film crystalline silicon is promising for photovoltaic application to reduce the cost of photovoltaic energy. Porous silicon structures have been intensively studied as a seed layer for epitaxial growth of thin Si film and layer-transfer process (LTP). In this article, another approach for LTP has been proposed. The seed layers for epitaxial silicon growth have been formed by zone-heating recrystallization of double-layer por-Si structures. The influence of annealing parameters on porous silicon structures was studied. The transformation of por-Si layer to crystalline Si was observed with the formation of smooth continuous surface with the roughness 0.3 nm, peak-to-valley distance around 3.5 nm, and reduced density of pores. The mechanism of the transformation of por-Si surface due to the action of hydrogen in the passivated pores with preventing surface oxidation was proposed.

  11. Strong photoluminescence of the porous silicon with HfO2-filled microcavities

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    Jiang, Ran; Wu, Zhengran; Du, Xianghao; Han, Zuyin; Sun, Weideng

    2015-06-01

    Greatly enhanced blue emission was observed at room temperature in the single-crystal silicon with HfO2 filled into its microcavities. The broad blue band light was emitted from both the HfO2 dielectric and the porous Si. The ferroelectricity of HfO2 enhances the blue emission from Si by its filling into the microcaivities. At the same time, HfO2 contributes to the light emission for the transitions of the defect levels for oxygen vacancy. The observation of greatly enhanced blue light emission of the porous Si filled with HfO2 dielectric is remarkable as both HfO2 and Si are highly compatible with Si-based electronic industry.

  12. Lowering of the cavitation threshold in aqueous suspensions of porous silicon nanoparticles for sonodynamic therapy applications

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    Sviridov, A. P., E-mail: asagittarius89@gmail.com; Osminkina, L. A. [Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Nikolaev, A. L. [Faculty of Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Kudryavtsev, A. A. [Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics, Russian Academy of Science, 142290 Pushino, Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Vasiliev, A. N. [Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics Department, Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Timoshenko, V. Yu. [Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University, 634050 Tomsk (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-21

    A significant decrease of the cavitation threshold in aqueous suspensions of porous silicon nanoparticles (PSi NPs) with sizes about 100 nm as compared with pure water was observed for ultrasound irradiation (USI) with therapeutic frequency (0.88 MHz) and intensities (about 1 W/cm{sup 2}). This effect is explained by porous morphology of PSi NPs, which promotes the nucleation of cavitation bubbles. In vitro experiments revealed a suppression of the proliferation of cancer cells with the introduced PSi NPs after exposure to USI related to the enhanced cavitation processes, which led to the cell destruction. The obtained results demonstrate that PSi NPs are prospective for applications as sonosensitizers in mild cancer therapy.

  13. Photoluminescent silicon nanocrystals with chlorosilane surfaces - synthesis and reactivity

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    Höhlein, Ignaz M. D.; Kehrle, Julian; Purkait, Tapas K.; Veinot, Jonathan G. C.; Rieger, Bernhard

    2014-12-01

    We present a new efficient two-step method to covalently functionalize hydride terminated silicon nanocrystals with nucleophiles. First a reactive chlorosilane layer was formed via diazonium salt initiated hydrosilylation of chlorodimethyl(vinyl)silane which was then reacted with alcohols, silanols and organolithium reagents. With organolithium compounds a side reaction is observed in which a direct functionalization of the silicon surface takes place.We present a new efficient two-step method to covalently functionalize hydride terminated silicon nanocrystals with nucleophiles. First a reactive chlorosilane layer was formed via diazonium salt initiated hydrosilylation of chlorodimethyl(vinyl)silane which was then reacted with alcohols, silanols and organolithium reagents. With organolithium compounds a side reaction is observed in which a direct functionalization of the silicon surface takes place. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed experimental procedures and additional NMR, PL, EDX, DLS and TEM data. See DOI: 10.1039/C4NR05888G

  14. Improved Treatment of Photothermal Cancer by Coating TiO2 on Porous Silicon.

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    Na, Kil Ju; Park, Gye-Choon

    2016-02-01

    In present society, the technology in various field has been sharply developed and advanced. In medical technology, especially, photothermal therapy and photodynamic therapy have had limelight for curing cancers and diseases. The study investigates the photothermal therapy that reduces side effects of existing cancer treatment, is applied to only cancer cells, and dose not harm any other normal cells. The photothermal properties of porous silicon for therapy are analyzed in order to destroy cancer cells that are more weak at heat than normal ones. For improving performance of porous silicon, it also analyzes the properties when irradiating the near infrared by heterologously junction TiO2 and TiO2NW, photocatalysts that are very stable and harmless to the environment and the human body, to porous silicon. Each sample of Si, PSi, TiO2/Psi, and TiO2NW/PSi was irradiated with 808 nm near-IR of 300, 500, and 700 mW/cm2 light intensity, where the maximum heating temperature was 43.8, 61.6, 67.9, and 61.9 degrees C at 300 mW/cm2; 54.1, 64.3, 78.8, and 68.9 degrees C at 500 mW/cm2; and 97.3, 102.8, 102.5, and 95 0C at 700 mW/cm2. The time required to reach the maximum temperature was less than 10 min for every case. The results indicate that TiO2/PSi thin film irradiated with a single near-infrared wavelength of 808 nm, which is known to have the best human permeability, offers the potential of being the most successful photothermal cancer therapy agent. It maximizes the photo-thermal characteristics within the shortest time, and minimizes the adverse effects on the human body.

  15. A bioactive metallurgical grade porous silicon-polytetrafluoroethylene sheet for guided bone regeneration applications.

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    Chadwick, E G; Clarkin, O M; Raghavendra, R; Tanner, D A

    2014-01-01

    The properties of porous silicon make it a promising material for a host of applications including drug delivery, molecular and cell-based biosensing, and tissue engineering. Porous silicon has previously shown its potential for the controlled release of pharmacological agents and in assisting bone healing. Hydroxyapatite, the principle constituent of bone, allows osteointegration in vivo, due to its chemical and physical similarities to bone. Synthetic hydroxyapatite is currently applied as a surface coating to medical devices and prosthetics, encouraging bone in-growth at their surface and improving osseointegration. This paper examines the potential for the use of an economically produced porous silicon particulate-polytetrafluoroethylene sheet for use as a guided bone regeneration device in periodontal and orthopaedic applications. The particulate sheet is comprised of a series of microparticles in a polytetrafluoroethylene matrix and is shown to produce a stable hydroxyapatite on its surface under simulated physiological conditions. The microstructure of the material is examined both before and after simulated body fluid experiments for a period of 1, 7, 14 and 30 days using Scanning Electron Microscopy. The composition is examined using a combination of Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, Thin film X-ray diffraction, Attenuated Total Reflectance-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and the uptake/release of constituents at the fluid-solid interface is explored using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy. Microstructural and compositional analysis reveals progressive growth of crystalline, 'bone-like' apatite on the surface of the material, indicating the likelihood of close bony apposition in vivo.

  16. Silver nanoparticles deposited on porous silicon as a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) active substrate.

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    Zeiri, Leila; Rechav, Katya; Porat, Ze'ev; Zeiri, Yehuda

    2012-03-01

    Silver nanoparticles were deposited spontaneously from their aqueous solution on a porous silicon (PS) layer. The PS acts both as a reducing agent and as the substrate on which the nanoparticles nucleate. At higher silver ion concentrations, layers of nanoparticle aggregates were formed on the PS surface. The morphology of the metallic layers and their SERS activity were influenced by the concentrations of the silver ion solutions used for deposition. Raman measurements of rhodamine 6G (R6G) and crystal violet (CV) adsorbed on these surfaces showed remarkable enhancement of up to about 10 orders of magnitude.

  17. Temperature: a critical parameter affecting the optical properties of porous silicon

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    Long Yongfu; Ge Jin; Ding Xunmin; Hou Xiaoyuan

    2009-01-01

    The optical properties of porous silicon (PS) samples fabricated by pulse etching in a temperature rangefrom -40 to 50 ℃ have been investigated using reflectance spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The dependence of the optical parameters, such as the refractive index n and the optical thickness (nd) of PS samples, on the etching temperature has been analyzed in detail. As the etching temperature decreases, n decreases, indicating a higher porosity, and the physical thickness of PS samples also decreases. Meanwhile, the reflectance spectra exhibit a more intense interference band and the interfaces are smoother.In addition, the intensity of the PL emission spectra is dramatically increased.

  18. Pulse generation and compression using an asymmetrical porous silicon-based Mach–Zehnder interferometer configuration

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    SHU-WEN GUO; JIAN-WEI WU

    2016-12-01

    We propose an asymmetrical Mach–Zehnder interferometer (MZI) for efficient pulse generation and compression using porous silicon (PS) waveguide, fibre delay line and couplers. We show a pulse compression of about 0.4 ns at the output port with third-order super-Gaussian input pulse in ∼2 ns time duration and ∼40.3 W peak power level. Also, we show the possibility of obtaining compressed single- or double-pulse with judicious choice of various parameters like input peak power, delay time and input pulse width.

  19. Optical biosensing of bacteria and cells using porous silicon based, photonic lamellar gratings

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    Mirsky, Y.; Nahor, A.; Edrei, E.; Massad-Ivanir, N.; Bonanno, L. M.; Segal, E.; Sa'ar, A.

    2013-07-01

    We report on a method to extend the optical sensing capabilities of conventional RIFTS (reflective interferometric Fourier transform spectroscopy) biosensors for real-time detection of large microorganisms, such as bacteria and cells. Using macro porous silicon based 2D arrays of phase (lamellar) grating, we demonstrate that the zero-order optical reflectivity exhibits a similar interference pattern to that obtained for ordinary RIFTS biosensors, which can be Fourier transformed into optical thickness and exploited for biosensing. The sensing capabilities are demonstrated for Escherichia coli bacteria that were captured inside the macro-pores. The entrapment process is monitored and verified by confocal laser scanning microscopy.

  20. DNA Optical Detection Based on Porous Silicon Technology: from Biosensors to Biochips

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    Ivo Rendina

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available A photochemical functionalization process which passivates the porous silicon surface of optical biosensors has been optimized as a function of the thickness and the porosity of the devices. The surface modification has been characterized by contact angle measurements. Fluorescence measurements have been used to investigate the stability of the DNA single strands bound to the nanostructured material. A dose-response curve for an optical label-free biosensor in the 6-80 μM range has been realized.

  1. Porosity dependence of positive magnetoconductance in n-type porous silicon

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    Chouaibi, Bassem; Radaoui, Moufid; Benfredj, Amel; Bouchriha, Habib [Laboratoire Materiaux Avances et Phenomenes Quantiques, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Universite El Manar, 2092 Campus universitaire, Tunis (Tunisia); Romdhane, Samir [Laboratoire Materiaux Avances et Phenomenes Quantiques, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Universite El Manar, 2092 Campus universitaire, Tunis (Tunisia); Faculte des Sciences de Bizerte, 7021 Zarzouna, Bizerte, Universite de Carthage (Tunisia); Bouaicha, Mongi [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' Energie, BP 95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia)

    2012-10-15

    Positive magnetoconductance (MC) on n-type porous silicon (PS) based devices was observed at room temperature for low static magnetic field (under 6000 G). We found that the measured MC decreases when the film porosity is increased. Obtained results were analyzed by means of the quasi-1D weak localization (WL) theory. From the dependence of the MC vs. applied magnetic field, we determine the phase coherence length L{sup {phi}}. Good agreement between theoretical and experimental results was found (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Porous silicon-based scaffolds for tissue engineering and other biomedical applications

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    Coffer, Jeffery L.; Whitehead, Melanie A.; Nagesha, Dattatri K.; Mukherjee, Priyabrata [Department of Chemistry, Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX 76129 (United States); Akkaraju, Giridhar [Department of Biology, Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX 76129 (United States); Totolici, Mihaela; Saffie, Roghieh S.; Canham, Leigh T. [PSi Medica Ltd. Malvern, Worcs (United Kingdom)

    2005-06-01

    This work describes the formation of porous composite materials based on a combination of bioactive mesoporous silicon and bioerodible polymers such as poly-caprolactone (PCL). The fabrication of a range of composites prepared by both salt leaching and microemulsion techniques are discussed. Particular attention to the influence of Si content in the composite on in vitro calcification assays are assessed. For each system, cytotoxicity and cellular proliferation are explicitly evaluated through fibroblast cell culture assays. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  3. Investigation of structural and optical properties of GaN on flat and porous silicon

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    Abud, Saleh H.; Selman, Abbas M.; Hassan, Z.

    2016-09-01

    In this work, gallium nitride (GaN) layers were successfully grown on Flat-Si and porous silicon (PSi) using a radio frequency-magnetron sputtering system. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy images showed that the grown film on Flat-Si had smoother surface, even though there were some cracks on it. Furthermore, the X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the peak intensity of all the grown layers on PSi was higher than that of the grown layer on Flat-Si. Our detailed observation showed that PSi is a promising substrate to obtain GaN films.

  4. Enhancement of photoluminescence and raman scattering in one-dimensional photonic crystals based on porous silicon

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    Gonchar, K. A., E-mail: k.a.gonchar@gmail.com [Moscow State University, Physics Faculty (Russian Federation); Musabek, G. K.; Taurbayev, T. I. [Al Farabi Kazakh National University, Physics Department (Kazakhstan); Timoshenko, V. Yu. [Moscow State University, Physics Faculty (Russian Federation)

    2011-05-15

    In porous-silicon-based multilayered structures that exhibit the properties of one-dimensional photonic crystals, an increase in the photoluminescence and Raman scattering intensities is observed upon optical excitation at the wavelength 1.064 {mu}m. When the excitation wavelength falls within the edge of the photonic band gap of the structures, a multiple increase (by a factor larger than 400) in the efficiency of Raman scattering is detected. The effect is attributed to partial localization of excitation light and, correspondingly, to the much longer time of interaction of light with the material in the structures.

  5. Structural and light-emission modification in chemically-etched porous silicon

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    Navarro-Urrios, D.; Oton, C.J. [Departamento de Fisica Basica, University of La Laguna, Avda. Astrofisico Fco. Sanchez, La Laguna (Spain); INFM and Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Trento, Via Sommarive 14, Povo, Trento (Italy); Perez-Padron, C.; Lorenzo, E.; Capuj, N.E. [Departamento de Fisica Basica, University of La Laguna, Avda. Astrofisico Fco. Sanchez, La Laguna (Spain); Gaburro, Z.; Pavesi, L. [INFM and Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Trento, Via Sommarive 14, Povo, Trento (Italy)

    2005-06-01

    After electrochemical etching, we have made a study of the effects generated on p{sup +}-type porous silicon layers when they are left in presence of the electrolyte for different post-etching times. Using an interferometric technique, we have monitored the change of its porosity during the post-etch process due to a chemical dissolution mechanism. These data are complemented with a study of photoluminescence and transmission electron microscopy measurements for different post-etching times. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  6. Optical properties of delta poly-type quasiregular dielectric structures made of porous silicon

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    Agarwal, V.; Escorcia-Garcia, J. [CIICAP-UAEM, Av. Universidad 1001, Col. Chamilpa, CP 62209, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Mora-Ramos, Miguel E. [Facultad de Ciencias-UAEM, Av. Universidad 1001, Col. Chamilpa, CP 62209, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)

    2007-05-15

    To investigate the reflection of light in quasi-regular dielectrics, we study here the optical properties of porous-silicon-based Fibonacci, Thue-Morse and Period Doubling heterostructures. The multilayered systems are fabricated in such a way that each element in the two-block substitutional sequence has a poly-type structure. Both delta-like and traditional configurations are considered. The results for the optical transmittance are analyzed and compared with the classical periodic structure. Numerical simulation for the transmittance along the lines of the transfer matrix approach is also presented. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  7. Protein conformational changes revealed by optical spectroscopic reflectometry in porous silicon multilayers

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    De Tommasi, Edoardo; Rea, Ilaria; Rendina, Ivo; Rotiroti, Lucia; Stefano, Luca De [National Council of Research, Institute for Microelectronic and Microsystems, Department of Naples, Via P Castellino 111, I-80131 Naples (Italy)], E-mail: edoardo.detommasi@na.imm.cnr.it

    2009-01-21

    The protein-ligand molecular interactions imply strong geometrical and structural rearrangements of the biological complex which are normally detected by high sensitivity optical techniques such as time-resolved fluorescence microscopy. In this work, we have measured, by optical spectroscopic reflectometry in the visible-near-infrared region, the interaction between a sugar binding protein (SBP), covalently bound on the surface of a porous silicon (PSi) microcavity, and glucose, at different concentrations and temperatures. Variable-angle spectroscopic ellipsometric (VASE) characterization of protein-functionalized PSi layers confirms that the protein-ligand system has an overall volume smaller than the SBP alone.

  8. Fabrication and application of porous silicon multilayered microparticles in sustained drug delivery

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    Maniya, Nalin H.; Patel, Sanjaykumar R.; Murthy, Z. V. P.

    2015-09-01

    In the present study, the ability of porous silicon (PSi) based distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) microparticles for sustained and observable delivery of the antiviral agent acyclovir (ACV) is demonstrated. DBR was fabricated by electrochemical etching of single crystal silicon wafers and ultrasonic fractured to prepare microparticles. The hydrogen-terminated native surface of DBR microparticles was modified by thermal oxidation and thermal hydrosilylation. Particles were loaded with ACV and drug release experiments were conducted in phosphate buffered saline. Drug loading and surface chemistry of particles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Drug release profiles from PSi DBR particles show sustained release behavior from all three studied surface chemistries. Drug release from particles was also monitored from change in color of particles.

  9. Composite Si/PS membrane pressure sensors with micro and macro-porous silicon

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    L Sujatha; Enakshi Bhattacharya

    2009-08-01

    Porous Silicon (PS) is a versatile material with many unique features making it viable in the field of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS). In this paper, we discuss the optimization of formation parameters of micro and macro PS with different porosity and thickness for use in pressure sensors. The optimized material is used in the fabrication of composite Si/PS membranes in piezo-resistive pressure sensors and tested. Pressure sensors with composite membranes have higher sensitivity than those with single crystalline silicon membrane with the sensitivity increasing as the porosity increases. For the same porosity and thickness of the PS layer, Si/micro PS membranes exhibit higher sensitivity than Si/macro PS ones. The offset voltage in these sensors is found to be high and can be due to the stress induced in the membrane during PS formation. Offset voltage and stress values are found to be higher in composite membranes with micro PS as compared to macro PS.

  10. Study of optical absorbance in porous silicon nanowires for photovoltaic applications

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    Charrier, Joël

    2013-10-01

    Porous silicon nanowires (PSiNWs) layers fabrication was reported. Reflectance spectra were measured as a function of the nanowire length and were inferior to 0.1% and a strong photoluminescence (PL) signal was measured from samples. Models based on cone shape of nanowires located in circular and rectangular bases were used to calculate the reflectance using the transfer matrix formalism (TMF) of PSiNWs layer. The modeling of the reflectance permits to explain this value by taking account into the shape of the nanowires and its porosity. Optical absorbance and transmission were also theoretically studied. The absorbance was superior to that obtained with silicon nanowires and the ultimate efficiency was about equal to 25% for normal incidence angle. These results could be applied to the potential application in low-cost and high efficiency PSiNWs based solar cells. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Band edge discontinuities and carrier transport in c-Si/porous silicon heterojunctions

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    Islam, Md Nazrul [QAED-SRG, Space Applications Centre (ISRO), Ahmedabad - 380015 (India); Ram, Sanjay K [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur - 208016 (India); Kumar, Satyendra [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur - 208016 (India)

    2007-10-07

    We have prepared light emitting nanocrystallline porous silicon (PS) layers by electrochemical anodization of crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafer and characterized the c-Si/PS heterojunctions using temperature dependence of dark current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. The reverse bias I-V characteristics of c-Si/PS heterojunctions are found to behave like the Schottky junctions where carrier transport is mainly governed by the carrier generation-recombination in the depletion region formed on the PS side. Fermi level of c-Si gets pinned to the defect levels at the interface resulting in ln(I) {approx} V{sup 1/2}. The barrier height in the reverse bias condition is shown to be equal to the band offset at the conduction band edges. An energy band diagram for the c-Si/PS heterojunction is proposed.

  12. Initial stem cell adhesion on porous silicon surface: molecular architecture of actin cytoskeleton and filopodial growth

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    Collart-Dutilleul, Pierre-Yves; Panayotov, Ivan; Secret, Emilie; Cunin, Frédérique; Gergely, Csilla; Cuisinier, Frédéric; Martin, Marta

    2014-10-01

    The way cells explore their surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM) during development and migration is mediated by lamellipodia at their leading edge, acting as an actual motor pulling the cell forward. Lamellipodia are the primary area within the cell of actin microfilaments (filopodia) formation. In this work, we report on the use of porous silicon (pSi) scaffolds to mimic the ECM of mesenchymal stem cells from the dental pulp (DPSC) and breast cancer (MCF-7) cells. Our atomic force microscopy (AFM), fluorescence microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results show that pSi promoted the appearance of lateral filopodia protruding from the DPSC cell body and not only in the lamellipodia area. The formation of elongated lateral actin filaments suggests that pores provided the necessary anchorage points for protrusion growth. Although MCF-7 cells displayed a lower presence of organized actin network on both pSi and nonporous silicon, pSi stimulated the formation of extended cell protrusions.

  13. Mechanism of erosion of nanostructured porous silicon drug carriers in neoplastic tissues.

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    Tzur-Balter, Adi; Shatsberg, Zohar; Beckerman, Margarita; Segal, Ester; Artzi, Natalie

    2015-02-11

    Nanostructured porous silicon (PSi) is emerging as a promising platform for drug delivery owing to its biocompatibility, degradability and high surface area available for drug loading. The ability to control PSi structure, size and porosity enables programming its in vivo retention, providing tight control over embedded drug release kinetics. In this work, the relationship between the in vitro and in vivo degradation of PSi under (pre)clinically relevant conditions, using breast cancer mouse model, is defined. We show that PSi undergoes enhanced degradation in diseased environment compared with healthy state, owing to the upregulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the tumour vicinity that oxidize the silicon scaffold and catalyse its degradation. We further show that PSi degradation in vitro and in vivo correlates in healthy and diseased states when ROS-free or ROS-containing media are used, respectively. Our work demonstrates that understanding the governing mechanisms associated with specific tissue microenvironment permits predictive material performance.

  14. Experimental Study of Capillary Effect in Porous Silicon Using Micro-Raman Spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction

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    LEI Zhen-Kun; KANG Yi-Lan; QIU Yu; HU Ming; CEN Hao

    2004-01-01

    We investigate the capillary effect and the residual stress evolution in the wetting, drying and rewetting stages of porous silicon using x-ray diffraction and micro-Raman spectroscopy. A reversible capillary effect and an irreversible oxidation effect are the driving forces for the residual stress evolution. The lattice expansion of the porous-silicon layer is observed to decrease slightly by x-ray diffraction and the tensile residual stress increases rapidly by micro-Raman spectroscopy, with the change of about 82 MPa for the oxidation effect and the change of 2.78 GPa (enough for cracking) for the capillary effect. Therefore, the capillary effect plays a major role in the residual stress evolution in the stages. A simple microscopic liquid-bridge model is introduced to explain the capillary effect and its reversibility. The capillary emergence has a close relation with a great deal of the micro-pore structure of porous silicon.

  15. Formation, characterization, and flow dynamics of nanostructure modified sensitive and selective gas sensors based on porous silicon

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    Ozdemir, Serdar

    Nanopore covered microporous silicon interfaces have been formed via an electrochemical etch for gas sensor applications. Rapid reversible and sensitive gas sensors have been fabricated. Both top-down and bottom-up approaches are utilized in the process. A nano-pore coated micro-porous silicon surface is modified selectively for sub-ppm detection of NH3, PH3 , NO, H2S, SO2. The selective depositions include electrolessly generated SnO2, CuxO, Au xO, NiO, and nanoparticles such as TiO2, MgO doped TiO 2, Al2O3, and ZrO2. Flow dynamics are analyzed via numerical simulations and response data. An array of sensors is formed to analyze mixed gas response. A general coating selection method for chemical sensors is established via an extrapolation on the inverse of the Hard-Soft Acid-Base concept. In Chapter 1, the current state of the porous silicon gas sensor research is reviewed. Since metal oxide thin films, and, recently, nanowires are dominantly used for sensing application, the general properties of metal oxides are also discussed in this chapter. This chapter is concluded with a discussion about commercial gas sensors and the advantages of using porous silicon as a sensing material. The PS review discussed at the beginning of this chapter is an overview of the following publication: (1) "The Potential of Porous Silicon Gas Sensors", Serdar Ozdemir, James L. Gole, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, 11, 92-100 (2007). In Chapter 2, porous silicon formation is explained in detail. Interesting results of various silicon anodization experiments are discussed. In the second part of this chapter, the microfabrication process of porous silicon conductometric gas sensors and gas testing set up are briefly introduced. In chapter 3, metal oxide nanoparticle/nanocluster formation and characterization experiments via SEM and XPS analysis are discussed. Chapter 4 is an overview of the test results for various concentrations NH3, NO, NO2 and PH3. The

  16. Modeling the flow of molten silicon in porous carbon preforms and the subsequent formation of silicon carbide

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    Rajesh, G.; Bhagat, R.B. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States). Engineering Science and Mechanics Dept.; Nelson, E. [National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cleveland, OH (United States). Lewis Research Center

    1995-10-01

    In this investigation, the authors have modeled the formation of silicon carbide during the infiltration of porous carbon preforms, and predicted the amount of SiC formed only due to reaction between Si and C, coupled with diffusion. For a two-dimensional representative volume element (RVE) of a carbon preform with 30% volume fraction of carbon, they have numerically predicted the concentration profiles of Si and SiC, based on coupled reaction and diffusion. Consideration of only reaction and diffusion as a mechanism of formation of SiC in the model is not adequate for an efficient conversion of Si to SiC, leading thereby to the presence of residual Si. Finally, a two-dimensional approach to predict the transient permeability in the preform in relation to the transient change in porosity in an RVE, was discussed.

  17. Oxygen Absorption in Free-Standing Porous Silicon: A Structural, Optical and Kinetic Analysis

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    Cisneros Rodolfo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Porous silicon (PSi is a nanostructured material possessing a huge surface area per unit volume. In consequence, the adsorption and diffusion of oxygen in PSi are particularly important phenomena and frequently cause significant changes in its properties. In this paper, we study the thermal oxidation of p+-type free-standing PSi fabricated by anodic electrochemical etching. These free-standing samples were characterized by nitrogen adsorption, thermogravimetry, atomic force microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. The results show a structural phase transition from crystalline silicon to a combination of cristobalite and quartz, passing through amorphous silicon and amorphous silicon-oxide structures, when the thermal oxidation temperature increases from 400 to 900 °C. Moreover, we observe some evidence of a sinterization at 400 °C and an optimal oxygen-absorption temperature about 700 °C. Finally, the UV/Visible spectrophotometry reveals a red and a blue shift of the optical transmittance spectra for samples with oxidation temperatures lower and higher than 700 °C, respectively.

  18. Effective Light Absorptive Layer Using Mezo-Porous Silicon by Electrochemical Etching

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    Kwon, Jae‑Hong; Lee, Soo‑Hong; Ju, Byeong‑Kwon

    2006-04-01

    Porous silicon (PS), an excellent light diffuser, can be used as an antireflective layer that does not need to be coated with other antireflection coating (ARC) materials. PS layers were obtained by electrochemical etching (ECE) anodization of silicon wafers in hydrofluoric acid/ethanol/deionized (DI) water solution (HF/EtOH/H2O). This technique selectively removes Si atoms from the sample surface, forming a PS layer with adjustable optical, electrical, and mechanical properties. A PS layer with optimal antireflection characteristics was obtained for a charge density (Q) of 5.2 C/cm2. The weighted reflectance was reduced from 24 to 4% in the wavelength range from 400 to 1000 nm. The weighted reflectance with optimized PS layers is much less than that with a commercial SiNX ARC on a potassium hydroxide (KOH) pretextured multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) surface. Therefore, it can be successfully used as an alternative way for the preparation of a PS antireflective layer for a silicon solar cell.

  19. Electroplated contacts and porous silicon for silicon based solar cells applications

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    Kholostov, Konstantin, E-mail: kholostov@diet.uniroma1.it [Department of information engineering, electronics and telecommunications, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome (Italy); Serenelli, Luca; Izzi, Massimo; Tucci, Mario [Enea Casaccia Research Centre Rome, via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Rome (Italy); Balucani, Marco [Department of information engineering, electronics and telecommunications, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome (Italy); Rise Technology S.r.l., Lungomare Paolo Toscanelli 170, 00121 Rome (Italy)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Uniformity of the Ni–Si interface is crucial for performance of Cu–Ni contacts on Si. • Uniformly filled PS is the key to obtain the best performance of Cu–Ni contacts on Si. • Optimization of anodization and electroplating allows complete filling of PS layer. • Highly adhesive and low contact resistance Cu–Ni contacts are obtained on Si. - Abstract: In this paper, a two-layer metallization for silicon based solar cells is presented. The metallization consists of thin nickel barrier and thick copper conductive layers, both obtained by electrodeposition technique suitable for phosphorus-doped 70–90 Ω/sq solar cell emitter formed on p-type silicon substrate. To ensure the adhesion between metal contact and emitter a very thin layer of mesoporous silicon is introduced on the emitter surface before metal deposition. This approach allows metal anchoring inside pores and improves silicon–nickel interface uniformity. Optimization of metal contact parameters is achieved varying the anodization and electrodeposition conditions. Characterization of contacts between metal and emitter is carried out by scanning electron microscopy, specific contact resistance and current–voltage measurements. Mechanical strength of nickel–copper contacts is evaluated by the peel test. Adhesion strength of more than 4.5 N/mm and contact resistance of 350 μΩ cm{sup 2} on 80 Ω/sq emitter are achieved.

  20. Effect of Etching Time on Optical and Thermal Properties of p-Type Porous Silicon Prepared by Electrical Anodisation Method

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    Kasra Behzad

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The porous silicon (PSi layers were formed on p-type silicon (Si wafer. The six samples were anodised electrically with 30 mA/cm2 fixed current density for different etching times. The structural, optical, and thermal properties of porous silicon on silicon substrates were investigated by photoluminescence (PL, photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS, and UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer. The thickness and porosity of the layers were measured using the gravimetric method. The band gap of the samples was measured through the photoluminescence (PL peak and absorption spectra, then they were compared. It shows that band gap value increases by raising the porosity. Photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS was carried out for measuring the thermal diffusivity (TD of the samples.

  1. Effective nonlinear refractive index of nano-porous silicon and its dependence on porosity and light wavelength

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    Bazaru, Tatiana; Vlad, Valentin I.; Petris, Adrian; Miu, Mihaela

    2010-05-01

    In this paper, we study the dependence of effective optical linear and nonlinear refractive indices of nano-porous silicon layers on crystalline silicon substrates on fill fraction, at different light wavelengths in visible and near-infrared. Simple approximative formulae, in the frame of Bruggeman's formalism, that describe the dependences of effective optical linear and nonlinear refractive indices of nano-porous silicon on fill fractions and on wavelength, in the range of 620 - 1000 nm, are derived. Experimental results with reflection intensity scan show a good agreement with the data provided by our formulae and the exact results of Boyd-Bruggeman's formalism for the third order nonlinearity, in the case nanoporous silicon with different porosity and at light wavelengths in the mentioned spectral range.

  2. FABRICATION, MORPHOLOGICAL AND OPTOELECTRONIC PROPERTIES OF ANTIMONY ON POROUS SILICON AS MSM PHOTODETECTOR

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    H. A. Hadi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available We report on the fabrication and characterization of MSM photodetector. We investigated the surface morphological and the structural properties of the porous silicon by optical microscopy, atomic force microscope (AFM and X-ray diffraction. The metal–semiconductor–metal photodetector were fabricated by using Sb as Schottky contact metal.The junction exhibits good rectification ratio of 105 at bias of 2V. A large photocurrent to dark-current contrast ratio higher than 55 orders of magnitude and low dark currents below 0.89 nA .High   responsivity of 0.225A/W at 400 nm and 0.15 A/W at 400 and 700nm were observed at an operating bias of less than -2 V, corresponding quantum efficiency of 70% and 26% respectively. The lifetimes are evaluated using OCVD method and the carrier life time is 100 μs. The results show that Sb on porous silicon (PS structures will act as good candidates for making highly efficient photodiodes.

  3. Dynamics of fast pattern formation in porous silicon by laser interference

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    Peláez, Ramón J.; Kuhn, Timo; Afonso, Carmen N. [Laser Processing Group, Instituto de Óptica, CSIC, Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Vega, Fidel [Departament d' Òptica i Optometria, UPC, Violinista Vellsolà 37, 08222 Terrasa (Spain)

    2014-10-20

    Patterns are fabricated on 290 nm thick nanostructured porous silicon layers by phase-mask laser interference using single pulses of an excimer laser (193 nm, 20 ns pulse duration). The dynamics of pattern formation is studied by measuring in real time the intensity of the diffraction orders 0 and 1 at 633 nm. The results show that a transient pattern is formed upon melting at intensity maxima sites within a time <30 ns leading to a permanent pattern in a time <100 ns upon solidification at these sites. This fast process is compared to the longer one (>1 μs) upon melting induced by homogeneous beam exposure and related to the different scenario for releasing the heat from hot regions. The diffraction efficiency of the pattern is finally controlled by a combination of laser fluence and initial thickness of the nanostructured porous silicon layer and the present results open perspectives on heat release management upon laser exposure as well as have potential for alternative routes for switching applications.

  4. Viability study of porous silicon photonic mirrors as secondary reflectors for solar concentration systems

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    de la Mora, M.B.; Jaramillo, O.A.; Nava, R.; Tagueena-Martinez, J. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, A. P. 34, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); del Rio, J.A. [Centro Morelense de Innovacion y Transferencia Tecnologica, CCyTEM Camino Temixco a Emiliano Zapata, Km 0.3, Colonia Emiliano Zapata, 62760 Morelos (Mexico)

    2009-08-15

    In this paper we report the viability of using porous silicon photonic mirrors (PSPM) as secondary reflectors in solar concentration systems. The PSPM were fabricated with nanostructured porous silicon to reflect light from the visible range to the near infrared region (500-2500 nm), although this range could be tuned for specific wavelength applications. Our PSPM are multilayers of two alternated refractive indexes (1.5 and 2.0), where the condition of a quarter wavelength in the optical path was imposed. The PSPM were exposed to high radiation in a solar concentrator equipment. As a result, we observed a significant degradation of the mirrors at an approximated temperature of 900 C. In order to analyze the origin of the degradation of PSPM, we model the samples with a non-linear optical approach and study the effect of a temperature increase. Those theoretical and experimental studies allow us to conclude that the main phenomenon involved in the breakdown of the photonic mirrors is of thermal origin, produced by heterogeneous expansion of each layer. Our next step was to introduce a cooling system into the solar concentrator to keep the mirrors at approximately 70 C, with very good results. As a conclusion we propose the use of PSPM as selective secondary mirrors in solar concentration devices using temperature control to avoid thermal degradation. (author)

  5. Fabrication of porous silicon by metal-assisted etching using highly ordered gold nanoparticle arrays

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    Scheeler, Sebastian P.; Ullrich, Simon; Kudera, Stefan; Pacholski, Claudia

    2012-08-01

    A simple method for the fabrication of porous silicon (Si) by metal-assisted etching was developed using gold nanoparticles as catalytic sites. The etching masks were prepared by spin-coating of colloidal gold nanoparticles onto Si. An appropriate functionalization of the gold nanoparticle surface prior to the deposition step enabled the formation of quasi-hexagonally ordered arrays by self-assembly which were translated into an array of pores by subsequent etching in HF solution containing H2O2. The quality of the pattern transfer depended on the chosen preparation conditions for the gold nanoparticle etching mask. The influence of the Si surface properties was investigated by using either hydrophilic or hydrophobic Si substrates resulting from piranha solution or HF treatment, respectively. The polymer-coated gold nanoparticles had to be thermally treated in order to provide a direct contact at the metal/Si interface which is required for the following metal-assisted etching. Plasma treatment as well as flame annealing was successfully applied. The best results were obtained for Si substrates which were flame annealed in order to remove the polymer matrix - independent of the substrate surface properties prior to spin-coating (hydrophilic or hydrophobic). The presented method opens up new resources for the fabrication of porous silicon by metal-assisted etching. Here, a vast variety of metal nanoparticles accessible by well-established wet-chemical synthesis can be employed for the fabrication of the etching masks.

  6. In vivo biocompatibility of porous silicon biomaterials for drug delivery to the heart.

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    Tölli, Marja A; Ferreira, Mónica P A; Kinnunen, Sini M; Rysä, Jaana; Mäkilä, Ermei M; Szabó, Zoltán; Serpi, Raisa E; Ohukainen, Pauli J; Välimäki, Mika J; Correia, Alexandra M R; Salonen, Jarno J; Hirvonen, Jouni T; Ruskoaho, Heikki J; Santos, Hélder A

    2014-09-01

    Myocardial infarction (MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is the irreversible necrosis of heart muscle secondary to prolonged ischemia, which is an increasing problem in terms of morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs worldwide. Along with the idea to develop nanocarriers that efficiently deliver therapeutic agents to target the heart, in this study, we aimed to test the in vivo biocompatibility of different sizes of thermally hydrocarbonized porous silicon (THCPSi) microparticles and thermally oxidized porous silicon (TOPSi) micro and nanoparticles in the heart tissue. Despite the absence or low cytotoxicity, both particle types showed good in vivo biocompatibility, with no influence on hematological parameters and no considerable changes in cardiac function before and after MI. The local injection of THCPSi microparticles into the myocardium led to significant higher activation of inflammatory cytokine and fibrosis promoting genes compared to TOPSi micro and nanoparticles; however, both particles showed no significant effect on myocardial fibrosis at one week post-injection. Our results suggest that THCPSi and TOPSi micro and nanoparticles could be applied for cardiac delivery of therapeutic agents in the future, and the PSi biomaterials might serve as a promising platform for the specific treatment of heart diseases.

  7. Detection of MMP-8 via porous silicon microcavity devices functionalized with human antibodies

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    Martin, Marta; Taleb Bendiab, Chakib; Massif, Laurent; Cuisinier, Frédéric J. G.; Gergely, Csilla

    2010-04-01

    In this work we report on the fabrication of functionalized PSiMc scaffolds that can be used to enhance the detection of MMP-8. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are the major enzymes that degrade extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins and play a key role in diverse physiological and pathological processes. We are interested in detecting the collagenase-type MMP-8 that is an inflammatory marker in gingival fluid for predicting tooth movement during orthodontic treatment. As presence of an increasing amount of MMP-8 in saliva is directly related with the tooth movement during orthodontic treatment, monitoring continuously the MMP-8 variation is primordial. Porous silicon microcavity (PSiMc) structures were prepared as multilayered stacks of low and high refractive indices and with layer thicknesses in the order of visible light wavelength. Then the PSi surface was functionalized with human antibodies. Both functionalization and MMP-8 infiltration were monitored by specular reflectometry. PSiMc is characterized by a narrow resonance peak in the optical spectrum that is very sensitive to a small change in the refractive index, such as that obtained when a molecule is attached to the large internal surface of porous silicon. The pore dimensions of the used PSiMc structures were evaluated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM).

  8. FABRICATION, MORPHOLOGICAL AND OPTOELECTRONIC PROPERTIES OF ANTIMONY ON POROUS SILICON AS MSM PHOTODETECTOR

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    H. A. Hadi

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available We report on the fabrication and characterization of MSM photodetector. We investigated the surface morphological and the structural properties of the porous silicon by optical microscopy, atomic force microscope (AFM and X-ray diffraction. The metal–semiconductor–metal photodetector were fabricated by using Sb as Schottky contact metal.The junction exhibits good rectification ratio of 105 at bias of 2V. A large photocurrent to dark-current contrast ratio higher than 55 orders of magnitude and low dark currents below 0.89 nA .High responsivity of 0.225A/W at 400 nm and 0.15 A/W at 400 and 700nm were observed at an operating bias of less than -2 V, corresponding quantum efficiency of 70% and 26% respectively. The lifetimes are evaluated using OCVD method and the carrier life time is 100 μs. The results show that Sb on porous silicon (PS structures will act as good candidates for making highly efficient photodiodes.

  9. Enhanced densification, strength and molecular mechanisms in shock compressed porous silicon

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    Lane, J. Matthew D.; Vogler, Tracy J.

    2015-06-01

    In most porous materials, void collapse during shock compression couples mechanical energy to thermal energy. Increased temperature drives up pressures and lowers densities in the final Hugoniot states as compared to full-density samples. Some materials, however, exhibit an anomalous enhanced densification in their Hugoniot states when porosity is introduced. We have recently shown that silicon is such a material, and demonstrated a molecular mechanism for the effect using molecular simulation. We will review results from large-scale non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) and Hugoniotstat simulations of shock compressed porous silicon, highlighting the mechanism by which porosity produces local shear which nucleate partial phase transition and localized melting at shock pressures below typical thresholds in these materials. Further, we will characterize the stress states and strength of the material as a function of porosity from 5 to 50 percent and with various porosity microstructures. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  10. Comparison of stress, strain, and elastic properties for porous silicon layers supported by substrate and corresponding membranes

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    Dariani, R. S.; Nazari, M.

    2016-09-01

    This paper describes characterization of mechanical properties of porous silicon (PS) layers with different porosities using high resolution XRD. The XRD measurement determined various mechanical properties of PS such as; Young modulus, Poisson's ratio, and lattice parameter expansion. Our results indicated that mechanical properties reduce with increasing porosity. Also, the mechanical properties of two different porous layers, either supported by or detached from the substrate were examined. Comparison of the two porous layers showed that the constraint in the interatomic spacing is the origin of the lattice constant expansion in the planes perpendicular to the surface. This phenomenon can be useful for gas sensor applications.

  11. Ultra-low reflection porous silicon nanowires for solar cell applications

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    Najar, Adel

    2012-01-01

    High density vertically aligned Porous Silicon NanoWires (PSiNWs) were fabricated on silicon substrate using metal assisted chemical etching process. A linear dependency of nanowire length to the etching time was obtained and the change in the growth rate of PSiNWs by increasing etching durations was shown. A typical 2D bright-field TEM image used for volume reconstruction of the sample shows the pores size varying from 10 to 50 nm. Furthermore, reflectivity measurements show that the 35% reflectivity of the starting silicon wafer drops to 0.1% recorded for more than 10 μm long PSiNWs. Models based on cone shape of nanowires located in a circular and rectangular bases were used to calculate the reflectance employing the Transfert Matrix Formalism (TMF) of the PSiNWs layer. Using TMF, the Bruggeman model was used to calculate the refractive index of PSiNWs layer. The calculated reflectance using circular cone shape fits better the measured reflectance for PSiNWs. The remarkable decrease in optical reflectivity indicates that PSiNWs is a good antireflective layer and have a great potential to be utilized in radial or coaxial p-n heterojunction solar cells that could provide orthogonal photon absorption and enhanced carrier collection. ©2012 Optical Society of America.

  12. Observation of field-induced electron emission in porous polycrystalline silicon nano-structured diode

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    Lee, Joo Won; Kim, Hoon; Ju, Byeong Kwon [Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Yun Hi [Korea Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Jin [Kyunghee Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-02-01

    Field-induced electron emission properties of porous poly-silicon nano-structured (PNS) diodes were investigated as a function of anodizing conditions, including morphological analysis, various kinds of top electrode thickness and the measuring substrate temperature. Also, the vacuum packaging process was performed by the normal glass frit method. The PNS layer was formed on heavily-dope n-type <100> Si substrate. Non-doped poly-silicon layer was grown by low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) to a thickness of 2mm. Subsequently, the poly-silicon layer was anodized in a mixed solution HF (50 wt%): ethanol(99.8 wt%) = 1:1 as a function of anodizing condition. After anodizing, the PNS layer was thermally oxidized for 1 hr at 900 .deg. C. Subsequently, the top electrode was deposited as a function of Au thickness using E-beam evaporator and, in order to establish ohmic contact, thermally evaporated Al was deposited on the back side of a Si substrate. The prepared PNS diode was packaged using the normal vacuum sealing method. After the vacuum sealing process, the PNS diode was mounted on the PC measurement table. When a positive bias was applied to the top electrode, the electron emission was observed, which was caused by field-induced electron emission through the top metal.

  13. Morphological and optical properties of n-type porous silicon: effect of etching current density

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    M DAS; D SARKAR

    2016-12-01

    Morphological and optical properties of porous silicon (PS) layer fabricated on n-type silicon wafer have been reported in the present article. Method of PS fabrication is by photo-assisted electrochemical etching with different etching current densities ($J$). Porosity and PS layer thickness, obtained by the gravimetric method, increase with increasing $J$. Pore morphology observed by FESEM shows the presence of randomly distributed pores with mostly spherical shape. Calculated pore size is also seen to increase with increasing value of $J$. XRD gives the characteristic amorphous peak of PS along with some peaks corresponding to crystalline silicon (c-Si). Calculated crystallite size shows decreasing trend with increasing $J$ value. The optical properties of these samples have been investigated by UV–visible reflectance, Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. Reflectance measurement shows blue-shift of the spectrum with increased reflectivity for increasing $J$. Raman spectra show remarkable blue-shift with respect to the c-Si peak. PL spectra give the luminescence energy in the orange–red region of the visible spectrum and little change with variation of $J$.

  14. Comparative Study on Electronic, Emission, Spontaneous Property of Porous Silicon in Different Solvents

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    M. Naziruddin Khan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Luminescent porous silicon (Psi fabricated by simple chemical etching technique in different organic solvents was studied. By quantifying the silicon wafer piece, optical properties of the Psi in solutions were investigated. Observation shows that no photoluminescence light of Psi in all solvents is emitted. Morphology of Psi in different solvents indicates that the structure and distribution of Psi are differently observed. Particles are uniformly dispersive with the sizes around more or less 5–8 nm. The crystallographic plane and high crystalline nature of Psi is observed by selected area diffraction (SED and XRD. Electronic properties of Psi in solutions are influenced due to the variation of quantity of wafer and nature of solvent. Influence in band gaps of Psi calculated by Tauc’s method is obtained due to change of absorption edge of Psi in solvents. PL intensities are observed to be depending on quantity of silicon wafer, etched cross-section area on wafer surface. Effects on emission peaks and bands of Psi under temperature annealing are observed. The spontaneous signals of Psi measured under high power Pico second laser 355 nm source are significant, influenced by the nature of solvent, pumped energy, and quantity of Si wafer piece used in etching process.

  15. Increasing The Efficiency of Silicon Solar Cells via an Anti-reflecting Nano-porous Surface Layer

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    Coskuner, Ahmet; Gokce, Aisha; Altunay, Omer; Skarlatos, Yani; Ozatay, Ozhan

    2015-03-01

    Electrochemical etching of silicon in a controlled environment results in a porous surface that has many application areas from drug delivery to optoluminescent devices. There is vast interest in implementing porous silicon in silicon solar cells to increase light absorption and therefore the efficiency. Here we demonstrate successful formation of a nano-porous surface on mono-crystalline Si wafers as well as doped Si solar cells. Our results show that pre-cleaning and post-drying is crucial to acquire a smooth, non-cracked topography. We also find that under similar conditions, smaller pores in a denser arrangement and with shorter depths form in p-n junction type Si wafers compared to n-type or p-type Si. In ITO coated porous Si solar cells with Al back contacts, the measured efficiency increase is almost 50% of those without a porous surface. This is a promising result to further enhance the performance of Si solar cell devices.

  16. On-chip high-power porous silicon lithium ion batteries with stable capacity over 10000 cycles (Presentation Recording)

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    Westover, Andrew S.; Freudiger, Daniel; Gani, Zarif; Share, Keith; Oakes, Landon; Carter, Rachel E.; Pint, Cary L.

    2015-09-01

    We demonstrate the operation of a graphene-passivated on-chip porous silicon material as a high rate lithium ion battery anode with over 50x power density and 100x energy density improvement compared to identically prepared on-chip porous silicon supercapacitors. We demonstrate this Faradaic storage behavior to occur at fast charging rates (1-10 mA/cm2) where lithium locally intercalates into the nanoporous silicon, but not underlying bulk silicon material. This prevents the degradation and poor cycling performance that is commonly observed from deep storage in bulk silicon materials. As a result, this device exhibits cycling performance that exceeds 10,000 cycles with capacity above 0.1 mAh/cm2, without notable capacity fade. This work demonstrates a practical route toward high power, high energy, and long lifetime all-silicon on-chip storage systems relevant toward integration of energy storage into electronics, photovoltaics, and other silicon-based technology.

  17. Enhancement of the blue photoluminescence intensity for the porous silicon with HfO2 filling into microcavities

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    Jiang, Ran; Du, Xianghao; Sun, Weideng; Han, Zuyin; Wu, Zhengran

    2015-10-01

    With HfO2 filled into the microcavities of the porous single-crystal silicon, the blue photoluminescence was greatly enhanced at room temperature. On one hand, HfO2 contributes to the light emission with the transitions of the defect levels for oxygen vacancy. On the other hand, the special filling-into-microcavities structure of HfO2 leads to the presence of ferroelectricity, which greatly enhances the blue emission from porous silicon. Since both HfO2 and Si are highly compatible with Si-based electronic industry, combined the low-cost and convenient process, the HfO2-filled porous Si shows a promising application prospect.

  18. Facile synthesis of reduced graphene oxide-porous silicon composite as superior anode material for lithium-ion battery anodes

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    Jiao, Lian-Sheng; Liu, Jin-Yu; Li, Hong-Yan; Wu, Tong-Shun; Li, Fenghua; Wang, Hao-Yu; Niu, Li

    2016-05-01

    We report a new method for synthesizing reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-porous silicon composite for lithium-ion battery anodes. Rice husks were used as a as a raw material source for the synthesis of porous Si through magnesiothermic reduction process. The as-obtained composite exhibits good rate and cycling performance taking advantage of the porous structure of silicon inheriting from rice husks and the outstanding characteristic of graphene. A considerably high delithiation capacity of 907 mA h g-1 can be retained even at a rate of 16 A g-1. A discharge capacity of 830 mA h g-1 at a current density of 1 A g-1 was delivered after 200 cycles. This may contribute to the further advancement of Si-based composite anode design.

  19. Hydrogen, oxygen and hydroxyl on porous silicon surface: A joint density-functional perturbation theory and infrared spectroscopy approach

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    Alfaro, Pedro; Palavicini, Alessio; Wang, Chumin, E-mail: chumin@unam.mx

    2014-11-28

    Based on the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT), infrared absorption spectra of porous silicon are calculated by using an ordered pore model, in which columns of silicon atoms are removed along the [001] direction and dangling bonds are initially saturated with hydrogen atoms. When these atoms on the pore surface are gradually replaced by oxygen ones, the ab-initio infrared absorption spectra reveal oxygen, hydroxyl, and coupled hydrogen–oxygen vibrational modes. In a parallel way, freestanding porous silicon samples were prepared by using electrochemical etching and they were further thermally oxidized in a dry oxygen ambient. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to investigate the surface modifications caused by oxygen adsorption. In particular, the predicted hydroxyl and oxygen bound to the silicon pore surface are confirmed. Finally, a global analysis of measured transmittance spectra has been performed by means of a combined DFPT and thin-film optics approach. - Highlights: • The density functional perturbation theory is used to study infrared absorption. • An ordered pore model is used to investigate the oxidation in porous silicon (PSi). • Infrared transmittance spectra of oxidized PSi freestanding samples are measured.

  20. Modulation of quantum dot photoluminescence in porous silicon photonic crystals as a function of the depth of their penetration

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    Dovzhenko, Dmitriy S.; Martynov, Igor L.; Samokhvalov, Pavel S.; Mochalov, Konstantin E.; Chistyakov, Alexander A.; Nabiev, Igor

    2016-04-01

    Photonic crystals doped with fluorescent nanoparticles offer a plenty of interesting applications in photonics, laser physics, and biosensing. Understanding of the mechanisms and effects of modulation of the photoluminescent properties of photonic crystals by varying the depth of nanoparticle penetration should promote targeted development of nanocrystal-doped photonic crystals with desired optical and morphological properties. Here, we have investigated the penetration of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) into porous silicon photonic crystals and performed experimental analysis and theoretical modeling of the effects of the depth of nanoparticle penetration on the photoluminescent properties of this photonic system. For this purpose, we fabricated porous silicon microcavities with an eigenmode width not exceeding 10 nm at a wavelength of 620 nm. CdSe/CdS/ZnS QDs fluorescing at 617 nm with a quantum yield of about 70% and a width at half-height of about 40 nm were used in the study. Confocal microscopy and scanning electron microscopy were used to estimate the depth of penetration of QDs into the porous silicon structure; the photoluminescence spectra, kinetics, and angular fluorescence distribution were also analyzed. Enhancement of QD photoluminescence at the microcavity eigenmode wavelength was observed. Theoretical modeling of porous silicon photonic crystals doped with QDs was performed using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) approach. Theoretical modeling has predicted, and the experiments have confirmed, that even a very limited depth of nanoparticle penetration into photonic crystals, not exceeding the first Bragg mirror of the microcavity, leads to significant changes in the QD luminescence spectrum determined by the modulation of the local density of photonic states in the microcavity. At the same time, complete and uniform filling of a photonic crystal with nanoparticles does not enhance this effect, which is as strong as in the case of a very

  1. Revival of interband crystalline reflectance from nanocrystallites in porous silicon by immersion plating

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    Yamani, Z.; Alaql, A.; Therrien, J.; Nayfeh, O.; Nayfeh, M. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States)

    1999-06-01

    We prepared porous silicon for which the UV reflectance (3.3{endash}6 eV) is nearly eliminated, and exhibits no features at the Si interband bulk transitions 3.3, 4.3, and 5.5 eV. Plating with a thin layer of copper is found to cause recovery of the UV bulk-like crystalline reflectance and interband resonances. This provides evidence that the loss of crystalline absorption is reversible and is not due to a permanent loss in the crystalline structure. This may relate to a recent model in which the optical activity of ultra small nanocrystallites is produced by a new Si{endash}Si crystalline configuration (or phase), distinct from but interconnected to the diamond-like configuration by a potential barrier. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  2. Quantum dot-doped porous silicon metal-semiconductor metal photodetector.

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    Chou, Chia-Man; Cho, Hsing-Tzu; Hsiao, Vincent K S; Yong, Ken-Tye; Law, Wing-Cheung

    2012-06-06

    In this paper, we report on the enhancement of spectral photoresponsivity of porous silicon metal-semiconductor metal (PS-MSM) photodetector embedded with colloidal quantum dots (QDs) inside the pore layer. The detection efficiency of QDs/PS hybrid-MSM photodetector was enhanced by five times larger than that of the undoped PS-MSM photodetector. The bandgap alignment between PS (approximately 1.77 eV) and QDs (approximately 1.91 eV) facilitates the photoinduced electron transfer from QDs to PS whereby enhancing the photoresponsivity. We also showed that the photoresponsitivity of QD/PS hybrid-MSM photodetector depends on the number of layer coatings of QDs and the pore sizes of PS.

  3. Growth and characterization of molecular beam epitaxial GaAs layers on porous silicon

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    Lin, T. L.; Liu, J. K.; Sadwick, L.; Wang, K. L.; Kao, Y. C.

    1987-01-01

    GaAs layers have been grown on porous silicon (PS) substrates with good crystallinity by molecular beam epitaxy. In spite of the surface irregularity of PS substrates, no surface morphology deterioration was observed on epitaxial GaAs overlayers. A 10-percent Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy minimum channeling yield for GaAs-on-PS layers as compared to 16 percent for GaAs-on-Si layers grown under the same condition indicates a possible improvement of crystallinity when GaAs is grown on PS. Transmission electron microscopy reveals that the dominant defects in the GaAs-on-PS layers are microtwins and stacking faults, which originate from the GaAs/PS interface. GaAs is found to penetrate into the PS layers. n-type GaAs/p-type PS heterojunction diodes were fabricated with good rectifying characteristics.

  4. Small interfering RNA delivery by polyethylenimine-functionalised porous silicon nanoparticles.

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    Hasanzadeh Kafshgari, M; Alnakhli, M; Delalat, B; Apostolou, S; Harding, F J; Mäkilä, E; Salonen, J J; Kuss, B J; Voelcker, N H

    2015-12-01

    In this study, thermally hydrocarbonised porous silicon nanoparticles (THCpSiNPs) capped with polyethylenimine (PEI) were fabricated, and their potential for small interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery was investigated in an in vitro glioblastoma model. PEI coating following siRNA loading enhanced the sustained release of siRNA, and suppressed burst release effects. The positively-charged surface improved the internalisation of the nanoparticles across the cell membrane. THCpSiNP-mediated siRNA delivery reduced mRNA expression of the MRP1 gene, linked to the resistence of glioblastoma to chemotherapy, by 63% and reduced MRP1-protein levels by 70%. MRP1 siRNA loaded nanoparticles did not induce cytotoxicity in glioblastoma cells, but markedly reduced cell proliferation. In summary, the results demonstrated that non-cytotoxic cationic THCpSiNPs are promising vehicles for therapeutic siRNA delivery.

  5. Antibody-functionalized porous silicon nanoparticles for vectorization of hydrophobic drugs.

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    Secret, Emilie; Smith, Kevin; Dubljevic, Valentina; Moore, Eli; Macardle, Peter; Delalat, Bahman; Rogers, Mary-Louise; Johns, Terrance G; Durand, Jean-Olivier; Cunin, Frédérique; Voelcker, Nicolas H

    2013-05-01

    We describe the preparation of biodegradable porous silicon nanoparticles (pSiNP) functionalized with cancer cell targeting antibodies and loaded with the hydrophobic anti-cancer drug camptothecin. Orientated immobilization of the antibody on the pSiNP is achieved using novel semicarbazide based bioconjugate chemistry. To demonstrate the generality of this targeting approach, the three antibodies MLR2, mAb528 and Rituximab are used, which target neuroblastoma, glioblastoma and B lymphoma cells, respectively. Successful targeting is demonstrated by means of flow cytometry and immunocytochemistry both with cell lines and primary cells. Cell viability assays after incubation with pSiNPs show selective killing of cells expressing the receptor corresponding to the antibody attached on the pSiNP.

  6. Hydrogen sensitive gas sensor based on porous silicon/TiO{sub 2-x} structure

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    Arakelyan, V.M.; Galstyan, V.E.; Martirosyan, Kh.S.; Shahnazaryan, G.E.; Aroutiounian, V.M. [Yerevan State Univ, Dept Phys Semicond and Microelect, Yerevan 0025, (Armenia); Soukiassian, P.G. [CEA, DSM, DRECAM, SPCSI, Lab SIMA, F-91191 Gif Sur Yvette, (France); Soukiassian, P.G. [Univ Paris 11, Dept Phys, F-91405 Orsay, (France)

    2007-07-01

    Porous silicon (PS) layer was formed by electrochemical anodization on a p-type Si surface. Thereafter, n-type TiO{sub 2-x} thin film was deposited onto the PS surface by electron-beam evaporation. Pt catalytic layer and Au electrical contacts for further measurements were deposited onto the PS/TiO{sub 2-x} structure by ion-beam sputtering. Current-voltage characteristic, sensitivity to different concentration of hydrogen and resistance change of obtained structures versus time were examined. Results of measurements have shown that the current-voltage characteristics of structures are similar to that of diode. High sensitivity to hydrogen of obtained structures was also detected. Note that all measurements were carried out at room temperature. (authors)

  7. Label-free discrimination of membrane-translocating peptides on porous silicon microfluidic biosensors.

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    Li, Zhen; Luo, Qiaohui; Wu, Jianmin

    2016-11-01

    A label-free optical sensor was constructed by integrating electrochemically etched porous silicon (pSi) and supported phospholipid bilayers in a microfluidic chip. The translocation of peptides through the phospholipid bilayers could induce a red shift in effective optical thickness of the pSi layer, which could be monitored by reflective interferometric Fourier transform spectroscopy. By measuring the kinetic data of membrane translocating on the phospholipid bilayers/pSi chip, the relationship between the behavior of membrane-translocating peptides (MTPs) and translocating mechanism was established. With these optical data, MTPs with different action modes on the cell membrane can be correctly discriminated. The bio-functionalized microfluidic sensor will provide a reliable and cost-effective platform to study the transmembrane behavior of peptides, which is of great importance in the MTP screening and peptide function study.

  8. Immersion Deposition of Pt Nanoparticles on Porous Silicon for Methanol Oxidation

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    SU Xu; LU Kangle; CHANG Yanlong; ZHANG Yan; WANG Chunming

    2009-01-01

    Porous silicon(PS)was chosen as the substrate for supporting the Pt particles because of great surface area,good conductivity and stability.Pt nanoparticles have been successfully prepared on the substrate by immersion deposition,which is convenient.The component and morphological properties of the films have been investigated by means of X-ray diffraction(XRD),energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy(EDX)and scanning electron microscopy(SEM),which shows that the Pt particles have small size and big specific surface.Cyclic voltammetry(CV)research showed that the Pt nanoparticles had novel catalytic activity for methanol when the immersion deposition time was past 24 min.

  9. Structural and magnetic properties of self-assembled cobalt on porous silicon; experimental and micromagnetic investigations

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    Saidani, M.; Belkacem, W.; Bessais, L.; Mliki, N.

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, we report on self-assembled Co nanoparticles deposited in and on porous silicon (PS) matrix by using UHV evaporation. Four samples were prepared by varying the Co deposited thickness (t = 3, 5, 7 and 10 nm). All samples have been investigated by means of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Physical Properties Measurement System (PPMS). The increase of t has induced an increase of the nanoparticle diameter from 3 nm to about 150 nm. Referring to the magnetic characterizations, this increase has been followed by a single to multi-domain transition. Therefore, this has been evidenced by a switching from superparamagnetism to purely ferromagnetism accompanied by a change in the magnetic reversal dynamics. Thus, by performing micromagnetic calculation, we have shown that a transition from the uniform rotation to vortex state occurs at a critical diameter of about 55 nm.

  10. Towards the Development of Electrical Biosensors Based on Nanostructured Porous Silicon

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    Raúl J. Martín-Palma

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The typical large specific surface area and high reactivity of nanostructured porous silicon (nanoPS make this material very suitable for the development of sensors. Moreover, its biocompatibility and biodegradability opens the way to the development of biosensors. As such, in this work the use of nanoPS in the field of electrical biosensing is explored. More specifically, nanoPS-based devices with Al/nanoPS/Al and Au-NiCr/nanoPS/Au-NiCr structures were fabricated for the electrical detection of glucose and Escherichia Coli bacteria at different concentrations. The experimental results show that the current-voltage characteristics of these symmetric metal/nanoPS/metal structures strongly depend on the presence/absence and concentration of species immobilized on the surface.

  11. Applications of porous silicon formed by electrochemical etching using an electrolyte based on HF:formaldehyde

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    De La Luz Merino, S.; Morales-Morales, F.; Méndez-Blas, A.; Calixto, M. E.; Nieto-Caballero, F. G.; García-Salgado, G.

    2013-06-01

    In this work, we report the experimental results on the formation of porous silicon (PSi) monolayers by electrochemical etching using a formaldehyde based electrolyte. The results were compared with PSi monolayers obtained with the traditional electrolyte (HF:ethanol). Both electrolytes facilitate the removal of H2 generated as a subproduct during the electrochemical etching process in the surface of the c-Si substrate. Formaldehyde presents a good affinity to surfaces and interfaces and the excess of water in the electrolyte reduces the pore sizes of PSi samples. The porosity and etching rate values are similar than those obtained using HF:et solutions. The refractive index values are the same in both cases at the same porosity in the visible range. The results have shown that the chemical characteristics of the ethanol and formaldehyde can give some different advantages to the PSi process and its applications.

  12. Porous silicon nanoparticles as biocompatible contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging

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    Gongalsky, M. B.; Kargina, Yu. V.; Osminkina, L. A.; Perepukhov, A. M.; Gulyaev, M. V.; Vasiliev, A. N.; Pirogov, Yu. A.; Maximychev, A. V.; Timoshenko, V. Yu.

    2015-12-01

    We propose porous silicon nanoparticles (PSi NPs) with natural oxide coating as biocompatible and bioresorbable contrast agents for magnetic resonant imaging (MRI). A strong shortening of the transversal proton relaxation time (T2) was observed for aqueous suspensions of PSi NPs, whereas the longitudinal relaxation time (T1) changed moderately. The longitudinal and transversal relaxivities are estimated to be 0.03 and 0.4 l/(g.s), respectively, which are promising for biomedical studies. The proton relaxation is suggested to undergo via the magnetic dipole-dipole interaction with Si dangling bonds on surfaces of PSi NPs. MRI experiments with phantoms have revealed the remarkable contrasting properties of PSi NPs for medical diagnostics.

  13. Photoluminescence of porous silicon as an indicator of its interaction with nucleic acids

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    Shevchenko, Victoriya B.; Dacenko, Oleksandr; Makara, Volodymyr; Golovynskyi, Sergii L.; Golovynska, Iuliia

    2017-01-01

    Changes in photoluminescence (PL) of porous silicon (PS), induced by treatment of its surface with nucleic acid solutions, were studied. It was found that such a treatment lead to an increase in PS PL intensity and shift of its peak to shorter wavelengths; the changes were shown to be dependent on the nucleic acid concentration in solution. Treatment with the solution of double-stranded DNA resulted in stronger change in PL than that caused by solution of single-stranded molecules of polynucleotide poly(A). Changes in the surface states of PS produced by the PS treatment with DNA solutions were investigated by means of infrared and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. The observed changes were explained by the PS oxidation. The presence of the nucleic acids in the aqueous solution significantly accelerates the PS oxidation process. A possible mechanism of the polynucleotide effect on the PS PL was discussed.

  14. Conductivity and relaxation time of porous silicon using the Kramers-Kronig relation

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    Dariani, R.S., E-mail: dariani@alzahra.ac.ir; Tavakoli, F.

    2015-01-01

    To review the dielectric characteristics of porous silicon samples with various porosities, an equivalent circuit including a capacitor and parallel resistance was used. By applying AC voltage with a constant amplitude of 200 mV to the circuit and using impedance measurements of the samples between 10–100 KHz, the variations in the capacitance, dielectric function, refractive index, and resistance for the samples at room temperature and up to 350 °C were studied. The dielectric characteristics of the samples decreased with increasing frequency. In addition, with increasing temperature, the pore diameters increased, and the dielectric characteristics varied. In this paper, we demonstrate that the relaxation time and DC conductivity could be obtained using the Kramers-Kronig function and Hilbert transformation. Our results indicate that the relaxation time and DC conductivity increase with increasing porosity, and with increasing temperature, the relaxation time decreases and the DC conductivity increases.

  15. Strong Electron Field Emission from Nano-CdS Modified Porous Silicon

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    XU Ling; HAN Guan-Qi; WENG Jian; TAM Hoi-Lam; Li King-Fai; ZHANG Yu; XU Jun; HUANG Xin-Fan; CHEAH Kok-Wai

    2004-01-01

    A nano-CdS modified porous silicon (nano-CdS/PS) field emitter is fabricated by chemical method at room temperature. The electron field emission characteristics show that the turn-on field for nano-CdS/PS is about 4.0 V/m and the emission current reaches about 20μA/cm2 at 5.0 V/μm. This emission current is 20 times larger than that of the PS substrate without nano-CdS modification. The strong field emission properties make the nano-CdS/PS field emitter a good candidate for applications in the field of electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  16. "Thunderstruck": Plasma-Polymer-Coated Porous Silicon Microparticles As a Controlled Drug Delivery System.

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    McInnes, Steven J P; Michl, Thomas D; Delalat, Bahman; Al-Bataineh, Sameer A; Coad, Bryan R; Vasilev, Krasimir; Griesser, Hans J; Voelcker, Nicolas H

    2016-02-01

    Controlling the release kinetics from a drug carrier is crucial to maintain a drug's therapeutic window. We report the use of biodegradable porous silicon microparticles (pSi MPs) loaded with the anticancer drug camphothecin, followed by a plasma polymer overcoating using a loudspeaker plasma reactor. Homogenous "Teflon-like" coatings were achieved by tumbling the particles by playing AC/DC's song "Thunderstruck". The overcoating resulted in a markedly slower release of the cytotoxic drug, and this effect correlated positively with the plasma polymer coating times, ranging from 2-fold up to more than 100-fold. Ultimately, upon characterizing and verifying pSi MP production, loading, and coating with analytical methods such as time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, thermal gravimetry, water contact angle measurements, and fluorescence microscopy, human neuroblastoma cells were challenged with pSi MPs in an in vitro assay, revealing a significant time delay in cell death onset.

  17. Manipulation of spontaneous emission dynamics of organic dyes in the porous silicon matrix.

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    Makhal, Abhinandan; Kumar, Pushpendra; Lemmens, Peter; Pal, Samir Kumar

    2010-01-01

    The control of the spontaneous emission (SE) rate of dye molecules (4-dicyanomethylene-2-methyl-6-p-dimethylaminostyryl-4H-pyran (DCM) and Coumarin 523 (C523)) embedded in the Porous Silicon (PS) matrix has been studied using picosecond resolved fluorescence decay and polarization studies. We have shown that the SE rates of the two organic dyes embedded in the PS matrix depend on the relative positions of the emission maxima of the dyes with respect to electronic band gap energy of the PS matrix. We have also explored that the electronic band gap of the host PS matrix can easily be tuned by partial oxidation of the PS and the nature of SE of the embedded dyes can be tuned accordingly. The demonstrated retardation or enhancement of the spontaneous photon emission may enable the application of fluorescent organic molecules in PS matrix in several quantum optical devices including the realization of single photon sources.

  18. Waveguiding, absorption and emission properties of dye-impregnated oxidized porous silicon

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    Navarro-Urrios, D. [Nanoscience Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Trento (Italy); Dpto. de Fisica Basica, University of La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Ghulinyan, M.; Riboli, F.; Pavesi, L. [Nanoscience Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Trento (Italy); Capuj, N.E.; Oton, C.J. [Dpto. de Fisica Basica, University of La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Martin, I.R. [Dpto. de Fisica Fund. y Exp. Electr. y Sist., University of La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)

    2007-05-15

    The waveguiding, absorption and emission properties of oxidised porous silicon waveguides when impregnated with Nile Blue have been studied. We present m-line measurements before and after the impregnation showing that the effective indices of the modes remain the same. When performing guided luminescence experiments, a structured emission band is measured. Using the refractive index profile extracted from m-line measurements it has been possible to simulate the emission lineshape assuming the observation of an interference pattern formed across the waveguide. We demonstrate that these oscillations appear because in the first hundreds of nanometers the dye concentration is several orders of magnitude higher than in the rest of the sample. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  19. Polymer functionalized nanostructured porous silicon for selective water vapor sensing at room temperature

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    Dwivedi, Priyanka; Das, Samaresh; Dhanekar, Saakshi

    2017-04-01

    This paper highlights the surface treatment of porous silicon (PSi) for enhancing the sensitivity of water vapors at room temperature. A simple and low cost technique was used for fabrication and functionalization of PSi. Spin coated polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) was used for functionalizing PSi surface. Morphological and structural studies were conducted to analyze samples using SEM and XRD/Raman spectroscopy respectively. Contact angle measurements were performed for assessing the wettability of the surfaces. PSi and functionalized PSi samples were tested as sensors in presence of different analytes like ethanol, acetone, isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and water vapors in the range of 50-500 ppm. Electrical measurements were taken from parallel aluminium electrodes fabricated on the functionalized surface, using metal mask and thermal evaporation. Functionalized PSi sensors in comparison to non-functionalized sensors depicted selective and enhanced response to water vapor at room temperature. The results portray an efficient and selective water vapor detection at room temperature.

  20. Surface Functionality Features of Porous Silicon Prepared and Treated in Different Conditions

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    Yu. M. Spivak

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydrophilic layers of porous silicon are prepared by single- or two-step anodization and characterized by evaluating their surface hydrophilicity and contents of functional groups using IR spectroscopy and adsorption of acid-base indicators with different pKa values. The surface functional composition of the synthesized samples is shown to be adjustable depending on the anodization current density. The surface of samples obtained at anodization current density 30 mA/cm2 is predominantly occupied with pKa 2.5 corresponding to ≡Si–OH groups. The increase of current density to 80 mA/cm2 results in the increase of surface functional nonuniformity with the formation of versatile centers, primarily Lewis acidic sites corresponding to Si atoms, as indicated by selective indicator adsorption in agreement with the disappearance of Si–H bonds in IR spectra and overall surface disordering according to SEM and AFM data.

  1. Porous silicon nanoparticles as biocompatible contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging

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    Gongalsky, M. B., E-mail: mgongalsky@gmail.com; Kargina, Yu. V.; Osminkina, L. A. [Department of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI,” 115409 Moscow (Russian Federation); Perepukhov, A. M.; Maximychev, A. V. [Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Dolgoprudny, 141700 Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Gulyaev, M. V. [Research Center for MRI and MRS, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Vasiliev, A. N. [Department of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Pirogov, Yu. A. [Department of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Research Center for MRI and MRS, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Timoshenko, V. Yu. [Department of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk State University, 634050 Tomsk (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-07

    We propose porous silicon nanoparticles (PSi NPs) with natural oxide coating as biocompatible and bioresorbable contrast agents for magnetic resonant imaging (MRI). A strong shortening of the transversal proton relaxation time (T{sub 2}) was observed for aqueous suspensions of PSi NPs, whereas the longitudinal relaxation time (T{sub 1}) changed moderately. The longitudinal and transversal relaxivities are estimated to be 0.03 and 0.4 l/(g·s), respectively, which are promising for biomedical studies. The proton relaxation is suggested to undergo via the magnetic dipole-dipole interaction with Si dangling bonds on surfaces of PSi NPs. MRI experiments with phantoms have revealed the remarkable contrasting properties of PSi NPs for medical diagnostics.

  2. Temperature responsive porous silicon nanoparticles for cancer therapy - spatiotemporal triggering through infrared and radiofrequency electromagnetic heating.

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    Tamarov, Konstantin; Xu, Wujun; Osminkina, Liubov; Zinovyev, Sergey; Soininen, Pasi; Kudryavtsev, Andrey; Gongalsky, Maxim; Gaydarova, Azha; Närvänen, Ale; Timoshenko, Victor; Lehto, Vesa-Pekka

    2016-11-10

    One critical functionality of the carrier system utilized in targeted drug delivery is its ability to trigger the release of the therapeutic cargo once the carrier has reached its target. External triggering is an alluring approach as it can be applied in a precise spatiotemporal manner. In the present study, we achieved external triggering through the porous silicon (PSi) nanoparticles (NPs) by providing a pulse of infrared or radiofrequency radiation. The NPs were grafted with a temperature responsive polymer whose critical temperature was tailored to be slightly above 37°C. The polymer coating improved the biocompatibility of the NPs significantly in comparison with their uncoated counterparts. Radiation induced a rapid temperature rise, which resulted in the collapse of the polymer chains facilitating the cargo release. Both infrared and radiofrequency radiation were able to efficiently trigger the release of the encapsulated drug in vitro and induce significant cell death in comparison to the control groups. Radiofrequency radiation was found to be more efficient in vitro, and the treatment efficacy was verified in vivo in a lung carcinoma (3LL) mice model. After a single intratumoral administration of the carrier system combined with radiofrequency radiation, there was clear suppression of the growth of the carcinoma and a prolongation of the survival time of the animals. The temperature responsive (TR) polymer grafted on the surface of porous silicon nanoparticles (PSi NPs) changes its conformation in response to the heating induced by infrared or radiofrequency radiation. The conformation change allows the loaded doxorubicin to escape from the pores, achieving controlled drug release from TR PSi NPs, which displayed efficacy against malignant cells both in vitro and in vivo. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Adhesion and proliferation of human mesenchymal stem cells from dental pulp on porous silicon scaffolds.

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    Collart-Dutilleul, Pierre-Yves; Secret, Emilie; Panayotov, Ivan; Deville de Périère, Dominique; Martín-Palma, Raúl J; Torres-Costa, Vicente; Martin, Marta; Gergely, Csilla; Durand, Jean-Olivier; Cunin, Frédérique; Cuisinier, Frédéric J

    2014-02-12

    In regenerative medicine, stem-cell-based therapy often requires a scaffold to deliver cells and/or growth factors to the injured site. Porous silicon (pSi) is a promising biomaterial for tissue engineering as it is both nontoxic and bioresorbable. Moreover, surface modification can offer control over the degradation rate of pSi and can also promote cell adhesion. Dental pulp stem cells (DPSC) are pluripotent mesenchymal stem cells found within the teeth and constitute a readily source of stem cells. Thus, coupling the good proliferation and differentiation capacities of DPSC with the textural and chemical properties of the pSi substrates provides an interesting approach for therapeutic use. In this study, the behavior of human DPSC is analyzed on pSi substrates presenting pores of various sizes, 10 ± 2 nm, 36 ± 4 nm, and 1.0 ± 0.1 μm, and undergoing different chemical treatments, thermal oxidation, silanization with aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), and hydrosilylation with undecenoic acid or semicarbazide. DPSC adhesion and proliferation were followed for up to 72 h by fluorescence microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), enzymatic activity assay, and BrdU assay for mitotic activity. Porous silicon with 36 nm pore size was found to offer the best adhesion and the fastest growth rate for DPSC compared to pSi comporting smaller pore size (10 nm) or larger pore size (1 μm), especially after silanization with APTES. Hydrosilylation with semicarbazide favored cell adhesion and proliferation, especially mitosis after cell adhesion, but such chemical modification has been found to led to a scaffold that is stable for only 24-48 h in culture medium. Thus, semicarbazide-treated pSi appeared to be an appropriate scaffold for stem cell adhesion and immediate in vivo transplantation, whereas APTES-treated pSi was found to be more suitable for long-term in vitro culture, for stem cell proliferation and differentiation.

  4. A novel method to enhance the gettering efficiency in p-type Czochralski silicon by a sacrificial porous silicon layer

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    Zhang Caizhen; Wang Yongshun; Wang Zaixing

    2011-01-01

    A new two-step phosphorous diffusion gettering (TSPDG) process using a sacrificial porous silicon layer (PSL) is proposed.Due to a decrease in high temperature time,the TSPDG (PSL) process weakens the deterioration in performances of PSL,and increases the capability of impurity clusters to dissolve and diffuse to the gettering regions.By means of the TSPDG (PSL) process under conditions of 900 ℃/60 min + 700 ℃/30 min,the effective lifetime of minority carriers in solar-grade (SOG) Si is increased to 14.3 times its original value,and the short-circuit current density of solar cells is improved from 23.5 o 28.7 mA/cm2,and the open-circuit voltage from 0.534 to 0.596 V along with the transform efficiency from 8.1% to 11.8%,which are much superior to the results achieved by the PDG (PSL) process at 900 ℃ for 90 min.

  5. Monodisperse porous silicon spheres as anode materials for lithium ion batteries.

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    Wang, Wei; Favors, Zachary; Ionescu, Robert; Ye, Rachel; Bay, Hamed Hosseini; Ozkan, Mihrimah; Ozkan, Cengiz S

    2015-03-05

    Highly monodisperse porous silicon nanospheres (MPSSs) are synthesized via a simple and scalable hydrolysis process with subsequent surface-protected magnesiothermic reduction. The spherical nature of the MPSSs allows for a homogenous stress-strain distribution within the structure during lithiation and delithiation, which dramatically improves the electrochemical stability. To fully extract the real performance of the MPSSs, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were added to enhance the electronic conductivity within the composite electrode structure, which has been verified to be an effective way to improve the rate and cycling performance of anodes based on nano-Si. The Li-ion battery (LIB) anodes based on MPSSs demonstrate a high reversible capacity of 3105 mAh g(-1). In particular, reversible Li storage capacities above 1500 mAh g(-1) were maintained after 500 cycles at a high rate of C/2. We believe this innovative approach for synthesizing porous Si-based LIB anode materials by using surface-protected magnesiothermic reduction can be readily applied to other types of SiOx nano/microstructures.

  6. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis of porous silicon prepared by photo-electrochemical etching: current density effect

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    Husairi, F. S.; Rouhi, J.; Eswar, K. A.; Zainurul, A. Z.; Rusop, M.; Abdullah, S.

    2014-09-01

    Electrical impedance characteristics of porous silicon nanostructures (PSiNs) in frequency function were studied. PSiNs were prepared through photo-electrochemical etching method at various current densities (15-40 mA/cm2) and constant etching time. The atomic force microscope images of PSiNs show that pore diameter and roughness increase when current density increases to 35 mA/cm2. The surface roughness subsequently decreases because of continuous etching of pillars, and a second etching process occurs. Photoluminescence spectra show blue and red shift with increasing applied current density that is attributed to PSiNs size. Variations of electrical resistance and capacitance values of PSiNs were measured using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis. These results indicate that PSiNs prepared at 20 mA/cm2 current density have uniform porous structures with a large number of pillars. Furthermore, this PSiNs structure influences large values of charge transfer resistance and double layer capacitance, indicating potential application in sensors.

  7. Application of ZnO nanoparticles to enhance photoluminescence in porous silicon and its possible utilization for improving the short wavelength quantum efficiency of silicon solar cell

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    Verma, Daisy; Kharkwal, Aneeta; Singh, S. N.; Singh, P. K.; Sharma, S. N.; Mehdi, S. S.; Husain, M.

    2014-11-01

    We have formed photoluminescent porous silicon (PS) layers and over which a ZnO layer (hereafter called ZnOPS layers) is deposited. We studied the photoluminescent properties of individual layers as well as the composite layer under excitation with 405 nm wavelength. Using the data of PL a theoretical analysis of a solar cell having such a composite layer of a given photoluminescent conversion efficiency ηPL on the front surface has been done. The condition of a photoluminescent composite layer (ZnOPS) useful for enhancing the spectral response of n+-p-p+ structured silicon solar cell has been identified.

  8. Preparation and characterization of decyl-terminated silicon nanoparticles encapsulated in lipid nanocapsules.

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    Pan, Guo-Hui; Barras, Alexandre; Boussekey, Luc; Qu, Xuesong; Addad, Ahmed; Boukherroub, Rabah

    2013-10-15

    In this Article, we report on the encapsulation of decyl-modified silicon nanoparticles (decyl-SiNPs) into ∼80 nm lipid nanocapsules (LNCs). The decyl-SiNPs were produced by thermal hydrosilylation of hydride-terminated SiNPs (H-SiNPs) liberated from porous silicon. Various techniques, including Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis absorption, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and photoluminescence (PL), were used to characterize their size, shape, colloidal, and optical properties. The results indicate that these nanocapsules feature controllable size, good dispersity, high loading rate of SiNPs, colloidal stability in various media, and bright PL. The PL of decyl-SiNPs loaded LNCs was stable upon heating to 80 °C, but was sensitive to basic solutions due to proton-gated emission of the SiNPs arranged at the LNCs interface between the oil phase and the hydrophilic polyethylene glycol moieties of the surfactant. These luminescent nanocapsules are therefore promising candidates as cellular probes for fluorescence imaging. In addition, it was found that TEM imaging of small-sized decyl-SiNPs could be greatly improved by preliminary negative staining of TEM grids with phosphotungstic acid.

  9. Nano-WO3 film modified macro-porous silicon (MPS) gas sensor

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    Sun Peng; Hu Ming; Li Mingda; Ma Shuangyun

    2012-01-01

    We prepared macro-porous silicon (MPS) by electrochemical corrosion in a double-tank cell on the surface of single-crystalline P-type silicon.Then,nano-WO3 films were deposited on MPS layers by DC facing target reactive magnetron sputtering.The morphologies of the MPS and WOs/MPS samples were investigated by using a field emission scanning electron microscope.The crystallization of WO3 and the valence of the W in the WO3/MPS sample were characterized by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy,respectively.The gas sensing properties of MPS and WO3/MPS gas sensors were thoroughly measured at room temperature.It can be concluded that:the WO3/MPS gas sensor shows the gas sensing properties of a P-type semiconductor gas sensor.The WO3/MPS gas sensor exhibits good recovery characteristics and repeatability to l ppm NO2.The addition of WO3 can enhance the sensitivity of MPS to NO2.The long-term stability ofa WO3/MPS gas sensor is better than that of an MPS gas sensor.The sensitivity of the WO3/MPS gas sensor to NO2 is higher than that to NH3 and C2H5OH.The selectivity of the MPS to NO2 is modified by deposited nano-WO3 film.

  10. Photoluminescence of monocrystalline and stain-etched porous silicon doped with high temperature annealed europium

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    Guerrero-Lemus, R; Montesdeoca-Santana, A; Gonzalez-Diaz, B; Diaz-Herrera, B; Hernandez-Rodriguez, C; Jimenez-Rodriguez, E [Departamento de Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna (ULL), Avenida AstrofIsico Francisco Sanchez, 2. 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Velazquez, J J, E-mail: rglemus@ull.es [Departamento de Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna (ULL), Avenida Astrofisico Francisco Sanchez, 2. 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)

    2011-08-24

    In this work, for the first time, the photoluminescent emission and excitation spectra of non-textured layers and stain-etched porous silicon layers (PSLs) doped with high temperature annealed europium (Eu) are evaluated. The PSLs are evaluated as a host for rare earth ions and as an antireflection coating. The applied doping process, which consists in a simple impregnation method followed by a high-temperature annealing step, is compatible with the standard processes in the fabrication of solar cells. The results show down-shifting processes with a maximum photoluminescent intensity at 615 nm, related to the transition {sup 5}D{sub 0} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 2}. Different initial concentrations of Eu(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} are evaluated to study the influence of the rare earth concentration on the photoluminescent intensity. The chemical composition and the morphology of Eu-doped PSLs are examined by means of x-ray dispersion spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. These Eu-doped layers are considered to be applied as energy converters in silicon-based third generation solar cells.

  11. UV-Visible optical photo-detection from porous silicon (PS) MSM device

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    Das, M.; Sarmah, S.; Sarkar, D.

    2017-01-01

    Si photodiodes have been in use as UV detectors and some compound semiconductors as visible detectors. However their implementation to the optoelectronic field is limited due to high fabrication cost and/or sophisticated prerequisites. The present article aims at fabricating porous silicon Metal-Semiconductor-Metal structure and its photodetection property for the UV wavelength range from 250 to 390 nm along with a portion of visible spectrum. PS thickness attained is ∼ 2 μm with uniform distribution of pores. It shows characteristic visible yellow/green luminescence under UV-Visible irradiation. The responsivities, obtained through photoconductivity measurement of the device, are obtained as 1.42 and 2.00 AW-1 for UV and visible ranges respectively, whereas the response times in corresponding ranges as 0.70 and 1.00 s. These results suggest superiority of the device as a UV-Visible detector compared to silicon or other semiconductor detectors. However, the device shows ageing effect due to slow oxidation of the PS layer.

  12. FTRIFS biosensor based on double layer porous silicon as a LC detector for target molecule screening from complex samples.

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    Shang, Yunling; Zhao, Weijie; Xu, Erchao; Tong, Changlun; Wu, Jianmin

    2010-01-15

    Post-column identification of target compounds in complex samples is one of the major tasks in drug screening and discovery. In this work, we demonstrated that double layer porous silicon (PSi) attached with affinity ligand could serve as a sensing element for post-column detection of target molecule by Fourier transformed reflectometric interference spectroscopy (FTRIFS), in which trypsin and its inhibitor were used as the model probe-target system. The double layer porous silicon was prepared by electrical etching with a current density of 500 mA/cm(2), followed by 167 mA/cm(2). Optical measurements indicated that trypsin could infiltrate into the outer porous layer (porosity 83.6%), but was excluded by the bottom layer (porosity 52%). The outer layer, attached with trypsin by standard amino-silane and glutaraldehyde chemistry, could specifically bind with the trypsin inhibitor, acting as a sample channel, while the bottom layer served as a reference signal channel. The binding event between the attached trypsin and trypsin inhibitor samples could be detected by FTRIFS in real-time through monitoring the optical thickness change of the porous silicon layer. The baseline drift caused by sample matrix variation could be effectively eliminated by a signal correction method. Optical signals had a linear relationship with the concentration of trypsin inhibitor in the range of 10-200 ng mL(-1). The FTRIFS biosensor based on double layer porous silicon could be combined with a UV detector for screening the target molecule from complex component mixtures separated by a LC column. Using an LC-UV-FTRIFS system, a fraction containing a trypsin inhibitor could be separated from a soybean extract sample and identified in real-time.

  13. Atomic layer deposition TiO{sub 2} coated porous silicon surface: Structural characterization and morphological features

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    Iatsunskyi, Igor, E-mail: igoyat@amu.edu.pl [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Department of Experimental Physics, Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University, 42, Pastera str., 65023 Odessa (Ukraine); Jancelewicz, Mariusz; Nowaczyk, Grzegorz [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Kempiński, Mateusz [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poland (Poland); Peplińska, Barbara [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Department of Macromolecular Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznan (Poland); Jarek, Marcin; Załęski, Karol [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Jurga, Stefan [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, 85 Umultowska str., 61-614, Poznan (Poland); Department of Macromolecular Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznan (Poland); Smyntyna, Valentyn [Department of Experimental Physics, Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University, 42, Pastera str., 65023 Odessa (Ukraine)

    2015-08-31

    TiO{sub 2} thin films were grown on highly-doped p-Si (100) macro- and mesoporous structures by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using TiCl{sub 4} and deionized water as precursors at 300 °C. The crystalline structure, chemical composition, and morphology of the deposited films and initial silicon nanostructures were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The mean size of TiO{sub 2} crystallites was determined by TEM, XRD and Raman spectroscopy. It was shown that the mean crystallite size and the crystallinity of the TiO{sub 2} are influenced dramatically by the morphology of the porous silicon, with the mesoporous silicon resulting in a much finer grain size and amorphous structure than the macroporous silicon having a partially crystal anatase phase. A simple model of the ALD layer growth inside the pores was presented. - Highlights: • The morphology and chemical composition of TiO{sub 2} and porous Si were established. • The approximate size of TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals was estimated. • The model of the atomic layer deposition coating in the porous Si was presented.

  14. Acetylcholinesterase immobilization and characterization, and comparison of the activity of the porous silicon-immobilized enzyme with its free counterpart.

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    Saleem, Muhammad; Rafiq, Muhammad; Seo, Sung-Yum; Lee, Ki Hwan

    2016-02-02

    A successful prescription is presented for acetylcholinesterase physically adsorbed on to a mesoporous silicon surface, with a promising hydrolytic response towards acetylthiocholine iodide. The catalytic behaviour of the immobilized enzyme was assessed by spectrophotometric bioassay using neostigmine methyl sulfate as a standard acetycholinesterase inhibitor. The surface modification was studied through field emission SEM, Fourier transform IR spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, cathode luminescence and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis, photoluminescence measurement and spectrophotometric bioassay. The porous silicon-immobilized enzyme not only yielded greater enzyme stability, but also significantly improved the native photoluminescence at room temperature of the bare porous silicon architecture. The results indicated the promising catalytic behaviour of immobilized enzyme compared with that of its free counterpart, with a greater stability, and that it aided reusability and easy separation from the reaction mixture. The porous silicon-immobilized enzyme was found to retain 50% of its activity, promising thermal stability up to 90°C, reusability for up to three cycles, pH stability over a broad pH of 4-9 and a shelf-life of 44 days, with an optimal hydrolytic response towards acetylthiocholine iodide at variable drug concentrations. On the basis of these findings, it was believed that the porous silicon-immobilized enzyme could be exploited as a reusable biocatalyst and for screening of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors from crude plant extracts and synthesized organic compounds. Moreover, the immobilized enzyme could offer a great deal as a viable biocatalyst in bioprocessing for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and bioremediation to enhance productivity and robustness.

  15. Band-gap engineering by molecular mechanical strain-induced giant tuning of the luminescence in colloidal amorphous porous silicon nanostructures

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    Mughal, Asad Jahangir

    2014-01-01

    Nano-silicon is a nanostructured material in which quantum or spatial confinement is the origin of the material\\'s luminescence. When nano-silicon is broken into colloidal crystalline nanoparticles, its luminescence can be tuned across the visible spectrum only when the sizes of the nanoparticles, which are obtained via painstaking filtration methods that are difficult to scale up because of low yield, vary. Bright and tunable colloidal amorphous porous silicon nanostructures have not yet been reported. In this letter, we report on a 100 nm modulation in the emission of freestanding colloidal amorphous porous silicon nanostructures via band-gap engineering. The mechanism responsible for this tunable modulation, which is independent of the size of the individual particles and their distribution, is the distortion of the molecular orbitals by a strained silicon-silicon bond angle. This mechanism is also responsible for the amorphous-to-crystalline transformation of silicon. This journal is

  16. Band-gap engineering by molecular mechanical strain-induced giant tuning of the luminescence in colloidal amorphous porous silicon nanostructures.

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    Mughal, A; El Demellawi, J K; Chaieb, Sahraoui

    2014-12-14

    Nano-silicon is a nanostructured material in which quantum or spatial confinement is the origin of the material's luminescence. When nano-silicon is broken into colloidal crystalline nanoparticles, its luminescence can be tuned across the visible spectrum only when the sizes of the nanoparticles, which are obtained via painstaking filtration methods that are difficult to scale up because of low yield, vary. Bright and tunable colloidal amorphous porous silicon nanostructures have not yet been reported. In this letter, we report on a 100 nm modulation in the emission of freestanding colloidal amorphous porous silicon nanostructures via band-gap engineering. The mechanism responsible for this tunable modulation, which is independent of the size of the individual particles and their distribution, is the distortion of the molecular orbitals by a strained silicon-silicon bond angle. This mechanism is also responsible for the amorphous-to-crystalline transformation of silicon.

  17. Tuning of structural, light emission and wetting properties of nanostructured copper oxide-porous silicon matrix formed on electrochemically etched copper-coated silicon substrates

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    Naddaf, M.

    2017-01-01

    Matrices of copper oxide-porous silicon nanostructures have been formed by electrochemical etching of copper-coated silicon surfaces in HF-based solution at different etching times (5-15 min). Micro-Raman, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results show that the nature of copper oxide in the matrix changes from single-phase copper (I) oxide (Cu2O) to single-phase copper (II) oxide (CuO) on increasing the etching time. This is accompanied with important variation in the content of carbon, carbon hydrides, carbonyl compounds and silicon oxide in the matrix. The matrix formed at the low etching time (5 min) exhibits a single broad "blue" room-temperature photoluminescence (PL) band. On increasing the etching time, the intensity of this band decreases and a much stronger "red" PL band emerges in the PL spectra. The relative intensity of this band with respect to the "blue" band significantly increases on increasing the etching time. The "blue" and "red" PL bands are attributed to Cu2O and porous silicon of the matrix, respectively. In addition, the water contact angle measurements reveal that the hydrophobicity of the matrix surface can be tuned from hydrophobic to superhydrophobic state by controlling the etching time.

  18. Structural and magnetic characterization of a porous silicon/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} composite

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    Granitzer, Petra; Rumpf, Klemens [Institute of Physics, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Universitaetsplatz 5, 8010 Graz (Austria); Venkatesan, Munuswamy [Institute of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2 (Ireland); Cabrera, Lourisa; Roca, Alejandro; Morales, Puerto [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales Madrid, CSIC, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 3, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Poelt, Peter; Albu, Mihaela [Institute for Electron Microscopy, University of Technology Graz, Steyrergasse 17, 8010 Graz (Austria)

    2011-06-15

    Magnetite nanoparticles are infiltrated into porous silicon leading to an accumulation of the particles within the pores. The minimum distance between the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-particles is given by the coating of the particles which is in the range of a few nanometers. Due to the coating exchange coupling between the particles is excluded, whereas dipolar coupling can take place. The distance between the pores is about 45 nm which assures that the magnetic particle-particle interaction within individual pores is stronger than between particles of adjacent pores. Thus the morphology of the porous silicon matrix influences the magnetic behaviour of the composite. Furthermore the transition between ferromagnetic behaviour (low temperatures) and superparamagnetic behaviour (higher temperatures) of the specimens is figured out by investigating samples with two different sizes of infiltrated Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  19. ARTICLES: Theoretical Study of Interaction Between S2 and SiHx (x = 1, 2, 3) in Porous Silicon

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    Li, Zuo; Cheng, Xin-lu; Wang, Jiang; Chen, Hai-hua

    2010-06-01

    The interaction between S2 molecule and SiHx (x = 1, 2, 3) in porous silicon is investigated using the B3LYP method of density functional theory with the Ianl2dz basis set. The model of porous silicon doped with CH3, Si-O-Si and OH species is built. By analyzing the binding energy and electronic transfer, we conclude that the interaction of S2 molecule with SiHx (x = 1, 2, 3) is much stronger than the interaction of S2 molecule with CH3 and OH, as S2 molecule is located in different sites of the model. Using the transition state theory, we study the Si2H6+S2→H3SiH2SiS+HS reaction, and the reaction energy barrier is 50.2 kJ/mol, which indicates that the reaction is easy to occur.

  20. Synthesis and Field Emission of ZnO Nanostructures on CuO Catalyzed Porous Silicon Substrate

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    YU Ke; ZHANG Yong-Sheng; OUYANG Shi-Xi; ZHANG Qing-Jie; LUO Lai-Qiang; ZHANG Qiu-Xiang; CHANG Zhong-Kun; LI Li-Jun; ZHU Zi-Qiang

    2005-01-01

    @@ Ma ss production of ZnO nanobelts and hexagonal nanorods has been successfully synthesized on CuO catalyzed porous silicon (PS) using a simple vapour-solid (VS) growth method. A comparison of their morphologies is investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirms that ZnO nanobelts and nanorods are single crystalline with the growth direction of (0110) and (0001), respectively.Field emission tests indicate that the ZnO nanostructures on porous silicon have low turn-on field of about3.6 V/μm (at 1.0μA/cm2) and the threshold field of about 8.3 V/μm (at 1.0mA/cm2), high emission site density(ESD) of approximately 104 cm-2.

  1. A Stable Porous Silicon Dielectric Reflector with a Photonic Band Gap Centred at 10μm

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    ZHANG Jie; XU Shao-Hui; YANG Shi-Qian; WANG Lian-Wei; CAO Zhi-Shen; ZHAN Peng; WANG Zhen-Lin

    2008-01-01

    @@ By pulsed anodic etching at low temperature, we prepared a porous silicon reflector with a photonic band gap centred in the long-wavelength infrared spectral region (centred at about 12 μtm). After proper oxidation process,the stable reflector structure, which can reflect electromagnetic wave from 8 μm to 12 μm (centred at 10 μm)within wide incidence angles (about 50°), is obtained. The wavelength shift of absorption peak of Si-H and Si-O shows the influence of oxidation process and indicates the stability of oxidized porous silicon dielectric reflector,which offers possible applications for the room temperature infrared sensor.

  2. NbN superconducting nanonetwork fabricated using porous silicon templates and high-resolution electron beam lithography.

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    Salvato, Matteo; Baghdadi, Reza; Cirillo, Carla; Prischepa, Serghej L; Dolgiy, Alexey; Bondarenko, Vitaly; Lombardi, Floriana; Attanasio, Carmine

    2017-08-07

    Superconducting NbN nanonetworks with a very small number of interconnected nanowires, with diameter of the order of 4 nm, are fabricated combining a bottom-up (use of porous silicon nanotemplates) with a top-down technique (high-resolution electron beam lithography). The method is easy to control and allows to fabricate, on a robust support, devices with electrical properties close to a one-dimensional superconductor that can be fruitfully used for novel applications. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  3. Porous biomorphic silicon carbide ceramics coated with hydroxyapatite as prospective materials for bone implants.

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    Gryshkov, Oleksandr; Klyui, Nickolai I; Temchenko, Volodymyr P; Kyselov, Vitalii S; Chatterjee, Anamika; Belyaev, Alexander E; Lauterboeck, Lothar; Iarmolenko, Dmytro; Glasmacher, Birgit

    2016-11-01

    Porous and cytocompatible silicon carbide (SiC) ceramics derived from wood precursors and coated with bioactive hydroxyapatite (HA) and HA-zirconium dioxide (HA/ZrO2) composite are materials with promising application in engineering of bone implants due to their excellent mechanical and structural properties. Biomorphic SiC ceramics have been synthesized from wood (Hornbeam, Sapele, Tilia and Pear) using a forced impregnation method. The SiC ceramics have been coated with bioactive HA and HA/ZrO2 using effective gas detonation deposition approach (GDD). The surface morphology and cytotoxicity of SiC ceramics as well as phase composition and crystallinity of deposited coatings were analyzed. It has been shown that the porosity and pore size of SiC ceramics depend on initial wood source. The XRD and FTIR studies revealed the preservation of crystal structure and phase composition of in the HA coating, while addition of ZrO2 to the initial HA powder resulted in significant decomposition of the final HA/ZrO2 coating and formation of other calcium phosphate phases. In turn, NIH 3T3 cells cultured in medium exposed to coated and uncoated SiC ceramics showed high re-cultivation efficiency as well as metabolic activity. The recultivation efficiency of cells was the highest for HA-coated ceramics, whereas HA/ZrO2 coating improved the recultivation efficiency of cells as compared to uncoated SiC ceramics. The GDD method allowed generating homogeneous HA coatings with no change in calcium to phosphorus ratio. In summary, porous and cytocompatible bio-SiC ceramics with bioactive coatings show a great promise in construction of light, robust, inexpensive and patient-specific bone implants for clinical application.

  4. Amine-modified hyaluronic acid-functionalized porous silicon nanoparticles for targeting breast cancer tumors

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    Almeida, Patrick V.; Shahbazi, Mohammad-Ali; Mäkilä, Ermei; Kaasalainen, Martti; Salonen, Jarno; Hirvonen, Jouni; Santos, Hélder A.

    2014-08-01

    Active targeting of nanoparticles to receptor-overexpressing cancer cells has great potential for enhancing the cellular uptake of nanoparticles and for reducing fast clearance of the nanoparticles from the body. Herein, we present a preparation method of a porous silicon (PSi)-based nanodelivery system for breast cancer targeting, by covalently conjugating a synthesized amide-modified hyaluronic acid (HA+) derived polymer on the surface of undecylenic acid-modified thermally hydrocarbonized PSi (UnTHCPSi) nanoparticles. The resulting UnTHCPSi-HA+ nanoparticles showed relatively small size, reduced polydispersibility, high biocompatibility, improved colloidal and human plasma stability, as well as enhanced cellular interactions and internalization. Moreover, we demonstrated that the enhanced cellular association of UnTHCPSi-HA+ relies on the capability of the conjugated HA+ to bind and consequently target CD44 receptors expressed on the surface of breast cancer cells, thus making the HA+-functionalized UnTHCPSi nanoparticles a suitable and promising nanoplatform for the targeting of CD44-overexpressing breast tumors and for drug delivery.Active targeting of nanoparticles to receptor-overexpressing cancer cells has great potential for enhancing the cellular uptake of nanoparticles and for reducing fast clearance of the nanoparticles from the body. Herein, we present a preparation method of a porous silicon (PSi)-based nanodelivery system for breast cancer targeting, by covalently conjugating a synthesized amide-modified hyaluronic acid (HA+) derived polymer on the surface of undecylenic acid-modified thermally hydrocarbonized PSi (UnTHCPSi) nanoparticles. The resulting UnTHCPSi-HA+ nanoparticles showed relatively small size, reduced polydispersibility, high biocompatibility, improved colloidal and human plasma stability, as well as enhanced cellular interactions and internalization. Moreover, we demonstrated that the enhanced cellular association of Un

  5. Effects of Phase Composition on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Lu2O3-doped Porous Silicon Nitride Ceramics

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    Quan Li; Xiaowei Yin

    2011-01-01

    Porous silicon nitride ceramics (Si3N4) were fabricated by pressureless sintering using different particle size of silicon nitride powder. Lu2O3 was used as sintering additive. According to phase relationships in the ternary system Si3N4-SiO2-Lu2O3, porous Si3N4 ceramics with different phase composition were designed through the change of the content of SiO2 which was formed by the oxidation at 800℃ in air. Porous Si3N4 with different phase compositions was obtained after sintering at 1800℃in N2atmosphere. A small content of SiO2 favored the formation of secondary phase Lu4Si2O7N2, while large content of SiO2 favored the formation of secondary phase Lu2Si2O7 and Si2N2O. Porous Si3N4 ceramics with secondary phase Lu4Si2O7N2 had a flexural strength of 207 MPa, while that with secondary phase Si2N2O and Lu2Si2O7 had lower flexural strength.

  6. Porous silicon used as an oxide diffusion mask to produce a periodic micro doped n{sup ++}/n regions

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    Dimassi, Wissem; Jafel, Hayet; Lajnef, Mohamed; Ali Kanzari, M.; Bouaicha, Mongi; Bessais, Brahim; Ezzaouia, Hatem [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique, Centre de Recherche et des Technologies de l' Energie, PB: 95, Hammam Lif 2050 (Tunisia)

    2011-06-15

    The realization of screen-printed contacts on silicon solar cells requires highly doped regions under the fingers and lowly doped and thin ones between them. In this work, we present a low-cost approach to fabricate selective emitter (n{sup ++}/n doped silicon regions), using oxidized porous silicon (ox-PS) as a mask. Micro-periodic fingers were opened on the porous silicon layer using a micro groove machining process. Optimized phosphorous diffusion through the micro grooved ox-PS let us obtain n{sup ++} doped regions in opened zones and n doped large regions underneath the ox-PS layer. The dark I-V characteristics of the obtained device and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy investigations of the PS layer show the possibility to use PS as a dielectric layer. The Light Beam Induced Current (LBIC) mapping of the realized device, confirm the presence of a micro periodic n{sup ++}/n type structure. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  7. Vertically aligned ZnO nanorods on porous silicon substrates:Effect of growth time

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    R. Shabannian

    2015-01-01

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanorods were successfully grown on porous silicon (PS) substrates by chemical bath deposition at a low temperature. X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL) analyses were carried out to investigate the effect of growth duration (2 h to 8 h) on the optical and structural properties of the aligned ZnO nanorods. Strong and sharp ZnO (0 0 2) peaks of the ZnO nanorods proved that the aligned ZnO nanorods were preferentially fabricated along the c-axis of the hexagonal wurtzite structure. FESEM images demonstrated that the ZnO nanorod arrays were well aligned along the c-axis and perpendicular to the PS substrates regardless of the growth duration. The TEM image showed that the top surfaces of the ZnO nanorods were round with a smooth curvature. PL spectra demonstrated that the ZnO nanorods grown for 5 h exhibited the sharpest and most intense PL peaks within the ultraviolet range among all samples.

  8. Efficient Visible Electroluminescence from Porous Silicon Diodes Passivated by Carbon Films

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    李宏建; 彭景翠; 瞿述; 颜永红; 许雪梅; 赵楚军

    2002-01-01

    By using n-butylamine as a carbon resource, carbon film is deposited on the p-n porous silicon (PS) surface with aradio-frequency glow discharge plasma system. Raman spectra and infrared reflection (IR) spectra of the carbonfilms indicate that there are amine-group and hydrogen atoms therein. The IR spectra of the passivated PSsamples exhibit that the PS surfaces are mainly covered with Si-C, Si-N and Si-O bonds. Electroluminescence(EL) spectra show that the EL intensity of the passivated PS diodes increases greatly and the blueshift of theEL peak occurs compared with the diodes without treatment. Both of these are stable while the passivateddiodes are exposed to the air indoors. The I-V characteristics reveal that the passivated diodes have a smallerseries resistance and a lower onset voltage. The influence of the carbon film passivation on EL properties of PShas also been discussed. The results have proven that carbon film passivation is a good way to enhance the PSluminescent intensity and stability.

  9. Porous silicon membrane-modified electrodes for label-free voltammetric detection of MS2 bacteriophage.

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    Reta, Nekane; Michelmore, Andrew; Saint, Christopher; Prieto-Simón, Beatriz; Voelcker, Nicolas H

    2016-06-15

    A proof of concept for the label-free detection of bacteriophage MS2, a model indicator of microbiological contamination, is validated in this work as a porous silicon (pSi) membrane-based electrochemical biosensor. PSi membranes were used to afford nanochannel architectures. The sensing mechanism was based on the nanochannel blockage caused by MS2 binding to immobilized capture antibodies. This blockage was quantified by measuring the oxidation current of the electroactive species reaching the electrode surface, by means of differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The immunosensor showed a limit of detection of 6 pfu/mL in buffer, allowing the detection of MS2 to levels commonly found in real-world applications, and proved to be unaffected by matrix effects when analyzing MS2 in reservoir water. This platform enables the straightforward, direct and sensitive detection of a broad range of target analytes and constitutes a promising approach towards the development of portable electronic point of sample analysis devices.

  10. Development of L-lactate dehydrogenase biosensor based on porous silicon resonant microcavities as fluorescence enhancers.

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    Jenie, S N Aisyiyah; Prieto-Simon, Beatriz; Voelcker, Nicolas H

    2015-12-15

    The up-regulation of L-lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), an intracellular enzyme present in most of all body tissues, is indicative of several pathological conditions and cellular death. Herein, we demonstrate LDH detection using porous silicon (pSi) microcavities as a luminescence-enhancing optical biosensing platform. Non-fluorescent resazurin was covalently attached onto the pSi surface via thermal hydrocarbonisation, thermal hydrosylilation and acylation. Each surface modification step was confirmed by means of FTIR and the optical shifts of the resonance wavelength of the microcavity. Thermal hydrocarbonisation also afforded excellent surface stability, ensuring that the resazurin was not reduced on the pSi surface. Using a pSi microcavity biosensor, the fluorescence signal upon detection of LDH was amplified by 10 and 5-fold compared to that of a single layer and a detuned microcavity, respectively, giving a limit of detection of 0.08 U/ml. The biosensor showed a linear response between 0.16 and 6.5 U/ml, covering the concentration range of LDH in normal as well as damaged tissues. The biosensor was selective for LDH and did not produce a signal upon incubation with another NAD-dependant enzyme L-glutamic dehydrogenase. The use of the pSi microcavity as a sensing platform reduced reagent usage by 30% and analysis time threefold compared to the standard LDH assay in solution.

  11. Electrostatic interaction on loading of therapeutic peptide GLP-1 into porous silicon nanoparticles.

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    Kaasalainen, Martti; Rytkönen, Jussi; Mäkilä, Ermei; Närvänen, Ale; Salonen, Jarno

    2015-02-10

    Porous silicon (PSi) nanoparticles' tunable properties are facilitating their use at highly challenging medical tasks such as peptide delivery. Because of many different mechanisms that are affecting the interaction between the peptide and the particle, the drug incorporation into the mesoporous delivery system is not straightforward. We have studied the adsorption and loading of incretin hormone glucagon like peptide 1 (GLP-1) on PSi nanoparticles. The results show that the highest loading degree can be achieved in pH values near the isoelectric point of peptide, and the phenomenon is independent of the surface's zeta potential. In order to study the interaction between the peptide and the nanoparticle, we studied the adsorption with lower concentrations and noticed that also non-Coulombic forces have a big role in adsorption of GLP-1. Adsorption is effective and pH-independent especially on low peptide concentrations and onto more hydrophobic nanoparticles. Reversibility of adsorption was studied as a function of buffer pH. When the loading is compared to the total mass of the formulation, the loading degree is 29%, and during desorption experiments 25% is released in 4 h and can be considered as a reversible loading degree. Thus, the peptides adsorbed first seem to create irreversibly adsorbed layer that facilitates reversible adsorption of following peptides.

  12. Amine-modified hyaluronic acid-functionalized porous silicon nanoparticles for targeting breast cancer tumors.

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    Almeida, Patrick V; Shahbazi, Mohammad-Ali; Mäkilä, Ermei; Kaasalainen, Martti; Salonen, Jarno; Hirvonen, Jouni; Santos, Hélder A

    2014-09-01

    Active targeting of nanoparticles to receptor-overexpressing cancer cells has great potential for enhancing the cellular uptake of nanoparticles and for reducing fast clearance of the nanoparticles from the body. Herein, we present a preparation method of a porous silicon (PSi)-based nanodelivery system for breast cancer targeting, by covalently conjugating a synthesized amide-modified hyaluronic acid (HA(+)) derived polymer on the surface of undecylenic acid-modified thermally hydrocarbonized PSi (UnTHCPSi) nanoparticles. The resulting UnTHCPSi-HA(+) nanoparticles showed relatively small size, reduced polydispersibility, high biocompatibility, improved colloidal and human plasma stability, as well as enhanced cellular interactions and internalization. Moreover, we demonstrated that the enhanced cellular association of UnTHCPSi-HA(+) relies on the capability of the conjugated HA(+) to bind and consequently target CD44 receptors expressed on the surface of breast cancer cells, thus making the HA(+)-functionalized UnTHCPSi nanoparticles a suitable and promising nanoplatform for the targeting of CD44-overexpressing breast tumors and for drug delivery.

  13. Inhibition of influenza A virus infection in vitro by saliphenylhalamide-loaded porous silicon nanoparticles.

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    Bimbo, Luis M; Denisova, Oxana V; Mäkilä, Ermei; Kaasalainen, Martti; De Brabander, Jef K; Hirvonen, Jouni; Salonen, Jarno; Kakkola, Laura; Kainov, Denis; Santos, Hélder A

    2013-08-27

    Influenza A viruses (IAVs) cause recurrent epidemics in humans, with serious threat of lethal worldwide pandemics. The occurrence of antiviral-resistant virus strains and the emergence of highly pathogenic influenza viruses have triggered an urgent need to develop new anti-IAV treatments. One compound found to inhibit IAV, and other virus infections, is saliphenylhalamide (SaliPhe). SaliPhe targets host vacuolar-ATPase and inhibits acidification of endosomes, a process needed for productive virus infection. The major obstacle for the further development of SaliPhe as antiviral drug has been its poor solubility. Here, we investigated the possibility to increase SaliPhe solubility by loading the compound in thermally hydrocarbonized porous silicon (THCPSi) nanoparticles. SaliPhe-loaded nanoparticles were further investigated for the ability to inhibit influenza A infection in human retinal pigment epithelium and Madin-Darby canine kidney cells, and we show that upon release from THCPSi, SaliPhe inhibited IAV infection in vitro and reduced the amount of progeny virus in IAV-infected cells. Overall, the PSi-based nanosystem exhibited increased dissolution of the investigated anti-IAV drug SaliPhe and displayed excellent in vitro stability, low cytotoxicity, and remarkable reduction of viral load in the absence of organic solvents. This proof-of-principle study indicates that PSi nanoparticles could be used for efficient delivery of antivirals to infected cells.

  14. Tumour homing peptide-functionalized porous silicon nanovectors for cancer therapy.

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    Kinnari, Päivi J; Hyvönen, Maija L K; Mäkilä, Ermei M; Kaasalainen, Martti H; Rivinoja, Antti; Salonen, Jarno J; Hirvonen, Jouni T; Laakkonen, Pirjo M; Santos, Hélder A

    2013-12-01

    Tumour targeting nanoparticles (NPs) have demonstrated great potential for enhancing anticancer drug delivery to tumour sites and for reducing the side effects of chemotherapy. However, many nanoparticulate delivery systems still lack efficient tumour accumulation. In this work, we present a porous silicon (PSi) nanovector functionalized with a tumour-homing peptide, which targets the mammary-derived growth inhibitor (MDGI) expressing cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo, thereby enhancing the accumulation of the NPs in the tumours. We demonstrated that the tumour homing peptide (herein designated as CooP) functionalized thermally hydrocarbonized PSi (THCPSi) NPs homed specifically to the subcutaneous MDGI-expressing xenograft tumours. The THCPSi-CooP NPs were stable in human plasma and their uptake by MDGI-expressing cancer cells measured by confocal microscopy and flow cytometry was significantly increased compared to the non-functionalized THCPSi NPs. After intravenous injections into nude mice bearing MDGI-expressing tumours, effective targeting was detected and THCPSi-CooP NPs showed ~9-fold higher accumulation in the tumour site compared to the control THCPSi NPs. Accumulation of both NPs in the vital organs was negligible.

  15. The mucoadhesive and gastroretentive properties of hydrophobin-coated porous silicon nanoparticle oral drug delivery systems.

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    Sarparanta, Mirkka P; Bimbo, Luis M; Mäkilä, Ermei M; Salonen, Jarno J; Laaksonen, Päivi H; Helariutta, A M Kerttuli; Linder, Markus B; Hirvonen, Jouni T; Laaksonen, Timo J; Santos, Hélder A; Airaksinen, Anu J

    2012-04-01

    Impediments to intestinal absorption, such as poor solubility and instability in the variable conditions of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract plague many of the current drugs restricting their oral bioavailability. Particulate drug delivery systems hold great promise in solving these problems, but their effectiveness might be limited by their often rapid transit through the GI tract. Here we describe a bioadhesive oral drug delivery system based on thermally-hydrocarbonized porous silicon (THCPSi) functionalized with a self-assembled amphiphilic protein coating consisting of a class II hydrophobin (HFBII) from Trichoderma reesei. The HFBII-THCPSi nanoparticles were found to be non-cytotoxic and mucoadhesive in AGS cells, prompting their use in a biodistribution study in rats after oral administration. The passage of HFBII-THCPSi nanoparticles in the rat GI tract was significantly slower than that of uncoated THCPSi, and the nanoparticles were retained in stomach by gastric mucoadhesion up to 3 h after administration. Upon entry to the small intestine, the mucoadhesive properties were lost, resulting in the rapid transit of the nanoparticles through the remainder of the GI tract. The gastroretentive drug delivery system with a dual function presented here is a viable alternative for improving drug bioavailability in the oral route.

  16. Smart Porous Silicon Nanoparticles with Polymeric Coatings for Sequential Combination Therapy.

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    Xu, Wujun; Thapa, Rinez; Liu, Dongfei; Nissinen, Tuomo; Granroth, Sari; Närvänen, Ale; Suvanto, Mika; Santos, Hélder A; Lehto, Vesa-Pekka

    2015-11-01

    In spite of the advances in drug delivery, the preparation of smart nanocomposites capable of precisely controlled release of multiple drugs for sequential combination therapy is still challenging. Here, a novel drug delivery nanocomposite was prepared by coating porous silicon (PSi) nanoparticles with poly(beta-amino ester) (PAE) and Pluronic F-127, respectively. Two anticancer drugs, doxorubicin (DOX) and paclitaxel (PTX), were separately loaded into the core of PSi and the shell of F127. The nanocomposite displayed enhanced colloidal stability and good cytocompatibility. Moreover, a spatiotemporal drug release was achieved for sequential combination therapy by precisely controlling the release kinetics of the two tested drugs. The release of PTX and DOX occurred in a time-staggered manner; PTX was released much faster and earlier than DOX at pH 7.0. The grafted PAE on the external surface of PSi acted as a pH-responsive nanovalve for the site-specific release of DOX. In vitro cytotoxicity tests demonstrated that the DOX and PTX coloaded nanoparticles exhibited a better synergistic effect than the free drugs in inducing cellular apoptosis. Therefore, the present study demonstrates a promising strategy to enhance the efficiency of combination cancer therapies by precisely controlling the release kinetics of different drugs.

  17. Co-delivery of a hydrophobic small molecule and a hydrophilic peptide by porous silicon nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Dongfei; Bimbo, Luis M; Mäkilä, Ermei; Villanova, Francesca; Kaasalainen, Martti; Herranz-Blanco, Barbara; Caramella, Carla M; Lehto, Vesa-Pekka; Salonen, Jarno; Herzig, Karl-Heinz; Hirvonen, Jouni; Santos, Hélder A

    2013-09-10

    Nanoparticulate drug delivery systems offer remarkable opportunities for clinical treatment. However, there are several challenges when they are employed to deliver multiple cargos/payloads, particularly concerning the synchronous delivery of small molecular weight drugs and relatively larger peptides. Since porous silicon (PSi) nanoparticles (NPs) can easily contain high payloads of drugs with various properties, we evaluated their carrier potential in multi-drug delivery for co-loading of the hydrophobic drug indomethacin and the hydrophilic human peptide YY3-36 (PYY3-36). Sequential loading of these two drugs into the PSi NPs enhanced the drug release rate of each drug and also their amount permeated across Caco-2 and Caco-2/HT29 cell monolayers. Regardless of the loading approach used, dual or single, the drug permeation profiles were in good correlation with their drug release behaviour. Furthermore, the permeation studies indicated the critical role of the mucus intestinal layer and the paracellular resistance in the permeation of the therapeutic compounds across the intestinal wall. Loading with PYY3-36 also greatly improved the cytocompatibility of the PSi NPs. Conformational analysis indicated that the PYY3-36 could still display biological activity after release from the PSi NPs and permeation across the intestinal cell monolayers. These results are the first demonstration of the promising potential of PSi NPs for simultaneous multi-drug delivery of both hydrophobic and hydrophilic compounds.

  18. Multivalent porous silicon nanoparticles enhance the immune activation potency of agonistic CD40 antibody.

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    Gu, Luo; Ruff, Laura E; Qin, Zhengtao; Corr, Maripat; Hedrick, Stephen M; Sailor, Michael J

    2012-08-01

    One of the fundamental paradigms in the use of nanoparticles to treat disease is to evade or suppress the immune system in order to minimize systemic side effects and deliver sufficient nanoparticle quantities to the intended tissues. However, the immune system is the body's most important and effective defense against diseases. It protects the host by identifying and eliminating foreign pathogens as well as self-malignancies. Here we report a nanoparticle engineered to work with the immune system, enhancing the intended activation of antigen presenting cells (APCs). We show that luminescent porous silicon nanoparticles (LPSiNPs), each containing multiple copies of an agonistic antibody (FGK45) to the APC receptor CD40, greatly enhance activation of B cells. The cellular response to the nanoparticle-based stimulators is equivalent to a 30-40 fold larger concentration of free FGK45. The intrinsic near-infrared photoluminescence of LPSiNPs is used to monitor degradation and track the nanoparticles inside APCs.

  19. Intravenous delivery of hydrophobin-functionalized porous silicon nanoparticles: stability, plasma protein adsorption and biodistribution.

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    Sarparanta, Mirkka; Bimbo, Luis M; Rytkönen, Jussi; Mäkilä, Ermei; Laaksonen, Timo J; Laaksonen, Päivi; Nyman, Markus; Salonen, Jarno; Linder, Markus B; Hirvonen, Jouni; Santos, Hélder A; Airaksinen, Anu J

    2012-03-01

    Rapid immune recognition and subsequent elimination from the circulation hampers the use of many nanomaterials as carriers to targeted drug delivery and controlled release in the intravenous route. Here, we report the effect of a functional self-assembled protein coating on the intravenous biodistribution of (18)F-labeled thermally hydrocarbonized porous silicon (THCPSi) nanoparticles in rats. (18)F-Radiolabeling enables the sensitive and easy quantification of nanoparticles in tissues using radiometric methods and allows imaging of the nanoparticle biodistribution with positron emission tomography. Coating with Trichoderma reesei HFBII altered the hydrophobicity of (18)F-THCPSi nanoparticles and resulted in a pronounced change in the degree of plasma protein adsorption to the nanoparticle surface in vitro. The HFBII-THCPSi nanoparticles were biocompatible in RAW 264.7 macrophages and HepG2 liver cells making their intravenous administration feasible. In vivo, the distribution of the nanoparticles between the liver and spleen, the major mononuclear phagocyte system organs in the body, was altered compared to that of uncoated (18)F-THCPSi. Identification of the adsorbed proteins revealed that certain opsonins and apolipoproteins are enriched in HFBII-functionalized nanoparticles, whereas the adsorption of abundant plasma components such as serum albumin and fibrinogen is decreased.

  20. In situ synthesis of peptide nucleic acids in porous silicon for drug delivery and biosensing.

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    Beavers, Kelsey R; Mares, Jeremy W; Swartz, Caleb M; Zhao, Yiliang; Weiss, Sharon M; Duvall, Craig L

    2014-07-16

    Peptide nucleic acids (PNA) are a unique class of synthetic molecules that have a peptide backbone and can hybridize with nucleic acids. Here, a versatile method has been developed for the automated, in situ synthesis of PNA from a porous silicon (PSi) substrate for applications in gene therapy and biosensing. Nondestructive optical measurements were performed to monitor single base additions of PNA initiated from (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane attached to the surface of PSi films, and mass spectrometry was conducted to verify synthesis of the desired sequence. Comparison of in situ synthesis to postsynthesis surface conjugation of the full PNA molecules showed that surface mediated, in situ PNA synthesis increased loading 8-fold. For therapeutic proof-of-concept, controlled PNA release from PSi films was characterized in phosphate buffered saline, and PSi nanoparticles fabricated from PSi films containing in situ grown PNA complementary to micro-RNA (miR) 122 generated significant anti-miR activity in a Huh7 psiCHECK-miR122 cell line. The applicability of this platform for biosensing was also demonstrated using optical measurements that indicated selective hybridization of complementary DNA target molecules to PNA synthesized in situ on PSi films. These collective data confirm that we have established a novel PNA-PSi platform with broad utility in drug delivery and biosensing.

  1. Toward Multiplexing Detection of Wound Healing Biomarkers on Porous Silicon Resonant Microcavities

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    Krismastuti, Fransiska Sri Herwahyu; Cavallaro, Alex; Prieto‐Simon, Beatriz

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial wound infections can cause septicemia and lead to limb amputation or death. Therefore, early detection of bacteria is important in chronic wound management. Here, an optical biosensor based on porous silicon resonant microcavity (pSiRM) structure modified with fluorogenic peptide substrate is demonstrated to detect the presence of Sortase A (SrtA), a bacterial enzyme found in the cell membrane protein of Staphylococcus aureus. The combination of fluorescence enhancement effects of the pSiRM architecture with the incorporation of SrtA fluorogenic peptide substrate within the pSi matrix enables the sensing of SrtA with an outstanding limit of detection of 8 × 10−14 m. Modification of the pSiRM structure with microscale spots of two fluorogenic peptide substrates, one specific for SrtA and the other for matrix metalloproteinases, effectively demonstrates the feasibility to perform multiplexed biomarker analysis. The results in this study highlight the potential of the pSiRM sensing platform as a point‐of‐care diagnostic tool for biomarkers of bacterial wound infection.

  2. Systematic study on pulse parameters in fabricating porous silicon-layered structures by pulse electrochemical etching

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    Ge, J.; Yin, W. J.; Ma, L. L.; Obbard, E.; Ding, X. M.; Hou, X. Y.

    2007-08-01

    Pulse electrochemical etching was used to improve the quality of porous silicon (PS) layers. Although alternative PS layers of different porosities have been realized by this etching technique, there is no systematic study on the influence of different etching pulse parameters on PS during the etching process. We test various combinations of pulse parameters, including duty cycle and duration, in fabricating PS-layered structures. The optical thickness and actual thickness of the PS structures fabricated are investigated by means of reflectance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. It is found that reducing the duty cycle and pulse duration of the pulse can promote the formation of PS layers with a large optical thickness and high refractive index. Meanwhile, the uniformity of PS is also improved. The duty cycle of 1:10-1:20 and pulse duration of 0.1-0.2 ms can result in the best uniformity and smoothness for the highly doped p-Si wafers. We believe that our work could set the foundation for further improvement of pulse electrochemical etching.

  3. Porous Silicon and Indium Doped Zinc Oxide Junctions: Synthesis, Characterization, and Application to Electroluminescent Devices

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    F. Severiano

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the obtaining of electroluminescent devices (ELD from porous silicon (PS and indium doped zinc oxide (ZnO:In junctions. PS presented photoluminescence (PL in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum. ZnO:In thin film was obtained by dip coating technique. SEM images and IR measurements showed the incorporation of the ZnO:In in the PS structure. Once obtained, the device was optically and electrically characterized. The ELD showed emission in the visible (450–850 nm and infrared region (900–1200 nm where it was electrically polarized. The visible emission was detected as luminescent spots on the surface. Electrical characterization was carried out by current-voltage (I-V curves. The I-V curves showed rectifying behavior. It was related to the quenching of the EL with the process that takes place in the PS when it was immersed in the precursor solution of the ZnO:In.

  4. Laser fabrication of porous silicon-based platforms for cell culturing.

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    Peláez, Ramón-J; Afonso, Carmen-N; Vega, Fidel; Recio-Sánchez, Gonzalo; Torres-Costa, Vicente; Manso-Silván, Miguel; García-Ruiz, Josefa-P; Martín-Palma, Raúl-J

    2013-11-01

    In this study, we explore the selective culturing of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) on Si-based diffractive platforms. We demonstrate a single-step and flexible method for producing platforms on nanostructured porous silicon (nanoPS) based on the use of single pulses of an excimer laser to expose phase masks. The resulting patterns are typically 1D patterns formed by fringes or 2D patterns formed by circles. They are formed by alternate regions of almost unmodified nanoPS and regions where the nanoPS surface has melted and transformed into Si nanoparticles. The patterns are produced in relatively large areas (a few square millimeters) and can have a wide range of periodicities and aspect ratios. Direct binding, that is, with no previous functionalization of the pattern, alignment, and active polarization of hMSCs are explored. The results show the preferential direct binding of the hMSCs along the transformed regions whenever their width compares with the dimensions of the cells and they escape from patterns for smaller widths suggesting that the selectivity can be tailored through the pattern period.

  5. Single beam determination of porosity and etch rate in situ during etching of porous silicon

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    Foss, S. E.; Kan, P. Y. Y.; Finstad, T. G.

    2005-06-01

    A laser reflection method has been developed and tested for analyzing the etching of porous silicon (PS) films. It allows in situ measurement and analysis of the time dependency of the etch rate, the thickness, the average porosity, the porosity profile, and the interface roughness. The interaction of an infrared laser beam with a layered system consisting of a PS layer and a substrate during etching results in interferences in the reflected beam which is analyzed by the short-time Fourier transform. This method is used for analysis of samples prepared with etching solutions containing different concentrations of HF and glycerol and at different current densities and temperatures. Variations in the etch rate and porosity during etching are observed, which are important effects to account for when optical elements in PS are made. The method enables feedback control of the etching so that PS films with a well-controlled porosity are obtainable. By using different beam diameters it is possible to probe interface roughness at different length scales. Obtained porosity, thickness, and roughness values are in agreement with values measured with standard methods.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of surface-derivatized porous silicon "smart particles" for detection of streptavidin.

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    Jang, Seunghyun; Kim, Jihoon; Koh, Youngdae; Park, Jaehyun; Woo, Hee-Gweon; Kim, Sungsoo; Sohn, Honglae

    2008-10-01

    Biotin/silole-derivatized distributed Bragg reflectors porous silicon (DBR PSi) smart particles for the detection of streptavidin have been developed. DBR PSi fabricated by applying a computer-controlled periodic square current waveform was prepared for the application as a label-free biosensor based on PSi interferometer. The fabrication, optical characterization, and surface derivatization of DBR smart particles were described. Biotin/silole-derivatized DBR smart particles displaying dual optical properties such as photoluminescence (lambda(em) = 505 nm) and reflectivity (lambda(max) = 607 nm) were obtained from the DBR PSi film in organic solution by using ultra-sono method. The surface and cross sectional morphology of DBR smart particles were obtained with FE-SEM. FT-IR spectroscopy was used to characterize the oxidation and functionalization of DBR smart particles. Binding of the streptavidin into the biotin-derivatized DBR smart particles displayed a change in refractive index. A red-shift of reflectivity by 14 nm in the reflectivity spectrum was observed, when the biotin-modified DBR smart particles were exposed to a flow of PBS buffer solution containing streptavidin.

  7. Light emitting composite rods based on porous silicon in ormosils and polymer matrices for optical applications

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    Naziruddin Khan, M.; Al Dwayyan, A. S.; Aldalbahi, Ali

    2017-06-01

    Porous silicon (PSi) colloidal solution was directly encapsulated in ormosils and polymer sols to develop nanocomposite based rods. PSi is highly crystalline of around 5-8 nm particles size confirmed by Transmission electron microscopy. SEM images indicate that structural morphology of PSi in the ormosils and polymer environment are different. No major effect on infrared property of PSi particles in the Ormosils and polymers are observed. Absorption and emission property of PSi is influenced when the PSi combined in Ormosils and polymer matrix. Significant photoluminescence stability of PSi in the both matrices is found. Subsequently the spontaneous emission of polished PSi composite ormosils and polymer rods were studied under the pico second tunable laser source. The exhibited spontaneous emission is quite significant. Remarkable stability and optically active of PSi particles in polymer over the ormosils is observed over time. Such composites based on PSi in ormosils and polymer may possibly be improved if high concentration of colloidal solution is employed for further optical test under laser.

  8. Experimental and theoretical demonstration of acoustic Bloch oscillations in porous silicon structures

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    Lazcano, Z.; Arriaga, J., E-mail: arriaga@ifuap.buap.mx [Instituto de Física, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 18 Sur y San Claudio, Edif. 110-A, Ciudad Universitaria, 72570 Puebla (Mexico); Aliev, G. N. [Department of Physics, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY (United Kingdom)

    2014-04-21

    We report the theoretical calculations and the experimental demonstration of acoustic Bloch oscillations and Wannier-Stark ladders in linear tilted multilayer structures based on porous silicon. The considered structures consist of layers with constant porosity alternated by layers with a linear gradient in the parameter η=1/v{sub L}{sup 2} along the growth direction in order to tilt the acoustic band gap. The purpose of this gradient is to mimic the tilted electronic miniband structure of a superlattice semiconductor under an external electric field. In this way, acoustic Wannier-Stark ladders of equidistant modes are formed and they were experimentally confirmed in the transmission spectrum around 1.2 GHz. Their frequency separation defines the period of the acoustic Bloch oscillations. We fabricated three different structures with the same thicknesses but different values in the η parameter to observe the effect on the period of the Bloch oscillations. We measured the acoustic transmission spectra in the frequency domain, and by using the Fourier transform, we obtained the transmission in the time domain. The transmission spectra of the fabricated samples show acoustic Bloch oscillations with periods of 27, 24, and 19 ns. The experimental results are in good agreement with the transfer matrix calculations. The observed phenomenon is the acoustic counterpart of the well known electronic Bloch oscillations.

  9. Improvement of electron emission characteristics of porous silicon emitter by using cathode reduction and electrochemical oxidation

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    Li, He; Wenjiang, Wang; Xiaoning, Zhang

    2017-03-01

    A new simple and convenient post-treat technique combined the cathode reduction (CR) and electrochemical oxidation (ECO) was proposed to improve the electron emission properties of the surface-emitting cold cathodes based on the porous silicon (PS). It is demonstrated here that by introducing this new technique combined CR and ECO, the emission properties of the diode have been significantly improved than those as-prepared samples. The experimental results showed that the emission current densities and efficiencies of sample treated by CR were 62 μA/cm2 and 12.10‰, respectively, nearly 2 orders of magnitude higher than those of as-prepared sample. Furthermore, the CR-treated PS emitter shows higher repeatability and stability compared with the as-prepared PS emitter. The scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), furier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy results indicated that the improved mechanism is mainly due to the passivation of the PS, which not only improve the PS morphology by the passivation of the H+ but also improve the uniformity of the oxygen content distribution in the whole PS layer. Therefore, the method combined the CR treatment and ECO is expected to be a valuable technique to enhance the electron emission characteristics of the PS emitter.

  10. Vapor-phase silanization of oxidized porous silicon for stabilizing composition and photoluminescence

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    Li, Hong-Liang; Zhu, Yingchun; Xu, Dongsheng; Wan, Yong; Xia, Linhua; Zhao, Xiu-song

    2009-06-01

    A vapor-phase deposition approach to the silanization modification of the oxidized porous silicon (PSi) surface using (CH3O)3Si(CH2)3NH2 has been exploited. Standard clean (SC)-1 (NH3H2O/H2O2/H2O, 1:1:5,v/v) and SC-2 [HCl/H2O2/H2O (1:1:6,v/v)] solutions are utilized for the first time to obtain oxidized PSi and have been proved to be a very efficient combination for creating Si-OH species on the PSi surface. After the modification, an amine group terminated surface was successfully created as demonstrated by the contact angle with water, the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra. The influences of the surface derivatives on the composition stability of the PSi layer and on its photoluminescence properties were investigated by means of FTIR spectra, photoluminescence spectra, and time-resolved photoluminescence measurements.

  11. RECTIFYING EFFECT OF POLYANILINE(PANI)/N-TYPE POROUS SILICONE HETEROJUNCTION

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    Mei-xiang Wan; Yong-ming Li

    1999-01-01

    Heterojunctions between polyaniline (PANI) and n-type porous silicon (PS), Al/PS-PANI/Au cell,were fabricated, and the rectifying parameters of this heterojunction diode were measured as a function of the preparation conditions of PANI and PS, the electronic structure of PANI as well as cell structure. The rectifying parameters of Al/PS-PANI/Au cell were determined to be γ= 1.8×101~1.0×105 for the rectifying ratio at 3 V, n = 3~12 for the ideal factor, j0 = 8.0×10-5~5.6×10-2 mA/cm2 for the reversed saturated current density, and φb = 0.67~0.83 V for the barrier height, respectively. The best rectifying heterojunction diode made between PANI and n-type PS with higher rectifying factor (γ=1.0×105 at 3V ), output current (> 1500mA/cm2 at 3V) and lower ideal factor (n = 3.3) was obtained by preventing the oxidation of PS before evaporating Al electrode.

  12. Enhanced photoconductivity and fine response tuning in nanostructured porous silicon microcavities

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    Urteaga, R; MarIn, O; Acquaroli, L N; Schmidt, J A; Koropecki, R R [INTEC-UNL-CONICET, Guemes 3450 - 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); Comedi, D, E-mail: rkoro@intec.ceride.gov.a [CONICET y LAFISO, Departamento de Fisica, FACET, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman (Argentina)

    2009-05-01

    We used light confinement in optical microcavities to achieve a strong enhancement and a precise wavelength tunability of the electrical photoconductance of nanostructured porous silicon (PS). The devices consist of a periodic array of alternating PS layers, electrochemically etched to have high and low porosities - and therefore distinct dielectric functions. A central layer having a doubled thickness breaks up the symmetry of the one-dimensional photonic structure, producing a resonance in the photonic band gap that is clearly observed in the reflectance spectrum. The devices were transferred to a glass coated with a transparent SnO{sub 2} electrode, while an Al contact was evaporated on its back side. The electrical conductance was measured as a function of the photon energy. A strong enhancement of the conductance is obtained in a narrow (17nm FWHM) band peaking at the resonance. We present experimental results of the angular dependence of this photoconductance peak energy, and propose an explanation of the conductivity behaviour supported by calculations of the internal electromagnetic field. These devices are promising candidates for finely tuned photoresistors with potential application as chemical sensors and biosensors.

  13. Specific features of current flow mechanisms in the semiconductor structure of a photoelectric converter with an n +- p-junction and an antireflective porous silicon film

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    Tregulov, V. V.; Stepanov, V. A.; Litvinov, V. G.; Ermachikhin, A. V.

    2016-11-01

    The temperature dependence of forward and reverse branches of the current-voltage characteristic of the semiconductor structure of a photoelectric converter with an n +- p-junction based on single-crystal silicon and an antireflective porous silicon film on the front surface has been studied. The presence of several current flow mechanisms has been revealed. It has been demonstrated that traps that emerge in the process of the formation of the porous silicon film have a considerable effect on the current flow processes in the semiconductor structure under consideration.

  14. Material removal mechanism during porous silica cluster impact on crystal silicon substrate studied by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Chen Ruling, E-mail: chenrl04@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn [Research Center of Nano-science and Nano-technology, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Jiang Ranran; Lei Hong; Liang Min [Research Center of Nano-science and Nano-technology, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China)

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The impact of the porous silica clusters on a silicon substrate was studied by MD. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The porous cluster shows high MRR and low surface damage at an optimal pore size. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The high MRR is due to the combined effects of plough, adhesion and permeation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The low surface damage is due to the decreasing of the penetration depth. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enlarged contact area is more effective than increased penetration to enhance MRR. - Abstract: Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation is applied in analyzing the material removal mechanism of silicon substrate under the impact of large porous silica cluster with different pore diameters. With the increasing of the pore diameter of the porous cluster, the number of the atoms removed from the impact silicon surface will firstly increase and then decrease until the cluster is adhered to the substrate, which is due to the combinational effects of plough of the cluster, adhesion between the cluster and the substrate, and permeation of the substrate atoms through the pore of the cluster. And adhesion is the most significant one among these three effects. Meanwhile, the damage of the impact substrate will become weaker due to the decreasing of the penetration depth with the increasing of the pore diameter. In addition, it is found that the effect of an enlarged real contact area between the cluster and the substrate is more significant than that of deeper penetration of the cluster in order to enhance the material removal rate (MRR) during the impact process. These findings are instructive in optimizing the process parameters to obtain lower surface roughness and higher material removal rate during the chemical mechanical polishing process.

  15. Optical Effects Accompanying the Dynamical Bragg Diffraction in Linear 1D Photonic Crystals Based on Porous Silicon

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    Anton Maydykovskiy

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available We survey our recent results on the observation and studies of the effects accompanying the dynamical Bragg diffraction in one-dimensional photonic crystals (PhC. Contrary to the kinematic Bragg diffraction, the dynamical one considers a continuous interaction between the waves travelling within a spatially-periodic structure and is the most pronounced in the so called Laue geometry, leading to a number of exciting phenomena. In the described experiments, we study the PhC based on porous silicon or porous quartz, made by the electrochemical etching of crystalline silicon with the consequent thermal annealing. Importantly, these PhC are approximately hundreds of microns thick and contain a few hundreds of periods, so that the experiments in the Laue diffraction scheme are available. We discuss the effect of the temporal splitting of femtosecond laser pulses and show that the effect is quite sensitive to the polarization and the phase of a femtosecond laser pulse. We also show the experimental realization of the Pendular effect in porous quartz PhC and demonstrate the experimental conditions for the total spatial switching of the output radiation between the transmitted and diffracted directions. All described effects are of high interest for the control over the light propagation based on PhC structures.

  16. Porous Silicon Covered with Silver Nanoparticles as Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Substrate for Ultra-Low Concentration Detection.

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    Kosović, Marin; Balarin, Maja; Ivanda, Mile; Đerek, Vedran; Marciuš, Marijan; Ristić, Mira; Gamulin, Ozren

    2015-12-01

    Microporous and macro-mesoporous silicon templates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates were produced by anodization of low doped p-type silicon wafers. By immersion plating in AgNO3, the templates were covered with silver metallic film consisting of different silver nanostructures. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs of these SERS substrates showed diverse morphology with significant difference in an average size and size distribution of silver nanoparticles. Ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared (UV-Vis-NIR) reflection spectroscopy showed plasmonic absorption at 398 and 469 nm, which is in accordance with the SEM findings. The activity of the SERS substrates was tested using rhodamine 6G (R6G) dye molecules and 514.5 nm laser excitation. Contrary to the microporous silicon template, the SERS substrate prepared from macro-mesoporous silicon template showed significantly broader size distribution of irregular silver nanoparticles as well as localized surface plasmon resonance closer to excitation laser wavelength. Such silver morphology has high SERS sensitivity that enables ultralow concentration detection of R6G dye molecules up to 10(-15) M. To our knowledge, this is the lowest concentration detected of R6G dye molecules on porous silicon-based SERS substrates, which might even indicate possible single molecule detection.

  17. Nonfilling carbon coating of porous silicon micrometer-sized particles for high-performance lithium battery anodes.

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    Lu, Zhenda; Liu, Nian; Lee, Hyun-Wook; Zhao, Jie; Li, Weiyang; Li, Yuzhang; Cui, Yi

    2015-03-24

    Silicon is widely recognized as one of the most promising anode materials for lithium-ion batteries due to its 10 times higher specific capacity than graphite. Unfortunately, the large volume change of Si materials during their lithiation/delithiation process results in severe pulverization, loss of electrical contact, unstable solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI), and eventual capacity fading. Although there has been tremendous progress to overcome these issues through nanoscale materials design, improved volumetric capacity and reduced cost are still needed for practical application. To address these issues, we design a nonfilling carbon-coated porous silicon microparticle (nC-pSiMP). In this structure, porous silicon microparticles (pSiMPs) consist of many interconnected primary silicon nanoparticles; only the outer surface of the pSiMPs was coated with carbon, leaving the interior pore structures unfilled. Nonfilling carbon coating hinders electrolyte penetration into the nC-pSiMPs, minimizes the electrode-electrolyte contact area, and retains the internal pore space for Si expansion. SEI formation is mostly limited to the outside of the microparticles. As a result, the composite structure demonstrates excellent cycling stability with high reversible specific capacity (∼1500 mAh g(-1), 1000 cycles) at the rate of C/4. The nC-pSiMPs contain accurate void space to accommodate Si expansion while not losing packing density, which allows for a high volumetric capacity (∼1000 mAh cm(-3)). The areal capacity can reach over 3 mAh cm(-2) with the mass loading 2.01 mg cm(-2). Moreover, the production of nC-pSiMP is simple and scalable using a low-cost silicon monoxide microparticle starting material.

  18. An Array of One-Dimensional Porous Silicon Photonic Crystal Reflector Islands for a Far-Infrared Image Detector

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    MIAO Feng-Juan; ZHANG Jie; XU Shao-Hui; WANG Lian-Wei; CHU Jun-Hao; CAO Zhi-Shen; ZHAN Peng; WANG Zhen-Lin

    2009-01-01

    @@ With the aid of photolithography, an array of one-dimensional porous silicon photonic crystal reflector islands for a far infrared image detector ranging from 10μm to 14μm is successfully fabricated. Silicon nitride formed by low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) was used as the masking layer for the island array formation. After etching, the microstructures were examined by a scanning electron microscope and the optical properties were studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, the result indicates that the multilayer structure could be obtained in the perpendicular direction via periodically alternative etching current in each pre-patteru. At the same time, the island array has a well-proportioned lateral etching effect, which is very useful for the thermal isolation in lateral orientation of the application in devices. It is concluded that regardless of the absorption of the deposition layer on the substrate, the localized photonic crystalline islands have higher reflectivity. The designed islands structure not only prevents the cracking of the porous silicon layers but is also useful for the application in the cold part for the sensor devices and the interconnection of each pixel.

  19. Augmented cellular trafficking and endosomal escape of porous silicon nanoparticles via zwitterionic bilayer polymer surface engineering.

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    Shahbazi, Mohammad-Ali; Almeida, Patrick V; Mäkilä, Ermei M; Kaasalainen, Martti H; Salonen, Jarno J; Hirvonen, Jouni T; Santos, Hélder A

    2014-08-01

    The development of a stable vehicle with low toxicity, high cellular internalization, efficient endosomal escape, and optimal drug release profile is a key bottleneck in nanomedicine. To overcome all these problems, we have developed a successful layer-by-layer method to covalently conjugate polyethyleneimine (PEI) and poly(methyl vinyl ether-co-maleic acid) (PMVE-MA) copolymer on the surface of undecylenic acid functionalized thermally hydrocarbonized porous silicon nanoparticles (UnTHCPSi NPs), forming a bilayer zwitterionic nanocomposite containing free positive charge groups of hyper-branched PEI disguised by the PMVE-MA polymer. The surface smoothness, charge and hydrophilicity of the developed NPs considerably improved the colloidal and plasma stabilities via enhanced suspensibility and charge repulsion. Furthermore, despite the surface negative charge of the bilayer polymer-conjugated NPs, the cellular trafficking and endosomal escape were significantly increased in both MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Remarkably, we also showed that the conjugation of surface free amine groups of the highly toxic UnTHCPSi-PEI (Un-P) NPs to the carboxylic groups of PMVE-MA renders acceptable safety features to the system and preserves the endosomal escape properties via proton sponge mechanism of the free available amine groups located inside the hyper-branched PEI layer. Moreover, the double layer protection not only controlled the aggregation of the NPs and reduced the toxicity, but also sustained the drug release of an anticancer drug, methotrexate, with further improved cytotoxicity profile of the drug-loaded particles. These results provide a proof-of-concept evidence that such zwitterionic polymer-based PSi nanocomposites can be extensively used as a promising candidate for cytosolic drug delivery.

  20. In vitro assessment of biopolymer-modified porous silicon microparticles for wound healing applications.

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    Mori, Michela; Almeida, Patrick V; Cola, Michela; Anselmi, Giulia; Mäkilä, Ermei; Correia, Alexandra; Salonen, Jarno; Hirvonen, Jouni; Caramella, Carla; Santos, Hélder A

    2014-11-01

    The wound healing stands as very complex and dynamic process, aiming the re-establishment of the damaged tissue's integrity and functionality. Thus, there is an emerging need for developing biopolymer-based composites capable of actively promoting cellular proliferation and reconstituting the extracellular matrix. The aims of the present work were to prepare and characterize biopolymer-functionalized porous silicon (PSi) microparticles, resulting in the development of drug delivery microsystems for future applications in wound healing. Thermally hydrocarbonized PSi (THCPSi) microparticles were coated with both chitosan and a mixture of chondroitin sulfate/hyaluronic acid, and subsequently loaded with two antibacterial model drugs, vancomycin and resveratrol. The biopolymer coating, drug loading degree and drug release behavior of the modified PSi microparticles were evaluated in vitro. The results showed that both the biopolymer coating and drug loading of the THCPSi microparticles were successfully achieved. In addition, a sustained release was observed for both the drugs tested. The viability and proliferation profiles of a fibroblast cell line exposed to the modified THCPSi microparticles and the subsequent reactive oxygen species (ROS) production were also evaluated. The cytotoxicity and proliferation results demonstrated less toxicity for the biopolymer-coated THCPSi microparticles at different concentrations and time points comparatively to the uncoated counterparts. The ROS production by the fibroblasts exposed to both uncoated and biopolymer-coated PSi microparticles showed that the modified PSi microparticles did not induce significant ROS production at the concentrations tested. Overall, the biopolymer-based PSi microparticles developed in this study are promising platforms for wound healing applications.

  1. Optical nose based on porous silicon photonic crystal infiltrated with ionic liquids.

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    Zhang, Haijuan; Lin, Leimiao; Liu, Dong; Chen, Qiaofen; Wu, Jianmin

    2017-02-08

    A photonic-nose for the detection and discrimination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) was constructed. Each sensing element on the photonic sensor array was formed by infiltrating a specific type of ionic liquid (IL) into the pore channel of a patterned porous silicon (PSi) chip. Upon exposure to VOC, the density of IL dramatically decreased due to the nano-confinement effect. As a result, the IL located in pore channel expanded its volume and protrude out of the pore channel, leading to the formation of microdroplets on the PSi surface. These VOC-stimulated microdroplets could scatter the light reflected from the PSi rugate filter, thereby producing an optical response to VOC. The intensity of the optical response produced by IL/PSi sensor mainly depends on the size and shape of microdroplets, which is related to the concentration of VOC and the physi-chemical propertied of ILs. For ethanol vapor, the optical response has linear relationship with its relative vapor pressure within 0-60%. The LOD of the IL/PSi sensor for ethanol detection is calculated to be 1.3 ppm. It takes around 30 s to reach a full optical response, while the time for recovery is less than 1 min. In addition, the sensor displayed good stability and reproducibility. Owing to the different molecular interaction between IL and VOC, the ILs/PSi sensor array can generate a unique cross-reactive "fingerprint" in response to a specific type of VOC analyte. With the assistance of image technologies and principle components analysis (PCA), rapid discrimination of VOC analyte could be achieved based on the pattern recognition of photonic sensor array. The technology established in this work allows monitoring in-door air pollution in a visualized way.

  2. Calcium phosphate/porous silicon biocomposites prepared by cyclic deposition methods: spin coating vs electrochemical activation.

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    Hernandez-Montelongo, J; Gallach, D; Naveas, N; Torres-Costa, V; Climent-Font, A; García-Ruiz, J P; Manso-Silvan, M

    2014-01-01

    Porous silicon (PSi) provides an excellent platform for bioengineering applications due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability, and bioresorbability. However, to promote its application as bone engineering scaffold, deposition of calcium phosphate (CaP) ceramics in its hydroxyapatite (HAP) phase is in progress. In that sense, this work focuses on the synthesis of CaP/PSi composites by means of two different techniques for CaP deposition on PSi: Cyclic Spin Coating (CSC) and Cyclic Electrochemical Activation (CEA). Both techniques CSC and CEA consisted on alternate Ca and P deposition steps on PSi. Each technique produced specific morphologies and CaP phases using the same independent Ca and P stem-solutions at neutral pH and at room temperature. The brushite (BRU) phase was favored with the CSC technique and the hydroxyapatite (HAP) phase was better synthesized using the CEA technique. Analyses by elastic backscattering spectroscopy (EBS) on CaP/PSi structures synthesized by CEA supported that, by controlling the CEA parameters, an HAP coating with the required Ca/P atomic ratio of 1.67 can be promoted. Biocompatibility was evaluated by bone-derived progenitor cells, which grew onto CaP/PSi prepared by CSC technique with a long-shaped actin cytoskeleton. The density of adhered cells was higher on CaP/PSi prepared by CEA, where cells presented a normal morphological appearance and active mitosis. These results can be used for the design and optimization of CaP/PSi composites with enhanced biocompatibility for bone-tissue engineering.

  3. Enhanced Performance of Osteoblasts by Silicon Incorporated Porous TiO2 Coating

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    Quanming Wang; Hongjie Hu; Yuqing Qiao; Zhengxiang Zheng; Junying Sun

    2012-01-01

    Silicon (Si) incorporated porous TiO2 coating (Si-TiO2) prepared on titanium (Ti) by micro-arc oxidation (MAO) technique was demonstrated to be cytocompatible in previous studies. In view of the potential clinical applications, a detailed in vitro study of the biological activity of Si-Ti02 coating, in terms of osteoblast (MC3T3-EI cells) morphology, proliferation, differentiation and mineralization was performed. Immunofluo- rescent staining indicated that cells seeded on the Si-TiO2 coating showed improved adhesion with developing mature cytoskeletons, which contained numerous distinct and well-defined actin stress fibers in the cell mem- branes compared with those on the Ti02 coating and Ti plate. Results from proliferation assay showed that the proliferation rate of cells seeded on the Si-TiO2coating was significantly faster than that on the TiO2 coating and Ti plate. Furthermore, the analysis of osteogenic gene expression demonstrated that the Si-Ti02 coating stimulated the expression of osteoblast-related genes and promoted differentiation and mineralization of MC3T3-EI cells. In addition, the Si-TiO2 coating differentially regulated Wnt signaling pathway by up-regulating the expression of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor-related protein 5 (LrpS), and downregulating the expression of Dickkopf-1 (Dkkl). All together, these results indicate that the investigated titanium with Si-TiO2 coating is biocompatible and a good candidate material used as implants.

  4. Calcium phosphate/porous silicon biocomposites prepared by cyclic deposition methods: Spin coating vs electrochemical activation

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    Hernandez-Montelongo, J., E-mail: jacobo.hernandez@uam.es [Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Gallach, D.; Naveas, N.; Torres-Costa, V. [Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Climent-Font, A. [Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Centro de Microanálisis de Materiales (CMAM), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid 28049 (Spain); García-Ruiz, J.P. [Departamento de Biología Molecular, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, Madrid 28049 (Spain); Manso-Silvan, M. [Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2014-01-01

    Porous silicon (PSi) provides an excellent platform for bioengineering applications due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability, and bioresorbability. However, to promote its application as bone engineering scaffold, deposition of calcium phosphate (CaP) ceramics in its hydroxyapatite (HAP) phase is in progress. In that sense, this work focuses on the synthesis of CaP/PSi composites by means of two different techniques for CaP deposition on PSi: Cyclic Spin Coating (CSC) and Cyclic Electrochemical Activation (CEA). Both techniques CSC and CEA consisted on alternate Ca and P deposition steps on PSi. Each technique produced specific morphologies and CaP phases using the same independent Ca and P stem-solutions at neutral pH and at room temperature. The brushite (BRU) phase was favored with the CSC technique and the hydroxyapatite (HAP) phase was better synthesized using the CEA technique. Analyses by elastic backscattering spectroscopy (EBS) on CaP/PSi structures synthesized by CEA supported that, by controlling the CEA parameters, an HAP coating with the required Ca/P atomic ratio of 1.67 can be promoted. Biocompatibility was evaluated by bone-derived progenitor cells, which grew onto CaP/PSi prepared by CSC technique with a long-shaped actin cytoskeleton. The density of adhered cells was higher on CaP/PSi prepared by CEA, where cells presented a normal morphological appearance and active mitosis. These results can be used for the design and optimization of CaP/PSi composites with enhanced biocompatibility for bone-tissue engineering. - Highlights: • Proposed cyclic methods produce specific morphologies and CaP phases in biocomposites. • The brushite phase is favored in the biocomposite produced by Cyclic Spin Coating. • The hydroxyapatite phase is favored in the biocomposite produced by Cyclic Electrochemical Activation. • The Ca/P atomic ratio of hydroxyapatite was validated by elastic backscattering spectroscopy. • Cells grown showed morphological and

  5. Hybrid electrolytes based on ionic liquids and amorphous porous silicon nanoparticles: Organization and electrochemical properties

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    Tchalala, Mohammed

    2017-05-06

    Ionic liquids (ILs) and ionic liquid-nanoparticle (IL-NP) hybrid electrolytes have garnered a lot of interest due to their unique properties that stimulate their use in various applications. Herein, we investigate the electrochemical and photo-physical properties of organic-inorganic hybrid electrolytes based on three imidazolium-based ionic liquids, i.e., 1-buthyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate ([bmim] [SCN]), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([emim] [BF4]) and 1-buthyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([bmim] [Ac]) that are covalently tethered to amorphous porous silicon nanoparticles (ap-Si NPs). We found that the addition of ap-Si NPs confer to the ILs a pronounced boost in the electrocatalytic activity, and in mixtures of ap-Si NPs and [bmim] [SCN], the room-temperature current transport is enhanced by more than 5 times compared to bare [bmim] [SCN]. A detailed structural investigation by transmission electron microscope (TEM) showed that the ap-Si NPs were well dispersed, stabilized and highly aggregated in [bmim] [SCN], [emim] [BF4] and [bmim] [Ac] ILs, respectively. These observations correlate well with the enhanced current transport observed in ap-Si NPs/[bmim] [SCN] evidenced by electrochemical measurements. We interpreted these observations by the use of UV–vis absorbance, photoluminescence (PL), FTIR and solid-state NMR spectroscopy. We found that the ap-Si NPs/[bmim] [SCN] hybrid stands out due to its stability and optical transparency. This behavior is attributed to the iron(III) thiocyanate complexion as per the experimental findings. Furthermore, we found that the addition of NPs to [emim] [BF4] alters the equilibrium of the IL, which consequently improved the stability of the NPs through intermolecular interactions with the two ionic layers (anionic and cationic layers) of the IL. While in the case of [bmim] [Ac], the dispersion of ap-Si NPs was restrained because of the high viscosity of this IL.

  6. Growth of High-Density Zinc Oxide Nanorods on Porous Silicon by Thermal Evaporation

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    Nurul Izni Rusli

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The formation of high-density zinc oxide (ZnO nanorods on porous silicon (PS substrates at growth temperatures of 600–1000 °C by a simple thermal evaporation of zinc (Zn powder in the presence of oxygen (O2 gas was systematically investigated. The high-density growth of ZnO nanorods with (0002 orientation over a large area was attributed to the rough surface of PS, which provides appropriate planes to promote deposition of Zn or ZnOx seeds as nucleation sites for the subsequent growth of ZnO nanorods. The geometrical morphologies of ZnO nanorods are determined by the ZnOx seed structures, i.e., cluster or layer structures. The flower-like hexagonal-faceted ZnO nanorods grown at 600 °C seem to be generated from the sparsely distributed ZnOx nanoclusters. Vertically aligned hexagonal-faceted ZnO nanorods grown at 800 °C may be inferred from the formation of dense arrays of ZnOx clusters. The formation of disordered ZnO nanorods formed at 1000 °C may due to the formation of a ZnOx seed layer. The growth mechanism involved has been described by a combination of self-catalyzed vapor-liquid-solid (VLS and vapor-solid (VS mechanism. The results suggest that for a more precise study on the growth of ZnO nanostructures involving the introduction of seeds, the initial seed structures must be taken into account given their significant effects.

  7. Effective optimization of surface passivation on porous silicon carbide using atomic layer deposited Al2O3

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    Lu, Weifang; Iwasa, Yoshimi; Ou, Yiyu

    2017-01-01

    Porous silicon carbide (B–N co-doped SiC) produced by anodic oxidation showed strong photoluminescence (PL) at around 520 nm excited by a 375 nm laser. The porous SiC samples were passivated by atomic layer deposited (ALD) aluminum oxide (Al2O3) films, resulting in a significant enhancement...... of the PL intensity (up to 689%). The effect of thickness, annealing temperature, annealing duration and precursor purge time on the PL intensity of ALD Al2O3 films was investigated. In order to investigate the penetration depth and passivation effect in porous SiC, the samples were characterized by X......-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-resolved PL. The optimized passivation conditions (20 nm Al2O3 deposited at 160 °C with purge time of 20 s, followed by an annealing for 5 min at 350 °C) for porous SiC were achieved and the results indicate that surface passivation by ALD Al2O3 thin films is a very...

  8. Quasi-regular self-organized porous silicon channels metallized with Ni-structures of strong anisotropy

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    Granitzer, P. [Institute of Physics, Karl Franzens University Graz, Universtaetsplatz 5, 8010 Graz (Austria)]. E-mail: petra.granitzer@uni-graz.at; Rumpf, K. [Institute of Physics, Karl Franzens University Graz, Universtaetsplatz 5, 8010 Graz (Austria); Poelt, P. [Institute for Electron Microscopy, University of Technology Graz, Steyrergasse 17, 8010 Graz (Austria); Reichmann, A. [Institute for Electron Microscopy, University of Technology Graz, Steyrergasse 17, 8010 Graz (Austria); Krenn, H. [Institute of Physics, Karl Franzens University Graz, Universtaetsplatz 5, 8010 Graz (Austria)

    2007-03-15

    The electrochemically fabricated porous silicon (PS) exhibits pores that are oriented perpendicular to the surface and arranged in a quadratic-like manner. These quasi-regular, self-assembled channels are filled with Ni in a further electrolytic process to produce an array of quasi-regular ferromagnetic nanostructures. This ferromagnetic nanocomposite can be tailored concerning structure and magnetic behavior by varying the electrochemical parameters due to the PS fabrication as well as to the metal filling procedure. Structural characterization (SEM, EDXS) proves the Ni-content within the porous layer. Magnetization measurements show an anisotropic ferromagnetic behavior. Zero-field-cooled (ZFC)/field-cooled (FC) measurements indicate that the size distribution of the incorporated Ni-nanostructures is rather broad, but these magnetization curves may also indicate strong coupling.

  9. Structure and Permeability of Porous Silicon Investigated by Self-Diffusion NMR Measurements of Ethanol and Heptane

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    Puibasset J.

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The adsorption and phase transitions of confined fluids in nanoporous materials have been studied intensely because of both their fundamental interest and their crucial role in many technologies. Questions relating to the influence of the confinement of fluids, and the disorder or elastic deformation of porous solids on the liquid-gas phase transition are still under debate. Model systems are needed to understand the adsorption phenomenon. In this context, Porous Silicon (PoSi, which is a single crystal obtained by etching a (100 silicon wafer is an excellent candidate. Indeed, it consists of non-connected tubular pores running parallel to the [100] axis perpendicular to the wafer surface, with transverse sections with a polygonal shape of nanometric size whose areas are widely distributed. Once detached from the wafer, free PoSi membranes can be considered a nanoscale disordered honeycomb. Adsorption/desorption experiments have been performed to characterize the structure: they have shown that evaporation occurs collectively, an intriguing observation generally associated with a disordered pore structure with many interconnections through narrow necks. The characterization of fluid mobility inside the pores should give complementary information about the pore structure and topology. This paper focuses on the dynamics of a fluid confined inside the structure of porous silicon, and in particular the self-diffusion measurements (pulsed field gradient spin echo Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR. The results show a strong anisotropy of the self-diffusion tensor, as expected in this highly anisotropic structure. However, a non-zero self-diffusion in the directions perpendicular to the pore axis is observed. In order to interpret these puzzling results, molecular and Brownian dynamics calculations are underway.

  10. In vitro cell tests of pancreatic malignant tumor cells by photothermotherapy based on DMSO porous silicon colloids.

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    Hong, Chanseok; Lee, Chongmu

    2014-01-01

    Dimethyl sulfoxide porous silicon (DMSO-PSi) colloid in which DMSO was used as a surfactant suitable for inhibiting the agglomeration of PSi nanoparticles was prepared for use in cancer photothermotherapy. The photothermal effect of the DMSO-PSi colloid was found to be high enough to destroy cancer cells (T = ∼52 °C). The mean particle size of the PSi nanoparticles in the DMSO-PSi colloid was 67 nm, which is low enough to flow through blood vessels without causing a blockage. The DMSO-PSi colloid in combination with an NIR laser resulted in a cell viability of 5.70%, which is a sufficiently high cytotoxic effect.

  11. Engineered stealth porous silicon nanoparticles via surface encapsulation of bovine serum albumin for prolonging blood circulation in vivo.

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    Xia, Bing; Zhang, Wenyi; Shi, Jisen; Xiao, Shou-jun

    2013-11-27

    Luminescent porous silicon nanoparticles (PSiNPs) have been widely used as drug delivery. However, fast biodegradation and short blood circulation have been major challenges for their biomedical applications. Herein, bovine serum albumin was readily encapsulated onto alkyl-terminated PSiNPs surfaces via hydrophobic interaction, which could significantly improve their water-dispersibility and long-term stability under physiological conditions. Furthermore, compared with PSiNPs alone, PSiNPs coated with bovine serum albumin remarkably reduced nonspecific cellular uptake in vitro and prolonged blood circulation in vivo.

  12. Porous silicon biomaterials: PSi/Cyclodextrin drug delivery hybrids and PSi/Calcium phosphate bioceramic cell scaffolds

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    2013-01-01

    Tesis doctoral inédita, leída en Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Física Aplicada. Fecha de lectura: 14-11-2013 Porous silicon (PSi) is an excellent biomaterial given its biocompatibility, biodegradability and bioresorbability. Nevertheless, it is necessary to adapt its properties depending on the specific application. In that sense, two new PSi-based biomaterials were developed to work in the field of drug delivery and cell scaffolds. PSi-b...

  13. Demonstration of photon Bloch oscillations and Wannier-Stark ladders in dual-periodical multilayer structures based on porous silicon.

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    Estevez, J Octavio; Arriaga, Jesús; Mendez-Blas, Antonio; Reyes-Ayona, Edgar; Escorcia, José; Agarwal, Vivechana

    2012-07-23

    : Theoretical demonstration and experimental evidence of photon Bloch oscillations and Wannier-Stark ladders (WSLs) in dual-periodical (DP) multilayers, based on porous silicon, are presented. An introduction of the linear gradient in refractive indices in DP structure, which is composed by stacking two different periodic substructures N times, resulted in the appearance of WSLs. Theoretical time-resolved reflection spectrum shows the photon Bloch oscillations with a period of 130 fs. Depending on the values of the structural parameters, one can observe the WSLs in the near infrared or visible region which may allow the generation of terahertz radiation with a potential applications in several fields like imaging.

  14. Optical characterization of polytype Fibonacci and Thue-Morse quasiregular dielectric structures made of porous silicon multilayers

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    Agarwal, V [Centro de Investigacion en IngenierIa y Ciencias Aplicadas, UAEM, Av. Universidad 1001, Col. Chamilpa, CP 62209, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Mora-Ramos, Miguel E [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos, Av. Universidad 1001, Col. Chamilpa, CP 62209, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)

    2007-05-21

    To investigate the reflection of light in quasiregular dielectrics, we study here the optical properties of porous-silicon-based Fibonacci and Thue-Morse heterostructures. The multilayered systems are fabricated in such a way that each element in the two-block substitutional sequence has a polytype structure. Both delta-like and traditional configurations are considered. The results for the optical reflectance are analysed. Numerical simulation for the transmittance of delta structures along the lines of the transfer matrix approach is also presented.

  15. Preparation of porous silicon carbide from molecular precursors; Preparation de carbure de silicium poreux a partir de precurseurs moleculaires

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    Garcia, J

    2008-02-15

    The preparation of Porous Silicon Carbide (SiC) from molecular precursors is described in this work. Firstly, poly-silane and poly-carbo-silane were synthesised from targeted molecular precursors TSCH and TCDSCB. The pyrolysis of these polymers under inert conditions gave the SiC. Secondly, the preparation of functional poly-silane was explored. It was shown that Cp{sub 2}Ti(OPh){sub 2} was a suitable catalyst for the preparation of such functional poly-silane in a one-pot process. Finally, macroporous SiC were prepared from hard templating method by using a commercial silica. (author)

  16. Nanostructure Size Determination in N+-Type Porous Silicon by X-Ray diffractometry and Raman Spectroscopy

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    Ramirez-Porras, A

    1997-01-01

    A series of porous silicon surfaces were obtained after different exposition times of electrochemical etching on cristalline n+- type silicon in presence of hydrofluoric acid. These kind of surfaces show photoluminescence when illuminated by UV light. One possible explanation for this is that the treated surface is made up of small crystallites the nanometer scale that split away the semiconductor band edges up to optical photon energies for the band- to -band recombination processes. In this study, a nanometer size determination of such proposed structures was performed by the use of X-Ray Diffractometry and Raman Spectroscopy. The result suggest the consistency between the so called Quantum Confined Model and the experimental results. (Author)

  17. Highly luminescent and nontoxic amine-capped nanoparticles from porous silicon: synthesis and their use in biomedical imaging.

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    Ahire, Jayshree H; Wang, Qi; Coxon, Paul R; Malhotra, Girish; Brydson, Rik; Chen, Rongjun; Chao, Yimin

    2012-06-27

    Stable and brightly luminescent amine-terminated Si nanoparticles (SiNPs) have been synthesized from electrochemically etched porous silicon (PSi). The surface amine termination was confirmed by FTIR, NMR, and XPS studies. The mean diameter of the crystal core of 4.6 nm was measured by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which is in a good agreement with the size obtained by dynamic light scattering (DLS). The dry, amine-terminated product can be obtained from bulk silicon wafers in less than 4 h. This represents a significant improvement over similar routines using PSi where times of >10 h are common. The emission quantum yield was found to be about 22% and the nanoparticles exhibited an exceptional stability over a wide pH range (4-14). They are resistant to aging over several weeks. The amine-terminated SiNPs showed no significant cytotoxic effects toward HepG2 cells, as assessed with MTT assays.

  18. XANES and IR spectroscopy study of the electronic structure and chemical composition of porous silicon on n- and p-type substrates

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    Lenshin, A. S., E-mail: lenshinas@phys.vsu.ru; Kashkarov, V. M.; Seredin, P. V. [Voronezh State University (Russian Federation); Spivak, Yu. M.; Moshnikov, V. A. [LETI St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (Russian Federation)

    2011-09-15

    The differences in the electronic structure and composition of porous silicon samples obtained under identical conditions of electrochemical etching on the most commonly used n- and p-type substrates with different conductivities are demonstrated by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) and Fourier transform IR spectroscopy (FTIR) methods. It is shown that significantly higher oxidation and saturation with hydrogen is observed for the porous layer on n-type substrates.

  19. Enhanced Performance of Oxidation of Rosalva (9-decen-1-ol to Costenal (9-decenal on Porous Silicon-Supported Silver Catalyst in a Microstructured Reactor

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    Enhong Cao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of metal-assisted HF chemical etching as a convenient technique to produce a few microns thick porous layer in silicon microchannels was demonstrated. Gas phase selective oxidation of rosalva to its aldehyde (costenal was performed in glass/silicon microstructured reactors at temperatures of 375–475 °C on silver catalyst which was deposited on both porous and flat silicon surface by sputter-coating. The effects of temperature (375–475 °C, rosalva concentration (1.17%–3.43%, O2 to rosalva ratio (0.5–20 and residence time on the reaction were investigated. The reactivity of rosalva on the porous silicon supported silver was 5.7–6.4 times higher than on the thin film silver catalyst at 450 °C. Furthermore, activation energy for the porous silicon supported silver was lower. Isothermal conditions in the microreactors allowed high conversion and selectivity to be achieved in a wide range of temperature and oxygen concentration. At typical reaction conditions (1.75% rosalva, O2/rosalva = 3, residence time 18 ms and 450 °C, conversion of 97% and selectivity of 95% to costenal was achieved, corresponding to a turnover frequency of 268 h−1.

  20. Determination of size and bandgap distributions of Si nanoparticles from photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra in n-type stain etched porous silicon

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    Rustamov, F.A., E-mail: farhad.rustamov@bsu.az; Darvishov, N.H.; Bagiev, V.E.; Mamedov, M.Z.; Bobrova, E.Y.; Qafarova, H.O.

    2014-10-15

    The photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra of n-type stain etched porous silicon layers were investigated. From these spectra the average values of optical bandgap and photoluminescence peak position were determined. Based on these experimental data, the photoluminescence emission spectra of porous silicon were analyzed by the phenomenological theory and the fitting parameters of the theory were defined. The size and bandgap distributions of silicon nanoparticles were determined and their mean values were calculated. It was found that the investigated PS samples are the ensemble of nanoparticles with size between 1.5 nm and 2.8 nm and a bandgap from 2 eV to 3.2 eV distributed with different probabilities depending on the formation time of porous silicon. It is shown that with increasing formation time, the average size of nanocrystals is slightly increasing, while the average bandgap is slightly narrowing. - Highlights: • Stain etched n-type porous silicon layers were formed in modified solution. • Joint theoretical analysis of excitation and emission spectra was performed. • Size and bandgap distributions of nanocrystals were determined. • Mean values of nanocrystal size and bandgap were determined.

  1. Tunable sustained intravitreal drug delivery system for daunorubicin using oxidized porous silicon.

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    Hou, Huiyuan; Nieto, Alejandra; Ma, Feiyan; Freeman, William R; Sailor, Michael J; Cheng, Lingyun

    2014-03-28

    Daunorubicin (DNR) is an effective inhibitor of an array of proteins involved in neovascularization, including VEGF and PDGF. These growth factors are directly related to retina scar formation in many devastating retinal diseases. Due to the short vitreous half-life and narrow therapeutic window, ocular application of DNR is limited. It has been shown that a porous silicon (pSi) based delivery system can extend DNR vitreous residence from a few days to 3months. In this study we investigated the feasibility of altering the pore size of the silicon particles to regulate the payload release. Modulation of the etching parameters allowed control of the nano-pore size from 15nm to 95nm. In vitro studies showed that degradation of pSiO2 increased with increasing pore size and the degradation of pSiO2 was approximately constant for a given particle type. The degradation of pSiO2 with 43nm pores was significantly greater than the other two particles with smaller pores, judged by observed and normalized mean Si concentration of the dissolution samples (44.2±8.9 vs 25.7±5.6 or 21.2±4.2μg/mL, psilicon dioxide with covalent loading of daunorubicin) with large pores (43nm) yielded a significantly higher DNR level than particles with 15 or 26nm pores (13.5±6.9ng/mL vs. 2.3±1.6ng/mL and 1.1±0.9ng/mL, p<0.0001). After two months of in vitro dynamic release, 54% of the pSiO2-CO2H:DNR particles still remained in the dissolution chamber by weight. In vivo drug release study demonstrated that free DNR in the vitreous at post-injection day 14 was 66.52ng/mL for 95nm pore size pSiO2-CO2H:DNR, 10.76ng/mL for 43nm pSiO2-CO2H:DNR, and only 1.05ng/mL for 15nm pSiO2-CO2H:DNR. Pore expansion from 15nm to 95nm led to a 63 fold increase of DNR release (p<0.0001) and a direct correlation between the pore size and the drug levels in the living eye vitreous was confirmed. The present study demonstrates the feasibility of regulating DNR release from pSiO2 covalently loaded with DNR by

  2. Structural and optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles deposited on porous silicon for mc-Si passivation

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    Salem, M., E-mail: moezsalem40@yahoo.com [Technopole de Borj-Cédria, Laboratoire de Photovoltaïque Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l’Energie (Tunisia); Alami, Z. Yamlahi [Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Tanger (Morocco); Bessais, B. [Technopole de Borj-Cédria, Laboratoire de Photovoltaïque Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l’Energie (Tunisia); Chahboun, A. [Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Tanger (Morocco); Gaidi, M., E-mail: mkaidi@sharjah.ac.ae [Technopole de Borj-Cédria, Laboratoire de Photovoltaïque Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l’Energie (Tunisia)

    2015-03-15

    In this paper, we demonstrate the potential application of ultrathin ZnO film combined with porous Si treatment for multi-crystalline silicon (mc-Si) surface passivation. ZnO films were grown on porous silicon (PS) and glass substrate by spray pyrolysis method using zinc nitrate precursor with different molar concentrations varying from 0.05 to 0.25 M. The effects of molar concentration on the structural, optical and electronic properties of ZnO film were discussed. This method has been successfully used to achieve both antireflection and passivation properties of the mc-Si-treated samples. As a consequence, the effective minority carrier lifetime increases from 1 to 90 μs at a minority carrier density (Δn) of 3 × 10{sup 13} cm{sup −3}. The proposed treatment demonstrates also a significant decrease in the reflectivity of ZnO/PS-treated mc-Si as compared to untreated one. The reflectivity decreases from 32 % for untreated mc-Si wafers to 9 % for ZnO/PS-treated ones. The prepared cells give relatively high short-circuit currents (I{sub sc}) which leads to the recorded high conversion efficiency. An optimum Zn concentration is required to optimise the solar cell efficiency. This simple and cost-effective passivation method leads to an increase of mc-Si solar cells efficiency to 12 %.

  3. A new electrochemical sensor for the simultaneous determination of acetaminophen and codeine based on porous silicon/palladium nanostructure.

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    Ensafi, Ali A; Ahmadi, Najmeh; Rezaei, Behzad; Abarghoui, Mehdi Mokhtari

    2015-03-01

    A porous silicon/palladium nanostructure was prepared and used as a new electrode material for the simultaneous determination of acetaminophen (ACT) and codeine (COD). Palladium nanoparticles were assembled on porous silicon (PSi) microparticles by a simple redox reaction between the Pd precursor and PSi in an aqueous solution of hydrofluoric acid. This novel nanostructure was characterized by different spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques including scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. The high electrochemical activity, fast electron transfer rate, high surface area and good antifouling properties of this nanostructure enhanced the oxidation peak currents and reduced the peak potentials of ACT and COD at the surface of the proposed sensor. Simultaneous determination of ACT and COD was explored using differential pulse voltammetry. A linear range of 1.0-700.0 µmol L(-1) was achieved for ACT and COD with detection limits of 0.4 and 0.3 µmol L(-1), respectively. Finally, the proposed method was used for the determination of ACT and COD in blood serum, urine and pharmaceutical compounds.

  4. Role of nanocrystalline ZnO coating on the stability of porous silicon formed on textured (1 0 0) Si

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    Verma, Daisy; Sharma, Shailesh N.; Kharkwal, Aneeta; Bhagavannarayana, G.; Kumar, Mahesh; Singh, Shiv Nath; Singh, Parakram Kumar; Mehdib, Syed Sazad; Husain, Mushahid

    2013-11-01

    In this study, a colloid of nanocrystalline ZnO particles prepared by chemical route is sprayed on porous silicon layers. Porosity and thickness of PS layers were estimated by gravimetric analysis. Upon adsorption of ZnO colloids on PS films, oxidation of nanocrystalline Si causes shrinkage of the Si-core due to the breaking of SiSi bonds resulting in a blue-shift in PL spectra. The PL blue-shift can also be related to SiO species or due to defects and the silica networks on which OH groups are absorbed due to ZnO incorporation as also supported by our Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron (XPS) studies, respectively. From high resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) studies, a better crystalline perfection and considerable reduction in stress/strain values were observed for PS/ZnO layers as compared to virgin PS layers. The changes in the chemical composition at the surface of PS upon adsorption of ZnO colloids as elucidated by FTIR and XPS studies could be responsible for different PL emission and lattice-mismatch characteristics. The improved stability properties of PS are attributed to the strong absorption/adsorption of ZnO into the highly porous vertical layers separating macroscopic domains of nanoporous silicon and the mechanism of light emission from PS/ZnO layers is discussed on the basis of proposed energy band gap diagram.

  5. Sputtering temperature dependent growth kinetics and CO2 sensing properties of ZnO deposited over porous silicon

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    Martínez, L.; Holguín-Momaca, J. T.; Karthik, T. V. K.; Olive-Méndez, S. F.; Campos-Alvarez, J.; Agarwal, V.

    2016-10-01

    We report the growth kinetics and sensing properties of ZnO deposited over macro-porous silicon substrates at 400 and 600 °C using magnetron-sputtering technique. Scanning electron microscopy was employed to investigate the morphology and the particle size of the ZnO nanoparticles (NPs). The grain growth kinetics was analyzed with the help of the phenomenological equation rn =k0 texp(- Q / RT) finding an activation energy Q = 13.92 kJ/mol. The grain growth exponent (n = 2.85) for the growth at 400 °C corresponds to an Ostwald ripening process, while the growth at 600 °C is described by n = 1.66 implying a higher growth rate attributed to a high surface diffusion of add-atoms contributing to the formation of larger grains. The sensing response of the complete structure has been tested at different temperatures. The highest sensitivity, S ∼10, was obtained at a sensor temperature of 300 °C on the ZnO NPs sputtered on to the porous silicon substrate at 400 °C. The high response is attributed to the infiltration, uniform and homogenous distribution of the ZnO NPs into the pores. ZnO NPs sputtered at 400 °C are found to be smaller than those grown at 600 °C, exhibiting a larger surface-area/volume ratio and hence increasing the oxygen adsorption resulting in an enhanced CO2 sensitivity.

  6. Quasi-periodic Fibonacci and periodic one-dimensional hypersonic phononic crystals of porous silicon: Experiment and simulation

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    Aliev, Gazi N., E-mail: g.aliev@bath.ac.uk; Goller, Bernhard [Department of Physics, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY (United Kingdom)

    2014-09-07

    A one-dimensional Fibonacci phononic crystal and a distributed Bragg reflector were constructed from porous silicon. The structures had the same number of layers and similar acoustic impedance mismatch, and were electrochemically etched in highly boron doped silicon wafers. The thickness of the individual layers in the stacks was approximately 2 μm. Both types of hypersonic band gap structure were studied by direct measurement of the transmittance of longitudinal acoustic waves in the 0.1–2.6 GHz range. Acoustic band gaps deeper than 50 dB were detected in both structures. The experimental results were compared with model calculations employing the transfer matrix method. The acoustic properties of periodic and quasi-periodic structures in which half-wave retarding bi-layers do not consist of two quarter-wave retarding layers are discussed. The strong correlation between width and depth of gaps in the transmission spectra is demonstrated. The dominant mechanisms of acoustic losses in porous multilayer structures are discussed. The elastic constants remain proportional over our range of porosity, and hence, the Grüneisen parameter is constant. This simplifies the expression for the porosity dependence of the Akhiezer damping.

  7. Photoluminescence of rare earth ions (Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}) in a porous silicon matrix

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    Sokolov, Sergey A. [Moscow State Lomonosov University, Faculty of Physics, Leninskie Gory 1, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Rösslhuber, Roland [Technische Universität München, Arcisstrasse 21, D-85748 München (Germany); Zhigunov, Denis M., E-mail: dmzhigunov@physics.msu.ru [Moscow State Lomonosov University, Faculty of Physics, Leninskie Gory 1, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Latukhina, Natalia V. [Samara State University, Department of Physics, Akad. Pavlova Str. 1, 443011 Samara (Russian Federation); Timoshenko, Victor Yu. [Moscow State Lomonosov University, Faculty of Physics, Leninskie Gory 1, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-01

    Layers of porous silicon (por-Si) with incorporated rare earth (RE) ions of erbium (Er) and ytterbium (Yb) were prepared by using electrochemical etching of crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafers followed by infiltration with RE ions from solution and subsequent high temperature annealing in air. The prepared samples exhibited room temperature photoluminescence (PL) of both Si nanocrystals and RE ions in the spectral regions of 0.6–0.9 μm and 0.98–1.5 μm, respectively. The PL intensities of RE ions in por-Si layers grown on c-Si substrates with textured surface were stronger than those for the polished ones. The observed pump power dependencies of the PL intensity were non-linear and were explained by a phenomenological model, which accounted for (i) the energy transfer from excitons confined in Si nanocrystals to Er{sup 3+} ions located in the surrounding silicon oxide (Förster transfer) and (ii) a cooperative process of the simultaneous excitation of two Yb{sup 3+} ions (quantum-cutting like process). The obtained results are promising in view of possible applications of por-Si:(Er,Yb) in light-emitting devices for near-infrared spectral region. - Highlights: • A simple method to produce rare earth doped materials is represented. • Photoluminescence properties are investigated. • Photoluminescence pump power dependencies were simulated using a phenomenological model.

  8. Antireflective porous-silicon coatings for multicrystalline solar cells: the effects of chemical etching and rapid thermal processing

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    Martin-Palma, R.J.; Martinez-Duart, J.M. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). Dept. de Fisica Aplicada; Instituto de Ciencia des Materiales de Madrid (CSIC) (Spain); Vazquez, L. [Instituto de Ciencia des Materiales de Madrid (CSIC) (Spain); Schnell, M.; Schaefer, S. [Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg (Germany)

    2001-08-01

    In this paper, the emitter of multicrystalline silicon solar cells has been chemically etched in order to form porous silicon (PS) layers, usually known as stain-etched PS, to be used at the same time as a selective emitter and as an effective antireflective layer. The optical behaviour of the solar cells in the 250-850 nm wavelength range (5-1.45 eV range) was determined before and after PS formation, resulting in a notable reduction of reflectance after PS formation and a corresponding increase in cell efficiency. The different morphologies of the silicon emitter and metallic contacts, before and after PS formation were analysed by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Furthermore, the electrical properties of both the emitter region and the contacts were investigated, as well as the most significant solar cell parameters before and after PS formation. Finally, the effect of rapid thermal processing in nitrogen and oxygen atmospheres on both the surface morphology and the optical behaviour of PS was studied. (Author)

  9. Characteristics of Extended-Gate Field-Effect Transistor (EGFET) Based on Porous n-Type (111) Silicon for Use in pH Sensors

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    Ahmed, Naser M.; Kabaa, E. A.; Jaafar, M. S.; Omar, A. F.

    2017-10-01

    Following the advances in pH sensors based on porous silicon (p-Si) in the late 20th century, several studies have been carried out to take advantage of the intrinsic properties of p-Si for development of chemical sensors. This study investigates the characteristics and pH sensitivity of an extended-gate field-effect transistor (EGFET) based on n-type p-Si with (111) orientation. Porous silicon was applied directly without coating. The x-ray diffractogram revealed only n-type (111) crystal orientation. p-Si was comparatively analyzed against a silicon wafer (flat and porous surface) in the pH range from 2 to 12. Regarding EGFET operation, p-Si exhibited significantly enhanced pH sensitivity of 56.13 mV/pH and linearity of 0.9857 (at drain-source current I DS of 0.1 mA, temperature of 300 K, and immersion time of 300 s) because of its high surface area, whereas the silicon wafer (flat and porous surface) exhibited comparatively poor sensitivity of 25.41 mV/pH and linearity of 0.99 under similar conditions. In addition, we demonstrate use of current as a second parameter with high linearity for pH sensing. The low hysteresis depth (9 mV) of the EGFET sensor based on p-Si indicates good stability and reversibility.

  10. Gold Nanorods, DNA Origami, and Porous Silicon Nanoparticle-functionalized Biocompatible Double Emulsion for Versatile Targeted Therapeutics and Antibody Combination Therapy.

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    Kong, Feng; Zhang, Hongbo; Qu, Xiangmeng; Zhang, Xu; Chen, Dong; Ding, Ruihua; Mäkilä, Ermei; Salonen, Jarno; Santos, Hélder A; Hai, Mingtan

    2016-12-01

    Gold nanorods, DNA origami, and porous silicon nanoparticle-functionalized biocompatible double emulsion are developed for versatile molecular targeted therapeutics and antibody combination therapy. This advanced photothermal responsive all-in-one biocompatible platform can be easily formed with great therapeutics loading capacity for different cancer treatments with synergism and multidrug resistance inhibition, which has great potential in advancing biomedical applications.

  11. Reaction of porous silicon with both end-functionalized organic compounds bearing alpha-bromo and omega-carboxy groups for immobilization of biomolecules.

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    Guo, Dong-Jie; Xiao, Shou-Jun; Xia, Bing; Wei, Shuai; Pei, Jia; Pan, Yi; You, Xiao-Zeng; Gu, Zhong-Ze; Lu, Zuhong

    2005-11-03

    Both end-functionalized (alpha-bromo and omega-carboxy) compounds were first tested for the radical reaction on the silicon-hydride (Si-H) terminated porous silicon (PSi) with/without the presence of diacyl peroxide initiator under microwave irradiation. Then the carboxylic acid monolayers (CAMs) assembled on PSi through the robust Si-C bonds were converted to amino-reactive linker, N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS)-ester, terminated monolayers. And finally two proteins of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and lysozyme (Lys) were immobilized through amide bonds. The optimum PSi membrane for protein immobilization without collapse, with parameters of porous radii 4-10 nm and depth 0.2-4.6 mum, was prepared from the (100)-oriented p-type silicon wafer. The chemically converted surface products were monitored with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM).

  12. Porous Silicon Nanotube Arrays as Anode Material for Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Tesfaye, Alexander T; Gonzalez, Roberto; Coffer, Jeffery L; Djenizian, Thierry

    2015-09-23

    We report the electrochemical performance of Si nanotube vertical arrays possessing thin porous sidewalls for Li-ion batteries. Porous Si nanotubes were fabricated on stainless steel substrates using a sacrificial ZnO nanowire template method. These porous Si nanotubes are stable at multiple C-rates. A second discharge capacity of 3095 mAh g(-1) with a Coulombic efficiency of 63% is attained at a rate of C/20 and a stable gravimetric capacity of 1670 mAh g(-1) obtained after 30 cycles. The high capacity values are attributed to the large surface area offered by the porosity of the 3D nanostructures, thereby promoting lithium-ion storage according to a pseudocapacitive mechanism.

  13. Poly(methyl vinyl ether-alt-maleic acid)-functionalized porous silicon nanoparticles for enhanced stability and cellular internalization.

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    Shahbazi, Mohammad-Ali; Almeida, Patrick V; Mäkilä, Ermei; Correia, Alexandra; Ferreira, Mónica P A; Kaasalainen, Martti; Salonen, Jarno; Hirvonen, Jouni; Santos, Hélder A

    2014-03-01

    Currently, developing a stable nanocarrier with high cellular internalization and low toxicity is a key bottleneck in nanomedicine. Here, we have developed a successful method to covalently conjugate poly(methyl vinyl ether-co-maleic acid) (PMVE-MA) copolymer on the surface of (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane-functionalized thermally carbonized porous silicon nanoparticles (APSTCPSi NPs), forming a surface negatively charged nanovehicle with unique properties. This polymer conjugated NPs could modify surface smoothness, charge, and hydrophilicity of the developed NPs, leading to considerable improvement in the colloidal and plasma stabilities via enhanced suspensibility and charge repulsion. Furthermore, despite the surface negative charge of the polymer-conjugated NPs, the cellular internalization was increased in both MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 breast cancer cells. These results provide a proof-of-concept evidence that such polymer-based PSi nanocomposite can be extensively used as a promising candidate for intracellular drug delivery.

  14. High Sensitivity pH Sensor Based on Porous Silicon (PSi) Extended Gate Field-Effect Transistor

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    Al-Hardan, Naif H.; Abdul Hamid, Muhammad Azmi; Ahmed, Naser M.; Jalar, Azman; Shamsudin, Roslinda; Othman, Norinsan Kamil; Kar Keng, Lim; Chiu, Weesiong; Al-Rawi, Hamzah N.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, porous silicon (PSi) was prepared and tested as an extended gate field-effect transistor (EGFET) for pH sensing. The prepared PSi has pore sizes in the range of 500 to 750 nm with a depth of approximately 42 µm. The results of testing PSi for hydrogen ion sensing in different pH buffer solutions reveal that the PSi has a sensitivity value of 66 mV/pH that is considered a super Nernstian value. The sensor considers stability to be in the pH range of 2 to 12. The hysteresis values of the prepared PSi sensor were approximately 8.2 and 10.5 mV in the low and high pH loop, respectively. The result of this study reveals a promising application of PSi in the field for detecting hydrogen ions in different solutions. PMID:27338381

  15. Evidence for energy transfer between Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} in porous silicon matrix

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    Moadhen, A.; Elhouichet, H.; Canut, B.; Sandu, C.S.; Oueslati, M.; Roger, J.A

    2003-12-15

    Europium or terbium and europium have been incorporated into luminescent porous silicon (Eu{sup 3+}/PS and (Eu{sup 3+}+Tb{sup 3+})/PS) by simple impregnation of PS layers with chloride solution of rare earth. This impregnation has been followed by Rutherford back-scattering spectrometry (RBS). The concentration dependency of photoluminescence (PL) intensity has been investigated. The excitation mechanisms of Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} ions in the PS matrix are discussed through the effect of excitation ray and the results of concentration dependencies of PL measurements. It was found that there is an efficient energy transfer from Tb{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 3+} and to Si nanocrystallites.

  16. Photocatalytic activity of Cr-doped TiO2 nanoparticles deposited on porous multicrystalline silicon films.

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    Hajjaji, Anouar; Trabelsi, Khaled; Atyaoui, Atef; Gaidi, Mounir; Bousselmi, Latifa; Bessais, Brahim; El Khakani, My Ali

    2014-01-01

    This work deals with the deposition of Cr-doped TiO2 thin films on porous silicon (PS) prepared from electrochemical anodization of multicrystalline (mc-Si) Si wafers. The effect of Cr doping on the properties of the TiO2-Cr/PS/Si samples has been investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microcopy (AFM), photoluminescence, lifetime, and laser beam-induced current (LBIC) measurements. The photocatalytic activity is carried out on TiO2-Cr/PS/Si samples. It was found that the TiO2-Cr/PS/mc-Si type structure degrades an organic pollutant (amido black) under ultraviolet (UV) light. A noticeable degradation of the pollutant is obtained for a Cr doping of 2 at. %. This result is discussed in light of LBIC and photoluminescence measurements.

  17. Off-axis phonon and photon propagation in porous silicon superlattices studied by Brillouin spectroscopy and optical reflectance

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    Parsons, L. C., E-mail: lcparsons@mun.ca; Andrews, G. T., E-mail: tandrews@mun.ca [Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John' s, Newfoundland A1B 3X7 (Canada)

    2014-07-21

    Brillouin light scattering experiments and optical reflectance measurements were performed on a pair of porous silicon-based optical Bragg mirrors which had constituent layer porosity ratios close to unity. For off-axis propagation, the phononic and photonic band structures of the samples were modeled as a series of intersecting linear dispersion curves. Zone-folding was observed for the longitudinal bulk acoustic phonon and the frequency of the probed zone-folded longitudinal phonon was shown to be dependent on the propagation direction as well as the folding order of the mode branch. There was no conclusive evidence of coupling between the transverse and the folded longitudinal modes. Two additional observed Brillouin peaks were attributed to the Rayleigh surface mode and a possible pseudo-surface mode. Both of these modes were dispersive, with the velocity increasing as the wavevector decreased.

  18. High Sensitivity pH Sensor Based on Porous Silicon (PSi Extended Gate Field-Effect Transistor

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    Naif H. Al-Hardan

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, porous silicon (PSi was prepared and tested as an extended gate field-effect transistor (EGFET for pH sensing. The prepared PSi has pore sizes in the range of 500 to 750 nm with a depth of approximately 42 µm. The results of testing PSi for hydrogen ion sensing in different pH buffer solutions reveal that the PSi has a sensitivity value of 66 mV/pH that is considered a super Nernstian value. The sensor considers stability to be in the pH range of 2 to 12. The hysteresis values of the prepared PSi sensor were approximately 8.2 and 10.5 mV in the low and high pH loop, respectively. The result of this study reveals a promising application of PSi in the field for detecting hydrogen ions in different solutions.

  19. Highly flexible method for the fabrication of photonic crystal slabs based on the selective formation of porous silicon.

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    Recio-Sánchez, Gonzalo; Dang, Zhiya; Torres-Costa, Vicente; Breese, Mark Bh; Martín-Palma, Raul-Jose

    2012-08-09

    A novel fabrication method of Si photonic slabs based on the selective formation of porous silicon is reported. Free-standing square lattices of cylindrical air holes embedded in a Si matrix can be achieved by proton beam irradiation followed by electrochemical etching of Si wafers. The photonic band structures of these slabs show several gaps for the two symmetry directions for reflection through the z-plane. The flexibility of the fabrication method for tuning the frequency range of the gaps over the near- and mid-infrared ranges is demonstrated. This tunability can be achieved by simply adjusting the main parameters in the fabrication process such as the proton beam line spacing, proton fluence, or anodization current density. Thus, the reported method opens a promising route towards the fabrication of Si-based photonic slabs, with high flexibility and compatible with the current microelectronics industry.

  20. Dual-drug delivery by porous silicon nanoparticles for improved cellular uptake, sustained release, and combination therapy.

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    Wang, Chang-Fang; Mäkilä, Ermei M; Kaasalainen, Martti H; Hagström, Marja V; Salonen, Jarno J; Hirvonen, Jouni T; Santos, Hélder A

    2015-04-01

    Dual-drug delivery of antiangiogenic and chemotherapeutic drugs can enhance the therapeutic effect for cancer therapy. Conjugation of methotrexate (MTX) to porous silicon (PSi) nanoparticles (MTX-PSi) with positively charged surface can improve the cellular uptake of MTX and inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells. Herein, MTX-PSi conjugates sustained the release of MTX up to 96 h, and the released fragments including MTX were confirmed by mass spectrometry. The intracellular distribution of the MTX-PSi nanoparticles was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. Compared to pure MTX, the MTX-PSi achieved similar inhibition of cell proliferation in folate receptor (FR) over-expressing U87 MG cancer cells, and a higher effect in low FR-expressing EA.hy926 cells. Nuclear fragmentation analysis demonstrated programmed cell apoptosis of MTX-PSi in the high/low FR-expressing cancer cells, whereas PSi alone at the same dose had a minor effect on cell apoptosis. Finally, the porous structure of MTX-PSi enabled a successful concomitant loading of another anti-angiogenic hydrophobic drug, sorafenib, and considerably enhanced the dissolution rate of sorafenib. Overall, the MTX-PSi nanoparticles can be used as a platform for combination chemotherapy by simultaneously enhancing the dissolution rate of a hydrophobic drug and sustaining the release of a conjugated chemotherapeutic drug.

  1. Structural and optical properties of thin films porous amorphous silicon carbide formed by Ag-assisted photochemical etching

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    Boukezzata, A., E-mail: assiab2006@yahoo.fr [Silicon Technology Development Unit (UDTS), 02 Bd. Frantz FANON, B.P. 140 Algiers (Algeria); Keffous, A., E-mail: keffousa@yahoo.fr [Silicon Technology Development Unit (UDTS), 02 Bd. Frantz FANON, B.P. 140 Algiers (Algeria); Cheriet, A.; Belkacem, Y.; Gabouze, N.; Manseri, A. [Silicon Technology Development Unit (UDTS), 02 Bd. Frantz FANON, B.P. 140 Algiers (Algeria); Nezzal, G. [Houari Boumediene University (USTHB), Chemical Faculty, Algiers (Algeria); Kechouane, M.; Bright, A. [Houari Boumediene University, Physical Faculty, Algiers (Algeria); Guerbous, L. [Algerian Nuclear Research Center (CRNA), Algiers (Algeria); Menari, H. [Silicon Technology Development Unit (UDTS), 02 Bd. Frantz FANON, B.P. 140 Algiers (Algeria)

    2010-07-01

    In this work, we present the formation of porous layers on hydrogenated amorphous SiC (a-SiC: H) by Ag-assisted photochemical etching using HF/K{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 8} solution under UV illumination at 254 nm wavelength. The amorphous films a-SiC: H were elaborated by d.c. magnetron sputtering using a hot pressed polycrystalline 6H-SiC target. Because of the high resistivity of the SiC layer, around 1.6 M{Omega} cm and in order to facilitate the chemical etching, a thin metallic film of high purity silver (Ag) has been deposited under vacuum onto the thin a-SiC: H layer. The etched surface was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and photoluminescence. The results show that the morphology of etched a-SiC: H surface evolves with etching time. For an etching time of 20 min the surface presents a hemispherical crater, indicating that the porous SiC layer is perforated. Photoluminescence characterization of etched a-SiC: H samples for 20 min shows a high and an intense blue PL, whereas it has been shown that the PL decreases for higher etching time. Finally, a dissolution mechanism of the silicon carbide in 1HF/1K{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 8} solution has been proposed.

  2. Surface oxidized mesoporous carbons derived from porous silicon as dual polysulfide confinement and anchoring cathodes in lithium sulfur batteries

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    Carter, Rachel; Ejorh, Dennis; Share, Keith; Cohn, Adam P.; Douglas, Anna; Muralidharan, Nitin; Tovar, Trenton M.; Pint, Cary L.

    2016-10-01

    Despite widespread focus on porous carbons for lithium-sulfur battery cathode materials, electrode design to preserve mass-specific performance and sustained extended cycling stability remains a challenge. Here, we demonstrate electrochemically etched porous silicon as a sacrificial template to produce a new class of functional mesoporous carbons optimized for dual chemical and physical confinement of soluble polysulfides in lithium-sulfur battery cathodes. Melt infiltration loading of sulfur at 60 wt% enables initial discharge capacity of 1350 mAh/gsulfur at rates of 0.1 C - approaching theoretical capacity of 1675 mAh/gsulfur. Cycling performance measured at 0.2 C indicates 81% capacity retention measured over 100 cycles with 830 mAh/gsulfur capacity. Unlike other carbons, this template combines structural properties necessary for sulfur containment and polysulfide confinement to achieve high specific capacity, but also boasts surface-bound oxygen-containing functional groups that are able to chemically anchor the soluble Li2Sn species on the interior of the mesoporous carbon to sustain cycling performance. In turn, this elucidates a scalable and competitive material framework that is capable, without the addition of additional membranes or inactive anchoring materials, of providing the simultaneous anchoring and confinement effects necessary to overcome performance limitations in lithium sulfur batteries.

  3. Hierarchically porous silicon-carbon-nitrogen hybrid materials towards highly efficient and selective adsorption of organic dyes.

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    Meng, Lala; Zhang, Xiaofei; Tang, Yusheng; Su, Kehe; Kong, Jie

    2015-01-21

    The hierarchically macro/micro-porous silicon-carbon-nitrogen (Si-C-N) hybrid material was presented with novel functionalities of totally selective and highly efficient adsorption for organic dyes. The hybrid material was conveniently generated by the pyrolysis of commercial polysilazane precursors using polydivinylbenzene microspheres as sacrificial templates. Owing to the Van der Waals force between sp-hybridized carbon domains and triphenyl structure of dyes, and electrostatic interaction between dyes and Si-C-N matrix, it exhibites high adsorption capacity and good regeneration and recycling ability for the dyes with triphenyl structure, such as methyl blue (MB), acid fuchsin (AF), basic fuchsin and malachite green. The adsorption process is determined by both surface adsorption and intraparticle diffusion. According to the Langmuir model, the adsorption capacity is 1327.7 mg·g(-1) and 1084.5 mg·g(-1) for MB and AF, respectively, which is much higher than that of many other adsorbents. On the contrary, the hybrid materials do not adsorb the dyes with azo benzene structures, such as methyl orange, methyl red and congro red. Thus, the hierarchically porous Si-C-N hybrid material from a facile and low cost polymer-derived strategy provides a new perspective and possesses a significant potential in the treatment of wastewater with complex organic pollutants.

  4. Hierarchically porous silicon-carbon-nitrogen hybrid materials towards highly efficient and selective adsorption of organic dyes

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    Meng, Lala; Zhang, Xiaofei; Tang, Yusheng; Su, Kehe; Kong, Jie

    2015-01-01

    The hierarchically macro/micro-porous silicon-carbon-nitrogen (Si-C-N) hybrid material was presented with novel functionalities of totally selective and highly efficient adsorption for organic dyes. The hybrid material was conveniently generated by the pyrolysis of commercial polysilazane precursors using polydivinylbenzene microspheres as sacrificial templates. Owing to the Van der Waals force between sp-hybridized carbon domains and triphenyl structure of dyes, and electrostatic interaction between dyes and Si-C-N matrix, it exhibites high adsorption capacity and good regeneration and recycling ability for the dyes with triphenyl structure, such as methyl blue (MB), acid fuchsin (AF), basic fuchsin and malachite green. The adsorption process is determined by both surface adsorption and intraparticle diffusion. According to the Langmuir model, the adsorption capacity is 1327.7 mg.g-1 and 1084.5 mg.g-1 for MB and AF, respectively, which is much higher than that of many other adsorbents. On the contrary, the hybrid materials do not adsorb the dyes with azo benzene structures, such as methyl orange, methyl red and congro red. Thus, the hierarchically porous Si-C-N hybrid material from a facile and low cost polymer-derived strategy provides a new perspective and possesses a significant potential in the treatment of wastewater with complex organic pollutants.

  5. Characterization of Free and Porous Silicon-Encapsulated Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as Platforms for the Development of Theranostic Vaccines.

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    Lundquist, Charles M; Loo, Christopher; Meraz, Ismail M; Cerda, Jorge De La; Liu, Xuewu; Serda, Rita E

    2014-02-20

    Tracking vaccine components from the site of injection to their destination in lymphatic tissue, and simultaneously monitoring immune effects, sheds light on the influence of vaccine components on particle and immune cell trafficking and therapeutic efficacy. In this study, we create a hybrid particle vaccine platform comprised of porous silicon (pSi) and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs). The impact of nanoparticle size and mode of presentation on magnetic resonance contrast enhancement are examined. SPION-enhanced relaxivity increased as the core diameter of the nanoparticle increased, while encapsulation of SPIONs within a pSi matrix had only minor effects on T2 and no significant effect on T2* relaxation. Following intravenous injection of single and hybrid particles, there was an increase in negative contrast in the spleen, with changes in contrast being slightly greater for free compared to silicon encapsulated SPIONs. Incubation of bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDC) with pSi microparticles loaded with SPIONs, SIINFEKL peptide, and lipopolysaccharide stimulated immune cell interactions and interferon gamma production in OT-1 TCR transgenic CD8(+) T cells. Overall, the hybrid particle platform enabled presentation of a complex payload that was traceable, stimulated functional T cell and BMDC interactions, and resolved in cellular activation of T cells in response to a specific antigen.

  6. Characterization of Free and Porous Silicon-Encapsulated Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as Platforms for the Development of Theranostic Vaccines

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    Charles M. Lundquist

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Tracking vaccine components from the site of injection to their destination in lymphatic tissue, and simultaneously monitoring immune effects, sheds light on the influence of vaccine components on particle and immune cell trafficking and therapeutic efficacy. In this study, we create a hybrid particle vaccine platform comprised of porous silicon (pSi and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs. The impact of nanoparticle size and mode of presentation on magnetic resonance contrast enhancement are examined. SPION-enhanced relaxivity increased as the core diameter of the nanoparticle increased, while encapsulation of SPIONs within a pSi matrix had only minor effects on T2 and no significant effect on T2* relaxation. Following intravenous injection of single and hybrid particles, there was an increase in negative contrast in the spleen, with changes in contrast being slightly greater for free compared to silicon encapsulated SPIONs. Incubation of bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDC with pSi microparticles loaded with SPIONs, SIINFEKL peptide, and lipopolysaccharide stimulated immune cell interactions and interferon gamma production in OT-1 TCR transgenic CD8+ T cells. Overall, the hybrid particle platform enabled presentation of a complex payload that was traceable, stimulated functional T cell and BMDC interactions, and resolved in cellular activation of T cells in response to a specific antigen.

  7. Importance of the Electrolyte in Obtaining Porous Silicon and How It Modifies the Optical and Structural Proprieties: Optical and Microstructural Investigation

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    F. Severiano

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of using different electrolytes in the physical and optical properties of porous silicon was studied. To do this porous silicon (PS samples photoluminescent in the visible range from (100 oriented n-type crystalline silicon prepared by anodic etching were obtained. The first electrolyte was composed of a mixture of hydrofluoric acid (HF and ethanol (CH3-CH2-OH in a ratio of 1 : 2, respectively. The second was composed of hydrofluoric acid (HF, ethanol (CH3-CH2-OH, and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 in a ratio of 1 : 1 : 2, respectively. Raman scattering, photoluminescence (PL, gravimetry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS measurements on the PSL were carried out. Raman scattering showed that the disorder in the samples obtained with H2O2 is greater than in the samples obtained without this. The PL from PS increased in intensity with the incremental change in the anodization time and showed a blueshift. The blueshift of PL is consistent with the reduction in size of the silicon nanocrystallites. The sizes of nanocrystals were estimated to be 3.08, 2.6, and 2.28 nm. The gravimetric analysis showed that the porosity increased with the incorporation of H2O2. SEM images (morphological analysis showed an incremental change in the quantity and in the porous size.

  8. MeV Si ion beam implantation as an effective patterning tool for the localized formation of porous silicon

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    Punzon-Quijorna, E., E-mail: esther.punzon@uam.es [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Dept. Fisica Aplicada C-XII-104, 28049, Madrid (Spain); Centro de Micro-Analisis de Materiales, Cantoblanco 28049, Madrid (Spain); Torres-Costa, V.; Manso-Silvan, M.; Martin-Palma, R.J. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Dept. Fisica Aplicada C-XII-104, 28049, Madrid (Spain); Climent-Font, A. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Dept. Fisica Aplicada C-XII-104, 28049, Madrid (Spain); Centro de Micro-Analisis de Materiales, Cantoblanco 28049, Madrid (Spain)

    2012-07-01

    Porous silicon (PS), in the form of single layer and multilayer structures, is a low-cost nanomaterial with applications in a wide range of fields. Hence, there is an increasing interest on the fabrication of laterally patterned PS structures. In biophysics for example, PS is a promising material for the development of low cost optical biochips, due to its remarkable biocompatibility and adjustable surface chemistry and optical properties. However, conventional lithography processes have shown to be not suitable for the proper patterning of PS. In this work, implantation of MeV Si ions is proposed as an effective tool for the localized formation of PS in the micrometer range. As previously reported by other groups, irradiation of silicon with H and He keV ions can inhibit the formation of PS. In the case of heavier ions, its higher damage efficiency allows for lower implantation doses to achieve PS growth inhibition, which allows shorter process times, and at the same time provides good lateral resolution below the micrometric range. Besides, the usage of ions of the same elementary nature as the target material avoids inconvenient side effects that may be ascribed to the implanted species. Two dimensional PS patterns with feature size of few micrometers have been successfully fabricated. Fluorescence and scanning electron microscopy reveal the proper transfer of different mask motifs into a PS/silicon patterned structure. Patterns present well defined lateral contrast and flat surface with no significant height variations, mandatory features for the development of PS based biochips. A resistivity increase has been observed on irradiated samples which could explain the inhibition of PS formation. This effect is attributed to dopant deactivation by the ion beam, since backscattering channeling measurements show no significant lattice damage.

  9. Observation and Measurement of Negative Differential Resistance on PtSi Schottky Junctions on Porous Silicon

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    Mansor Mohtashamifar

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanosize porous Si is made by two step controlled etching of Si. The first etching step is carried on the Si surface and the second is performed after deposition of 75 Å of platinum on the formed surface. A platinum silicide structure with a size of less than 25 nm is formed on the porous Si surface, as measured with an Atomic Forced Microscope (AFM. Differential resistance curve as a function of voltage in 77 K and 100 K shows a negative differential resistance and indicates the effect of quantum tunneling. In general form, the ratio of maximum to minimum tunneling current (PVR and the number of peaks in I-V curves reduces by increasing the temperature. However, due to accumulation of carriers behind the potential barrier and superposition of several peaks, it is observed that the PVR increases at 100 K and the maximum PVR at 100 K is 189.6.

  10. Metal Nanoparticles Deposited on Porous Silicon Templates as Novel Substrates for SERS

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    Lara Mikac

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, results on preparation of stable and uniform SERS solid substrates using macroporous silicon (pSi with deposited silver and gold are presented. Macroporous silicon is produced by anodisation of p-type silicon in hydrofluoric acid. The as prepared pSi is then used as a template for Ag and Au depositions. The noble metals were deposited in three different ways: by immersion in silver nitrate solution, by drop-casting silver colloidal solution and by pulsed laser ablation (PLA. Substrates obtained by different deposition processes were evaluated for SERS efficiency using methylene blue (MB and rhodamine 6G (R6G at 514.5, 633 and 785 nm. Using 514.5 nm excitation and R6G the limits of detection (LOD for macroporous Si samples with noble metal nanostructures obtained by immersion of pSi sample in silver nitrate solution and by applying silver colloidal solution to pSi template were 10–9 M and 10–8 M respectively. Using 633 nm laser and MB the most noticeable SERS activity gave pSi samples ablated with 30000 and 45000 laser pulses where the LODs of 10–10 M were obtained. The detection limit of 10–10 M was also reached for 4 mA cm–2-15 min pSi sample, silver ablated with 30000 pulses. Macroporous silicon proved to be a good base for the preparation of SERS substrates.

  11. Lower reflectivity and higher minority carrier lifetime of hand-tailored porous silicon

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    Zhang Nansheng; Ma Zhongquan; Zhou Chengyue; He Bo

    2009-01-01

    con layer is measured to be ~3.19 μs. These values are very close to the reflectivity and the minority carrier lifetime of Si3N4 as a passivation layer on a bulk silicon-based solar cell (0.33% and 3.03/μs, respectively).

  12. Giant enhancement of light emission from Au nanocrystals into a porous matrix integrated with silicon platform.

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    Kisner, Alexandre; de Aguiar, Marina Rodrigues; Kubota, Lauro T

    2009-04-01

    Integration of metal nanoparticle-dielectric films with silicon technology is emerging as a promising candidate for sub-wavelength optoelectronics and correlated devices. A giant enhancement of the luminescence intensity of gold nanocrystals directly prepared on a nanoporous template of anodized aluminium oxide is evaluated herewith, for the first time in literature, as a favourable substrate for integrating silicon-based optoelectronics. The size and lateral separation between adjacent particles are controlled by the geometry of the dielectric matrix and on-chip-integration is achieved during the nanoparticle growth, requiring no further steps. A more pronounced photoresponse is observed with embedded nanocrystals as small as 12 nm and the high emission is attributed to the light confinement associated to the increase of the local field effect on the surface plasmon hybridization waves. The demonstrated ability to control the assemble of the nanocrystals and the intense light emission indicate that the embedded gold nanostructures have a high potential for plasmonic device applications.

  13. Surface plasmon polaritons in a composite system of porous silicon and gold

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    Vainshtein, J. S.; Goryachev, D. N.; Ken, O. S., E-mail: olja.ken@mail.ioffe.ru; Sreseli, O. M. [Ioffe Institute (Russian Federation)

    2015-04-15

    A composite system of silicon quantum dots and gold particles with properties periodically changing along the surface (i.e., a system exhibiting the properties of a diffraction grating) is obtained by a one-step metal-assisted chemical etching. The spectral and angular dependences of the photoresponse for the composite system on single-crystal silicon are studied. The photoresponse peaks were observed, which behavior (the dependence on the parameters of the diffraction grating, wavelength and incidence angles of light) is attributed to the excitation of plasmon-polariton modes at the surface of the composite system with the diffraction grating. At the same time, the obtained values of the wave vectors for these modes are smaller than those calculated for plasmon polaritons excited at the interface between air and metal (gold) diffraction grating.

  14. Micro-PIXE and micro-RBS characterization of micropores in porous silicon prepared using microwave-assisted hydrofluoric acid etching.

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    Ahmad, Muthanna; Grime, Geoffrey W

    2013-04-01

    Porous silicon (PS) has been prepared using a microwave-assisted hydrofluoric acid (HF) etching method from a silicon wafer pre-implanted with 5 MeV Cu ions. The use of microbeam proton-induced X-ray emission (micro-PIXE) and microbeam Rutherford backscattering techniques reveals for the first time the capability of these techniques for studying the formation of micropores. The porous structures observed from micro-PIXE imaging results are compared to scanning electron microscope images. It was observed that the implanted copper accumulates in the same location as the pores and that at high implanted dose the pores form large-scale patterns of lines and concentric circles. This is the first work demonstrating the use of microwave-assisted HF etching in the formation of PS.

  15. SiO{sub {ital x}} luminescence from light-emitting porous silicon: Support for the quantum confinement/luminescence center model

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    Cooke, D.W.; Bennett, B.L.; Farnum, E.H.; Hults, W.L.; Sickafus, K.E.; Smith, J.F.; Smith, J.L.; Taylor, T.N.; Tiwari, P. [Materials Science and Technology Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Portis, A.M. [Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)

    1996-03-01

    Measurements of hydrogen loss and luminescence as a function of annealing temperature in porous silicon suggest that luminescence is attributable to electron-hole recombination in SiO{sub {ital x}} surface layers with an intensity that is dependent upon the surface hydrogen content. The luminescence is composed of three Gaussian bands similar to those found in amorphous SiO{sub 2}. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy show porous silicon has SiO{sub {ital x}} on the surface, which is comprised of many particles of about 10 nm size. Collectively, the data strongly support the previously proposed quantum confinement/luminescence center model. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  16. Same-Side Platinum Electrodes for Metal Assisted Etching of Porous Silicon

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    2015-11-01

    depth by varying the local electrode/silicon (Si) ratio, the electrode will need to be cut up into electrically isolated sections or else the carriers...hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and ethanol etch solution. The H2O2 reacts with hydrogen ions from the HF at the catalytic metal surface to become water ...the sample, or by hot gases at the flame front jetting across to a nearby PSi line. 4. Conclusions We have developed new procedures for etching

  17. Fabrication of a multifunctional nano-in-micro drug delivery platform by microfluidic templated encapsulation of porous silicon in polymer matrix.

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    Zhang, Hongbo; Liu, Dongfei; Shahbazi, Mohammad-Ali; Mäkilä, Ermei; Herranz-Blanco, Bárbara; Salonen, Jarno; Hirvonen, Jouni; Santos, Hélder A

    2014-07-01

    A multifunctional nano-in-micro drug delivery platform is developed by conjugating the porous silicon nanoparticles with mucoadhesive polymers and subsequent encapsulation into a pH-responsive polymer using microfluidics. The multistage platform shows monodisperse size distribution and pH-responsive payload release, and the released nanoparticles are mucoadhesive. Moreover, this platform is capable of simultaneously loading and releasing multidrugs with distinct properties.

  18. Doping porous silicon with erbium: pores filling as a method to limit the Er-clustering effects and increasing its light emission

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    Mula, Guido

    2017-07-14

    Er clustering plays a major role in hindering sufficient optical gain in Er-doped Si materials. For porous Si, the long-standing failure to govern the clustering has been attributed to insufficient knowledge of the several, concomitant and complex processes occurring during the electrochemical Er-doping. We propose here an alternative road to solve the issue: instead of looking for an equilibrium between Er content and light emission using 1-2% Er, we propose to significantly increase the electrochemical doping level to reach the filling the porous silicon pores with luminescent Er-rich material. To better understand the intricate and superposing phenomena of this process, we exploit an original approach based on needle electron tomography, EXAFS and photoluminescence. Needle electron tomography surprisingly shows a heterogeneous distribution of Er content in the silicon thin pores that until now couldn\\'t be revealed by the sole use of scanning electron microscopy compositional mapping. Besides, while showing that pore filling leads to enhanced photoluminescence emission, we demonstrate that the latter is originated from both erbium oxide and silicate. These results give a much deeper understanding of the photoluminescence origin down to nanoscale and could lead to novel approaches focused on noteworthy enhancement of Er-related photoluminescence in porous silicon.

  19. The development of a porous silicon nitride crossflow filter; Final report, September 1988--September 1992

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    This report summarizes the work performed in developing a permeable form of silicon nitride for application to ceramic crossflow filters for use in advanced coal-fired electric power plants. The program was sponsored by the Department of Energy Morgantown Energy Technology Center and consisted of a design analysis and material development phase and a filter manufacture and demonstration phase. The crossflow filter design and operating requirements were defined. A filter design meeting the requirements was developed and thermal and stress analyses were performed. Material development efforts focused initially on reaction-bonded silicon nitride material. This approach was not successful, and the materials effort was refocused on the development of a permeable form of sintered silicon nitride (SSN). This effort was successful. The SSN material was used for the second phase of the program, filter manufacture and evaluation. Four half-scale SAN filter modules were fabricated. Three of the modules were qualified for filter performance tests. Tests were performed on two of the three qualified modules in the High-Temperature, High-Pressure facility at the Westinghouse Science and Technology Center. The first module failed on test when it expanded into the clamping device, causing dust leakage through the filter. The second module performed well for a cumulative 150-hr test. It displayed excellent filtration capability during the test. The blowback pulse cleaning was highly effective, and the module apparently withstood the stresses induced by the periodic pulse cleaning. Testing of the module resumed, and when the flow of combustion gas through the filter was doubled, cracks developed and the test was concluded.

  20. Effect resonance radiation transfer of excitation porous silicon to I sub 2 molecules sorbed in pores

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    Zakharchenko, K V; Kuznetsov, M B; Chistyakov, A A; Karavanskij, V A

    2001-01-01

    One studies the effect of resonance radiation-free transfer of electronic excitation between silicon nanocrystals and iodine molecules sorbed in pores. The experiment procedure includes laser-induced luminescence and laser desorption mass spectrometry. One analyzes photoluminescence spectra prior to and upon iodine sorption. Excitation of iodine through the mechanism of resonance transfer is determined to result in desorption of the iodine sorbed molecules with relatively high kinetic energies (3-1 eV). One evaluated the peculiar distance of resonance transfer the approximate value of which was equal to 2 nm