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  1. Metal/Metal-Oxide Nanoclusters for Gas Sensor Applications

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    Ayesh, Ahmad I.

    2016-01-01

    The development of gas sensors that are based on metal/metal-oxide nanoclusters has attracted intensive research interest in the last years. Nanoclusters are suitable candidates for gas sensor applications because of their large surface-to-volume ratio that can be utilized for selective and rapid detection of various gaseous species with low-power consuming electronics. Herein, nanoclusters are used as building blocks for the construction of gas sensor where the electrical conductivity of the...

  2. Metal/Metal-Oxide Nanoclusters for Gas Sensor Applications

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    Ahmad I. Ayesh

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of gas sensors that are based on metal/metal-oxide nanoclusters has attracted intensive research interest in the last years. Nanoclusters are suitable candidates for gas sensor applications because of their large surface-to-volume ratio that can be utilized for selective and rapid detection of various gaseous species with low-power consuming electronics. Herein, nanoclusters are used as building blocks for the construction of gas sensor where the electrical conductivity of the nanoclusters changes dramatically upon exposure to the target gas. In this review, recent progress in the fabrication of size-selected metallic nanoclusters and their utilization for gas sensor applications is presented. Special focus will be given to the enhancement of the sensing performance through the rational functionalization and utilization of different nanocluster materials.

  3. Relaxation path of metastable nanoclusters in oxide dispersion strengthened materials

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    Ribis, J.; Thual, M. A.; Guilbert, T.; de Carlan, Y.; Legris, A.

    2017-02-01

    ODS steels are a promising class of structural materials for sodium cooled fast reactor application. The ultra-high density of the strengthening nanoclusters dispersed within the ferritic matrix is responsible of the excellent creep properties of the alloy. Fine characterization of the nanoclusters has been conducted on a Fe-14Cr-0.3Ti-0.3Y2O3 ODS material using High Resolution and Energy Filtered Transmission Electron Microscopy. The nanoclusters exhibit a cubic symmetry possibly identified as f.c.c and display a non-equilibrium YTiCrO chemical composition thought to be stabilized by a vacancy supersaturation. These nanoclusters undergo relaxation towards the Y2Ti2O7-like state as they grow. A Cr shell is observed around the relaxed nano-oxides, this size-dependent shell may form after the release of Cr by the particles. The relaxation energy barrier appears to be higher for the smaller particles probably owing to a volume/surface ratio effect in reason to the full coherency of the nanoclusters.

  4. Photodissociation of Cerium Oxide Nanocluster Cations.

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    Akin, S T; Ard, S G; Dye, B E; Schaefer, H F; Duncan, M A

    2016-04-21

    Cerium oxide cluster cations, CexOy(+), are produced via laser vaporization in a pulsed nozzle source and detected with time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The mass spectrum displays a strongly preferred oxide stoichiometry for each cluster with a specific number of metal atoms x, with x ≤ y. Specifically, the most prominent clusters correspond to the formula CeO(CeO2)n(+). The cluster cations are mass selected and photodissociated with a Nd:YAG laser at either 532 or 355 nm. The prominent clusters dissociate to produce smaller species also having a similar CeO(CeO2)n(+) formula, always with apparent leaving groups of (CeO2). The production of CeO(CeO2)n(+) from the dissociation of many cluster sizes establishes the relative stability of these clusters. Furthermore, the consistent loss of neutral CeO2 shows that the smallest neutral clusters adopt the same oxidation state (IV) as the most common form of bulk cerium oxide. Clusters with higher oxygen content than the CeO(CeO2)n(+) masses are present with much lower abundance. These species dissociate by the loss of O2, leaving surviving clusters with the CeO(CeO2)n(+) formula. Density functional theory calculations on these clusters suggest structures composed of stable CeO(CeO2)n(+) cores with excess oxygen bound to the surface as a superoxide unit (O2(-)).

  5. Structure, Bonding and Surface Chemistry of Metal Oxide Nanoclusters

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    2015-06-23

    Characterization of these ligand- coated oxides included laser desorption mass spectrometry, infrared, Raman and UV - visible spectroscopy ...desorption and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy methods (IR, surface-enhanced Raman, UV - visible absorption and...clusters are studied with laser desorption and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy methods (IR, surface-enhanced Raman, UV

  6. Self-Assembled Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoclusters for Universal Cell Labeling and MRI

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    Chen, Shuzhen; Zhang, Jun; Jiang, Shengwei; Lin, Gan; Luo, Bing; Yao, Huan; Lin, Yuchun; He, Chengyong; Liu, Gang; Lin, Zhongning

    2016-05-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticles have been widely used in a variety of biomedical applications, especially as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cell labeling. In this study, SPIO nanoparticles were stabilized with amphiphilic low molecular weight polyethylenimine (PEI) in an aqueous phase to form monodispersed nanocomposites with a controlled clustering structure. The iron-based nanoclusters with a size of 115.3 ± 40.23 nm showed excellent performance on cellular uptake and cell labeling in different types of cells, moreover, which could be tracked by MRI with high sensitivity. The SPIO nanoclusters presented negligible cytotoxicity in various types of cells as detected using MTS, LDH, and flow cytometry assays. Significantly, we found that ferritin protein played an essential role in protecting stress from SPIO nanoclusters. Taken together, the self-assembly of SPIO nanoclusters with good magnetic properties provides a safe and efficient method for universal cell labeling with noninvasive MRI monitoring capability.

  7. Growth and characterization of barium oxide nanoclusters on YSZ(111)

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    Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Kim, Yong Joo; Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Yu, Zhongqing; Jiang, Weilin; Engelhard, Mark H.; Shutthanandan, V.; Szanyi, Janos; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2009-08-13

    Barium oxide (BaO) was grown on YSZ(111) substrate by oxygen-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (OPA-MBE). In-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction, ex-situ x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy have confirmed that the BaO grows as clusters on YSZ(111). During and following the growth under UHV conditions, BaO remains in single phase. When exposed to ambient conditions, the clusters transformed to BaCO3 and/or Ba(OH)2 H2O. However, in a few attempts of BaO growth, XRD results show a fairly single phase cubic BaO with a lattice constant of 0.5418(1) nm. XPS results show that exposing BaO clusters to ambient conditions results in the formation BaCO3 on the surface and partly Ba(OH)2 throughout in the bulk. Based on the observations, it is concluded that the BaO nanoclusters grown on YSZ(111) are highly reactive in ambient conditions. The variation in the reactivity of BaO between different attempts of the growth is attributed to the cluster size.

  8. Mossbauer Characterization of Iron Oxide Nanoclusters Grown within Aluminosilicate Matrices

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    2003-01-01

    2Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas , Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru. 3Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas , Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. ABSTRACT...nanoclusters. Zeolitic and sol-gel derived molecular sieves and a variety of cross-linked and block co-polymers have been used to this purpose [1-41. The...Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas and the NSF: DMR 0074537 for support. Figures 1 and 2 ame reprinted with permission from reference [I]. Copyright 2001

  9. Size-selective synthesis of immobilized copper oxide nanoclusters on silica

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    Lomnicki, Slawo M., E-mail: slomni1@lsu.edu [Louisiana State University, Department of Chemistry, 232 Choppin Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-1804 (United States); Wu, Hongyi; Osborne, Scott N.; Pruett, Jeff M.; McCarley, Robin L.; Poliakoff, Erwin; Dellinger, Barry [Louisiana State University, Department of Chemistry, 232 Choppin Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-1804 (United States)

    2010-11-25

    We report a straightforward route for preparing bulk quantities of size-controlled and low size dispersity copper oxide nanoclusters on amorphous silica. Adsorption of the copper-dendrimer complex on the silica surface minimizes aggregation, which results in previously unachieved low size dispersity of the nanoclusters. Copper oxide nanoclusters with mean diameters of 1-5 nm with size dispersities of only 8-15% were prepared by calcination of silica impregnated with Cu(II)-poly(propylene imine) dendrimer complexes of varying stoichiometry. The size and size distribution of the copper oxide nanoparticles are tunably controlled by the ratio of the Cu(II) to the terminal primary amines in the copper-dendrimer complex, DAB-Am{sub n}-Cu(II){sub x}, the surface coverage of the DAB-Am{sub n}-Cu(II){sub x}, and the impregnation procedure. This method is anticipated to be useful in the preparation of other metal oxide nanoparticles, e.g., Ni and Fe, and with other oxide substrates.

  10. Size-selective synthesis of immobilized copper oxide nanoclusters on silica.

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    Lomnicki, Slawo M; Wu, Hongyi; Osborne, Scott N; Pruett, Jeff M; McCarley, Robin L; Poliakoff, Erwin; Dellinger, Barry

    2010-11-25

    We report a straightforward route for preparing bulk quantities of size-controlled and low size dispersity copper oxide nanoclusters on amorphous silica. Adsorption of the copper-dendrimer complex on the silica surface minimizes aggregation, which results in previously unachieved low size dispersity of the nanoclusters. Copper oxide nanoclusters with mean diameters of 1-5 nm with size dispersities of only 8-15% were prepared by calcination of silica impregnated with Cu(II)-poly(propylene imine) dendrimer complexes of varying stoichiometry. The size and size distribution of the copper oxide nanoparticles are tunably controlled by the ratio of the Cu(II) to the terminal primary amines in the copper-dendrimer complex, DAB-Am n -Cu(II) x , the surface coverage of the DAB-Am n -Cu(II) x , and the impregnation procedure. This method is anticipated to be useful in the preparation of other metal oxide nanoparticles, e.g., Ni and Fe, and with other oxide substrates.

  11. Radiation Stability of Nanoclusters in Nano-structured Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) Steels

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    Certain, Alicia G.; Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Shutthanandan, V.; Hoelzer, D. T.; Allen, T. R.

    2013-03-01

    Nanostructured oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels are considered candidates for nuclear fission and fusion applications at high temperature and dose. The complex oxide nanoclusters in these alloys provide high-temperature strength and are expected to afford better radiation resistance. Proton, heavy ion, and neutron irradiations have been performed to evaluate cluster stability in 14YWT and 9CrODS steel under a range of irradiation conditions. Energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography were used in this work to analyze the evolution of the oxide population.

  12. LOW TEMPERATURE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF AMORPHOUS OXIDE NANOCLUSTERS IN POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE MATRIX

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    V. V. VOLKOV; WANG ZHONG-LIN; Zou BING-SUO; XIE SI-SHEN

    2000-01-01

    We studied the temperature-dependent steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence properties of very small (1-2 nm) ZnO, CdO, and PbO amorphous nanoclusters prepared in AOT reverse micelles and imbedded in polymethyl methacrylate(PMMA) films. X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction and imaging indicate that these structures are amorphous. These amorphous oxide nanoclusters demonstrate similar structural, electronic, and optical properties. Properties of steady-state fluorescence spectra indicate the unique localization of electronic states due to the amorphous structure. ZnO and CdO show double-band fluorescence structure, which is due to the spin-orbital splitting, similar to Cu2O. Time-resolved fluorescence studies of the nanoclusters in the polymer reveal two lifetime components, as found in solution. The slow component reflects relaxation processes from band-tail states while the fast component may be related to high-lying extended states. The temperature dependence of fast fluorescence component reveals the presence of exciton hopping between anharmonic wells at temperatures higher than 200K. We correlate the barrier height between two wells formed around local atoms with the inter-atomic distance and bond ionicity.

  13. Oxidative addition of the C-I bond on aluminum nanoclusters

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    Sengupta, Turbasu; Das, Susanta; Pal, Sourav

    2015-07-01

    Energetics and the in-depth reaction mechanism of the oxidative addition step of the cross-coupling reaction are studied in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) on aluminum nanoclusters. Aluminum metal in its bulk state is totally inactive towards carbon-halogen bond dissociation but selected Al nanoclusters (size ranging from 3 to 20 atoms) have shown a significantly lower activation barrier towards the oxidative addition reaction. The calculated energy barriers are lower than the gold clusters and within a comparable range with the conventional and most versatile Pd catalyst. Further investigations reveal that the activation energies and other reaction parameters are highly sensitive to the geometrical shapes and electronic structures of the clusters rather than their size, imposing the fact that comprehensive studies on aluminum clusters can be beneficial for nanoscience and nanotechnology. To understand the possible reaction mechanism in detail, the reaction pathway is investigated with the ab initio Born Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics (BOMD) simulation and the Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) analysis. In short, our theoretical study highlights the thermodynamic and kinetic details of C-I bond dissociation on aluminum clusters for future endeavors in cluster chemistry.Energetics and the in-depth reaction mechanism of the oxidative addition step of the cross-coupling reaction are studied in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) on aluminum nanoclusters. Aluminum metal in its bulk state is totally inactive towards carbon-halogen bond dissociation but selected Al nanoclusters (size ranging from 3 to 20 atoms) have shown a significantly lower activation barrier towards the oxidative addition reaction. The calculated energy barriers are lower than the gold clusters and within a comparable range with the conventional and most versatile Pd catalyst. Further investigations reveal that the activation energies and other reaction parameters are highly

  14. Photoconductivity, photoluminescence and optical Kerr nonlinear effects in zinc oxide films containing chromium nanoclusters

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    Torres-Torres, C., E-mail: crstorres@yahoo.com.mx [Seccion de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigacion, ESIME-Z, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, DF 07738 (Mexico); Garcia-Cruz, M.L. [Centro de Investigacion en Dispositivos Semiconductores, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, A. P. J-48, Puebla 72570, Mexico (Mexico); Castaneda, L., E-mail: luisca@sirio.ifuap.buap.mx [Instituto de Fisica, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, A. P. J-48, Puebla 72570, Mexico (Mexico); Rangel Rojo, R. [CICESE/Depto. de Optica, A. P. 360, Ensenada, BC 22860 (Mexico); Tamayo-Rivera, L. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, DF 01000 (Mexico); Maldonado, A. [Depto. de Ing. Electrica, CINVESTAV IPN-SEES, A. P. 14740, Mexico DF 07000 (Mexico); Avendano-Alejo, M., E-mail: imax_aa@yahoo.com.mx [Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, A. P. 70-186, 04510, DF (Mexico); and others

    2012-04-15

    Chromium doped zinc oxide thin solid films were deposited on soda-lime glass substrates. The photoconductivity of the material and its influence on the optical behavior was evaluated. A non-alkoxide sol-gel synthesis approach was used for the preparation of the samples. An enhancement of the photoluminescence response exhibited by the resulting photoconductive films with embedded chromium nanoclusters is presented. The modification in the photoconduction induced by a 445 nm wavelength was measured and then associated with the participation of the optical absorptive response. In order to investigate the third order optical nonlinearities of the samples, a standard time-resolved Optical Kerr Gate configuration with 80 fs pulses at 830 nm was used and a quasi-instantaneous pure electronic nonlinearity without the contribution of nonlinear optical absorption was observed. We estimate that from the inclusion of Cr nanoclusters into the sample results a strong optical Kerr effect originated by quantum confinement. The large photoluminescence response and the important refractive nonlinearity of the photoconductive samples seem to promise potential applications for the development of multifunctional all-optical nanodevices. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enhancement in photoluminescence for chromium doped zinc oxide films is presented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A strong and ultrafast optical Kerr effect seems to result from quantum confinement. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Photoconductive properties for optical and optoelectronic functions were observed.

  15. Modification of Wide-Band-Gap Oxide Semiconductors with Cobalt Hydroxide Nanoclusters for Visible-Light Water Oxidation.

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    Maeda, Kazuhiko; Ishimaki, Koki; Tokunaga, Yuki; Lu, Daling; Eguchi, Miharu

    2016-07-11

    Cobalt-based compounds, such as cobalt(II) hydroxide, are known to be good catalysts for water oxidation. Herein, we report that such cobalt species can also activate wide-band-gap semiconductors towards visible-light water oxidation. Rutile TiO2 powder, a well-known wide-band-gap semiconductor, was capable of harvesting visible light with wavelengths of up to 850 nm, and thus catalyzed water oxidation to produce molecular oxygen, when decorated with cobalt(II) hydroxide nanoclusters. To the best of our knowledge, this system constitutes the first example that a particulate photocatalytic material that is capable of water oxidation upon excitation by visible light can also operate at such long wavelengths, even when it is based on earth-abundant elements only.

  16. ORR viability of alumina-supported platinum nanocluster: exploring oxidation behaviour by DFT.

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    Nigam, Sandeep; Majumder, Chiranjib

    2017-07-26

    While alumina-supported platinum particles are versatile for several oxidation reactions, their viability as ORR catalysts has not been explored to date. Therefore, to assess the prospects of alumina-supported platinum nanoclusters in ORRs, a systematic DFT study has been carried out to explore the oxidation behavior of a Ptn@Al2O3 (n = 1-7, 10) cluster. The results are compared with the oxidation behavior of the corresponding gas phase platinum cluster and that of an extended Pt(111) slab. Both supported and unsupported clusters activate adsorbed oxygen molecules and energetically favor dissociative chemisorption of oxygen, leading to stable oxide formation with Pt-O-Pt linkages. However, the influence of the alumina substrate downshifts the d-band centre of the platinum cluster, which not only reduces the reaction enthalpy of oxidation by 8-10%, but also elongates the Pt-O bond of the oxide product by 3-8%. These observations indicate that removal of oxide will be relatively easier for supported clusters than for unsupported clusters. Cluster binding is found to sustain during oxidation, as oxidation of the platinum host cluster results in reduction of the distance between the cluster and support surface. While the gas phase Pt10 cluster does not show any similarity to the oxidation behavior shown by THE Pt(111) slab, the Pt10@Al2O3 cluster reveals close resemblance. Both the Pt(111) slab and Pt10@Al2O3 cluster form similar oxide products, having tri-coordinated oxygen with comparable Pt-O bond distances. The observed resemblance has been attributed to the similarity in the electronic structure and d-band centre position of the platinum surface and alumina-supported Pt10 cluster. Whilst this similar oxidation behaviour of the Pt10@Al2O3 cluster endorses its viability as an ORR catalyst, further modulation of this catalyst is desirable to improve its potential.

  17. Tetragonal-Like Phase in Core–Shell Iron Iron-Oxide Nanoclusters

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    Kaur, Maninder; McCloy, John S.; Kukkadapu, Ravi; Pearce, Carolyn; Tucek, Jiri; Bowden, Mark; Engelhard, Mark; Arenholz, Elke; Qiang, You

    2017-05-11

    Two sizes of iron/iron-oxide (Fe/Fe-oxide) nanoclusters (NCs) of 10 nm and 35 nm diameters were prepared using a cluster deposition technique. Both these NCs displayed XRD peaks due to body-centered cubic (bcc) Fe0 and magnetite-like phase. Mossbauer spectroscopy (MS) measurements: a) confirmed the core-shell nature of the NCs, b) the Fe-oxide shell to be nanocrystalline and partially oxidized, and c) the Fe-oxide spins are significantly canted. In addition to the bcc Fe and magnetite-like phases, a phase similar to tetragonal σ-Fe-Cr (8% Cr) was CLEARLY evident in the larger NC, based on X-ray diffraction. Origin of the tetragonallike phase in the larger NC was not clear but could be due to significant distortion of the Fe0 core lattice planes; subtle peaks due to this phase were also apparent in the smaller NC. Unambiguous evidence for the presence of such a phase, however, was not clear from MS, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometry, X-ray magnetic circular dichroism, nor transmission electron microscopy. To our knowledge, this is the first report of tetragonallike phase in the Fe/Fe-oxide core-shell systems.

  18. Photoluminescence of oxidized silicon nanoclusters deposited on the basal plane of graphite

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    Dinh, L. N.; Chase, L. L.; Balooch, M.; Terminello, L. J.; Wooten, F.

    1994-12-01

    Silicon (Si) nanoclusters, with an average size of 3-5 nm in diameter, have been deposited on the basal plane of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite in an ultrahigh vacuum chamber, and investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy. Clusters passivated in situ with hydrogen or oxygen showed no detectable visible photoluminescence (PL). Prolonged exposure of the clusters to ambient air, however, resulted in strong stable red to green-blue PL spectra. Further study of these clusters by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy revealed the existence of only SiO2 for the prolonged air-exposed samples, and the existence of SiOx (x ranged from 0 to 2) for the in situ oxidized samples which did not exhibit any detectable visible PL. We believe that the observed visible PL originated from defects in SiO2.

  19. Fabrication of highly catalytic silver nanoclusters/graphene oxide nanocomposite as nanotag for sensitive electrochemical immunoassay

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    Wang, Jiamian; Wang, Xiuyun; Wu, Shuo, E-mail: wushuo@dlut.edu.cn; Song, Jie; Zhao, Yanqiu; Ge, Yanqiu; Meng, Changgong

    2016-02-04

    Silver nanoclusters and graphene oxide nanocomposite (AgNCs/GRO) is synthesized and functionalized with detection antibody for highly sensitive electrochemical sensing of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), a model tumor marker involved in many cancers. AgNCs with large surface area and abundant amount of low-coordinated sites are synthesized with DNA as template and exhibit high catalytic activity towards the electrochemical reduction of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. GRO is employed to assemble with AgNCs because it has large specific surface area, super electronic conductivity and strong π-π stacking interaction with the hydrophobic bases of DNA, which can further improve the catalytic ability of the AgNCs. Using AgNCs/GRO as signal amplification tag, an enzyme-free electrochemical immunosensing protocol is designed for the highly sensitive detection of CEA on the capture antibody functionalized immunosensing interface. Under optimal conditions, the designed immunosensor exhibits a wide linear range from 0.1 pg mL{sup −1} to 100 ng mL{sup −1} and a low limit of detection of 0.037 pg mL{sup −1}. Practical sample analysis reveals the sensor has good accuracy and reproducibility, indicating the great application prospective of the AgNCs/GRO in fabricating highly sensitive immunosensors, which can be extended to the detection of various kinds of low abundance disease related proteins. - Highlights: • An enzyme-free electrochemical immunosensor is reported for detecting proteins. • A silver nanocluster/graphene oxide composite is synthesized as nanotag. • The nanotags exhibit highly catalytic activity to the electro-reduction of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. • The as-fabricated immunosensor could detect protein in serum samples.

  20. Iron-oxide colloidal nanoclusters: from fundamental physical properties to diagnosis and therapy

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    Kostopoulou, Athanasia; Brintakis, Konstantinos; Lascialfari, Alessandro; Angelakeris, Mavroeidis; Vasilakaki, Marianna; Trohidou, Kalliopi; Douvalis, Alexios P.; Psycharakis, Stylianos; Ranella, Anthi; Manna, Liberato; Lappas, Alexandros

    2014-03-01

    Research on magnetic nanocrystals attracts wide-spread interest because of their challenging fundamental properties, but it is also driven by problems of practical importance to the society, ranging from electronics (e.g. magnetic recording) to biomedicine. In that respect, iron oxides are model functional materials as they adopt a variety of oxidation states and coordinations that facilitate their use. We show that a promising way to engineer further their technological potential in diagnosis and therapy is the assembly of primary nanocrystals into larger colloidal entities, possibly with increased structural complexity. In this context, elevated-temperature nanochemistry (c.f. based on a polyol approach) permitted us to develop size-tunable, low-cytotoxicity iron-oxide nanoclusters, entailing iso-oriented nanocrystals, with enhanced magnetization. Experimental (magnetometry, electron microscopy, Mössbauer and NMR spectroscopies) results supported by Monte Carlo simulations are reviewed to show that such assemblies of surface-functionalized iron oxide nanocrystals have a strong potential for innovation. The clusters' optimized magnetic anisotropy (including microscopic surface spin disorder) and weak ferrimagnetism at room temperature, while they do not undermine colloidal stability, endow them a profound advantage as efficient MRI contrast agents and hyperthermic mediators with important biomedical potential.

  1. Atomically monodisperse nickel nanoclusters as highly active electrocatalysts for water oxidation

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    Joya, Khurram S.; Sinatra, Lutfan; Abdulhalim, Lina G.; Joshi, Chakra P.; Hedhili, M. N.; Bakr, Osman M.; Hussain, Irshad

    2016-05-01

    Achieving water splitting at low overpotential with high oxygen evolution efficiency and stability is important for realizing solar to chemical energy conversion devices. Herein we report the synthesis, characterization and electrochemical evaluation of highly active nickel nanoclusters (Ni NCs) for water oxidation at low overpotential. These atomically precise and monodisperse Ni NCs are characterized by using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, single crystal X-ray diffraction and mass spectrometry. The molecular formulae of these Ni NCs are found to be Ni4(PET)8 and Ni6(PET)12 and are highly active electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution without any pre-conditioning. Ni4(PET)8 are slightly better catalysts than Ni6(PET)12 which initiate oxygen evolution at an amazingly low overpotential of ~1.51 V (vs. RHE; η ~ 280 mV). The peak oxygen evolution current density (J) of ~150 mA cm-2 at 2.0 V (vs. RHE) with a Tafel slope of 38 mV dec-1 is observed using Ni4(PET)8. These results are comparable to the state-of-the-art RuO2 electrocatalyst, which is highly expensive and rare compared to Ni-based materials. Sustained oxygen generation for several hours with an applied current density of 20 mA cm-2 demonstrates the long-term stability and activity of these Ni NCs towards electrocatalytic water oxidation. This unique approach provides a facile method to prepare cost-effective, nanoscale and highly efficient electrocatalysts for water oxidation.Achieving water splitting at low overpotential with high oxygen evolution efficiency and stability is important for realizing solar to chemical energy conversion devices. Herein we report the synthesis, characterization and electrochemical evaluation of highly active nickel nanoclusters (Ni NCs) for water oxidation at low overpotential. These atomically precise and monodisperse Ni NCs are characterized by using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, single crystal X-ray diffraction and mass spectrometry. The molecular formulae of these

  2. Nano-cluster stability following neutron irradiation in MA957 oxide dispersion strengthened material

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    Ribis, J., E-mail: joel.ribis@cea.fr [CEA, DEN, DMN, SRMA, F-91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Lozano-Perez, S. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Road, OX1 3PH Oxford (United Kingdom)

    2014-01-15

    ODS steels are promising materials for Sodium cooled Fast Reactors since their fine distribution of nano-clusters confers excellent mechanical properties. However, the nano-feature stability needs to be assessed under neutron irradiation. Before irradiation, the characterizations show that nano-particles are finely distributed within the ferritic matrix and are identified to have a pyrochlore type structure. After irradiation of the MA957 alloy in the Phenix French reactor at 412 °C up to 50 dpa and 430 °C up to 75 dpa, transmission electron microscopy characterization reveals a very slight density fall but no distinguishable difference in nano-features size before and after irradiation. In addition, after both irradiations, the nano-oxides are still (Y, Ti, O) compounds with orientation relationship with the matrix. A multislice simulation of high resolution images suggests that nano-particles still have a fcc pyrochlore type structure after irradiation. A possible change of lattice parameter seems to be highlighted, possibly due to disordering by cascade effect.

  3. Nano-cluster stability following neutron irradiation in MA957 oxide dispersion strengthened material

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    Ribis, J.; Lozano-Perez, S.

    2014-01-01

    ODS steels are promising materials for Sodium cooled Fast Reactors since their fine distribution of nano-clusters confers excellent mechanical properties. However, the nano-feature stability needs to be assessed under neutron irradiation. Before irradiation, the characterizations show that nano-particles are finely distributed within the ferritic matrix and are identified to have a pyrochlore type structure. After irradiation of the MA957 alloy in the Phenix French reactor at 412 °C up to 50 dpa and 430 °C up to 75 dpa, transmission electron microscopy characterization reveals a very slight density fall but no distinguishable difference in nano-features size before and after irradiation. In addition, after both irradiations, the nano-oxides are still (Y, Ti, O) compounds with orientation relationship with the matrix. A multislice simulation of high resolution images suggests that nano-particles still have a fcc pyrochlore type structure after irradiation. A possible change of lattice parameter seems to be highlighted, possibly due to disordering by cascade effect.

  4. Atomically Monodisperse Nickel Nanoclusters as Highly Active Electrocatalysts for Water Oxidation

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    Joya, Khurram

    2016-04-08

    Achieving water splitting at low overpotential with high oxygen evolution efficiency and stability is important for realizing solar to chemical energy conversion devices. Herein we report the synthesis, characterization and electrochemical evaluation of highly active nickel nanoclusters (Ni NCs) for water oxidation at low overpotential. These atomically precise and monodisperse Ni NCs are characterized by using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, single crystal X-ray diffraction and mass spectrometry. The molecular formulae of these Ni NCs are found to be Ni4(PET)8 and Ni6(PET)12 and are highly active electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution without any pre-conditioning. Ni4(PET)8 are slightly better catalysts than Ni6(PET)12 and initiate the oxygen evolution at an amazingly low overpotential of ~1.51 V (vs RHE; η ≈ 280 mV). The peak oxygen evolution current density (J) of ~150 mA cm–2 at 2.0 V (vs. RHE) with a Tafel slope of 38 mV dec–1 is observed using Ni4(PET)8. These results are comparable to the state-of-the art RuO2 electrocatalyst, which is highly expensive and rare compared to Ni-based materials. Sustained oxygen generation for several hours with an applied current density of 20 mA cm–2 demonstrates the long-term stability and activity of these Ni NCs towards electrocatalytic water oxidation. This unique approach provides a facile method to prepare cost-effective, nanoscale and highly efficient electrocatalysts for water oxidation.

  5. IR spectroscopy of protonation in benzene-water nanoclusters: hydronium, zundel, and eigen at a hydrophobic interface.

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    Cheng, Timothy C; Bandyopadhyay, Biswajit; Mosley, Jonathan D; Duncan, Michael A

    2012-08-08

    The structure of ions in water at a hydrophobic interface influences important processes throughout chemistry and biology. However, experiments to measure these structures are limited by the distribution of configurations present and the inability to selectively probe the interfacial region. Here, protonated nanoclusters containing benzene and water are produced in the gas phase, size-selected, and investigated with infrared laser spectroscopy. Proton stretch, free OH, and hydrogen-bonding vibrations uniquely define protonation sites and hydrogen-bonding networks. The structures consist of protonated water clusters binding to the hydrophobic interface of neutral benzene via one or more π-hydrogen bonds. Comparison to the spectra of isolated hydronium, zundel, or eigen ions reveals the inductive effects and local ordering induced by the interface. The structures and interactions revealed here represent key features expected for aqueous hydrophobic interfaces.

  6. Epitaxial polar europium oxide on Ir(111)

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    Schumacher, Stefan; Foerster, Daniel F.; Busse, Carsten; Michely, Thomas [II. Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Koeln, Zuelpicher Strasse 77, D-50937 Koeln (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    EuO is a ferromagnetic semiconductor with a Curie temperature of 69 K and a band gap of about 1.2 eV. We have grown submonolayer films of EuO by means of reactive molecular beam epitaxy on Ir(111). The initial growth shows atomically flat islands of polar EuO(111) as can be seen from scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED). Both in STM images and LEED we see a rotational mismatch of the dense-packed rows of EuO(111) and Ir(111) of up to about 5 . Using dI/dz spectroscopy and analyzing the Gundlach oscillations in scanning tunneling spectra we find a strong increase of the work function for the first polar bilayer EuO compared to bare iridium. The work function increase also gives rise to a strong reduction of the apparent height of the EuO islands in STM images. We interpret the work function increase to result from the additional surface dipole created by the polar EuO(111) surface.

  7. Ion irradiation of Fe-Fe oxide core-shell nanocluster films. Effect of interface on stability of magnetic properties

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    McCloy, John S. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Jiang, Weilin [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Droubay, Timothy C. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Varga, Tamas [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Kovarik, Libor [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Sundararajan, Jennifer A. [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States); Kaur, Maninder [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States); Qiang, You [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States); Burks, Edward [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States); Liu, Kai [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)

    2013-08-23

    A cluster deposition method was used to produce films of loosely aggregated nanoclusters (NC) of Fe core-Fe3O4 shell or fully oxidized Fe3O4. Films of these NC on Si(100) or MgO(100)/Fe3O4(100) were irradiated to 1016 Si2+/cm2 near room temperature using an ion accelerator. Ion irradiation creates structural change in the NC film with corresponding chemical and magnetic changes which depend on the initial oxidation state of the cluster. Films were characterized using magnetometry (hysteresis, first order reversal curves), microscopy (transmission electron, helium ion), and x-ray diffraction. In all cases, the particle sizes increased due to ion irradiation, and when a core of Fe is present, irradiation reduces the oxide shells to lower valent Fe species. These results show that ion irradiated behavior of the nanocluster films depends strongly on the initial nanostructure and chemistry, but in general saturation magnetization decreases slightly.

  8. Structural studies of epitaxial ultrathin oxide films and nanoclusters by means of angle-scanned photoelectron diffraction (XPD)

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    Granozzi, Gaetano [Dipartimento di Chimica Inorganica, Metallorganica ed Analitica e Unita INFM, Universita di Padova, Padova (Italy)]. E-mail: granozzi@unipd.it; Rizzi, G. Andrea; Sambi, Mauro [Dipartimento di Chimica Inorganica, Metallorganica ed Analitica e Unita INFM, Universita di Padova, Padova (Italy)

    2002-04-29

    Selected examples of the application of angle-scanned x-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) to structural studies of epitaxial oxide ultrathin films and nanoclusters deposited either on metal or on oxide single-crystalline substrates are briefly reviewed. A short introduction discusses the preparative strategies adopted in order to grow the desired oxide systems, as well as the basic features of the XPD technique which are relevant to the field of oxide epitaxy. Synthesis routes include both e-beam metal evaporation and oxidation and a modification of metal-organic chemical vapour deposition to suit ultra-high-vacuum conditions. These introductory remarks are followed by an overview of some systems that have been investigated in our laboratory. The discussion is particularly aimed at highlighting the peculiar capabilities and strengths of photoelectron diffraction applied to - even short-range-ordered - oxide epitaxial systems. Oxide overlayers obtained by means of reactive deposition or post-oxidation comprise various vanadium oxide phases grown on rutile TiO{sub 2}(110), while metalcarbonyl precursor decomposition in an oxygen atmosphere as a source of oxide ultrathin films is illustrated through the cases of RuO{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2}(110) from Ru{sub 3}(CO){sub 12} and MnO/Pt(111) from Mn{sub 2}(CO){sub 10}. Finally, some remarks are made on recent developments and future perspectives in the field of synchrotron-radiation-based implementations of photoelectron diffraction and holography. (author)

  9. Fabrication of peptide stabilized fluorescent gold nanocluster/graphene oxide nanocomplex and its application in turn-on detection of metalloproteinase-9.

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    Nguyen, Phuong-Diem; Cong, Vu Thanh; Baek, Changyoon; Min, Junhong

    2017-03-15

    This study introduces the double-ligands stabilizing gold nanoclusters and the fabrication of gold nanocluster/graphene nanocomplex as a "turn-on" fluorescent probe for the detection of cancer-related enzyme matrix metalloproteinase-9. A facile, one-step approach was developed for the synthesis of fluorescent gold nanoclusters using peptides and mercaptoundecanoic acid as co-templating ligands. The peptide was designed to possess a metalloproteinase-9 cleavage site and to act not only as a stabilizer but also as a targeting ligand for the enzyme detection. The prepared gold nanoclusters show an intense red fluorescence with a broad adsorption spectrum. In the presence of the enzyme, due to the excellent quenching properties and the negligible background of graphene oxide, the developed peptide-gold nanocluster/graphene nanocomplex yielded an intense "turn-on" fluorescent response, which strongly correlated with the enzyme concentration. The limit of detection of the nanocomplex was 0.15nM. The sensor was successfully applied for "turn-on" detection of metalloproteinase-9 secreted from human breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cells with high sensitivity, selectivity, significant improvement in terms of detection time and simplicity. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Tuning size and catalytic activity of nano-clusters of cobalt oxide

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    R Venkat Narayan; Vinod Kanniah; Aruna Dhathathreyan

    2006-03-01

    Cobalt oxides were prepared by three different methods: (1) by reacting cobalt nitrate with oxalic acid, (2) co-precipitating cobalt nitrate with sodium carbonate, and (3) using sodium dodecyl sulphate as organic surfactant. All three samples were characterized before and after calcination by solvent extraction and the resulting products examined by IR spectroscopy. In the case of method 3, the removal of surfactant was followed by TGA studies. Products from all three methods were identified by XRD. Peaks in low angle XRD indicate the porous nature of the oxides. The morphology of the pores was studied by transmission electron microscopy. Some irregular pore structures were obtained for samples from methods 1 and 2, with an average size of 4-6 nm. Only the product from method 3 using SDS as template showed ordered structure and optimum size, and Brunauer-Emmet-Teller surface areas of the as-prepared, as well as the treated samples, exhibited H3 type hysteresis. The samples from the three methods were used as catalysts in the oxidation reaction of cyclohexane under mild conditions and the catalytic efficiency of the cobalt oxide was comparable with mesoporous cobalt oxides.

  11. Recyclable magnetic nanocluster crosslinked with poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone) copolymer for adsorption with antibody.

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    Prai-In, Yingrak; Boonthip, Chatchai; Rutnakornpituk, Boonjira; Wichai, Uthai; Montembault, Véronique; Pascual, Sagrario; Fontaine, Laurent; Rutnakornpituk, Metha

    2016-10-01

    Surface modification of magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) with poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone) (PEO-b-PVDM) diblock copolymers and its application as recyclable magnetic nano-support for adsorption with antibody were reported herein. PEO-b-PVDM copolymers were first synthesized via a reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization using poly(ethylene oxide) chain-transfer agent as a macromolecular chain transfer agent to mediate the RAFT polymerization of VDM. They were then grafted on amino-functionalized MNP by coupling with some azlactone rings of the PVDM block to form magnetic nanoclusters with tunable cluster size. The nanocluster size could be tuned by adjusting the chain length of the PVDM block. The nanoclusters were successfully used as efficient and recyclable nano-supports for adsorption with anti-rabbit IgG antibody. They retained higher than 95% adsorption of the antibody during eight adsorption-separation-desorption cycles, indicating the potential feasibility in using this novel hybrid nanocluster as recyclable support in cell separation applications.

  12. Catalysis by Nanostructures: Methane, Ethylene Oxide, and Propylene Oxide Synthesis on Ag, Cu or Au Nanoclusters

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    2008-02-07

    well-dispersed on the interior walls of nanotubular TiO2. The TiO2 nanotubes were shown by x-ray diffraction to be entirely anatase . Transmission...oxidation on a doped rutile TiO 2(1 10): Effect of ionic Au in catalysis. Catalysis Lett. 107, 143-147 (2006) 5. S. Chrdtien and H. Metiu, Density...functional study of the charge on Aun clusters (n=l-7) supported on a partially reduced rutile TiO 2(1 10): Are all clusters negatively charged? J. Chem

  13. Magnetic properties of novel superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoclusters and their peculiarity under annealing treatment

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    Tadic, Marin; Kralj, Slavko; Jagodic, Marko; Hanzel, Darko; Makovec, Darko

    2014-12-01

    The aim of this work is to present the magnetic properties of novel superparamagnetic iNANOvative™|silica nanoparticle clusters. A TEM analysis showed that these nanoparticle clusters, approximately 80 nm in size, contained an assembly of maghemite nanoparticles in the core and an amorphous silica shell. The maghemite nanoparticles in the core were approximately 10 nm in size, whereas the uniform silica shell was approximately 15-nm thick. The number of magnetic nanoparticles that were densely packed in the core of the single nanocluster was estimated to be approximately 67, resulting in a high magnetic moment for the single nanocluster of mnc ∼ 1.2 × 106μB. This magnetic property of the nanoparticle cluster is advantageous for its easy manipulation using an external magnetic field, for example, in biomedical applications, such as drug delivery, or for magnetic separation in biotechnology. The magnetic properties of the iNANOvative™|silica nanoparticle clusters were systematically studied, with a special focus on the influence of the magnetic interactions between the nanoparticles in the core. For comparison, the nanoparticle clusters were annealed for 3 h at 300 °C in air. The annealing had no influence on the nanoparticles' size and phase; however, it had a unique effect on the magnetic properties, i.e., a decrease of the blocking temperature and a weakening of the inter-particle interactions. We believe that this surprising observation is related to the thermal decomposition of the organic surfactant on the surfaces of the nanoparticles' at the high annealing temperatures, which resulted in the formation of amorphous carbon inside the nanocluster.

  14. Magnetic properties of novel superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoclusters and their peculiarity under annealing treatment

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    Tadic, Marin, E-mail: marint@vinca.rs [Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory, Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, POB 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Kralj, Slavko [Department for Materials Synthesis, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana SI-1000 (Slovenia); Nanos Scientificae d.o.o. (Nanos Sci.), Teslova 30, Ljubljana (Slovenia); Jagodic, Marko [Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Hanzel, Darko [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, Ljubljana (Slovenia); Makovec, Darko [Department for Materials Synthesis, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana SI-1000 (Slovenia)

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Magnetic properties of γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoclusters and their thermal decomposition. • SPION clusters show superparamagnetism and high magnetic moments m{sub nc} ∼ 1.2 × 10{sup 6}μ{sub B.} • The TEM shows maghemite nanoparticles in a core and an amorphous silica shell. • The annealing treatment produces weakening the inter-particle interactions. - Abstract: The aim of this work is to present the magnetic properties of novel superparamagnetic iNANOvative™|silica nanoparticle clusters. A TEM analysis showed that these nanoparticle clusters, approximately 80 nm in size, contained an assembly of maghemite nanoparticles in the core and an amorphous silica shell. The maghemite nanoparticles in the core were approximately 10 nm in size, whereas the uniform silica shell was approximately 15-nm thick. The number of magnetic nanoparticles that were densely packed in the core of the single nanocluster was estimated to be approximately 67, resulting in a high magnetic moment for the single nanocluster of m{sub nc} ∼ 1.2 × 10{sup 6}μ{sub B}. This magnetic property of the nanoparticle cluster is advantageous for its easy manipulation using an external magnetic field, for example, in biomedical applications, such as drug delivery, or for magnetic separation in biotechnology. The magnetic properties of the iNANOvative™|silica nanoparticle clusters were systematically studied, with a special focus on the influence of the magnetic interactions between the nanoparticles in the core. For comparison, the nanoparticle clusters were annealed for 3 h at 300 °C in air. The annealing had no influence on the nanoparticles’ size and phase; however, it had a unique effect on the magnetic properties, i.e., a decrease of the blocking temperature and a weakening of the inter-particle interactions. We believe that this surprising observation is related to the thermal decomposition of the organic surfactant on the surfaces of the

  15. Ion irradiation of Fe-Fe oxide core-shell nanocluster films: Effect of interface on stability of magnetic properties

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    McCloy, John S.; Jiang, Weilin; Droubay, Timothy C.; Varga, Tamas; Kovarik, Libor [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 902 Battelle Blvd., PO Box 999, Richland, Washington 99352 (United States); Sundararajan, Jennifer A.; Kaur, Maninder; Qiang, You [Department of Physics, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho 83844 (United States); Burks, Edward C.; Liu, Kai [Department of Physics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 (United States)

    2013-08-28

    A cluster deposition method was used to produce films of loosely aggregated nanoclusters (NCs) of Fe core-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} shell or fully oxidized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. Films of these NC on Si(100) or MgO(100)/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}(100) were irradiated to 10{sup 16} Si{sup 2+}/cm{sup 2} near room temperature using an ion accelerator. Ion irradiation creates structural change in the NC film with corresponding chemical and magnetic changes which depend on the initial oxidation state of the cluster. Films were characterized using magnetometry (hysteresis, first order reversal curves), microscopy (transmission electron, helium ion), and x-ray diffraction. In all cases, the particle sizes increased due to ion irradiation, and when a core of Fe is present, irradiation reduces the oxide shells to lower valent Fe species. These results show that ion irradiated behavior of the NC films depends strongly on the initial nanostructure and chemistry, but in general saturation magnetization decreases slightly.

  16. Mild activation of CeO2-supported gold nanoclusters and insight into the catalytic behavior in CO oxidation.

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    Li, Weili; Ge, Qingjie; Ma, Xiangang; Chen, Yuxiang; Zhu, Manzhou; Xu, Hengyong; Jin, Rongchao

    2016-01-28

    We report a new activation method and insight into the catalytic behavior of a CeO2-supported, atomically precise Au144(SR)60 nanocluster catalyst (where thiolate -SR = -SCH2CH2Ph) for CO oxidation. An important finding is that the activation of the catalyst is closely related to the production of active oxygen species on CeO2, rather than ligand removal of the Au144(SR)60 clusters. A mild O2 pretreatment (at 80 °C) can activate the catalyst, and the addition of reductive gases (CO or H2) can enhance the activation effects of O2 pretreatment via a redox cycle in which CO could reduce the surface of CeO2 to produce oxygen vacancies-which then adsorb and activate O2 to produce more active oxygen species. The CO/O2 pulse experiments confirm that CO is adsorbed on the cluster catalyst even with ligands on, and active oxygen species present on the surface of the pretreated catalyst reacts with CO pulses to generate CO2. The Au144(SR)60/CeO2 exhibits high CO oxidation activity at 80 °C without the removal of thiolate ligands. The surface lattice-oxygen of the support CeO2 possibly participates in the oxidation of CO over the Au144(SR)60/CeO2 catalyst.

  17. Photoluminescence of oxidized silicon nanoclusters deposited on the basal plane of graphite

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    Dinh, L.N. (Chemistry and Materials Science Department, and Department of Applied Science, University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94551 (United States)); Chase, L.L.; Balooch, M.; Terminello, L.J. (Chemistry and Materials Science Department, University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94551 (United States)); Wooten, F. (Department of Applied Science, University of California, Davis/Livermore, California 94551 (United States))

    1994-12-12

    Silicon (Si) nanoclusters, with an average size of 3--5 nm in diameter, have been deposited on the basal plane of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite in an ultrahigh vacuum chamber, and investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy. Clusters passivated [ital in] [ital situ] with hydrogen or oxygen showed no detectable visible photoluminescence (PL). Prolonged exposure of the clusters to ambient air, however, resulted in strong stable red to green-blue PL spectra. Further study of these clusters by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy revealed the existence of only SiO[sub 2] for the prolonged air-exposed samples, and the existence of SiO[sub [ital x

  18. Biocompatible Low-Retention Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoclusters as Contrast Agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Liver Tumor.

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    Wei, Yushuang; Liao, Rufang; Liu, Haijuan; Li, Huan; Xu, Haibo; Zhou, Qibing

    2015-05-01

    Although superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticles have been developed as a contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), acute iron overload due to the persistently high retention of SPIOs in the liver and spleen that are slowly converted to ferroproteins is a serious safety concern. Here, we report that the addition of poly-L-lysine polymers to an SPIO hydroxyethyl starch solution produced tightly controlled, monodispersed nanoparticles in a size-dependent manner as effective contrast agents for the MRI of liver tumors. High MRI contrast was demonstrated with an orthotopic liver tumor model at a low injection dose. Simultaneously, rapid bioclearance of excess iron in the lung and spleen and in blood serum was observed within 24 h post-injection. The full excretion of excess iron was confirmed in urine post-intravenous injection, suggesting that the effective clearance of SPIOs could be achieved with our SPIO nanoclusters as a liver imaging contrast agent to resolve acute iron overload in the clinical usage of SPIOs as a contrast agent.

  19. Preparation of three-dimensional composite of poly(N-acetylaniline) nanorods/platinum nanoclusters and electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol

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    Jiang, Chunming; Lin, Xiangqin [Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China)

    2007-01-10

    Preparation of nanocomposites of precious metal/conducting polymer is interested in studies of nanoscience and technology and in the fields of fuel cells applications. In this work, a 3D matrix of the novel nanocomposite on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was presented, which is consisted of nanorods of poly(N-acetylaniline) (nr-PAANI) and embedded platinum nanoclusters (nc-Pt). The nc-Pt/nr-PAANI nanocomposite was electrochemically in situ deposited in two steps: first, the nr-PAANI matrix was deposited on GCE by potential cycling between -0.2 and 1.0V versus SCE; then, the nc-Pt was deposited on the nr-PAANI modified electrode by potential cycling between -0.2 and 0.8V. The unique 3D structure of the nr-PAANI, nc-Pt and nc-Pt/nr-PAANI was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) and cyclic voltammetry techniques. The nanocomposite acted as a high efficient catalyst with enhanced anti-poisoning ability for the electrochemical oxidation of methanol in 0.5M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. Based on our observations, a mechanism for the synergic effect of the poly(N-acetylaniline) (PAANI) in the nanocomposite was proposed. (author)

  20. Preparation of three-dimensional composite of poly(N-acetylaniline) nanorods/platinum nanoclusters and electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol

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    Jiang, Chunming; Lin, Xiangqin

    Preparation of nanocomposites of precious metal/conducting polymer is interested in studies of nanoscience and technology and in the fields of fuel cells applications. In this work, a 3D matrix of the novel nanocomposite on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was presented, which is consisted of nanorods of poly(N-acetylaniline) (nr-PAANI) and embedded platinum nanoclusters (nc-Pt). The nc-Pt/nr-PAANI nanocomposite was electrochemically in situ deposited in two steps: first, the nr-PAANI matrix was deposited on GCE by potential cycling between -0.2 and 1.0 V versus SCE; then, the nc-Pt was deposited on the nr-PAANI modified electrode by potential cycling between -0.2 and 0.8 V. The unique 3D structure of the nr-PAANI, nc-Pt and nc-Pt/nr-PAANI was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) and cyclic voltammetry techniques. The nanocomposite acted as a high efficient catalyst with enhanced anti-poisoning ability for the electrochemical oxidation of methanol in 0.5 M H 2SO 4. Based on our observations, a mechanism for the synergic effect of the poly(N-acetylaniline) (PAANI) in the nanocomposite was proposed.

  1. Ultra-sensitive determination of epinephrine based on TiO{sub 2}-Au nanoclusters supported on reduced graphene oxide and carbon nanotube hybrid nanocomposites

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    Li, Jianbo, E-mail: chm_lijianbo@yeah.net; Wang, Xiaojiao; Duan, Huimin; Wang, Yanhui; Luo, Chuannan, E-mail: chm_lijianbo@yeah.net

    2016-07-01

    A highly efficient and sensitive electrochemical sensor for EP based on reduced graphene and multi-walled carbon nanotube hybrid nanocomposites loaded TiO{sub 2}-Au nano-clusters modified glassy carbon electrode was developed. The surface nature and morphology of the nanocomposite film and the electrochemical properties of the sensor were characterized by Raman spectra, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectra (EDX), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV), respectively. Carbon nanomaterials were widely used in sensing due to its large electroactive surface area, fast electron transport and strong adsorption capacity. Meanwhile, TiO{sub 2}-Au nano-clusters could accelerate the electron transfer, increase reactive site and extend electrochemical response window. The nanocomposite film could greatly enhance the response sensitivity and decrease the overpotential. The resulting sensor showed an excellent electrocatalytic activity toward EP. Under the optimum conditions (i.e. pH 6.0, 0.1 M PBS, preconcentration for 110 s), Differential pulse voltammetry was employed to detect ultra-trace amounts of EP. The result of a wide linear range of 1.0–300 nM and limited of detection 0.34 nM (S/N = 3) were obtained. The constructed sensor exhibited excellent accuracy and precision, the relative standard deviation (RSD) was less than 5%. The nanocomposite film sensor was successfully used to accurately detect the content of EP in practical samples, and the recoveries for the standards added are 97%–105%. - Highlights: • The three dimensional composite materials rGO/CNTs were successful synthesized. • High conductivity and catalytic activity of TiO{sub 2}-Au nanoclusters were synthesized. • The sensor displays a wide linear range, low detection limit and good stability.

  2. Nanocluster technologies for electronics design

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    Parker, A J

    2001-01-01

    based electronic systems. The work presented in this thesis covers an investigation into the use of metal nanoclusters in nanoelectronics design. Initial studies explored the interactions of the dodecanethiol passivated gold nanocluster, held in solution with toluene, and the native oxide covered silicon surface. Deposition of the clusters is achieved by pippetting mu-litre quantities of the solution onto the surface, and allowing the solvent to evaporate leaving the clusters as residue. Patterning of the surface with micron scale photoresist structures prior to cluster exposure, led to the selective aggregation of cluster deposits along the resist boundaries. An extension of this technique, examined the flow of the cluster solution along photoresist structures which extended beyond the solution droplet. Investigation into the electronic properties of nanocluster arrays generated non-linear current-voltage curves, which are explained in terms of two very simple models. These results cast doubt over the suitab...

  3. Benchmark Calculations of Energetic Properties of Groups 4 and 6 Transition Metal Oxide Nanoclusters Including Comparison to Density Functional Theory

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    Fang, Zongtang; Both, Johan; Li, Shenggang; Yue, Shuwen; Aprà, Edoardo; Keçeli, Murat; Wagner, Albert F.; Dixon, David A.

    2016-08-09

    The heats of formation and the normalized clustering energies (NCEs) for the group 4 and group 6 transition metal oxide (TMO) trimers and tetramers have been calculated by the Feller-Peterson-Dixon (FPD) method. The heats of formation predicted by the FPD method do not differ much from those previously derived from the NCEs at the CCSD(T)/aT level except for the CrO3 nanoclusters. New and improved heats of formation for Cr3O9 and Cr4O12 were obtained using PW91 orbitals instead of Hartree-Fock (HF) orbitals. Diffuse functions are necessary to predict accurate heats of formation. The fluoride affinities (FAs) are calculated with the CCSD(T) method. The relative energies (REs) of different isomers, NCEs, electron affinities (EAs), and FAs of (MO2)n ( M = Ti, Zr, Hf, n = 1 – 4 ) and (MO3)n ( M = Cr, Mo, W, n = 1 – 3) clusters have been benchmarked with 55 exchange-correlation DFT functionals including both pure and hybrid types. The absolute errors of the DFT results are mostly less than ±10 kcal/mol for the NCEs and the EAs, and less than ±15 kcal/mol for the FAs. Hybrid functionals usually perform better than the pure functionals for the REs and NCEs. The performance of the two types of functionals in predicting EAs and FAs is comparable. The B1B95 and PBE1PBE functionals provide reliable energetic properties for most isomers. Long range corrected pure functionals usually give poor FAs. The standard deviation of the absolute error is always close to the mean errors and the probability distributions of the DFT errors are often not Gaussian (normal). The breadth of the distribution of errors and the maximum probability are dependent on the energy property and the isomer.

  4. The atomic structural dynamics of γ-Al2O3 supported Ir-Pt nanocluster catalysts prepared from a bimetallic molecular precursor: a study using aberration-corrected electron microscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

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    Small, Matthew W; Sanchez, Sergio I; Menard, Laurent D; Kang, Joo H; Frenkel, Anatoly I; Nuzzo, Ralph G

    2011-03-16

    This study describes a prototypical, bimetallic heterogeneous catalyst: compositionally well-defined Ir-Pt nanoclusters with sizes in the range of 1-2 nm supported on γ-Al(2)O(3). Deposition of the molecular bimetallic cluster [Ir(3)Pt(3)(μ-CO)(3)(CO)(3)(η-C(5)Me(5))(3)] on γ-Al(2)O(3), and its subsequent reduction with hydrogen, provides highly dispersed supported bimetallic Ir-Pt nanoparticles. Using spherical aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (C(s)-STEM) and theoretical modeling of synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements, our studies provide unambiguous structural assignments for this model catalytic system. The atomic resolution C(s)-STEM images reveal strong and specific lattice-directed strains in the clusters that follow local bonding configurations of the γ-Al(2)O(3) support. Combined nanobeam diffraction (NBD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) data suggest the polycrystalline γ-Al(2)O(3) support material predominantly exposes (001) and (011) surface planes (ones commensurate with the zone axis orientations frequently exhibited by the bimetallic clusters). The data reveal that the supported bimetallic clusters exhibit complex patterns of structural dynamics, ones evidencing perturbations of an underlying oblate/hemispherical cuboctahedral cluster-core geometry with cores that are enriched in Ir (a result consistent with models based on surface energetics, which favor an ambient cluster termination by Pt) due to the dynamical responses of the M-M bonding to the specifics of the adsorbate and metal-support interactions. Taken together, the data demonstrate that strong temperature-dependent charge-transfer effects occur that are likely mediated variably by the cluster-support, cluster-adsorbate, and intermetallic bonding interactions.

  5. Biocompatibility of Ir/Ti-oxide coatings: Interaction with platelets, endothelial and smooth muscle cells

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    Habibzadeh, Sajjad [Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC (Canada); Li, Ling [Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, McGill University, Montreal, QC (Canada); Omanovic, Sasha [Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC (Canada); Shum-Tim, Dominique [Divisions of Cardiac Surgery and Surgical Research, Department of Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, QC (Canada); Davis, Elaine C., E-mail: elaine.davis@mcgill.ca [Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, McGill University, Montreal, QC (Canada)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ir/Ti-oxide coated surfaces are characterized by the so-called “cracked-mud” morphology. • 40% Ir in the coating material results in a morphologically uniform coating. • ECs and SMCs showed a desirable response to the Ir/Ti-oxide coated surfaces. • Ir/Ti-oxide coated surfaces are more bio/hemocompatible than the untreated 316L stainless steel. - Abstract: Applying surface coatings on a biomedical implant is a promising modification technique which can enhance the implant's biocompatibility via controlling blood constituents- or/and cell-surface interaction. In this study, the influence of composition of Ir{sub x}Ti{sub 1−x}-oxide coatings (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1) formed on a titanium (Ti) substrate on the responses of platelets, endothelial cells (ECs) and smooth muscle cells (SMCs) was investigated. The results showed that a significant decrease in platelet adhesion and activation was obtained on Ir{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}-oxide and Ir{sub 0.4}Ti{sub 0.6}-oxide coatings, rendering the surfaces more blood compatible, in comparison to the control (316L stainless steel, 316L-SS) and other coating compositions. Further, a substantial increase in the EC/SMC surface count ratio after 4 h of cell attachment to the Ir{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}-oxide and Ir{sub 0.4}Ti{sub 0.6}-oxide coatings, relative to the 316L-SS control and the other coating compositions, indicated high potential of these coatings for the enhancement of surface endothelialization. This indicates the capability of the corresponding coating compositions to promote EC proliferation on the surface, while inhibiting that of SMCs, which is important in cardiovascular stents applications.

  6. Chemisorption of CO and Mechanism of CO Oxidation on Supported Platinum Nanoclusters

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    Allian, Ayman D.; Takanabe, Kazuhiro; Fujdala, Kyle L.; Hao, Xianghong; Truex, Timothy J.; Cai, Juan; Buda, Corneliu; Neurock, Matthew; Iglesia, Enrique

    2011-03-30

    Kinetic, isotopic, and infrared studies on well-defined dispersed Pt clusters are combined here with first-principle theoretical methods on model cluster surfaces to probe the mechanism and structural requirements for CO oxidation catalysis at conditions typical of its industrial practice. CO oxidation turnover rates and the dynamics and thermodynamics of adsorption-desorption processes on cluster surfaces saturated with chemisorbed CO were measured on 1-20 nm Pt clusters under conditions of strict kinetic control. Turnover rates are proportional to O2 pressure and inversely proportional to CO pressure, consistent with kinetically relevant irreversible O2 activation steps on vacant sites present within saturated CO monolayers. These conclusions are consistent with the lack of isotopic scrambling in C16O-18O2-16O2 reactions, and with infrared bands for chemisorbed CO that did not change within a CO pressure range that strongly influenced CO oxidation turnover rates. Density functional theory estimates of rate and equilibrium constants show that the kinetically relevantO2 activation steps involve directO2* (or O2) reactions with CO* to form reactive O*-O-C*dO intermediates that decompose to form CO2 and chemisorbed O*, instead of unassisted activation steps involving molecular adsorption and subsequent dissociation of O2. These CO-assisted O2 dissociation pathways avoid the higher barriers imposed by the spin-forbidden transitions required for unassistedO2 dissociation on surfaces saturated with chemisorbed CO. Measured rate parameters for CO oxidation were independent of Pt cluster size; these parameters depend on the ratio of rate constants for O2 reactions with CO* and CO adsorption equilibrium constants, which reflect the respective activation barriers and reaction enthalpies for these two steps. Infrared spectra during isotopic displacement and thermal desorption with 12CO-13CO mixtures showed that the binding, dynamics, and thermodynamics of CO chemisorbed at

  7. Chemisorption of CO and mechanism of CO oxidation on supported platinum nanoclusters

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    Allian, Ayman Daoud

    2011-03-30

    Kinetic, isotopic, and infrared studies on well-defined dispersed Pt clusters are combined here with first-principle theoretical methods on model cluster surfaces to probe the mechanism and structural requirements for CO oxidation catalysis at conditions typical of its industrial practice. CO oxidation turnover rates and the dynamics and thermodynamics of adsorption-desorption processes on cluster surfaces saturated with chemisorbed CO were measured on 1-20 nm Pt clusters under conditions of strict kinetic control. Turnover rates are proportional to O2 pressure and inversely proportional to CO pressure, consistent with kinetically relevant irreversible O2 activation steps on vacant sites present within saturated CO monolayers. These conclusions are consistent with the lack of isotopic scrambling in C16O-18O2-16O 2 reactions, and with infrared bands for chemisorbed CO that did not change within a CO pressure range that strongly influenced CO oxidation turnover rates. Density functional theory estimates of rate and equilibrium constants show that the kinetically relevant O2 activation steps involve direct O2* (or O2) reactions with CO* to form reactive O*-O-C*=O intermediates that decompose to form CO 2 and chemisorbed O*, instead of unassisted activation steps involving molecular adsorption and subsequent dissociation of O2. These CO-assisted O2 dissociation pathways avoid the higher barriers imposed by the spin-forbidden transitions required for unassisted O2 dissociation on surfaces saturated with chemisorbed CO. Measured rate parameters for CO oxidation were independent of Pt cluster size; these parameters depend on the ratio of rate constants for O2 reactions with CO* and CO adsorption equilibrium constants, which reflect the respective activation barriers and reaction enthalpies for these two steps. Infrared spectra during isotopic displacement and thermal desorption with 12CO- 13CO mixtures showed that the binding, dynamics, and thermodynamics of CO

  8. CeO2-supported Au38(SR)24 nanocluster catalysts for CO oxidation: a comparison of ligand-on and -off catalysts

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    Nie, Xiaotao; Zeng, Chenjie; Ma, Xiangang; Qian, Huifeng; Ge, Qingjie; Xu, Hengyong; Jin, Rongchao

    2013-06-01

    The catalytic properties of atomically precise, thiolate-protected Au38(SR)24 (R = CH2CH2Ph) nanoclusters supported on CeO2 were investigated for CO oxidation in a fixed bed quartz reactor. Oxygen (O2) thermal pretreatment of Au38(SR)24/CeO2 at a temperature between 100 and 175 °C largely enhanced the catalytic activity, while pretreatment at higher temperatures (>200 °C) for removing thiolate instead gave rise to a somewhat lower activity than that for 175 °C pretreatment, and the ligand-off clusters were also found to be less stable. The CO conversion in the case of wet feed-gas (i.e. the presence of H2O vapor) was appreciably higher than the case of dry feed-gas when the reaction temperature was kept relatively low (between 60 and 80 °C), and interestingly the ligand-on and ligand-off catalysts exhibited opposite response to water vapor. Finally, we discussed some insights into the catalytic reaction involving the well-defined gold nanocluster catalyst.

  9. Modeling Optical and Electronic Properties of Silica Nano-Clusters in Silicon Rich Oxide Films

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Quantum effects are very important in nano scale systems such as molecules and clusters constituted of particles from a few to hundreds or a few thousands of atoms. Their optical and electronic properties are often dependent on the size of the systems and the way in which the atoms in these molecules or clusters are bonded. Generally, these nano-structures display optical and electronic properties significantly different of the bulk materials. Silica agglomerates expected in Silicon Rich Oxide (SRO films have optical properties, which depend directly on size, and their rationalization can lead to new applications with a potential impact on many fields of science and technology. On the other hand, the room temperature photoluminescence (PL of Si : SiO2 or Si : SiOx structures usually found in SRO has recently generated an enormous interest due to their possible applications in optoelectronic devices. However, the understanding of the emission mechanism is still under debate. In this research, we employed the Density Functional Theory with a functional B3LYP and a basis set 6-31 G* to calculate the electronic and optical properties of molecules and clusters of silicon dioxide. With the theoretical calculation of the structural and optical properties of silicon dioxide clusters is possible to evaluate the contribution of silica in the luminescent emission mechanism experimentally found in thin SRO films. It was found that silica contribution to the luminescent phenomenon in SRO thin films is less important than that of the silicon monoxide agglomerates because the number of silica structures, which may show emission in the visible spectrum, is much lower [1], compared to the number of silicon monoxide structures which emit in this region.

  10. Remarkable effect of bimetallic nanocluster catalysts for aerobic oxidation of alcohols: combining metals changes the activities and the reaction pathways to aldehydes/carboxylic acids or esters.

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    Kaizuka, Kosuke; Miyamura, Hiroyuki; Kobayashi, Shū

    2010-11-01

    Selective oxidation of alcohols catalyzed by novel carbon-stabilized polymer-incarcerated bimetallic nanocluster catalysts using molecular oxygen has been developed. The reactivity and the selectivity were strongly dependent on the combination of metals and solvent systems; aldehydes and ketones were obtained by the gold/platinum catalyst in benzotrifluoride, and esters were formed by the gold/palladium catalyst in methanol. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example that the reaction pathway has been changed dramatically in gold catalysis by combining with a second metal. The differences in the activity and the selectivity are considered to be derived from the difference in the structure of the bimetallic clusters.

  11. Experimental bandstructure of the 5 d transition metal oxide IrO2

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    Kawasaki, Jason; Nie, Yuefeng; Uchida, Masaki; Schlom, Darrell; Shen, Kyle

    2015-03-01

    In the 5 d iridium oxides the close energy scales of spin-orbit coupling and electron-electron correlations lead to emergent quantum phenomena. Much research has focused on the ternary iridium oxides, e.g. the Ruddlesden-Poppers An + 1BnO3 n + 1 , which exhibit behavior from metal to antiferromagnetic insulator ground states, share common features with the cuprates, and may host a number of topological phases. The binary rutile IrO2 is another important 5 d oxide, which has technological importance for spintronics due to its large spin Hall effect and also applications in catalysis. IrO2 is expected to share similar physics as its perovskite-based cousins; however, due to bond-length distortions of the IrO6 octahedra in the rutile structure, the extent of similarities remains an open question. Here we use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to perform momentum-resolved measurements of the electronic structure of IrO2 . IrO2 thin films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on TiO2 (110) substrates using an Ir e-beam source and distilled ozone. Films were subsequently transferred through ultrahigh vacuum to a connected ARPES system. Combined with first-principles calculations we explore the interplay of spin-orbit coupling and correlations in IrO2 .

  12. Electrochemical Oxidation of Ammonia on Ir Anode in Potential Fixed Electrochemical Sensor

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    HAN Yi-ping; LUO Peng; CAI Chen-xin; XIE Lei; LU Tian-hong

    2008-01-01

    Ir catalyst possesses a good electrocatalytic activity and selectivity for the oxidation of NH3 and/or NH4OH at Ir anode in the potential fixed electrochemical sensor with the neutral solution.Owing to the same electrochemical behavior of NH3 and NH4OH in a NaCIO4 solution,NH4OH can be used instead of NH3 for the experimental convenience.It was found that the potential of the oxidation peak of NH4OH at the Ir/GC electrode in NaCIO4 solutions is at about 0.85 V,and the current density of the oxidation peak of NH4OH is linearly proportional to the concentration of NH4OH.The electrocatalytic oxidation of NH4OH is diffusion-controlled.Especially,Ir has no electrocatalytic activity for the CO oxidation,illustrating that CO does not interfere in the measurement of NH4OH and the potential fixed electrochemical NH3 sensor with the neutral solution,and the anodic Ir catalyst possesses a good selectivity.Therefore,lr may have practical application in the potential fixed electrochemical NH3 sensor with the neutral solution.

  13. Novel Charge Ordering in the Trimer Iridium Oxide BaIrO3

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    Ichiro Terasaki

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available We have prepared polycrystalline samples of the trimer Ir oxide BaIrO3 with face-shared Ir3O12 trimers, and have investigated the origin of the phase transition at 182 K by measuring resistivity, thermopower, magnetization and synchrotron X-ray diffraction. We propose a possible electronic model and transition mechanism, starting from a localized electron picture on the basis of the Rietveld refinement. Within this model, BaIrO3 can be basically regarded as a Mott insulator, when the Ir3O12 trimer is identified to one pseudo-atom or one lattice site. The transition can be viewed as a transition from the Mott insulator phase to a kind of charge ordered insulator phase.

  14. The Effect of PtRuIr Nanoparticle Crystallinity in Electrocatalytic Methanol Oxidation

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    Vladimir Linkov

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Two structural forms of a ternary alloy PtRuIr/C catalyst, one amorphous and one highly crystalline, were synthesized and compared to determine the effect of their respective structures on their activity and stability as anodic catalysts in methanol oxidation. Characterization techniques included TEM, XRD, and EDX. Electrochemical analysis using a glassy carbon disk electrode for cyclic voltammogram and chronoamperometry were tested in a solution of 0.5 mol L−1 CH3OH and 0.5 mol L−1 H2SO4. Amorphous PtRuIr/C catalyst was found to have a larger electrochemical surface area, while the crystalline PtRuIr/C catalyst had both a higher activity in methanol oxidation and increased CO poisoning rate. Crystallinity of the active alloy nanoparticles has a big impact on both methanol oxidation activity and in the CO poisoning rate.

  15. 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.))

  16. Generation and reactivity of putative support systems, Ce-Al neutral binary oxide nanoclusters: CO oxidation and C–H bond activation

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    Wang, Zhe-Chen; Yin, Shi; Bernstein, Elliot R., E-mail: erb@lamar.colostate.edu [Department of Chemistry and NSF ERC for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523 (United States)

    2013-11-21

    Both ceria (CeO{sub 2}) and alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) are very important catalyst support materials. Neutral binary oxide nanoclusters (NBONCs), Ce{sub x}Al{sub y}O{sub z}, are generated and detected in the gas phase and their reactivity with carbon monoxide (CO) and butane (C{sub 4}H{sub 10}) is studied. The very active species CeAlO{sub 4}{sup •} can react with CO and butane via O atom transfer (OAT) and H atom transfer (HAT), respectively. Other Ce{sub x}Al{sub y}O{sub z} NBONCs do not show reactivities toward CO and C{sub 4}H{sub 10}. The structures, as well as the reactivities, of Ce{sub x}Al{sub y}O{sub z} NBONCs are studied theoretically employing density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The ground state CeAlO{sub 4}{sup •} NBONC possesses a kite-shaped structure with an O{sub t}CeO{sub b}O{sub b}AlO{sub t} configuration (O{sub t}, terminal oxygen; O{sub b}, bridging oxygen). An unpaired electron is localized on the O{sub t} atom of the AlO{sub t} moiety rather than the CeO{sub t} moiety: this O{sub t} centered radical moiety plays a very important role for the reactivity of the CeAlO{sub 4}{sup •} NBONC. The reactivities of Ce{sub 2}O{sub 4}, CeAlO{sub 4}{sup •}, and Al{sub 2}O{sub 4} toward CO are compared, emphasizing the importance of a spin-localized terminal oxygen for these reactions. Intramolecular charge distributions do not appear to play a role in the reactivities of these neutral clusters, but could be important for charged isoelectronic BONCs. DFT studies show that the reaction of CeAlO{sub 4}{sup •} with C{sub 4}H{sub 10} to form the CeAlO{sub 4}H•C{sub 4}H{sub 9}{sup •} encounter complex is barrierless. While HAT processes have been previously characterized for cationic and anionic oxide clusters, the reported study is the first observation of a HAT process supported by a ground state neutral oxide cluster. Mechanisms for catalytic oxidation of CO over surfaces of Al{sub x}O{sub y}/M{sub m}O{sub n} or M{sub m}O{sub n

  17. Atomically Precise Metal Nanoclusters for Catalytic Application

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    Jin, Rongchao [Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    2016-11-18

    The central goal of this project is to explore the catalytic application of atomically precise gold nanoclusters. By solving the total structures of ligand-protected nanoclusters, we aim to correlate the catalytic properties of metal nanoclusters with their atomic/electronic structures. Such correlation unravel some fundamental aspects of nanocatalysis, such as the nature of particle size effect, origin of catalytic selectivity, particle-support interactions, the identification of catalytically active centers, etc. The well-defined nanocluster catalysts mediate the knowledge gap between single crystal model catalysts and real-world conventional nanocatalysts. These nanoclusters also hold great promise in catalyzing certain types of reactions with extraordinarily high selectivity. These aims are in line with the overall goals of the catalytic science and technology of DOE and advance the BES mission “to support fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the level of electrons, atoms, and molecules”. Our group has successfully prepared different sized, robust gold nanoclusters protected by thiolates, such as Au25(SR)18, Au28(SR)20, Au38(SR)24, Au99(SR)42, Au144(SR)60, etc. Some of these nanoclusters have been crystallographically characterized through X-ray crystallography. These ultrasmall nanoclusters (< 2 nm diameter) exhibit discrete electronic structures due to quantum size effect, as opposed to quasicontinuous band structure of conventional metal nanoparticles or bulk metals. The available atomic structures (metal core plus surface ligands) of nanoclusters serve as the basis for structure-property correlations. We have investigated the unique catalytic properties of nanoclusters (i.e. not observed in conventional nanogold catalysts) and revealed the structure-selectivity relationships. Highlights of our

  18. DNA-stabilized silver nanoclusters and carbon nanoparticles oxide: A sensitive platform for label-free fluorescence turn-on detection of HIV-DNA sequences.

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    Ye, Yu-Dan; Xia, Li; Xu, Dang-Dang; Xing, Xiao-Jing; Pang, Dai-Wen; Tang, Hong-Wu

    2016-11-15

    Based on the remarkable difference between the interactions of carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) oxide with single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), and the fact that fluorescence of DNA-stabilized silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) can be quenched by CNPs oxide, DNA-functionalized AgNCs were applied as label-free fluorescence probes and a novel fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) sensor was successfully constructed for the detection of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) DNA sequences. CNPs oxide were prepared with the oxidation of candle soot, hence it is simple, time-saving and low-cost. The strategy of dual AgNCs probes was applied to improve the detection sensitivity by using dual- probe capturing the same target DNA in a sandwich mode and as the fluorescence donor, and using CNPs oxide as the acceptor. In the presence of target DNA, a dsDNA hybrid forms, leading to the desorption of the ssDNA-AgNCs probes from CNPs oxide, and the recovering of fluorescence of the AgNCs in a HIV-DNA concentration-dependent manner. The results show that HIV-DNA can be detected in the range of 1-50nM with a detection limit of 0.40nM in aqueous buffer. The method is simple, rapid and sensitive with no need of labeled fluorescent probes, and moreover, the design of fluorescent dual-probe makes full use of the excellent fluorescence property of AgNCs and further improves the detection sensitivity. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Electrodeposition of platinum nanoclusters on type I collagen modified electrode and its electrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation

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    Sun, Yujing; Sun, Lanlan; Xu, Fugang; Guo, Cunlan; Liu, Zhelin; Zhang, Yue; Yang, Tao; Li, Zhuang

    2009-05-01

    We firstly reported a novel polymer matrix fabricated by type I collagen and polymers, and this matrix can be used as nanoreactors for electrodepositing platinum nanoclusters (PNCs). The type I collagen film has a significant effect on the growth of PNCs. The size of the platinum nanoparticles could be readily tuned by adjusting deposition time, potential and the concentration of electrolyte, which have been verified by field-emitted scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Furthermore, cyclic voltammetry (CV) has demonstrated that the as-prepared PNCs can catalyze methanol directly with higher activity than that prepared on PSS/PDDA film, and with better tolerance to poisoning than the commercial E-TEK catalyst. The collagen-polymer matrix can be used as a general reactor to electrodeposit other metal nanostructures.

  20. Enhanced formic acid electro-oxidation reaction on ternary Pd-Ir-Cu/C catalyst

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    Chen, Jinwei; Zhang, Jie; Jiang, Yiwu; Yang, Liu; Zhong, Jing; Wang, Gang; Wang, Ruilin

    2015-12-01

    Aim to further reduce the cost of Pd-Ir for formic acid electro-oxidation (FAEO), the Cu was used to construct a ternary metallic alloy catalyst. The prepared catalysts are characterized using XRD, TGA, EDX, TEM, XPS, CO-stripping, cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. It is found that the Pd18Ir1Cu6 nanoparticles with a mean size of 3.3 nm are highly dispersed on carbon support. Componential distributions on catalyst are consistent with initial contents. Electrochemical measurements show that the PdIrCu/C catalyst exhibits the highest activity for FAEO. The mass activity of Pd in Pd18Ir1Cu6/C at 0.16 V (vs. SCE) is about 1.47, 1.62 and 2.08 times as high as that of Pd18Cu6/C, Pd18Ir1/C and Pd/C, respectively. The activity enhancement of PdIrCu/C should be attributed to the weakened CO adsorption strength and the removal of adsorbed intermediates at lower potential with the addition of Cu and Ir.

  1. Vitamin C affects the antioxidative/oxidative status in rats irradiated with ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light

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    Niemiec, T.; Sawosz, E.; Chwalibog, André

    2006-01-01

    Four grups of twenty growing Wistar rats were irradiated with either UV, IR, UV+IR light or were not irradiated (control). Ten rats from each group received a diet supplemented with 0.6% of L-ascorbic acid. The effects of the mega-dose of vitamin C were evaluated by changes in the antioxidative....../oxidative status. UV and IR radiation promoted oxidative DNA degradation in rat livers and supplementation with ascorbic acid strengthened the prooxidative effects on DNA oxidation in rats irradiated with UV or IR light. Vitamin C also increased the tiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) concentration...... in rats from all groups except UV+IR-irradiated. The combined UV+IR light, corresponding to solar radiation, had no negative effects on redox homeostasis in rats. Furthermore, L-ascorbic acid showed antioxidative properties by increasing the concentration of Total Antioxidative State (TAS) in plasma...

  2. Detection of Oxidation of L-Cysteine by Dimethyl Sulfoxide in Aqueous Solutions by IR Spectroscopy

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    Papanyan, Z.; Markarian, S.

    2013-11-01

    We have used IR spectroscopy to study the reaction between L-cysteine and dimethyl sulfoxide in aqueous medium. We have found that reaction occurs with formation of an insoluble product, which we have identified. We show that oxidation of L-cysteine by dimethyl sulfoxide can occur at an appreciable rate under mild conditions, with formation of L-cystine, dimethyl sulfide, and water.

  3. Inducible Sequential Oxidation Process in Water-Soluble Copper Nanoclusters for Direct Colorimetric Assay of Hydrogen Peroxide in a Wide Dynamic and Sampling Range.

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    Du, Yibing; Fang, Jun; Wang, Hongli; Yang, Yang

    2017-03-15

    Direct and fast detection methods for H2O2 have great demand in materials science, biology, and medicine. Colorimetric assay of H2O2 has been regarded as one versatile approach that can avoid tedious operation and complicated setup. In this report, we provided a cost-effective and time-saving H2O2 colorimetric assay strategy based on a mercaptosuccinic acid (MSA)-stabilized Cu nanocluster (NC) probe without using any chromogenic reagent. Direct and fast colorimetric detection of H2O2 was realized based on the color change of MSA-capped Cu NCs in aqueous medium. It was found that the Cu NCs presented eligible resistance to natural oxidation either in concentrated solution or in the powder state. However, the dissolved oxygen in a highly diluted solution of the Cu NCs could trigger the aggregation of the Cu NCs and their further fusion into small Cu nanoparticles (NPs). When this diluted solution served as a probe solution for detecting H2O2, a sequential oxidation process occurred in the newly formed Cu NPs, including the cleavage of MSAs on the surface and conversion of Cu into Cu2O, leading to the probe with capacity for H2O2 assay in a wide dynamic and sampling range. The sensitive solution color change was attributed to the growth of the Cu NPs (fading of plasmonic absorption) upon the addition of low levels of H2O2 and the transition of the valence states of Cu (color reactions) upon the addition of high levels of H2O2. A concentration range of H2O2 from 1 μM to 1 M could be detected by a small dose of the probe. Moreover, the Cu NCs powder subsequent to storage for 10 months could maintain a similar sensitivity for H2O2 assay, which provides possibilities for a wide range of practical applications in water samples.

  4. Fingerprinting DNA oxidation processes: IR characterization of the 5-methyl-2'-deoxycytidine radical cation.

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    Bucher, Dominik B; Pilles, Bert M; Pfaffeneder, Toni; Carell, Thomas; Zinth, Wolfgang

    2014-02-24

    Methylated cytidine plays an important role as an epigenetic signal in gene regulation. Its oxidation products are assumed to be involved in active demethylation processes but also in damaging DNA. Here, we report the photochemical production of the 5-methyl-2'-deoxycytidine radical cation via a two-photon ionization process. The radical cation is detected by time-resolved IR spectroscopy and identified by band assignment using density functional theory calculations. Two final oxidation products are characterized with liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry.

  5. Hydrogen production from oxidative steam reforming of bio-butanol over CoIr-based catalysts: effect of the support.

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    Cai, Weijie; Piscina, Pilar Ramírez de la; Gabrowska, Klaudia; Homs, Narcís

    2013-01-01

    This paper studies the influence of the support on the behavior of bimetallic CoIr-based catalysts (6.5 wt.% Co, 0.4 wt.% Ir) for hydrogen production from the oxidative steam reforming of bio-butanol raw mixture (butanol/acetone/ethanol = 6/3/1 mass ratio). Catalytic tests were carried out at 500 °C for 60 h with raw mixture/water/air/Ar = 1/10/7.5/12 molar ratio and GHSV = 7500 h(-1). Over CoIr/18CeZrO(2) and CoIr/ZnO the main process which took place was the oxidative steam reforming of the raw mixture. CoIr/18CeZrO(2) showed the better catalytic performance. Characterization of the used catalysts indicated that both active metal sintering and coke formation was prevented on the CoIr/18CeZrO(2) catalyst.

  6. Impact of Ir gate interfacial oxide layers on performance of AlGaN/GaN HEMT

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    Vallo, Martin, E-mail: martin.vallo@savba.sk [Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 841 04 Bratislava (Slovakia); Lalinský, Tibor; Dobročka, Edmund; Vanko, Gabriel [Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 841 04 Bratislava (Slovakia); Vincze, Andrej [International Laser Cente, Ilkovičova 3, 841 04 Bratislava (Slovakia); Rýger, Ivan [Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 841 04 Bratislava (Slovakia)

    2013-02-15

    The impact of 15 nm thick Schottky gate contact layer based on conductive Ir oxides grown by thermal oxidation in O{sub 2} ambient at 500 °C for 1 and 10 min, respectively, on performance of circular high electron mobility transistor (C-HEMT) has been investigated. Besides the effects of the gate barrier height increase (∼0.32 eV) and gate leakage current decrease (2–4 orders) with the time of oxidation, the shift of both threshold voltage (∼1 V) and peak of transconductance (∼2 V) of the C-HEMT device towards the zero gate voltage has been introduced. X-ray diffraction and depth profiles of secondary ion mass spectroscopy are employed to analyze the microstructure and composition of the gate contacts. They revealed the mixture of Ir and Ir oxides (IrO, IrO{sub 2}) that have not been formed in the whole gate contact layer thickness. All results confirmed the oxidation proceeding from the top of the Ir gate contact layer up to the interface. A promise of Ir oxides based gate contact layers for design of thermally stable HEMT devices with an enhancement mode of operation could be available.

  7. Polymer-incarcerated gold-palladium nanoclusters with boron on carbon: a mild and efficient catalyst for the sequential aerobic oxidation-Michael addition of 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds to allylic alcohols.

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    Yoo, Woo-Jin; Miyamura, Hiroyuki; Kobayashi, Shuū

    2011-03-09

    We have developed a polymer-incarcerated bimetallic Au-Pd nanocluster and boron as a catalyst for the sequential oxidation-addition reaction of 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds with allylic alcohols. The desired tandem reaction products were obtained in good to excellent yields under mild conditions with broad substrate scope. In the course of our studies, we discovered that the excess reducing agent, sodium borohydride, reacts with the polymer backbone to generate an immobilized tetravalent boron catalyst for the Michael reaction. In addition, we found bimetallic Au-Pd nanoclusters to be particularly effective for the aerobic oxidation of allylic alcohols under base- and water-free conditions. The ability to conduct the reaction under relatively neutral and anhydrous conditions proved to be key in maintaining good catalyst activity during recovery and reuse of the catalyst. Structural characterization (STEM, EDS, SEM, and N(2) absorption/desorption isotherm) of the newly prepared PI/CB-Au/Pd/B was performed and compared to PI/CB-Au/Pd. We found that while boron was important for the Michael addition reaction, it was found to alter the structural profile of the polymer-carbon black composite material to negatively affect the allylic oxidation reaction.

  8. Cyclohexene Photo-oxidation over Vanadia Catalyst Analyzed by Time Resolved ATR-FT-IR Spectroscopy

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    Frei, Heinz; Mul, Guido; Wasylenko, Walter; Hamdy, M. Sameh; Frei, Heinz

    2008-06-04

    Vanadia was incorporated in the 3-dimensional mesoporous material TUD-1 with a loading of 2percent w/w vanadia. The performance in the selective photo-oxidation of liquid cyclohexene was investigated using ATR-FT-IR spectroscopy. Under continuous illumination at 458 nm a significant amount of product, i.e. cyclohexenone, was identified. This demonstrates for the first time that hydroxylated vanadia centers in mesoporous materials can be activated by visible light to induce oxidation reactions. Using the rapid scan method, a strong perturbation of the vanadyl environment could be observed in the selective oxidation process induced by a 458 nm laser pulse of 480 ms duration. This is proposed to be caused by interaction of the catalytic centre with a cyclohexenyl hydroperoxide intermediate. The restoration of the vanadyl environment could be kinetically correlated to the rate of formation of cyclohexenone, and is explained by molecular rearrangement and dissociation of the peroxide to ketone and water. The ketone diffuses away from the active center and ATR infrared probing zone, resulting in a decreasing ketone signal on the tens of seconds time scale after initiation of the photoreaction. This study demonstrates the high potential of time resolved ATR FT-IR spectroscopy for mechanistic studies of liquid phase reactions by monitoring not only intermediates and products, but by correlating the temporal behavior of these species to molecular changes of the vanadyl catalytic site.

  9. Entanglement in Anderson Nanoclusters

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    Samuelsson, Peter

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the two-particle spin entanglement in magnetic nanoclusters described by the periodic Anderson model. An entanglement phase diagram is obtained, providing a novel perspective on a central property of magnetic nanoclusters, namely the temperature dependent competition between local Kondo screening and nonlocal Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yoshida spin ordering. We find that multiparticle entangled states are present for finite magnetic field as well as in the mixed valence regime and away from half filling. Our results emphasize the role of charge fluctuations.

  10. A New Strategy for Humidity Independent Oxide Chemiresistors: Dynamic Self-Refreshing of In2 O3 Sensing Surface Assisted by Layer-by-Layer Coated CeO2 Nanoclusters.

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    Yoon, Ji-Wook; Kim, Jun-Sik; Kim, Tae-Hyung; Hong, Young Jun; Kang, Yun Chan; Lee, Jong-Heun

    2016-08-01

    The humidity dependence of the gas sensing characteristics of metal oxide semiconductors has been one of the greatest obstacles for gas sensor applications during the last five decades because ambient humidity dynamically changes with the environmental conditions. Herein, a new and novel strategy is reported to eliminate the humidity dependence of the gas sensing characteristics of oxide chemiresistors via dynamic self-refreshing of the sensing surface affected by water vapor chemisorption. The sensor resistance and gas response of pure In2 O3 hollow spheres significantly change and deteriorate in humid atmospheres. In contrast, the humidity dependence becomes negligible when an optimal concentration of CeO2 nanoclusters is uniformly loaded onto In2 O3 hollow spheres via layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly. Moreover, In2 O3 sensors LBL-coated with CeO2 nanoclusters show fast response/recovery, low detection limit (500 ppb), and high selectivity to acetone even in highly humid conditions (relative humidity 80%). The mechanism underlying the dynamic refreshing of the In2 O3 sensing surfaces regardless of humidity variation is investigated in relation to the role of CeO2 and the chemical interaction among CeO2 , In2 O3 , and water vapor. This strategy can be widely used to design high performance gas sensors including disease diagnosis via breath analysis and pollutant monitoring.

  11. Surface modification of adamantane-terminated gold nanoclusters using cyclodextrins.

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    Yan, Chunyang; Liu, Chao; Abroshan, Hadi; Li, Zhimin; Qiu, Renhua; Li, Gao

    2016-08-17

    The surface functionality of Au38S2(SAdm)20 nanoclusters (-SAdm = adamantanethiolate) in the presence of α-, β-, and γ-cyclodextrins (CDs) is studied. The supramolecular chemistry and host-guest interactions of CDs and the protecting ligands of nanoclusters are investigated using UV-vis and NMR spectroscopies, MALDI mass spectrometry, and molecular dynamics simulations. In contrast to α- and γ-CDs, the results show that β-CDs are capable of efficiently chemisorbing onto the Au38S2(SAdm)20 nanoclusters to yield Au38S2(SAdm)20-(β-CD)2 conjugates. MD simulations revealed that two -SAdm ligands of the nanoparticle with the least steric hindrance are capable to selectively be accommodated into hydrophobic cavity of β-CDs, as furthermore confirmed by NMR spectroscopy. The conjugates largely improve the stability of the nanoclusters in the presence of strong oxidants (e.g., TBHP). Further, the electrochemical properties of Au38S2(SAdm)20 nanoclusters and Au38S2(SAdm)20-(β-CD)2 conjugates are compared. The charge transfer to the redox probe molecules (e.g., K3Fe(CN)6) in solution was monitored by cyclic voltammetry. It is found that β-CDs act as an umbrella to cover the fragile metal cores of the nanoclusters, thereby blocking direct interaction with destabilizing agents and hence quenching the charge transfer process.

  12. IL-23 Promotes Myocardial I/R Injury by Increasing the Inflammatory Responses and Oxidative Stress Reactions

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    Xiaorong Hu

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Inflammation and oxidative stress play an important role in myocardial ischemia and reperfusion (I/R injury. We hypothesized that IL-23, a pro-inflammatory cytokine, could promote myocardial I/R injury by increasing the inflammatory response and oxidative stress. Methods: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned into sham operated control (SO group, ischemia and reperfusion (I/R group, (IL-23 + I/R group and (anti-IL-23 + I/R group. At 4 h after reperfusion, the serum concentration of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, creatine kinase (CK and the tissue MDA concentration and SOD activity were measured. The infarcte size was measured by TTC staining. Apoptosis in heart sections were measured by TUNEL staining. The expression of HMGB1 and IL-17A were detected by Western Blotting and the expression of TNF-α and IL-6 were detected by Elisa. Results: After 4 h reperfusion, compared with the I/R group, IL-23 significantly increased the infarct size, the apoptosis of cardiomyocytes and the levels of LDH and CK (all P 0.05. All these effects were abolished by anti-IL-23 administration. Conclusion: The present study suggested that IL-23 may promote myocardial I/R injury by increasing the inflammatory responses and oxidative stress reaction.

  13. FT-IR spectrometry utilization for determining changes in erythrocyte susceptibility to oxidative stress

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    Petibois, Cyril; Deleris, Gdrard Y. R.

    2004-07-01

    We tested the hypothesis that FT-IR spectrometry was useful for determining oxidative stress damage on erythrocytes. Endurance-trained subjects performed a standardized endurance-training session at 75% of maximal oxygen consumption each week over 19 consecutive weeks. Capillary blood samples were taken before and after test-sessions and plasma and erythrocytes were separately analyzed using Fourier-transform infrared spectrometry. Exercise-induced change in plasma concentrations and erythrocyte IR absorptivities (vC-Hn of fatty acyl moieties, vC=O and δN-H of proteins, vP=O of phospholipids, vCOO- of amino-acids, and vC-O of lactate) were monitored and compared to training level. First training weeks induced normalization of plasma concentration changes during exercise (unchanged for glucose, moderately increased for lactate, high increases for triglycerides, glycerol, and fatty acids) while erythrocyte phospholipids alteration remained elevated (P < 0.05). Further, training reduced the exercise-induced erythrocyte lactate content increase (vC-O; P < 0.05) and phospholipids alteration (vC-Hn and vP=O; P < 0.05) during exercise. These changes paralleled the lowering of exercise-induced hemoconcentration (P < 0.05) and plasma lactate concentration increase during exercise (P < 0.05). These correlated changes between plasma and erythrocyte parameters suggest that hemoconcentration and lactate acidosis (plasmatic and intracellular) are important factors contributing to reduce erythrocyte susceptibility to oxidative stress during chronic endurance training.

  14. Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Nanoclusters

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    Karo Michaelian

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The dynamic and thermodynamic properties of nanoclusters are studied in two different environments: the canonical and microcanonical ensembles. A comparison is made to thermodynamic properties of the bulk. It is shown that consistent and reproducible results on nanoclusters can only be obtained in the canonical ensemble. Nanoclusters in the microcanonical ensemble are trapped systems, and inconsistencies will be found if thermodynamic formalism is applied. An analytical model is given for the energy dependence of the phase space volume of nanoclusters, which allows the prediction of both dynamical and thermodynamical properties.

  15. Giant hollow heterometallic polyoxoniobates with sodalite-type lanthanide-tungsten-oxide cages: discrete nanoclusters and extended frameworks

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    Jin, Lu; Li, Xin-Xiong; Qi, Yan-Jie; Niu, Ping-Ping; Zheng, Shou-Tian [State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, College of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, Fujian (China)

    2016-10-24

    The first series of niobium-tungsten-lanthanide (Nb-W-Ln) heterometallic polyoxometalates {Ln_1_2W_1_2O_3_6(H_2O)_2_4(Nb_6O_1_9)_1_2} (Ln=Y, La, Sm, Eu, Yb) have been obtained, which are comprised of giant cluster-in-cluster-like ({Ln_1_2W_1_2}-in-{Nb_7_2}) structures built from 12 hexaniobate {Nb_6O_1_9} clusters gathered together by a rare 24-nuclearity sodalite-type heterometal-oxide cage {Ln_1_2W_1_2O_3_6(H_2O)_2_4}. The Nb-W-Ln clusters present the largest multi-metal polyoxoniobates and a series of rare high-nuclearity 4d-5d-4f multicomponent clusters. Furthermore, the giant Nb-W-Ln clusters may be isolated as discrete inorganic alkali salts and can be used as building blocks to form high-dimensional inorganic-organic hybrid frameworks. (copyright 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. Graphene oxide/carbon nanoparticle thin film based IR detector: Surface properties and device characterization

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    Chowdhury, Farzana Aktar [Experimental Physics Division, Atomic Energy Centre, 4, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka-1000 (Bangladesh); Hossain, Mohammad Abul [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000 (Bangladesh); Uchida, Koji; Tamura, Takahiro; Sugawa, Kosuke; Mochida, Tomoaki; Otsuki, Joe [College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, 1-8-14 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8308 (Japan); Mohiuddin, Tariq [Department of Physics, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat (Oman); Boby, Monny Akter [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000 (Bangladesh); Alam, Mohammad Sahabul, E-mail: msalam@ksu.edu.sa [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000 (Bangladesh); Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering & King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia)

    2015-10-15

    This work deals with the synthesis, characterization, and application of carbon nanoparticles (CNP) adorned graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposite materials. Here we mainly focus on an emerging topic in modern research field presenting GO-CNP nanocomposite as a infrared (IR) radiation detector device. GO-CNP thin film devices were fabricated from liquid phase at ambient condition where no modifying treatments were necessary. It works with no cooling treatment and also for stationary objects. A sharp response of human body IR radiation was detected with time constants of 3 and 36 sec and radiation responsivity was 3 mAW{sup −1}. The current also rises for quite a long time before saturation. This work discusses state-of-the-art material developing technique based on near-infrared photon absorption and their use in field deployable instrument for real-world applications. GO-CNP-based thin solid composite films also offer its potentiality to be utilized as p-type absorber material in thin film solar cell, as well.

  17. Graphene oxide/carbon nanoparticle thin film based IR detector: Surface properties and device characterization

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    Farzana Aktar Chowdhury

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available This work deals with the synthesis, characterization, and application of carbon nanoparticles (CNP adorned graphene oxide (GO nanocomposite materials. Here we mainly focus on an emerging topic in modern research field presenting GO-CNP nanocomposite as a infrared (IR radiation detector device. GO-CNP thin film devices were fabricated from liquid phase at ambient condition where no modifying treatments were necessary. It works with no cooling treatment and also for stationary objects. A sharp response of human body IR radiation was detected with time constants of 3 and 36 sec and radiation responsivity was 3 mAW−1. The current also rises for quite a long time before saturation. This work discusses state-of-the-art material developing technique based on near-infrared photon absorption and their use in field deployable instrument for real-world applications. GO-CNP-based thin solid composite films also offer its potentiality to be utilized as p-type absorber material in thin film solar cell, as well.

  18. FT-IR Studies of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles and Natural Zeolite Materials

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    Oana Lelia Pop

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available An emerging topic of our days is nanoscience and nanotechnology successfully applied in the food industry. Characteristics such as size, surface area and morphology can modify the basic properties and the chemical reactivity of the nanomaterials. The breakthrough of innovative materials, processes, and phenomena at the nanoscale, as well as the progress of new experimental and theoretical techniques for research, supply novel opportunities for the expansion of original nanosystems and nanostructured materials. These study examine two types of nanoparticles, namely cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NP and natural zeolites. In view of the importance of CeO2 NP in various biological applications, the primary objective of this study is to characterise four samples of CeO2 NP in order to understand the role of the synthesis process in the final product. Nanocrystalline natural zeolites are materials with interesting properties which allows them to be used as adjuvant in many therapies. The characterisation of CeO2 NP and two types of natural zeolites using Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR spectroscopy is described. Therefore, this study examined two types of nanomaterials, namely cerium oxide nanoparticles and zeolites, for further applications on microorganisms and living cells.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of colloidal fluorescent silver nanoclusters.

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    Huang, Sherry; Pfeiffer, Christian; Hollmann, Jana; Friede, Sebastian; Chen, Justin Jin-Ching; Beyer, Andreas; Haas, Benedikt; Volz, Kerstin; Heimbrodt, Wolfram; Montenegro Martos, Jose Maria; Chang, Walter; Parak, Wolfgang J

    2012-06-19

    Ultrasmall water-soluble silver nanoclusters are synthesized, and their properties are investigated. The silver nanoclusters have high colloidal stability and show fluorescence in the red. This demonstrates that like gold nanoclusters also silver nanoclusters can be fluorescent.

  20. Reversible modulation of gold nanoclusters photoluminescence based on electrochromic poly(methylene blue).

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    Zhang, Hui; Zhai, Yanling; Dong, Shaojun

    2014-11-01

    Reversible photoluminescence (PL) switches based on a complex of gold nanoclusters and electrochromic poly(methylene blue) (PMB) were realized. The gold nanoclusters PL of hybrid device can be modulated reversibly under electrochemical stimulation. Such an electrochromic device presents several advantages, such as large fluorescence contrast under reduction and oxidation potentials, good reversibility and excellent long-time stability. This simple protocol is anticipated to offer important hints for other nanoclusters and electrochromic materials in the field of photoelectric devices. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Kinetically controlled synthesis of Au102(SPh)44 nanoclusters and catalytic application

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    Chen, Yongdong; Wang, Jin; Liu, Chao; Li, Zhimin; Li, Gao

    2016-05-01

    We here explore a kinetically controlled synthetic protocol for preparing solvent-solvable Au102(SPh)44 nanoclusters which are isolated from polydispersed gold nanoclusters by solvent extraction and size exclusion chromatography (SEC). The as-obtained Au102(SPh)44 nanoclusters are determined by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) and electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry, in conjunction with UV-vis spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). However, Au99(SPh)42, instead of Au102(SPh)44, is yielded when the polydispersed gold nanoclusters are etched in the presence of excess thiophenol under thermal conditions (e.g., 80 °C). Interestingly, the Au102(SPh)44 nanoclusters also can convert to Au99(SPh)42 with equivalent thiophenol ligands, evidenced by the analyses of UV-vis and MALDI mass spectrometry. Finally, the TiO2-supported Au102(SPh)44 nanocluster catalyst is investigated in the selective oxidation of sulfides into sulfoxides by the PhIO oxidant and gives rise to high catalytic activity (e.g., 80-99% conversion of R-S-R' sulfides with 96-99% selectivity for R-S(&z.dbd;O)-R' sulfoxides). The Au102(SPh)44/TiO2 catalyst also shows excellent recyclability in the sulfoxidation process.We here explore a kinetically controlled synthetic protocol for preparing solvent-solvable Au102(SPh)44 nanoclusters which are isolated from polydispersed gold nanoclusters by solvent extraction and size exclusion chromatography (SEC). The as-obtained Au102(SPh)44 nanoclusters are determined by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) and electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry, in conjunction with UV-vis spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). However, Au99(SPh)42, instead of Au102(SPh)44, is yielded when the polydispersed gold nanoclusters are etched in the presence of excess thiophenol under thermal conditions (e.g., 80 °C). Interestingly, the Au102(SPh)44 nanoclusters also can convert to Au99(SPh)42 with equivalent

  2. Electrochemically induced nanocluster migration

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    Hartl, Katrin [Lehrstuhl Physikalische Chemie, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Lichtenbergstr. 4, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Department of Chemistry, CS06, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, DK-2100 Copenhagen O (Denmark); Nesselberger, Markus [Department of Chemistry, CS06, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, DK-2100 Copenhagen O (Denmark); Mayrhofer, Karl J.J. [MPI fuer Eisenforschung, Abt. Grenzflaechenchemie und Oberflaechentechnik, Max-Planck-Strasse 1, D-40237 Duesseldorf (Germany); Kunz, Sebastian; Schweinberger, Florian F.; Kwon, GiHan [Lehrstuhl Physikalische Chemie, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Lichtenbergstr. 4, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Hanzlik, Marianne [Institut fuer Elektronenmikroskopie, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Lichtenbergstr. 4, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Heiz, Ueli [Lehrstuhl Physikalische Chemie, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Lichtenbergstr. 4, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Arenz, Matthias, E-mail: m.arenz@kemi.ku.d [Department of Chemistry, CS06, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, DK-2100 Copenhagen O (Denmark)

    2010-12-30

    In the presented study the influence of electrochemical treatments on size-selected Pt nanoclusters (NCs) supported on amorphous carbon is investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Well-defined Pt NCs are prepared by an ultra-high vacuum (UHV) laser vaporization source and deposited with low kinetic energy ({<=}10 eV/cluster) onto TEM gold grids covered by a thin (2 nm) carbon film. After transfer out of UHV Pt NCs are verified to be uniform in size and randomly distributed on the support. Subsequently, the TEM grids are employed as working electrodes in a standard electrochemical three electrode setup and the Pt nanoclusters are subjected to different electrochemical treatments. It is found that the NC arrangement is not influenced by potential hold conditions (at 0.40 V vs. RHE) or by potential cycling in a limited potential window (V{sub max} = 0.55 V vs. RHE). Upon potential cycling to 1.05 V vs. RHE, however, the NCs migrate on the carbon support. Interestingly, migration in oxygen or argon saturated electrolyte leads to NC coalescence, a mechanism discussed for being responsible for performance degradation of low temperature fuel cells, whereas in carbon monoxide saturated electrolyte the Pt NC agglomerate, but remain separated from each other and thus form distinctive structures.

  3. Surface enrichment of Pt in stable Pt-Ir nano-alloy particles on MgAl 2 O 4 spinel in oxidizing atmosphere

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    Li, Wei-Zhen; Nie, Lei; Cheng, Yingwen; Kovarik, Libor; Liu, Jun; Wang, Yong

    2017-04-01

    With the capability of MgAl2O4 spinel {111} nano-facets in stabilizing small Rh, Ir and Pt particles, bimetallic Ir-Pt catalysts on the same support were investigated, aiming at further lowering the catalyst cost by substituting expensive Pt with cheaper Ir in the bulk. Small Pt-Ir nano-alloy particles (< 2nm) were successfully stabilized on the spinel {111} nano-facets as expected. Interestingly, methanol oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) rate on the surface Pt atoms increases with oxidizing aging but decreases upon reducing treatment, where Ir is almost inactive under the same reaction conditions. Up to three times enhancement in Pt exposure was achieved when the sample was oxidized at 800 °C in air for 1 week and subsequently reduced by H2 for 2 h, demonstrating successful surface enrichment of Pt on Pt-Ir nano-alloy particles. A dynamic stabilization mechanism involving wetting\

  4. Pressurized polyol synthesis of Al-doped ZnO nanoclusters with high electrical conductivity and low near-infrared transmittance

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    Lee, Ho-Nyun; Shin, Chi-Ho [Surface Technology R& BD Group, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), Incheon 406-840 (Korea, Republic of); Hwang, Duck Kun [Department of Corporate Diagnosis, Small and Medium Business Corporation, Seoul 150-718 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Haekyoung [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Oh, Kyeongseok [Department of Chemical and Environmental Technology, Inha Technical College, Incheon 402-752 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyun-Jong, E-mail: hjkim23@kitech.re.kr [Surface Technology R& BD Group, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), Incheon 406-840 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-09-25

    Highlights: • Low-temperature pressurized polyol method synthesized Al-doped ZnO nanoclusters. • Reaction time affected the doping efficiency, resistivity, and NIR transmittance. • The near-IR blocking efficiency of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanoclusters reached 85%. • AZO nanocluster coatings could be used for heat reflectors or artificial glasses. - Abstract: In this study, a novel pressurized polyol method is proposed to synthesize aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) nanoclusters without utilizing additional thermal treatment to avoid the merging of nanoclusters. The size of the AZO nanoclusters range from 100 to 150 nm with a resistivity of 204 Ω cm. The AZO nanoclusters primarily consist of approximately 10-nm nanocrystals that form a spherically clustered morphology. A two-stage growth model has been proposed based on the results of scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images, nanocluster sizes, and X-ray diffraction patterns. The primary AZO nanocrystals first nucleate under pressurized conditions and then spontaneously aggregate into larger nanoclusters. Optically, the AZO nanoclusters exhibit a significant decrease in the near-infrared (NIR) transmittance compared to pure ZnO nanoparticles. The NIR blocking efficiency of AZO nanoclusters reached 85%. Moreover, the doping efficiency, resistivity, and NIR transmittance of AZO nanoclusters are influenced by the reaction time in the pressurized polyol solution. On the other hand, the reaction time has no effect on the particle size and crystallinity. An optically transparent coating for the AZO nanoclusters, which consisted of iso-propanol solvent and ultraviolet-curable acrylic binder, was also demonstrated.

  5. Actinide-Transition Metal heteronuclear Ions and Their Oxides: {IrUO}+ as an Analogue to Uranyl

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    Gibson, John K [ORNL

    2006-01-01

    Recent theoretical calculations have shown that Ir should behave as a chemical analogue to N, with the result that IrUO{sup +}, like known NUO{sup +}, is predicted to be a stable species isoelectronic with UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}, the uranyl dication. The target heterometallic analogue to uranyl has now been prepared by direct laser desorption/ionization of a U/Ir alloy, and by oxidation of UIr{sup +} with N{sub 2}O and C{sub 2}H{sub 4}O. Properties of UIr{sup +}, UPt{sup +}, and UAu{sup +} bimetallic ions have been studied. They demonstrate direct actinide-transition metal bonding, and support the concept of autogenic isolobality.

  6. Enhanced formic acid electro-oxidation on PdIr nanoparticles prepared by ethylene glycol-assisted NaBH4 reduction process.

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    Chen, Jinwei; Wang, Gang; Wang, Xueqin; Tian, Jing; Zhu, Shifu; Wang, Ruilin

    2013-10-01

    The carbon supported PdIr nanoparticles were synthesized by an ethylene glycol-assisted NaBH4 reduction method, and the mass ratio of Pd to Ir was optimized. Then, their performances for formic acid electro-oxidation (FAEO) were investigated. The XRD and TEM characterizations show that the prepared PdIr/C catalysts have small mean size and good dispersion of PdIr nanoparticles. The electrochemical measurements demonstrate that the PdIr/C catalysts have greatly enhanced performance for FAEO compared with the Pd/C catalyst. The PdIr/C catalysts show higher current density and more than 50 mV negative shift of onset and peak potential than that of the Pd/C catalyst. With the optimal mass ratio of Pd to Ir, the PdIr/C-5 catalyst presents the highest catalytic activity for FAEO.

  7. 石墨烯载Ir催化剂对氨氧化的电催化性能%Electrocatalytic Performance of Graphene Supported Ir Catalyst for Ammonia Oxidation

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    李林儒; 付宏刚; 陆天虹

    2012-01-01

    用石墨烯(G)代替Vulcan XC-72炭(XC)作Ir的载体制备石墨烯载Ir(Ir/G)催化剂.电化学的测量结果表明,Ir/G催化剂对氨氧化的电催化性能优于XC炭载Ir( Ir/XC)催化剂.X射线衍射(XRD)谱测量结果表明,Ir/G和Ir/XC催化剂的Ir粒子平均粒径相似.拉曼光谱的测量结果表明,G的石墨化程度和电导率高于XC.因此,Ir/G催化剂对氨氧化的电催化性能优于Ir/XC催化剂.氨在Ir/G催化剂电极上氧化的电流密度与氨浓度呈很好的线性关系曲线,相关系数R为0.99557.因此,Ir/G催化剂电极可作为电流型电化学氨传感器的工作电极.%Instead Vulcan XC-72 carbon(XC) , grapheme(G) was used as the support to prepare the Ir/G catalyst. The electrochemical measurement indicted that the electrocatalytic performance of the Ir/G catalyst for the ammonia oxidation was better than that of the Ir/XC catalyst. XRD and TEM measurements indicated that the average sizes of Ir particles in Ir/G and Ir/XC catalysts were similar. The measurement of the Raman spectroscopy illustrates the graphitization extent of G is higher than that of XC. Thus, the conductivity of G is higher than that of XC. Therefore, the electrocatalytic performance of the Ir/G catalyst is better than that of the Ir/XC catalyst can be attributed to the high conductivity due to the high graphitization extent of G. The results show that there is the good linear relationship between the current density of the ammonia oxidation at the Ir/G catalyst electrode and the concentration of ammonia. The related coefficient (R) is 0. 99557. Thus, Ir/G catalyst electrode can be used as the working electrode in the current type of electrochemical ammonia sensor.

  8. The role of oxygen and water on molybdenum nanoclusters for electro catalytic ammonia production

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    Howalt, Jakob Geelmuyden; Vegge, Tejs

    2014-01-01

    . In this study, we present theoretical investigations of the influence of oxygen adsorption and reduction on pure and nitrogen covered molybdenum nanocluster electro catalysts for electrochemical reduction of N2 to NH3 with the purpose of understanding oxygen and water poisoning of the catalyst. Density...... functional theory calculations are used in combination with the computational hydrogen electrode approach to calculate the free energy profile for electrochemical protonation of O and N2 species on cuboctahedral Mo13 nanoclusters. The calculations show that the molybdenum nanocluster will preferentially bind...... are -0.72 V or lower for all oxygen coverages studied, and it is thus possible to (re)activate (partially) oxidized nanoclusters for electrochemical ammonia production, e.g., using a dry proton conductor or an aqueous electrolyte. At lower oxygen coverages, nitrogen molecules can adsorb to the surface...

  9. Modelling nano-clusters and nucleation.

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    Catlow, C Richard A; Bromley, Stefan T; Hamad, Said; Mora-Fonz, Miguel; Sokol, Alexey A; Woodley, Scott M

    2010-01-28

    We review the growing role of computational techniques in modelling the structures and properties of nano-particulate oxides and sulphides. We describe the main methods employed, including those based on both electronic structure and interatomic potential approaches. Particular attention is paid to the techniques used in searching for global minima in the energy landscape defined by the nano-particle cluster. We summarise applications to the widely studied ZnO and ZnS systems, to silica nanochemistry and to group IV oxides including TiO(2). We also consider the special case of silica cluster chemistry in solution and its importance in understanding the hydrothermal synthesis of microporous materials. The work summarised, together with related experimental studies, demonstrates a rich and varied nano-cluster chemistry for these materials.

  10. Nanocrystals and Nanoclusters as Cocatalysts for Photocatalytic Water Splitting

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    Sinatra, Lutfan

    2016-12-04

    studied for the photocatalytic H2 production in order to explore the synergistic effect of the plasmonic resonance from the Au nanoparticles and pn-junction between Cu2O and TiO2. Additionally, the plasmonic effect of the Au films was also studied and utilized in order to improve the PWS. Secondly, the nanoscaling of cocatalysts was studied in order to improve the efficiency thereof and to reduce the cost of the cocatalyst materials. Moreover, it is sought to explore the quantum size effect on the properties of the cocatalyst and their effect on the photocatalytic reaction. Atomically precise Au and Ni nanoclusters were employed in these studies. Au nanoclusters were studied in relation to the cocatalysts in the photocatalytic water splitting, and Ni nanoclusters were studied in relation to the cocatalysts in the electrocatalytic water oxidation. The results of these studies will provide new insights in relation to the strategy used in order to develop efficient cocatalysts for the purpose of photocatalytic water splitting.

  11. Design of an ultrasmall Au nanocluster-CeO2 mesoporous nanocomposite catalyst for nitrobenzene reduction.

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    Chong, Hanbao; Li, Peng; Xiang, Ji; Fu, Fangyu; Zhang, Dandan; Ran, Xiaorong; Zhu, Manzhou

    2013-08-21

    In this work we are inspired to explore gold nanoclusters supported on mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres as nanocatalysts for the reduction of nitrobenzene. Ultrasmall Au nanoclusters (NCs) and mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres were readily synthesized and well characterized. Due to their ultrasmall size, the as-prepared Au clusters can be easily absorbed into the mesopores of the mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres. Owing to the unique mesoporous structure of the CeO2 support, Au nanoclusters in the Au@CeO2 may effectively prevent the aggregation which usually results in a rapid decay of the catalytic activity. It is notable that the ultrasmall gold nanoclusters possess uniform size distribution and good dispersibility on the mesoporous CeO2 supports. Compared to other catalyst systems with different oxide supports, the as-prepared Au nanocluster-CeO2 nanocomposite nanocatalysts showed efficient catalytic performance in transforming nitrobenzene into azoxybenzene. In addition, a plausible mechanism was deeply investigated to explain the transforming process. Au@CeO2 exhibited efficient catalytic activity for reduction of nitrobenzene. This strategy may be easily extended to fabricate many other heterogeneous catalysts including ultrasmall metal nanoclusters and mesoporous oxides.

  12. Formation and vibrational structure of Si nano-clusters in ZnO matrix

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    Garcia-Serrano, J. [Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Hidalgo (Mexico); Pal, U. [Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Puebla (Mexico); Koshizaki, N.; Sasaki, T. [National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2001-02-01

    We have studied the formation and vibrational structure of Si nano-clusters in ZnO matrix prepared by radio-frequency (r.f.) co-sputtering, and characterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Infrared (IR) spectroscopy techniques. The composite films of Si/ZnO were grown o quartz substrates by co-sputtering of Si and ZnO targets. TEM images show a homogeneous distribution of clusters in the matrix with average size varied from 3.7 nm to 34 nm depending on the temperature of annealing. IR absorption measurements revealed the bands correspond to the modes of vibrations of Si{sub 3} in its triangular geometrical structure. By analysing the IR absorption and XPS spectra we found that the nano-clusters consist of a Si{sub 3} core and a SiO{sub x} cap layer. With the increase of annealing temperature, the vibrational states of Si changed from the triplet {sup 3}B1(C2{sub v}) and {sup 3}A'{sub 2}(D{sub 3h}) states to its singlet ground state {sup 1}A{sub 1}(C2{sub v}) and the oxidation state of Si in SiO{sub x} increased. The evolution of the local atomic structure of the Si nano-clusters with the variation of Si content in the film and with the variation of the temperature of annealing are discussed. [Spanish] Se estudia la formacion y estructura vibracional de nano-cumulos de Si en matriz de ZnO preparados por la tecnica de radio-frecuencia (r.f.) co-sputtering, y caracterizados por Microscopia Electronica de Transmision (TEM), Espectroscopia Fotoelectronica de rayos X (XPS) y Espectroscopia de Infrarrojo (IR). Las peliculas compositas de Si/ZnO fueron crecidas sobre sustratos de cuarzo mediante el co-sputtering de blancos de Si y ZnO. Las imagenes de TEM mostraron una distribucion homogenea de cumulos en la matriz con un tamano promedio de 3.7 nm a 34 nm dependiendo de la temperatura de tratamiento. Las mediciones de IR relevaron las bandas correspondientes a los modos de vibracion de Si{sub 3} en su estructura

  13. Reactive electrophilic OI--species evidenced in high-performance Ir-oxohydroxide water oxidation electrocatalysts.

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    Massué, Cyriac; Pfeifer, Verena; Van Gastel, Maurice; Noack, Johannes; Algara-Siller, Gerardo; Cap, Sebastien; Schlögl, Robert

    2017-09-21

    Although quasi-amorphous Ir-oxohydroxides have repeatedly been identified as superior oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysts, an exact description of the performance relevant species has so far remained a challenge. In this context, we report on the characterization of hydrothermally prepared IrIII/IV oxohydroxides exhibiting exceptional OER-performance. It was found that holes in the O2p states of IrIII/IV-oxohydroxides result in reactive OI--species identified by characteristic NEXAFS-features. A prototypical titration reaction based on CO as a probe molecule shows that these OI--species are highly susceptible to nucleophilic attack at room temperature. Similarly to pre-activated oxygen involved in the biological OER in Photosystem II, the electrophilic OI--species evidenced in IrIII/IV-oxohydroxides are suggested to be precursors to species involved in the O-O bond formation during electrocatalytic OER. CO-titration also highlights a link between OER-performance and the surface/sub-surface mobility of OI--species. The superior electrocatalytic properties of IrIII/IV-oxohydroxides are thus explained by their ability to accommodate pre-activated electrophilic OI--species able to migrate within the lattice. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Modulation of magnetic anisotropy through self-assembled surface nanoclusters: Evolution of morphology and magnetism in Co-Pd alloy films

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    Hsu, Chuan-Che; Chiu, Hsiang-Chih; Mudinepalli, Venkata Ramana; Chen, Yu-Chuan; Chang, Po-Chun; Wu, Chun-Te; Yen, Hung-Wei; Lin, Wen-Chin

    2017-09-01

    In this study, the self-assembly of surface nanoclusters on 10-20-nm-thick Co50Pd50 (Co-Pd) alloy thin films deposited on the Al2O3(0001) substrate was systematically investigated. The time-dependent evolution of the nanocluster size and magnetic properties was monitored using an atomic force microscope (AFM) and the magneto-optical Kerr effect. When the Co-Pd alloy films were stored in an ambient environment, small nanodots gradually gathered to form large nanoclusters. Approximately 30 days after growth, a nanocluster array formed with an average lateral size of 100 ± 20 nm and average height of 10 ± 3 nm. After 100 days, the average lateral size and average height had increased to 140 ± 20 and 25 ± 5 nm, respectively. The AFM phase image exhibited a structured contrast on the nanocluster surface, indicating the nonuniform stiffness distribution of the nanoclusters. A microscopic Auger spectroscopy measurement suggested that in contrast to the Pd-rich signal in the flat area, the nanoclusters were cobalt- and oxygen-rich areas. Cross-sectional investigation through transmission electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy showed that the nanoclusters were mostly composed of Co oxide. A uniform Pd-rich underlayer had been maintained underneath the self-assembled Co-oxide nanoclusters. With the formation of a Co-oxide nanocluster array and Pd-rich underlayer, the magnetic easy axis of the Co-Pd film gradually altered its direction from the pristine perpendicular to in-plane direction. Because of the change in the magnetic easy axis, the hydrogenation-induced spin-reorientation transition was suppressed with the evolution of the surface Co-oxide nanoclusters.

  15. Preparation of nanocomposites containing nanoclusters of transition metals

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    Milne, S.B.; Lukehart, C.M., Wittig, J.E. [Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States)] [and others

    1996-10-01

    New nanocomposites containing nanoclusters of transition metals have been prepared and characterized by TEM, XRD, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Organometallic or other coordination compounds functionalized with trialkoxysilyl groups have been synthesized and covalently incorporated into silica xerogels using standard sol-gel techniques. Thermal oxidative treatment of these xerogels in air followed by reduction in hydrogen yielded the desired nanocomposite phases. Using these methods, Mo, Re, Fe, Ru, Os, Pd, Pt, Cu. and Ag nanocomposites have been prepared.

  16. Remarkable activity of PdIr nanoparticles supported on the surface of carbon nanotubes pretreated via a sonochemical process for formic acid electro-oxidation

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    Chen, Jinwei; Li, Yuanjie; Liu, Shuangren; Wang, Gang; Tian, Jing; Jiang, Chunping; Zhu, Shifu; Wang, Ruilin

    2013-12-01

    It was reported for the first time that the surface treated multi-walled carbon nanotubes supported PdIr (PdIr/CNT-SCP) catalyst presents remarkable electrocatalytic activity and stability for formic acid electro-oxidation (FAEO). The surface of CNTs was functionalized by a sonochemical process for the deposition of PdIr nanoparticles (NPs). The XRD and TEM characterizations show that the prepared PdIr/CNT-SCP catalyst has small mean size and good dispersion of PdIr NPs on CNTs. The electrochemical measurements show that the onset and anodic peak potentials of FAEO on PdIr/CNT-SCP catalyst are 60 and 50 mV more negative than that on the commercial Pd/C catalyst. The mass-normalized peak current density of PdIr/CNT-SCP is 3365 mA mg-1Pd, which is 4.5, 1.4 and 2.7 times higher than that of PdIr/CNT-Untreated, PdIr/C-SCP and commercial Pd/C, respectively. It demonstrates the promotion of Ir and functionalized CNTs to Pd for FAEO.

  17. Oxygen reduction behavior of RuO{sub 2}/Ti, IrO{sub 2}/Ti and IrM (M: Ru, Mo, W, V) O{sub x}/Ti binary oxide electrodes in a sulfuric acid solution

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    Takasu, Yoshio; Yoshinaga, Norihiro; Sugimoto, Wataru [Department of Fine Materials Engineering, Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University, 3-15-1 Tokida, Ueda 386-8567 (Japan)

    2008-04-15

    Some oxide catalysts, such as RuO{sub 2}/Ti, IrO{sub 2}/Ti and IrM(M: Ru, Mo, W, V)O{sub x}/Ti binary oxide electrodes, were prepared by using a dip-coating method on a Ti substrate. Their catalytic behavior for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry in 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} at 60 C. These catalysts were found to exhibit considerably high activity, and the most active one among them was Ir{sub 0.6}V{sub 0.4}O{sub 2}/Ti prepared at 450 C, showing onset potential for the ORR at about 0.86 V-0.90 (vs RHE). (author)

  18. Enhancement of the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction from Ni-MoS2 Hybrid Nanoclusters

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    2016-01-01

    This report focuses on a novel strategy for the preparation of transition metal–MoS2 hybrid nanoclusters based on a one-step, dual-target magnetron sputtering, and gas condensation process demonstrated for Ni-MoS2. Aberration-corrected STEM images coupled with EDX analysis confirms the presence of Ni and MoS2 in the hybrid nanoclusters (average diameter = 5.0 nm, Mo:S ratio = 1:1.8 ± 0.1). The Ni-MoS2 nanoclusters display a 100 mV shift in the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) onset potential and an almost 3-fold increase in exchange current density compared with the undoped MoS2 nanoclusters, the latter effect in agreement with reported DFT calculations. This activity is only reached after air exposure of the Ni-MoS2 hybrid nanoclusters, suggested by XPS measurements to originate from a Ni dopant atoms oxidation state conversion from metallic to 2+ characteristic of the NiO species active to the HER. Anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) experiments on the Ni-MoS2 hybrid nanoclusters confirm the presence of Ni-doped edge sites and reveal distinctive electrochemical features associated with both doped Mo-edge and doped S-edge sites which correlate with both their thermodynamic stability and relative abundance.

  19. Indium tin oxide nanoparticles with compositionally tunable surface plasmon resonance frequencies in the near-IR region.

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    Kanehara, Masayuki; Koike, Hayato; Yoshinaga, Taizo; Teranishi, Toshiharu

    2009-12-16

    Here we report the synthesis of conducting indium tin oxide (ITO) nanoparticles (NPs) and their surface plasmon resonance (SPR) properties. The SPR peaks of the ITO NPs can be easily tuned by changing the concentration of Sn doping from 3 to 30 mol %. The shortest SPR wavelength of 1618 nm in 10% Sn-doped ITO NPs may reflect the highest electron carrier density in the ITO NPs. The controllable SPR frequencies of metal oxides may offer a novel approach for noble-metal-free SPR applications. Unlike noble-metal nanostructures, ITO has no inter- and intraband transitions in the vis-near-IR region and represents a free-electron conduction, allowing us to systematically study the origin of optical effects arising from the SPRs of conduction electrons.

  20. In-situ IR spectroscopy to study anodic oxidation of Si(111) in KOH solution

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    Philipsen, H.G.G.; Chazalviel, J.-N.; Allongue, P.; Ozanam, F.; Kelly, J.J.

    2007-01-01

    Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy was used to study in-situ the anodic oxidation of n-type Si(111) in KOH solution. Changes in surface chemistry were followed during oxide growth. The results are considered on the basis of a model developed from electrochemical measurements.

  1. Graphene decorated with Pd4Ir nanocrystals: Ultrasound-assisted synthesis, and application as a catalyst for oxidation of formic acid.

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    Zhang, Lian Ying; Liu, Ze

    2017-11-01

    An effective strategy of ultrasmall and surface-clean Pd4Ir nanocrystals uniformly decorated on graphene was developed using ultrasnoic-assisted approach. The prepared Us-Pd4Ir@Graphene reduces Pd loading while holds much higher catalytic activity and better stability toward formic acid oxidation than that of commercial Pd-C, offering great promise as a superior anode catalyst for direct formic acid fuel cells. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Ablation behavior of monolayer and multilayer Ir coatings under carburizing and oxidizing oxyacetylene flames

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    Wu, Wangping; Jiang, Jinjin; Chen, Zhaofeng

    2016-06-01

    Iridium is one of the most promising candidates for protective barrier of refractory materials to endure high service temperature. The multilayer iridium coating was produced by a double glow plasma process on the polished tungsten carbide substrates, compared with monolayer. The ablation behaviors of the monolayer on the unpolished and polished substrates were investigated under carburizing and oxidizing oxyacetylene flames, respectively, at the same time the multilayer coating ablated under oxidizing flames. Multilayer coating was a polycrystalline phase with the preferential (220) orientation. Monolayer on the unpolished substrate had fine coarse grains and some small microcracks were present. Multilayer consisted of columnar grains with some voids between the grains boundaries. The formation of a WIr phase in the as-deposited multilayer was attributed to high deposition temperature. The monolayer could endure high temperature up to 1800 °C in carburizing flame. The substrates could be protected more effectively by multilayer than monolayer at 2000- 2200 °C in oxidizing flame.

  3. Solution Structures of Highly Active Molecular Ir Water-Oxidation Catalysts from Density Functional Theory Combined with High-Energy X-ray Scattering and EXAFS Spectroscopy.

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    Yang, Ke R; Matula, Adam J; Kwon, Gihan; Hong, Jiyun; Sheehan, Stafford W; Thomsen, Julianne M; Brudvig, Gary W; Crabtree, Robert H; Tiede, David M; Chen, Lin X; Batista, Victor S

    2016-05-04

    The solution structures of highly active Ir water-oxidation catalysts are elucidated by combining density functional theory, high-energy X-ray scattering (HEXS), and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. We find that the catalysts are Ir dimers with mono-μ-O cores and terminal anionic ligands, generated in situ through partial oxidation of a common catalyst precursor. The proposed structures are supported by (1)H and (17)O NMR, EPR, resonance Raman and UV-vis spectra, electrophoresis, etc. Our findings are particularly valuable to understand the mechanism of water oxidation by highly reactive Ir catalysts. Importantly, our DFT-EXAFS-HEXS methodology provides a new in situ technique for characterization of active species in catalytic systems.

  4. Propane selective oxidation on alkaline earth exchanged zeolite Y: room temperature in situ IR study

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    Xu, Jiang; Mojet, Barbara L.; Ommen, van Jan G.; Lefferts, Leon

    2003-01-01

    The effect of zeolite Y ion-exchanged with a series of alkaline-earth cations on selective propane oxidation at room temperature was studied with in situ infrared spectroscopy. Isopropylhydroperoxide was observed as a reaction intermediate and can be decomposed into acetone and water. Contrary to pr

  5. Dexmedetomidine (DEX) protects against hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury by suppressing inflammation and oxidative stress in NLRC5 deficient mice.

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    Chen, Zong; Ding, Tao; Ma, Chuan-Gen

    2017-08-04

    Hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury could arise as a complication of liver surgery and transplantation. No specific therapeutic strategies are available to attenuate I/R injury. NOD-, LRR-and CARD-containing 5 (NLRC5), a member of the NOD-like protein family, has been suggested to negatively regulate nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) through interacting with IKKα and blocking their phosphorylation. Dexmedetomidine (DEX) has been shown to attenuate liver injury. In the current study, we investigated the pre-treatment of DEX on hepatic I/R injury in wild type (WT) and NLRC5 knockout (NLRC5(-/-)) mice. Our results indicated that NLRC5(-/-) showed significantly stronger histologic damage, inflammatory response, oxidative stress and apoptosis after I/R compared to the WT group of mice, indicating the protective role of NLRC5 against liver I/R injury. Importantly, I/R-induced increase of NLRC5 was reduced by DEX pre-treatment. After hepatic I/R injury, WT and NLRC5(-/-) mice pre-treated with DEX exhibited attenuated histological disruption, and reduced pro-inflammatory mediators, including tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1β and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), which was associated with the inactivated NF-κB pathway. Moreover, suppression of oxidative stress and apoptosis was observed in DEX-treated mice with I/R injury, probably through enhancing nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), reducing mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) and Caspase-3/poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) pathways. In vitro, the results were further confirmed in WT and NLRC5(-/-) hepatocytes pre-treated with or without DEX. Together, the findings illustrated that lack of NLRC5 resulted in severer liver I/R injury, which could be alleviated by DEX pre-treatment. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  6. Catalytic photooxidation of pentachlorophenol using semiconductor nanoclusters

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    WILCOXON,JESS P.

    2000-04-17

    Pentachlorophenol (PCP) is a toxic chlorinated aromatic molecule widely used as fungicide, a bactericide and a wood preservation, and thus ubiquitous in the environment. The authors report photo-oxidation of PCP using a variety of nanosize semiconductor metal oxides and sulfides in both aqueous and polar organic solvents and compare the photo-oxidation kinetics of these nanoclusters to widely studied bulk powders like Degussa P-25 TiO{sub 2} and CdS. They study both the light intensity dependence of PCP photooxidation for nanosize SnO{sub 2} and the size dependence of PCP photooxidation for both nanosize SnO{sub 2} and MoS{sub 2}. They find an extremely strong size dependence for the latter which they attribute to its size-dependent band gap and the associated change in redox potentials due to quantum confinement of the hole-electron pair. The authors show that nanosize MoS{sub 2} with a diameter of d=3.0 nm and an absorbance edge of {approximately}450 nm is a very effective photooxidation catalyst for complete PCP mineralization, even when using only visible light irradiation.

  7. Phosphorescent Nanocluster Light-Emitting Diodes.

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    Kuttipillai, Padmanaban S; Zhao, Yimu; Traverse, Christopher J; Staples, Richard J; Levine, Benjamin G; Lunt, Richard R

    2016-01-13

    Devices utilizing an entirely new class of earth abundant, inexpensive phosphorescent emitters based on metal-halide nanoclusters are reported. Light-emitting diodes with tunable performance are demonstrated by varying cation substitution to these nanoclusters. Theoretical calculations provide insight about the nature of the phosphorescent emitting states, which involves a strong pseudo-Jahn-Teller distortion.

  8. Adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode: An in situ IR spectroscopy search for adsorbed reaction intermediates.

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    Jusys, Zenonas; Behm, R Jürgen

    2014-01-01

    As part of a mechanistic study of the electrooxidation of C1 molecules we have systematically investigated the dissociative adsorption/oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode under experimental conditions optimizing the chance for detecting weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates. Employing in situ IR spectroscopy in an attenuated total reflection configuration (ATR-FTIRS) with p-polarized IR radiation to further improve the signal-to-noise ratio, and using low reaction temperatures (3 °C) and deuterium substitution to slow down the reaction kinetics and to stabilize weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates, we could detect an IR absorption band at 1660 cm(-1) characteristic for adsorbed formyl intermediates. This assignment is supported by an isotope shift in wave number. Effects of temperature, potential and deuterium substitution on the formation and disappearance of different adsorbed species (COad, adsorbed formate, adsorbed formyl), are monitored and quantified. Consequences on the mechanism for dissociative adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde are discussed.

  9. {Fe6O2}-Based Assembly of a Tetradecanuclear Iron Nanocluster

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    Svetlana G. Baca

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The tetradecanuclear FeIII pivalate nanocluster [Fe14O10(OH4(Piv18], comprising a new type of metal oxide framework, has been solvothermally synthesized from a hexanuclear iron pivalate precursor in dichlormethane/acetonitrile solution. Magnetic measurements indicate the presence of very strong antiferromagnetic interactions in the cluster core.

  10. Hydration effects on the molecular structure of silica-supported vanadium oxide catalysts: A combined IR, Raman, UV–vis and EXAFS study

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    Keller, D.E.; Visser, T.; Soulimani, F.; Koningsberger, D.C.; Weckhuysen, B.M.

    2007-01-01

    The effect of hydration on the molecular structure of silica-supported vanadium oxide catalysts with loadings of 1–16 wt.% V has been systematically investigated by infrared, Raman, UV–vis and EXAFS spectroscopy. IR and Raman spectra recorded during hydration revealed the formation of V–OH groups, c

  11. Electrochemical oxidation of ammonia on carbon-supported bi-metallic PtM (M = Ir, Pd, SnO{sub x}) nanoparticles

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    Lomocso, Thegy L. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis-Pasteur, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 (Canada); Baranova, Elena A., E-mail: elena.baranova@uottawa.ca [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis-Pasteur, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 (Canada)

    2011-10-01

    Highlights: > Oxidation of NH{sub 3} is investigated on carbon-supported Pt and PtM (M = Pd, Ir, SnO{sub x}) nanoparticles. > Carbon supported PtPd and PtIr nanoparticles show higher catalytic activity if compared to Pt nanocatalyst. > Pt{sub 7}Ir{sub 3} nanoparticles combine good catalytic activity and enhanced stability for NH{sub 3} oxidation. > Electronic effect between two metals in PtIr is responsible for increase in the catalytic activity. - Abstract: Ammonia electro-oxidation was studied in alkaline solution on carbon-supported Pt and bimetallic Pt{sub y}M{sub 1-y} (M = Pd, Ir, SnO{sub x} and y = 70, 50 at.%) nanoparticles. Catalysts were synthesized using the modified polyol method and deposited on carbon, resulting in 20 wt.% of metal loading. Particle size, structure and surface composition of the particles were investigated using TEM, XRD and XPS. Mean size of PtM bi-metallic nanoparticles varied between 2.0 and 4.7 nm, depending on the second metal (M). XRD revealed the structure of all bi-metallic particles to be face-centered cubic and confirmed alloy formation for Pt{sub y}Pd{sub 1-y} (y = 70, 50 at.%) and Pt{sub 7}Ir{sub 3}nanoparticles, as well as partial alloying between Pt and SnO{sub x}. Electrochemical behaviour of ammonia on Pt and PtM nanoparticles is comparable to that expected for bulk Pt and PtM alloys. Addition of Pd to Pt at the nanoscale decreased the onset potential of ammonia oxidation if compared to pure platinum nanoparticles; however stability of the catalyst was poor. For Pt{sub 7}(SnO{sub x}){sub 3}, current densities were similar to Pt, whereas catalyst stability against deactivation was improved. It is found that carbon supported Pt{sub 7}Ir{sub 3} nanoparticles combine good catalytic activity with enhanced stability for ammonia electro-oxidation. Electronic effect generated between two metals in the bimetallic nanoparticles might be responsible for increase in the catalytic activity of Pd- and Ir-containing catalysts, causing

  12. Pt-Ir-SnO2/C Electrocatalysts for Ethanol Oxidation in Acidic Media%酸性介质中Pt-Ir-SnO2/C电催化氧化乙醇

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    赵莲花; 光岛重德; 石原顕光; 松泽幸一; 太田健一郎

    2011-01-01

    A series of Pt-Ir-SnCVC catalysts were synthesized by a modified Bonnemann method. An electrochemical study showed that the Pt-Iro.o7-Sn02/C catalyst had a three times higher ethanol oxidation current and a two times higher CO2 formation selectivity compared with the Pt/C catalyst under an application voltage of 0.5 V vs the RHE at 25 ℃. This demonstrates that the Pt-Ir0.07-SnO2/C catalyst is a potentially ideal ethanol oxidation catalyst for direct ethanol fuel cells.%采用改良的B(o)nnemann法合成了一系列新型炭载Pt-Ir-SnO2催化剂.电化学结果表明,在室温下新型电催化剂Pt-Iro.07-SnO2/C可有效断裂乙醇中C-C键,促进乙醇在低电位下完全氧化,其CO2生成量为Pt/C催化剂的2倍.另外,该三元催化剂显著增强乙醇的氧化反应,在室温下其电流密度为Pt/C的3倍.

  13. Nanoclusters a bridge across disciplines

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    2010-01-01

    This comprehensive book on Nanoclusters comprises sixteen authoritative chapters written by leading researchers in the field. It provides insight into topics that are currently at the cutting edge of cluster science, with the main focus on metal and metal compound systems that are of particular interest in materials science, and also on aspects related to biology and medicine. While there are numerous books on clusters, the focus on clusters as a bridge across disciplines sets this book apart from others. Delivers cutting edge coverage of cluster science Covers a broad range of topics in

  14. Role of Bi promotion and solvent in platinum-catalyzed alcohol oxidation probed by in situ X-ray absorption and ATR-IR spectroscopy

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    Mondelli, C.; Grunwaldt, Jan-Dierk; Ferri, D.

    2010-01-01

    the catalysts under working conditions using in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR), aiming at uncovering the roles of the metal promoter and the reaction medium. XAS confirms that Bi is oxidized more easily than Pt, maintaining the catalytic....... This behaviour is not observed in the presence of Bi, whose geometric effect (site blocking) is interpreted as additionally limiting the adsorption of toluene and the premature deactivation of Pt. ATR-IR spectroscopy during CO adsorption on Pt and during reaction indicates that Bi is located rather on extended...

  15. Poly (dopamine) coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanocluster for noninvasive labeling, tracking, and targeted delivery of adipose tissue-derived stem cells

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    Liao, Naishun; Wu, Ming; Pan, Fan; Lin, Jiumao; Li, Zuanfang; Zhang, Da; Wang, Yingchao; Zheng, Youshi; Peng, Jun; Liu, Xiaolong; Liu, Jingfeng

    2016-01-01

    Tracking and monitoring of cells in vivo after transplantation can provide crucial information for stem cell therapy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) combined with contrast agents is believed to be an effective and non-invasive technique for cell tracking in living bodies. However, commercial superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) applied to label cells suffer from shortages such as potential toxicity, low labeling efficiency, and low contrast enhancing. Herein, the adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs) were efficiently labeled with SPIONs coated with poly (dopamine) (SPIONs cluster@PDA), without affecting their viability, proliferation, apoptosis, surface marker expression, as well as their self-renew ability and multi-differentiation potential. The labeled cells transplanted into the mice through tail intravenous injection exhibited a negative enhancement of the MRI signal in the damaged liver-induced by carbon tetrachloride, and subsequently these homed ADSCs with SPIONs cluster@PDA labeling exhibited excellent repair effects to the damaged liver. Moreover, the enhanced target-homing to tissue of interest and repair effects of SPIONs cluster@PDA-labeled ADSCs could be achieved by use of external magnetic field in the excisional skin wound mice model. Therefore, we provide a facile, safe, noninvasive and sensitive method for external magnetic field targeted delivery and MRI based tracking of transplanted cells in vivo.

  16. Electron correlations and silicon nanocluster energetics

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    The first-principle prediction of nanocluster stable structure is often hampered by the existence of many isomer configurations with energies close to the ground state. This fact attaches additional importance to many-electron effects going beyond density functional theory (DFT), because their contributions may change a subtle energy order of competitive structures. To analyze this problem, we consider, as an example, the energetics of silicon nanoclusters passivated by hydrogen Si$_{10}$H$_{...

  17. An ultrafast look at Au nanoclusters.

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    Yau, Sung Hei; Varnavski, Oleg; Goodson, Theodore

    2013-07-16

    In the past 20 years, researchers studying nanomaterials have uncovered many new and interesting properties not found in bulk materials. Extensive research has focused on metal nanoparticles (>3 nm) because of their potential applications, such as in molecular electronics, image markers, and catalysts. In particular, the discovery of metal nanoclusters (properties for nanomaterials are intriguing, because for metal nanosystems in this size regime both size and shape determine electronic properties. Remarkably, changes in the optical properties of nanomaterials have provided tremendous insight into the electronic structure of nanoclusters. The success of synthesizing monolayer protected clusters (MPCs) in the condensed phase has allowed scientists to probe the metal core directly. Au MPCs have become the "gold" standard in nanocluster science, thanks to the rigorous structural characterization already accomplished. The use of ultrafast laser spectroscopy on MPCs in solution provides the benefit of directly studying the chemical dynamics of metal nanoclusters (core), and their nonlinear optical properties. In this Account, we investigate the optical properties of MPCs in the visible region using ultrafast spectroscopy. Based on fluorescence up-conversion spectroscopy, we propose an emission mechanism for these nanoclusters. These clusters behave differently from nanoparticles in terms of emission lifetimes as well as two-photon cross sections. Through further investigation of the transient (excited state) absorption, we have found many unique phenomena of nanoclusters, such as quantum confinement effects and vibrational breathing modes. In summary, based on the differences in the optical properties, the distinction between nanoclusters and nanoparticles appears at a size near 2.2 nm. This is consistent with simulations from a free-electron model proposed for MPCs. The use of ultrafast techniques on these nanoclusters can answer many of the fundamental questions about

  18. A nanocluster beacon based on the template transformation of DNA-templated silver nanoclusters.

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    Teng, Ye; Jia, Xiaofang; Zhang, Shan; Zhu, Jinbo; Wang, Erkang

    2016-01-28

    In this work, we developed a novel light-up nanocluster beacon (NCB) based on shuttling dark silver nanoclusters (NCs) to a bright scaffold through hybridization. The fluorescence enhancement was as high as 70-fold when the two templates were on the opposite sides of the duplexes, enabling sensitive and selective detection of DNA.

  19. Direct ethanol fuel cell, CO and ethanol oxidation on core-shell C/Ni-Au-[Pt and (Pt- Ir)] catalysts

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    Rodrigues, C.A.D.; Tremiliosi-Filho, G. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IQSC/USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica], Email: cesaraug@sc.usp.br; Kokoh, K.B.; Coutanceau, C.; Baranton, S. [Universite de Poitiers (France). Lab. de Catalyse en Chimie Organique (LACCO). Equipe Electrocatalyse

    2010-07-01

    In this paper presents to study of the Pt and Pt-Ir monolayer that were deposited on core-shell Ni-Au nanoparticles supported on carbon. Catalysts with the following molar ratios were prepared: Pt and Pt{sub 65}Ir{sub 35}, Pt{sub 75}Ir{sub 2}5, Pt{sub 80}Ir{sub 20} and Pt{sub 85}Ir{sub 15}. The means particle sizes were in the range of 2 - 6 nm for all catalysts. The electrochemical properties examined in the ethanol and CO oxidation by cyclic voltammetry, and In situ IR spectroscopy measurements (SPAIRS) enabled to determine intermediates and reaction products as a function of the metallic compositions of catalysts. All of the catalysts were tested as anodes of a single direct ethanol fuel cell (DEFC) tests in 1.0 M ethanol solution. As a result, higher power densities were obtained with the core-shell particles in comparison to those issued from the commercial catalyst (Pt-ETEK). Thus, the maximum power densities at 90 deg C for the different systems are: (i) commercial C/Pt catalyst (E-TEK): ca. 0.010 W cm{sup -2}, C/Ni-Au-(Pt{sub 85}Ir{sub 15}): ca. 0.013 W cm{sup -2} and C/Ni-Au-Pt: ca. 0.018 W cm{sup -2} (all core-shell systems were normalization by Pt load). As a result, the performance of the core-shell nanoparticles is much better than that produced for the commercial catalyst and the C/Ni-Au-Pt system showed the best performance. (author)

  20. Spin-Glass-Like Behavior and Topological Hall Effect in SrRuO3/SrIrO3 Superlattices for Oxide Spintronics Applications.

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    Pang, Bin; Zhang, Lunyong; Chen, Y B; Zhou, Jian; Yao, Shuhua; Zhang, Shantao; Chen, Yanfeng

    2017-01-25

    The heterostructure interface provides a powerful platform for exploring rich emergent phenomena, such as interfacial superconductivity and nontrivial topological surface states. Here, SrRuO3/SrIrO3 superlattices were epitaxially synthesized. The magnetic and magneto-transport properties of these superlattices were characterized. A broad cusp-type splitting in the zero-field-cooling/field-cooling temperature-dependent magnetization and magnetization relaxation, which follows the modified stretched function model, accompanied by double hysteresis magnetization loops were demonstrated. These physical effects were modulated by the SrIrO3 layer thickness, which confirms the coexistence of interfacial spin glass and ferromagnetic ordering in the superlattices. In addition, the topological Hall effect was observed at low temperatures, and it is weakened with the increase of the SrIrO3 layer thickness. These results suggest that a noncoplanar spin texture is generated at the SrRuO3/SrIrO3 interfaces because of the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. This work demonstrates that SrIrO3 can effectively induce interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions in superlattices, which would serve as a mechanism to develop spintronic devices with perovskite oxides.

  1. IR intensity

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    Spanget-Larsen, Jens

    2015-01-01

    Definitions, formulas, and code for producing epsilon values (molar absorption coefficients) and IR spectral curve from 'Gaussian' FREQ output.......Definitions, formulas, and code for producing epsilon values (molar absorption coefficients) and IR spectral curve from 'Gaussian' FREQ output....

  2. Investigation of helium at a Y2Ti2O7 nanocluster embedded in a BCC Fe matrix.

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    Danielson, Thomas; Tea, Eric; Hin, Celine

    2016-11-02

    Nanostructured ferritic alloys (NFAs) are prime candidates for structural and first wall components of fission and fusion reactors. The main reason for this is their ability to effectively withstand high concentrations of the transmutation product helium. A high number density of oxide nanoclusters dispersed throughout a BCC Fe matrix act as trapping sites for helium and prevent its eventual delivery to high risk nucleation sites. The current study uses density functional theory to investigate the helium trapping mechanisms at the boundary between BCC iron and Y2Ti2O7, a common stoichiometry of the oxide nanoclusters in NFAs. The investigation is carried out on a structure matched oxide nanocluster that is embedded within a BCC Fe supercell. Investigation of the electronic structure and a mapping of the potential energy landscape reveals that the localized iono-covalent bonds present within the oxides create a potential energy-well within the metallically bonded BCC Fe matrix, so that trapping of helium at the oxide nanocluster is thermodynamically and kinetically favorable.

  3. Homogeneously embedded Pt nanoclusters on amorphous titania matrix as highly efficient visible light active photocatalyst material

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    Sharma, Vipul; Kumar, Suneel; Krishnan, Venkata, E-mail: vkn@iitmandi.ac.in

    2016-08-15

    A novel and facile technique, based on colloidal synthesis route, has been utilized for the preparation of homogeneously embedded Pt nanoclusters on amorphous titania matrix. The material has been thoroughly characterized using high resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, powder x-ray diffraction, optical and Raman spectroscopic techniques to understand the morphology, structure and other physical characteristics. The photocatalytic activity of the material under visible light irradiation was demonstrated by investigations on the degradation of two organic dyes (methylene blue and rhodamine B). In comparison to other Pt−TiO{sub 2} based nanomaterials (core-shell, doped nanostructures, modified nanotubes, decorated nanospheres and binary nanocomposites), the embedded Pt nanoclusters on titania was found to be highly efficient for visible light active photocatalytic applications. The enhanced catalytic performance could be attributed to the efficient charge separation and decreased recombination of the photo generated electrons and holes at the Pt-titania interface and the availability of multiple metal-metal oxide interfaces due to homogeneous embedment of Pt nanoclusters on amorphous titania. In essence, this work illustrates that homogeneous embedment of noble metal nanoparticles/nanoclusters on semiconductor metal oxide matrices can lead to tuning of the photophysical properties of the final material and eventually enhance its photocatalytic activity. - Highlights: • Homogeneously embedded Pt nanoclusters on amorphous titania matrix has been prepared. • Facile low temperature colloidal synthesis technique has been used. • Enhanced catalytic performance could be observed. • Work can pave way for tuning photocatalytic activity of composite materials.

  4. Surface-Induced Melting of Metal Nanoclusters

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    YANG Quan-Wen; ZHU Ru-Zeng; WEI Jiu-An; WEN Yu-Hua

    2004-01-01

    @@ We investigate the size effect on melting of metal nanoclusters by molecular dynamics simulation and thermodynamic theory based on Kofman's melt model. By the minimization of the free energy of metal nanoclusters with respect to the thickness of the surface liquid layer, it has been found that the nanoclusters of the same metal have the same premelting temperature Tpre = T0 - T0(γsv -γlv -γst)/(ρLξ) (T0 is the melting point of bulk metal, γsv the solid-vapour interfacial free energy, γlv the liquid-vapour interfacial free energy, γsl the solid-liquid interfacial free energy, ρ the density of metal, L the latent heat of bulk metal, and ξ the characteristic length of surface-interface interaction) to be independent of the size of nanoclusters, so that the characteristic length ξ ofa metal can be obtained easily by Tpre, which can be obtained by experiments or molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The premelting temperature Tpre of Cu is obtained by MD simulations, then ξ is obtained.The melting point Tcm is further predicted by free energy analysis and is in good agreement with the result of our MD simulations. We also predict the maximum premelting-liquid width of Cu nanoclusters with various sizes and the critical size, below which there is no premelting.

  5. Bifunctional electrodes with ir and Ru oxide mixtures and pt for unified regenerative cells; Electrodos bifuncionales basados en mezclas de oxidos de Ir y Ru con Pt para celdas regenerativas unificadas

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    Duron-Torres, S.M.; Escalante-Garcia, I.L. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Zacatecas (Mexico); Cruz, J. C.; Arriaga-Hurtado; L.G. [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica, Pedro Escobedo, Queretaro (Mexico)]. E-mail: duronsm@prodigy.net.mx

    2009-09-15

    Unified regenerative fuel cells (URFC) represent an attractive option to obtain hydrogen and generate energy using a compact device. Nevertheless, the fusion of a fuel cell (PEMFC) and a water electrolyzer continue to be a challenge because of the wide range of conditions to which this type of device is subject. Because of its kinetic characteristics, oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in PEMFC and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in PEMWE are the limiting stages of the URFC depending on the mode of operation. The primary focus of research related to URFC is the obtainment of bifunctional electrocatalysts that satisfactorily perform in both oxygen reactions and support the different working conditions found in a fuel cell and an electrolyzer. The present work contributes to the research on bifunctional electrocatalysts and shows some preliminary results from the electrochemical study of different Pt gcc, IrO{sub 2} and RuO{sub 2} mixtures supported in Ebonex® as oxygen electrodes. The electrochemical characterization with cyclic voltamperometry (CV), linear voltamperometry (LV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} 0.5 M, in the absence and present of oxygen shows that Ebonex®-supported bifunctional electrodes IrO{sub 2}-Pt and RuO{sub 2}-Pt present reasonable electrocatalytic properties for oxygen evolution and reduction reactions and present the possibility of their use in an URFC. The Ir- based oxide electrodes show greater stability than ruthenium-oxide electrodes. [Spanish] Las celdas de combustible regenerativas unificadas (URFC) representan una atractiva opcion para la obtencion de hidrogeno y generacion de energia en un dispositivo compacto. Sin embargo, la fusion de una celda de combustible (PEMFC) y un electrolizador de agua (PEMWE) sigue siendo un reto por la amplia gama de condiciones a que se sujeta un dispositivo de este tipo. Por sus caracteristicas cineticas, la reaccion de reduccion de oxigeno (ORR) en la PEMFC y la

  6. Adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode: An in situ IR spectroscopy search for adsorbed reaction intermediates

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    Zenonas Jusys

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available As part of a mechanistic study of the electrooxidation of C1 molecules we have systematically investigated the dissociative adsorption/oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode under experimental conditions optimizing the chance for detecting weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates. Employing in situ IR spectroscopy in an attenuated total reflection configuration (ATR-FTIRS with p-polarized IR radiation to further improve the signal-to-noise ratio, and using low reaction temperatures (3 °C and deuterium substitution to slow down the reaction kinetics and to stabilize weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates, we could detect an IR absorption band at 1660 cm−1 characteristic for adsorbed formyl intermediates. This assignment is supported by an isotope shift in wave number. Effects of temperature, potential and deuterium substitution on the formation and disappearance of different adsorbed species (COad, adsorbed formate, adsorbed formyl, are monitored and quantified. Consequences on the mechanism for dissociative adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde are discussed.

  7. Body composition in Mexican adults by air displacement plethysmography (ADP) with the BOD-POD and deuterium oxide dilution using infrared spectroscopy (IRS-DOD).

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    Macías, Nayeli; Calderón de la Barca, Ana María; Bolaños, Adriana V; Alemán, Heliodoro; Esparza, Julián; Valencia, Mauro E

    2002-09-01

    Thirty four subjects (13 men and 21 women), 24 to 70 years old from northern Mexico, were measured for body density by air displacement plethysmography (ADP) with the BOD-POD, and for total body water by deuterium oxide dilution and infrared spectroscopy (IRS-DOD). Subjects were given a 30 g dose of deuterium oxide. Saliva samples were filtered, sublimated, and deuterium was measured using a Miran 1 FF, IRS. Linear regression of the fat mass (FM) derived from both methods showed that the intercept (0.071) was not different from zero (p = .96) and the slope was 0.96 (p < .0001) demonstrating the techniques to be equivalent. Further, mean FM was 26.7 +/- 12.4 and 25.6 +/- 12.4 kg, for IRS-DOD and ADP techniques, respectively (p = .08). Precision analysis by the model R2 showed that 92.3% of the variability was explained (SEM = 3.4 kg). Bland-Altman analysis showed no significant bias (r = 0.017; p = .93). Mean difference between methods was -1.08 (CI: -2.3 to + 0.13) kg FM.

  8. Fluorescence enhancement of DNA-silver nanoclusters from guanine proximity

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    Yeh, Hsin-chih [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sharma, Jaswinder [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Yoo, Hyojong [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Martinez, Jennifer S [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-01-01

    Oligonucleotide-templated, silver nanoclusters (DNA/Ag NCs) are a versatile set of fluorophores and have already been used for live cell imaging, detection of specific metal ions, and single-nucleotide variation identification. Compared to commonly used organic dyes, these fluorescent nanoclusters have much better photostability and are often a few times brighter. Owing to their small size, simple preparation, and biocompatibility (i.e. made of nontoxic metals), DNA/Ag NCs should find more applications in biological imaging and chemical detection in the years to come. While clearly promising as new fluorophores, DNA/Ag NCs possess a unique and poorly understood dynamic process not shared by organic dyes or photoluminescent nanocrystals - the conversion among different NC species due to silver oxidation/reduction or NC regrouping. While this environmental sensitivity can be viewed as a drawback, in the appropriate context, it can be used as a sensor or reporter. Often reversible, conversions among different NC species have been found to depend upon a number of factors, including time, temperature, oxygen and salt content. In this communication, we report significant fluorescence enhancement of DNA/Ag NCs via interactions with guanine-rich DNA sequences. Moreover, we demonstrated this property can be used for sensitive detection of specific target DNA from a human oncogene (i.e. Braf gene).

  9. Kinetic and mechanistic investigations of chlorocomplex of Ru(III and Ir(III catalyzed oxidation of d-fructose by N-bromophthalimide in acidic medium

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    Neerja Sachdev

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The kinetic and mechanistic studies of Ru(III and Ir(III homogeneously catalyzed oxidation of d-fructose (d-fru by N-bromophthalimide (NBP in the presence of aqueous perchloric acid medium have been made at 303 K using mercuric acetate as Br− ion scavenger. The stoichiometry and the oxidation products in both catalysts were found to be the same. The determined stoichiometric ratio was found to be 1:2 ([d-fru]:[NBP]. Arabinonic and formic acids were obtained as the major oxidized products of both the reactions. The kinetics of the reaction were studied as a function of temperature, ionic strength, concentration of the salt, concentration of the added reaction product, and the dielectric constant of the medium to learn the mechanistic aspects of the reaction. Possible mechanisms are proposed, which are consistent with the kinetics, stoichiometry and products of the reaction.

  10. PHOTOOXIDATION OF ORGANIC WASTES USING SEMICONDUCTOR NANOCLUSTERS

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    Wilcoxon, Jess P.

    2000-12-31

    It would be a major boon to have a visible light absorbing semiconductor catalytic material available, which is also photostable and non-toxic. Such a photocatalyst would make it possible to exploit sunlight as the sole energy source required for detoxification. To this end we have employed our expertise in nanocluster synthesis and processing to make and purify nanoparticles of MoS2. The band-gap and absorbance edges of these nanoparticles can be adjusted by particle size based upon the quantum confinement of the electron-hole pair. In a recent paper we demonstrated the use of these new photocatalysts to destroy phenol, and demonstrated a strong effect of size or band-gap on the rate of photo-oxidation.5 In this research we investigate the photooxidation kinetics and products formed for a standard material, Degussa P-25 TiO2, as compared to nanosize TiO2, SnO2, and MoS2. We examined the light intensity dependence for nanosize SnO2 compared to TiO2 (Degussa), and the effect o f size on photooxidation kinetics for both SnO2 and MoS2. We studied photooxidation in aqueous systems and, for the first time, a system consisting almost entirely of a polar organic, acetonitrile. Our primary objective was to develop an entirely new class of material: nanosize semiconductors with visible bandgaps and to engineer these material's properties to allow us to photooxidize toxic organic compounds in water on a reasonable time scale ({approx}8 hrs). A second objective was to study how certain material properties such as size, surface treatment, and material type affect the efficiency of the photocatalytic process as well as optimizing these features.

  11. In-Situ FT-IR Investigation of Partial Oxidation of Methane to Syngas over Rh/SiO2 Catalyst

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    Tinghua Wu; Dongmin Lin; Ying Wu; Xiaoping Zhou; Qiangu Yan; Weizheng Weng; Huilin Wan

    2007-01-01

    Partial oxidation of methane to syngas(POM)over Rh/SiO2 catalyst was investigated using in-situ FT-IR.when methane interacted with 1.0wt%Rh/SiO2 catalyst,it was dissociated to adsorbed hydrogen and CHx species.The adsorbed hydrogen atoms were transferred to SiO2 surface by "spill-over" and reacted with lattice oxygen to form surface-OH species.POM mechanism was investigated over Rh/SiO2 catalyst using in-situ FT-IR.It Was found that CO2 Was formed before CO could be detected when CH4 and O2 were introduced over the preoxidized Rh/SiO2 catalyst,whereas CO Was detected before CO2 Was formed over the prereduced Rh/SiO2 catalyst.

  12. Developing a Millifluidic Platform for the Synthesis of Ultrasmall Nanoclusters: Ultrasmall Copper Nanoclusters as a Case Study

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    Biswas, Sanchita; Miller, Jeffrey T; Li, Yuehao; Nandakumar, Krishnaswamy; Kumar, Challa S.S.R.

    2012-02-02

    The future of lab-on-a-chip devices for the synthesis of nanomaterials hinges on the successful development of high-throughput methods with better control over their size. While significant effort in this direction mainly focuses on developing “difficult to fabricate” complex microfluidic reactors, scant attention has been paid to the “easy to fabricate” and simple millifluidic systems that could provide the required control as well as high throughput. By utilizing numerical simulation of fluids within the millifluidic space at different flow rates, the results presented here show velocity profiles and residence time distributions similar to the case of microfluidics. By significantly reducing the residence time and residence time distribution, a continuous flow synthesis of ultrasmall copper nanoclusters (UCNCs) with exceptional colloidal stability is achieved. In-situ synchrotron-radiation-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) reveal that the as-prepared clusters are about 1 nm, which is further supported by transmission electron microscopy and UV–vis spectroscopy studies. The clusters reported here are the smallest ever produced using a lab-on-a-chip platform. When supported on silica, they are found to efficiently catalyze C–H oxidation reactions, hitherto unknown to be catalyzed by Cu. This work suggests that a millifluidic platform can be an inexpensive, versatile, easy-to-use, and powerful tool for nanoparticle synthesis in general, and more specifically for ultrasmall nanoclusters (UNCs).

  13. Plasmon tsunamis on metallic nanoclusters.

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    Lucas, A A; Sunjic, M

    2012-03-14

    A model is constructed to describe inelastic scattering events accompanying electron capture by a highly charged ion flying by a metallic nanosphere. The electronic energy liberated by an electron leaving the Fermi level of the metal and dropping into a deep Rydberg state of the ion is used to increase the ion kinetic energy and, simultaneously, to excite multiple surface plasmons around the positively charged hole left behind on the metal sphere. This tsunami-like phenomenon manifests itself as periodic oscillations in the kinetic energy gain spectrum of the ion. The theory developed here extends our previous treatment (Lucas et al 2011 New J. Phys. 13 013034) of the Ar(q+)/C(60) charge exchange system. We provide an analysis of how the individual multipolar surface plasmons of the metallic sphere contribute to the formation of the oscillatory gain spectrum. Gain spectra showing characteristic, tsunami-like oscillations are simulated for Ar(15+) ions capturing one electron in distant collisions with Al and Na nanoclusters.

  14. Fluorescent DNA Stabilized Silver Nanoclusters as Biosensors

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    Alfonso Latorre

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available DNA stabilized fluorescent silver nanoclusters are promising materials, of which fluorescent properties can be exploited to develop sensors. Particularly, the presence of a DNA strand in the structure has promoted the development of gene sensors where one part of the sensor is able to recognize the target gene sequence. Moreover, since oligonucleotides can be designed to have binding properties (aptamers a variety of sensors for proteins and cells have been developed using silver nanoclusters. In this review the applications of this material as sensors of different biomolecules are summarized.

  15. Chirality in Bare and Passivated Gold Nanoclusters

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    Garzon, I L; Rodrigues-Hernandez, J I; Sigal, I; Beltran, M R; Michaelian, K

    2002-01-01

    Chiral structures have been found as the lowest-energy isomers of bare (Au$_{28}$ and Au$_{55}) and thiol-passivated (Au$_{28}(SCH$_{3})$_{16}$ and Au$_{38}$(SCH$_{3}$)$_{24}) gold nanoclusters. The degree of chirality existing in the chiral clusters was calculated using the Hausdorff chirality measure. We found that the index of chirality is higher in the passivated clusters and decreases with the cluster size. These results are consistent with the observed chiroptical activity recently reported for glutahione-passivated gold nanoclusters, and provide theoretical support for the existence of chirality in these novel compounds.

  16. Screening of electrocatalysts for direct ammonia fuel cell: Ammonia oxidation on PtMe (Me: Ir, Rh, Pd, Ru) and preferentially oriented Pt(1 0 0) nanoparticles

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    Vidal-Iglesias, F.J.; Solla-Gullon, J.; Montiel, V.; Feliu, J.M.; Aldaz, A. [Instituto de Electroquimica, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, 03080 Alicante (Spain)

    2007-09-27

    Ammonia has attracted attention as a possible fuel for direct fuel cells since it is easy to handle and to transport as liquid or as concentrated aqueous solution. However, on noble metal electrodes ammonia oxidation is a sluggish reaction and the electrocatalyst needs to be improved for developing efficient ammonia fuel cells. In this work, ammonia electrooxidation reaction on 3-4-nm bimetallic PtMe (Ir, Rh, Pd, Ru) and on preferentially oriented Pt(1 0 0) nanoparticles is reported. PtMe nanoparticles have been prepared by using water-in-oil microemulsions to obtain a narrow size distribution whereas preferentially oriented Pt nanoparticles have been prepared through colloidal routes. Among all the bimetallic samples tested, only Pt{sub 75}Ir{sub 25} and Pt{sub 75}Rh{sub 25} nanoparticles show, at the low potential range, an enhancement of the oxidation density current with respect to the behaviour found for pure platinum nanoparticles prepared by the same method. In addition, two Pt(1 0 0) preferentially oriented nanoparticles of different particle size (4 and 9 nm) have been also studied. These oriented nanoparticles show higher current densities than polycrystalline Pt nanoparticles due to the sensitivity of ammonia oxidation toward the presence of surface sites with square symmetry. The reactivity of the different 4-nm nanoparticles parallels well with that expected from bulk PtMe alloys and Pt single crystal electrodes. (author)

  17. Iridium ultrasmall nanoparticles, worm-like chain nanowires, and porous nanodendrites: One-pot solvothermal synthesis and catalytic CO oxidation activity

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    Zhang, Tao; Li, Shuai-Chen; Zhu, Wei; Ke, Jun; Yu, Jing-Wen; Zhang, Zhi-Ping; Dai, Lin-Xiu; Gu, Jun; Zhang, Ya-Wen

    2016-06-01

    We report a facile one-pot solvothermal synthesis of monodisperse iridium (Ir) ultrasmall (1.5-2.5 nm in diameter) nanoparticles (NPs), worm-like chain nanowires (NWs), and porous nanodendrites (NDs), for which CO oxidation reaction has been employed as a probe reaction to investigate the effects of nanoparticle size and surface-capping organics on the catalytic activities. Time-dependent experiments revealed that an oriented attachment mechanism induced by the strong adsorption of halide anions (Br- and I-) on specific facet of Ir nanoclusters or by decreasing the reduction rate of Ir precursors with changing their concentrations during the synthesis was responsible for the formation of Ir NWs and NDs. Annealing tests indicated that an O2-H2 atmosphere treatment turned out to be an effective measure to clean up the surface-capping organics of Ir NPs supported on commercial SiO2. Catalytic CO oxidation reaction illustrated that a significant improvement in the catalytic activity of CO oxidation reaction was achieved together with the changing of activation energies after such atmosphere treatment for the supported catalysts of the ultrasmall Ir NPs. It is noteworthy that this enhancement in catalytic activity could be ascribed to the changes in the surface status (including populations of Ir species in metallic and oxidized states, removal of surface capping organics, the variety of active sites, and total effective active site number) for the supported nanocatalysts during the atmosphere treatment.

  18. Electrocatalytic Performance of Ir Catalyst Supported on Macroporous Carbon for Ammonia Oxidation%大孔炭载Ir催化剂对氨氧化的电催化性能

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    李林儒; 陈冲; 徐斌; 曹高萍; 杨裕生; 陆天虹

    2012-01-01

    Macroporous carbon supported Ir (Ir/MC) and Vulcan XC-72 carbon supported Ir (Ir/XC ) catalysts were prepared respectively. Based on the characterization of the catalysts using the energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy, the electrocatalytic performances of the two catalysts for the ammonia oxidation were investigated. It was found that the peak current density of the ammonia oxidation at the Ir/MC catalyst electrode is 38. 7% larger than that at the Ir/XC catalyst electrode and the electrocatalytic stability of the Ir/MC catalyst is better than that of the Ir/XC catalyst. Because the average size and the relative crystallinity of the Ir particles in the Ir/MC catalyst is similar to that in the Ir/XC catalyst, the above results can be attributed to the larger pore size and porosity as well as the higher conductivity due to the high graphitization extent of MC.%分别以大孔炭(MC)和Vulcan XC-72炭黑(XC)为载体,制备了Ir/MC和Ir/XC催化剂.在用X射线能量色散谱(EDS)、X射线衍射(XRD)谱、拉曼光谱对催化剂表征的基础上,用电化学技术研究了2种炭载Ir催化剂对氨氧化的电催化性能,发现氨在Ir/MC催化剂电极上,氧化峰峰电流密度比在Ir/XC催化剂电极上大38.7%左右,而且电催化稳定性明显好于Ir/XC催化剂.由于Ir/MC和Ir/XC催化剂的Ir粒子平均粒径和相对结晶度相似,因此,这只能归结于MC有大的孔径和孔率及高的石墨化程度引起的高电导率.所以MC是一种比XC更好的催化剂的炭载体.

  19. Surface mediated assembly of small, metastable gold nanoclusters

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    Pettibone, John M.; Osborn, William A.; Rykaczewski, Konrad; Talin, A. Alec; Bonevich, John E.; Hudgens, Jeffrey W.; Allendorf, Mark D.

    2013-06-01

    The unique properties of metallic nanoclusters are attractive for numerous commercial and industrial applications but are generally less stable than nanocrystals. Thus, developing methodologies for stabilizing nanoclusters and retaining their enhanced functionality is of great interest. We report the assembly of PPh3-protected Au9 clusters from a heterogeneous mixture into films consisting of sub 3 nm nanocluster assemblies. The depositing nanoclusters are metastable in solution, but the resulting nanocluster assemblies are stabilized indefinitely in air or fresh solvent. The films exhibit distinct structure from Au nanoparticles observed by X-ray diffraction, and film dissolution data support the preservation of small nanoclusters. UV-Vis spectroscopy, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electron microscopy are used to elucidate information regarding the nanocluster formation and assembly mechanism. Preferential deposition of nanocluster assemblies can be achieved on multiple substrates, including polymer, Cr, Si, SiO2, SiNx, and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Unlike other vapor phase coating processes, nanocluster assembly on the MIL-68(In) MOF crystal is capable of preferentially coating the external surface and stabilizing the crystal structure in hydrothermal conditions, which should enhance their storage, separation and delivery capabilities.The unique properties of metallic nanoclusters are attractive for numerous commercial and industrial applications but are generally less stable than nanocrystals. Thus, developing methodologies for stabilizing nanoclusters and retaining their enhanced functionality is of great interest. We report the assembly of PPh3-protected Au9 clusters from a heterogeneous mixture into films consisting of sub 3 nm nanocluster assemblies. The depositing nanoclusters are metastable in solution, but the resulting nanocluster assemblies are stabilized indefinitely in air or fresh solvent. The

  20. Silver nanoclusters emitting weak NIR fluorescence biomineralized by BSA

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    Li, Baoshun; Li, Jianjun; Zhao, Junwu

    2015-01-01

    Noble metal (e.g., gold and silver) nanomaterials possess unique physical and chemical properties. In present work, silver nanoclusters (also known as silver quantum clusters or silver quantum dots) were synthesized by bovine serum albumin (BSA) biomineralization. The synthesized silver nanoclusters were characterized by UV-VIS absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, upconversion emission spectroscopy, TEM, HRTEM and FTIR spectroscopy. TEM results showed that the average size of the silver nanoclusters was 2.23 nm. Fluorescence results showed that these silver nanoclusters could emit weak near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence (the central emission wavelength being about 765 nm). And the central excitation wavelength was about 395 nm, in the UV spectral region. These silver nanoclusters showed an extraordinarily large gap (about 370 nm) between the central excitation wavelength and central emission wavelength. In addition, it was found that these silver nanoclusters possess upconversion emission property. Upconversion emission results showed that the upconversion emission spectrum of the silver nanoclusters agreed well with their normal fluorescence emission spectrum. The synthesized silver nanoclusters showed high stability in aqueous solution and it was considered that they might be confined in BSA molecules. It was found that silver nanoclusters might enhance and broaden the absorption of proteins, and the protein absorption peak showed an obvious red shift (being 7 nm) after the formation of silver nanoclusters.

  1. The Nanocluster Trap endstation at BESSY II

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    Tobias Lau

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available The Nanocluster Trap endstation at BESSY II combines a cryogenic linear radio-frequency ion trap with an applied magnetic field for x-ray magnetic circular dichroism studies of cold and size-selected trapped ions. Applications include atomic, molecular, and cluster ions as well as ionic complexes.

  2. Magnetic Ordering in Gold Nanoclusters

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    Agrachev, Mikhail; Antonello, Sabrina; Dainese, Tiziano; Ruzzi, Marco; Zoleo, Alfonso; Aprà, Edoardo; Govind, Niranjan; Fortunelli, Alessandro; Sementa, Luca; Maran, Flavio

    2017-06-12

    Several research groups have observed magnetism in monolayer-protected gold-cluster samples, but the results were often contradictory and thus a clear understanding of this phenomenon is still missing. We used Au25(SCH2CH2Ph)180, which is a paramagnetic cluster that can be prepared with atomic precision and whose structure is known precisely. Previous magnetometry studies only detected paramagnetism. We used samples representing a range of crystallographic orders and studied their magnetic behaviors by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). As a film, Au25(SCH2CH2Ph)180 displays paramagnetic behavior but, at low temperature, ferromagnetic interactions are detectable. One or few single crystals undergo physical reorientation with the applied field and display ferromagnetism, as detected through hysteresis experiments. A large collection of microcrystals is magnetic even at room temperature and shows distinct paramagnetic, superparamagnetic, and ferromagnetic behaviors. Simulation of the EPR spectra shows that both spin-orbit coupling and crystal distortion are important to determine the observed magnetic behaviors. DFT calculations carried out on single cluster and periodic models predict values of spin6orbit coupling and crystal6splitting effects in agreement with the EPR derived quantities. Magnetism in gold nanoclusters is thus demonstrated to be the outcome of a very delicate balance of factors. To obtain reproducible results, the samples must be (i) controlled for composition and thus be monodispersed with atomic precision, (ii) of known charge state, and (iii) well defined also in terms of crystallinity and experimental conditions. This study highlights the efficacy of EPR spectroscopy to provide a molecular understanding of these phenomena

  3. Effects of trimethylaluminium and tetrakis(ethylmethylamino) hafnium in the early stages of the atomic-layer-deposition of aluminum oxide and hafnium oxide on hydroxylated GaN nanoclusters.

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    León-Plata, Paola A; Coan, Mary R; Seminario, Jorge M

    2013-10-01

    We calculate the interactions of two atomic layer deposition (ALD) reactants, trimethylaluminium (TMA) and tetrakis(ethylmethylamino) hafnium (TEMAH) with the hydroxylated Ga-face of GaN clusters when aluminum oxide and hafnium oxide, respectively, are being deposited. The GaN clusters are suitable as testbeds for the actual Ga-face on practical GaN nanocrystals of importance not only in electronics but for several other applications in nanotechnology. We find that TMA spontaneously interacts with hydroxylated GaN; however it does not follow the atomic layer deposition reaction path unless there is an excess in potential energy introduced in the clusters at the beginning of the optimization, for instance, using larger bond lengths of various bonds in the initial structures. TEMAH also does not interact with hydroxylated GaN, unless there is an excess in potential energy. The formation of a Ga-N(CH3)(CH2CH3) bond during the ALD of HfO2 using TEMAH as the reactant without breaking the Hf-N bond could be the key part of the mechanism behind the formation of an interface layer at the HfO2/GaN interface.

  4. Thermodynamic stability of ligand-protected metal nanoclusters

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    Taylor, Michael G.; Mpourmpakis, Giannis

    2017-01-01

    Despite the great advances in synthesis and structural determination of atomically precise, thiolate-protected metal nanoclusters, our understanding of the driving forces for their colloidal stabilization is very limited. Currently there is a lack of models able to describe the thermodynamic stability of these ‘magic-number’ colloidal nanoclusters as a function of their atomic-level structural characteristics. Herein, we introduce the thermodynamic stability theory, derived from first principles, which is able to address stability of thiolate-protected metal nanoclusters as a function of the number of metal core atoms and thiolates on the nanocluster shell. Surprisingly, we reveal a fine energy balance between the core cohesive energy and the shell-to-core binding energy that appears to drive nanocluster stabilization. Our theory applies to both charged and neutral systems and captures a large number of experimental observations. Importantly, it opens new avenues for accelerating the discovery of stable, atomically precise, colloidal metal nanoclusters. PMID:28685777

  5. Thermodynamic stability of ligand-protected metal nanoclusters

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    Taylor, Michael G.; Mpourmpakis, Giannis

    2017-07-01

    Despite the great advances in synthesis and structural determination of atomically precise, thiolate-protected metal nanoclusters, our understanding of the driving forces for their colloidal stabilization is very limited. Currently there is a lack of models able to describe the thermodynamic stability of these `magic-number' colloidal nanoclusters as a function of their atomic-level structural characteristics. Herein, we introduce the thermodynamic stability theory, derived from first principles, which is able to address stability of thiolate-protected metal nanoclusters as a function of the number of metal core atoms and thiolates on the nanocluster shell. Surprisingly, we reveal a fine energy balance between the core cohesive energy and the shell-to-core binding energy that appears to drive nanocluster stabilization. Our theory applies to both charged and neutral systems and captures a large number of experimental observations. Importantly, it opens new avenues for accelerating the discovery of stable, atomically precise, colloidal metal nanoclusters.

  6. Electrochemical oxidation of trace organic contaminants in reverse osmosis concentrate using RuO2/IrO2-coated titanium anodes.

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    Radjenovic, Jelena; Bagastyo, Arseto; Rozendal, René A; Mu, Yang; Keller, Jürg; Rabaey, Korneel

    2011-02-01

    During membrane treatment of secondary effluent from wastewater treatment plants, a reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC) containing trace organic contaminants is generated. As the latter are of concern, effective and economic treatment methods are required. Here, we investigated electrochemical oxidation of ROC using Ti/Ru(0.7)Ir(0.3)O(2) electrodes, focussing on the removal of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), specific ultra-violet absorbance at 254 nm (SUVA(254)), and 28 pharmaceuticals and pesticides frequently encountered in secondary treated effluents. The experiments were conducted in a continuously fed reactor at current densities (J) ranging from 1 to 250 A m(-2) anode, and a batch reactor at J = 250 A m(-2). Higher mineralization efficiency was observed during batch oxidation (e.g. 25.1 ± 2.7% DOC removal vs 0% removal in the continuous reactor after applying specific electrical charge, Q = 437.0 A h m(-3) ROC), indicating that DOC removal is depending on indirect oxidation by electrogenerated oxidants that accumulate in the bulk liquid. An initial increase and subsequent slow decrease in SUVA(254) during batch mode suggests the introduction of auxochrome substituents (e.g. -Cl, NH(2)Cl, -Br, and -OH) into the aromatic compounds. Contrarily, in the continuous reactor ring-cleaving oxidation products were generated, and SUVA(254) removal correlated with applied charge. Furthermore, 20 of the target pharmaceuticals and pesticides completely disappeared in both the continuous and batch experiments when applying J ≥ 150 A m(-2) (i.e. Q ≥ 461.5 A h m(-3)) and 437.0 A h m(-3) (J = 250 A m(-2)), respectively. Compounds that were more persistent during continuous oxidation were characterized by the presence of electrophilic groups on the aromatic ring (e.g. triclopyr) or by the absence of stronger nucleophilic substituents (e.g. ibuprofen). These pollutants were oxidized when applying higher specific electrical charge in batch mode (i.e. 1.45 kA h m(-3) ROC

  7. Cytotoxicity of nucleus-targeting fluorescent gold nanoclusters

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    Zhao, Jing-Ya; Cui, Ran; Zhang, Zhi-Ling; Zhang, Mingxi; Xie, Zhi-Xiong; Pang, Dai-Wen

    2014-10-01

    Gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) with ultra small sizes and unique fluorescence properties have shown promising potential for imaging the nuclei of living cells. However, little is known regarding the potential cytotoxicity of AuNCs after they enter the cell nucleus. The aim of this study is to investigate whether and how nucleus-targeting AuNCs affect the normal functioning of cells. Highly stable, water-soluble and bright fluorescent Au25NCs (the core of each nanocluster is composed of 25 gold atoms) were synthesized. Specific targeting of Au25NCs to the cell nucleus was achieved by conjugating the TAT peptide to the Au25NCs. Cell viability, cell morphology, cell apoptosis/necrosis, reactive oxygen species (ROS) level and mitochondrial membrane potential examinations were performed on different cell lines exposed to the nucleus-targeting Au25NCs. We found that the nucleus-targeting Au25NCs caused cell apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner. A possible mechanism for the cytotoxicity of the nucleus-targeting Au25NCs was proposed as follows: the nucleus-targeting Au25NCs induce the production of ROS, resulting in the oxidative degradation of mitochondrial components, in turn leading to apoptosis via a mitochondrial damage pathway. This work facilitates a better understanding of the toxicity of AuNCs, especially nucleus-targeting AuNCs.Gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) with ultra small sizes and unique fluorescence properties have shown promising potential for imaging the nuclei of living cells. However, little is known regarding the potential cytotoxicity of AuNCs after they enter the cell nucleus. The aim of this study is to investigate whether and how nucleus-targeting AuNCs affect the normal functioning of cells. Highly stable, water-soluble and bright fluorescent Au25NCs (the core of each nanocluster is composed of 25 gold atoms) were synthesized. Specific targeting of Au25NCs to the cell nucleus was achieved by conjugating the TAT peptide to the Au25NCs. Cell viability, cell

  8. The effect of iridium oxidation state on the electronic properties of perovskite-type solid solutions: Ba2-xLaxInIrO6 and BaLaIn1-yCayIrO6

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    Flynn, Joshua; Li, Jun; Ramirez, Arthur P.; Subramanian, M. A.

    2017-03-01

    Two novel solid solution series, Ba2-xLaxInIrO6 (x=0-1.0) and BaLaIn1-yCayIrO6 (y=0-1.0), were prepared and several changes in structure, moment and charge transport were observed. The Ba2-xLaxInIrO6 series exhibits a transition from a 6M polytype to an orthorhombic perovskite structure with increased La content whereas the BaLaIn1-yCayIrO6 series transitioned from a disordered, orthorhombic perovskite to an ordered, cubic perovskite with increased Ca content. Seebeck measurements for both systems showed that Ir(IV)-rich compounds tended to have a n-type conduction mechanism while Ir(V)-rich compounds tended to be p-type. Both systems were found to be semiconducting and the magnitude of the resistivity is dependent on crystal structure and Ir environment. Magnetic measurements show that the μeff values for both systems are significantly less than predicted for Ir(IV) (1.73 μB) and greater than predicted for Ir(V) (0 μB). These results are compared to other iridate compound families.

  9. Application of monodentate secondary phosphine oxides, a new class of chiral ligands, in Ir(I)-catalyzed asymmetric imine hydrogenation

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    Jiang, X.B.; Minnaard, A.J.; Hessen, B.; Feringa, B.L.; Duchateau, A.L.L.; Andrien, J.G.O.; Boogers, J.A.F.; de Vries, J.G.; L. L. Duschateau, A.

    2003-01-01

    Secondary phosphine oxides were prepared from R1PCl2 and R2MgBr, followed by hydrolysis. They were obtained in an enantiopure form by preparative chiral HPLC. These new monodentate ligands were tested in the iridium-catalyzed hydrogenation of imines at 25 bar. Enantioselectivities up to 76% were obt

  10. Selective Alcohol Oxidation by a Copper TEMPO Catalyst: Mechanistic Insights by Simultaneously Coupled Operando EPR/UV-Vis/ATR-IR Spectroscopy.

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    Rabeah, Jabor; Bentrup, Ursula; Stößer, Reinhard; Brückner, Angelika

    2015-09-28

    The first coupled operando EPR/UV-Vis/ATR-IR spectroscopy setup for mechanistic studies of gas-liquid phase reactions is presented and exemplarily applied to the well-known copper/TEMPO-catalyzed (TEMPO=(2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-yl)oxyl) oxidation of benzyl alcohol. In contrast to previous proposals, no direct redox reaction between TEMPO and Cu(I) /Cu(II) has been detected. Instead, the role of TEMPO is postulated to be the stabilization of a (bpy)(NMI)Cu(II) -O2 (⋅-) -TEMPO (bpy=2,2'-bipyridine, NMI=N-methylimidazole) intermediate formed by electron transfer from Cu(I) to molecular O2 .

  11. Formation of silver nanoclusters in transparent polyimides by Ag-K ion-exchange process

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    Carturan, S.; Quaranta, A.; Bonafini, M.; Vomiero, A.; Maggioni, G.; Mattei, G.; de Julián Fernández, C.; Bersani, M.; Mazzoldi, P.; Della Mea, G.

    2007-05-01

    Silver nanoclusters embedded in two transparent fluorinated polyimides, 4,4'-hexafluoroisopropylidene diphthalic anhydride 2,3,5,6-tetramethyl paraphenylene diamine (6FDA-DAD) and 3,3',4,4' biphenyltetracarboxylic acid dianhydride 1,1-bis(4-aminophenyl)-1-phenyl-2,2,2-trifluoroethane (BPDA-3F), have been produced by surface modification with KOH aqueous solution followed by K-assisted Ag doping and thermal reduction in hydrogen atmosphere. The reaction rate of the nucleophilic hydrolysis in KOH, studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), depends on the polyimide chemical structure. After ion-exchange in AgNO{3} solution and subsequent annealing, the polyimide structure recovery was monitored by FT-IR whereas the characteristic surface plasmon absorption band of silver nanoparticles was evidenced by optical absorption measurements. The structure of silver nanoclusters as related to size and size distribution in the different polyimide matrices was thoroughly investigated by Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The collected data evidenced a uniform distribution of Ag clusters of nanometric size after thermal treatment at 300 circC in both polyimides. For the same ion-exchange treatment parameters and annealing temperature, XRD analyses evidenced the presence of crystallites with similar sizes.

  12. Effect of helium nanoclusters on the spectroscopic properties of embedded SF6: Ionization, excitation and vibration

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    Dehdashti-Jahromi, M.; Farrokhpour, H.

    2017-02-01

    Ionization and excitation energies, IR and Raman spectra of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), located inside helium (He) nanoclusters with different sizes (SF6@Hen; n = 20, 40, 60), were calculated. The effect of the cluster size on the spectroscopic properties of the SF6 was investigated and found that the Hen-SF6 interaction in the He clusters with large number of atoms is small so that the ionization and absorption energies of SF6 are not affected while for small He nanoclusters the Hen-SF6 interaction is more important. The effect of Hen-SF6 interaction and deformation of the fragments on the photoelectron and absorption spectra of SF6@Hen were separated theoretically and discussed in details. It was deduced that the effect of the cluster size on the IR and Raman vibrational frequencies of the SF6 is negligible for the cluster size range considered in this work. Density functional theory (DFT) employing M06-2X functional and 6-31 + G(df) basis set were used for optimizing the structures of SF6@Hen. Symmetry adapted cluster-configuration interaction (SAC-CI) methodology, with the same basis set, were used to calculate the ionization and excitation energies of the SF6@Hen structures. Using the calculated ionization and absorption energies and their intensities, the photoelectron and absorption spectra of the considered SF6@Hen structures were simulated and compared with the experiment.

  13. Improving the Stability of Fluorescent Silver Nanoclusters

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    Swanson, Nicholas; Stanko, Danielle; Campbell, Ian; Wittmershaus, Bruce

    The quantum mechanical nature of noble metal nanoparticles results in them having optical properties much different from the bulk metal. Silver nanoclusters (AgNC), groups of 4 to 20 atoms, are characterized by strong optical transitions in the visible part of the spectrum giving them an appearance like fluorescent organic dyes. These nanoclusters can also have fluorescence quantum yields over 90%. Following the analysis of published results of DNA templated nanoclusters, we created a procedure for synthesizing AgNC. The AgNC have a high fluorescence quantum yield but degrade with a lifetime of only a few days when in solution at room temperature. Our goal in this study was to increase the stability of the AgNC towards improving their value as a fluorescent material in various applications, such as luminescent solar concentrators. To increase their stability, we've chosen to modify our procedure by removing oxygen from the solution after the sample has reacted. Oxygen removal caused a significant increase in the stability of the clusters over a given period of time. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number NSF-ECCS-1306157.

  14. Continuous and rapid synthesis of nanoclusters and nanocrystals using scalable microstructured reactors

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    Jin, Hyung Dae

    Recent advances in nanocrystalline materials production are expected to impact the development of next generation low-cost and/or high efficiency solar cells. For example, semiconductor nanocrystal inks are used to lower the fabrication cost of the absorber layers of the solar cells. In addition, some quantum confined nanocrystals display electron-hole pair generation phenomena with greater than 100% quantum yield, called multiple exciton generation (MEG). These quantum dots could potentially be used to fabricate solar cells that exceed the Schockley-Queisser limit. At present, continuous syntheses of nanoparticles using microreactors have been reported by several groups. Microreactors have several advantages over conventional batch synthesis. One advantage is their efficient heat transfer and mass transport. Another advantage is the drastic reduction in the reaction time, in many cases, down to minutes from hours. Shorter reaction time not only provides higher throughput but also provide better particle size control by avoiding aggregation and by reducing probability of oxidizing precursors. In this work, room temperature synthesis of Au11 nanoclusters and high temperature synthesis of chalcogenide nanocrystals were demonstrated using continuous flow microreactors with high throughputs. A high rate production of phosphine-stabilized Au11 nanoclusters was achieved using a layer-up strategy which involves the use of microlamination architectures; the patterning and bonding of thin layers of material (laminae) to create a multilayered micromixer in the range of 25-250 mum thick was used to step up the production of phosphine-stabilized Au11 nanoclusters. Continuous production of highly monodispersed phosphine-stabilized Au 11 nanoclusters at a rate of about 11.8 [mg/s] was achieved using a microreactor with a size of 1.687cm3. This result is about 30,000 times over conventional batch synthesis according to production rate/per reactor volume. We have elucidated the

  15. Formation of solid Kr nanoclusters in MgO

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    van Huis, MA; van Veen, A; Schut, H; Kooi, BJ; De Hosson, JTM

    2003-01-01

    The phenomenon of positron confinement enables us to investigate the electronic structure of nanoclusters embedded in host matrices. Solid Kr nanoclusters are a very interesting subject of investigation because of the very low predicted value of the positron affinity of bulk Kr. In this work,

  16. Synthesis and characterization of mixed ligand chiral nanoclusters

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    Guven, Zekiye P.

    2016-06-22

    Chiral mixed ligand silver nanoclusters were synthesized in the presence of a chiral and an achiral ligand. While the chiral ligand led mostly to the formation of nanoparticles, the presence of the achiral ligand drastically increased the yield of nanoclusters with enhanced chiral properties. © 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  17. Molecular interactions in particular Van der Waals nanoclusters

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    Jungclas, Hartmut; Schmidt, Lothar [Marburg Univ. (Germany). Chemistry Dept.; Komarov, Viacheslav V.; Popova, Anna M. [Marburg Univ. (Germany). Chemistry Dept.; Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation). Skobeltzin Inst. of Nuclear Physics

    2017-04-01

    A method is presented to analyse the interaction energies in a nanocluster, which is consisting of three neutral molecules bound by non-covalent long range Van der Waals forces. One of the molecules (M{sub 0}) in the nanocluster has a permanent dipole moment, whereas the two other molecules (M{sub 1} and M{sub 2}) are non-polar. Analytical expressions are obtained for the numerical calculation of the dispersion and induction energies of the molecules in the considered nanocluster. The repulsive forces at short intermolecular distances are taken into account by introduction of damping functions. Dispersion and induction energies are calculated for a nanocluster with a definite geometry, in which the polar molecule M{sub 0} is a linear hydrocarbon molecule C{sub 5}H{sub 10} and M{sub 1} and M{sub 2} are pyrene molecules. The calculations are done for fixed distances between the two pyrene molecules. The results show that the induction energies in the considered three-molecular nanocluster are comparable with the dispersion energies. Furthermore, the sum of induction energies in the substructure (M{sub 0}, M{sub 1}) of the considered nanocluster is much higher than the sum of induction energies in a two-molecular nanocluster with similar molecules (M{sub 0}, M{sub 1}) because of the absence of an electrostatic field in the latter case. This effect can be explained by the essential intermolecular induction in the three-molecular nanocluster.

  18. Passivation of cobalt nanocluster assembled thin films with hydrogen

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    Romero, C.P.; Volodin, A.; Di Vece, M.

    2012-01-01

    The effect of hydrogen passivation on bare and Pd capped cobalt nanocluster assembled thin films was studied with Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and magnetic force microscopy (MFM) after exposure to ambient conditions. The nanoclusters are produced in a laser vaporization cluster...

  19. Nanostructured transition metal oxides useful for water oxidation catalysis

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    Frei, Heinz M; Jiao, Feng

    2013-12-24

    The present invention provides for a composition comprising a nanostructured transition metal oxide capable of oxidizing two H.sub.2O molecules to obtain four protons. In some embodiments of the invention, the composition further comprises a porous matrix wherein the nanocluster of the transition metal oxide is embedded on and/or in the porous matrix.

  20. Industrial Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalysts made from Co(neodecanoate)2 or Ni(2-ethylhexanoate)2 and AlEt3: evidence for nanoclusters and sub-nanocluster or larger Ziegler-nanocluster based catalysis.

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    Alley, William M; Hamdemir, Isil K; Wang, Qi; Frenkel, Anatoly I; Li, Long; Yang, Judith C; Menard, Laurent D; Nuzzo, Ralph G; Özkar, Saim; Yih, Kuang-Hway; Johnson, Kimberly A; Finke, Richard G

    2011-05-17

    Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalysts are important for industrial processes, namely, the large-scale selective hydrogenation of styrenic block copolymers. Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalysts are composed of a group 8-10 transition metal precatalyst plus an alkylaluminum cocatalyst (and they are not the same as Ziegler-Natta polymerization catalysts). However, for ∼50 years two unsettled issues central to Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalysis are the nature of the metal species present after catalyst synthesis, and whether the species primarily responsible for catalytic hydrogenation activity are homogeneous (e.g., monometallic complexes) or heterogeneous (e.g., Ziegler nanoclusters defined as metal nanoclusters made from combination of Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalyst precursors). A critical review of the existing literature (Alley et al. J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. 2010, 315, 1-27) and a recently published study using an Ir model system (Alley et al. Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 8131-8147) help to guide the present investigation of Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalysts made from the industrially favored precursors Co(neodecanoate)(2) or Ni(2-ethylhexanoate)(2), plus AlEt(3). The approach and methods used herein parallel those used in the study of the Ir model system. Specifically, a combination of Z-contrast scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS), and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy are used to characterize the transition metal species both before and after hydrogenation. Kinetic studies including Hg(0) poisoning experiments are utilized to test which species are the most active catalysts. The main findings are that, both before and after catalytic cyclohexene hydrogenation, the species present comprise a broad distribution of metal cluster sizes from subnanometer to nanometer scale particles, with estimated mean cluster diameters of about 1 nm for both Co and Ni. The

  1. IRS organigram

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    Messerschmid, Ernst

    1991-01-01

    Charts and graphs relative to magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thruster technology are given. The research activities at the Institute of Space Transportation, University of Stuttgart, are summarized. Information is given on the Institute's Electric Propulsion and Plasma Wind Tunnel; thermal arcjet research; the nozzle-type thruster, DT-IRS; nozzle-type MPD thrusters; a hot anode thruster; the DT6 thruster; the ZT-1 thruster; the cylindrical MPD thruster; and a comparison of continuous and quasi-steady MPD.

  2. In Vivo Renal Clearance, Biodistribution, Toxicity of Gold nanoclusters

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    Zhang, Xiao-Dong; Shen, Xiu; Liu, Pei-Xun; Fan, Fei-Yue; Fan, Sai-Jun; 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2012.03.020

    2012-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles have shown great prospective in cancer diagnosis and therapy, but they can not be metabolized and prefer to accumulate in liver and spleen due to their large size. The gold nanoclusters with small size can penetrate kidney tissue and have promise to decrease in vivo toxicity by renal clearance. In this work, we explore the in vivo renal clearance, biodistribution, and toxicity responses of the BSA- and GSH-protected gold nanoclusters for 24 hours and 28 days. The BSA-protected gold nanoclusters have low-efficient renal clearance and only 1% of gold can be cleared, but the GSH-protected gold nanoclusters have high-efficient renal clearance and 36 % of gold can be cleared after 24 hours. The biodistribution further reveals that 94% of gold can be metabolized for the GSH-protected nanoclusters, but only less than 5% of gold can be metabolized for the BSA-protected nanoclusters after 28 days. Both of the GSH- and BSA-protected gold nanoclusters cause acute infection, inflammation, and kidney fu...

  3. Nanoclusters and Microparticles in Gases and Vapors

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    Smirnov, Boris M

    2012-01-01

    Research of processes involving Nanoclusters and Microparticleshas been developing fastin many fields of rescent research, in particular in materials science. To stay at the cutting edge of this development, a sound understanding of the processes is needed. In this work, several processes involving small particles are described, such as transport processes in gases, charging of small particles in gases, chemical processes, atom attachment and quenching of excited atomic particles on surfaces, nucleation, coagulation, coalescence and growth processes for particles and aggregates. This work pres

  4. Peptide-stabilized, fluorescent silver nanoclusters

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    Gregersen, Simon; Vosch, Tom André Jos; Jensen, Knud Jørgen

    2016-01-01

    . Herein, we demonstrate how solid-phase methods can increase throughput dramatically in peptide ligand screening and in initial evaluation of fluorescence intensity and chemical stability of peptide-stabilized AgNCs (P-AgNCs). 9-Fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc) solid-phase peptide synthesis......Few-atom silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) can exhibit strong fluorescence; however, they require ligands to prevent aggregation into larger nanoparticles. Fluorescent AgNCs in biopolymer scaffolds have so far mainly been synthesized in solution, and peptides have only found limited use compared to DNA...

  5. On the fluctuation mechanism of melting of supported gold nanoclusters.

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    Pushkin, M A; Troyan, V I; Borisyuk, P V; Borman, V D; Tronin, V N

    2012-11-01

    The size dependence of the melting temperature of Au nanoclusters deposited on SiO2 and HOPG substrates, measured by the elastic-peak electron spectroscopy (EPES) is discussed. The observed behavior of the melting temperature with decrease in clusters' size is qualitatively explained in the framework of the fluctuation mechanism for surface melting. The interaction of nanoclusters with substrate is taken into account by means of the effective surface tension for spherical-segment shaped particles, corresponding to the contact angle of supported nanocluster.

  6. Nonlinear analysis of nano-cluster doped fiber

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    LIU Gang; ZHANG Ru

    2007-01-01

    There are prominent nonlinear characteristics that we hope for the semiconductor nano-clusters doped fiber. Refractive index of fiber core can be effectively changed by adulteration. This technology can provide a new method for developing photons components. Because the semiconductor nano-cluster has quantum characteristics,Based on first-order perturbation theory and classical theory of fiber,we deduced refractive index expressions of fiber core,which was semiconductor nano-cluster doped fiber. Finally,third-order nonlinear coefficient equation was gained. Using this equation,we calculated SMF-28 fiber nonlinear coefficient. The equation shows that new third-order coefficient was greater.

  7. Ir0.5Pt0.5O2阳极的电催化活性及氧化电解水制备%Electrocatalytic performance of Ir0.5Pt0.5O2 anode and preparation of electrolyzed oxidizing water

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    高洁; 朱玉婵; 任占冬; 李文阳; 全姗姗; 刘晔; 王又容; 柴波

    2015-01-01

    Electrolyzed oxidizing water (EOW), as an innovative disinfectant characterized by its high efficiency, broad antimicrobial spectrum, and non-toxic residues, has been broadly used in health care industry, medicines, agriculture, and food processing. EOW is usually generated by electrolysis of a dilute NaCl solution in a chamber with two cells separated by membrane, and is obtained from the anode side. But low current efficiency and short service life of the anode in EOW generators restrict the application of EOW. Ir0.5Pt0.5O2 anode was prepared by the improved Adams fusion method. The properties of Ir0.5Pt0.5O2 anode was investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and electrochemistry cyclic voltammetry (CV). The crystal type is rutile with (101), (002) and (301) crystal planes. A large number of cellular structures were observed on the surface of the anode, which greatly increased specific surface area of the anode. With increasing specific surface area, electric charge was enhanced to 0.4 mC, which was 2.65 times of pure IrO2. Electrochemical characteristics of the anode surface, such as oxidation peaks at 1.0 V(Pt-OH) and 0.9 V(Ir3+/Ir4+) proved the formation of platinum iridium oxide. The activities of chlorine evolution and oxygen evolution were also studied through linear sweep voltammetry (LSV). Compared with IrO2, chlorine evolution activity in unit apparent surface area increased significantly, but oxygen evolution activity decreased obviously. The slope of Tafel was 56.3 mV·dec−1 for chlorine evolution reaction (CER), and the mechanism was Volmer-Heyrovsky in which the rate controlling step was electrochemical desorption. The slope of Tafel was 126.6 mV·dec−1 for oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and the rate controlling step was formation of surface hydroxide on the catalyst surface. Electrochemical surface structure and electrochemical performance of Ir0.5Pt0.5O2 oxide coatings in 1 g · L−1 NaCl solution were

  8. Efficiency of genomic DNA extraction dependent on the size of magnetic nanoclusters

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    Cho, Hyun Ah; Hyun Min, Ji; Hua Wu, Jun; Woo Jang, Jin; Lim, Chae-Seung; Keun Kim, Young

    2014-05-01

    We report the efficiency of genomic DNA extraction as a function of particle size and quantity. For DNA extraction, we synthesized magnetic nanoclusters of various sizes and coated the surface of these magnetic nanoclusters with meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid. We showed that the nanoclusters had a tight particle size distribution and high crystallinity. Furthermore, we observed that the three types of magnetic nanoclusters studied exhibited ferrimagnetic behavior and that larger nanoclusters showed larger saturation magnetization values. The resultant efficiency of DNA extraction is inversely proportional to particle size in the range of nanoclusters tested, due to the fact that the surface-to-volume ratio decreases as particle size increases.

  9. FT-IR product studies on the OH radical and O3 initiated oxidation in gas-phase of the (methyl)-1,2-dihydroxybenzene

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    Bejan, I.; Olariu, R.; Barnes, I.; Mocanu, R.

    2003-04-01

    In the atmosphere, phenols are produced in the reactions of OH with BTX (benzene, toluene, xylene isomers) in substantial yields, benzene producing phenol, toluene a mixture of o-, m- and p-cresols and the xylene isomers a series of hydroxydimethylbenzenes. Recent product studies in Wuppertal have shown that the major products in the OH-radical initiated oxidation of phenols are benzenediols (1,2-dihydroxybenzenes). Apart from rate constants for the reactions of OH radicals, NO_3 radicals and O_3 with these compounds, nothing is presently known about the atmospheric chemistry of 1,2-benzenediols. In a systematic study of the gas phase atmospheric chemistry of these dihydroxy compounds, we present here preliminary results from studies on their products with OH radicals. The studies at Wuppertal on the reaction of the benzenediols with OH in a large volum photoreactor using the FT-IR technique indicate the formation of maleic anhydride (2,4-furandione) with a yield between 5-10% and an unknown ketene product in the reaction system. Preliminary studies on the products formed from the reaction of O_3 with 1,2-dihydroxybenzenes will also be presented.

  10. Quantum chemical calculation (electronic and topologic) and experimental (FT-IR, FT-Raman and UV) analysis of isonicotinic acid N-oxide

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    Karaca, Caglar; Atac, Ahmet; Karabacak, Mehmet

    2015-04-01

    In this work, the molecular conformation, vibrational and electronic analysis of isonicotinic acid N-oxide (iso-NANO) were presented in the ground state using experimental techniques (FT-IR, FT-Raman and UV) and density functional theory (DFT) employing B3LYP exchange correlation with the 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. The geometry optimization and energies associated possible two conformers (Rot-I and Rot-II) were computed. The vibrational spectra were calculated and fundamental vibrations were assigned on the basis of the total energy distribution (TED) of the vibrational modes, calculated with scaled quantum mechanics (SQM) method and PQS program. The obtained structures were analyzed with the Atoms in Molecules (AIMs) methodology. The computational results diagnose the most stable conformer of iso-NANO as the Rot-I form. Total density of state (TDOS) and partial density of state (PDOS) and also overlap population density of state (OPDOS) diagrams analysis for the most stable conformer (Rot-I) were calculated using the same method. Thermodynamic properties (heat capacity, entropy and enthalpy) of the title compound at different temperatures were calculated. As a result, the optimized geometry and calculated spectroscopic data show a good agreement with the experimental results.

  11. Assembly of large purely inorganic Ce-stabilized/bridged selenotungstates: from nanoclusters to layers.

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    Chen, Wei-Chao; Qin, Chao; Li, Yang-Guang; Zang, Hong-Ying; Shao, Kui-Zhan; Su, Zhong-Min; Wang, En-Bo

    2015-05-01

    A versatile one-pot strategy was used to synthesize two large, purely inorganic selenotungstates, nanocluster K(6)Na(16) [Ce(6)Se(6)W(67)O(230) (OH)(6) (H(2)O)(17)]⋅47 H(2)O (1) and layer K(9)Na(5) Ce(H(2)O)(4) [Ce(6)Se(10)W(51)O(187) (OH)(7) (H(2)O)(18)]⋅45H(2)O(2), by combining cerium centers and SeO(3) (2-) heteroanion templates. Compound 1 displays a Ce-stabilized hexameric nanocluster with one rhombus-like {W(4)O(15) (OH)(3)} unit in the center, whereas compound 2 is the first example of a Ce-bridged layer selenotungstate network based on linkage of the unusual {Ce(6)Se(10)W(51)O(187) (OH)(7) (H(2)O)(18)} clusters and additional Ce(H(2)O)(4) fragments via Ce-O-Se bridges. The compounds were characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analyses, powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Moreover, the electrochemical property of compound 1 was also investigated. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. First-principles structure search for the stable isomers of stoichiometric WS2 nano-clusters

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    Hafizi, Roohollah; Alaei, Mojtaba; Jangrouei, MohammadReza; Akbarzadeh, Hadi

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we employ evolutionary algorithm along with the full-potential density functional theory (DFT) computations to perform a comprehensive search for the stable structures of stoichiometric (WS2)n nano-clusters (n=1-9), within three different exchange-correlation functionals. Our results suggest that n=3, 5, 8 are possible candidates for the low temperature magic sizes of WS2 nano-clusters while at temperatures above 600 Kelvin, n=5 and 7 exhibit higher relative stability among the studied systems. The electronic properties and energy gap of the lowest energy isomers were computed within several schemes, including semilocal PBE and BLYP functionals, hybrid B3LYP functional, many body based DFT+GW approach, and time dependent DFT calculations. Vibrational spectra of the lowest lying isomers, computed by the force constant method, are used to address IR spectra and thermal free energy of the clusters. Time dependent density functional calculation in real time domain is applied to determine the full a...

  13. DNA/RNA Detection Using DNA-Templated Few-Atom Silver Nanoclusters

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    Hsin-Chih Yeh

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available DNA-templated few-atom silver nanoclusters (DNA/Ag NCs are a new class of organic/inorganic composite nanomaterials whose fluorescence emission can be tuned throughout the visible and near-IR range by simply programming the template sequences. Compared to organic dyes, DNA/Ag NCs can be brighter and more photostable. Compared to quantum dots, DNA/Ag NCs are smaller, less prone to blinking on long timescales, and do not have a toxic core. The preparation of DNA/Ag NCs is simple and there is no need to remove excess precursors as these precursors are non-fluorescent. Our recent discovery of the fluorogenic and color switching properties of DNA/Ag NCs have led to the invention of new molecular probes, termed NanoCluster Beacons (NCBs, for DNA detection, with the capability to differentiate single-nucleotide polymorphisms by emission colors. NCBs are inexpensive, easy to prepare, and compatible with commercial DNA synthesizers. Many other groups have also explored and taken advantage of the environment sensitivities of DNA/Ag NCs in creating new tools for DNA/RNA detection and single-nucleotide polymorphism identification. In this review, we summarize the recent trends in the use of DNA/Ag NCs for developing DNA/RNA sensors.

  14. A thermochromic silver nanocluster exhibiting dual emission character

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    Xu, Qing-Qing; Dong, Xi-Yan; Huang, Ren-Wu; Li, Bo; Zang, Shuang-Quan; Mak, Thomas C. W.

    2015-01-01

    A Ag12(SCH2C10H7)6(CF3CO2)6(CH3CN)6 (1) nanocluster modified using naphthalen-2-yl-methanethiol was synthesized and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray analysis. The targeted luminescent nanocluster displays dual emission with the property of reversible thermochromism spanning from red to bright yellow.A Ag12(SCH2C10H7)6(CF3CO2)6(CH3CN)6 (1) nanocluster modified using naphthalen-2-yl-methanethiol was synthesized and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray analysis. The targeted luminescent nanocluster displays dual emission with the property of reversible thermochromism spanning from red to bright yellow. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section and supporting Fig. S1-S6. CCDC 1004246. For ESI and crystallographic data in CIF or other electronic format see DOI: 10.1039/c4nr05122j

  15. Iron oxide nanoparticles stabilized inside highly ordered mesoporous silica

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    A Bhaumik; S Samanta; N K Mal

    2005-11-01

    Nanosized iron oxide, a moderately large band-gap semiconductor and an essential component of optoelectrical and magnetic devices, has been prepared successfully inside the restricted internal pores of mesoporous silica material through in-situ reduction during impregnation. The samples were characterized by powder XRD, TEM, SEM/EDS, N2 adsorption, FT-IR and UV–visible spectroscopies. Characterization data indicated well-dispersed isolated nanoclusters of (Fe2O3),` within the internal surface of 2D-hexagonal mesoporous silica structure. No occluded Fe/Fe2O3 crystallites were observed at the external surface of the mesoporous silica nanocomposites. Inorganic mesoporous host, such as hydrophilic silica in the pore walls, directs a physical constraint necessary to prevent the creation of large Fe2O3 agglomerates and enables the formation of nanosized Fe2O3 particles inside the mesopore.

  16. "light-on" sensing of antioxidants using gold nanoclusters

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    Hu, Lianzhe

    2014-05-20

    Depletion of intracellular antioxidants is linked to major cytotoxic events and cellular disorders, such as oxidative stress and multiple sclerosis. In addition to medical diagnosis, determining the concentration of antioxidants in foodstuffs, food preservatives, and cosmetics has proved to be very vital. Gold nanoclusters (Au-NCs) have a core size below 2 nm and contain several metal atoms. They have interesting photophysical properties, are readily functionalized, and are safe to use in various biomedical applications. Herein, a simple and quantitative spectroscopic method based on Au-NCs is developed to detect and image antioxidants such as ascorbic acid. The sensing mechanism is based on the fact that antioxidants can protect the fluorescence of Au-NCs against quenching by highly reactive oxygen species. Our method shows great accuracy when employed to detect the total antioxidant capacity in commercial fruit juice. Moreover, confocal fluorescence microscopy images of HeLa cells show that this approach can be successfully used to image antioxidant levels in living cells. Finally, the potential application of this "light-on" detection method in multiple logic gate fabrication was discussed using the fluorescence intensity of Au-NCs as output. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  17. Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 by CuxO nanocluster loaded SrTiO3 nanorod thin film

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    Shoji, Shusaku; Yin, Ge; Nishikawa, Masami; Atarashi, Daiki; Sakai, Etsuo; Miyauchi, Masahiro

    2016-08-01

    Photocatalytic carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion into carbon monoxide (CO) using H2O as an electron donor was achieved by the strontium titanate (SrTiO3: STO) nanorod thin films loaded with amorphous copper oxide (CuxO) nanoclusters. The loading of the CuxO-cocatalysts onto STO nanorods clearly improved the photocatalytic activity compared to bare STO nanorods. The CuxO-cocatalysts are composed of abundant and non-toxic elements, and can be loaded by using a simple and economical method. Our findings demonstrate that CuxO nanoclusters function as a general cocatalyst and can be used in combination with various semiconductors to construct low-cost and efficient photocatalytic CO2 reduction systems.

  18. Controlled nanoclustering of magnetic nanoparticles using telechelic polysiloxane and disiloxane

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    Thong-On, Bandit; Rutnakornpituk, Boonjira; Wichai, Uthai; Rutnakornpituk, Metha, E-mail: methar@nu.ac.th [Naresuan University, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science (Thailand)

    2015-06-15

    Diacrylate-terminated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and disiloxane were synthesized and used for controlling degree of nanoclustering of magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs). PDMS was synthesized via a ring-opening polymerization of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D{sub 4}), followed by end functionalization with diacrylate groups. Diacrylate-terminated disiloxane was separately synthesized in a similar fashion without the use of D{sub 4} in the reaction. They were then reacted with amino-coated MNPs to obtain MNP-embedded siloxane nanoclusters. Transmission electron microscopy showed the formation of MNP-siloxane nanoclusters with the size of 70–200 nm. Degree of MNP nanoclustering can be adjusted by varying the MNP-to-siloxane ratio to obtain hydrodynamic size ranging from 200 to 2400 nm. Using the same ratio of MNPs to the siloxanes, PDMS resulted in the nanoclusters with smaller D{sub h} and more stable in toluene than those coated with disiloxane. These novel nanoclusters with controllable size might be ideal candidates for biomedical and other advanced applications after suitable surface modification.

  19. Tailoring the magnetic properties of cobalt-ferrite nanoclusters

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    Vega, A. Estrada de la; Garza-Navarro, M. A., E-mail: marco.garzanr@uanl.edu.mx; Durán-Guerrero, J. G.; Moreno Cortez, I. E.; Lucio-Porto, R.; González-González, V. [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica (Mexico)

    2016-01-15

    In this contribution, we report on the tuning of magnetic properties of cobalt-ferrite nanoclusters. The cobalt-ferrite nanoclusters were synthesized from a two-step approach that consists of the synthesis of cobalt-ferrite nanoparticles in organic media, followed by their dispersion into aqueous dissolution to form an oil-in-water emulsion. These emulsions were prepared at three different concentrations of the cationic surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), in order to control the size and clustering density of the nanoparticles in the nanoclusters. The synthesized samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and their related techniques, such as bright-field and Z-contrast imaging, electron diffraction and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry; as well as static magnetic measures. The experimental evidence indicates that the size, morphology, and nanoparticles clustering density in the nanoclusters is highly dependent of the cobalt-ferrite:CTAB molar ratio that is used in their synthesis. In addition, due to the clustering of the nanoparticles into the nanoclusters, their magnetic moments are blocked to relax cooperatively. Hence, the magnetic response of the nanoclusters can be tailored by controlling the size and nanoparticles clustering density.

  20. A two-state computational investigation of methane C--H and ethane C--C oxidative addition to [CpM(PH3)]n+ (M = Co, Rh, Ir; n = 0, 1).

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    Petit, Alban; Richard, Philippe; Cacelli, Ivo; Poli, Rinaldo

    2006-01-11

    Reductive elimination of methane from methyl hydride half-sandwich phosphane complexes of the Group 9 metals has been investigated by DFT calculations on the model system [CpM(PH(3))(CH(3))(H)] (M = Co, Rh, Ir). For each metal, the unsaturated product has a triplet ground state; thus, spin crossover occurs during the reaction. All relevant stationary points on the two potential energy surfaces (PES) and the minimum energy crossing point (MECP) were optimized. Spin crossover occurs very near the sigma-CH(4) complex local minimum for the Co system, whereas the heavier Rh and Ir systems remain in the singlet state until the CH(4) molecule is almost completely expelled from the metal coordination sphere. No local sigma-CH(4) minimum was found for the Ir system. The energetic profiles agree with the nonexistence of the Co(III) methyl hydride complex and with the greater thermal stability of the Ir complex relative to the Rh complex. Reductive elimination of methane from the related oxidized complexes [CpM(PH(3))(CH(3))(H)](+) (M = Rh, Ir) proceeds entirely on the spin doublet PES, because the 15-electron [CpM(PH(3))](+) products have a doublet ground state. This process is thermodynamically favored by about 25 kcal mol(-1) relative to the corresponding neutral system. It is essentially barrierless for the Rh system and has a relatively small barrier (ca. 7.5 kcal mol(-1)) for the Ir system. In both cases, the reaction involves a sigma-CH(4) intermediate. Reductive elimination of ethane from [CpM(PH(3))(CH(3))(2)](+) (M = Rh, Ir) shows a similar thermodynamic profile, but is kinetically quite different from methane elimination from [CpM(PH(3))(CH(3))(H)](+): the reductive elimination barrier is much greater and does not involve a sigma-complex intermediate. The large difference in the calculated activation barriers (ca. 12.0 and ca. 30.5 kcal mol(-1) for the Rh and Ir systems, respectively) agrees with the experimental observation, for related systems, of oxidatively

  1. Investigating the adsorption of H2O on ZnO nanoclusters by first principle calculations

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    Al-Sunaidi, Abdullah A.

    2011-04-01

    The interaction of a single H2O molecule on selected ZnO nanoclusters is investigated by carrying out calculations based on the density-functional theory at the hybrid-GGA (B97-2) level. These clusters have ring, drum, tube and bubble shapes and their physical properties like the binding energy and the band gap energy depend strongly on the shape and size of the cluster. Depending on the stability of the cluster, H2O show both chemisorption and dissociation on the surfaces of the clusters. We analyzed the effect of H2O adsorption on the properties of clusters of size n = 12 via the density of state, HOMO-LUMO orbitals and the changes in the IR frequencies. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Study on tunable resonator using a cantilevered carbon nanotube encapsulating a copper nanocluster

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    Kang, Jeong Won; Kim, Ki-Sub; Park, Jungchul; Hwang, Ho Jung

    2011-02-01

    We investigated an ultrahigh frequency carbon nanotube resonator encapsulating a nanocluster, as another tunable resonator, via classical molecular dynamics simulations and continuum models. The fundamental frequency of cantilevered carbon nanotube resonator encapsulating a copper nanocluster could be adjusted by controlling the position of the encapsulated copper nanocluster. Data obtained from the molecular dynamics simulations were analyzed with continuum theory, and we found that statistically the change in the effective mass factor was greatly correlated with the position change of the encapsulated nanocluster.

  3. Size dependence of thermoelectric power of Au, Pd, Pt nanoclusters deposited onto HOPG surface

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    Borisyuk, P. V.; V. I. Troyan; Lebedinskii, Yu Yu; Vasilyev, O S

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents the study of tunnel current-voltage characteristics of Au, Pd and Pt nanoclusters deposited onto the highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface by pulsed laser deposition. The analysis of tunnel current-voltage characteristics obtained by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) allowed to recover the thermoelectric power value of nanoclusters. It was found that the value of thermoelectric power of pulsed laser deposited nanoclusters depends on nanocluster material and ...

  4. Radiation Response of a 9 Cr Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Steel to Heavy Ion Irradiation

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    Allen, Todd R. [University of Wisconsin, Madison; Gan, J. [Idaho National Laboratory (INL); Cole, James I. [Idaho National Laboratory (INL); Miller, Michael K [ORNL; Busby, Jeremy T [ORNL; Ukai, S. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA); Shutthanandan, S. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Thevuthasan, S. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

    2008-01-01

    Ferritic-martensitic (FM) alloys are expected to play an important role as cladding or structural components in Generation IV systems operating in the temperature range 350-700 C and to doses up to 200 dpa. Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic-martensitic steels have been developed to operate at higher temperatures than traditional FM steels. These steels contain nanometer-sized Y-Ti-O nanoclusters as a strengthening mechanism. Heavy ion irradiation has been used to determine the nanocluster stability over a temperature range of 500-700 C to doses of 150 dpa. At all temperatures, the average nanocluster size decreases but the nanocluster density increases. The increased density of smaller nanoclusters under radiation should lead to strengthening of the matrix. While a reduction in size under irradiation has been reported in some other studies, many report oxide stability. The data from this study are contrasted to the available literature to highlight the differences in the reported radiation response.

  5. Silver Nanocluster Reparative Effect in Hernioplasty

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    Nikolay M. Anichkov

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: The acceleration of re-epithelialization and fibroblast differentiation were noted during the experiments with silver nanoclusters (SNs by interrupting the negative development of inflammation at the level of cytokines and promoting a positive course of reparative processes. The aim of this work was to elaborate the experimental model of prosthesis hernioplasty in subcutaneous and intraperitoneal locations of hernioprostheses with SNs, which allowed us to study the course of reparative reactions in all layers of the anterior abdominal wall. Material and Methods: We used a modified hernioprosthesis made from polyester fibers coated with a metal-polymer composition, including the stabilized SN in a concentration of 6.8 and 11.3 mg per 1 g of the hernioprosthesis mesh. During this research we used guinea pigs to study the in vivo tissue reactions. The clinical part of the study included the group of 212 patients who underwent removal of an inguinal hernia. We have identified various factors associated with infectious and toxic effects on the body by determining the level of the serum glutamate-pyruvate-transaminase (SGPT. Results: In implantation of the hernioprostheses, including the high concentration of SN in the laparotomy wound, the exudative component of the inflammation was weakly expressed. It was mostly the proliferative changes that took place. We did not find either CD8-positive type T lymphocytes or PAX5-positive type B activated cells in the exudate. Conclusion: Our research has shown that the use of hernioprostheses that include silver nanoclusters leads to the reduction of inflammation in the exudative phase and to a more favorable course of reparative processes.

  6. Green emission and Ag+ sensing of hydroxy double salt supported gold nanoclusters

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    Lu, Jinyang; Xu, Chunxiang; Tian, Zhengshan; Lu, Junfeng; Lin, Yi; Shi, Zengliang

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, a complex of Zn-containing hydroxy double salt (Zn-HDS) supported gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) has been synthesized. The formation of the complex (denoted as the AuNCs/Zn-HDS complex) has been analyzed by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), IR spectroscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). It is noteworthy that the AuNCs/Zn-HDS complex emits green fluorescence and the quantum yield is 7.6%. Based on the fluorescence quenching effect, the AuNCs/Zn-HDS complex has been employed for the sensitive detection of Ag+ and the limit of detection is 2.32 nM. The mechanisms of fluorescence generation and quenching are discussed in detail.In this paper, a complex of Zn-containing hydroxy double salt (Zn-HDS) supported gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) has been synthesized. The formation of the complex (denoted as the AuNCs/Zn-HDS complex) has been analyzed by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), IR spectroscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). It is noteworthy that the AuNCs/Zn-HDS complex emits green fluorescence and the quantum yield is 7.6%. Based on the fluorescence quenching effect, the AuNCs/Zn-HDS complex has been employed for the sensitive detection of Ag+ and the limit of detection is 2.32 nM. The mechanisms of fluorescence generation and quenching are discussed in detail. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07029e

  7. Synthesis of crystalline Ge nanoclusters in PE-CVD-deposited SiO2 films

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    Leervad Pedersen, T.P.; Skov Jensen, J.; Chevallier, J.

    2005-01-01

    The synthesis of evenly distributed Ge nanoclusters in plasma-enhanced chemical-vapour-deposited (PE-CVD) SiO2 thin films containing 8 at. % Ge is reported. This is of importance for the application of nanoclusters in semiconductor technology. The average diameter of the Ge nanoclusters can...

  8. Tunable surface plasmon resonance of silver nanoclusters in ion exchanged soda lime glass

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    Mohapatra, Satyabrata, E-mail: smiuac@gmail.com

    2014-06-15

    Highlights: • Ag-glass nanocomposites were synthesized by silver ion exchange and annealing. • SPR of Ag-glass nanocomposites was tuned from 420 to 596 nm by annealing in air. • Subsequent annealing of nanocomposites in Ar + H{sub 2} reversed back SPR to 398 nm. • Formation/dissolution of Ag{sub 2}O nanoshells around Ag nanoclusters lead to tunable SPR. - Abstract: Silver (Ag) nanoclusters embedded in soda lime glass were synthesized by Ag ion exchange followed by thermal annealing. The effects of annealing temperature, time and atmosphere on the plasmonic response, structural and optical properties of silver-glass nanocomposites have been investigated using UV–visible absorption spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). As exchanged sample exhibits surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band around 420 nm which showed regular red shift with increase in annealing temperature. A significant red shift of 176 nm (from 420 to 596 nm) and broadening of the SPR peak was observed for annealing in air at 450 °C. XPS studies on air annealed samples confirmed the presence of Ag{sub 2}O in addition to Ag. Subsequent annealing at 250 °C in reducing atmosphere resulted in increase in intensity, narrowing and blue shift of the SPR peak to 398 nm. Our observations suggest that SPR tunability is mainly due to the formation and dissolution of Ag{sub 2}O nanoshells around Ag nanoclusters in the near-surface region of glass during annealing in oxidizing and reducing atmosphere, respectively.

  9. The Role of ZnP2 Nanoclusters in the Vibrational Properties of Cd x Zn(1 - x)P2 Solid Solutions

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    Shportko, K.; Shoukavaya, T.; Trukhan, V.; Baran, J.; Starik, S.; Venger, E.

    2016-09-01

    This study reports an analysis of the IR reflectance and Raman spectra of Cd x Zn(1 - x)P2 solid solutions. We have analyzed the effect of the doping of the CdP2 single crystal by the ZnP2 nanoclusters on the vibrational properties of studied samples: ɛ 0, ɛ inf, phonon frequencies, and strengths. These dependencies might be used as an alternative non-destructive way for the control of the Cd x Zn(1 - x)P2 composition. The obtained results show that variation of the concentration of ZnP2 nanoclusters opens a space to design the tailored material properties for the industrial applications.

  10. NanoClusters Enhance Drug Delivery in Mechanical Ventilation

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    Pornputtapitak, Warangkana

    The overall goal of this thesis was to develop a dry powder delivery system for patients on mechanical ventilation. The studies were divided into two parts: the formulation development and the device design. The pulmonary system is an attractive route for drug delivery since the lungs have a large accessible surface area for treatment or drug absorption. For ventilated patients, inhaled drugs have to successfully navigate ventilator tubing and an endotracheal tube. Agglomerates of drug nanoparticles (also known as 'NanoClusters') are fine dry powder aerosols that were hypothesized to enable drug delivery through ventilator circuits. This Thesis systematically investigated formulations of NanoClusters and their aerosol performance in a conventional inhaler and a device designed for use during mechanical ventilation. These engineered powders of budesonide (NC-Bud) were delivered via a MonodoseRTM inhaler or a novel device through commercial endotracheal tubes, and analyzed by cascade impaction. NC-Bud had a higher efficiency of aerosol delivery compared to micronized stock budesonide. The delivery efficiency was independent of ventilator parameters such as inspiration patterns, inspiration volumes, and inspiration flow rates. A novel device designed to fit directly to the ventilator and endotracheal tubing connections and the MonodoseRTM inhaler showed the same efficiency of drug delivery. The new device combined with NanoCluster formulation technology, therefore, allowed convenient and efficient drug delivery through endotracheal tubes. Furthermore, itraconazole (ITZ), a triazole antifungal agent, was formulated as a NanoCluster powder via milling (top-down process) or precipitation (bottom-up process) without using any excipients. ITZ NanoClusters prepared by wet milling showed better aerosol performance compared to micronized stock ITZ and ITZ NanoClusters prepared by precipitation. ITZ NanoClusters prepared by precipitation methods also showed an amorphous state

  11. Water-gas shift reaction on metal nanoclusters encapsulated in mesoporous ceria studied with ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Wen, Cun; Zhu, Yuan; Ye, Yingchun; Zhang, Shiran; Cheng, Fang; Liu, Yi; Wang, Paul; Tao, Franklin Feng

    2012-10-23

    Metal nanoclusters (Au, Pt, Pd, Cu) encapsulated in channels of mesoporous ceria (mp-CeO(2)) were synthesized. The activation energies of water-gas shift (WGS) reaction performed at oxide-metal interfaces of metal nanoclusters encapsulated in mp-CeO(2) (M@mp-CeO(2)) are lower than those of metal nanoclusters impregnated on ceria nanorods (M/rod-CeO(2)). In situ studies using ambient-pressure XPS (AP-XPS) suggested that the surface chemistry of the internal concave surface of CeO(2) pores of M@mp-CeO(2) is different from that of external surfaces of CeO(2) of M/rod-CeO(2) under reaction conditions. AP-XPS identified the metallic state of the metal nanoclusters of these WGS catalysts (M@mp-CeO(2) and M/rod-CeO(2)) under a WGS reaction condition. The lower activation energy of M@mp-CeO(2) in contrast to M/rod-CeO(2) is related to the different surface chemistry of the two types of CeO(2) under the same reaction condition.

  12. Excitation mechanism and thermal emission quenching of Tb ions in silicon rich silicon oxide thin films grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition—Do we need silicon nanoclusters?

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    Podhorodecki, A., E-mail: artur.p.podhorodecki@pwr.wroc.pl; Golacki, L. W.; Zatryb, G.; Misiewicz, J. [Institute of Physics, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw (Poland); Wang, J.; Jadwisienczak, W. [School of EECS, Ohio University, Stocker Center 363, Athens, Ohio 45701 (United States); Fedus, K. [Institute of Physics, Nicholas Copernicus University, Grudziadzka 5/7, 87-100 Torun (Poland); Wojcik, J.; Wilson, P. R. J.; Mascher, P. [Department of Engineering Physics and Centre for Emerging Device Technologies, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W, Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L7 (Canada)

    2014-04-14

    In this work, we will discuss the excitation and emission properties of Tb ions in a Silicon Rich Silicon Oxide (SRSO) matrix obtained at different technological conditions. By means of electron cyclotron resonance plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition, undoped and doped SRSO films have been obtained with different Si content (33, 35, 39, 50 at. %) and were annealed at different temperatures (600, 900, 1100 °C). The samples were characterized optically and structurally using photoluminescence (PL), PL excitation, time resolved PL, absorption, cathodoluminescence, temperature dependent PL, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. Based on the obtained results, we discuss how the matrix modifications influence excitation and emission properties of Tb ions.

  13. High Performance Electrocatalytic Reaction of Hydrogen and Oxygen on Ruthenium Nanoclusters

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    Ye, Ruquan; Liu, Yuanyue; Peng, Zhiwei; Wang, Tuo; Jalilov, Almaz S.; Yakobson, Boris I.; Wei, Su-Huai; Tour, James M.

    2017-01-18

    The development of catalytic materials for the hydrogen oxidation, hydrogen evolution, oxygen reduction or oxygen evolution reactions with high reaction rates and low overpotentials are key goals for the development of renewable energy. We report here Ru(0) nanoclusters supported on nitrogen-doped graphene as high-performance multifunctional catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), showing activities similar to that of commercial Pt/C in alkaline solution. For HER performance in alkaline media, sample Ru/NG-750 reaches 10 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 8 mV with a Tafel slope of 30 mV dec-1. The high HER performance in alkaline solution is advantageous because most catalysts for ORR and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) also prefer alkaline solution environment whereas degrade in acidic electrolytes. For ORR performance, Ru/NG effectively catalyzes the conversion of O2 into OH- via a 4e process at a current density comparable to that of Pt/C. The unusual catalytic activities of Ru(0) nanoclusters reported here are important discoveries for the advancement of renewable energy conversion reactions.

  14. Hybrid Nanomaterials Based on Graphene and Gold Nanoclusters for Efficient Electrocatalytic Reduction of Oxygen

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    Wang, Changhong; Li, Na; Wang, Qiannan; Tang, Zhenghua

    2016-07-01

    Nanocomposites based on gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) with polyvinyl pyrrolidone as ligand and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) have been prepared and employed as efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). AuNCs were synthesized through a wet chemical approach and then loaded onto the RGO. The as-prepared hybrid materials were pyrolyzed to remove the organic ligands. The composites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) as well as other techniques. Electrochemical tests demonstrated that the hybrid materials exhibited effective ORR activity in alkaline media. Among a series of samples tested, the pyrolyzed sample with 50 % AuNCs mass loading exhibited the best activity, superior than AuNCs alone, RGO alone, and the others, in terms of onset potential and kinetic current density as well as durability. The method here may provide a generic approach to prepare supported noble metal nanoclusters with excellent reactivity and robust stability for ORR.

  15. Straightforward and robust synthesis of monodisperse surface-functionalized gold nanoclusters

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    Silvia Varela-Aramburu

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Gold nanoclusters are small (1–3 nm nanoparticles with a high surface area that are useful for biomedical studies and drug delivery. The synthesis of small, surface-functionalized gold nanoclusters is greatly dependent on the reaction conditions. Here, we describe a straightforward, efficient and robust room temperature one-pot synthesis of 2 nm gold nanoclusters using thioglucose as a reducing and stabilizing agent, which was discovered by serendipity. The resultant monodisperse gold nanoclusters are more stable than those generated using some other common methods. The carboxylic acid contained in the stabilizing agent on the cluster surface serves as anchor for nanocluster functionalization. Alternatively, the addition of thiols serves to functionalize the nanoclusters. The resulting non-cytotoxic nanoclusters are taken up by cells and constitute a tuneable platform for biomedical applications including drug delivery.

  16. Straightforward and robust synthesis of monodisperse surface-functionalized gold nanoclusters

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    Varela-Aramburu, Silvia; Wirth, Richard; Lai, Chian-Hui; Orts-Gil, Guillermo

    2016-01-01

    Summary Gold nanoclusters are small (1–3 nm) nanoparticles with a high surface area that are useful for biomedical studies and drug delivery. The synthesis of small, surface-functionalized gold nanoclusters is greatly dependent on the reaction conditions. Here, we describe a straightforward, efficient and robust room temperature one-pot synthesis of 2 nm gold nanoclusters using thioglucose as a reducing and stabilizing agent, which was discovered by serendipity. The resultant monodisperse gold nanoclusters are more stable than those generated using some other common methods. The carboxylic acid contained in the stabilizing agent on the cluster surface serves as anchor for nanocluster functionalization. Alternatively, the addition of thiols serves to functionalize the nanoclusters. The resulting non-cytotoxic nanoclusters are taken up by cells and constitute a tuneable platform for biomedical applications including drug delivery. PMID:27826501

  17. Ligand-Induced Stability of Gold Nanoclusters: Thiolate versus Selenolate.

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    Kurashige, Wataru; Yamaguchi, Masaki; Nobusada, Katsuyuki; Negishi, Yuichi

    2012-09-20

    Thiolate-protected gold nanoclusters have attracted considerable attention as building blocks for new functional materials and have been extensively researched. Some studies have reported that changing the ligand of these gold nanoclusters from thiolate to selenolate increases cluster stability. To confirm this, in this study, we compare the stabilities of precisely synthesized [Au25(SC8H17)18](-) and [Au25(SeC8H17)18](-) against degradation in solution, thermal dissolution, and laser fragmentation. The results demonstrate that changing the ligand from thiolate to selenolate increases cluster stability in reactions involving dissociation of the gold-ligand bond but reduces cluster stability in reactions involving intramolecular dissociation of the ligand. These results reveal that using selenolate ligands makes it possible to produce gold clusters that are more stable against degradation in solution than thiolate-protected gold nanoclusters.

  18. Superconducting state of metallic nanoclusters and Josephson tunneling networks

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    Kresin, Vladimir, E-mail: vzkresin@lbl.gov [Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Ovchinnikov, Yurii [L. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, RAN, Moscow 117334 (Russian Federation)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Specific nanoclusters form a new family of high T{sub c} superconductors. • For an isolated cluster the pairing affects its energy spectrum. • Nano-based Josephson tunneling network can transfer a macroscopic superconducting current at high temperatures. • A.c. tunneling network can be synchronized and radiates as a single junction. - Abstract: Metallic nanoclusters form a new family of high temperature superconductors. In principle, the value of T{sub c} can be raised up to room temperature. In addition, one can observe the Josephson tunneling between two clusters. One can build the nanocluster-based tunneling network capable to transfer a macroscopic supercurrent at high temperatures. Such a network can be synchronized and radiate as single junction.

  19. Magnetic properties of colloidal cobalt nanoclusters

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    Torchio, R; Meneghini, C; Mobilio, S; Capellini, G [Dipartimento di Fisica ' E. Amaldi' , Universita di Roma Tre, via della Vasca Navale 84, I-00146 Roma (Italy); Prieto, A Garcia; Alonso, J; Fdez-Gubieda, M L [Departamento de Electricidad y Electronica y Fisica Aplicada I, Universidad del PaIs Vasco (Spain); Liveri, V Turco; Ruggirello, A M [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ' F. Accascina' , Universita di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Parco d' Orleans II, Edificio 17, 90128 Palermo (Italy); Longo, A [ISMN, Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, CNR, Via U. La Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo (Italy); Neisius, T, E-mail: torchio@fis.uniroma3.i [Universite Paul CEZANNE, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, Marseille (France)

    2010-01-01

    Co nanoclusters were synthesized by an inverse-micelle chemical route. The magnetic and microstructural properties of the nanoparticles have been analyzed as a function of the surfactant (AOT and DEHP) and the drying method. Microstructural analysis has been performed by TEM and XANES; magnetic properties have been studied by hysteresis loops and zero-field cooling - field cooling (ZFC-FC) curves. TEM images show 2 to 4 nm sized particles spherical in shape. XANES measurements point out a significant presence of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}with metallic Co and some Co{sup 2+} bound to the surfactant. The presence of antiferromagnetic Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} explains the magnetic transition observed at low T in both ZFC-FC measurements and hysteresis loops. Finally, the presence of magnetic interactions explains the bigger effective cluster size obtained from hysteresis loops fits (6-10 nm) compared to the sizes observed by TEM (2-4 nm).

  20. Quantum confinement in GaP nanoclusters

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    Laurich, B.K.; Smith, D.C.; Healy, M.D.

    1994-06-01

    We have prepared GaP and GaAs nanoclusters from organometallic condensation reactions of E[Si(ChH{sub 3})3]3 (E = P, As) and GaCl{sub 3}. The size of the as synthesized clusters is 10 {Angstrom} to 15 {Angstrom}. Larger clusters of 20 {Angstrom} to 30 {Angstrom} size were obtained by thermal annealing of the as grown material. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy confirm the high crystalline quality. A lattice contraction of 6.7% could be seen for 10 {Angstrom} sized GaAs clusters. The clusters are nearly spherical in shape. Optical absorption spectra show a distinct line which can be assigned to the fundamental transition of the quantum confined electronic state. The measured blue shift, with respect to the GaP bulk absorption edge is 0.53 eV. As the cluster is smaller than the exciton radius, we can calculate the cluster size from this blue shift and obtain 20.2 {Angstrom}, consistent with the results from X-ray diffraction of 19.5 {Angstrom} for the same sample.

  1. Fractal Electronic Circuits Assembled From Nanoclusters

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    Fairbanks, M. S.; McCarthy, D.; Taylor, R. P.; Brown, S. A.

    2009-07-01

    Many patterns in nature can be described using fractal geometry. The effect of this fractal character is an array of properties that can include high internal connectivity, high dispersivity, and enhanced surface area to volume ratios. These properties are often desirable in applications and, consequently, fractal geometry is increasingly employed in technologies ranging from antenna to storm barriers. In this paper, we explore the application of fractal geometry to electrical circuits, inspired by the pervasive fractal structure of neurons in the brain. We show that, under appropriate growth conditions, nanoclusters of Sb form into islands on atomically flat substrates via a process close to diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA), establishing fractal islands that will form the basis of our fractal circuits. We perform fractal analysis of the islands to determine the spatial scaling properties (characterized by the fractal dimension, D) of the proposed circuits and demonstrate how varying growth conditions can affect D. We discuss fabrication approaches for establishing electrical contact to the fractal islands. Finally, we present fractal circuit simulations, which show that the fractal character of the circuit translates into novel, non-linear conduction properties determined by the circuit's D value.

  2. Correlation effects in Auger spectra of Ni and Cu nanoclusters

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    Troyan, V.I.; Borisyuk, P.V.; Kashurnikov, V.A. [National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI), 31 Kashirskoye shosse, 115409, Moscow (Russian Federation); Krasavin, A.V., E-mail: avkrasavin@gmail.com [National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI), 31 Kashirskoye shosse, 115409, Moscow (Russian Federation); Borman, V.D.; Tronin, V.I. [National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI), 31 Kashirskoye shosse, 115409, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2013-01-17

    Results of experimental research of exciton-like two-hole states in nanoclusters of narrow-band metals (Ni, Cu) on surface of high-oriented pyrolitic graphite by X-ray photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopy are presented. It was found that the evolution of the electronic structure in Ni nanoclusters with the decreasing of their sizes can lead to appearance of long-living two-hole states in the valence band. One-particle and two-particle density of states are analyzed, and the Auger-electron spectra confirming the presence of the bound and localized states are obtained.

  3. Magnetic and optoelectronic properties of gold nanocluster-thiophene assembly.

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    Qin, Wei; Lohrman, Jessica; Ren, Shenqiang

    2014-07-07

    Nanohybrids consisting of Au nanocluster and polythiophene nanowire assemblies exhibit unique thermal-responsive optical behaviors and charge-transfer controlled magnetic and optoelectronic properties. The ultrasmall Au nanocluster enhanced photoabsorption and conductivity effectively improves the photocurrent of nanohybrid based photovoltaics, leading to an increase of power conversion efficiency by 14 % under AM 1.5 illumination. In addition, nanohybrids exhibit electric field controlled spin resonance and magnetic field sensing behaviors, which open up the potential of charge-transfer complex system where the magnetism and optoelectronics interact.

  4. Anomalous High-Energy Waterfall-Like Electronic Structure in 5 d Transition Metal Oxide Sr2IrO4 with a Strong Spin-Orbit Coupling.

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    Liu, Yan; Yu, Li; Jia, Xiaowen; Zhao, Jianzhou; Weng, Hongming; Peng, Yingying; Chen, Chaoyu; Xie, Zhuojin; Mou, Daixiang; He, Junfeng; Liu, Xu; Feng, Ya; Yi, Hemian; Zhao, Lin; Liu, Guodong; He, Shaolong; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhang, Jun; Xu, Zuyan; Chen, Chuangtian; Cao, Gang; Dai, Xi; Fang, Zhong; Zhou, X J

    2015-08-12

    The low energy electronic structure of Sr2IrO4 has been well studied and understood in terms of an effective Jeff = 1/2 Mott insulator model. However, little work has been done in studying its high energy electronic behaviors. Here we report a new observation of the anomalous high energy electronic structure in Sr2IrO4. By taking high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission measurements on Sr2IrO4 over a wide energy range, we have revealed for the first time that the high energy electronic structures show unusual nearly-vertical bands that extend over a large energy range. Such anomalous high energy behaviors resemble the high energy waterfall features observed in the cuprate superconductors. While strong electron correlation plays an important role in producing high energy waterfall features in the cuprate superconductors, the revelation of the high energy anomalies in Sr2IrO4, which exhibits strong spin-orbit coupling and a moderate electron correlation, points to an unknown and novel route in generating exotic electronic excitations.

  5. Relationship between Oxidation of Unsaturated Natural Oils and Isomerization Characterized by FT-IR%FT-IR表征天然油脂不饱和结构氧化深度与异构化的关系

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    周华龙; 邹永鹏; 程正伟; 于华东; 熊江

    2013-01-01

    Plenty of researches and analysis prove that the oxidation of unsaturated oils is the generation of hydrogen peroxide (—OOH ) —the level - one oxidation reaction. And further research shows that the oxidation of the unsaturated oils is neither the epoxidation reaction, nor the traditional oxidation mechanism. The oxidation is performed in double bonds. Characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy(FT - IR) , the unsaturated structural isomerization of common unsaturated natural plant oils and synthetic esters aggravates with oxidation depth increasing in the process of oxidation. And the unsaturated double bond structure changes from homeopathy into trans - structure. The more linoleic acid and linolenic acid contained in the unsaturated oils, the more obvious the degree of isomerization turns and the faster the speed of oxidation is.%经过大量的研究与分析,证明不饱和油脂的氧化生成是过氧化氢(-OOH)的一级氧化反应.进一步研究发现,不饱和油脂的氧化不是环氧化反应,更不是传统的氧化机理-氧化是在双键上发生的.通过红外光谱进行表征,常见的不饱和天然植物油脂、合成单酯在氧化过程中,随着氧化深度的加剧,其不饱和结构异构化加剧,即不饱和双键从顺势结构转变为反式结构;油脂的脂肪酸中含亚油酸、亚麻酸成分越多,异构化程度越明显,氧化速度越快.

  6. On the formation of copper nanoparticles in nanocluster aggregation source

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    Dutka, Mikhail V.; Turkin, Anatoliy A.; Vainchtein, David I.; De Hosson, Jeff Th. M.

    2015-01-01

    The influence of pressure and type of inert gas (Ar and Kr) on the morphology and size distribution of nanoparticles produced in a nanocluster source is studied experimentally. The experimental data are used to validate the model of cluster formation from a supersaturated atomic vapor in an inert bu

  7. On the formation of copper nanoparticles in nanocluster aggregation source

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    Dutka, Mikhail V.; Turkin, Anatoliy A.; Vainchtein, David I.; De Hosson, Jeff Th. M.

    The influence of pressure and type of inert gas (Ar and Kr) on the morphology and size distribution of nanoparticles produced in a nanocluster source is studied experimentally. The experimental data are used to validate the model of cluster formation from a supersaturated atomic vapor in an inert

  8. Surface Segregation in Supported Pd-Pt Nanoclusters and Alloys

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    van den Oetelaar, L.C.A.; Nooij, O.W.; Oerlemans, S.; Denier van der Gon, A.W.; Brongersma, H.H.; Lefferts, Leonardus; Roosenbrand, A.G.; van Veen, J.A.R.

    1998-01-01

    Surface segregation processes in Pd-Pt alloys and bimetallic Pd-Pt nanoclusters on alumina and carbon supports (technical catalysts) have been investigated by determining the metal surface composition of these systems by low-energy ion scattering (LEIS). Both Pd-rich (Pd80Pt20) and Pt-rich

  9. Enhanced fluorescence of silver nanoclusters stabilized with branched oligonucleotides.

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    Latorre, Alfonso; Lorca, Romina; Zamora, Félix; Somoza, Álvaro

    2013-05-28

    DNA stabilized silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) are promising optical materials, whose fluorescence properties can be tuned by the selection of the DNA sequence employed. In this work we have used modified oligonucleotides in the preparation of AgNCs. The fluorescent intensity obtained was 60 times higher than that achieved with standard oligonucleotides.

  10. Nanoclustering as a dominant feature of plasma membrane organization

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    Garcia-Parajo, M.F.; Cambi, A.; Torreno-Pina, J.A.; Thompson, N.; Jacobson, K.

    2014-01-01

    Early studies have revealed that some mammalian plasma membrane proteins exist in small nanoclusters. The advent of super-resolution microscopy has corroborated and extended this picture, and led to the suggestion that many, if not most, membrane proteins are clustered at the plasma membrane at

  11. Ultrafast coherence transfer in DNA-templated silver nanoclusters

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    Thyrhaug, Erling; Bogh, Sidsel Ammitzbøll; Carro, Miguel

    2017-01-01

    DNA-templated silver nanoclusters of a few tens of atoms or less have come into prominence over the last several years due to very strong absorption and efficient emission. Applications in microscopy and sensing have already been realized, however little is known about the excited-state structure...

  12. On the formation of copper nanoparticles in nanocluster aggregation source

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    Dutka, Mikhail V.; Turkin, Anatoliy A.; Vainchtein, David I.; De Hosson, Jeff Th. M.

    2015-01-01

    The influence of pressure and type of inert gas (Ar and Kr) on the morphology and size distribution of nanoparticles produced in a nanocluster source is studied experimentally. The experimental data are used to validate the model of cluster formation from a supersaturated atomic vapor in an inert bu

  13. Iridium Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalysts made from [(1,5-COD)Ir(mu-O2C8H15)](2) and AlEt3: spectroscopic and kinetic evidence for the Ir(n) species present and for nanoparticles as the fastest catalyst.

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    Alley, William M; Hamdemir, Isil K; Wang, Qi; Frenkel, Anatoly I; Li, Long; Yang, Judith C; Menard, Laurent D; Nuzzo, Ralph G; Ozkar, Saim; Johnson, Kimberly A; Finke, Richard G

    2010-09-06

    Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalysts, those made from a group 8-10 transition metal precatalyst and an AlR(3) cocatalyst, are often used for large scale industrial polymer hydrogenation; note that Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalysts are not the same as Ziegler-Natta polymerization catalysts. A review of prior studies of Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalysts (Alley et al. J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. 2010, 315, 1-27) reveals that a approximately 50 year old problem is identifying the metal species present before, during, and after Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalysis, and which species are the kinetically best, fastest catalysts--that is, which species are the true hydrogenation catalysts. Also of significant interest is whether what we have termed "Ziegler nanoclusters" are present and what their relative catalytic activity is. Reported herein is the characterization of an Ir Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalyst, a valuable model (vide infra) for the Co-based industrial Ziegler-type hydrogenation catalyst, made from the crystallographically characterized [(1,5-COD)Ir(mu-O(2)C(8)H(15))](2) precatalyst plus AlEt(3). Characterization of this Ir model system is accomplished before and after catalysis using a battery of physical methods including Z-contrast scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), high resolution (HR)TEM, and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy. Kinetic studies plus Hg(0) poisoning experiments are then employed to probe which species are the fastest catalysts. The main findings herein are that (i) a combination of the catalyst precursors [(1,5-COD)Ir(mu-O(2)C(8)H(15))](2) and AlEt(3) gives catalytically active solutions containing a broad distribution of Ir(n) species ranging from monometallic Ir complexes to nanometer scale, noncrystalline Ir(n) nanoclusters (up to Ir(approximately 100) by Z-contrast STEM) with the estimated mean Ir species being 0.5-0.7 nm, Ir(approximately 4-15) clusters considering the similar, but not identical

  14. Preparation, Crystal Structure, and Magnetic Studies of a New Sr 7Re 4O 19 Double Oxide and Its Relation to the Structure of Ba 7Ir 6O 19

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    Bramnik, K. G.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.

    2001-08-01

    The complex oxide Sr7Re4O19 has been synthesized and its crystal structure was determined by X-ray diffraction powder data analysis (space group C2/m; a=13.6379(3) Å, b=5.6035(2) Å, c=10.3700(3) Å; β=98.348(2)°, Z=2, RI=0.018, RP=0.050). The compound crystallizes in a new structure type, which can be derived from the Ba7Ir6O19 structure by removing the Ir atoms from the middle octahedron of three face-sharing IrO6 octahedra units. This change results in the infinite cis-bridged chains of the ReO6 octahedra linked together by common corners. Each chain is connected with another one by the corner-sharing of each second ReO6 octahedron. The 10- and 12-coordinated Sr atoms are situated between these infinite structure fragments. Magnetic properties of the Sr7Re4O19 compound were studied by SQUID measurements.

  15. Polarization properties of fluorescent BSA protected Au25 nanoclusters

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    Raut, Sangram; Chib, Rahul; Rich, Ryan; Shumilov, Dmytro; Gryczynski, Zygmunt; Gryczynski, Ignacy

    2013-03-01

    BSA protected gold nanoclusters (Au25) are attracting a great deal of attention due to their unique spectroscopic properties and possible use in biophysical applications. Although there are reports on synthetic strategies, spectroscopy and applications, little is known about their polarization behavior. In this study, we synthesized the BSA protected Au25 nanoclusters and studied their steady state and time resolved fluorescence properties including polarization behavior in different solvents: glycerol, propylene glycol and water. We demonstrated that the nanocluster absorption spectrum can be separated from the extinction spectrum by subtraction of Rayleigh scattering. The nanocluster absorption spectrum is well approximated by three Gaussian components. By a comparison of the emissions from BSA Au25 clusters and rhodamine B in water, we estimated the quantum yield of nanoclusters to be higher than 0.06. The fluorescence lifetime of BSA Au25 clusters is long and heterogeneous with an average value of 1.84 μs. In glycerol at -20 °C the anisotropy is high, reaching a value of 0.35. However, the excitation anisotropy strongly depends on the excitation wavelengths indicating a significant overlap of the different transition moments. The anisotropy decay in water reveals a correlation time below 0.2 μs. In propylene glycol the measured correlation time is longer and the initial anisotropy depends on the excitation wavelength. BSA Au25 clusters, due to long lifetime and high polarization, can potentially be used in studying large macromolecules such as protein complexes with large molecular weight.BSA protected gold nanoclusters (Au25) are attracting a great deal of attention due to their unique spectroscopic properties and possible use in biophysical applications. Although there are reports on synthetic strategies, spectroscopy and applications, little is known about their polarization behavior. In this study, we synthesized the BSA protected Au25 nanoclusters and

  16. Ceria nanoclusters on graphene/Ru(0001): A new model catalyst system

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    Novotny, Z.; Netzer, F. P.; Dohnálek, Z.

    2016-10-01

    The growth of ceria nanoclusters on single-layer graphene on Ru(0001) has been examined, with a view towards fabricating a stable system for model catalysis studies. The surface morphology and cluster distribution as a function of oxide coverage and substrate temperature has been monitored by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), whereas the chemical composition of the cluster deposits has been determined by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). The ceria nanoparticles are of the CeO2(111)-type and are anchored at the intrinsic defects of the graphene surface, resulting in a variation of the cluster densities across the macroscopic sample surface. The ceria clusters on graphene display a remarkable stability against reduction in ultrahigh vacuum up to 900 K, but some sintering of clusters is observed for temperatures > 450 K. The evolution of the cluster size distribution suggests that the sintering proceeds via a Smoluchowski ripening mechanism, i.e. diffusion and aggregation of entire clusters.

  17. Characterization of submonolayer film composed of soft-landed copper nanoclusters on HOPG

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    Mondal, Shyamal, E-mail: shyamal.mondal@saha.ac.in; Das, Pabitra; Chowdhury, Debasree; Bhattacharyya, S. R. [Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF Bidhan Nagar, Kolkata-700 064 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Preformed Copper nanoclusters are deposited on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) at very low energy. For the study of chemical composition X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) is performed for a wide range of binding energy without exposing the sample in the ambient. Morphological aspects of the supported clusters are characterized employing high resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM). Different types of morphology are observed depending on the nature of the substrate surface. Big fractal islands are formed on terraces while at the step edges small islands are found to form. Ex-situ cathodoluminescence (CL) measurement shows peak at 558 nm wavelength which corresponds to the band gap of 2.22 eV which is due to Cu{sub 2}O nanocrystals formed due to oxidation of the deposited film in ambient.

  18. Highly fluorescent silver nanoclusters in alumina-silica composite optical fiber

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    Halder, A.; Chattopadhyay, R.; Majumder, S.; Paul, M. C.; Das, S.; Bhadra, S. K., E-mail: skbhadra@cgcri.res.in [Fiber Optics and Photonics Division, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196, Raja S. C. Mullick Road, Kolkata 700032 (India); Bysakh, S.; Unnikrishnan, M. [Material Characterization Division, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196, Raja S. C. Mullick Road, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2015-01-05

    An efficient visible fluorescent optical fiber embedded with silver nanoclusters (Ag-NCs) having size ∼1 nm, uniformly distributed in alumina-silica composite core glass, is reported. Fibers are fabricated in a repetitive controlled way through modified chemical vapour deposition process associated with solution doping technique. Fibers are drawn from the transparent preforms by conventional fiber drawing process. Structural characteristics of the doped fibers are studied using transmission electron microscopy and electron probe micro analysis. The oxidation state of Ag within Ag-NCs is investigated by X-ray photo electron spectroscopy. The observed significant fluorescence of the metal clusters in fabricated fibers is correlated with electronic model. The experimentally observed size dependent absorption of the metal clusters in fabricated fibers is explained with the help of reported results calculated by ab-initio density functional theory. These optical fibers may open up an opportunity of realizing tunable wavelength fiber laser without the help of rare earth elements.

  19. Microscopic Fuel Particles Produced by Self-Assembly of Actinide Nanoclusters on Carbon Nanomaterials

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    Na, Chongzheng [Univ. of Notre Dame, IN (United States)

    2016-10-17

    Many consider further development of nuclear power to be essential for sustained development of society; however, the fuel forms currently used are expensive to recycle. In this project, we sought to create the knowledge and knowhow that are needed to produce nanocomposite materials by directly depositing uranium nanoclusters on networks of carbon-­ based nanomaterials. The objectives of the proposed work were to (1) determine the control of uranium nanocluster surface chemistry on nanocomposite formation, (2) determine the control of carbon nanomaterial surface chemistry on nanocomposite formation, and (3) develop protocols for synthesizing uranium-­carbon nanomaterials. After examining a wide variety of synthetic methods, we show that synthesizing graphene-­supported UO2 nanocrystals in polar ethylene glycol compounds by polyol reduction under boiling reflux can enable the use of an inexpensive graphene precursor graphene oxide in the production of uranium-carbon nanocomposites in a one-­pot process. We further show that triethylene glycol is the most suitable solvent for producing nanometer-­sized UO2 crystals compared to monoethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, and polyethylene glycol. Graphene-­supported UO2 nanocrystals synthesized with triethylene glycol show evidence of heteroepitaxy, which can be beneficial for facilitating heat transfer in nuclear fuel particles. Furthermore, we show that graphene-supported UO2 nanocrystals synthesized by polyol reduction can be readily stored in alcohols, preventing oxidation from the prevalent oxygen in air. Together, these methods provide a facile approach for preparing and storing graphene-supported UO nanocrystals for further investigation and development under ambient conditions.

  20. Ion-tuned DNA/Ag fluorescent nanoclusters as versatile logic device.

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    Li, Tao; Zhang, Libing; Ai, Jun; Dong, Shaojun; Wang, Erkang

    2011-08-23

    A novel kind of versatile logic device has been constructed utilizing ion-tuned DNA/Ag fluorescent nanoclusters, with K(+) and H(+) as two inputs. A well-chosen hairpin DNA with a poly-C loop serves as the template for synthesizing two species of Ag nanoclusters. Several G-tracts and C-tracts on its two terminals enable the hairpin DNA to convert into the G-quadruplex and/or i-motif structures upon input of K(+) and H(+). Such a structural change remarkably influences the spectral behaviors of Ag nanoclusters. In particular, different species of Ag nanoclusters have distinct fluorescence responses to the input of K(+) and H(+). These unique features of DNA/Ag nanoclusters enable multiple logic operations via multichannel fluorescence output, indicating the versatility as a molecular logic device. By altering the specific sequence of the hairpin DNA, more logic gates can be constructed utilizing Ag nanoclusters. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  1. Progress In Materials Synthesis And Processing Of Barium Titanium Oxide (BaTiO3) and Barium Strontium Titanium Oxide (BaTiSrO3) Films For Uncooled Infrared (IR) Detector Applications

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    2011-12-01

    This wavelength is ideal for enhancing the near IR photoresponse of solar cells , and we are transitioning this technology to our quantum dot solar ...nanoparticles was also achieved using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), which was found to facilitate the formation of stable colloids of BaTiO3 and thereby...processing parameters with the (pyro)electrical properties and IR responsiveness of the perovskite test structures. Based on the existing and preferred ARL

  2. Hydrophilic magnetic nanoclusters with thermo-responsive properties and their drug controlled release

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    Meerod, Siraprapa [Department of Chemistry and Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok 65000 (Thailand); Rutnakornpituk, Boonjira; Wichai, Uthai [Department of Chemistry and Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok 65000 (Thailand); Center of Excellence in Biomaterials, Faculty of Science, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok 65000 Thailand (Thailand); Rutnakornpituk, Metha, E-mail: methar@nu.ac.th [Department of Chemistry and Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok 65000 (Thailand); Center of Excellence in Biomaterials, Faculty of Science, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok 65000 Thailand (Thailand)

    2015-10-15

    Synthesis and drug controlled release properties of thermo-responsive magnetic nanoclusters grafted with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (poly(NIPAAm)) and poly(NIPAAm-co-poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (PEGMA) copolymers were described. These magnetic nanoclusters were synthesized via an in situ radical polymerization in the presence of acrylamide-grafted magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs). Poly(NIPAAm) provided thermo-responsive properties, while PEGMA played a role in good water dispersibility to the nanoclusters. The ratios of PEGMA to NIPAAm in the (co)polymerization in the presence of the MNPs were fine-tuned such that the nanoclusters with good water dispersibility, good magnetic sensitivity and thermo responsiveness were obtained. The size of the nanoclusters was in the range of 50–100 nm in diameter with about 100–200 particles/cluster. The nanoclusters were well dispersible in water at room temperature and can be suddenly agglomerated when temperature was increased beyond the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) (32 °C). The release behavior of an indomethacin model drug from the nanoclusters was also investigated. These novel magnetic nanoclusters with good dispersibility in water and reversible thermo-responsive properties might be good candidates for the targeting drug controlled release applications. - Highlights: • Nanoclusters with good water dispersibility and magnetic response were prepared. • They were grafted with thermo-responsive poly(NIPAAm) and/or poly(PEGMA). • Poly(NIPAAm) provided thermo-responsive properties to the nanoclusters. • Poly(PEGMA) provided good water dispersibilityto the nanoclusters. • Accelerated and controllable releases of a drug from the nanoclusters were shown.

  3. Signal integration by lipid-mediated spatial cross talk between Ras nanoclusters.

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    Zhou, Yong; Liang, Hong; Rodkey, Travis; Ariotti, Nicholas; Parton, Robert G; Hancock, John F

    2014-03-01

    Lipid-anchored Ras GTPases form transient, spatially segregated nanoclusters on the plasma membrane that are essential for high-fidelity signal transmission. The lipid composition of Ras nanoclusters, however, has not previously been investigated. High-resolution spatial mapping shows that different Ras nanoclusters have distinct lipid compositions, indicating that Ras proteins engage in isoform-selective lipid sorting and accounting for different signal outputs from different Ras isoforms. Phosphatidylserine is a common constituent of all Ras nanoclusters but is only an obligate structural component of K-Ras nanoclusters. Segregation of K-Ras and H-Ras into spatially and compositionally distinct lipid assemblies is exquisitely sensitive to plasma membrane phosphatidylserine levels. Phosphatidylserine spatial organization is also modified by Ras nanocluster formation. In consequence, Ras nanoclusters engage in remote lipid-mediated communication, whereby activated H-Ras disrupts the assembly and operation of spatially segregated K-Ras nanoclusters. Computational modeling and experimentation reveal that complex effects of caveolin and cortical actin on Ras nanoclustering are similarly mediated through regulation of phosphatidylserine spatiotemporal dynamics. We conclude that phosphatidylserine maintains the lateral segregation of diverse lipid-based assemblies on the plasma membrane and that lateral connectivity between spatially remote lipid assemblies offers important previously unexplored opportunities for signal integration and signal processing.

  4. Ge nanoclusters in PECVD-deposited glass after heat treating and electron irradiation

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    Ou, Haiyan; Rørdam, Troels Peter; Rottwitt, Karsten

    2007-01-01

    This paper reports the formation of Ge nanoclusters in silica glass thin films deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). We studied the samples by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy after annealing. TEM investigation shows that the Ge nanoclusters...... at two areaswere formed by different mechanisms. The Ge nanoclusters formed in a single row along the interface of a silicon substrate and the silica glass film by annealing during high-temperature heat treatment. Ge nanoclusters did not initially form in the bulk of the film but could be subsequently...

  5. Nano-clustered Pd catalysts formed on GaN surface for green chemistry

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    Hirayama, Motoi; Ueta, Yukiko; Konishi, Tomoya; Tsukamoto, Shiro

    2011-05-01

    We have succeeded in observing Pd nano-clusters, catalytic prime elements, on a GaN(0 0 0 1) surface by a scanning tunneling microscope for the first time. After the sample was reused, we found that nano-clusters (width: 11 nm, height: 2.2 nm) existed on the surface which still kept the catalytic activity, resulting that the neutral Pd atoms formed the nano-cluster. Moreover, the S-termination contributed to the formation of the dense and flat structure consisting of the Pd nano-clusters.

  6. On the possibility of controlling the hydrophilic/hydrophobic characteristics of toroid Mo138 nanocluster polyoxometalates

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    Grzhegorzhevskii, K. V.; Adamova, L. V.; Eremina, E. V.; Ostroushko, A. A.

    2017-03-01

    The possibility of changing the hydrophilic (polar) surfaces of toroid nanocluster polyoxomolibdates to hydrophobic (nonpolar) surfaces via the modification of Mo138 nanoclusters by surfactant molecules (dodecylpyridinium chloride) as a result of the interaction between these compounds in solutions is demonstrated. Benzene and methanol are used as molecular probes (indicators of the condition of nanocluster surfaces). Comparative characteristics of the equilibrium sorption of benzene and methanol vapors on the initial and modified surfaces of the solid polyoxometalate, and data on the sorption of organic molecules on the surfaces of Rhodamine B-modified nanoclusters of the toroid (Mo138) and keplerate (Mo132) types are obtained.

  7. Oxygen reduction catalyzed by gold nanoclusters supported on carbon nanosheets

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    Wang, Qiannan; Wang, Likai; Tang, Zhenghua; Wang, Fucai; Yan, Wei; Yang, Hongyu; Zhou, Weijia; Li, Ligui; Kang, Xiongwu; Chen, Shaowei

    2016-03-01

    Nanocomposites based on p-mercaptobenzoic acid-functionalized gold nanoclusters, Au102(p-MBA)44, and porous carbon nanosheets have been fabricated and employed as highly efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Au102(p-MBA)44 clusters were synthesized via a wet chemical approach, and loaded onto carbon nanosheets. Pyrolysis at elevated temperatures led to effective removal of the thiolate ligands and the formation of uniform nanoparticles supported on the carbon scaffolds. The nanocomposite structures were characterized by using a wide range of experimental techniques such as transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and BET nitrogen adsorption/desorption. Electrochemical studies showed that the composites demonstrated apparent ORR activity in alkaline media, and the sample with a 30% Au mass loading was identified as the best catalyst among the series, with a performance comparable to that of commercial Pt/C, but superior to those of Au102 nanoclusters and carbon nanosheets alone, within the context of onset potential, kinetic current density, and durability. The results suggest an effective approach to the preparation of high-performance ORR catalysts based on gold nanoclusters supported on carbon nanosheets.Nanocomposites based on p-mercaptobenzoic acid-functionalized gold nanoclusters, Au102(p-MBA)44, and porous carbon nanosheets have been fabricated and employed as highly efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Au102(p-MBA)44 clusters were synthesized via a wet chemical approach, and loaded onto carbon nanosheets. Pyrolysis at elevated temperatures led to effective removal of the thiolate ligands and the formation of uniform nanoparticles supported on the carbon scaffolds. The nanocomposite structures were characterized by using a wide range of experimental techniques such as

  8. Growth and termination of a rutile IrO2(100) layer on Ir(111)

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    Rai, Rahul; Li, Tao; Liang, Zhu; Kim, Minkyu; Asthagiri, Aravind; Weaver, Jason F.

    2016-10-01

    We investigated the oxidation of Ir(111) by gas-phase oxygen atoms at temperatures between 500 and 625 K using temperature programmed desorption (TPD), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), low energy ion scattering spectroscopy (LEISS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We find that a well-ordered surface oxide with (√ 3 × √ 3)R30° periodicity relative to Ir(111) develops prior to the formation of a rutile IrO2(100) layer. The IrO2(100) layer reaches a saturation thickness of about four oxide layers under the oxidation conditions employed, and decomposes during TPD to produce a single, sharp O2 desorption peak at 770 K. Favorable lattice matching at the oxide-metal interface is likely responsible for the preferential growth of the IrO2(100) facet during the initial oxidation of Ir(111), with the resulting coincidence lattice generating a clear (6 × 1) moiré pattern in LEED. Temperature programmed reaction spectroscopy (TPRS) experiments reveal that CO and H2O molecules bind only weakly on the IrO2(100) surface and LEISS measurements show that the oxide surface is highly enriched in O-atoms. These characteristics provide strong evidence that the rutile IrO2(100) layer is oxygen-terminated, and thus lacks reactive Ir atoms that can strongly bind molecular adsorbates. Oxygen binding energies predicted by DFT suggest that on-top O-atoms will remain adsorbed on IrO2(100) at temperatures up to 625 K, thus supporting the conclusion that the rutile IrO2 layer grown in our experiments is oxygen-terminated. As such, the appearance of only a single O2 TPD peak indicates that the singly coordinate, on-top O-atoms remain stable on the IrO2(100) surface up to temperatures at which the oxide layer begins to thermally decompose.

  9. A study of many-body phenomena in metal nanoclusters (Au, Cu) close to their transition to the nonmetallic state

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    Borman, VD; Borisyuk, PV; Lebid'ko, VV; Pushkin, AA; Tronin, VN; Troyan, [No Value; Antonov, DA; Filatov, DO

    2006-01-01

    The results of a study of many-body phenomena in gold and copper nanoclusters are presented. The measured conductivity as a function of nanocluster height h was found to have a minimum at h approximate to 0.6 nm. Conductivity was local in character at nanocluster sizes l infinity) to nonmetallic (ep

  10. Size Dependence of Atomically Precise Gold Nanoclusters in Chemoselective Hydrogenation and Active Site Structure

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    Li, Gao [Carnegie Mellon University (CMU); Jiang, Deen [ORNL; Kumar, Santosh [Carnegie Mellon University (CMU); Chen, Yuxiang [Carnegie Mellon University (CMU); Jin, Rongchao [Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

    2014-01-01

    We here investigate the catalytic properties of water-soluble Aun(SG)m nanocluster catalysts (H-SG = glutathione) of different sizes, including Au15(SG)13, Au18(SG)14, Au25(SG)18, Au38(SG)24, and captopril-capped Au25(Capt)18 nanoclusters. These Aun(SR)m nanoclusters (-SR represents thiolate generally) are used as homogeneous catalysts (i.e., without supports) in the chemoselective hydrogenation of 4-nitrobenzaldehyde (4-NO2PhCHO) to 4-nitrobenzyl alcohol (4-NO2PhCH2OH) in water with H2 gas (20 bar) as the hydrogen source. These nanocluster catalysts, except Au18(SG)14, remain intact after the catalytic reaction, evidenced by UV-vis spectra which are characteristic of each sized nanoclusters and thus serve as spectroscopic fingerprints . We observe a drastic size-dependence and steric effect of protecting ligands on the gold nanocluster catalysts in the hydrogenation reaction. Density functional theory (DFT) modeling of the 4-nitrobenzaldehyde adsorption shows that both the CHO and NO2 groups are in close interact with the S-Au-S staples on the gold nanocluster surface; the adsorption of the 4-nitrobenzaldehyde molecule on the four different sized Aun(SR)m nanoclusters are moderately strong and similar in strength. The DFT results suggest that the catalytic activity of the Aun(SR)m nanoclusters is primarily determined by the surface area of the Au nanocluster, consistent with the observed trend of the conversion of 4-nitrobenzaldehyde versus the cluster size. Overall, this work offers the molecular insight into the hydrogenation of 4-nitrobenzaldehyde and the catalytically active site structure on gold nanocluster catalysts.

  11. Template free synthesis of natural carbohydrates functionalised fluorescent silver nanoclusters.

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    Ebrahiminezhad, Alireza; Berenjian, Aydin; Ghasemi, Younes

    2016-06-01

    Template-assisted synthesis is one of the most recognised techniques for fabrication of silver nanoclusters (AgNCs). However, this process is time consuming, toxic and expensive. In this study, the authors report a completely novel approach for the green and facile synthesis of AgNCs using Matricaria chamomilla, without any additional template. Fluorescent and colloidally stable AgNCs with average particle size of 2.4 nm were successfully produced. They found that carbohydrates from Matricaria chamomilla act as an ideal template to generate fluorescent AgNCs. Moreover, oxygen-bearing functional groups were validated to be the active groups for anchoring and reducing of Ag(+) ions. The novel carbohydrate coating method makes the prepared nanoclusters completely hydrophilic and stable in aqueous matrices.

  12. The expanding universe of thiolated gold nanoclusters and beyond.

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    Jiang, De-en

    2013-08-21

    Thiolated gold nanoclusters form a universe of their own. Researchers in this field are constantly pushing the boundary of this universe by identifying new compositions and in a few "lucky" cases, solving their structures. Such solved structures, even if there are only few, provide important hints for predicting the many identified compositions that are yet to be crystallized or structure determined. Structure prediction is the most pressing issue for a computational chemist in this field. The success of the density functional theory method in gauging the energetic ordering of isomers for thiolated gold clusters has been truly remarkable, but to predict the most stable structure for a given composition remains a great challenge. In this feature article from a computational chemist's point of view, the author shows how one understands and predicts structures for thiolated gold nanoclusters based on his old and new results. To further entertain the reader, the author also offers several "imaginative" structures, claims, and challenges for this field.

  13. Shape and scale dependent diffusivity of colloidal nanoclusters and aggregates

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    Alcanzare, M. M. T.; Ollila, S. T. T.; Thakore, V.; Laganapan, A. M.; Videcoq, A.; Cerbelaud, M.; Ferrando, R.; Ala-Nissila, T.

    2016-07-01

    The diffusion of colloidal nanoparticles and nanomolecular aggregates, which plays an important role in various biophysical and physicochemical phenomena, is currently under intense study. Here, we examine the shape and size dependent diffusion of colloidal nano- particles, fused nanoclusters and nanoaggregates using a hybrid fluctuating lattice Boltzmann-Molecular Dynamics method. We use physically realistic parameters characteristic of an aqueous solution, with explicitly implemented microscopic no-slip and full-slip boundary conditions. Results from nanocolloids below 10 nm in radii demonstrate how the volume fraction of the hydrodynamic boundary layer influences diffusivities. Full-slip colloids are found to diffuse faster than no-slip particles. We also characterize the shape dependent anisotropy of the diffusion coefficients of nanoclusters through the Green-Kubo relation. Finally, we study the size dependence of the diffusion of nanoaggregates comprising N ≤ 108 monomers and demonstrate that the diffusion coefficient approaches the continuum scaling limit of N-1/3.

  14. Optical properties of Si nanoclusters with passivated surfaces

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    Dinh, L.N. [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States). Dept. of Applied Science]|[Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States). Chemistry and Materials Science Dept.; Chase, L.L.; Balooch, M.; Siekhaus, W.J. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States). Chemistry and Material Science Dept.; Wooten, F. [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States). Dept. of Applied Science

    1996-12-31

    Si nanoclusters with average size of a few nanometers have been synthesized by thermal vaporization of Si in an Ar buffer gas, and passivated with oxygen or atomic hydrogen. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed that these nanoclusters were crystalline. All samples showed strong infrared and/or visible photoluminescence (PL) with varying decay times form nanoseconds to microseconds depending on synthesis conditions. Absorption mainly in the Si cores was observed by photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectroscopy. The visible components of PL spectra were noted to blue shift and broaden as the size of the Si nanocrystals (nc-Si) was reduced, and there were differences in PL spectra for hydrogen and oxygen passivated nc-Si. This data can be explained best by a model involving absorption between quantum confined states in the Si cores and emission by surface/interface states.

  15. Catalytically highly active top gold atom on palladium nanocluster.

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    Zhang, Haijun; Watanabe, Tatsuya; Okumura, Mitsutaka; Haruta, Masatake; Toshima, Naoki

    2011-10-23

    Catalysis using gold is emerging as an important field of research in connection with 'green' chemistry. Several hypotheses have been presented to explain the markedly high activities of Au catalysts. So far, the origin of the catalytic activities of supported Au catalysts can be assigned to the perimeter interfaces between Au nanoclusters and the support. However, the genesis of the catalytic activities of colloidal Au-based bimetallic nanoclusters is unclear. Moreover, it is still a challenge to synthesize Au-based colloidal catalysts with high activity. Here we now present the 'crown-jewel' concept (Supplementary Fig. S1) for preparation of catalytically highly Au-based colloidal catalysts. Au-Pd colloidal catalysts containing an abundance of top (vertex or corner) Au atoms were synthesized according to the strategy on a large scale. Our results indicate that the genesis of the high activity of the catalysts could be ascribed to the presence of negatively charged top Au atoms.

  16. Synthesis, crystal structure, and electronic properties of high-pressure PdF2-type oxides MO2 (M = Ru, Rh, Os, Ir, Pt).

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    Shirako, Yuichi; Wang, Xia; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Tanaka, Kie; Guo, Yanfeng; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Nemoto, Yoshihiro; Katsuya, Yoshio; Shi, Youguo; Mori, Daisuke; Kojitani, Hiroshi; Yamaura, Kazunari; Inaguma, Yoshiyuki; Akaogi, Masaki

    2014-11-03

    The polycrystalline MO2's (HP-PdF2-type MO2, M = Rh, Os, Pt) with high-pressure PdF2 compounds were successfully synthesized under high-pressure conditions for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. The crystal structures and electromagnetic properties were studied. Previously unreported electronic properties of the polycrystalline HP-PdF2-type RuO2 and IrO2 were also studied. The refined structures clearly indicated that all compounds crystallized into the HP-PdF2-type structure, M(4+)O(2-)2, rather than the pyrite-type structure, M(n+)(O2)(n-) (n superconductivity nor a magnetic transition was detected down to a temperature of 2 K, unlike the case of 3d transition metal chalcogenide pyrites.

  17. Optimal control of electromagnetic field using metallic nanoclusters

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    Grigorenko, Ilya; Haas, Stephan; Balatsky, Alexander; Levi, A. F. J.

    2008-04-01

    The dielectric properties of metallic nanoclusters in the presence of an applied electromagnetic field are investigated using the non-local linear response theory. In the quantum limit we find a nontrivial dependence of the induced field and charge distributions on the spatial separation between the clusters and on the frequency of the driving field. Using a genetic algorithm, these quantum functionalities are exploited to custom-design sub-wavelength lenses with a frequency-controlled switching capability.

  18. DNase 1 Retains Endodeoxyribonuclease Activity Following Gold Nanocluster Synthesis

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    2014-07-04

    Gatan). Microscopy samples were prepared for analysis through the following steps: (i) bulk material was ground up using a mortar and pestle , (ii...employed as efficient and fast sensors to augment the current time-consuming DNA contamination analysis techniques. Noble metal nanoclusters (NCs...to metal nanoparticles (NPs), which do not exhibit fluorescence but show plasmonic transitions involving surface electrons. By definition , NCs are

  19. Theory of Nanocluster Size Distributions from Ion Beam Synthesis

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    Yuan, C.W.; Yi, D.O.; Sharp, I.D.; Shin, S.J.; Liao, C.Y.; Guzman, J.; Ager III, J.W.; Haller, E.E.; Chrzan, D.C.

    2008-06-13

    Ion beam synthesis of nanoclusters is studied via both kinetic Monte Carlo simulations and the self-consistent mean-field solution to a set of coupled rate equations. Both approaches predict the existence of a steady state shape for the cluster size distribution that depends only on a characteristic length determined by the ratio of the effective diffusion coefficient to the ion flux. The average cluster size in the steady state regime is determined by the implanted species/matrix interface energy.

  20. Live Cell Surface Labeling with Fluorescent Ag Nanocluster Conjugates†

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    Yu, Junhua; Choi, Sungmoon; Richards, Chris I.; Antoku, Yasuko; Dickson, Robert M

    2008-01-01

    DNA-encapsulated silver clusters are readily conjugated to proteins and serve as alternatives to organic dyes and semiconductor quantum dots. Stable and bright on the bulk and single molecule levels, Ag nanocluster fluorescence is readily observed when staining live cell surfaces. Being significantly brighter and more photostable than organics and much smaller than quantum dots with a single point of attachment, these nanomaterials offer promising new approaches for bulk and single molecule b...

  1. Hyperspherical and related views of the dynamics of nanoclusters

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    Lombardi, A; Palazzetti, F; Grossi, G; Aquilanti, V [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Perugia, Via Elce di Sotto 8, 06123 Perugia (Italy); Castro Palacio, J C [Departamento de FI sica, Universidad de Pinar del Rio, MartI 270, Esq. 27 de Noviembre, Pinar del Rio (Cuba); Rubayo Soneira, J [Departamento de Fisica General y Matema ticas, Instituto Superior de Ciencias y Tecnologia Nucleares, Quinta de los Molinos, Avenne Carlos III y Luaces, Plaza C. Habana (Cuba)], E-mail: abulafia@dyn.unipg.it

    2009-10-15

    In this paper, we give an account of recent progress in understanding properties of nanoaggregates, following their dynamical behavior by classical mechanics simulations and utilizing tools based on extensions of hyperspherical and related techniques, originally developed for the quantum mechanical treatment of few-body atomic and molecular systems. After an outline of the underlying theory, recent applications exemplifying statistical and thermodynamic aspects of nanoclusters are discussed.

  2. In-vitro Synthesis of Gold Nanoclusters in Neurons

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    2016-04-01

    Pradeep T. Protein-protected luminescent noble metal quantum clusters : an emerging trend in atomic cluster nanoscience. Nano Rev. 2012;3:14767−14783. 2...5 Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. 1 1. Introduction Noble metal nanoclusters (NCs) composed of...toxic to the cells based on the results from the 100-mM solutions discussed previously. Potentially, other cell lines might yield brighter clusters

  3. Observation of Body-Centered Cubic Gold Nanocluster.

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    Liu, Chao; Li, Tao; Li, Gao; Nobusada, Katsuyuki; Zeng, Chenjie; Pang, Guangsheng; Rosi, Nathaniel L; Jin, Rongchao

    2015-08-17

    The structure of nanoparticles plays a critical role in dictating their material properties. Gold is well known to adopt face-centered cubic (fcc) structure. Herein we report the first observation of a body-centered cubic (bcc) gold nanocluster composed of 38 gold atoms protected by 20 adamantanethiolate ligands and two sulfido atoms ([Au38S2(SR)20], where R=C10H15) as revealed by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. This bcc structure is in striking contrast with the fcc structure of bulk gold and conventional Au nanoparticles, as well as the bi-icosahedral structure of [Au38(SCH2CH2Ph)24]. The bcc nanocluster has a distinct HOMO-LUMO gap of ca. 1.5 eV, much larger than the gap (0.9 eV) of the bi-icosahedral [Au38(SCH2CH2Ph)24]. The unique structure of the bcc gold nanocluster may be promising in catalytic applications.

  4. UV luminescence of dendrimer-encapsulated gold nanoclusters

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    Shim, Hyeong Seop; Kim, Jun Myung; Sohn, So Hyeong; Han, Noh Soo; Park, Seung Min [Dept. of Chemistry, Kyung Hee University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-15

    Size-dependent luminescence color is one of the interesting properties of metal nanocrystals, whose sizes are in the dimension of the Fermi wavelength of an electron. Despite the short Fermi wavelength of electrons in gold (-0.7 nm), luminescence of gold nanoclusters has been reported to range from the near-infrared to near-ultraviolet, depending on the number of atoms in the nanoclusters. The photoluminescence of G4-OH (Au) obtained by the excitation of 266 nm showed UV emission in addition to the well-known blue emission. The higher intensity and red-shifted emission of the gold nanoclusters was distinguished from the emission of dendrimers. The UV emission at 352 nm matched the emission energy of Au{sub 4} in the spherical jellium model, rather than the planar Au{sub 8}, which supported the emission of Au{sub 4} formed in G4-OH. Despite the change of [HAuCl{sub 4} ]/[G4-OH], the relative population between Au{sub 4} and Au{sub 8} was similar in G4-OH(Au), which indicated that the closed electronic and geometric structures stabilized the magic number of Au{sub 4}.

  5. Ab Initio Calculations for the Surface Energy of Silver Nanoclusters

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    Medasani, Bharat; Vasiliev, Igor; Park, Young Ho

    2007-03-01

    We apply first principles computational methods to study the surface energy and the surface stress of silver nanoparticles. The structures, energies and lattice contractions of spherical Ag nanoclusters are calculated in the framework of density functional theory combined with the generalized gradient approximation. Our calculations predict the surface energies of Ag nanoclusters to be in the range of 1-2 J/m^2. These values are close to the bulk surface energy of silver, but are significantly lower than the recently reported value of 7.2 J/m^2 derived from the Kelvin equation for free Ag nanoparticles. From the lattice contraction and the nearest neighbor interatomic distance, we estimate the surface stress of the silver nanoclusters to be in the the range of 1-1.45 N/m. This result suggests that a liquid droplet model can be employed to evaluate the surface energy and the surface stress of Ag nanoparticles. K. K. Nanda et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 106102 (2003).

  6. Polyethyleneimine Capped Silver Nanoclusters as Efficient Antibacterial Agents.

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    Xu, Dong; Wang, Qingyun; Yang, Tao; Cao, Jianzhong; Lin, Qinlu; Yuan, Zhiqin; Li, Le

    2016-03-18

    Development of efficient antibacterial agents is critical for human health. In the present study, we investigated the antibacterial activity of polyethyleneimine (PEI)-capped silver nanoclusters (PEI-AgNCs), based on the fact that nanoclusters normally have higher surface-to-volume ratios than traditional nanomaterials and PEI itself has a strong antimicrobial capacity. We synthesized stable silver nanoclusters by altering PEI molecular weight from 0.6 kDa to 25 kDa and characterized them by UV-Vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The sizes of AgNCs were around 2 nm in diameter and were little influenced by the molecular weight of PEIs. The antibacterial abilities of the four PEI-AgNCs were explored on agar plate and in liquid systems. Our results revealed that the antibacterial activity of PEI-AgNCs is excellent and the reduction of PEI molecular weight could result in the increased antibacterial capacity of PEI-AgNCs. Such proposed new materials might be useful as efficient antibacterial agents in practical clinical applications.

  7. Magnetic endohedral transition-metal-doped semiconducting-nanoclusters.

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    Matxain, Jon M; Formoso, Elena; Mercero, Jose M; Piris, Mario; Lopez, Xabier; Ugalde, Jesus M

    2008-01-01

    Endohedral first-row transition-metal-doped TM@Zn(i)S(i) nanoclusters, in which TM stands for the first-row transition-metals from Sc to Zn, and i=12, 16, have been characterized. In these structures the dopant metals are trapped inside spheroidal hollow semiconducting nanoclusters. It is observed that some of the transition metals are trapped in the center of mass of the cluster, whereas others are found to be displaced from that center, leading to structures in which the transition metals display a complex dynamical behavior upon encapsulation. This fact was confirmed by quantum molecular dynamics calculations, which further confirmed the thermal stability of endohedral compounds. In the endohedrally-doped nanoclusters in which the transition-metal atom sits on the center of mass, the host hollow cluster structure remains undistorted after dopant encapsulation. Conversely, if the encapsulated transition-metal atom is displaced from the center of mass, the host hollow cluster structure suffers a very tiny distortion. Additionally, it is found that there is negligible charge transfer between the dopant transition-metal atom and its hollow cluster host and, after encapsulation, the spin densities remain localized on the transition-metal atom. This allows for the atomic-like behavior of the trapped transition-metal atom, which gives rise to their atomic-like magnetic properties. The encapsulation free energies are negative, suggesting that these compounds are thermodynamically stable.

  8. Preparation and characterization of Pt-Sn/C and Pt-Ir/C catalysts for the electrochemical oxidation of ethanol in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell

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    Masombuka, T

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available to be the most active metal for ethanol oxidation, however the formation of CO-intermediates poison the Pt catalyst. Literature studies have indicated that the modification of platinum by tin gives the more pronounced enhancement. Pt-Sn/C activity for ethanol...

  9. Synthesis of bimetallic gold-silver alloy nanoclusters by simple mortar grinding.

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    Murugadoss, Arumugam; Kai, Noriko; Sakurai, Hidehiro

    2012-02-21

    A macroscale quantity of bimetallic Au-Ag alloy nanoclusters was achieved through sequential reduction by simple mortar grinding. The chitosan biopolymer was used as both a stabilizing and reducing agent. These nanoclusters exhibit excellent catalytic activity toward the reduction of 4-nitrophenol.

  10. Organic Inorganic Hybrid Solar Cell Efficiency Improvement By Employing Au Nanocluster

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    2015-06-14

    Specialists Conference Conference Date: June 14, 2015 Organic - Inorganic Hybrid Solar Cell Efficiency Improvement by Employing Au Nanocluster Manisha...tunable conductivity, organic polymer, heterojunction, nanocluster I. INTRODUCTION Recently, organic / inorganic hybrid heterojunction solar cells have...conventional Si p−n junction. These heterojunction devices are intended to exploit the advantageous properties of both organic and inorganic materials

  11. Controlling embedment and surface chemistry of nanoclusters in metal-organic frameworks.

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    Coupry, D E; Butson, J; Petkov, P S; Saunders, M; O'Donnell, K; Kim, H; Buckley, C; Addicoat, M; Heine, T; Szilágyi, P Á

    2016-04-14

    A combined theoretical and experimental approach demonstrates that nanocluster embedment into the pores of metal-organic frameworks (MOF) may be influenced by the chemical functionalisation of the MOF. Furthermore, this results in the surface functionalisation of the embedded nanoclusters, highlighting the potential of MOF scaffolds for the design and synthesis of novel functional materials.

  12. Theoretical structural study on the adsorption properties of aliphatic aldehydes on ZnO nanoclusters and graphene-like nanosheets systems

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    Tayebee, R.; Zamand, N.; Hosseini-nasr, A.; Kargar Razi, M.

    2014-05-01

    The structure optimizations for some aliphatic aldehydes adsorbed on ZnO nanoclusters, and graphene-like nanosheets were carried out using the B3LYP/LanL2DZ calculations and the adsorption energies were calculated. It was considered that adsorption of the examined aldehydes on the ZnO nanoclusters and graphene-like nanosheets occurred through carbonyl oxygens of aldehyde molecules with the surface Zn2+ ions of the central ring. Aldehydes with the general formula of R-COH (R denotes a branched or linear aliphatic chain with maximum of three carbon atoms) were considered. Also, Effects of chain length were investigated on the orientation of the aldehyde molecules with respect to the nanosheet and nanocluster surfaces. Findings revealed that the adsorption energy was decreased with enhancing chain length. However, the most negative adsorption energy was obtained for iso-butyraldehyde, as a branched aldehyde. Interaction of the aldehyde molecules with the surfaces of nanosheets were analyzed by means of DOS analysis and Bader's method. We hope the obtained results be helpful in identifying the mechanism of cyclotrimerization of aliphatic aldehydes on the surface of zinc oxide nanoparticles.

  13. Clustomesogens: Liquid Crystalline Hybrid Nanomaterials Containing Functional Metal Nanoclusters.

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    Molard, Yann

    2016-08-16

    Inorganic phosphorescent octahedral metal nanoclusters fill the gap between metal complexes and nanoparticles. They are finite groups of metal atoms linked by metal-metal bonds, with an exact composition and structure at the nanometer scale. As their phosphorescence internal quantum efficiency can approach 100%, they represent a very attractive class of molecular building blocks to design hybrid nanomaterials dedicated to light energy conversion, optoelectronic, display, lighting, or theragnostic applications. They are obtained as AnM6X(i)8X(a)6 ternary salt powders (A = alkali cation, M = Mo, Re, W, X(i): halogen inner ligand, X(a) = halogen apical ligand) by high temperature solid state synthesis (750-1200 °C). However, their ceramic-like behavior has largely restricted their use as functional components in the past. Since these last two decades, several groups, including ours, started to tackle the challenge of integrating them in easy-to-process materials. Within this context, we have extensively explored the nanocluster ternary salt specificities to develop a new class of self-organized hybrid organic-inorganic nanomaterials known as clustomesogens. These materials, combine the specific properties of nanoclusters (magnetic, electronic, luminescence) with the anisotropy-related properties of liquid crystals (LCs). This Account covers the research and development of clustomesogens starting from the design concepts and synthesis to their introduction in functional devices. We developed three strategies to build such hybrid super- or supramolecules. In the covalent approach, we capitalized on the apical ligand-metal bond iono-covalent character to graft tailor-made organic LC promoters on the {M6X(i)8}(n+) nanocluster cores. The supramolecular approach relies on the host-guest complexation of the ternary cluster salt alkali cations with functional crown ether macrocycles. We showed that the hybrid LC behavior depends on the macrocycles structural features

  14. Synthesis and Doping of Ligand-Protected Atomically-Precise Metal Nanoclusters

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    Aljuhani, Maha A.

    2016-05-01

    Rapidly expanding research in nanotechnology has led to exciting progress in a versatile array of applications from medical diagnostics to catalysis. This success resulted from the manipulation of the desired properties of nanomaterials by controlling their size, shape, and composition. Among the most thriving areas of research about nanoparticle is the synthesis and doping of the ligand-protected atomically-precise metal nanoclusters. In this thesis, we developed three different novel metal nanoclusters, such as doped Ag29 with five gold (Au) atoms leading to enhance its quantum yield with remarkable stability. We also developed half-doped (alloyed) cluster of Ni6 nanocluster with molybdenum (Mo). This enabled enhanced stability and better catalytic activity. The third metal nanocluster that we synthesized was Au28 nanocluster by using di-thiolate as the ligand stabilizer instead of mono-thiolate. The new metal clusters obtained have been characterized by spectroscopic, electrochemical and crystallographic methods.

  15. Quantum-sized gold nanoclusters: bridging the gap between organometallics and nanocrystals.

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    Jin, Rongchao; Zhu, Yan; Qian, Huifeng

    2011-06-06

    This Concept article provides an elementary discussion of a special class of large-sized gold compounds, so-called Au nanoclusters, which lies in between traditional organogold compounds (e.g., few-atom complexes, 2 nm). The discussion is focused on the relationship between them, including the evolution from the Au⋅⋅⋅Au aurophilic interaction in Au(I) complexes to the direct Au-Au bond in clusters, and the structural transformation from the fcc structure in nanocrystals to non-fcc structures in nanoclusters. Thiolate-protected Au(n)(SR)(m) nanoclusters are used as a paradigm system. Research on such nanoclusters has achieved considerable advances in recent years and is expected to flourish in the near future, which will bring about exciting progress in both fundamental scientific research and technological applications of nanoclusters of gold and other metals.

  16. One-step facile synthesis of Pd nanoclusters supported on carbon and their electrochemical property

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    Junjun Shi

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Well-crystallized Pd nanoclusters supported on Ketjen Black (KB were successfully fabricated when Pd wires were served as an electrode pair by a solution plasma technique at atmospheric pressure. The synthesis of Pd nanoclusters was almost simultaneous with their dispersion on KB. Pd nanoclusters with the average diameter of about 2 nm were equably distributed on KB, and showed good electrochemical property corresponding to their obvious characteristic peaks. Multi-scan cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry clarified that as-prepared Pd nanoclusters have better electrochemical stability in alkaline solution than that of in acidic solution. Thus as-obtained Pd nanoclusters would become a promising electrocatalyst for fuel cells or Li-air batteries.

  17. Development of ultrafine multichannel microfluidic mixer for synthesis of bimetallic nanoclusters: catalytic application of highly monodisperse AuPd nanoclusters stabilized by poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone).

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    Hayashi, Naoto; Sakai, Yuka; Tsunoyama, Hironori; Nakajima, Atsushi

    2014-09-02

    On account of their novel properties, bimetallic nanoparticles and nanoclusters (NCs) are strong potential candidates for optical, magnetic, and catalytic functional materials. These properties depend on the chemical composition and size (number of constituent atoms) of the NCs. Control of size, structure, and composition is particularly important for fabricating highly functional materials based on bimetallic NCs. Size- and structure-controlled synthesis of two-element alloys can reveal their intrinsic electronic synergistic effects. However, because synergistic enhancement of activity is strongly affected by composition as well as by size and structure, controlled synthesis is a challenging task, particularly in catalytic applications. To investigate catalytic synergistic effects, we have synthesized highly monodisperse, sub-2 nm, solid-solution AuPd NCs stabilized with poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (AuPd:PVP) using a newly developed ultrafine microfluidic mixing device with 15 μm wide multiple lamination channels. The synergistic enhancement for catalytic aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol exhibited a volcano-shaped trend, with a maximum at 20-65 at. % Pd. From X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic measurements, we confirmed that the enhanced activity originates from the enhanced electron density at the Au sites, donated by Pd sites.

  18. Colloidal Gold Nanoclusters Spiked Silica Fillers in Mixed Matrix Coatings: Simultaneous Detection and Inhibition of Healthcare-Associated Infections.

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    Alsaiari, Shahad K; Hammami, Mohammed A; Croissant, Jonas G; Omar, Haneen W; Neelakanda, Pradeep; Yapici, Tahir; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor; Khashab, Niveen M

    2017-01-25

    Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are the infections that patients get while receiving medical treatment in a medical facility with bacterial HAIs being the most common. Silver and gold nanoparticles (NPs) have been successfully employed as antibacterial motifs; however, NPs leaching in addition to poor dispersion and overall reproducibility are major hurdles to further product development. In this study, the authors design and fabricate a smart antibacterial mixed-matrix membrane coating comprising colloidal lysozyme-templated gold nanoclusters as nanofillers in poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(butylene terephthalate) amphiphilic polymer matrix. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles-lysozyme functionalized gold nanoclusters disperse homogenously within the polymer matrix with no phase separation and zero NPs leaching. This mixed-matrix coating can successfully sense and inhibit bacterial contamination via a controlled release mechanism that is only triggered by bacteria. The system is coated on a common radiographic dental imaging device (photostimulable phosphor plate) that is prone to oral bacteria contamination. Variation and eventually disappearance of the red fluorescence surface under UV light signals bacterial infection. Kanamycin, an antimicrobial agent, is controllably released to instantly inhibit bacterial growth. Interestingly, the quality of the images obtained with these coated surfaces is the same as uncoated surfaces and thus the safe application of such smart coatings can be expanded to include other medical devices without compromising their utility.

  19. Colloidal Gold Nanoclusters Spiked Silica Fillers in Mixed Matrix Coatings: Simultaneous Detection and Inhibition of Healthcare-Associated Infections

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    Alsaiari, Shahad K.

    2017-01-25

    Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are the infections that patients get while receiving medical treatment in a medical facility with bacterial HAIs being the most common. Silver and gold nanoparticles (NPs) have been successfully employed as antibacterial motifs; however, NPs leaching in addition to poor dispersion and overall reproducibility are major hurdles to further product development. In this study, the authors design and fabricate a smart antibacterial mixed-matrix membrane coating comprising colloidal lysozyme-templated gold nanoclusters as nanofillers in poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(butylene terephthalate) amphiphilic polymer matrix. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles-lysozyme functionalized gold nanoclusters disperse homogenously within the polymer matrix with no phase separation and zero NPs leaching. This mixed-matrix coating can successfully sense and inhibit bacterial contamination via a controlled release mechanism that is only triggered by bacteria. The system is coated on a common radiographic dental imaging device (photostimulable phosphor plate) that is prone to oral bacteria contamination. Variation and eventually disappearance of the red fluorescence surface under UV light signals bacterial infection. Kanamycin, an antimicrobial agent, is controllably released to instantly inhibit bacterial growth. Interestingly, the quality of the images obtained with these coated surfaces is the same as uncoated surfaces and thus the safe application of such smart coatings can be expanded to include other medical devices without compromising their utility.

  20. Effect of Anodic Current Density on Characteristics and Low Temperature IR Emissivity of Ceramic Coating on Aluminium 6061 Alloy Prepared by Microarc Oxidation

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    Mohannad M. S. Al Bosta

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available High emitter MAO ceramic coatings were fabricated on the Al 6061 alloy, using different bipolar anodic current densities, in an alkali silicate electrolyte. We found that, as the current density increased from 10.94 A/dm2 to 43.75 A/dm2, the layer thickness was increased from 10.9 μm to 18.5 μm, the surface roughness was increased from 0.79 μm to 1.27 μm, the area ratio of volcano-like microstructure was increased from 55.6% to 59.6%, the volcano-like density was decreased from 2620 mm−2 to 1420 mm−2, and the γ-alumina phase was decreased from 66.6 wt.% to 26.2 wt.%, while the α-alumina phase was increased from 3.9 wt.% to 27.6 wt.%. The sillimanite and cristobalite phases were around 20 wt.% and 9 wt.%, respectively, for 10.94 A/dm2 and approximately constant around 40 wt.% and less than 5 wt.%, respectively, for the anodic current densities 14.58, 21.88, and 43.75 A/dm2. The ceramic surface roughness and thickness slightly enhanced the IR emissivity in the semitransparent region (4.0–7.8 μm, while the existing phases contributed together to raise the emissivity in the opaque region (8.6–16.0 μm to higher but approximately the same emissivities.

  1. IOT Overview: IR Instruments

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    Mason, E.

    In this instrument review chapter the calibration plans of ESO IR instruments are presented and briefly reviewed focusing, in particular, on the case of ISAAC, which has been the first IR instrument at VLT and whose calibration plan served as prototype for the coming instruments.

  2. Double layer effects in electrocatalysis: the oxygen reduction reaction and ethanol oxidation reaction on Au(111), Pt(111) and Ir(111) in alkaline media containing Na and Li cations.

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    Lopes, Pietro P.; Strmcnik, Dusan; Jirkovsky, Jakub S.; Connell, Justin G.; Stamenkovic, Vojislav; Markovic, Nenad

    2016-03-15

    Oxygen reduction and ethanol oxidation reactions were studied on Au(111), Pt(111) and Ir(111) in alkaline solutions containing sodium and/or lithium cations. By keeping the same (111) surface orientation and exploring oxophilicity trends and non-covalent interactions between OHad and alkali metal cations (AMCn+), we were able to gain deep insights into the multiple roles that OHad plays in these important electrocatalytic reactions. Cyclic voltammetry experiments revealed that OHad formation initiates at distinct electrode potentials, governed by the oxophilicity of the specific metal surface, with further OHad adlayer stabilization by non-covalent alkali-cation interactions and affecting the formation of a “true oxide” layer at higher electrode potentials. Although OHad is a simple spectator for the ORR, it promotes the ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) at lower potentials and act as spectator at high OHad coverages. By changing the alkali metal cation at the interface (Li+) on more oxophilic surfaces, it was possible to promote the EOR even more, relative to Na+, without changing the product distribution for the reaction. This cation effect suggests that OHad---Li+(H2O)x clusters can stabilize the ethoxide adlayer, thus improving the EOR activity. Our results indicate the importance of the entire electrochemical interface in determining the electrocatalytic activity during reaction.

  3. Time-Resolved Quantitative Measurement of OH HO2 and CH2O in Fuel Oxidation Reactions by High Resolution IR Absorption Spectroscopy.

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    Huang, Haifeng; Rotavera, Brandon; Taatjes, Craig A.

    2014-08-01

    Combined with a Herriott-type multi-pass slow flow reactor, high-resolution differential direct absorption spectroscopy has been used to probe, in situ and quantitatively, hydroxyl (OH), hydroperoxy (HO 2 ) and formaldehyde (CH 2 O) molecules in fuel oxidation reactions in the reactor, with a time resolution of about 1 micro-second. While OH and CH 2 O are probed in the mid-infrared (MIR) region near 2870nm and 3574nm respectively, HO 2 can be probed in both regions: near-infrared (NIR) at 1509nm and MIR at 2870nm. Typical sensitivities are on the order of 10 10 - 10 11 molecule cm -3 for OH at 2870nm, 10 11 molecule cm -3 for HO 2 at 1509nm, and 10 11 molecule cm -3 for CH 2 O at 3574nm. Measurements of multiple important intermediates (OH and HO 2 ) and product (CH 2 O) facilitate to understand and further validate chemical mechanisms of fuel oxidation chemistry.

  4. Near-IR squaraine dye-loaded gated periodic mesoporous organosilica for photo-oxidation of phenol in a continuous-flow device.

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    Borah, Parijat; Sreejith, Sivaramapanicker; Anees, Palapuravan; Menon, Nishanth Venugopal; Kang, Yuejun; Ajayaghosh, Ayyappanpillai; Zhao, Yanli

    2015-09-01

    Periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) has been widely used for the fabrication of a variety of catalytically active materials. We report the preparation of novel photo-responsive PMO with azobenzene-gated pores. Upon activation, the azobenzene gate undergoes trans-cis isomerization, which allows an unsymmetrical near-infrared squaraine dye (Sq) to enter into the pores. The gate closure by cis-trans isomerization of the azobenzene unit leads to the safe loading of the monomeric dye inside the pores. The dye-loaded and azobenzene-gated PMO (Sq-azo@PMO) exhibits excellent generation of reactive oxygen species upon excitation at 664 nm, which can be effectively used for the oxidation of phenol into benzoquinone in aqueous solution. Furthermore, Sq-azo@PMO as the catalyst was placed inside a custom-built, continuous-flow device to carry out the photo-oxidation of phenol to benzoquinone in the presence of 664-nm light. By using the device, about 23% production of benzoquinone with 100% selectivity was achieved. The current research presents a prototype of transforming heterogeneous catalysts toward practical use.

  5. Near-IR squaraine dye–loaded gated periodic mesoporous organosilica for photo-oxidation of phenol in a continuous-flow device

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    Borah, Parijat; Sreejith, Sivaramapanicker; Anees, Palapuravan; Menon, Nishanth Venugopal; Kang, Yuejun; Ajayaghosh, Ayyappanpillai; Zhao, Yanli

    2015-01-01

    Periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) has been widely used for the fabrication of a variety of catalytically active materials. We report the preparation of novel photo-responsive PMO with azobenzene-gated pores. Upon activation, the azobenzene gate undergoes trans-cis isomerization, which allows an unsymmetrical near-infrared squaraine dye (Sq) to enter into the pores. The gate closure by cis-trans isomerization of the azobenzene unit leads to the safe loading of the monomeric dye inside the pores. The dye-loaded and azobenzene-gated PMO (Sq-azo@PMO) exhibits excellent generation of reactive oxygen species upon excitation at 664 nm, which can be effectively used for the oxidation of phenol into benzoquinone in aqueous solution. Furthermore, Sq-azo@PMO as the catalyst was placed inside a custom-built, continuous-flow device to carry out the photo-oxidation of phenol to benzoquinone in the presence of 664-nm light. By using the device, about 23% production of benzoquinone with 100% selectivity was achieved. The current research presents a prototype of transforming heterogeneous catalysts toward practical use. PMID:26601266

  6. IR Hot Wave

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    Graham, T. B.

    2010-04-01

    The IR Hot Wave{trademark} furnace is a breakthrough heat treatment system for manufacturing metal components. Near-infrared (IR) radiant energy combines with IR convective heating for heat treating. Heat treatment is an essential process in the manufacture of most components. The controlled heating and cooling of a metal or metal alloy alters its physical, mechanical, and sometimes chemical properties without changing the object's shape. The IR Hot Wave{trademark} furnace offers the simplest, quickest, most efficient, and cost-effective heat treatment option for metals and metal alloys. Compared with other heat treatment alternatives, the IR Hot Wave{trademark} system: (1) is 3 to 15 times faster; (2) is 2 to 3 times more energy efficient; (3) is 20% to 50% more cost-effective; (4) has a {+-}1 C thermal profile compared to a {+-}10 C thermal profile for conventional gas furnaces; and (5) has a 25% to 50% smaller footprint.

  7. Polymer stabilized Ni-Ag and Ni-Fe alloy nanoclusters: Structural and magnetic properties

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    Kabir, L.; Mandal, A.R. [Department of Physics, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan-731 235 (India); Mandal, S.K., E-mail: sk_mandal@hotmail.co [Department of Physics, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan-731 235 (India)

    2010-04-15

    We report here the structural and magnetic behaviors of nickel-silver (Ni-Ag) and nickel-iron (Ni-Fe) nanoclusters stabilized with polymer (polypyrrole). High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) indicates Ni-Ag nanoclusters to stabilize in core-shell configuration while that of Ni-Fe nanoclusters in a mixed type of geometry. Structural characterizations by X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveal the possibility of alloying in such bimetallic nanoclusters to some extent even at temperatures much lower than that of bulk alloying. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra clearly reveal two different absorption behaviors: one is ascribed to non-isolated Ni{sup 2+} clusters surrounded by either silver or iron giving rise to a broad signal, other (very narrow signal) being due to the isolated superparamagnetic Ni{sup 2+} clusters or bimetallic alloy nanoclusters. Results obtained for Ni-Ag and Ni-Fe nanoclusters have been further compared with the behavior exhibited by pure Ni nanoclusters in polypyrrole host. Temperature dependent studies (at 300 and 77 K) of EPR parameters, e.g. linewidth, g-value, line shape and signal intensity indicating the significant influence of surrounding paramagnetic silver or ferromagnetic iron within polymer host on the EPR spectra have been presented.

  8. Importance of configurational contributions to the free energy of nanoclusters

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    M. Posselt

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available An effective simulation method based on the Wang-Landau Monte Carlo algorithm is used in order to demonstrate the significance of the configurational contributions to the free energy of embedded nanoclusters. Starting from the most stable cluster configuration the simulation provides all geometrically different, but simply connected and sufficiently compact configurations of a nanocluster of a given size and the respective formation energies. The knowledge of these data allows the calculation of the free formation and free binding energy of the cluster at T ≠ 0. The method is applied to coherent Cu clusters in bcc-Fe. It is shown that even at moderate temperatures the configurational contributions to the free formation and binding energy must not be neglected. The dependence of the monomer free binding energy on clusters size is found to change significantly with increasing temperature which has a considerable effect on the pathway of cluster evolution. Therefore, present investigations provide an essential contribution to the improvement of the input parameters for object kinetic Monte Carlo simulations and rate theory used in multi-scale simulations of the nanostructure evolution. The calculation scheme developed in this work is rather general and applicable to many types of embedded nanoclusters. Compared to the method of overlapping distributions hitherto used in some cases to determine the configurational part of the free energy the new method has major advantages. Various tests are performed in order verify the presented approach and to compare with the results of the other calculation procedure. A roadmap is proposed to include the vibrational contributions to the free energy of the clusters within the framework of the method employed in this work.

  9. Intriguing structures and magic sizes of heavy noble metal nanoclusters around size 55 governed by relativistic effect and covalent bonding

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    Zhao, X. J.; Xue, X. L.; Jia, Yu [International Laboratory for Quantum Functional Materials of Henan and School of Physics and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Guo, Z. X. [International Laboratory for Quantum Functional Materials of Henan and School of Physics and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Department of Chemistry and London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London, London WC1H (United Kingdom); Li, S. F., E-mail: sflizzu@zzu.edu.cn [International Laboratory for Quantum Functional Materials of Henan and School of Physics and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); ICQD, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Zhang, Zhenyu, E-mail: zhangzy@ustc.edu.cn [ICQD, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Synergetic Innovation Center of Quantum Information and Quantum Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Gao, Y. F., E-mail: ygao7@utk.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 (United States); Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)

    2015-11-07

    Nanoclusters usually display exotic physical and chemical properties due to their intriguing geometric structures in contrast to their bulk counterparts. By means of first-principles calculations within density functional theory, we find that heavy noble metal Pt{sub N} nanoclusters around the size N = 55 begin to prefer an open configuration, rather than previously reported close-packed icosahedron or core-shell structures. Particularly, for Pt{sub N}, the widely supposed icosahedronal magic cluster is changed to a three-atomic-layered structure with D{sub 6h} symmetry, which can be well addressed by our recently established generalized Wulff construction principle (GWCP). However, the magic number of Pt{sub N} clusters around 55 is shifted to a new odd number of 57. The high symmetric three-layered Pt{sub 57} motif is mainly stabilized by the enhanced covalent bonding contributed by both spin-orbital coupling effect and the open d orbital (5d{sup 9}6s{sup 1}) of Pt, which result in a delicate balance between the enhanced Pt–Pt covalent bonding of the interlayers and negligible d dangling bonds on the cluster edges. These findings about Pt{sub N} clusters are also applicable to Ir{sub N} clusters, but qualitatively different from their earlier neighboring element Os and their later neighboring element Au. The magic numbers for Os and Au are even, being 56 and 58, respectively. The findings of the new odd magic number 57 are the important supplementary of the recently established GWCP.

  10. Organization of copper nanoclusters in Langmuir–Blodgett films

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    G Hemakanthi; Aruna Dhathathreyan; T Ramasami

    2002-02-01

    Stable nanoclusters of Cu were synthesized using Langmuir–Blodgett films of octadecylsuccinic acid (ODSA) as template. The Langmuir–Blodgett films of ODSA formed from subphase containing copper ions were first subjected to sulphidation (S) using sodium sulphide and then hydrogenated (H) using hydrogen gas. Diffuse reflectance UV-visible spectroscopy (DIR-UV-vis), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) used to characterize these films indicated the formation of Cu(0) metallic clusters ranging in size from 3 ∼ 10 nm.

  11. Enantioselective silver nanoclusters: Preparation, characterization and photoluminescence spectroscopy

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    Farrag, Mostafa, E-mail: mostafafarrag@aun.edu.eg

    2016-09-01

    Herein, we report a new wet-synthesis method to separate some water-soluble chiral silver nanoclusters with high yield. The cluster material was obtained by the reduction of silver nitrate with NaBH{sub 4} in the presence of three ligands L-penicillamine (L-pen), D-penicillamine (D-pen) and racemic mixture of penicillamine (rac-pen), functioning as capping ligand. For characterizing all silver cluster samples, the particle size was assessed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and their average chemical formula was determined from thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and elemental analysis (EA). The particles sizes of all three clusters are 2.1 ± 0.2 nm. The optical properties of the samples were studied by four different methods: UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. The spectra are dominated by the typical and intense plasmon peak at 486 nm accompanied by a small shoulder at 540 nm. Infrared spectroscopy was measured for the free ligand and protected silver nanoclusters, where the disappearance of the S-H vibrational band (2535–2570 cm{sup −1}) in the silver nanoclusters confirmed anchoring of ligand to the cluster surface through the sulfur atom. PL studies yielded the fluorescent properties of the samples. The main focus of this work, however, lies in the chirality of the particles. For all silver clusters CD spectra were recorded. While for clusters capped with one of the two enantiomers (D- or L-form) typical CD spectra were observed, no significant signals were detected for a racemic ligand mixture. Furthermore, silver clusters show quite large asymmetry factors (up to 3 × 10{sup −4}) in comparison to most other ligand protected clusters. These large factors and bands in the visible range of the spectrum suggest a strong chiral induction from the ligand to the metal core. Textural features of the

  12. Fabrication of metal nanoclusters on graphene grown on Ru(0001)

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    ZHANG Hui; FU Qiang; CUI Yi; TAN DaLi; BAO XinHe

    2009-01-01

    Monolayer graphene was epitaxially grown on Ru(0001) through exposure of the Ru(0001) to ethylene at room temperature followed by annealing in ultrahigh vacuum at elevated temperatures. The resulting graphene structures were studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), X-ray photoelectron spec-troscopy (XPS), and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). The graphene/Ru(0001) surface was used as a periodic template for growth of metal nanoclusters. Highly dispersed Pt clusters with well controlled size and spatial distribution were fabricated on the surface.

  13. Dynamic study on the transformation process of gold nanoclusters.

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    Ma, Xiaoqian; Wen, Xiaoming; Toh, Yon-Rui; Huang, Kuo-Yen; Tang, Jau; Yu, Pyng

    2014-11-01

    In this paper, the transformation process from Au8 to Au25 nanoclusters (NCs) is investigated with steady state fluorescence spectroscopy and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy at various reaction temperatures and solvent diffusivities. Results demonstrate that Au8 NCs, protected by bovine serum albumin, transform into Au25 NCs under controlled pH values through an endothermic reaction with the activation energy of 74 kJ mol(-1). Meanwhile, the characteristic s-shaped curves describing the formation of Au25 NCs suggest this process involves a diffusion controlled growth mechanism.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of human transferrin-stabilized gold nanoclusters

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    Le Guével, Xavier; Daum, Nicole; Schneider, Marc

    2011-07-01

    Human transferrin has been biolabelled with gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) using a simple, fast and non-toxic method. These nanocrystals (polyclonal antibody. Additionally, antibody-induced agglomeration demonstrates no alteration in the protein activity and the receptor target ability. MTT and Vialight® Plus tests show no cytotoxicity of these labelled proteins in cells (1 µg ml - 1-1 mg ml - 1). Cell line experiments (A549) indicate also an uptake of the iron loaded fluorescent proteins inside cells. These remarkable data highlight the potential of a new type of non-toxic fluorescent transferrin for imaging and targeting.

  15. Protein mediated synthesis of fluorescent Au-nanoclusters for metal sensory coatings

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    Vogel, Manja; Raff, Johannes [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany). Biogeochemistry

    2017-06-01

    Fluorescent Au-nanocluster were successfully synthesized and used for the selective detection of Cu{sup 2} {sup +}. The synthesized Au-BSA-nanoclusters remain functional also after immobilization and show high thermal stability. Additionally, the transfer of the protein mediated Au-nanocluster synthesis route to S-layer proteins was achieved. (The presented work is part of the project BIONEWS dealing with long-term stable cells for the set-up and regeneration of sensor and actor materials for strategic relevant metals, in particular rare earth elements).

  16. Size-dependent mobility of gold nano-clusters during growth on chemically modified graphene

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    Bell, Gavin R., E-mail: gavin.bell@warwick.ac.uk; Dawson, Peter M.; Pandey, Priyanka A.; Wilson, Neil R. [Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom); Mulheran, Paul A. [Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Strathclyde, James Weir Building, 75 Montrose St., Glasgow G1 1XJ (United Kingdom)

    2014-01-01

    Gold nano-clusters were grown on chemically modified graphene by direct sputter deposition. Transmission electron microscopy of the nano-clusters on these electron-transparent substrates reveals an unusual bimodal island size distribution (ISD). A kinetic Monte Carlo model of growth incorporating a size-dependent cluster mobility rule uniquely reproduces the bimodal ISD, providing strong evidence for the mobility of large clusters during surface growth. The cluster mobility exponent of −5/3 is consistent with cluster motion via one-dimensional diffusion of gold atoms around the edges of the nano-clusters.

  17. Size-dependent mobility of gold nano-clusters during growth on chemically modified graphene

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    Gavin R. Bell

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Gold nano-clusters were grown on chemically modified graphene by direct sputter deposition. Transmission electron microscopy of the nano-clusters on these electron-transparent substrates reveals an unusual bimodal island size distribution (ISD. A kinetic Monte Carlo model of growth incorporating a size-dependent cluster mobility rule uniquely reproduces the bimodal ISD, providing strong evidence for the mobility of large clusters during surface growth. The cluster mobility exponent of −5/3 is consistent with cluster motion via one-dimensional diffusion of gold atoms around the edges of the nano-clusters.

  18. In situ FT-IR study on CO oxidation over Co3O4/CeO2 catalyst%Co3O4/CeO2CO氧化的原位红外光谱研究

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    邵建军; 朱锡; 张永坤; 王明贵

    2012-01-01

    Co3O4/CeO2 catalyst was prepared by co-precipitation-oxidation method. Adsorption of carbon monoxide and the co-adsorption of CO/O2 over Co3O4/CeO2 sample were investigated. In situ FT-IR analysis of the mechanism in CO oxidation was interpreted over Co3O4/CeO2 sample. Effects of the reaction conditions on the catalytic performance over Co3O4/CeO2 catalyst for carbon monoxide oxidation was investigated at humid and dry conditions. Results indicated that the addition of cerium to the cobalt oxide was beneficial for CO oxidation over Co3O4 at humid condition. The formation of carbonate species with reaction on Co3O4/CeO2 composite oxide slightly deactivated the catalyst. When the temperature was as low as 453 K, the dynamic equilibrium of formation and decomposition of carbonate species existed in Co3O4/CeO2 composite oxide catalyst. The carbonate species disappeared above 493 K. The strong interaction between CeO2 and Co3O4 may contribute to the excellent water resistance for low-temperature CO oxidation over Co3O4/CeO2 catalyst at humid condition.%采用沉淀氧化法制备了Co3O4/CeO2催化剂.分别在干、湿条件下进行了一氧化碳氧化反应研究.运用FT-IR表征手段,在钴铈复合氧化物上进行了CO吸附及CO/O2共吸附研究.结果表明,与纯的Co3O4样品相比,Co3O4/CeO2具有明显的抗湿气能力.Co3O4/CeO2催化剂在进行CO氧化时,表面形成了类碳酸盐物种.当环境温度低于453K时,催化剂上类碳酸盐的生成与形成类碳酸盐物种后受热分解存在着动态平衡.当环境温度高于493K,催化剂上生成的类碳酸盐物全部受热分解.氧化铈的加入提高了催化剂的抗湿气性能.较小粒径的Co3O4与CeO2产生的强相互作用可使CeO2向Co3O4提供氧,因而间接提供了CO氧化需要的氧.

  19. Mechanical properties of Pt-Ir and Ni-Ir binary alloys for glass-molding dies coating.

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    Tseng, Shih-Feng; Lee, Chao-Te; Huang, Kuo-Cheng; Chiang, Donyau; Huang, Chien-Yao; Chou, Chang-Pin

    2011-10-01

    In this study, the different compositions of Pt-Ir and Ni-Ir alloys were deposited by utilizing ion source assisted magnetron sputtering system (ISAMSS). The surface roughness and crystallite size of the Pt-Ir and Ni-Ir coatings were analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. In addition, coatings were soaked at 700 degrees and maintained 10 min under N2 atmosphere using a glass-molding machine. The annealed coatings for oxidation test were examined by energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) and for microhardness and reduced modulus test were evaluated by nanoindentation instrucment. The cross-sectional structures between the Pt-Ir and Ni-Ir coating layer and substrates were also examined by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). The results show that surface roughness Ra from 1.25 nm to 3.426 nm was observed with increasing the Ni elements. However, the Ra is less than 2 nm measured in Ir-based coatings doped with Pt concentrations under this study. With increasing Pt and Ni doping, the microhardness of both coatings decreased significantly and the values of reduced modulus of Pt-Ir alloys are larger than that of Ni-Ir alloys. After oxidation process, the oxygen concentration of Pt-Ir coatings is less than that of Ni-Ir coatings and the Pt-Ir coatings exhibit superior properties including oxidation resistance, low surface roughness and high reduced modulus over Ni-Ir coatings, especially for the high Pt concentration coatings such as Pt-Ir 2 (55.25 at.% Pt) and Pt-Ir 3 (79.42 at.% Pt) coatings. The surface roughnesses of all specimens annealed at 700 degrees C were slightly larger than as-deposited coatings. Moreover, due to the serious oxidation occurred in Ni-Ir 3 (73.45 at.% Ni) coatings, the value of reduced modulus of this specimen coating is the lowest and the corrsponding Ra value is the largest compared with the rest of Ir-based coatings in the oxidation testing.

  20. Resonant optical devices for IR lasers

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    Johnson, Eric G.; Li, Yuan; Raghu Srimathi, Indumathi; Woodward, Ryan H.; Poutous, Menelaos K.; Pung, Aaron J.; Richardson, Martin; Shah, Lawrence; Shori, Ramesh; Magnusson, Robert

    2013-03-01

    This paper highlights recent developments in resonant optical devices for infrared (IR) and mid-infrared (mid- IR) lasers. Sub-wavelength grating based resonant optical filters are introduced and their application in 2 μm thulium fiber laser and amplifier systems has been discussed. The paper focuses on applying such filtering techniques to 2.8 μm mid-IR fiber laser systems. A narrowband mid-IR Guided-Mode Resonance Filter (GMRF) was designed and fabricated using Hafnium(IV) Oxide film/quartz wafer material system. The fabricated GMRF was then integrated into an Erbium (Er)-doped Zr-Ba-La-Al-Na (ZBLAN) fluoride glass fiber laser as a wavelength selective feedback element. The laser operated at 2782 nm with a linewidth less than 2 nm demonstrating the viability of GMRF's for wavelength selection in the mid-IR. Furthermore, a GMRF of narrower linewidth based on Aluminum Oxide/quartz wafer material system is fabricated and tested in the same setup. The potentials and challenges with GMRFs will be discussed and summarized.

  1. Influence of the matrix properties on the performances of Er-doped Si nanoclusters light emitting devices

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    Irrera, Alessia; Iacona, Fabio; Franzò, Giorgia; Miritello, Maria; Lo Savio, Roberto; Castagna, Maria Eloisa; Coffa, Salvatore; Priolo, Francesco

    2010-03-01

    We investigated the properties of light emitting devices whose active layer consists of Er-doped Si nanoclusters (nc) generated by thermal annealing of Er-doped SiOx layers prepared by magnetron cosputtering. Differently from a widely used technique such as plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, sputtering allows to synthesize Er-doped Si nc embedded in an almost stoichiometric oxide matrix, so as to deeply influence the electroluminescence properties of the devices. Relevant results include the need for an unexpected low Si excess for optimizing the device efficiency and, above all, the strong reduction of the influence of Auger de-excitation, which represents the main nonradiative path which limits the performances of such devices and their application in silicon nanophotonics.

  2. PE-CVD fabrication of germanium nanoclusters for memory applications

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    Duerkop, T. [Institut fuer Materialien und Bauelemente der Elektronik, Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Appelstrasse 11a, 30167 Hannover (Germany)], E-mail: duerkop@mbe.uni-hannover.de; Bugiel, E. [Institut fuer Materialien und Bauelemente der Elektronik, Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Appelstrasse 11a, 30167 Hannover (Germany); Costina, I. [IHP GmbH, Im Technologiepark 25, 15236 Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany); Ott, A.; Peibst, R.; Hofmann, K.R. [Institut fuer Materialien und Bauelemente der Elektronik, Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Appelstrasse 11a, 30167 Hannover (Germany)

    2008-02-15

    We have investigated Ge nanoclusters (Ge-NC) embedded in silicon dioxide, whose fundamental properties promise improved characteristics in NC flash memory devices as compared to Si nanoclusters. We present a simple new method, based on plasma-enhanced CVD (PE-CVD) deposition of amorphous Ge (a-Ge) onto SiO{sub 2}, to create gate stacks with embedded Ge-NC at vertically well-controlled positions suitable for use in flash memory devices. This process minimizes the exposure of Ge to environmental influences by depositing a-Ge as well as a SiO{sub 2} cap layer in situ within the same deposition chamber. Subsequent high-temperature anneals compatible with the temperature budget of CMOS processing are used for the actual cluster formation. Variation of annealing temperature and duration of this step as well as the thickness of the initial Ge layer controls the average cluster radius and density, as determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Measurements of electrical properties show the capability of samples with NC to store charge.

  3. A highly active and stable IrOx/SrIrO3 catalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction.

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    Seitz, Linsey C; Dickens, Colin F; Nishio, Kazunori; Hikita, Yasuyuki; Montoya, Joseph; Doyle, Andrew; Kirk, Charlotte; Vojvodic, Aleksandra; Hwang, Harold Y; Norskov, Jens K; Jaramillo, Thomas F

    2016-09-02

    Oxygen electrochemistry plays a key role in renewable energy technologies such as fuel cells and electrolyzers, but the slow kinetics of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) limit the performance and commercialization of such devices. Here we report an iridium oxide/strontium iridium oxide (IrOx/SrIrO3) catalyst formed during electrochemical testing by strontium leaching from surface layers of thin films of SrIrO3 This catalyst has demonstrated specific activity at 10 milliamps per square centimeter of oxide catalyst (OER current normalized to catalyst surface area), with only 270 to 290 millivolts of overpotential for 30 hours of continuous testing in acidic electrolyte. Density functional theory calculations suggest the formation of highly active surface layers during strontium leaching with IrO3 or anatase IrO2 motifs. The IrOx/SrIrO3 catalyst outperforms known IrOx and ruthenium oxide (RuOx) systems, the only other OER catalysts that have reasonable activity in acidic electrolyte.

  4. Vibrational spectrum and structure of CoO6: a model compound for molecular oxygen reversible binding on cobalt oxides and salts; a combined IR matrix isolation and theoretical study.

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    Marzouk, Asma; Danset, Delphine; Zhou, Ming Fei; Gong, Yu; Alikhani, Mohammad E; Manceron, Laurent

    2011-08-18

    The formation and structure of a novel species, a disuperoxo-cobalt dioxide complex (CoO(6)), has been investigated using matrix isolation in solid neon and argon, coupled to infrared spectroscopy and by quantum chemical methods. It is found that CoO(6) can be formed by successive complexation of cobalt dioxide by molecular oxygen without activation energy by diffusion of ground state O(2) molecules at 9K in the dark. The IR data on one combination and seven fundamentals, isotopic effects, and quantum chemical calculations are both consistent with an asymmetrical structure with two slightly nonequivalent oxygen ligands complexing a cobalt dioxide subunit. Evidence for other, metastable states is also presented, but the data are not complete. The electronic structure and formation pathway of this unique, formally +VI oxidation state, complex has been investigated using several functionals of current DFT within the broken-symmetry unrestricted formalism. It has been shown that the M06L pure local functional well reproduce the experimental observations. The ground electronic state is predicted to be an open shell (2)A'' doublet with the quartet states above by more than 9 kcal/mol and the sextet lying even higher in energy. The ground state has a strong and complex multireference character that hinders the use of more precise multireference approaches and requires caution in the methodology to be used. The geometrical, energetic, and vibrational properties have been computed.

  5. Preparation and surface enhanced Raman scattering behavior of Ag-coated C{sub 60} nanoclusters

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    Kang, Shi-Zhao; Yin, Die-er; Li, Xiangqing; Mu, Jin, E-mail: mujin@sit.edu.cn

    2013-12-01

    Ag-coated C{sub 60} nanoclusters were prepared and characterized with X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherm measurement. The Ag-coated C{sub 60} nanoclusters were assembled on the glass substrate to form a thin film using the layer-by-layer technique. Meanwhile, the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) of musk xylene adsorbed on the film of Ag-coated C{sub 60} nanoclusters was explored. The results indicated that the film of Ag-coated C{sub 60} nanoclusters was a unique SERS-active substrate with a detection limit of 10{sup −9} mol L{sup −1} for musk xylene. Furthermore, the surface enhanced mechanisms were discussed preliminarily.

  6. Melting Properties of Medium-Sized Silicon Nanoclusters: A Molecular Dynamics Study

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    Li, Haipeng; Xu, Runfeng; Bi, Zetong; Shen, Xiaopeng; Han, Kui

    2017-07-01

    The structures and melting properties of the medium-sized silicon nanoclusters have been comparatively studied using the molecular dynamics method. Structural and thermodynamic parameters are used to characterize the melting properties of the clusters. The size dependence of the melting temperature of silicon nanoclusters is determined using the computation results. Different from the homogeneous melting of bulk silicon, melting of silicon nanoparticles proceeds over a finite temperature range due to surface effects, which shows the heterogeneous melting of nanoclusters. We found that the melting starts at the cluster surface and progressively shifts into the core region. This study provides a fundamental perspective on the melting behaviors of semiconductor silicon nanoclusters at the atomistic level.

  7. Nanocluster metal films as thermoelectric material for radioisotope mini battery unit

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    Borisyuk, P. V.; Krasavin, A. V.; Tkalya, E. V.; Lebedinskii, Yu. Yu.; Vasiliev, O. S.; Yakovlev, V. P.; Kozlova, T. I.; Fetisov, V. V.

    2016-10-01

    The paper is devoted to studying the thermoelectric and structural properties of films based on metal nanoclusters (Au, Pd, Pt). The experimental results of the study of single nanoclusters' tunneling conductance obtained with scanning tunneling spectroscopy are presented. The obtained data allowed us to evaluate the thermoelectric power of thin film consisting of densely packed individual nanoclusters. It is shown that such thin films can operate as highly efficient thermoelectric materials. A scheme of miniature thermoelectric radioisotope power source based on the thorium-228 isotope is proposed. The efficiency of the radioisotope battery using thermoelectric converters based on nanocluster metal films is shown to reach values up to 1.3%. The estimated characteristics of the device are comparable with the parameters of up-to-date radioisotope batteries based on nickel-63.

  8. A colloidal assembly approach to synthesize magnetic porous composite nanoclusters for efficient protein adsorption

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    Yang, Qi; Lan, Fang; Yi, Qiangying; Wu, Yao; Gu, Zhongwei

    2015-10-01

    A combination strategy of the inverse emulsion crosslinking approach and the colloidal assembly technique is first proposed to synthesize Fe3O4/histidine composite nanoclusters as new-type magnetic porous nanomaterials. The nanoclusters possess uniform morphology, high magnetic content and excellent protein adsorption capacity, exhibiting their great potential for bio-separation.A combination strategy of the inverse emulsion crosslinking approach and the colloidal assembly technique is first proposed to synthesize Fe3O4/histidine composite nanoclusters as new-type magnetic porous nanomaterials. The nanoclusters possess uniform morphology, high magnetic content and excellent protein adsorption capacity, exhibiting their great potential for bio-separation. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05800g

  9. The Influence of Ultrasound on Formation of Self-organized Uniform Nanoclusters

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    R.M. Peleshchak

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The non-linear diffusion-deformation theory of self-organization of nanoclusters of dot defects in semiconductor exposed to ultrasound treatment that considers the interaction of defects among themselves and with atoms of a matrix via the elastic field created by dot defects and an acoustic wave is developed. Within this theory the influence of ultrasound on the conditions of formation of spherical nanoclusters and their radius is investigated. The nanocluster size depending on average concentration of defects and amplitude of an acoustic wave is determined. It is established that ultrasonic treatment of the semiconductor in the process of formation of an ensemble of nanoclusters leads to reduction of dispersion of their sizes.

  10. Automated electrodeposition of bimetallic noble-metal nanoclusters via redox-replacement reactions for electrocatalysis

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    Mkwizu, TS

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoclusters of bimetallic composition involving platinum with gold or ruthenium were sequentially deposited via redoxreplacement of electrodeposited sacrificial Cu adlayers for controlling the deposition of the noble metals. These steps were...

  11. Probing the Absorption and Emission Transition Dipole Moment of DNA Stabilized Silver Nanoclusters

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    Hooley, Emma Nicole; Carro Temboury, Miguel R.; Vosch, Tom André Jos

    2017-01-01

    Using single molecule polarization measurements, we investigate the excitation and emission polarization characteristics of DNA stabilized silver nanoclusters (C24-AgNCs). Although small changes in the polarization generally accompany changes to the emission spectrum, the emission and excitation ...

  12. Sub-micron scale patterning of fluorescent silver nanoclusters using low-power laser

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    Kunwar, Puskal; Hassinen, Jukka; Bautista, Godofredo; Ras, Robin H A; Toivonen, Juha

    2016-01-01

    .... A cost-effective fabrication of photostable micron-sized fluorescent silver nanocluster barcode is demonstrated in silver-impregnated polymer films using a low-power continuous-wave laser diode...

  13. Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Trimetallic Nanoclusters: Structure Elucidation and Properties Investigation.

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    Kang, Xi; Xiong, Lin; Wang, Shuxin; Yu, Haizhu; Jin, Shan; Song, Yongbo; Chen, Tao; Zheng, Liwei; Pan, Chensong; Pei, Yong; Zhu, Manzhou

    2016-11-21

    The shape-controlled synthesis of metal nanoclusters (NCs) with precise atomic arrangement is crucial for tailoring the properties. In this work, we successfully control the shape of alloy NCs by altering the dopants in the alloying processes. The shape of the spherical [Pt1 Ag24 (SPhMe2 )18 ] NC is maintained when [Au(I) SR] is used as dopant. By contrast, the shape of Pt1 Ag24 is changed to be rodlike by alloying with [Au(I) (PPh3 )Br]. The structures of the trimetallic NCs were determined by X-ray crystallography and further confirmed by both DFT and far-IR measurements. The shape-preserved [Pt1 Au6.4 Ag17.6 (SPhMe2 )18 ] NC is in a tristratified arrangement-[Pt(center)@Au/Ag(shell)@Ag(exterior)]-and is indeed the first X-ray crystal structure of thiolated trimetallic NCs. On the other hand, the resulting rodlike NC ([Pt2 Au10 Ag13 (PPh3 )10 Br7 ]) exhibits a high quantum yield (QY=14.7 %), which is in striking contrast to the weakly luminescent Pt1 Ag24 (QY=0.1 %, about 150-fold enhancement). In addition, the thermal stabilities of both trimetallic products are remarkably improved. This study presents a controllable strategy for synthesis of alloy NCs with different shapes (by alloying heteroatom complexes coordinated by different ligands), and may stimulate future work for a deeper understanding of the morphology (shape)-property correlation in NCs.

  14. Laser-assisted atom probe tomography investigation of magnetic FePt nanoclusters: First experiments

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    Folcke, E.; Larde, R. [Groupe de Physique des Materiaux, UMR CNRS 6634, Universite de Rouen, 76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray (France); Le Breton, J.M., E-mail: jean-marie.lebreton@univ-rouen.fr [Groupe de Physique des Materiaux, UMR CNRS 6634, Universite de Rouen, 76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray (France); Gruber, M.; Vurpillot, F. [Groupe de Physique des Materiaux, UMR CNRS 6634, Universite de Rouen, 76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray (France); Shield, J.E.; Rui, X. [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, N104 WSEC, Lincoln, NE 68588 (United States); Patterson, M.M. [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI 54751 (United States)

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer FePt nanoclusters dispersed in a Cr matrix were studied by atom probe tomography. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Simulated experiments were conducted to study the artefacts of the analysis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In FePt nanoclusters, Fe and Pt are present in equiatomic proportions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer FePt nanoclusters are homogeneous, no core-shell structure is observed. - Abstract: FePt nanoclusters dispersed in a Cr matrix have been investigated by laser-assisted atom probe tomography. The results were analysed according to simulated evaporation experiments. Three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions reveal the presence of nanoclusters roughly spherical in shape, with a size in good agreement with previous transmission electron microscopy observations. Some clusters appear to be broken up after the evaporation process due to the fact that the Cr matrix has a lower evaporation field than Fe and Pt. It is thus shown that the observed FePt nanoclusters are chemically homogeneous. They contain Fe and Pt in equiatomic proportions, with no core-shell structure observed.

  15. Photoluminescent Gold Nanoclusters in Cancer Cells: Cellular Uptake, Toxicity, and Generation of Reactive Oxygen Species.

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    Matulionyte, Marija; Dapkute, Dominyka; Budenaite, Laima; Jarockyte, Greta; Rotomskis, Ricardas

    2017-02-10

    In recent years, photoluminescent gold nanoclusters have attracted considerable interest in both fundamental biomedical research and practical applications. Due to their ultrasmall size, unique molecule-like optical properties, and facile synthesis gold nanoclusters have been considered very promising photoluminescent agents for biosensing, bioimaging, and targeted therapy. Yet, interaction of such ultra-small nanoclusters with cells and other biological objects remains poorly understood. Therefore, the assessment of the biocompatibility and potential toxicity of gold nanoclusters is of major importance before their clinical application. In this study, the cellular uptake, cytotoxicity, and intracellular generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) of bovine serum albumin-encapsulated (BSA-Au NCs) and 2-(N-morpholino) ethanesulfonic acid (MES)capped photoluminescent gold nanoclusters (Au-MES NCs) were investigated. The results showed that BSA-Au NCs accumulate in cells in a similar manner as BSA alone, indicating an endocytotic uptake mechanism while ultrasmall Au-MES NCs were distributed homogeneously throughout the whole cell volume including cell nucleus. The cytotoxicity of BSA-Au NCs was negligible, demonstrating good biocompatibility of such BSA-protected Au NCs. In contrast, possibly due to ultrasmall size and thin coating layer, Au-MES NCs exhibited exposure time-dependent high cytotoxicity and higher reactivity which led to highly increased generation of reactive oxygen species. The results demonstrate the importance of the coating layer to biocompatibility and toxicity of ultrasmall photoluminescent gold nanoclusters.

  16. Ligand-exchange synthesis of selenophenolate-capped Au25 nanoclusters.

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    Meng, Xiangming; Xu, Qian; Wang, Shuxin; Zhu, Manzhou

    2012-07-21

    We report the synthesis and characterization of selenophenolate-capped 25-gold-atom nanoclusters via a ligand-exchange approach. In this method, phenylethanethiolate (PhCH(2)CH(2)S) capped Au(25) nanoclusters are utilized as the starting material, which is subject to ligand-exchange with selenophenol (PhSeH). The as-obtained cluster product is confirmed to be selenophenolate-protected Au(25) nanoclusters through characterization by electrospray ionization (ESI) and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), elemental analysis (EA), UV-Vis and (1)H/(13)C NMR spectroscopies. The ligand-exchange synthesis of [Au(25)(SePh)(18)](-)[(C(8)H(17))(4)N](+) nanoclusters demonstrates that the core size of gold nanoclusters is retained in the thiolate-to-selenolate exchange process and that the 18 surface thiolate ligands can be completely exchanged by selenophenolate, rather than giving rise to a mixed ligand shell on the cluster. The two types of Au(25)L(18) (L = thiolate or selenolate) nanoclusters also show some differences in stability and optical properties.

  17. Synthesis of selenolate-protected Au18(SeC6H5)14 nanoclusters.

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    Xu, Qian; Wang, Shuxin; Liu, Zhao; Xu, Guoyong; Meng, Xiangming; Zhu, Manzhou

    2013-02-07

    This work reports the first synthesis of selenophenolate-protected Au(18)(SePh)(14) nanoclusters. This cluster exhibits distinct differences from its thiolate analogue in terms of optical absorption properties. The Au(18)(SePh)(14) nanoclusters were obtained via a controlled reaction of Au(25)(SCH(2)CH(2)Ph)(18) with selenophenol. Electrospray ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (ESI-TOF-MS) revealed the crude product to contain predominantly Au(18)(SePh)(14) nanoclusters, and side products include Au(15)(SePh)(13), Au(19)(SePh)(15) and Au(20)(SePh)(16). High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was employed to isolate Au(18)(SePh)(14) nanoclusters. The results of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), elemental analysis (EA), and (1)H/(13)C NMR spectroscopy confirmed the cluster composition. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of selenolate-protected Au(18) nanoclusters. Future theoretical and X-ray crystallographic work will reveal the geometric structure and the nature of selenolate-gold bonding in the nanocluster.

  18. Photoluminescent Gold Nanoclusters in Cancer Cells: Cellular Uptake, Toxicity, and Generation of Reactive Oxygen Species

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    Matulionyte, Marija; Dapkute, Dominyka; Budenaite, Laima; Jarockyte, Greta; Rotomskis, Ricardas

    2017-01-01

    In recent years, photoluminescent gold nanoclusters have attracted considerable interest in both fundamental biomedical research and practical applications. Due to their ultrasmall size, unique molecule-like optical properties, and facile synthesis gold nanoclusters have been considered very promising photoluminescent agents for biosensing, bioimaging, and targeted therapy. Yet, interaction of such ultra-small nanoclusters with cells and other biological objects remains poorly understood. Therefore, the assessment of the biocompatibility and potential toxicity of gold nanoclusters is of major importance before their clinical application. In this study, the cellular uptake, cytotoxicity, and intracellular generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) of bovine serum albumin-encapsulated (BSA-Au NCs) and 2-(N-morpholino) ethanesulfonic acid (MES)-capped photoluminescent gold nanoclusters (Au-MES NCs) were investigated. The results showed that BSA-Au NCs accumulate in cells in a similar manner as BSA alone, indicating an endocytotic uptake mechanism while ultrasmall Au-MES NCs were distributed homogeneously throughout the whole cell volume including cell nucleus. The cytotoxicity of BSA-Au NCs was negligible, demonstrating good biocompatibility of such BSA-protected Au NCs. In contrast, possibly due to ultrasmall size and thin coating layer, Au-MES NCs exhibited exposure time-dependent high cytotoxicity and higher reactivity which led to highly increased generation of reactive oxygen species. The results demonstrate the importance of the coating layer to biocompatibility and toxicity of ultrasmall photoluminescent gold nanoclusters. PMID:28208642

  19. Oxidation dynamics of nanophase aluminum clusters : a molecular dynamics study.

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    Ogata, S.

    1998-01-27

    Oxidation of an aluminum nanocluster (252,158 atoms) of radius 100{angstrom} placed in gaseous oxygen (530,727 atoms) is investigated by performing molecular-dynamics simulations on parallel computers. The simulation takes into account the effect of charge transfer between Al and O based on the electronegativity equalization principles. We find that the oxidation starts at the surface of the cluster and the oxide layer grows to a thickness of {approximately}28{angstrom}. Evolutions of local temperature and densities of Al and O are investigated. The surface oxide melts because of the high temperature resulting from the release of energy associated with Al-O bondings. Amorphous surface-oxides are obtained by quenching the cluster. Vibrational density-of-states for the surface oxide is analyzed through comparisons with those for crystalline Al, Al nanocluster, and {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  20. Crossover from disordered to core-shell structures of nano-oxide Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} dispersed particles in Fe

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    Higgins, M. P.; Wang, L. M.; Gao, F., E-mail: gaofeium@umich.edu [Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 (United States); Lu, C. Y. [Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 (United States); Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, Shenyang, Liaoning 110819 (China); Lu, Z. [Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, Shenyang, Liaoning 110819 (China); Shao, L. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Texas A& M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States)

    2016-07-18

    Molecular dynamic simulations of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} in bcc Fe and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations were used to understand the structure of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-clusters in an oxide dispersion strengthened steel matrix. The study showed that Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-clusters below 2 nm were completely disordered. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-clusters above 2 nm, however, form a core-shell structure, with a shell thickness of 0.5–0.7 nm that is independent of nano-cluster size. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-clusters were surrounded by off-lattice Fe atoms, further increasing the stability of these nano-clusters. TEM was used to corroborate our simulation results and showed a crossover from a disordered nano-cluster to a core-shell structure.

  1. Electronic structure, local magnetism, and spin-orbit effects of Ir(IV)-, Ir(V)-, and Ir(VI)-based compounds

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    Laguna-Marco, M. A.; Kayser, P.; Alonso, J. A.; Martinez-Lope, M. J.; van Veenendaal, M.; Choi, Y.; Haskel, D.

    2015-06-29

    Element- and orbital-selective x-ray absorption and magnetic circular dichroism measurements are carried out to probe the electronic structure and magnetism of Ir 5d electronic states in double perovskite Sr2MIrO6 (M = Mg, Ca, Sc, Ti, Ni, Fe, Zn, In) and La2NiIrO6 compounds. All the studied systems present a significant influence of spin-orbit interactions in the electronic ground state. In addition, we find that the Ir 5d local magnetic moment shows different character depending on the oxidation state despite the net magnetization being similar for all the compounds. Ir carries an orbital contribution comparable to the spin contribution for Ir4+ (5d(5)) and Ir5+ (5d(4)) oxides, whereas the orbital contribution is quenched for Ir6+ (5d(3)) samples. Incorporation of a magnetic 3d atom allows getting insight into the magnetic coupling between 5d and 3d transition metals. Together with previous susceptibility and neutron diffractionmeasurements, the results indicate that Ir carries a significant local magnetic moment even in samples without a 3d metal. The size of the (small) net magnetization of these compounds is a result of predominant antiferromagnetic interactions between local moments coupled with structural details of each perovskite structure

  2. Tunable mid IR plasmon in GZO nanocrystals.

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    Hamza, M K; Bluet, J-M; Masenelli-Varlot, K; Canut, B; Boisron, O; Melinon, P; Masenelli, B

    2015-07-28

    Degenerate metal oxide nanoparticles are promising systems to expand the significant achievements of plasmonics into the infrared (IR) range. Among the possible candidates, Ga-doped ZnO nanocrystals are particularly suited for mid IR, considering their wide range of possible doping levels and thus of plasmon tuning. In the present work, we report on the tunable mid IR plasmon induced in degenerate Ga-doped ZnO nanocrystals. The nanocrystals are produced by a plasma expansion and exhibit unprotected surfaces. Tuning the Ga concentration allows tuning the localized surface plasmon resonance. Moreover, the plasmon resonance is characterized by a large damping. By comparing the plasmon of nanocrystal assemblies to that of nanoparticles dispersed in an alumina matrix, we investigate the possible origins of such damping. We demonstrate that it partially results from the self-organization of the naked particles and also from intrinsic inhomogeneity of dopants.

  3. Interaction of size-selected gold nanoclusters with dopamine

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    Montone, Georgia R.; Hermann, Eric; Kandalam, Anil K.

    2016-12-01

    We present density functional theory based results on the interaction of size-selected gold nanoclusters, Au10 and Au20, with dopamine molecule. The gold clusters interact strongly with the nitrogen site of dopamine, thereby forming stable gold-dopamine complexes. Our calculations further show that there is no site specificity on the planar Au10 cluster with all the edge gold atoms equally preferred. On the other hand, in the pyramidal Au20 cluster, the vertex metal atom is the most active site. As the size increased from Au10 to Au20, the interaction strength has shown a declining trend. The effect of aqueous environment on the interaction strengths were also studied by solvation model. It is found that the presence of solvent water stabilizes the interaction between the metal cluster and dopamine molecule, even though for Au10 cluster the energy ordering of the isomers changed from that of the gas-phase.

  4. Simultaneous expression and transportation of insulin by supramolecular polysaccharide nanocluster

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    Zhang, Yu-Hui; Zhang, Ying-Ming; Zhao, Qi-Hui; Liu, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Drug/gene transportation systems with stimuli-responsive release behaviors are becoming research hotspots in biochemical and biomedical fields. In this work, a glucose-responsive supramolecular nanocluster was successfully constructed by the intermolecular complexation of phenylboronic acid modified β-cyclodextrin with adamantane modified polyethylenimine, which could be used as a biocompatible carrier for insulin and pCMV3-C-GFPSpark-Ins DNA which could express insulin co-delivery. Benefiting from the response capability of phenylboronic acid moiety toward glucose, the encapsulated insulin could be specifically released and the corresponding targeted DNA could efficiently express insulin in HepG2 cell, accompanied by the high-level insulin release in vitro. Our results demonstrate that the simultaneous insulin drug delivery and insulin gene transfection in a controlled mode may have great potential in the clinical diabetes treatments. PMID:26948978

  5. Thumb Imprint Based Detection of Hyperbilirubinemia Using Luminescent Gold Nanoclusters

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    Basu, Srestha; Sahoo, Amaresh Kumar; Paul, Anumita; Chattopadhyay, Arun

    2016-12-01

    Early and easy detection of diseases, using point-of-care and inexpensive devices, not only provides option for early treatment but also reduces the risk of propagation. Herein we report the fabrication of a robust film based luminescence indicator of bilirubin, which can indicate hyperbilirubinemia through the thumb imprint of the patient. The UV-light induced luminescence intensity of the film, made out of chitosan stabilised gold (Au) nanoclusters, which was effectively quenched in the presence of Cu2+ ions, recovered in the presence of bilirubin from skin or blood serum. Moreover, the sensitivity of detection of bilirubin was tuneable with the amount of Cu2+ added, thereby facilitating the detection of the desired concentration range of bilirubin.

  6. Simultaneous expression and transportation of insulin by supramolecular polysaccharide nanocluster

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    Zhang, Yu-Hui; Zhang, Ying-Ming; Zhao, Qi-Hui; Liu, Yu

    2016-03-01

    Drug/gene transportation systems with stimuli-responsive release behaviors are becoming research hotspots in biochemical and biomedical fields. In this work, a glucose-responsive supramolecular nanocluster was successfully constructed by the intermolecular complexation of phenylboronic acid modified β-cyclodextrin with adamantane modified polyethylenimine, which could be used as a biocompatible carrier for insulin and pCMV3-C-GFPSpark-Ins DNA which could express insulin co-delivery. Benefiting from the response capability of phenylboronic acid moiety toward glucose, the encapsulated insulin could be specifically released and the corresponding targeted DNA could efficiently express insulin in HepG2 cell, accompanied by the high-level insulin release in vitro. Our results demonstrate that the simultaneous insulin drug delivery and insulin gene transfection in a controlled mode may have great potential in the clinical diabetes treatments.

  7. A comparison of interatomic potentials for modeling tungsten nanocluster structures

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    Hao, Jiannan; Shu, Xiaolin; Jin, Shuo; Zhang, Xuesong; Zhang, Ying; Lu, Guang-Hong

    2017-02-01

    Molecular dynamic simulation is utilized to study the nanocluster and the fuzz structure on the PFM surface of tungsten. The polyhedral and linear cluster structures based on the icosahedron, cuboctahedron and rhombic dodecahedron are built up. Three interatomic potentials are used in calculating the relationship between the cluster energy and the number of atoms. The results are compared with first-principles calculation to show each potential's best application scale. Furthermore, the transition between the icosahedral and the cuboctahedral clusters is observed in molecular dynamic simulation at different temperatures, which follows a critical curve for different numbers of atoms. The linear structures are proved to be stable at experimental temperatures by thermodynamics. The work presents a selection of interatomic potentials in simulating tungsten cluster systems and helps researchers understand the growth and evolution laws of clusters and the fuzz-like structure formation process in fusion devices.

  8. Efficient Radioisotope Energy Transfer by Gold Nanoclusters for Molecular Imaging.

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    Volotskova, Olga; Sun, Conroy; Stafford, Jason H; Koh, Ai Leen; Ma, Xiaowei; Cheng, Zhen; Cui, Bianxiao; Pratx, Guillem; Xing, Lei

    2015-08-26

    Beta-emitting isotopes Fluorine-18 and Yttrium-90 are tested for their potential to stimulate gold nanoclusters conjugated with blood serum proteins (AuNCs). AuNCs excited by either medical radioisotope are found to be highly effective ionizing radiation energy transfer mediators, suitable for in vivo optical imaging. AuNCs synthesized with protein templates convert beta-decaying radioisotope energy into tissue-penetrating optical signals between 620 and 800 nm. Optical signals are not detected from AuNCs incubated with Technetium-99m, a pure gamma emitter that is used as a control. Optical emission from AuNCs is not proportional to Cerenkov radiation, indicating that the energy transfer between the radionuclide and AuNC is only partially mediated by Cerenkov photons. A direct Coulombic interaction is proposed as a novel and significant mechanism of energy transfer between decaying radionuclides and AuNCs.

  9. Jump electroconductivity in the laser deposited nanoclustered structures

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    Antipov, A.; Shagurina, A.; Osipov, A.; Istratov, A.; Skryabin, I.; Arakelian, S.

    2017-01-01

    The quantum states verification in cluster semiconductor/metallic structures by jump/tunneling electroconductivity and possible mechanisms for their implementation are considered in experiment and theory. By our laser ablation technique we have nanostructurized the films for which the ability to control the change in their electrical properties does exist by variation of the topology for the system. The granular conductivity specificity has been under study. The current-voltage characteristics behavior has been measured for a nanocluster bimetallic film (Au+Ag), and the experiments for multilayer bimetal thin films of the different composition have been carried out. Two associated mechanisms for electroconductivity occur in the case, i.e. tunnel transition for electrons and electron activation in the frames of the shell model for a cluster system, in dependence on the nanostructure topology.

  10. Information processing schemes based on monolayer protected metallic nanoclusters.

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    Cervera, Javier; Mafé, Salvador

    2011-09-01

    Nanostructures are potentially useful as building blocks to complement future electronics because of their high versatility and packing densities. The fabrication and characterization of particular nanostructures and the use of new theoretical tools to describe their properties are receiving much attention. However, the integration of these individual systems into general schemes that could perform simple tasks is also necessary because modern electronics operation relies on the concerted action of many basic units. We review here new conceptual schemes that can allow information processing with ligand or monolayer protected metallic nanoclusters (MPCs) on the basis of the experimentally demonstrated and theoretically described electrical characteristics of these nanostructures. In particular, we make use of the tunnelling current through a metallic nanocluster attached to the electrodes by ligands. The nanostructure is described as a single electron transistor (SET) that can be gated by an external potential. This fact permits exploiting information processing schemes in approximately defined arrays of MPCs. These schemes include: (i) binary, multivalued, and reversible logic gates; (ii) an associative memory and a synchronization circuit; and (iii) two signal processing nanodevices based on parallel arrays of MPCs and nanoswitches. In each case, the practical operation of the nanodevice is based on the SET properties of MPCs reported experimentally. We examine also some of the practical problems that should be addressed in future experimental realizations: the stochastic nature of the electron tunnelling, the relatively low operation temperatures, and the limited reliability caused by the weak signals involved and the nanostructure variability. The perspectives to solve these problems are based on the potentially high degree of scalability of the nanostructures.

  11. Nanocluster model of intermetallic compounds with giant unit cells: beta, beta'-Mg(2)Al(3) polymorphs.

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    Blatov, Vladislav A; Ilyushin, Gregory D; Proserpio, Davide M

    2010-02-15

    A novel method for the computational description of intermetallics as an assembly of nanoclusters was improved and applied to extremely complicated crystal structures of beta, beta'-Mg(2)Al(3) polymorphs. Using the TOPOS program package that implements the method, we separated two types of two-shell primary nanoclusters A, A1, A2, and B consisting of 57-63 atoms that completely compose the structures of the polymorphs. The nanocluster model interprets structural disordering in beta-Mg(2)Al(3): the disordered atoms form the inner shell of the nanocluster A, while the outer shells of all nanoclusters are preserved. The self-assembly of the beta, beta'-Mg(2)Al(3) crystal structures was considered within the hierarchical scheme: 0D primary polyhedral clusters (coordination polyhedra) --> 0D two-shell primary nanoclusters A, A1, A2, or B --> 0D supracluster-precursor AB(2) --> 1D primary chain --> 2D microlayer --> 3D microframework. The self-assembly scheme proves the similarity of beta, beta'-Mg(2)Al(3) to other extremely complicated Samson's phases, NaCd(2) and ZrZn(22); the spatial arrangement of the centers of nanoclusters in these structures as well as the topology of the corresponding network conform to the Laves phase MgCu(2). Using the TOPOS procedure of searching for finite fragments in infinite nets we found that nanocluster B is a typical fragment of intermetallic compounds: it exists in intermetallics belonging to 42 Pearson classes. The nanocluster A was found only in two Pearson classes: cF464 and hP238, while the nanoclusters A1 and A2 occur in beta'-Mg(2)Al(3) only. Thus, the nanoclusters A, A1, and A2 can be considered as "determinants" of the corresponding structures.

  12. Magnetic-responsive hybrids of Fe3O4 nanoparticles with β-lactoglobulin amyloid fibrils and nanoclusters.

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    Bolisetty, Sreenath; Vallooran, Jijo J; Adamcik, Jozef; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2013-07-23

    We report on the synthesis and magnetic-responsive behavior of hybrids formed by dispersing negatively charged iron oxide (Fe3O4) magnetic nanoparticles in positively charged β-lactoglobulin protein solutions at acidic pH, followed by heating at high temperatures. Depending on the pH used, different hybrid aggregates can be obtained, such as nanoparticle-modified amyloid fibrils (pH 3) and spherical nanoclusters (pH 4.5). We investigate the effect of magnetic fields of varying strengths (0-5 T) on the alignment of these Fe3O4-modified amyloid fibrils and spherical nanoclusters using a combination of scattering, birefringence and microscopic techniques and we find a strong alignment of the hybrids upon increasing the intensity of the magnetic field, which we quantify via 2D and 3D order parameters. We also demonstrate the possibility of controlling magnetically the sol-gel behavior of these hybrids: addition of salt (NaCl, 150 mM) to a solution containing nanoparticles modified with β-lactoglobulin amyloid fibrils (2 wt % fibrils modified with 0.6 wt % Fe3O4 nanoparticles) induces first the formation of a reversible gel, which can then be converted back to solution upon application of a moderate magnetic field of 1.1 T. These hybrids offer a new appealing functional colloidal system in which the aggregation, orientational order and rheological behavior can be efficiently controlled in a purely noninvasive way by external magnetic fields of weak intensity.

  13. Effect of thermal treatments on sputtered silver nanocluster/silica composite coatings on soda-lime glasses: ionic exchange and antibacterial activity

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    Ferraris, M.; Ferraris, S., E-mail: sara.ferraris@polito.it; Miola, M.; Perero, S.; Balagna, C.; Verne, E. [Politecnico di Torino, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Institute of Materials Physics and Engineering (Italy); Gautier, G. [IMAMOTER Institute for Agricultural and Earthmoving Machines (Italy); Manfredotti, Ch.; Battiato, A.; Vittone, E. [University of Torino, Physics Department, NIS Excellence Centre and CNISM (Italy); Speranza, G. [Fondazione Bruno Kessler FBK (Italy); Bogdanovic, I. [Ruder Boskovic Institute, Experimental Physics Department (Croatia)

    2012-12-15

    Silver nanocluster/silica composite coatings were deposited on both soda-lime and silica glasses by radio frequency (RF) co-sputtering. The effect of thermal treatments on the microstructure in the range of 150-450 Degree-Sign C were examined by UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Time of Flight-Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis. Sodium/silver ionic exchange was evidenced for coatings sputtered on soda-lime substrates after heating at 450 Degree-Sign C; presence of silver ions and/or silver nanoclusters, nanocluster size and their position inside the sputtered layers will be discussed for as-deposited and heated coatings on both substrates. The antibacterial activity of all coatings was determined against Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans by disk diffusion method and colonies forming units count; in agreement with microstructural results, the antibacterial activity present on all coatings was slightly reduced after heating at 450 Degree-Sign C. All coatings have been submitted to humidity plus UV ageing and sterilization by autoclave, gamma ray and ethylene oxide gas. Tape resistance (ASTM D3359-97) tests have been done on each coating before and after ageing and sterilizations, revealing a good adhesion on soda-lime substrates, except for those aged in humidity plus UV and sterilized by autoclave. Scratch tests and nanoindentation tests have been done on each coating, as-deposited and after heating at 450 Degree-Sign C. The coating hardness was improved by heating only when coatings were deposited on silica. The heating of coatings deposited on soda-lime substrates gave opposite effect on their hardness.

  14. Carbon-supported Pd-Ir catalyst as anodic catalyst in direct formic acid fuel cell

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    Wang, Xin; Tang, Yawen; Gao, Ying; Lu, Tianhong

    It was reported for the first time that the electrocatalytic activity of the Carbon-supported Pd-Ir (Pd-Ir/C) catalyst with the suitable atomic ratio of Pd and Ir for the oxidation of formic acid in the direct formic acid fuel cell (DFAFC) is better than that of the Carbon-supported Pd (Pd/C) catalyst, although Ir has no electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of formic acid. The potential of the anodic peak of formic acid at the Pd-Ir/C catalyst electrode with the atomic ratio of Pd and Ir = 5:1 is 50 mV more negative than that and the peak current density is 13% higher than that at the Pd/C catalyst electrode. This is attributed to that Ir can promote the oxidation of formic acid at Pd through the direct pathway because Ir can decrease the adsorption strength of CO on Pd. However, when the content of Ir in the Pd-Ir/C catalyst is too high the electrocatalytic activity of the Pd-Ir/C catalyst would be decreased because Ir has no electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of formic acid.

  15. A scalable synthesis of highly stable and water dispersible Ag 44(SR)30 nanoclusters

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    AbdulHalim, Lina G.

    2013-01-01

    We report the synthesis of atomically monodisperse thiol-protected silver nanoclusters [Ag44(SR)30] m, (SR = 5-mercapto-2-nitrobenzoic acid) in which the product nanocluster is highly stable in contrast to previous preparation methods. The method is one-pot, scalable, and produces nanoclusters that are stable in aqueous solution for at least 9 months at room temperature under ambient conditions, with very little degradation to their unique UV-Vis optical absorption spectrum. The composition, size, and monodispersity were determined by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry and analytical ultracentrifugation. The produced nanoclusters are likely to be in a superatom charge-state of m = 4-, due to the fact that their optical absorption spectrum shares most of the unique features of the intense and broadly absorbing nanoparticles identified as [Ag44(SR) 30]4- by Harkness et al. (Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 4269). A protocol to transfer the nanoclusters to organic solvents is also described. Using the disperse nanoclusters in organic media, we fabricated solid-state films of [Ag44(SR)30]m that retained all the distinct features of the optical absorption spectrum of the nanoclusters in solution. The films were studied by X-ray diffraction and photoelectron spectroscopy in order to investigate their crystallinity, atomic composition and valence band structure. The stability, scalability, and the film fabrication method demonstrated in this work pave the way towards the crystallization of [Ag44(SR)30]m and its full structural determination by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Moreover, due to their unique and attractive optical properties with multiple optical transitions, we anticipate these clusters to find practical applications in light-harvesting, such as photovoltaics and photocatalysis, which have been hindered so far by the instability of previous generations of the cluster. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  16. Electrical transport properties in Fe-Cr nanocluster-assembled granular films

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    Wang, Xiong-Zhi; Wang, Lai-Sen; Zhang, Qin-Fu; Liu, Xiang; Xie, Jia; Su, A.-Mei; Zheng, Hong-Fei; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2017-09-01

    The Fe100-xCrx nanocluster-assembled granular films with Cr atomic fraction (x) ranging from 0 to 100 were fabricated by using a plasma-gas-condensation cluster deposition system. The TEM characterization revealed that the uniform Fe clusters were coated with a Cr layer to form a Fe-Cr core-shell structure. Then, the as-prepared Fe100-xCrx nanoclusters were randomly assembled into a granular film in vacuum environments with increasing the deposition time. Because of the competition between interfacial resistance and shunting effect of Cr layer, the room temperature resistivity of the Fe100-xCrx nanocluster-assembled granular films first increased and then decreased with increasing the Cr atomic fraction (x), and revealed a maximum of 2 × 104 μΩ cm at x = 26 at.%. The temperature-dependent longitudinal resistivity (ρxx), magnetoresistance (MR) effect and anomalous Hall effect (AHE) of these Fe100-xCrx nanocluster-assembled granular films were also studied systematically. As the x increased from 0 to 100, the ρxx of all samples firstly decreased and then increased with increasing the measuring temperature. The dependence of ρxx on temperature could be well addressed by a mechanism incorporated for the fluctuation-induced-tunneling (FIT) conduction process and temperature-dependent scattering effect. It was found that the anomalous Hall effect (AHE) had no legible scaling relation in Fe100-xCrx nanocluster-assembled granular films. However, after deducting the contribution of tunneling effect, the scaling relation was unambiguous. Additionally, the Fe100-xCrx nanocluster-assembled granular films revealed a small negative magnetoresistance (MR), which decreased with the increase of x. The detailed physical mechanism of the electrical transport properties in these Fe100-xCrx nanocluster-assembled granular films was also studied.

  17. Electrocatalytic studies of iridium based clusters for the oxygen reduction and hydrogen oxidation reactions in 0.5 M H2SO4, in the presence of fuel cell contaminants

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    Uribe-Godinez, J.; Jimenez-Sandoval, O.; Borja-Arco, E.; Altamirano-Gutierrez, A. [Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Inst. Politecnico Nacional, Queretaro (Mexico); Castellanos, R.H. [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada-Queretaro, Queretaro (Mexico)

    2008-07-01

    The development of a cost effective cathode catalyst which is tolerant to CH3OH is a priority for the development of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) and direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). Ruthenium (Ru) and osmium nanoclusters are among the most promising alternatives to platinum (Pt) for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). However, iridium (Ir) is one of the most stable Pt group metals in acid media. Although it has a lower activity towards the ORR and hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) than platinum, its activity towards CH3OH is also lower than that of Pt. The synthetic procedure in this study was based on the pyrolysis of Ir4(CO)12 at 190 degrees C, under neutral (N2) and reductive atmospheres (H2) for 5 hours. The new materials were structurally characterized by FT-IR and micro-Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, and electrochemistry by the rotating disk electrode (RDE) technique in a 0.5 M H2SO4 electrolyte, at room temperature. This paper reported on the the electrokinetic parameters, such as the Tafel slope, the interchange current density and the transfer coefficient. It was concluded that the new materials are good candidates for their use as both anodes and cathodes as commercial platinum catalysts in PEMFC. All the new electrocatalysts performed the HOR, even in the presence of carbon monoxide, which is a clear advantage over Pt catalysts. 4 refs., 3 figs.

  18. HWIL IR imaging testing

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    Vinson, R. J.; Passwater, R. D.

    1981-03-01

    The Army simulator facilities are presently configured to conduct hardware-in-the-loop mission tasks on the HELLFIRE and COPPERHEAD missile systems. These systems presently use a LASER seeker. The facility is an ideal candidate to be converted to include infrared (IR) seekers used on the TGSM system. This study investigates the possibility and impact of a facility update. This report documents the feasibility of developing a hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) hybrid simulation incorporating infrared IR seekers used for the Assault Breaker program. Other hardware to be considered are the autopilot, signal conditioning, signal processing, and actuators which may be integrated into the system simulation. Considerations are given to replacing all or elements of hardware while substituting math models in the system simulation.

  19. Some positive effects of introducing Pt4+ and Fe3+ to the MnMo-oxide anode deposited on IrO2/Ti substrate for best oxygen evolution efficiency during electrolysis in 0.5 M NaCl solution

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    R.M. Abou Shahba

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available NaCl solution (0.5 M of pH 2 was electrolyzed at 1000 Am−2 at room temperature. Addition of Pt4+ and Fe3+ to the prepared MnMo-oxide anode deposited on IrO2/Ti substrate, significantly improves the performance of anode for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER during NaCl electrolysis. After 2000 h of electrolysis, the oxygen evolution efficiency (OEE is in the order of MnMoPt-oxide > MnMoFe-oxide > MnMo-oxide anodes with 100%, 99%, and 93.2% OEE, respectively. The loss in weight of MnMo-oxide is reduced from about 13% to 3.2% and 0.0% by addition of iron and platinum cations, to the deposition electrolyte. The mean average grain size of MnO2, MnMo-, MnMoFe- and MnMoPt-oxide deposits prepared in electrolytes of pH 0.0 are in the range of 25.5, 16.22, 13.5 ∼ 16.5 and 13 ∼ 17.5 nm, respectively. The physicochemical properties of the deposits were characterized using X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and electrochemical techniques. EDX analysis illustrates that IrO2/Ti is stable during the deposition process and behaves only as conductive substrate. SEM illustrates that, all elements constituting MnMoPt- and MnMoFe-oxide deposits are homogeneously distributed in the oxide surface.

  20. Green synthesis of peptide-templated gold nanoclusters as novel fluorescence probes for detecting protein kinase activity.

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    Song, Wei; Liang, Ru-Ping; Wang, Ying; Zhang, Li; Qiu, Jian-Ding

    2015-06-21

    A green method was employed for synthesizing peptide-templated nanoclusters without requiring strong reducing agents. Using synthetic peptide-gold nanoclusters as fluorescence probes, a novel assay for detecting protein kinase is developed based on phosphorylation against carboxypeptidase Y digestion.

  1. Synthesis of biocompatible AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters and their applications in photocatalysis and mercury detection

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    Zhao, Qian; Chen, Shenna; Zhang, Lingyang; Huang, Haowen, E-mail: hhwn09@163.com; Liu, Fengping [Hunan University of Science and Technology, Key Laboratory of Theoretical Organic Chemistry and Function Molecule, Ministry of Education, Hunan Provincial University Key Laboratory of QSAR/QSPR, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China); Liu, Xuanyong, E-mail: xyliu@mail.sic.ac.cn [Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics (China)

    2014-12-15

    In this paper, a facile approach for preparation of AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters was developed. The unique AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters capped with biomolecules exhibit interesting excellent optical and catalytic properties. The fluorescent AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters show tunable luminescence depending on the nanocluster size. The apoptosis assay demonstrated that the AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters showed low cytotoxicity and good biocompatibility. Therefore, the nanoclusters can be used not only as a probe for labeling cells but also for their photocatalytic activity for photodegradation of organic dye. Moreover, a highly selective and sensitive assay for detection of mercury including Hg{sup 2+} and undissociated mercury complexes was developed based on the quenching fluorescent AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters, which provides a promising approach for determining various forms of Hg in the mercury-based compounds in environment. These unique nanoclusters may have potential applications in biological labeling, sensing mercury, and photodegradation of various organic pollutants in waste water.Graphical Abstract.

  2. Synthesis of biocompatible AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters and their applications in photocatalysis and mercury detection

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    Zhao, Qian; Chen, Shenna; Zhang, Lingyang; Huang, Haowen; Liu, Fengping; Liu, Xuanyong

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, a facile approach for preparation of AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters was developed. The unique AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters capped with biomolecules exhibit interesting excellent optical and catalytic properties. The fluorescent AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters show tunable luminescence depending on the nanocluster size. The apoptosis assay demonstrated that the AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters showed low cytotoxicity and good biocompatibility. Therefore, the nanoclusters can be used not only as a probe for labeling cells but also for their photocatalytic activity for photodegradation of organic dye. Moreover, a highly selective and sensitive assay for detection of mercury including Hg2+ and undissociated mercury complexes was developed based on the quenching fluorescent AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters, which provides a promising approach for determining various forms of Hg in the mercury-based compounds in environment. These unique nanoclusters may have potential applications in biological labeling, sensing mercury, and photodegradation of various organic pollutants in waste water.

  3. Three-dimensional macroporous carbon/hierarchical Co3O4 nanoclusters for nonenzymatic electrochemical glucose sensor

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    Wang, Li; Zhang, Yayun; Xie, Yingzhen; Yu, Jie; Yang, Han; Miao, Longfei; Song, Yonghai

    2017-04-01

    A novel supporting material named as three-dimensional kenaf stem-derived carbon (3D-KSCs) was used to load hierarchical Co3O4 nanoclusters for electrochemical sensing glucose. The 3D-KSCs/hierarchical Co3O4 nanoclusters were constructed by two steps. Los of acicular precursor nanoclusters firstly grew on the channels of 3D-KSCs densely by hydrothermal method and then the as-prepared 3D-KSCs/hierarchical Co3O4 nanoclusters was obtained by thermal pyrolysis of the 3D-KSCs/precursors nanocomposites at 400 °C. The 3D macroporous configuration of 3D-KSCs resulted in lots of hierarchical Co3O4 nanoclusters arrayed on the surface of 3D-KSCs owing to its large enough specific surface area, which effectively avoided their aggregations and improved the stability of nanocomposites. The obtained 3D-KSCs/hierarchical Co3O4 nanoclusters showed a large number of needle-shaped and layered Co3O4 nanoclusters uniformly grew on the macropore's walls of 3D-KSC. Due to its unique nanostructures, the 3D-KSCs/hierarchical Co3O4 nanoclusters integrated electrode showed superior performance for nonenzymatic electrochemical glucose sensing, showing wide linear range (0.088-7.0 mM) and low detection limit of 26 μM. It might be a new strategy to prepare nanostructures on 3D-KSC for future applications.

  4. CO adsorption over Pd nanoparticles: A general framework for IR simulations on nanoparticles

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    Zeinalipour-Yazdi, Constantinos D.; Willock, David J.; Thomas, Liam; Wilson, Karen; Lee, Adam F.

    2016-04-01

    CO vibrational spectra over catalytic nanoparticles under high coverages/pressures are discussed from a DFT perspective. Hybrid B3LYP and PBE DFT calculations of CO chemisorbed over Pd4 and Pd13 nanoclusters, and a 1.1 nm Pd38 nanoparticle, have been performed in order to simulate the corresponding coverage dependent infrared (IR) absorption spectra, and hence provide a quantitative foundation for the interpretation of experimental IR spectra of CO over Pd nanocatalysts. B3LYP simulated IR intensities are used to quantify site occupation numbers through comparison with experimental DRIFTS spectra, allowing an atomistic model of CO surface coverage to be created. DFT adsorption energetics for low CO coverage (θ → 0) suggest the CO binding strength follows the order hollow > bridge > linear, even for dispersion-corrected functionals for sub-nanometre Pd nanoclusters. For a Pd38 nanoparticle, hollow and bridge-bound are energetically similar (hollow ≈ bridge > atop). It is well known that this ordering has not been found at the high coverages used experimentally, wherein atop CO has a much higher population than observed over Pd(111), confirmed by our DRIFTS spectra for Pd nanoparticles supported on a KIT-6 silica, and hence site populations were calculated through a comparison of DFT and spectroscopic data. At high CO coverage (θ = 1), all three adsorbed CO species co-exist on Pd38, and their interdiffusion is thermally feasible at STP. Under such high surface coverages, DFT predicts that bridge-bound CO chains are thermodynamically stable and isoenergetic to an entirely hollow bound Pd/CO system. The Pd38 nanoparticle undergoes a linear (3.5%), isotropic expansion with increasing CO coverage, accompanied by 63 and 30 cm- 1 blue-shifts of hollow and linear bound CO respectively.

  5. Au Nanocluster assisted PCE improvement in PEDOT: PSS - Si Hybrid Devices

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    Sharma, Manisha; Pudasaini, Pushpa Raj; Ayon, Arturo A.

    2015-03-01

    Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), a P-type organic polymer is frequently employed in the fabrication of heterojunction p-n solar cell devices due to its proper HOMO-LUMO band gap as well as its tunable conductivity. In this report we describe the incorporation of gold (Au) nanoclusters in the PEDOT:PSS blend and its influence on the power-conversion-efficiency (PCE) on planar silicon (Si) hybrid heterojunction solar cell devices. Specifically, the reference samples without the aforementioned nanoclusters, were measured to exhibit a 6.10% PCE, value that increased to 7.55% upon the addition of the Au nanoclusters. The observed increase in the PCE is attributed to the enhanced electrical conductivity of the PEDOT:PSS films due to the incorporation of the nanoclusters, which is directly reflected in their improved fill factor. It is further theorized that the presence of Au nanoclusters in the insulating PSS layer in the PEDOT:PSS blend have a positive influence in the charge collection effectiveness of the devices produced. Considering that the Au nanoparticles involved in this research exercise had an average size of only 4 nm, it is considered that plasmonic effects did not play a relevant role in the observed PCE improvement.

  6. Highly fluorescent gold nanoclusters based sensor for the detection of quercetin

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    Chen Zhanguang, E-mail: kqlu@stu.edu.cn; Qian Sihua [Shantou University, Department of Chemistry (China); Chen Junhui, E-mail: chenjupush@126.com [Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Interventional Oncology and Minimally Invasive Therapies Department (China); Chen Xi [Guangdong Pharmaceutical University (China)

    2012-12-15

    In this contribution, novel luminescent gold nanoclusters were synthesized by utilizing bovine serum albumin as templates with a simple, rapid, and one-pot procedure. The as-prepared gold nanoclusters were highly dispersed in aqueous solution and emitted an intense red fluorescence under UV light (365 nm). They exhibited strong fluorescence and the maximum excitation and emission wavelengths were 480 and 613.5 nm. In addition, the bovine serum albumin-stabilized gold nanoclusters were successfully utilized as novel fluorescent probes for the detection of quercetin for the first time. It was found that the addition of quercetin induced the strong fluorescence intensity of the gold nanoclusters to decrease. The decrease in fluorescence intensity of the gold nanoclusters caused by quercetin allowed the sensitive detection of quercetin in the range of 8.9 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -8}-1.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} mol L{sup -1}. The detection limit for quercetin is 1.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -8} mol L{sup -1} at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. The present sensor for quercetin detection possessed a low detection limit and wide linear range. In addition, the real samples were analyzed with satisfactory results.

  7. Highly fluorescent gold nanoclusters based sensor for the detection of quercetin

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    Chen, Zhanguang; Qian, Sihua; Chen, Junhui; Chen, Xi

    2012-12-01

    In this contribution, novel luminescent gold nanoclusters were synthesized by utilizing bovine serum albumin as templates with a simple, rapid, and one-pot procedure. The as-prepared gold nanoclusters were highly dispersed in aqueous solution and emitted an intense red fluorescence under UV light (365 nm). They exhibited strong fluorescence and the maximum excitation and emission wavelengths were 480 and 613.5 nm. In addition, the bovine serum albumin-stabilized gold nanoclusters were successfully utilized as novel fluorescent probes for the detection of quercetin for the first time. It was found that the addition of quercetin induced the strong fluorescence intensity of the gold nanoclusters to decrease. The decrease in fluorescence intensity of the gold nanoclusters caused by quercetin allowed the sensitive detection of quercetin in the range of 8.9 × 10-8-1.8 × 10-4 mol L-1. The detection limit for quercetin is 1.8 × 10-8 mol L-1 at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. The present sensor for quercetin detection possessed a low detection limit and wide linear range. In addition, the real samples were analyzed with satisfactory results.

  8. Synthesis and Optical Properties of Au-Ag Alloy Nanoclusters with Controlled Composition

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    J. F. Sánchez-Ramírez

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Colloidal solid-solution-like Au-Ag alloy nanoclusters of different compositions were synthesized through citrate reduction of mixed metal ions of low concentrations, without using any other protective or capping agents. Optical absorption of the alloy nanoclusters was studied both theoretically and experimentally. The position of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR absorption band of the nanoclusters could be tuned from 419 nm to 521 nm through the variation of their composition. Considering effective dielectric constant of the alloy, optical absorption spectra for the nanoclusters were calculated using Mie theory, and compared with the experimentally obtained spectra. Theoretically obtained optical spectra well resembled the experimental spectra when the true size distribution of the nanoparticles was considered. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HREM, high-angle annular dark field (HAADF imaging, and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS revealed the true alloy nature of the nanoparticles with nominal composition being preserved. The synthesis technique can be extended to other bimetallic alloy nanoclusters containing Ag.

  9. Localised IR spectroscopy of hemoglobin

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    Yarrow, Fiona

    2010-01-01

    IR absorption spectroscopy of hemoglobin was performed using an IR optical parametric oscillator laser and a commercial atomic force microscope in a novel experimental arrangement based on the use of a bottom-up excitation alignment. This experimental approach enables detection of protein samples with a resolution that is much higher than that of standard IR spectroscopy. Presented here are AFM based IR absorption spectra of micron sized hemoglobin features

  10. The modification of the pore surfaces of ordered porous silicates using inorganic oxides

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    Aronson, Blake Julia

    1999-09-01

    The first report of MCM-41 in 1992 opened the door to ordered, mesoporous silicates that can be readily synthesized from a variety of silica sources and surfactants in a low temperature procedure. Simple adjustments to the synthesis can be used to create a variety of morphologies and pore shapes in the final ordered product. The high surface area, high pore volume, and narrow pore size distribution make mesoporous silicates appealing for such applications as catalysis, ion-exchange, and microelectronics. In order to exploit this potential, new techniques were developed for the modification of ordered porous silicates with titania and manganese oxides. Titania nanocrystals approximately 12--16 A in diameter were grown on the surfaces of MCM-41 and FSM-16. By using mesostructured silicates from which the surfactant had not yet been removed, the hydrolysis of TiCl4 to TiO2 was controlled, preventing the formation of large titania agglomerates. A wide variety of diffraction, sorption, and spectroscopic techniques were used to demonstrate the formation of well-dispersed anatase nanoclusters chemically bound to the silicate surface and the systematic manipulation of optical properties of the grafted titania. It was also found that the mesoporous framework was unharmed by the modification process. Testing of Ti-MCM-41 found it to be a viable catalyst for the thermally activated decomposition of large organic molecules. Because the methods currently available for the synthesis of the electrochemically active birnessite were not amenable to the modification of an ordered silica surface, a milder synthesis for Mg-birnessite and chalcophanite was developed that could be adapted to a grafting technique. The manganese oxides were analyzed using powder XRD, TGA, SEM, and NMR and IR spectroscopies. Electrochemical studies determined that these layered materials had a higher lithium intercalation capacity and greater stability than other manganese oxides, making them potentially

  11. IR nanoscale spectroscopy and imaging

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    Kennedy, Eamonn; Yarrow, Fiona; Rice, James H.

    2011-10-01

    Sub diffraction limited infrared absorption imaging was applied to hemoglobin by coupling IR optics with an atomic force microscope. Comparisons between the AFM topography and IR absorption images of micron sized hemoglobin features are presented, along with nanoscale IR spectroscopic analysis of the metalloprotein.

  12. Formation of functionalized nanoclusters by solvent evaporation and their effect on the physicochemical properties of dental composite resins.

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    Rodríguez, Henry A; Giraldo, Luis F; Casanova, Herley

    2015-07-01

    The aim of this work was to study the effect of silica nanoclusters (SiNC), obtained by a solvent evaporation method and functionalized by 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MPS) and MPS+octyltrimethoxysilane (OTMS) (50/50wt/wt), on the rheological, mechanical and sorption properties of urethane dimethylacrylate (UDMA)/triethylenglycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) (80/20wt/wt) resins blend. Silica nanoparticles (SiNP) were silanized with MPS or MPS+OTMS (50/50wt/wt) and incorporated in an UDMA-isopropanol mix to produce functionalized silica nanoclusters after evaporating the isopropanol. The effect of functionalized SiNC on resins rheological properties was determined by large and small deformation tests. Mechanical, thermal, sorption and solubility properties were evaluated for composite materials. The UDMA/TEGDMA (80/20wt/wt) resins blend with added SiNC (ca. 350nm) and functionalized with MPS showed a Newtonian flow behavior associated to their spheroidal shape, whereas the resins blend with nanoclusters silanized with MPS+OTMS (50/50wt/wt) (ca. 400nm) showed a shear-thinning behavior due to nanoclusters irregular shape. Composite materials prepared with bare silica nanoclusters showed lower compressive strength than functionalized silica nanoclusters. MPS functionalized nanoclusters showed better mechanical properties but higher water sorption than functionalized nanoclusters with both silane coupling agents, MPS and OTMS. The solvent evaporation method applied to functionalized nanoparticles showed to be an alternative way to the sinterization method for producing nanoclusters, which improved some dental composite mechanical properties and reduced water sorption. The shape of functionalized silica nanoclusters showed to have influence on the rheological properties of SiNC resin suspensions and the mechanical and sorption properties of light cured composites. Copyright © 2015 Academy of Dental Materials. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Synergistic effects in multicomponent electrocatalysts: the Pb-Ir-O system.

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    Mullens, Conor; Pikulski, Michael; Agachan, Sabri; Gorski, Waldemar

    2003-11-05

    The ionic interactions were studied in aqueous solutions of Na(3)IrCl(6) + Pb(NO(3))(2) in order to develop a facilitated electrosynthesis of iridium-based catalytic surfaces. Spectroscopic studies indicated that ion pair charge-transfer complexes [IrCl(6)(3-)]-Pb(II) (K = 6 x 10(3)) and [Ir(H(2)O)Cl(5)(2-)]-Pb(II) (K = 2 x 10(3)) were formed in fresh and aged solutions, respectively. Electrochemical studies showed that interactions between the Ir(H(2)O)Cl(5)(2-) and Pb(II) species lead to synergistic lowering of the overpotential that was necessary for nucleation and growth of mixed metal oxide PbIrOx on the surface of glassy carbon electrodes. The Ir:Pb stoichiometry of the PbIrOx surface films was the same (1:1) as that of the high-temperature phase of Pb-Ir-O pyrochlore. Compared to IrOx, the PbIrOx films displayed enhanced catalytic activity toward the electrooxidation of carbohydrates. This was ascribed to synergism that involved retention of carbohydrate molecules at the Pb(II) sites of a PbIrOx film and oxidation at the adjacent Ir(IV) sites. The synergistic electroplating utilizing interactions between the partially aquated transition metal complex and posttransition metal ion represents a new synthetic route to highly homogeneous and reactive films of mixed metal oxides.

  14. Modification of erbium photoluminescence decay rate due to ITO layers on thin films of SiO{sub 2}:Er doped with Si-nanoclusters

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    Wojdak, M., E-mail: m.wojdak@ucl.ac.uk [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Jayatilleka, H. [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, 10 King' s College Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G4 (Canada); Shah, M. [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Kenyon, A.J., E-mail: t.kenyon@ucl.ac.uk [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Gourbilleau, F.; Rizk, R. [Centre de Recherche sur les Ions, les Matériaux et la Photonique (CIMAP), ENSICAEN, CNRS, CEA/IRAMIS, Université de Caen, 14050 CAEN cedex (France)

    2013-04-15

    During the fabrication of MOS light emitting devices, the thin film of active material is usually characterized by photoluminescence measurements before electrical contacts are deposited. However, the presence of a conductive contact layer can alter the luminescent properties of the active material. The local optical density of states changes due to the proximity of luminescent species to the interface with the conductive medium (the top electrode), and this modifies the radiative rate of luminescent centers within the active layer. In this paper we report enhancement of the observed erbium photoluminescence rate after deposition of indium tin oxide contacts on thin films of SiO{sub 2}:Er containing silicon nanoclusters, and relate this to Purcell enhancement of the erbium radiative rate. -- Highlights: ► We studied photoluminescence of Er in SiO{sub 2} thin films doped with Si nanoclusters. ► Presence of ITO layer on the top enhances photoluminescence decay rate of Er. ► The effect depends on the thickness of active film. ► Radiative rate change in proximity of ITO layer was calculated theoretically. ► The calculation results are compared with the experiment and discussed.

  15. Charge Carrier Dynamics at Silver Nanocluster-Molecular Acceptor Interfaces

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    Almansaf, Abdulkhaleq

    2017-07-01

    A fundamental understanding of interfacial charge transfer at donor-acceptor interfaces is very crucial as it is considered among the most important dynamical processes for optimizing performance in many light harvesting systems, including photovoltaics and photo-catalysis. In general, the photo-generated singlet excitons in photoactive materials exhibit very short lifetimes because of their dipole-allowed spin radiative decay and short diffusion lengths. In contrast, the radiative decay of triplet excitons is dipole forbidden; therefore, their lifetimes are considerably longer. The discussion in this thesis primarily focuses on the relevant parameters that are involved in charge separation (CS), charge transfer (CT), intersystem crossing (ISC) rate, triplet state lifetime, and carrier recombination (CR) at silver nanocluster (NCs) molecular-acceptors interfaces. A combination of steady-state and femto- and nanosecond broadband transient absorption spectroscopies were used to investigate the charge carrier dynamics in various donor-acceptor systems. Additionally, this thesis was prolonged to investigate some important factors that influence the charge carrier dynamics in Ag29 silver NCs donor-acceptor systems, such as the metal doping and chemical structure of the nanocluster and molecular acceptors. Interestingly, clear correlations between the steady-state measurements and timeresolved spectroscopy results are found. In the first study, we have investigated the interfacial charge transfer dynamics in positively charged meso units of 5, 10, 15, 20-tetra (1- methyl-4-pyridino)-porphyrin tetra (p-toluene sulfonate) (TMPyP) and neutral charged 5, 10, 15, 20-tetra (4-pyridyl)-porphyrin (TPyP), with negatively charged undoped and gold (Au)- doped silver Ag29 NCs. Moreover, this study showed the impact of Au doping on the charge carrier dynamics of the system. In the second study, we have investigated the interfacial charge transfer dynamics in [Pt2 Ag23 Cl7 (PPh3

  16. Albuminas ir jo vartojimas

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    Reingardienė, Dagmara Ona

    2002-01-01

    Albuminas yra natūralus koloidas, tačiau jo vartojimo svarba ir efektyvumas, gydant kritines būkles, pastaraisiais metais iš esmės pasikeitė. Šiame straipsnyje aptariami naujausi literatūros duomenys apie albumino vartojimą. Aišku, kad įprastas albumino vartojimas, esant sumažėjusiam jo kiekiui plazmoje, nerekomenduotinas. Šiuo metu moksliškai pagrįstų indikacijų albumino vartojimui nėra. Jo galima skirti tik kaip antrojo pasirinkimo tirpalą tais atvejais, kai kiti tirpalai neindikuotini ar k...

  17. IR and the Earth

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    Corry, Olaf; Stevenson, Hayley

    2017-01-01

    , in the end, one finite interconnected space. Together these two starting points make for the basic conundrum of Inter- national Relations and the Earth: how does a divided world live on a single globe? This introduction first provides an overview of the recent rise of ‘the environment’ in international......, ‘what has the environment ever done for IR?’, before the plan for the rest of the book sketches the content and direction of the ensuing chapters that explore the problematique of International Relations and the Earth....

  18. The IRS-1 signaling system.

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    White, M F

    1994-02-01

    IRS-1 is a principal substrate of the insulin receptor tyrosine kinase. It undergoes multi-site tyrosine phosphorylation and mediates the insulin signal by associating with various signaling molecules containing Src homology 2 domains. Interleukin-4 also stimulates IRS-1 phosphorylation, and it is suspected that a few more growth factors or cytokines will be added to form a select group of receptors that utilize the IRS-1 signaling pathway. More IRS-1-like adapter molecules, such as 4PS (IRS-2), may remain to be found.

  19. Structural factors impacting carrier transport and electroluminescence from Si nanocluster-sensitized Er ions.

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    Cueff, Sébastien; Labbé, Christophe; Jambois, Olivier; Berencén, Yonder; Kenyon, Anthony J; Garrido, Blas; Rizk, Richard

    2012-09-24

    We present an analysis of factors influencing carrier transport and electroluminescence (EL) at 1.5 µm from erbium-doped silicon-rich silica (SiOx) layers. The effects of both the active layer thickness and the Si-excess content on the electrical excitation of erbium are studied. We demonstrate that when the thickness is decreased from a few hundred to tens of nanometers the conductivity is greatly enhanced. Carrier transport is well described in all cases by a Poole-Frenkel mechanism, while the thickness-dependent current density suggests an evolution of both density and distribution of trapping states induced by Si nanoinclusions. We ascribe this observation to stress-induced effects prevailing in thin films, which inhibit the agglomeration of Si atoms, resulting in a high density of sub-nm Si inclusions that induce traps much shallower than those generated by Si nanoclusters (Si-ncs) formed in thicker films. There is no direct correlation between high conductivity and optimized EL intensity at 1.5 µm. Our results suggest that the main excitation mechanism governing the EL signal is impact excitation, which gradually becomes more efficient as film thickness increases, thanks to the increased segregation of Si-ncs, which in turn allows more efficient injection of hot electrons into the oxide matrix. Optimization of the EL signal is thus found to be a compromise between conductivity and both number and degree of segregation of Si-ncs, all of which are governed by a combination of excess Si content and sample thickness. This material study has strong implications for many electrically-driven devices using Si-ncs or Si-excess mediated EL.

  20. Layered Double Hydroxide Nanoclusters: Aqueous, Concentrated, Stable, and Catalytically Active Colloids toward Green Chemistry.

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    Tokudome, Yasuaki; Morimoto, Tsuyoshi; Tarutani, Naoki; Vaz, Pedro D; Nunes, Carla D; Prevot, Vanessa; Stenning, Gavin B G; Takahashi, Masahide

    2016-05-24

    Increasing attention has been dedicated to the development of nanomaterials rendering green and sustainable processes, which occur in benign aqueous reaction media. Herein, we demonstrate the synthesis of another family of green nanomaterials, layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanoclusters, which are concentrated (98.7 g/L in aqueous solvent), stably dispersed (transparent sol for >2 weeks), and catalytically active colloids of nano LDHs (isotropic shape with the size of 7.8 nm as determined by small-angle X-ray scattering). LDH nanoclusters are available as colloidal building blocks to give access to meso- and macroporous LDH materials. Proof-of-concept applications revealed that the LDH nanocluster works as a solid basic catalyst and is separable from solvents of catalytic reactions, confirming the nature of nanocatalysts. The present work closely investigates the unique physical and chemical features of this colloid, the formation mechanism, and the ability to act as basic nanocatalysts in benign aqueous reaction systems.

  1. XAFS studies of monodisperse Au nanoclusters formation in the etching process

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    Yang, Lina; Huang, Ting; Liu, Wei; Bao, Jie; Huang, Yuanyuan; Cao, Yuanjie; Yao, Tao; Sun, Zhihu; Wei, Shiqiang

    2016-05-01

    Understanding the formation mechanism of gold nanoclusters is essential to the development of their synthetic chemistry. Here, by using x-ray absorption fine-structure (XAFS) spectroscopy, UV-Vis and MS spectra, the formation process of monodisperse Au13 nanoclusters is investigated. We find that a critical step involving the formation of smaller Au8-Au11 metastable intermediate clusters induced by the HCl + HSR etching of the polydisperse Aun precursor clusters occurs firstly. Then these intermediate species undergo a size-growth to Au13 cores, followed by a slow structure rearrangement to reach the final stable structure. This work enriches the understanding of cluster formation chemistry and may guide the way towards the design and the controllable synthesis of nanoclusters.

  2. Crystal structure of selenolate-protected Au24(SeR)20 nanocluster.

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    Song, Yongbo; Wang, Shuxin; Zhang, Jun; Kang, Xi; Chen, Shuang; Li, Peng; Sheng, Hongting; Zhu, Manzhou

    2014-02-26

    We report the X-ray structure of a selenolate-capped Au24(SeR)20 nanocluster (R = C6H5). It exhibits a prolate Au8 kernel, which can be viewed as two tetrahedral Au4 units cross-joined together without sharing any Au atoms. The kernel is protected by two trimeric Au3(SeR)4 staple-like motifs as well as two pentameric Au5(SeR)6 staple motifs. Compared to the reported gold-thiolate nanocluster structures, the features of the Au8 kernel and pentameric Au5(SeR)6 staple motif are unprecedented and provide a structural basis for understanding the gold-selenolate nanoclusters.

  3. Coherent Fano resonances in a plasmonic nanocluster enhance optical four-wave mixing

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    Zhang, Yu; Wen, Fangfang; Zhen, Yu-Rong; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J.

    2013-01-01

    Plasmonic nanoclusters, an ordered assembly of coupled metallic nanoparticles, support unique spectral features known as Fano resonances due to the coupling between their subradiant and superradiant plasmon modes. Within the Fano resonance, absorption is significantly enhanced, giving rise to highly localized, intense near fields with the potential to enhance nonlinear optical processes. Here, we report a structure supporting the coherent oscillation of two distinct Fano resonances within an individual plasmonic nanocluster. We show how this coherence enhances the optical four-wave mixing process in comparison with other double-resonant plasmonic clusters that lack this property. A model that explains the observed four-wave mixing features is proposed, which is generally applicable to any third-order process in plasmonic nanostructures. With a larger effective susceptibility χ(3) relative to existing nonlinear optical materials, this coherent double-resonant nanocluster offers a strategy for designing high-performance third-order nonlinear optical media. PMID:23690571

  4. Analysis of the applicability of Ni, Cu, Au, Pt, and Pd nanoclusters for data recording

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    Redel', L. V.; Gafner, S. L.; Gafner, Yu. Ya.; Zamulin, I. S.; Goloven'ko, Zh. V.

    2017-02-01

    The applicability of individual Ni, Cu, Au, Pt, and Pd nanoclusters as data bits in next generation memory devices constructed on the phase-change carrier principle is studied. To this end, based on the modified tight-binding potential (TB-SMA), structure formation from the melt of nanoparticles of these metals to 10 nm in diameter was simulated by the molecular dynamics method. The effect of various crystallization conditions on the formation of the internal structures of Ni, Cu, Au, Pt, and Pd nanoclusters is studied. The stability boundaries of various crystalline isomers are analyzed. The obtained systematic features are compared for nanoparticles of copper, nickel, gold, platinum, and palladium of identical sizes. It is concluded that platinum nanoclusters of diameter D > 8 nm are the best materials among studied metals for producing memory elements based on phase transitions.

  5. XAFS study on thiol etching of diphosphine-stabilized gold nanoclusters

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    Bao, Jie; Yang, Lina; Huang, Ting; Sun, Zhihu; Yao, Tao; Jiang, Yong; Wei, Shiqiang

    2017-08-01

    Thiol-etching triphenylphosphine (PPh3)-protected Au nanoclusters has been widely used to synthesize thiolated Au nanoclusters, while few studies have been reported on the thiol-etching reaction starting from diphosphine-protected Au clusters. Here the thiol-etching reaction in chloroform (CHCl3) for 1,5-Bis(diphenylphosphino) pentane (L5) protected Au11 nanoclusters is presented, and synchrotron radiation X-ray absorption fine structure, UV-vis absorption and mass spectra are combined to identify the reaction products. It is revealed that a gold(I)-thiolate complex Au2L5(RS) is produced, contrary to the case of thiol-etching PPh3-protected Au clusters where formation of thermodynamically stable Au25 or Au11 clusters is achieved.

  6. Unique atom hyper-kagome order in Na4Ir3O8 and in low-symmetry spinel modifications.

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    Talanov, V M; Shirokov, V B; Talanov, M V

    2015-05-01

    Group-theoretical and thermodynamic methods of the Landau theory of phase transitions are used to investigate the hyper-kagome atomic order in structures of ordered spinels and a spinel-like Na4Ir3O8 crystal. The formation of an atom hyper-kagome sublattice in Na4Ir3O8 is described theoretically on the basis of the archetype (hypothetical parent structure/phase) concept. The archetype structure of Na4Ir3O8 has a spinel-like structure (space group Fd\\bar 3m) and composition [Na1/2Ir3/2](16d)[Na3/2](16c)O(32e)4. The critical order parameter which induces hypothetical phase transition has been stated. It is shown that the derived structure of Na4Ir3O8 is formed as a result of the displacements of Na, Ir and O atoms, and ordering of Na, Ir and O atoms, ordering dxy, dxz, dyz orbitals as well. Ordering of all atoms takes place according to the type 1:3. Ir and Na atoms form an intriguing atom order: a network of corner-shared Ir triangles called a hyper-kagome lattice. The Ir atoms form nanoclusters which are named decagons. The existence of hyper-kagome lattices in six types of ordered spinel structures is predicted theoretically. The structure mechanisms of the formation of the predicted hyper-kagome atom order in some ordered spinel phases are established. For a number of cases typical diagrams of possible crystal phase states are built in the framework of the Landau theory of phase transitions. Thermodynamical conditions of hyper-kagome order formation are discussed by means of these diagrams. The proposed theory is in accordance with experimental data.

  7. Crystal structure and electronic properties of a thiolate-protected Au24 nanocluster

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    Das, Anindita; Li, Tao; Li, Gao; Nobusada, Katsuyuki; Zeng, Chenjie; Rosi, Nathaniel L.; Jin, Rongchao

    2014-05-01

    Solving the total structures of gold nanoclusters is of critical importance for understanding their electronic, optical and catalytic properties. Herein, we report the X-ray structure of a charge-neutral Au24(SCH2Ph-tBu)20 nanocluster. This structure features a bi-tetrahedral Au8 kernel protected by four tetrameric staple-like motifs. Electronic structure analysis is further carried out and the optical absorption spectrum is interpreted. The Au24(SCH2Ph-tBu)20, Au23(S-c-C6H11)16 and Au25(SCH2CH2Ph)18 nanoclusters constitute the first crystallographically characterized ``trio''.Solving the total structures of gold nanoclusters is of critical importance for understanding their electronic, optical and catalytic properties. Herein, we report the X-ray structure of a charge-neutral Au24(SCH2Ph-tBu)20 nanocluster. This structure features a bi-tetrahedral Au8 kernel protected by four tetrameric staple-like motifs. Electronic structure analysis is further carried out and the optical absorption spectrum is interpreted. The Au24(SCH2Ph-tBu)20, Au23(S-c-C6H11)16 and Au25(SCH2CH2Ph)18 nanoclusters constitute the first crystallographically characterized ``trio''. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental and supporting Fig. S1-S3. CCDC NUMBER(1000102). For ESI and crystallographic data in CIF or other electronic format see DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01350f

  8. Phenotypic Screening Identifies Protein Synthesis Inhibitors as H-Ras-Nanocluster-Increasing Tumor Growth Inducers.

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    Najumudeen, Arafath K; Posada, Itziar M D; Lectez, Benoit; Zhou, Yong; Landor, Sebastian K-J; Fallarero, Adyary; Vuorela, Pia; Hancock, John; Abankwa, Daniel

    2015-12-15

    Ras isoforms H-, N-, and K-ras are each mutated in specific cancer types at varying frequencies and have different activities in cell fate control. On the plasma membrane, Ras proteins are laterally segregated into isoform-specific nanoscale signaling hubs, termed nanoclusters. As Ras nanoclusters are required for Ras signaling, chemical modulators of nanoclusters represent ideal candidates for the specific modulation of Ras activity in cancer drug development. We therefore conducted a chemical screen with commercial and in-house natural product libraries using a cell-based H-ras-nanoclustering FRET assay. Next to established Ras inhibitors, such as a statin and farnesyl-transferase inhibitor, we surprisingly identified five protein synthesis inhibitors as positive regulators. Using commonly employed cycloheximide as a representative compound, we show that protein synthesis inhibition increased nanoclustering and effector recruitment specifically of active H-ras but not of K-ras. Consistent with these data, cycloheximide treatment activated both Erk and Akt kinases and specifically promoted H-rasG12V-induced, but not K-rasG12V-induced, PC12 cell differentiation. Intriguingly, cycloheximide increased the number of mammospheres, which are enriched for cancer stem cells. Depletion of H-ras in combination with cycloheximide significantly reduced mammosphere formation, suggesting an exquisite synthetic lethality. The potential of cycloheximide to promote tumor cell growth was also reflected in its ability to increase breast cancer cell tumors grown in ovo. These results illustrate the possibility of identifying Ras-isoform-specific modulators using nanocluster-directed screening. They also suggest an unexpected feedback from protein synthesis inhibition to Ras signaling, which might present a vulnerability in certain tumor cell types.

  9. Detailed IR aperture measurements

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    Bruce, Roderik; Garcia Morales, Hector; Giovannozzi, Massimo; Hermes, Pascal Dominik; Mirarchi, Daniele; Quaranta, Elena; Redaelli, Stefano; Rossi, Carlo; Skowronski, Piotr Krzysztof; Wretborn, Sven Joel; CERN. Geneva. ATS Department

    2016-01-01

    MD 1673 was carried out on October 5 2016, in order to investigate in more detail the available aperture in the LHC high-luminosity insertions at 6.5 TeV and β∗=40 cm. Previous aperture measurements in 2016 during commissioning had shown that the available aperture is at the edge of protection, and that the aperture bottleneck at β∗=40 cm in certain cases is found in the separation plane instead of in the crossing plane. Furthermore, the bottlenecks were consistently found in close to the upstream end of Q3 on the side of the incoming beam, and not in Q2 on the outgoing beam as expected from calculations. Therefore, this MD aimed at measuring IR1 and IR5 separately (at 6.5 TeV and β∗=40 cm, for 185 µrad half crossing angle), to further localize the bottlenecks longitudinally using newly installed BLMs, investigate the difference in aperture between Q2 and Q3, and to see if any aperture can be gained using special orbit bumps.

  10. 57Fe M(o)ssbauer Spectroscopy of Ir-Fe Catalysts for Preferential CO Oxidation in H2%57Fe穆斯堡尔谱研究Ir-Fe催化剂用于CO选择氧化反应

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    刘阔; 张万生; 王军虎; 王爱琴; 黄延强; 金长子; 沈俭一; 张涛

    2010-01-01

    采用不同浸渍顺序制备了三种Ir-Fe催化剂,其CO选择氧化(PROX)反应活性差别很大,其中共浸渍的Ir-Fe催化剂活性最高.吸附量热研究表明,三种催化剂的H2和CO吸附存在差别.通过对三种催化剂还原后、再氧化和反应后准原位57Fe穆斯堡尔谱的研究,得到各种Fe物种信息.结果表明,三种制备方法影响催化剂中Ir-Fe相互作用强度,导致催化剂中Fe物种的氧化还原性能不同.催化剂中Fe2+(a)的含量与CO转化率呈正比关系,Fe2+(a)是PROX反应过程中活化氧的活性中心.浸渍顺序改变了Ir-Fe间相互作用强度,从而改变Fe2+(a)物种含量,影响PROX反应活性.Ir-Fe间的相互作用可以稳定活化氧的Fe2+(a)物种,为今后研究金属-金属间的相互作用提供借鉴.

  11. Magnetism of FePt Nanoclusters in Polyimide

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    Mircea Chipara

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available FePt nanoclusters have been implanted onto polyimide films and subjected to thermal annealing in order to obtain a special magnetic phase (L10 dispersed within the polymer. SQUID measurements quantified the magnetic features of the as-prepared and annealed hybrid films. As-implanted FePt nanoparticles in polyimide films exhibited a blocking temperature of 70 ± 5 K. Thermal annealing in zero and 10 kOe applied magnetic field increased the magnetic anisotropy and coercivity of the samples. Wide Angle X-Ray Scattering confirmed the presence of FePt and L10 phase. All samples (as deposited and annealed exhibited electron spin resonance spectra consisting of two overlapping lines. The broad line was a ferromagnetic resonance originating from FePt nanoparticles. Its angular dependence indicated the magnetic anisotropy of FePt nanoparticles. SEM micrographs suggest a negligible coalescence of FePt nanoparticles, supporting that the enhancement of the magnetic properties is a consequence of the improvement of the L10 structure. The narrow ESR line was assigned to nonmagnetic (paramagnetic impurities within the samples consistent with graphite-like structures generated by the local degradation of the polymer during implantation and annealing. Raman spectroscopy confirmed the formation of graphitic structures in annealed KHN and in KHN-FePt.

  12. Photoluminescent gold nanoclusters as sensing probes for uropathogenic Escherichia coli.

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    Po-Han Chan

    Full Text Available Glycan-bound nanoprobes have been demonstrated as suitable sensing probes for bacteria containing glycan binding sites. In this study, we demonstrated a facile approach for generating glycan-bound gold nanoclusters (AuNCs. The generated AuNCs were used as sensing probes for corresponding target bacteria. Mannose-capped AuNCs (AuNCs@Mann were generated and used as the model sensors for target bacteria. A one-step synthesis approach was employed to generate AuNCs@Mann. In this approach, an aqueous solution of tetrachloroauric acid and mannoside that functionized with a thiol group (Mann-SH was stirred at room temperature for 48 h. The mannoside functions as reducing and capping agent. The size of the generated AuNCs@Mann is 1.95±0.27 nm, whereas the AuNCs with red photoluminescence have a maximum emission wavelength of ~630 nm (λexcitation = 375 nm. The synthesis of the AuNCs@Mann was accelerated by microwave heating, which enabled the synthesis of the AuNCs@Mann to complete within 1 h. The generated AuNCs@Mann are capable of selectively binding to the urinary tract infection isolate Escherichia coli J96 containing the mannose binding protein FimH expressed on the type 1 pili. On the basis of the naked eye observation, the limit of detection of the sensing approach is as low as ~2×10(6 cells/mL.

  13. Photoluminescent gold nanoclusters as sensing probes for uropathogenic Escherichia coli.

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    Chan, Po-Han; Ghosh, Bhaswati; Lai, Hong-Zheng; Peng, Hwei-Ling; Mong, Kwok Kong Tony; Chen, Yu-Chie

    2013-01-01

    Glycan-bound nanoprobes have been demonstrated as suitable sensing probes for bacteria containing glycan binding sites. In this study, we demonstrated a facile approach for generating glycan-bound gold nanoclusters (AuNCs). The generated AuNCs were used as sensing probes for corresponding target bacteria. Mannose-capped AuNCs (AuNCs@Mann) were generated and used as the model sensors for target bacteria. A one-step synthesis approach was employed to generate AuNCs@Mann. In this approach, an aqueous solution of tetrachloroauric acid and mannoside that functionized with a thiol group (Mann-SH) was stirred at room temperature for 48 h. The mannoside functions as reducing and capping agent. The size of the generated AuNCs@Mann is 1.95±0.27 nm, whereas the AuNCs with red photoluminescence have a maximum emission wavelength of ~630 nm (λexcitation = 375 nm). The synthesis of the AuNCs@Mann was accelerated by microwave heating, which enabled the synthesis of the AuNCs@Mann to complete within 1 h. The generated AuNCs@Mann are capable of selectively binding to the urinary tract infection isolate Escherichia coli J96 containing the mannose binding protein FimH expressed on the type 1 pili. On the basis of the naked eye observation, the limit of detection of the sensing approach is as low as ~2×10(6) cells/mL.

  14. Silver Nanoclusters: From Design Principles to Practical Applications

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    Abdulhalim, Lina G.

    2015-12-08

    A strategy based on reticulating metal ions and organic ligands into atomically precise gold and silver nanoclusters (NCs) with high monodispersity has been advanced to a point that allows the design of NCs with strict stoichiometries, functionalities and valence. Of the Ag NCs discovered, Ag44 is the most studied, not only due to its high absorption that transcends the visible spectrum suitable for photovoltaics but also because of its long excited state lifetime, as revealed by nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. A major principle discovered in this dissertation is the ability to produce Ag44 in scalable amounts and with high stability in addition to modulation of the functional groups of the organic ligands via a fast and complete ligand exchange process. This new discovery has led to the development of synthetic designs in which new sizes were obtained by varying the reaction parameters (e.g., ligands functionality, reaction temperature and time), namely, Ag29 using dithiols and phosphines. The synthesized NCs possess tetravalent functionalities that facilitate their crystallization and characterization. Furthermore, Ag29 glows red and is therefore a possible candidate for sensing and imaging applications.

  15. Rigid rod spaced fullerene as building block for nanoclusters

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    Pallikara K Sudeep; James P Varkey; K George Thomas; Manappurathu V George; Prashant V Kamat

    2003-10-01

    By using phenylacetylene based rigid-rod linkers (PhA), we have successfully synthesized two fullerene derivatives, C60-PhA and C60-PhA-C60. The absorption spectral features of C60, as well as that of the phenylacetylene moiety are retained in the monomeric forms of these fullerene derivatives, ruling out the possibility of any strong interaction between the two chromophores in the ground state. Both the fullerene derivatives form optically transparent clusters, absorbing in the UV-Vis region; this clustering leads to a significant increase in their molar extinction coefficients. TEM characterization of the C60-PhA showed large spherical clusters, with sizes ranging from 150-350 nm, while an elongated wire-type structure was observed for the bisfullerene derivative (C60-PhA-C60). AFM section analysis studies of isolated nanoclusters of C60-PhA-C60, deposited on mica, indicate that smaller clusters associate to form larger nanostructures.

  16. Ag29(BDT)12(TPP)4: A Tetravalent Nanocluster

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    AbdulHalim, Lina G.

    2015-06-24

    The bottom-up assembly of nanoparticles into diverse ordered solids is a challenge because it requires nanoparticles, which are often quasi-spherical, to have interaction anisotropy akin to atoms and molecules. Typically, anisotropy has been introduced by changing the shape of the inorganic nanoparticle core. Here, we present the design, self-assembly, optical properties and total structural determination of Ag29(BDT)12(TPP)4, an atomically precise tetravalent nanocluster (NC) (BDT: 1,3-benzenedithiols; TPP: triphenylphosphine). It features four unique tetrahedrally symmetrical binding surface sites facilitated by the supramolecular assembly of 12 BDT—wide footprint bidentate thiols—in the ligand shell. When each of these sites was selectively functionalized by a single phosphine ligand, particle stability, synthetic yield and the propensity to self-assemble into macroscopic crystals increased. The solid crystallized NCs have a substantially narrowed optical bandgap compared to that of the solution state, suggesting strong inter-particle electronic coupling occurs in the solid state.

  17. Formation of fivefold axes in the FCC-metal nanoclusters

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    Myasnichenko, Vladimir S., E-mail: virtson@gmail.com [Altai State Technical University, 46 Lenina av., Barnaul 656038 (Russian Federation); Starostenkov, Mikhail D. [Altai State Technical University, 46 Lenina av., Barnaul 656038 (Russian Federation)

    2012-11-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of fcc-metal nanoclusters having the fivefold symmetry. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of the cores of icosahedral symmetry in the gold, silver and copper nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Construction of bimetallic clusters with icosahedral symmetry and increased fractal dimensionality. - Abstract: Formation of atomistic structures of metallic Cu, Au, Ag clusters and bimetallic Cu-Au clusters was studied with the help of molecular dynamics using the many-body tight-binding interatomic potential. The simulation of the crystallization process of clusters with the number of atoms ranging from 300 to 1092 was carried out. The most stable configurations of atoms in the system, corresponding to the minimum of potential energy, was found during super-fast cooling from 1000 K. Atoms corresponding to fcc, hcp, and Ih phases were identified by the method of common neighbor analysis. Incomplete icosahedral core can be discovered at the intersection of one of the Ih axes with the surface of monometallic cluster. The decahedron-shaped structure of bimetallic Cu-Au cluster with seven completed icosahedral cores was obtained. The principles of the construction of small bimetallic clusters with icosahedral symmetry and increased fractal dimensionality were offered.

  18. Collective electric and magnetic plasmonic resonances in spherical nanoclusters.

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    Vallecchi, Andrea; Albani, Matteo; Capolino, Filippo

    2011-01-31

    We report an investigation on the optical properties of three-dimensional nanoclusters (NCs) made by spherical constellations of metallic nanospheres arranged around a central dielectric sphere, which can be realized and assembled by current state-of-the-art nanochemistry techniques. This type of NCs supports collective plasmon modes among which the most relevant are those associated with the induced electric and magnetic resonances. Combining a single dipole approximation for each nanoparticle and the multipole spherical-wave expansion of the scattered field, we achieve an effective characterization of the optical response of individual NCs in terms of their scattering, absorption, and extinction efficiencies. By this approximate model we analyze a few sample NCs identifying the electric and magnetic resonance frequencies and their dependence on the size and number of the constituent nanoparticles. Furthermore, we discuss the effective electric and magnetic polarizabilities of the NCs, and their isotropic properties. A homogenization method based on an extension of the Maxwell Garnett model to account for interaction effects due to higher order multipoles in dense packed arrays is applied to a distribution of NCs showing the possibility of obtaining metamaterials with very large, small, and negative values of permittivity and permeability, and even negative index.

  19. First-Principles Investigation of Ag-Doped Gold Nanoclusters

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    Fei-Yue Fan

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Gold nanoclusters have the tunable optical absorption property, and are promising for cancer cell imaging, photothermal therapy and radiotherapy. First-principle is a very powerful tool for design of novel materials. In the present work, structural properties, band gap engineering and tunable optical properties of Ag-doped gold clusters have been calculated using density functional theory. The electronic structure of a stable Au20 cluster can be modulated by incorporating Ag, and the HOMO–LUMO gap of Au20−nAgn clusters is modulated due to the incorporation of Ag electronic states in the HOMO and LUMO. Furthermore, the results of the imaginary part of the dielectric function indicate that the optical transition of gold clusters is concentration-dependent and the optical transition between HOMO and LUMO shifts to the low energy range as the Ag atom increases. These calculated results are helpful for the design of gold cluster-based biomaterials, and will be of interest in the fields of radiation medicine, biophysics and nanoscience.

  20. Nanocluster formation in Co/Fe implanted ZnO

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    Bharuth-Ram, K., E-mail: kbr@tlabs.ac.za [Durban University of Technology, Physics Department (South Africa); Masenda, H. [University of the Witwatersrand, School of Physics (South Africa); Doyle, T. B. [iThemba LABS (South Africa); Geburt, S.; Ronning, C. [University of Jena, Institute of Solid State Physics (Germany)

    2015-04-15

    Conversion electron Mössbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS) measurements were made on a ZnO single crystal sample implanted at room temperature (RT) with of 145 and 345 keV {sup 59}Co ions with respective fluences of 1.15×10{sup 16} ions/cm {sup 2} and 4.17×10{sup 16} ions/cm {sup 2}, followed by implantation of 60 keV {sup 57}Fe to a fluence of 0.50×10{sup 16}/cm {sup 2} to yield a ‘box-shaped’ implantation profile with a Co + Fe concentration of about 3.2 at. %. CEM spectra were collected after annealing the sample up to 973 K. The spectra after annealing up to 973 K are similar to spectra observed in other CEMS studies on Fe implanted ZnO, but show a dramatic change after the 973 K annealing step; it is dominated by a doublet component with fit parameters typical of Fe {sup 3+}. Magnetization curves of the sample after the 973 K anneal show hysteresis, with a small residual magnetization at RT that increases at 4 K. The saturation magnetization at 4 K was approximately 0.33 μ{sub B}/CoFe ion, in good agreement with observations for 5–8 nm sized Co nanoclusters in ZnO.

  1. Absorption spectra of alkali-C₆₀ nanoclusters.

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    Rabilloud, Franck

    2014-10-28

    We investigate the absorption spectra of alkali-doped C60 nanoclusters, namely C60Nan, C60Kn, and C60Lin, with n = 1, 2, 6, 12, in the framework of the time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT). We study the dependence of the absorption spectra on the nature of the alkali. We show that in few cases the absorption spectra depend on the arrangement of the alkali atoms over the fullerene, though sometimes the absorption spectra do not allow us to distinguish between different configurations. When only one or two alkali atoms are adsorbed on the fullerene, the optical response of alkali-doped C60 is similar to that of the anion C60(-) with a strong response in the UV domain. In contrast, for higher concentration of alkali, a strong optical response is predicted in the visible range, particularly when metal-metal bonds are formed. The weak optical response of the I(h)-symmetry C60Li12 is proposed to be used as a signature of its structure.

  2. A strategy to find minimal energy nanocluster structures.

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    Rogan, José; Varas, Alejandro; Valdivia, Juan Alejandro; Kiwi, Miguel

    2013-11-05

    An unbiased strategy to search for the global and local minimal energy structures of free standing nanoclusters is presented. Our objectives are twofold: to find a diverse set of low lying local minima, as well as the global minimum. To do so, we use massively the fast inertial relaxation engine algorithm as an efficient local minimizer. This procedure turns out to be quite efficient to reach the global minimum, and also most of the local minima. We test the method with the Lennard-Jones (LJ) potential, for which an abundant literature does exist, and obtain novel results, which include a new local minimum for LJ13 , 10 new local minima for LJ14 , and thousands of new local minima for 15≤N≤65. Insights on how to choose the initial configurations, analyzing the effectiveness of the method in reaching low-energy structures, including the global minimum, are developed as a function of the number of atoms of the cluster. Also, a novel characterization of the potential energy surface, analyzing properties of the local minima basins, is provided. The procedure constitutes a promising tool to generate a diverse set of cluster conformations, both two- and three-dimensional, that can be used as an input for refinement by means of ab initio methods. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Exotic high activity surface patterns in PtAu nanoclusters

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    Mokkath, Junais Habeeb

    2013-05-09

    The structure and chemical ordering of PtAu nanoclusters of 79, 135, and 201 atoms are studied via a combination of a basin hopping atom-exchange technique (to locate the lowest energy homotops at fixed composition), a symmetry orbit technique (to find the high symmetry isomers), and density functional theory local reoptimization (for determining the most stable homotop). The interatomic interactions between Pt and Au are derived from the empirical Gupta potential. The lowest energy structures show a marked tendency toward PtcoreAushell chemical ordering by enrichment of the more cohesive Pt in the core region and of Au in the shell region. We observe a preferential segregation of Pt atoms to (111) facets and Au atoms to (100) facets of the truncated octahedron cluster motif. Exotic surface patterns are obtained particularly for Pt-rich compositions, where Pt atoms are being surrounded by Au atoms. These surface arrangements boost the catalytic activity by creating a large number of active sites. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of human transferrin-stabilized gold nanoclusters

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    Le Guevel, Xavier; Schneider, Marc [Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Saarland University, Saarbruecken (Germany); Daum, Nicole, E-mail: Marc.Schneider@mx.uni-saarland.de [Drug Delivery, Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2011-07-08

    Human transferrin has been biolabelled with gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) using a simple, fast and non-toxic method. These nanocrystals (<2 nm) are stabilized in the protein via sulfur groups and have a high fluorescence emission in the near infrared region (QY = 4.3%; {lambda}{sub em} = 695 nm). Structural investigation and photophysical measurements show a high population of clusters formed of 22-33 gold atoms covalently bound to the transferrin. In solutions with pH ranging from 5 to 10 and in buffer solutions (PBS, HEPES), those biolabelled proteins exhibit a good stability. No significant quenching effect of the fluorescent transferrin has been detected after iron loading of iron-free transferrin (apoTf) and in the presence of a specific polyclonal antibody. Additionally, antibody-induced agglomeration demonstrates no alteration in the protein activity and the receptor target ability. MTT and Vialight Plus tests show no cytotoxicity of these labelled proteins in cells (1 {mu}g ml{sup -1}-1 mg ml{sup -1}). Cell line experiments (A549) indicate also an uptake of the iron loaded fluorescent proteins inside cells. These remarkable data highlight the potential of a new type of non-toxic fluorescent transferrin for imaging and targeting.

  5. Atomic-scale structure of single-layer MoS2 nanoclusters

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    Helveg, S.; Lauritsen, J. V.; Lægsgaard, E.

    2000-01-01

    We have studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) the atomic-scale realm of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanoclusters, which are of interest as a model system in hydrodesulfurization catalysis. The STM gives the first real space images of the shape and edge structure of single-layer MoS2 n...... nanoparticles synthesized on Au(lll), and establishes a new picture of the active edge sires of the nanoclusters. The results demonstrate a way to get detailed atomic-scale information on catalysts in general....

  6. Fabrication, Study of Optical Properties and Structure of Most Stable (CdP2)n Nanoclusters

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    Yeshchenko, O. A.; Dmitruk, I. M.; Koryakov, S. V.; Galak, M. P.

    2005-01-01

    CdP2 nanoclusters were fabricated by incorporation into pores of zeolite Na-X and by laser ablation. Absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectra of CdP2 nanoclusters in zeolite were measured at the temperatures of 4.2, 77 and 293 K. Both absorption and PL spectra consist of two bands blue shifted with respect to bulk crystal. We performed the calculations aimed to find the most stable clusters in the size region up to size of the zeolite Na-X supercage. The most stable clusters are (CdP2)6 ...

  7. Self-organized arrays of Cd nanocluster on Si (111)-7×7 surface

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    Hao, Shao-Jie; Xiao, Hua-Fang; Ye, Juan; Sun, Kai; Tao, Min-Long; Tu, Yu-Bing; Wang, Ya-Li; Xie, Zheng-Bo; Wang, Jun-Zhong

    2017-02-01

    We studied the self-organization of Cd clusters on Si(111)-7×7 surface with an ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microcopy (STM). Highly-ordered arrays of Cd nanoclusters have been fabricated by elevating the substrate temperature. The Cd clusters occupy equally the faulted and unfaulted half-unit cells of Si(111)-7×7 without obvious preference to either of them, forming Cd cluster pairs or hexamers. Furthermore, high-resolution STM images demonstrate that the charge transfer between Cd and Si atoms is responsible for cluster-cluster attractions, which in turn drive the self-organization of Cd nanoclusters into highly ordered arrays.

  8. Tetrahedral 1B4Sb nanoclusters in GaP:(B, Sb)

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    Elyukhin, V A, E-mail: elyukhin@cinvestav.m [Departamento de Ingenieria Electrica-SEES, CINVESTAV-IPN, Avenida IPN 2508, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, C. P. 07360, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)

    2009-05-01

    Self-assembling conditions of 1B4Sb tetrahedral nanoclusters in GaP doped with boron and Sb isoelectronic impurities are represented in the ultradilute and dilute limits of the boron and Sb contents, respectively. The fulfilled estimates demonstrated the preferential complete or almost complete allocation of boron atoms in 1B4Sb nanoclusters at temperatures of 500 {sup 0}C and 900 {sup 0}C, respectively. The significant decrease of the sum of the free energies of the constituent compounds is the main origin of self-assembling. The reduction of the strain energy is the additional cause of this phenomenon.

  9. One-pot one-cluster synthesis of fluorescent and bio-compatible Ag14 nanoclusters for cancer cell imaging

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    Yang, Jie; Xia, Nan; Wang, Xinan; Liu, Xianhu; Xu, An; Wu, Zhikun; Luo, Zhixun

    2015-11-01

    Small-molecule-protected silver nanoclusters have smaller hydrodynamic diameter, and thus may hold greater potential in biomedicine application compared with the same core-sized, macromolecule (i.e. DNA)-protected silver nanoclusters. However, the live cell imaging labeled by small-molecule-protected silver nanoclusters has not been reported until now, and the synthesis and atom-precise characterization of silver nanoclusters have been challenging for a long time. We develop a one-pot one-cluster synthesis method to prepare silver nanoclusters capped with GSH which is bio-compatible. The as-prepared silver nanoclusters are identified to be Ag14(SG)11 (abbreviated as Ag14, SG: glutathione) by isotope-resolvable ESI-MS. The structure is probed by 1D NMR spectroscopy together with 2D COSY and HSQC. This cluster species is fluorescent and the fluorescence quantum yield is solvent-dependent. Very importantly, Ag14 was successfully applied to label lung cancer cells (A549) for imaging, and this work represents the first attempt to image live cells with small-molecule-protected silver nanoclusters. Furthermore, it is revealed that the Ag14 nanoclusters exhibit lower cytotoxicity compared with some other silver species (including silver salt, silver complex and large silver nanoparticles), and the explanation is also provided. The comparison of silver nanoclusters to state-of-the-art labeling materials in terms of cytotoxicity and photobleaching lifetime is also conducted.Small-molecule-protected silver nanoclusters have smaller hydrodynamic diameter, and thus may hold greater potential in biomedicine application compared with the same core-sized, macromolecule (i.e. DNA)-protected silver nanoclusters. However, the live cell imaging labeled by small-molecule-protected silver nanoclusters has not been reported until now, and the synthesis and atom-precise characterization of silver nanoclusters have been challenging for a long time. We develop a one-pot one

  10. Atomistic study on mixed-mode fracture mechanisms of ferrite iron interacting with coherent copper and nickel nanoclusters

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    Al-Motasem, Ahmed Tamer; Mai, Nghia Trong; Choi, Seung Tae; Posselt, Matthias

    2016-04-01

    The effect of copper and/or nickel nanoclusters, generally formed by neutron irradiation, on fracture mechanisms of ferrite iron was investigated by using molecular statics simulation. The equilibrium configuration of nanoclusters was obtained by using a combination of an on-lattice annealing based on Metropolis Monte Carlo method and an off-lattice relaxation by molecular dynamics simulation. Residual stress distributions near the nanoclusters were also calculated, since compressive or tensile residual stresses may retard or accelerate, respectively, the propagation of a crack running into a nanocluster. One of the nanoclusters was located in front of a straight crack in ferrite iron with a body-centered cubic crystal structure. Two crystallographic directions, of which the crack plane and crack front direction are (010)[001] and (111) [ 1 bar 10 ] , were considered, representing cleavage and non-cleavage orientations in ferrite iron, respectively. Displacements corresponding to pure opening-mode and mixed-mode loadings were imposed on the boundary region and the energy minimization was performed. It was observed that the fracture mechanisms of ferrite iron under the pure opening-mode loading are strongly influenced by the presence of nanoclusters, while under the mixed-mode loading the nanoclusters have no significant effect on the crack propagation behavior of ferrite iron.

  11. Energy of the Isolated Metastable Iron-Nickel FCC Nanocluster with a Carbon Atom in the Tetragonal Interstice.

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    Bondarenko, Natalya V; Nedolya, Anatoliy V

    2017-12-01

    The energy of the isolated iron-nickel nanocluster was calculated by molecular mechanics method using Lennard-Jones potential. The cluster included a carbon atom that drifted from an inside octahedral interstice to a tetrahedral interstice in [Formula: see text] direction and after that in direction to the surface. In addition, one of 14 iron atoms was replaced by a nickel atom, the position of which was changing during simulation.The energy of the nanocluster was estimated at the different interatomic distances. As a result of simulation, the optimal interatomic distances of Fe-Ni-C nanocluster was chosen for the simulation, in which height of the potential barrier was maximal and face-centered cubic (FCC) nanocluster was the most stable.It is shown that there were three main positions of a nickel atom that significantly affected nanocluster's energy.The calculation results indicated that position of the carbon atom in the octahedral interstice was more energetically favorable than tetrahedral interstice in the case of FCC nanocluster. On the other side, the potential barrier was smaller in the direction [Formula: see text] than in the direction .This indicates that there are two ways for carbon atom to drift to the surface of the nanocluster.

  12. Human serum albumin-stabilized gold nanoclusters act as an electron transfer bridge supporting specific electrocatalysis of bilirubin useful for biosensing applications.

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    Santhosh, Mallesh; Chinnadayyala, Somasekhar R; Singh, Naveen K; Goswami, Pranab

    2016-10-01

    Human serum albumin (HSA)-stabilized Au18 nanoclusters (AuNCs) were synthesized and chemically immobilized on an Indium tin oxide (ITO) plate. The assembly process was characterized by advanced electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques. The bare ITO electrode generated three irreversible oxidation peaks, whereas the HSA-AuNC-modified electrode produced a pair of redox peaks for bilirubin at a formal potential of 0.27V (vs. Ag/AgCl). However, the native HSA protein immobilized on the ITO electrode failed to produce any redox peak for bilirubin. The results indicate that the AuNCs present in HSA act as electron transfer bridge between bilirubin and the ITO plate. Docking studies of AuNC with HSA revealed that the best docked structure of the nanocluster is located around the vicinity of the bilirubin binding site, with an orientation that allows specific oxidation. When the HSA-AuNC-modified electrode was employed for the detection of bilirubin using chronoamperometry at 0.3V (vs. Ag/AgCl), a steady-state current response against bilirubin in the range of 0.2μM to 7μM, with a sensitivity of 0.34μAμM(-1) and limit of detection of 86.32nM at S/N 3, was obtained. The bioelectrode was successfully applied to measure the bilirubin content in spiked serum samples. The results indicate the feasibility of using HSA-AuNC as a biorecognition element for the detection of serum bilirubin levels using an electrochemical technique.

  13. The extragalactic IR background

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    De Zotti, G; Mazzei, P; Toffolatti, L; Danese, L; De Zotti, G; Franceschini, A; Mazzei, P; Toffolatti, L; Danese, L

    1994-01-01

    Current limits on the intensity of the extragalactic infrared background are consistent with the expected contribution from evolving galaxies. Depending on the behaviour of the star formation rate and of the initial mass function, we can expect that dust extinction during early evolutionary phases ranges from moderate to strong. An example of the latter case may be the ultraluminous galaxy IRAS F10214 + 4724. The remarkable lack of high redshift galaxies in faint optically selected samples may be indirect evidence that strong extinction is common during early phases. Testable implications of different scenarios are discussed; ISO can play a key role in this context. Estimates of possible contributions of galaxies to the background under different assumptions are presented. The COBE/FIRAS limits on deviations from a blackbody spectrum at sub-mm wavelengths already set important constraints on the evolution of the far-IR emission of galaxies and on the density of obscured (``Type 2'') AGNs. A major progress in ...

  14. CO oxidation on gold nanoparticles: Theoretical studies

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    Remediakis, Ioannis; Lopez, Nuria; Nørskov, Jens Kehlet

    2005-01-01

    We present a summary of our theoretical results regarding CO oxidation on both oxide-supported and isolated gold nanoparticles. Using Density Functional Theory we have studied the adsorption of molecules and the oxidation reaction of CO on gold clusters. Low-coordinated sites on the gold...... nanoparticles can adsorb small inorganic molecules such as O2 and CO, and the presence of these sites is the key factor for the catalytic properties of supported gold nanoclusters. Other contributions, induced by the presence of the support, can provide parallel channels for the reaction and modulate the final...

  15. Structure prediction of nanoclusters; a direct or a pre-screened search on the DFT energy landscape?

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    Farrow, M R; Chow, Y; Woodley, S M

    2014-10-21

    The atomic structure of inorganic nanoclusters obtained via a search for low lying minima on energy landscapes, or hypersurfaces, is reported for inorganic binary compounds: zinc oxide (ZnO)n, magnesium oxide (MgO)n, cadmium selenide (CdSe)n, and potassium fluoride (KF)n, where n = 1-12 formula units. The computational cost of each search is dominated by the effort to evaluate each sample point on the energy landscape and the number of required sample points. The effect of changing the balance between these two factors on the success of the search is investigated. The choice of sample points will also affect the number of required data points and therefore the efficiency of the search. Monte Carlo based global optimisation routines (evolutionary and stochastic quenching algorithms) within a new software package, viz. Knowledge Led Master Code (KLMC), are employed to search both directly and after pre-screening on the DFT energy landscape. Pre-screening includes structural relaxation to minimise a cheaper energy function - based on interatomic potentials - and is found to improve significantly the search efficiency, and typically reduces the number of DFT calculations required to locate the local minima by more than an order of magnitude. Although the choice of functional form is important, the approach is robust to small changes to the interatomic potential parameters. The computational cost of initial DFT calculations of each structure is reduced by employing Gaussian smearing to the electronic energy levels. Larger (KF)n nanoclusters are predicted to form cuboid cuts from the rock-salt phase, but also share many structural motifs with (MgO)n for smaller clusters. The transition from 2D rings to 3D (bubble, or fullerene-like) structures occur at a larger cluster size for (ZnO)n and (CdSe)n. Differences between the HOMO and LUMO energies, for all the compounds apart from KF, are in the visible region of the optical spectrum (2-3 eV); KF lies deep in the UV region

  16. Size-confined growth of atom-precise nanoclusters in metal-organic frameworks and their catalytic applications

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    Liu, Lingli; Song, Yongbo; Chong, Hanbao; Yang, Sha; Xiang, Ji; Jin, Shan; Kang, Xi; Zhang, Jun; Yu, Haizhu; Zhu, Manzhou

    2016-01-01

    Using MOFs as size-selection templates, we have for the first time synthesized atom-precise Au11:PPh3 nanoclusters (NCs) and Au13Ag12:PPh3 NCs with high purity by a one-step, in situ reduction method. Specifically, we found that the product released from the frameworks of ZIF-8 is exclusively the Au11:PPh3 NCs rather than polydispersed NCs, and inside MIL-101(Cr) the Au13Ag12:PPh3 NCs constitute the exclusive product. The metal NC@MOF composites are also demonstrated for catalytic application. The high catalytic efficiency for the oxidation of benzyl alcohol indicates that atom-precise noble metal NCs@MOFs may act as a promising class of heterogeneous catalysts. The atom-precise NCs obtained in the MOF templated synthesis imply the future possibility of using MOFs of various pore sizes for the size-selective synthesis of atomically precise NCs. Meanwhile, metal NCs@MOFs will contribute to the understanding of the mechanism of nanocatalyst surface reactions and hence opens up enormous opportunities in heterogeneous catalysis.Using MOFs as size-selection templates, we have for the first time synthesized atom-precise Au11:PPh3 nanoclusters (NCs) and Au13Ag12:PPh3 NCs with high purity by a one-step, in situ reduction method. Specifically, we found that the product released from the frameworks of ZIF-8 is exclusively the Au11:PPh3 NCs rather than polydispersed NCs, and inside MIL-101(Cr) the Au13Ag12:PPh3 NCs constitute the exclusive product. The metal NC@MOF composites are also demonstrated for catalytic application. The high catalytic efficiency for the oxidation of benzyl alcohol indicates that atom-precise noble metal NCs@MOFs may act as a promising class of heterogeneous catalysts. The atom-precise NCs obtained in the MOF templated synthesis imply the future possibility of using MOFs of various pore sizes for the size-selective synthesis of atomically precise NCs. Meanwhile, metal NCs@MOFs will contribute to the understanding of the mechanism of nanocatalyst

  17. The IRS-1 signaling system.

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    Myers, M G; Sun, X J; White, M F

    1994-07-01

    Insulin-receptor substrate 1 (IRS-1) is a principal substrate of the receptor tyrosine kinase for insulin and insulin-like growth factor 1, and a substrate for a tyrosine kinase activated by interleukin 4. IRS-1 undergoes multisite tyrosine phosphorylation and mediates downstream signals by 'docking' various proteins that contain Src homology 2 domains. IRS-1 appears to be a unique molecule; however, 4PS, a protein found mainly in hemopoietic cells, may represent another member of this family.

  18. Consecutive C[subscript 60] Fullerene Dissociation from Ir([eta][superscript 2]-C[subscript 60])(CO)(Cl)(PPh[subscript 3])[subscript 2] and the Oxidative Addition of Benzene

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    Felix, Tamara; Cortes-Figueroa, Jose E.

    2010-01-01

    This laboratory activity is a mechanistic exploration of the interactions between electronically deficient organometallic compounds and solvent molecules. Simple kinetics experiments designed to explore the mechanism of C[subscript 60] fullerene-benzene exchange on Ir(([eta][superscript 2]-C[subscript 60])(CO)(Cl)(PPh[subscript 3])[subscript 2]…

  19. Stabilizing subnanometer Ag(0) nanoclusters by thiolate and diphosphine ligands and their crystal structures

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    Yang, Huayan; Wang, Yu; Zheng, Nanfeng

    2013-03-01

    The combined use of thiolate and diphosphine as surface ligands helps to stabilize subnanometer Ag(0) nanoclusters, resulting in the successful crystallization of two Ag(0)-containing nanoclusters (Ag16 and Ag32) for X-ray single crystal analysis. Both clusters have core-shell structures with Ag86+ and Ag2212+ as their cores, which are not simply either fragments of face-centered cubic metals or their five-fold twinned counterparts. The clusters display UV-Vis absorption spectra consisting of molecule-like optical transitions.The combined use of thiolate and diphosphine as surface ligands helps to stabilize subnanometer Ag(0) nanoclusters, resulting in the successful crystallization of two Ag(0)-containing nanoclusters (Ag16 and Ag32) for X-ray single crystal analysis. Both clusters have core-shell structures with Ag86+ and Ag2212+ as their cores, which are not simply either fragments of face-centered cubic metals or their five-fold twinned counterparts. The clusters display UV-Vis absorption spectra consisting of molecule-like optical transitions. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, more pictures of the structure and XPS spectra of the clusters. CCDC 916463 and 916464. For ESI and crystallographic data in CIF or other electronic format see DOI: 10.1039/c3nr34328f

  20. Stabilizing Protein Effects on the Pressure Sensitivity of Fluorescent Gold Nanoclusters

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    2016-01-13

    and β-sheet structure present in the stabilizing protein. These data support the hypothesis that the pressure -induced fluorescence enhancement...ARL-TR-7572 ● JAN 2016 US Army Research Laboratory Stabilizing Protein Effects on the Pressure Sensitivity of Fluorescent Gold...JAN 2016 US Army Research Laboratory Stabilizing Protein Effects on the Pressure Sensitivity of Fluorescent Gold Nanoclusters by Abby

  1. Modular construction and hierarchical gelation of organooxotin nanoclusters derived from simple building blocks.

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    Hahn, Uwe; Hirst, Andrew R; Delgado, Juan Luis; Kaeser, Adrien; Delavaux-Nicot, Béatrice; Nierengarten, Jean-Francois; Smith, David K

    2007-12-14

    Mixtures of an appropriate carboxylic acid and n-butylstannoic acid constitute modular gelation systems, in which the formation of a well-defined 'tin-drum' nanocluster subsequently underpins the hierarchical assembly of nanostructured fibres, which form self-supporting gel-phase networks in organic solvents.

  2. High Selective Hydrogenation of Acetophenone Catalyzed by Alumina Supported Platinum Nanoclusters

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    2003-01-01

    A new preparation and reduction method of γ-Al2O3 supported and PVP stabilized platinum nanoclusters was studied.The catalyst exhibited very high activity and selectivity for acetophenone hydrogenation in isopropanol-KOH solution at 25~60°C and P H2=1~5 MPa.

  3. Wavelength-switchable photocurrent in a hybrid TiO2-Ag nanocluster photoelectrode.

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    Chen, Hongjun; Wang, Qiong; Lyu, Miaoqiang; Zhang, Zhi; Wang, Lianzhou

    2015-08-04

    A hybrid TiO2-Ag nanocluster (NC) photoelectrode demonstrates unique wavelength-switchable photocurrent. By simply tuning the light wavelength from ultraviolet (UV) to visible light, the photocurrent generated on a single electrode can be switched from anodic to cathodic current, in which the Ag NCs behave like a new type of visible light active photocatalyst.

  4. Ge nanoclusters in PECVD-deposited glass caused only by heat treatment

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    Ou, Haiyan; Rørdam, Troels Peter; Rottwitt, Karsten

    2008-01-01

    This paper reports the formation of Ge nanoclusters in a multi-layer structure consisting of alternating thin films of Ge-doped silica glass and SiGe, deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) and post annealed at 1100 °C in N2 atmosphere. We studied the annealed samples by t...

  5. Logic gates scheme based on Coulomb blockade in metallic nanoclusters with organic ligands

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    Cervera, Javier [Facultat de Fisica, Universitat de Valencia, E-46100 Burjassot (Spain); Ramirez, Patricio [Depto. de Fisica Aplicada, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, E-46022 Valencia (Spain); Mafe, Salvador, E-mail: smafe@uv.e [Facultat de Fisica, Universitat de Valencia, E-46100 Burjassot (Spain)

    2010-01-11

    We propose a logic gates scheme based on the electron transfer through metallic nanoclusters linked to organic ligands and discuss theoretically the characteristics needed for practical implementation. As a proof-of-the-concept, we demonstrate the OR, AND and NOT gates and study the performance in terms of temperature, applied voltage, and noise.

  6. Self consistent tight binding molecular dynamics study of Ti02 nanoclusters in water.

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    Erdin, S.; Lin, Y.; Halley, J. W.; Zapol, P.; Redfern, P.; Curtiss, L.; Northern Illinois Univ.; Univ. of Minnesota

    2007-09-01

    Self-consistent tight binding molecular dynamics studies of TiO{sub 2}2 anatase and rutile nanoclusters in dissociable water are reported. It is found that the structure of the particle expands as a result of interaction between the particle's surface and water. Water molecules dissociate at the nanoparticle surface during simulation.

  7. Mechanistic insights from atomically precise gold nanocluster-catalyzed reduction of 4-nitrophenol

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    Shuo Zhao

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available A trio of thiolate-protected atomically precise gold nanoclusters, [Au23(S-c-C6H1116]–, Au24(SCH2pHtBu20 and [Au25(SCH2CH2pH18]–, are utilized as catalysts for 4-nitrophenol (4-NP reduction to 4-aminophenol (4-AP. Despite nearly identical sizes (~1 nm, the three nanoclusters possess distinctly different atomic packing structures and surface ligand binding modes, which contribute to different catalytic performance. The [Au23(S-c-C6H1116]– nanocluster shows the highest activity with a kinetic rate constant of 0.0370 s−1, which is higher than those of Au24(SCH2pHtBu20 (0.0090 s−1 and [Au25(SCH2CH2pH18]– (0.0242 s−1. Such a trio of gold nanoclusters indicate that the atomic packing mode and electronic structure play a crucial role in determining their catalytic performance.

  8. The variable polarization undulator beamline UE52 PGM nanocluster trap at BESSY II

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    Ruslan Ovsyannikov

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available UE52 PGM nanocluster trap is a soft x-ray beamline at BESSY II that delivers an unfocussed low-divergence beam of variable polarization. Its characteristics are ideally suited for ion trap studies of magnetic properties.

  9. Photophysical characterization of fluorescent metal nanoclusters sythesized using oligonucleotides, proteins and small reagent moleucles

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    Yeh, Hsin-chih [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jaswinder, Sharma K [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Martinez, Jennifer S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Werner, James H [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Yoo, Hyojong [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    The size transition from bulk metals to insulating nanoparticles and eventually to single atoms passes through the relatively unexplored few-atom nanocluster region. With climensions close to the Fermi wavelength, these nanoclusters demonstrate molecule-like properties distinct from bulk metals or atoms, such as discrete and size-tunable electronic transitions which lead to photoluminescence. Current research aims to elucidate the fundamental photophysical properties of the existing metal nanoclusters made by different means and based on different encapsulation agents. Here, we report the study of the photophysical properties, including quantum yields, lifetimes, extinction coefficients, blinking dynamics and sizes, of silver and gold nanoclusters synthesized using oligonucleotides, a protein (bovine serum albumin) and a Good's buffer molecule (MES, 2-(N-morpholino)ethanesulfonic acid) as encapsulation agents. We also investigate the change of photoluminescence under varying conditions (time, temperature and salt). Furthermore, it is demonstrated here that fluorescent metal clusters can be used as a donor in forming resonance energy transfer pairs with a commercial organic quenching dye.

  10. Biophysical mechanism for ras-nanocluster formation and signaling in plasma membrane.

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    Thomas Gurry

    Full Text Available Ras GTPases are lipid-anchored G proteins, which play a fundamental role in cell signaling processes. Electron micrographs of immunogold-labeled Ras have shown that membrane-bound Ras molecules segregate into nanocluster domains. Several models have been developed in attempts to obtain quantitative descriptions of nanocluster formation, but all have relied on assumptions such as a constant, expression-level independent ratio of Ras in clusters to Ras monomers (cluster/monomer ratio. However, this assumption is inconsistent with the law of mass action. Here, we present a biophysical model of Ras clustering based on short-range attraction and long-range repulsion between Ras molecules in the membrane. To test this model, we performed Monte Carlo simulations and compared statistical clustering properties with experimental data. We find that we can recover the experimentally-observed clustering across a range of Ras expression levels, without assuming a constant cluster/monomer ratio or the existence of lipid rafts. In addition, our model makes predictions about the signaling properties of Ras nanoclusters in support of the idea that Ras nanoclusters act as an analog-digital-analog converter for high fidelity signaling.

  11. Probing DNA-stabilized fluorescent silver nanocluster spectral heterogeneity by time-correlated single photon counting

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    Carro, Miguel; Paolucci, Valentina; Hooley, Emma Nicole

    2016-01-01

    DNA-stabilized silver nanoclusters (DNA-AgNCs) are promising fluorophores whose photophysical properties and synthesis procedures have received increased attention in the literature. However, depending on the preparation conditions and the DNA sequence, the DNA-AgNC samples can host a range of di...

  12. Concentrated dispersions of equilibrium protein nanoclusters that reversibly dissociate into active monomers

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    Truskett, Thomas M.; Johnston, Keith; Maynard, Jennifer; Borwankar, Ameya; Miller, Maria; Wilson, Brian; Dinin, Aileen; Khan, Tarik; Kaczorowski, Kevin

    2012-02-01

    Stabilizing concentrated protein solutions is of wide interest in drug delivery. However, a major challenge is how to reliably formulate concentrated, low viscosity (i.e., syringeable) solutions of biologically active proteins. Unfortunately, proteins typically undergo irreversible aggregation at intermediate concentrations of 100-200 mg/ml. In this talk, I describe how they can effectively avoid these intermediate concentrations by reversibly assembling into nanoclusters. Nanocluster assembly is achieved by balancing short-ranged, cosolute-induced attractions with weak, longer-ranger electrostatic repulsions near the isoelectric point. Theory predicts that native proteins are stabilized by a self-crowding mechanism within the concentrated environment of the nanoclusters, while weak cluster-cluster interactions can result in colloidally-stable dispersions with moderate viscosities. I present experimental results where this strategy is used to create concentrated antibody dispersions (up to 260 mg/ml) comprising nanoclusters of proteins [monoclonal antibody 1B7, polyclonal sheep Immunoglobin G and bovine serum albumin], which upon dilution in vitro or administration in vivo, are conformationally stable and retain activity.

  13. Amine Reactivity with Nanoclusters of Sulfuric Acid and Ammonia

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    Johnston, M. V.; Bzdek, B. R.; DePalma, J.

    2011-12-01

    Alkyl amines have emerged as key species in new particle formation and growth. This interest is reinforced by ambient measurements of amines (e.g. Smith et al., 2010) and enhanced levels of nitrogen (e.g. Bzdek et al., 2011) during growth of newly formed particles. An important mechanism of amine uptake is aminium salt formation, either by substituting for ammonium ions that already exist in the particle or by opening new channels for salt formation that are not favorable with ammonia. This presentation will focus on recent experimental and computational work in our group to study amine uptake into charged nanoclusters of sulfuric acid and ammonia. In the experimental work, clusters are produced by electrospray of an ammonium sulfate solution and then drawn into a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer where a specific cluster is isolated and exposed to amine vapor. We find that amine reactivity is dependent on the size, composition and charge of the isolated cluster. For small clusters of either polarity, all ammonium ions reside on the surface and amine substitution occurs with near unit reaction probability. As the cluster size increases, an ammonium ion can be encapsulated in the center of the cluster, which provides a steric hindrance to amine substitution. Negatively charged clusters are more likely to be acidic than positively charged clusters. For acidic clusters, incoming amine molecules first substitute for preexisting ammonium ions and then add to the cluster until a "neutralized" aminium bisulfate composition is reached. Computational studies of these clusters provide fundamental insight into the thermodynamics and kinetics of amine uptake.

  14. Reversible Size Control of Silver Nanoclusters via Ligand-exchange

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    Bootharaju, Megalamane Siddaramappa

    2015-05-21

    The properties of atomically monodisperse noble metal nanoclusters (NCs) are intricately intertwined with their precise molecular formula. The vast majority of size-specific NC syntheses start from the reduction of the metal salt and thiol ligand mixture. Only in gold was it recently shown that ligand-exchange could induce the growth of NCs from one atomically precise species to another; a process of yet unknown reversibility. Here, we present a process for the ligand-exchange-induced growth of atomically precise silver NCs, in a biphasic liquid-liquid system, which is particularly of interest because of its complete reversibility and ability to occur at room temperature. We explore this phenomenon in-depth using Ag35(SG)18 [SG= glutathionate] and Ag44(4-FTP)30 [4-FTP= 4-fluorothiophenol] as model systems. We show that the ligand-exchange conversion of Ag35(SG)18 into Ag44(4-FTP)30 is rapid (< 5 min) and direct, while the reverse process proceeds slowly through intermediate cluster sizes. We adapt a recently developed theory of reverse Ostwald ripening to model the NCs’ interconvertibility. The model’s predictions are in good agreement with the experimental observations, and they highlight the importance of small changes in the ligand-metal binding energy in determining the final equilibrium NC size. Based on the insight provided by this model, we demonstrated experimentally that by varying the choice of ligands, ligand-exchange can be used to obtain different sized NCs. The findings in this work establish ligand-exchange as a versatile tool for tuning cluster sizes.

  15. Distinct metal-exchange pathways of doped Ag25 nanoclusters

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    Bootharaju, Megalamane Siddaramappa

    2016-09-09

    Atomically precise metal nanoclusters (NCs) containing more than one type of metal atom (i.e., doped or alloyed), due to synergistic effects, open new avenues for engineering the catalytic and optical properties of NCs in a manner that homometal NCs cannot. Unfortunately, it is still a major challenge to controllably introduce multimetallic dopants in NCs, understanding the dopants\\' positions, mechanism, and synergistic effects. To overcome these challenges, we designed a metal-exchange approach involving NCs as molecular templates and metal ions as the source of the incoming dopant. In particular, two structurally similar monodoped silver-rich NCs, [MAg24(SR)(18)](2-) (M = Pd/Pt and SR: thiolate), were synthesized as templates to study their mechanistic transformation in response to the introduction of gold atoms. The controllable incorporation of Au atoms into the MAg24 framework facilitated the elucidation of distinct doping pathways through high-resolution mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy and elemental analysis. Interestingly, gold replaced the central Pd atom of [PdAg24(SR)(18)](2-) clusters to produce predominantly bimetallic [AuAg24(SR)(18)](-) clusters along with a minor product of an [Au2Ag23(SR)(18)](-) cluster. In contrast, the central Pt atom remained intact in [PtAg24(SR)(18)](2-) clusters, and gold replaced the noncentral Ag atoms to form trimetallic [AuxPtAg24-x(SR)(18)](2-) NCs, where x = 1-2, with a portion of the starting [PtAg24(SR)(18)](2-) NCs remaining. This study reveals some of the unusual metal-exchange pathways of doped NCs and the important role played by the initial metal dopant in directing the position of a second dopant in the final product.

  16. A complementary palette of NanoCluster Beacons.

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    Obliosca, Judy M; Babin, Mark C; Liu, Cong; Liu, Yen-Liang; Chen, Yu-An; Batson, Robert A; Ganguly, Mainak; Petty, Jeffrey T; Yeh, Hsin-Chih

    2014-10-28

    NanoCluster Beacons (NCBs), which use few-atom DNA-templated silver clusters as reporters, are a type of activatable molecular probes that are low-cost and easy to prepare. While NCBs provide a high fluorescence enhancement ratio upon activation, their activation colors are currently limited. Here we report a simple method to design NCBs with complementary emission colors, creating a set of multicolor probes for homogeneous, separation-free detection. By systematically altering the position and the number of cytosines in the cluster-nucleation sequence, we have tuned the activation colors of NCBs to green (C8-8, 460 nm/555 nm); yellow (C5-5, 525 nm/585 nm); red (C3-4, 580 nm/635 nm); and near-infrared (C3-3, 645 nm/695 nm). At the same NCB concentration, the activated yellow NCB (C5-5) was found to be 1.3 times brighter than the traditional red NCB (C3-4). Three of the four colors (green, yellow, and red) were relatively spectrally pure. We also found that subtle changes in the linker sequence (down to the single-nucleotide level) could significantly alter the emission spectrum pattern of an NCB. When the length of linker sequences was increased, the emission peaks were found to migrate in a periodic fashion, suggesting short-range interactions between silver clusters and nucleobases. Size exclusion chromatography results indicated that the activated NCBs are more compact than their native duplex forms. Our findings demonstrate the unique photophysical properties and environmental sensitivities of few-atom DNA-templated silver clusters, which are not seen before in common organic dyes or luminescent crystals.

  17. Switching a Nanocluster Core from Hollow to Non-hollow

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    Bootharaju, Megalamane Siddaramappa

    2016-03-24

    Modulating the structure-property relationship in atomically precise nanoclusters (NCs) is vital for developing novel NC materials and advancing their applications. While promising biphasic ligand-exchange (LE) strategies have been developed primarily to attain novel NCs, understanding the mechanistic aspects involved in tuning the core and the ligand-shell of NCs in such biphasic processes is challenging. Here, we design a single phase LE process that enabled us to elucidate the mechanism of how a hollow NC (e.g., [Ag44(SR)30]4-, -SR: thiolate) converts into a non-hollow NC (e.g., [Ag25(SR)18]-), and vice versa. Our study reveals that the complete LE of the hollow [Ag44(SPhF)30]4- NCs (–SPhF: 4-fluorobenzenethiolate) with incoming 2,4-dimethylbenzenethiol (HSPhMe2) induced distortions in the Ag44 structure forming the non-hollow [Ag25(SPhMe2)18]- by a disproportionation mechanism. While the reverse reaction of [Ag25(SPhMe2)18]- with HSPhF prompted an unusual dimerization of Ag25, followed by a rearrangement step that reproduces the original [Ag44(SPhF)30]4-. Remarkably, both the forward and the backward reactions proceed through similar size intermediates that seem to be governed by the boundary conditions set by the thermodynamic and electronic stability of the hollow and non-hollow metal cores. Furthermore, the resizing of NCs highlights the surprisingly long-range effect of the ligands which are felt by atoms far deep in the metal core, thus opening a new path for controlling the structural evolution of nanoparticles.

  18. Optical properties of II-VI semiconductor nanoclusters for use as phosphors

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    Wilcoxon, Jess P.; Newcomer, Paula

    2002-11-01

    The optical properties of both II-VI (direct gap) and type IV (indirect gap) nanosize semiconductors are significantly affected not only by their size, but by the nature of the chemical interface of the cluster with the embedding medium. This affects the light conversion efficiency and can alter the shape and position (i.e. the color) of the photoluminescence (PL). As the goal of our work is to embed nanoclusters into either organic or inorganic matrices for use as near UV, LED-excited phosphor thin films, understanding and controlling this interface is very important for preserving the high Q.E. of nanoclusters known for dilute solution conditions. We describe a room temperature synthesis of semiconductor nanoclusters which employs inexpensive, less toxic ionic precursors (metal salts), and simple coordinating solvents (e.g. tetrahydrofuran). This allows us to add passivating agents, ions, metal or semiconductor coatings to identical, highly dispersed bare clusters, post-synthesis. We can also increase the cluster size by heterogeneous growth on the seed nanoclusters. One of the most interesting observations for our II-VI nanomaterials is that both the absorbance excitonic features and the photoluminescence (PL) energy and intensity depend on the nature of the surface as well as the average size. In CdS, for example, the presence of electron traps (i.e Cd(II) sites) decreases the exciton absorbance peak amplitude but increases the PL nearly two-fold. Hole traps (i.e. S(II)) have the opposite effect. In the coordinating solvents used for the synthesis, the PL yield for d~2 nm, blue emitting CdSe clusters increases dramatically with sample age as the multiple absorbance features sharpen. Liquid chromatographic (LC) separation of the nanoclusters from other chemicals and different sized clusters is used to investigate the intrinsic optical properties of the purified clusters and identify which clusters are contributing most strongly to the PL. Both LC and dynamic

  19. Visualization of BRI1 and SERK3/BAK1 Nanoclusters in Arabidopsis Roots

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    van Esse, Wilma; Nolles, Antsje; Bücherl, Christoph A.; de Vries, Sacco C.; Hohlbein, Johannes; Borst, Jan Willem

    2017-01-01

    Brassinosteroids (BRs) are plant hormones that are perceived at the plasma membrane (PM) by the ligand binding receptor BRASSINOSTEROID-INSENSITIVE1 (BRI1) and the co-receptor SOMATIC EMBRYOGENESIS RECEPTOR LIKE KINASE 3/BRI1 ASSOCIATED KINASE 1 (SERK3/BAK1). To visualize BRI1-GFP and SERK3/BAK1-mCherry in the plane of the PM, variable-angle epifluorescence microscopy (VAEM) was employed, which allows selective illumination of a thin surface layer. VAEM revealed an inhomogeneous distribution of BRI1-GFP and SERK3/BAK1-mCherry at the PM, which we attribute to the presence of distinct nanoclusters. Neither the BRI1 nor the SERK3/BAK1 nanocluster density is affected by depletion of endogenous ligands or application of exogenous ligands. To reveal interacting populations of receptor complexes, we utilized selective-surface observation—fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (SSO-FLIM) for the detection of Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET). Using this approach, we observed hetero-oligomerisation of BRI1 and SERK3 in the nanoclusters, which did not change upon depletion of endogenous ligand or signal activation. Upon ligand application, however, the number of BRI1-SERK3 /BAK1 hetero-oligomers was reduced, possibly due to endocytosis of active signalling units of BRI1-SERK3/BAK1 residing in the PM. We propose that formation of nanoclusters in the plant PM is subjected to biophysical restraints, while the stoichiometry of receptors inside these nanoclusters is variable and important for signal transduction. PMID:28114413

  20. Ir Spectroscopy of First-Row Transition Metal Clusters and Their Complexes with Simple Molecules

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    Kiawi, D. M.; Bakker, J.; Oomens, J.; Buma, W. J.; Waters, L. B. F. M.

    2014-06-01

    Iron is an important element in the formation of solids in space. Spectroscopic observations of interstellar iron shows that its atomic gas-phase abundance is strongly depleted with respect to that of hydrogen. In contrast, sulfur is mostly found in the gas phase in low-density regions of interstellar space, but is highly depleted in regions of star- and planet formation. Furthermore, the dominant source of sulfur in our solar system is solid FeS, as found in primitive meteorites, implying an efficient chemical pathway to convert sulphur or sulphur containing compounds into solid FeS during the (early phases of) the star formation process. We address the evolution of iron and sulfur in space on a molecular level by studying metal nanoclusters and their interaction with ligands using IR action spectroscopy. Clusters are formed through laser ablation of solid precursor materials and brought into a molecular beam environment. Complexes with ligands are obtained by directing the beam through a reaction channel containing low-pressure reactant gas. Mass-selected IR action spectra are recorded by irradiating the clusters using the Free Electron Laser for Infrared eXperiments (FELIX). Experimental spectra are then compared with DFT predictions which enables us to determine the structure of the selected cluster and its binding interactions with ligands. As part of this project, we here present IR action spectra of size-selected Fe clusters and the chemically closely related Co clusters, and their complexes with relevant ligands.

  1. DNA-mediated silver nanoclusters: synthesis, properties and applications.

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    Latorre, Alfonso; Somoza, Álvaro

    2012-05-07

    Fluorescent DNA-AgNCs have emerged as an alternative to standard emitters because of their unique properties: high fluorescent quantum yield, photostability, a broad pallet of colors (blue to near-IR), and the fact that their properties are easily modulated by the DNA sequence and environment. Applications as gene, ion, or small-molecule sensors have been reported.

  2. Heterostructure of Au nanocluster tipping on a ZnS quantum rod: controlled synthesis and novel luminescence

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    Tian, Yang; Wang, Ligang; Yu, Shanshan; Zhou, Weiwei

    2015-08-01

    Heterostructures of metal nanoparticles and semiconductors are widely studied for their unique properties. However, few reports are available on the heterostructure of metal nanoclusters and semiconductors. In the present study, a heterostructure, in which gold nanoclusters selectively locate at ZnS quantum rod (QR) tips, was fabricated using a two-step solvothermal route. The composition, intrinsic crystallography, and junction of the prepared heterostructure were thoroughly investigated, and it was observed to exhibit novel luminescent behaviours. By comparison with the individual components of ZnS QRs and gold clusters, the resultant heterostructure shows an enhanced exciton emission and complete depression of defect emission for the ZnS component, and a pronounced red emission for the gold nanocluster component. The mechanism of these properties and the charge transfer between gold nanoclusters and ZnS QRs were also explored. The size and location of gold in the heterostructure were also controlled during synthesis to study their effects on the luminescence.

  3. Label-Free Fluorescent Detection of Trypsin Activity Based on DNA-Stabilized Silver Nanocluster-Peptide Conjugates

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    Cai-Xia Zhuo

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Trypsin is important during the regulation of pancreatic exocrine function. The detection of trypsin activity is currently limited because of the need for the substrate to be labeled with a fluorescent tag. A label-free fluorescent method has been developed to monitor trypsin activity. The designed peptide probe consists of six arginine molecules and a cysteine terminus and can be conjugated to DNA-stabilized silver nanoclusters (DNA-AgNCs by Ag-S bonding to enhance fluorescence. The peptide probe can also be adsorbed to the surface of graphene oxide (GO, thus resulting in the fluorescence quenching of DNA-AgNCs-peptide conjugate because of Förster resonance energy transfer. Once trypsin had degraded the peptide probe into amino acid residues, the DNA-AgNCs were released from the surface of GO, and the enhanced fluorescence of DNA-AgNCs was restored. Trypsin can be determined with a linear range of 0.0–50.0 ng/mL with a concentration as low as 1 ng/mL. This label-free method is simple and sensitive and has been successfully used for the determination of trypsin in serum. The method can also be modified to detect other proteases.

  4. Enhanced photocatalytic properties of nanoclustered P-doped TiO2 films deposited by advanced atmospheric plasma jet.

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    Seo, Hyung-Kee; Elliott, C Michael; Ansari, S G

    2012-09-01

    A facile preparation of P-doped TiO2 nanoclusters onto fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass by an advanced atmospheric plasma jet (AAP jet) is reported here. Titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and phosphorus trichloride (PCl3) were used as precursors. Radio frequencies were used to generate plasma at fix powder with Argon as carrier gas. Films were deposited at 500 degrees C for 10 minutes. For comparison, as-prepared, annealed and deposited at 500 degrees C samples were studied for chemical/physical properties by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Optical properties were studied by using UV-Vis spectroscopy which indicated a reduction in optical band with P-doping. The rhodamine B (Rh-B) degradation by P-doped TiO2 deposited at 500 degrees C showed enhanced degradation efficiency than that of annealed TiO2. The suggested deposition method appears to be suitable for the synthesis of photocatalyst with proper control over dopants.

  5. One-step microwave-assisted synthesis of water-dispersible Fe3O4 magnetic nanoclusters for hyperthermia applications

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    Sathya, Ayyappan; Kalyani, S.; Ranoo, Surojit; Philip, John

    2017-10-01

    To realize magnetic hyperthermia as an alternate stand-alone therapeutic procedure for cancer treatment, magnetic nanoparticles with optimal performance, within the biologically safe limits, are to be produced using simple, reproducible and scalable techniques. Herein, we present a simple, one-step approach for synthesis of water-dispersible magnetic nanoclusters (MNCs) of superparamagnetic iron oxide by reducing of Fe2(SO4)3 in sodium acetate (alkali), poly ethylene glycol (capping ligand), and ethylene glycol (solvent and reductant) in a microwave reactor. The average size and saturation magnetization of the MNC's are tuned from 27 to 52 nm and 32 to 58 emu/g by increasing the reaction time from 10 to 600 s. Transmission electron microscopy images reveal that each MNC composed of large number of primary Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The synthesised MNCs show excellent colloidal stability in aqueous phase due to the adsorbed PEG layer. The highest SAR value of 215 ± 10 W/gFe observed in 52 nm size MNC at a frequency of 126 kHz and field of 63 kA/m suggest the potential use of these MNC in hyperthermia applications. This study further opens up the possibilities to develop metal ion-doped MNCs with tunable sizes suitable for various biomedical applications using microwave assisted synthesis.

  6. Nanostructuring thin Au films on transparent conductive oxide substrates

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    Ruffino, F., E-mail: francesco.ruffino@ct.infn.it [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Crupi, I. [Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Carria, E. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Kimiagar, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch, Forsat Shirazi St. North Eskanari St. Azadi Rd. No 136, 13185/768 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Simone, F.; Grimaldi, M.G. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy)

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► Thermal-induced morphology evolution of Au nanoclusters on ITO is studied. ► Laser irradiation-induced morphology evolution of thin Au film on ITO is studied. ► Au nanorings formation on ITO is presented. ► Au nanoclusters formation on ITO is presented. -- Abstract: Fabrication processes of Au nanostructures on indium-tin-oxide (ITO) surface by simple, versatile, and low-cost bottom-up methodologies are investigated in this work. A first methodology exploits the patterning effects induced by nanosecond laser irradiations on thin Au films deposited on ITO surface. We show that after the laser irradiations, the Au film break-up into nanoclusters whose mean size and surface density are tunable by the laser fluence. A second methodology exploits, instead, the patterning effects of standard furnace thermal processes on the Au film deposited on the ITO. We observe, in this case, a peculiar shape evolution from pre-formed nanoclusters during the Au deposition stage on the ITO, to holed nanostructures (i.e. nanorings), during the furnace annealing processes. The nanorings depth, height, width, and surface density are shown to be tunable by annealing temperature and time.

  7. Chiral ligand-protected gold nanoclusters: Considering the optical activity from a viewpoint of ligand dissymmetric field

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    Hiroshi Yao

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Chirality is a geometric property of a physical, chemical, or biological object, which is not superimposable on its mirror image. Its significant presence has led to a strong demand in the development of chiral drugs, sensors, catalysts, and photofunctional materials. In recent years, chirality of nanoscale organic/inorganic hybrids has received tremendous attention owing to potential applications in chiral nanotechnology. In particular, with the recent progress in the syntheses and characterizations of atomically precise gold nanoclusters protected by achiral thiolates, atomic level origins of their chirality have been unveiled. On the other hand, chirality or optical activity in metal nanoclusters can also be introduced via the surface chiral ligands, which should be universal for the nanosystems. This tutorial review presents some optically-active metal (gold nanoclusters protected by chiral thiolates or phosphines, and their chiroptical (or circular dichroism; CD properties are discussed mostly from a viewpoint of the ligand dissymmetric field scheme. The examples are the gold nanoclusters protected by (R-/(S-2-phenylpropane-1-thiol, (R-/(S-mercaptosuccinic acid, phenylboronate-D/L-fructose complexes, phosphine sulfonate-ephedrinium ion pairs, or glutathione. Some methodologies for versatile asymmetric transformation and chiroptical controls of the nanocluster compounds are also described. In the dissymmetric field model as the origin of optical activity, the chiroptical responses of the gold nanoclusters are strongly associated with coupled oscillator and/or CD stealing mechanisms based on the concept of induced CD (ICD derived from a perturbation theory, so on this basis, some characteristic features of the observed CD responses of chiral ligand-protected gold nanoclusters are presented in detail. We believe that various kinds of origins of chirality found in ligand-protected gold nanoclusters may provide models for understanding those of

  8. Chiral ligand-protected gold nanoclusters:Considering the optical activity from a viewpoint of ligand dissymmetric field

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    Hiroshi Yao

    2016-01-01

    Chirality is a geometric property of a physical, chemical, or biological object, which is not superimposable on its mirror image. Its significant presence has led to a strong demand in the development of chiral drugs, sensors, catalysts, and photofunctional materials. In recent years, chirality of nanoscale organic/inorganic hybrids has received tremendous attention owing to potential applications in chiral nanotechnology. In particular, with the recent progress in the syntheses and characterizations of atomically precise gold nanoclusters protected by achiral thiolates, atomic level origins of their chirality have been unveiled. On the other hand, chirality or optical activity in metal nanoclusters can also be introduced via the surface chiral ligands, which should be universal for the nanosystems. This tutorial review presents some optically-active metal (gold) nanoclusters protected by chiral thiolates or phosphines, and their chiroptical (or circular dichroism; CD) properties are discussed mostly from a viewpoint of the ligand dissymmetric field scheme. The examples are the gold nanoclusters protected by (R)-/(S)-2-phenylpropane-1-thiol, (R)-/(S)-mercaptosuccinic acid, phenylboronate-D/L-fructose complexes, phosphine sulfonate-ephedrinium ion pairs, or glutathione. Some methodologies for versatile asymmetric transformation and chiroptical controls of the nanocluster compounds are also described. In the dissymmetric field model as the origin of optical activity, the chiroptical responses of the gold nanoclusters are strongly associated with coupled oscillator and/or CD stealing mechanisms based on the concept of induced CD (ICD) derived from a perturbation theory, so on this basis, some characteristic features of the observed CD responses of chiral ligand-protected gold nanoclusters are presented in detail. We believe that various kinds of origins of chirality found in ligand-protected gold nanoclusters may provide models for understanding those of many related

  9. IMS-MS and IMS-IMS investigation of the structure and stability of dimethylamine-sulfuric acid nanoclusters.

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    Ouyang, Hui; He, Siqin; Larriba-Andaluz, Carlos; Hogan, Christopher J

    2015-03-12

    Recent studies of new particle formation events in the atmosphere suggest that nanoclusters (i.e, the species formed during the early stages of particle growth which are composed of 10(1)-10(3) molecules) may consist of amines and sulfuric acid. The physicochemical properties of sub-10 nm amine-sulfuric acid clusters are hence of interest. In this work, we measure the density, thermostability, and extent of water uptake of dimethylamine-sulfuric (DMAS) nanoclusters in the gas phase, produced via positive electrospray ionization. Specifically, we employ three systems to investigate DMAS properties: ion mobility spectrometry (IMS, with a parallel-plate differential mobility analyzer) is coupled with mass spectrometry to measure masses and collision cross sections for dimethylamine to sulfuric acid originally present in the electrospray solution. IMS-IMS thermostability studies reveal that partial pressures of DMAS nanoclusters are dependent upon the electrospray solution concentration ratio, R = [H2SO4]/[(CH3)2NH]. Extrapolating measurements, we estimate that dry DMAS nanoclusters have surface vapor pressures of order 10(-4) Pa near 300 K, with the surface vapor pressure increasing with increasing values of R through most of the probed concentration range. This suggests that nanocluster surface vapor pressures are substantially enhanced by capillarity effects (the Kelvin effect). Meanwhile, IMS-IMS water uptake measurements show clearly that DMAS nanoclusters uptake water at relative humidities beyond 10% near 300 K, and that larger clusters uptake water to a larger extent. In total, our results suggest that dry DMAS nanoclusters (in the 5-8.5 nm size range in diameter) would not be stable under ambient conditions; however, DMAS nanoclusters would likely be hydrated in the ambient (in some cases above 20% water by mass), which could serve to reduce surface vapor pressures and stabilize them from dissociation.

  10. Inter-cluster distance dependence of electrical conduction in nanocluster assembled films of silver: a new paradigm for design of nanostructures

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    Bansal, Chandrahas; Praveen, S. G.; Kumaran, J. T. T.; Chatterjee, Ashok

    2015-01-01

    The transport properties of films assembled from metal nanoclusters can be significantly different from the metals in their bulk or thin film forms due to quantum confinement effects and several competing energy and length scales. For a film composed of metal nanoclusters as its building blocks, the cluster size and the inter-cluster separation are parameters that can be varied experimentally. Here we show that the electrical conductivity of a film composed of silver nanoclusters can be chang...

  11. IR seeker simulator and IR scene generation to evaluate IR decoy effectiveness; 2005BU1-EO

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    Jong, W. de; Dam, F.A.M.; Kunz, G.J.; Schleijpen, H.M.A.

    2005-01-01

    IR decoys can be an effective countermeasure against IR guided anti ship missiles. However, it's not so easy to determine how the decoys should be deployed to get maximum effectiveness. A limitation of trials is that results are obtained for the specific trial condition only. Software tools have bee

  12. NO Reactions Over Ir-Based Catalysts in the Presence of O2

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    Mingxin Guo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The behaviour of a series of Ir-based catalysts supported on SiO2, ZSM-5 and γ-Al2O3 with various Ir loadings prepared by impregnation method was conducted by temperature programmed reaction (TPR technique. The result implies that NO is oxidized to NO2 while simultaneously being reduced to N2 or N2O in the NO reactions over iridium catalysts. The surface active phase over iridium catalysts that promote the NO reactions is IrO2. The catalytic activity increases with the increase of the Ir loading and support materials have a little effect on the catalytic activity. When the loading is less than 0.1%, the catalytic activity was found to be dependent on the nature of support materials and in order: Ir/ZSM-5>Ir/γ-Al2O3>Ir/SiO2. When the loading is higher than 0.1%, the catalytic activity for NO oxidation is in order: Ir/ZSM-5>Ir/SiO2>Ir/γ -Al2O3, which is correlated with Ir dispersion on the surface of support materials and the catalytic activity for NO reduction is in sequence: Ir/γ -Al2O3>Ir/SiO2>Ir/ZSM-5, which is attributed to the adsorbed-dissociation of NO2. Compared to Pt/γ-Al2O3, Ir/γ-Al2O3 catalyst is more benefit for the NO reduction.

  13. Picosecond nonlinear optical properties of cuprous oxide with different nano-morphologies

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    P Harshavardhan Reddy; H Sekhar; D Narayana Rao

    2014-02-01

    Cuprous oxide nanoclusters, microcubes and microparticles were successfully synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method. Phase purity and crystallinity of the samples were studied by using X-ray powder diffraction. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images show different morphologies like nanoclusters, microcubes and microparticles. For linear and nonlinear optical measurements, the as-synthesized Cu2O with different morphologies were dispersed in isopropanol solution. The absorption spectrum recorded in the visible regions shows peaks that depend on the morphology of the particles and the peak shifts towards red region as one goes from nanoclusters to microparticles. Simple open-aperture Z-scan technique is used to measure nonlinear optical properties of cuprous oxide at 532 nm, 30 ps excitation at 10 Hz repetition rate. Cuprous oxide nanoclusters show reverse saturable absorption (RSA) behaviour, the microcubes and microparticles at a similar concentration exhibit saturable absorption (SA) type of behaviour at lower peak intensities and exhibit RSA within SA at higher peak intensities. The results show that the transition from SA to RSA can be ascribed to the two-photon absorption (TPA) process.

  14. Optical constants of infrared (IR) materials in the IR region

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    Nagendra, C. L.; Thutupalli, G. K. M.

    1992-01-01

    Optical constants, i.e., refractive index 'n' and absorption index 'k' of the IR materials, Ge, ThF4, CdTe and CdSe have been determined, through spectrophotometric method, in the IR region from 2.5 to 15 microns. It is seen that all these films are transparent in the IR region, and the optical constants of the films deposited at elevated temperatures (T = 200 C) are unaffected, even after subjecting to severe environs such as humidity and thermal shock/cycling. Making use of Ge/ThF4 and CdTe/CdSe coating combinations, IR antireflection coatings (ARCs) which can find applications in space-borne electrooptical systems have been successfully designed and developed. The resulting ARCs have not only efficient optical properties, low reflection loss and high transmission, but are also durable against adverse environments.

  15. Improving Performance of InGaN/GaN Light-Emitting Diodes and GaAs Solar Cells Using Luminescent Gold Nanoclusters

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    M. D. Yang

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available We studied the optoelectronic properties of the InGaN/GaN multiple-quantum-well light emitting diodes (LEDs and single-junction GaAs solar cells by introducing the luminescent Au nanoclusters. The electroluminescence intensity for InGaN/GaN LEDs increases after incorporation of the luminescent Au nanoclusters. An increase of 15.4% in energy conversion efficiency is obtained for the GaAs solar cells in which the luminescent Au nanoclusters have been incorporated. We suggest that the increased light coupling due to radiative scattering from nanoclusters is responsible for improving the performance of the LEDs and solar cells.

  16. Antibacterial silver nanocluster/silica composite coatings on stainless steel

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    Ferraris, M.; Perero, S.; Ferraris, S.; Miola, M.; Vernè, E.; Skoglund, S.; Blomberg, E.; Odnevall Wallinder, I.

    2017-02-01

    A coating made of silver nanocluster/silica composites has been deposited, via a radio frequency (RF) co-sputtering technique, for the first time onto stainless steel (AISI 304L) with the aim to improve its antibacterial properties. Different thermal treatments after coating deposition have been applied in order to optimize the coating adhesion, cohesion and its antibacterial properties. Its applicability has been investigated at realistic conditions in a cheese production plant. The physico-chemical characteristics of the coatings have been analyzed by means of different bulk and surface analytical techniques. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle measurements and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were employed to assess coating morphology, composition, surface roughness, wetting properties, size and local distribution of the nanoparticles within the coating. Tape tests were used to determine the adhesion/cohesion properties of the coating. The amount and time-dependence of released silver in solutions of acetic acid, artificial water, artificial tap water and artificial milk were determined by means of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS). The antibacterial effect of the coating was evaluated at different experimental conditions using a standard bacterial strain of Staphylococcus aureus in compliance with National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) and AATCC 147 standards. The Ahearn test was performed to measure the adhesion of bacteria to the coated stainless steel surface compared with a control surface. The antibacterial coating retained its antibacterial activity after thermal treatment up to 450 °C and after soaking in common cleaning products for stainless steel surfaces used for e.g. food applications. The antibacterial capacity of the coating remained at high levels for 1-5 days, and showed a good capacity to reduce the adhesion of bacteria up to 30 days. Only a few

  17. Advanced IR imaging seeker program

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    Aguiera, R. A.

    1980-05-01

    An advanced IR Imaging Seeker System was developed which is compatible with the Hellfire Missile System mission. A technical overview of this program and current status is presented. The IR imaging seeker was tested during late 1979 and early 1980. This seeker utilizes a 1024 element InAsSb/silicon hybrid focal plane array (FPA) operating at 77 degrees K and IR-sensitive in the 2.4-4.0 micrometer wavelength region. A multimode tracker provides improved tracking capability for operation against targets in a high clutter background.

  18. PVP/Pd/IrO2/Nafion修饰微电极用于成纤维细胞中一氧化氮释放的研究%Direct Monitoring of Nitric Oxide Release from Fibrocytes with PVP/Pd/IrO2/Nafion Chemically Modified Microelectrode

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    鲜跃仲; 徐继明; 陆嘉星; 刘梅川; 蔡琪; 金利通

    2002-01-01

    采用PVP/Pd/IrO2/Nafion修饰电极对成纤维细胞中NO的释放情况进行了研究.结果表明,在正常状态下,采用NO前体L-精氨酸和乙酰胆碱对成纤维细胞进行刺激后没有NO的释放;当用脂多糖进行诱导后,则释放出高浓度的NO,加入L-精氨酸和乙酰胆碱都促进了NO的合成,而L-NNA的加入则逆转了L-精氨酸和乙酰胆碱的作用.

  19. Water clustering on nanostructured iron oxide films

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    Merte, Lindsay Richard; Bechstein, Ralf; Peng, G.;

    2014-01-01

    , but it is not well-understood how these hydroxyl groups and their distribution on a surface affect the molecular-scale structure at the interface. Here we report a study of water clustering on a moire-structured iron oxide thin film with a controlled density of hydroxyl groups. While large amorphous monolayer...... islands form on the bare film, the hydroxylated iron oxide film acts as a hydrophilic nanotemplate, causing the formation of a regular array of ice-like hexameric nanoclusters. The formation of this ordered phase is localized at the nanometre scale; with increasing water coverage, ordered and amorphous...

  20. Results of IR working group

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    Ritson, D. [Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA (United States)]|[Superconducting Super Collider Lab., Dallas, TX (United States)

    1992-03-01

    The IP luminosity at the Eloisatron will direct very large fluxes of hadronic debris into the IR quads. For instance at 1.10{sup 35} cm{sup 2}/sec the flux corresponds to 180 kilowatts. Already at the SSC fluxes in the neighborhood of 2 kilowatts are expected to require special handling. Scaling from SSC design experience we propose a configuration for the first IR quads at the Eloisatron capable of handling the heat load and radiation problems.

  1. Gold nanocluster sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays for visible-light driven photoelectrocatalytic removal of antibiotic tetracycline

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    Liu, Yanbiao; Yao, Qiaofeng; Wu, Xuejun; Chen, Tiankai; Ma, Ying; Ong, Choon Nam; Xie, Jianping

    2016-05-01

    It is of technical interest to develop low-cost, high-quality and scalable photosensitizers that could efficiently harvest visible light. Here we design an efficient photoelectrocatalyst by integrating a recently developed gold nanocluster (AuNC, as a photosensitizer) into two types of highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs, as substrates to host the photosensitizers). The TNA electrodes used in this study are a short TNA (~0.5 µm in length, synthesized by the anodic oxidation in an aqueous hydrofluoric (HF) acid solution) and a long TNA (~4.5 µm in length, synthesized by the anodic oxidation in a fluorinated ethylene glycol (EG) solution). A number of characterization techniques (e.g., FESEM, XRD and XPS) were applied to study the as-synthesized nanocomposites. In particular, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photochemical measurements suggest that the AuNC-coated TNA electrodes have successfully extended visible light absorption and improved their photochemical performance. Compared with the blank TNAs, the as-designed nanocomposites exhibit an evidently enhanced photoelectrocatalytic performance towards tetracycline (an emerging antibiotic contaminant in aquatic environment) decomposition, where the removal efficiency increases from 65% to 81% for AuNC/long-TNA and from 46% to 73% for AuNC/short-TNA electrodes, respectively. The improved performance is largely attributed to the photo-electro-chemical synergetic effect. The photochemical performance of the as-designed nanocomposites could be further improved by fine tuning the size, composition, and surface of the AuNC-based photosensitizers.It is of technical interest to develop low-cost, high-quality and scalable photosensitizers that could efficiently harvest visible light. Here we design an efficient photoelectrocatalyst by integrating a recently developed gold nanocluster (AuNC, as a photosensitizer) into two types of highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs, as substrates to host the

  2. Redox Activity of Oxo-Bridged Iridium Dimers in an N,O-Donor Environment: Characterization of Remarkably Stable Ir(IV,V) Complexes.

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    Sinha, Shashi Bhushan; Shopov, Dimitar Y; Sharninghausen, Liam S; Stein, Christopher J; Mercado, Brandon Q; Balcells, David; Pedersen, Thomas Bondo; Reiher, Markus; Brudvig, Gary W; Crabtree, Robert H

    2017-07-19

    Chemical and electrochemical oxidation or reduction of our recently reported Ir(IV,IV) mono-μ-oxo dimers results in the formation of fully characterized Ir(IV,V) and Ir(III,III) complexes. The Ir(IV,V) dimers are unprecedented and exhibit remarkable stability under ambient conditions. This stability and modest reduction potential of 0.99 V vs NHE is in part attributed to complete charge delocalization across both Ir centers. Trends in crystallographic bond lengths and angles shed light on the structural changes accompanying oxidation and reduction. The similarity of these mono-μ-oxo dimers to our Ir "blue solution" water-oxidation catalyst gives insight into potential reactive intermediates of this structurally elusive catalyst. Additionally, a highly reactive material, proposed to be a Ir(V,V) μ-oxo species, is formed on electrochemical oxidation of the Ir(IV,V) complex in organic solvents at 1.9 V vs NHE. Spectroelectrochemistry shows reversible conversion between the Ir(IV,V) and proposed Ir(V,V) species without any degradation, highlighting the exceptional oxidation resistance of the 2-(2-pyridinyl)-2-propanolate (pyalk) ligand and robustness of these dimers. The Ir(III,III), Ir(IV,IV) and Ir(IV,V) redox states have been computationally studied both with DFT and multiconfigurational calculations. The calculations support the stability of these complexes and provide further insight into their electronic structures.

  3. Syntheses, Structures, and Electrochemistry of the Defective ccp [Pt33(CO)38](2-) and the bcc [Pt40(CO)40](6-) Molecular Nanoclusters.

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    Cattabriga, Enrico; Ciabatti, Iacopo; Femoni, Cristina; Funaioli, Tiziana; Iapalucci, Maria Carmela; Zacchini, Stefano

    2016-06-20

    The molecular [Pt33(CO)38](2-) nanocluster was obtained from the thermal decomposition of Na2[Pt15(CO)30] in methanol. The reaction of [Pt19(CO)22](4-) with acids (1-2 equiv) affords the unstable [Pt19(CO)22](3-) trianion, which evolves with time leading eventually to the [Pt40(CO)40](6-) hexa-anion. The total structures of both nanoclusters were determined via single-crystal X-ray diffraction. [Pt33(CO)38](2-) displays a defective ccp Pt33 core and shows that localized deformations occur in correspondence of atomic defects to "repair" them. In contrast, [Pt40(CO)40](6-) shows a bcc Pt40 core and represents the largest Pt cluster with a body-centered structure. The rich electrochemistry of the two high-nuclearity platinum carbonyl clusters was studied by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical in situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The redox changes of [Pt33(CO)38](2-) show features of chemical reversibility and electrochemical quasi-reversibility, and the vibrational spectra in the CO stretching region of the nine redox forms of the cluster [Pt33(CO)38](n) (n = 0 to -4, -6 to -9) are reported. Almost all the redox processes exhibited by [Pt40(CO)40](6-) are chemically and electrochemically reversible, and the eight oxidation states of [Pt40(CO)40] from -4 to -11 were spectroscopically characterized. The effect of the more regular bcc Pt-carbonyl cluster structure of [Pt40(CO)40](6-) with respect to that of the defective ccp Pt33 core on the redox behavior is discussed.

  4. Argon Nanoclusters with Fivefold Symmetry in Supersonic Gas Jets and Superfluid Helium

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    Danylchenko, O. G.; Boltnev, R. E.; Khmelenko, V. V.; Kiryukhin, V.; Konotop, O. P.; Lee, D. M.; Krainyukova, N. V.

    2017-04-01

    In this study argon nanoclusters (800 to ˜ 6500 atoms) formed in supersonic gas jets are compared to the nanoclusters stabilized in superfluid helium. High-energy electron and X-ray diffraction methods are utilized. Both techniques allow investigation of isolated clusters. It is shown that the theoretical prediction of the so-called multiply twinned particles with fivefold symmetry, such as icosahedra (ico) and decahedra (dec) is valid in the investigated cluster size interval. Around the point of the expected ico-to-dec size-dependent transformation at a cluster size of ˜ 2000 atoms, hexagonal ico and the statistical distribution of structures with a tendency for dec to replace ico are observed. Kinetic reasons, as well as temperature-related effects, could be responsible for the latter observations.

  5. Purine-stabilized green fluorescent gold nanoclusters for cell nuclei imaging applications.

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    Venkatesh, V; Shukla, Akansha; Sivakumar, Sri; Verma, Sandeep

    2014-02-12

    We report facile one-pot synthesis of water-soluble green fluorescent gold nanoclusters (AuNCs), capped with 8-mercapto-9-propyladenine. The synthesized AuNCs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), (1)H NMR, and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry. These nanoclusters show high photostability and biocompatibility. We observed that AuNCs stain cell nuclei with high specificity, where the mechanism of AuNC uptake was established through pathway-specific uptake inhibitors. These studies revealed that cell internalization of AuNCs occurs via a macropinocytosis pathway.

  6. Mechanism of the formation of metal nanoclusters during pulsed laser deposition

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    Pushkin, M.A. [Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, 31 Kashirskoe chausse, 115409 Moscow (Russian Federation); Lebid' ko, V.V. [Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, 31 Kashirskoe chausse, 115409 Moscow (Russian Federation); Borman, V.D. [Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, 31 Kashirskoe chausse, 115409 Moscow (Russian Federation); Tronin, V.N. [Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, 31 Kashirskoe chausse, 115409 Moscow (Russian Federation); Troyan, V.I. [Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, 31 Kashirskoe chausse, 115409 Moscow (Russian Federation); Smurov, I. [Ecole Nationale d' Ingenieurs de Saint Etienne, 58 rue Jean Parot, 42023 St-Etienne (France)]. E-mail: smurov@enise.fr

    2006-04-30

    The geometrical structure of Au, Ni, Co and Cr nanoclusters self-assembled on NaCl and HOPG surfaces under pulsed laser deposition (PLD) has been experimentally investigated. The PLD technique is characterized by an extremely high instantaneous deposition rate. Unlike for the thermal evaporation (TE) process, formation of fractal nanoclusters under PLD conditions has been observed with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The driving mechanism for this phenomenon occurring at high deposition rate is thought to be the evolution of the initial interacting-adatom states in a system far from thermodynamic equilibrium. The obtained results can be explained by proposing a new mechanism of condensed phase formation under the conditions of strong deviation from thermodynamic equilibrium.

  7. Magnetic properties of transition-metal nanoclusters on a biological substrate

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    Herrmannsdoeerfer, T. [Institut Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden (HLD), Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany)]. E-mail: T.Herrmannsdoerfer@fz-rossendorf.de; Bianchi, A.D. [Institut Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden (HLD), Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Papageorgiou, T.P. [Institut Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden (HLD), Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Pobell, F. [Institut Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden (HLD), Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Wosnitza, J. [Institut Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden (HLD), Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Pollmann, K. [Institut fuer Radiochemie, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Merroun, M. [Institut fuer Radiochemie, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Raff, J. [Institut fuer Radiochemie, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Selenska-Pobell, S. [Institut fuer Radiochemie, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany)

    2007-03-15

    We have investigated the magnetic properties of transition-metal clusters with a single grain size of about 1 nm. These metallic nanoclusters have been deposed on a biological substrate. This substrate is a purified self-assembling paracrystalline surface layer (S-layer) of the Bacillus sphaericus strain JG-A12, which exhibits square symmetry and is composed of identical protein monomers. First data of the magnetic susceptibility, taken in a SQUID magnetometer at 0nanoclusters is dramatically reduced compared to the one of the corresponding bulk transition metals. The weakened magnetism of the 5d electrons is considered to play a crucial role for the occurrence of superconductivity in microgranular Pt by adjusting the balance between electron-phonon interactions and competing magnetic interactions.

  8. Plasmon transmutation: inducing new modes in nanoclusters by adding dielectric nanoparticles.

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    Wen, Fangfang; Ye, Jian; Liu, Na; Van Dorpe, Pol; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J

    2012-09-12

    Planar clusters of coupled plasmonic nanoparticles support nanoscale electromagnetic "hot spots" and coherent effects, such as Fano resonances, with unique near and far field signatures, currently of prime interest for sensing applications. Here we show that plasmonic cluster properties can be substantially modified by the addition of individual, discrete dielectric nanoparticles at specific locations on the cluster, introducing new plasmon modes, or transmuting existing plasmon modes to new ones, in the resulting metallodielectric nanocomplex. Depositing a single carbon nanoparticle in the junction between a pair of adjacent nanodisks induces a metal-dielectric-metal quadrupolar plasmon mode. In a ten-membered cluster, placement of several carbon nanoparticles in junctions between multiple adjacent nanoparticles introduces a collective magnetic plasmon mode into the Fano dip, giving rise to an additional subradiant mode in the metallodielectric nanocluster response. These examples illustrate that adding dielectric nanoparticles to metallic nanoclusters expands the number and types of plasmon modes supported by these new mixed-media nanoscale assemblies.

  9. Silver nanocluster/silica composite coatings obtained by sputtering for antibacterial applications

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    Ferraris, M.; Balagna, C.; Perero, S.; Miola, M.; Ferraris, S.; Baino, F.; Battiato, A.; Manfredotti, C.; Vittone, E.; Vernè, E.

    2012-09-01

    Silver nanocluster silica composite coatings were deposited by radio frequency co-sputtering technique on several substrates. This versatile method allows tailoring of silver content and antibacterial behaviour of coatings deposited on glasses, ceramics, metals and polymers for several applications. Coating morphology and composition as well as nanocluster size were analyzed by means of UV-Visible absorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), electron dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The antibacterial effect was verified through the inhibition halo test against standard bacterial strain, Staphylococcus aureus, before and after sterilization process. Tape test demonstrated a good adhesion of the coatings to the substrates.

  10. Observation of gold sub-nanocluster nucleation within a crystalline protein cage

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    Maity, Basudev; Abe, Satoshi; Ueno, Takafumi

    2017-03-01

    Protein scaffolds provide unique metal coordination environments that promote biomineralization processes. It is expected that protein scaffolds can be developed to prepare inorganic nanomaterials with important biomedical and material applications. Despite many promising applications, it remains challenging to elucidate the detailed mechanisms of formation of metal nanoparticles in protein environments. In the present work, we describe a crystalline protein cage constructed by crosslinking treatment of a single crystal of apo-ferritin for structural characterization of the formation of sub-nanocluster with reduction reaction. The crystal structure analysis shows the gradual movement of the Au ions towards the centre of the three-fold symmetric channels of the protein cage to form a sub-nanocluster with accompanying significant conformational changes of the amino-acid residues bound to Au ions during the process. These results contribute to our understanding of metal core formation as well as interactions of the metal core with the protein environment.

  11. Preparation and characterization of Ni/Co bimetallic nano-clusters

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    Jinzhang Gao; Fei Guan; Yongjun Ma; Jingwan Kang

    2003-01-01

    Ni/Co bimetallic nano-cluters have been prepared from the aqueous solution by reducing their corresponding metal salts under suitable conditions. The experimental conditions including the type and concentration of protective agent, feeding order and the pH of the solution that influence the average particle size have been studied in detail. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)indicates that the shape of those bimetallic nano-cluster particles is spheroid. The alloy structure has been shown by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) data have confirmed that the nickel and cobalt in the bimetallic nano-clusters are in the zero-valence state.

  12. Formation of aligned CrN nanoclusters in Cr-delta-doped GaN

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    Zhou, Y K; Kimura, S; Emura, S; Hasegawa, S; Asahi, H [Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan)], E-mail: zhou21@sanken.osaka-u.ac.jp

    2009-02-11

    Cr-delta-doped GaN layers were grown by radio-frequency plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy on GaN template substrates. Cr flux was supplied without nitrogen flow during Cr-delta-doping. Cr incorporation into a narrow thin layer region was confirmed with the depth profile measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry. Structural properties and Cr atom alignments were studied with transmission electron microscopy. It was found that Cr-delta-doped GaN layers were coherently grown with Cr or CrGa nanoclusters in the delta-doped region for low temperature growth (350, 500 deg. C). It was also found that aligned CrN nanoclusters (approximately 5 nm vertical thickness) with NaCl-type structure were formed in the delta-doped region for the growth at 700 deg. C.

  13. Absorption Spectra of CuGaSe 2 and CuInSe 2 Semiconducting Nanoclusters

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    Mokkath, Junais Habeeb

    2015-10-01

    The structural and optical properties of the chalcopyrite CunGanSe2n and CunInnSe2n nanoclusters (n = 2, 4, 6, and 8) are investigated as a function of the size using a combination of basin-hopping global optimization and time-dependent density functional theory. Although the lowest energy structures are found to show almost random geometries, the band gaps and absorption spectra still are subject to systematic blue shifts for decreasing cluster size in the case of CunGanSe2n, indicating strong electron confinement. The applicability of the nanoclusters in photovoltaics is discussed. © 2015 American Chemical Society.

  14. Surface induced magnetization reversal of MnP nanoclusters embedded in GaP

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    Lacroix, Christian; Lambert-Milot, Samuel; Desjardins, Patrick; Masut, Remo A.; Ménard, David

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the quasi-static magnetic behavior of ensembles of ferromagnetic nanoparticles consisting of MnP nanoclusters embedded in GaP(001) epilayers grown at 600, 650, and 700 °C. We use a phenomenological model, in which surface effects are included, to reproduce the experimental hysteresis curves measured as a function of temperature (120-260 K) and direction of the applied field. The slope of the hysteresis curve during magnetization reversal is determined by the MnP nanoclusters size distribution, which is a function of the growth temperature. Our results show that the coercive field is very sensitive to the strength of the surface anisotropy, which reduces the energy barrier between the two states of opposite magnetization. Notably, this reduction in the energy barrier increases by a factor of 3 as the sample temperature is lowered from 260 to 120 K.

  15. Observation of gold sub-nanocluster nucleation within a crystalline protein cage

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    Maity, Basudev; Abe, Satoshi; Ueno, Takafumi

    2017-01-01

    Protein scaffolds provide unique metal coordination environments that promote biomineralization processes. It is expected that protein scaffolds can be developed to prepare inorganic nanomaterials with important biomedical and material applications. Despite many promising applications, it remains challenging to elucidate the detailed mechanisms of formation of metal nanoparticles in protein environments. In the present work, we describe a crystalline protein cage constructed by crosslinking treatment of a single crystal of apo-ferritin for structural characterization of the formation of sub-nanocluster with reduction reaction. The crystal structure analysis shows the gradual movement of the Au ions towards the centre of the three-fold symmetric channels of the protein cage to form a sub-nanocluster with accompanying significant conformational changes of the amino-acid residues bound to Au ions during the process. These results contribute to our understanding of metal core formation as well as interactions of the metal core with the protein environment. PMID:28300064

  16. Poly thymine stabilized copper nanoclusters as a fluorescence probe for melamine sensing.

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    Zhu, Hong-Wei; Dai, Wen-Xia; Yu, Xiao-Dong; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2015-11-01

    In this work, poly-thymine stabilized copper nanoclusters have been used as a fluorescence probe for melamine sensing for the first time. Melamine can bind to thymine through hydrogen bond, which could dramatically enhance the fluorescence intensity of poly-thymine stabilized copper nanoclusters. The enhancement factors (I-I0)/I0 increase linearly with the lgCmelamine over the melamine concentration range of 0.1 µM to 6 µM. The detection limit of melamine is 95 nM, which is 200 times lower than the US Food and Drug Administration estimate melamine safety limit 20 µM. Melamine in milk was detected with good recovery, which suggested that this novel fluorescence probe has great potential in practical application.

  17. Papain-directed synthesis of luminescent gold nanoclusters and the sensitive detection of Cu2+.

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    Chen, Yang; Wang, Yan; Wang, Chuanxi; Li, Wenying; Zhou, Huipeng; Jiao, Huping; Lin, Quan; Yu, Cong

    2013-04-15

    Highly fluorescent papain stabilized gold nanoclusters (NCs) have been synthesized through a simple wet chemical route. Papain was used for the first time as an effective capping and reducing agent for these clusters. The optimal conditions for the synthesis of the gold nanoclusters, including the concentrations of papain and NaOH, reaction time and temperature, were investigated. The as-prepared Au clusters show intense red emission at ∼660nm (QY ∼4.3%) and are uniform in size. The clusters are quite stable and the intense red emission remained unchanged at a buffer pH range of 6-12. The fluorescent Au NCs were then used as a label-free probe for the sensitive detection of Cu(2+). A limit of detection of 3nM was obtained. The sensing strategy is also highly selective against the various potential interference ions.

  18. Synthesis, characterization, and growth simulations of Cu–Pt bimetallic nanoclusters

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Highly monodispersed Cu–Pt bimetallic nanoclusters were synthesized by a facile synthesis approach. Analysis of transmission electron microscopy (TEM and spherical aberration (Cs-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM images shows that the average diameter of the Cu–Pt nanoclusters is 3.0 ± 1.0 nm. The high angle annular dark field (HAADF-STEM images, intensity profiles, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX line scans, allowed us to study the distribution of Cu and Pt with atomistic resolution, finding that Pt is embedded randomly in the Cu lattice. A novel simulation method is applied to study the growth mechanism, which shows the formation of alloy structures in good agreement with the experimental evidence. The findings give insight into the formation mechanism of the nanosized Cu–Pt bimetallic catalysts.

  19. Effect of annealing temperature on optical properties of binary zinc tin oxide nano-composite prepared by sol-gel route using simple precursors: structural and optical studies by DRS, FT-IR, XRD, FESEM investigations.

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    Habibi, Mohammad Hossein; Mardani, Maryam

    2015-02-25

    Binary zinc tin oxide nano-composite was synthesized by a facile sol-gel method using simple precursors from the solutions consisting of zinc acetate, tin(IV) chloride and ethanol. Effect of annealing temperature on optical and structural properties was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). XRD results revealed the existence of the ZnO and SnO2 phases. FESEM results showed that binary zinc tin oxide nano-composites ranges from 56 to 60 nm in diameter at 400°C and 500°C annealing temperatures respectively. The optical band gap was increased from 2.72 eV to 3.11 eV with the increasing of the annealing temperature. FTIR results confirmed the presence of zinc oxide and tin oxide and the broad absorption peaks at 3426 and 1602 cm(-1) can be ascribed to the vibration of absorptive water, and the absorption peaks at 546, 1038 and 1410 cm(-1) are due to the vibration of Zn-O or Sn-O groups in binary zinc tin oxide.

  20. On the Evolution from Non-Plasmonic Metal Nanoclusters to Plasmonic Nanocrystals

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    2014-09-24

    OF PAGES 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT b. ABSTRACT c. THIS PAGE 19b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (include area code ) Standard...structures as well as for thiol binding on extended gold surfaces in self-assembled-monolayer (SAM) systems. Figure 1. Total structure of Au36( SPh ...thiolate ligands (Fig. 2). Remarkably, the Au133(SR)52 nanocluster (where, R = SPh -p-But) exhibits aesthetic orderings in structure from the gold kernel

  1. Light-Emitting Diodes: Phosphorescent Nanocluster Light-Emitting Diodes (Adv. Mater. 2/2016).

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    Kuttipillai, Padmanaban S; Zhao, Yimu; Traverse, Christopher J; Staples, Richard J; Levine, Benjamin G; Lunt, Richard R

    2016-01-13

    On page 320, R. R. Lunt and co-workers demonstrate electroluminescence from earth-abundant phosphorescent metal halide nanoclusters. These inorganic emitters, which exhibit rich photophysics combined with a high phosphorescence quantum yield, are employed in red and near-infrared light-emitting diodes, providing a new platform of phosphorescent emitters for low-cost and high-performance light-emission applications.

  2. Molecular dynamics simulation study of the melting of Pd-Pt nanoclusters

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    Sankaranarayanan, Subramanian K. R. S.; Bhethanabotla, Venkat R.; Joseph, Babu

    2005-05-01

    Bimetallic nanoclusters are of interest because of their utility in catalysis and sensors. The thermal characteristics of bimetallic Pt-Pd nanoclusters of different sizes and compositions were investigated through molecular dynamics simulations using quantum Sutton-Chen (QSC) many-body potentials. Monte Carlo simulations employing the bond order simulation model were used to generate minimum energy configurations, which were utilized as the starting point for molecular dynamics simulations. The calculated initial configurations of the Pt-Pd system consisted of surface segregated Pd atoms and a Pt-rich core. Melting characteristics were studied by following the changes in potential energy and heat capacity as functions of temperature. Structural changes accompanying the thermal evolution were studied by the bond order parameter method. The Pt-Pd clusters exhibited a two-stage melting: surface melting of the external Pd atoms followed by homogeneous melting of the Pt core. These transitions were found to depend on the composition and size of the nanocluster. Melting temperatures of the nanoclusters were found to be much lower than those of bulk Pt and Pd. Bulk melting temperatures of Pd and Pt simulated using periodic boundary conditions compare well with experimental values, thus providing justification for the use of QSC potentials in these simulations. Deformation parameters were calculated to characterize the structural evolution resulting from diffusion of Pd and Pt atoms. The results indicate that in Pd-Pt clusters, Pd atoms prefer to remain at the surface even after melting. In addition, Pt also tends to diffuse to the surface after melting due to reduction of its surface energy with temperature. This mixing pattern is different from those reported in some of the earlier studies on melting of bimetallics.

  3. Physical characteristics and optical properties of PbS nanoclusters: DFT simulation and experimental study

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    Dong, Yanhua; Wen, Jianxiang; Sun, Xiaolan; Shang, Yana; Wang, Tingyun

    2015-08-01

    The physical characteristics and optical properties of PbS nanoclusters are investigated by using density functional theory (DFT) of first-principles. Microstructure models of (PbS)n (n=1-9) nanoclusters and bulk materials are built on Materials Studio platform, and its energy band structures, highest occupied molecular orbital-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital gap (HOMO-LUMO gap), density of state (DOS), and optical properties are calculated, respectively. Compared to PbS bulk materials, PbS nanoclusters show a discrete energy gap as well as the DOS, because of the quantum confinement effect. It is interesting that the HOMO-LUMO gap of (PbS)n (n=1-9) shows oscillates with the increasing of the n number. However, when its size is large enough, the HOMO-LUMO gap is gradually decrease with the increasing of size (>27 atoms). And, the HOMO-LUMO gap of PbS nanoclusters of different sizes is range from 2.575 to 0.58 eV, which covers the low loss communication band of optical communication. In addition, PbS nanomaterials (NMs) with small size are synthesized by using oleylamine as ligands. Sizes of PbS NMs can be accurately controlled through control of the reaction time as well as the growth temperature. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra show strong size dependence, which is large red shift with increasing size of the NMs. This trend is basically in agreement with the theoretical calculation above. Moreover, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) further reveals the morphology of PbS NMs. PbS NMs can be used in optical fiber amplifiers and fiber lasers because of its unique optical properties in optical communication bands.

  4. Simulation of Structure and Energies of NinAlm Nanoclusters (n + m = 13) by Molecular Dynamics

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    Rojas T., Justo; Departamento de Física, Instituto Peruano de Energía Nuclear. Lima, Perú Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Lima, Perú; Rojas A., Chachi; Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Lima, Perú; Arroyo C., Juan; Facultad de Química e Ingeniería Química, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Lima, Perú

    2014-01-01

    By simulation with the Molecular Dynamics method and the thermal temper technique, the more stablegeometric structures and their respective energy were determined in the Nin Alm (n + m = 13)nanoclusters. The atomic interaction in the cluster was modelized with the Embeded Atom Method (EAM)(the Voter & Chen version). The most stable geometric structures of the cluster and their minimal energywere obtained from 200 generating spatial coordinates along the high energy path. The initial inter...

  5. Green synthesis of peptide-templated fluorescent copper nanoclusters for temperature sensing and cellular imaging.

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    Huang, Hong; Li, Hua; Wang, Ai-Jun; Zhong, Shu-Xian; Fang, Ke-Ming; Feng, Jiu-Ju

    2014-12-21

    A simple and green approach was developed for the preparation of fluorescent Cu nanoclusters (NCs) using the artificial peptide CLEDNN as a template. The as-synthesized Cu NCs exhibited a high fluorescence quantum yield (7.3%) and good stability, along with excitation and temperature dependent fluorescent properties, which could be employed for temperature sensing. Further investigations demonstrated low toxicity of Cu NCs for cellular imaging.

  6. Regulation of EGFR nanocluster formation by ionic protein-lipid interaction

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    2014-01-01

    The abnormal activation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is strongly associated with a variety of human cancers but the underlying molecular mechanism is not fully understood. By using direct stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (dSTORM), we find that EGFR proteins form nanoclusters in the cell membrane of both normal lung epithelial cells and lung cancer cells, but the number and size of clusters significantly increase in lung cancer cells. The formation of EGFR clusters is...

  7. Structural Evolution of Core-Shell Gold Nanoclusters: Aun(-) (n = 42-50).

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    Pande, Seema; Huang, Wei; Shao, Nan; Wang, Lei-Ming; Khetrapal, Navneet; Mei, Wai-Ning; Jian, Tian; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2016-11-22

    Gold nanoclusters have attracted great attention in the past decade due to their remarkable size-dependent electronic, optical, and catalytic properties. However, the structures of large gold clusters are still not well-known because of the challenges in global structural searches. Here we report a joint photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and theoretical study of the structural evolution of negatively charged core-shell gold nanoclusters (Aun(-)) for n = 42-50. Photoelectron spectra of size-selected Aun(-) clusters are well resolved with distinct spectral features, suggesting a dominating structural type. The combined PES data and density functional calculations allow us to systematically identify the global minimum or candidates of the global minima of these relatively large gold nanoclusters, which are found to possess low-symmetry structures with gradually increasing core sizes. Remarkably, the four-atom tetrahedral core, observed first in Au33(-), continues to be highly robust and is even present in clusters as large as Au42(-). Starting from Au43(-), a five-atom trigonal bipyramidal core appears and persists until Au47(-). Au48(-) possesses a six-atom core, while Au49(-) and Au50(-) feature seven- and eight-atom cores, respectively. Notably, both Au46(-) and Au47(-) contain a pyramidal Au20 motif, which is stacked with another truncated pyramid by sharing a common 10-atom triangular face. The present study sheds light on our understanding of the structural evolution of the medium-sized gold nanoclusters, the shells and core as well as how the core-shell structures may start to embrace the golden pyramid (bulk-like) fragment.

  8. A new strategy for specific imaging of neural cells based on peptide-conjugated gold nanoclusters

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Enqi Zhang, Ailing Fu School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Southwest University, Chongqing, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Despite the significant progress in molecular imaging technologies that has been made in recent years, the specific detection of neural cells still remains challenging. Here, we suggest the use of gold nanoclusters (AuNCs modified with a brain-targeting peptide as a potential imaging candidate for detecting neural cells in vitro and in mice. AuNCs of less than 10 nm (dynamic light scattering analysis were first prepared using the “green” synthetic approach, and then a targeting peptide, rabies virus glycoprotein derived peptide (RDP, was conjugated to the AuNCs for improving the efficiency and specificity of neural cell penetration. The conjugate’s mechanism of cellular attachment and entry into neural cells was suggested to be receptor-mediated endocytosis through clathrin-coated pits. Also, noninvasive imaging analysis and animal studies indicated that the RDP-modified nanoclusters could concentrate in the brain and locate in neural cells. This study suggests the feasibility of using targeting peptide-modified nanoclusters for noninvasive imaging brain cells in vivo. Keywords: RDP, targeted delivery, bioimaging, brain 

  9. Spontaneous assembly of perfectly ordered identical-size nanocluster arrays: The theory

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    Zhang, S. B.; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2002-03-01

    Ordered nanocluster array is a new form of condensed matter that provides unprecedented opportunities for exploring the law of physics that nature rarely provides. It has important immediate applications such as in microelectronics, ultra-high-density recording, and nanocatalysis. Despite many years of intensive studies, however, epitaxial growth of uniform size perfectly ordered nanocluster arrays is prohibited difficult. Recently, Li et al. [1] reported a discovery where Si (111)-7x7 surface can be used to induce size selection and two-dimension ordering. This opens up a new road towards high-quality nanocluster crystals. Interestingly, indium clusters appear to be loosely packed, occupy only half of the 7x7 cell, and the STM images have unusually strong bias voltage dependence. First-principles calculations elucidate the cluster structure, the ordering and size selectivity mechanism, and provide solid foundation for the experiment. This work was supported by the U. S. DOE-SC-BES under contract No. DE-AC36-99GO10337. [1] Li, et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. (in press).

  10. In-situ Study of Nanostructure and Electrical Resistance of Nanocluster Films Irradiated with Ion Beams

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    Jiang, Weilin; Sundararajan, Jennifer A.; Varga, Tamas; Bowden, Mark E.; Qiang, You; McCloy, John S.; Henager, Charles H.; Montgomery, Robert O.

    2014-08-11

    An in-situ study is reported on the structural evolution in nanocluster films under He+ ion irradiation using an advanced helium ion microscope. The films consist of loosely interconnected nanoclusters of magnetite or iron-magnetite (Fe-Fe3O4) core-shells. The nanostructure is observed to undergo dramatic changes under ion-beam irradiation, featuring grain growth, phase transition, particle aggregation, and formation of nanowire-like network and nano-pores. Studies based on ion irradiation, thermal annealing and election irradiation have indicated that the major structural evolution is activated by elastic nuclear collisions, while both electronic and thermal processes can play a significant role once the evolution starts. The electrical resistance of the Fe-Fe3O4 films measured in situ exhibits a super-exponential decay with dose. The behavior suggests that the nanocluster films possess an intrinsic merit for development of an advanced online monitor for neutron radiation with both high detection sensitivity and long-term applicability, which can enhance safety measures in many nuclear operations.

  11. Size and property bimodality in magnetic nanoparticle dispersions: single domain particles vs. strongly coupled nanoclusters.

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    Wetterskog, E; Castro, A; Zeng, L; Petronis, S; Heinke, D; Olsson, E; Nilsson, L; Gehrke, N; Svedlindh, P

    2017-03-23

    The widespread use of magnetic nanoparticles in the biotechnical sector puts new demands on fast and quantitative characterization techniques for nanoparticle dispersions. In this work, we report the use of asymmetric flow field-flow fractionation (AF4) and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) to study the properties of a commercial magnetic nanoparticle dispersion. We demonstrate the effectiveness of both techniques when subjected to a dispersion with a bimodal size/magnetic property distribution: i.e., a small superparamagnetic fraction, and a larger blocked fraction of strongly coupled colloidal nanoclusters. We show that the oriented attachment of primary nanocrystals into colloidal nanoclusters drastically alters their static, dynamic, and magnetic resonance properties. Finally, we show how the FMR spectra are influenced by dynamical effects; agglomeration of the superparamagnetic fraction leads to reversible line-broadening; rotational alignment of the suspended nanoclusters results in shape-dependent resonance shifts. The AF4 and FMR measurements described herein are fast and simple, and therefore suitable for quality control procedures in commercial production of magnetic nanoparticles.

  12. The fourth crystallographic closest packing unveiled in the gold nanocluster crystal

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    Gan, Zibao; Chen, Jishi; Wang, Juan; Wang, Chengming; Li, Man-Bo; Yao, Chuanhao; Zhuang, Shengli; Xu, An; Li, Lingling; Wu, Zhikun

    2017-03-01

    Metal nanoclusters have recently attracted extensive interest not only for fundamental scientific research, but also for practical applications. For fundamental scientific research, it is of major importance to explore the internal structure and crystallographic arrangement. Herein, we synthesize a gold nanocluster whose composition is determined to be Au60S6(SCH2Ph)36 by using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry and single crystal X-ray crystallography (SCXC). SCXC also reveals that Au60S6(SCH2Ph)36 consists of a fcc-like Au20 kernel protected by a pair of giant Au20S3(SCH2Ph)18 staple motifs, which contain 6 tetrahedral-coordinate μ4-S atoms not previously reported in the Au-S interface. Importantly, the fourth crystallographic closest-packed pattern, termed 6H left-handed helical (6HLH) arrangement, which results in the distinct loss of solid photoluminescence of amorphous Au60S6(SCH2Ph)36, is found in the crystals of Au60S6(SCH2Ph)36. The solvent-polarity-dependent solution photoluminescence is also demonstrated. Overall, this work provides important insights about the structure, Au-S bonding and solid photoluminescence of gold nanoclusters.

  13. Trends in the adsorption and reactivity of hydrogen on magnesium silicate nanoclusters.

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    Oueslati, Ichraf; Kerkeni, Boutheïna; Bromley, Stefan T

    2015-04-14

    We study nanoclusters of Mg-rich olivine and pyroxene (having (MgO)6(SiO2)3 and (MgO)4(SiO2)4 compositions) with respect to their reactivity towards hydrogen atoms, using density functional calculations. Ultrasmall silicate particles are fundamental intermediates in cosmic dust grain formation and processing, and are thought to make up a significant mass fraction of the grain population. Due to their nanoscale dimensions and high surface area to bulk ratios, they are likely to also have a disproportionately large influence on surface chemistry in the interstellar medium. This work investigates the potential role of silicate nanoclusters in vital interstellar hydrogen-based chemistry by studying atomic H adsorption and H2 formation. Our extensive set of calculations confirm the generality of a Brønsted-Evans-Polanyi (BEP) relation between the H2 reaction barrier and the 2Hchem binding energy, suggesting it to be independent of silicate dust grain shape, size, crystallinity and composition. Our results also suggest that amorphous/porous grains with forsteritic composition would tend to dissociate H2, but relatively Mg-poor silicate grains (e.g. enstatite composition) and/or more crystalline/compact silicate grains would tend to catalyse H2 formation. The high structural thermostability of silicate nanoclusters with respect to the heat released during exothermic H2 formation reactions is also verified.

  14. First-principles calculated decomposition pathways for LiBH4 nanoclusters

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    Huang, Zhi-Quan; Chen, Wei-Chih; Chuang, Feng-Chuan; Majzoub, Eric H.; Ozoliņš, Vidvuds

    2016-05-01

    We analyze thermodynamic stability and decomposition pathways of LiBH4 nanoclusters using grand-canonical free-energy minimization based on total energies and vibrational frequencies obtained from density-functional theory (DFT) calculations. We consider (LiBH4)n nanoclusters with n = 2 to 12 as reactants, while the possible products include (Li)n, (B)n, (LiB)n, (LiH)n, and Li2BnHn; off-stoichiometric LinBnHm (m ≤ 4n) clusters were considered for n = 2, 3, and 6. Cluster ground-state configurations have been predicted using prototype electrostatic ground-state (PEGS) and genetic algorithm (GA) based structural optimizations. Free-energy calculations show hydrogen release pathways markedly differ from those in bulk LiBH4. While experiments have found that the bulk material decomposes into LiH and B, with Li2B12H12 as a kinetically inhibited intermediate phase, (LiBH4)n nanoclusters with n ≤ 12 are predicted to decompose into mixed LinBn clusters via a series of intermediate clusters of LinBnHm (m ≤ 4n). The calculated pressure-composition isotherms and temperature-pressure isobars exhibit sloping plateaus due to finite size effects on reaction thermodynamics. Generally, decomposition temperatures of free-standing clusters are found to increase with decreasing cluster size due to thermodynamic destabilization of reaction products.

  15. Kinetic growth mechanisms of sputter-deposited Au films on mica: from nanoclusters to nanostructured microclusters

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    Ruffino, F.; Grimaldi, M.G. [Universita di Catania, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Catania (Italy); CNR-IMM MATIS, Catania (Italy); Torrisi, V.; Marletta, G. [University of Catania and CSGI, Laboratory for Molecular Surface and Nanotechnology (LAMSUN), Department of Chemical Sciences, Catania (Italy)

    2010-07-15

    Au nanostructured film was deposited on mica by room temperature RF sputtering. The growth mechanism of the film was studied analyzing the evolution of the film morphology as a function of its thickness by the atomic force microscopy. In the early stages of a growth the film evolution proceeds by the nucleation and growth of nanoclusters. After a critical thickness the growth of microclusters formed by the joining of nanoclusters in preferential nucleation sites, onto a quasicontinuous film, is observed. We quantified the evolution of the mean nanoclusters height and surface density and of the film roughness. This data were analyzed by the dynamic scaling theory of growing interfaces obtaining the scaling and roughness exponents z and {beta} whose values suggest a conservative growth process. We also quantified the growth of the microclusters showing that it is consistent with a coalescence/impingement dynamic. About the formation of the microclusters, furthermore, we speculate that their origin is strongly correlated to the features of the sputtering technique in connection with the deposition on a high-diffusivity substrate. (orig.)

  16. Enhanced electronic injection in organic light-emitting diodes by incorporating silver nanoclusters and cesium carbonate

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    Chen, Ying-Chung; Gao, Chia-Yuan [Department of Electrical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Chen, Kan-Lin [Department of Electronic Engineering, Fortune Institute of Technology, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Sze, Po-Wen [Department of Electro-Optical Science and Engineering, Kao Yuan University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Huang, Chien-Jung, E-mail: chien@nuk.edu.tw [Department of Applied Physics, National University of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China)

    2015-10-01

    Highlights: • The localized electric field around SNCs is enhanced. • When the cesium carbonate/silver nanoclusters/cesium carbonate electron-injection structure replaces the cesium carbonate electron-injection structure, higher electron-injection ability is obtained. • The structure for efficient electron injection is critical to characteristics of the device. - Abstract: The influence of the cesium carbonate/silver nanoclusters/cesium carbonate electron-injection structure (CSC-EIS) on the performance of organic light-emitting diodes is investigated in this study. The silver nanoclusters (SNCs) are introduced between the electron-injection layers by means of thermal evaporation. When the CSC-EIS replaces the cesium carbonate electron-injection structure, higher electron-injection ability is obtained because the electron-injection barrier between the cathode and the electron-transport layer is remarkably reduced from 1.2 to 0 eV. In addition, surface plasmon resonance effect will cause the enhanced localized electric field around the SNCs, resulting that electron-injection ability is further enhanced from the cathode to the emitting layer.

  17. Structural and optical properties of the naked and passivated Al5Au5 bimetallic nanoclusters

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    Grande-Aztatzi, Rafael; Formoso, Elena; Mercero, Jose M.; Matxain, Jon M.; Grabowski, Slawomir J.; Ugalde, Jesus M.

    2016-03-01

    The structural and optical properties of both the naked and passivated bimetallic Al5Au5 nanoclusters have been analyzed based on data obtained from ab initio density functional theory and quantum molecular dynamics simulations. It has been found that the Al5Au5 nanocluster possesses a hollow shaped minimum energy structure with segregated Al and Au layered domains, the former representing the electrophilic domain and the latter the nucleophilic domain. In particular, it has been shown that alkali metal cations attach in the nucleophilic domain and hop from one Au site to the next one in the picoseconds time scale, while anions are bound tightly to the Al atoms of the electrophilic domain. Simulating annealing studies are very suggestive of the proneness of the nanocluster towards coalescence into large cluster units, when the cluster is left unprotected by appropriate ligands. Further passivation studies with NaF salt suggest, nonetheless, the possibility of the isolation of the Al5Au5 cluster in molten salts or ionic liquids.

  18. Nanoclusters as a new family of high temperature superconductors (Conference Presentation)

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    Halder, Avik; Kresin, Vitaly V.

    2017-03-01

    Electrons in metal clusters organize into quantum shells, akin to atomic shells in the periodic table. Such nanoparticles are referred to as "superatoms". The electronic shell levels are highly degenerate giving rise to sharp peaks in the density of states, which can enable exceptionally strong electron pairing in certain clusters containing tens to hundreds of atoms. A spectroscopic investigation of size - resolved aluminum nanoclusters has revealed a sharp rise in the density of states near the Fermi level as the temperature decreases towards 100 K. The effect is especially prominent in the closed-shell "magic" cluster Al66 [1, 2]. The characteristics of this behavior are fully consistent with a pairing transition, implying a high temperature superconducting state with Tc metal nanocluster particles are promising building blocks for high-Tc materials, devices, and networks. ---------- 1. Halder, A., Liang, A., Kresin, V. V. A novel feature in aluminum cluster photoionization spectra and possibility of electron pairing at T 100K. Nano Lett 15, 1410 - 1413 (2015) 2. Halder, A., Kresin, V. V. A transition in the density of states of metal "superatom" nanoclusters and evidence for superconducting pairing at T 100K. Phys. Rev. B 92, 214506 (2015).

  19. The efficacy of Raf kinase recruitment to the GTPase H-ras depends on H-ras membrane conformer-specific nanoclustering.

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    Guzmán, Camilo; Šolman, Maja; Ligabue, Alessio; Blaževitš, Olga; Andrade, Débora M; Reymond, Luc; Eggeling, Christian; Abankwa, Daniel

    2014-04-01

    Solution structures and biochemical data have provided a wealth of mechanistic insight into Ras GTPases. However, information on how much the membrane organization of these lipid-modified proteins impacts on their signaling is still scarce. Ras proteins are organized into membrane nanoclusters, which are necessary for Ras-MAPK signaling. Using quantitative conventional and super-resolution fluorescence methods, as well as mathematical modeling, we investigated nanoclustering of H-ras helix α4 and hypervariable region mutants that have different bona fide conformations on the membrane. By following the emergence of conformer-specific nanoclusters in the plasma membrane of mammalian cells, we found that conformers impart distinct nanoclustering responses depending on the cytoplasmic levels of the nanocluster scaffold galectin-1. Computational modeling revealed that complexes containing H-ras conformers and galectin-1 affect both the number and lifetime of nanoclusters and thus determine the specific Raf effector recruitment. Our results show that mutations in Ras can affect its nanoclustering response and thus allosterically effector recruitment and downstream signaling. We postulate that cancer- and developmental disease-linked mutations that are associated with the Ras membrane conformation may exhibit so far unrecognized Ras nanoclustering and therefore signaling alterations.

  20. RF Sputtered Iridium (Ir) Film as a Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Mokurala, Krishnaiah; Kamble, Anvita; Bhargava, Parag; Mallick, Sudhanshu

    2015-11-01

    Iridium (Ir) films were deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate by radio-frequency sputtering at room temperature and the as-deposited films were used as counter electrodes (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The photo conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSC fabricated with Ir-based CE was 7.2%. Electrocatalytic activity and electrochemical data for Ir-based CE were compared with those for conventional Pt-based CE. The results were indicative of potential use of Ir as an alternative CE material for DSSC.

  1. Quantitative modelling of the surface plasmon resonances of metal nanoclusters sandwiched between dielectric layers: the influence of nanocluster size, shape and organization

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    Toudert, J; Babonneau, D; Simonot, L; Camelio, S; Girardeau, T [PHYMAT, UMR CNRS 6630, Batiment SP2MI, Boulevard Marie et Pierre Curie, 86962 Futuroscope Chasseneuil (France)], E-mail: johann.toudert@gmail.com

    2008-03-26

    The effects of size, shape and organization on the surface plasmon resonances of Ag nanoclusters sandwiched between Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} layers are studied by transmission electron microscopy and anisotropic spectroscopic ellipsometry. We present an easy-to-handle model that quantitatively links the nanostructure and optical response of the films, which are considered as dielectric/metal:dielectric/dielectric trilayers, with the central nanocomposite layer being an effective medium whose optical properties are described by an anisotropic dielectric tensor. The components of this tensor are calculated using a generalization of the Yamaguchi theory taking into account the real organization, size and shape distributions of ellipsoidal nanoclusters, whose electronic properties are assumed to reflect shape-dependent finite size effects. Using this model, it is shown that the optical response of the films in the visible range is dominated by the excitation of the surface plasmon resonance of the clusters along their in-plane long axis, while no surface plasmon resonance resulting from an excitation along their in-plane short axis can be observed due to damping effects. Moreover, the spectral position of this resonance appears to be mainly affected by the average shape of the clusters, and weakly by their size, their shape distribution and the electromagnetic interaction between them.

  2. Impaired Insulin Signaling is Associated with Hepatic Mitochondrial Dysfunction in IR+/−-IRS-1+/− Double Heterozygous (IR-IRS1dh Mice

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    Andras Franko

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Mitochondria play a pivotal role in energy metabolism, but whether insulin signaling per se could regulate mitochondrial function has not been identified yet. To investigate whether mitochondrial function is regulated by insulin signaling, we analyzed muscle and liver of insulin receptor (IR+/−-insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1+/− double heterozygous (IR-IRS1dh mice, a well described model for insulin resistance. IR-IRS1dh mice were studied at the age of 6 and 12 months and glucose metabolism was determined by glucose and insulin tolerance tests. Mitochondrial enzyme activities, oxygen consumption, and membrane potential were assessed using spectrophotometric, respirometric, and proton motive force analysis, respectively. IR-IRS1dh mice showed elevated serum insulin levels. Hepatic mitochondrial oxygen consumption was reduced in IR-IRS1dh animals at 12 months of age. Furthermore, 6-month-old IR-IRS1dh mice demonstrated enhanced mitochondrial respiration in skeletal muscle, but a tendency of impaired glucose tolerance. On the other hand, 12-month-old IR-IRS1dh mice showed improved glucose tolerance, but normal muscle mitochondrial function. Our data revealed that deficiency in IR/IRS-1 resulted in normal or even elevated skeletal muscle, but impaired hepatic mitochondrial function, suggesting a direct cross-talk between insulin signaling and mitochondria in the liver.

  3. #Occupy IR: Exposing the Orthodoxy

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    Ivan Manokha; Mona Chalabi

    2012-01-01

    The #occupy IR/IPE initiative was created in response to the #occupy movement, whose own roots can be traced backed to the latest crisis of global finance. In this contribution, we link #occupy and the crisis in a different way. We argue that we must occupy IR/IPE because of the discipline’s failure to apprehend and acknowledge the crisis itself, just as the Occupy movement is calling for their overarching authorities to notice and help address the social and economic inequalities produced by...

  4. Rethinking IR from the Amazon

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    Full Text Available Abstract This article proposes Amazonia as a site to think world politics. The Amazon is invisible in the study International Relations (IR, yet its experiences are deeply global. I present the international dynamics at play in Amazonia at different historical moments to posit that this periphery has contributed to forging the political-economy of what is refer to as the core. The Amazon's absence from the study of IR speaks about the larger inequality in processes of knowledge production. Serious engagements with Amazonia are one way to invite a plurality of worlds in the production of theories, disrupting global divisions of labor in knowledge production ally.

  5. Platinum and Other Transition Metal Nanoclusters (Pd, Rh) Stabilized by PAMAM Dendrimer as Excellent Heterogeneous Catalysts: Application to the Methylcyclopentane (MCP) Hydrogenative Isomerization.

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    Deraedt, Christophe; Melaet, Gérôme; Ralston, Walter T; Ye, Rong; Somorjai, Gabor A

    2017-03-08

    Pt, Rh, and Pd nanoclusters stabilized by PAMAM dendrimer are used for the first time in a gas flow reactor at high temperature (150-250 °C). Pt nanoclusters show a very high activity for the hydrogenation of the methylcyclopentane (MCP) at 200-225 °C with turnover freqency (TOF) up to 334 h(-1) and selectivity up to 99.6% for the ring opening isomerization at very high conversion (94%). Rh nanoclusters show different selectivity for the reaction, that is, ring opening isomerization at 175 °C and cracking at higher temperature whereas Pd nanoclusters perform ring enlargement plus dehydrogenation, while maintaining a high activity. The difference in these results as compared to unsupported/uncapped nanoparticles, demonstrates the crucial role of dendrimer. The tunability of the selectivity of the reaction as well as the very high activity of the metal nanoclusters stabilized by dendrimer under heterogeneous conditions open a new application for dendrimer catalysts.

  6. Atmospheric chemistry of CH3O(CF2CF2O)(n)CH3 (n=1-3): Kinetics and mechanism of oxidation initiated by Cl atoms and OH radicals, IR spectra, and global warmin potentials

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    Andersen, Mads Peter Sulbæk; Hurley, MD; Wallington, TJ

    2004-01-01

    Smog chambers equipped with FTIR spectrometers were used to study the Cl atom and OH radical initiated oxidation of CH3O(CF2CF2O)(n)CH3 (n = 1-3) in 720 +/- 20 Torr of air at 296 +/- 3 K. Relative rate techniques were used to measure k(Cl + CH3O(CF2CF2O)(n)CH3) (3.7 +/- 10.7) x 10(-13) and k(OH +...

  7. A novel colorimetric method based on copper nanoclusters with intrinsic peroxidase-like for detecting xanthine in serum samples

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    Yan, Zhengyu; Niu, Qianqian; Mou, Mingyao; Wu, Yi; Liu, Xiaoxuan; Liao, Shenghua

    2017-07-01

    A facile strategy for detecting xanthine in serum samples by copper nanocluster (CuNCs) with high intrinsic peroxidase-like activity was reported. Firstly, a simple, mild and time-saving method for preparing CuNCs was developed, in which dithiothreitol (DTT) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) were used as reductant and stabilizer, respectively. The as-prepared CuNCs exhibited a fluorescence emission at 590 nm with a quantum yield (QY) of approximately 5.29%, the fluorescence intensity of the as-prepared CuNCs exhibited no considerable change when stored under ambient condition with the lifetime is 1.75 μs. Moreover, the as-prepared CuNCs exhibited high intrinsic peroxidase-like activity with lower K m ( K m = 8.90 × 10-6 mol L-1) for H2O2, which indicated that CuNCs have a higher affinity for H2O2. Compared with natural enzyme, the as-synthesized CuNCs are more catalytic stable over a wide range of pH (4.0 13.0) and temperature (4 80 °C). Finally, an indirect method for sensing xanthine was established because xanthine oxidase can catalyse the oxidation of xanthine to produce H2O2. Xanthine could be detected as low as 3.8 × 10-7 mol L-1 with a linear range from 5.0 × 10-7 to 1.0 × 10-4 mol L-1. These results proved that the proposed method is sensitive and accurate and could be successfully applied to the determination of xanthine in the serum sample with satisfaction.

  8. From monomer to monolayer: a global optimisation study of (ZnO)n nanoclusters on the Ag surface.

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    Demiroglu, Ilker; Woodley, Scott M; Sokol, Alexey A; Bromley, Stefan T

    2014-12-21

    We employ global optimisation to investigate how oxide nanoclusters of increasing size can best adapt their structure to lower the system energy when interacting with a realistic extended metal support. Specifically, we focus on the (ZnO)@Ag(111) system where experiment has shown that the infinite Ag(111)-supported ZnO monolayer limit corresponds to an epitaxially 7 : 8 matched graphene-like (Zn(3)O(3))-based hexagonal sheet. Using a two-stage search method based on classical interatomic potentials and then on more accurate density functional theory, we report global minina candidate structures for Ag-supported (ZnO)n cluster with sizes ranging from n = 1-24. Comparison with the respective global minina structure of free space (ZnO)n clusters reveals that the surface interaction plays a decisive role in determining the lowest energy Ag-supported (ZnO)n cluster structures. Whereas free space (ZnO)n clusters tend to adopt cage-like bubble structures as they grow larger, Ag-supported (ZnO)n clusters of increasing size become progressively more like planar cuts from the infinite graphene-like ZnO single monolayer. This energetic favourability for planar hexagonal Ag-supported clusters over their 3D counterparts can be partly rationalised by the ZnO-Ag(111) epitaxial matching and the increased number of close interactions with the Ag surface. Detailed analysis shows that this tendency can also be attributed to the capacity of 2D clusters to distort to improve their interaction with the Ag surface relative to more rigid 3D bubble cluster isomers. For the larger sized clusters we find that the adsorption energies and most stable structural types appear to be rather converged confirming that our study makes a bridge between the Ag-supported ZnO monomer and the infinite Ag-supported ZnO monolayer.

  9. The Magic Au60 Nanocluster: A New Cluster-Assembled Material with Five Au13 Building Blocks.

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    Song, Yongbo; Fu, Fangyu; Zhang, Jun; Chai, Jinsong; Kang, Xi; Li, Peng; Li, Shengli; Zhou, Hongping; Zhu, Manzhou

    2015-07-13

    Herein, we report the synthesis and atomic structure of the cluster-assembled [Au60Se2(Ph3P)10(SeR)15](+) material. Five icosahedral Au13 building blocks from a closed gold ring with Au-Se-Au linkages. Interestingly, two Se atoms (without the phenyl tail) locate in the center of the cluster, stabilized by the Se-(Au)5 interactions. The ring-like nanocluster is unprecedented in previous experimental and theoretical studies of gold nanocluster structures. In addition, our optical and electrochemical studies show that the electronic properties of the icosahedral Au13 units still remain unchanged in the penta-twinned Au60 nanocluster, and this new material might be a promising in optical limiting material. This work offers a basis for deep understanding on controlling the cluster-assembled materials for tailoring their functionalities. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV, NMR spectra, molecular structure, ESP, NBO and HOMO-LUMO investigation of 2-methylpyridine 1-oxide: a combined experimental and DFT study.

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    Shoba, D; Periandi, S; Boomadevi, S; Ramalingam, S; Fereyduni, E

    2014-01-24

    In this paper, the equilibrium geometry, bonding features, vibrational frequencies, (1)H and (13)C chemical shift values, molecular electrostatic potential maps, HOMO-LUMO energies and several thermodynamic parameters of title compound in the ground state have been calculated by using the density functional method with 6-31G(d,p) and 6-311G(d,p) basis sets. A detailed interpretation of the infrared and Raman spectra of 2-methylpyridine 1-oxide was reported. Furthermore, natural bond orbitals were performed in this work. The theoretical results showed an excellent agreement with the experimental values.

  11. Effects of doping in 25-atom bimetallic nanocluster catalysts for carbon–carbon coupling reaction of iodoanisole and phenylacetylene

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    Zhimin Li

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available We here report the catalytic effects of foreign atoms (Cu, Ag, and Pt doped into well-defined 25-gold-atom nanoclusters. Using the carbon-carbon coupling reaction of p-iodoanisole and phenylacetylene as a model reaction, the gold-based bimetallic MxAu25−x(SR18 (–SR=–SCH2CH2Ph nanoclusters (supported on titania were found to exhibit distinct effects on the conversion of p-iodoanisole as well as the selectivity for the Sonogashira cross-coupling product, 1-methoxy-4-(2-phenylethynylbenzene. Compared to Au25(SR18, the centrally doped Pt1Au24(SR18 causes a drop in catalytic activity but with the selectivity retained, while the AgxAu25−x(SR18 nanoclusters gave an overall performance comparable to Au25(SR18. Interestingly, CuxAu25−x(SR18 nanoclusters prefer the Ullmann homo-coupling pathway and give rise to product 4,4′-dimethoxy-1,1′-biphenyl, which is in opposite to the other three nanocluster catalysts. Our overall conclusion is that the conversion of p-iodoanisole is largely affected by the electronic effect in the bimetallic nanoclusters’ 13-atom core (i.e., Pt1Au12, CuxAu13−x, and Au13, with the exception of Ag doping, and that the selectivity is primarily determined by the type of atoms on the MxAu12−x shell (M=Ag, Cu, and Au in the nanocluster catalysts.

  12. Cluster-support interactions and morphology of MoS2 nanoclusters in a graphite-supported hydrotreating model catalyst.

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    Kibsgaard, Jakob; Lauritsen, Jeppe V; Laegsgaard, Erik; Clausen, Bjerne S; Topsøe, Henrik; Besenbacher, Flemming

    2006-10-25

    Supported MoS(2) nanoparticles constitute the active component of the important hydrotreating catalysts used for industrial upgrading and purification of the oil feedstock for the production of fossil fuels with a low environmental load. We have synthesized and studied a model system of the hydrotreating catalyst consisting of MoS(2) nanoclusters supported on a graphite surface in order to resolve a number of very fundamental questions related to the atomic-scale structure and morphology of the active clusters and in particular the effect of a substrate used in some types of hydrotreating catalysts. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is used to image the atomic-scale structure of graphite-supported MoS(2) nanoclusters in real space. It is found that the pristine graphite (0001) surface does not support a high dispersion of MoS(2), but by introducing a small density of defects in the surface, highly dispersed MoS(2) nanoclusters could be synthesized on the graphite. From high-resolution STM images it is found that MoS(2) nanoclusters synthesized at low temperature in a sulfiding atmosphere preferentially grow as single-layer clusters, whereas clusters synthesized at 1200 K grow as multilayer slabs oriented with the MoS(2)(0001) basal plane parallel to the graphite surface. The morphology of both single-layer and multilayer MoS(2) nanoclusters is found to be preferentially hexagonal, and atom-resolved images of the top facet of the clusters provide new atomic-scale information on the MoS(2)-HOPG bonding. The structure of the two types of catalytically interesting edges terminating the hexagonal MoS(2) nanoclusters is also resolved in atomic detail in STM images, and from these images it is possible to reveal the atomic structure of both edges and the location and coverage of sulfur and hydrogen adsorbates.

  13. Fabrication and in vitro characterization of gadolinium-based nanoclusters for simultaneous drug delivery and radiation enhancement

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    Yoo, Shannon S.; Guo, Linghong; Sun, Xuejun; Shaw, Andrew R.; Yuan, Zhipeng; Löbenberg, Raimar; Roa, Wilson H.

    2016-09-01

    We report the synthesis of a gadolinium hydroxide (Gd(OH)3) nanorod based doxorubicin (Dox) delivery system that can enhance both magnetic resonance imaging contrast and radiation sensitivity. A simple and cost effective wet-chemical method was utilized in the presence of manganese (Mn) ions and Dox to produce the Gd(OH)3:Mn·Dox nanocluster structure. The Gd(OH)3:Mn·Dox nanocluster was composed of Mn-doped Gd(OH)3 nanorods arranged in parallel with Dox as a linker molecule between the adjacent nanorods. No other studies have utilized Dox as both the linker and therapeutic molecule in a nanostructure to date. The Gd(OH)3 nanorod is reported to have no significant cellular or in vivo toxicity, which makes it an ideal base material for this biomedical application. The Gd(OH)3:Mn·Dox nanocluster exhibited paramagnetic behavior and was stable in a colloidal solution. The nanocluster also enabled high Dox loading capacity and specifically released Dox in a sustained and pH-dependent manner. The positively charged Gd(OH)3:Mn·Dox nanoclusters were readily internalized into MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells via endocytosis, which resulted in intracellular release of Dox. The released Dox in cells was effective in conferring cytotoxicity and inhibiting proliferation of cancer cells. Furthermore, a synergistic anticancer effect could be observed with radiation treatment. Overall, the Gd(OH)3:Mn·Dox nanocluster drug delivery system described herein may have potential utility in clinics as a multifunctional theranostic nanoparticle with combined benefits in both diagnosis and therapy in the management of cancer.

  14. Dehydrogenation of formic acid by Ir-bisMETAMORPhos complexes: experimental and computational insight into the role of a cooperative ligand

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    Oldenhof, S.; Lutz, M.; de Bruin, B.; van der Vlugt, J.I.; Reek, J.N.H.

    2015-01-01

    The synthesis and tautomeric nature of three xanthene-based bisMETAMORPhos ligands (La-Lc) is reported. Coordination of these bis(sulfonamidophosphines) to Ir(acac)(cod) initially leads to the formation of Ir-I(L-H) species (1a), which convert via formal oxidative addition of the ligand to Ir-III(L)

  15. Determination of effective resonance energy for the 193Ir(n,γ)194Ir reaction by the cadmium ratio method

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    Budak, Mustafa Guray; Karadag, Mustafa; Yücel, Haluk

    2016-04-01

    In this work, the effective resonance energy, Ebarr -value for the 193Ir(n,γ)194Ir reaction was measured using cadmium ratio method. A dual monitor (197Au-98Mo), which has convenient resonance properties, was employed for characterization of the irradiation sites. Then analytical grade iridium oxide samples diluted with CaCO3 to lower neutron self-shielding effect stacked in small cylindrical Teflon boxes were irradiated once with a 1 mm thick Cd cylindrical box placed in a thermalized neutron field of an 241Am-Be neutron source then without it. The activities produced in samples during 193Ir(n,γ)194Ir reaction were measured using a p-type HPGe detector γ-ray spectrometer with a 44.8% relative efficiency. The correction factors for thermal, epithermal neutron self-shielding (Gth, Gepi), true coincidence summing (Fcoi) and gamma-ray self-absorption (Fs) effects were determined with appropriate approaches and programs. Thus, the experimental Ebarr -value was determined to be 2.65 ± 0.61 eV for 193Ir target nuclide. The recent data for Q0 and FCd values for Ebarr determination were based on k0-NAA online database. The present experimental Ebarr value was calculated and compared with more recent values for Q0 and FCd for 193Ir. Additionally, the Ebarr -values was theoretically calculated from the up-to-date resonance data obtained from ENDF/B VII library using two different approaches. Since there is no experimentally determined Ebarr -value for the 193Ir isotope, the results are compared with the calculated ones given in the literature.

  16. One-dimensional nanoclustering of the Cu(100) surface under CO gas in the mbar pressure range

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    Eren, Baran; Zherebetskyy, Danylo; Hao, Yibo; Patera, Laerte L.; Wang, Lin-Wang; Somorjai, Gabor A.; Salmeron, Miquel

    2016-09-01

    The bulk terminated Cu(100) surface becomes unstable in the presence of CO at room temperature when the pressure reaches the mbar range. Scanning tunneling microscopy images show that above 0.25 mbar the surface forms nanoclusters with CO attached to peripheral Cu atoms. At 20 mbar and above 3-atom wide one-dimensional nanoclusters parallel to directions cover the surface, with CO on every Cu atom, increasing in density up to 115 mbar. Density functional theory explains the findings as a result of the detachment of Cu atoms from step edges caused by the stronger binding of CO relative to that on flat terraces.

  17. DNA为模板的铂纳米团簇沉积%DNA-templated Platinum Nanocluster Deposition

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    晁洁; 刘霞; 刘洪波; 肖守军

    2007-01-01

    Platinum nanoclusters were deposited along the supercoiled DNA strands after incubation of cis-(trans-1R,2R-diaminocyclohexane)(dl-camphorato)platinum(Ⅱ) (Cdp), an analogue of the anti-tumor drug-carboplatin, with DNA and K2PtCl4 for 600 min and then through reduction of dimethylaminoborane (DMAB). The decrease of absorption of DNA at 260 nm indicates the coordination of Cdp and DNA. TEM and AFM were employed to characterize the morphologies and structures of platinum nanoclusters.

  18. DNA-Templated Silver Nanoclusters Formation at Gold Electrode Surface and Its Application to Hydrogen Peroxide Detection

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    许媛媛; 陈阳阳; 杨娜娜; 孙丽洲; 李根喜

    2012-01-01

    In this work, we have prepared Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) at gold electrode surface by using thiol-modified oligodeoxynucleotide consisting of eighteen cytosine deoxyribonucleotides (polyC18) as template and NaBH4 as reducing agent. Experimental results show that Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) can be formed around the template polyC18, while the formation can be characterized with electrochemical method. Further studies reveal that the fab- ricated Ag NCs may display high catalytic activity for the reduction of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which can be further used for the detection of H20〉

  19. Thermodynamics at the nanoscale: phase diagrams of nickel-carbon nanoclusters and equilibrium constants for phase transitions.

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    Engelmann, Yannick; Bogaerts, Annemie; Neyts, Erik C

    2014-10-21

    Using reactive molecular dynamics simulations, the melting behavior of nickel-carbon nanoclusters is examined. The phase diagrams of icosahedral and Wulff polyhedron clusters are determined using both the Lindemann index and the potential energy. Formulae are derived for calculating the equilibrium constants and the solid and liquid fractions during a phase transition, allowing more rational determination of the melting temperature with respect to the arbitrary Lindemann value. These results give more insight into the properties of nickel-carbon nanoclusters in general and can specifically be very useful for a better understanding of the synthesis of carbon nanotubes using the catalytic chemical vapor deposition method.

  20. Mid-IR Microresonator-Based Optical Frequency Combs

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    2015-09-01

    the atmosphere and overlaps with strong absorption bands of important greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (~4.2m) and nitrous oxide (~4.4m...frequency combs (Kerr combs) generated by cascading parametric nonlinear effects in whispering gallery mode (WGM) crystalline microresonators. The...quantitatively study the effect of the resonator morphology and mode characteristics on its GVD, with the goal of creating ideal conditions for mid-IR

  1. Protection of p+-n-Si Photoanodes by Sputter-Deposited Ir/IrOxThin Films

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    Mei, Bastian Timo; Seger, Brian; Pedersen, Thomas;

    2014-01-01

    Sputter deposition of Ir/IrOx on p+-n-Si without interfacial corrosion protection layers yielded photoanodes capable of efficient water oxidation (OER) in acidic media (1 M H2SO4). Stability of at least 18 h was shown by chronoamperomety at 1.23 V versus RHE (reversible hydrogen electrode) under 38.......6 mW/cm2 simulated sunlight irradiation (λ > 635 nm, AM 1.5G) and measurements with quartz crystal microbalances. Films exceeding a thickness of 4 nm were shown to be highly active though metastable due to an amorphous character. By contrast, 2 nm IrOx films were stable, enabling OER at a current...... density of 1 mA/cm2 at 1.05 V vs. RHE. Further improvement by heat treatment resulted in a cathodic shift of 40 mV and enabled a current density of 10 mA/cm2 (requirements for a 10% efficient tandem device) at 1.12 V vs. RHS under irradiation. Thus, the simple IrOx/Ir/p+-n-Si structures not only provide...

  2. Shaped Ir-Ni bimetallic nanoparticles for minimizing Ir utilization in oxygen evolution reaction.

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    Lim, Jinkyu; Yang, Sungeun; Kim, Chanyeon; Roh, Chi-Woo; Kwon, Yongwoo; Kim, Yong-Tae; Lee, Hyunjoo

    2016-04-25

    Shaped Ir-Ni bimetallic nanoparticles were synthesized and used for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER). The obtained bimetallic nanoparticles showed significantly enhanced Ir mass activity and durability compared with Ir nanoparticles.

  3. Size-induced enhanced magnetoelectric effect and multiferroicity in chromium oxide nanoclusters

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    Halley, D.; Najjari, N.; Majjad, H.; Joly, L.; Ohresser, P.; Scheurer, F.; Ulhaq-Bouillet, C.; Berciaud, S.; Doudin, B.; Henry, Y.

    2014-01-01

    The control of the magnetization of a material with an electric field would make the design and the integration of novel electronic devices possible. This explains the renewed interest in multiferroic materials. Progress in this field is currently hampered by the scarcity of the materials available and the smallness of the magnetoelectric effects. Here we present a proof-of-principle experiment showing that engineering large strains through nanoscale size reduction is an efficient route for increasing magnetoelectric coefficients by orders of magnitude. The archetype magnetoelectric material, Cr2O3, in the form of epitaxial clusters, exhibits an unprecedented 600% change in magnetization magnitude under 1 V. Furthermore, a multiferroic phase, with both magnetic and electric spontaneous polarizations, is found in the clusters, while absent in the bulk.

  4. Oxidation, Reduction, and Condensation of Alcohols over (MO3)3 (M=Mo, W) Nanoclusters

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    Fang, Zongtang; Li, Zhenjun; Kelley, Matthew S.; Kay, Bruce D.; Li, Shenggang; Hennigan, Jamie M.; Rousseau, Roger J.; Dohnalek, Zdenek; Dixon, David A.

    2014-10-02

    The reactions of deuterated methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 1-butanol, 2-propanol, 2-butanol and t-butanol over cyclic (MO3)3 (M = Mo, W) clusters were studied experimentally with temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and theoretically with coupled cluster CCSD(T) theory and density functional theory. The reactions of two alcohols per M3O9 cluster are required to provide agreement with experiment for D2O release, dehydrogenation and dehydration. The reaction begins with the elimination of water by proton transfers and forms an intermediate dialkoxy species which can undergo further reaction. Dehydration proceeds by a β hydrogen transfer to a terminal M=O. Dehydrogenation takes place via an α hydrogen transfer to an adjacent MoVI = O atom or a WVI metal center with redox involved for M = Mo and no redox for M = W. The two channels have comparable activation energies. H/D exchange to produce alcohols can take place after olefin is released or via the dialkoxy species depending on the alcohol and the cluster. The Lewis acidity of the metal center with WVI being larger than MoVI results in the increased reactivity of W3O9 over Mo3O9 for dehydrogenation and dehydration.

  5. Oferta ir akceptas vartojimo sutartyse

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    Ežerskytė, Ramunė

    2011-01-01

    Sutarčiai sudaryti paprastai reikia, kad viena šalis pasiūlytų sudaryti sutartį (oferta), o kita šalis sutiktų su pasiūlymu (akceptas). Sutarčių įvairovėje išskiriamos vartojimo sutartys, kurios dėl silpnesnės šalies apsaugos principo įgyvendinimo pasižymi tam tikrais ypatumais. Vartojimo sutarčių sudarymas pateikiant ofertą ir akceptą yra šio magistro baigiamojo darbo objektas. Magistro baigiamąjį darbą sudaro trys dalys. Pirmojoje darbo dalyje analizuojama vartojimo sutarties sąvoka ir spec...

  6. IRS memorandum limits joint ventures.

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    Herman, A W

    1992-08-01

    Based on a new memorandum, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be looking at joint hospital/physician activities with greater attention to the nuances of public versus private benefit. As a result, hospitals face greater risk of losing their tax-exempt status in the maze of joint ventures, physician recruitment, and practice acquisition. To be successful, ventures will have to be backed by sound reasoning and thorough documentation.

  7. Synthesis of ultrastable copper sulfide nanoclusters via trapping the reaction intermediate: potential anticancer and antibacterial applications.

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    Wang, Hong-Yin; Hua, Xian-Wu; Wu, Fu-Gen; Li, Bolin; Liu, Peidang; Gu, Ning; Wang, Zhifei; Chen, Zhan

    2015-04-01

    Copper-based nanomaterials have broad applications in electronics, catalysts, solar energy conversion, antibiotics, tissue imaging, and photothermal cancer therapy. However, it is challenging to prepare ultrasmall and ultrastable CuS nanoclusters (NCs) at room temperature. In this article, a simple method to synthesize water-soluble, monodispersed CuS NCs is reported based on the strategy of trapping the reaction intermediate using thiol-terminated, alkyl-containing short-chain poly(ethylene glycol)s (HS-(CH2)11-(OCH2CH2)6-OH, abbreviated as MUH). The MUH-coated CuS NCs have superior stability in solutions with varied pH values and are stable in pure water for at least 10 months. The as-prepared CuS NCs were highly toxic to A549 cancer cells at a concentration of higher than 100 μM (9.6 μg/mL), making them be potentially applicable as anticancer drugs via intravenous administration by liposomal encapsulation or by direct intratumoral injection. Besides, for the first time, CuS NCs were used for antibacterial application, and 800 μM (76.8 μg/mL) CuS NCs could completely kill the E. coli cells through damaging the cell walls. Moreover, the NCs synthesized here have strong near-infrared (NIR) absorption and can be used as a candidate reagent for photothermal therapy and photoacoustic imaging. The method of trapping the reaction intermediate for simple and controlled synthesis of nanoclusters is generally applicable and can be widely used to synthesize many metal-based (such as Pt, Pd, Au, and Ag) nanoclusters and nanocrystals.

  8. Metal-nanocluster composites made by ion implantation: A novel third-order nonlinear material

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    Haglund, R.F. Jr.; Yang, L.; Magruder, R.H. III; Becker, K.; Wittig, J.E. [Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States); White, C.W.; Zhur, R.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Yang, L.; Dorsinville, R.; Alfano, R.R. [City Univ. of New York, NY (United States)

    1993-03-01

    We describe our recent studies of metal-insulator nanocluster composites made by ion implantation in such substrates as glass and sapphire. The metal clusters have diameters ranging from 3 to 30 nm. The composites exhibit an electronic nonlinear optical response which is fast on the picosecond time scale. In addition to possibilities for technological application, these materials also offer a way of studying unusual properties of composite materials, such as the quantum confinement of conduction-band electrons and the transverse relaxation time T{sub 2} as a function of cluster size.

  9. Metal-nanocluster composites made by ion implantation: A novel third-order nonlinear material

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    Haglund, R.F. Jr.; Yang, L.; Magruder, R.H. III; Becker, K.; Wittig, J.E. (Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States)); White, C.W.; Zhur, R.A. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)); Yang, L.; Dorsinville, R.; Alfano, R.R. (City Univ. of New York, NY (United States))

    1993-03-01

    We describe our recent studies of metal-insulator nanocluster composites made by ion implantation in such substrates as glass and sapphire. The metal clusters have diameters ranging from 3 to 30 nm. The composites exhibit an electronic nonlinear optical response which is fast on the picosecond time scale. In addition to possibilities for technological application, these materials also offer a way of studying unusual properties of composite materials, such as the quantum confinement of conduction-band electrons and the transverse relaxation time T[sub 2] as a function of cluster size.

  10. Enhanced Tumor Accumulation of Sub-2 nm Gold Nanoclusters for Cancer Radiation Therapy

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    Zhang, Xiao-Dong; Luo, Zhentao; Wu, Di; Shen, Xiu; Song, Sha-Sha; Sun, Yuan-Ming; Liu, Pei-Xun; Zhao, Jing; Huo, Shuaidong; Fan, Saijun; Fan, Feiyue; Liang, Xing-Jie; Xie, Jianping

    2013-01-01

    A new type of metabolizable and efficient radiosensitizer for cancer radiotherapy is presented in this study by combining ultrasmall Au nanoclusters (NCs, <2 nm) with biocompatible coating ligands (glutathione, GSH). The new nano-construct (GSH-coated Au25 NCs) inherits attractive features of both the Au core (strong radiosensitizing effect) and GSH shell (good biocompatibility). It can preferentially accumulate in tumor via the improved EPR effect, which leads to strong enhancement for cancer radiotherapy. After the treatment, the small-sized GSH-Au25 NCs can be efficiently cleared by the kidney, minimizing any potential side effects due to the accumulation of Au25 NCs in the body.

  11. A Thomson parabola ion imaging spectrometer designed to probe relativistic intensity ionization dynamics of nanoclusters.

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    Rajeev, R; Rishad, K P M; Trivikram, T Madhu; Narayanan, V; Krishnamurthy, M

    2011-08-01

    Conventional techniques of probing ionization dynamics at relativistic intensities for extended target systems such as clusters are difficult both due to problems of achieving good charge resolution and signal integration over the focal volume. Simultaneous measurement of arrival time, necessary for these systems, has normally involved complicated methods. We designed and developed a Thomson parabola imaging spectrometer that overcomes these problems. Intensity sampling method evolved in this report is proved to be mandatory for probing ionization dynamics of clusters at relativistic intensities. We use this method to measure charge resolved kinetic energy spectra of argon nanoclusters at intensities of 4 × 10(18) W cm(-2).

  12. Ultrafast static and diffusion-controlled electron transfer at Ag 29 nanocluster/molecular acceptor interfaces

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    Aly, Shawkat Mohammede

    2015-10-29

    Efficient absorption of visible light and a long-lived excited state lifetime of silver nanoclusters (Ag29 NCs) are integral properties for these new clusters to serve as light-harvesting materials. Upon optical excitation, electron injection at Ag29 NC/methyl viologen (MV2+) interfaces is very efficient and ultrafast. Interestingly, our femto- and nanosecond time-resolved results demonstrate clearly that both dynamic and static electron transfer mechanisms are involved in photoluminescence quenching of Ag29 NCs. © 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  13. Atomistic understanding of hydrogen loading phenomenon into palladium cathode: A simple nanocluster approach and electrochemical evidence

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    Mohsen Lashgari; Davood Matloubi

    2015-03-01

    The inherent potency of palladium to sorb hydrogen atoms was examined empirically and theoretically through various electrochemical methods and high-level quantum chemical calculations (HSE06) based on cluster model (CM) and density functional theory (DFT). The CM-DFT approach using QZVP/cc-PV6Z basis sets revealed a strong attraction between Pd nanoclusters and H atoms that generates some charged entities. This atomistically justifies why the electrochemical impedance of the system becomes less by the loading phenomenon. It is concluded that hydrogen atoms enter the palladium subsurface through hollow and bridge sites by diffusing as proton-like species and get loaded predominantly in the octahedral voids.

  14. Observation of the fcc-to-hcp transition in ensembles of argon nanoclusters.

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    Krainyukova, N V; Boltnev, R E; Bernard, E P; Khmelenko, V V; Lee, D M; Kiryukhin, V

    2012-12-14

    Macroscopic ensembles of weakly interacting argon nanoclusters are studied using x-ray diffraction in low vacuum. As the clusters grow by fusion with increasing temperature, their structure transforms from essentially face-centered cubic (fcc) to hexagonal close packed as the cluster size approaches ~10(5) atoms. The transformation involves intermediate orthorhombic phases. These data confirm extant theoretical predictions. They also indicate that growth kinetics and spatial constraints might play an important role in the formation of the fcc structure of bulk rare-gas solids, which still remains puzzling.

  15. Self-assembling nanoclusters in living systems: application for integrated photothermal nanodiagnostics and nanotherapy.

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    Zharov, Vladimir P; Kim, Jin-Woo; Curiel, David T; Everts, Maaike

    2005-12-01

    Nanotechnologies represent an unprecedented recent advance that may revolutionize many areas of medicine and biology, including cancer diagnostics and treatment. Nanoparticle-based technologies have demonstrated especially high potential for medical purposes, ranging from diagnosing diseases to providing novel therapies. However, to be clinically relevant, the existing nanoparticle-based technologies must overcome several challenges, including selective nanoparticle delivery, potential cytotoxicity, imaging of nanoparticles, and real-time assessment of their therapeutic efficacy. This review addresses these issues by summarizing the recent advances in medical diagnostics and therapy with a focus on the self-assembly of gold nanoparticles into nanoclusters in live cells, in combination with their detection using photothermal (PT) techniques.

  16. Restructuring of hex-Pt(100) under CO gas environments: formation of 2-D nanoclusters

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    Tao, Feng; Dag, Sefa; Wang, Lin-Wang; Liu, Zhi; Butcher, Derek; Salmeron, Miquel; Somorjai, Gabor A.

    2009-04-24

    The atomic-scale restructuring of hex-Pt(100) induced by carbon monoxide with a wide pressure range was studied with a newly designed chamber-in-chamber high-pressure STM and theoretical calculations. Both experimental and DFT calculation results show that CO molecules are bound to Pt nanoclusters through a tilted on-top configuration with a separation of {approx}3.7-4.1 {angstrom}. The phenomenon of restructuring of metal catalyst surfaces induced by adsorption, and in particular the formation of small metallic clusters suggests the importance of studying structures of catalyst surfaces under high pressure conditions for understanding catalytic mechanisms.

  17. A Thomson parabola ion imaging spectrometer designed to probe relativistic intensity ionization dynamics of nanoclusters

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    Rajeev, R.; Rishad, K. P. M.; Trivikram, T. Madhu; Narayanan, V.; Krishnamurthy, M.

    2011-08-01

    Conventional techniques of probing ionization dynamics at relativistic intensities for extended target systems such as clusters are difficult both due to problems of achieving good charge resolution and signal integration over the focal volume. Simultaneous measurement of arrival time, necessary for these systems, has normally involved complicated methods. We designed and developed a Thomson parabola imaging spectrometer that overcomes these problems. Intensity sampling method evolved in this report is proved to be mandatory for probing ionization dynamics of clusters at relativistic intensities. We use this method to measure charge resolved kinetic energy spectra of argon nanoclusters at intensities of 4 × 1018 W cm-2.

  18. 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.

  19. Climate Prediction Center IR 4km Dataset

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — CPC IR 4km dataset was created from all available individual geostationary satellite data which have been merged to form nearly seamless global (60N-60S) IR...

  20. Microstructure and magnetic properties of colloidal cobalt nano-clusters

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    Torchio, R. [Dipartimento di Fisica ' E. Amaldi' , Universita di Roma Tre, via della Vasca Navale 84, I-00146 Roma (Italy); CNR-TASC c/o GILDA-ESRF Grenoble (France); European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 6 Rue Jules Horowitz, BP220, 38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Meneghini, C., E-mail: meneghini@fis.uniroma3.i [Dipartimento di Fisica ' E. Amaldi' , Universita di Roma Tre, via della Vasca Navale 84, I-00146 Roma (Italy); CNR-TASC c/o GILDA-ESRF Grenoble (France); Mobilio, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica ' E. Amaldi' , Universita di Roma Tre, via della Vasca Navale 84, I-00146 Roma (Italy); CNR-TASC c/o GILDA-ESRF Grenoble (France); Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati INFN, via E. Fermi 40, I-00044 Frascati, Roma (Italy); Capellini, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica ' E. Amaldi' , Universita di Roma Tre, via della Vasca Navale 84, I-00146 Roma (Italy); Garcia Prieto, A. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada I, Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spain); Alonso, J.; Fdez-Gubieda, M.L. [Departamento de Electricidad y Electronica, Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spain); Turco Liveri, V. [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ' F. Accascina' , Universita di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Parco d' Orleans II, Edificio 17, 90128 Palermo (Italy); Longo, A. [ISMN, Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, CNR, Via U. La Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo (Italy); Ruggirello, A.M. [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ' F. Accascina' , Universita di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Parco d' Orleans II, Edificio 17, 90128 Palermo (Italy); Neisius, T. [Federation des Sciences Chimiques de Marseille, Universite Paul Cezanne, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques Campus de Saint Jerome av. Escadrille Normandie Niemen 13397 Marseille Cedex (France)

    2010-11-15

    The magnetic response of nanometer sized Co nanoparticles (NP) prepared using reverse micelle solutions are presented. The use of complementary structural and morphological probes (like transmission electron microscopy, high resolution electron microscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy) allowed to relate the magnetic properties to the size, morphology, composition and atomic structure of the nanoparticles. All data agree on the presence of a core-shell structure of NPs made of a metallic Co core surrounded by a thin Co-oxide layer. The core-shell microstructure of NPs affects its magnetic response mainly raising the anisotropy constant.