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  1. Comparative effectiveness of monomolecular surface film on Aedes aegypti (L. and Anopheles minimus (Theobald (Diptera: Culicidae

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    Chutipong Sukkanon

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Silicone-based surfactants have become of interest for mosquito control in Thailand. When this non-ionic surfactant is applied in mosquito habitats, a monomolecular film (MMF forms on the water surface and disrupts the ability of larvae and pupae to breathe. In this study, a laboratory bioassay was conducted to determine the mosquito control potential of MMF against Aedes aegypti (L. and Anopheles minimus (Theobald, and to compare its efficacy with other larvicides consisting of temephos (an organophosphate, Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti and pyriproxyfen (an insect growth regulator. It was determined that the percentage mortality of Ae. aegypti and An. minimus treated with MMF at a recommended dosage of 1 mL/m2 was significantly greater in pupae (99.2% and 100%, respectively than old stage larvae (L3–L4, age 46 d; 70.8% and 97.5%, respectively and young stage larvae (L1–L2, age 1–2 d; 8.3% and 58.0%, respectively. Small larvae and prolonged stage transformations indicated MMF growth inhibition activity. MMF also displayed oviposition deterrence behavior and caused female mosquitoes to drown during egg laying. In comparison, temephos and Bti were highly effective in larval control while pyriproxyfen and MMF provided excellent control effects against the pupal stage. Based on the results, MMF showed promise as an alternative larvicide for mosquito control in Thailand. Further studies on the environmental effects of MMF are needed.

  2. Efficacy of AquatainTM, a monomolecular surface film, against the malaria vectors Anopheles stephensi and An. gambiae s.s. in the laboratory

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    Bukhari, S.T.; Knols, B.G.J.

    2009-01-01

    Monomolecular films are used for mosquito control because of their asphyxiating effect on larvae and pupae. Compared with other films, Aquatain mosquito formulation (AMFTM) has an improved spreading ability and flexibility on a water surface. In the laboratory, AMFTM showed larvicidal, pupicidal, an

  3. Small-scale field evaluation of the monomolecular surface film 'Arosurf MSF' against Anopheles arabiensis Patton.

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    Karanja, D M; Githeko, A K; Vulule, J M

    1994-04-01

    A field trial was conducted to test the insecticidal action of the monolayer surface film 'Arosurf MSF' applied by knapsack sprayers, against larvae and pupae of Anopheles arabiensis Patton in a rice irrigation scheme in Western Kenya. Larval and pupal densities and the number of emerging adults were determined by dipping and emergence cages respectively. Application of the monolayer by knapsack sprayers provided good coverage. There were high daily mortalities of the fourth instar larvae, with no adult emergence from 'Arosurf MSF' treated plots compared to lower fourth instar mortalities and continuous adult emergence from untreated control plots, indicating the potential of the monolayer for control of An. arabiensis mosquitoes in rice fields.

  4. Buckling of polymerized monomolecular films

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    Bourdieu, L.; Daillant, J.; Chatenay, D.; Braslau, A.; Colson, D.

    1994-03-01

    The buckling of a two-dimensional polymer network at the air-water interface has been evidenced by grazing incidence x-ray scattering. A comprehensive description of the inhomogeneous octadecyltrichlorosilane polymerized film was obtained by atomic force microscopy and x-ray scattering measurements. The buckling occurs with a characteristic wavelength ~=10 μm.

  5. Monomolecular films of cholesterol oxidase and S-Layer proteins

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    Ferraz, Helen Conceição; Guimarães, Juliana Aguilar; Alves, Tito Livio Moitinho; Constantino, Carlos José Leopoldo

    2011-05-01

    Cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) is a flavoenzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of cholesterol to cholest-5-en-3-one and subsequently the isomerization to cholest-4-en-3-one. ChOx has been very commonly studied as the detection element in cholesterol biosensors. In the biosensor development field, a relatively new approach is the use of crystalline bacterial cell surface layers, known as S-Layer proteins. These proteins exhibit the ability of self-assembling at surfaces, opening a vast spectrum of applications, both in basic and applied researches. In our study, monomolecular films of ChOx and mixed films of ChOx/S-Layer proteins and DPPC/S-Layer proteins were produced using the Langmuir technique. Characterization of the films was performed by means of surface pressure-molecular area ( π- A) isotherms. Stable monolayers were obtained, which means that they can be transferred to solid substrates by Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Mixed monolayers showed an ideal like behavior.

  6. Efficacy of Aquatain, a Monomolecular Film, for the Control of Malaria Vectors in Rice Paddies

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    Bukhari, S.T.; Takken, W.; Githeko, A.K.; Koenraadt, C.J.M.

    2011-01-01

    Background Rice paddies harbour a large variety of organisms including larvae of malaria mosquitoes. These paddies are challenging for mosquito control because their large size, slurry and vegetation make it difficult to effectively apply a control agent. Aquatain, a monomolecular surface film, can

  7. Kinetic behaviour of recombinant Fusarium solani lipases using monomolecular films: Effect of the heterologous expression.

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    Jallouli, Raida; Bouali, Madiha; Gargouri, Youssef; Bezzine, Sofiane

    2017-01-01

    Two lipases from Fusarium solani, FSL and FSL2, were efficiently expressed in Pichia pastoris. To check the influence of the expression on interfacial properties of FSL and to study kinetic properties of FSL2, interfacial parameters of FSL2, native FSL, untagged recombinant and tagged recombinant forms of FSL were compared using the monomolecular film technique. Kinetic study on the dependence of the stereoselectivity of these lipases on the surface pressure was performed using three dicaprin isomers spread in the form of monomolecular films at the air-water interface. The FSL2 seems to have an important penetration power with a preference for adjacent ester groups and the heterologous expression accompanied or not with the N-His-tag extension on the FSL were found to modify the pressure preference and increase the catalytic hydrolysis rate of three dicaprin isomers. The heterologous expression was found to preserve the FSL regioselectivity without affecting its stereospecificity at high and low surface pressure. The evaluation of the recombinant expression Effects on Catalysis (REC), the N-Tag Effects on Catalysis (TEC), and the N-Tag and Recombinant expression Effects on Catalysis (TREC) showed that the heterologous expression was more efficient than the presence of the N-terminal tag extension on the FSL. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Physical influence on larvicidal and pupicidal activity of the silicone-based monomolecular film.

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    Ngrenngarmlert, Warunee; Sukkanon, Chutipong; Yaicharoen, Rapeeporn; Chareonviriyaphap, Theeraphap

    2016-10-01

    Although silicone-based monomolecular film (MMF) has been accepted as larvicide in several countries, its mosquito control potential has never been investigated in Thailand. Laboratory assessment in this study was conducted to determine the MMF efficacy against Aedes aegypti. At the recommended dosage (1mL/m(2) of water surface), mortality of pupae (99.17±0.83%) was significantly greater than mortality of old and young larvae (73.33±9.13, 11.67±3.47%; respectively). Pupicidal activity was rapidly exhibited within hours while larvicidal activity took at least one day. Interestingly, among the survived mosquitoes after MMF exposure, larval length (3.6±0.18mm), pupation (0%) and adult emergence (0%) were significantly less than the control group. Gravid females also avoided laying eggs in MMF-treated oviposition cups. There was no influence of physical factors on MMF efficacy and no toxic effects on fish and plants. These results indicated the MMF is promising to provide not only larvicidal and pupicidal activity but also inhibition of larval development as indicated by both larval length and stage transformation.

  9. Efficacy of aquatain, a monomolecular film, for the control of malaria vectors in rice paddies.

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    Tullu Bukhari

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Rice paddies harbour a large variety of organisms including larvae of malaria mosquitoes. These paddies are challenging for mosquito control because their large size, slurry and vegetation make it difficult to effectively apply a control agent. Aquatain, a monomolecular surface film, can be considered a suitable mosquito control agent for such breeding habitats due to its physical properties. The properties allow Aquatain to self-spread over a water surface and affect multiple stages of the mosquito life cycle. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A trial based on a pre-test/post-test control group design evaluated the potential of Aquatain as a mosquito control agent at Ahero rice irrigation scheme in Kenya. After Aquatain application at a dose of 2 ml/m(2 on rice paddies, early stage anopheline larvae were reduced by 36%, and late stage anopheline larvae by 16%. However, even at a lower dose of 1 ml/m(2 there was a 93.2% reduction in emergence of anopheline adults and 69.5% reduction in emergence of culicine adults. No pupation was observed in treated buckets that were part of a field bio-assay carried out parallel to the trial. Aquatain application saved nearly 1.7 L of water in six days from a water surface of 0.2 m(2 under field conditions. Aquatain had no negative effect on rice plants as well as on a variety of non-target organisms, except backswimmers. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: We demonstrated that Aquatain is an effective agent for the control of anopheline and culicine mosquitoes in irrigated rice paddies. The agent reduced densities of aquatic larval stages and, more importantly, strongly impacted the emergence of adult mosquitoes. Aquatain also reduced water loss due to evaporation. No negative impacts were found on either abundance of non-target organisms, or growth and development of rice plants. Aquatain, therefore, appears a suitable mosquito control tool for use in rice agro-ecosystems.

  10. Langmuir-Blodgett films of phycobiliproteins (I)——Monomolecular film and conformational studies of R-phycoerythrin

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    何靳安; 蒋丽金; 江龙; 毕只初; 李津如

    1996-01-01

    The surface pressure-area (π-A) isotherm of R-phycoerythrin (R-PE) at the air-water interface has been measured. The results indicate that R-PE can form the monomolecular film. Moreover, the molecule-occupied area extrapolating the linear part of the n-A isotherm is identical with that when an R-PE molecule is located at the interface with its disk plane parallel to the air-water interface. The transmission electron micrograph (TEM) and the measurement of the thickness of the protein monolayer by ellipsometry show that the orientation of R-PE disk plane on the substrate is parallel to the plane of substrate. Absorption and fluorescence spectra of R-PE LB multilayers were obtained through transferring R-PE monolayer at the air-water interface to the substrates at the proper surface pressure by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. These spectra of R-PE LB films do not show distinct differences from those in aqueous solution. Comparative studies of circular dichroism (CD) spectra of the protein between in aq

  11. The trypsin-catalyzed hydrolysis of monomolecular films of lysylphosphatidylglycerol

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    Gould, R.M.; Dawson, R.M.C.

    1972-01-01

    The hydrolysis by trypsin of the bacterial phospholipid, lysylphosphatidyl-glycerol has been studied at the air-water interface. High specific activity [14C]-lysylphosphatidylglycerol was prepared biosynthetically and the trypsin action followed by measuring the loss of surface radioactivity from a

  12. Highly sensitive graphene biosensor by monomolecular self-assembly of receptors on graphene surface

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    Kim, Ji Eun; No, Young Hyun; Kim, Joo Nam; Shin, Yong Seon; Kang, Won Tae; Kim, Young Rae; Kim, Kun Nyun; Kim, Yong Ho; Yu, Woo Jong

    2017-05-01

    Graphene has attracted a great deal of interest for applications in bio-sensing devices because of its ultra-thin structure, which enables strong electrostatic coupling with target molecules, and its excellent electrical mobility promising for ultra-fast sensing speeds. However, thickly stacked receptors on the graphene's surface interrupts electrostatic coupling between graphene and charged biomolecules, which can reduce the sensitivity of graphene biosensors. Here, we report a highly sensitive graphene biosensor by the monomolecular self-assembly of designed peptide protein receptors. The graphene channel was non-covalently functionalized using peptide protein receptors via the π-π interaction along the graphene's Bravais lattice, allowing ultra-thin monomolecular self-assembly through the graphene lattice. In thickness dependent characterization, a graphene sensor with a monomolecular receptor (thickness less than 3 nm) showed five times higher sensitivity and three times higher voltage shifts than graphene sensors with thick receptor stacks (thicknesses greater than 20 nm), which is attributed to excellent gate coupling between graphene and streptavidin via an ultrathin receptor insulator. In addition to having a fast-inherent response time (less than 0.6 s) based on fast binding speed between biotin and streptavidin, our graphene biosensor is a promising platform for highly sensitive real-time monitoring of biomolecules with high spatiotemporal resolution.

  13. Electrical characterization of single molecule and Langmuir–Blodgett monomolecular films of a pyridine-terminated oligo(phenylene-ethynylene derivative

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    Henrry M. Osorio

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Monolayer Langmuir–Blodgett (LB films of 1,4-bis(pyridin-4-ylethynylbenzene (1 together with the “STM touch-to-contact” method have been used to study the nature of metal–monolayer–metal junctions in which the pyridyl group provides the contact at both molecule–surface interfaces. Surface pressure vs area per molecule isotherms and Brewster angle microscopy images indicate that 1 forms true monolayers at the air–water interface. LB films of 1 were fabricated by deposition of the Langmuir films onto solid supports resulting in monolayers with surface coverage of 0.98 × 10−9 mol·cm−2. The morphology of the LB films that incorporate compound 1 was studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM. AFM images indicate the formation of homogeneous, monomolecular films at a surface pressure of transference of 16 mN·m−1. The UV–vis spectra of the Langmuir and LB films reveal that 1 forms two dimensional J-aggregates. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM, in particular the “STM touch-to-contact” method, was used to determine the electrical properties of LB films of 1. From these STM studies symmetrical I–V curves were obtained. A junction conductance of 5.17 × 10−5 G0 results from the analysis of the pseudolinear (ohmic region of the I–V curves. This value is higher than that of the conductance values of LB films of phenylene-ethynylene derivatives contacted by amines, thiols, carboxylate, trimethylsilylethynyl or acetylide groups. In addition, the single molecule I–V curve of 1 determined using the I(s method is in good agreement with the I–V curve obtained for the LB film, and both curves fit well with the Simmons model. Together, these results not only indicate that the mechanism of transport through these metal–molecule–metal junctions is non-resonant tunneling, but that lateral interactions between molecules within the LB film do not strongly influence the molecule conductance. The results presented here

  14. Impact of aluminum on the oxidation of lipids and enzymatic lipolysis in monomolecular films at the air/water interface.

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    Corvis, Yohann; Korchowiec, Beata; Brezesinski, Gerald; Follot, Sébastien; Rogalska, Ewa

    2007-03-13

    There is evidence that serious pathologies are associated with aluminum (Al). In the present work, the influence of Al on enzymatic lipolysis was studied with the aim to get more insight into the possible link between the Al-induced membrane modification and the cytotoxicity of the trivalent cation (AlIII). Lipid monolayers were used as model membranes. The monomolecular film technique allowed monitoring the Al-dependent modifications of the lipid monolayer properties and enzyme kinetics. Two enzymes, namely, Candida rugosa lipase and a calcium (CaII)-dependent phospholipase A2 from porcine pancreas, were used to catalyze the lipolysis of triglyceride and phosphoglyceride monolayers, respectively. The results obtained show that Al modifies both the monolayer structure and enzymatic reaction rates. While the enzymes used in this study can be considered as probes detecting lipid membrane properties, it cannot be excluded that in physiological conditions modulation of the enzyme action by the Al-bound membranes is among the reasons for Al toxicity.

  15. The Effect of Monomolecular Films on the Underlying Ambient-Noise Field

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    1988-11-01

    series of sea tests have been successfully conducted throughout a wide range of sea states. The basic format of each test was to deploy a pair of...cannot be solely responsible since ambient-noise levels increase rapidly from sea state 0 to sea state 2 in the absence of whitecap formation . While...beginning at a mean speed of 7.5 meters per second. He states, "The water surface, as seen from beneath, looks like a ceiling of a stalactite grotto. As

  16. Butler-Sugimoto monomolecular bilayer interface model: the effect of oxygen on the surface tension of a liquid metal and its wetting of a ceramic.

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    Yen, Pei-Shan; Datta, Ravindra

    2014-07-15

    The influence of oxygen on liquid-gas surface tension of molten metals has been well-investigated experimentally and modeled theoretically via the Szyszkowski equation, derivable from the Butler molecular monolayer interface model. However, there is no corresponding model describing the experimentally observed profound effect of oxygen partial pressure on solid-liquid surface tension as well as on contact angle of molten metals on ceramic substrates. Here, we utilize the Butler-Sugimoto thermodynamic approach based on a monomolecular bilayer interface model to investigate the effect of oxygen partial pressure on liquid-gas as well as solid-liquid surface tension of molten Cu/Al2O3 and molten Ag/Al2O3 systems. It is shown that both liquid-gas and solid-liquid surface tension are a strong function of oxygen activity in the melt, which, in turn, depends on gas-phase oxygen partial pressure, in conformity with experiments. The change in solid-liquid surface tension and wetting is also greatly affected by the change in liquid-gas surface tension. This improved understanding is of practical significance in many applications.

  17. Techniques expérimentales pour l'étude des films monomoléculaires adsorbés sur un substrat Experimental Techniques for Analysing the Monomolecular Films Absorbed on a Substrate

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    Jacquet M.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Cet article a pour but de donner un aperçu des différentes méthodes les plus couramment utilisées dans l'étude des films monomoléculaires adsorbés sur un substrat massif et d'orienter l'utilisateur vers l'une ou l'autre de ces méthodes. Pour chacune d'elles, le fondement théorique, l'information fournie et la sensibilité de la mesure sont précisés. Une des difficultés réside dans le fait que les échantillons utilisés sont massifs et que les quantités adsorbées mises en jeu sont de ce fait toujours extrêmement petites. The aim of this article is to toke a look at the different methods most commonly used for analyzing the monomolecular films adsorbed on a massive substrate and to guide users toward one or another of these methods. For each of them, the theoretical validity, the information available and the measurement sensitivity are given. One of the difficulties lies in the fact that the samples used are massive and the adsorbed amounts involved are hence always extremely minute.

  18. Influence of surface chemistry on the structural organization of monomolecular protein layers adsorbed to functionalized aqueous interfaces

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    Lösche, M.; Piepenstock, M.; Diederich, A.;

    1993-01-01

    The molecular organization of streptavidin (SA) bound to aqueous surface monolayers of biotin-functionalized lipids and binary lipid mixtures has been investigated with neutron reflectivity and electron and fluorescence microscopy. The substitution of deuterons (2H) for protons (1H), both...... dependence of the structural properties of such self-assembled SA monolayers on the surface chemistry was observed: the lateral protein density depends on the length of the spacer connecting the biotin moiety and its hydrophobic anchor. The hydration of the lipid head groups in the protein-bound state...

  19. Effect of thin film on the generation of vorticity by surface waves

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    Parfenyev, V M; Lebedev, V V

    2016-01-01

    Recently a theoretical scheme explaining the vorticity generation by surface waves in liquids was developed [S. Filatov et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 054501 (2016)]. Here we study how a thin (monomolecular) film presented at the surface of liquid affects the generated vorticity. We demonstrate that the vorticity becomes parametrically larger than for the case with a clean surface and now it depends on viscosity of the liquid. We also discuss the motion of particles passively advected by the generated surface flow. The results can be used in different applications: from the analysis of pollutants' diffusion on the ocean surface till the reconstruction of vorticity based on the particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements.

  20. Multifunctional thin film surface

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    Brozik, Susan M.; Harper, Jason C.; Polsky, Ronen; Wheeler, David R.; Arango, Dulce C.; Dirk, Shawn M.

    2015-10-13

    A thin film with multiple binding functionality can be prepared on an electrode surface via consecutive electroreduction of two or more aryl-onium salts with different functional groups. This versatile and simple method for forming multifunctional surfaces provides an effective means for immobilization of diverse molecules at close proximities. The multifunctional thin film has applications in bioelectronics, molecular electronics, clinical diagnostics, and chemical and biological sensing.

  1. The Monomolecular Organization of a Photodynamic Protein System Through Specific Surface Recognition of Streptavidin to Biotinylated LB Films

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    1991-05-03

    of a dynamic colorant system could form the basis for a dynamical optical mimic strategy or conversely a dynamic contrast strategy. Such systems could...switching devices. Recent studies with the light transducing proton pump protein from the purple membrane of Halobacterium holobium, bacteriorhodopsin, have...the collection system is N.A. = 0.18. A color filter was placed in front of the entrance slit of the monochromator which had a cutoff wavelength of

  2. Capacitor film surface assessment studies

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    Galperin, I.; White, W.

    1985-02-01

    In the present investigation of the optical surface of the three widely used, biaxially oriented capacitor films, polypropylene, polyvinylidene fluoride, and polyester, with attention to film surface defects and thickness variation, the defects and their rate of occurrence proved traceable in terms of polymer structure, chemical grouping, and fabrication processing. Film thickness variation was small, yet differed for each film type. Film breakdown voltages have been determined, and alternative causes for the voltage values obtained are proposed. A reciprocal relation is noted between the film breakdown voltage and the dielectric constant.

  3. Infrared spectroscopy of thin organic films on metal surfaces

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    Boerio, F. J.; Boerio, J. P.; Bozian, R. C.

    1988-01-01

    The principles of external reflection infrared spectroscopy for obtaining spectra of thin films on surfaces by reflecting infrared radiation from the surface at large, almost grazing angles, were reviewed and new applications were described. Infrared spectra of monomolecular films formed by myristic acid adsorbed from dilute solutions in nitrobenzene onto aluminum and chromium were obtained. Adsorption onto both substrates involved dissociation of the acid groups to form carboxylate species but undissociated monomer was retained in the films formed on aluminum. Myristic acid was adsorbed onto aluminum with a vertical conformation in which the twofold symmetry axes of the carboxylate groups were nearly perpendicular to the surface of the substrate. The twofold axes of the carboxylate groups were more inclined with respect to the normal to the surface for the chromium substrates. Terephthalic acid and terephthalic acid-d 4 were adsorbed onto aluminum from dilute solutions in ethanol with a vertical conformation in which one acid group was dissociated to form a salt with a metal ion in the substrate while the other acid group may have formed hydrogen bonds with neighboring molecules. When thin films of ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymers were applied to the aluminized back sides of silicon solar cells which were then immersed in boiling water for a few minutes, the hydrated oxide pseudoboehmite rapidly formed at the interface. A primer containing γ-methacryoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (γ-MPS) inhibited the formation of pseudoboehmite from the rough aluminized back sides of crystalline silicon cells but not from the smooth aluminized back sides of amorphous cells.

  4. Organized organic ultrathin films fundamentals and applications

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    Ariga, Katsuhiko

    2012-01-01

    This handy reference is the first comprehensive book covering both fundamentals and recent developments in the field with an emphasis on nanotechnology. Written by a highly regarded author in the field, the book details state-of-the-art preparation, characterization and applications of thin films of organic molecules and biomaterials fabricated by wet processes and also highlights applications in nanotechnology The categories of films covered include monomolecular films (monolayers) both on a water surface and on a solid plate, Langmuir-Blodgett films (transferred multilayer films on a solid plate from a water surface), layer-by-layer films (adsorbed multilayer films on a solid support), and spontaneously assembled films in solution.

  5. Surface wrinkling on polydopamine film

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    Meng, Jieyun; Xie, Jixun; Han, Xue; Lu, Conghua

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we report a non-lithographic strategy to realize surface patterns on polydopamine films. It is based on surface wrinkling, which is induced on polydopamine (PDA) films that are grown on uniaxially pre-strained polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates through self-polymerization of dopamine, followed by the pre-strain release. We investigate the influences of the experimental conditions including polymerization time, prestrain and the dopamine solution concentration on the wrinkling patterns. Furthermore, we take advantage of the reducibility of PDA to fabricate silver nanoparticle-deposited PDA films with surface-wrinkled patterns, which may have potential applications in the related fields.

  6. Film boiling on vertical surfaces.

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    Suryanarayana, N. V.; Merte, H., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    Film boiling of a saturated liquid on a vertical surface is analyzed to determine the local heat-transfer rates as a function of height and heater-surface superheat. Experiments show that the laminar-flow model is inadequate. A turbulent-vapor-flow model is used, and the influence of the interfacial oscillations is incorporated on a semiempirical basis. Measurements of local film boiling were obtained with a transient technique using saturated liquid nitrogen.

  7. Spreading of oil films on water in the surface tension regime

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    Camp, D.W.

    1985-01-01

    Surface tension forces will cause an oil to spread over water if the tension of the oil film (the summed surface and interfacial tensions for bulk oil films, or the equilibrium spreading tension for monomolecular films) is less than the surface tension of water. For oil films spreading in a 40 cm long channel, measurements are made of leading edge position and lateral profiles of film thickness, velocity, and tension as a function of time. Measurements of the tension profiles, important for evaluating proposed theories, is made possible by the development of a new technique based on the Wilhelmy method. The oils studied were silicones, fatty acids and alcohols, and mixtures of surfactants in otherwise nonspreading oils. The single-component oils show an acceleration zone connecting a slow-moving inner region with a fast-moving leading monolayer. The dependence of film tension on film thickness for spreading single-component oils often differs from that at equilibrium. The mixtures show a bulk oil film configuration which extends to the leading edge and have velocity profiles which increase smoothly. The theoretical framework, similarity transformation, and asymptotic solutions of Foda and Cox for single-component oils were shown to be valid. An analysis of spreading surfactant-oil mixtures is developed which allows them to be treated under this framework. An easily-used semi-empirical model is proposed which allows them to be treated under this framework. An easily-used semi-empirical model is proposed which allows accurate prediction of detailed spreading behavior for any spreading oil.

  8. Surface tension profiles in vertical soap films

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    Adami, N

    2013-01-01

    Surface tension profiles in vertical soap films are experimentally investigated. Measurements are performed introducing deformable elastic objets in the films. The shape adopted by those objects set in the film can be related to the surface tension value at a given vertical position by numerical solving of adapted elasticity equations. We show that the observed dependency of the surface tension versus the vertical position in the soap film can be reproduced by simple modeling taking into account film thickness measurements.

  9. Fullerene films and fullerene-dodecylamine adduct monolayers at air-water interfaces studied by neutron and x-ray reflection

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    Wang, J.Y.; Vaknin, D.; Uphaus, R.A.;

    1994-01-01

    Neutron and X-ray reflection measurements and surface pressure isotherms of spread films of the fullerene-dodecylamine adduct C60-[NH2(CH2)11CH3]x all indicate that this material may form monomolecular layers on water surfaces. The reflection data sets (neutron on both H2O and D2O) can be accounted...

  10. Covalently Bound Monomolecular Layers on Si Single Crystals

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    Chidsey, Christopher E. D.

    1996-03-01

    Methods and reagents borrowed from the molecular synthetic chemistry of silicon compounds have been used to form covalently bound monomolecular layers on silicon single crystals. Organic monolayers bound covalently to silicon could form the basis for silicon/organic interfaces useful in sensor structures. In a representative reaction, alkyl monolayers with densities approaching that of crystalline polyethylene have been prepared by the radical-initiated insertion of 1-alkenes into the Si-H bonds of hydrogen-terminated Si(111) surfaces footnote M. R. Linford, P. Fenter, P. M. Eisenberger and C. E. D Chidsey, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 117, 3145-3155 (1995). It has recently been found that this insertion reaction can also be initiated by illumination with UV light having sufficient energy to break the Si-H bond. Synchrotron-based high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy and diffraction have demonstrated the expected Si-C bond in such monolayers footnote J. H. Terry, R. Cao, P. A. Pianetta, M. R. Linford and C. E. D. Chidsey, unpublished results. An alternate approach to similar monolayers has been found to be the chlorination of hydrogen-terminated Si(111) with Cl_2, followed by the nucleophilic displacement of chlorine with alkyl lithium reagents. The well-behaved chemical transformations of the hydrogen-terminated silicon surfaces appear to result from the essentially bulk termination of the silicon lattice with closed-shell silicon hydride "functional groups" on the surface. In addition to the formation of novel organic layers, a full understanding of the reactivity of the hydrogen-terminated silicon surfaces should lead to better control of key technological silicon interfaces such as Si/SiO_2, Si/epi-Si, and Si/metal.

  11. Monomolecular conversion of light alkanes over H-ZSM-5

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    Narbeshuber, T.; Narbeshuber, Thomas F.; Vinek, Hannelore; Lercher, J.A.

    1995-01-01

    The monomolecular conversion of light n-alkanes (propane to n-hexane) over H-ZSM-5 was investigated between 723 and 823 K. The rates and energies of activation of the individual reactions were determined and a kinetic model for the conversion is presented. The results suggest that carbonium ions are

  12. Toxicity and effects of mosquito larvicides methoprene and surface film (Agnique® MMF) on the development and fecundity of the tadpole shrimp Triops newberryi (Packard) (Notostraca: Triopsidae).

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    Su, Tianyun; Jiang, Yonxing; Mulla, Mir S

    2014-12-01

    We investigated the interactions of tadpole shrimp, a mosquito biological control agent, with the juvenile hormone analog methoprene and a monomolecular surface film. In laboratory assays, the tadpole shrimp (TPS) Triops newberryi (Packard) was able to tolerate high concentrations of methoprene without negative impacts on its growth, longevity, and fecundity when exposed to 1 to 10 mg/liter, or 90-900 fold, of the IE(90) levels against a laboratory colony of Culex quinquefasciatus Say. The same held true in field trials when the habitats were treated with Altosid(®) Liquid Larvicide (Altosid(®) LL, 5% methoprene) at 0.3-1.2 liters/ha. or 1-4 fold of the label rates for mosquito control. However, some significant impacts on the TPS occurred when they were exposed to Agnique(®) Monomolecular Film (Agnique(®) MMF) at the label rates for mosquito control ranging from 1.89-9.45 liters/ha. under laboratory and field conditions. To avoid the negative impact of Agnique MMF on tadpole shrimp, it appears that 1.89 liters/ha. would be the maximum rate when Agnique MMF is used to control mosquitoes in the habitats where the TPS is employed as a biological control agent, or prevailing in the aquatic habitats with potential for suppressing mosquito larval populations.

  13. Surface acoustic wave propagation in graphene film

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    Roshchupkin, Dmitry, E-mail: rochtch@iptm.ru; Plotitcyna, Olga; Matveev, Viktor; Kononenko, Oleg; Emelin, Evgenii; Irzhak, Dmitry [Institute of Microelectronics Technology and High-Purity Materials Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka 142432 (Russian Federation); Ortega, Luc [Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Univ. Paris-Sud, CNRS, UMR 8502, 91405 Orsay Cedex (France); Zizak, Ivo; Erko, Alexei [Institute for Nanometre Optics and Technology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Albert-Einstein Strasse 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Tynyshtykbayev, Kurbangali; Insepov, Zinetula [Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System, 53 Kabanbay Batyr St., Astana 010000 (Kazakhstan)

    2015-09-14

    Surface acoustic wave (SAW) propagation in a graphene film on the surface of piezoelectric crystals was studied at the BESSY II synchrotron radiation source. Talbot effect enabled the visualization of the SAW propagation on the crystal surface with the graphene film in a real time mode, and high-resolution x-ray diffraction permitted the determination of the SAW amplitude in the graphene/piezoelectric crystal system. The influence of the SAW on the electrical properties of the graphene film was examined. It was shown that the changing of the SAW amplitude enables controlling the magnitude and direction of current in graphene film on the surface of piezoelectric crystals.

  14. Surface acoustic wave propagation in graphene film

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    Roshchupkin, Dmitry; Ortega, Luc; Zizak, Ivo; Plotitcyna, Olga; Matveev, Viktor; Kononenko, Oleg; Emelin, Evgenii; Erko, Alexei; Tynyshtykbayev, Kurbangali; Irzhak, Dmitry; Insepov, Zinetula

    2015-09-01

    Surface acoustic wave (SAW) propagation in a graphene film on the surface of piezoelectric crystals was studied at the BESSY II synchrotron radiation source. Talbot effect enabled the visualization of the SAW propagation on the crystal surface with the graphene film in a real time mode, and high-resolution x-ray diffraction permitted the determination of the SAW amplitude in the graphene/piezoelectric crystal system. The influence of the SAW on the electrical properties of the graphene film was examined. It was shown that the changing of the SAW amplitude enables controlling the magnitude and direction of current in graphene film on the surface of piezoelectric crystals.

  15. Efficacy of agnique (mmf) monomolecular surface film against immature stages of Anopheles arabiensis patton and Culex spp (diptera: culicidae) in Khartoum, Sudan.

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    Bashir, Al; Hassan, A Abu; Salmah, M R Che; Rahman, W A

    2008-03-01

    The efficacy of the larvicidal and pupicidal agent (Agnique) MMF was evaluated against larvae of An. arabiensis and Culex (Diptera: Culicidae) under field conditions in Bahary Locality, Khartoum, Sudan. At an applied dosage of 0.25 ml/m2, MMF resulted in 89.4, 79.8 and 88.2% reductions in L3-L4 instars An. arabiensis and 63.5% in Culex larvae (all stages) 24 to 72 hours post-treatment. Pupae were completely eliminated (100%) within 24 hours posttreatment. The earlier instars (L1-L2) of An. arabiensis were more tolerant with a 62.5% reduction at 72 hours post-treatment compared to (L3-L4) instars and pupae. At 7-days post-treatment Agnique gave a 57.5% reduction in L1-L2 and 92.6% in L3-L4 instar larvae of An. arabiensis and 57.3% and 86.4% in Culex larvae and pupae, respectively. We conclude that Agnique can perform effectively against L3-L4 instars and pupae of An. arabiensis for only 1 week, and 3 to 4 days against L1-L2 instars of Culex spp.

  16. Surface tension profiles in vertical soap films

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    Adami, N.; Caps, H.

    2015-01-01

    Surface tension profiles in vertical soap films are experimentally investigated. Measurements are performed by introducing deformable elastic objets in the films. The shape adopted by those objects once set in the film is related to the surface tension value at a given vertical position by numerically solving the adapted elasticity equations. We show that the observed dependency of the surface tension versus the vertical position is predicted by simple modeling that takes into account the mechanical equilibrium of the films coupled to previous thickness measurements.

  17. Silk film biomaterials for ocular surface repair

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    Lawrence, Brian David

    Current biomaterial approaches for repairing the cornea's ocular surface upon injury are partially effective due to inherent material limitations. As a result there is a need to expand the biomaterial options available for use in the eye, which in turn will help to expand new clinical innovations and technology development. The studies illustrated here are a collection of work to further characterize silk film biomaterials for use on the ocular surface. Silk films were produced from regenerated fibroin protein solution derived from the Bombyx mori silkworm cocoon. Methods of silk film processing and production were developed to produce consistent biomaterials for in vitro and in vivo evaluation. A wide range of experiments was undertaken that spanned from in vitro silk film material characterization to in vivo evaluation. It was found that a variety of silk film properties could be controlled through a water-annealing process. Silk films were then generated that could be use in vitro to produce stratified corneal epithelial cell sheets comparable to tissue grown on the clinical standard substrate of amniotic membrane. This understanding was translated to produce a silk film design that enhanced corneal healing in vivo on a rabbit injury model. Further work produced silk films with varying surface topographies that were used as a simplified analog to the corneal basement membrane surface in vitro. These studies demonstrated that silk film surface topography is capable of directing corneal epithelial cell attachment, growth, and migration response. Most notably epithelial tissue development was controllably directed by the presence of the silk surface topography through increasing cell sheet migration efficiency at the individual cellular level. Taken together, the presented findings represent a comprehensive characterization of silk film biomaterials for use in ocular surface reconstruction, and indicate their utility as a potential material choice in the

  18. Salicylic acid electrooxidation. A surface film formation

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    Baturova, M.D.; Vedenjapin, A.; Baturova, M.M. [N.D. Zelinsky Inst. of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation); Weichgrebe, D.; Danilova, E.; Rosenwinkel, K.H. [Univ. of Hannover, Inst. of Water Quality and Waste Management Hannover (Germany); Skundin, A. [A.N. Frumkin Inst. of Electrochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2003-07-01

    A possibility to use electrochemical treatment for salicylic acid (SA) removal from waste water was studied. It was found that SA can be oxidized at platinum anode with formation of harmless products. Features of anodic process, in particular, formation of solid film on anode surface as well as properties of the film were investigated. (orig.)

  19. Surface characteristics of PLA and PLGA films

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    Paragkumar N, Thanki [Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique Macromoleculaire (LCPM), UMR CNRS-INPL 7568, Groupe ENSIC, 1 rue Grandville, B.P. 20451, 54001 Nancy Cedex (France); Edith, Dellacherie [Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique Macromoleculaire (LCPM), UMR CNRS-INPL 7568, Groupe ENSIC, 1 rue Grandville, B.P. 20451, 54001 Nancy Cedex (France); Six, Jean-Luc [Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique Macromoleculaire (LCPM), UMR CNRS-INPL 7568, Groupe ENSIC, 1 rue Grandville, B.P. 20451, 54001 Nancy Cedex (France)]. E-mail: Jean-Luc.Six@ensic.inpl-nancy.fr

    2006-12-30

    Surface segregation and restructuring in polylactides (poly(D,L-lactide) and poly(L-lactide)) and poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) films of various thicknesses were investigated using both attenuated total reflection FTIR (ATR-FTIR) and contact angle relaxation measurements. In case of poly(D,L-lactide) (DLPLA), it was observed that the surface segregation and the surface restructuring of methyl side groups are influenced by the polymer film thickness. This result has been confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In the same way, PLGA thick films were also characterized by an extensive surface segregation of methyl side groups. Finally, surface restructuring was investigated by dynamic contact angle measurements and it was observed when film surface comes into contact with water. In parallel, we also found that poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) thin and clear films with thickness {approx}15 {mu}m undergo conformational changes on the surface upon solvent treatment with certain solvents. The solvent treated surface of PLLA becomes hazy and milky white and its hydrophobicity increases compared to untreated surface. FTIR spectroscopic analysis indicated that polymer chains at the surface undergo certain conformational changes upon solvent treatment. These changes are identified as the restricted motions of C-O-C segments and more intense and specific vibrations of methyl side groups. During solvent treatment, the change in water contact angle and FTIR spectrum of PLLA is well correlated.

  20. surface modification of polyethylene films using atmospheric ...

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    measured an increase of ozone with increasing oxygen admixture. Neither of ... Detailed modeling of both the chemistry inside the plasma and plasma effluent as well as the ... Film Treated by Air Dielectric Barrier Discharge. Plasma. Surface ...

  1. Ellipsometry of functional organic surfaces and films

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    Hinrichs, Karsten

    2013-01-01

    Ellipsometry is the method of choice to determin the properties of surfaces and thin films. It provides comprehensive and sensitive characterization in a contactless and non-invasive measurements. This book gives a state-of-the-art survey of ellipsometric investigations of organic films and surfaces, from laboratory to synchrotron applications, with a special focus on in-situ use in processing environments and at solid-liquid interfaces.

  2. Surface structure of oriented PET films

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    Kirov, K

    2001-01-01

    crystallinity and the level of molecular orientation of the polymer are highest at the film surface and gradually decrease away from it. The same trend for an increase in structural order nearer the film surface was observed in a series of PET films drawn uniaxially in laboratory conditions. The observed strong dependence of stratification in the oriented films on drawing ratio, lead to the conclusion, that the structural gradients arise as a result of viscous flow. The molecular mechanism of stratification is discussed and leads to the idea of enhanced chain mobility at the PET film surface. The idea is in line with recent studies showing a depression of the glass transition temperature of free polymer surfaces. In addition, the results on structure formation in PET films during drawing, give support to the existing view that polymer crystallisation is assisted by a spinodal-decomposition nucleation process. Polymer films are widely used as substrates in nano-composite materials and therefore have to possess...

  3. Solid surfaces, interfaces and thin films

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    Lüth, Hans

    2015-01-01

    This book emphasises both experimental and theoretical aspects of surface, interface and thin-film physics. As in previous editions the preparation of surfaces and thin films, their atomic and morphological structure, their vibronic and electronic properties as well as fundamentals of adsorption are treated. Because of their importance in modern information technology and nanostructure research, particular emphasis is paid to electronic surface and interface states, semiconductor space charge layers and heterostructures. A special chapter of the book is devoted to collective phenomena at interfaces and in thin films such as superconductivity and magnetism. The latter topic includes the meanwhile important issues giant magnetoresistance and spin-transfer torque mechanism, both effects being of high interest in information technology. In this new edition, for the first time, the effect of spin-orbit coupling on surface states is treated. In this context the class of the recently detected topological insulators,...

  4. Solid Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films

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    Lüth, Hans

    2010-01-01

    This book emphasises both experimental and theoretical aspects of surface, interface and thin film physics. As in previous editions the preparation of surfaces and thin films, their atomic and morphological, their vibronic and electronic properties as well as fundamentals of adsorption are treated. Because of their importance in modern information technology and nanostructure physics particular emphasis is paid to electronic surface and interface states, semiconductor space charge layers and heterostructures as well as to superconductor/semiconductor interfaces and magnetic thin films. The latter topic was significantly extended in this new edition by more details about the giant magnetoresistance and a section about the spin-transfer torque mechanism including one new problem as exercise. Two new panels about Kerr-effect and spin-polarized scanning tunnelling microscopy were added, too. Furthermore, the meanwhile important group III-nitride surfaces and high-k oxide/semiconductor interfaces are shortly discu...

  5. Physisorbed Films on Planar and Nonplanar Surfaces.

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    Cheng, E.

    1990-01-01

    In the case of multilayer liquid films on planar surfaces, we found that the widely used Frenkel-Halsey -Hill theory is the leading term of a many-body expansion of the more general Dzyaloshinskii-Lifshitz-Pitaevskii theory in the nonretardation limit. While the FHH theory is a good approximation in the thin film region, retardation has been shown to be important at thickness d >=q 100 A. A universal behavior of the retardation has also been found. Submonolayer He film on weak-binding substrate surfaces have been found to have unexpected and exciting new features. The weak binding of the substrate potential supports only low density monolayer He films so that the monolayer He solid can be eliminated. Meanwhile, the z -wise delocalization of He atoms reduces the He-He interaction and the lateral binding. It is possible that the 2D liquid film will be eliminated as well and a quasi-2D bose gas is expected. A further possibility is that no He monolayer film at all will be present on a weak-binding substrate. The possibility of using the fractal geometry to describe (global) surface roughness has been investigated. A power-law relation between the coverage and thickness is found on a fractally rough surface, with its exponent determined by the surface fractal dimension. A new and interesting phenomenon has been found: the adsorbed film "defractalizes" the substrate surface; this is observable by small angle x-ray and neutron scattering measurements. Adsorption inside a cylindrical pore and near an oblique corner have also been discussed.

  6. Polymer surfaces, interfaces and thin films

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    Stamm, M. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Polymerforschung, Mainz (Germany)

    1996-11-01

    Neutron reflectometry can be used in various ways to investigate surfaces, interfaces and thin films of polymers. Its potential comes mostly from the possibilities offered by selective deuteration, where a particular component can be made visible with respect to its activity at the interface. In addition the depth resolution is much better than with most other direct techniques, and details of the profiles may be resolved. Several examples will be discussed including the segment diffusion at the interface between two polymer films, the determination of the narrow interfaces between incompatible polymer blends and the development of order in thin diblock copolymer films. (author) 10 figs., 2 tabs., 38 refs.

  7. Thin Ice Films at Mineral Surfaces.

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    Yeşilbaş, Merve; Boily, Jean-François

    2016-07-21

    Ice films formed at mineral surfaces are of widespread occurrence in nature and are involved in numerous atmospheric and terrestrial processes. In this study, we studied thin ice films at surfaces of 19 synthetic and natural mineral samples of varied structure and composition. These thin films were formed by sublimation of thicker hexagonal ice overlayers mostly produced by freezing wet pastes of mineral particles at -10 and -50 °C. Vibration spectroscopy revealed that thin ice films contained smaller populations of strongly hydrogen-bonded water molecules than in hexagonal ice and liquid water. Thin ice films at the surfaces of the majority of minerals considered in this work [i.e., metal (oxy)(hydr)oxides, phyllosilicates, silicates, volcanic ash, Arizona Test Dust] produced intense O-H stretching bands at ∼3400 cm(-1), attenuated bands at ∼3200 cm(-1), and liquid-water-like bending band at ∼1640 cm(-1) irrespective of structure and composition. Illite, a nonexpandable phyllosilicate, is the only mineral that stabilized a form of ice that was strongly resilient to sublimation in temperatures as low as -50 °C. As mineral-bound thin ice films are the substrates upon which ice grows from water vapor or aqueous solutions, this study provides new constraints from which their natural occurrences can be understood.

  8. Film cooling enhancement with surface restructure

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    Chen, Shuping

    Discrete-hole film cooling is used extensively in turbine components. In past decades, many research works concerning this technique have been published. Recently, efforts have been directed at seeking technologies that would increase film cooling effectiveness. Particularly, surface reshaping through protective coatings, such as a thermal barrier coating (TBC), is very attractive to turbine designers because extra machining work is not needed for its application. In the present work, film cooling enhancement with surface restructure is experimentally studied using an infrared (IR) imaging technique. The first surface structure studied is the surface with flow-aligned blockers. The studied configurations include single-hole and three-hole-row structures. The single-hole case is used for studying the effects of blocker design parameters, which include blocker height (0.2D, 0.4D, and 0.6D), distance between two neighboring blockers (0.8D, D, and 1.2D), blocker length (2", 4", and 6"), and blowing ratio M (0.43 and 0.93). The design with the best performance is chosen for the three-hole-row cases. The second surface shape studied, is the so-called upstream ramp, which is placed in front of a row of film cooling holes. Investigated geometrical parameters include upstream ramp angles (8.5°, 15°, and 24°) and blowing ratio M (0.29, 0.43, 0.57, 0.93, and 1.36). Detailed local film cooling effectiveness and heat transfer coefficient are measured using an IR imaging technique. The third film cooling concept is the so-called trenched film cooling holes, i.e., film cooling holes sitting in a transverse groove. The film cooling structure for this experimental test consists of a three-hole row embedded in a trench 0.5D in depth and 2D in width, where D is the diameter of the holes. Five blowing ratios (0.29, 0.43, 0.57, 0.93, and 1.36) are tested. Based on the tested results, the three film cooling schemes are also compared. To implement the experimental work, a test system

  9. Thin film surface reconstruction analysis

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    Imperatori, P. [CNR, Monterotondo Stazione, Rome (Italy). Istituto di Chimica dei materiali

    1996-09-01

    The study of the atomic structure of surfaces and interfaces is a fundamental step in the knowledge and the development of new materials. Among the several surface-sensitive techniques employed to characterise the atomic arrangements, grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXD) is one of the most powerful. With a simple data treatment, based on the kinematical theory, and using the classical methods of x-ray bulk structure determination, it gives the atomic positions of atoms at a surface or an interface and the atomic displacements of subsurface layers for a complete determination of the structure. In this paper the main features of the technique will be briefly reviewed and selected of application to semiconductor and metal surfaces will be discussed.

  10. ANALYSIS OF MICROBUCKLING FOR MONOMOLECULAR LAYERS ADHERING TO A SUBSTRATE

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    张田忠; 郭万林; 李国强

    2002-01-01

    A two-dimensional linear spring model is established to study themicrobuckling of a plane monomolecular layer adhering to a substrate. The modelis for the layer subjected to a compressive load having an arbitrary angle with thechemical bond of the layer. The effects of the load angle, the strength of adhesionand the bending stiffness and shearing stiffness (the capability of resisting transversebending and in-plane shearing) of the layer on the minimal buckling force and thecritical buckling mode are discussed. It is found that the minimal buckling forceincreases with increasing load angle and, for a given bending stiffness, increases withincreasing strength of adhesion and decreasing shearing stiffness. Furthermore, acritical condition under which the buckling of the layer can just occur is obtained,which is helpful to avoid buckling in an engineering application.

  11. Surface morphology of thin films polyoxadiazoles

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    J. Weszka; M.M. Szindler; M. Chwastek-Ogierman; BRUMA M.; P. Jarka; Tomiczek, B.

    2011-01-01

    urpose: The purpose of this paper was to analyse the surface morphology of thin films polyoxadiazoles. Design/methodology/approach: SSix different polymers which belong to the group of polyoxadiazoles were dissolved in the solvent NMP. Each of these polymer was deposited on a glass substrate and a spin coating method was applied with a spin speed of 1000, 2000 and 3000 rev/min. Changes in surface topography and roughness were observed. An atomic force microscope AFM Park System has been used....

  12. Current-induced surface roughness reduction in conducting thin films

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    Du, Lin; Maroudas, Dimitrios

    2017-03-01

    Thin film surface roughness is responsible for various materials reliability problems in microelectronics and nanofabrication technologies, which requires the development of surface roughness reduction strategies. Toward this end, we report modeling results that establish the electrical surface treatment of conducting thin films as a physical processing strategy for surface roughness reduction. We develop a continuum model of surface morphological evolution that accounts for the residual stress in the film, surface diffusional anisotropy and film texture, film's wetting of the layer that is deposited on, and surface electromigration. Supported by linear stability theory, self-consistent dynamical simulations based on the model demonstrate that the action over several hours of a sufficiently strong and properly directed electric field on a conducting thin film can reduce its surface roughness and lead to a smooth planar film surface. The modeling predictions are in agreement with experimental measurements on copper thin films deposited on silicon nitride layers.

  13. Piezoelectric Film Waveguides for Surface Acoustic Waves

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    M.F. Zhovnir

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of mathematical modeling of piezoelectric film waveguide structures for surface acoustic waves (SAW. Piezoelectric ZnO film is supposed to be placed on a fused quartz substrate. The analytical ratios and numerical results allow to determine the design parameters of the waveguide structures to provide a single-mode SAW propagation mode. The results of amplitude and phase experimental studies of the SAW in the waveguide structures that were carried out on the laser optical sensing set up confirm the theoretical calculations.

  14. Surface roughness and chemical properties of porous inorganic films

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    Eggen, Carrie L.; McAfee, Paul M. [School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 (United States); Jin, Yi [China Electric Power Research Institute, Beijing 100192 (China); Lin, Y.S., E-mail: jerry.lin@asu.edu [School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 (United States)

    2015-09-30

    Porous inorganic films of different materials and pore architecture: mesoporous γ-alumina, mesoporous yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ), macroporous YSZ and macroporous/microporous zeolite silicalite, were synthesized by the sol–gel spin-coating or dip-coating methods on silicon wafers of different surface roughness. Their surface chemical properties, pore and phase structure, and surface roughness were studied by various surface characterization methods. The pore sizes of these films are determined by their primary particle size. All the films studied are hydrophilic due to the presence of hydroxyl groups on the external crystallite surface, and their hydrophilicity increases in the order: macroporous YSZ < mesoporous YSZ < silicalite < γ-alumina. The γ-alumina films have highly smooth surfaces, while mesoporous YSZ, macroporous YSZ and silicalite films have similar surface roughness much rougher than γ-alumina films. The surface roughness of these coated films does not depend on the coating method, surface roughness of the substrate, surface chemistry or pore structure of the films. It is more controlled by the shape and size of the primary particles and aggregates in the sol or suspension from which the films are obtained. - Highlights: • Porous films of various pore structures are prepared by sol–gel methods. • γ-Alumina films have much smoother surface than thin films of other materials. • Film surface roughness is controlled by the shape and size of particles in the sols.

  15. Modeling surface imperfections in thin films and nanostructured surfaces

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    Hansen, Poul-Erik; Madsen, J. S.; Jensen, S. A.

    2017-01-01

    Accurate scatterometry and ellipsometry characterization of non-perfect thin films and nanostructured surfaces are challenging. Imperfections like surface roughness make the associated modelling and inverse problem solution difficult due to the lack of knowledge about the imperfection on the surf......Accurate scatterometry and ellipsometry characterization of non-perfect thin films and nanostructured surfaces are challenging. Imperfections like surface roughness make the associated modelling and inverse problem solution difficult due to the lack of knowledge about the imperfection...... classes of imperfections are examined. The imperfections are introduced as periodic structures with a super cell periods ten times larger than the simple grating period. Two classes of imperfections concern the grating and one class concern the substrate. It is shown that imperfections of a few nanometers...

  16. Surface plasmons in porous gold films

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    Rudenko, S. P.; Stetsenko, M. O.; Krishchenko, I. M.; Maksimenko, L. S.; Kaganovich, E. B.; Serdega, B. K.

    2016-04-01

    The surface plasmon resonance effects in porous gold (por-Au) films—nanocomposite porous films containing an ensemble of disordered gold nanoparticles—have been investigated by modulation-polarization spectroscopy. Por-Au films have been obtained by pulsed laser deposition (using a direct particle flow from an erosion torch formed by a YAG:Nd3+ laser in argon). The spectral and angular dependences of the polarization difference ρ(λ, θ) of internal-reflection coefficients of s- and p-polarized radiation in the Kretschmann geometry and the spectral dependences of isotropic reflection angles at ρ(θ) = 0 are measured. Two types of surface plasmon resonance are found: one occurs on isolated nanoparticles (dipole and multipole modes), and the other is due to the dipole-dipole interaction of neighboring nanoparticles. The frequency of electron plasma oscillations for the nanoparticle ensemble and the frequencies and decay parameters of resonances are determined. Dispersion relations for the radiative and nonradiative modes are presented. The negative sign of the dispersion branch of nonradiative modes of dipole-dipole interaction is explained by the spatial dispersion of permittivity. The relationships between the formation conditions of the films, their structure, and established resonance parameters (determining the resonant-optical properties of films) are discussed.

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

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

    2017-09-19

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

  18. Surface films and corrosion of copper

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    Hilden, J.; Laitinen, T.; Maekelae, K.; Saario, T.; Bojinov, M. [VTT Manufacturing Technology, Espoo (Finland)

    1999-03-01

    In Sweden and Finland the spent nuclear fuel is planned to be encapsulated in cast iron canisters that have an outer shield made of copper. The copper shield is responsible for the corrosion protection of the canister construction. General corrosion of the copper is not expected to be the limiting factor in the waste repository environment when estimating the life-time of the canister construction. However, different forms of localised corrosion, i.e. pitting, stress corrosion cracking, or environmentally assisted creep fracture may cause premature failure of the copper shield. Of the probable constituents in the groundwater, nitrites, chlorides, sulphides and carbonates have been suggested to promote localised corrosion of copper. The main assumption made in planning this research program is that the surface films forming on copper in the repository environment largely determine the susceptibility of copper to the different forms of localised corrosion. The availability of reactants, which also may become corrosion rate limiting, is investigated in several other research programs. This research program consists of a set of successive projects targeted at characterising the properties of surface films on copper in repository environment containing different detrimental anions. A further aim was to assess the significance of the anion-induced changes in the stability of the oxide films with regard to localised corrosion of copper. This report summarises the results from a series of investigations on properties of surface films forming on copper in water of pH = 8.9 at temperature of 80 deg C and pressure of 2 MPa. The main results gained so far in this research program are as follows: The surface films forming on copper in the thermodynamic stability region of monovalent copper at 80 deg C consist of a bulk part (about 1 mm thick) which is a good ionic and electronic conductor, and an outer, interfacial layer (0.001 - 0.005 mm thick) which shows p-type semiconductor

  19. Protein coverage on silicon surfaces modified with amino-organic films: a study by AFM and angle-resolved XPS.

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    Awsiuk, K; Bernasik, A; Kitsara, M; Budkowski, A; Rysz, J; Haberko, J; Petrou, P; Beltsios, K; Raczkowska, J

    2010-10-01

    An approach to determine structural features, such as surface fractional coverage F and thickness d of protein layers immobilized on silicon substrates coated with amino-organic films is presented. To demonstrate the proposed approach rabbit gamma globulins (RgG) are adsorbed from a 0.66muM solution onto SiO(2) and Si(3)N(4) modified with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES). Atomic force microscopy data are analyzed by applying an integral geometry approach to yield average coverage values for silanized Si(3)N(4) and SiO(2) coated with RgG, F=0.99+/-0.01 and 0.76+/-0.08, respectively. To determine the RgG thickness d from angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARXPS), a model of amino-organic bilayer with non-homogeneous top lamellae is introduced. For an APTES layer thickness of 1.0+/-0.1nm, calculated from independent ARXPS measurements, and for fractional surface RgG coverage determined from AFM analysis, this model yields d=1.0+/-0.2nm for the proteins on both silanized substrates. This value, confirmed by an evaluation (1.0+/-0.2nm) from integral geometry analysis of AFM images, is lower than the RgG thickness expected for monomolecular film ( approximately 4nm). Structures visible in phase contrast AFM micrographs support the suggested sparse molecular packing in the studied RgG layers. XPS data, compared for bulk and adsorbed RgG, suggest preferential localization of oxygen- and nitrogen-containing carbon groups at silanized silicon substrates. These results demonstrate the potential of the developed AFM/ARXPS approach as a method for the evaluation of surface-protein coverage homogeneity and estimation of adsorbed proteins conformation on silane-modified silicon substrates used in bioanalytical applications.

  20. Nematic films at chemically structured surfaces

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    Silvestre, N. M.; Telo da Gama, M. M.; Tasinkevych, M.

    2017-02-01

    We investigate theoretically the morphology of a thin nematic film adsorbed at flat substrate patterned by stripes with alternating aligning properties, normal and tangential respectively. We construct a simple ‘exactly-solvable’ effective interfacial model where the liquid crystal distortions are accounted for via an effective interface potential. We find that chemically patterned substrates can strongly deform the nematic-air interface. The amplitude of this substrate-induced undulations increases with decreasing average film thickness and with increasing surface pattern pitch. We find a regime where the interfacial deformation may be described in terms of a material-independent universal scaling function. Surprisingly, the predictions of the effective interfacial model agree semi-quantitatively with the results of the numerical solution of a full model based on the Landau-de Gennes theory coupled to a square-gradient phase field free energy functional for a two phase system.

  1. Dynamics of the artificially created vacancies in the monomolecular C60 layers

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    Olyanich, D. A.; Utas, T. V.; Zotov, A. V.; Saranin, A. A.

    2015-07-01

    Dynamics of single and double vacancies within the monomolecular C60 layer on the In-modified Au/Si(111) √{ 3} ×√{ 3} surface have been studied by means of variable temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The vacancies were deliberately created in the layer using STM tip impact in the regimes below decomposition threshold. Single vacancy motion has been found to be a thermally activated process characterized by the activation energy of 1.5 ± 0.3 eV. This is an effective activation energy which agrees with the net value consisted of the term responsible for vacancy migration within the free-standing C60 layer, 0.88 eV and that for individual C60 migration on (Au, In)/Si(111) surface, 0.4 eV. Mobility of C60 vacancies has been found to be affected by In adatoms. It can be slowed down by more than an order of magnitude by deposition of only 0.2 monolayer of additional In. The double vacancies have been found to be more mobile than single vacancies in which its effect is provided by a specific rotational mechanism of their motion.

  2. Thermal instability of DLC film surface morphology - an AFM study

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    Maheswaran, R.; Thiruvadigal, D. John; Gopalakrishnan, C.

    2012-06-01

    The surface morphology of the DLC film during thermal annealing at particular temperature above the graphitization temperature shows blistering and buckling and also delaminates from the substrate. The DLC film shows poor thermal stability at higher temperature.

  3. Surface studies of magnetic thin films

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    Zeybek, O

    2000-01-01

    Despite the resonances of the various multiplet components the dichroism signal retains a uniform spectral shape. The well-resolved multiplet structures have been obtained in 5p photoemission of Tb using circularly polarised light. This multiplet structure is caused by the interaction between the core level photohole and those partially filled subshell, i.e. as result of the unpaired 4f and 5p electrons. In 4f levels of Tb(0001) films, the well-resolved surface component of the Tb sup 8 S sub 7 sub / sub 2 has been observed a separation of magnetic circular dichroism in the angular dependence effect for the surface layer and for the bulk. Depending on the preparation procedure, new iron superstructures on W(110) substrate have been observed. The photographs of the LEED images provide information about the ordered arrangement of atoms on the surface and the distances between the spots. These LEED patterns are also an evidence of crystal structure of iron films. The sharpness of the spots gives insight on how w...

  4. CZTSSe thin film solar cells: Surface treatments

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    Joglekar, Chinmay Sunil

    Chalcopyrite semiconducting materials, specifically CZTS, are a promising alternative to traditional silicon solar cell technology. Because of the high absorption coefficient; films of the order of 1 micrometer thickness are sufficient for the fabrication of solar cells. Liquid based synthesis methods are advantageous because they are easily scalable using the roll to roll manufacturing techniques. Various treatments are explored in this study to enhance the performance of the selenized CZTS film based solar cells. Thiourea can be used as a sulfur source and can be used to tune band gap of CZTSSe. Bromine etching can be used to manipulate the thickness of sintered CZTSSe film. The etching treatment creates recombination centers which lead to poor device performance. Various after treatments were used to improve the performance of the devices. It was observed that the performance of the solar cell devices could not be improved by any of the after treatment steps. Other surface treatment processes are explored including KCN etching and gaseous H2S treatments. Hybrid solar cells which included use of CIGS nanoparticles at the interface between CZTSSe and CdS are also explored.

  5. Modeling surface imperfections in thin films and nanostructured surfaces

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    Hansen, P.-E.; Madsen, J. S.; Jensen, S. A.; Madsen, M. H.; Karamehmedovic, M.

    2017-06-01

    Accurate scatterometry and ellipsometry characterization of non-perfect thin films and nanostructured surfaces are challenging. Imperfections like surface roughness make the associated modelling and inverse problem solution difficult due to the lack of knowledge about the imperfection on the surface. Combining measurement data from several instruments increases the knowledge of non-perfect surfaces. In this paper we investigate how to incorporate this knowledge of surface imperfection into inverse methods used in scatterometry and ellipsometry using the Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis. Three classes of imperfections are examined. The imperfections are introduced as periodic structures with a super cell periods ten times larger than the simple grating period. Two classes of imperfections concern the grating and one class concern the substrate. It is shown that imperfections of a few nanometers can severely change the reflective response on silicon gratings. Inverse scatterometry analyses of gratings with imperfection using simulated data with white noise have been performed. The results show that scatterometry is a robust technology that is able to characterize grating imperfections provided that the imperfection class is known.

  6. [Recurrent relationship for the characteristic polynom of a system of enzymatic catalysis of nonbranched monomolecular reactions].

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    Omel'ianchuk, L V; Kolchanov, N A

    1982-01-01

    A new mode is proposed to represent the characteristics equation for the system of monomolecular reaction on the basis of directed graphs method. A characteristic equation can be represented as a sum of weights of spanning trees derived from some graph which is connected with the initial graph of reaction. The recurrent relationship for the characteristic polynom of the system of nonbranched monomolecular reaction was obtained on the basis of this representation. A new proof on the matrix theorem about trees formulated by Volkenstein and Goldstein was established.

  7. Monitoring tablet surface roughness during the film coating process

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    Seitavuopio, Paulus; Heinämäki, Jyrki; Rantanen, Jukka

    2006-01-01

    the process of film coating tablets were studied by noncontact laser profilometry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). An EDX analysis was used to monitor the magnesium stearate and titanium dioxide of the tablets. The tablet cores were film coated with aqueous hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, and the film...... coating was performed using an instrumented pilot-scale side-vented drum coater. The SEM images of the film-coated tablets showed that within the first 30 minutes, the surface of the tablet cores was completely covered with a thin film. The magnesium signal that was monitored by SEM-EDX disappeared after...... ~15 to 30 minutes, indicating that the tablet surface was homogeneously covered with film coating. The surface roughness started to increase from the beginning of the coating process, and the increase in the roughness broke off after 30 minutes of spraying. The results clearly showed that the surface...

  8. Intrinsic instability of thin liquid films on nanostructured surfaces

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    Rokoni, Arif; Hu, Han; Sun, Liyong; Sun, Ying

    2016-11-01

    The instability of a thin liquid film on nanostructures is not well understood but is important in liquid-vapor two-phase heat transfer (e.g., thin film evaporation and boiling), lubrication, and nanomanufacturing. In thin film evaporation, the comparison between the non-evaporating film thickness and the critical film breakup thickness determines the stability of the film: the film becomes unstable when the critical film breakup thickness is larger than the non-evaporating film thickness. In this study, a closed-form model is developed to predict the critical breakup thickness of a thin liquid film on 2D periodic nanostructures based on minimization of system free energy in the limit of a liquid monolayer. Molecular dynamics simulations are performed for water thin films on square nanostructures of varying depth and wettability and the simulations agree with the model predictions. The results show that the critical film breakup thickness increases with the nanostructure depth and the surface wettability. The model developed here enables the prediction of the minimum film thickness for stable thin film evaporation on a given nanostructure.

  9. Surface Stability of Epitaxial Elastic Films by the Casimir Force

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    Zhao, Ya-Pu; Li, Wen J.

    2002-08-01

    We investigate the morphological stability of epitaxial thin elastic films on a substrate by the Casimir force between the film surface and a flat plate. Critical undulation wavelengths are derived for two different limit conditions. Consideration of the Casimir force in both limit cases decreases the critical wavelength of the surface perturbation.

  10. Surface Stability of Epitaxial Elastic Films by the Casimir Force

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    赵亚溥; 李文荣

    2002-01-01

    We investigate the morphological stability of epitaxial thin elastic films on a substrate by the Casimir force between the film surface and a flat plate. Critical undulation wavelengths are derived for two different limit conditions. Consideration of the Casimir force in both limit cases decreases the critical vavelength of the surface perturbation.

  11. Use of New Water Soluble Surface Film—Forming Material to Reduce Ammonia Loss from Water Solution

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    YINBIN; SHENRENFANG; 等

    1996-01-01

    A new water soluble surface film-forming material was developed and its effect on reducing ammonia volatilization from an alkaline solution was investigated in laboratory,Results showed that the new film formed by the material was not only more effective in reducing ammonia loss than any other films tested but also much cheaper.The optimum amount of addition of the new film-forming material was about 10times the theoretical amount to form a monomolecular film.Under the experimental conditions,the new film could effectively depress the ammonia volatilization for at least 6 days.The cumulative ammonia loss rates for different films were fitted to a simple logistic equation ,and some important parameters such as the cumulative loss,and the maximum and average volatilization rates were calculated.The effect of different films could be,therefore,compared quantitatively,indicating the new film was most effective in depressing ammonia volatilization.

  12. RUPTURING OF POLYMER FILMS WITH RUBBING-INDUCED SURFACE DEFECTS

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    B.Du; F.C.Xie; Y.J.Wang; O.K.C.Tsui

    2003-01-01

    It has been a long-standing question whether dewetting of polymer film from non-wettable substrate surfaces wherein the bicontinuous morphology never forms in the dewetting film is due to spinodal instability or heterogeneous nucleation. In this experiment, we use a simple method to make the distinction through introduction of topographical defects of the films by rubbing the sample surface with a rayon cloth. Spinodal dewetting is identified for those films that dewet by a characteristic wavevector, q*, independent of the density of rubbing-induced defects. Heterogeneous nucleation, on the other hand, is identified for those with q* increasing with increasing density of defects. Our result shows that PS films on oxide coated silicon with thickness less than ≈ 13 nm are dominated by spinodal dewetting, but the thicker films are dominated by nucleation dewetting. We also confirm that spinodal dewetting does not necessarily lead to a bicontinuous morphology in the dewetting film, contrary to the classic theory of Cahn.

  13. Surface Morphology of Annealed Lead Phthalocyanine Thin Films

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    P.Kalugasalam,

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The thin films of Lead Phthalocyanine (PbPc on glass substrates were prepared by Vacuum deposition. The thickness of the films was 450 nm. The sample annealed in high vacuum at 373 K temperature. The sample has been analysed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy in order to get structural and surface morphology of the PbPc thin film. The formation of XRD patterns of PbPc shows a triclinic grains (T seen along with monoclinic (M forms of PbPc. The sample is annealed at 373 K temperatures; the film shows peaks that assigned to the triclinic phase. SEM and AFM are the best tools to investigate the surface smoothness and to find the grain size of the particles. The grain size is calculated for all films of different thicknesses. The annealed AFM micrograph shows that the surface of the films consists of large holes. The annealed AFM image indicates a smooth surface. It is very clear that the grain size decreases with increase in the annealing temperature. The roughness also decreases with the increase in film annealing temperature. Annealed film leads to the oxidation of the hthalocyanine with oxygen absorbed or diffused. Therefore, the heat is responsible for the increase in film thickness. Since the films expand, it is believed that the porosity is increased.

  14. Spinodal surface instability of soft elastic thin films

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    Huang, Shi Qing; Feng, Xi Qiao

    2008-06-01

    When the thicknesses of thin films reduce to microns or even nanometers, surface energy and surface interaction often play a significant role in their deformation behavior and surface morphology. The spinodal surface instability induced by the van der Waals force in a soft elastic thin film perfectly bonded to a rigid substrate is investigated theoretically using the bifurcation theory of elastic structures. The analytical solution is derived for the critical condition of spinodal surface morphology instability by accounting for the competition of the van der Waals interaction energy, elastic strain energy and surface energy. Detailed examinations on the effect of surface energy, thickness and elastic properties of the film show that the characteristic wavelength of the deformation bifurcation mode depends on the film thickness via an exponential relation, with the power index in the range from 0.749 to 1.0. The theoretical solution has a good agreement with relevant experiment results.

  15. Spinodal surface instability of soft elastic thin films

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    Shi Qing Huang; Xi Qiao Feng

    2008-01-01

    When the thicknesses of thin films reduce to microns or even nanometers, surface energy and surface interaction often play a significant role in their deformation behavior and surface morphology. The spinodal surface instability induced by the van der Waals force in a soft elastic thin film perfectly bonded to a rigid substrate is investigated theoretically using the bifurcation theory of elastic structures. The analytical solution is derived for the critical condition of spinodal surface morphology instability by accounting for the competition of the van der Waals interaction energy, elastic strain energy and surface energy. Detailed examinations on the effect of surface energy, thickness and elastic propeties of the film show that the characteristic wavelength of the deformation bifurcation mode depends on the film thickness via an exponential relation, with the power index in the range from 0.749 to 1.0. The theoretical solution has a good agreement with relevant experiment results.

  16. Biocompatibility and Surface Studies of Microwave CVD Diamond Films

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    Davis, Brian; Garguilo, J. M.; Koeck, F. A. M.; Nemanich, R. J.; Price, K. J.

    2002-03-01

    The structure and surface properties of a variety of diamond and diamond like carbon films were studied at the nano-scale, in an attempt to assess the biocompatibility of these surfaces. The process of microwave chemical vapor deposition was used to deposit undoped diamond, nitrogen doped diamond, diamond with a titanium monolayer, and diamond-like carbon samples. The contact angles of de-ionized water droplets on the surface of the samples were measured to analyze the surface energy of each film. The rms roughness values of the diamond films measured by atomic force microscopy were also used in determining surface characteristics. Surface treatments of hydrogen passivation, and oxidization were applied to the surface of each film. Hydrogen passivation of the undoped diamond, and nitrogen doped diamond surfaces increases the contact angle on average 30 degrees. Oxidation of the surface decreases the contact angle on average 20 degrees. The surface treatments did not significantly change the contact angle of the diamond like carbon films. Protein adsorption is the first event to take place at a tissue/material interface of an implant into the body, and fibrinogen is the major surface protein, which initiates coagulation and inflammation in the body. The adsorption of fibrinogen was used as an indicator of the biocompatibility of these diamond materials. Fibrinogen was applied to the diamond, and diamond like carbon films. A correlation between contact angle/surface energy, roughness, and the fibrinogen adsorption of these diamond surfaces is reported. There was no significant change in the contact angles following the application of fibrinogen to the surface of the films. This could indicate the biocompatibility of the diamond films. This work supported by the NSF REU program at NCSU and a Physical Sciences Student Research grant from MSU.

  17. Undulatory delamination of thin polymer films on gold surfaces.

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    Chah, Soonwoo; Noolandi, Jaan; Zare, Richard N

    2005-10-20

    Using two-dimensional surface plasmon resonance measurements, we have observed the formation of traveling waves in the delamination of thin films of polydimethylsilane (PDMS) exposed to methanol. Films were spin-coated on a gold surface and the methanol was added to the top surface. The stress-induced instability caused by the swelling of the PDMS thin film when its edge is pinned to the gold surface leads to wrinkle formation and propagation at the interface. The periodic pattern is thought to be the result of an Asaro-Tiller-Grinfeld (ATG) instability.

  18. Nonlinear optical microscopy for imaging thin films and surfaces

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    Smilowitz, L.B.; McBranch, D.W.; Robinson, J.M.

    1995-03-01

    We have used the inherent surface sensitivity of second harmonic generation to develop an instrument for nonlinear optical microscopy of surfaces and interfaces. We have demonstrated the use of several nonlinear optical responses for imaging thin films. The second harmonic response of a thin film of C{sub 60} has been used to image patterned films. Two photon absorption light induced fluorescence has been used to image patterned thin films of Rhodamine 6G. Applications of nonlinear optical microscopy include the imaging of charge injection and photoinduced charge transfer between layers in semiconductor heterojunction devices as well as across membranes in biological systems.

  19. Surface modification of PE film by DBD plasma in air

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    Ren, C.-S. [State Key Laboratory of Material Modification by Electron, Ion and Laser Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116023 (China)], E-mail: rchsh@dlut.edu.cn; Wang, K.; Nie, Q.-Y.; Wang, D.-Z.; Guo, S.-H. [State Key Laboratory of Material Modification by Electron, Ion and Laser Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116023 (China)

    2008-12-30

    In this paper, surface modification of polyethylene (PE) films is studied by dielectric barrier discharge plasma treatment in air. The treated samples were examined by water contact angle measurement, calculation of surface free energy, Fourier transform infrared attenuated total reflection spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The water contact angle changes from the original value of 93.2{sup o} to the minimum value of 53.3{sup o} and surface free energy increases from 27.3 to 51.89 J/m{sup 2} after treatment time of 50 s. Both ATR and XPS show some oxidized species are introduced into the sample surface by the plasma treatment and that the change tendencies of the water contact angle and surface free energy with the treatment time are the same as that of the oxygen concentration on the treated sample surface. Cu films were deposited on the treated and untreated PE surfaces. The peel adhesive strength between the Cu film and the treated sample is 1.5 MPa, whereas the value is only 0.8 MPa between the Cu film and the untreated PE. SEM pictures show that the Cu film deposited on the plasma treated PE surface is smooth and the crystal grain is smaller, contrarily the Cu film on the untreated PE surface is rough and the crystal grain is larger.

  20. Nanopatterned articles produced using surface-reconstructed block copolymer films

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    Russell, Thomas P.; Park, Soojin; Wang, Jia-Yu; Kim, Bokyung

    2016-06-07

    Nanopatterned surfaces are prepared by a method that includes forming a block copolymer film on a substrate, annealing and surface reconstructing the block copolymer film to create an array of cylindrical voids, depositing a metal on the surface-reconstructed block copolymer film, and heating the metal-coated block copolymer film to redistribute at least some of the metal into the cylindrical voids. When very thin metal layers and low heating temperatures are used, metal nanodots can be formed. When thicker metal layers and higher heating temperatures are used, the resulting metal structure includes nanoring-shaped voids. The nanopatterned surfaces can be transferred to the underlying substrates via etching, or used to prepare nanodot- or nanoring-decorated substrate surfaces.

  1. Experimental Study on Plasma Surface Treatment of Capacitors Film

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    Ling, Dai; Ting, Yin; Fuchang, Lin; Fei, Yan

    Plasma surface treatment is an optional way to change the electrical performance of the film capacitors used widely in pulse power application. This paper presents the experimental study of glow discharge plasma treatment to polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) film. By using infrared spectra and scanning electron microscope (SEM), the chemical component and microstructure of material surface has detected to be changed with different treatment strength and various discharge gas. After treatment, the film surface tends to be rougher and some sorts of polar radicals or groups found to be introduced. But there is no obvious change of the electrical strength of the film. At last, theoretical analysis has been carried out with polypropylene film experimental treatment results in author's former work.

  2. The role of surface elasticity in liquid film formation

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    Champougny, Lorene; Scheid, Benoit; Restagno, Frederic; Rio, Emmanuelle; Laboratoire de Physique des Solides Team; TIPS-Fluid Physics Unit Team

    2014-11-01

    The formation of thin liquid films, either free standing (soap films) or deposited on a solid substrate (coated films), is of utmost importance for many applications, ranging from the control of foam stability to surface functionalization. In this work, the behavior of thin liquid films during their generation from a surfactant solution is investigated through comparison between a hydrodynamic model including surface elasticity and experiments. ``Twin'' models are proposed to describe the coating of films onto a solid plate (Landau-Levich-Derjaguin configuration) as well as soap film pulling (Frankel configuration) in a single framework. Experimental data are successfully fitted using the models, surface elasticity being the only adjustable parameter. For a given surfactant solution, the analyses of soap and coated films both yield the same value for the effective surface elasticity, showing that it is an intrinsic parameter of a surfactant solution. Conversely, we demonstrate that Frankel- or Landau-Levich-like experiments can be used in practice as surface rheometers to determine the numerical value of the (effective) surface elasticity of a solution, especially for values lower than those measurable by classical devices. L.C. was supported by ANR F2F. B.S. thanks the F.R.S.-FNRS for funding as well as the IAP-MicroMAST project.

  3. Weak nonlinear surface-charging effects in electrolytic films.

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    Dean, D S; Horgan, R R

    2003-11-01

    A simple model of soap films with nonionic surfactants stabilized by added electrolyte is studied. The model exhibits charge regularization due to the incorporation of a physical mechanism responsible for the formation of a surface charge. We use a Gaussian field theory in the film but the full nonlinear surface terms which are then treated at a one-loop level by calculating the mean-field Poisson-Boltzmann solution and then the fluctuations about this solution. We carefully analyze the renormalization of the theory and apply it to a triple-layer model for a thin film with Stern layer of thickness h. For this model we give expressions for the surface charge sigma(L) and the disjoining pressure P(d)(L) and show their dependence on the parameters. The influence of image charges naturally arises in the formalism, and we show that predictions depend strongly on h because of their effects. In particular, we show that the surface charge vanishes as the film thickness L-->0. The fluctuation terms in this class of theories contribute a Casimir-like attraction across the film. Although this attraction is well known to be negligible compared with the mean-field component for model electrolytic films with no surface-charge regulation, in the model studied here these fluctuations also affect the surface-charge regulation leading to a fluctuation component in the disjoining pressure which has the same behavior as the mean-field component even for large film thickness.

  4. Non-centrosymmetric behavior of a clay film ion-exchanged with chiral metal complexes.

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    Suzuki, Yasutaka; Matsunaga, Ryoya; Sato, Hisako; Kogure, Toshihiro; Yamagishi, Akihiko; Kawamata, Jun

    2009-12-07

    SHG measurements on a highly transparent clay film ion-exchanged with chiral metal complexes revealed that the mono-molecular layer of the chiral complexes in an interlayer space acquired a non-centrosymmetric character.

  5. Study of Hydrogen flame annealed Au thin-film surface morphology, integrity and film quality on various substrate surfaces

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    Schell, Michael; Senevirathne, Indrajith

    2013-03-01

    Au thin-films have many applications in both industry and proof of concept investigations in device engineering. Typical Au depositions on substrate give rise to Stanski-Krastanov (SK) like growth while Frank-van der Merwe (FM) mode like growth is desired in many molecular self assembly and other engineering applications. Au films are magnetron sputter deposited at 100mtorr at low deposition rates (~ 1ML/min) on cleaved/fresh mica, glass microscopy slides and Si surfaces. Samples are hydrogen flame annealed to facilitate surface diffusion with minimal film contamination. Resulting Au surfaces were investigated and compared against purchased Au(111) on mica (standard) surface. Regular and custom built hydrophilic and hydrophobic AFM (Atomic Force Microcopy) probes were used in contact, and non contact AFM with topography and phase imaging to access the contamination and surface defects. Surface integrity, roughness, corrugation and morphology on Au surfaces were estimated. LHU Nanotechnology Program, PASSHE FPDC (LOU # 2010-LHU-03).

  6. Poly(acrylic acid surface grafted polypropylene films: Near surface and bulk mechanical response

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    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Radical photo-grafting polymerization constitutes a promising technique for introducing functional groups onto surfaces of polypropylene films. According to their final use, surface grafting should be done without affecting overall mechanical properties. In this work the tensile drawing, fracture and biaxial impact response of biaxially oriented polypropylene commercial films grafted with poly(acrylic acid (PAA were investigated in terms of film orientation and surface modification. The variations of surface roughness, elastic modulus, hardness and resistance to permanent deformation induced by the chemical treatment were assessed by depth sensing indentation. As a consequence of chemical modification the optical, transport and wettability properties of the films were successfully varied. The introduced chains generated a PAA-grafted layer, which is stiffer and harder than the neat polypropylene surface. Regardless of the surface changes, it was proven that this kind of grafting procedure does not detriment bulk mechanical properties of the PP film.

  7. Tribological thin films on steel rolling element bearing surfaces

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    Evans, Ryan David

    Tribological thin films are of interest to designers and end-users of friction management and load transmission components such as steel rolling element bearings. This study sought to reveal new information about the properties and formation of such films, spanning the scope of their technical evolution from natural oxide films, to antiwear films from lubricant additives, and finally engineered nanocomposite metal carbide/amorphous hydrocarbon (MC/a-C:H) films. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed on the near-surface material (depth gear oil additives. Site-specific thinning of cross-section cone surface sections for TEM analyses was conducted using the focused ion beam milling technique. Two types of oxide surface films were characterized for the cones tested in mineral oil only, each one corresponding to a different lubrication severity. Continuous and adherent antiwear films were found on the cone surfaces tested with lubricant additives, and their composition depended on the lubrication conditions. A sharp interface separated the antiwear film and base steel. Various TEM analytical techniques were used to study the segregation of elements throughout the film volume. The properties of nanocomposite tantalum carbide/amorphous hydrocarbon (TaC/a-C:H) thin films depend sensitively on reactive magnetron sputtering deposition process conditions. TaC/a-C:H film growth was studied as a function of three deposition parameters in designed experiments: acetylene flow rate, applied d.c. bias voltage, and substrate carousel rotation rate. Empirical models were developed for the following film characteristics to identify process-property trend relationships: Ta/C atomic ratio, hydrogen content, film thickness. TaC crystallite size, Raman spectrum, compressive stress, hardness, and elastic modules. TEM measurements revealed the film base structure consisted of equiaxed cubic B1-TaC crystallites (< 5 nm) suspended in an a-C:H matrix. At the nanometer-scale, the

  8. Surface modification by plasma polymerization: film deposition, tailoring of surface properties and biocompatibility

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    Os, van, J.

    2000-01-01

    The work described in this thesis concerns the surface modification of materials by thin film deposition in a plasma reactor. In particular, thin polymeric films bearing amine functionalities were synthesized by plasma polymerization of amino group containing monomers. In addition to the synthesis, attention was directed towards the characterization of these films, and the tailoring of their surface properties on a molecular level. Finally, the amino groups introduced by plasma polymerization...

  9. Surface Morphology of Undoped and Doped ZnSe Films

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    George, T.; Hayes, M.; Chen, H.; Chattopadhyay, K.; Thomas E.; Morgan, S.; Burger, A.

    1998-01-01

    Rare-earth doped ions in polar II-VI semiconductors have recently played an important role in the optical properties of materials and devices. In this study, undoped ZnSe and erbium doped ZnSe films were grown by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) was used together with optical microscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy to characterize the films. Doped samples were found to have higher surface roughness and quite different surface morphology compared to that of undoped samples. The grown films generally show a relatively smooth and uniform surface indicating that they are of overall good quality. The impact of plasma etching on ZnSe:Er film examined under AFM is also discussed.

  10. Nonlocal effect in surface plasmon polariton of ultrathin metal films

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    Xue, Hong-jie; Yu, Yabin, E-mail: apybyu@hnu.edu.cn; Wu, Reng-lai; Yu, Yan-qin; Wang, Ya-xin

    2015-09-01

    Using the nonlocal conductivity based on quantum response theory, we study the optical properties of p-polarized wave in quartz–metal–film–air structures, especially the influence of nonlocal effect on the surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) resonance. In absorption spectrum, the resonant peak of SPP is found, and the dependence of the resonant peak on film thickness shows that nonlocal effect in the SPP resonance is enhanced significantly with the decrease of film-thickness, especially in the less than 20 nm metal film. We calculate the surface charge density as a function of frequency, and find that the frequencies at the charge and absorption peaks are the same. This clearly confirms that the absorption peak stems from SPP resonance excitation, and SPPs absorb the energy of the electromagnetic wave via charge oscillations. In the case of SPP resonance, the charge and electric field on the down-surface of thin film are always greater than that on the up-surface; however, the situation is just opposite in the case of no SPP resonance. This implies that the SPP resonance occurs near the down-surface of the film. Moreover, due to the nonlocal response of electric current to the electric field, the energy flow and electric current show anomalous oscillations, and with the increase of film thickness the anomalous oscillations exhibit obvious attenuation.

  11. Surface roughness evolution of nanocomposite thin films

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    Turkin, A; Pei, Y.T.; Shaha, K.P.; Chen, C.Q.; Vainchtein, David; Hosson, J.Th.M. De

    2009-01-01

    An analysis of dynamic roughening and smoothening mechanisms of thin films grown with pulsed-dc magnetron sputtering is presented. The roughness evolution has been described by a linear stochastic equation, which contains the second- and fourth-order gradient terms. Dynamic smoothening of the growin

  12. SURFACE MODIFICATION OF TITANIUM FILMS WITH SODIUM ION IMPLANTATION: SURFACE PROPERTIES AND PROTEIN ADSORPTION

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    K. Y. Cai

    2007-01-01

    Sodium implanted titanium films with different ion doses were characterized to correlate their ion implantation parameters. Native titanium films and ion implanted titanium films were characterized with combined techniques of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and light microscopy (LM). The surface presented increased sodium concentration on treated titanium films with ion dose increasing, except for the group with the highest ion dose of 4× 1017 ions/cm2. XPS depth profiling displayed that sodium entered titanium film around 25-50 nm depth depending on its implantation ion dose. AFM characterization showed that sodium ion implantation treatment changed the surface morphology from a relatively smooth titanium film to rough surfaces corresponding to different implantation doses.After sodium implantation, implanted titanium films presented big particles with island structure morphology. The surface morphology and particle growth displayed the corresponding trend.Fibrinogen adsorption on these titanium films was performed to correlate with the surface properties of treated titanium films. The results show that protein adsorption on ion-implanted samples with dose of 2 × 1017 and 4 × 1017 are statistically higher (p < 0. 01) than samples treated with dose of 5×1016 and 1 ×1017, as well as the control samples.

  13. Effect of film slicks on near-surface wind

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    Charnotskii, Mikhail; Ermakov, Stanislav; Ostrovsky, Lev; Shomina, Olga

    2016-09-01

    The transient effects of horizontal variation of sea-surface wave roughness due to surfactant films on near-surface turbulent wind are studied theoretically and experimentally. Here we suggest two practical schemes for calculating variations of wind velocity profiles near the water surface, the average short-wave roughness of which is varying in space and time when a film slick is present. The schemes are based on a generalized two-layer model of turbulent air flow over a rough surface and on the solution of the continuous model involving the equation for turbulent kinetic energy of the air flow. Wave tank studies of wind flow over wind waves in the presence of film slicks are described and compared with theory.

  14. A scattering model for surface-textured thin films

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    Jäger, K.; Zeman, M.

    2009-01-01

    We present a mathematical model that relates the surface morphology of randomly surface-textured thin films with the intensity distribution of scattered light. The model is based on the first order Born approximation [see e.g., M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 7th ed. (Cambridge University

  15. Factors affecting surface and release properties of thin PDMS films

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    Vudayagiri, Sindhu; Junker, Michael Daniel; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    2013-01-01

    of perfluoroether allylamide (PFE) lowered the surface energy which could ease the release. This is further investigated together with an evaluation of the resulting change in actuator performance. The relationship between the adhesive energy, surface energy, Young’s modulus and peel force of the films is analyzed....

  16. A scattering model for surface-textured thin films

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    Jäger, K.; Zeman, M.

    2009-01-01

    We present a mathematical model that relates the surface morphology of randomly surface-textured thin films with the intensity distribution of scattered light. The model is based on the first order Born approximation [see e.g., M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 7th ed. (Cambridge University

  17. Influence of Annealing Temperature on CZTS Thin Film Surface Properties

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    Feng, Wenmei; Han, Junfeng; Ge, Jun; Peng, Xianglin; Liu, Yunong; Jian, Yu; Yuan, Lin; Xiong, Xiaolu; Cha, Limei; Liao, Cheng

    2017-01-01

    In this work, copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) films were deposited by direct current sputtering and the samples were annealed in different oven-set temperatures and atmosphere (Ar and H2S). The surface evolution was investigated carefully by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The surface of the as-sputtered precursor contained little Cu and large amounts of Zn and Sn. The metallic precursor was continuous and compact without pinholes or cracks. With the increase of the temperature from room temperature to 250°C, Cu atoms diffused to the film surface to form Cu1- x S and covered other compounds. Some small platelets were smaller than 500 nm spreading randomly in the holes of the film surfaces. When the temperature reached 350°C, Zn and Sn atoms began to diffuse to the surface and react with S or Cu1- x S. At 400°C, SEM showed the melting of large particles and small particles with a size from 100 nm to 200 nm in the background of the film surface. Excess Zn segregated towards the surface regions and formed ZnS phase on the surface. In addition, the signal of sodium in the CZTS surface was observed above 400°C. At 600°C, a large amount of regular structures with clear edges and corners were observed in the film surface in SEM images. A clear recrystallized process on the surface was assumed from those observations.

  18. On near-free-surface dynamics of thin polymer films

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    Qi, Dongping

    In the present studies of four projects we developed several novel techniques to investigate near-free-surface dynamics of thin polymer films. In the first project, we studied the dynamical properties of the first 2-3 nm region of glassy isotactic poly (methyl methacrylate) (i-PMMA) films by means of the nano surface hole relaxation technique. We found that for the measured surface relaxation times there is a strong substrate property dependence, which can propagate into i-PMMA films for a distance of more than 100nm. An unexpected molecular weight (Mw) dependence of the near surface relaxation time is found for thick i-PMMA films, which, together with the finding that the free surface could be assigned a local surface glass transition temperature of ˜40K below bulk T g, indicates a viscous liquid regime while the rest of the underneath bulk part is in the glassy state. In the second project, the nano gold sphere embedding technique was used to study the nearfree-surface dynamics of polystyrene (PS) films within wide temperature and time windows. Three sections of measurements are conducted in this project. In the first section, we studied the Mw dependence of the near-free-surface dynamics of PS films and found that at temperatures above bulk Tg there exists a Mw dependence which can be explained using the Rouse dynamics for melt polymers. However, at a temperature of 16K below bulk T g no w M dependence is discernible, which is in contrast to that for i-PMMA films where even at a temperature of ˜36K below bulk Tg a Mw dependence of the near free surface dynamics is still observed. In the second section of this work, we studied the nano gold sphere embedding behavior within a wide temperature and time window, and for the first time the depth dependence of the near-free-surface dynamics with the nanometer scale resolution was observed. By an embedding-model-free data analysis the results show that when the measurement temperature is above a temperature of ˜378K

  19. Inexpensive laser-induced surface modification in bismuth thin films

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    Contreras, A. Reyes [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Carretera Toluca, Ixtlahuaca Kilómetro 15.5, C.P. 50200 Edo. de México (Mexico); Hautefeuille, M., E-mail: mathieu_h@ciencias.unam.mx [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Avenida Universidad 3000, Circuito Exterior S/N, Coyoacán, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 04510 D.F. Mexico (Mexico); García, A. Esparza [Fotofísica y Películas Delgadas, Departamento de Tecnociencias, CCADET-UNAM, Circuito exterior s/n C.P. 04510 Cd. Universitaria, D.F. Mexico (Mexico); Mejia, O. Olea [Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable UAEM-UNAM, Carretera Toluca-Atlacomulco, Km 14.5, Unidad El Rosedal, 50200 San Cayetano, Estado de México (Mexico); López, M.A. Camacho [Facultad de Química, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Tollocan s/n, esq. Paseo Colón, Toluca, Estado de México 50110 (Mexico)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • Laser-induced microbumps were formed on bismuth films using a simple, low-cost, laser setup. • The patterns, similar to those typically obtained with high-power lasers, were characterized. • Control of laser ablation conditions is critical in the fabrication of surface microbumps. - Abstract: In this work, we present results on texturing a 500 nm thick bismuth film, deposited by sputtering onto a glass slide using a low-cost homemade, near-infrared pulsed laser platform. A 785 nm laser diode of a CD–DVD pickup head was precisely focused on the sample mounted on a motorized two-axis translation stage to generate localized surface microbumps on the bismuth films. This simple method successfully transferred desired micropatterns on the films in a computer-numerical control fashion. Irradiated zones were characterized by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. It was observed that final results are strongly dependent on irradiation parameters.

  20. Thermally tailored gradient topography surface on elastomeric thin films.

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    Roy, Sudeshna; Bhandaru, Nandini; Das, Ritopa; Harikrishnan, G; Mukherjee, Rabibrata

    2014-05-14

    We report a simple method for creating a nanopatterned surface with continuous variation in feature height on an elastomeric thin film. The technique is based on imprinting the surface of a film of thermo-curable elastomer (Sylgard 184), which has continuous variation in cross-linking density introduced by means of differential heating. This results in variation of viscoelasticity across the length of the surface and the film exhibits differential partial relaxation after imprinting with a flexible stamp and subjecting it to an externally applied stress for a transient duration. An intrinsic perfect negative replica of the stamp pattern is initially created over the entire film surface as long as the external force remains active. After the external force is withdrawn, there is partial relaxation of the applied stresses, which is manifested as reduction in amplitude of the imprinted features. Due to the spatial viscoelasticity gradient, the extent of stress relaxation induced feature height reduction varies across the length of the film (L), resulting in a surface with a gradient topography with progressively varying feature heights (hF). The steepness of the gradient can be controlled by varying the temperature gradient as well as the duration of precuring of the film prior to imprinting. The method has also been utilized for fabricating wettability gradient surfaces using a high aspect ratio biomimetic stamp. The use of a flexible stamp allows the technique to be extended for creating a gradient topography on nonplanar surfaces as well. We also show that the gradient surfaces with regular structures can be used in combinatorial studies related to pattern directed dewetting.

  1. Dynamic behavior of surface film on LiCoO{sub 2} thin film electrode

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    Matsui, Masaki [Material Engineering Div. 3, Toyota Motor Corporation, 1200 Mishuku, Susono, Shizuoka 410-1193 (Japan); Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Urban Environmental Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1 Minami-Ohsawa, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Dokko, Kaoru; Kanamura, Kiyoshi [Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Urban Environmental Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1 Minami-Ohsawa, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan)

    2008-02-15

    Electrochemical oxidation behavior of non-aqueous electrolytes on LiCoO{sub 2} thin film electrodes were investigated by in situ polarization modulation Fourier transform infrared (PM-FTIR) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). LiCoO{sub 2} thin film electrode on gold substrate was prepared by rf-sputtering method. In situ PM-FTIR spectra were obtained at various electrode potentials during cyclic voltammetry measurement between 3.5 V vs. Li/Li{sup +} and 4.2 V vs. Li/Li{sup +}. During anodic polarization, oxidation of non-aqueous electrolyte was observed, and oxidized products remained on the electrode at the potential higher than 3.75 V vs. Li/Li{sup +} as a surface film. During cathodic polarization, the stripping of the surface film was observed at the potential lower than 3.9 V vs. Li/Li{sup +}. Depth profile of XPS also showed that more organic surface film remained on charged LiCoO{sub 2} than that on discharged one. AFM images of charged and discharged electrodes showed that some decomposed products deposited on charged electrode and disappeared from the surface of discharged one. These results indicate that the surface film on LiCoO{sub 2} is not so stable. (author)

  2. Dynamic behavior of surface film on LiCoO 2 thin film electrode

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    Matsui, Masaki; Dokko, Kaoru; Kanamura, Kiyoshi

    Electrochemical oxidation behavior of non-aqueous electrolytes on LiCoO 2 thin film electrodes were investigated by in situ polarization modulation Fourier transform infrared (PM-FTIR) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). LiCoO 2 thin film electrode on gold substrate was prepared by rf-sputtering method. In situ PM-FTIR spectra were obtained at various electrode potentials during cyclic voltammetry measurement between 3.5 V vs. Li/Li + and 4.2 V vs. Li/Li +. During anodic polarization, oxidation of non-aqueous electrolyte was observed, and oxidized products remained on the electrode at the potential higher than 3.75 V vs. Li/Li + as a surface film. During cathodic polarization, the stripping of the surface film was observed at the potential lower than 3.9 V vs. Li/Li +. Depth profile of XPS also showed that more organic surface film remained on charged LiCoO 2 than that on discharged one. AFM images of charged and discharged electrodes showed that some decomposed products deposited on charged electrode and disappeared from the surface of discharged one. These results indicate that the surface film on LiCoO 2 is not so stable.

  3. Magnetic Surfaces, Thin Films, and Multilayers

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    1992-01-01

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

  4. Remote Sensing: Environmental Effects of Surface Films.

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    1992-12-15

    constitution of natural film-forming material. " Protein: heptone from soybeans, C/N approx. 6 " Carbohydrates: alginic acid, MW-240,00 (polymannuronic...acid) " Lipid: triolein, MW=885.4 Mlix peptone (25% as carbon), alginic acid (50% as carbon), and triolein (25% as carbon). It should be restated that...and the rheology Initial experiments were performed in the laboratory and )f the air-sea interface. It will be shown in ensuing sections on the

  5. RUPTURING OF POLYMER FILMS WITH RUBBING—INDUCED SURFACE DEFECTS

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    B.Du; F.C.Xie; Y.J.Wang; O.K.C.Tsui; O.K.C.Tsui

    2003-01-01

    It has been a long-standing question whether dewetting of polymer film from non-wettable substrate surfaces wherein the bicontinuous morphology never forms in the dewetting film is due to spinodal instability or heterogeneous nucleation.In this experiment,we use a simple method to make the distinction through introduction of topographical defects of the films by rubbing the sample surface with a rayon cloth.Spinodal dewetting is identified for those films that dewet by a characteristic wavevector,q,independent of the density of rubbing-induced defects.Heterogeneous nucleation,on the other hand,is identified for those with q increasing with increasing density of defects.Our result shows that PS films on oxide coated silicon with thickness less than≈13nm are dominated by spinodal dewetting,but the thicker films are dominated by nucleation dewetting.We also confirm that spinodal dewetting does not necessarily lead to a bicontinuous morphology in the dewetting film,contrary to the classic theory of Cahn.

  6. Surface acoustic wave devices including Langmuir-Blodgett films (Review)

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    Plesskii, V. P.

    1991-06-01

    Recent theoretical and experimental research related to the use of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films in surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices is reviewed. The sensitivity of the different cuts of quartz and lithium niobate to inertial loading is investigated, and it is shown that some cuts in lithium niobate are twice as sensitive to mass loading than the commonly used YZ-cut. The large variety of organic compounds suitable for the production of LB films makes it possible to create SAW sensors reacting selectively to certain substances. The existing SAW sensors based on LB films are characterized by high sensitivity and fast response.

  7. Unidirectional propagation of magnetostatic surface spin waves at a magnetic film surface

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    Wong, Kin L.; Bao, Mingqiang, E-mail: mingqiangbao@gmail.com, E-mail: caross@mit.edu; Lin, Yen-Ting; Wang, Kang L. [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Bi, Lei [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Wen, Qiye; Zhang, Huaiwu [State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Chatelon, Jean Pierre [Univerisité de Saint-Etienne, Université de Lyon, LT2C, 25 rue du Docteur Rémy Annino, 42000 Saint-Etienne (France); Ross, C. A., E-mail: mingqiangbao@gmail.com, E-mail: caross@mit.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States)

    2014-12-08

    An analytical expression for the amplitudes of magnetostatic surface spin waves (MSSWs) propagating in opposite directions at a magnetic film surface is presented. This shows that for a given magnetic field H, it is forbidden for an independent MSSW to propagate along the direction of −H{sup →}×n{sup →}, where n{sup →} is the surface normal. This unidirectional propagation property is confirmed by experiments with both permalloy and yttrium iron garnet films of different film thicknesses, and has implications in the design of spin-wave devices such as isolators and spin-wave diodes.

  8. Hydrophobicity of electron beam modified surface of hydroxyapatite films

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    Gregor, M., E-mail: gregor@fmph.uniba.sk [Department of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University, 84248 Bratislava (Slovakia); Plecenik, T. [Department of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University, 84248 Bratislava (Slovakia); Tofail, S.A.M. [Materials & Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Zahoran, M.; Truchly, M. [Department of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University, 84248 Bratislava (Slovakia); Vargova, M. [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, 84215 Bratislava (Slovakia); Laffir, F. [Materials & Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Plesch, G. [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, 84215 Bratislava (Slovakia); Kus, P.; Plecenik, A. [Department of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University, 84248 Bratislava (Slovakia)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Surface potential of hydroxyapatite films were modified by focused electron beam. • Micron-sized domains of modified surface potential were created. • Wettability and surface free energy of the irradiated areas was studied. • Possible mechanisms of increased surface hydrophobicity are discussed. - Abstract: Arrays of micron-sized domains of modified surface potential were created on hydroxyapatite films by mid-energy (20 keV) electron beam irradiation available in a laboratory scanning electron microscope. The dosage of electron beam was varied between 10{sup −3} and 10{sup 3} μC/cm{sup 2} to inject charge into the film surface. Contrary to the conventional electrowetting theory, the dosage of injected charge used in creating such microdomains caused a gradual increase of the water contact angle from 57° to 93° due to the elimination of the polar component of the surface free energy. Surface contamination by carbonaceous species can be held only partially responsible for such behavior at lower dosage of electron beam. A transfer of free surface charge to water and an electron beam induced disruption of polar orientation of OH ions have been attributed to be influencial factors in the overall dewetting behavior.

  9. Weak non-linear surface charging effects in electrolytic films

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    Dean, D. S.; Horgan, R. R.

    2002-01-01

    A simple model of soap films with nonionic surfactants stabilized by added electrolyte is studied. The model exhibits charge regularization due to the incorporation of a physical mechanism responsible for the formation of a surface charge. We use a Gaussian field theory in the film but the full non-linear surface terms which are then treated at a one-loop level by calculating the mean-field Poisson-Boltzmann solution and then the fluctuations about this solution. We carefully analyze the reno...

  10. Surface modification by plasma polymerization: film deposition, tailoring of surface properties and biocompatibility

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    Os, van Menno Thomas

    2000-01-01

    The work described in this thesis concerns the surface modification of materials by thin film deposition in a plasma reactor. In particular, thin polymeric films bearing amine functionalities were synthesized by plasma polymerization of amino group containing monomers. In addition to the synthesis,

  11. Quantum Transport and Surface Scattering in Magnetic Metallic Film

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    HU Yin; DONG Zheng-Chao

    2008-01-01

    Taking into account the quantum size effect and the spin dependence of the electronic band structure,and including the spin dependence of the scattering from bulk impurities and two different sets of surface roughness,we present a theory on the electronic transport in magnetic film,in which the average autocorrelation function (ACF) for surface roughness is described by a Gaussion model.Our result shows that the conductivity is a sensitive function of surface roughness and exchange energy.It is also found that in the thin film limit and in the lower-order approximation of the surface scattering,the total conductivity is given by a sum of conductivities of all the subbands and the two spin channels,for each subband and each spin channel the scattering rates due to the impurities and two surfaces are additive.

  12. Microstructure and Magnetic Domains of Iron Films on Liquid Surfaces

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    XIE Jian-Ping; XIA A-Gen; ZHANG Chu-Hang; YANG Bo; FANG Zheng-Nong; YE Gao-Xiang

    2009-01-01

    Iron (Fe) films with a thickness ranging from 1.0 nm to 80.0 nm are deposited on silicone oil surfaces by a vapor phase deposition method. The films with a thickness of d < 2.0 nm do not exhibit planar morphology but ramified aggregates instead. Magnetic force microscopy studies for the Fe films (10.0nm≤d≤80.0nm) show that the domain wall structure is widespread and irregularly shaped and the oscillation phase shift Δθ, which records as the magnetic force image, changes from 0.29°to 0.81°. Correspondingly, the magnetic force gradient varies from 1.4×10~(-3) to 4.0×10~(-3)N/m, respectively. In our measurement, the characteristic domain walls, such as Bloch walls, Neel walls and cross-tie walls, are not observed in the film system clearly.

  13. Surface Chemistry Interactions of Cationorm with Films by Human Meibum and Tear Film Compounds

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    Georgi As. Georgiev

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Cationorm® (CN cationic nanoemulsion was demonstrated to enhance tear film (TF stability in vivo possibly via effects on tear film lipid layer (TFLL. Therefore the interactions of CN with human meibum (MGS and TFLL in vitro and in vivo deserve special study. MGS and CN were spread at the air/water interface of a Langmuir surface balance to ensure a range of MGS/CN oil phase ratios: 20/1, 10/1, 5/1, 3/1, 2/1 and 1/1. The films capability to reorganize during dynamic area changes was evaluated via the surface pressure-area compression isotherms and step/relaxation dilatational rheology studies. Films structure was monitored with Brewster angle microscopy. CN/TFLL interactions at the ocular surface were monitored with non-contact specular microscopy. The in vitro studies of MGS/CN layers showed that (i CN inclusion (at fixed MGS content increased film elasticity and thickness and that (ii CN can compensate for moderate meibum deficiency in MGS/CN films. In vivo CN mixed with TFLL in a manner similar to CN/MGS interactions in vitro, and resulted in enhanced thickness of TFLL. In vitro and in vivo data complement each other and facilitated the study of the composition-structure-function relationship that determines the impact of cationic nanoemulsions on TF.

  14. A comparison of surface properties of metallic thin film photocathodes

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    Mistry, Sonal; Valizadeh, Reza; Jones, L.B; Middleman, Keith; Hannah, Adrian; Militsyn, B.L; Noakes, Tim

    2017-01-01

    In this work the preparation of metal photocathodes by physical vapour deposition magnetron sputtering has been employed to deposit metallic thin films onto Cu, Mo and Si substrates. The use of metallic cathodes offers several advantages: (i) metal photocathodes present a fast response time and a relative insensitivity to the vacuum environment (ii) metallic thin films when prepared and transferred in vacuum can offer smoother and cleaner emitting surfaces. The photocathodes developed here will ultimately be used in S-band Normal Conducting RF (NCRF) guns such as that used in VELA (Versatile Electron Linear Accelerator) and the proposed CLARA (Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications) Free Electron Laser test facility. The samples grown on Si substrates were used to investigate the morphology and thickness of the film. The samples grown onto Cu and Mo substrates were analysed and tested as photocathodes in a surface characterisation chamber, where X-Ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was em...

  15. Surface conductivity measurements in nanometric to micrometric foam films.

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    Bonhomme, Oriane; Mounier, Anne; Simon, Gilles; Biance, Anne-Laure

    2015-05-20

    Foam films (a liquid lamella in air covered by surfactants) are tools of choice for nanofluidic characterization as they are intrinsically nanometric. Their size is indeed fixed by a balance between external pressure and particular molecular interactions in the vicinity of interfaces. To probe the exact nature of these interfaces, different characterizations can be performed. Among them, conductivity in confined systems is a direct probe of the electrostatic environment in the vicinity of the surface. Therefore, we designed a dedicated experiment to measure this conductivity in a cylindrical bubble coupled to interferometry for film thickness characterization. We then show that this conductivity depends on the surfactant nature. These conductivity measurements have been performed in an extremely confined system, the so called Newton black foam films. Unexpectedly in this case, a conductivity close to surface conductivity is recovered.

  16. Surface properties and exponential stress relaxations of mammalian meibum films.

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    Eftimov, Petar; Yokoi, Norihiko; Tonchev, Vesselin; Nencheva, Yana; Georgiev, Georgi As

    2017-03-01

    The surface properties of meibomian secretion (MGS), the major constituent of the tear film (TF) lipid layer, are of key importance for TF stability. The interfacial properties of canine, cMGS, and feline, fMGS, meibum films were studied using a Langmuir surface balance. These species were selected because they have blinking frequency and TF stability similar to those of humans. The sample's performance during dynamic area changes was evaluated by surface pressure (π)-area (A) isocycles and the layer structure was monitored with Brewster angle microscopy. The films' dilatational rheology was probed via the stress-relaxation technique. The animal MGS showed similar behavior both between each other and with human MGS (studied previously). They form reversible, non-collapsible, multilayer thick films. The relaxations of canine, feline, and human MGS films were well described by double exponential decay reflecting the presence of two processes: (1) fast elastic process, with characteristic time τ  100 s-emphasizing the meibum layers viscoelasticity. The temperature decrease from 35 to 25 °C resulted in decreased thickness and lateral expansion of all MGS layers accompanied with increase of the π/A hysteresis and of the elastic process contribution to π relaxation transients. Thus, MGS films of mammals with similar blinking frequency and TF stability have similar surface properties and stress relaxations unaltered by the interspecies MGS compositional variations. Such knowledge may impact the selection of animal mimics of human MGS and on a better understanding of lipid classes' impact on meibum functionality.

  17. Ellipsometry of clean surfaces, submonolayer and monolayer films

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    Habraken, F.H.P.M.; Gijzeman, O.L.J.; Bootsma, G.A.

    1980-01-01

    The geometric and electronic structure of the surface region of a crystal is often different from the bulk structure and therefore the optical properties differ in principle also. Theories for the optical properties of (sub)monolayer films are compared, with special attention to anisotropic layers.

  18. Surface morphology of PS-PDMS diblock copolymer films

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    Andersen, T.H.; Tougaard, S.; Larsen, N.B.

    2001-01-01

    Spin coated thin films (∼400 Å) of poly(styrene)–poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PS–PDMS) diblock copolymers have been investigated using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy. Surface segregation of the poly(dimethylsiloxane) blocks was studied for five diblock copolymers which...

  19. Rewetting and Flow Film Boiling Along Hot Surface

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    王补宣Thermal Engineering Department; Tsinghua University; Beijing 100084; PRC; 彭晓峰

    1994-01-01

    The recent investigations on the rewettmg and film boiling of liquid flowing along a hot/heated surface are briefly reviewed and discussed.Some advanced theoretical analyses are conducted and new conclusions achieved.These investigations describe the fundamental characteristics of liquid flow boiling and further the complicated rewetting phenomena,and have resulted in considerable insight intothe mechanism.

  20. Hydrogen mediated transport of Sn to Ru film surface

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    Faradzhev, N.; Sidorkin, V.

    2009-01-01

    The authors report on the interaction of atomic hydrogen with Sn and thin Ru film at room temperature. The study is done using a combination of photoelectron and low energy ion scattering spectroscopies as well as scanning electron microscopy. The adsorption of hydrogen on a Sn surface leads to the

  1. Hydrogen mediated transport of Sn to Ru film surface

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    Faradzhev, N.; Sidorkin, V.

    2009-01-01

    The authors report on the interaction of atomic hydrogen with Sn and thin Ru film at room temperature. The study is done using a combination of photoelectron and low energy ion scattering spectroscopies as well as scanning electron microscopy. The adsorption of hydrogen on a Sn surface leads to the

  2. Visualization of Surface Acoustic Waves in Thin Liquid Films

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    Rambach, R. W.; Taiber, J.; Scheck, C. M. L.; Meyer, C.; Reboud, J.; Cooper, Jonathan M.; Franke, T.

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate that the propagation path of a surface acoustic wave (SAW), excited with anWe demonstrate that the propagation path of a surface acoustic wave (SAW), excited with an interdigitated transducer (IDT), can be visualized using a thin liquid film dispensed onto a lithium niobate (LiNbO3) substrate. The practical advantages of this visualization method are its rapid and simple implementation, with many potential applications including in characterising acoustic pumping within microfl...

  3. Lipases efficiently stearate and cutinases acetylate the surface of arabinoxylan films

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    Stepan, A. M.; Anasontzis, G. E.; Matamá, Maria Teresa; Paulo, Artur Cavaco; Olsson, L; Gatenholm, P.

    2013-01-01

    This is the first report on successful enzyme catalyzed surface esterification of hemicellulose films. Enzyme catalyzed surface acetylation with vinyl acetate and stearation with vinyl stearate were studied on rye arabinoxylan (AX) films. Different surface analytical techniques (FT-IR, TOF-SIMS, ESCA, CA) show that lipases from Mucor javanicus, Rhizopus oryzae and Candida rugosa successfully surface stearate AX films and that a cutinase from Fusarium solani pisi surface acetylates these films...

  4. Surface Structure of Thin Films of Multifunctional Ionizable Copolymers

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    Wickramasinghe, Anuradhi; Perahia, Dvora

    Phase segregation results in a rich variety of structures in co-polymers where interfacial forces often dominate the structure of thin films. Introduction of ionizable segments often drives the formation of compounded structures with multiple blocks residing at the interfaces. Here we probe thin films, 40-50nm, of an A-B-C-B-A co-polymer where C is a randomly sulfonated polystyrene with sulfonation fractions of 0, 26 and 52 mole %, B is poly (ethylene-r-propylene), and A is poly (t-butyl styrene) as the sulfonation level and temperature are varied using Neutron Reflectivity AFM, and surface tension measurements. As cast films form layers with both hydrophobic blocks dominating the solid and air interfaces and the ionizable block segregating to the center. Following annealing at 1700C, above Tg of styrene sulfonate, the films coarsen, with surface aggregation dominating the structure, though interfacial regions remain dominated by the hydrophobic segments. We show that in contrast to non-ionic co-polymers, formation of micelles dominated the structure of these ionic structured films. Supported in part by DOE Grant No. DE-SC007908.

  5. Surface plasmon resonance in nanocrystalline gold-copper alloy films.

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    Hussain, S; Datta, Subhadeep; Roy, R K; Pal, A K

    2007-12-01

    Nanocrystalline Au(x)Cu(1-x) films were synthesized by depositing Cu/Au/Cu multilayer in nanocrystalline thin film form with requisite thickness of individual layers onto fused silica substrates by high pressure sputtering technique. The absorbance spectra showed only one surface plasmon peak for all the compositions with the exception that the peak position did not indicate gradual shift as gold concentration was increased. Peak position for the two compositions corresponding to the two superlattice structures, AuCu3 and AuCu, deviated significantly from linear variation. The experimental results have been discussed in light of the existing Mie theory and the Core-shell model.

  6. Surface of Alumina Films after Prolonged Breakdowns in Galvanostatic Anodization

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Breakdown phenomena are investigated at continuous isothermal (20∘C and galvanostatic (0.2–5 mA cm−2 anodizing of aluminum in ammonium salicylate in dimethylformamide (1 M AS/DMF electrolyte. From the kinetic (-curves, the breakdown voltage ( values are estimated, as well as the frequency and amplitude of oscillations of formation voltage ( at different current densities. The surface of the aluminum specimens was studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM. Data on topography and surface roughness parameters of the electrode after electric breakdowns are obtained as a function of anodization time. The electrode surface of anodic films, formed with different current densities until the same charge density has passed (2.5 C cm−2, was assessed. Results are discussed on the basis of perceptions of avalanche mechanism of the breakdown phenomena, due to the injection of electrons and their multiplication in the volume of the film.

  7. Forming lipid bilayer membrane arrays on micropatterned polyelectrolyte film surfaces.

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    Zhang, Ying; Wang, Lei; Wang, Xuejing; Qi, Guodong; Han, Xiaojun

    2013-07-01

    A novel method of forming lipid bilayer membrane arrays on micropatterned polyelectrolyte film surfaces is introduced. Polyelectrolyte films were fabricated by the layer-by-layer technique on a silicon oxide surface modified with a 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) monolayer. The surface pK(a) value of the APTES monolayer was determined by cyclic voltammetry to be approximately 5.61, on the basis of which a pH value of 2.0 was chosen for layer-by-layer assembly. Micropatterned polyelectrolyte films were obtained by deep-UV (254 nm) photolysis though a mask. Absorbed fluorescent latex beads were used to visualize the patterned surfaces. Lipid bilayer arrays were fabricated on the micropatterned surfaces by immersing the patterned substrates into a solution containing egg phosphatidylcholine vesicles. Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching studies yielded a lateral diffusion coefficient for probe molecules of 1.31±0.17 μm(2) s(-1) in the bilayer region, and migration of the lipid NBD PE in bilayer lipid membrane arrays was observed in an electric field.

  8. Surface Grafting of Phenolic Resole onto LDPE Films

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    Jue CHENG; Yi ZHENG; Wan Tai YANG

    2006-01-01

    Low density polyethylene film surface-grafted phenolic resole was prepared by a sequential processes. Firstly, acrylic acid was grafted to the surface of low density polyethylene by photo-grafting. Secondly, the carboxylic groups in poly(acrylic acid) chains were transferred to sulfonic groups by the reaction of carboxylic groups with sulfanilic acid. Finally, a thin layer of phenolic resole was cured onto the surface of low density polyethylene. The grafting process was characterized by FTIR-ATR and gravimetric analysis. A possible model was proposed to interpret the experimental results.

  9. Surface scattering mechanisms of tantalum nitride thin film resistor.

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    Chen, Huey-Ru; Chen, Ying-Chung; Chang, Ting-Chang; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Chu, Tian-Jian; Shih, Chih-Cheng; Chuang, Nai-Chuan; Wang, Kao-Yuan

    2014-01-01

    In this letter, we utilize an electrical analysis method to develop a TaN thin film resistor with a stricter spec and near-zero temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) for car-used electronic applications. Simultaneously, we also propose a physical mechanism mode to explain the origin of near-zero TCR for the TaN thin film resistor (TFR). Through current fitting, the carrier conduction mechanism of the TaN TFR changes from hopping to surface scattering and finally to ohmic conduction for different TaN TFRs with different TaN microstructures. Experimental data of current-voltage measurement under successive increasing temperature confirm the conduction mechanism transition. A model of TaN grain boundary isolation ability is eventually proposed to influence the carrier transport in the TaN thin film resistor, which causes different current conduction mechanisms.

  10. Electrochemically polymerized conjugated polymer films: Stability improvement and surface functionalization

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    Wei, Bin

    Conjugated polymers have been widely used in various applications including organic solar cells, electrochromic devices, chemical sensors, and biomedical devices. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and its derivatives have received considerable interest because of their low oxidation potential, relatively high chemical stability, and high conductivity. Electrochemical deposition is a convenient method for precisely fabricating conjugated polymer thin films. Here, we report the stability improvement and surface functionalization of electrochemically polymerized PEDOT films. The long-term performance of PEDOT coatings is limited by their relatively poor stability on various inorganic substrates. Two different methods were used to improve the stability of PEDOT coatings, one involved using carboxylic acid functionalized EDOT (EDOT-acid) as adhesion promoter. EDOT-acid molecules were chemically bonded onto activated metal oxide substrates via chemisorption. PEDOT was then polymerized onto the EDOT-acid modified substrates, forming covalently bonded coatings. An aggressive ultrasonication test confirmed the significantly improved adhesion of the PEDOT films on electrodes with EDOT-acid treatment over those without treatment. The other method was to use an octa-ProDOT-functionalized POSS derivative (POSSProDOT) as cross-linker. PEDOT copolymer films were electrochemically deposited with various concentrations of POSS-ProDOT. The optical, morphological and electrochemical properties of the copolymer films could be systematically tuned with the incorporation of POSS-ProDOT. Significantly enhanced electrochemical and mechanical stability of the copolymers were observed at intermediate levels of POSS-ProDOT content (3.1 wt%) via chronic stimulation tests. Surface functionalization of conducting polymer films provides a potential means for systematically tailoring their chemical and physical properties. We have synthesized, polymerized and characterized a dialkene

  11. Surface plasmon enhanced photoluminescence in amorphous silicon carbide films by adjusting Ag island film sizes

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    Yu Wei; Wang Xin-Zhan; Dai Wan-Lei; Lu Wan-Bing; Liu Yu-Mei; Fu Guang-Sheng

    2013-01-01

    Ag island films with different sizes are deposited on hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (α-SiC∶H) films,and the influences of Ag island films on the optical properties of the α-SiC∶H films are investigated.Atomic force microscope images show that Ag nanoislands are formed after Ag coating,and the size of the Ag islands increases with increasing Ag deposition time.The extinction spectra indicate that two resonance absorption peaks which correspond to out-of-plane and in-plane surface plasmon modes of the Ag island films are obtained,and the resonance peak shifts toward longer wavelength with increasing Ag island size.The photoluminescence (PL) enhancement or quenching depends on the size of Ag islands,and PL enhancement by 1.6 times on the main PL band is obtained when the sputtering time is 10 min.Analyses show that the influence of surface plasmons on the PL of α-SiC:H is determined by the competition between the scattering and absorption of Ag islands,and PL enhancement is obtained when scattering is the main interaction between the Ag islands and incident light.

  12. Surface structure of coherently strained ceria ultrathin films

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    Shi, Yezhou; Stone, Kevin H.; Guan, Zixuan; Monti, Matteo; Cao, Chuntian; El Gabaly, Farid; Chueh, William C.; Toney, Michael F.

    2016-11-01

    Cerium oxide, or ceria, is an important material for solid oxide fuel cells and water splitting devices. Although the ceria surface is active in catalytic and electrochemical reactions, how its catalytic properties are affected by the surface structure under operating conditions is far from understood. We investigate the structure of the coherently strained Ce O2 ultrathin films on yttria-stabilized zirconia (001) single crystals by specular synchrotron x-ray diffraction (XRD) under oxidizing conditions as a first step to study the surface structure in situ. An excellent agreement between the experiment data and the model is achieved by using a "stacks and islands" model that has a two-component roughness. One component is due to the tiny clusters of nanometer scale in lateral dimensions on each terrace, while the other component is due to slightly different Ce O2 thickness that span over hundreds of nanometers on neighboring terraces. We attribute the nonuniform thickness to step depairing during the thin film deposition that is supported by the surface morphology results on the microscopic level. Importantly, our model also shows that the polarity of the ceria surface is removed by a half monolayer surface coverage of oxygen. The successful resolution of the ceria surface structure using in situ specular synchrotron XRD paves the way to study the structural evolution of ceria as a fuel cell electrode under catalytically relevant temperatures and gas pressures.

  13. Surface characterization of Laponite-Poly(ethylene oxide) nanocomposite films

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    Stefanescu, Eduard A.; Negulescu, Ioan I.; Daly, William H.; Donose, Bogdan C.; Nguyen, Anh V.

    2008-03-01

    The aim of the present work is to understand how ionic strength of precursor polymer-clay gels influences the final structure of multilayered nanocomposite films fabricated from such gels. We have prepared three aqueous precursor gels containing 3wt% LRD, 2wt% PEO and 95wt% water, in which the salt concentrations were kept at 0X, 1X and 3X with X = 5.57 * 10^- 5 g NaCl/mL. The Laponite (LRD) - PEO multilayered films (LRD60%-PEO40%) were fabricated by manually spreading and drying each gel on a glass slide. Prior to the AFM measurements the polymer-clay composite films where freeze-dried by immersion in liquid nitrogen until they were totally degassed. Frozen samples where then fractured and left for additional drying for 24 hours in a desiccator. The imaging procedure employed here was tapping-mode AFM. Distinct features were identified on the layered transversal surface of the films, and were attributed to the different salt concentrations in the samples. Addition of salt increases the adhesion and compactness properties of the nanoparticles, as a more uniform side surface can be observed after freeze-fracturing the materials.

  14. Picosecond laser induced periodic surface structure on copper thin films

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    Huynh, Thi Trang Dai; Petit, Agnès; Semmar, Nadjib, E-mail: nadjib.semmar@univ-orleans.fr

    2014-05-01

    LIPSS (Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structure) formation on copper thin films induced by a picosecond laser beam (Nd:YAG laser at 266 nm, 42 ps and 10 Hz) was studied experimentally. Copper thin films were deposited on glass and silicon substrates by magnetron sputtering. The surface modifications of irradiated zones were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. Two distinct types of LIPSS were identified with respect to the laser fluence (F), number of laser shots (N) and substrate material. Namely, with a number of laser shots (1000 < N < 10,000) and a fluence of (200 mJ/cm{sup 2} < F < 500 mJ/cm{sup 2}), Low Spatial Frequency LIPSS (LSFL with a spatial period of Λ ∼ 260 nm and an orientation perpendicular to polarization) and High Spatial Frequency LIPSS (HSFL with a spatial period of Λ ∼ 130 nm and an orientation parallel to the polarization) were observed. The regime of regular spikes formation was determined for N ≥ 1000. Moreover, the 2D-map of the relationship among LIPSS formation, laser fluence and number of laser shots on copper thin film with two different substrates was established. A physics interpretation of regular spikes and LIPSS formation on copper thin film induced by ps laser with overlapping multi-shots is proposed based on experimental data and the theory of Plateau-Rayleigh instability.

  15. Picosecond laser induced periodic surface structure on copper thin films

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    Huynh, Thi Trang Dai; Petit, Agnès; Semmar, Nadjib

    2014-05-01

    LIPSS (Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structure) formation on copper thin films induced by a picosecond laser beam (Nd:YAG laser at 266 nm, 42 ps and 10 Hz) was studied experimentally. Copper thin films were deposited on glass and silicon substrates by magnetron sputtering. The surface modifications of irradiated zones were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. Two distinct types of LIPSS were identified with respect to the laser fluence (F), number of laser shots (N) and substrate material. Namely, with a number of laser shots (1000 LIPSS (LSFL with a spatial period of Λ ∼ 260 nm and an orientation perpendicular to polarization) and High Spatial Frequency LIPSS (HSFL with a spatial period of Λ ∼ 130 nm and an orientation parallel to the polarization) were observed. The regime of regular spikes formation was determined for N ≥ 1000. Moreover, the 2D-map of the relationship among LIPSS formation, laser fluence and number of laser shots on copper thin film with two different substrates was established. A physics interpretation of regular spikes and LIPSS formation on copper thin film induced by ps laser with overlapping multi-shots is proposed based on experimental data and the theory of Plateau-Rayleigh instability.

  16. Vaporization Studies from Slag Surfaces Using a Thin Film Technique

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    Seetharaman, Seshadri; Shyrokykh, Tetiana; Schröder, Christina; Scheller, Piotr R.

    2013-08-01

    The investigations of vanadium vaporization from CaO-SiO2-FeO-V2O5 thin film slags were conducted using the single hot thermocouple technique (SHTT) with air as the oxidizing atmosphere. The slag samples were analyzed after the experiments by SEM/EDX. The vanadium content was found to decrease as a function of time. The loss of vanadium from the slag film after 30 minutes of oxidation was approximately 18 pct and after 50 minutes, it was nearly 56 pct. The possible mechanism of vanadium loss would be the surface oxidation of vanadium oxide in the slag, VO x to V5+, followed by surface evaporation of V2O5, which has a high vapor pressure at the experimental temperature.

  17. Thin-film limit formalism applied to surface defect absorption.

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    Holovský, Jakub; Ballif, Christophe

    2014-12-15

    The thin-film limit is derived by a nonconventional approach and equations for transmittance, reflectance and absorptance are presented in highly versatile and accurate form. In the thin-film limit the optical properties do not depend on the absorption coefficient, thickness and refractive index individually, but only on their product. We show that this formalism is applicable to the problem of ultrathin defective layer e.g. on a top of a layer of amorphous silicon. We develop a new method of direct evaluation of the surface defective layer and the bulk defects. Applying this method to amorphous silicon on glass, we show that the surface defective layer differs from bulk amorphous silicon in terms of light soaking.

  18. Surface Chemistry of Nano-Structured Mixed Metal Oxide Films

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    2012-12-11

    Low Temperature Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocrystalline Titanium Carbide with Tunable Porous Architectures, Chemistry of Materials, (01...of the C–H bond to form carboxyl, both of which decompose via a COd 2 intermediate to evolve CO2 and H2. High surface area, porous titanium carbide films...characterization of nanocrystalline titanium carbide with tunable porous architectures” Chem. Mater. 22, 319-329 (2010). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cm902184m 3

  19. Robust surface states in epitaxial Bi(111) thin films

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    Zhu, Kai; Jin, Xiaofeng

    Bulk Bi a prototype semimetal with trivial electronic band topology. Unanticipatedly, we show the Altshuler-Aronov-Spivak and Aharonov-Bohm effects in epitaxial Bi(111) thin films. Meanwhile, we clearly identify the interaction of the top and bottom surface states via quantum tunneling by the electrical conductance and weak anti-localization measurements. These results have significantly enriched our understanding about the electronic structure of Bi, which might be helpful for clearing up some of its longstanding subtle issues.

  20. Surface structures of poly(methyl methacrylate) films influenced by chain entanglement in the corresponding film-formation solution.

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    Xu, Jianquan; Liu, Yingjun; He, Jinsheng; Zhang, Rongping; Zuo, Biao; Wang, Xinping

    2014-11-28

    The effects of the properties of casting solution on the surface structure of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films were systematically investigated. It was observed that the hydrophobicity of PMMA films increased with increasing viscosity of the corresponding polymer solution regardless of the film-formation techniques that were utilized. The ratio of the C-H symmetric stretching vibrations of methylene groups (hydrophobic components, with a peak at 2910 cm(-1)) to those of the ester methyl groups (relative hydrophilic components, with a peak at 2955 cm(-1)) from sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectra, A2910/A2955, was used as a parameter to evaluate the structure on the film surface, which was related to the surface wettability of the films. The results showed that A2910/A2955 of cast PMMA films increased linearly with ηsp(0.3) (ηsp, the specific viscosity of the casting solution), whereas that of the corresponding spin-coated films showed a linear relationship defined as ηsp(0.3)E(0.26), where E is the average number of entanglement points per molecule (E = Mw/Me). These results indicate that a relative equilibrium conformation on the PMMA film surface, adopted from the perspective of thermodynamics, was easily achieved during film formation, when the conformation of the polymer chains in the corresponding casting solution was close to that in the bulk. For the spin-coated films, the chain entanglement structure in the casting solution was a more important factor for the resulting film to reach a relative equilibrium state, since this structure was in favor of maintaining the pristine conformation in casting solution under centrifugal force during spin-coating. This work may help to enhance the fundamental understanding of the formation of the film surface structure from polymer solution to the resulting solid film, which will affect not only the corresponding surface properties, but also the dynamics of the resulting thin films.

  1. Interplay between surface and surface resonance states on height selective stability of fcc Dy(111) film at nanoscale.

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    Liu, Xiaojie; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Hupalo, Myron; Ho, Kai-Ming; Thiel, Patricia A; Tringides, Michael C

    2016-11-16

    Using first-principles calculations we show that face-centered cubic Dy(111) ultrathin films exhibit height selective stability. The origin of such height selection can be attributed to the interplay between the localized surface states and surface resonance states due to electron confinement effects. Such effect could be utilized to manipulate the film thickness at the atomic level to achieve desirable film properties or to control the growth of nanostructures on the thin film for various applications.

  2. Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW Resonators for Monitoring Conditioning Film Formation

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    Siegfried Hohmann

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available We propose surface acoustic wave (SAW resonators as a complementary tool for conditioning film monitoring. Conditioning films are formed by adsorption of inorganic and organic substances on a substrate the moment this substrate comes into contact with a liquid phase. In the case of implant insertion, for instance, initial protein adsorption is required to start wound healing, but it will also trigger immune reactions leading to inflammatory responses. The control of the initial protein adsorption would allow to promote the healing process and to suppress adverse immune reactions. Methods to investigate these adsorption processes are available, but it remains difficult to translate measurement results into actual protein binding events. Biosensor transducers allow user-friendly investigation of protein adsorption on different surfaces. The combination of several transduction principles leads to complementary results, allowing a more comprehensive characterization of the adsorbing layer. We introduce SAW resonators as a novel complementary tool for time-resolved conditioning film monitoring. SAW resonators were coated with polymers. The adsorption of the plasma proteins human serum albumin (HSA and fibrinogen onto the polymer-coated surfaces were monitored. Frequency results were compared with quartz crystal microbalance (QCM sensor measurements, which confirmed the suitability of the SAW resonators for this application.

  3. Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Resonators for Monitoring Conditioning Film Formation.

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    Hohmann, Siegfried; Kögel, Svea; Brunner, Yvonne; Schmieg, Barbara; Ewald, Christina; Kirschhöfer, Frank; Brenner-Weiß, Gerald; Länge, Kerstin

    2015-05-21

    We propose surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonators as a complementary tool for conditioning film monitoring. Conditioning films are formed by adsorption of inorganic and organic substances on a substrate the moment this substrate comes into contact with a liquid phase. In the case of implant insertion, for instance, initial protein adsorption is required to start wound healing, but it will also trigger immune reactions leading to inflammatory responses. The control of the initial protein adsorption would allow to promote the healing process and to suppress adverse immune reactions. Methods to investigate these adsorption processes are available, but it remains difficult to translate measurement results into actual protein binding events. Biosensor transducers allow user-friendly investigation of protein adsorption on different surfaces. The combination of several transduction principles leads to complementary results, allowing a more comprehensive characterization of the adsorbing layer. We introduce SAW resonators as a novel complementary tool for time-resolved conditioning film monitoring. SAW resonators were coated with polymers. The adsorption of the plasma proteins human serum albumin (HSA) and fibrinogen onto the polymer-coated surfaces were monitored. Frequency results were compared with quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensor measurements, which confirmed the suitability of the SAW resonators for this application.

  4. Surface chemical studies of chemical vapour deposited diamond thin films

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    Proffitt, S

    2001-01-01

    could not easily be correlated to the bulk film properties. It is suggested that electron emission arises from the graphite component of graphite- diamond grain boundaries that are present in the nanocrystalline films. species. The adsorbed O and Cl species are more strongly bound to the K layer than they are to the diamond substrate, so thermal desorption of K from the K/CI/diamond or K/O/diamond surface results also in the simultaneous loss ofO and Cl. The phosphorus precursor trisdimethylaminophosphine (TDMAP) has a negligible reactive sticking probability on the clean diamond surface. This can be increased by thermal cracking of the gas phase precursor by a heated filament, resulting in non-activated adsorption to produce an adlayer containing a mixture of surface-bound ligands and phosphorus containing species. The ligands were readily lost upon heating, leaving P, some of which was lost from the surface at higher temperatures. Pre-hydrogenation of the diamond surface inhibited the uptake of cracked TDMA...

  5. MONOMOLECULAR FILMS OF COPOLYMERS OF OXYETHYLENE AND OXYPROPYLENE,POLYPROPYLENE GLYCOL AND THEIR BINARY MIXTURES

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    LI Wailang; DING Faxiang; GU Tiren

    1989-01-01

    The behaviour of monolayers of copolymers of oxyethylene and oxypropylene (UH29 and UH68),polypropylene glycol (UHPPG) and their binary mixtures on air-water interface has been investigated carefully on compression -expansion cycles. The first compression isotherm is approximately an equilibrium one. In the UHPPG-UH29 and UHPPG -UH68 systems, the calculated average π-a curves based on simple additivity ofthe two individual components coincide with the experimental results reasonably well. It is suggested that the two components are miscible and form near- ideal solution at the air- water interface.The compression- expansion cycle experiments shows some degree of hysteresis. The order of degree of hysteresis for individual components is UH68 > UH29 > UHPPG. The explanation for the hysteresis is proposed.

  6. Soap opera : polymer-surfactant interactions on thin film surfaces /

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    Ozer, B. H. (Byram H.); Johal, M. S. (Malkiat S.); Wang, H. L. (Hsing-Lin); Robinson, J. M. (Jeanne M.)

    2001-01-01

    Surfactants are macromolecules with unique properties. They commonly contain a polar head group with a nonpolar hydrocarbon chain. These properties allow surfactants to solubilize greases and other nonpolar molecules. One particular way that this is accomplished is through the formation of micelles. Micelles are formed at the critical micelle concentration (cmc), which varies depending upon the nature of the surfactant and also the media in which the surfactant resides. These micelles can take a variety of shapes, but are generally characterized by surrounding the grease with the nonpolar hydrocarbon chains, exposing only the polarized head groups to the media, usually water. This property of easy solubilization has made surfactants a very attractive industrial agent, They are used most conventionally as industrial cleaning agents and detergents. However, they also have lesser-known applications in conjunction with polymers and other macromolecular mixtures, often creating a system with novel properties, such as increased solubilization and smoother mixture consistency. A recently developed field has investigated the self-assembly of polymers and polyelectrolytes onto thin film surfaces. There are many reasons for studying this process, such as for second harmonic generation purposes and bioassays. In this study, the interaction between the anionic polyelectrolyte poly[1-[4-(3-carboxy-4-hydroxyphenylazo)benzenesulfonamido]-1,2-ethanediyl, sodium salt] (PAZO) and two surfactants of opposite charge, Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS) and Dodecyl Trimethyl Ammonium Bromide (DTAB), in their assembly onto thin film surfaces was investigated. The kinetics of adsorbance onto the thin films was examined, followed by construction of 10-bilayer films using an alternating layer of the cationic polyelectrolyte poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) to provide the electrostatic means for the PAZO/surfactant combination to assemble onto the thin film. The kinetics of adsorption is being

  7. Thin films of solid electrolytes and studies of their surface

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    Pan, Xiaoren; Gu, Zhi X.

    1991-11-01

    Much research work has been done on the materials of solid electrolytes and their applications. Solid electrolytes or fast ionic conductors are generally used in solid state batteries and solid state ionic devices. In the utilization of solid electrolytes, thin film forms have practical advantages. They will make the devices and batteries miniaturization which is particularly important for certain applications such as microelectronic devices, space programs, and integrated circuits of self-contained power. So preparation of thin films of solid electrolytes and studies of their surfaces are significant. There has been interest in the properties of amorphous ionic conductors, as glasses have acknowledged advantages over crystalline electrolytes, including physical isotropy, the absence of grain boundaries, and continuously-variable composition. Furthermore, many glasses based on silver halides have conductivities as high as 10 Scm-1 at room temperature. So we have chosen the quaternary system AgI-Ag2O-P2O5-B2O3 as the basic materials, prepared thin films, studied their properties, and constructed thin film electrolytic batteries.

  8. Evidence for the presence of lipid-free monomolecular apolipoprotein A-1 in plasma.

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    Miyazaki, Osamu; Ogihara, Jun; Fukamachi, Isamu; Kasumi, Takafumi

    2014-02-01

    The first step in reverse cholesterol transport is a process by which lipid-free or lipid-poor apoA-1 removes cholesterol from cells through the action of ATP binding cassette transporter A1 at the plasma membrane. However the structure and composition of lipid-free or -poor apoA-1 in plasma remains obscure. We previously obtained a monoclonal antibody (MAb) that specifically recognizes apoA-1 in preβ1-HDL, the smallest apoA-1-containing particle in plasma, which we used to establish a preβ1-HDL ELISA. Here, we purified preβ1-HDL from fresh normal plasma using said antibody, and analyzed the composition and structure. ApoA-1 was detected, but neither phospholipid nor cholesterol were detected in the purified preβ1-HDL. Only globular, not discoidal, particles were observed by electron microscopy. In nondenaturing PAGE, no difference in the mobility was observed between the purified preβ1-HDL and original plasma preβ1-HDL, or between the preβ1-HDL and lipid-free apoA-1 prepared by delipidating HDL. In sandwich ELISA using two anti-preβ1-HDL MAbs, reactivity with intact plasma preβ1-HDL was observed in ELISA using two MAbs with distinct epitopes but no reactivity was observed in ELISA using a single MAb, and the same phenomenon was observed with monomolecular lipid-free apoA-1. These results suggest that plasma preβ1-HDL is lipid-free monomolecular apoA-1.

  9. Evidence for the presence of lipid-free monomolecular apolipoprotein A-1 in plasma[S

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    Miyazaki, Osamu; Ogihara, Jun; Fukamachi, Isamu; Kasumi, Takafumi

    2014-01-01

    The first step in reverse cholesterol transport is a process by which lipid-free or lipid-poor apoA-1 removes cholesterol from cells through the action of ATP binding cassette transporter A1 at the plasma membrane. However the structure and composition of lipid-free or -poor apoA-1 in plasma remains obscure. We previously obtained a monoclonal antibody (MAb) that specifically recognizes apoA-1 in preβ1-HDL, the smallest apoA-1-containing particle in plasma, which we used to establish a preβ1-HDL ELISA. Here, we purified preβ1-HDL from fresh normal plasma using said antibody, and analyzed the composition and structure. ApoA-1 was detected, but neither phospholipid nor cholesterol were detected in the purified preβ1-HDL. Only globular, not discoidal, particles were observed by electron microscopy. In nondenaturing PAGE, no difference in the mobility was observed between the purified preβ1-HDL and original plasma preβ1-HDL, or between the preβ1-HDL and lipid-free apoA-1 prepared by delipidating HDL. In sandwich ELISA using two anti-preβ1-HDL MAbs, reactivity with intact plasma preβ1-HDL was observed in ELISA using two MAbs with distinct epitopes but no reactivity was observed in ELISA using a single MAb, and the same phenomenon was observed with monomolecular lipid-free apoA-1. These results suggest that plasma preβ1-HDL is lipid-free monomolecular apoA-1. PMID:24304668

  10. Deformation in Thin Glassy Polymer Films from Surface towards Interior

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    Chowdhury, Mithun; de Silva, Johann P.; Cross, Graham L. W.

    Polymer thin glassy films occupy an important place in last two decades of condensed matter research, concerning its surprising surface mobility and spatially dependent structural relaxation. However, ranges of cleverly designed indirect measurements on confined polymer glassy films already probed its mechanical properties; it is still a challenging task to directly probe such small confined volume through conventional mechanical testing. We have designed confined layer compression testing with a precisely designed and aligned flat probe during nanoindentation, which was further accompanied with atomic force microscopy. Due to natural confinement from the surrounding material, we show that a state of `uniaxial strain' is created beneath the probe under small axial strains. By this methodology we are able to directly probe uniaxial flows under both anelastic and plastic conditions while doing controlled creep studies at different positions in the film starting from surface towards interior. Depending on the extent of deformation, we found ranges of effects, such as densification, anelastic yield, and plastic yield. Enhanced creep rate upon deformation supports the idea of `deformation induced mobility'. Work performed at Trinity College Dublin.

  11. Femtosecond laser surface structuring of molybdenum thin films

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    Kotsedi, L., E-mail: Kotsedi@tlabs.ac.za [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure Road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa); Mthunzi, P. [Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Biophotonics Lab: National Laser Centre Pretoria, 0001 (South Africa); Nuru, Z.Y. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure Road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa); Eaton, S.M. [Physics Department, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milano (Italy); Center for Nano Science and Technology, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Pascoli 70/3, 20133 Milano, Itala (Italy); Sechoghela, P.; Mongwaketsi, N. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure Road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa); Ramponi, R. [Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN)–CNR, Piazza Leanardo Da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milano (Italy); Maaza, M. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure Road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa)

    2015-10-30

    Highlights: • Color change of the molybdenum thin film from shinny to violet–yellowish color after laser irradiation at various laser powers. • Formation of the molybdenum dioxide coating after laser exposure, as confirmed by the X-ray diffraction spectrometry. • Selective solar absorbing nature of the laser exposed films. • Study of the binding energies is presented in this contribution using the XPS spectrometry. - Abstract: This contribution reports on the femtosecond surface structuring of molybdenum thin coatings deposited by electron beam evaporation onto Corning glass substrates. The 1-D type periodic grating lines created by such an ablation showed that the widths of the shallow grooves followed a logarithmic dependence with the laser energy incident on the molybdenum film. The electronic valence “x” of the created oxide surface layer MoO{sub x} was found to be incident laser power dependent via Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction investigations. Such a photo-induced MoO{sub x}–Mo nanocomposite exhibited effective selective solar absorption in the UV–vis–IR spectral range.

  12. Molecular assembly and organic film growth on complex intermetallic surfaces

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    Al-Mahboob, Abdullah; Sharma, Hem Raj; Sadowski, Jerzy T.; Ledieu, Julian; Fournée, Vincent; McGrath, Ronan

    We extensively studied the role of molecular symmetry and symmetry/structures of wide ranges of substrate-surfaces from non-periodic to periodic to quasi-crystalline in nucleation, growth and phase transition in films made of organic molecular materials. Recently, most interest in quasicrystals is due to the generalization of aperiodic ordering to several classes of systems. Compared to periodic materials, these provide a closer approximation to an isotropic first Brillouin zone, which is of great importance to the design of new functional materials. Here, we present results obtained from our ongoing study of interface mediated molecular assembly extended on complex intermetallic surfaces with specific examples of C60 and Zn-phthalocyanine on quasicrystalline and approximant surfaces. We employed in-situ real-time low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) for investigation of the processes in assembly and film growth and post-growth STM study and DFT calculations to understand structural details and growth mechanism. Research were carried out in part at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Lab, USA; partly at Institut Jean Lamour, Université de Lorraine, France; and partly at the Surface Science Research Centre, University of Liverpool, UK.

  13. Effect of Surface Modification on Microbiol Polyhydroxyalkanoate Films on Biocompatibility

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    杨霰霜; 赵锴; 陈金春; 夏彩虹; 陈国强

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate in vitro biocompatibility of a new type of polymer, polyhydroxybutyrate-co-hexanoate (PHBHHx). The hydrophilicity and biocompatibility were studied with two kinds of enzymes, amylase BAN480L and lipase Novozym388. The degree of hydrophilicity was observed using contact angle measurements. In vitro biocompatibility evaluations were carried out by direct incubation of mouse fibroblast cell line L929 on the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) films. The samples treated with BAN480L showed that the PHA biocompatibility increased while the hydrophilicity decreased. Relative to untreated samples, the number of cells on the Novozym388 modified PHBHHx significant decrease as the hydrophilicity also decreased. The results indicated that other surface characteristics besides hydrophilicity influence the biocompatibility of PHBHHx films.

  14. Visualization of Surface Acoustic Waves in Thin Liquid Films

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    Rambach, R. W.; Taiber, J.; Scheck, C. M. L.; Meyer, C.; Reboud, J.; Cooper, J. M.; Franke, T.

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate that the propagation path of a surface acoustic wave (SAW), excited with an interdigitated transducer (IDT), can be visualized using a thin liquid film dispensed onto a lithium niobate (LiNbO3) substrate. The practical advantages of this visualization method are its rapid and simple implementation, with many potential applications including in characterising acoustic pumping within microfluidic channels. It also enables low-cost characterisation of IDT designs thereby allowing the determination of anisotropy and orientation of the piezoelectric substrate without the requirement for sophisticated and expensive equipment. Here, we show that the optical visibility of the sound path critically depends on the physical properties of the liquid film and identify heptane and methanol as most contrast rich solvents for visualization of SAW. We also provide a detailed theoretical description of this effect.

  15. On the mechanics of thin films and growing surfaces

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    Holland, M. A.

    2013-05-24

    Many living structures are coated by thin films, which have distinct mechanical properties from the bulk. In particular, these thin layers may grow faster or slower than the inner core. Differential growth creates a balanced interplay between tension and compression and plays a critical role in enhancing structural rigidity. Typical examples with a compressive outer surface and a tensile inner core are the petioles of celery, caladium, or rhubarb. While plant physiologists have studied the impact of tissue tension on plant rigidity for more than a century, the fundamental theory of growing surfaces remains poorly understood. Here, we establish a theoretical and computational framework for continua with growing surfaces and demonstrate its application to classical phenomena in plant growth. To allow the surface to grow independently of the bulk, we equip it with its own potential energy and its own surface stress. We derive the governing equations for growing surfaces of zero thickness and obtain their spatial discretization using the finite-element method. To illustrate the features of our new surface growth model we simulate the effects of growth-induced longitudinal tissue tension in a stalk of rhubarb. Our results demonstrate that different growth rates create a mechanical environment of axial tissue tension and residual stress, which can be released by peeling off the outer layer. Our novel framework for continua with growing surfaces has immediate biomedical applications beyond these classical model problems in botany: it can be easily extended to model and predict surface growth in asthma, gastritis, obstructive sleep apnoea, brain development, and tumor invasion. Beyond biology and medicine, surface growth models are valuable tools for material scientists when designing functionalized surfaces with distinct user-defined properties. © The Author(s) 2013.

  16. Understanding nanorheology and surface forces of confined thin films

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    Huang, Jun; Yan, Bin; Faghihnejad, Ali; Xu, Haolan; Zeng, Hongbo

    2014-02-01

    Understanding the nanorheology and associated intermolecular/surface forces of fluids in confined geometries or porous media is of both fundamental and practical importance, providing significant insights into various applications such as lubrication and micro/nanoelectromechanical systems. In this work, we briefly reviewed the fundamentals of nanoreheolgy, advances in experimental techniques and theoretical simulation methods, as well as important progress in the nanorheology of confined thin films. The advent of advanced experimental techniques such as surface forces apparatus (SFA), X-ray surface forces apparatus (XSFA) and atomic force microscope (AFM) and computational methods such as molecular dynamics simulations provides powerful tools to study a wide range of rheological phenomena at molecular level and nano scale. One of the most challenging issues unresolved is to elucidate the relationship between the rheological properties and structural evolution of the confined fluid films and particles suspensions. Some of the emerging research areas in the nanorheology field include, but are not limited to, the development of more advanced characterization techniques, design of multifunctional rheological fluids, bio-related nanorheology, and polymer brushes.

  17. Thin Water and Ice Films at Mineral Surfaces

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    Yeşilbaş, Merve; Boily, Jean-François

    2016-04-01

    Mineral-water and ice interactions play important roles in atmospheric cloud formation. They also affect soil biogeochemistry as well as outer-space processes. In this study, thin water and ice films formed on minerals of varied bulk and surface structure, shape, size and surface roughness were probed by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and by Dynamic Vapor Adsorption (DVA). Measurements on several types of iron (oxyhydr)oxides, phyllosilicates, orthosilicates, tectosilicates as well as Arizona Test Dust (ATD) and Icelandic volcanic ash constrained our understanding of the molecular-level nature of mineral surface-water and ice interactions. DVA experiments showed that particle size is the key feature controlling water loadings at 25 ° C. Under this condition, nano-sized particles stabilized the equivalence of no more than ˜6 monolayers of water at the near saturation of water vapor while sub-micron sized particles stabilized several thousand layers. This result can be explained by the greater ability of larger sized particles at driving water condensation reactions. Cryogenic FTIR measurements at -10 and -50 ° C revealed that most minerals acquired the thin ice films with similar hydrogen bonding environments as those formed at room temperature.[1,2] These thin ice films have weaker hydrogen bond environments than hexagonal ice (νOH ≈ 3130 cm-1), a result seen by FTIR through predominant O-H stretching modes at νOH ≈ 3408-3425 cm-1. The water bending region (˜1630 cm-1) also reveals that most thin ice films are rather supercooled forms of water. Only the materials with greatest levels of heterogeneity, namely ATD and volcanic ash, stabilized solid forms of water reminiscent to hexagonal ice. This work thus constrains further our understanding of how interfacial ice is stabilized at mineral surfaces, and opens possibilities for future studies focused on atmospheric gas uptake on mineral- water and ice admixtures. [1] Song, X. and Boily, J

  18. Inverse Gas Chromatography with Film Cell Unit: An Attractive Alternative Method to Characterize Surface Properties of Thin Films.

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    Klein, Géraldine L; Pierre, Guillaume; Bellon-Fontaine, Marie-Noëlle; Graber, Marianne

    2015-09-01

    Inverse gas chromatography (IGC) is widely used for the characterization of surfaces. The present work describes a novel IGC tool, the recently developed film cell module, which measures monolithic thin solid film surface properties, whereas only samples in powder or fiber state or polymer-coated supports can be studied by classic IGC. The surface energy of four different solid supports was measured using both classic IGC with columns packed with samples in the powder state, and IGC with the new film cell module or the sessile drop technique, using samples in the film state. The total surface energy and its dispersive and specific components were measured for glass, polyethylene, polyamide and polytetrafluoroethylene. Similar results were obtained for the four materials using the three different techniques. The main conclusion is that the new film cell module for IGC is an attractive alternative to the sessile drop technique as it gives very accurate and reproducible results for surface energy components, with significant savings in time and the possible control of sample humidity and temperature. This film cell module for IGC extends the application field of IGC to any thin solid film and can be used to study the effect of any surface treatment on surface energy.

  19. Microscale investigation of thin film surface ageing of bitumen.

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    Das, P K; Kringos, N; Birgisson, B; Wallqvist, V

    2014-05-01

    This paper investigates the mechanism of bitumen surface ageing, which was validated utilizing the atomic force microscopy and the differential scanning calorimetry. To validate the surface ageing, three different types of bitumen with different natural wax content were conditioned in four different modes: both ultraviolet and air, only ultraviolet, only air and without any exposure, for 15 and 30 days. From the atomic force microscopy investigation after 15 and 30 days of conditioning period, it was found that regardless the bitumen type, the percentage of microstructure on the surface reduced with the degree of exposure and time. Comparing all the four different exposures, it was observed that ultraviolet radiation caused more surface ageing than the oxidation. It was also found that the combined effect was not simply a summation or multiplication of the individual effects. The differential scanning calorimetry investigation showed that the amount of crystalline fractions in bitumen remain constant even after the systematic conditioning. Interestingly, during the cooling cycle, crystallization of wax molecules started earlier for the exposed specimens than the without exposed one. The analysis of the obtained results indicated that the ageing created a thin film upon the exposed surface, which acts as a barrier and creates difficulty for the wax induced microstructures to float up at the surface. From the differential scanning calorimetry analysis, it can be concluded that the ageing product induced impurities in the bitumen matrix, which acts as a promoter in the crystallization process.

  20. Surface reactions of molecular and atomic oxygen with carbon phosphide films.

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    Gorham, Justin; Torres, Jessica; Wolfe, Glenn; d'Agostino, Alfred; Fairbrother, D Howard

    2005-11-01

    The surface reactions of atomic and molecular oxygen with carbon phosphide films have been studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Carbon phosphide films were produced by ion implantation of trimethylphosphine into polyethylene. Atmospheric oxidation of carbon phosphide films was dominated by phosphorus oxidation and generated a carbon-containing phosphate surface film. This oxidized surface layer acted as an effective diffusion barrier, limiting the depth of phosphorus oxidation within the carbon phosphide film to phosphorus atoms as well as the degree of phosphorus oxidation. For more prolonged AO exposures, a highly oxidized phosphate surface layer formed that appeared to be inert toward further AO-mediated erosion. By utilizing phosphorus-containing hydrocarbon thin films, the phosphorus oxides produced during exposure to AO were found to desorb at temperatures >500 K under vacuum conditions. Results from this study suggest that carbon phosphide films can be used as AO-resistant surface coatings on polymers.

  1. A new method for patterning azopolymer thin film surfaces

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    Sorkhabi, Sh. Golghasemi; Barille, R.; Ahmadi-Kandjani, S.; Zielinska, S.; Ortyl, E.

    2017-04-01

    We present a simple bottom-up approach via an incoherent unpolarized illumination and the choice of a solvent-droplet-induced-dewetting method to photoinduce nano doughnuts on the surface of azopolymer thin films. We demonstrate that doughnut-shaped nanostructures can be formed and tailored with a wide range of typical sizes, thus providing a rich field of applications using surface photo-patterning. Furthermore, due to the presence of highly photoactive azobenzene derivative in the material, illumination of these nanostructures by a polarized laser light shows the possibility of a further growth and reshaping opening the way for fundamental studies of size-dependent scaling laws of optical properties and possible fabrication of nano-reactor or nano-trap patterns.

  2. Ions Bombardment in Thin Films and Surface Processing

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    许沭华; 任兆杏

    2003-01-01

    Ions bombardment is very important in thin films and surface processing. The ionenergy and ion flux are two important parameters in ion bombardment. The ion current densitymainly dependent on the plasma density gives the number of energetic ions bombarding thesubstrate. The self-bias voltage in plasma sheath accelerates plasma ions towards the substrate.RF discharge can increase plasma density and RF bias can also provide the insulator substrate witha plasma sheath. In order to choose and control ion energy, ion density, the angle of incidence,and ion species, ion beam sources are used. New types of electrodeless ion sources (RF, MW,ECR-MW) have been introduced in detail. In the last, the effects of ion bombardment on thinfilms and surface processing are presented.

  3. The structure and surface energy of Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20} thin films

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    Chen, Yuan-Tsung, E-mail: ytchen@yuntech.edu.tw; Chen, Chin-Wu; Wu, Te-Ho

    2015-10-01

    Highlights: • X-ray diffraction patterns indicated NiFe thin films exhibited a face-centred cubic (FCC) structural. • NiFe films were more crystalline after postannealing treatment than they were after RT treatment. • NiFe films formed a contact angle of <90°, which indicated that the NiFe films were hydrophilic. • The surface energy was associated with the crystallinity of the thin films. • NiFe thin films exhibit low surface-energy characteristics that can produce a self-cleaning effect. - Abstract: In this study, NiFe thin films were deposited on a glass substrate at room temperature (RT) or postannealed at 150 and 250 °C for 1 h; the Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20} films were 300–1500 Å thick. The structure, surface energy, and average contact angle properties of the NiFe thin films were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results demonstrated that the NiFe thin films exhibited a face-centred cubic (FCC) structural state. The XRD results also revealed that the NiFe films were more crystalline after post-annealing treatment than they were after RT treatment alone, suggesting that the NiFe crystalline structure exhibited FCC (1 1 1) texturing. The NiFe films formed a contact angle of <90° with the test liquids water and diiodomethane, which indicated that the NiFe films were hydrophilic. The surface energy of the NiFe thin films decreased when post-annealing treatment was used and their thickness was increased from 60.4 to 47.9 mJ/mm{sup 2}, suggesting that the surface energy was associated with the crystallinity of the thin films. Therefore, these NiFe thin films exhibit low surface-energy characteristics that can produce a self-cleaning effect.

  4. Top and bottom surfaces limit carrier lifetime in lead iodide perovskite films

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    Yang, Ye; Yang, Mengjin; Moore, David T.; Yan, Yong; Miller, Elisa M.; Zhu, Kai; Beard, Matthew C.

    2017-01-23

    Carrier recombination at defects is detrimental to the performance of solar energy conversion systems, including solar cells and photoelectrochemical devices. Point defects are localized within the bulk crystal while extended defects occur at surfaces and grain boundaries. If not properly managed, surfaces can be a large source of carrier recombination. Separating surface carrier dynamics from bulk and/or grain-boundary recombination in thin films is challenging. Here, we employ transient reflection spectroscopy to measure the surface carrier dynamics in methylammonium lead iodide perovskite polycrystalline films. We find that surface recombination limits the total carrier lifetime in perovskite polycrystalline thin films, meaning that recombination inside grains and/or at grain boundaries is less important than top and bottom surface recombination. The surface recombination velocity in polycrystalline films is nearly an order of magnitude smaller than that in single crystals, possibly due to unintended surface passivation of the films during synthesis.

  5. Room-Temperature Growth of Al Films on Si(111)-7×7 Surface

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    LIU Hong; ZHANG Yan-Feng; WANG De-Yong; JIA Jin-Feng; XUE Qi-Kun

    2004-01-01

    @@ Reflection high energy electron diffraction and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) are used to investigate the structure and morphology of Al films deposited on Si(111)-7 × 7 surface at room temperature. The films are polycrystalline, made up of (100) and (111) oriented islands, which primarily result from the interface elastic effect and free surface energies of the Al (100) and (111) surfaces.

  6. Analysis of polymer surfaces and thin-film coatings with Raman and surface enhanced Raman scattering

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    McAnally, G D

    2001-01-01

    This thesis investigates the potential of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) for the analysis and characterisation of polymer surfaces. The Raman and SERS spectra from a PET film are presented. The SERS spectra from the related polyester PBT and from the monomer DMT are identical to PET, showing that only the aromatic signals are enhanced. Evidence from other compounds is presented to show that loss of the carbonyl stretch (1725 cm sup - sup 1) from the spectra is due to a chemical interaction between the silver and surface carbonyl groups. The interaction of other polymer functional groups with silver is discussed. A comparison of Raman and SERS spectra collected from three faces of a single crystal shows the SERS spectra are depolarised. AFM images of the silver films used to obtain SERS are presented. They consist of regular islands of silver, fused together to form a complete film. The stability and reproducibility and of these surfaces is assessed. Band assignments for the SERS spectrum of PET are ...

  7. Low-Flow Film Boiling Heat Transfer on Vertical Surfaces

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    Munthe Andersen, J. G.; Dix, G. E.; Leonard, J. E.

    1976-01-01

    The phenomenon of film boiling heat transfer for high wall temperatures has been investigated. Based on the assumption of laminar flow for the film, the continuity, momentum, and energy equations for the vapor film are solved and a Bromley-type analytical expression for the heat transfer...... length, an average film boiling heat transfer coefficient is obtained....

  8. Fabrication of a super-hydrophobic nanofibrous zinc oxide film surface by electrospinning

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    Ding Bin [Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan); Fiber and Polymer Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States)], E-mail: bding@ucdavis.edu; Ogawa, Tasuku [Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan); Kim, Jinho [Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan); SNT Ltd, Kawasaki 212-0054 (Japan); Fujimoto, Kouji [Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan); Shiratori, Seimei [Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan); SNT Ltd, Kawasaki 212-0054 (Japan)], E-mail: shiratori@appi.keio.ac.jp

    2008-03-03

    We report a new approach for fabricating a super-hydrophobic nanofibrous zinc oxide (ZnO) film surface. The pure poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and composite PVA/ZnO nanofibrous films can be obtained by electrospinning the PVA and PVA/zinc acetate solutions, respectively. After the calcination of composite fibrous films, the inorganic fibrous ZnO films with a reduced fiber diameter were fabricated. The wettability of three kinds of fibrous film surfaces were modified with a simple coating of fluoroalkylsilane (FAS) in hexane. The resultant samples were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), water contact angle (WCA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). It was found that the pure PVA fibrous films maintained the super-hydrophilic surface property even after the FAS modification. Additionally, the WCA of composite fibrous films was increased from 105 to 132 deg. with the coating of FAS. Furthermore, the surface property of inorganic ZnO fibrous films was converted from super-hydrophilic (WCA of 0 deg.) to super-hydrophobic (WCA of 165{sup o}) after the surface modification with FAS. Observed from XPS data, the hydrophobicity of FAS coated various film surfaces were found to be strongly affected by the ratio of fluoro:oxygen on the film surfaces.

  9. Surface analysis of the selective excimer laser patterning of a thin PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films

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    Schaubroeck, David; De Smet, Jelle; Willems, Wouter; Cools, Pieter; De Geyter, Nathalie; Morent, Rino; De Smet, Herbert; Van Steenbeerge, Geert

    2016-07-01

    Fast patterning of highly conductive polymers like PEDOT:PSS (poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene): polystyrene sulfonate) with lasers can contribute to the development of industrial production of liquid crystal displays on polymer foils. In this article, the selective UV laser patterning of a PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films is investigated. Based on their optical properties, three polymer films are investigated: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and cellulose triacetate (TAC). Ablation parameters for a 110 nm PEDOT:PSS film on these polymer films are optimized. A detailed study of the crater depth, topography and surface composition are provided using optical profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The electrical insulation of the lines is measured and correlated to the crater analyses for different laser settings. Finally, potential ablation parameters for each of the polymer films are derived.

  10. Surface properties of latex film and solvent-borne film resulted from fluorinated acrylate copolymers prepared by emulsion polymerization

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The fluorinated acrylate copolymer, poly (BMA-co-DFHMA, was prepared by emulsion polymerization using a preemulsified monomer addition process. The FTIR and 1H –NMR were used to characterize the copolymer structure. The contact angle of water on the solvent-borne film increased dramatically and reached an equilibrium value (103° when the PDFHMA content in the copolymer was only 0.97 mol%. However, the contact of water on the latex film increased slowly, and reached the equilibrium value of 99° until the fluorinated component content was as highly as 9 mol%. A similar result was observed for the oil contact angle on the two types of films. XPS results showed that when the F/C ratio on film surfaces reached equilibrium, the required content of fluorinated component in the copolymer for the solvent-borne film was much lower than that for the latex film.

  11. RF Magnetron Sputtering Aluminum Oxide Film for Surface Passivation on Crystalline Silicon Wafers

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    Siming Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum oxide films were deposited on crystalline silicon substrates by reactive RF magnetron sputtering. The influences of the deposition parameters on the surface passivation, surface damage, optical properties, and composition of the films have been investigated. It is found that proper sputtering power and uniform magnetic field reduced the surface damage from the high-energy ion bombardment to the silicon wafers during the process and consequently decreased the interface trap density, resulting in the good surface passivation; relatively high refractive index of aluminum oxide film is benefic to improve the surface passivation. The negative-charged aluminum oxide film was then successfully prepared. The surface passivation performance was further improved after postannealing by formation of an SiOx interfacial layer. It is demonstrated that the reactive sputtering is an effective technique of fabricating aluminum oxide surface passivation film for low-cost high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells.

  12. Grafting of PEG400 onto the surface of LLDPE/SMA film

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    CHEN Gufeng; ZHANG Yi; ZHU Yafei; XU Jiarui

    2007-01-01

    Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE)was melt and blended with styrene-maleic anhydride copolymer (SMA).The blending films were then immersed in poly(ethylene glycol)400 (PEG400) at room temperature.The surface composition of the blend films was determined by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy coupled with a variable incidence angle attenuated total reflection accessory (ATR-FTIR).Results show that PEG400 can be grafted onto the surface of the films via esterification with SMA.The immersion of PEG promotes the enrichment of SMA onto the surface of the films.The water contact angle data show that grafting of PEG400 onto PE can greatly improve the hydrophilicity of the PE surface.These experiments show that surface functionalization of polyethylene films by blending SMA and then surface grafting of PEG is feasible,which suggest an effective and simple route for PE surface modification via blending and grafting.

  13. THE SURFACE EFFECT ON THE TENSILE STRENGTH OF MICROMACHINED POLYSILICON FILMS FOR MEMS

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    Ding Jianning; Yang Jichang; Wen Shizhu

    2005-01-01

    In order to accomplish reliable mechanical design of MEMS, the influences of surface roughness and octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on the mechanical properties of micromachined polysilicon films for MEMS are investigated. Surface effect on the fracture properties of micromachined polysilicon films is evaluated with a new microtensile testing method using a magnet-coil force actuator. Statistical analysis of the surface roughness effects on the tensile strength predicated the surface roughness characterization of polysilicon films being tested and the direct relation of the mechanical properties with the surface roughness features. The fracture strength decreases with the increase of the surface roughness. The octadecyltrichlorosilane self-assembled monolayers coating leads to an increase of the average fracture strength up to 32.46%. Surface roughness and the hydrophobic properties of specimen when coated with OTS films are the two main factors influencing the tensile strength of micromachined polysilicon films for MEMS.

  14. Formation of a Molecular Wire Using the Chemically Adsorbed Monomolecular Layer Having Pyrrolyl Groups

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    Kazufumi Ogawa

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A molecular wire containing polypyrrolyl conjugate bonds has been prepared by a chemical adsorption technique using 1,1,1-trichloro-12-pyrrolyl-1-siladodecane (PNN and an electrooxidative polymerization technique, and the conductivity of the molecular wire without any dopant has been measured by using AFM/STM at room temperature. When sample dimension measured was about 0.3 nm (thickness of the conductive portion in the PNN monomolecular layer ×100 μm (the average width of an electric path ×2 mm (the distance between Pt positive electrode and the AFM tip covered with Au, the conductivity of the polymerized PNN molecular wire at room temperature was larger than 1.6 × 105 S/cm both in an atmosphere and in a vacuum chamber of 10−5 Torr. The activation energy obtained by Arrhenius' plots was almost zero in the temperature range between 320 and 450 K.

  15. Surface and Electrical Properties of NiCr Thin Films Prepared by DC Magnetron Sputtering

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    ZHOU Jicheng; TIAN Li; YAN Jianwu

    2008-01-01

    Several batches of NiCr alloy thin films with different thickness were prepared in a multi-targets magnetron sputtering apparatus by changing sputtering time while keeping sputtering target power of Ni and Cr fixed. Then the as-deposited films were characterized by energy-dispersive X-Ray spectrometer (EDX),Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and four-point probe (FPP) to measure surface grain size, roughness and sheet resistance. The film thickness was measured by Alpha-Step IQ Profilers. The thickness dependence of surface roughness, lateral grain size and resistivity was also studied. The experimental results show that the grain size increases with film thickness and the surface roughness reaches the order of nanometer at all film thickness. The as-deposited film resistivity decreases with film thickness.

  16. Aqueous phase deposition of dense tin oxide films with nano-structured surfaces

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    Masuda, Yoshitake, E-mail: masuda-y@aist.go.jp; Ohji, Tatsuki; Kato, Kazumi

    2014-06-01

    Dense tin oxide films were successfully fabricated in an aqueous solution. The pH of the solutions was controlled to pH 1.3 by addition of HCl. Precise control of solution condition and crystal growth allowed us to obtain dense tin oxide films. Concave–convex surface of fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates was entirely-covered with the continuous films. The films were about 65 nm in thickness and had nano-structured surfaces. Morphology of the films was strikingly different from our previous reported nano-sheet assembled structures. The films were not removed from the substrates by strong water flow or air blow to show strong adhesion strength. The aqueous solution process can be applied to surface coating of various materials such as nano/micro-structured surfaces, particles, fibers, polymers, metals or biomaterials. - Graphical abstract: Dense tin oxide films of 65 nm were successfully fabricated in an aqueous solution. They had nano-structured surfaces. Concave-convex substrates were entirely-covered with the continuous films. - Highlights: • Dense tin oxide films of 65 nm were successfully fabricated in an aqueous solution. • They had nano-structured surfaces. • Concave–convex substrates were entirely-covered with the continuous films.

  17. Reduced glass transition temperatures in thin polymer films: surface effect or artifact?

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    Bäumchen, O; McGraw, J D; Forrest, J A; Dalnoki-Veress, K

    2012-08-03

    We have examined the direct effect of manipulating the number of free surfaces on the measured glass transition temperature T(g) of thin polystyrene films. Thin films in the range 35 nm thickness and refractive index of freestanding films. By noting the change in slope in each of these quantities, a T(g) value can be assigned in quantitative agreement with previously reported results. For thin freestanding films this value is reduced from that of the bulk. The exact same films are then transferred to a Si substrate and the T(g) of the resulting supported film was determined. The T(g) values of the now supported films are the same as the bulk value and the same as previous reports of similar supported films. These experiments unambiguously show that free interfaces are the dominant cause of the T(g) reductions for the film thicknesses studied.

  18. Experimental Study on the Surface Modification of Ultra Thin DLC Films

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    ZHU Shou-xing; ZHU Shi-gen

    2005-01-01

    School of Mechanical Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 200051Surface modification of Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films was carried out in order to estimate the reliability of the ultra thin DLC films. The wear resistance, conductivity and mechatronic reliability of the films were studied by contact atomic force microscope (AFM), electric force microscope (EFM) and conductive AFM. The failure mechanism of pits formed and the reason for conductivity changed of DLC films were examined.

  19. Surface functionalization by fine ultraviolet-patterning of nanometer-thick liquid lubricant films

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    Lu, Renguo [Department of Complex Systems Science, Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601 (Japan); Zhang, Hedong, E-mail: zhang@is.nagoya-u.ac.jp [Department of Complex Systems Science, Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601 (Japan); Komada, Suguru [Department of Micro-Nano System Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Mitsuya, Yasunaga [Nagoya Industrial Science Research Institute, Noa Yotsuya Building 2F, 1-13, Yotsuya-Douri, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-0819 (Japan); Fukuzawa, Kenji; Itoh, Shintaro [Department of Micro-Nano System Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan)

    2014-11-30

    Highlights: • We present fine UV-patterning of nm-thick liquid films for surface functionalization. • The patterned films exhibit both a morphological pattern and a functional pattern of different surface properties. • The finest pattern linewidth was 0.5 μm. • Fine patterning is crucial for improving surface and tribological properties. - Abstract: For micro/nanoscale devices, surface functionalization is essential to achieve function and performance superior to those that originate from the inherent bulk material properties. As a method of surface functionalization, we dip-coated nanometer-thick liquid lubricant films onto solid surfaces and then patterned the lubricant films with ultraviolet (UV) irradiation through a photomask. Surface topography, adhesion, and friction measurements demonstrated that the patterned films feature a concave–convex thickness distribution with thicker lubricant in the irradiated regions and a functional distribution with lower adhesion and friction in the irradiated convex regions. The pattern linewidth ranged from 100 to as fine as 0.5 μm. The surface functionalization effect of UV-patterning was investigated by measuring the water contact angles, surface energies, friction forces, and depletion of the patterned, as-dipped, and full UV-irradiated lubricant films. The full UV-irradiated lubricant film was hydrophobic with a water contact angle of 102.1°, and had lower surface energy, friction, and depletion than the as-dipped film, which was hydrophilic with a water contact angle of 80.7°. This demonstrates that UV irradiation substantially improves the surface and tribological properties of the nanometer-thick liquid lubricant films. The UV-patterned lubricant films exhibited superior surface and tribological properties than the as-dipped film. The water contact angle increased and the surface energy, friction, and depletion decreased as the pattern linewidth decreased. In particular, the 0.5-μm patterned lubricant

  20. Controlled reflectance surfaces with film-coupled colloidal nanoantennas

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    Moreau, Antoine; Ciraci, Cristian; Mock, Jack J.; Hill, Ryan T.; Wang, Qiang; Wiley, Benjamin J.; Chilkoti, Ashutosh; Smith, David R.

    2013-01-01

    Efficient and tunable absorption is essential for a variety of applications, such as the design of controlled emissivity surfaces for thermophotovoltaic devices1; tailoring of the infrared spectrum for controlled thermal dissipation2; and detector elements for imaging3. Metamaterials based on metallic elements are particularly efficient as absorbing media, because both the electrical and the magnetic properties of a metamaterial can be tuned by structured design4. To date, metamaterial absorbers in the infrared or visible range have been fabricated using lithographically patterned metallic structures2,5–9, making them inherently difficult to produce over large areas and hence reducing their applicability. We demonstrate here an extraordinarily simple method to create a metamaterial absorber by randomly adsorbing chemically synthesized silver nanocubes onto a nanoscale thick polymer spacer layer on a gold film –making no effort to control the spatial arrangement of the cubes on the film– and show that the film-coupled nanocubes provide a reflectance spectrum that can be tailored by varying the geometry. Each nanocube is the optical analog of the well-known grounded patch antenna, with a nearly identical local field structure that is modified by the plasmonic response of the metal dielectric function, and with an anomalously large absorption efficiency that can be partly attributed to an interferometric effect10. The absorptivity of large surface areas can be controlled using this method, at scales out of reach of lithographic approaches like e-beam lithography otherwise required to manipulate matter at the nanometer scale. PMID:23222613

  1. Microarray of neuroblastoma cells on the selectively functionalized nanocrystalline diamond thin film surface

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    Park, Young-Sang; Son, Hyeong-Guk; Kim, Dae-Hoon; Oh, Hong-Gi; Lee, Da-Som; Kim, Min-Hye; Lim, Ki-Moo; Song, Kwang-Soup

    2016-01-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) film surfaces were modified with fluorine or oxygen by plasma treatment in an O2 or C3F8 gas environment in order to induce wettability. The oxygenated-NCD (O-NCD) film surface was hydrophilic and the fluorinated-NCD (F-NCD) surface was hydrophobic. The efficiency of early cell adhesion, which is dependent on the wettability of the cell culture plate and necessary for the growth and proliferation of cells, was 89.62 ± 3.92% on the O-NCD film and 7.78 ± 0.77% on the F-NCD film surface after 3 h of cell culture. The wettability of the NCD film surface was artificially modified using a metal mask and plasma treatment to fabricate a micro-pattern. Four types of micro-patterns were fabricated (line, circle, mesh, and word) on the NCD film surface. We precisely arrayed the neuroblastoma cells on the micro-patterned NCD film surfaces by controlling the surface wettability and cell seeding density. The neuroblastoma cells adhered and proliferated along the O-NCD film surface.

  2. Organic thin films and surfaces directions for the nineties

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    Ulman, Abraham

    1995-01-01

    Physics of Thin Films has been one of the longest running continuing series in thin film science consisting of 20 volumes since 1963. The series contains some of the highest quality studies of the properties ofvarious thin films materials and systems.In order to be able to reflect the development of todays science and to cover all modern aspects of thin films, the series, beginning with Volume 20, will move beyond the basic physics of thin films. It will address the most important aspects of both inorganic and organic thin films, in both their theoretical as well as technological aspects. Ther

  3. Lipases efficiently stearate and cutinases acetylate the surface of arabinoxylan films.

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    Stepan, A M; Anasontzis, G E; Matama, T; Cavaco-Paulo, A; Olsson, L; Gatenholm, P

    2013-08-10

    This is the first report on successful enzyme catalyzed surface esterification of hemicellulose films. Enzyme catalyzed surface acetylation with vinyl acetate and stearation with vinyl stearate were studied on rye arabinoxylan (AX) films. Different surface analytical techniques (FT-IR, TOF-SIMS, ESCA, CA) show that lipases from Mucor javanicus, Rhizopus oryzae and Candida rugosa successfully surface stearate AX films and that a cutinase from Fusarium solani pisi surface acetylates these films. The specificities of cutinase and lipases were also compared, and higher activity was observed for lipases utilizing long alkyl chain substrates while higher activity was observed for cutinase utilizing shorter alkyl chain substrates. The contact angle analysis showed films with increased initial hydrophobicity on the surfaces. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Chemical modification of chitosan film via surface grafting of citric acid molecular to promote the biomineralization

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    Liu, Yang, E-mail: liuyang@cczu.edu.cn [Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Engineering Research Center of Nano-Geo Materials of Ministry of Education, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641 (China); Shen, Xin; Zhou, Huan [Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Wang, Yingjun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641 (China); Deng, Linhong, E-mail: dlh@cczu.edu.cn [Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China)

    2016-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Chitosan film was modified by surface grafting of citric acid. • The modified film has good hydrophilicity and moisture-retaining capacity. • The citric acid grafting treatment significantly promote the biomineralization. • MC3T3-E1 osteoblasts research confirms the biocompatibility of the film. - Abstract: We develop a novel chitosan–citric acid film (abbreviated as CS–CA) suitable for biomedical applications in this study. In this CS–CA film, the citric acid, which is a harmless organic acid has been extensively investigated as a modifying agent on carbohydrate polymers, was cross-linked by 1-Ethyl-3-(3-dimethyl aminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) onto the surface of chitosan (CS) film. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirms the graft copolymerization of the modified chitosan film (CS–CA). Surface wettability, moisturizing performance, the capacity of mineralization in vitro and biocompatibility of the films were characterized. After modification, this CS–CA film has good hydrophilicity. It is very evident that the citric acid grafting treatment significantly promotes the biomineralization of the chitosan based substrates. Cell experiments show that the MC3T3-E1 osteoblasts can adhere and proliferate well on the surface of CS–CA film. This CS–CA film, which can be prepared in large quantities and at low cost, should have potential application in bone tissue engineering.

  5. Surface morphology and photoluminescence properties of ZnO thin films obtained by PLD

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    FAN Xi-mei; LIAN Jian-she; GUO Zuo-xing; JIANG Qing

    2005-01-01

    ZnO thin films on Si(111) substrate were deposited by laser ablation of Zn target in oxygen reactive atmosphere, Nd-YAG laser with wavelength of 1 064 nm was used as laser source. XRD and FESEM microscopy were applied to characterize the structure and surface morphology of the deposited ZnO films. The optical properties of the ZnO thin films were characterized by photoluminescence. The UV and deep level (yellow-green) light were observed from the films. The UV light is the intrinsic property and deep level light is attributed to the existence of antisite defects (OZn). The intensity of UV and deep level light depends strongly on the surface morphology and is explained by the surface roughness of ZnO film. A strongly UV emission can be obtained from ZnO film with surface roughness in nanometer range.

  6. PREFACE: International Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces (ICSFS 2014)

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    Achete, C. A.; Almeida, C. M.; Cremona, M.; Rocca, M.; Stavale, F.

    2015-03-01

    Foreword The 17th ICSFS took place at the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the 8th to the 11th of September, 2014. The conference focused on recent advances in controlling and characterizing the physical and chemical properties of films and surfaces, with a particular emphasis on materials for electronic, photonic and spintronic applications. In addition, themes of bio-functionalized structures and devices were strongly discussed in the ICSFS, covering interdisciplinary nano and nano-bio science and technology. The conference has promoted, in various sub-fields of materials surfaces and thin films, an excellent forum for exchange of ideas, presentation of technical achievements and discussion of future directions in the field. In this volume of the IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering we are glad to present 11 peer-reviewed ICSFS contributing papers. The cross-disciplinary nature of conference topics is clearly reflected in these Proceedings' contents. The themes discussed ranged from those close to more traditional condensed matter physics, such as semiconductor surfaces to physical chemistry related issues. The Proceedings were organized in accordance with contributions presented at the Conference. We were glad with the presence of over 160 participants, including 24 invited and plenary talks and over 50 oral contributions. We strongly believe that these Proceedings will be useful for a wide audience of those interested in basic and applied surfaces and thin solid interfaces. Acknowledgment We would like to acknowledge the hard work, professional skills and efficiency of the team which oversaw the general organization, particularly of Dicom (Social Communication Division) from the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology, Inmetro (Brazil). We also would like to thank all the invited speakers and session chairs for making the meeting such a great success. The Conference was supported and sponsored by Academia

  7. Surface morphology of ultrathin graphene oxide films obtained by the SAW atomization

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    Balachova, Olga V.; Balashov, Sergey M.; Costa, Carlos A. R.; Pavani Filho, A.

    2015-08-01

    Lately, graphene oxide (GO) thin films have attracted much attention: they can be used as humidity-sensitive coatings in the surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors; being functionalized, they can be used in optoelectronic or biodevices, etc. In this research we study surface morphology of small-area thin GO films obtained on Si and quartz substrates by deposition of very small amounts of H2O-GO aerosols produced by the SAW atomizer. An important feature of this method is the ability to work with submicrovolumes of liquids during deposition that provides relatively good control over the film thickness and quality, in particular, minimization of the coffee ring effect. The obtained films were examined using AFM and electron microscopy. Image analysis showed that the films consist of GO sheets of different geometry and sizes and may form discrete or continuous coatings at the surface of the substrates with the minimum thickness of 1.0-1.8 nm which corresponds to one or two monolayers of GO. The thickness and quality of the deposited films depend on the parameters of the SAW atomization (number of atomized droplets, a volume of the initial droplet, etc.) and on sample surface preparation (activation in oxygen plasma). We discuss the structure of the obtained films, uniformity and the surface coverage as a function of parameters of the film deposition process and sample preparation. Qualitative analysis of adhesion of GO films is made by rinsing the samples in DI water and subsequent evaluation of morphology of the remained films.

  8. Towards Enhanced Performance Thin-film Composite Membranes via Surface Plasma Modification

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    Rackel Reis; Dumée, Ludovic F.; Tardy, Blaise L.; Raymond Dagastine; John D. Orbell; Jürg A. Schutz; Duke, Mikel C.

    2016-01-01

    Advancing the design of thin-film composite membrane surfaces is one of the most promising pathways to deal with treating varying water qualities and increase their long-term stability and permeability. Although plasma technologies have been explored for surface modification of bulk micro and ultrafiltration membrane materials, the modification of thin film composite membranes is yet to be systematically investigated. Here, the performance of commercial thin-film composite desalination membra...

  9. Direct measurement of the surface dynamics of supercooled liquid-glycerol by optical scanning a film

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    Zhang Fang; Zhang Guo-Feng; Dong Shuang-Li; Sun Jian-Hu; Chen Rui-Yun; Xiao Lian-Tuan; Jia Suo-Tang

    2009-01-01

    The surface dynamics of supercooled liquid-glycerol is studied by scanning the thickness of the glycerol film with single photon detection. Measurements are performed at room temperature well above the glycerol's glass transition temperature. It is shown that the surface dynamics of the glycerol film is very sensitive to the temperature. The linear relationship between the thickness of the film and the viscosity predicted by the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann-Hesse (VFTH) law is also presented experimentally.

  10. Role of surface states in the Casimir force between semiconducting films

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    Govoni, Marco; Benassi, Andrea

    2010-01-01

    We present results of first principle calculations of the Casimir force between Si films of nanometric size, which show that it depends significantly upon the configuration of the surface atoms, and give evidence of the importance of surface states.

  11. Surface treatment of polyimide film for metal magnetron deposition in vacuum

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    Petrov, V.; Vertyanov, D.; Timoshenkov, S.; Nikolaev, V.

    2014-12-01

    This paper brings forward a solution for acquisition of good quality metallization layers on the polyimide substrate by magnetron deposition in vacuum environment. Different film type structures have been analyzed after refining and activation surface treatment operations. Positive effect was shown after the application of polyimide lacquer for surface dielectric film planarization and for structural defects elimination.

  12. A Vertical Draining Film with an Insoluble Surfactant and Nonlinear Surface Properties

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    Naire, Shailesh; Braun, Richard; Snow, Steve

    2000-11-01

    The drainage of a thin Newtonian film with an insoluble surfactant is studied theoretically in 1+1 dimensions. Lubrication theory is applied to the thin film, which is suspended vertically from a frame and drains into a bath. Three nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs) govern the evolution of the film shape, surface velocity and surfactant concentration. The surface viscosity and the surface tension of the films are nonlinear functions of the surface concentration; the functions are of the form defined by Lopez and Hirsa for hemicyanine in water. At high concentrations the effects from surface viscosity and the Marangoni effect become more pronounced. Slow and fast draining limits can still be reached and a Marangoni-driven wave that is very localized may be observed. In some instances, the film surface may even be swept clean over some part of its length. When the surface is swept clean, we expect that a vertical film cannot be made for any useful length of time. This is in agreement with expected behavior when films are made with insoluble surfactants; the surface concentration must be high in order for the film to last. This work has been partially supported by the NSF and Dow Corning.

  13. Influence of additive element on surface oxide film of A356 alloy

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    OUYANG Zhi-ying; LIANG Hong-yu; MAO Xie-min; HONG Mei

    2006-01-01

    The influences of RE-modification and Sr-modification on the hydrogen content and surface oxide film of A356 aluminum alloy melt were investigated. The hydrogen content of the melt was measured by reduce pressure test. The phases in the surface oxide film were analyzed by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), and the morphology of the surface oxide film was observed by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). The results show that RE-modification reduces the hydrogen content of A356 aluminum alloy greatly.Contrarily, Sr-modification increases the hydrogen content remarkably. After being treated with RE, a large number of LaAl11O18 consisting of Al2O3 and La2O3, are generated in the surface oxide film of A356 alloy. The surface oxide film of Sr-modification is almost composed of Al2SrO4. According to the results of SEM, the surface oxide film of Sr-modification is very easy to crack,destroy the continuity and compactness of surface oxide film, accelerate the vapor diffusing into the melt, consequently, increase the hydrogen content of A356 alloy melt significantly. But RE-modification makes the surface oxide film compact, and restrains the aluminum exposed to water, so reduces the hydrogen content of A356 alloy melt.

  14. Organogel-based thin films for self-cleaning on various surfaces.

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    Liu, Hongliang; Zhang, Pengchao; Liu, Mingjie; Wang, Shutao; Jiang, Lei

    2013-08-27

    Self-cleaning on various surfaces is obtained using the facile approach of modifying the surface with a thin organogel film. The film not only absorbs oil but also holds it in a crosslinked network, which endows the material with excellent self-cleaning properties. This facile method can be applied to various common engineering metals.

  15. Surface molecular aggregation structure and surface physicochemical properties of poly(fluoroalkyl acrylate) thin films

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    Honda, K.; Yamaguchi, H.; Kobayashi, M.; Morita, M.; Takahara, A.

    2008-03-01

    Effect of side chain length on the molecular aggregation states and surface properties of poly(fluoroalkyl acrylate)s [PFA-Cy, where y is fluoromethylene number in Rf group] thin films were systematically investigated. Spin-coated PFA-Cy thin films were characterized by static and dynamic contact angle measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and grazing- incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD). The receding contact angles showed small values for PFA-Cy with short side chain (y=8. GIXD revealed that fluoroalkyl side chain of PFA-Cy with y>=8 was crystallized and formed ordered structures at the surface region as well as bulk one. These results suggest that water repellent mechanism of PFA-Cy can be attributed to the presence of highly ordered fluoroalkyl side chains at the outermost surfaces. The results of XPS in the dry and hydrated states and contact angle measurement in water support the mechanism of lowering contact angle for water by exposure of carbonyl group to the water interface through reorientation of short fluoroalkyl chains. The surface nanotextured PFA-C8 through imprinting of anodic aluminum oxide mold showed extremely high hydrophobicity as well as high oleophobicity.

  16. Surface molecular aggregation structure and surface physicochemical properties of poly(fluoroalkyl acrylate) thin films

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    Honda, K; Yamaguchi, H; Takahara, A [Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, 819-0395 (Japan); Kobayashi, M [Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, 819-0395 (Japan); Morita, M [Fundamental Research Department, Chemical Division, Daikin Industries, Ltd., 1-1 Nishi Hitotsuya, Settsu-shi, Osaka 566-8585 (Japan)], E-mail: takahara@cstf.kyushu-u.ac.jp

    2008-03-15

    Effect of side chain length on the molecular aggregation states and surface properties of poly(fluoroalkyl acrylate)s [PFA-C{sub y}, where y is fluoromethylene number in R{sub f} group] thin films were systematically investigated. Spin-coated PFA-C{sub y} thin films were characterized by static and dynamic contact angle measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and grazing- incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD). The receding contact angles showed small values for PFA-C{sub y} with short side chain (y{<=}6) and increased above y{>=}8. GIXD revealed that fluoroalkyl side chain of PFA-C{sub y} with y{>=}8 was crystallized and formed ordered structures at the surface region as well as bulk one. These results suggest that water repellent mechanism of PFA-C{sub y} can be attributed to the presence of highly ordered fluoroalkyl side chains at the outermost surfaces. The results of XPS in the dry and hydrated states and contact angle measurement in water support the mechanism of lowering contact angle for water by exposure of carbonyl group to the water interface through reorientation of short fluoroalkyl chains. The surface nanotextured PFA-C{sub 8} through imprinting of anodic aluminum oxide mold showed extremely high hydrophobicity as well as high oleophobicity.

  17. ITO-MgF2 Film Development for PowerSphere Polymer Surface Protection

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    Hambourger, Paul D.; Kerslake, Thomas W.; Waters, Deborah L.

    2004-01-01

    Multi-kilogram class microsatellites with a PowerSphere electric power system are attractive for fulfilling a variety of potential NASA missions. However, PowerSphere polymer surfaces must be coated with a film that has suitable electrical sheet resistivity for electrostatic discharge control, be resistant to atomic oxygen attack, be transparent to ultraviolet light for composite structure curing and resist ultraviolet light induced darkening for efficient photovoltaic cell operation. In addition, the film must be tolerant of polymer layer folding associated with launch stowage of PowerSphere inflatable structures. An excellent film material candidate to meet these requirements is co-sputtered, indium oxide (In2O3) - tin oxide (SnO2), known as 'ITO', and magnesium fluoride (MgF2). While basic ITO-MgF2 film properties have been the subject of research over the last decade, further research is required in the areas of film durability for space-inflatable applications and precise film property control for large scale commercial production. In this paper, the authors present film durability results for a folded polymer substrate and film resistance to vacuum UV darkening. The authors discuss methods and results in the area of film sheet resistivity measurement and active control, particularly dual-channel, plasma emission line measurement of ITO and MgF2 plasma sources. ITO-MgF2 film polymer coupon preparation is described as well as film deposition equipment, procedures and film characterization. Durability testing methods are also described. The pre- and post-test condition of the films is assessed microscopically and electrically. Results show that an approx. 500A ITO-18vol% MgF2 film is a promising candidate to protect PowerSphere polymer surfaces for Earth orbit missions. Preliminary data also indicate that in situ film measurement methods are promising for active film resistivity control in future large scale production. Future film research plans are also

  18. Electromagnetic Scattering from Rough Sea Surface with PM Spectrum Covered by an Organic Film

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    WANG Rui; GUO Li-Xin; WANG An-Qi; WU Zhen-Sen

    2011-01-01

    The rough sea surface covered by an organic film will cause attenuation of capillarity waves, which implies that the organic films play an important role in rough sea surface processes. We focus on a one-dimensional(1D)rough sea surface with the Pierson-Moskowitz(PM)spectrum distributed to the homogeneous insoluble organic slicks. First, the impact of the organic film on the PM surface spectrum is presented, as well as that of the correlation length, the rms height and slope of the rough sea surface. The damping effect of the organic film changes the physical parameters of the rough sea surface. For example, the organic film will reduce the rms height and slopee of the rough sea surface, which results in the attenuation of the high-frequency components of the PM spectrum leading to modification of the surface PM spectrum. Then, the influence of the organic film on the electromagnetic(EM) scattering coefficients from PM rough sea surface covered by the organic film is investigated and discussed in detail, compared with the clean PM rough sea surface through the method of moments.

  19. Fabrication of ZnO submicrorod films with water repellency by surface etching and hydrophobic modification

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    Hou Xianming, E-mail: xmhou@tsu.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Taishan University, Taian 271021 (China); State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang Lixia [Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Taishan University, Taian 271021 (China); Zhou Feng [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Li Liqing [Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Taishan University, Taian 271021 (China)

    2011-09-01

    Superhydrophobic ZnO submicrorod films have been fabricated on zinc sheets through an H{sub 2}O{sub 2}-assisted surface etching process and subsequent surface modification with a monolayer of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyltriethoxysilane (FDS). The crystal structure, chemical compositions, morphologies, and wettability of the resultant ZnO films were analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and water contact angle measurements. It is found that the surface of the as-prepared ZnO films on zinc substrate was hydrophobic with a water contact angle of 95 {+-} 2 deg., whereas after modification with FDS, the film exhibited superhydrophobicity and the water CA increased to 154 {+-} 2 deg. It is shown that both the higher surface roughness and the lower surface free energy play an important role in creating the superhydrophobic films.

  20. Selective reflection technique as a probe to monitor the growth of a metallic thin film on dielectric surfaces

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    Martins, Weliton Soares; Chevrollier, Martine; de Silans, Thierry Passerat

    2013-01-01

    Controlling thin film formation is technologically challenging. The knowledge of physical properties of the film and of the atoms in the surface vicinity can help improve control over the film growth. We investigate the use of the well-established selective reflection technique to probe the thin film during its growth, simultaneously monitoring the film thickness, the atom-surface van der Waals interaction and the vapor properties in the surface vicinity.

  1. Reconstructing interaction potentials in thin films from real-space images.

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    Gienger, Jonas; Severin, Nikolai; Rabe, Jürgen P; Sokolov, Igor M

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate that an inverse Monte Carlo approach allows one to reconstruct effective interaction potentials from real-space images. The method is exemplified on monomolecular ethanol-water films imaged with scanning force microscopy, which provides the spatial distribution of the molecules. Direct Monte Carlo simulations with the reconstructed potential allow for obtaining characteristics of the system which are unavailable in the experiment, such as the heat capacity of the monomolecularly thin film, and for a prediction of the critical temperature of the demixing transition.

  2. Effect of interface on surface morphology and proton conduction of polymer electrolyte thin films.

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    Ohira, Akihiro; Kuroda, Seiichi; Mohamed, Hamdy F M; Tavernier, Bruno

    2013-07-21

    To understand the relationship between surface morphology and proton conduction of polymer electrolyte thin films, perfluorinated ionomer Nafion® thin films were prepared on different substrates such as glassy carbon (GC), hydrophilic-GC (H-GC), and platinum (Pt) as models for the ionomer film within a catalyst layer. Atomic force microscopy coupled with an electrochemical (e-AFM) technique revealed that proton conduction decreased with film thickness; an abrupt decrease in proton conductance was observed when the film thickness was less than ca. 10 nm on GC substrates in addition to a significant change in surface morphology. Furthermore, thin films prepared on H-GC substrates with UV-ozone treatment exhibited higher proton conduction than those on untreated GC substrates. However, Pt substrates exhibited proton conduction comparable to that of GCs for films thicker than 20 nm; a decrease in proton conduction was observed at ∼5 nm thick film but was still much higher than for carbon substrates. These results indicate that the number of active proton-conductive pathways and/or the connectivity of the proton path network changed with film thickness. The surface morphology of thinner films was significantly affected by the film/substrate interface and was fundamentally different from that of the bulk thick membrane.

  3. Influence of surface properties on the structure of granular silver films and excitation of localized plasmons

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    Shcherbinin, D. P.; Konshina, E. A.; Polischuk, V. A.

    2016-04-01

    Granular silver films deposited on a thin insulating film of amorphous hydrogenated carbon ( a-C:H) and transparent conducting electrode (polycrystalline indium tin oxide (ITO) layer) have been investigated by spectroscopy and microscopy methods. The extinction spectra of silver films on the surface of these materials are found to be significantly different. An annealing of silver films causes a blue shift of the peak of plasmon resonance band in the spectrum of silver nanoparticles: by 16 nm on the a-C:H surface and by 94 nm on the ITO surface. Silver films on the surface of a-C:H films are characterized by a narrower band in the extinction spectrum, which is peaked at 446 nm. The changes observed in the optical density of Ag films are related to the change in size and area of nanoparticles. The results of spectral studies of Ag films are in agreement with the data on the nanostructure obtained by scanning electron microscopy and statistical image processing. The spectra of granular silver films are shown to correlate well with the nanoparticle distribution function over the film area.

  4. Low-energy electron irradiation induced top-surface nanocrystallization of amorphous carbon film

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    Chen, Cheng [Institute of Nanosurface Science and Engineering (INSE), Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China); Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Devices and Systems of Ministry of Education and Guangdong Province, College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China); Fan, Xue, E-mail: fanx@szu.edu.cn [Institute of Nanosurface Science and Engineering (INSE), Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China); Diao, Dongfeng, E-mail: dfdiao@szu.edu.cn [Institute of Nanosurface Science and Engineering (INSE), Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China)

    2016-10-30

    Graphical abstract: Low-energy electron irradiation was proposed to nanocrystallize the top-surface of the as-deposited amorphous carbon film, and sp{sup 2} nanocrystallites formed in the film top-surface within 4 nm thickness. Display Omitted - Abstract: We report a low-energy electron irradiation method to nanocrystallize the top-surface of amorphous carbon film in electron cyclotron resonance plasma system. The nanostructure evolution of the carbon film as a function of electron irradiation density and time was examined by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The results showed that the electron irradiation gave rise to the formation of sp{sup 2} nanocrystallites in the film top-surface within 4 nm thickness. The formation of sp{sup 2} nanocrystallite was ascribed to the inelastic electron scattering in the top-surface of carbon film. The frictional property of low-energy electron irradiated film was measured by a pin-on-disk tribometer. The sp{sup 2} nanocrystallized top-surface induced a lower friction coefficient than that of the original pure amorphous film. This method enables a convenient nanocrystallization of amorphous surface.

  5. Gold Incorporated Mesoporous Silica Thin Film Model Surface as a Robust SERS and Catalytically Active Substrate

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    Anandakumari Chandrasekharan Sunil Sekhar

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Ultra-small gold nanoparticles incorporated in mesoporous silica thin films with accessible pore channels perpendicular to the substrate are prepared by a modified sol-gel method. The simple and easy spin coating technique is applied here to make homogeneous thin films. The surface characterization using FESEM shows crack-free films with a perpendicular pore arrangement. The applicability of these thin films as catalysts as well as a robust SERS active substrate for model catalysis study is tested. Compared to bare silica film our gold incorporated silica, GSM-23F gave an enhancement factor of 103 for RhB with a laser source 633 nm. The reduction reaction of p-nitrophenol with sodium borohydride from our thin films shows a decrease in peak intensity corresponding to –NO2 group as time proceeds, confirming the catalytic activity. Such model surfaces can potentially bridge the material gap between a real catalytic system and surface science studies.

  6. Facile Fabrication of Gradient Surface Based on (meth)acrylate Copolymer Films

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    Zhang, Y.; Yang, H.; Wen, X.-F.; Cheng, J.; Xiong, J.

    2016-08-01

    This paper describes a simple and economic approach for fabrication of surface wettability gradient on poly(butyl acrylate - methyl methacrylate) [P (BA-MMA)] and poly(butyl acrylate - methyl methacrylate - 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) [P (BA-MMA-HEMA)] films. The (meth)acrylate copolymer [including P (BA-MMA) and P (BA-MMA-HEMA)] films are hydrolyzed in an aqueous solution of NaOH and the transformation of surface chemical composition is achieved by hydrolysis in NaOH solution. The gradient wetting properties are generated based on different functional groups on the P (BA-MMA) and P (BA-MMA-HEMA) films. The effects of both the surface chemical and surface topography on wetting of the (meth)acrylate copolymer film are discussed. Surface chemical composition along the materials length is determined by XPS, and surface topography properties of the obtained gradient surfaces are analyzed by FESEM and AFM. Water contact angle system (WCAs) results show that the P (BA-MMA-HEMA) films provide a larger slope of the gradient wetting than P (BA-MMA). Moreover, this work demonstrates that the gradient concentration of chemical composition on the poly(meth) acrylate films is owing to the hydrolysis processes of ester group, and the hydrolysis reactions that have negligible influence on the surface morphology of the poly(meth) acrylate films coated on the glass slide. The gradient wettability surfaces may find broad applications in the field of polymer coating due to the compatibility of (meth) acrylate polymer.

  7. Superhydrophobic films on glass surface derived from trimethylsilanized silica gel nanoparticles.

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    Goswami, Debmita; Medda, Samar Kumar; De, Goutam

    2011-09-01

    The paper deals with the fabrication of sol-gel-derived superhydrophobic films on glass based on the macroscopic silica network with surface modification. The fabricated transparent films were composed of a hybrid -Si(CH(3))(3)-functionalized SiO(2) nanospheres exhibiting the desired micro/nanostructure, water repellency, and antireflection (AR) property. The wavelength selective AR property can be tuned by controlling the physical thickness of the films. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) studies revealed the existence of SiO(2) nanoparticles of average size ∼9.4 nm in the sols. TEM studies showed presence of interconnected SiO(2) NPs of ∼10 nm in size. The films were formed with uniformly packed SiO(2) aggregates as observed by FESEM of film surface. FTIR of the films confirmed presence of glasslike Si-O-Si bonding and methyl functionalization. The hydrophobicity of the surface was depended on the thickness of the deposited films. A critical film thickness (>115 nm) was necessary to obtain the air push effect for superhydrophobicity. Trimethylsilyl functionalization of SiO(2) and the surface roughness (rms ≈30 nm as observed by AFM) of the films were also contributed toward the high water contact angle (WCA). The coated glass surface showed WCA value of the droplet as high as 168 ± 3° with 6 μL of water. These superhydrophobic films were found to be stable up to about 230-240 °C as confirmed by TG/DTA studies, and WCA measurements of the films with respect to the heat-treatment temperatures. These high water repellant films can be deposited on relatively large glass surfaces to remove water droplets immediately without any mechanical assistance.

  8. Characterization of film surface treated with ECR plasma by Doppler broadening

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    Nishijima, S; Hirata, K; Kobayashi, Y; Honda, Y; Tagawa, S

    2000-01-01

    Doppler broadened positron annihilation measurements were carried out using the positron beam technique on plasma treated polyethylene films as a function of incident positron energy. In addition, surface properties of the treated films also have been measured using other conventional techniques such as FT-IR, SEM and AFM. The surface tension of the films was also determined using sessile drop method. The S-parameter is seen to decrease on the surface upon plasma treatment that introduces polar groups such as hydroxyl and carbonyl on the surface. The results are discussed.

  9. Fermi surface and quantum well states of V(110) films on W(110)

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    Krupin, Oleg [MS 6-2100, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Rotenberg, Eli [MS 6-2100, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Kevan, S D [Department of Physics, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 (United States)

    2007-09-05

    Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we have measured the Fermi surface of V(110) films epitaxially grown on a W(110) substrate. We compare our results for thicker films to existing calculations and measurements for bulk vanadium and find generally very good agreement. For thinner films, we observe and analyse a diverse array of quantum well states that split and distort the Fermi surface segments. We have searched unsuccessfully for a thickness-induced topological transition associated with contact between the zone-centre jungle gym and zone-boundary hole ellipsoid Fermi surface segments. We also find no evidence for ferromagnetic splitting of any bands on this surface.

  10. Optical field-induced surface relief formation on chalcogenide and azo-benzene polymer films

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    Teteris, J.; Gertners, U.

    2012-08-01

    The dependence of the surface relief formation in amorphous As2S3 and Disperse Red 1dye grafted polyurethane polymer films on the polarization state of recording light was studied. It is shown that the direction of mass transport on the film surface is determined by the direction of light electric vector and photoinduced anisotropy in the film. We propose a photoinduced dielectropfhoretic model to explain the photoinduced mass transport in amorphous films. Model is based on the photoinduced softening of the matrix, formation of defects with enhanced or decreased polarizability, and their drift under the electrical field gradient of light.

  11. Corrosion control of aluminum surfaces by polypyrrole films: influence of electrolyte

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    Andréa Santos Liu

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Polypyrrole (PPy films were galvanostatically deposited on 99.9 wt. (% aluminum electrodes from aqueous solutions containing each carboxylic acid: tartaric, oxalic or citric. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM was used to analyze the morphology of the aluminum surfaces coated with the polymeric films. It was observed that the films deposited from tartaric acid medium presented higher homogeneity than those deposited from oxalic and citric acid. Furthermore, the corrosion protection of aluminum surfaces by PPy films was also investigated by potentiodynamic polarization experiments.

  12. Atomic Force Microscopy Studies on The Surface Morphologies of Chemical Bath Deposited Cus Thin Films

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    Ho Soonmin

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, copper sulphide thin films were deposited onto microscope glass slide by chemical bath deposition technique. The tartaric acid was served as complexing agent to chelate with Cu2+ to obtain complex solution. The influence of pH value on the surface morphologies of the films has been particularly investigated using the atomic force microscopy technique. The atomic force microscopy results indicate that the CuS films deposited at pH 1 were uniform, compact and pinhole free. However, the incomplete surface coverage observed for the films prepared at high pH (pH 2 and 2.5 values.

  13. Surface modification of silicon-containing fluorocarbon films prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Jin, Yoonyoung; Desta, Yohannes; Goettert, Jost; Lee, G. S.; Ajmera, P. K.

    2005-07-01

    Surface modification of silicon-containing fluorocarbon (SiCF) films achieved by wet chemical treatments and through x-ray irradiation is examined. The SiCF films were prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, using gas precursors of tetrafluoromethane and disilane. As-deposited SiCF film composition was analyzed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Surface modification of SiCF films utilizing n-lithiodiaminoethane wet chemical treatment is discussed. Sessile water-drop contact angle changed from 95°+/-2° before treatment to 32°+/-2° after treatment, indicating a change in the film surface characteristics from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. For x-ray irradiation on the SiCF film with a dose of 27.4 kJ/cm3, the contact angle of the sessile water drop changed from 95°+/-2° before radiation to 39°+/-3° after x-ray exposure. The effect of x-ray exposure on chemical bond structure of SiCF films is studied using Fourier transform infrared measurements. Electroless Cu deposition was performed to test the applicability of the surface modified films. The x-ray irradiation method offers a unique advantage in making possible surface modification in a localized area of high-aspect-ratio microstructures. Fabrication of a Ti-membrane x-ray mask is introduced here for selective surface modification using x-ray irradiation.

  14. Ion-beam modifications of the surface morphology and conductivity in some polymer thin films

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    M Ramakrishna Murthy; E Venkateshwar Rao

    2002-10-01

    Studies on the surface micromorphology and surface conductivity in thin polymer films of poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) and poly ethylene oxide (PEO) in both as-grown and ion-implanted polymer films have been carried out to reveal certain specific features of the ordered state in these materials. Optical microscopic investigations revealed the existence and enhanced formation in number of spherulites and dendrites in ionimplanted films relative to the as-grown films. The number and rate of formation of spherulites indicated an increase in the degree of crystallinity in these films. Measurements of surface conductivity of as-grown and ion-implanted polymer films, employing four-point probe method, indicated a decrease in electrical conductivity on ion-implantation. Photomicrographic analysis of the PVA and PEO thin film surfaces, has enabled to propose a temperature–stress induced mechanism of crystallization in conjunction with the surface conductivity measurements. The decrease in surface conductivity on ion-implantation in both PVA and PEO thin films, is attributed to a decrease in mobility of macromolecular charged species due to an increase in degree of crystallinity as has been observed by optical microscopy.

  15. Surface Functionalization of Thin-Film Composite Membranes with Copper Nanoparticles for Antimicrobial Surface Properties

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    Ben-Sasson, Moshe

    2014-01-07

    Biofouling is a major operational challenge in reverse osmosis (RO) desalination, motivating a search for improved biofouling control strategies. Copper, long known for its antibacterial activity and relatively low cost, is an attractive potential biocidal agent. In this paper, we present a method for loading copper nanoparticles (Cu-NPs) on the surface of a thin-film composite (TFC) polyamide RO membrane. Cu-NPs were synthesized using polyethyleneimine (PEI) as a capping agent, resulting in particles with an average radius of 34 nm and a copper content between 39 and 49 wt.%. The positive charge of the Cu-NPs imparted by the PEI allowed a simple electrostatic functionalization of the negatively charged RO membrane. We confirmed functionalization and irreversible binding of the Cu-NPs to the membrane surface with SEM and XPS after exposing the membrane to bath sonication. We also demonstrated that Cu-NP functionalization can be repeated after the Cu-NPs dissolve from the membrane surface. The Cu-NP functionalization had minimal impact on the intrinsic membrane transport parameters. Surface hydrophilicity and surface roughness were also maintained, and the membrane surface charge became positive after functionalization. The functionalized membrane exhibited significant antibacterial activity, leading to an 80-95% reduction in the number of attached live bacteria for three different model bacterial strains. Challenges associated with this functionalization method and its implementation in RO desalination are discussed. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  16. Imprint Control of BaTiO3 Thin Films via Chemically Induced Surface Polarization Pinning.

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    Lee, Hyungwoo; Kim, Tae Heon; Patzner, Jacob J; Lu, Haidong; Lee, Jung-Woo; Zhou, Hua; Chang, Wansoo; Mahanthappa, Mahesh K; Tsymbal, Evgeny Y; Gruverman, Alexei; Eom, Chang-Beom

    2016-04-13

    Surface-adsorbed polar molecules can significantly alter the ferroelectric properties of oxide thin films. Thus, fundamental understanding and controlling the effect of surface adsorbates are crucial for the implementation of ferroelectric thin film devices, such as ferroelectric tunnel junctions. Herein, we report an imprint control of BaTiO3 (BTO) thin films by chemically induced surface polarization pinning in the top few atomic layers of the water-exposed BTO films. Our studies based on synchrotron X-ray scattering and coherent Bragg rod analysis demonstrate that the chemically induced surface polarization is not switchable but reduces the polarization imprint and improves the bistability of ferroelectric phase in BTO tunnel junctions. We conclude that the chemical treatment of ferroelectric thin films with polar molecules may serve as a simple yet powerful strategy to enhance functional properties of ferroelectric tunnel junctions for their practical applications.

  17. Surface modification of polytetrafluoroethylene film using single liquid electrode atmosphericpressure glow discharge

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    Zhou Lan; Lü Guo-Hua; Chen Wei; Pang Hua; Zhang Gu-Ling; Yang Si-Ze

    2011-01-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene films are treated by room temperature helium atmospheric pressure plasma plumes, which are generated with a home-made single liquid electrode plasma device. After plasma treatment, the water contact angle of polytetrafluoroethylene film drops from 114° to 46° and the surface free energy increases from 22.0 mJ/m2 to 59.1 mJ/m2. The optical emission spectrum indicates that there are reactive species such as O2+, O and He in the plasma plume. After plasma treatment, a highly crosslinking structure is formed on the film surface and the oxygen element is incorporated into the film surface in the forms of -C-O-C-, -C=O, and -O-C=O groups. Over a period of 10 days, the contact angle of the treated film is recovered by only about 10°, which indicates that the plasma surface modification is stable with time.

  18. Formation and tribology properties of polyfluoroal-kylmethacrylate film on the magnetic head surface

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    HU Xiaoli; ZHANG Chenhui; LUO Jianbin; WEN Shizhu

    2005-01-01

    A polyfluoroalkylmethacrylate (PFAM) film has been coated on the surface of the magnetic head by a dipping coating method to modify the surface properties. The films were characterized by means of a time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer (TOF-SIMS), contact angle measurement and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The results indicate that the concentration of the solution is the main factor affecting the thickness, contact angle and surface topography of the film. The magnetic head with the PFAM film at a concentration of 500 ppm exhibits the best tribology properties, and the stiction between the magnetic head and the disk is no more than 2.4 g after 20000 contact start stop (CSS) cycles. Therefore, a fully covered PFAM film with few defects helps improve the tribology properties of the magnetic head, and decrease the adsorbed contaminant on the magnetic head surface.

  19. Surface reactivity and layer analysis of chemisorbed reaction films in the surface-chemical environment of alkyl octadecenoates

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    R B Choudhary; O N Anand; O S Tyagi

    2009-05-01

    Studies on surface reactivity of substrate iron (Fe-particles) were made in the tribo-chemical environment of alkyl octadecenoates. Two alkyl octadecenoates namely ethyl octadecenoate and methyl 12-hydroxy octadecenoate, slightly different in their chemical nature, were taken for preparing the chemisorbed reaction films (CRF) at the temperature 100 ± 5°C. The reaction products collected in the composite (amorphous) phase were isolated into three different solvent-soluble fractions (sub-layer films) using polar solvents of increasing polar strength. The FTIR analysis of these films showed that these were primarily organic in nature and were composed of alkyl and/or aryl hydroxy ethers, unsaturated hydroxy ketones, and aromatic structures chemically linked with iron surface. These reaction films also contained large amount of iron (Fe). Further, these film fractions also showed varying thermal behaviour during thermal decomposition in the temperature range of 50-800°C when thermally evaluated in the nitrogen environment.

  20. Control of surface ripple amplitude in ion beam sputtered polycrystalline cobalt films

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    Colino, Jose M., E-mail: josemiguel.colino@uclm.es [Institute of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Campus de la Fabrica de Armas, Toledo 45071 (Spain); Arranz, Miguel A. [Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real 13071 (Spain)

    2011-02-15

    We have grown both polycrystalline and partially textured cobalt films by magnetron sputter deposition in the range of thickness (50-200 nm). Kinetic roughening of the growing film leads to a controlled rms surface roughness values (1-6 nm) increasing with the as-grown film thickness. Ion erosion of a low energy 1 keV Ar+ beam at glancing incidence (80{sup o}) on the cobalt film changes the surface morphology to a ripple pattern of nanometric wavelength. The wavelength evolution at relatively low fluency is strongly dependent on the initial surface topography (a wavelength selection mechanism hereby confirmed in polycrystalline rough surfaces and based on the shadowing instability). At sufficiently large fluency, the ripple wavelength steadily increases on a coarsening regime and does not recall the virgin surface morphology. Remarkably, the use of a rough virgin surface makes the ripple amplitude in the final pattern can be controllably increased without affecting the ripple wavelength.

  1. Thin-film preparation by back-surface irradiation pulsed laser deposition using metal powder targets

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    Kawasaki, Hiroharu; Ohshima, Tamiko; Yagyu, Yoshihito; Ihara, Takeshi; Yamauchi, Makiko; Suda, Yoshiaki

    2017-01-01

    Several kinds of functional thin films were deposited using a new thin-film preparation method named the back-surface irradiation pulsed laser deposition (BIPLD) method. In this BIPLD method, powder targets were used as the film source placed on a transparent target holder, and then a visible-wavelength pulsed laser was irradiated from the holder side to the substrate. Using this new method, titanium oxide and boron nitride thin films were deposited on the silicon substrate. Surface scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images suggest that all of the thin films were deposited on the substrate with some large droplets irrespective of the kind of target used. The deposition rate of the films prepared by using this method was calculated from film thickness and deposition time to be much lower than that of the films prepared by conventional PLD. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement results suggest that rutile and anatase TiO2 crystal peaks were formed for the films prepared using the TiO2 rutile powder target. Crystal peaks of hexagonal boron nitride were observed for the films prepared using the boron nitride powder target. The crystallinity of the prepared films was changed by annealing after deposition.

  2. Interferometer for measuring the dynamic surface topography of a human tear film

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    Primeau, Brian C.; Greivenkamp, John E.

    2012-03-01

    The anterior refracting surface of the eye is the thin tear film that forms on the surface of the cornea. Following a blink, the tear film quickly smoothes and starts to become irregular after 10 seconds. This irregularity can affect comfort and vision quality. An in vivo method of characterizing dynamic tear films has been designed based upon a near-infrared phase-shifting interferometer. This interferometer continuously measures light reflected from the tear film, allowing sub-micron analysis of the dynamic surface topography. Movies showing the tear film behavior can be generated along with quantitative metrics describing changes in the tear film surface. This tear film measurement allows analysis beyond capabilities of typical fluorescein visual inspection or corneal topography and provides better sensitivity and resolution than shearing interferometry methods. The interferometer design is capable of identifying features in the tear film much less than a micron in height with a spatial resolution of about ten microns over a 6 mm diameter. This paper presents the design of the tear film interferometer along with the considerations that must be taken when designing an interferometer for on-eye diagnostics. Discussions include eye movement, design of null optics for a range of ocular geometries, and laser emission limits for on-eye interferometry.

  3. Dynamic Deposition of Nanocopper Film on the β-SiCp Surface by Magnetron Sputtering

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    Hu Ming

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The uniform nanocopper film was deposited on the surface of micron β-SiC particle by magnetron sputtering technology successfully. The surface morphology and phase constitution of the β-SiC particle with nanocopper film were analyzed and dynamic deposition behavior was investigated in detail. The concept of dynamic deposition was put forward to interpret formation mechanism of copper nanofilm on the surface of β-SiC particles.

  4. X-ray scattering from freestanding polymer films with geometrically curved surfaces

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    D.J. Lee; K. Shin; Seeck, O; Kim, H.; Seo, Y.-S.; Tolan, M.; Rafailovich, M. H.; Sokolov, J.; Sinha, S.K.

    2003-01-01

    We show that the x-ray surface scattering from a freestanding polymer film exhibits features that cannot be explained by the usual stochastic formalism for surfaces with random height fluctuations. Instead, a geometric description of the film morphology assuming two curved surfaces characterized by a radius of curvature and a lateral cutoff length successfully accounts for the phase difference between the Kiessig fringes of the nominal "specular" and "off-specular" components of the scatterin...

  5. Surface structure determinations of crystalline ionic thin films grown on transition metal single crystal surfaces by low energy electron diffraction

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    Roberts, Joel Glenn [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2000-05-01

    The surface structures of NaCl(100), LiF(100) and alpha-MgCl2(0001) adsorbed on various metal single crystals have been determined by low energy electron diffraction (LEED). Thin films of these salts were grown on metal substrates by exposing the heated metal surface to a molecular flux of salt emitted from a Knudsen cell. This method of investigating thin films of insulators (ionic salts) on a conducting substrate (metal) circumvents surface charging problems that plagued bulk studies, thereby allowing the use of electron-based techniques to characterize the surface.

  6. Polarity Effects of Substrate Surface in Epitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; George, M. A.; McCarty, P.

    1999-01-01

    Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (0-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. As a comparison, films are also deposited on the (000 I) Al203 substrates. It is found that the two polar surfaces have different photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, surface structure and morphology, which are strongly inference the epitaxial film growth. The morphology and structure of epitaxial films on the ZnO substrates are different from the film on the Al203 substrates. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite Surface. The measurements of PL, low-angle incident x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy of ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth using reactive sputtering deposition.

  7. Model Research on the Effect of Surface Film on Ammonia Volatilization from Rice Field

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    ZHUANG Shun-yao; YIN Bin; ZHU Zhao-liang

    2002-01-01

    Pan and field experiments were conducted to investigate the effect of surface film on ammonia volatilization from water and paddy soil. The results showed that the addition of the surface film on floodwater reduced the rate of ammonia volatilization, however, the reduction of the latter varied greatly with its rates of addition. Jayaweera-Mikkelsen ammonia volatilization model with the introduction of a parameter Kf, a relative measure of the resistance of the surface film on ammonia volatilization, was used to elucidate the effectiveness of the surface film on lowering ammonia volatilization. The Kf value was calculated from the results obtained in the pan experiment with different rates of surface film addition. With the modified model and the optimized Kf value, the effects of the surface film in reducing ammonia volatilization under different environmental conditions were simulated and analyzed. However, it was found that the simulation was not satisfactory in the field experiment and the parameter Kf should be further tuned so as to improve the simulation and to optimize the addition rate of the surface film in field conditions.

  8. Hydrodynamic surface fluctuations of polymer films by coherent X-ray scattering

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    Kim, Hyunjung [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Integrated Biotechnology, Sogang University, 1 Shinsu-Dong, Mapo-Gu Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of)]. E-mail: hkim@sogang.ac.kr; Jiang, Zhang [Department of Physics, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 United States (United States); Lee, Heeju [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Integrated Biotechnology, Sogang University, 1 Shinsu-Dong, Mapo-Gu Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Young Joo [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Integrated Biotechnology, Sogang University, 1 Shinsu-Dong, Mapo-Gu Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of); Jiao, Xuesong; Li, Chunhua [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794 United States (United States); Lurio, Laurence [Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL 60115 United States (United States); Rafailovich, Miriam [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794 United States (United States); Sinha, S.K. [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Integrated Biotechnology, Sogang University, 1 Shinsu-Dong, Mapo-Gu Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of); LANSCE, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 United States (United States)

    2007-05-23

    We have applied X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS) to measure the surface dynamics of polymer films of thicknesses down to a few times of the polymer radius of gyration. XPCS is currently the only technique to measure selectively dynamics of surface and/or interfacial fluctuations of the films thanks to high brilliance and coherence of the third generation synchrotron source. The results show the behavior of the capillary waves expected in viscous liquid when the film thickness is thicker than four times of the radius of gyration. However, thinner films show a deviation indicating the need to account for viscoelasticity. We present also the theory for surface dynamics of the thermally excited fluctuations on homogenous single-layer film with arbitrary depth is generalized to describe surface and interfacial dynamics of polymeric liquid bilayer films in terms of susceptibilities, power spectra and characteristic relaxation time constants. The effects on surface dynamics originating from viscosity inhomogeneities close to surface region are investigated by the bilayer theory and compared with the surface dynamics from homogeneous single-layer films under non-slip and slip boundary conditions.

  9. Effect of ion bombardment on the surface morphology of Zn-films sputtered in an unbalanced magnetron

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    Musil, J.; Matous, J.; Valvoda, V. [Academy of Sciences, Prague (Czech Republic). Inst. of Physics

    1995-02-01

    It is well known that magnetron sputtered films of low melting point T{sub m} materials have (due to their crystallisation at low substrate temperatures, T < 100{sup o}C) rough and diffusely reflecting surfaces, even when thin, for instance about 20 nm for In films. Only extremely thin films have a smooth and specular reflecting surface. This paper reports on the possibility of sputtering thick films of low T{sub m} materials with a smooth, optically specular reflecting surface using an unbalanced magnetron. To demonstrate this possibility, Zn films were studied and it was shown that a surface roughness of the film can be effectively controlled by ion bombardment of the film during growth. The smoothing of the Zn film does not depend on film thickness but on ion bombardment of the growing film. (author).

  10. Characterization of Langmuir and Langmuir–Blodgett films of an octasubstituted zinc phthalocyanine

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    Torrent-Burgués, J. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), C/Colom 1, 08222 Terrassa, Barcelona (Spain); Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC), 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Cea, P. [Departamento de Química Orgánica y Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón (INA) y Laboratorio de Microscopias Avanzadas (LMA), Edificio i+d, Campus Rio Ebro, Universidad de Zaragoza, C/Mariano Esquillor, s/n, 50017 Zaragoza (Spain); Giner, I. [Departamento de Química Orgánica y Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Guaus, E. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), C/Colom 1, 08222 Terrassa, Barcelona (Spain)

    2014-04-01

    In this work we report the fabrication of Langmuir and Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) films of a substituted ZnPc (octakis(oxyoctyl)phthalocyanine of zinc), and their characterization by means of several techniques. These characterization techniques include surface pressure (π-A) and surface potential (ΔV-A) isotherms as well as UV–vis Reflection spectroscopy and Brewster Angle Microscopy (BAM) for the films at the air–water interface together with UV–vis absorption and IR spectroscopies and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) for the LB films. The π-A and ΔV-A isotherms and BAM images indicate a phase transition at a surface pressure of ca. 9 mN/m and a multilayer formation at surface pressures around 19–20 mN/m; at a surface pressure around 27 mN/m a disordered collapse of the film occurs. In addition, AFM images of LB films at π = 10 mN/m and π = 20 mN/m show a monomolecular and a multilayered film, respectively. The comparison of the UV–vis spectrum of ZnPc in solution, the reflection spectra of the Langmuir films and UV–vis spectra of LB films reveals a significant reduction in the Q band intensity for the films, indicative of an organization of ZnPc in the Langmuir and LB films versus the random distribution in solution. The UV–vis Reflection spectra are also consistent with multilayer formation at surface pressures around 19–20 mN/m. The relative intensities of the IR spectrum bands change from the KBr pellet to the LB film which is also attributable to orientation effects in the film. Cyclic voltammetric experiments of LB films incorporating the ZnPc derivative show peaks that can be correlated with redox processes occurring in the phthalocyanine ring. A small but significant influence of the surface pressure and the number of deposited layers in the electrochemical behaviour is observed. The electrochemical response of cast films exhibits some differences with respect to that of LB films which have been attributed to their different molecular

  11. Analysis of self-repair films on friction surface lubricated with nano-Cu additive

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    LIU Qian; XU Yi; SHI Pei-jing; YU He-long; XU Bin-shi

    2005-01-01

    The surface modified nanocopper particles were prepared with chemical reduction method. The wear test was carried out on a T-11 ball-on-plate friction and wear tester made in Poland. The material of the upper sample was GCr15 and the counterpart was AISI-1045 steel. The morphologies of the worn surfaces of the samples were observed by optical microscope and scanning electron microscope, while the element distributions on the worn surfaces were determined by means of electron microprobe analysis. As the results, a film mainly made of Cu is formed on the worn surface. The film on the surface of the still upper sample is thicker than that formed on the revolving coun terpart. At the edge of the groove of the worn surface made by the milling before test there is Cu element observed obviously, but there is not any Cu element in the bottom of the groove. A possible action mechanism of the film is suggested. The friction movement can induce reactivity of the metal and continuously produce activation surface. It benefits the film formed by nano-Cu in lubricant on the worn surface. Hardness and modulus of nano-Cu films were successfully measured and analyzed by the nanoindentation instrument. The results show that the hardness and modulus of the films are lower than those of the initial surface.

  12. SURFACE FILMS TO SUPPRESS FIELD EMISSION IN HIGH-POWER MICROWAVE COMPONENTS

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    Hirshfield, Jay l

    2014-02-07

    Results are reported on attempts to reduce the RF breakdown probability on copper accelerator structures by applying thin surface films that could suppress field emission of electrons. Techniques for application and testing of copper samples with films of metals with work functions higher than copper are described, principally for application of platinum films, since platinum has the second highest work function of any metal. Techniques for application of insulating films are also described, since these can suppress field emission and damage on account of dielectric shielding of fields at the copper surface, and on account of the greater hardness of insulating films, as compared with copper. In particular, application of zirconium oxide films on high-field portions of a 11.424 GHz SLAC cavity structure for breakdown tests are described.

  13. The Thickness Distribution of Oxidation Film on Tapered Pipe Surface in Dieless Drawing

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    Fang Qin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The thickness distribution of oxidation film on the surface of AISI304 stainless steel tapered pipe, its influence factors, and the effect of metal matrix deformation on oxidation behavior during dieless drawing were studied in this paper. The results showed that oxidation rate was affected strongly by induction heating temperature and deformation degree. The thickness distribution of oxidation film was uneven and increased from the larger diameter end to the smaller diameter end along the axial direction of tapered pipe. When induction heating temperature raised or the distance between heat and cold sources was increased, or feed speed was decreased, oxidation rate was accelerated and oxidation film on the tapered pipe surface thickened significantly, due to massive cracks in oxidation film induced by deformation of metal matrix. The density and width of cracks in oxidation film were enlarged, and the thickness of oxidation film increased with the increase in deformation degree.

  14. Surface proton transport of fully protonated poly(aspartic acid) thin films on quartz substrates

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    Nagao, Yuki; Kubo, Takahiro

    2014-12-01

    Thin film structure and the proton transport property of fully protonated poly(aspartic acid) (P-Asp100) have been investigated. An earlier study assessed partially protonated poly(aspartic acid), highly oriented thin film structure and enhancement of the internal proton transport. In this study of P-Asp100, IR p-polarized multiple-angle incidence resolution (P-MAIR) spectra were measured to investigate the thin film structure. The obtained thin films, with thicknesses of 120-670 nm, had no oriented structure. Relative humidity dependence of the resistance, proton conductivity, and normalized resistance were examined to ascertain the proton transport property of P-Asp100 thin films. The obtained data showed that the proton transport of P-Asp100 thin films might occur on the surface, not inside of the thin film. This phenomenon might be related with the proton transport of the biological system.

  15. Surface textured molybdenum doped zinc oxide thin films prepared for thin film solar cells using pulsed direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Lin, Y.C., E-mail: ielinyc@cc.ncue.edu.tw; Wang, B.L.; Yen, W.T.; Shen, C.H.

    2011-06-01

    In this study, we examined the effect of etching on the electrical properties, transmittance, and scattering of visible light in molybdenum doped zinc oxide, ZnO:Mo (MZO) thin films prepared by pulsed direct current magnetron sputtering. We used two different etching solutions - KOH and HCl - to alter the surface texture of the MZO thin film so that it could trap light. The experimental results showed that an MZO film with a minimum resistivity of about 8.9 x 10{sup -4} {Omega} cm and visible light transitivity of greater than 80% can be obtained without heating at a Mo content of 1.77 wt.%, sputtering power of 100 W, working pressure of 0.4 Pa, pulsed frequency of 10 kHz, and film thickness of 500 nm. To consider the effect of resistivity and optical diffuse transmittance, we performed etching of an 800 nm thick MZO thin film with 0.5 wt.% HCl for 3-6 s at 300 K. Consequently, we obtained a resistivity of 1.74-2.75 x 10{sup -3} {Omega} cm, total transmittance at visible light of 67%-73%, diffuse transmittance at visible light of 25.1%-28.4%, haze value of 0.34-0.42, and thin film surface crater diameters of 220-350 nm.

  16. Surface analysis of the selective excimer laser patterning of a thin PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films

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    Schaubroeck, David, E-mail: David.Schaubroeck@elis.ugent.be [Center for Microsystems Technology (CMST), imec and Ghent University, Technologiepark 15, B-9052 Ghent (Belgium); De Smet, Jelle; Willems, Wouter [Center for Microsystems Technology (CMST), imec and Ghent University, Technologiepark 15, B-9052 Ghent (Belgium); Cools, Pieter; De Geyter, Nathalie; Morent, Rino [Research Unit Plasma Technology (RUPT), Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, B-9000 Ghent (Belgium); De Smet, Herbert; Van Steenbeerge, Geert [Center for Microsystems Technology (CMST), imec and Ghent University, Technologiepark 15, B-9052 Ghent (Belgium)

    2016-07-15

    Highlights: • Laser patterning of thin film PEDOT:PSS on polymer foils is characterized in great detail. • PEDOT:PSS does not need to be fully removed to create electrically insulating patterns. • The underlying polymer foil influences the ablation behavior. - Abstract: Fast patterning of highly conductive polymers like PEDOT:PSS (poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene): polystyrene sulfonate) with lasers can contribute to the development of industrial production of liquid crystal displays on polymer foils. In this article, the selective UV laser patterning of a PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films is investigated. Based on their optical properties, three polymer films are investigated: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and cellulose triacetate (TAC). Ablation parameters for a 110 nm PEDOT:PSS film on these polymer films are optimized. A detailed study of the crater depth, topography and surface composition are provided using optical profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The electrical insulation of the lines is measured and correlated to the crater analyses for different laser settings. Finally, potential ablation parameters for each of the polymer films are derived.

  17. Surface-mounted MOF templated fabrication of homochiral polymer thin film for enantioselective adsorption of drugs.

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    Gu, Zhi-Gang; Fu, Wen-Qiang; Liu, Min; Zhang, Jian

    2017-01-26

    A self-polymerized chiral monomer 3,4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine (l-DOPA) has been introduced into the pores of an achiral surface-mounted metal organic framework (SURMOF), and then the homochiral poly(l-DOPA) thin film has been successfully formed after UV light irradiation and etching of the SURMOF. Remarkably, such a poly(l-DOPA) thin film exhibited enantioselective adsorption of naproxen. This study opened a SURMOF-templated approach for preparing porous polymer thin films.

  18. Hybrid Sol-Gel-Derived Films That Spontaneously Form Complex Surface Topographies.

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    Destino, Joel F; Jones, Zachary R; Gatley, Caitlyn M; Zhang, Yi; Craft, Andrew K; Detty, Michael R; Bright, Frank V

    2016-10-04

    Surface patterns over multiple length scales are known to influence various biological processes. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of new, two-component xerogel thin films derived from carboxyethylsilanetriol (COE) and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) reveals films surface with branched and hyper branched architectures that are ∼2 to 30 μm in diameter, that extend ∼3 to 1300 nm above the film base plane with surface densities that range from 2 to 77% surface area coverage. Colocalized AFM and Raman spectroscopy show that these branched structures are COE-rich domains, which are slightly stiffer (as shown from phase AFM imaging) and exhibit lower capacitive force in comparison with film base plane. Raman mapping reveals there are also discrete domains (≤300 nm in diameter) that are rich in COE dimers and densified TEOS, which do not appear to correspond with any surface structure seen by AFM.

  19. Quantum transport in the surface states of epitaxial Bi(111) thin films

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    Zhu, Kai; Wu, Lin; Gong, Xinxin; Xiao, Shunhao; Jin, Xiaofeng

    2016-09-01

    Although bulk Bi is a prototypical semimetal with a topologically trivial electronic band structure, we show by various quantum transport measurements that epitaxial Bi(111) thin films have unexpected and nontrivial properties. Not only the top and the bottom but also the side surfaces of epitaxial Bi(111) thin films are always robustly metallic while the interior has already become insulating. We identify the coupling between the top and the bottom surface states that drives the two originally independent surface conducting channels into a single connected one. The properties of Bi(111) thin films realized could lead to promising applications in spintronics.

  20. Surface photovoltage spectroscopy study of reduced and oxidized nanocrystalline TiO 2 films

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    Rothschild, A.; Levakov, A.; Shapira, Y.; Ashkenasy, N.; Komem, Y.

    2003-06-01

    Nanocrystalline TiO 2 films used for gas sensors have been studied by means of surface photovoltage spectroscopy and other analytical tools to investigate the oxygen chemisorption effect on the electrical properties of the films. The results show that the surface (and intergranular interface) band bending increases with oxygen exposure due to electron trapping at midgap states induced by chemisorption. The surface electronic structure is revealed by the measurements, allowing determination of the sensing mechanism of these important films. In addition, a photoinduced chemisorption of oxygen at room temperature is observed. This has important implications for low-temperature gas sensors.

  1. Nanoscale cellulose films with different crystallinities and mesostructures--their surface properties and interaction with water.

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    Aulin, Christian; Ahola, Susanna; Josefsson, Peter; Nishino, Takashi; Hirose, Yasuo; Osterberg, Monika; Wågberg, Lars

    2009-07-07

    A systematic study of the degree of molecular ordering and swelling of different nanocellulose model films has been conducted. Crystalline cellulose II surfaces were prepared by spin-coating of the precursor cellulose solutions onto oxidized silicon wafers before regeneration in water or by using the Langmuir-Schaefer (LS) technique. Amorphous cellulose films were also prepared by spin-coating of a precursor cellulose solution onto oxidized silicon wafers. Crystalline cellulose I surfaces were prepared by spin-coating wafers with aqueous suspensions of sulfate-stabilized cellulose I nanocrystals and low-charged microfibrillated cellulose (LC-MFC). In addition, a dispersion of high-charged MFC was used for the buildup of polyelectrolyte multilayers with polyetheyleneimine on silica with the aid of the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique. These preparation methods produced smooth thin films on the nanometer scale suitable for X-ray diffraction and swelling measurements. The surface morphology and thickness of the cellulose films were characterized in detail by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ellipsometry measurements, respectively. To determine the surface energy of the cellulose surfaces, that is, their ability to engage in different interactions with different materials, they were characterized through contact angle measurements against water, glycerol, and methylene iodide. Small incidence angle X-ray diffraction revealed that the nanocrystal and MFC films exhibited a cellulose I crystal structure and that the films prepared from N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMMO), LiCl/DMAc solutions, using the LS technique, possessed a cellulose II structure. The degree of crystalline ordering was highest in the nanocrystal films (approximately 87%), whereas the MFC, NMMO, and LS films exhibited a degree of crystallinity of about 60%. The N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc)/LiCl film possessed very low crystalline ordering (properties of the films, it was necessary to consider both the

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

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

    2007-02-13

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

  3. Method for preparing microstructure arrays on the surface of thin film material

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    Wang, Peng

    2017-02-09

    Methods are provided for growing a thin film of a nanoscale material. Thin films of nanoscale materials are also provided. The films can be grown with microscale patterning. The method can include vacuum filtration of a solution containing the nanostructured material through a porous substrate. The porous substrate can have a pore size that is comparable to the size of the nanoscale material. By patterning the pores on the surface of the substrate, a film can be grown having the pattern on a surface of the thin film, including on the top surface opposite the substrate. The nanoscale material can be graphene, graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, molybdenum disulfide, hexagonal boron nitride, tungsten diselenide, molybdenum trioxide, or clays such as montmorillonite or lapnotie. The porous substrate can be a porous organic or inorganic membrane, a silicon stencil membrane, or similar membrane having pore sizes on the order of microns.

  4. Surface proton transport of fully protonated poly(aspartic acid) thin films on quartz substrates

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    Nagao, Yuki, E-mail: ynagao@jaist.ac.jp; Kubo, Takahiro

    2014-12-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Proton transport of fully protonated poly(aspartic acid) thin film was investigated. • The thin film structure differed greatly from the partially protonated one. • Proton transport occurs on the surface, not inside of the thin film. • This result contributes to biological transport systems such as bacteriorhodopsin. - Abstract: Thin film structure and the proton transport property of fully protonated poly(aspartic acid) (P-Asp100) have been investigated. An earlier study assessed partially protonated poly(aspartic acid), highly oriented thin film structure and enhancement of the internal proton transport. In this study of P-Asp100, IR p-polarized multiple-angle incidence resolution (P-MAIR) spectra were measured to investigate the thin film structure. The obtained thin films, with thicknesses of 120–670 nm, had no oriented structure. Relative humidity dependence of the resistance, proton conductivity, and normalized resistance were examined to ascertain the proton transport property of P-Asp100 thin films. The obtained data showed that the proton transport of P-Asp100 thin films might occur on the surface, not inside of the thin film. This phenomenon might be related with the proton transport of the biological system.

  5. Template-controlled mineralization: Determining film granularity and structure by surface functionality patterns

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    Nina J. Blumenstein

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available We present a promising first example towards controlling the properties of a self-assembling mineral film by means of the functionality and polarity of a substrate template. In the presented case, a zinc oxide film is deposited by chemical bath deposition on a nearly topography-free template structure composed of a pattern of two self-assembled monolayers with different chemical functionality. We demonstrate the template-modulated morphological properties of the growing film, as the surface functionality dictates the granularity of the growing film. This, in turn, is a key property influencing other film properties such as conductivity, piezoelectric activity and the mechanical properties. A very pronounced contrast is observed between areas with an underlying fluorinated, low energy template surface, showing a much more (almost two orders of magnitude coarse-grained film with a typical agglomerate size of around 75 nm. In contrast, amino-functionalized surface areas induce the growth of a very smooth, fine-grained surface with a roughness of around 1 nm. The observed influence of the template on the resulting clear contrast in morphology of the growing film could be explained by a contrast in surface adhesion energies and surface diffusion rates of the nanoparticles, which nucleate in solution and subsequently deposit on the functionalized substrate.

  6. Surface morphology of titanium nitride thin films synthesized by DC reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Ţǎlu Ştefan

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the influence of temperature on the 3-D surface morphology of titanium nitride (TiN thin films synthesized by DC reactive magnetron sputtering has been analyzed. The 3-D morphology variation of TiN thin films grown on p-type Si (100 wafers was investigated at four different deposition temperatures (473 K, 573 K, 673 K, 773 K in order to evaluate the relation among the 3-D micro-textured surfaces. The 3-D surface morphology of TiN thin films was characterized by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM and fractal analysis applied to the AFM data. The 3-D surface morphology revealed the fractal geometry of TiN thin films at nanometer scale. The global scale properties of 3-D surface geometry were quantitatively estimated using the fractal dimensions D, determined by the morphological envelopes method. The fractal dimension D increased with the substrate temperature variation from 2.36 (at 473 K to 2.66 (at 673 K and then decreased to 2.33 (at 773 K. The fractal analysis in correlation with the averaged power spectral density (surface yielded better quantitative results of morphological changes in the TiN thin films caused by substrate temperature variations, which were more precise, detailed, coherent and reproducible. It can be inferred that fractal analysis can be easily applied for the investigation of morphology evolution of different film/substrate interface phases obtained using different thin-film technologies.

  7. π-Donors microstructuring on surface of polymer film by their noncovalent interactions with iodine

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    Traven, Valerii F., E-mail: valerii.traven@gmail.com [Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow 125047, Miusskaya sq., 9 (Russian Federation); Ivanov, Ivan V.; Dolotov, Sergei M. [Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow 125047, Miusskaya sq., 9 (Russian Federation); Veciana, Jaume Miro; Lebedev, Victor S. [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona–CSIC, Campus de la UAB, 08193, Bellaterra (Spain); Shulga, Yurii M.; Khasanov, Salavat S. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Acad. N.N. Semenov Prosp., 1, Chernogolovka, 142432 (Russian Federation); Medvedev, Michael G. [A. N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119991, Vavilova str., 28 (Russian Federation); Laukhina, Elena E. [The Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, ICMAB-CSIC, Bellaterra, 08193 (Spain)

    2015-06-15

    Noncovalent (charge transfer) interaction between perylene and iodine in polycarbonate film provides formation of microstructured perylene layer on the polymer surface upon exposure of polymer film which contains dissolved perylene to solvent + iodine vapors. The prepared bilayer film possesses a sensing effect to iodine vapors which can be observed by both fluorescence and electrical conductivity changes. Similar bilayer films have been prepared also with anthracene and phenothiazine as π-donors with use of different polymer matrixes. Interaction of iodine with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) has also been studied by the M06-2x DFT calculations for better understanding of phenomenon of π-donors microstructuring on surface of polymer film. - Highlights: • Preparation of bilayer polymer films with π-donors on surface for the first time. • π-Donor phase purity is confirmed by XRD, IR spectroscopy, SEM. • Perylene bilayer polymer films possess fluorescence. • Perylene bilayer polymer films loss fluorescence under iodine vapors. • Perylene bilayer polymer films possess electrical conductivity when treated by iodine vapors.

  8. Molecular arrangement in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of a mesogenic bent-core carboxylic acid.

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    Giner, Ignacio; Gascón, Ignacio; Vergara, Jorge; López, M Carmen; Ros, M Blanca; Royo, Félix M

    2009-10-20

    A different alternative to previous research on Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of bent-core liquid crystals is reported in this work. A bent-shaped molecule wearing a terminal carboxylic group has been used to obtain monomolecular films with their long molecular axis almost perpendicular to the aqueous surface. Langmuir films at the air-liquid interface (pH=9) have been characterized by a combination of surface pressure and surface potential versus area per molecule isotherms, Brewster angle microscopy, and ultraviolet reflection spectroscopy. A condensed phase is reached at surface pressures up to 20 mN x m-1. In this condensed phase, molecules are packed forming H-aggregates with a well-defined molecular orientation. Langmuir films have been transferred onto quartz and silicon substrates and characterized by means of UV-vis spectroscopy and XRR. The transference is Z-type, with a constant deposition of the monolayers. The total LB monolayer film thickness is evaluated to be about 5.8 nm, which is in good agreement with the deduced orientation at the air-liquid interface as well as with the lamellar order observed within the solid obtained by cooling the sample from the mesophase.

  9. Surface and tribological behaviors of the bioinspired polydopamine thin films under dry and wet conditions.

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    Zhang, Wei; Yang, Fut K; Han, Yougun; Gaikwad, Ravi; Leonenko, Zoya; Zhao, Boxin

    2013-02-11

    Dopamine is a "sticky" biomolecule containing the typical functional groups of mussel adhesive proteins. It can self-polymerize into a nanoscale thin film on various surfaces. We investigated the surface, adhesion, friction, and cracking properties of polydopamine (PDA) thin films for their effective transfer to functional devices and biocompatible coatings. A series of surface characterizations and mechanical tests were performed to reveal the static and dynamic properties of PDA films coated on glass, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), and epoxy. We found that PDA films are highly hydrated under wet conditions because of their porous membrane-like nanostructures and hydrophilic functional groups. Upon dehydration, the films form cracks when they are coated on soft substrates due to internal stresses and the large mismatch in elastic modulus. The adhesive pull-off force or the effective work of adhesion increased with the contact time, suggesting dynamic interactions at the interface. A significant decrease in friction forces in water was observed on all three material surfaces coated with PDA; thus, the film might serve as a water-based lubrication coating. We attributed the different behavior of PDA films in air and in water to its hydration effects. These research findings provide insight into the stability, mechanical, and adhesive properties of the PDA films, which are critical for their applications.

  10. Diffraction radiation from an inhomogeneous dielectric film on the surface of a perfect conductor

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    Ryazanov, MI; Strikhanov, MN; Tishchenko, AA

    2004-01-01

    Diffraction radiation generated by a charged particle moving uniformly parallel to the surface of a perfect conductor coated with a dielectric film is considered; the thickness of the film is an arbitrary function of coordinates. A particular case is considered when this function is periodic in one

  11. Squeezing Molecularly thin Lubricant Films between curved Corrugated Surfaces with long range Elasticity

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    Sivebæk, Ion Marius; Samoilov, Vladimir N.; Persson, Bo N. J.

    2010-01-01

    The present work investigates the ability of two nm thick lubrication films to stay in a contact and thereby to prevent excessive wear of the surfaces. At this thickness the film is no longer a fluid but it is the very important intermediate between the lubricated and the dry regimes, the latter ...

  12. Free Surface Thin Film Flow of a Sisko’s Fluid over a Surface Topography

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    R. A. Shah

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The flow of a thin film down an inclined surface over topography is considered for the case of liquids with Sisko’s model viscosity. For the first time lubrication theory is used to reduce the governing equations to a non-linear evolution equation for a current of a Sisko’s model non-Newtonian fluid on an inclined plane under the action of gravity and the viscous stresses. This model is solved numerically using an efficient Full Approximation Storage (FAS multigrid algorithm. Free surface results are plotted and carefully examined near the topography for different values of power-law index np, viscosity parameter m, the aspect ratio A and for different inclination angle of the plane with the horizontal. Number of complications and additional physical effects are discussed that enrich real situations. It is observed that the flows into narrow trenches develop a capillary ridge just in front of the upstream edge of a trench followed by a small trough. For relatively small width trenches, the free surface is almost everywhere flat as the dimensional width of the trench is much smaller than the capillary length scale. In this region, surface tension dominates the solution and acts so as to stretch a membrane across the trench leading to smaller height deviations. The ridge originates from the topographic forcing which works to force fluid upstream immediately prior to the trench before helping to accelerate it over. The upstream forcing slows down the fluid locally and increases the layer thickness.

  13. Dissolution of materials in artificial skin surface film liquids.

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    Stefaniak, Aleksandr B; Harvey, Christopher J

    2006-12-01

    The dissolution of chemical constituents from jewelry, textiles, cosmetics, drugs, industrial chemicals, and particles in direct and prolonged contact with human skin is often assessed in vitro using artificial skin surface film liquids (SSFL). To provide meaningful results, the composition of artificial SSFL should accurately mimic human sweat and sebum, and the conditions of the in vitro test system should accurately reflect in vivo skin conditions. We summarized the reported composition of human SSFL and compared it to 45 different formulations of artificial sweat and 18 formulations of artificial sebum (studies published from 1940 to 2005). Conditions of in vitro dissolution test systems were reviewed and compared to in vivo skin conditions. The concentrations of individual constituents and pH of artificial sweat and concentrations of artificial sebum constituents are not always within ranges reported for human SSFL. Nearly all artificial SSFL lack many of the constituents in human SSFL. To develop a comprehensive model SSFL, we propose a standard SSFL, modified from the two best published sweat and sebum formulations. Little is known concerning the influence of test system conditions on dissolution, including SSFL temperature, container material composition, agitation, and physicochemical properties of the test article on dissolution. Thus, both a need and an opportunity exist for standardizing the composition of artificial SSFL and in vitro dissolution test methodologies. To standardize in vitro dissolution test systems, we recommend: maintaining artificial SSFL at a biologically relevant temperature appropriate to the human activity being modeled, carefully selecting test and sample storage containers to avoid bias in dissolution measurements, accounting for friction between a test article and skin in a biologically plausible manner, and physicochemical characterization of the test article or material to better understand mechanisms of dissolution and

  14. Neutron reflectometry of soft films supported on electrified surfaces

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    Quirk, A.I. [Univ. of Saskatchewan, Dept. of Chemistry, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada); Vezvaie, M. [Canadian Neutron Beam Centre, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada); Burgess, I.J., E-mail: ian.burgess@usask.ca [Univ. of Saskatchewan, Dept. of Chemistry, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada)

    2014-07-01

    The specular reflection of neutrons is a non-destructive, nuclear-based technique, sensitive to low atomic number elements, has a high penetration depth, and can distinguish between isotopes of the same element. This makes neutron reflectometry (NR) especially effective for the study of biological membranes, soft films and buried interfaces. Furthermore, commonly used NR substrates such as silicon and quartz single-crystals can be modified with thin metallic layers to form conductive supports allowing for the precise control of the electrical state of the interface. The coupling of NR with in-situ electrochemical control provides a powerful tool to study the composition of soft and/or buried interfaces under conditions that mimic, for example, transmembrane potentials or corrosion potentials. Here we report our recent efforts to perform in situ electrochemical NR studies and the previous experimental framework from which they were developed. The talk will address technical and infrastructure challenges but emphasize scientific highlights from our work with biomimetic phospholipid membranes. 'Isotopic variation has been applied to quantify the electroporation and distribution of water as a function of surface charge density in lipid bilayers. These studies have more recently been extended to study the location of redox-active ubiquinone (coenzyme Q{sub 10}) in biomimetic lipid bilayers as a function of potential and temperature. To probe the location of ubiquinone, a phospholipid bilayer was prepared on a gold coated solid substrate using a combination of Langmuir-Blodgett and vesicle fusion techniques. The combination of these two methods allowed for the composition of the inner and outer membrane leaflets to be varied. Preliminary results show sensitivity to the location of a small biologically relevant molecule. (author)

  15. IR STUDY ON MONOMOLECULAR PARTICLE AGGLOMERATES OF POLYSTYRENE OBTAINED BY FREEZE-DRYING OF ITS DILUTE SOLUTION

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    Song Wang; Qing-hua Wang; Rong-shi Cheng

    2002-01-01

    The monomolecular particle agglomerates of polystyrenes were obtained by freeze-drying of its very dilutesolutions of 1.3 x 10-5-2.0 x 10-s g/mL in benzene:cylcohexane (100:1) solvents, and they were annealed at roomtemperature for hundred days before use. According to 13C-NMR measurement the polystyrenes should be practically atactic.The number average molecular weights of the samples are 2.80 x 103, 2.00 x 104, and 1.55 x 106, respectively. The freeze-dried aPS with a molecular weight higher than 104 show two new IR absorption bands at 1098 and 1261 cm-1, which areabsent in the normal aPS and freeze-dried styrene oligomer. it was also found that the low molecular weight samples canonly form powders, whereas the freeze-dried aPS with higher molecular weight form a mixture of powders and fibrils, ofwhich the longer fibrils show a much stronger 1261 cm-1 band than the shorter fibrils and the powder. It seems that the1261 cm-1 band corresponds to the stacking behavior of monomolecular particles.

  16. Superhydrophilic TiO2 thin film by nanometer scale surface roughness and dangling bonds

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    Bharti, Bandna; Kumar, Santosh; Kumar, Rajesh

    2016-02-01

    A remarkable enhancement in the hydrophilic nature of titanium dioxide (TiO2) films is obtained by surface modification in DC-glow discharge plasma. Thin transparent TiO2 films were coated on glass substrate by sol-gel dip coating method, and exposed in DC-glow discharge plasma. The plasma exposed TiO2 film exhibited a significant change in its wetting property contact angle, which is a representative of wetting property, has reduced to considerable limits 3.02° and 1.85° from its initial value 54.40° and 48.82° for deionized water and ethylene glycol, respectively. It is elucidated that the hydrophilic property of plasma exposed TiO2 films dependent mainly upon nanometer scale surface roughness. Variation, from 4.6 nm to 19.8 nm, in the film surface roughness with exposure time was observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Analysis of variation in the values of contact angle and surface roughness with increasing plasma exposure time reveal that the surface roughness is the main factor which makes the modified TiO2 film superhydrophilic. However, a contribution of change in the surface states, to the hydrophilic property, is also observed for small values of the plasma exposure time. Based upon nanometer scale surface roughness and dangling bonds, a variation in the surface energy of TiO2 film from 49.38 to 88.92 mJ/m2 is also observed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show change in the surface states of titanium and oxygen. The observed antifogging properties are the direct results of the development of the superhydrophilic wetting characteristics to TiO2 films.

  17. Surface properties of diamond-like carbon films prepared by CVD and PVD methods

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    Liu Dong-Ping; Liu Yan-Hong; Chen Bao-Xiang

    2006-01-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have been deposited using three different techniques: (a) electron cyclotron resonance-plasma source ion implantation, (b) low-pressure dielectric barrier discharge, (c) filtered-pulsed cathodic arc discharge. The surface and mechanical properties of these films are compared using atomic force microscopebased tests. The experimental results show that hydrogenated DLC films are covered with soft surface layers enriched with hydrogen and sp3 hybridized carbon while the soft surface layers of tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) films have graphite-like structure. The formation of soft surface layers can be associated with the surface diffusion and growth induced by the low-energy deposition process. For typical CVD methods, the atomic hydrogen in the plasmas can contribute to the formation of hydrogen and sp3 hybridized carbon enriched surface layers. The high-energy ion implantation causes the rearrangement of atoms beneath the surface layer and leads to an increase in film density. The ta-C films can be deposited using the medium energy carbon ions in the highly-ionized plasma.

  18. Simple and cost-effective fabrication of highly flexible, transparent superhydrophobic films with hierarchical surface design.

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    Kim, Tae-Hyun; Ha, Sung-Hun; Jang, Nam-Su; Kim, Jeonghyo; Kim, Ji Hoon; Park, Jong-Kweon; Lee, Deug-Woo; Lee, Jaebeom; Kim, Soo-Hyung; Kim, Jong-Man

    2015-03-11

    Optical transparency and mechanical flexibility are both of great importance for significantly expanding the applicability of superhydrophobic surfaces. Such features make it possible for functional surfaces to be applied to various glass-based products with different curvatures. In this work, we report on the simple and potentially cost-effective fabrication of highly flexible and transparent superhydrophobic films based on hierarchical surface design. The hierarchical surface morphology was easily fabricated by the simple transfer of a porous alumina membrane to the top surface of UV-imprinted polymeric micropillar arrays and subsequent chemical treatments. Through optimization of the hierarchical surface design, the resultant superhydrophobic films showed superior surface wetting properties (with a static contact angle of >170° and contact angle hysteresis of 82% at 550 nm wavelength). The superhydrophobic films were also experimentally found to be robust without significant degradation in the superhydrophobicity, even under repetitive bending and pressing for up to 2000 cycles. Finally, the practical usability of the proposed superhydorphobic films was clearly demonstrated by examining the antiwetting performance in real time while pouring water on the film and submerging the film in water.

  19. Study on the early surface films formed on Mg-Y molten alloy in different atmospheres

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    A.R. Mirak

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, the non-isothermal early stages of surface oxidation of liquid Mg-1%Y alloy during casting were studied under UPH argon, dry air, and air mixed with protective fluorine-bearing gases. The chemistry and morphology of the surface films were characterized by SEM and EDX analyses. The results indicate a layer of smooth and tightly coherent oxidation film composed of MgO and Y2O3 formed on the molten Mg-Y alloy surface with 40–60 nm thickness under dry air. A dendritic/cellular microstructure is clearly visible with Y-rich second phases gathered in surface of the melt and precipitated along the grain/cell boundaries under all gas conditions. Under fluorine-bearing gas mixtures, the surface film was a mixed oxide and fluoride and more even; a flat and folded morphology can be seen under SF6 with oxide as dominated phase and under 1, 1, 1, 2-tetra-fluoroethane, a smooth and compact surface film uniformly covering the inner surface of the bubble with equal oxide and fluoride thickness, which results in a film without any major defects. MgF2 phase appears to be the key characteristic of a good protective film.

  20. Improvement of hemocompatibility of polycaprolactone film surfaces with zwitterionic polymer brushes.

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    Jiang, H; Wang, X B; Li, C Y; Li, J S; Xu, F J; Mao, C; Yang, W T; Shen, J

    2011-09-20

    Polycaprolactone (PCL) has been widely adopted as a scaffold biomaterial, but further improvement of the hemocompatibility of a PCL film surface is still needed for wide biomedical applications. In this work, the PCL film surface was functionalized with zwitterionic poly(3-dimethyl(methacryloyloxyethyl) ammonium propane sulfonate) (P(DMAPS)) brushes via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) for enhancing hemocompatibility. Kinetics study revealed an approximately linear increase in graft yield of the functional P(DMAPS) brushes with polymerization time. The blood compatibilities of the modified PCL film surfaces were studied by platelet adhesion tests of platelet-rich plasma and human whole blood, hemolysis assay, and plasma recalcification time (PRT) assay. The improvement of hemocompatibility is dependent on the coverage of the grafted P(DMAPS) brushes on the PCL film. Lower or no platelet and blood cell adhesion was observed on the P(DMAPS)-grafted film surfaces. The P(DMAPS) grafting can further decrease hemolysis and enhance the PRT of the PCL surface. With the versatility of surface-initiated ATRP and the excellent hemocompatibility of zwitterionic polymer brushes, PCL films with desirable blood properties can be readily tailored to cater to various biomedical applications.

  1. Surface enhanced second harmonic generation from macrocycle, catenane, and rotaxane thin films : Experiments and theory

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    Arfaoui, [No Value; Bermudez, [No Value; Bottari, G; De Nadai, C; Jalkanen, JP; Kajzar, F; Leigh, DA; Lubomska, M; Mendoza, SM; Niziol, J; Rudolf, P; Zerbetto, F; Arfaoui, Imad; Bermúdez, Verónica; Jalkanen, Jukka-Pekka

    2006-01-01

    Surface enhanced second harmonic generation (SE SHG) experiments on molecular structures, macrocycles, catenanes, and rotaxanes, deposited as monolayers and multilayers by vacuum sublimation on silver, are reported. The measurements show that the molecules form ordered thin films, where the highest

  2. Surface Scattering Effect and the Stripe Order in Films of the Superfluid 3He B Phase

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    Aoyama, Kazushi

    2016-09-01

    Surface scattering effects in thin films of the superfluid 3He B phase have been theoretically investigated, with an emphasis on the stability of the stripe order with spontaneous broken translational symmetry in the film plane and quasiparticle excitations in this spatially inhomogeneous phase. Based on the Ginzburg-Landau theory in the weak coupling limit, we have shown that the stripe order, which was originally discussed for a film with two specular surfaces, can be stable in a film with one specular and one diffusive surfaces which should correspond to superfluid 3He on a substrate. It is also found by numerically solving the Eilenberger equation that due to the stripe structure, a midgap state distinct from the surface Andreev bound state emerges and its signature is reflected in the local density of states.

  3. Design of Highly Sensitive Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensors Using Planar Metallic Films Closely Coupled to Nanogratings

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    YANG Xiao-Yan; XIE Wen-Chong; LIU De-Ming

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the sensitivity enhancement of surface plasmon resonance(SPR)sensors using planar metallic films closely coupled to nanogratings.The strong coupling between localized surface plasmon resonances(LSPRs)presenting in metallic nanostructures and surface plasmon polaritons(SPPs)propagating at the metallic film surface leads to changes of resonance reflection properties,resulting in enhanced sensitivity of SPR sensors.The effects of thickness of the metallic films,grating period and metal materials on the refractive index sensitivity of the device are investigated.The refractive index sensitivity of nanograting-based SPR sensors is predicted to be about 543 nm/RIU(refractive index unit)using optimized structure parameters.Our study on SPR sensors using planar metallic films closely coupled to nanogratings demonstrates the potential for significant improvement in refractive index sensitivity.

  4. Modulated surface textures for enhanced scattering in thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Isabella, O.; Battaglia, C.; Ballif, C.; Zeman, M.

    2012-01-01

    Nano-scale randomly textured front transparent oxides are superposed on micro-scale etched glass substrates to form modulated surface textures. The resulting enhanced light scattering is implemented in single and double junction thin-film silicon solar cells.

  5. Formation of mixed and patterned self-assembled films of alkylphosphonates on commercially pure titanium surfaces

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    Rudzka, Katarzyna; Sanchez Treviño, Alda Y.; Rodríguez-Valverde, Miguel A.; Cabrerizo-Vílchez, Miguel A.

    2016-12-01

    Titanium is extensively employed in biomedical devices, in particular as implant. The self-assembly of alkylphosphonates on titanium surfaces enable the specific adsorption of biomolecules to adapt the implant response against external stimuli. In this work, chemically-tailored cpTi surfaces were prepared by self-assembly of alkylphosphonate molecules. By bringing together attributes of two grafting molecules, aqueous mixtures of two alkylphosphonates were used to obtain mixed self-assembled films. Single self-assembled films were also altered by laser abrasion to produce chemically patterned cpTi surfaces. Both mixed and patterned self-assembled films were confirmed by AFM, ESEM and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Water contact angle measurements also revealed the composition of the self-assembly films. Chemical functionalization with two grafting phosphonate molecules and laser surface engineering may be combined to guide the bone-like formation on cpTi, and the future biological response in the host.

  6. Surface morphology and magnetic property of wrinkled FeGa thin films fabricated on elastic polydimethylsiloxane

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    Zhang, Shuanglan; Zhan, Qingfeng; Yu, Ying; Liu, Luping; Li, Huihui; Yang, Huali; Xie, Yali; Wang, Baomin; Xie, Shuhong; Li, Run-Wei

    2016-03-01

    We investigated the surface morphology and the magnetic property of wrinkled Fe81Ga19 (FeGa) thin films fabricated in two different processes onto elastic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates. The films obtained by directly depositing Ta and FeGa layers on a pre-strained PDMS substrate display a sinusoidally wrinkled surface and a weak magnetic anisotropy. The wavelength and amplitude of the sinusoidal morphology linearly increase with the metallic layer thickness, while the magnetic anisotropy decreases with increasing FeGa thickness. The other films grown by depositing FeGa layer on a wrinkled Ta/PDMS surface show a remarkable uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. The strength of magnetic anisotropy increases with increasing FeGa thickness. The magnetic anisotropy can be ascribed to the surface anisotropy, the magnetostrictive anisotropy, and the shape anisotropy caused, respectively, by the magnetic charges on wavy morphology, the residual mechanical stress, and the inhomogeneous thickness of FeGa films.

  7. Thin-film limit formalism applied to surface defect absorption

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    Holovsky, Jakub; Ballif, Christophe

    2014-01-01

    The thin-film limit is derived by a nonconventional approach and equations for transmittance, reflectance and absorptance are presented in highly versatile and accurate form. In the thin-film limit the optical properties do not depend on the absorption coefficient, thickness and refractive index individually, but only on their product. We show that this formalism is applicable to the problem of ultrathin defective layer e. g. on a top of a layer of amorphous silicon. We develop a new method o...

  8. Synthesis and surface properties of polyamide-CuxSe composite thin films

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    Ivanauskas, R.; Baltrusaitis, J.

    2013-01-01

    A study of copper selenide (CuxSe) thin film deposition on PA 6 polymer surface via adsorption/diffusion method and the resulting surface properties is presented. A two stage process used to deposit these thin films involves (a) selenization in 0.1 M K2SeS2O6 at pH 2.15 and 60 °C followed by (b) tre

  9. Surface characteristics of a self-polymerized dopamine coating deposited on hydrophobic polymer films.

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    Jiang, Jinhong; Zhu, Liping; Zhu, Lijing; Zhu, Baoku; Xu, Youyi

    2011-12-06

    This study aims to explore the fundamental surface characteristics of polydopamine (pDA)-coated hydrophobic polymer films. A poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) film was surface modified by dip coating in an aqueous solution of dopamine on the basis of its self-polymerization and strong adhesion feature. The self-polymerization and deposition rates of dopamine on film surfaces increased with increasing temperature as evaluated by both spectroscopic ellipsometry and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). Changes in the surface morphologies of pDA-coated films as well as the size and shape of pDA particles in the solution were also investigated by SEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The surface roughness and surface free energy of pDA-modified films were mainly affected by the reaction temperature and showed only a slight dependence on the reaction time and concentration of the dopamine solution. Additionally, three other typical hydrophobic polymer films of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), and polyimide (PI) were also modified by the same procedure. The lyophilicity (liquid affinity) and surface free energy of these polymer films were enhanced significantly after being coated with pDA, as were those of PVDF films. It is indicated that the deposition behavior of pDA is not strongly dependent on the nature of the substrates. This information provides us with not only a better understanding of biologically inspired surface chemistry for pDA coatings but also effective strategies for exploiting the properties of dopamine to create novel functional polymer materials.

  10. Growth of crystalline ZnO films on the nitridated (0001) sapphire surface

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    Butashin, A. V.; Kanevsky, V. M.; Muslimov, A. E., E-mail: amuslimov@mail.ru; Prosekov, P. A.; Kondratev, O. A.; Blagov, A. E.; Vasil’ev, A. L.; Rakova, E. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation); Babaev, V. A.; Ismailov, A. M. [Dagestan State University (Russian Federation); Vovk, E. A.; Nizhankovsky, S. V. [National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute for Single Crystals (Ukraine)

    2015-07-15

    The surface morphology and structure of (0001) sapphire substrates subjected to thermochemical nitridation in a mixture of N{sub 2}, CO, and H{sub 2} gases are investigated by electron and probe microscopy and X-ray and electron diffraction. It is shown that an aluminum nitride layer is formed on the substrate surface and heteroepitaxial ZnO films deposited onto such substrates by magnetron sputtering have a higher quality when compared with films grown on sapphire.

  11. Practical approach in surface modification of biaxially oriented polypropylene films for gravure printability

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    Nuntapichedkul, Boonchai; Tantayanon, Supawan; Laohhasurayotin, Kritapas

    2014-09-01

    Biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film is one of the most popularly used materials for the gravure printing process in flexible packaging industry. The skin layers of BOPP film were associated with 3-6 weight % of propylene-ethylene copolymer. These films were completely biaxial-oriented by sequential stretching process after which the film surfaces were subjected to corona treatment integrated in the production line. The FT-IR results exhibited that polar functional groups as carbonyl molecules were established on the corona-treated BOPP film. The contact angles of these BOPP films were measured; the surface free energies (SFE) were then calculated. AFM topographical images also agreed well with the SFE which increased as the contents of propylene-ethylene copolymer increased. An approximated 20% increased SFE was obtained for the BOPP film that was associated with 6% propylene-ethylene copolymer. The printing quality on BOPP films was tested by light microscope which confirmed that the chromatic resolution of the printed images improved down to even more smaller groove sizes, 10 or 5 dot%. This improvement was also examined and found to correspond well with the interfacial tensions and work of adhesion between the inks and the modified BOPP films.

  12. Use of surface plasmon resonance to investigate lateral wall deposition kinetics and properties of polydopamine films.

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    Li, Hui; Cui, Dafu; Cai, Haoyuan; Zhang, Lulu; Chen, Xing; Sun, Jianhai; Chao, Yapeng

    2013-03-15

    Dopamine (DA) is a particularly important neurotransmitter. Polydopamine (pDA) films have been demonstrated to be important materials for the immobilization of biomolecules onto almost any type of solid substrate. In this study, a surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based sensor system with the sensor chip surface parallel to the direction of gravity was used to investigate the lateral wall deposition kinetics and properties of pDA films. The deposition kinetics of pDA Films are limited by the oxidation process. The pDA film could not be removed from the sensor chip completely by a strongly alkaline solution, indicating that the pDA film was heterogeneous in the direction of deposition. The pDA film formed near the interior of the solution was less stable than the film formed near the gold-solution interface. Adsorption of proteins on pDA film was studied compared with that on bare gold and dextran sensor chip. The reduction of Au(111) cations by the pDA film, forming a layer of gold particles, was monitored using SPR.

  13. Refractive index dispersion of swift heavy ion irradiated BFO thin films using Surface Plasmon Resonance technique

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    Paliwal, Ayushi [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Sharma, Savita [Department of Applied Physics, Delhi Technological University, Delhi (India); Tomar, Monika [Physics Department, Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Singh, Fouran [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110075 (India); Gupta, Vinay, E-mail: drguptavinay@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India)

    2016-07-15

    Highlights: • Investigated the optical properties of BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) thin films after irradiation using SPR. • Otto configuration has been used to excite the surface plasmons using gold metal thin film. • BFO thin films were prepared by sol–gel spin coating technique. • Examined the refractive index dispersion of pristine and irradiated BFO thin film. - Abstract: Swift heavy ion irradiation (SHI) is an effective technique to induce defects for possible modifications in the material properties. There is growing interest in studying the optical properties of multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) thin films for optoelectronic applications. In the present work, BFO thin films were prepared by sol–gel spin coating technique and were irradiated using the 15 UD Pelletron accelerator with 100 MeV Au{sup 9+} ions at a fluence of 1 × 10{sup 12} ions cm{sup −2}. The as-grown films became rough and porous on ion irradiation. Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) technique has been identified as a highly sensitive and powerful technique for studying the optical properties of a dielectric material. Optical properties of BFO thin films, before and after irradiation were studied using SPR technique in Otto configuration. Refractive index is found to be decreasing from 2.27 to 2.14 on ion irradiation at a wavelength of 633 nm. Refractive index dispersion of BFO thin film (from 405 nm to 633 nm) before and after ion radiation was examined.

  14. Interpretation of friction and wear in DLC film: role of surface chemistry and test environment

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    Polaki, S. R.; Kumar, N.; Madapu, K.; Ganesan, K.; Krishna, N. G.; Srivastava, S. K.; Abhaya, S.; Kamruddin, M.; Dash, S.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2016-11-01

    In spite of the large amount of tribological work carried out to explain the friction and wear mechanism in diamond-like carbon (DLC) films, some of the core issues relating to the evolution of reactive species across sliding interfaces and their role on the friction and wear mechanism remain unclear. The phase composition, film density and hydrogen content present in a DLC film can be tailored by substrate biasing during film deposition to achieve a nearly vanishing friction coefficient. Furthermore, nitrogen doping in DLC films significantly improves wear resistance, and sliding occurs in a nearly wearless regime. Undoped and nitrogen-doped DLC films exhibit a nearly frictionless value with ultra-low wear behavior when tests are performed in argon, nitrogen and methane atmospheres. The antifriction and antiwear properties of the DLC films were improved with the reduction of adsorbed oxygen impurities on the film surface. This behavior was understood by correlating the oxygen impurities present at the surface/subsurface region of the DLC film while using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and depth-resolved Auger electron spectroscopy.

  15. Chemical modification of chitosan film via surface grafting of citric acid molecular to promote the biomineralization

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    Liu, Yang; Shen, Xin; Zhou, Huan; Wang, Yingjun; Deng, Linhong

    2016-05-01

    We develop a novel chitosan-citric acid film (abbreviated as CS-CA) suitable for biomedical applications in this study. In this CS-CA film, the citric acid, which is a harmless organic acid has been extensively investigated as a modifying agent on carbohydrate polymers, was cross-linked by 1-Ethyl-3-(3-dimethyl aminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) onto the surface of chitosan (CS) film. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirms the graft copolymerization of the modified chitosan film (CS-CA). Surface wettability, moisturizing performance, the capacity of mineralization in vitro and biocompatibility of the films were characterized. After modification, this CS-CA film has good hydrophilicity. It is very evident that the citric acid grafting treatment significantly promotes the biomineralization of the chitosan based substrates. Cell experiments show that the MC3T3-E1 osteoblasts can adhere and proliferate well on the surface of CS-CA film. This CS-CA film, which can be prepared in large quantities and at low cost, should have potential application in bone tissue engineering.

  16. Studies on the Surface Morphology and Orientation of CeO2 Films Deposited by Pulsed Laser Ablation

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    Develos, Katherine; Kusunoki, Masanobu; Ohshima, Shigetoshi

    1998-11-01

    We studied the surface morphology and orientation of CeO2 films grown by pulsed laser ablation (PLA) on r-cut (1\\=102) Al2O3 substrates and evaluated the effects of predeposition annealing conditions of Al2O3 and film thickness of CeO2. The annealing of Al2O3 substrates improves the smoothness of the surface and performing this in high vacuum leads to better crystallinity and orientation of deposited CeO2 films compared to those annealed in oxygen. A critical value of the film thickness was found beyond which the surface roughness increases abruptly. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) study showed that the surface of CeO2 films is characterized by a mazelike pattern. Increasing the film thickness leads to the formation of larger islands which cause the increase in the surface roughness of the films. The areal density and height of these islands increased with film thickness.

  17. Observation of second spin reorientation transition within ultrathin region in Fe films on Ag(001) surface

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    Khim, T.-Y. [c-CCMR and Department of Physics, POSTECH, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, M.; Lee, H., E-mail: easyscan@sookmyung.ac.kr, E-mail: jhp@postech.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry, Sookmyung Women' s University, Seoul 140-742 (Korea, Republic of); Park, B.-G. [Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL), Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Park, J.-H., E-mail: easyscan@sookmyung.ac.kr, E-mail: jhp@postech.ac.kr [c-CCMR and Department of Physics, POSTECH, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Division of Advanced Materials Science, POSTECH, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Max Plank POSTECH Center for Complex Phase Materials, POSTECH, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-21

    We acquired direct measurements for in-plane and perpendicular-to-plane magnetic moments of Fe films using an x-ray magnetic circular dichroism technique with increase of the Fe thickness (up to 40 Å) on the Ag(001) surface. Epitaxial Fe/Ag(001) films were grown in situ with the thickness varying from 2 Å to 40 Å, and the magnetic anisotropy was carefully investigated as a function of the film thickness. We found re-entrance of the in-plane magnetic anisotropy of the Fe film in ultrathin region. The results manifest that the epitaxial Fe/Ag(001) film undergoes two distinct spin reorientation transitions from in-plane to out-of-plane at the film thickness t ≈ 9 Å and back to in-plane at t ≈ 18 Å as t increases.

  18. Proximal surface caries detection with direct-exposure and rare earth screen/film imaging

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    Lundeen, R.C.; McDavid, W.D.; Barnwell, G.M.

    1988-12-01

    This laboratory study compared five imaging systems for their diagnostic accuracy in detection of proximal surface dental caries. Ten viewers provided data on radiographic detectability of carious lesions. The diagnostic accuracy of each system was determined with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves by comparing viewer data with the true state of the teeth as determined microscopically. D-speed film marginally outperformed the other four systems, but the three screen/film systems matched the diagnostic accuracy of E-speed film. Radiation reductions between 62% and 92% were achieved with the screen/film systems when compared to the two conventional dental films. The feasibility of designing a screen/film bite-wing cassette was shown, but the poor diagnostic accuracy of the present bite-wing system indicated a need for a new technology in caries detection.

  19. Correlation of Gear Surface Fatigue Lives to Lambda Ratio (Specific Film Thickness)

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    Krantz, Timothy Lewis

    2013-01-01

    The effect of the lubrication regime on gear performance has been recognized, qualitatively, for decades. Often the lubrication regime is characterized by the specific film thickness being the ratio of lubricant film thickness to the composite surface roughness. Three studies done at NASA to investigate gearing pitting life are revisited in this work. All tests were done at a common load. In one study, ground gears were tested using a variety of lubricants that included a range of viscosities, and therefore the gears operated with differing film thicknesses. In a second and third study, the performance of gears with ground teeth and superfinished teeth were assessed. Thicker oil films provided longer lives as did improved surface finish. These datasets were combined into a common dataset using the concept of specific film thickness. This unique dataset of more 258 tests provides gear designers with some qualitative information to make gear design decisions.

  20. Surface properties and biocompatibility of nanostructured TiO2 film deposited by RF magnetron sputtering.

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    Majeed, Asif; He, Jie; Jiao, Lingrui; Zhong, Xiaoxia; Sheng, Zhengming

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructured TiO2 films are deposited on a silicon substrate using 150-W power from the RF magnetron sputtering at working pressures of 3 to 5 Pa, with no substrate bias, and at 3 Pa with a substrate bias of -50 V. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that TiO2 films deposited on unbiased as well as biased substrates are all amorphous. Surface properties such as surface roughness and wettability of TiO2 films, grown in a plasma environment, under biased and unbiased substrate conditions are reported according to the said parameters of RF power and the working pressures. Primary rat osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1) cells have been cultured on nanostructured TiO2 films fabricated at different conditions of substrate bias and working pressures. The effects of roughness and hydrophilicity of nanostructured TiO2 films on cell density and cell spreading have been discussed.

  1. Enhanced adhesion of osteoblastic cells on polystyrene films by independent control of surface topography and wettability

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    Yang, Seung Yun [National Creative Research Center for Block Copolymer Self-Assembly, Departments of Environmental Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Eung-Sam [School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Jeon, Gumhye [National Creative Research Center for Block Copolymer Self-Assembly, Departments of Environmental Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Kwan Yong, E-mail: kchoi@postech.ac.kr [School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Life Science, Division of Molecular and Life Science, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jin Kon, E-mail: jkkim@postech.ac.kr [National Creative Research Center for Block Copolymer Self-Assembly, Departments of Environmental Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-04-01

    We independently controlled surface topography and wettability of polystyrene (PS) films by CF{sub 4} and oxygen plasma treatments, respectively, to evaluate the adhesion and proliferation of human fetal osteoblastic (hFOB) cells on the films. Among the CF{sub 4} plasma-treated PS films with the average surface roughness ranging from 0.9 to 70 nm, the highest adhesion of hFOB cells was observed on a PS film with roughness of ∼ 11 nm. When this film was additionally treated by oxygen plasma to provide a hydrophilic surface with a contact angle less than 10°, the proliferation of bone-forming cell was further enhanced. Thus, the plasma-based independent modification of PS film into an optimum nanotexture for human osteoblast cells could be appplied to materials used in bone tissue engineering. Highlights: ► New approach based on plasma treatment to independently control the surface topography and wettability ► The adhesion of human fetal osteoblast (hFOB) was enhanced on a surface with an average roughness of ∼ 11 nm. ► The adhesion and proliferation of hFOB was maximized when nanotextured surface became highly hydrophilic.

  2. Evolution of Surface Oxide Film of Typical Aluminum Alloy During Medium-Temperature Brazing Process

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    程方杰; 赵海微; 王颖; 肖兵; 姚俊峰

    2014-01-01

    The evolution of the surface oxide film along the depth direction of typical aluminum alloy under medium-temperature brazing was investigated by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). For the alloy with Mg content below 2.0wt%, whether under cold rolling condition or during medium-temperature brazing process, the en-richment of Mg element on the surface was not detected and the oxide film was pure Al2O3. However, the oxide film grew obviously during medium-temperature brazing process, and the thickness was about 80 nm. For the alloy with Mg content above 2.0wt%, under cold rolling condition, the original surface oxide film was pure Al2O3. However, the Mg element was significantly enriched on the outermost surface during medium-temperature brazing process, and MgO-based oxide film mixed with small amount of MgAl2O4 was formed with a thickness of about 130 nm. The alloy-ing elements of Mn and Si were not enriched on the surface neither under cold rolling condition nor during medium-temperature brazing process for all the selected aluminum alloy, and the surface oxide film was similar to that of pure aluminum, which was almost entire Al2O3.

  3. Study on the effect of subcooling on vapor film collapse on high temperature particle surface

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    Abe, Yutaka; Tochio, Daisuke; Yanagida, Hiroshi [Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Yamagata Univ., Yonezawa, Yamagata (Japan)

    2000-11-01

    Thermal detonation model is proposed to describe vapor explosion. According to this model, vapor film on pre-mixed high temperature droplet surface is needed to be collapsed for the trigger of the vapor explosion. It is pointed out that the vapor film collapse behavior is significantly affected by the subcooling of low temperature liquid. However, the effect of subcooling on micro-mechanism of vapor film collapse behavior is not experimentally well identified. The objective of the present research is to experimentally investigate the effect of subcooling on micro-mechanism of film boiling collapse behavior. As the results, it is experimentally clarified that the vapor film collapse behavior in low subcooling condition is qualitatively different from the vapor film collapse behavior in high subcooling condition. In case of vapor film collapse by pressure pulse, homogeneous vapor generation occurred all over the surface of steel particle in low subcooling condition. On the other hand, heterogeneous vapor generation was observed for higher subcooling condition. In case of vapor film collapse spontaneously, fluctuation of the gas-liquid interface after quenching propagated from bottom to top of the steel particle heterogeneously in low subcooling condition. On the other hand, simultaneous vapor generation occurred for higher subcooling condition. And the time transient of pressure, particle surface temperature, water temperature and visual information were simultaneously measured in the vapor film collapse experiment by external pressure pulse. Film thickness was estimated by visual data processing technique with the pictures taken by the high-speed video camera. Temperature and heat flux at the vapor-liquid interface were estimated by solving the heat condition equation with the measured pressure, liquid temperature and vapor film thickness as boundary conditions. Movement of the vapor-liquid interface were estimated with the PIV technique with the visual observation

  4. Textured surface structures formed using new techniques on transparent conducting Al-doped zinc oxide films prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Minami, Tadatsugu [Optoelectronic Device System R& D Center, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Nonoichi, Ishikawa 921-8501 (Japan); Miyata, Toshihiro, E-mail: tmiyata@neptune.kanazawa-it.ac.jp [Optoelectronic Device System R& D Center, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Nonoichi, Ishikawa 921-8501 (Japan); Uozaki, Ryousuke [Optoelectronic Device System R& D Center, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Nonoichi, Ishikawa 921-8501 (Japan); Sai, Hitoshi; Koida, Takashi [Research Center for Photovoltaics, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan)

    2016-09-01

    Surface-textured Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films formed using two new techniques based on magnetron sputtering deposition were developed by optimizing the light scattering properties to be suitable for transparent electrode applications in thin-film silicon solar cells. Scrambled egg-like surface-textured AZO films were prepared using a new texture formation technique that post-etched pyramidal surface-textured AZO films prepared under deposition conditions suppressing c-axis orientation. In addition, double surface-textured AZO films were prepared using another new texture formation technique that completely removed, by post-etching, the pyramidal surface-textured AZO films previously prepared onto the initially deposited low resistivity AZO films; simultaneously, the surface of the low resistivity films was slightly etched. However, the obtained very high haze value in the range from the near ultraviolet to visible light in the scrambled egg-like surface-textured AZO films did not contribute significantly to the obtainable photovoltaic properties in the solar cells fabricated using the films. Significant light scattering properties as well as a low sheet resistance could be achieved in the double surface-textured AZO films. In addition, a significant improvement of external quantum efficiency in the range from the near ultraviolet to visible light was achieved in superstrate-type n-i-p μc-Si:H solar cells fabricated using a double surface-textured AZO film prepared under optimized conditions as the transparent electrode. - Highlights: • Double surface-textured AZO films prepared using a new texture formation technique • Extensive light scattering properties with low sheet resistance achieved in the double surface-textured AZO films • Improved external quantum efficiency of μc-Si:H solar cells using a double surface-textured AZO film.

  5. RESEARCH ON STABILITY OF LIQUID FILM ON HOT SOLID SURFACE IMPINGED BY SMALL DROPLETS

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    GUO Jia-hong; DAI Shi-qiang

    2007-01-01

    A heat and mass transfer model was proposed for the thin liquid film on the hot solid surface cooled by the impinging small droplets, with consideration of the effect of the droplet impact, surface tension, thermocapillary, evaporation/condensation, and van der Waals attraction. The nondimensional equation for predicting the evolution of the interface of the thin liquid film was derived in the presented model with the relevant boundary conditions. The stability of the thin liquid film impacted by cool small droplets is discussed.

  6. Surface Acoustic Wave Monitor for Deposition and Analysis of Ultra-Thin Films

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    Hines, Jacqueline H. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A surface acoustic wave (SAW) based thin film deposition monitor device and system for monitoring the deposition of ultra-thin films and nanomaterials and the analysis thereof is characterized by acoustic wave device embodiments that include differential delay line device designs, and which can optionally have integral reference devices fabricated on the same substrate as the sensing device, or on a separate device in thermal contact with the film monitoring/analysis device, in order to provide inherently temperature compensated measurements. These deposition monitor and analysis devices can include inherent temperature compensation, higher sensitivity to surface interactions than quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) devices, and the ability to operate at extreme temperatures.

  7. Modes of silver nanoisland film growth on the surface of ion- exchanged glass

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    Kamenskii, A.; Reduto, I.; Kobert, J.; Lipovskii, A.

    2015-11-01

    The behavior of silver nanoisland film growth on the surface of ion-exchanged glasses processed in the air and in hydrogen atmosphere is compared. The films grown in air degrade with the increase of processing time because of oxidizing. The growth of the film in hydrogen atmosphere tends to saturate with time due to the decrease in the flow of atomic silver towards the glass surface. This is because of the formation and growth of silver nanoparticles in the bulk of the glass, these nanoparticles being the preferable sink for silver atoms.

  8. Free surface entropic lattice Boltzmann simulations of film condensation on vertical hydrophilic plates

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    Hygum, Morten Arnfeldt; Karlin, Iliya; Popok, Vladimir

    2015-01-01

    A model for vapor condensation on vertical hydrophilic surfaces is developed using the entropic lattice Boltzmann method extended with a free surface formulation of the evaporation–condensation problem. The model is validated with the steady liquid film formation on a flat vertical wall....... It is shown that the model is in a good agreement with the classical Nusselt equations for the laminar flow regime. Comparisons of the present model with other empirical models also demonstrate good agreement beyond the laminar regime. This allows the film condensation modeling at high film Reynolds numbers...

  9. Structural and Magnetic Properties of Ultrathin Fe Films on Pt(001) Surface

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    ZHANG Li-Juan; HE Ke; JIA Jin-Feng; XUE Qi-Kun

    2005-01-01

    @@ Magnetic anisotropy evolution of ultrathin Fe films grown on Pt(001) single-crystal surface is investigated by UHVin situ surface magneto-optical Kerr effect (SMOKE) measurement. After annealing at ~ 600 K, the magnetic anisotropy of Fe film switches from in-plane to perpendicular at low coverage, leading to a spin reorientationtransition (SRT). Meanwhile, in the range of 3-4 monolayer (ML) thickness, the coercivity of the Fe polar hysteresis loop decreases dramatically. Further scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED) investigation correlates the magnetic properties with the film structures. We attribute this SRT to the formation of Fe-Pt ordered alloy.

  10. Temperature Mapping of Air Film-Cooled Thermal Barrier Coated Surfaces Using Phosphor Thermometry

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    Eldridge, Jeffrey I.

    2016-01-01

    While the effects of thermal barrier coating (TBC) thermal protection and air film cooling effectiveness for jet engine components are usually studied separately, their contributions to combined cooling effectiveness are interdependent and are not simply additive. Therefore, combined cooling effectiveness must be measured to achieve an optimum balance between TBC thermal protection and air film cooling. Phosphor thermometry offers several advantages for mapping temperatures of air film cooled surfaces. While infrared thermography has been typically applied to study air film cooling effectiveness, temperature accuracy depends on knowing surface emissivity (which may change) and correcting for effects of reflected radiation. Because decay time-based full-field phosphor thermometry is relatively immune to these effects, it can be applied advantageously to temperature mapping of air film-cooled TBC-coated surfaces. In this presentation, an overview will be given of efforts at NASA Glenn Research Center to perform temperature mapping of air film-cooled TBC-coated surfaces in a burner rig test environment. The effects of thermal background radiation and flame chemiluminescence on the measurements are investigated, and the strengths and limitations of this method for studying air film cooling effectiveness are discussed.

  11. Enhancement of surface properties on commercial polymer packaging films using various surface treatment processes (fluorination and plasma)

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    Peyroux, Jérémy, E-mail: jeremy.peyroux@univ-bpclermont.fr [Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, BP 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand (France); CNRS, UMR 6296, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, F-63171 Aubière (France); Dubois, Marc, E-mail: marc.dubois@univ-bpclermont.fr [Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, BP 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand (France); CNRS, UMR 6296, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, F-63171 Aubière (France); Tomasella, Eric, E-mail: eric.tomasella@univ-bpclermont.fr [Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, BP 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand (France); CNRS, UMR 6296, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, F-63171 Aubière (France); Petit, Elodie, E-mail: elodie.petit@univ-bpclermont.fr [Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, BP 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand (France); CNRS, UMR 6296, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, F-63171 Aubière (France); Flahaut, Delphine, E-mail: delphine.flahaut@univ-pau.fr [Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, IPREM/ECP (UMR 5254), Hélioparc, 2 av. Pierre Angot, 64053 Pau cedex 9 (France)

    2014-10-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Two different surface treatment processes were investigated in this work. • Both processes drastically change the composition induced on the surfaces. • Direct fluorination is identified as an efficient way to adjust surface properties. • Plasma processes result in a specific enhancement of the surface properties. • The pristine polymer surface has been successfully improved. - Abstract: Before considering their combination on commercial packaging films, two surface treatments processes were investigated. Indeed, direct fluorination and plasma processes are currently recognized as effective processes to improve polymer surface properties. The aim of this first work is to elucidate mechanisms that occur on the treated surface. The modifications of the surface layer were characterized using various complementary spectroscopy techniques such as Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, high resolution solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) with {sup 19}F nucleus which are suitable to determine the nature of bonding and specific groups formed during the process. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was also achieved to extract the surface chemical compositions. In addition, surface properties of the treated films were studied by specific measurements of surface energy in order to reveal surface parameters such as rugosity and chemical composition which could be adjusted. All these results underline that the layer induced regardless of the two processes plays a key role in the enhancement of the surface properties.

  12. Surface critical behavior of thin Ising films at the ‘special point’

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    Moussa, Najem; Bekhechi, Smaine

    2003-03-01

    The critical surface phenomena of a magnetic thin Ising film is studied using numerical Monte-Carlo method based on Wolff cluster algorithm. With varying the surface coupling, js= Js/ J, the phase diagram exhibits a special surface coupling jsp at which all the films have a unique critical temperature Tc for an arbitrary thickness n. In spite of this, the critical exponent of the surface magnetization at the special point is found to increase with n. Moreover, non-universal features as well as dimensionality crossover from two- to three-dimensional behavior are found at this point.

  13. Surface nanoscale imaging of collagen thin films by Atomic Force Microscopy

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    Stylianou, Andreas, E-mail: styliand@mail.ntua.gr; Yova, Dido

    2013-07-01

    Collagen, the most abundant protein in mammals, due to its unique properties is widely used as biomaterial, scaffold and culture substrate for cell and tissue regeneration studies. Since the majority of biological reactions occur on surfaces and structures at the nanoscale level it is of great importance to image the nanostructural surface of collagen based materials. The aim of this paper was to characterize, with Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), collagen thin films formed on different substrates (glass, mica, polystyrene latex particle surfaces) and correlate their morphology with the used substrates, formation methodologies (spin coating, hydrodynamic flow) and original collagen solution. The results demonstrated that, by altering a number of parameters, it was possible to control the formation of collagen nanostructured films consisting of naturally occurring fibrils. The spin coating procedure enabled the formation of films with random oriented fibrils, while substrates influenced the fibril packing and surface roughness. The hydrodynamic flow was used for guiding fibril major orientation, while adsorption time, rinsing with buffer and solution concentration influenced the fibril orientation. The clarification of the contribution that different parameters had on thin film formation will enable the design and control of collagen nanobiomaterials with pre-determined characteristics. Highlights: • Nanocharacterization of collagen thin films with AFM • Correlation of collagen thin film morphology with the characteristics of different substrates • Correlation of collagen thin film morphology with the formation methodologies • Formation of collagen nanostructure films consisting of natural occurring fibrils was achieved • Controlled surface characteristics and orientation of collagen fibrils on thin films were achieved.

  14. Surface modification of parylene-N films for the culture of osteoblast-like cells (MG-63)

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    Liaqat, Usman; Ko, Hyuk; Suh, Hwal; Lee, Misu; Pyun, Jae-Chul

    2016-08-01

    The influence of microenvironments on the culture of osteoblast-like cells (MG-63) has been investigated using parylene films with different surfaces, such as parylene-N film, UV-modified parylene-N film, functional parylene film with amine groups (parylene-A), and UV-modified parylene-A film. In this work, parylene-N film was found to induce dramatic changes in cell adhesion and cell viability before and after UV-treatment with respect to the culture of osteoblast-like cells (MG-63). The influences of such a chemical environment on cell culture were investigated in relation to the cell proliferation (viability and proliferation rate) and the cell physiology (cell cycle, protein synthesis, and differentiation) of cells grown on parylene-N film, UV-modified parylene-N film, parylene-A film, and UV-modified parylene-A film in comparison with cells grown on a polystyrene surface.

  15. Effect of incident deposition angle on optical properties and surface roughness of TiO2 thin films

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    Pan, Yongqiang; Yang, Chen

    2016-10-01

    Optical properties, surface roughness and packing density of TiO2 thin films are studied by obliquely deposited on K9 glass by electron beam evaporation. The surface roughness of TiO2 thin films with different incident deposition angle is compared. The experimental results show that the transmittance increases and transmittance peak shifts to short wavelength with increasing incident deposition angle, the packing density of TiO2 thin films decrease from 0.80 to 0.34 with incident deposition angle increasing from 0° to 75°. The surface roughness of TiO2 thin films increase with increasing incident deposition angle. The surface roughness of TiO2 thin films is slightly bigger than the surface roughness of K9 substrate when the incident deposition angle is 75°. When the incident deposition angle is constant, TiO2 thin films surface roughness decrease with increase of film thickness.

  16. Surface chemistry and electronic structure of nonpolar and polar GaN films

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    Mishra, Monu; Krishna, T.C. Shibin; Aggarwal, Neha; Gupta, Govind, E-mail: govind@nplindia.org

    2015-08-01

    Highlights: • Surface chemistry and electronic structure of polar and nonpolar GaN is reported. • Influence of polarization on electron affinity of p & np GaN films is investigated. • Correlation between surface morphology and polarity has been deduced. - Abstract: Photoemission and microscopic analysis of nonpolar (a-GaN/r-Sapphire) and polar (c-GaN/c-Sapphire) epitaxial gallium nitride (GaN) films grown via RF-Molecular Beam Epitaxy is reported. The effect of polarization on surface properties like surface states, electronic structure, chemical bonding and morphology has been investigated and correlated. It was observed that polarization lead to shifts in core level (CL) as well as valence band (VB) spectra. Angle dependent X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopic analysis revealed higher surface oxide in polar GaN film compared to nonpolar GaN film. On varying the take off angle (TOA) from 0° to 60°, the Ga−O/Ga−N ratio varied from 0.11–0.23 for nonpolar and 0.17–0.36 for polar GaN film. The nonpolar film exhibited N-face polarity while Ga-face polarity was perceived in polar GaN film due to the inherent polarization effect. Polarization charge compensated surface states were observed on the polar GaN film and resulted in downward band bending. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopic measurements revealed electron affinity and ionization energy of 3.4 ± 0.1 eV and 6.8 ± 0.1 eV for nonpolar GaN film and 3.8 ± 0.1 eV and 7.2 ± 0.1 eV for polar GaN film respectively. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy measurements divulged smooth morphology with pits on polar GaN film. The nonpolar film on the other hand showed pyramidal structures having facets all over the surface.

  17. Glass-to-Rubber Transition of Polymer Thin Films and Their Surface Dynamical Properties

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    X.P.Wang; H.F.Zhang; Xudong Xiao; Ophelia K.C.Tsui

    2000-01-01

    @@ Glass-to-rubber transition temperature, Tg' of polystyrene(PS) (Mw=500K, Mw/Mn=1.03)thin films (thickness, d= 100 to 2000 A) deposited on Si with native oxide was determined by variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry(VASE. We observed that the Tg of the polymer films decreased monotonically as the film thickness was decreased. It had previously been proposed that this was due to a highly mobile surface rubbery layer that existed even well below Tg' We used atomic force microscopic(AFM)adhesion measurement as a direct probe to investigate the surface dynamical properties of the PS samples and a thin film ofpoly(tert-butyl acrylate) (PtBA) (Mw= 148K, Mw/Mn=17, and Tg bullk=50℃). By comparing the AFM results and those obtained from shear modulus measurements of a bulk sample, we found no enhancement in the molecular relaxation at the free surface of these samples.

  18. New insight into surface properties of LB film of an amphiphilic terpolymer

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    Xiu Li Yue; Fang Ma; Zhi Fei Dai; Meng Liu; Lei Xing; Hai Yan Fan; Zhan Wen Xing; Shao Qin Liu

    2011-01-01

    Amphiphilic terpolymer (TPR) exhibits good film-forming behavior on pure water observed by means of n-A isotherms. To gain insight into physical properties of TPR, the films have been deposited on silicon substrates at different surface pressure by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. It was found that the increase in peak intensities of stretching mode was due to orderly packing of the films. The contact angles increased with increasing surface pressure, indicating an increase in hydrophobicity due to dense packing of chains of TPR. The cyclic voltammetric measurements indicated that TPR showed good current shielding effect for electron-transfer. In a word, LB films of TPR can produce a variety of structures with varied topography, enabling us to control not only the functionality of the surface, but also the interfacial transport characteristics.

  19. Silicon surface passivation using thin HfO2 films by atomic layer deposition

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    Gope, Jhuma; Vandana; Batra, Neha; Panigrahi, Jagannath; Singh, Rajbir; Maurya, K. K.; Srivastava, Ritu; Singh, P. K.

    2015-12-01

    Hafnium oxide (HfO2) is a potential material for equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) scaling in microelectronics; however, its surface passivation properties particularly on silicon are not well explored. This paper reports investigation on passivation properties of thermally deposited thin HfO2 films by atomic layer deposition system (ALD) on silicon surface. As-deposited pristine film (∼8 nm) shows better passivation with <100 cm/s surface recombination velocity (SRV) vis-à-vis thicker films. Further improvement in passivation quality is achieved with annealing at 400 °C for 10 min where the SRV reduces to ∼20 cm/s. Conductance measurements show that the interface defect density (Dit) increases with film thickness whereas its value decreases after annealing. XRR data corroborate with the observations made by FTIR and SRV data.

  20. Surface segregation in Nb-doped BaTiO{sub 3} films

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    Arveux, Emmanuel, E-mail: arveux@icmcb-bordeaux.cnrs.fr [ICMCB-CNRS, University of Bordeaux, 87 Avenue, Dr. A. Schweitzer, Pessac 33608 (France); Darmstadt University of Technology, Institute of Materials Science, Petersenstrasse 23, D-64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Payan, Sandrine; Maglione, Mario [ICMCB-CNRS, University of Bordeaux, 87 Avenue, Dr. A. Schweitzer, Pessac 33608 (France); Klein, Andreas [Darmstadt University of Technology, Institute of Materials Science, Petersenstrasse 23, D-64287 Darmstadt (Germany)

    2010-08-15

    We have used in situ photoemission spectroscopy to investigate Niobium doping in polycristalline BaTiO{sub 3}. The valence band maximum position progressively shifts from 2.5 eV for undoped to 2.84 eV for Nb-doped films. Ceramics and single crystal have been investigated for comparison with thin films. Nb-doped BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics and Nb-doped SrTiO{sub 3} single crystal show higher Fermi level position indicating that our doped films are less conducting regarding their bulk parents. This was confirmed by impedance spectroscopy under variable temperature. Large amount of niobium is clearly observable at surface but the amount of dopant is drastically reduced below the near-surface region, as evidenced by depth profile. Therefore, we provide evidence of surface segregation which would explain the contrasted resistivity values reported in literature for such donor-doped films.

  1. Surface Electromechanical Coupling on DLC Film with Conductive Atomic Force Microscope

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    朱守星; 丁建宁; 范真; 李长生; 蔡兰; 杨继昌

    2004-01-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) film composed of microscopically insulation but microscopically a mixture of conducting (sp2) and insulating (spa) phases was discussed on the local modification with a conductive atomic force microscope (C-AFM). Especially, a topographic change was observed when a direct current (DC) bias-voltage was applied to the DLC film. Experimental results show that a nanoscale pit on DLC surface was formed when applying a positive 25 V on DLC film. According to the interacting force between CoCr-coated microelectronic scanning probe (MESP) tip and DLC surface, as well as the Sondheimer oscillation theory, the "scalewing effect" of the pit was explained. Electromechanical coupling on DLC film suggested that the depth of pits increased with an increase of load applied to surface when the cantilever-deflected signal was less than a certain threshold voltage.

  2. Structure and Surface Analysis of SHI Irradiated Thin Films of Cadmium Telluride

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    Neelam Pahwa

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Cadmium Telluride (CdTe thin films grown by thermal evaporation on quartz substrates were irradiated with swift (100 MeV Ni + 4 ions at various fluences in the range 1011 – 1013 cm – 2. The modification in structure and surface morphology has been analyzed as a function of fluence using XRD and AFM techniques. The XRD showed a reduction in peak intensity and grain size with increasing fluence. The AFM micrographs of irradiated thin films show small spherical nanostructures. In addition to direct imaging, AFM profile data enable to derive the Power Spectral Density (PSD of the surface roughness. In the present work PSD spectra computed from AFM data were used for studying the surface morphology of films. The PSD curves were fitted with an appropriate analytic function and characteristic parameters were deduced and discussed in order to compare film morphology with varying fluence levels.

  3. Surface states and photovoltaic effects in CdSe quantum dot films

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    Kronik, L.; Ashkenasy, N.; Leibovitch, M.; Fefer, E.; Shapira, Y. [Tel-Aviv Univ., Ramat-Aviv (Israel). Dept. of Electrical Engineering-Physical Electronics; Gorer, S.; Hodes, G. [Weizmann Inst. of Science, Rehovoth (Israel). Dept. of Materials and Interfaces

    1998-05-01

    Photovoltaic effects in CdSe quantum dot (QD) films have been studied using surface photovoltage spectroscopy and complementary methods. The results show that, contrary to previous studies, nonnegligible electric fields can exist in QD films. As a result, driftlike currents must be considered, in addition to the well-known diffusion like currents. However, it is found that the specific case of photovoltage sign reversal, observed after etching highly quantized CdSe QD films, is governed by diffusion like transport. The latter is highly influenced by preferential trapping of one type of charge carrier. The preferential trapping is shown to be surface localized and is strongly ambient dependent. It is shown that the photovoltaic properties of these CdSe QD films are dominated by their surface state distribution.

  4. Numerical Modeling and Analysis of Grooved Surface Applied to Film Cooling

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    L. Guo; Z. C. Liu; Y.Y.Yan; Z.W.Han

    2011-01-01

    In order to improve the efficiency of film cooling,numerical investigation was carried out to study the effects of different film-cooled plates on surface heat transfer.Both grooved and non-grooved surfaces were concerned.The modeling was performed using Fluent software with the adoption of Shear-Stress Transport (SST) k-co model as the turbulence closure.The coolant was supplied by a single film cooling hole with an inclination angle of 30°.The Mach numbers for the coolant flow and the mainstream flow were fixed at 0 and 0.6,respectively.At three blowing ratios of 0.5,1.0 and 1.5,the aerodynamic behaviour of the mixing process as well as the heat transfer performance of the film cooling were presented.The numerical results were validated using experimental data extracted from a benchmark test.Good agreements between numerical results and the experimental data were observed.For the film cooling efficiency,it shows that both local and laterally averaged cooling effectiveness can be improved by the non-smooth surface at different blowing ratios.Using the grooved surface,the turbulence intensity upon the plate can be reduced notably,and the mixing between the two flows is weakened due to the reduced turbulence level.The results indicate that the cooling effectiveness of film cooling can be enhanced by applying the grooved surface.

  5. Effects of surface morphology on the anchoring and electrooptical dynamics of confined nanoscale liquid crystalline films.

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    Noble, Alison R; Kwon, Hye J; Nuzzo, Ralph G

    2002-12-18

    The orientation and dynamics of two 40-nm thick films of 4-n-pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl (5CB), a nematic liquid crystal, have been studied using step-scan Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The films are confined in nanocavities bounded by an interdigitated electrode array (IDA) patterned on a zinc selenide (ZnSe) substrate. The effects of the ZnSe surface morphology (specifically, two variations of nanometer-scale corrugations obtained by mechanical polishing) on the initial ordering and reorientation dynamics of the electric-field-induced Freedericksz transition are presented here. The interaction of the 5CB with ZnSe surfaces bearing a spicular corrugation induces a homeotropic (surface normal) alignment of the film confined in the cavity. Alternately, when ZnSe is polished to generate fine grooves along the surface, a planar alignment is promoted in the liquid crystalline film. Time-resolved FTIR studies that enable the direct measurement of the rate constants for the electric-field-induced orientation and thermal relaxation reveal that the dynamic transitions of the two film structures are significantly different. These measurements quantitatively demonstrate the strong effects of surface morphology on the anchoring, order, and dynamics of liquid crystalline thin films.

  6. Surface evolution of lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite thin films at low temperatures

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    Newby, D., E-mail: dnewby@bu.edu [Department of Physics, Boston University, 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Kuyyalil, J.; Laverock, J. [Department of Physics, Boston University, 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Ludwig, K.F. [Department of Physics, Boston University, 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, 15 St. Mary' s Street, Brookline, MA 02446 (United States); Yu, Y.; Davis, J. [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, 15 St. Mary' s Street, Brookline, MA 02446 (United States); Gopalan, S.; Pal, U.B.; Basu, S. [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, 15 St. Mary' s Street, Brookline, MA 02446 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 110 Cummington Street, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Smith, K.E. [Department of Physics, Boston University, 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, 15 St. Mary' s Street, Brookline, MA 02446 (United States); School of Chemical Sciences and The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1142 (New Zealand)

    2015-08-31

    The ultra-high vacuum surface preparation of heteroepitaxial lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite thin films has been studied using soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Specifically, the effect of annealing the films at low temperatures in low partial pressures of oxygen and argon has been investigated. We find that atmospheric surface carbon contamination of the films can be removed in select anneal temperature regimes in argon, but remains bound to the surface with oxygen annealing at any temperature. Irrespective of the gas used, an insulating phase transition occurs near 300 °C due to strontium segregation at the surface. The surface develops more insulating character if annealed with oxygen. Different species are proposed to be responsible for the discrepancy in insulating character.

  7. Effect of Solvent on Surface Ordering of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Thin Films.

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    Xiao, Minyu; Zhang, Xiaoxian; Bryan, Zachary J; Jasensky, Joshua; McNeil, Anne J; Chen, Zhan

    2015-05-12

    Enhancement of charge transport in organic polymer semiconductors is a crucial step in developing optimized devices. A variety of sample preparation conditions, such as film fabrication method, solvent species, and annealing, were found to influence the hole mobility of organic polymers. Despite the fact that many factors can influence their performance, it is believed that polymer surface ordering plays a key role in determining organic polymer function. Here, sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy was used to nondestructively map the surface/interfacial ordering of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) films prepared using different solvents; we believe that solvent interactions determine the degree of surface/interfacial ordering. Both X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to supplement SFG to systematically study bulk crystallinity and surface morphology. We conclude that SFG is a powerful tool to elucidate the surface/interfacial structural information on polymer semiconducting films. We demonstrate that the solvent composition used to prepare P3HT thin films influences the resulting film surface morphology, surface/interfacial ordering, and bulk crystallinity.

  8. Enhanced convective and film boiling heat transfer by surface gas injection

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    Duignan, M.R.; Greene, G.A. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)); Irvine, T.F., Jr. (State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, NY (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

    1992-04-01

    Heat transfer measurements were made for stable film boiling of water over a horizontal, flat stainless steel plate from the minimum film boiling point temperature, T{sub SURFACE} {approximately}500K, to T{sub SURFACE} {approximately}950K. The pressure at the plate was approximately 1 atmosphere and the temperature of the water pool was maintained at saturation. The data were compared to the Berenson film-boiling model, which was developed for minimum film-boiling-point conditions. The model accurately represented the data near the minimum film-boiling point and at the highest temperatures measured, as long it was corrected for the heat transferred by radiation. On the average, the experimental data lay within {plus minus}7% of the model. Measurements of heat transfer were made without film boiling for nitrogen jetting into an overlying pool of water from nine 1-mm- diameter holes, drilled in the heat transfer plate. The heat flux was maintained constant at approximately 26.4 kW/m{sup 2}. For water-pool heights of less than 6cm the heat transfer coefficient deceased linearly with a decrease in heights. Above 6cm the heat transfer coefficient was unaffected. For the entire range of gas velocities measured (0 to 8.5 cm/s), the magnitude of the magnitude of the heat transfer coefficient only changed by approximately 20%. The heat transfer data bound the Konsetov model for turbulent pool heat transfer which was developed for vertical heat transfer surfaces. This agreement suggests that surface orientation may not be important when the gas jets do not locally affect the surface heat transfer. Finally, a database was developed for heat transfer from the plate with both film boiling and gas jetting occurring simultaneously, in a pool of water maintained at its saturation temperature. The effect of passing nitrogen through established film boiling is to increase the heat transfer from that surface. 60 refs.

  9. Enhanced convective and film boiling heat transfer by surface gas injection

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    Duignan, M.R.; Greene, G.A. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Irvine, T.F., Jr. [State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, NY (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    1992-04-01

    Heat transfer measurements were made for stable film boiling of water over a horizontal, flat stainless steel plate from the minimum film boiling point temperature, T{sub SURFACE} {approximately}500K, to T{sub SURFACE} {approximately}950K. The pressure at the plate was approximately 1 atmosphere and the temperature of the water pool was maintained at saturation. The data were compared to the Berenson film-boiling model, which was developed for minimum film-boiling-point conditions. The model accurately represented the data near the minimum film-boiling point and at the highest temperatures measured, as long it was corrected for the heat transferred by radiation. On the average, the experimental data lay within {plus_minus}7% of the model. Measurements of heat transfer were made without film boiling for nitrogen jetting into an overlying pool of water from nine 1-mm- diameter holes, drilled in the heat transfer plate. The heat flux was maintained constant at approximately 26.4 kW/m{sup 2}. For water-pool heights of less than 6cm the heat transfer coefficient deceased linearly with a decrease in heights. Above 6cm the heat transfer coefficient was unaffected. For the entire range of gas velocities measured [0 to 8.5 cm/s], the magnitude of the magnitude of the heat transfer coefficient only changed by approximately 20%. The heat transfer data bound the Konsetov model for turbulent pool heat transfer which was developed for vertical heat transfer surfaces. This agreement suggests that surface orientation may not be important when the gas jets do not locally affect the surface heat transfer. Finally, a database was developed for heat transfer from the plate with both film boiling and gas jetting occurring simultaneously, in a pool of water maintained at its saturation temperature. The effect of passing nitrogen through established film boiling is to increase the heat transfer from that surface. 60 refs.

  10. Fabrication, Characterization, and Surface-Enhanced Raman Activity Study of Silver Coated Gold Nanoparticulate Films

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    FANG,Jing-Huai; ZHONG,Chong-Gui; MU,Ren-Wang; SHI,Jian-Zhen; GE,Cun-Wang

    2007-01-01

    This paper reports a study on the preparation of Ag-clad Au colloidal monolayer films by a combination of colloid self-assembly and liquid phase microwave high-pressure technique. Firstly, monodisperse Au nanoparticles prepared by microwave heating method were assembled onto a quartz slide. Then, these Au colloidal particles on the quartz surface acted as seeds for growing the Ag-clad Au composite particulate films. The obtained particulate films were characterized by UV-Vis spectra and atomic force microscopy. It was found that the thickness of the shell and thus the size of particles in the composite colloidal films could be controlled by deposition of Ag on the preformed Au colloidal particle film in the microwave reaction system, and such films significantly increased the surface-enhanced Raman scattering enhancement (SERS) ability compared with Au colloidal particle films. Their strong enhancement ability may mainly stem from relatively large particle consisting of Ag cladding as well as effective coupling among particles in the Ag-clad Au particle films.

  11. Surface modification of polyethylene film by acrylamide graft and alcoholysis for improvement of antithrombogenicity

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    Zhao, Guowei; Chen, Yashao; Wang, Xiaoli

    2007-03-01

    To improve antithrombogenicity of polyethylene (PE) films, the films pretreated by Ar plasma were radiated by ultraviolet light to initiate grafting polymerization with acrylamide (AAm) in absence of photo-initiator, then the AAm-grafted PE films (PE-g-AAm) were alcoholized with octadecyl alcohol. Effects of Ar plasma composite parameter ( W/ FM), pretreated time, AAm monomer concentration, and UV irradiation time on grafting rate were investigated systematically. AAm-grafted PE film and alcoholized PE film (PE-g-SAAm) were characterized by contact angle, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), attenuated total reflectance Fourier transfer infrared (ATR-FT-IR) spectroscopy and atomic force microscope (AFM), respectively. The results indicated that the moieties of AAm and stearyl were successively immobilized onto the PE surface. The platelet adhesion experiment showed that antithrombogenicity of the modified PE films was improved in comparison with PE films. The change in antithrombogenicity is attributed to the surface of the modified film in presence of tail-like structure which consists of polyacrylamide as spacer and stearyl as end groups.

  12. Effect of oxygen on the surface morphology of CuGaS{sub 2} thin films

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    Smaili, F., E-mail: fethi.smaili@voila.fr [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique et Materiaux Semi-conducteurs -ENIT BP 37, Le belvedere 1002-Tunis (Tunisia); Kanzari, M. [Laboratoire de Photovoltaique et Materiaux Semi-conducteurs -ENIT BP 37, Le belvedere 1002-Tunis (Tunisia)

    2009-08-01

    Since the effect of oxygen is very significant during the heat treatment of the thin films, we study the effect of this during the annealing of CuGaS{sub 2} thin films by two different types. In this study, CuGaS{sub 2} thin films were deposited by vacuum thermal evaporation of CuGaS{sub 2} powder on heated glass substrates at 200 deg. C submitted to a thermal gradient. The films are annealed in air and under nitrogen atmosphere at 400 deg. C for 2 h. In order to improve our understanding of the influence of oxygen during two annealing types on device performance, we have investigated our CuGaS{sub 2} material by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and spectrophotometry. A correlation was established between the surface roughness, growth morphology and optical properties, of the annealed CuGaS{sub 2} thin films. It was found that annealing of CuGaS{sub 2} film in nitrogen atmosphere leads to a decrease of the mean grain size and to an evolution of a (112) preferred film orientation. Annealing in air results in the growth of oxide phases such as CuO and modifies the films structure and their surface morphology.

  13. Surface plasmon resonance in nanostructured Ag incorporated ZnS films

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    S. R. Chalana

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Silver incorporated zinc sulfide thin films are prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique and the influence of silver incorporation on the structural, optical and luminescence properties is analyzed using techniques like grazing incidence X-Ray diffraction (GIXRD, atomic force microscopy (AFM, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS, micro-Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and laser photoluminescence spectroscopy. XRD analysis presents hexagonal wurtzite structure for the films. A reduction of crystallinity of the films is observed due to Ag incorporation. The Raman spectral analysis confirms the reduction of crystallinity and increase of strain due to the Ag incorporation. AFM analysis reveals a rough surface morphology for the undoped film and Ag incorporation makes the films uniform, dense and smooth. A blue shift of band gap energy with increase in Ag incorporation is observed due to quantum confinement effect. An absorption band (450-650 nm region due to surface plasmon resonance of the Ag clusters present in the ZnS matrix is observed for the samples with higher Ag incorporation. The complex dielectric constant, loss factor and distribution of volume and surface energy loss of the ZnS thin films are calculated. Laser photoluminescence measurements gives an intense bluish green emission from the ZnS films and a quenching of the PL emission is observed which can be due to the metal plasmonic absorption and non-radiative energy transfer due to Ag incorporation.

  14. Surface plasmon resonance in nanostructured Ag incorporated ZnS films

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    Chalana, S. R.; Mahadevan Pillai, V. P., E-mail: vpmpillai9@gmail.com [Department of Optoelectronics, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram– 695581, Kerala (India); Ganesan, V. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Khandwa Road, Indore- 452017, Madhyapradesh (India)

    2015-10-15

    Silver incorporated zinc sulfide thin films are prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique and the influence of silver incorporation on the structural, optical and luminescence properties is analyzed using techniques like grazing incidence X-Ray diffraction (GIXRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), micro-Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and laser photoluminescence spectroscopy. XRD analysis presents hexagonal wurtzite structure for the films. A reduction of crystallinity of the films is observed due to Ag incorporation. The Raman spectral analysis confirms the reduction of crystallinity and increase of strain due to the Ag incorporation. AFM analysis reveals a rough surface morphology for the undoped film and Ag incorporation makes the films uniform, dense and smooth. A blue shift of band gap energy with increase in Ag incorporation is observed due to quantum confinement effect. An absorption band (450-650 nm region) due to surface plasmon resonance of the Ag clusters present in the ZnS matrix is observed for the samples with higher Ag incorporation. The complex dielectric constant, loss factor and distribution of volume and surface energy loss of the ZnS thin films are calculated. Laser photoluminescence measurements gives an intense bluish green emission from the ZnS films and a quenching of the PL emission is observed which can be due to the metal plasmonic absorption and non-radiative energy transfer due to Ag incorporation.

  15. Effective Propagation of Surface Plasmon Polaritons on Graphene-Protected Single-Crystalline Silver Films.

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    Hong, Hyun Young; Ha, Jeong Sook; Lee, Sang-Soo; Park, Jong Hyuk

    2017-02-08

    Silver (Ag) is a promising material for manipulation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), due to its optical and electrical properties; however, the intrinsic properties are easily degraded by surface corrosion under atmospheric conditions, restricting its applications in plasmonics. Here, we address this issue via single-crystalline Ag films protected with graphene layers and demonstrate effective propagation of SPPs on the graphene-protected Ag films. Single-crystalline Ag films with atomically flat surfaces are prepared by epitaxial growth; graphene layers are then transferred onto the Ag films. The propagation lengths of SPPs on the graphene-protected Ag films are measured, and their variations under corrosive conditions are investigated. The initial SPP propagation lengths for the bare Ag films are very long (about 50 μm in the wavelength range 550-700 nm). However, the values decrease significantly (11-13 μm) under corrosive conditions. On the contrary, the double-layer-graphene-protected Ag films exhibit SPP propagation lengths of about 23 μm and retain over 90% (21-23 μm) of the propagation lengths even after exposure to corrosive conditions, guaranteeing the reliability of Ag plasmonic devices. This approach can encourage extending the application of the graphene-metal hybrid structure and thus developing Ag plasmonic devices.

  16. Surface plasmon exciton transition in ultra-thin silver and silver iodide films

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    Bharathi Mohan, D.; Sreejith, K.; Sunandana, C. S.

    2007-10-01

    Silver thin films in the thickness range 2 10 nm produced by thermal evaporation onto glass substrates were systematically iodized and carefully characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and optical absorption spectroscopy. While the uniodized films are X-ray amorphous in keeping with their quasi-continuous nature and 2D islanded structure, briefly iodized films showed characteristic beta AgI structure. Most interestingly, AFM of Ag films revealed uniform triangle-shaped embryos whose shape does not change appreciably upon iodization. Optical absorption spectra of uniodized Ag films show intense surface plasmon resonance (SPR) features with maxima at 440, 484 and 498 nm for the films of thicknesses 2, 5 and 10 nm, respectively, with 5 nm films showing properties characteristic of optimally matched dielectric and electronic properties of the substrate and sample, respectively. Finally, an interesting and unique SPR exciton phase transition is observed as the ultra-thin films are progressively iodized. These Ag and AgI films could be promising candidates for plasmonic and nanophotonic applications.

  17. Synthesis of Diamond Films on Molybdenum Substrate Surface by Combustion Flame

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    Takahashi, Mamoru; Kamiya, Osamu; Ohyoshi, Tadashi

    Diamond films were synthesized on a Mo substrate using combustion flame. During the cooling process, most diamond films delaminated. From previous work it was shown that diamond films delaminated at a synthesis temperature less than 1300K (low temperature), and films did not delaminate at synthesis temperature more than 1400K (high temperature). In this study, to clarify the influences on the delamination of the interface, films synthesized at high temperature and low temperature were investigated by SEM and X-ray diffraction. The results show that in the case of low temperature, diamond films were synthesized on the Mo substrate, case of high temperature, Mo2C and diamond phases were synthesized on the Mo substrate. Thermally induced interfacial stress occurs due to the thermal expansion mismatch between the synthesized film and the Mo substrate. The interfacial stress by high temperature and low temperature was determined as the cause of the delamination. Thus, the interfacial stress of each synthesized temperature was calculated by a finite element method. The results show that the interfacial stress in the film synthesized by high temperature was smaller than that by the low temperature. As the buffer phases prevent the delamination, synthesized films by high temperature will be useful as hardcoating layer for a metal surface.

  18. Nanoparticle self-structuring in a nanofluid film spreading on a solid surface.

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    Nikolov, Alex; Kondiparty, Kirti; Wasan, Darsh

    2010-06-01

    Liquids containing nanoparticles (nanofluids) exhibit different spreading or thinning behaviors on solids than liquids without nanoparticles. Previous experiments and theoretical investigations have demonstrated that the spreading of nanofluids on solid surfaces is enhanced compared to the spreading of base fluids without nanoparticles. However, the mechanisms for the observed enhancement in the spreading of nanofluids on solid substrates are not well understood. The complex nature of the interactions between the particles in the nanofluid and with the solid substrate alters the spreading dynamics [Wasan, D. T.; Nikolov, A. D. Nature 2003, 423, 156]. Here, we report, for the first time, the results of an experimental observation of nanoparticles self-structuring in a nanofluid film formed between an oil drop and a solid surface. Using a silica-nanoparticle aqueous suspension (with a nominal diameter of 19 nm and 10 vol %) and reflected light interferometry, we show the nanoparticle layering (i.e., stratification) phenomenon during film thinning on a smooth hydrophilic glass surface. Our experiments revealed that the film thickness stability on a solid substrate depends on the film size (i.e., the drop size). A film formed from a small drop (with a high capillary pressure) is thicker and contains more particle layers than a film formed from a large drop (with a lower capillary pressure). The data for the film-meniscus contact angle verses film thickness (corresponding to the different number of particle layers) were obtained and used to calculate the film structural energy isotherm. These results may provide a better understanding of the complex phenomena involved in the enhanced spreading of nanofluids on solid surfaces.

  19. Superhydrophilic surface treatment for thin film NiTi vascular applications

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    Chun, Youngjae, E-mail: yjchun@ucla.edu [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 32-135, Engineering IV, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States); Levi, Daniel S., E-mail: dlevi@ucla.edu [Pediatric Cardiology, Mattel Children' s Hospital, UCLA, B2-427, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1743 (United States); Mohanchandra, K.P., E-mail: kpmohan@seas.ucla.edu [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 32-135, Engineering IV, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States); Carman, Gregory P., E-mail: carman@seas.ucla.edu [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 38-137M, Engineering IV, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States)

    2009-10-15

    A variety of surface treatment methods were evaluated to modify the hydrophilic nature of thin film nitinol (NiTi). It has been suggested that increasing hydrophilicity reduces the prevalence of platelet adhesion and thrombosis in the vascular system. In this study, thin film NiTi was treated with three pretreatments cleaning, buffered oxide etchant (BOE), and BOE/nitric acid (HNO{sub 3}), followed by one surface treatment. The three surface treatment studied were UV irradiation, thermal treatment, or hydrogen peroxide. Two surface treatments, i.e., thermal at 600 deg. C for 30 min and 30% hydrogen peroxide treatment for 15 h, produced superhydrophilic surfaces, i.e., wetting angle = 0 deg. However, the superhydrophilic surface produced by the thermal treatment also embrittled the thin film due to the relative thickness of the oxide grown. Long term studies in air showed that all surface treatments trend toward hydrophobic natures. However, storage of the surface treated thin film NiTi in Deionized (DI) water preserved even the superhydrophilic surfaces indefinitely.

  20. Surface modification of ZnO-Films as transparent conductive oxide layer for silicon thin film solar cells

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    Luekermann, Florian; Moenkemoeller, Viola; Brechling, Armin; Sacher, Marc; Heinzmann, Ulrich [Molecular and Surface Physics, Bielefeld University (Germany); Kurz, Henning; Hamelmann, Frank; Stiebig, Helmut [Malibu GmbH, Bielefeld (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Transparent conductive oxides are used as front electrode in thin film solar cells. Especially ZnO deposited by Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition provides useful features for solar cells. On the one hand ZnO shows a good conductivity and on the other hand a rough surface consisting of pyramidal grains which possess a good light scattering capability. To influence this light scattering, two different kinds of treatments have been applied on the ZnO surface: etching with diluted HCl and Reactive Ion Etching with Ar and O{sub 2}. The main interest is focused on the change of surface morphology and the resulting changes in light scattering and transmission. HCl etching leads to an increasing surface roughness as well as diffuse transmittance. Ar/O{sub 2} bombardment decreases the roughness and thus the scattering. The lowered roughness enhances the growth of the a-Si absorber layer and reduces the formation of pinholes. Finally the properties of amorphous silicon solar cells deposited on treated ZnO-films are compared with those deposited on untreated films.

  1. A complex magnetic structure of ultrathin Fe films on Rh (001) surfaces

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    Takada, Masaki [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany); Lana Gastelois, Pedro [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany); Servico de Nanotecnologia, Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear, 31270-901 BeloHorizonte, MG (Brazil); Przybylski, Marek, E-mail: mprzybyl@mpi-halle.de [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany); Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH University of Science and Technology, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Kirschner, Juergen [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany); Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultaet II, Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, 06120 Halle (Germany)

    2013-03-15

    We conducted a structural and magnetic analysis of ultrathin Fe films on Rh (001) surfaces by using low electron energy diffraction (LEED), magneto-optical Kerr effects (MOKE) and spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy (SP-STM). The films in the investigated thickness range up to 6 monolayers (ML) are pseudomorphic to the Rh (001) substrate. While Fe films thinner than 3 ML grow layer-by-layer at room temperature (RT), Fe films thicker than 4 ML form islands. 1 ML Fe films do not show any hysteresis loops even at low temperature. Polar hysteresis loops for the 2 ML and 3 ML thick films appear at low temperatures. When 1 ML thick Fe films were studied by Cr- and Fe-coated W tips, a (2 Multiplication-Sign 3) and stripe structures were observed, respectively. The structures originate from a complex magnetic structure of 1 ML Fe. Based on the SP-STM results we propose a spin configuration model of a 1 ML Fe film. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We studied structural and magnetic properties of Fe films grown on an Rh (001). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MOKE measurements revealed that Fe films thicker than 2 ML are ferromagnetic at 5 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe films with thickness of 2 ML and 3 ML exhibit out-of-plane magnetization, those thicker than 4 ML show in-plane magnetization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 1 ML Fe films have a complex magnetic configuration with zero net magnetization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A spin configuration model of 1 ML Fe is proposed based on an SP-STM observation.

  2. Organization of Lipids in the Tear Film: A Molecular-Level View

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    Wizert, Alicja; Iskander, D. Robert; Cwiklik, Lukasz

    2014-01-01

    Biophysical properties of the tear film lipid layer are studied at the molecular level employing coarse grain molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with a realistic model of the human tear film. In this model, polar lipids are chosen to reflect the current knowledge on the lipidome of the tear film whereas typical Meibomian-origin lipids are included in the thick non-polar lipids subphase. Simulation conditions mimic those experienced by the real human tear film during blinks. Namely, thermodynamic equilibrium simulations at different lateral compressions are performed to model varying surface pressure, and the dynamics of the system during a blink is studied by non-equilibrium MD simulations. Polar lipids separate their non-polar counterparts from water by forming a monomolecular layer whereas the non-polar molecules establish a thick outermost lipid layer. Under lateral compression, the polar layer undulates and a sorting of polar lipids occurs. Moreover, formation of three-dimensional aggregates of polar lipids in both non-polar and water subphases is observed. We suggest that these three-dimensional structures are abundant under dynamic conditions caused by the action of eye lids and that they act as reservoirs of polar lipids, thus increasing stability of the tear film. PMID:24651175

  3. Regulating spin and Fermi surface topology of a quantum metal film by the surface (interface) monatomic layer

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    Matsuda, Iwao

    2012-02-01

    Spin and current controls in solids have been one of the central issues in researches of electron and spin transport. Nowadays, electronics/spintronics deals with nanometer- or atomic-scale structures and miniaturization of these systems implies emergence of various quantum phenomena, intimately linked to the formation of electronic states different from those of the corresponding bulk materials. For example, valence electrons of films with the thickness comparable to the electron wavelength form discrete quantum-well states (QWSs) under opportune conditions of confinement (quantum size effect). Furthermore, the size reduction also increases the surface/volume ratio and a film possibly changes its electronic (spin) properties by the surface effect. Concerning metal films, the quantum size effect requires the thickness in a range of nanometers and the length corresponds to several tens of atoms, indicating the very large ratio of a surface (interface) monatomic layer to film atomic layers. Thus, we have been interested in combining the quantum size effects and the surface effect on the metal films to induce new physical phenomena. In the present talk, two research cases are shown. 1) Instead of isotropic two-dimensional in-plane states expected for an isolated metal film, quasi-one-dimensional quantized states were measured by photoemission spectroscopy in an epitaxial Ag(111) ultra thin film, prepared on an array of atomic chains [1]. 2) High-resolution spin-resolved photoemission and magneto-transport experiments of ultrathin Ag(111) films, covered with a /3x/3-Bi/Ag surface ordered alloy, were performed. The surface state (SS) bands, spin-split by the Rashba interaction, selectively couple to the originally spin-degenerate QWS bands in the metal film, making the spin-dependent hybridization [2,3]. Magnetoconductance of the films, measured in situ by the micro-four-point probe method as a function of the applied magnetic field [4], has shown that the formation of

  4. Langmuir monolayers and thin films of amphifilic thiacalix[4]arenes. Properties and matrix for the immobilization of cytochrome c.

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    Solovieva, Svetlana E; Safiullin, Roman A; Kochetkov, Evgeni N; Melnikova, Nina B; Kadirov, Marsil K; Popova, Elena V; Antipin, Igor S; Konovalov, Alexander I

    2014-12-23

    Formation and properties of Langmuir films of thiacalix[4]arene (TCA) derivatives containing N-donor groups on the lower rim (Y═O(CH2)3CN; OCH2CN; NH2; OCH2ArCN-p) in 1,3-alternate conformation on aqueous subphase and solid substrates have been studied. Only tetra-cyanopropoxy-p-tert-butylthiacalix[4]arene 1 forms a typical monomolecular layer with perpendicular orientation of the macrocycle relative to the water-air interface that is able to immobilize cytochrome c in the entire range of the surface pressure. Obtained monolayers were transferred by Langmuir-Schaefer technique onto quartz, indium-tin oxide (ITO), and silicon. It was demonstrated that protein activity is retained after immobilization on the substrate.

  5. Surface modification of bioactive glasses and preparation of PDLLA/bioactive glass composite films.

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    Gao, Yuan; Chang, Jiang

    2009-08-01

    In order to improve the homogeneous dispersion of particles in the polymeric matrix, 45S5, mesoporous 58S, and 58S bioactive glasses were surface modified by esterification reactions with dodecyl alcohol at reflux temperature of 260 degrees C (named as m-45S5, m-mesoporous 58S, and m-58S, respectively). The modified particles showed better hydrophobicity and longer time of suspension in organic matrix. The PDLLA/bioactive glass composite films were fabricated using surface modified bioactive glass particles through solvent casting-evaporation method. Surface morphology, mechanical property, and bioactivity were investigated. The results revealed that the inorganic particle distribution and tensile strength of the composite films with modified bioactive glass particles were significantly improved while great bioactive properties were maintained. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation illustrated that the modified bioactive glass particles were homogeneously dispersed in the PDLLA matrix. The maximum tensile strengths of composite films with modified bioactive glass particles were higher than that of composite films with unmodified bioactive glass particles. The bioactivity of the composite films were evaluated by being soaked in the simulated body fluid (SBF) and the SEM observation of the films suggested that the modified composite films were still bioactive in that they could induce the formation of HAp on its surface and the distribution of HAp was even more homogeneous on the film. The results mentioned above indicated that the surface modification of bioactive glasses with dodecyl alcohol was an effective method to prepare PDLLA/bioactive glass composites with enhanced properties. By studying the comparisons of modification effects among the three types of bioactive glasses, we could get the conclusion that the size and morphology of the inorganic particles would greatly affect the modification effects and the properties of composites.

  6. Micro-strain, dislocation density and surface chemical state analysis of multication thin films

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    Jayaram, P.; Pradyumnan, P. P.; Karazhanov, S. Zh.

    2016-11-01

    Multication complex metal oxide thin films are rapidly expanding the class of materials with many technologically important applications. Herein this work, the surface of the pulsed laser deposited thin films of Zn2SnO4 and multinary compounds obtained by substitution/co-substitution of Sn4+ with In3+ and Ga3+ are studied by X-ray photoelectron emission spectroscopy (X-PES) method. Peaks corresponding to the elements of Zn, Sn, Ga, In and O on the film surface has been identified and contribution of the elements has been studied by the computer aided surface analysis (CASA) software. Binding energies, full-width at half maximum (FWHM), spin-orbit splitting energies, asymmetric peak-shape fitting parameters and quantification of elements in the films are discussed. Studies of structural properties of the films by x-ray diffraction (XRD) technique showed inverse spinel type lattice with preferential orientation. Micro-strain, dislocation density and crystallite sizes in the film surface have been estimated.

  7. Micro-strain, dislocation density and surface chemical state analysis of multication thin films

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    Jayaram, P., E-mail: jayarampnair@gmail.com [Department of Physics, MES Ponnani College Ponnani, Kerala (India); Pradyumnan, P.P. [Department of Physics, University of Calicut, Kerala 673 635 (India); Karazhanov, S.Zh. [Department for Solar Energy, Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller (Norway)

    2016-11-15

    Multication complex metal oxide thin films are rapidly expanding the class of materials with many technologically important applications. Herein this work, the surface of the pulsed laser deposited thin films of Zn{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} and multinary compounds obtained by substitution/co-substitution of Sn{sup 4+} with In{sup 3+} and Ga{sup 3+} are studied by X-ray photoelectron emission spectroscopy (X-PES) method. Peaks corresponding to the elements of Zn, Sn, Ga, In and O on the film surface has been identified and contribution of the elements has been studied by the computer aided surface analysis (CASA) software. Binding energies, full-width at half maximum (FWHM), spin-orbit splitting energies, asymmetric peak-shape fitting parameters and quantification of elements in the films are discussed. Studies of structural properties of the films by x-ray diffraction (XRD) technique showed inverse spinel type lattice with preferential orientation. Micro-strain, dislocation density and crystallite sizes in the film surface have been estimated.

  8. Structural and electrical properties of an Au film system deposited on silicone oil surfaces

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    Yang Bo; Jin Jin Sheng; Ye Quan Lin; Lao Yan Feng; Jiao Zheng Kuan; Ye Gao Xiang

    2002-01-01

    An Au thin film system, deposited on silicone oil surfaces by the thermal deposition method, has been fabricated and its structure as well as electrical properties has been studied. A web-shaped characteristic surface morphology of the films is observed. The dc sheet resistance R of the metal films on the liquid surfaces is measured during and after deposition in situ by the four-probe method. The time dependence of the sheet resistance can be explained in terms of the film growth mechanism on the oil surface. The anomalous I-V characteristics of the film system can be interpreted as a competition among the local Joule heating, hopping and tunnelling effects. It is found that the dc third-harmonic coefficient B sub 0 and the zero-power resistance R sub 0 satisfy the power-law relation B sub 0 propor to R sub 0 sup 2 sup + sup w and the exponent w is close to zero. This result indicates that the hopping and tunnelling effects in the samples are much stronger than those of the other film systems. We also find I...

  9. Spin-Casting Polymer Brush Films for Stimuli-Responsive and Anti-Fouling Surfaces.

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    Xu, Binbin; Feng, Chun; Hu, Jianhua; Shi, Ping; Gu, Guangxin; Wang, Lei; Huang, Xiaoyu

    2016-03-01

    Surfaces modified with amphiphilic polymers can dynamically alter their physicochemical properties in response to changes of their environmental conditions; meanwhile, amphiphilic polymer coatings with molecular hydrophilic and hydrophobic patches, which can mitigate biofouling effectively, are being actively explored as advanced coatings for antifouling materials. Herein, a series of well-defined amphiphilic asymmetric polymer brushes containing hetero side chains, hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), was employed to prepare uniform thin films by spin-casting. The properties of these films were investigated by water contact angle, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). AFM showed smooth surfaces for all films with the roughness less than 2 nm. The changes in water contact angle and C/O ratio (XPS) evidenced the enrichment of PEG or PS chains at film surface after exposed to selective solvents, indicative of stimuli- responsiveness. The adsorption of proteins on PEG functionalized surface was quantified by QCM and the results verified that amphiphilic polymer brush films bearing PEG chains could lower or eliminate protein-material interactions and resist to protein adsorption. Cell adhesion experiments were performed by using HaCaT cells and it was found that polymer brush films possess good antifouling ability.

  10. Surface structures from low energy electron diffraction: Atoms, small molecules and an ordered ice film on metal surfaces

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    Materer, N.F.

    1995-09-01

    We investigated the surface bonding of various adsorbates (0, S, C{sub 2}H{sub 3} and NO) along with the resulting relaxation of the Pt(111) surface using low energy electron diffiraction (LEED). LEED experiments have been performed on these ordered overlayers along with theoretical structural analysis using automated tensor LEED (ATLEED). The resulting surface structures of these ordered overlayers exhibit similar adsorbate-induced relaxations. In all cases the adsorbate occupies the fcc hollow site and induces an approximately 0.1 A buckling of the metal surface. The three metal atoms directly bonded to the adsorbate are ``pulled`` out of the surface and the metal atom that is not bound to the adsorbate is `pushed`` inward. In order to understand the reliability of such details, we have carried out a comprehensive study of various non-structural parameters used in a LEED computation. We also studied the adsorption of water on the Pt(lll) surface. We ordered an ultra thin ice film on this surface. The film`s surface is found to be the (0001) face of hexagonal ice. This surface is apparently terminated by a full-bilayer, in which the uppermost water molecules have large vibrational amplitudes even at temperatures as low as 90 K. We examined two other metal surfaces besides Pt(111): Ni(111) and Fe(lll). On Ni(111), we have studied the surface under a high coverage of NO. On both Ni(111) and Pt(111) NO molecules occupy the hollow sites and the N-0 bond distances are practically identical. The challenging sample preparation of an Fe(111) surface has been investigated and a successful procedure has been obtained. The small interlayer spacing found on Fe(111) required special treatment in the LEED calculations. A new ATLEED program has been developed to handle this surface.

  11. Oscillations of composition near the external surface of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Bakunin, O. M.; Klotsman, S. M.; Matveev, S. A.; Stepanov, K. A.

    1989-07-03

    An Auger electron spectroscopy study has been made of the depth profiles of films of Y-Ba-Cu-O compounds. The films were produced by electron beam and ion plasma sputtering onto various substrate types. The specimens were annealed in air at temperatures ranging between 450 and 900 /degree/C. The effective diffusion coefficients for the film and substrate constituents have been estimated. The depth profiles of films annealed at 600 /degree/C reveal composition oscillations in the region adjacent to the surface. These composition oscillations are assumed to arise from the phase transformations that occur at 600 /degree/C in films of the Y-Ba-Cu-O system.

  12. Enhanced surface activity of SnO2 thin film verified by LM algorithm

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    Choudhury, Sandip Paul; Kumari, Navnita; Bhattacharjee, Ayon

    2016-04-01

    Impedance studies were conducted on spray deposited Cu doped SnO2 thin films. Rietveld analysis provided evidence of non-existence of any other phase due to doping. Controlled injection of ethanol vapor was done to study the surface activity of these films at different temperatures. The cole-cole plots of ethanol absorbed films to that of unexposed thin films were constructed at different temperatures and compared. The studies reveal that the electron scattering process was homogeneous in nature and the film had a narrow relaxation time. Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm with unweighted function was used for theoretical fitting of the cole-cole plots that revealed the weakening of the Fermi pinning level.

  13. Nanoscopic Terraces, Mesas, and Ridges in Freely Standing Thin Films Sculpted by Supramolecular Oscillatory Surface Forces.

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    Zhang, Yiran; Yilixiati, Subinuer; Pearsall, Collin; Sharma, Vivek

    2016-04-26

    Freely standing thin liquid films containing supramolecular structures including micelles, nanoparticles, polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes, and smectic liquid crystals undergo drainage via stratification. The layer-by-layer removal of these supramolecular structures manifests as stepwise thinning over time and a coexistence of domains and nanostructures of discretely different thickness. The layering of supramolecular structures in confined thin films contributes additional non-DLVO, supramolecular oscillatory surface forces to disjoining pressure, thus influencing both drainage kinetics and stability of thin films. Understanding and characterizing the spontaneous creation and evolution of nanoscopic topography of stratifying, freely standing thin liquid films have been long-standing challenges due to the absence of experimental techniques with the requisite spatial (thickness thin films and, more generally, of colloidal dispersions like foams.

  14. Spin-polarized electronic structure of the Ni(001) surface and thin films

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    Jepsen, O.; Madsen, J.; Andersen, O. K.

    1982-01-01

    of the five-layer film is used to calculate the electronic structure of a 13-layer film. The theoretical work function of 5.4 eV agrees well with the experimental value of 5.2 eV. The calculated spin moments are ordered ferromagnetically in all the films considered, and the moments of the atoms in the surface...... layer are 0.95, 0.69, and 0.65 Bohr magnetons for the one-, three-, and five-layer films, respectively. The moment of an atom in the central layer of the five-layer film is 0.61 Bohr magnetons as compared with the calculated (experimental) bulk value of 0.59±0.01 (0.56) Bohr magnetons. The increase...

  15. Structure and Optical Properties of thin Porous Anodic Alumina Films Synthesized on a Glass Surface

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    Valeev, R. G.; Petukhov, D. I.; Kriventsov, V. V.

    The structure and luminescent properties of thin nanoporous aluminum oxide films obtained by anodization of aluminum films thermally deposited on glass have been investigated. The pore size and the interpore distance depend on the anodization voltage. For all studied samples the highest emission intensity obtained at the excitation wavelength equal to 330 nm. This behavior of luminescence curves caused by defect F+ luminescent centers (O- oxygen vacancies). The presence of porous alumina films on the glass surface increases the optical absorption in the visible light region. The oscillations on the spectra are caused by Fabry-Perot interference on the anodic alumina oxide film/glass interface. The suggested technique can be used for obtaining porous aluminum oxide films on other substrates, including Indium-Tin-Oxide, and can be applied in the technology of light-emitting devices and infrared-visible-ultraviolet detectors.

  16. Extraction of agar from Gelidium sesquipedale (Rhodopyta) and surface characterization of agar based films.

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    Guerrero, P; Etxabide, A; Leceta, I; Peñalba, M; de la Caba, K

    2014-01-01

    The chemical structure of the agar obtained from Gelidium sesquipedale (Rhodophyta) has been determined by (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance ((13)C NMR) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Agar (AG) films with different amounts of soy protein isolate (SPI) were prepared using a thermo-moulding method, and transparent and hydrophobic films were obtained and characterized. FTIR analysis provided a detailed description of the binding groups present in the films, such as carboxylic, hydroxyl and sulfonate groups, while the surface composition was examined using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The changes observed by FTIR and XPS spectra suggested interactions between functional groups of agar and SPI. This is a novel approach to the characterization of agar-based films and provides knowledge about the compatibility of agar and soy protein for further investigation of the functional properties of biodegradable films based on these biopolymers. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Surface modification of polyester film by glow discharge tunnel at atmospheric pressure

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    XU Xiang-yu; WANG Shou-guo; YE Tian-chun; JING Guang-yin; YU Da-peng

    2004-01-01

    A large-area improved dielectric barrier glow discharge tunnel has been developed for modifying the surface of polyester film at atmospheric pressure with argon and oxygen gas mixtures. The electrical properties of the glow discharge tunnel were studied by simultaneous measurement of the voltage and current. In addition, the effect of the glow discharge tunnel treatment on the surface of polyester film were studied. The resultant modifications of the surface properties of the treated samples were investigated through scanning probe microscopy and contact angle measurement.

  18. NUMERICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF CURRENT-INDUCED CHANGES IN SURFACE MORPHOLOGY OF THIN Ag FILMS

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    A. V. Panin; H.-G. Chun; A.R. Shugurov; S. V. Panin; N. V. Pykhtin

    2003-01-01

    The changes in surface topography of thin conducting Ag films under high-density current condition are studied by optical and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM).It is established that the loss of conductivity in specimens occurs through depletion of the material due to their overheating and electromigration process. It has been shown that the r.m.s. Roughness, the fractal dimension of voids and the fractal dimension of the surface allow complete numerical characterization of surface topography changes in thin Ag films.

  19. Theoretical study of the transmission properties of a metallic film with surface corrugations

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    Xiao, Sanshui; Qiu, Min

    2007-01-01

    Transmissions through a metallic film at near-infrared wavelengths with different surface corrugations on both sides are systemically studied. The calculations are performed by the three-dimensional finite-different time-domain method. Calculated results show that the transmissions are strongly...... dependent on the surface structures. Compared with other structures, the transmission for a film periodically drilled by cross air grooves are relatively larger. Transmission is enhanced more with symmetric conditions on both layers than the asymmetric case. The enhanced transmission can be explained...... by a competition between the absorption in the metal and enhanced transmission due to coupled surface plasmon resonance....

  20. UV light induced surface modification of HDPE films with bioactive compounds

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    Daniloska, Vesna; Blazevska-Gilev, Jadranka; Dimova, Vesna [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University St. Cyril and Methodius, Ruger Boskovic 16, 1000 Skopje (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of); Fajgar, Radek [Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, ASCR, Rozvojova 135, Prague 6-Suchdol (Czech Republic); Tomovska, Radmila, E-mail: radmila_tomovska@ehu.es [Institute for Polymer Materials, POLYMAT, Centro Joxe Mari Korta, University of the Basque Country, P.O. Box 1072, 20080 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain); IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48011 Bilbao (Spain)

    2010-01-15

    The development of different techniques for surface modification of polymers becomes popular in a last decade. These techniques preserve useful bulk polymer properties unchanged, while the activation of the polymer surface offers more possibilities for polymer applications. In this work, a new, one-step method for bio-activation of HDPE (high density polyethylene) surface by UV irradiation is presented. HDPE films coupled with selected active compound and a photoinitiator was treated by UV lamp, emitting light at 254 nm. For surface functionalization of HDPE films, the following compounds were employed: 2-aminopyridine (AP), N{sup 1}-(2-pyridylaminomethyl)-1,2,4-triazole (TA) and benzocaine (BC). The influence of irradiation time on the extent of surface changes was investigated. The modified polymer surfaces were investigated by Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and contact angle measurements, demonstrating successful functionalization of HDPE surface.

  1. Inducing Changes in Surface Topography of Copper Thin Films: Implications for Chemical Mechanical Polishing

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    Smith, C. L.; Mitchell, E. J. R.; Koeck, D. C.; Galloway, H. C.

    2000-10-01

    We have investigated the effects of pH and corrosion inhibitors on the surface of Cu films when exposed and polished in H_2O2 based slurries. Acetic Acid was used to buffer H_2O2 into the acidic range necessary to keep the corrosion inhibitor, benzotriazole (BTA) in solution. Surface characteristics were examined using atomic force microscopy and profilometry. Some conditions cause dramatic changes in the surface topography of the Cu films. The original small "grains" that give the film a uniform roughness, disappear and leave large crystalline appearing structures with terrace widths of up to 600 Åand heights of 200-1000 ÅWe believe these changes have strong implications for Chemical Mechanical Polishing processes used to manufacture integrated circuits and will discuss how these changes in surface topography may be occurring.

  2. Ultrathin film of nickel on the Cu (100) surface: Atomic structure and phonons

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    Borisova, Svetlana D., E-mail: svbor@ispms.tsc.ru, E-mail: rusina@ispms.tsc.ru, E-mail: rusina-g@mail.ru; Rusina, Galina G., E-mail: svbor@ispms.tsc.ru, E-mail: rusina@ispms.tsc.ru, E-mail: rusina-g@mail.ru [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055, Russia and National Research Tomsk State University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation)

    2014-11-14

    We investigated the structural and vibrational properties of the Cu (100) surface covered with ultrathin (1-5 ML) Ni films using interaction potential from the embedded atom method. The surface relaxation, dispersion relation and polarization of vibrational modes are discussed. Our calculated structural parameters are in good agreement with experimental results. The obtained vibrational frequencies compare well with the available experimental data.

  3. Pulsed laser deposition of metallic films on the surface of diamond particles for diamond saw blades

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    Jiang Chao [State Key Laboratory of Laser Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, WuHan, Hubei 430074 (China); Luo Fei [State Key Laboratory of Laser Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, WuHan, HuBei 430074 (China); Long Hua [State Key Laboratory of Laser Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China); Hu Shaoliu [State Key Laboratory of Laser Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China); Li Bo [State Key Laboratory of Laser Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China); Wang Youqing [State Key Laboratory of Laser Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China)]. E-mail: lchwan@hust.edu.cn

    2005-06-15

    Ti or Ni films have been deposited on the diamond particle surfaces by pulsed laser deposition. Compressive resistance of the uncoated and coated diamond particles was measured, respectively, in the experiments. The compressive resistance of the Ti-coated diamonds particles was found much higher than that of the uncoated ones. It increased by 39%. The surface morphology is observed by the metallography microscope. The surface of the uncoated diamonds particles had many hollows and flaws, while the surface of Ni-coated diamond particles was flat and smooth, and the surface of Ti-coated diamond particles had some metal masses that stood out of the surface of the Ti-coated film. The components of the metallic films of diamond particles were examined by X-ray diffractometry (XRD). TiC was found formed on the Ti-coated diamond surface, which resulted in increased surface bonding strength between the diamond particles and the Ti films. Meanwhile, TiC also favored improving the bonding strength between the coated diamond particles and the binding materials. Moreover, the bending resistance of the diamond saw blade made of Ti-coated diamond was drastically higher than that of other diamond saw blades, which also played an important role in improving the blade's cutting ability and lifetime. Therefore, it was most appropriate that the diamond saw blade was made of Ti-coated diamond particles rather than other materials.

  4. Possible correlation effects of surface state electrons on a solid hydrogen film

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    Mugele, Friedrich Gunther; Albrecht, Uwe; Leiderer, Paul; Kono, Kimitoshi

    1992-01-01

    We have investigated the transport properties of surface state electrons on thin quench-condensed hydrogen films for various electron densities. The surface state electron mobility showed a continuous dependence on the plasma parameter Gamma in the range from 20 to 130, indicating a strong influence

  5. Anomalous coercivity on CoCr-films: Surface and Bulk Measurements

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    Geerts, W.J.M.A.; te Lintelo, J.G.Th.; te Lintelo, J.G.T.; Lodder, J.C.; Popma, T.J.A.

    1990-01-01

    The major and minor loops of RF sputtered CoCr films in the thickness range of 20 - 1000 nm and the concentration range of 19-24 at. % Cr were measured by Kerr tracer and VSM. Differences between bulk and surface magnetic data are most likely due to a thickness-dependent surface chemical

  6. Removal of superfluid helium films from surfaces below 0. 1 K

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    Torii, R.; Bandler, S.R.; More, T.; Porter, F.S.; Lanou, R.E.; Maris, H.J.; Seidel, G.M. (Brown Univ., Providence, RI (United States))

    1992-01-01

    We have constructed an apparatus that is able to maintain a helium-free surface at low temperature ({ital T}{le}0.1 K) in a cell containing superfluid helium. We discuss the considerations involved in the design of this device, and describe tests that we have made to confirm that a film-free surface has been produced.

  7. Relaxation between electrons and surface phonons of a homogeneously photoexcited metal film

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    Navinder Singh

    2004-11-01

    The energy relaxation between the hot degenerate electrons of a homogeneously photoexcited metal film and the surface phonons (phonon wave vectors in two dimensions) is considered under Debye approximation. The state of electrons and phonons is described by equilibrium Fermi and Bose functions with different temperatures. Two cases for electron scattering by the metal surface, namely specular and diffuse scattering, are considered.

  8. Morphologies and Superhydrophobicity of Hybrid Film Surfaces Based on Silica and Fluoropolymer

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    Ailan QU; Xiufang WEN; Pihui PI; Jiang CHENG; Zhuoru YANG

    2008-01-01

    Fluoropolymer and different kinds of silica particles were used for controlling surface chemistry and morphology,respectively. A superhydrophobic surface originated from strawberry-like or quincunx-shaped composite silica particles was obtained. The dual size particles are obtained by utilizing the graft of different modified silica particles with epoxy functional group and amine functional group. This makes the surface of film form a composite interface to have irregular binary structure which plays an essential role in trapping air between the substrate surface and the liquid droplets to be necessary for high contact angle and low contact anglehysteresis. The maximum contact angle for water on the hybrid film is about 174±2° and the contact angle hysteresis is less than 2°. The surface morphologies, roughness and the wettability on the surface of films containing different structural silica particles were compared. It was shown that the hierarchical irregularly structure with a low roughness factor and high air-trapped ratio is indispensable for superhydrophobic surface.Although this structural surfaces based on composite silica particles play a vital role in governing the surface wettability, it is necessary to combine with a low surface energy to make the surface superhydrophobic.

  9. Optical control of surface forces and instabilities in foam films using photosurfactants.

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    Mamane, Alexandre; Chevallier, Eloise; Olanier, Ludovic; Lequeux, François; Monteux, Cécile

    2017-02-08

    Molecular interactions in thin liquid films, such as the disjoining pressure, are involved in interfacial phenomena such as emulsion and foam stabilization. In this article we show that through light stimulation we can control remotely the disjoining pressure in a thin liquid film stabilized by a photosurfactant. We stabilize a horizontal thin liquid film using a cationic photosurfactant, AzoTAB, bearing an azobenzene moiety on the hydrophobic tail which can switch from a trans to a cis conformation upon light stimulation. As the film is illuminated at specific wavelengths the AzoTAB molecules switch continuously their conformation and consequently their interface affinity. The main consequence of stimulating the film with light is increasing the ratio of cis in the film. This provokes a desorption flux, and an increase in the concentration of free surfactants, as the CMC of the cis isomer is higher than that of the trans isomer. Therefore the electrostatic repulsion between the surfactant layers that stabilize the film decreases, inducing an instability in the film thickness. For films with a thickness between 20 nm and 60 nm, we observe the formation of spherical caps up to 100 μm wide, whose shape is controlled by the competition between surface tension and disjoining pressure. The motion of these caps in the film is restrained by the surface viscosity of the surfactant layers. In addition, for thicknesses below 40 nm and depending on light intensity, we can observe flat stratified islands up to 100 μm wide, with thickness steps corresponding to the size of a surfactant micelle. We suggest that this second instability is due to the oscillation of the disjoining pressure isotherm under light.

  10. Surface chemistry and cytotoxicity of reactively sputtered tantalum oxide films on NiTi plates

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    McNamara, K. [Materials and Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Kolaj-Robin, O.; Belochapkine, S.; Laffir, F. [Materials and Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Gandhi, A.A. [Materials and Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Tofail, S.A.M., E-mail: tofail.syed@ul.ie [Materials and Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland)

    2015-08-31

    NiTi, an equiatomic alloy containing nickel and titanium, exhibits unique properties such as shape memory effect and superelasticity. NiTi also forms a spontaneous protective titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) layer that allows its use in biomedical applications. Despite the widely perceived biocompatibility there remain some concerns about the sustainability of the alloy's biocompatibility due to the defects in the TiO{sub 2} protective layer and the presence of high amount of sub-surface Ni, which can give allergic reactions. Many surface treatments have been investigated to try to improve both the corrosion resistance and biocompatibility of this layer. For such purposes, we have sputter deposited tantalum (Ta) oxide thin films onto the surface of the NiTi alloy. Despite being one of the promising metals for biomedical applications, Ta, and its various oxides and their interactions with cells have received relatively less attention. The oxidation chemistry, crystal structure, morphology and biocompatibility of these films have been investigated. In general, reactive sputtering especially in the presence of a low oxygen mixture yields a thicker film with better control of the film quality. The sputtering power influenced the surface oxidation states of Ta. Both microscopic and quantitative cytotoxicity measurements show that Ta films on NiTi are biocompatible with little to no variation in cytotoxic response when the surface oxidation state of Ta changes. - Highlights: • Reactive sputtering in low oxygen mixture yields thicker better quality films. • Sputtering power influenced surface oxidation states of Ta. • Cytotoxicity measurements show Ta films on NiTi are biocompatible. • Little to no variation in cytotoxic response when oxidation state changes.

  11. Flexible Surface Acoustic Wave Device with AlN Film on Polymer Substrate

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    Jian Zhou

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Surface acoustic wave device with c-axis-oriented aluminum nitride (AlN piezoelectric thin films on polymer substrates can be potentially used for development of flexible sensors, flexible microfluidic applications, microsystems, and lab-on-chip systems. In this work, the AlN films have been successfully deposited on polymer substrates using the DC reactive magnetron-sputtering method at room temperature, and the XRD, SEM, and AFM methods reveal that low deposition pressure is beneficial to the highly c-axis-oriented AlN film on polymer substrates. Studies toward the development of AlN thin film-based flexible surface acoustic wave devices on the polymer substrates are initiated and the experimental and simulated results demonstrate the devices showing the acoustic wave velocity of 9000–10000 m/s, which indicate the AlN lamb wave.

  12. Bolaform supramolecular amphiphiles as a novel concept for the buildup of surface-imprinted films.

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    Zhang, Jiawei; Liu, Yiliu; Wu, Guanglu; Schönhoff, Monika; Zhang, Xi

    2011-09-06

    Stable multilayer films were fabricated on the basis of the alternating layer-by-layer assembly of a two-component bolaform supramolecular amphiphile and diazoresins, followed by photochemical cross-linking of the structure. UV-visible spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy revealed a uniform deposition process. Moreover, one component of the supramolecular amphiphile can be removed from the multilayer films after cross-linking between the second component and the diazoresin. The release and uptake of the imprinted supramolecular amphiphile component are shown to be reversible. Furthermore, uptake experiments of different molecules show the selectivity of the imprinted sites for the template molecule. Thus, surface-imprinted films can be formed by employing dissociable two-component supramolecular amphiphiles. This research reveals that supramolecular amphiphiles can be used as a novel concept for the construction of multilayer films, and it also provides a new method of generating surface-imprinted multilayers.

  13. Laser cleaning of the metallic thin films from silicon wafer surface with UV laser radiation

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    Apostol, Ileana; Apostol, Dan; Victor, Damian; Timcu, Adrian; Iordache, Iuliana; Castex, Marie-Claude C.; Galli, Roberta; Ulieru, Dumitru G.

    2004-10-01

    The interest to use laser surface processing in microtechnology as a friendly method from the technologic and environmental point of view lead our studies about laser radiation interaction with photo-resist and metallic thin films. In this view we have tried in our experiments to process metallic thin films deposited on silicon substrate by using laser radiation. To obtain a good quality of the metallic thin film removal from the silicon surface a careful selection of the incident laser intensity, number of pulses and irradiation geometry is needed. The threshold value for the laser cleaning intensity depends on the number of incident laser pulses. A careful experimental estimation of the cleaning conditions from the point of view of incident laser energy, fluence, intensity and irradiation geometry was realized for aluminum, copper, and chromium thin films.

  14. Development of a model to describe organic films on aerosol particles and cloud droplets. Final report; Entwicklung eines Modells zur Beschreibung organischer Filme auf Aerosolteilchen und Wolkentropfen. Abschlussbericht

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    Forkel, R. (ed.); Seidl, W.

    2000-12-01

    Organic substances with polar groups are enriched on water surfaces and can form monomolecular surface films which can reduce the surface tension. A new model to describe surface films is presented, which describes in detail the film forming properties of fatty acids with up to 22 carbon atoms. The model is applied to measured concentrations of fatty acids (from the literature) in rain water and on aerosol particles and cloud droplets. An investigation of the sources of fatty acids has shown, that abrasion of the wax layer on leaves and needles is the main sources for surface film material in the western USA. Anthropogenic sources in urban areas are meat preparation and cigarette smoke. The agreement between model results and measurements when the model was applied to rain water confirms the original assumption that fatty acids are a main compound of surface films in rain water. For humid aerosol particles the application of the model on measured concentrations of fatty acids only showed strongly diluted films. Only for remote forest areas in western USA concentrated films were found, with the surface tension reduced by 20 to 30%. On cloud droplets the surface films is still more diluted than on aerosol particles. For all investigated cases the films was too much diluted to have an effect on the activation process of cloud droplets. (orig.) [German] Organische Substanzen mit polaren Gruppen reichern sich an der Wasseroberflaeche an und koennen monomolekulare Oberflaechenfilme bilden, die zu einer Verringerung der Oberflaechenspannung fuehren. Es wird ein neues Modell zur Beschreibung eines Oberflaechenfilms beschrieben, das detailliert die filmbildenden Eigenschaften der Fettsaeuren mit bis zu 22 Kohlenstoffatomen erfasst. Dieses Modell ist auf gemessene Konzentrationen von Fettsaeuren (Literaturdaten) in Regenwasser und auf atmosphaerischen Aerosolteilchen und Wolkentropfen angewandt worden. Eine Betrachtung der Quellen der Fettsaeuren zeigte, dass der Abrieb der

  15. Magnetic Behavior of Surface Nanostructured 50-nm Nickel Thin Films

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Thermally evaporated 50-nm nickel thin films coated on borosilicate glass substrates were nanostructured by excimer laser (0.5 J/cm2, single shot, DC electric field (up to 2 kV/cm and trench-template assisted technique. Nanoparticle arrays (anisotropic growth features have been observed to form in the direction of electric field for DC electric field treatment case and ruptured thin film (isotropic growth features growth for excimer laser treatment case. For trench-template assisted technique; nanowires (70–150 nm diameters have grown along the length of trench template. Coercive field and saturation magnetization are observed to be strongly dependent on nanostructuring techniques.

  16. Interaction of UV-Laser Radiation with Molecular Surface Films.

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    2014-09-26

    physics of organometallics on surfaces and in the gas phase, and the first observation of surface enhanced chemistry . DI ~(B ~ _ __ _ __ _ ___E_ _ 20...reverse if nee~tary an~d Identify by biock number) FIEL GROP SU GR- Laser, Microelectronics, Surface Chemistry 19 ABSTRACT i CoiEIDue on reverset of...eke chmry and iden NlY by bloch numberg -he surface chemistry of Laser Photodeposition has been explored. The findings include the photodissociation

  17. Aluminum thin film growth on a Ru(0001) surface

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    Ceballos, G.; Theis, M.; Pelzer, Th.; Schick, M.; Rangelov, G.; Wandelt, K.

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    The growth of thin Al films on a Ru(0001) substrate has been investigated by means of AES, LEED, TDS, and PAX measurements. A plot of the Ru and Al AES intensities versus evaporation time for a deposition temperature of 300 K reveals a distinct break at θAl = 1, while for higher coverages the Ru intensity decays exponentially indicating a three-dimensional growth of Al clusters. From this behavior we deduce a Stranski-Krastanov growth mechanism. This behavior persists up to 650 K. For higher deposition temperatures a diffusion of Al into the substrate and a partial desorption of the Al film is found. At low Al coverage the LEED pattern reveals an initial film growth with Al(111) structure and an expansion of the interatomic spacing of 2% compared to the Al(111) bulk plane. This superstructure persisted up to ˜ 2.5 ML. In the submonolayer regime CO and Xe TD-spectra as well as Xe 4d PAX-spectra suggest together with LEED an island growth.

  18. Fabrication and Surface Properties of Composite Films of SAM/Pt/ZnO/SiO 2

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    Yao, Ke Xin

    2008-12-16

    Through synthetic architecture and functionalization with self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), complex nanocomposite films of SAM/Pt/ZnO/SiO2 have been facilely prepared in this work. The nanostructured films are highly uniform and porous, showing a wide range of tunable wettabilities from superhydrophilicity to superhydrophobicity (water contact angles: 0° to 170°). Our approach offers synthetic flexibility in controlling film architecture, surface topography, coating texture, crystallite size, and chemical composition of modifiers (e.g., SAMs derived from alkanethiols). For example, wettability properties of the nanocomposite films can be finely tuned with both inorganic phase (i.e., ZnO/SiO2 and Pt/ZnO/SiO2) and organic phase (i.e., SAMs on Pt/ZnO/SiO2). Due to the presence of catalytic components Pt/ZnO within the nanocomposites, surface reactions of the organic modifiers can further take place at room temperature and elevated temperatures, which provides a means for SAM formation and elimination. Because the Pt/ZnO forms an excellent pair of metal-semiconductors for photocatalysis, the anchored SAMs can also be modified or depleted by UV irradiation (i.e., the films possess self-cleaning ability). Potential applications of these nanocomposite films have been addressed. Our durability tests also confirm that the films are thermally stable and structurally robust in modification- regeneration cycles. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

  19. On the Morphology of the SDS Film on the Surface of Borosilicate Glass

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    Zih-Yao Shen

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Surfactant films on solid surfaces have attracted much attention because of their scientific interest and applications, such as surface treatment agent, or for micro- or nano-scale templates for microfluidic devices. In this study, anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS solutions with various charged inorganic salts was spread on a glass substrate and dried to form an SDS thin film. Atomic force microscopy (AFM was employed to observe the micro-structure of the SDS thin film. The effects of inorganic salts on the morphology of the SDS film were observed and discussed. The results of experiments demonstrated that pure SDS film formed patterns of long, parallel, highly-ordered stripes. The existence of the inorganic salt disturbed the structure of the SDS film due to the interaction between the cationic ion and the anionic head groups of SDS. The divalent ion has greater electrostatic interaction with anionic head groups than that of the monovalent ion, and causes a gross change in the morphology of the SDS film. The height of the SDS bilayer measured was consistent with the theoretical value, and the addition of the large-sized monovalent ion would lead to lowering the height of the adsorbed structures.

  20. Surface structure characterization of ultra-thin films of Au deposited on Pd(111)

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    Pancotti, A.; de Siervo, A.; Nascente, P. A. P.; Landers, R.

    2016-06-01

    Ultra-thin films of Au were deposited on the Pd(111) surface and then characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), and X-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) generated by synchrotron radiation. The Au films were deposited at room temperature (300 K) and subsequently annealed at 400 °C (673 K) and 610 °C (883 K). XPD analyses indicated that the gold films were 7 and 6 ML thick, for the annealing temperatures of 400 °C and 610 °C, respectively. The film interlayer distances exhibited an oscillatory behavior, with a 5% contraction between the top and the second layers, a 3% expansion between the second and the third layers, for the film annealed at 400 °C, and a 2% expansion in the interlayer distance between the top and the second layers and a 4% contraction between the second and the third layers, for the film annealed at 610 °C. For both annealing temperatures, the interlayer distances between the third and the fourth layers and between the fourth and the fifth layers exhibited a 1% expansion and a 2% contraction. For the film annealed at 610 °C, XPD results revealed that the Pd(111) surface was covered by Au islands, with some bare patches exposed.

  1. Synthesis and surface properties of polyamide-CuxSe composite thin films

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    Ivanauskas, Remigijus; Baltrusaitis, Jonas

    2013-10-01

    A study of copper selenide (CuxSe) thin film deposition on PA 6 polymer surface via adsorption/diffusion method and the resulting surface properties is presented. A two stage process used to deposit these thin films involves (a) selenization in 0.1 M K2SeS2O6 at pH 2.15 and 60 °C followed by (b) treatment with 0.34 M Cu(II) and 0.06 M Cu(I) salt solution at 80 °C. Resulting chemical and physical properties of CuxSe films were investigated using XRD, XPS, SEM and sheet resistivity measurements. XRD data showed a complex mixture of CuxSe phases with peaks due to the elemental Se present at longer exposures. Thin film bulk elemental composition varied with the exposure time whereas XPS analysis showed surface to be slightly copper enriched. Additionally, mostly Cusbnd Se bonds were observed on the surface with minor oxidation products. SEM crossectional analysis showed distinct CuxSe film formation on PA 6 surface with thickness of ∼1-5 μm. Finally, it was found that sheet resistance of 150 ± 10 Ω/□ was achieved after 120 min of selenization for all samples and remained constant after longer exposures.

  2. A facile method for preparing highly conductive and reflective surface-silvered polyimide films

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    Liao, Yuan; Cao, Bing; Wang, Wen-Cai; Zhang, Liqun; Wu, Dezhen; Jin, Riguang

    2009-07-01

    A novel method was developed for the preparation of reflective and electrically conductive surface-silvered polyimide (PI) films. The polyimide films were functionalized with poly(dopamine), simply by dipping the PI films into aqueous dopamine solution and mildly stirring at room temperature. Electroless plating of silver was readily carried out on the poly(dopamine) deposited PI (PI-DOPA) surface. The surface compositions of the modified PI films were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS results show that the PI-DOPA surfaces were successfully deposited with ploy(dopamine) and were ready for electroless deposition of silver. The poly(dopamine) layer was used not only as the chemi-sorption sites for silver particles during the electroless plating of silver, but also as an adhesion promotion layer for the electrolessly deposited silver. The as-prepared silvered PI films show high conductivity and reflectivity, with a surface resistance of 1.5 Ω and a reflectivity of 95%, respectively.

  3. A facile method for preparing highly conductive and reflective surface-silvered polyimide films

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    Liao Yuan; Cao Bing [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, and the Key Laboratory of Beijing City on Preparation and Processing of Novel Polymer Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 15 Beisanhuan East Road, Beijing 100029 (China); Wang Wencai, E-mail: wangw@mail.buct.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, and Key Laboratory of Beijing City on Preparation and Processing of Novel Polymer Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 15 Beisanhuan East Road, Beijing 100029 (China); Zhang Liqun; Wu Dezhen; Jin Riguang [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, and Key Laboratory of Beijing City on Preparation and Processing of Novel Polymer Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 15 Beisanhuan East Road, Beijing 100029 (China)

    2009-07-15

    A novel method was developed for the preparation of reflective and electrically conductive surface-silvered polyimide (PI) films. The polyimide films were functionalized with poly(dopamine), simply by dipping the PI films into aqueous dopamine solution and mildly stirring at room temperature. Electroless plating of silver was readily carried out on the poly(dopamine) deposited PI (PI-DOPA) surface. The surface compositions of the modified PI films were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS results show that the PI-DOPA surfaces were successfully deposited with ploy(dopamine) and were ready for electroless deposition of silver. The poly(dopamine) layer was used not only as the chemi-sorption sites for silver particles during the electroless plating of silver, but also as an adhesion promotion layer for the electrolessly deposited silver. The as-prepared silvered PI films show high conductivity and reflectivity, with a surface resistance of 1.5 {Omega} and a reflectivity of 95%, respectively.

  4. Tuning the electronic properties at the surface of BaBiO3 thin films

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    Ferreyra, C.; Guller, F.; Marchini, F.; Lüders, U.; Albornoz, C.; Leyva, A. G.; Williams, F. J.; Llois, A. M.; Vildosola, V.; Rubi, D.

    2016-06-01

    The presence of 2D electron gases at surfaces or interfaces in oxide thin films remains a hot topic in condensed matter physics. In particular, BaBiO3 appears as a very interesting system as it was theoretically proposed that its (001) surface should become metallic if a Bi-termination is achieved (Vildosola et al., PRL 110, 206805 (2013)). Here we report on the preparation by pulsed laser deposition and characterization of BaBiO3 thin films on silicon. We show that the texture of the films can be tuned by controlling the growth conditions, being possible to stabilize strongly (100)-textured films. We find significant differences on the spectroscopic and transport properties between (100)-textured and non-textured films. We rationalize these experimental results by performing first principles calculations, which indicate the existence of electron doping at the (100) surface. This stabilizes Bi ions in a 3+ state, shortens Bi-O bonds and reduces the electronic band gap, increasing the surface conductivity. Our results emphasize the importance of surface effects on the electronic properties of perovskites, and provide strategies to design novel oxide heterostructures with potential interface-related 2D electron gases.

  5. Tuning the electronic properties at the surface of BaBiO3 thin films

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    C. Ferreyra

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The presence of 2D electron gases at surfaces or interfaces in oxide thin films remains a hot topic in condensed matter physics. In particular, BaBiO3 appears as a very interesting system as it was theoretically proposed that its (001 surface should become metallic if a Bi-termination is achieved (Vildosola et al., PRL 110, 206805 (2013. Here we report on the preparation by pulsed laser deposition and characterization of BaBiO3 thin films on silicon. We show that the texture of the films can be tuned by controlling the growth conditions, being possible to stabilize strongly (100-textured films. We find significant differences on the spectroscopic and transport properties between (100-textured and non-textured films. We rationalize these experimental results by performing first principles calculations, which indicate the existence of electron doping at the (100 surface. This stabilizes Bi ions in a 3+ state, shortens Bi-O bonds and reduces the electronic band gap, increasing the surface conductivity. Our results emphasize the importance of surface effects on the electronic properties of perovskites, and provide strategies to design novel oxide heterostructures with potential interface-related 2D electron gases.

  6. Tuning the electronic properties at the surface of BaBiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Ferreyra, C. [GIyA y INN, CNEA, Av.Gral Paz 1499, (1650), San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Departamento de Física, Facultad Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Guller, F.; Llois, A. M.; Vildosola, V. [GIyA y INN, CNEA, Av.Gral Paz 1499, (1650), San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); Marchini, F.; Williams, F. J. [Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Analítica y Química-Física, INQUIMAE-CONICET, Facultad Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pabellón 2, Ciudad Universitaria, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Lüders, U. [CRISMAT, CNRS UMR 6508, ENSICAEN, 6 Boulevard Maréchal Juin, 14050 Caen Cedex 4 (France); Albornoz, C. [GIyA y INN, CNEA, Av.Gral Paz 1499, (1650), San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Leyva, A. G. [GIyA y INN, CNEA, Av.Gral Paz 1499, (1650), San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Escuela de Ciencia y Tecnología, UNSAM, Campus Miguelete, (1650), San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); and others

    2016-06-15

    The presence of 2D electron gases at surfaces or interfaces in oxide thin films remains a hot topic in condensed matter physics. In particular, BaBiO{sub 3} appears as a very interesting system as it was theoretically proposed that its (001) surface should become metallic if a Bi-termination is achieved (Vildosola et al., PRL 110, 206805 (2013)). Here we report on the preparation by pulsed laser deposition and characterization of BaBiO{sub 3} thin films on silicon. We show that the texture of the films can be tuned by controlling the growth conditions, being possible to stabilize strongly (100)-textured films. We find significant differences on the spectroscopic and transport properties between (100)-textured and non-textured films. We rationalize these experimental results by performing first principles calculations, which indicate the existence of electron doping at the (100) surface. This stabilizes Bi ions in a 3+ state, shortens Bi-O bonds and reduces the electronic band gap, increasing the surface conductivity. Our results emphasize the importance of surface effects on the electronic properties of perovskites, and provide strategies to design novel oxide heterostructures with potential interface-related 2D electron gases.

  7. The nanostructuring of surfaces and films using interference lithography and chalcogenide photoresist.

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    Dan'ko, Viktor; Indutnyi, Ivan; Myn'ko, Victor; Lukaniuk, Mariia; Shepeliavyi, Petro

    2015-01-01

    The reversible and transient photostimulated structural changes in annealed chalcogenide glass (ChG) layers were used to form interference periodic structures on semiconductor surfaces and metal films. It was shown that negative-action etchants based on amines dissolve illuminated parts of a chalcogenide film, i.e., act as positive etchants. The diffraction gratings and 2-D interference structures on germanium ChGs - more environmentally acceptable compounds than traditionally used arsenic chalcogenides - were recorded, and their characteristics were studied.

  8. Overall Effectiveness Measurement at Engine Temperatures with Reactive Film Cooling and Surface Curvature

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    2015-03-26

    Da = Damkohler number ( ℎ ) DR = density ratio F = Fahrenheit FCR = film cooling rig H* = non-dimensional fuel enthalpy h...the objective of a film layer is to remain 2 attached to the blade surface, any flame produced by a reaction between the coolant and the...making reactions likely Figure 2-5 shows the predicted temperature profile on a portion of a hybrid vane. The combustion occurs in the cavity on the top

  9. Photochemical charge separation in poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) films observed with surface photovoltage spectroscopy

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    Osterloh, FE; Holmes, MA; Chang, L.; Moulé, AJ; Zhao, J.

    2013-01-01

    Surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS) was used to probe photon induced charge separation in thin films of regioregular and regiorandom poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as a function of excitation energy. Both positive and negative photovoltage signals were observed under sub-band-gap (2.0 eV) excitation of the polymer. The dependence of the spectra on substrate work function, thermal annealing, film thickness, and illumination intensity was investigated, allowing the identification of interfac...

  10. Surface plasmon effect in nanocrystalline copper/DLC composite films by electrodeposition technique

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    S Hussain; A K Pal

    2006-11-01

    Composite films of nanocrystalline copper embedded in DLC matrix prepared by electrodeposition technique were studied for their optical properties. Particle size and metal volume fractions were tailored by varying the amount of copper containing salt in the electrolyte. Blue-shift of the surface plasmon resonance peak in the absorbance spectra of the films was observed with the reduction in size and volume fraction of metal particles. Mie theory was found to describe the experimental spectra quite well.

  11. Abnormal Cutoff Thickness of Long-Range Surface Plasmon Polariton Modes Guided by Thin Metal Films

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    LIU Fang; RAO Yi; HUANG Yi-Dong; ZHANG Wei; PENG Jiang-De

    2007-01-01

    Long-range surface plasmon polariton(LRSPP) modes guided by a thin metal film surrounded by semi-infinite dielectrics with different refractive indices are studied.Our cMculation results show that the cutoff thickness of the metal film does not monotonically increase with refractive index difference △n between the SHbstrate and superstrate.Just because of this abnormal behaviour of cutoff thickness,the existence of LRSPP illustrates complicated situations in asymmetric configurations.For a certain metal film thickness,LRsPP may exist in one.two or three refractive index difference △n regions.

  12. Nanostructured diamond film deposition on curved surfaces of metallic temporomandibular joint implant

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    Fries, Marc D; Vohra, Yogesh K [Department of Physics, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham, AL (United States)

    2002-10-21

    Microwave plasma chemical vapour deposition of nanostructured diamond films was carried out on curved surfaces of Ti-6Al-4V alloy machined to simulate the shape of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dental implant. Raman spectroscopy shows that the deposited films are uniform in chemical composition along the radius of curvature of the TMJ condyle. Thin film x-ray diffraction reveals an interfacial carbide layer and nanocrystalline diamond grains in this coating. Nanoindentation hardness measurements show an ultra-hard coating with a hardness value of 60{+-}5 GPa averaged over three samples. (rapid communication)

  13. RAPID COMMUNICATION: Nanostructured diamond film deposition on curved surfaces of metallic temporomandibular joint implant

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    Fries, Marc D.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2002-10-01

    Microwave plasma chemical vapour deposition of nanostructured diamond films was carried out on curved surfaces of Ti-6Al-4V alloy machined to simulate the shape of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dental implant. Raman spectroscopy shows that the deposited films are uniform in chemical composition along the radius of curvature of the TMJ condyle. Thin film x-ray diffraction reveals an interfacial carbide layer and nanocrystalline diamond grains in this coating. Nanoindentation hardness measurements show an ultra-hard coating with a hardness value of 60+/-5 GPa averaged over three samples.

  14. Surface modification of PET films using pulsed AC plasma polymerisation aimed at preventing protein adsorption

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    Ademovic, Z.; Wei, J.; Winther-Jensen, Bjørn

    2005-01-01

    We utilise pulsed AC plasma polymerisation to create thin films that either contain reactive acid functional groups (by deposition of maleic anhydride (MAH) followed by hydrolysis) or are poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-like in nature (by using diethylene glycol vinyl ether (DEGVE) as monomer). The MAH...... films were further modified with PEG chains using a two-step wet chemical method. For the DEGVE films the plasma power was varied in order to change the degree of monomer fragmentation and thus retention of PEG-like character. The chemistry of the surfaces was determined using Fourier-transform infrared...

  15. Chemical surface deposition of cds thin films from CdI2 aqueous solution

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    G. Il’chuk

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available For the first time using CdI2 solution CdS films on glass and ITO coated glass substrates were produced by the method of layerwise chemical surface deposition (ChSD. CdS thin films with the widths from 40 nm to 100 nm were obtained for windows in solar cells based on CdS/CdTe heterojunctions. Changes of the structural and optical properties of CdS films due to air annealing are shown.

  16. Surface modification strategies on mesoporous silica nanoparticles for anti-biofouling zwitterionic film grafting.

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    Khung, Yit Lung; Narducci, Dario

    2015-12-01

    In the past decade, zwitterionic-based anti-biofouling layers had gained much focus as a serious alternative to traditional polyhydrophilic films such as PEG. In the area of assembling silica nanoparticles with stealth properties, the incorporation of zwitterionic surface film remains fairly new but considering that silica nanoparticles had been widely demonstrated as useful biointerfacing nanodevice, zwitterionic film grafting on silica nanoparticle holds much potential in the future. This review will discuss on the conceivable functional chemistry approaches, some of which are potentially suitable for the assembly of such stealth systems.

  17. Light irradiation tuning of surface wettability, optical, and electric properties of graphene oxide thin films

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    Furio, A.; Landi, G.; Altavilla, C.; Sofia, D.; Iannace, S.; Sorrentino, A.; Neitzert, H. C.

    2017-02-01

    In this work the preparation of flexible polymeric films with controlled electrical conductivity, light transmission and surface wettability is reported. A drop casted graphene oxide thin film is photo-reduced at different levels by UV light or laser irradiation. Optical microscopy, IR spectroscopy, electrical characterization, Raman spectroscopy and static water contact angle measurements are used in order to characterize the effects of the various reduction methods. Correlations between the optical, electrical and structural properties are reported and compared to previous literature results. These correlations provide a useful tool for independently tuning the properties of these films for specific applications.

  18. Growing extremely thin bulklike metal film on a semiconductor surface: Monolayer Al(111) on Si(111)

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    Jiang, Ying; Kim, Yong-Hyun; Zhang, S. B.; Ebert, Philipp; Yang, Shenyuan; Tang, Zhe; Wu, Kehui; Wang, E. G.

    2007-10-29

    We report combined scanning tunneling microscopy, x-ray photoelectron emission spectroscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and theoretical study of the growth of ultrathin Al film on the Si(111) substrate. We show that by (i) a modification of the substrate reconstruction with a √3×√3 surface and (ii) a choice of materials with commensurate lattices, atomically flat film can be obtained even at the ultimate one monolayer limit, while maintaining a bulklike atomic structure. Detailed analysis shows that this monolayer Al(111)-1×1Al(111)-1×1 film is electronically decoupled from the Si substrate, and it shows metallic characteristics.

  19. On jet impingement and thin film breakup on a horizontal superhydrophobic surface

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    Prince, Joseph F.; Maynes, Daniel; Crockett, Julie

    2015-11-01

    When a vertical laminar jet impinges on a horizontal surface, it will spread out in a thin film. If the surface is hydrophobic and a downstream depth is not maintained, the film will radially expand until it breaks up into filaments or droplets. We present the first analysis and model that describes the location of this transition for both isotropic and anisotropic structured superhydrophobic (SH) surfaces. All surfaces explored are hydrophobic or SH, where the SH surfaces exhibit an apparent slip at the plane of the surface due to a shear free condition above the air filled cavities between the structures. The influence of apparent slip on the entire flow field is significant and yields behavior that deviates notably from classical behavior for a smooth hydrophilic surface where a hydraulic jump would form. Instead, break up into droplets occurs where the jet's outward radial momentum is balanced by the inward surface tension force of the advancing film. For hydrophobic surfaces, or SH surfaces with random micropatterning, the apparent slip on the surface is uniform in all directions and droplet breakup occurs in a circular pattern. When alternating rib/cavity microstructures are used to create the SH surface, the apparent slip varies as a function of the azimuthal coordinate, and thus, the breakup location is elliptically shaped. The thin film dynamics are modeled by a radial momentum analysis for a given jet Weber number and specified slip length and the location of breakup for multiple surfaces over a range of jet Weber numbers and realistic slip length values is quantified. The results of the analysis show that the breakup radius increases with increasing Weber number and slip length. The eccentricity of the breakup ellipse for the rib/cavity SH structures increases with increasing Weber number and slip length as well. A generalized model that allows prediction of the transition (break-up) location as a function of all influencing parameters is presented

  20. Multi-scale characterization of surface blistering morphology of helium irradiated W thin films

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    Yang, J.J., E-mail: jjyang@scu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Radiation Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610064 (China); Zhu, H.L. [Key Laboratory of Radiation Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610064 (China); Wan, Q. [Institute of Structural Mechanics, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Peng, M.J. [Key Laboratory of Radiation Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610064 (China); Ran, G., E-mail: gran@xmu.edu.cn [School of Energy Research, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian 361005 (China); Tang, J.; Yang, Y.Y.; Liao, J.L.; Liu, N. [Key Laboratory of Radiation Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610064 (China)

    2015-09-01

    Highlights: • Multi-scale blistering morphology of He irradiated W film was studied. • This complex morphology was first characterized by wavelet transform approach. - Abstract: Surface blistering morphologies of W thin films irradiated by 30 keV He ion beam were studied quantitatively. It was found that the blistering morphology strongly depends on He fluence. For lower He fluence, the accumulation and growth of He bubbles induce the intrinsic surface blisters with mono-modal size distribution feature. When the He fluence is higher, the film surface morphology exhibits a multi-scale property, including two kinds of surface blisters with different characteristic sizes. In addition to the intrinsic He blisters, film/substrate interface delamination also induces large-sized surface blisters. A strategy based on wavelet transform approach was proposed to distinguish and extract the multi-scale surface blistering morphologies. Then the density, the lateral size and the height of these different blisters were estimated quantitatively, and the effect of He fluence on these geometrical parameters was investigated. Our method could provide a potential tool to describe the irradiation induced surface damage morphology with a multi-scale property.

  1. Biaxial CdTe/CaF{sub 2} films growth on amorphous surface

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    Yuan, W., E-mail: yuanw@rpi.ed [Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110, 8th St., Troy, NY 12180 (United States); Tang, F.; Li, H.-F.; Parker, T. [Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110, 8th St., Troy, NY 12180 (United States); LiCausi, N. [Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110, 8th St., Troy, NY 12180 (United States); Lu, T.-M. [Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110, 8th St., Troy, NY 12180 (United States); Bhat, I. [Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110, 8th St., Troy, NY 12180 (United States); Wang, G.-C. [Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110, 8th St., Troy, NY 12180 (United States); Lee, S. [US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Benet Labs, Watervliet, NY 12189 (United States)

    2009-10-30

    A continuous and highly biaxially textured CdTe film was grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on an amorphous substrate using biaxial CaF{sub 2} nanorods as a buffer layer. The interface between the CdTe film and CaF{sub 2} nanorods and the morphology of the CdTe film were studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy. Both the TEM and X-ray pole figure analysis clearly reveal that the crystalline orientation of the continuous CdTe film followed the {l_brace}111{r_brace}<121> biaxial texture of the CaF{sub 2} nanorods. A high density of twin faults was observed in the CdTe film. Furthermore, the near surface texture of the CdTe thin film was investigated by reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and RHEED surface pole figure analysis. Twinning was also observed from the RHEED surface pole figure analysis.

  2. Electroless-plated gold films for sensitive surface plasmon resonance detection of white spot syndrome virus.

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    Lei, Yun; Chen, Hongyu; Dai, Heping; Zeng, Zhaorui; Lin, Yi; Zhou, Feimeng; Pang, Daiwen

    2008-02-28

    The paper describes the rapid and label-free detection of the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) using a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) device based on gold films prepared by electroless plating. The plating condition for obtaining films suitable for SPR measurements was optimized. Gold nanoparticles adsorbed on glass slides were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Detection of the WSSV was performed through the binding between WSSV in solution and the anti-WSSV single chain variable fragment (scFv antibody) preimmobilized onto the sensor surface. Morphologies of the as-prepared gold films, gold films modified with self-assembled alkanethiol monolayers, and films covered with antibody were examined using an atomic force microscope (AFM). To demonstrate the viability of the method for real sample analysis, WSSV of different concentrations present in a shrimp hemolymph matrix was determined upon optimizing the surface density of the antibody molecules. The SPR device based on the electroless-plated gold films is capable of detecting concentration of WSSV as low as 2.5 ng/mL in 2% shrimp hemolymph, which is one to two orders of magnitude lower than the level measurable by enzyme-linked immunosorbant assays.

  3. Nanostructured films from phthalocyanine and carbon nanotubes: surface morphology and electrical characterization.

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    Brito, Jackeline B; Gomes, Douglas J C; Justina, Vanessa D; Lima, Aline M F; Olivati, Clarissa A; Silva, Josmary R; de Souza, Nara C

    2012-02-01

    We report on the investigation of the surface morphology and DC conductivity of nanostructured layer-by-layer (LbL) films from nickel tetrasulfonated phthalocyanine (NiTsPc) alternated with either multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs/NiTsPc) or multi-walled carbon nanotubes dispersed in chitosan (MWNTs+Ch/NiTsPc). We have explored the surface morphology of the films by using fractal concepts and dynamic scale laws. The MWNTs/NiTsPc LbL films were found to have a fractal dimension of ca. 2, indicating a quasi Euclidean surface. MWNTs+Ch/NiTsPc LbL films are described by the Lai-Das Sarma-Villain (LDV) model, which predicts the deposition of particles and their subsequent relaxation. An increase in the wetting contact angle of MWNTs+Ch/NiTsPc LbL films was observed, as compared with MWNTs/NiTsPc LbL films, which presented an increase in the fractal dimension of the first system. Room temperature conductivities were found be ca. 0.45 S/cm for MWNTs/NiTsPc and 1.35 S/cm for MWNTs+Ch/NiTsPc.

  4. Surface precipitation of highly porous hydrotalcite-like film on Al from a zinc aqueous solution.

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    Gao, Y F; Nagai, M; Masuda, Y; Sato, F; Seo, W S; Koumoto, K

    2006-04-11

    A hydrotalcite-like film has been successfully deposited on an Al-bearing glass substrate based on an interface reaction between an Al layer and a zinc aqueous solution. The film selectively grew on the Al surface but not on the glass surface. The film on Al was composed of layered nanosheets of a hydrotalcite-like compound containing Al and Zn. Comparably, deposits on the plastic surface and precipitates in solution were wurzite-type ZnO with various morphologies depending upon the preparation conditions. At low supersaturation degrees, single crystals and superstructures of Zn-Al hydrotalcite were also obtained. This porous hydrotalcite film has a potential application as catalyst supports, environmental materials, or matrixes for hydrotalcite-based nanocomposite films. Using Al as a reaction interface makes it easy to coat porous hydrotalcites on a series of matrix materials varying in shapes and properties, which is important for achieving practical applications. In addition, the method developed should be widely applicable to other systems for the preparation of porous or oriented hydrotalcite-like thin films by an appropriate combination of divalent/trivalent solution-substrate systems.

  5. Deposition of Low Stress Silicon Nitride Thin Film and Its Application in Surface Micromachining Device Structures

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    Beirong Zheng

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Surface machining processes are responsible for creating microstructures that reside near the surfaces of a substrate and are characterized by the fabrication of micromechanical structures from deposited thin films. These films can be selectively removed to build three-dimensional structures whose functionality typically requires that they should be freed from the planar substrate. Silicon nitride thin film is one of these important materials. In this paper, by adjusting the SiH2Cl2/NH3 gaseous ratio, low stress silicon nitride (LS SiN is deposited by the low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD process. The internal stress generally in 135 MPa has been detected using an FLX-2320 film stress tester. Based on the wide application in surface micromachining devices, the mechanical properties of LS SiN are measured by nanoindentation, giving the value of Young’s modulus of 224 GPa and the hardness of 22.5 GPa, respectively. Dry etching and wet etching are utilized to fabricate the LS SiN thin film for structural layers. The etching rate compared with normal Si3N4 film by LPCVD is demonstrated for silicon chip manufacture.

  6. Low-cost, high performance surface plasmon resonance-compatible films characterized by the surface plasmon resonance technique

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    Li Song-Quan; Ye Hong-An; Liu Chun-Yu; Dou Yin-Feng; Huang Yan

    2013-01-01

    A new analytical method based on the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technique is presented,with which SPR curves for both wavelength and angular modulations can be obtained simultaneously via only a single scan of the incident angle.Using this method,the SPR responses of TiO2-coated Cu films are characterized in the wavelength range from 600 nm to 900 nm.For the first time,we determine the effective optical constants and the thicknesses of TiO2-coated Cu films using the SPR curves of wavelength modulation.The sensitivities of prism-based SPR refractive index sensors using TiO2-coated Cu films are investigated theoretically for both wavelength and angular modulations,the results show that in the case of sensitivity with wavelength modulation,TiO2-coated Cu films are not as good as the Au film,however,they are more suitable than the Au film for SPR refractive index sensors with angular modulation because a higher sensitivity can be achieved.

  7. Novel method for the measurement of liquid film thickness during fuel spray impingement on surfaces.

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    Henkel, S; Beyrau, F; Hardalupas, Y; Taylor, A M K P

    2016-02-01

    This paper describes the development and application of a novel optical technique for the measurement of liquid film thickness formed on surfaces during the impingement of automotive fuel sprays. The technique makes use of the change of the light scattering characteristics of a metal surface with known roughness, when liquid is deposited. Important advantages of the technique over previously established methods are the ability to measure the time-dependent spatial distribution of the liquid film without a need to add a fluorescent tracer to the liquid, while the measurement principle is not influenced by changes of the pressure and temperature of the liquid or the surrounding gas phase. Also, there is no need for non-fluorescing surrogate fuels. However, an in situ calibration of the dependence of signal intensity on liquid film thickness is required. The developed method can be applied to measure the time-dependent and two-dimensional distribution of the liquid fuel film thickness on the piston or the liner of gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines. The applicability of this technique was evaluated with impinging sprays of several linear alkanes and alcohols with different thermo-physical properties. The surface temperature of the impingement plate was controlled to simulate the range of piston surface temperatures inside a GDI engine. Two sets of liquid film thickness measurements were obtained. During the first set, the surface temperature of the plate was kept constant, while the spray of different fuels interacted with the surface. In the second set, the plate temperature was adjusted to match the boiling temperature of each fuel. In this way, the influence of the surface temperature on the liquid film created by the spray of different fuels and their evaporation characteristics could be demonstrated.

  8. Surface energy characteristics of zeolite embedded PVDF nanofiber films with electrospinning process

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    Kang, Dong Hee; Kang, Hyun Wook

    2016-11-01

    Electrospinning is a nano-scale fiber production method with various polymer materials. This technique allows simple fiber diameters control by changing the physical conditions such as applied voltage and polymer solution viscosity during the fabrication process. The electrospun polymer fibers form a thin porous film with high surface area to volume ratio. Due to these unique characteristics, it is widely used for many application fields such as photocatalyst, electric sensor, and antibacterial scaffold for tissue engineering. Filtration is one of the main applications of electrospun polymer fibers for specific application of filtering out dust particles and dehumidification. Most polymers which are commonly used in electrospinning are hard to perform the filtering and dehumidification simultaneously because of their low hygroscopic property. To overcome this obstacle, the desiccant polymers are developed such as polyacrylic acid and polysulfobetaine methacrylate. However, the desiccant polymers are generally expensive and need special solvent for electrospinning. An alternating way to solve these problems is mixing desiccant material like zeolite in polymer solution during an electrospinning process. In this study, the free surface energy characteristics of electrospun polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film with various zeolite concentrations are investigated to control the hygroscopic property of general polymers. Fundamental physical property of wettability with PVDF shows hydrophobicity. The electrospun PVDF film with small weight ratio with higher than 0.1% of zeolite powder shows diminished contact angles that certifying the wettability of PVDF can be controlled using desiccant material in electrospinning process. To quantify the surface energy of electrospun PVDF films, sessile water droplets are introduced on the electrospun PVDF film surface and the contact angles are measured. The contact angles of PVDF film are 140° for without zeolite and 80° for with 5

  9. Metal-Organic Coordination Network Thin Film by Surface-Induced Assembly.

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    Laokroekkiat, Salinthip; Hara, Mitsuo; Nagano, Shusaku; Nagao, Yuki

    2016-07-01

    The growth of metal-organic coordination network thin films on surfaces has been pursued extensively and intensively to manipulate the molecular arrangement. For this study, the oriented multilayer thin films based on porphyrinic nanoarchitecture were synthesized toward metal-organic coordination networks using surface-induced assembly (SIA). Nanoscale molecular thin films were prepared at room temperature using cobalt(II) ion and porphyrin building blocks as precursors. Stepwise growth with a highly uniform layer was characterized using UV-vis, AFM, IR, and XPS studies. The grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering and X-ray reflectivity results remarkably suggested a periodic structure in in-plane direction with constant and high mass density (ca. 1.5 g/cm(3)) throughout the multilayer formation. We propose that orientation of the porphyrin macrocycle plane with a hexagonal packed model by single anchoring mode was tilted approximately 60° with respect to the surface substrate. It is noteworthy that the well-organized structure of porphyrin-based macrocyclic framework on the amine-terminated surface substrate can be achieved efficiently using a simple SIA approach under mild synthetic conditions. The synthesized thin film provides a different structure from that obtained using bulk synthesis. This result suggests that the SIA technique can control not only the film thickness but also the structural arrangement on the surface. This report of our research provides insight into the ordered porphyrin-based metal-organic coordination network thin films, which opens up opportunities for exploration of unique thin film materials for diverse applications.

  10. Surface energy evaluation of unhydrogenated DLC thin film deposited by thermionic vacuum arc (TVA) method

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    Vladoiu, R.; Dinca, V.; Musa, G.

    2009-08-01

    The aim of this paper is concerned with the surface energy evaluation by contact angle measurements of DLC films deposited by thermionic vacuum arc (TVA) on different substrates: glass plate, zinc foil, stainless steel and alumina foil. TVA is an original method based on a combination of the evaporation by electron bombardment and anodic arc. The evaluation of the surface free energy has been carried out by surface energy evaluation system (SEE System). The influence of the experimental conditions is also investigated.

  11. Optical modulator based on propagating surface plasmon coupled fluorescent thin film: proof-of-concept studies

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    Cao, Shuo-Hui; Wang, Zheng-Chuang; Weng, Yu-Hua; Xie, Kai-Xin; Chen, Min; Zhai, Yan-Yun; Li, Yao-Qun

    2017-06-01

    We demonstrate that the propagating surface plasmon coupled fluorescent thin film can be utilized as a fluorescence modulator to mimic multiple representative Boolean logic operations. Surface plasmon mediated fluorescence presents characteristic properties including directional and polarized emission, which hold the feasibility in creating a universal optical modulator. In this work, through constructing the thin layer with the specific thickness, surface plasmon mediated fluorescence can be modulated with an ON-OFF ratio by more than 5-fold, under a series of coupling configurations.

  12. Biaxially stretchable silver nanowire conductive film embedded in a taro leaf-templated PDMS surface

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    Wu, Chunhui; Jiu, Jinting; Araki, Teppei; Koga, Hirotaka; Sekitani, Tsuyoshi; Wang, Hao; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2017-01-01

    A biaxially wave-shaped polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) surface was developed simply by using a taro leaf as the template. The resulting leaf-templated PDMS (L-PDMS) possesses a micro-sized curved interface structure, which is greatly beneficial for the exact embedding of a silver nanowire (AgNW) network conductive film covering the L-PDMS surface. The intrinsically curved AgNW/L-PDMS film surface, without any dangling nanowire, could prevent the fracture of AgNWs due to stretching stress even after cyclic stretching. More importantly, it also exhibited a biaxial stretchability, which showed ultra-stable resistance after continuous stretching for 100 cycles each in X- and Y-directions. This biaxially stretchable AgNW/L-PDMS film could extend the application fields in stretchable electronics.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of thin-transparent nanostructured films for surface protection

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    Veltri, S.; Sokullu, E.; Barberio, M.; Gauthier, M. A.; Antici, P.

    2017-01-01

    This work demonstrates that very thin and optically transparent nanocomposite films can be conveniently applied on surface materials, displaying potent antibacterial properties without affecting the aesthetics of the underlying material. In our approach we propose new composite materials, which ensure the surface protection by inactivating the bacteria before a biofilm can be formed. The films contain very small loadings of TiO2, graphene, or fullerene, and can easily be applied on large surfaces using conventional brushes or air-brushes. These nanocomposite films are very promising candidates for the preservation of statues, mosaics, floors, buildings, and other objects that are exposed to challenging environmental conditions such as Architectonical Heritage or building materials (materials featuring stone, pigments, bronze, granite, marble, and glass).

  14. Intrinsic Charge Trapping Observed as Surface Potential Variations in diF-TES-ADT Films.

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    Hoffman, Benjamin C; McAfee, Terry; Conrad, Brad R; Loth, Marsha A; Anthony, John E; Ade, Harald W; Dougherty, Daniel B

    2016-08-24

    Spatial variations in surface potential are measured with Kelvin probe force microscopy for thin films of 2,8-difluoro-5,11-bis(triethylsilylethynyl)anthradithiophenes (diF-TES-ADT) grown on SiO2 and silane-treated SiO2 substrates by organic molecular beam deposition. The variations are observed both between and within grains of the polycrystalline organic film and are quantitatively different than electrostatic variations on the substrate surfaces. The skewness of surface potential distributions is larger on SiO2 than on HMDS-treated substrates. This observation is attributed to the impact of substrate functionalization on minimizing intrinsic crystallographic defects in the organic film that can trap charge.

  15. Surface treatment of nickel substrate for the preparation of BSCCO film through sol-gel method

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    Yang Huazhe, E-mail: hzyang@mail.cmu.edu.cn [Department of Biophysics, College of Basic Medical Science, China Medical University, Shenyang 110001 (China); Yu Xiaoming [Institute of Materials Physics and Chemistry, School of Sciences, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Ji Yang [Stomatology Department of the General Hospital of Shenyang Military Area Command, Shenyang, 110840 (China); Qi Yang, E-mail: qiyang@imp.neu.edu.cn [Institute of Materials Physics and Chemistry, School of Sciences, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China)

    2012-03-15

    A modified degreasing-oxidization process was devised and settled to treat the surface of nickel (Ni) substrates, and BSCCO films were prepared on the treated NiO/Ni substrates by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical microscopy were adopted to clarify the function of different treatment on phase formation and wettability of NiO/Ni substrates. Differential thermal analysis and thermal gravimetry analysis were adopted to confirm the desirable heat treatment process. XRD and scanning electron microscopy were adopted to investigate the phase constituent and surface morphology of BSCCO films. Results demonstrate that both the surface wettability of the substrate to sol and the lattice matching between the substrate and BSCCO can be improved through the modified treatment, which are favorable for the preparation of BSCCO films.

  16. Thin phosphatidylcholine films as background surfaces with further possibilities of functionalization for biomedical applications.

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    Tauk, Lara; Thami, Thierry; Ferez, Lynda; Kocer, Armagan; Janot, Jean-Marc; Déjardin, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    Non-specific adsorption is a crucial problem in the biomedical field. To produce surfaces avoiding this phenomenon, we functionalized thin (7-180 nm) poly(methylhydrosiloxane) (PMHS) network films at room temperature (≈20°C) with phospholipids (PL) bearing a phosphorylcholine head. Regardless of their mode of preparation (casting or immersion), all surfaces appeared to be very hydrophilic with a captive air-bubble contact angle stabilized around 40°. The thin films were protein-repellent in phosphate saline buffer pH 7.4 according to analysis by normal scanning confocal fluorescence. Neither was any adsorption or spreading of l-α-phosphatidylcholine liposomes on such films observed. In addition, amino functional groups could be easily attached to the surface remaining available for further functionalization.

  17. Deposition of a-C:H films on inner surface of high-aspect-ratio microchannel

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    Hirata, Yuki; Choi, Junho

    2016-08-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) films were prepared on inner surface of 100-μm-width microchannel by using a bipolar-type plasma based ion implantation and deposition. The microchannel was fabricated using a silicon plate, and two kinds of microchannels were prepared, namely, with a bottom layer (open at one end) and without a bottom layer (open at both ends). The distribution of thickness and hardness of films was evaluated by SEM and nanoindentation measurements, respectively, and the microstructures of films were evaluated by Raman spectroscopy. Furthermore, the behavior of ions and radicals was analyzed simultaneously by combining the calculation methods of Particle-In-Cell/Monte Carlo Collision and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo to investigate the coating mechanism for the microchannel. It was found that the film thickness decreased as the depth of the coating position increased in the microchannels where it is open at one end. The uniformity of the film thickness improved by increasing the negative pulse voltage because ions can arrive at the deeper part of the microchannel. In addition, the hardness increased as the depth of the coating position increased. This is because the radicals do not arrive at the deeper part of the microchannel, and the incident proportion of ions relative to that of radicals increases, resulting in a high hardness due to the amorphization of the film. The opening area of the microchannel where the aspect ratio is very small, radicals dominate the incident flux, whereas ions prevail over radicals above an aspect ratio of about 7.5. On the other hand, in the microchannels that are open at both ends, there were great improvements in uniformity of the film thickness, hardness, and the film structure. The a-C:H films were successfully deposited on the entire inner surface of a microchannel with an aspect ratio of 20.

  18. Effects of hydrogen atoms on surface conductivity of diamond film

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    Fengbin Liu

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available To investigate the effects of surface chemisorbed hydrogen atoms and hydrogen atoms in the subsurface region of diamond on surface conductivity, models of hydrogen atoms chemisorbed on diamond with (100 orientation and various concentrations of hydrogen atoms in the subsurface layer of the diamond were built. By using the first-principles method based on density functional theory, the equilibrium geometries and densities of states of the models were studied. The results showed that the surface chemisorbed hydrogen alone could not induce high surface conductivity. In addition, isolated hydrogen atoms in the subsurface layer of the diamond prefer to exist at the bond centre site of the C-C bond. However, such a structure would induce deep localized states, which could not improve the surface conductivity. When the hydrogen concentration increases, the C-H-C-H structure and C-3Hbc-C structure in the subsurface region are more stable than other configurations. The former is not beneficial to the increase of the surface conductivity. However, the latter would induce strong surface states near the Fermi level, which would give rise to high surface conductivity. Thus, a high concentration of subsurface hydrogen atoms in diamond would make significant contributions to surface conductivity.

  19. Surface Properties of Squalene/Meibum Films and NMR Confirmation of Squalene in Tears

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    Slavyana Ivanova

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Squalene (SQ possesses a wide range of pharmacological activities (antioxidant, drug carrier, detoxifier, hydrating, emollient that can be of benefit to the ocular surface. It can come in contact with human meibum (hMGS; the most abundant component of the tear film lipid layer as an endogenous tear lipid or from exogenous sources as eyelid sebum or pharmaceuticals. The aims of this study were to determine (i if SQ is in tear lipids and (ii its influence on the surface properties of hMGS films. Heteronuclear single quantum correlation NMR confirmed 7 mol % SQ in Schirmer’s strips extracts. The properties of SQ/hMGS pseudo-binary films at the air/water interface were studied with Langmuir surface balance, stress-relaxation dilatational rheology and Brewster angle microscopy. SQ does not possess surfactant properties. When mixed with hMGS squalene (i localized over the layers’ thinner regions and (ii did not affect the film pressure at high compression. Therefore, tear SQ is unlikely to instigate dry eye, and SQ can be used as a safe and “inert” ingredient in formulations to protect against dry eye. The layering of SQ over the thinner film regions in addition to its pharmacological properties could contribute to the protection of the ocular surface.

  20. Effects of rf power on chemical composition and surface roughness of glow discharge polymer films

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    Zhang, Ling; He, Xiaoshan; Chen, Guo; Wang, Tao; Tang, Yongjian; He, Zhibing

    2016-03-01

    The glow discharge polymer (GDP) films for laser fusion targets were successfully fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) at different radio frequency (rf) powers. The films were deposited using trans-2-butene (T2B) mixed with hydrogen as gas sources. The composition and state of plasma were diagnosed by quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) and Langmuir probe during the deposition process. The composition, surface morphology and roughness were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and white-light interferometer (WLI), respectively. Based on these observation and analyses, the growth mechanism of defects in GDP films were studied. The results show that, at low rf power, there is a larger probability for secondary polymerization and formation of multi-carbon C-H species in the plasma. In this case, the surface of GDP film turns to be cauliflower-like. With the increase of rf power, the degree of ionization is high, the relative concentration of smaller-mass hydrocarbon species increases, while the relative concentration of larger-mass hydrocarbon species decreases. At higher rf power, the energy of smaller-mass species are high and the etching effects are strong correspondingly. The GDP film's surface roughness shows a trend of decrease firstly and then increase with the increasing rf power. At rf power of 30 W, the surface root-mean-square roughness (Rq) drops to the lowest value of 12.8 nm, and no "void" defect was observed.

  1. Effects of Film Elasticity and Surface Forces on the Stability of Foams and Lamellae Films in the Presence of Non-ionic Surfactants

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    Wang, Liguang; Yoon, Roe-Hoan

    2008-07-01

    This paper describes the basic factors affecting the stability of the foam films produced in the presence of nonionic surfactants such as n-pentanol, n-octanol, methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC), and polypropylene glycol (PPG). We used a model developed by Wang and Yoon (Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects 282-283, 84-91 (2006)) to calculate the Gibbs elasticity of the lamellae films. In addition, we used the thin film pressure balance (TFPB) technique to measure film thicknesses. The results were used to determine the disjoining pressures in the thin lamellae (foam) films formed between air bubbles, which are relevant forces governing the final drainage stage of foam films before reaching either equilibrium or rupture. The film elasticity and surface forces data were then compared with the foam stabilities measured in the present work in the presence of the various surfactants. It was found that foam stabilities are controlled both by film elasticity and by surface forces, the relative contributions of each changing with surfactant type and concentration. In general, surface forces play a more important role at relatively low surfactant concentrations, while elasticity plays a more important role at higher concentrations. At the surfactant additions usually employed in the mining industry, MIBC stabilizes foams by increasing disjoining pressures, while PPG-400 stabilizes foams by increasing film elasticity.

  2. The effect of surface modification by nitrogen plasma on photocatalytic degradation of polyvinyl chloride films

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    Xiao-jing, L.; Guan-jun, Q.; Jie-rong, C.

    2008-08-01

    The solid-phase photocatalytic degradation of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) films was investigated under the ambient air in order to assess the feasibility of developing photodegradable polymers. Nitrogen plasma was used to modify PVC films to enhance the photocatalytic degradation of PVC with nano-sized anatase TiO 2. The plasma parameter varied in this study is discharge power from 30 to 120 W for a constant treatment time of 60 s and a constant gas pressure of 10 Pa. The photodegradation of the plasma-treated PVC-TiO 2 films was compared with that of pure PVC films and PVC-TiO 2 films performing weight loss monitoring, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, contact angle measurements, electron spin resonance (ESR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The wettability of the plasma-treated PVC is improved significantly. ESR revealed that the signal of radicals on the surface of the plasma-treated PVC film was enhanced after the treatment. Furthermore, the weight loss indicated that TiO 2 speeds up the photocatalytic degradation of PVC chains. The SEM image of the plasma-treated PVC-TiO 2 film showed a lot of crack on the film surface after irradiation. XPS indicated that the C and Cl atomic concentration reached minimum values on the surface of plasma-treated PVC-TiO 2 under identical photocatalytic condition. The experimental results reveal that plasma treatment can obviously enhance the photocatalytic degradation of PVC.

  3. Enhanced Hydrogen Transport over Palladium Ultrathin Films through Surface Nanostructure Engineering.

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    Abate, Salvatore; Giorgianni, Gianfranco; Gentiluomo, Serena; Centi, Gabriele; Perathoner, Siglinda

    2015-11-01

    Palladium ultrathin films (around 2 μm) with different surface nanostructures are characterized by TEM, SEM, AFM, and temperature programmed reduction (TPR), and evaluated in terms of H2 permeability and H2-N2 separation. A change in the characteristics of Pd seeds by controlled oxidation-reduction treatments produces films with the same thickness, but different surface and bulk nanostructure. In particular, the films have finer and more homogeneous Pd grains, which results in lower surface roughness. Although all samples show high permeo-selectivity to H2 , the samples with finer grains exhibit enhanced permeance and lower activation energy for H2 transport. The analysis of the data suggests that grain boundaries between the Pd grains at the surface favor H2 transfer from surface to subsurface. Thus, the surface nanostructure plays a relevant role in enhancing the transport of H2 over the Pd ultrathin film, which is an important aspect to develop improved membranes that function at low temperatures and toward new integrated process architectures in H2 and syngas production with enhanced sustainability.

  4. Surface segregation of fluorinated moieties on random copolymer films controlled by random-coil conformation of polymer chains in solution.

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    Xue, Dongwu; Wang, Xinping; Ni, Huagang; Zhang, Wei; Xue, Gi

    2009-02-17

    The relationship between solution properties, film-forming methods, and the solid surface structures of random copolymers composed of butyl methacrylate and dodecafluorheptyl methylacrylate (DFHMA) was investigated by contact angle measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy, and surface tension measurements. The results, based on thermodynamic considerations, demonstrated that the random copolymer chain conformation at the solution/air interface greatly affected the surface structure of the resulting film, thereby determining the surface segregation of fluorinated moieties on films obtained by various film-forming techniques. When the fluorinated monomer content of the copolymer solution was low, entropic forces dominated the interfacial structure, with the perfluoroalkyl groups unable to migrate to the solution/air interface and thus becoming buried in a random-coil chain conformation. When employing this copolymer solution for film preparation by spin-coating, the copolymer chains in solution were likely extended due to centrifugal forces, thereby weakening the entropy effect of the polymer chains. Consequently, this resulted in the segregation of the fluorinated moieties on the film surface. For the films prepared by casting, the perfluoroalkyl groups were, similar to those in solution, incapable of segregating at the film surface and were thus buried in the random-coil chains. When the copolymers contained a high content of DFHMA, the migration of perfluoroalkyl groups at the solution/air interface was controlled by enthalpic forces, and the perfluoroalkyl groups segregated at the surface of the film regardless of the film-forming technique. The aim of the present work was to obtain an enhanced understanding of the formation mechanism of the chemical structure on the surface of the polymer film, while demonstrating that film-forming methods may be used in practice to promote the segregation of fluorinated

  5. Effects of rf power on chemical composition and surface roughness of glow discharge polymer films

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    Zhang, Ling; He, Xiaoshan; Chen, Guo; Wang, Tao; Tang, Yongjian; He, Zhibing, E-mail: hezhibing802@163.com

    2016-03-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The growth mechanism of defects in GDP films was studied upon plasma diagnosis. • Increasing rf power enhanced the etching effects of smaller-mass species. • The “void” defect was caused by high energy hydrocarbons bombardment on the surface. • The surface roughness was only 12.76 nm, and no “void” defect was observed at 30 W. - Abstract: The glow discharge polymer (GDP) films for laser fusion targets were successfully fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) at different radio frequency (rf) powers. The films were deposited using trans-2-butene (T{sub 2}B) mixed with hydrogen as gas sources. The composition and state of plasma were diagnosed by quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) and Langmuir probe during the deposition process. The composition, surface morphology and roughness were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and white-light interferometer (WLI), respectively. Based on these observation and analyses, the growth mechanism of defects in GDP films were studied. The results show that, at low rf power, there is a larger probability for secondary polymerization and formation of multi-carbon C-H species in the plasma. In this case, the surface of GDP film turns to be cauliflower-like. With the increase of rf power, the degree of ionization is high, the relative concentration of smaller-mass hydrocarbon species increases, while the relative concentration of larger-mass hydrocarbon species decreases. At higher rf power, the energy of smaller-mass species are high and the etching effects are strong correspondingly. The GDP film's surface roughness shows a trend of decrease firstly and then increase with the increasing rf power. At rf power of 30 W, the surface root-mean-square roughness (Rq) drops to the lowest value of 12.8 nm, and no “void” defect was observed.

  6. Thin film surface processing by ultrashort laser pulses (USLP)

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    Scorticati, D.; Skolski, J.Z.P.; Römer, Gerardus Richardus, Bernardus, Engelina; Huis in 't Veld, Bert; Workum, M.; Theelen, M.; Zeman, M.; Wehrspohn, R.; Gombert, A.

    2012-01-01

    In this work, we studied the feasibility of surface texturing of thin molybdenum layers on a borosilicate glass substrate with Ultra-Short Laser Pulses (USLP). Large areas of regular diffraction gratings were produced consisting of Laserinduced periodic surface structures (LIPSS). A short pulsed las

  7. Thin film surface processing by ultrashort laser pulses (USLP)

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    Scorticati, D.; Skolski, J.Z.P.; Romer, G.R.B.E.; Huis in 't Veld, A.J.; Workum, M.J.; Theelen, M.J.; Zeman, M.

    2012-01-01

    In this work, we studied the feasibility of surface texturing of thin molybdenum layers on a borosilicate glass substrate with Ultra-Short Laser Pulses (USLP). Large areas of regular diffraction gratings were produced consisting of Laserinduced periodic surface structures (LIPSS). A short pulsed las

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

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

    2010-11-16

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

  9. Surface nanostructuring of TiO{sub 2} thin films by ion beam irradiation

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    Romero-Gomez, P. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Universidad de Sevilla, c/Americo Vespucio 49, 41092 Sevilla (Spain); Palmero, A. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Universidad de Sevilla, c/Americo Vespucio 49, 41092 Sevilla (Spain)], E-mail: alberto.palmero@icmse.csic.es; Yubero, F. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Universidad de Sevilla, c/Americo Vespucio 49, 41092 Sevilla (Spain); Vinnichenko, M.; Kolitsch, A. [Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, POB 510119, 01314 Dresden (Germany); Gonzalez-Elipe, A.R. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Universidad de Sevilla, c/Americo Vespucio 49, 41092 Sevilla (Spain)

    2009-04-15

    This work reports a procedure to modify the surface nanostructure of TiO{sub 2} anatase thin films through ion beam irradiation with energies in the keV range. Irradiation with N{sup +} ions leads to the formation of a layer with voids at a depth similar to the ion-projected range. By setting the ion-projected range a few tens of nanometers below the surface of the film, well-ordered nanorods appear aligned with the angle of incidence of the ion beam. Slightly different results were obtained by using heavier (S{sup +}) and lighter (B{sup +}) ions under similar conditions.

  10. Cherenkov terahertz surface plasmon excitation by an electron beam over an ultrathin metal film

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    Kumar, Pawan; Kumar, Rajeev; Rajouria, Satish Kumar

    2016-12-01

    The mechanism of Cherenkov excitation of terahertz (THz) surface plasma wave (SPW), by a relativistic electron beam propagating over an ultrathin metal film deposited on glass, is investigated. The SPW field falls off exponentially in vacuum as well as glass, while the surface plasmon resonant frequency is lowered by the reduction of film thickness. The SPW field causes density bunching of the beam leading to current modulation and generation of THz radiation via the Cherenkov interaction. The frequency of the THz decreases with the energy of the beam, whereas the growth rate increases.

  11. Characterization of thiol-functionalised silica films deposited on electrode surfaces

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    Ivana Cesarino

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Thiol-functionalised silica films were deposited on various electrode surfaces (gold, platinum, glassy carbon by spin-coating sol-gel mixtures in the presence of a surfactant template. Film formation occurred by evaporation induced self-assembly (EISA involving the hydrolysis and (cocondensation of silane and organosilane precursors on the electrode surface. The characterization of such material was performed by IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetry (TG, elemental analysis (EA, atomic force microscopy (AFM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and cyclic voltammetry (CV.

  12. Thickness and structure of the water film deposited from vapour on calcite surfaces

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    Bohr, Jakob; Wogelius, Roy A.; Morris, Peter M.

    2010-01-01

    Synchrotron X-ray reflectivity (SXR) was used to measure the thickness of the water film that adsorbs on a {10¯14} cleavage surface of calcite (CaCO3) in a sample chamber where relative humidity could be controlled within the range from......Synchrotron X-ray reflectivity (SXR) was used to measure the thickness of the water film that adsorbs on a {10¯14} cleavage surface of calcite (CaCO3) in a sample chamber where relative humidity could be controlled within the range from...

  13. Porous Squeeze Film Bearing with Rough Surfaces Lubricated by a Bingham Fluid

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    Walicka A.

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In the paper the effect of both bearing surfaces and the porosity of one bearing surface on the pressure distribution and load-carrying capacity of a squeeze film bearing is discussed. The equations of motion of a Bingham fluid in a bearing clearance and in a porous layer are presented. Using the Morgan-Cameron approximation and Christensen theory of rough lubrication the modified Reynolds equation is obtained. The analytical solutions of this equation for a squeeze film bearing are presented. As a result one obtains the formulae expressing pressure distribution and load-carrying capacity. A thrust radial bearing is considered as a numerical example.

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

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    2006-01-01

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

  15. Porous Squeeze Film Bearing with Rough Surfaces Lubricated by a Bingham Fluid

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    Walicka, A.; Walicki, E.; Jurczak, P.; Falicki, J.

    2014-11-01

    In the paper the effect of both bearing surfaces and the porosity of one bearing surface on the pressure distribution and load-carrying capacity of a squeeze film bearing is discussed. The equations of motion of a Bingham fluid in a bearing clearance and in a porous layer are presented. Using the Morgan-Cameron approximation and Christensen theory of rough lubrication the modified Reynolds equation is obtained. The analytical solutions of this equation for a squeeze film bearing are presented. As a result one obtains the formulae expressing pressure distribution and load-carrying capacity. A thrust radial bearing is considered as a numerical example.

  16. Probing large area surface plasmon interference in thin metal films using photon scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Passian, A.; Wig, A.; Lereu, A.L.; Evans, P.G.; Meriaudeau, F.; Thundat, T.; Ferrell, T.L

    2004-08-15

    The interference of surface plasmons can provide important information regarding the surface features of the hosting thin metal film. We present an investigation of the interference of optically excited surface plasmons in the Kretschmann configuration in the visible spectrum. Large area surface plasmon interference regions are generated at several wavelengths and imaged with the photon scanning tunneling microscope. Furthermore, we discuss the non-retarded dispersion relations for the surface plasmons in the probe-metal system modeled as confocal hyperboloids of revolution in the spheroidal coordinate systems.

  17. Influence of the surface structure and vibration mode on the resistivity of Cu films

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    Zhao, Ya-Ni; Qu, Shi-Xian; Xia, Ke

    2011-09-01

    The influence of the surface structure and vibration mode on the resistivity of Cu films and the corresponding size effect are investigated. The temperature dependent conductivities of the films with different surface morphologies are calculated by the algorithm based upon the tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method and the Green's function technique. The thermal effect is introduced by setting the atomic displacements according to the Gaussian distribution with the mean-square amplitude estimated by the Debye model. The result shows that the surface atomic vibration contributes significantly to the resistivity of the system. Comparing the conductivities for three different vibration modes, we suggest that freezing the surface vibration is necessary for practical applications to reduce the resistivity induced by the surface electron-phonon scattering.

  18. Wettability-independent bouncing on flat surfaces mediated by thin air films

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    de Ruiter, Jolet; Lagraauw, Rudy; van den Ende, Dirk; Mugele, Frieder

    2015-01-01

    The impingement of drops onto solid surfaces plays a crucial role in a variety of processes, including inkjet printing, fog harvesting, anti-icing, dropwise condensation and spray coating. Recent efforts in understanding and controlling drop impact behaviour focused on superhydrophobic surfaces with specific surface structures enabling drop bouncing with reduced contact time. Here, we report a different universal bouncing mechanism that occurs on both wetting and non-wetting flat surfaces for both high and low surface tension liquids. Using high-speed multiple-wavelength interferometry, we show that this bouncing mechanism is based on the continuous presence of an air film for moderate drop impact velocities. This submicrometre `air cushion' slows down the incoming drop and reverses its momentum. Viscous forces in the air film play a key role in this process: they provide transient stability of the air cushion against squeeze-out, mediate momentum transfer, and contribute a substantial part of the energy dissipation during bouncing.

  19. Studies on the Optical Properties and Surface Morphology of Cobalt Phthalocyanine Thin Films

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    Benny Joseph

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of Cobalt Phthalocyanine (CoPc are fabricated at a base pressure of 10-5 m.bar using Hind-Hivac thermal evaporation plant. The films are deposited on to glass substrates at various temperatures 318, 363, 408 and 458K. The optical absorption spectra of these thin films are measured. The present studies reveal that the optical band gap energies of CoPc thin films are almost same on substrate temperature variation. The structure and surface morphology of the films deposited on glass substrates of temperatures 303, 363 and 458K are studied using X-ray diffractograms and Scanning Electron Micrographs (SEM, which show that there is a change in the crystallinity and surface morphology due to change in the substrate temperatures. Full width at half maximum (FWHM intensity of the diffraction peaks is also found reduced with increasing substrate temperatures. Scanning electron micrographs show that these crystals are needle like, which are interconnected at high substrate temperatures. The optical band gap energy is almost same on substrate temperature variation. Trap energy levels are also observed for these films.

  20. Enhanced drainage and thinning of liquid films between bubbles and solids that support surface waves

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    Horesh, Amihai; Morozov, Matvey; Manor, Ofer

    2017-05-01

    We study the thinning and drainage of the intermediate liquid film between a bubble and a solid surface at close proximity in the presence of a surface acoustic wave (SAW) in the solid. Specifically, we employ the diffraction of light to observe a long air bubble confined in a solid rectangular channel filled with silicone oil. This setup, constituting a two-dimensional physical model of thin film drainage, allows us to analyze the influence of a SAW on the rate of thinning of the micron-thick liquid film separating the bubble and the solid substrate. The viscous penetration of the SAW into the liquid imposes a convective drift of mass, redistributing the fluid in the film against capillary resistance and producing a net drift of liquid out of the film. The rate of drainage of liquid from the film increases by one to several orders of magnitude in comparison to the rate of drainage due to the Laplace pressure of the bubble alone. The experimental findings agree well with a newly developed theory describing the SAW-enhanced drainage as a competition between the capillary flow and SAW-induced streaming.

  1. Studies on the Optical Properties and Surface Morphology of Nickel Phthalocyanine Thin Films

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    Benny Joseph

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of Nickel Phthalocyanine (NiPc are fabricated at a base pressure of 10-5 m.bar using Hind-Hivac thermal evaporation plant. The films are deposited on to glass substrates at various temperatures 318, 363, 408 and 458K. The optical absorption spectra of these thin films are measured. Present studies reveal that the optical band gap energies of NiPc thin films are highly dependent on the substrate temperatures. The structure and surface morphology of the films deposited on glass substrates of temperatures 303, 363 and 458K are studied using X-ray diffractograms and Scanning Electron Micrographs (SEM, show that there is a change in the crystallinity and surface morphology due to change in the substrate temperatures. Full width at half maximum (FWHM intensity of the diffraction peaks is also found reduced with increasing substrate temperatures. Scanning electron micrographs show that these crystals are fiber like at high substrate temperatures. The optical band gap increases with increase in substrate temperature and is then reduced with fiber-like grains at 408K. The band gap increases again at 458K with full of fiber like grains. Trap energy levels are also observed for these films.

  2. Influence of Surface Transition Layers on Phase Transformation and Pyroelectric Properties of Ferroelectric Thin Film

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    SUN Pu-Nan; L(U) Tian-Quan; CHEN Hui; CAO Wen-Wu

    2008-01-01

    Taking into account surface transition layers (STLs), we study the phase transformation and pyroelectric properties of ferroelectric thin films by employing the transverse Ising model (TIM) in the framework of the mean field approximation. The distribution functions representing the intra-layer and inter-layer couplings between the two nearest neighbour pseudo-spins are introduced to characterize STLs. Compared with the results obtained by the traditional treatments for the thin films using only the single surface transition layer (SSL), it is shown that the STL model reflects a more realistic and comprehensive situation of films. The effects of various parameters on the phase transformation properties have shown that STL can make the Curie temperature of the film higher or lower than that of the corresponding bulk material, and the thickness of STL is a key factor influencing the film properties. For a film with definite thickness, there exists a critical STL thickness at which ferroelectricity will disappear when the intra-layer and inter-layer interactions are weak.

  3. Deuterium retention and surface modifications of nanocrystalline tungsten films exposed to high-flux plasma

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    Hoen, M.H.J. ' t [FOM Institute DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research), Association EURATOM-FOM, Partner in the Trilateral Euregio Cluster, 3439 MN Nieuwegein (Netherlands); Dellasega, D.; Pezzoli, A.; Passoni, M. [Politecnico di Milano, EURATOM-ENEA-CNR Association, Milano (Italy); Kleyn, A.W., E-mail: A.W.Kleijn@uva.nl [FOM Institute DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research), Association EURATOM-FOM, Partner in the Trilateral Euregio Cluster, 3439 MN Nieuwegein (Netherlands); University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, NL-1098 XH Amsterdam (Netherlands); Center of Interface Dynamics for Sustainability, CDCST, CAEP, Chengdu, Sichuan 610207 (China); Zeijlmans van Emmichoven, P.A. [FOM Institute DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research), Association EURATOM-FOM, Partner in the Trilateral Euregio Cluster, 3439 MN Nieuwegein (Netherlands)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • The films withstand the intense plasma exposure maintaining overall integrity. • An increase of deuterium retention was observed with decreasing tungsten density. • Formation of micrometer-sized blisters as well as structures on the nanometer scale depending on the layer type. - Abstract: Deuterium retention studies are presented for nanostructured tungsten films exposed to high-flux deuterium plasmas. Thin tungsten films of ∼1 μm thickness were deposited with pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on bulk tungsten. Surface modifications were studied with scanning electron microscopy and deuterium retention with thermal desorption spectroscopy. Three types of PLD films with different densities and crystallinity were studied after exposure to deuterium plasmas. The surface temperature ranged from about 460 K at the periphery to about 520 K in the centre of the targets. The films withstand the intense plasma exposure well and maintain their overall integrity. An increase of deuterium retention is observed with decreasing tungsten density and crystallite size. We found that the filling of these thin films with deuterium is significantly faster than for pre-damaged polycrystalline tungsten. We observed formation of micrometer-sized blisters as well as structures on the nanometer scale, both depending on the layer type.

  4. Theory of activated glassy relaxation, mobility gradients, surface diffusion, and vitrification in free standing thin films.

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    Mirigian, Stephen; Schweizer, Kenneth S

    2015-12-28

    We have constructed a quantitative, force level, statistical mechanical theory for how confinement in free standing thin films introduces a spatial mobility gradient of the alpha relaxation time as a function of temperature, film thickness, and location in the film. The crucial idea is that relaxation speeds up due to the reduction of both near-surface barriers associated with the loss of neighbors in the local cage and the spatial cutoff and dynamical softening near the vapor interface of the spatially longer range collective elasticity cost for large amplitude hopping. These two effects are fundamentally coupled. Quantitative predictions are made for how an apparent glass temperature depends on the film thickness and experimental probe technique, the emergence of a two-step decay and mobile layers in time domain measurements, signatures of confinement in frequency-domain dielectric loss experiments, the dependence of film-averaged relaxation times and dynamic fragility on temperature and film thickness, surface diffusion, and the relationship between kinetic experiments and pseudo-thermodynamic measurements such as ellipsometry.

  5. Self-assembled 1-octadecyl-1H-benzimidazole film on copper surface for corrosion protection

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    B V Appa Rao; M Marsihma Reddy

    2013-11-01

    Films of 1-octadecyl-1H-benzimidazole (OBI) have been formed on copper surface by selfassembly method. Optimum conditions viz. the solvent, concentration of OBI, immersion period and temperature for the formation of a protective film on copper have been established using impedance studies. The OBI film has been characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, reflection absorption Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, contact angle measurements and atomic force microscopy. Efficiency of the OBI film to protect copper from corrosion has been investigated in aq. HCl solution using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, potentiodynamic polarization method, cyclic voltammetry, scanning electron microscopy and gravimetry. Results of these studies inferred that the OBI film has an inhibition efficiency in the range of 97-99% under different conditions. Polarization studies inferred that the OBI film functions as a cathodic inhibitor. Cyclic voltammetric studies showed that the film is stable even after 15 cycles, when the copper electrode is polarized to an anodic potential of 0.35V vs. Ag/AgCl electrode.

  6. In-situ surface sensitive X-ray investigations of quench condensed thin metal films

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    Markert, Christian; Luetzenkirchen-Hecht, Dirk; Gertz, Sascha; Frahm, Ronald [Bergische Universitaet Wuppertal, Fachbereich C / Abteilung Physik, Gaussstrasse 20, 42119 Wuppertal (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    We report of ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) experiments on ultra thin Au, Bi and Pb films (thickness less than 10 nm) deposited on atomically flat float-glass substrates which are held at cryogenic temperatures down to 10 K. For deposition temperatures below 100 K the formation of highly disordered or even amorphous metal films can be expected, because thermally activated diffusion of the ad atoms should be inhibited. An UHV chamber was constructed which is suited for grazing incidence X-ray experiments during the quench condensation of the metal films. Various X-ray methods were used for the in-situ investigation of the films growth and their structural evolution with the thickness and an subsequent annealing process. EXAFS (Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure) in reflection is used to study the local structure of the films. Furthermore specular and non-specular X-ray reflectivity measurements were performed to get information about the films density and surface roughness parameters (correlation length, hurst parameter etc.). In addition in situ resistivity measurements which are sensitive towards changes of the films microstructure were performed in parallel to the X-ray experiments.

  7. Incommensurate growth of Co thin film on close-packed Ag(111) surface

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    Barman, Sukanta; Menon, Krishna Kumar S. R.

    2016-05-01

    Growth of ultrathin Co layers on close-packed Ag(111)were investigated by means of Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Angle-resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy(ARPES) techniques. The close-packed hexagonal face of Co(0001), exhibits a lattice misfit about 13% with Ag(111) surface which manipulates the growth to be incommensurate up to a certain thickness. The strain field causes aperiodic height undulation in the sub-angstrom regime of the film which was confirmed by p(1 × 1) LEED pattern along with a 6-fold moiré reconstruction pattern in the lower film thickness (up to ˜2ML). The evolution of the LEED pattern was studied with increasing film coverage. Lattice strain was measured with respect to the relative positions of these double spots as a functionof film thickness. Almost a constant strain (˜13%) in the full range of film thickness explains the moiré pattern formation in order to stabilize the incommensurate growth. For higher film coverages, an epitaxial well-ordered commensurate growth was observed. Core level and valance band electronic structures of these films were studied by XPS and ARPES techniques.

  8. Environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO naoparticulate thin films using surface modification technique

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    Vunnam, Swathi; Ankireddy, Krishnamraju; Kellar, Jon; Cross, William

    2014-12-01

    The environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films was enhanced by functionalizing the film surface with a thin self-assembled molecular layer. Functionalization of AZO films was performed using two types of molecules having identical 12-carbon alkyl chain termination but different functional groups: dodecanethiol (DDT) and dodecanoic acid (DDA). Surface modified AZO films were examined using electrical resistivity measurements, contact angle measurements and quantitative nanomechanical property mapping atomic force microscopy. The hydrophobic layer inhibits the penetration of oxygen and water into the AZO's grain boundaries thus significantly increasing the environmental stability over unmodified AZO. Surface modified AZO films using DDT exhibited lower electrical resistivity compared to DDA functionalized AZO films. Our study demonstrates a new approach for improving the physical properties of oxide based nanoparticulate films for device applications.

  9. Critical mixing in monomolecular films : pressure-composition phase diagram of a two-dimensional binary mixture

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    Hirshfeld, C.L.; Seul, M.

    1990-01-01

    The pressure-composition phase diagram of mixed monolayers of dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) and cholesterol at a temperature of 23.5 °C is derived by numerical analysis of pressure-area isotherms and corroborated by direct fluorescence microscopic observations. We identify a fluid-fluid miscibility gap, terminated by an upper critical point which is accessible near room temperature. We propose that the coexisting mixed phases of cholesterol and DMPC contain the phospholipid in two di...

  10. PREPARATION AND SURFACE CHARACTERIZATION OF TiO2 THIN FILMS ON GLASS BY MAGNETRON SPUTTERING METHOD

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    L.S. Yin; H. Shen; J.X. Zhang

    2002-01-01

    Ti thin films were firstly deposited on glass substrates by magnetron sputtering method,then sintered the Ti thin films in air atmosphere and finally TiO2 transparence thinfilms on glass substrates were obtained. The structure and surface morphologies ofthe thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and SEM. The growth processof the thin filns has been observed. The annealing time and annealing temperatureshave an affect on the growth of the films.

  11. Surface graphitization analysis of cerium-polished HFCVD diamond films with micro-raman spectra

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    WANG Shubin; SUN Yujing; TIAN Shi

    2008-01-01

    The etching technique using Ce is a convenient and fast method for polishing and shaping diamond films. In this study, the influence of polishing parameters such as polishing temperature and time on the surface crystallinity and phase composition of diamond films was thoroughly investigated via the analysis of Raman spectra such as FWHM and ID/IG. Moreover, the issue on the graphitization of diamond after polishing with Ce was further researched through the detailed study of the depth distribution of Raman data including FWHM and ID/IG, and a result completely different from the hot-iron metal polished ones was obtained. The results showed that polished diamond films had considerably higher diamond content than those before polishing, and not a bit of graphitization was found in the polished ones, owing to a higher solubility of carbon in rare earth metal Ce than that in transition metals, and the original crystallinity of the films polished with Ce did not deteriorate.

  12. Surface Impedance Measurements of Single Crystal MgB2 Films for Radiofrequency Superconductivity Applications

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    Binping Xiao, Xin Zhao, Joshua Spradlin, Charles Reece, Michael Kelley, Teng Tan, Xi Xiaoxing

    2012-07-01

    We report microstructure analyses and superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) measurements of large scale epitaxial MgB{sub 2} films. MgB{sub 2} films on 5 cm dia. sapphire disks were fabricated by a Hybrid Physical Chemical Vapor Deposition (HPCVD) technique. The electron-beam backscattering diffraction (EBSD) results suggest that the film is a single crystal complying with a MgB{sub 2}(0001) {parallel} Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) epitaxial relationship. The SRF properties of different film thicknesses (200 nm and 350 nm) were evaluated under different temperatures and applied fields at 7.4 GHz. A surface resistance of 9 {+-} 2 {mu}{Omega} has been observed at 2.2 K.

  13. Macrostructure-dependent photocatalytic property of high-surface-area porous titania films

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    T. Kimura

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Porous titania films with different macrostructures were prepared with precise control of condensation degree and density of the oxide frameworks in the presence of spherical aggregates of polystyrene-block-poly(oxyethylene (PS-b-PEO diblock copolymer. Following detailed explanation of the formation mechanisms of three (reticular, spherical, and large spherical macrostructures by the colloidal PS-b-PEO templating, structural variation of the titania frameworks during calcination were investigated by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Then, photocatalytic performance of the macroporous titania films was evaluated through simple degradation experiments of methylene blue under an UV irradiation. Consequently, absolute surface area of the film and crystallinity of the titania frameworks were important for understanding the photocatalytic performance, but the catalytic performance can be improved further by the macrostructural design that controls diffusivity of the targeted molecules inside the film and their accessibility to active sites.

  14. Surface Microstructure Characterization of Sol-gel Derived Porous TiO2 Thin Films

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    2001-01-01

    Porous TiO2 thin films were prepared from alkoxide solutions with and without polyethylene glycol (PEG) by sol-gel route on soda lime glass, and were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results show that TiO2 film prepared from precursor solution without PEG is composed of spherical particles of about 100 nm and several nanometer mesoporous pores. With the increase of the amount of PEG added to the precursor solution, the diameter and the depth of the pores in the resultant films increas on the decomposition of PEG during heat-treatment, which lead to the increase of the surface roughness of the films. XRD and TEM results show that the single anatase phase is precipitated and there are some orientation effects in (101) direction.

  15. Thick and hard anodized aluminum film with large pores for surface composites

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    WANG Hui; WANG Hao-wei

    2004-01-01

    Al-base surface self-lubricating composites need thick and hard alumina membranes with large pores to add lubricants easily. This kind of porous alumina layer was fabricated in additive-containing, phosphoric acid-based solution. The effects of additive containing organic carboxylic acid and Ce salt on the properties of the oxide film and mechanism were investigated in detail with SEM and EDAX analyses. The results show that the pore diameter is about 100 nm, the film thickness increases by 4 -5 times, and the Vickers hardness improves by about 50% through adding some amount of organic carboxylic acid and Ce salt. Such an improvement in properties is explained in terms of a lower film dissolving velocity and better film quality in compound solution.

  16. Photochemical Charge Separation in Nanocrystal Photocatalyst Films: Insights from Surface Photovoltage Spectroscopy.

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    Zhao, Jing; Osterloh, Frank E

    2014-03-01

    Photochemical charge generation, separation, and transport at nanocrystal interfaces are central to photoelectrochemical water splitting, a pathway to hydrogen from solar energy. Here, we use surface photovoltage spectroscopy to probe these processes in nanocrystal films of HCa2Nb3O10, a proven photocatalyst. Charge injection from the nanoparticles into the gold support can be observed, as well as oxidation and reduction of methanol and oxygen adsorbates on the nanosheet films. The measured photovoltage depends on the illumination intensity and substrate material, and it varies with illumination time and with film thickness. The proposed model predicts that the photovoltage is limited by the built-in potential of the nanosheet-metal junction, that is, the difference of Fermi energies in the two materials. The ability to measure and understand these light-induced charge separation processes in easy-to-fabricate films will promote the development of nanocrystal applications in photoelectrochemical cells, photovoltaics, and photocatalysts.

  17. Macrostructure-dependent photocatalytic property of high-surface-area porous titania films

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    Kimura, T.

    2014-11-01

    Porous titania films with different macrostructures were prepared with precise control of condensation degree and density of the oxide frameworks in the presence of spherical aggregates of polystyrene-block-poly(oxyethylene) (PS-b-PEO) diblock copolymer. Following detailed explanation of the formation mechanisms of three (reticular, spherical, and large spherical) macrostructures by the colloidal PS-b-PEO templating, structural variation of the titania frameworks during calcination were investigated by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Then, photocatalytic performance of the macroporous titania films was evaluated through simple degradation experiments of methylene blue under an UV irradiation. Consequently, absolute surface area of the film and crystallinity of the titania frameworks were important for understanding the photocatalytic performance, but the catalytic performance can be improved further by the macrostructural design that controls diffusivity of the targeted molecules inside the film and their accessibility to active sites.

  18. Enhanced Thermoelectric Properties of In-Doped ZnSb Thin Film with Surface Nanocrystallization

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    Zheng, Zhuang-hao; Fan, Ping; Luo, Jing-ting; Liang, Guang-xing

    2017-02-01

    This work establishes the high-temperature properties of In-doped ZnSb thin films prepared by a multistep cosputtering method on flexible substrates. The microstructure and thermoelectric properties of the In-doped ZnSb thin films were investigated. X-Ray diffraction results indicated that the main peaks of the In-doped ZnSb thin films were related to ZnSb phase, with some nanocrystallization on the surface after In doping. All samples exhibited p-type conduction behavior, with increased Seebeck coefficient after In doping. The thermal conductivity decreased sharply for the In-doped samples with nanocrystallization, resulting in a ZT value almost six times higher than for undoped ZnSb thin film.

  19. EFFECT OF SMALL CLUSTER DIFFUSION DURING TWO-DIMENSIONAL THIN FILM GROWTH ON METAL SURFACE

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    WU FENG-MIN; LI QIAO-WEN; WU ZI-QIN

    2000-01-01

    The diffusion of small clusters such as dimers and trimers on metal surface and the growth of two-dimensional thin films are studied by Monte Carlo simulation, using realistic growth model and physical parameters. It is found that small cluster diffusion plays an important role in the process of thin film growth at not very low temperature. It affects not only the island density and the size of islands but also the critical value of saturation occurring during growth of thin films. The effect of small cluster diffusion depends on both the size of critical nucleus and the growth temperature.The simulation results also show that the larger the cluster allowed to diffuse, the easier the saturation that takes place,giving rise to the lower critical coverage of saturation occurring. It is suggested that the effect of small cluster diffusion should be included in establishing the growth models of thin films.

  20. Skating on a Film of Air: Drops Impacting on a Surface

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    Kolinski, John M; Mandre, Shreyas; Brenner, Michael P; Weitz, David A; Mahadevan, L

    2011-01-01

    Drops impacting on a surface are ubiquitous in our everyday experience. This impact is understood within a commonly accepted hydrodynamic picture: it is initiated by a rapid shock and a subsequent ejection of a sheet leading to beautiful splashing patterns. However, this picture ignores the essential role of the air that is trapped between the impacting drop and the surface. Here we describe a new imaging modality that is sensitive to the behavior right at the surface. We show that a very thin film of air, only a few tens of nanometers thick, remains trapped between the falling drop and the surface as the drop spreads. The thin film of air serves to lubricate the drop enabling the fluid to skate on the air film laterally outward at surprisingly high velocities, consistent with theoretical predictions. Eventually this thin film of air must break down as the fluid wets the surface. We suggest that this occurs in a spinodal-like fashion, and causes a very rapid spreading of a wetting front outwards; simultaneous...

  1. Surface state conductivity in epitaxially grown Bi1-x Sb x (111) films

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    Koch, Julian; Kröger, Philipp; Pfnür, Herbert; Tegenkamp, Christoph

    2016-09-01

    Topologically non-trivial surface states were reported first on {{Bi}}1-xSb x bulk crystals. In this study we present transport measurements performed on thin {{Bi}}1-xSb x -films (up to 24 nm thickness) grown epitaxially on Si(111) with various Sb-concentrations (up to x = 0.22). The analysis of the temperature dependency allowed us to distinguish between different transport channels originating from surface and bulk bands as well as impurity states. At temperatures below 30 K the transport is mediated by surface states while at higher temperatures activated transport via bulk channels sets in. The surface state conductivity and bulk band gaps can be tuned by the Sb-concentration and film thickness, respectively. For films as thin as 4 nm the surface state transport is strongly suppressed in contrast to Bi(111) films grown under identical conditions. The impurity channel is of intrinsic origin due to the growth and alloy formation process and turns out to be located at the buried interface.

  2. Surfaces and thin films studied by picosecond ultrasonics

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    Maris, J.H.; Tauc, J.

    1992-05-01

    This research is the study of thin films and interfaces via the use of the picosecond ultrasonic technique. In these experiments ultrasonic waves are excited in a structure by means of a picosecond light pulse ( pump pulse''). The propagation of these waves is detected through the use of a probe light pulse that is time-delayed relative to the pump. This probe pulse measures the change {Delta}R(t) in the optical reflectivity of the structure that occurs because the ultrasonic wave changes the optical properties of the structure. This technique make possible the study of the attenuation and velocity of ultrasonic waves up to much higher frequencies than was previously possible (up to least 500 GHz). In addition, the excellent time-resolution of the method makes it possible to study nanostructures of linear dimensions down to 100 {Angstrom} or less by ultrasonic pulse-echo techniques. 25 refs.

  3. The model thin film alumina catalyst support suitable for catalysis-oriented surface science studies

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    Nartova, Anna V., E-mail: avnartova@gmail.com [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Lavrentieva Ave., 5, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Pirogova St., 2, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Bukhtiyarov, Andrey V., E-mail: avb@catalysis.ru [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Lavrentieva Ave., 5, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Kvon, Ren I., E-mail: kvon@catalysis.ru [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Lavrentieva Ave., 5, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Bukhtiyarov, Valerii I., E-mail: vib@catalysis.ru [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Lavrentieva Ave., 5, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Pirogova St., 2, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • New model catalyst on “AlOx-thin film/FeCrAl” support is presented. • Metal substrate minimizes sample charging, allows fast and uniform heating. • Surface is rough to model the catalyst support's morphology. • Planar alumina is stable in air/gases/solutions and similar to γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • New model support is suitable for in situ XPS, STM, TPD, TPR, etc. - Abstract: The preparation of thin continuous alumina film at the surface of metal substrate in UHV (ultra high vacuum) conditions is described. The peculiarities of the obtained films studied by XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and STM (scanning tunneling microscopy) are discussed. The long-term durability of the oxide film was tested and proved both under ambient conditions and in acidic aqueous solutions. The stability of the planar alumina samples toward oxidation by oxygen was checked in the wide ranges of gas pressure and sample temperature. The suggested procedure ensures the controlled and reproducible preparation of thin alumina films – model support appropriate for wet chemistry catalyst preparation, suitable for STM and for other Surface Science techniques studies of alumina supported metal catalysts.

  4. Nanotechnological Advances in Catalytic Thin Films for Green Large-Area Surfaces

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    Suzan Biran Ay

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Large-area catalytic thin films offer great potential for green technology applications in order to save energy, combat pollution, and reduce global warming. These films, either embedded with nanoparticles, shaped with nanostructuring techniques, hybridized with other systems, or functionalized with bionanotechnological methods, can include many different surface properties including photocatalytic, antifouling, abrasion resistant and mechanically resistive, self-cleaning, antibacterial, hydrophobic, and oleophobic features. Thus, surface functionalization with such advanced structuring methods is of significance to increase the performance and wide usage of large-area thin film coatings specifically for environmental remediation. In this review, we focus on methods to increase the efficiency of catalytic reactions in thin film and hence improve the performance in relevant applications while eliminating high cost with the purpose of widespread usage. However, we also include the most recent hybrid architectures, which have potential to make a transformational change in surface applications as soon as high quality and large area production techniques are available. Hence, we present and discuss research studies regarding both organic and inorganic methods that are used to structure thin films that have potential for large-area and eco-friendly coatings.

  5. Exceptionally crystalline and conducting acid doped polyaniline films by level surface assisted solution casting approach

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    Puthirath, Anand B.; Varma, Sreekanth J.; Jayalekshmi, S., E-mail: jayalekshmi@cusat.ac.in [Division for Research in Advanced Materials, Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala 682022 (India); Methattel Raman, Shijeesh [Nanophotonic and Optoelectronic Devices Laboratory, Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala 682022 (India)

    2016-04-18

    Emeraldine salt form of polyaniline (PANI) was synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerisation method using ammonium persulfate as oxidant. Resultant emeraldine salt form of PANI was dedoped using ammonia solution and then re-doped with camphor sulphonic acid (CSA), naphthaline sulphonic acid (NSA), hydrochloric acid (HCl), and m-cresol. Thin films of these doped PANI samples were deposited on glass substrates using solution casting method with m-cresol as solvent. A level surface was employed to get homogeneous thin films of uniform thickness. Detailed X-ray diffraction studies have shown that the films are exceptionally crystalline. The crystalline peaks observed in the XRD spectra can be indexed to simple monoclinic structure. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy studies provide convincing explanation for the exceptional crystallinity observed in these polymer films. FESEM and AFM images give better details of surface morphology of doped PANI films. The DC electrical conductivity of the samples was measured using four point probe technique. It is seen that the samples also exhibit quite high DC electrical conductivity, about 287 S/cm for CSA doped PANI, 67 S/cm for NSA doped PANI 65 S/cm for HCl doped PANI, and just below 1 S/cm for m-cresol doped PANI. Effect of using the level surface for solution casting is studied and correlated with the observed crystallinity.

  6. Electrodeposition of photocatalytic TiO2 film on surface of alumina prepared by anodic oxidation

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    ZHANG Xin-yu; CHEN Tie-qun

    2004-01-01

    A new electrochemical method to prepare photocatalytic TiO2 thin film was developed, by which the TiO2 was electrodeposited on surface of alumina by AC electrolysis in solution consisting of K2 [TiO(C2O4 )2] and C2H2O4. The deposited TiO2 thin film was primarily characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrum (EDS) methods. The photocatalytic properties of this film were also studied by the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange. The results show that the TiO2 film electrodeposited by this method is mainly in amorphous and with a little crystalline component mixed anatase and rutile. The surface of the alumina prepared by anodic oxidation is porous and the TiO2 electrodeposited on it is scattered and incompact. TiO2 thin film fixed on the surface of alumina shows photocatalytic activity to the degradation of methyl orange.

  7. Honeycomb-patterned films of polystyrene/poly(ethylene glycol): Preparation, surface aggregation and protein adsorption

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    2009-01-01

    Highly ordered honeycomb-patterned polystyrene (PS)/poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) films were prepared by a water-assisted method using an improved setup, which facilitated the formation of films with higher regularity, better reproducibility, and larger area of honeycomb structures. Surface aggregation of hydrophilic PEG and adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) on the honeycomb-patterned films were investigated. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to observe the surface morphologies of the films before and after being rinsed with water. As confirmed by the FESEM images and the AFM phase images, PEG was enriched in the pores and could be gradually removed by water. The adsorption of fluorescence-labeled BSA on the films was studied in visual form using laser scanning confocal microscopy. Results clearly demonstrated that the protein-resistant PEG was selectively enriched in the pores. This water-assisted method may be a latent tool to prepare honeycomb-patterned biofunctional surfaces.

  8. Exceptionally crystalline and conducting acid doped polyaniline films by level surface assisted solution casting approach

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    Puthirath, Anand B.; Methattel Raman, Shijeesh; Varma, Sreekanth J.; Jayalekshmi, S.

    2016-04-01

    Emeraldine salt form of polyaniline (PANI) was synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerisation method using ammonium persulfate as oxidant. Resultant emeraldine salt form of PANI was dedoped using ammonia solution and then re-doped with camphor sulphonic acid (CSA), naphthaline sulphonic acid (NSA), hydrochloric acid (HCl), and m-cresol. Thin films of these doped PANI samples were deposited on glass substrates using solution casting method with m-cresol as solvent. A level surface was employed to get homogeneous thin films of uniform thickness. Detailed X-ray diffraction studies have shown that the films are exceptionally crystalline. The crystalline peaks observed in the XRD spectra can be indexed to simple monoclinic structure. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy studies provide convincing explanation for the exceptional crystallinity observed in these polymer films. FESEM and AFM images give better details of surface morphology of doped PANI films. The DC electrical conductivity of the samples was measured using four point probe technique. It is seen that the samples also exhibit quite high DC electrical conductivity, about 287 S/cm for CSA doped PANI, 67 S/cm for NSA doped PANI 65 S/cm for HCl doped PANI, and just below 1 S/cm for m-cresol doped PANI. Effect of using the level surface for solution casting is studied and correlated with the observed crystallinity.

  9. Cross-Linking Poly(lactic acid) Film Surface by Neutral Hyperthermal Hydrogen Molecule Bombardment.

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    Du, Wangli; Shao, Hong; He, Zhoukun; Tang, Changyu; Liu, Yu; Shen, Tao; Zhu, Yan; Lau, Woon-ming; Hui, David

    2015-12-16

    Constructing a dense cross-linking layer on a polymer film surface is a good way to improve the water resistance of poly(lactic acid) (PLA). However, conventional plasma treatments have failed to achieve the aim as a result of the unavoidable surface damage arising from the charged species caused by the uncontrolled high energy coming from colliding ions and electrons. In this work, we report a modified plasma method called hyperthermal hydrogen-induced cross-linking (HHIC) technology to construct a dense cross-linking layer on PLA film surfaces. This method produces energy-controlled neutral hyperthermal hydrogen, which selectively cleaves C-H bonds by molecule collision from the PLA film without breaking other bonds (e.g., C-C bonds in the polymer backbone), and results in subsequent cross-linking of the carbon radicals generated from the organic molecules. The formation of a dense cross-linking layer can serve as a barrier layer to significantly improve both the hydrophobicity and water vapor barrier property of the PLA film. Because of the advantage of selective cleavage of C-H bonds by HHIC treatment, the original physical properties (e.g., mechanical strength and light transmittance) of the PLA films are well-preserved.

  10. Direct Observation of the Outermost Surfaces of Mesoporous Silica Thin Films by High Resolution Ultralow Voltage Scanning Electron Microscopy.

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    Kobayashi, Maho; Susuki, Kyoka; Otsuji, Haruo; Sakuda, Yusuke; Asahina, Shunsuke; Kikuchi, Naoki; Kanazawa, Toshiyuki; Kuroda, Yoshiyuki; Wada, Hiroaki; Shimojima, Atsushi; Kuroda, Kazuyuki

    2017-02-20

    The properties of the outermost surfaces of mesoporous silica thin films are critical in determining their functions. Obtaining information on the presence or absence of silica layers on the film surfaces and on the degree of mesopore opening is essential for applications of surface mesopores. In this study, the outermost surfaces of mesoporous silica thin films with 3-dimensional orthorhombic and 2-dimensional hexagonal structures were observed using ultralow voltage high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM) with decelerating optics. SEM images of the surfaces before and after etching with NH4F were taken at various landing voltages. Comparing the images taken under different conditions indicated that the outermost surfaces of the nonetched mesoporous silica thin films are coated with a thin layer of silica. The images taken at an ultralow landing voltage (i.e., 80 V) showed that the presence or absence of surface silica layers depends on whether the film was etched with an aqueous solution of NH4F. The mesostructures of both the etched and nonetched films were visible in images taken at a conventional landing voltage (2 kV); hence, the ultralow landing voltage was more suitable for analyzing the outermost surfaces. The SEM observations provided detailed information about the surfaces of mesoporous silica thin films, such as the degree of pore opening and their homogeneities. AFM images of nonetched 2-dimensional hexagonal mesoporous silica thin films show that the shape of the silica layer on the surface of the films reflects the curvature of the top surface of the cylindrical mesochannels. SEM images taken at various landing voltages are discussed, with respect to the electron penetration range at each voltage. This study increases our understanding of the surfaces of mesoporous silica thin films, which may lead to potential applications utilizing the periodically arranged mesopores on these surfaces.

  11. Surface modification of parylene-N films for the culture of osteoblast-like cells (MG-63)

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    Liaqat, Usman [Graduate Program of Nano Science and Technology, Yonsei University, 50-Yonsei Ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Ko, Hyuk [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, 50-Yonsei Ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Suh, Hwal [Graduate Program of Nano Science and Technology, Yonsei University, 50-Yonsei Ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Medical Engineering, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, 50-Yonsei Ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Misu [Division of Life Sciences, College of Life Science and Bioengineering, Incheon National University, Incheon 406-772 (Korea, Republic of); Pyun, Jae-Chul, E-mail: jcpyun@yonsei.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, 50-Yonsei Ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Osteoblast-like cells (MG-63) was cultured on differently modified surfaces of parylene films. • Proliferation of MG-63 was observed to be far increased on UV-treated parylene-N film. • The influences of UV-treatment were found out on cell viability, proliferation rate and cell cycle. • The influence was estimated to be negligible on the protein synthesis, cell differentiation. • The UV-treated parylene-N was demonstrated to be effectively used for the culture of MG-63. - Abstract: The influence of microenvironments on the culture of osteoblast-like cells (MG-63) has been investigated using parylene films with different surfaces, such as parylene-N film, UV-modified parylene-N film, functional parylene film with amine groups (parylene-A), and UV-modified parylene-A film. In this work, parylene-N film was found to induce dramatic changes in cell adhesion and cell viability before and after UV-treatment with respect to the culture of osteoblast-like cells (MG-63). The influences of such a chemical environment on cell culture were investigated in relation to the cell proliferation (viability and proliferation rate) and the cell physiology (cell cycle, protein synthesis, and differentiation) of cells grown on parylene-N film, UV-modified parylene-N film, parylene-A film, and UV-modified parylene-A film in comparison with cells grown on a polystyrene surface.

  12. Structural characteristics of surface-functionalized nitrogen-doped diamond-like carbon films and effective adjustment to cell attachment

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    Liu, Ai-Ping; Liu, Min; Yu, Jian-Can; Qian, Guo-Dong; Tang, Wei-Hua

    2015-05-01

    Nitrogen-doped diamond-like carbon (DLC:N) films prepared by the filtered cathodic vacuum arc technology are functionalized with various chemical molecules including dopamine (DA), 3-Aminobenzeneboronic acid (APBA), and adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and the impacts of surface functionalities on the surface morphologies, compositions, microstructures, and cell compatibility of the DLC:N films are systematically investigated. We demonstrate that the surface groups of DLC:N have a significant effect on the surface and structural properties of the film. The activity of PC12 cells depends on the particular type of surface functional groups of DLC:N films regardless of surface roughness and wettability. Our research offers a novel way for designing functionalized carbon films as tailorable substrates for biosensors and biomedical engineering applications. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51272237, 51272231, and 51010002) and the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant Nos. 2012M520063, 2013T60587, and Bsh1201016).

  13. A novel collagen film with micro-rough surface structure for corneal epithelial repair fabricated by freeze drying technique

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    Liu, Yang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Tissue Restoration and Reconstruction, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Ren, Li, E-mail: psliren@scut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Tissue Restoration and Reconstruction, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Wang, Yingjun, E-mail: imwangyj@163.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Tissue Restoration and Reconstruction, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • Collagen film with micro-rough surface is fabricated by freeze drying technique. • The film has suitable water uptake capability and toughness performance. • The film has good optical performance. • Human corneal epithelial cells studies confirmed the biocompatibility of the film. - Abstract: Corneal epithelial defect is a common disease and keratoplasty is a common treatment method. A collagen film with micro-rough surface was fabricated through a simple freeze drying technique in this study. Compared with the air-dried collagen film (AD-Col), this freeze-dried collagen film (FD-Col) has a more suitable water uptake capability (about 85.5%) and toughness performance. Both of the two films have good optical properties and the luminousness of them is higher than 80%. Besides, the adhesion and proliferation rate of human corneal epithelial cells on the micro-rough surface of FD-Col film is higher than that on the smooth surface of AD-Col film. The results indicate that this FD-Col film may have potential applications for corneal epithelial repair.

  14. Control on wetting properties of spin-deposited silica films by surface silylation method

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    Rao, A. Venkateswara, E-mail: avrao2012@gmail.com [Air Glass Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416 004, Maharashtra (India); Latthe, Sanjay S.; Dhere, Sunetra L.; Pawar, Swapnali S. [Air Glass Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416 004, Maharashtra (India); Imai, Hiroaki [Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan); Ganesan, V. [CSR, Indore Centre, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452 017, Madhyapradesh (India); Gupta, Satish C.; Wagh, Pratap B. [Applied Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2010-01-15

    Control on the wettability of solid materials by liquid is a classical and key issue in surface engineering. Optically transparent water-repellent silica films have been spin-deposited on glass substrates at room temperature ({approx}27 deg. C). The wetting behavior of silica films was controlled by surface silylation method using dimethylchlorosilane (DMCS) as a silylating reagent. A coating sol was prepared by keeping the molar ratio of methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) precursor, methanol (MeOH) solvent, water (H{sub 2}O) constant at 1:8.8:2.64 respectively, with 4 M NH{sub 4}OH as a catalyst throughout the experiments and the amount of DMCS in hexane was varied from 0 to 12 vol.%. It was found that with an increase in vol.% of DMCS, the water contact angle values of the films increased from 78 deg. to 136 deg. At 12 vol.% of DMCS, the film shows static water contact angle as high as 136 deg. and water sliding angle as low as 18 deg. The hydrophobic silica films retained their water repellency up to a temperature 295 deg. C and above this temperature the films show superhydrophilic behavior. These results are compared with our earlier research work done on silylation of silica surface using hexamethyldisilazane (HMDZ) and trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS). The hydrophobic silica films were characterized by taking into consideration the Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, thermo gravimetric-differential thermal (TG-DT) analyses, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), % of optical transmission, thermal and chemical aging tests, humidity tests, static and dynamic water contact angle measurements.

  15. Control on wetting properties of spin-deposited silica films by surface silylation method

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    Rao, A. Venkateswara; Latthe, Sanjay S.; Dhere, Sunetra L.; Pawar, Swapnali S.; Imai, Hiroaki; Ganesan, V.; Gupta, Satish C.; Wagh, Pratap B.

    2010-01-01

    Control on the wettability of solid materials by liquid is a classical and key issue in surface engineering. Optically transparent water-repellent silica films have been spin-deposited on glass substrates at room temperature (˜27 °C). The wetting behavior of silica films was controlled by surface silylation method using dimethylchlorosilane (DMCS) as a silylating reagent. A coating sol was prepared by keeping the molar ratio of methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) precursor, methanol (MeOH) solvent, water (H 2O) constant at 1:8.8:2.64 respectively, with 4 M NH 4OH as a catalyst throughout the experiments and the amount of DMCS in hexane was varied from 0 to 12 vol.%. It was found that with an increase in vol.% of DMCS, the water contact angle values of the films increased from 78° to 136°. At 12 vol.% of DMCS, the film shows static water contact angle as high as 136° and water sliding angle as low as 18°. The hydrophobic silica films retained their water repellency up to a temperature 295 °C and above this temperature the films show superhydrophilic behavior. These results are compared with our earlier research work done on silylation of silica surface using hexamethyldisilazane (HMDZ) and trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS). The hydrophobic silica films were characterized by taking into consideration the Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, thermo gravimetric-differential thermal (TG-DT) analyses, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), % of optical transmission, thermal and chemical aging tests, humidity tests, static and dynamic water contact angle measurements.

  16. Annealing assisted structural and surface morphological changes in Langmuir–Blodgett films of nickel octabutoxy phthalocyanine

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    Shilpa Harish, T.; Viswanath, P., E-mail: viswanath@cnsms.res.in

    2016-01-01

    We report our studies on thin films of metallo-phthalocyanine (MPc), Nickel(II)1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25-octabutoxy-29H,31H-phthalocyanine (NiPc(OBu){sub 8}) transferred in a well defined thermodynamic state over a self assembled monolayer (octadecyl trichlorosilane)/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate using the Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) method. The films are characterized using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. DSC studies on powdered samples in the bulk indicate enantiotropic solid–solid phase transition. GIXD studies on the as-deposited LB film show a Bragg peak indicating crystallinity of the thin film. Annealing (373 K) results in reduction of lattice spacing (1.21 Å) signifying changes in molecular packing within the unit cell. At this stage, an additional Bragg peak is observed which grows at the expense of the former one and they coexist between 373 K and 423 K. A discontinuity in lattice spacing from 20.73 to 15.12 Å with annealing indicates clearly a structural change of the underlying crystalline lattice. Correspondingly, the surface morphology images obtained using AFM show, with annealing, a transformation from spherical granular morphology to elongated, flat crystallites suggesting asymmetric growth process. Statistical parameters of the grain extracted from the AFM images show that the size, fractal dimension and circularity are affected by annealing. Based on these studies, we infer the structural and surface morphological changes of the meta-stable phase (Form I) to the stable phase (Form II) in annealed LB films of phthalocyanine. - Highlights: • Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) films of phthalocyanine subjected to thermal annealing. • Structural transformation and coexistence of polymorphs in LB filmsSurface morphology changes from nanoscale grains to elongated crystallites. • Reduction of fractal dimension and circularity index reveals asymmetric growth.

  17. Surface texture modification of spin-coated SiO2 xerogel thin films by TMCS silylation

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    Yogesh S Mhaisagar; Bhavana N Joshi; A M Mahajan

    2012-04-01

    The SiO2 xerogel thin films were deposited successfully by sol–gel technique via the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) with ethanol as a solvent. Further, the deposited thin films were treated wet chemically by trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS) and hexane solution with 10% and 15% volume ratio to remove the hydroxyl groups from the surface of deposited SiO2 thin films. These as deposited and surfacemodified films were characterized by ellipsometer, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer and contact angle meter. The presence of 2900 and 850 cm-1 peaks of CH3 vibrations in FTIR spectra of surface-modified films confirms the hydrphobisation of SiO2 surface. The maximum contact angle of 108.7° was observed for the surface-modified film at 10% TMCS.

  18. Measurements of water film characteristics on airfol surfaces from wind-tunnel tests with simulated heavy rain

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    Hastings, E. C., Jr.; Manuel, G. S.

    1985-01-01

    This paper discusses some of the surface water characteristics obtained during recent simulated heavy rain experiments conducted at the Langley Research Center. Water film distributions and discrete film thickness measurements on several model wings are discussed. The water film distributions on the upper surfaces are shown in photographs from cameras mounted above the models, and film thickness data are presented which were obtained using resistance sensors mounted flush with the upper and lower wing model surfaces. The paper also discusses potential sources of performance decrements indicated by the data.

  19. Effect of chain end group on surface glass transition temperature of thin polymer film

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    Jiang, Xiqun; Yang, Chang Zheng; Tanaka, Keiji; Takahara, Atsushi; Kajiyama, Tisato

    2001-04-01

    Surface glass transition behaviors of proton end capped poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP-H) and perfluoroalkyl end capped poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP-C 2C 8F) thin films were investigated based on temperature-dependent lateral force microscopic (TDLFM) measurement. It is found that the species of chain end groups have significant influence on the surface glass transition temperature of the thin polymer film. For both samples, it is revealed that the surface glass transition temperatures decrease significantly in comparison to the bulk ones, and the magnitude order of reduction in surface Tg for P2VP-C 2C 8F is larger than that for P2VP-H. The apparent activation energy of surface α-relaxation calculated from the Arrhenius plot is ca. 292±40 and 212±40 kJ/mol for P2VP-H and P2VP-C 2C 8F, respectively, and is much smaller than the bulk one. The depression of the surface Tg for thin polymer films is explained by the excess free volume induced by the enrichment of chain end groups at the surface.

  20. Surface morphology and composition studies in InGaN/GaN film grown by MOCVD

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    Tao Tao; Han Ping; Shi Yi; Zheng Youdou; Zhang Zhao; Liu Lian; Su Hui; Xie Zili; Zhang Rong; Liu Bin; Xiu Xiangqian; Li Yi

    2011-01-01

    InGaN filmsweredepositedon(0001)sapphiresubstrates with GaN buffer layers under different growth temperatures by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition.The In-composition of InGaN film was approximately controlled by changing the growth temperature.The connection between the growth temperature,In content,surface morphology and defect formation was obtained by X-ray diffraction,scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).Meanwhile,by comparing the SEM and AFM surface morphology images,we proposed several models of three different defects and discussed the mechanism of formation.The prominent effect of higher growth temperature on the quality of the InGaN films and defect control were found by studying InGaN films at various growth temperatures.

  1. Calorimetric evidence for a mobile surface layer in ultrathin polymeric films: poly(2-vinyl pyridine).

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    Madkour, Sherif; Yin, Huajie; Füllbrandt, Marieke; Schönhals, Andreas

    2015-10-28

    Specific heat spectroscopy was used to study the dynamic glass transition of ultrathin poly(2-vinyl pyridine) films (thicknesses: 405-10 nm). The amplitude and the phase angle of the differential voltage were obtained as a measure of the complex heat capacity. In a traditional data analysis, the dynamic glass transition temperature Tg is estimated from the phase angle. These data showed no thickness dependency on Tg down to 22 nm (error of the measurement of ±3 K). A derivative-based method was established, evidencing a decrease in Tg with decreasing thickness up to 7 K, which can be explained by a surface layer. For ultrathin films, data showed broadening at the lower temperature side of the spectra, supporting the existence of a surface layer. Finally, temperature dependence of the heat capacity in the glassy and liquid states changes with film thickness, which can be considered as a confinement effect.

  2. In vitro cytotoxicity evaluation of natural rubber latex film surface coated with PMMA nanoparticles.

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    Anancharungsuk, Waranya; Polpanich, Duangporn; Jangpatarapongsa, Kulachart; Tangboriboonrat, Pramuan

    2010-07-01

    In order to increase surface roughness of the sulphur-prevulcanized natural rubber (SPNR) film and, hence, decrease the direct contact between the rubber and skin, the poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) latex particles were deposited onto the SPNR film grafted with polyacrylamide (SPNR-g-PAAm). The surface coverage of PMMA particles on the SPNR-g-PAAm increased with increasing latex immersion time, particle size and concentration. Prior to the in vitro cytotoxicity evaluation on L-929 fibroblasts, the SPNR and SPNR-g-PAAm coated with PMMA particles were extracted by using the culture medium. Results showed that the cytotoxicity effect could be significantly reduced by coating PMMA particles onto the rubber film. At the extract concentrations of < or =12.5% for 24h at 37 degrees C, no toxicity potential was detected. The study will be helpful for development of gloves designed for the hypersensitive person.

  3. Influence of surface roughness on field emission of electrons from carbon nanotube films.

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    Liu, Huarong; Saito, Yahachi

    2010-06-01

    Electron field emission properties of a nanotube film are influenced not only by a field enhancement factor of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) beta(CNT) but also by that of film morphology beta(P). A simple method to separate beta(P), and beta(CNT) is proposed by using their different dependences on the cathode-anode distance. Analyses conducted for CNT emitters with rough surface exhibit that beta(P) ranges from 1 to approximately 4.5. The separated beta(CNT) values are in good agreement with the CNT geometries observed by a scanning electron microscope. Variation in beta(P)-values is ascribed to the surface roughness of the CNT films.

  4. Comparison of Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering Spectra of Two Kinds of Silver Nanoplate Films

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    TAO Jin-long; TANG Bin; XU Shu-ping; PAN Ling-yun; XU Wei-qing

    2012-01-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering(SERS) spectra of different silver nanoplate self-assembled films at different excitation wavelengths were fairly compared.Shape conversion from silver nanoprisms to nanodisks on slides was in situ carried out.The SERS spectra of 4-mercaptopyridine(4-MPY) on these anisotropic silver nanoparticle self-assembled films present that strong enhancement appeared when the excitation line and the surface plasmon resonance(SPR) band of silver substrate overlapped.In this model,the influence of the crystal planes of silver nanoplates on SERS enhancement could be ignored because the basal planes were nearly unchanged in two kinds of silver nanoplate self-assembled films.

  5. Swift heavy ion induced surface modifications in nano-crystalline Li-Mg ferrite thin films

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    Ghosh, Sanjukta [Institute of Physics, Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar 751005 (India) and Department of Physics, University of Calcutta, 92 A.P.C. Road, Kolkata 700009 (India)]. E-mail: sanjukta@iopb.res.in; Ganesan, V. [Inter University Consortium for DAE facilities, Khandwa Road, Indore 452017 (India); Khan, S.A. [Nuclear Science Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067 (India); Ayyub, Pushan [Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai 400005 (India); Kumar, Nitendar [Solid State Physics Laboratory, DRDO, Lucknow Road, Delhi 110054 (India)

    2006-09-30

    The swift heavy ion (190 MeV Au{sup 14+}) induced modifications in surface morphologies of the nanocrystals of ferrite thin films have been extensively studied through the images of atomic force microscopy (AFM). In most of the irradiated films significant features like, the ditch and dike structures, have been observed through out the surface. We try to explain the observed changes on the basis of thermal spike model followed by momentum transfer induced lateral mass transport. In addition to these changes some new and interesting features have been noticed after irradiation in 8F and 9F ferrite thin films. These new features are attributed to sputtering phenomenon due to the presence of defects like latent tracks.

  6. Gas Absorption by Wavy Falling Liquid Film Formed on Inner Surface of Vertical Tubes

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    Akio Miyara; Tomoki Yamamoto; Toru Iemura; Takashi Shimada

    2003-01-01

    An experimental study on gas absorption into falling liquid film formed on inner surface of vertical tubes has been carried out in order to clarify fundamental characteristics of the gas absorption and enhancement by surface waves. The water supplied into the test tubes is periodically disturbed by fluctuating a silicon tube before the test section with a speaker and the wavy films absorb the oxygen filled in the tubes. Imposing the periodic disturbance enhances the gas absorption and the enhancement has a maximum at around 20~30 Hz, where the gas absorption is 20~30% higher. Mass transfer coefficients obtained with five tubes agree well with those obtained with single tube. Two-dimensional numerical simulations have also been conducted for gas absorption by wavy film and the enhancement mechanism of the gas absorption is discussed.

  7. The Surface Science of Catalysis and More, Using Ultrathin Oxide Films as Templates: A Perspective.

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    Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2016-07-27

    Surface science has had a major influence on the understanding of processes at surfaces relevant to catalysis. Real catalysts are complex materials, and in order to approach an understanding at the atomic level, it is necessary in a first step to drastically reduce complexity and then systematically increase it again in order to capture the various structural and electronic factors important for the function of the real catalytic material. The use of thin oxide films as templates to mimic three-dimensional supports as such or for metal particles as well as to model charge barriers turns out to be appropriate to approach an understanding of metal-support interactions. Thin oxide films also exhibit properties in their own right that turn out to be relevant in catalysis. Thin oxide film formation may also be used to create unique two-dimensional materials. The present perspective introduces the subject using case studies and indicates possible routes to further apply this approach successfully.

  8. Surface and interface properties of industrially relevant polymers Thin polymer films

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    Maccarini, M

    2002-01-01

    This thesis is concerned with the study of some important properties of thin polymer films focusing on two main aspects: the morphologies induced on spin coated polymer films, and swelling and absorption phenomena. Chapter 2 provides an introduction on the theoretical aspects relevant in the field of Polymer Physics: the mixing properties of polymers and solvent, the glass transition temperature, diffusion, surface effects and surface tension, and spin coating. Chapter 3 focuses on the experimental techniques used in this work: Ellipsometry, Quartz Crystal Microbalance, Optical Microscopy and Differential Scanning Calorimetry. Moreover, a description of the material studied is provided. In Chapter 4 a first characterisation of the system investigated is carried out: water absorption and glass transition temperature are measured for bulk material in different moist condition. The refracting indices and the densities of the polymer films are experimentally determined. In Chapter 5 we describe a systematic inves...

  9. Large-area homogeneous periodic surface structures generated on the surface of sputtered boron carbide thin films by femtosecond laser processing

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    Serra, R., E-mail: ricardo.serra@dem.uc.pt [SEG-CEMUC, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, Rua Luís Reis Santos, 3030-788 Coimbra (Portugal); Oliveira, V. [ICEMS-Instituto de Ciência e Engenharia de Materiais e Superfícies, Avenida Rovisco Pais no 1, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal); Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Avenida Conselheiro Emídio Navarro no 1, 1959-007 Lisbon (Portugal); Oliveira, J.C. [SEG-CEMUC, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, Rua Luís Reis Santos, 3030-788 Coimbra (Portugal); Kubart, T. [The Ångström Laboratory, Solid State Electronics, P.O. Box 534, SE-751 21 Uppsala (Sweden); Vilar, R. [Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Avenida Conselheiro Emídio Navarro no 1, 1959-007 Lisbon (Portugal); Instituto Superior Técnico, Avenida Rovisco Pais no 1, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal); Cavaleiro, A. [SEG-CEMUC, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, Rua Luís Reis Santos, 3030-788 Coimbra (Portugal)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Large-area LIPSS were formed by femtosecond laser processing B-C films surface. • The LIPSS spatial period increases with laser fluence (140–200 nm). • Stress-related sinusoidal-like undulations were formed on the B-C films surface. • The undulations amplitude (down to a few nanometres) increases with laser fluence. • Laser radiation absorption increases with surface roughness. - Abstract: Amorphous and crystalline sputtered boron carbide thin films have a very high hardness even surpassing that of bulk crystalline boron carbide (≈41 GPa). However, magnetron sputtered B-C films have high friction coefficients (C.o.F) which limit their industrial application. Nanopatterning of materials surfaces has been proposed as a solution to decrease the C.o.F. The contact area of the nanopatterned surfaces is decreased due to the nanometre size of the asperities which results in a significant reduction of adhesion and friction. In the present work, the surface of amorphous and polycrystalline B-C thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering was nanopatterned using infrared femtosecond laser radiation. Successive parallel laser tracks 10 μm apart were overlapped in order to obtain a processed area of about 3 mm{sup 2}. Sinusoidal-like undulations with the same spatial period as the laser tracks were formed on the surface of the amorphous boron carbide films after laser processing. The undulations amplitude increases with increasing laser fluence. The formation of undulations with a 10 μm period was also observed on the surface of the crystalline boron carbide film processed with a pulse energy of 72 μJ. The amplitude of the undulations is about 10 times higher than in the amorphous films processed at the same pulse energy due to the higher roughness of the films and consequent increase in laser radiation absorption. LIPSS formation on the surface of the films was achieved for the three B-C films under study. However, LIPSS are formed under

  10. Surface enhanced Raman scattering activity of TiN thin film prepared via nitridation of sol-gel derived TiO2 film

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    Dong, Zhanliang; Wei, Hengyong; Chen, Ying; Wang, Ruisheng; Zhao, Junhong; Lin, Jian; Bu, Jinglong; Wei, Yingna; Cui, Yi; Yu, Yun

    2015-10-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a powerful and non-destructive analytical technique tool for chemical and biological sensing applications. Metal-free SERS substrates have recently been developed by using semiconductor nanostructures. The optical property of TiN film is similar to that of gold. Besides that, its good chemical inertness and thermodynamic stability make TiN thin film an excellent candidate for SERS. In order to investigate its SERS activity, the TiN thin film was successfully prepared via direct nitridation of the sol-gel derived TiO2 thin film on the quartz substrate using ammonia gas as reducing agent. The crystallite structures and morphology of TiN thin film were determined by XRD, RAMAN and FE-SEM. The results show that the thin film obtained is cubic titanium nitride with a lattice parameter of 4.2349 Å. The surface of TiN thin film is rough and with the particles of 50 nm in average sizes. The thickness of TiN thin film is about 130 nm. The TiN thin film displays a surface Plasmon resonance absorption peak at around 476 nm, which can lead to a strong enhancement of the EM field on the interface. The Raman signal of the probe molecule R6G was greatly enhanced through TiN thin film substrates. The enhancement factor is about 4.1×103 and the detection limit achieves 10-6 M for R6G. The TiN thin film substrate also shows a good reproducibility of SERS performance. The results indicate that TiN thin film is an attractive material with potential application in SERS substrates.

  11. Fracture resistance of dental nickel–titanium rotary instruments with novel surface treatment: Thin film metallic glass coating

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    Chih-Wen Chi

    2017-05-01

    Conclusion: The novel surface treatment of Ti-Zr-B thin film metallic glass on dental NiTi rotary files can effectively improve the fatigue fracture resistance by offering a smooth coated surface with amorphous microstructure.

  12. Chemically sensitive surface plasmon devices employing a self-assembled monolayer composite film

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    DePriest, J. C.; Meriaudeau, Fabrice; Oden, Patrick I.; Downey, Todd R.; Passian, A.; Wig, A. G.; Ferrell, Trinidad L.

    1998-12-01

    In this paper the results of detecting volatile organic compounds (VOC) employing surface plasmon-based sensors are presented. The initial step in preparing the sensing elements herein requires depositing Au degree(s) on a quartz slide. The sensing elements are based on either (1) freshly deposited Au degree(s) or (2) growth of a self assembled monolayer composite film (SAM) on to a freshly deposited Au degree(s) surface. The desired SAM is either (1) acid terminated using (omega) -mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA-COOH) or (2) Cu2+ metal ion terminated yielding (omega) - mercaptoundecanoic acid-Cu2+ (MUA-Cu2+). The experimental apparatus shown here measures the reflectivity of the Au degree(s) surface as a function of time at a given angle. The response of this surface plasmon device to various VOC's is correlated to the composition of the SAM film.

  13. Probing liquid surface waves, liquid properties and liquid films with light diffraction

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    Barik, T K; Kar, S; Roy, A; Barik, Tarun Kr.; Chaudhuri, Partha Roy; Kar, Sayan; Roy, Anushree

    2005-01-01

    Surface waves on liquids act as a dynamical phase grating for incident light. In this article, we revisit the classical method of probing such waves (wavelengths of the order of mm) as well as inherent properties of liquids and liquid films on liquids, using optical diffraction. A combination of simulation and experiment is proposed to trace out the surface wave profiles in various situations (\\emph{eg.} for one or more vertical, slightly immersed, electrically driven exciters). Subsequently, the surface tension and the spatial damping coefficient (related to viscosity) of a variety of liquids are measured carefully in order to gauge the efficiency of measuring liquid properties using this optical probe. The final set of results deal with liquid films where dispersion relations, surface and interface modes, interfacial tension and related issues are investigated in some detail, both theoretically and experimentally. On the whole, our observations and analyses seem to support the claim that this simple, low--c...

  14. Influence of Deposition Parameters on Surface Evolution of Sputtered Tantalum Thin Films

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    LUO Xiang-dong; LUO Chong-tai

    2008-01-01

    Tantalum thin films with different thicknesses varying from 50 nm to 600 nm were deposited on Si substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering as functions of deposition temperature(Ts) and bias voltage(Ub). Surface roughness and its dynamic evolution behavior were quantitatively investigated by using atomic force microscopy(AFM). With increasing Ts from 300 K to 600 K, surface roughness Rrms and dynamic exponent β decreases gradually. With the increase of Ub from 0 V to -150 V, Rrms and β first decrease and then increase. The dependence of Ts and Ub on the film surface evolution has been discussed in terms of surface diffusion, mound growth, and ion impinging effect.

  15. Designing icephobic surfaces by passively sustaining liquid film at ice-substrate interface

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    Zhao, Tom; Jones, Paul; Patankar, Neelesh

    2016-11-01

    Ice formation poses a significant barrier to transportation, energy generation and transport, gas extraction, etc. We propose to design icephobic surfaces that reduce ice formation and lower ice adhesion by sustaining a film of liquid water at the interface between bulk ice and the substrate. The liquid layer is in phase equilibrium with the surrounding bulk ice, and thus exists without constant energy input. Using molecular dynamic simulations, we show this liquid film can be maintained indefinitely by exploiting the phenomena of interfacial premelting and the freezing point depression of ice confined in surface texture due to the Gibbs Thomson effect. We demonstrate the reduction of both the work and strength of ice adhesion as a function of surface wettability and geometric parameters of the surface texture.

  16. Dropwise Condensation of Low Surface Tension Fluids on iCVD Grafted Polymer Films

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    Khalil, Karim; Gleason, Karen; Varanasi, Kripa

    2016-11-01

    A large majority of the work devoted to surface engineering for promoting dropwise condensation heat transfer has focused on steam. Much less attention has been dedicated to the condensation of low surface tension fluids such as hydrocarbons, cryogens, and fluorinated refrigerants, which are used in several industrial applications, including LNG storage and organic Rankine cycles used for heat recovery from low temperature sources such as biomass combustion, industrial waste, or geothermal heat sources. Most hydrophobic modifiers used previously to promote dropwise condensation are silane-based monolayers that have been shown to rapidly degrade under industrial conditions. Here we investigate condensation behavior of a variety of low surface tension liquids on durable covalently-grafted polymer films deposited using initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) on metals such as titanium. We observe a four to seven-fold improvement in the vapor-side heat transfer coefficient by promoting dropwise condensation of low surface tension fluids on these stable films.

  17. Scaling behavior of the surface roughness of platinum films grown by oblique angle deposition

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    Dolatshahi-Pirouz, A.; Hovgaard, M. B.; Rechendorff, K.; Chevallier, J.; Foss, M.; Besenbacher, F.

    2008-03-01

    Thin platinum films with well-controlled rough surface morphologies are grown by e-gun evaporation at an oblique angle of incidence between the deposition flux and the substrate normal. Atomic force microscopy is used to determine the root-mean-square value w of the surface roughness on the respective surfaces. From the scaling behavior of w , we find that while the roughness exponent α remains nearly unchanged at about 0.90, the growth exponent β changes from 0.49±0.04 to 0.26±0.01 as the deposition angle approaches grazing incidence. The values of the growth exponent β indicate that the film growth is influenced by both surface diffusion and shadowing effects, while the observed change from 0.49 to 0.26 can be attributed to differences in the relative importance of diffusion and shadowing with the deposition angle.

  18. Deposition of Ultrathin Nano-Hydroxyapatite Films on Laser Micro-Textured Titanium Surfaces to Prepare a Multiscale Surface Topography for Improved Surface Wettability/Energy

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    Maria Surmeneva

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The primary aim of this study was to analyse the correlation between topographical features and chemical composition with the changes in wettability and the surface free energy of microstructured titanium (Ti surfaces. Periodic microscale structures on the surface of Ti substrates were fabricated via direct laser interference patterning (DLIP. Radio-frequency magnetron sputter deposition of ultrathin nanostructured hydroxyapatite (HA films was used to form an additional nanoscale grain morphology on the microscale-structured Ti surfaces to generate multiscale surface structures. The surface characteristics were evaluated using atomic force microscopy and contact angle and surface free energy measurements. The structure and phase composition of the HA films were investigated using X-ray diffraction. The HA-coated periodic microscale structured Ti substrates exhibited a significantly lower water contact angle and a larger surface free energy compared with the uncoated Ti substrates. Control over the wettability and surface free energy was achieved using Ti substrates structured via the DLIP technique followed by the deposition of a nanostructured HA coating, which resulted in the changes in surface chemistry and the formation of multiscale surface topography on the nano- and microscale.

  19. Atomic layer deposition of TiO2 on surface modified nanoporous low-k films.

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    Levrau, Elisabeth; Devloo-Casier, Kilian; Dendooven, Jolien; Ludwig, Karl F; Verdonck, Patrick; Meersschaut, Johan; Baklanov, Mikhail R; Detavernier, Christophe

    2013-10-01

    This paper explores the effects of different plasma treatments on low dielectric constant (low-k) materials and the consequences for the growth behavior of atomic layer deposition (ALD) on these modified substrates. An O2 and a He/H2 plasma treatment were performed on SiCOH low-k films to modify their chemical surface groups. Transmission FTIR and water contact angle (WCA) analysis showed that the O2 plasma changed the hydrophobic surface completely into a hydrophilic surface, while the He/H2 plasma changed it only partially. In a next step, in situ X-ray fluorescence (XRF), ellipsometric porosimetry (EP), and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) were used to characterize ALD growth of TiO2 on these substrates. The initial growth of TiO2 was found to be inhibited in the original low-k film containing only Si-CH3 surface groups, while immediate growth was observed in the hydrophilic O2 plasma treated film. The latter film was uniformly filled with TiO2 after 8 ALD cycles, while pore filling was delayed to 17 ALD cycles in the hydrophobic film. For the He/H2 plasma treated film, containing both Si-OH and Si-CH3 groups, the in situ XRF data showed that TiO2 could no longer be deposited in the He/H2 plasma treated film after 8 ALD cycles, while EP measurements revealed a remaining porosity. This can be explained by the faster deposition of TiO2 in the hydrophilic top part of the film than in the hydrophobic bulk which leaves the bulk porous, as confirmed by RBS depth profiling. The outcome of this research is not only of interest for the development of advanced interconnects in ULSI technology, but also demonstrates that ALD combined with RBS analysis is a handy approach to analyze the modifications induced by a plasma treatment on a nanoporous thin film.

  20. Large Optical Nonlinearity of Surface Plasmon Modes on Thin Gold Films

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    Huck, Alexander; Witthaut, Dirk; Kumar, Shailesh

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the optical nonlinear effects of a long-range surface plasmon polariton mode propagating on a thin gold film. These effects may play a key role in the design of future nanophotonic circuits as they allow for the realization of active plasmonic elements. We demonstrate a significant...

  1. Surface Structure and Photocatalytic Activity of Nano-TiO2 Thin Film

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    Controlled titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were deposited on stainless steel surfaces using flame aerosol synthetic technique, which is a one-step coating process, that doesn’t require further calcination. Solid state characterization of the coatings was conducted by different...

  2. The Impact of Standard Semiconductor Fabrication Processes on Polycrystalline Nb Thin Film Surfaces

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    Brown, Ari David; Barrentine, Emily M.; Moseley, Samuel H.; Noroozian, Omid; Stevenson, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    Polycrystalline superconducting Nb thin films are extensively used for submillimeter and millimeter transmission line applications and, less commonly, used in microwave kinetic inductance detector (MKID) applications. The microwave and mm-wave loss in these films is impacted, in part, by the presence of surface nitrides and oxides. In this study, glancing incidence x-ray diffraction was used to identify the presence of niobium nitride and niobium monoxide surface layers on Nb thin films which had been exposed to chemicals used in standard photolithographic processing. A method of mitigating the presence of ordered niobium monoxide surface layers is presented. Furthermore, we discuss the possibility of using glancing incidence x-ray diffraction as a non-destructive diagnostic tool for evaluating the quality of Nb thin films used in MKIDs and transmission lines. For a given fabrication process, we have both the x-ray diffraction data of the surface chemistry and a measure of the mm-wave and microwave loss, the latter being made in superconducting resonators.

  3. Improvement in physical and biological properties of chitosan/soy protein films by surface grafted heparin.

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    Wang, Xiaomei; Hu, Ling; Li, Chen; Gan, Li; He, Meng; He, Xiaohua; Tian, Weiqun; Li, Mingming; Xu, Li; Li, Yinping; Chen, Yun

    2016-02-01

    A series of chitosan/soy protein isolate (SPI) composite films (CS-n, n=0, 10 and 30, corresponding to SPI content in the composites) were prepared. Heparin was grafted onto the surface of CS-n to fabricate a series of heparinized films (HCS-n). CS-n and HCS-n were characterized by ATR-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and water contact angle. The surface heparin density was measured by toluidine blue assay. The results showed that heparin has been successfully grafted onto the surface of CS-n. Heparin evenly distributed on the surface of the films and the heparin content increased with the increase of SPI content, and the hydrophilicity of the films was enhanced due to the grafted heparin. The cytocompatibility and hemocompatibility of CS-n and HCS-n were evaluated by cell culture (MTT assay, live/dead assay, cell morphology and cell density observation), platelet adhesion test, plasma recalcification time (PRT) measurement, hemolysis assay and thrombus formation test. HCS-n showed higher cell adhesion rate and improved cytocompatibility compared to the corresponding CS-n. HCS-n also exhibited lower platelet adhesion, longer PRT, higher blood anticoagulant indexes (BCI) and lower hemolysis rate than the corresponding CS-n. The improved cytocompatibility and hemocompatibility of HCS-n would shed light on the potential applications of chitosan/soy protein-based biomaterials that may come into contact with blood.

  4. Growth and Surface Modification of LaFeO3 Thin Films Induced By Reductive Annealing

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    Flynn, Brendan T.; Zhang, Hongliang; Shutthanandan, V.; Varga, Tamas; Colby, Robert J.; Oleksak, Richard P.; Manandhar, Sandeep; Engelhard, Mark H.; Chambers, Scott A.; Henderson, Michael A.; Herman, Gregory S.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2015-03-01

    The electronic and ionic conductivity of perovskite oxides has enabled their use in diverse applications such as automotive exhaust catalysts, solid oxide fuel cell cathodes, and visible light photocatalysts. The redox chemistry at the surface of perovskite oxides is largely dependent on the oxidation state of the metal cations as well as the oxide surface stoichiometry. In this study, LaFeO3 (LFO) thin films grown on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was characterized using both bulk and surface sensitive techniques. A combination of in situ reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED), x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) demonstrated that the film is highly oriented and stoichiometric. The film was annealed in an ultra-high vacuum chamber to simulate reducing conditions and studied by angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Iron was found to exist as Fe(0), Fe(II), and Fe(III) depending on the annealing conditions and the depth within the film. A decrease in the concentration of surface oxygen species was correlated with iron reduction. These results should help guide and enhance the design of perovskite materials for catalysts.

  5. Thin phosphatidylcholine films as background surfaces with further possibilities of functionalization for biomedical applications

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    Tauk, Lara; Thami, Thierry; Ferez, Lynda; Kocer, Armagan; Janot, Jean-Marc; Dejardin, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    Non-specific adsorption is a crucial problem in the biomedical field. To produce surfaces avoiding this phenomenon, we functionalized thin (7-180 nm) poly(methylhydrosiloxane) (PMHS) network films at room temperature (approximate to 20 degrees C) with phospholipids(PL)bearing a phosphorylcholine hea

  6. Reversible Helix Sense Inversion in Surface-Grafted Poly(β-phenethyl-L-aspartate) Films

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    Luijten, Jeroen; Vorenkamp, Eltjo J.; Schouten, Arend J.

    2007-01-01

    The reversible manipulation of the helix screw sense in surface-grafted poly(β-phenethyl-L-aspartate) (PPELA) films by means of external stimuli was investigated. Ringopening polymerization of β-phenethyl-L-aspartate N-carboxyanhydride initiated from primary amino-functionalized silicon and quartz s

  7. Reversible helix sense inversion in surface-grafted poly(beta-phenethyl-L-aspartate) films

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    Luijten, Jeroen; Vorenkamp, Eltjo J.; Schouten, Arend J.

    2007-01-01

    The reversible manipulation of the helix screw sense in surface-grafted poly(beta-phenethyl-L-aspartate) (PPELA) films by means of external stimuli was investigated. Ringopening polymerization of beta-phenethyl-L-aspartate N-carboxyanhydride initiated from primary amino-functionalized silicon and qu

  8. Verification of thickness and surface roughness of a thin film transparent coating

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    Mohaghegh, Kamran; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Pranov, H.

    2013-01-01

    Thin film coatings are extremely interesting for industries, where there is a need to protect a highly accurate surface which has tight dimensional tolerances. The topic is important both in the production of new metallic tools and repair applications. In both applications it is vital to have...

  9. Surface morphology of thin lysozyme films produced by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE)

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    Purice, Andreea; Schou, Jørgen; Pryds, Nini;

    2007-01-01

    Thin films of the protein, lysozyme, have been deposited by the matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) technique. Frozen targets of 0.3-1.0 wt.% lysozyme dissolved in ultrapure water were irradiated by laser light at 355 mn with a fluence of 2 J/cm(2). The surface quality of the thin ly...

  10. Surface modification of nanofibrillated cellulose films by atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge

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    Siró, Istvan; Kusano, Yukihiro; Norrman, Kion

    2013-01-01

    -of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, while surface morphology was illustrated by atomic force microscopy. Wettability was characterized through the static sessile drop method. The adhesion between NFC and polylactide (PLA) laminated films was tested by the double cantilever beam technique. As a result...

  11. Thinning identification technique using stainless steel film heater and response surface method

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    Ogasawara, Nagahisa; Yamada, Hiroyuki

    2011-05-01

    The infrared thermography has not been widely applied to nondestructive inspection for metals. It is because the metal emissivity is too low to be measured the temperature. To make up for this disadvantage, a new heating technique using a stainless steel film was proposed and a nondestructive inspection system with the response surface method was developed. The stainless film has a high electric resistance and generates large Joule heat. Its response is quick and the quantity of heat is easily controlled. Moreover, the film has a high enough thermal conductivity, therefore a black painted film can be a blackbody surface of metal structures. Consequently IR camera can easily measure the metal temperature accurately. The nondestructive inspection system that can quantitatively identify geometrical parameters of a local thinning was developed. The system consists of a forward analysis and an inverse analysis. In the forward analysis, the response surface that shows a relationship between geometrical parameters and characteristic values is built by experimental design method. In the inverse analysis, substituting the characteristic values into the response surface, the geometrical parameters are finally identified. The inspection system can identify the local thinning shape robustly by selecting the attribute for the shape parameters.

  12. Surface morphology of polyethylene glycol films produced by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE): Dependence on substrate temperature

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    Rodrigo, K.; Czuba, P.; Toftmann, B.;

    2006-01-01

    The dependence of the surface morphology on the substrate temperature during film deposition was investigated for polyethylene glycol (PEG) films by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE). The surface structure was studied with a combined technique of optical imaging and AFM measurements...

  13. Venting temperature determines surface chemistry of magnetron sputtered TiN films

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    Greczynski, G.; Mráz, S.; Hultman, L.; Schneider, J. M.

    2016-01-01

    Surface properties of refractory ceramic transition metal nitride thin films grown by magnetron sputtering are essential for resistance towards oxidation necessary in all modern applications. Here, typically neglected factors, including exposure to residual process gases following the growth and the venting temperature Tv, each affecting the surface chemistry, are addressed. It is demonstrated for the TiN model materials system that Tv has a substantial effect on the composition and thickness-evolution of the reacted surface layer and should therefore be reported. The phenomena are also shown to have impact on the reliable surface characterization by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  14. Photo-irradiation effects on the surface morphology of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) films

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    Marletta, Alexandre, E-mail: marletta@ufu.br [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Uberlandia, CP 593, 38400-902 Uberlandia, MG (Brazil); Vega, M.L. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Piaui, 64049-690 Teresina, PI (Brazil); Rodrigues, C.A. [Faculdade de Tecnologia e Ciencias, Rua Artemia Pires Freitas s/n, 44115-000 Feira de Santana, BA (Brazil); Gobato, Y. Galvao [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, CP 676, 13565-905 Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Costa, L.F.; Faria, R.M. [Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos, Universidade de Sao Paulo, CP 369, 13560-970 Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil)

    2010-03-01

    In this work, we have studied the surface morphology of photo-irradiated poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) thin films by using atomic force microscopy (AFM). We have analyzed the first-order statistical parameters, the height distribution and the distance between selected peaks. The second-order statistical analysis was introduced calculating the auto-covariance function to determine the correlation length between heights. We have observed that the photo-irradiation process produces a surface topology more homogeneous and isotropic such as a normal surface. In addition, the polymer surface irradiation can be used as a new methodology to obtain materials optically modified.

  15. Venting temperature determines surface chemistry of magnetron sputtered TiN films

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    Greczynski, G. [Thin Film Physics Division, Department of Physics (IFM), Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden); Materials Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Kopernikusstr. 10, D-52074 Aachen (Germany); Mráz, S.; Schneider, J. M. [Materials Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Kopernikusstr. 10, D-52074 Aachen (Germany); Hultman, L. [Thin Film Physics Division, Department of Physics (IFM), Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden)

    2016-01-25

    Surface properties of refractory ceramic transition metal nitride thin films grown by magnetron sputtering are essential for resistance towards oxidation necessary in all modern applications. Here, typically neglected factors, including exposure to residual process gases following the growth and the venting temperature T{sub v}, each affecting the surface chemistry, are addressed. It is demonstrated for the TiN model materials system that T{sub v} has a substantial effect on the composition and thickness-evolution of the reacted surface layer and should therefore be reported. The phenomena are also shown to have impact on the reliable surface characterization by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  16. Effects of Ca(2+) ions on bestrophin-1 surface films.

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    Mladenova, Kirilka; Petrova, Svetla D; Andreeva, Tonya D; Moskova-Doumanova, Veselina; Topouzova-Hristova, Tanya; Kalvachev, Yuri; Balashev, Konstantin; Bhattacharya, Shomi S; Chakarova, Christina; Lalchev, Zdravko; Doumanov, Jordan A

    2017-01-01

    Human bestrophin-1 (hBest1) is a transmembrane calcium-activated chloride channel protein - member of the bestrophin family of anion channels, predominantly expressed in the membrane of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. Mutations in the protein cause ocular diseases, named Bestrophinopathies. Here, we present the first Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) study of the secondary structure elements of hBest1, π/A isotherms and hysteresis, Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) visualization of the aggregation state of protein molecules dispersed as Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films. The secondary structure of hBest1 consists predominantly of 310-helices (27.2%), α-helixes (16.3%), β-turns and loops (32.2%). AFM images of hBest1 suggest approximate lateral dimensions of 100×160Å and 75Å height. Binding of calcium ions (Ca(2+)) induces conformational changes in the protein secondary structure leading to assembly of protein molecules and changes in molecular and macro-organization of hBest1 in monolayers. These data provide basic information needed in pursuit of molecular mechanisms underlying retinal and other pathologies linked to this protein.

  17. A novel growth mode of alkane films on a SiO2 surface

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    Mo, H.; Taub, H.; Volkmann, U.G.;

    2003-01-01

    Synchrotron X-ray specular scattering measurements confirm microscopically a structural model recently inferred by very-high-resolution ellipsometry of a solid dotriacontane (n-C32H66 or C32) film formed by adsorption from solution onto a SiO2 surface. Sequentially, one or two layers adsorb on th...... previously for shorter alkanes deposited from the vapor phase onto solid surfaces....

  18. Dry Etching of Copper Phthalocyanine Thin Films: Effects on Morphology and Surface Stoichiometry

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    Brett, Michael J.; Dijken, Jaron G. Van

    2012-01-01

    We investigate the evolution of copper phthalocyanine thin films as they are etched with argon plasma. Significant morphological changes occur as a result of the ion bombardment; a planar surface quickly becomes an array of nanopillars which are less than 20 nm in diameter. The changes in morphology are independent of plasma power, which controls the etch rate only. Analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows that surface concentrations of copper and oxygen increase with etch time, whi...

  19. Spatial resolution in thin film deposition on silicon surfaces by combining silylation and UV/ozonolysis

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    Guo, Lei; Zaera, Francisco

    2014-12-01

    A simple procedure has been developed for the processing of silicon wafers in order to facilitate the spatially resolved growth of thin solid films on their surfaces. Specifically, a combination of silylation and UV/ozonolysis was tested as a way to control the concentration of the surface hydroxo groups required for subsequent atomic layer deposition (ALD) of metals or oxides. Water contact angle measurements were used to evaluate the hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity of the surface, a proxy for OH surface coverage, and to optimize the UV/ozonolysis treatment. Silylation with hexamethyldisilazane, trichloro(octadecyl)silane, or trimethylchlorosilane was found to be an efficient way to block the hydroxo sites and to passivate the underlying surface, and UV/O3 treatments were shown to effectively remove the silylation layer and to regain the surface reactivity. Both O3 and 185 nm UV radiation were determined necessary for the removal of the silylation layer, and additional 254 nm radiation was found to enhance the process. Attenuated total reflection-infrared absorption spectroscopy was employed to assess the success of the silylation and UV/O3 removal steps, and atomic force microscopy data provided evidence for the retention of the original smoothness of the surface. Selective growth of HfO2 films via TDMAHf + H2O ALD was seen only on the UV/O3 treated surfaces; total inhibition of the deposition was observed on the untreated silylated surfaces (as determined by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ellipsometry). Residual film growth was still detected on the latter if the ALD was carried out at high temperatures (250 °C), because the silylation layer deteriorates under such harsh conditions and forms surface defects that act as nucleation sites for the growth of oxide grains (as identified by electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy). We believe that the silylation-UV/O3 procedure advanced here could be easily implemented for the patterning of surfaces

  20. Inertial effects on thin-film wave structures with imposed surface shear on an inclined plane

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    Sivapuratharasu, M.; Hibberd, S.; Hubbard, M.